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We're about to kick off 2020 with four totally different events. Which one(s) will you join us for? Full invites below, but here's the short list:
- Fri 1.31 - vintage-inspired tropical drinkin'n'gamblin' night, Castaways Casino Club. It's the underground casino of your dreams. Got credit from wining last time? It's still good! You could help us plan for optimal amount of supplies and number of dealers by RSVPing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2370519996591551
- Sun 2.9 - our first-ever sex-positive pop-up shop, The Sinners Market, was a huge hit in October. We decided to run a Valentine's edition, with emphasis on more giftable items, whether for yourself or your beloveds. We're still adding vendors to the lineup, but some amazing artists have signed up already. We'll start posting vendor previews to our Insta and FB page soon: https://www.facebook.com/events/792085851309126
- Fri 2.14 - Your favorite steamy Valentine's Day celebration is back for its 12th year. You + brass band + exclusive banya access + free vodka & pierogies = winning VDay. Two notes on ticket levels: 1) The Banya is no longer offering a full dinner option, but we've brought back the early access ticket, which allows you to get in a full two hours before official party start, plus guarantees your own locker and a token to bypass the open bar queue. 2) As always, list subscribers get an early bird special: two 9pm tickets for $100 with code "heartsofsteam" until Fri 1.24. The event is not yet on our site or FB, but tickets are up: https://banyaparty.brownpapertickets.com
- Sat 2.15 - Our other annual VDay (and our birthday!) celebration, Meet Me in Paris clandestine cabaret and dance party. We're also running an early bird ticket special on this one, with code "vdaylove" for two tickets for $30 (also until Fri 1.24). The event is not yet on our site or FB, but tickets are up: http://bit.ly/GS_cabaret
Gemini & Scorpio,
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
DRINKING & GAMBLING: 1.31
Gemini & Scorpio
Castaways Casino Club
Friday, Jan 31, 9pm-late, sliding scale $10-20 donation, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested)
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio
Calling all faux millionaires to litter their gold coin at our illicit gambling establishment far offshore on the banks of Gowanus. The casino club will feature blackjack, roulette and the star attraction of the night: Texas hold'em tournament, played at 10pm, 11pm, and 12am for a $50 value prize. For non-tourney games, a member credit system will let you use your winnings for future party entry, drinks, etc (win last time? your credit is still good!).
The original Castaways resort in Vegas was peak-60s polynesian insanity. We'll honor our namesake with tropical drinks & beats, for full tiki party mode alongside the games. Even if you don't gamble, you win.
Dress suggestions: funky party-wear, 1960s Polynesian kitsch, faux fancy, vintage lounge, sparkly cocktail, or other non-sloppy attire appreciated. No elaborate costumes or formalwear required, but you know we love it when you put in effort.
We'll turn the heat way up for some sweaty dancing joy. Wear layers!
Lastly: we still have a few of those ridiculous tiki to-go tumblers from the last Castaways. Take your tropical drinks to go in one of those bad boys for only $10.
House of Scorpio (sex-positive pansexual events) and Gemini & Scorpio
The Sinners' Market: Valentine's edition
Sun, Feb 8, 1-6pm, FREE
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK - see site for address: http://houseofscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #houseofscorpio #thesinnersmarket
NYC's only market full of decadent deals and transgressive trinkets for all your sexy, kinky, fantasy, alternative, gothic and sex-positive needs. The Valentine's edition brings more giftable items, for yourself or your beloveds.
Confirmed vendors (more TK):
Miss Scorpio - Vintage, costume and designer pieces selected for their unique visual appeal - http://bit.ly/GS_FBsale
Alienz Incorporated - Ethereal handcrafted headgear, masks and accessories - https://www.alienzinc.com
Costumegasm - Pasties, booty shorts, elastic body harnesses and more party wear - https://www.facebook.com/costumegasm
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/
Knot Very Nice - Hand-dyed and tied rope floggers & custom rope bondage sets - https://www.facebook.com/KnotVeryNice
Stoya - Internationally renown pornographer and writer selling signed books and instax - https://hellostoya.com
Wax Play supplies - A selection of high-end candles perfect for kink play
Flogging demo by Knot Very Nice (times TBC)
Autographs and photo ops with Stoya
Gemini & Scorpio
12th Annual Steamy Valentine's Night at the Russian Baths
Friday, Feb 14, 7pm-2am, $45-65
Early bird special! Two 9pm tickets for $100 with code "heartsofsteam" until Fri 1.24
Brooklyn Banya, 602 Coney Island Ave bet Beverley Rd & Ave C, Kensington, BK
Break out your bikini or swim trunks, and join our hand-picked crowd of artsy, funky (and nearly naked) New Yorkers for the glorious return of Gemini & Scorpio's legendary Russian Baths party.
We will have the banya to ourselves, with a few hand-picked professionals on hand for the optional platzas and massages. Enjoy: Russian, Turkish and Swedish steam rooms, jacuzzi and cold plunge pool; poolside dance floor; rooftop smoking deck; authentic and delicious Russian food in a private restaurant room with a view of the dance floor.
A roaring brass band (TBC) will get you sweating faster than the saunas, and we'll keep the dance floor sizzling with irresistible ethnotek till 2am while we dole out pierogies for everyone. There will be an open vodka bar 9-10pm.
"Best (and Only) Russian-bathhouse Dance Party" - Village Voice "Best of 2006. "A night of steamy fun" -- TimeOutNY "Your Perfect Weekend" pick. "Epic" -- Brooklyn Based.
Only 100 tix available, and the event usually sells out in advance. Three ticket levels: $65 (pre-party 7pm entry + ticket to bypass open bar queue) /$55 (9pm entry + open vodka bar) / $45 (11pm entry). More details on each ticket tier are on our website. Please note that the banya is open to the public until 9pm.
This is the kind of party you always imagine, but can never quite find in real life...and the only one where you'll come out cleaner than when you came in.
Gemini & Scorpio
Meet Me in Paris: a clandestine cabaret
Saturday, Feb 15, $20 until 1am ($40 w/table reservation), $10 after, 21+ (25+ suggested)
Early bird special! Two tickets for $30 with code "vdaylove" until Fri 1.24
9-10pm cocktail hour, 10pm-1am live acts, 1am-4am dancing & lounging
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio
A clandestine French cabaret with sensuous live music, sultry burlesque and variety acts, followed by late-night dancing and lounging in our softly-lit loft, absinthe and other special libations at the bar, and kissing on the sprawling roof. Our house band will be playing three full sets to swoon, sway and dance to, with deliciously naughty performances in between. It's also our annual Birthday celebration: we turn 18 this year!
Dress code (as usual, required): Cabaret through the ages (turn-of-century Belle Époque La Goulue cabaret, 1920s Josephine Baker cabaret, 1930s Marlene Dietrich cabaret, 1940s Edith Piaf cabaret, 1950s Jacques Brel cabaret, 60s and beyond cabaret lounge, anachronistic punk cabaret); "Cabaret" the movie; vintage or modern high style; dressy & classy.
Tables: We have four tables with four seats each that can be reserved. Those tickets are sold in pairs for $80 ($40 ea).
Press: "A Pigalle-style playground with can can dancers, cabaret acts and vintage gypsy jazz" - TimeOut NY. "If there's one team of party planners we trust with throwing a stunning clandestine French cabaret, it's Gemini & Scorpio." - Flavorpill.
/// NYC EVENTS: 1/10-1/16//
WEEKEND + WEEK
PERFORMANCE: Toilet Fire
Part of The Exponential Festival, Toilet Fire is a ceremony and celebration of the one thing that unites us all: our need to go. Using the structure of an ancient religious ritual to talk about matters of digestion, philosophy and faith, Toilet Fire explodes with song, story, audience participation, and unexpected textual twists. (Fri/Sat, Vital Joint, 109 Meserole St, BK, 8pm, $20)
THEATER/PUPPETS: A Hunger Artist
A man sits alone in a cage, starving himself for your entertainment. This darkly comic, visually-striking adaptation of the Franz Kafka short story uses physical theater, Victorian miniatures, puppetry, and a set of simple props to support a powerhouse solo performance. (Fri-Thu, The Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th St, see site for details, $35-$50)
THEATER: Under the Radar Festival
Over the last 16 years, this festival has presented over 229 companies from 42 countries. It has grown into a landmark of the New York City theater season and is a vital part of The Public's mission, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are redefining the act of making theater. Widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad, Under the Radar Festival has presented works by a variety of respected artists. These artists provide a snapshot of contemporary theater: richly distinct in terms of perspectives, aesthetics, and social practice, and pointing to the future of the art form. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St, see site for details, $TBD)
ART: Art Teleported New York 2020 Conference, Party & Performance
A two day art show and conference for Nomadic Artists. Project Art Teleported, aims to create a global network among nomadic artists, designers, audiences, and communities and promote culture of fluidity and flexibility. By understanding and appreciation of each other, we can make, share, appreciate, and live in art in any regions and cultures. Closing the conference is a Party & Performance including light refreshments, art show, performances, and fashion showcasing. (Sat/Sun, 1519 Decatur St, QNS, see site for details, $100 conference/$25 Party & Performance only)
PERFORMANCE: Losing The Lady
New York's own downtown diva goddess Rizo - f.k.a. Lady Rizo- charges back onto the Joe's Pub stage after a year away, electrifying Spiegeltents around the world. A cult favorite, her stage shows bring her powerhouse vocals together with seductive storytelling and wild hilarious audience experiments. Seductively peeling back layers of alter-ego, Rizo explores the delight and trappings of your shadow selves through her own songs along with the tunes of Sasha Fierce aka Beyoncé, the Thin White Duke aka David Bowie, and Camille aka Prince. (Sat/Thu, The Public, 425 Lafayette St, 12am/9:30pm, $35)
MUSIC: Immigrant Song: The Diva (Divineimmigrant Voices About America) Experience
The first in a series celebrating the beautiful diversity of origins. Features renowned sopranos Adrienne Danrich, Liora Michelle and special guests to regale us Motown, Broadway, Gospel and classical songs to interpret their families’ histories of arrival in the US. The narratives and music shared are guaranteed to stimulate discussion across generations, genders and cultures and motivate positive change. (Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Ave, 7:30pm, $25)
BURLESQUE/FUNDRAISER: Flip Them The Wand
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has in recent years revealed herself as a Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist by supporting other TERFs through her social media presence and public statements. As a way to reclaim a fandom she loves and combat this hate, Raina Sinclair is having a Harry Potter themed charity burlesque event for her 28th birthday and 9th burlesque anniversary. All proceeds from this show will go to the Ali Forney Center in Harlem (https://www.aliforneycenter.org/) a homeless shelter and community center for supporting LGBTQ youth in need. Featuring Performances by: America Line, Betty Brash, The Dancing Death Eaters, Debra DeLorean, Gigi Marx, Kia Sangria, Mary Cyn, Muscles Monty, Regal Mortis, Striker Posie, and Venatrix. Hosted by Raina Sinclair. Trans folks get in free, email for the code: magicalgirlburlesque@PROTECTED (The Nest Brooklyn, 504 Flatbush Ave, BK, 7:30pm doors/8pm show, $10/FREE for trans folks)
PARTY: Warper Party
A showcase of live electronic art and music. Music by Intimata’s Rebecca Bliue, Parnhashnakovsky, exaltron, Xuan Rong, I Jam Live!, Brian Thabault, Rob Interface, Nukage, Distant Comets, Ghost Stories, Friendly Knowledge, McTwizz, Flo-Pilot, MegManMusic, Denada, Stepwriterun, dust1, and Ali Asad. Visuals by nick kent, Permian Strata, visualsssssssss, Coaxing the Front Porch, VJ DoctorMojo, RGB Values, and dust1. This month will feature a workshop by 185668232 about linking Ableton Live and Resolume MPC Live. (The Deep End, 1080 Wyckoff Ave, QNS, 8pm, FREE, 21+)
COMEDY: Tinder Live! with Lane Moore
A totally improvised, anything-can-happen interactive comedy showstopper with helpful and oftentimes ridiculous Tinder tips, tricks, real-time swiping, and messaging. And sometimes even real-time phone calls with Tinder matches! You’ll relate to Moore’s live-swiping and laugh at her reactions and find inspiration in her ridiculous, random emoji-filled messages to would-be suitors. It’s also a great show to attend with a date, Tinder or otherwise. Featuring: Laura Benanti, Daniel Kibblesmith, and Jennifer Wright.(Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $15-$18, 21+)
DJ: Loving The Alien: A David Bowie Tribute Dance Party
It’s been four years since David Bowie left and returned to his home planet. DJ Steve Reynolds will spin the hits and deep cuts from The Thin White Duke's 50-year career. Music Video Time Machine will provide projections of Bowie’s best videos and movie appearances. Hosted by the skint. (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 10:30pm, $5 adv/$8 door, 21+)
FILM/WORD: “I am Big Bird” Screening & Live Event - Tribute to Caroll Spinney (1933-2019)
For nearly 50 years, Caroll Spinney was beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. A thoughtful portrait of the legendary performer, made when he was still donning the yellow suit well into his 80s, this film features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. With Cheryl Henson, Dave LaMattina, and special guests in person
(Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, 1pm, $9-$15)
MUSIC: Secret Planet 2020
Music and feels more like a festival than a showcase. Featuring performances by Sounds of Siberia feat. Yuliyana and Nachyn, Huda Asfour, Cochemea, Sunny Jain’s Wild Wild East, Alba and the Mighty Lions, Combo Lulo, Vox Sambou, Sofiane Saidi and Mazalda, and Los Cumpleaños. Special Guest DJs: Sonido Mixteco and Dayansiiita. (Drom, 85 Avenue A, 7pm, $10)
MUSIC: Mames Babegenush Live Music Dance Party
A sonic crossroads where east unexpectedly meets...north! The young Danish band's unique musical fusion marries their strong Scandinavian roots and elements of jazz with the vibrant dance music and klezmer traditions of eastern Europe. From the contemplative ambiance of Nordic snowscapes to the lively weddings of Romania, their music exudes a sense of both poignant melancholy and irresistibly danceable exuberance. (Mehanata Bulgarian Bar, 113 Ludlow St, 8:30pm, $5-$20)
MUSIC: Ancient Sounds X Future Beats w/ Brooklyn Gypsies - Live
A mystical night of global music, arabic percussion, and tribal fusion bellydance as the women-powered NYC-based music collective BAE celebrates their launch as a transnational music label. With special guests, immersive offerings, and an opening and closing ceremony. Featuring: DJ Dreeemy, DJ Tasha Blank, DJ Flavya, SweatyByNature, Spy From Cairo, The Brooklyn Gypsies, and Sisters of the Blooming Sun (The Sultan Room at The Turk's Inn, 234 Starr St, BK, 11pm-4am, $10-$15)
PARTICIPATORY: Global No Pants Subway Ride 2020
This is an annual event staged by Improv Everywhere held every January in New York City. Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants behave as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants. All are invited to participate. Requirements for participation: 1) Willing to take pants off on subway. 2) Able to keep a straight face about it. Bring a backpack and a metro card. Do not bring: A camera (we'll have several photographers on hand). Wear: Normal winter clothes (hat, gloves, etc). Unlike previous years there will be a single meeting point. At the meeting point, participants will be organized into groups and assigned a specific subway line and train car. Once everyone is divided up we will all head to nearby subway stations. (Foley Square, 3pm, FREE)
MUSIC: globalFEST 2020
A night of revelatory music from around the world. 12 artists, 3 stanes, 1 iconic venue. Featuring Yungchen Lhamo, Meklit, La Chica, Bohemian Betyars, Cheikh Lo, Les Amazones d'Afrique, Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, Ak Dan Gwang Chil, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Xenia França, Tufan Derince, and San Salvador. Afterparty with DJ ShirineSaad. (The Copacabana Times Square, 268 West 47th St, 6pm, $50)
PARTICIPATORY: Ice Ball 2020
The Simulacrum of Yore Society's Committee what makes the Ice Ball requests the honor of your company at The Ten-Year Anniversary Ice Ball on Monday, the Thirteenth¹ day of January, MMXX Anno Domini at seven of the clock, until nine, post meridian
upon the ice rink at Bryant Park. Dress Code: Impressionist Formal. Do please note: your attire itself determines your very attendance of the ball. Bring your own pair of ice skates or pay $20 to rent. Bring a lock to secure your belongings in a free locker, or buy one on site for $10. (Bryant Park, 7pm-9pm, FREE-$20)
WORD: Gentrification 2.0: The Good, the Bad, and the Blurry
From Sunset Park to East New York, barely a neighborhood in Brooklyn isn’t ensconced in its own version of the gentrification debate. Beyond the posturing and the rhetoric is a nuanced history and present day reality that’s neither all good, nor all bad. Join authors and professors Matthew Schuerman, Kay Hymowitz, and James Rodriguez for a balanced examination of a heated topic. Moderated by Jarrett Murphy.
(Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, BK, 6:30pm, $15/$10 members)
[Events likely to sell out or otherwise requiring advance planning]
MUSIC: The 2020 Zlatne Uste Golden Festival
New York’s only music and dance festival of its kind celebrates 35 years of live music and dance Balkans and beyond. The Festival is hosted by Zlatne Uste Brass Band and features dozens of live bands playing on five stages. (The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave, BK, see site for details, $35-$55)
Idiotarod XVI - The Rolling 20's
An unsanctioned "race" during which costumed teams art up shopping carts to represent elaborate themes, then run through the streets of some desolate neighborhood on what usually ends up being one of the coldest days of the year now in its 16th year running. Awards are handed out by expert judges at the afterparty for originality, imagination and artistry as well as meaningful hijinks, thought-provoking antics and unabashed bribery. Brought to you by The Department of Homeland Absurdity (DOHA), in conjunction with IDIOT Labs. (see site for details, 12pm-8pm, $5/racer, 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)
THEATER: The Exponential Festival 2020: a Pleasure, a Mess, a Thrill, and a Dream
A month-long January festival for NYC-based emerging, experimental performing artists, now in its fourth year. Performances in partnership with The Brick, Chez Bushwick, JACK, Target Margin Theater's The Doxsee, Loading Dock, Patch Works Theater, Para\\el, Honey's, The Woods, and Vital Joint. The participants in this multi-artist, multi-venue festival are committed to ecstatic creativity in the face of commercialism. This festival is driven by inclusiveness and a diversity of artists, forms, and ideas coupled with utopian resource-sharing, mentoring, and the championing of risky, rigorous work in eclectic fields to keep theatre kicking. (Through 2/3, Thu-Sun & Tues/Wed, see site for details, $sugg don)
ART: Annesta Le "Inner Space"
Yi Gallery is delighted to present Inner Space, an exhibition of recent neon sculptures and drawings by Brooklyn-based artist Annesta Le. A full-color catalog will accompany the exhibition with a text by David Ebony. This will be the first artist exhibition presented in the gallery’s new space. The exhibition includes two of Le’s previously unexhibited floating neon structures, alongside three marker drawings, and a group of neon on wood panels. (thru 2/8, Fri & Sat, Yi Gallery, 56 Bogart St, BK, 1pm-6pm, FREE)
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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