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Join Zelda in NY this Wednesday at the All-Star Daiquiri Discussion presented by the Rum Reader!

Zelda Magazine is a sponsor of the next All-Star Daiquiri Discussion at Slowly Shirley on 9/18/19 in NYC!

The Daiquiri: a seemingly simple drink, rich with endless variation to explore. It’s become a “bartender’s handshake” as a crucial go-to when assessing a bar’s skills. Learn about the Daiquiri’s history and subtleties of flavor from New York’s most creative bartenders in this unique panel discussion plus Daiquiri tasting.
Featured panelists include:

* Dave Arnold, co-owner of Existing Conditions and author of Liquid Intelligence: The Art & Science of the Perfect Cocktail
* Shannon Mustipher, beverage director of Glady’s Caribbean and author of Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails
* Eryn Reece, bar director of Banzarbar
* Jim Kearns, beverage director of Slowly Shirley and Golden Age Hospitality
* St. John Frizell (moderator), owner of Fort Defiance and all-around drinks scholar

Each panelist will present their own Daiquiri variation, showcasing their own creativity, a range of rum bottlings, and the possibilities of the drink category. You will try a total of six sample cocktails over the course of the discussion.

Tickets at

Last Taboos Salon: Jazzocide!

Zelda fans in NY! If you love the Jazz Age, Prohibition-era stories, and meeting authors who are the experts, come to the Red Room in the East Village Tuesday night for Booze! Blood! Mayhem!

Historian and journalist Tony Perrottet interviews New York Times bestselling author Karen Abbott about her sensational new book, The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, The Women Who Pursued Him And The Murder That Shocked Jazz Age America.

A special Prohibition night in the Art Deco bar once used by gangster Lucky Luciano as his casino!

The Lineup:
7.30 — Wine Reception; haikus composed in the golden bathtub
8.00 — Live opera
8.05 — Literary conversation
8.30 — Belly Dance!
9.30 — Live jazz

Zelda on the Nile

Authors and Egyptologists Colleen and John Darnell on the steamship Sudan on the River Nile with Zelda Magazine. Read issue 20 for their fantastic article about silent movie star and Egyptologist, Natacha Rambova!

Colleen and John Darnell with Issue 20 of Zelda Magazine and their article about Natacha Rambova.

Zelda Magazine at RumFest NYC

Zelda Magazine at the Real McCoy Rum booth at NY Rumfest with Bailey Pryor last weekend.

Get the latest issue of Zelda and read Mr. Pryor’s interview about 1920s rumrunning and rumrunner Bill McCoy today by clicking here!

The Twentieth Issue Of Zelda Magazine Is Now In Print!

In time for Spring, the twentieth issue of Zelda is available for purchase, just click on “Purchase Zelda” above! We have a new Egyptomania feature in our cover story about Silent Star turned academic Natasha Rambova, and we salute the days of Prohibition with articles about rum and rumrunning, the forgotten mineral water wars, and the lost tradition of bridal orange blossoms. We’ll toast Spring of 2019 with a Stinger, interview the Hot Sardines as they bring hot jazz on tour and Kat Calico as she keeps tradition alive in New Orleans.

Mr. Burton’s advice column is especially spirited, and in some ways our Recipe Book is, too, with a dash of Angostura, Good in All Foods. We finish with a presentation of Jazz Age themed events of the past six months. If you’ve been to one recently, let us know about it!

Thanks to all our readers! if you haven’t clicked on the ads to the right-hand side, please do, our sponsors have great items for you. It’s thanks to both our readers and sponsors that we keep Zelda published twice a year, and it’s always worth it!

Advertise in Zelda Magazine Issue 20!

Do you have products or services for the Jazz Age/Vintage music, art, literature, dance, etc crowd? We are taking new advertisers for the next issue of Zelda Magazine!

We have low rates and special discounts for repeat sponsors! For rate cards and more information, please contact:

Zelda Magazine’s Interview subject Pamela Green’s new film: “Be Natural!”

Issue 9 of Zelda Magazine featured an interview with film producer Pamela Green about early film pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché. Now Pamela Green’s documentary about Alice Guy-Blaché, “Be Natural,” is screening at festivals. Find out all the info here:

A Zelda Magazine Holiday Special!

Beginning on Cyber Monday (what better way to promote a Jazz Age sale!) we are offering a special bundle for the holidays!

For a limited time you can order fifteen issues for the price of a dozen! It’s a great way to give personal gifts,  stocking stuffers, or get the entire remaining print collection for only $90 ($138 International). You’ll get all fifteen issues still in print and only pay the cost of twelve! That’s issues five through nineteen, featuring all the great articles, interviews, and features for your whole collection!

Click on “PURCHASE ZELDA” to buy the entire bundle!

Zelda Magazine Issue 19 is here!


Our latest issue is now available for purchase, just click on the link above! We have some great features for you in these pages, from articles about the Westmore family make up dynasty to Vitagraph’s early silent films, from the birth of bodybuilding to the distinction of the bow tie. We have interviews with burlesque artist Clara Bodacious and jazz singer and musician Queen Esther, as well as our regular features: a classic cocktail of the season, Mr. Burton’s singular advice, and our ‘newest’ vintage recipe book.

You’ll learn about Doctor Sara Josephine Baker, thanks to distinguished scholar Lily Fehler, and explore the Jazz Age and retro spots of Cincinnati.

We also have shots of Jazz Age parties and happenings from all over. We are always looking to cover the latest events, so if you’ve been to one lately, let us know. And don’t forget to check out our sponsors, just click on the links to the right!

Issue 18 of Zelda Magazine Has Finally Arrived!


After a long delay, issue 18 of Zelda Magazine is back from the printer and is available for purchase!

Our multi-talented co-editor, Gin Minsky, is on a national tour, leaving it up to us to try to fill her always tapping shoes. As an all-volunteer small press, we rose to the challenge and overcame setbacks to bring you the latest issue of Zelda, and you won’t be disappointed! (And follow Gin’s exploits at

We’ll introduce you singing idol Nora Bayes, as Michael Cumella renews her star to its former glory. You’ll see why Sally Milgrim was one of the most important designers of the early 20th Century, and why the Block in Baltimore has a history of entertaining adults. Big band leader George Gee and ecdysiastic entrepreneur Delysia La Chatt will tell you in their own words about performing under the influence of the Jazz Age in modern culture, and burlesque historian Rosey La Rouge will show how striptease secured new accessories. And when it comes to athletics equipment, Zelda mentions the unmentionables with a timeline of strapping sportsmen.

Professor Esplin reminds us of a forgotten Baltimore cocktail, and Mr. Burton again gives guidance to the inquiring hopefuls. We’ll treat you to the Recipe Box, and show you around Charm City, the vintage sights and sounds of Baltimore! And if you’ve been wondering about what’s been going on since the last issue, we have a gallery of pics of all the parties.

Just click the Purchase Zelda button at the top of this page for this and all other issues of Zelda Magazine!