Pussy Riot marches into the Box’s 10th anniversary blowout

Artists love to shock the bourgeoisie, but in New York City, the bourgeoise loves to be shocked. On Valentines Day, the Box — Simon Hammerstein’s notorious late night theater and anything-goes party spot — celebrated its 10th anniversary with a jam-packed house, reprisals of the club’s popular acts and a potpourri of condoms, rolling papers, balloons and toilet paper. The night also included a surprise performance by Russian feminist-punk band Pussy Riot.

A high-end night club that can easily set a couple back $3,000 for a table isn’t exactly where you might expect to find the band made famous for loudly protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin and serving 21 months in Russian prison for the offense. But the Box’s cool kid credibility and progressive politics is apparently still good enough to attract radicals for a 2 a.m.-ish performance.

Beyond the usual squads of scantily dressed models, VIPs such as Zoë Kravitz, Susan Sarandon, Josh Lucas, Lindsay Lohan, Public School designer Maxwell Osborne, Domingo Zapata, Damian Loeb, Curtis Kulig, Polish model Anja Rubik, and Serge Becker were in attendance.

The evening felt very in tune with the political and social zeitgeist, and during her performance, Pussy Riots’ Nadya Tolokonnikova led the audience in a fitting cheer: “Fuck Putin! Fuck Trump!”

Check out clips of Pussy Riots performance below and watch out for our upcoming profile of Simon Hammerstein in the March/April issue of LLNYC.

On stage with PUSSY RIOT for @theboxnyc 10 year anniversary! #makeamericagreatagain #pussyriot #theboxnyc

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