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Thank you for turning up in your Victorian finest at last week's Christmas gathering. You all looked amazing, and OMG, those desserts! Vintage photo booth pics by the icredible Luke Ratray are up on FB, so you can tag yourselves: http://bit.ly/2UmqgpI
We hope to see you tonight and on New Year's. A reminder that for NYE, tickets are tiered, and that as early tiers sell out, prices go up. If you want to join us, plan to buy your tickets earlier for better prices.
- Tonight! - Annual Holiday party with projected fireplace, vintage lounge holiday tunes, and killer cocktails by Miss Scorpio herself. No cover!
- New Year's Eve Mon 12.31 - Masked, hedonistic masquerade and makeout party
- New Year's Morning Tues 1.1 - Pajama Lounge, our annual cozy post-party lounge and breakfast
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Annual G&S Holiday Party
Friday, December 7, 8pm-2am, FREE / donations appreciated
Gemini and Scorpio Loft (must RSVP for Gowanus, BK location):
Our annual night of giving thanks and going overboard with fancy drinks.
Come chill in our sexy home, bring your sexy date, and enjoy our ridiculous craft cocktails. Roaring fireplace projections, holiday classics lounge soundtrack (someone will likely lose LDB!), and Miss Scorpio herself getting stupid behind the bar (8-10pm), all culminating in a dance party 10-2.
We're going to bring back the two specialty cocktails from last year:
- That infamous fluffy New Orleans classic, the Ramos Fizz. It's a rarity to find it on bar menus due to how long it takes to make each one. You certainly won't catch us making it at any other event.
- Coquito, the classic Puerto Rican eggnog style drink: slushie coconut cinnamon goodness.
We're not charging admission for this event, but we'll have a donation jar out. All money goes towards ongoing loft improvements, so please give what you can to make our secret clubhouse even better.
We invite you to wear something festive or cocktail attire...especially vintage-inspired festive cocktail attire. Costumes always welcome, if you're feeling it.
Thank you for your support this and every year! <3
Gemini & Scorpio
Monday, Dec 31, New Year's Eve
9pm-4am, $40-60*, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested)
$30 after 12:30, including afterparty w/continental breakfast
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio
2018 needs a "fuck you" sendoff. Be bold, be wild, as you enter 2019.
A hedonistic Masquerade to activate your senses with pulsating beats, swirling visuals, sensory games and activities, and many kisses. Tickets are limited to keep the event comfortable and welcoming.
Music by DJ Ceremony and Poodlecannon, masters of eclectic dance floor surprises. 2018 passion predictions with our tarot experts. Custom projections by CJ. Free champagne 9-10pm and 3-4am.
Strict formal or lingerie dress code. Masks required (some will be available for sale).
This is NOT a play party. It's a night to let go and let your senses guide your way: dance party meets makeout party. As always, we will have zero creeper tolerance, and please no photos without explicit consent from your subjects.
*All tickets offer the same access to the event. Please support at the level you can afford.
Gemini and Scorpio
New Year's Morning Pajama Lounge
Monday, Jan 1, 4am-10am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
$20 (with continental breakfast), $35 (with hot breakfast)
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Sunrise cuddle puddle for our deviant extended family, with makeouts, mimosas, smoothies and breakfast. We'll keep the sexy beats going from late night into daylight.
Snacks and continental breakfast will be available throughout; hot breakfast served at 7am. And of course mimosas, smoothies and coffee - virgin or spiked. We'll have the giant screen up, and could cuddle up together for movies into daytime, too.
You're welcome to bring blankets, sleeping bags, stuffed animals, and anything else that makes you feel cozy.
Dress code: your disheveled New Year's finery or lingerie and lounge wear. Yes, you can always change here.
*As a courtesy, your afterparty ticket includes late access to the G&S NYE main event: Masked. You can arrive as early as 3am - or buy $30 combo tickets to arrive as early as 12:30: https://masked.brownpapertickets.com || https://www.facebook.com/events/1851480735182776/
/// NYC EVENTS: 12/7-12/13 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
THEATER: Penny Arcade: The Faghag and Her Friends in The Summer of Love
The latest offering from veteran playwright/performer Penny Arcade, at the peak of her powers, features Arcade's spot-on impersonations and intoxicating improvisational style. Together with longtime collaborator Steve Zehentner, they move into new territory embedding a narrative play into a filmic abstract that travels from 1967 Provincetown to the cafes and night clubs of New York City’s celebrated demimonde, where tragedy and transformation walked hand in hand and created a breeding ground for revolutionary thinking and artistic innovation. (Fri/Sat, Baruch Performing Arts Center, E 25th St, 7:30pm, $11-$46)
PUPPETS: The Or Else Opera
Bread and Puppet Theater returns for its annual December residency! A paper maché puppet opera, punctuated by melting icedrops under a starry sky made of garlic. The composer Hanns Eisler, a major Brecht collaborator, fled the Nazis, joined the Berliner Ensemble and now enters the 21st century's humanity, its giant fears and overcrowded spirit, at the moment of re-occurring fascism. In musical collaboration with The Pi Ensemble. (Fri-Sun, Theater for the New City 155 1st Ave, see site for details, $13-$18)
SHOP: Holiday Cavalcade
This event has ten years worth of history, and has become a must for holiday shoppers looking for unique and locally crafted gifts for their loved ones. Comprised of members from the NY Handmade Collective (formerly Etsy NY Team), this holiday market showcases a selection of handmade wares from indie vendors, all based in the NYC metro area. (Fri-Sun, Chelsea Market event space, 75 9th Ave, see site for details, FREE)
WORD/SHOP: BUST School For Creative Living + BUST Holiday Craftacular
A weekend-long event featuring over 100 workshops, talks, classes, and panels on everything from feminism to embroidery to witchcraft, with speakers including Janeane Garofalo, Jamia Wilson, Kristen Sollée, Blair Iman, and Sophie St. Thomas. The school will be held alongside the Holiday Craftacular—Brooklyn's longest-running indie craft fair—with over 150 vendors of the best in handmade goods, plus food, drinks, music, and more! Entry to the Craftacular is free. (sat/sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St, BK, see site for details, FREE-$100)
SKATE: Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco Opening Night: Spice Girls in Xanadu
Dress up as your favorite Spice Girl at a themed, dress up, immersive roller skating experience that will transport you into a fabulous retro roller disco. DJs spinning the hottest dance floor hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today. Light up hula hoops, go-go dancers, red carpet where you can get your photo taken, skate dance competition, and a costume contest. Skate rentals are included in your admission ticket, but are not guaranteed due to limited supply. You are welcome to bring your own roller skates or roller blades to wear! While costumes are not required it definitely helps to make the night more fun! Come and dance, or hang out at the bar. (Dreamland Roller Rink at Industry City, 233 37th St, BK, 7pm doors/7:30pm skate, $18-$20)
PARTICIPATORY: New York State Yo-Yo Championship
Come compete for the title of New York State Yo-yo Champ! This will be a super fun day full of yo-yo and special performances. Sideshows by the Seashore's indoor Theater sits as many as 140, and is a great space to showcase your freestyle! (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 12pm competition/6pm afterparty, $5-$25, all ages)
ART: 2018 MF Toy Show
Bringing together art toy makers working in a variety of mediums and genres... From sleek to cute, elegant, witty and scary- these toys are always affordable and make unique holiday gifts! Featuring works by Inspired by Musculoids, The Sucklord, Drew Maillard, Steve Casino, Bianca Panzram, Luke Reich, Michael Mararian, Junker Jane, Mark Ash, Walter Harris / Pop Prolific, The Olive Knight, Mike Mendez, Tone Tank, MF Toys, and many more. Refreshments will be served. (MF Gallery, 213 Bond St, BK, 7pm, FREE)
BURLESQUE: We Are Legion: A Coming Out Party
For Christmas this year, Galatea Stone is coming out as a bisexual queer femme. In honor of this terrifying decision, there’s going to be a super fancy, gay as fuck coming out party. Oysters on the half shell and champagne all night. Celebrate life, and love, and queer friends and allies. Stick around after for a monthly trance party, ft. Nifra! Amazing DJs, beautiful 3D visuals, body painting and more. Featuring: Crimson Kitty, JJ Sparks, Clarq Coquette, Countess Eden, and Cypress Thrills. Kitten/Gogo Extraordinaire: Zee Valenteen. Hosted by: Galatea Stone. Sound by: Affection. (Eris Evolution, 167 Graham Ave, 7pm, $15-$25)
PARTY: The Rubulad Holiday Revue!
Starring, in no particular order: The Stillette-Hoes, Pretty Polly, Ryan Laetari, The Trash Can Twins, Jeff and Buttons, Tanya Solomon Magic and much much much more! With your DJs Dave the Spazz (WFMU) and Joro-Boro + Keena. Seasonal Karaoke with Lenoize. Projections by Dr. Light. Life drawing with B Maggie. Myke Flaherty's Art Hole. Special early screening: That Slapstick Show! Forgotten Clowns of Silent Comedy. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for Bushwick address. (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 7pm screening/8:30pm show, $15/$10 adv or before 10pm)
THEATER: Hypatia and the Heathens: A Musical Bacchanalia
A new interactive party musical inspired by the festivals of the ancient world. Based on actual events, it tells the story of Hypatia, the last librarian of the Library of Alexandria during the apocalyptic end times of the brutal Roman Empire. Told through music and theater, this immersive, multi-sensory theatrical party harkens back to the raucous saturnalia festival of classical antiquity. One thing is for certain: it will be like no toga party you’ve been to before. Created by Lia Tamborra and Harry Einhorn. Mild hallucinogens included in ticket price. This event is mixed seated and standing room. Seats are first-come, first-served. Show up in a toga, get a free drink! (Caveat NYC, 21 A Clinton St, 9pm doors/9:30pm show, $15 adv/$20 door, 21+)
PERFORMANCE: The 3rd Annual Christmas in Coney Winter Wonderwheel Spectacular
A night of aerial, burlesque, circus & musical merriment starring: Bambi the Mermaid, Lucy Buttons, Holly Ween, Regal Mortis, Beelzebabe - the Siren of Sodom, Fox Squire, Rebecca Fey Collins, Lauren Elizabeth, and reigning Miss Coney Island 2019 herself - Pearls Daily! Special Hanukah performance by Tallulah Talons. Hosted by Miss Sincerely Yours with musical accompaniment by the Dear Johns! Holiday favorite sing-a-longs, ugly sweater contest, and raffle prizes- with all raffle proceeds donated to BHoF Legend Camille 2000's Cancer Recovery Fund. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 9pm, $15, 18 and up)
PUPPETS: Gothic Opera
Fairy Tale Marionettes performs a story of sex and drug addiction set in the 1990s goth club scene. A new miniature rock opera performed entirely with handmade string and shadow puppets, props, and backdrops built by Arlee Chadwick and Katharine Baez, set to an original 9-song score with music by Rob Berry and lyrics by Carey Burtt. Plus 2 classic original songs by Dang Anohen and Carey Burtt, and amazing guest vocalists, Val Kinzler, Kelli King, and Carey Burtt! (Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, 10pm, $12-$18)
SOCIAL DANCE/MUSIC: NYCVintageTrain2018 underground swing & jazz festival!
Hundreds of jazz musicians, swing dancers, vintage clothing enthusiasts, photographers, families, commuters, and subway/railroad buffs will converge for a full day of music, dance, and happiness. Think of it as highly organized, pro-level busking. Top-quality established and up-and-coming jazz bands will perform on the platform and on the train throughout the day, 10 of them led by women!! Party train will be traveling between 2nd Ave and 125th St. Safety first! Please watch out for others while photographing, watching and dancing. Avoid the edges of the platform, as this is a fully operational station. Dress to match the period of the cars: 1930s to 1960s. RSVP encouraged. Tipping the bands is encouraged. Note: This is a totally unofficial event. (2nd Ave F train station, E Houston St, 11am-7pm, all ages, FREE)
SHOP: Shamanic and Indigenous Arts Holiday Market
Come to the Ark for a brand new showing of spectacular visionary art and indigenous handicrafts from around the globe! This Market will feature handmade, one of a kind: clothing, ceremonial items, jewelry, bags, tapestries and wall hangings, crystal and gem adornments, and visionary paintings and prints, and more. Indigenous musical instruments such as: handcrafted didgeridoos from Australia, ceremonial rattles crafted by the Shipibo tribe, and rare harmonic handpan Rav drums from Russia. Impossible to find in any store in the United States! All items have been handpicked and fair-trade sourced from the Amazon jungle and the Andean Mountains in Peru, and various tribes of Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, and Egypt. (Sacred Arts Research Foundation, 107 Green St, BK, 12pm-7pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: AntiCon 2018
Once upon a time, we all enjoyed SantaCon. Over the years it became a bit too muggly. Now there’s an event that runs alongside SantaCon, starting with the sea of red and then diverging. Take a ride on the Vintage Subway, visit a holiday pop-up (if possible) and take part in the park festivities. The final stop will be the afterparty at Lucky. Ho! Ho! Ho! (2nd Ave F train, 12:45pm meet/1pm departure, FREE)
MOVIE/WORD: Love Actually is the Worst/Best: A Screening + Holiday Donation Drive
Love, Actually is the best...or Love, Actually is the worst. A drunken screening and public airing of love and grievances that brings both sides together to find common ground about Love, Actually. Come dressed as your favorite or most hated character and win the costume contest! Sing along to “I Feel It In My Fingers,” project your rage onto Billy Bob Thornton and Alan Rickman. Post-screening it will get real as you will have your chance to step up to the mic and air your feelings, pro or con, before a panel made up of two Love, Actually lovers, and two Love, Actually haters. Proceeds will benefit Lady Parts Justice League. Suggested donation or bring one of the items listed for the gift drive to help patients and reproductive healthcare providers. OR both! (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Douglass St, BK, 2pm-5pm, $10 sugg don)
MUSIC: 2018 45th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center
Hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players will congregate to play Christmas carols and other crowd favorites. Tubists of all ages will line up under the famous Christmas tree and fill the plaza with the organ-line sound of low brass. Spectators are encouraged to sing along with the Christmas carols and holiday favorites. (The Rink at Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 3:30pm, all ages, FREE)
COMMUNITY: Tompkins Square Park Tree Lighting Ceremony
Join EVIMA and friends for the 27th annual East Village Tree Lighting Ceremony! Enjoy cozy warm drinks while kicking off the holiday season with neighbors! The humble evergreen was planted in 1992 in the memory of Glenn Barnett and other neighbors who have died of AIDS. Glenn Barnett was an East Village local and a fierce advocate for the park's value to the community. Over the years, this event has turned into a beloved tradition. The evening will include carolers, refreshments, official tree lighting and raffle giveaways. After party at Lucky. (Thompson Square Park, 4pm-5pm, all ages, FREE)
VARIETY: The 12th Annual Menorah Horah!
Drop that dreidel and hold on to your latkes! Heat up the holidays with Hanukkah’s Hottest Hebrew Hotties. Celebrate eight dreidel-spinning nights of Hanukkah in one special evening of music, laughs, latkes and burlesque. The world-class Schlep Sisters – Minnie Tonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda – are joined by premier burlesque stars Sapphire Jones, The Maine Attraction, Corvette LeFace, Zoe Ziegfeld, The Great Dubini, & Allegra, with Host Bastard Keith to keep you laughing until your candles burn out! Plus DJ Momotaro, Rara Darling & Madame Brassiere! Whether you’re a yeshiva bocher, an honorary Jew, or a bacon-loving while heeb, the event will titillate and inspire your holiday spirit. (Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th St, 6:30pm doors/8pm show, $25-$50)
Join Sinking Ship Creations at their new home! A low-cost and accessible one-shot larp that's created and played in less than two hours. For those who have not attended before here's the format: 1.) Show up, do introductions and collect the site fee. 2.) Start a stopwatch, guests have hour to come up with a premise, characters, relations, conflict, and context. 3.) Break, drink water. 4.) Larp your hearts out for 45 minutes. 5.) Talk about what just happened. 6) Likely be drinks after. Show ten minutes early to sign the waiver. This is a co-op... they need you to sign a waiver. (500 W 52nd St Suite 3W, 6:50pm sign-in/7pm start, $5 adv/$10 door)
PARTY: Holiday Hang 2018
Improv, live music, singing holiday tunes around the piano, cozy drinks, homemade chili, and all the cheer. Join Letter of Marque Theater Co. in revelry and joy as they celebrate another year of performance, community, and good times. Featuring the House of Worms improv team, experimental jazz reimaginings of Jimmy Buffet’s Christmas albums from the band Margaritaville, and a good ol’ fashioned sing-a-long with piano-man extraordinare, Ian Axness. Holiday lewks encouraged. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Douglass St, BK, 7:30pm doors/ 8pm show, $5 adv/$10 door, 18+)
ART: Without Permission - opening of this solo exhibition
A solo show of works from the last decade of Lucinda Grange’s photography. This mixed collection of photos and collages from different eras of Grange’s work plays with physical and imaginary boundaries constructed by society and by the self. Some works concern themselves with violating these lines to expose a rare and unseen beauty to the viewer; others reimagine and reconstruct the lines never given consideration. Grange’s use of height and symmetry subvert the viewer’s understanding of the environments she shoots, creating new order, chaos and drama with her compositional choices. (Lyle O. Reitzel NY, 139 Eldridge Street, 6pm-9pm, FREE)
PARTY: NY Electronic Underground Presents: Radiotronic Wonderground
A presentation of esoteric and contemplative music. 2050 invite's you to contemplate the design of music of the future which is made by machines and scripted with code. Radio Wonderland grabs live radio broadcasts right out of the air and manipulates them into new and innovative compositions which can never be repeated. He performs with handmade MIDI controllers created from quirky everyday objects such as a steering wheel and a range of old shoes. n8tronick will be spinning contemplative electronic music with good vibes for dancing or just enjoying your head. Visuals by n8tronick = RGB Values. (The Keep, 205 Cypress Ave, 10pm, $TBD)
PERFORMANCE/SHOP: East Village Stand Holiday Market
Opening Reception & Performances: Friday, November 23, 6-8pm. A shakuhachi zen flute performance by Till Behler. Participating vendors at the East Village Stand Holiday Market include: Bottleworks, bottle lamps, pendant lights and glassware by Joe Harrigon. One of a kind handmade picture frames by Anne Edris. Taconic Trading Company spiced pepitas and Applewood smoked sea salt. Eulenspiegelchocolatelab cookies and chocolates. Black Lives Matter holiday themed jewelry and ornaments by Carla Cubit. Artwork by Baum Earth Elements and more. (thru 12/24, East Village Stand Holiday Market, corner of 7th Street and Ave C, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Holiday Nostalgia Rides
Celebrate the magic of New York City during the holidays with a ride back in time on our vintage fleet of subway cars and buses with the continued tradition of placing our vintage 1930s R1-9 train cars in regular service between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe! Vintage buses will be in service on the M42 bus route, traveling both East Bound and West Bound along 42nd Street in Manhattan. Additional vintage buses will be available to board and explore at Union Square and Herald Square. (thru 12/30, multiple locations, see site for details)
THEATER: The Jungle
Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of The Jungle – the short-lived, self-governing society that emerged within a sprawling refugee camp in Calais, France. Take a seat in an Afghan Café, where men, women and children fleeing war and persecution created a world offering warm hospitality amidst squalor and danger. (thru 1/27, St Anne’ Warehouse, 45 Water St, BK, see site for details, $36)
ART: It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200
Commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of Frankenstein—a classic of world literature and a masterpiece of horror—a new exhibition at the Morgan shows how Mary Shelley created a monster. It traces the origins and impact of her novel, which has been constantly reinterpreted in spinoffs, sequels, mashups, tributes and parodies. For the first time it will be possible to view art and artifacts (including comic books, film posters, publicity stills, and movie memorabilia) that explain how Frankenstein caught the popular imagination in the course of two hundred years. (thru 1/27/19, The Morgan Library & Museum, 36th St, see site for details, $20/$13 students & seniors)
ART: Escher - The Exhibition & Experience
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 [G&S note: use code ESCHER10 for $10 off.] (thru 2/3/19, Industry City, 34-34 St, bldg 6, BK, $6-$35)
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