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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):
- Next 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. Check out the full artist list below (still open to others!), and linked through at 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. Three 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) We're selling out faster than ever, with almost 30% of tickets already gone. But! If all tickets go before Feb 1, we could ask the Banya about adding another date, possibly Feb 15. 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 (extended until midnight on Fri Jan 31). 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.
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
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
Miscallaneous Dom (until 4pm only) - Kink-inspired high fashion finds
Rainbow Mirror Art - Contemporary ancient art and hand-painted gemstone jewelry - https://www.facebook.com/RainbowMirrorArt
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/
Figure of A - Couture London brand inspired by Japanese rope bondage - https://figureofa.com/
Lovelorn Lingerie - Leather harnesses as wearable art - https://www.lovelornlingerie.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: 1/24-1/30//
WEEKEND + WEEK
A dance theater piece in two parts that explores a secluded world of fantasy, grotesque playfulness and tormented desire where two women dive into the depths of a relationship both parties don’t yet understand. (Fri&Sat 8:30pm/Sun 4pm, HERE, 145 6th Ave, $20)
FEST: Pow con
Brooklyn’s comic con created by fans for fans, brings together the best in comic books, collectibles, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, cosplay, horror, and all things pop culture. Featuring the Power Rangers in Space reunion. (Sat/Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St, BK, 10am, $20)
SHOP/WORD: Salón Zilla
It's 2020, do you know where your Brujas are? An art mixer with maaaad flavor, Salón Zilla promises to start your new year with a bang and a whole lotta magical Walter Mercado vibras! First, stock up at our vendor's market with dreamy merch from Charli Angelina, Pattie Mayonnaise and more. Follow it up with an evening of sex-positive stand-up, sketch comedy and readings that showcase some of NYC's most talented artists. Performers include Caprica Stanley, Kyle Marian (UCB), Meg Frances (RaceBaitr), Karmenife X (Dom The Mic) and Shanna Christmas (Black Girl Giggles). (New Women Space, 188 Woodpoint Rd, BK, 7:30pm-10:30pm, $10)
PARTICIPATORY: Idiotarod XVII - The Rolling 20’s
An annual event that puts a satirical creative spin on the famous and totally unrelated dogsled race in Alaska. Instead of dogs with sleds, Idiotarod NYC features costume-clad teams of people with elaborately themed shopping carts, and instead of the brutal landscape of the frozen tundra, the race takes place on the streets of New York City. It is, however, usually really friggin' cold. For registrations form to race email: idiotarodnyc at gmail. (Location released to registrants only the night before the event (in or close to Manhattan), 12pm, $5 per team member/FREE to cheer--or sabotage?--from the sidelines, rain or sleet or shine)
ART/WORD: Crit Night
Crit Night is a seasonal series, where current and past Pioneer Works artists-in-residence share works in progress during an intimate evening focused around experimentation and discourse. Visual Arts Resident Jenny Perlin will share films from her explorations of subterranean bunkers across America. Visual Arts Resident Maia Chao will lead a workshop on applause and host a participatory open-mic reading of acceptance and rejection letters. Guests will be invited to read aloud their own acceptance/rejection letters, emails, texts, or just listen. Quenton Stuckey and collaborators will share songs from an album recorded during his Pioneer Works Music Residency in October 2019. (Ace Hotel New York, Liberty Hall, 20 W 29th St, 6pm-8pm, FREE)
ART: Lithomancy Group Art Show
Lithomancy is the general term for divination through the use of stones or crystals. Join in for a night of artwork inspired by gemstones and crystal magic. New work by Gina Altadonna, Christine Benjamin, Robert Bowen, M.D. Camarra, Katie Gamb, Danny Gonzalez, Annette Hassell, Angel Hawari, Asha MacDonald, Grelin Machin, Rebekah Marxen, Gregery Miller, Emma Mount, Dustin Myers, Bill Ross, Rachel Silva, and Joey Stupor. (Gristle Tattoo+Art Gallery, 26 Bushwick Ave, BK, 7pm, FREE)
MUSIC: 4th Annual Farewell Party
A tradition saluting dear departed artists of the past year, celebrating their songs and acknowledging the losses. A mix of laughter, tears, and fascinating facts make for an evening that never fails to delight and amaze. The 2019 edition will include pieces by Dr. John, Little Queenie, Michel LeGrand, Scott Walker, Ric Ocasek, Ginger Baker, and Doris Day, among others. The multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Rachelle Garniez will be joined by stellar musicians bassist Derek Nievergelt and saxophonist Steve Elson, creating a sound that is playful and poignant by turns. Surprise guests have been known to turn up, one never knows! (Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, 7pm-9pm, $20)
BURLESQUE: Who Censored Roger Rabbit?
Come on down to Poon Town to help get to the bottom of Who Censored Roger Rabbit. Or maybe just get to Roger Rabbit's bottom. Nina LaVoix (Jessica Rabbit) will show you that one frame of the movie you were never quite quick enough to pause on. Brettzo (Judge Doom) might have a surprise or two under those dark robes. Mary Cyn (Bugs Bunny) will show show you just what's up. Dickie Smalls (Pinocchio) might be lying, cause something sure is growing. Esmerelda May (Benny the Cab) will get everyone where they're going. And Immodesty Rose (Betty Boop) is in no way is compliant with the Hay's Code. With Petite Renard kittening as Roger Rabbit, and Moe Cheezmo hosts as Eddie Valiant. Plus DJ Stormageddon.(Bedlam, 40 Avenue C, 7pm doors / 8pm show, $20 front row / $15 GA)
PERFORMANCE: Ramy Essam “Tahrir and Beyond” with special guest Ganzeer
Acclaimed Egyptian singer, songwriter, and activist Ramy Essam and visual artist Ganzeer were two of the most influential artists of the Egyptian Revolution. Though they both live in exile today, the two continue the unfinished struggle for a free and open Egypt through their art. Together with Egyptian-American playwrights/musicians The Lazours, they present this multimedia commemoration of the anniversary of Egypt's spontaneous uprising for democracy in 2011. Join them for an evening of music, commentary, and visual art that highlights the creativity and beauty that the revolution unlocked for a generation of young Egyptians, and how the arts still shape their ongoing struggle today. (National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St, BK, 8:30pm, $20-$25)
PARTY: Rubulad: Days of Wine and Rodents
Live music by Hungry March Band, Fly Ashtray, The Accute, and Lift-Off. Your MC: Zero Boy. And your DJ: Lupe Loop Projections by The Sperm Whale NYC. Yummy Cheese!. Mike Flaherty’s Art Hole and much, much more! Dress: Rat-tastic! RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for address. (Rubulad, secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 8:30 pm doors/9pm show, $15/$10 adv or before 10pm)
VARIETY: Switch n’ Play
Queer in every sense of the word, Switch n’ Play spans the gender spectrum in life and onstage. This month features Switch n’ Play’s. Featuring: Divina Gransparkle, K.James
Birthday Babe Miss Malice, Vigor Mortis, Nyx Nocturne, & Zoe Ziegfeld. With special guests Neon Calypso & Patti Spliff (Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Ave, BK, 9pm doors/9:30pm show, $7-$20 sliding scale)
WORD/PARTICIPATORY: Dr. Gameshow LIVE!
Jo Firestone and Manolo Moreno bring their cult-favorite Dr. Gameshow podcast (now on Maximum Fun) to Union Hall where audience members will compete playing listener-created games to win a special prize. (Union Hall, 702 Union St, BK, 7:30pm, $10)
SHOP: Thrift On! Clothing & Stuff swap party
The world-famous original clothing swap party. Bring in your old clothes and stuff to donate to the rummage tables! Take home items from the piles of booty! DJ Shakey and special guests play throwback tunes and amuse you. To all vintage clothing store "pickers", flea marketers, and resellers of any kind, you are NOT welcome at this event, you will be bounced! No grabbing, hoarding, or douche-y behavior pls! (The Keep, 205 Cypress Ave, QNS, 8pm, FREE)
SOCIAL DANCE: Goth Industrial Cardio Dance Party
You are invited to feed your dark spirit while exercising your corporeal form at this quarterly dance party. Stomp around to bangers, classics and oddities from NIN, IAMX, Das Ich, combichrist, Wumpscut, And One, KMFDM and more.This event combines the joy of dancing to the dark music you love with the intention of getting your body moving. No instructor, no choreography, come as you are, dance how you want. As per goth club custom there will be a go-go on the stage to keep the energy up. For 90 minutes the club is dark and the floor is yours. Go hard, get sweaty. This is a bar, have a drink, but dont forget to stay hydrated. (Lucky 13 Saloon, 644 Sackett St, BK, 7:30pm-9pm, $10)
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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