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Who's with us for our three big holiday events?
- Next Fri, Dec 20 - An authentic Victorian holiday experience, The Grand Victorian Christmas, returns with tasty treats, vintage Santa, live music and caroling, all set in a candle-lit secret ballroom and historical museum. Heads up that group tickets are now sold out. Tix: http://gsvictorianball.brownpapertickets.com and FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/553315685426148/ (RSVPs help us plan food, event if you can't yet buy tickets).
- Tue, Dec 31, NYE - Masked, a black-tie & lingerie masquerade to usher in the New Year, with special tunes, interactive projections, and free champagne at the start and end of the night. In case it needs to be stated: we welcome sensory exploration and light kink playfulness to go with your dancing and cocktails, but this is a makeouts-only event, not an x-rated play party. (If you want that sort of thing, look up House of Scorpio, linked in signature.)
- Late night NYE / Jan 1 - cuddles, mimosas and food, just when you need them most - our annual breakfast-of-champions Pajama Lounge afterparty, starting at 4am. As a courtesy, your late-night Masked ticket includes admission to the afterparty.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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, served around 10pm
- 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 are SOLD OUT.)
- 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.
NYE MASKED MAKEOUT PARTY: 12/31
Gemini & Scorpio + House of Scorpio
invite you to
Masked: hedonistic New Year's Eve
Tuesday, Dec 31, New Year's Eve
9pm-4am, $40-60*, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested)
$30 after 12:30, including New Year's Morning Pajama Lounge w/continental breakfast
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio
2019 needs a "fuck you" sendoff. Be bold, be wild, as you enter 2020.
A hedonistic Masquerade to activate your senses with pulsating beats, swirling visuals, sensory games and activities, impact play stations, and many kisses. Music by DJ Ceremony and Poodlecannon, masters of eclectic dance floor surprises. Custom interactive silhouette projections by CJ. Free champagne 9-10pm and 3-4am.
Strict formal, lingerie or kink dress code. Masks required until midnight (some will be available for sale).
While we're creating a safe space for you to get cozy or sensual with your friends and loved ones, this is not an X-rated event. It's a night to let go and let your senses guide your way: dancing + makeouts + light kink & sensory play. As always, we will have zero creeper tolerance, and please no photos without explicit consent from your subjects.
*All tickets offer the same access to the event. Please support at the level you can afford. Tickets are limited to keep the event comfortable and welcoming.
/// NYC EVENTS: 12/13-12/19///
WEEKEND + WEEK
THEATER: A Very Meow Meow Holiday Show
Hot on the heels of an acclaimed, sold-out run in London, this holiday show is dazzling with exquisite and original music, glitter for days, and hilarious, biting satire. A crash course on performance mastery, Meow’s show is a high octane meditation on the perils, pleasures, and actual point of the season—the ultimate antidote for the holiday weary reveler. Come all ye seekers of yuletide delight and mayhem: the crowd-surfing “Queen of Chanson,” Berliner Zeitung, and New Yorker Performer of the Year makes her BAM debut. (Fri/Sat, BAM Strong, Harvey Theater, BK, 651 Fulton St, see site for details, $35-$85)
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)
PUPPETS: Bread & Puppet’s “The Honey Let's Go Home Opera”
A raucous fantasy on the perils and promises of 2-dimensionality in contemporary life, which takes cardboard as its muse and prime material. Featuring giant puppets and costumes made from cardboard and papier mache, painted in exuberant, expressionist style by Peter Schumann, the show marshals music by Berg, Mozart, Messiaen, and Brahms as well as a chorus of local performers to praise cardboard's transformative capabilities. Cardboard is highlighted as a model in this political, economic and ecological moment so much in need of radical transformation. (Fri-Sun, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, see site for details, $12-$18)
SHOP: Social Justice Holiday Market
A delightful indoor gathering of small vendors selling all things social justice-y so you don't have to buy corporate crap for your loved ones, and can instead uplift local artists, makers, and community-led efforts. Music for the masses. Creative activities for kids, Festive drinks & food vendors. Free photobooth portraits courtesy of BKC. Vendors are poc, immigrant, queer, femme, low-income, longtime local residents, and/or are donating proceeds to a range of causes as part of broader grassroots movements and the solidarity economy. (Sat/Sun, Mayday Space, 176 St Nicholas Ave, BK, see site for details, FREE)
SHOP: FAD Market
This holiday market will feature a rotating roster of over 50 of the region’s most talented makers, designers and artisanal food brands offering a highly curated selection of impeccably crafted jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, handmade food items, home furnishings and more. Come discover unique gifts and one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers. Two locations. (Sat/Sun, The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St/City Point BKLYN, 445 Albee Square W, BK, 11am-6pm, FREE)
SHOP: Strange and Unusual Holiday Market
Local artists and collectors, selling one of a kind creations, handmade jewelry, Sideshow art, Vintage Pieces, self care packages and so much more. Santa will be stopping by, so be ready for your Santa Selfies. Well behaved animals are welcome to take pictures with Santa, so bring the whole family. There will be animal rescues with some of their adoptable animals for you to meet. Maybe you will meet your next family member or just get some snuggles in for a little while. (Sat/Sun, Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: Action Heroes: Sooner, Higher, Faster, Harder!
The members of Elizabeth Streb’s company combine virtuosity and technical skill with openhearted popular appeal. Featuring the public premiere of Plateshift and the return of Ricochet. Plus favorites from Streb’s Singular Extreme Actions show. Founded in New York City in 1985, the company has traveled, artistically as well as geographically, from the heights of the experimental dance world to the cutting-edge of popular entertainment. (Sat 5pm/Sun 3pm, Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, 51 North 1st St, BK, $25-$30)
THEATER: Charlie Brown Christmas Live in Brooklyn
The classic Christmas special word for word and gesture for gesture and of course, what Charlie Brown Christmas would be complete without a jazz trio playing the iconic Vince Guaraldi score. (Sat/Sun, ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Pl, BK, see site for details, $15)
VARIETY: The House of Yes Xmas Spectacular 2019
With more extravagant spectacles of irreverent festive nonsense that will have you loving the holidays like never before. Produced and Directed by House of Yes Co-Founders Kae Burke and Anya Sapozhnikova, along with Matthew Daily and in collaboration with our talented cast: Allegra Meshuggah, Blaine Petrovia, Cooper L. Stanton, Daphne Rose, Eli Rose, God Complex, Hila Perry, Kat Cunning, Jonathan McDonald, Kelsey Lanceta, Madame Vivien V, Nathan Dufour Oglesby, Peter Mercury, Pixel Witch, Queen Ravenden, Sam Doblick, Seth Timothy Larson, and Zalika Parsons. (Wed/Thu, this week and next, House of Yes, 2 Wycoff Ave, BK, 6:30pm, $30-$80, 21+)
A modern vaudeville experience praised as "Professional Mindfuckery" by Time Out New York, this show features today's top magicians and mind-readers along side the city's most daring variety artists. Cast includes Brooklyn based mentalist Vinny DePonto as well as circus legend Keith "Bindlestiff" Nelson, plus choreography by Jenny Rocha and the Painted Ladies, and a headlining performance from international touring sensation, Mahdi Gilbert. (The Sultan Room, 234 Starr St, BK, 6pm doors/7pm show, $29-$40, 21+)
VARIETY: Kracked Kristmess
Step aside Radio City Rockettes, the nut-crackers of Twizted Sisterz, best known as the cast of the long-running cult hit Distorted Diznee, put their own bawdy spin on the most wonderful time of the year. Highlights of this demented holiday extravaganza include The 12 Drunks of Christmas, a twisted take on Let It Snow, I'm Dreaming of A White Trash Christmas, and some brand new songs that will keep your Christmas gay. Full dinner menu & bar available. (Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, 10pm, $22 with $20 min)
PARTY: Twas the Nightmare Before XIIIas Party
Help Jack Skellington uncover the meaning of Christmas, let Sally sew you up while pining over unrequited love, or gamble with oogie boogie as a resident of Halloweentown at an immersive screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Feel free to dress in costume or Christmas PJ's. There will be an industrial outdoor heater, but the festivities will be outdoors, so be sure to dress warmly. Food & drinks will be available for additional donation. The location is a private residence. (secret location, rsvp for Bushwick address, BK, 10pm, $5 sugg don)
PARTICAPATORY: 21 st Annual Santa Con
Santacon is a charitable, non-commercial, non-political, nonsensical santa claus convention that happens once a year to spread absurdist joy. Santa costume required. (start location with purchase, MH, 10am, FREE/$13)
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)
COMMUNITY: Greencycle Holiday Swap
Are you feeling the holiday spirit? Do you have gently used items taking up space? Bring some! Or take some! Mens’, womens’, and childrens’ clothing, shoes, books, toys, bicycles, phone, household items and electronics. Electronics will be accepted until 2 PM. Cleaned, gently used and working items please. No need to bring anything to take items. Taking donated items to resell is not allowed. All remaining items are donated to local homeless shelters for neighbors truly in need. (Leonard Library, 81 Devoe St, BK, 12pm, FREE)
SHOP: Bushwig's Christmas Market
Over 20 iconic vendors peddling apparel, costumes, vintage clothing, jewelry, sunglasses, cats in drag and everything in between. Come and stuff your sock. Shows every hour by Dahila Sin, Merrie Cherry, and Kandy Muse as Santa. Djs: Horrorchata, Hannah Lou, and Babes Trust Gobble on a Taco. Slurp down Glugg, Hot Toddy’s and drink specials at the bar. (3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole St, BK, 1pm-10pm, $5)
VARIETY: The Greatest Show: A Holiday Extravaganza!
Wanna see the Virgin Mary peg God, two crossdressing Mariah Carey impersonators whistle-tone to the death, and pose for a photo with a crossbred human/Reindeer abomination? A free all night psychedelic, satirical drag experience that takes traditional circus, striptease, and sideshow and puts them through a lens of madness. Starring two of the of the most beautiful creatures in the universe, Madame Vivien V and Zalika Parsons, this show has content that will be burned into your retinas for a lifetime! (LP n Harmony, 683 Grand St, BK, 10pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: NYCVintageTrain2019 underground swing & jazz festival
Hundreds of jazz musicians, swing dancers, vintage clothing enthusiasts, photographers, families, commuters, and subway/railroad buffs will converge for a full day of music, dance, and happiness. Think of it as highly organized, pro-level busking. Top-quality established AND up-and-coming jazz bands will perform continuously throughout the day. Drop in any time! Dancing is welcome and encouraged! These great bands are willing to play solely for tips, so please do tip each and every band! You can join the party anytime, anywhere along the route if you like, assuming you time it right. This is a participatory public happening! Dress in vintage if you've got it. 1930s to 1960s. (145th St train station, see site for details, 11am-5:30pm, $2.75)
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)
FOOD: Cookie Takedown 2019
This holiday season, it's critical to come to Royal Palms and eat all the home made cookies- and vote on your favoritest. The best home cooks in NYC are gathering to compete for prizes - so bring a date, family, friends and whoever to this most funnest holiday party. (Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 514 Union, BK, 1pm $25)
ART/PARTICIPATORY: Build Your Own Effigy
Prepare for the following weekend's Burning of Grievances event with your very own effigy. Ladle your emotions into a handcrafted structure that will flare up in a cauldron of catharsis and release your frustrations. Kate, a professional teaching artist, will be providing all materials necessary to craft a simple yet effective effigy that fits within the safety guidelins for this event. Please refrain from bringing additional materials. For convenience and logistical purposes your effigies will be transported from the workshop directly to the event location. (RSVP for address, BK, 1pm-7pm, $5-$10)
MUSIC: Haunting Renditions with Eliot Glazer
Based on his web series of the same name, this live show is what happens when Eliot Glazer, a classically trained vocalist-turned-comedian, takes some of pop music’s most infamous songs and turns them into highbrow, sweeping ballads. Like a twisted version of MTV Unplugged, Austin City Limits, or VH1 Storytellers, the show is an intimate night of bad music made good. Featuring: Cecily Strong, Isaac Mizrahi, Melissa Villaseñor, Ego Nwodim, and Chloe Fineman (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 6:30pm doors/7pm show, $15, 21+)
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PUPPETS: 2020 International Puppet Fringe NYC Accepting Applications - Deadline 12/31
Apply today to perform at the 2nd International Puppet Fringe NYC happening August 12-16, 2020. Join for a week celebrating diversity, puppetry, and a cultural exchange of international theater arts. (The Clemente Soto VÃ©lez Cultural and Educational Center 107 Suffolk St)
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)
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, 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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