Welcome to a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Madame presents a rotating cast of poets, each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges and in private rooms. For a small fee, all of the poets are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any true bordello need a good cover; ours is an immersive cabaret featuring burlesque, live music, vaudeville, aerials, visual art, magic, mysticism, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event.
Join us this March for The Poetry Brothel: Cabaret Voltaire (The Dada Tour), where the spirit of the Cabaret Voltaire will slip past the doormen of our minds and doors and free us from our admittedly loose grasp on reason and reality. Musicians, smash your instruments! Audiences, take to the stage! The Poetry Brothel family will throughout the night stir the audience into our brew in new and unforeseeable ways. Come play with us, darlings! There are nonsensical games to be won. Take your gloves off for this one and climb down the rabbit hole. We can’t wait to see the look in your eyes.
On March 11th we take over The Rendezvous for an unforgettable night including house band, the Sour Mash Hug Band, burlesque babes Briq House, Holly Bordeaux, Johnny Nuriel, Isaiah Esquire, and of course, our poetry whores, Talulla Rossa, Imani Sims, Raspberry La Croix, Genevieve Des Etoiles, Arturo Von Laudenum, Pieter DeVries and Bambi. Other diversions include Lady Ferulian’s tarot readings and Josh Lamb’s shocking magic. As usual, the festivities will be presided over by your hosts Mister Charley, The Madame, and that rapscallion, Tennessee Pink.
This event will have two different start times. For the first event, doors open at 7pm, and the show runs from 7:30-9:30pm. Guests are welcome and encouraged to stay and continue to enjoy private readings, drinks and food after the show. For the second show, doors open at 10pm, and the show runs from 10:30pm to 12:30am. Doors will close at 2am.
Themed costumes and/or formalwear are encouraged but not required.