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If you're not escaping the city this weekend, come have a drink with us!
- Tonight: 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 beloved Victorian-era Garden Tea party. The menu has just been announced, yay!
- Sat, Jun 16: our annual by-donation Mermaid Parade afterparty with brass bands and DJs. Now confirmed: Funkrust Brass Band, Batala all-female drum corps, and DJ Reaganomics! Going to be an awesome one.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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.
Two types of finger sandwiches:
- Cucumber, butter, chive and Salmon Mousse
- Scones with Homemade Clotted Cream & Preserves
Lancashire cheese & onion tarts
Rhubarb & custard tarts
Victoria Sponge Cake
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. Then, Batala New York City: an all-women's AfroBrazilian Samba Reggae drumming band. After the bands, DJ Reaganomics keeps us dancing with tropical bass 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: 5/25-5/31 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
PARTY: Elsewhere’s rooftop Opening Party
The Elsewhere Rooftop summer season open with a two-day celebration, beginning Friday with NOBUNNY and continuing Saturday with a headlining performance from groundbreaking Portuguese producer/DJ Branko [of Buraka som Sistema]. Plus Uproot Andy, Alex Pasternak & DJ Wawa. Saturday will also feature a cook-out pop-up from Holy Ground BBQ. (Fri/Sat, Elsewhere, 599 Johnson Ave, BK, see site for details, $10-$20)
SHOP: Brooklyn Art Book Fair 2018
The second annual fair is dedicated to showcasing publications, original artwork, and editioned work by underrepresented and emerging artists and writers. (Fri 6pm-9pm/Sat 12pm-6pm, McCarren Park Pool Mccarran Play Center, 776 Lorimer St, BK, FREE)
THEATER: Becoming Bettie Page-The Day That Changed Her Life and Made a Legend
Bettie’s ascent to icon began with a fateful meeting on the Coney Island boardwalk when off duty cop Jerry Tibbs spotted the beauty and ask to photograph her. His sharp eye suggest that the simple cut of bangs would set Bettie apart from the rest. Set in the Bluebird Casino the 1950’s incarnation of Coney Island USA to the boogie woogie music of Champion Jack Dupree. Seedy Edie stars as Bettie Page. (Fri/Sat, this week and next, Coney Island USA's Shooting Gallery/Arts Annex, 1214 Surf Ave, BK, 8pm, $20)
CIRCUS: 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. (Fri-Sun, The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St, see site for details, $25-$35)
FEST: Theater For The New City’s Lower East Side Festival Of The Arts
Three days of free music, dance, theater, movies & more. Hundreds of well-known and emerging artists presenting theater, dance, music, movies, poetry, cabaret, plays for kids by kids, a street fair, art exhibit, food, vendors, and more. (Fri-Sun, 155 First Ave, btwn 9th and 10th St, see site for details, FREE)
DANCE: DanceAfrica 2018 Performances
The nation’s largest African dance festival returns for its 41st year. This year’s performance offers a taste of the rhythm and spirit of South Africa, acknowledging Nelson Mandela’s centennial birthday and the contributions of freedom fighters past and present. South African supergroup Ingoma KwaZulu-Natal Dance Company brings traditional movement idioms alongside the contemporary stylings of Durban-based Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. They are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble and, together, rejoice in the transcendent power of movement and music in a range of forms and traditions. This year’s performance draws parallels between South African anti-apartheid and American civil rights movements, portraying the struggles for justice and, ultimately, serving up triumphant celebrations of culture. (Fri-Mon, Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, BK, see site for details, $25-$60)
PUPPETS/THEATER: Object Movement Festival
Program A https://goo.gl/ggcAED
Program B https://goo.gl/jLHpSZ
A curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The purpose of the program is to develop new work and advance existing works-in-progress that address social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical questions through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of performances. Featuring an array of puppet styles and content, the festival includes showings of Wolf Life, Antrak, Untold Stories from the War With the Newts, The Sixth Day, Teacups, Molting, the Ramayana, and Giveness. (Fri-Wed, West-Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W 86th St, see site for details, $15)
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)
ART/PARTICIPATORY: Editorial Night No.III : Live Photo Shoot
Photographers, imagemakers and creatives are invited to this immersive photo shoot with 7 vintage-inspired sets featuring a Porsche and 23 models open for collaborative creation of photo and video art. Bring your camera, share your passion and start shooting. Presenting designer Patricia Field's ARTFASHION. Best photographers get featured by Glassbook Mag. Photorealistic live painting and music by Bark and Sara Kendall. 7-9pm vodka open bar. (23 Meadow St, BK, 7pm-11pm, $15-$20)
PERFORMANCE: Everything is Fine: A Children's Show for Scared Adults Living in a Scary World
Do other people ever make you feel mad? Did you know it's okay to feel mad sometimes? Feeling mad gives you power, and power makes you smart. Won't you let your cousin, Lionel Cousins, teach you all about it using music, puppets and random door prizes? Please do. (The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, 315 Columbia St, BK, 7:30pm, FREE-$20 sliding scale)
FILM/PARTY: Rooftop Films’ No Escape: Uncanny Mindbenders
It’s time for this annual program of bizarre and disquieting short films. These mindbending movies ask: Have you ever stepped on an anthill and not given it a second thought? If a foley artist falls in the forest, who will record it? Is it a nervous breakdown or the best set of your life? The rooftop screen is sold out. Tickets are available for the courtyard screen. [G&S Note, use code: SHORTSSEASON for 50% off tickets] (The Old American Can Factory, 500 25th St, BK, 8pm doors/8:30pm music/9pm film, $8)
VARIETY: The People’s Playground:: A Tribute to the History of Coney Island
From Coney Island’s earliest days as a natural park to its heyday as a place for amusement and bathing in the late 1800s and early 1900s. From its destruction and decline in the middle 20th century to its revitalization in the 21st, Coney Island has had a long and interesting history. Clara Coquette presents a tale of this history through burlesque and sideshow with tributes to Coney Island’s rides and amusement parks, bathing beauties and circus performers, events and characters, and much more. Starring: Clara Coquette, Bambi the Mermaid, Beelzebabe, Gigi Bonbon, Lil’ Miss Lixx, Nola Star, Aurora North and Faux Pas le Fae, Nasty Canasta, and Rita N. Wink (Coney Island USA, Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15)
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)
PARTY: Intrepid: Battle of the Big Bands
This highly anticipated one-night-only annual special event is also an official part of Fleet Week 2018 and sells out every year. Celebrate the music, dancing, and style of the Swing Era featuring three of NYC's best big bands playing on the flightdeck on a giant fifty foot stage; plus a barbershop quartet, 1940’s-style photo booth, a vintage fashion contest, swing dance performances, dance contests, free beginner swing dance lessons, lovely pin-up gals, vendors on the front of the flight deck, and you’ll find even more live music & dancing below deck when you explore the museum. Over 80 performers, with live music and dancing all night, plus a 3,200 square foot wood dance floor on the flight deck and 1,000sq ft wood dance floor on the hanger deck. Vintage clothes and dance shoes are encouraged. (Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is at Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave, 7pm check-in/8pm – 1am, $39-$105, 21+ w/ID)
FILM/PARTY: Rooftop Films’ Dark Toons
Furry critters and imaginative creatures invite you to stare into the animated abyss for stories of uncanny family connections, a reinterpretation of Hieronymus Bosch’sThe Garden of Earthly Delight, and surreal contemplations on human existence. Plunge into the intangible world beyond our 2D live-action reality. Featuring a 360º video installation from filmmakers Julian Glander and Jeron Braxton. Live music by Space Meow Doll and after party. [G&S Note, use code: SHORTSSEASON for 50% off tickets] (Industry City, 51 35th St, BK, 8pm doors/8:30pm music/9pm film, $8)
FILM/WORD; Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape plus Q&A with director
In 2011, the filmmaker read that the term cassette tape was being removed from The Oxford English Dictionary and decided that someone ought to give the cassette a proper eulogy. Its difficult to say goodbye to a format that a new generation picked up on, either out of irony, nostalgia, or sheer tangibility. But whatever the reason, audiotapes refused to be killed. Cassette is an investigation into this strange resurgence, led by the mediums inventor, Lou Ottens. Director Zack Taylor is a commercial videographer living in New York City. Cassette is his first feature film. Q&A with the director follows the screening. (Spectacle Theater, 124 S 3rd St, BK, 10pm, $10)
FILM: Cartoon Carnival #67: Mice Is Nice
It's time to sit back and relax for nearly two hours of more archival 16mm (no digital) animated cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s. Pay homage to some of the best-known and also many of the nameless mice and rats to scurry through Cartoon Land's yesteryear. Featuring live ragtime accompaniment by Charlie Judkins for select silent-era shorts. Bar refreshments and light food available (i.e. hot dogs, hamburgers, etc.) (389 Melrose St, BK, 7pm, $10)
WORD: The Secret Society of the Sisterhood
An evening of storytelling for women and fierce allies of women. Under a summer sky, lit by the full moon, join producer and performer Trish Nelson in a vow: “I am here tonight to pledge my support to my fellow sisters.” And then the storytelling begins. The theme of the evening is: “So…That Happened.” Prepare yourself for true tales that are sincerely heartfelt and often hilarious. Featuring Amber Tamblyn, Lorri Davis, Yamaneika Saunder, Dhonielle Clayton. With music by Kaki King, Featuring Treya Lam. Full moon dance party to follow with DJ Tikka Masala. (Greenwood Cemetery, 599 25th St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $25 adv/$30 door)
PARTY: Underground Science Festival Opening Night
Unearthing science buried by racism and sexism. Tired of hearing the same names honored at every science event? Wondering what’s missing from the mainstream narrative? Sick of boring panels with high ticket prices – or have you just avoided these things at all costs? We’re with you. Instead, come see subversive science comedy, unconventional deep dives into the failures that drive science, and introductions to the unsung and forgotten heroes who should have had credit all along. The Opening Party will have your favorite science toys and photo props (if you've ever dreamed of being a T-Rex floating in space with an astronaut, this is your kind of party), Underground Science Trivia with prizes, and the chance to mingle with USF presenters, performers and organizers Festival continues next week. (Caveat, 21 A Clinton St, 9pm, $12)
FEST: Live Composition Festival 2018
Opening night of this 2-night festival of live composition by NYC's experimental forefront of theater, dance, media, and more. Multiple acts will be featured, with an interactive scan installation by Jonathan Checler and comic artist Samuel Ferri followed by an open jam with performers from all over the world. Experience live art created right before your eyes. [G&S Note: Enter email for address: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/loft.html#location] (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, see G&S site for address form, BK, 8pm-12am, $10 adv/$20 door, 21+)
SOCIAL DANCE/MUSIC: The NY FORRÓ Fest 2018
Three days of exciting Brazilian dance classes and four nights of hot live music parties with the world’s best dance instructors and forró musicians. The fest is set to provide a seamless, immersive weekend experience for latin dance enthusiasts where international festival-goers will learn new dance moves by day, and master their techniques by night at Nublu, SOBs, and the Roger Smith Hotel. [G&S Note: purchase up to 10 Full-Pass tickets at the Early Bird Discount Price at https://bit.ly/2s4emDp] (multiple locations, see site for details, $20-$140)
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 7/15, 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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