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Welcome back from the dust and other travels! Here's what we're up to in September:
- Next 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
- Fri, Sep 28: monthly craft cocktail pop-up, The Cocktail Experiment
- 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.
- Egg Salad & Watercress
- Cucumber, Butter & Chive
- Deviled Mushroom Toasts
Scones with Homemade Clotted Cream & Preserves
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
The Cocktail Experiment + September Babies Birthday Party
Fri, Sep 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 September? 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.
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: 9/7-9/13 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
PERFORMANCE: Untitled Rainbow Project/FEAST
LadyBox Theater (a Dance Theater Company dedicated to inspiring ebullience through live performance art) joins forces with Mighty Lucky Productions for an evening of two works in progress. Untitled Rainbow Project: an evening length Rainbow Dance Theater piece, a color based multimedia queer explosion of emotion, movement and scintillating story telling. FEAST: Two women explore a world of secluded fantasy, grotesque playfulness, and tormented desire. (Fri 7:30pm/Sat 2pm & 7:30pm, Wild Project, 7:30pm-10pm, $35 adv/$40 door)
PUPPETS: Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic
A live animation experience for all ages. "Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic" is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created and directed by Hamid Rahmanian, a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship-winning filmmaker/visual artist. Inspired by the tenth century Persian epic "Shahnameh" (The Book of Kings), it dramatizes the origin story from the tale with elaborate shadow puppets, multimedia and live actors. (Fri 7pm/Sat 2pm & 6pm, Kaye Playhouse, 695 Park Ave, $25)
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, multiple locations, see site for details)
FEST: Bushwig 2018 - Festival Of Drag, Music & Love
Earth's favorite queer festival returns with 23 hours of non-stop drag performances from 150+ performers from across the world, live music & Dj's from the legendary children of New York and more. Featuring two stages for performances & dancing, BushSwag vendors area, local food vendors, ice cold drinks, Cheeky darkroom, VIP Kiki-lounge, friendly LGBTQ security & FREE direct shuttle bus from the Jefferson L station to the venue. (Sat 1pm-2am/Sun 1pm-11pm, Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, QNS, $35-$60, 21+)
PARTICIPATORY: Spoke the Hub's Open House
A smorgasbord of free sample classes for you and your family, a chance to meet the faculty, take a tour of our studios, and register for classes in person. Sample class sizes will be limited to the first 12 participants to sign up on the day. Please arrive 10 minutes before class starts to check-in. (Sat 9:30am-3:30pm/Sun 10:30am-2pm, Spoke the Hub, 748 Union St, BK, 9:30am-3:30pm, FREE)
ART/SHOP: Bushwick Print Lab's 9th Annual Art of the Tee
A very special weekend of handmade apparel and wearable art on display and for sale. Drink, dance, laugh & try on unique T-shirts. This year with 25+ artists and a larger space. All day market and opening night party. (Sat/Sun, Sideshow Gallery, 319 Bedford Ave, BK, 12pm-8pm/7pm party, FREE, all ages)
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. (Tue/Wed, The Tank, 312 W 36th St, 1st Fl, 7pm, $25)
FILM/MUSIC: There Will Be Blood: Live
The Philharmonic performs Jonny Greenwood’s riveting film score as the powerful, Oscar-nominated film starring Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis is projected above the Orchestra on a giant screen. 3 hours with intermission. (Wed/Thu, New York Philharmonic, David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, 7:30pm, $30-$90)
FOOD: Pig Island 2018
All inclusive ticket includes offerings from over 30 chefs, restaurants, beer, cider, & spirits vendors at this annual food festival. Celebrity Judges, Flying Pigs Farm ribs challenge, live music by Dusty Wright & The Bush Hogs, and more. (Red Hook Waterfront, BK, 11:30am-4pm, $65)
COMMUNITY: The Gowanus Block Party & Bell House's 10th Anniversary
Music, Art, Food trucks, Games, Outdoor Beer Garden, prizes, DJs and more. This family-friendly outdoor event brings together local artists, businesses, and community members for a day of unique Gowanus experiences. Play interactive games including a life size Rock’em Sock’em, Angry Bird Catapult, Giant Plinko, the Carnival of Connectivity (for the littlest Gowanus dwellers), a Gowanus Haiku Contest, and more. Funds raised from game participation will be donated to Gowanus Canal Conservancy. (The Bell House Block, 168 7th St, BK, 12pm-9pm, FREE
PARTICIPATORY: The 11th Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition
The strangest and most extravagant beards and moustaches descend upon Coney Island to see whose facial hair reigns supreme. Join co hosts Handsome Dick Manitoba, Adam RealMan and a panel of hirsute celebrity judges as they weed out the best whiskers in New York City and beyond. Winners will take home the much coveted Coney Island Fez and other great prizes. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 6pm doors/8pm show, $25)
PARTY: Rubulad: Too Cool for School
Advance Tix: https://artery.is/showcases/too-cool-for-school
Live music by Isolation Society, Greek Judas, TM Street Band. MC Tanya Solomon as Lunch Lady. DJs: DJ MOJO and friends. Projections by The Sperm Whale NYC. Mike Flaherty’s Art Hole, JohnEe B ThEe Art. Tarot Readings by Doorways de lesphinxx. Life drawing with B. Maggie. Cafeteria Cuisine. Special screening of "That Slapstick Show,” featuring censored episodes of The Little Rascals and much more. Dress: punks, bikers, goths, stoners, juvenile delinquents and slackers of every ilk. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for Bushwick address. (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 6pm screening/8:30 pm doors/9pm show, $15/$10 adv or before 10pm)
BURLESQUE/PARTY: Eris Opening | We Are Legion: The Evolution
Eris is excited to invite you to the opening night of our new Brooklyn home! Tis is the grand opening celebration of Eris Evolution's new Brooklyn home. The night begins with "We Are Legion: Evolution", burlesque featuring: Lydia Vengeance, Miss Mary Cyn, Kittyhawk Boone, Jonathan Calvin Ligula, Lee VaLone Drag, Abby Fantastic, and Maggie McMuffin. Live music from Queen of Love and Hope, gogo by Apathy Angel, and hosted by Galatea Stone. The night continues with "Revolution: The Evolution w Mike Saint-Jules", a late-night progressive & trance party featuring: Mike Saint-Jules, AJ Clay, Affection [Eris]. Visuals by VJ Krunch, Live Painting by Zen of Kozmic Colors, and more special art guests. (Eris Evolution, 167 Graham Ave, BK, 7pm-4am, $15-$25, 21+)
OPENING: Cult of Meow II cat appreciation art show
Come celebrate feline majesty and enjoy the very finest cat themed artwork at this annual cat appreciation show. New work by adipocere, aica, Gina Altadonna, Diane Irvine Armitage, Cory Benhatzel, Christine Benjamin, Braden Duncan, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Katie Gamb, Hanna Jaeun, Alexis Kandra, Leegan Koo, Megan Lynn Kott, Grelin Machin, Caitlin McDonagh, Michele Melcher, Margaret Morales, Emma Mount, Mumbot, Johannah O'Donnell, Phoenix Chan, Bill Ross, Vanessa Seixas, Linnea Strid, Joe Vollan, Michelle Waters, Michael Weaver, and Jane Ann Wynn. (Gristle Tattoo+Art Gallery, 26 Bushwick Ave, BK, 7pm-9pm, FREE)
SOCIAL DANCE: Swing Remix
Start off with a Swing Beginner Class; all levels, no experience needed. Followed by live music by Charles Turner & Uptown Swing, a dance performance, DJ, give aways, and more. Lindy Hop workshops also available at 6:30pm and 7:30pm for separate charge. (The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave, 7:30 doors/7:45pm Free Class/8:30pm Music & Dance, $16 adv/$18 door)
BURLESQUE: Street Meat: NYC-Style Burlesque
The wokest burlesque show for the city that never sleeps. See the strangest, sexiest, most shocking pieces in a secret venue. Just like NYC, this show will leave you sweaty, stimulated, and with plenty of new material for your therapist. Host: Mehran Khaghani. Featuring: Pixel Chick, Alisa Mae, Jonathan McDonald, Olive Tupartie, Elena Delgado. Your ticket gets you free admission to “Sweet Tooth” - A Candy Rave right after the show. (secret loft, address with purchase, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $15-$30 adv only)
VARIETY/PARTICIPATORY: Versus: Squids vs Whales
WrestleMania meets Debate Club. Your hosts Meg Pierson, Zak Martellucci, and Dustin Growick lead a rotating cast of special guest experts in a battle royale of serious—and not so serious—topics. Chock-full of trivia, games, and prizes, the show will conclude with the answer to an age-old question. Your vote will ultimately determine which team is crowned champion of Versus. Repping squids: Sarah McAnulty. Repping whales: Kristi Collum. (Caveat, 21 A Clinton St, 9pm doors/9:30pm show, $12 adv / $15 door, 21+)
PARTICIPATORY: Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn 2018
The World’s Only Mindful Triathlon brings the community together for a 5K run/walk, a dj-powered yoga session, and guided meditation in the park. Following the triathlon, you can choose your own mindful adventure by enjoying bonus activities like perusing the Kula Market of local artisans and stopping by the True North Cafe for a healthy snack or lunch. From dancing with DJs on the main stage to trying something new like hooping and acroyoga, there’s plenty to do when you’re not on your mat. (The Nethermead/Prospect Park, 101 Prospect Park SW, BK, 7:30am-3pm, FREE-$55)
WORD/VARIETY: The Last Taboos: Sex, Lies And Opera Librettos
Join historian and journalist Tony Perrottet as he interviews Vivien Schweitzer about her new book “Mad Love: A Introduction to Opera”. Audience members are encouraged to dress for the night in their chic opera finest; the event will be enlivened by bursts of song, complimentary wine, exotic dancing inspired by the famous strip scene in Strauss' Salome and live jazz. (KGB Red Room, 85 E 4th St, 7:30pm doors/8pm talk, FREE, 1 drink min, 21+)
FEST: Collaborations in Dance Festival (CollabFest)
A celebration of movement-based performance developed through striking collaboration with artists working in other media including film, sound, costuming, visual art, and more. This year's festival has been guest curated by Trina Mannino, and expanded to include both short, festival-style works as well as longer, guest curated performances. Held over two weekends, the full festival features an incredible selection of 30 companies. Continues next 2 weekends. (Triskelion Arts, Muriel Schulman Theater, 106 Calyer St, BK, 8pm, $18 adv/$22 door)
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)
ART: Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders
Monsters captivated the imagination of medieval men and women, just as they continue to fascinate us today. Drawing on the Morgan's superb collection of illuminated manuscripts, this major exhibition, the first of its kind in North America, will explore the complex social role of monsters in the Middle Ages. Medieval Monsters will lead visitors through three sections based on the ways monsters functioned in medieval societies. (thru 9/23, The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave, see site for details, $13-$20, all ages)
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: Ultraviolet - Rachael Bridge, Zofia Bogusz, Nannette Cherry
In the narrow passageway between infrared and ultraviolet the human eye perceives light. Shrouded in darkness, by wavelength and frequency is the luminescent glow of the ultraviolet spectrum. This is a 3-person exhibition showcasing new paintings by Zofia Bogusz, Rachael Bridge, and Nannette Cherry; curated by Donia Mohamed. "While each artist has a unique vision they are connected through a palette of dark undertones and a presence of a luminescent glow,” says Donia. (thru 9/29, Last Rites Gallery, 325 W 38th St, #1, see site for details, FREE)
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: Saunter Trek Escort Parade…(S.T.E.P.)
This event seeks to be an overlapping convergence and entanglement of walking, walk-based works and programming, mobilizing throughout New York. The exhibit embraces the many ways and bodies we walk while asking how walking as a creative act can challenge notions and open conversations around visibility, gender, labor, exploration, counter-mapping, colonialism, feminism, motherhood, contesting borders, community building, calling out gentrification, street harassment, (dis)ability, carbon debt, who sets the pace and measurement of the world, the power of dreams, and our entanglements between all of these and one another. (thru 9/30, Sat/Sun, Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St, LIC, 1pm-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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