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Here we go, the stretch of awesome begins this weekend!
- Tomorrow: the return of Swing House. It always feels like our magic clubhouse was created for exactly this type of event. An unmarked door in industrial Gowanus hides a glittering 1920s speakeasy...
- Next Fri, May 25: our monthly craft-cocktails-meets-Iron-Chef pop-up. Better drinks at better deals in a better atmosphere than weekend bars.
- Sun, June 10: our glorious Victorian-era summer garden tea is back! Limited tickets, as always, so snag yours early.
- Just announced! Sat, Jun 16: our annual by-donation Mermaid Parade afterparty with brass bands and DJs.
And an additional note: as you likely know, in addition to the immersive, themed world of G&S parties, we also do sex-positive and sex-adjacent events via House of Scorpio. If you've ever been curious about that side of things, next Thursday is a community mixer & burlesque salon designed to answer all your questions and introduce you to our colorful members. You'll find that listing in the Thursday section below.
Gemini & Scorpio,
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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.
Gemini & Scorpio
Sixth Annual Sea Creature Stomp: a Mermaid Parade afterparty
Sat, June 17, 8pm-2am, 21+ (25+ recommended)
Suggested sliding scale donation of $10-$20 goes directly to bands and DJs
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address
Details & location RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio
Live music & DJs, cheap drinks, ice cream, and lounging on our sprawling roof. Classic Brooklyn summertime loft party.
We kick off with Funkrust Brass Band: mixing punk, disco, EDM, metal, funk, Balkan brass and New Orleans second line with snazzy uniforms, choreography, megaphone vocals, and all-original music. After the band, hand-picked DJs keep us dancing until our mermaid tails fall off.
Closest subway from parade: express B/D/N/Q to Atlantic-Pacific (or switch to R for local Union stop)
/// NYC EVENTS: 5/18-5/24 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
PERFORMANCE: Penny Arcade - Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!
A freedom of speech rallying cry, this raucous sex and censorship show premiered at Performance Space 122 in 1990 during the height of the culture wars, when ultra-conservative politicians pressured the National Endowment for the Arts into defunding artists who made work that was considered “offensive to the average person.” Deeply invested in the political role of art, Arcade sees a need to reassess the subject matter of censorship now—especially the “self-censorship coming from the left in the form of political correctness in today’s culture.” (Fri/Sat, Performance Space New York, 150 1st Ave, 7:30pm, $15-$25)
MUSIC/FOOD: Swamp in the City
A Cajun music and dance festival that celebrates the traditional music, culture and cuisine of Southwest Louisiana. The 3-day festival takes place May 18th-20th and features over a dozen+ Louisiana dance hall bands, group classes in music and dance, backyard music jams, and down home Cajun/Creole cuisine. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, BK, see site for details, $20-$85)
PERFORMANCE: The Daughters Collective Presents “The Cave: A Folk Opera”
In an opium den at the turn of the 20th century, Willow sacrifices her life to pay off her father’s debt by working in an occult underground society called "The Cave." In this musical exploration of fairy tales, myths, and spiritualism, Willow fights to find light not only in the grim and strange shadow-world around her but also within herself. The Daughters Collective are a woman-identifying artist collective cracking open the female archetype to reclaim her agency. Through events in music, visual art, theater, and dance rooted in ritual, they aim to cultivate radically collaborative and inclusive spaces. (Fri 8pm/Sat&Sun 7pm, The Gallery at Access Theater, 380 Broadway, $15)
MUSIC: Turntables on the Hudson 20 Anniversary Weekend Opener
3 dates with full line-ups TBA in 3 locations throughout the city. Featured performances include DJ's Nickodemus & Nappy G + DJ's Chris Annibell & Eddy Plenty, “Where Were You In 92?” Roots of TOTH throwback party, The Sunday Soak on the Hudson river, and much more. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, see site for details)
FEST: 42nd Annual Saint George Ukrainian Festival
An annual Ukrainian festival organised by Saint George Ukrainian Catholic Church. This is the festival of Ukrainian culture and food in East Village. (Fri-Sun, Saint George Ukrainian Catholic Church, E 7th St, see site for details, FREE)
PUPPETS: Sheep #1
Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s writings, sheep #1 is the adventure of a sheep in search of the meaning of life. The performance is in the style of Microscopic Live Cinema-Theatre, where the performer manipulates small characters who are magnified with a video camera and projector. This creates an intimate dream-like experience by combining cinematic presentation and live operation. An abstract storytelling, sheep #1 is presented without spoken words, accompanied by Electroacoustic soundtrack and a live musician. (Fri-Sun, The Tank, 312 W 36th St, 7:30pm, $15)
ART/WORD: GlassBarge: Brooklyn
A 30’ x 80’ canal barge equipped with patented all-electric glassmaking equipment, GlassBarge shares the story of glass through live, 30-minute demonstrations. GlassBarge is the 2018 signature event for the Erie Canal Bicentennial, and helps to emphasize the continued role of New York’s waterways in shaping the state’s industry, culture, and community. (Fri-Sun, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, Pier 5, 334 Furman St, BK, see site for details, FREE)
PUPPETS/THEATER: There's Blood at the Wedding
This production is set within six giant-scale pop-up book constructions, through which we reflect on the lives and deaths of six victims of police violence: Sandra Bland, Sean Bell, Philando Castile, Justine Damond, Amadou Diallo, and Eric Garner. Sxip Shirey composes and performs original songs and music. Fragments of Lorca's masterpiece connect a Circle of Mothers--the mothers of the American victims--with the grieving mothers of the classic Spanish play. (Fri-Sun/Thu, this week and next, La MaMa, 66 E 4th St, see site for details, $26/$21 students)
VARIETY: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret
Join the Bindlestiffs for a celebration of that dangerous space between failure and glory. In this year’s inspired commingling of circus arts and intimate cabaret, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret presents an elegant night of unabashed spectacle, melding together irreverent comedy, daring feats, fits of beauty and live original music. Featuring cast members Keith Nelson (vaudevillian juggler and sideshow marvel), Stephanie Monseu (emcee and instigator), The Great Kaplan (Eccentric man of magic, and purveyor of deadpan nonsense), Evan Ruggiero (triple threat, singer, actor, and one-legged tap dancer) Chloe Somers - Performer Extraordinaire (delightfully daring aerial acrobat), and MR. & MRS. G. Crossbow Act. Weeknight performances are adults only, while the weekend matinees are for the whole family. (Wed/Thu, this week and next, The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St, see site for details, $25-$35)
FOOD: The Brooklyn Reserve Wine, Beer, And Cheese Festival
Guests will enjoy extensive sampling from a curated selection of top wine, beer and cheese purveyors including Domaine du Colombier, Champagne 1er Cru Croix d’irval, Montauk Brewing Company, Circa Brewing Company, Crown Finish Caves, and many more. Over 35 vendors in all. Live jazz from Jerome Sabbagh Trio. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 5pm, $40)
ART: Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center Open Studios 2018
Come explore this culturally diverse community which houses 11 visual and performing arts organizations and over 46 visual artists’ studios in the beautiful, former PS 160 designed by Charles B. J. Snyder in the Dutch neo-gothic style in 1897. Performance, dance and musical events through the evening. (The Clemente, 107 Suffolk St, 6pm-9pm, FREE)
MUSIC/SOCIAL DANCE: Global Mashups 2018: Mexico meets Guinea
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. Featuring Banda de los Muertos, playing the boisterous Mexican brass/contemporary music known as “banda”, and Mandingo Ambassadors led by guitarist Mamady "Djelike" Kouyaté, a veteran of the golden age of Guinean dance bands. (Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, QNS, 7pm lesson/8pm concert, $16/$10 members & stu/FREE teens 13-19 with ID)
Inspired by punk rock, interactive game shows, documentaries, and Herman Melville’s seminal masterpiece Moby-Dick, 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. Using vintage over head projectors, shadow puppetry rock and roll sea shanties, and all the curiosity and terror of the sea. (The Striker Stage, 123 E 24th St, 8pm, $20)
PARTY: Subvert: Wunderkammer
A celebration of subculture, queerness, & kink with live music, night market, cuddle dungeon and a cabaret of curiosities on a hidden ship deep in Brooklyn. Music by The FMs, Night Powers, Panama Papers, Allison wwwonderland and Ghost Stories. Cabaret of Curiosities Starring: Nola Kodish, Heather Morowitz, Nurse Malady. Cosmic Sound Bath by Christopher Carr. RSVP to subvert66@PROTECTED. (Secret Boat, address with purchase or RSVP, 9pm-3am, $10 adv/$20 door, 21+)
DRAG: Distorted Diznee
Be Our Guest at this outrageous take on some of the most beloved animated classics. Come be Part of Our World as a troupe of fabulous drag queens take you on a twisted -- and very adult -- journey, catapulting you back to your childhood into a Magical Kingdom where dreams come true. This 70-minute extravaganza features high-energy dance numbers, comedy, dazzling costumes and lip-syncing "ladies". (The Laurie Beechman Theatre at West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42 St, 10pm, $22 + $22 food/drink min, 21+)
VARIETY: Mister Coney Island Pageant
Sit back and get ready to judge as you the audience decides who will wear the crown as seven freaks, musicians, actors, drag sensations, art stars and all-around legends vie for your vote to become the next Coney Island Royalty. This year's superstars competing in talent, evening wear and swimsuit categories include: Darrel Thorne, Cornelius Loy, Matt Knife, Lee Valone, Jacques Le Strap, Becca Blackwell, and Wilfredo. Hosted by the first ever Mister Coney Island Glenn Marla and the Royal stage kitten will be the queen of coney island Bambi The Mermaid. To top the night off the reigning Queen Miss Coney Island 2018 Gigi Bon Bon will be on hand to welcome our new King with a command performance. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15)
COMMUNITY: Expo Gowanus - Carnival of Art, Science & Toxic Waste
Visit over 30 activity stations at this community festival with environmentally-themed art, science, and maker activities. Make art with recycled materials; step with the Gowanus Wildcats drill team; see live creatures from the Gowanus Canal; learn to knit, weave and dye; climb with the Brooklyn Boulders; skateboard with Homage, and so much more. (Thomas Greene Park, Douglass St, btwn Nevins St & Third Ave, BK, 11am-3pm, FREE)
SHOP: Brooklyn Flea Record Fair
Over 60 vendors with vinyl records and more. RSVP to enter to win the perfect day with food, drinks, a tote bag and some awesome giveaways from labels at the fair. (Smorgasburg, 241 37th St, BK, 11am-6pm, FREE)
FOOD: Essex Street Market Block Party
Showcasing the finest fare from both current Essex Market vendors, and previewing the new businesses that will join in the new market currently under construction. Enjoy 15+ food vendors, including Saxelby Cheesemongers, Arancini Bros and Puebla Mexican, with newcomers Samesa, Josephine's Feast!, Harlem Shambles and more joining the mix. This is a true neighborhood bash: grilling, chilling, and jamming with live music by Yotoco, Cumbiagra and DJ tres dos. (Essex Street Market, 120 Essex St, 12pm-5pm, FREE)
PARADE/PARTICIPATORY: The 12th Annual Dance Parade and Festival : The Cabaret Of Life
Join 10,000 dancers in New York City's largest dance event. We celebrate the recent repeal of the 1926 NYC Cabaret Law in this year's theme, "The Cabaret of Life" which reminds us that the arts affect us in so many ways, both as an audience and participant. Everything from Ballet to Breakdance--Over 80 unique styles of dance--will be presented in the world's biggest display of cultural diversity. Participate in DanceFest on five stages in the park and enjoy free dance classes, performances, a dance party. (starting at 21st St btwn Park and 5th Ave, 1pm-7pm, full route on site, FREE)
WORD/PARTY: Bring Down the Walls
Presented in partnership with the Fortune Society, artist Phil Collins, and over 100 collaborators, this event is a school by day and dance party by night. It turns an unconventional lens on the prison industrial complex through house music and nightlife. During daylight hours, it operates as a school for radical thought and political exchange featuring conversations, workshops, and convenings led by people directly impacted by the prison system and those working to change it. When the sun goes down, it turns into a nightclub, inspired by the ethos of early house music venues, which often functioned as hubs of political engagement as much as spaces of personal liberation and collective transcendence. They’ll examine the ways in which American carceral practices have expanded and even extended beyond prison walls - through policies on immigration, surveillance, drug laws, and bail. Then MikeQ will host House of Vogue, a ballroom competition with DJs quest?onmarc and Justin Strauss. (The Firehouse, Engine 31, 87 Lafayette St, 2pm-6pm, FREE)
DJ: MOVE for Equality w/Saville
Featuring Savile (Argot / Tasteful Nudes) - “A Michigan native, resident of Smart Bar, and label partner at Argot records, this man not only respects the hustle of his home, he takes the politics of dancing straight to the skin on his body." Plus DJs: Katie Rex, Matt Friedman, and P. S. 118. Proceeds go to Black Youth Project. (Roberta’s, 261 Moore St, BK, 3pm-10pm, $10 sugg don)
ART: Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco Opening Reception
This summer, the City Reliquary brings the world of Empire Rollerdrome Center to life, exploring its role as a national icon and a focal point of the African American community in Brooklyn. This Saturday's opening reception will be a chance for the public to see the exhibit as well as for the skate community to come together. If you have stories or snapshots from Empire that you would like to share, please bring them and they will do their best to incorporate them into the exhibit. (The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave, BK, 6pm, $5)
WORD: Constellations Of Ego
Take a journey skyward to the roof: an urban prairie, a vast terrain, a frontier of possibility. Your night will lead you to a collection of campfire stories facilitated by local storytellers. Our journey will begin at dusk, and as the changing light moves from golden hues to deep purples, our rooftop will alight in a constellation of stories and connection across the glow of electric firelight. Meet a new friend, a lost soulmate, a strange companion, and recall memories as you gaze into the city skyline, filled with infinite combinations of communion. (meet at Project Parlor, 742 Myrtle Ave, BK, 7:30pm, $5 sugg don)
VARIETY: Street Meat - A Secret Cabaret
Some have compared Secret Loft's circus performances to fine dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant. But sometimes you want something hot, greasy and filling. you want...street meat. Maître D': Mehran Khaghani. Charcuterie: Sugar Mamasota, Medea, Armando Gonzalez, Bollywood Ken, Joey Easton. Your ticket also gets you admission to the afterparty, Sweet Tooth - A Candy Rave. (Secret Loft, address with purchase, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $10/$15 front row or balcony VIP)
ART/SHOP: Third Annual UrbExpo 2018
50 artists, five curators, and one 1870s gothic courthouse-turned-library await. Join New York Adventure Club at their annual pop-up art exhibit documenting the subcultures of urban exploration through the eyes of artists and curators, from Philly to Paris, who present distinctly different angles on what it means to explore a city. Explore over a hundred pieces of affordable and eclectic art, live music, art-making, and video installations inside the dimly-lit gothic rooms of a New York Public Library branch inside a 141-year-old former courthouse. (Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave, 8pm-11pm, FREE)
PARTY: Icarus Presents Descent II: Hunters and the Hunted
The time is dawning for the ICARUS crew to make its annual descent upon NYC, bringing back the heavy Playa vibes and sexy badassery that you know and love. Get your most desert/space appropriate looks together and prepare to venture onto foreign planets. Lineup: 2Melo, EZ Almighty, Beat Kitty, Anna Morgan, Renegade Masters, Illexxandra, Hard Candy, Banginclude, Travisty, Joro Boro, Steevy Dee. Featuring: 2 unique stages, projection mapping, the new icarus 80s arcade game, live blacklight body painting, the icarus gun wall, icarus vr playa experience, interactive dance projection wall, ceremonies and rituals, live performances, hidden rooms and shared secrets, alien probe operation room, questionable tentacles, tests of bravery, things too hot for public listing. Costumes Required. Think retro-futuristic, space punk, post-post apocalyptic, creatures that have yet to evolve, humanoid disasters, otherworldly tribal beings, predatory monsters, and sweet fuzzy prey. Get inspiration here: https://pin.it/yhcch6yqk67nlk (secret location, address with purchase, BK, 10pm-5am, $40-$100, 21+)
WORD: Consider This - A Day of Challenging the Status Quo in Sex & Relationships
Meet your favorite thought leaders and understand modern relationships and sex in an entirely new way. Enjoy a whole day of insightful talks, engaging panels, and titillating performances to stimulate your curiosity cortex. Share some laughs, spark some a-ha’s, and make some new, foxy friends along the way. Topics include BDSM, feminist porn, toxic masculinity, pole dancing, relationship design, compatibility, the sex talk, and more. (Littleffeld, 635 Sackett St, BK, 11:30am-6:30pm, $12-$120, 21+)
FEST: 39Th Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration
The nation's longest running festival celebrating Asian diversity and participation in community events, dedicated to celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander identity. This year's theme is celebrating "The Year of the D.O.G - Do! Organize! Give!" Performances by Soh Daiko, Si-Yo Music Society Foundation, NY Chinese Cultural Center, KING Dance co, and many more. (Chinatown Partnership, 29 Mott St, 11am-4pm, FREE)
WORD: LES Typewritten Tales 2018 - Story Sharing, Reading & Celebration
Type your LES memories and stories, hear several talented writers read their work, make friends, reconnect, and pick up a copy of the latest LES Zine. Featured artists include Fury Young, Alicia, Morgan Middleton, Maria Muentes, EiLeen Doster, Alexandra Tatarsky, and Basie Allen. (6th St at Ave B Community Garden, 2pm-6pm, FREE)
PARTY: Queer Bazaar: Block Party Edition
Featuring: Ashley Young of Black Unicorn Prose, Vanessa B. Miller of Black Queer Magic, The10thHouse, & GemEatsVegan with the 420 treats. Venus Cuffs will be returning with more demos on: femme topping & spanking. Weather permitting they will be transforming the backyard into a memory of your childhood. Jenga, Black Card Revoked, Beer Pong, & more activities. Plus live art wall with 2 artist, jerk chicken & more for food and nutcrackers courtesy of Luv Story. (Luv Story Bar, 894 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 3pm-9pm, $7)
PARTICIPATORY: Pop Gym Pop Up: Free Self-Defense Workshop
Learn some introductory skills that will keep you feeling safe. They’ll be covering the basics: stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory, with the hope that participants will leave with some super useful foundations that will aid them in the day-to-day. Mix that in with some sweat and some movement, and you'll have an accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating. (Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center, 172 Allen St, 7pm-9pm, FREE)
FUNDRAISER: Monday of 1000 Stars - A Benefit Performance for Circus Amok
A cavalcade of dazzling, stupendous talent in an evening of resistance cabaret, cocktails and revelry. All proceeds will go to support Circus Amok’s 2018 parks tour, which will play in public greenspaces in September. Circus Amok’s upcoming 25th free-of-charge spectacle, will fight against fascism, right our sinking ships, and bring joy and possibility for all people. Featured performers include: Rev. Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir, Monstah Black, Becca Blackwell, Ashley Brockington, Machine Dazzle, Patricia Hoffbauer, Salley May, Jennifer Monson, Nicky Paraiso, STREB, David Thomson, and Cathy Weis. Live music by the Circus Amok Band. (Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, 7pm-10pm, $50-$1500)
PARTICIPATORY: Figment Meet & Greet- Let's make art together!
FIGMENT weekend is a free participatory art event that is 100% volunteer-powered, offering a wide offering of participatory art experiences to tens of thousands of participants. Come meet the FIGMENT team, artists, and participants. Learn about bringing a project, volunteering, and getting involved in the amazing community of creators and doers that bring free participatory art to NYC. We are going to be making some ART together. They will be teaching people how to tie-dye using natural dyes and black light reactive dyes. Bring something to dye. Natural fibers are the best like cotton and silk. If you don't have anything they will have some fibers you can play with. Learn more about FIGMENT NYC at http://newyork.figmentproject.org (Lucky, 168 Ave B, 6pm-10pm, FREE)
WORD: Leopard Print:Fashion, Gender & the Feline Divine with Jo Weldon
Jo Weldon presents an overview of how leopard print became one of the most popular prints in western women’s fashion. Jo Weldon is the author of Fierce: The History of Leopard Print (HarperCollins, June 2018). Her experience with the print spans the worlds of fashion, rock n roll, and the performing arts. She is the Headmistress at the New York School of Burlesque and tours the world performing and teaching, as well as being a field instructor at Playwrights Horizons at Tisch School of the Arts. (Hauser & Wirth, 548 W 22nd St, 7pm-9pm, FREE, RSVP needed)
MIXER/BURLESQUE: Under Cover: lifestyle mixer & burlesque salon
Calling all poly, swinger, kink, LGBTQIA and other "alternative" dating, sex & gender folks and their allies. We're creating a protected and judgment-free space for connections, conversations and community. For those of you new to it all: direct introductions to HoS members new and old; facilitated discussions on poly, kink and swinger lifestyles; icebreaker games to get you in the mood. For our regulars: a way to ease new friends into our scene; a chance to meet all the new faces you may want to kiss later; a visit with the community even if your PAL is not around. For everyone: gender-fucking burlesque and variety, a charming hostess to make the introductions, and an informal setting for conversations and future kisses. 8-9pm: games and direct introductions with your host and social connector for the night, Kita St Cyr, the caramel cutie with the apple booty. 9-10pm: mingle with and enjoy performances by (usually weird, queer, non-traditional) burlesque stars. 10pm-close: drinks & socializing. This delightful evening is created for you by Kita St Cyr on behalf of House of Scorpio. Under Cover happens every fourth Thursday of the month; see site for attendance rules. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK - see site for address form, 8pm-12am, $10 until 10pm / advance tix poly special: 3 for $25 / FREE after 10pm, 21+ (25+ suggested))
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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)
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)
THEATER: Rady & Bloom: DING DONG IT'S the OCEAN
An arts collective gathers to celebrate their director's birthday; fueled by Moscow Mules, the partygoers sprawl across the apartment, decompressing from their ongoing rehearsal process. They speculate about the end of the world. They dance. They nap. As the night unfolds, the play that they are building – about our planet's ailing oceans -- pervades every conversation, until the party guests find they are performing it. This is a play about what people manage to find in each other when the world feels past saving. (thru 6/3, JACK, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave, BK, see site for details, $18)
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)
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 7/5, Here, 145 Sixth Ave, see site for details, $35-$100)
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)
ART: Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco
This new exhibit brings the world of Empire Roller Skating Center to life, exploring its role as a national icon and a focal point of the African American community in Brooklyn. Artifacts, archival materials, video, and first hand interviews come together to share the stories of the people who skated at Empire during the 70s and 80s, revealing the true origins of a world-wide cultural phenomenon. (thru 10/14, The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave, BK, see site for details, $7)
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