Date: August 11th 2017


Hello lovelies,

We've officially entered the summer slow-down, as you can see by how scarce this week's happenings are. There are no G&S events for the rest of the summer, and we're going to make a strong return with our weekend-long Gilded Age garden pool party to celebrate our 15th anniversary. We've been updating the invite and the event page -- go look!

Cheers,

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

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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
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MOVIES: 8/13
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Game of Thrones Ep 5 / American Gods Ep 4

https://www.facebook.com/events/466164750416399/

GoT season premiere was super fun. Let's do it again, this and every Sunday that we/the loft are available. Plus: we'll run the full season of American Gods afterwards!

8:30pm doors
9:10pm GoT Season 7 Ep 5
10:20pm American Gods Ep 4

$10 sugg donation, cash bar


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G&S 15th BDAY: 9/10-11
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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: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1653454431351363
Tix: http://bpt.me/521628 ($30-200, use code "group" for $10-20 off 5 or more tix)
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 period-inspired cocktails, Victorian games & amusements, and outdoor silent films after sunset -- all in a stunning antiques-filled 1858 mansion with a pool and terraced garden. Cocktail sponsors: El Buho mezcal, Boukhman rum, Barrow's Intense ginger liqueur.

Entertainment and activities:
- Retro Remix Orchestra - classic songs and current pop hits performed in orchestral, hot jazz and swing arrangements
- Edwardian fashion presentations with historical costumer John W. Richardson of As They Sew in France. Sat: Morning to evening in Edwardian dress / Sun: The rise & fall of the bustle [ https://www.facebook.com/AsTheySewInFrance ]
- Hand-drawn fashion illustrations of guests by Anastasios Taso Megaris
- 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 (think Downton Abbey). Seersucker or light gray are great summer options for men. No modern casual wear, please - but modern summer cocktail attire is easy to accessorize with a nod to Edwardian times. Please wear comfortable shoes, hats or parasols for sun protection, and don't forget your swimwear and towels (no towels will be provided). Costume inspiration Pinterest board (not ours): http://bit.ly/1WvlVyB - and ours for banquet/ball/tea research: http://bit.ly/29n5fZm


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NYC EVENTS: 8/11 - 8/17
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WEEKEND + WEEK
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FEST: Long Island Retro Gaming Expo 2017
http://expo.liretro.com/tickets
This expo returns for its 3rd consecutive year for lovers of retro games and classic gaming. Get ready to play all your retro favorites, browse retro gaming vendors, participate in panel discussions, bring your best cosplay, enter tournaments and win prizes. (Sat/Sun, Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, LI, 10am-10pm, $10-$30)

FEST: The 27Th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
http://www.hkdbf-ny.org/index.php
An annual sporting and multicultural event to celebrate the fifth moon (or the fifth month) of the lunar calendar. In addition to providing audiences with traditional Chinese foods and performances, the festival hosts over 120 dragon boat teams from across North America, making it one of the largest dragon boat festivals in the United States. (Sat/Sun, Flushing Meadows Park, Meadow Lake, QNS, 10:30am-6pm, FREE)

FEST: Elements NYC Music & Art Festival 2017
https://www.elementsfest.nyc
Located in a secret NYC industrial waterfront location, featuring 5 stages - Earth/Air/Water/Fire/Fifth Element, interactive & large-scale themed art installations, Pirate Ship, 3D projection mapping, death-defying aerial performances, magnificent art cars, delicious food vendors, exotic clothing/jewelry vendors, rides, slides, fire breathers, circus performances, and an entire new world to experience. (Sat/Sun, 1108 Oak Point Ave, BX, 1pm-11pm, $85-$260, 18+)


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FRIDAY
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VARIETY: Blunderland
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blunderland-variety-show-nonsense-tickets-36066643301
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: Bambi The Mermaid, Velocity Chyld, Francis Stallings, The Lost Boys, The Love Show, Corn Mo, Dana Abrassart, and Pixel Chick. (House of Yes, 2 Wycoff Ave, BK, 7pm-10pm, $15-$20)

PARTY: Cruel Summer: 80s + 90s Dance Party
http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1524049
Go Back in Time for a night of Dancing in the Dark set to the soundtracks of the 80s and 90s. Enjoy 80s anthems performed by 10-piece cover band The Engagements, 90s hits spun by DJ Steve Reynolds, music video sing-alongs, and 80s + 90s music videos. Dress in your most era-appropriate attire and enter the costume contest/dance-off for a mystery prize. [G&S Note: use promo code "summertime" for $5 adv tix] (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 8pm, $10, 21+)

DJ: Cirque Noir with Motez
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cirque-noir-with-motez-tickets-35528823668?aff=FBevent
A night of variety, mischief and sensual splendor, with freaks and fantasies of every flavor performing acts of outrageous darkness on the dancefloor for your entertainment. Creativity is mandatory. Dress to express in circus and side show looks. Music by Motez, Walker & Royce, NSR, HardCandy. (House of YES, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 10pm, $25/FREE before 11pm w RSVP, 21+)



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SATURDAY
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EVENT: Summer Streets
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/home/home.shtml
An annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets. On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC's streets are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. Activities include musical performances, art instillations, free bike & helmet rentals, classes & workshops, mini golf, and more. (Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Ave and connecting streets, 7am-1pm, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Every Body Is Art 2017
https://www.facebook.com/events/1937053766531066
Come and show off your talents as we parade the magnificent streets of NYC. Bring your perfect bodies, bring your instruments, your dance, and your natural spirits. (Gnocco, 337 E 10th St, 11am-7pm, FREE)

FOOD: The Total Gowanus Immersion
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-total-gowanus-immersion-tickets-34328139389
Enjoy canalside Brooklyn brews, BBQ and more Gowanus neighborhood treats. Guests will receive a pack of WAM (walking around money), that you'll be able to spend on four Brooklyn Brewery beers, one each at Mission Dolores, Pig Beach, the brand-new Parklife and Threes Brewing, plus deals at local shops. You can also include lunch, like your choice of any sandwich and side at Dinosaur BBQ, two tacos, chips and guac at the Taqueria El Atoradero at Parklife, your choice of grilled cheese at the Roof at Whole Foods, or a burger and slaw at Pig Beach. (meet at Parklife, 636 Degraw St, BK, 12pm-6pm, $15/$25 incl lunch)

THEATER: GREED PLAY
https://www.facebook.com/events/2156362677923646
A site-specific and immersive trashy pop-up promenade style theatre experience that aims to shock, inspire, entertain, (turn on) and unify (and maybe piss some people off) based around the theme of corporate greed. At different locations all over Wall Street and the financial district we will have different microplays tackling this topic. It's sure to be political, ridiculous and a whole lot of fun. (Zuccotti Park, 1 Liberty Plz, 2pm & 4pm, FREE/tips)

PERFORMANCE: GGNY: 6th Annual Buffy Sing Along Fundraiser for The Trevor Project
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3040945
Join Gay Geeks of New York, LLC as they celebrate their 6th anniversary by giving back to the community. They lip-sync all the songs from the Buffy musical episode.
You sing along. There might be bunnies. Only 65 tickets will be sold for each performance. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. All proceeds will go towards The Trevor Project. (The Parkside Lounge, 317 E Houston St, 2pm & 6pm, $18 adv/$20 door, 21+)

MUSIC/PARTY: The 14th Annual Madonnathon!
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/1498070-madonnathon-2017-14th-annual-brooklyn
The biggest Madonna birthday show/ dance party in the world - featuring live performances by some of New York City's most talented musicians/singers, collaborating to bring you the very best of Madonna's huge repertoire. Hosted by Cathy Cervenka & Rupert Noffs. DJ Chauncey D (Madonna Worship) spins Madonna hits, remixes and rare tracks. Live music by Material Band. Performances by: Amber Martin, Brian Charles Rooney, Lane Moore, Shannon Conley, Anna Copa Cabanna & Enormvs & Kaela Fung, Queen V, Michael T.& Father Javier Ninja & Delicia Glam & Cedric Antonio & Jamil Labeija, Sophia Ramos, Leslie Goshko, Travis Moser, Cathy Cervenka, Chrissi Poland, Emily Greene Strigl, Mark Rinzel, Jenna O'Gara, Kate Steinberg, Daniel DeJesus & Courtlyn & Stephen, Ki Ki & Ranardo-Domeico Grays & Omani Mason, and more. Best-dressed Madonna fans will sing onstage w/the band & win prizes. (Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, 6pm doors/8pm show, $15-$18, 21&)

PARTICIPATORY: Summer Stargazing at Pier i Cafe
https://www.facebook.com/events/1196333793817566
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 cancellations. (Pier I Cafe, 500 W 70th St, 8pm-11pm, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Saber Battle NYC 2017
https://www.facebook.com/events/749290335251773
Join us for a massive glowing saber battle. Pick a side, good or evil and use a glowing sword to fight in the ultimate nocturnal showdown. Glow swords available at event for $5. Each glow sword changes up to 6 colors is about 3' long. (Washington Square Park, MH, 8pm pickup/9pm battle, FREE/$5)

VARIETY: Fancy Feast: Maim That Tune
http://www.coneyisland.com/event/batb81217
Put some wax in your ears and enjoy the burlesque show where performers will be stripping to their all time least favorite songs. Sadists and masochists alike will delight as the talent put their eardrums on the line. Will your least favorite song make an appearance? Featuring: Trixie Little, Bastard Keith, Sapphire Jones, Qualms Galore, Little Brooklyn, Tiger Bay, VooDoo Onyx, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Gal Friday, Minx Arcana, Zoe Ziegfeld, Zaza Zandra, Fancy Feast (Coney Island, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15)



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SUNDAY
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CIRCUS: Clowns Without Borders Benefit Showcase
https://themusebrooklyn.com/events
Clowns Without Borders USA is a non-profit organization that promotes Resilience Through Laughter. We bring levity, contemporary clown/circus-oriented performances and workshops into communities, so that community members can celebrate together and find relief from the tensions that darken their daily lives. In addition to a variety of comedic performances from CWB clowns, and MC'ng by Kaitlin Kaufman, the showcase will also feature the marvelous and inspiring talent of The Muse Artists. (The Muse, 350 Moffat St, BK, 8pm-10pm, $5-$25)


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MONDAY
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TUESDAY
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BURLESQUE: The Fuck You Revue presents: P*SSY
https://www.facebook.com/events/2044825629137159
It's Leo season and this revue is feeling positively feral. Watch an astonishing lineup of burlesque virtuosos as they present acts on the feline side. If you're lucky, we won't knock over your water glass. This show is a special collaboration with Sarah Tonin, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Featuring: Alexa King, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Fancy Feast, Faux Pas le Fae, Fem Appeal, Mr. Rawunchy (Pythagoras Blew Arc), Nasty Canasta, Peekaboo Pointe, Sarah Tonin, Ula Uberbusen, and Zoe Ziegfeld. Plus DJ Ron Fpod, and Qualms Galore at the door. Nobody gets turned away for lack of funds. (Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 9:30pm-12am, $10)


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WEDNESDAY
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THURSDAY
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VARIETY: Squidling Brothers: The return to Coney Island
http://www.coneyisland.com/event/squidlingbros81717
The World Famous Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow returns to Coney Island for a crazy hot one night special summer madness. Of circus, sideshow, suspension and much more. Featuring: Fibi Eyewalker, Matters Squidling, Velvet Crayon, Titano Oddfellow, Jellyboy the Clown, Aerial Rope - Odellia Wabi Sabi, Anchors Aweigh Hook Suspension. (Coney Island, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 9pm, $15)



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ONGOING
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THEATER: Unpacking
http://here.org/shows/detail/1912
A happy couple has just moved into their new home. But the novelty of homeownership quickly fades as they face a sea of boxes, a major blackout, and, shortly thereafter, the ghosts of all their past relationships. The newest play from comedians Marina & Nicco combine two of your biggest fears: the dark and commitment. The audience lends a hand by lighting the stage for a couple that is literally, and figuratively, feeling their way through the dark. Flashlights will be provided. (thru 8/13, Wed-Sat 7pm/Sun 2pm, Here, 145 Sixth Ave, $25)

EXHIBIT: The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s
https://www.cooperhewitt.org/channel/the-jazz-age
The first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste during the creative explosion of the 1920s, The Jazz Age is a multi-media experience of more than 400 examples of interior design, industrial design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, and architecture, as well as related music and film. Giving full expression to the decade’s diversity and dynamism, The Jazz Age defines the American spirit of the period. (thru 8/20, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E 91st St, 10am-6pm, $16/FREE members)

FEST: Broadway Bound Festival
www.broadwayboundfestival.com
Affordable theatre is alive, well and living in NYC’s eclectic and electric East Village. Productions run the gamut; delving deep LGBTQA relationships, living with cancer, surviving a hate crime and a dysfunctional past, becoming a parent, PTSD and suicide, a modern twist on a fairy tale, dealing with closeted skeletons and ghosts from the past, illegal immigration, Texas high school football, the Cuban fight for freedom and everything in between. A launching pad for regional, Off-Broadway and Broadway transfers, this fest is your chance to catch 20 curated new works as they make their world premieres. (thru 8/20, The Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, see site for details, $25 adv/$30 door)

ART: The Art Of Spider-Man
https://www.societyillustrators.org/exhibits/art-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)

PUPPETS: A Real Boy
http://www.59e59.org/moreinfo.php?showid=293
The story of two puppets who adopt a human child. When the young boy starts growing strings, his kindergarten teacher takes it upon herself to save him. This satiric play explores life for those on the fringe of society and the tensions that arise when others try to fix their "problems." [G&S Note: use code “Puppet59” for $20 tix] (thru 8/27, Tue-Sat 7:30pm/Sat 2:30pm/Sun 3:30pm, 59E59 Theaters, 59 E 59 St, $25)

SHOP: FAD Market Summer
http://fadmarket.co
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)

FILM: See it Big series
http://www.movingimage.us/programs/2017/07/19/detail/see-it-big-70mm
With its bright, vividly detailed images and its rich sound, a 70mm film print offers a great theatrical experience. This series includes a special preview screening of Christopher Nolan’s eagerly anticipated new movie, Dunkirk, in 70mm. The series also includes Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, a brand new 70mm print of Lawrence of Arabia, and a variety of cinematic treats including Nolan’s astonishing and provocative Interstellar (which offers a timely reflection on climate change), Patton, The Dark Crystal, Pink Floyd: The Wall, and two exciting rarities, the Soviet films The Story of the Flaming Years and The Enchanted Desna, directed by Yulia Solntseva, an unsung heroine of Soviet cinema who was also the first woman to win Best Director at Cannes (for The Story of the Flaming Years). (thru 8/27, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, see site for details, $15)

FILM: Films on the Green 10th Anniversary
http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/festivals/films-green-2017
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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