Date: March 16th 2018

Hello lovelies,

It may seem like there's nothing going on for us this weekend, but there are actually four events at the loft between now and Sunday. One of them is in our listings below (Jason Webley is back!), but the other three are found on our kinkier sister website, House of Scorpio:

Then, we're back to G&S proper next week and beyond:

  • Next Friday 3.23, The Cocktail Experiment: our now-monthly craft cocktail pop-up with Miss Scorpio behind the bar. Bring a challenge ingredient and see what recipe we come up with on the spot, or just come to escape the crush of weekend bars.
  • In two weeks, Fri 3.30, the return of our Goth vs Kawaii dance party AND a screening of Beetlejuice for its 30th anniversary! Two excellent DJs will tag team the cute and the dark all night for your dancing pleasure.
  • In three weeks, Fri 4.6, we bring back our underground tropical casino, complete with three gaming stations, tropical bass beats, and overcomplicated tiki drinks: Castaways Casino Club.


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DRINKS: 3.23

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The Cocktail Experiment + March Babies Birthday Party

Fri, March 23 (and every fourth Friday), 9pm-2am, 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 March? 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 treats!

*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!


Gemini & Scorpio
cordially invite you to

Beetlejuice 30th anniversary screening
Goth vs Kawaii dance party

Friday, 8-9:30pm movie / 9:30pm-late dance party, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested), $10 Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
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Tix: FB: Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsgothkawaii

Music, dancing, visuals, lounging, cocktails. And a screening of Beetlejuice!

Two amazing DJs will tag team the cute and the dark all night! DJ Ceremony (Svmmon: a dark dance experience, Disintegration - The Cure immersion party) will spin goth, industrial, synth, darkwave, trip-hop, dark 80s. The always-eclectic DJ Illexandra will fill in on the kawaii side.

Dress up encouraged, but not required. Dress up ideas, Goth version: black, goth, dark Lolita, neo-Victorian, steampunk, ninja warrior, fetish, Edward Scissorhands. Kawaii version: pink, pastel goth, Lolita, rainbow glitter uincorn, Harajuku, anime, Hello Kitty. And anything Beetlejuice, of course.


Gemini & Scorpio

Castaways Casino Club

Friday, Apr 6, 9pm-late, sliding scale $10-20 donation, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested) Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: FB: Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio

Calling all faux millionaires to litter their gold coin at our illicit gambling establishment far offshore on the banks of Gowanus. The casino club will feature blackjack, roulette and the star attraction of the night: Texas hold'em tournament, played at 10pm, 11pm, and 12am for a $50 value prize. For non-tourney games, a member credit system will let you use your winnings for future party entry, drinks, etc.

The original Castaways resort in Vegas was peak-60s polynesian insanity. We'll honor our namesake with some tropical drinks & beats.

Dress suggestions: funky party-wear, 1960s Polynesian kitsch, faux fancy, vintage lounge, sparkly cocktail, or other non-sloppy attire appreciated. No elaborate costumes or formalwear required, but you know we love it when you put in effort.

We'll turn the heat way up for some sweaty dancing joy. Wear layers!

Lastly: we still have a few of those ridiculous tiki to-go tumblers from the last Castaways. Take your tropical drinks to go in one of those bad boys for only $10.

/// NYC EVENTS: 3/16-3/22 ///


FILM: Cinekink NYC – 15th Annual Kinky Film Festival
tix: Set for its 15th anniversary appearance, the "kinky film festival" will feature a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. Among the highlights this year are the program “Come Again?,” a 15th anniversary screening of sizzling new shorts from CineKink alumni filmmakers, as well as “Consent Counts,” a MeToo-inspired screening and panel discussion, and &147;Sex & Monsters,” a round-up of films that explore beastly desires lurking deep inside. In addition to film screenings, the event will also feature a gala kick-off celebration, a filmmaker crowdfunding workshop, and an “AfterGlow” play party to close the festivities. (Fri-Sun, see site for details)

FILM: Socially Relevant Film Festival NY
a film festival that focuses on socially relevant film content, and human interest stories that raise awareness to social problems and offer positive solutions through the powerful medium of cinema. The films in the offering range from Narrative Fiction Features, Documentary Features, Short films in the fiction and documentary categories, VR/AR and 360 films, and a scriptwriting competition that also offers readings with a cast of actors for the finalist scripts. A number of workshops and panels complement the film screenings as the educational component of the festival. (Fri-Thu, multiple locations, see site for details)


ART: Anything Graff: Graffiti and related works New work from local Graffiti Artists. Anything from wild style, to bubble letters, floaters, paste-ups, stencils, and anything else you might find on the street. Graffiti has been working it's way into museums and private collections over the past few decades, but it has always held a special place in our hearts. RSVP and donate any ammount to support Con Artist Collective's continuing mission to provide affordable workspace, showing opportunities, and workshops to NYC's emerging art scene. (Con Artist Collective & Gallery, 119 Ludlow St, 11am-7pm, sugg don)

WORD: Full House: Applying the Logic of Poker to Life, with poker champion Annie Duke Poker champion turned business consultant Annie Duke discusses her new book, “Thinking in Bets”. Learn how thinking like a gambler can make you a better decision-maker. Plus, enjoy mingling with Annie and others at a post-discussion reception. Copies of the book will be on sale and the author will be signing. (National Museum of Mathematics, 11 E 26th St, 6:30pm, FREE)

COMMUNITY: Mr(s) BK: Round 2
Taking place at a different Brooklyn venue every Friday in March. TEN contestants each week battle it out for the prize of $200 and move onto the grand finale on April 4th where they fight for the cash prize of $500 and the highly coveted title of Mr(s) Bk. Plot twist; joining each winner will also be the “runner up” chosen by the audience. Hosted by Acid Betty with DJ’s Bushwig’s Horrorchata & Merrie Cherry. (Bizarre, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 8pm doors/10pm competition, $15 adv/$20 door, 21+)

ART/MUSIC: March Grand Salon Show Come and celebrate the coming farewell of Winter at this great showcase of local talent. Enjoy two gallery floors and a stellar lineup of local bands and musicians sure to entertain. Works are sold in the $150-$500 range. And, as always, we NEVER take a percentage of any works sold in our dedication to support our artistic community. Music by: Venteur, Hoag & the Weasel, Troy Antonucci. Featuring: the Sensational Samantha Echo, Astounding Anna J. Witiuk, Scintilatting Siv Anderson, Extraordinary Evan Alexander Moore. Curator Shawn James. (Greenpoint Gallery, 390 McGuinness Blvd, BK, 8pm, FREE)

FILM: Titmouse Presents 5 Second Animation Night 2018 A day when Titmouse animators create whatever animated goodies have been floating around in their minds all year. Titmouse is a full‐service, award-winning animation production company. Its artist-run studios in Los Angeles, New York City, and Vancouver keep 500 of the most talented people in the industry (that are guaranteed 100% human) employed and pushing creative boundaries. The films screened are not rated by the MPAA. The screening is intended for an adult audience and some films may contain adult content. (SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd St, 8pm, $5-$10)


SHOP: 8th Annual Irish Arts Center Book Day Since 2011, Irish Arts Center staff and volunteers have distributed tens of thousands of free books to New Yorkers of all backgrounds every St. Patrick's Day. They once again take to the streets across all five boroughs, this year armed with literature by Irish, Caribbean and American authors, to share one of the great legacies that bridge these diverse cultures—their stories. (multiple locations, see site for details)

ART: Flux City 6: This is an homage to the temporary communities of Flux Factory and an exploration of cities as created and idealized by individuals and small groups. During each week an artist will create a city, or their interpretation of city-ness in the gallery creating a broad and all encompassing installation work which culminates in a public opening for that city and a destruction event meant to bring about its end – organized by a separate artist or group. Each week the City builders will repurpose the materials left behind by those who came before as we collectively meditate upon cycles of politics, ownership, creation and destruction. This week features “Art Trash City” and “The Sanitation”, with music by The Company Soundsystem. (Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St, LIC, 10am-10pm, $sugg don)

BURLESQUE: Wasabassco's 10th Annual St Patrick's Day For Sinners
This St. Patrick's Day, Wasabassco once again offers you an alternative to drunken douchebaggery. A night of drinking, celebration and guaranteed fun - featuring an All-Redheads edition of Wasabassco’s spectacular striptease. No green beer. No Pogues cover bands. No foam hats and fake-Irish. Just near-naked redheads, good beer and whiskey, and awesome people like you. Brought to you by Brooklyn's favorite redhead Nasty Canasta, and starring Francine The Lucid Dream, Gal Friday, Kita St Cyr, Nina La Voix, Stormy Leather, Sydni Deveraux, Tiger Bay, Varla Velour and more. (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15-$30)

PARTY: TechNowruz II: Iranian New Year Party Come learn about, support, and celebrate Middle Eastern culture at a dance party in observance of the Iranian New Year (Nowruz) / vernal equinox, with: SADAF, Aria Rostami, Googoosh Dolls, Kamron Saniee. Burning of Esphand to ward off evil spirits and make us feel like we’re back at our grandmother’s house. Haft-Seen, a spread of various items of symbolic significance; representing things like fortune, love, old age, rebirth, etc. Islamic geometric pattern coloring station + egg decoration station. (The Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave, BK, 7pm-12am, $8)

MUSIC: Soul Clap & Dance-Off
The world's most popular and prolific soul party returns after a couple of years on the road. Enjoy cool and unusual live music from the best bands of all time early and dancing to the word's most exciting and exquisite soul vinyl 'til late. This month Thee Clap celebrates its 11th anniversary with live performances by a dream bill including thee almighty Sun Ra Arkestra, James Chance Official and The Contortions, Ice Balloons, and Ryan Sawyer. Followed by soul dancing 'til late with Jonathan Toubin / New York Night Train and NY Night Train Shadow Dancers Erin Sheehy and Danise Prescott in one room and Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds's Sex Beat Disco meets James Chance Dance Party in the other. (Elsewhere, 599 Johnson Ave, BK, 7pm-4am, $10-$20, 18+)


FOOD: Vodka and Pickles Festival
Vodka has been proven to be a good companion for meaningful conversations and positive vibrations. Taste a variety of mixed vodka drinks along with pickles and other creative appetizers while enjoying live music and mingling with friends. Admission includes: unlimited tasting of vodka mixed drinks, unlimited tasting of pickles and other hors-d'oeuvres, live stage entertainment, dj, modern art exhibition and sale, “best pairing” contest , funky photobooth, and raffles. Fundraiser to benefit Palm of Hope Charity. [G&S note: use code CircleOFfriends for a 50% off discount.] (Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave, BK, 12pm-2:30pm & 3pm-5:30pm, $50-$65, 21+)

SHOP: Spectacle Spring Stoop Sale 2018 Music, movies, art, stuff, posters, objects, collectibles, comics, DVDs, Books, accoutrements, merchandise, vinyl, filmic ephemera, vintage filmin' gear, things, clothing, spectacle swag, random junk. (Spectacle Theater, 124 S 3rd St, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)

ART/FILM: Hair Wars plus “Shakedown” Hair Wars began as an informal stage show in Detroit nightclubs, used as a quirky marketing tool for hair stylists in the mid 1980s. The showcase has since toured to nearly 20 cities, gaining international recognition and becoming a major platform for emerging and established stylists across the country. VW Sunday Sessions presents a showcase of fantasy hair pieces created by an intergenerational group of artists and hair entertainers that stretch and blur the boundaries of fashion, humor, performance, sculpture, and spectacle. A selection of archival video from 1985 to the present will be shown throughout the day. Ticket also grants admission to screenings of Leilah Weinraub's “Shakedown”. (MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, QNS, 1pm & 3pm Shakedown/6pm-8pm Hair Wars, $15)

VARIETY: The Artsy Jews Variety Show! Hevria is throwing its first variety show, featuring all sorts of awesome artsy Jews from Brooklyn. This is gonna a fun, weird, whacky event for the funky Jews of the world. Featuring: Talia Lavin - writer for the New Yorker, Joe Helmreich - ventriloquist (yep, that's right), Isaac Gut - musician, Chaim Samuels - comedian/chassid, Laura Melnicoff - cellist/rock star chassidette. Plus at least one super secret, super awesome guest performer. (Luminessence, 268 Brooklyn Ave, BK, 7pm-10pm, $10)

MUSIC: Jason Webley in New York tix: Jason Webley is a troubadour based in Everett, Washington. Beginning as a street performer in late 90s, Webley has built an international following for his songs and stories. Armed with an accordion, a guitar, a porkpie hat and a plastic vodka bottle full of pennies, he has performed in over forty countries. He is known for his work with Welcome to Night Vale and Amanda Palmer. Lacy Rose and Alaina Ferris will open the night. Enter email for street address at (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, address with purchase or email, BK, 9pm, $15)


COMEDY: Shitshow Some comedians are unwise enough to breed - and tonight, they will mine the fallout of that decision on stage. None of the children of the performers are likely to be present, which is a good thing, because they're probably gonna say really mean things about them. Performances by Ophira Eisenberg, Emily Flake, Iris Bahr, Carolyn Castiglia, Roz Chast, Aminah Imani (Union Hall, 702 Union St, BK, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, $8 adv/$10 door, 21+)

VARIETY: Equal Nox: Spring Into Dark Wave Feminism
The future is female, and the future is NOW. From the 34th century, the Mothership Radical Matriarchy descends on Brooklyn to bring you wisdom from a land where people are at peace and women are truly, really, actually, free. Madame Ovary, ghostly Victorian socialite extraordinaire, has taken it upon herself to host this alien assemblage. She invites you to join her for a taste of outer space in the portal of a secret location, super sensory, Brooklyn loft. Performances will be woven into the night's lounging. Featuring: Nadahada (Juliana M Fadil Luchkiw and Maria Paz Valenzuela Silva), Harriet Tubman Herself (Christine Dixon), Sarah Mullins, Sugar Mamasota, Mobpo Trio (Brittany Posas, Chloe Markewich, and Beau Dobson), Spathena, Miu Soda, Mystic JEM (Kate Hess), Michelle Joni Lapidos. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available on a sliding scale. Space is limited. (DUMBO address with purchase, BK, 8pm, $13-$100 pay-what-you-can)


BENEFIT: Never Again: A Night To Benefit Stoneman Douglas High School A night of comedy and music, organized by Stoneman Douglas alumni (Class of 08 and 09) with ticket sales benefitting the Stoneman Douglas High School Victims Fund, Everytown, a non-profit advocating for nationwide gun control and March For Our Lives a student-run organization which is planning an action in D.C and nationwide on March 24th to demand legislation in Congress regarding Gun Control. Featuring: Mike Birbiglia, Lena Hall, Seth Herzog, Michelle Buteau, Jo Firestone, Christian Finnegan, Dave Hill, and more TBA. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, $20 adv/$25 door, 21+)

VARIETY: HardCore MiscAllaneous DomTop proudly presents a fetish burlesque variety show starring: Darlinda Just Darlinda, Arrie Fae Bronson-Davidson (Faux Pas Le Fae), Kendra Warmolts (Miss Vivian), Nikos Brisco (Pink Velvet Witch). Stage Pup & gogo dancer Porn Star Nick Browne (Anthony Grey). Host Mistress Misc Allaneous DomTop. Door Mistress Seedy Edie. Raffle and Fetish auction. (Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 9:30pm, $10 sugg don)


WORD: Leland Melvin on Chasing Space Author, NASA astronaut, and NFL wide receiver Dr. Leland Melvin discusses his new autobiography, Chasing Space. The book reflects on Melvin’s two missions to Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2008 and 2009, his struggle to recover from a deafening injury during training with NASA, and more. After the conversation there will be a book signing of Chasing Space (available for purchase) and star gazing with the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY in the garden. (Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm talk/9pm gazing, FREE with RSVP)

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Figment NYC 2018 Call for Submissions - Deadline 5/18 Figment NYC 2018 is now accepting project submissions for their 12th year. Figment NYC 2018 is a two-day free participatory arts event held on Governors Island, showcasing interactive works of all mediums that encourage participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. Submissions are now open for artists of all ages and experience. The event is on June 23 &24.


THEATER: 2018 EstroGenius Festival - A Celebration Of Female Voices
The longest running festival celebrating the work of women and gender non-conforming artists in NYC. Begun in 2000 as a short-play festival, the festival has launched and supported hundreds of artists in its 18 years. 2018 includes evenings of multiple makers in the new SPILL Series, as well as events outside of the theatre on the streets of NYC. Currently at the helm of the festival are Melissa Riker and Maura Nguyen Donohue. The Short play series is produced by Vinnie Marano. (thru 3/25, The Kraine Theatre, E 4th St, see site for details)

ART/PERFORMANCE: The Orchid Show Stroll through a lush Conservatory while music, performers, and unmatched beauty create one of New York City’s most unique and spectacular evening outings. This year’s exhibition showcases a series of installations crafted by Belgian floral artist Daniel Ost—each a living sculpture celebrating the complex beauty of these stunning flowers. Explore the exhibition after hours and enjoy music and performers with a sea of vibrant orchids cascading behind them. (thru 3/31, Saturdays, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, BX, 6:30pm/7pm/7:30pm, $38)

ART: Monstrosities 2018 This year’s exhibit features the work of 30 amazing US and Japanese Kaiju artists. (thru 4/1, myplasticheart toy store & gallery, 210 Forsyth St)

ART: Then She Did Curated by Lori Zimmer and Melissa McCaig-Welles This mixed media group exhibition features works by Alexandra Momin, Alice Mizrachi, Alison Mosshart, AW Sommers, Audrey Dimola, Caitlin Harris, Chinon Maria, Elizabeth Winnel, INDIE 184, Janette Beckman, Joanne Leah, Karen Dimit, Kathryn Rose, Katrina del Mar, Kendra Heisler, Lady Pink, Marne Lucas, Paola Martinez, Queen Andrea, Rebecca Reeve, Swoon Studio, Vahge Art and Vicky Barranguet. Curators’ note: The artists from Then She Did not only choose who they want to be but, how they want to think and how they want to influence others. They take us on a journey through the personal revolutions of everyday women in America, whose diverse methods and beliefs are only stronger when unified. (thru 4/7, Thu 6pm-10pm/Sat & Sun 11am-6pm, Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave, LIC, 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)

ART: Seed/Pond by Halsey Chait “Seed/Pond” seeks to bridge the divide between internal and external perception by offering large-scale algorithmic ink drawings to ponder as well as the opportunity to physically navigate through a gallery-wide floor drawing installation. (thru 4/22, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Main Gallery, 51 Bergen St, BK, see site for details, FREE)

ART: The Floating World by Emma Sulkowicz The Floating World consists of a series of glass orbs, suspended and connected in a hybrid style of shibari and ukidama, or Japanese fishing floats. Each orb holds a floating artifact of the artist's relationship with a member of their community. (thru 4/22, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Glass House, 51 Bergen St, BK, see site for details, FREE)

ART: David Bowie is This exhibit has been touring globally for the past five years and presents approximately 400 objects drawn primarily from the David Bowie Archive, including the artist’s original costumes, handwritten lyric sheets from famous songs, original album art, photographs, and videos, all tracing Bowie’s creative process from his teenage years in England through his last twenty years, when he resided in New York City. The archive is presented within an immersive, multimedia installation that includes continuous audio along with projected animation and video. All tickets include Sennheiser headphones for a complete audiovisual experience. Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended. (thru 7/15, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, BK, $20 weekday/$25 weekends/FREE members)


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