Date: January 13th 2017

Hello lovelies,

So much going on this week and beyond...Here's the shortest version we can give you:

  • New Year's Eve photos! As always, Andrew Janke has delivered a gorgeous set from our big Labyrinth-themed event. Here are the full size ones on Flickr: and a Facebook set, for sharing & tagging:
  • This week brings the dreaded inauguration, and with it numerous protest events. We strongly urge you to get out and support as many as you can. For our part, we're hosting two fundraisers at the loft this week: Thursday is an outrageous variety show and dance party to benefit Lady Parts Justice League, and Friday is a cocktail party presented by G&S regulars to benefit the ACLU. Both events are sliding scale, and nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Your every dollar counts in support of these organizations.
  • We will also be working with LPJL for the Women's March on NYC next Saturday, to present a concurrent (warm, free, indoor) activist fair followed by a dance party. See the "upcoming" section near the bottom of the events list.
  • Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and we're SO EXCITED to bring back two fan favorites: on Sat, Feb 11, our sexy clandestine French-inspired cabaret, Meet Me in Paris, and on Tues, Feb 14, the return of the glorious Russian Baths party -- celebrating 10 years! Valentine's is also the official date of G&S Birthday, so these events are always extra special to us. We turn 15 this year!
  • A request for these and all our other events: we know many people use Facebook to stay informed on our events...but Facebook is making it harder and harder to actually invite you, or otherwise let you know what we're planning. The latest fuckery has been removing event notifications which many of you have explicitly signed up for via our page. You would be greatly helping us by RSVPing to our upcoming events and especially by inviting your friends who you think may enjoy our parties:
  • As mentioned last week, we want to overhaul our listing editing process this year. Would you want to help? 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). It's very basic editing with virtually no writing experience required, and it's all done at your convenience through Google docs.


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Snatch Back!
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; nobody turned away for lack of funds) Gemini & Scorpio Loft - RSVP on site for Gowanus, BK address

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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, nationally recognized performer, teacher, and creator of the YouTube series Superboob. - 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.

PARTY: 2/11

Gemini & Scorpio

Meet Me in Paris: a clandestine cabaret

Saturday, Feb 11, $20 until 1am ($40 w/table reservation), $10 after, 21+ (25+ suggested) 9-10pm cocktail hour, 10pm-1am live acts, 1am-4am dancing & lounging Must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address
Details & RSVP: FB: Tix:

A clandestine French cabaret, with live music, burlesque and variety acts, followed by late-night dancing and lounging in the softly-lit loft, absinthe and other special libations at the bar, and kissing on the sprawling roof. Avalon Jazz Band, with the sound straight out of the Parisian jazz scene of the 1940s, will be playing three full sets to swoon, sway and dance to, with deliciously naughty performances in between. It's also our annual Birthday celebration: we turn 15 this year!

Dress code (as usual, required): Cabaret through the ages (turn-of-century Belle Époque La Goulue cabaret, 1920s Josephine Baker cabaret, 1930s Marlene Dietrich cabaret, 1940s Edith Piaf cabaret, 1950s Jacques Brel cabaret, 60s and beyond cabaret lounge, anachronistic punk cabaret); "Cabaret" the movie; vintage or modern high style; dressy & classy.

Tables: We have four tables with four seats each that can be reserved. Those tickets are sold in pairs for $80 ($40 ea).

Press: "A Pigalle-style playground with can can dancers, cabaret acts and vintage gypsy jazz" - TimeOut NY. "If there's one team of party planners we trust with throwing a stunning clandestine French cabaret, it's Gemini & Scorpio." - Flavorpill.



FEST: The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival 2017
Two nights of Balkan music, dance & border-crossing celebration. The festival showcases more than 50 bands and acts on multiple stages over two nights. Balkan & Middle Eastern refreshments, Balkan arts vendors, as well as beautiful Balkan textiles on display. (Fri/Sat, The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave, BK, see site for details, $35-$65)

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. (Fri-Sun, Various MH locations, see site for details)

ART: Official Nasty Women Art Exhibition NYC This is a group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to role back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. It also serves as a fundraiser to support organizations defending these rights and to be a platform for organization before the Trump Presidential Inauguration. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit Planned Parenthood! Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund. (Fri-Sun, Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, QNS, 7pm-11pm, FREE)

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. (Fri/Sat, The Public 425 Lafayette St, see site for details, $25/$20 members)

In the days leading up to the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, Joe’s 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. Joe’s 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/Sun 8pm, Sat 3pm; Ryan’s Daughter, 350 E 85th St, see site for details, $20 adv/$25 door)

FILM: Vince Giordano -- There’s a Future in the Past Directed and produced by Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards of Hudson West Productions, the ninety-minute documentary explores how Vince Giordano, with his 11-member band The Nighthawks, has become the leading authority, practitioner, and purveyor of big band music of the 1920s and ’30s and chronicles—with humor and pathos—just what it takes to keep a Jazz Age enterprise going in the 21st century. Vince Giordano and Filmmakers will be there for a talk-back after Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s 7pm & 9pm shows. (Fri-Thu, Cinema Village, 22 E 12th St, see site for details, $12/$8 sen & stu)


MUSIC: Jazz in the Cave: Michael Mwenso and Friends "His vocal style, like his arrangements and physical movements, evoked classic Motown as filtered through an acoustic jazz sensibility: sharp, ecstatic, tidy.” - New York Times. Cover includes show and drinks. (The Cave at St. George's Episcopal Church, 7 Rutherford Pl, 7:30pm & 9:30pm, $15)

FILM: Cartoon Carnival No. 52: Friday the 13th
Enjoy over a dozen 16mm (no digital) cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives. In celebration of the much maligned Friday the 13th, you'll be kicking 2017 off with all kinds of ancient cartoon accidents, tragedies, supestitions, bad luck, and anything else that falls into the category of an animated "hot mess." Bring your friends, but make sure not to break any mirrors or walk under any ladders on the way over. (Shoestring Press, 663 Classon Ave, BK, 8pm, $10)

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. 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. (Barbes, 376 9th St, BK, 10pm, $10)


COMMUNITY: Action Item Fair
Tix: A day of learning and action to channel our individual power into systemic change. Take your activism offline and into daily life. Come together to meet experienced organizations and leaders who are propelling social, economic and environmental causes. Be part of a tangible movement of people who want to create a better future together. Partners and presenters include: NYCLU, Association of Young Americans, Justice League NYC, Democracy at Work,, Alliance for Quality Education, Showing up for Racial Justice, Women's March on Washington, Workmen's Circle, New York Urban League Young Professionals, Resource Generation, and more. Refreshments, lunch and a happy hour are included with your registration. (Thoughtworks, 99 Madison Ave, 11am-5pm, FREE)

SHOP: Gold Dig XV
Thousands of LPs, 45s and 12”s all for $1.00 each. Promos, doubles, dead stock, mysteries, leftovers and so on. Rock, classic rock, metal, soul, funk, disco, dance, folk, hip hop international, oddball, country, blues, jazz, indie rock, new wave, punk, experimental… the list goes on and on. All ages are welcome, 21+ with valid ID to drink. (Minibar, 482 Court St, BK, 10am-5pm, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Brooklyn Art Space Drawathon Ten hours of figure drawing from live models. Mixture of short and long poses. Free food, drinks, and music. (Brooklyn Art Space, 168 7th St, 3rd fl, BK, 7pm-5am, $13 stu/$25 adv/$30 door)

MUSIC: Ayo Ayo’s a warrior… although that’s hard to believe when you see her, so beautiful and frail with her guitar slung across her shoulder. Yet she spends all her time on the road, on stage or in the studio, living the life of a true artist – one who isn’t just playing at being a star, but loves music more than anything in the world. (Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, 9:30pm $20)


COMMUNITY/WORD: Writers Resist: #LouderTogether Stand with PEN America to defend free expression, reject hate crimes and uphold truth in the face of lies and misinformation. Join a literary protest that will bring together hundreds of writers and artists and thousands of New Yorkers on the birthday of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. American poet laureates Robert Pinsky, Author and Rita Dove will each offer hope and inspiration with "inaugural" poems. See site for long list of participating writers and poets. (The Steps at New York Public Library Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave at 42nd St, 2pm-4pm, FREE)

PARTY: Rubulad's Voluption: A New Year's Gathering We'll dance, we'll sing. You'll be asked the question: "Which horse will you ride into this apocalypse?" Performances by: Pussy Grabs Back - a mobile, femme-powered, anti-trump brass band; DJ Baby K - purveyor of the finest funk, soul, disco and house music; Howie Solo - NYC guru chanteu; plus Surprise special musical guests. This event is kid friendly. Bring ear phones to protect their precious little ears. RSVP at rubulad@PROTECTED. (Rubulad, RSVP for address, BK, 5pm-11pm, FREE)

BURLESQUE: Legends of Burlesque Calendar Show
Hosted by: World Famous BOB with performances by: Jo Weldon, Legs Malone, Bunny Buxom, Tansy, Jeez Loueez, Lil Miss Lixx, Dottie Dynamo, Boo Boo Darlin', Essence Revealed, Bunny Wigglebottom, Little Brooklyn, Anja Keister, Peekaboo Pointe, Bambi The Mermaid, Hazel Honeysuckle, and, The reigning Queen of Burlesque Miss Poison Ivory. All proceeds from the calendar and show are donated to the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. (Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, 6pm doors/7pm show, $20-$35, 18+)


BURLESQUE: A Dream Within A Dream: A Burlesque Tribute to the Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Clara Coquette brings Poe’s works of mystery and macabre to life with tributes to the literary classics of “The Raven”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and many more tales. Starring: Clara Coquette, Matt Knife, Broody Valentino, Divina GranSparkle, Fem Appeal, Johnny Panic, Mary Cyn, Viktor Devonne, and Seedy Edie. (The Parkside Lounge, 317 E Houston St, 8pm, $15)

PUPPETS: Midnight Radio Show|830pm-midnight-radio-show|6097 Join Midnight Radio Show for a magical evening of original, (slightly naughty) fairytales in space, expressed through the art of shadow puppetry and live music. Midnight Radio Show is a shadow puppet, fairytale theatre, and music collective based out of Brooklyn, NYC. Inspired by the creation of new fairytales and the love of shadow puppets, MRS experiments with visual art, music, and the oral tradition of storytelling to create the theatrical experience of a bedtime story come to life. (Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St, Bk, 8PM-10PM, $5 sugg don, 21+)


BURLESQUE: Interdimensional Cable BURP-lesque A tribute to Rick & Morty featuring acts by: Petite Renard, Le Grand Chaton, Brettzo S. Brouhaha, Minnie Gentile (Minnie D'Moocha), Jonathan Calvin Ligula, Heart Crimson. Kittened by Mala Morrigan. Hosted by Moe Cheezmo. (The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St, 7pm doors/8pm show, $12-$20)


WORD: Brooklyn Talks: Madonna X Marilyn Minter On the eve of the presidential inauguration, join Madonna and Marilyn Minter—two fearless feminist provocateurs—as they talk art, culture, feminism, and the current state of affairs. Connecting Madonna, an artist, activist, and philanthropist, with Minter, whose work explores cultural perceptions of women, this unprecedented conversation will highlight the impact of female artists within broader culture and social change. Moderated by poet, essayist, and playwright Elizabeth Alexander and by Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Museum. (Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 200 Eastern Pkwy, 3rd fl, BK, 8pm-10pm, $16 museum admission)

VARIETY/PARTY: U S O ver?: A Party and Performance Protest Let's gather and celebrate for one more night before everything changes. We are united in our multiplicity. So let us dance and sing and laugh the night away together. Because when the sun rises, the work continues. In the style of the classic USO shows, this evening is a cabaret to entertain the troops – in this case the border patrol, unmanned drones, and police of the coming administration. Enjoy a depraved evening of songs, dance, and shtick. Part raucous party, part performance-protest, this evening finally sheds its vaudeville and culminates in a sincere community gathering which aims for actionable steps of future artful protest. Featuring: Tigger! Boylesque, Bi TYRANT, Vivian Viva DeConcini, Hwarg, Anna/Kate Band, Amy Jo Jackson, Matthew Dicken, Amy Aniobi, Stephen Balliet, and more. RSVP at Rubulad@PROTECTED. (Rubulad, RSVP for address, BK, 8pm doors/9pm show, $15)

MUSIC: Curtis Eller & Charming Disaster in Brooklyn Curtis Eller's American Circus is a brutish, inelegant rock & roll outfit specializing in gospel music for atheists and dance fads for amputees. Mr. Eller's banjo driven compositions describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Abe Lincoln, Buster Keaton and Joe Louis rub shoulders against a backdrop of circus disasters and sweatshop fires. Charming Disaster will follow with a set of Murder Ballads and morbid Love Songs. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 10pm-12am, $10)

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ART: Socrates Sculpture Garden Call For Proposals Socrates Sculpture Park invites artists to submit proposals for the Emerging Artist Fellowship (EAF), an annual residency program and exhibition that awards 15 artists the opportunity to produce and exhibit sculpture and installation in the Park. EAF17 recipients will receive a $5,000 production grant to support their project, and five-months of seven-days-a-week access to the resources and fabrication facilities of the Park’s outdoor studio. The completed works will become part of an outdoor exhibition, opening in Fall 2017. Deadline: 1/17

FILM: Lower Eastside Film Festival submissions
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.

UPCOMING: Sat, Jan 21

Women's March on NYC with Lady Parts Justice League Official March page: LPJL activity page:

Part 1: The March
RSVP: March dressed in gold with LPJL and Hungry March Band. RSVP to officially register with the group and receive direct info on March plans. (Stepping off from Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th St bet 1st & 2nd Ave, 2pm, FREE)

Part 2: Rise Up 2017: all-day activist fair In partnership with the March, LPJ League presents an all-day community activist fair of non-profits and grassroots organizations representing a diversity of causes, including reproductive rights, criminal justice, LGBTQ rights, climate change, fair wage, and social justice. Rise Up 2017 will help connect motivated individuals with grassroots groups that need their participation and support. The event will also give the elderly, people who are triggered by huge crowds, differently abled, and those who can't stay out in the cold for prolonged periods of time an option to participate and engage with the spirit and energy of the March. (Diplomat Ballroom at One UN hotel, 2nd fl, enter at 44th St bet 1st & 2nd Ave, 10am-5:30pm, FREE, no registration required)

Part 3: Rise Up 1973: dance party fundraiser celebrating the anniversary of Roe v Wade Tix:
After we march, we party like it's 1973! A dance party celebrating the anniversary of Roe v. Wade while raising funds for LPJL. Belinda Becker and more surprise guests and DJ's help us take back our rights and the dance floor. (Diplomat Ballroom at One UN hotel, 2nd fl, enter at 44th St bet 1st & 2nd Ave, 7-11pm, sliding scale starting at $20, presale recommended)


ART: Graceful Light: The LED Designs by Justin Eastman 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)

THEATER: Broken Bone Bathtub
Broken Bone Bathtub is an immersive theatre project taking place inside a bathtub, in an actual home. After a serious bike accident, a young woman musters up the courage to ask for help, and shares her story, exploring themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity and connection. The audience takes on the role of the artist's close friends; not only listening but sharing in their experiences, and assisting the cast-clad artist in the actual ritual of taking a bath. (thru 2/26, Fri/Sat, Secret locations all over MH, 7pm & 9pm, $35)

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