[G&S]: Urgent: seeking investors / Raid My Racks! 6.6 / Your NYC & online events 5.27-6.3

From: "Gemini & Scorpio" <gs@PROTECTED>
Subject: [G&S]: Urgent: seeking investors / Raid My Racks! 6.6 / Your NYC & online events 5.27-6.3
Date: May 28th 2021

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Hello lovelies,

In case you missed our update last week: we're saddened to report that G&S Loft is explicitly name-checked as a business slated for displacement in the dreaded Gowanus rezoning. The plan is to raze everything and put in glassy $$$ residential boxes with retail on the ground floor. We love our magic Loft, and we'll fight the rezoning as much as we can, but we must also contemplate other options.

To that end, we're putting out a call for investors to join us on the next incarnation of this thing we do, starting at $10k minimum. We're currently budgeting for the next location, and we'd love to know how big we can dream. You already know we can create a sustainable arts community. This is your chance to get in on the next big vision.

(Yes, we're also still investigating that upstate castle we told you about last week, but we know that's a long shot. We'd need at least $1m on that one...)

In the meantime, we're hosting another Raid My Racks party, as the last one was super fun (and helped us raise funds and clear space). And yes, the Parlor is still going. As always, details below.

Gemini & Scorpio,
makers of themed costume events with live entertainment

Donation info: https://www.paypal.me/geminiandscorpio or Venmo - @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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Miss Scorpio

invites you to

Raid my racks!

Sun June 6, 1-6pm, early bird 12-1pm
Clothing preview (about a third of what's here): http://linktr.ee/miss_scorpio_fashion
Tix: https://houseofscorpio.wildapricot.org/event-4326391
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/481332286527508/

G&S/HoS have been on lockdown with the rest of NYC for over a year, but it's time to start considering reopening. We don't yet know what that's going to look like, but we do know we need to make room, as Miss Scorpio pivoted to fashion resale in lockdown, and the Loft looks like a well-curated-but-slightly-mad clothing shop. Help us get back to normal by raiding her racks for her 20+ year collection of vintage, statement, designer & costume pieces. (If you've seen some of it before: multiple racks have been added!)

We're whipping up a breakfast taco buffet bar, including homemade chorizo & vegetarian options, and stocking up on bubbly and bloody marys.

Throughout the day, we'll be doing by-request tiny tours of our COVID pod pop-up, Plum Blossom Parlor (ask Miss S directly). Pre-bottled drinks from the Parlor will be available for purchase, as well. You could also book your slot there for the same day or anytime it's running: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html

Here's our COVID-safe plan for the day:
12-1pm: be the first to raid the racks! Your $10 ticket includes early access & a glass of bubbly (post-1pm brunch optional).
1-3pm: brunch time! Your $20 ticket includes a breakfast taco buffet & a glass of bubbly. You will need proof of vaccine to eat indoors, or enjoy your meal on our roof. Shopping access throughout.
1-6pm: raid the racks! Your $5 ticket includes a glass of bubbly.

You must purchase an advance ticket for a specific time slot to attend, as we will be limiting access to keep to 25% capacity at all times. We're also collecting contact information for all guests in case it's needed for contact tracing in an unlikely case of infection. Masks are required indoors unless you're vaccinated (proof required). All G&S staff have been vaccinated.

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
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/461819764932215
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 5.27-6.3


FEST: The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts
Over 180 artists of all disciplines will be participating in the three-day event. (Fri-Sun 6-11pm / Sat 1-5pm outside, also online, see site for details)

EVENT: Memorial Day Weekend
A weekend of programming at IC including curated vintage shopping, antique cars & motorcycles, pop-up emerging black maker market, live music and djs and more, at various locations throughout IC. (Sat-Mon, see site for details, Industry City in Sunset Park, FREE)

FILM: African Diaspora International Film Festival
Celebrate Africa Month virtually with a selection of 18 fiction films and documentaries that explore Africa through African eyes in 15 different countries. (Fri-Mon, online, see site for details, $7 per program)


COMEDY: Joke-e-oke
Joke-e-oke is karaoke with standup comedy material, where the contestants get to be the stars in a three-round game show. Contestants pick a routine from one of their favorite comedians – and all the material is right there on the monitor. Three comedian celebrity judges are on hand to rate their performances. Join host Harmon Leon (This American Life, New Yorker) and Rich Templeton, Amanda Miller, Todd Montesi, Will Purpura – and special celebrity guests. "Brilliant in its conception." – SF Weekly. "Joke-E-Oke is the new wave in participatory entertainment.” -Wired (Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St, $15)


PARTY: Stoop party
Outdoors, socially distanced live performance party. Featuring: Simona Smirnova on Lithuaninan acoustic zither; Belly Dancing by Amanda; Singer-songwriter Lacy Rose on harmonium; Avant-garde performance by FLUNT; And more. Hosted by Tony Perrottet. BYOB (bring cups) for the street party or get to-go cocktails from KGB Bar and Red Room. (5pm-late, stoop of KGB Bar, 85 East 4th St, FREE)

FILM: Crazy Talented Asians & Friends Animation Shorts
This year’s selected animation shorts, top 4% of over 600 submissions, were chosen by a panel of seasoned film professionals for their extraordinary storytelling, art direction, animation, production, and sound design. In addition to their creative visuals and soundtracks, these films present a range of stories and experiences as diverse as the APA community itself. (Online, see site for details, 6pm, FREE w RSVP)


MUSIC: Slavic Soul Party
Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/slavic-soul-presents-tickets-153151065961
The triumphant return of Slavic Soul Party Tuesdays! For the past 16 years, SSP has been transforming the backroom into a mad underground party that draws audiences from most corners of the world, and you can finally see them in their home venue again. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 7 & 9pm, $20-80)

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Found@Sea combines storytelling, ephemeral found object sculpture, collaborative art making and sustainability in a series of interventions that culminate in a participatory public event. The project solicits ten creators to construct sandcastles dedicated to lost items during a one-day event in Fort Tilden on August 7th, 2021 (time TBA). The event will invite participants to view the sandcastles and their stories, and watch them wash away with the tides. You can work with a team, or on your own to construct this sandcastle. We will provide you with a $150 stipend for your time, effort, and creativity. Application due on June 19th. We will notify you of the chosen artists by June 22nd.


MUSIC: 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)

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)

THEATER: Taxilandia
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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