Join Comfort & Joy and Calamus for our second annual SATURNALIA feast and festivities as we gather together to celebrate our (chosen queer) family/community and the end of the year!
This ancient Roman holiday, the grandest and most debaucherous of its era, honors Saturn, that hard-working god of seeds and liberation that gets shit done. As the longest night approaches, it celebrates our harvest and the renewal of light in the new year. Tis a time for merrymaking, goodwill, gifts, excess and sexual exploration, when rules and rulers were suspended and ridiculed, roles were reversed, and the disempowered and freedom of expression reigned supreme.
As we remix for the year MMXVII, let’s answer the death throes of those who hate on our queer magic and their crumbling empire with laughter and defiance, embrace the divine madness and sensuality that breaks us free from the mundane, and celebrate with our friends and chosen family in a haven of leisure, levity and love.
I. FEAST DINNER PARTY - 7:30PM
First feast upon a banquet fit for the gods, curated by the culinary qweens Jes Versace and Zac Benfield. Enjoy an array of dinner entertainment including a live string quartet. Honor the holiday’s tradition and Bacchus, the god of wine, by finding yourself "December tipsy, and laughing Mirth and wanton Wit.”
II. REVELRY + CELEBRATION - 10:00pm
As you revel, enjoy lavish dance beats and behold the blessed neon splendor of party deity Chickpea.
Express thyself and werk a look. During Roman Saturnalia, ornate dinner clothes in every color of the rainbow (‘synthesis’) were as styling as traditional togas. Greenery, sacred jewelry and anything gold, role-playing and mask-wearing guises, the phallic Sun beaming with light or the receptive Moon Goddess hanging low also are all befitting. What matters most though is just sharing your own unique luster and feeling your power.
Honor the God of Seed and descend into our Roman Baths, a sensual atmosphere fusing the exotic aesthetics of local artists with the aural stimulations of luscious downtempo beats. Soothe and relax, and let naked revel-makers feed you grapes and other delicious treats.
Evening performances will include a special ritual accompanied with a cello and mixed movement piece by Stephen James, vogue empress Jocquese Whitfield, drag folk punk by Dusty Miller, disco sexy diary readings by Brontez Purnell and more! Full details and DJ line-up TBA soon… trust us, this night will be giving you life on a golden platter.
Tarot Card Readings by the mystical Avis.
Photo-booth by our tireless chronicler, PhotosByDot.
Late night refreshments as always.
Full clothing check available.
This event is 21+.