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It's Halloween weekend, but between COVID and election, we are far from being in our usual joyful "goth Christmas" place. Nevertheless, we're going to host a small number of people in our loft tonight & tomorrow for a tiny (distanced, ventilated & masked) masquerade party. So far tonight is smaller than tomorrow, so we may even break out the VR headset for those of you here!
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
HALLOWEEN: 10.30 & 10.31
G&S Halloween Masquerade Cocktail Party
Fri, Oct 30 & Sat, Oct 31, 21+ (25+ recommended)
Reservations at 7pm / 9pm / 11pm
$30 adv only, incl two cocktails (or three beers / low ABV / alc-free drinks)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK - address in confirmation email
Reserve here: https://houseofscorpio.wildapricot.org
A socially distanced Halloween cocktail party with reserved seating. Costumes or cocktail attire required, and must include properly fitting face masks. Get creative.
We will be streaming sets from our favorite DJs for your (distanced & ventilated) dancing pleasure. The stage will be available as a photo booth to capture your fabulous costumes.
You can arrive anytime during your time slot, but need to leave when it ends. You can also reserve two seatings back to back. Masks & distancing are required AT ALL TIMES and will be strictly enforced. In case of COVID transmission, your contact info will be shared with NYC authorities as needed to aid with contact tracing.
These are the safety precautions we are taking:
- No other activity will take place in the loft 24 hours prior to the event
- Capacity is limited to 20 people at a time (roughly 20% of our capacity, 5% lower than current NYC guidelines)
- Socially distanced reserved seating
- Increased ventilation: open roof door/skylights/windows + fans. You may want to dress in layers in case it gets a bit chilly.
- High-capacity HEPA filter air purifier
Here are the safety requirements you must consent to:
- Do not attend if you're feeling ill, or have been engaging in mask-less social contact within previous 14 days
- Wash your hands as soon as you enter our space & after using bathroom
- Stay at your reserved seat
- Wear a tightly fitting mask at all times (no entry without mask)
- Keep 6' away from others, including in bar & bathroom areas
- Talk at lower volume whenever possible
- Limit contact with surfaces inside
- If possible, please consider taking a COVID test before attending
- Optional face shields will be available for rent or purchase
We are very serious about the safety of our staff & guests, and will be enforcing these strictly. You will get only one warning before being asked to leave if you break any safety rules.
/// NYC & ONLINE EVENTS: 10.30 - 11.05 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
PARTICIPATORY: Greenwood Cemetery’s Día de Los Muertos altar
El Día de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is a three-day holiday (October 31st–November 2nd) that honors the departed through ofrendas (offerings) arranged on altars, music, dancing, and gatherings with family and friends. A large-scale community altar by artist Scherezade García will be installed in Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel. Visitors are encouraged to bring personal offerings to a community altar, including flowers, photographs, and notes, among other objects. Inspired by altars found throughout Mexico and the Mexican diaspora, Garcia’s altar will combine her own unique style with this centuries-old celebration of the departed. Strict safety measures will be enforced. Only electric candles are permitted. Items/offerings left at the altar cannot be returned. (Fri-Mon, Greenwood Cemetery, 500 25th St, BK, 10am-4pm, FREE)
ART/PERFORMANCE: Rubulad’s Ghoul-a-Rama or Fun House from Hell
An outdoor, socially-distanced haunted house art show. Featuring art and performance by: Ricardo Rivera, Veronica Dougherty, Heather Schimpf, Miles Angers-on, Damon Worden, Danielle Charette, Daupo, Preston Spurlock, Tanya Solomon Magician, Typical Tom, Darrell Thorne, Jess Underwood, Christeene, Cat Tassini, Kelvin Daly, Keely Odell, Jayanna, Brandon and Jake from Couch Prints, Miss Tall Tanny's Shock Shack, Mike Flaherty and Jed O's Little Arthole of Horrors' and more. You must wear a mask to enter. (Fri-Sun, Rubulad, address with purchase, BK, 6pm-10pm timed, $10 adv/$15 door/$20 Halloween)
WORD: St John Divine’s Virtual Crypt Crawl
Hear the stories of the entombed, learn the origins of Halloween as a Celtic New Year celebration that later transformed into All Hallows Eve, and creep into the Cathedral’s crypt. This virtual program will give you rarely-granted access to one of the Cathedral’s most exclusive spaces. (Zoom, link w/tix purchase, 5pm-6pm, $10)
SHOP: Epic Halloween Costume Sale
Refresh your look and get in the Halloween spirit with a multi-day costume sale hosted by House of Yes. Snag some new and used affordable funky sexy treasures from their racks, play dress up and live your Halloween Dream. Hats, headpieces, accessories, onesies, masks, booty shorts, bras, pants, panties, playsuits, tutus, and more. Plus fabric and materials for all you makers. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 5pm-8pm, FREE)
ART/SHOP: MF Gallery’s 18th Annual Halloween Art Show
“Masks Are Absolutely Required” at this socially distanced Halloween art show & party. Featuring art by dozens of your favorite MF Gallery artists, and a “meet & greet” photo op with the one and only intergalactic robot metal band, Dethrace. View and buy some awesome Halloween art at great prices. Only 10 guests will be allowed to enter the gallery at a time. (MF Gallery, 213 Bond St, BK, 7pm-10pm, FREE)
FUNDRAISER: In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover
Bette Midler has conjured an all-star cast that’s sure to get into mischief as they raise funds for New York Restoration Project (NYRP). Ms. Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy will reprise their Hocus Pocus roles. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark will host the documentary-style show, which delves into the sisters’ history, answering questions about their ancestry (which dates back to Merlin), their education, their music careers, their fateful love affairs, and so much more. See site for long list of celebrity appearances including original cast plus Glen Close, Meryl Streep, and many others. (online, see site for details, 8pm, $13)
PUPPETS: Puppets Come Home! presents... Spooky Sights!
The third annual Halloween puppet slam, designed to delight & challenge the eyes. Featuring: Alex & Olmstead, BoxCutter Collective, Cookie Tongue, Drama of Works, Fantasmal, Jim "Nappy", Lambchop Suey, Pnk Vlvt Wtch, and Rasputin's Marionettes. A link will be provided during the show to support the puppeteers, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Urban Neighborhood Services Inc. (online, see site for details, 8pm, 18+)
PARTICIPATORY: Treehouse Of Horror Fan Trivia: Streamed
It's The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror trivia, with questions exclusively from Treehouse of Horror episodes. Text questions, video questions, and audio questions in a ninety-minute extravaganza in the comfort of your own home. You will need: A computer or laptop with two browser windows open (one for the stream, and one for the answers). Having two devices also works. (online, link sent 2 hrs prior, 9pm-10:30pm, $5.50)
COMEDY: The Brett Loudermilk Halloween Special
From the comfort of your own crypt, you'll be filled with fright and delight as Brett and his hilariously weird friends reveal and revel in their insane performances, interactive contests and freaky fun. [G&S note: 50% discount tix at link above] (zoom, link with purchase, 10pm, $25)
SHOP/COMMUNITY: Arts in Bushwick’s Artist Hub Grand Opening & Makers’s Market
Arts In Bushwick is celebrating the grand opening of their artist hub. It is their first physical space in 14 years as an organization. You are invited to take a tour of the studios, have a professional 20-minute photoshoot, shop from local artist vendors, and talk to them about Bushwick Open Studios. (Arts in Bushwick Artist Hub, 28 Fayette St, #1R, BK, 1pm-5pm, FREE)
MUSIC/PERFORMANCE: The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black plus Pinc Louds, Carvels NYC, & more
9 great bands and performance artists will be opening for East Village legends The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Featuring: Pinc Louds, B.B. Ytk, M. Lamar, Eddie Baker, Ruckus Interruptus, The Carvels NYC, Soul Cake, Wicked Exorcist Ritual, and Young Headlight. (Tompkins Square Park, 1pm-6pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: House of Yes Halloween Portraits for Patreon Members
Dress up, show up, show off. House of Yes is hosting a Patreon-exclusive & socially distanced photography session in their fresh-air patio, with resident portrait photographer, Brendan Burke. Break out your costumes & creativity. Be your fierce, fabulous, and freaky self. Spots are Limited. Only RSVP if you are 100% confirmed coming. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 4pm-11pm, FREE for Patreon Members)
PARTICIPATORY: Goth Industrial Cardio Dance Party: Afternoon Halloween Addition
Dance around and get sweaty, then eat your weight in candy or drink your weight in cocktails, or both. This playlist will be a little spookier than usual, but as always be prepared to dance to bangers, classics, and oddities from NIN, IAMX, Das Ich, combichrist, Wumpscut, And One, KMFDM, and more. The event runs around 45 minutes. Fundraising for various charities. (zoom, link provided 1 hr before event, 4pm, FREE/$sugg don)
PARTICIPATORY: Renegade Halloween Parade & Promenade
A cross-Village physically distanced costumed procession. Halloween 2020 will be a magical night with a full Blue Moon (not seen since 1944) and the end of Daylight Savings Time adding an extra "Witching Hour". Masks and social distancing required. You will meet up with surprise guests and can participate in the Community Fashion Show with prizes for Best Costume. Route will comprise of several stops or "hang outs" along the way. You will tour interesting spooky things, see live outdoor burlesque performances, and intersect with the Playa Bike Ride along the route. Costumes and face masks required. (starting point: the Gardens at Christopher Park/Washington Sq Park, Tompkins Sq Park, 6:30pm, FREE)
ART/FILM: Spooky 16mm films Halloween Secret Speakeasy
Bolt your doors and lock your windows! Vintage short films so exciting it will take you an hour to calm down, shown on an original 16mm film using 1960’s Kodak projectors. Plus, witness creepy medical antiques that are to die for, from quack medicine to shocking electrical devices. There will also be a live contortion performance. (Live or Online, link with purchase, 7pm-9pm, $10)
BIKE: Welcome to Hell on Wheels - A Haunted Playa Ride
The Deep Playa comes to New York City under the light of the full moon on the most mischievous night of the year. This community organized event will bring all humans together to show off their costumes and lights, illuminating NYC and bringing back its iconic shine. This magical journey will house 5 interactive stops, all safely and responsibly planned for an unforgettable experience. You’ll ride from stop to stop, the music guiding you through the night until you reach your final destination, where you’ll find a special surprise designed for all. Dress/Wheel Code: Let the Light inspire you. Be a shimmering, glittering, kaleidoscope of color. Let your bike or your body be your canvas. Over the top, imaginative and creative looks are highly encouraged, as long as they are complete with a mask. (start location TBA, see site for details, 7:30p-2am, FREE)
PARTY: Merchant House Museum Virtual Halloween Party
Don't miss out on Halloween! Hightail it on your broomstick to party like it's not 2020 and join in for fright and fun with a Zoom social. Come get spooked by ghastly ghost stories of actual Merchant's House happenings and share your own paranormal experiences with fellow party-goers. Come in costume for a virtual parade, join in party games, show off your best zombie moves on the dance floor, and concoct a witch's brew or two with mixmaster Martyr Steward. (zoom, link with purchase, 8pm, $10)
VARIETY/DJ: Bumpin' The Night: Virtual Aerial Circus/DJ/Live Music Party & Performances
A virtual house party with a dj, costumes & multiple rooms of entertainment. A monster-mashup of your favorite Halloween movies, aerial circus performances, DJ's, live music, character performers, and an RPG. Join Secret Loft's resident performers and their friends in the virtual world of Bramble, a new virtual experience by Artery. You can join by yourself of with a group of up to 6 friends and walk around the virtual venue. Check out performances in different rooms, dance to supernatural tunes, hang out at the virtual bar, and chat up other costumed party-goers. (online, instructions provided day-of, 8pm-11pm, FREE)
FUNDRAISER: The Rocky Horror Show Lifestream to benefit Wisconsin Democratic Party
Chip in any amount to join see this Rocky Horror Show Livestream on Halloween with Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Wilmer Valderrama, Colleen Ballinger, Lance Bass, Rosario Dawson, Jason George, Nell Campbell, Seth Green, Jason Alexander, David Arquette, and more. Featuring performances by Fall Out Boy, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, The Dresden Dolls, Miss Peppermint, Frankie Grande, Eiza Gonzalez, Ben Barnes, Jenna Ushkowitz, Rachel Bloom, Garrett Clayton, Karen Olivo, Keala Settle, Marissa Jaret Winkour, Madison Uphoff, Graham Phillips, Kalen Chase, Rumer Willis, & others. (online, link with donation, 10pm EST, $Any Amount)
PARTICIPATORY: Death by Nightshade: an Evening of Seductive Plant Magick
Spirit Soup invites you to a celebration of past and present as they dance the delicate dance with Santa Muerte this Dia de Muertos. They will guide you to ritual communion with “Plant and Spirit Allies” through a variety of third eye-opening alchemical arts facilitated by expert practitioners. Call upon your ancestors for abundance and insight during these strange times. Your reservation grants you entry as early as the check-in time that you selected. Arrive on-time, as orientation will begin immediately - death waits for no one. Small groups will be guided by the hand of Santa Muerte to imbibe at the apothecary bar and tea garden, where guests will receive a complimentary, aphrodisiac elixir and pots of organic, loose leaf tea as our Lady Alchemist and Tea Guru facilitators take over. Either before, after, or in between these sessions, you will be summoned to commune with the other side during an exclusive 101 oracle reading. Artworks and artisanal goods will be available for your viewing and purchasing pleasure. Expect to enjoy additional gifts from the universe upon your departure. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in attire inspired by their most natural desires. Alternatively dress in black. Masks will be provided at the door. Please note that reservations are limited to eight guests per hour. Experience lasts approx. 70 minutes. (Chinatown Soup, 16B Orchard St, 5:50pm-11pm, $75)
WORD: 'Suffragette City: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in NYC' Webinar
Join New York Adventure Club as they explore the people, places, and events that defined the Women's Suffrage Movement within New York City. Led by writer, historian, and New York City tour guide Lucie Levine, our virtual experience on the Centennial of the 19th Amendment will include: The origins of New York’s Suffragists, who advocated on the national, state, and NYC borough level; How New Yorkers organized the first Women’s Suffrage parades; Why the Brooklyn Bridge is a feminist landmark, and how eating lunch became a major feminist statement; The Suffrage history behind noted NYC locales such as the Statue of Liberty and Carnegie Hall and the New School; and more. Q&A to follow. (online, link with purchase, 8pm-9:30pm, $10)
HALLOWEEN: Hoff’s Public Domain Horrorfest
Real world not scary enough for you? Tune in for a live comedy show and horror movie screening series! Host Hoff Matthews (Comedy Central) and his co-producers Andrei Alupului (Come Ova, UCB), Marybess Pritchett (An Inconvenient Talk Show), and George Gordon (Laugh Track Festival, Your Good Friend) livestream classic public domain horror movies interspersed with host segments and special guests. (thru Oct, Youtube, Thursdays 9pm)
THEATER: VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
Peer through the windows of old Paris, where unexpected moments of art, beauty, and seduction await you during this pandemic-friendly theatrical walking tour inspired by Bated Breath Theatre’s long-running immersive hit Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec (named one of the “best immersive plays and interactive theatrical experiences” by Time Out.) In this open air, intimate theatrical experience, you and seven other masked audience members will be guided through the dreams of iconic artist Toulouse-Lautrec as he recalls his final absinthe-laced years living and working in Montmartre. The sidewalks, doorways and windows of Greenwich Village become the setting as live accompaniment collides with the city’s soundscape, transporting you into the bohemian world of 1899 Paris. (thru 11/7, $75, see site for all details)
FILM: Reel Sisters Virtual Film Festival 23rd Anniversary
90+ outstanding films by women of color. This festival presents another season of insightful, compelling and provocative storytelling by women of color from across the globe. (thru 11/15, online, see site for details, $12-$20)
ART: The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by a team of artisans. Limited capacity. Masks required at all times. (thru 11/21, Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, see site for details, $24)
The Photoville Festival returns with over 60 outdoor exhibitions city-wide and a full slate of free online programming for all.
New York City’s premier photo destination, returns for a ninth year in a different way – online community and artist programming plus photo exhibitions in public spaces throughout New York City. This annual community gathering features public exhibitions, virtual online storytelling events, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, and community programming. Over 60 outdoor exhibitions city-wide. (thru 11/29, multiple locations & online, see site for details, FREE)
VARIETY/PARTICIPATORY: Season 2: Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition
donate: Venmo @BindlestiffFamilyCirkus
donate: Paypal paypal.me/bindlestiff
Enjoy a non-stop variety show experience that may include world famous magicians, gender bending jugglers, circus legends, trained rats, novelty musicians, aerial artists, wire walkers, sideshow performers, puppeteers, living cartoons, physical comedy, contortionists, performance artists, and more. Hosted by Keith "Bindlestiff" Nelson, the special Quarantine Edition deals with social distance and isolation head on. Using the tools of video conferencing, Bindlestiff’s Open Stage will feature each act live in their own location. Also featuring circus historian, retired NYU professor, burlesque & circus performer, polar bear promoter, and Chairman of the Board of Bindlestiff, Hovey Burgess. "Ask Hovey" your circus history questions at bindlestiff.org/askhovey. (thru 12/21, Mon, FB & YouTube, 8pm EST, FREE/$sugg don)
THEATER: Liars and Believers’ “Macbeth” in serialized form.
LAB presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth in serialized form. Each episode is 5-10 minutes long. New episode posted each week. (LAB website, FREE)
FILM: Rooftop Films’ Brooklyn Drive-in
Enjoy a diverse collection of films from the comfort of your car, with stereo sound tuned directly through your car’s FM stereo. (thru fall, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 80 58th St, see site for details, $35)
FILM: Rooftop Films’ Queens Drive-in
Enjoy a diverse collection of films from the comfort of your car, with stereo sound tuned directly through your car’s FM stereo. (thru fall, NYSCI in Flushing Meadows Park, see site for details, $35)
FILM: Outdoor Cinema at Parklife
Each Wednesday Parklike will present a different film with trivia. (thru fall, Parklife, BK, 7:30pm, FREE)
THEATER: Performance for One
A one-on-one theater performance, now presented live over Skype. The performance is about memory, but even more so, it is about relationship between performer, audience member, and author. What is the responsibility of the audience member, and how is it felt differently when there is only one audience member? Who is the story teller, the author or the performer? What happens to a memory that two people share after one of those people is gone? With a rotating cast of actors, including Elizabeth Chappel, Joshua Coleman, Andrea Gallo, Jan Leslie Harding, Allison Hiroto, Yvonne Roen, and Melissa Rakiro. (Skype, see site for details, FREE)
THEATER: 24 Hr Plays’ Viral Monologues
New monologues written, rehearsed, recorded and released on IGTV in 24 hours. (24hoursplays online, see site for details, FREE/sugg don)
THEATER: The 7th Voyage of Egon Tich
A live-streamed digital theater performance based on The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem. The team behind A Hunger Artist, in collaboration with Theater in Quarantine, returns with an adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s story—set in outer space, performed in a closet in the East Village, and beamed straight to you in whichever room you’re finding yourself stuck in. (Sinking Ship website, FREE/$10)
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