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Two of our favorite events are coming up in the next two weeks. We hope you're joining us!
- Next Sun, June 10: Grand Victorian Garden Tea party, with proper finger sandwiches and fancies, and tea poured from turn-of-century silver. This is our ONLY tea party for this entire summer!
- Following Sat, June 16: our annual by-donation Mermaid Parade afterparty with Funkrust Brass Band, Batala NYE all-female drum corps, and DJ Reaganomics! Going to be an awesome one.
- Fri, June 28: our monthly craft-cocktails-meets-Iron-Chef pop-up.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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 16, 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
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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: 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)
Gemini & Scorpio
The Cocktail Experiment + June Babies Birthday Party
Fri, June 28 (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
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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 June? Your first experiment is on the house (show us your ID). You can even get in touch to reserve a couch, arrange party favors, etc. Yes, you can order food to be delivered, too. For everyone else: free un-birthday treats!
*Tips on bringing ingredients: we welcome both liquor and mixer challenges, but please no basic juices or sodas...that's not what craft cocktails are made of. Consider: half-size bottles, homemade infusions or syrups, that forgotten bottle of weird booze you don't know what to do with, inexpensive amaros, bitters or vermouths. Most importantly, since whatever you brought will be in your free cocktail round, choose flavors you enjoy.
/// NYC EVENTS: 6/1-6/7 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
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)
FEST: 25th Annual Red Hook Fest
This live music and dance festival returns to the scenic waterfront featuring community workshops, free resources, family activities, games, face painting, and world-class performers. Fun for the whole family. (Fri: PS 15, 71 Sullivan St, BK, 5:30pm-8:30pm/Sat: Erie Basin Park, 1 Beard St, BK, 2pm-7pm; FREE)
THEATER: The Drilling Company Theater’s A Midsummer Night's DREAM in the park
Gentle mortals, You are cordially invited to the wedding of the century. Hippolyta and Theseus are finally tying the knot...but not without some magical interference, some lovers gone awry, and a night of unforgettable mischief first. Bring a blanket, a beverage, relax, and enjoy the show. (Fri/Sat, Bryant Park Upper Terrace, 7pm, FREE)
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] (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, see site for details, $20-$140)
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, La MaMa, 66 E 4th St, see site for details, $26/$21 stu)
VARIETY: Bendelacreme's Inferno A-Go-Go
Don't miss the latest blend of theater, burlesque and comedy by RuPaul's Drag Race sensation BenDeLaCreme. Inspired by “Dante’s Inferno” -- the original travel brochure of the damned -- DeLa takes audiences on rollicking romp through the nine circles of fire and fun more commonly known as hell. (Fri & Sun 7pm/Sat 9:30pm & 11:59pm, Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, $30-$60 + $20 food/drink min)
SKATE/WORD: BRUJAS: Training Facility
Autonomous, anti-capitalist, gender self-determining collective BRUJAS is in residence at Performance Space with their project, Training Facility, transforming the new theater into a pink, desert-themed skate park and intimate meet-up spot, putting a skate park back in the East Village neighborhood. In addition to open skate times, the collective will present an array of live performances and workshops on topics including Dadaism, advanced DJ seminar, “Herban Cura: Dying with flowers, bugs and bark”, and more. (Fri-Mon, this week and next, Performance Space New York, 150 First Ave, see site for details, $1-$5 sliding scale)
FEST: Underground Science Festival
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. (Fri-Wed, Caveat, 21 A Clinton St, see site for details, $10-$25)
FEST: Five Points Festival 2018
A designer toy, comic, and street art convention featuring two days and nights of artists, vinyl and plastic toys, original art, resin, plush, blind boxes, blanks, minis, kaiju, Japanese vinyl, posters, prints, apparel, food trucks, independent comics, craft breweries and more– capped off by the 2018 Designer Toy Awards. The antidote to the average con, Five Points brings tastemakers, misfits, and rebels together with the new, retro, and infamous in a one-of-a-kind marketplace. (Sat/Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St, BK, 10am-6pm, $30-$45)
ART: Greenpoint Open Studios
For one weekend, hundreds of artists and designers open up their studios to the public to showcase work in a wide range of mediums. From paintings, sculptures, film, photography, weaving/textiles, ceramics, and more, there are seasoned artists to be visited and emerging artists to be discovered in the northernmost tip of Brooklyn. (Sat/Sun, multiple locations, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
SHOP: Serpentinas Craft Presents: Coney Island USA's Pre-Mermaid Parade Market
To get in the spirit of the Mermaid Parade, they will have vendors selling artwork and creations themed after Coney Island, the Beach and Mermaids. They have a variety of vendors who have, or are creating pieces specifically for this vendors market. All weekend while the Market is happening in the Freak Bar, shows are happening in the Sideshow theater, Arts Annex and Museum. (Sat 12pm-10pm/Sun 12pm-6pm, Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, FREE)
MUSIC: Female Composers’ Festival
A series of 10 events chaired by pianist Shiau-Uen Ding. Opening night features “Toy Piano Plus…” - Margaret Leng Tan presents a program of music by an international band of women composers who have written for the toy piano alone, or in conjunction with other toy instruments. Phyllis Chen uses music boxes; Monica Pearce explores bicycle bells; Laura Liben combines a toy psaltery with the toy piano. Ying An Lin invents a duet between the toy piano and a tin can. Tan will also perform Kelly Moran’s Helix II for piano and toy piano. Additional performances include: Broadway Live - a video score inspired by the painting Broadway Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondrian; Landscapes - a set of graphic-scores sketched after observations of different landscapes; Typing error - dedicated to everything that didn't happen, is an interdisciplinary game and performance with the audience, dancing musicians and stories by friends. (Sat/Sun, this week and next, Spectrum, 70 Flushing Ave, Garage A, BK, see site for details, $TBD)
BURLESQUE: Get Your Nerd On
Nasty Canasta, The Podmother of Nerdlesque and some of her favorite gorgeous geeks present striptease tributes to ewoks, automata, Geordi LaForge, unsolved mysteries, life, the universe, everything - and more. Plus: watch the Secret Nerds shine. Burlesque superstars more known for the classic side of bump-and-grind will show their inner geeks (and a lot more) for some very special and not-to-be-missed pop-culture performances. Hosted by Nasty Canasta and starring Angie Pontani, Amuse Bouche, Bunny Buxom, Delysia La Chatte, Ivory Fox, Jezebel Express, Puss N Boots, Qualms Galore and more - with a special appearance by the Disembodied Head of Doc Wasabassco (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15 standing/$20 seated/$30 VIP front row)
MUSIC/SOCIAL DANCE: Global Mashups 2018: Balkans meets El Barrio
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. Raya Brass Band thrills audience with intense, soul shaking Balkan wedding music, and Spanglish Fly returns with irresistible grooves that play 60’s soul inspired by Latin boogaloo. (Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, QNS, 7pm lesson/8pm concert, $16/$10 members & stu/FREE teens 13-19 with ID)
COMMUNITY/FOOD: The Second Annual East Village Iftar And Spaghetti Garden Party
Featuring Ramadan-inspired poets grove including poet SaaliSi and songs by Mariam Bazeed, Great Small Works’ historic “The True Story of Charas” cantastoria, “Pari Banu, Ravi Ahu," a remix of Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmed performed by SaaliSi. IFTAR is the meal that Muslims eat after sunset during Ramadan to break the day’s fast. It is one of the ceremonial observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. (La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, 9th St & Ave C, 7pm/8:30pm dinner, $15 sliding scale)
ART/MUSIC: Chasm: Refuge Arts Season Opening
CHASM is a Brooklyn-based curatorial project for new media, light art and experimental music. Each immersive multimedia event brings together an interconnected group of light artists and performers, with a focus on live audiovisual sets. Enjoy music by: HIR (Live band) :: Richard Kennedy, Lauren Flax, FXWRK, and Church Goer; performance art by Pauli Cakes - knife sorceress, and Pastiche Lumumba - performance artwork; light art installations by Sandra Cordero / The Sperm Whale NYC, Kip Davis, and ALT MALE. Visual art by Eva Mueller, John Rohrer, Lauren Trager. (Refuge Arts, 80 Vernon Ave, BK, 7pm-2am, FREE/by donation/$10 after 10pm)
FEST: Live Composition Festival 2018
Experience 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, enter email for address , BK, 8pm-12am, $10 adv/$20 door, 21+)
VARIETY: Switch n' Play Presents: Escape to Outer Space
Brooklyn's award-winning drag & burlesque collective, Switch n' Play will bring you an intergalactic adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Join drag kings, drag queens, and burlesque stars on a journey through the weirdest and most thrilling sights of outer space in a quest to escape planet earth and discover existence on a much gayer planet. Starring: Divina Gransparkle, K.James, Miss Malice, Nyx Nocturne, Pearl Harbor, Vigor Mortis. Special Guests Heart Crimson, Kita St Cyr, and Sweet Lorraine. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15, 18+)
ART: Bushwick Wyckoff Art Crawl Spring '18
Live art, Visual art, street art, performances, body art, music, installations, activism and so much fun. artists populate the streets, on Wyckoff Ave between Starr Street and Flushing Ave. Surrounded by art studios, Wyckoff Ave is a central public platform. (31 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 10am-7pm, FREE)
PARTY: Give Rise: JunXion 4 Year Anniversary
You are invited to take part in the next unfoldment of a narrative that is over 4 years in the making. This is the story of a community, of a culture, of Brooklyn and the characters that have made this so special. This event is one part adventure and one part celebration. Choose Your Own Adventure: SOLAR Xperience - multiple spaces scattered around Bushwick are reviewed in a series of stops; LUNAR Xperience - As the day turns to night buses will transport you to the night time location(S); Nautical Xperience: The Battle For Mau Mau Island - Docked on a forgotten strip of water, there is housed an old floating vessel. Voyage with us as it never leaves the dock but transports you to other realms. (see separate listing). Which adventure will you choose? Multiple ticket options available. (multiple locations, BK, see site for details, $20-$55)
SHOP: Hester Street Fair's Vintage Day with Housing Works
Come shop fashion, furniture, books, records and more. Clothing Swap - You’re invited to bring up to 3 of those pieces that have been trapped in your closet begging to see the light of day for years- we know you can’t let them go to just anyone, so get the satisfaction of seeing them out in the world revived by a new friend. Any leftover clothing will be donated to Housing Works Inc. at the end. Tom Of England aka Thomas Bullock's roll call includes Tonka Sound System, Wicked Sound System, A.R.E. Weapons, Rub-n-Tug, Map of Africa and STD Records. Dance your new plaid tweed trousers off. (Hester Street Fair, 11am-6pm, FREE)
FEST: Spoke the Hub’s Local Produce (mini) Festival of the Performing Arts
Join Spoike the Hub for their 25th annual spring “bacchanal” as they celebrate community, dance, all the creative arts and spring time. Enjoy local community art projects; street lawn lounge & games; skateboarding clinic; music throughout the day; workshops and demos in dance, theater improv, skateboarding, and more; dance performances, comedy, and much more. (Union St, BK, 12pm-11pm, FREE)
MUSIC: The 1st Annual OUTLOUD Queer Music Festival
A celebration of the music and songwriting of LGBTQ artists in the NYC community and beyond. With folk, rock, country, electronic, r&b, and more, this showcase will highlight a variety of styles of live music and appeal to fans of many genres. Featuring 7 incredibly talented queer performers/bands and hosted by drag king comedian Wang Newton. Performances by Aviva Jaye, Julia Weldon, Karen & The Sorrows, Paisley Fields, Lavender Country, Mal Blum & The Blums, Russell Elliot. Afterparty hosted by Hot Rabbit with DJ Tikka Masala. (Drom, 85 Ave A, 6pm-12am show/12am afterparty, $20, 21+)
An affectionate reinvention of the western genre that showcases the Zellners’ trademark unpredictability, off-kilter sense of humor and unique brand of humanism, Damsel follows an affluent pioneer Samuel Alabaster (Pattinson) as he ventures across the American Frontier to find and marry the love of his life, Penelope (Wasikowska). As Samuel traverses the Wild West with a drunkard named Parson Henry (David Zellner) and a miniature horse called Butterscotch, their once-simple journey grows treacherous, increasingly blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel. Filmmakers in Attendance. Q&A follows screening. [G&S note: use code “BUTTERSCOTCH” for 25% off tix] (Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, BK, 7:45pm doors/8:30pm live music/9pm film, $16)
PARTY: Rubulad Presents The Secret Life of Plants
With live music by: Sxip Shirey, Simone White, Funkrust Brass Band, and your MC Tanya Solomon. Dj Reaganomics plus: Visuals by The Sperm Whale NYC, Myke Flaherty’s Green Period Art Hole, Madame Meghan Grace of Blue June Tarot, Fantastic Florals by Darrell Thorne, plant-based nutrients served. Dress green and growing. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for Bushwick address. (Rubulad, address with RSVP or purchase, BK, 8:30pm doors/9pm show, $10 adv or before 10pm/$15 door)
PARTY: "The Last Resort" - a fundraiser for The Battle For Mau Mau Island
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/give-rise-junxion-4-year-anniversary-tickets-46201717581 (Nautical Ticket Tier 1)
A mayhemic mélange of forbidden leisures. Docked on a forgotten strip of water, there is housed an old floating vessel. Voyage with us as it never leaves the dock but transports you to other realms. Featuring: 2Mello, Just In Case, Dj Partyfoul 3000, Joro Boro Soundbath- Late, Dj Sadder Daze, Illexander, Skysoyoung. Come early for free beverage specials. All proceeds go to fund The Battle For Mau Mau Island (costumed gangs compete in DIY boat building and gladiatorial combat) and The Junxion NY. [G&S note: find Miss Scorpio behind the bar on the boat doing a version of our Cocktail Experiment. Bring a bottle of funky booze, get a free faux fancy drink!] (address with purchase, BK, 9pm, $20, 21+)
COMMUNITY: Queens Pride’s 2018 Pride Parade and Festival
First held in 1993, the fight for social justice and the celebration of community continues with this wonderful display of visibility and pride. After the parade, Queens Pride and Club Evolution stages provide entertainment throughout the afternoon featuring singers, comedians, drag acts, dance groups and much more. Vendors, food and informative business, community and social group booths are located throughout the festival site. (Parade: 37th Ave from 89th St to 7th St, QNS, 12pm; Festival: 75th St & 37th Rd, QNS, 1:30pm-6pm, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: Alice in Wonderland: an X-Rated Musical Fantasy in Concert
Join us at The Green Room 42 for a sensuously silly evening featuring the songs of Alice in Wonderland: an X-Rated Musical Fantasy! In an unforgettable celebration of the new musical adaptation of Bill Osco's 1976 cult classic film, experience fan favorites like “Knight Like This,” “Cards, Cards, Cards,” and “Ding-a-Ling-Up” like never before, plus the debut of "X-Rated Musical Fantasy," and "Try Something Crazy!" Featuring an all-star cast, this concert is presented by composer and book-writers, Harrison Beck and Maya Kates. (The Green Room 42, 570 10th Ave, 9:30pm, doors at 8:45pm)
WORD: The Eight Flavors of American Mixology
Culinary historian Sarah Lohman uses eight different ingredients as a path to explore the history of American mixology, from the 18th century to the present day. This talk will explore the histories of juniper, citrus, nutmeg, ice, anise, grenadine, cola, and flavored vodka; with brief digressions into tea, bitters, eggs, hay, the “no flavor” push of the vodka era and Red Bull. (Prospect Heights Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave, BK, 8:30pm-10pm, $13)
FILM/PARTY: LES Film Festival Opening Night - “Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story”
The Lower East Side Film Festival opens with “Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story”. The film peels back the curtain to reveal the sexy sub-culture of the neo-burlesque scene in New York City. This verité documentary intimately follows four performers, each of whom has discovered a newfound identity and belonging in a world of bawdy comedy and striptease. However, they find all that glitters is not necessarily gold, as this liberating community does not insulate from the harsh realities of sexism, illness and existential crisis. Q&A with cast and crew follows screening. After party at Drom with open wine and beer bar and burlesque performances. Festival continues next week. (Village East Cinema, The Jaffe Auditorium, 181-189 2nd Ave, 7pm doors/8pm film/9:30pm Q&A, $22-$35)
VARIETY: Cirque Du So Weird: Peepshow
An erotic collective presented by Lydia Vengeance. A new circus is cumming to town and they’re popping a tent for a show unlike anything we've done before. Stripped down and clowning around, their devious collective of beautiful weirdos features: Jezabelle von Jane, Misc Allaneous, Audrey Deja Allen, Cameron Catastrophe, E.LethalKit, Betsy Propane, & more to be announced soon. Also featuring live art by famous sketch artist Adriano. Tickets are pre-sale only and the address will be revealed only after ticket purchase. VIP tickets include guaranteed seating with a full frontal view. GA tickets are standing room only or side seating in the lounge area. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, address with purchase, BK, 8pm-11:30pm, $20-$35, 21+)
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: Manufacturing Mischief
Using comedy to address political discourse and the dilemmas that artificial intelligence and late capitalism pose, the play serves as a critique of new technologies for automation, such as self-driving cars and robots that replace humans in the workforce, as well as the class conflicts that ensue when technology eliminates jobs. (thru 6/24, The Tank Theater, 312 W 36th St, 1st Fl. see site for details, $25-$35)
FEST: The Festival of Lies
Truth is an illusion. Experience is subjective. And proof is in the eye of the beholder. All news is fake news. Except for the news proves my point. Join in for performances and art works full of hot takes, half-truths and exaggerations for you to believe, ignore and distrust at your pleasure. All spectators will receive ten million dollars. Performances throughout the month including “Anderson Lena and the Things That Don’t Matter, The Cabaret of Lies, As You Like It, CoatlCast: live, The Handmaid’s Dianetics, and more. (thru 7/5, The Brick Theater, 579 Metropolitan Ave, BK, see site for details, $TBD)
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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