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YES, it's Halloween time! Behold, this year's theme, our annual dark celebration, Masquerade Macabre, taken back in time and out West, to a ghost town on the Oregon Trail. YES, there will be an interactive game element in addition to the usual entertainment and a secret location. We're currently confirming art, entertainment and other participation, so please reach out if you want to do something with us for this one.
In the meantime, our sexier sister brand House of Scorpio is hosting The Sinners' Market this Sunday: New York's only market for truly alternative goods, including kink, fantasy and romance. Yes, corsets, harnesses, floggers and more.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
House of Scorpio
invites you to
The Sinners' Market
Sun, Sep 29, 1-6pm, FREE
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK - see site for address: http://houseofscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #houseofscorpio #thesinnersmarket
NYC's only market full of decadent deals and transgressive trinkets for all your sexy, kinky, fantasy, alternative, gothic and sex-positive needs.
Miss Scorpio - Vintage, costume and designer pieces selected for their unique visual appeal - http://bit.ly/GS_FBsale
Bound in Iron - Hand-forged BDSM accessories and toys - https://boundinironnyc.com/
Figure of A - Couture London brand inspired by Japanese rope bondage - https://figureofa.com/
Knot Very Nice - Had-dyed and tied cotton rope floggers - https://www.facebook.com/KnotVeryNice
Lamia Design - Handmade fingerless leather gloves - https://www.lamiadesign.com
Licata Custom Knives - Hand made blades, jewelry and unusual items - http://www.licataknives.com
Lovelorn Lingerie - Leather harnesses as wearable art - https://www.lovelornlingerie.com
The Four Fires - Nature and fantasy based erotic art from a feminine perspective - https://www.etsy.com/shop/thefourfires
Vengeance Designs - Latex couture from classic fetish design to cosplay to trending fashions - https://vengeancedesigns.net/
Flogging demo by Knot Very Nice (times TBC)
HALLOWEEN: 10.25 & 10.26
Gemini & Scorpio
cordially request your presence at
8th Annual Masquerade Macabre: Ghost Town on the Oregon Trail
Fri, 10.25 & Sat 10.26, 9pm-4am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
Secret private location in Crown Heights
Official site & details: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Tickets go on sale next week
Social media: @gemini_scorpio / #geminiandscorpio #MasqMacabre
A marvellous and mysterious event...a Halloween celebration of the extravagant and the grotesque...an all-night spectacle of atmosphere, costumery and diverse entertainments...an explosion of live music, dancing, circus arts and late-night revelry, snake-charmed into an absinthe-fueled early-morning speakeasy.
This year, Masquerade Macabre goes West, along the Oregon Trail, to one of the many ghost towns dotting the map. Gather your team and hitch your wagons, and see if you can survive the arduous journey. But chances are, you'll die a myriad ways instead...
More info and tickets TK next week.
Macabre carnival, aberrations of nature, cabinet of curiosities, dark Victoriana, evil funhouse, steampunk, Jan Svankmaier & Brothers Quay films, Freaks, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Think dark & creepy. Or dark & funny. Or whatever your Halloween costume happens to be. But if we have to ask, it's not a costume.
Gorgeously finished high-ceiling brick-and-wood large loft with roof deck. Address will be released 24 hours before the event.
"Live music, dancing, absinthe and the dark arts" - The New York Times. "Late-night absinthe-fueled revelry, with dancing, circus arts, and a Victorian-inspired dress code." - The Village Voice. "Expect off-the-wall antics" - Huffington Post. "Denizens of the night...down absinthe until the sun rises." - TimeOut New York. "Absinthe-fueled debauchery." - Paper. "Vintage-inspired spectacle." - New York Press. "This quintessential New York experience, a costume-required masquerade ball, offers a cornucopia of pleasures guaranteed to keep you going all night (and morning) long." - Flavorpill. "Collection of artists who revel in all things exotic, sensual and creative." - Examiner
/// NYC EVENTS: 9/27-10/3///
WEEKEND + WEEK
BURLESQUE: The 17th Annual New York Burlesque Festival
Enjoy 4 nights and one afternoon of glitter and glamour in Gotham, with over 120 eye-popping performances from international leading burlesque and variety entertainers at five of NYC’s hottest nightclubs. Audience members, in addition to enjoying tassels and tail feathers, will be entertained by live music, international DJ’s, variety and circus performers, burlesque, boylesque, and a shopping boutique where you can try on custom corsets, peruse pasties, hair ornaments, vintage dresses, lingerie and even partake in a pin-up make-over. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, MH & BK, see site for details, $18-$65)
ART: Parade of Trains at Brighton Beach
The Transit Museum’s vintage train cars are headed on a special trip to the end of the BMT Brighton line. Ride the rails in historic style on Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th, by hopping on and off a selection of the Transit Museum’s vintage fleet at the Brighton Beach station B/Q platforms. Parade of Trains is free with a swipe of your MetroCard! Shuttle rides will run continuously to and from the Brighton Beach station express platforms from 11am to 4pm. Brighton Beach will serve as the sole terminus for all shuttle rides. Vintage trains will be traveling in both directions, making a short round trip to Ocean Parkway and a longer round trip to Kings Highway. Passengers will only be able to get on and off the trains at the Brighton Beach station. (Brighton Beach station B/Q platforms, BK, 11am-4pm, FREE w/metrocard swipe)
ART: Brazzers Backroom VHS
A time bending art exhibit that transports you to the backroom of the local video rental store. Enter a VHS wonderland where the lights get low, the manager is on your ass and the late fees are strictly enforced. Preview the latest releases such as, “The Fuckening” and “Doctor! All Our Assholes are Possessed!”, sign up for a membership card, fall through the Payphone Glory Hole Time Machine, anal-yze artifacts, or sneak into the employee breakroom and unwind with a porn star.
A celebration of modern porn legends and the experience of renting porn in person. Porn (the last frontier of camp and punk rock combined) will be celebrated through art, installations and in store appearances by Nicolette Shea, Abella Danger, Jordi, Luna Star, and Pheonix Marie. (Sat/Sun, THNK1994 Museum, 310 Canal St, 11am-7pm, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: WaxFactory presents: LULU XX
A new cross-media performance, devised by the company's co-founders. Our production, inspired by Wedekind's timeless female protagonist, challenges the idolatry and misogyny of the male gaze in artistic representation of women, exposing its conflicting tendencies. Inspired by the momentum of feminist protest, we revisit the unapologetic heroine, asking new questions about agency, representation and violence in the contemporary world. Created by Ivan V Talijančić & Erika Latta. Directed & Designed by Ivan Talijancic. Performed by Erika Latta. (Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th St, see site for details, $20)
PARTY: The Great Dumbo Drop
Brooklyn's most iconic block party with a spectacle twist – thousands of elephants dropping onto Washington Street!
Come for #DUMBODROP at 6pm. Stay for #DISCODROP at 7:40pm. Then Party with us and Sixpoint at the Archway Afterparty. The Block Party is free and open to all. Taste of Dumbo. Beer gardens. A Bedazzling Contest. Live performances. Activities for kids and kidults. An Archway Afterparty. (Washington Street at Water Street, BK, 4pm-9pm, FREE)
WORD: FashionSpeak Fridays: Paris Refashioned, 1957 - 1968
Join Colleen Hill, curator of costume and accessories at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT), in a presentation of one of the most groundbreaking periods in fashion history, the 1960s. From the early designs of Yves Saint Laurent to the popularity of ready-to-wear fashions by Emmanuelle Khanh, fashion of the 1960s traces the combined influence of French haute couture, ready-to-wear, and popular culture during this era. Parisian fashion is highly encouraged. (The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park S, 7pm-8pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Ride or Die: Oregon Trail Live
Grab yer favorite oxen, 14 pounds of jerky, and yer best flannel – we’re heading to the Oregon Trail. We’ve taken your favorite educational computer game, slapped some facts on it, and turned it into a real-life drinking game. Hosts Kylie Holloway and Michael Salgarolo are gonna caulk up your wagon and float it down the river of history – and gird yer loins, ‘cos one of y’all’s gettin’ dysentery. This event uses assigned seating, members should email contact@PROTECTED for seats. (Caveat, 21 A Clinton Street, 9:30pm, $20)
VARIETY: Blades and Burlesque
Blades and Burlesque is where the ‘Bladies' of Burlesque - Marlena Dee and Lolita Haze (Las Vegas) - not only strut their own tassels and feathers but assist in the bladed shenanigans of Cardone The Magician and The Great Throwdini. Expect an evening of twirly, feathered, and shiny, sharp metal things coming together for the very first time. (Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $20, 18+)
FEST: 18th Annual NYC Pagan Pride Day 2019
A communal celebration of all things pagan. Meet pagans, wiccans, druids, voodoo practitioners, thelemites, and others as they participate in multi-denominational rituals and workshops. Browse vendor booths and buy marvelous magical merchandise of all kinds (jewelry, ritual items and tools, clothes, books, etc.), experience tarot and other readings, join in a drum circle, and visit information tables to learn about the variety of pagan groups that meet in the city. (Castle Clinton National Monument, BATTERY PARK, 10am-5pm, FREE)
FOOD: Chile Pepper Festival 2019
Indulge in tasty bites and sizzling sauces from food artisans who bring the heat from around the world. In the evening, New Orleans comes to Brooklyn with performances by some of the Big Easy’s finest musicians. (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 455 Flatbush Ave, BK, 11am-7pm, $30/$25 stu & sen/FREE for members & children under 12)
PARTICIPATORY: Come Out & Play
A day of family-friendly games and an evening of new social and physical games for adults. From 1pm- 5pm, Come Out & Play Family Day offers 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. From 6pm-10pm, After Dark turns the city streets in a particular neighborhood into an arcade with social party games, large physical video games, and wild new street games. After Dark showcases street games and technology enabled live-action game experiences. (Dumbo Archway, BK, 1pm-10pm, see site for details, 18+ after dark)
WORD/PARTICIPATORY: Another Afternoon in the Garden
Seven Silver Tongued Devils will be bringing poetry, spoken word, and a bit of music to this East Village "Garden of Eden." This is the final readings this summer and enjoy a wonderful afternoon in a bucolic setting with amazing poetry and spoken word artistry, and open mic. No restrooms in the park so please look for relief at a local restaurant or bar prior to arriving and please take your trash when you leave. It is not the 6B Community Garden on the corner of 6th and B. (6BC Botanical Garden, 624 E 6th St, 2pm, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: The Rational Dress Society’s History of Counter-Fashion
See a collective re-imagining of our relationship to dress. The performance lecture and fashion presentation chronicles a history of revolutionary and counter-fashion garb from the late 1700s to the present day. Ten models, each wearing an example of historical counter-fashion, will provide a live demonstration of each garment, walking the runway to an original score composed by Michael Webster. The program will be sign language-interpreted. (The Theater at MAD, The Museum of Arts and Design, Jerome and Simona Chazen Building, 2 Columbus Circle, 4pm, $10/$5 mem & stu)
PARTY: Official 2019 Burning Man NYC Decompression
Decompressing from Burning Man 2019, the NYC Burner Community continues its Metamorphosis by producing its first large-scale Decom since 2009 in a 3000 person venue with 16 insides/outside spaces and 9 sound-systems being activated by multiple theme camps, artists, and performers. The theme is Eclosión = The emergence of an adult [insect] from its pupa or larval stage. All are welcome in any form of playa style or, to play along with the theme, consider art and costumery that elevates, illuminates or transforms. Morph as any insectoid or amphibian inspired species or realize your own interpretation as numerous east coast community members infest the Knockdown center, coming together in our full, combined glory. Note that tickets will NOT be sold at the door. (Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, QNS, 1pm-4am, $50-$60, 21+ after 7pm)
FEST: 35th Annual Medieval Festival
Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Performers, guests, and festival goers dress in medieval costume. Visitors are greeted by authentic period music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The afternoon is concluded with a thrilling joust between four knights on horseback. Costumed vendors will be on hand to demonstrate and sell a wide variety of medieval crafts as well as food and drink. Experience the culture of a bygone era against the backdrop of the Cloisters museum and the Hudson River during autumn's peak. (Fort Tryon Park, Margaret Corbin Dr, 11:30am-6pm, FREE, all ages)
PERFORMANCE: Ballet Hispánico Hispanic Heritage Month: A La Calle Block Party 2019
Company, School of Dance, and CAP Performances, live music, free dance classes, free raffles, kids activities & more. Rain or Shine Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with our sponsors, dancers, food vendors, and community. (Ballet Hispanico, 167 W 89th St, 12pm-4pm, FREE)
FEST: 45th Annual Atlantic Antic
The Atlantic Antic is a living tribute to the myriad of heritages that coexist in Brooklyn. Spanning four neighborhoods (Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Downtown Brooklyn) from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, the Antic is the largest street festival in New York City. From start to finish, Atlantic Avenue is transformed into a sea of entertainment offering something for everyone. Comprised of local and national vendors intertwined with the offerings of trendy restaurants and boutiques, the Atlantic Antic features live music stages that showcase free performances from various cultural genres. Bringing together people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to Atlantic Avenue to celebrate the longstanding tradition of food, art, music, shopping, festivities, and fun! (Atlantic Avenue: Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, 12pm-6pm rain or shine, FREE)
SHOP: Massive $1.00 Vinyl Record Sale in Brooklyn
The 21st Black Gold Gold Dig with friends at Folksbier Brauerei -- right around the corner from their Court Street location. Thousands and thousands of vinyl records will be available here for one day only at the low price of $1.00 each. This is a cash only sale. Expect all genres of music, LPs, 12"s,and 45s: promotional records, label overstock, new and used rock / jazz / blues / soul / funk / disco / indie / metal / foreign / soundtracks / oddball / dance / techno / electronic... the list goes on. Any questions call Black Gold at 347-227-8227. (Folksbier Brauerei, 101 Luquer Street, BK, 12pm-7pm, FREE)
THEATER: Claywoman in Conversation with Amber A'Lee Frost
Conversations with Claywoman is part of this week's Sundays at Seven, a performance series presented by TWEED TheaterWorks, Kevin Malony Artistic Director. Amber ALee Frost is a writer, musician and co-host of the Chapo Trap House Podcast. Claywoman is a 500 million year old enigma from the Mirillion Galaxy. She travels to Earth (one of her favorite planets) from time to time to check in on us and engage in dialogue. One of her most famous talks was at Hunter College some years ago. This visit, she arrives while our species is in a particularly dangerous predicament and so this could even be called an emergency visit. She looks forward to chatting with some old friends and taking questions from the audience in attendance at Pangea. (Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, 7pm, $20/$15 adv plus $20 minimum)
PERFORMANCE/PARTICIPATORY: Déviante Drawing Salon: DEUS SEX MACHINA
Reimagine the sensory landscapes through biomechanical prosthetics; synthetic skin and the lustre of chrome upon humanoid forms. You are invited to transcribe this sensual world. Figure drawing experience is not required. The magik is in perceiving the experience through your own senses and reflecting them onto paper through renderings of your own observation. Valkiri, self-proclaimed Cyborg, bio hacker and multi-disciplinary creatrix, will guide you through the singularity through curation and performance. Special deco collaboration with the visionary Max Steiner with lighting and futuristic 3D art. Live musical performance TBD. There will be a limited amount of paper, sketch pads and drawing utensils so please come equipped with your own. Space is limited. (The Chanda Lair, 16 Arion Pl, 7pm doors, 7:30pm performance, $30)
SHOP: Thrift On! Clothing & Stuff swap party
Bring and/or take or just take stuff there is plenty. Bring in your old clothes and stuff to donate to our rummage tables! take home items free from the piles of booty. DJ shakey and special guests play throwback tunes and amuse you. Only bring clean clothes from your home, when you take clothes, keep them in a closed plastic bag, wash them when you get home and dry them in high heat for 30 minutes. all leftover clothes are donated to a reputable charity bin directly after the party Note to all vintage clothing store "pickers", flea marketers, and resellers of any kind, you are NOT welcome at this event and you will be bounced. (The Keep, 2555 Cypress Ave, QNS, 8pm - 12am, FREE)
ART: Satellite Art Show
Groundbreaking experimental art festival featuring over 40 artists, a performance art program, video art installation, and music performances. (630 Flushing Ave, BK, 5pm-12am, $10-$15)
VARIETY/PARTICIPATORY: Miss Subways 2019
Miss Subways Extravaganza showcases contestants with talents spanning the weird and whimsical, demonstrating their devotion to the subway.. A modern take on the Miss Subways pageants held in NYC between 1941 and 1976, subway riders of all ages and gender identities are encouraged to participate. In a night of performances spanning the classy, the trashy, the weird, and the whimsical, contestants will demonstrate their devotion to their subway line of choice. But only one can take home the transit tiara!. The panel of distinguished judges, with assistance from the audience, will select this year's public ambassador, Miss Subways 2019. All proceeds from the event support the City Reliquary Museum, NYC's finest cabinet of city curiosities, and Riders Alliance, a membership organization dedicated to winning better transit by organizing bus and subway riders into a powerful political constituency. (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 7pm-10pm, see site for details, $15-$25)
FILM: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, that most endearing of romantic comedies, gave us one of filmdom’s most enduring characters in the form of Holly Golightly, brought to life on screen by the magnificent Audrey Hepburn. We celebrate Hepburn in all her monumental glory (and the release of the film 58 years ago this week) with a special screening of the film, based on Truman Capote’s novella of the same title. (The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park S, 7:30pm doors/8pm-10pm film, $10)
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PUPPETS: Call for Submissions: Puppet Lab 2020 - Deadline: 10/11
St. Ann's Warehouse 45 Water Street Brooklyn, NY
The St. Ann's Warehouse Puppet Lab is a developmental laboratory for artists working within the medium of puppetry. For 20 years, it's been an incubator for new work, and many projects born here have gone on to tour the globe. The new Lab Directors, Robin Frohardt and Lake Simons, will be equally focused on preserving traditions and pushing boundaries of puppet performance work. The application for Puppet Lab 2020 is live. For more information and to apply, visit the website.
ART: Creatures from the Land of Thra: Character Design for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
This ongoing series explores the process of designing the fantastical characters for the new Netflix show. The exhibit features a selection of concept art, maquettes, puppets, and behind-the-scenes images, tracing the collaboration between concept artist Brian Froud, who originated the world of Thra in The Dark Crystal, and Jim Henson's Creature Shop, which built the puppets for the series. Highlights include the Hunter Skeksis, the General Skeksis, a Fizzgig, and the All-Maudra and Seladon Gelflings, as well as a series of detailed maquettes, created by Toby Froud, which were used as models for the characters. (thru 2/23, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, see site for details, $15 includes museum entry)
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