Date: May 26th 2017

Hello lovelies,

Yessss, finally ready! Tickets are officially on sale for our 6/24-25 Gilded Age Garden Party to celebrate fifteen(!) years of Gemini and Scorpio: - see below for the main invite, and our site for extended details. The big reveal is that the event takes place in the famous "Pretty Penny" mansion in Nyack, NY: originally purchased by famed actor Helen Hayes, and more recently by Rosie O'Donnell. If you're hoping to stay in the mansion with us, please reach out sooner than later: one room out of five is already rented for Sat night (of course there are many other places to stay in Nyack and nearby). Tickets for the event are very limited, due to the historical nature of the house and the fragile antiques inside.

In the meantime, the last two big bashes of the summer (we pretty much go dark for July/August):


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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): FB: Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio

Live music & DJs, cheap drinks, ice cream, and lounging on our sprawling roof. Classic Brooklyn summertime loft party. Special guest DJ Boogiemeister in from Hawaii spinning House, Global Bass, Future Funk and Moombathon. Plus perennial G&S favorites DJ Reaganomics keeping us dancing until our mermaid tails fall off.

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


Gemini and Scorpio

cordially invite you to

The Grand Victorian Garden Tea - Father's Day edition

Sunday, June 18 (Father'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 (details TK):
Assorted Finger Sandwiches
Scones with Clotted Cream & Preserves Two varieties of home-baked sweets

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.

G&S 15th BDAY: 6/24-25

Gemini and Scorpio

cordially invite you to

G&S 15th Birthday: Gilded Age Garden Party

Saturday & Sunday, June 24-25, with overnight accommodations possible Pretty Penny: historical Victorian mansion in Nyack, NY (235 N Broadway)

Info: FB: Tix: -- see below for ticket options Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsvictorianball

Gemini & Scorpio celebrate 15 years of immersive themed costume events with a weekend-long getaway to a historical Victorian mansion for a turn-of-century garden party.

Expect a lavish and historically accurate food buffet in the style of our Victorian events, a full orchestra performing in the garden all day, Victorian games & amusements, and outdoor silent films after sunset...all in a stunning historical mansion with a pool and terraced garden. Champagne and classic cocktails will be available by the pool and in the mansion.

Entertainment and activities:
- Retro Remix Orchestra - classic and modern hits performed in orchestral, hot jazz and swing arrangements - Hand-drawn fashion illustrations of guests by Anastasios Taso Megaris - Photo booth with celebrity portrait photographer Allan Amato: - Victorian garden & parlor games
- Card games played with authentic decks from mid-1800s through early 1900s - DIY amusements from turn-of-century 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. Please wear comfortable shoes, and don't forget your swimwear and towels (and parasols). Costume inspiration Pinterest board (not ours): - and ours for banquet/ball/tea research:

Ticket options:
- Saturday day, $125: 3-9pm, including historical food buffet 5-8pm, two drink tickets, and a welcome champagne as you arrive. - Saturday day + eve, $150: 3pm-12am, everything above plus dessert and parlor party at 9:30pm. - Sunday day, $125: 1-7pm, including historical food buffet 2-6pm, two drink tickets, and a welcome champagne as you arrive. - Weekend, $200: 4pm-12am Sat, 11am-7pm Sun, everything above plus breakfast at 11:30am Sun. Those with mansion accommodations have overnight access. - Sunday eve add-on, $15: join the crew 7-11pm! The formal event is over, but you can join the crew for leftovers, cocktails, and lounging in the beautiful house. Go into town for dinner and a stroll. Those with mansion accommodations have overnight access.

Please see the G&S site for more on Nyack, accommodations and transport options.

/// NYC EVENTS 5.26-6.1 ///


THEATER: The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
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 7pm/Sun 2pm, HERE, 145 6th Ave, $25)

PERFORMANCE/PARTICIPATORY: Whisperlodge: Summer Sanctum Whisperlodge’s performance methodology is inspired by Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). ASMR is a sensory phenomenon where people feel pleasurable tingles from specific visual, aural and haptic triggers. It is commonly accessed through Youtube, where amateur and professional ASMRtists create videos to induce tingles. As one of the pioneers of live ASMR, Whisperlodge translates this digital performance into a tangible, physical experience. They will transform a 19th century house on the Island’s historic district into a minimalist spa. Part therapy and part immersive performance, six guides lead six guests through a series of treatments intended to calm the mind and bring awareness to the senses. The first 6 guests of the 5pm performance each day will enter for free. (Sat-Mon, Governors Island, House 5B, Nolan Park, see site for details, FREE-$45)

FEST: Vision Free Jazz Festival 22
The 22nd annual Vision Festival presents the world’s premier talents in Free Jazz music, dance, poetry, and visual art. The festival kicks off with an evening of social-political and music films at Anthology Film Archives, followed by 6 nights of music, dance, poetry, visual art, and community at Judson Memorial Church. (Sun-Thu, this week and next, Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq S, see site for details, $25-$300)

PARTICIPATORY: Pyramid x La Plaza Cultural The first stop of a cross-country summer tour with a mobile pyramid to open up space for human experience. Come relax- commune with nature and friends in the heart of NYC. Enjoy tea, acoustic music, food, and fun - in and around the Pyramid. (Mon-Thu, this week and next, La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, E 9th St & Av C, 4pm-8pm, FREE)

PUPPETS: Dark Circus
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. [G&S Note: use code “CANNONBALL” for $20 tickets] (Tue-Thu, this week and next, HERE, 145 6th Ave, 8:30pm, $25)

FEST: World Science Festival
At a time when science is at the heart of pressing policy debates, the Festival will provide an unparalleled opportunity to engage with revolutionary discoveries, the thinkers behind them, and their wide-ranging political and cultural implications. The programming includes world-class performing arts productions, lively debates, lectures, intimate discussions, and interactive demonstrations for both kids and adults. 50+ events in locations across NYC’s five boroughs. (Tue-Thu, this week and next, multiple locations, see site for details, FREE-$150)


BURLESQUE: SUPER! Heroes vs Villains
tix: Good citizens of Gowanus! Wasabassco returns with Nasty Canasta's all-new night of spectacular striptease. The ladies and gents of Wasabassco create their own super hero and villain identities and they pit this original cast of masked adventurers against the never-before-seen evildoers that menace them. Starring Nasty Canasta, Doc Wasabassco, Jenny C’est Quoi, Lux La Croix, Medianoche, Michael Momentum, Nina La Voix, Rex Halligan, Tiger Bay and The Wonder Twins Amuse Bouche & Qualms Galore. Plus: It’s the return of the costume contest, Teamup & Sidekick Edition. Grab a friend, provoke an enemy, or hire a sidekick - then create your own original hero or villain identities. (Littlefield, 622 Degraw St, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15 adv/$20 door/$25 VIP)

MUSIC/SOCIAL DANCE: Frankie Manning Birthday Bash 2017 Come celebrate Frankie Manning's birthday with one of the greatest swing big bands around - David Berger's mighty Sultans Of Swing, recognized internationally as a leading authority on the music of Duke Ellington and the Swing Era. Joining them in a rare appearance in the US is the sensational Hetty Kate for musical pairing ordained in swing heaven. Dance your night away at this soirre in honor of the greatest ambassador of Lindy Hop. (DROM, 85 Ave A, 7pm-10:30pm, $15-$35)

FILM: Cartoon Carnival 56: Work It! It's time to sit back and relax for another hefty batch of 16mm animated cartoons from the 1910s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives. At this screening they’re going to clock in and get to work—paying homage to the drudgery of hard labor. See how our animated ancestors of yesteryear dealt with the trials and tribulations of slaving through their 9-to-5s to make ends meet. This event also features live musical accompaniment by Charlie Judkins for select silent-era shorts. (Shoestring Press, 663 Classon Ave, 8pm, $10)

COMEDY: Secret Loft A comedy show dance party featuring: Mike Denny, Catherine Cohen, Brian Grossi, Kerry Coddett, Pretty Sad White Girls, Tyler Richardson, Pat Brown. Free pizza, cheap drinks. (Bushwhick address with tix purchase, BK, 8:30pm doors/9pm show, $15)


PERFORMANCE: Site:Sound/Beachside Happening At Fort Tilden This series takes you off-the-grid for a sonic happening at a TBA location in Fort Tilden, Rockaway. Once part of New York's naval infrastructure, Fort Tilden's architecture offers a unique acoustic landscape that will inform site-specific performances by percussionist Sarah Hennies, multimedia artist Julia Santoli, vocalist GABI with Mara Mayer on bass clarinet, and harpist Marilu Donovan. RSVP for shuttle transportation details. (RSVP for location, BK, 1pm-6pm, donation)

COMMUNITY: Brooklyn Queer Picnic and clothing swap Bring what you can to contribute: a favorite snack or drink, a picnic blanket, or napkins and disposable cups and plates. And by all means bring friends and lovers. There will be a clothing swap for bodies of all sizes and shapes at this event. Get your spring cleaning done by clearing out some old clothes to bring. The folks organizing the clothing swap will donate whatever's left over so you don't even have to bring anything home. Remember: be proactive about asking for pronouns; don't assume anyone's gender. (Prospect Park Long Meadow, 95 Prospect Park W, BK, 1pm-5pm, FREE)

MUSIC: Spook City in Tompkins Square (Part 2) In keeping with the traditional Squatter MayDay shows from 1988 onward and in commemoration of the Memorial Day Riot of May 27, 1991. On the side, there will be band merch, literature, and info tables. Featuring: The Undead, The Omega Men, Coach N' Commando, SPIKE Polite and Sewage NYC, After The Burn. (Tompkins Square Park, 500 E 9th St, 2pm, FREE)

MUSIC: Intrepid - Battle of the Big Bands Celebrate the swing era with an epic battle of the big bands & swing dancing on the flight deck of the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid. Featuring, on the flight deck: Glenn Crytzer Orchestra, Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, Gunhild Carling & Swingadelic Big Band. On the hanger deck: Sneak Thievery Orchestra, Dan Levinson's Swing Wing. Plus award-winning barbershop quartet Gimme Four, 1940s-style cigarette gals, MC Dandy Wellington, DJ VaVa Voon and Odysseus Bailer, beginner swing lessons by Gaby Galore, performances by chorus gals the Bathtub Ginnys, dance performances by the Intrepid Swing Dance Brigade, best-dressed contest, dance contest. (Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, W 46th St and 12th Ave, 7pm-1am, $45/$85 VIP)

ART/MUSIC: ZlanZd A Sound a Light Immersion
Flatland explores the interplay of dimension and light through 3D LED sculptures built to create immersive environments. It is inspired by the capacity of light and color to elevate the human spirit and the transformative power of sound. Performances will be on a four-point sound system. Live sets by Teengirl Fantasy, ADR, Lafawndah, and Yaeji / Nitemind. (Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave QNS, 8pm-late, $15-$25)


COMMUNITY: The 30th Anniversary Loisaida Festival and Community Parade
Every year the LoisaidaFest hits the ground running with the yearly Loisaida Festival Carnival Parade. Where “our diverse global community blends with puppeteers, marching bands and performance artists, young and old to create a one of a kind spectacle of color and fun.” 2017’s theme is Im/migration where they’ll be recognizing and celebrating the Immigrant and migrant spirit of the Lower East Side – The Gateway to America, and celebrating the Latin American Immigrant and their contributions to the community, city and country. (Loisaida Ave/Ave C, 11am parade/see site for fest details, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Karmic Gathering 2017-Best day ever! Come engage yourself to create a great time for you and those around you. We are here to bring people together simply to have fun in your own skin in the freedom of spring. This years theme is “Best Day Ever!” Make this day count. How can you make this the best day of the year for you and those around you? Everyone attending this gathering will be contributing to this common goal, that's what makes this even great. Expect: dance music, BBQ, drinks, flow arts, face painting by Amanda Velez, other activities (feel free to bring your own), good vibes. Bring: blankets, sunscreen, food to bbq, drinks, flow toys, good vibes. This is a participatory event. Leave no trace. (Prospect Park, 95 Prospect Park W, BK, 1pm-10pm, FREE)


PARTY: Sweaty Betty's Memorial Day Beach Party tix: You will board the bus in Williamsburg and be taken to an undisclosed Brooklyn beach location for a day of fun in the sun and sand. Arrive early or sleep late, there are two opportunities to board the bus. What you should expect: fun with your friends and soon to be friends, beach volleyball, DJ dance party. What you should bring: reuseable cup for beverages, towel, sunscreen, lunch . Bus meetup location is revealed when you purchase your ticket. (purchase tix for location, BK, 10am & 12pm departure/6pm & 8pm return, $40)


ART: The Darkness Project Session IV: Strangers Beyond the Veil This is part magic, part mesmerism, part side show, part storytelling, part audience interaction, and 100 percent mystery. Todd Robbins' monthly immersive exploration of new performance material based upon ancient skills and disciplines. This session, making contact with the unknown dead. (Vital Joint, 109 Meserole St, BK, 8pm-9pm, $10)


ART: Chelsea After Dark: Art House Bizarre Michael Alan, NYC's native, rooted, wild heart is held up in a Chelsea deluxe apartment space for a one night stand. The space will be gone the next day. He and his associates are gonna do crimes. It's art crime. It's crime of the body. It's passion of the flesh. It's paint on the skin. They make trouble in Chelsea. This is not a white wall gallery with wine and virus in air. This is NYC punk in a fluffy apartment. An underworld art experience. Live music all night by Tim "Love" Lee and Lightyear Theme. First session: Four performers, nude and in costume, becoming one with the space. Offbeat. Meditative. Tranquil. Soothing mind blowing. Second session: The performers go wild. Costumes, crazy nude passion poses that transition into an over-the-top experience. (260 W 26th St, Apt 9F, 8pm & 11pm, $20)


MUSIC: Red Baraat w/Monophonics Famously dubbed “The best party band in years” by NPR, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound — a merging of hard driving North Indian Bhangra with elements of go-go, rock and jazz — fueled by three master rhythm makers, the muscle of horns, a raucous guitar and a booming sousaphone. The Monophonics open with their own brand of music known as “Psychedelic Soul.” (Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, BK, 6pm doors/8pm show, $15, 21+)

COMMUNITY: 596 Acres' 2017 Gala: A Golden Garden Glove Affair Join 596 Acres, the land access advocacy organization, in celebrating resilience and stewardship of our city in epic style. Featuring music by live band Consumata Sonidera and DJ James Mulry, installations by J McDonald, food & drink, raffle prizes, haircuts, face and body painting, and more. Local community land stewards will be honored. (Genius in Gowanus, 84 4th St, BK, 7pm-10pm, $100)

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 spin hot tunes during the breaks. 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)


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)

THEATER: A Hunger Artist
A man sits alone in a cage, starving himself for your entertainment. A darkly comic adaptation of the Kafka story by acclaimed Brooklyn-based company Sinking Ship. Once cheered by thousands, the Hunger Artist is now forgotten by everyone except his one-time manager. What begins as a simple nostalgic story transforms into a startlingly inventive trip into the nature of memory, art, performance, and spectatorship, as told by the only person who remembers an artist whose act was hunger. thru 6/27, The Connelly, 220 East 4th St, $15-$35)

PERFORMANCE: The Art of Luv (Part 5): Swipe Right / ROKÉ Cupid
A cycle of sacred love songs for the era of Internet Romance, a meditation on selfhood and intimacy in a mediated society. Three officiants perform an elaborate courtship ritual inside a kaleidoscopic video tent. The ritual is accompanied by live music and text taken from online dating profiles, internet scams, how-to dating guides, and the works of ecstatic poets. The performance attempts to imbue our modern search for love with a forgotten spiritual resonance. (thru 7/10, Wed-Sat, Bushwhick Starr, 207 Starr St, BK, 8pm, $20)

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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