Date: February 3rd 2017

Hello lovelies,

We're just two weeks away from our three-day Valentine's Day celebration! Please don't wait to buy your tickets, as both Banya & the Parisian cabaret usually sell out. Info on all below, but the short list: - Sat, 2/11: Meet Me in Paris: a clandestine cabaret - Tues, 2/14: G&S Banya Party is back and is celebrating 10 years - Thur, 2/16: G&S movie night: Singles / Reality Bites. - And also, save 3/14 for our Pi Day celebration with pies from around the world (more info TK)


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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. Love & compatibility tarot readings by MetaMarcy.

The party is 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!

Tuesday, 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


Celebrating Pi day with...Un-American/All-American PIE



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/Sat, The GYM at Judson, 243 Thompson St, 7:30pm, $18)

FEST: 29th MIX Film Festival
The latest in queer experimental film and previously unseen works from legendary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer-identified figures in avant-garde cinema. MIX NYC is a community of artists and organizers joined together to explore, share, and create queer experimental media through an ever-changing constellation of means. (Fri-Sun, The Dreamhouse, 1022 Wyckoff Ave, BK, see site for details, $15-$25)

PERFORMANCE: Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies Come in from the cold to enjoy an impressive smorgasbord of almost three dozen performing artists of all genres who have 5 minutes to wow YOU, the audience. At the end of the evening, the audience votes for their favorite artist/group and the artist/group who receives the highest score at the end of the weekend receives an evening-length production of their own work in the Fall of 2017. (Sat/Sun, Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll St, 7:30pm, $10-$15)


FASHION: Marie Antoinette’s Head: lecture & 18th Century Hairstyling Marie Antoinette has remained atop the popular cultural landscape for centuries, mostly for the daring style and fashion she brought to eighteenth-century France. For the better part of the Queen’s reign, one man was entrusted with making her elaborate hairstyles the talk of France. Join Will Bashor, author of Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, the Queen, and the Revolution (Lyons Press) for the story of Léonard Autié, Marie Antoinette’s hairdresser and confidant, along with a live demonstration of eighteenth century hairdressing techniques by stylists Karmela Lozina and Akira Yamane.(Art Directors Club, 106 W 29th St, 7pm, FREE w/RSVP to RSVPFashion[at]thenationalartsclub[dot]org)

BURLESQUE: Nasty Canasta presents MACBETH - at The Bell House
tix: Join Wasabassco and Nasty Canasta for a special repeat performance of their fully-staged production of the greatest historical tragedy ever written. Join for an evening of history, tragedy and nudity as they strip the Bard bare. With Nasty Canasta as Macbeth and Tigger! as Lady Macbeth; featuring Albert Cadabra, Amuse Bouche, BooBess, Dangrrr Doll, Legs Malone, Poison Ivory, Sapphire Jones, Sydni Deveraux and The Ghost of Precious Little; with sound by Stormageddon. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 7pm early access/7:30 doors/8pm show, $25/$30 early/$40 front 2 rows, 21+)

WORD: Columbia Stargazing & Lecture Series: Life in the Universe
These are free lectures at a public level followed by guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). Astrobiologist David Grinspoon will discuss his new book in which he presents a cosmic perspective on the “anthropocene” - the new geologic age being defined by human activity as a planet-shaping force. By comparing Earth’s story to those of other planets, Grinspoon gives us a wider context within which to understand the our current environmental challenges, and presents a hopeful view of our long-term future prospects. In addition to stargazing, following the lecture there will be a 3d Wall, Q&A, and slide shows. (Pupin Hall at Columbia University, 7pm lecture/7:45pm observing, FREE)

THEATER: 1599 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. (Irondale Ensemble Project, 85 S Oxford St, BK, 7pm, $40/$30 stu & sen/$50 incl dinner)

VARIETY: 44 Charlton: A Variety Show A monthly variety show featuring music, comedy, dance, poetry, art, and more. Hosted by the Julian Fleisher and powered by brilliant performers who call the five boroughs home. This month's show features music by composer/performer Cody Owen Stine; a performance by Bronx dance crew DysFunkTional SoleZ; spoken word by Paul Tran; comedy by Joel Kim Booster; and a musical performance by Ben Seretan. Plus a special appearance by performance artist Mike Hot-Pence. (The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton St, 7pm, $15)

MUSIC: BIG LAZY Big Lazy is an instrumental trio from New York City. 'The Big Apple's Creme de la Creme' according to the Village Voice. References have been made to noir, spaghetti western, Lynch and Tarantino soundtracks, crime jazz and burlesque but Big Lazy's organic and uncontrived music remains beyond category. (Barbes, 376 9th St, BK, 10pm, $10)


COMMUNITY: LGBT Solidarity Rally Join us in front of the Stonewall Inn as we stand in solidarity with every immigrant, asylum seeker, refugee and every person impacted by Donald Trump's illegal, immoral, unconstitutional and un-American executive orders. We will also speak out against Trump's selection of the most anti-LGBT nominees and appointees in modern history. (Stonewall National Monument, Christopher St & 7th Ave, 2pm-4pm, FREE)

WORD: Microdosing Workshop: Master Plants for Self-Healing
Have you heard about microdosing? Well, now there’s a natural, legal, safe method. This workshop is for people who are new to Fabian Piorkowsky’s spagryic “Soul Drops” and those who are already using them and want tips on how to work with them more effectively. We’ll focus on information and integration as we explore this exciting new method of self-healing. (The Alchemist's Kitchen, 21 East 1st St, BK, 3pm-5pm, $35 adv/$40 door)

SKATE: Big Gay Ice Skate! LGBTQ Night at Bryant Park tix: Girl Social (Lez Skate) and Guy Social (Guys On Ice) are teaming up to invite the entire community to this 4th annual event. Join over 400 LGBTQ patrons for a fun night skating, drinking, dining, and socializing. Live performances on ice by Conor Wagar with Alex Bjelde and Kiira Korpi. Mister of Ceremonies & MC: Prince Powderpouffe. Hosts on Ice:: Jared Bradford, Simone Davis, Joey Israel, Jonathan Winkles. Suggested dress: Winter Wonderland, Ice Capades, Disney on Ice, neon, 80’s, Olympian. Admission includes: no-wait skate rental, priority entry to rink, private lounge area for drinking and dining right along the rink (Winter Village at Bryant Park, 476 5th Ave, 5pm-10pm, $25)


FEST: 18th Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade & Festival A colorful spectacle featuring floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, Asian musical performers, magicians and acrobats, and local organizations. This street party features all sorts of vendors, food and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Rooster. The parade wends its way through the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown. Suggested viewing locations: East Broadway or by Grand Street / Sara Roosevelt Park. (China Town, 12pm-4:30pm, FREE)

VARIETY: House of Yes Totally Immersive Super Bowl Throw Down Enjoy the Super Bowl (aka Superb Owl) while having football snacks and full bar and all that. Mostly... this is an elaborate excuse for an immersive and absurd half-time show, impersonated and improvised to absolute perfection. Featuring: House of Yes Half Time Show (and 1/2 thyme show),hot wings, cold play, Bey Vs.Yonce, real cheerleaders, nachos, beer, expensive commercials. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 5:30pm doors/6:30pm kickoff/8pm-ish show, $15-$50, 21+)


COMMUNITY: Get Organized Brooklyn: Full Group Meeting Please join us for the next full-group GetOrganizedBK meetings at Congregation Beth Elohim (at 8th Avenue and Garfield Place, in Park Slope). The evening will start with a panel/program, then we&146;ll break down into working groups to keep organizing and planning. Because there has been so much ongoing interest in these meetings, it is possible they will exceed the 1200 person space capacity (which is 1200 people!), please arrive early. Event may also be streamed live on Facebook. More information on the working groups can be found here: (Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Pl, BK, 6:30pm-9:30pm, FREE)


WORD: Book Launch of “Forged Through Fire: War, Peace, and the Democratic Bargain” Peace, many would agree, is a goal that democratic nations should strive to achieve. But is democracy, in fact, dependent on war to survive? Having spent their celebrated careers exploring this question, John Ferejohn and Frances McCall Rosenbluth’s Forged Through Fire traces the surprising ways in which governments have mobilized armies since antiquity, discovering that our modern form of democracy not only evolved in a brutally competitive environment but also quickly disintegrated when the powerful elite no longer needed their citizenry to defend against existential threats. The authors will be in discussion with Helen Milner and David Stasavage. (20 Cooper Square, 5th floor, 6pm-8pm, FREE)

WORD: RESIST! with Gabe Fowler Gabe Fowler of Desert Island Comics will discuss his publication "RESIST!" The paper presents a powerful collective female voice and an affirmation of unity, diversity, and creativity. It is guest-edited by Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, and writer Nadja Spiegelman. (The City Reliquary Museum, 370 Metropolitan Ave, BK, 7pm, $10)

COMMUNITY: Give A Puck : Air Hockey Fundraiser for the ACLU
Grab your friends and come to Brooklyn for a night of air hockey, drinks, and prizes. All proceeds go to the ACLU, and a speaker from the ACLU will talk briefly about their initiatives for the coming years. Beginners welcome. (Oceans 8 At Brownstone Billiards, 308 Flatbush Ave/11 7th Ave, BK, 7pm-11pm, $20-$40)

MUSIC: Red Baraat: Bhangra Pirates Record Release Party Famously dubbed “the best party band in years” by NPR, the eight-piece band was conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain. The group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound — a merging of hard driving North Indian Bhangra with elements of go-go, rock and jazz — fueled by 3 master rhythm makers, the muscle of horns, a raucous guitar and a booming sousaphone. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve. (BRIC House, 647 Fulton St, BK, 8pm, $15 Adv/$18 Door)

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Book Donations Wanted Park Slope United Methodist Church is seeking donations for their upcoming 24th annual book sale. They welcome donations of new & used books, CDs, DVDs and records, children's books, and games. All items must be in good condition. No magazines, videos, tapes, outdated textbooks, manuals or guidebooks, or items that are moldy or falling apart. Donations are tax-deductible. They will be accepting donations at the church (410 6th Avenue at 8th Street) on: Sun, Feb 12, 2pm-6pm; Sat, Feb 18, 12pm-4pm; Sun, Feb 19, 2pm-6pm; Mon, Feb 20, 10am-6pm; Tue, Feb 21, 2pm-9pm; Wed, Feb 22, 4pm-7pm.

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Feb 23-25
PUPPETS: Chiflón, El Silencio del Carbón
An intimate feast for the eyes and spirit, this Chilean puppetry ensemble tells the haunting story of a young miner forced to find work in one of the most dangerous mines in Chile after the mine where he worked collapses. The beautiful paper puppets for which the company is known perform in silence to an original sound score, creating a powerful unspoken vocabulary that conveys a deeply universal story of humanity in the face of hardship. [G&S Note: use code "MINER" for $18 tix now thru 2/7] (HERE, 145 6th Ave, pm, $25/$15 ages 10-17)


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)

FILM: Academy Award-Nominated Short Films 2017 An annual showcase of the animated, live-action and documentary short films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards returns. (thru 3/2, IFC Center, 323 6th Ave, see site for details, $15)


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