Tsar Stefan’s Birthday Bash for Prince Philip

Thursday, May 14th was the date of a wonderful party in honor of “Prince Philip” thrown in all its magisty by Philip’s partner of many, many years, “Tsar Stefan” – the impresario of New York Cabaret.
The party had four fabulous phases:
At 6:00 pm “Prince Philip, who as being honored for his 60th birthday, gave a 45-minute recital- in German. From all reports Philip was astounding … I wish I could report the details, but I did not attend. Instead, I took a brief, but much-need “club nap,” to prepare myself for what I knew was going to be a night to remember.
I showed up for drinks at 7:00, very much on time, for the 2nd phase — a multicourse dinner at the Chinatown Brasserie, near Astor Place. The guests streamed in costume and finery, for great food and lovely and fun company.
Rebecca Joy Fletcher sang a Jewish blessing for the food in Hebrew and English, and another woman sang a post-dinner gospel song.
Dinner (from 7-9 pm) was followed by a parade made up of the now slightly inebriated party, bedecked and bejeweled, in feathers and wild outfits (see the photos!), carrying multi-colored Chinese umbrellas supplied by our host. The throng made its way towards Joe’s Pub, accompanied by tuba, trumpet and snare drum, drum – with a fire-breather dancing along leading the way – stopping traffic – and I’ve recently found out, drawing the attention of NY-1, which featured the parade on the news the next morning. The dancing continued outside Joe’s Pub, where the elated group finally entered, donning strands of beads on their wrists to identify us as the “in crowd” able to enter the party. The parade band kept the energy up in the club ‘till the first performer took the stage to delight the audience, which was made of cabaret artists, friends and entertainment professionals.
I could wax poetic about the long list of performers who delighted us ‘till 2 am – crazy wild and wonderful people, who touched my heart, shocked me, propelled me up out of my seat to dance, and caused me to almost fall out of that seat with laughter. Performer after performer simply knocked me out. These songs were prayers of the self — deep, passionate, odd, campy, and outrageous. This quirky mix of night-lifers – a stripper, a beat-box guy who played with toys, and singers – one after another – who have loved and honed their craft – entranced us.
I wish I could name names, but I was too spellbound to do anything but experience the moment – I’ll get that list up soon. For the time being, suffice it to say: if you ever get invited to one of Tsar Stefan’s parties – GO!!!Thursday, May 14th was the date of a wonderful party in honor of “Prince Philip” thrown in all its magisty by Philip’s partner of many, many years, “Tsar Stefan” – the impresario of New York Cabaret.
The party had four fabulous phases:
At 6:00 pm “Prince Philip, who as being honored for his 60th birthday, gave a 45-minute recital- in German. From all reports Philip was astounding … I wish I could report the details, but I did not attend. Instead, I took a brief, but much-need “club nap,” to prepare myself for what I knew was going to be a night to remember.
I showed up for drinks at 7:00, very much on time, for the 2nd phase — a multicourse dinner at the Chinatown Brasserie, near Astor Place. The guests streamed in costume and finery, for great food and lovely and fun company.
Rebecca Joy Fletcher sang a Jewish blessing for the food in Hebrew and English, and another woman sang a post-dinner gospel song.
Dinner (from 7-9 pm) was followed by a parade made up of the now slightly inebriated party, bedecked and bejeweled, in feathers and wild outfits (see the photos!), carrying multi-colored Chinese umbrellas supplied by our host. The throng made its way towards Joe’s Pub, accompanied by tuba, trumpet and snare drum, drum – with a fire-breather dancing along leading the way – stopping traffic – and I’ve recently found out, drawing the attention of NY-1, which featured the parade on the news the next morning. The dancing continued outside Joe’s Pub, where the elated group finally entered, donning strands of beads on their wrists to identify us as the “in crowd” able to enter the party. The parade band kept the energy up in the club ‘till the first performer took the stage to delight the audience, which was made of cabaret artists, friends and entertainment professionals.
I could wax poetic about the long list of performers who delighted us ‘till 2 am – crazy wild and wonderful people, who touched my heart, shocked me, propelled me up out of my seat to dance, and caused me to almost fall out of that seat with laughter. Performer after performer simply knocked me out. These songs were prayers of the self — deep, passionate, odd, campy, and outrageous. This quirky mix of night-lifers – a stripper, a beat-box guy who played with toys, and singers – one after another – who have loved and honed their craft – entranced us.
I wish I could name names, but I was too spellbound to do anything but experience the moment – I’ll get that list up soon. For the time being, suffice it to say: if you ever get invited to one of Tsar Stefan’s parties – GO!!!

img_4581Thursday, May 14th, 2009 was the date of a wonderful party in honor of “Prince Philip” thrown in all its magisty by Philip’s partner of many, many years, “Tsar Stefan” – the impresario of New York Cabaret.

The party had four fabulous phases:

At 6:00 pm “Prince Philip, who as being honored for his 60th birthday, gave a 45-minute recital- in German. From all reports Philip was astounding … I wish I could report the details, but I did not attend. Instead, I took a brief, but much-need “club nap,” to prepare myself for what I knew was going to be a night to remember.

I showed up for drinks at 7:00, very much on time, for the 2nd phase — a multicourse dinner at the Chinatown Brasserie, near Astor Place. The guests streamed in costume and finery, for great food and lovely and fun company.

Rebecca Joy Fletcher sang a Jewish blessing for the food in Hebrew and English, and another woman sang a post-dinner gospel song.

Dinner (from 7-9 pm) was followed by a parade made up of the now slightly inebriated party, bedecked and bejeweled, in feathers and wild outfits (see the photos!), carrying multi-colored Chinese umbrellas supplied by our host. The throng made its way towards Joe’s Pub, accompanied by tuba, trumpet and snare drum, drum – with a fire-breather dancing along leading the way – stopping traffic – and I’ve recently found out, drawing the attention of NY-1, which featured the parade on the news the next morning. The dancing continued outside Joe’s Pub, where the elated group finally entered, donning strands of beads on their wrists to identify us as the “in crowd” able to enter the party. The parade band kept the energy up in the club ‘till the first performer took the stage to delight the audience, which was made of cabaret artists, friends and entertainment professionals.

I could wax poetic about the long list of performers who delighted us ‘till 2 am – crazy wild and wonderful people, who touched my heart, shocked me, propelled me up out of my seat to dance, and caused me to almost fall out of that seat with laughter. Performer after performer simply knocked me out. These songs were prayers of the self — deep, passionate, odd, campy, and outrageous. This quirky mix of night-lifers – a stripper, a beat-box guy who played with toys, and singers – one after another – who have loved and honed their craft – entranced us.

I wish I could name names, but I was too spellbound to do anything but experience the moment – I’ll get that list up soon. For the time being, suffice it to say: if you ever get invited to one of Tsar Stefan’s parties – GO!!!

Judith Z. Miller

aka Artist Soul Speaks

http://www.zamo-zamo.com

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About artistsoulspeaks

Judith Z. Miller, aka "Zelda," lives in an erotic, musical, spiritual universe; she writes as a way of coping with its beauty, sensuality, frustrations and ecstasies. In NYC, she has read at events sponsored by organizations such as Nehirim, Zeek Magazine, Essentuality, and at venues such as Blue Stockings, The Jewish Community Center, Wow Café Theatre - and late at night to her girlfriends in bed. She published in Inside Arts magazine, The Washington Post, and American Theatre magazine. Judith was trained as an actress in Washington DC, co-founded The Fine Line Actors Theatre, acted in numerous productions, created original performance material and was awarded an NEA Arts Management Fellowship in Theatre. Judith is a self-trained visual artist who is inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition. She draws and creates primal sculpture and wearable art from trees, stones and found objects, which she fashions into ritual staffs, wearable amulets, and employs in healing rituals. She was profiled in The Daily News; the subject of feature articles in Mann About Town magazine, Home News Tribune, In Brooklyn, The Park Slope Paper, The Wave, and The Daily Sitka Sentinel, and featured on NY-1 Television. In 2008 her paper “Sometimes a Tree Isn’t Just a Tree,” was read at the First International LSP-and Translation Studies Oriented Textual Analysis conference at Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida, Morocco. Judith was the founder and director of ZAMO! representing a multi-cultural mix of world-class GRAMMY® nominated and JUNO ® award-winning performing artists for over 20 years. She taught self-promotion for performers, presented by organizations such as The Field, The Red Tent Women’s Project and the Brooklyn Arts Counsel. She was the Chief Rhythm officer of Microfundo, a crowdfunding platform supporting musicians worldwide. She was a 2011 British Airways Face-to-Face Opportunity contest winner traveling to Thailand where she met with indigenous woodcarvers and shaman. A healing ritual artist, she created Zelda's Body Breathing Healing System (TM), and offers private sessions and workshops. Judith (Zelda) resides in Port Henry New York.
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