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Happy New year to you all! We have made it, everyone. We hope your holiday and the week since brought you joy and invigoration. Thank you for your support this and every year, and for trusting us with your big nights of the year. <3
We're back to our usual party madness for 2019, with two events in January:
- First, we go tropical just as the temperature goes frigid outside. It's the return of our tropical bass & faux-sino party, Castaways Casino Club, on Fri Jan 18. YES, if you have previous winnings, you can use them at this event for both entry and gameplay. And conversely, any credit you win this time is usable at future events.
- Then, the monthly craft cocktails meets Iron Chef night, The Cocktail Experiment, is back on Fri Jan 25. Our beloved head house bartender, Kiki, is your mixologist for the evening. Book your birthday with us on the night and get a free birthday drink. Or, bring a fun bartender challenge ingredient, and get a free drink that way.
Full invites are just below, as are your regular weekly NYC events listings.
Lastly, we once again have an opportunity for an office & storage/studio share just below the loft. Are you or anyone you know looking? Info & application: http://bitly.com/GS_office
We love you, and here's to an awesome 2019!
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
DRINKING N GAMBLING: 1/19
Gemini & Scorpio
Castaways Casino Club
Friday, Jan 18, 9pm-late, sliding scale $10-20 donation, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested)
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio
Calling all faux millionaires to litter their gold coin at our illicit gambling establishment far offshore on the banks of Gowanus. The casino club will feature blackjack, roulette and the star attraction of the night: Texas hold'em tournament, played at 10pm, 11pm, and 12am for a $50 value prize. For non-tourney games, a member credit system will let you use your winnings for future party entry, drinks, etc (win last time? your credit is still good!).
The original Castaways resort in Vegas was peak-60s polynesian insanity. We'll honor our namesake with tropical drinks & beats, for full tiki party mode alongside the games. Even if you don't gamble, you win.
Dress suggestions: funky party-wear, 1960s Polynesian kitsch, faux fancy, vintage lounge, sparkly cocktail, or other non-sloppy attire appreciated. No elaborate costumes or formalwear required, but you know we love it when you put in effort.
We'll turn the heat way up for some sweaty dancing joy. Wear layers!
Lastly: we still have a few of those ridiculous tiki to-go tumblers from the last Castaways. Take your tropical drinks to go in one of those bad boys for only $10.
Gemini & Scorpio
The Cocktail Experiment + January Babies Birthday Party
Fri, Jan 25 (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
Social media: @gemini_scorpio / #geminiandscorpio / #thecocktailexperiment
Every fourth Friday, enjoy inventive craft 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 Jan? 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, unique amaros, bitters or vermouths. Most importantly, since whatever you brought will be in your free cocktail round, choose flavors you enjoy. Small request: nothing that tastes of anise or licorice, please! If that's the flavor you want, we have plenty of that in the bar, including the best absinthe you'll ever have.
/// NYC EVENTS: 1/4-1/10 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
THEATER: Mt. Rushmore
A time travel, punk-rock voyage to the throws of the rebellious Reagan era, lead by playwright and performer Monica Hunken. This wild quest is a true 1980s adventure - packed to the brim with espionage, unexpected friendships, a chance for redemption, and original live music. The piece questions if it is possible for radical activists and artists to grapple with the conservatism of their parents and families, as a microcosm of an ongoing dialogue about how to empathetically approach white, middle class, conservative women across the US without sacrificing one’s own values. (Fri/Sat, Triskelion Arts' Douglas Elliman Studio Theater, 106 Calyer St, BK, 7pm, $16 adv/$20 door)
ART: NYC Winter Lantern Festival
This event features seven acres lit up by 40 LED installations that stretch up to 30 feet tall. The LED lanterns will be accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dances and art. Meanwhile, NEWYORKEE is partnering with a variety of holiday vendors to create an experience for guests of all ages. (Fri-Sun, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, 5pm-10pm, $26)
MUSIC: Ferus Festival 2019
A four-day festival showcases the latest in cutting–edge new music, featuring a variety of new music programs including the debut of two new concerts featuring Artists-in-Residence Huang Ruo and Jojo Abot; Projects-in-Residence, the chamber opera Chimera by Angélica Negrón; music from the winner of National Sawdust’s inaugural Hildegard Competition, Kayla Cashetta and her band maenu; and work by current and past curators. (Fri-Tue, National Sawdust, 80 N 6th Street, BK, see site for details, $25-$35)
THEATER: Under the Radar Festival
Over the last 15 years, this festival has presented over 229 companies from 42 countries. It has grown into a landmark of the New York City theater season, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are redefining the act of making theater. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, The Public Theater, Lafayette St, see site for details)
THEATER: Prototype Festival 2019
An annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York City and around the world. the fest spotlights the imaginative and dramatic work of 32 lead artists, exploring ideas of mental health, ethnicity, and motherhood, as well as concerns around the public justice system and immigration, via five world premieres, two NY premieres, one US premiere, two works-in-progress, and one tribute concert. (Sat-Thu, this week and next, multiple locations, see site for details, $30-$70)
THEATER: The Infinite Hotel
Rock music and Rube-Goldberg-cinematography collide in a cathartic and inventive music-theatre experience. The Infinite Hotel invites live audiences to become ‘extras’ and step inside an elaborate movie-making machine, producing a one-take feature film together every night. Refreshingly honest, the film’s narrative follows five strangers unknowingly writing music together across space and time, and questions the nature of human interrelatedness, our appetite for visibility, and the creative ideas we accidentally share. (Sat-Thu, this week and next, Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford St, BK, see site for details, $30-$70)
Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways in this thrilling classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and his Monster expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood-or destroy it by their absence. Internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story with Mary Shelley's own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen. (Sat-Thu, this week and next, LuEsther Theater, 425 Lafayette St, see site for details, $30)
FEST: On The Moon Arts - An Intergalactic Variety Festival
Representing the unrepresented and nurturing unusual talents across many genres, whether it be comedy, music, drag, dance, improv, storytelling, talks shows and more. Featuring: The Dance Cartel, Lizz wionstead, Your Lovce Our musical, Ophira Eisenberg, Jessica Rowboat, Dave Hill, Sarah Hartshorne. Hosted by Leah Bennema. With DJ Avg Jo. (Little field, 635 Sackett St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15-$20, 21+)
MUSIC: Mundial Montreal + Drom Showcase
Mundial Montreal is a boutique conference that is a springboard for some of the most exciting world music talent emerging from Canada and beyond, as well as cultivating a rapidly developing network of presenters. Performances by: Okan - A contemporary blend of jazz, Afro-Cuban forms and world rhythms; Quique Escamilla - a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter; Nomad Stones - “mixed-race music wavers between the Africaof the origins and the West of the discoveries, with a style imbued with humanism where the idea of frontier no longer exists.”; and more. (Drom, 85 Ave A, 7pm, FREE)
COMEDY: 13th Annual 50 First Jokes NYC
The annual comedy event celebrates NYC’s standup comedy scene and features a mix of 50 established and up-and-comers presenting the first new joke each has written in the new year. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15 adv/$20 door)
MUSIC: Shelley Thomas
Shelley performs traditional songs from the Mediterranean and Balkans, accompanying herself on the oud (Arabic lute), percussion, and loop station. She incorporates microtonal world vocal styles and improvisation to create a richly ethereal, transportive effect. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 8pm, $10)
MUSIC: Super Yamba
Brooklyn's Super Yamba takes its cues from 70s/80s West-African Afrobeat and Psychedelic Funk - they look back to artists such as Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and Gnonnas all masters of the classic Benin Afro-Funk. legendary singer Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta fronts the band and they have also played with West African musicians such as Ismael Kouyate and Daouda Diane. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 10pm, $10)
WORD: Art of Mourning & Lady Lovelies Curio Present A Memorial Jewelry Lecture
Historical talk by Hayden Peters travelling through 500 years of the history of jewels. A journey of fashion, love, grief, and society with stunning visual examples by one of the foremost experts in the topic. Please join us at Lady Lovelie's Curio to meet with Hayden for refreshments and be guided on an unforgettable learning experience. (Orsay, 1057 Lexington Ave, 2nd fl, 12pm-3pm, $65)
MUSIC: Secret Planet
This year's Secret Planet's lineup continues the tradition of showcasing new talent unlikely to remain secret for very long. It includes artists playing their own version of music from South Africa, Niger, Turkey, Lebanon, Cuba, Greece, Peru and New York. Featuring: Toomai String Quintet with Miss YaYa, Yeni Nostalji, The Bil Afrah Project, Mdou Moctar, Yonatan Gat & the Eastern Medicine Singers, La Mecánica Popular, Greek Judas, and a secret guest. Plus DJ Junf GA and the Independent Grand pop up vinyl shop. (Drom, 85 Ave A, 7pm-2am, $10)
PUPPETS: 4th Annual NYC Shadow Puppet Slam
Enjoy another brilliant selection of shadow performances by local puppet illuminati. Chinese Theater Works' Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin will once more curate an evening of short works ranging across the full spectrum of traditional and cutting edge shadow theater, animation, video and film. (Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, QNS, 7:30pm, $14, 21+)
BURLESQUE: Street Meat: NYC-Style Burlesque and Pole
The wokest burlesque show for the city that never sleeps bringing you their strangest, sexiest, most shocking pieces in a secret venue. Just like NYC, this show will leave you sweaty, stimulated, and with plenty of new material for your therapist. Host: Myka Fox. Featuring: Medea, Mystère Astaire, Olivur, Jonathan McDonald, and Olive TuPartie. There will not be door tickets. You must buy online. (Secret Loft, address with ticket, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $10-$25)
PARTICIPATORY: Temple of the Senses
Be part of an immersive, sensory and transcendental experience where meditation meets live ASMR in a safe, intimate and sensual space. You may experience coming back to yourself and potentially getting closer to the universe and some sort of higher universal consciousness. Your mind may reach a state of complete silence, and your senses may reach dangerous heights. Each experience lasting 1.5 hours is limited to 6 people at a time, and will take place in either Manhattan or Brooklyn. The secret location will be revealed one day prior to the event. (secret location, MH or BK, 4pm- 5:30pm & 7pm-8:30pm, $33)
MUSIC: Sarah Alden Record Release Party
Singer-songwriter Sarah Alden came up professionally an award-winning virtuosic violinist, overflowing with chops and a wildly imaginative aesthetic. In the aftermath of her acclaimed band dissolving, she went on a transformative journey where she discovered a fresh sense of artistic purpose. Now, she releases the boldest album of her career, the intimate and lushly atmospheric, Up To The Sky. (Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, 185 Orchard St, 6:30pm doors/7pm show, $10, 21+)
ART/WORD: Rebel Women - Defying Victorianism
Rebel Women explores the lives of activists like Elizabeth Jennings Graham, an African-American New Yorker who refused to get off a segregated trolley in 1854; professionals like Hetty Green, a wealthy businesswoman and broker branded "the witch of Wall Street"; and working women like Helen Jewett, New York's most prominent courtesan—all of whom challenged the Victorian ideal. Featuring photographs, garments, paintings, and prints from the Museum’s collections, the exhibition brings to light the compelling and often untold stories of the city’s independent, unconventional, and path-breaking women who had an indelible impact on New York’s society, culture, and economy by the turn of the 20th century. (thru 1/6, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St, 10am–6pm, $18)
FILM: Rated X
a 50th anniversary survey of the MPAA’s “X” rating classification, featuring films deemed too sexually explicit for their time. Featuring over 15 cinematic excursions into forbidden sex (real, simulated, and animated). Highlights include: In the Realm of the Senses, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Klute, Maîtresse, Salon Kitty, I Am Curious (Yellow) and more! (thru 1/8, Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St, see site for details, $16)
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, The Morgan Library & Museum, 36th St, see site for details, $20/$13 students & seniors)
THEATER: The Exponential Festival
The only month-long January festival dedicated to New York City-based emerging artists working in experimental performance. The participants in this multi-artist, multi-venue festival are committed to ecstatic creativity in the face of commercialism. Exponential is driven by inclusiveness and a diversity of artists, forms, and ideas coupled with utopian resource-sharing, mentoring and the championing of risky, rigorous work in eclectic fields to keep theatre kicking. (thru 1/31, multiple locations, BK, see site for details)
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, Industry City, 34-34 St, bldg 6, BK, $6-$35)
THEATER: Baba Brinkman's Rap Guides to Evolution, Consciousness, and Climate Chaos
“Peer reviewed rapper” Baba Brinkman takes a deep dive into the neuroscience of human experience, from sensations to hallucinations. Baba's brain consists of tens of billions of neurons, none of which has any idea that he exists. And yet somehow those cells come together to produce a steady stream of ill rhymes and laughs, giving the expression “dropping science” a whole new meaning. Once you’ve seen through the eyes of embryos, octopuses, and self-conscious robots, your sense of reality may not survive intact. (thru 2/13, Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam St, see site for details, $39)
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