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We're gearing up for holiday time with two of our favorite events!
- First batch of vendors is now confirmed for the annual holiday Goldmine gift market on Sunday, Dec 8 - which will be happening during our annual faux-fireplace, vintage Xmas tunes and ridiculous cocktails holiday party. Vendors list TK, but invite is below and here: https://www.facebook.com/events/899396883790247 (If any artists among you may be interested in joining us with their wares, please reach out.)
- Your other vintage holiday celebration, The Grand Victorian Christmas, returns on Fri, Dec 20, and tickets are selling briskly. Full invite below. Tix: http://gsvictorianball.brownpapertickets.com
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini and Scorpio present
Annual G&S Holiday Party and mini Goldmine gift market
Sunday, December 8, 4pm-12am, FREE / donations appreciated
Gemini and Scorpio Loft (must RSVP for Gowanus, BK location):
Our annual night of giving thanks and going overboard with fancy drinks.
Come chill in our sexy home, bring your sexy date, and enjoy our ridiculous craft cocktails. Roaring fireplace projections, holiday classics lounge soundtrack (someone will likely lose LDB!), and Miss Scorpio herself getting stupid behind the bar, all culminating in a dance party 9-12.
New this year! We're inviting select Goldmine artisans to bring their gift-worthy items to the party 4-9pm. Expect handmade beauty products, oils, candles, accessories and more.
Amber Ray - Rhinestoned wearable flowers for the showgirl in you
Aqua de Soi - Spa quality clean-burning soy candles in deluxe scents
Asc Alchemical - Alchemically inspired perfumes, soaps, and crystals - https://www.etsy.com/shop/ascalchemical
Etu Oils - All-natural plant-based body elixirs - http://www.etuoils.com
Figure of A - Couture London brand inspired by Japanese rope bondage - https://figureofa.com/
Sugared Violets Emporium - Corsets, shoes, vintage, costumes, sequins
Tokens & Treasures - A treasure hunter's dream
We invite you to wear something festive or cocktail attire...especially vintage-inspired festive cocktail attire. Costumes always welcome, if you're feeling it.
As always, we're making our two specialty cocktails:
- That infamous fluffy New Orleans classic, the Ramos Fizz. It's a rarity to find it on bar menus due to how long it takes to make each one. You certainly won't catch us making it at any other event.
- Coquito, the classic Puerto Rican eggnog style drink: slushie coconut cinnamon goodness.
We're not charging admission for this event, but we'll have a donation jar out. All money goes towards ongoing loft improvements, so please give what you can to make our secret clubhouse even better.
Thank you for your support this and every year! <3
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
- Throughout the night, Lacy Rose and her Starling Quartet will be performing original songs inspired by turn of the century themes and music, as well as compositions that would have been performed in Salons in the Nineteenth Century
- At 8:45pm and 9:45pm, Lacy will also lead us into Victorian carols
- 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: 11/22-11/28///
WEEKEND + WEEK
FEST: NYC Jewelry Week
The first and only local week dedicated to promoting and celebrating the world of jewelry. Groundbreaking exhibitions, panel discussions led by industry experts, exclusive workshop visits, heritage-house tours, innovative retail collaborations, and other unforgettable one-of-a-kind programming created by the best and brightest in the industry. Over 130 events taking place in Manhattan and Brooklyn. (Fri/Sat, see site for details, FREE)
ART: Swoon: Cicada
Swoon’s recent animations and drawings bring new life to her iconic street art portraiture. First seen around the Bowery in 1999, Swoon’s astonishing pasted paper silhouettes created a new form of street art. "Cicada" marks a new development in Swoon’s practice. A celebration of rebirth and transformation. (Fri/Sat, Jeffrey Deitch, 76 Grand St, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
ART: Earrings Galore NYC
Featuring more than 50 artists from around the world, Earrings Galore by Heidi Lowe Gallery, will pop-up during New York City Jewelry Week! Rich and diverse examples of earrings made by emerging and established studio jewelers. Although each jeweler’s artistic intent may be specific, the show consists of a broad range of thoughtful work. Happy Hour on 11/22. (Fri-Sun, Parasol Projects-Bowery, 171 Elizabeth St, 12pm, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: Open Studio @ the cell
This new initiative will expose Mikel Glass’ explosive body of work to the public in tandem with interactive performance artists, theatremakers, and choreographers. “return,” an interactive and relational piece created in response to the art of Mikel Glass, will be on display throughout Open Studio hours. The piece facilitates engagement with Glass’ work and investigates themes of home, collections, and childlike wonder and curiosity. This experimental work was created by Allie Marotta & Fernando Moya Delgado with performances by Charlie Akre, Allie Marotta, Jackie Meissner, Fernando Moya Delgado, Sydney Tucker. (Fri-Sun, The Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St, 1pm-6pm, FREE)
WORD: FashionSpeak Fridays: Western Revival
Join experts Nathaniel “Natty” Adams, Dr. Sonya Abrego, and Jerry Lee Atwood in exploring the reasons bolo ties and rhinestone-covered jackets are in again. Musical entertainment by Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company, provider of Hillbilly-styled ballads, boogies and blues. Western style is greatly encouraged! RSVP is required. (The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, 7pm, FREE)
THEATER/CIRCUS: Pale Imitations
A new site-specific theatrical aerial installation by Elena Delgado. Delgado will be joined by dancer aerialists Brenna Bradbury and Kyla Ranney, and NYC musician CryHard, in a debut work of performance art featuring unique costumes, props and vivid theatrics. Delgado's experiments with the limits of aerial apparatus and movement will be used to investigate exploitation, expectation, and gender, all with a healthy dose of humor and general f*ckery. Each evening will open with a different and groundbreaking work from a New York-based guest choreographer. (The Deep End, 1080 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 8pm, $25)
WORD: Intro to Practical Spellwriting
The construction of effective spellwork is an essential tool for practical witches. In this inter-faith, process-based workshop, you will explore how a mastery of correspondences, symbolism, and historical reference text can help inform spellwork, and lead to more comprehensive, informed, and effective spell writing practices. (Catland, 987 Flushing Ave, BK, 7pm, $15)
ART: Duke Riley’s Non-Essential Consultants, Inc. Closing Reception
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, 2pm-8pm, FREE)
ART: Open Artist Studios at Brooklyn Metal Works
Part of NYC Jewelry Week for Open Artist Studios. Tour the Brooklyn Metal Works studios, learn more about the BKMW community, and visit the benches of the 23 outstanding resident artists who work out of this shared space. (Brooklyn Metal Works, 640 Dean St, BK, 3pm, FREE)
WORD: How We Become Our Data
NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join for a book talk for How We Became Our Data: A Genealogy of the Informational Person, featuring the author Colin Koopman in conversation with Dan Bouk, Lisa Gitelman, and Dennis Yi Tenen. The conversation will be moderated by Natasha Schull. Blending philosophy, history, political theory, and media theory in conversation with thinkers like Michel Foucault, Jürgen Habermas, and Friedrich Kittler, Koopman presents an illuminating perspective on how humans have come to think of personhood—and how they can resist it. (IPK, 20 Cooper Square 5th floor, 6pm-8pm, FREE)
FILM: “Spacedisco One” and “Tales of the Valley of the Wind”
One film is set in a roller-disco rink inside a space station, the film blurs the line between documentary and fiction, satire and farce, the film ricocheting between fragments of scenes, dumping loads of plot between rants about chemtrails and how hard it is to make a movie with no resources from someone who looks to be a parody of Packard himself. The other film is a live-action tribute to Miyazaki made with little to no money, but per usual, what it lacks in budget it more than makes up for in charm and ingenuity. Packard avoids white washing and leans into the no-budget aesthetic, using actual stuffed animals as stand ins for Miyazaki’s creatures. (Spectacle Theater, 124 S 3rd St, BK, 10pm, $5)
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)
PUPPETS: Mummenschanz’ RE:PLAY
Creature conjurors! Shape shifters! Material manipulators! Inspiring audiences across five continents over four decades with three stints on Broadway, the "Musicians of Silence" Mummenschanz will surprise you with each artful scene. A playful production of timeless vignettes, RE:PLAY is as much about what you don't see as what you delightfully do. (thru 12/1, The New Victory Theater, 209 W 42nd St, see site for details, $17)
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: NYC Winter Lantern Festival 2019
Take the free shuttle to the whimsical Light world. Immerse yourself in more than 1,000 illuminated lanterns. Admire the dazzling cultural performances. Enjoy International eats. Lose yourself in the glittering Holiday Market. (thru 1/12/20, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden 1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, see site for details, $15-$30)
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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