[G&S]: 3.15 pop-up strip club party / 3.22: Cocktail Experiment / Your NYC events 3.8-14

 
From: "Gemini & Scorpio" <gs@PROTECTED>
Subject: [G&S]: 3.15 pop-up strip club party / 3.22: Cocktail Experiment / Your NYC events 3.8-14
Date: March 8th 2019

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Hello lovelies,

Wow, what a Mardi Gras last week! We hope you were one of the lucky ones who snagged tickets and got to experience the food & drinks & brass bands. Please keep posting photos and videos if you got them! #geminiandscorpio #brooklynmardigras

It's a busy arty week, with the Armory show in town, and listings are full to bursting. Get out there and enjoy everything NYC is throwing at you full speed this week.

On our end, we're gearing up for a pop-up strip club party with our sister naughty brand House of Scorpio, and our monthly Cocktail Experiment drinks night. Details below.

Cheers,

Gemini & Scorpio,
makers of themed costume events with live entertainment
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POP-UP STRIP CLUB: 3.15
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House of Scorpio
presents

Saints & Sinners: pop-up strip club party

Friday, March 15, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK (RSVP on site for address)
Regular tix: $20 early bird until 3.5 / $25 presale / $30 at door before 12am / $20 after
Reserved seating*: $45 advance only
Member tix: $0-$15 ($20-35 with reserved seating*)

***New! We're eliminating the play aspect of the event, so no approval or PAL required. Dress Code and Code of Conduct still apply (dudes, don't be creepers! We *will* remove you.)***

Rules & location RSVP: http://www.houseofscorpio.com
Tix: https://sinners.bpt.me
Membership options & member tix: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/960048010868361
FL: https://fetlife.com/events/767175

For one night only, our sexy clubhouse becomes a full-on strip club, with a pole stage, an array of lap dance-ready seating, and our very own Champagne Room. There will be eight dancers to entertain you: each a hand-picked burlesque, pole or circus star stepping outside the boundaries of their genre to spend the whole night dancing for you on stage and in your lap.

Featuring:
- Gal Friday, the five-alarm fire of burlesque
- Audrey Love, the tantalizing tease

Once the dancers are done at 1am, the stage is yours to shake your booty on. Live out your strip fantasies on our stage as DJ Ceremony provides the beats late into the night.

Rules of the club: the usual Lip Service dress code & code of conduct apply. Dress up. Tip generously (dancers, wait & bar staff). Get lap dances: they're the best part, and only $10. Respect the dancers. Keep your hands to yourself (or your partner). Nudity is fine on the stage, but no private parts on our furniture.

*Reserved seats ($45) include: 9pm admission + seat at a 4-person table with prime stage view + access to reserved lap dance seat.


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DRINKS: 3.22
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Gemini & Scorpio
present

The Cocktail Experiment + March Babies Birthday Party

Fri, March 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
Official site & address RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1047048128824277
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 March? 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.


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WEEKEND + WEEK
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ART: Plan B
https://ny.voltashow.com/about
A pop-up exhibition, featuring galleries and artists from all over the world, which was born out of love and support for the arts. The show is occurring as part of New York’s art week. (Fri & Sat, 525 W 19 St & 534 W 21 St, 10am, FREE)

WORD: Poetry Nap
https://www.facebook.com/events/1454959354636192
tix: https://www.poetrynap.com/#tickets
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/Sat 4pm, Torn Page, 435 W 22nd St, $20)

SHOP: The 59th Annual New York International Antiquarian Book Fair
https://www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com
Over 200 American and international dealers will exhibit at The ABAA New York International Antiquarian Book Fair, bringing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera. The diversity of specialties includes art, medicine, literature, photography, autographs, first editions, Americana, and much more. (Fri-Sun, Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, see site for details, $10-$45)

ART/WORD: 19th annual Scope New York 2019
https://scope-art.com/show/new-york-2019/visitor
Known for presenting groundbreaking contemporary work, SCOPE New York will welcome 60 international exhibitors at its centrally-located venue. In addition, SCOPE will continue its legacy of critically-acclaimed VIP Programming with strategic partnerships, a focused schedule of events, and talks. (Fri-Sun, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, 11am-8pm, $25)

ART/SHOP: Art on Paper Fair
http://thepaperfair.com
tix: https://www.goldstar.com/events/new-york-ny/art-on-paper-art-fair-tickets
Despite the fair's name, this innovative collection isn't just works on paper, but also spotlights sculpture, photography and painting that incorporates and/or is somehow inspired by the medium. More than 80 galleries are set to sell works at this annual event, which is associated with the Brooklyn Museum and several other prestigious New York art entities. [G&S Note: use tix link above for $12.50 tickets] (Fri-Sun, Pier 36, 11am-7pm, $25-$50)

ART: Spring Break Art Show
http://www.springbreakartshow.com
NYC's curator-driven art fair.The fair is an internationally recognized exhibition platform using underused, atypical and historic New York City exhibition spaces to activate and challenge the traditional cultural landscape of the art market, typically but not exclusively during Armory Arts Week. (Fri-Mon, 866 United Nations Plaza, 11am-7pm, $15-$50)

ART/WORD: CLiO Art Fair
https://www.clioartfair.com/program-clio-art-fair-mar-7-10-2019
This fair has been created with the idea of showcasing the careers and achievements of already affirmed creative minds. By specifically targeting artists without any exclusive NYC gallery representation, the fair focuses attention on the kinds of contemporary art and interventions that are being created by independent artists the world over. (Fri-Sun, 550 W 29th st, 12pm-8pm, $10-$18)

THEATER: 55 Shades of Gay: Balkan Spring of Sexual Revolution
http://lamama.org/shades_of_gay
A contemporary burlesque story about LGBTI politics in the Balkans and Europe by acclaimed Kosovar playwright Jeton Neziraj. In a historically homophobic environment, local Balkan politicians try to manipulate and deceive EU officials; humanitarian mercenaries of international NGOs exploit intolerance for economic gains; and EU officials use their superior financial and political positions to subjugate everyone. This provocative, politically incorrect performance poses the question, “Is sexual liberation possible in the Balkans?” (Fri-Mon/Thu, Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th St, 2nd Fl, see site for details, $20-$25)

PUPPETS: Chimpanzee
http://here.org/shows/detail/2065
An aging, isolated chimpanzee pieces together the fragments of her childhood in a human family. Bleak reality bleeds to vivid memory in this non-verbal puppet play. Inspired by true events. (Fri-Sun/Tue-Thu, this week and next, HERE Arts, 145 6th Ave, see site for detail, $15-$45)

ART: William Mortenson Exhibit
https://www.bookandpaperfairs.com/william-mortensen-exhibit
"The Celluloid Babylon" is an exhibition of the early twentieth century photography of visionary artist William Mortensen curated by author/art historian Brian Chidester, courtesy of the Stephen Romano Gallery. Mortensen was, by all reports, the accidental inventor of the movie lobby card. As a costume designer on Cecile B. DeMille's epic Hollywood film, The King of Kings, the artist decided one day to snap photographs of his handiwork whilst the actors were moving around in his opulent ensembles. Director DeMille saw immediately the marketing potential of having such images available prior to the film's release and the rest, as they say, is history.  Part of the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair (Sat/Sun, Sheraton Central Park/Times Sq, 811 7th Ave, see site for details, FREE-$10)

THEATER: Macbeth
https://www.brooklyntheaterworkshop.org/productions
Brooklyn Theater Workshop's production explores hot button themes of white privilege and toxic masculinity with a majority cast of people of color — only Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are caucasian. It features live musicians performing original music drawn from Scottish folk songs. (Sat 2pm & 7pm/Sun 5pm, The Doxsee Theater @ Target Margin, 232 52nd St, BK, $25-$45)

PUPPETS: Ashes
http://here.org/shows/detail/2065
The collision of two stories a generation apart. In a small village in the south of Norway, a young man sets houses on fire, and a writer seizes them as literary material several decades later. These two tragically ordinary beings bend under the onslaught of their demons, burning with a secret fire that consumes them. A story of the human condition, this show explores the beast lurking in everyone, and examines our silent agreement with it, not to be devoured. (Tue-Thu, HERE Arts, 145 6th Ave, 8:30pm, $25-$45)


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FRIDAY
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WORD/BURLESQUE: FashionSpeak Fridays: Fierce - The History of Leopard Print
https://www.facebook.com/events/361094061284352
Leopard print appears common-place, but it remains one of the most controversial topics in fashion, equally denounced and adored. Change your spots and join author Jo Weldon for an illustrated lecture tracing leopard print’s path through modern fashion and celebrate some of its fiercest wearers. Jo’s experience with the print spans the worlds of fashion, rock' n'roll, and the performing arts. The lecture will be preceeded by a burlesque performance from the legendary Perle Noire. Animal print attire is highly encouraged! Please RSVP to RSVPFashion@PROTECTED. (The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park S, 6:30pm doors/7pm lecture, FREE)

PARTY: Fat Friday
https://fatfriday.nyc
Light up the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition once a year in downtown Manhattan to celebrate an equal mix of charity and revelry—mixed with and a big fat dose of NOLA Love. This year’s theme is Beware the Ides of Mardi Gras. Et tu, Brute? Will you settle your debts with a righteous NOLA Stomp? Or will you revel in your glorious demise like there is no tomorrow? Featuring NOLA rock and r&b ledgend, Cyril Neville with Circus Mind and The Hungry March Band. The Krewe is working on a Roman Mardi Gras inspired tasting menu and specialty drinks. Proceeds go to support a number of charitable organizations: Figment, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and The Roots of Music, The Equal Justice Initiative & The Lower East Side Girls Club. (Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk St, 7pm, $32-$250)

PERFORMANCE/PARTICIPATORY: Open Stage - Intl Women’s Day edition
https://www.facebook.com/events/307851143408963
An immersive performing arts experience—that features professional artists as well as community members—designed to cultivate the arts and amplify visibility in underrepresented communities. Performers: At the event, submit your name, if selected, you will have 5 minutes to share your piece. Memorizing your piece is highly recommended. (BKLYN Commons, 495 Flatbush Avenue, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $10-$15)

MUSIC: Shayfer James EP Release Show
http://eprelease.shayferjames.com
Shayfer James will be celebrating the release of his new EP, Hope and a Hand Grenade with all of the incredible musicians from the recording and some very special guests. In honor of International Women's Day, he’ll be donating $1 from every ticket sold to York Street Project. The non-profit's mission is to provide an environment to shelter, feed, educate and promote the healing of women, children, and their families. (Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2, 196 Allen St, 8:30pm, $10, 21+)

BURLESQUE: Members Only Boylesque presents “Only Members”
https://www.goldstar.com/events/new-york-city-ny/members-only-boylesque-tickets
https://www.facebook.com/events/979325625788288/
Prepare for a night full of boys, bulges and booty as New York City’s newest all-male burlesque troupe makes its world premiere. The guys aim to delight and arouse your senses while they tease and tantalize through the art of boylesque. Join creators Milo Pony and Twinky Boots and their rotating cast of beautiful men for a night of fun variety and sexy Enter”taint”ment. Featuring Jason Waterfalls, Mandrake, Jack Barrow, Munroe Lilly, and Sloppi Chulo. Stage Pup: Rex Halligan. Hosted by Jackie Cox. (The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, 9:30pm doors/10pm show, $11 + $20 drink min)


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SATURDAY
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FILM: The Philip K Dick Film Festival
http://thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com/program_19_NY.html
The mission of the Philip K. Dick Film Festival is to promote original or adapted material inspired by the works of Philip K. Dick, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Robert Anton Wilson, Franz Kafka and others who have explored the metaphysical, the eerie  in all its manifestations. We look at films that challenge the viewers reality  with ideas and concepts not normally found in conventional stories. All genres are welcome. (The Producers Club, 358 West 44th St, 11am-3pm, $25)

PARTICIPATORY: Free Drop-In Soundpainting Class
https://www.lomtheater.org/LearntoSoundpaint
Tix: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10381975
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 amature performers, alike. No experience necessary. Just an open mind. (Freddy’s Bar and Backroom, 1pm-2:30pm, FREE, 18+)

PARTY: Rubulad - Premature Hot Pants
https://artery.is/showcases/premature-hot-pants
With live music by: MK Groove Orchestra, Killin H8, and Any Gama. With your MC Tanya Solomon Magic. DJs: DJ Lupe Loop and friends. Projections by The Sperm Whale. Fooju Dance Collaborative. Yoko Sawai’s Yummy Takoyaki (Octopus Balls). Myke Flaherty’s Art Hole. Tarot by Blue June Tarot and the Subway Tarot Girl and much, much more!  Screening of Tommy Stathes’ Cartoon Carnival: Lucky Stars. Dress: Wear your shortest shorts in anticipation of an early spring. A pants check will be provided for your convenience. Sparkly and/or colorful extra-welcome. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for address. (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 6pm screening/8:30 pm doors/9pm show, $15/$10 adv or before 10pm)

FILM: Cartoon Carnival #77: Lucky Stars
https://www.facebook.com/events/640018243086139
It's time to sit back and relax for another hefty batch of 16mm (no digital!) animated cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s. With the likes of Felix the Cat, Betty Boop, an animated Charlie Chaplin, among many others, there will be smiles and nostalgic chuckles abounding. Bring all your star-studded friends and family out for this rare opportunity to enjoy these cartoon and caricatured celebrity greats of yesteryear, the way they were meant to be seen—projected on film! Featuring  live ragtime accompaniment by Charlie Judkins for select silent-era shorts. Bar refreshments and light food available.
(389 Melrose St., BK, 6pm, $10)

PERFORMANCE: The 10th Annual AirSex National Championships
https://tickets.thecuttingroomnyc.com/event/1800549-10th-annual-airsex-national-new-york
Entering its tenth year as a nationally touring roadshow, Air Sex is the worlds first SPART – a combination of sports and art. Each Air Sex show combines the pageantry and prestige of professional sports with the excitement and creativity of a first-rate talent competition. Think Air Guitar, but instead of pretending to play boring old musical instruments, Air Sex participants have jaw-dropping sexual encounters with an invisible partner (or partners!) using nothing more than the art of pelvic storytelling and pure imagination. (The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd, 10pm doors/11pm show, $15-$30 +$20 food & beverage min)


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SUNDAY
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FILM: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
https://nitehawkcinema.com/prospectpark/movies/buffy-the-vampire-slayer/?date=2019-03-10
Blonde, bouncy Buffy is your typical high school cheerleader – her goal is to “marry Christian Slater and die” – and nothing gets in her way when it’s time to shop. But all that changes when a strange man informs her she’s been chosen by fate to kill vampires. With the help of a romantic rebel, Buffy is soon spending school nights protecting L.A. from Lothos, the Vampire King, his sidekick Lefty and their determined gang of bloodsuckers. It’s everything you’d expect from a teen queen in the Valley. (Nitehawk Cinema, 188 Prospect Park, BK, 11am, $13)

FUNDRAISER/PARTY: Lady Parts Justice League Presents… Dirty Dancing for Abortion Providers
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lady-parts-justice-league-presents-dirty-dancing-for-abortion-providers-tickets-57223917277
A day of celebrating abortion providers (and Jerry Orbach & Patrick Swayze tbh) and fighting back against the anti-choice a-holes trying to take away our basic human rights at a special sing along/shout along screening of Dirty Dancing, the best Patrick Swayze movie featuring an abortion ever made. Help break the record for most #ThankBank postcards ever written to clinics at one time! Dress up like your favorite character/watermelon, and wear your dancing shoes cause after the movie and action steps, there will be dance (and someone’s going to try the lift… will it be you?) Prizes for best costumes/moves/vibe. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 2pm-5pm, $15, 21+)

PARTICIPATORY: Women Make Change: a Wikipedia edit-a-thon and discussion about radical feminism in 1968
https://interferencearchive.org/women-make-change-a-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-and-discussion-about-radical-feminism-in-1968
The event kicks off with a presentation and conversation led by Bev Grant, an activist, musician, and photographer.  Stick around to join local Wikipedians and Interference Archive volunteers to work on a rhizomatic campaign to improve coverage of radical women and the arts on Wikipedia. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with archival materials in the Interference collection and explore intersections between art, feminism, and activism. This edit-a-thon is one of dozens of Art+Feminism events happening in an asynchronous, worldwide effort to address a Wikipedia gender gap.No experience editing Wikipedia is required but please bring a laptop. Experienced Wikipedians will be around to help out. (314 7th St, BK, 2pm, FREE)


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MONDAY
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WORD: Think of the Children! : Banned Animation
https://brooklynbrainery.com/courses/think-of-the-children-banned-animation
For years, animators have hidden adult jokes and references in even the most innocent of animation properties. However, certain jokes go a bit too far for some people, and cartoons get banned. In other cases, the content can be too risqué or too controversial when shown in a different country. So, what does it take to be a banned cartoon? Sex, violence, German dictators, racism and Prince jokes come to mind. (Prospect Heights Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave, BK, 8:30pm-10pm, $10)


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THURSDAY
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WORD: Mallory O'Meara in conversation with Maria Headley
https://www.facebook.com/events/511982739296923
Author Mallory O’Meara’s “The Lady from the Black Lagoon” uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick – one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters. Mallory O’Meara is an author, screenwriter and genre film producer. Every week, she co-hosts the literary podcast Reading Glasses. Maria Dahvana Headley is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author and editor. Her novels include The Mere Wife, Magonia, Aerie, and Queen of Kings, and she has also written a memoir, The Year of Yes. (Books Are Magic, 225 Smith St, BK, 7:30pm-8:30pm, FREE)

VARIETY: Lydia Vengeance presents "My Dirtiest Thirty" Birthday Extravaganza
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lydia-vengeance-presents-my-dirtiest-thirty-birthday-extravaganza-tickets-56384205677
Your favorite weirdos are back to bring you the dirtiest and most entertaining way to celebrate a milestone birthday. Last year, "Peepshow" was so wild, it was banned from advertisement on all social media. Kick off this show season with a birthday celebration that will make the previous shows look like a PBS special. With performances by Audrey Love, Vonka, Miscallaneous DomTop, Misfit Mistress, The Bluenettes and more to be announced soon! (Gemini and Scorpio Loft, address with purchase, BK, 8pm doors/9pm show, $20-$35, 21+)

PUPPETS: Puppet Playlist #29: Aretha
https://www.sinkingshipproductions.com/puppet-playlist
Every few months,  a group of talented puppeteers and musicians gather to create original works of puppetry and exciting reinterpretations of music based on a particular musical theme (voted on by the audience at the previous show). Featuring puppetry by Michelle Finston, Playlab NYC, Ali Goss and Stephanie Reyes, Felicia Cooper, Kaitee Tredway, Serious Theater Collective, and Marte Ekhougen with Jessi Almstead & Stav German. Featuring musical performances by Neil Tyrone Pritchard, Amy Beth Anders, Grace Galu, Color Collage, and The Foxy Johnstons. (The Tank, 312 36th St, 8:30pm, $15)


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ONGOING
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THEATER: The Frigid Festival
http://www.horsetrade.info/frigid-festival-df84
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
http://www.eyebeam.org/rtf
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
http://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/exhibitionism.php
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
https://pioneerworks.org/exhibitions/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
https://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/tolkien
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
https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/frida_kahlo
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)

ART: Jean-Michel Basquiat
https://brantfoundation.org/exhibitions/jean-michel-basquiat-exhibition
The Brant Foundation will present a solo exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat to celebrate the inauguration of its new space in New York City’s East Village. The inaugural exhibition will bring together Basquiat’s most important masterworks from the Brant Collections as well as from international museums and private collections. (thru 5/15, The Brant Foundation, 421 East 6th St, see site for details, FREE/Waitlist RSVP required)

 


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