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Tomorrow! Brooklyn Mardi Gras brass band bash! We are nearly sold out of presales, but expect to be able to do some door sales once those go. Do buy a ticket in advance if you want to guarantee entry; there are maybe 20 left. We also got a bit more gumbo and king cake than you guys preordered, so we should be able to do at least a few food sales on the spot. Plus! we got Zapp's chips in the famed Voodoo and Cajun Crawtator flavors, and Cafe du Monde coffee to go with your cake.
We're still working out details for the annual Swing House party, so please stay tuned. In the meantime, our monthly Cocktail Experiment party has been announced for March 22.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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
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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.
Gemini & Scorpio
The Cocktail Experiment + March Babies Birthday Party
Fri, March 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
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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 March? 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: 3/1-3/7 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
THEATER: New Creation
In an exotic Heaven, four very stressed gender-fluid goddesses are rehearsing a play to be performed globally before they humanely decimate all humans. They’re desperate to find the perfect theatrical form that is equally engaging, shocking, repulsive, entertaining and accessible to the whopping 60 billion spectators. The rehearsals turn into pandemonium as they debate the question of whether humanity deserves to be destroyed. This multimedia, episodic comic-tragedy sounds our history and future through music, dance and a post-dramatic tapestry of text from books, documentaries, real stories and fake news. (Fri/Sat, Dixon Place, 161 A Chrystie St, 7:30pm, $15-$21)
SHOP: Geek Week
Comics, graphic novels, sci-fi, mystery, horror, fantasy, pop culture titles, all for sale at 30% off. Members receive an additional 10% off their purchase. (Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St, see site for details, FREE)
MUSIC: Good Vibes Indie Night at The Well
Performing Artists: Panama Dreams, Tender Beats, Alethea, Hail Fellow, and Jacob's Brother. Cash only. (The Well, 272 Meserole St, BK, 6pm doors/6:30pm show, $10 adv/$12 door, 21+)
MUSIC/PUPPETS: Pinc Louds
The result of a two-year residency on the Lower East Side’s Delancey Street station, a pairing of jazz ballads and broken bottles, doo-wop harmonies and drunk phone calls, and punk ditties and public announcements. With her sweet and raspy voice, lead singer Claudi sings a coming-of-gender story, a search for soul, body, and a man called Manuel Hillario. She urges you to capture dreams, welcome werewolves, and let roaches in your hair, like you just don’t care. A full-scale production with puppets and visuals by James McGann, Madison Berg, and Jamie Emerson; and a full band with Rai Mundo on drums, Marc Mosteirin on synth and bass, La Pelé on percussion, and Claudi Love on guitar, kalimba, and vocals. (Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, 11:30pm doors/12am show, $15, 21+)
PARTY: Female Trouble: a queer-friendly trash rock & roll party
Kitsch, trash, glam, rock & roll, trash, punk, trash, new wave, and trash. Music by DJs Mon Amie & Aleix M. Hosted by Red Square 13. Performances by Mini Horrorwitz, Ragamuffin, Angelica Sundae, and Jack Barrow. (C’mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave, BK, 11pm, $5 adv/$8 doors, 21+)
PARTICIPATORY: Competitive Winter Picnicking
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)
BENEFIT: LIFT OFF - Dance Parade's Season 13 Launch Party!
Enjoy drinks and New American cuisine (cash bar & kitchen) in an exotic setting. Hang with the "movers and shakers" behind this awesome non-profit organization that inspires dance throughout the city. Emcee Donnie D'Amato will be presenting Xianix Berrera & dancers, Xochipili Dance Ensemble, Dalia Carella , B.A.D., and Yosakoi Dance Project 10tecomai. Spinning Soulful House and Classics: DJ Ali Coleman. Hosted by Parade Director Greg Miller and Board Chair Fight Dr! (Taj Restaurant & Lounge, 48 W 21st St, 6pm, $15-$30, 21+)
PUPPETS/VARIETY: What Just Happened? with Leslie Carrara-Rudolph
The star takes a break from Sesame Street to perform her adult cabaret. With music, stories, puppets, and unexpected whimsy, anything can happen! Featuring Michael Hicks on piano. (The Laurie Beechman Theatre, downstairs at the West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42nd St, 7pm, $20, 21+)
ART/PARTICIPATORY: Bodypaint bash
“Come see live art in its purest form on the original canvas, the body. Watch artists turn their human canvases into masterpieces right in front of your eyes." 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. The event will be hosted at a cozy loft space in the heart of Chelsea. All levels of experience are invited to join the fun. Snacks and virgin beverages will be provided. Theme is "Immigration" (M Wild's Studio, 245 West 29th St, 7pm, $40-$45)
PARTICIPATORY: GameGlo 5.1: The Atari Reboot
Featuring projected Atari games, blacklight-reactive table games, and a Mega Jenga, with a unique combination of disco, games, and dancing. Players can compete to win a $42 bar tab in the Space Invaders high score contest, and the Atari re-release, complete with nearly every Atari and Activision game, will be set up for free play for the evening. Black light reactive Chess, Connect Four, Jenga, and the Mega Jenga will be provided for your tabletop cravings! DJ sets by Kenzie Kl, James DelleFemine (DJGiacomo0), Jackson Robert Foster, and Lauren Palm (DJ Fetish). Costumes, lights, onesies...get your glo on. (The Deep End, 1080 Wyckoff Ave, 10pm, $5 sugg, 21+)
BURLESQUE: Street Meat: NYC-Style Burlesque
The wokest burlesque show for the city that never sleeps. Burlesque and performance artists bring you their strangest, sexiest, most shocking pieces. Just like NYC, this show will leave you sweaty, stimulated, and with plenty of new material for your therapist. Host: Myka Fox. Featuring: Medea, Chris Harder, OliveTuPartie, and Anna Valentine. Plus, your ticket gets you free admission to the afterparty, Sweet Tooth: A Candy Rave (Secret Loft, address with ticket, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $8-$30)
MUSIC: Shelley Thomas
Multi-instrumental performance artist live-looping her original compositions and traditional songs from the Balkans + Mediterranean, accompanying herself on the oud (Arabic lute), percussion, and loop station. She incorporates microtonal world vocal styles and improvisation to create a richly ethereal, transportive effect. Closing with WeekEnd Sound Healing Meditation and Communal Intention Setting Ritual. (Barbes, 376 9th St, BK, 6pm, $10-$20 sugg don, 21+)
MUSIC: Curtis Eller's American Circus
Curtis Eller's American Circus is a brutish, inelegant rock & roll outfit specializing in gospel music for atheists and dance fads for amputees. Mr. Eller's banjo driven compositions describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Abe Lincoln, Buster Keaton and Joe Louis rub shoulders against a backdrop of circus disasters and sweatshop fires. (Barbes, 376 9th St, BK, 8pm, $10, 21+)
COMMUNITY: Art + Feminism Editathon
Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge. This event is a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. Tutorials will be provided for the beginner editors, snacks, lunch, day care, and laptops if requested. Otherwise, bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate, but the focus will be on creating/adding to artist’s Wikipedia entries who identify as cis or trans female, queer, gender nonconforming, and/or nonbinary. Entry via the right door is preferred - buzz in to enter. Wheelchair accessible. (Kickstarter HQ, 58 Kent St, BK, 11am, FREE)
An aging, isolated chimpanzee pieces together the fragments of her childhood in a human family. Bleak reality bleeds to vivid memory in this non-verbal puppet play. Inspired by true events. (HERE Arts, 145 6th Ave, 7pm, $15-$45)
PERFORMANCE: “The World to Come”
A gathering of friends on a December evening before an important journey discussing cats, Nikola Tesla and the end of the world. This is a work-in-progress showing of playwirhgt Kate Douglas’ newest peice. The Ensemble Playwright Lab is a residency program in which the playwright engages with the Letter of Marque ensemble to create, develop, or reimagine a piece of work. A facilliated talkback will take place right after the reading. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, address with rsvp, 7:30pm, FREE)
WORD: Poetry Nap
Slip off your shoes, lie down, relax, and float away to poetry and music of the masters woven into extraordinary, witty and immersive tales guided by Lady and Lord Dosis. While immersed in a fanciful voyage with melodic magnificence, indulge in the treasured words of Pablo Neruda, Joy Harjo, Octavio Paz, James Broughton, Adrian Arias, Michael McClure, Mary Oliver, e e cummings, Gary Snyder, and Uncle Walt Whitman to name but a few. And you can go to sleep if you'd like. If you are napping loudly, that's ok, too; your neighbor may gently give you a kindly nudge. Bring your own camping/yoga mat, blanket, and pillow to lie down most comfortably. Also pjs and robes are welcome if you so desire. Experience a different chapter each night. Only 20 tix for each performance. (Torn Page, 435 W 22nd St, 8:30pm, $20)
MUSIC: Brooklyn Brass Bash at PBRS
Get ready for a maniacal monthly brass bonanza hosted by Pine Box Rock Shop and Dingonek Street Band. Featuring: The L Train Brass Band, Dingonek Street Band, and the Hungry March Band. (Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St, BK, 9pm, $10 sugg)
ART: On-Hold Music Dance Party
For several years, Nina Katchadourian (DJ Dusty) recorded the music she heard while placed on hold during phone calls. She then collaborated with two New York-based DJs, Julie Covello (Dj Shakey) and Gabriel Willow (DJ Stylus), to sample, chop, loop, and mix this music with other “phone matter,” such as dial tones and voice prompts. The resulting On-Hold Music Dance Party (2017) transforms our usual experience of on-hold music into something highly activated, energized, and physically engaging. The set has been updated with music and sounds collected from phone lines in Berlin, where the artist lives part-time. (Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, 9:30pm, FREE)
VARIETY: Green Fairy, at the Red Room
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. Kitty will be at the door. Special performances by Shelly Watson and James and the Giant Pasty. 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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ART: Workspace 2019–2020 - Deadline 2/28
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s flagship residency program. It is a nine-month studio-based program that focuses on the creative process and cohort development of emerging artists. Participating artists are provided semi-private studio spaces and are expected to engage with the cohort for the full duration of the nine-month program. For the 2019–2020 session, only emerging artists that self-identify as visual artists will be eligible to apply.
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)
THEATER: The Frigid Festival
an open and uncensored theatre festival that gives artists an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of our Indie Theater Community, 100% of box office proceeds will go directly to the artists whose work is being presented. Over 30 productions will be presented (thru 3/10, Horse Trade Theater, 85 East 4th St, see site for details, $15-$20)
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: Refiguring Binaries
Curated by Kelani Nichole, and featuring 10 artists, the exhibition explores identity, the body, and the politics of technology. Virtual space is inhabited with queer bodies and cultural identity is reclaimed through subversive uses of technology. The boundaries of technology and the body are blurred, as are the lines between author, image, and copy. Possible futures emerge as the layers of simulation that mediate contemporary culture are revealed. (thru 4/21, Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 12pm-6pm, 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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