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So excited for our next two parties!
- This Sunday: 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, and we're down to maybe 10 presales. Please understand we can never sell more than a couple of tickets at the door, as this is a food event that requires planning. If you want to be sure to get in, buy your tickets ASAP!
- Next 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
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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
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: 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
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 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: 6/8-6/14 ///
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, Coney Island USA's Shooting Gallery/Arts Annex, 1214 Surf Ave, BK, 8pm, $20)
FILM: Bad Film Fest
The Mission Statement for this fest is “To produce events & projects that people want to see and press wants to talk about. Entertain the audience. To champion & elevate the misfit, castoff, underdog and downtrodden artist. To courageously show the world that the line between “good” and “bad” is imagined.” 16 short films will be presented. (Fri-Sun, Cloud City, 85 N 1st St, BK, 7pm & 9pm, $5)
BODY: 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. (Sat/Sun, Performance Space New York, 150 First Ave, see site for details, $1-$5 sliding scale)
SHOP: Cut & Crafted: Brooklyn Summer 2018
60+ makers, food & drinks, kids crafts, photo wall, music, and more. (Sat/Sun, Industry City, 233 37th St, BK, 12pm-6pm, )
MUSIC: Female Composers’ Festival
A series of 10 events chaired by pianist Shiau-Uen Ding. 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)
FEST: XII NYC Anarchist Bookfair
New York City, a center of anarchist life, culture, struggle and ideas for 150 years, hosts this 12th annual exposition of books, zines, pamphlets, art, film/video and other cultural and very political productions of the worldwide anarchist scene. There will be two days of panels, presentations, workshops, and skillshares to provide further opportunities to learn more and share your own experience and creativity. (Sat/Sun, Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq S,11am-7pm, FREE)
MUSIC: 5th Brooklyn Synth Expo
An interactive display of synthesizers.
(Sat 12pm/Sun 10am, Absurd Conclave, 360 Jefferson St, BK, FREE)
FILM: Lower East Side Film Festival
The Lower East Side Film Festival features independent films, shorts & features from all over the world. LESFF aims to create a special experience for both filmmaker and audience through amazing events, neighborhood engagement, free industry panels, and film screenings of the best and brightest up and coming filmmaking talent. Features include Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story, Papillon, A Sniper’s War, and the 10th Anniversary Screening of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, a shorts program, and much more. (Fri-Wed, Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave, see site for details, $15-$35)
ART: The NYC Anarchist Arts Festival
The festival gathers visual artists, performers, musicians, dancers, and genre benders for a night of experimentation and collective creation. At the core of the festival, offering an immersive and participatory space to everyone present. Hosted by the AnarkoArtLab this year’s festival will have more than 30 artists from Asia, the Americas and Europe. (Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq S, 7pm-12am, FREE)
BURLESQUE: Le Scandal’s The Bad Girls of 90’s Burlesque
The year was 1994. This is the untold story of how it really was. Shocking, subversive, silly, unimaginable. Demented magicians, live animals and strip club rejects, the audience never knew what they would see next. This was Fellini meets 1970's Times Square sex, meets John Waters. Performance art made love to classic burlesque. Bringing a group of performers together in the seed of a subversive sub-cultural movement. Written by Bonnie Dunn and Kate Valentine. Cast: Bonnie Dunn, Ms. Astrid, Velocity Chyaldd, Lucy Buttons, Peek a Boo Pointe, Ula Uberbusen, Anita Cookie, and Spooky. (Coney Island, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15, 18+)
LGBTQ: Brooklyn Pride Day
Start off your Brooklyn Pride Saturday with a morning 5K (3.1 mile) LGBTQIA+ fun run. You’ll be joined by hundreds of runners from across NYC and beyond as you race through scenic and historic Prospect Park, and a portion of the run’s proceeds will go to Make The Road New York. Enjoy the MultiCultural Festival where a cross-section of the borough’s business, community and city-wide organizations line six blocks of 5th Avenue between 1st and 9th Streets. Then watch or be part of the only New York City night time parade. The parade starts around Lincoln Place and ends at 9th St. & 5th Ave. (multiple locations, BK, 10am run/11am-5pm fest/7:30pm parade, FREE)
PARTY: Spike Lee Purple People Party 3
Spike Lee’s annual celebration of Prince’s life and legacy. Lee and Sway Calloway will serve as the masters of ceremony. Music By DJ Spinna. (Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St, 12pm-7pm, FREE)
ART: 9th Annual Welling Court Mural Project
This annual mural jam celebrates art, culture, and community. The project hosts murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people experience and interact with their environment. It is one of the best collections of contemporary street culture on earth. (Welling Court Mural Project, 11-90 Welling Ct, QNS, 12pm-8pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: 8th Annual Pet Day & Costume Contest at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park
Contestants will be judged for: Funniest Costume, Most Creative Costume and Best Pet/Owner Costume. The contest will be limited to 25 entries, and registration is on a first come first-serve basis. Register day of contest or use pre-registration form. All registrants must bring 2 cans of cat or dog food as an entrance fee. All cans will be donated to The Sean Casey Animal Rescue which will have an adoption vehicle on W 12th Street for the day. Prizes in include $25, $75, & $150 Petco gift certificates. Pre registration form: https://www.denoswonderwheel.com/pet-day. (Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, 3059 W 12th St, BK, 12:30pm-1:30pm registration/2pm contest, FREE)
MUSIC: The Lot Radio’s Block BBQ with Starchild, Fatherhood, and Scraaatch
The Lot Radio hosts a community cookout with talks and performances by Starchild, Fatherhood (Physical Therapy & Michael Magnan), Scraaatch, and more. Streamed live on The Lot's Internet Radio. (The Lot, 17 Nassau Ave, BK, 2pm-6pm, FREE)
ART: Midnight City Crawl: An Evening Showcasing Photographer MJ
MJ is an adventurer and photographer who is inspired by the challenge and the pursuit of mystery. He explores the world in a way that is unfathomable to most: by scaling it’s tallest buildings, and venturing into abandoned spaces and tunnels; capturing the stunning beauty of the world’s most famous cities from unique angles and viewpoints. This is your invitation to delve into the late night hours spent chasing the world’s highest urban peaks and exploring spaces lost in time. (Studio 301, 301 Ten Eyck St, BK, 7pm-11:30pm, $8 + Booking Fee)
BURLESQUE: Shades of Burlesque’s “Wakanda Forever”
Get ready to be transfixed by the beauty & magic of this Black Panther inspired production. Join in this celebrate of Black Excellence, Black Culture & Black Joy. Hosted by Sweet Lorraine. Featuring: Joyce Leeann, Nyx Nocturne, Sweet Lorraine, Tutu Toussaint, and Sassabrass. Go-Go & Stage Kittens Rain Supreme and Stella Nova (Coney Island, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15, 18+)
OPENING: The Muse Gowanus Circus Grand Opening
The Muse is opening a sister studio in Gowanus. Join them for the Grand Opening, take a tour of the new space, participate in some sampler classes, and stick around for a show with ABCirque performers Classes include Family Acro, Adult Partner Acro, Aerial Sampler for Kids, and ”Girls Have Muscles Too" for Teens, and more. Space for the classes and the show is limited. (The Muse Gowanus, 393 3rd Ave, BK, 11:30am-4:15pm classes/6:30 reception & show, FREE w/RSVP)
SHOP: Fascination Street Summer Market 2018
Punk, rock n roll, goth, kawaii, Lolita fashion/jewelry/art, oddities and more. Over 20 vendors plus music from Prosody, Trick Blue, and Molly Arnone & Dani Putrino of Little Pluto. (Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
MUSIC: The 1st Annual New York Brass Festival
Featuring: Slavic Soul Party; Hungry March Band; David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Sugartone Brass Band; Banda La Grande De Nueva York; Drumadics Beat-N-Brass Band; Gato Loco's Enchanted Messa; Harlem Heavenly Notes - Gospel Trombone Shout Choir; Nola On The Hudson Second Line with Mariel Bildsten Band; Trans-Global Fanfare All-Star Jam with Matt Moran; plus more TBA. (The Mckittrick Hotel, 530 W 27th St, 2pm-12am, $TBD)
EVENT/BENEFIT: Flux-a-Thon 2018
This 3rd annual event is part parade, part dinner/dance party, part participatory art showdown, part walkathon, but 100% Fluxy. Join the fine folks at Flux Factory as they march through LIC, Queens from their home base to the Plaxall Gallery, home of the Long Island City Artists, the longest running artist-run organization in LIC. After the celebrity panel awards the teams with prizes, celebrate with food, drinks, and music by DJ PlayPlay. Proceeds support Flux Factory's free public art exhibitions and help keep costs low for their Artists-in-Residence. (Parade: Flux Factory, 29-31 29th St, LIC, 4pm; After Party: Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave, LIC, 5pm, $25)
MUSIC: Surreal Evening of Handmade Instruments
The Imaginatron is an instrument composed of an all-expansive node of energies thrusting forth from the infinite realities. The band the Imaginatron is a tribute to the entity the Imaginatron. The band name for said instrument attempts to engage and invoke as many of these cosmic energies as possible via the use of dirty synth beats, jazzy guitar, angular erratic vocal spasms and spontaneous rituals that bridge the gap between ancient pagan calls and childhood glee. (Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, BK, 7pm, $tbd)
VARIETY: Safe Sex Sells - A Benefit for Safer Sex Work
Join an incredible cast of performers as they celebrate their freedom and their work in a positively sexy way. They’ll be raising money for non profit organizations like RedUp and SWOP who work hard to fight for the protection of safer sex work. With DJ Stormageddon. Stage Kitten Fisted Mini Wheats. Hosted By Bastard Keith. With performances by Sarah Tonin, Galatea Stone, Peter Mercury, Madame Rosebud, Black Magic, Jezabelle Von Jane, Anna Shevitz, Matt Knife, Sugar Mamasota, Celia Foxglove, and Creature|Karin Web. (BIZARRE Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 9:30pm-12pm, donation)
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: Vegetation Celebration opening reception
This show brings together a collection of artists that have depicted vegetation in their artworks. Vegetation has long been the subject of countless works of art. This exhibits continues to show vegetation as inspiration. (thru 7/31, Court Tree Collective, 371 Court St, 2nd Fl, BK, see site for details, FREE)
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)
ART: Escher - The Exhibition & Experience
https://www.eschernyc.com (maybe discounts out there?)
Over 200 original works from M.C. Escher. Exploring the intersection between art, mathematics, science and poetry, Escher’s works have fascinated and astounded generations of artists, architects, mathematicians, musicians and designers alike. This is the most important and the largest exhibitions of M.C. Escher ever presented in the United States (thru 2/3/19, Industry City, 34-34 St, bldg 6, BK, $6-$35)
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