Date: June 16th 2017

Hello lovelies,

Three events in three days for us this weekend...we hope you can join the insanity.

Tonight: for those of you inclined towards such things, our sexy sister brand House of Scorpio hosts a pop-up strip club party. It's a stupid amount of fun. Details:

Tomorrow: Sea Creature Stomp, our annual by-donation Mermaid Parade Afterparty, with DJs, dancing, ice cream and spiked lemonade.

Sunday: Grand Victorian Garden Tea, with historically accurate baked goods served in a lovely historical location. We're aiming to do something special for dads for Father's Day, too. And we'll finally have our custom blend of tea available for sale. (Don't forget to use the code "summer" for $30 tickets when you buy three or more.)

Beyond this weekend, we have a date change to announce for our 15th Anniversary party for Sep 9-10. This sort of change is something we almost never do, but a few factors came up that made it the best choice -- including finding out that we have more capacity than we thought & a couple of alcohol sponsors...which means cheaper tickets / more value added tickets.

Your existing tickets will automatically be valid for the new date, or you can get a refund on these and repurchase at a new level when we finalize those. For refunds, please contact BPT, as we don't handle ticket sales directly.

We hope you can still join us on the new date -- the event promises to be even better than before. And we thank you for your support, on this event and all the others. You enable us to do what we do, and we only want to bring you the best in return.


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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 favorite Geko Jones 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:
Finger Sandwiches:
- cucumber, butter & chive
- egg salad & watercress
- ham and sliced egg with mustard
Scones with Clotted Cream & Preserves Meringue kisses
Custard tartlets with fresh strawberries

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 played with original turn-of-century decks - 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.

SAVE THE DATE: 9/10-11

Stay tuned to this list for an updated invite to our 15th Anniversary celebration, Gilded Age Garden Party.

NYC EVENTS: 6/16-22


FEST: The 2nd Annual International Music Fest At Jalopy Two evenings and an afternoon of performances and workshops. The festival will include the music of Nepal, Puerto Rican bomba y plena, klezmer, Turkish oud, music from Veracruz, Mexico and more. Workshops include: Traditional Songs and Vocal Styles of Bulgaria; a workshop on middle eastern makams, rhythms, ornamentation styles and improvisation for instrumentalists; and a workshop on Folksongs from the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. (Fri/Sat, Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, 315 Columbia St, BK, 7pm-1am, $10 Fri/$15 Sat/$25 workshops)

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, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, 7:30pm, $20 adv/$23 door)

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, The Club, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, 74a E 4th St, $10-$20)

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-Sat/Thu, this week and next, The Connelly Theatre, 220 East 4th St, see site for details, $15-$35)

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. (Fri-Sun, this week and next, multiple locations, see site for details, FREE)

SHOP: Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn A celebration of all things handmade. Featuring a curated roster of local and national maker and artisan talent, festivities will include food trucks, craft libations, DJ sets by Sugartown Industries, and photo ops. Explore a curated selection of modern indie design, including jewelry and accessories, art, fashion, ceramics, candles, illustration, stationery, home decor, cookware, apothecary, and more. (Sat/Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, BK, 11am-6pm, FREE)


COMMUNITY: NYC Pride 2017: The Rally LGBT rights and human rights are under attack by the current political environment. Join community activists, organizers, politicians, and more for this unprecedented moment in our history. Take a stand, show up in force, and make your voice heard in this re-imagined Rally experience. The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. NYC Pride has continued this proud tradition by hosting the event in various locations throughout the city. (Foley Square, 111 Worth St, 6pm-8pm, FREE)

DANCE: Bryant Park Presents Ballet See David Fernandez's Some Dance Company, Gabrielle Lamb's Pigeonwing Dance, Da' Von Doane & Artists of the Shift, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, and Bennyroyce Dance. Plus local food vendors curated by Hester Street Fair. (Bryant Park, 6pm-8pm, FREE)

PARTY: Lust: Summer Edition An immersive, erotically charged dinner party where food is served on naked bodies and eaten with raw abandon. Use your hands, feed a stranger...use your mouth...straight off some hot flesh. Then enjoy an erotic, sensual party filled to brim with sexually-charged performances. The garden of earthly delights will titilate your senses all night with interactive art installations, erotic performance art, secret fetish stations, dungeon and play area, cuddle puddle lounge, live musical acts, and a late-night steamy DJ session. Dress code: Fancy, fetish, dapper, suits and dresses, lingerie, something daring. Whites and fun colors, reds, black and metallics recommended. No street clothing, no sneakers, jeans, t-shirts. (Lot 45 Bushwick, 411 Troutman St, BK, 7pm-3am, $45-$175)

MUSIC: What Cheer? Brigade album release party, with Raya Brass Band and DJ Joro Boro What Cheer’s new record, "You Can't See Inside of Me," features one disc of new songs and one of remixes by electronic and noise artists, including Joro Boro, a crypto crunk charlatan from the Balkans with a DJ style like no other. What Cheer? Brigade is an 18-piece brass band from Providence, RI. They play loud, heavy, sweaty dance music. Raya Brass Band is a tight and mighty six-piece brass band that plays an energetic brand of soul shaking, border defying dance music. This is the first show at the venue’s new location. (Littlefield, 635 Sacket St, BK, 9pm doors/10pm music, $10, 21+)

MUSIC: Cumbiagra Though Cumbiagra is largely inspired by the Colombian cumbia, their music has developed into a synthesis of styles, drawing on the diversity of its members and the rich musical environment of the New York Metro area. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 10pm, $10)


PARTICIPATORY: NYC Ghostbusters Annual Anniversary Location Tour Celebrate the 33rd Anniversary and 28th Anniversary of Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II. by visiting various film locations in New York City. Locations include Columbus Circle, 55 Central Park West, Tavern on the Green, the sidewalk of Lincoln Center, New York Public Library, The Musuem of the American Indian, Hook & Ladder No. 8. Ghostbusters related t-shirts/uniforms are recommended. Transportation is not provided so BYO Metro Card. (Columbus Circle, 59th St & 8th Ave, 10am-2pm, FREE)

FEST: Porch Stomp
A festival of Americana and folk music and dance. The fest invites over 60 bands, artists, or performing arts organizations to utilize the historic porches of Nolan Park as a pulpit for performance and education, highlighting artistry ranging from traditional folk to old-time, blues, roots, bluegrass and americana. (Governors Island's Nolan Park, 11:30am-5pm, FREE)

***PARTICIPATORY: 35th Annual Mermaid Parade The largest art parade in the nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade highlights Coney Island Pageantry based on a century of many Coney parades, celebrates the artistic vision of the masses, and ensures that the summer season is a success by bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the amusement area in a single day. Participant registration begins 10am at 21st and Surf Ave and must be paid in cash only. (Origin at W 21st St & Surf Ave, 1pm, see site for details)

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 Inwood. (multiple locations, Fairview Ave to West 220th St, 1pm-6pm, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Open House New York Scavenger Hunt Open House New York has organized a citywide scavenger hunt of recent architecture, planning, and development. Travel the five boroughs while answering clues that send you to New York’s most innovative new buildings. Relive some of the city’s most heated preservation battles and uncover the policies and politics that shaped contemporary New York. Players must register in advance, as space is limited. You may play solo or in teams of up to 6 people. At the end of the day, join everyone for a closing reception where drinks and snacks will be served, winners announced, and prizes awarded. (Register: Open House New York, 1133 Broadway, Suite 245, 10am-12pm registration/10am-5pm hunt; Reception: 29 Norman Ave, BK, 5:30pm; $35)

WORD: A Night of Victorian Tragedies The Victorians knew a thing or two about tragedy. Greg Young, co-host of the award-winning NYC history podcast, The Bowery Boys, emcees a night of storytelling, where you and your fellow audience members will vote on the most tragic of Victorian tales. He will be joined by a team of seasoned storytellers who will try to convince you that their own heartbreaking tale of a Green-Wood permanent resident is worthy of the title. A bit Victorian-era trivia is also on deck, along with some great Green-Wood prizes for the most knowledgeable (or lucky). (Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, BK, 8:30pm-10pm, $25/$20 members)


PERFORMANCE/COMMUNITY: The Secret City Raucous, joyful and exuberant, this artistic tent revival spreads joy wherever they go, celebrating art and artists, inclusiveness and community. The theme for the day is “Summer”—featured performances will include live music, dancers, special guests as well as The Secret City Band, The Secret City Singers and the creator and host of The Secret City, Chris Wells. (The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St, 11am doors/11:30am show, $15)

FEST: Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival This festival celebrating Jewish and Chinese culture has expanded to also feature the food, music and folk arts of the Puerto Rican community of the neighborhood. Enjoy Chinese opera, klezmer and salsa and plena music; Yiddish, Mandarin and Spanish lessons; Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, Puerto Rican mask making, mah jongg and, of course, egg rolls, egg creams and empanadas – all kosher. (Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St, 12pm-4pm, FREE)

MUSIC: 10th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival — Day 2 Performances by: Matt Lavelle and the 12 Houses Orchestra, Iris Ornig's IO-5, 40Twenty, David Binney Fifty Five, and Matthew Garrison. (19 President St, BK, 1pm-6pm, $10/children FREE)


PARTICIPATORY: The Bryant Park Movie Red Carpet Premiere Attend the season's first screening of the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival dressed and acting like it's a fancy red-carpet film premiere. The Ungisphere Department of Counter-Ennui (UDoCE) will set up a red carpet in the middle of the lawn; and you are invited to dress in formal attire, bring beverages that are or resemble champagne*, and hob-nob with other sharply-dressed sos-and-so, posing for the many many pictures that will be taken and instagrammed, before the screening begins. (Bryant Park Lawn, 6pm-7pm, FREE)


SHOP: Treasure! Trunk Sale 4 hours of hanging, dancing, and playing dress up. Come and get your annual dose of curated fashion by Ali Luminescent as she brings the treasures she loves to share from town to town. This sale will feature items by ElectroFur Harmonic Threads Kayo Mitsuyama Alekai Golden Tear Jillery Hoops Harmonic Threads Ellko and Festival Universe. Their designs range from hoods to capes to onesies and fun things to dance in-as well as extra accessories like leather bags and glowing hoods and scarves. (The Toy Dojo, 41 Varick Ave, 311, BK, 6pm, FREE)


MUSIC: Summer Ascension at Battery Park for Make Music New York Featuring: Maracatu New York, led by Scott Kettner, whose missing is to expose the NY community to northeastern Brazilian rhythms such as Maracatu de Baque Virado, Coco, Ciranda and Forró and how they relate to the Second Line and Mardi Gras Indian rhythms from New Orleans; The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band, whose mission is to provide the lesbian and gay community with a supportive and friendly environment for musical and artistic expression and, through performance, to promote social acceptance, equality, and harmony for all; and celebrating over 20 years of bringing live musical spectacle to the people of New York City and beyond is Hungry March Band, a brass, percussion, and performance ensemble. (Battery Park, 5pm-7pm, FREE)

PERFORMANCE: Summer Solstice Celebration Enjoy art-making workshops with Socrates artists and The Noguchi Museum, participate in spontaneous oracle readings with artist Priscilla Stadler, get your face painted by Agostino Arts, bounce the sun with Tommaso Lana, and take a tour of the stars with LaGuardia Community College’s telescope. Check out the Socrates stage for vibrant performances from Baccalaureate School for Global Education’s Asian Fusion (Bollywood and K-Pop) dance club and local breakdancers curated by Muta NYC, as well as an exciting showcase of Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba rhythms and dance from Bombazo Dance Co, led by Milteri Tucker Concepcion. Gather around the hill as sunset nears for our traditional Solstice ritual cultivating inner light, community, and reverence performed by Urban Shaman Mama Donna. (Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, LIC, 5pm-dusk, FREE)

MUSIC/ART/PARTICIPATORY: Brooklyn Gaze Edition 2: Lightpost The second in a new series of projection mapped artworks created by commissioned visual artists Mark Read and Jeanne Angel. In this edition of the series the iconic facade of the Brooklyn Public Library will once again be transformed, this time by audience-generated projections. Come to the plaza early to move to the music of Grupo Rebolu at the Plaza Swing Series event. (Brooklyn Public Library plaza, 10 Grand Army Plz,BK, 6:30pm music/8:30pm performance, FREE)

MUSIC/PARTICIPATORY: Sxip Shirey: 'The Gauntlet' Become a living, breathing instrument played by the composer - that you can walk through. This vocal arrangement by composer Sxip Shirey calls for two rows of singers to engage in a musical dialogue as audience members immerse themselves by walking, at their own pace, through the rows of paired singers. The audience member experiences the composition by moving through the Gauntlet as if being carried by a river. (Central Park, Dalehead Arch @ W 64th St, 7pm-8pm, FREE)

BURLESQUE: Dromedary Burlesque's First Anniversary Show Wednesday June 21st Come out and celebrate one year of fun and flirt. Hosted by: Jezebel Express With performances by Amber Ray, Mandarine Moon-Fly, Lucy Buttons, Koston Kreme (Canada), Lux LaCroix (CA), and Peekaboo Pointe. Go-Go stylings by: Petite Renard. DJ Fresh Prince of Darkness providing the exotica. (Dromedary Bar, 266 Irving Ave, BK, 9pm-12am, FREE)


PERFORMANCE: The Works of Atlas.K: An Immersive Aerial Artfight! A Benefit for Planned Parenthood. The first and last retrospective of the world-renowned artist and provocateur, the inimitable Atlas.K. An absurd, not-so-critical look at what the f*$&k is art anyway? Featuring aerial, dance, pole, lactation, murder, puppets and several attempts to answer the all-important questions: why the hell is he famous? why are we fighting? why does it hurt so bad? why are women's bodies the battleground? and how much wine is included in the ticket price? Continues next week. (Body & Pole, 115 W 27th St, 8pm doors/9:30pm show, $28-$35)

THEATER: Daughters of Elysium’s “Those Girls” Abby, Bo, and Mercy are three seemingly typical young women living in an old victorian home together. They gossip, confess secrets, and cast spells. When a sudden broken heart forces the girls to make drastic choices, it reveals dark desires, and other worldly powers. With a core company of diverse women-identifying artists, Daughters Of Elysium creates cross-genre events and productions that are rooted in ritual and mythology. (Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, 7:30pm, $15 adv/$18 door)


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)

ART: The Art Of Spider-Man The first ever exhibition of original Spider-Man artwork by John Romita and other significant artists including Steve Ditko, Todd McFarlane, John Buscema, Ross Andru, Gil Kane, Ron Frenz, Keith Pollard, John Romita Jr. and others (thru 8/26, The Museum of Illustration, 128 E 63rd St, see site for details, $15)


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