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Wow, you guys, that strip club last Friday was completely off the hook. No photos are allowed, of course, but we'll give you a heads up when we do the next one, possibly in the summer. If you want to keep up with those kinds of events, you may want to join the House of Scorpio mail list directly: we host 4-6 sex-positive happenings per month via HoS.
In the meantime, we're doing a fun thing in a few weeks: mashing up our 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.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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
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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
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/// NYC EVENTS: 4/5-4/11 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
SHOP:Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show
Shop the Collection that 100 Years of Design Built! High Styles from the last century that inspire today's Fashion trends! An extraordinary selection, from over 75+ top vintage clothing exhibitors, highlight this two day shopping extravaganza that draws designers, stylists, celebrities and the fashion-smart world wide! (Fri 1pm/Sat 11am, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St, $15 adv/$20 door)
THEATER: The Bipeds: 54 Strange Words
An immersive music and dance spectacle. A scorching rock & roll band led by banjo player Curtis Eller joins choreographer, Stacy Wolfson’s cast of visceral, expressive dancers to present an intense, sepia-tinged, psychedelic song and dance production. The line between the dancers and musicians dissolves as the performers descend into a strange and mysterious world of nightmare imagery. Musicians become dancers, dancers become singers, and unhinged howls of wild abandon give way to moments of harmony and grace. (Fri/Sat, Muriel Schulman Theater, 106 Calyer Street, BK, 8pm, $18 adv/$22 door)
Poor Marisol is in a bit of a pickle. Her guardian angel is abandoning her to go wage a war with God. Her best friend’s brother won’t leave her alone and his feelings are kinda frightening. June herself is out there, somewhere, maybe in Brooklyn. To get to her, Marisol just has to make her way through the Nazis with uzis first. (Fri-Sun, Moto, 93 Forrest St, BK, 7:30pm, $30)
FILM: 16th Annual Kinky Film Festival
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. (Fri-Sun, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave, see site for details, $14, 21+)
VARIETY: The 4th Annual Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival
Enjoy an array of performance artists, musicians, magicians, puppeteers, sideshow performers and dancers, who have all been tasked with presenting original works that define “ritual cabaret” through the lens of their own particular aesthetic, discipline and lineage. You are encouraged to wear your most expressive/outrageous costume/look, and help celebrate the festival’s theme of "Transformation". Friday Opening ceremony on the beach featuring Funkrust Brass Band. (Fri-Sun, Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, see site for details, $15)
ART: New York Photo Show & New York City Postcard Expo
Postcard dealers & collectors welcome. Over 50 dealers at the photo show and 25 at the postcard expo. Admission to the photo show on Friday will get you into the postcard show all weekend. (Fri-Sun, The Watson Hotel, 440 West 57th St, see site for details, FREE-$20)
MUSIC: María de Buenos Aires
This “operetta” combines the Piazzola musical language with tango, jazz, & avant garde elements. The unusual libretto is comprised of poems in Spanish and lunfardo, the slang of Buenos Aires. In spoken word, vocals & orchestration the work centers on María, who explores her identity & darkness. (Fri-Sun, The Bellewether, 222 East 46th St, see site for details, $7-$55)
MUSIC: Brooklyn Folk Festival
This annual festival provides an opportunity for young and old alike to come together, enjoy music, workshops, film screenings, contests and jam sessions. The 3-day festival includes 30+ bands, vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance, jam sessions, film screenings, the famous Banjo Toss contest and more. (Fri-Sun, St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St, BK, see site for details, $25-$85)
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, The Tankm 312 W 36th St, $15-$25)
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, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, see site for details, $15-$18)
MUSIC: Meta-7 (an alchemic opera)
Audience members lay on a sub-bass vibrating floor surrounded by a 7.1 sound system inside a 360° video mapped dome. The story is about all of us. Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go after? Very much inspired by Sully’s album listening parties when he was a kid in the 70s, META-7 is a gesture towards the sacred and mysterious through a deep immersion of sound, light and architectural design. (Fri/Sat/Thu, this week and next, 10-16 46 Ave, LIC, 7pm/8pm/9pm/10pm, $30)
Third Rail Projects will present a new series of site-specific, multidisciplinary, pop-up performances. The story unfolds with five performers who unexpectedly find themselves swept into a mirage. Over the course of ten daily episodes, the performers find themselves uniting in unexpected ways, chasing the promise of escape only to discover that they wield the power to create their own sanctuary. The performance aims to surprise and delight the public and invite them to see the Winter Garden through a new lens. Watch the story unfold in a two-week series of 10-minute lunchtime vignettes, and see the full-length, culminating performance on the last day. (Fri/Mon-Thu, this week and next, Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St, 12pm & 1pm, FREE)
SHOP/PERFORMANCE: Oddities Flea Market "Rites of Spring" and Afterparty
Feast your eyes on medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, obscure home decor, jewelry, one of a kind dark art and more. On Saturday, celebrate all things odd and unusual with a curated night of music and dark performances. Make your way to the top floor ballroom, featuring performances by noise rock saboteurs A Place To Bury Strangers, horror score composer Mark Korven with an instrument of his own creation, The Apprehension Engine, and bewitching chantreuse Spellling. VIP tickets grant early entry. (Sat/Sun, Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave, BK, 12pm-7pm, $10-$30)
PARTY: Malt Baby Opening Party
An underground art show featuring a handful of artists pushing the format of animation and gaming as we know it.
Music by iT Boy, Daniel McKemie, Eridan, and Zach Krall. Featured Games: Art Sqool by Julian Glander, The Haunted Island-a Frog Detective Game by Grace Bruxner, Smile For Me by Yugo Limbo and Gabriel Lane, Bad Butts by Noah Malone, Oceanarium by Paloma Dawkins, and Guitar Mouse X by Froach Club. (Babycastles, 145 W 14th St, 8pm, $5-$15)
BURLESQUE: Members Only Boylesque presents “Only Members”
Prepare for a night full of boys, bulges and booty as New York City’s newest all-male burlesque troupe makes its world premiere. The guys aim to delight and arouse your senses while they tease and tantalize through the art of boylesque. Join creators Milo Pony and Twinky Boots and their rotating cast of beautiful men for a night of fun variety and sexy Enter”taint”ment. (The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, 9:30pm doors/10pm show, $13 + $20 drink min)
PARADE: New York Tartan Day Parade
Show your love of Scotland and all things Scottish, and celebrate the unique friendship that the USA has with Scotland. Before the parade some of the leading pipe and drum bands will be performing in preparation for the parade (Bryant Park, 11:15am-1pm, FREE). Then watch nearly 4,000 marchers on 6th Avenue in this years parade. (multiple locations, see site for details, 11am-8:30pm)
SHOP: More Galore Market “Spring Bling”
An exquisite selection of couture creations, one-of-a-kind vintage, handmade jewelry and accessories, circus/fire props and costumes, sparkle magic, and more. Prepare for festival season and support local artisans! DJs: FXsimile, Panooc & Kandylion of XOXA, and Penny Lane of BAE Collective. Live performances by Andriana Santiago, Heather Mo'Witz as Madame Ovary, and Queen of Love and Hope. Curated and co-hosted by Rachel Eisley and Theresa Shiny Galeani. (The Floasis, 1342 De Kalb Ave, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: MoreThanMania.com 2019 Wrap Up Party: Kaiju Big Battel vs. DDT Pro-Wrestling
The WWNLive Experience 2019 comes to a conclusion with Double Danger Time featuring Kaiju Big Battel vs. DDT Pro-Wrestling! Dr. Cube’s Minions are up to no good and what better way for the Kaiju Heroes to fight off his evil plots than an entire event featuring Double Danger Tandem Tag Team Fight-os? But wait…there’s more! DDT Pro-Wrestling’s Konosuke Takeshita & Sanshiro Takagi want to face the vilest of the vile of Cube’s Posey in an ANYWHERE MATCH that’s sure to leave a memorable mark on Brooklyn. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 1:30pm doors/2pm fight, $40)
PARTICIPATORY: NYC Pillow Fight Day 2019
Pillows will swing, fluff will fly and hundreds will come armed for a feather-soft showdown. Please swing pillows lightly! It is recommended that children play outside the main pillow crowd. Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras. Remove glasses beforehand. Leave down pillows at home. All participants are requested to help with cleanup during and after the event. (Washington Square Park, 3pm-5pm, FREE)
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. (Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, BK, 6pm & 8:30pm, $25 adv/$30 door)
ART: Sarah Sitkin - Bodysuits
The show focuses on human bodies turned into wearable garments. By directly molding actual people, Sitkin has preserved every minute detail to present hyper-realistic replicas of other people’s skin. Sitkin’s sculptural pieces are not horror or grotesque; they intentionally subvert boundaries and privacy in order to provoke recognition in the shared human experience. The wearer is invited to empathize, confront, and reevaluate the judgement we hold to the bodies of others as well as our own. (Superchief Gallery NY, 1628 Jefferson Ave, QNS, 7pm-11pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Banjo Toss
Part of the Brooklyn Folk Festival. Gather to enjoy music, flapjacks, and fun. The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club will be offering practice tosses the Saturday before. Practice tosses will use a canoe paddle, which is off balance and similar to the weight of a banjo. Longest distance, not height, wins. Organizers have been generous to offer two banjos - one to the winner of the men's and one to the winner women's competitors. Beards optional. (Gowanus Canal at 2nd St, BK, 1pm-2pm, FREE)
SHOP: Greenpointers Flower Power Spring Market
This far out event will spotlight local vendors, indie artists, and neighborhood artisans of all stripes as thousands of neighbors and guests flock to buy and see the fruit of these artists' labors. The space will transfigure into a floral kingdom of hippy love and neighborhood harmony. 60+ vendors will be hawking their wares, and an exciting lineup of FREE dreamy activities awaits. Yoga on the roof, dreamcatcher workshops, butterfly mask making, Magical immersive fairy glen, and more. (The Greenpoint Loft, 67 West St, BK, 1pm-7pm, FREE)
BURLESQUE/VARIETY: Brooklyn Beerlesque
An immersive feast for all the senses that allows guests to sample a flight of craft brews, each paired with an intoxicating performance. Both the beer and the dance will run the gamut of styles from delicate and nuanced to brash and robust. Guiding the audience through the experience will be master of ceremonies and Cicerone certified beer server, David F. Slone, Esq. In addition to the tasting flight, each guest will receive one full pour of the beer of their choice, and additional pours will be available for purchase. Featuring The Love Show NYC and a special surprise guest! (Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th St, BK, 7:30pm doors/8pm show, $30 adv/$35 at the door, 21+)
PUPPETS: PUNCH Kamikaze
Artists of various styles and puppet experience are assigned chapters or sections of a book, film, or historical event and then the pieces are presented in no particular order. No limitation is given on interpretation or puppet style used. It makes for the weirdest interpretations of things… this time they are tackling Dante Alighieri’s ‘Inferno.’ (Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, 7:30pm, $15 adv/$18 door)
WORD: From Napster to Netflix: A History of Media from 1999 to Today
Since the launch of Napster in 1999, there has been a massive transformation in how we create and consume media. This class charts the waves of change over the past two decades. (Prospect Heights Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave, BK, 6:30-8:00pm, $12)
PARTICIPATORY: Free Drop-in Improv Class
A fun and welcoming preview to what Brooklyn Improv Training is all about. These classes mirror elements of BIT Fundamentals 1, focusing on letting go of judgement and having a blast. No theater or improv experience needed. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, address with rsvp, 7pm-8:30pm, 18+, FREE)
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PARTICIPATORY/ART: Hobo Roadshow
The warm weather is almost upon us; just about time to get tattooed in the back of a pick up truck, parked on an industrial dead end next to a disease ridden body of water. Lets make a midway of trash and jankiness. Cardboard carnival games, junk cart races, garbage arts and craft stations, dirty sock puppet shows, macaroni art shows, clothing swaps, flamethrower cookouts, unmodivational speeches, B movie drive ins, and more stupider hobolympics with the best shit trophies you've never seen. Rules: don't spend money on material; don't spend more than a few hours building it; unit or materials should be able to get stomped into a trash bag at the end of the night. Event date TBA. Submit your jank game, hobolympic challenge or interactive element idea to: contact@PROTECTED
ART: Sign Up For Greenpoint Open Studios 2019 - June 7 & 8
This is an un-curated event, free and open to the public that aims to give local artists and creatives a chance to show their work. Artists, designers, crafters, fabricators, performers, and anyone who has work or work-in-progress to show in Greenpoint can register. Sign up to register your work and location of your space. Your address will be on the publicly available GOS online map and a printed guide that is distributed all over North Brooklyn. Registered artists open their doors on June 8th and 9th to visitors. (Greenpoint neighborhood, BK, $15 until 4/15, $40 after)
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)
FILM: Preservation Film Festival
This third annual festival is presented by the New York Preservation Archive Project. It is their first five-borough festival, with events across the city. Films include 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Battle for Brooklyn, Little Fugitive (1953), At Home in Utopia, and others. Opening and closing night receptions. (thru 5/3, multiple locations, see site for details)
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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