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If you noticed we were quiet last week, it's because we're contemplating our future. We're saddened to report that G&S Loft is explicitly name-checked as a business slated for displacement as the dreaded Gowanus rezoning occurs. We love our magic Loft, and we'll fight the rezoning as much as we can, but we must also contemplate other options.
To that end, we're putting out a call for investors. The search is two-fold:
1) Longer-term gathering of a group ready to join us on the next incarnation of this thing we do, starting at $10k minimum. We're currently budgeting for the next location, and we'd love to know how big we can dream. You already know we can create a sustainable arts community, and this is your chance to get in on the next big vision.
2) An immediate search for a much larger investment...in a $3mil *castle* we stumbled into that we can turn profitable within a few years if the right person or org helps us secure the location. The place is a short train ride away from NYC, and trust us when we tell you we've NEVER seen anything like this. This is that unicorn that comes along once in a lifetime. There are others bidding on the location already, and so we're putting out the search far and wide. And yes, we are dead serious about it, if you know the right contact. Help us create the summer getaway party mansion of your wildest dreams.
In the meantime, we're kicking off our reopening with another Raid My Racks party, as the last one was super fun (and helped us raise funds and clear space). We'll be scheduling more for June, but for now, this is the start of things. And yes, the Parlor is still going. As always, details below.
Gemini & Scorpio,
makers of themed costume events with live entertainment
Donation info: https://www.paypal.me/geminiandscorpio or Venmo - @Gemini-Scorpio
Monthly donations via HoS: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
Handmade merch (flasks & geeky buttons): https://www.etsy.com/shop/GeminiScorpio
Vintage, thrift & designer clothes: https://linktr.ee/miss_scorpio_fashion (reply for an in-person appt)
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
6.6 - POP-UP SHOP
invites you to
Raid my racks!
Sun June 6, 1-6pm, early bird 12-1pm
Clothing preview (about a third of what's here): http://linktr.ee/miss_scorpio_fashion
G&S/HoS have been on lockdown with the rest of NYC for over a year, but it's time to start considering reopening. We don't yet know what that's going to look like, but we do know we need to make room, as Miss Scorpio pivoted to fashion resale in lockdown, and the Loft looks like a well-curated-but-slightly-mad clothing shop. Help us get back to normal by raiding her racks for her 20+ year collection of vintage, statement, designer & costume pieces. (If you've seen some of it before: multiple racks have been added!)
We're whipping up a breakfast taco buffet bar, including homemade chorizo & vegetarian options, and stocking up on bubbly and bloody marys.
Throughout the day, we'll be doing by-request tiny tours of our COVID pod pop-up, Plum Blossom Parlor (ask Miss S directly). Pre-bottled drinks from the Parlor will be available for purchase, as well. You could also book your slot there for the same day or anytime it's running: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Here's our COVID-safe plan for the day:
12-1pm: be the first to raid the racks! Your $10 ticket includes early access & a glass of bubbly (post-1pm brunch optional).
1-3pm: brunch time! Your $20 ticket includes a breakfast taco buffet & a glass of bubbly. You will need proof of vaccine to eat indoors, or enjoy your meal on our roof. Shopping access throughout.
1-6pm: raid the racks! Your $5 ticket includes a glass of bubbly.
You must purchase an advance ticket for a specific time slot to attend, as we will be limiting access to keep to 25% capacity at all times. We're also collecting contact information for all guests in case it's needed for contact tracing in an unlikely case of infection. Masks are required indoors unless you're vaccinated (proof required). All G&S staff have been vaccinated.
ONGOING: COVID-pod speakeasy
Gemini and Scorpio present
Plum Blossom Parlor COVID-pod speakeasy
Thur-Sun through May at 6/8/10pm
$50pp for 7-8 guests, $55pp for 5-6 guests, $65pp for 3-4 guests, $75pp for two guests
Below Gemini and Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK (address with booking confirmation)
More info & reservations: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #PlumBlossomParlor
A COVID-safe immersive cocktail experience in a lovingly crafted jewel box speakeasy. Plum Blossom Parlor is 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.
The Parlor is designed for COVID pods of up to eight people (two minimum) and runs entirely unstaffed -- which means masks are not required once you're checked in. Handcrafted libations are pre-bottled & ready to enjoy on the spot or at home. A mini couch folds out, if you're booking for date night makeouts & pod cuddle puddles. Snack options are available by advance request. Simply book your time window & enjoy (book back-to-back slots to extend your time). You can also book the room for meetings, birthday parties, shoots, Zoom events, etc...absolutely anything, as long as no more than eight people are inside at any one time.
Please see our site for more info and reservations and drop a line for any custom arrangements.
NYC EVENTS 5.21-26
WEEKEND + WEEK
PUPPETS: New Mony!
Step into the colorful, comical, spiritual, sci-fi, psychedelic world of Aricama where duality and ancestry are explored with puppets, body costumes, Toy Theater, original live music, and projections in this full-length production. In the human cloning family business, our heroine Allimah lives a quiet, regimented life with her parents on a tiny blue planet. But after experimenting with life, slowly her dreams become reality as she finds herself relating to the prestigious Utopian planet Aricama, the land of practice, play, and healing. Will she be able to live a normal life after aligning with her truth? Join Allimah in a groundbreaking awakening. (Fri/Sat, live online 7:30pm & on demand thru 6.1, $12-34)
ART: Affordable Art Fair
AAF returns to showcase original contemporary artworks ranging between $100 and $10,000. We will be welcoming a boutique selection of 45 exhibitors, the majority hailing from New York City and the greater US. (Fri/Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-5pm, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St, $30)
DANCE: 15th Annual Dance Parade and Festival
A global, interactive event using thousands of Zoom cameras on performance, teaching and party stages. (Zoom, 1-4pm, FREE)
MUSIC: Subatomic Sound System
Screechy Dan & Subatomic Sound System live + vinyl played by special guest DJs including Addis Pablo & Isis Swaby (Rockers International JA), 100dbs (Soon Come Sound) & MissHap. Come release the energy bottled up this past year. Leave w/ a new limited edition "Babylon Soon Fall" shirt celebrating our new EP. It’s all happening in the back yard of Natty Garden, the Jamaican owned plant store in Prospect Heights, on the brand new Jon Bless Hi-Fi custom speaker stack. (7-11pm, Natty Garden, 636 Washington Ave, BK, $FREE?)
PUPPETS: Puppet Showplace Slam
A stellar show marking one whole year of outrageous, mind-blowing, creative virtual performances for adults and teens. Our unique cabaret features innovative, irreverent, and inspiring acts, all performed in different locations across Greater Boston and beyond and zoomed straight to the comfort of your home. Hosted live from Puppet Showplace Theater, acts includes multiple puppetry styles, emerging and professional artists, live music, studio visits, and MORE. After the show, stick around for an interactive behind-the-scenes Q&A with the puppeteers, and a farewell toast to Artistic Director Roxie, who after 11 years at the theater will pass the top hat to a new leadership team this June. (Zoom, 8pm, sugg don)
FEST: The 34th Annual [Virtual] Loisaida Festival
The 34th Annual [Virtual] Loisaida Festival will feature a solid roster of musicians and performers, artistry, and overall family entertainment, comparable to only the best Latinx Heritage Festivals in the world. The musical lineup includes: World-renowned Mexican singer & actor Fernando Allende; Afro-Caribbean/electronic music project ÌFÉ; Puerto Rican folk singer Chabela Rodríguez; Afro-Brazilian Samba Reggae All-Female Band Batalá, and acclaimed local contemporary R&B Soul-Jazz artists Duendita and Linda Díaz, winner of NPR’s 2020 Tiny Desk Concert. (online, 2pm this Sun & next, $?)
FILM: Bladerunner at the Drive-In
Ridley Scott’s stylish adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi neo-noir that predicted our contemporary world. Set in a neon-soaked, futuristic Los Angeles, this dystopian masterpiece of the 1980s follows Harrison Ford’s special operative Rick Deckard on an assignment to track down four rogue replicants—androids virtually indistinguishable from humans being manufactured by the shadowy Tyrell Corporation (the miniature set of which is on permanent display at the Museum of the Moving Image). A film whose stature has only grown with time, Blade Runner is both a visual triumph and a prescient exploration of what it means to be human. (Queens Drive-In at The New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St, QNS, 7:30pm doors / 8:30pm film, $35-75)
MUSIC: NY Philharmonic Bandwagon 2
Four weekend-long festivals across New York City. With a mobile, state-of-the-art shipping container as a stage, the New York Philharmonic will partner with six organizations and more than 100 artists to present 39 performances, which span artistic disciplines from reggae, jazz, and opera, to dance, poetry, theater, film, and visual art. (weekends in May, see site for details)
MUSIC: New York Opera Fest
The festival showcases the breadth and diversity of opera in New York City through events ranging from virtual reality to improv opera, with productions in theaters, gardens, garages, bars, playgrounds and more. Performances are both in-person and live online. (thru 5.30, see site for details)
FEST: LES History Month
Lower East Side History Month was launched eight years ago in the hope that a collective celebration of our neighborhood would strengthen our connection to each other and strengthen our sense of community. This May, over 60 organizations will honor the multi-layered, diverse history of the neighborhood. Lower East Side cultural and community groups, small businesses, and residents will host a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities. Celebrations proudly feature Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and other community histories of the LES as defined by its historical boundaries which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Two Bridges and Loisaida. (thru 5.30, see site for details)
TAXILANDIA, created and written by Oye Group’s Modesto Flako Jimenez, immerses its audience in the flavors, sounds, sights and dynamic history of a neighborhood confronting social stigmas and the realities of gentrification. Weaving a dramatic, performative ‘tapestry’ that interconnects generations, social classes, races and cultures, TAXILANDIA complicates our notion of what it means to be a local, an immigrant or a resident of a place, challenging us to answer: “What is my personal roadmap of home?” Originally developed in Flako’s own neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, the piece was inspired and drawn from his nine years driving a taxicab and his documentation of conversations with passengers, residents, locals, and immigrants to the neighborhood. TAXILANDIA is available via a $25 ticket lottery for a single pod of up to three people become passengers in Flako’s cab for a personal experience of Bushwick. Also available as self-guided text-based walking tour. (thru 5/30, see site for details, $25)
THEATER: Post Theatrical
We are a group of theater artists and companies joining forces during the pandemic to produce mail-based theatrical experiences. Wildly varied in form, content, and duration, these experiences have been intentionally built for increased audience access and inclusion beyond that which is possible in typical live theater. Our work aspires to connect human beings of disparate backgrounds despite (and in some ways, through) distance. (thru 6.30, see site for details)
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)
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