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With Valentine's madness behind us, we're looking forward to tonight and next Saturday.
- Tonight - The Cocktail Experiment has Miss Scorpio digging out the craziest craft cocktail ingredients for your imbibing pleasure. Come challenge her with your own ingredient, or just enjoy whatever insanity flows from the bar.
- Next Sat, March 2 - Brooklyn Mardi Gras! You know how we love a brass band bash. This should be one for the books, with at least 40 musicians cramming into the loft. Remember that you have until *Monday* to reserve food options: traditional and/or vegetarian gumbo and King Cake straight from New Orleans.
Save the date! We're working on band confirmation for our annual Swing House 1920s speakeasy on Sat, March 16.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini & Scorpio
The Cocktail Experiment + February Babies Birthday Party
Fri, Feb 22 (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 Feb? 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
Brooklyn Mardi Gras
Saturday, March 2, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
$18 adv incl a slice of King Cake / $35 adv incl traditional or vegetarian gumbo and a slice of King Cake / $20-25 sliding scale door, if avail
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
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Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #brooklynmardigras
Dance your beads off to killer brass bands and enjoy authentic NoLA cocktails at the bar. Find the baby in the King Cake, and be king for the night: you get a crown, mask, beads and a drink ticket. Wear your glittering best and take advantage of our Sassy Selfie Station, with boas, masks and other fun props.
- 12am - The L Train Brass Band - a 30-person crew awarded Best Music Group at 2018 Coney Island Mermaid Parade, cranking out a wild mix of NoLA jazz, Latin, Balkan, hip hop, funk, R&B and pop.
- 11pm - Antimatterhorns - blending New Orleans-style second line jazz with pop sensibilities, and dedicated to making you dance.
- 10pm - Dingonek Street Band - New Orleans-style second line jazz meets Afrobeat and Ethio-jazz
If you reserve your tickets by Feb 25, you can get in on direct-from-Louisiana deliciousness: either a slice of King Cake, or cake plus a heaping plate of traditional or vegetarian gumbo. Food is served 9-10pm.
Costume suggestions: masks, costumes, purple, gold, green, glitter, beads! We will have some masks available for sale, as well.
100% of ticket proceeds go to musicians; please be as generous as you can afford.
/// NYC EVENTS: 2/22-2/28 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
SHOP: Park Slope United Methodist Church’s 26th Annual Book Sale
Called “one of the most beloved annual events in the neighborhood,” the Book Sale enters its 2nd quarter-century and bibliophiles of every age and demographic are assured to discover treasures, mostly priced at $1 or $2. Each year, more than 10,000 books in fine, gently-used condition are sold during the four days of the massive annual sale. In addition, families will find children’s classics, picture and chapter books, games and puzzles. Along with the thousands of CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records, there’s always a smattering of sheet music, maps, ephemera and arcana. Sunday special prices: Buy 5 items at regular price; all additional items are $1 unless specially-marked. (Fri-Sun, Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 Sixth Ave, BK, see site for details, FREE-$5)
ART: The Canvas Project 2018 “Everything We Know”
A visual encyclopedia compiled by creative people from around the world, completed on mini canvases. As a kickoff to this challenge, the artist community contributed words that are meant to inspire and energize their fellow artists. Inside each participant’s box, they received a word sent from one of the thousands of artists from the creative community. Once participants sent their canvases back to the library, an encyclopedia that incorporated each prompted word was created. (Fri-Sun, Brooklyn Art Library, 28 Frost St, BK, see site for details, $TBD)
FILM: Tomoyasu Murata: Stop Motion Master
One of Japan's most prolific independent animation artists has created breathtaking, boundary-breaking stop motion animated films over the last two decades. Initially inspired by the expressive power of traditional Japanese bunraku puppet theater, the artist’s films—at once tender, whimsical and mysterious—deal with themes of memory, absence and mujo (the Buddhist concept of impermanence) through the cinematic manipulation of his meticulously handcrafted puppets and fantastical miniature sets. The eight short films in this program range from the artist's award-winning student work to recent projects that respond to the Great East Japan Earthquake. (Sat/Sun, Japan Society Film, 333 E 47th St, see site for details, $5-$14)
SHOP: Geek Week
Comics, graphic novels, sci-fi, mystery, horror, fantasy, pop culture titles, all for sale at 30% off. Members receive an additional 10% off their purchase. (Fri-Thu, tis week and next, Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St, see site for details, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: Laura Anderson Barbata’s The Eye of the Beholder
Victorian Mexican Indigenous mezzo soprano Julia Pastrana was billed as “The Ugliest Woman in the World.” A title given to her by her manager-husband Theodore Lent, she was exhibited by him and others in the United States and Europe during her life and after her death for 150 years. Chronicling 10 years of work to have Pastrana’s body repatriated to Mexico for burial, the show conducts audiences through a series of stories, exercises, and thought experiments towards an experience of radical empathy and a re-examination of the value of a human life. Composed of elements of TED Talk, flash workshop sessions, dance, music, and multimedia, this is a participatory performance mash up asking audiences to close their eyes and see (re-envision) the world from a different place. (BRIC House, 647 Fulton St, BK, 7pm, $8)
PUPPETS: Stinky Brain: A Puppet Show / The Possession of Judy
Join the Everything is Fine Players as they present a puppet-filled evening of terror and whimsy. This puppet show correctly predicted Amazon's move to NYC, the last stand of the Amazon rain forest, the rise of the shadowy "5G" network, and our only hope for the future: mad old women. Journey into the minds of 10 mindless individuals, if you dare! (The Jalopy Theatre, 315 Columbia St, BK, 7:45pm doors/8pm show, FREE-$25 sliding scale)
FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: Pinc Louds at Bizarre! (Southeast Tour Fundraiser)
An imaginary band fronted by a little lady named Claudi. She plays hardcore acoustic doowop with her friends Ofer Bear (bass) and Rai (drums). The band is finally doing their first tour in the U.S. (10 shows in GA, NC, FL and NOLA)! But their feet aren't fast enough to go to all these places, so we need to rent a van and feed it gasoline. Come dance to two full sets and help them get to Savannah on time! (Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, 8pm, $10)
PUPPETS: The Amazing Story Machine
In this delightful puppetry romp, which The New York Times calls "endlessly inventive," the Grimm family is on the verge of presenting their cutting-edge new Story Machine, which runs on steam and dreams. When their contraption unexpectedly malfunctions, they have to invent a new way of storytelling on the spot, using puppets and ongoing help from the audience. Exploring classic favorite fairy tales such as The Hare and the Hedgehog, Hansel and Gretel, and The Brave Little Tailor, this all-ages show features multiple styles of puppetry, live music, projections, and physical comedy. (Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th St, 11am & 2pm, $17)
PARTICIPATORY: Live D&D MegaDungeon
A very special game of Dungeons & Dragons where everyone in the audience will take a turn at the table, replacing other adventurers that fall prey to the many monsters and traps in the dungeon. No experience with the game is necessary, new players are welcome and encouraged to sign up. The more folks who come through, the deeper into the dungeon we’ll be able to go. (Twenty Sided Store, 362 Grand St, BK, 6pm-8pm, $11)
PERFORMANCE: Eco Trippin: The Green New Deal
A musical/comedic showcase about modern ecology, produced by hip-hop / performance art duo Killin H8. They combine beats, rhymes, and monologues to make an inquiry into current ecological issues from a philosophical, comical and personal perspective. This installment focuses on the resolution being advanced in the House of Representatives to set a new policy framework enabling massive ecological and economic overhaul. Featuring Andrés Bernal, an advisor to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and a lecturer in Urban Studies at Queens College. What better way to deepen your understanding of ecological legislation than to have it interpreted by policy experts and outlandish philosopher-rappers? This event is mixed seated and standing room. Seats are first-come, first-served. (Caveat, 21 A Clinton St, 6:30pm doors/7pm show, $15 adv/$20 door, 21+)
BURLESQUE: American Bods: A Burlesque Tribute to Neil Gaiman
With TV adaptations of American Gods returning, and Good Omens just around the corner, Metropolis Burlesque stages another tribute to one of the favorites. Ms Suki brings an icon of the screen to the stage, and makes good on a promise. Heart Crimson does double duty with her act as Jack Sullivan shows off his terrifying skills with the hammer. Hunter Venatrix clothes dont fall as much as they saunter vaguely downwards. Matt Knife makes a lot more than a cameo appearance. And Petite Renard does her best to keep herself together as she takes it all off. (Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $10, 21+)
VARIETY: House of Deveraux Presents: Sin on Heels!
A fantastic menagerie of delightful entertainers ready to take you on the sexiest journey through burlesque, drag, performance art and more! Hosted by Sydni Deveraux “The Golden Glamazon.” Starring: Qualms Galore, Delysia La Chatte, Novaczar, Vivien Gabor, Foxworth Vorn, Odette Coquette, Pearls Daily, and Queen of Burlesque LouLou D’Vil! Burlesque. A bit of drag… and a whole lot of love. (Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, 7pm doors/8pm show, $20-$40, 18+)
PERFORMANCE: Ambient Church New York: William Basinski "On Time Out of Time"
A nomadic experiential event series dedicated to working with artists to bring new ecologies to architecturally unique spaces through transcendent audio and visual performance. The performance will be accompanied by architecturally-mapped projections created by visual artist and motion graphics designer Eric Epstein. The evening will also feature a performance of "Pure Vacay" by artist and composer Britton Powell, performed by Mr. Powell, cellist and composer Leila Bordreuil and Baltimore-based intermedia artist Max Eilbacher. Immersive Sound & Light Environment. (St. George's Episcopal Church, 4 Rutherford Pl, 7pm doors/8pm show, $30-$40)
Letter of Marque Theater Co. and Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble are teaming up to bring you a taste of the live composition language sweeping Europe. A new and exciting technique for expanding your skills as an actor, musician, dancer, or any other performative discipline. This 90-minute class will lay out the fundamentals in a fast-n-fun environment. Bring instruments and clothes to move in as this is an on-your-feet experience. Perfect for professional and amateur performers alike. No experience necessary, just an open mind. (Gemini and Scorpio Loft, address w/RSVP, 1pm-2:30pm, FREE, 18+)
PARTICIPATORY: Drummer for a Day with Batala New York
An all-women percussion group, will demonstrate an array of Afro-Brazilian music styles and teach about its global influence. Attendees will have a chance to learn foundational rhythms, explore musical techniques and learn to play Samba Reggae. The workshop will culminate with students playing an original song alongside members of the ensemble. This workshop is best for beginner and intermediate students, and is especially suited for dancers who are curious about drumming. People of all ages, genders, and musical abilities are welcome to attend! (Funkadelic, 209 West 40th St, 2:30pm, $20)
ART: Nina Katchadourian: Ification - Opening Reception
A multidisciplinary exhibition spanning the artist’s career. "Seat Assignment" is an extensive ongoing body of work made in-flight on airplanes using only a cell phone and found materials under conditions that seem unconducive to art making. "The Recarcassing Ceremony” is a short film that tells the story of an elaborate game involving Playmobil figures that the artists and her younger brother played as children. "Talking Popcorn" and "Songs of the Islands" reflect the artist’s longstanding exploration of sound, language, and translation. "On-Hold Music Dance Party" is a collaboration with DJ Shakey and DJ Stylus, to sample, chop, loop, and mix on-hold music with other “phone matter,” such as dial tones and voice prompts, to create a highly activated, energized, and physically engaging sound. (Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, 5pm talk/6pm reception/9:30pm dance party, FREE)
MUSIC: Music Against Mass Incarceration IV
A night of performance and visual arts benefiting the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Featuring: Kill Alters, Weeping Icon, James Brandon Lewis Trio, Yvette, and Eartheater. With DJ Oyasaba. Visuals by Bubba Ayoub. This event, started in 2016, is a response to the far right’s continuing and coordinated efforts to use the prison-industrial complex as a means of suppressing and disenfranchising the most marginalized persons in our already-unjust society. (Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, BK, 6pm, FREE)
PARTY: Outer Space Launch Party
An intergalactic romp that heralds the humor and short attention span of such classics as Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Laugh-In, but with science fiction references, and butts. Each episode is under ten minutes, hosted by Doc Wasabassco, and made up of 1-2 minute recurring segments, including Professor Whom, Clone Care, Flirting with the Golden Glamazon, and Who’s at the Cantina? You’ll have a lot of laughs and celebrate the hope of a better life in the cosmos while enjoying...videos from the show, space dating confessional booth, Q&A with Space Captain Doc, digital video mapping of the Dorothy Fontana bridge, cocktails, space Go-Go dancers, and a rocket launch! (The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, BK, 7pm, FREE)
WORD: Tumblr Talk w/ Molly Soda, Pam Liou, and Charles Broskoski
A panel on Tumblr, using the internet as a material aesthetic, what it means to create online, and content preservation. This event is part of Social Media Breakup Coordinator, an exhibition examining how much of life lived online, affected by algorithms, and the messiness of human interactions in digital spaces. Inspired by Caroline Sinders’ previous day-long performances, this exhibit expands to explore topics around social media interdependence, infosec, IoT, privacy, intimacy, and our mental health. Part performance art piece, part digital security training, and part arcade, this takes over for a month featuring video games, artworks, zines, workshops, and panels on topics such as online harassment, Tumblr, sex, and art. (Babycastles, 145 W 14th St, 7pm doors/7:30pm panel, sugg $5-$10)
THEATER: New Creation
In an exotic Heaven, four very stressed gender-fluid goddesses are rehearsing a play to be performed globally before they humanely decimate all humans. They’re desperate to find the perfect theatrical form that is equally engaging, shocking, repulsive, entertaining and accessible to the whopping 60 billion spectators. The rehearsals turn into pandemonium as they debate the question of whether humanity deserves to be destroyed. This multimedia, episodic comic-tragedy sounds our history and future through music, dance and a post-dramatic tapestry of text from books, documentaries, real stories and fake news. (Dixon Place, 161 A Chrystie St, 7:30pm, $15-$21)
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PARTICIPATORY: Competitive Winter Picnicking - Saturday 3/2
Winter demands a good bit of silliness. While the weather outside is nifty at the moment, the cold will come back around to bite you. Get your pals together, dive into the costume closet and engineer a delicious picnic for the winter time. Competitive play is a big part of this event, so a great picnic game and an extraordinary tableau can help you bring some some sweet cold cash. The best in each of the categories will be award with cash prizes: Richest picnic meal, Funnest picnic game, Bestest picnic drink, and Mostest thematic team. (Prospect Park, PIcnic House North, 12pm-6pm, $5-$10 sugg)
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ART: Workspace 2019–2020 - Deadline 2/28
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s flagship residency program. It is a nine-month studio-based program that focuses on the creative process and cohort development of emerging artists. Participating artists are provided semi-private studio spaces and are expected to engage with the cohort for the full duration of the nine-month program. For the 2019–2020 session, only emerging artists that self-identify as visual artists will be eligible to apply.
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)
a syncopated comedy about the American Dream told through the nightmare of a failing marriage. At first glance Carl and Sandy seem to be on track to having it all. Not quite thirty, they have high paying jobs, a healthy infant daughter and a lovely two bedroom co-op in Brooklyn. But then something happens that throws a wrench into this seemingly perfect universe- someone named Thelonious enters their lives. (thru 3/3, Fri-Sun/Thu, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, 8pm/3pm Sundays, $18)
THEATER: The Frigid Festival
an open and uncensored theatre festival that gives artists an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of our Indie Theater Community, 100% of box office proceeds will go directly to the artists whose work is being presented. Over 30 productions will be presented (thru 3/10, Horse Trade Theater, 85 East 4th St, see site for details, $15-$20)
ART: Refiguring the Future Exhibition
Curated by Refresh collective members Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Dorothy R. Santos, the exhibition title is inspired by artist Morehshin Allahyari’s work defining a concept of “refiguring” as a feminist, de-colonial, and activist practice. Informed by the punk ethos of do-it-yourself, the 18 artists featured in mine the historical and cultural roots of this time, pull apart the artifice of contemporary technology, and sift through the pieces to forge new visions of what could become. The exhibition will present 11 new works alongside re-presented immersive works by feminist, queer, decolonial, anti-racist, and anti-ableist artists concerned with the technological and political moment. Produced in collaboration with Hunter College Art Galleries. (thru 3/31, 205 Hudson Gallery, Hunter College Art Galleries, see site for details, FREE)
ART: Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT
This exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of what Michael Kors calls “the fashion insider’s fashion museum” by bringing back 33 of the most influential exhibitions produced since the first one was staged in 1971. Taken entirely from the museum’s permanent holdings, more than 80 looks will be on display. From Fashion and Surrealism to The Corset to A Queer History of Fashion, the exhibitions are known for being “intelligent, innovative, and independent,” says MFIT Director Valerie Steele. (thru 4/20, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave at 27 St, see site for details, FREE)
ART: Refiguring Binaries
Curated by Kelani Nichole, and featuring 10 artists, the exhibition explores identity, the body, and the politics of technology. Virtual space is inhabited with queer bodies and cultural identity is reclaimed through subversive uses of technology. The boundaries of technology and the body are blurred, as are the lines between author, image, and copy. Possible futures emerge as the layers of simulation that mediate contemporary culture are revealed. (thru 4/21, Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
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)
EXHIBIT: Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. This is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954. (thru 5/12, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, BK, see site for details, $12-$35)
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