[G&S]: Tonight/tmrw: Star Wars + Cantina party / Swing House discount ends / Later: Goldmine + more / Your NYC events 5.3-9

From: "Gemini & Scorpio" <gs@PROTECTED>
Subject: [G&S]: Tonight/tmrw: Star Wars + Cantina party / Swing House discount ends / Later: Goldmine + more / Your NYC events 5.3-9
Date: May 3rd 2019

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Hello lovelies,

We cannot believe how much we have planned for the next month and change. Full invites are below, just scroll down.

Tonight! Fri 5.3 - Star Wars Day celebration, part 1: movie night showing Rogue One and Solo. OR: would you rather watch the last two Game of Thrones episodes on our big screen? We'll take a vote before hitting "play"!

Tomorrow! Sat 5.4 - Star Wars Day celebration, part 2: Cantina at the end of the Universe, the sci-fi mashup dance party + games, activities, photo booth, etc. Come nerd out with us! Just $8 adv / $10 door. Tix: https://cantina.brownpapertickets.com

Sun 5.18 - Swing House 11th Anniversary: our classic 1920s speakeasy, remixed. Live band, burlesque dancers, proper cocktails, electro-swing dance party to follow. You got until midnight tonight to snag your discounted early bird tix: two for $30. Tix: https://swinghouse.brownpapertickets.com/

Fri 5.24 - The Cocktail Experiment, monthly Iron Chef of cocktails. Come challenge us with your surprise ingredients!

Sun 5.26 - Goldmine, our flamboyant pop-up sale. We have a *huge* list of vendors already (see below), but could maybe squeeze in one or two more. Get in touch!

Sat 6.22 - Seventh Annual Sea Creature Stomp: a Mermaid Parade afterparty. It's back! Presales will open on Monday, but you can RSVP to the Facebook event in the meantime.

Sun 6.23 - Grand Victorian Garden Tea. Heads up that we're more than half sold for that one. Early this year! Tix: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com


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Star Wars universe movie night

Fri, May 3, 7pm-late, $10 sugg don, all (movie-appropriate) ages
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK - see site for address
Details & address: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/430287724372407/

7:30pm - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen becomes the Empire's lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station's plans for the Rebel Alliance.

10pm - Solo: A Star Wars Story*
Young Han Solo finds adventure when he joins forces with a gang of galactic smugglers and a 190-year-old Wookie named Chewbacca. Indebted to the gangster Dryden Vos, the crew devises a daring plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of valuable coaxium. In need of a fast ship, Solo meets Lando Calrissian, the suave owner of the perfect vessel for the dangerous mission -- the Millennium Falcon.

*Yes, we know, not the greatest Star Wars film. But! We'll take a vote just before 10pm to see which Star Wars movie you'd like us to put on, if not this one.


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Cantina at the End of the Universe

Sat, May 4, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ recommended)
$8 adv / $10 door / FREE after 1am
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK - see site for address
Details & address: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/204825423352814
Tix: https://cantina.brownpapertickets.com
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #GScantina #geminiandscorpio #MayTheFourth

Jedis, Trekkers, Browncoats, Time Lords and Hitchhikers from all corners of the cosmos, follow us to a cantina at the end of the universe to celebrate Star Wars Day, May the Fourth. There will be aesthetically pleasing air pressure waves coming at your eardrums, mad scientist concoctions (no synthahol, we promise), and an eclectic crowd of humanoids, demonoids, arachnoids, cephalopoids, androids, and surprisingly many other alienoids. We won't let any wookies tear your arm off, but don't mention Miranda, or the seemingly harmless 90-pound brunette wandering around barefoot may suddenly opt for some thrilling heroics, and then you're on your own. Dress uniforms encouraged, watch out for the replicants, and don't forget your towel. You can materialize your Tardis right on the dance floor, but we recommend buying your multipass in advance, in case a clone invasion results in massive overcrowding and subsequent destruction of the entire multiverse.

It's an intergalactic creature dance party, with classic sci-fi visuals playing throughout. 9-10pm craft and cocktail hour: come finish your costumes on the spot. Plus, other space-y crafts, fake tattoos and nerdy table games. Costume contest at midnight for a fun prize pack including tickets to future events. Hug-a-stormtrooper photo booth.

Costume required, as always. Think Star Wars, Star Trek, HGTTG, Firefly, Doctor Who, Blade Runner, Martians, robots, aliens, androids, giant spider creatures with tentacle faces, orange-haired hot-pants-wearing supreme beings, intergalactic bounty hunters, true-blue-blooded opera singers, shiny creatures of energy in corporeal form, the time-traveling anti-you.

PARTY: 5.18

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Swing House 11th Anniversary: 1920s speakeasy, remixed

Sat, May 18, 9pm-late (dance class 9:30pm), 21+ (25+ recommended)
$15 until 5.4 (2 tix min) / $20 after / $40 w/table reservation
$10 after 12:30am for electro-swing dance party
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address

Details & RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Tix: https://swinghouse.brownpapertickets.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2324053267847404/
Social media: #GSSwingHouse #geminiandscorpio

A classic speakeasy party in a secret Brooklyn loft, with live swingin' sounds by vintage jazz bands, blazing burlesque divas, exotic cocktails, and the best electro-swing DJs remixing and reinventing vintage grooves late into the night. "Gatsby-era fun with a twist of new-school vibe" (The Village Voice).

The night starts with free bubbly 9-10pm, and a 9:30pm introductory dance class of swing basics by Brooklyn Swings, who teach at our loft every Monday & Tuesday night. Live music until 1am by Svetlana & The Delancey Five: a "very sweet & naughty" (Jazzlives), "energetic" (Wall Street Journal), "delightful" (WRHU Jazz Radio), and cinematically handsome Golden Age-inspired sextet. Burlesque fabulousness during and between band sets, by Nina La Voix and Pearls Daily. Sweet remixed vintage beats after, until the dancing is done.

Plus: the gambling den! Rounds of Texas Hold'em going till at least 1am, with winners getting permanent house credit with G&S (same system as our vintage-style tiki casino parties).

Dress code (required): The Jazz Age never ended, it just got funky. Dress accordingly: "An event worth wearing that ridiculous zoot suit for." - TimeOut NY; "Corsets and top hats tweaked with studs and leather are totally appropriate." - The New York Times. Suggestions: vintage (1920s-1940s) with a modern twist, cabaret, burlesque, Weimar Berlin, classic Hollywood, classy, sassy, tailored, hats, feathers, sequins, beads. Effort required. Dress code modern-friendly after 1am for the electro-swing dance party.

DRINKS: 5.24

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The Cocktail Experiment

Fri, May 24 (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/2540074019396359/
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 May? 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.


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invite you to

Goldmine - costume, vintage, thrift and craft shopping party

Sun, May 26, 1-6pm, FREE
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/393120568204022
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsgoldmine (show us your treasures!)

Miss Scorpio teams up with fellow dress-up addicts and craft-makers for some closet-cleaning and handmade clothing & accessory shopping. Think one-of-a-kind vintage, art, feathers and fascinators, jewelry, and lots and lots of sparkles. Of course even divas have days off, so there will be plenty of cheap casual wear finds alongside costume and vintage pieces. Plus: by-donation champagne, chill soundtrack, and lounging in our awesome loft and sprawling roof. Perfect laid back Sunday.

Confirmed vendors:
Albersland Jewelry - Wearable sculpture pulled from wax and fire - https://www.etsy.com/shop/Albersland
Andriana Santiago - Vinyl record rings & many other things - http://www.AndrianaSantiago.com
Costumegasm - Pasties, booty shorts, elastic body harnesses and more party wear - https://www.facebook.com/costumegasm
Ethereal Bunny Boutique - Vintage showgirl finds - https://www.instagram.com/etherealbunnyboutique
Figure of A - Couture London brand inspired by Japanese rope bondage - https://figureofa.com/
Grace Edwards NY - Hip hop, punk, and Japanese-inspired haute bohemian streetwear - https://www.facebook.com/pg/GraceEdwardsNewYork
Hissyfit Cvlt - Witchy feminist tees and beauty products - http://www.hissyfitcvlt.com
Jaded - Fashion & accessories not for the faint of heart - https://www.jadedmade.com/
Lanny's Wood - Handmade limited edition Woodcut Prints  - https://www.instagram.com/lannyswood/
Modern Girl Blitz - Fun and playfully rebellious accessory line featuring eyeballs, hearts and skulls - http://www.moderngirlblitz.co
Mutant Art - One-of-a-kind stuffed animals & paintings - http://etsy.com/shop/beautifulmutants
Nicole Oliva Costumes - Gothic, Lolita, steampunk, historical & cosplay - http://www.facebook.com/NicoleOlivaModel
Sugared Violets Emporium - Corsets, shoes, vintage, costumes, sequins -
Tender Gloving Care - Ladies vintage fashion and embellished gloves - http://bit.ly/2fu0b5R
The Feminist Bride - Art, upcycled jewelry, feminist stuff - https://www.etsy.com/people/TheFeministBride
Tokens & Treasures - A treasure hunter's dream
Vengeance Designs - Latex couture combining elements of classic fetish design and trending fashions - https://vengeancedesigns.net/

Delicious and sexy cookies, cupcakes and sweet treats by Brooklyn Born and Bread
Restorative massages by Sean Simpson (you can book up to a half hour massage in advance or first-come, first-served)
Intuitive tarot and oracle card readings by Cult of Hope


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Seventh Annual Sea Creature Stomp: a Mermaid Parade afterparty

Sat, June 22, 8pm-2am, 21+ (25+ recommended)
Door cover goes directly to bands and DJs
$10 adv tix guarantee admission / $10-$20 door sliding scale
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address

Details & location RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Tix: https://creaturestomp.brownpapertickets.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2326258971028240
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio

Live music & DJs, cheap drinks, ice cream, and lounging on our sprawling roof. Classic Brooklyn summertime loft party.

Closest subway from parade: express B/D/N/Q to Atlantic-Pacific (or switch to R for local Union stop)

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

Info: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/328373971149474
Tix: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsvictorianball

/// NYC EVENTS: 5/4-5/9 ///


DANCE: E-Moves - Program A
E-Moves celebrates twenty years of commissioning, presenting and nurturing choreographers of color across the spectrum of contemporary dance idioms to create new work. In this edition they uplift the cogent power of Hip-Hop dance to transport the crowd and push the boundaries of movement. Born out of social dance in urban community park cyphers, basement ballrooms and now seen across the globe on esteemed stages and concert halls Hip-Hop dance is a prayer and a roar. Two commissioned choreographers FLUXX and Omari Mizrahi/Les Ballet Afrik will present a work in progress and a world premiere respectively. (Fri/Sat/Thu, this week and next, Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Ave, 7:30pm-9:30pm, $25)

PUPPETS: Chimpanzee
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. (Fri-Sun, HERE Arts, 145 6th Ave, 2pm & 7pm, $15-$45)

Thousands of New Yorkers will take to the streets for this annual festival of free walking tours exploring the history, culture, architecture, and industries that help make this the greatest city on earth. There is truly something for everyone, from history buffs to cultural aficionados, from activists to foodies, from dog lovers to arborists. Over 275 walks are taking place this weekend. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, see site for details, FREE)

ART/SHOP: The Other Art Fair
New York's leading artist fair for a new generation of art buyers. Presented by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair showcases 130 talented independent and emerging artists with artworks starting from $150, each hand picked by a committee of art world experts. Art lovers can visit the fair with confidence that they are buying from the very best and most promising emerging artists in a unique and immersive experience. (Fri-Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St, BK, see site for details, $15-$30)

FILM: Eighth Annual Greenpoint Film Festival
Three days of films and panel discussion. The fest presents an exciting schedule of carefully selected shorts and feature-length films, chosen by a panel of four judges from hundreds of submissions in feature and short categories for Narrative and Documentary. (Fri-Sun, Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave &  Film Noir, 122 Meserole Ave; BK, see site for details, $5-$65)

ART/SHOP: Fridge Art Fair NYC : Frieze Week NYC: 2019
Always the Fair to err on the side of not taking itself too seriously, the fair is pleased to honor the verve and vision of the great Frida Kahlo concurrent with the final days of the exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. For the first time, all applicants to the Fair will be represented in “Virtual Fridge,” a digital presentation onsite and online, and all Fair artists will have the option to participate in ongoing online sales after the Fair. (Fri/Sat 1pm-7pm/Sun 1pm-5pm, NU Hotel, 85 Smith St, BK, $5-$15)

VARIETY: 13th Annual Congress of Curious Peoples 2019
Coney Island’s Congress of Curious Peoples includes the Opening Night’s Sideshow Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, weekend vendor market, lectures, performances, and more. (Fri-Sun, Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, see site for details, $5-$15)

DANCE: Mark Morris’ “Pepperland”
Exuberant dancemaker Mark Morris continues to redefine the relationship between music and movement with a spirited new evening-length work that pays homage to a monument of 20th-century art: the Beatles’ 1967 revolution in sound, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Commissioned by the City of Liverpool in celebration of the album’s 50th anniversary, Pepperland teases out the album’s colorfully avant-garde heart and omnivorous influences—from Bach to Stockhausen, music hall to raga—straining it through a theremin- and harpsichord-laced score by jazz composer Ethan Iverson, performed live by a remarkable seven-piece music ensemble. (Wed/Thu, this week and next, Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, BK, 7:30pm, $30-$100)


PERFORMANCE: Liquid Light Lab & Ricardo Romaneiro: Liquidverse
an immersive psychedelic audiovisual performance that mixes classic liquid light show techniques like colored oils and overhead projectors with cutting-edge digital programming to explore images of the cosmos. Liquid Light Lab will create this mind-bending light show, with additional lighting design by Dominick Chang. (National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St, BK, 8pm, $25)


PERFORMANCE: Lincoln Center 60th Anniversary Block Party
Enjoy free live music, dance presentations, art-making stations, food trucks, film programming, tours, and more, there’s something for all ages at this very special block party that stretches across the iconic Lincoln Center campus. Featuring: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Melanie Charles, Falu’s Bazaar, Fogo Azul, Sunny Jain (Musical Director), Juilliard Student Ensemble, Mostly Mozart Winds, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, and many more. (Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, 10am, FREE)

COMMUNITY: 8th annual Riverkeeper Sweep/Trashy Art Forage/Beach Clean Up & Bbq
An annual day of service for the Hudson River and its tributaries. Over the last 7 years 12,000 volunteers have removed 228 tons of debris, planted 2,228 trees and native grasses, and removed tons of invasive species. Artist Duke Riley has been making a body of work that uses trash washed up on the beach as a material. Riley will be teaming up with RiverKeeper for the 2019 Sweep, an annual river clean up, and keeping some of the trash that they collect this year from going into the landfill by turning it into art. Riley seeks volunteers to help pick out the gems. Wear clothes you don't mind getting wet and dirty. Volunteers will meet back at the studio afterward for drinks and burgers. If interested in participating, email for further coordination. If interested in assisting Riley email: kittyjoe@PROTECTED to coordinate. (Multiple locations, BK, see site for details, FREE)

DANCE: Proximity 2019 with Athens
tix: https://proximity2019.brownpapertickets.com
The culmination of community dance workshops at a collectively governed refugee-squat in Athens and in New York City. How can dance physicalize new conceptions of community? How can it include excluded narratives and create bridges? How can art make space for displaced bodies? An experimental dialogue in vocalized movement and physicalized narrative between passTRESpass members here and abroad, live-streamed in collaboration with Impact Hub Athens and the Pierce- The American College of Athens. (Anita's Way, 1 Bryant Park, 1pm, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Alt.Ctrl Games Student Showcase
Come play new arcade games made by students at Long Island University Post. These games are final projects for a class in physical interface design and each one features a unique, custom built controller created using Arduino. This gallery arcade will showcase these one-of-a-kind games and controllers. There will be brief presentations from the student developers describing their projects. Featured Games: Triangle Maestro by Dan Caixeiro, Couch Potato by Nolan Sadowski, Night Guard Hours by Jon Mendez, Billiardcade by Nicholas Frank, Petal Poses by Alex Nicoletta, Tele-finder by Mike Khan, Barback by Georgia Angeli, Little Bot by Nick Buscemi, Fish Catcher by Mary Scibilia and more! (Wonderville, 1186 Broadway, BK, 1pm, FREE)

FILM/PERFORMANCE: Lotus Mink Film Screening and Performance Event
Join Newfest alum filmmaker Derrickl Middleton, director of "Shape Up: Gay in the Black Barbershop" as he premieres an exclusive sneak peek of his upcoming documentary about his start in drag! Film Screening with live performances from Lotus Mink, Egyptt LaBeija & Thee Suburbia America followed by Q&A! (Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, 208 W 13th St, Rm 210, 6pm, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Astronaut Training: a Space Camp game show for lunatics
Space exploration crash course meets 90's Nickelodeon game show. Join hosts Corinne Caputo and Loren Grush ( as they put real scientists and real comedians through the rigorous tests of Astronaut Training to see who will “win” a “trip to Mars.” The challenges simulate those actually done by astronauts-in-training, as if they were made by a gazillionaire with too much time on their hands. (Caveat, 21 A Clinton St, 6:30pm doors/7pm show, $10-$12, 21+)

WORD: Demonology 101
An in-depth exploration of the evil spirits, fallen angels and forgotten gods some call demons. A discussion of the history of demonology from its ancient roots, through to its most current iterations, examining the grimoires and the apocrypha, as well as the legends and lore of this most feared class of spirits. Centered around the 72 demons of the Ars Goetia, this is a beginner friendly introduction to the dark side, structured in a straightforward, easily understood manner. (Catland, 987 Flushing Ave, BK, 7pm, $10)

PARTY: SafetyFest 2!
A night devoted to "Safety," and all that implies. With the Safety Training Film Fest and Quiz Show, Human Flaming Skeet Shoot, Smash Booth, Ninja Skills Range, Best Scar competition and Safe Fashion Show hosted by Reverend Jen, midway games, "Bene Gesserit Poker," safety Nail Art, Gory Hole, and the Unsafe Sex Van, among other shenanigans. Music: Les Sans Culottes, Gotham Easy, DJs Shakey, Small¢hange, Party Foul 5000, Snicklefritz. Eye protection required. (Rat Trap, 506 Smith St, BK, 8pm, $20)

PERFORMANCE: Night of 1000 Stevies
The largest and most beloved Stevie Nicks fan event in the world. Performances by:  Amber Martin with Lance Horne, It Was Romance, Xavier, Machine Dazzle, Desert Sin, Karen and the Sorrows, Divine Grace (Orlando), the Rachel Klein Theatre,Goldie Lox + Ona Louise, and Lady Zombie. The  magickal DJ/VJ team is once again DJ Sammy JoAand DJ Travis Island/VJ Tre and the "Enchantresses of Ceremony" will include Empress Chi Chi Valenti with Paul Alexander and Editrix Abby. Suggested Dress: Sorceress Or Sorcerer Finery (All Millenia), Stevie Queen Of Swords Or Other Tarot Card Inspired, Hermit Or Wizard Robes, Gypsy Fortune Teller, Pentacles, Fleetwood "The Dance" Men's Evening Looks, Snow Dream Chiffons, Bejeweled Wands, High Priestess Gowns, Jousting Costume, Star Motifs Or Total Stevie Realness Past, Present Or Future. (Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl, 9pm, $30, 18+)


SHOP: Massive $1.00 Vinyl Record Sale in Brooklyn
Thousands and thousands of vinyl records will be available. This is a cash only sale. Expect all genres of music, LPs, 12″s, and 45s: promotional records, label overstock, new and used. And a huge improvement on the 45 rpm selection for this sale. So much stuff to be found! (Black Gold, 461 Court St, BK, 10am, FREE)

WALK: The Evergreens Cemetery Brewer's Row: Tour and Tasting
Take a stroll down "Brewers’ Row", where several notable beer barons are entombed in lavish mausoleums, as you learn about their lives and the history of local brewing on this special guided tour. Following the tour you’ll be joined by Bridge and Tunnel Brewery Brewmaster Rich for a guided tasting of their locally made brews. (The Evergreens Cemetery, 1629 Bushwick Ave, BK, 12pm & 1:30pm, $35)

COMMUNITY: Opening of the Catland Garden
The  garden is open for the Spring! A lot of hard work went into germinating this year's crop of medicinal and magical plants, as well as a few new surprises. Garden tours all day with house herbalist and garden manager Melissa Madara, as well as a give away of hand-blended incense, fresh herbal teas, and botanical cocktails. A limited number of medicinal and magical plants will also be available for sale. (Catland, 987 Flushing Ave, BK, 1pm-4pm, FREE)


PARTICIPATORY/SOCIAL DANCE: Bryant Park Guerilla Ball 2019
Let the others wear flip flops and T-shirts. The SoYS and the NAEPDS will be there in full formal regalia to recapture the elegance of a lost time. It is once again time to descend upon NYC's free latin and ballroom dance event and show ‘em how to do it right. Seeking volunteers to join the Planning Committee, the Dance Rehearsal Sub-Committee and the Snack and Libations Sub-Committee. (Bryant Park, 6pm, FREE)


VARIETY: Sxip Shirey’s Hour Of Charm - Sxip's Birthday Show.
A night of surprising and beautiful music. Acclaimed performance artist and curator Sxip Shirey’s Hour of Charm draws together diverse acts in striking combinations for unforgettable evenings. For his special birthday show, Sxip presents the debut of Michael Arthur’s new animation for “Swaddled” from Sxip Shirey’s upcoming new album Goodnight Little Machines, the incredible electronic violinist Todd Reynolds, Haitian electronic percussionist Val Inc, an excerpt from National Sawdust Co-Founder and Artistic Director Paola Prestini’s new choral opera Silent Light with the Os Vocal Ensemble, Xavier singing Minni Ripperton’s “Inside My Love”, Lacy Rose singing songs by Baby Dee with the Starling Quartet, Natti Vogel singing an excerpt from Craig Harwood’s new musical, and a thrilling conclusion of JANK music you can dance to, with Shirey and Coco Karol performing their piece for self playing records, Bakelite organs, and amplified heartbeats recorded in utero. (National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St, BK, 6:30pm doors/7:30pm show, $25)

[Events likely to sell out or otherwise requiring advance planning]

FILM: Rooftop Films - This is What We Mean by Short Films: Opening Night 2019 - 5/17
Check in will be at the main entrance on 25th street and 5th Avenue, but the screening location will be about 10-15 minute walk from there. If someone in your party will need assistance getting to the location, contact producers in advance.  ID and proof of age is required for entry. You must be 21+ to attend the after party. No outside alcohol is permitted. Feel free to bring snacks! (Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, BK, 7:45pm doors/9pm film, $16)

[Art opportunities, promotions, sales, news. Non-event ephemera...]

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)

PARTICIPATORY: Lost Horizon Night Market call for Proprietors - June 8
The Lost Horizon Night Market is a transient bazaar where one can encounter a variety of mysterious lounges, theaters, galleries, cafes, installations and other establishments, all situated within seemingly ordinary box trucks. Over the 10 years, the Proprietorship has grown to include dozens of unique establishments and the conjuring of any new or old ideas are welcome. All Proprietors neither vend nor condone the use of alcohol or illicit substances, nor create loud noise, or otherwise draw inappropriate attention to the market. Nothing may be sold nor admission charged. Accepting tips, donations, bartering, and gifts is welcome and donation to future Night Markets is encouraged. In late May, additional details will be made available to those Proprietors who express interest. There will be a meeting May 14th for questions and brainstorming. Email shadowtrafficproductions@PROTECTED for inquiries


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)

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)

MUSIC: Octet
A chamber choir musical about internet addiction. Featuring a score for an a cappella chamber choir and an original libretto inspired by internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry, Octet explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of 21st century technology. (thru 6/9, The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd St, see site for details, $35)

ART: Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory Exhibition at Green-Wood Cemetery
This exhibition explores Catholic visions of heaven, hell, and purgatory —via art, artifacts, and material culture drawn from The Green-Wood Historic Fund Collections and the greater Morbid Anatomy community—, tracing how they have manifested in various places and shifted and changed over time. (thru 6/30, Sat/Sun, Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, BK, 12pm-5pm, FREE)

ART/MUSIC: Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything
A world-renowned novelist, poet, and singer/songwriter who inspired generations of writers, musicians, and artists, Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) was an extraordinary poet of the imperfection of the human condition, giving voice to what it means to be fully alert to the complexities and desires of both body and soul. Featuring 12 artists and 18 musicians from 10 countries, this exhibition offers a deep and rich exploration of the beloved global icon through the lens of contemporary art. (thru 9/8, Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, see site for details, $18/$12 sen/$8 stu)


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