[G&S]: Next Fri 8.16 - Femme Flirt / 9.22 - last Victorian Tea of the year / Your NYC events 8.9-15

From: "Gemini & Scorpio" <gs@PROTECTED>
Subject: [G&S]: Next Fri 8.16 - Femme Flirt / 9.22 - last Victorian Tea of the year / Your NYC events 8.9-15
Date: August 9th 2019

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Hello lovelies,

It's the usual slow August out there, but we have at least one fun thing coming up before fall hits:

Next Fri Aug 16 - Our sexy sister site House of Scorpio is hosting a second incarnation of Femme Flirt, the femme-to-femme flirting party specifically focusing on bi women (though femmes of all genders from bi-curious to gay are invited): https://houseofscorpio.com/events.html

Sun Sep 22 - Grand Victorian Garden Tea, turn-of-century outdoors revelry in an 1830s carriage house and garden. Delicious treats and photo ops galore. Tix: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com

We're also thinking of doing an "alternative" version of our Goldmine market in September: all your dark/Halloween needs plus kink and other adult items (toys! leather! latex!). Do you have things to sell in that vein or have vendors to recommend? We want to chat to everyone and see if this is a doable idea.


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LGBTQ: 8.16

House of Scorpio

Femme Flirt: queer flirting mixer

Fri Aug 16, 8pm-2am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
$10 adv / $15 door / $0-5 for monthly members, 21+ (25+ suggested)
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK - see site for address
No PAL requirement, but HoS Code of Conduct always applies, including dress code

Rules and location form: http://houseofscorpio.com/events.html
Membership options & member tix: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
Tix: https://femmeflirt.brownpapertickets.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/462484514530312/


It's been a common refrain that it's harder for women to flirt with each other, as we frequently can't tell how much flirting may be ok, who's straight and who's flexible/bi/queer, whether a connection we may be feeling is a friendly one or one with potential chemistry to explore. And, when cis & hetero presenting, we are sometimes made to feel too straight for gay spaces, so are left to guess in mixed environments.

This event is a small step towards diminishing bi, queer and gay femme invisibility, enabling and encouraging women of all genders to connect romantically and physically to other women. We hope to be a place of empowerment and support for your exploration, even if you're just starting out or are unsure about your orientation. Explore and push your boundaries in a safe space, while enjoying our sexy low-lit loft and delicious cocktails.

Dress code: dress in whatever makes you feel sexy, however feminine or masculine you feel. We won't enforce the dress code as strictly as at Lip Service, but we respectfully ask for no casual attire. You're coming to flirt!

Who can attend: self-identifying femmes of all genders who want to connect with other femmes, from bi-curious to gay. While HoS events are usually more pansexual, we're going to keep this one as a femme-only space. Please note that we're a TERF-free zone! Trans women are women, and we ♥ you.


Gemini and Scorpio

cordially invite you to

The Grand Victorian Garden Tea

Sundays: June 23 [SOLD OUT], July 14 and Sep 22
4-8pm (tea served at 5pm), $40, all ages, rain or shine
at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St

Info: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2879805968757910/
Tix: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsvictorianball

Join us as we travel back in time to the Victorian Age, to an elegant country resort a short carriage ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city (which at that time extended only as far north as 14th Street). It's a proper turn-of-century tea party, with finger sandwiches, scones and fancies, in a darling garden attached to an impossible Victorian cottage overlooking modern Manhattan.

The menu (details TK):
Three types of Finger Sandwiches
Scones with Clotted Cream & Preserves
Two types of unique desserts

Activities will include:
- Victorian garden games, including Game of Graces [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_of_graces ] and Battledore and Shuttlecock [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battledore_and_shuttlecock ]
- Hand-drawn portraits of guests by Anastasios Taso Megaris

Dress code:
1800-1910s summer garden party, with all-white, cream and pastel tones encouraged. No modern casual wear, please - though modern cocktail summer attire is easy to accessorize with a nod to Victorian times. Costume inspiration Pinterest board (not ours): http://bit.ly/1WvlVyB - and we have one for our banquet/ball/tea research here: http://bit.ly/29n5fZm

About our venue:
Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house for a 23-acre estate, and converted into the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1826, this stone building sits on land originally owned by Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of John Adams. The hotel operated until 1833, at which point the house became the home for three generations of a New York City family.

/// NYC EVENTS: 8/9-8/15///


DANCE: 38th Annual Battery Dance Festival
New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. Each year, the festival draws a combined audience of over 12,000 people. Featured companies include Battery Dance, Liberation Art Company, YYDC, Chloe London Dance, Darshana Heaver & Drummers and Dancers of Manipur, and many others. (Sun-Thu, this week and next, Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, 20 Battery Pl, 7pm-9pm, FREE)


FILM: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The feverish imaginations of DIY surrealist Michel Gondry and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman kick into overdrive for the great gonzo sci-fi romance of the early 2000s. Ferries will run from the Battery Maritime in Lower Manhattan, located at 10 South Street. Take the 6:30 or 7:30pm ferry in order to arrive before the film begins. Food vendors and a beer garden will be open. (Parade Ground, Governor’s Island, 7pm, FREE)

BURLESQUE: Tiger Bay and Fancy Feast: Goin' Downtown
An evening of high brow, low brow, and no brow entertainment. Featuring: Fancy Feast, Tiger Bay, Fem Appeal, MiscAllaneous DomTop, Tigger!, Dame CuchiFrita, The Maine Attraction, Untitled Queen, Gal Friday, Peekaboo Pointe, Jo “Boobs” Weldon, Mr. Gorgeous, and Veronica Viper. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $20, 18 and up)


FILM/WORD: The Museum of Interesting Things: 3D VHS Movie Festival
See excerpts from the Coolest & Un-coolest movies of all time; not just on VHS, but… 3D VHS. Witness antiques from the history of 3D, too. Special guests: The actual filmmaker of the Rolling Stones in 3D will intro & explain his 3D video of them for the legendary Steel Wheels tour. Plus, one of the Inventors of Chromadepth 3D will explain the format & introduce one of the only music videos shot in this format - KISS, For Psycho Circus. (Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 5pm, $10)

PERFORMANCE: Graveyard Shift: Kim Brandt
Graveyard Shift proposes a new way of interacting with the space of the cemetery by activating it through sight, sound, and movement. For this second commission of the production,  Kim Brandt will present a new performance Untitled (Green-Wood), her first work created for—and presented in—an outdoor space. Doors close at 7:15pm. No late entry. (The Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, BK, 6pm doors/7pm performance, $25)

VARIETY: The Flirt & Flow Show: A Burlesque and Flow Arts Variety Show
The variety show that combines sultry striptease and flirtatious flow arts. The incredible lineup of talented beauties to tease and please for your entertainment includes: Daisy Desnuda, Vera Safire, Pop Roxie, Caresse Deville, Kit & Kapoodle, Esmé D'Avril, Lyndsey R, and Uncle Freak (The Footlight, 465 Seneca Ave, QNS, 7pm doors/7:3opm show, $10-$15, 21+)

VARIETY: Burlesque BBQ
Your favorite weirdos are back to bring you a taste of summer like you've never experienced before. We're firing up the grill on the rooftop and bringing you homestyle BBQ to enjoy while the hottest performers bring you the summertime sexiness on stage. Hosted by Lydia Vengeance with food by all-star chef, Wyl White. Featuring performances by Audrey Love, God Complex, and more to be announced. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK, address with purchase, 7pm food/8pm-11pm performances, $20/$35 rsvrd table seat, 21+)

FILM: Spirited Away (2001)
A dazzling masterpiece of animation, Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award winning SPIRITED AWAY tells the story of ten-year-old Chihiro, who is separated from her parents at an abandoned amusement park and enters a spirit world. Chihiro confronts witches, gods and shape-shifters in a dangerous journey full of Japanese mythology, and must use her cunning and courage to find her way back to her family. This is an outdoor beach screening  bring your towels, beach chairs, and good vibes. (Riis Park Bath House, 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Park, QNS, 8pm/sundown, $10 sugg don)

PARTY: Rubulad: Presents Reality Asylum
Adv. tix : https://artery.is/showcases/reality-asylum/rsvp
Live music by: Godcaster, Color Tongue, Nuraxi, and Midnight Radio Show's Enchanted Worlds. With DJ Baby K.Projections by The Sperm Whale NYC, Mike Flaherty’s Art Hole, and Teatro Lambe Lambe by Stinky Mono. Fantastical Foods by Contra Costa (Chester Dubov + Sasha Schell) and much, much more! Dress: Atavistic Attire. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for address. (secret location, rsvp for address, BK, 8:30 pm doors/9pm show, $15/$10 adv or before 10pm)


WORD: A Perseids Meteor Shower Reading For Outer Space
Featuring Wendy Chin-Tanner, Timothy Donnelly & Allison Deanna Carter, as well as a projected Livestream of the meteor shower. Hosted by Emma Ginader. Wendy Chin-Tanner is a poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown and executive director at A Wave Blue World, an independent publishing company for graphic novels. Timothy Donnelly is the Director of Poetry in the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. (Bert’s Poetry Shop, 141 Front St, BK, 7pm-10pm, FREE)

You have way too many costumes you don't wear anymore, and still have nothing to wear to that thing in the desert. Solution 1: You could rock the nothing to wear look. Solution 2: You could give your dazzling duds a new home, and come away with a few new gems for yourself. Wine and nibbles also welcomed! Event is open invite, feel free to bring all genders. So empty your tickle trunks and lets get swapping. (949 Willoughby Ave, BK, 7:30pm, FREE)


PERFORMANCE: Penney Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer
An evening of dangerous ideas and radical inquiry into what it means to be human, right now! Right here! The international performance ledgend dares to tackle the straight jacket that binds today's youth culture to the normalization of self-censorship and injects fresh air in the current lockdown of gentrification, the erasure of history and the cultural amnesia affecting not only our cities but our minds. After 4 years of touring, the show returns to where it was created improvisationally in front of live audiences. (Tuesdays thru 8/27, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St, 7pm, $20-$25)


PERFORMANCE: Summer Sizzle - A Night of Improv
tix: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10437720
Hot, funny! Hot! Laugh yourself clean, art yourself funny...it's the Summer Sizzle! Multiple improv teams performing 30 minute sets of who-the-shit-knows what! Proceeds from the event go to the Season 7: Ensemble Playwrights Lab. Featuring Boots n Cats (The PIT), Mr. Bear (Magnet), Michael Bird & Friends’ Cosmic Unity, and Brookyln Improv Training’s House Teams. Sponsored by Alewife Brewing Co. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, rsvp for location, BK, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, $5-$10, 21+)

THEATER: Koo Koo the Bird Girl
Sarah Birdgirl comes to Coney Island with a captivating synthesis of present and past in her award winning one-woman theatre show, “Koo Koo the Bird Girl”. The production weaves together the traditions of sideshow with dance, theater, and history, exploring the social context of the freakshow and what life was really like for natural born freaks. With her uncanny resemblance to Minnie Woolsey (the woman behind Koo Koo), Sarah presents a haunting and visceral account of the beauty of difference and a hidden story of endurance, from the voice of a natural born freak. (Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 9pm, $15)


PERFORMANCE: Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer
An evening of dangerous ideas and radical inquiry into what it means to be human, right now! Right here! The international performance legend dares to tackle the straight jacket that binds today's youth culture to the normalization of self-censorship and injects fresh air in the current lockdown of gentrification, the erasure of history and the cultural amnesia affecting not only our cities but our minds. After 4 years of touring, the show returns to where it was created improvisationally in front of live audiences. (Tuesdays thru 8/27, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St, 7pm, $20-$25)

ART: Beyond the Streets
The premier exhibition of graffiti, street art & beyond
This exhibition celebrates society’s most pervasive mark makers and rule breakers with unprecedented purpose and scale. It explores the collective urgency of using the street as a canvas for expression. The exhibition transforms more than 100,000 square feet of space into a museum-quality art experience, along with performances, lectures and films. (thru 8/30, Thu-Sun, 25 Kent Ave, BK, 11am-8pm, $25)

ART: Hell's Kitchen: a surreal summer show
A collection of beautifully peculiar artwork from both established and emerging surrealists. Artists Include: Jean Pierre Arboleda, Zofia Bogusz, Justin Brooks, Miles Johnston, Stephen Koharian, Eric Lacombe, Alex Merritt, Eva Redamonti, Madeleine Rhondeau, Scott Scheidly, David Stoupakis, Qieer Wang, & Hannah Faith Yata.  (thru 8/31, Last Rites Gallery, 325 38th St, see site for details, FREE)

ART/MUSIC: Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything
A world-renowned novelist, poet, and singer/songwriter who inspired generations of writers, musicians, and artists, Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) was an extraordinary poet of the imperfection of the human condition, giving voice to what it means to be fully alert to the complexities and desires of both body and soul. Featuring 12 artists and 18 musicians from 10 countries, this exhibition offers a deep and rich exploration of the beloved global icon through the lens of contemporary art. (thru 9/8, Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, see site for details, $18/$12 sen/$8 stu)

LGBTQ: Y’All Better Quiet Down
On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, this group show recalls trans activist Sylvia Rivera’s impassioned demand to show up and commit to the collective struggle. What showing up looks like takes many forms—rage, protest, care, community and introspection. This exhibition presents contemporary works, protest banners, archival ephemera, and stories from the New York City Trans Oral History Project, Y’all Better Quiet Down centers the everyday and enduring legacies of liberation movements. (thru 9/15 Tue-Sun, Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, 208 W 13th St, Rm 210, 1pm-7pm, FREE)

LGBTQ: Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society
New-York Historical Society commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the dawn of the gay liberation movement this summer, as New York City welcomes WorldPride, the largest Pride celebration in the world. Featuring two exhibitions and a special installation, as well as public programs for all ages. (thru 9/22, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, see site for details, $13-$21)


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