Wow, what a party last Saturday. We <3 you guys. You looked completely incredible, every mermaid and sailor among you, and rocked the ship till late night. We even had two real sailors get pulled in from the street by some party guests!
If you have photos, please send us links & post them to Facebook. Here's what we got for you: TimeOut was at The Drowned Ball, and they were "particularly impressed with Gemini & Scorpio's take on the tragedy. The partyers captured the zeitgeist and honored the ship, Downton Abbey glamour and zombies all in one magnificently macabre event." Pics: http://bit.ly/I9cFX9 - thank you! Our official photographer, as always, was the incredible Linus Gelber, and he's posted two galleries on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/DB_p1 & http://on.fb.me/DB_p2 (tag yourselves!)
We will see some of you tonight at the Lip Service makeout party, and hopefully lots more of you at next week's Cinco de Mayhem. And save the date for Peepshow Carnival, Sunday, May 27. Teaser below -- and please get in touch if you can help. Need lots of artists & crafters on this one.
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OUR NEXT EVENT: 5/5
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Cinco de Mayhem
Cinco De Mayo commemorates a Mexican military victory over the French in the Battle of Pueblo, on May 5, 1862. Somehow, 150 years later, it has become an excuse to party. Who are we to complain? We invite you all to our new loft in Gowanus, to drink enough tequila to wake up tomorrow in Mexico and not remember a thing, and dance all night to Latin-spiced globalbeat ethnotek best with: king of the eclectic loft party sound Barney Iller, ethnomesh master Joro Boro, late-night Rubulad favorite Reaganomics, and DJ KindB of World Class International crew. Live percussion TBC. Fire dancers & hoopers welcome (9k sq ft roof). Festive dress always encouraged, but no costume required. Cheap drinks, good times. There may even be an appearance by a Satanic Burger Truck.
OUR NEXT EVENT: 5/27
Gemini & Scorpio
Sun, May 27, must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address, 5pm-12am (or so), cheap/sliding scale
Every year Team in Training, the largest endurance sports training program in the world, raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by offering training for the New York City marathon and triathlon (.9 mile swim + 25 mile bike ride + 6.2 mile run). In order to participate and in exchange for the training, each participant is asked to raise a minimum of $2900 for the non-profit.
Gemini & Scorpio's longtime door person, stage manager and all-around right-hand-man, Sal Genna, has stepped up to train and participate in the triathlon -- and we have stepped up to help him raise the money for this cause. Of course, we're going to do it in slightly askew G&S fashion.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up to the Peepshow Carnival, a loft wonderland of midway games of skill and chance made up mostly of...marshmallow peeps. That's right, for the first time ever (we hope), show your mettle at games of: Bobbing For Peeps, Shoot The Peep, Peep Eating Contest, Peep Darts, Peep Toss, Peep Jousting, How Many Peeps in a Jar, and lots more! Play the games, eat the peeps, earn gold stars, and trade them in for Secret Prizes!
The Peepshow is going to take place inside and on the roof our as-yet-unfinished loft in Gowanus, BK, on Memorial Weekend Sunday, May 27, 5pm to 12am. We're looking for artists and volunteers to participate in making this most absurd fundraiser happen, specifically crafting and running the games. Won't you run away and join the Carnival? Email us: gs at geminiandscorpio.com with the words "Peepshow Carnival" in the subject. We'd love to have you!
BTW, we have already acquired about THIRTY FIVE HUNDRED of the little buggers, and more are likely on sale at the drug store nearest you.
WEEKEND + WEEK
BURLESQUE: The 1st Annual New York Boylesque Festival
Jen Gapay of The New York Burlesque Festival/Thirsty Girl joins forces with NYC's King of Queer Sleaze, Daniel Nardicio to prove that Burlesque isn't just for women anymore. Feature]ing over 30 amazing boylesque performers from around the globe, the festival kicks off Friday April 27th with its Teaser Party at the East Village's sexy venue, Tammany Hall, hosted by The World Famous BOB. Performers include Brewster (NYC), Wrong Note Rusty (Toronto), Faux Pas (NYC), Trojan Original (Seattle), Bastard Keith (NYC), Manchego (NYC) James & The Giant Pastie (Toronto) Chad Ferro (NYC) Paco Fish (Baltimore) and many more. Saturday April 28th, rev your engines for The Main Event at Chelsea hot spot, Rebel. Hosted by (NYC's Big Tittied Honky Soul Mama) Sweetie, The Main Event features 20 + amazing performers from around the globe including; Tigger (NYC), The Evil Hate Monkey (NYC), Mahogany Storm (Toronto), Hot Toddy (Chicago), GO-GO Harder (NYC), Mat Fraser (London), The Luminous P
ariah, (Seattle), Paris Original-Poetry in Motion (Seattle), Dew Lily (Toronto), Jonny Porkpie (NYC), Mr. Gorgeous (NYC), and the amazing troupes Boylesque TO (Toronto), & Mod Carousel (Seattle), with additional national boylesque performers to be announced. (4/27 at Tammany Hall, 152 Orchard St., 7pm doors, 8pm show, $12 advance, $15 door. 4/28 at Rebel, 251 West 30th St., 7pm doors, 8pm show, $20 advance, $25 door)
EVENT: NYC 19th Century Extravaganza
The Extravaganza is a 3-day, 95% free, all-ages festival celebrating NYC Victorian-era History, Art, and Culture! The festival features classes, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and performances highlighting 19th-century life in New York City, plus Neo-Victorian and Steampunk culture, art and fashion today. The festival culminates in a full-day of Victorian-style outdoors picnicking, performances, fashion shows and merry-making. Participating through costume and period dress is welcome and encouraged. Events include: Victorian Unmentionables Lecture: Women's 19th-century Undergarments; 19th-century Pub Crawl (period costume welcome); Oscar Wilde in New York Walking Tour; steampunk / neo-Victorian fashion show; 19th-century reenactment base ball game (with the old rules and costumes); DIY Victorian-style hand sewing class; Victorian medicinal herbal remedies workshop; old time photo booth; open air figure drawing class; Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes demo
and class; outdoor 19th Century Hearth Cooking Demonstration; and Atlantic Avenue: The World's First Subway Lecture. (Fri/Sat: see site for details; Sun: Old Stone House of Brooklyn, Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground, 3rd St @ 5th Ave, Park Slope, NY 10am-6pm, FREE)
http://www.fluxfactory.org/projects/ispy Flux Factory a participatory conceptual game show that brings together live streaming video, consenting audiences, and unsuspecting participants for a rollicking good time through the misuse of surveillance. The federal government has unrestricted access to your email, local police departments can track your phone's location without a warrant, and we freely post our daily minutiae on Facebook anyway. Instead of lamenting that we're sleepwalking into a surveillance state, iSpy repurposes these technologies for an interactive theatrical experience. Come ready to team up and win subversive challenges involving live aerial surveillance, piñatas, World of Warcraft, and many more surprises. Each night, two featured players carry networked cameras in public space, beaming video back to the Flux gallery-turned-game show studio where they coordinate with the rest of their team to score more points. The team with the highest score wins a rare and special prize. (Sat/Sun, Flux Factory,
39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens, 6pm, FREE)
PUPPETS: Puppet Playlist #13: Motown
Puppet Playlist is bringing Motown to Downtown (Manhattan). Let's Get It On. Puppet Playlist takes brilliant puppeteers and talented musicians and slams them together into an evening of live theater to stir the senses. This Playlist will feature original works of puppetry inspired by the songs of Motown artists, mixed with live musical interpretations by some of New York's most exciting young singer-songwriters. FEATURING PIECES BY: Brodrick Jones, Jessica Simon & Taylor Bibat, Jake Bazel & Vivian Viera, Tom McDonagh & Kate Leitch, Dana Morgan & Millie Taylor and Arlee Chadwick WITH MUSIC BY: Swear & Shake, The Maestrosities, Anna Leuchtenberger & Dave Broome, Matt Singer, and Emily Hope Price (of Pearl and the Beard). Join us for drinks upstairs at KGB bar after the last show of the night. (Mon 8pm; Tues 7:30pm and 9:30pm, The Kraine Theatre, 85 East 4th St, $8 adv / $10 door)
FILM: Battle for Brooklyn
http://dddb.net/php/latestnews_Linked.php?id=3004 See the critically acclaimed and Oscar short-listed documentary about the fight against Atlantic Yards, just 3 blocks away from the eastern end of the Atlantic Yards project site. Following the film there will be a panel discussion about the project, the current state of the impact on and response from the community, and the future of our neighborhoods. Scheduled to be on the panel are: Daniel Goldstein, Co-founder of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn; Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director of the Fifth Avenue Committee; Gib Veconi, Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council; Councilmember Letitia James; Rev. Mark V. C. Taylor, Church of the Open Door. (Brown Memorial Baptist Church, Clinton Hill, 52 Gates Ave bet Waverly and Washington Ave, 6:30pm, FREE)
*OPENING: Nicole Aptekar's Expanded Taxonomy
Expanded Taxonomy is a 15-piece collection of laser cut sculptures built out of composite images. Depth emerges from Aptekar's subtractive process to reveal abstract forms. Expanded Taxonomy utilizes negative space to uncover nuanced structures. The sculptures that populate this exhibit imply time by iteration; the subtle changes of each layer uncover new images, the sum of which give birth to Aptekar's sculptures. The modifications of each tier form the paper skeleton that is the framework of her 3D designs. This series explores elegance and articulation. Aptekar makes adept use of her own laser to achieve a clean precision. Her expertise in designing complex structures and executing them in a decisive manner is not new to Aptekar's work, but in Expanded Taxonomy Aptekar showcases yet another evolution of her process. The technical achievements become transparent as beauty of the work entices the observer's attention. (show thru 5/18, Devotion Gallery, 54 Maujer St, Bushwick
, BK, 7-11pm, FREE)
***EVENT: International Obscura Day
A day of expeditions, back-room tours, and hidden treasures in your home town. Most NYC events sold out, but a few remain. See site for various independent events.
BIKE: Bicycle Blitz Thru Staten Island
http://levysuniqueny.com/events/bicycle-blitz-through-staten-island Join licensed NYC tour guide, native Brooklynite, history geek, beer nerd and bicycling enthusiast Matt Levy on a 15 mile bike ride through the wilds of Staten Island. We'll adventure through the mysterious suburbs of SI on a historical & foodie curated tour of the most misunderstood borough in NYC. From the St. George Ferry Terminal, our first stop will be the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Rosebank, where we'll learn about the inventor of the Teletrophono, as well as his roommate, the Hero of Two Worlds. After a quick museum tour we'll roll down to legendary Lee's Tavern for a clam pie and beer break. Fortified by carbs we'll bike to the end of the island for Killmeyer's Old Bavaria Inn and Beer Garden. Tour fee doesn't include cost of beers or pizza at our foodie / beer garden stops. Bike ride is one-way, approx 15 miles of hilly SI terrain. We will be taking the legendary SI Railway back to the ferry. (RSVP Matt at levysuniqueny dot com, Staten Island Ferry-St George Terminal, 10am-end, $30, includes entrance at Garibaldi-Meucci Museum)
PARTICIPATORY: Street Games Festival
http://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/street-games Get moving with: Stickball, Pogo sticks, Hula Hoops, Double-Dutch, Hippity Hop, Yo-Yos, Skateboarding clinics, Knicks Groove Truck, Street hockey. New activities this year include: Soap Box Derby; Sky Bounce Youth Handball Tournament; Red Bull Skills Challenge; Arts & Crafts with Scribble Shop. KISS FM will be spinning music and emceeing from the main stage and the Dance Theater, of Harlem will perform twice. In the event of rain, Street Games will be moved indoors to the Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center located in the park. (Thomas Jefferson Park, 114th St & 1st Ave, 11am-3pm, FREE / rain or shine)
BIKE: Old Croton Aqueduct Bike Tour
In 1842, the original Croton Aqueduct began delivering water to New York City from the Croton River 41 miles to the north. In the decades leading up to the aqueduct's completion the city had suffered epidemics of Asiatic Cholera and Yellow Fever because water came from increasingly polluted wells.The aqueduct was an incredible work of engineering never before accomplished on such a large scale. It delivered 40 million gallons of clean reliable drinking water daily to a rapidly growing city. Join NYC native Matt Malina and Hannah Riseley-White as we bike the route of the Old Croton Aqueduct from the NYPL to the Highbridge. (Meet at the NYPL 42nd St, 12pm, $20 / Students and teachers $10)
CLASS: Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop http://observatoryroom.org/2012/02/25/anthropomorphic-insect-shadowbox-workshop-with-former-amnh-senior-insect-preparator-daisy-tainton-2 Rhinoceros beetles: nature's tiny giants. Adorable, with their giant heads and tiny legs, and wonderful antler-like protrusions. If you think they would be even more adorable drinking tiny beers and holding tiny fishing poles, we have the perfect class for you! In today's workshop, students will learn to makeand leave with their own!shadowbox dioramas featuring carefully positioned beetles doing nearly anything you can imagine. An assortment of miniature furniture and foods will be made available to decorate your habitat, but students are strongly encouraged to bring any dollhouse props they would like to use. 1:12 scale is generally best. Daisy Tainton was formerly Senior Insect Preparator at the American Museum of Natural History, and has been working with insects professionally for several years. Eventually her fascination with insects and love of Japanese miniature food items naturally came together, resulting in cute and ridiculous museum-inspired yet utterly unrealist
ic dioramas. Beetles at the dentist? Beetles eating pie and knitting sweaters? Even beetles on the toilet? Why not? (The Observatory, Gowanus, BK, Limited Class Size/must RSVP to morbidanatomy [at] gmail, 1-4pm, $65)
Ten hours of new tech, toys, performance, dance - open to the planet. Very participatory. An interactive showcase for people to experience products as they were intended. Projects range from solar, safety, light, neuroscience, biochemistry, film, education, music, and food. The goal is to change how people think about new ideas they'll be able to get their hands on in the near future. In between the magic are successfully funded performers from Kickstarter providing a festive -- wow factor for the senses. Everything is local: the ideas, sounds and inventions are all New York based. As compared to a standard tech conference or show, at Funhaus you can touch and play with every idea and product in the space, you can talk to the inventors and talented artists, and you can watch amazing performers and creative's that will stir your spirit. Artisanal foodie firms will overwhelm the palette with samples and offerings galore. Who makes up the show: Inventors from Kickstarter, NYU's
ITP program, and startups in New York City. (46 Bridge, DUMBO, BK, 4p, exhibition, 9pm soiree, $5)
BENEFIT: A Parlor Party
http://www.thekitchen.org/event/317/0/1 ...to benefit our upcoming production of the Golden Veil. Sing, dance, and toast the night away with the National Theater of the United States of America, its family, friends, and lovers. Come get a foretaste of the intimate theatrical environment we are creating for you out of stuff from our living room. Help us meet our funding goal by hanging out with us. Evening entertainments will include: A glimpse of the song and dance of the Golden Veil; Sonic Time Travel from the Vintage DJ; Balkan no-wave village music from the Drunkard's Wife, as well as dramatic readings, parlor tricks, and dancing. (Uncanny Valley , 26-09 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, 7pm, $15)
PARTY: BLUNDERLAND 2 (RETURN TO BLUNDERLAND) https://www.facebook.com/events/303166419754254 tix: http://www.smarttix.com/ (search Blunderland) Expect nothing and be delivered everything from an evening that will incorporate some of the most explosive talent in today's nightlife and performance scenes. To be followed by an epic dance party to keep everyone going well into the night. Performances will include a very special introduction from The Empress of New York City Nightlife and co-creator of Jackie 60 and Night of a Thousand Stevies the legendary Chi Chi Valenti. Followed variety sets made to mangle your mind with special guests including multimedia wizard Rob Roth accompanied by Chad Hammer, David Sloan and the Love Show Dancers, satirist extraordinaire Mike Albo, circus geniuses Ryan Shinji Murray and Angela Butch, The Gothic Contortions of Rachel Klein Productions, Burlesque from Medianoche and Cheeky Lane, and the incredible duo Nobuya and Tsubi serving you something you ain't getting elsewhere. Following will be a live set from Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout featuring the incomparable Leah Siegel, bringing you v
intage R&B, Soul, and Funk to get your feet moving and light your heart on fire. Before, after, between, and around the performances, enjoy a bit of a dance party courtesy of The Legendary Steve Lewis and The House of Yes's DJ K'MAZING. Food stand provided by It's Veggie Time's Andriana Santiago. (Red Lotus Room, 893 Bergen St, Crown Heights, BK, 10pm, $15 adv / $20 door)
PERFORMANCE: Secret City: Money
An Obie Award-winning, monthly gathering of artists and those who believe in the arts. Part cabaret, part salon, part tent revival, each month has a different theme and a variety of guest artists. With a fantastic line-up of artists and friends coming to illuminate Money, a rich and complicated topic. Modern-day troubadour Andru Bemis will play his banjo and sing some songs; new-economy and barter queen, Caroline Woolard will perform a disappearing act; artist Peter Simensky will show us the beautiful, reconstituted currency he makes Chef Barrett Washburne is making black-eyed peas and collard greens. There will be a story about money and mortality. And, the Secret City Singers will perform Pennies from Heaven. With free childcare. (Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St bet Rivington and Delancey, 11:30am, $10)
PARTY: HOUSE OF FIELD'S GLOBAL WARMING SUNSET BBQ https://www.facebook.com/events/341934799202029 Celebrate the Warm Weather and our New Shop Opening at the End of May. PATRICIA FIELD, WITH LADYFAG and DJ MATEOS, and: Sushi, Artie Hach, Codie Ravioli Leone, Connie Girl, David Dalrymple, Russian Dennis, Ingrid Nilsen, Dai Burger, Barbie Beach, Leo Gugu, Hiraku, Reiko, Joey Pauline. Plus Join Raffaele, Miss Queen Vixen herself, for her last party with the House of Field. Global Warming Fashion Costume Contest. BBQ ON THE HOUSE. DRESS CODE: GLOBAL WARMING SEXY GLAMOUR. RSVP at PATRICIAFIELD dot COM. (230 Fifth Ave, Rooftop, 4-10pm, FREE)
WORD: The Pathological Sublime and The Anatomical Unconscious http://corneliastreetcafe.com/Performances.asp?sdate=4/29/2012&from_cal=0 Celebrating the publication of his essay collection, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-By Essays on American Dread, American Dreams, cultural critic and cult author Mark Dery will lecturewith unforgettable slideson the hallucinatory Crypt of the Capuchin monks in Rome, the uncanny wax mannequins at La Specola in Florence, and the 19th-century Chinese artist Lam Qua's paintings of patients with eye-poppingly bizarre tumors, which so fascinated Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. that he wrote an article exhorting all "worshippers of morbid anatomy" to see the paintings, a textbook example of what Holmes called "the pathological sublime." Mark Dery is a cultural critic. He is best known for his writings on the politics of popular culture in books such as The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink,Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century, Flame Wars, and Culture Jamming. Admission price includes a drink. (The Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, 6
ACTIVISM/PERFORMANCE: Night Before May Day...and all through the city http://revbilly.com/events/night-before-may-day Church of Stop Shopping presents a performance and party, honoring pro bono lawyers who defend Occupiers. After confronting Big Ag banksters at the Waldorf and after the student debt scam rallies across the city, the American Spring rushes toward us. Join us Monday night, when members of the Direct Action working group will talk about the risks, strategies and schedule of May Day in New York and around the world. The special one-night engagement will feature excerpts from the song-cycle the choir recently created from the words of the Declaration of the Occupation, adopted by the NYC general assembly at Zuccotti Park in October 2011. With inspiration by Rev Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. (155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th st, 7pm, FREE)
ACTIVISM: May Day 2012
No work, No housework, No school, Take the streets. 8am-2pm: Midtown action staging zone in Bryant Park including: Free food, a free market, skill shares, workshops, teach-ins, speak- outs, public art, performances, and opportunities for action. 8am-2pm: 99 Pickets at corporate Midtown targets to disrupt business as usual. 10am-2pm: Free University at Madison Sq Park. 2pm: OWS March from Bryant Park with 1,000 guitars to Madison Sq Park and on to Union Square. 4pm: Convene in Union Square for a rally with labor, immigrants, and all the 99%! There will be music including, but not limited to, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Das Racist, and Immortal Technique. 5:30pm: A solidarity march from Union Square to Wall Street. 7pm: Assembly of the 99% and more to be announced in person!
WORD: Punderdome 3000
Hosted by a self-proclaimed Rodney Dangerfield impersonator and his daughter, Fred and Jo Firestone, Punderdome 3000 is a pun competition for wierdos and pun-lovers alike. All are welcome to attend this wild and crazy round-robin event, but only the first 24 individuals/duos to sign-up at the door will have a chance to compete. Pun-masters are determined through a human clap-o-meter system, voted on by the audience. Great big kitchen appliance prizes guaranteed. We're excited to announce that our celebrity judge will be comedian Ophira Eisenberg. "concentrated, unabashed silliness that I longed to bottle and smuggle out in my purse" -- The New Yorker. (Littlefield, 622 Degraw St, Gowanus, BK, 7pm doors / 8pm show, $7 door / $6 adv)
EVENT: Great Small Works May Day Spaghetti Dinner' R-and-R
Come celebrate after a day of great displays of common interest and shared physical expression. Contemplate the power that arises from collectively withdrawing cooperation and consent, however you do it. Featuring: the radiant May Day music of Stagger Back Brass Band, in their 6th annual May Day extravaganza; Great Small Works' improvised Living Newspaper shadow show about the events of this May Day 2012; We Shall Not Be Moved: The Musical Story of the 1937 Woolworth's Sit-Down Strikes, written and directed by Phil Andrews, featuring Cara Francis, Josh Lerner and Xavier, with music by Apocalypse Five and Dime; a May Day Crankie by Vermont puppeteer and filmmaker Meredith Holch; Bloomberg's Fifth Largest Army in the World: Puppet Study #1, about New York's Finest, inspired by 1930s work of Workers' Dance League, by Maura Gahan and Jacobs/Campbell Dance. Food and drinks will be available throughout the night. Please come by and share stories of how you occupied your May Day. (ONE ARM RED, 10 Jay Street, 9th fl, DUMBO, BK, 8pm, sliding scale $5-15)
***MUSIC: Sxip's Hour of Charm (Sxip's Birthday Show) http://www.joespub.com/component/option,com_shows/task,view/Itemid,40/id,6135 Incredible performance composer Sxip Shirey presents a night that will be absolutely over-stuffed with incredible music and sound performance. Including Glass harmonica player Jonny Rogers, human beat boxer Adam Matta, loop, and electronics and violinist Todd Reynolds, Haitian electronic sound artist Val Inc., singing costumed singing ensemble Hydra, Parisian Electro-Cajun Feloche, accordionist Kevin Kardah singing Dead Milkmen, and Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls. This could only happen in NYC. (Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette, 9:30; $15)
THEATER: Prometheus Within
http://lamama.org/ellen-stewart-theatre/prometheus-within/ By Skysaver Productions. Written, designed and directed by Theodora Skipitares. Music composed by Sxip Shirey. Inspired by Aeschylus' PROMETHEUS BOUND, Theodora Skipitares returns to the subject of medicine, with a look at stem cell science, genetic engineering, and organ theft. With a dazzling array of puppet styles and a bold use of scale, PROMETHEUS features live music composed by Sxip Shirey, multi-dimensional acrobatics by Jonathan Nosan in the title role, and video. PROMETHEUS asks the question: Whose body is it anyway? (thru 4/29, Ellen Stewart Theatre, 74A East 4th Street, Thur-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm, $13 student & senior/$18 adult)
THEATER: Julie S. Caesar and the Real housewives of Trevi,
tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/232990 Meet the Real Ladies of Trevi, the pill-popping, chardonnay-swilling, Botox-injecting reality stars who'll cut a bitch for a chance at media glitz. Julie S. Caesar & The Real Housewives of Trevi combines Shakespeare's timeless tragedy of betrayal and politics with Bravo's wildly popular television franchise for a darkly satirical look at those in hot pursuit of fame and the tension between public ambition and personal morality. A site-specific, immersive theater spectacle, the performance leverages Twitter as the new platform for interactive theaterviewers can comment on the events as they unfold with tweets projected onscreen in real time. Written & Directed by Andi Stover, Costumes by Machine Dazzle. (Mondays 4/16, 4/23 & 4/30, The ACE Hotel, 20 W. 29th St, doors 7pm/curtain 8pm, $40)
ART: PYSANKA: The Ukrainian Easter Egg
http://www.ukrainianmuseum.org/ex_120301pysanky.html Pysanky are the unique Ukrainian Easter eggs known the world over for their intricate, colorful designs. Drawn from the Museum's extensive folk arts collection, the nearly 300 eggs are decorated in a variety of regional styles, rich colors, and assorted motifs; many are the work of acclaimed artist Sofika Zielyk. The hand-crafted pysanky are made using raw eggs, dyes, and beeswax in a wax-resist method process, known as batik. The process results in colorful eggs ornamented with an array of detailed geometric, floral, and faunistic symbols. The art of creating Ukrainian pysanky (from the word pysaty to write) has been handed down from generation to generation. This ancient art form is taught in workshops Sat/Sun thru 4/1 (adults & children over 12). The Ukrainian Easter Traditions workshop on March 24, for students age 16 and older, offers hands-on training in baking Easter breads and other traditions related to the holiday. March 31: an opportunity to watch artists in acti
on as they create beautiful pysanky. In addition to the demonstrations, the award-winning short film Pysanka by Slavko Nowytski will be shown continuously from 1-5 p.m. (thru 5/27, The Ukrainian Museum, 222 East 6th St bet 2nd/3rd Ave, $8 / plus $10-25 for special workshops)
THEATER: The Bachelors' Tea Party
http://www.stolenchair.org/bachelorsteaparty.html The Bachelors' Tea Party is an absurd and absurdly intimate new comedy inspired by the relationships of Elsie de Wolfe (Lady Mendl) and Bessie Marbury, who referred to themselves as "The Bachelors," after they took up joint residence sans men in the first years of the 20th century. Before she invented the profession of interior decorator, de Wolfe was a struggling Broadway performer, known more for her costumes than her acting, and her partner Bessie Marbury, legendary agent and broker, was introducing America to Oscar Wilde and discovering Cole Porter. In a playfully perverse take on a young girl's imaginary tea party, de Wolfe and Marbury will delight and torment each other and entertain a coterie of special guests, "performed" by dolls assembled around the table, with audience members seated only inches away. The play is set in a real Victorian-esque tea salon, and seating is extremely limited - please make reservations. (Sundays thru 6/3, Lady Mendl's Tea Salon, 56 Irving
Pl bet 17th & 18th St, 5pm, $10 performance with $35 required tea service plus tax and tip)
ART: This Side of Paradise
http://www.nolongerempty.org/nc/home/events/event/speakeasy-paradise The gates of the Andrew Freedman Home will open to the public. The Home was once built to be a haven, a paradise, for the rich elderly who had lost their fortunes. Bequeathed by millionaire Andrew Freedman, the Home provided not only food and shelter but all the accoutrements of a rich and civilized life style white glove dinner service, a grand ball room, a wood-paneled library, billiard room and a social committee who organized concerts, opera performances and the like. Referencing this quixotic history, This Side of Paradise will reference the past and reconnect the vision of Andrew Freedman to today's Bronx and its realities. The exhibition and its extensive public programming onsite and offsite will draw together the economic and social history of the Home with the present day realities of the Bronx and its residents. The selected artists' will work in a site-specific manner and will respond to such issues as memory, immigration, storytelling, aging and the creation of
fantasy that the original concept of the Home "being poor in style" suggests. This Side of Paradise will celebrate human ingenuity, the strength of the human spirit and the resilience needed to fashion beauty, hope and rejoicing. (thru 6/5, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, tours Thurs-Sun, 1pm-7pm)
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