Mr. Team Mister Saturday – Jeffrey Ralston

Jeffrey is the mastermind behind all of the dynamic and wonderfully whimsical lighting design that we set up for special occasions. Using the simplest materials, Jeffrey consistently innovates and astounds us with each passing party.

MSN: Where are you from originally, and how long have you been in New York?
Jeffrey: I was born in Atlanta, GA and spent my early childhood in Hartford, CT before moving back to Atlanta (just in time for puberty!). After high school, I moved to NYC in 1995 to attend Pratt Institute. I have lived here ever since.
MSN: How did you get into the lighting/design business?
Jeffrey: As a kid, I had this really big train set. I would imagine that  “shows” were coming to town, and construct these concert stage venues between the tracks and light them using flash lights, tin foils, and colored gels. This secretly went on for ages, until around 2009, I was working at a bar in the city where I was allowed to hang and play with lights within the space. It was there I met a lot of amazing artists, promoters, curators, etc.  whom all embraced what I was doing. Soon enough, I was asked to start doing lights and installations at parties and art institutions, and have been continuing this path since.
MSN: What are your inspirations as far as your own design preferences?                            Jeffrey: As you probably have guessed, I love! love! love! using plastic. The more I use this material, the more fascinating I find it. It is extremely versatile, and has this incredible ability to be transparent, opaque, glossy and reflective,  even textural and excessively abundant, all at the same time. I feel that I am inspired by the theme of the event that I am working for, and the challenges of figuring a way to make it all work together. It’s fun for me to discover new tricks using the same materials. 
MSN: When and how did you get started working with Justin and Eamon?
Jeffrey: I met Justin and Eamon thru my buddies at SPANK. Mister Saturday and SPANK collaborated on an event called “New York Just Like I Pictured It” where I did lights for. I believe after that first event, they asked if I could start doing lights/decor for them. I remember them saying to me “You are what we are missing” – and it still makes me smile.
MSN: What has been your most memorable gig, or one which you are most proud of?
Jeffrey: It’s funny, I feel like every time I do a major install for Mister Saturday, that it bumps all previous gigs out of first place. With that theory, I am really loving the last Mister 99 party.  I think it was using the height of the room that made it dramatic and interesting for me.
MSN: What are your hobbies, other jobs, interests, etc?
Jeffrey: Ice cream, doughnuts, gummy bears…I have a major sweet tooth.
MSN: Given your experience, in what direction would you like to see parties NYC head?
Jeffrey: Double rooms! I miss the days when you could jump from room to room and hear multiple DJ’s, and experience multiple environments at the same time. Maybe in today’s iWorld, we should figure a way to have virtual rooms. People need options and they need it fast!
MSN: Parting words to the Mister audience?
Jeffrey: Sorry to the girl that initially had the silver Mylar tube fall on your head [from the Mister 99 party]…I know it must have shocked you coming out of nowhere – but you rocked it! And thanks for all the support, everybody!  xo

Photo by Sean B

The Mister’s New Year’s Eve

Okay, so it’s almost 2012. But before Quetzalcoatl returns to earth on a raft of snakes, let’s talk 2011. It was a lot of fun. We threw parties at night, parties during the day, parties in the rain and at least one party in space. And as the culmination of a bunch of different kinds of parties, we’ve decided to close out 2011 with our favorite kind of all: the simple kind. Simple, of course, doesn’t mean anything less than great.

We’re taking over House of Yes for Mister Saturday Night’s New Year’s Eve. If you haven’t yet joined us at House of Yes, prepare to be positively pleased. It’s got all the trappings of a great secret party space: plenty of comfortable places to sit, a nice long bar, a perfectly sized dancefloor, and nooks and corners to get a little lost in.

We’ll be bringing in the big, blue soundsystem, which has recently been tuned just for the room; Jeffrey Ralston, who installed the amazing space station at our Halloween party, will be dressing up the place special for the evening; and Justin and Eamon will be playing records all night long.

Probably best of all, though, we’re going to keep it intimate. No waiting for a drink for an hour at the bar, no standing in crazy lines at the bathroom, and no coat check debacles. Just you, us, some friends and some dancing. And a champagne toast at midnight, of course.

The catch (if you wanna call it that) is that you’ll need advance tickets to ring in the New Year with us. That way we can make sure that just the right amount of folks are inside. If you can’t make it for the ball drop, we’ll be opening the doors for everyone else at 3am, so you can still come and get down on the late end without a ticket.

No matter when, we really hope to kick the year off with you.

See you there.

A Mister Saturday Night New Year’s Eve
with residents Justin Carter & Eamon Harkin
at House of Yes / 342 Maujer St between Waterbury and Morgan, Brooklyn / Saturday, December 31st / 9p-6a

TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP THE PARTY INTIMATE, YOU NEED AN ADVANCE TICKET TO GET IN / SADLY TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT / If you want to come on the late end, we’ll open the doors to non-ticket holders at 3am for $20 if space is available / map to venue / 21+*

*Although we absolutely love to play host to our underage friends, the operators of the space make the rules. When we can, we do it all-ages, but for House of Yes, we’ve gotta keep it twenty-one and over.

Mister Halloween Night: A Space Odyssey

It’s official. NASA did its final space shuttle launch in June of this year, so the Mister is answering the call of duty, grabbing the wheel and taking a trip to outer space for this year’s Mister Halloween Night. Our favorite loft, 12-turn-13, is being transformed into Apollo 12-turn-13 – a spaceship capable of traveling to distant planets in but a few hours.

Captains Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter will be piloting the ship all night, a large window into the cosmos has been designed by first mate Doctor Mojo (we call him Number One), and inflatable spaceship things will be installed by Jeffrey Ralston (we call him Data).

Astral outfits will be rewarded with an on-the-house drink. Think constellations, alien life forms (yes, that is a hint that we want you to dress up as ALF), astronauts and anything else that will make you feel at home in space. If you want some inspiration, check the trailers for Fifth Element, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Barbarella, Buck Rogers and Spaceballs. Remember that the more group costumes on the spaceship, the farther and faster it’ll travel (yes, that is a hint that we want to see the entire crew of the Enterprise onboard).

Boarding is at 10pm. Get there soon after. It would be a shame to miss liftoff.

Mister Halloween Night: A Space Odyssey
aboard Apollo 12-turn-13

Saturday October 29th / 10p boarding – 6am landing / Apollo 12-turn-13 will be docked at 172 Classon Ave between Park and Myrtle, Brooklyn / $15 in advance at / $15 before midnight with RSVP to / $20 otherwise / spacey costumes will be rewarded with a drink on the house