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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 (now announced below & our site). Some levels for these events are sold out, and while GA admission is or course racing towards same, we'll reserve some tickets for door sales.
Fri 10.26 & Sat 10.27 - Spellbound:
Fri, 10.26 - Persephone:
Gemini & Scorpio,
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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
New private location: 1467 Bedford Ave, Crown Heights, BK*
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.
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), 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: 10/26-11/1 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
PERFORMANCE: Dragus Maximus a homersexual opera odyssey
All roads lead to Rome… and to Heartbeat Opera’s fifth annual Halloween Drag Extravaganza! Grab your golden fleece and catch a chariot down to Brooklyn’s Colosseum (aka Roulette) for an operatic, Greco-Roman orgy of gorgeous gladiators and glam goddesses. Join Homer and Sappho in a Herculean quest to Hades and back -- featuring the siren songs of Monteverdi, Handel, and Offenbach, plus a brand new number by Vavrek and Schlosberg. Come in costumes to make Cleopatra drool. When in Rome… (Fri 8pm/Sat 7pm & 10pm, Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, BK, $25)
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. (Fri-Sun, House of Wax, 445 Albee Square West, #4410, BK, 8pm-11:59pm, $25)
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-Wed, Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay St, BK, $10)
FEST: Day of the Dead in remembrance of Andres Flores
Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a time to honor and revere our deceased family members and ancestors. This tradition is rooted in the native Mexican belief that life on earth is a preparation for the next world and of the importance of maintaining a strong relationship to the dead. Andrés Flores Rosas was a renowned master of the jarana and pandero, and the Mexican folk music, Son Jarocho. He shared his mastery with others by teaching dance workshops and jarana lessons in Mexico and abroad. Activities include buying the alter, a marketplace, workshops, performances, and more. (Sat-Tue, St Marks Church in the Bowery, 10th St & 2nd Ave, see site for details, FREE)
COMMUNITY: Reimagine End of Life
A week exploring big questions about life and death. Join the City of New York in a community-wide conversation. The five boroughs of New York City are joining together to create over 300 events exploring death and celebrating life...from all perspectives. (Sat-Thu, this week and next, multiple locations, see site for details, FREE-$35)
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/Tue/Thu, The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St, 7pm, $10 + 2 drink min, 21+)
ART: Pumpkitecture! Architectural Pumpkin Carving Competition
20 New York City-based firms will go gourd to gourd to once again compete for the Pritzkerpumpkin. Who will squash the competition? Come witness architects live-carve extraordinary structures and vote for the People’s Pumpkin. (The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl, 6pm-8:30pm, $15)
SHOP: Fascination Street Halloween Market
Punk, rock n roll, goth, kawaii, Lolita fashion/jewelry/art, oddities and more. (Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave, BK, 6pm-12am, FREE)
FILM/PUPPETS: Saint John the Divine’s Annual Halloween Extravaganza
Organist Timothy Brumfield returns to create, on the Cathedral's Great Organ, a live score to F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922) and accompany the procession of Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theater Company’s ghosts and ghouls. The full stretch of the nave is at the disposal of Mr. Lee’s fantastic creatures of the night, and visitors should brace themselves for ghostly mischief and ghoulish tricks. Aisle seats are for the bravest at heart, where you'll come face to face with evil-eyed demon, mossy-nailed witch, or an overfed, ghostly man-child. With lighting design by Melissa Mizell. (The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112th St, 7pm & 10pm, $27.50)
WORD: FashionSpeak Fridays: Toxic Victorian Beauty Rituals
“Drop dead gorgeous” perfectly describes the toxic beauty rituals and the must-have deadly fashions of the Victorian era. From belladonna eye drops to arsenic complexion wafers, poisonous dresses to enameled skin, join multi-disciplinary artist Alexis Karl in a discussion of the relentless pursuit of the Victorian beauty ideal, as illustrated by the beauty guides, to-die-for fashion, art and advertising of the era. Victorian fashion with a dark side is highly encouraged. RSVP: RSVPFashion@PROTECTED (The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park S, 7pm, FREE)
MUSIC: Sacred Rebel Women
Join us for a concert celebrating #BlackGirlMagic and the alchemical power of music to move, affirm, liberate and uplift. DJ, percussionist and sound chemist Val Jeanty performs ‘VodouElectro’ with Sirene Dantor Oliyaya Rene. Songstress and sanctuary goddess Neycha performs acid hip-hop and dusted soul anthems from her upcoming CD ‘The Holy Hell of Hope.’ DC born Ghanaian singer songwriter YahZarah, who has shared the stage with the Roots, Outcast and Lenny Kravitz, brings her electric, ceremonial healing powers of song. (Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue, 7:30pm-9:30pm, $25, 18+)
SOCIAL DANCE: Blues Dance New York’s Friday Night BOOS!
Cash bar, costume contest, raffles, face painting, photo booth, lessons, special performances, history of blues talk, social dance, and live blues. Dan Nash’s music harks back to the roots of early rent party/juke playing. His performances encompass the whole acoustic blues genre from the rough-edge bottleneck blues of the Mississippi Delta to the intricate finger-picking styles of Texas and the Carolinas. Cash only. (La Nacional, 239 W 14th St, 7:45pm–2am, $10-$35)
PUPPETS: Puppets Come Home!
A haunting and fun-filled evening of Halloween-inspired puppetry offering a spooky assortment of tricks & treats!
Featuring: Cristina Arancibia Brecht, Greg Corbino, Drama of Works, Harrison Greene, Daisy Payero, Pink Velvet Witch, Jess-O-Lantern, Zoob Fernandez and more! Hosted by: Brendan Schweda. Music by: Jess-O-Lantern. Come celebrate more than 100 years of Coney Island puppetry in Halloween fashion! (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $15, 18+)
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 disturbing 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/Tue/Wed, this week and next, Club Transit, 53 Scott Ave, BK, haunted house 8pm-12am/club 10pm-4am, $20-$35)
PARTY: Halloween 2018 w/ Evolfo, Night Powers, Six Time Users
The Night Powers Halloween party tradition continues with the floor shaking garage-soul of Evolfo and the dance-floor agit-prop of Six Time Users. DJ Drew Redmond spins sweat-soaked rock and roll, garage and soul 45s, accompanied by the scintillating gyrations of Shannon Fatale & Lush Damage on the twin gogo platforms. VJ Spermwhale will drench the room in visuals both horrifying and hypnotizing and DJ Oscar Oscar will kick the night off with the spooky tunes that you need. Don't miss this one kiddos, you can sleep when you're dead! Costumes strongly encouraged! Email RSVPnightpowers@PROTECTED for address (Rubalad, secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 9pm, $TBD)
CIRCUS: Diamond Circus Ball: BK Style Fundraiser Party
This exclusive after-party is the festive culmination to Fashion Week Brooklyn and with the theme “Shine Like A Diamond”, we intend to dazzle with the best of the best. With professional cirque talent, top models, aerial bartenders, DJ's, and a ball pit, the evening promises to fuse fashion and circus in a way never seen before. (The Muse Brooklyn, 350 Moffat St, BK, 9:30pm, $15-$25)
PARTY: Skint’s Prom From Hell Halloween Party
Enjoy music of the 1980s-2000s spun by DJs Brendan & Bianca, horror movie projections by Music Video Time Machine, a photo booth by Nikki, and spiked drink specials. You want candy? Of corpse you do. We’ll have 100 pounds of the stuff. What to wear? Dress as Dragula, a Black Magic Woman, Laurie Strode, dead ringers, a broken subway tile. It’s Halloween, so anything goes. Those who conjure the best looks can enter the costume contest and be rewarded with prizes. (Littlefied, 635 Sackett St, BK, 10:30pm, $7-10, 21+)
EVENT: Halloween Harvest Festival
This year the Halloween Harvest Festival is inspired by Fet Gede, the Haitian Festival of the Ancestors. Join in for vibrant cultural activities including a Gede song workshop with Menesky “Sky” Magloire, card readings with members of K.N.V.A., and a procession culminating in a special dance and drum performance featuring Imamou. You can also count on our Socrates Halloween traditions: costume-making, fantastical face-painting with Agostino Arts, and Urban Shaman Mama Donna’s Blessing of the Animals, now including a Pet Memorial Altar (part of Reimagine NYC). Dress up your pooch and don’t miss the fun of our annual Doggie Costume Contest with local judges, Château le Woof and Friends with Four Paws. (Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, LIC, 2pm, FREE)
MUSIC: Musical Oddities and Monstrosities
Sip cocktails as you take in sounds that you’ve never heard before, and may never hear again. Atlas Obscura Society New York and sound artist Nick Yulman partner together for a program of musical oddities and delights. Hear books that growl like synthesizers, Natalia 'Saw Lady' Paruz and her singing saws, musical vegetables played by composer Angélica Negrón, new musical inventions by Merche Blasco, and a demonstration of the daxophone by Daniel Fishkin. (Areté Venue and Gallery, 67 West St, 4pm, $25)
PARTY: A Place Both Wonderful and Strange Presents: Halloween In The Black Lodge
Live performances by: F__k You, Tammy, a place both wonderful and strange x Liberty Rose: The Laura Palmer Deviations (originally commissioned by the David Lynch Foundation), Del Judas, and Winkie. DJs: Adventure[s], a place both wonderful and strange x knifesex. Costume/cosplay encouraged. Prizes and giveaways. Surprises all night. (Elsewhere, 599 Johnson Ave, BK, 6pm, $10-$12, 16+)
FILM: Cartoon Carnival 72: Dare to Scare
Boo! It's time to sit back in fright for nearly two hours of more archival 16mm animated cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s. Come on out for some creepy, ghoulish Halloween-themed goodies from the early days of animation—the perfect way to kick off the 2018 holiday season. There will be ghosts, jack o' lanterns, skeletons, witches and more galore...starring some classic characters you know (Felix the Cat, anyone?), and many you don't know. Costumes are highly encouraged. Featuring live ragtime accompaniment by Charlie Judkins for select silent-era shorts. Bar refreshments and light food available. (389 Melrose St, 6pm, $10)
ART: 13th Hour + Last Rites 10yr Anniversary
Conjured by Paul Booth, the annual and highly anticipated “13th Hour” exhibition accentuates the dual nature of humanity and invites the viewers to take part in one of the most engaging showcases of contemporary surrealism. Celebrate the best in contemporary surrealism AND our birthday by making this event a pre-party stop during your Halloween weekend extravaganza. Interactive art, giveaways, and more. Refreshments courtesy of FearsMag.com. Costumes and other macabre attire are highly encouraged. (Last Rites Gallery, 325 38th St, 6pm-9:30pm)
PARTY: Rubulad: Disco of the Doomed!
Advance Tix: https://artery.is/showcases/disco-of-the-doomed
With undead music by: The YeahTones, Morricone Youth, Predator Prey, Moldover. MC Tanya Solomon and Go-Go Insanity with Anna Copa Cabanna. DJs: Lupe Loop and fiends. Plus: Awful Early Screening: Tommy Stathes’ Cartoon Carnival - Dare to Scare, Mike Flaherty’s Art Hell Hole, The Anything Evil Project. Putrid Projections by the Sperm Whale. Terrible Tarot Readings by Blue June Tarot. Death Drawing with B. Maggie. Filthy Food available. Note: There will be a special screening of Cartoon Carnival's Dare to Scare. Those who attend will be welcome to stay for the party. RSVP for location to rubulad@PROTECTED. (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 6pm screening/8:30pm doors/9pm show, $20/$15 adv before 9pm/$10 for screening)
BURLESQUE: A Wasabassco Halloween: Costume Party & Show at City Winery NYC
It’s a Halloween party Wasabassco style, with ridiculously costumed numbers from the performers, a costume contest for all of the guests, music, food and wine. Win prizes for you daring flair, including bottles of wine from City Winery, and enjoy one of the most acclaimed burlesque shows in the world. Hosted by Sapphire Jones with a cast of our most amazing performers Amanda Whip, Audrey Love, Gin Minsky, Logan Laveau, Medianoche, Nasty Canasta, Puss-N-Boots, Qualms Galore, and VooDoo Onyx. (City Winery NYC, 155 Varick St, 7pm doors/7:30 contest/8pm show)
VARIETY: Halloween A Go-go!
The most shocking burlesque show of the year starring Beelzebabe The Siren Of Sodom, the twisted and terrifying Tiny Twist, the sinister Sincerely Yours, and the weird and wild Weirdee Girl. Hosted by Ghoul A Go-Go. Go-go, B movie clips and devilish dancing girls. Candy and costume contest. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $15, 18+)
PARTY: The NY Adventure Club Halloween Speakeasy
Don your ghoulish costume, flapper dress, or three-piece tux and celebrate Halloween inside a private century-old mansion. Join New York Adventure Club as they step back in time for an intimate Halloween gathering inside a private mansion originally built in 1899 for the Civic Club. Once you relay the secret password at the entrance, you will enter into a highbrow affair and be treated to: A complimentary drink from the house's full bar; A host of interactive antique decor and props such as antique radios, Edison cylinders, stereoscopes (with prohibition-themed slides), and original prohibition prescriptions, courtesy of the Museum of Interesting Things; Parlor games including billiards and foosball; and some good ol' low-key Halloween fun. Civic Club, address with purchase, 34th St & Second Ave, 8:30pm, $30)
PARTY/PERFORMANCE: Hot Rabbit’s ••• HELL YES! ••• LGBTQ Rocky Horror Halloween
Rocky Horror Performances, Costume Contest, & More! 1000+ queers in a massive 10,000 sq ft circus/aerialist venue.
Featuring: DJ Robi D Light, DJ Tikka Masala, tons of flying Rocky Horror performances by singing aerialist troupe Neon Coven, circus direction by The Muse Brooklyn ABCirque, spooky sexy go-go magic from Hot Rabbit & the legendary vogue House of Olympus. Open bar all night. (The Muse - Circus / Aerialist Center, 350 Moffat St, BK, 9pm-3am, $50 adv/$60 door)
PARTY: Desilicious Bollyween
We’re cooking up a haunted wonderland for Halloween weekend with Bollywood beats that will have you bumping in the night! Music by Ashu Rai. Big Screen Haunted Bollywood Visuals by Atif. With Your Divalicious Hostess Lal Batti. (The Ainsworth, 64 Third Ave, 10pm-4am, FREE before 11pm/$20, 21+)
PARTICIPATORY: Halloween Dog Costume Contest
Celebrate Halloween by dressing your best furry buddy up in costume at the Washington Square Park Fountain. Big prizes are on the line for best costume for dogs and owners so bring your Halloween A-game. (Washington Square Park, 11am-2pm, 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. (Queens Museum, New York City Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park, QNS, 11am-5pm, FREE-$8, all ages)
PARTICIPATORY: The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
Pooches let their alter-egos shine, putting on some of the cutest and most creative costumes you've ever seen at the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. There is no need to pre-register, just come and have fun. (East River Park Amphitheate, along FDR at Grand St, 12pm registration/1pm-3pm contest, FREE)
WORD: Morbid Anatomy Open House
For this special open house, Morbid Anatomy's founder Joanna Ebenstein and head librarian Laetitia Barbie will give a special tour of the Morbid Anatomy Library--a research library and collection making available books, photographs, artworks, pieces of ephemera, and artifacts relating to art and death, anatomical art, collectors and collecting, cabinets of curiosity, the history of medicine and curiosity and curiosities broadly considered. The curators will also lead a tour of the Morbid Anatomy exhibition: Bridging Two Worlds: The Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead, which explores artifacts relating to the the belief in afterlives through material culture and artworks from around the world. (Greenwood Cemetery's Hamilton Parkway Gatehouse, 12pm-5pm, FREE)
SHOP: Samhain Fall Market
It’s going to be a fun-filled Sunday packed with ghost hunting, hot mulled cider, henna tattoos, and — of course — our signature themed photo booth, this year with a Samhain-inspired art installation including a Tree of Life, skulls, and more. (Greenpoint Loft, 67 West St, BK, 1pm-7pm, FREE)
PARTY: Museum of Interesting Things Spooky Secret Speakeasy
The Museum of Interesting Things takes over a Soho loft for a special 16mm short movie & music fest & party! Drinks, music, food & beautiful visuals! Enjoy actual scary antiques you can handle and get demonstrated. Frankenstein, Dracula, & More. Also, early 1900's Vaudeville and Jazz, stunt and circus. We will bring items from our vast collection of photography/film/Quack medical /prohibition & music items. Special performance by Tessa Fights Robots. (The Loft at Prince Street, 177 Prince St, 6pm-10pm, $10)
MUSIC: Rasputina w/ Ryder Cooley at Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
Pioneers in the use of cello as the sole instrument within a rock band since 1996. The funny, the sad, the heavy, the tender-- it can all exist together. Elaborate costuming spanning a number of historical periods, stories of marginalized historical female figures in the pop form, archetypal characters such as Indian princesses, Hawaiian handmaidens and Medieval queens. Rasputina has performed/recorded with Marilyn Manson, Porno For Pyros, Cheap Trick, Goo Goo Dolls and many others. Directed by Melora Creager. Ryder Cooley plays dark carnival dream music on accordion, ukulele and singing saw. She is accompanied by Hazel, a disembodied taxidermy ram who comes to life as a resurrected post-mortem spirit animal, and by the sonic presence of her ghost band Dust Bowl Faeries. (Rough Trade NYC, 64 N 9th St, 8pm-12am, $17, 21+)
SOCIAL DANCE/PARTICIPATORY: XOXA's House of Senses: Resurrection
The revival of a multi-sensory dance party and experience brought to you by women-run collective XOXA. Dark & twisted performances are featured among interactive art installations that heighten your senses. This isn't a haunted house - but it will tap into your dark side and awaken your Halloween spirit. The Senses Garden is an interactive playground best experienced in small groups. Senses Garden ticket includes all night access to the dance party, plus a 30 minutes dedicated window to explore the Senses Garden. Wanderer ticket grants unlimited access to both areas at all times, plus a House of Senses giftbag to transform your journey. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 9pm-3am, $20-$50)
PARTICIPATORY: Village Halloween Costume Ball
Costume prizes & dancing to live bands, hot food & hot entertainment, cabaret all evening. The Annual Village Halloween Costume Ball is a 48-year-old multilevel theatrical event during which the building’s 30,000 sq. ft. is transformed by sculptors, painters, and scenic designers into a series of Halloween environments and simultaneous performances of every theatrical kind are held throughout the building and on the street outside. An average of 450 artists, performers, scenic designers, and volunteers have an opportunity to showcase their talents in this one-night extravaganza. Theater for he New City, Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater, 155 First Ave, 4pm, $20)
PARTICIPATORY: The Occasionalists’ Rocky Horror Picture Show Live Karaoke Revue and Halloween Extravaganza
Two complete live karaoke sets. Special guest singers but none more special than you! Come sing on the big stage... or just do the Time Warp like it's 1976. Complete with film clips, shadow casting by NYC RHPS, and a Costume Contest at intermission with big prizes!. The Occasionalists are a Brooklyn-based band of multi-instrumentalists specializing in live karaoke. Since the election, the band has dedicated itself to Live Karaoke for the Resistance, benefiting all communities and causes under assault by the Trump administration. This is a benefit for The Center for Anti-Violence Education. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, 7pm doors/8pm show, $12-$16, 21+)
PERFORMANCE/PARTY: Deadly Disco
Blake Deadly, Daniel Nardicio and Club Cumming present Deadly Disco. Hosted by Blake Deadly. DJs Brik Olson and Michael Cavadias. Disco and Dead Diva performances by: Amber Martin as Janis, Ellia J. Garlands as Judy, Boy Radio (Jordan Hall), Jesse Dalton, Nedra Belle, Zenobia, Michael Tee as Bowie, Velvetina Taylor with a drop dead gorgeous burlesque. Plus your killer dancers Glen North as John Wayne Gacy and Nambla the Clown (Club Cumming, 505 E. 6th St, 9:30pm-3am, $10 adv/$20 door, 21+)
VARIETY: Cirque Du So Weird: Halloween Hangover
Because, if you don't sleep on Halloween night, it's still Halloween on 11-1! A new circus is coming to town and they’re popping a tent at Gemini & Scorpio Loft for a show unlike anything they’ve done before. Stripped down and clowning around, this devious collective of beautiful weirdos features: Trinity Starligiht, Rara Darling, Lee VaLone Drag, The Blunettes, Nastya Nice, Audrey Love, and Vonka. Also featuring live art by famous sketch artist Adriano. 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. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus address with purchase, BK, 8pm, $20-$35, 21+)
DRINKS: Green Fairy
Join this monthly showcase of absinthe tasting and entertainment, featuring a new brand of absinthe and a variety of risqué and bawdy performances each month, along with an introduction on what makes absinthe so unique and mysterious. Mr. Kellfire Bray will guide you through the complexities of absinthe's history and rituals, with live piano by Chris Johnson and music by DJ Nelson Lugo. Zelma will attend to the tastings. Dress Code Attire: Suit and tie, cocktail attire. Suggested Attire: Vintage, evening-wear, unmentionables or intimate attire. (The Red Room at KGB Bar, 85 E 4th St, 9:30pm-12am, $16 adv/$20 door, $11 adv/$15 door in suggested attire, 2 drink min, 21+)
PUPPETS: Duke Oldrich & Washerwoman Bozena, the True Story: A Historical Comedy 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
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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