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Who's ready to get tropical tonight? We hope to see you at our vintage Vegas inspired faux-sino with tropical beats and drinks, Castaways Casino Club.
Coming up after that:
- Next Fri 1.25: The Cocktail Experiment + January babies birthday party
- Sat, 2.16: our annual clandestine cabaret, Meet Me in Paris, with live music, dancers, burlesque, magic and more.
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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.
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
- Can Can and more by our colorful G&S dancers
- 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: 1/18-1/24 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
MUSIC: The 2019 Zlatne Uste Golden Festival
Come celebrate 34 years of live Balkan, Roma “Gypsy” music and beyond. The festival is hosted by Zlatne Uste Brass Band and features dozens of live bands playing on five stages! Afterparty on Saturday at Jalopy Theater in Red Hook featuring The Aqua Sisters Duo Doinas and Prima Donnas, Novi Hitovi, Sarma, and of course, Cocek Nation. Children under 12 get in free. (Fri/Sat, The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave, BK, see site for details, $30-$80/pay as you can for afterparty)
THEATER: OSCAR at The Crown
Sequins, reality television, and the complete works of Oscar Wilde: not much else survives in a secret bunker far in the fascist future. The event is an immersive nightclub musical detailing the rise and fall of one of history's most flamboyant characters. AND it’s about the Real Housewives and a minor character from that show The O.C. It’s also about staring at phones, wondering if the latest Instagram is going to flop and if the bombs have started flying yet. See you on the dance floor! Wear something cool! (Fri/Sat/Thu, this week and next, 3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole St, BK, see site for detials, 21+)
ART: The Outsider Art Fair
The fair concentrates specifically on self-taught art and presenting works by acknowledged masters and such living artists as George Widener, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Shinichi Sawada, Christine Sefolosha and Luboš Plný. Soon recognized for its maverick spirit, OAF plays a vital role in nurturing a passionate collecting community and broader recognition for outsider art in the contemporary art arena. (fri-sun, Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 W. 18th St, 11am, $27-$53)
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! (Fri-Sun, this weekend and next, secret location, address with ticket purchase, BK, see site for details, $50-$200)
THEATER: The Million Underscores Presents: The Third Man
A homoerotic performance-noir for two actors, a projectionist, and two audience members. A cinematic environment through the triangulation of three different mediums: vocal narration, physical performance and overhead projections. It is a story of desire, obsession, and mystery set in a Metropolis inundated with fog. Seats for these performances are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance. Two audience members per performance. To reserve seats please email themillionunderscores@PROTECTED. (Sat/Sun, Vital Joint, 109 Meserole St, BK, see site for details, $20 adv/$25 door with RSVP)
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. (Thurs-Sun,Gallery Players, 199 14th Street, BK, 7:30pm/3pm matinee, $15-$20)
VARIETY: The No Ring Circus presents Repent
New Orleans' returns for a full set of revivalist sideshow. Join The Good Reverend Doctor Professor Elucius Clay, Eli Rose, Daphne Rose, Madame Rosebud, and Matt Duckett. (El Cortez, 17 Ingraham St, 8pm, $10)
COMMUNITY: Women's March on NYC (Official)
This is the official Women's March on NYC hosted by the organizers of both the 2017 & 2018 Women's March on NYC. The March will immediately following the rally and end when the last marcher crosses 6th Ave & 45th Street. (10 Columbus Circle, 10am line up/11am march, FREE)
FILM: Cartoon Carnival #75: All Stars
The 75th program! It's time to sit back and relax for another hefty batch of 16mm (no digital!) animated cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives to the silver screen. From Felix the Cat and Koko the Clown to Betty Boop, Popeye, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and Bugs Bunny, among others, there will be smiles and laughs abounding. Bring all your knee-slapping friends and family out to enjoy these greats of yesteryear the way they were meant to be seen: projected on film. Live ragtime accompaniment by Charlie Judkins for select silent-era shorts. Bar refreshments and light food available. Please support the venue. (389 Melrose St, BK, 6pm, $10)
FILM: Cartoon Carnival 75: All Stars
It's time to sit back and relax for another hefty batch of 16mm (no digital!) animated cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives to a secret silver screen! The "All Stars" theme will feature some of the biggest, bestest, and brightest animated cartoon stars of the 1920s to 1940s. From Felix the Cat and Koko the Clown to Betty Boop, Popeye, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and Bugs Bunny, among others, there will be smiles and laughs abounding. Bring all your knee-slapping friends and family out for this rare opportunity to enjoy these cartoon greats of yesteryear the way they were meant to be seen: projected on film. Program also features live ragtime accompaniment by Charlie Judkins for select silent-era shorts. Bar refreshments and light food available, i.e. hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. (389 Melrose St, BK, 6pm, $10)
PERFORMANCE: Arts On Site Performance Party
A monthly event that provides artists with a platform to share their work and encourages collaboration among a community of art enthusiasts. The event features a selection of eight performing artists from music, dance, theater, and the healing arts. The event also includes visual art with free prints from a select visual artist. BYOB with a donation bar serving beer. (Arts on Site, 12 St Marks Pl, Studio 3F, 8pm doors/9pm show, $10 door sugg)
PARTY: Rubulad Presents The XX Factor
Live music by The Pussy Grabs Back Band, Ratas En Zelo, Lord Youth, and Pinkie Promise. With your Emcee Ashley Brockington and more! Dj Shakey. Projections by The Sperm Whale NYC. Feminist Karaoke by Le Noize. Mike Flaherty’s Art Hole. Delicious Veg and Vegan Pizza by Traze. Tarot Readings by Blue June Tarot. Adornments by Prince Peacock. Scrumptious Shades by Smiley Goods. Dress as a bad@ss! RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for address. (Rubulad, secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 8:30 pm doors/9pm show, $15/$10 adv or before 10pm)
BURLESQUE: The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque’s 8th Annual Miss Twin Peaks Pageant
The most coveted honor in this little town where a yellow light still means slow down, not speed up. It is all the things everyone has come to love: Schäffer the Darklord rapping his original song “A David Lynch Movie”, our audience participation challenge, Chug-a-lug Donna, and burlesque performances by many of the characters from Twin Peaks - both the original and The Return on Showtime! This is a special show to celebrate the January birthdays of both David Lynch & TPR producer, Francine. You never know who may show up onstage or in the audience. Costumes always encouraged! (Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette St, 11pm doors/11:30pm show, $25/$20 adv)
FOOD/PARTICIPATORY: Brooklyn Soup Takedown 2019! The Soupening
Cooks from all over NYC come together in one place, with their favorite soup recipe for you to try! For the price of one ticket, try all the soups and come back for seconds and thirds, until you decide for yourself what the best soup is! There's gonna be chowders, romans, split pea, and whatever other soups these amazing cooks decide to offer. Email Matt@PROTECTED to enter, or more info! (Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave, BK, 2pm-4pm, $25)
THEATER/BURLESQUE: Non Serviam
An evening of theater and burlesque to raise money for The Satanic Temple's national Religious Reproductive Rights Campaign. Consistent with the tenets that call for bodily autonomy and acting in accordance with the best scientific evidence available, TST religiously objects to many of the restrictions that states have enacted that interfere with abortion access. TST is taking many steps on behalf of members and those who share beliefs to establish exemptions from laws that do not promote the health and safety of patients and violate conscience and beliefs. Produced and hosted by The Satanic Temple NYC. Featuring theatrical performance by The Wulfstan Group and burlesque by Zoe Diamond, Melissa Saurus Wrecks, Star, and Chartruice. (Lucky 13 Saloon, 644 Sackett St, BK, 6pm-10pm, $22, 21+)
COMMUNITY: Infinite Love Party Presents: Racial Justice Volunteer Fair
This space is created for you to familiarize yourself with local organizations and take action in creating meaningful engagement in your community. You will have the option to explore various organizations and find one that best matches your availability and interests. The event brings together information and representatives from several criminal justice reform organizations for an information swap and closing discussion workshop. There will be information on the following organizations: Black and Pink Project, Pen Project, SWOP Behind Bars, Vocal New York, Bronx Freedom Fund, Criminal Justice Accountability Project, Court Watch NYC, Custom Collaborative, and Brooklyn Defender. Snacks will be provided by Cash Only BBQ. This space is a dry & barefoot space. (The Bushwick Starr, 207 Starr St, BK, 6pm-8pm, FREE)
CIRCUS: Bindlestiff Cirkus at the Mirror Room
A non stop variety show experience that may feature internationally acclaimed magicians, gender bending jugglers, circus legends, trained rats, clown bands, aerial artists, sideshow performers, living cartoons, physical comedy, contortionists, performance artists, and more. This is a show always filled with glorious surprises, exquisite failures, and stunning success. Come to the new spiegeltent for a night of variety that goes beyond a simple song and dance. Hosted by Keith "Bindlestiff" Nelson, the show celebrates the evolution of variety arts and the artist. (The Mirror Room at Big Apple Circus, 155 W 62nd St, 7pm, $25)
VARIETY: Joey Arias: Strange Fruit
Drag legend Joey Arias channels trailblazing vocalist Billie Holiday in a revival of his critically acclaimed show “Strange Fruit”-- praised by The New York Times, The New Yorker and many more. A must-see show for all fans of drag. VIP tickets include reserved seating and a meet-and-greet. There is also a $20 food/drink minimum at all performances at this venue. (thurs, this week and next, Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42 St, 7pm, $23-$45)
FUNDRAISER: Roe v. Wade Forever!
DONATE HERE: latinainstitute.secure.nonprofitsoapbox.com/calendar/140
Party with a Purpose for Latinx Power and Reproductive Justice! Comedy by Dee Nasty and Emma Ramos & Irene Lucio. Music by Viva Ruiz, MPeach, The Weekend Ladies, Jennifer Vanilla, and Brujas. Live drawing by Girlfriends. Interactive performance by The Fifth Vital Sign. 90s dance floor takeover by Viva Body Roll and The Haus Of Sweat. Stand up for Reproductive Justice by showing up for a raucous night! Mark Roe v. Wade’s 46th anniversary by raising funds for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH). NLIRH builds Latina power to guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice. VIP ticket holders get a free beverage, swag bag awash in fabulous feminist goodies, raffle tickets, and the pleasure of knowing that they are contributing more to a worthy cause and are therefore very important. (Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, BK, 7:30pm-1:30am, $15 adv/$20 door/$50 VIP)
WORD/VARIETY: Bushwick Book Club 10th Anniversary Vonnegut Extravaganza
Celebrate the start of the new year with songs, art and snacks inspired by a work of Kurt Vonnegut “Slapstick.” Yes, there will be a puppet show. And cake. And a cartoon. And a cartoon cake. Musical performances by Janie Barnett, Ellia Bisker, Rembert Block, Gary Burton, Pierre de Gaillande, John S. Hall, Susan Hwang, Jessie Kilguss, Phoebe Kreutz, Doug Linse, Charlie Nieland, Leah Spaulding, and Ariel Starling. Visual art by Lisa Barnstone. Puppetshow by Karen Zasloff with Stephanie Larriere. Cartoon by Sara Lautman. Cake by Angela Carlucci. (Mirror in the Woods, 575 Union St, #A, BK, 7:30pm, $10)
WORD: Drunk Science presents: Volcanoes
Funny people, smart people, a theme and lots of drinks creates the foundation for this recurring show of wit and wisdom. (Little field, 635 Sacket St, BK, 8pm, $5-$8, 21+)
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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