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Here we go, this is the big birthday weekend.
- Fri 2.14 & now Sat 2.15 - Your favorite steamy Valentine's Day celebration is back for its 12th year...and is of course sold out for tonight. But! We added a Saturday night DJ dance party in the Banya! 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? 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 ///
PARTY: 2.14 & 2.15
Gemini & Scorpio
12th Annual Steamy Valentine's Night at the Russian Baths
Friday, Feb 14, 9pm-2am, $45-65* (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, Feb 15 9pm-2am, $40-50** (just added!)
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.
Fri Feb 14 (SOLD OUT):
underground horns, our roaring brass band, will get you sweating faster than the saunas, and we'll keep the dance floor sizzling with irresistible ethnotek by Joro Boro while we dole out pierogies for everyone. There will be an open vodka bar 9-10pm.
Sat Feb 15: DJ dance party! Since we sold out Friday, we added a DJ dance party for Saturday, with another former Mehanata bar superstar DJ, Poodlecannon. There will still be an open vodka bar 9-10pm and pierogies after 11, just no brass band.
"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) / $45 (11pm entry + shared locker, as available). More details on each ticket tier are on our website.
**Second date added for DJ dance party! $50 (9pm entry + shared locker + open vodka bar) / $40 (11pm entry + shared locker, as available).
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: 2/14-2/20//
WEEKEND + WEEK
MUSIC: The 3rd Annual Mid-Winter Jug & String Band Rendezvous
Featuring Piedmont Blūz Acoustic Duo, Eli Smith, The Old Scratch Sallies, Fatboy Wilson & Old Viejo Bones, Morgan O'Kane Music, Ezekiel Healy, Ever Lovin' Jug Band short film, Bill Carney's Jug Addicts, Miss Maybell & the Rag Pickers, Homestead Street Band, and Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues. (Fri/Sat, Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, 315 Columbia St, BK, see site for details, $15)
WORD: Love in the Time of Revolution
Get in the Valentine’s Day spirit with this romance-inspired tour of the Museum! Explore 18th century courting and marriage customs and delve into the love stories of the Founding Fathers and their Lady Loves. (Fraunces Tavern Museum 54 Pearl Street, 2nd Fl, 2pm, $7)
BURLESQUE: Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentine’s Spectacular
Join Hostess Shelly the Singing Siren Watson and a bevy of burlesque beauties for a Valentine’s Day special. Live jazz music with Queen Esther and steamy burlesque & circus performances by Tiger Bay, Topher Bousquet, Calamity Chang, Samson Night, Minnie Tonka, and Qualms Galore. Plus more! [G&S Note: use tix link for 25% discount] (Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, 6:30pm doors/7:30pm show, $20-$80, 18+)
FILM: Pandora and the Flying Dutchman / Sid and Nancy
“Pandora and the Flying Dutchman” (Albert Lewin, 1951, U.K., 122m, 4K DCP) - Sultry and surreal, macabre and hopelessly romantic, Ava Gardner and James Mason star in this grownup fairytale as lovers alternately casting or in the clutches of a powerful spell. She’s an otherworldly beauty driving men to distraction (or worse), he’s a 17th century sea captain doomed to sail the seas for eternity—unless he can find a woman willing to sacrifice her life for love. “Sid and Nancy” (Alex Cox, 1986, U.K., 114m, 4K DCP) Alex Cox channels his surreal, anarchist sensibility towards punk rock’s real-life Romeo & Juliet: Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) and his American girlfriend Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb). This snarling yet sympathetic portrait of doomed, drug-addled, downward-spiraling love unfolds between London and New York in the late 70s—with the grit and grime of the music scene gorgeously rendered by master cinematographer Roger Deakins. (Quad Cinema, 34 W13th St, 7pm/9:30pm, $16 each)
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. (Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, 7:30pm, $19-$22)
FOOD: Love At First Bite
Join The Health Warrior Project, Winkel Studios and Dream Greens by AeroFarms for an evening of 13 course farm to table delights, champagne toasts, a very sexy valentine's punch, serenades, dancing and interactive Valentine's games to get to know each other on a deeper level. While this evening is geared towards singles, couples are most welcome to join. They will be serving their signature Valentine's punch and a round of champagne. All guests are most welcome to bring their own libation of choice to share with friends and lovers, old and new. (Dumbo Loft, 55 Water St, 8pm, $65-$85)
PARTICIPATORY/VARIETY: Twisted Dating Game
Contestants from the audience are invited to vie for the affections of an eligible bachelor or bachelorette in a round of our dating game! Answer 5 questions, get the audience on your side and win a date, or go home with one of our consolation prizes. Before, after and between each round of the game enjoy performances from resident danger crew Twisted Circus, as they glass walk, tap dance and tassel twirl their way into your hearts.Featuring performances by Romeo The Dapper Daredevil, Kita St Cyr, Graham Stockdale, and in her Twisted Circus debut, Rosemary Clown. It's a night for singles, couples, throuples or polycules. (The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, BK, 8:30pm doors/9pm show, $20)
VARIETY: Retro Factory: VOULEZ-VOUS? Valentine's Day tribute to the Moulin Rouge https://www.eventbrite.com/e/retro-factory-voulez-vous-valentines-day-tribute-to-the-moulin-rouge-tickets-87780920095
At this LGBTQ+ immersive Party experience reimagined by designers Rodrigo Martinez, Attilio Rigotti and Andrew Diamond, flashmob-style recreations of dance numbers choreographed by Carlos Falu. DJ Bright Light Bright Light. Partygoers can partake in intimate one-on-one experiences led by inspired director Charles Quittner. Silent disco brought to you by What The Float. In partnership with Queer Queens. With performances from Amar, Bassam Kubba, Mademoiselle Lyon, and our Go-Go dancers Beleza Negra, MadDa, Medea, Sammy Kim, and Molly Electro. This production is an intentional space for queer folks. If you are a straight ally and wish to attend the party, please be mindful of the intention of the event. Belle Epoque attire and attitude strongly encouraged! (3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole St, BK, 9:30pm, $15 - $100, 21+)
DJ: The Fifth Annual "It's Friday, I'm (Not) In Love" Anti-Valentine's Party
Dress in black and dance to songs of heartbreak and liberation at theskint.com's fifth annual anti-valentine's day party. Dance to songs of heartbreak and liberation from the 80s to today spun by DJ Ceremony, strike a pose at our dark photo booth, and partake of themed-drink specials at the bar. Leave your pinks and reds at home: this party’s dress code is strictly black. All black. Only black. (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 10:30pm-4am, $10)
COMEDY: Soft Core!
If you grew up with cable, chances are you stayed up late one night and watched a sleazy movie on Cinemax. Comedians Jenn Wehrung and Chris Gersbeck bring that weird late-night experience while New York City’s quickest comedians riff over a cheesy soft-core adult movie, MST3K-style. ! It's the perfect late-night event for couples and singles! Please don’t be a creep. (QED, 27-16 23rd Ave, QNS, 11pm, $10)
PARTICIPATORY: Power Ballads Sing-Along
Celebrate the awesomeness and pain of love by pumping your fist in the air and singing along to a heart breaking collection of pro & anti love power ballad music videos from the 80s and 90s. Make sure those air guitars are tuned because these sick guitar riffs wait for nobody and win the Air Guitar Competition! Prizes including free drinks and power ballads-themed swag. BYOL (Bring Your Own Lighters). Dress up as an 80's/90's rock star or come in your best 80’s/90’s attire! (Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St, BK, 9:30pm, $5)
DJ/VARIETY: Bad Romance: A Gaga Vday Party
A pop dance party celebrating Lady Gaga (& friends) with DJ Sean McMahill. Shows by Mini Horrorwitz, Charlene, Juku. (C'mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave, BK, 11pm, $5 adv/$10 doors, 21+)
VARIETY: Sxip Shirey's Hour Of Charm: Mother Tree Prayers
Sxip’s Hour of Charm is iconoclastic composer, performer, and producer Sxip Shirey’s ongoing art variety show, now in its 17th year. Part of the lineage of art cabaret in New York City that began with punk cabaret and Klaus Nomi, this installment features excerpts from Precipice, an object-theater piece/chamber opera from visual artist Susan Zeeman Rogers; Laura Serna singing a Mexican Lament; Aimee Curl singing Baby Dee’s “The Robin’s Tiny Throat”; and much more. (National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St, BK, 6pm doors/7pm show, $25)
VARIETY: Madame Vivien V's Madhouse!
A kaleidoscopic variety show that takes you beyond the rainbow into a dazzling world of weirdness and wonderment! Produced and Emceed by Madame Vivien V, take a journey down the rabbit hole with a mad assortment of the most beautiful and outrageous entertainers from around the world. Featuring Lord of Beef, She'Knead ThisGig, and Vic Sin (Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston St, 6pm doors/7pm show, $5-$20, 21+)
THEATER: Every President Ever: Together Again: The Reckoning
Get ready for the return of a rip-roaring President's Day character show featuring all 45 presidents played by 45 different comedians. This raucous celebration is based on the real, insane, kooky quirks of men who ran this country. Featuring special guests and lots of powdered wigs. (Caveat, 21 A Clinton St, 6:30pm doors/7pm show, $12-$15)
FILM: The 9th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival
This fest includes awesome film screenings, discussion panels, career-building workshops and super-fun parties at venues throughout NYC. Check out 79 outstanding films from 27 countries including shorts and features, drama, romance, comedy, horror, animation, thriller, documentaries, music videos and web series. Winter Film Awards is dedicated to showcasing the amazing diversity of voices in indie film and the 2020 lineup is half made by women and 53% by or about people of color. Free discussion panels, daily screenings, and free parties. Festival continues next week. (multiple locations, see website for details, FREE-$16.50)
SHOP: 27th annual Book Sale
The Book Sale’s 27th edition opens for business with most treasures priced at $1 or $2. Past customers plucked up cutting edge contemporary fiction, from Atwood and Adichie to Zadie Smith; rare first editions by Emily Dickinson or John Ashbery; eye-dazzling art books; DVDs of favorite films and TV shows; as well as myriad mysteries and histories, from the latest whodun-its to the most arcane how-to’s. In addition, visitors can browse tables filled with cookbooks, self-help manuals, and gardening guides. Each year, more than 10,000 books in fine, gently-used condition are sold during the four days of the massive annual sale. Continues next week. (Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 Sixth Ave, BK, 7pm-9:30pm, $25)
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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.
DONATE: 27th Annual Book Sale
Donations accepted Feb 15-17: https://www.facebook.com/events/2993030417375427/
Sale Feb 20-23: https://www.facebook.com/events/1053874141641512/
The book sale welcomes new & used books as well DVDs, CDs, records and children's books. Good condition only, please! Do NOT bring: magazines, books that are moldy/falling apart, encyclopedia sets, outdated manuals/textbooks, outdated guidebooks 3 donation days only. Please bring donations to the church. (Sat&Sun 2pm-6pm/Mon 10am-4pm, Park Slop Methodist Church, 410 6th Ave at 8th St, BK)
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: 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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