Date: June 9th 2017

Hello lovelies,

We're about to hit a busy stretch, with three events in the next three weeks -- two of them next weekend.

  • Next Sat 6/17: Mermaid Parade Afterparty, our annual by-donation loft + rooftop party. With ice cream!
  • Next Sun 6/18: Grand Victorian Garden Tea, with historically accurate baked goods served in a lovely historical location. Oh, and we'll finally have our custom blend of tea available for sale at the event!
  • In three weeks, our over-the-top 15th anniversary celebration, Gilded Age Garden Party, closes out our summer season. We're down to only two bedrooms available at the mansion -- get in touch if you want to snag those.

And remember that you have a discount code ("summer") when buying three or more tickets for both the Victorian Tea and the Garden Party. You can get in on the event for as low as $40! Come picnic with us.


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Gemini & Scorpio

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:
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, June 24, 3pm-12am & Sunday, June 25, 1pm-7pm, all ages Pretty Penny: historical Victorian mansion, 235 N Broadway, Nyack, NY Reachable within an hour by bus, train or our own charter bus Overnight accommodations possible in mansion & nearby

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, poolside champagne and classic cocktails, Victorian games & amusements, and outdoor silent films after sunset -- all in a stunning antiques-filled 1858 mansion with a pool and terraced garden.

Entertainment and activities:
- Retro Remix Orchestra - classic songs and current pop 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 - Poolside popped corn from our vintage-styled machine - Saturday evening parlor party with full tea service and dessert

Dress code:
1800-1910s summer garden party, with all-white, cream and pastel tones encouraged (seersucker or light gray are great summer options for men). No modern casual wear, please - though modern cocktail summer attire is easy to accessorize with a nod to Victorian times. Please wear comfortable shoes, hats or parasols for sun protection, and don't forget your swimwear and towels (no towels provided). Costume inspiration Pinterest board (not ours): - and ours for banquet/ball/tea research:

Ticket options (if buying 3 or more tickets, use code "summer" for $10-20 off all levels): Saturday & weekend:
- Bronze, $50 - event access 3-9pm, and a welcome champagne as you arrive. You're welcome to bring a picnic or get food in town (but no outside drinks, please). - Silver, $65 - event access 3pm-12am, giving you additional time to explore the town of Nyack, a welcome champagne as you arrive, then dessert & parlor party at 9:30pm. - Gold, $125 - event access 3-9pm, a welcome champagne as you arrive, historical food buffet 5-8pm, two drink tickets. - Platinum, $140 - event access 3pm-12am, and a welcome champagne as you arrive, historical food buffet 5-8pm, two drink tickets, plus dessert and parlor party at 9:30pm. - Diamond, $200: event access 3pm-12am Sat, 11am-11pm Sun (official event end 7pm), including everything above plus breakfast at 11:30am Sun. Those with mansion accommodations have overnight access Sat and Sun.

- Bronze, $50 - event access 1-7pm, and a welcome champagne as you arrive. You're welcome to bring a picnic or get food in town (but no outside drinks, please). - Silver, $60 - event access 1-11pm, giving you additional time to explore the town of Nyack, and a welcome champagne as you arrive. - Gold, $125 - event access 1-7pm, a welcome champagne as you arrive, historical food buffet 2-6pm, two drink tickets. - Platinum, $130 - event access 1-11pm, a welcome champagne as you arrive, historical food buffet 2-6pm, two drink tickets.

*The formal event is over at 7pm, 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.

About our chef:
Rebecca Leigh Silverman has over 20 years experience working in living history museums as an historic culinary expert. She specializes in period hearthside cooking and libations. When not cooking in the past, she's a Brooklyn based bartender, trying odd old recipes out on her modern day customers and talking about the perfect sazerac.

About our venue:
Ever since the legendary actress Helen Hayes and her husband, the playwright Charles MacArthur, bought the 1858 wedding cake of a house in Nyack in 1932 and christened it Pretty Penny, the historic home has become one of the best-known properties the Lower Hudson Valley. The 7,000-square-foot house has front and back porches, hardwood floors, five bedrooms (each with its own bathroom), and several fireplaces. The interlinked public rooms on the ground floor include a formal dining room, music room, and several sitting rooms, but the heart of the house is the double parlor with a set of French doors that open to the river. A pair of fireplaces with elaborate Italian marble mantels bookend the room. Above them are large gold-framed mirrors that are said to have been bought in Nyack by Hayes. Beyond the floor-to-ceiling river-view double windows, a terraced garden containing 600 conifers and 350 rose bushes leads to an oversized pool below.

Right from the start, the 1858 Italianate Victorian was a magnet for celebrities. Hayes and MacArthur entertained the likes of Ronald Reagan, Marilyn Monroe, Rosalind Russell, Ed Sullivan, Noel Coward, Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh. Cole Porter played the piano. F. Scott Fitzgerald left a signed copy of one of his books. John Barrymore was said to have once stopped by for a pack of cigarettes and left three days later. Edward Hopper famously painted the house in 1939. In more recent years, the home was owned and renovated by Rosie O'Donnell, and Russell Crowe rented it for six months while filming "American Gangster" in 2006.

About Nyack:
A charming town just 20 miles outside of the city, Nyack has numerous retail, restaurant and bar options to keep you entertained if you want to venture from the mansion. We'll be about a 10 minute walk away from the center of town. We recommend booking your own accommodations nearby and staying for the weekend. See our site for transport options.

There are only five bedrooms in the house, ranging from a sprawling master bedroom with river views to a charming single, each with its own bathroom (some can fit air mattresses, as well). You can rent them either for just Sat night, or for Sat & Sun. Price range: $175-$350 Sat, $150-$250 Sun. See G&S site for detailed room options & photos. Please contact us directly to arrange.

There are a few other hotel options in and near Nyack, ranging $150-275/night. We recommend searching through for best rates and booking sooner than later: Nyack is a popular town for summertime weekend getaways.


THEATER: Maps For A War Tourist This is a true story of personal political geographic realities in Turkey. Daring theater company Sister Sylvester dramatically converges revolutionaries, tourists, journalists, fixers, two tortoises and an itinerant actress with startling text, sound, and imagery. Sister Sylvester is a New York and Istanbul based theatre company that uses documentary techniques and original research to explore untold stories using forms specific to live performance. (Fri/Sat, this week and next, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, 7:30pm, $20 adv/$23 door)

FEST: The 24th Annual Red Hook Fest: We Push Forward,
A live music and dance festival on the Brooklyn waterfront. Enjoy a great line-up of performers, including musical spoken word duo Climbing PoeTree, theatrical contemporary dance group The Dash Ensemble, Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer Loni Landon and the Loni Landon Dance Project, and the electrifying Dabka and Zaffa team Freedom Dabka Group. Community Cookout & DJ Dance Party on Friday. (Fri: Patrick F. Daly School, 71 Sullivan St, 5:30pm-8:30pm; Sat: Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier, Coffey & Ferris St, 2pm-7pm, BK, FREE)

FEST: 20th Anniversary Brooklyn Film Festival
This 10 day fest includes 122 films that each run twice, special events, parties, filmmaker receptions and networking opportunities, and more. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, see site for details, $15-$120)

FEST: Flatbush Fest
A 3-day unity festival where you can enjoy local food and craft vendors, activities including collaborative art, games and drum circle, entertainment for kids and more. The kickoff party features a dozen local artists, live music, drinks and more. Learn how to be a game changer in your community from local leaders and nonprofit CEOs discussing how to be an agent of change through community engagement. (Fri- Sun, multiple locations, BK, see site for details, FREE)

FEST: Northside Festival
Over 100,000 creative and cultural trendsetters converge to uncover the future of music, innovation, and content. Now in its ninth year, with over 300 bands and 150 speakers coming together across 30 venues, attendees venture to this fest to say “I saw it here first.” The fest spans across Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick, and features a block party covering 13 city blocks along Bedford. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, BK, see site for details, FREE-$1,000)

THEATER: Streepshow! This is the true story of nine characters, once played by Meryl Streep, picked to live in a house, and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being, oh I don't know, direct and start getting, well, breathy. The characters have no knowledge of the actress Meryl Streep and think of themselves as real people with uncannily similar, tragic biographies. But when the winner is promised the opportunity to rewrite her tragedy, it's every Streep for her exquisitely poised self. This is theater in reality TV drag, actors in Meryl drag, and America's pop music canon in cabaret drag. Episodes 1 and 2, and episodes 3 and 4, performed on alternate days. (Fri-Mon, this week and next, The Connelly Theatre, 220 East 4th St, see site for details, $15-$35)

FEST: The Lower East Side Film Festival
This fest aims to create a special experience for both filmmaker and audience through amazing events, neighborhood engagement, free industry panels, and film screenings of the best and brightest up and coming filmmaking talent. Events include Filmmaker Reception & Ice Cream Social, 25th Anniversary screening of Home Alone 2 & Christmas Party, Ladies Nights, Comedy Nights, Closing Night Party & Awards, and more. (Fri-Thu, multiple locations, see site for details, FREE-$20)

FILM: Dawson City: Frozen Time Bill Morrison (Decasia, The Great Flood) pieces together the bizarre history of a collection of 500 films from the 1910s and 20s, lost until they were unearthed from a subarctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory in 1978. Accompanied by Alex Somers’ elegiac score, this meditation excavated both the rediscovered films and Dawson’s own glory days as the epicenter of the Klondike gold rush. Running time: 120 minutes. (FRi-Thu, IFC Center, 323 6th ave, see site for details, $15)

THEATER: Amy Surratt's FIRST AND LAST (show)
Experimental theatre artist Amy Rox Surratt, and a supporting ensemble, create fictionally famous reality TV child star “Amy Surratt.” At home, things have been heading South for a while. Now, “Amy” investigates her genuine Appalachian roots and struggles to come back to something she never really had – taking the audience to hell in a hand basket with her. (Fri-Sat 9:30pm/Sun 6pm, Sun, this week and next, The Club, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, 74a E 4th St, $10-$20)

MUSIC: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series An evening of arias and duets from a variety of operas. Featuring soprano Susanna Phillips—a Met favorite who recently appeared in the new production of L’Amour de Loin—alongside star tenor Stephen Costello and enchanting mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong. Dan Saunders will be at the piano to accompany each performance. (Mon: Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield, 8pm; Wed: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, 7pm; BK, FREE)

FEST: 16th annual River To River Festival
Experience more than 100 innovative and exciting performances and art installations throughout Lower Manhattan and on Governors Island. Featuring: Black Gotham Experience (BGX) by Kamau Ware - an expansive, interactive visual storytelling project that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City and brings New York’s Black heritage into public consciousness; A Supple Perimeter by Kameelah Janan Rasheed, which spans installation, photography, performance, publications, and printmaking, engages with figurative and literal language to interrogate how we read, write, consume, and distribute histories of Black folks; HARBORED by En Garde Arts - a site-specific theater piece that weaves together stories from the last two centuries of immigration in the U.S., integrating oral history, archived material and found texts; and much more. (Wed/Thu, this week and next, multiple locations, see site for details, FREE)


MUSIC: A Taste of Brooklyn Americana
A preview of the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival happening at summer’s end, enjoy this all-ages concert featuring Five Brooklyn Bands: Everything Turned to Color, The Maybelles, M Shanghai Stringband, Ana Egge, Pete and the Stray Dogs. (Archway Plaza, under the Manhattan Bridge, BK, 5pm-10pm, FREE)

MUSIC: A Benefit for Barbes Barbès is a small Brooklyn club which has been presenting music on a daily basis for now 15 years. Started on a shoestring budget in a former barber shop in the South Slope, Barbès has for years acted as a kind of laboratory for a wide array of new musical projects and has become a true community hub. This benefit features live music by: Innov Gnawa, Big Lazy, Bulla en el Barrio, Fanfare Barbès (featuring members of Slavic Soul Party, Red Baraat and Banda de los Muertos), Mireya and Shae Fiol of Mariachi Flor de Toloache, The Jazz Passengers, DJ: Little Dynasty, and more TBA (DROM, 85 Avenue A, 6:30pm doors/6:45 music, $20 adv/$25 door)

ART: “Sass + Zines: Celebration of QPOC/WOC in Print” opening celebration This exhibition curated by Richard J Lee is the culmination of three New York WOC artists and an art collective hailing from across the pond in Jersey City. Sass is a show to celebrate what needs to be recognized as the unstoppable force of QPOC/WOC print and paper based artists. The exhibit will feature a collaborative mural created by Stephanie Rodriguez and Carmen Pizarro. Emily McLean will be showcasing a collection of new prints. Photo booth operated by The Bettys. Cheap beer, chile liquor, and seltzer available at bar. Artists’ work will be for sale. (Booklyn, 37 Greenpoint Ave, 4th fl, Ste E4G, 7pm-10pm, FREE)

MUSIC/SOCIAL DANCE: Brooklyn Old-time Square Dance An outdoor square dance, potluck, and party featuring old-time music and dance calling by: Alex Kramer, Eli Hetko, Nick Stillman, Sarah Gibson, A’yen Tran, Indiana Hoover, special guests, and more. BYOB and cash bar available. Sliding scale entry. (The People’s Garden, Broadway and Greene Ave, BK, 7:30pm doors/8:30pm dance, $5-$15 sugg/don)

MUSIC: Les Paul Birthday Celebration featuring José Feliciano In honor of Les Paul's birthday, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jose Feliciano will be playing a special concert. Jose will be bringing surprise special guests to help celebrate the occasion. Jose Feliciano is recognized as the first Latin Artist to cross over into the English music market, opening the doors for other artists who now play an important role in the American music industry. Don't pass up an opportunity to share an incredible evening of tribute featuring some amazing music with a legendary guitarist honoring a legendary peer. (The Iridium, 1650 Broadway, 8:30pm-10:15pm, $40-$60)

PERFORMANCE: Grey Gold: a new myth of Persephone & Hades - 2017 NYC Tour Myrrh Larsen’s second production in a series of immersive multimedia rock and performance shows invoking archetypical stories with an emotional twist, the show uses the framework of this classic Greek myth in which the god of the underworld falls in love with the young goddess of life and nature to explore themes of self-actualization, control, and the difference between love and ownership through music, movement, and audience immersion. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED (Rubulad, rsvp for address, BK, 9pm, $10 adv/$13 door, 21+)

MUSIC: Anbessa Orchestra A seven piece group based in New York that draws its inspiration from the kind of classic Ethiopian music anthologized on the cult Ethiopiques series. They play some better and lesser known tunes from some of the Ethiopian masters as well as their own compositions. The result is an original sound that would have fit nicely on the Ethio-funk scene of 1970s Addis Ababa. (Barnes, 376 9th st, BK, 10pm, $10)


PARTICIPATORY: 7th Annual Pet Day & Pet Costume Contest Participate or just enjoy Costume Contest, Hosted by The Great Dubini and judged by proud pet owners and local celebrities. Contestants will be judged for: Funniest Costume, Most Creative Costume and Best Pet/Owner Costume Combo. The contest will be limited to 25 entries, and registration is on a first come first-serve basis. All registrants must bring 2 cans of cat or dog food as an entrance fee. (Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park & The Coney Island Boardwalk, 3059 Denos Vourderis Pl, BK, 11am registration/12pm contest, FREE)

SHOP: SVA Makers Market
A DIY product fair showcasing exclusively alumni-made items such as apparel and accessories, furniture, jewelry, housewares, stationery and self-published books, magazines and comics, plus more, from more than 50 vendors. (Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th St, 2nd Fl, 11am-6pm, FREE)

ART: 15th Uptown Arts Stroll
Local artists will open their professional or home studios and give visitors a glimpse into their creative process during Open Studios throughout West Harlem and Washington Heights. (multiple locations, W 135th St to Fairview Ave, 1pm-6pm, FREE)

ART/COMMUNITY: Summer Block Party: Public Opening & celebration The inaugural Summer Block Party featuring a public opening reception of FOUND: Queer Archaeology; Queer Abstraction and QUEERPOWER, a sight-specific installation by the Silence=Death collective. The block party will host various food truck vendors, a youth art fair from GSA MS 447 (Gender & Sexualities Alliance at The Math & Science Exploratory School), family activities, and music. (Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St, 1pm-4pm, FREE)

FEST: Flux-a-thon
2nd annual Flux-a-Thon is part parade, part dinner/dance party, part participatory art showdown, part walkathon, but 100% Fluxy. All are invited to march in a themed parade group through from Flux Factory to the Plaxall Gallery, which houses the Long Island City Artists, the longest running artists association in LIC. After the celebrity panel bestows honors on the teams, celebrate all night with drinks, food, performances, DJs, site-specific installations and more. (Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St, LIC, 4pm parade/5pm party, $25 adv/$30 door)

PARTY: The Great Forgotten Garden Party This gala will stun you with performances inspired by the hidden history, beauty, mythology, and dark lore of the grounds. Strolling into the evening, you'll find yourself transported to the golden years of the estate, which hosted garden parties and some of the greatest artists and performers of the early 20th century. At dusk, more stories will be revealed. The park gained a dark reputation as a gathering place for occult rituals. The night invokes the fabled past as they unveil a world of music and dance, where ancient mythology and modern legends entwine. (945 North Broadway, Yonkers, 5pm-10pm, $55-$130)

MUSIC/SOCIAL DANCE: Tonight We Dance: A Night of Jazz & Swing Join us for a night of swing, dance, and live jazz featuring Harlem Renaissance Orchestra and The Harlem Swing Dance Society. Come early for a swing dance lesson and stay for open dance. (Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, Marcus Garvey Park, 120th St and Madison Ave, 5pm lesson/6pm-8pm music, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Summer Stargazing at Pier i Cafe The Amateur Astronomers Association of NY hosts stargazing at Riverside Park South in front of the cafe on the Hudson River waterfront. See site for possible weather cancelations. (Pier I Cafe, 500 W 70th St, 8pm-11pm, FREE)

VARIETY: The Reveal Of Fortune: A Night of Tarot, Tease and Titillation Starring: BeelzeBabe as The Lovers, Fem Appeal as The Moon, Fancy Feast as The Empress, Jo Boobs Weldon as The Hanged Man, Miss Frankie Eleanor as The Devil, Rosey La Rouge as The World, Velocity Chyldd as The Star, Veronica Varlow as The High Priestess, and Viktor Devonne as The Fool. One card readings throughout the night by Beelzebabe: come see what the cards hold for YOU. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm-12am, $15)

MUSIC: Zlatne Uste & Slavic Soul Party w Demiran Cerimovic Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Roma (Gypsy) accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party. Zlatne Uste (Golden Lips) is an internationally known group of American-born musicians playing traditional music of the Balkans, primarily representing Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian and Romany (Gypsy) traditions. (Drom, 85 Avenue A, 10pm-1am, $15 adv/$20 door)

PARTY/COMMUNITY: Be Cute Brooklyn Pride Founder Of Bushwig-Horrorchata X Matty Beats presents a booty-bounce queer party for aliens that love to shake it to the ground. With DJS, Amber Valentine (Misster), Horrorchata, Uncle Larry. Shows: Charlene, Mocha Lite, West Dakota (Miss Brooklyn), Merrie Cherry, Lady Quesa'dilla, Horrorchata. (LittleField, 622 Degraw St, BK, 11pm-4am, $10 adv/$12 door/$15 after 12am, 21+)


FILM: Happy Tony Awards! A Day of Free Movie Musicals & More An open-house festival of movie musicals from 1982, a live simulcast of the National LGBTQ Pride March in D.C., and a viewing of the 71st Annual Tony Awards, live on CBS. Films include Annie, Grease 2, Victor/Victoria, and The Best little Whorehouse in Texas. (SVA Theatre, 333 W 23 St, 9am doors/10am screenings, FREE)

SHOP/MUSIC: Rock n' Shop at The Paper Box Festival: Food, Music, Vendors. A pop-up artist and maker market, food festival, and live music showcase. With the goal of presenting Brooklyn culture under one roof, rock band and art collective, The Bushwick Hotel, transforms the venues into a unique shopping, culinary, and entertainment experience. (The Paper Box, 17 Meadow St, BK, 11am-9pm, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Body Pride Parade You have a body, be proud of it! This is a parade is for all those who have a body and are not afraid to show it. There will be looping, there will be drum circles, there will be casual nudity. This year's theme is "Just got ONE body!". Be extravagant, be courageous, be proud. The organizers will bring large signs thet you can paint body positive messages on. Bring signs, glitter, paint and art supplies, drum or other musical instruments. The group will rally by the basketball courts, then spontaneously remove articles of clothing and proceed to march to Washington Square. (Tompkins Square Park, 500 E 9th St, 12pm meetup/2pm march, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Bee's Knee's Picnic in the Park
Enjoy a true vintage picnic of the ages 1920's-1940's in the park with friends and friends of friends. This is true picnic style, so you MUST bring the following: Blanket (pillows to sit on if you insist), food, your own utensils, trashbag, good sense of humor, vintage attire. (Prospect Park SW, rsvp for location, BK, 12pm-5pm, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Billion Bubble Party This event has attracted thousands over the years at favorite public spaces in NYC. Meet around the fountain in the middle of the park and look for the bubbles. (Washington Square Park, 1pm-3pm, FREE)


PARTICIPATORY: Live Filming - Being:sound - Ritual OOM BASS Meditation Stampede Sound is teaming up with the award-winning video production company One Glass Video and Being:sound to create a unique moment in sonic history and you are invited. Joro Boro and Mary Keena Frisbee are doing a very special bass ritual meditation on Stampede Sound's OOM bass device. To further explore the intersection of low frequency vibration, tone, new technology, and altered consciousness, there will be a camera crew documenting the experience. RSVP to info@PROTECTED. RSVP required by Friday 6/9. (The Keep, 205 Cypress Ave, BK, 12pm-3pm, FREE)


PARTICIPATORY/MUSIC/FOOD: N A E P D S and Philharmonic in Central Park Once or twice a year during the summer, since 1965, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra gives free concerts on the Great Lawn of Central Park, usually topped off with a fireworks show. New Yorkers come, camp out, and picnic on the lawn... en masse. The New Amsterdam Exterior Portable Dining Society (N.A.E.P.D.S.), a group of better-than-average picnicking enthusiasts, traditionally stakes (and defends) a modest territory, and coordinates a crowd-sourced picnic for this event. So if you want to pool resources to up your exterior portable dining game, join the NAEPDS. (Q3 or Q4, The Great Lawn, Central Park, 6pm-9pm, FREE)


VARIETY/FOOD: Great Small Works Spaghetti Dinner In the Garden, enjoy Puppets and Poets, while in the warehouse experience Music and Shadows. With Karagöz Everywhere: "It's a Shadow Play: A Tradition of Ramadan" Performed by Hayali Ibrahim Yazici, with introduction by Aysen Darcan, PhD; The Decibelists - original music by Emma Alabaster, Seradin Veonne, Hannah Temple, Theo Baer, Leo Ferguson; and The new Veveritse Balkan brass band. (St. Ann's Warehouse, 45 Water St, BK, 7:30pm, $TBD)

VARIETY/PARTICIPATORY/PARTY: Letter of Marque Theater Co’s Swordraiser: Mutiny! The Letter of Marque Theater Company (LoM) is a non-for-profit theater ensemble in residence at the Gemini and Scorpio Loft whose goal is to reinstate Art as a cultural necessity by providing quality, dynamic theater at little to no cost to their audiences. LoM's longest running performance party series is back. Let the party for free live art commence. Laugh yourself loose at the live absurdist comedy performance of the Mutiny Radio Hour - an original 1 hour galavant in the style of adventure radio with members from the LoM Lieutenants Lab ensemble. Enjoy Live Band Karaoke w/ The Occasionalists. Sing you're bleepin' heart out with BK's best and sexiest live karaoke band. Multiple drawings all party long with prizes from our neighboring business supporters. Revel in urban punk pirate attire. Costumes always encouraged. Think: dirty glam, gutter yacht rock, hipster pirate, summer barge, 1940’s beach wear, Neptunian lingerie, casual zoot suits. Dance like a happy fool with DJNK

. And more. (Gemini and Scorpio Loft, RSVP for location, BK, 7:30pm-2am, FREE w/RSVP/$10 sugg don)


MUSIC: The Hot Sardines Blue Note Residency In the talented hands of the New York-based ensemble, music first made famous decades ago comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports listeners to a different era with the mere lilt of her voice. On “French Fries & Champagne”, The Hot Sardines’ new album,the jazz collective broadens its already impressive palette, combining covers and originals as they effortlessly channel New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls. (thru 6/26 , Mon, Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 W 3rd St, 6pm doors/8pm show & 9:45pm doors/10:30pm show, $15-$25)

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)

ART: Sass + Zines: Celebration of QPOC/WOC in Print This exhibition curated by Richard J Lee is the culmination of three New York WOC artists and an art collective hailing from across the pond in Jersey City. Sass is a show to celebrate what needs to be recognized as the unstoppable force of QPOC/WOC print and paper based artists. The exhibit will feature a collaborative mural created by Stephanie Rodriguez and Carmen Pizarro. (thru 6/30, Booklyn, 37 Greenpoint Ave, 4th fl, Ste E4G, see site for details, FREE)

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)

THEATER/PARTICIPATORY: Red Want to know how you would fare in the Apocalypse? Now’s your chance to find out! This is a 75min psychological thriller where guests are immersed in an apocalyptic story, interact with real actors and special effects, and work together to complete an objective. It is a live action experience where your actions and decisions matter, because in this show, you control how the story ends. (thru 7/16, Fri-Sun, First Person Xperience, 53-28 11th St, LIC, see site for details, $65-$100)

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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