In 1907, a French temperance league known as the Croix Bleue called for a ban on the enchanting aperitif absinthe. The league circulated a petition that proclaimed, "Absinthe makes you crazy and criminal. It makes a ferocious beast of man, a martyr of woman, and a degenerate of the infant, and menaces the future of the country." Belgium outlawed the emerald decoction in 1906, Switzerland in 1910, and the U.S. in 1912. Happily that ban is apparently no longer enforced, as Absinthe, an intoxicating cabaret, has come ashore at the South Street Seaport. A cheeky display of circus, sideshow, and striptease, Absinthe is staged in the Spiegeltent, a traveling performance venue from the turn of the 20th century adorned with mirrors, dark wood, and... More >>>