Date: December 29th 2016

Hello lovelies,

We're writing you a day early so you have a bit of extra time to sort your New Year's Eve plans. As always, the city is exploding with options -- but honestly, you shouldn't feel pressured to jump on them. Sometimes, the best thing to do is hide at home with a few good friends.

If you're choosing to join us at our intimate Labyrinth-themed party, here's the latest on tickets: we're down to some of Tier 3 tickets remaining for presale, but we can't guarantee for how long, as sales always jump in the last few days. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for latest; we'll post there if door sales are available. We do always try to keep at least a handful, just can't guarantee it at this stage.

Don't forget that we're also hosting a makeout + breakfast afterparty via our kinky sister brand House of Scorpio. If you want to stay with us all night, look here: (we may even hang out later and watch movies into the day!).


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NYE: 12/31

Gemini & Scorpio

Labyrinth Lounge

Saturday, 12/31, 9pm-4am, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested) Gemini & Scorpio Loft & adjacent gallery - RSVP on site for Gowanus, BK address Tix*: $40 Tier 1 - SOLD OUT/ $50 Tier 2 / $60 Tier 3 & door, if available $20 after 12:30am - door only, capacity allowing (see below for afterparty info)

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Celebrating 30 years of puppets, goblins and Bowie's crotch with an intimate, immersive two-location event featuring live bands, unexpected performances, strange creatures and irresistible dance grooves.

With: Fitted Horns - a brass melting pot of hip hop, jazz and pop. Special dance party set by sonic magician Sxip Shirey. All-vinyl 60s-thru-80s dance floor: beat, soul, mod, funk and more, by DJ Ol' Stark and DJ Stylus. Between and after bands: Bowie!!! plus glam, post-punk, synth-pop and Brit New Wave by DJ Poodlecannon. Glittering burlesque by Beelzebabe. Wild creature go go by Queen of Love and Hope. Surprises and magic by Nelson Lugo. Weird word play by David F. Slone, Esq. Special mystery appearance by Nati Amos. Eye candy by CJ. Custom Labyrinth art by James Vogel, Charlotte Gaspard, Charlie Kanev and more. Fabulous themed cocktails at the bar.

Dress code: Labyrinth, Bowie, vintage lounge & cocktail wear, glamorous NYE, gender & species fuckery. No casual wear admitted, but any form of dress-up accepted.

*Please note that this event is much smaller than our usual holiday gatherings, and we expect it to sell out fairly quickly. We had to alter our original plans after the Oakland warehouse fire, and hope to bring you our full vision of the Labyrinth event sometime in 2017. We thank you for your support in making it happen -- your ticket purchases are funding current and future art for the event. All ticket tiers offer the same access; please support at the level you can afford.

In addition to this event, our sexy sister brand, House of Scorpio, is hosting a late-night/early-morning makeout & cuddle party, with breakfast. Details & rules: FB:


Gemini & Scorpio and Dayna Kurtz


Snatch Back!
A fundraiser for Lady Parts Justice League & the battle for our reproductive freedom

Thur, Jan 19, 7pm-12am, $ TBA
Gemini & Scorpio Loft - RSVP on site for Gowanus, BK address Info:
FB: Tickets on sale after 1.1.17, when we announce the full lineup

An evening of sexy solidarity and kinky outrage to raise funds for the Lady Parts Justice League. A hand-picked lineup of irreverent performances, including Dayna Kurtz, Penny Arcade, Tammy Faye Starlite, Sxip Shirey, Mamie Minch, Mistress Couple and more outrageous and special guests TBA.

More on our performers:
- Penny Arcade: an internationally respected poet, playwright and performance artist, a megaphone for the marginalized, a blaster of bullshit, a poet of the profane, fresh off rave reviews from her sold out St. Ann’s show, “Longing Lasts Longer” - Tammy Faye Starlite followed her hit downtown cabaret act, “Holy War 2016 — the New Regime” with a national Christian tent revival tour where she performed her hit single ‘God Has Lodged a Tenant in My Uterus’ for thousands of the newly converted. - Dayna Kurtz: angry depressed Jewess who writes spiritual drinking hymns for atheists. - Sxip Shirey: sonic magic maker
- Mamie Minch: luthier and multi instrumentalist, and badass Amazonian motherfucker. - Mistress Couple: Headmistress of La Domaine Esemar training chateau, professional ballroom dancer and dominatrix with a sub-specialty in political humiliation will do unspeakable things to a willing victim in a Trump mask for our cathartic pleasure.

More on LPJL:
The Lady Parts Justice League is a coven of hilarious badass feminists who use humor and pop culture to expose the haters trying to destroy reproductive access. We believe if there is not laughter, dancing and sexy time in your revolution, you need to fix that. The LPJL wants to lead by example showing fighting for equality is a way of life, not just a reaction to crisis, and we are connecting artists and activists around the country to help make that happen.

Do you have an outrageously alternative performance or experience you'd like to donate to the cause? Seeking collaborators and entertainers.



PERFORMANCE: Manual Cinema: Lula Del Ray (multimedia, incl puppets) This production is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Told almost entirely without dialogue, it tells the tale of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother in a mid-century American Southwest setting. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with the country music duo the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and encounters a world of danger, deception, and disappointment along the way. (Wed/Thu, this week and next, The Public 425 Lafayette St, see site for details, $25/$20 members)

FEST: Under the Radar 2017 A festival tracking new theater from around the world. Over the last 13 years, this fest has presented over 210 companies from 41 countries. It has grown into a landmark of the New York City theater season and is a vital part of The Public's mission, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are redefining the act of making theater. (Wed/Thu, this week and next, Various MH locations, see site for details)


FOOD/PERFORMANCE: Great Small Works' end-of-year Spaghetti Dinner: Fast, Furious, & Moving
Featuring: Lush Tongue - Interactive, improvisational vocal performance led by Onome and Bonita Oliver; The Sad True Adventures of President Punch - a puppet show by Joe Therrien and Tom Cunningham; SUPRULI - a NYC-based choir devoted to the traditional folk and liturgical polyphonic singing from the Republic of Georgia; Junken Master Part I - Great Small Works and friends in jaw-dropping action scenes with soon-to-be de-accessioned junk from their studio; and SHARABI - The world's first Yiddish-Punjabi-bhangra-fund-klezmer party band, led by trumpeter Frank London and percussionist Deep Singh. No one turned away for lack of funds. (Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq S, 7:30 food/8pm show, $15 sugg don)

PARTY: The Salon: New Years Eve Eve
Some say New Year's Eve is amateur night; that's 'cause all the dames n' dapper gents know the real party is the night before. With music by: Glenn Crytzer Orchestra, Avalon Jazz Band, and King Solomon Hicks Quartet. Plus: The Minsky Sisters - '20's Tap Sensation; Djs Lewi Gilamichael, Odysseus Bailer, and Adam Lee; beginner swing lesson. Classic burlesque & Go-Go by Mr. Gorgeous, Gal Friday, Lilin Lace, Velvetina Taylor. Proper attire requested - retro chic, vintage, suits, cocktail attire, or biz casual...think Boardwalk Empire, Gatsby, Mad Men. (The Players, 16 Gramercy Park S, 7:30pm-12:30am, $49-$60, 21+)

PARTY: Shanghai Mermaid A lush evening in Marrakech. Step back into an evening aglow with candles and golden lanterns, palm trees, belly dancers, fortune tellers, and champagne. Dance performance by Desert Sin; lush, classic burlesque by Tansy Tan Dora; traditional moroccan music by Brookyn Nomads; 1920's/'30's hot jazz by Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers; belly dance by Amanda, Renata, Djahari & Cassandra; fire performances by Anatolia Fire Goddess; moroccan drumming by Jeff Webb and more. Fancy attire required: dressy vintage or creative costume. Come as a moroccan prince or princess, a sheik, a berber horseman, mata hari, a french dignitary, a spanish soldier, a hollywood movie star, an international spy, a visiting matador, a geisha, a sufi casual attire admitted (See site for details, $80 not including drinks)

PARTY: Faith, Freedom & Sex: A Celebration of George Michael 2016 has not been kind to our musical icons, to say the least. For more than 30 years, George Michael moved us to dance and cry, so we're throwing a party in his honor. Join us on Friday to celebrate his legacy with music and videos provided by Brian Blackout of Feeling Gloomy and Stephen Pitalo of Music Video Time Machine. We'll be playing the best hits, b-sides, and live tracks from Wham!, his solo years, and collaborations all night. (Littlefield, 622 Degraw St, BK, 10pm, $5)

SATURDAY [in increasing cost order]

PARTY: The Third Annual New Year’s Eve Flamingo Formal A glittery evening of dancing, gaming and Shuffleboard Bobs. The sort of low pressure, affordably glamorous and properly festive fun that you always hope your New Year's will shape up to be. Don your best black, white and ping and get down with Dj Chris Annibel and OP. Come early as this party always hits capacity. (The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 514 Union St, BK, 5pm-10:59pm, FREE)

PARTY: New Year’s Eve at Coney Island A one of a kind New Year's Eve Celebration featuring fireworks, music, and live entertainment. There will be free rides (weather permitting) on the B & B Carousell, Deno's Wonder Wheel, and the Thunderbolt, free ice skating at Abe Stark Rink from 6-10pm, and The New York Aquarium will keep it's doors open till 9:00pm, annual parachute jump light show, and side show performances. (W 19th St & Mermaid Ave, BK, 6pm, FREE)

BIKE: 19th Annual New Year’s Eve Bike Ride & Outdoor After Party Start the year off right, on your bike or skates. Celebrate New Year's Eve in the great outdoors. We'll be riding up to Belvedere Castle in the middle of Central Park for the best New Year's Eve dance party in town with fireworks. Dress festive, don't forget your noisemakers and party favors, and bring food and drink to share. Three meet up locations. (Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn-side entrance, BK, 9:45pm; Washington Square Park Arch, 10pm; Madison Square Park, 23rd & Broadway, Flatiron Side, 10:20pm; FREE)

MUSIC: New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event, gathering old friends and new for more than a quarter of a century. Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music, begins this year’s concert with selections from Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 6 in D Major. Following a seasonal reflection from Emmy award winning journalist and news anchor, Harry Smith, the performance continues with settings of three spirituals by African-American composers, Adolphus Hailstork, William Dawson, and Moses Hogan. As part of this evening’s concert, the Cathedral is pleased to present a new work by composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell, “Light Shall Lift Us,” a musical response to the tragedy that occurred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016: the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. (The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112th St, 7pm, FREE-$100)

PARTY: Boogie Nights New Year’s Eve Dance Party It can’t help but feel a little poignant that as Dirk Diggler, Amber Waves, and Rollergirl bid farewell to the disco days of the ‘70s before all hell breaks loose in the ‘80s, we too are straddling the line of an unclear future. (Where will our porn star careers go from here? Is videotape really the future of the film industry?) Let’s put off the big questions for now and celebrate the good times, when the cocaine was better, film reigned supreme, and Mark Wahlberg could go all night long. Costumes are not required, but they’re strongly encouraged. (Videology Bar & Cinema, 308 Bedford Ave, BK, 8pm, $20)

MUSIC: Anbessa Orchestra
Anbessa Orchestra is a seven piece group based in New York that draws its inspiration from the kind of classic Ethiopian music anthologized on the cult Ethiopiques series. Anbessa’s approach to the music is personal, but never strays far from the 60’s and 70’s sound of the original. They play some better and lesser known tunes from some of the Ethiopian masters as well as their own compositions. The result is an original sound that would have fit nicely on the Ethio-funk scene of 1970’s Addis Ababa. (Barbes, 376 9th St, BK, 10pm, $20)

DJ: Cheap n' Easy
Tired of elbowing your way through crowded over priced parties? Leave the fancy costly, New Year's Eve to the amateurs. Enjoy champagne toast and pizza at Midnight; wear what makes you happy, pajamas to glitter; ring in the year without all the bullsh*t. With DJs: Serratus, Peter PONY Clement, Hesh Donnerstag (Philly), Tuckahoe, 2-Bit, Lush, JAG & Curls, Jake Lama & Special Guest, Elan, Tr(Otter), and DJ Been Jammin. LED art by Gene Harrison. Good old fashion Cuddle Puddle. (The Keep, 205 Cypress Ave, BK, 9pm-8am, $35-$55)

VARIETY/PARTY: How Cool Is This New Year's Eve Party? Featuring: ”New Years Eve in Heaven", A Performance Art Collaboration by" Dick Zigun and Eckszooberante; Coney Island Laser Shows’ special Rock and Roll themed Laser Show plus virtual ride on Coney's most exciting roller coasters; walk to the Boardwalk for the Parachute Jump Midnight Ball Drop; late night Coney Island Circus Sideshow Fire Finale. Half Price Beer and Wine until Midnight at the Freak Bar. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 8pm-2am, $40 adv/$50 door)

PARTY: Rubulad’s Y2K Flashback. Remember the last time you thought it was the end of the world? Live music by: Friend Roulette, Preachermann and the Revival, Les Sans Culottes, Morricone Youth. With Emcee/Magician Tanya Solomon. Plus DJs Reaganomics, Porkchop, and Mekristo. Midnight champagne bunny toast, projections by the Sperm Whale, G Scopitronic's non stop film fest, Eat Your Heart Out Sing-a-long hosted by Vendetta Doe feat. the Songs of Leonard Cohen, and more. (RSVP for address, BK, 8pm doors/9pm show, $40/$30 before 9pm/$20 after performances)

DJ: New Year's at the End of the Universe Tix: We converge this New Year’s Eve to listen deeply, meditate on what was, and to what comes next. Offering an alternative to thumping parties, we have space for reflection in an immersive and comfortable environment. Curious spacious sounds put this year to bed and harmonic resonances welcome in the new year. Light eats will be served as well as an assortment of beverages. Live: David Hykes, Harmonic Presence, Certain Creatures, Birds of Prey, Abby Echiverri, Radere, Borne. DJ: Patrick Russell (Ambient Set), Clay Wilson, Ken Meier, Nihal Ramchandani, Matthew Patterson Curry, JD Harrington. Visuals: Candace Price, Sloane Solley, Joshue Ott, Nathan Townes-Anderson, Todd Polenberg, Sarah Porter. Sound by Boum Creative. Kava available from Brooklyn Kava. Food and drink sponsors include: 44º North Vodka, Anita's Coconut Yogurt. (315 Ten Eyck St, Bushwick, BK, 8pm-12pm next day, $45)

PARTY: Old Havana Masquerade Ball 2017 Transport yourself back to the golden age of Old Havana while ringing in the New Year. Live music by Pepito Gomez & His Orchestra, and your eyes on Cuban inspired burlesque featuring: Boo Boo Darlin, Taradise, Akynos, Tiny Twist, Kita St. Cyr, and Trinity Starlight. Hosted by: Ginger Twist. DJ Stefande feeds your soul with latin beats all night long. Old Havana Style Costumes encouraged. Think colorful 1940’s & 1950’s style suits and dresses & Cuban Revolution. Inspirations: Suits, Fedoras, Cigars, Guayaberas, Caribbean Queen, Salsa Queen, Castro, Che Guevara & Celia Cruz. Dezi Arnez and Lucille Ball for couples. (From, 85 Ave A, 8pm, $45-$195)


PARTICIPATORY: Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year's Day Swim
Cheering on those brave—or crazy—enough to take the plunge will stir you from your stupor. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club's annual New Year's Day Swim welcomes hundreds of swimmers, without the benefit of blubber, underfur or guard hairs, to venture out into the ocean. Warm clothes, a pair of sneakers you don't mind ruining (or surf boots, if you've got them) and the fortitude to actually go through with it are all that's required to take part in the brisk tradition. Membership is not required for this dip, but if you're planning on taking the plunge, help the organization raise funds for Camp Sunshine, a charity that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. (Meet at Boardwalk and Stillwell Ave, Coney Island, BK, 1pm, $40 sug don)


*MUSIC: Dayna Kurtz
With vocal comparisons to Nina Simone and a musical style that pulls from jazz, blues and country, singer Dayna Kurtz has found her best success not in America but in Europe. Kurtz started out as a folkie, but has expanded her influences over the years, creating a sound that fits in best under the Americana umbrella. A former Brooklynite, she occasionally comes back from her travels for these semi-secret small shows. (Barbes, 376 9th St, BK, 7pm, $10)


TASTING: Green Fairy at the Red Room
Tix: A monthly showcase of absinthe tasting and entertainment, featuring a new brand of absinthe and a variety of risqué and bawdy performances each month, along with an edifying salon of what makes absinthe a unique and mysterious liqueur. Each month we present a new absinthe sponsor, as well as Zelda Magazine. Mr. Kellfire Bray will guide you through the complexities of absinthe's history and rituals. With live hot jazz by pianist Chris Johnson and lovely chanteuse Robyn Adele Anderson. (Red Room, 85 E 4th St, 3rd Floor, 9:30pm/tasting 10pm, $10-20)


ART: Daniel Merriam: Earthly Delights (and other side effects of dreaming)
Daniel Merriam's "Earthly Delights (and other side effects of dreaming)" is a new exhibition of 15 paintings, 5 drawings, and 4 new-release prints by Daniel Merriam. Merriam will debut his new, 364 page catalogue raisonné entited Built on Dreams Alone, which features over 30 years of Merriam's work. The book will be released in February 2017, but is available in December exclusively at AFA Gallery. (thru 12/30, AFA Gallery New York, 54 Greene St, see site for details, FREE)

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