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Don't miss out! Food & king cake deadline for next week's Mardi Gras brass band bash is TOMORROW! And -- amazing news! -- we got a good deal on food + cake this year, so we just dropped the feast price by $5. No code needed. 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 / $30 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: 2/28-3/5//
WEEKEND + WEEK
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/Sat, multiple locations, see website for details, FREE-$16.50)
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)
MUSIC: An Evening of Quadraphonic Sounds
A experimental sound performance in four channel speakers that will envelope the audience with evolving and sonorous motion. Visual artist Jonathan Sims will be providing live projections. (Flux Factory, 39-31 29t St, LIC, 7pm-10pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Brooklyn Improv Training’s Free Drop in Improv Class
A fun and welcoming preview to what Brooklyn Improv Training is all about. The 90-min class focuses on letting go of judgment, having Fun with a capital F, and experiencing BIT’s ensemble approach to teaching improvisation. Stay for the afterhang to meet and mingle with fellow students and to chat with the instructors. No previous performance or improv experience necessary. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, address with rsvp, BK, 1:30pm-3pm, FREE, 18+)
DANCE/FUNDRAISER: Lift Off! Dance Parade's Season 14 Launch: Dance Without Borders
Show your support for Dance Parade—and be a part of a very special evening. Celebrate as we kick-off the planning season with performances you'll see at Dance Parade this year -- Featuring three Dance Parade Grand Marshals and hosted by Parade Director Greg Miller, come out for a Taste of the Dance Parade performances by Ddavid Dorfman, Masala Bhangra, Mazarte Dance Company, Ru-Dance and Fuakata Cuban Salsa. Dance to the musical stylings of Liquid Todd and Ali Coleman. Enjoy drinks and New American cuisine (cash bar & kitchen). 100% of proceeds from this event fund the Community Engagment education programs and the parade and festival in May. Taj II Lounge, 48 W 21st St, 6pm-10pm, $20-$100)
PERFORMANCE: Nona Hendryx And Disciples Of Sun Ra In The Temple
This multisensory tribute to Afrofuturism pioneer, Sun Ra, features breathtaking costumes and set design by renowned Pueblo artist, Virgil Ortiz, choreography by internationally acclaimed dancer, Francesca Harper, music direction by avant-garde trombonist, Craig Harris, invocations by award-winning poet, Carl Hancock Rux, and performances by rock goddess Nona Hendryx. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, Gallery 131, 1000 5th Ave, 7pm, $65)
PARTICIPATORY: Competitive Winter Picnicking
RSVP HERE https://withfriends.co/event/3666384/competitive_winter_picnicking
Early March is the time you wish it were spring. Time to warm up your blood the old fashioned way. The judges will be scoring the categories of Richest Picnic Meal, Tastiest Picnic Drink, Funnest Picnic Game and Tightest Thematic Team. That last one will be judged on costumes, props, puns/references and overall synergy. Cash prizes will be awarded. Judges are bribeable. The ground is most likely to be wet regardless, so please plan accordingly with tarps to lay your picnic blanket on, rags to wipe down park tables and rain proof gear if you want to be super safe. (Fort Green Park BBQ Area, Myrtle Ave b/twn N Portland Ave and St Edwards St, BK, 12pm-5pm, FREE)
WORD/PARTICIPATORY: The Moth Storyslam
The Moth StorySLAMs are story telling competitions where the stage is open to any and all with a story to tell on the evening's theme. Challenge: Prepare a five-minute story about a feat that tested your mettle, sanity or patience. Triumph or defeat. Inch-by-inch success or major overhaul. Defeating the cocky know-it-all or walking past the spider web without freaking out. Throwdowns, duels, unbearable ultimatums. Bring us your tales of defying the odds, confronting that fear, or with any luck, rising to the occasion. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 7:30pm doors/8pm show, $15, 21+)
BURLESQUE: Francine’s Gold Room
Friends and strangers alike join for this sizzling show complete with chanteuses and showgirls. Francine hosts and sings in-between champagne breaks and costume changes. There’s no telling whether she’ll sing Sinatra or Gaga but she’ll do it her way because she was born this way. The real stars of this show are the 24 Karat Cast of showgirls who will tantalize and delight the audience: Gin Minsky, Kita St. Cyr, Trinity Starlight & Vault Keeper: Anita Baretta. Make sure to warm up your voice with whiskey and bring your autograph book because this one hour show leads into a night of live piano karaoke led by Joe McGinty where anyone, even your favorite movie star, could show up! Cash only at the door. (Sid Gold’s Request Room, 165 West 26th St, 7:30pm doors/8pm show, $5-$10)
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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)
THEATER: SKiNFoLK: An American Show
A wide-sweeping concert/play structured in seven movements that explores the questions and limits (?) of blackness, performance, and country in a sensuous and reflective cabaret experience. As the music sounds, you drop down into a ritual of liberation, bearing witness to the playwright-performer's identity, heritage and legacy as a black woman in this America. This play collides with blues, jazz, neo soul, pop, rock and spiritual black legacies. What will you see in the archive? Who will you meet? What is down at the root? What color is the sky again? By Jillian Walker. Directed by Mei Ann Teo. Presented by The Bushwick Starr & National Black Theatre in association with Musical Theatre Factory. (thru 3/14, The Bushwick Starr, 207 Starr St, BK, see site for details, $25)
THEATER: The Fre
In the land of two bridges The Fre, a rambunctious group of fun loving anti-intellectuals spend their days cavorting in the mud. Into their midst descends Hero, a dandy aesthete, who longs to cut the bridge and finally escape the mud pit. But first he must convince the leader Frankie Fre and the other fatuous inhabitants that there is a better life outside of the swamp. In this queer love story, audiences will literally and figuratively jump into the mud with the Fre to hash out the current cultural divide. The play is set in a giant ball pit with audience seating inside and out. (thru 4/12, The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas St, see site for details, $25-$50)
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