May 06, 2014

Come join us for the season finale of Cafe Society (& birthday cake)

Dear friends,

You are invited to join us for the season finale of Café Society on Friday, June 6. We'll be discussing family with debut memoirist Peter von Ziegesar (The Looking Glass Brother), whose own story spans the gilded height of 1930s glamour, when his "It girl" socialite grandmother set standards in the headlines, to the heart truth that mental illness spares no one, not even the most privileged among us; iconic writer Maud Newton, who has a riveting personal essay in the June issue of Harper's, and startling new voice Chelsea Hodson ––  something like the lost love child of David Lynch and Joan Didion –– who will give the first reading in New York of her essay, Pity the Animal, published as a chapbook this month by Portland-based Future Tense Books. Cabaret sensation Xavier "Mamma" Rice will close the season with a song. 

Xavier "Mamma" Rice is a Brooklyn-based cabaret artist who's works (Love Songs and Other BS, Spring Cleaning) have been seen all over NYC with sold out appearances at 54 Below and Duplex. Career highlights include appearing Rent alongside American Idol's Justin Guarini, the title role in Sweeney Todd at the Fourth Wall Theater, and Joey Murray’s (Broadway Dolls) The Hole with recording artist Ari Gold. He has had the privilege of working with Grammy Award-winner Javetta Steele and Academy Award-winner Michael Moore in The Awful Truth. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas BFA program where he majored in Theatre/Voice Performance.  Mamma Rice will be back at 54 Below this summer and looks forward to see you there. 

Full details may be found below, and Ted is standing by to take your call at (212) 269-2323 x26. As you know, when capacity for the room is reached, we'll close the line for reservations. Also, I'll be turning 35, inching me ever-closer to the appropriate age for serious jewels*, at the stroke of midnight on June 7, so please help me blow out some candles afterwards in the Blue Bar, where we'll have a wedding cake (as in-house catering provides). For my old friends: no gifts, truly; I'm still too young for diamonds, and the pleasure of your company is plenty.

We'll have a present for you, though: the first 35 guests to arrive will receive a limited edition, signed and numbered letterpress broadsheet inspired by an evocative passage about The Thin Man from The Looking Glass Brother and printed locally at Bowne & Co. in the Seaport. I could talk about The Thin Man all night long.

And then we'll see you in September.

With warm regards,


*"It's like Tiffany's," she said. "Not that I give a hoot about jewelry. Diamonds, yes. But it's tacky to wear diamonds before you're forty, and even that's risky. They only look right on the really old girls...wrinkles and bone; white hair and diamonds: I can't wait." –– Breakfast at Tiffany's

Café Society

Hosted by India House member Lauren Cerand, with special guests

Friday, June 6

7pm show | doors open at 6pm

1 Hanover Square

Peter von Ziegesar (The Looking Glass Brother)

Maud Newton

Chelsea Hodson (Pity the Animal)

Musical appearance by Xavier "Mamma" Rice

Reservations are required and may be made only by telephone: (212) 269-2323 x26. However, subscribers to this mailing list may make reservations directly by email: Admission is twenty dollars.

Members of India House receive free, guaranteed admission, reserved seating and discounted drinks (Interested in joining? Talk to Ted.)

Jackets are requested for men. No denim. Cash bar.