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In case you missed them last week, here are Masquerade Macabre / Oregon Trail photos by Andrew Janke: http://bit.ly/2NA6g0j (FB album; tag yourselves!).
In the meantime, here's what we have coming up:
- House of Scorpio, our kinkier sister brand, brings back its infamous pop-up strip club on Fri, Nov 15, with a glittering array of burlesque stars taking over a custom pole stage. You don't want to miss this. Info: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/events.html (none of the sex-positive happenings are ever found on the G&S site, and there's a separate dedicated mailing list for HoS, too)
- Just announced! Your favorite holiday celebration, The Grand Victorian Christmas, returns on Fri, Dec 20, and tickets have already started moving. Full invite below. Tix: http://gsvictorianball.brownpapertickets.com
We're still picking the right date for our own annual holiday gathering, and possibly eyeballing Dec 8 for the holiday edition of Goldmine pop-up market. If any artists among you may be interested in joining us with their wares, please reach out.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
House of Scorpio
Saints & Sinners: pop-up strip club party
Friday, Nov 15, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
Regular tix: $20 early bird until 11.1 / $25 adv / $30 at door before 12am / $15 after
Reserved seating*: $45 advance only
Member tix: $0-$15 ($20-35 with reserved seating*)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK (RSVP on site for address)
No PAL requirement, but dress code and HoS Code of Conduct applies
Rules & location RSVP: http://www.houseofscorpio.com
Membership options & member tix: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
For one night only, our sexy clubhouse becomes a full-on strip club, with a pole stage, an array of lap dance-ready seating, and our very own Champagne Room. There will be seven dancers to entertain you: each a hand-picked burlesque, pole or circus star stepping outside the boundaries of their genre to spend the whole night dancing for you on stage and in your lap.
Featuring (more TK!):
- Peekaboo Pointe, fastest tassel-twirler from East to West (and our cover girl)
- Gal Friday, the five-alarm fire
- Audrey Love, the tantalizing tease
- Nina Lavoix, the grande dame of derriere
- Amanda Whip, the bendy sex kitten
- And as Champagne Room King & campy club announcer: charming magician Eric Walton
Don't be late: dancers take the stage promptly at 9:30pm. Once the dancers are done at 1am, the stage is yours to shake your booty on. Live out your strip fantasies as DJ Ceremony provides the beats into the night.
Rules of the club: the usual HoS dress code & code of conduct apply. Dress up, or you will be turned away at the door. Tip generously (dancers, wait & bar staff). Get lap dances: they're the best part, and only $10. Respect the dancers. Keep your hands to yourself (or your partner). Nudity is fine on the stage, but no private parts on our furniture. Please treat our pole gently; no wild swinging.
*Reserved seats ($45) include: 9pm admission + seat at a 4-person table with prime stage view + access to reserved lap dance seat.
Gemini and Scorpio
cordially invite you to
The Grand Victorian Christmas
Friday, Dec 20, 8pm-1am, $30-70
Plus! Victorian Santa portrait photo session, 7-9pm, $25
at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsvictorianball
Join us as we travel back in time to the turn of the century, to an elegant country resort a short carriage ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city...which at that time extended only as far north as 14th Street.
We will begin the night with guided tours through the garden and beautifully preserved mansion. At 9pm, we open the doors to a secret candlelit ballroom and invite you to an immersive and historically accurate Victorian Christmas celebration, complete with a fully trimmed tree, hundreds of candles, and a glorious vintage Santa (David Slone).
Entertainment and activities:
- A professional portrait photographer will capture your Santa moment: 7-9pm as a standalone session (no costume required) and then as part of the event 9-11pm
- Live Nineteenth Century music
- Group Victorian caroling
- A full array of traditional Christmas treats, from cookies to plum pudding
- Wassail: the aromatic mulled cider that's been a Yuletide tradition since the Middle Ages
- Victorian parlor and card games played with authentic decks from mid-1800s through early 1900s
- DIY amusements from turn-of-century books
- Take your own photos with our Victorian Santa after the portrait session ends
1800s through 1919 winter, salon, ballroom, formal or military--or as close as you can get with modern formal. Tartans, velvets and furs. Men: tuxes or tails. Ladies: corsets and long gowns. Costume inspiration Pinterest board (not ours): http://bit.ly/1WvlVyB - and ours for #gsvictorianball research: http://bit.ly/29n5fZm
- Santa portrait only, 7-9pm: $25 per solo or group sitting, up to four (five, if with kids). A proper holiday portrait taken by a professional photographer, with our Victorian Santa in front of the trimmed tree. No costume is required for the portrait session. Families are welcome. Photos taken in order of arrival; no entry after 8:30pm.
- Full event and Santa portrait, 8pm entry: $70. Early access to the ballroom and Santa photo session (one person / one sitting), plus the full event. All food and drinks included.
- Full event, 8pm entry: $50. 9pm access to the ballroom for the full event. All food and drinks included. ($45 group tickets available for parties of 5 or more.)
- Partial event, 10:30pm entry: $30. All drinks included.
About our venue:
Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house for a 23-acre estate, and converted into the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1826, this stone building sits on land originally owned by Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of John Adams. The hotel operated until 1833, at which point the house became the home for three generations of a New York City family.
/// NYC EVENTS: 11/8-11/14///
WEEKEND + WEEK
THEATER: Now Serving: A Guide to Aesthetic Etiquette in Four Courses
a new performance dinner party created and performed by Radiohole with Catherine McRae on violin and Kristin Worrall as pastry chef. The evening begins as an extremely intimate formal "dinner party" with fetishistic reverence for Emily Post in which ten audience members join Radiohole at the table and the remaining guests watch from the peanut gallery above. (Fri/Sat, this week and next, The Collapsable Hole, 155 Bank St, $25-$50)
DANCE: Center for Performance Research Fall Movement Festival 2019
This season’s installment will highlight 6 performance makers. Artists will present works-in-progress, finished pieces, and premieres of dance, theater, or performance, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, and visual artists. (Fri/Sat, 361 Manhattan Ave, nit 1, BK, 7:30pm, $10)
ART/SHOP: The Other Art Fair Brooklyn
A curated selection of over 130 independent artists and browse thousands of pieces to suit every budget under one roof. Whether you're a first-time art buyer, seasoned collector, curator, investor, gallery owner, art lover or anything in between, you are guaranteed to find something to add to -or start- your collection. Immersive experiences, live DJ sets, event tours, conversations with some of the art scene's leading names, live art activations, a delicious menu by maman, and a fully-stocked bar. (Fri-Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St, BK, see site for details, $13.50-$30)
PERFORMANCE: Multichannel Music Festival
A festival for multichannel music, sound, and performance. Projects feature a wide array of artistic practices, from embedded speakers to 8-channel acousmatic work, to dynamic live performances in surround. Multiple performances each night. (Fri-Sun, Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, BK, see site for details, $10-$15)
FILM: Reproductive Rights Film Festival
In response to recent legislation, this festival presents feature films that investigate and explore the various facets of the fight for reproductive rights. Award-winning filmmakers come together to present these works, along with talkbacks and introductions. (Fri/Sat, Brooklyn Museum, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Fl, 200 Eastern Pkwy, BK, see site for details, $16)
PERFORMANCE: A Live Taping of The Last Rat of Theresienstadt
Sofia Brünn, a Weimar cabaret star from 1930’s Berlin finds herself transplanted to Theresienstadt, a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. During her time in the camp, she forges an unlikely friendship with Pavel, a rat. Despite the lack of food that has driven away the rest of his kind, Pavel remains with her out of his love for her and her art. This is show about resistance and hope, and the need to fill the soul as well as the body. A dark comedy, a low tech, multi-media play with music, puppetry and live-action projections that incorporates original songs, artwork, poetry and humor created by prisoners in Theresienstadt. (Wed/Thur, Wild Project, 195 E 3rd St, 6:30pm doors/7pm show, $20-$25)
THEATER: The Regime Is Female
A sci-fi, stunt-filled, punk play about surveillance states, generational feminism, and love. Ready to see women kick ass? This November, the Regime Is Female will be running for three weeks at the Tank's intimate 56-seat theater in New York City. Audiences will feel right in the thick of it as they're wowed by the stunts and moved by the story. Yes, the actors are performing live action stunts on stage. It's time to see women and non-binary people in power. (thru next Sun, The Tank, 312 West 36th St, 7pm, $25)
COMEDY: Dancify That!
A comedy dance game show in which non-dancers strap on their fiercest dance alter egos and compete in transforming snippets of pop culture, news items and memes into dance sequences. Contestants perform their dances, are judged by comedians and you decide who wins. (The PIT, E 24th St bet Park & Lex, 8pm, $15)
MUSIC: Funkrust Brass Band "Bones and Burning" Release Show
Celebrate the release of the EP and 7" vinyl single! Joined by the electrifying space funk outfit The MK Groove Orchestra and the wild stylings of The Plaster Cramp. Copies of the limited edition 7" vinyl single of "Terminus" and "Open House Fire" will be available for sale. (The Footlight, 465 Seneca Ave, QNS, 9pm, $10, 21+)
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)
OPENING: Duke Riley’s Non-Essential Consultants, Inc.
A three-channel video installation combines narrative and documentary filmmaking to portray an allegorical history implicating a duo of outlaw operatives responsible for a bed bug outbreak in Washington, DC. The video revolves around a single sculptural element: a vintage 21 x 15 inch Samsonite suitcase, which has been retrofitted with an arrangement of scientific machinery and medical equipment used for drawing blood and breeding bed bugs. The suitcase’s breeding chamber, which will be empty during the exhibition, doubles as a diorama of a luxury hotel room within which the narrative is set. (Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 6-8pm, FREE)
COMEDY: Entirely From Memory: Jurassic Park
When memory meets alcoholism. The team of Entirely From Memory performers will attempt to recreate a classic story based only on what they can remember about it. This month: Jurassic Park. (The PIT, E 24th St bet Park & Lex, 8pm, $15)
MUSIC: The Glorious Sunshine Band
Rousing songs of resistance and celebration with a fiddle-driven rhythm section and drums harmonizing with a chorus of voices. Inspired by fiddle traditions of Brazil, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and Appalachia. With Skye Steele, vocals and fiddle; Jean Rohe, voca ls and percussion; Ilusha Tsinadze, vocals and guitar; Mike LaValle, bass; Rich Stein, drums; Nassim Zerriffi, percussion. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 8pm, $10)
PERFORMANCE/PARTY: Darrell Thorne presents: The Shift Dimension
Change! Transform! Shift! A night of shows, dancing, connection, and an overload of visual delights. With DJ Sammy Jo and DJ Reaganomics. Plus VJ SpermWhale. Performances by Hybrid Movement Company, Akil Apollo Davis, Jasmine Rice LaBeija, Odessa Mann, and Darrell Thorne and company, and a special, late-night, booty-shaking surprise. Live body painting by Anastasia Durasova. Music from the Mood Expansion Chamber. Collage installation by Morgan Jesse Lappin in the Bunk Gallery. Chipnipple hosts in the Arthole. Dress: Transform yourself. Or dress as the thing you'd like to become, or just dress as if you live in the Shift Dimension. (Rubulad, RSVP for address, Bushwick, BK, 9pm, $15)
ART: ALTER/ALTAR TOUR
It’s said that you’re a New Yorker when that which is gone becomes more real than that which took its place. This event is an homage to hyper-local elements of the city, including but not limited to communication, transportation, personal memory and happenstance. Multiple artists have created site-specific, ephemeral funerary and/or homage shrines to memories, systems, events, or people once in existence. We invite you to join us on a 90 minute Sunset Tour of some of these altars. You will have a docent to help explain the significance, context and intention of each of the installations en route. The Tour will end at The Chai Spot on Mott street. Note for the later tour: we do not know what to expect regarding how the people and elements of NYC may have affected the altars over 72 hours. In fact, we hotly anticipate these surprise alterations. (Location TBA, 4:30pm, $5-10 sugg don)
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)
FILM: Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
An annual festival that showcases abstract animation and unconventional character animation. The fest will feature two curated programs, each a mix of classic and recently restored films, works from rising names in the field, and premieres of new works. (Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, Program A 7pm/Program B 9pm, $15)
WORD: The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might Release Party
Celebrate the release of this illuminating exploration of Ireland’s ancient dark goddess—the beloved “phantom queen” of the Celtic world—with practices for modern-day devotees. The Morrigan is one of Pagan Ireland’s most famous--and notorious--goddesses. She is famous for being a goddess of war, witchcraft and death, protection and retribution. This book also explores her patronage of motherhood, healing, shapeshifting, and the land. Classified among the Sidhe (fairies), the Morrigan dates back at least to Ireland’s Iron Age, but she is as modern as she is ancient―enjoying a growing contemporary and global following. Author Courtney Weber provides a guide for the modern devotee of this complex, mysterious goddess that encompasses practical veneration with modern devotionals, entwined with traditional lore and Irish-Celtic history. Join us for a release party and meet the author of this incredible new book. (Catland, 987 Flushing Ave, BK, 6pm-8pm, FREE)
DANCE: What Time Is It?
A multi-disciplinary performance presented by It’s Showtime NYC that invites audiences to learn more about New York City through the embodiment of the city’s street dance culture. In this work, dancers collaborate with videographer Kash Gaines and Artistic Director Adesola Osakalumi to share the voices and aesthetic innovations of New York City underground dancers in contemporary performance. (Abrons Arts Center, Experimental Theater, 466 Grand St, 7:30pm, $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)
INSTALLATION: 26th Annual Canstruction New York Exhibition
Canstruction is an extraordinary, annual design competition and the most unique food charity in the world. In over 150 cities around the globe, teams of top architecture and engineering professionals participate in contests to create enormous structures built entirely from full cans of food. Leading up to Thanksgiving, these sculptural works go on view and are then dismantled and donated to City Harvest for distribution to those in need. (thru 11.21, Brookfield Place Complex, 230 Vesey St, 10am-8pm, FREE but bring at least one can of healthy food to donate to City Harvest)
THEATER: The Catastrophe Club
The new play, The Catastrophe Club, opens tomorrow in the Village. The site-specific production runs for six weeks. Five hundred years in the future, after the floods have receded, the unforeseen super-viruses that released from the Arctic tundra have claimed their victims, and human society has settled into a relatively comfortable, peaceful time, albeit one that is highly controlled by the corporate-technological wizards who shepherded civilization out of the dark ages after the calamity. The world of 2019 or 2020 is painted as being one of utter depravity, privation, and the most base human behavior. In this future, an influential socialite has organized an illegal speakeasy theatrical recreation based on the trash foun d in a bar in what was once called the City of New York, which was discovered during an illegal archaeological dig, preserved somewhat like ancient Pompeii was for us. (Mon/Wed/Fri thru 11.22, Secret Manhattan location, 7pm, $30)
ART: When Artists Enter the Factories
An invitation to explore the segregated, yet inseparable relationship between manufacturing and artmaking. This exhibition is also inspired by a large-scale exhibition, “Terminal New York,” held at this same location in 1983. Thirty-six years later, 16 artists bring their work, inviting viewers to partake in a range of material and conceptual actions. (thru 11/22, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th St, BK, 10am, FREE)
ART: Duke Riley’s Non-Essential Consultants, Inc.
A three-channel video installation combines narrative and documentary filmmaking to portray an allegorical history implicating a duo of outlaw operatives responsible for a bed bug outbreak in Washington, DC. The video revolves around a single sculptural element: a vintage 21 x 15 inch Samsonite suitcase, which has been retrofitted with an arrangement of scientific machinery and medical equipment used for drawing blood and breeding bed bugs. The suitcase’s breeding chamber, which will be empty during the exhibition, doubles as a diorama of a luxury hotel room within which the narrative is set. (thru 11/24, Wed-Sun, Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 12pm-7pm, FREE)
ART: Machine Hallucination
A groundbreaking and immersive digital art exhibition by Los Angeles-based, Turkish artist Refik Anadol. Machine Hallucination is an experiment in interwoven sensory experiences, applying machine learning algorithms to a data set of more than three million images—representing a wide-range of architectural styles and movements—to reveal the hidden connections between these moments in architectural history. The exhibition will harness machine learning to render New York's most renowned spaces in stunning new ways, illuminating the city’s architectural past, present, and potential future. (thru 1.5.20, Artechouse, 429 W 15th St, 10am-10pm, $17-$24)
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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