Happy Fourth to you all! We hope you are having a most wonderful weekend, whatever you choose to do. If you like your BBQs with a side of kink, peep below for an unusual option for tomorrow night. Beyond that:
Next Sun July 14 (and Sep 22): Grand Victorian Garden Tea, turn-of-century outdoors revelry in an 1830s carriage house and garden. Delicious treats and photo ops galore. Tickets are moving quickly, but are still available: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com
Fri July 19 - Our kinkier sister site House of Scorpio is hosting one of their famous pop-up strip club parties, and tickets are only $20 until the end of the weekend: https://sinners.bpt.me (scroll down for more info and house rules)
Fri July 26 - Official post TK, but it's our monthly secret cocktail club.
Sun July 28 - The pop-up shopping party, Goldmine, is back! All the summer and festival wear you might need, from affordable to outrageous. Booking vendors now (no fees, just a sugg donation from sales). Get in touch!
Gemini & Scorpio,
makers of themed costume events with live entertainment
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
GUEST EVENT: BURLESQUE BBQ + KINK PARTY: 7.6
Sat 7.8, 7pm-11pm, 21+ (25+ suggested)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK - see site for address
Rules and location form: http://houseofscorpio.com/events.html
Show only: $20 adv / $25 door / $35 VIP incl reserved seats
Show-only tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/burlesque-bbq-tickets-63317684900
Show + afterparty: $40 adv / $50 door / $0-20 GA for monthly HoS members
Show + afterparty tix approval: http://houseofscorpio.com/attend.html
Membership options & member tix: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
From your favorite weirdos of the all-nude Cirque du so Weird fame, comes a taste of summer like you've never experienced before. We're firing up the grill on the rooftop and bringing you homestyle BBQ to enjoy while the hottest performers bring you the summertime sexiness on stage. Hosted by Lydia Vengeance with food by all-star chef, Wyl White. Featuring performances by Audrey Love, Tiger Bayy, Vonka, Anteus BonTemps, and more TBA.
7pm doors / 8-11pm food + performances / 11:45pm doors locked for BYOKink afterparty. Sexy dress encouraged, but not required for the show.
House of Scorpio
BYOKink: fetish + play afterparty
Approval required for ticket purchase: http://houseofscorpio.com/attend.html
Final admission at 11:45pm; doors locked after
Please arrive with a PAL and be familiar with our Code of Conduct
Unleash your dark side, and join us for an evening of boundary exploration. From age play to zentai, you're welcome to indulge in your kinkiest desires. We provide a safe space, multiple rigging points, St Andrew's cross with a few basic impact implements, sensory play station with blindfolds and toys, sex swing, dog cage, medieval torture style spreader bar, and lots of soft surfaces. You bring restraints, rope, impact toys, electrostim, cling wrap, and things we cannot even imagine. BYOKink is the perfect place for scenes that may be too long, too intense or otherwise inappropriate for Countdown.
Please get in touch if your kink involves body fluids, is otherwise messy, or could impact/trigger any other guests: we'd like to talk through safe ways of making your fantasy happen. Please no X-rated activity under doors are locked at midnight. Kink play welcome at all times (and if you don't want to engage in the x-rated side of things, you can always leave by 11:59pm).
Required dress code: dress for your kink, of course, with preference for classic fetish attire & lingerie. No casual or business; door person WILL turn you away -- see Code of Conduct page on our site for more details on the dress code. Yes, you can change when you get here.
VICTORIAN GARDEN TEA: 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.
SHOPPING PARTY: 7.28
Gemini and Scorpio
invite you to
Goldmine - costume, vintage, thrift and craft shopping party
Sun, July 28, 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 designer 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
Coming Up Violets - Handpainted stationery and clothing designs, art prints, and eclectic thrift - http://www.comingupviolets.com
Grace Edwards NY - Hip hop, punk, and Japanese-inspired haute bohemian streetwear - https://www.facebook.com/pg/GraceEdwardsNewYork
Miss Susie's Closet & Treats - A goldmine of finds in various sizes, all under $20 -
The Feminist Bride - Art, upcycled jewelry, feminist stuff - https://www.etsy.com/people/TheFeministBride
Tokens & Treasures - A treasure hunter's dream -
Toussaint Tinctures - Handcrafted exotic baths and spa products - https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleLoveAffairs
Zoa Chimerum Jewelry - Biomorphic handmade jewelry of cut rubber layered over forged aluminum - http://www.zoachimerum.com
Figure of A - Couture London brand inspired by Japanese rope bondage - https://figureofa.com/
Lamia Design - Handmade fingerless leather gloves - https://www.lamiadesign.com
/// NYC EVENTS: 7/5-7/11///
WEEKEND + WEEK
MUSIC: This is the Ground
Opera on Tap will stage an interactive musical walk through America’s volatile political history with curatorial support from famed song historian Paul Sperry. The event will include a diverse array of songs spanning popular and classical styles ranging from the 1790s to now. A site-specific, interactive musical journey mapping an American refusal to surrender, the experience has been developed and directed by renowned theatre-makers, Latrelle Bright and Jerre Dye. (Fri/Sat, The Old Stone House, 336 3rd St, BK, 6pm, FREE with rsvp)
DJ/FOOD: Air 03: Jay Prouty & Emma, Alkalina, Flam, Ben Spalding
This new rooftop series is a collaborative effort among a cadre of close friends and veterans of the nightlife community who have come together to dream about a new, positive experience for the senses. Enjoy an intimate, multilevel setting, with impeccable sound, breathtaking views, adventurous cuisine, health-promoting tonics, and invigorating treats. Featuring: Jay Prouty & Emma, Carlos Alkalina & Flam, Ben Spalding, and Bytz & PJay. (Bogart House, 230 Bogart St, BK, 7pm, $10)
SKATE: Lola Star's Dreamland Disco: Yacht Rock
A themed, dress up, immersive roller skating experience that will transport you into a fabulous retro roller disco. Retro DJs spinning dance floor grooves from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today. Light up hula hoops, go-go dancers & more. Red carpet photo op taken by our professional photographer. A skate dance competition and costume contest. Dress: retro roller disco, glitter, sparkle, glitz & glam. Skate rentals are included with ticket, but not guaranteed due to limited supply. (LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park Brooklyn, 171 East Dr, BK, 7:30pm, $22-$32, 21+)
You Choose the Nude! A Pick-Your-Own-Plot™ burlesque show about writing a burlesque show based on the Select-Your-Own-Story™ Black Mirror episode about writing a Decide-Your-Own-Destiny™ Video Game based on the fictional Choose-Your-Own-Challenge™ novel "Bandersnatch". Starring: Fancy Feast, Cheeky Lane, Sizzle Dizzle, Tigger,, Little Brooklyn, Jonny Porkpie, and Stay or Go-Go Juno Staardust. Featuring Jo Boobs as the moment of choice. Co-produced and written by Little Brooklyn and Jonny Porkpie. (Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 9:30pm fireworks/10pm show, $20, 18+)
THEATER: Harry The First, Or The Knave Who Hath Liv'd
This team of professional thespians dust off a classical text, or a text made classical, in a performance that combines drinking games, improvisation and audience participation. A boozy twist on classical theatre, this interactive evening lets the audience vote on who takes the next shot and even volunteer to hop up for a crucial walk-on role. Drink along as they bring the bar to the classics...you may have heard of these texts before, but you’ve never seen them like this. (Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St, 10pm, $12)
MUSIC: World Inferno Friendship Society, This Way To The Egress, and Out of System Transfer
Brooklyn's own, The World/Inferno Friendship Society, an 8 piece cabaret punk orchestra mischief cult. Collaborative circus drunx playing you red eyed soul show tunes with a nice swingy beat...you'd better come see for yourself. Also joining is This Way To The Egress, Cabaret punk extravaganza, and folk punk superstars, Out of System Transfer. (Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave, BK, 9pm, $10-$15)
BURLESQUE: Escape From New York!
New York City has become a prison. Beelzebabe and an all star cast of deadly and deranged denizens must bump, grind and strip their way to freedom! Starring: Jo Boobs Weldon, Tigger, Peekaboo Pointe, Tiny Dee, Ginger Twist, Sincerely Yours, Brief Sweat, and Kita St Cyr. (Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm show, $20, 18+)
MUSIC: Mira Stroika
Final show in NYC! Mira is "two cups of Edith Piaf, one half cup of Eartha Kitt, a sprinkle of Betty Boop plus a serious portion of that je ne sais quoi that enthralls audiences" says Huff Post. With special guests Halley Bondy, Gabriel Lit and Justin Hines. (The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker St, 7:30 door/8pm show, $10)
THEATER: Lovebird Jamboree - By: Sarah Elisabeth Brown
Based on a series of interviews from people in the LGBTQI community, eight very different characters present their defining love stories. Gym junkies, sex workers, academics, softball jocks, and wannabe Jell-O salad aficionados – all get their say in this heartfelt, funny set of monologues. Supported by a story-collecting grant from the Santa Fe Community Foundation, the work premiered at Theaterwork in in New Mexico in 2000. (Wild Project, 195 E 3rd St, 8:30pm, $18)
WALK: Walk the Gowanus with a Local Author
Joseph Alexiou, licensed NYC tourguide and author of Gowanus: Brooklyn's Curious Canal, will lead a walking tour of one of the most important post-industrial waterways in America. Highlights will include: the natural origins of the Gowanus, particularly the tidal estuary and salt marshes; discussion of iconic Gowanus architecture still-extant and sadly removed; the key role the waterway played during the Revolutionary War, the industrial revolution and cleanup of its present-day pollution. (Gowanus Souvenir Shop, 567 Union St, BK, 6pm, $20)
SHOP: Midsummer Magical Market
Join Velocity Starr Chyaldd's evening of divination, self care, tattoo, apothecary and art! Expect homemade authentic botanica, spell candles, tarot, palm as well as astrology readings, potions, healing skincare, fine line tattoos, and art, all alongside intoxicating libations and groovy music. (Lucky, 168 Avenue B, 6pm, FREE, 21+)
MUSIC: Sound Journey with Kai Altair
Join Kai Altair for a transformational Sound Journey. Sacred instruments, mantra, medicine songs, and heartbeat drumming lead you into deep relaxation & dreamlike visionary travels. Wear comfortable clothing & bring a sacred object for our central altar. Set intentions with the group & follow the path of your breathing into the light of the earth & sky. Kai Altair is a Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master, Teacher of Active Dreaming, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Meditation Instructor, and Tarot Consultant. (Lightning Society Lofts, 245 Varet St, 7pm-9pm, $20)
VARIETY: A Summer Sideshow Festival
Disaster piece Theater, The Squidling Brothers, and The No Ring Circus, 3 of America's most creative Sideshow groups together on one stage. Never before seen collaborations. Freak market, live music, carnival foods, and much more. (Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 8pm-2am show, $15, 18+)
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PARTICIPATORY: Pub Crawl: The Infinity Engine! - Opens July 27
The year is 1904. The brilliant Professor Nigel Thurgood has died under mysterious circumstances, and his most brilliant invention, the Infinity Engine, is missing. You’ve been contacted by a mysterious group called Section 12 to track down his associates…most of whom frequent pubs with colorful reputations. Can you gain their trust — and solve the puzzles they present — as part of a steampunk scavenger hunt (and badass bar crawl) to find the Infinity Engine? (Slaughtered Lamb, 182 W 4th St, NY; 3pm-5pm start times, $49 early bird/$65 regular)
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)
FEST: Fresh Fruit Festival
New York's celebration of LGBTQ arts & culture. This festival encompasses theater, performance, poetry, comedy, spoken word, music, dance, visual arts and some talents that defy categorization. Artists come from around the city, nation and, indeed, the world. Australia, Canada, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, France, Mauii, Israel, Italy, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and all of New York City’s boroughs and suburbs have been represented. (thru 7/21, The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd St, see site for details, $18)
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)
LGBTQ: 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)
LGBTQ: 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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