Date: April 10th 2015

Hello lovelies,

A Swing House party guest posted a beautiful set of black-and-white photos to Facebook: -- aren't they lovely? If you have more pics, let us know. We'd love to share them with everyone. Next Swing House has been announced for May 30, btw:

But before that:
- Goldmine! shopping party next Sunday. FREE, and with a fabulous lineup of vendors that keeps growing longer. - Sat May 2, the sci-fi mash-up party Cantina at the End of the Universe. Tickets moving fairly quickly, but still plenty left.

We've been wrestling with Facebook event invites quite a bit lately, and may grudgingly be inching towards converting our group to a page. We still won't be able to invite you directly, but at least you'll be able to subscribe to get notifications about events going up. Do any of you have opinions on this? Do you already use this system (subscribing to bands to hear of their local gigs, for example)? Anyone run pages out there and want to give us any feedback? Would love to hear from any and all of you. We stated a thread on the group page, too, so feel free to chime in there.


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Goldmine! shopping party

Sunday, Apri 19, 1-5pm, FREE
At the Gemini & Scorpio loft in Gowanus, BK Address with RSVP:

Have you ever wanted to shop (or at least rifle through) Miss Scorpio's closet? This is your chance. She's teaming up with fellow dress-up addicts and craft-makers for some closet-cleaning and handmade clothing & accessory shopping. Think one-of-a-kind vintage, feathers and fascinators, fingerless leather gloves, fun pillows and other gifts, and lots and lots of sparkles. Of course even divas have days off, so there will be plenty of casual wear alongside costume and vintage pieces. Plus: by-donation champagne & small snacks, chill soundtrack, and lounging in our awesome loft and sprawling roof. Perfect spring Sunday.

Now accepting vendors for the event. Would you like to sell something that's a fit for our costume-loving artsy audience? Drop us an email (gs at geminiandscorpio) with links to your work. There's no fee, just a suggested 20% donation to the space. We have: loads of outlets, wi-fi, seating. BYO: racks & tables, extensions, lights.

Confirmed vendors:
Anne Arden McDonald - lace, sea creatures and natural elements in hand-cast silver - Aurora and Morticia - Victorian clothing, vintage slips, and a variety of clothing from the 1920's - Burke Heffner - Tall, dark, handsome... Why is my closet full of women's hats, underwear, and costume jewelry? Dana Divine - antique clock part jewelry, hair pieces, ear fins and dread extensions - Fancy Unicorn Designs - handcrafted jewelry inspired by creative energy of the City - KimBa-Ji - handmade African jewelry - La Familia Purry - furry couture: handmade partywear, prints, accessories, and costumes The Mermaids of North America - NSFW onesies, tote bags, tee shirts, and prints - Mustache Mermaid - accessories that go both ways - Sarah Sparkles - stone & crystal jewelry; delicate fascinators - Veloso Designs - unique handcrafted jewelry using original elements and repurposed antiques -


Gemini & Scorpio


Cantina at the End of the Universe

Sat, May 2, 9pm-late
$20 until 4.24 / $25 after and at door, if avail / $10 after 12am Presale recommended: smaller capacity than usual due to giant alien monster puppets Our Gowanus, BK loft - must RSVP for location

Details & RSVP: Tix: FB: Social media: #GScantina #geminiandscorpio

Jedis, Trekkers, Browncoats, Time Lords and Hitchhikers from all corners of the cosmos, follow us to a cantina at the end of the universe to celebrate Star Wars Day, May the Fourth. There will be aesthetically pleasing air pressure waves coming at your eardrums, mad scientist concoctions (no synthahol, we promise), and an eclectic crowd of humanoids, demonoids, arachnoids, cephalopoids, androids, and surprisingly many other alienoids. We won't let any wookies tear your arm off, but don't mention Miranda, or the seemingly harmless 90-pound brunette wandering around barefoot may suddenly opt for some thrilling heroics, and then you're on your own. Dress uniforms encouraged, watch out for the replicants, and don't forget your towel. You can materialize your Tardis right on the dance floor, but we recommend buying your multipass in advance, in case a clone invasion results in massive overcrowding and subsequent destruction of the entire multiverse.

With our special guests: alien monster puppet creature funk band BIG NAZO , returning just for this event from Rhode Island (though we suspect it's really outer space). Stumblebum Brass Band brings the brass mayhem straight from the stratosphere. After the alien invasion, DJ Poodlecannon spins space music for your dancing feet, flippers and paws.

Costume required, as always. Think Star Wars, Star Trek, HGTTG, Firefly, Doctor Who, Blade Runner, Martians, robots, aliens, androids, giant spider creatures with tentacle faces, orange-haired hot-pants-wearing supreme beings, intergalactic bounty hunters, true-blue-blooded opera singers, shiny creatures of energy in corporeal form, the time-traveling anti-you.

"Plenty of opportunities to chat up droids, cyborgs and miscellaneous aliens" - The New York Times "Get your wookie on!" - Brooklyn Based "The party will have you dancing and carousing as if in a galaxy far, far away" - Metro


Swing House is back!


SHOP: Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show & Sale
The show features New York's greatest collection of vintage clothing and antique textiles from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Discover high styles from the last century that inspire today's fashion trends. Over 80 of the country's top vintage clothing and antique textile dealers under one roof. (Fri 1pm-8pm/Sat 11am-6pm, Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 W 18th St, $15)

MUSIC: Centennial Birthday Tribute to Billie Holiday
Honoring Lady Day with the JC Hopkins Biggish Band and some of the finest vocalists in the world: Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Mélanie J-b Charles, Brianna Thomas, Camille Thurman, Charles Turner and Brandon Bain. The band will be zoning in on the early years and led by Wayne Tucker, Bryan Davis, Corey A. Wallace, Christopher McBride, Claire Daly, Charles Goold, Noah Jackson and Julian Pressley. With special surprise guests. (Fri/Sat, Minton's Harlem, 206 W 118th St, 7:30pm, $25 bar/$50 tables)

VARIETY: The Super Fun Passover Seder
Super Fun Variety presents a special interactive Passover show, featuring new circus, burlesque, and variety acts inspired by the 10 biblical plagues, plus Klezmer dance music, a Seder Plate pageant, prizes, food, wine, games, gender-bending biblical prophets, and more. Starring Becky Hahn, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Gretchen Ernst, The Lady Aye, Malak Lunsford, Rebecca Heinegg, Soundsmith Radio, Tanya Solomon, Zero Boy, and hosted by Ellia & Josh Bisker. (Fri/Sat, The Muse, 350 Moffat St, BK, 7:30pm doors/8pm show, $15 adv/$20 door)

FOOD/WORD: Food Book Fair
Celebrating the intersections of food culture and food systems and the writing that brings them to life. 20+ events over three days, 25+ indie food magazines and their makers, 50+ chefs, writers, editors and publishers. Panel discussions include: sugar and sweets, vegetable-forward cooking, chinese food in america, food and empire, how-to-make-a-book, and more. (Fri-Sun, Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave, BK, 9am-9pm, $39-$349)

FILM: Kino Festival
KINO. is a long-running fixture on the city's cultural calendar, having been showcased at MoMA for 35 years before going independent last year. Programmed by an independent jury of leading industry professionals, the festival presents new German films—ranging from thought-provoking features, moving documentaries and award-winning shorts. (Fri-Thu, Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St, see site for details, $12)

FEST: Antiquarian Book Fair
Over 200 American and international dealers will be exhibiting, bringing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera. A book lover's treasure trove. (Fri 12pm-8pm/Sat 12pm-7pm/Sun 12pm-5pm, Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, $20)

EVENT: Congress of Curious Peoples Since the 1860's, Coney Island has been a beacon for strange and interesting people. For generations, it has attracted the curious and the enlightened, the onlooker and the performer. Every spring Coney Island USA convenes The Congress of Curious Peoples, a 10-day gathering of unique individuals at Sideshows by the Seashore, the Coney Island Museum and the Freak Bar, celebrating Coney Island's subversive and exciting power and exploring its political, artistic, and spectacular possibilities through performances, exhibitions, and films by important artists in the world of the 21st century sideshows. (Fri-Sun, this week and next, Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, see site for details, FREE-$10)

FILM: The Wizard of Oz in 3-D A quintessential road movie, musical, coming-of-age story, and more, this timeless classic has never looked better than in the stunning new 3-D version lovingly mastered by Warner Bros. for the film's 75th anniversary last year. The screenings will be accompanied by a related family workshop. (Fri-Sun, Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, see website for details, $12/$9 sen & stu/$6 children under 12)

THEATER: Sea Fraud
A surrealist jaunt through office politics, friendship, the writing process, and the very strange experience of being a person living and eating in America. (Tue-next Sat, The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Ave, BK, 8pm, $15)


MUSIC: Global Mashup #1: Cuba Meets Hawaii Rhumba meets the Hula when the Cuban Group Cocomama meets the Hawaiian Music of the Josh Kekoa Cho Trio, and they blend together with an impromptu jam in the last set. Featuring an open dance floor and free dance lesson. (Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, QNS, 7pm lesson/8pm concert, $15/$10 Members)

PARTICIPATORY: Pratt Draw-a-Thon 2015
Multiple rooms with 18 models periodically rotating from room to room, in poses ranging from thirty seconds to five or ten minutes, to 30 minutes or to 1, 3 or seven hours. Coffee, cookies and apples for sustainment, live drums playing with the short poses, and free pizza after midnight. (Pratt Institute, Main Building, 4th fl, 200 Willoughby Ave, Bk, 7pm-7am, $10 adv/$15 door)

WORD: Stargazing & Lecture Series - Galaxy Synthesizers
These monthly lectures are at a public level followed by stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). Scientists will lead a discussion separating science fact from fiction. In this lecture first you will learn about motion or "orbits' of stars in galaxies, then take orbital information from a few sample galaxies and make music by mapping properties of the motion to properties of synthesized sound. (Pupin Hall at Columbia University, 8pm discussion & observing, FREE)

DJ/PARTY: The Fortunate: Calling the Empress Welcome the change in seasons and recognize Spring as a time to celebrate fertility and abundance as embodied by the feminine divine. The all female lineup includes DJs: Sabine Blaizin (Oyasound), Ushka (Dutty Artz, Ibomba), REsy (EVOLVE), and Shisaa (The JunXion, Vitamin B). Featuring Serena Spears, fusion dancer; Tarot Readings by the Kai Altair; visuals by Valeria De La Pava. Costume themes: Goddess, Empress, fortune teller, queen, king, your/someone else's zodiac sign, spring love child, goddess of fertility, your spirit animal, your favorite planet, the cosmos,your favorite tarot card. (Sway Lounge, 305 Spring St, 10pm, $15 before 12am/$20 after)

MUSIC: Moon Hooch Moon Hooch captured the imaginations of thousands with its infamous stints busking on subway platforms and elsewhere in New York City: two sax players and a drummer whipping up furious, impromptu raves. This happened with such regularity at the Bedford Ave station that the band was banned from playing there by the NYPD. Wherever Moon Hooch plays, a dance party soon follows. (Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, BK, 11pm doors/11:30pm show, $12, 21+)


COMMUNITY: 9th Annual Load OUT - Reuse and Recycling Riot
All arts and cultural groups, non-profits, and community members are invited to donate sets, costumes, props and office equipment they no longer need, to be made available to other artists. This year features artist Ged Merino, who will engage the public in making sculptures from old shoes and fabric. After the exhibition, the bound shoes will be shipped to the Philippines, where they will be displayed in a local gallery, then be donated to victims of Typhoon Haiyan to be unbound and worn again, giving the shoes a second, meaningful life. (FAB NYC, 11 E. 3rd St, 10am-11am donate/11am-2pm, $5/FREE for artists, students, and anyone donating wearable pairs of shoes)

EVENT: New York Tartan Day Parade Thousands of Scottish-American enthusiasts paraded up 6th Ave or lined the streets of the parade. Featuring pipe bands, pipers, drummers, clans, organizations and, of course, the famous Westies and Scotties (W 45th St, up 6th Ave, to 55th St, 2pm, FREE)

THEATER: Adrienne Truscott's Asking For It A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else. Dressed only from the waist up and the ankles down, she undoes and does-in the rules and rhetoric about rape and comedy and the brilliant, awful or awkward laughs when the two collide. With commentary and 'appearances' from George Carlin, Louis C. K. and Robert De Niro, she takes on ducks, pussy-puppets, mini-skirts, rape whistles, Daniel Tosh, Bill Cosby and enough gin and tonics and bad behavior to get a girl in trouble. Additional performance on 4/18. (Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, 11:30pm doors/12am show, $15)

MUSIC: The Universal Thump: The Seder-Songwriter Project The Universal Thump has gathered an exceptional line-up of their musical friends to create a brand new Tower of Song (and artisanal matzo). An all-inclusive, secular, humanist celebration, The Seder-Songwriter Project is a group of NYC's finest singer-songwriters, each performing one new song based on its story and/or rituals, culminating in a modern re-telling and re-interpretation of the Jewish holiday through contemporary song - a one-off, "Musical Seder." (Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, 6pm doors/7:30pm show, $15)

SHOP: Ridgewood Market Night Bazaar
Over 40 independent and local artisan vendors. Food and pastries, alcohol, music, entertainment, and more. Kid friendly. (Ridgewood Market, Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave, QN, 5pm-11pm, FREE)

OPENING: "Do The Spirits Return?" Exhibition Opening Reception and Tour This exhibition explores the surprising intersections between spiritualism, torture theatre, the dark arts and early 20th century stage magic as seen in the work of Howard Thurston (1869-1936). The exhibition will feature stunning and rarely exhibited original stage props, posters, photographs, artworks, letters, books, and even the fabled "Luxor Mummy," all drawn from the collection of Brooklyn native Rory Feldman. Complimentary light snacks and cocktails will be served. (Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Ave, Bk, 8pm, $25/$15 members)


FEST: The Bloody Mary Festival Participating bars and restaurants will comprise of the most delicious and innovative Bloody Marys in Brooklyn, including last year's "Best Bloody Mary" and "Most Original Bloody Mary" winner – Lucky Luna. Tickets include 3 hours of unlimited Bloody Mary tastes, lunch by Delaney BBQ, live music by The Afro-Latineers, artisanal food samples and a vote for "The Best Bloody Mary in Brooklyn." (Industry City, 116 39th St, Bk, 1pm-4pm, $45)

MUSIC: Auditorium
An extended evening of site-specific electronic and electroacoustic performances organized by artists/curators Lea Bertucci and Tristan Shepherd. The focal point for this event is a custom 10-channel sound system installed throughout the 50,000 square feet of the venue. This system will act as the point of departure for multichannel works by innovative sound-based artists Nate Wooley, Sabisha Friedberg, Marina Rosenfeld, Woody Sullender, Phill Niblock, and Katherine Liberovskaya. (Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, QNS, 4pm-10pm, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: KinkyJews Passover Sing-Along Happy Hour
Passover Sing-Along featuring the KinkyJews Haggadah. This year will be a festive, funny holiday sing-along and unconventional haggadah reading without the symbolic chocolate feast that has accompanied it in the past. (Solas, 232 E 9th St, 6pm, $10)

DANCE: Annual ‘Taste Of Dance Parade' Showcase A magical evening inspiring dance through the celebration of diversity, featuring a curated selection of performances from groups appearing in the upcoming 9th Annual Dance Parade and Festival on Saturday, May 16th. Performers include: Kitty Lunn; Red Silk Dancers: Traditional Chinese; Fran Sperling, Aerial Dance; Pro Am Dance Team NYC; Sarah Elizabeth : Fire Dance; Infinity: Hip Hop; Anthony Aiu of Aveia Dance (Hawaiian kahiko & hula). A reception precedes the performance. (Dixon Place 161A Chrystie St, 6pm reception/7pm show, $20 adv/$25 door/$100 VIP)


WORD: Ukraine, Russia, and the Future of Europe Over 1.1 million people are internally displaced and over 6,000 have died in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. With violations to the Minsk II agreement, the future of peace in Eastern Europe remains uncertain and the post-WWII European order is now at risk. Yale historian Timothy Snyder will speak on the ongoing conflict and its significance for the region, Europe, and the world. Professor Snyder will discuss how what may appear to be a regional crisis could soon shape more of the world. Refreshments will be served after the lecture. (Columbia University, International Affairs Building, Rm 1201, 420 W 118th St, 3pm, FREE)


THEATER: Transcendence: Relativity and Its Discontents A staged reading of the new play by science historian Robert Marc Friedman. In 1915, after toiling for years in Zurich, Prague and Berlin, Einstein achieved his general theory of relativity. In 1919 British astronomers announced evidence for the bending of starlight by the sun as Einstein predicted and, much to his surprise, he found himself an international celebrity. Expectations arose that he would be called to Stockholm, but the Nobel Committee for Physics refused to acknowledge "speculations" such as Einstein's. Several committee members agreed that Einstein must not receive a Nobel prize. A talk-back audience discussion with playwright, director and actors follows the performance. (The Graduate Center of CUNY, Science Center, room 4102, 365 Fifth Ave, 6:30pm, FREE)


WORD: Composing Music Beyond the Human Composers Charlie Morrow, David Rothenberg and David Solder will discuss the intrigue of composing music beyond the human: for elephant performers, insect accompanists and an audience of fish. (The New School's University Center, 65 5th Ave, 6pm, FREE)


ART/PERFORMANCE: "Phenotypes", Expressions of biological research through new media A collaborative exhibition between biologists and artists at NYU, highlighting the implicit creativity of the scientific process. Visitors are invited to experience laboratory experiments in an entirely new context. Using raw assets produced by the scientists, the artists reimagine this research in the form of dance performances, interactive installations, and sculptural models. (Tisch School of the Arts, Riese lounge, 1st fl, 721 Broadway, 6pm, FREE)

ART/FOOD: Pancakes & Booze Art Show NYC
Over 100 emerging artists exhibiting, live body painting, all-u-can-eat pancake bar, live art battles, live music & dj sets. With performances by: DJ CodeSlicer, Nigma, Quill, and DJ Polarity. (M1-5 Lounge, 52 Walker St, 7pm, $10, 21+)

VARIETY: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret Two productions: sophisticated evening cabaret & family matinee. For more than 20 years, Bindlestiff's Cabaret season has been an alternative New York favorite, providing a stage for the world's best in circus, sideshow, vaudeville, burlesque, and variety. Evening shows are for a sophisticated audience (18+ suggested). Featuring: Stephanie Monseu, Keith Nelson, Susan Voyticky, Matt Greenfield, Kyle Driggs, Mark Gindick, The Bindlestiff Orchestra: Sabrina Chap and Matt Talmage, and special guests. (The Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th St, 8pm, $20 adv/$25 door/$20 clowns in makeup)

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ART: Photographer seeks participants for tribal ritual with modern twist Finnish photographer Kenneth Bamberg is bringing a Papua New Guinea tribal tradition to New York. Bamberg will bring his renowned Koteka Impressions project to the area from May 6th through the 14th and is seeking male "members" of all ages and walks of life. Contributors are asked to create a koteka, or penis sheath, of their own interpretation and then will be photographed wearing it by Bamberg. The project is very open ended and participants are encouraged to use any material they desire in creating the piece. Estimated total time commitment is 3 hrs: 2 for photo shoot, 1 for video interview on the experience. The men will receive a framed copy of their portrait in A4 format and of course keep their koteka. View examples of the project at Email Bamberg at kennethbambi at gmail to participate.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: FIGMENT NYC 2015 Weekend The FIGMENT Weekend Curatorial Team is primarily concerned with the suitability of your project for FIGMENT and Governors Island, as opposed to artist experience, education or previous exhibitions of the piece. Artists of any age or experience are welcome to be a part of FIGMENT as long as the project is interactive, upholds our principles, and does not violate Island rules. See website for details. Deadline: April 24.


THEATER: Annie's Shakespeare Shakedown: Hamlet
Help the young Hamlet unravel the mystery of her father's death. Immerse yourself as actors spin wildly through the party, blending Shakespeare's poetry with improvisational interactions — soliciting advice, inciting mischief and even inviting you to play along. Pay tribute to King Claudius. Have a drink with Horatio. Offer flowers to Ophelia. Get advice from Polonius. Trade jokes with the Gravedigger. Come to castle Elsinore and become a part of the show. Costumes are welcome but not required. Use code "POISON" for $20 off VIP ticket. (thru 4/10, Solas, 232 East 9th St, 6:30pm, $40/$90 VIP)

THEATER: Money Lab
This show is an economic vaudeville, a multi-disciplinary experiment to discover whether economic ideas can be represented through performance. It uses a mixture of theater, dance, video, cabaret, opera, puppetry, clowning and games in order to explore everything from the gold standard, to the 2008 stock market collapse, to the theories of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Arthur Laffer, and Elinor Ostrom, to the intersections of economics and art. (thru 4/11, Here, 145 Sixth Ave, see website for details, $20 plus $5 to $10 "buy in")

ART: Alex Da Corte, Die Hexe For Die Hexe ("The Witch" in German), Da Corte has created a site-specific installation that consumes the gallery's townhouse, turning it into an implausible cross between a dollhouse and a haunted house. Here visitors will take on a journey through familiar imagery and obscure biographical references that mingle, repeat, trade places, and morph into new provocations that invite reflections upon memory, impulse, the stability of knowledge, and what constitutes value in a work of art. This is Da Corte's largest installation to date. (thru 4/11, Luxembourg & Dayan, 64 East 77th St, 10am-5pm, FREE)

FASHION: YSL & Halson: Fashioning the 70s
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the '70s celebrates the two designers who defined the sexy and glamorous fashions of the 1970s. This is the first exhibition to juxtapose their work and analyze the way they dealt with similar themes and aesthetics during the height of their careers. Both designers are equally represented by the approximately 80 ensembles and 20 accessories that are arranged thematically in an environment designed to evoke the style of this singular, dynamic era in history. (thru 4/18, Tue-Fri 12pm-8pm/Sat 10am - 5pm, FIT, 27th St & 7th Ave, FREE)

ART/FASHION: Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits
Authenticity and copyright protection against knock offs are two of the most debated topics in fashion today. This exhibit investigates the history of both authorized and unauthorized copying, as well as the various factors that have led to grey areas in authenticity. (thru 4/25, Tue-Fri 12pm-8pm/Sat 10am-5pm, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Fashion & Textile History Gallery, Seventh Ave at 27 St, FREE)

THEATER: Revenge of the Popinjay Combining storytelling, stand-up, physical theatre, performance art, and original live rap music to create a one-of-a-kind theatrical event. Popinjay satirizes the clichés of homophobic culture and questions the capacity for evil in all of us. (thru 4/25, Fri/Sat, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, See website for schedule, $15 adv/$20 door/$10 sen & stu)

THEATER: Go to Sleep, Goddamnit! Using full masks, bold physicality and not a single spoken word, The Krumple Theatre Company tells the story of a small provincial church, which finds itself devoid of church-goers. The disillusioned priest battles with himself, God and his pillows as he falls deeper and deeper into an existential crisis. Three nuns unwittingly unleash the power of the internet, and with it their own ambitions and desires. To make matters worse, dinosaurs have appeared on Noah's Ark and someone is plotting to burn down the church. (thru 4/26, Fri/Sat, The Tank, 151 W 46th St, 8th fl, 7pm, $15)

FILM: Required Viewing: Mad Men's Movie Influences With its richness of detail and depth of characterization, Mad Men has an artistic ambition that reveals many influences. Series creator Matthew Weiner drew from literature, cinema, fashion, photography, architecture, music, and more, to help create the world of the show. Weiner has selected ten movies that had an important influence on the creation of Mad Men, movies that made a deep impression on him and were required viewing for people working on the show. (thru 4/26, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, see website for details, $12/$9 sen & stu/FREE members)

FILM: Retrospective of Tsai Ming-liang Distinguished by deadpan humor and a minutely controlled mise-en-scene in which the smallest gestures give off enormous reverberations, Tsai's films constitute one of the most distinctive and monumental bodies of work of the past 25 years. Tickets include same-day admission to the museum. (thru 4/26, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, See Website for Details, $12/$9 sen & stu)

FEST: The Orchid Show Explore an expanded showcase of hanging designs inside the Haupt Conservatory before stepping outside to enjoy a complementary schedule of events and activities. Inspired dance performances, poetry, hands-on orchid care demonstrations, and shopping fill the daylight hours. At Orchid Evenings Enjoy a cocktail while viewing The Orchid Show and its thousands of spectacular flowers. The unforgettable beauty makes for one of New York City's most romantic date destinations. While taking in the elegance of the show, stop for quick lipstick touch-ups by one of Guerlain's famed make-up artists, and indulge in a specialty cocktail inspired by Guerlain's Orchidée Impériale line. Dine at The Pine Tree Café and lounge to the sounds of a live band. See website for Orchid Evenings schedule and information. (thru 4/29, Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, New York Botanical Garden, 200th St, BX, $20 weekdays/$25 weekends)

EXHIBIT: Performing Franklin Furnace In 1976, performance artist Martha Wilson founded Franklin Furnace, an organization whose mission would be "to make the world safe for avant-garde art." This exhibition celebrates that mission with a presentation of thirty projects selected from Franklin Furnace's archives. (thru 4/30, Mon-Sat, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 W 14th St, 2nd fl, 11am-6pm, FREE)

ART: Irreverent: A Celebration of Censorship For decades, censors—would-be and actual—have attempted to suppress queer creativity. With prohibitions, backroom dealings and cover-ups, spying, break-ins, and vandalism, artwork has been excluded from exhibitions or damaged or destroyed after installation. Taking inspiration from the censorship of Robert Mapplethorpe's art in the 1980s and 1990s, and the more recent withdrawal of David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly from the National Portrait Gallery, this exhibit explore the innovative responses to watershed moments in the history of censored LGBTQ art in Canada, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States. Curated by Jennifer Tyburczy. (thru 5/3, Tue-Sun 12pm-6m, Thu 12pm8pm, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St, FREE)

ART: Mapping Brooklyn A new exhibition, co-presented by BRIC and Brooklyn Historical Society featuring contemporary art works that use mapping and cartography as themes alongside actual historic maps. (thru 5/3, Tue/Thu 10am-8pm, Wed/Fri-Sun 10am-6pm, The BRIC House, 647 Fulton St, BK, FREE)

FEST: The Great American Performance Art Festival: "Borders" A series of performance art events curated around the question "What does it mean to be American?" and its implications, most specifically the notion of borders and barriers. Featuring Matthew Silver, Gerlado Mercado, Anaze Izquerdo, Kalan Sherrad and songs from Marita Isobel Solberg. (every other weekend thru 5/31, Grace Exhibition Space, 9pm doors/9:30pm show, $5-$20 sugg don)

ART: Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection Since arriving in Japan aboard Japanese ships transporting sacred Buddhist scriptures from China in the mid-sixth century, cats have proceeded to purr and paw their way into the heart of Japanese life, folklore, and art. Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection illustrates the depth of this mutual attraction by mining the wealth of bravura depictions of cats to be found in ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the Edo Period (1615-1868). Roughly 50 items will be replaced with new works halfway through the exhibit. Rotation 1 3/13-4/26; Rotation 2 4/29-6/7. (thru 6/7, Japan Society, 333 East 47th St, see website for details, $12/$10 stu & sen/FREE for members/FREE for all Fri 6-9pm)

ART: Matthew Weiner's Mad Men Featuring sets, including Don Draper's office and the kitchen from the Drapers' Ossining home, costumes, props, advertising art, and research material from series creator Matthew Weiner, this major new exhibition reveals the creative process behind one of television's most celebrated dramas. (thru 6/30, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, see website for details, $12/$9 sen & stu/FREE members)

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