Date: February 10th 2017

Hello lovelies,

Welcome to Valentine's Day / our 15th Birthday week! We are busier than ever this year, with three G&S events plus a makeout party for House of Scorpio tonight (see the HoS link in signature).

  • Tomorrow is our annual sexy renegade cabaret, Meet Me in Paris: hot jazz, sexy burlesque, intimate vibe. We have about 20 presales left, but yes, we've saved tickets for the door, too. Come on down!
  • Tuesday is the return of our legendary Banya party...the 10th anniversary of the event, in fact, which we're celebrating with the top-notch talent of Hungry March Band and DJ Joro Boro. Should be one of the best ones we've done. Yes, tickets still remain, though the Banya usually sells out. Remember the exclusive list code "steam" for $20 off two tickets.
  • Thursday is the screening of Singles & Reality Bites, the classic 90s "romance" movies. No presales, just come donate at the door.
  • Lastly, we're still looking for bakers for our multi-ethnic pie celebration on Pi Day, 3/14.

More events coming in spring, so get ready!


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PARTY: 2/11

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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

We tend to think of pie as this standard, round, applie-filled thing -- and we tend to think of America(ns) in the same kind of generic way. But (for example) the green-card-holding Muslim Iranians stuck at airports are just as American as you and me (says this former green-card-holding Russian Jew refugee).

We want to celebrate Pi Day with as many pies from around the world as we could get. Nothing brings people together better than food! We'll likely be donating a portion of sales & otherwise collecting money for Southern Poverty Law Center -- TBC depending on final event costs (ACLU just raised millions, so we're trying to switch it up).

Calling all participants! Who wants to bake a pie of their heritage, whatever that may look & taste like (sweet, savory, any shape)? We'd love for you to attend for free, be the first to get tastes of everyone else's pies, and then present and serve your pie to the guests. Message us! For anyone who can't contribute a pie, we'll have a ticketed admission that allows multiple pie tastes.

Final location, time & cost TBA.

NYC EVENTS: 2/10-16


FILM: Body Politics: The Decameron Nitehawk Naughties 2017 program, Body Politics, presents a corporeal selection of Italian films (1964-1980) that position sexuality in terms of politics. In “The Decameron”, Pier Paolo Pasolini weaves together a handful of Giovanni Boccaccio’s fourteenth-century moral tales in this picturesque free-for-all. It explores the delectations and dark corners of an earlier and, as the filmmaker saw it, less compromised time. (Fri/Sat, Nighthawk Cinema, 136 Metropolis Ave, BK, 12:10am, $12)

FILM: Disruptive Film Series: Everyday Resistance To Power, Programs 1 & 2 Sherry Millner and Ernest Larsen have curated and exhibited multiple programs of short films that critically and/or actively represent resistance to power all over the world. The films presented here make propositions – or “escape routes” – from exhausted classical documentary forms. They each employ critical interventions intended to contest, resist, or imaginatively overturn repressive conditions, stale culture, the violence of the state, patriarchy, racism, the rule of global capital. Each night offers a different program. (Wed/Thu, this week and next, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave, 7:30pm, $11/$9 stu & sen/$7 members)


PARTY: LUST: Valentine's Day An immersive, erotically charged dinner and intimate show curated by LUST creator, Abby Hertz. Dinner, prepared by Chef Samia Behaya on naked bodies, will be served to you before the night’s performances begin. Indulge in interactive art installations, erotic performance art, secret fetish stations, dungeon and play area, cuddle puddle lounge, live musical acts, and a late-night DJ session. (Lot 45 Bushwick, 411 Troutman St, BK, 7pm, $45-$175)

FILM: Le Parc A teenage boy and girl have their first date in a park. Hesitant and shy at first, they soon discover each other, get closer as they wander, and end up falling in love. But as the sun goes down, it is time to part… And a dark night begins. Dir. Damien Manivel, 2016. 71 minutes. France. In French with English subtitles. Damien Manivel’s LE PARC is the inaugural title of the MUBI Discoveries series. (Spectacle Theater, 124 S 3rd St, BK, 7:30pm, $5)


WORD: The People or Trump: A Teach-in Panel discussion on national security and the war in the Middle East featuring William Hartung (Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy) and Ervand Abrahamian (Distinguished Professor of History at Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center). Lunch will be served before we turn to how we can take action within our communities. Social justice activist, Leslie Cagan will lead a community discussion between Brooklyn activists and you. (St. Joseph’s College New York, 245 Clinton Ave, BK, 10am, FREE)

ART: Saturday Glass Fever: UrbanGlass Open Studios Celebrate UrbanGlass' 1977 founding and get down in their groovy studios, with hands on activities, glassblowing demonstrations and more, along with a disco soundtrack full of 70s hits. (UrbanGlass Studio, 647 Fulton St, BK, 1pm-5pm, FREE)

BURLESQUE: D20 Burlesque’s Slash Fic Spectacular 2
An evening of Slash Fiction themed acts. This show will have some of your favorite characters from fandoms showing you their object of affection, lust, and longing. Hosted by Anja Keister, who will be reading some of her favorite slash fic throughout the show, the evening will include amorous burlesque performances from Spiced Cider. Velvet Kensington. Mary Cyn. A special duet from Triple Jay & Oliver Swisskey and draglesque from Lee Valone and Mx Macabre from Boston. Plus go-go by Trinity Starlight. With DJ Lewd Alfred Douglas (Parkside Lounge , 317 East Houston, 7pm, $15-$25, 21+)

A night of drinks and comedy featuring the creators of Blogologues, Allison Goldberg & Jen Jamula. Analyze real break-up screenshots with a live audience, and contribute your own break-up screenshot before or during the show for a free shot. First 100 audience members receive a free gift from Babeland. (The Peoples Improv Theater, 123 E 24th St, 8pm, $15)

PARTY: Rubulad Presents Where is the Love? A Love-In, with live music by Madam West, Viva's Rock n Roll Burlesque featuring Julie Atlas Muz and Dame Cuchifrita, The Modern Airlines, and more. With your DJs, Shakey, Sandy Darling, Mekristo. Plus: Finding Love and Climbing Bridges by Steve Duncan, Urban Explorer; projections by the Sperm Whale, G Scopitronic’s Non Stop Film Fest, Norm Francoeur's Light Circus Extraordinaire, and more. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for address. (Rubulad, rsvp for address, BK, 8pm doors/9pm show, $20/$10 before 9pm and after show)

VARIETY: The Champagne Riot Returns
An evening of hot jazz, burlesque, and vaudeville. Featuring: Dandy Wellington, Ekaterina, Gin Minsky, Jezebel Express, Mr. Gorgeous, Perle Noire, and Pinkie Special. Music by Jesse Gelber & The Rounders. Dress to impress. (Guadalupe Inn, 1 Knickerbocker Ave, BK, 10:30pm, $20 adv/$25 door)


WALK: Seneca Village Tour Seneca Village was an important community of predominantly African-American property owners living in an area that now makes up part of Central Park. Join Central Park Conservancy guides on this tour to learn about the lives of Seneca Village's residents in the 1800s and the community's place in pre-Park New York City. Terrain: Moderate inclines, and a few stairs. (Central Park, 85th Street and Central Park West, see map for start location, 11am, $15/$10 members)

SHOP: Greenpointers Old-Timey Valentine's Market Shake off your lonesome winter blues and get your crafting scissors ready, because you never know what manner of comely suitors await deserving of your best handmade Valentine. Whether you're single, attached, or can't really say, come imbibe Prohibition-era cocktails and vintage jazz tunes - or just mix and mingle as you shop for yourself, your friends, or your beloved. Live jazz trio music by Andrew's Tiger. (Greenpoint Loft, 67 West St, 1PM, FREE)

COMMUNITY: Lgbtq+ Make Out At Trump Tower In light of the new administration and its recent actions, we as members of this community must stay vigilant. All members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies are invited to make out in front of Trump Towers in NYC. It is meant to be an intersectional celebration and amplification of marginalized voices. (Make out partner not required, and all allies welcome) (Trump Tower New York, 725 5th Ave, 1pm-4pm, FREE)

COMMUNITY: State of the Borough 2017 by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Get involved in the new era of activism. This is Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's State of the Borough event. RSVP online at (Manhattan Center, 311 W 34th St, 2pm, FREE)

MUSIC: La Luz Sound Journey Experience at The Muse tix: Multiple musicians will gather to engage in a collective sound experience that will lead you through a journey of imagination, revelation & rejuvenation. Guests are invited to lie down or sit comfortably, close their eyes, relax, and listen, experiencing directly the vibration of the music in a space of deep peace and relaxation. After the event we will play vibrational music to move to throughout the space. (The Muse, 350 Moffat St, BK, 6:30pm-10:30pm, $25 adv/$35 door)

WORD: Adult Storytime X-rated storytime for adults only. Readings will include erotica by Sarah MacLean, E. L. James, Rowan Pelling, A. N. Roquelaure, and Anne Rice. Audience is encouraged to read or share their own naughty writings. (The Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St, QNS, 7pm, FREE)


COMMUNITY: Resistance Soup
An advocacy​ ​art party with noms, art-making,​ and fierce political opposition. They’ll make handmade postcards, fill your minds/hearts/phones with action items, and you can mingle with fellow resistors. There will be snacks, ​art, good tunes, and ​eager​ activists. Postcards, stamps, craft materials, info, and snacks provided. Please bring art and extra art materials for maximum postcard mayhem. (Chinatown Soup, 16B Orchard St, 7pm, FREE)

BURLESQUE: The Last !BadAss! Michael Tee, Shelly Watson & Michael Formika Jones host a culmination of 13 years of alternative burlesque. So closing the !BadAss! chapter with pride & love. The line-up includes: Ammo, Deity Delgado, Wae Messed, Pinkie Special, Aurora North, Cherry Pitz, Jezebel Express, Eric Schmalenberger, Sizzle Dizzle, Bambi the Mermaid & Lil Miss Lixx, Velocity Chyaldd, Sweetie, Seedy Edie, JZ Bich, Fem Appeal, Cher Noble, Farah Zulaikha, Jo Boobs, Sequinette Jaynesfield, Faux Pas & Aurora North, Poison Ivory, Poison Eve, Magdalena Fox, Darlinda just Darlinda, Faux Pas, Viktor Devonne, The Maine Attraction, Trixie Little, and Julie Atlas Muz. Stage Cat Faceboy with Kittens, Wae Messed & Seedy Edie. Truthful tarot by Courtney Weber Hoover. (The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St, 8pm doors/9pm show, $$20 adv/$25 door)


MUSIC: Sixth Annual Unloveable: A Smiths & Morrissey Valentine's Day Starring The Sons & Heirs, New York’s finest band devoted to the music of the Smiths and Morrissey. Handsome devils. Stalwart lovers for sure. They’re twice as much fun as an actual Morrissey show — because they bring more heart and enthusiasm to these songs than the man himself. Hosted by Rob Sheffield (Rolling Stone) (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $18 adv/$20 door, 21+)

THEATER: The Bench: A Homeless Love Story This show, set in urban decay and rubble, explores the emotional heartbreak of five homeless characters and the catastrophic hysteria surrounding AIDs in the 1980’s. The sparse set is spectacularly integrated with beautiful graphic novel art projections, from Daphne Arthur’s adaptation of the play, and is scored live by world re-known composer and multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh. (Dixon Place, 161A Chystie St, 7:30pm, $15 adv/$18 door)

BURLESQUE: Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentines Spectacular! Join Hostess Miss Astrid and a bevy of burlesque beauties, The House Of Noire, Perle Noire, Poison Ivory, Lilin Lace, Pearls Daily, Taradise, Tutu Toussaint, Bizzy LeBoise, Devonaire, Pinkie Special and The Schlep Sisters. Plus Aphrodite Rose, Karina Libido, DJ Momotaro, and live music with Storm Marrero. (Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th St, MH, 7:30pm, $35.00-$65.00)

BURLESQUE: Pele's Paradise An evening of tribute to the goddess of fire and dance, Pele's Paradise is a carnal carnival to engage all of the senses. Indulge in a dinner show featuring death-defying fire performance and luxurious burlesque acts by Tiny D, Marz, Kita St. Cyr, and Miss Cherry Delight throughout the evening, plus delectable tiki drinks. (Arrogant Swine, 173 Morgan Ave, BK, 8pm, $10)

MUSIC: The Sway Machinery: Valentines Ball
The Sway Machinery hosts an evening of love and music featuring The Fraternal Order of the Society Blues--a tribute to the life and music of Piedmont Bluesman Carolina Slim. Plus Directors--a new and fresh project featuring members of Antibalas and Fela! the musical. And your hosts, The Sway Machinery, serving up worlds old and new, drenched in the sweetness of new love and the elegiac modality of all our bittersweet memories. (Nublu. 62 Ave C, 8pm-12am, $5-$15 sliding scale)

VARIETY: Fueled By Love Benefit Concert
Concert for the Pipeline Resistance Live performances by: Freestyle Love Supreme members Andrew Bancroft & Shockwave, Apocalypse WOW, Full Moon Party, Dragonfly, Rachel Marco-Havens, Zero Boy. DJ set by Lexi Illexxandra Ferguson. Plus: short film screening about the Heroes of Peekskill, Raffle/Auction for the cause, and lots of dancing. RSVP to fueledbylove14@PROTECTED (Rubilad, purchase or rsvp for address, BK, 8pm $15 adv/$20 door)

VARIETY: 7th Annual Valentine's Day for Lovers and Losers An exotic burlesque, sideshow, and freakshow featuring Princess Pat Muko, Dick Zigun, Amanda Jenscik, Chris Depierro, Sincerely Yours, Gemini Blitz, Amazing Amy, and Denny Daniel. The show will also feature a short play written and directed by Princess Pat. With the support of the Unofficial Mayor of Coney Island, Dick Zigun, a licensed marriage officiant, get hitched with the cheapest wedding ever. $100 for each group or couple to tie the knot on stage or otherwise. Register at: dzigun@PROTECTED (Sideshows By The Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 9PM, $15 adv/$20 door)


WORD: Aleppo, From the Inside Saria Samakie, 20, is a Syrian refugee now living in Amman, Jordan and a student at Kings Academy. He is currently on a tour in the United States to talk about his life in Aleppo and the conditions that affected his daily life. Throughout the civil war's turmoil, Saria has been captured by the Free Syrian Army and the Assad regime. Saria hopes to bring attention and raise awareness of the real-life conditions on the ground and a new perspective on what the refugees are fleeing from. He is interested in meeting students, educators, and others who are committed to the promotion of human rights and the denunciation of violence. (Roosevelt House, 47-49 East 65th St, 1pm-2:30pm, FREE)

ART: Art Battle at (Le) Poisson Rouge Twelve artists compete in timed rounds of live painting, in a night of creation and celebration. The winners by audience vote move on to the Final round with a chance to qualify for New York City Championships and ultimately the US and International Finals. Enjoy great music as the paint flies and masterpieces are created before your eyes. (Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, 8pm, $15 adv/$20 door)

THEATER/FILM: Little Cinema Throwback: Romeo+Juliet Little Cinema is collaborating with The Love Show on this immersive screening of Romeo + Juliet featuring ballet dancers, aerialists, dj’s, remixed video scenes and 3D projection mapping. Calling all star-crossed lovers and fortune’s fools… defy the stars, don your best Hawaiian shirt, and be taken into the feuding, star-crossed world of the most famous lovers in history. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 7pm doors/7:30pm seating/8pm show, $15-$100)

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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.


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)

THEATER: Off the Top – off-Broadway
Science rapper Baba Brinkman (Rap Guide to Evolution) teams up with neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin (host of "Science Goes to the Movies" on PBS) to explore the brain basis of improvisation and comedy. What's going on "under the hood" when a comedian riffs or a rapper freestyles? Why are the spontaneous moments of life always the most memorable? Does anything actually rhyme with Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex? A married couple in real life, Baba and Heather bring you the latest research on brain science and creativity while putting their odd-couple relationship under the microscope. VIP includes 2 drinks and best seats. (thru 3/22, Wed, SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St, 7:30pm-9:30pm, $20/$35 VIP)

ART: Visionaire presents "Toiletpaper's Paradise" Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s ‘more is more’ installation is an interactive immersion into Toiletpaper magazine’s wild aesthetic. Through psychedelic reimagined domestic settings, the exhibition reveals vibrant vignettes featuring the magazine’s art and product collaborations all stacked, layered, and pastiched. Attendees are invited to touch, play, move, sit, recline, and position themselves in the physical manifestation of the minds of the artists. Some areas, best described as Mad Men on acid, includes a mock headstone that reads ‘The End’. Lounge and bedroom are subverted living areas full of absurd possibilities and combinations. (thru 4/9, Mon–Fri 8am–7pm Sat–Sun 10am–5pm, Cadillac House, 330 Hudson St, FREE)

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