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Today is stripper day, YAY. We <3 that party so much, we had to tell you about it, though it's technically a House of Scorpio event. Here's what else is coming up:
- Tonight! Saints & Sinners pop-up strip club party (via House of Scorpio: http://www.houseofscorpio.com)
- Fri 4.26: we did a ridiculous thing, and decided to mash up Castaways Casino Club and Cocktail Experiment. So, all the casino games will be going, while tropical bass music blasts, and the bar riffs on tiki drinks.
- Save the date: Victorian Garden Teas are back for the warm season, on June 23 and Sep 22. We don't have official info up on the site yet, but the FB event for June is up, as are tickets for both dates.
Full invites below.
Gemini & Scorpio,
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
POP-UP STRIP CLUB: 3.29
House of Scorpio
Saints & Sinners: pop-up strip club party
Friday, March 29, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK (RSVP on site for address)
Regular tix: $25 presale / $30 at door before 12am / $20 after
Reserved seating*: $45 advance only
Member tix: $0-$15 ($20-35 with reserved seating*)
***New! We're eliminating the play aspect of the event, so no approval or PAL required. Dress Code and Code of Conduct still apply (dudes, don't be creepers! We *will* remove you.)***
Rules & location RSVP: http://www.houseofscorpio.com
Membership options & member tix: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
For one night only, our sexy clubhouse becomes a full-on strip club, with a pole stage, an array of lap dance-ready seating, and our very own Champagne Room. There will be eight dancers to entertain you: each a hand-picked burlesque, pole or circus star stepping outside the boundaries of their genre to spend the whole night dancing for you on stage and in your lap.
Featuring (more TK):
- Peekaboo Pointe, fastest tassel-twirler from East to West (and our cover girl)
- Gal Friday, the five-alarm fire
- Stormy Leather, the naked girl of burlesque
- Audrey Love, the tantalizing tease
- Maine Attraction, triple threat of burlesque
- And as Champagne Room King & campy club announcer: charming magician Eric Walton
Once the dancers are done at 1am, the stage is yours to shake your booty on. Live out your strip fantasies on our stage as DJ Ceremony provides the beats late into the night.
Rules of the club: the usual Lip Service dress code & code of conduct apply. Dress up. Tip generously (dancers, wait & bar staff). Get lap dances: they're the best part, and only $10. Respect the dancers. Keep your hands to yourself (or your partner). Nudity is fine on the stage, but no private parts on our furniture.
*Reserved seats ($45) include: 9pm admission + seat at a 4-person table with prime stage view + access to reserved lap dance seat.
DRINKIN' N GAMBLIN': 4.26
Gemini & Scorpio
Castaways Casino Cocktail Experiment + April Babies Birthday Party
Friday, Apr 26, 8pm-late, suggested sliding scale $10-20 donation, 21+ with ID (25+ recommended)
Plus: FREE drinks if you bring a cocktail ingredient*
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio
We're going to do something a little nutty and mash up our vintage-flavored casino party with our monthly speakeasy cocktail club.
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.
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 April? 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.
*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.
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.
SAVE THE DATE: VICTORIAN GARDEN TEAS RETURN 6.23 & 9.22
Full invite not up yet, but tickets on sale for both dates!
The Grand Victorian Garden Tea
Sunday, June 23, 4-8pm (tea served at 5pm), $40 ($35 for groups over 5), all ages, rain or shine
at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsvictorianball
/// NYC EVENTS: 3/29-4/4 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
FILM/WORD: The Chaperone
Before she became the flamboyant face of the Jazz Age, actress Louise Brooks was a precocious student in Wichita with dreams of stardom. But when she gets the chance to go to New York to study with a dance troupe, demure society lady Norma insists on accompanying her. Though they differ in temperament, Norma has a mission of her own: to seek her birth mother, and to pave her own path into women’s liberation. Written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and co-starring Campbell Scott, Blythe Danner, and Miranda Otto. A PBS Films Distribution release. Q&A with actress Elizabeth McGovern and director Michael Engler. (Fri 6:45pm/Sat 4:30pm, Quad Cinema, 34 W 13th St, $16)
Fade is a surreal existential exploration of the meaning of life, love and family. It’s about living in an environment with limited privacy. It’s about the unreliability of memory, and the lengths we go to in order to preserve what we know. It's a psychological live action role-play experience with minimal mechanics and no hidden plots. It is an opportunity to explore what happens when memories fade, but feelings remain, and the only way to escape another's presence is to disappear into nothingness. (Fri/Sat, 877 Empire Blvd, #D6, BK, 7pm, $65)
THEATER: Hypatia and the Heathens: A Musical Bacchanalia
A new interactive musical based on the true story of Hypatia, the last librarian of the Library of Alexandria during the apocalyptic end times of the Roman Empire. This immersive, multi-sensory theatrical experience is based on the raucous festivals of ancient Rome and Egypt. Join the cast of performers for a bacchanal of epic proportions; surprises abound, and a mild (historically accurate and perfectly legal) hallucinogen is included in your ticket price. (Fri-Sun, Caveat, 21 A Clinton St, see site for details, $20-$50, 21+)
SHOP: Affordable Art Fair
This fair welcomes local, national and international exhibitors, to showcase original contemporary work from hundreds of contemporary artists. Browse the diverse and carefully curated selection of artworks ranging between $100 to $10,000, and discover the artworks that make you Art Happy. (Fri-Sun, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, see site for details, FREE-$80)
PUPPETS: Johannes Dokchtor Faust, a Petrifying Puppet Comedye
Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) re-imagines its perennially popular production translated and directed by Vit Horejs. The story of the learned Johannes Faust, who sold his soul to the devil for ultimate knowledge, is staged with age-old technical tricks of Czech puppetry, including fire and thunder, hellish gargoyles and underwater creatures. A classic of the Czech marionette repertoire, it traditionally contains satires to make fun of a king or a local mayor. The company's adaptation was initially developed in 1990 and its topical references will be updated for current times. (Fri-Sun/Thu, this week and next, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, see site for details, $15-$18)
Unfolding is a contemporary fairy tale that magically transports the audience through space and time, capturing the journey of a woman as she navigates a life of self-discovery. A puppet theatre production, Unfolding weaves together nostalgic youth and covetable wisdom to explore themes of female wisdom and empowerment, using moving performance and puppetry, shadow imagery, unique design, exquisitely hand-crafted puppets, and poignant original live music. [G&S Note: Use “henson15” for discount] (Fri-Sun, this week and next, The Tank, 312 W 36th St, $15-$25)
FILM: Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival
The festival features short dirty movies—each less than five minutes—all created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. The filmmakers and stars show us what they think is hot and sexy, creative and kinky, their ultimate turn-ons and their craziest fantasies. The carefully curated program is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St, see site for details, 6pm & 8:30pm, $25 adv/$30 door)
FILM: 16th Annual Kinky Film Festival Kick Off Gala and Opening
CineKink recognizes and encourages the positive depiction of sexuality and kink in film and television. Featuring a carefully-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore the wide diversity of sexuality, with offerings drawn from both Hollywood and beyond, the works presented range from documentary to drama, camp comedy to artsy experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit — and everything in between. In addition to screenings, the annual festival also includes a short film competition, audience choice awards, presentations, and parties. Wednesday Kick-Off Gala features a bevy of performers, sexy sensation stations, plus super-kinky shorts. (Wed Gala: M1-5 Lounge, 52 Walker St, 8pm, $20 sugg don; Thu Open: Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave, 7pm & 9:20pm, $14, 21+)
PARTICIPATORY/MUSIC: Wonderville Fundraiser at Elsewhere
For five years, Death By Audio Arcade has been installing handmade, one-of-a-kind arcade cabinets built by local game developers in NYC music venues and popup galleries. Now they have an opportunity to have their own space! Featured Games: Circumnavigators by Juno Morrow and Andy Wallace, Team Orion by Nick Santaniello, Mati Kalwill, and Jonah Wallerstein, Dobotone by Videogamo, and Wobble Garden by Robin Baumgarten. Music by Feel Free NYC featuring Grand Atrium and Buskko. (Elsewhere Loft, 599 Johnson Ave, BK, 6pm, FREE)
ART: Sticker Bomb Street Art Exhibition
Sticker art from all over the world since 2012. Bring your stickers, markers, Black Books, and dope vibes. The 1st 50 people receive a free sticker pack. (936 Madison St, BK, 7pm, $10)
PARTY/MUSIC: Bulgarian Dance Party with Cherven Traktor
From traditional folklore to the sounds of today, here Bulgarian folk music on authentic folk instruments. Delicious dinner plate including dessert by Ma Mma Mila available for purchase. The bagpipes of 101 KABA GAIDI - New York will play for dancing during the break. Bulgarian dances taught by Michael Ginsburg. (New York-i Magyar Ház - Hungarian House of New York, 213 E 82 St, 7pm dinner/7:30pm lesson/8:15pm party, $18 adv/$20 door)
PERFORMANCE: Distorted Diznee: Animated Classics With an Adult Twist
It's a whole new world as Holly Dae invites you to take an outrageous look at the world's most beloved animated classics. Dae and her rotating roster of fabulous drag queens will take you on a twisted -- and very adult -- journey that mixes Disney and pop culture into a cult hit comic extravaganza. This ever-evolving 75-minute non-stop extravaganza features high-energy dance numbers, comedy, dazzling costumes and lip-syncing "ladies" -- with a bit of Cher, Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel and Rihanna thrown in for good measure! (The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, 9:30pm doors/10pm show, $11 + $20 drink min)
THEATER: Love Immersive
Love Immersive is a choose-your-own-adventure interactive journey through the languages of love. Spanning every floor of MoonTribe's sprawling 6-story Chelsea Arthouse, come explore love through the nuanced dimensions of touch, words, service, quality time, gifts, and more. Open your heart and walk away inspired and rejuvenated after an evening of self-discovery, secret missions, hidden rooms, wandering wizards, art installations, and live music. Dress code: Comfy/Lounge wear. (secret location, address with purchase, BK, see site for details, $40-$100)
SHOP: Fascination Street Spring Market
Punk, rock n roll, goth, kawaii, Lolita fashion/jewelry/art, oddities and more. (150 Greenpoint Ave, BK, 6pm-12am, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: 110th Annual Salute to Magic
Miraculous productions from nowhere, hilarious comedy, classic magic rendered with style, astounding mentalism and much more will be part of this evening-length stage show. A powerhouse bill of internationally acclaimed performers featuring Asi Wind, Shawn Farquhar, Lucy Darling, and Bobby Torkova. (Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St, 7:30pm, $39-$56)
PARTY/ART: Ex Caelo - Ostara
An immersive art, community and dance party experiment. There are large art installations and immersive performances taking place therein. Your selection of a deity (Garra, Isa, Uru, Ramus) will affect the trajectory of your evening. Take a chance and become part of the spectacle or just explore, observe and dance. With DJs Beat Kitty, Dirtyfinger, Yung Eldr /2melo, Zionysus, Willy Wompa, and The FMs. Explore the mythology of this process with creations from artists such as Shadow Traffic, Oliver Allaux, Ben DeVoe, Bridget Moriarty, Jaclyn Atkinson, Morgan Shay, Agnieszka "Nish" Chomentowska, Ereka Imani Duncan, and more. (secret released to ticket holders, Bushwick, BK, 10pm-5am, $20-$60)
PARTY: Rubulad Presents Spring Explosion!
Featuring live music by Art Gray Noizz Quintet, Predator Prey, and Hungry March Band. With your MC Zero Boy. DJs: DJ Shakey and DJ MOJO. Projections by The Sperm Whale NYC. Mike Flaherty’s Art Hole at Rubulad. Tarot by Blue June Tarot and The Subway Tarot Girl. Yummy Takoyaki by Yoko Sawaii. Sing like free birdies with Le Noize Karaoke. The Brooklyn Lovebirds perform Mating Dances of Spring, and much, much more! Dress: Burst into bloom! RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for address. (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 8:30pm doors/9pm show, $15/$10 adv or before 10pm)
MUSIC: Mecha Sonic Party
The first of its kind, pitting musicians vs. machines, creating a beautiful cacophony of industrial sound and musical destruction. This is part recording session, part experimental music project, part party. Musicians playing with metal workers, we'll range the gamut from brutally loud abstract noise to delicate touching pin-drop songs. There will be some prepared music, and some exploratory improvisations, and many things in between. Featuring anvils, welders, saxophones, voices, grinders, trumpets, trombones, artillery shells, voices, a forge, a burning accordion, and half of a saxophone. No guitars. (Rat Trap, 506 Smith St, BK, 6pm-10pm, $10)
VARIETY: Twisted Circus Roadshow
A night of sideshow, magic, pole dancing, glass walking, fire eating and good ol' fashioned striptease. With performances by Romeo - event producer, Vivi Noir - Winner 2015 Golden Legends Championship Challenge, Producer Le Vaudeville Noir, Cameron Catastrophe - The Darling Diva of Danger, Producer of Cameron Catastrophe's Collection of Curiosities, and Kita St Cyr - The First Latina Fire Queen, producer of Dr Sketchy's NYC. (Our Wicked Lady, 153 Morgan Ave, BK, 8pm-11pm, $10)
FILM: CatVideoFest 2019
a compilation reel of the latest, best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses. Screening events take place all over the world in a host of venues and raise money for cats in need, often through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to identify how best to serve cats in the area. (Nitehawk Cinema, 188 Prospect Park West, BK, 6:45pm, $13)
FILM/WORD: Salvation! Have You Said Your Prayers Today?
Hosted by filmmaker Alex Ross Perry with director Beth B in person. From No Wave underground pioneer Beth B comes this feature length satire of televangelism starring Exene Cervenka (of X) and Viggo Mortensen. (Alamo Drafthouse, 445 Albee Square West, BK, 9:30pm, $10)
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: We Shall Make America Wonder
A group show featuring Joe Coleman, Felipe Jesus Consalvos, Henry Darger & Duke Riley. “These four visionaries are each eminent cartographers of latent lands, where the unimaginable is fully imagined and otherness is not only recognizable but relatable. Their worlds apart are built up with a richness of minutiae, an internal logic that allows the irrational to ring true. For some of these artists God is in the details, for others it is likely the devil. Collectively, we can see them as embroiderers of some quilt-like map of all the madness, superstition, faith, desire and dread festering within the American psyche.” —Carlo McCormick (thru 4/20, Andrew Edlin Gallery, 212 Bowery 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)
ART: Jean-Michel Basquiat
The Brant Foundation will present a solo exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat to celebrate the inauguration of its new space in New York City’s East Village. The inaugural exhibition will bring together Basquiat’s most important masterworks from the Brant Collections as well as from international museums and private collections. (thru 5/15, The Brant Foundation, 421 East 6th St, see site for details, FREE/Waitlist RSVP required)
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