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One week to go till Victorian Christmas; two weeks till our annual cozy & boozy holiday bash.
- 12.1 - Victorian Christmas in 1830s museum and secret ballroom.
- 12.7 - Annual Holiday party with projected fireplace, vintage lounge holiday tunes, and killer cocktails. No cover! https://www.facebook.com/events/1077538079075529
Yes, we're working on New Year's Eve, too. For now, there's a plan for a sexy lingerie masquerade + makeout party at the Loft, followed by our usual pajama brunch hangout, but we're working on more, as well.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini and Scorpio
cordially invite you to
The Grand Victorian Christmas
Saturday, Dec 1, 8pm-1am, $30-70
Plus! Victorian Santa portrait photo session, 7-9pm, $25
at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St
FB for photo booth only: https://www.facebook.com/events/2146040065725101
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsvictorianball
Join us as we travel back in time to the turn of the century, to an elegant country resort a short carriage ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city...which at that time extended only as far north as 14th Street.
We will begin the night with guided tours through the garden and beautifully preserved mansion. At 9pm, we open the doors to a secret candlelit ballroom and invite you to an immersive and historically accurate Victorian Christmas celebration, complete with a fully trimmed tree, hundreds of candles, and a glorious vintage Santa (David Slone).
Entertainment and activities:
- A professional portrait photographer will capture your Santa moment: 7-9pm as a standalone session (no costume required) and then as part of the event 9-11pm
- Throughout the night, Lacy Rose and her Starling Quartet will be performing original songs inspired by turn of the century themes and music, as well as compositions that would have been performed in Salons in the Nineteenth Century
- At 8:45pm and 9:45pm, Lacy will also lead us into Victorian carols
- A full array of traditional Christmas treats, from cookies to plum pudding
- Wassail: the aromatic mulled cider that's been a Yuletide tradition since the Middle Ages
- Victorian parlor and card games played with authentic decks from mid-1800s through early 1900s
- DIY amusements from turn-of-century books
- Take your own photos with our Victorian Santa after the portrait session ends
1800s through 1919 winter, salon, ballroom, formal or military--or as close as you can get with modern formal. Tartans, velvets and furs. Men: tuxes or tails. Ladies: corsets and long gowns. Costume inspiration Pinterest board (not ours): http://bit.ly/1WvlVyB - and ours for #gsvictorianball research: http://bit.ly/29n5fZm
- Santa portrait only, 7-9pm: $25 per solo or group sitting, up to 5. A proper holiday portrait taken by a professional photographer, with our Victorian Santa in front of the trimmed tree. No costume is required for the portrait session. Families are welcome. Photos taken in order of arrival; no entry after 8:30pm.
- Full event and Santa portrait, 8pm entry: $70. Early access to the ballroom and Santa photo session (one person / one sitting), plus the full event. All food and drinks included.
- Full event, 8pm entry: $50. 9pm access to the ballroom for the full event. All food and drinks included. ($45 group tickets available for parties of 5 or more.)
- Partial event, 10:30pm entry: $30. All drinks included.
About our venue:
Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house for a 23-acre estate, and converted into the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1826, this stone building sits on land originally owned by Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of John Adams. The hotel operated until 1833, at which point the house became the home for three generations of a New York City family.
G&S Holiday Party
Friday, December 7, 8pm-2am, FREE / donations appreciated
Gemini and Scorpio Loft (must RSVP for Gowanus, BK location):
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: 11/23-11/29 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
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)
SHOP: Holiday Cavalcade
This event has ten years worth of history, and has become a must for holiday shoppers looking for unique and locally crafted gifts for their loved ones. Comprised of members from the NY Handmade Collective (formerly Etsy NY Team), this holiday market showcases a selection of handmade wares from indie vendors, all based in the NYC metro area. (Sat/Sun, The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen St, BK, 11am–6pm, FREE)
VARIETY/ART: Black Friday: The Pop Up
FYID NYC produces a complete variety of vendors, healers, and masseuses as well . To top this holiday event, there will be performances from the talents curated by X Sounds (www.thexshows.com) ranging from jazz to poetry. RSVP's are required via eventbrite or by emailing ciao@PROTECTED. (459 Myrtle Avenue, BK, 1:30pm doors/3pm shows, FREE with rsvp)
VARIETY: Brown Girls Burlesque & Nucomme: The Dirty Honey Shake – The Dirty Blues & Trap Edition
A live music revue marries the very best of the dirtiest blues with some nasty trap to shimmy you out of your post-TDay stupor! A sultry tryst of musicology and burlesque; each edition is a risqué foray into jazz, blues, soul, funk and rock! The Dirty Honey crew follows the muse, so bet on a hot night! Band: Nucomme, Isaac Childs, Ramsey Jones, Seth Nicholson.Danseurs: Chicava HoneyChild, Genie Adagio, Tutu Toussaint, CeCe BrownSugah (Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St, 9:30pm, $20 adv/$25 door)
SHOP: Gold Dig Vinyl Record Sale
Thousands and thousands of vinyl records will be available for one day only at the low price of $1.00 each. This is a cash only sale. Expect all genres of music, LPs, 12″s,and 45s: promotional records, label overstock, new and used rock, jazz, blues, soul, funk, disco, indie, metal, foreign, soundtracks, oddball, dance, techno, electronic… the list goes on. (101 Luque St, BK, 12pm-7pm, FREE)
FILM: Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
Founded in 2010, Eyeworks is a curated annual festival that showcases abstract animation and unconventional character animation. The fest will feature two curated lineups of short films that include classic and recently restored films, works from rising names in the field, and premieres of new works, with works shown on 16mm and video. Note: Eyeworks Festival programs contain adult themes and adult content. (Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 6:30pm-10pm, $15)
TALK: The History of Scotch Whisky
Whisky is the national drink of Scotland, and the most popular spirit in the world: it is a multi-billion dollar industry employing thousands globally and one of the UK’s leading exports. From the humblest of origins, to the glamorous world of ‘Mad Men’ Scotch has come a long way, and it is a fascinating tale. Stare through the looking glass of time to the people who made whisky so popular; the fight against government and taxmen; halcyon days and the dark days; its global reach with roots still firmly planted in the hills and glens of rural Scotland. Oh, and you get to sample some too! Taught by David McNicoll. Class size: 20ish. (Prospect Heights Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave in Prospect Heights, BK, 8:30pm-10pm, $15, 21+)
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)
PERFORMANCE/SHOP: East Village Stand Holiday Market
Opening Reception & Performances: Friday, November 23, 6-8pm. A shakuhachi zen flute performance by Till Behler. Participating vendors at the East Village Stand Holiday Market include: Bottleworks, bottle lamps, pendant lights and glassware by Joe Harrigon. One of a kind handmade picture frames by Anne Edris. Taconic Trading Company spiced pepitas and Applewood smoked sea salt. Eulenspiegelchocolatelab cookies and chocolates. Black Lives Matter holiday themed jewelry and ornaments by Carla Cubit. Artwork by Baum Earth Elements and more. (thru 12/24, East Village Stand Holiday Market, corner of 7th Street and Ave C, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Holiday Nostalgia Rides
Celebrate the magic of New York City during the holidays with a ride back in time on our vintage fleet of subway cars and buses with the continued tradition of placing our vintage 1930s R1-9 train cars in regular service between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe! Vintage buses will be in service on the M42 bus route, traveling both East Bound and West Bound along 42nd Street in Manhattan. Additional vintage buses will be available to board and explore at Union Square and Herald Square. (thru 12/30, multiple locations, see site for details)
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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