Yuri’s Night

Time to dust off those moonshoes, Barbarella.

April 12 is Yuri’s Night all over this beautiful, crazy world, and the good people of The Last Drop and the St. John’s Yuri’s Night Committee have decided to bring St. John’s to the party.

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, the “Columbus of the Cosmos,” became the first human being to enter outer space on April 12, 1961. In 2001, a small group of enthusiasts established Yuri’s Night as an international party to commemorate Gagarin’s voyage and also redistribute the idea, as Loretta Hidalgo, one of the event’s co-founders, has put it, that “Space is cool.” According to the official Yuri’s Night web site, this year the date will be celebrated via “72 [simultaneous] parties in 26 countries over 6 countries on 2 planets.” (So far as I can tell, that “2” is a typo, but who knows, maybe they have some kind of surprise in store.)

Down at The Last Drop, you’ll have a chance to play “Space Jeopardy” (but the gang says show up early), compete to win a prize for the best space costume, peek into all the other parties going on around the world via webcam, and dance the night away to the sounds of one “Galactic DJ” and the brilliantly-named band Hal and the Pod-Bay Doors.

– Jonathan Adams

(Gagarin photo courtesy The Russian Institute of Radionavigation and Time)

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  1. b.6 · December 18, 2011

    Come on down to YURI’S NIGHT 2007, a global celebration for the anniversary of the first human space launch – equivalent to the St. Patrick’s Day for Space! It’s happening simultaneously in 72 cities across the world – from Stockholm to Tokyo, Nunavut to New Zealand – and this year we’ve brought it to St. John’s. We’ve got the quiz show SPACE JEOPARDY at 8:30pm, video weblinks with other parties around the world, visuals a-go-go, special drinks, the sweet cosmic sounds of DJ MARK POWER, and the first appearance of our 8-piece hypergroup HAL AND THE POD-BAY DOORS, the only band in Newfoundland with a human robot (featuring many people you probably know)! AND JUST ADDED…. We’re going to kick things off at 8 with an introductory speech by two astronomy experts to set the tone for the evening. And what’s more – we just nabbed local faves THE KREMLIN to rock out and take us to the stratosphere! Come in space outfits, or not, your choice – and be prepared for prizes if you do! Good lord, can this get any more exciting!! YURI’S NIGHT 2007 at THE LAST DROP, 193 Water St, across from the Grapevine THURSDAY, APRIL 12 8pm + NO COVER – donations appreciated!

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