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Halloween update! Tier 1 of Masquerade Macabre is sold out / weekend flash sale info below.
- This 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, many not to be found anywhere else in NYC. It's also Gowanus Open Studios, so there's so much more happening in our neighborhood all 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. As you might expect, Tier 1 has SOLD OUT, but: you guys can still snag a few $25 tix with code "flashsale" until the end of the weekend, with a two-ticket minimum. 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 classic dark 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
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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
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
Alienz Incorporated - Ethereal handcrafted headgear, masks and accessories - https://www.alienzinc.com
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
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
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
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
HoS membership options & member tix: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
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.
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 SOLD OUT / $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...
- 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.
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
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: 10/18-10/24///
WEEKEND + WEEK
PUPPETS: Puppets Come Home
An exciting array of puppeteers will offer a spooky assortment of tricks & treats! Marionettes, hand puppets, shadow puppets & more! Featuring: The Boxcutter Collective, Brian Carson, Drama of Works, Fantasmal, Karagoz Theatre Company, Lambchop Suey, Paper Heart Puppets, Playlab NYC, and Pnk Vlvt Wtch. Hosted & Produced by: Brendan Schweda. Music by: Jess-O-Lantern & Charming Disaster. Professional photobooth by Kristopher Johnson Photography running all night! Come dressed in costume and get 3 free raffle tickets for exciting prizes! (Fri & Sat, Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, doors 8pm/show 8:30pm, $15, 18+)
THEATER: Bad Theater Fest 2019
A collection of low-budget, eclectic, unusual, different, fantastic short plays. (Fri/Sat, The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Ave, BK, 7pm, $20)
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. (multiple location, see site for details, FREE-$15)
PUPPETS: All Hallows Eve: A Wild Eclectic Horror Musical with Puppets
A wild, horror musical journey across the grey veil on a Halloween night, testing a sister's and brother's love against the forces of true evil, with book, lyrics and puppet design by Martin P. Robinson and music by Paul Rudolph. A harrowing cat-and-mouse game ensues with the stakes being nothing less than their immortal souls. A tale wrapped up in horror, comedy, and blood...and definitely not for young children. (Fri-Mon/Wed/Thu, this week and next, The Connolly Theater 220 East 4th St, see site for details, $30)
THEATER: fools in plein air: fermented rain Patti Bradshaw
Inspired by folk tales and the natural world, fools in plein air: fermented rain employs puppets, objects, projections, movement, and six performers to dissolve the boundaries between mind/body and sleep/wakefulness. In this commission, Swiss writer Robert Walser walks through the dreamscapes of artist Marc Chagall, revealing human interconnectedness, the porousness of boundaries and the illusion of human dominance. (Fri/Sat, Dixon Pl, 1661A Chrystie St, 7:30pm, $17-$23)
FILM: Brooklyn Horror Film Fest
Recently named to Moviemaker Magazine’s 30 Bloody Best Genre Fest’s in the World, The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is a premier east coast genre festival that embodies the spirit of Brooklyn. Taking place in venues throughout the borough, we showcase the best new independent films, throw parties, host events, and more. (Fri-Thu, multiple locations, BK, see site for details, $16-$18)
PERFORMANCE/WORD: New York Butoh Institute Festival 19
Butoh works by 13 female dancers from Japan, Columbia, Norway, Italy, Germany, France, and the U.S. Curated by butoh artist Vangeline, the Festival will consist of an exciting program of butoh workshops and masterclasses, as well as seven nights of groundbreaking performances presented. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave, see site for details, $18-$20/Talk FREE)
IMMERSIVE: The Ridgewood Slaughterhouse
This is where evil was born. Halloween night in a small American town. A nightmare turned reality. The disturbing series of gruesome murders that took place at the Ridgewood Slaughterhouse will forever be classified with unparalleled horror and inhumane acts of violence. Come experience true horror as you try to escape this fun, interactive haunted attraction with your friends and family. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, The Deep End, 1080 Wyckoff Ave, QNS, see site for details, $15-$30)
ART: Sunset park Wide Open Fall Edition
The Sunset Park Wide Open Fall Edition event invites the public to visit exhibitions, to meet artists, curators, and researchers from all over the world and to experience the artistic process and the diverse range of artistic mediums presented in the intimacy of both studio environments and institutional contexts. (Sat/Sun, multiple locations, BK, see site for details, FREE)
ART: Gowanus Open Studios
Gowanus Open Studios, aka GOS, is an annual weekend event that takes place in October. Artists in the Gowanus neighborhood (and slightly beyond) open their studio doors and welcome the public to view art, meet the artists, learn about the process of art-making, and get a glimpse of the life of artists. (Sat/Sun, multiple locations, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
THEATER: Hamlet - Macabre Cabaret
This play reshapes Shakespeare's masterpiece into a contemporary family drama about a young man's struggle with mental illness, substance abuse and the premature death of his beloved father. Set upstairs at the iconic Stonewall Inn, the royal crime family gathers to enjoy the return of famous cabaret performer Rosencrantz, Hamlet’s first love, and watches with horror as the Prince unravels into madness, provoked by his drug-induced hallucinations. This unique production is a Hamlet for the new millennium. (Mon-Wed, this week and next, The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St, 7pm, $10 + 2 drink min, 21+)
FILM/MUSIC: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with Live Accompaniment
A trance trance revolution as The Flushing Remonstrance perform their original live accompaniment to the mindbending horror classic and German expressionist masterwork. This special performance as part of the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival celebrates the film’s 100th anniversary as one of the first and greatest horror films, and will come to life at Brooklyn's Cobble Hill Cinemas with a chilling and powerful live score.(Cobble Hill Cinema, BK, 6:30pm, 265 Court St, BK, $16)
PERFORMANCE/PARTY: Osmosis 1
A community-based performance series held in unconventional places usually not associated with performance art. Performances by Alex Bienstock, Jacob Cohen & Ūla Kinder, Erik Hokanson, Jana Astanov with Concetta Abbate, Omni, Neneng, Myk Henry, Ronit Levin Delgado, and Goddess of Georgia. DJs Very J, cabraxxis, and Zack. 100% of the proceeds goes to the participating artists, musicians and DJs. (Bodeguita BK, 6 Suydam St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $10)
WORD: FashionSpeak Fridays: Tartan Talk
Tartan, the beloved symbol of the Scots, has evolved into one of the world’s favorite fabrics. Join Jeffrey Banks, co-author of Tartan: Romancing the Plaid, and fashion designer Michael Kaye, the “Bonnie Prince of Tartan,” for an illuminating presentation. There will be an exclusive dance performance by the NY Scottish Ball. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite tartan pieces. (The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, 7pm, $10)
MUSIC: 13 Million Year Old Ghost
This is the instrumental atmospheric project of Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Head Wound City, 41 Strings). This night will be a record release celebration. Performances by 13 million year old ghost, plus Deradoorian. Projections by Victoria Keddie. Two sessions. (Magic City, 37 Box St, 8:30m & 10:30pm, $13)
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)
SHOP: Big Brooklyn Book Sale
At this annual book sale there will be a huge collection of books, movies and music available in all genres and for all ages. (Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, BK, 9am-3pm, FREE)
ART: Flux Takeover of Socrates Sculpture Park
Flux Factory is thrilled to bring Resident and Alumni performance interventions to the beloved the waterfront park dedicated to supporting artists in the production and presentation of public art. An adventurous afternoon of performance, engagement, and installation activating The 2019 Socrates Annual exhibition. Come experience Flux’s core themes in action — collaboration, experimentation, and play. (Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, LIC, 12pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Crest's Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
Oddities and items of intrigue for sale from Quimby's Book Store. Fresh pizza made on site by Williamsburg Pizza & Brooklyn Pizza Crew. Kids craft table hosted by Artist & Craftsman. Spooky dance tunes from DJ Petey Complex
Contest Information. Adult and kids pumpkin carving contests. Attending in a Halloween Costume is encouraged but it is not required. (Crest Hardware & Urban Garden Center, 558 Metropolitan Ave, BK, 5pm, FREE, all ages)
PARTY: Insane Clown Posse Intensive Care Unit
The dirtbag clown hospital of Brooklyn. Come get your bones rattled with music by The Britnay’s. DJ sets by FEMBPM, Morenxx, DJ Snicklefritz, and John the Baptist. Live painting by Nicky Ottav! Stick and Pokes by Alien Queer Tattoo! Psychic surgery performed by Jaclyn Atkinson. Face painting to bring out your inner Juggalo. Pop up art gallery featuring artists of multiple genres. Free beer generously donated by Brooklyn Brewery while supplies last and drinks at the bar by donation. Please dress accordingly- clown, hospital, and everything in between! RSVP here or email fern.bk.nyc@PROTECTED for multiple RSVPS for discounted $10 admission. (address with rsvp, BK, 10pm, $10-$15)
PUPPETS: A Ramayana
Little Did Productions explores the nature of cross-cultural collaboration with "A Ramayana", a remembering of an epic poem familiar to over a billion people. Using overhead projectors and live raga music from North and South India, Little Did's shadow puppetry tells a timeless tale of mythic proportions for audiences of all ages. Watch as this multidisciplinary collective introduces and draws inspiration from the performing arts, music and dance traditions of South Asia to present shadow puppetry in raga form. [G&S Note: use code “SITA” for $5 off adv tix] (The Tank 312, W 36th St, 3pm & 7pm, $20)
FUNDRAISER: The Museum of Interesting Things’ “Disasters and Spooky Things”
A special benefit to help support The Greater Astoria Historical Society. Celebrate Queens and NYC through a collection of interesting things and vintage 16mm films. Featuring a special presentations from the Society President and Board Members. Subjects like famous Tombstones and Haunted waters. Yout ticket also includes admission to the NY Secret Speakeasy and showings of original vintage 16mm films of NY and more! (The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy, 177 Prince St, 4pm presentations/6pm speakeasy, $20)
IMMERSIVE: Parties, Power, & Promises — A Vampire: The Masquerade Event
Step into the shoes of a creature of the night, immortal vampires who use the streets of Brooklyn as their personal playground. Kindred from Albany who need your help. Rival vampires will be invading soon, and if the Capitol District falls, so will NYC...When you have every night for eternity, what will you reach for? This is an immersive role-playing event, in which guests will be provided with the tools to create and play as their own vampire character. Rub shoulders with other players, make deals, break promises, and explore the hunger that drives you. (Wonderville, 1186 Broadway, BK, 6pm, $15-$20)
DANCE: Desert Sin
Experience the beautiful and grotesque with Desert Sin, a NY based dance company that couples visual spectacle with emotional movement using entrancing characters in innovative stories that reflect the world in which we live. Under Artistic Director, Djahari Clark, the show continues to use impassioned creativity to maintain itself as an inspirational theatrical dance company. The electrifying Sarma Brass band will play. (Engine Room New York, 707 8th Ave, downstairs, 6:30pm doors/7pm show, $15-$25, plus 1 drink or food item if seated at the bar or 2 drink or food items if seated at a table)
FILM/PERFORMANCE: Bike-In Movie Theater
It's like a drive-in movie theater, but, y'know, with bikes! Skaters and walk-ins fine too. And it's indoors with astroturf. Bike parking with FM receivers, and a 1960's trailer bar, it'll feel like the great outdoors, mosquitoes included. Run by a dressymessy crew that brings all the it. Plus: Intermission Show! Weird drinks! Concession of Oddities and fresh popcorn with funky flavas! Featured Original Short Film: Apple: A Portrait. Featured Original Animations: Zombie Kitchen, Breakup Pie, and Creature Cave. Featured Feature: Raiders: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made. Bring one of those headphone splitters and get a free shot! (508 Smith St, BK, 7pm, $11)
Explore a lost future built from the anxieties we face surrounding climate change. This choose your own adventure begins with a DM from Oasis Time Travel on Instagram. It promises a luxurious vacation to the past fueled by the ambition for humanity to reconnect with one another without a digital blocker. However, when travelers’ vacations are disrupted by a stranger from the future, a mission arises to save the fabric of time itself. Over the course of this fall, you’ll be able to unlock new chapters of the experience over digital platforms, within theatrical nightlife, and alternative reality games. Start your adventure now by DMing “I’d like to book a trip” to@PROTECTED Travel (Location TBD, see site for details, $TBD)
PERFORMANCE: Hocus Pocus Entirely From Memory
Performers recreate a classic movie - using only what they can remember after watching the film once the week prior. The team of eight performers will attempt to perfectly recreate Hocus Pocus as best they can without the aid of scripts, rehearsal, or sobriety. Performers won't know what role they are playing until they get onstage. Performers must incorporate lines written by the audience. Performers must incorporate any sound effect played by the tech booth. Limited seating; ticket does not guarantee a seat. (Littlefield, 236 Sackett St, BK, 7:30pm doors/8pm show, $10-$12, 21+)
SHOP: Halloween Costume Bazaar
Need a last-minute Halloween costume? No prob! Come support the efforts of your local community of amazingly talented designers who are coming to show off their awesome clothing, costumes, hats, accessories, jewelry and so much more! (Studioteria Production House. 187 E Broadway, 12pm-9pm, FREE)
PARTY: Math Magazine Issue Eight Release Party
A bi-annual print-only publication featuring artwork and writing for an increasingly connected and sexually liberated world.
Ple Dancing by Aggie & Elle -please bring cash. Pole Courtesy of Stigma Unbound. Immersive Sensual Experience with Nikki Experience. Soundtrack by DJ Tara. Food from Mamma Hattie's Kitchen Food Truck. Live Figure Drawing with Doable Guys. Explicit Projections curated by The Violet and featuring AORTA Films, also in the Faith Issue. Co-Hosts: Spooky Slut & Mark Osmundsen. Dress in a way that makes you feel good and sexy, fetish wear, red, outfit changes, costumes and feel free to find ideas in the theme of the new issue: Faith! Clothing is optional after midnight. (Kinfolk 94, 94 Wythe Ave, BK, 10pm-3am, $9-$30, 21+)
ART: Super Funland - Journey Into The The Erotic Carnival
The Museum of Sex explores the sexual origins of the carnival in a combination history and group-art exhibition, SUPER FUNLAND: Journey into the Erotic Carnival. The history gallery takes visitors from the carnival’s ancient bacchanalian origins to its evolution in pre-industrial Europe and the “midway” of the 20th century’s great World’s Fairs, describing how its licentious and permissive subtext has remained intact. The group art show tells this story in thirteen one-of-a-kind commissioned amusements created by an internationally renowned team of artists and designers, bringing themes of sexual carnality, decadence, and joy to a contemporary audience. (thru TBD, Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Ave, see site for details, $18)
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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