Date: February 24th 2017

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We're taking a bit of a breather for the next couple of weeks, but we're back in mid-March with pie and jazz:


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PIE: 3/14

Gemini & Scorpio

Celebrating Pi day with...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 as this proud passport-holding Russian Jew refugee can tell you, "Americans" really come from all over the world, and our pies do, too. And nothing brings people together better than food.

We want to celebrate Pi Day with as many international versions of pie as we can get, from YOUR cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Who wants to bake (or buy) 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 other guests. Message us!

Currently confirmed:
Our historical chef, Rebecca Silverman, will bring something extra special Angela Mauri - Italian chocolate salami Evan Morgenstern - Ukrainian pennik with apricots

For anyone who can't contribute a pie, you can buy a $12 ticket for three servings of others' pies instead. Advance sales recommended, as pie availability is limited. We're hoping to donate a portion of sales & otherwise collect money for Southern Poverty Law Center -- TBC depending on how much we can bring in (ACLU just raised millions, so we're trying to switch it up). If you don't want pie, come on by for free for drinks & conversation.

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 night. Live music until 1am -- band TBA!. 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).


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

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. (Fri/Sat, multiple MH locations, see site for details, FREE-$33.50)

WALK: Last Weekend at Lowline Lab
The Lowline will be the world's first underground park. The Lowline Lab was created to test the technology of bringing sunlight underground. Join for the last weekend before they close The Lab and continue their efforts to bring the Lowline to life. Suggested donation at the door but anything counts. (Sat/Sun, The Lowlife, 140 Essex St, 11am-5pm, $10 sugg don)

FEST: The Seventh Annual American Human Beatbox Festival
The American Human Beatbox Festival is curated by Kid Lucky, a renowned beat-MC who has the unique ability to simultaneously create vocal beats and rhyme. Performances and workshops include: Comedy of 5th Element, History of American Human Beatboxing, Great Jones Tela-presence Beatboxing and Beatrhyming. Saturday features The Return of The Vocal Wars beatboxer/emcee vs Beatboxer/emcee - two different vocal styles team up to compete with other duos to see who is the best hip hop a cappella duo. [G&S Note: use code 2420 for 2 adv tickets for $20] (fri-sun, La Mama, The Club, 74a E 4th St, 3rd Fl, see site for details, $15)

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). (Fri-Sun, Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 Sixth Ave, BK, see site for details, FREE-$25)


PUPPETS: The Boxcutter Puppet Cabaret #2
A night of High Art, Low Concept night of slow-moving picture shows, fast-moving puppet shows, and semi functional technology of the middle ages, all in 2 and occasionally 3 dimensions. A cabaret to make us laugh and/or cry about the state of everything, full of instantly gratifying puppet shows for a fiscally conservative and morally decaying society. Featuring the various shows of the BoxCutter Collective. The BoxCutter Collective is made up of a group of puppeteers, bartenders, union organizers, carpenters, musicians, painters, and general trouble makers who have been working together in various forms for the last 10-15 years. Include puppeteers from Bread & Puppet, People's Puppets of Occupy Wall St., Better than Never Theater, Semi-Upright Cultural Workers Collective, RPM Puppet Conspiracy, Great Small Works, The Rude Mechanical Orchestra and many others. (The Owl Music Parlor, 497 Rogers Ave, BK, 8pm-10pm, $10 sugg don)

MUSIC: The Johnny Cash Birthday Bash with Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion Since 2005, Brooklyn resident Alex Battles has hosted the Johnny Cash Birthday Bash, an annual celebration of the Man In Black. Joined by his band, The Whisky Rebellion, Battles sings a calvalcade of favorites including "Big River", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "Jackson", "I Walk The Line", "I've Been Everywhere", "One Piece at a Time", "I Still Miss Someone", "Daddy Sang Bass", and many, many more. (Little field, 622 Degraw St, BK, 8pm doors/9:30pm show, $15-$20)

MUSIC: Lucid Dancing W/Great Circles, Tipsy Oxcart And Sherita The musicians of the electric quartet Great Circles bring to bear an explorer’s sensibility and an adventurer’s heart to transport listeners along these routes toward distant sonic landscapes. Tipsy Oxcart plays electric, sweaty, bumpin' Balkan music, channeling the spirit of 36 hour weddings to keep the crowds dancing until the sun comes up. Sherita gathers inspiration from the sounds of bygone eras to create music that is alive in the present moment. (Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St, BK, 9pm doors/10pm show, $10 sugg don, 21+)

PARTICIPATORY: Dolly Parton Look Alike Contest Come dressed as your favorite version of Dolly, win prizes, giveaways and enjoy drink specials, delicious BBQ and a general love of Dolly Parton. To enter email: events@PROTECTED (Mable’s Smokehouse, 44 Berry St, BK, 9pm, FREE)


FEST: The 1st Annual NYC Fermentation Festival
A family friendly celebration of all things fermented, benefiting The NYC Brewers Guild and This single afternoon event is set to include: 30+ vendors, DIY Fermentation Guidance Help Desks, 9+ fermentation seminars and demonstrations, meetup groups/organizations, local homebrew clubs, NYC made beer sold by the glass, and more. (Brooklyn Expo Center 72 Noble St, BK, 11am-3pm, $20)

WORD: Black in 19th-Century Brooklyn In 1838, just eleven years after New York State abolished slavery, a free black man named James Weeks made his first purchase of land in Brooklyn. Weeksville, named after Weeks, would become one of America’s largest free Black communities prior to the Civil War. In the same year, Green-Wood Cemetery was established. Nearly two hundred years later, Green-Wood and Weeksville Heritage Center join together to celebrate and recognize their shared history by welcoming you to a very special Saturday afternoon. Aboard Green-Wood’s trolley, you’ll begin your tour with a survey of the many prominent Black New Yorkers and abolitionists laid to rest here, then head to Weeksville in Crown Heights to see the new permanent exhibition Weeksville, Transforming Community/In Pursuit of Freedom and the 19th-century Hunterfly Road houses. This trolley tour begins and ends at Green-Wood. A box lunch will be provided. (Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, BK, 11am-3pm, $40/$35 members)

BIKE: Bklyn Bike Meet-Up Join local Puerto Rican Bike Clubs and other bike enthusiasts as they show off their wheels in celebration of bike culture. Enjoy amazing bikes, food and drink, music by DJ Sol Nova and Julissa Vale, family art-making activities, giveaways, bike workshops and the chance to win 1 of 10 Schwinn bikes. (City Point, 445 Albee Sq W, BK, 2pm-5pm, FREE)

MUSIC: The Harlem Chamber Players’ 9th Annual Black History Month Celebration Program: Florence Price 5 Folksongs in Counterpoint for String Quartet, New York Premiere of Carlos Oliver Simon Jr. An Elegy: A Cry from the Grave (dedicated to Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Alton Sterling), Franz Schubert Der Erlkönig, Margaret Bonds Three Dream Portraits, William Grant Still String Quartet, Jules Massenet Élégie, Selected Spirituals. Hosted by Eric K. Washington, journalist, historian and author. (St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 521 West 126th St, 4pm, $20/$15 stu & sen)

MUSIC: Radio Wonderland Record Release with Crazed, Tom+Echo Roe, Fulathela Turn out and tune in for this special record release event celebrating Seize The Means, the debut album from Radio Wonderland. Radio Wonderland is Joshua Fried, performing digital processing of live FM radio, pulverizing mass media into little audio bits that dance. At the heart of Radio Wonderland is radio itself—all sound is sampled live from the airwaves. The evening begins with a performance by Tom Roe, with Echo Roe, in a reprisal of their recent performance at the international radio art festival, RadioRevolten in Halle, Germany. Crazed is the improvised musical project of Hudson's Max Hamel and Jack Schoonover. Their live sets and recorded output utilize unconventional patching and programming to unearth new electronic sounds and rhythms. This event also celebrates the new release Murmurs from the Tower, a special compilation of strange and/or electronic works by artists either from or living in the Hudson Valley. Late night hours will feature sounds from Fulathela. (T

he Half Moon, 44 S Front St, 8pm-1am, $7)

PARTY: Mardi Gras at Secret Mansion Secret Loft and Secret Mansion are teaming up again to bring you Mardis Gras the Brooklyn Way. 3 floors of partying, with DJ's, live music, hurricane punch, hula hoop dancers, heated balcony, backyard fire pit, freeplay pinball, body painting, and beads, beads, beads. Open bar 9pm-10pm. Wear your wildest, most colorful outfit - there will be costume and bead contests at midnight with champagne prizes. Lineup: Brent Butler, Paco The G Train Bandit, The Saturators, Misha and The Savages. Live DJ sets by Dzill & Slightly Sus. (Address with purchase, BK, 9pm-5am, $10-$20)


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)

COMMUNITY: Queer and Trans Dance Party/Protest Featuring: Illexxandra, Sam Pelligrino, Pussy Grabs Back. “This peaceful protest is a celebration of our diversity, our strength, and our love, a declaration that even in the darkest times, we can come together and dance in the face of tyranny…We intend to create a safe(r) space for all LGBTQIA+ folks; people of color, people with disabilities, and all faiths. There will be a zero tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind. This is a defiant celebration of love and all things LGBTQIA+, so bring your rainbows, sparkles, and rave gear, and party down with us on the streets of New York…Note for non-LGBTQIA+ folks: You may attend if you are committed to helping maintain this space for LGBTQIA+ folks. Please also consider volunteering to help and keep an eye out for harassment so that the rest of us can focus on dancing.” (Trump Tower New York, 725 5th Ave, btwn 55th & 56th St, 6pm-10pm, FREE)

DANCE: Dance Parade New York Season 11 Lift Off! Dance to the feel good soulful music of DJ Ali Coleman (House Coalition). Two riveting performance sets, folkloric to hip-hop, curated to light you up about Dance Parade's 11th Season. Meet the Movers and Shakers of the 2017 Dance For Peace Campaign. Emcee Donnie D'amato presents Taste Of The Dance Parade performances by: The Dancing Rubies (Belly Dance), Mazarte (Mexican Folkloric), Folk Club Kaleidoscope (Slavic), Aindrila's Dance & Fitness (Indian Fusion), Bonsai Dance Lab (Akim Funk Buddha), and Kozmic Edge (Hip-Hop) (Taj Restaurant & Lounge, 48 W 21st St, 7pm, $5)


COMMUNITY: Get Organized Brooklyn: Full Group Meeting Join the next full #GetOrganizedBK community organizing meeting to resist the injustice, bigotry, and corruption of the Trump regime. Includes panel on protecting public education followed by working group meetings. (Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Pl, BK, 6:30pm-9:30pm, FREE)


PARTY: The Salon: Mardi Gras The Big Easy comes to the Big Apple on Fat Tuesday. The 5th annual Creole Carnival returns with music by the Grand Street Stompers, Baby Soda Jazz Band and DJ Cochon de Lait, and burlesque by Mr. Gorgeous, Hazel Honeysuckle and Velvetina Taylor. Plus free dance lesson and free Mardi Gras beads. Dress code: retro chic, vintage, suits, cocktail attire, or biz casual. Think Boardwalk Empire, Gatsby, and Mad Men. No shorts, t-shirts, torn/tattered jeans, workout or warm-up attire, fitness/athletic shoes, and ball/casual caps. Security will have final say on dress code admittance. (The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, 7pm, $29-$49)

PARTY: Mardi Gras Bash! With Hungry March Band, Gordon Webster, Jonathan Toubin & more Hungry March Band’s music is a melting-pot of world brass traditions, encompassing music from New Orleans second line, Balkan gypsy, New York punk, Bollywood brass, Detroit funk, Latin American samba, and more. Jonathan Toubin was voted "Best DJ" in last year's Village Voice "Best of NYC Readers' Poll" by playing literally no hits or fashionable new genre, but rather cutting together raw, wild, and uncommon sides by unsung artists on the original 45s for the contemporary dance floor. Hosted By MC Tanya Solomon. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 8pm doors/9pm show, $15, 21+)


WORD: LGBTQ Rights: The Struggles, Victories, and On-Going Fight for Equality The fight against LGBTQ discrimination is at the leading edge of civil rights work today. An expert panel, including Susan Sommer, Associate Legal Director and Director of Constitutional Litigation for Lambda Legal,James Esseks, Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project, Cara Page, Executive Director of the Audre Lorde Project, and journalist Mark Harris, whose marriage to Tony Kushner was the first same-sex marriage to be featured in the NY Times’ “Vows” column, will discuss them past, present, and future of the fight for equality. Linda Villarosa, director of the journalism program at the City College of New York, moderates. (Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, 6pm doors/6:30pm discussion, $10/FREE for members)


PUPPETS: Puppet Playlist #23: Beyoncé
Every few months, Sinking Ship Productions invites a group of talented puppeteers and musicians to create original works of puppetry and exciting reinterpretations of music based on a particular musical theme (voted on by the audience at the previous show). This playlist features original works by the songs of Beyoncé mixed with live musical interpretations by some of New York’s awesome singer-songwriters. (Triskelion Art's Muriel Schulman Theater, 106 Calyer St, BK, 8:30pm $15)

VARIETY: Green Fairy At The Red Room
Celebrate at this 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. Mr. Kellfire Bray will guide you through the complexities of absinthe's history and rituals. With live hot jazz by pianist Chris Johnson. Holly Honeypot will be at the door, Ms Zelma will be tending the absinthe pours, and Mr. Nelson Lugo will mystify you with parlor tricks. Dress Code: Suit and tie, cocktail attire. Suggested Attire: Vintage, evening wear, boudoir, unmentionables, or intimate attire. (Red Room, 85 E 4th St 3rd fl, 9:30pm doors, 10pm tasting, $16 adv/$20 door/$11 adv if in suggested attire/$15 door if in suggested attire)

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PUPPETS: Jim Henson Foundation Now Accepting Letters of Intent for 2018 Granting Cycle - Deadline: 3/13 The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants each year for the creation and development of innovative works of puppet theater. Production Grants of $7,000 are awarded for the production of new works ready to be presented in the coming year. Workshop Grants of $3,000 are for the development and workshopping of these pieces. Workshop Grants and Production Grants can be combined over a two year period for the greatest benefit to the piece; keep in mind, however, that a Production Grant does not need to be proceeded by a Workshop grant and a Workshop Grant in no way ensures a future Production Grant. Grants are made only for the development of new works of live puppet theater. The Foundation does not award funds for the presentation or remounting of existing work. Awards can be made only to IRS tax-exempt organizations. See site for details.

Artist Call: Submit for “Not Normal, Art in the Time of Trump” - Deadline: 3/17 For the month of March, Irondale Ensemble Project (85 S Oxford St, BK) is suspending all regular performances to open the doors of the theatre so that performers, activists other members of the community may publicly respond to the actions and policies of the Trump administration through their art and their concerns. Irondale is seeking your applications to present short pieces-theatre, music, dance, readings, to host public events, and teach-ins, all in a safe space dedicated to the exchange of serious and thought provoking dialogue. Submit your proposals, your ideas, or other ways you would like be involved:


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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