[G&S]: Next Sun: pop-up market in two venues / 4.27 Secret cocktail pop-up / Your NYC events 4.13-19

From: "Gemini & Scorpio" <gs@PROTECTED>
Subject: [G&S]: Next Sun: pop-up market in two venues / 4.27 Secret cocktail pop-up / Your NYC events 4.13-19
Date: April 13th 2018

Hello lovelies,

OMG, spriiiiiiing! FINALLY. The long-awaited change in weather is making us look forward to next week's Goldmine even more. We have TWO venues for this event, and both have outdoor spaces for you to enjoy. And the list of vendors keeps growing, too. Plus, we have delicious treats, tarot, massage, photo booth and of course by-donation champagne (in the loft). We could still fit more delights, though -- anyone want to join us with their wares, art, info, experiences, food? Drop a line.

The following Thursday is our monthly cocktail night, and if you haven't been, we highly recommend it over the crush of weekend bars, even if you never bring an ingredient. Especially with the weather making rooftop lounging an option :)


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invite you to

Goldmine pop-up market - spring clean & Earth Day edition

Sun, Apr 22 - Earth Day, 1-6pm, FREE
Gemini & Scorpio Loft + 313 Butler Gallery (on next block), Gowanus, BK G&S address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1915456658527233/ Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsgoldmine (show us your treasures!)

Miss Scorpio teams up with fellow dress-up addicts and craft-makers for some closet-cleaning and handmade clothing & accessory shopping. Think one-of-a-kind vintage, feathers and fascinators, unique jewelry, and lots and lots of sparkles. Of course even divas have days off, so there will be plenty of cheap casual wear finds alongside costume and vintage pieces. Plus: by-donation champagne and coffee, chill soundtrack, and lounging in our awesome loft and sprawling roof. Perfect laid back Sunday.

Exclusive to this Earth Day edition: we're taking over a green-minded gallery with a lovely garden just around the corner, for an expanded market vendor selection, pop-up art show, introductions to local sustainability organization, and brief presentations on green living.

Confirmed vendors in both locations:
Miss Scorpio - Vintage, costume and everyday pieces selected for their unique visual appeal - http://bit.ly/GS_FBsale
Basina Jewelry - Wearable glass and enamel art - http://www.basinajewelry.com
BrooklynBaum - Upcycled, handcrafted wooden jewelry (and vintage dirty mags for Goldmine only!) - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrooklynBaum
Coming Up Violets - Handpainted stationery and clothing designs, art prints, and eclectic thrift -
Costumegasm - Pasties, booty shorts, elastic body harnesses and more party wear - https://www.facebook.com/costumegasm
Halsted Welles - Native ​plants, shrubs, and trees to restore nature in urban environments - http://halstedwelles.com
Haus of Hag - Authentic artisanal magical crafts & curiosities - http://www.HausOfHag.com
I Delgado Skincare - Organic vegan food-grade skincare - https://www.etsy.com/shop/idelgadocouture
Kat Mon Dieu - Headdresses & costume pieces - https://www.facebook.com/Kat-Mon-Dieus-Ornamental-Headwear-181537749320912/
Lamia Design - Handmade fingerless leather gloves - https://www.etsy.com/shop/LamiaAkarDesign
LivLovOhm - Modern bohemian jewelry designed for layering - http://www.rawartists.org/liveloveohm
Modern Girl Blitz - Witchy and feminist handmade jewelry, apparel, and trinkets - http://www.moderngirlblitz.co
Mutant Art - One-of-a-kind stuffed animals & paintings - http://etsy.com/shop/beautifulmutants
Nicole Oliva Costumes - Gothic, Lolita, steampunk, historical & cosplay - http://www.facebook.com/NicoleOlivaModel
Sarah Sokol Millinery - Bringing imagination to life through outrageous headwear - http://www.sarahsokolmillinery.com
Sherritdesign - Imaginary creature plushies - https://www.etsy.com/shop/Sherritdesign
The Mended Moth - Handmade or refurbished accessories with a vintage sensibility - https://www.facebook.com/themendedmoth
The Scarlett Affair - Festive and fun floral designs for the holidays - https://thescarlettaffair.yolasite.com/
Toussaint Tinctures - Handcrafted exotic baths and spa products - https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleLoveAffairs
Unnatural Kingdom - Urban nature photography and upcycled garden containers  - http://unnaturalkingdom.com
Zoa Chimerum Jewelry - Biomorphic handmade jewelry of cut rubber layered over forged aluminum - http://www.zoachimerum.com

Delicious and sexy cookies, cupcakes and sweet treats by Brooklyn Born & Bread
Tarot by Marcy Currier of Metamorphosis: Mystical Insight & Evolutionary Support Restorative Thai massage by ThIS Body
Luscious garden photo booth by Halsted Welles featuring Earth Goddess human statue Hope Diamond

Earth Day mini-workshops & info sessions (times TBA):
- Community gardens, native plants, and ecological sustainability by Halsted Welles
- Exploring nature and wilderness in our cities by Unnatural Kingdom
- The Urban Worm: DIY vermicompost by Marissa Ringel
- Creating healthier environments through community by The World Is Your Dumpster


Gemini & Scorpio

The Cocktail Experiment + April Babies Birthday Party

Fri, April 27 (and every fourth Friday), 8pm-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: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/593090387710802/
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 a friend get a complimentary round (up to three friends, if it's a full size bottle of something excellent!). No two cocktails will be the same, and all will be delicious.

Is your birthday in April? Your first experiment is on the house (show us your ID). You can even get in touch to reserve a couch, arrange party favors, etc. Yes, you can order food to be delivered, too. 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.

/// NYC EVENTS: 4/13-4/19 ///


MUSIC: MATA Festival's 20th Anniversary: The World's Fair of Fresh International Music
“Bringing legacy and future to life” Featuring 43 composers from every inhabited continent and the newest music from rising international voices: 12 World, 11 American, 5 NY Premieres, 3 Commissions. Plus MATA’s 'greatest hits' and 5 new alumni commissions: Annie Gosfield, David T. Little, Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly, Ken Ueno. Featuring Mexico's Liminar Ensemble - Sandbox Percussion, Contemporaneous, Face the Music, and more. Plus Divine Mysteries & A Room Of One's Own. (Fri/Sat, The Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, see site for details, $25)

PERFORMANCE/PARTY: Subvert : ritual: Part 1 Luck & Part 2 Blood
This affair will be hosted on the bywaters of Bushwick in a historic ship. The night will be foggy and dark but the way will be lit with candlelight. Part 1 on Friday features live music by: The FMs - Androgynous analog goth beats menacing hymns on the future zeitgeist. Symphonic stoner rock nightmares; A Place Both Wonderful And Strange - Occult Electronic music inspired in equal parts by David Lynch and Janet Jackson; Knifesex - Ritual electronic music for dance and devotion; Hex.sys; and Meviu§. Midnight Ritual by New Jack Witch, Bonfire, Elixirs, sexy acro burlesque performances, dungeon Play & cuddle lair. Part 2 on Saturday is celebration of the viscous, dark red liquid that flows through us and the power it holds when it leaves us. Samonik - An assertive electronic pulse that is as intoxicating as it is exhilarating; The FMs; The Mystic Underground - Indie electronic pop for misanthropes and miscreants. Life set to a dance beat; Octonomy - Noisey industrial hardware techno and/or droning ambient music. Sometimes both at the same time. Plus poetry and burlesque performances, outdoor kiddie pool blood bath play, Psychic Surgery by Dr Malady. Dungeon play & cuddle lair. Ritual attire: medical, bloody, kink, primal, ritualistic, animal. Email: subvert66@PROTECTED for address and instructions. (Fri/Sat, Secret Boat, BK, 9pm-3am, $10/FREE with ritual attire)

THEATER: Dean Haspiel's The Last Bar at the End of the World
tix: https://lastbar.brownpapertickets.com
Announcing the World Premiere of Emmy-award winning cartoonist Dean Haspiel's new work "The Last Bar at the End of the World." Dean returns to the stage with this existential tragicomedy about a dying graphic novelist, his best friend, and the sages, teachers, lovers, and losers that fill up his cityscape in a play that asks the question “Why are we here and what do we have to do to move on? Featuring: Philip Cruise, Tarik Davis, Lex Friedman, Seth Gilliam, Christopher Lee, Edward Miller, Alyssa Simon, Anna Stefanic, and Stoya. (Fri-Sun, Urban Stages, 259 W 30th St, see site for details, $25)

FILM: Fashion in Film Festival – Wearing Time: Past, Present, Future, Dream
This fest explores the fascinating connections between fashion, cinema, and time. Probing into four different (though often overlapping) conceptions of time—past, present, future, and dream—the program asks what concrete manifestations of time fashion and clothing enable. What memories, echoes, and ghostly shadows? Fashion’s own relation to time may be vital and intimate, but it is far from transparent. Film, the art of time passing, helps illuminate some of its complexities. (Fri-Sun, this week and next, 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, see site for details, $9-$15)

THEATER: Leisure, Labor, Lust
A three-part triptych presented in one evening. Inspired by the work of Edith Wharton and Jacob Riis, this queer love story spans turn-of-the-century New York from the horrors of mental illness to the paralysis of the immigrant to the impossibility of being closeted to a gothic romance. (Fri-Sun/Thu, this week and next, The Tank, 312 W 36th St, 1st Fl, see site for details, $25)

ART/PARTICIPATORY: Kookerville: Solo exhibition by Lexy Ho-Tai
The large scale, bright colours, and outlandish demeanour of the “Kookers” create spontaneous moments of joy, human connection, and social disruption through play and absurdity, breaking people from their daily routines. Laboriously and lovingly crafted from found and recycled materials, this body of work explores the intersection between craft and play, art and accessibility. Creator Lexy Ho-Tai invites you to not only enter this evolving world, but to create and contribute to it. There will be materials available and workshops throughout the weekend. Everyone that enters the world will add to it. This is a family-friendly weekend. Feel free to bring recycled materials to repurpose and contribute to the space. (Sat 1pm-10pm/Sun 1pm-6pm, 39-31 29th St, LIC, FREE)

VARIETY: Congress of Curious Peoples
This annual festival offers several events including the The Strange and Unusual Market, Sideshow Monsters Weekend, “Greatest Showman” Fiction vs Fact - The Real story behind the Reel story, Freakshow Bingo, and more. (Sat/Sun, Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, see site for details)


ART: “Sculpture 56” opening
As a medium, sculpture has the dynamic ability to activate the spaces they’re in and immerse the visitor. Sculpture 56 reinforces Bushwick’s sense of community and makes a larger impact than the typical, individual gallery programs. It invites the public to wander the halls of the building to explore the unique high-quality physical exhibitions. Moving from one gallery to the next, Sculpture 56 presents the different adaptations sculpture can take. (56 Bogart St, BK, 6pm-9pm, FREE)

VARIETY: Blunderland Variety Show
Drawing from the finest burlesque, circus, cabaret, and queer scenes, this show is a trip down a rabbit hole of scintillating surprises you won't soon forget. This is not a show for the meek and they serve nothing mild on that stage. Come prepared for anything! With: DEITY, Stormy Leather, Cassady Rose, Nicki Miller, Amber Martin, Lord Of Beef, Kembra Pfahler and more TBA. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 6:30pm doors/7:30pm show, $15-$30)

ART: Dimensions of Alterity Opening Reception
A group show exploring the chimeric, the grotesque and the abject. From early manifestations on 1st century Roman grotto walls to the medieval notions of the carnivalesque body, the show compares historic traditions with our contemporary understandings as a fundamental human experience. Including work from: Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Alex Patrick Dyck, Katie Green, Olivia Taylor, Colin Radcliffe, and Luke Michael Todd. Opening reception includes goopy rotting fleshy things, temporary tattoos, costume contest with prizes, 13th century cave music, live chimeras, doggo docent. Costumes encouraged. (Paradice Palase, 1263 Bushwick Ave, BK, 7pm-10pm, FREE/sugg don)

WORD: Scientific Controversies No. 14: Engineering a Cure
This is part of a series of conversations between scientists on unsolved quandaries, hosted by PW Director of Sciences Janna Levin. The Pioneer Works Director of Sciences, Janna Levin, hosts Nobel laureate David Baltimore and geneticist Feng Zhang in conversation on the genetics and the future of life and death. Pop-up genetics experiment courtesy of Barnard College, BrooklynBio, and BioTech Without Borders. After the conversation there will be star gazing with the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY in the garden and DJ Black Helmet’s set of rare grooves in the North Hall. (Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm conversation, FREE with RSVP)

MUSIC: Big Lazy
Big Lazy is an instrumental trio from New York City. References have been made to noir, spaghetti western, Lynch and Tarantino soundtracks, crime jazz and burlesque but Big Lazy's organic and uncontrived music remains beyond category. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 10pm, $10)


COMMUNITY: March for Science NYC 2018
In 2017, more than one million people around the world gathered to defend science for the common good and its role in policy and society. Since then, science has continued to face increasing threats at the federal, state, and local levels. This year, let’s come together to send a message: we will hold policy makers responsible for enacting equitable, evidence-based policies that serve all communities. Rally with scientists and friends before the march down Broadway to Liberty Street. There will be speakers, live music, and tents for science outreach and political advocacy groups. (Washington Square Park, 60 Washington Sq S, 9am-1pm, FREE)

FOOD: NY Indonesian Food Bazaar
We are set for the first Spring time bazaar for year 2018, Can't wait to show you , well, go take a look by yourself. Too many varieties of food to list. Try pempek Palembang (fish cake Palembang) with it's savory sauce, es Doger (Ice doger) from Dapur the Tio's, some snacks from stand Enak Iki and much more. (St. James's Parish House, 8407 Broadway, QNS, 12pm-5pm, FREE)

WORD: 13th Annual Collectors' Night
Each year, collectors and archivists — whose acquisitions run the gamut, from loose groupings to the hyper-specific–showcase their treasures to the public and participate in rapid-fire show-n-tells. This is an opportunity to get up close with collective labors of love. Special guest speakers will focus on municipal collections of New York City and feature: Brian Kelley’s NYCTA project, Nelson Molina’s Treasures in the Trash collection, and a special presentation from Amanda Pietrzykowski, Collections Manager and Curator of the New York City Fire Museum. (New York City Fire Museum, 278 Spring St, 6pm-8pm, $7-$13)

COMEDY/PARTICIPATORY: The Comedy Marathon: An Afternoon Of Comedy Jogging
This is a new comedy show that happens during a light jog, where the comedians and audience will run around Brooklyn while a show happens in front of them, with a PA system being carried by a slightly-strong and hustling tech person. Register in advance to get one of those papers-with-a number-on-the-front-thingies (optional). You can register your dog and the dog will get a number-chest-paper-thingy. See site for separate registration links. FEATURING: Eli Za, Chase Montavon, Larry Sass-Ainsworth, Possibly Maya Sharma, Merrill Watzman, The Pepperoni Zone, The Windsprinting Players. Hosted By Jason Weitzman. (Meet at Jefferson St & Evergreen Ave, BK, 6:20pm-7:30pm, FREE)

WORD: Tinctures 101
While there are many applications for herbal medicine- brews, teas, potions and salves- the tincture reigns supreme. This is a simple procedure that has the unique ability to draw the most concentrated, active incredients from plant material, and apply them to countless concoctions, from perfumes to powerful medicines. Join Catland Books and co-owner Melissa Madara for an in-depth look at the process of making and using homemade tinctures. (Catland, 987 Flushing Ave, BK, 7pm-9pm, $15)

Start off with a Swing Beginner Class; all levels, no experience needed. Followed by live music by The Gordon Webster Band, a dance performance, DJ, give aways, and more. Lindy Hop workshops also available at 6:30pm and 7:30pm for separate charge. (The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave, 7:30 doors/7:45pm Free Class/8:30pm Music & Dance, $16 adv/$18 door)

VARIETY: 109th Salute to Magic
tix: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3360857
Remarkable Illusions, uproarious comedy and jaw-dropping variety skill will entertain audiences of all ages at the Salute to Magic Show. The show stars Harrison Greenbaum, star of The Illusionists: Direct from Broadway and America's Got Talent; Elliot Zimet who performed his exciting stage magic on America's Got Talent and Penn & Tellers Fool Us; Mike Bent, who will entertain with his hilarious conjuring; Keith Nelson, who will attempt to balance eight spinniing bowls at the same time; and John Bunday & Morgan who will perform three never-before seen illusions. (Fashion Institute of Technology’s Haft Theatre, 227 W 27th St, 7:30pm, $20-$55)

ART: House of Words: Opening Night
Featuring twenty-four international writers, poets, painters, photographers, sculptors, and installation artists, accompanied with live sound experience, the House of Words presents an art-meets-words exploration through the open-format narration of redefined identity, gender, sexuality, and interconnectedness. Created by author Ariel de Lion. Curated by Jennifer Tone. (House of Words, 30 Belvidere St, BK, 8pm-11pm, FREE)

VARIETY: EAT ME! A Variety Show: April Eats
The Brides of Burlesque, with Kinetic Cabaret Productions, present an evening with no filters. Cirque, song, performance art and burlesque artists from NYC and beyond. Featuring: Faux Pas le Fae, Aurora North, Velocity Chyaldd, Miss Cherry Delight, VooDoo Onyx, Zepe (Sara Solaris Zepezauer). Hosts: The Brides of Burlesque. Stage Unicorn: C'etait BonTemps. With door diva Dara and DJ Stormageddon. (BIZARRE Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 8pm door/8:30pm show, $10 sugg don, 21+)

MUSIC: Tredici Bacci
Tredici Bacci is a living homage to french pornography, to italian slasher films and to pop psychedelia. A musical shrine dedicated to bright colors - flugelhorns; sing-song and sexy dialogue. Tredici Bacci is celebrating the strange, somewhat seedy, schmaltzy and smooth aspects of 1960s-70s popular culture. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 8pm, $10)

PUPPETS: Handsome Devils Puppets’ “Into Glow, Out of Gloom”
A puppet show featuring 4 vignettes of various folktales, ballads, and original songs the artist has found strength in over time. The show is stripped down, alway honest, frequently laughable exploration of the power of your person and of course the power of puppets to help you find that. (Gristle Tattoo+Art Gallery, 26 Bushwick Ave, BK, 8:30pm-10pm, $10-$15 sugg don)

MUSIC: Zemog El Gallo Bueno
Led by Puerto-Rican born Peruvian guitarist Abraham Gomez-Delgado, the band plays Latin music for the 21st Century. Their sound is both slick and raw - rooted in the traditional rhythms of Bomba and Plena with the energy of the best rock bands and the joyful chaos of Sun Raâ’s improvisation. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 10pm, $10)

BURLESQUE: Switch n' Play's Family Values
A drag and burlesque show dedicated to a favorite queer spooky family — the Addams Family. Starring: Divina Gransparkle as Debbie Jellinksky, K.James as Gomez Addams, Miss Malice as Morticia Addams, Nyx Nocturne as Cousin It, Vigor Mortis as Uncle Fester, and Zoe Ziegfeld as Thing. Special Guests: Fem Appeal as Grandmama Addams, Heart Crimson as Wednesday Addams, Hystée Lauder as Pugsley Addams, Miscallaneous Domtop as Lurch. Door by Dorian Gaye. (Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Ave, BK, 9pm doors/9:30pm show, $7-$20 sliding scale)

DJ: Thunder Gumbo: Spring Punk Steam Cleaning
Enjoy the steamy dance floor, open up your pores, unbutton your suit, watch the blossoms bloom, bring away everything you own and leave it on the dance floor. With your guest dj’s Dreeemy + Illexxandra and residents Kat Jane (vinyl set), Partyfoul5000™, & Zionysus. They are accepting short live stage acts, psychics, anybody who wants to offer DIY dry cleaning, anything that can happen at a table or roaming in the space. Message the Thunder Gumbo Facebook page and they’ll hook you up. They’re Burners, but not like hot pink furry leg warmer burners. Dress however you want, whether that’s leather, lace, latex, light up, or lazy. Donations towards the 2018 journey of the Thunder Gumbo legendary art car will be accepted. (The Keep, 205 Cypress Ave, 10pm-4am, FREE)


PARADE: New York Persion Parade 2018
New York Persian Parade is an annual parade that focuses on the culture, arts, and history of Iran. Everyone from every race and culture can participate in, while enjoying the music bands, dance ensembles, flags, floats, performers, marchers, and dignitaries. (Madison Ave, 11am, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Weirdo Painting Class
Come learn how to paint weird stuff in a relaxed, fun, friendly and colorful boutique setting. Byob and they provide the rest!: a 10"x 8" stretched canvas on wood to take home with you and a lesson taught by painter Al Benkin of Mutantland Art. They have paint, brushes and a protective art apron for you to use. Instead of painting traditional sunsets or a bouquet of flowers, you'll learn step by step to paint unique whimsical subjects like a 3 eyed cat, a unicorn mermaid or a bunnybird. All skill levels welcome. Wear clothing you dont mind painting in. (Cult Party, 53 Waterbury St, BK, 2:30pm-4pm, $30)

MUSIC: 40th Annual English Handbell Festival
The Riverside Ringers host a weekend gathering of bell choirs from throughout the region, combining forces to perform a glorious concert on Sunday afternoon, under the leadership of special guest conductors Eileen Laurence and William H. Griffin. (The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr, 4pm-5:30pm, $15-$20)

Fearless Over Forty Presents: The Early Bird Special (and Vanil turns 50 !)
You’re an adult, you mailed your tax return in on time, come on out to Parkside to celebrate and give Birthday Woman Vanil LaFrappe hugs and kisses as she celebrates turning 50. Feast your eyes on the most badass Over Forty beauties in burlesque. Starring: Amuse Bouche, Aurora BoobRealis, Beelzebabe, Nasty Canasta, Tiny D, Vanil LaFrappe, Vivienne LaFlamme. Hosted by Body By Dave. (The Parkside Lounge, 317 E Houston St, 6:30pm doors/6:45pm show, $15–$25)

FILM: Visible Poetry Project Film Screening
The Visible Poetry Project pairs 30 poets with 30 filmmakers who collaborate to create 30 visual poems, released daily in April during National Poetry Month. This event is a screening of several of those videos, followed by a Q&A with the artists involved. (Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave, BK, 7pm doors/8pm start, FREE)


WORD: Book Talk: "Abraham & Straus: It’s Worth a Trip from Anywhere"
The shrinking Macy’s on Fulton Street was once home to an icon of Brooklyn’s Gilded Age prosperity: the Abraham & Straus department store. Author Michael Lisicky’s latest book brings this emporium’s history to life, from its 1865 founding through its postwar demise. Revel in historical trivia about secret jail cells and cheesecake contests, and hear how the company impacted its home borough with support for the Prospect Park Children’s Zoo, translation services for immigrant customers and more. (Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, BK, 6pm, $5/FREE for members)

SHOP: Swap Share And Shmooze, Earth Month Edition
Join Hell's Kitchen Commons for this Earth Month celebration to address our abundance, clean out our crowded pads, find some awesome gems, make good connections, socialize and have a fun. Clothing, gear, kitchen stuff, art, plats, games, books, talent resources and ideas…bring things, take things, or just hang out. (Crossroads Church, 410 West 45th, 7pm-9pm, FREE)

SHOP: Thrift ON! Clothing and Stuff Swap Party
Clean out your closets and bring in your old clothes and stuff to donate to the rummage tables. Take home items free from the piles of booty. DJ Shakey and special guests play throwback tunes and amuse you. All leftover clothes are donated to a reputable charity bin directly after the party. Vintage clothing store "pickers", flea marketers, and resellers of any kind, are not welcome at this event and will be bounced. (The Keep, 205 Cypress Ave, Bk, 8pm-12am, FREE)


WORD: Invisible Water, Invisible Watersheds: The Gowanus Canal as a Case Study
Join the Brooklyn Historical Society as they use the Gowanus Canal as a case study for a discussion of urban ecology, stressed city ecosystems, and innovative design solutions. Eric Sanderson, senior conservation ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and director of the Manahattan Project; Kate Orff, MacArthur Award-winning landscape architect whose firm, SCAPE, has designed a visionary plan for the Gowanus Canal; and Andrea Parker, executive director of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy are moderated by Jarrett Murphyof City Limits. (Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, BK, 6:30pm, $5)

VARIETY: HardCore a fetish variety show
Misc Allaneous DomTop proudly presents HardCore a fetish burlesque variety show starring: Tiger Bay, Essence Revealed, Wae Messed, Jack Barrow. Stage Pup & gogo dancer Porn Star Nick Browne (Anthony Grey). Hosted by Mistress Misc Allaneous DomTop. Amazing raffle and fetish auction. (BIZARRE Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 9pm doors/10pm show, $10 donation)


PARTY: Abracadabra Dance Party
tix: https://abracadabra419.bpt.me
Longing for a no-nonsense night out with contemporaries and a guaranteed good time? Abracadabra! Harkening to New York City's Warholian underground dance parties of old but with a more sophisticated edge -- we've all grown up, right?! - join guests who love to let loose and put down their smart phones for a night of socializing, music, dance, and delectable craft cocktails in a fabulous Brooklyn speakeasy. Expertly crafted dance music by DJ Ceremony who offers a versatile range of different styles, bringing a bright, fun, and kinetically danceable sound and vibe to Abracadabra with songs you know and love to get down to. Lots of comfy seating to chat and mingle, a dance floor space to get your groove on, dark corners to make out like teenagers, and delicious craft cocktails await you. An early start and end means you can have a great night out with an amazing soundtrack and be guilt-free: get home in time to sleep at a reasonable hour (if you choose), relieve the babysitter, or walk the dog. Enter email for street address to purchase at the door: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, address with purchase or email, BK, 8pm-12am, $12.34-$25)

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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 4/21, Fri & Sat, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, BX, 6:30pm/7pm/7:30pm, $38)

THEATER/MUSIC: Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
This Klezmer-folk music-theater hybrid starring genre-bending sensation Ben Caplan is inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees coming to Canada in 1908. It’s about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It’s about refugees who get out before it’s too late, and those who get out after it’s too late. And it’s about looking into the eyes of God. [G&S Note: sse code SKINT for $25 tix] (thru 4/22, 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th St, see site for details, $70)

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)

THEATER: Rap Guide to Consciousness
A new hip-hop comedy about the relationship between our mental lives and our physical brains. How can 80 billion neurons combine to produce our thoughts and feelings, from awe to amusement, or is there something more going on? That’s the hard problem. Canadian “peer reviewed rapper” Baba Brinkman takes a deep dive into the science of consciousness, the perceptions of newborn babies, and what it’s like to be an octopus tentacle on drugs in this psychedelic new production. [G&S Note: use code “QUALIA” for 35% off tickets] (thru 4/29, Fri-Thu, SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St, see site for details, $39)

ART: Dimensions of Alterity
A group show exploring the chimeric, the grotesque and the abject. From early manifestations on 1st century Roman grotto walls to the medieval notions of the carnivalesque body, Dimensions of Alterity compares historic traditions with our contemporary understandings as a fundamental human experience. Including work from: Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Alex Patrick Dyck, Katie Green, Olivia Taylor, Colin Radcliffe, and Luke Michael Todd. (thru 4/29, Sat & Sun, Paradice Palase, 1263 Bushwick Ave, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE/sugg don)

THEATER: The Confession Of Lily Dare
A world premiere comic melodrama written by and starring Charles Busch. Played against the gaudy tapestry of turn of the century California’s notorious Barbary Coast, the show tells the story of one woman’s tumultuous passage from convent girl to glittering cabaret chanteuse to infamous madame of a string of brothels. Behind her every move lies her greatest secret, her undying devotion to the child she was forced to abandon. (thru 4/29, Johnson Theater at Theater For The New City, 155 First Ave, see site for details, $25)

ART: NYC Trash!: Past, Present, & Future Sculpture Garden
The City Reliquary’s sculpture exhibition — in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, “NYC Trash!: Past, Present, & Future” — presents the work of ten local trash artists whose works will be on display in the Reliquary’s backyard garden. The spirit of NYC Trash! reinforces the notion that trash can and should be reused. The sculptures on display are site-specific and fabricated from refuse and found objects. (thru 4/29, Thu-Sun, City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave, BK, 12pm-6pm, $7/$5 members)

PUPPETS: Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique
Twenty years ago in 1998, Basil Twist debuted his boundary-breaking response to Berlioz's 1830 "Symphonie Fantastique" to universal acclaim. In the two decades since the premiere, Basil Twist has become an internationally recognized artist in opera, ballet, and on Broadway, and has won countless awards including the illustrious MacArthur Fellowship. Twist will revisit his legendary masterpiece as part of HERE's 25th Anniversary Season. In this revival, accompanied live by a virtuosic pianist playing the exquisite Liszt transcription, Symphonie floats and swirls in a 1,000-gallon water tank neatly disguised as a puppet stage. (thru 5/31, Here, 145 Sixth Ave, see site for details, $35-$100)

Inspired by dreams and made for reality, this is an interactive experience designed to be tactile and shareable. You are invited to let your imagination run wild as you explore this surreal-powered playground.(thru 5/31, 93 N 9th St, BK, 10am-10pm, $38)

THEATER: Wicked Frozen
tix: www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/Wicked-Frozen/Overview
Wicked Frozen is a high-energy musical parody mash-up both celebrating and skewering two wildly successful pop culture phenomena. When Adele Dazeem and her teacher Kristen Chenobell become trapped in a Boston classroom during a freak blizzard, things take a turn for the absurd as Adele sets off on a journey through the magical land of Scandinorfindelle. Wicked Frozen is not only a subversive satire on six cups of coffee, but also a reminder that even when things may only ‘be okay,’ it’s the people around us that truly matter. (thru 7/22, Sun, St. Luke's Theater, 308 W 46th St, 7:30pm, $40-$60)


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