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Yay, another gorgeous Halloween! We're still waiting on photos, but in the meantime we're thrilled to announce two holiday events:
- Our usual "thank you all" holiday party at the loft, with projected fireplace, lounge holiday tunes, and killer cocktails will be on Fri, Dec 7 this year: https://www.facebook.com/events/1077538079075529
- But before we do that, something new and quite exciting. We're going full-on Victorian Christmas at our favorite 1830s carriage house-turned-museum in midtown, on Sat, Dec 1: https://www.facebook.com/events/1918406375121719 -- still working out final ticket details, but in the meantime, please save the date & stay tuned to the FB event and mailing list for updates.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Save the date!
Sat, Dec 1
Gemini and Scorpio
cordially invite you to
Grand Victorian Christmas
A historical 1830s carriage house turned into a museum...a secret ballroom...a fully trimmed tree...Victorian Santa photo booth...wassail...plum pudding...parlor games...carols. And you, in your historical holiday best.
Details and tickets next week!
G&S Holiday Party
Friday, December 7, 8pm-2am, FREE / donations appreciated
Gemini and Scorpio Loft (must RSVP for Gowanus, BK location): http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Our annual night of giving thanks and going overboard with fancy drinks.
Come chill in our sexy home, bring your sexy date, and enjoy our ridiculous craft cocktails. Roaring fireplace projections, holiday classics lounge soundtrack (someone will likely lose LDB!), and Miss Scorpio herself getting stupid behind the bar (8-10pm), all culminating in a dance party 10-2.
We're going to bring back the two specialty cocktails from last year:
- That infamous fluffy New Orleans classic, the Ramos Fizz. It's a rarity to find it on bar menus due to how long it takes to make each one. You certainly won't catch us making it at any other event.
- Coquito, the classic Puerto Rican eggnog style drink: slushie coconut cinnamon goodness.
We're not charging admission for this event, but we'll have a donation jar out. All money goes towards ongoing loft improvements, so please give what you can to make our secret clubhouse even better.
Please wear something festive or cocktail attire...especially vintage-inspired festive cocktail attire. Costumes always welcome, if you're feeling it.
Thank you for your support this and every year! <3
/// NYC EVENTS: 10/26-11/1 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
EVENT: 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. (Fri/Sat, multiple locations, see site for details, FREE-$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, Club Transit, 53 Scott Ave, BK, haunted house 8pm-12am/club 10pm-4am, $20-$35)
THEATER: The Education of Al Capone as if told by Jimmy Durante
A Brechtian Cabaret with a LIVE JAZZ BAND circa 1918 that “samples” Jimmy Durante’s songs & routines while changing the words to bring you teenager Al Capone, getting the scars that earned his nickname Scarface: A Brooklyn TruStory performed 3 blocks from the spot of Al Capone’s knife fight, 100 years ago in Coney Island. Written & Directed by Dick D. Zigun. Audience will interact with performers, as if patrons of Coney Island’s HARVARD INN a dive bar and gangster hangout Circa 1918. Food fights, fist fights, even a few murders take place in the audience. The audience is also welcome to get up and dance and to drink beer and eat pasta. (Fri-Sun 8pm/Sat&Sun 4pm, Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, $10)
PERFORMANCE: Haiti's Day of the Dead: Fèt Gede
On the occasion of PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince, Pioneer Works dedicates a night to Haitian Vodou and Gede, the ancestral dead, with a Fèt Gede. Visually stunning veve tracings, elaborately constructed altars, and specially prepared foods for the gede, music, drumming, and dance performances and rituals that are central to Vodou ceremonies. Each and every sacred object and performance is an invitation for the gede to travel to this realm as well as to honor and celebrate them. Vodou-inspired artworks included in PÒTOPRENS highlight the extent to which the religious practice inspires and feeds Haiti’s artists. Llive DJ sets by Val Inc. and DJ Sabine, a dance performance by Sheila Anozier, as well as a full ceremony. Ceremony will be led by Jean-Daniel Lafontant. (Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 7pm-12am, FREE/sugg don)
BURLESQUE: Glampire: the Masquerade!
Betsy Propane never seems to have too much problem getting out of her clothes, but this time, that may be different. Come see Petite Renard tearing off heads as she tears off clothes. C’etait Bontemps is casting a spell on you, as your very blood burns. Logan Laveau gets wild as she gets naked. Minnie d’Moocha’s dark desires will leave you no time for reflection. And don’t let Holly Ween’s celerity in disrobing distract you from the potence of her act. Kittened by Bella Vita (Christina) - Catiff. Hosted by Moe Cheezmo - Ventrue. Door with Marinara Stardust. DJ Stormageddon. (BIZARRE Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $10 sugg)
SHOP: The Strange and Unusual Market
Featuring Artists/Creators selling their handmade one of a kind art and products in the Freak Bar. The goal of the market is to give local artists a place to showcase their creations, while supporting your favorite not for profit. There will be shows happening in the Sideshow Theater and Museum, so come down see a show and do a little shopping for all the Odd and Bizarre people in your life. Vendors include: Max Kovins - Selling handcrafted/found art jewelry & accessories; Erin's Etceteras - selling Coney Island and Sideshow themed original block prints and jewelry; Wae Messed - selling chokers, gloves and waist cinchers; Planet Zoot - Selling tee-shirts, and fine art flummery such as stash boxes, stickers, ornaments and adornments. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh II
A public hex on Brett Kavanaugh and upon all rapists and the patriarchy which emboldens, rewards and protects them. We will be embracing witchcraft's true roots as the magik of the poor, the downtrodden and disenfranchised and it's history as often the only weapon, the only means of exacting justice available to those of us who have been wronged by men just like him. He will be the focal point, but by no means the only target, so bring your rage and and all of the axes you've got to grind. There will also be a second ritual afterward - "The Rites of the Scorned One" which seeks to validate, affirm, uphold and support those of us who have been wronged and who refuse to be silent any longer. 25% of proceedes go to the Southern Poverty Law Center, another 25% to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. (Catland, 987 Flushing Ave, BK, 7pm, see website for details, $TBD)
BURLESQUE: Street Meat: NYC-Style Burlesque
The strangest, sexiest, most shocking pieces in a secret venue. Just like NYC, this show will leave you sweaty, stimulated, and with plenty of new material for your therapist. Host: Courtney Maginnis. Featuring: Medea - Empowering female strength through grace and movement, Eckszooberante - The b-boy mind fuq artist extraordinaire, Alisa Mae - The fetish you never knew you had, Jonathan McDonald - The R&B (Rhythm and Booty) of Boylesque, and Olive TuPartie - Welcome to the Partie. (Secret Loft, 14th St & 6th Ave, address with purchase, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $8-$25)
BURLESQUE: Dirty Blues Burlesque: WE’RE 2!
A monthly live cabaret show brought to you by the twisted minds of Countess Eden and Chris Johnson. With guest performances by stars of burlesque and vaudeville. Stick around afterwards for cocktails and live piano karaoke. Starring: Rain Supreme, Taradise, and Claara Coquette. With Door and Floor maven Tallulah Talons! (Sid Gold’s Request Room, 165 W 26th St, 7:30 doors/8pm show, $10)
THEATER/PUPPETS: The Enchanted Revolution
‘The Resistance’ has located a vulnerability in an oppressive regime on the planet Sha. Princess Yazmaya fights to return all power to the people, mermaids, fairies, dragons, unicorns and more. This timely nouveau-fairytale theater piece is brought to you by writer/director/performer Charlotte Lily Gaspard and the diverse and accomplished artists of Midnight Radio Show. The show dazzles and delights, in the form of an intensely inventive and creatively told bedtime story you never knew you needed. But don’t sleep. Audacious fantasy fashion costumes, shadow, and 3D puppetry, fairyland artistry and design, music with one leg on the radio and the other in a classical fairytale world, and expert performers come together in this rebelliously original mélange of the genre and aesthetic. Written by Charlotte Lily Gaspard. Director: Charlotte Lily Gaspard. Associate Director: Malik Work. (Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, see site for details, $15)
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)
PUPPETS: The Enchanted Revolution
‘The Resistance’ has located a vulnerability in an oppressive regime on the planet Sha. Princess Yazmaya fights to return all power to the people, mermaids, fairies, dragons, unicorns and more. This timely nouveau-fairytale theater piece is brought to you by writer/director/performer Charlotte Lily Gaspard and the diverse and accomplished artists of Midnight Radio Show. The show dazzles and delights, in the form of an intensely inventive and creatively told bedtime story you never knew you needed. But don’t sleep. Audacious fantasy fashion costumes, shadow, and 3D puppetry, fairyland artistry and design, music with one leg on the radio and the other in a classical fairytale world, and expert performers come together in this rebelliously original mélange of the genre and aesthetic. (thru 11/18, Theater For the New City - Cabaret Theater, 155 First Ave, 8pm Thurs-Sats/ 3pm Suns, $15)
PUPPETS: La MaMa Puppet Festival
This Festival showcases new contemporary puppet theatre by artists from around the world. Curated by Denise Greber, this year’s series focuses on diversifying the voices, stories, and perspectives shared onstage, with the goal of uplifting marginalized identities within the puppet community. The festival highlights interdisciplinary works from female artists who explore issues such as cultural identity, Black Lives Matter, the refugee crisis, and the disability experience. Programming also includes family events, the annual Puppet Slam, La MaMa Coffeehouse Chronicles, and Jump Start: a weekend of works in progress. (thru 11/25, La Mama, Ellen Stewart Theatre & The Downstairs, 66 East 4th St, see site for details, $25-$90)
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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