[G&S]: Plum Blossom Parlor soft open next week / Your NYC & online events 12.11-17

From: "Gemini & Scorpio" <gs@PROTECTED>
Subject: [G&S]: Plum Blossom Parlor soft open next week / Your NYC & online events 12.11-17
Date: December 11th 2020

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Hello lovelies,

We are VERY excited to report that our brand new covid-pod speakeasy, Plum Blossom Parlor, had an incredible beta test this past weekend, and we are progressing to a soft open next week. We're working on a system to make that smoother (including a gift certificate option!), but in the meantime, you can drop us a line directly and reserve a spot. We're thinking Thur-Sun, with 1.5hr slots at 5/7/9/11pm. The half hour between is for reset, cleanup & covid safety: we have a HEPA filter that turns over 100% of air in the room in 30 minutes, and while it's on the entire time, we feel safer giving it this padding in between guests. Needless to say, you should only plan to attend if you've had confirmed negative tests & can get to us safely.

Missed the big announcement last week? Here's the info again: over the last two months, we've built a jewel box speakeasy below our main space. It's a luscious indoor "garden" lodge, inspired by The Emperor's Garden: a corner of Forbidden City palace complex in Beijing that was untouched for about 100 years & was being painstakingly restored for the last 15, to open in...2020. Our installation is just a tiny bit of love from Brooklyn to China, at a time when the world couldn’t be more split apart. It's designed for COVID pods of 2-8 people, and runs entirely unstaffed -- which means masks are not required once you're inside. Handcrafted libations are pre-bottled & ready to enjoy on the spot or at home (or to be gifted to cocktail lovers you know). A mini couch folds out, if you're booking for date night makeouts & cuddle puddles. Snack options will be added soon. Book your time window & enjoy -- and of course the experience itself can be gifted. You can also book the room for meetings, shoots, Zoom events, etc. We've started the #PlumBlossomBK tag on Insta, so this is where you'll be able to get sneak peeks.

We'd love it if you considered us in your holiday shopping planning, whether for the above options, or with other items we currently offer. You can see the links in the signature below for options already listed online, but we can also package up custom wax play kits & have those gorgeous handmade shibari rope harnesses & accessories from London designer Figure of A: https://figureofa.com

Much like all other nightlife places & people, we've lost 100% of income since the pandemic started. We hope to meet you on the other side, but we'd very much appreciate your help in covering the bills. We are working hard to create value-added options, as above, but of course donations are great too.


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/// NYC & ONLINE EVENTS: 12.11 - 12.17 ///


FUNDRAISER: True Colors United’s “Home for the Holidays”
True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people. Home for the Holidays is a 21st century virtual concert experience. Unite with Cyndi Lauper and her friends for a star-studded evening to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. See site for long list of performers. (Fri: TikTok, 8pm/Sun: FB&YouTube, 8pm; see site for links, $sugg don)

DANCE: The Brooklyn Nutcracker in the Jewel Box
Experience the magic of this timeless production live, from outside Brooklyn Ballet’s home studio space. The first of its kind, this production fuses ballet, hip-hop and an array of world dance genres to create a culturally inclusive production that celebrates dances and artists from around the globe. (Fri-Sun, Outside Brooklyn Ballet Storefront, 160 Schermerhorn St, BK, see site for details, FREE)

ART: Lighting Largest Hanukkah Menorahs
Both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Grand Army Plazas host competitors in the race for the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah. Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon to kick off the Jewish Festival of Lights. The Brooklyn organizers also host music and potato pancakes each evening. (Fri-Thu, Grand Army Plazas, MH & BK, see site for details, FREE)

ART/PERFORMANCE: Rubulad: Winter Wonderland
info: https://www.facebook.com/events/136725434607436
tix: https://artery.is/showcases/winter-wonderland
The artists of the long-running Brooklyn group Rubulad will present a live, outdoor, socially-distanced immersive art event in the yard of their Bushwick space. Every night of the event will be unique, featuring a revolving roster of artists who will create light shows, snowglobe-style projections, ornate shadow puppetry, a take-and-leave-a-gift tree, dreamy icicle music, and many other shimmering surprises. Artists include shadow puppeteers Midnight Radio Show, circus performers Modern Gypsies Productions, Visuals by B.A. Miale, projections by Preston Spurlock, surrealist puppeteer Kate Brehm with her Poofs, and the synth-pop trio Couch Prints. Visual artists creating installations include Daupo, Ricardo Rivera, Darrell Thorne, Heather Schimpf, Myke Flaherty, Kim Couchot, Cat Tassini, Typical Tom, and Miles Angerson. Tickets to the event will be timed to limit the number of people in the yard. Revelers will be required to wear masks, and temperatures will be taken at the entrance. (Fri-Sun/Thu, this week and next, Rubulad, address with tix purchase, BK, 6:30pm-9:30pm, $10)

PUPPETS: Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol
In this world premiere online event created for audiences of all ages, interdisciplinary performance collective Manual Cinema takes on Charles Dickens’s holiday classic with a visually inventive adaptation made to broadcast directly to your home. World premiere performances of Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol are December 3-20, 2020. Each show will be performed live in a socially distanced manner, and live streamed to audiences at home. In signature Manual Cinema fashion, hundreds of paper puppets, miniatures, silhouettes and a live original score will come together to tell an imaginative re-invention of this cherished holiday classic. The performance is 60 minutes. Each performance is live and only viewable during your ticketed time. Q&A to follow. (Fri-Sun/Wed/Thu, this week and next, online, link with purchase, see site for details, $15-$50)

PERFORMANCE: Virtual Impossibilities Starring Eric Walton
A fully interactive, online performance of mind-reading and mentalism by the critically-acclaimed and award-winning entertainer and showman, Eric Walton. In this highly engaging and thoroughly entertaining, virtual show, Eric presents many of the astonishing feats of mind-reading and mental acuity that have made him one of New York City's top mentalists. (Wed/Thu, this week and next, Zoom, link emailed day of show, 8pm, $20)


PUPPETS: Qualified Alien
A puppet and their assistant petition to join the circus. Rosa Douglas and Ben Elling light a candle for the meritocracy in this short puppet play, adapted for screen. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, online, see site for details, FREE)


SHOP: Bushwick Print Lab Holiday Sidewalk Sale
Are you looking for locally and lovingly screenprinted gifts this holiday season? The sale is also the first day to pick up DIY Kits (see site to order.) See live printing of reusable cotton masks. 10% of all proceeds of the sale will go to @bushwickayudamutua to aid in their efforts to serve the community during the pandemic. (Bushwick Print Lab, 100 Grattan St, 12pm-8pm, FREE)

BURLESQUE: Doc’s 50th Birthday Online Hellfire Event
This is a special, one-time streaming of “Brooklyn’s best dressed & most undressed event.” Tune in and catch Audrey Love, Jeane Harlot, Jessabelle Thunder, Kita St. Cyr, Logan Laveau, Lost Boy, Nasty Canasta, Nip Fury, Qualms Galore, Rex Halligan, Sweetpea, Trinity Starlight, and more - with never-before-seen acts designed to steam up your screen. (Crowd cast Streaming, link with purchase, 9pm, $5-$25)


SHOP: Holiday Bazaar! At The City Reliquary
Shop for home-grown gifts of all kinds and categories at City Reliquary’s inaugural holiday bazaar. Live music and drag performances throughout. Currently confirmed vendors include Shoebox Baking Co, Boi Package, String Theories Shop, Chris of Hur, Nasty Belle, & Bluum with shows by your Fantasy Grandma, Fripp, Earls2Gearls, Daniel and Dan Dan, and Chris of Hur. Masks required. (370 Metropolitan Ave, 12pm-4pm, FREE)

WORD: Message from the Library: Molly Crabapple
Award-winning artist and author Molly Crabapple (Drawing Blood; Brothers of the Gun with Marwan Hisham) will address the impact of COVID-19 on New York City and its people, and suggest strategies for creating a more honest and livable city. Following the lecture, join a break-out room discussion led by Murtaza Hussain. Hussain is a national security journalist for The Intercept living in New York City. He reports on protest movements and revolutions around the world as well as criminal justice and politics in the United States. (Zoom, link with registration, 7pm-8:30pm, FREE)


PUPPETS: Puppet Spread Fireside Roast!
Presented in the style of a late-night TV talk show featuring works of puppetry from artists all around the globe. Gather around the fireside screen and cozy up to puppet stories that have sparked imaginations and seasoned plates throughout 2020. Festive, frightful, and fun new puppet acts by Bonnie Kim & Beth Agosti, Kettlehead Studios, Krystal Puppet Theatre, Lormiga Títeres, Twisted Heart Puppetworks, Ariel Lauryn, and special performance by Brian T. Carson. Hosted by the creators of Puppet Spread, Mery Cheung, Julia Darden, and Christina Rodriguez from Ladies of Mischief. (online, link with purchase, 9pm, $5-$25)


VARIETY/PARTICIPATORY: Season 2: Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition
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)

WORD: Beowulf
A marathon reading of a new translation of Beowulf by Maria Dahavana Headley, read in 25 parts over 25 days by an all-star cast. Participating artists include: Miz Cracker, ,Diane Cook, Justin Vivian Bond, Neil Gaiman, Sara Quin, Alan Cumming, and more. (thru 12/25, see site for details, FREE)

ART: Edge of Light EWxbition
A dark space exhibition that brings together artists working with light as a material and medium. Featuring: Emily Allyn Andersen, Ed Bear, Blinn & Lambert, Julian Day & Kamari Carter, Rachel Guardiola, Emma Hendry, Jess Holz, Rita Jimenez, Shohei Katayama, Nooshin Rostami and Evan Voelbel. Curated by Jonathan Sims. (thru 12/27, Thu-Sun, Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave, LIC, see site for details, FREE)

FILM: Anthology Film Archives - 50Th Anniversary
A series of online programming to celebrate Anthology Film Archive’s 50 years. Check site for regularly updated programming info. (thru 12/31, online, see site for details, 7pm, FREE)

THEATER/PUPPETS: 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 1/10, multiple Greenwhich Village locations, see site for info, $75)

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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