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Almost love-o'clock here, with our sexy market kicking off our birthday / Valentine's season. Here's what's coming up for us (full invites below):
- Sun 2.9 - a Valentine's edition of NYC's original 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 are well on our way to selling out, with only about 40 tickets remaining. Tix: https://banyaparty.brownpapertickets.com / 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. Tix: http://bit.ly/GS_cabaret / FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2641214152634769/
- Sat 3.7 - Brooklyn Mardi Gras, our big brass band bash, is back! We're ordering up some gumbo and flying in King Cake from NoLa, so you definitely want to reserve those tickets early to get in on the deliciousness. Tix: https://brooklynmardigras.brownpapertickets.com / FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/186453189114328/
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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 4pm only) - Kink-inspired high fashion finds
New Jack Tales - Not-So-SweetHearts wearable lasercut gems and Valentine's cards - https://www.etsy.com/shop/NewJackTales
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
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!
- 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
- 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.
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 / $20-30** sliding scale door, if avail
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #brooklynmardigras
Our sold-out hit events is back for 2020! 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.
- 12am - The L Train Brass Band - a 30-person crew awarded Best Music Group at 2018 Coney Island Mermaid Parade, cranking out a wild mix of NoLA jazz, Latin, Balkan, hip hop, funk, R&B and pop.
- 11pm - Brass Queens - An all-female brass ensemble with a diverse repertoire, featuring classic hits by woman artists, funk, soul and traditional NoLA second-line. Ladies kick BRASS!
- 10pm - Dingonek Street Band - New Orleans-style second line jazz meets Afrobeat and Ethio-jazz
*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: 2/7-2/13//
WEEKEND + WEEK
A new multi-media puppetry play that contemplates humanity's relationship with the natural world. Inspired by the classic survival and adventure novel, "Watership Down," the piece follows one peculiar rodent on his vivacious journey to discover the interconnectedness of life. (Fri/Sat, this week and next, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, 7:30pm, $19-$22)
PARTY/SHOP: My Slutty Valentine
A witchy market, drag & comedy show, pansexual speed dating, tarot, astrologers, raffles. Performers: C'etait Bontemps, Juniper Juicy, Billie Aley, and Comrade Barbie. Comedy by Domme Karmenife and Lauren Brown. Tarot with Guiara Fenris and Staci Ivori. Astrology Readings with Hoop & Shuttle. Vendors: Haute Chocolate, Luna Ruda, Math Magazine, HeartCore Glass, Mutantland, Midge Blitz, The Prince Peacock, Time Travel Ephemera, Get Bullish, Painters Clothes, Sibyl Vain Clothing, Rainbow Connection, and Ahh Sweet Death. DJs Screaming Horses and Svuvn. Comrade Barbie's Spanking Booth! A raffle featuring prizes from Babeland, Dame Products and Cult Party! Graciela Razo will be offering free safe sex and drug use supplies. Sponsored by Bust Magazine! (The Footlight, 465 Seneca Ave, QNS, 12pm doors/4pm show, $10 sugg don)
WORD/PARTICIPATORY: Book Signing & Talk with the Creative Minds behind The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and LARP
Talk RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehs73XuvP7KekyOr0NawpJV1ToFyEiDZVUoh2OK-7F607RkQ/viewform
Explore the magical and sometimes terrifying creatures of planet Thra with the creative minds behind the popular Netflix series. Cheryl Henson will host a conversation on the creative process behind this critically acclaimed series, with WGA-nominated writer and co-executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, assistant puppet captain Warrick Brownlow-Pike, and Alice Dinnean. A book signing will be held with the panelists. Attendees of this free event may also purchase a ticket for a live role play game led by game designer Sharang Biswas and theatrically-trained visual artist Nick O'Leary directly following the talk. (Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, 5pm book signing/6pm discussion/7pm LARP, FREE-$25, 18+)
PARTICIPATORY: Cacao Ceremony at Abracadabra
Farez Hernandez and Nastya Vlasova create a space for truly magical transformation, heart-opening, dance with the Divine, with the help of Cacao and Medicine Songs. The Mayans among many other cultures have used sacred cacao medicine for millennia, to work with the heart’s wisdom and to enhance the heart to be open and receptive. Cacao awakens the energy and strength needed to bring alignment between polarities brings more grounding. What to bring: your intention, reusable personal cup, Yoga mat or blanket, water bottle. Register by sending a message to Sacred Song Circle page. (Abracadabra Magic Deli, 190 Knickerbocker Ave, BK, 7pm-9pm, $25 sugg don)
WORD: Venus, Goddess of Love (and War)
Venus is the planet of pleasure and beauty, but its meaning has gone through many changes in the past. Who we refer to as the “Goddess of Love” used to represent the Earth Goddess energy. In ancient times Venus stood for the abundance of love and life, but she was also a Goddess of warfare, swordsmanship, omniscience and cosmic intelligence. We’ll take a brief look at the history of Venus’ meaning, as well as look at its influence in our own charts. (Catalan, 987 Flushing Ave, BK, 7pm-8:30pm, $15)
ART: Open Studios: Glass in the City
Discover and celebrate the wonders of glass as a material that reflects, refracts, and makes up the walls and windows of our city! Join us for an afternoon of demonstrations and hands-on activities in our 17,000 square foot studio. A neon demonstration will show how the signs that light up our storefronts are made, as well as demonstrations in glassblowing and flameworking. Participate in hands-on activities for all ages, and tour our incredible space, learning about glass and the many ways it is used. (Urban Glass, 647 Fulton St, BK, 12pm-4pm, FREE)
DRINKS: Young Victorians - Historic Pub Crawl
An afternoon of merriment is guaranteed to all as we explore some of New York’s oldest institutions and drink like true Victorians. Stops include Pete's Tavern, Old Town Bar, McSorley's Old Ale House, and Lillies). A brief history will be presented at each establishment, and participants may purchase drinks in a pay-as-you go fashion. Some of the bars will offer participants exclusive signature cocktails and drink specials. (address with rsvp, 1pm-4pm, FREE/Pay-as-you-go drinks)
SHOP: BK Queer Flea: Valentine's Day Market
Bursting at the seams with talent, the space will be packed with more vendors than you'll know what to do with. Expect drinks, eats, and beats by none other than DJ Jon ALi! Including Alec K. Rogers, Arnold Barretto, Bianca's Design Shop, Bibingka Mama, Boi PKG, Bound Leather Zine, Brad Ouellette, Cry on the Train Embroidery, curextribe, Dennis Moran, Dexter Driscoll, Doable Guys, EKCO Upcycle, Emily Jager NYC, Felix and the Future, George Glass Designs, Guelmo Rosa, Indigo to Brooklyn, Isaac Miss Isaac, J. Caress Studio, James Falciano, Mama Leather, Queer Candle Co., Rei Egusquiza Art, SquiddySprinkle, Tight Tams, Violet Co., and Zacrilegious. (3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole St, BK, 3pm-9pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: T!C Lantern Festival Celebration in the Bamboo Garden
Decorate lanterns, hang lanterns, make tangyuan, eat tangyuan, look at the first full moon of the year, catch up with neighbors, make new friends. Residency artist Yao Xiao will showcase her lantern in it’s full installation and her solo exhibition, "Instantaneous Freedom." Grand Tea & Imports will be serving tea and there'll be snacks! There will be space heaters in the greenhouse but please dress warmly. (Bamboo Garden Greenhous, 5 Essex Street, 4pm-7pm, FREE)
BURLESQUE: D20 Burlesque's Annual Slash Fic Spectacular
Celebrate the month of love with a weird and nerdy burlesque show focusing on burlesque tributes of some of your favorite character's lustful longings! Performances by Bugalu Boogie, Anja Keister, Mx Macabre, Regal Mortis and Mr. Mortis, C'etait BonTemps, Logan Laveau, Chevy Lace, Rosemary Maybe, and Stella Cheeks. All this plus geeky go-go from Noctua, DJ Betty Brash spinning tunes, and themed cocktail concoctions. (The Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston St, 7pm, $17-27, 21+)
PERFORMANCE: The Flirt & Flow Show: Tough Love Edition
Enjoy an evening of hoops, hips, and handcuffs as The Flirt & Flow Show gives ya some tough love with a BDSM-themed burlesque and flow arts variety show. Hosted by Miss Midnight Moon with performances by Alice Witchfire, Rose Quartz, Tsukura Manatsu, I LOV, Joe Monteleone, Anadelia, Caresse Deville, and Billie Aley. [G&S Note: say "hoops and handcuffs” at the door for $10 entry.] (The Footlight, 465 Seneca Ave, QNS, 7pm, $10 adv/$15 door)
MUSIC: Ambient Church New York: 100 Years of Theremin
An anniversary in honor of one of the most forward-thinking and otherworldly instruments of the 20th century, and in celebration of the NY Theremin Society's compilation. The NY Theremin Orchestra will perform original compositions, with selected pieces from Brian Eno and Kraftwerk. Dorit Chrysler will present the US premiere of new work from Laurie Spiegel alongside original scoring written for the restoration of Fritz Lang's M. And other special guests. Performances for the evening will be accompanied as always by architecturally-mapped projections. (Bushwick Methodist Church, 1139 Bushwick Ave, BK, 7pm, $40)
VARIETY: Switch n’ Play: VAMP
Renowned Brooklyn drag collective Switch n’ Play brings you their fourth annual VAMP show: a celebration of all things queer, bloodthirsty, and decadent. An award-winning cast of queer and trans artists explores the radical power and pleasures of vampire mythology through innovative drag and burlesque performances that will send chills down your spine and shivers through your soul. Starring Switch n’ Play members Divina GranSparkle, K.James, Miss Malice, Nyx Nocturne, Pearl Harbor, Vigor Mortis, and Zoe Ziegfeld, alongside guest artists Louisianna Purchase (Dragula Season 3), MiscAllaneous DomTop, Sweet Lorraine, and Untitled Queen. (National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St, BK, 8pm doors/9pm show, $20-$25)
SHOP: Yes Valentines Market
Featuring carefully curated gifts for you and yours! Sexy, smutty, playful, powerful. Toys, tantalizing art, lace, leather, latex, lingerie. Locally sourced, ethically made. Clothing, jewelry, crafts, clothing, goods, arts, textiles, festival wear, costumes, menswear and more! (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
FEST: 21st Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
A colorful spectacle featuring floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, Asian musical performers, magicians and acrobats, and local organizations. This street party features all sorts of vendors, food and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Pig. The parade wends its way through the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown. Suggested viewing locations: East Broadway or by Grand Street / Sara Roosevelt Park. (Parade route: Mott & Canal to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park, 1pm-4pm, FREE)
SHOP: Greenpointers "Love Grows in Brooklyn" Valentine's Market
These 60+ vendors will be on-hand tempting Greenpointers with lust-worthy treasures that will have you dreaming for more. From colorful coaster sets, custom-cut shades, artisanal chocolates and spicy hot sauces—there’s a ‘lil something for everyone looking to score. First 100 guests get a free gift bag of art supplies by Blick Art Materials. (Greenpoint Loft, 67 West St, 1pm-7pm, FREE)
PARTY: Academy Awards Screening Party
Make your way down the red carpet to the photo booth, talk about your outfit with our fashionista interviewers, settle in with a complimentary glass of champagne (RSVP required), and try your hand at predicting the winners with online voting ballots (most correct picks wins a prize). Themed-drink specials, free popcorn, and food available for purchase. (littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 6pm, FREE)
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FILM: 20th Anniversary Bicycle Film Festival open for film submissions - Deadline March 27
Each year, the BFF programming team reviews over 1000 short and feature length films to select 60-70 works from over 25 countries. Documentary, narrative, animation, music video, experimental - all are welcomed.
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: 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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