Date: February 16th 2018

Hello lovelies,

Thank you for another spectacular birthday week! Both our celebrations were packed with smiling, happy, dancing, fabulous guests, and we <3 <3 <3 all of you. Your continued support enables us to do what we do!

In fact, our Loft calendar is actually bursting at the seams, even though there's only two proper G&S events coming up:

  • Next Friday is our craft cocktail pop-up, The Cocktail Experiment, on a new monthly schedule. Now you can always count on us being open the fourth Friday of the month, as a refuge from the overcrowded weekend bar scene (whether or not you bring challenge ingredients). If you want to celebrate your February birthday here, get in touch!
  • Just announced: Swing House, our 1920s speakeasy, is turning 10 this year! It returns on Sat, March 10, and we're going to pack the evening with music, burlesque, gambling, champagne, and whatever else we can think of to celebrate properly.

Now for all the other stuff at the Loft:

  • Our kinkier sister brand, House of Scorpio, has been busier than ever, with six(!) events in the next month. Highlights: next Thursday's intro-to-all-things Under Cover, with gender-bending burlesque, games, and social introductions, and the March 2 secret pop-up strip club, Saints and Sinners. Want to know all about our wilder side? Sign up at
  • Additionally, we're making room for a guest variety/sideshow/go-go/random nudity happening on Thur, March 1. Called "Cirque du so Weird," it should pretty much be what the name implies. See below for invite & ticket link.
  • Did you know we actually have dance and improv classes here every week? Mon & Tues is swing & blues dancing, courtesy of Brooklyn Swings: and Wednesdays are improv, courtesy of Letter of Marque:


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DRINKS: 2/23

Gemini & Scorpio

The Cocktail Experiment + February Babies Birthday Party

Fri, Jan 26, 8pm-1am, FREE admission, 21+ (25+ recommended) Plus: FREE drinks if you bring a cocktail ingredient $6 per experiment / $17 flight of three / cash only

Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Official site & address RSVP: FB: Social media: @gemini_scorpio / #geminiandscorpio

For the first time ever, we're opening our doors as a craft cocktail lounge on a set monthly schedule. Every fourth Friday, enjoy inventive cocktails in a better-than-bar atmosphere: a sexy low-lit loft, lots of couches, sprawling roof, chill music, serious skills behind the bar, no attitude, no cover. Weekend bars are awful; come hide out here. We'll make you something delicious.

Plus, the Experiment: craft cocktail pop-up meets Iron Chef. One kickass bartender, a fully stocked bar, and YOU bringing a liquid challenge: a bottle of something unusual for our pro to turn into a one-of-a-kind cocktail. If your bottle is used in creation of a cocktail, you and up to three friends get a complimentary round. No two cocktails will be the same, and all will be delicious.

Is your birthday in February? Your first drink is on the house (show us your ID). You can even get in touch to reserve a couch, arrange party favors, etc. For everyone else: free un-birthday baked goods!

Tips on bringing ingredients: we welcome both liquor and mixer challenges, but please no basic juices or sodas...that's not what craft cocktails are made of. Consider: half-size bottles, homemade infusions or syrups, that forgotten bottle of weird booze you don't know what to do with, inexpensive amaros, bitters or vermouths. Most importantly, since whatever you brought will be in your free cocktail round, choose flavors you enjoy!


Lydia Vengeance

Cirque du so Weird

Thur, March 1, 8pm-12am, $20 GA / $35 guaranteed seating Gemini & Scorpio Loft, must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address

Details & RSVP: Tix: FB:

A new circus is cumming to town and we're popping a tent at Gemini & Scorpio Loft for a show unlike anything we've done before. Stripped down and clowning around, our devious collective of beautiful weirdos features: Vonka, Misc Allaneous, Dickie Smalls, Nola Bunny, Audrey Love and your host Lydia Vengeance. VIP tickets include guaranteed seating with a full frontal view. GA tickets are standing room only, unless extra seating is available.


The return of House of Scorpio's legendary secret pop-up strip club party, Saints & Sinners. Approval required to buy tickets -- please see for all details.

PARTY: 3/10

Gemini & Scorpio

Swing House 10th Anniversary: 1920s speakeasy, remixed

Sat, March 10, 9pm-late (dance class 9:30pm), 21+ (25+ recommended) $20 until 12:30am, $10 after for electro-swing dance party Gemini & Scorpio Loft, must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address

Details & RSVP: Tix: FB: Social media: #GSSwingHouse #geminiandscorpio

A classic speakeasy party in a secret Brooklyn loft, with live swingin' sounds by vintage jazz bands, blazing burlesque divas, exotic cocktails, and the best electro-swing DJs remixing and reinventing vintage grooves late into the night. "Gatsby-era fun with a twist of new-school vibe" (The Village Voice).

The night starts with an introductory dance class for swing basics by Brooklyn Swings, who teach at our loft every Monday night. Then a celebratory free champagne toast at 10pm, before we kick off the live entertainment.

Live music until 1am by likely the most-booked band of Swing House's history: Queen Esther and the The Hot Five, playing sultry originals and expert renditions of rare all-American standards from the 1920s-30s. Burlesque fabulousness during and between band sets. Sweet remixed vintage beats after, until the dancing is done.

Plus: the gambling den! A taste of our casino nights, with a poker tournament and a roulette table going till at least 1am. You could win drinks and tickets to future events, and yes, if you have casino credit on file with us, you can use it to play.

Dress code (required): The Jazz Age never ended, it just got funky. Dress accordingly: "An event worth wearing that ridiculous zoot suit for." - TimeOut NY; "Corsets and top hats tweaked with studs and leather are totally appropriate." - The New York Times. Suggestions: vintage (1920s-1940s) with a modern twist, cabaret, burlesque, Weimar Berlin, classic Hollywood, classy, sassy, tailored, hats, feathers, sequins, beads. Effort required. Dress code modern-friendly after 1am for the electro-swing dance party.

/// NYC EVENTS: 2/16-2/22 ///


PUPPETS: Ajijaack on Turtle Island
Separated from her family, young whooping crane Ajijaack undertakes her first migration from Canada to coastal Texas alone. Her journey is disrupted by environmental, industrial, and mythical chaos. Ajijaack must follow her intuition to fly onward, learning from the neo-indigenous communities she encounters along the way. Bringing community together through puppetry, traditional dances, projections, and kites, Ajijaack on Turtle Island will inspire the next generation of eco-champions. (Fri-Sat 7pm/Sun 2pm, La MaMa, Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E 4th St, 2nd fl, $25/$20 stu & sen)

FILM: Third Eye Film Festival
The 2nd annual Third Eye Film Festival will showcase 34 films in horror, fantasy, and spiritual genres from 9 different countries. Of these selections, 24 films were created by female filmmakers. The selected films were created predominantly by female-identifying Directors or Cinematographers as represented by the test’s Female Eye category. TEFF also endorses unconventional storytelling with the Spiritual category. This category is home to genre-fluid films about humanity, the intangible, and what lies beyond, supporting the marriage of art and personal truths. (Fri-Tue, How Happening, 6 East 1st St, see site for details, FREE)

PERFORMANCE: Oyster Composer and multidisciplinary artist Joe Diebes presents this experimental opera about the life and work of folk and blues archivist Alan Lomax. The show explores Cantometrics, Lomax's system of numerically analyzing and coding all forms of sung music, not only a precursor to the algorithms that guide Pandora, Spotify and other music services today, but also one of the earliest forms of big data collection in general. Embedded in this 1966-set performance are nascent hints at a culture careening towards the slicker algorithmizing of all facets of life. It also begs the question: how much can we really know of people and culture through computer profiling? (Tue/Wed, Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, BK, 7pm doors, $20 adv/$25 door)


DRINKS: Mixology Festival 2018 Circuit Breakers presents four evenings and seven musical artists and ensembles who bend, blend, and extend electronic instruments and tools toward new realms of creative communication. Surreal songs, ritual roustings, radiophonic phenomena, and a multimedia mélange will incite, inspire, and inhabit. This fest celebrates new and unusual uses of technology in music and the media arts. (Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, BK, 8pm, $15)

DJ: Output Focus with DJ Harvey and The Jackie Factory
The cure for attention deficit dancing. Output gets back to clubbing basics with the launch of FOCUS, a new event series built on an old premise - that one real DJ is all you need. For each edition of FOCUS, one master DJ is chosen to helm Output from open-to-close while another celebrated selector holds court in The Panther Room for the duration. Prior to each edition, the two featured DJs will get together for an in-depth discussion of DJ-craft and their specific approaches to the night ahead. The session will be moderated by an Output correspondent and posted on Facebook. To commemorate the event, the club will honor each DJ by issuing their own limited edition trading card in a collectible series of FOCUS-worthy veterans. Dance music cult icon DJ Harvey plays open to close while beloved NYC mainstay The Jackie Factory aka Johnny Dynell of the legendary Jackie 60 party presents 'Jack Your Bustle' 90s house party in The Panther Room. (Output/The Panther Room, 74 Wythe Ave,

BK, 10PM, $25, 21+)


FEST: 19th Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade & Festival A colorful spectacle featuring floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, Asian musical performers, magicians and acrobats, and local organizations. This street party features all sorts of vendors, food and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Rooster. The parade wends its way through the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown. Suggested viewing locations: East Broadway or by Grand Street / Sara Roosevelt Park. (China Town, 1pm-4pm, FREE)

MUSIC/PARTY: Pride and Prejudice performance and Lusterlilt record release party
Special Double Event for Valentine’s Day/month. Extend the romance and dance your ass off. Jane Austen would want you to. First, The Bushwick Book Club presents Pride and Prejudice with songs, video and more inspired by Jane Austen's romantic classic. Then: The Lusterlit 7" Record release Dance Party where the duo will premiere their new vinyl single pressed by Brooklynphono, "Flight" and debut the new remix version. There will be a short, live set from Lusterlit and then the dance-your-romantic-ass-off party with DJ Prettyfluffy spinning the rest of the night (Little Skips, 941 Willoughby Ave, BK, 7:30pm, $TBD)

PARTICIPATORY: The 18th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant This pageant is similar to the Ms. Universe Pageant, if all the contestants were hairy and liked Budweiser. Contestants need not live on the Lower East Side, they simply must possess qualities, which would make them the proper representative of this neighborhood. Each contestant must prepare for a 1-minute talent competition, a swimsuit competition, evening wear and question and answer. Contestants must show up at 8 to sign up or e-mail revjen12@PROTECTED for details. In addition to the crown, the chosen monarch will also receive a slice of pizza from Rosario’s, a six-pack of Budweiser, and the knowledge that he has been chosen by the people. Runner-up will receive the dubious honor of Mr. Tribeca, and will get to wear a smaller vagina-shaped crown throughout the year. There will also be prizes given for "best male tits," "congeniality" and "best nutsack." Special performances by past Mr. Lower East Sides and musical acts will make the night especially magical. Any woman or g

ay man who shows up on time is automatically a judge. Reverend Jen, the Bob Barker of the L.E.S. will host the evening. Plus, there will be surprise celebrity judges and performers. Musical guests Serpentones will be rockin' out as the Ballzac 3000 dallies up the votes. (The Footlight, 465 Seneca Ave, QNS, 8pm, FREE)


FILM/MUSIC: Fantastic Planet with live score Black Lodge performs a live score to Fantastic Planet. Featuring Steve Blanco - synths and Geoff Gersh - baritone guitar. On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders. Dir: R. Laloux. Fr. 1973 (Film Noir Cinema, 122 Meserole Ave, BK, 8pm, $20)


COMMUNITY/THEATER: Trans Lab Launch Party & Fundraiser Join WP Theater for this Queer Lunar New Year Prom-themed fundraiser in support of Trans Lab. In 2018, Trans Lab intends to create a critical mass of TGNC plays so that the theater cannot say this work never existed. Through the Fellowship, which is supported by The Public and WP Theater, Trans Lab will support four trans and gender non-conforming playwrights/writing teams as well as two emerging TGNC directors. The year long program culminate in a series of readings of the works developed in the Lab. MC-ed by Ariel Speed Wagon. With brand new work by Trans Lab fellows: Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Cece Suazo, Corbin Went, Simone Wolff and Kit Yan. Dress code: your best self living your best life #shiny and #thriving (WP Theater, 2162 Broadway, 6:30pm-9:30pm, $75-$250)


VARIETY: Spellbound: Muses of Madness Embrace the irresistible and enchanting allure of the muses of Spellbound and their bard of the dead as they present the second coming of dreams and fantasy. Prepare to be bound in your desire, wed to your dreams, forced to gaze upon tragedy and beauty reflected in mortality and sensuality. The show will leave you seduced, desperate for another taste of bliss before the sun rises to set the self upon the void of reality. Escape on the tides of passion and drown in waves of euphoria. Give yourself the gift of dreams. Submit yourself to the fairy gods of obsession as they bring you through the darkness. This macabre show inspired by the style of art nouveau will include elements of dance, burlesque, poetry, stage craft and aerial art. The Spellbound Muses include: Mademoiselle Estelle, Ravena Rose, Miranda Bishop, and Benjamin Malum. (The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St, 7:30pm doors/8pm-9:30pm show, $18 adv/$25 rsrvd/$30 door +20 food/drink min, 18+)

WORD: TALE: NYC's Finest Storytelling Enjoy NYC’s finest storytelling featuring performers with creds from SNL, NPR, Comedy Central, VICE, and HBO. With: Joe Charnitski (Moth StorySlam Champ), Dawn Jewél Fraser (TED Talk), Harmon Leon (author of Meet the Deplorables), Bobby Hankinson (Kweendom), Momoh Pujeh (Harlem Comedy Festival). Music: Lorraine Leckie. (Red Room above KGB Bar, 85 E 4th St, 9:30pm, $7)


WORD: The Salons - “Dangerous Beauty: Toxic Victorian Beauty Rituals" The Salons at Beauty Bar are a series of learning and networking events dedicated to the history and industry of beauty and fashion. Editors, writers, designers, scholars, industry professionals, and others are all invited to enjoy panels, presentations, and more at this informal and interesting meet-up. The goal is to create a mutually beneficial community of curious and supportive professionals. (The Beauty Bar, 231 E 14th St, 6pm doors/6:30 presentation, FREE)

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PERFORMANCE/PARTY: The Illuminati Ball NYC Immersive Theater Surrealist Soirée - Friday, 2/23
A surreal immersive theater experience inspired by leaked photos from the Baron and Baroness de Rothschilds’ legendary 1972 fete which drew elaborately masked guests such as Salvador Dali and Audrey Hepburn to the powerful couple’s mansion in France. Von Buhler’s version of the ball explores the myth and mystery of the Illuminati in conjunction with a powerful story about animals. Guests will be invited to take part in esoteric ritual ceremonies throughout the 6,500 square foot space, featuring eclectic music, provocative dance and daring performances unfolding continuously across three floors of interactive Illuminati-inspired rooms. Wandering through secret rooms and vaults throughout the massive building is encouraged. There are mysteries to be discovered everywhere. Upon entry you will choose a unique mask to wear which you may take home as a reminder of the evening. If you are looking for wealth, love, fame, respect or power our kinship leaders will guide you in the rig

ht direction. Be warned, some Illuminati Ball candidates may be involved in power struggles and morality tests. Others might be taken to the Rothschild’s private rooms or Chumanzee’s lair. The event will feature a cash bar with gourmet sandwiches. The evening contains some nudity and adult themes and is 21+. [G&S Note: use promo code “1972” for 50% off tix] (Weylin, 175 Broadway, BK, 8pm, $100-$200, 21+)

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PUPPETS: Jim Henson Foundation now accepting Letters of Intent for 2019 granting cycle - Deadline 3/12 The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants each year for the creation and development of innovative works of puppet theater. If you would like to be considered for a grant, the first step is to submit a letter of intent on or before March 12, 2018. The letter of intent is comprised of two pages, a 1 page letter and a 1 page visual. See site for details. Approximately half of the applicants submitting letters of intent will be asked to submit full proposals. Letters of intent will be reviewed at the Spring board meeting, and applicants will be notified of the board's decision by June 1, 2018.


ART: Damien Echols’ “High Magick” In his debut solo exhibition with the gallery, artist Damien Echols aims to create a sacred space and to demonstrate that the techniques of ceremonial magick are not relics from a bygone age. In 1994 Echols was wrongfully accused and sentenced to death row for 18 years. Through outside support and documentaries like “Paradise Lost” and “West of Memphis”, he was able to make an appeal and new DNA evidence was submitted to the case resulting in his eventual release. For Echols, Magick was a coping mechanism to distract from mental and physical turmoil during his time in prison. Creating talismans helped him preserve his sanity and focus direct his attention away from pain, humiliation and trauma he was undergoing. (thru 2/17, Last Rites Gallery, 325 W 38th St, Frnt 1, see site for details, FREE)

THEATER: The Cult Play This new dramedy by Topher Cusumano, follows The Soul Scouts, a religious cult run by Mama Pearl, a charismatic mystic. The group believes the divine rapture will be realized with the coming of the Goddess. However, Mama Pearl fears she’s losing control of the struggling group after the defection of a longtime follower. When Mae, a tech-savvy queer punk, begins the process of joining the group, she introduces Mama Pearl to the powers of social media, changing the course of the Soul Scouts’ destiny forever. (thru 2/17, Paradise Factory Theatre, downstairs, 64 East 4th St, see site for details, $25)

ART: Pattern in Landscape
This group show includes artists that explore the concept of landscape outside of conventional ideas and incorporate components of pattern into their composition. These artists often make use of naturally occurring patterns such as spirals, waves, tessellations, cracks, stripes, symmetrical branches and fractals. Featuring the work of Sasha Bezzubov, Thomas Broadbent, Stephen Mallon, Mark Masyga, Ross Racine, Emily Roz, Zoe Wetherall and Julia Whitney Barnes. (thru 2/18, Front Room Gallery, 48 Hester St, see site for details, FREE)

THEATER: [PORTO] by Kate Benson A woman walks into a bar. Her name is Porto. She's a regular. She likes this bar: serious food, serious wine, serious bartender-a staple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood (perhaps Bushwick?). Her friends, her wine, and her artisanal snacks are there; her doubts about being a Modern Woman are put on snooze. A handsome stranger walks in and orders something special. Disruption ensues: an upside-down romantic comedy unfolds inside and outside her head. Desires of all kinds are awakened with a ferocious thump. A nice smile is a nice smile, but can we enjoy the sausage once we know how it's made? (thru 2/25, WP Theater, 2162 Broadway, see site for details, $40-$90)

THEATER: Fusiform Gyrus - A Septet for Two Scientists and Five Horns
In Talking Band’s new music-theater work, big ideas bump up against big sound. Five brassy horns and two eccentric scientists leapfrog from epiphany to epiphany. The show celebrates the resilience of friendship, the power of music to make us feel like anything can happen, and the rigorous tradition of scientific discovery in a world where scientific truth is often challenged. (thru 2/25, Tue-Sat 7pm/Sun 2pm, Here, 145 Sixth Ave, $25-$75)

MAGIC: American Escape Artist starring Thomas Solomon This performance showcases the award-winning and original escapes of Thomas Solomon, recognized by the Academy of Magical Arts as the "World’s Greatest Escape Artist." With two network television specials under his belt, his performances at Coney Island will feature exciting presentations on classical magic and the unique escape artistry that has audiences standing and cheering. (thru 2/29, Fri, Coney Island Theater, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 8pm, $15)

ART: Solid Light Works - Anthony McCall This exhibition marks the artist’s first institutional exhibition in New York and first time that his vertical installations will be shown alongside their horizontal variants. Requiring over thirty feet of clearance from floor to ceiling, very few New York venues can accommodate these six-colossal works. The epic vertical and horizontal installations will fill Pioneer Works’ monumental main hall, which will be completely blacked out and immersed in haze. (thru 3/11, Wed-Sun, Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)

ART: Gamelatron: Sonic Kinetic Sculptures by Aaron Taylor Kuffner, solo exhibition The exhibition is a dialogue with the emerging field of robotics, sound resonance and it's effect on the psyche. This is Kuffner's most extensive exhibition of Gamelatron artworks to date. Within the gallery's various spaces he is presenting 7 Gamelatrons. The show features over 80 robotized gongs and 6 never seen before artworks. There is seating with benches, rugs, and pillows. Kuffner has transformed the gallery into a urban sanctuary, internationalizing the exhibition as an offering. (thru 4/8, Tue-Sun, Crossing Collective Gallery, 559 W 23rd St, 10am-6pm, FREE)


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