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We're off to sunny NoLA for Mardi Gras proper, prepping for our own bash coming up. What would you like us to bring back?
- 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 remember to book by next Friday to get in on that. Last-minute tickets can't be guaranteed food or cake! Tix: https://brooklynmardigras.brownpapertickets.com / FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/186453189114328/
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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: 2/21-2/27//
WEEKEND + WEEK
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. (Fri-Sun, Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 Sixth Ave, BK, see site for details, FREE-$5)
FEST: ReFashion Week
Celebrating secondhand and sustainable fashion in New York City, through a series of events designed to challenge your style and ReFashion your world! An exciting week of shopping, swapping, mending, and discussions. These events will spark conversations about how residents, nonprofits, and businesses can find creative solutions to reduce textile waste. The week will culminate in our Refashion Show, where thrifted stylists and upcycled designers compete in front of expert judges. Hosted by donateNYC and the Foundation for New York’s Strongest. (Fri-Thurs, multiple locations, see site for details, FREE-$25)
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. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, multiple locations, see website for details, FREE-$16.50)
PUPPETS: Everything is Fine: A Children's Show for Scared Adults Living in a Scary World
The modern world got you down? Sad because your favorite dystopian novel just came true? Losing sleep over how much sleep you’re losing? The answer is knocking on your front door. It's your friendly neighborhood cult! They have all the answers to everything, and they worship a funny pyramid. Welcome to the real-life-cartoon apartment of your cousin, Lionel Cousins! He’s been oh so missing you, so you have to come over and see all of his new real-life puppet friends singing along while we fall down a rabbit hole of pre-post consumerist existentialism inside of the only thing that is 100 % guaranteed genuine deep-fake proof. (The Jalopy Theater 315 Columbia St, BK, 8:00pm, $15)
WORD: Fundamentals of Astrology
Immerse yourself in the enriching, fun and dynamic world of Astrology. In this 2-hour session, discuss all the basics one needs to read an astrological chart, including each of the major components – signs, planets, houses, and aspects as well as look at the patterns and cycles these things signify in your lives. No prior knowledge or experience in astrology is required.(Prospect Heights Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave, 11:00am-1:00pm, $35)
FILM/WORD: The Museum of Interesting Things’ Quack Medical Secret Speakeasy
See 16mm vintage short films. Hear original vinyl records. Enjoy actual Quack Medical antiques you can handle
and get demonstrated! Circus, Animations, Vaudeville, Jazz and more! All eras of history some over 100 years old! (The Loft at Prince Street, 177 Prince St, 6pm-10pm, $10, all ages)
MUSIC/WORD: Relevant Tones
A new Livestreamed broadcast series that features conversations with leading thinkers on important current topics paired with performances of music by living composers inspired by the topic. Osso Quartet commissioned a group of composers including Nico Muhly, Gabriel Kahane, Michael Atkinson, Maxim Moston, Rob Moose and Oliver Manchion to arrange a song set of glitchy, playful electronic miniatures based on the Chinese zodiac cycle from“Run Rabbit Run” by Sufjan Stevens. Performed by Osso Quartet. “Zodiac” by Marc Mellits and performed by Peter Ferry is a dazzlingly virtuosic showpiece for solo marimba. Each of the twelve movements is inspired by a different sun sign from the zodiac. “Sun in Virgo” by Peri Mauer is a piece for solo clarinet in one movement centered around the aspects of Virgo personality as ruled by Mercury performed by Ford Fourqurean. (Caveat, 21A Clinton St, 6:30pm, $12-$20)
MUSIC: No Heat, Brass Queens, Alexis Corey Band, Jamie Burke
Bang a Gong presents at a classic venue. (Arlene's Grocery, 95 Stanton St, 6:30pm doors/7pm show, $10, 21+)
VARIETY: Shanghai Mermaid: The Dragon Ball
Step back into the glamour and decadence of 1930's shanghai. Dance beneath a Chinese dragon and strings of glowing, golden lanterns. Sip secret elixirs, eat dim sum, and watch an evening of beautiful performances conjured from the dimly lit nightclubs of old shanghai. Hot jazz by Carte Blanch Band. Burlesque by Calamity Change. Geisha and fire performance by Masae Satuchi. Traditional music by the Ban Ban Chinese Music Society’s Zhou Yi and Miao Yimin. Dust off your top hat, unpack your cheongsams, your kimonos, your gowns and your tuxedos. (Macao Trading Company, 311 Church St, 8pm, $65-$75)
PARTY: THE SALON: Mardi Gras w/Gordon Webster
Three swinging sets in the gorgeous Ballroom by fav lindy-hoppin-globe-trottin pianist, Gordon Webster, plus his stellar band. New Orleans style Cajun, Dixie, & Zydeco music Bons Temps Rouler. Plus The Gotham Easy. DJ Cochon de Lait. Classic burlesque. Cajun bites and beverages. Intro Swing Dance Lesson by Jaime Shannon. Mardi Gras Beads. Authentic Mardi Gras Carnival masks, shipped up from New Orleans, will be available for purchase (The Montauk Club, 25 Eighth Ave, BK, 6pm-11pm, $25-$35)
PARTICIPATORY: House of Scorpio’s New monthly mixer!
Calling all poly, swinger, kink, LGBTQIA and other "alternative" dating/sex/gender-aligned humans and their allies. We're creating a protected and judgment-free space for connections, conversations, community, games and interactivity. For those of you new to it all: direct introductions to HoS members new and old; facilitated discussions on poly, kink and swinger lifestyles; icebreaker games to welcome you to our club. For our regulars: a way to ease new friends into our scene; a chance to meet all the new faces you may want to kiss later; a visit with the community even if your PAL is not around. For everyone: tabletop and social games, both risqué and plain fun; a charming hostess (Vivica Volt) to make the introductions and explain all things HoS and sex-positive; secret missions for social connections, and a cozy setting for conversations and future kisses. Add up your game wins at the end of the night for discounts to upcoming events. (Gemini and Scorpio Loft, enter email for address, Gowanus, BK, 8pm-12am, $10-$25/FREE for members, 21+)
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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: 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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