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It's our favorite time of year! We hope you join us for our three fabulous Halloween celebrations: two nights of Spellbound, our immersive magickal experience, and Persephone, the pop-up dungeon & dance party in a stunning new private location. These are more intimate events than our usual sprawling holiday blowouts, so don't wait to buy your tickets -- especially if you want the higher levels, which are moving quickly.
Fri, 10.26 - Persephone:
Fri 10.26 & Sat 10.27 - Spellbound:
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini & Scorpio and House of Scorpio
Persephone: secret dungeon dark Halloween
Friday, Oct 26, 9pm-4am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
Advance tix: $30 general or $40 w/dungeon access / Door tix, if avail: $40 GA or $50 dungeon
Member tix (dungeon included): $0-$30 adv / $0-40 door
Secret private location in Crown Heights*
HoS membership options & member tix: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #houseofscorpio #gspersephone
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 fetish Halloween celebration. Featuring interactive experiences by Sex Wolf (electricity), Nola Bunny (sensory), Jackie Skye (wax), Rob Romeo (fire). Aerial and fire performance by Bella Vita. DJs Ceremony (Svmmon: a dark dance experience, Disintegration - The Cure immersion party) and James David (Glamdammit, Svmmon) keep you dancing all night with goth, industrial, synth, dark 80s, new wave, electro.
Special dungeon area with play equipment and expert dommes Vonka, Lydia Vengeance, Miscallaneous Domme Top and Lethal Kit. Explore your darkest desires at their hands, or bring your dates & your toys. Rigging points available for suspension play. Consent and polite party behavior strictly enforced.
Welcome to our underworld.
Dress code: gods and goddesses, devils and demons, damned souls, gothic, fetish, dark Lolita, neo-Victorian, steampunk, cyberpunk, ninja warrior. Effort required / no casual wear.
House of Scorpio general rules: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/codeofconduct.html
(No PAL requirement for this event except in dungeon if not accompanied by one of our dommes)
*Gorgeously finished private high-ceiling brick-and-wood loft with roof deck. Address will be released 24 hours before the event.
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
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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. 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), Fox Danger (tarot + ritual), Peri Lyons (tarot) and other masters of divination. Operatic opening ritual by Lacy Rose. Fire and blood by Lethal Kit. Acts of magic by Nelson Lugo and Robin Channing. 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/ea otherwise), plus a one-on-one spiritual consultation with Tarot Society founder Darcey Leonard, visiting for a limited time from LA. 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 with Christina Clare of HiChristina. 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: 10/19-10/25 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
ART/PERFORMANCE: 2018 Garment District Arts Festival
You'll have two days to make a behind-the-scenes visit to artists’ studios, witness an unusual performance, explore galleries and exhibits, or discover unique art installations all throughout the neighborhood. (Fri/Sat, Garment District, multiple locations, 11am-11pm, FREE)
VARIETY: Nightfall: A Moonlit Exploration
Step through the iconic Gothic Arch and into an unforgettable experience of ethereal sights and sounds. Guided by the thousands of flickering candles, you’ll wander along the Cemetery’s winding paths and have chance encounters with musicians, moving images, performance artists, and storytellers. Music curation by Unison Media. Rooftop Films presents Morbid Anatomy. Storytelling from The Moth. Performances by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Charming Disaster, and Funkrust Brass Band. (fri/sat, Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, BK, 8pm-12am, $80)
In Dzieci's Makbet, Shakespeare’s ageless tale of greed, omens, and foul deeds, comes alive through the unflinching performance of a handful of actors who take turns spontaneously trading off parts, (quite literally) at the drop of a hat. With haunting folk songs from Eastern Europe and a mere handful of props, Dzieci explores (and explodes) the very essence of theatre and storytelling. (Fri-Sat 7pm/Sun 4pm, Sure We Can, 219 McKibbin St, BK, $20)
THEATER: Clothes Make The Man III
A Hip Hip Halloween presentation in keeping with the season. As we approach Halloween, TNC presents this moral comedy, all in hip hop, verse and rhyme. (Fri & Sat 8pm/Sun 3pm, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, $10)
THEATER: Ruffles, or a Progression of Rakes
In a corridor haunted by wronged maidservants, a stable boy (Ruffles) considers the ways he is becoming bad because of the things his new job asks him to do. This play is a meditation on power, consent and how to be a person, that is, a good person. Presented by The Tank and The Drunkard's Wife, a company that creates experimental theatrical and musical spectacles and site-specific environments. (Fri-Sun, The Tank, 312 W 36th St, 1st Fl, 8pm, $15-$35)
HALLOWEEN: The L Train Shutdown Nightmare + Club Transit
A 40,000 sq. ft haunted house experience and popup club. Centered around the upcoming closure of the L Train, straphangers will arrive at Club Transit, a popup hub for NYC's most exciting names in music, fashion, art, food + drink. From there, passengers are led on a terrifying, mind-altering journey through the decaying streets of Bushwick, warped bt the chaos and destruction wrecked by the distrubing aftermath of the L train shutdown. Once your journey's complete, you'll head back to Club Transit, Bushwick's last refuge from the shutdown's wrath ... or is it? (Fri/Sat/Thu, this week and next, Club Transit, 53 Scott Ave, BK, haunted house 8pm-12am/club 10pm-4am, $20-$35)
HALLOWEEN: The Gravesend Inn, A Haunted Hotel 2018
Prepare to be scared at New York City College of Technology’s (City Tech) annual high-tech haunted hotel. The Gravesend Inn is produced by Theatreworks, City Tech’s resident theatrical troupe, with design, construction and operating support provided by students and faculty of the College’s nationally unique Entertainment Technology Department, this theme-park-quality Halloween attraction has been thrilling children and adults alike since 2000. (Fri/Sat/Thu, this week and next, Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay St, BK, see site for details, $10)
ART: Gowanus Open Studios
Artists in the Gowanus neighborhood (and slightly beyond) open their studio doors and welcome the public to view art, meet the artists, learn about the process of art-making, and get a glimpse of the life of artists. An important opportunity for the Gowanus community to rally around the artists and creativity and energy that makes the area so vibrant. (Sat/Sun, multiple locations, see site for map, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
THEATER: Hamlet - Macabre Cabaret
This play reshapes Shakespeare's masterpiece into a contemporary family drama about a young man's struggle with mental illness, substance abuse and the premature death of his beloved father. Set upstairs at the iconic Stonewall Inn, the royal crime family gathers to enjoy the return of famous cabaret performer Rosencrantz, Hamlet’s first love, and watches with horror as the Prince unravels into madness, provoked by his drug-induced hallucinations. This unique production is a Hamlet for the new millennium. (Mon-Wed, this week and next, The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St, 7pm, $10 + 2 drink min, 21+)
ART: Mothmeister "Postmortem Fairy Tales"
Mothmeister is the nonstop morphing alter ego of two artistic soulmates based in Belgium, home of surrealism. Through their eerie, imaginary postmortem fairy tales they portray a series of masked, grotesque characters - often accompanied by stuffed animals and a variety of curiosa from their private collection. At Wednesday’s opening reception Mothmeister will be selling and signing their book ‘Weird & Wonderful Post-Mortem Fairy Tales’. Numbered, limited edition gallery prints will also be for sale, among some collaborations with the NY-based artists Erik Bergrin nand Wren Britton. Zach Wager, frontman of the Oregon-based industrial metal collective Dead Animal Assembly Plant, will be performing a live soundscape. (Wed/Thu, this week and next, House of Wax, 445 Albee Square West, #4410, BK, 8pm-11:59pm, $25)
MUSIC: Laraaji and Arji OceAnanda record release
On Arrive Without Leaving, Dallas Acid, Laraaji, and Arji OceAnanda are equally represented on each selection. Laraaji appears on his signature electric Zither; Arji OceAnanda on viola and flute synths, as well as the Mbira (Kalimba) and soft percussion; Dallas Acid’s Linda Beecroft on the tongue slit drum and gong--which Laraaji named one of his “favorite new instruments”; and Michael Gerner and Christian Havins on Mellotron and an array of Moogs. The album is named after the very last utterance captured during the session: Laraaji singing the phrase “‘tis a way to arrive without leaving?” just as the musicians began to depart. (Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, BK, 8pm, $15)
PERFORMANCE: Air Sex Championships New York Tour
Nationally touring raunchy, wildly irreverent, sex-positive show makes its semiannual stop in New York, where the boldest, kinkiest, most creative contestants from the crowd sign up to compete and see who can fake fuck better than anybody else. A judging panel of local comedians and influencers provide hype, positive feedback after each routine and a winner is crowned at the end of the night. (Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St, 10pm doors/11pm show, $15- $29.99, 21+)
SHOP: 2018 Big Brooklyn Book Sale
A huge collection of books and media available. Kids books and paperbacks for $1, hardcover for $3. (Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, BK, 9am-3pm, FREE)
WORD: Ask The Experts: J.L. Williams, Media, Performative Identity, and the New American Freak Show
Explores the history of the freak show and how it was transformed through the emergence of media and the ways in which moving image media transmits and contextualizes, reinterprets and appropriates, the freak show model. Examines horror films including Freaks and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, documentaries such as Murderball and TLC’s Push Girls, disability pornography including the documentary Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan Supermasochist, and Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga in their portrayals of disability and freakishness. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 5pm, $3-$5)
ART: MF Gallery’s 16th Annual Halloween Art Show
16th Annual Halloween Art Show and Costume Party hosted at MF Gallery owners Martina and Frank Russo. Expect lots of Pumpkins, Ghouls, Ghosts, Witches and Monsters in artwork ranging from painting to prints to mixed media sculptures. Featuring art from: Chantal Smith, Christina Lugo, Darktown Sally, Doug MacDonald, Drew Maillard, Eric Bleich, Frank Russo, John John Jesse, Ken Carrano, Krista Cheri, Martina Secondo Russo, Moses Jaen, Sam Cookson and more. Opening Night Costume Party, featuring a Halloween Pinata, Candy, Beer and lots of Halloween fun. After the opening, the show is viewable by appointment only. (MF Gallery, 213 Bond St, btwn Baltic and Butler, 6pm-10pm, FREE, all ages)
VARIETY: Witching Hour: An October Art Party
With live music, dance, film, ritual and performance art, puppetry and more. COOKIE TONGUE: Quirky folk fairy tales with weirdo art band sounds, woven together in a mystical, bewitching constellation. TRIBAL BAROQUE: Fantasy operas based on love and devotion, accompanied by ritual theater, dance, foot-percussion, and violins. CULT OF HOPE: Avant-Garde mystic rock from worlds between realms of enchantment. DARCEY LEONARD: Witchy songs. NADAHADA: Transspecies drag striptease performance ritual with puppetry. MAKS: Musically Advanced Kinetic Systems; Performance and Space Age Polytheism, with a flair for the unexpected. DEVIN PERSON: Wizard ritual. HEAVEN LIMOUSINE: Alice is a puppeteer and witch whose work reflects that of a rainbow sunset over meadow while a storm brews and nuclear mutant angels run from the shadows away from a predator over a lacy meadow. JESS LYNCH: Visual artist and experimental filmmaker. MINHA: "Tikkun Olam" - Dance ritual. HALF GHOST HUMAN COLLECTIVE: Intimate theatre and ghostly ritual practice. TAROT SOCIETY: tarot and palm readings. (The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave, 7-10pm, $10)
FUNDRAISER: Lady Parts Justice Presents: 2018 Golden Probes
Dubbed “Sexism’s Most Glamorous Night,” Lady Parts Justice's Golden Probes are an extravaganza of comedy and music, created to raise awareness about the politicians running for office this fall who pose the biggest threat to reproductive rights! Special appearances by Stormy Daniels, Lizz Winstead, Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Jessica Pimentel, Dan Savage, Jordan Klepper, Akilah, Kathy Najimy, Dulcé Sloan, Michelle Buteau, Brian Unger, Franchesca "Chescaleigh" Ramsey, Reformed Whores, Sharon Spell, Mike Hot-Pence, Patricia Okoumou, Holly Miranda, Ambrosia Parsley, Dr. Willie Parker, and more! (The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St, 7pm/doors, 8pm/show, $32-$77)
SOCIAL DANCE: Swing Remix
Start off with a Swing Beginner Class; all levels, no experience needed. Followed by live music by Professor Cunningham & His Old School, 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)
THEATER: Porn to be a Star
Recently featured on Fusion TV's New York Porn, get ready to literally get Harder with the new play that takes #adulting to a whole new level. Loosely based on his own experiences, burlesque performer and former gay porn star Chris Harder transforms himself into a line-up of over-the-top (and bottom) characters, serving you a slice of the adult industry that's cheeky, charming, and definitely unexpected. Contains nudity and strong language. (Wild Project, 195 E 3rd St, 8pm doors/9pm show, $25)
PARTICIPATORY: Sound Journey with Kai Altair
Sound is one of the most powerful healing energies on the planet. It has the power to reorganize matter through laws of vibration, while entraining brainwaves to deep states of relaxation and higher states of consciousness. Kai Altair is a Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master, Teacher of Active Dreaming, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Meditation Instructor, and Tarot Consultant. She is also is a musician influenced by transformational culture, myth, and dreams. She will guide your journey with healing instruments, sacred songs, and heartbeat drumming to soothe, purify, and encourage you to rise anew. Bring a sacred object to enliven our space and be charged on our central altar. Consider carrying a clearly defined personal intention with you into the journey. Wear comfortable clothes, and avoid caffeine and other stimulants 2-4 hours before arrival. (Awakening NY, 605 Manhattan Ave, BK, 4pm–6pm)
WORD: Sex Lit - Stoya's Book Club
The body's largest sex organ is the brain. Come stimulate yours with a rousing discussion of an explicitly erotic book led by pornographer Stoya. Drinking encouraged throughout, and mingling will follow the talk. Your book for this edition of Sex Lit is Anais Nin's A Spy in the House of Love, whose heroine Sabina is deeply divided between her drive for artistic and sexual expression on the one hand, and social restrictions and self-created inhibitions on the other. Written when Nin's own life was taut with conflicting loyalties, her protagonist Sabina repeatedly asks herself, can one indulge in one's sensual restlessness, the fantasies, the relentless need for adventure without devastating consequences? This should be obvious, but: read the book before joining the book club! In case you've been living under a rock: Stoya has been a pornographer for over a decade. Enter email for address at http://houseofscorpio.com/events.html#address (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, address with purchase or email, BK, 6pm-9pm, $20/$0-$10 for monthly members, 21+)
VARIETY: Dames & Demons: Asher Screening, Variety Show & Costume Party
An evening of salacious and spooky spectacle: a screening of the new independent exorcist web-series Asher, book-ended by performances from acclaimed nightlife burlesque and performance artists, such as Albert Cadabra (host of the NY Burlesque Fest), Seedy Edie, Kathryn Kane, and members of the award-winning Switch-N-Play drag collective, including emcee Zoe Ziegfeld. All five episodes of Asher will screen, (think Buffy meets True Detective). Attire: Halloween Costumes, the most demonic or daring version of you. No one turned away, but looks encouraged. (BIZARRE Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $10 sugg don)
COMMUNITY: City Hall Hearing: Lease Protections for Spaces #PassSBJSA
#SaveNYCSpaces! Skyrocketing rents and loss of leases replace NYC’s diverse neighborhood cultures - spaces, stores & restaurants - with vacant storefronts. Attend the Commercial Lease Protections hearing to tell New York City Council to sign SBJSA: Bill #737. Culture, Small Businesses and Jobs need the right to a renewed lease in NYC. Small Business Jobs Survival Act: right to 10-year commercial lease renewal, right to negotiate fair rent, ban on predatory lease requirements. Testify - Tell your story of a favorite space that closed, a lost lease, or how important it is to preserve NYC’s unique culture. Press Conference at 12 noon before the hearing. (New York City Hall, Press Conference 12pm/Hearing 1pm-4pm, FREE)
WORD: The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London
History, adventures, and tales of intrigue from the Ravenmaster of the Tower of London. Celebrate the publication of Christopher Skaife's new memoir, The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London. Skaife is a Yeoman Warder, or as they are more popularly known, a Beefeater. The Tower of London is home to seven ravens that have a special place in British folklore. It is the duty of the Ravenmaster to make sure these brilliant and frequently misunderstood corvids are healthy, happy, and ready to captivate the four million tourists who flock annually to the world’s eeriest monument. Join Mr. Skaife as he regales us with stories and adventures connected to his unique profession. He'll show video and slides of his work, introducing the group to the seven ravens with which he closely works. Following the talk, there is a Q&A and Mr. Skaife will also sign copies of his memoir. (Caveat, 21 A Clinton St, BK, 9pm-11pm, $15)
WORD/SOCIAL DANCE: Goth Nacht: A Night Devoted to Goth Culture
This is a nightlong celebration of all things goth. The night will feature an interview of Propaganda Magazine founder Fred Berger by Andi Harriman, goth DJ and author of "Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace." The talk will include visuals and videos to discuss the publication's history and strong aesthetic as they delve into Berger's inspiration and motivation, the controversy, and the legacy of Propaganda. It will also feature two short talks; Black on Black: An Inquiry into AfroGoth by Leila Taylor, Creative Director for Brooklyn Public Library, and You Can't Kill Me: I'm Already Dead by Oddities star Evan Michelson. Goth AfterParty to follow at nearby Brooklyn Bazaar with DJ Andi Harriman and Joe Hart. (Talk: Kickstarter, 58 Kent St, BK, 7pm-9pm, FREE/RSVP required; After Party: Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave, BK, 10pm-2am, FREE)
FUNDRAISER/BURLESQUE: Wasabassco Benefit for Nina La Voix
Our friend and much-loved performer Nina La Voix recently survived emergency brain surgery. Now she begins the process of healing - and paying off the utterly bonkers medical bills with your help! Featuring performances by Amuse Bouche, Bunny Buxom, Chris Harder, Doc Wasabassco, Jenny C'est Quoi, Kita St Cyr, Medianoche, Nasty Canasta, Poison Ivory, Qualms Galore, Rex Halligan, Storm Marrero, Varla Velour and more! Win a La Chatte's Meow Big Heart Bag, handcrafted artisanal jewelry by Kita St Cyr, a Brooklyn Boas gift certificate, Rabbit Hole Production goodies, D20 swag, handmade pasties and posters in our Big Booty raffle!100% of the proceeds from admission, raffle sales and tips will be donated to the Help Nina Heal gofundme campaign. (The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, BK, 8pm-11pm, $10-$20 at the door)
WORD: Wunderkammer: A Taxidermy Showcase and Competition
The nations most innovate taxidermy artists will fill you with awe and wonder as they showcase their most creative creatures in a competition that awards the beautiful and bizarre. Celebrate the art and science of taxidermy with your hosts for the night Justin Fornal, the Explorer’s Club culinary ambassador notorious for his annual wild game dinners, and Divya Ananthraman, NYC’s award winning taxidermist, world traveling instructor, and coauthor of “Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy”. Guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion. Ticket includes a gift at the door and complementary cocktail. In addition to taxidermy, the evenings festivities will include interactive sideshow installation by The No Ring Circus, demos by Katie Innamorato, and resources for those interested and inspired by the show to learn taxidermy on their own. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 7pm doors/8p show, $10 adv/$12 door, 21+)
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)
HALLOWEEN: The Ridgewood Asylum
After the police discovered the gruesome massacre that took place in the Ridgewood Slaughterhouse in the summer of 1972, the condemned building was then demolished and rebuilt as a psychiatric rehabilitation hospital. For over a hundred years, the United States has locked away the mentally ill. The Ridgewood Asylum in New York is one of about 170 psychiatric hospitals in the country. Hospitals that try to meet the needs of the mentally sick and practiced unconventional treatments. Patients felt that science was being pushed too far. Unspeakable horrors ensued during their operating years. The Ridgewood Asylum closed down in the fall of 1980. Numerous violent cases of paranormal activity have been reported since and no one has dared to enter...until now! (thru 11/1, The Deep End, 1080 Wyckoff Ave, Tues-Sat 8pm-1am, Sun 6pm-11pm, $10)
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
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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