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As you might have noticed, we hit a bit of a delay with Spellbound tickets...but it was for an amazing reason. We were offered a stunning new private location last week, and while it didn't work for Spellbound (we tried!), we've put together a fabulous dark event with a pop-up dungeon: Persephone, a femme-forward fetish Halloween celebration. YES, tickets are now on sale for both, but please note that both Spellbound and Persephone have much smaller capacity than our usual holiday events, especially if you're going for the higher levels. Full invites below, as are your week's NYC events listings.
Fri, 10.26 - Persephone:
Fri 10.26 & Sat 10.27 - Spellbound:
Gemini & Scorpio,
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini & Scorpio and House of Scorpio
Persephone: femme-forward fetish Halloween
Friday, Oct 26, 9pm-4am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
Advance tix: $30 general; $40 w/dungeon access / $0-$35 for monthly members
Door tix, if avail: $40 & $50
Secret private location in Crown Heights*
Membership options & member tix: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
As autumn's chill stills the air, Persephone once again journeys to the underworld to bring redemption and pleasure to its denizens and to seek out her immortal lover Hades. Taste the sacred pomegranate and join us in a modern recrafting of the sacred and erotic Eleusian mysteries.
A dark and haunting mix of dance, performance, sensory experience and kink play, Persephone is a femme-forward fetish Halloween celebration. Featuring interactive experiences by Sex Wolf (electricity), Nola Bunny (sensory), Jackie Skye (wax). Aerial and fire by Bella Vita. DJ Ceremony (Svmmon: a dark dance experience, Disintegration - The Cure immersion party) will spin goth, industrial, synth, new wave, darkwave, dark 80s.
Special dungeon area with play equipment and expert dommes Vonka, Lydia Vengeance, Miscallaneous Domme Top, Via Venom and Lethal Kit. Explore your darkest desires at their hands, or bring your dates & your toys. Rigging points available for suspension play.
Welcome to our underworld.
Dress code: gods and goddesses, damned souls, gothic, fetish, dark Lolita, neo-Victorian, steampunk, ninja warrior, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice. Effort required / no casual wear.
*Gorgeously finished private high-ceiling brick-and-wood loft with roof deck. Address will be released 24 hours before the event.
House of Scorpio general rules: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/codeofconduct.html
No PAL requirement, but please be familiar with our Code of Conduct
Polite party behavior strictly enforced; don't be THAT guy
Gemini & Scorpio
Spellbound: immersive magickal experience
Fri Oct 26 & Sat Oct 27, 8pm-4am, $25-55, 21+ (25+ recommended)
Ticket levels: $25 GA / $35 Fate / $45 Sensuality / $55 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. Tickets will be limited.
Begin at our welcome station 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), Fox Danger (tarot + ritual), Peri Lyons (tarot) and other masters of divination. Operatic opening ritual by Lacy Rose. Acts of magic by Nelson Lugo. Absinthe and unique green witchcraft potions by The House of St Eve. Live music by Echo of the Ghost: defying genres with ambient, EDM influenced songs laced with melodic synth textures and hypnotic violin arrangements. Witchy dance party follows.
Dress code: your dark, witchy best or your Halloween wear. 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. This path gives you two tokens for free readings ($10 otherwise), plus a one-on-one spiritual consultation with Tarot Society founder Darcey Leonard. Comes with a keepsake Life Tree pendant*
Sensuality: electrify your skin; ignite your passions. Choose this path if you want to push your physical boundaries in our secret sensory lounge. You can connect to just yourself or to others. 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 all 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.
*Same pendants as the previous Spellbound. If you wish to reuse yours, you'll just need the correct color cord at the door.
/// NYC EVENTS: 10/12-10/18 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
VARIETY: Secret Circus IX: An Immersive Aerial Spectacular
Witness New York City's most talented aerialists and circus performers in a secret speakeasy venue. Each show’s theme, built around the performers, is discovered by audience members as the night progresses. Host: Laurel Fixation. Featuring: Pixel Chick, Nolan McKew, Megan Hornadayy, Peter Mercury, Jonathan McDonald, & Ariel Iasevoli. At intermission, tell your deepest, darkest secrets to our human confessional, Erin Blaire. Prizes each night for best secret and costume. (Fri/Sat, Greenwich Village, address with ticket, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $30-$80)
SHOP: Halloween Coast to Coast Costume Pop Up
Shop for themed costume, casual wear and accessories. This fair is focused on Halloween inspired costuming, and will feature select parties who will be supporting throughout the three day sale. (Fri/Sat, Dusty Diamonds Collective, 37 Union Square West, 2pm-10pm, FREE)
DANCE: The Fig Tree Waltzes
A moving exploration of indecision, desperation and tenacity in the face of choice. Devised and performed by Acrobatic Conundrum, this work features their signature style of virtuosic athleticism infused with relatable humanity. In a world where stakes are high and time is running out, The Fig Tree Waltzes is a paean to the human drive to keep playing against overwhelming odds. (Fri & Sat 8pm/Sun 5pm, The Muse Brooklyn, 350 Moffat St, BK, $20-$50)
BURLESQUE: Legendary - A Burlesque Tribute Benefit
All proceeds go to the GoFunds for Satan's Angel, Toni Elling and Camille 2000. An amazing line up hosted by Tigger! With performances by: House Of Noire, Little Brooklyn, Beelzebabe, Clara Coquette, Sincerely Yours, Maggie McMuffin, Mary Cyn, Jezabelle Von Jade and more TBA. Raffle prizes generously donated by The NY School Of Burlesque, Calamity Chang, Amber Ray, Rosey LaRouge, Tiny D, Matt Knife and Angelica Lavaliere, and more. (Eris Evolution, 167 Graham Ave, BK, 7:30pm-9:30pm, $10)
PARTY: HONK Rubulad! Brass-Tastic Blowout 2018
Celebrate the 2018 HONK NYC Festival at Rubulad. Closing night gala. Hosted by the Great Fredini. With performances by: Unidos do Swing, New Creations Brass Band, Maracatu New York, Funkrust Brass Band, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. DJs: Jeannie Hopper of Liquid Sound Lounge ltd, Dirtyfinger, Ryan Midnight. Projections by The Sperm Whale NYC. Mike Flaherty's Art Hole. Blue June Tarot. Make your own Marching Band hat. Brassy B-B-Q, and more. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for Bushwick address (Rubulad, rsvp for address, BK, 8pm, $15/$12 in adv or before 10pm)
MUSIC: Pinc Louds at The Bitter End
The result of a two-year residency on the Lower East Side’s Delancey St. station, Pinc Louds pair together jazz ballads with broken bottles, doo-wop harmonies with drunk phone calls, and punk ditties with public announcements. Lead singer Claudi Love sings a coming-of-gender story, a search for soul, body, and a man called Manuel Hillario. She urges you to capture dreams, welcome werewolves, and let roaches in your hair, like you just don’t care. (The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker St, 10pm, $10, 18+)
PARTICIPATORY: VR That Doesn't Suck, presented by Jason Eppink
A comprehensive gathering of every single virtual reality experience that doesn’t disappoint or underwhelm, packed into a gallery for one evening only. Each VR experience on display was hand-selected by curator Jason Eppink for its ability to completely fulfill the promise of VR: transformative, world-changing, immersive experiences that upend the moving image tradition and represent a monumental shift in how we understand the world...and ourselves. (Babycastles, 145 W 14th St, 6pm-11pm, $TBD)
ART/PARTICIPATORY: Déviante Drawing Salon: Crepundia
Figure drawing salon. The Chanda Lair in collaboration with feline femme fatale Kate Relish, and bodacious rodent couture and bondage artist Jaclyn Atkinson. Kate is a socially-engaged art maker, web spinner, and magic world creator. and Jaclyn is a participatory event artist and printmaker focused on safe space creation and exploration of interstitial places. Traversing worlds, cultures and gender expectations they will weave us a whimsical and dark storyline. Live musical performance and ambiance. Limited amount of paper, sketch pads and drawing utensils, please bring your own. Wine and tea cups of matcha are available on a donation basis. (The Chanda Lair, 16 Arion Pl, BK, 7pm-9:30pm, $20)
FUNDRAISER: 2nd Annual Figment Project Fundraiser and Masquerade Ball
This year's theme is science. Featuring: Interactive art performances, live music, science themed buffet, roving experts ready to blind you with science, and plenty of ways to support Figment. Over the past 12 years, Figment has hosted 67 free interactive arts events in 19 cities. Dress: come dressed to your Love Potion No. Nines, inspired by science from Jules Verne to Stephen Hawking, from Singularity to Space Oddity. Bring a mask or experiment and build one to take home with you, with our talented on-site artists. (Caveat, 21A Clinton St, 7pm-10pm, $125-$250)
ART: 0H10M1ke: 1f Basqu1at and Ke1th Har1ng Had a Baby
An evening of Performance by 0H10M1ke and Fr1ends. Live video feed to the bigscreen for the passersby. 0H10M1ke will draw portraits of his guests with one single line in under 1 minute. Comandante Zero, Brooklyn-based electro/funk outfit a will perform a reunion set with live digital drawing to music as projections on wacom tablet. Performance art by 0H10s will combine folk-style wrestling and dance in the gallery as a choreographed movement piece. The 0H10M1ke Library and Ephemera Archives displays thousands of images, including the Permanent C0llect10n of matchbook portraits, a 30-pocket rotating Magaz1ne Rack and B00kshelf and 100s of illustrations from the archives. (198 Allen St, 6pm-10pm, FREE)
WORD/VARIETY: The Last Taboos: Female Desire Night
Join author Tony Perrottet as he interviews Wednesday Martin about her new book, “UNTRUE: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust and Infidelity is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free” The night will include flowing wine, opera singing, belly-dancing with The Two Laurens, and live jazz -- a multi-sensory extravaganza. (KGB Red Room, 85 E 4th St, 7:30pm-10pm, 85 East 4th St, FREE)
WORD/PERFORMANCE: The Poetry Brothel: Season of the Witch
The Madame presents a rotating cast of poets, each operating within a carefully crafted character, who share their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges and in private rooms. For a fee, all of the poets are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any true bordello need a good cover; theirs is an immersive cabaret featuring poetry, burlesque, live music, vaudeville, aerials, visual art, magic, and mysticism, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event. Costumes and vintage-wear are encouraged but not required. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 7pm doors/7:15pm show, $50/$80 ViP, 21+)
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)
PUPPETS: Duke Oldrich & Washerwoman Bozena, the True Story: A Historical Comedye in Three Acts
A non-traditional staging of a 374 year-old marionette play based on the story of love at first sight of the 11th century Duke Oldrich, who braved stout opposition for friend and foe alike to marry the exquisitely fair washerwoman Bozena, but forgot to mention some details of his own marital status to his beloved. The two legendary lovers are truthfully represented by fine hand-carved marionettes and life-like mechanicals fashioned expertly two centuries ago from the choicest linden wood; their manipulators in period costumes are artfully composed in flesh and blood. [G&S note: say "bozena" at the box office for $10 cash tickets] (thru 10/27, Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th St, see site for details, $19/$14 sen & stu)
THEATER: The NEW York International Fringe Festival
This year’s annual theater and performance festival is broken into two groups, FringeNYC and FringeBYOV. FringeNYC is the adjudicated segment which takes place in Manhattan, and includes FringeJR, FringeHIGH, and the Indie Convening. All patrons of FringeNYC go directly to the FringeHUB with tickets in hand, to meet the Audience Ambassador, who will escort them to their venue. FringeBYOV is the “open access” segment which takes place in the outer boroughs, and this year includes FringeBKLYN (Brooklyn), FringeQNS (Queens) and FringeSI (Staten Island). Both year-round Indie Venues as well as pop-up/stand-alone alumni-produced venues are participating, and ticket prices/performance times vary among the independent productions. (thru 10/30, multiple locations, see site for details)
ART: Manipulated Life : The Art of Puppetry
On view all month ~~ Original puppets by James Ortiz (from the Off-Broadway show "The Woodsman"), art by Greg Hildebrandt (artist of the original Star Wars poster), work from many more amazing artists, including Jim Henson Foundation grantees, and Charlotte Lily Gaspard of Midnight Radio Show. Puppet performances for the exhibition opening, during the month of October and on Halloween night are planned. (thru 11/4, Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave, LIC, see site for details, FREE)
ART: The New Mainstream -Comix Group Art Show
Please join us for this exciting exhibition of work from a group of the most interesting independent Comix Artists on the scene today, hand-selected for you by special Guest-Curator, Dean Haspiel. Original signed drawings, panels, prints and more will be available for purchase. Featured Artists: Christa Cassano, Marguerite Dabaie, Simon Fraser, Fred Harper, N Steven Harris, Dean Haspiel, Joan Reilly, Frank Reynoso, Cynthia von Buhler. Closing Reception: November 8th. (thru 11/8, Art on A Gallery and Shop, 24 Avenue A, FREE)
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)
ART/PERFORMANCE: Mark For Redaction
This group exhibition showcases multi-disciplinary forms of contemporary art from self-identified Kweer (queer), lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or gender non-conforming people who have ties to what is colloquially known al-‘ālam al-‘arabī (South West Asia and North Africa (SWANA)) and the respective diaspora. The exhibit seeks to build community and provide a safe(r) space for artists to discuss and unpack the many layers of identity by displaying personal works of art that challenges notions of visibility, “Kweerness”, and “coming out” in relation to the colonialist concepts of the “Orient” and the “Occident”. Set in a reimagined apartment that mirrors the private apartments and studios of “Kweer” artists, the exhibition presents installations, performances, workshops, screenings, and discussions. Envisioned by Razan Al Salah. Curated by Hilal Khalil. (thru 11/11, Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St, LIC, see site for details, FREE)
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: It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200
Commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of Frankenstein—a classic of world literature and a masterpiece of horror—a new exhibition at the Morgan shows how Mary Shelley created a monster. It traces the origins and impact of her novel, which has been constantly reinterpreted in spinoffs, sequels, mashups, tributes and parodies. For the first time it will be possible to view art and artifacts (including comic books, film posters, publicity stills, and movie memorabilia) that explain how Frankenstein caught the popular imagination in the course of two hundred years. (thru 1/27/19, The Morgan Library & Museum, 36th St, see site for details, $20/$13 students & seniors)
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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