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Tomorrow! Sat 6.22 - Seventh Annual Sea Creature Stomp: a Mermaid Parade afterparty. Brass bands, DJs, dancing, ice cream. With: The L Train Brass Band (winners of best band in last year's parade)! Brass Queens! Hungry March Band! We cannot wait. Presales save you $5 and guarantee entry: https://creaturestomp.brownpapertickets.com but you can always donate more at the door: all door sales go directly to musicians.
Sunday's Victorian Tea is SOLD OUT, but you can still get tickets to either July 14 or Sep 22: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com
Next Fri 6.28 - The Cocktail Experiment: your monthly refuge from the crush of weekend bars, and a chance to have craft cocktails made to your exact preference. You can even get free drinks if you bring us a worthy challenge ingredient for our expert bartender. Plus: free drinks for June babies, and a chance to bring your birthday party to our secret hideout, also for free.
Just announced! Our kinkier sister site House of Scorpio is hosting one of their famous pop-up strip club parties on Fri July 19, and tickets are only $20 until the end of next week: https://sinners.bpt.me (scroll down for more info and house rules)
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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)
$10 adv / $15 min sugg don at door (more is great! all $ goes to bands)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address
Details & location RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio
Live brass bands & DJs, cheap drinks, ice cream, and lounging on our sprawling roof. Classic Brooklyn summertime loft party.
- Hungry March Band - NYC's legendary street marching band: a blazing parade of flesh, blood, steel, brass and wood. They are the music of the people!
- The L Train Brass Band - A 30-person crew awarded Best Music Group at 2018 Mermaid Parade, cranking out a wild mix of NoLA jazz, Latin, Balkan, hip hop, funk, R&B and pop.No matter where this train ends up, the primary goals are "fun first" and "keeping it weird"!
- Brass Queens - An all-female brass ensemble with a diverse repertoire, featuring classic hits by woman artists, funk, soul and traditional NoLA second-line. Ladies kick BRASS!
Come in your sea creature best! Closest subway from parade: express B/D/N/Q to Atlantic-Pacific (or switch to R for local Union stop)
Gemini & Scorpio
The Cocktail Experiment
Fri, June 28 (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 June? 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.
VICTORIAN GARDEN TEA: 6.23 [sold out], 7.14 & 9.22
Gemini and Scorpio
cordially invite you to
The Grand Victorian Garden Tea
Sundays: June 23 [SOLD OUT], July 14 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
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.
POP-UP STRIP CLUB: 7.19
House of Scorpio
Saints & Sinners: pop-up strip club party
Friday, July 19, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
Regular tix: $20 early bird until 7.1 / $25 adv / $30 at door before 12am / $15 after
Reserved seating*: $45 advance only
Member tix: $0-$15 ($20-35 with reserved seating*)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK (RSVP on site for address)
No PAL requirement, but dress code and HoS Code of Conduct applies
Rules & location RSVP: http://www.houseofscorpio.com
Membership options & member tix: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
For one night only, our sexy clubhouse becomes a full-on strip club, with a pole stage, an array of lap dance-ready seating, and our very own Champagne Room. There will be seven dancers to entertain you: each a hand-picked burlesque, pole or circus star stepping outside the boundaries of their genre to spend the whole night dancing for you on stage and in your lap.
- Peekaboo Pointe, fastest tassel-twirler from East to West (and our cover girl)
- Princess Tess, the petite pinup
- Gal Friday, the five-alarm fire
- Audrey Love, the tantalizing tease
- Lydia Vengeance, the manic pixie nightmare witch
- Vonka, the BaVonkaDonk
- And as Champagne Room King & campy club announcer: charming magician Eric Walton
Don't be late: dancers take the stage promptly at 9:30pm. Once the dancers are done at 1am, the stage is yours to shake your booty on. Live out your strip fantasies as DJ Ceremony provides the beats into the night.
Rules of the club: the usual HoS dress code & code of conduct apply. Dress up, or you will be turned away at the door. Tip generously (dancers, wait & bar staff). Get lap dances: they're the best part, and only $10. Respect the dancers. Keep your hands to yourself (or your partner). Nudity is fine on the stage, but no private parts on our furniture. Please treat our pole gently; no wild swinging.
*Reserved seats ($45) include: 9pm admission + seat at a 4-person table with prime stage view + access to reserved lap dance seat.
/// NYC EVENTS: 6/21-6/27///
WEEKEND + WEEK
FEST: River to River Fest
LMCC presents performances and events celebrating artistic and creative diversity in all its forms throughout Lower Manhattan. This year's festival encourages the discovery of what arises when we all slow down. (Fri-Thu, this week and next,multiple locations, see site for details, FREE)
THEATER: Fifth Annual Queerly Festival
A festival seen through lavender-colored glasses. This year, they’re bringing together a panoply of performers from New York City and beyond for a gender-liminal, super-gay, non-conformist, totally butch, aggressively femme and subversive AF celebration of all things LGBTQIAP (and beyond). (Fri-Thu, this week and next, Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th St, see site for details, $12-$25)
FILM: Before Stonewall
Gorgeously restored for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that marked the effective beginning of American's Gay Liberation Movement, this richly textured documentary surveys the subcultural enclaves that had been advancing social change since the 1920s. Q&As follow some screenings. (Fri-Thu, Quad, 34 W 13th St, see site for details, $16)
MUSIC/PERFORMANCE: You Are Under Our Space Control
Object Collection’s inimitable return: a utopian space-opera, a homing signal cast into an empty universe, a beacon for an aesthetically radical future. In celebration of the record release on UK-based Slip Imprint, Object Collection performs excerpts from the opera with a different special guest each night: 31 Down on Friday and Title: Point on Saturday. (Fri/Sat, The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Ave, BK, 7:3pm, $20)
SHOP: Renegade Craft Fair
Shop fresh summer goods and discover independent design as you groove to Black Gold Brooklyn vinyl tunes, sip on Donna Cocktail Club drinks, try your hand at rug-making with Tuft Love, munch on food truck bites, and more. (Sat/Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St, BK, 11am-6pm, FREE)
FILM: The Muppets Go Hollywood
Prod. Jim Henson. 1979, 49 mins. This rarely seen television special highlights the Muppets's love affair with the movies. Kermit throws a party at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub to celebrate the premiere of The Muppet Movie, and Dick van Dyke and Rita Moreno interview the celebrities and Muppet guests. (Sat/Sun, Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, 12pm, $15)
FILM/WORD: The Muppet Movie: 40th Anniversary Screening
It has been 40 years since Kermit first sang "Rainbow Connection" in this road picture filled with cameo appearances, running gags, and Academy Award-nominated music by Paul Williams. Two anniversary screenings, each with special guests and prizes for lucky audience members. Hosted by Craig Shemin, President of The Jim Henson Legacy. Special guests Saturday: puppet designer/builder Ed Christie and Muppet costume designer Calista Hendrickson. Suday special guest: actor Austin Pendleton. (Sat/Sun, Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, 2pm, $15)
CIRCUS: Different Trains
A unique immersive performance of Steve Reich’s 20th century minimal masterpiece of the same name, Different Trains includes electronics, live musicians, and stunning cirque-style choreography by The Muse's in-house production company, ABCirque. (Sat/Sun, The Muse, 350 Moffat St, BK, 7:30pm doors/8pm show, $25-$45)
PERFORMANCE: Ten Years: The Archway Anniversary Party
An evening celebrating ten years of the Dumbo Archway. A night of performances, projections, and good friends who have helped us shape this remarkable public space. Celebrate the summer solstice with Make Music New York and brass bands Hungry March Band, Underground Horns and Dingonek Brass curated by HONK NYC, plus hula hooping with Miss Saturn, DJs, Brown Rice Family, Jan Bell & The Maybelles, art installations, food & drink, and more. (Archway Under Manhattan Bridge, 80 Pearl St, BK, 5pm-10pm, FREE)
PARADE: 2nd Annual Tiniest Pride Parade in the World
Meet at the corner of Washington & Water Streets at 5, then basically walk across the street with us & a bunch of glamorous drag queens to Superfine & take advantage of fabulous drink specials & general hilarity & awesomeness. (Washington & Water St, BK, 5pm-9pm, FREE)
COMMUNITY: Shabbat Queer: Pride And Present
A celebration of pride and presence. Live musical liturgy, poetry, and contemplative pause, catered vegetarian community feast with advanced purchase. Please bring a food offering: vegetarian snacks, fruit, cheese, dips, or even something more substantial! Featuring guest artist Julian Fleisher, guest speaker Edafe Okporo (Executive Director of RDJ Refugee Center and advocate for human rights of LGBTQ, immigrants, and minorities), and special guest artists and
poets to help mark the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. (The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St, BK, 6pm-10pm, FREE w/ rsvp)
PARTY: NYC Ferry Happy Hour
The NYC Ferry has a bar on board. You can hop on/off any time. It takes you under the bridges of lower Manhattan and, at sunset, it's kinda amazing af. Dance to a DJ and powerful speakers. (NYC Ferry, Pier 11 / Wall St. South St, 6:30pm, $2.75)
MUSIC: Summer Solstice Funk Night
Come dance your way into the start of summer at a one-night-only gathering of groove. Get ready to get down with an eclectic group of New York artists all bringing the funk! Featuring: Funkrust Brass Band, Loop Troupe Family Band with Special Guests Honey Mama, Kira Metcalf & Juana Luna, On The Sun, and BlackJeans & The Drawer Droppers. Hosted by Samantha Nugent as Ephraim Murray. (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 7:30pm doors 8pm music, $12 adv/$15 door)
PERFORMANCE: Eric Whitacre's "Water Night" on the Gowanus Canal
A performance of Grammy Award-winning composer Eric Whitacre’s “Water Night.” With lyrics inspired by the poetry of Octavio Paz, this choral piece, written for soprano, alto, tenor and bass, will be performed by thirty vocalists from canoes provided by the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club as the musical flotilla makes its way up Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal at sunset. To listen from the shoreline, the best views are available between Carroll Street and 2nd Street. Restrooms are available at the Whole Foods parking lot at 3rd Street, which also has an esplanade with limited seating. (Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, 125-153 2nd St, BK, 8pm, FREE)
VARIETY: MOIST: Galatea's 30th Celebration!
Galatea's turning 30, and she's pulling out all the stops for what promises to be the wettest, dirtiest, silliest show to date.
With performances from: Clara Coquette, Muscles Monty, Keramel Lovetouch, Victor Devonne, America Online at AOL Dot Com, Betty Brash, and Galatea Stone. (The Deep End, 1080 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 8pm doors/9pm show, $10-$15)
PARTICIPATORY: Mp3 Experiment Sixteen
A participatory audio adventure where attendees download an audio file and listen to synchronized secret instructions in a public space via headphones. Everyone heads out to the same public location wearing headphones, and blends in with others. At the predetermined start time, the app synchronizes playback of the audio file for all users. Hilarity ensues as participants carry out ridiculous, coordinated instructions delivered to their headphones via narrator “Steve” and everyone else tries to figure out what the hell is going on. (Prospect Park, see site for exact location, BK, 8:30pm-9:30pm, FREE)
PARADE/PARTICIPATORY: The Mermaid Parade
The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. (Coney Island, W 21st St & Surf Ave, 10th St & Boardwalk, BK, 10am registration/1pm-3pm parade, FREE/$30 to march)
ART: “The Chimney x Ulmer Arts” opening.
A group exhibition curated by Clara Darrason & Jennifer Houdrouge and organized in collaboration with Ulmer Arts and Tungsten Partners. Exhibit continues through July 28. (The William Ulmer Brewery, 81 Beaver St, BK, 2pm-8pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Come Out & Play 2019
A day of family-friendly games and an evening of new social and physical games for adults. An afternoon of new street games for the whole family with games designed specifically for families and children of all ages. Play just one or two games, or try them all of for an afternoon of fresh fun. Then participate in an evening of new social & physical games for adults where the city streets are turned into an arcade of party games, large physical video games, and other technology enabled live-action game experiences. (Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza, BK, 1pm-10pm, FREE, 18+ after 6pm)
WORD: A Ticker Tape Parade Extravaganza!
Did you know that the first ticker tape parade occurred in New York City during the Statue of Liberty's dedication in 1886? Curious about what, exactly, ticker tape is? Andy Breslau of the Downtown Alliance will help you learn more about the past and present of parades in NYC! If you've never qualified to be part of an official ticker tape parade, you can enjoy the experience in the ticker tape photobooth! Souvenir Polaroid photos will be $5. (The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave, BK, 6pm, FREE)
PARTY: Same Same But Different: Summer Solstice Edition
A monthly micro-festival, offering an ever-changing feast of live music, comedy, poetry, art, dancing, and all sorts of lovely weirdness in an energetic and intimate setting. Leave your shoes and phones at the door, and get together like a bunch of happy babies. Among the things you can expect: drinks, pillows, fire, comestibles, stimulating conversation, psych rock, cuddle puddles, people you wish you’d met sooner, punk soul pop, boday art, sense of community, waves of gratitude, and candy. Featuring: Yula and the eXtended family and Strange Weather. (435 Greene Ave, BK, 8pm, FREE)
FUNDRAISER: The Brooklyn Ball 2019
A LGBTQ charity extravaganza benefitting Callen-Lorde Community Health Center as they open their first Brooklyn location in 2020. This event is a fabulous mixer highlighting cultural leaders of color in the community with a photo installation, performances, fashions, and dance. This is a non-corporate sponsored event, built by the generosity and convening of the local community. The style theme this year is "Leaves of Grass" an homage to the Bicentennial Walt Whitman and their canonical book of queer poetry. The evening will be a glam green gathering weaving inspiration from green plants, the natural world, poetry, and language. Outrageous looks incorporating things such as succulents, cacti, terrariums, air plants, astroturf, and anything green of this nature are encouraged! (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 11pm, $25-$100, 21+)
FILM: Gay Girls Riding Club
In early 1960s Los Angeles, a diverse group of gay men and recreational cross-dressers known as the Gay Girls Riding Club became sensations within California’s burgeoning homosexual underground. The GGRC made their name with a series of suprisingly elaborate 16mm amateur films that spoofed Hollywood fare.
Thanks to the preservation efforts of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, Light Industry is delighted to present an evening of these pre-Stonewall deep cuts. (Light Industry, 155 Freeman St, BK, 6:30pm, $8)
WORD: The History of Art Crime
Law, art, history and everything in between, the theft of art has been around ever since the time of the Romans. However, even they had mandated orders to never loot anything of exceptional artistic value. In this talk, you’ll explore the history of art crime, from famous cases like the Isabella Stewart Gardner theft and the story of the Ghent Altarpiece recovery, to current issues with the black market. (Prospect Heights Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave, BK, 8:30pm, $10)
PARTCIPATORY: New Amsterdam Pastiche Regatta
Dress as you imagine one does to attend the Henley Royal Regatta, prepare and pack a better-than-average picnic, spend an afternoon of whimsical boating contests, pageantry, and exterior portable dining on rowboats. (Central Park Lake, 1pm, FREE)
SKATE: Big Gay Roller Skate: Pride Skate!
The exclusive LGBTQIA event includes: music by DJ Sammy Jo, skate rental, live drag show on the rink, cash bar, rinksid dinning at Bluestone Cafe, contests and prizes. With your hosts: Joey Israel, Michelle Perez, and Jonathan Winkles. Dress: Pride, metallics, spandex, rainbows, unicorns, neons. (LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park, BK, 6pm cocktails/7pm skate, $20-$25)
WORD: Odd Salon NYC: Empire
Come hear six stories of reigning regents and cagey conglomerates, from menacing mafias and minacious moguls to the prosperous provinces and long-dead dynasties that influence us to this day. Curated by Odd Salon Fellow JR Pepper. General Admission seats are first come, first served. (Kraine Theater, 85 E4th St, 6:30pm doors/7pm talks, $20)
VARIETY: Twisted Circus
Get ready for a fusion of circus, sideshow, live music and burlesque. It’s an evening of knife throwing, whip cracking, and tassel twirling fun. A different show each month. Hosted by Romeo the dapper darevil, and Kita St Cyr. This month's guest performer is burlesque starlet and contortionist Apathy Angel. Dress: vintage attire, evening wear, circus inspired, corsets, sequins, glitter. (The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, BK, 9pm, $10)
DANCE: Waack To The Future Africa; Dance Battle
A night of dancing, spellbinding dance battles & performances attracting some of the greatest talent from across the globe to contest in an all or nothing dance showdown, as well as featuring a star-studded cast of NY’s top choreographers and top tier dance industry judges. The final battles will ignite to the sound of live African drumming. Performances by: Djoniba Centre, Sekou M Dance, Princess Lockerooo, Ousmane Wiles, House of Amazon, and @Pixel Chick. Grab a fancy drink, enjoy a vegan treat, strike a pose at the photo booth & make sure to visit our merch' tables for some retail therapy. A portion of proceeds will be donated to DRA(Dancers Responding to AIDS) a program of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 5pm door/6pm battle, $30-$35, 18+)
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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
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)
PERFORMANCE: Stonewall 50
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: Wicket Leeks
Using the lenses of food and sports, Wicket Leeks showcases cooks, athletes, researchers, artists, coaches, and makers to help investigate the unsavory histories of nationalist, religious, and corporate colonialism in a palatable way, while not sugar-coating its effects, in order to help us better digest our present and cook up a healthier future. (thru 7/13, Thu-Sun, Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St, LIC, 1pm-6pm, 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)
ART: Y’All Better Quiet Down
On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, this group show recalls trans activist Sylvia Rivera’s impassioned demand to show up and commit to the collective struggle. What showing up looks like takes many forms—rage, protest, care, community and introspection. This exhibition presents contemporary works, protest banners, archival ephemera, and stories from the New York City Trans Oral History Project, Y’all Better Quiet Down centers the everyday and enduring legacies of liberation movements. (thru 9/15 Tue-Sun, Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, 208 W 13th St, Rm 210, 1pm-7pm, FREE)
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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