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Bam, here we go! More details are revealed, and tickets are now on sale for our annual dark celebration, Masquerade Macabre. As we announced last week, we go 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 still confirming art, entertainment and other participation, so please reach out if you want to do something with us. Heads up that the gorgeous loft we're taking over is smaller than our usual sprawling Halloween size, so tickets are limited -- especially if you want to play the game.
Full details below, but:
In the meantime, our sexier sister brand House of Scorpio is hosting The Sinners' Market next Sunday, OCt 20, just in time for you to snag some incredible Halloween costumes...plus some truly alternative goods, including in the realms of kink, fantasy and romance. Full vendor list below, and you can check out the FB event for some vendor preview posts (also #thesinnersmarket on Insta): https://www.facebook.com/events/616185322240671
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
House of Scorpio
invites you to
The Sinners' Market: Halloween edition
Sun, Oct 20, 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. The Halloween edition brings more costume and vintage wear options.
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/
Ethereal Bunny Boutique - Vintage costumes for the wild and the witchy - https://www.instagram.com/etherealbunnyboutique
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
Miscallaneous Dom - Kink-inspired high fashion finds
Sarah Sokol Millinery - Outrageous couture headwear, as seen on Janelle Monae, Cardi B, Billy Porter & Emilia Clarke - http://www.sarahsokolmillinery.com
Soul & Chain - Face and body chains - https://www.instagram.com/frombrookewith.love
Stoya - Internationally renown pornographer and writer selling her books and art - https://www.instagram.com/stoya
Tangled Owl Designs - Electroplated crystal jewelry and strappy harnesses - TangledOwlDesigns.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/
Wax Play supplies - A selection of high-end candles perfect for kink play
Flogging demo by Knot Very Nice (times TBC)
Balloon animals by Nola Bunny
Autographs and photo ops with Stoya
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)
Tix*: $25 Tier 1 / $35 Tier 2 / $40 Tier 3 & door / $20 after 12:30am (door only)
Pioneer tix for party + immersive game: $50
Secret private location in Crown Heights (NOT at G&S Loft!)
Official site & details: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
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...
Featuring (more TBA):
- Funkrust Brass Band: mixing punk, disco, EDM, metal, funk, Balkan brass and New Orleans second line with snazzy uniforms, choreography, megaphone vocals, and all-original music
- Shayfer James & his ghostly band: dark, danceable anthems of mischief
- Dark circus and variety acts
- Demonic dance floor by DJ Reaganomics
- Ghostly visuals by Geoff Matters
- Absinthe and other mind-altering potions by The House of St Eve (yes, t.h.o.s.e. cocktails...)
YES, you can actually play Oregon Trail! We bring you a live immersive version of the classic computer game. Bring your own team (6-10 people) or be paired up with other guests on the spot, and make it through the various challenges to cross the finish line in Willamette Valley. You will receive a custom "You have died of dysentery" pin (because let's face it, chances are that you will), and all teams that make it to Oregon will have their pins upgraded to stylish enamel. The team that arrives with the most points will also get a round of drinks on the house. Lots of photo ops and sudden deaths in between.
Old West characters, ghost gentlemen and ladies, dead saloon girls and barkeeps, 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
These events offer an amazing opportunity for capturing some of the most creative, colorful party goers in NYC. We allow cameras at nearly all events, but please ask if you want someone's portrait. If you're a professional photographer, get in touch -- we always offer free entry to photo & video professionals who send us their work after.
*All regular ticket tiers offer the same access to the event. Please buy at the level you can afford.
/// NYC EVENTS: 10/4-10/10///
WEEKEND + WEEK
ART: Satellite Art Show
Groundbreaking experimental art festival featuring over 40 artists, a performance art program, video art installation, and music performances. (Fri-Sun, 630 Flushing Ave, BK, see site for details, $10-$15)
PoP Up: An Artistic Treasure Hunt
An immersive outdoor artistic treasure hunt where you follow clues on a hand-painted map to discover mini performances that pop up throughout Fort Greene, Brooklyn. With 20 performers, 15 awe-inspiring performances, and 15 secret locations this is an experience you'll never forget. There will be three separate treasure hunts each with different performances. Each track lasts approximately one hour and 45 minutes. Audience members are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes. Starting location for each performance is secret and registered audience members will be notified the day before the show. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, addresses provided with RSVP, BK, see site for details, FREE)
VARIETY: 1st Annual CEG Cosplay-A-GoGo [Cosplay & Go-Go Dance Party]
Bringing the cosplay disco go-go dance party hysteria of the epic cruise onto land for the very first time in a Rock-n-Roll Speakeasy. (The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St, 9:30pm, $15-$25, 21+)
WORD/SHOP: NY Queer Zine Fair
Queer artists, zine makers, collectives and publishers to share and discuss their art and process. Every exhibitor also has their work for sale, ranging from hand made zines to small-run publications. NYQZF strives to be a place where diverse genders, backgrounds, experiences and identities are represented. This year's fair is one day only and is organized by Paul Moreno, artist and designer, and Kel Karpinski, zine artist and librarian/researcher. (Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plz, BK, 10am-5pm, FREE)
WORD: Felicia Day, Embrace Your Weird
New York Times bestselling author, producer, actress, TV writer, and award-winning web series creator, Felicia Day takes you on a journey to find, rekindle, or expand your creative passions. Whether you enjoy writing, baking, painting, podcasting, playing music, or have yet to uncover your favorite creative outlet, this will help you unlock the power of self-expression. Get motivated. Get creative. Get weird. Moderated by Angela Ledgerwood. Ticket includes a copy of the book. (St John's Lutheran Church, 155 Milton St, BK, 7pm doors/7:30pm talk, $20)
ART: Jacolby Satterwhite: You're at home
An immersive environment revolving around the artist’s digitally-animated series Birds in Paradise, which constructs mythological, queer universes derived from American consumerism, pop culture, African folklore, ritual, and personal narratives. Inspired by early 90s digital media like Final Fantasy and Daft Punk’s 2003 animated album-length film Interstella 5555, Birds in Paradise is set—in large part—within a giant coliseum, a recurring architectural motif that Satterwhite likens to the archetypal 360° viewing experience of ancient Rome. Satterwhite himself becomes a repetitive presence, dancing alongside multitudes of digital avatars, mythological creatures-turned-machines, geometric architectures that swell and shift, and leather-clad performers and muses—all of which move ritualistically to Satterwhite’s choreography. (Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 7pm-9pm, FREE)
PARTY: The Illuminati Ball
Tickets and Application: http://www.theilluminatiball.com/tickets.html
A surreal masquerade ball where Eyes Wide Shut meets The Island of Dr. Moreau. Cynthia von Buhler’s wondrous and provocative new graphic novel will come to life in a secret temple in NYC. Are you seeking wealth, love, power, respect or fame? The leaders can enlighten you. Tickets include The Illuminati Ball graphic novel, specialty cocktails, a gift and both intimate and expansive immersive experiences. Address revealed after purchase. All guests must apply and be accepted Use code “Year of the Pig” for $25 off. (Secret Temple, Lower East Side, 8pm-11pm, $250, 21+)
VARIETY: Street Meat: NYC-Style Burlesque & Pole
The wokest burlesque show for the city that never sleeps. Burlesque and performance artists bring you their strangest, sexiest, most shocking pieces. Just like NYC, this show will leave you sweaty, stimulated, and with plenty of new material for your therapist. Featuring ariel.ist, Jonathan McDonald, Olive TuPartie, Olivur Yu, Medea, and Peter Mercury. Hosted by Myka Fox. (Secret Loft, 137 W 14th St, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $15-$25, 18+)
BURLESQUE: Gills Gills Gills! A Fresh Catch Of Neo Burlesque
Dressed as her hideous sea monster alter ego, real life giantess Tallulah Talons serves as your Fishtress of Ceremonies and presents a carefully curated cast of neo burlesque performers. Gleefully spouting dad jokes and singing naughty cabaret songs between acts, she'll introduce some of the most interesting burlesque you've ever seen. The performers include a cross section of the many flavors of burlesque: sing-n-strips, balloon pops, contortion, ballet en pointe, boylesque, nerdlesque, high glamour a la Dita Von Teese, and styles you've probably haven't conceived of. Starring: Poison Eve, GiGi Holliday, Chartruice, Mimi Hurricane, Miss Katherine Harlow, and Bootsy Sterling. Fishtress of Ceremonies: Tallulah Talons. Preshow gogo from Ariadne the Millennial Princess, Juno Stardust, Madam Mira, and more! (Bedlam, 40 Avenue C, 8pm, $15-$25)
THEATER: Pleasure Island, The Pirate Sail
Shiver me Timbers! A late-night sail around the Hudson Bay on the good ship "Clipper City." This unique interactive theater experience takes place aboard an enchanting Civil War era schooner. Hop aboard and join the crew for Manhattan's exclusive pirate adventure around that grand Lady Liberty. Sing along with a seaworthy band of scallywags, and be teased and tantalized by our beautiful burlesque dancers - the sexiest sirens that could ever lure you into the deep. A swarthy crew of characters will take you on as a deckhand and you'll hoist a flagon to hidden treasures, while bathed in the light of the city's glittering skyline. Dress up, drink heartily and, of course, talk like a pirate! Discounts are available if you've sailed before, contact for the code. (Clipper City, Battery Park, Slip 2, 8pm check-in/8:15pm board/8:30pm sail, $40-$75)
BURLESQUE: Source Point Press NYCC Afterparty
Featuring Minnie D'Moocha as Norah and America Line as Franklin & Ghost. And for your other nerdy needs: Mary Cyn as Deadpool and Joker, Fem Appeal as Storm, Rocco Chanel as the Comedian, and Petite Renard as Izabel. Hosted by Moe Cheezmo. DJ Stormageddon as Punisher. Co-hosted by Source Point Press and Metropolis Burlesque. Bring your cash for gogo, raffle prizes, tipping, and photos! (Stitch Bar & Lounge, 247 West 37th St, 9pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATION: Sound Journey with Kai Altair
Dreamwork and shamanic journey practice are woven together into a meditative soundscape with Himalayan and crystal bowls, medicine melodies, mantra, heartbeat drumming, tuning forks, shruti box, chimes, and other world and shamanic instruments. The two-hour experience opens with an introduction to shamanic active dreaming & technique for visionary journeys; participants then lie down in a supported pose to receive the sound, and go on a 'test flight' using new tools. (The Invincible Hall, 29 Forsyth St, 4pm-6pm, $TBD)
PERFORMANCE: House of Noire presents Deadly Sins
A story about an angel named Dido who fell in love with a beautiful human. To prove her love to him, he insisted that she sacrifice her wings and fall to earth to be with him. As soon as she fell to Earth, the beautiful human quickly revealed that in reality, he was a demon in disguise. Heartbroken and alone, Dido roamed Earth in search of love and a sense of purpose. On her journey, she met the seven deadly sins. (The Laurie Beechman Theatre, West Bank Cafe, 407 W 42nd St, 7pm, $20-$40 plus $20 minimum)
FOOD: Lower East Side Pickle Day
A community celebration that creates a vibrant marketplace of contemporary, local restaurants paired alongside picklers from all over the U.S. The Pickle Guys, a longstanding neighborhood staple, doles out sweet and sour samples and Guss’ Pickles return to their neighborhood roots to tell the stories of Lower East Side yesteryears. Attendees also get a taste of what’s ahead with shops and eateries from the forthcoming Market Line as well bites from the new Essex Market.
A kid and kid-at-heart friendly event with a gamut of free activities: giant games, coloring tables, a photobooth and even a giant pickle mascot! (Orchard St, time TBD, FREE)
VARIETY: Necromancers of the Public Domain: The Art of Aubrey Beardsley
Each month, Theater of the Apes plucks a long forgotten volume from the shelves of the New York Society Library to resurrect as a One-Night-Only NYC variety show. Featuring Tyler Gunther, Timothy McCown Reynolds, Shelton Pritchard Lindsay, Pearl Rhein, Moses Rubin & Sarah Rubinstein Ocasio, and Teresa Toro. Hosted by Queen of the Apes, Ayun Halliday. (The Tank, 312 West 36th St, First Floor, 8pm, $15)
THEATER: The Gangsterlogues!
Vocal acrobat Zero Boy kills it as Mob Assassin Johnny Z of Moidah Inc. The interactive hit where you’re the boss. Take a historical slay ride from the 20’s to the 40’s with the funniest hitman from the past. (Under St Marks Theater, 94 Saint Marks Pl, 10:30pm, $20)
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Shadow Traffic call for artists - Deadline Sunday 10/6
Shadow Traffic is inviting artists to create site-specific, ephemeral funerary and/or homage shrines to memories, systems, events, or people once in existence (e.g., personal memory, people who once inhabited these places, defunct urban infrastructure elements such as communication portals or transportation platforms, historical events, popular meeting places, and events that no longer take place). In the wee hours of the morning on Friday, November 8th artists will construct these pieces on-site and offer a public sunrise tour the same day. The pieces will remain up through the weekend, and we will close the event with a sunset tour on Sunday, November 10th. Stipends of $50 to cover some basic costs of materials for this project.
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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