[G&S]: Plum Blossom Parlor open for NYE and beyond / Your NYC & online events 12.31-1.7

From: "Gemini & Scorpio" <gs@PROTECTED>
Subject: [G&S]: Plum Blossom Parlor open for NYE and beyond / Your NYC & online events 12.31-1.7
Date: December 30th 2020

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Hello lovelies,

For many months now, it has felt like 2020 was never going to end, but here we are, with the loneliest New Year's Eve upon us. We have collected all the virtual and IRL experience options we could find for the big day and the weekend ahead, but even if you don't do anything special, we hope you're able to connect to dear ones and send each other some love. More than feasts or parties or champagne, our connection to each other is the thing to keep in our sights on this date.

For our part, we're doing nothing virtual -- but our tiny baby speakeasy is officially open for New Year's Eve (private reservation only) and Fri-Sun this weekend. We're still running it by donation, charging the absolute minimum we can to cover the operating expenses. Won't you join us? http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html


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/// NYC & ONLINE EVENTS: 12.31 - 1.7 ///


PUPPETS: A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa, Happy Ramadan
Because everything is virtual this year, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre is going full-out fantasy in re-staging its perennial holiday favorite. Longing for a worldwide tour of historical venues (many of them are long-gone and torn down), the company is staging a cyber-only circuit of them. This toy-puppet theater extravaganza is a new take on Charles Dickens' classic with a few twists and digressions. It features Vit Horejs, thirty Czech marionettes and an "a capella monumentale" choir of two women. The "pretend" out-of-town try-out performances at venues outside Theater for the New City will be created with virtual backgrounds in the prologues. (Wed 7pm, Thur 3pm, FREE/sugg don)

PERFORMANCE: Great Small Works Year-end Spaghetti Dinner
Live: www.facebook.com/GreatSmallWorks/videos
A virtual program of social dreaming and puppet toasts to the New Year. Join Great Small Works, friends and heroes, to dine on what’s become important to us in the time of Ms. Rona. Let’s free-associate our way into the New Year together. We’ll celebrate the wisdom we have learned. As we dance and we laugh, a new dream will emerge. PERFORMANCES: Great Small Works – New work hot off the press. Anwar Floyd-Pruitt (Madison,WI), Maria Schumann and Joshua Karp (Greensboro, VT), Jason Hicks Boxcutter (Detroit), Nehprii Amenii (NYC), Chinese Theatre Works with Mystery Science Theater (NYC). MUSIC: Banda Rim Bam Bum (Santiago, Chile), Frank London and friends (NYC), Ira Temple and Laura Townsend (NYC). TOASTS TO GUIDE US INTO THE NEW YEAR: Arian Nakhaie (Dubai), Rosza Daniel Lang/Levitsky (Brooklyn, NY), Kuang-Yu Fong (Queens, NY), Quintron and Miss Pussycat (New Orleans), Deborah Hunt (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Paul Zaloom and Lynn Jeffries (Los Angeles), Anna Jane McIntyre (Montreal, Quebec), Maru Martinez and Maryanne Incoronata (Cayey, Puerto Rico), Maryia Martysevitch (Minsk, Belarus), Becca D’Bus (Singapore), Alejandro Benitez (Mexico City), (7:30pm, donation?, FB Live)


PERFORMANCE: Club Cumming's NYE Blowout
Club Cumming presents an outdoor New Year's Eve celebration to say goodbye to all that 2020 brought us, embrace the new normal that is, and move forward with performances by Emma Craig giving us a Dolly Parton tribute, the legendary Dirty Martini, scenster Michael T serves Bowie realness in advance of the thin white duke's birthday in January, the menthol cool stylings of Scottish singer Antony Cherry, powerhouse singer Militia Vox, the Richard Cortez Trio, DN's own Covid Destroyers stop by and boylesquer Richard JMV-- plus the Club Cumming Band all on 6th Street live. Plus host Kareem McJagger. More performers added this week. (Club Cumming, 505 East 6th St, 5:30pm & 8pm, $80 incl seats, dinner but not drinks)

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. (Rubulad,address with tix purchase, BK, 6:30pm-9:30pm, $20)

DJ: YES! New Year's Eve Cyber Celebration
Join the House of Yes community for a New Year's Eve digital dance party, with surprise performance moments by HOY performers and a special count-down moment. Hosted by Kae/Kandy and Pixel!. Bring yourself, your pandemic pod, your family, your pets, your costumes, your party props, and whatever TF else gets you in the mood. (Zoom, link sent 2hrs before event, 9pm, FREE)

BURLESQUE: NYE with HoneyTree and Flirt
tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nye-with-honeytree-and-flirt-tickets-130888582273
An interactive New Years Eve burlesque experience, that's part talk show, part game show and a whole lot of fun. (9pm-12:30am, stream link w tix purchase, $20)

DJ: Eschaton’s NYE: The Dissolution
Celebrate NYE in Eschaton. The final event in 2020’s divine or depraved plan. Join us in Eschaton for our NYE soiree, The Dissolution Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the End. This all virtual, champagne-toasting, midnight-kissing bash is the blowout that 2020 deserves, because if she’s going down, she’s bringing us with her. This December 31, ring in the new year with the team behind the virtual nightlife sanctum that gave a stage to Buddy the Rat, brought Brita Filter into our homes once again, and became Saturday night’s best live entertainment experience. Eschaton invites you to an immersive evening of mutually assured destruction in your finest attire. Part nightclub, part live theater experience. Lose yourself in Eschaton’s maze of virtual rooms and performances. (11pm-12am + afterparty, Zoom & web browser, $25)

BIKE: 19Th Annual New Year's Eve Bike Ride & Outdoor After Party
Start the year off right on your bike or skates. Come celebrate New Year's Eve in the great outdoors. Ride from Washington Square Park to Belvedere Castle in the middle of Central Park for this New Year's Eve dance party with fireworks. Dress festive--don't forget your noisemakers and party favors--and bring food and drink to share. (Washington Square Park, 10pm/Belvedere Castle, 11:45pm; FREE)

WORD: The Poetry Project’s New Year’s Day Marathon
This will be a 24-hour continuous, online broadcast featuring readings and performances from a global cast of more than 200 poets, writers, artists, musicians, dancers, and theatre-makers – devotees of the avant-garde and demimonde, proud visionaries and iconoclasts working at the edge across language, time, and place. This year’s gathering combines poetry readings with hypnosis, DJ sets and music videos, ritual offerings, celebrations of place and history, cooking segments, short films, archival media, and more. (Facebook Live & YouTube, see site for details, 11pm-11pm, FREE/$sugg don)



ART: LuminoCity Festival
LuminoCity is bringing its holiday light festival to the city. Featuring a brand new theme, new installations, countless insta-worthy moments, food truck vendors, a gift shop, a glistening Christmas Tree and more. Several massive light activations will be spread out over 10 acres for 30-45 minutes. The LuminoCity team is prioritizing the health and safety of guests by requiring designated time slots and strict capacities, mandatory masks worn by visitors and staff, temperature checks, social distancing, hand sanitizer stations, single direction pathways and more. [G&S Note: Use code “BUCKET15” for 15% discount] (Fri-Sun, this week and next, Randall’s Island, see site for details, $25-$55)


DJ: RITUAL: New Year's Day
Light up your creative juice and innate peace with a wild yoga practice led by love emissary Reggie Hubbard. Liberate your booty chakra and unleash your joy with NYC dance queen Tasha Blank. Ignite your vision with spiritually sassy Sah D'simone. Ground your intentions with a deep meditation by the legendary Elena Brower. Bring it all home with an inspiring call to action from CTZNWELL founder Kerri Kelly. (online, link sent 30min before event, 12pm-3pm, FREE)

VARIETY: Carnivolution Virtuolution Vol. 2 Holiday Special
tix: www.eventbrite.com/e/carnivolution-virtuolution-vol-2-holiday-special-tickets-132852985857
Carnivolution is the Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow's adventures through space, time, and inter-dimensional pockets. Launched into space with a rocket full of trash, Matterz Squidling and Jelly Boy the Clown are beamed aboard the Nipple Ship of the Madoodi Mothers intergalactic variety show. Over an hour of adventures through time, space and inter-dimensional pockets, with freaks, fire, puppets, stunts, music, archives, and brand new art videos. With time to chat with friends and Carnivolution cast before and after the show., , Featuring:, Jelly Boy The Clown, Mackenzie Moltov, Matterz Squidling, Tommy Toonz, Maray Fuego, Fibi EyewAlker , The World Famous Illustrated Penguin , Roc roc it , Corinne Bubblespowder, Great Grandma Madoodi, GRANDMA Madoodi, SNACK PACKS , Baked Pizza, Video host Steve W. Thompson, Poster Art Tommy Toonz, (2/8/11pm, Google Meet link w tix purchase, $13)

WORD: Merchant’s House Museum New Year’s Day Celebration
Join Merchant’s House Museum virtually for good cheer to toast the New Year and learn how New Yorkers like the Tredwells celebrated the day. In this virtual tour, you’ll go back in time to the mid-19th century to meet several members of the Tredwell family and hear how they've been preparing their visiting lists and decking the house for New Year's Day. Continue the 19th-century tradition of renewing, reviving, and reaffirming friendships that last the whole year through. (Zoom, link with purchase, 3pm, FREE/$15 sugg don)














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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)

MUSIC: For Love and Only for Love: Letters to New York
NYBG partners with Make Music New York on their annual winter solstice festival with the world premiere of this immersive choral installation by composer Pete Wyer. Explore the Native Plant Garden at your own pace and socially distanced, as prerecorded music – performed by choirs of up to 72 voices projected over 24 independent speakers – inspires reflection of love, gratitude, acceptance, and our connection with nature during the pandemic. (thru 1/10, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, BX, 12pm-4pm, $22)

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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