Date: January 27th 2017

Hello lovelies,

Thank you for supporting us last week at all three resistance events we worked on. We raised at least $700 for ACLU, and $1,500 for Lady Parts Justice League. We'll be doing more throughout 2017, but in the meantime, you can support us by buying tickets to our upcoming events. February is always a busy month for us, with Valentine's Day being our official birthday. This year we're celebrating with three separate parties:

  • Sat, 2/11: Meet Me in Paris: a sexy, clandestine cabaret & 1920s dance party
  • Tues, 2/14: G&S Banya Party is back and is celebrating 10 years!
  • Thur, 2/16: G&S movie night: Singles / Reality Bites


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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

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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. Risque burlesque by Kita St Cyr. Hosted by dashing & dangerous magician Eric Walton. 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.

PARTY: 2/14

Gemini & Scorpio

Steamy Valentine's Night at the Russian Baths: celebrating our 10th year!

Saturday, Feb 14, 7pm-2am, $40-110
Brooklyn Banya, 602 Coney Island Ave bet Beverley Rd & Ave C, Kensington, BK

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Break out your bikini or swim trunks, and join our hand-picked crowd of artsy, funky (and nearly naked) New Yorkers for the glorious return of Gemini & Scorpio's legendary Russian Baths party.

We will have the banya to ourselves, with a few hand-picked professionals on hand for the optional platzas and massages. Enjoy: Russian, Turkish and Swedish steam rooms, jacuzzi and cold plunge pool; poolside dance floor; rooftop smoking deck; hookah lounge and chillout rooms; authentic and delicious Russian food in a private restaurant room with a view of the dance floor.

The Hungry March Band, Brooklyn's own legendary street brass marching band, will get you sweating faster than the saunas, and and DJ Joro Boro will keep the dance floor sizzling after with irresistible ethnotek till 2am, while we dole out pierogies for everyone. There will be an open vodka bar 9-10pm.

"Best (and Only) Russian-bathhouse Dance Party" - Village Voice "Best of 2006. "A night of steamy fun" -- TimeOutNY "Your Perfect Weekend" pick. "Epic" -- Brooklyn Based.

Only 100 tix available, and the event usually sells out in advance. Three ticket levels: $110 (7pm entry + open vodka bar + multi-course Russian banquet) /$60 (9pm entry + open vodka bar) / $40 (11pm entry). More details on each ticket tier are on our website.

This is the kind of party you always imagine, but can never quite find in real life...and the only one where you'll come out cleaner than when you came in.

MOVIES: 2/16

G&S Movie Night: Singles + Reality Bites

Thur 2/16, doors 7pm / movies 7:30pm & 9:30pm $10 sugg donation (no one turned away for lack of funds), cash bar, BYO snacks or order delivery G&S Loft (must RSVP for Gowanus, BK location): FB:

"Celebrate" the dreaded day of romance with this 90s classic of the suck that is dating & singlehood -- that's turning 25(!) this year. Bonus 1990s rom com: Reality Bites. Wear your flannel & Docs.

7:30pm - Reality Bites (1994): A documentary filmmaker and her fellow Gen X graduates face life after college, looking for work and love in Houston. Stars: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo

9:30pm - Singles (1992): A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle. Stars: Bridget Fonda, Kyra Sedgwick, Matt Dillon



DANCE: Spoke the Hub’s “Director’s Choice” This year’s featured artists, selected from last season’s “Winter Follies”, are showcased in two different programs of brand new work as part of STH’s annual concerts. (Fri-Sun, Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll St, BK, see site for details, $10-$15)

FILM: Stanley Kubrick Retrospective Friday, January 20 - Thursday, February 2, 2017 The program includes all 13 of the features Kubrick directed, plus “A.I. Artificial Intelligence”, a longtime Kubrick project realized by Steven Spielberg. Also in the series is the theatrical premiere of Alex Infascelli’s new documentary “S Is For Stanley”, a profile of Kubrick’s longtime personal assistant who worked alongside the reclusive genius for more than 30 years, screening in an exclusive one-week engagement, with Infascelli in person for Q&As at select shows. (Fri-Thu, IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas, see site for details, $10-$15)

THEATER: The Battles In Florence, Italy, circa 1500 A.D., Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, the two greatest artists of their day and the two greatest rivals in the history of art, engage in a head-to-head painting competition, battling not only each other, but their own doubts and demons. Based on actual events, The Battles is the story of the struggle between the courage to love and the retreat into fear. It’s a story of fighting against both the walls we erect as a society and the walls we build around our own hearts– walls that keep us from all we can be. It’s a battle that continues to this day. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, The GYM at Judson, 243 Thompson St, 7:30pm, $18)

Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, Hamlet—together they form one spellbinding drama tracing the journey of one mythic hero as he transforms through four plays and four characters moving from youthful idealist to a madman ending his journey in hopeless chaos. Each of the 4 plays will run approximately 1 hour with a dinner break between acts 2 and 3. (Fri/Wed/Thu 7pm, Sat 5pm; this week and next, Irondale Ensemble Project, 85 S Oxford St, BK, $40/$30 stu & sen/$50 incl dinner)


BURLESQUE: Wasabassco's House of Deveraux
tix: Rock n Roll and burlesque are always an awesome pair. With 12 years in the business, Wasabassco brings the soul of rock n’ roll to House of Deveraux, presented by Sydni Deveraux. Featuring the most entertaining and internationally known burlesque artists that New York City has to offer: Amanda Whip, Delysia La Chatte, Ivory Fox, Nasty Canasta, Nina La Voix, Penny Wren, Poison Ivory, Puss-N-Boots, and Roi King. (Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, 7pm doors/8pm show, $20-$40, 18+)

WORD: Cave Readings 2017 A salon-style presentation of readings from acclaimed writers and conversations about their work. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. (The Cave at St. George’s, 209 E. 16th St, Side courtyard entrance, 7:30pm, FREE)

COMMUNITY/PARTICIPATORY: Live Karaoke Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood The Occasionalists are a Brooklyn-based band of multi-instrumentalists specializing in live karaoke gigs in and around Brooklyn where they play ‘em and you sing ‘em. The whole band is distraught about the election results and decided as a cathartic and beneficial response to the inauguration of Trump to do a live band karaoke gig filled with songs of protest, armageddon and a bit of hope. Dirty Waltz Band: This seven-piece band plays more than a dozen instruments in countless genres. Performing originals and arranging songs new and old, they borrow from Balkan, Irish, jazz, blues and American folk traditions. All band proceeds to be donated to Planned Parenthood and other rights organizations. (Union Hall, 702 Union St, BK, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, $10, 21+)

PARTY: 99Sense: Lunar New Year's Resolution-Studio Gentrification Party With around 15 rooms and 20k sq feet open for conceptually minded artistic creative destruction, 99 Sense is inviting artists, designers, DJs, musicians, comedians, and other members of the community to come participate in one last burst of energy. Everyone in attendance is invited to participate in decorating the space as it is done in a respectful manner and absolutely respects the health and safety of those present. Paint pens, non-toxic paints, and the like will be permitted. They invite anybody to submit a proposal to do art installations, paintings, etc. as we have more than enough space to fill. You must RSVP with links to social media at 99sense99[at]gmail for address and details. (address with rsvp, 8pm)

MUSIC: Regional De NY Lyrical melodies, contrapuntal harmonies, and a swinging rhythm section: choro is Brazil's answer to early American jazz. The Regional de NY performs classic and original arrangements of Brazil's oldest popular music with deep groove and a love for improvisation. (Barbes, 376 9th St, BK, 8pm, $10)

COMEDY: Little Miss Rock Bottom Pageant Watch comics compete in a pageant-style show designed to celebrate the not-so-glitz or glamorous bits of their lives. This year's pageant will feature categories such as "Too real Q&A", Walk of Shame, and unfortunate talents. This year's contestants: Courtney Maginnis, Joel Walkowski, Jennie Sutton, Brantley Brice, Julia Solomon, Gilbert Lawand. Rock bottom Judges: Shalewa Sharpe, Scotland Green, Myka Fox. With appearances by: Helluva-Bottom Carter, the Rock Bottom Rockettes and music by the Rocky Bottom Boys. (The Creek and The Cave, 1093 Jackson Ave, LIC, 10pm-11:30pm, $5)

MUSIC: Innov Gnawa The New York-based group of Moroccan musicians plays Gnawa music - the southern Moroccan trance music with roots in pre-islamic animist traditions. Led by master Maalem Hassan BenJaafer, InnoVeGnawa uses traditional instrumentation such as the lute-like Sintir and the large castanet type Krakebs to accompany its ancient chants. (Barbes, 376 9th St, BK, 10pm, $10)

DJ: Vitamin B 8 Year Anniversary with Doctor Jeep New year, new venue, new resident, new baby, new merch. Vitamin B celebrate their 8 year anniversary with DJ sets from Doctor Jeep, Tektite, Illexxandra, Anna Morgan, and Beat Kitty. (Sunnyvale, 1031 Grand St, BK, 11:59pm-5am, $15)


EVENT: New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival On the first day of the Lunar New Year, the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival, gets things going. There will be performances, vendors, and giveaways. The main event, the Firecracker Ceremony is scheduled for noon. You might want to bring your ear plugs. (Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Grand St & Chrystie St, 11am-3:30pm, FREE)

An annual event that puts a satirical creative spin on the famous and totally unrelated dogsled race in Alaska. Instead of dogs with sleds, Idiotarod NYC features costume-clad teams of people with elaborately themed shopping carts, and instead of the brutal landscape of the frozen tundra, the race takes place on the streets of New York City. It is, however, usually really friggin' cold. For registrations form to race email: idiotarodnyc at gmail. (Location released to registrants only the night before the event (in or close to Manhattan), 12am, FREE to cheer--or sabotage?--from the sidelines, rain or sleet or shine)

WORD: Computer Security Workshop Privacy and Security are becoming increasingly important topics as we move more of our lives into the digital world. What is digital privacy and security, how are they different, and how are they relevant to your life? This workshop explores these topics as well as Free Software, encryption, how to stay safe online, and ultimately Tor and secure chat applications. Absolutely zero prior technical knowledge is required, and the entire workshop will be fun and conversational, while introducing you to some technical concepts that you will appreciate. (The Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave, BK, 3pm-6pm, FREE)

WORD: A Night of Philosophy and Ideas
An all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music. A 12-hour exchange of ideas, featuring top philosophers from around the world. (Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, BK, 7pm, FREE)

PARTY: Rubulad - Ice Capades! Live performances by: Gato Loco, Cookie Tongue, Chris of Hur, and special guests. With your dj`s: Ol’ Stark, Mekristo, and friends. Dress to sparkle and shine. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for address. (Rubulad, rsvp for address, BK, 8pm doors/9pm show, $10 before 9pm/$20)


COMMUNITY: Postcard Writing Parties & Discussions Join one of the many postcard writing party and community discussions taking place as part of the Women's March on Washington - NYC Chapter 10 Actions/100 Days plan. Write a postcard to our Senators about what matters most to you - and discuss how we’re going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks and months ahead. They supply the postcards, you bring stamps, pens, a notepad, and some topics that you would like to address in your writing and discussion. See sites for details.

Trinity Lower East Side Lutheran Parish, 602 E 9th St

Hudson Guild, 441 W. 26th St, 1pm-5pm

School of Visual Arts, 214 E 21st St, 2pm-5pm

Creek and the Cave, 1093 Jackson Ave, LIC, 2pm-5pm

Cantina Royal, 58 N 3rd St, BK, 5pm-7pm

Community Bookstore, 143 7th Ave, BK

WORD: Exploring Hidden Art Galleries, Studios, & Street Art in Gowanus, Brooklyn Join New York Adventure Club for an exploration through the creative and artistic legacy of Gowanus, Brooklyn with local artist and public historian Rich Garr. Highlights include: Weaving throughout century old architecture; chances to mingle with gallery owners, curators, or artists; an historical overview of the neighborhood, from Dutch farms in the 1600s to today’s crowded urban environment; music between locations that’s relevant to the art and neighborhood. (Whole Foods Market-Rooftop Bar, 214 3rd Street, 2pm-3:30pm, $25-$29)

ART: Closing Reception for Krys Fox’s “Scorpio Rising” Come down and join Krys Fox for the closing reception and enjoy his magically deep and thought provoking photography series Scorpio Rising. (Madame X, 94 W Houston St, 7pm-9pm, FREE)

WORD: Real/Fake Science Six presenters, six topics, some will be fabricated and some factual, some scientists and some charlatans. Faced with uncertainty can you sort the fact and the fiction? At this one-of-a-kind interactive mystery science event, guests are invited to surf the line between fact and fiction. Listen closely as presenters representing a range of scientific disciplines regale you with tales of real and fake science. Participants will compete for the distinction of Most Discerning. Your ticket price will also include samples of a new line of faux cocktails, Curious Elixirs; challenge your mouth as well as your mind. Real cocktails, inspired by classic Science Fair experiments, will be offered at the cash bar as well. (ACME Studio, 63 N 3rd St, BK, 7:30pm-10pm, $30)


ART: Black Lives Matter Art Show Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the one day pop up show features Carla Cubit's Black Lives Matter artwork and posters, accompanied by her photographs from Black Lives Matter protests throughout the NYC area and artwork from Museum of Impact. Opening reception features a performance by both Welf Dorr of underground horns, Ras Moshe Burnett, Kenny Wollesen and open jam session and a speaker from Museum of Impact, followed by an Artist Talk & Discussion. (The Living Gallery, 1094 Broadway, BK, 1pm-10pm, FREE)

WORD: Breaking the Black Box WNYC's Manoush Zomorodi joins forces with ProPublica to talk about their recent investigation of internet algorithms and to launch Note to Self's new project: “The Privacy Paradox,” a five-part podcast and audience engagement series designed to take the mystery out of digital privacy. Hear about how to protect your personal data, the hidden biases in algorithms and ways we can peek inside black boxes and hold actual people accountable. (The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St, 7pm, $15)


WORD: Ashton Applewhite: Aging While Female - Reimagined What makes aging different for women — and so much harder than it has to be? How does the double whammy of ageism and sexism affect women’s health, income and well-being? And how does competing to “stay young” dig the hole deeper? In her rousing talk, best-selling author of "This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism" and Next Avenue Influencer of the Year Ashton Applewhite proposes that we throw away the damn shovel, forge new cross-generational compacts and collaborate on new ways of thinking and behaving. The women’s movement taught us to claim our power. A pro-aging movement will teach us to hold onto it. (Senior Planet Exploration Center, 127 West 25th St, 5:30pm doors/6pm talk, FREE)

MUSIC: Rachelle Garniez Dubbed a "Master of Surprise" by Entertainment Weekly, Rachelle writes and performs darkly optimistic story-songs and accompanies herself on a variety of instruments including accordion, piano, claviola, guitar and plastic bells, "...leaving nothing behind but sweet wreckage." - The New Yorker (Barbes, 376 9th St, BK, 8pm, $10)

BURLESQUE: Wasabassco Thursdays: Nasty's Birthday Celebrating the birth of the "Heart & Ass of Wasabassco" herself at Brooklyn's famous Bar With The TARDIS. Hosted by Sapphire Jones with Dangrrr Doll, Dolly Debutante, The Ivory Fox, Penny Wren, Sydni Deveraux, and your kittens, The Wasabassco Wonder Twins, Amuse Bouche & Qualms Galore. (The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, BK, 8:30pm doors/9pm show, $15-$20)

DRINK: Green Fairy At The Red Room
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 exposition of what makes absinthe a unique and mysterious liqueur. With live hot jazz by pianist Chris Johnson. HollyHoneypot will be at the door, Ms Zelma will be tending the absinthe pours, and Mr. Nelson Lugo will mystify you with parlor tricks. A salon of live models for your drinking and drawing pleasure courtesy of Dr. Sketchy’s NYC. Dress Code: Suit and tie, cocktail attire. Suggested Attire: vintage, evening wear, unmentionables or intimate attire. (The Red Room at KGB Bar, 85 E 4th St, 9:30pm doors/10pm tasting, $11-$20 depending on attire, 2 drink min)

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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.


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)

A home for queer, feminist, POC, and other marginalized voices to respond through art and action to the incoming administration and the onslaught of attacks against progress, decency, and the safety of our community. Featuring work by: Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop, Daaimah Mubashshir, Zavé Martohardjono, Gracie Gardner, Julian Mesri, Scott F. Davis, Alexandra Farr and Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence, The Mother Line Story Project, SP Monahan, JD Stokely, Jadele McPherson, and many others. (thru 2/18, Here, 145 Sixth Ave, see site for details, $20)

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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