Date: February 17th 2017

Hello lovelies,

A whirlwind Valentine's / 15th Birthday week, wow. Thank you all for a fantastically sexy Parisian cabaret and extra-cozy Banya party. Moving right ahead into spring:

  • The All American Pie event for Pi Day on Tues, March 14 is on! We're going to keep it at the loft to keep costs down, which means admission can be FREE. Pie tastings will be three for $12, and we've put a very limited number of them on sale here: . Of course you can always get pie free, too, if you bake your own to share. Get in touch; let us know your heritage & what pie you may want to make.
  • Our delightful 1920s speakeasy, Swing House, is back for its 8th Anniversary on Sat, March 18. If you enjoyed the hot jazz & burlesque & speakeasy vibe of Meet Me in Paris, you will love Swing House. Tickets on sale now:


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PIE: 3/14

Gemini & Scorpio

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

Tues, 3.14 (Pi Day!), 7pm-12am, FREE / $12 for three pie tastings Gemini & Scorpio Loft, must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address Presale (limited): Details & RSVP: FB: Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio

We tend to think of pie as a 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 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 have three tastings of pie available for $12. Advance sales recommended, as pie availability is limited.

PARTY: 3/18

Gemini & Scorpio

Swing House 8th Anniversary: 1920s speakeasy, remixed

Sat, March 18, 9pm-late (dance class 9:30pm), 21+ (25+ recommended) $20 until 1am ($40 w/table reservation), $10 after for electro-swing dance party Gemini & Scorpio Loft, must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address

Details & RSVP: Tix: FB: Social media: #GSSwingHouse #geminiandscorpio

A classic speakeasy party in a secret Brooklyn loft, with live swingin' sounds by vintage jazz bands, blazing burlesque divas, exotic cocktails, and the best electro-swing DJs remixing and reinventing vintage grooves late into the night. "Gatsby-era fun with a twist of new-school vibe" (The Village Voice).

The night starts with an introductory dance class for swing basics by Brooklyn Swings, who teach at our loft every Monday & Tuesday nights. Live music until 1am -- band TBC. Burlesque fabulousness during and between band sets by Delysia LaChatte and Logan Laveau. Sweet remixed vintage beats after, until the dancing is done.

And introducing: the gambling den! We're still working out rules, but expect two tables of Texas Hold'em going till at least 1am. You could win drinks and tickets to future events.

Dress code (required): The Jazz Age never ended, it just got funky. Dress accordingly: "An event worth wearing that ridiculous zoot suit for." - TimeOut NY; "Corsets and top hats tweaked with studs and leather are totally appropriate." - The New York Times. Suggestions: vintage (1920s-1940s) with a modern twist, cabaret, burlesque, Weimar Berlin, classic Hollywood, classy, sassy, tailored, hats, feathers, sequins, beads. Effort required. Dress code modern-friendly after 1am for the electro-swing dance party.

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

NYC EVENTS: 2/10-16


FEST: AFROPUNK: The Takeover- Harlem In association with Harlem Stage, The Apollo Theater and a host of legendary Harlem venues, this festival commemorates Black History Month by celebrating African-American culture and engaging with contemporary thought and issues, in the New York neighborhood that’s been central to the black American experience for well over a century. The fest will present a week-long series of events featuring live musical performances, film screenings, comedy shows, jam sessions and frank discussions on identity, art and protest. (Tue-Thu, this week and next, multiple MH locations, see site for details, FREE-$33.50)


COMMUNITY: General Strike Against Trump
A day of general strike and non-violent civil disobedience and demonstration. The Demands: “1. No Ban, No Wall. The Muslim ban is immoral, the wall is expensive and ineffectual. We will build bridges, not walls. 2. Healthcare For All. Healthcare is a human right. Do not repeal the ACA. Improve it or enact Medicare for All. 3. No Pipelines. Rescind approval for DAPL and Keystone XL and adopt meaningful policies to protect our environment. It’s the only one we’ve got. 4. End the Global Gag Rule. We cannot put the medical care of millions of women around the globe at risk. 5. Disclose and Divest. Show us your taxes. Sell your company. Ethics rules exist for a reason and presidents should focus on the country, not their company.” Show Donald Trump and his cronies in Washington that our voices will be heard. No work will be done. No money will be spent. We will not support his corrupt government.

COMMUNITY: NYC Solidarity Rally for the General Strike @ Assemble at Washington Square Park to stand together in solidarity with the National General Strike. From the organizers: “We demand that our senators and congressional representatives do the following: 1. Reaffirm your oath of office and unbounded compliance with the Constitution of the United States of America, on or before February 17th – the day of the General National Strike. 2. Actively oppose any governmental language or action that violates any tenet of our Constitution.” Speakers TBA. (Washington Square Park, 1pm-5pm, FREE)

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-$120)

FILM: Disruptive Film Series: Everyday Resistance To Power, Program 3 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, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave, 7:30pm, $11/$9 stu & sen/$7 members)


PARTICIPATORY: Mourning The Presidency: A Mock Funeral for President’s Day A New Orleans-style mock funeral. Join for wailing, honoring, remembering, grieving, marching, singing, chanting, and demanding the rebirth of a Presidency dedicated to the service of all peoples and “sacred fire of liberty” that President George Washington swore to uphold. Come as one of your favorite past Presidents or wear all black. Bring black umbrellas, rain or shine. (Washington Square Arch, 12pm-2:30pm, FREE)

COMMUNITY: Today, I Am A Muslim Too: A Day of Solidarity You are invited to a day of solidarity in support of equality and tolerance, supporting American Muslims. There is no greater time than now to stand up for our Muslim brothers and sisters who are under increasing threat and pressure. Join Russell Simmons, Imam Shamsi Ali, Rabbi Marc Schneier, Daisy Khan, Linda Sarsour and many other leaders from the community for this powerful event. Family friendly. (Times Square, 48 St and Broadway, 12pm-4pm, FREE)

ART/WORD: Reverend Jen's Art Academy for Youngsters Are you frustrated because your children are getting absolutely no art education whatsoever in NYC public schools? Famed Art Star, Reverend Jen, is here to save the day. She will teach your children (ages 8-12 recommended) how to make art, appreciate art and become tiny Art Stars. Maybe bring an old dad shirt to wear as a smock because things are gonna get crazy. There's a bar around the corner so you can just drop 'em off and get a little break from parenting whilst Reverend Jen bestows wisdom upon a generation who will be facing a pretty tough new world. All supplies will be provided. (Carrie Able Gallery, 409 Keap St, BK, 12pm-1:30pm, FREE)

THEATER/PARTICIPATORY: Rhythm Therapy - Catharsis A movement based immersive theater experience with yoga, theatricality, conscious dance, meditation and empowerment, geared to release stress, dance diversity and embrace radical self care and joy. "Hard times require serious dancing." Written & Conceived by Jeanine T. Abraham. Wear comfortable suitable for yoga or dance. Soft sneakers, dance shoes and bare feet welcome. (South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St, BK, 7pm, $15)

MUSIC: Morricone Youth with Telecommand Morricone Youth is a New York City band dedicated to writing, performing and recording music written for the moving image. They will perform highlights from their first three Live Score Vinyl Releases (Country Club Records) with corresponding clips from "Mad Max," "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" and "Night of the Living Dead!" Morricone Youth. Telecommand makes melodic funk that is grounded in sophisticated organ grooves for the suited and booted. They are that funky organ combo appearing in the background of the dance scene of every 1960's film you've ever seen. (Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave, BK, 7pm-10pm, $10, 21+)


PERFORMANCE: Bend As part of a free Community Day marking the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, artist Kimi Maeda presents her solo performance, 'Bend,' to accompany the exhibition 'Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center.' The performance tells the true story of two men interned in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II: Maeda's father Robert Maeda, an Asian Art historian who suffered from dementia at the end of his life, and the subject of his research, Isamu Noguchi. Weaving together live feed projections of sand drawings with archival footage from the 1940s, Maeda's performance poses important questions about how the Japanese American internment camps will be remembered. Includes admission to the museum. (The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd, QNS, 3pm, FREE)

BURLESQUE: Show Us Your Wits Trivia and burlesque to benefit Hollaback! an organization fighting street harassment, online harassment, and for gender justice. Featuring custom questions by Trivia NYC and burlesque performances by: Bunnie Buxomm, Faux Pas le Fae & Aurora North, Galatea Stone, Clitoris B. Toklas. Stage Kitten Celia Foxglove. Mistress of Ceremonies Rhoda Dendron. Every penny earned from your generous donations goes to Hollaback! ( (QED: A Place to Show & Tell, 27-16 23rd Ave, QNS, 7pm-9pm, FREE)


COMMUNITY: Wild Woman Dance Revel-ution: Rise with Love
Join Wild Woman Healer Kiana Love as she leads you through Wild Woman Sun Rise with live percussion, followed by Free Your Body Dance Soundbath with DJ Chela. Artist Janet Morgan brings her wild and colorful paintings of humans, gods and goddesses and our sacred earth. Teas, coffee, smoothies and breakfast treats available. This is open to all who are committed to the empowerment and healing of women and the feminine. [Enter email for address at] (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK, address with registration, 6am-11am, $10-$15 adv/$25 door)

FILM/MUSIC: Metropolis; the epic 1927 movie with live organ accompaniment
Filmed in Germany in 1925, Fritz Lang’s classic science-fiction masterpiece about oppressive leadership and social division nonetheless has a great deal to tell us about our current political climate. The movie was made at a time when audio and video couldn’t be recorded simultaneously. Organists would improvise (yes, make up on the spot!) an entire film score as the soundtrack to the movie. Peter Krasinski, renowned organist and silent film accompanist, will do this for us on the magnificently colorful pipe organ at Marble Collegiate Church. (Marble Collegiate Church, 1 West 29th St, 5pm-7pm, $20/FREE for NYC AGO members)


WORD: Bystander Intervention Training Join in a de-escalation training workshop with Amnesty International Field Director Kalaya’an Mendoza to learn how to best intervene in difficult situations. Learn how you can be part of the solution to end discrimination in your community. Live translation provided in: Korean, Chinese, Hindi, and Bengali. Dinner and refreshments will be provided for all participants. (Speyer Hall Theater at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St, 6pm-9pm, FREE)


VARIETY: Blunderland Sass Wednesday Eric Schmalenberger presents an evening of revolutionary variety with all the whimsical, surreal, and psychedelic you can handle. Leave all expectations at the door and come be dazzled. With performances by: Molly Pope, Amy G, Roxy Valdez, Jo Boobs, TIGGER!, and more TBA. (House of YES, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15, 21+)

WORD: Resisting the Trump Agenda: Teach-In and Workshop Information and action are our best tools to oppose the incoming administration. Led by Brooklyn College* faculty, this participatory event encourages public dialog and mobilization on the following topics: reproductive health & justice, feminist/queer activism, climate change/environment, education, and criminal justice/police reform. (61 Local, 61 Bergen St, BK, 7:30pm-10:30pm, FREE)


*MUSIC: Sxip Shirey Presents: Baby Dee "Leonard Cohen" wrote one "Hallelujah", Baby Dee has written twenty of them. " -Sxip Shirey. Baby Dee is an enchanting song writer, classically trained harpist, circus sideshow veteran, and west side street legend Her infectious cackle and extraordinary talent on piano, harp and accordion has caught her many musical admirers including Will Oldham, Matt Sweeney, Maxim Moston, and Andrew WK, all of whom have produced unique and magnificent albums for her. With special guests, including London composer Sarah Angliss and her robotic carillon, Theo Bleckman with Rima Fand, Sarah Alden with Ilusha Tsinadsze, baroque singer Lacy Rose, Blake Norris and your host Erin K. Orr. (National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St, BK, 7pm, $29 adv/$34 door)

BURLESQUE: Mystery Science Burlesque 3000! In the not-too-distant future, Feb 23 A.D. - There was a guy Moe Cheezmo, Not too different than you or me. - He worked in a G- String loading bay, Just polishing pasties to pay his way; - He did his job well with a cheerful face, But his bosses didn't like him, - So they shot him into space. Showgirl Rollcall: Dottie Riot as the Wasp Woman, Holly Ween as the Blob, Logan Laveau as Tommy Wiseau of The Room, Brettzo as Manos, Sincerely Yours as Alien Hunter, and Petite Renard as Zombeavers. Kittened by Apathy Angel as Mr. B Natural. Hosted by Moe Cheezmo and his robot friend. (The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St, 7pm doors/8pm show, $12 adv/$15 door/$20 VIP)

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. (HERE, 145 6th Ave, 7pm, $25/$15 ages 10-17)

SHOP: Park Slope United Methodist Church 24th Annual Book Sale The Park Slope United Methodist Church is holding their 24th annual book sale, with tens of thousands of new and used books, CDs, DVDs and records as well as a children’s room filled with books for kids of all ages. Most items are $1 or $2. Sunday special prices: Buy 5 items at regular price and all additional items are $1 (unless specially marked). (Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 Sixth Ave, BK, 7pm-9:30pm, FREE-$25)

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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: 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)

PERFORMANCE: the ephemera trilogy Paper and sand, light and shadow, memory and identity, the familiar and the strange; woven together these are the elements that compose Kimi Maeda’s ephemera trilogy. Developed over a period of six years, ephemera’s three short solo performances use a range of innovative storytelling techniques and stunning visuals to explore the artist's bi-cultural identity and family history, from a Japanese American internment camp during World War II, to postwar Japan, to suburban New England. Created and performed by Kimi Maeda. With music by Bill Carson and Kishi Bashi. (thru 3/12, The Paradise Factory, 64 East 4th St, see site for details, $15-$30)

THEATER: Umbilical Brothers in Speedmouse (re-squeaked) Tix: The Umbilical Brothers (David Collins and Shane Dundas) are back in NYC for the first time in 7 years. The award-winning Australian comedy duo entertain with their off the wall mix of vocal sound effects, slapstick and sketch comedy. The result is a rollicking, kinetic experience that's something like seeing a cartoon come to life. [G&S Note: $25 discount tickets available for opening week 2/21-28] (thru 3/18, Mon-Sat, Theatre 80 St. Marks, 80 St Marks Pl, see site for details, $25-$35)

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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