Michael Fassbender at the TIFF Soiree, Sept. 7, 2016

Part ¼

These are my pics. Technically we won’t supposed to take pics in the theater, but they never announced so people were taking pics. I managed to snap about 30 of them before the attendant told me no pics allowed :)


The Lock Picking Party 

Last Friday, the New York Obscura Society invited one of the world’s best lock pickers,Schuyler Towne, to join us in hosting a lock picking extravaganza and cocktail soiree in the beautiful John M. Mossman Lock Museum and reading room of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen.

Attendees were greeted with their own personal lock picking kits along with either a key or a lock strung upon red ribbon to wear around their necks. Guests were encouraged to seek out their match, and paired locks and keys were awarded prizes at the end of the night. 

Schuyler started the night off strong by wowing the crowd with his ability to pick one lock after another all while blindfolded, before delving into a detailed demonstration on the inner workings of the lock and the various methods of lock picking.

Craft cocktails named in honor of history’s most notorious heists were enjoyed along with the lavish surroundings of the General Society’s Mossman Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of vintage bank vault locks, with early locking mechanisms dating all the way back to 4000 BCE.

But that’s not all! Keep reading for a full recap and photo gallery, on Atlas Obscura…


I chisel
the song,
carved from stone,
cold like the moon;
Sung on trembling lips,
no bluer
than the wispy notes
of love;
dry and broken;
No tearing up
of the eyes,
No bitter sighs
no commotion, no confusion;
like the stirring
in the gut,
The void of the breath
leaving the lungs.

© SoulReserve 2016