Date: September 8th 2017

Hello lovelies,

We're back from Burning Man and are working on All The Things. Lots is coming up, and we'll probably have bunch of announcements in next week's newsletter.

For now, you should know we're hosting a secret pop-up strip cub in our Brooklyn lair next Friday. We don't normally list our sexier events here (those belong to our sister list, House of Scorpio), but this one is pretty damn fun even for those of you who would never attend a play party or a regular strip club. Highly recommend checking it out.

In regular G&S events, we have the elaborate Grand Victorian Banquet and Ball coming up on Sat, Oct 7. It'll be all the details we planned to feature at our Gilded Age Garden Party upstate, but transported to a secret ballroom and 1850s carriage house in midtown. More details on food and music to be added in the coming weeks. Tickets are on sale now, and they're quite limited.


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Saints & Sinners: pop-up strip club party

Friday, Sep 15, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ suggested) $30 presale* / $50 with reserved table seating / $40 at door before 12am / $20 after (door sales as capacity allows, and only for pre-approved members in good standing) Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK - see site for address Please arrive with a PAL and be familiar with our Code of Conduct

Rules, RSVP & location: FB: FL:

For one night only, our sexy clubhouse becomes a full-on strip club, with a pole stage, an array of lap dance-ready seating....and a play-friendly Champagne Room. There will be six dancers to entertain you: each a hand-picked burlesque, pole or circus star stepping outside the boundaries of their genre to spend the whole night dancing for you on stage and in your lap. Featuring:

  • Peekaboo Pointe, fastest tassel-twirler from East to West (and our cover girl! Look at the FB event)
  • Jo Boobs, the Grand Dame of burlesque
  • Maine Attraction, the love assassin who puts the "action" in satisfaction
  • Gal Friday, the five-alarm fire of burlesque
  • Cheekie Lane, the wild child of the Id and the Ego
  • Audrey Love, the tantalizing tease

Once the dancers are done at 1am, the stage is yours to shake your booty on. Live out your strip fantasies on our stage as DJ Ceremony provides the beats late into the night.

Rules of the club: the usual Lip Service dress code & code of conduct apply / Countdown rules in Champagne Room. Read the website. Dress up. Tip generously (dancers, wait & bar staff). Get lap dances (they're the best part, and only $10). Respect the dancers. Keep your hands to yourself (or your partner). Nudity is fine on the stage, but no private parts on our furniture.

*How to attend:
1) Email us [scorpio at houseofscorpio] with your and your PAL's FB, Fetlife or other online profile to get approved / get link for advance tickets. 2) Fill out the form on our site for an auto-reply with the loft address (also revealed with ticket purchase). 3) If you're approved, you may also buy tickets at the door, though we can't guarantee availability. We'll update the FB event page with latest ticket info.

**Reserved seats ($50) include: 9pm admission + a seat at a 4-person table with a view of both stages + wait service + access to reserved lap dance seat

PARTY: 10/7

Gemini and Scorpio

cordially invite you to

The Grand Victorian Banquet and Ball

Saturday, Oct 7, Banquet: 7-9pm; Ball 9pm-1am Admission: $95 for both; $45 ball only
at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St

Info: Tix: FB: Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #gsvictorianball

Join us as we travel back in time to the turn of the century, 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).

We will begin the night with an informal reception, where banquet guests can enjoy delightful spiced punch and a guided tour through the garden and beautifully preserved mansion. At 8pm, we open the doors to the secret candlelit ballroom and invite you to a lavish and historically accurate banquet, featuring multiple courses and wine. The meal will be accompanied by a short lecture on Victorian dining and the featured dishes from our chef and historical cooking expert Rebecca Leigh Silverman.

Ball-only guests can arrive at 9pm for their own reception, house and grounds tours. At 10pm, Retro Remix Orchestra kicks off the ball, and we all twirl in candlelight until 2am.

Entertainment and activities:
- Retro Remix Orchestra - classic songs and current pop hits performed in orchestral, hot jazz and swing arrangements - At 8:30 and 9:30pm: Edwardian fashion presentations with historical costumer John W. Richardson of As They Sew in France. Topics: Morning to evening in Edwardian dress / The rise & fall of the bustle - Hand-drawn fashion illustrations of guests by Anastasios Taso Megaris - Victorian parlor and card games played with authentic decks from mid-1800s through early 1900s - DIY amusements from turn-of-century books

Dress code:
1800s through 1919 ballroom, formal or military (for men)--or as close as you can get with modern formal. Men: tuxes or tails. Ladies: corsets and long gowns. Costume inspiration Pinterest board (not ours): - and ours for banquet/ball/tea research:

About our chef:
Culinary historian 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:
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.


You know we're doing a huge Halloween blowout, as always! :P

WEEKEND + WEEK 9/8-9/14

FEST: Coney Island Film Festival
Named one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals" and "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" by MovieMaker Magazine. The festival features an Opening Night Party with live performances and the annual screening of “The Warriors”. Each year the Festival screens a truly eclectic range of films from the U.S. and all over the world and much to the delight of our audience features a number of "made in Coney Island" productions each year. (Fri-Sun, Sideshows By The Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, see site for details, $8-$50)

PERFORMANCE: The Amazing Acro-Cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats
A troupe of REAL performing house cats that jump and pounce their way into the heart of your city. The experience all started with Chief Executive Human (CEH for short) and animal trainer Samantha Martin. She has not only rescued her own pets, but also has found happy homes for over 200 homeless cats and kittens. Using the magic of clicker training (a stress-free positive reinforcement method) Samantha and the cats take their newfound amazing abilities on the road, and tour the nation’s stages in the infamous Acro-cat bus. A portion of the proceeds always benefits their mobile foster and rescue efforts. (Fri-Sun, Brooklyn Music School, 126 St Felix St, BK, see site for details, $25-$40)

FEST: Original LGBT Expo 2017
The largest and longest-running LGBT convention in the world celebrating diversity in business, education, politics, the arts, health, technology, media, travel, and non-profit sectors. The event features over 200 exhibiting companies, many of which are LGBT owned and operated, an engaging seminar series, live entertainment stage, and much more. The 100,000+ square foot show floor also spotlights specific areas dedicated to some of the most popular industries catering to the LGBT community including travel, weddings, small business, non-profit and family planning. (Sat/Sun, Javits Center, 655 W 34th St, see site for details, FREE)

ART: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
The event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world. Attendees come from all over and are a cosmopolitan mix, including art lovers, tourists, faculty and students from the area's many schools and professionals such as interior designers. (Sat/Sun, University Place, E 13th St, from Washington Square Park to NYU's Schwartz Plaza, 12pm-6pm, FREE)

ART: Photoville
This is a modular event built out of 55+ shipping containers, combining indoor and outdoor exhibitions, talks, workshops, a beer garden, and night-time screenings. (Wed/Thu, this week and next, Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, Brooklyn Bridge Park, BK, see site for details, FREE)


THEATER: Tiny Hornets, or, It Didn’t Have To Come To This
A musical folkloric spectacle by The Drunkard's Wife. You are invited to experience the folk ways, mores, and lores of the village of It Didn’t Have To Come To This, a timeless place that will manifest in a secret garden for a few weeks at the end of this summer. You will witness the folk at work and at play, dancing their authentic dances, and singing their traditional songs. You will get a chance to fondle their handicrafts, sample their foodstuffs and cordials, and participate in their celebrations. Guided by an intrepid Ethnographer, you will meet many fascinating village types, including Essie, a young girl who longs for a taste of something more... flesh. (389 Melrose St, BK, 7:30pm, $12)


BIKE: Brooklyn Bike Jumble
A bicycle flea market where you can buy new and used bicycles, bicycle accessories, bicycle collectibles, clothing and other bicycle treasures. Bike prices start around $50 and go up from there. Times up! and Recycle a Bike and other bicycle non-profits will be there to help you test ride bikes before you buy. Rain or shine. (The Old Stone House at Washington Park, 336 3rd St, btwn 4th & 5th Ave, BK, 10am-4pm, FREE)

COMMUNITY: Brooklyn March against Gentrification, Racism & Police Violence
Our neighborhoods are being torn apart by skyrocketing rents and terrorized by police brutality. Low-to-middle income New Yorkers are being priced out or displaced by gentrification while our city is being made over into a playground for the super rich. We say No More! Mobilize with The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network - BAN for a Brooklyn-wide March against Racism, Gentrification and Police Violence. March from Barclays Center in Gowanus to Starr Bar in Bushwick with rallies in-between.(Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave, BK, 11am-6pm, FREE)

FOOD: Pig Island 2017 It's the 8th annual, all-inclusive porktacular food fest. Expect star chefs and whole-hog goodness. They are upping the cider component this year with 10+ cider makers sampling their best of fall ciders. Featuring 25+ chefs creating the freshest and funkiest dishes from locally sourced hogs. (Erie Basin Park, BK, 11:30am-4pm, $75/free for kids under 12)

MUSIC: The 8th Annual Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival This is the second round of the jazz festival, following the July event. It will be fun for the whole family. The festival is produced by Eric Frazier, whose musical expertise spans the world of jazz, swing, bebop, salsa, r&b, and more. Come hear a variety of jazz musicians including five different vocalists. (Fort Greene Park, 85 S Oxford St, BK, 3pm-7pm, FREE)

ART/PERFORMANCE: Garbagia Universe Fashion & Performance Show Acting on the continued need to build public historical awareness of cultural immigrant history, and consistent with Loisaida’s commitment to urban place keeping this year’s Garabagia Project concept is to unify everyone under one universal understanding. Based on Joaquin Torres Garcia Universal Constructivism we want to redefine and expand the American Culture beyond the historical, political and social aspects into the universal and cosmic. Our intention is to erase the differences between humans created by borders to enhance a unifying identity that relies on the principle of the Origin of the Universe and how we all in essence come from the same place. Loisada presents a forward-looking merger of eco-urbanism and art-based community making anchored on Loisaida’s history of place-keeping efforts and the re-generative spirit initiated by the community garden movement. (La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, E 9th St & Ave C, 6pm-9pm, FREE)

ART: Opening of Cult of Meow: cat art show! An art show celebrating all things cat. New work by ​​Domonique Alesi, Carrie Ann Baade, Cory Benhatzel, Yoko d'Holbachie, Jel Ena, Siames Escalante, Kaila Gee, Caitlin Hackett, Rhodora Jacob, JoKa, Alexis Kandra, Sue Kasdon, Leegan, Caitlin McCormack, Caitlin McDonagh, Michele Melcher, Johannah O'Donnell, Lou Pimentel, Lilly Piri, Rebecca Rose, Heather Franzen Rutten, Star Manda, and Halsey Swain. (Gristle Tattoo+Art Gallery, 26 Bushwick Ave, 7pm-9pm, FREE)

BURLESQUE: Wasabassco: House of Deveraux's Tribute To Led Zeppelin Wasabassco pays tribute to one of the most prolific rock bands of all time with an immersive multi-media burlesque experience: Take the Led Off! Curated by Sydni Deveraux and featuring 10 acts and a gogo dancing intermission to some of the best and most influential Led Zeppelin songs of all time. Starring: Sydni Deveraux, Amanda Whip, Peekaboo Pointe, Nina LaVoix, Penny Wren, Ivory Fox, Boo Bess, Jenny C'est Quoi, Hazel Honeysuckle, Medianoche, Mr. Gorgeous, Genie Adagio. The entire experience is hosted by DJ Nasty Canasta. With intermission go-go by Puss N Boots. (Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, 7pm doors/8pm show, $20-$40, 18+)

PARTY: Rubulad: Tropical Hot Dog Nights With live music by: Funkrust Brass BandSPANGLISH FLY, Poof the Band! With your DJ's: Joro Boro, DJ Stylus, Sir Olivier, Esq. Plus: Puppets by Midnight Radio Show, Projections by The Sperm Whale NYC, G.Scopitronic's Non-Stop Film Fest, and more. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for address. (address with RSVP, BK, 8:30pm-3:30am, $20/$10 before 10pm and after performances)

PERFORMANCE: Kim Boekbinder Album Release Show w/ Ghost Cop Kim Boekbinder is a noise witch, casting neon spells over shadowed rooms with her hypnotic synth incantations and pulsating basslines. Following up the success of 2013’s electro alt-pop space epic The Sky is Calling, Kim will release NOISEWITCH. The new album is danceable witch-pop, each song is a spell cast on the audience. Kim has spent the last few years compelling audiences the world over with hypnotic video installations that complement her music, using looping, throbbing, layered soundscapes to craft a live show that was described by the peerless Peaches as “intense!” (Mercury Lounge, 217 E Houston St, 10:15pm, $12 adv/$15 door, 21+)


LBGTQ: 7th Annual Bed-Stuy Pride Come celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, transgender and gender-non-conforming people of color living in the Bed-Stuy and Central Brooklyn community. The day will feature local artists, performances, workshops, music, vendors, family friendly wellness & fitness activities and more. (Herbert Von King Park, 670 lafayette, BK, 1pm-6pm, FREE)

MUSIC: Washington Square Park Folk Festival
The festival features an old time string band, blues, traditional Mexican, and a square dance. Performances by: The Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen, Zeke Schein, Seyyah, Bill & the Belles. (Washington Square Park, 26 Washington Sq N, 1pm-6pm, FREE)

EVENT: Women's Work: A Festival Of Art & Wellness Part gallery show, part concert, and part retreat, with work reinventing, or inspired by traditional “women’s work." Featuring art by Rae Clarke Hendel, Gail Rothschild, Christa Pratt, & Helena La Rota Lopez. Mini Healing Sessions with: astrology, tarot & flower essences, palm reading, henna tattoos, and more. Performances by D.O.E.'s: Ellen Winter, Lacy Rose, Lily Desmond, Melanie Rose Thomas, Tsebiyah Mishael & more to be announced. 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. (Minka Brooklyn, 1120 Washington Ave, 3rd fl, BK, 5pm-9:30pm, FREE with RSVP/$10-$15 mini-sessions)


FILM/WORD: "Art of the Prank" Documentary Screening and Q&A A screening of the documentary Art of the Prank (2017), followed by a Q&A with the film's subject, the godfather of the media hoax, Joey Skaggs. Preceded by the short film Hello Norman (2014). Art of the Prank is an emotional and humorous journey following the evolution of Joey Skaggs, Godfather of the media hoax, as he tries to pull off the most challenging prank of his career. This is interwoven with amazing archive footage of his earlier escapades-all reported as fact by prestigious journalists. The resulting twists and turns provide unprecedented insight into Joey's work as an artist, activist and social satirist. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. (SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St, 7pm-9pm, FREE)

PARTY/PARTICIPATORY: Party Monster 2 Shoot with James St James The one-and-only James St James comes to NYC to join Keoki and the rest of us as World of Wonder shoots their upcoming feature film, Party Monster 2. In celebration of the Party Monster 2 event, Birdy Black, Conor Eit and Michael Bianchino beseech you to take a plunge into their interactive art installation, Adult Swim. Plunge into their Cosmic Aquarium, featuring the full UV spectrum and providing an eerily fabulous bioluminescence for those who know what colors to wear. Watch the new kids shine in a whole new light--a glowing, purple-hued black light--as they try and show their elders--that would be Alig, Keoki, James, Whillyem and a handful of other OGCKs how it's done. (Outrage party NYC, 249 Eldridge St, 10pm-4am, $TBD)


COMMUNITY: Repeal the Cabaret Law Now: City Hall Hearing
Social dancing is illegal in NYC. NYC's Cabaret Law is a tool of discrimination enforced today against NYC's most vulnerable. Overflow New York City Council Chambers to #LetNYCDance. This hearing is the critical history-changing event. Your body in the room, your voice makes the difference. Extra Credit: Tell your story during the hearing. Five City Council Members will decide the fate of dancing and community spaces in New York City. Your presence in the room tips the vote. (New York City Hall, City Hall Park, 12pm-4pm, FREE)

MUSIC: Live at the Archway: The Hot Sardines Live at the Archway is free performances, pop up gallery, and interactive live art in a magical, only-in-DUMBO setting. Enjoy music by The Hot Sardines, swing class with Paolo Pasta Lanna, and “Artist Interactive at the Space Station” Pop up gallery and live art experience with Natchie. Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, the Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world. Music first made famous decades ago comes alive through the group’s brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports listeners to a different era. (Dumbo Archway, Water St btwn Anchorage Pl & Adams St, BK, 6pm-9pm, FREE)

PUPPETS: The Brothers Campur - An evening of Indonesian Shadow Puppet Theater Wayang Kulit is a form of traditional shadow-puppetry from Bali and other parts of Indonesia that brings together elements from the islands rich cultural traditions: Hindu storytelling, complex music, ritual performance, leather carving, intricate movement, and slap-stick comedy. Witness heroes rescues loved ones, clowns fight demons, and Gods crack jokes about Twitter and Instagram - all from the shadows. (The Tank, 312 West 36th St, 7pm, $15)

BURLESQUE: A Doctor Who burlesque tribute from Hotsy Totsy Burlesque It's Cherry Pitz' birthday, and we all know what happens... the Tardis brings The Doctor to celebrate with Cherry. Can The Doctor avoid yet another serving of Cherry's favorite anchovy frosted birthday cake? Hosted by Cherry Pitz and Handsome Brad with performances by Brief Sweat, Candy Apples, Cubby Hall, Matt Knife, and Miranda Raven. With Logan Laveau warming up the crowd. (The Slipper Room NYC, 167 Orchard St, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15, 21+)

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PUPPETS: St. Ann's Warehouse Seeking Artists for 2018 Puppet Lab - Deadline 9/15 The St. Ann's Warehouse Puppet Lab is a developmental laboratory for artists working within the medium of puppetry. Prior puppetry experience is not a requirement but proposals that seek to explore and push the boundaries of puppet theater are what the Lab is about. Collaborations between artists working in different fields are encouraged. The Lab culminates in Labapolooza!, a public presentation of the selected artists' works-in-progress, at St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn.


THEATER: Master and Margarita This summer, acclaimed Russian director Aleksey Burago and The Russian Arts Theater and Studio proudly presents Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, adapted for the stage by Jean-Claude Van Itallie. Written in secrecy during the darkest period of Stalin's reign, this cult masterpiece is part love story, part phantasmagoria, and part biting satire. On a hot spring day, the Devil pays a visit to Moscow. His retinue includes a naked witch, a fanged assassin, a vodka swigging black cat, and a slew of other dazzling characters who soon wreak havoc among the cultural elite. But the Devil's mission quickly becomes entangled with the fate of the Master - a tortured writer who has turned his back on his former life and taken refuge inside a lunatic asylum - and his lover, Margarita, who decides to sell her soul to save him. (thru 9/9, Church of St Paul and St Andrew, 263 W 86th St, see site for details, $25)

FEST: The 8th Annual Dream Up Festival
Musical, comedy, drama, experimental, international, and more. With this festival, Theater for the New City (TNC), which customarily presents new work by local artists, opens itself up to theater from the country at large and to artists from overseas. TNC will present a lineup of wide-ranging and original theatrical visions embracing drama, poetry, music, and dance. (thru 9/17, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, see site for details, $12-$20)

THEATER: YOKAI - Remedy for Despair In a desolate space stands a group of curious looking people. With miniature trees and paper seagulls in their pockets they begin to recreate the world as they see it. A premeditated car accident, a ravenous cod and a dreadful christmas eve are part of the chaos created by the yōkai. Combining dance, magic, poetry and sheer stupidity, international ensemble the Krumple tells a contemporary tale of our attempts to find hope in moments of despair. (thru 9/24, The Tank, 312 W 36th St, see site for details, $15-$35)

PUPPETS: Flatrion Hex
A solo puppet performance that tells the story of Wylie Walker, a contract shaman who works for NYORG, a city in the middle of a swamp. Wylie uses his unusual talents to solve problems and do routine maintenance on the city's interweb biotechnology. Due to the haunted land and sentient mainframes, Wylie faces many occult adversaries. Storms constantly threaten to destroy NYORG, but a secret feature of the Flatiron building keeps the storms at bay, that is as long as the cloud-code is cracked and the correct? ritual procedure is followed. (thru 9/30, Tue-Sat 7pm/Fri 10:30pm, HERE, 145 Sixth Ave, $20)

PUPPETS: The Joshua Show: Episode 2
Life got you down? There's a solution. Joshua Holden brings you a brand new show made especially for anyone that feels disheartened by all the ugliness that's in the world. Featuring Mr. Nicholas the sock and a cast of hand crafted puppet. Turn your frown upside down, awaken your nostalgia, and get ready to spread some joy. Joshua will tap dance his way across the stage and into your heart in this new show where even if you show up a sulky sourpuss, you're sure to leave an Ambassador of Joy. (thru 9/30, Sat/Sun, HERE 145 Sixth Ave, 2pm, $20)

ART: Cult of Meow: cat art show! An art show celebrating all things cat. New work by ​​Domonique Alesi, Carrie Ann Baade, Cory Benhatzel, Yoko d'Holbachie, Jel Ena, Siames Escalante, Kaila Gee, Caitlin Hackett, Rhodora Jacob, JoKa, Alexis Kandra, Sue Kasdon, Leegan, Caitlin McCormack, Caitlin McDonagh, Michele Melcher, Johannah O'Donnell, Lou Pimentel, Lilly Piri, Rebecca Rose, Heather Franzen Rutten, Star Manda, and Halsey Swain. (thru 10/21, Gristle Tattoo+Art Gallery, 26 Bushwick Ave, see site for details, FREE)


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