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We're finally at throwing distance to September, which means we can start announcing some of our upcoming plans. First up: our picture-perfect Victorian tea party is back for just one more time this year to close out the summer, on Sun Sep 16. Tickets are now on sale: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com (full invite below).
But first, out monthly speakeasy craft cocktail pop-up, in two weeks on Fri, Aug 24. Miss Scorpio is back from London, so you'll find her back behind the bar making ridiculous cocktails at your request. Come with a challenge ingredient, or just to enjoy whatever is being made. And of course if it's your birthday in August, you get a free drink -- and can throw your birthday party here for free (if it's over 10 people, you can get in touch to reserve a couch).
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini & Scorpio
The Cocktail Experiment + August Babies Birthday Party
Fri, Aug 24 (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 August? 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.
VICTORIAN TEA: 9.16
Gemini and Scorpio
cordially invite you to
The Grand Victorian Garden Tea
Sunday, Sep 16, 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.
The menu (details TK):
Three types of Finger Sandwiches
Scones with Clotted Cream & Preserves
Two types of unique desserts
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.
/// NYC EVENTS: 8/10-8/16 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
THEATER: Madame Lynch
A new show by the Drunkard's Wife. Madame Lynch is a spectacle with music that takes on the story of Eliza Lynch, an Irish prostitute who, through fate and machination, became de facto Empress of Paraguay in the mid 19th century. Lynch made it her project to bring European high culture to Paraguay, and she's revered by some as a national heroine for her contributions to music and dance. But she's also reviled: Many accuse her of fomenting the war in which 90 percent of Paraguay's male population was killed. In this first-look presentation, we are working to create a complex portrait of a complicated figure. (Fri/Sat, New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher St, 7pm, $16-$20)
ART: Blood Money: An Interactive Art Show by Sex Workers & Allies
An intimately interactive art show curated and produced by Caroline Caldwell, Mistress Niko, and Sybil Fury. The opening events will feature artworks mounted on male submissives, and interactive experiences only to be explored in person. By inviting actual clients and sex workers to share this space, the stakes are real, the money is real, and once you enter, you'll find yourself implicated in unexpected ways. (Fri 7pm/Sat 5pm, Lucas Lucas Gallery, 56 Conselyea St, BK, FREE)
FEST: The Metrograph Film Book Fair
Thousands of rare, vintage, and out of print items will be available, including biographies, monographs, hundreds of periodicals covering the last seven decades from Sight & Sound to The Velvet Light Trap, plus memorabilia, scripts, novelizations, and other unique ephemera. In addition, a program of film screenings and talks will run all weekend, including Warren Beatty's Reds with Darryl Pinckney, an opening night show of Sunset Boulevard, and two by Roald Dahl: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and James Bond classic You Only Live Twice. (Fri/Sat, Metrophaph, 7 Ludlow St, see site for details, $15)
PUPPETS: International Puppet Fringe Festival
A celebration of some of the most well known National and International puppet companies who will be bringing their acclaimed productions to the Big Apple. Live indoor & outdoor performances, films, symposiums, puppet cabarets, artists talk backs, and more. Featuring: Agua, Sol y Sereno (Puerto Rico)’s "Corazón de papel: A Hurricane Story", Chinese Theatre Works (USA) - "Tiger Tales", Compañía La Bicicleta (Costa Rica) - "Nana Raíz", La Tortue Noire (Canada) - "Le Grand Oeuvre (The Great Work)", Les Anges au Plafond (France) - "Le Cri Quitodien (The Daily Scream)", and many more. (Fri-Sun, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, 107 Suffolk St, FREE-$100).
ART: Con Artist Collective: All-Stars
New York City’s largest art collective brings this epic retrospective of long-time collaborators and studio members. Over 25 artists hand-selected from the collective’s rich eight-year history in the Lower East Side. Approaching the art world on their own terms, presenting artists embody the culture of the collective. (Fri-Sun, The Con Artist Collective, 198 Allen St, 11am-7pm, FREE)
FESTIVAL: The 37th Annual Battery Dance Festival
New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. Each year, the Festival draws a combined audience of over 12,000 people. The fest includes over 30 performances, workshops, special events, and screenings. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, Robert F Wagner Jr Park, Battery Park City, 20 Battery Place; The Schimmel Center at Pace Univerity, 3 Spruce St, see site for details, FREE)
FEST: The 28Th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
An annual sporting and multicultural event to celebrate the fifth moon (or the fifth month) of the lunar calendar. In addition to providing audiences with traditional Chinese foods and performances, the festival hosts over 120 dragon boat teams from across North America, making it one of the largest dragon boat festivals in the United States. (Sat/Sun, Flushing Meadows Park, Meadow Lake, QNS, 9am-5pm, FREE)
VARIETY: Visceral Abstractions
Visceral Abstractions will take you on a bizarre journey from conception and through the absurd hilarity of the human experience. A story of love, sex, blood, inexplicable laughter, dismembered bodies, and tears. What would it feel like to land on Earth and learn to be human? Only one way to find out. New acts, giant props/puppets, and spectacular costumes coming. Featuring Juanita Cardenas, Cheekie Lane, Tamara Ochoa, and Dana Abrassart. (Mon/Wed, Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St, 7pm doors/8pm show, $20-$30, 21+)
MUSIC: AFROPUNK Battle of the Bands Final 2018
4 finalists will perform. The winner of the finals will take the stage alongside Erykah Badu, Tyler, The Creator Flowerposting, Kaytranada & more. The finalists are: Ari Chi, Aria Nadège, Jules & The Jinks, and Starve Marve : King Negus (Knitting Factory Brooklyn, 361 Metropolitan Ave, BK, 7pm-10pm, $5 adv/$7)
VARIETY: Far Out With Fou York
An evening of the wild and wonderful awaits as we let foolishness rule in this zany zoo of a variety show. Join your hosts, surrealist-clown troupe Fou Fou Ha!, as they invite you on a clownabout cruise to the depths of the Fou Dimension, where glitter is king, and kings are queens. This wild world is home to flying extravagances, psychedelic magics, surrealist comedies, brazen burlesque beauties, wowtastic weirdos, and all manner of strange and unusual creatures dying to have you join them in their eye popping celebration of sexual freedom, diversity, and absurdity. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15, 18+)
PARTICIPATORY: Summer Streets 2018
Nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets are open to the public to play, run, walk and bike. This is annual celebration of New York City's most valuable public space—our streets. The program provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. Last year nearly 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets. (Lafayette St & Park Ave, 7am-1pm, see site for details, FREE)
MUSIC/PARTICIPATORY: NYC Ukulele Festival
This will be a small 3-4hr ukulele festival. The first hour will be a ukulele workshop/sing-a-long where those new to playing the ukulele, can learn some basic chords, and play some classic ukulele songs (Sweet Caroline, anyone?). The second hour will be a one hour concert with 2-3 artists performing. The last one-two hours will be an open mic where anyone can showcase their uke skills. Attendees should expect a relaxed atmosphere, you can come for one part of the festival, or stay for the whole thing. Guests are welcome to stay for the party that follows. (Rubulad, address with purcase BK, 5pm-9pm, $10)
PARTY: Aquatorium's Voyage Part 3 : Dream Ship
This is the last Voyage event to be hosted by the Aquatorium Crew this summer. DJs: Sky So Young (Future Clear), being:sound (Joro Boro and Keena), Front Left (Tony y Not & Kate Stein ), Buran Jeremy, dreeemy, Sami. Plus: Dream Ship Dreaming - an interactive workshop and installation with Kate Relish, Hearts of the World - with Nicolina Tyler, Course-Charting and Treasure-Mapping with Lindsay Arden, and The Spa Ship. Live music by: Adam Ahuja, Isaac Gut (Lion's Whisper), Desdemona Dallas, Daniel Avi Halper, Athena Spathena, Diana Lovrin, Sami & Keena. Dinner package available. (location with purchase, BK, 6pm, $25-$40)
DJ: Cruel Summer: 80s + 90s Dance Party
An all night long dance party set to the soundtracks of the 80s and 90s. Enjoy 80s anthems performed by kick-ass 10-piece cover band The Engagements, 90s hits spun by Party Like It's 1999's DJ Steve Reynolds, music video sing-alongs by SecretFormula, and 80s + 90s music videos from Music Video Time Machine.
Let your True Colors shine for the costume contest / dance-off. [G&S Note: use promo code "Bananarama" for $5 adv tix] (The Bell House, 147 7th St, BK, 8pm, $10)
PARTY: Rubulad: Headpiece Heaven
With live music by: Common Ancestors, Batala New York, Llandria, and Bradford Reed and his Pencilina. And your DJs: Baby K Love and more Plus: Projections by The Sperm Whale NYC, Life drawing with B. Maggie, Myke Flaherty's Art Hole for Heads, New Art by Darrell Thorne, Tarot Readings by Doorways de lesphinxx, Feed Your Head foods. Make your own headpiece booth for the crafty. Free headpieces for early birds. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED (location with purchase or RSVP, BK, 8:30pm door/9pm show, $10 adv or before 10pm/$15 door)
PUPPETS/BURLESQUE: Hand In The Hole: An Evening of Puppetry Burlesque
Because what's sexier than puppets? Nothing! Hosted by Glenn Marla, and featuring the provocative puppeteering of Cheeky Lane, Dirty Martini, Julie Atlas Muz, Little Brooklyn, Lucy Licious, Poison Eve, Sister Selva, Tiger Bay, and surprise guests. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15, 18+)
THEATER: Cheating Death: Magic, Memoirs & Mortality
Written and performed by Nelson Lugo, this hilariously sad dark comedy is a personal examination of one magician's life - or more specifically - his many brushes with death. The often times funny yet raw vulnerability in the stories is heightened by the wonder, intimacy, and sometimes danger of the classically performed parlour magic. The result is a joyful celebration of life and all of its varied deaths. The performance reminds those of us on this side of the dirt that learning to find happiness, not in spite of, but because of sadness, is the most powerful magic we can create. (The Tank, 312 W 36th St, 1st Fl, 2pm-3pm, $17 adv/$20 door)
ART/PARTICIPATORY: Déviante Drawing Salon: Shibari Boudoir
Featruing shibari artist Oz and model Bella Vita. Live musical performance and ambiance by songstress, Miriam Elhajli. A tableaux for your senses to feast on the human form. Aesthetically arranged, suspended by ropes and knots, by hand and mind- to emphasize sensuality, vulnerability and strength between rope artist and model. A limited amount of paper, sketch pads and drawing utensils will be available so please be prepared to come equipped with your own. (The Chanda Lair, 16 Arion Pl, BK, 7pm-9:30pm, $20)
FILM: The Nomi Song
Klaus Nomi was one of the 1980s' most profoundly bizarre characters. He was a cult figure in the New Wave underground scene, a genuine counter tenor who sang pop music like opera and brought opera to club audiences and made them like it. He was a performer with a "look" so strong, that his first audiences went wild before he even opened his mouth. Klaus presented himself as "the perfect video star" yet his star burned out just before the mass explosion of MTV. On the verge of international fame as a singer, he became instead one of the first gay artists to die of AIDS. In the end, his recorded output consists of re-reissues, in various forms, of only two LP's and a live album. For those who do know him, the reaction he provoked was so strong, that he is still unforgettable, even 20 years after his death. Part documentary, part music film, part sci-fi, "The Nomi Song" is a “non-fiction film”, or maybe even an oral history. (Spectacle, 124 S 3rd St, BK, $5)
WORD: Walk the Gowanus with a Local Author
Joseph Alexiou, licensed NYC tourguide and author of Gowanus: Brooklyn's Curious Canal, will lead a walking tour of one of the most important post-industrial waterways in America. Highlights will include: the natural origins of the Gowanus, particularly the tidal estuary and salt marshes; discussion of iconic Gowanus architecture still-extant and sadly removed; the key role the waterway played during the Revolutionary War, the industrial revolution and cleanup of its present-day pollution. You'll learn about the renewed hip neighborhood including its funky businesses and new real estate development. This tour will begin at the Carroll Street Bridge in Gowanus and end with a glass of prosecco at the Gowanus Souvenir Shop. (meet at Carroll Street Bridge, BK, 6:30-8:30pm, $20)
PERFORMANCE: The Chaos Invocation: A Ritual In Seven Parts
An immersive ritual to invoke the sultry, sweltering energy of summer's end. The Daughters Collective is a women's artist collective, creating work across all disciplines. Producing events rooted in ritual and mythology, The Daughters seek to marry old world traditions and stories to modern perspective. (The Tank, 312 West 36th St, 9:30 pm, $12)
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)
MUSIC: Bryant Park Picnics' Accordions Around the World - Accordion Picnics
A five-week series that brings more than 60 accordionists, as well as bandoneón, bayan, concertina, and harmonium-players of different musical genres, from around the globe. The series spotlights 12 musicians at each performance and offers audiences the chance to experience the range of this often-overlooked instrument. Performers include The Prodigals' frontman, Gregory Grene, playing Irish rock; former Gogol Bordello accordionist Yuri Lemeshev; New York avant garde songstress Rachelle Garniez; vintage Roma ballads with Eva Salina and Peter Stan; and, the winner of seven important international accordion competitions, Serbian national Maestro. (thru 9/14, Wed, Bryant Park, 5:30pm-7:30pm, 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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