Date: May 12th 2017


Hello lovelies,

We're continuing to roll full speed into summer...Here's what's coming up for us, this weekend & beyond.

- Heads up that Sublime Boudoir (the immersive Victorian event at Alder Manor we're helping with) is now sold out for both tonight and tomorrow. We hope you snagged some tickets!

- Our own recurring Victorian event, the delightful & delicious Garden Tea on Sunday (Mother's Day), still has some tickets left. We're bringing our mom, and you should too! Tix: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com

- Then next weekend, Sat May 20 / Sun May 21 is a two-day fifth birthday celebration of our loft, including a street fair outside our front door, all-day open house, blessing ceremony, dance party and an all-day Buffy marathon...all FREE! See below and here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1658865954420592

- Just announced: the return of our annual post-Mermaid Parade dance party, Sea Creature Stomp, on Sat June 17: https://www.facebook.com/events/549715641819243

Lastly, exciting news: we are starting to do events in Los Angeles! We're working on an official mailing list setup and the date of the first event, but in the meantime, you can join our new G&S LA Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1957122044304666

Cheers,

Gemini & Scorpio,
makers of themed costume events with live entertainment
http://www.geminiandscorpio.com

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GUEST EVENT: SUBLIME BOUDOIR: 5/12-13
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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: http://sublime-boudoir.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1150697941742616

SOLD OUT


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VICTORIAN TEA: 5/14
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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: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/425384277822847
Tix: http://victoriantea.brownpapertickets.com
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:
Assorted Finger Sandwiches:
- Cucumber, butter, chive
- Cheddar & chutney
- Roast beef and horseradish
Scones with Clotted Cream & Preserves
Battenberg cake
Lemon curd & lilac tarts with sugared lilacs

Activities will include:
- Victorian garden games, including Game of Graces [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_of_graces ] and Battledore and Shuttlecock [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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): http://bit.ly/1WvlVyB - and we have one for our banquet/ball/tea research here: http://bit.ly/29n5fZm

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.


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LOFT 5TH ANNIVERSARY: 5/20-21
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Gemini & Scorpio

present

G&S Loft 5th Anniversary Celebration

12pm Sat 5/20 thru 11:59pm Sun 12/21
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK - see site for address
Details & address: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1658865954420592
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #GSLoft5th #geminiandscorpio


Two full days of FREE celebration for our secret Brooklyn clubhouse:

Sat: 12pm-5pm
Loft open house / open stage, in conjunction with EXPO Gowanus: an all-ages neighborhood carnival of art, science, and toxic waste -- happening on our block and in the park across the street. With: art-making, activism, science, dance and music performances, food, sports, and more. Students from local schools will showcase investigations about Gowanus water quality, green infrastructure, climate change, and other important local issues (it's a science fair!)

Street fair info: http://www.gowanuscanalconservancy.org/ee

Ever been curious to stage an event at the loft? This is the day to come see the place in daylight & talk to us about possibilities. Our motto is "sustainability through creative community," and our goal is affordable art space. Let us help you realize your performing arts dreams.

Sat: 8-9pm
Sunset ceremony & blessings with Kiana Love, who did the original opening ceremony for our space five years ago.

Sat: 9pm-late
Miss Scorpio will be behind the bar herself, giving you drinks & gratitude for your years of support. Celebrate with us with drinks, dancing and hugs. We can't believe we're turning five!

Sun: 12pm-12am
Buffy marathon, organized by a longtime G&S party goer Evan Morgenstern. It's going to get silly in here as we watch 10 of your favorite Buffy espisodes (did you know the show turned 20 this year?). You can vote on the Facebook page for the episodes you want to watch!

ALL of this is FREE! Donations gratefully accepted.


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MERMAIDS: 6/17
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Gemini & Scorpio
present

Fifth Annual Sea Creature Stomp: a Mermaid Parade afterparty

Saturday, June 17, 8pm-2am
Suggested sliding scale donation of $10-$20 goes directly to bands and DJs
G&S Loft (must RSVP for Gowanus, BK location): http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/549715641819243
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio

Live music & DJs, cheap drinks, ice cream, and lounging on our sprawling roof. Classic Brooklyn summertime loft party.

Closest subway from parade: express B/D/N/Q to Atlantic-Pacific (or switch to R for local Union stop)


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WEEKEND + WEEK
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ART/PERFORMANCE/WORD: Creative Tech Week’s Arts Hub
http://creativetechweek.nyc/arts-hub-512-513
50 digital, VR and electronic artworks are on display for Stronger Together, an exhibit of work by computer art department faculty of 10 area universities curated by LISA. Also available are workshops on 3D printing, generative graphics, Arduino, Raspberry pi, and recycled electronics (separate sign-up required). In the evening there will be two performances of pioneering electronic and experimental music, plus food and drink. “Plan 23” is a site-specific, extended, immersive, audio-visual experiences that bend one’s perception of time and space. Encompassing a sonic spectrum from dark-ambient soundscapes via subliminal pulses to electronic sounds the group delivers sonic explorations into uncharted spaces. With live visualists Chris Jordan, Zarah Cabanas and Sofy Yuditskaya. Also playing: “SMOMID” and Raphael Shirley w/ Algis Kizys. (Fri/Sat, Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, QNS, 12pm-7pm exhibit, FREE; 7pm performances $15 adv/$20 door)

THEATER: Dirty Panties The Musical
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dirty-panties-the-musical-tickets-33587698711
Sex work is illegal and stigmatized. But it is more than that. It is beautiful, empowering, confusing, terrifying, fascinating, sexy, ugly and fucking intense. Sex work is so common, they made a show about it. Dirty Panties is told through a collection of abstract and emotional vignettes of personal accounts and adventures of different sex workers across all parts of the the industry. Every single piece in the show is written and produced by someone with a history of sex work. (Fri/Sat, this week and next, House of Yes, 2 Wycoff Ave, BK, 7pm, $25-$40, 21+)

SOCIAL DANCE: BABBLE X 10th year Anniversary
http://www.nycbabble.com
Big Apple Balboa, Blues, & Lindy Hop Exchange (BABBLE) is a weekend of over 20 hours of dancing to 7 live bands and seasoned DJs to the tunes that inspire you to do Balboa, Blues, and/or Lindy Hop, whatever you want to dance. People from across the nation come to dance, exchange ideas, and experience the happening & historic NYC. Music by: Ian Hutchison and Slap Happy, The Blueswater (from Scotland), Cait and the Critters, Sneak Theivery Orchestra, Binky & Friends, The Big Cat Menagerie, and Gordon Webster & Friends. (Fri-Sun, Manhattan Ballroom, ​29 W 36th St, see site for details, $10-$20)

VARIETY: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus: A Cardboard & Duct Tape Spectacular
http://bindlestiff.org/cardboard
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. The show strips away the glossy veneer of modern entertainment and celebrates a do-it-yourself ethic bringing together the raw elements of passion, play and circus skill. (Fri-Sat 8pm/Sat-Sun 3pm, Connelly Theater, 220 E 4th St, $15-$30)

THEATER: The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
http://here.org/shows/detail/1873
A farce set at the fantasy wedding of Toklas and Stein, in which downtown theater notables Jan Leslie Harding, Mia Katigbak, Grant Neale & Alyssa Simon play Parisian expatriate notables of a century ago. Picasso has brought two of his mistresses and one of his wives. Hemingway has also brought his wife but is more obsessed by his matador. Meanwhile, all involved discuss matters of art, genius, friendship, religion, more genius, sexuality, money, fame, genius again, and of course love. The play both celebrates the love of Toklas and Stein and examines the significance of legal legitimacy and the lack thereof. (Fri–Sun/Wed-Thu, this week and next, HERE, 145 6th Ave, 7pm, $25)

FEST: Tokyo x Brooklyn
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tokyo-x-brooklyn-tickets-29754917760
A two day pop culture festival bringing together two cultures, Tokyo and Brooklyn, featuring an exciting lineup of musicians, a variety of culinary favorites, innovative technology, artists, and performers. The concept is to bridge the gap between Brooklyn creativity and craftsmanship and Japanese pop culture. (Sat/Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, BK, 12pm-10pm, $15-$65/Free for kids under 12)

ART: DUMBO Open Studios
https://dumboopenstudios.com
Over 100 artists will open their studio doors, showing work across all media. Artists in DUMBO’s three artist residency programs – Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Smack Mellon’s Artist Studio Program, Triangle Arts Association – will also participate, as will New York Studio School’s DUMBO-based sculpture students. (Sat/Sun, multiple locations, BK, 1pm-6pm, FREE)



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FRIDAY
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*PERFORMANCE: Up at Noon: Nightlife and Other Nonsense
It's hard to see the value of people making culture if you never see people making culture. This is a series of daylight performances by artists who started at and still play loft spaces, catering halls, and tiny living rooms all over this city. Featuring Liruru Fude - Garifuna music and dance with Callita Diego, Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company, and Felix Gamboa; DJ Tio George; House of Yes Variety Hour - With Francoise Voranger, Justin Ketchner, Melissa Aguerre, and Joshua Oates. Hosting by MC Madame Vivien V. (Monsignor Raul Del Valle Square/Hunts Point Train Station, E 163rd St, Bx, 12pm-2:30pm, FREE)

***VARIETY: Sxip Shirey's Hour of Charm
https://nationalsawdust.org/event/multi-sxip-shireys-hour-of-charm-3
Featuring new electronic music from Shirey's next album "Goodnight Little Machines" and new JANK tunes with sousaphonist John Altieri and drummer Attis Clopton also the debut of a new duet with for extended penny whistle and electronics and drum with Matt Moran of Slavic Soul Party. Also special musical guests Ned Rothenberg, Taylor Mac, Rachelle Garniez and Lady Rizo. Michael Arthur will be live drawing the event and arielist Una Minnmah will have a feature. This is Shirey's 50th Birthday performance and the 15th year of his long running show, Sxip's Hour of Charm. (National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St, BK, 6pm doors/7pm show, $29 adv/$34 door)

PARTICIPATORY: Stargazing with the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stargazing-with-the-amateur-astronomers-association-of-new-york-tickets-32670061032
This stargazing event offers the rare opportunity for attendees to observe the night sky in an area relatively free of glare from the lights of the city. Members bring high-powered telescopes and binoculars through which everyone is invited to look, and and will provide instruction on how to find objects in the night sky. Feel free to bring your own binoculars or a telescope as well. (The Evergreens Cemetery, 1629 Bushwick Ave, BK, 7pm-10pm, FREE)

ART: 11th Annual NYC Anarchist Art Festival “OuT iN tHE zONe”
https://www.facebook.com/events/1685796248127720
Over 40 artists have been invited to create visual, sound and performance art that envisions a post-revolutionary anarchist society. What can anarchist art offer to build a new society in the present context? How do we build that society? Let's use this year's OiZ AAF to look ahead. PBR + Freegan food will be served. (Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq S, 7pm-1am, $10-15 sugg don)

PERFORMANCE: Heartbreak Hotel
http://www.grace-exhibition-space.com/performance.php?event_id=577
Five hour simultaneous durational pieces with bells, whistles, and fog. Performances by: Angeli, Camila Cañeque, David Ian Bellows/Griess, Sigrid Lauren, Whitney Mallett. Video/installation by Miles Pflanz. (Grace Exhibition Space, 840 Broadway, 2nd Fl, BK, 7pm, $5-$15 sugg don)

WORD/FASHION: FashionSpeak Fridays: The Future of Fashion
https://www.facebook.com/events/1832085613707254
Discover what the fashion stars of tomorrow are looking forward to at a special event celebrating the students of Marist College with a one-night-only gallery installation of their work and the launch of the latest volume of Marist Fashion Magazine. One of the signature programs at Marist is Fashion, with nearly five hundred majors in fashion design and fashion merchandising. Marist Fashion Magazine is a student-produced fashion and lifestyle publication. It’s third volume received three Columbia Scholastic Press Association Awards and is distributed at fashion-centered bookstores and news sellers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. (The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park S, 7pm-9pm, FREE)

THEATER: How To Kill An Elephant
http://dixonplace.org/performances/how-to-kill-an-elephant
A theatre piece inspired by the life and death of Topsy the elephant, told with contemporary human characters in a Busby Berkeley-meets-George Kuchar style. Using drag, puppetry, music, and self-help testimonial, the show follows a group of rag-tag thrift store co-workers as they stage the born-again story of their manager, Helen, a recovering alcoholic and Tony Robbins enthusiast. Their goal is to inspire others to awaken their inner giant and help turn small lives into gigantic ones. (Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, 7:30pm, FREE)

FEST: The Interactive Show
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-8th-annual-interactive-show-tickets-33213806389
This annual party and fundraiser, now in its 8th incarnation, invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with beats and beers provided. This year’s theme is The Running Man. The 80’s dystopian future sci-fi takes place in 2017 and has so many great campy elements. Who can resist lo-fi graphics, spandex costumes, hexagonal decode systems, and a villain in LED studded armor? (NYCResistor, 87 3rd Ave, 4th Fl, 8pm, $15)

BURLESQUE: The Dirty Family: The Dirtiest Family in Showbiz!
http://www.coneyisland.com/event/batb51217
Beloved icon, Dirty Martini, has gathered her children for a reunion not to be missed! Learn the true history behind the lineage of some of Burlesque’s most notorious performers. Spanning four generations, every daughter in this family won’t stop until she is dirtier than her Momma. Your Mistresses: Fancy Feast & Faux Pas le Fae. Family Kitty: Wae Messed (she’s a rescue). Family Tree: Dirty Martini, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Minnie Tonka, Faux Pas le Fae, Aurora North, Zoe Ziegfeld, Fancy Feast. Appearances by The Schlep Sisters & The Brides of Burlesque, and a special message via video from a family member so dirty she had to go in to the Stripper Protection Program. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm-12am, $15)

FILM: The Night Porter
http://videologybarandcinema.com/event/midnights-the-night-porter
The psychology of a sadomasochistic relationship between a former Nazi storm trooper and the concentration camp prisoner he loved provides the basis of this provocative, at times sexually and violently graphic drama. The story is set in the late ’50s at a Viennese hotel that is owned by and plays host to former Nazis who get their kicks at the sadistic hands of the hotel porter, the ex-trooper. His illusion of safety is shattered when a woman and her husband check into the hotel and he recognizes her as the woman with whom he had a very kinky relationship in the concentration camp. They soon rekindle their painful relationship. Dir. Liliana Cavani. 1974. 115 min. (Videology Bar & Cinema, 308 Bedford Ave, BK, 11:59pm, $10)


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SATURDAY
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BIKE: Brooklyn Bike Jumble
http://www.nybikejumble.com
A bicycle flea market where you can buy new and used bicycles, bicycle accessories, bicycle collectibles, clothing and other bicycle treasures. Bike prices start around $50 and go up from there. Times up! and Recycle a Bike and other bicycle non-profits will be there to help you test ride bikes before you buy. Rain or shine. (The Old Stone House at Washington Park, 336 3rd St, btwn 4th & 5th Ave, BK, 10am-4pm, FREE)

COMMUNITY: Dancing Across Borders: A Benefit for Refugees at Home and Abroad
https://www.artful.ly/store/events/11892
The modern dance awareness society and Dance Afghanistan join forces to host a fundraising event to support refugees at home and abroad. The event will be an afternoon of outdoors and indoors dance-based performances, film projections, presentations, and poetry. The day aims to highlight cultural integration issue, raise awareness about refugees and migration, and promote the role of the arts in capacity building. (Anita’s Way, 135 W 42nd St, 12pm-1:45pm, FREE; Address with ticket purchase, W44th near Broadway, 2pm-4pm, FREE)

The 2nd Annual NY Adventure Club UrbExpo: New York Values
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2nd-annual-ny-adventure-club-urbexpo-new-york-values-registration-33344493277
The New York Adventure Club second annual “UrbExpo” is a pop-up art exhibit documenting Urban Exploration subculture in present-day New York City. The cold, gothic features of the infamous Jefferson Market Library, accentuated with dramatic lighting and strategic music, will showcase prominent artists and fresh new voices speaking through photography, videography, graffiti, traditional painting and drawing, sculpture… and everything in between. RSVP Required. (Jefferson Market Library 425 6th Ave, 8pm, FREE w/RSVP)

MUSIC: Brass Tacks: PitchBlak Brass Band & Friends, Mother's Day Special Edition
https://www.holesinthewallcollective.org/brass-tacks
They're breaking it down to the brass tacks- bringing back the essentials of big instrumental sound. Pitchblak Brass Band uses the epic sounds of tubas, trombones, saxophones and other typically non-hip hop instruments in the spirit of The Roots and some of rap’s iconic live bands, to deliver an energy that samples, loops and breakbeats can’t always capture. (Industry City Distillery, 33 35th St, 6th fl, 8pm, $15)


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SUNDAY
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FEST: Japan Day in Central Park
http://www.japandaynyc.org
Founded in 2007, this is an annual event designed by the Japanese community of New York to promote a deeper understanding of the Japanese culture and to say “Thank you, New York!” The event kicks off with a 4-mile mini-marathon and Kids' Races, hosted by New York Road Runners. The event continues with the festival featuring wide range of Japanese traditional and family-friendly activities, free samplings of popular Japanese cuisine, and powerful stage performances throughout the day. ((Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 72nd St, 9am-4pm, FREE)

PERFORMANCE: Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir: The Original Badass Mother’s Day Show
https://joespub.publictheater.org/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/Joes-Pub/2017/R/Reverend-Billy
Mom as birth-giver and counsel. Mom as the way out of the schoolyard of bullies that passes for leadership. We have this gratitude. Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir is a New York City based radical performance community, with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. They are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters and Earth loving urban activists who have worked with communities on four continents defending community, life and imagination. (The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St, 1:30pm doors/2pm show, $15)

PARTICIPATORY: Queer Collage Party
https://www.facebook.com/events/479755112356267
They provide the glue sticks and scissors, you provide the pictures and paper/cardboard. Everyone who attends should bring at least one magazine or book or a bunch of pictures that you’ll contribute to the group. Each person can make their own collage(s), or team up with others. You can keep your own collage(s), but don’t expect to walk away with your magazine intact. The spirit here is fun and sharing. Attend for part or all of the afternoon. You are encouraged but not required to bring a little snack to share — chips, tangerines, grapes, hummus, whatever. No one turned away for lack of funds. (Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, 208 W 13th St, Rm 210, 3pm-6pm, $10 sugg don)

PARTY: Mister Sunday Outdoor Season Opener
https://mistersaturdaynight.com
tix: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?963476
It's the opening party of the Mister Sunday outdoor season. Enjoy excellent music on a proper sound system, a tree-dappled setting with grassy knolls and plenty of places to sit and hang out, killer local fare from the Nowadays food truck, tacos and huaraches from Country Boys, and an all-ages, all-walks-of-life vibe, all day long. [RSVP for $15 door tix: http://mistersaturdaynight.com/rsvp] (Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave, QNS, 3pm-9pm, $20)


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WEDNESDAY
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WORD: Following Harlem Creek Tour
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harlem-creek-tour-part-i-may-17-tickets-33880625864
Join urban explorer Steve Duncan in finding Harlem Creek’s buried path through Central Park to the Harlem Muir as Steve explains how the waterway functions today. Once voluminous, Harlem Creek is now a hidden watercourse that makes its presence known only if you know where to look for it. After seeing it, you may never walk the city's streets again without wondering what lies beneath. On the walk, you can peer into ventilation holes, tunnels and manhole covers to glimpse the Creek’s meandering underground waterways. (Central Park West, 100th St and Central Pk West, 6:30pm, $30)

BURLESQUE: Dromedary Burlesque
https://www.facebook.com/events/1883855098495121
Hosted by Fancy Feast with performances by: Nina La Voix, Bianca Dagga, Agave L'amour, Lucy Buttons, and Darlinda Just Darlinda. Go-Go stylings by: Audrey Love. DJ Meat Mistress providing the exotica. (Dromedary Bar, 266 Irving Ave, BK, 9pm, FREE)


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THURSDAY
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MUSIC: Look + Listen Festival
http://www.lookandlisten.org
Each year, the festival presents the best of new music in New York City art spaces in an effort to expand the audience for both art forms. The fest celebrate its 16th anniversary. Opening night, hosted by NPR's Bill McGlaughlin, features: Ione from the Deep Listening Institute, violinist and violist Miranda Cuckson, septet ensemble yMusic, and tenor sax quartet Battle Trance. (Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 W 14th St, 2nd fl, 8pm, FREE)

ART/WORD: Brooklyn Gaze Edition 1: Erasure and Revelation
https://www.facebook.com/events/1404488956284735
The first in a new series of projection mapped artworks created by commissioned visual artists Mark Read and Jeanne Angel. They will transform the facade of the library into an immersive, animated canvas, and the library plaza into an arena of animated conversation. The artists have produced a unique, original piece that aims to spark critical community dialogue on the most pressing social and political issues of our time. In addition to live video projections underscored by composer Paul Brill, the audience will be treated to a musical set by Les Nubians, an Afropean, Urban, R&B Grammy-nominated duo composed of sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart from Paris France. Their sound is an innovative mix of hip hop, neo soul and African music. (Brooklyn Public Library plaza, 10 Grand Army Plz,BK, 8pm, FREE)



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PUPPETS: Dark Circus 5/30-6/4
http://here.org/shows/detail/1891
A nose-diving trapezist, an animal trainer gobbled up by his lion, and a human cannonball that never returns from outer space: this is one tragic circus. Despite the catastrophes, French puppet company Stereoptik elevates the spectacle with a feast of imagination. With a brand of visual theatre magic that features live music, exquisite ink drawings, shadow puppetry, sand animation, and revelatory object theatre, their ironic humor meets childlike wonder, and an extraordinary Dark Circus is born. [Use code LION for $20 tickets through Tue 5/16] (HERE, 145 6th Ave, 8:30pm, $25)


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ONGOING
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CIRCUS: Bindlestiff's A Cardboard & Duct Tape Spectacular
http://www.bindlestiff.org/cardboard
tix: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/11442
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)

ART: Spring/Break “BKLYN IMMERSIVE”
http://www.springbreakartshow.com
A curated exhibition featuring a dozen artists focusing on site-specific, immersive installations and environments. (thru 5/14, 300 Flatbush Ave Ext, BK, 12pm-7pm, FREE)

PUPPETS: Baby, said Alice B. Toklas...
https://knockdown.center/event/hanne-tierney-baby-said-alice-b-toklas
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
https://www.cooperhewitt.org/channel/the-jazz-age
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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