Date: March 24th 2017

Hello lovelies,

Another beautiful Swing House on Saturday, thank you! We posted a few photos and videos to our Instagram; please add yours, if you have any. Tags are #geminiandscorpio and #gsswinghouse -- and of course, we'd love it if you followed us there: @gemini_scorpio

Our pie celebration has been moved to Thur, Apr 6. Some of our original confirmed bakers will be back, but does anyone else want to jump in? Fee pie all around, if you bring a pie yourself. Potluck pie party!

There are just a few vendor spots left for Apr 9 Goldmine shopping party. We're looking for either killer spring cleaning thrift-style options, or good Mother's Day gifts. Know anyone who'd be a fit?

Jut announced below: the return of our craft-cocktail-meets-Iron-Chef night, The Cocktail Experiment, on Friday, Apr 21.

And finally an update on the secret pop-up strip club party we're doing for our kinky sister brand House of Scorpio next Friday, 3/31: reserved seats are sold out, 10pm tickets are down to a handful, but other times are still available. You need to be approved for ticket purchase, but it's easy enough to do; see directions at


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PIE: 4/6

Gemini & Scorpio

Celebrating Pi day with...All-American PIE

Thur, 4.6, 7pm-12am, FREE / $12 for three pie servings Gemini & Scorpio Loft, must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address

Reserve your pie (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 (though yes, you can always bring last minute PIE).

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, and to make a donation.

SHOP: 4/9

Gemini & Scorpio

invite you to

Goldmine - holiday shopping party

Sunday, Apr 9, 1-6pm, FREE
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: FB:

Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsgoldmine (show us your treasures!)

Miss Scorpio teams up with fellow dress-up addicts and craft-makers for some closet-cleaning and handmade clothing & accessory shopping. Think one-of-a-kind vintage, feathers and fascinators, unique jewelry, and lots and lots of sparkles. Of course even divas have days off, so there will be plenty of cheap casual wear finds alongside costume and vintage pieces. Plus: by-donation champagne & small snacks, chill soundtrack, and lounging in our awesome loft and sprawling roof. Perfect spring Sunday.

Confirmed vendors:

Still have some room for vendors! Are you doing spring cleaning in your fabulous closet? Have vintage or handmade goodies to pass on? Let us know! There are no vending fees to join us, just a suggested 20% donation from your sales at the end of the day.


Gemini & Scorpio

The Cocktail Experiment

Fri, April 21, 7pm-12am, FREE + FREE drinks if you bring a cocktail ingredient, 21+ (25+ recommended) $6 per experiment / $17 flight of three / cash only Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Official site & address RSVP: FB: Social media: @gemini_scorpio / #geminiandscorpio

A speakeasy experiment in our magical loft. One kickass bartender, a fully stocked bar, and YOU bringing a liquid challenge: a bottle of something unusual for our pro to turn into a one-of-a-kind cocktail. If your bottle is used in creation of a cocktail, you (and up to three friends) get a complimentary tasting. No two cocktails will be the same, and all will be delicious.

Or, skip the challenge & just enjoy inventive craft cocktails in a better-than-bar atmosphere: a sexy low-lit loft, lots of couches, sprawling roof, chill music, serious skills behind the bar, no attitude.

Featured ingredients & cocktails TBA!

NYC EVENTS: 3/24-30


The annual festival for the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), where process becomes the focus. This year’s program features 9 workshop presentations that blur the boundaries between dance, theatre, music, new media, puppetry, and visual art. This fest is a vital testing ground, an environment where you can sample live art in progress, provide feedback, and play a crucial role in the development of new work. The purchase of a CULTUREcard will allow the holder admission to any CULTUREMART Work-in-Progress performance on a first-come, first-served basis. (Fri/Sat, HERE, 145 Sixth Ave, 7pm, $15)

PUPPETS: Steve of Tomorrow A multi-media, technology based puppet performance about a science fiction enthusiast who posts an open invitation on his blog for time travelers to visit him. Soon after, a man from the future named Steve appears, but he is a lazy, uncommunicative disappointment. Is he a freeloading fake or is this what we become? Using cutting edge video puppetry and David Commander's signature style of toy theater, Steve of Tomorrow asks if humanity's well being is reflected in the recent explosion of technological advancements. (Fri/Sat, Thu, this week and next, Collapsible Hole 55 Bethune St, 8pm, $15)

FEST: 8th Annual Comedy in Dance Festival Embrace the power of laughter. Guest curated by Abby Bender, the 8th annual festival presents a slew of movement-based work from choreographers, clowns, and comics that tickles a varied audience's collective funny bone. The festival is NOT appropriate for children. (Fri-Sun, Triskelion Arts, 106 Calyer St, BK, 8pm, $16 adv/$20 door)

ART: Dead Horse Bay: The Glass Graveyard of Brooklyn Curated by Allison C. Meier. Exhbiting artists include: Nicole Antebi, Gerard Barbot, Alex Branch, Yael Eban, David Horvitz, Nathan Kensinger, Jackie Mock, Rose Nestler, Rachel Owens, Amanda Patenaude, Anna Riley, Mark Splatter, and Brett Swenson. It is easy to forget Dead Horse Bay exists. Cradled by a slender curve of shore on the southern edge of Brooklyn, between Marine Park and Jamaica Bay, it is sequestered from the rest of New York City. Except every aspect of this place is embedded with the city’s history, from its topography shaped through midcentury eminent domain by Robert Moses, to its name referencing the horse rendering plants that were among many unsavory businesses disrupting its ecology in the 19th century. And then there’s the trash strewn on its beach, where everything not decomposed since the landfill beneath burst open in the 1950s is slowly revealed by the waves. (Fri-Sun, Agnes Varis Art Center, 647 Fulton St, BK, see site for details, FREE)

FILM: Metamorphoses When Europa skips class and meets a magnetic young man named Jupiter, she embarks on an unexpected and magical journey. Traveling aboard Jupiter’s eight-wheel truck, they arrive in a mythical land inhabited by powerful gods who can transform humans into plants or animals in the blink of an eye. Europa watches, listens, and plays in their immortal home, becoming acquainted with Jupiter’s friends, Bacchus and Orpheus. As the confrontation between seductive, yet vengeful gods and innocent mortals unfolds, Europa grasps a greater sense of life and love in this revelatory modern-day retelling of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. dir. Christophe Honoré, 2014. France. 102 minutes. In French with English subtitles. (Sat/Sun/Tue/Thu, Spectacle, 124 S 3d St, 10pm, $5)


WORD: Feminist Goddesses & Rebel Saints tix: Surefooted and strong, capable and potent; these women are archetypes that we need now more than ever. While feminism is a relatively new concept in the scope of human history, women have been rebelling for as long as they have been subjugated. Their stories come from across the globe and are woven through every faith, and prove that the lineage of women who dare to reclaim their power is deep, storied, and strong. Join us as we speak their names, retell their myths, conjure their memories, and celebrate their lives. (Catland, 987 Flushing Ave, BK, 7pm-9pm, $10)

3/24 fri
COMMUNITY: Direct Action: Protest & the Reinvention of American Radicalism A reading and discussion on resistance movements past and present, and the special role of LGBTQ movements in American radicalism, by L.A. Kauffman, author of the new book, "Direct Action" As Americans take to the streets in record numbers to resist the presidency of Donald Trump, L.A. Kauffman’s timely, trenchant history of protest offers unique insights into how past movements have won victories in times of crisis and backlash and how they can be most effective today. No one turned away for lack of funds. (Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, 208 W 13th St, rm 210, 7pm, $10 sugg don)

THEATER: Daughters Of Elysium: The Bacchus Effect
tix: Marcelia Jones is addicted to weddings. Her desperation to befriend newly engaged women makes her vulnerable to other forces in the world - such as the god Helios, bride-maker and diner proprietor. Even though the Golden Sun Diner is falling apart, he's busy brewing up a new bridal stereotype through prayer and ritual. The only person who appears to be keeping everything together is the Waitress, and even she is cracking around the edges. Written by Magdalen Zinky. Directed by Magdalen Zinky & Katrina Mattson. With a core company of 15 diverse women-identifying artists, Daughters Of Elysium creates cross-genre events and productions that are rooted in ritual and mythology. Enter email for address at (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, address with rsvp or purchase, BK, 8pm, $12)

MUSIC: North Coast 8th Anniversary Show With a cast of improv comedy veterans in New York City, North Coast’s performances have been packing comedy venues, universities, and festivals nationwide since 2009. Built around a single suggestion from an audience member, the show’s improvised scenes escalate into full-blown hip-hop songs, facilitated by resident beatboxer, Ethan “Exacto” Scott. With their seamless melding of comedic timing and freestyle rapping abilities, North Coast frequently blurs the line between comedy show and concert, drawing audiences from the comedy, hip-hop, and theater communities for an experience that has been hailed as “mind-blowing” and “next level” by critics and audiences alike. Featuring: Jo Firestone, Liza Treyger, Music by Power Couple (Kaila Mullady and Mark Martin), After Party w/ DJ Taela Naomi. (Littlefield, 622 Degraw St, BK, 8pm doors/9pm show, $10-$12, 21+)


ART: 475KentFest A building-wide open house to celebrate 475 Kent and the many talents that live under its terrific roof. You’ll be walking loft to loft, changing floor every hour, drinks in hand. Want to show off your baking skills? Play excerpts from a record collection? Or simply let neighbors check out your incredible living space? It’s time to share. (475 Kent Ave, BK, 1pm, FREE)

COMMUNITY: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happy Hour An afternoon of activism and resistance, along with beer, food and fun. They’ve zoomed in on four social causes—reproductive rights, immigration, healthcare, and climate change—and created actions around each to resist the Trump administration. For each social cause, they’ll provide experts from leading organizations, materials to take action right at the party, and resources to stay involved on your own time. The hands-on event makes taking action easy, impactful and fun. (Die Stammkneipe/ Der Schwarze Koelner Beer Garden, 710 Fulton St, BK, 2pm, FREE)

MUSIC: Filmic Music - Stephen Ulrich & Mamie Minch at Barbès Mamie Minch and Stephen Ulrich will perform original scores to the mysteriously narrative found footage films of filmmaker Russell Scholl. Then we play a dangerous duo set. Mamie Minch writes blues songs that sound like they’ve been stored in her National steel for decades. Stephen Ulrich’s band Big Lazy has flourished for 20 years, creating film music and playing it’s singular brand of crime jazz and highway twang from dive bars to the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was the composer for HBO’s Bored to Death and the films Art & Craft and Maineland. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 6pm-8pm, $10, 21+)

PARTY: Coney Island USA Spring Gala 2017: Celebrating 35 Years of The Mermaid Parade Join Coney Island USA as they celebrate 35 Years of the Mermaid Parade in their landmark building during its centennial. This is the premiere fundraising event for Coney Island USA. This benefit draws a host of celebrities, trendsetters, and performances by superstars of the Burlesque and Sideshow movement. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 6pm-12am, $100-$1,000)

ART: BOUND Exhibit and Fundraiser
A meditation on the female bond through still and moving imagery. This exhibit grew as a response to the current cultural and sociopolitical climate. A look at the dichotomy of women being bound - bound to one another in unity, solidarity, femininity, strength, experience, sisterhood ...But also bound to expectations, oppression, cultural and societal pressures, dogmas, history, judgements. All profits from the sale of tickets and prints will be donated to the International Rescue Committee and Planned Parenthood. (New Women Space, 188 Woodpoint Rd, BK, 7pm-10pm, $12)

MUSIC: Young New Yorker's Chorus
The consolations of imagination, aesthetic experience, the sublime: American Gothic, YNYC Mixed Ensemble: YNYC will present an immersive and highly stylized performance dedicated to the poetry Edgar Allan Poe. Tarik O’Regan’s 2006 masterwork, The Ecstasies Above, will be bookended by two loop-based choral improvisations, involving the audience in a meditation on Poe’s sublime and melancholic texts. (Irondale Center, 85 S Oxford St, BK, 7pm, $20)

PERFORMANCE: Tarot Society 2 Year Anniversary Show Celebrate 2 years of Tarot Society with Godxss, Lazurite, Pan, Kevin Pelrine, and Terminal Intrusion. Butoh by Chris Carlone & Jacquelyn Marie Shannon. Poetry readings by Erica Schreiner, Tiffany Nicole, Alice Sparkly Kat. (Tarot Society Gallery & Reading Room, 4 Charles Pl, BK, 7pm, $7 sugg don)

A Celebration of Swing Music From the 1920s to 1950s. Featuring a huge hard wood dance floor and one of the best sound systems in NYC, this event will feature live music by The Flipped Fedoras, Sweet Megg, and Suzette Sundae. Plus DJ George Gee. Open/Basic Swing Dance Lesson. (Connolly's Klub 45, 121 W 45 St, 3rd fl, 8pm, $15 adv/$20 door)

PERFORMANCE: Flatland by Nitemind: A Sound + Light Immersion Explore the interplay of dimension and light through 3D LED sculptures built to create immersive environments. Performances will be on a quadraphonic sound system. Ambient Sets by: Lawrence English (AUS/Room 40/Experimedia), DJ Richard (White Material), Earthen Sea (Kranky/Other People), and Soramimi (NYC / Dusk Notes). Music curated by: Ambient Church. (Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, QNS, 8pm-2am, $10-$20, 21+)

THEATER/PARTICIPATORY: Dark Before Dawn Explore a vacant apartment building to discover speakeasies, immersive experiences, and intimate performances: Bedtime Stories-Grimm fairy tales and bursts of light; Psychic Surgery-Removing emotional trauma and a little bit of gore; Stellar Displacement-Lie down on the grass and gaze at the night sky; Covert Cocktail Club-Craft cocktails by Brooklyn's best; Pocket Poker Saloon-No $ allowed; Apothecary Parlor-Booze & tattoos; Broken Bone Bathtub-Soak your sorrows away with aquatic storytelling; Trough Catering-Chow down with the rest of the animals; Feminist Nightmare-Escape the kitchen; American Carnage-American Dream; Bowerbird Nest--Birthing bits of wisdom from trash. (secret Bushwick location, address with ticket purchase, BK, 9pm, $10-$50)


COMMUNITY: Music+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon A music-focused installment of the annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. Every year, the arts and activism org Art+Feminism hosts an all-day gathering dedicated to updating Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. This is a satellite installment of that main event but focused on music. No experience editing Wikipedia is required! Please bring a laptop. Wikipedian and Art+Feminism organizer Jaqueline Mabey will lead a Wikipedia editing tutorial at 1pm, and will be here to answer questions. (The Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave, BK, 12pm-5pm, FREE)

SOCIAL DANCE: Lindy in the Park The NYU Swing Dance Society invites you to come swing into spring with live jazz music and dancing in the park. With Baby Soda band. Break out your most cobblestone worthy shoes, and cross your fingers for nice weather. (Washington Square Park, 5 Avenue, Waverly Place, West 4th and MacDougal Streets, 1pm-3pm, FREE)


WORD: OLNY presents: Ethical Non-Monogamy 101 In the dictionary “monogamy” is synonymous with “ethical” - part of the reason why “ethical non-monogamy” blows some people’s minds. How do we ensure that our non-monogamous relationships are truly ethical and sustainable? Join Open Love NY for Part 1 of an interactive discussion about ethics as they apply to non-monogamy. (Manhattan Theatre Club, 311 W 43rd St, 8th fl, 7:30pm-9:30pm, $10)

WORD: ABCs of Astrology with Delphi: Planets and Signs: Sun, Moon, and Mercury Learn the ABCs of astrology with Delphi. Astrology is a language. It takes time, but eventually the symbols make sense. When you take planet and zodiac sign and add aspects and houses, you begin to speak in sentences that are part of the story of the whole chart. In this three week course, they’ll review basics, but hopefully give you the tools you need to eventually be able to read a chart. At the very least, you will gain insight about your own natal chart. Part 1 of 3. Parts 2 and 3 on 4/4 and 4/18. (Tarot Society Gallery & Reading Room, 4 Charles Pl, BK, 7:30pm, $15/$35 for all three)


PERFORMANCE: Futurists Do It Themselves ATTN Pimanauts - The class of 2017 will soon become masters, but one final challange stands in their way... thesis. Help these cyborg artists fulfill their wildest dreams by partying your heart out. Performances: Adrienne Wagner, BoyWolf, David Rios, Marnie Jaffe, Salon Man. Music: DJ Sabine, DJ VH1. Visuals: Espii, Paul Leopold. Rough Cuts - a film festlette. (The Deep End, 1080 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 8pm-12am, $10 sugg don)

BURLESQUE: High Octane for Betsy Propane: Burlesque & Sideshow Fundraiser Betsy Propane is our friend. She's a friend to Coney Island, she's a friend to the Burlesque Community in NY and beyond. A car crash on January 1st of this year took her life in a very different direction. Performers have donated their talent and gift to make this show possible and 100% of all proceeds will be going to help Betsy in her recovery. Featuring: Ray Valenz and Betty Bloomerz, Matt Knife, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Nola Star, Jellyboy the Clown, Gemini Blitz, Nati Amos, Kita St Cyr, Cassandra Rosebeetle, Pinkie Special, Mae Reap, Miss Vivian. Hosted by the one and only Fancy Feast. (BIZARRE Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 9pm, $10-$20 sugg don)

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Call For Socially Engaged Artists - Deadline 3/31 Kaimera Productions is seeking performing artists and performance ensembles that can create a 30-minute performance for the first workshop of an international project: Living Altar. Performers of any medium - dance, theater, opera, performance art, circus, music, etc - are encouraged to apply. Kaimera will present the initial draft of this ambitious piece at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens on May 23rd & 24th.


FEST/ART/WORD: 2017 Whitney Houston Biennial: Greatest Love of All Performances, conversations, readings, and film screenings. This fest is a response to the awakening representation of women artists in major museums and galleries. To highlight female artists in New York this season, curator and artist Christine Finley will host female artists from a varied range of geographic and cultural backgrounds, disciplines, methodologies, and generations. The aim of bringing together so many creative voices is to sing a collective song that celebrates the contributions of pioneer female artists and marks a moment in our communal trajectory.(thru 3/29, 325 W Broadway, see site for details, FREE)

PUPPETS: Photo & Supply Meet Phyllis: She has run a photo development shop in her neighborhood for many years, but now the neighborhood is changing. Business is slow, and Phyllis must close up shop. In protest, boxes unpack themselves, floor tiles shake, and long-forgotten photographs burst to life. This is a puppet show which uses dynamic sets and colorful cast of handmade masks and puppets to tell a story about community, collective memory, and honoring the value of a physical record. (thru 4/2, The Tank, 151 W 46th St, 8th fl, see site for details, $18)

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)

ART: Aaron Taylor Kuffner’s Suara Sinar (The Sound Of Light) For his second solo-exhibition at The Chimney, American artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner will present Suara Sinar (The Sound of Light), a site-specific installation, consisting of totems of mechanical gongs synchronized with a constellation of lights on the ceiling. Immersed in a choreography of light and sound, viewers are invited to lay on a circular-foam platform in the center of The Chimney. The exhibition is part of Kuffner's ongoing series of Sonic Kinetic Sculptures called Gamelatrons that re-contextualizes Indonesian Gamelan. The artist's work exposes viewers to the rich and profound nature of musical resonance and its effect on the body and psyche. Suara Sinar becomes a temporary sanctuary, a liminal space, a safe haven where sound and light fuse into a unifying language. (thru 4/9, Sun 2pm-6pm, The Chimney, 200 Morgan Ave, BK, FREE)


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