Date: July 7th 2017

Hello lovelies,

One week away from both our last Victorian Tea of the summer and the Game of Thrones premiere on our big screen.

Two weeks away from the festival wear edition of our fab costume, thrift & vintage shopping party, Goldmine. We have ten excellent vendors on board, but still have a couple more spots, if any of you are clearing out your costume closets or make fun wearables.

Join us for ALL THE THINGS!


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Gemini and Scorpio

cordially invite you to

The Grand Victorian Garden Tea - last one of the summer!

Sunday, July 16, 4-8pm (tea served at 5pm), $40 ($35 for groups over 5), 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):
Three types of Finger Sandwiches
Scones with Clotted Cream & Preserves Two types of unique desserts

Activities will include:
- Guided tours of the Victorian home & museum - Victorian garden games, including Game of Graces [ ] and Battledore and Shuttlecock [ ] - Hand-drawn portraits of guests by Anastasios Taso Megaris

Dress code: 1800-1910s summer garden party, with all-white, cream and pastel tones encouraged. No modern casual wear, please - though modern summer cocktail 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.

MOVIES: 7/16

Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere on big screen

Eeeeeee!!!! It's hereeeeee!!!!

8:30pm doors
9pm GoT season 6 video recap
9:15pm streaming GoT season 7 premiere on our huge screen 10:30pm either rewatching immediately, or...? what should we play as follow-up?

$10 sugg donation, cash bar


Gemini & Scorpio

invite you to

Goldmine - festival-wear shopping party

Sunday, July 23, 1-6pm, FREE
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: FB:

Social media: @gemini_scorpio #gsgoldmine (show us your treasures!)

Miss Scorpio teams up with fellow dress-up addicts and craft-makers for some closet-cleaning and handmade clothing & accessory shopping. Think one-of-a-kind vintage, feathers and fascinators, unique jewelry, and lots and lots of sparkles. Of course even divas have days off, so there will be plenty of cheap casual wear finds alongside costume and vintage pieces. Plus: by-donation champagne, chill soundtrack, and lounging in our awesome loft and sprawling roof. Perfect summer Sunday.

Confirmed vendors:
Miss Scorpio - Vintage, costume and everyday pieces selected for their unique visual appeal - Abby Hertz - Showgirl clothing, costuming, shoes...and pussy prints Cara Coniglio - Funky festival-ready vintage clothing Countess Eden - Corsets, shoes, vintage, costumes, sequins Doom Cottage - Vintage, gothic, metal, bellydance, glamour Dora Marra - Turning new and vintage objects into headpieces - Juicy Peach Clothing - A huge selection of booty shorts - May Eye Adorn You? - Earthy, exotic, and curious handcrafted adornments - Sarah Sokol Millinery - Brining imagination to life through outrageous headwear - Zoa Chimerum Jewelry - Biomorphic handmade jewelry of cut rubber layered over forged aluminum -

Vendor info:
- To vend, message us with a link to your stuff or a note about it, if you're not a pro seller. - There are no fees for vending, just a 20% suggested donation from your sales. Sometimes we'll accept trade, too! - We have sofas, chairs & a few clip lights, but please bring any "nice" lighting or decoration for your table / area. - We have a few 2x2 tables (claim yours quickly) or BYO, up to 6'. Our tables are slatted, and we suggest bringing a cover. - BYO racks and mirrors, though a couple of mirrors are on site. - First come, first served on choice of locations within loft - We have wifi! Bring your mobile payment solutions.

G&S 15th BDAY: 9/10-11

Gemini and Scorpio

cordially invite you to

G&S 15th Birthday: Gilded Age Garden Party

Saturday, Sep 9, 3pm-12am & Sunday, Sep 10, 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: ($30-200)
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.


FEST: Afro-Latino Fest NYC 2017- A Tribute to Women of the Diaspora
A multi-day event celebrating the contributions of Afro-latinos through networking, cultural exchange, artistic showcases, culinary presentations, and education. The fest serves as an important opportunity for organizations working within Afrolatino communities to raise social awareness and highlight their work. (Fri/Sat, multiple locations, see site for details, $15-$165)

Dozens of artists, performers, musicians and dj's are taking over a once abandoned mansion on the north edge of the city, and converting it into a living work of art. This is a project of a team of artists and producers lead by William Etundi Jr. and Kevin Balktick with the mission of creating events that blur the line between audience and performer, ritual and spectacle, celebration and high-art.Created in collaboration with: House of Yes, The Box, Caravan Gitane, Wolf + Lamb, The Danger, Shanghai Mermaid, The Get Down, Ecstatic Dance, Dina Nur Satti, Dizon Collective, The Lightning Society, Alex + Viktoria, The Night Circus. Transportation assistance provided with ticket purchase. (Fri-Sun, see site for details, $88-$188)

FEST: INSITU Site Specific Dance Festival
Experience dance in unusual public spaces. INSITU activates and transforms the Western Queens waterfront into one big stage. Taking place at four LIC waterfront parks, the fest is a unique two-day dance festival, featuring a diverse program of unique site-specific dance works by 24 distinguished and emerging NYC-based choreographers. Inspired by natural and urban landscapes, the thrilling line-up will maneuver through playgrounds, appear in hidden corners and dance on piers, staircases and shorelines. (Sat/Sun, multiple locations, LIC, 12pm-7pm, FREE)

FEST: The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast and Festival of the Giglio
In Italian Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the residents of the community look forward to the annual Giglio Feast held every July. Since 1903, when the Nolani immigrants first held their transplanted feast in this Brooklyn neighborhood, this festa has attempted to maintain many of the traditions from the Mezzogiorno, while adjusting to the new culture in America and accommodating the pressure to change. This feast, which has been taking place in Brooklyn for over 100 years, commemorates an extraordinary bit of southern Italian history which culminated in the canonization of an erstwhile bishop of the small city of Nola. Not even Catholic until his thirty-seventh year, Paulinus was destined to become a renowned religious hero of that region. Though he was to serve as Bishop of Nola from 409 AD to 431 AD, it was an alleged episode, that took place shortly after his elevation to bishop, for which the Nolani hold him in such high regard. The highlight of the festival is the ceremonial li

fting of St. Paulinus of Nola, a saint who was showered with lillies, or gigli, upon making a lot of crazy sacrifices. The 65-foot, nearly four-ton tower will be lifted by over a hundred men several times before the festival ends, but the lifts to watch begin this Sunday. [via Brooklyn Based, one of our fave newsletters.] (Fri-Thu, this week and next, Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Church, 275 N 8th Street Brooklyn, see website for details, FREE)


ART: Art Battle NYC - Live Competitive Painting Twelve artists will compete across 3 rounds, with audience voting and auction for all works. The winners by audience vote move on to the Final round with a chance to qualify for New York City Championships and ultimately the US and International Finals. With music by George Garcia. (Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, 6pm, $15 adv/$20 door, 21+)

COMEDY: Secret Loft A comedy show dance party hosted by Petey DeAbreu of Petey's World. Line Up: Pedro Gonzalez, Christi Chiello, Simeon Goodson, Zach Sims. Free pizza, cheap drinks. (address with tix purchase, 8:30pm doors/9pm show, $5-$15)

BURLESQUE: TasselMania From flashy costumes to signature moves, there's no doubt that wrestling is the burlesque of sports.From flashy costumes to signature moves, there's no doubt that wrestling is the burlesque of sports. Feathers will fly and tassels will turn as eight gorgeous superstars compete in a tournament of head-to-head bare-bottom burlesque for the title of Intercuntinental Heavyweight Champion. Scheduled to appear: Kate Nyx, Liberty Rose, Bunny Buxom, Logan Laveau, Sweet Lorraine, Sapphire Jones, Velvet Kensington, Miss Frankie Eleanore, with Ring Announcer Schaffer the Darklord, Referee Seedy Edie, and Special Guest Baron Atomy (Coney Island, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15)


FEST: 15th Annual Arab-American and North African Festival The festival is a celebration of Arab and North African cultures and aims to honor their various contributions through food, music, art, and literature. There will be an all-day cultural show with a range of performers, representing North Africa, the Gulf, and Levant. In addition, about 30 Arab and North African vendors selling everything from food, music, films, clothes (traditional/non-traditional), henna, and hookah/shisha/arguileh cafe. There will also be a kids booth. (Great Jones St & Lafayette St, 10am-4pm, FREE)

FEST: Fourth Annual Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival Renowned bandleader Jon Batiste has curated this year’s lineup which boasts an eclectic mix of influential musicians including: Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, and members of The Dap-Kings and Batiste’s band, Stay Human. The day-long event will conclude with Batiste’s signature ‘love riot’ street parade. The festival will channel the rich jazz influences of Armstrong through a variety of musical genres, and during their set, the members of the Dap-Kings will collaborate with several freestyle rappers including Don Flamingo, Avenue and Kris Kasanova staying true to Armstrong’s mantra that “you gotta listen to all types of music.” (Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, QNS, 1pm-8pm, FREE-$50)

THEATER: TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix A parody sequel, queer rock musical that asks the question "why do strong female characters always gotta die?" and turns the death as freedom narrative for women in film on its head. It starts mid-air in a Thunderbird convertible suspended over the Grand Canyon and features two women of color as T and L backed by a band of badass women rockstars. Loud and proud, TL;DR resists the idea that queer/lesbian narratives have to live in subtext and defies the "bury your gays" trope by giving our heroines the ending they deserve. TL;DR takes on the patriarchy, the gaytriarchy, and anything else standing in the way of T and L's love. (The Tank, 151 West 46th St, 8th fl, 7pm, $18-$30)

VARIETY: Blunderland Variety Show: Clowntown A delectable evening of maddness & variety, with all the whimsical, surreal, and psychedelic you can handle served hot and ready with something for everyone. Featuring: Fou Fou Ha, Amy G, The Stilette-Hoes, Cheeky Lane, Lola Carter, Gógó Starr, Blain Petrovia. Hosted by Eric Schmalenberger. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15 adv/$20 door, 21+)

ART: The Legendary William Shatner Twelve top contemporary artists take on Mr. Shatner’s storied career by exploring his best-known roles - from James T. Kirk to T.J. Hooker. This show features new work by Adam Carlson, Leanne Davies, Bob Doucette, Jacqueline Gallagher, Fred Harper, Matthew Henning, Anastasia Kalivas, K.r.Kitsch, Matthew Lineham, Dave Pollot, Erica Radol, and Veks Van Hillik. (Gristle Tattoo+Art Gallery, 26 Bushwick Ave, BK, 7pm-10pm, FREE)

DJ/PERFORMANCE: Studio 54 Three floors of disco, dancing, vogue-ing and secret back rooms. Featuring music by: Fatik, Killa Theory, Mister Mistah, Selectorseries and Friends. Space Disco Butoh performed by: Azumi OE, Stacy L. Smith, Will Atkins, Stefan Martin. (Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave, BK, 8pm, $25-$30)

MUSIC: Curtis Eller's American Circus With Special Guests Charming Disaster. Curtis Eller's American Circus is a brutish, inelegant rock & roll outfit specializing in gospel music for atheists and dance fads for amputees. Mr. Eller's banjo driven compositions describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Abe Lincoln, Buster Keaton and Joe Louis rub shoulders against a backdrop of circus disasters and sweatshop fires. Charming Disaster will follow with a set of Murder Ballads and morbid Love Songs. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 8pm, $10)

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)

DANCE/BENEFIT: The Big Gay Dance Show Gotham Dance Theater (GDT) and The Tank NYC are presenting The 2nd Annual Big Gay Dance Show featuring works created by members of the LGBTQ+ community as part of The Tank's annual PrideFest. Curated by gay, gay, gay-sian Marc Andrew Nuñez. This year, all proceeds will go toward Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (The Tank, 151 West 46th St, 8th fl, 9:30pm, $15 adv/$18 door)

BURLESQUE: The Persistence of Nudity: A Burlesque Tribute to Salvador Dali 113 years ago the mad, megalomaniac genius Salvador Dali burst forth from his mother's viscera to become the one and only True Surrealist to ever live and the Saviour of painting. Clara Coquette and Gemini Blitz present Dali's visceral dream images on a gleaming, argent platter for you to devour. Featuring Mia Julep, Liberty Rose, Wae Messed, Sincerely Yours, Fibi Eyewalker, Faux Pas le Fae, Betsy Propane, and Tiny D. (Coney Island, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15)


FEST: Bastille Day on 60th Street
For over 20 years this fest has been New York’s largest public celebration of France’s Independence Day (July 14, 1789) and its historic friendship with the United States. Abounding with French cuisine, musique, dance, and myriad attractions for the whole family, this three-block fête populaire invites New Yorkers to revel in the flavors, sounds, and joie de vivre of France. (60th St, btwn Lexington & 5th Ave, 12pm-5pm, FREE/$25-$75 tastings)

SHOP: Full Moon Market - Catland XXIX A dozen vendors invite you to eat, drink and shop at this market of curiosities. Enjoy music and dance performances all day with live performances by Sacred Circle Theatre Company and Isingularity. (Catland, 987 Flushing Ave, BK, 1pm-6pm, FREE)

SHOP: Bushwick Vendors Market Enjoy live painting, youth activities, DJ, bar and more and “Come be a part of the illest and realest market in Bushwick.” (The Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave, BK, 1pm-6pm, $1-$5 donation)

BURLESQUE: History of Burlesque Lecture Cabaret Join the Atlas Obscura Society New York for an evening of bawdy discovery as they delve into the history of burlesque, an enchanting form of performance that has shimmied, shaked, and shifted with the times over a transformative century in America. Doctor Lucky, the World’s Premiere Ph(Double)D, will be your guide as they fill your imaginations with titillating tales from the past. As the evening chronicles the story of burlesque, a dazzling array of in-the-flesh performances will demonstrate a range of burlesque styles from the past and present. Performers include many of the greatest currently operating in the New York scene: Gin Minsky, Corvette Le Face, Ms. Tickle, and more to be announced. (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 7pm-10pm, $20-$35)


SHOP/PARTICIPATORY: The Anthropologists Save Your Closet You are invited to declutter your closet and find something else fabulous to wear at this benefit for "The Anthropologists Save The World!" They’ll be swapping clothes, nibbling on goodies and enjoying performances by the team behind Save The World! (The Artist Co-op, 500 W 52nd St, 3W, 6:30pm-9:30pm, $15)


MUSIC: River & Blues featuring Rebirth Brass Band From the Big Easy to the Big Apple, Rebirth Brass Band shows why they’re considered pillars of their native New Orlean music scene. Infectious and groove-laden, their Grammy-winning “heavy funk” will bring your straight to the bayou. (Wagner Park, 75 Batter Pl, 7pm, FREE)

EVENT: City Solstice, aka Manhattan-Henge At Stonehenge, one day a year has particular astronomical significance: the Sun rises in perfect alignment with several of the stones on summer solstice, the first day of summer. For Manhattan, a place where evening matters more than morning, twice a year the Sun sets in exact alignment with the Manhattan grid, fully illuminating every single cross-street for the last fifteen minutes of daylight. These two days give you a photogenic view with half the Sun above and half the Sun below the horizon -- on the grid. The day before May 30th, the entire ball of the Sun will be visible on the horizon -- on the grid. If the Manhattan grid matched the geographic north-south line, then our special days would be the equinoxes, the two days on the calendar when the Sun rises due east and sets due west. But Manhattan is rotated 30° east from geographic north, shifting the special days elsewhere in the calendar. For best effect, position yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible. But en

sure that when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas. (multiple locations, 8:21pm, FREE)

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PUPPETS: Object Movement Puppetry Festival - Application Deadline: 7/15 Are you looking for a way to address an urgent social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical question or issue through puppetry or object theater? Object Movement is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The purpose of the program is to develop new work and advance existing works-in-progress that address social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical questions through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of performances. Participants will meet weekly as a group to share the progress of their pieces and offer feedback. The group is moderated by a curatorial team of puppetry artists and producers. Group meetings will be from September 2017 through Spring 2018, culminating in a festival of performances.

PUPPETS: Jim Henson Foundation Puppetry Residency - Deadline 7/17 The Jim Henson Foundation is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 2018 Jim Henson Foundation Puppetry Residency in partnership with The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. The Jim Henson Foundation Residency, held at The O'Neill's Waterford campus, offers space and support to a deserving artist or puppetry-related project. Residency details: Can last 2-4 weeks; Supports up to 10-12 artists; Covers full room and board; Strong dramaturgical support from the O'Neill's literary office; Small grant awarded to cover expenses; May take place during fall, winter, or spring months.


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)

FEST: Accordions Around The World A weekly series featuring over 100 accordionists as well as bandoneon, bayan, concertina, and harmonium-players of different musical genres. Audiences have an opportunity to hear music from all over the world and to experience the wide range of this often overlooked and little-known instrument. (thru 7/21, Brant Park, see site for details, FREE)

THEATER: The Enchantment
Louise, a young woman from rural Sweden, arrives in Paris at the height of the Belle Epoque. Swept up in all this magical world has to offer, she soon falls under the spell of the city’s most revered sculptor. Torn between liberation and tradition, fantasy and reality, Louise begins to question whether the life she has always known is really the life she wants to live. (thru 7/22, Wed-Sat, Here, 145 6th Ave, 6:30pm, $30)

FEST: HOT! The 26th Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture The oldest annual festival of its kind in the world, never stales as its fresh line-up continues to deliver innovative works in theater, music, dance, circus arts, literature, visual art & homoeroticism for the whole family. Theater, music, dance, circus arts, literature, visual art & homoeroticism. Six weeks, 50+ shows, 100s of artists & you. (thru 8/4, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, see website for details, $varies)

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)

SHOP: FAD Market Summer
Discover new creative makers and handcrafted goods at this roving fashion, art and design pop-up marketplace that moves seasonally to unique venues in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn. Over six weekends from June to August, more than 50 makers will showcase handcrafted art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings. Rotating vendors and special activities. (thru 8/27, Sat/Sun, The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St, BK, 11am-6pm, FREE)

FEST: Films on the Green 10th Anniversary In its landmark 10th year, the fest will present French cinema through the eyes of 10 guest curators and some of the most creative and compelling filmmakers, actors, and artists of our time: Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves. (thru 9/7, NYC parks, see site for details, FREE)


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