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Hooray, Valentine's Day Banya party is back! We just announced on Facebook and put tickets on sale. As always, the mailing list gets an exclusive discount: you early birds get two 9pm tickets for $95 instead of $110 with code "heartsofsteam" - just until Feb 1.
In the meantime, we hope to see you at our Cocktail Experiment + January babies birthday party tonight, where we will be your craft cocktail refuge from the shitshow that is Friday night in a regular bar.
And of course our annual clandestine cabaret, Meet Me in Paris, is coming up on Sat, Feb 16. There are only 16 seats (four tables) at that one, so if you want one of those seats, grab them now.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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
11th Annual Steamy Valentine's Night at the Russian Baths
Tuesday, Feb 14, 7pm-2am, $40+
Brooklyn Banya, 602 Coney Island Ave bet Beverley Rd & Ave C, Kensington, BK
Break out your bikini or swim trunks, and join our hand-picked crowd of artsy, funky (and nearly naked) New Yorkers for the glorious return of Gemini & Scorpio's legendary Russian Baths party.
We will have the banya to ourselves, with a few hand-picked professionals on hand for the optional platzas and massages. Enjoy: Russian, Turkish and Swedish steam rooms, jacuzzi and cold plunge pool; poolside dance floor; rooftop smoking deck; authentic and delicious Russian food in a private restaurant room with a view of the dance floor.
A roaring brass band (TBC) will get you sweating faster than the saunas, and we'll keep the dance floor sizzling with irresistible ethnotek till 2am while we dole out pierogies for everyone. There will be an open vodka bar 9-10pm.
"Best (and Only) Russian-bathhouse Dance Party" - Village Voice "Best of 2006. "A night of steamy fun" -- TimeOutNY "Your Perfect Weekend" pick. "Epic" -- Brooklyn Based.
Only 100 tix available, and the event usually sells out in advance. Three ticket levels: top tier menu & cost TBC (7pm entry + open vodka bar + Russian appetizer spread) /$55 (9pm entry + open vodka bar) / $40 (11pm entry). More details on each ticket tier are on our website.
This is the kind of party you always imagine, but can never quite find in real life...and the only one where you'll come out cleaner than when you came in.
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
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
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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: 1/25-1/31 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
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. (fri-sun, Gallery Players, 199 14th Street, BK, 7:30pm/3pm matinee, $15-$20)
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, secret location, address with ticket purchase, BK, see site for details, $50-$200)
In an overly blow dried room a woman sticks to a folding lounge chair the kind at the pool or sometimes the beach or lake with the vinyl slats that make these gaps that your butt keeps slipping through hers does a lot she has a major wedgie she cannot pick she is largely dead inside. (Fri-Sun, Triskelion Arts Douglas Elliman Studio Theater, 106 Calyer St, BK, 7pm, $16 adv/$20 door)
WORD: Poetry Nap
Slip off your shoes, lie down, relax, and float away to poetry and music of the masters woven into extraordinary, witty and immersive tales guided by Lady and Lord Dosis. While immersed in a fanciful voyage with melodic magnificence, indulge in the treasured words of Pablo Neruda, Joy Harjo, Octavio Paz, James Broughton, Adrian Arias, Michael McClure, Mary Oliver, e e cummings, Gary Snyder, and Uncle Walt Whitman to name but a few. And you can go to sleep if you'd like. If you are napping loudly, that's ok, too; your neighbor may gently give you a kindly nudge. Bring your own camping/yoga mat, blanket, and pillow to lie down most comfortably. Also pjs and robes are welcome if you so desire. Experience a different chapter each night. Only 20 tix for each performance. (Fri & Sat 8:30pm/Sun 4pm & 7pm, Torn Page, 435 W 22nd St, $20)
PUPPETS: Emily Brown and the Thing
How will Emily Brown ever get to sleep with The Thing making such a racket?! A friendly but woeful creature, The Thing has lost his Cuddly in the Dark and Scary Wood and won't stop crying. Plucky, brave and determined to save the day, Emily and her trusty sidekick, Stanley the rabbit, leap into action. Production Company “Tall Stories” returns with an epic, imaginative musical adventure adapted from the popular picture book by Neal Layton and award-winning author Cressida Cowell. (Sat/Sun, this week and next, The New Victory Theater, 209 W 42nd St, see site for details, $25-$30, all ages)
PERFORMANCE: The Exponential Festival 2019: Sexless Cocaine Weekend/Secrets of Green-Wood
The Exponential Festival is thrilled to present two fascinating theatrical journeys on one hot bill!
Secrets of Green-Wood: Cynthia goes to Green-Wood Cemetery to see an art installation in the cemetary that invites guests to place a secret in an underground capsule, to be dug up and burned later. By Sarah Krasnow. Puppets designed by Shannon Iriarte, Virginia Wang and Emma Wiseman. Music by James Ilgenfritz. Performed by Sarah Krasnow, Stephanie Sleeper, and James Ilgenfrtiz. Sexless Cocaine Weekend: Brad Brad and Diamond Lily, two staggeringly unqualified bureaucrats, find themselves suddenly tasked with heading the new American Anti-Violence League. Created by Abigail Entsminger, Seth Timothy Larson and Scott Ries. (Wed/Thu, The Brick, 579 Metropolitan, BK, 8pm, $20)
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! (3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole St, BK, see site for details, 21+)
VARIETY: Switch n' Play: Vamp
Renowned Brooklyn drag collective Switch n’ Play brings you this third annual celebration of all things queer, bloodthirsty, and decadent. An award-winning cast of queer and trans artists explores the radical power and pleasures of vampire mythology through innovative drag and burlesque performances that will send chills down your spine and shivers through your soul. Starring Divina GranSparkle, K.James, Miss Malice, Nyx Nocturne, Pearl Harbor, Vigor Mortis, and Zoe Ziegfeld, alongside guest artists Vander Von Odd, Miscallaneous Dom Top, and more to be announced. (National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St, BK, 10pm doors/10:30pm show, $20-$25)
BURLESQUE/FUNDRAISER: Birthday Battleship Burlesque
It's that time of year again where Raina Sinclair turns a year older and celebrates another burlesqueaversiary! The Battleship concept from last year is back meaning you donate your dollars by coming up and calling out numbers to try and sink ships on a board. When a ship is sunk, a performer performs! All proceeds from this benefit will be going to the charity so come out, have a good time, and support a good cause! With performances by Maggie McMuffin, Debra Delorean, Queue Magister, Shay Au Lait, Scarlett Cerise, Taffeta Punk, Bunny Smiles, Mina Minou, Ms. Sugar Mamasota, and Raina Sinclair. Kittening by Danger Lane. DJing by Stormageddon. Proceeds go to Sexworker's Outreach Project Behind Bars, an organization specifically focused on helping those who have been incarcerated because of unjust criminal charges. (Pratt Institute Writing Center Community Space, 424 Classon Ave, BK, 7:30pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Idiotarod XV - The search for questions
An annual event that puts a satirical creative spin on the famous and totally unrelated dogsled race in Alaska. Instead of dogs with sleds, Idiotarod NYC features costume-clad teams of people with elaborately themed shopping carts, and instead of the brutal landscape of the frozen tundra, the race takes place on the streets of New York City. It is, however, usually really friggin' cold. For registrations form to race email: idiotarodnyc at gmail. (Location released to registrants only the night before the event (in or close to Manhattan), 12pm, $5 per team member/FREE to cheer--or sabotage?--from the sidelines, rain or sleet or shine)
PARTICIPATORY: Free Improv Drop-In Class
Always wanted to give improv a try? Now’s your chance in a fun, fast-paced sampler. Learn, meet new people, hang out! No previous experience necessary. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, address with rsvp, 2pm, FREE, 18+)
PARTY: Japan Night NYC 新年会 -New Year Party 2019
Come celebrate the beginning of 2019. Make new friends, find language exchange partner, and experience Japanese culture! Performers from Japan and NYC and Jpop & Kpop, too. Find a language exchange partner. Perfect for Anime and Manga lovers. Delicious food&drinks at the bar. (The Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston St, 3pm-6pm, $10-$20, 21+)
MUSIC: The Values & Pinc Louds, plus Grayhunter & Cosmonaut Radio
The Values understand there is a singular magic about the combination of synthesizers and the human voice. It’s a city sound, sexy and rich and forward moving. Pinc Louds is an imaginary rock band fronted by Puerto Rican composer and singer Claudi. Pinc Louds shows are known for being infectiously joyous and energetic with a sprinkling of dark theatricality. Influences range from Violent Femmes and Billie Holiday to Tito Puente and the Pixies. Grayhunter is “some sort of rock band from NYC.” (Knitting Factory Brooklyn, 361 Metropolitan Ave, BK, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, $10, all ages)
PARTY: A Hartstop Affair at Rubulad (i)
A wild array of music, vendors and more at a bushwick wonderland, featuring very talented friends! Music by Material Girls, Berno, Winnebago Vacation, Chocolate Brown, Matt Gibbs (of Evolfo), Sam R. (Glassio / Biomes / Dolphin Arcade) and more! Food by Brooklyn Kitchen Beast. Stick n Pokes by Grace. Jewelry by Prince Peacock. Creations by St Lona Arts. (Rubulad, DM for address, BK, 8pm, $10, 21+)
VARIETY: Fireside Mystery Theatre
Join host Ali Silva and company for an evening of dark entertainment: strange and thrilling original dramas, along with live music and comic sketches performed in the style of old-time radio broadcasts. (The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St, 4:30pm doors/5pm show, $10 adv/$15 door, 21+)
MUSIC: Todd Reynolds, Radio Wonderland, Plus I-Vt B2B Retcon, Salenta The Selecta
Todd Reynolds is an American violinist, composer, and conductor well known for his work with amplified violin and electronics. Radio Wonderland is Joshua Fried, performing solo live sound processing by drumming on old shoes and manipulating a steering wheel. All the sounds originate from an old boombox, playing radio live. Nothing is pre-recorded; anything picked up during the performance is fair game until the end. (H0L0, 1090 Wyckoff Ave, QNS, 7pm-11pm, $8, 21+)
PARTICIPATORY: Ice Ball 2019
The Simulacrum of Yore Society's Committee What Makes the Ice Ball requests the honor of your company at the grand ballroom at Bryant Park. Do please bring your sartorially superb self, and consorts, cohorts, and colleagues. Dress Code: impressionist formal. Do please note: your attire itself determines your very attendance of the ball. Rent skates or bring your own pair. Bring or buy a lock to secure your belongings in a locker. Date subject to change in response to weather, and other hazards. (Skating Rink and Pavilion, Bryant Park, 7pm-9pm, Free-$30)
FILM/MUSIC: Arts Brookfield's Silent Films/Live Music: The Kid (1921)
In Charlie Chaplin's first full-length film as a director, Chaplin plays a petty criminal who finds and raises an abandoned baby as his own. With live music by Marc Ribot. Seating is first-come, first-served. (Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St, 7:30pm, FREE)
VARIETY: Winterlust 2019
BrennSelle presents Baile Noir WinterLust: a spicy, wintery night of theatrical belly dance, aerial arts, and other innovative dance performances to delightfully melt you. (The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, $20 adv/$25 door, 21+)
VARIETY: Joey Arias: Strange Fruit
Drag legend channels trailblazing vocalist Billie Holiday in a revival of his critically acclaimed show 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. (Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42 St, 7pm, $23-$45, $20 food/drink min)
FILM/MUSIC: Arts Brookfield's Silent Films/Live Music: Nosferatu (1922)
Directed by F. W. Murnau, Nosferatu continues to be one of the most influential horror films of all time featuring actor Max Schreck as the iconic vampire villain Count Orlok. With live music by Irene & Linda Buckley. Seating is first-come, first-served. (Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St, 7:30pm, FREE)
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PERFORMANCE/PUPPETS/CIRCUS: New Victory LabWorks Accepting Applications - Deadline Feb 1
The New Victory Theater’s “LabWorks” is seeking applications from New York City-based artists and companies interested in creating new work for family audiences in the areas of theater, dance, music, circus, puppetry arts and other performing arts. LabWorks offers selected artists a stipend, ample dedicated rehearsal space in the New 42nd Street Studios and the possibility of holding Open Rehearsals for industry professionals, fellow artists and New Victory Member families.
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)
THEATER/PARTICIPATORY: The Mortality Machine
This is an immersive theatre experience that combines live-action roleplay and site specific dance to allow you, the participants, to become the protagonists of the story. You'll make meaningful choices that have unique consequences, and confront and reflect on your own views about what happens after death. This intimate experience only allows 20 guests a night. The Mortality Machine contains: depictions of medical procedures, depictions of death and grieving, and profanity. It is not suitable for children under the age of 18. (thru 2/24, Wildrence, 59 Canal St, see site for details, $125)
ART: Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth
The exhibition will be the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations. Drawn from the collections of the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library (Oxford), Marquette University Libraries (Milwaukee), the Morgan, and private lenders, the exhibition will include family photographs and memorabilia, Tolkien’s original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts, and designs related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. Admission is on a first-come first-served basis. Costumes permitted, no masks wizard staffs, axes, bow and arrows, or swords. (thru 5/12, The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave, see site for details, $22)
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