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Ready for off-the-wall drinks? It's that delightful night of the month when Miss Scorpio herself gets behind the bar and creates custom concoctions just for YOU. You can bring a challenge ingredient or just come participate in us figuring out our spring menu.
Full list of upcoming fun:
- Tonight! Fri 3.22: The Cocktail Experiment + March Babies Birthday Party
- Next Fri 3.29: Saints & Sinners pop-up strip club party (via House of Scorpio: http://www.houseofscorpio.com)
- Watch our G&S Loft Facebook page next week for the return of our casino party! https://www.facebook.com/gemini.scorpio.loft
- Save the date: Victorian Garden Teas are back for the warm season, on June 23 and Sep 22. We don't have official info up on the site yet, but the FB event for June is up, as are tickets for both dates.
Full invites for the more immediate evens below. More TK next week.
Gemini & Scorpio,
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini & Scorpio
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
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.
POP-UP STRIP CLUB: 3.29
House of Scorpio
Saints & Sinners: pop-up strip club party
Friday, March 29, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK (RSVP on site for address)
Regular tix: $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
Membership options & member tix: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
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 (more TK):
- Peekaboo Pointe, fastest tassel-twirler from East to West (and our cover girl)
- Gal Friday, the five-alarm fire
- Stormy Leather, the naked girl of burlesque
- Audrey Love, the tantalizing tease
- Maine Attraction, triple threat of burlesque
- And as Champagne Room King & campy club announcer: charming magician Eric Walton
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.
SAVE THE DATE: VICTORIAN GARDEN TEAS RETURN 6.23 & 9.22
Full invite not up yet, but tickets on sale for both dates!
The Grand Victorian Garden Tea
Sunday, June 23, 4-8pm (tea served at 5pm), $40 ($35 for groups over 5), all ages, rain or shine
at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsvictorianball
/// NYC EVENTS: 3/22-3/28 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
PERFORMANCE: Culturemart 2019
Each year, this festival offers a window into the creative process of our nationally recognized HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). Process becomes the focus, so you’ll experience work at various stages of development. This year’s program features 5 workshop presentations that blur the boundaries between theatre, music, dance, new media, puppetry, and visual art. (Fri/Sat, HERE, 145 Sixth Ave, 7pm & 8:30pm, $15)
PUPPETS: Johannes Dokchtor Faust, a Petrifying Puppet Comedye
Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) re-imagines its perennially popular production translated and directed by Vit Horejs. The story of the learned Johannes Faust, who sold his soul to the devil for ultimate knowledge, is staged with age-old technical tricks of Czech puppetry, including fire and thunder, hellish gargoyles and underwater creatures. A classic of the Czech marionette repertoire, it traditionally contains satires to make fun of a king or a local mayor. The company's adaptation was initially developed in 1990 and its topical references will be updated for current times. (Fri-Sun/Thu, this week and next, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, see site for details, $15-$18)
MUSIC: Pan Asia Sounding Festival: Yuka C Honda's No Revenge Necessary
The Pan Asia Sounding festival offers a fresh perspective on a vibrant continent with groundbreaking performances that focus on the ever-evolving present and future of Asian music and art. The fest presents No Revenge Necessary, an original multimedia opera hailed as the “newest adventure in mind-melding sound wizardry” (Observer) by Japanese-born composer, librettist, and director Yuka C Honda. (National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, BK, 6pm doors/7pm show, $29)
WORD: FashionSpeak Fridays: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT
Join the director Valerie Steele for a virtual tour of the museum’s retrospective. Taken from the museum’s permanent holdings, Exhibitionism is bringing back a selection of styles from 33 of the most influential exhibitions since 1971.
Valerie Steele has organized more than 25 diverse exhibitions since 1997, including The Corset, Gothic: Dark Glamour, A Queer History of Fashion, Dance and Fashion, and most recently, Pink. She is also the author/ editor of more than 25 books and the founder and editor-in-chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture. Exhibition inspired outfits are encouraged! RSVP: RSVPFashion@PROTECTED (The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park S, 7pm, FREE)
MUSIC: The Nevermind Orchestra and the Tag Team Brass Band
A phrenetic, psycho-jazz-grunge ensemble that reimagines the works of Nirvana through the lense of a modern brass band. Comprised of accomplished NYC musicians, the group has been leading grunge second-line marches on the stages, streets and subways of the northeast since 2012. All of the classic Nirvana staples as well as some of their lesser known covers and deep cuts receive a fresh but instantly recognizable overhaul ranging from funk-rock to blues to reggae to bhangra. (Hanks Saloon, 345 Adams Street, BK, 8pm, $10, 21+)
SHOP: Witching Herbs Plant Market
Come make some plant friends and channel your inner green witch. Featuring homegrown organic herbs courtesy of Melissa Madara, the antisocial botanist. The market will feature mugwort, nasturtium, white horehound, st. john’s wort, peppermint, chamomile, borage, hyssop, rue, sunflowers, larkspur, pothos, calendula, Icelandic poppies, dragonshead mint, lemon balm, black henbane, holy basil, lavender, and many other botanicals. There will also be a selection of crystals, handmade incense, and herbcraft. (Catland, 987 Flushing Ave, BK, 1pm-6pm, FREE)
FILM: Miss Piggy: A Sow is Born
In honor of the 45th anniversary of her first television appearances, a very special compilation highlighting Miss Piggy's evolution from chorus pig to superstar, her memorable performances with show business legends, and her enduring relationship with her "magnificent obsession," Kermit the Frog. The program includes clips from The Muppet Show, Muppet films, television specials, and rare guest appearances. Program running time: 75 mins. Hosted by Craig Shemin, President of The Jim Henson Legacy. (Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, QNS, 2pm, $9-$15, all ages)
PARTY: A Very Beatles Purim
An interactive musical and after-party at which a genre is chosen by fans and the Purim story is reimagined. There’s a drunken king, an evil prime minister, and a brave queen who saves the entire Jewish population. The production strikes a careful balance of off-color humor, on-key parodies, and surprisingly poignant lessons about cultural acceptance, from "Hey Jews" to "Good Day, Shushan" You do not need to be Jewish or know anything about Purim to attend. This is a celebration for everyone. Dress to the theme, or any costume will do. (littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, $15-$20)
FUNDRAISER/COMEDY/ART: Picture This! Benefit for LPJL
A live comedy show with stand-ups performing while they are drawn live by some of the best animators, cartoonists, and other artists. Comedy by Lizz Winstead, Joyelle Johnson, Leah Bonnema, Lorelei Ramirez, Jes Tom & more! Animation by Chrissy Fellmeth, Rachel Gitlevich, Victoria Elena Montes, Elena Ferri, Ariel Pellman & Lorelei Ramirez! Hosted by Peggy O’Leary! (Union Hall, 702 Union St, BK, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, $8 adv/$10 at the door)
FUNDRAISER: Coney Island USA 2019 Spring Gala
Sink your teeth into hors d’oeuvres while enjoying beer and wine, specialty cocktails, and entertainment alongside sharks, rays, sea turtles, and other marine life. Support Coney Island’s only not-for-profit arts organization - founders and presenters of the Mermaid Parade, and home to both Sideshows by the Seashore and the Coney Island Museum. The Duchess of Desserts will be serving sweets. Face painting by Juliet Jeske. Tarot readings by Beelzebabe. Denny Daniels' Museum of Interesting Things. Mystery in a Box from Little Brooklyn and Noah D'Klein, adult Mysteries sponsored by Babeland. No tickets will be sold at the venue. (New York Aquarium, 602 Surf Ave, BK, 7:30pm, $100, 21+)
MUSIC: Pan Asia Sounding Festival: Ali Sethi and his Lahore bandhttps://https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pan-asia-sounding-festival-ali-sethi-and-his-lahore-band-tickets-55719629913
The Pan Asia Sounding festival offers a fresh perspective on a vibrant continent with groundbreaking performances that focus on the ever-evolving present and future of Asian music and art. The festival concludes with a performance by Ali Sethi and his Lahore band. Sethi offers a contemporary take on lyric poems that draw on the mystical metaphors of Sufism to convey erotic, political, and spiritual messages. Fusing Persian, Arabic, Turkish, and Indian musical traditions, these verses have been used for centuries to challenge social norms and upend gender binaries, and have ultimately served to bring their listeners closer to the divine. (National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, BK, 8pm doors/9pm show, $25)
PARTICIPATORY: The 20th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant
It's time for the event whereupon women and gay men choose one lucky man to rule the area south of Houston and east of Bowery. To compete in this cutthroat pageant, contestants need not live on the LES, they simply must possess qualities, which would make them the proper representative of this neighborhood. Any woman or gay man who shows up is automatically a judge! Judges must be punctual because incomplete ballots will not be accepted! Reverend Jen, the Bob Barker of the LES will host the evening. Plus, there will be surprise celebrity judges and performers! Contestants must prepare for the following competitions: a 1-minute talent competition, a swimsuit competition and evening wear combined with question and answer. Contestants must show up at 7:45 or e-mail revjen12@PROTECTED in advance. (Bedlam, 40 Avenue C, 8pm, $10)
MUSIC: Killer Queens: QUEEN Tribute at The Way Station
Celebrating the music and drama of Queen, The Way Station presents three female-fronted bands playing and collaborating on their favorite songs: The Manimals, hannah vs. the many, and Sylvana Joyce & The Moment.Headbanging. Fabulous jumpsuits. Moustaches. (The way station, 683 Washington Ave, BK, 8:30pm-11:45pm, FREE)
PARTY: Freezing Man 6: Global Meltdown
Thunder Gumbo's annual decommodified mini-festival in support of B.O.O.G.A., the legendary and beloved art car. Come compete in the winter Olympics to bend time and melt the blues away. Music: 2Melo, Geko Jones, Illexxandra, Jayne Q. Public, Mary.Kenna, Ninsopolis, PartyFoul5000, Sküllring, and special guest Zionysus. Art and Performance: The Abombinable Snowlympics, “Professional” Ice performers, and more. The Freeezine R. Mann Memorial Effigy, with a wild surprise destruction spectacular at midnight! Costume suggestions: Yeti royalty, deconstructed snow gear, bewildered Persephone, leg warmers, just leg warmers, beastly, snowlympian athlete, Han Solo in the carbonite, trench coats + lingerie, bobsled runner. (secret location, address sent to ticketholders, BK, 10pm-4am, $20-$50)
What does gender have to do with aerial acrobatics, burlesque, puppetry, video projections, variety arts, and spinach? Nothing! Everything! A 2018 winner of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’s First of May Award, the show will range from the bawdy to the spiritual to the psychedelic. Let your freak flag fly. (Dixon Place, 161A, Chrystie St, 10pm, $12-$18)
SHOP: NYC Craft Pop-up
Celebrate National Craft Month with a curated selection of talented independent and emerging craft-makers. Come discover these incredible local makers who produce one-of-a-kind handmade fashion, home goods, jewelry, leather goods, furniture, stationary, lamps, art and more. They will have a dedication section within our weekly market. Be sure to come hungry and ready to shop! 100% of profits are donated to four local public school, benefiting over 4,000 children. (Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th St, 10am-5:30pm, FREE)
FUNDRAISER: Miss Bonnie Dunn’s Tribute
This is not a show and a non ticketed event. This is an incredible day to be shared with friends, family, fans and all loved ones. We are celebrating the life of one of Burlesque's most beloved icons Miss Bonnie Dunn. Throughout the day people will be speaking, sharing memories and connecting with everyone Bonnie has brought together in over 35 years of show business and friendship. Anyone doing a performance will be doing so out of tribute to and or by special request from Miss Bonnie. But rest assured, there will be singalongs with some of her big hits " Everybody's fucking but me", "If It don't fit don't force it" and of course "Let's go get stoned." Donations received on her behalf will match the donations she left for NYSB, BurlyCon and BHOF. In addition, the proceeds will go towards a permanent installation at BHOF Museum in Las Vegas. It will be officially dedicated June 7th, 2019 on Legend's Day. There will be food, drinks and plenty of seating. Part of donations will go towards food and staff. There will be a select few items for auction at the event. (City Winery, 155 Varick St, 11am-3pm, FREE)
ART/PERFORMANCE: ‘Socrates Annual’ Farewell Fête
Celebrate the final day of The Socrates Annual exhibition and the accomplishments of the 2018 Artist Fellows. The festivities will include special artist performances and activations.Light refreshments will be served. RSVP required to: rsvp@PROTECTED (Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, LIC, 3pm-5pm, FREE w/RSVP)
SHOP: The Pin Ball
BK Queer Flea is proud to partner with the Gay Pin Guys to bring you the ultimate queer arts vendor experience. See Ru Paul's Drag Race star Jiggly Caliente host the show, give shows, and read off raffle prizes donated by the talented vendors. Music by the incomparable @muumuse. Come sip & shop for the first time in 2019. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 3pm-9pm, FREE, 21+)
PERFORMANCE: A Pseudo-Scientific Performance by Laura Bernstein
A performance art piece led by BRIC Biennial artist Laura Bernstein involving a group of distinguished pseudo-scientific specialists assembled to conduct and report their research on a series of strange and miraculous beasts. (BRIC House Stoop, 647 Fulton St, BK, 7pm, FREE w/RSVP)
FILM/WORD: DUCK SOUP with author Josh Frank in person
A proposed Marx Brothers script written by Salvador Dalí, Giraffes on Horseback Salad was rejected by MGM and thought lost. But thanks to author Josh Frank, artist Manuela Pertega, and comedian Tim Heidecker, it’s now been adapted into a raucous graphic novel. Join us for an evening of Marx Bros madness: a screening of their classic Duck Soup and a discussion and signing with Frank.
(The Quad, 34 W. 13th St, 7pm, $16)
FILM: Feminist Film Night
Close out Women’s History Month with an evening of new short films. These boundary-pushing Brooklyn filmmakers decenter the male gaze to explore themes of self-representation and the construction of femininity. After the screenings, stay for a Q&A with filmmakers. (Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, BK, 7pm-9pm, $16)
MUSIC: RADIO Wonderland + Todd Reynolds (LIVE) w/ Mira F°
You might know this DJ from the dancefloor at Starvue and The Loft. But did you know he's an award-winning composer who now makes killer dance grooves out of live FM radio controlled by a steering wheel and shoes? It's like The Orb on acid. And The Orb was already on acid. And you might know this concert hall-the violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and a founder of the string quartet known as Ethel. But did you know he's also the Digifiddler and the tightest, funkiest live looper you can think of? Funky and tender really. They will appear together on stage. Mira is our host and ever-adventurous floor-filling selector. Make no mistake: you will dance. (Rose Gold, 96 Morgan Avenue, BK, 10pm, FREE)
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: We Shall Make America Wonder
A group show featuring Joe Coleman, Felipe Jesus Consalvos, Henry Darger & Duke Riley. “These four visionaries are each eminent cartographers of latent lands, where the unimaginable is fully imagined and otherness is not only recognizable but relatable. Their worlds apart are built up with a richness of minutiae, an internal logic that allows the irrational to ring true. For some of these artists God is in the details, for others it is likely the devil. Collectively, we can see them as embroiderers of some quilt-like map of all the madness, superstition, faith, desire and dread festering within the American psyche.” —Carlo McCormick (thru 4/20, Andrew Edlin Gallery, 212 Bowery 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)
ART: Jean-Michel Basquiat
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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