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While we're still contemplating reopening options, our tiny immersive speakeasy experience is still going, and you can have it all to yourself (and your pod) every Thur-Sun. We can also send gift packages anywhere in the world, if you or someone you know might like a taste.
We're also actively clearing out all the fabulous vintage & designer fashion we've been reselling in the pandemic. If you'd like to come browse, the best deals are always in person. But we do have an extensive selection online, as well: https://linktr.ee/miss_scorpio_fashion
Lastly, we've been doing some renovations in lockdown, and could use an experienced plumber -- anyone have recs? We'll let you know what we've been working on really soon!
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
ONGOING: COVID-pod speakeasy
Gemini and Scorpio present
Plum Blossom Parlor COVID-pod speakeasy
Thur-Sun through May 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.
NYC EVENTS 5.7-5.13
WEEKEND + WEEK
PUPPETS: Unicorn Afterlife
A Unicorn, a beast of pure goodness and light, wakes in a black void and discovers, horrified, that it’s dead; but in the hands of a team of puppeteers, it lives again and looks for a way to escape its past, and maybe escape its future too. Unicorn Afterlife is a grimy, synthesizer dream ballet about fantasy, greed, gender, glitter and the power of belief, designed and directed by Justin Perkins. (Fri/Sat, live online 7:30pm & on demand thru 5.17, $12-34)
PARTICIPATORY: Jane’s Walk NYC 2021
Due to COVID-19, Jane’s Walk NYC has been reimagined to provide new ways to explore, share stories about the city, and connect with your fellow New Yorkers. From self-guided strolls to zoom talks to social media activations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy across the five boroughs. Jane’s Walks are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required for live virtual activities. Although guided in-person group walks must remain suspended this year due to COVID-19, we urge everyone taking a self-guided stroll to follow the latest safety protocols from federal, state, and local authorities. (Fri-Sun, see site for details)
OPENING: NY Philharmonic Bandwagon 2
Four weekend-long festivals across New York City. With a mobile, state-of-the-art shipping container as a stage, the New York Philharmonic will partner with six organizations and more than 100 artists to present 39 performances, which span artistic disciplines from reggae, jazz, and opera, to dance, poetry, theater, film, and visual art. (weekends in May, see site for details)
ART: Tour of Art in Our Subway Stations
Welcome to art underground, beneath the very streets of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. We will be looking in (virtually) on nine different subway stations through photographs and illustrations, highlighting the diverse array of artwork in each and the stories behind them. From purposely commissioned art over more than 35 years by the MTA’s Arts and Design Department, to the original art from the subway’s opening in 1904, we will learn about how the art was made and installed, and the artists who made it, as well as the rich history of our neighborhoods represented in the art itself and the process by which it was commissioned. (online, 6pm, FREE w RSVP)
CLASS: Shrubs: Tasty, Tangy Botanical Beverages
Both tart and sweet, a shrub is a tasty tonic made with a vinegar base, fruit, sugar, and herbs. Drink as a tonic or mix with mineral water or your favorite spirit. Students will learn everything you need to know to make your own tasty shrubs at home. Recipes will be sent in advance of the class in case you want to make along!. (Zoom, 7-8:15pm, $22)
BIKE: Brooklyn Bike Jumble
NYC’s only bicycle flea market where you can buy new and used bicycles, bicycle accesories, bicycle collectibles, clothing and other bicycle treasures. Bike prices start around $50 and go up from there. Rain or shine. (Old Stone House, Fifth Ave & 4th St, BK, 10am-4pm, FREE)
COMMUNITY/PERFORMANCE: Ecological City
Ecological City 2021 features outdoor physically distanced pop-up site performances and temporary visual art presentations that celebrate the climate solution initiatives throughout the community gardens, neighborhood, and East River Park waterfront of the Lower East Side. There is no formal street parade. Come to LES and find the surprises of spectacular local climate solutions, visual art, puppets, costumes and performances tucked throughout the neighborhood. Pop-up performances will be livestreamed on Facebook. (4th St to 12th St & Ave A to the East River Park waterfront, Lower East Side, rain date Sun, FREE)
PARTY: Horned Ball 2021 - Rise of the PhoenOx
An absurdist Spring Bacchanal where the animals emerge from hibernation in horns with an urge to dance, this event is being reimagined as creative community picnic with multiple small sound systems. Activities: Running of the Bulls / Golden Calf Worship / Olly Olly Oxen Free / Altar of the Çatalhöyük Neolithic Bull Cult / Interactivity Kiosk. Theme: PhoenOx. While horns of any type are always welcomed at Horned Ball, this year's theme weaves the Greek legends of the Phoenix and Taurus with the Lunar Year of the Ox for many creative possibilities. Channel inspiration from these genres, wear horns, feathers and/or togas or do something totally unexpected. Read invite for more details. (in person and live online, Nethermead Meadow in Prospect Park, 4-10pm, $10 sugg don, vaccine/neg test required)
PERFORMANCE: Spaghetti Ramadan
The fourth iteration of Great Small Works’ and Fihi Ma Fihi's celebration of the spring holiday, and the second time it will be presented online. The “Spaghetti” in the name comes from Great Small Works’ 25-year tradition of hosting eclectic cabaret evenings where vegetarian pasta is served. Iftar is the meal that Muslims eat after sunset during Ramadan to break the day's fast. It is one of the ceremonial observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. For Spaghetti Ramadan, the two collectives have teamed up to offer poetry, music, puppets and digital wishes of wellness, featuring artists from the Muslim world. (7:15pm, FB livestream, donation via Indiegogo)
CLASS: The History of Scotch Whisky
Explore the origins of spirit, its eventual arrival into Scotland and how the process was refined and perfected to the malts and blends we enjoy today. We will also stare through the looking glass of time to the people who made whisky so popular; the fight against government and taxmen; halcyon days and the dark days; its global reach with roots still firmly planted in the hills and glens of rural Scotland. I’ll explain how the stuff is actually made, where it is made and how geography as well as history has had a part to play in whisky’s development. How is Scotch different to Bourbon or Irish, and how have their stories differed and related to our saga? There are quirky stories, interesting characters and the mystery of the lost distilleries to illuminate us as we unravel the secret of the Water of Life. (Zoom, 6:30-8:30pm, $7)
No hokey gimmicks. No dumb themes. No bad Tinder date stories. TALE brings you the best in NYC’s storytelling. Featuring performers with creds from SNL, NPR, Comedy Central, VICE, HBO and beyond. Hosted by the amiable Harmon Leon (New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vice,
Featuring: Michele Carlo (A Fish Out of Aqua, Sean O’Brien (Moth Champ, Zilla Vodnas (ZillaVision, Momoh Pujeh (UG Comedy). (KGB Bar Red Room, 85 East 4th St, 6pm, by donation)
OPENING/VARIETY: The Rose Room
The secret place where queers and bohemians gather...Nights of circus and cabaret await the curious. (7 & 10pm, Three Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole St, BK, $50 table seating only / limited capacity)
MUSIC: New York Opera Fest
The festival showcases the breadth and diversity of opera in New York City through events ranging from virtual reality to improv opera, with productions in theaters, gardens, garages, bars, playgrounds and more. Performances are both in-person and live online.(thru 5.30, see site for details)
FEST: LES History Month
Lower East Side History Month was launched eight years ago in the hope that a collective celebration of our neighborhood would strengthen our connection to each other and strengthen our sense of community. This May, over 60 organizations will honor the multi-layered, diverse history of the neighborhood. Lower East Side cultural and community groups, small businesses, and residents will host a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities. Celebrations proudly feature Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and other community histories of the LES as defined by its historical boundaries which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Two Bridges and Loisaida. (thru 5.30, see site for details)
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 5/30, see site for details, $25)
THEATER: Post Theatrical
We are a group of theater artists and companies joining forces during the pandemic to produce mail-based theatrical experiences. Wildly varied in form, content, and duration, these experiences have been intentionally built for increased audience access and inclusion beyond that which is possible in typical live theater. Our work aspires to connect human beings of disparate backgrounds despite (and in some ways, through) distance. (thru 6.30, see site for details)
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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