[G&S]: Tonight! Tropical casino / 2.9 Sinners Market / VDay: Banya & Paris cabaret / BK Mardi Gras returns / Your NYC events 1.31-2.6

From: "Gemini & Scorpio" <gs@PROTECTED>
Subject: [G&S]: Tonight! Tropical casino / 2.9 Sinners Market / VDay: Banya & Paris cabaret / BK Mardi Gras returns / Your NYC events 1.31-2.6
Date: January 31st 2020

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Hello lovelies,

Tonight kicks off annual stretch of hot events to warm up the cold stretch of winter. Here's what's coming up for us (full invites below):

- Tonight! Fri 1.31 - vintage-inspired tropical tiki night and the underground casino of your dreams, Castaways Casino Club (got credit from winning here before? It's still good!).

- Sun 2.9 - a Valentine's edition of NYC's only sex-positive pop-up bazaar, The Sinners Market. The emphasis is on more giftable items, whether for yourself or your beloveds, and our artists list is pretty amazing. See below & 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. We're already half-sold for this one, so we recommend buying tickets sooner than later. This party sells out every year. 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 turn 18 this year, can you believe it? You can still snag early-bird tickets with code "vdaylove" through the weekend. Code is for two tickets for $30. FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2641214152634769

- Save the date! Brooklyn Mardi Gras is back on Sat, March 7. We're going to make it official next week, but in the meantime, tickets sales have opened: https://brooklynmardigras.brownpapertickets.com


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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
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2370519996591551/
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
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/792085851309126
FL: https://fetlife.com/events/835223
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:
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 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
Official: 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

PARTY: 2.14

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

Details: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Tix: https://banyaparty.brownpapertickets.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/396867621122042/

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.

PARTY: 2.15

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

Tix: http://bit.ly/GS_cabaret
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2641214152634769/
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!

- Three sets of vintage danceable French gems by Tatiana Eva-Marie and the Jared Engel Quintet
- Risqué burlesque by Miss Art Deco herself Dandy Dillinger
- Hosted by dashing & dangerous magician Eric Walton
- Nouvelle chanson to electro-swing mix by DJ Poodlecannon (Marc Nasdor)

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.

PARTY: 3.7

Gemini & Scorpio

Brooklyn Mardi Gras

Saturday, March 7, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
$18 adv incl a slice of King Cake / $35 adv incl traditional or vegetarian gumbo and a slice of King Cake / $20-25 sliding scale door, if avail
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html

Tix: https://brooklynmardigras.brownpapertickets.com
FB: TK next week!
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #brooklynmardigras

Dance your beads off to killer brass bands and enjoy authentic NoLA cocktails at the bar. Find the baby in the King Cake, and be king for the night: you get a crown, mask, beads and a drink ticket. Wear your glittering best and take advantage of our Sassy Selfie Station, with boas, masks and other fun props.  

Band lineup TK next week!

If you reserve your tickets by Feb 29, you can get in on direct-from-Louisiana deliciousness: either a slice of King Cake, or cake plus a heaping plate of traditional or vegetarian gumbo. Food is served 9-10pm.

Costume suggestions: masks, costumes, purple, gold, green, glitter, beads! We will have some masks available for sale, as well.

100% of ticket proceeds go to musicians; please be as generous as you can afford.

/// NYC EVENTS: 1/31-2/6//


PUPPETS/PERFORMANCE: The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker
A multi-disciplinary spectacle with a marching band, 12-foot puppets, shadow puppetry and moving projection screens. The band is an award-winning group, the Soul Tigers, young men and women who attend Benjamin Banneker High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. This event celebrates the life of Benjamin Banneker, a free black man living in Maryland from 1731 to 1806, who taught himself mathematics and astronomy, and made important scientific discoveries. In addition to Banneker's life, students from the high school contribute autobiographical material to the performance and will participate alongside professional performers. (Fri-Sun, Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th St, 2nd Fl, 7pm Fri&Sat/3pm Sun, $20-$26)


PARTICIPATORY: Swapping is the New Shopping!
Let go of what you do not need! Detox your mind. Detox your closet. Bring all you want and swap it with friends for something else. What is left will be donated. Bring Friends, Snack and Instruments. (Daya Yoga Studio, 360 Jefferson St, BK, 2pm-7pm, FREE)

WORD: Tech for Social Good Day
Join ITP at this unconference-inspired event consisting of explorations, talks, panels and workshops on the intersection of social good and technology. On this hands on and participatory day we will work collectively towards the goal of creating an environment where attendees can ask questions, connect to potential collaborators, learn new skills and create motivation and energy around using technological skills to make our society a better place. (370 Jay St, BK, 6pm, FREE)

Are you ready to sweat? Feel your full aerobics fantasy in a pump-up party hosted by drag phenomenon, Brita Filter and fitness-sensation, AJ Blankenship. You'll be twerking, werking and sweating to all your favorite dance-pop bops in a DJ set by DJ Jon Ali. Fitness Performances by Junior Mintt. Photobooth by  Ventikoland and Chappy. Special giveaways and hydration Stations by Boxed Water. Chocolate by Ritter Sport. Guests will gain free entry into the Madonna afterparty DJ'ed by Eli Escobar. Pre-party WerkOut Class available for additional cost. Use code “WERKBITCH” for complimentary party passes. (3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole St, BK, 7:30pm class/8:30pm party, $5 party only/$30 class & party)

PUPPETS: The Whoopsy Daisy Circus!
Gather up your kinfolk and mind your valuables... The Circus is in town! The World-Famous-in-Red-Hook Boxcutter Collective returns to share their patented brand of wacky puppet wigglings and delightful old-timey wisecracks. See a puppet walk a tightrope! Watch a clown take a tumble! Visualize a puppet walking on a fallen clown! This multimedia extravaganza will feature the premiere of Chilean rock band Amigos Con Gatos' new video, "Si No Rima No Me Lo Como." Also featuring a special performance by Amigos Con Gatos lead singer Amelia Castillo. (The Jalopy Theater and School of Music, 315 Columbia St, BK, 8pm, $15)

DJ: Michael T's Belated Disco Birthday Bash
With Dj's: Jason Consoli, Ursula 1000, Mike Greko, and DJ Bill Coleman. Hosts: Mother Juan Aviance & Eddie Black (Gran Torino, 131 Berry St, BK, 10pm, FREE, 21+)


PERFORMANCE: Kaiju Big Battel
Kaiju Big Battel is a modern conflict of epic proportions. A few privileged humans also get in on the action, as they try to contain danger within the three-roped arena of Kaiju Big Battel. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, 5:30pm D]doors/6pm show, $20-$30, 18+)

PERFORMANCE/WORD: Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturday: Black History Month
HealHaus’ Omar Davis begins the evening with an intention-setting. Sound bath with singing bowls facilitated by Phyllicia Bonanno. Artist, actor, and activist Common, draws on his personal journey to highlight the importance of mental and physical health.  Music: cellist and composer Niles Luther, violinist Bri Blvck, and singer and rapper Topaz Jones. DJ sets by Rodney Hazard, Mikey, and Fab Roc. Poetry: Osyris Antham, Chanice Hughes-Greenberg, and Cyrée Jarelle Johnson. Lisa Small, Senior Curator, European Art, and Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein lead a tour of Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley. Discussion with anthropologist and curator Niama Safia Sandy. Screening of film by Billy Gerard Frank followed by a talkback with artist and activist Renee Cox, artist Christopher Udemezue, and the filmmaker, moderated by writer and curator Ebony L. Haynes. (Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, BK, 6pm-11pm, FREE)

WORD: A Night of Philosophy & Ideas
An all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music featuring top philosophers from around the world. Lineup is subject to change. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event. (Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plz, BK, 7pm-7am, FREE)


ART: Yao Xiao’s “Instantaneous Freedom”
For Yao Xiao, the artist studio is a laboratory for connecting the subconscious with the physical world.  The exhibition, Instantaneous Freedom, a series of watercolor paintings created both in studio and on location in the remote Vancouver Island and beaches in San Diego, draws inspiration from nature and meditation.  Through this process, Yao steps out of urban confinement to create art impressionistically. The series grew out of the abstract ideas of release, independence, and protection, and evolved into a contemplation of the fluidity of sensual experience in nature, and a desire for spiritual understanding of one’s environment. (3 Essex St, 6pm-8:30pm, FREE)


SHOP/PARTICIPATORY: Tableaux: Pillow Fight & Valentines Market
When it’s this cold out, who wants to get out of bed? Strip off your gloves and scarves, and show off your sleeping clothes! What’s better than shopping in your pajamas? Also, draw or paint the models. Art supplies are free.  Join others in a writing exercise or just take in the vibe and meet like-minded people. This is a consent forward environment, please ask before casual touch, and check-in before more. Please remember, this is not a play party, it’s an art salon and a place to mix and mingle. New, curious, or just have a question? Look for a friendly face wearing a red ribbon - who are always happy to meet new faces. Matching sets of pj’s, smoking jackets, fuzzy slippers, peignoirs. Don’t forget your knee high socks! (Lot 45 Bushwick, 411 Troutman St, BK, 7pm, $5-$10 sugg don, 21+)

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HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) Application Call - Deadline: Monday 2/3
Applications are open for the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). One of the most robust residency programs in the country and serving as a national model, HARP provides a commission, development support, career planning, and a full production to hybrid artists, all within a collaborative environment of peers working across disparate art forms - including theatre, dance, music, puppetry, visual art, and new media. HARP provides significant long-term support, as well as $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in space, equipment and services over 2-3 years to tailor each residency to each artist's individual needs.

New Victory LabWorks Call for Submissions - Deadline: Wednesday 2/5
New Victory LabWorks is seeking applications from New York City-based artists and companies interested in creating new work for family audiences in the areas of theater, dance, music, circus, puppetry arts and other performing arts. New Victory LabWorks offers selected artists a stipend and dedicated rehearsal space in the New 42nd Street Studios. LabWorks Artists also have the option of holding Invited Rehearsals for industry professionals, fellow artists and New Victory Member families of the proposed target age group. (New Victory Theater, 209 West 42nd 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)

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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