Happy New Year, everyone! Thank you for joining us for our intimate Labyrinth Lounge. We're still waiting on photos, though there's already some Hoggle and Fieries making their way around Instagram under the #geminiandscorpio tag. We love keeping these surprises from you :)
Now, for our 2017 plans! There's going to be quite a bit going on this year. Our secret clubhouse is turning five (can you believe it?!), and we're expanding our programming here as much as we can, both with our own and guest productions. Also, as we promised after the election, we're committed to donating our space to anyone doing serious resistance work to the new fascist regime. And of course, yes, we do weddings and birthdays. If you'd like to put on an event here in 2017, public or private, get in touch with us! Best email is loft[at]geminiandscorpio.
The first two political events of the year are actually coming up in the next two weeks, for inauguration week. See below for full descriptions. One of them is ours, and one a guest event. Both are donation-based, and nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.
Lastly, we also want to overhaul our listing editing process this year. We know you'd love for this list to arrive earlier each week...and you know we need help working on them...so we're looking for all new editors to join us in 2017. You can help as little or as much as you like: but the more you can commit, the more perks we'll be able to give you (like admission to ALL our parties in 2017).
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini & Scorpio and Dayna Kurtz
A fundraiser for Lady Parts Justice League & the battle for our reproductive freedom
Thur, Jan 19, 7pm-1am
$25 presale guarantees admission / $15-100 sliding scale at door (all door proceeds go directly to LPJL) Gemini & Scorpio Loft - RSVP on site for Gowanus, BK address
A hand-picked lineup of irreverent performances, sexy solidarity and kinky outrage to raise funds for the Lady Parts Justice League.
More on our performers:
- Dayna Kurtz: angry depressed Jewess who writes spiritual drinking hymns for atheists. - Sxip Shirey: international composer and performer, reluctantly brings back his infamous tampon applicator musical act, for just this ONE performance - Adrienne Truscott: choreographer, dancer and stand-up comedian, formerly half of the vaudeville duo the Wau Wau Sisters, and now gaining international acclaim for her bold one-woman show "Asking For It: A One Lady Rape About Comedy." - Nora Burns: writer, performer, fag hag, and one third of wildly twisted and brilliantly outspoken comedy trio Unitard. - Mamie Minch: luthier and multi instrumentalist, and badass Amazonian motherfucker. - Pussy Grabs Back: a mobile, femme powered, anti-Trump brass band, bringing music to streets to protest this new regime's dangerous fascist agenda. They're gonna make this revolution danceable. - Abby Hertz: performance artist who's going to "Paint It Black" live on stage...and by "it" we mean her vagina. - Sweet Tits: the "lesbian Spinal Tap" rawk-n-roll band taking NYC's gay/queer scene by storm. - Tiny D: in-your-face feminist burlesque dancer. - Mistress Couple: dominatrix with a sub-specialty in political humiliation and Headmistress of La Domaine Esemar training chateau, will do unspeakable things to a willing victim in a Trump mask for our cathartic pleasure.
Plus a special set from comedian Lizz Winstead, founder of Lady Parts Justice League, co-creator and former head writer and correspondent of The Daily Show, and co-founder of Air America Radio, where she co-hosted Unfiltered, with Hip Hop legend, Chuck D and political big brain Rachel Maddow.
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.
Inaugural Resistance Party & ACLU Benefit
An event to support the ACLU and show our opposition to the president-elect. While he dances at inaugural balls, we will be organizing and raising money to resist his assaults on our civil liberties.
A representative from the New York Civil Liberties Union will be on hand to answer questions about the ACLU and how you can best get involved. There will be a cash bar, complimentary hors-d'oevres, an art raffle, and other fun stuff TBA.
If you can't get down to DC to march, don't spend the evening drinking while swaddled in blankets on your couch -- come and show your support and drink/kvetch with us! Guests and friends are welcome, please feel free to share the invitation.
Door is a suggested donation of $10-100, going directly to ACLU; nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.
/// NYC EVENTS LISTINGS ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
MUSIC: Winter Jazzfest 2017
This two-night event straddles venues on the North and South ends of Greenwich Village including multiple venues at The New School, (le) poisson rouge, SOB's, Bowery Ballroom, Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, The Django at The Roxy Hotel, nublu, Bowery Electric, and Subculture. More than 130 groups will perform over the two nights, featuring over 600 musicians. (Fri/Sat, multiple locations, see site for details, $55)
MUSIC: New York Hot Jazz Fest Stage at Winter Jazzfest '17
12 bands, 2 days, 1 hot party. Featuring: Nicki Parrott Duo, Gunhild Carling Band, Sammy Miller & The Congregation, Ghost Train Orchestra, Peter & Will Anderson Quintet Plays the Dorseys, Glenn Crytzer's Savoy Seven, and more. (Fri/Sat, The Django at the Roxy Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas, 6:40pm, $tbd)
PUPPETS/MULTIMEDIA: Manual Cinema: Lula Del Ray http://manualcinema.com/event/lula-del-ray-under-the-radar-festival-new-york-ny 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. (Fri-Mon, this week and next, The Public 425 Lafayette St, see site for details, $25/$20 members)
FEST: Under the Radar 2017
http://www.publictheater.org/en/Programs--Events/Under-the-Radar-Festival/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. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, Various MH locations, see site for details)
THEATER: Joes NYC Bar
In the days leading up to the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, Joes NYC Bar will open its doors in NYC for the first time in its 15-year existence. The audience is invited to join the interactive, immersive, improvised, 90-minute show that seeks to build a global conversation about the world we live in. Joes NYC Bar offers a safe space for the public to interact with a diverse cast of colorful and opinionated barflies about issues close to their hearts. Embedded into the experience are meticulously researched characters, each with their individual narratives explored at every performance, plus a different world-class live musical act every night. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, Ryans Daughter, 350 E 85th St, see site for details, $20 adv/$25 door)
COMEDY: 11th annual 50 First Jokes NYC
http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1391154-11th-annual-50-first-jokes-nyc-brooklyn "50 Comics. One Mega Show. 1st New Joke of the New Year!" - That's been the logline that defines this very special party show, celebrating the massively talented stand up comedy scene in this City. A mixture of established NYC comedians along with the best and brightest up-and-comers share the stage to present the 1st new joke they've written since The Ball has dropped. This fun, fast and loose show is a favorite amongst audience and comedians alike. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15)
ART: Graceful Light: The LED Designs by Justin Eastman opening reception http://www.chashama.org/event/graceful_light The use of technology and LED light in our lives has become pervasive, from the devices we use every day to the lights we use to brighten our homes. These items are typically meant to convey some sort of status or to mimic previous technologies and for the most part remain inconspicuous. The designs of Justin Eastman attempt to marry these new led technologies to bring them to the forefront and display the unique light properties of these devices in unique and aesthetically pleasing ways, with the goal of creating beautiful art illuminated with graceful light. Exhibit continues through 1/20. (chashama at XOCO 325 by DDG, 325 W Broadway, 6pm-10pm, FREE)
SOCIAL DANCE: Swing Remix Dance Spectacular http://swingremix.com/pages/dances2017.htm#A20170107 Start off with a Swing Beginner Class; all levels, no experience needed. Followed by live music by Gunhild Carling & The Swingadelic Big Band, a dance performance, DJ Stina, give aways, and more. Lindy Hop workshops also available at 6:30pm and 7:30pm for separate charge. (The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave, 7:30 doors/7:45pm Free Class/8:30pm Music & Dance, $20)
MUSIC: APAP Showcase: Banda De Los Muertos http://www.barbesbrooklyn.com/calendar.html In the Mexican state of Sinaloa, brass bands (bandas) are part of every public celebration. In the 1940's, the pioneering Banda El Recodo started mixing up traditional brass band tunes with contemporary Mexican music - mostly ranchera` - and soon transformed the idiom into a powerful new popular genre. In the 1990's, banda music experienced a renewal, especially among young Californian Mexicans, many of whom have family roots in Sinaloa. Banda music's popularity exploded in Mexico as well and has become the new urban music of choice. (Barbes, 376 9th St, BK, 10pm, $10)
PARTICIPATORY: No Pants Subway Ride 2017 https://improveverywhere.com/2017/01/03/no-pants-subway-ride-2017-details-for-new-york All are invited to participate. Requirements for participation: 1) Willing to take pants off on subway. 2) Able to keep a straight face about it. Bring a backpack and a metro card. Do not bring: A camera (we'll have several photographers on hand). Wear: Normal winter clothes (hat, gloves, etc). (Seven meeting points -- see site for details, 3pm, FREE)
FEST: GlobalFEST 2017
12 global artists, on 3 stages, in 1 night. The fests mission is cultural, social and political. It aims to bring down boundaries between countries and create cultural opportunities for individual artists and for governments, sponsors, scholars and critics to collaborate. Tours and cultural exchanges that result from globalFEST¹s showcases have helped to build an ever widening audience for world music and, by extension an increase in international cooperation and collaboration. (Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St, 6pm-11:30pm, $45, 19+)
MUSIC: Ghost Train Orchestra, Hazmat Modine, The Klezmatics & Briga http://highlineballroom.com/show/2017/01/08/ghost-train-orchestra Ghost Train Orchestra: This is music from the heart of the Jazz Age that still has a raucous immediacy. In fact, just about every track on the bands Hothouse Stomp (Accurate) has the hookiness of a pop hit. Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix. Hazmat Modine plays the kind of Blues one might have found in a barrelhouse in New Orleans had the city been inhabited by gypsies who performed with Otis Redding and the city had been built on the Black Sea. The band is driven by harmonicas, tuba, drums, guitars, Banjo and a full horn section. Since their emergence 30 years ago, the Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music, made aesthetically, politically and musically compelling recordings, inspired future generations, created a large body of work that is enduring and helped to change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Accurately described as a Jewish-American roots band, the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form.
(Highland Ballroom, 431 W 16th St, 6:30pm doors/7:30 show, $20 adv/$25 door)
COMMUNITY: Thank God Its Morning: Wild Woman New Year Dance
Turn your, "Oh no, it's Monday" into an "Ohhh Yes!" wild freedom declaration. Awaken your body, mind and heart to your true wild nature...love. Start with a women's "Into the Wild" meditative, love your body journey with Wild Woman led by founder of Be Wild Woman Healing Artist Kiana Love. Sink into care, awaken to love, feel safe and supported. Then all are welcome at Free Your Body Dance Soundbath beginning at 6:30. Feel the beat of your heart and realign with nature. Listen, honor and move your body. Awaken your wild healing power and let it flow through you into the world. This is open to all who are committed to the empowerment and healing of women and the feminine. (Creatively Wild Art Studio, 33 Washington St, BK, 6am Into the Wild/6:30pm sound bath, $18-$25)
MUSIC: Sxip Shireys A Bottle of Whiskey and a Handful of Bees Record Release https://nationalsawdust.org/event/ferus-festival-sxip-shireys-a-bottle-of-whiskey-and-a-handful-of-bees With special guests Rhiannon Giddens, Xavier, Dessa, and Choral Chameleon. Acclaimed electro-acoustic composer and performer Sxip Shirey celebrates the release of his new album A Bottle of Whiskey and a Handful of Bees with a non-stop evening of music and performance. Shirey and his band perform songs from Whiskey/Bees including Cinnamon Stick, Woman of Constant Sorrow, Penny Red, Palms, and So Stay alongside his full arsenal of sonic and performative ideas. Featuring: Choral Chameleon performing a new piece for The Gauntlet The choir you walk through; The infamous co-joined breathing duet last performed by Sxip Shirey and Rachelle Garniez at TED; A dance party with Sxips sousaphone-fueled JANK band; And multiple reverse disc music boxes, marbles and glass bowls, spinning weight plates, extended triple penny whistles, and other sonic surprises alongside the beautiful, sexy and surprising music from Shireys new album, A Bottle of Whiskey and a Handful of Bees.
(National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St, BK 7pm, $29 adv/$34 door)
MUSIC: APAP Showcase: Dos Santos: Anti Beat Orquesta, Los Cumpleanos, and more. http://www.barbesbrooklyn.com/calendar.html Dos Santos: Anti Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of popular Latin American dance genres - from cumbia to salsa. Los Cumpleanos play a psychedelic mix of classic era cumbia and salsa from Colombia as well as tasty originals in the same vein. With sets by DJ K.Conan, and DJ Crown Vic. (Barbes, 376 9th St, BK, 9:30pm, $10)
MUSIC: The Lunary: Full Quiet Moon
https://www.facebook.com/events/619648098239326 This session features a sound bath co-created by Genevieve Fernworthy, Alice Cohen, and Joan Hacker. Genevieve Fernworthy is an elemental practitioner, artist, writer, and multi-instrumentalist who performs under the moniker LAUDS. Her solo musical output is expansive, and she incorporates elements of synthpop, soul, psych, and noise into her instrumental + vocal work. Alice Cohen is an animator and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. She uses found imagery and collage to make hand-made stop-motion animations, and has created music videos for a wide variety of bands and musicians, as well as had her more experimental animation work shown internationally in screenings and galleries. Joan Hacker is a sound and visual artist who worked under the name Factoria until 2013. As Factoria she released music via her label Hunt the Hunters and collaborated with such artists as Theologian and Foresta di Ferro. Guests are welcome to stay after the session for a meet + greet. Rugs are provided
. Yoga mats recommended. (Bc Studios, 232 Third St, BK, 8pm-12am, sugg don)
MUSIC: Greek Judas, Raya Brass Band, Choban Elektrik, Litvakus
Pre-Golden Fest celebration featuring music from the Balkans and surrounding areas. Greek Judas plays rock versions of songs from the Greek Rebetika tradition. Raya Brass Band has thrilled audiences with its energetic brand of soul shaking, border defying dance music. Given the way these five musicians electrify clubs, festivals, underground parties, and even subway cars with their riotous performances, its no wonder that theyre often mistaken for a band twice the size. Choban Elektrik is a band that performs traditional Balkan folk music on vintage keyboard instruments, played in a psychedelic and improvisational setting. Litvakus, described as an acoustic Gogol Bordello and led by the critically acclaimed clarinetist, vocalist, and composer Zisl Slepovitch, is a unique klezmer collective, and the first to focus exclusively on the music and culture of Belarus. (Sunnyvale, 1031 Grand St, BK, 7pm-11:30pm, $12, all ages)
ART: Battlefield: Art Show and Benefit for Planned Parenthood
The exhibit is presented by Femininjas, Brooklyn-based artists Shana Siegel and Megan Watters, in collaboration with a small street team of women who have come together to use art to help one another stand strong, get their voices heard, and fight for their rights. This event will feature affordable artwork priced between $25 and $200 by female artists from Brooklyn and beyond. They will also be hosting an art battle in which two teams will live paint two pieces of artwork, and you choose the winner. Both pieces will be for sale at the end of the event. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (Forgotten Works Studio, 46 Bridge St, 7:30pm-11pm, FREE)
MUSIC: Tipsy Oxcart
http://www.barbesbrooklyn.com/calendar.html Pre Goden Fest show. Tipsy Oxcart plays electric, sweaty, bumpin' Balkan music from New York City. This 5-piece band serves up both original compositions and new arrangements of upbeat urban dance music from South Eastern Europe. violin, accordion, clarinet, and the baddest rhythm section on this side of the Mediterranean keeps the party flowing. (Barbes, 376 9th St, BK, 10pm, $10)
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FILM: Lower Eastside Film Festival submissions. Deadline - Feb 1
Submit Via Film Freeway or WithoutaBox. Regular Deadline has passed but Late Deadline is February 1st, 2017. Features: $55 fee. Web Series, Shorts & Music Videos: $35 fee. See site for details.
ART: Graceful Light: The LED Designs by Justin Eastman http://www.chashama.org/event/graceful_light The use of technology and LED light in our lives has become pervasive, from the devices we use every day to the lights we use to brighten our homes. These items are typically meant to convey some sort of status or to mimic previous technologies and for the most part remain inconspicuous. The designs of Justin Eastman attempt to marry these new led technologies to bring them to the forefront and display the unique light properties of these devices in unique and aesthetically pleasing ways, with the goal of creating beautiful art illuminated with graceful light. (thru 1/20, chashama at XOCO 325 by DDG, 325 W Broadway, see site for details, FREE)
THEATER: The Exponential Festival 2017
A multi-week festival that seeks to promote theatrical performances created in New York and presented across Brooklyn. Performances will take place in partnership with The Bushwick Starr, The Brick, Chez Bushwick, CPR - Center for Performance Research, The Glove, JACK, Triskelion Arts and Vital Joint. The Exponential Festival celebrates the increasing growth and importance of Brooklyn venues and local artists, working together to keep theatre kicking. (thru 1/31, various BK locations, see site for details)
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