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Spring is clearly in full effect, as you can see by the bursting events list this week. Our own calendar is also rather full, with four of our own events and three of our guest producers' crammed into the next month. We've posted all of them to our official website and the loft's Facebook page, but full invites for our events are also below.
Goldmine goodies update: we will be breaking down the racks next Saturday afternoon, so if you wanted to raid Miss Scorpio's closet for killer costumes, vintage & thrift, tonight thru next Sat is your opportunity. A small preview of what we have: https://www.facebook.com/gemini.scorpio/videos/10155553181748683/ and photo album: http://bit.ly/GS_FBsale
Here's what we're up to:
- Tonight! Star Wars reboot movie night for #MayTheFourth (come early to shop the Goldmine racks!)
- Sat, May 19: the return of our immersive 1920s speakeasy, Swing House
- Fri, May 25: our monthly craft-cocktails-meets-Iron-Chef pop-up
- Sun, June 10: our glorious Victorian-era summer garden tea is back! Limited tickets, as always, so snag yours early.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini & Scorpio
Star Wars reboot movie night for #MayTheFourth
Fri, May 4, 7pm-late, $10 sugg don
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK - see site for address
Details & address: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
***6pm: come early to shop costumes, vintage and thrift out of Miss Scorpio's closet! A small preview of what we have: https://www.facebook.com/gemini.scorpio/videos/10155553181748683/ and photo album: http://bit.ly/GS_FBsale
7:30pm - STAR WARS: EPISODE VII THE FORCE AWAKENS
Thirty years after the defeat of the Empire, Luke Skywalker has vanished and a new threat has risen: The First Order, led by the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke and his dark side enforcer, Kylo Ren. General Leia Organa’s military force, the Resistance — and unlikely heroes brought together by fate — are the galaxy’s only hope at thwarting a new reign of evil.
10pm - STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII THE LAST JEDI
With the destruction of the Republic, the evil First Order reigns. Now, Supreme Leader Snoke looks to crush what's left of the Resistance and cement his grip on the galaxy. But hope survives: Rey has found Luke Skywalker, a legendary Jedi Master who can change the tide of war.
Gemini & Scorpio
Swing House: 1920s speakeasy, remixed
Sat, May 19, 9pm-late (dance class 9:30pm), 21+ (25+ recommended)
$20 until 12:30am, $10 after for electro-swing dance party
$40 with reserved table (sold in pairs)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address
Details & location RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
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. Live music until 1am by Sarah King and the Smoke Rings, a six-piece swing band that adds extra sass to old time jazz, and breathes new life into forgotten standards. Special appearance by the razzle-dazzle song & dance duo, Hotfoot Avenue, paying tribute to the best showstoppers of the Golden Age of Entertainment. Expect sweet harmonies, maracas, fancy footwork, sparkling wit, fringe, and nice gams. Burlesque fabulousness during and between band sets. Sweet remixed vintage beats after, until the dancing is done.
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.
Gemini & Scorpio
The Cocktail Experiment + May Babies Birthday Party
Fri, May 25 (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
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 May? 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.
VICTORIAN TEA: 6/10
Gemini and Scorpio
cordially invite you to
The Grand Victorian Garden Tea
Sunday, June 10, 4-8pm (tea served at 5pm), $40 ($35 for groups over 5), all ages, rain or shine
at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsvictorianball
Join us as we travel back in time to the Victorian Age, to an elegant country resort a short carriage ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city (which at that time extended only as far north as 14th Street). It's a proper turn-of-century tea party, with finger sandwiches, scones and fancies, in a darling garden attached to an impossible Victorian cottage overlooking modern Manhattan. Historical chef Rebecca Leigh Silverman will hand-make delectable treats from antique recipes, and give a small talk about each dish.
All guests will have access to the museum as well as garden: come early to take advantage of individual tours led by the docents of the musem. In case of rain, the event will happen indoors.
The menu (details TK):
Three types of Finger Sandwiches
Scones with Clotted Cream & Preserves
Two types of unique desserts
Activities will include:
- Victorian garden games, including Game of Graces [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_of_graces ] and Battledore and Shuttlecock [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battledore_and_shuttlecock ]
- Hand-drawn portraits of guests by Anastasios Taso Megaris
Dress code: 1800-1910s summer garden party, with all-white, cream and pastel tones encouraged. No modern casual wear, please - though modern cocktail summer attire is easy to accessorize with a nod to Victorian times. Costume inspiration Pinterest board (not ours): http://bit.ly/1WvlVyB - and we have one for our banquet/ball/tea research here: http://bit.ly/29n5fZm
About our venue:
Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house for a 23-acre estate, and converted into the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1826, this stone building sits on land originally owned by Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of John Adams. The hotel operated until 1833, at which point the house became the home for three generations of a New York City family.
/// NYC EVENTS: 5/4-5/10 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
ART/SHOP: The Other Art Fair
This fair offers a curated selection of works from more than 110 emerging artists, hand-picked by a select committee of experts. With pieces starting at $75, this hot new show from Saatchi Art spans mediums and styles, and allows you direct contact with the makers. You'll also find tattoo artists, interactive installations and virtual-reality experiences, plus pizza, beer and coffee will be available for purchase on site. (Fri-Sun, The Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St, BK, 11am, FREE)
ART: 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Now in its fourth year, 1-54 returns with 21 galleries showing artists from Africa and the African diaspora, including Gallery 1957 from Accra Ghana, Retro Africa from Abuja, and Galerie Cécile Fakhoury from Abidjan. The fair is ramping up its special programs and events this year, with commissions by Azikiwe Mohammed, Phoebe Boswell, and others, as well as a fulsome lineup of talks and panels curated by Omar Berrada, the director of Dar Al-Ma’mûn, the library and residency in Marrakech. (Fri&Sat 12pm-8pm/Sun 12pm-6pm, Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, $20)
ART: Frieze New York 2018
Frieze New York offers the opportunity to encounter an exceptional quality and range of artwork, featuring the world’s most exciting emerging talents together with iconic names in modern and contemporary art. Independent curators have specially advised on sections Frame and Spotlight to encourage discovery and connoisseurship. Visitors can also experience a dynamic series of talks, Live performances, new artist commissions and the city’s most talked about restaurants – all in a bespoke structure, designed for the experience of art and overlooking the East River. (Fri-Sun, Randall’s Island Park, 20 Randall’s Island, see site for details, $37-65)
With 82 exhibiting artists and galleries this year you should be prepared to wade through plenty of hyperrealist paintings of anthropomorphized animals and, yes, even some body painting. (Fri-Sun, Superfine!, 459 West 14th, see site for details, $12)
PARTICIPATORY: Jane’s Walk NYC
This is a global festival of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs. Walks combine the simple act of exploring the city with personal observations, local history, and civic engagement. Over 200 walks offered. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, see site for details)
ART: TEFAF New York
90 galleries showcasing contemporary and modern art and design. In addition to booths of modern and more recent treasures, the fair features a robust lineup of talks, including panels on the ethics of museum admissions and another on the challenges of presenting socially engaged art for both institutions and artists. (Fri-Mon, Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, see site for details, $55)
BIKE: Bike Expo New York 2018
On the two days prior to the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, more than 60,000 cyclists roll through Basketball City to meet, greet, & talk shop with one another and 100+ exhibitors, from big brands to local innovators. There’s truly something for everyone. Don’t know how to ride a bike? We’ll teach you. For free. Prepping for your next big race? Check out the latest in state-of-the-art gear. Merch sales, product demos, giveaways, panels, contests, entertainment—it’s all at the Expo. (Sat 10am-8pm/ Sun 9am-6pm, Pier 36 at Basketball City, 299 South St, FREE)
ART/PERFORMANCE/COMMUNITY: Eight Annual Sacred Sites Open House
Over 140 churches, synagogues and meeting houses will be open state-wide, with special tours and concerts being offered by several sites in New York City. These include: Christ Church Riverdale; a Discover Brooklyn! Tour including exterior visits to nine sites in the “Borough of Churches”; Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan; and a musical walking tour of Staten Island’s Westerleigh. This year’s theme, Sacred Sounds and Settings, provides a backdrop for showcasing musical and performance activities via organ demonstrations, concerts, and special guided tours of religious institutions. Congregations will also highlight their cultural and social programs offered throughout the year. (Sat&Sun, multiple locations, see site for details, FREE)
ART: The Invisible Dog’s 9th Annual Artists’ Open Studios
At The Invisible Dog, all of their 25 artists are constantly experimenting with different styles, working with unique materials, and tossing around cool ideas. For one weekend a year, they allow the public to visit the studios and see what the artists of are up to. A series of events will also be presented including special installations, a performance in the elevator, and a food presentation. (Sat 12pm-7pm/Sun 12pm-5pm, The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen St, BK, FREE)
FILM: Liquid Sky
Replete with preposterous haircuts, heroin-craving UFOs, and literally killer orgasms, this psychedelic science-fiction indie is, as Vincent Canby put it, “a celebration of virtually every antisocial attitude one can think of”. In a feat of androgyny, Anne Carlisle plays both a male junkie and an angular female model sashaying through the downtown New Wave scene. Exclusive NY premiere engagement of 4K restoration. (Sat-Thu, Quad Cinema, 34 W 13th St, 9:30pm, $16)
PUPPETS: Puppet Playlist - Names
Puppet Playlist returns and the theme is songs about other people. So unlike Taylor Swift, for Playlist #27 they are naming names: Jude (Hey), Caroline (Sweet), Robinson (Mrs.), and a whole posse of others. (The Tank, 312 36th St, 7pm & 9pm, $13 adv/$15 door)
MUSIC/SOCIAL DANCE: Global Mashups 2018: Egypt meets Haiti
They are mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor, pre-show dance lessons, concert and jam. Each band plays a set, then the tow meet and jam. With Zikrayat, playing a wide repertory of Egyptian music ranging from exciting bellydance numbers to virtuosic improvisations, and the Agoci Band combining hip-hop, roots, and calypso flavors with Haitian compas. (Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Norther Blvd, QNS, 7pm lesson/8pm concert, $16/$10 members & stu/FREE teens 13-19 with ID)
BURLESQUE: FELT UP: A Tribute to Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Petite Renard is on the run from the Peacekeepers, and all those clothes are only slowing her down. Fem Appeal makes sure you don’t get to where you’re going anytime soon. Rosey La Rouge laughs the day away as Zoe brings us all all to where the Wild Things are. Jaeda looks pretty damn good for 600 years old, and you’ll never get as lucky as Logan Laveau. Music by DJ Stormageddon. Kittened by Jeane Harlot as Firey. Hosted by Moe Cheezmo. Mariana Starrdust at the door. (BIZARRE Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $10)
FILM: The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari with Live Score
Cult film, jazz and tap dance come together as the Silver Screen Experience launches with a live showing of the early horror classic film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Bringing the silent movie era of the 1920s to life will be a live and originally-commissioned premiere musical accompaniment performed by Chris Washburne’s Rags and Roots. Drawing on melodies from 1921, the year the film was made, Rags & Roots features an unbelievable septet of top jazz artists. (Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, $25)
WORD: Feminist Goddesses & Rebel Saints
Surefooted and strong, capable and potent; these women are archetypes that we need now more than ever. While feminism is a relatively new concept in the scope of human history, women have been rebelling for as long as they have been subjugated. Join Catland Books & co-owner Melissa Madara as she explores these stories and fairy tales. In this workshop, she will discuss the importance of narrative for healing, what the function of storytelling is to the human mind, and re-tell the myths & accounts of true icons of feminine soverignty. (Catland, 987 Flushing Ave, BK, 7pm-9pm, $15)
EVENT: Free Comic Book Day
Various comic book stores throughout the country (and several here in NYC) will be giving out free comics. Spread your love for the original graphic novel with someone new, or just grab some proper subway reading material. See site for locations.
PARTICIPATORY: The Great Saunter 2018
See New York City like never before in this epic urban hike covering 32-miles of waterfront and more than 20 parks along Manhattan’s shorelines. Enjoy skyline views and natural landscapes rarely appreciated from within the city, all the while raising awareness to protect our parks, maintain the Westside promenades, restore the Eastside Greenway, redevelop the Harlem River, and connect the Greenway into a continuous path around the world’s most fascinating island. Join the more than 1400 hikers for this amazing journey you will always remember. (multiple locations, see site for details, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: The 20th Annual Blessing of the Bikes
Wear your usual cycling clothes and bring your bike (or skates or non-motorized scooter) inside the Cathedral. The reverend will say a few brief words and bless your bike with Holy Water. Don’t be late, this event is brief. (The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 112th St & Amsterdam Ave, 9am, FREE/sugg don)
ART: ART360º/Fort Greene: A Day of Art & Discovery
This is your day to discover the art and culture that surrounds us and enjoy special activities like live window painting, free guided walking tours, artist exhibits, open house receptions and more. Chart your course with the illustrated guide map or pick a map at one of the “Fort Greene FAB” businesses to plan your art-filled day. (multiple locations, BK, 11am, FREE)
WORD: The Bronx Book Fair
The Bronx Book Fair is dedicated to engaging and growing the community of poets and writers in the Bronx and to connecting to readers and book lovers of all ages. It is the borough’s premiere literary event and features a variety of diverse literary voices. This year the fair welcomes Keynote Speaker Noëlle Santos, owner The Lit Bar, special guest poets Willie Perdomo and Sokunthary Svay, children’s book author Tiffany Papageorge and readings, workshops, and panels. (Bronx Library Center/New York Public Library, 310 E Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, 11am-7pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival
Learn all about the science of flight through kite-flying and experiments. Build parachutes and test them in wind tunnels with The Brooklyn Robot Foundry. Sample the air’s environment and see what inhabits the air we breathe. Check out robotic air propellers and learn about air circulation. Design and create your own rocket. Use a variety of textiles to make colorful hand kites with SPARK by Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Transform a basic brown lunch bag into an aerodynamic kite. Make DIY pinwheels. New kites will be available for purchase. (Brooklyn Bridge Park, Harbor View Lawn, 12pm-2:30pm, FREE)
PARTY: The 144Th Kentucky Derby Party
This party offers tailgating, lawn games, square dancing, prize drawings, and contests for best outfit, bowtie, and Derby Pie. Top it all off with a with a human horse race and enough Mint Juleps to take down, well, a human horse. $100 cash prizes go to the race and pie contest winners. Arrive early as the first 150 Derby fans receive a commemorative Mint Julep glass. Don your best Kentucky Derby duds and get on your high horse to enjoy Fletcher’s Brooklyn BBQ, sweets from Blue Marble, as well as live music from Dave Harvey & The Remedies. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 1pm-7pm, $10-$16, 21+)
PARTY: Wassail 2018 - A Celebration of the Harvest to Come
The annual wassail hosted by Elizabeth Ryan will be held this year on a very beautiful farm in the Hudson Valley. Sing to the apple trees in an ancient Celtic Ritual for a bountiful harvest. Partake in a sumptuous feast of local and artisanal food to honor the farms. Taste hard cider from the barrel. Join the circle for traditional, folk-style dancing to live Balkan music by Zlatne Uste, as we celebrate spring and the coming harvest. Please note that admission prices do not include dinner. Food and drink will be available for purchase. (Stone Ridge Orchard, 3012 NY-213, Stone Ridge, NY 12484, 2pm-12am, $10-$25/$20 camping)
VARIETY: LESBO Variety Show
Faux Pas le Fae & Aurora North are joined by special guests for a night of Cirque, Song and Burlesque at the spot where Pride began. Celebrate The Brides of Burlesque's 2nd Wedding Anniversary with guest stars: Darlinda Just Darlinda, Fem Appeal, and Broody Valentino. Special Appearance by Miss Cherry Delight. Stage Unicorn: Christian De Luna-Zuno. Door Diva: Lillian Bustle. (The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St, 7:30pm doors/8pm show, $15 + 2 drink min, 21+)
Safety Begins with YOU. So watch out! Don't do anything stupid unless it's funny. Enjoy: Worker Safety Films and Quiz Show featuring the OSHA Negative Reinforcement Educational Platform; Scarry Stories, Scary Feats including “Hackett blows his face off - as a puppet show!”, Scar Show and Tell, Johnny Bizarre hammers nails into his urethra, Punch Boy and Makita Spins - pro puppets, with fisting and drilldos; and much more. Human Wrecking Ball. Angle Grinder Wobble GIF Photobooth. See a Mini Coney Island go up in mini flames. Fix your life thru Deep-Frying. BYOS2F (Bring your own stuff to fry). Music by Morgan O'Kane, Stefan Zeniuk, DJ Snicklefritz, DJ Tinseltown and DJ $mall¢hange. Wear Proper Safety Gear: hi-vis, low-vis, overcompensating inspector, “that doesn't look very safe”, first responder, last responder, trip hazard, stickman in danger, any and all osha colors, flashers, hazmat, hazmary, bad luck, bad eyes, stunt-human, jackass, condoms, very uncoordinated person, “what the hell happened to you?”, disability fraud. EYE PROTECTION REQUIRED! Bring your own, or buy our tarted-up glasses for $4. (506 Smith St, BK, 8pm-4am, $15)
PARTY: Cinco De Los Muertos with Voltaire, The Long Losts, Jess-o-lantern
It’s a dead man’s party featuring international Gothic troubadour Aurelio Voltaire (as heard on The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy), everyone’s favorite Halloween band, The Long Losts and horror rock darling, Jess-O-Lantern. DJs Jett and Matt V. Christ spin a veritable dance macabre of Goth and Deathrock favorites. (Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave, BK, 8pm-12am, $10 adv/$15 door, all ages)
WORD/PARTY: Karl Marx's 200th birthday party
May 5th is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx so they’re throwing him a massive birthday party. Join Sven-Eric Liedman, author of a major new Marx biography, for a wide-ranging conversation on Marx's life and legacy. Book signing, birthday cake, and dancing. (Verso Books, 20 Jay St, Suite 1010, BK, 8pm-2am, FREE)
PARTY: Rubulad: Zest
Brazil meets New Orleans in NYC (plus a li’l fun from some other spots too). Live music by: Maracatu New York, Nation Beat, The L Train Brass Band, and more. With DJ Greg Caz. Visuals by The Sperm Whale NYC and Permian Strata. Dress for a street party. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for Bushwick address. (Rubulad, address with purchase, BK, 8:30pm doors/9pm show, $15/$10 adv or before 10pm)
PARTY: Cinco de Mayo at Secret Loft
¡Festejemos! Let's commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla (NOT Mexican Independence Day) in a historically accurate, respectful manner involving lots of tequila. DJ alice.km en los unos y dos. Featuring Elysse (Acid Soul), Conquista (A. Sarr + WAMOO), Strangers on the Internet, The Space Wanderer + Eli Fola, and Ariel Iasevoli. (Secret Loft, address with tix purchase, 9:30pm-3:30am, $5-$10, 21+)
SHOP: Massive $1.00 Vinyl Record Sale in Brooklyn
Black Gold's famous Gold Dig is back. Over 7,500 LPs, 12"s, and 45s all at $1.00 each. Rock, Heavy Metal, Classical, Jazz, Indie Rock, Blues, Disco / boogie / funk LPs and 12"s... the list goes on and on. Promos, one offs, doubles, records that are still sealed, and more. Cold brew coffees and treats. (461 Court St, BK, 10am-6pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Parade for Love: NYC
Imagine hundreds of people dressed in eye-catching, playful costumes, walking with signs, pets, streamers, instruments, and passing out flowers. For the 3rd year, we will gather for meditation and celebration before the independent walking event using the tools of playfulness & love & connection, spreading love in the form of gifting flowers. The afternoon starts with a rally in Manhattan, followed by the parade, then after party in Brooklyn (details TBA). Featuring DJ dreeemy of BAE, MC Michelle Joni, Karla Rasmusson of Choose Love Now. Performances by Matthew Silver and Liah Alonso Music. Wear playful and fun sostumes and bring a Bouquet to give away. Sustainable event: No balloons, confetti, or straws. (Foley Square, 111 Worth St, 12pm-5pm, FREE)
SHOP: Fourth Annual Saint Vitus Mother's Day Flea Market
Bring your friends, bring your grandma, bring your baby, bring your dog, and get ready for the most awesome curated selection of handmade and vintage stuff: records, books, toys, collectibles. jewelry, clothing, and guitar pedals. Plus glamour shots, massages, and drink specials. (Saint Vitus Bar, 1120 Manhattan Ave, BK, 1pm-6pm, FREE)
MUSIC: Free Neighborhood Concert: Hungry March Band
When the Hungry March Band plays, anything can—and will—happen. “NYC’s finest guerrilla ambulatory music ensemble” (Time Out) fills its bottomless bag of musical treats with traditional New Orleans tunes, Gypsy-influenced dances, punk-rock noise, hip-hop beats, and Brooklyn-inspired concoctions with Latin grooves. RSVP is required. (New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St, QNS, 2pm-4pm, FREE w/RSVP)
FEST: Fourth Annual Greek Jewish Festival
Celebrate the unique Romaniote and Sephardic heritage of Kehila Kedosha Janina. Experience authentic kosher Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, traditional Greek dancing and live Greek and Sephardic music, an outdoor marketplace full of vendors, arts and educational activities for kids, and much more. (Broome St, btwn Allen St & Aldridge St, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
PARTY: Ederlezi- Spring Awaking
Ederlezi is the Romani name for the Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian Feast of Saint George. The various Balkan spellings (Herdeljez, Erdelezi) are variants of the Turkish Hıdırellez, a holiday signaling the beginning of spring, occurring on the same day. This day has roots in ancient times where people revered the coming of spring and summer with rituals, food, dance and celebration. Hizir is known to bring bounty, wealth and health, fertility, cleansing, romance to young lovers, and blessing to all on this day. Featuring a roasted lamb by Chef Davo. Live Romani song and dance by Jezmina Von Thiele, Bulgarian Voices Trio, and DJs Joro Boro
Raphlexof, 2Melo, and more. Lamb and other libations and provisions will be for sale. (X Marks the Loft, 405 Johnson Ave, BK, 3pm-12am, FREE/donation)
FOOD: Island Hop - A Filipino & Indonesian food experience
There will be plenty choices for people with various culinary persuasions. Meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans, gluten, dairy free? They’ve got something for you. In anticipation of the volume of people coming, your best bet is come early because they have limited amount of dishes. Signature cocktails will be served by Zuzuka Poderosa and DJ Rara will be bumping funk & soul all night long. Wear your eating pants, eat all the things, and dance it all off. (Mad Tropical, 236 Troutman St, BK, 5pm-11pm, $TBD)
WORD: Photoshoppin' History
Welcome to Photoshoppin' History, where the stories are true and the images...not so much. Each performer/photoshop extraordinaire will have 10 minutes to educate audiences on a specific historical subject/event using photoshopped visuals that can be as insane, mundane, or champagne as they'd like. (Starr Bar
214 Starr St, BK, 7pm, $8)
MUSIC: Isle of Klezbos: 20th anniversary sextet + guest
Join for an evening of music, refreshments & fun with all six members of Isle of Klezbos performing literally two blocks from where the band played its very first show two decades ago. Band repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: Neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies, Yiddish swing & retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking song, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals. (City Lore, 56 E 1st St, 8pm-10pm, FREE)
COMEDY: 5Th Annual Grist Comedy Extravaganza: A Benefit For A Future That Doesn't Suck
Grist set out to change the way the story of the environment was told — to make the issues accessible and relevant, and to wake readers up to the problems confronting us. Now, with the alarm raised, they are pointing their beacon in a new direction: toward a just, sustainable future. To do this work, they will transform the story of the environment, and the story society tells itself about its future. Their motto: Less freaking out, more figuring out. With Eugene Mirman, Ophira Eisenberg, Michelle Buteau, Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo, Sasheer Zamata, and special guests. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 7:30pm doors/8pm show, $25, 21+)
ART: Nineteen-Ninety Nurture: A Celebration of 20 Years of NURTUREart
In collaboration with Amy Khoshbin and Lauren Silberman, a celebration of 20 years of NURTUREart, with performances by Chris of Hur, Borts Minorts, Erica Magrey, Slim Ninja from House of Ninja, and DJ Nick Schiarizzi. Visuals by BAMiAM. Similar to wild, sweaty 90s raves and Jackie60 parties, let’s break ourselves open, transcend time, dance together, and be free. The celebration features multimedia performances from NYC emerging artists, VJs, DJs, and a cash bar. RSVP to rubulad]at]outlook.com for address. (Rubulad, address with purchase or RSVP, BK, 8pm-12am, $20)
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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.
Inspired by punk rock, game shows, documentaries, and Herman Melville's seminal masterpiece Moby-Dick, the award winning Hit the Lights! Theater Co. invites you to catch a glimpse of the world that brought us a certain legendary white whale and the men that hunt him. Diving into the unknown, HTL! explores the classic title using their iconic shadow puppetry, the interplay between darkness and light, rock ballad sea shanties, and all the curiosity and terror of the sea. (thru 5/18, The PIT, Striker MainStage, 123 East 24th St, 8pm, $20)
A new immersive dance theatre experience by Linked Dance Theatre.
Aphrodite invites you to attend the wedding celebrations of Orpheus and Eurydice, and see this fabled story of Greek gods and Goddesses come to life before your eyes. Featuring movement-based storytelling and original music, audiences will be fully immersed in the myth of these two young lovers. (thru 5/18, Thu-Sat, The Center at West Park, 165 W 86th St, 8pm, $45-75)
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)
PARTICIPATORY/ART: Dream Machine
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)
FEST: Birds: A Festival Inspired by Aristophanes
The Third Annual city-wide festival surrounds the American premiere of Greek director Nikos Karathanos’s production of The Birds. Festival programming examines and expands on the themes of The Birds, considering the vast metaphoric value of the winged creatures in art, science, and literature, and the play’s themes of oppression, democracy, and utopia. Other festival highlights include: artist Talks, bird walks, and a contemporary art exhibition at St. Ann’s Warehouse; Rachel Kushner in conversation with Paul Schrader; screenings of four films with pervasive bird metaphors; David Levine exhibition featuring a monologue continuously performed by a rotating cast; and more. (thru 6/16, multiple locations, see site for details)
THEATER: Wicked Frozen
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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