[G&S]: Tonight: craft cocktails speakeasy (again!) / Next Fri: pop-up strip club / Your NYC events 6.29-7.5

From: "Gemini & Scorpio" <gs@PROTECTED>
Subject: [G&S]: Tonight: craft cocktails speakeasy (again!) / Next Fri: pop-up strip club / Your NYC events 6.29-7.5
Date: June 29th 2018

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Hello lovelies,

If this is going to read like a repeat of last week's email, it's because we clearly confused the hell out of you guys with the dates on the Cocktail Experiment. We've decided to run it again *tonight* so everyone who planned on being here can still make it.

So, tonight: our monthly craft-cocktails-meets-Iron-Chef pop-up, The Cocktail Experiment. If you enjoy ridiculous cocktails, come see us -- whether or not you bring an ingredient. Though if you do, it's always more fun.

Next Friday: our kinkier sister company, House of Scorpio, presents a pop-up strip club party. It's one of the rare HoS events that we can let out to the larger world...otherwise everything is pretty private and only goes to the mailing list & closed Facebook group. We included the invite below, but you'll need to go read the HoS website for full attendance instructions.


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The Cocktail Experiment + June Babies Birthday Party

Fri, June 29 (and every fourth Friday), 8pm-2am, FREE admission, 21+ (25+ recommended)
Plus: FREE drinks if you bring a cocktail ingredient*
$6 per experiment / $17 flight of three / cash only

Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Official site & address RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2067634283555571
Social media: @gemini_scorpio / #geminiandscorpio

For the first time ever, we're opening our doors as a craft cocktail lounge on a set monthly schedule. Every fourth Friday, enjoy inventive cocktails in a better-than-bar atmosphere: a sexy low-lit loft, lots of couches, sprawling roof, chill music, serious skills behind the bar, no attitude, no cover. Weekend bars are awful; come hide out here. We'll make you something delicious.

Plus, the Experiment: craft cocktail pop-up meets Iron Chef. One kickass bartender, a fully stocked bar, and YOU bringing a liquid challenge: a bottle of something unusual for our pro to turn into a one-of-a-kind cocktail. If your bottle is used in creation of a cocktail, you and a friend get a complimentary round (up to three friends, if it's a full size bottle of something excellent!). No two cocktails will be the same, and all will be delicious.

Is your birthday in June? Your first experiment is on the house (show us your ID). You can even get in touch to reserve a couch, arrange party favors, etc. Yes, you can order food to be delivered, too. For everyone else: free un-birthday treats!

*Tips on bringing ingredients: we welcome both liquor and mixer challenges, but please no basic juices or sodas...that's not what craft cocktails are made of. Consider: half-size bottles, homemade infusions or syrups, that forgotten bottle of weird booze you don't know what to do with, inexpensive amaros, bitters or vermouths. Most importantly, since whatever you brought will be in your free cocktail round, choose flavors you enjoy.


House of Scorpio

Saints & Sinners: pop-up strip club party

Friday, July 6, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
$25 advance / $45 with reserved table seating* / $35 at door before 12am / $20 after (door sales as capacity allows, and only for pre-approved members in good standing)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK (RSVP on site for address)
Please arrive with a PAL and be familiar with our Code of Conduct

Rules, RSVP & location: http://www.houseofscorpio.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1964348357228417
FL: https://fetlife.com/events/673699

For one night only, our sexy clubhouse becomes a full-on strip club, with a pole stage, an array of lap dance-ready seating....and a play-friendly Champagne Room. There will be eight dancers to entertain you: each a hand-picked burlesque, pole or circus star stepping outside the boundaries of their genre to spend the whole night dancing for you on stage and in your lap. Dancer info TK!

Once the dancers are done at 1am, the stage is yours to shake your booty on. Live out your strip fantasies on our stage as DJ Ceremony provides the beats late into the night.

Rules of the club: the usual Lip Service dress code & code of conduct apply / Countdown rules in Champagne Room (read the website). Dress up. Tip generously (dancers, wait & bar staff). Get lap dances: they're the best part, and only $10. Respect the dancers. Keep your hands to yourself (or your partner). Nudity is fine on the stage, but no private parts on our furniture.

To be considered for attendance:
First: read PAL requirements and code of conduct at http://www.houseofscorpio.com
Then: follow the instructions at http://www.houseofscorpio.com/attend.html

To get the location address anytime, fill out the loft location form on our site for an auto-reply (also revealed with ticket purchase).

*Reserved seats ($45) include: 9pm admission + seat at a 4-person table with prime stage view + access to reserved lap dance seat.

/// NYC EVENTS: 6/29-7/5 ///


PUPPETS: American Weather
With a bittersweet verve, this production is a visceral work of material performance inspired by daily life in America. Layering movement, puppetry, live music, found text, and animation, Chris Green and a multi-disciplinary ensemble create an absurdist meditation on losing your footing in the pursuit of happiness. (Fri/Sat, Here, 145 Sixth Ave, 7pm, $25-$45)

THEATER: Sea of Common Catastrophe
This show follows three long-time residents of a tiny seaside town whose lives are uprooted when a compelling stranger arrives. Inspired by a passage from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novella Sea of Lost Time— where a town drowns on a Sunday afternoon but persists, submerged in its daily life, as if the deluge had never occurred– The show uses spectacular lighting and video, live music, and an innovative two-story set to evoke a changing landscape of upscale living and chic restaurants that suddenly transforms into a magical sunken world. (Fri/Sat, Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford St, 8pm, $25-$35)

PUPPETS: Labapalloza! 2018
Each spring, St. Ann's Warehouse showcases works-in-progress developed over the course of a year in their Puppet Lab. Now in its 19th year, the Lab is an experimental haven for artists making interdisciplinary puppet and object theater, integrating puppetry with dance, sculpture, live music, video projections and more. Two programs to chose from. [G&S note: Use code “PLABLOVE” for a $25 combo ticket to see both programs] (Fri-Sun, St. Ann's Warehouse 45 Water St, BK, see site for details, $21-$25)

FEST: Del Close Marathon
The largest improv festival in the world. It is an inclusive celebration that embraces and brings together voices from around the country and world all in one weekend through the use of the art form of comedic improvisation. Multiple performances each night at over 10 locations throughout the city. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, see site for details, $12-$45)

FEST: International African Arts Festivl
The IAAF is a community-based, non-profit organization that produces this annual event attracting an estimated 75,000 attendees from all over the world. The fest includes multiple live performances; a market place with array of one of a kind, handcrafted, original designs of merchandise ranging from jewelry, urban fashion, t-shirts, body oils to imported African fabric, artifacts and furniture; an outdoor Food Court offers the community an array of talented cooks and chefs preparing a wide variety of scrumptious foods; 29th annual symposium, talent search, spoken word, fashion show, and much more. (Sat-Wed, Commodore Barry Park at Navy St, BK, see site for details, $2-$5 sugg donn)


PARTY: Midsummer Night's Dream Summer Cemetery Garden Party
Morbid Anatomy bids adieu to their residency with a summer cemetery garden party. The night will include music and complimentary refreshments care of Friese Undine, a cemetery walking tour, and the chance to meet Morbid Anatomy’s Joanna Ebenstein and Laetitia Barbier along with many of the artists and collectors who contributed to the exhibition The Power of Images: Life, Death, and Rebirth. (Greenwood Cemetery, Fort Hamilton Gate House, Fort Hamilton Pkwy & Micieli Pl, BK, 7pm-9:30pm, $10)

FILM/PERFORMANCE: “Family” w/ Insane Clown Posse Live
Join this special New York Premiere with filmmaker Laura Steinel and star Taylor Schilling in attendance. Followed by a performance by Insane Clown Posse. Kate Stone (Taylor Schilling) is a workaholic. She hates kids. She hates most social situations, because she doesn't know what to do with her arms. So when her estranged brother Joe tracks her down to watch her awkward and bullied twelve year old niece, Maddie, Kate thinks babysitting for the week can't get any worse -- until Maddie runs away to become a juggalo. (The Well, 272 Meserole St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm film/9:45pm performance)

MUSIC: Choral Chameleon Summer Institute: The Concert
After 7 days of development, revisions and lab work, Choral Chameleon's singers will premiere brand-new pieces that have been composed by 10 students of highly diverse musical backgrounds and career stages.  These pieces will be performed by our professional Ensemble lab choir and conducted by Vince Peterson and Matt Oltman, from the Institute faculty. This year a number of composers are working with Berlin-based trumpeter, and new music specialist, Nathan Plante - to create pieces for choir with solo trumpet accompaniment. The concert will be followed by a special 10th Anniversary Cake Ceremony with lashings of complimentary prosecco and beer. (St Paul's Episcopal Church, 199 Carroll St, BK, 8pm, FREE)


COMMUNITY: Protest Family Separation
There will be a march across the Brooklyn Bridge followed by a short rally. The march will be led by families - children with their parents, and people are encouraged to bring their kids. Join together to show that Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' policy separating immigrant families seeking asylum that cross the U.S.-Mexico border is unacceptable. (Foley Square, 111 Worth St, 10am, FREE)

FILM: 10th Annual BAM CinemaFest Closing Night
“This annual festival provides a New York showcase for some of the circuit’s hipper recent indie offerings.” —The New York Times. Closing night features “Madeline’s Madeline”, tour-de-force head trip about teenage girl’s fractured psyche. A Q&A with Josephine Decker follows the screening. (BAM Harvey Theater, 61 Fulton St, BK, see site for details, $30)

PARTY: Abracadabra Field Trip
VIP tix: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/173687
Join friends and neighbors on the street for a Summer Solstice street party featuring a live band playing on the roof of The BlueByrd Bus. The bus makes stops at four locations through Manhattan. Live music by Laura Newman, Ethan Kogan, Daryl Johns, and Dida Pelled. Hosted by Tycho K Dan. Barry Komitor on percussion & sound. Dancetigators Juan Alvaro López & Hope Diamond, @RawCoral and the Radical Matriarchy. Guest Stars: Hilla the Killa, Sir Nate, Amy Hope and Michelle Joni and Athena Spathena, Charles Day Halsey of The Spa Ship. Theme: dress as a Future Mystic. (Union Sq, 1pm; Washington Sq Park, 2pm; Battery Park, 3pm; Thompkins Sq Park, 5pm; FREE/$40 VIP)

PARTICIPATORY: Victorian Picnic in Central Park
As the sunny days grow longer, one often desires a happy excursion to whittle away the hours with friends. What better way to do so than with a Victorian picnic? Join the New York 19th Century Society for an afternoon of dining al fresco, good conversation, reading aloud, lawn games of the gentler sort, and photography. Bring food or drink to share. Suggested attire (not required): summer whites, garden party frocks, tea dress, steampunk, Goth, or Lolita. (Central Park, The Great Hill, 103rd St and Central Park West entrance, 2pm-5pm, FREE)

MUSIC: 11th Big Eyed Blues Festival
Enjoy an evening of spirituals, work songs, gospel, blues, rhythm & blues and dance, in celebration of African American Music Appreciation Month. Activities include a blues dance demo and instruction by Odysseus Bailer and Erin BeeBee. Live performances by emcee Lamont Jack Pearley, Vienna Carroll and the Folks, Beareather & The Brown Liquors Sounds, and native Chicagoan Irving Louis Lattin. (Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, BK, 6pm-10pm, $25 adv/$30 door)

VARIETY: Cherry HELLodies
Miss Cherry Delight sings heavy metal, rock, grunge, and punk. With burlesque performances by: Fem Appeal, Pearls Daily, Mary Cyn, Ashley Bad, Poison Eve, Apathy Angel, Madame Reaper, and Faux Pas Le Fae & Aurora North. And stage kitten, Laura Lee Pants. Live music from The Children Of The Corndogs. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15, 21+)


MUSIC: Sxip Shirey at Joe’s Pub
An incredible night of surprising and beautiful music with Sxip Shirey with special guests including the haunting vocals of Aimee Curl, the sexy vocals of Xavier, John Altieri on sousaphone, Attis Clopton on drums and Sxip on electronics and found sound objects and storytelling. The night includes new music from his upcoming album "Goodnight Little Machines" (Joe’s Pub at The Public, 425 Lafayette St, 9pm doors/9:30pm-10:30pm, $20)


BURLESQUE: Wasabassco's July 4th Big Burlesque Celebration
An explosive evening of striptease and spectacle more fantastic than a sky full of fireworks! The pyrotechnics start indoors as our most innovative performers take to the stage for a show that will dazzle the eyes and senses. Starring your host Sapphire Jones, with Amanda Whip, Queens of burlesque Medianoche and Poison Ivory, special guest GiGi La Femme from Nashville and an all-star lineup of Wasabassco's favorite performers: Ben Franklin, Jezebel Express, Nina La Voix, Ravenessa and more. (City Winery NYC, 155 Varick St, 6pm doors/7pm-9pm, $22-$35)

BURLESQUE: Wasabassco's 4th Annual AMERICA!
This July 4th meet Wasabassco  one more time at the Bell House and assert your independence with a celebration of the parts of this country that still work: Burlesque, Beer and Brooklyn. Reclaim the country that gave the world baseball, apple pie, rock and roll and the internets and put the USA back into Brooklyn USA. Celebrate freedom, love and joy - in the form of real live glorious nekkid people exploding with talent. Everyone is invited to dress as Wonder Woman in celebration of what America, and Justice, and Freedom, and Strength can and *should* be. Buy, make, or assemble your costume; join others onstage before the show for this year's Wonder Woman group photo; and celebrate Independence Day and everything that America is MEANT to represent. Brought to you by Nasty Canasta and starring Delysia La Chatte, Ivory Fox, Penny Wren, Puss-N-Boots, Qualms Galore, Sydni Deveraux, Tiger Bay, Doc Wasabassco in a Superman costume, and more. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 7pm doors/7:30pm photo/8pm show, $15-$30)


THEATER: Dreyfus: The Musical
A parody musical about the one and only, your favorite and ours, Julia Louis-Dreyfus!Follow high school students Maddie and Amy on their quest to get enough members to keep the Official Julia Louis-Dreyfus Fan Club up and running - and to find dates to the prom. Very Important.. With opening act NorthCoast. (Caveat, 21A Clinton St BK, 6:30pm doors/7pm show, $10-$12, 21+)

ART/WORD: Dean Haspiel presents “The Red Hook”
Dean Haspiel presents “The Red Hook”, his comics ode to Brooklyn, the first collected volume of his popular web comic of the same name, with a visual presentation and preview of his new work, and a discussion with comics writer and artist Josh Neufeld, author of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge and other works. A wine reception follows to celebrate the collection. (686 Fulton St, BK, 7:30pm, FREE)

VARIETY: Cirque Du So Weird: Peepshow
An erotic collective presented by Lydia Vengeance. A new circus is cumming to town and they’re popping a tent for a show unlike anything we've done before. This time, we're celebrating Indepantsless day, our way! Stripped down and clowning around, our devious collective of beautiful weirdos features: Mandy Cat Kitana, Vonka, E.LethalKit, Sex Wolf, Joe Dirt (we're not dicking around), Audrey Love, and Nola Bunny. Also featuring live art by famous sketch artist Adriano. Tickets are pre-sale only and the address will be revealed only after ticket purchase. VIP tickets include guaranteed seating with a full frontal view. GA tickets are standing room only or side seating in the lounge area. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, address with purchase, BK, 8pm-11:30pm, $20-$35, 21+)

VARIETY: Green Fairy At The Red Room
Celebrate at this monthly showcase of absinthe tasting and entertainment, featuring a new brand of absinthe and a variety of risqué and bawdy performances each month, along with an exposition of what makes absinthe a unique and mysterious liqueur. Mr. Kellfire Bray will guide you through the complexities of absinthe's history and rituals. Special guests Clara Coquette and Foxy V. Live piano with Chris Johnson. Holly Honeypot will be at the door, Ms Zelma will be tending the absinthe pours, and Mr. Nelson Lugo spin hot tunes during the breaks. Dress Code: Suit and tie, cocktail attire. Suggested Attire: Vintage, evening wear, boudoir, unmentionables, or intimate attire. (Red Room, 85 E 4th St 3rd fl, 9:30pm doors, 10pm tasting, $16 adv/$20 door/$11 adv if in suggested attire/$15 door if in suggested attire, 2 drink min)


FEST: The Festival of Lies
Truth is an illusion. Experience is subjective. And proof is in the eye of the beholder. All news is fake news. Except for the news proves my point. Join in for performances and art works full of hot takes, half-truths and exaggerations for you to believe, ignore and distrust at your pleasure. All spectators will receive ten million dollars. Performances throughout the month including “Anderson Lena and the Things That Don’t Matter, The Cabaret of Lies, As You Like It, CoatlCast: live, The Handmaid’s Dianetics, and more. (thru 7/5, The Brick Theater, 579 Metropolitan Ave, BK, see site for details, $TBD)

THEATER: Wicked Frozen
tix: www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/Wicked-Frozen/Overview
Wicked Frozen is a high-energy musical parody mash-up both celebrating and skewering two wildly successful pop culture phenomena. When Adele Dazeem and her teacher Kristen Chenobell become trapped in a Boston classroom during a freak blizzard, things take a turn for the absurd as Adele sets off on a journey through the magical land of Scandinorfindelle. Wicked Frozen is not only a subversive satire on six cups of coffee, but also a reminder that even when things may only ‘be okay,’ it’s the people around us that truly matter. (thru 7/22, Sun, St. Luke's Theater, 308 W 46th St, 7:30pm, $40-$60)

LGBT: HOT! The 27th Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture
The oldest annual festival of its kind in the world, never stales as its fresh line-up continues to deliver innovative works in theater, music, dance, circus arts, literature, visual art & homoeroticism for the whole family. Theater, music, dance, circus arts, literature, visual art & homoeroticism. Six weeks, 50+ shows, 100s of artists & you. (thru 7/28, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, see website for details, $varies)

ART: .Zip: Developing The Future Season 2.0.0[Early Access Edition]
We now can’t survive the world without the APP: we order foods, chat with emojis, or even babysit our dogs with it. Artists Caoyuxi(JAMES), Gan Jian, Loga & Mao Wengweng, Pink Money + Lawrence Law, Pasakorn Nontananandh aka Akaliko, Jason Batchllor, Victor Morales, Marpi and Bent Stamnes, Sehyun Av Kim & Nick Bratton, Qi Zhenzhen & Wang Yang will present new works. A series of special events will accompany the exhibition through the run. (thru 7/29, 3LD Art and Technology Center, Studio B, 80 Greenwich St, see site for details, $10-$15)

ART: Vegetation Celebration opening reception
This show brings together a collection of artists that have depicted vegetation in their artworks. Vegetation has long been the subject of countless works of art. This exhibits continues to show vegetation as inspiration. (thru 7/31, Court Tree Collective, 371 Court St, 2nd Fl, BK, see site for details, FREE)

PUPPETS: Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique
Twenty years ago in 1998, Basil Twist debuted his boundary-breaking response to Berlioz's 1830 "Symphonie Fantastique" to universal acclaim. In the two decades since the premiere, Basil Twist has become an internationally recognized artist in opera, ballet, and on Broadway, and has won countless awards including the illustrious MacArthur Fellowship. Twist will revisit his legendary masterpiece as part of HERE's 25th Anniversary Season. In this revival, accompanied live by a virtuosic pianist playing the exquisite Liszt transcription, Symphonie floats and swirls in a 1,000-gallon water tank neatly disguised as a puppet stage. (thru 9/2, Here, 145 Sixth Ave, see site for details, $35-$100)

ART: Cast of Characters
This exhibition is a dramatic transformation of the venue by artist Liz Collins featuring a salon-style exhibition of portraits by 95 LGBTQ artists. Inspired by lavishly decorated and richly ornamented nineteenth-century libraries and salons, this immersive installation brings vibrant colors, dynamic geometric patterns, and lush textures. The exhibition will transform the venue into a warm, bright lounge, inspiring contemplation and conversation, beckoning visitors to linger, look, and read. RSVP required. (thru 9/16, Bureau of General Services—Queer Division@The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 208 W 13th St, Rm 210, see site for details, FREE)

MUSIC: Live at the Arch
Live Performances, interactive art, drinks, magic, all just below the Manhattan Bridge. Rain or shine. All ages. (thru 9/27, Thur, Manhattan Bridge Overpass Archway, DUMBO, BK, 6pm, FREE)

ART: Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco
This new exhibit brings the world of Empire Roller Skating Center to life, exploring its role as a national icon and a focal point of the African American community in Brooklyn. Artifacts, archival materials, video, and first hand interviews come together to share the stories of the people who skated at Empire during the 70s and 80s, revealing the true origins of a world-wide cultural phenomenon. (thru 10/14, The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave, BK, see site for details, $7)

ART: Escher - The Exhibition & Experience
https://www.eschernyc.com (maybe discounts out there?)
Over 200 original works from M.C. Escher. Exploring the intersection between art, mathematics, science and poetry, Escher’s works have fascinated and astounded generations of artists, architects, mathematicians, musicians and designers alike. This is the most important and the largest exhibitions of M.C. Escher ever presented in the United States (thru 2/3/19, Industry City, 34-34 St, bldg 6, BK, $6-$35)


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