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Happy Fourth to everyone -- we hope you had a relaxing time, whatever you did. We hid out upstate, but are back tonight for one of our favorite secret nights: House of Scorpio's pop-up strip club, Saints & Sinners. It's one of the rare HoS events that we can let out to the larger world...otherwise everything is pretty private and only goes to the mailing list & closed Facebook group. We included the invite below, but you'll need to go read the HoS website for full attendance instructions.
Peak summer is pretty slow everywhere including in our beloved party home, but we'll be back on Fri July 27 with our monthly Cocktail Experiment pop-up.
In the meantime, Miss Scorpio will be in London throughout July. If you have recos for the best cocktails, immersive experiences, underground happenings and amazing humans to introduce her to, drop us a line!
Gemini & Scorpio,
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
POP-UP STRIP CLUB: 7/6
House of Scorpio
Saints & Sinners: pop-up strip club party
Friday, July 6, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
$25 advance / $45 with reserved table seating* / $35 at door before 12am / $20 after (door sales as capacity allows, and only for pre-approved members in good standing)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK (RSVP on site for address)
Please arrive with a PAL and be familiar with our Code of Conduct
Rules, RSVP & location: http://www.houseofscorpio.com
For one night only, our sexy clubhouse becomes a full-on strip club, with a pole stage, an array of lap dance-ready seating....and a play-friendly Champagne Room. There will be eight dancers to entertain you: each a hand-picked burlesque, pole or circus star stepping outside the boundaries of their genre to spend the whole night dancing for you on stage and in your lap. Dancer info TK!
Once the dancers are done at 1am, the stage is yours to shake your booty on. Live out your strip fantasies on our stage as DJ Ceremony provides the beats late into the night.
Rules of the club: the usual Lip Service dress code & code of conduct apply / Countdown rules in Champagne Room (read the website). Dress up. Tip generously (dancers, wait & bar staff). Get lap dances: they're the best part, and only $10. Respect the dancers. Keep your hands to yourself (or your partner). Nudity is fine on the stage, but no private parts on our furniture.
To be considered for attendance:
First: read PAL requirements and code of conduct at http://www.houseofscorpio.com
Then: follow the instructions at http://www.houseofscorpio.com/attend.html
To get the location address anytime, fill out the loft location form on our site for an auto-reply (also revealed with ticket purchase).
*Reserved seats ($45) include: 9pm admission + seat at a 4-person table with prime stage view + access to reserved lap dance seat.
Gemini & Scorpio
The Cocktail Experiment + July Babies Birthday Party
Fri, July 27 (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 July? Your first experiment is on the house (show us your ID), and you're welcome to host your party here. 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. Small request: nothing that tastes of anise or licorice, please! If that's the flavor you want, we have plenty of that in the bar, including the best absinthe you'll ever have.
/// NYC EVENTS: 7/6-7/12 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
PERFORMANCE/PARTICIPATORY: Smash Sounds
Smash Sounds is a tournament like no other, uniting the worlds of competitive Beatboxing and Super Smash Bros for the first time ever on the same stage. Dedicated, highly skilled, and community oriented, Beatboxers and Smashers share a passion for competition that will be on full display as some of the world’s premier talent go head-to-head to be crowned NYC's best. All attendees are welcome to try their hand at Super Smash Bros or Beatbox at the open mic. Featuring Beat Saber virtual reality by HubNeo, arcade games, ping pong, live music, food, drinks, dancing and lots of surprises, Smash Sounds offers something fun for the whole family. (Sat 12pm/Sun 11am, Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave, BK, $tbd)
MUSIC/SOCIAL DANCE: Bulgarian Dance Party featuring Cherven Traktor
Join a Bulgarian dance workshop with Antoniya and Veslin Ivanovi, visiting from Bulgaria then dance to live music by Cherven Traktor. Cash bar and delicous homemade Bulgarian food for sale. (Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, 7pm doors/7:30pm workshop/8:30pm dance party, $18 adv/$20 door)
FILM/WORD: Heather Henson Presents: Handmade Puppet Dreams
A part of Heather Henson's Ibex Puppetry, Handmade Puppet Dreams is a traveling film series that promotes independent artists exploring their handmade craft specifically for the screen. These films all focus on real-time puppetry, and allow artists to build their vision, and then breathe life into their dreams. This special collection is curated specifically for the Puppetry Guild of Greater New York, and features a number of locally produced films. There will be a Q&A with filmmakers and a reception following the screenings. (IBEX Puppetry & Puppetry Guild of Greater New York, The Henson Annex, 225 E 67th St, 7:30pm, FREE with RSVP)
PARTY: The Emoji Art Show Tour
This multi-sensory party features creative emoji inspired art by 30+ emerging Brooklyn artists, performances, live body painting, and live DJ sets. After you enjoy your cocktail, head over to taste the emoji dessert surprises. The Emoji Art Show aims to amplifies emotional and mental health awareness through emojis, art and music. (Absurd Conclave, 360 Jefferson St, Lower Level, 8pm-12am, $10-$25)
VARIETY: Cherry HELLodies
Hear Miss Cherry Delight’s powerful voice sing Black Sabbath, Joan Jett, Dio, GWAR, and more. With a huge cast of 10 of the most notoriously badass no-fucks-given burlesque performers ever, ripping all their clothes off, hotter than a church in Norway. Featuring: Fem Appeal, Pearls Daily, Mary Cyn, Ashley Bad, Poison Eve, Apathy Angel, Madame Reaper, Faux Pas Le Fae & Aurora North, and stage kitten, Laura Lee Pants. Live music from The Children Of The Corndogs, who will shred some of the most awesome metal, punk, grunge, goth, and rock songs that will have you head-banging until you need to be hospitalized. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15, 18+)
BIKE: 2018 Warriors Fun Ride
A fun ride from Dusk til Dawn, leaving Van Cortlandt Park at Sunset and arriving at Coney at Coney Island by sun rise. Gangs of up to 9 riders will battle it out through the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Activities and trivia will get you extra points. Points will determine which Gang will be victorious. Top teams will battle it out on the beach of Coney Island with a game of Tug O War. (Van Cortlandt Park–242nd St, W 242nd St & Broadway, BX, 5pm, FREE)
PARTY: 2nd Annual Big Easy on the Hudson
The New York Hot Jazz Festival has teamed up with Juliette Campbell's Shanghai Mermaid to take over a hidden vaudeville house to create a New-York-style, retro-nouveau New Orleans hot jazz experience. This year's headlining NOLA star is trombone player / band leader Charlie Halloran and his band. Mahogany Hall Pleasure Society Jazz Band's Jon-Erik Kellso will be joining. The evening will also feature special guests including international tap dance sensation DeWitt Fleming Jr, early blues royal, Queen Esther, and yet another royal, New Orleans' own queen of burlesque, Perle Noire. (The Triad Ballroom, 158 W 72nd St, 7pm-9pm, Doors 6:30pm, $20-$45)
PARTICIPATORY/PERFORMANCE: Escape from Marseilles
Become one of a group of American vigilantes helping high-profile fugitives flee Nazi-occupied France. The refugees you’ll aid will be members of the “cultural elite” — people like Max Ernst, Marc Chagall and Hannah Arendt — who have been denounced as enemies of the Third Reich and are being sought actively by French and German police. In this two-hour experience, you’ll forge Reichsmarks and passports, work with members of the French Resistance, and dodge your way past Vichy agents, all while having to decide — who lives and who dies? Escape From Marseilles is a live action roleplay event on July 7 in a historic Manhattan location. (The Library at the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airman's Club, 283 Lexington Ave, 7pm, $50)
PERFORMANCE: The Persistence of Nudity: A Burlesque Tribute to Salvador Dali
114 years ago the mad, megalomaniac genius Salvador Dali burst forth from his mother’s viscera to become the one and only True Surrealist to ever live and the Saviour of painting. Clara Coquette and Gemini Blitz present Dali’s visceral dream images on a gleaming, argent platter for you to devour. STARRING: Clara Coquette, Gemini Blitz, Dirty Martini, Doll Body, Maggie McMuffin, Mary Cyn and Johnny Caligula, Sarah Tonin, Faux Pas le Fae, and Galatea Stone. (Coney Island USA, Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave, Bk, 10:00pm, $15)
FEST: Home Away From Home - An Intimate Festival
A festival in an otherworldly, multi stage, outdoor wonderland. An entire day to celebrate the people who take culture into their own hands. Join six creative communities at a massive outdoor celebration of Brooklyn's home grown culture. 25+ acts. Dozens of dancers, musicians, comedians, sound baths, poets and homemade food from chefs. Featuring performers from community curators Home Audio, JAPAN, Brooklyn Wildlife, Fooju Dance Collaborative, Waiting To Be Happy, Avocado Johnson, and many more. (location with RSVP, BK, 3pm-1am, $10)
ART/PERFORMANCE: Pioneer Works’ Second Sundays
The program features open studios with current artists in residence, live music, exhibitions and participatory programs exploring art, science, technology and education. Come early for Gallery Dialogues with Demian DinéYazhi’. Food and Beverage by Grasshopper Brooklyn, Dolce Brooklyn, and Pioneer Works Bar. (Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 3pm talk/4pm-10pm, $10 sugg don)
MUSIC: Soul Summit 2018 House Music Festival at Ft. Greene Park
Come get your dance on, enjoy the food, and get your souvenirs from the Vendor Court. A special tribute to life of Boyd Jarvis by Timmy Regisford and friends will blow the roof off the park. Come celebrate House Music at it's finest at the event you've been waiting for. (Ft Greene Park, BK, 3pm-8pm, FREE)
SOCIAL DANCE: Vogue Knights
A monthly afternoon Vogue tea dance, every 2nd Sunday of the month. (The Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Ave, 4pm-8pm, $10)
CIRCUS: Circus Muse 4
A night of traditional circus. Enjoy feats against gravity as acrobats soar, spin, juggle, and flip in ways you have to see to believe. Guaranteed to delight the whole family, get a taste of a traditional-style circus show intermingled with innovative, death-defying acts of skill. (The Muse Brooklyn, 350 Moffat St, BK, 6pm, $8-$20)
MUSIC: Dayna Kurtz.
With vocal comparisons to Nina Simone and a musical style that pulls from jazz, blues and country, singer Dayna Kurtz has found her best success not in America but in Europe. Kurtz started out as a folkie, but has expanded her influences over the years, creating a sound that fits in best under the Americana umbrella. A former brooklynite, she moved to New Orleans a while back. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 7pm, $10)
PARTY: Stories Around the Fire: The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley
Celebrate “The Mere Wife”, the new novel by Maria Dahvana Headley. An unassuming underground train car bar has been transformed into a world of monsters and fire with live music by Dorian Wood and Tamar Korn, performances, food, and drinks. A signed copy of the book, personalized by Maria, is included with purchase of The Dragon ticket. (Railway NYC, 90 W Houston St, 7pm-10pm, $12.61-$33.72)
MUSIC: Slavic Soul Party
Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Roma accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged a virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City; their Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 9pm, $10)
MUSIC: Microcabaret Silver Wedding (Belarus)
Microcabaret Silver Wedding is minimalistic and emotionally charged. At this show you will hear songs that are stories, minishows, happenings, tragic love stories of shop keepers and germs, superheroes and city fools, biographies of sparrows, snowmen, captains. All that fused into a special narrative which is both sad and overwhelmingly joyful. (Nublu, 151 Avenue C, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, $30)
BURLESQUE: Howl's Moving Tassels! A Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki
Metropolis Burlesque’s next production is a celebration of the work of the the one and only Hayao Miazaki. Enjoy acts tributing the filmmaker’s lushly animated works, performed by some animated lushes. Petite Renard’s sheds layers of metal, armor, and guns to show you the fire burning within. Up from Philly, Hattie Harlow will leave your knickers flooded. Kia La Sangria has more needs than a normal woman. Sarah Tonin’s appetites might be catching. Pizza Wolf will cause things to grow unexpectedly all over the place, and nothing is fiercer than Holly Ween. Kittened by Bunny Smiles Burlesque as Kiki. Hosted by Moe Cheezmo as Porco Rosso. Music by DJ Stormageddon. (BIZARRE Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $10 sugg don)
FILM: Moonlight & Movies: Under the Influence of the Maysles Brothers
Revisit 1960s New York through the eyes of legendary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles as part of the outdoor film screening series, Moonlight & Movies. As early creators of direct cinema, the Maysles brothers were among the first to capture life as it unfolded before their camera without scripts, sets, or narration. This screening features four of the Maysles’ iconic shorts, including a radical Yoko Ono performance at Carnegie Hall, a portrait of an ascendant IBM, a drop-in visit with Truman Capote at his Long Island retreat, and an indelible encounter with Marlon Brando in a Midtown hotel room. Introduced by acclaimed cinematographer and former Maysles Films archivist Sean Price Williams. (Museum of the city of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St, 8pm-10:15pm, $10)
WORD: True Crime in NYC at the Turn of the 20th Century
New York City at the turn of the 20th century was a rapidly-growing industrial city with a flourishing crime rate to match! Unsolved murders, mob assassinations and daring heists colored the front pages of every newspaper. Come and learn about some of the most shocking crimes committed during the time when New York was forming into the metropolitan powerhouse it is today! (Prospect Heights Brainery 190 Underhill Ave in Prospect Heights, BK, 8:30pm, $15)
VARIETY: Squidling Brothers Take Coney Island
The Squidling Brothers bring a faced paced, high energy, and psychedelic take on modern sideshow. Come be a part of a show unlike any other. Featuring: Jelly Boy the Clown, Matterz Squidling, Velvet Crayon, Mackenzie Moltov, & Special Guest: Mouse. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 9pm, $15)
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)
LGBT: HOT! The 27th Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture
The oldest annual festival of its kind in the world, never stales as its fresh line-up continues to deliver innovative works in theater, music, dance, circus arts, literature, visual art & homoeroticism for the whole family. Theater, music, dance, circus arts, literature, visual art & homoeroticism. Six weeks, 50+ shows, 100s of artists & you. (thru 7/28, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, see website for details, $varies)
ART: .Zip: Developing The Future Season 2.0.0[Early Access Edition]
We now can’t survive the world without the APP: we order foods, chat with emojis, or even babysit our dogs with it. Artists Caoyuxi(JAMES), Gan Jian, Loga & Mao Wengweng, Pink Money + Lawrence Law, Pasakorn Nontananandh aka Akaliko, Jason Batchllor, Victor Morales, Marpi and Bent Stamnes, Sehyun Av Kim & Nick Bratton, Qi Zhenzhen & Wang Yang will present new works. A series of special events will accompany the exhibition through the run. (thru 7/29, 3LD Art and Technology Center, Studio B, 80 Greenwich St, see site for details, $10-$15)
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)
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 9/2, Here, 145 Sixth Ave, see site for details, $35-$100)
ART: Cast of Characters
This exhibition is a dramatic transformation of the venue by artist Liz Collins featuring a salon-style exhibition of portraits by 95 LGBTQ artists. Inspired by lavishly decorated and richly ornamented nineteenth-century libraries and salons, this immersive installation brings vibrant colors, dynamic geometric patterns, and lush textures. The exhibition will transform the venue into a warm, bright lounge, inspiring contemplation and conversation, beckoning visitors to linger, look, and read. RSVP required. (thru 9/16, Bureau of General Services—Queer Division@The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 208 W 13th St, Rm 210, see site for details, FREE)
MUSIC: Live at the Arch
Live Performances, interactive art, drinks, magic, all just below the Manhattan Bridge. Rain or shine. All ages. (thru 9/27, Thur, Manhattan Bridge Overpass Archway, DUMBO, BK, 6pm, 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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