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It may seem quiet on the G&S calendar these few weeks, but take a look over at our kinkier sister site, http://www.houseofscorpio.com -- Pride month has kicked off, so it's actually super busy with unique sex-positive queer-friendly events. We have a spanking & flogging class on Sunday; burlesque & BBQ next Saturday; femme-to-femme flirting party two weeks from now...and so much more.
Over on the G&S side though:
Sat 6.22 - Seventh Annual Sea Creature Stomp: a Mermaid Parade afterparty. It's back! Brass bands, DJs, dancing, ice cream. Hungry March Band is officially our main band for the event!
Sun 6.23 - The bad news: Grand Victorian Garden Tea is SOLD OUT. The good news: the museum let us add Sun 7.14, so you can get in on authentic treats in an authentic turn-of-century mansion and garden before September. Tix: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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.
Featuring: Roaring out of Brooklyn comes the Hungry March Band, NYC's legendary street brass march band in the anarchic style that has become their trademark . Put on your dancing shoes and break out the fancy threads because they’ve got a party going on - a blazing parade of flesh, blood, steel, brass and wood. They are the music of the people!
Closest subway from parade: express B/D/N/Q to Atlantic-Pacific (or switch to R for local Union stop)
VICTORIAN GARDEN TEA: 6.23 & 9.22
Gemini and Scorpio
cordially invite you to
The Grand Victorian Garden Tea
Sundays: June 23 [SOLD OUT], July 14 [just added!] and Sep 22
4-8pm (tea served at 5pm), $40, all ages, rain or shine
at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St
Tix: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com (also on sale for 9.23 Tea)
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsvictorianball
Join us as we travel back in time to the Victorian Age, to an elegant country resort a short carriage ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city (which at that time extended only as far north as 14th Street). It's a proper turn-of-century tea party, with finger sandwiches, scones and fancies, in a darling garden attached to an impossible Victorian cottage overlooking modern Manhattan.
The menu (details TK):
Three types of Finger Sandwiches
Scones with Clotted Cream & Preserves
Two types of unique desserts
Activities will include:
- Victorian garden games, including Game of Graces [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_of_graces ] and Battledore and Shuttlecock [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battledore_and_shuttlecock ]
- Hand-drawn portraits of guests by Anastasios Taso Megaris
1800-1910s summer garden party, with all-white, cream and pastel tones encouraged. No modern casual wear, please - though modern cocktail summer attire is easy to accessorize with a nod to Victorian times. Costume inspiration Pinterest board (not ours): http://bit.ly/1WvlVyB - and we have one for our banquet/ball/tea research here: http://bit.ly/29n5fZm
About our venue:
Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house for a 23-acre estate, and converted into the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1826, this stone building sits on land originally owned by Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of John Adams. The hotel operated until 1833, at which point the house became the home for three generations of a New York City family.
/// NYC EVENTS: 5/31-6/6///
WEEKEND + WEEK
COMMUNITY: ACLU 100 Years tour - NYC
Engage with the biggest fights for freedom now. Walk through immersive experiences. Meet leading civil rights activists. Amplify your voice and connect with others who share a desire to create a more just society. (Fri/Sat, DUMBO Archway, 80 Pearl St, BK, 10am-9pm, FREE)
PUPPETS: Don Quixote Takes New York
Loco7 reimagines this classic text, with puppets, dance and music to show the audience that no dream is too impossible to obtain and that with hope and heart you can conquer fear. Don Quixote and his friend Sancho Panza travel the five boroughs of New York City on a quest to save the world from evil forces and protect Lady Liberty. The audience follows Don Quixote as he explores New York City in his quest for love, honor, liberty and justice for all. (Fri/Sat, New Stage Performance Space, 36 W 106th St, 12pm, $17)
A participatory arts event that celebrates creativity by challenging artists and participants to find new ways to create, share, and dream. Roosevelt Island will be transformed into a large-scale collaborative artwork. And then it's gone. Please do not enter the park after close. (Sat/Sun, Lighthouse Park, Roosevelt Island, 10am-6pm, FREE with ticket)
This production fuses puppetry, theatre and multimedia into a visually thrilling and emotionally moving story of a woman's connection to the universe. Alice is an archaeologist, mother and scholar at the final crossroads of her life. A visit from an intimidating guardian angel (and his strangely familiar young companion) sends Alice on a trip through time and memory, digging through the layers of the past, unearthing her life with her brilliant but troubled husband and their young daughter, and her years studying the people of Pompeii, frozen forever in their last moments on Earth. Bunraku-style figures, shadow puppetry, object manipulation and state-of-the-art digital projections allow Alice's story to be told through the very contents of her home. (Fri/Sat 7pm Sat/Sun 3pm; The Tank, 312 W 36th St, $20)
PUPPETS: Labapalooza 2019
Each spring, St. Ann's Warehouse showcases works-in-progress developed over the course of a year in their Puppet Lab. Now in its 20th year, St. Ann's Puppet Lab is an experimental haven for artists making interdisciplinary puppet and object theater, integrating puppetry with dance, sculpture, live music, video projections and more. Recommended for adults and brave children 12+. (Fri-Sun, St Ann's Warehouse, 45 Water St, BK, see site for details, $21, 12+)
An immersive play and installation created by artist Katya Stepanov. Part theater performance, part immersive installation, part cutting-edge Augmented Reality Sound Experience, the trans-disciplinary performance invites us to embark on an investigative journey into identity. The performance features four rooms, six performers, projections, soup dumplings, vodka, Shabbat, a real-life Russian grandma, a hands-on library to rummage through books and photos, and an exclusive Bose AR Sound Experience. [G&S Note: 25% off with code “INHERITLOVE”] (Fri-Sun, Wildrence, 59 Canal St, 7pm & 8:30pm, $55)
FILM: Brklyn Film Festival - “The Gathering”
This year’s festival will feature over 120 screenings, plus panels, network events, a kids film fest, and more. The 2019 theme-statement is “…essentially our call to all those people who are searching for clarity and intelligent exchanges. The idea behind this year’s theme is to create a collective experience very similar to a movement. On the programming side, more than ever before, we wanted to empower all those filmmakers who are thinking and working in critical systems, outside of the box, and against all odds. Inspired by the acceleration of the women’s movements, in 2019 BFF will feature the largest presence of female directors within a single festival edition up to date.” (Fri-Thu, this week and next, multiple locations, BK, see site for details, $15-$200)
THEATER: The Drunkard's Wife presents Madame Lynch
A spectacle with music, Madame Lynch takes on the picaresque story of Eliza Lynch, a 19th century woman whose fortunes took her from Irish potato famine refugee, to French courtesan, to the self-proclaimed "Empress of Paraguay". In collaboration with the Paraguayan folkloric dance group Ballet Panambí Vera, The Drunkard's Wife creates a multifaceted portrait of La Lynch as a way to understand the complex dynamics of cultural imperialism. The show reaches peaks of beauty and horror as it proceeds by way of live music, dance, and real and imagined scenes from her life as an adventuress, cultural doyenne, femme fatale and microfinance pioneer. (Fri/Sat/Thu, this week and next, New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher St, # 1E, see site for details, $25)
WORD: Filibustered and Unfiltered: America Reads the Mueller Report
Join American citizens of all ages, backgrounds and political persuasions, including special guest appearances from notable figures in theatre, film, TV, music, and politics, for a 24-hour celebration of the power of the American citizen as the people read aloud and listen to the entire redacted Mueller Report. Food, music and activities will accompany the reading. Stop in throughout the day or stay for the entire 24-hours. Hear the facts and findings for yourself, not through talking heads, political pundits, and self-ordained experts. (Sat/Sun, The Arc, 36-30 36th St, LIC, 8pm-8pm, $5-$25)
PARTY: 8th Annual Bushwick Collective Block Party
Live street art, live music, beer garden, djs, b-boy dancers, merchant vendors, food trucks, giveaways, free product sampling, and more. (Bushwick Collective, Troutman St. & Scott Ave, BK, 10am-6pm, FREE-$115)
ART: Bushwick Art Crawl
Celebrate art with the many artists studios, local music talent, performance art, live art, body painting, installations, street life. DJ Marcos, DJ MarcusGlitteriS, DJ Hans and DJ Love Technique. Live music from Garden of Surgery, Kelley Brannon, Zach Cleven, Hooligan Lovers, Lyda, Gwendolyn Fitz, and more to come. Live silk screen printing. Temporary murals and body painting by Human Arts Connection. Sculptures in paper mache. Paint the fridge participatory project, art trucks, interactive games, creative designs, art and fashion. (9 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 10am-10pm, FREE-$15)
ART: Water Lantern Festival
Witness the magic of lanterns as they light up the water. Each adult ticket comes with the following: entry into the festival area, floating lantern, and commemorative drawstring bag. In addition, the price covers the cost of collecting and removing the lanterns from the water following the event as well as cleaning up any trash that may have been previously been in or around the water. (Flushing Meadows Corona Park, QNS, 5pm-11pm, $17-$40)
FUNDRAISER: The Boat Fundraiser at The Williamsburg Hotel Rooftop Pool
A rooftop pool fundraiser for the beloved Schamonchi. In Collaboration with Members Only NY, JunXion, Love Medicine, and Orijins. Keep the Boat Afloat! (The Williamsburg Hotel, 96 Wythe Ave, BK, 6pm, FREE)
PARTY: Wonderville Grand Opening
A brand new bar, arcade, and event space focused on showcasing independent games, music, and other interactive arts!
All games will be free to play for the evening. Music provided by Grand Atrium and Buskko of Feel Free NYC. (Wonderville, 1186 Broadway, BK, 7pm, FREE, 21+)
MAGIC: Tanya Solomon: Truth Assassin
This is the NYC send-off for the national tour. Don't miss this evening of startling effects including live fish appearing from nowhere, blindfolded targeting with a knife, baffling sleight of hand, and things you never knew could be done with creamed corn. Plus a special - and impossible - appearance by Stormy the Mystery Dog. In this one-woman magic show, the astonishing and the absurd converge in a delightfully unsettling theatrical experience. You will leave feeling like a carnival has arrived in the night and turned reality upside down. Guests are invited to stay for Rubulad’s “Bee Movie!” party. (Rubulad, address with purchase, BK, 7:30pm, $10)
PARTY: Rubulad Proudly Presents Bee Movie!
Advance tix : https://artery.is/showcases/beemovie
Live music by Funkrust Brass Band, Sugarlife, Mira Cook, Platonic Sex, and more! With MC/DJ Neil Martinson and friends. Projections by The Sperm Whale NYC. Mike Flaherty’s Art Hole. Life Drawing with Veronymous Bosch. Tarot by Doorways. Artist Laura McMillian in "Twin Peaks Sweater Song" and "Poodle Bear Love Association." New art by Daupo, Ricardo Rivera, Kim Couchot, and Will Crofoot. Saucy BBQ! Dress: killer bees, beehive hairdos, 2nd rate matinee idols, fantastic monsters- make it trashy! Special Early Show: Truth Assassin by Tanya Solomon. Truth Assassin attendees are welcome to stay for the party. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for Bushwick address (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 7:30pm screening/8:30 pm doors/9pm show, $15/$10 adv or before 10pm)
BURLESQUE: Cuchi-Crawler Productions Presents: Crazy Pants Cabaret Redux
An homage to Alain Bernardin’s iconic nude review Le Crazy Horse Paris. A parade of skin-ematic burlesque bathed in the savoir vivre of kaleidoscopal lights. Let the beautiful dancers drive you Le Crazy (Pants) and celebrate diversity within conformity. Cast: Dame Cuchifrita, Edie Nightcrawler, Dirty Martini, Little Brooklyn, Fem Appeal, Antonio Ramos, Boy Georgia, and guests Bambi the Mermaid and High Pony. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $20, 18 to enter, 21 to drink)
PARTY: YES Block Party
An outdoor-indoor Art Party in celebration of creation in all its forms! Explore installations, performances, experiences and live art. Live painting, Today Glitter beauty bar & face painting, artisan market by The Market Sisters, polaroid portraits by Brooklyn Film Camera, daytime disco, house, soul, feel good real good vibes from Soul Summit Music. This event is rain or shine. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE, all ages)
WORD/MUSIC: Whitman Was Here: Walt Whitman in Coney Island
A day-long festival of poetry, music, free workshops and site-specific walks. Readings by: Marina Blitshteyn, Cliff Fyman, Stephanie Gray, Barbara Henry, Patricia Spears Jones, Tracie Morris, Urayoán Noel, and Anna Vitale. Poets from the Worker Writers School representing the following organizations: Domestic Workers United, Damayan Migrants, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Street Vendor Project and Retail Action Project, and more. Singer and songwriter, Carol Lipnik channels Walt Whitman as she reads his letters aloud. Multilingual reading of "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry!" Plus new original music, performance, art and snacks from Brooklyn songwriters, artists and creatives in response to "Leaves of Grass." This is an outdoor event. Bring beach blankets, beach chairs and whatever you need to be comfortable. (Coney Island Boardwalk & W 21st St, 3pm-6pm; Kitchen 21 rooftop, 3052 W 21st St, BK, 7pm, FREE)
BURLESQUE: Dirty Blues Burlesque: QUEER AF
Kicking off Pride month! Starring Broody Valentino, Kayla Lael, Alberto Gadget Denis, and Zoe Ziegfeld. And of course your co-conspirators Chris Johnson and Countess Eden. (Sid Gold's Request Room, 165 W 26th St, 8pm, FREE)
FILM: Lower East Side Film Festival Opening Night
With a focus on quality, diversity, and impact, The Lower East Side Film Festival aims to create a special experience for both filmmaker and audience through amazing events, neighborhood engagement, industry panels, and film screenings that feature the best and brightest up and coming filmmaking talent. Opening night features the film Senior Escort Service and the Opening Night Party. (Village East Cinema, The Jaffe Auditorium, 181-189 2nd Ave, 7:30pm doors/8pm film, $22-$35)
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PARTICIPATORY: Come Out & Play 2019 call for submissions - Due 5/31
Come Out & Play in DUMBO is a day of family-friendly games and an evening of new social and physical games for adults. They already have some amazing games lined up and are looking for more. If you have a live action or digitally augmented physical game that you would like to bring, please let submit your idea by May 31.
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
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)
PERFORMANCE: Breaking Surface
Journey to realms unknown and be led on an acrobatic adventure of childhood delight over a darkly flooded stage. Presented by 5th Wall Studio, this creation by Gwyneth Larsen & William Mulholland seamlessly blends dynamic physicality and theatrical genres- “defying expectations.” This show has a pre-show venue that will be emailed to you after ticket purchase. (thru 6/23, Fri&Sat 6:30pm/Sun 2:30, location with tix purchase, BK, $50-$80)
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/PERFORMANCE/COMMUNITY: Stonewall 50 at La MaMa.
LGBTQ+ artists from NYC, Philadelphia, Paris, Italy, and South Korea will participate in the Stonewall 50 at La Mama as part of World Pride. La MaMa, which has presented works by queer artists since the company was founded by Ellen Stewart in the East Village in 1961, has assembled this month-long programming in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of what is widely-regarded as the birth of the gay rights movement that began one legendary night, June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Bar in Greenwich Village in NYC. (thru 6/30, La Mama, Ellen Stewart Theatre & The Downstairs, 66 East 4th St; First Floor Theatre & Club, 74A East 4th Street; see site for details, $21-$26)
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)
EXHIBIT: Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society
New-York Historical Society commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the dawn of the gay liberation movement this summer, as New York City welcomes WorldPride, the largest Pride celebration in the world. Featuring two exhibitions and a special installation, as well as public programs for all ages. (thru 9/22, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, see site for details, $13-$21)
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