Centenary of the Light Club of Batavia

Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010, 7–10 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (directions here)

To celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of the inauguration of the Light Club of Batavia, the subject of Josiah McElheny's new book recently published by University of Chicago Press, McElheny and Cabinet are hosting a party.

The point of departure for McElheny's book is The Light Club of Batavia, Paul Scheerbart's 1912 story about the formation of a club dedicated to building a spa for bathing—not in water, but in light—at the bottom of an abandoned mineshaft. In Scheerbart's story, the club opens on July 1, 1910.

Our event will feature readings, a musical performance, party favors, specially brewed champagne-style beer, and gin cocktails (as well as a mine of sorts).

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