Date: April 28th 2017

Hello lovelies,

Upcoming events and two very important anniversary celebration save-the-dates

  • Thur 5/4 & Sat 5/6, May the Fourth celebration, including a Star Wars movie screening, Browncoats the Musical, and of course our sci-fi mashup dance party Cantina at the End of the Universe. You have until the end of the weekend to secure your $15 Cantina tix -- they go to $20 after, in advance or at door:
  • Fri & Sat, May 12-13, we're helping out an international visiting event, Sublime Boudoir: an immersive Victorian evening at Alder Manor, a stunning mansion just outside the city. G&S has a discount code! Tix: - use code GSSB17 for 15% off tickets.
  • Sun, May 14, continue the turn-of-century theme with the return of the first Victorian Garden Tea of the season. It's a perfect Mother's Day brunch substitute. Tix:
  • Save the dates for two big anniversary celebrations: Sat May 20 / Sun May 21 is the 5th anniversary of our magical loft, and Sat June 24 / Sun June 25 is the 15th(!!!) anniversary of G&S. We have BIG things planned, but first all this other goodness that's happening through mid-May.


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#MAYTHEFOURTH: 5/4 & 5/6

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#MayTheFourth Star Wars Day celebration

Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK - see site for address Details & address: Social media: @gemini_scorpio #GScantina #geminiandscorpio

-->Thur, May 4, 7pm-late, $10 sugg donation, all ages Star Wars Movie Marathon - movies TBC

Our annual Star Wars movie night.

7:30pm - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Three decades after the destruction of the second Death Star, the First Order has risen from the fallen Galactic Empire and seeks to eliminate the New Republic. The Resistance, backed by the Republic and led by General Leia Organa, opposes them while searching for her brother, Luke Skywalker, to enlist his aid.

10pm - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Former scientist Galen Erso is taken away by the evil Orson Krennic from his peaceful farm life with his wife and young daughter Jyn. Many years later, Galen is the Empire's lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, a vengeful Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station's plans for the Rebel Alliance.

We didn't get to do the drunken rooftop light saber battle last year...should we try again?

-->Sat, May 6, 8-10pm
Tea Time for Mad Girls Productions presents Browncoats: The Musical

$10 / $20 with tickets to Cantina party Tix:

Eight months after the events of Miranda, the Crew of the Serenity is staring into the void of a changing 'verse, wondering how to go forward, and knowing there's no going back. Whispers of rebellion rising up are tempting Mal to throw himself recklessly back into the thick of things, and with the impending birth of Zoe's baby, she is forced to make the impossible choice between her loyalty to Serenity and protecting the last thing she has of Wash. And that's provided they can keep the ship running long enough to reach the next planet!

All proceeds benefit ACLU. Costumes encouraged, but not required -- unless you're staying for the Cantina party.

-->Sat, May 6, 10pm-late
Cantina at the End of the Universe

$15 until 4.30 / $20 after and at door, if avail / $10 after 1am FB: Tix:
Presale recommended: smaller capacity than usual due to giant alien monster puppets

Jedis, Trekkers, Browncoats, Time Lords and Hitchhikers from all corners of the cosmos, follow us to a cantina at the end of the universe to celebrate Star Wars Day, May the Fourth. There will be aesthetically pleasing air pressure waves coming at your eardrums, mad scientist concoctions (no synthahol, we promise), and an eclectic crowd of humanoids, demonoids, arachnoids, cephalopoids, androids, and surprisingly many other alienoids. We won't let any wookies tear your arm off, but don't mention Miranda, or the seemingly harmless 90-pound brunette wandering around barefoot may suddenly opt for some thrilling heroics, and then you're on your own. Dress uniforms encouraged, watch out for the replicants, and don't forget your towel. You can materialize your Tardis right on the dance floor, but we recommend buying your multipass in advance, in case a clone invasion results in massive overcrowding and subsequent destruction of the entire multiverse.

It's an intergalactic creature dance party, with our special guests: alien monster puppet robot-wrestling ensemble BIG NAZO, returning just for this annual event from recent ComiCon and international festival gigs. DJ Illexandra & DJ Stylus provide epically nerdy beats all night, and classic sci-fi visuals play throughout.

Costume required, as always. Think Star Wars, Star Trek, HGTTG, Firefly, Doctor Who, Blade Runner, Martians, robots, aliens, androids, giant spider creatures with tentacle faces, orange-haired hot-pants-wearing supreme beings, intergalactic bounty hunters, true-blue-blooded opera singers, shiny creatures of energy in corporeal form, the time-traveling anti-you.


Sublime Boudoir

Friday May 12th & Saturday May 13th 2017 Alder Manor, 1097 N Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701 Doors open at 7pm / Show starts at 8pm / End time: 1am Info & tickets: FB:

A glittering evening of burlesque, cabaret & circus in a Victorian wonderland, celebrating the cycle of death and rebirth. Sublime Boudir crafts just one elaborate ball a year, in a hand-picked historical location, always in a different city on the globe.

Wander the halls and grounds of a sprawling Victorian mansion to discover immersive performances from international artists, sensory pleasures, and a feast of themed foods and beverages from KG FARE. Lead Performers: Miss Betsy Rose | Armitage Shanks | Lili La Scala | House of Noire. Guests can then dance the night away to the electrified bygone era tunes of London based DJ duo: The Roustabouts.

"An exquisite event without equal, but also an escape, an enchanted journey through time and culture, which arrives at an awakening of our senses." - August Man Magazine

Tickets are $99 each and include: entry, complementary canapé-style food throughout the evening, a themed beverage, and a glass of champagne. A cash bar will also be available. Must be 21+ to attend.

Elaborate vintage attire encouraged, but not required.

Since its inception in 2012, Sublime Boudoir has strived to heighten all five of the human senses, promising audiences sophisticated experiences and timeless memories. The company constructs annual events on a global level - never in the same place twice - with a team that stretches from Europe to Indonesia. Previous show locations include: Milan, Amsterdam, London, and Las Vegas.


Gemini and Scorpio

cordially invite you to

The Grand Victorian Garden Tea - Mother's Day edition

Sunday, May 14 (Mother's Day), 4-8pm, $40, all ages, rain or shine at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St

Info: FB: Tix: Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsvictorianball

Join us as we travel back in time to the Victorian Age, to an elegant country resort a short carriage ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city (which at that time extended only as far north as 14th Street). It's a proper turn-of-century tea party, with finger sandwiches, scones and fancies, in a darling garden attached to an impossible Victorian cottage overlooking modern Manhattan. Historical chef Rebecca Leigh Silverman will hand-make delectable treats from antique recipes, and give a small talk about each dish.

The menu (more TBA):
Assorted Finger Sandwiches
Scones with Clotted Cream & Preserves Battenberg cake
Lemon curd tarts

Activities will include:
- Victorian garden games, including Game of Graces [ ] and Battledore and Shuttlecock [ ] - Hand-drawn portraits of guests by Anastasios Taso Megaris - Card games, including Flinch, played with an original 1903 deck - DIY amusements from original Victorian books

Dress code: 1800-1910s summer garden party, with all-white, cream and pastel tones encouraged. No modern casual wear, please - though modern cocktail summer attire is easy to accessorize with a nod to Victorian times. Costume inspiration Pinterest board (not ours): - and we have one for our banquet/ball/tea research here:

About our venue:
Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house for a 23-acre estate, and converted into the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1826, this stone building sits on land originally owned by Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of John Adams. The hotel operated until 1833, at which point the house became the home for three generations of a New York City family.

NYC EVENTS: 4/28-5/4


ART: LMCC Open Studios with Workspace Artists-in-Residence Lower Manhattan Cultural Council kicks off its public season by inviting the public to visit the studios of LMCC’s 32 Workspace artists-in-residence. Open Studios offers the public a unique opportunity to get behind the scenes to see brand new artwork, share conversations with artists, and gain insight into their creative practices. (Fri 6pm-9pm/Sat 1pm-8pm, LMCC’s Studios, 28 Liberty St, 24th fl, FREE)

THEATER: It Will All Work Out Chris Wells, Obie Award winning performer and creator of the much-lauded art church, The Secret City, is a master storyteller and exuberant song and dance man. This show takes stories from Chris’ upcoming memoir, mixes them with funny, original songs and tops it all off with fabulous, colorful and outrageous outfits. It'll be a night of high energy queer fun with a smokin' hot band and sexy backup dancers. (Fri/Sat, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, 7:30pm, $20 adv/$25 door/$15 stu & sen)

FEST: The Brooklyn Folk Festival
Headliner Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton will be featured in the PBS series American Epic, airing in May. Also performing are NPR Tiny Desk Concert alums Anna & Elizabeth, folk music legends Jim Kweskin and Peter Stampfel, Willie Watson, hip hop progenitors The Last Poets, and Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir will deliver an activist sermon and post-religious, anti-consumerist gospel show. It's all accompanied by films, workshops (including one on protest songs), food, dancing (including a salsa dance), and more. (Fri-Sun, St. Ann's Church, 129 Pierrepont St, BK, see site for details, $20-85)

FEST: 2017 Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation
Seventh ­annual celebration of Noise, Experimental Music, and Sound Art, presenting about 50 artists. The schedule is a densely packed lineup featuring a wide variety of street-­level experimental music and noise art: abstract / experimental / avant-garde music, harsh noise, drone, and "unclassifiable" sound artists. (Fri-Sun, Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave, BK, and Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, BK, see site for details, $15-$20)

FEST: Congress of Curious Peoples Since the 1860's, Coney Island has been a beacon for strange and interesting people. For generations, it has attracted the curious and the enlightened, the onlooker and the performer. Every spring Coney Island USA convenes The Congress of Curious Peoples, a 7-day gathering of unique individuals at Sideshows by the Seashore, the Coney Island Museum and the Freak Bar, celebrating Coney Island's subversive and exciting power and exploring its political, artistic, and spectacular possibilities through performances, exhibitions, and films by important artists in the world of the 21st century sideshows. (Fri-Sun, Sideshows by the Seashore, Coney Island, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, see site for details, $5-$15)

FEST: WFMU Record Fair
With over 200 record dealers selling vinyl and CDs; performances by Bloodshot Bill, The Atlantic Thrills, Baby Shakes, Ronnie Fujiyama, Matmos with Chuck Bettis, and Laurice; DJs and live broadcasts, movies in the AV Lounge, food, and more. (Fri 7pm-10pm, Sat/Sun 10am-7pm, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St, BK, $7/$25 pass)

FEST: Sakura Matsuri 2017 A weekend celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. This year marks the 36th anniversary of New York City’s annual rite of spring, with over 60 events and performances. There will be Taiko drumming, manga, tea ceremonies, j-rock and j-pop, samurai sword fighting, bonsai, cosplay fashion show, Ikebana flower arranging, Nihon Buyo classical dance, a puzzle plaza, and more. Events will be held rain or shine. Advance tickets required. (Sat/Sun, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Entrances at 150 Eastern Pkwy, 455 Flatbush Ave, 990 Washington Ave, BK, 10am-6pm, $30/$25 sen & stu 12+, FREE under 12)

ART: Invisible Dog Open Studios Week In conjunction with the upcoming Open Studios, the artists of The Invisible Dog have planned a series of events: including Kevin Waldron’s installation PAPERTEAR in The Glass House, Anne Mourier’s performance “Taking Care”, Shannon Finnegan’s window display “Reinventing My Strangeness”, and more. (Tue-Thu, this week and next, The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St, BK, see site for details, FREE)


FILM: Kiev/Moscow (PART 1 and 2) This doc drops you directly into the 2014 Euromaidan uprising in Kyiv. It is cold January and the initial anti-corruption crowds have crystallized into an overall siege. Between new restrictions on assembly and the Berkut police force, protest faces deadly risks. Soon Russia annexes Crimea: Khoreva embeds with armed Russian units in Donetsk and then appears in the middle of nationalist protests in Moscow. The action jumps around a lot: this is a crash-course in history as it occurs. Dir. Elena Khoreva. 2015, 60 min + 75 min (205 min total). Russian/Ukrainian with English subtitles. (Spectacle, 124 S 3rd st, BK, 10pm, $5)


PARTICIPATORY: International Tabletop Day From open to close, running demos and playing some of our favorite games. Wargames, board games, RPG's, or Magic; we have something for every player. (The Brooklyn Strategist, 333 Court St, 11am-11pm, FREE)

THEATER: CasablancaBox
This show lifts the veil of the eponymous classic film to reveal the stories behind the legends. Rife with glamour, war, censorship, sexism, racism, addiction and the refugee crisis of 1940s Hollywood, it is madcap and affecting, moving and political, romantic and relevant. With an intricately woven multi-narrative script and video score, the show Here, 145 Sixth Ave, 4pm & 8:30pm, $30-$45)

SHOP: Queens International Night Market - Sneak Preview # 2 What to expect: Food offerings include the always-popular Burmese palatas, Japanese takoyaki, and Romanian chimney cakes, and many new offerings; art/merchandise including Quechuan handicrafts, NYC-theme apparel, Indian jewelry, contemporary art, emoji paraphrenalia, and henna; and a great lineup of live music and performances. Plus new games and activities for visitors, Beer & Wine Garden, and more. (New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park 47-01 111th St, QNS, 6pm, $5)

BURLESQUE: Wasabassco: House of Deveraux
tix: Curated, hosted, and presented by The Golden Glamazon Sydni Deveraux, this show celebrates the contemporary side of burlesque with all of the glamour and glory that that entails. Starring: Sapphire Jones, Poison Ivory, Nina La Voix, Medianoche, Delysia La Chatte, DUO Leo and Teo, Gal Friday, Chris Harder, Amanada Whip and Sydni Deveraux. (Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, 7pm doors/8pm show, $20/$30 table/$40 VIP, 18+)

ART/PARTY: Human’s Playground An immersive, multidisciplinary “art party” giving local up-and-coming artists the opportunity and outlet to express themselves freely & to present work that is unrestricted and unequivocally them. In doing so, collaboration is encouraged among the artists involved to produce work that is unique, eclectic, and interdisciplinary. Party-goers are welcome to come and do exactly the same – spend time, dance, talk, and be themselves. Performances happen without warning throughout the night and in different areas of the space, keeping the evening exciting and spontaneous. You never know what’s going to happen at Human’s Playground...until it does. (The Kymberle Project, 1332 Atlantic Ave, 7pm, $20)


PARADE: New York Persian Parade
This parade focuses on the culture, arts, and history of Iran. The colorful parade includes 15 floats, which each represent different Persian festivities or a figure from Iranian history accompanied by folkloric dace. (Madison Avenue between 38th and 26th St, 12pm-3pm, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Love Parade NYC A march for unity and evolution. A demonstration of positivity and connection. It combines random acts of kindness with activism. Gather to connect at the rally, then march together on the sidewalk using the tools of beauty + play + connection and spread love in the form of flowers. What to Bring: A gift (flowers) to give out to “new friends” on the street. Bring your pets. Bring your children. What to Wear: costumes, playful & fun, dress in your team color. This is a sustainable event. No balloons. No confetti. Make the world a more beautiful place & clean up after your neighbor. (Union Square Park, 201 Park Ave S, 1pm rally/3pm march/5pm after party, FREE)

MUSIC: Beyond The Clouds: Ambient Excursions A ten-hour ambient and transcendent music experience with synth pioneer and Stevie Wonder producer Malcolm Cecil, Brian Eno collaborator Laraaji and Julianna Barwick. Playing on a custom soundsystem tuned for total immersion, in a room filled with furniture built specifically to enhance the listening experience, live sets will also come from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Mary Lattimore, Huerco S., Dorit Chrysler & Rob Schwimmer and a specially prepared performance by Chino Amobi & Johnny Utterback. Expect harp, zither, theremin, Buchlas and much, much more. RVNG act Visible Cloaks will provide DJ support. (Bogart House, 230 Bogart St, 2pm-12am, $?)

FILM/WORD: Ocean of Lies: Propaganda, Deception and the Power of Fake News In our post-Brexit, post-US election world, “fake news” has stolen the headlines. Misinformation, disinformation, reality-based manipulation and propaganda are distorting the public’s ability to make sense of the world, and threatening the democratic process around the globe. With filmmaker Alexandra Juhasz, radio host Benjamen Walker and curator Carol Squiers, we will look at multiple examples across forms (photographs, texts, videos and montages) that unpack the contemporary manifestations of fake news, online propaganda and media deception. From fake documentary and parafiction to native advertising, to alternative facts and terrorist propaganda we’ll chart the course and talk through the necessary media literacy tools needed to combat this infective issue. (Union Docs, 322 Union Ave, 7:30-10:30pm, $10/FREE w/membership)


WORD: Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas Session #2
Russian-born Jewish immigrant Sophie Tucker evolved into a larger than life show-business phenomena. Dubbed “The First Lady of Show Business” for her bold and brassy persona, she sang songs of humorous raciness during a career that spanned sixty years. In this two-session course, you will explore the show business landscape of the early 20th century, the influence of Yiddish culture though the 21st century, and Sophie Tucker’s indelible mark on the business and entertainers who followed. Maxine Simson is a lecturer with the NYC Department of Aging and the owner of The Natural Resources Public Relations DBA, a PR and multi-media company. (Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St, 11am-12pm, $20/$35 both classes)


WORD: Stepping Out: 1920s Fashion A Design Talk with fashion historians Caroline Milbank and Jan Reeder on the revolutionary fashion trends that marked the era, with special emphasis on style in New York and the influence of Paris. (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E 91st St, 6:30pm, $15/$8 members, stu & sen)

SHOP/PERFORMANCE: ORI Moonlight Market Handmade clothing, costumes, jewelry, fine art, photography, and original artwork will be available to enjoy and to buy. Drinks provided by an aerial bartender, local food vendors, music by Beat Kitty & Anna Morgan, live performances throughout the evening and more. (The Muse, 350 Moffat St, BK, 7pm-11pm, FREE)


BURLESQUE: Wasabassco May The Fourth at The Way Station
tix: Wasabassco's monthly First-Thursday show has landed on Star Wars Day. It's at the world's foremost nerd bar so they have no choice but to embrace the dark side - Wasabassco does the Star Wars thing. Hosted by Nasty Canasta & Sapphire Jones and starring GiGi La Femme, Clara Coquette, Jenny C'est Quoi, Pearls Daily, and your kitten Rex Halligan. (The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, BK, 8:30pm doors/9pm show, $15/$20 reserved seating)

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Fri 5/5
FOOD/PERFORMANCE: Eat Your Art: An Alternative Cinco de Mayo discount tix: An immersive experience for the senses with delectable pairings of art, food, and wine followed by a night of revelry, live music, DJ's, and dancing. In the spirit of artist Frida Kahlo’s infamous gatherings, curator Abby Hertz, Lot 45 Bushwick, and chef Samia Behaya present a fiesta full of everything delectable, including the people. Four course dinner paired with pieces of poetry, performance art, and music that celebrates the art and culture of Mexico. After, the room opens up for a fiesta complete with live band, full mezcal menu, traditional Mexican dance, discoteca dancers, mermaids, and aerialists. Dress code: Fancy and dapper, dresses, suits, linen, embroidered cotton. Bright colors in the spirit of Mexico. Please do not wear/be aware of culturally appropriative costuming. No street clothing allowed. This is a fancy event for adults. [G&S Note: use discount code "Familia" for 20% off tickets, or use direct link above] (Lot 45 Bushwick, 411 Troutman St, BK, 6pm-3am, $

35-$125, 21+)

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ART: Greenpoint Open Studios 2017 Artist Sign-up - Deadline: 5/5 Greenpoint artists who wish to participate in this year’s open studios have until Friday 5/5 to sign up. GOS 2017 will be held June 3rd and 4th.


THEATER: The Majestic A world for those that seek to live out their imagination. An oasis for those longing to escape from reality. A place to embrace who you are in this world. Come and unravel your dreams as we experience a night of unforgettable memories and a beautiful community. Music by Tasha Blank. Featuring Darrell Thorne & The Creatures of the Night, The Art Rising, and more. Live art, interactive activities, body painting, amazing performances, themed areas, music. Dress code: neat, casual and trendy chic attire. No backpacks or book bags. Entry at the discretion of the door team. Entry will be first come, first serve, up to capacity. Ticket does not guarantee entry. (thru 5/10, Wed, 95 Delancey St, 8pm, FREE, 21+)

CIRCUS: Bindlestiff's A Cardboard & Duct Tape Spectacular (May 4-14)
tix: Join Bindlestiff’s cast of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, sideshow marvels, and vaudevillians as they pare the Cirkus down to its most basic elements: discovery, risk, and joy. Always ready to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, these talented performers bring the audience back to their own childhood experiences of fun. Follow the Bindlestiffs and discover that some cardboard, duct tape, and creativity is all that’s needed to find delight. (Thru 5/14, Thu-Sun, The Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th St. see site for details, $15-$30)

PUPPETS: Baby, said Alice B. Tolkas... This 15 min. self-performing puppet theater/installation is run on a loop by 12 motors that have been programmed by a robotic brain. Both, motors and the brain, operate in full view of the audience. Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein argue over the virtue of Stein's plays. Excerpts from two of her plays vindicate Stein's belief in her avant garde genius. Zeitgeist music by Eric Satie. (thru 5/28, Knockdown Center 52-29 Flushing Ave, QNS, see site for details, FREE)

EXHIBIT: The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s The first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste during the creative explosion of the 1920s, The Jazz Age is a multi-media experience of more than 400 examples of interior design, industrial design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, and architecture, as well as related music and film. Giving full expression to the decade’s diversity and dynamism, The Jazz Age defines the American spirit of the period. (thru 8/20, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E 91st St, 10am-6pm, $16/FREE members)


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