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2019 may have just begun, but you know Valentine's Day is just around the corner. We're excited to announce the return of our annual date-night clandestine cabaret, Meet Me in Paris, on Sat, Feb 16. Show girls, burlesque, live music, magic, and so much more. Tickets are now on sale.
We know you're dying to find out, but no, we don't know yet whether we can do our annual Banya & brass band throwdown this year. We're working on it, though.
In the meantime, we hope you join us for tropical beats and vintage Vegas vibes at next week's Castaways Casino Club, and The Cocktail Experiment craft cocktail night the Friday after that. Full invites for all events are below.
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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
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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
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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.
Gemini & Scorpio
Meet Me in Paris: a clandestine cabaret
Saturday, Feb 16, $20 until 1am ($40 w/table reservation), $10 after, 21+ (25+ suggested)
9-10pm cocktail hour, 10pm-1am live acts, 1am-4am dancing & lounging
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
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A clandestine French cabaret with sensuous live music, sultry burlesque and variety acts, followed by late-night dancing and lounging in our softly-lit loft, absinthe and other special libations at the bar, and kissing on the sprawling roof. Our house band will be playing three full sets to swoon, sway and dance to, with deliciously naughty performances in between. It's also our annual Birthday celebration: we turn 17 this year!
- Three sets of vintage danceable French gems by Avalon Jazz Band
- Risqué burlesque by Nina La Voix
- Daring duo acts by Dame Cuchifrita and Edie Nightcrawler
- Hosted by dashing & dangerous magician Eric Walton
- Nouvelle chanson to electro-swing mix by DJ Poodlecannon (Marc Nasdor)
- Love & compatibility tarot readings by Marcy Currier
Dress code (as usual, required): Cabaret through the ages (turn-of-century Belle Époque La Goulue cabaret, 1920s Josephine Baker cabaret, 1930s Marlene Dietrich cabaret, 1940s Edith Piaf cabaret, 1950s Jacques Brel cabaret, 60s and beyond cabaret lounge, anachronistic punk cabaret); "Cabaret" the movie; vintage or modern high style; dressy & classy.
Tables: We have four tables with four seats each that can be reserved. Those tickets are sold in pairs for $80 ($40 ea).
Press: "A Pigalle-style playground with can can dancers, cabaret acts and vintage gypsy jazz" - TimeOut NY. "If there's one team of party planners we trust with throwing a stunning clandestine French cabaret, it's Gemini & Scorpio." - Flavorpill.
/// NYC EVENTS: 1/11-1/17 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
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. (Fri 7pm/Sat 2pm, LuEsther Theater, 425 Lafayette St, $30)
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. Q&A after Friday performance. (Fri/Sat, Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford St, BK, see site for details, $30-$70)
PUPPETS: Plexus Polaire’s "Chambre Noire"
A wild hallucination around the death-bed of Valerie Jean Solanas: the most beautiful girl in America, the talented psychology student who spent her life going in and out of mental institutions, the first intellectual whore, writer, radical feminist, creator of the SCUM Manifesto, the woman who shot Andy Warhol. A character that is complex, multi-sided, outrageous, and absolutely human. With life-sized puppets, broken songs, video-projections, a good dose of humor, and a desert of solitude. Inspired by Sara Stridsberg novel The Dream Faculty. Featuring puppeteer Yngvild Aspeli and percussionist Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen. Warning: This performance contains adult content and implied nudity through the use of lifelike puppets. (Fri-Sun, Under the Radar 2019 at The Public, 425 Lafayette St, see site for details, $25-$30)
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-Sun, 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. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, see site for details, $30-$70)
PERFORMANCE: Breaking Surface
Journey to realms unknown and be led on an acrobatic adventure of childhood delight over a darkly flooded stage. Presented by 5th Wall Studio, this creation by Gwyneth Larsen & William Mulholland seamlessly blends dynamic physicality and theatrical genres. “A thrilling multi-faceted performance of incredible skill and poetic beauty,” says BroadwayWorld.com Take flight, commit to the unknown. There is also a pre-show venue that will be emailed to you after ticket purchase. Do not be late! (thru 1/27, fri-sun, secret location, address with ticket purchase, BK, see site for details, $50-$200)
PERFORMANCE: Black Box New Play Festival
The Gallery Players’ signature festival of new works by both new and established playwrights. Now in its 22nd year, the festival will premiere 11 new plays over the course of three weekends. There will be a talk back with the playwrights directly after the Sunday matinees. (thru 1/24, thurs-sun, Gallery Players, 199 14th St, BK, 7:30pm/3pm matinee, $15-$20)
EVENT: The 3rd Annual Return To The Light
This year will be a masquerade ball, as you will be transforming and dancing with the transitional energies of the New Year. Featuring mini-sessions with tarot and palm readers, live music, and community. Come dressed in winter finery, masks will be provided. Presented by The Daughters Collective, a group of multi-disciplinary women artists come together to combine ritual, performance art, and high-vibrational divinatory mediums into an unforgettable evening of connection and manifestation. (Minka Brooklyn, 1120 Washington Ave, 3rd Floor, BK, 7:30pm doors/8pm ritual/9pm afterparty, $5-$15)
PUPPETS: Four Seasons
A fusion of classical and traditional Chinese aesthetic genres (poetry, music, dance, opera and puppetry) with contemporary shadow theater technique. Conceived and created by the award-winning ensemble, Chinese Theatre Works, it is a vivid, living animation that transcends language and cultural barriers and celebrates the universal cycles of seasons and life passages. (Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, QNS, 2pm, $14)
MUSIC/COMMUNITY: Extinction Rebellion NYC Mass Meeting
Started in the UK, XR has already had significant impact using nonviolent direct action (NVDA) designed to pressure governments and other sectors of society to address climate change immediately. The interactive and informative event will include music and song, presentations on the current goals & principles of the XR movement, how to get involved, as well as context and inspiration about how to fit into the global XR movement. Featuring music and events from Hawk Newsome, RevBilly & Stop Shopping Choir, Monica Hunken, Andrei Matorin, and 13yr old climate activist, Alexandria Villasenor. There will also be breakout sessions and planning for the National Day of Actionon January 26. The Quaker Meeting House is a sacred space and has a strict policy against any food or drink. (Religious Society of Friends, 15 Rutherford Pl, 2pm, FREE-$20, all ages)
SHOP/PERFORMANCE: Tarot Society Social
Tarot Society readers, vending and energy healing followed by live performances and a Winter meditation ritual and music and readings from Songs for the Spirits, Chris Carr from Brooklyn Wildlife, Jarvis Earnshaw and Jane Le Croy. In the Divination Lounge: founder Darcey Leonard will be reading Tarot and Palmistry joined by Lee Wilson reading Tarot, Jessica Reidy reading Tarot and Palmistry, Lynn Sabulski reading Tarot and Vanessa Cleary reading astrology. Makaela is coming to do mini Reiki sessions and Took Edelow will be doing facepainting. Buzz to get in. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. (Opera Lofts Bushwick, 27 Arion Pl #106, 4pm-10pm, $10)
MUSIC: Frenchy & the Punk, with DustBowl Faeries and Charming Disaster
Charming Disaster was formed in 2012 by Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris. Inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir storytelling of Raymond Chandler, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, the dramatic flair of the cabaret, and the various kinds of trouble a couple of people can get into with a ukulele and a guitar. Dust Bowl Faeries perform an eclectic repertoire of songs draw inspiration from circus, post-punk, Gypsy and Eastern European folk music. Accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lap-steel, guitar and percussion combine to create an otherworldly sound. Founded by Ryder Cooley and Hazel, a taxidermy ram and featurning Rubi LaRue, JoAnn Stevelos, Jon B. Woodin and Liz Logudice. Frenchy and the Punk was formed by singer Samantha Stephenson and live looping guitarist Scott Helland, their sound is an eclectic mix of dark cabaret & indie rock. A carnival of two that will take you from the Moulin Rouge to CBGBs and back again. (Coney Island Baby NYC, 169 Avenue A, 6:30pm doors/7pm show, $10)
Neo-Pop Erotica for the Masses! Curated by Matt Myers, aka Eronin, the event spotlights five artists working with modern concepts of eroticism and desire, and how it is vital right now. Featuring Eronin, Fernando Carpaneda, Ellen Stagg, Martina Secondo Russo and Anna Park celebrating all forms of intimacy; untethered, unabashed, and unbound. (MF Gallery, 213 Bond St, BK, 7pm-10pm, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: Cookie Tongue at Pete's Candy Store
Cookie Tongue has sailed back across the seas from a little trip and exhibition in Tel Aviv. From the misty forests of the subconscious they are bringing their live experience to the magical caravan stage. Spectacle, specteres, puppets, art objects that play sounds with shadow and light, dance and little secret slips from the unknown. (Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St, 10pm, FREE)
PARTY: Spectrum: The Closing party
It has been one long lucid Dream and now the space ship departs in search of new projects and creation. Come take flight. DJs: Volvox, FNV (Michael Magnan & JT Almon), A Village Raid, William Francis, Nerea, Pure Immanence, plus surprise performances. Hosted by: gage of the boone, Elan Diva, Kenni Javon, Fernando, Orlando Tirado, Daniel Leyva (FIST), and more. This event is a fundraiser for moving expenses/ potential future endeavors. To those who are able to give generously, there will be Donation Boxes at the door bars and coatcheck. Free before 11pm. (The Spectrum, 10-22 Wyckoff Ave, QNS, 10pm, $15 before 1am/$20 before 3am/$25 after)
PARTICIPATORY: Global No Pants Subway Ride 2019
This is an annual event staged by Improv Everywhere held every January in New York City. Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants behave as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants. All are invited to participate. Requirements for participation: 1) Willing to take pants off on subway. 2) Able to keep a straight face about it. Bring a backpack and a metro card. Do not bring: A camera (we'll have several photographers on hand). Wear: Normal winter clothes (hat, gloves, etc). (Six meeting points -- see site for details, 3pm, FREE)
PARTY: No Pants Official After Party
Free hot chocolate and pizza will be served to the first 150 guests. After riding with 5,000 of your closest pantless friends, enjoy two hot, sweaty dance floors to shake your ass! DJs will be serving up a sweltering mix of hip-hop, electro, funk classics, disco and EDM. Underpants-shaking beats from DJs Panta Leon and Shakey. Plus pantless dance performances, art installations, and performance art. No-pants dress code, pants check available. (Bar 13, 35 East 13th, 5pm-11pm, $15, 21+)
SHOP: Thrift On! Clothing & Stuff swap party
Bring in your old clothes and stuff to donate to the rummage tables! Take home items free from the piles of booty! DJ Shakey and special guests play throwback tunes and amuse you. Note to all vintage clothing store "pickers", flea marketers, and resellers of any kind: you are NOT welcome at this event and you will be bounced. (The Keep, 205 Cypress Ave, QNS, 8pm, FREE)
BURLESQUE: Hot Mama Burlesque!
A troupe of all Burly-Q Breeders in various stages of motherhood: from pregnancy to empty-nesters! This group of multitasking mothers are bringing their secret talents to the stage for your extreme entertainment. Featuring Camillicious, MacKenzie Moltov, Elena Delgado, Kristen Minsky, Poison Ivory, Kat Mon Dieu, Ivie League, Little Brooklyn, and Abby Fantastic. (The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St, 7pm doors/8pm show, $20, 21+)
VARIETY: The Fuck You Revue: Boi Crazi
High femme boss, Qualms Galore, is celebrating a birthday - and it's lady's choice. To celebrate, she has selected a bevy of bois of all stripes to perform for her delight and amusement - and yours, too. It’s a masc-erade! Featuring: Qualms Galore, Nasty Canasta, Tiger Bay, Misc Allaneous DomTop, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Bunnie Buxomm, Vigor Mortis, Nyx Nocturne, Zoe Ziegfeld, Fancy Feast, and introducing Amuse Bouche's annoying baby brother, Taylor Ham. Plus DJ Ron Fpod. (Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, 9pm doors/9:30pm show, sugg $10)
PARTICIPATORY: Shots in the Saloon - A Wild West Murder Mystery Experience
Come play detective for a night at an interactive Wild West murder mystery game event. You and your fellow players will be deputized to investigate the murder of a most unfortunate cowboy. In between scenes performed by our team, players are set loose to interrogate shady suspects, search for clues, and solve puzzles in order to catch the murderer. No experience necessary, just show up ready to scheme and sleuth. (Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 GreenPoint Ave, BK, 8pm doors/9pm murder, $22)
BURLESQUE: HardCore Burlesque
A queer fetish variety show that showcases all types of performers and genders. Misc Allaneousllaneous presents a fetish variety show starring Nyx Nocturne, Holly Ween, Holly Kuna, Miss Vivian, Kendra Warmolts, and Esmerelda May. Stage subs Antony Grey and Nick Browne. 90s Music, burlesque, drag, fetish performers, raffle prizes, and amazing fetish auction. Everyone that attends the show must respect all performers and guest or you will be asked to leave. (Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, 9:30pm doors/10pm show, $10)
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)
PARTICIPATORY: The Infinite Love Party
An intentional barefoot potluck dinner party, dance party, and sleepover brought to you by performing artist Diana Oh and co-creative director Kevin Hourigan. A celebration of soul awakening where queer magic can do its healing. A space for bare humanity to exist- where you will leave kinder and more open, more connected to your purpose, your bodies, and hearts. Dance Party featuring DJ Nessuno! Aphrodisiac tee and barefoot finger painting! A limited number of sleepover tickets will be available each night. BYOB (bring your own blanket) Dress Code: as loud and proud or as low and slow as you want to go. Bring items you no longer need to donate to The Swamp, and a dish for the potluck. Dope Motherf*cker award given each night to a different person/organization who has made amazing contributions in the realms of sex, queerness, and collective liberation. (thru 2/2, Fri/Sat, The Bushwick Starr, BK, 7:30pm doors/8pm, $25/$35 sleepover)
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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