Past Event: Cocktails & Culture: Winter Soulstice Celebration

When: Thursday, December 8, 2022, 6:00pm

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Photo depicts 6 disco balls with a dark background and glowing design. Reads Winter Soulstice Celebration with DJ Rekha
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At our December edition of Cocktails & Culture, we celebrate the winter solstice season and our brand-new exhibition, City of Faith: Religion, Activism, and Urban Space.  We'll groove into the holidays with DJ Rekha, founder of the legendary Basement Bhangra, the long-running and inclusive NYC club night that championed a style of South Asian dance music infused with hip-hop and dancehall beats. 

Brush up your cookie-decorating skills at a hands-on gingerbread cookie decorating session with master baker Amy Scherber of Amy's Bread -- then check out MCNY's new Gingerbread NYC installation featuring spectacular gingerbread displays created by top bakeries and amateur bakers from all five boroughs.

There's more! Enjoy Gingerbread Moscow mules from the MCNY Bar, delicious Halal food from the Kwik Meal pop-up cafe, and a curator-led gallery tour (extra fee applies)!

Enhance your visit by joining one of our expert Museum Guides and other guests to explore our newest exhibition, Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate for a specially-discounted one-hour guided tour that includes one free drink: Purchase Guided Tour

About DJ Rekha: 
DJ Rekha, née Rekha Malhotra, pioneered the merging of Bhangra and Bollywood sounds with contemporary electronic dance music. Rooted in hip-hop and dub their DJ sets range from Brazilian Baile Funk to Balkan Beats and everything in between.  They founded Bollywood Disco, co-founded Mutiny and Basement Bhangra club nights -- one of NYC’s longest-running club nights (1997-2017). Their debut album "DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra" (featuring a track with Wyclef Jean) won much critical acclaim. They were named "Ambassador of Bhangra" by The New York Times They have curated events for Celebrate Brooklyn and Central Park SummerStage, and have performed at the Obama White House and internationally.

About Amy Scherber:

Amy Scherber is the owner and founder of Amy’s Bread.  The bakery celebrated its 30th Anniversary in June of 2022! Amy opened with 5 employees in a 650 square foot space on Ninth Avenue. Today, the bakery has grown to over 100 employees and features her amazing bread as well as pastries, sandwiches, cookies, bars, and layer cakes.  The bakery has retail cafes in Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea Market and Brooklyn Heights, kiosks in two locations of The NY Public Library, and cafés in the New York Design Center and the Museum of the City of New York, as well as bread and pastry kitchens in Long Island City, Queens.  The bakery delivers to more than 200 wholesale customers daily, including many of NYC’s finest restaurants. Although this small bakery has expanded, Amy’s Bread is still a local neighborhood bakery, a family run business where all baked goods continue to be handmade daily with great care and the best ingredients. 

Amy is the co-author of The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread and Amy’s Bread. The bakery is a certified Minority and Women Owned Business.


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