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One week to go till our Spellbound immersive magickal experience! We're close to selling out of a couple of the tiers, but not the party overall. The night before that, next Friday 9/28, is our monthly craft cocktail pop-up, The Cocktail Experiment. And then, of course, Halloween (info TK). In the meantime, Gothamist stopped by our last Victorian tea party of the season and got some lovely photos: http://bit.ly/2OCq5TZ
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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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
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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 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
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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: 9/21-9/27 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
ART: NY Art Book Fair 2018
The leading international gathering for the distribution of artists’ books, celebrating the full breadth of the art publishing community. The event draws book lovers, collectors, artists, and art world professionals each year. See 365 exhibitors from around the world featuring a wide variety of works from zines and artists’ books to antiquarian books and contemporary art editions. Plus artist-led discussions, performances, interactive workshops, and curated exhibitions. (Fri 1pm-7pm/Sat 11am-9pm, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, LIC, FREE)
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. (Fri/Sat, Triskelion Arts, Muriel Schulman Theater, 106 Calyer St, BK, 8pm, $18 adv/$22 door)
For its seventh edition, Photoville will present work by more than 600 artists in 90 photography exhibitions & outdoor installations, providing an accessible venue for the public to experience both challenging and entertaining visual stories from a diverse group of artists, curators and organizations. In addition to exhibitions in and around the freight containers, there will be panel discussions, artist lectures, professional development seminars, hands-on workshops, extraordinary nighttime programming, and our Education Day that brings together hundreds of public school students for a unique photo-based field trip. (Fri-Sun, Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, BK, see site for details, FREE)
SHOP/FEST: NY Art Book Fair 2018
This event draws more than 35,000 individuals including book lovers, collectors, artists, and art world professionals each year. The fest will host 365 exhibitors from around the world featuring a wide variety of works – from zines and artists’ books to antiquarian books and contemporary art editions plus artist-led discussions, performances, interactive workshops, and curated exhibitions. (Fri-Sun, Printed Matter, 231 11th Ave, see site for details, FREE)
MUSIC: Brooklyn Americana Music Festival
Fifty shows at nine locations along the NYC waterfront. Enjoy day time shows for all ages, evening shows, singer songwriter sessions, “Songwriters In the Round”, and a closing night party featuring friends from New Orleans and surprise guests. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, BK, see site for details, FREE)
THEATER:Murray Hill: About To Break
A new comedy and theatrical event written and performed by Hill and directed and developed with Tony Award-winning lyricist, writer, and director Scott Wittman. Renowned as a comic host around the world, this new show is a departure, putting Hill center stage in the first major dedicated solo show of his long, storied career. For the first time on stage, he flips the record and plays the B-side of his seemingly sparkly showbiz life. [G&S Note: use code “showbiz” for discount] (Fri/Sat/Thu, this week and next, Joes’ Pub, 425 Lafayette St, see site for details, $25-$50, 21+)
FEST: World Maker Faire New York
Experience the world-renowned celebration of invention, creativity & curiosity. Immerse yourself in Maker culture with endless exhibits, multiple stages, big art and spectacle, workshops, hands-on making and learning— all showcasing the creative and experimental folks who make, play, tinker and hack in areas like: robotics, future of food, cosplay, stem & steam, craft, science, electronics, tools and materials, crazy things you’ve never seen, and more. (Sat/Sun, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St, QNS, 10am-6pm, $25-$3,000)
FOOD/SHOP: Brooklyn Night Market
A one of a kind experience featuring NYC’s hippest foodie trends. Small bites for a small price. Everything is $7 or less and each vendor has a $5 option. Dance all night to DJ-JFuse and and take advantage of our all-night happy hour prices. VIP skips the lines and gets early access to vendors before the doors open to the public. (The Well, 272 Meserole St, BK, 4pm-11:59pm, $15/$25 VIP, 21+)
MUSIC: 500 Harmonica Concert
The park will be overtaken by the calming hum of 500 harmonicas playing in unison for the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. This sea of musicians will perform “The Oceans,” an original composition by David Schroeder, director of NYU Steinhardt’s Jazz Studies Program, alongside the school’s faculty-in-residence jazz group Combo Nuvo, who will also play their album One World Suite. (Washington Square Park, 5:30pm, FREE)
ART: “Bridging Two Worlds” Opening Party
Enjoy a special preview celebration of Morbid Anatomy’s “Bridging Two Worlds” with the exhibition curators, participating artists, and collectors. Through artifacts, artworks, and ephemera, this exhibition explores how humans have endeavored to imagine a separate world for the dead and to express their own desires for bridging the divide. Refreshments will be served. (Fort hamilton Gatehouse, Fort Hamilton Pkwy & Micieli Pl, BK, 6:30pm-8:30pm, $10)
FILM: Cartoon Carnival 71: VHS Daze
It's time to sit back and relax for nearly two hours of more archival 16mm animated cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s. This month is dedicated to public domain favorites that Tommy has since collected in 16mm form…featuring the likes of Betty Boop, Grampy, Molly Moo Cow, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Felix the Cat, Foxy, and even a certain famous mouse. Featuring live ragtime accompaniment by Charlie Judkins for select silent-era shorts. Bar refreshments and light food available. Please support the venue. (389 Melrose St, BK, 7pm-9:30pm, $10)
MUSIC: Get The Beat Carnival with Batala New York & Special Guests
All Women Afro-Brazilian Samba Reggae Percussion Band. Batalá New York is a part of a global arts project made up of over 30 bands around the world. The music of Batalá originates in Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. (SOB's, 204 Varick St, 6:30pm doors/8pm show, $20)
VARIETY: The No Ring Circus at El Cortez
The No Ring Circus is focused on the avant-garde fusion of theatre with circus. Using sideshow and traditional circus skills to tell a theatrical story, and not just as an accessory to one. Join New Orleans' acclaimed troupe for the first time performing a full set of theatrical sideshow wonder in New York City. (17 Ingraham St, BK, 8pm-10pm, $10)
THEATER/VARIETY: Lucky Lovers, The Pirate Sail
Enjoy a late night sail around the Hudson Bay on the good ship "Clipper City." This unique interactive theater experience takes place aboard an enchanting Civil War era schooner. Hop aboard and join the crew for Manhattan's exclusive pirate adventure around our grand Lady Liberty. Sing along with our seaworthy band of scallywags, and be teased and tantalized by our beautiful burlesque dancers - the sexiest sirens that could ever lure you into the deep. A swarthy crew of characters will take you on as a deckhand and you'll hoist a flagon to hidden treasures, while bathed in the light of the city's glittering skyline. Joining the crew of scallywags will be your friends from Lucky. Revelers of Great Renown in their own right. (Battery Park, slip 2, 8:30pm check in/8:45pm board/9pm-11pm sail, $35-$45)
SHOP: Brooklyn Flea Record Fair
This fair will have 50+ vinyl, cd & cassette slinging vendors including record labels, stores and collectors. Music from Freak Terrains (Lot Radio/Mexican Summer) & Friends. Right next to Smorgasburg. (River State Park, 90 Kent Ave, BK, 11am-6pm, FREE)
FEST: 3rd Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival
Join us for a fun day celebrating our third season of programming, education, and research. Visitors can explore the half-acre, green roof habitat and native plant garden. North Brooklyn community organizations will be tabling and featuring activities to engage families and children. The festival offers an opportunity to learn about local environmental initiatives while exploring green infrastructure dedicated to native plants and birds. Plus Food, beer, live music & special dance performances. (Kingsland Wildflowers, 520 Kingsland Ave, BK, 12pm-4pm, FREE)
ART/FILM: A Body Is A Body | Soft Launch + Happy Hour
Come for the art and home-brewed beer, converse with friends and the creators, and leave us with your impressions. Occurring in conjunction with Photoville Festival, this event will feature an initial, experiential build of the exhibit. The piece is a film and photography-based, experiential installation designed to challenge commonly held perceptions of the human form by creators and audiences, in a manner that demystifies, destigmatizes, and desexualizes the naked body in Western cinema. (Forgotten Works Studio, 46 Bridge St, BK, 1pm-6pm, $TBD)
FUNDRAISER: Rock the Pulaski
This fundraiser at this community boat club brings bands, food, fire, and fellowship. Featuring performances by Blacktop Daisy, The Listeners, The Reverse Engineers, and leland sundries. (Broadway Stages boatyard, 51 Ash St, BK, 6pm-12am, $10/$5 before 8pm)
WORD: Queer Trash: the Symposium
An auspicious meeting of some very bright and very queer minds, the evening showcases the myriad ways that queers make sound, make sound queer, or skim around terms that may attempt to contain queer life. An admixture of conversational discourse and live performance, the Symposium presents a slice of the endlessly sweeping range of current queer performance practices. The evening kicks off with a moderated discussion with the participants, touching on topics of their practice -- how they think, hear, and otherwise receive the world -- and is rounded out with blasts of performances and presentations by each artist in rapid succession. Featuring: Justin Allen, Derek Baron, Lorene Bouboushian, Ivoire Foreman, Sarah Hennies, Crystal Penalosa, and Dane Rousay. (Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Pl, BK, 7pm-10pm, $15)
FEST: Flatbush Frolic
This annual street fair attracts over 20,000 visitors and over 150 vendors from all over Brooklyn. This year the fair will feature food, dance, live music, a pizza eating contest, craft fair, children’s area, main stage, beer garden, a non-for-profit area, local businesses and more. (Cortelyou Rd, btwn Coney Island Ave & Ocean Ave, BK, 11am-6pm, FREE)
FEST: 44th Annual Atlantic Antic
The oldest and largest street festival in Brooklyn. The festival brings together hundreds of thousands of people to Atlantic Avenue to celebrate the longstanding tradition of food, art, music, shopping, festivities, and fun. (Atlantic Ave, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE, rain)
WORD: Victorian Fads
From arsenic complexion cream and electric corsets, to séances and spirit photography, the Victorians missed no opportunity to jump on the bandwagon of wacky and sometimes outrageously dangerous fads. On this tour, discover complex and compelling figures behind these crazes, such as the curious lengths to which Victorian women went to achieve ultra-white skin and the strange and dangerous obsession with green dye in the fashions of the day. (Green-wood Cemetery, Gothic Arch at Main Entrance, 5th Ave & 25th St, BK, 3:30pm-5:30pm, $25)
COMMUNITY: Governors Island Rezoning Hearing
There's a public hearing on the rezoning. Join to have your voice heard. The rezoning includes 33 acres across the southern half of Governors Island and would allow for low- and mid-rise commercial buildings. Mixed-use development might include dorms, hotels, offices, and cultural institutions. A federal deed restriction from 2003 prevents any residential development on the island, with the exception of student housing. (Battery Maritime Building, 11 South St, 6pm, FREE)
BURLESQUE: 16th Annual New York Burlesque Festival - The Teaser Party
The teaser show for this annual burlesque extravaganza. Hosted By The World Famous *Bob*. With Dj Momotaro. Featuring: Sydni Deveraux, Renée Rebelle (Philadelphia), Stormy Leather, Freddie Love (Ca), Jenny Cest Quoi, Gigi Bon Bon, Corvette Le Face, Kita St Cyr, Mr Dondickrealis & Munroe Lilly, Francine "The Lucid Dream", Tiny D, Ula Uberbusen, Erin The Axe & Hannah The Hatchet (Ithaca), Dandy Dillinger, Twinky Boots, Gin Minsky, Lil' Miss Lixx, Varla Velour, Minx Arcana, Velvet Kensington, Calamity Chang, The Brides Of Burlesque. (Public Arts in Public Hotel, 215 Chrystie St, 6pm VIP doors/6:30 GA doors/7pm Show, 21+)
WORD: The Wicker Man: Ancient Origins and Modern Revival
Each year in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, a towering figure made of wicker known as “The Man” is ceremoniously set ablaze at the culmination of Burning Man, the iconoclastic festival of community and art. The Wicker Man, however, dates back to the ancient Celtic world, when the Druids burned these giant figures in effigy, purportedly sometimes containing human sacrifices. This lecture, led by former lawyer turned religious studies scholar Amy Slonaker, explores the history and modern revival of the Wicker Man in neo-pagan rites and pop culture events and where legend and fact diverge. (Green-Wood Cemetery, 5th Ave & 25th St, BK, 7pm-8:30pm, $15/$10 members)
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)
THEATER: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini
A new immersive theatre experience from Speakeasy Dollhouse. Based on author/artist Cynthia von Buhler’s noir comic book series and graphic novel exploring death of famed illusionist. Audience members will be assigned a character to follow and then experience events through that character’s point of view. Experience magic tricks, séances, tarot readings, spirit photography, and a meticulously detailed slice of Houdini history, including a performance of his iconic Water Torture Chamber act. (thru 11/10, Theatre 80 St Marks, 80 Saint Marks Pl, 7pm, $100-$200)
WORD/ART: Bridging Two Worlds - The Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead
Morbid Anatomy, beloved purveyor of the arcane, has taken up temporary residence at Green-Wood in 2018. The historic Fort Hamilton Gatehouse will house the exhibition, “Bridging Worlds” and offer its picturesque attic space to Morbid Anatomy’s extensive library and collection of ephemera. In addition, the Morbid Anatomy team has curated the exhibition “Bridging Two Worlds,” plus a series of conversations, lectures, and events focused on the intersections of art and medicine, death and culture. Through artifacts, artworks, and ephemera, this exhibition explores how humans have endeavored to imagine a separate world for the dead and to express their own desires for bridging the divide. (thru 12/2, Sat & Sun, Greenwood Cemetery, 500 25th St, BK, 12pm-5pm, FREE)
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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