[G&S]: NYE / Tropical casino 1.18 / Craft cocktails 1.25 / ALL your NYE options!

From: "Gemini & Scorpio" <gs@PROTECTED>
Subject: [G&S]: NYE / Tropical casino 1.18 / Craft cocktails 1.25 / ALL your NYE options!
Date: December 28th 2018

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Hello lovelies,

As always on the big party weekends, we'll remind you that what matters most is being with people you love. Don't chase the party. But of course, we'll also list all the party options we know anyway (they're just below our invites).

Our own events will be cozy and intimate, not huge and packed.

- New Year's Eve Mon 12.31 - Masked, hedonistic masquerade and makeout party
Tix: https://masked.brownpapertickets.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/340716850049643

- New Year's Morning Tues 1.1 - Pajama Lounge, our annual cozy post-party lounge and breakfast
Tix: http://sleepover.brownpapertickets.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/278159509713810

And if you're looking for something a bit more spicy tonight and tomorrow, go see what our sister company House of Scorpio is up to: http://www.houseofscorpio.com


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PARTY: 12/31

Gemini & Scorpio


Monday, Dec 31, New Year's Eve
9pm-4am, $40-60*, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested)
$30 after 12:30, including afterparty w/continental breakfast
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html

Tix: https://masked.brownpapertickets.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/340716850049643
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio

2018 needs a "fuck you" sendoff. Be bold, be wild, as you enter 2019.

A hedonistic Masquerade to activate your senses with pulsating beats, swirling visuals, sensory games and activities, and many kisses. Tickets are limited to keep the event comfortable and welcoming.

Music by DJ Ceremony and Poodlecannon, masters of eclectic dance floor surprises. 2018 passion predictions with our tarot experts. Custom projections by CJ. Free champagne 9-10pm and 3-4am.

Strict formal or lingerie dress code. Masks required (some will be available for sale).

This is NOT a play party. It's a night to let go and let your senses guide your way: dance party meets makeout party. As always, we will have zero creeper tolerance, and please no photos without explicit consent from your subjects.

*All tickets offer the same access to the event. Please support at the level you can afford.

PARTY: 1/1

Gemini and Scorpio

New Year's Morning Pajama Lounge

Monday, Jan 1, 4am-10am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
$20 - includes continental breakfast
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html

Tix*: http://sleepover.brownpapertickets.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/278159509713810

Sunrise cuddle puddle for our deviant extended family, with makeouts, mimosas, smoothies and breakfast. We'll keep the sexy beats going from late night into daylight.

Snacks and continental breakfast will be available throughout. And of course mimosas, smoothies and coffee - virgin or spiked. We'll have the giant screen up, and could cuddle up together for movies into daytime, too.

You're welcome to bring blankets, sleeping bags, stuffed animals, and anything else that makes you feel cozy.

Dress code: your disheveled New Year's finery or lingerie and lounge wear. Yes, you can always change here.

*As a courtesy, your afterparty ticket includes late access to the G&S NYE main event: Masked. You can arrive as early as 3am - or buy $30 combo tickets to arrive as early as 12:30: https://masked.brownpapertickets.com || https://www.facebook.com/events/1851480735182776/


Gemini & Scorpio

Castaways Casino Club

Friday, Jan 18, 9pm-late, sliding scale $10-20 donation, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested)
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/321171598727358/
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio

Calling all faux millionaires to litter their gold coin at our illicit gambling establishment far offshore on the banks of Gowanus. The casino club will feature blackjack, roulette and the star attraction of the night: Texas hold'em tournament, played at 10pm, 11pm, and 12am for a $50 value prize. For non-tourney games, a member credit system will let you use your winnings for future party entry, drinks, etc (win last time? your credit is still good!).

The original Castaways resort in Vegas was peak-60s polynesian insanity. We'll honor our namesake with tropical drinks & beats, for full tiki party mode alongside the games. Even if you don't gamble, you win.

Dress suggestions: funky party-wear, 1960s Polynesian kitsch, faux fancy, vintage lounge, sparkly cocktail, or other non-sloppy attire appreciated. No elaborate costumes or formalwear required, but you know we love it when you put in effort.

We'll turn the heat way up for some sweaty dancing joy. Wear layers!

Lastly: we still have a few of those ridiculous tiki to-go tumblers from the last Castaways. Take your tropical drinks to go in one of those bad boys for only $10.


Gemini & Scorpio

The Cocktail Experiment + January Babies Birthday Party

Fri, Jan 25 (and every fourth Friday), 8pm-2am, FREE admission, 21+ (25+ recommended)
Plus: FREE drinks if you bring a cocktail ingredient*
$6 per experiment / $17 flight of three / cash only

Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Official site & address RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/565111463960448
Social media: @gemini_scorpio / #geminiandscorpio / #thecocktailexperiment

Every fourth Friday, enjoy inventive craft cocktails in a better-than-bar atmosphere: a sexy low-lit loft, lots of couches, sprawling roof, chill music, serious skills behind the bar, no attitude, no cover. Weekend bars are awful; come hide out here. We'll make you something delicious.

Plus, the Experiment: craft cocktail pop-up meets Iron Chef. One kickass bartender, a fully stocked bar, and YOU bringing a liquid challenge: a bottle of something unusual for our pro to turn into a one-of-a-kind cocktail. If your bottle is used in creation of a cocktail, you and a friend get a complimentary round (up to three friends, if it's a full size bottle of something excellent!). No two cocktails will be the same, and all will be delicious.

Is your birthday in Jan? Your first experiment is on the house (show us your ID). You can even get in touch to reserve a couch, arrange party favors, etc. Yes, you can order food to be delivered, too. For everyone else: free un-birthday treats!

*Tips on bringing ingredients: we welcome both liquor and mixer challenges, but please no basic juices or sodas...that's not what craft cocktails are made of. Consider: half-size bottles, homemade infusions or syrups, that forgotten bottle of weird booze you don't know what to do with, unique amaros, bitters or vermouths. Most importantly, since whatever you brought will be in your free cocktail round, choose flavors you enjoy. Small request: nothing that tastes of anise or licorice, please! If that's the flavor you want, we have plenty of that in the bar, including the best absinthe you'll ever have.

/// NYC EVENTS: 12/28-1/3 ///


DANCE: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Celebrate the holiday season with another round of brilliant pointe work and hilarious parodying of ballet classics by your favorite men in tights. Program A features the always delightful Act II of Swan Lake and Petipa’s The Little Humpbacked Horse, a perfect vehicle for the Trocks’ zany interpretation. Highlighting Program B is the first performance in 15 years of the Balanchine-inflected Stars and Stripes Forever, with choreography by Robert LaFosse and music by John Philip Sousa. (Fri-Sun, The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, see site for details, $51-$71)

ART: NYC Winter Lantern Festival
This event features seven acres lit up by 40 LED installations that stretch up to 30 feet tall. The LED lanterns will be accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dances and art. Meanwhile, NEWYORKEE is partnering with a variety of holiday vendors to create an experience for guests of all ages. (Fri-Sun/Wed/Thu, this week and next, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, 5pm-10pm, $26)

PARTY: Fuck You - the party, episode 2
What's there to explain? Just... Fuck you. Saturday activities include human marionette, life-sized rock'em sock'em robots, the fuck van, fuck tattoos, and music by: Morgan O'Kane, the FM's, Jiggers is King, DJ Small¢hange, DJ Party Foul 5000, DJ Snickelfritz. Stage Shenanigans include Air Fucking and the Fuck You Flip-off! Guest judges Gabrielle St. Evensen and Reverend Jen. Sunday is Cartoon, Cereal, and Bong Hit Brunch, and New Year's Eve Dry Run. Dress "Half-Fancy" and get half-drunk! Countdown to midnight at 9pm. Home for sex by 11. (Rat Trap, 506 Smith St, BK, 8pm-11pm, $20 Sat/FREE Sun)


WORD: Meet the Confetti King
Confetti celebrations have a special place in New York City history, and the biggest confetti event in the country is New Year's Eve in Times Square. Did you know that all the confetti is tossed by hand? The man who makes it all happen is Treb Heining, whose company has handled confetti drops at major events like the Super Bowl, Olympics, and Academy Awards. He'll be in New York to run the confetti operation at Times Square for the 27th consecutive year, and will make an appearance at the City Reliquary to talk about his work. (The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave, 7pm-8:30pm, $7)


VARIETY/FOOD: Great Small Works Year-End Spaghetti Dinner
Join us as we celebrate the arrival of the New Year! We will eat, sing and dance together. Great Small Works hosts variety evenings of pasta, performance, and music. The Spaghetti Dinner formula is– vegetarian spaghetti, new performances in all media and live music. Featuring a Drag Performance Artist Miz Jade, The Grizzly Boys and Friends, and The Church of Everything for Everyone. Enjoy "Golden Age" Jewish cantorial music, both new and old, as well as Balkan Brass Music by Veveritse and much more.  (Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq S, 7:30pm-10.30pm, $20 or sliding scale)


MUSIC: Baby Dee's Big Swan Song
Baby Dee, the gender–dysphoric, medievalist carny from Cleveland, Ohio, is making herself permanently unavailable beginning January 1, 2019. Come say goodbye and hear her sing about predestination, elevator guys, manic depressive snowmen, and disgruntled reindeer. Guest artists singing Baby Dee songs include Aimee Curl, Sarah Alden and Rima Fand, Lacy Rose and Alaina Ferris. (National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St, BK, 6pm doors/ 7pm show, $40/$35 adv)

PARTY:  The Salon: New Years Eve Eve
For the 11th annual NYEE extravaganza,  return to the stunning and exclusive private club from the gilded age. There will be a lineup of over 30 performers, including four bands for your lounging and dancing pleasure. Featuring Swing by Eyal Vilner Big Band w/vocalist Queen Esther. Hot Jazz by Tamar Korn & A Kornucopia.  Sultry Swing n Blues by King Solomon Hicks Quartet.  And Gyspy Jazz by Adrien Chevalier Gypsy Jazz Trio piano ragtime master - Terry Waldo. Others to look forward to:  MC Dandy Wellington,  The Bathtub Ginnys, Dj's VaVa Voon & Andrius Sc. Burlesque by Velvetina Taylor, Justease, and Delysia LaChatte. Free Beginner swing lesson. VIP ticket includes 3hr open bar, ability to skip any lines at the door, a swing lesson and exclusive access to the VIP Room with private bar & band. (THE PLAYERS, 16 Gramercy Park S, 7pm-1am, $49-$119)

MONDAY, NYE [in $ order]

PARTY: The Fifth Annual Free Flamingo Formal New Years Eve Dance Party
Come dance with Dj’s Chris Annibell and Op! Our Fifth Annual New Year's Flamingo Formal promises to be the sort of low pressure, affordably glamorous and properly festive fun that you always HOPE your New Year's will shape up to be. No cover, no door stress, just come and have fun! (Royal Palms Shuffle Club, 514 Union St, BK, 6pm-11:59pm, FREE)

NYE: New Year's Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park
This event includes live entertainment by Brooklyn’s own Quintessential Playlist, followed by fireworks at the stroke of midnight. This family-friendly fireworks display, now in its 39th year, attracts tens of thousands of revelers to Prospect Park, making it one of the city's most popular celebrations. (Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, BK, 10:30pm-12:30am, FREE)

MUSIC: New Year's Eve Concert for Peace
Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event. Led by Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music, this year’s concert includes William Boyce’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat; soloist Sidney Outlaw joins the choir for Robert Convery’s powerful setting of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I have a dream; and the choir performs make peace by David Lang and offers up the New York premiere of Wayne Oquin’s Alleluia. And of course, the Cathedral Choir’s own Jamet Pittman leads the audience and invites them to join in with This little light of mine as we light candles to welcome the new year. (The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, 7pm-9pm, FREE-$100)

BIKE/PARTY: Future Positive New Year's Eve Party
The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space is celebrating its 6th anniversary. Time's Up environmental organization, which has made so many sustainable positive changes in NYC, is celebrating its 31st year. So put on your best dancing shoes and join in for this Future Positive start to 2019. Multimedia performances by Eric Drooker, Seth Tobocman and Fly. Musical performances by Rude Mechanical Orchestra and Banji. Join a free feeder New Year's Eve bike rides, equipped with the latest sound bike technology. The bike rides will start at 9:30pm, New Year's Eve. The beginning location in Manhattan will be the park in front of The Plaza Hotel (59th Street & 5th Ave), and the Brooklyn feeder ride will meet at the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg bridge at 10 PM. Both rides will end and meet at the Future Positive New Year's Eve party. (Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, 155 Avenue C, 8pm-1am, $25)

PARTY: Rubulad’s 2019 Blast Off!
A veritable explosion of joy. Live music by Preachermann and The Revival, Funkrust Brass Band, Van Goose, Les Sans Culottes with your MC Tanya Solomon Magic. Your DJs: $mall ¢hange, Baby K. and many more. Plus Visuals by The Sperm Whale, Yummy Octopus Balls!, Mike Flaherty’s Art Hole, Blue June Tarot, Midnight Champagne Bunny Toast and more. Dress: Sparkle and Shine (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 8:30 pm doors/9pm show, $30/$20 adv or before 10pm)

PARTY: The NY Adventure Club New Year's Eve Speakeasy
Don your flapper dress or three-piece tux and ring in the New Year inside a private century-old mansion. Step back in time for an intimate, prohibition-era celebration inside a  private mansion originally built in 1899. Your ticket to this fun and casual gathering, now in its third year, includes entry into the private gilded age mansion, interactive opportunities from Museum of Interesting Things with tons of authentic antiques from nearly a century ago, parlor games, and a complimentary glass of champagne to ring in the New Year. Flapper dress / black tie attire strongly encouraged, but not required. (Civic Club, address with purchase, 34th St & 2nd Ave, 9:30pm-1am, $30-$35)

PARTY: The Metropolis Ball - NYE 2019
A futuristic Art Deco, neo-1920s inspired night: the beauty, the glamour... the glory days of Gotham a century ago! Get your face painted with galactic designs and geometric cities, have a glass of champagne at midnight, and dance the night away to house music inside a fantastical spaceship built just for this one special night! A variety show including burlesque, drag, and live music hosted by Allegra Spread. Featuring performances by Galatea Stone and more. DJs: Love & Logic, Chris Patrick, Proper Villians, W Jeremy, Aleks Kraine, Trotter, Penny Lane, Affection, and Monikkr. Hors d'oeuvres all night, live aerial and gogo performances, and a Funktion One sound system. Eris' liquor license gaurenteed to extended the whole night. (Eris Evolution, 167 Graham Ave, 9pm, $39-$299, 21+)

VARIETY/PARTY: How Cool Is This New Year's Eve Party?
A Funhouse Philosophers Special Event! Ring in the New Year with your not for profit arts organization at the beach!
Performances by Dick Zigun and Bambi the Mermaid. Fireworks on the Boardwalk. Circus sideshow fire finale hosted by ZeroBoy. Half Price Beer and Wine until Midnight, for all ticket holders, at the Freak Bar! One free draft beer included with admission. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Avenue, BK, 8pm-2am, $40 adv/$50 door, 21+)

NYE: NYE 2019 Masquerade Mardi Gras Ball at DROM
Featuring Hot Jazz & Burlesque with The Gotham Kings, Shelly Watson, Fem Appeal, Christine Fisler, LaReine TheThrill, Cheekie Lane, Rita N. Wink, Aphrodite Rose, Elizabeth Munn, Svetlana Shmulyian, and DJ Erkan Yavas. Costumes Strongly Encouraged. (DROM, 85 Avenue A, 8pm, $45-$195, 21+)


PARTICIPATORY: 115th Annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club Plunge
All swimmers should meet at the  no later than noon so you can get your wristband to participate. This year's plunge will raise funds for the Coney Island community to create a more sustainable and cleaner environment as well as improve quality of life for residents. (1pm, Boardwalk & Stillwell Avenue for swimmer wristband, FREE-$25)

WORD: The 25th Annual Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza
One of New York City's biggest literary events featuring more than 150 scheduled performers plus an open mic, where any person can sign up. The event features poets, prose writers, monologists, musicians, dancers and other performers in an eight-hour showcase that ranges from some of New York's most seasoned talents to emerging stars. The audience is encouraged to donate paperback books to Books Through Bars, for people incarcerated in prison, and canned or boxed food or drink for City Harvest, which provides for the hungry in New York. (St. John's Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St, 1pm-9pm, FREE)

WORD/FUNDRAISER: The 45th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading
An untamed gathering of the heart’s secret, wild nobility – over 140 poets together revealing not just that a better life could exist, but that it already does, sexy and wise, rancorous and sweet, big hearted and mad as hell. An avenging engine of resistance and eager vehicle of the nascent year. (The Poetry Project at St Mark’s, 131 E 10th St, 2pm-2am, $25)

PARTICIPATORY: A New Year’s Meditation & Celebration
It’s rare to wake up feeling wiser on New Year’s Day but this event offers this special opportunity. Avoid the crowds (and a morning of regret!) with an evening of meditation, dharma wisdom, snacks, sparkling cider, socializing and a beautiful, meaningful Buddhist ceremony. Start 2019 with a peaceful mind and beneficial intentions. (Vajradhara Meditation Center, 444 Atlantic Ave, 9pm-1am, $35/FREE for members)


VARIETY: Green Fairy, at the Red Room, January 3rd, 2019!
Join to celebrate 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. Holly will be at the door. Special danse du ventre by Lauren and Lauren. 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, $11-$20 + 2 drink minimum)


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/WORD: Rebel Women - Defying Victorianism
Rebel Women explores the lives of activists like Elizabeth Jennings Graham, an African-American New Yorker who refused to get off a segregated trolley in 1854; professionals like Hetty Green, a wealthy businesswoman and broker branded "the witch of Wall Street"; and working women like Helen Jewett, New York's most prominent courtesan—all of whom challenged the Victorian ideal. Featuring photographs, garments, paintings, and prints from the Museum’s collections, the exhibition brings to light the compelling and often untold stories of the city’s independent, unconventional, and path-breaking women who had an indelible impact on New York’s society, culture, and economy by the turn of the 20th century. (thru 1/6, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St, 10am–6pm, $18)

FILM: Rated X
a 50th anniversary survey of the MPAA’s “X” rating classification, featuring films deemed too sexually explicit for their time. Featuring over 15 cinematic excursions into forbidden sex (real, simulated, and animated). Highlights include: In the Realm of the Senses, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Klute, Maîtresse, Salon Kitty, I Am Curious (Yellow) and more! (thru 1/8, Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St, see site for details, $16)

THEATER: The Jungle
Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of The Jungle – the short-lived, self-governing society that emerged within a sprawling refugee camp in Calais, France. Take a seat in an Afghan Café, where men, women and children fleeing war and persecution created a world offering warm hospitality amidst squalor and danger.  (thru 1/27, St Anne’ Warehouse, 45 Water St, BK, see site for details, $36)

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, 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, Industry City, 34-34 St, bldg 6, BK, $6-$35)

THEATER: Baba Brinkman's Rap Guides to Evolution, Consciousness, and Climate Chaos
“Peer reviewed rapper” Baba Brinkman takes a deep dive into the neuroscience of human experience, from sensations to hallucinations. Baba's brain consists of tens of billions of neurons, none of which has any idea that he exists. And yet somehow those cells come together to produce a steady stream of ill rhymes and laughs, giving the expression “dropping science” a whole new meaning. Once you’ve seen through the eyes of embryos, octopuses, and self-conscious robots, your sense of reality may not survive intact. (thru 2/13, Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam St, see site for details, $39)


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