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We cannot believe it's a week of another deadly shooting -- this one falling squarely at the intersection of racism, misogyny and sex worker violence. As we always do at these times, we ask you to join any actions that may be happening (we haven't heard much, but @justiceforgoergenyc on Insta remains a great resource), report any local hate crimes, and look out for street harassment and attacks.
We were waiting till the end of the month to announce this, but it feels urgent now: our Plum Blossom Parlor project turned a profit for the first time in March. We will be collecting a percentage of proceeds to donate to three organization we think are most relevant right now: https://stopaapihate.org | https://www.welcometochinatown.com | https://www.redcanarysong.net -- please join us in doing this. If you feel inclined to send us receipt snapshots, we can keep a running tally on our site (is that of interest to you?). We plan to keep donating for the duration of the project, inspired as it was by the pandemic-related anti-Asian tension. Last time we all pitched in together, we were able to raise $1k for the Ali Forney center. Let's see if we can do this again.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini and Scorpio present
Plum Blossom Parlor COVID-pod speakeasy
Thur-Sun through March at 6/8/10pm
$50pp for 7-8 guests, $55pp for 5-6 guests, $65pp for 3-4 guests, $75pp for two guests
Below Gemini and Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK (address with booking confirmation)
More info & reservations: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
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 reservations and drop a line for any custom arrangements.
WEEKEND + WEEK
FEST: 5th annual WOW (Women of the World) Festival
An entirely digital, two-day program of dynamic conversations, workshops, and performances for and by women and girls from around the world. This year’s theme, Black Women Transcending will mark this particular moment in time as we continue to endure a global pandemic and navigate the current political climate in the U.S., while simultaneously balancing self-care, family, community and work. More than 80 women are scheduled to participate. Workshops and panel discussions will feature artists, thought leaders, authors, and activists, including Adeline, Aunjanue Ellis; Elaine Welteroth, Harriette Cole, Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Reneé Watson, Jessamyn Stanley, Nikki Giovanni and many more. (Sat/Sun, virtual, see site for details)
PARTY: The Rights of Spring Dance Party
Dance with us on the Vernal Equinox to celebrate Spring and raise money for safe, welcoming housing for LGBTQ+ seniors by Stonewall Community Development Corporation. Two rooms of family-friendly fun: Room 1 - Nonstop dance party. Room 2 - Performances & interactive activities w/ PRIZES: Calling in the Directions (Opening Ritual w/ Radical Faerie Donald Gallagher); Hunting & Gathering (Interactive Scavenger Hunt, hosted by Celia Kutcher); Here Comes the Sun (Samara Dunn Sings); Pet Parade (Hosted by Ada Nieves); Geography of Grace (Elisa Monte Dance); The Rite of Spring: My Story (Chris Bell Dances); 2nd Annual Bonnet Showcase (MC'd by Karl Jacob) - Show up in your spring gala best: Goddesses, Faeries, Satyrs, Elders & Crones. (6:30-9pm, Zoom, $20+)
PUPPETS: The Puppet Showplace Slam Live Virtual Extravaganza
Celebrate World Puppetry Day with a fantastic line-up of short-form puppet theater, performed live by artists from across the country and beyond. This unique cabaret features innovative, irreverent, and inspiring acts, all performed in different locations and zoomed straight to the comfort of your home. The show includes multiple puppetry styles, emerging and professional artists, live music, studio visits, and more. An interactive behind-the-scenes Q&A with the puppeteers follows the show. (Zoom, link with rsvp, 8pm, $10-$50 sugg don)
PUPPETS: Puppets Come Home: Worldwide
Celebrate World Puppetry Day with a puppet slam dedicated to puppeteers from around the globe. Featuring: Di Filippo Marionette (Italy), Duygu Bayar Ekren (Turkey), Kidjam + Puppets by Jae (Thailand), Krystall Puppet Theatre (Kenya), La Bicicleta (Costa Rica), Moti Brecher (Israel), Papermoon Puppet Theatre (Indonesia), Rasputin's Marionettes (California) and more. Plus Obie Award-winning performance artist, puppeteer, and pioneer of object theater Paul Zaloom will talk about a time during the 1970's, when the world-famous Bread and Puppet Theater had a home in Coney Island. A donation link will be provided during the show to support the artists. Adults only. (Online, see site for details, 9pm, FREE/$sugg don, 18+)
ART: Life is Drag
An exhibition showcasing the video portraits of Rachel Rampleman. Exploring subjects such as gender, artifice and spectacle, Rampleman documents the most innovative and singular performers of the currently exploding international alt-drag and burlesque scenes, a portion of which have been filmed throughout the pandemic at the Cell Theater. (thru 3/27, Sat/Sun, The Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
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)
VARIETY: Bindlestiff Open Stage Virtual Variety Show - 50th show!
Get a first look at emerging talents around the world — all from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy a non-stop variety show experience that may include world famous magicians, gender bending jugglers, circus legends, trained rats, novelty musicians, aerial artists, wire walkers, sideshow performers, puppeteers, living cartoons, physical comedy, contortionists, performance artists, and more -- each act live in their own location. Hosted by Keith "Bindlestiff" Nelso. Also featuring circus historian, retired NYU professor, burlesque & circus performer, polar bear promoter, and Chairman of the Board of Bindlestiff, Hovey Burgess. (Mondays, 8pm, live on Facebook & YouTube, FREE / $12 sugg donation)
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)
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