[G&S]: Halloween: Sinners' Market / Masquerade Macabre: Oregon Trail / Persephone | Your NYC events 10.11-18

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Subject: [G&S]: Halloween: Sinners' Market / Masquerade Macabre: Oregon Trail / Persephone | Your NYC events 10.11-18
Date: October 11th 2019

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Hello lovelies,

This is it, our full Halloween lineup:

- Next Sun, 10.20 - (House of Scorpio's) The Sinners' Market: Halloween costumes and vintage finds (of course), plus some truly alternative goods, including kinky and gothic wearables and art. It's also Gowanus Open Studios weekend, so there's so much more happening in our neighborhood this weekend. FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/616185322240671

- Fri and Sat 10.25-26 - 11th Annual Masquerade Macabre: Ghost Town on the Oregon Trail. After a few years of pop culture fun (Stranger Things!), we return with our usual eclectic lineup of danceable bands, DJs, dark circus and variety...plus a ridiculous live game version of the Oregon Trail. 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. FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2846059365421997 | Tix: https://masqmacabre.brownpapertickets.com

- Fri and Sat 10.25-26 - (House of Scorpio's) Persephone: dark dance and secret dungeon Halloween. Mixing sensual performance, sensory experience and kink play with a goth dance party, Persephone is our homage to classic "alternative" parties of the goth underground. Room here is limited too, since we've got blacksmiths(!) dragging in some serious equipment. FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/520707572048061 | Tix: https://persephone.brownpapertickets.com

As always, full event descriptions (and the rest of what we know happening in NYC this weekend) are below.


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SHOP: 10.20 [followed by Stoya's Sex Lit]

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
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/616185322240671
FL: https://fetlife.com/events/835223
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.

Confirmed vendors:
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 - Hand-dyed and tied rope floggers & custom rope bondage sets - 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 - Intricate chain wear designs for face and body - https://www.instagram.com/frombrookewith.love
Stoya - Internationally renown pornographer and writer selling signed books and instax - https://hellostoya.com
Tangled Owl Designs - Electroplated crystal jewelry and strappy harnesses & garters - 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 (and stay for her book club, Sex Lit, 6-9pm)

HALLOWEEN: 10.25 & 10.26

Gemini & Scorpio
cordially request your presence at

11th 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
Tix: https://masqmacabre.brownpapertickets.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2846059365421997/
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...

- 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
- Daring aerial shenanigans by Eva Rodriguez and Pablo Landeta
- Dangling dead saloon girl Ingrid Amelia Apgar
- Undead dance by Vesper Synd
- Sideshow lunacy by Trick, the Bastard
- Demonic dance floor by DJ Joro Boro
- 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.

Costumes required:
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" - The 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

Photo policy:
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.

HALLOWEEN: 10.25 & 10.26

House of Scorpio

Persephone: secret dungeon + dark dance Halloween

Fri, 10.25 & Sat 10.26, 9pm-4am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
$40 adv / $50 door, if available / $0-20 for monthly members
$20 after 1am if capacity allows (door only)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK -- RSVP for address
No PAL requirement except in dungeon area; dress code and Code of Conduct apply

Official site & address RSVP: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/events.html
Tix: https://persephone.brownpapertickets.com
HoS membership options & member tix: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/520707572048061
FL: https://fetlife.com/events/843402
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #houseofscorpio #gspersephone

As autumn's chill stills the air, Persephone once again journeys to the underworld to bring redemption and pleasure to its denizens and to seek out her immortal lover Hades. Taste the sacred pomegranate and join us in a modern recrafting of the sacred and erotic Eleusian mysteries.

A dark and haunting mix of dance, performance, sensory experience and kink play, Persephone is a fetish Halloween celebration. Featuring interactive experiences and performances by Kitty Killin (rope), Lady Euphoria (wax), Mistress Maddox (flogger & single tail), Vivica Volt (electrostim + fiberoptic baths). DJ Ceremony (Svmmon: a dark dance experience, Disintegration - The Cure immersion party) keeps you dancing all night with goth, industrial, synth, dark 80s, new wave, electro.

We are collaborating with blacksmiths Bound in Iron to set up a special dungeon area with play equipment, including a Humiliation Zone on our stage. Rigging points available for suspension play. Explore your darkest desires...bring your dates & your toys. Consent and polite party behavior strictly enforced. Dungeon open for photos 9-10pm, and for play 10pm-end.

Welcome to our underworld.

Dress code: gods and goddesses, devils and demons, damned souls, gothic, fetish, dark Lolita, cyberpunk, ninja warrior. Effort required / no casual wear.

Please note: photos are allowed in the entire space 9-10pm, with subject's permission. Get in on that dungeon set action! 10pm-end: no photos except in the designated area.

/// NYC EVENTS: 10/11-10/17///


WORD: Civic Art Lab: 3-Day Sustainability and Design Lab
This year's lab brings together artists, designers, and educators from Columbia University, Amherst College, Pratt, Royal College of Art (UK), Operation Resilient Living & Innovation (ORLI+), and other independent studios, businesses, and public figures. Workshops, events, and exhibitions lead investigations into diverse themes such as: climate change and climate resilience, creative re-use, urban agriculture, sustainable architecture, environmental justice, and more. Civic Art Lab is open to everybody. (Fri-Sun, Chinatown Soup, 16 Orchard St, 3pm-7pm, FREE-$45)

FOOD: The New York Coffee Festival
New York’s flagship coffee event, celebrating the burgeoning specialty coffee scene in this great city. This year's festival will feature live experiences from over 85 coffee, food and equipment suppliers. Visitors will enjoy endless free coffee tastings, interactive workshops, demonstrations from world-class baristas, delicious street food, intoxicating coffee cocktails, live music, art and so much more. (Fri-Sun, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St, see site for details, $30-$150)

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. (Fri/Thurs, Under St Marks Theater, 94 Saint Marks Pl, 10:30pm, $20)

FEST: Spoke the Hub’s New Gowanus Arts Annex Opening Weekend
Spoke the Hub Dancing & Koko NYC invite all ages to join in the grand opening festivities of the new studios in the Gowanus Arts Annex. Events include a collaborate film-making workshop with Justus Snyder; Happy Hour with Art Lillard’s Blue Heaven Jazz Sextet, a performance showcase of new dance, theater, film, and music; and introduction to meditation with Eric Alfaro; and more. (Sat/Sun, Gowanus Arts Annex, 298 Btler St, BK, see site for details, $10-$45 sugg don)

ART: Red Hook Open Studios
Open studios in Red Hook, Brooklyn featuring artists, makers and designers throughout the neighborhood. Discover studios hidden among street murals, Civil War period warehouses, and harbor views before heading to Pioneer Works for a closing celebration. (Sat/Sun, multiple locations, BK, 1pm-6pm, FREE; Sun Party: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 4pm-9pm, $10 sugg don)

FEST: Indigenous Peoples Day NYC 2019
Share 24 hrs of indigenous culture, music, song, dance, food, ceremony and prayer. Featuring: SUNFilipino Dance Group, Silver Cloud Singers, Kasibahagua Taino Cultural Society, Peace Poets, Dj Chris Diaz, Aztec Dancers, and much more. (Sun 11am-late/Mon 7am-2pm, Randall’s Island, 20 Randall’s Island, FREE)

MUSIC: HONK NYC! Intl’ Street Band Fest
HONK NYC brings the tradition of global street band music & spectacle to audiences everywhere — in parks, at clubs, in schools, and especially out in the streets. The annual October festival highlights local, national, and international musicians and ensembles who redefine brass and percussion music and parade culture. Opening night is co-Hosted by The L Train Brass Band and features music by: Seed & Feed Marching Abominable (Atlanta, GA) The L Train Brass Band (NYC) Frank London’s Shikere Kapelye (Inebriated Orchestra), featuring Deep Singh, and more. Throughout the festival there will be pop up performances around the city including the Apollo, Barbes, Washington Square Park, and more. (Tue-Thu, this week and next, multiple location, see site for details, FREE-$15)


SKATE: Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco
A themed, dress up, immersive roller skating experience. Retro DJs spinning the hottest dance floor grooves from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today. Light up hula hoops, go-go dancers & more. An MC who narrates the spectacle as it unfolds. A red carpet where you can get your photo taken by our professional photographer to post on social media. A skate Dance Competition where the best skaters in NYC compete for fabulous prizes. Dress up in the most fabulous, retro inspired outfit in your closet! Retro Roller Disco outfits, glitter, sparkle, glitz & glam costumes are highly recommended! (LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park Brooklyn, 171 East Dr, 7:30pm, $22-$32, 21+)

VARIETY: Twisted Circus Presents: Devil's In The Details
A shocking, macabre interactive experience that blends circus and cabaret with a gory game show with truly twisted results. The Devil, as portrayed by Rob Romeo, hosts an evening of spectacle that will bring you closer than ever to mortal consequence and moral reprobation. The audience is invited to sign the Devil’s Contract to play the Devil’s Games. The evening’s content will include Fire, Burlesque, Bullwhips, Knife Throwing, Debauchery, Gluttony, Impalement, Demonic Activity, Lobotomy, Sodomy, Strangulation, and Sin. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 8:30pm doors/9pm show, $20)


WALK: Gowanus Canal Shoreline Art Walk
The shape of water pumping through the Gowanus Canal has been inspiring creativity for decades and you are invited to join the Gowanus Dredgers for a stroll along the Gowanus shoreline and streets to view the quirky art and athletic scene of Gowanus.  In a neighborhood once notorious for industrial pollution and the death of waterfront marine life, a vibrant renaissance is underway. (Gowanus Dredgers, 165 2nd St, BK, 11am-1pm, $25)

SHOP: Mayday's World of Witches Vendors' Market
Get ready for Samhain, Día de los Muertos, Halloween, and other celebrations of life, death, the spirit world, and harvest! The market will feature vendors from numerous traditions around the world selling artwork, ceremonial talismans, herbs, potions, and more. There will also be skill-sharing workshops throughout the day organized by Minka where you can learn how to make tools of magic, herbal products, and more! (The Great Hall of Mayday Space, 176 St. Nicholas Ave, BK, 12pm, $5-$20)

VARIETY: Flirt & Flow Show: Halloween Spectacular
An evening of burlesque and flow arts dedicated to classic Halloween-time movies and TV shows! Featuring MaryJane Twatson as The Twilight Zone, Zbu as American Gods, Shelley Lynn as It, Kitana Kedavra as Annabelle, Omari Soulfinger as Beetlejuice, Amaris Louise as Stranger Things, Darlina Extraordinaire as The Bay, and Betty Brash as Crimson Peak. Kitten: Caresse Deville. Host: Foster Rhodes. The environment of this event is that of a sexy spooky slumber party with your friends where you binge on candy and horror til the sun comes up. So make sure to arrive in a costume or PJ’s. Popcorn and candy will be available for peak viewing experience. (The Footlight, 465 Seneca Ave, QNS, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, $10)

FILM: Found Footage Festival: Volume 9
Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (The Colbert Report) return to The Bell House with a live guided tour through their latest VHS finds, including the 1987 Miss Junior America Wisconsin pageant, a mysterious tape labeled "bonion sergery," home movies taken at a Canadian hose factory, and a fitness video called Skiercise. (Te Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 7:30pm doors/8pm show, $17, 21+)

VARIETY: Circo Draconum Presents: Dracos Inferno: An All Fire Show
A devlish night of fire and terror to devour your hopes and dreams! With some of the hottest fire performers in the east coast and around the world with the most unique acts, flame manipulation techniques and art you won't see anywhere else! Expect the unexpected with dance, martial arts, magic, stunts and more infused with the smoke and soot of that sensual element that awakens your soul! Dreamy, haunting tunes and guidance of the duo that is Charming Disaster to lead you through this enchanted evening with their transformative melodic musicality. Raffle prizes and more. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 9pm, $20)


The biggest Afrobeat celebration in the world celebrating the sonic legacy of African music icon Fela Anikulapo Kuti. It is a celebration of music and dance that inspires, empowers and uplifts. Featuring Chop and Quench with Sahr Ngaujah and Rich Medina's Jump n Funk. With Visuals by The Marksmen. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 9pm, $10-20, 21+)

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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.


FILM: Stuffed
Growing up in New York means having spent happy hours in the Hall of African Mammals in the American Museum of Natural History, ogling the amazing dioramas. Filmmaker Erin Derham is a vegetarian and animal lover with a Masters degree in Environmental History, so she approached the subject of taxidermy with trepidation. But in this gorgeous, quirky, fascinating documentary she discovers a new generation of taxidermists dedicated to applying their artistry to a field that has conservation at its heart center. (thru 10/29, Film Forum, 209 W Houston St, see site for details, $15)

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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