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Whoa, you guys. We barely announced the return of the Russian Baths party, and you nabbed half the tickets! Please don't wait to get yours, if you're planning to join us. These always sell out, and this year may be quicker than usual.
Also: you may have noticed we don't have the VIP/dinner/7pm ticket option up this year. The Banya tells us it's not cost effective for under 20 people, so they're deciding whether to do it at all, or to do it with a more limited menu. We've posted a poll to the Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/events/396867621122042 - to see how many of you would want the full dinner vs a smaller appetizer spread. Please vote to help us decide whether we can do this ticket level for you! (You can still buy the regular tickets to hold your spot and exchange them later.)
Then on Saturday, Feb 16, it's the return of our annual love letter to all things cabaret: Meet Me in Paris. We have a ticket flash sale and a giveaway for you for that one. Firstly: use the code "vdaylove" for two-for-one tickets. We have a limited number available with the discount, so jump on those before they run out.
Then: we've been having some annoying Facebook issues, with them suppressing our posts and events (we're sure you've heard this from other creators, as well). It would help us out hugely if you'd RSVP "going" to the Paris event - https://www.facebook.com/events/2056667621079563 - and we're happy to incentivize you with a ticket giveaway. We're going to randomly pick one winner from the "going" list this Friday and one the next, and post the name to the event page.
Lastly, while you're on Facebook, give our official Page a like - https://www.facebook.com/gemini.scorpio.loft - we're talking to a few brass bands about a Mardi Gras throw down on Sat March 2, and we'll post a Facebook event if we can get the confirmations in early next week. You'll be the first to know if you're connected to us there...if FB lets you, that is. Ugh.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini & Scorpio
11th Annual Steamy Valentine's Night at the Russian Baths
Tuesday, Feb 14, 7pm-2am, $40+
Brooklyn Banya, 602 Coney Island Ave bet Beverley Rd & Ave C, Kensington, BK
Break out your bikini or swim trunks, and join our hand-picked crowd of artsy, funky (and nearly naked) New Yorkers for the glorious return of Gemini & Scorpio's legendary Russian Baths party.
We will have the banya to ourselves, with a few hand-picked professionals on hand for the optional platzas and massages. Enjoy: Russian, Turkish and Swedish steam rooms, jacuzzi and cold plunge pool; poolside dance floor; rooftop smoking deck; authentic and delicious Russian food in a private restaurant room with a view of the dance floor.
A roaring brass band (TBC) will get you sweating faster than the saunas, and we'll keep the dance floor sizzling with irresistible ethnotek till 2am while we dole out pierogies for everyone. There will be an open vodka bar 9-10pm.
"Best (and Only) Russian-bathhouse Dance Party" - Village Voice "Best of 2006. "A night of steamy fun" -- TimeOutNY "Your Perfect Weekend" pick. "Epic" -- Brooklyn Based.
Only 100 tix available, and the event usually sells out in advance. Three ticket levels: top tier menu & cost TBC (7pm entry + open vodka bar + Russian appetizer spread) /$55 (9pm entry + open vodka bar) / $40 (11pm entry). More details on each ticket tier are on our website.
This is the kind of party you always imagine, but can never quite find in real life...and the only one where you'll come out cleaner than when you came in.
Gemini & Scorpio
Meet Me in Paris: a clandestine cabaret
Saturday, Feb 16, $20 until 1am ($40 w/table reservation), $10 after, 21+ (25+ suggested)
9-10pm cocktail hour, 10pm-1am live acts, 1am-4am dancing & lounging
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
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A clandestine French cabaret with sensuous live music, sultry burlesque and variety acts, followed by late-night dancing and lounging in our softly-lit loft, absinthe and other special libations at the bar, and kissing on the sprawling roof. Our house band will be playing three full sets to swoon, sway and dance to, with deliciously naughty performances in between. It's also our annual Birthday celebration: we turn 17 this year!
- Three sets of vintage danceable French gems by Avalon Jazz Band
- Can Can and more by our colorful G&S dancers
- Risqué burlesque by Nina La Voix
- Daring duo acts by Dame Cuchifrita and Edie Nightcrawler
- Hosted by dashing & dangerous magician Eric Walton
- Nouvelle chanson to electro-swing mix by DJ Poodlecannon (Marc Nasdor)
- Love & compatibility tarot readings by Marcy Currier
Dress code (as usual, required): Cabaret through the ages (turn-of-century Belle Époque La Goulue cabaret, 1920s Josephine Baker cabaret, 1930s Marlene Dietrich cabaret, 1940s Edith Piaf cabaret, 1950s Jacques Brel cabaret, 60s and beyond cabaret lounge, anachronistic punk cabaret); "Cabaret" the movie; vintage or modern high style; dressy & classy.
Tables: We have four tables with four seats each that can be reserved. Those tickets are sold in pairs for $80 ($40 ea).
Press: "A Pigalle-style playground with can can dancers, cabaret acts and vintage gypsy jazz" - TimeOut NY. "If there's one team of party planners we trust with throwing a stunning clandestine French cabaret, it's Gemini & Scorpio." - Flavorpill.
/// NYC EVENTS: 2/1-2/7 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
PERFORMANCE: The Exponential Festival 2019: Sexless Cocaine Weekend/Secrets of Green-Wood
Two fascinating theatrical journeys on one bill. Secrets of Green-Wood: Cynthia goes to Green-Wood Cemetery to see an art installation in the cemetery that invites guests to place a secret in an underground capsule, to be dug up and burned later. By Sarah Krasnow. Puppets designed by Shannon Iriarte, Virginia Wang and Emma Wiseman. Music by James Ilgenfritz. Performed by Sarah Krasnow, Stephanie Sleeper, and James Ilgenfrtiz. Sexless Cocaine Weekend: Brad Brad and Diamond Lily, two staggeringly unqualified bureaucrats, find themselves suddenly tasked with heading the new American Anti-Violence League. Created by Abigail Entsminger, Seth Timothy Larson and Scott Ries. (Fri/Sat, The Brick, 579 Metropolitan, BK, 8pm, $20)
THEATER: OSCAR at The Crown
Sequins, reality television, and the complete works of Oscar Wilde: not much else survives in a secret bunker far in the fascist future. The event is an immersive nightclub musical detailing the rise and fall of one of history's most flamboyant characters. AND it’s about the Real Housewives and a minor character from that show The O.C. It’s also about staring at phones, wondering if the latest Instagram is going to flop and if the bombs have started flying yet. See you on the dance floor! Wear something cool! (Fri/Sat, 3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole St, BK, see site for detials, 21+)
THEATER: The Man Who Doesn't Exist
Written and Performed by Shon Arieh-Lerer. Direct by Ryan William Downey. Shon Arieh-Lerer combines comedy, street dance, fake philosophy, and clowning. Zen monks have described Shon's highly-physical works as “total mind body transformation” and “Is it still comedy if it kind of breaks your heart?” Special Guest TBD. This show is part of the Exponential Festival 2019. Cash only. (Fri/Sat, Vital Joint, 109 Meserole St, BK, 8:30pm, $10)
MUSIC: BarnFest 5
Annual celebration of work developed on an island in Maine through the Barn Arts Residency Program. Different works in progress every day, featuring artists making theater, dance, film, music, and everything in between. (Fri&Sat 7pm/Sun 2pm, Cloud City, 85 N. 1st St, BK, $10)
PARTICIPATORY: Alita Battle Angel Passport to Iron City
Have you ever dreamed of travelling to a futuristic dystopian world? This is your ticket, transporting you to the universe from visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez in real life. A first-of-its-kind experience, combining custom technology built for the retro-future aesthetic and highly-detailed sets which have been recreated down to the last detail by the film’s award-winning production designers. The result: a life-sized, fully immersive board game where you and your team are the game pieces. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, 470 Driggs Ave, BK, see site for details, $25)
WORD: Night of Philosophy Livestream
An all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music. Be a part of this 12-hour exchange of ideas featuring top philosophers from around the world. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event. (Sat/Sun, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plz, BK, 7pm-7am, FREE)
PUPPETS: Emily Brown and the Thing
How will Emily Brown ever get to sleep with The Thing making such a racket?! A friendly but woeful creature, The Thing has lost his Cuddly in the Dark and Scary Wood and won't stop crying. Plucky, brave and determined to save the day, Emily and her trusty sidekick, Stanley the rabbit, leap into action. Production Company “Tall Stories” returns with an epic, imaginative musical adventure adapted from the popular picture book by Neal Layton and award-winning author Cressida Cowell. (Sat/Sun, The New Victory Theater, 209 W 42nd St, see site for details, $25-$30, all ages)
SHOP: Epic Studio Sale
Shop amazing deals on: clothing, costumes, art supplies, shoes, coats, accessories, mens & womens & children's fashion and costumes. Loads of inspiration and stock up for all your dress-up needs and more! Hosted by Midnight Radio Show. (Sun 3pm/Mon 2pm, C. Spot / Fairyland, 10 Evans St, BK, FREE)
MUSIC: DJ Rave/Classical Music Party
DJ Tall Glass of Milk will be turning up the dance floor all night, a string sextet from the Halcyon Chamber Players will be interspersing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Souvenir de Florence’ throughout the evening, beer and liquor will be served. Perhaps there may be a Chuck-e-Cheese style ball pit? Perhaps acrobats? (The Muse, 350 Moffat St, BK, 7pm, $70, 21+)
FILM/MUSIC: Arts Brookfield's Silent Films/Live Music: Underworld (1927)
Josef von Sternberg’s crime drama Underworld helped launch an American obsession with the organized crime-heist movie genre after winning the Oscar for best screenplay at the very first Academy Awards in 1927. With live music by Alloy Orchestra. Seating is first-come, first-served. (Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St, 7:30pm, FREE)
FEST: Winter Warmer Festival
Celebrate everything wonderful about winter with unlimited seasonal craft beers, spiked drinks, and that curled up by the fire feeling. Indulge in tasty treats and boozy goodness, dance to live music, tackle the shotski, get toasty by the fire pits, or pummel your pals in a fake snow fight. (Brooklyn EXPO Center, 72 Noble St, BK, 1pm, $36.75-$75)
ART/PARTICIPATORY: Bodypaint Bash
If you are a newbie and never have been painted before, a seasoned model, an artist or just want to try painting on a body, this is the event for you. If you are a photographer this is a great way to get some amazing photographs. Take pics, relax on couches, watch artists and models do what they love to do - Paint. All levels of experience welcome. Snacks and virgin beverages included. (MWildsStudio, 245 W 29th St, 7pm-11pm, $40)
PERFORMANCE: 3rd Annual House of Yes Totally Immersive SUPERB OWL Experience
An incredibly immersive and absurd half-time show! Impersonated and Improvised live to absolute perfection. Pop Star impersonations galore! Featuring hot wings, Maroon 5, mascots, real cheerleaders, uniforms, beer, expensive commercials, and total utter football realness folowed by free post-game party. Seating is first come, first serve. Table reservations available. Dress like a cheerleader. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 6:30pm kickoff/8pm show, $20 sugg)
COMMUNITY: Queer Soup Night: 2nd Anniversay Party
A full-on birthday party benefiting the critical work from the local activist community. Soups by Chef Jeremy Salamon, Chef Mike Campanile, Chef Katie Yun, and Chef Tali Petschek. Savory flatbreads by Savannah Turley. Cocktails by Butch Judy’s. Birthday cakes by MeMe’s Diner. Tunes by in-house DJ, JayeMarti. Come early for the soup, stay late for the love. (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 6:30pm, $10-20 sugg, 21+)
FILM: Feminist Film Mashup with The Mary Sue
A playful and engaging mashup of classic film and tv teen dramas and view them through a feminist, pop culture lens - presented by Assistant Editor Princess Weekes. Break the mold of the oh-so-tired female narrative and challenge the ways we have come to accept female roles in film and tv. Enjoy a curated selection of common tropes as Princess explores female representation in sexuality, virginity and body issues. The show will bring laughs and a fresh perspective while promoting a healthy camaraderie among event attendees. (The Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St, BK, 7pm-8:30pm, $10)
BURLESQUE: DIrty Blues Burlesque: MILF Madness!!
Oh it is that time of year again everybody! For anyone that doesn’t know what a MILF is, it will demonstrate for you live, in song and interpretive strippin’! Starring Poison Ivory, Angelica Lavalier, Ivy League and Rex Halligan as our cabana boy! Because every mom deserves one, even if they don’t have a cabana. And of course your co-conspirators Chris Johnson and Her Milfness, Countess Eden. Live piano karaoke after. (Sid Gold's Request Room, 165 W 26th St, 8pm, $10)
FUNDRAISER: Pups & Pints
Meet dogs, drink beer. Hangout with some of NYC's most searched for dog breeds and rescue groups, and enjoy some delicious brews from LIC Bar!No ticket, no tail wags, no tummy rubs. Proceeds from the event benefiting the AKC Humane Fund. (LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Blvd, LIC, 6pm-9pm, $25, 21+)
VARIETY: Green Fairy, at the Red Room, February 7th, 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. This month’s tasting: “Berlinoise Absinthe" from Germany! 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)
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PERFORMANCE/PUPPETS/CIRCUS: New Victory LabWorks Accepting Applications - Deadline Feb 1
The New Victory Theater’s “LabWorks” is seeking applications from New York City-based artists and companies interested in creating new work for family audiences in the areas of theater, dance, music, circus, puppetry arts and other performing arts. LabWorks offers selected artists a stipend, ample dedicated rehearsal space in the New 42nd Street Studios and the possibility of holding Open Rehearsals for industry professionals, fellow artists and New Victory Member families.
PARTICIPATORY: The Infinite Love Party
An intentional barefoot potluck dinner party, dance party, and sleepover brought to you by performing artist Diana Oh and co-creative director Kevin Hourigan. A celebration of soul awakening where queer magic can do its healing. A space for bare humanity to exist- where you will leave kinder and more open, more connected to your purpose, your bodies, and hearts. Dance Party featuring DJ Nessuno! Aphrodisiac tee and barefoot finger painting! A limited number of sleepover tickets will be available each night. BYOB (bring your own blanket) Dress Code: as loud and proud or as low and slow as you want to go. Bring items you no longer need to donate to The Swamp, and a dish for the potluck. Dope Motherf*cker award given each night to a different person/organization who has made amazing contributions in the realms of sex, queerness, and collective liberation. (thru 2/2, Fri/Sat, The Bushwick Starr, BK, 7:30pm doors/8pm, $25/$35 sleepover)
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)
THEATER/PARTICIPATORY: The Mortality Machine
This is an immersive theatre experience that combines live-action roleplay and site specific dance to allow you, the participants, to become the protagonists of the story. You'll make meaningful choices that have unique consequences, and confront and reflect on your own views about what happens after death. This intimate experience only allows 20 guests a night. The Mortality Machine contains: depictions of medical procedures, depictions of death and grieving, and profanity. It is not suitable for children under the age of 18. (thru 2/24, Wildrence, 59 Canal St, see site for details, $125)
ART: Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth
The exhibition will be the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations. Drawn from the collections of the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library (Oxford), Marquette University Libraries (Milwaukee), the Morgan, and private lenders, the exhibition will include family photographs and memorabilia, Tolkien’s original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts, and designs related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. Admission is on a first-come first-served basis. Costumes permitted, no masks wizard staffs, axes, bow and arrows, or swords. (thru 5/12, The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave, see site for details, $22)
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