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This weekend is definitely hitting us hard. Valentine's Day is G&S birthday -- we're turning 18! -- as well as (roughly) the 9th birthday of our Loft. The two events we usually host to celebrate are two of our faves, with the annual Banya bash now in its 12th year, and the Parisian cabaret party exactly the kind of decadent underground gathering we pictured when we first opened the Loft doors. We miss them both.
We could use some virtual hugs. If you want to show us some love, the best way is to like/follow us on socials & interact with a few posts (links in signature). We'd particularly appreciate RSVPs to our one IRL happening, the COVID-pod immersive cocktail experience, Plum Blossom Parlor: https://www.facebook.com/events/5176161992424396 (FB is hiding it completely, the bastards)
We still have a few Valentine's Parlor spots available, btw, if you and your date/pod/friend/polycule would like to get out of the house for a covid-safe experience.
And lastly, if you felt like sending some financial support our way, options include merch, vintage & statement clothing resale, and one-time or monthly donations. All that info in the signature as well.
We hope you're all hanging in there.
Gemini & Scorpio,
makers of themed costume events with live entertainment
Donation info: https://www.paypal.me/geminiandscorpio or Venmo - @Gemini-Scorpio
Monthly donations via HoS: http://www.houseofscorpio.com/membership.html
Handmade merch (flasks & geeky buttons): https://www.etsy.com/shop/GeminiScorpio
Vintage, thrift & designer clothes: https://linktr.ee/miss_scorpio_fashion (reply for an in-person appt)
http://www.geminiandscorpio.com | #geminiandscorpio
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini and Scorpio present
Plum Blossom Parlor COVID-pod speakeasy
Fri-Sun through February at 5/7/9/11pm
Sugg donation: $45-55pp for 5-8 guests, $55-65pp for 3-4 guests, $65-75pp for two guests
Below Gemini and Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK (address with booking confirmation)
More info: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Email for more details & to book your time
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #PlumBlossomParlor
A COVID-safe immersive cocktail experience in a lovingly crafted jewel box speakeasy. Plum Blossom Parlor is a luscious indoor "garden" lodge, inspired by The Emperor's Garden -- a corner of Forbidden City palace complex in Beijing that was untouched for about 100 years & was being painstakingly restored for the last 15, to open in...2020. Our installation is just a tiny bit of love from Brooklyn to China, at a time when the world couldn't be more split apart.
The Parlor is designed for COVID pods of up to eight people (two minimum) and runs entirely unstaffed -- which means masks are not required once you're checked in. Handcrafted libations are pre-bottled & ready to enjoy on the spot or at home. A mini couch folds out, if you're booking for date night makeouts & pod cuddle puddles. Snack options are available by advance request. Simply book your time window & enjoy (book back-to-back slots to extend your time). You can also book the room for meetings, birthday parties, shoots, Zoom events, etc...absolutely anything, as long as no more than eight people are inside at any one time.
Please see our site for more info, and drop us a line if you'd like to learn more or to check availability.
WEEKEND + WEEK
MUSIC: Jalopy Theatre’s 4th Annual Mid-Winter Jug & String Band Rendezvous
Featuring music by: Ever-Lovin Jug Band, Nora & Jackson, East River String Band, Biz Buz, and Steel City Jug Slammers. On Saturday enjoy: Kid Cuisine & Bumblebee Tuna, Homestead Street Band, Tuba Skinny, THE BIGOOD! , and Fatboy Wilson & Old Viejo Bones. (Fri/Sat, FB Live/You Tube, see site for details, 8pm, $sugg don)
FILM: Animation First Film Festival
This is the fourth edition of the French Institute: Alliance Francaise’s flagship festival of French animation. Special guest Wes Anderson has selected a few of his favorite animated films for the Festival. The festival opens with the US premiere of Calamity Jane, a feminist western about the early life of legendary Wild West figure Martha Jane Cannary. The film’s director Rémi Chayé will join in for a special behind-the-scenes discussion. The pass provides access to the entire 11-day Festival including more than 75 US and NY premieres of feature-length and short films, works in progress presentations, a new US and French student film competition, live talks with acclaimed filmmakers, interactive graphic novels, augmented and virtual reality programs, and more. Films will have English subtitles and all talks will be in English. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, online, see site for details, $20)
PUPPETS: The Festival of Mini-Crankies
A mini-festival of workshops and unique performances of scrolling image stories, in miniature. Featuring some of the best artists currently creating this traditional entertainment. Scheduled performers include Katherine Fahey, Sue Truman, Deborah Hunt, Eric & Ines Bass, and more. Miniature crankies are a special niche. These are portable storytelling epics that can be carried with you and shared with an intimate audience. The morning workshops will teach you how to make your own miniature crankies. The perfect thing to share with your Valentine. (Sat/Sun, online, links with purchase, see site for details, $10-$15)
SHOP: Love Market: Valentines Weekend at House of Yes
A bazaar of bold and beautiful offerings. Featuring one-of-a-kind local creations, exciting experiences and sensual selections for every expression of love for every kind of human connection - Couples, throuples, pods, partners, lovers and especially solo sweethearts. Featuring: fetishwear, sexy garments, toys, candles, lotions, potions, bath products, jewelry, treats, and more; tattoo by Le Sylphide; readings with Lilith Astrology and Fox Danger; Love Letter Writing; kinky (and COVID-safe) surprises. Please RSVP to help venue maintain a safe capacity. Masks required. (Sat/Sun, House of Yes, 2 Wycoff Ave, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
ART/PERFORMANCE: Swoon: The House Our Families Built
Traveling around NYC, a 14 foot box truck has been transformed into a diorama-style outdoor sculpture that is a stage for both visual and performance art, inspired by domestic scenes and stories shared on the PBS site. Caledonia Curry whose work appears under the name Swoon, uses intricate cutaways, painting, and performance to build a world that blends reality and wonder. Curry and her long-time collaborator, Jeff Stark selected a diverse range of stories to express through this sculptural work. These stories have been shaped into a 15 minute performance that transitions through emotions from humor to fear, tenderness to confrontation, encouraging people to ask where they’ve come from and what they can leave behind. (Sat/Sun, this week and next, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, QNS, see site for details, FREE)
SHOP: 42nd Annual Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair
Enjoy a selection of the region’s most eclectic book and ephemera dealers. Rare and vintage books, posters, prints, manuscripts, children’s books, first editions, and more. Preview and donations to benefit PS3 PTA. (Sat-Mon, online, see site for details, FREE/$10 preview or sugg don)
WORD: The Poetry Brothel: Pleasure Island
All the turmoil, solitude & absence of jet-setting this year is surely coaxing the mind to crave liberation from reality. This season of love, escape with Madam Rhythm & her sacred troupe of misfit joys for the vacation of your ultimate fantasy. Welcome to Pleasure Island, lovelies. Here you are free to engage with the Seven Lovely Sins—Poetry, Generosity, Passion, Compassion, Kindness, Indulgence & Enthusiasm. All you need to pack is yourself, & let us take care of the rest. (Fri-Sun 8pm & 10pm, Zoom, $0-75)
WORD: Literary Love and its Discontents: a Valentine’s Literary Pub Crawl webinar
From monogamy to polyamory, from manic to the mundane, from passion to petting parties, the literary luminaries of the Village led unique and unusual love lives, and what better time to share these stories than this unique and unusual Valentine's Day. Join this happy hour as they celebrate exultant debauchery, true loves, and the ghosts that linger. (online, link with registration, 5:30pm, FREE)
FEST: Chinese New Year Family Festival
Kick off the Year of the Ox with the virtual edition of China Institute’s signature New Year Celebration for families.The festival opens with a lion dance and puppet performance followed by New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making and lantern painting. (Online, see site for details, 11am-5pm, FREE)
FEST: Lunar New Year Chinese Temple Bazaar
A feast of Lunar New Year celebrations, including traditional folk dance by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company; “Hao Bang Ah, New Year!”, a new Chinese hand puppet performance by Chinese Theatre Works; a paper-cutting demonstration by Hongyi He and Ling Tang; a Chinese comic crosstalk episode; "A Guide of New York Love", by Shuimu Xiangsheng; and, a fish-drawing demonstration by Arthur Liu of the Queens Arts Center. And, for those seeking culinary experiences, tune in to see classic Lunar New Year dishes: sweet and savory rice ball demonstration by Queens Night Market’s Wanda Chiu; a meatball dish called “braised lion head” by Queens Night Market’s Johnson Hu; and, a whole fish demonstration by Glow Community Center. (Online, 2pm, FREE)
FILM: Victorian Love Pre-Valentine’s Secret Speakeasy
Love is in the air at The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy with 16mm films about love and the ladies. Playing 16mm films and playing them live using 1960’s Kodak projectors. They will also bring items from their vast collection of antiques, most of which you can actually handle. You can come visit live or enjoy virtually with zoom link sent with tickets. (Live or Online, link with purchase, 7pm-9pm, $10)
FUNDRAISER: Harmony 2021
Tune in for one fabulous hour featuring special guest performances, celebrity interviews, silent auction prizes, musical memories, inspiring fundraising, and more in support of three beloved ensembles and to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Cyndi Lauper to receive Arts in Action Award. Proceeds will benefit the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Youth Pride Chorus, and Tonewall. (Online, see site for details, 8pm-9pm, FREE/$sugg don)
WORD: Love Saves the Day: Celebrating 1970’s NYC LGBT Nightlife
Join in to mark the 51st anniversary of The Loft and its Love Saves the Day private house party, inaugurated by David Mancuso on Valentine’s Day 1970. Mancuso’s invitation-only parties, held at his residential loft at 647 Broadway, created an egalitarian space focused on the experience of music and dance, and influenced New York City nightlife. Tim Lawrence, professor of cultural studies and author of Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979, will share his expertise on The Loft and New York’s music scene that produced a growing number of private parties and public clubs, many LGBT-friendly or exclusively LGBT, throughout the decade. (Zoom, link released day of event, 12:45pm-2pm, FREE)
WORD: The History of Perverse Sex: Illustrated Lecture by Historian Julie Peakman
Julie Peakman explores the gamut of sexual activity that has been seen as strange, abnormal or deviant over the last 2,000 years, examining an abundance of original sources—letters, diaries, memoirs, court records, erotic books, medical texts and advice manuals—and shows how, for ordinary people, different kinds of sex have always offered myriad different pleasures. (Zoom, link with purchase, 1pm, $8)
FESTIVAL: Lunar New Year Chinese Temple Bazaar
Enjoy lively performances, arts and crafts, and food demonstrations to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Ox and the final stretch of harsh winter before the spring renewal. This virtual event will feature traditional folk dance by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company; a new Chinese hand puppet performance by Chinese Theatre Works; a paper-cutting demonstration by Hongyi He and Ling Tang; a Chinese comic crosstalk episode; a fish-drawing demonstration by Arthur Liu of the Queens Arts Center, and more. (Online, see site for details, 2pm, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: ABCirque Presents: Valentine’s Day Virtual Dinner Show Fundraiser
Join ABCirque for an evening of wonder (and dinner recipes to make for the show) and circus surprises. VIP interactive pre-show features the unparalleled skills of NYC's premier mentalist, Eric Walton. Eric will then take over the role of MC when joined by special circus guests for the main show. Starring: Eric Walton, Medea, Meadow Perry, and more TBA. One week prior to the event you will receive recipes for a full menu to create to enjoy during the show and beyond. Circus Chefs for your dining pleasure: Yoni Kallai- main course, Jade McGill- dessert, Toby Medlyn- specialty cocktail, mixed live. (Zoom, link emailed on day of event, 7:30pm, $18-$25/FREE to Patreon subs)
CIRCUS/FUNDRAISER: Aerialists & Acrobats At City Point
Venmo donation: @kygwen
Enjoy this showcase of works-in-progress and show-ready acts of dazzling skills, innovative movements, and super-human strength & flexibility. Artists will be inside BKLYN Studios & audience will be in the City Point main passageway. Masks & social distancing are required. Support furloughed performance artists with a donation via Venmo. (thru 2/28, Thu 7pm/Sun 12pm, 445 Albee Sq W, BK, $sugg don)
FILM: Dan Savage’s Hump Festival
The indie porn festival for every body. HUMP! is a lovingly curated festival of short erotic films made by real people for real people. The filmmakers and stars show us hot and sexy, creative and kinky, ultimate turn-ons and craziest fantasies. Our program is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. View just the film or join nightly lifestream with Dan Savage (thru 3/6, online, see site for details, $30-$46, +18)
PERFORMANCE: Beyond a Winter's Day
Liars & Believers creates original live shows with music, movement, mask, puppet, video, clown, live bands, and aerialists. Join them for a live online performance of story and music, food and drink, mask and puppet, shadow and light. This is a live theatre experience that finds hope and warmth in the moment we share together. Engage all your senses. With your ticket, receive simple recipes for the food and drink in the show. You'll taste and smell the delights of the performance as it happens. This family-friendly event. It's made for adults and perfect for kids. (thru 3/28, zoom, link with purchase, see site for details, pay what you can/$25 sugg don)
THEATER: Liars and Believers’ “Macbeth” in serialized form.
LAB presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth in serialized form. Each episode is 5-10 minutes long. New episode posted each week. (LAB website, FREE)
THEATER: Performance for One
A one-on-one theater performance, now presented live over Skype. The performance is about memory, but even more so, it is about relationship between performer, audience member, and author. What is the responsibility of the audience member, and how is it felt differently when there is only one audience member? Who is the story teller, the author or the performer? What happens to a memory that two people share after one of those people is gone? With a rotating cast of actors, including Elizabeth Chappel, Joshua Coleman, Andrea Gallo, Jan Leslie Harding, Allison Hiroto, Yvonne Roen, and Melissa Rakiro. (Skype, see site for details, FREE)
THEATER: 24 Hr Plays’ Viral Monologues
New monologues written, rehearsed, recorded and released on IGTV in 24 hours. (24hoursplays online, see site for details, FREE/sugg don)
THEATER: The 7th Voyage of Egon Tich
A live-streamed digital theater performance based on The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem. The team behind A Hunger Artist, in collaboration with Theater in Quarantine, returns with an adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s story—set in outer space, performed in a closet in the East Village, and beamed straight to you in whichever room you’re finding yourself stuck in. (Sinking Ship website, FREE/$10)
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