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Now Is The Time For All Good Men To Come To The Aid Of Their Party [Oct. 9th, 2010|05:48 am]
kyle cassidy
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[music |Bitter Ruin]

So last week I went to the most amazing party in Midtown Manhattan.

Oil Spill Mermaids Art Installation by Cynthia Von Buhler -- Clickenzee to Embiggen

Cynthia Von Buhler (the mermaid in the tub there) author of Who Will Bell The Cats? was celebrating her birthday, my birthday, Walter Sickert's birthday, Neil & Amanda's engagement and the fact that when you're an adult you can dress like a mermaid and spend the whole night in your bath tub if you want.

It really was the most splendid party. The whole thing was a big secret from the start and was planned with all the fanfare of Bilbo Baggins 111th (but on the hush hush down low). I wasn't sure if the whole thing wasn't hyperbole -- how could a party possibly be as exciting as this one was advertised? But it was. Festively dressed people on the street looking lost refused to tell one another what they were looking for -- lest they be interlopers, newspaper men or lost stock brokers. With the aid of a GPS and some magic glasses, I found the address -- there were guards at the desk of an invisible building asking me for the secret password, then an elevator that went up into the world of possible futures -- doors opened and splashed me out into a gigantic penthouse apartment just a block from the Empire State Building -- like Dorothy pushing open the door of her house, flung into Oz. In this Oz, Sxip Shirey was standing talking to Adam Mattas and he introduced me around.

"This place is enormous," I said.

"Wait till you see the downstairs," said Adam.

"There's a downstairs too?!"

"Yes," replied Sxip, "but it's not as cool as the roof deck."

"Roof deck?"

"There's a carousel up there."

I went up on the roof deck and looked at the Empire State Building, hovering there like a cloud. Walter Sickert was standing up there and I talked to him for a bit. The carousel had a dancing monkey on it and a hidden snake that would occasionally pop out of a hole. I went back down stairs to investigate the cotton candy machine and veggie dog stand when I stumbled across Kat Howard sitting with John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig & The Angry Inch & Shortbus) who was giving a back massage to Amanda Palmer, who was holding hands with Neil Gaiman while novelist Lev Grossman author of The Magicians looked on.

It was that kind of party.

Clickenzee to Embiggen

Neil took me back up to the roof deck and introduced me to Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) author of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

I spotted Molly Crabapple and introduced myself. (Then I dragged her into the bathroom and took that photo of her with the mermaids and Cynthia at the top.) She was splendidly awesome. I made vague Tweets, waiting to see if someone else would let loose the secret, but no one did -- the party was still Top Secret.

"Is the party still Top Secret?" I asked Kambriel, looking down at my phone, which was beginning to overflow with curiosity after I'd tweeted that I met Molly Crabapple and photographed her with mermaids.

"It's still Top Secret," Kambriel said.

Lots of friends were playing music, I Photographed the Tiny Instrument Review in the tiniest room I could find, and I saw Sxip and Adam play.

Some time around 11:00 Cynthia was wheeled out of the bathroom on a gigantic bed (still a mermaid) and pushed up to the stage -- Jason Webley jumped up on her bed and played the accordion. Walter Sickert and the Army of Toys played with tumblers and contortionist violinists. It was like my CD player had come alive.

There was plotting and eating, rat feeding and tarot card reading. Amanda snapped this photo of me & Neil & Holly G.

In fact, there was much plotting of future Things Of Great Portent and I realized just how much stuff gets accomplished at parties like this. People bump into one another and say "Oh hey! I love your work, we should do something together" and ... boom. Off it goes and six months later, there's a little baby something or other.

Sometime around midnight I waved goodbye to everyone, just as Amanda Palmer was taking the stage and jumped on the Megabus back home to Philadelphia where the wonderful trillian_stars was waiting having returned victorious from an awesome performance of The Iliad. We went to sleep and the next day, an entire future of awesome stretched before us.

Happy birthday Cynthia.

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[User Picture]From: valya_dl
2010-10-09 02:04 pm (UTC)


That is a wonderful picture with you and Neil and Holly. Very sweet.
Looks like a fantastic party. So glad you were there to take pics to share with us. (I especially like the one with Sxip.)

Love to you and Trillian.

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[User Picture]From: kuroshii
2010-10-09 02:08 pm (UTC)

something just went click in my brain

yanno what? i am enjoying your life. not your life; i mean these bits you share. does that make sense? it's a vicarious sort of enjoyment, of course. thank you for that. it's helped me see those bits of zing (that do exist!) in my own day-to-day.
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[User Picture]From: bloodlossgirl
2010-10-09 06:31 pm (UTC)

Re: something just went click in my brain

I second that.
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[User Picture]From: girfan
2010-10-09 02:11 pm (UTC)
That looks like it was amazing!
Are you sure you can't do the House on the Rock event? It would be so wonderful to meet you!
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[User Picture]From: kambriel
2010-10-09 02:19 pm (UTC)
I was hoping you'd be there (I didn't get your tweet 'til a day later, so it was a wonderful surprise when we met up with eachother)!

Don't know if you saw it yet, but I did a post with boatloads of (albeit less Kyle-tastic) photos here too ~ one of which is you, me and Neil, and one where C surreptitiously caught you in the act of doing those things you do, camera in hand: http://kambriel.livejournal.com/289161.html
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[User Picture]From: katden
2010-10-09 03:07 pm (UTC)
I dig that mermaid picture so much I had to repost!
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[User Picture]From: mizkit
2010-10-09 03:09 pm (UTC)
You live in a *completely* different universe than I do.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-10-09 03:34 pm (UTC)
same universe! i just have more cats!
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[User Picture]From: pretendpeterpan
2010-10-09 03:19 pm (UTC)
Do you ever have to pinch yourself to remind yourself that this is, in fact, not a dream?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-10-09 03:32 pm (UTC)
Instead of that I work like a madman to keep it from going away.
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[User Picture]From: daddygod
2010-10-09 04:15 pm (UTC)
You know, I contemplated making with the clicky to repost in my journal, but then I realized it would lose that magical je ne sais quoi it holds here.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-10-09 05:03 pm (UTC)
how will you know for sure until you hit the "repost" button?!
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[User Picture]From: katemckinnon
2010-10-09 04:34 pm (UTC)
Awesome photos. I've been enjoying everyone else's but hey, they weren't yours. So glad you brought the fisheye lens, so amazed you left at midnight!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-10-09 05:57 pm (UTC)
My bus was about to turn into a pumpkin!
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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2010-10-09 05:09 pm (UTC)
We'll just have to wait 6 months and see what you make of it then...
Fabulous party.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-10-09 09:43 pm (UTC)
I am actually on my way to NYC right now to perform feats of awesome hatched at the party!
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[User Picture]From: karohemd
2010-10-09 05:13 pm (UTC)
Does someone actually live there or is it hired out as party space and events?
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[User Picture]From: prolix_yourword
2010-10-09 05:56 pm (UTC)
Oh my, how phenomenal. I love the line about how much gets done at such parties, artistic collaboration, especially between such talented people...it makes my heart warm.

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[User Picture]From: xfericireax
2010-10-09 07:44 pm (UTC)
The mermaid photo is absolutely marvelous. It vaguely reminds me of a hilariously clever book with a story called something like 'Mermaid in the Bathtub' by Peter Hacks.
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2010-10-09 07:50 pm (UTC)
Lemony Snicket!!! My uncle would die of jealousy, if he weren't already dead.
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[User Picture]From: girlguitarist
2010-10-09 08:21 pm (UTC)
This looks like the most marvelous party I have ever seen! I am so glad you share your lovely (kitty-filled) life with us :)
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