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We've been having the most annoying social media experience for the last few weeks. We know Instagram denies shadowbans existing...but that's kinda what's happening -- but this time without any particular post being pulled down. Similar fuckery on Facebook, too.
So we're thinking of a somewhat crazy experiment: help us get beyond this stupidity, and we'll reward you with party tix for next Saturday's Swing House party. Instagram: like & comment on the most recent #gsswinghouse post, and we'll pick three winners to get tickets. Facebook: RSVP "going" to the event, and we'll pick three winners from that list as well. And just to keep things equitable: if you don't do social media, but want to get in on the ticket giveaway, you can forward this email to at least five friends and CC us, and we'll pick a winner to send a pair of tix their way as well. Winners picked on Wednesday, around 3pm.
Here's what's coming up for us:
Sat 5.18 - Swing House 11th Anniversary: our classic 1920s speakeasy, remixed. Live band, dance class, burlesque dancers, proper cocktails, gambling, electro-swing dance party to follow. You can even reserve your own table. Tix: https://swinghouse.brownpapertickets.com/
Sun 5.19 - Whores and Monsters: pornographer Stoya and author Maria Headley in conversation. This one is technically a House of Scorpio event, but these two powerhouses transcend the narrow focus of HoS. Gender, women's roles, toxicity of patriarchy, all fueled by righteous fire and delivered with razor sharp intellect. Tix: https://sexlit.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! We're also contemplating some Facebook-exclusive sale specials...RSVP to the event to catch them.
Sat 6.22 - Seventh Annual Sea Creature Stomp: a Mermaid Parade afterparty. It's back! Brass bands, DJs, dancing, ice cream.
Sun 6.23 - Grand Victorian Garden Tea. Authentic treats in an authentic turn-of-century mansion and garden. Tix: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini & Scorpio
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
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.
BOOK CLUB: 5.19
House of Scorpio
Sex Lit: Stoya's Book Club
Special edition: "Whores and Monsters" with author Maria Dahvana Headley
Sunday, May 19*, 3-6pm, $20/$0-$10 for monthly members, 21+
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK - see site for address
No PAL or dress code requirement, but HoS Code of Conduct always applies
Rules and location form: http://houseofscorpio.com/events.html
Membership options & member tix: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
The body's largest sex organ is the brain. Come stimulate yours with a rousing discussion led by pornographer Stoya. Drinking encouraged throughout, and mingling will follow the talk.
While we usually focus on erotic books, this is a special edition with Stoya and acclaimed author Maria Dahvana Headley in conversation of women's roles, political mythology, and breaking down barriers set up by generations of toxic masculinity, through the lens of her smash hit The Mere Wife, a contemporary adaptation of Beowulf, dealing with women, monsters, and war.
"Maria Dahvana Headley's muscular, bloodthirsty novel is a contemporary retelling of Beowulf from the perspective of Grendel's mother" - The Guardian. "The most surprising novel I've read this year. It's a bloody parody of suburban sanctimony and a feminist revision of macho heroism. In this brash appropriation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, Headley swoops from comedy to tragedy, from the drama of brunch to the horrors of war." -- Ron Charles, The Washington Post.
This should be obvious, but: read the book before joining the book club! Of course you can join us even if you haven't read it (especially for this special talk), but you'll be better able to participate if you did.
About our authors:
Stoya has been working with sexuality for over a decade. Her writing has been published by the New York Times, the Guardian, Playboy, and others, and her first book of essays, Philosophy, Pussycats, & Porn, was released through Not A Cult in summer 2018. She has recently developed a taste for acting with her clothes on and is known for her appearance in Clayton Cubitt's Hysterical Literature.
Maria Dahvana Headley is the NYT bestselling author of seven books, including two young adult novels, an internationally bestselling memoir about dating anyone who asked her out for a year - The Year of Yes - and an anthology of monster stories - Unnatural Creatures - co-edited with Neil Gaiman. Next year will see the release of her new translation of Beowulf from FSG.
*Every other Sunday of the month is your opportunity to turn on your brain and not just your body, with Bedroom Badass (sex-adjacent skill learning series) every first Sunday of the month, and pornographer Stoya's Sex Lit (book club) or Rated Sex (film club) every third Sunday.
Gemini & Scorpio
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
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.
SHOPPING PARTY: 5.26
Gemini and Scorpio
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
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.
Miss Scorpio - Vintage, costume and everyday pieces selected for their unique visual appeal - http://bit.ly/GS_FBsale
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
Cult of Hope - Crystal sacred geometry earrings - https://www.etsy.com/shop/cultofhope
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
Lanny's Wood - Handmade limited edition Woodcut Prints - https://www.instagram.com/lannyswood/
Midge Blitz - Fun and playfully rebellious accessory line featuring eyeballs, hearts and skulls - http://www.moderngirlblitz.co
Mutantland - One-of-a-kind stuffed animals & paintings - http://www.etsy.com/shop/mutantland
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 embellished vintage gloves and fashion - https://poshmark.com/closet/parentifashion
The Devils In the Details - Historical costuming and vintage finds - https://www.etsy.com/shop/DevilsIntheDetailsUS
Things Made From Other Things - Handmade and upcycled clothing and accessories - https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThingsIntoNewThings
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
Gemini & Scorpio
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
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)
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: 5/10-5/16 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
DANCE: E-Moves - Program B
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, Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Ave, 7:30pm-9:30pm, $25)
WORD: Pen America world voices Festival: Open Secrets
America’s premier international literary festival, now in its fifteenth year, attracts the best known writers from across the globe in a weeklong series of literary events with a human rights focus. The Festival was founded by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the United States and the world. Discussions and presentations include: Behind Berlin’s Gorky Theater, The Cost of An Education, The Laws of Desire, Love in the Time of Tinder, “Rise Up: Tiananmen’s Legacy of Freedom and Democracy”, and many more. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, see site for details, FREE-$25)
SHOP: A Current Affair: Pop Up Vintage Marketplace
Bringing together over 70 premier vintage retailers and private dealers from both coasts and beyond, this event presents the best vintage clothing, accessories, and jewelry. (Sat/Sun, Industry City, 268 36th St, BK, 10am-6pm, $15-$45))
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)
BURLESQUE/ART: Burlesque at the Beach - David Byrd: Poster & Burlesque Show
Poster Show Opening Reception and burlesque show. Hosted by Ginger Twist. Performances by Tiny D, Fem Appeal, Vada James, Beelzebabe, Sweet Lorraine, and Bambi the Mermaid! (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 6pm reception/10pm burlesque, FREE-$20, 18+)
WORD: The Long and Fascinating History of Toilets
This class will explore the long and fascinating history of toilets, from ancient Mesopotamia to today. Llearn things like: why people should be grateful for Queen Elizabeth I, how toilets have been useful in wars, and the best reasons to visit Japan and Malaysia. And also learn about how even in current times, toilets are not so common as we often think they are, why that is is, and what is being done about it. The class will be partly interactive, so bring all of your most curious questions and taboo tales. (Prospect Heights Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave in Prospect Heights, BK, 6:30pm, $11)
MUSIC/DANCE: 2019 Look + Listen Festival: The Bang Group & Quince Vocal Ensemble
Featuring tap-dance interpretations of minimalist classics and vocal explorations of Depression-era America and closing with music generated by the human body. Paired with innovative domestic designs by resident artists Marlo & Isaure, this "No Instruments Required" evening presents a double-bill featuring rhythm-based dance and an all-female contemporary music vocal quartet. Hosted by dance curator Catherine Tharin. (The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St, BK, 8pm-10pm, FREE)
SOCIAL DANCE/ART: Dance Party: ¡Viva Frida Kahlo!
Bid farewell to Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving with a night of dancing, musical tributes, and performance. Activities include live music by Radio Jarocho; art-making with feminist Latinx art collective Colectiva Cósmica; DJ sets by Chulita Vinyl Club; a tribute to Chavela Vargas performed by Claudia Valentina; and a makeup station provided by Revlon. (Brooklyn Museum, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby, 1st Floor, 200 Eastern Pkwy, BK, 8pm-11pm, $15-$25)
WORD: Magicians and Mediums
In the 1850s, New York City was absolutely agog for the tale of the three young Fox sisters who claimed they heard mysterious knocking sounds that came from the spirits. () Later proven to be a hoax, the phenomenon sparked the popular and enduring movement of spiritualism. This trolley tour will explore the legacies of Spiritualism and stage magic, which often came into conflict with each other. Visit the gravesites of many bizarre and fascinating practitioners of these two nineteenth-century phenomena. (The Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, BK, 10:30am-12:30pm, $20-$25)
WALK: Gowanus Canal Shoreline Art Walk
The shape of water pumping through the Gowanus Canal has been inspiring creativity for decades and you are invited to join the Gowanus Dredgers for a stroll along the Gowanus shoreline and streets to view the quirky art and athletic scene of Gowanus. In a neighborhood once notorious for industrial pollution and the death of waterfront marine life, a vibrant renaissance is underway. (Gowanus Dredgers, 165 2nd St, BK, 11am-1pm, $25)
PARTICIPATORY: Parade for Love
Disrupt with joy. We’ll create a ripple effect of change that starts on the sidewalks: encounter hundreds of people, dressed in eye-catching, playful costumes, walking with signs, pets, instruments, and passing out flowers. We’ll take the path of the heart to open the mind, with an invitation to discover what it would be like to choose love in each moment. Bring a bouquet to give away. We use the natural beauty of flowers to transport us back in the present moment. Dress and act wondrous. Be colorful and playful with your outfit and attitude. (Foley Square, Lafayette St, Worth St, Centre St; 12pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival
Watch your kite soar above the Manhattan skyline and explore the science of flight. This family-friendly festival unites S.T.E.A.M concepts and outdoor adventures. Launch your kites, enjoy live music by Brass Queens, and learn all about the science of flight through kite-flying activities and experiments. Tasty food and beverages provided by local food trucks. (Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5 Sports Fields, 12pm-3pm, FREE)
VARIETY: Bizarre Brunch Cabaret
A musical menu filled with savory stories, a cuisine of characters, and sweet surprises from the peculiar mind of Leslie Carrara-Rudolph. Each show includes new ingredients so be sure to come back for seconds! Featuring Michael Hicks on piano. (Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, 1pm, $20)
WORD: Fairies and Magic in Shakespeare's England
Join libraian and author Dan Harms for an exploration of the fairy lore found in the magical manuscripts, literature, and folklore of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Read a manuscript account of a man who met fairies, meet some of the most prominent fairies and magicians, and learn to make a ritual meal for the fairies. (Catland, 987 Flushing Ave, BK, 6pm-8pm, $20)
VARIETY: Miss Astrid’s Mystery Box
Legendary deadpan dominatrix emcee Miss Astrid creeps out of retirement for this striptease seance. Picture if Mata Hari and Pee Wee Herman’s baby was raised in an orphanage run by Salvador Dali. As Neil De Grasse Tyson says, “Miss Astrid’s box has more stars in it than the milky way!” Featuring Evil Hate Monkey, Tansy, Broadway Brassy, Cheeky Lane, Bradford Scobie, and stage kitten, Dirty Martini! $5 off with code: Mooseknuckle. (Bedlam, 40 Avenue C, 8pm, $20-$35)
PARTY: Rubulad: Petting Zoo!
Advance tix: https://artery.is/showcases/petting-zoo
Featuring live music by: Heavy Birds, Haunted Horses NYC, Brass Queens, and Shred Flintstone. With your DJs: Pork Chop and friends. Projections by The Sperm Whale NYC. Teatro Lambe Lambe by Stinky Monkey. Mike Flaherty’s Art Hole. Tarot by Doorways. Petting Zoo by Will Crofoot, Ricardo Rivera, Heather Schimpf, Lisa Ludwig, Duncan Bindbeutel, and many more! Special screening: Tom Stathes Cartoon Carnival. Dress for heavy petting. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for address. (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 8:30 pm doors/9pm show, $15/$10 adv or before 10pm)
MUSIC: Herdeljezi Balkan Romani Music Fest: Džambo Aguševi Orchestra
Electrifying Romani brass music at Balkan Cafe. Discussion on Romani music with Carol Silverman, Šani Rifati, and the artists, and a Romani Dance workshop with Šani Rifati. Performances by Džambo Aguševi Orchestra featuring trumpet virtuoso Džambo Agušev, born in Strumica, Macedonia, in 1987, representing the apex of the younger generation of Romani brass performers. Cash bar and Delicious homemade Balkan food for purchase by Ma Mma Mila. Tickets will be at the door only. (New York-i Magyar Ház - Hungarian House of New York, 213 E 82 St, 6pm panel/7pm dance workshop, 7:30pm party, $10-$20)
BURLESQUE: Brooklyn Beerlesque
An immersive feast for all the senses, "Brooklyn Beerlesque" allows guests to sample a flight of Brooklyn Brewery's world renowned 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. Featuring: The Love Show NYC; Pinkie Special, the Monty Python of Burlesque; Chris Harder, the Raunchy Romeo of Burlesque; MC & Cicerone certified beer server, David F. Slone, Esq. (Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th St, BK, 8:30pm doors/9pm show, $20 adv/$35 door, 21+)
SOCIAL DANCE/MUSIC: The Fifth Annual Boater Ball
An evening of music, merriment and sartorial elegance. With Live Jazz by Dandy Wellington and his band. Featuring a performance by Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long. Rhythm and Blues records by Ginger Fizz of the UK. Dress code: This is a well dressed affair so dust off your summer straw hats and warm weather wear. Bring our own style and be ready to pose for the camera. Note: Norwood is a members only club so in order to attend all guest must be announced. RSVP Required. Advanaced tickets only. (Norwood Club, 241 W 14th St, 6pm-10:30pm, $10-$20)
BURLESQUE/PARTICIPATORY: The Pink Room Burlesque at Bedlam - Twin Peaks Costume Party!
A costume party and burlesque show. This immersive event will be sure to delight Twin Peaks fans and everyone looking for a sexy, fun time by transforming the venue into that seedy bar north of the border, complete with dancing girls and an appearance by Laura Palmer. Lynchian go-go dancers and an Invitation to Love above the timber line. VIP’s will have a chance to step through the red curtain and see the secret lodge. Dress: Log Lady, Agent Cooper or Eraserhead to compete in the costume contest. Performances by: Amelia Bareparts, Cassandra Rosebeetle, Minx Arcana, Petite Renard, and Seedy Edie. Hosted by Francine “The Lucid Dream.” (Bedlam, 40 Avenue C, 8pm doors/9pm show, $15-$35)
[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...]
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)
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
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)
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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