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It's of course a quiet three-day weekend in NYC as everyone is off to their respective getaways, Burning Man and beyond. We stayed home this year to work on two fabulous upcoming parties:
- Sun, Sep 16: our last Victorian tea party of the season. If you want to see what these authentic turn-of-century celebrations look like, check out #gsvictorianball on Instagram. Tix: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com
- Sat, Sep 29: Spellbound, an immersive magickal experience. Tickets are now on sale, and they're quite limited. Grab yours while everyone else is out of town.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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.
Gemini & Scorpio
Spellbound: immersive magickal experience
Sat, Sep 29, 8pm-4am, $20-50, 21+ (25+ recommended)
Ticket levels: $20 GA / $30 Fate / $40 Sex / $50 Death
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Official site & address RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio / #geminiandscorpio #gsspellbound
An intimate, immersive evening of exploring transformation through ritual, with dreamy atmospheric music, magickal potions, and interactions both gentle and intense. Our first run of what we hope to bring you as a fully immersive magickal Halloween experience on Sat Oct 27. Tickets will be limited.
Begin in the Den of Relinquishing by Kat Mon Dieu with a ceremonial letting go of that which no longer serves you. Then lounge in our lush candlelit loft and enjoy the magic. Featuring: fortune telling talents of Holy Crow (palms), Cara Kovacs (oracle cards, crystals & reiki), Velocity Starr Chyaldd (tarot, crystal ball, numerology), Fox Danger (tarot + ritual) and other masters of divination. Fire opening ritual by Abby Hertz. Acts of magic by Eric Walton and Nelson Lugo. Absinthe and unique green witchcraft potions by The House of St Eve. Live music by Charming Disaster: playfully macabre songs inspired by death and darkness, in a set chosen by the audience via tarot cards; Echo of the Ghost: defying genres with ambient, EDM influenced songs laced with melodic synth textures and hypnotic violin arrangements. Dance party follows with witchy DJ Illexandra.
Dress code: your dark, witchy best. Effort required / no casual wear.
In addition to the main event, you can choose to connect deeper via three increasingly intense interaction options. Choose the path that resonates with you. What do you need to let go of? What do you need to bring in?
Fate: confront your future; change your present. Along this path you will meet all our fortune tellers (all readings are included), but also get to sit down for truth seeking with Mlle Danielle for identifying and forging your true pathways. Comes with a keepsake Life Tree pendant.
Sex: electrify your skin; ignite your passions. From breath to touch to fire, choose this path if you want to push your physical boundaries. You can connect to just yourself or to others. Shadow worship and aphrodisiacs by Dark Matter Productions. Comes with a keepsake skeleton key pendant.
Death: look beyond the veil; face your fears. Who will you be when you come out on the other side? You are invited into the Psychomanteum, an interactive installation inspired by Cocteau's Orphé, where you can converse with deceased loved ones. Also includes readings from our fortune tellers. Comes with a keepsake bird skull pendant.
Do not be late for this one. All spirit stations operate 8pm-1am only. Tips for spirit stations proprietors are greatly appreciated.
/// NYC EVENTS: 8/31-9/6 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
THEATER: Cheating Death - Magic, Memoirs & Mortality
Written and performed by Nelson Lugo and directed by Joel Jeske, “Cheating Death: Magic, Memoirs & Mortality” is a dark comedy that explores one magician’s life and his many brushes with death. Cheating Death is a hybrid theater piece that challenges the boundaries between personal storytelling and classical stage magic. The result is an intimate celebration of life and all of its varied deaths. (Fri/Sat, this week and next, The Tank, 312 W 36th St, 1st Fl, 7pm, $25)
CIRCUS: Secret Circus VIII: An Immersive Aerial Circus Spectacular
Witness New York City's most talented aerialists and circus performers in a secret speakeasy venue. Secret Circus gives experienced acrobats and entertainers a stage to display their strangest, most nuanced, and daringly bizarre pieces. Each show has a secret theme that audience members discover as only as the night progresses. The show's theme is built around the performers, resulting in an awe-inspiring, totally unique experience. Host: Jojo Carvel (Dominic Di Felice) @JojoCarvel. Featuring: Armando Gonzalez, Nolan McKew, Megan Hornadayy, Elena Delgadoo, Medea, Ariel Iasevoli. At intermission, tell your deepest, darkest secrets to our human confessional, Lilly Wolfson. (Fri/Sat, Secret Loft, address with purchase, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $44-$86)
BODY: 9th Annual NYC Unicycle Festival
The fest brings together recreational riders, world-class performers, mountain and off-road unicycle enthusiasts, mono-wheel vehicle inventors, and thousands of people who have not ridden in umpteen years, along with circus enthusiasts, extreme sports viewers, and anyone seeking an unusual sight. Including long distance rides, public shows, a learn-to-ride area, unicycle hockey, basketball, sumo, a trials course, workshops. (Fri-Mon, Governors Island / Battery Park to Central Park / Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island, 12pm-5pm, FREE)
FEST: West Indian American Day Carnival & Parade
Events include Brassfest 2018, Junior Carnival Parade, Steelband Panorama, and Dimanche Gras. On Monday is the New York Caribean Carnival Parade featuring the colorful spectacular of Caribbean-American carnival. (Fri-Mon, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, BK/Parade: Schenectady Ave along Eastern Pkwy, see site for details, $5-$45)
ART: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
The event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world. Attendees come from all over and are a cosmopolitan mix, including art lovers, tourists, faculty and students from the area's many schools and professionals such as interior designers. (Sat-Mon, this week and next, University Place, E 13th St, from Washington Square Park to NYU's Schwartz Plaza, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
FEST: Brooklyn Wildlife Summer festival 2018
This fest features more than 150 live performers, spanning more than 12 events over the course of 10 days. It is not just a music festival; enjoy discussion groups, fine art shows, multi media presentations and tech meet ups. The fest is an annual, diverse & synergistic, indoor and outdoor festival featuring some of the best Independent talent from New York and beyond. The goal of the event is to galvanize the Indie arts and music community and represent its flourishing cultural growth within Brooklyn, with a special focus on Bushwick. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, multiple locations, see site for details)
PARTY: Caveat Blitz
Caveat is turning one and has invited your favorite Caveat shows to be part of an insane Caveat Blitz – 14 different shows in 60 minutes. Come see your darlings throw down, and get a taste of the shows you haven’t seen yet. Featuring: Planet Earth Drinking Game, Why Your Train is F*cked, ANYBODY, Internet Explorers, Encyclopedia Commedia, Literati, An Inconvenient Talk Show, Biodiversity Jam, Monotony!, New York City Secrets and Lies, Unteachables, Dedicate It, and more. (Caveat, 21A Clinton St, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, $20, 21+)
PARTICIPATORY: Prospect Park Picnic Burn 2018
So we don't have to fly across the country and plan for 3 months to be with people we enjoy. Chilling right by the lake, nice and secluded. They'll be playing some tunes all day with a block rocker and dancing it out. Bring food and gifts to share. Do not bring marked bottles. Activities include DIY non appropriative feather hair accessory class, Intention Meditation with Ryan, fire spinning. Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/mGmpPVNLG3r (Peninsula in Prospect Park, BK, 2pm-9pm, FREE)
The legendary annual event that dominated drag culture from 1985 until 2003, is being relaunched during Labor Day weekend by feisty festival founder Lady Bunny and multi-hyphenate-Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris. (Pier 17, 89 south St, 3pm-10pm, $95-$285)
PARTY: Secret Party
There's a secret illegal party hidden in a waterfront park. BYOB. We might grill some stuff but, who knows. This is illegal so, we'll see what we can get away with. Detailed location info will be found at 917.267.9384 (secret location, LIC, 11pm, FREE)
FOOD: Oyster Fest at Frying Pan NYC
Enjoy a fully stocked Raw Bar ready to rock and roll along with roasted oysters near the caboose, smoked shrimp, Fried Oysters from the Kitchen and Oyster Po' Boy Sandwiches. The soundtrack for the day will be live music beginning at 1:00 pm from the Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective and then at 5:00 pm from the WMD Band. Fireboat Rides from the newly decorated Fireboat John J Harvey. Proudly presenting Historic musical tours of Historic Frying Pan written and composed by Ian Cherry. (Frying Pan - NYC, 207 12th Ave, Big Red Boat in Park, 12pm-11pm, FREE)
ART/PARTY: Closing Party for "There Is Only One Of You"
Closing party for "There Is Only One Of You" - Photographs by Walter Wlodarczyk. Enjoy your last chance to see the show, this time with performances and much more. Enjoy a saxophone set by avant-garde legend Tamio Shiraishi; very special intervention by Huge Sillytoe & Papo Cucaracha Vertedero el 3ro; performances by Space Meow Doll, Cold Blinds, Randy Stair, Inspect Element, Robot Death, and DJ Dean Cercone. (Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, 4pm-2am, )
MUSIC: Jazz at Twilight
Arrive just before the sun begins to dip below the horizon to enjoy sweeping views of the cemetery, New York Harbor, and downtown Manhattan awash in dazzling golden light. Then sit back and enjoy tunes from some of the best jazz bands in New York City as they play you into the night. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and take in the ambience of Green-Wood’s magnificent landscape at sunset. (The Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, BK, 7pm, $25/$20 members)
VARIETY: Cirque Du So Weird: Peepshow
An erotic collective presented by Lydia Vengeance. A new circus is cumming to town for a show unlike anything they've done before. Stripped down and clowning around, this devious collective of beautiful weirdos features: Jack Barrow, Dolly Griskus (Doll Body), E.LethalKit, Nastya Nice, Dahlia DeFae, Audrey Love, & a surprise guest. Also featuring live art by famous sketch artist Adriano Moraes. 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. Address will be emailed 48 hours before the event, along with performer details and suggested dress code. (Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Brooklyn, 8pm, $20-$35, 21+)
FUNDRAISER: LadyBox Theater Fundraiser and Opening Night PARTY !
The Wild Project presents the premiere project for LadyBox Theater in conjunction with Mighty Lucky. LadyBox Theater is a Dance Theater Company dedicated to inspiring ebullience through live performance art. So thye're having an opening night party/fundraiser with super star DJ Ana Matronic of The Scissor Sisters and BBC Radio 2 Disco Devotion. With Burlesque performances by Peekaboo Pointe, Tansy, & Darlinda Just Darlinda. An auction brought to you by Sapphire Jones and a Silent Auction with glorious prizes. (Club Cumming, 505 E 6th St, 10pm-2am, $10)
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: Governors Island Art Fair
Indulge your curiosity as you explore the abandoned military barracks of Governors Island. 100 singular rooms of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance art. Run by artists, for artists, New York's largest independent exhibition enters its 6th year this fall. (Sat/Sun thru Sep, Governor's Island, 11am-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 [G&S note: use code ESCHER10 for $10 off.] (thru 2/3/19, Industry City, 34-34 St, bldg 6, BK, $6-$35)
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