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It's the usual slow August out there, but we have at least one fun thing coming up before fall hits:
Tonight, Fri Aug 16 - Our sexy sister site House of Scorpio is hosting a second incarnation of Femme Flirt, the femme-to-femme flirting party specifically focusing on bi women (though femmes of all genders from bi-curious to gay are invited): https://houseofscorpio.com/events.html
Sun Sep 22 - Grand Victorian Garden Tea, turn-of-century outdoors revelry in an 1830s carriage house and garden. Delicious treats and photo ops galore. Tix: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com
Gemini & Scorpio,
makers of themed costume events with live entertainment
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House of Scorpio
Femme Flirt: queer flirting mixer
Fri Aug 16, 9pm-2am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
$10 adv / $15 door / $0-5 for monthly members, 21+ (25+ suggested)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK - see site for address
No PAL requirement, but HoS Code of Conduct always applies, including dress code
Rules and location form: http://houseofscorpio.com/events.html
Membership options & member tix: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
It's been a common refrain that it's harder for women to flirt with each other, as we frequently can't tell how much flirting may be ok, who's straight and who's flexible/bi/queer, whether a connection we may be feeling is a friendly one or one with potential chemistry to explore. And, when cis & hetero presenting, we are sometimes made to feel too straight for gay spaces, so are left to guess in mixed environments.
This event is a small step towards diminishing bi, queer and gay femme invisibility, enabling and encouraging women of all genders to connect romantically and physically to other women. We hope to be a place of empowerment and support for your exploration, even if you're just starting out or are unsure about your orientation. Explore and push your boundaries in a safe space, while enjoying our sexy low-lit loft and delicious cocktails.
Dress code: dress in whatever makes you feel sexy, however feminine or masculine you feel. We won't enforce the dress code as strictly as at Lip Service, but we respectfully ask for no casual attire. You're coming to flirt!
Who can attend: self-identifying femmes of all genders who want to connect with other femmes, from bi-curious to gay. While HoS events are usually more pansexual, we're going to keep this one as a femme-only space. Please note that we're a TERF-free zone! Trans women are women, and we ♥ you.
VICTORIAN GARDEN TEA: 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.
/// NYC EVENTS: 8/16-8/22///
WEEKEND + WEEK
DANCE: 38th Annual Battery Dance Festival
New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. Each year, the festival draws a combined audience of over 12,000 people. The final days of the festival include performances from Matheta Dance, Battery DanceReuel Rogers, and many others. Saturday closing performance includes reception. (Fri: Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, 20 Battery Pl, 7pm-9pm, FREE; Sat: The Schimmel Center, Pace University
3 Spruce St, 6pm-8pm, $10-$65)
MUSIC: 27th "JAZZ AT the Mansion"
Enjoy the great outdoors with two days of classic jazz, brought to you by local icon Marjorie Eliot and Parlor Entertainment. Produced By Marge Eliot & Rudel Drears. Bring your summer concert seats. Refreshments. Donations Appreciated. (Sat/Sun, Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Ter, 2pm-6pm, FREE/sugg don)
BODY: Prince vs Madonna at Dreamland Roller Disco
A themed, dress up, immersive roller skating experience that will transport you into a fabulous retro roller disco. With DJs spinning the hottest dance floor grooves from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today, light up hula hoops, go-go dancers, a skate dance competition, and costume contest. (LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park Brooklyn, 171 East Dr, BK, 7:30pm, $20)
MUSIC: Elvis Death-iversary / The Wanderers Tribute
Michael T presents a live tribute to the King of Rock N Roll along with an abridged performance of the soundtrack from the iconic greaser gangster movie to commemorate its 40th Anniversary. Featuring music from The Hound Dogs and multiple tribute sets. (Gran Torino, 131 Berry St, BK, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, FREE, 21+)
BURLESQUE: Gigi Chryst Stripperstar: A Burlesque Jesus Christ Superstar
Miss Coney Island 2018, Gigi Bonbon and Frances Rodriguez present a burlesque version of their favorite rock opera with a debaucherous twist! Expect live singing, scantily clad dance numbers, hauntingly beautiful and death defying aerial and more! Starring Gigi Bonbon as Gigi Chryst, Tío as Judas, Ben Franklin as Caiaphas, Joshua Dean as Annas, Jalila Bell as Simon Zealotes, Rosie Cheeks as Pontius Pilate, Jezebel Express as King Herod, Ginger Twist as Mary Magdalene and featuring Jason Mejias, Bizzy LeBois, Evan Lee Breed, Timothy Ryan Hickernell and Erin Delucia-Benson! (Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $20, 18+)
ART/PARTICIPATORY: 29th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Competition
This family event will feature sculptors ranging from professional to amateur artists, music, entertainment, free giveaways and more. Open to all ages, participants range from amateur to semi-professionals with prizes given out in four categories: Family, Individual Adult, Adult Group and People’s Choice. (Coney Island, Boardwalk & W 12th St, BK, 12pm-4pm, FREE)
LGBTQ: Leslie-Lohman Block Party
Join this annual Block Party featuring, “Being Seen Makes A Movement Possible”, the museum’s 2019 QUEERPOWER Façade Public Art Installation by JEB (Joan E. Biren) and timed with the opening of PACO CAO: Attribution, curated by Paco Cao. Enjoy live music, art-making activities, food, and performances. Featuring: Music by Adair and Tito_Vida, treats by Sweetface Snoballs, Lindsay Amer of Queer Kid Stuff, Cupid Ojala presenting Unicorn Utopia, Bureau Of General Services—Queer Division, art activities by Children’s Museum of the Arts CIVICKIDS: Make Art. Make A Difference, and more. (Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St, 2pm-6pm, FREE)
BURLESQUE: House of Noire's "Bordello"
A sneak peek into the mysterious world of the famous bordello. Experience an evening inspired by champagne, famous courtesans, brothels, and uninhibited pleasure. Come to Madam Noire's house of decadence and delight. Starring: Bizzy LeBois, Jack Barrow, Joyce LeeAnn, Mademoiselle Estelle, Taradise, Tutu Toussaint, and Perle Noire. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 6:30pm-9:30pm, $15-$40, 21+)
SHOP: Burner Bazaar
Come support the efforts of your local community. Bunches of amazingly talented designers who are coming to show off their awesome clothing, goggles, hats, accessories, festival clothing and so much more! (263 Bowery, 9pm, FREE)
BURLESQUE: Cherry Hellodies II-The Second Cumming
A whole evening of burlesque to rock and metal music with a live shredding 7 piece band. As an exciting spectacle of doom, spitting unapologetic uncensored insanity at you every single second, it doesn’t get more badass than this butt naked concert experience. Starring the sex-oozing woman-king cannibal cutie with the fruit flavored booty of the underworld, burlesque super villain turned Shock Rocker with the voice that melts your face off, Miss Cherry Delight. With: Darlinda Just Darlinda, Bambi The Mermaid, Puss N Boots, Pearls Daily, Laura Lee Pants, Faux Pas Le Fae, Aurora North, Miscellaneous Domtop, and Fem Appeal (Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $20, 18+)
MUSIC: Pop-Up Performance: Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra
Drop by Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra’s new series of intimate pop-up performances, highlighting members and featured musicians as the Orchestra in Residence activates our Beaux-Arts Court with a family-friendly range of classical music from across the globe. (Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Fl, BK, 2–3:30 pm, $16 incl museum entrance)
WALK: Battle of Brooklyn Neighborhood Walking Tour
Join Old Stone House Board Member and Hunter College Archaeology Professor William J. Parry for a neighborhood tour of the Battle of Brooklyn. Meet at Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park, NW corner. The walk ends at the Old Stone House & Washington Park with light refreshments. Wear comfortable shoes. (Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza entrance, NW corner, BK, 6pm-9pm, $12)
PERFORMANCE: Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer
An evening of dangerous ideas and radical inquiry into what it means to be human, right now! Right here! The international performance legend dares to tackle the straight jacket that binds today's youth culture to the normalization of self-censorship and injects fresh air in the current lockdown of gentrification, the erasure of history and the cultural amnesia affecting not only our cities but our minds. After 4 years of touring, the show returns to where it was created improvisationally in front of live audiences. (Tuesdays thru 8/27, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St, 7pm, $20-$25)
ART: Beyond the Streets
The premier exhibition of graffiti, street art & beyond
This exhibition celebrates society’s most pervasive mark makers and rule breakers with unprecedented purpose and scale. It explores the collective urgency of using the street as a canvas for expression. The exhibition transforms more than 100,000 square feet of space into a museum-quality art experience, along with performances, lectures and films. (thru 8/30, Thu-Sun, 25 Kent Ave, BK, 11am-8pm, $25)
ART: Hell's Kitchen: a surreal summer show
A collection of beautifully peculiar artwork from both established and emerging surrealists. Artists Include: Jean Pierre Arboleda, Zofia Bogusz, Justin Brooks, Miles Johnston, Stephen Koharian, Eric Lacombe, Alex Merritt, Eva Redamonti, Madeleine Rhondeau, Scott Scheidly, David Stoupakis, Qieer Wang, & Hannah Faith Yata. (thru 8/31, Last Rites Gallery, 325 38th St, see site for details, FREE)
THEATER: Shakespeare in the Theater 2019
You've seen Shakespeare in the Park. You've seen Site Specific Shakespeare. You've seen Shakespeare on film. You've seen Shakespeare on television. Now witness Shakespeare in the most unconventional location of all: the theater. This is a festival of multiple plays written by Shakespeare performed inside a traditional theater space. (thru 8/31, The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Ave, BK, see site for details, $20)
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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