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Hope everyone had a cozy Thanksgiving, with family or friends. We're heading right into the holiday season, starting with the market & annual holiday party next week. We know you're waiting on NYE news, so we should tell you we're going to keep it intimate again this year, with a loft-only celebration instead of a large-scale event.
- Next Sun, Dec 8 - Annual G&S Holiday Party and mini Goldmine gift market, always a delightful vintage-flavored affair, with roaring fireplace projections and Xmas lounge tunes: https://www.facebook.com/events/899396883790247
- Fri, Dec 20 - Your other vintage holiday celebration, The Grand Victorian Christmas, returns with tasty treats, Victorian Santa, live music and caroling, set in a candle-lit secret ballroom. Tix: http://gsvictorianball.brownpapertickets.com and FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/553315685426148/
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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 - https://www.thesoico.com/aqua-de-soi
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/
Skull and Feather Jewelry - Earrings made from scavenged treasures + pretty things - http://instagram.com/skullandfeatherjewelry
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: 11/29-12/5///
WEEKEND + WEEK
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. (Thurs-Sat, The Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St, 1pm-6pm, FREE)
ART: Luminosity Festival
A holiday light festival featuring countless insta-worthy moments, themed nights, street food vendors and more. Eighteen massive light activations will be spread out through three distinct lands: The Winter Fantasy, The Wild Adventure, and The Sweet Dream. Special Theme night on Nov.23. (Fri-Sun, Randall's Island Park, 20 Randall's Island Pk, 4pm-11pm, $19-$88)
FEST: 8th Annual WitchsFest USA - A Pagan St. Faire
Performances by Tandava Arts Dancers and Witchmaste. 4th Annual Witch Pride Parade hosted by Lady Rhea. Vendors consisting of pagan, witchy, new age, gothic, and steampunk oriented merchants. Psychic Court with readers of all types. Pagan Information Groups/Temples/Covens etc. are welcome. Magickal Wishing Wells. Children’s Court with face painting, pagan stories and more. Hosted by Rev. Starr Ann RavenHawk HPs of NYC Wiccan Family Temple. (Sun/Mon, Astor Pl, btwn Broadway and Lafayette, 9am-5pm, FREE, all ages)
PUPPETS: Flying Lessons
On a dark night, as a storm brews on the horizon, three women take refuge in an abandoned house. Their presence awakens a strange and shadowy world of memory where fantasies are possible...if only for a night. Flying Lessons is an innovative new work that skillfully combines dance, object, and shadow theater, blurring the line between puppet, set, and plaything. Characters transform into visual hybrids, with hidden truths emerging in surprising ways. This surreal, enchanting production is told entirely without words and features original music, agile scenery, and intricate shadow design. Recommended for adults and teens. (Sun/Mon, The PIT 123 E 24th St, 7pm, $15 adv/$18 door)
SOCIAL DANCE/FOOD: Brooklyn Swings Presents: Potluck Night!
Instructors will teach a short dance combination. It’s something you can dance alone, but everybody will be in a group to make it easier. And you won’t have to perform it! After the lesson, the instructor Jennifer Sowden will be available as Teacher-on-Call to answer any further dancing questions you have for the rest of the night. With DJ Tomo. No partner needed. Feel free to bring a dish to share. (231 Ainslie St, upstairs, BK, 7pm, $5-$10)
MUSIC: Helio Parallax
Where dub, jazz, ambient and electronic genres can intertwine and flourish. Bassist and producer Josh Werner and multi-instrumentalist Takuya Nakamura have created their own genre, Sci-Fi dub Noir, as a means of exploring genre-bending compositions which set up landscapes for unlimited, spirit-driven improvisations. (The Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St, 8pm-9:30pm, $15)
SHOP/PARTY: Small Business Saturday Vendor Market and PARTY
The Brick is having a Small Business Market followed by a party in the vibe of past Title:Point, Vital Joint, etc "parties". Come hang out, talk to interesting folx, and be in a space that is welcoming and chill. Vendors include: Whatever’s Clever Records and Ratter Press, Teresa Braun, Stuydyed Stuydyed, NV Jewelry & Co, Cookie Smut, Walter Murdock Ceramics, and more. DJ stylings from Ryan William Downey. (The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Ave, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
SHOP: Yes Holiday Market
This Holiday Market brings you seasonal, handmade, artisan ethical, vintage, and upcycled jewelry, crafts, clothing, goods, arts, textiles, festival wear, costumes, menswear and more. Curated by The Market Sisters. Grab drinks at the bar and cruise the hand-picked artisan selections with a cocktail in hand. All ages welcome. (House of Yes, 2 Wycoff Ave, BK, 1pm-8pm, FREE
SHOP: Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
Shop, eat, drink & play. Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar brings together the best of local makers. The 7th edition will be packed with ﬁne handmade goods, delicious food & drinks, music, craft activities and more good times. (501 Union St, BK, 11am-5pm, FREE)
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)
PUPPETS: Dirty Gerts
Have you ever heard the phrase: "She thinks she's Queen Elizabeth, but she's Dirty Gerts to me!" No? Well now that you have, come and explore the story behind the saying in Puppetkabob's latest pop-up creation. A show about growing pains. Made entirely out of re-purposed paper products, the show a groovy blend of historical fiction, '60s pop culture puppets, and colorful confetti. Carol Lee Bell as she finds the fold to fitting in at school, and discovers the best way is to not actually fit at all. (Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, 11am/2pm, $17)
PUPPETS: The Nutcracker
Coming all the way from Austria, The Salzburg Marionette Theatre have charmed countless children and adults for over a century! Featuring all your favorite small "actors". Founded in 1913, this puppetry company hand carves, paints, costumes and manipulates their puppets. The performance technique of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre has been declared a cultural asset worthy of preservation by UNESCO. (Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd, QNS, 7pm, $14)
FILM/WORD: House of Scorpio presents Rated Sex: Stoya's Film Club
Rules & location: http://houseofscorpio.com/events.html
What makes a scene or film truly erotic? How do you sort through the endless megabytes of mediocre porn to find unique gems? Let pornographer Stoya show you the way. Stoya is co-owner of the new explicit online magazine ZeroSpaces, showcasing a collection of videos, photos, articles and more around a particular theme per issue. With the other co-owner of the platform, programmer and comedian Rev Mitcz, in town for just one week, we're excited to screen an issue of ZeroSpaces live exclusively for House of Scorpio. All clips from the issue will be screened; Rev Mitcz will be introducing the show, and Stoya will be reading select essays. We hope to have a rousing discussion of porn, sex, and modern society. A less formal format than the book club, this will be more a cocktail party with hand-picked porn, facilitated discussion, and mingling after. No PAL or dress code requirement, but HoS Code of Conduct always applies. No PAL or dress code requirement, but HoS Code of Conduct always applies. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, address with purchase or see site, BK, 7pm-10pm, $20, 21+)
PARTY: The Fourth Annual Repeal Day Party in NYC
Join The Repeal Society for this fourth annual event. This year you will go back in time to 1933 at several New York City venues. One ticket gains admission to all venues. At The Shanty (Williamsburg) enjoy live music from Mike Davis and The New Wonders and special performances by Francine the Lucid Dream, Audrey Love, Seedy Edie, and Miss Art Deco, Dandy Dillinger. Enjoy a tasting and 10pm tour of NY Distilling with distiller Allen Katz. AtBarrow’s Intense Tasting Room (Sunset Park) enjoy live jazz from Ricky Alexander and The Early Bird Jazz Band, with cabaret and burlesque by Ivory Fox and Medianoche, and discounts on special cocktails for ticket holders. At The Red Room join the Green Fairy party as they celebrate Repeal Day with tastings of absinthe and absinthe cocktails with a variety of risqué and bawdy performances, along with an introduction on what makes absinthe so unique and mysterious. Dress Code: Jazz Age/Prohibition-Era/1920s attire encouraged. Suit and tie, cocktail attire, vintage, evening wear (Multiple Locations, see site for details, 7pm-12am, $16 adv/$20 door)
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)
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: 18th Annual Holiday Train Show
Every holiday season, the New York Transit Museum’s Grand Central Gallery plays host to a city within a city with the display of a miniature electric railroad running over, through, and beneath some of New York’s most magnificent landmarks. This year’s exhibit is set against a mural designed by cartoonist Julia Wertz. (thru 2/23/20, New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St, BK, see site for details, $10)
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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