[G&S]: Tonight: craft cocktails speakeasy pop-up / Your NYC events 7.27-8.2

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Subject: [G&S]: Tonight: craft cocktails speakeasy pop-up / Your NYC events 7.27-8.2
Date: July 27th 2018

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Tonight! Our monthly Cocktail Experiment pop-up. Come join us for delicious cocktails in better-than-bar atmosphere. Beyond that, enjoy another lovely weekend in NYC -- lots of event options below.


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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
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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 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: 7/27-8/2 ///


THEATER: East to Edinburgh
This annual festival is a unique showcase of 13 shows headed to the world's largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, this summer. (Fri-Sun, 59E59 Theaters, 59 E 59th St, see site for details, $15)

FILM: Animation Block Party
Animation Block Party continues on Friday, July 27th at ABP Friday at BAMcinématek features four animation programs. The 2pm slot offers a screening of the Rankin & Bass classic Mad Monster Party. Friday at 430pm, there will be a screening of Student Films and Independent Animators. 7pm features International Shorts, Program One. The 9pm show is the NYC premiere of MFKZ. Also catch the Friday Night After Party (Die StammKneipe (DSK), 710 Fulton Street, BK) Saturday at  2pm is a excellent Animation for Kids showcase. At 4:30pm, there will be a screening of Pokemon V: Heroes! The 7pm show features Female Animators. The 30th anniversary screening of Akira is at 9pm. Sunday at 4:30pm show will feature Narrative Works, Studio Shorts and Local Films. The 7pm show is a second original program of International Shorts. At 9pm, there will be a screening of Experimental Films, Graphic Design and Music Videos. (BAMcinématek, Peter Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, BK, 4:30pm/7pm/9pm shows, $11-15)

MUSIC: The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Opening Weekend Summer Shows
Music by Myrna and the Bulldogs, Allergic to Bs, and Val Kinzler & Friends.
Myrna and the Bulldogs: Their catchy tunes and lyrics combine Americana and Blues, with nods to Mexican soul. Allergic To B’s was formed by Joan Moore (ukulele/vocals) and gary j. moore (guitar, dobro, mandolin, vocals) in 2010. Val Kinzler will be presenting NYC  based singer-songwriters for a day of eclectic, soulful, blues and roots oriented music to uplift all, inspire hope and change, and celebrate unity in our arts community. (Sat-Sun, BWAC, 481 Van Brunt St, Door 7, BK, see site for details, $TBD)

WORD: The 8th Annual New York City Poetry Festival
The festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees. This year will feature more poets than ever before. The festival headliners this year include Terrance Hayes, Nico Tortorella, Danielle Pafunda, and Ladan Osman. (Sat/Sun, Colonel's Row, Governors Island, 11am-6pm, FREE)

WORD: The Generator Series hosted by Ilana Glazer
The Generator Series is a limited 4-part event in which Ilana Glazer will interview an activist and a politician to see how they each serve us - the people. And you - yes you - will get the chance to record your own Generator video at the event with the help of fellow Generators. Monday Guests: Zellnor Myrie, Alessandra Biaggi, & Laura Moser. Tuesday Guests: Cynthia Nixon & Vic Barrett. (Mon/Tue, BRIC House, 647 Fulton St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $25)


PARTY: Abrons Arts Center 2nd Annual Summer Block Party
Food, drink, art activities, live performances, and more. Dance party DJ’d by Riobamba. (Abrons Amphitheater, 466 Grand St, 5pm-8pm, FREE)

WORD: Demonology 101
An in-depth exploration of the evil spirits, fallen angels and forgotten gods we call demons. At this workshop you will discuss the history of demonology from its ancient roots, through to its most current iterations, examining the grimoires and the apocrypha, as well as the legends and lore of this most feared class of spirits. This is a beginner friendly introduction to the dark side, structured in a straightforward, easily understood manner. (Cataland, 987 Flushing Ave, BK, 7pm-9pm, $20)


VARIETY: 9th Annual Coney Island Talent Show
Coney Island’s talent & entertainment history runs deep. Since the late 1800’s, live music, sideshows and burlesque shows have peppered the boardwalk to the midway, and enchanted the masses.  It is the perfect, magical & mystical place for a talent show. Join Host Cunio and the fanfare of legendary talent that has come out of Coney Island. This years judges include performance artist, dancer, actress. director  and winner of the Whitney Biennial, Julie Atlas Muz, The Alliance for  Coney Island’s, Cindy Godla & the multi-talented entertainer Jonny Porkpie. (Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, Coney Island Boardwalk, BK, 4pm-8pm, FREE)

FEST: South Slope Summer Stroll 2
Enjoy the streets free of cars and traffic and participate in fun activities including: inflatable obstacle course, bouncy house, face painting, giant chess, DJ outside Blackhorse, Paprika Marching Band, Adaptability table, TD Bank Pop Up Park, and more. Performances and presentations by Tropical Image Dance Studio, United TaeKwonDo, One Force Solar table, Amerikick demos and Vintage Cars. See South Brooklyn Shakespeare performance of A Winter’s Tale (bring a blanket or chair). Outdoor beer garden at South and Freddy’s. (Fifth Ave, btwn 12th St & 18th St, BK, 5pm-9pm, FREE)

WORD: Inside Jack Parson's Agape Lodge
Jack Whiteside Parsons (1914–1952) was a brilliant rocket scientist and follower of Aleister Crowley's magical system of Thelema. By day, he played an integral part in the early development of the NASA's space program and is credited with inventing the solid-fuel rocket technology that brought the first astronaut missions into space. But by night, Jack was secretly involved in a notorious Thelemic community known as Agape Lodge, which he hosted at his lavish Pasadena, California, mansion complex, and whose inhabitants regularly engaged in partner-swapping, drugs, and occult rituals. Peer through the eyes of two members of his inner circle: Soror Estai (Jane Wolfe) and Soror Meral (Phyllis Seckler), who went on to teach Thelema to a whole new generation after Parson's mysterious death in 1952. (Altered Stages, 212 W 29th St, 3rd fl, 6:30pm-9pm, $TBD)

MUSIC: Natti Vogel
Young alt-pop mastermind and piano singer-songwriter Natti Vogel is rapidly becoming New York’s buzziest independent artist with his stunning new orchestral EP “Serving Body” and its equally inimitable array of music videos. His live shows, where Vogel’s conservatory, cinematic, cabaret, rock, jazz, comedic and foreign-language training are all put to use, create an unusually intense and wonderful experience raved about by audiences and press alike. (National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St, BK, 7pm, $20)



FEST: 6th annual Guelaguetza Festival
A  cultural celebration of joy and pride through music, dance, and crafts from the eight regions of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The festival is the most celebrated event in Mexico, brought to New York by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York (BFMNY) since 2013. BFMNY is a non-profit organization founded in 1983, celebrating 35 years of proudly promoting Mexican culture and tradition. (Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, LIC, 2pm-5pm, FREE)

FOOD/WORD: Sustainable Sunday Supper
Guests will enjoy a 5-course tasting menu designed by AgTech X Chef-in-Residence Denzell Washington and Chef Anna Fitting of A La Minuit utilizing delicious items upcycled from local farms and restaurants. Three culinary demonstrations will also be given, exploring various techniques to facilitate waste reduction in everyday food preparation. BYO Beverage is encouraged. (AgTech X Co-Lab @ Agritecture, 40 Bushwick Ave, BK, 6pm-9pm, $65)

FUNDRAISER: Make the Road NY Benefit Show For Seperated Children
Music by: I Am The Polish Army, Cruel Children, Bikini Carwash, and Emma Swingle. DJ Sets in between bands by Brit Boras of New Myths. All proceeds will be donated to “Make The Road New York”,  non-profit organization that is helping with legal counsel for incarcerated immigrants who have been separated from their children. It is also helping reverse policies that enforce the separation of families. (Sunnyvale, 1031 Grand St, BK, 7pm-11:30pm, $10)




FILM: Robert Drew's On the Road with Duke Ellington + Thomas Reichman's Mingus
On the Road With Duke Ellington, Robert Drew, 1967, 16mm, 58 mins. Mingus, Thomas Reichman, 1968, digital projection, 58 mins. Looping before and after screening: Jazz Salt, Ephraim Asili, 2018, audio, 30 mins (a sound collage dedicated to black music and literary experimentation during the 20th century). Introduced by Ephraim Asili. (Light Industry, 155 Freeman St, BK, 7:30pm, $8)


ART: BRIC Open House/Open Studios
An evening of observation and engagement, showcasing and celebrating the work of multiple visual artists. The event will include: Artist-in-residence open studios at two locations; Summer exhibitions on view: Alchemy, Erika Ranee, Theresa Chromati; DJ set; performance art; meditation and other wellness activities by Harriet's Apothocary; snacks and refreshments. (BRIC, 647 Fulton St; 505 State Street, #2; BK, 6pm-9pm, FREE w/RSVP)

ART: There Is Only One Of You - Photographs by Walter Wlodarczyk Opening Reception
Walter Wlodarczyk has documented the people and art of New York City for nearly a decade. He is best known for his extensive documentation of New York’s self-organizing, do-it-yourself creative communities, work which has led to collaborations with like-minded artists in Miami, Puerto Rico and Japan. Walter's largest show to date will draw photos from throughout his archive in celebration of the creative spirits of New York City, and beyond. The work will be displayed in a unique, movable installation created by Secret Project Robot's Erik Zajaceskowski. Music all night by DJ Hundred Points aka Mike Garcia. (Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, 7pm-11:59pm, FREE)


VARIETY: Circo Draconum Presents Draco’s Inferno: An All Fire Show
An all fire variety show featuring the most talented and unique fire artists of the east coast. Featuring Performances By: Alexander Spitfire, Nikki Talis, Stefan Zeniuk, Graham Cracker, and Anatolia Firegoddess. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 9pm, $15)

VARIETY: Green Fairy At The Red Room
Celebrate at this monthly showcase of absinthe tasting and entertainment, featuring a new brand of absinthe and a variety of risqué and bawdy performances each month, along with an exposition of what makes absinthe a unique and mysterious liqueur. Mr. Kellfire Bray will guide you through the complexities of absinthe's history and rituals. Special guests Quantum Ecdysiast and Chicava Honeychild. Live piano with Chris Johnson. Holly Honeypot will be at the door, Ms Zelma will be tending the absinthe pours, and Mr. Nelson Lugo spin hot tunes during the breaks. Dress Code: Suit and tie, cocktail attire. Suggested Attire: Vintage, evening wear, boudoir, unmentionables, or intimate attire. (Red Room, 85 E 4th St 3rd fl, 9:30pm doors, 10pm tasting, $16 adv/$20 door/$11 adv if in suggested attire/$15 door if in suggested attire, 2 drink min)

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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)

THEATER: Pushkin
A new verse play written by Jonathan Leaf, examines the final two years in the life of Russia’s most enduring poet, Alexander Pushkin. Always quick to take offense, obsessively jealous, forever in debt, and censored by Tsar Nicholas I, Pushkin chronicles the sufferings of an artist of modest rank and mixed race, the confrontation between his exceptional talent and a flawed society, and the painful choice between duty and personal happiness. (G&S Note: $40 tickets available at: https://myrussiandeal.com/en/deals/sheen-center) (thru 8/25, Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St, see site for details, $57)

FILM: Outdoor Cinema International Film Festival 20Th Anniversary Year
In its 20th Anniversary this film festival highlights Socrates Sculpture Park as a public community space for enjoyment and celebration of many cultures. The fest is distinct for its emphasis on exclusively presenting foreign films, in addition to screenings paired with a pre-movie cultural music / dance performance and cuisine from the film’s country of origin. (thru 8/29, Wed, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, QNS, 7pm, FREE)

ART: There Is Only One Of You - Photographs by Walter Wlodarczyk
Walter Wlodarczyk has documented the people and art of New York City for nearly a decade. He is best known for his extensive documentation of New York’s self-organizing, do-it-yourself creative communities, work which has led to collaborations with like-minded artists in Miami, Puerto Rico and Japan. Walter's largest show to date will draw photos from throughout his archive in celebration of the creative spirits of New York City, and beyond. The work will be displayed in a unique, movable installation created by Secret Project Robot's Erik Zajaceskowski. (thru 8/31, Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, 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: Rockaway! 2018: Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama
Comprised of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel spheres, Narcissus Garden is on view in a former train garage that dates to the time when Fort Tilden was an active US military base. The mirrored metal surfaces reflect the industrial surroundings of the now-abandoned building, drawing attention to Fort Tilden’s history as well as the devastating damage inflicted on many buildings in the area by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. (thru 9/3, Fri-Sun, Fort Tilden, 169 State Road, QNS, 12pm-6pm, FREE)

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)

FILM: Cabaret Cinema
"Where Movies and Martinis Mix" Inspired by the Astro Poets, the whimsical astrologers beloved by the Twitterverse, this series looks beyond the stars of Hollywood to the stars in the sky this summer. Twelve films aligned with the signs of the zodiac ensure there’s something for everyone. Whether you were born under a Black Moon or Sans Soleil, see what the cinema of the past portends for the future. (thru 9/28, Fridays, Rubin Museum, 150 W 17th St, 9:30pm, $14)

FILM: Essential Cinema: Charlie Chaplin
A very special series of films screened on a repertory basis. The collection consists of 110 programs/330 titles assembled in 1970-75 by Anthology’s Film Selection Committee. (thru 9/29, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave, see site for details, $7-$11)

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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