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As we close our first fundraising month, we're happy to report that we've raised about $250 for three amazing Asian American support organizations in the last month: https://stopaapihate.org | https://www.welcometochinatown.com | https://www.redcanarysong.net -- did you donate yet? If you did, send us a copy of your receipt to add to the running total on our website (if you feel like it, of course). Plum Blossom Parlor, our immersive speakeasy experience, is now open thru April, and if we're lucky enough to make a profit again, we'll keep donating to the cause. We're also still sending out gift packages anywhere in the world. Reach out if you'd like to learn more about that.
Gemini & Scorpio,
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Vintage, thrift & designer clothes: https://linktr.ee/miss_scorpio_fashion (reply for an in-person appt)
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini and Scorpio present
Plum Blossom Parlor COVID-pod speakeasy
Thur-Sun through April 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
PUPPETS: National Theater Live: War Horse
Now seen by more than 8 million people around the world, War Horse is a powerfully moving and imaginative stage drama, a show of phenomenal inventiveness, filled with stirring music and songs. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses thrillingly to life on stage. Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford.
(Fri-Tue, online, link with purchase, see site for details, $15)
VARIETY: Spoke the Hub Virtual Salon
Dancers, Musicians, Actors, Film-makers, Spoken Word Artists, Circus Performers, and Interdisciplinary Performing Artists are invited to share a brand new work, a revived work, an excerpt of a new or old work, or a work-in-progress on this mixed performance & film showcase, to be broadcast online (Sat/Sun 7:30pm, $15)
VARIETY: KGB's Spring Frolic
Celebrate the triumphant return of KGB at the first guerrilla street party of the 2021 season, outdoors and socially distanced. Featuring: Simona Smirnova on acoustic zither; Belly Dancing by Amanda; Opera recital by ElizabethBeers Kataria; Avant-garde music performance by Flunt; Jazz saxophone by Calvin Johnson. Hosted by Tony Perrottet. BYOB for the street party or get a TO GO glass from the reopened KGB Bar and Red Room (The stoop of KGB Bar, 85 East 4th St, 5pm-dark, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Tompkins Square Park Promenade
Everyone loves the Easter Parade, the fashionable Fifth Avenue promenade of fantastic chapeaux and springtime finery. Sadly, it is cancelled again this year. So clever costumers Christopher and Abby, who brought you the Renegade Mermaid Parade, are teaming up again for an Easter Sunday stroll. Pull out your most colorful ensemble, get out your glue gun and craft yourself an Easter Bonnet TO MATCH YOUR MASK and take a runway model walk around the park. MC Christopher will be hosting a high energy RUNWAY FASHION SHOW in the park where all are encouraged to WERQ. Glinda The Good Bus will be providing the music and sound. And if you'd like to participate in the Easter Bonnet Contest you can parade up Avenue B past Lucky's panel of Judgey McJudgersons to win faaaaaabulous prizes. (Tompkins Square Park, 2-4pm, FREE)
FOOD: Caribbean Chinese Fried Rice: An Afro-Asian Diaspora Story
Lecture, cooking demo and conversation exploring the crossroads of Black diaspora and Asian diaspora cuisines. Investigating the concept of what is “authentic” Chinese food and “fusion” cuisine, Professor Tao Leigh Goffe (Cornell University) and Chef Lucas Sin (Junzi, Nice Day) highlight varieties of fried rice across the Caribbean. During this demo, Professor Goffe and chef Lucas Sin will be making Cuban Fried Rice, in the style of La Caridad 78, and Hokkien (Fujian) Fried Rice, a dry fried rice on its base topped with a heaping “gravy.” Texturally and structurally not like any other fried rice, the narrative traces Chinese immigration backwards, from the Caribbean back to the Hakka, Cantonese, and Fujianese traditions where many early immigrants came from. Recipes will be mailed to ticket holders in advance. (8-9:30m, online, $20)
PARTICIPATORY: Mail Art in April
A campaign is underway to get people to connect off-screen, and support the USPS by sending something creative through the nation's mail service. The idea is simple: Make or find a thing for somebody; Include a thanks to the USPS on the outside; Post a pic to FB/IG #MailArtInApril; Send it. Modern mail art is considered to have begun in the 1960's with artist Ray Johnson and the New York Correspondence School. The practice was reinvigorated in the 1980's by E.F. Higgins III, who is now the best-known living mail artist. And boy is he funny. Humor tends to be a big part of mail art -- just read about all the potatoes sent via the US mail. This is an experiment to see if we can create a new tradition, one that reminds us that culture is about how we interact with each other, more than about what we watch together. (Thru 4/30, see site for details, FREE/postage cost)
TAXILANDIA, created and written by Oye Group’s Modesto Flako Jimenez, immerses its audience in the flavors, sounds, sights and dynamic history of a neighborhood confronting social stigmas and the realities of gentrification. Weaving a dramatic, performative ‘tapestry’ that interconnects generations, social classes, races and cultures, TAXILANDIA complicates our notion of what it means to be a local, an immigrant or a resident of a place, challenging us to answer: “What is my personal roadmap of home?” Originally developed in Flako’s own neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, the piece was inspired and drawn from his nine years driving a taxicab and his documentation of conversations with passengers, residents, locals, and immigrants to the neighborhood. TAXILANDIA is available via a $25 ticket lottery for a single pod of up to three people become passengers in Flako’s cab for a personal experience of Bushwick. Also available as self-guided text-based walking tour. (thru 4/30, see site for details, $25)
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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