[G&S]: Tmrw: clandestine cabaret / Cocktail Experiment 2.22 / Mardi Gras 3.2 / Your NYC events 2.15-21

From: "Gemini & Scorpio" <gs@PROTECTED>
Subject: [G&S]: Tmrw: clandestine cabaret / Cocktail Experiment 2.22 / Mardi Gras 3.2 / Your NYC events 2.15-21
Date: February 15th 2019

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Hello lovelies,

OMG last night's Banya party was *just amazing.* We're posting whatever pics and video we got to social media (@gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsbanya), but we'd love to see yours!

We continue our Valentine's Day celebration with tomorrow's clandestine cabaret party Meet Me in Paris. 1) There are still a few two-for-one tix available for presale with code "vdaylove." 2) At 4pm today, we're going to randomly pick two winners from the "going" RSVP list on the FB event page [ https://www.facebook.com/events/2056667621079563 ].

Up next:

- Next Fri, 2.22 - The Cocktail Experiment is back! It's Iron Chef meets craft cocktails + refuge from shitshow weekend bars + your birthday party, if you happen to be born in February.

- Sat, March 2 - Brooklyn Mardi Gras! It's a brass band blowout like only G&S can do, with beads, masks, and king cake. Plus, KILLER authentic gumbo, *if* you reserve your tickets by Feb 25. Info on this and all other parties below, but tickets are here: https://brooklynmardigras.brownpapertickets.com


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PARTY: 2.16

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

Tix: http://bit.ly/GS_cabaret
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2056667621079563
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.

DRINKS: 2.22

Gemini & Scorpio

The Cocktail Experiment + February Babies Birthday Party

Fri, Feb 22 (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/2281224378788252/
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 Feb? 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.

PARTY: 3.2

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 sliding scale door, if avail
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html

Tix: https://brooklynmardigras.brownpapertickets.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2165365670380110/
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #brooklynmardigras

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.  

- 12am - The 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.
- 11pm - Antimatterhorns - blending New Orleans-style second line jazz with pop sensibilities, and dedicated to making you dance.
- 10pm - Dingonek Street Band - New Orleans-style second line jazz  meets Afrobeat and Ethio-jazz

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. Food is served 9-10pm.

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 ///


BODY: Rinkworm
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. (Fri-Sun, Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St, LIC, see site for detaials, FREE)

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, Quad Cinema, 34 W 13th St, see site for details, $13-$16)


VARIETY: LUST: Valentine's Day Feb 15
Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lust-valentines-day-feb-15-tickets-52891258177
Dress code inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/avygal/lust/
Love and lust take many different forms. Discover yours in a room full of provocative performance artists. Enjoy a sumptuous feast served off of naked bodies, fed to you by lascivious servants. There are no plates and no utensils. All food is eaten with your hands. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available as well as choices for our omnivores. Ecstatic pleasures include: interactive human candelabra and hot wax play area, private VIP only Dungeon by Head Mistress Lydia Vengeance & her Vengeance Vixens, shibari installation and interactive experience by Kissmedeadlydoll, cuddle puddle by Domino Vi and sensual lounge area, violet wand flogging, and a plethora of performance art, contortion, aerial, fire, dance, and more. Dress code strictly enforced: formal, fet*sh, and creative dress for all genders. No street clothes. (Lot 45, 411 Troutman St, BK, 7pm-3am, $45-$175, 21+)

PERFORMANCE:  Laura Anderson Barbata’s The Eye of the Beholder
Victorian Mexican Indigenous mezzo soprano Julia Pastrana was billed as “The Ugliest Woman in the World.” A title given to her by her manager-husband Theodore Lent, she was exhibited by him and others in the United States and Europe during her life and after her death for 150 years. Chronicling 10 years of work to have Pastrana’s body repatriated to Mexico for burial, the show  conducts audiences through a series of stories, exercises, and thought experiments towards an experience of radical empathy and a re-examination of the value of a human life. Composed of elements of TED Talk, flash workshop sessions, dance, music, and multimedia, this  is a participatory performance mash up asking audiences to close their eyes and see (re-envision) the world from a different place. (BRIC House, 647 Fulton St, BK, 7pm, $8)


PERFORMANCE: Arts On Site Performance Party
A monthly event that provides artists with a platform to share their work and encourages collaboration among a community of art enthusiasts. The event features a selection of eight performing artists from music, dance, theater, and the healing arts. The event also includes visual art with free prints from a select visual artist. BYOB with a donation bar serving beer. (Arts on Site, 12 St Marks Pl, Studio 3F, 8pm doors/9pm show, $10 door sugg)

PUPPETS/PERFORMANCE: Lars Lame and the Fuzzbox Show: Video Release
A teenage man and an amplifier from outer space join forces to form the duo! They host a DIY television show directly from their basement. This show askes all the important questions: Will Lars and Fuzz make it through an episode without the world crumbling around them? Will their nemesis Cool Murf McGurf finally stop sleeping in their basement? And how exactly does Fuzzbox go to the bathroom? That and so many more things, dude! Performances from: Pinc Louds and Wooter. (The Gutter, 200 North 14th St, BK, 8pm, $5)

TICKETS: https://withfriends.co/event/1235857/fashion_freak
Brought to you by Darrell Thorne Open Studio and Gallery @ Rubulad. Featuring performances by: Joey Arias, Hybrid Movement Company, Machine Dazzle, Rify Royalty, Jason Rodriguez and House of Eon, and Darlinda Just Darlinda. Live body painting by Anastasia Durasova. With a special late night performance by Christeen. DJ Sammy Jo and DJ Reganimics. Dress: however the f@#% you want, but make it fashion. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for address. (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 8:30pm doors/9:30pm show, $15/$10 adv or before 10pm)


FEST: 20th Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
A colorful spectacle featuring floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, Asian musical performers, magicians and acrobats, and local organizations. This street party features all sorts of vendors, food and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Pig. The parade wends its way through the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown. Suggested viewing locations: East Broadway or by Grand Street / Sara Roosevelt Park. (China Town, 1pm-4pm, FREE)

VARIETY: Blunderland Variety Show
A delectable evening of variety with all the whimsical, surreal, and psychedelic you can handle, served hot and ready to dazzle you! This is not a show for the meek and we serve nothing mild on this stage. Please come prepared for anything! Featuring Evil Hate Monkey, Kelsey Strauch , Julia Rose, Adrienne Truscott, Cheeky Lane, Gal Friday, Twatly Crue, and more. With your host, Eric Schmalenberger. Bring your leftover chocolate post valentines day and lets all cuddle in a surrealist heap of rock'n'roll glittery oddness! Seating is not guaranteed after show starts. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 6:30pm doors/7:30pm show, $15-$30, 21+)


ART: Liam Cotter Presents: SMUT Opening Reception
A group exhibition of sexually charged art from the erotic to the pornographic. Artists are invited to submit art in all media (photos, drawings, paintings, sculptures, multi-media/interactive and performance). A collection and showcase of art that celebrates all the varied expressions of human sexuality. Art that makes the heartrate quicken. Submit your work at www.solas.studio/smut  (Con Artist Collective, 119 Ludlow St, 7pm, FREE)

Misc Allaneous is proud to present a fetish variety show starring Miss Vivian, Kendra Warmolts, Audrey Love, Audrey Deja Allen, God Complex, Ae Andreas, Jack Sullivan, and Doll Body. Hosted by Misc Allaneous DomTop. Amazing fetish raffle. Epic fetish auction, bring extra cash! (Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 9:30pm doors, $10, 21+)


SHOP: Park Slope United Methodist Church’s 26th Annual Book Sale Premium Preview
Called “one of the most beloved annual events in the neighborhood,” the Book Sale enters its 2nd quarter-century and bibliophiles of every age and demographic are assured to discover treasures, mostly priced at $1 or $2. Each year, more than 10,000 books in fine, gently-used condition are sold during the four days of the massive annual sale. In addition, families will find children’s classics, picture and chapter books, games and puzzles. Along with the thousands of CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records, there’s always a smattering of sheet music, maps, ephemera and arcana. (Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 Sixth Ave, BK, 7pm-9:30pm, $25)

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PARTICIPATORY:  Competitive Winter Picnicking - Saturday 3/2
Winter demands a good bit of silliness. While the weather outside is nifty at the moment, the cold will come back around to bite you. Get your pals together, dive into the costume closet and engineer a delicious picnic for the winter time. Competitive play is a big part of this event, so a great picnic game and an extraordinary tableau can help you bring some some sweet cold cash. The best in each of the categories will be award with cash prizes: Richest picnic meal, Funnest picnic game, Bestest picnic drink, and Mostest thematic team. (Prospect Park, PIcnic House North, 12pm-6pm, $5-$10 sugg)

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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:   
Saturday, Feb. 16   Noon to 4pm
Sunday, Feb. 17   2pm to 6pm
Monday, Feb. 18  10am to 6pm
Tuesday, Feb. 19  2pm to 9pm


tix: https://themortalitymachine.brownpapertickets.com
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)

THEATER: Thelonious!
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: Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT
This exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of what Michael Kors calls “the fashion insider’s fashion museum” by bringing back 33 of the most influential exhibitions produced since the first one was staged in 1971. Taken entirely from the museum’s permanent holdings, more than 80 looks will be on display. From Fashion and Surrealism to The Corset to A Queer History of Fashion, the exhibitions are known for being “intelligent, innovative, and independent,” says MFIT Director Valerie Steele. (thru 4/20, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave at 27 St, 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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