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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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: 9/27-10/4 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
FEST/BURLESQUE: 16th Annual New York Burlesque Festival
The New York Burlesque Festival brings superstars from around the world together with 5 shows in one titillating weekend. Featuring over 100 award winning artists from across the globe. Expect the unexpected with burlesque, boylesque, variety, live music, dj’s and more. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, see site for details, $25+, ages 18/21)
ART: Bushwick Open Studios
Come out to see what the artists in Bushwick have been up to as 250+ artists open their studios, galleries and party spaces to residents and visitors. Art, performances, exhibits, installations. (Fri-Sun, Bushwick, multiple venues, see site for details, FREE, all ages)
COMMUNITY: DUMBO Drop 2018
The annual Block Party tradition with a spectacle twist – thousands of elephants dropping onto Washington Street. Proceeds benefit local public schools Ps 307 Daniel Hale Williams & The Dock Street School for STEAM Studies. Taste of Dumbo + arts & crafts + virtual reality experiences & street games + live music and more. Adopt your toy for $20 for a chance to win neighborhood prizes. (4-9pm, DUMBO, BK, FREE)
FOOD: Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
Held each year on the full moon of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, this festival celebrates the bounties of the harvest and reunion of families. In ancient times it was common to make offerings to the moon, the most important of which was the alcohol offering. Come enjoy baijiu and bites under the moonlight while reciting Li Bai's classic, "Drinking Alone by Moonlight." Ticket includes admission to “Chow”, 2 drinks from Ming River, and bites from Junzi Kitchen's late night menu. “Chow” celebrates the birth and evolution of Chinese American restaurants, tracing their nearly 170-year history and sparking conversation around immigration, cultural identity, and what it means to be American. (Museum of Food and Drink, 62 Bayard St, BK, 6pm doors/7:45pm last call, $30, 21+)
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. (Fri/Sat, Joes’ Pub, 425 Lafayette St, 9pm doors/9:30pm show, $25-$50, 21+)
FEST: NYC Pagan Pride Day 2018
Celebrate the harvest season as only New York City can. Events include the Opening Ritual: Establishing Sacred Space; morning yoga, Celtic folk songs, Linaria (American tribal style dancing), drum circle, workshops throughout the day, a meet and greet event, kids activities, and more. (Battery Park, Castle Clinton National Monument, 1 Battery Pl, 9:30am-6pm, FREE)
COMMUNITY: 2018 Red Hook Regatta
Hundreds of spectators will gather to watch homemade boats navigate the rough seas of New York City’s shipping harbor. This event will feature catered food by Snack Bar and half time entertainment including DJ sets by Red Hook Record Shop owner Bene Coopersmith, a dance performace by Flagpoles finest and activations by Pioneer Works' Science Studios and BioBus. (Louis Valentino Junior Park, Ferris St &, Coffey St, BK, 1pm-5pm, FREE)
FEST: Brooklyn Comes Alive
This event invites world class musicians to perform in unique jam sessions, supergroups and never before seen collaborations. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, this unique event puts the focus on the artists, bringing over 50 musicians together to see their passion projects come to life, honor their musical heroes, and improvise with their friends and peers. (multiple locations, BK, 3:30pm, $50-$250)
SPIRIT/PARTICIPATORY: Tarot Bang: Season of the Fool
An afternoon of tarot skill sharing. First, an exploratory dive into the zero card of the major arcana, beginning with a structured presentation and moving on through everyone's individual interpretation of the Fool. At 5 we will begin reading for each other. Bring your cards, bring your questions, bring your Foolish nature. (16 Arion Pl, BK, 4-7pm, sugg don $5-15)
VARIETY: Liminal Salon
An immersive and site-adaptive monthly variety show. Each month there is a new theme. September's show directly follows the events depicted in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, focusing on the lesser known, somehow entirely overlooked by the media, but equally devastated town of Matteo Bay as it hosts a benefit show to recover from the recent incident. (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 7:30pm doors/8pm show, $15 sugg don)
PARTY: NYC Burning Man 2018 DECOM: MOONSHOT
This year, the NYC Burner Community re-enages its orbit around that dusty moonscape while paying homage to community makers who drive us forward. Based in an amazing five story Manhattan venue with 16 insides/outside spaces and 9 sound-systems. This is a last minute opportunity we uncovered to return to earlier days of NYC Decompression events. We are thrilled to have found a space that lends itself to having many theme camps, artists and performers. We will do our best to radically include all within this limited capacity. (55 Chrystie St, 9pm-4am, $40+, 21+)
PARTY: Rubulad’s High Art
Live music by Ben Pagano & The Space Machine, Spritzer, The Due Diligence, Any Gama. DJs: Dj Reaganomics and Mr. Novak. Projections by The Sperm Whale NYC. Mike Flaherty’s Art Aerie, JohnEe B ThEe Art. Puppet burlesque karaoke from The Anything Project. Tarot Readings by Blue June Tarot. Life drawing with B. Maggie. Fine wines and cheeses. Dress: work of art or favorite artist, famous or not. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for address. (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 8:30pm/doors/9pm show, $15/$10 adv or before 10pm)
WORD: Open Doors
An afternoon of exploring some of the Cemetery’s most impressive and elaborate nineteenth-century mausoleums. Peek inside the elaborate gates of these ancient stone structures to view stunning examples distinct architecture. At each location, docents will offer a glimpse into the lives of the personalities who now rest in these opulent edifices. Comfortable footwear is recommended. Special maps with a recommended walking route are provided at check-in. This is a walking tour, with occasional “hop on – hop off” trolley service along the route. (Greenwood Cemetery, Main Entrance, 500 25th St, BK, 12pm-4pm, $25/$20 members)
PARTICIPATORY: Drummer For A Day with Batalá New York
In this workshop, Batalá will demonstrate Afro-Brazilian music from its global repertoire. Attendees will then have a chance to learn basic Afro-Brazilian rhythms, explore musical parts and roles associated with Samba Reggae and practice the techniques of wearing a drum and dancing while playing. (Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, 1368 Fulton St, BK, 12pm-2pm, $18)
WORD: Silvia Federici: Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women
Join Common Notions and Silvia Federici in the launch of her latest book Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women. In this new work that revisits some of the main themes of Caliban and the Witch, Silvia Federici examines the root causes of a new surge of interpersonal and institutional violence against women, including new witch hunts. This surge of violence has occurred alongside an expansion of capitalist social relations. Federici’s work provides new ways of understanding the methods in which women are resisting victimization and offers a powerful reminder that reconstructing the memory of the past is crucial for the struggles of the present. (Common Notions, 314 7th St, BK, 5pm-7pm, FREE)
FILM: Spy, Cipher, Crime & Communication Tech
The Museum of Interesting Things takes over a Soho loft for a special I Spy themed party for the Museum. 16mm short movie fest & party. Drinks, music, food, snacks & beautiful visuals. Antiques Demos & Story Tellling. Original and rare 16mm short films from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60's. Early 1900’s and some 1800’s Stereoviews and Mutoscope cards. (The Loft at Prince Street, 177 Prince St, 6pm-10pm, $10 sugg don, all ages)
SHOP: Thrift ON! Clothing and Stuff Swap Party
The world famous original clothing swap party. Bring in your old clothes and stuff
to donate to the rummage tables. Take home items free from the piles of booty. DJ SHAKEY and special guests play throwback tunes and amuse you. Note to all vintage clothing store "pickers", flea marketers, and resellers of any kind, you are NOT welcome at this event, we are watching you, and you will be bounced. (The Keep, 205 Cypress Ave, BK, 8pm-12am, FREE)
VARIETY: Cirque Du So Weird: Spookshow
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, our devious collective of beautiful weirdos features: Agent Topchik, Nikki Talis, Audrey Love, Spookey, Fox Lobel, Maggie McMuffin, and E.LethalKit. 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 to you 48 hours before the event, along with performer details and suggested dress code. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, address with purchase, BK, 8pm, $20/$35 VIP, 21+)
PUPPETS: Puppet Playlist: Queen
Every few months, a group of talented puppeteers and musicians are invited to create original works of puppetry and exciting reinterpretations of music based on a particular musical theme (voted on by the audience at the previous show). This Playlist features original works of puppetry inspired by the Killer Queen himself, mixed with live musical interpretations by some of New York’s most exciting singer-songwriters. (The Tank, 312 W 36th St, 8:30pm, $13)
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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