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Almost at one of our busiest stretches of the year. Are you ready? Here's what's coming up for us (full invites below):
- Fri 1.31 - vintage-inspired tropical tiki night and the underground casino of your dreams, Castaways Casino Club (got credit from wining here before? It's still good!). 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 bazaar, 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. The artists list is already amazing, but we're open to more, too. Got recos? 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. FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/396867621122042
- 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). FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2641214152634769
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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 9, 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.
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
Aqua de Soi - Spa quality clean-burning soy candles in deluxe scents, for your home or kink play - https://www.thesoico.com/aqua-de-soi
Bound in Iron - Hand-forged BDSM accessories and toys - https://boundinironnyc.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
Lady Euphoria NYC - Kinky rope art and BDSM coaching & kink experience certificates - https://mailchi.mp/565835e10c8c/ladyeuphorianycabout
Lovelorn Lingerie - Leather harnesses as wearable art - https://www.lovelornlingerie.com
Miscallaneous Dom (until 4:30pm only) - Kink-inspired high fashion finds
Sex Objects - Handmade glass objects of desire - http://sexobjects.etsy.com
Stoya - Internationally renown pornographer and writer selling signed books and instax - https://hellostoya.com
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, 9pm-2am, $45-65*
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.
Underground Horns, our roaring brass band, will get you sweating faster than the saunas, and we'll keep the dance floor sizzling after with irresistible ethnotek by DJ Joro Boro. There will be an open vodka bar 9-10pm and free piergoies around 11pm.
"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 125 tix available, and the event usually sells out in advance. Three ticket levels: $65 (pre-party 7pm entry + own locker + ticket to bypass open bar queue) / $55 (9pm entry + shared locker + open vodka bar) / $40 (11pm entry + shared locker, as available). More details on each ticket tier are on our website.
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: 1/17-1/23//
WEEKEND + WEEK
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/Sat, The Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th St, see site for details, $35-$50)
PERFORMANCE: “Very Real and Legitimate MFA Thesis Show” by Shawn Escarciga
A critique of academia and the Art World at-large as presented through the lens of a historically poor, silver tongued performance artist homo. Drawing from research, personal experience, and thirty-one years of being a smart ass, the show is a multidisciplinary performance art lecture on why rich people ruin everything and how the academic system has historically left out the poor. (Fri/Sat, Vital Joint, 109 Meserole St, BK, 8pm, $10 cash)
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-Sun, The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St, see site for details, $TBD)
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. (Sat/Sun, The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave, BK, see site for details, $35-$55)
MUSIC: Lacy Rose & Her Starling Quartet
A sumptuous soirée where Baroque meets cabaret, this haunting musical event features original compositions for voice, piano, and string quartet. The evening includes excerpts from Lacy Rose’s song cycle “Maria”, exploring the inner life of two of Gustav Klimt’s muses; her Schubert- and Weill- inspired musical adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s “The Doctor And The Devils”; excerpts from “Lispector”, a song cycle devoted to the complicated, ethereal and radical life and works of glamorous author, Clarice Lispector; “Surrealistic Standards”, love songs designed for the lost technicolor films of the 1940’s; and an excerpt from her operatic adaption of “The Passion According To Gh” by Lispector. (Tue/Wed, HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave, 8:30pm, $20)
MUSIC: The Deep End 3 Year Anniversary
Come celebrate and leave behind your daily struggles. Performances by Misty Meaner and Mocha Lite. Music by La Familia Purry and Mr. JPatt. (The Deep End, 1080 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 10pm, FREE)
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. (The Public, 425 Lafayette St, 9:30pm, $35)
DJ: Yes Homo - a queer daytime party
A daytime dance party celebrating queer icons, queer culture, and queer joy. With DJ Sean McMahill and Host Mini Horrorwitz (C'mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave, BK, 4pm-8pm, FREE, 21+)
FILM: Cartoon Carnival #87: Rare Stuff
This program features some of the rarest titles held in the vast 16mm film archive. An ultra-rare Oswald the Lucky Rabbit sound entry from 1929; a Van Beuren Rainbow Parade cartoon normally seen in black and white, here in an authentic 1940s Cinecolor print; a 1930s Bray Studios promotional cartoon with sound, and in Technicolor by cult classic animator Ted Eshbaugh; a Hugh Harman obscurity from the 1940s combining animation with live-action; the *true* first Gumby short in dazzling Kodachrome; and lots more! This program also features a long-awaited return performance by our favorite ragtime pianist, the one and only Charlie Judkins! (389 Melrose St, BK, 5pm, $10)
WORD: Winter Mythology: Stories Around the Campfire
Long winter nights have inspired countless tales for passing time and staying warm by the fire. Join the Urban Park Rangers to share in this ancient tradition, and even spin a yarn of your own. (Fort Greene Park Visitor Center, Fort Greene Park, BK, 6pm-7:30pm, FREE)
WORD: Art and Action - A conversation with Mahogany L. Browne & Shaun Leonardo
Mahogany L. Browne, poet, educator, organizer and author of Black Girl Magic: A Poem and the forthcoming Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice, in conversation about art and action with artist and performer Shaun Leonardo, whose multidisciplinary work negotiates societal expectations of manhood, namely definitions surrounding black and brown masculinities, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and experience of failure and has been featured at The Guggenheim Museum and the High Line. (Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar, 126 Crosby St, 7pm-8:30pm, FREE)
VARIETY: Green Fairy Cigar
Join this premier event and celebrate this monthly showcase of cigars, absinthe tasting and entertainment, featuring a new brand of absinthe and a variety of risqué and bawdy performances each month, along with an introduction on what makes absinthe so unique and mysterious. This month they are featuring Rocky Patel Cigars. Rocky Patel representative Heath Hill will be at the event. Special burlesque performance by Miss Art Deco, Dandy Dillinger. Hosted by: Maggie McMuffin, Miss Ruby Pavlova, Sincerely Y. Ours, and Zelma. DJ by Nelson Lugo. Mr. Kellfire Bray will guide you through the complexities of absinthe's history and rituals. Ticket price will include two cigars and three absinthe or whisky cocktails, burlesque and pictures with the hosts. Limited to only 50 tickets for this event. Suggested Dress Code: Suit and tie, cocktail attire. (Casa de Montecristo NYC, 1016 Second Ave, 9pm-12am, $85)
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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