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Lots of updates!
Firstly, Valentine's Day:
- 2.14 - The Banya has decided it's not cost effective for them to offer any included food, so we can't do the usual VIP dinner option. However! We know many of you want to beat the inevitable 9pm queue, so we're offering a 7pm access + ticket to bypass bar queue option for just $10 above our regular 9pm ticket. That ticket level is now live on BPT: https://banyaparty.brownpapertickets.com (if you have previous level tickets purchased, you can call BPT to upgrade).
- 2.16 - We have both a discount and a chance to win tickets to our clandestine cabaret celebration Meet Me in Paris. 1) 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. 2) RSVP "going" to the Paris event for a chance to win a pair of tickets [ https://www.facebook.com/events/2056667621079563 ]. 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.
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And lastly: did you know we just announced a Mardi Gras brass band bash with beads, masks, and king cake? Early-bird ticket purchases can even get in on authentic NoLA food and drink! Info on this and all other parties below, but tickets are here: https://brooklynmardigras.brownpapertickets.com
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini & Scorpio
11th Annual Steamy Valentine's Night at the Russian Baths
Thursday, 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: $65 (7pm entry + ticket to bypass open bar queue) /$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
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio
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.
Gemini & Scorpio
Brooklyn Mardi Gras
Saturday, March 2, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
$18 adv incl a slice of King Cake / $35 adv incl traditional or vegetarian gumbo and a slice of King Cake / $20-25 event only sliding scale door, if avail
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio
Dance your beads off to killer brass bands and enjoy authentic NoLA cocktails at the bar. Find the baby in the King Cake, and be king for the night: you get a crown, mask, beads and a drink ticket. Wear your glittering best and take advantage of our Sassy Selfie Station, with boas, masks and other fun props.
- L Train Brass Band - a 30-person crew awarded Best Music Group at 2018 Coney Island Mermaid Parade, cranking out a wild mix of NoLA jazz, Latin, Balkan, hip hop, funk, R&B and pop.
- Antimatter Horns - blending New Orleans-style second line jazz with pop sensibilities, and dedicated to making you dance.
- Plus one more brass band TBA!
If you reserve your tickets by Feb 25, you can get in on direct-from-Louisiana deliciousness: either a slice of King Cake, or cake plus a heaping plate of traditional or vegetarian gumbo.
Costume suggestions: masks, costumes, purple, gold, green, glitter, beads! We will have some masks available for sale, as well.
100% of ticket proceeds go to musicians; please be as generous as you can afford.
/// NYC EVENTS: 2/8-2/14 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
WORD: Refiguring the Future Conference
A two-day event highlighting over 20 speakers and workshop leaders, including special keynotes by Simone Browne, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Zach Blas. Providing space to unpack the key themes in the exhibition through keynotes, panel discussions, and community engaged programs, the conference will grapple with marginalizing states of technology by propelling us to a future in becoming. The conference is part of the Refiguring the Future exhibition. (sat/sun, see site for details and times, $10-$45)
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-Sun/Tue/Wed, 470 Driggs Ave, BK, see site for details, $25)
FILM: The Goldblum Variations
On the occasion of the NY premiere run this month of the restoration of Joan Micklin Silver’s Between the Lines, featuring a scene-stealing deadpan turn from Jeff Goldblum, the Quad pays tribute to an icon of idiosyncratic individuality. 16 Jeff Goldblum films will be screened including The Bill Chill, The Fly, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th dimension, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and many other favorites. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, Quad Cinema, 34 W 13th St, see site for details, $13-$16)
A pop-up skating rink produced by Springboard Collective. This exhibition is highly contagious. Open skating madness, three nights of live performance and music, infectious roller discos, karaoke on ice, and Our Bloody Valentine. Bring your skates or use the rentals. (Mon-Thu, this week and next, Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St, LIC, see site for detaials, FREE)
THEATER: Romeo and Juliet By William Shakespeare
A distilled production of a classic play that everyone thinks they know. Hearty Valentine’s fare for the lovers and the heartbroken alike. Directed by Drew Bolander. "Kill your joys with love." (Mon-Thu, Kraine Theater, 85 E4th St, 7pm, $20-$80)
COMEDY: Brooklyn Queer Comedy Festival: Bad Valentine's Edition
Just in time for Valentine's Day! Coming at you with queer stories of love, heartbreak, sex and redemption by an extraordinary roster of queer comics that get it! Valentine's crushes include: Jay Jurden, Phillip Henry, Jordan Kleine, Oscar Aydin, Gus Constantellis, Veronica Garza, Queen Robert, Andres Govea, James Tison, Peter Donnelly, and surprise guests! Come early for the comedy and stay late for the RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars viewing party immediately following the show! (3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole St, BK, 6:30pm, $10)
MUSIC: Xylopholks and Quatre Vingt Neuf, The Little Rascals Edition
Quatre Vingt Neuf is known for playing the revolutionary music of 1920's New Orleans - for his special edition, Quatre Vingt Neuf has assembled 14 or so instrumentalists to recreate the original orchestrations of Leroy Shield’s music for The Little Rascals serials from the late ’20’s and ’30’s, a large “jazz” band with string quartet and special guests. The project is oversized, and perfect for Barbès’ undersized room. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 8pm, $10)
PARTY: It’s Friday, I’m (Not) In Love: Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Dance to songs of heartbreak and liberation, strike a pose at our dark photo booth, get questionable advice from an unqualified expert, and partake of themed-drink specials at the bar. What to wear? Leave your pinks and reds at home: this party’s dress code is strictly black. All black. Only black. Creativity will be rewarded. (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 10:30pm, $7 adv/$10 door)
FILM: Cartoon Carnival #76: Be Mine
It's time to sit back and relax for another hefty batch of 16mm (no digital!) animated cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives to the secret silver screen! You lovey dovey (and single) types are in luck—the program will feature some of the cutest and wackiest vintage animated trials and tribulations related to love. Whether it's Felix the Cat and his fickle female follies or Popeye battling Bluto for Olive Oyl's affection, you'll be sure to have a laugh with us. Bring your dates, mates, friends, and family out for this rare opportunity to enjoy these cartoon greats of yesteryear the way they were meant to be seen—projected on film. And, if you're in need of a date for the Valentine's season, maybe you'll find one! Bar refreshments and light food available. RSVP is requested. (389 Melrose St., BK, 6pm, $10)
PARTY: Rubulad’s Love-a-licious Valentine’s
Live music by: Viva DeConcini’s Rock & Roll Burlesque feat. Tigger!, Peekaboo Pointe, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Hard Nips, Nicole Mercedes, and your MC Tanya Solomon. DJs Lupe Loop and more! Sexy Projections by The Sperm Whale. The Archival Genitalia Project. Glorious Go-Go by Anna Copa Cabanna. Mike Flaherty’s Art of Seduction Hole. Smokin’ Hot Pizza by Traze. Romantic Revelations by Blue June Tarot and The Subway Tarot Girl. Speed Dating for novices and professionals. Valentine Crafting for the ones you adore. Dress: love me, squeeze me, take me home! RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for address. (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 6pm screening/8:30 pm doors/9pm show, $15/$10 adv or before 10pm)
FUNDRAISER: aMUSE bouche First Annual Gala & Afterparty
A magical night of performance and partying. Featuring String Quartet courtesy of New Orch. Pop-up Cirque performances by Eric Walton, Ivory Fox, Alisa Mae Fendley, Faith Violet, Sara Solaris Zepezauer, Elie Venezky, Elizabeth McGuire, and Kylie Webb. Catered Vegetarian Feast courtesy of Deborah Miller Catering. Silent auction all night. After party features DJ Jermaine Jagger, dance party, carnival games and surprises. (The Muse, 350 Moffat St, BK; fundraiser: 7pm-1am, $125-$150; after party: 9:15pm-1am, $25 adv/$30 door)
BURLESQUE: We Are Legion: BDSMmm
Exploring a cross section, ranging from traditional BDSM all the way to a few fetishes you've probably never even heard of. So whether you're into bondage, puppy play, leather or mimes (you read that right!), you’ll find your heart's most secret, dirty desires. With performances from: Abby Fantastic, Countess Eden, Satine S'Allumer, Kaine Nine, Misc Allaneous, The Bluenettes (Lydia Vengeance & Vonka), and your host, Galatea Stone. Kittening and Interactive Kinky Go-Go by the Bluenettes & Maggie McMuffin. Naughty Balloon Creations by Misfit Mime. Sound by Affection. Stick around after the show for the monthly trance party, Revolution! Incredible DJs, aerial performances, UV body painting, a cuddle puddle, live art and more await! Celebrate life and love and all things blue! (Eris, 167 Graham Ave, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15-$25)
An anomaly in popular music. Exposing passionate fans to historical tales, and inspiring young string players to seek alternatives to the classical world. Melora Creage has been the directress for the past 20 years. Her intention was to create an electric cello choir - no boys or guitars allowed. Through want ads she recruited like-minded cellists and employed elaborate costuming, What began as strictly "Victorian Whites"- bloomers, corsets and hoopskirts - has evolved into an amalgam of historical feminine icons - Indian princesses, Hawaiian handmaidens and fallen medieval queens. Opener by Ryder Cooley. (Mercury Lounge, 217 E Houston St, 7pm, $18-$20, 21+)
SHOP: Vintage Rose Valentine’s Market
Shop from 60+ talented vendors. As you shop and frolic, you can partake in a range of charming activities from nail art and tarot readings to floral DIY’s, face painting & much more. Enjoy live music by Love Always and Kendra Morris, pose in the Vintage Rose Garden photo booth, and sip lovely local libations. Visitors will get two free drinks courtesy of Cinch. (Greenpoint Loft, 67 West St, 1pm-7pm, FREE)
SHOP: Haus of Hag's Magical Love Market
Join Velocity Starr Chyaldd's afternoon of magic, psychics and vendors, preparing you for this upcoming Valentine's Day. Expect homemade potions, authentic botanica, fine line tattoos, psychic haircuts, exotic accoutrements with tarot, palm and astrology readings all alongside intoxicating libations and groovy music. (Lucky, 168 Avenue B, 2pm, FREE)
VARIETY: Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentine's Spectacular!
Join Hostess Shelly the Singing Siren Watson and a bevy of burlesque beauties. Featuring live music by soulful songstress, Storm Marrero, and steamy burlesque & circus performances by the Mastermind of Bizarre Extravaganza, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Jo Weldon, She's The Pot & The Kettle, Fem Appeal, the teddy bear with claws, Broody Valentino, Miss Coney Island 2019, Pearls Daily, the bendiest boy in burlesque, Topher Bousquet & Deity Delgado! Plus DJ Momotaro on the decks, Rita N Wink & Madame Brassiere! (Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, BK, 6pm doors/7:30pm show, $22-$50, 21+)
FUNDRAISER/PARTY: 80s Prom Live Band Karaoke w/ the Occasionalists
It’s the 80’s and it’s your prom! Get out your powder blue tuxes and pink chiffon dresses and footloose your way to a night of singing, dancing, and partying to support Letter of Marque Theater Company. Sing your favorite 80’s hit with a live backup band! Be that big haired rockstar you always knew you were! Free to sign up, but be careful, someone might steal your song...Uncontrol those urges and whip it up during the DEVO dance breaks with DJ Energy Dome in between karaoke sets. Drinks from Alewife Brewing. Costume ideas: big shouldered gowns, crushed velvet denim tuxedos, expansive hair, Dark Crystal lewks, Madonna spikes, Tron attire, pretty pink things, the Noid, Patrick Swayze’s ghost, Ferris Buller’s sister. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, address with ticket, 7pm, $10 adv/$20 door, 21+)
VARIETY: Mo Beasley’s Urbanerotika
A neo-burlesque variety show celebrating erotic love through poetry, spoken word, music, dance and multimedia arts. Featuring: Regie Cabico, The SoulFolk Experience, Nemiss ChiYork, Peter ‘Rainmaker’ Seaton, Shannon Lower, Zyra Lee Vanity, Shye Poet and delicious surprises. Artists will pay a special tribute to the sensual and erotic work of Ntozake Shange, an original muse, and now ancestral guide. (Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Ave, 7:30pm, $25-$35, 21+)
VARIETY: My Slutty Valentine
Embrace your inner slut!! You don't need a date because there will be give away vibrators. Proceeds are all going
Planned Parenthood because sexual health is hot. Drag: Angelica Frankenstein (your host), Maxxx Pleasure, and Sissy Fist. Bands: The New Tarot, Slut Magic, Tiny Gun, and Power Pose. Vendors: Narcisse (lingerie/sex toys), Catland Books (witch spells, tarot, crystals), Laruicci (jewelry), and band merch. Toys from Bableand. Witch Basket from Catland Books. Goodies from Narcisse. Records, t-shirts and more! Art installation by Lovecove - an interactive intimate tent for 1-3 lover-makers at a time. Door donation automatically enters you into the raffle. (Trans-Pecos, 9-15 Wyckoff Ave, QNS, 8pm, $10-$12 sugg don)
WORD: Poetry Nap Valentine Edition: The Wild Mysteries of Ancient Love
Slip off your shoes, lie down, relax, and float away to poetry and music of the masters woven into an extraordinary, witty and immersive tale guided by Lady and Lord Dosis. Indulge in the treasured words of Pablo Neruda, James Broughton, Adrian Arias, Michael McClure, Mary Oliver, e e cummings, and Uncle Walt Whitman to name but a few. And you can go to sleep if you'd like. Cuddling with your date is fully allowed and encouraged. 90 minutes long with no intermission. Only 30 spots each show. BYOBedding: some pillows and comfort provided, but bring your own camping/yoga mat, blanket, and pillow to lie down even more comfortably if you like. PJs and robes are welcome. (Lightning Society Lofts, 245 Varet St, 8:30pm, $20 adv/$25 door)
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DONATE: The 26th annual BOOK SALE at Park Slope United Methodist Church
The book sale is two weeks away and they want your books. This includes children's books. They also welcome your languishing DVDs, CDs and records. All items must be in good condition No magazines, outdated textbooks, manuals or guidebooks. No items that are moldy or falling apart. Donations are tax-deductible. Bring your donations to the church on:
Sunday, Feb. 10 2pm to 6pm
Saturday, Feb. 16 Noon to 4pm
Sunday, Feb. 17 2pm to 6pm
Monday, Feb. 18 10am to 6pm
Tuesday, Feb. 19 2pm to 9pm
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)
a syncopated comedy about the American Dream told through the nightmare of a failing marriage. At first glance Carl and Sandy seem to be on track to having it all. Not quite thirty, they have high paying jobs, a healthy infant daughter and a lovely two bedroom co-op in Brooklyn. But then something happens that throws a wrench into this seemingly perfect universe- someone named Thelonious enters their lives. (thru 3/3, Fri-Sun/Thu, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, 8pm/3pm Sundays, $18)
ART: Refiguring the Future Exhibition
Curated by Refresh collective members Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Dorothy R. Santos, the exhibition title is inspired by artist Morehshin Allahyari’s work defining a concept of “refiguring” as a feminist, de-colonial, and activist practice. Informed by the punk ethos of do-it-yourself, the 18 artists featured in mine the historical and cultural roots of this time, pull apart the artifice of contemporary technology, and sift through the pieces to forge new visions of what could become. The exhibition will present 11 new works alongside re-presented immersive works by feminist, queer, decolonial, anti-racist, and anti-ableist artists concerned with the technological and political moment. Produced in collaboration with Hunter College Art Galleries. (thru 3/31, 205 Hudson Gallery, Hunter College Art Galleries, see site for details, FREE)
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)
EXHIBIT: Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. This is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954. (thru 5/12, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, BK, see site for details, $12-$35)
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