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Here we go! Busiest weekend of the year, always. We hope you have lots of fun, but don't miss the forest through the trees by chasing the fun all over town. Support the artists you love. Dress up. Let go. Drink water.
Here's what we've got for you:
- 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. 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. 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.
Gemini & Scorpio,
makers of themed costume events with live entertainment
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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: 1467 Bedford Ave bet Sterling & Park
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
- Twisted aerial stunts by Fey Tality
- Undead dance by Vesper Synd
- Sideshow lunacy by Trick, the Bastard
- Creepy burlesque by Billie Marquee
- Demonic dance floor by DJ Joro Boro (Fri) and DJ Ceremony (Sat)
- 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. (And in case we need to say it: ethnicity is not a costume, either.)
Gorgeously finished high-ceiling brick-and-wood large loft with roof deck.
"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.
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) and Mistress Maddox (flogger & single tail). DJ Ceremony (Svmmon: a dark dance experience, Disintegration - The Cure immersion party) and DJ Jackpot (QXT's, Pyramid Club, Lucky 7s) keep 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 front area.
/// NYC EVENTS: 10/25-10/31///
WEEKEND + WEEK
PERFORMANCE: Nightfall at Green-Wood
As night descends across Brooklyn, step through Green-Wood’s iconic Gothic Arch and into an unforgettable experience of ethereal sights and sounds. Guided by thousands of flickering candles and the light of the silvery moon, you’ll wander along the Cemetery’s winding paths and have chance encounters with musicians, performers, moving images, and storytellers. This year’s theme – lovesick – celebrates the pleasures and pains of romance, and the impermanence of all the things that we hold dear. (Fri/Sat, Greenwood Cemetery, 500 25th St, BK, 8pm-11:30pm, $85)
PARTY: Warehouse of Horrors
For two evenings, a hundred-year-old warehouse careens and creeks to life with ethereal performances, bone-chilling experiences, and the alchemical mayhem that can only occur when art, music and the supernatural collide. Bizarre apparitions lurk around every corner… Greet one or two and see where the night takes you. Featuring: a trio of stages, otherworldly performances, warehouse scale art installation, opulent lounges, silent disco, ethereal interactions, 3D mapped visuals, festival vendors. (Fri/Sat, Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, BK, see site for details, $75-$125, 21+)
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/Thu, Dixon Pl, 1661A Chrystie St, 7:30pm, $17-$23)
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-Sun, 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)
HALLOWEEN: The Gravesend Inn, A Haunted Hotel 2018
Prepare to be scared at New York City College of Technology’s (City Tech) annual high-tech haunted hotel. The Gravesend Inn is produced by Theatreworks, City Tech’s resident theatrical troupe, with design, construction and operating support provided by students and faculty of the College’s nationally unique Entertainment Technology Department, this theme-park-quality Halloween attraction has been thrilling children and adults alike since 2000. (Fri-Thu, Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay St, BK, $10)
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-Sat, Wed/Thu, this week and next, The Connolly Theater 220 East 4th St, see site for details, $30)
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] (Sat/Sun, The Tank 312, W 36th St, 3pm & 7pm, $20)
THEATER: Water, Water, Everywhere...
An intimate immersive performance that takes the audience on a whirlwind of time, space, and environment. In the multiple worlds of this play, Exquisite Corpse Company has recreated the past, reimagined the present, and hopes to find the future. The audience is split up into small groups, each experiencing the story with different characters from different times. You will meet twins from the 1800s, a family in both 1996 and 2019, a girl from the future, and a questionable, house spirit who doesn’t live in any one particular time at all. (Sat/Sun, Governors Island House 404A, Colonels Row, see site for details, $30-$50)
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/Tue/Thu, The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St, 7pm, $10 + 2 drink min, 21+)
FILM/BURLESQUE: Full Moons: A Night of Lycanthropic Lust
It’s an all-werewolf extravaganza. Burlesque, drag, aerial, sideshow, gogo and more, guaranteed to really make you howl at the moon. They’ll also be screening the movie Wolves, for those of you who wanna get your lust on before the sun sets. Featuring: Mx Macabre, Galatea Stone, Crimson Kitty, Petra Fried, Kittyhawk Boone, Musc Les Monty, and Leona Beretta. (The Deep End, 1080 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 6pm film/8pm burlesque, $10—$20)
ART: Pumpkitecture! Architectural Pumpkin Carving Competition
20 New York City-based firms will go gourd to gourd to once again compete for the Pritzkerpumpkin. Who will squash the competition? Come witness architects live-carve extraordinary structures and vote for the People’s Pumpkin. (The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl, 6pm-8:30pm, $15)
FILM/PUPPETS: Saint John the Divine’s Annual Halloween Extravaganza
Organist Timothy Brumfield returns to create, on the Cathedral's Great Organ, a live score to F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922) and accompany the procession of Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theater Company’s ghosts and ghouls. The full stretch of the nave is at the disposal of Mr. Lee’s fantastic creatures of the night, and visitors should brace themselves for ghostly mischief and ghoulish tricks. Aisle seats are for the bravest at heart, where you'll come face to face with evil-eyed demon, mossy-nailed witch, or an overfed, ghostly man-child. With lighting design by Melissa Mizell. (The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112th St, 7pm & 10pm, $27.50)
PUPPETS: Boxcutter Collective: "Tricks and Treats" (& Puppet Shows!)
Greetings Halloweenies and Halloweenos! Come enjoy an evening of short and unsettling puppet shows brought to you by the rotting brains of your favorite mad scientist puppeteers. Ghostly music brought to you by Ali Dineen & The Boxcutter Brass Band. Presented in Fright-O-Vision for added spookiness! After the show, engage in a pagan ritual called "dance party." Haunted prizes will be awarded to those audience members brave enough to dress up in a costume and leave the house like that. Come early for a free guided tour of the Coney Island Museum. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 7:45 doors/8pm show, $15)
PARTY: Halloween 2019 w/ Night Powers, Womblight, London Plane
Dance "Bright Black" anthems; be hypnotized by the delicious teases of CeCeBrownSugah Burlesque and Logan Laveau; slip into the femme-magic world amidst the psychedelic outdoor playground with a dance installation choreographed by Ha Vo and Tati; thrill to vice soaked tales on the main stage and then stomp late into the night as DJ VivaLaTina spins soul, R&B, and hip hop tunes before Drew Redmond closes out the night with sweat-soaked rock and roll, garage and soul 45s. Of course, VJ Spermwhale will drench the room all night long with visuals both horrifying and hypnotizing. RSVPnightpowers@PROTECTED for address. (Rubulad,secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 9pm-3am, $15)
PARTY: Wet Haunt American Summer Halloween Party
A spooky dance party celebrating things that go bunk in the night. Featuring music spun by DJs Brendan & Bianca, a photo booth, spiked drink specials, a costume contest, and 100 pounds of candy. Dress code: It's Halloween, so anything goes. Best looks can win a prize in our costume contest! This event is 21+. (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 10:30pm, $7 adv/$10 door, 21+)
ART/PARTY: Halloween Art Show & Costume Party
For the past 17 years, MF Gallery has been the place to see the best and spookiest Halloween art. This year's show will feature art by: Charles Ace, Scott Bokma, Giselle Bradshaw, Dr. Chud, Jason D'Aquino, Erica Doll, Doug Firmino, Deana Gore, Alastair Hutchinson, Jen Lightfoot, Drew Maillard, David Scott Montgomery, Johannah O'Donnell, Sara Ray, Martina Secondo Russo, Chantal Smith, Sarah Sweeney & more. Artists Chantal Smith and Martina Secondo Russo have designed some Halloween Tattoo Flash specially for this show! (MF Gallery, 213 Bond St, BK, 7pm, FREE, all ages)
PARTY: Rubulad: The Island of Dr. Moreau!
Advance tix: https://artery.is/showcases/the-island-of-dr
With live music by: Funkrust Brass Band, Art Gray Noizz Quintet, Hard Nips, and The YeahTones. Creepy M.C. Tanya Solomon. Exotic Go-Go by Anna Copacabanna. DJs Dave the Spazz, Pork Chop, and Reaganomics Special Early Double Feature: Cartoon Carnival Frightfest. Pukey Projections by The Sperm Whale. Mike Flaherty’s Art Hell. Death Drawing with B. Maggie. Evil Octopus Balls by Yoko Nips and much, much more! It’s a Halloween party – wear a costume! RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for address. (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 3pm screening/8:30 pm doors/9pm show, $20/$15 adv or before 10pm or after performances end)
Phantom Creep Theatre returns to Coney Island, USA for one final spook show performance of the year to horror host Stuart Gordon’s classic film, Re-Animator! Be there to witness sanity-searing creatures conjured before your very eyes! Unholy beings will leave the stage and stalk the room... maybe even grab you. (Coney Island, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $20)
SHOP: Studio Sale ~ Costumes & More
The semi-annual clothing, costumes & more sale at a magical studio! Items for men, women & children! Get set for fall with coats & fashions, get ready for Halloween with an awesome score on your whole look! Plus shoes, records, books, nick-nacks and doo-dads! (C.Spot Studios, BK, 2pm, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: Return of the Witching Hour
An art party celebrating the spooky season. Ritual Music and Dance by Pink Vlvt Witch; the Sound of A Thousand Worms Banging their Heads by Bemya Nymph; Mesmerizing Music by Rowan Katz; Cauldron Mind Bending Performance by Alexi Transparent; CandlePlay by Glitter Macabre; Witchy Film Screening by Lilith Dorsey; Wizard Wish Granting Pop-up and Wizard Ritual by The Wizard, Devin Person; Ritual Performance by vvvalentina; Tarot Readings by Scoutleader Wiley; Puppet Readings by Omer Gal; Aura Photography by Sixth Sense Energy Imaging. (The City Reliquary Museum, 370 Metropolitan Ave, BK, 6:30pm, $10)
ART/PERFORMANCE: Wunderkammer: A Taxidermy Showcase and Competition
Innovate taxidermy artists fill you with awe and wonder as they showcase their most creative creatures in a competition that awards the beautiful and bizarre. Celebrate the art and science of taxidermy with hosts Justin Fornal, the Explorer’s Club culinary ambassador notorious for his annual wild game dinners, and Divya Ananthraman, NYC’s award winning taxidermist. Ritual Performance by The No Ring Circus. Presentation by artist Kate Clark. Delightfully Dark Drag by Sextia N'eight. Taxidermy Demo and and resources for those interested and inspired to learn taxidermy on their own. Guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion! Advance tickets receive a strange and unusual gift from Bazaar Baltimore! (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $10-$12, 21+)
WORD: Bawdy Storytelling - the Original Sex + Storytelling series
Real people & rockstars sharing their bona fide sexual exploits live onstage. This Evening of Stories, Songs & Sex Toys is hosted by Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour and includes The Risk! podcast's Kevin Allison; the blissful/terrifying music of Peter Feliciano; more performers to come; play Bang-O & win prizes from Kink Store (that's Kink.com) (Chelsea Music Hall, 407 W 15th St, 7pm doors/ 7:30pm show, $25, 21+)
PARTICIPATORY: 46th Annual NYC's Village Halloween Parade
Join hundreds of Puppets, 53 Bands of Different Types of Music, Dancers and Artists, and thousands of other New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation in the Nation's most wildly creative public participatory event in the Greatest City in the World. (6th Ave South of Spring St, 7pm, FREE)
PARTY: Village Halloween Costume Ball
Costume prizes & dancing to live bands, hot food & hot entertainment, cabaret all evening. The Annual Village Halloween Costume Ball is a 49-year-old multilevel theatrical event during which the building’s 30,000 sq. ft. is transformed by sculptors, painters, and scenic designers into a series of Halloween environments and simultaneous performances of every theatrical kind are held throughout the building and on the street outside. An average of 450 artists, performers, scenic designers, and volunteers have an opportunity to showcase their talents in this one-night extravaganza. (Theater for the New City, Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater, 155 First Ave, 4pm, $20)
PARTICIPATORY: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Revue and Live Karaoke
The Occasionalists present their Fifth Annual Rocky Horror Picture Show Revue and Live Karaoke Halloween Extravaganza. Two complete live karaoke sets. Special guest singers but none more special than you! Come sing on the big stage... or just do the Time Warp like it's 1976. Complete with film clips from the movie and a Costume Contest at intermission with big prizes. (littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $12-$15, 21+)
PARTY: 14th Annual NYC Witches Masquerade Halloween Ball
You are invited to gather with the Witches of New York City as they kick off the dark half of the year with a magickal evening of masquerade, food, drink, music, contests and prizes, The Midnight Samhain Mass Ritual, and an all-around revelry. A Night for all magickal folk, vamps, faes, faires, nymphs, satyrs all welcomed. (The DL, 95 Delancey St, 8pm-2am, $30-$40, 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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