Date: September 15th 2017

Hello lovelies,

So excited to make event announcements in this email! Our October has some great fun coming up, and that's before we even announce our Halloween (Sat 10/28, natch).

  • Sat, Oct 7: our elaborate happens-just-once-a-year Grand Victorian Banquet and Ball is coming up in three short weeks. We're starting to work on menus, so now would be a good time to reserve those Banquet seats (very limited availability). Both ticket levels include drinks for the entire night, but only the Banquet has period food included.
  • Sat, Oct 14: once upon a time there was a tiki casino oasis in Vegas...we're bringing it back for one night only, along with an illicit happening on the banks of Gowanus that you'll only learn about if you come to the party. Shh.
  • Sun, Oct 15: Goldmine shopping party, Halloween edition. Now booking vendors with macabre arts & crafts or stellar costumes. No fees, and not limited to those who sell professionally.

Ticket giveaway! We have two passes to next week's 15th Annual New York Burlesque Festival. How to enter: forward this email to at least five friends you think would enjoy the listings & events here. We'll pick a winner on Wednesday next week. Good luck!


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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 - all drinks included 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 (sponsored by Boukman Rhum) 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 and hot jazz arrangements, plus waltzes, quadrilles, and other period music - 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--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.

PARTY: 10/14

Gemini & Scorpio

invite you to

Castaways Casino Club

Saturday, Oct 14, 9pm-late, $10-20 sliding scale donation Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP:

FB: Lost Bridge Exchange: Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio

Calling all faux millionaires to litter their gold coin at our illicit gambling establishment far offshore on the banks of Gowanus: the only public invite to our new secret membership group and official afterparty for Lost Bridge Exchange Night Market.

A secret casino lounge with groovy soundtrack by Telecommand playing sophisticated grooves for the suited and booted. DJ Dirty Fingers keeps your booty bouncing late into the night. Tiki specials and $4 Rockaway Brewing beer at the bar.

For participants who desire an odd mission and a bit of added revelry, maps will be provided to send you on an artistic neighborhood scavenger hunt brought to you by Lost Bridge Exchange. All odd missions end with a return to the Loft for continuation of festivities.

The casino club will feature blackjack, roulette and the star attraction of the night: Texas hold'em tournament, played at 10pm, 11pm, and 12am for a $50 value prize. For non-tourney games, a member credit system will let you use your winnings for future party entry, drinks, etc.

Dress code: Come as your truest self. Funky party-wear, faux fancy, vintage lounge, cocktail, or other non-sloppy attire requested. No elaborate costumes or evening wear required, but we'll love you more if you put in more effort.

POP-UP SHOP: 10/15

Gemini & Scorpio

invite you to

Goldmine - festival-wear shopping party

Sunday, Oct 15, 1-6pm, FREE
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: FB: Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #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.

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.

/// NYC EVENTS: 9/15-9/21 ///


FEST: Jump in to VR Fest
The event will bring together the best of the VR/XR ecosystem. Keynote speakers, featured performers, workshops, VIP events, product launches and VR/XR demos will highlight the inaugural three-day festival. (Fri-Sun, 180 Orchard St, 9:30am-10pm, $25-$135)

FEST: Brooklyn Book Festival
One of America’s premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City. Presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, this fest includes Bookend Events throughout New York City, a lively Children’s Day and a celebratory Festival Day with more than 300 authors and 200 booksellers in a vibrant Literary Marketplace. This hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages. (Fri-Mon, multiple locations, BK, see site for details)

FEST: Worlds Fair Nano Come enjoy a weekend of mind-blowing technology, futurist talks, interactive art, spontaneous performances, music, food, and more. Get hands-on with the future in the The Technology Playground. Experience virtual reality in the VR Theater. Fly drones in the 2,000 sq. ft. Drone Zone. Race electric skateboards in the Rideables Racetrack. Learn from industry leaders (and sentient robots) talking about the future of just about everything at The Futurist Talks. Experience art in augmented reality. Aqueous: explore an interactive landscape of meandering pathways of light. Sound Sculpture: A room-scale installation piece where you conduct your own symphony. Food trucks. Future food. Live music. Beer garden. Listen to DJ’s create music in virtual reality with Spectrum – the first VR gesture electronic music duo. (Sat/Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St, BK, 10am-6pm, $55-$350)

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. (Fri-Sun/Thu, this week and next, Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, Brooklyn Bridge Park, BK, see site for details, FREE)


COMMUNITY: Marshal Training for Protests Marshaling is a form of resistance. Marshals help build community by supporting direct action protests. As marshals, we know the scenario for an action because we've been involved in the action's planning, and we work together to support protesters do what they need to do while keeping the action as safe as possible. We don't ask for permission to demonstrate, we don't ask for the NYPD to "help" us demonstrate. We protect our First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of assembly by using these rights. If you're an experienced demonstrator or new to protesting, we encourage you to come and get trained. Marshaling is a great skill to have and a most excellent way to participate in actions. (The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 208 W 13th St, Rm 310, 6pm-8pm, FREE)

ART/FILM: Wasteland 2 - Immersive Art Installation and Film Screning A detritus-strewn, site-specific, immersive film installation transforming spaces into a three-dimensional post-apocalyptic graffiti wonderland. Questions of fate and self will collide with graffiti folk lore through wordplay, sculpture, artifacts, and characters – all centered around thematics from the existential fantasy film of the same name. Created by Andrew H. Shirley, and his actors and members of the notorious Brooklyn-based 907 graffiti crew – this environment allows the viewer to enter the psychology of the narrative, to identify and ultimately re-define the way one traditionally engages with film and artwork. Performances by DJ Dirtyfinger, Karma Kids, Ninjasonik, Unstoppable Death Machines, and more. (Knock Down Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, QNS, 7pm-12am, $5, 21+)

PARTY/PERFORMANCE: Bête Noire ** XXX Embrace the uncomfortable and let the dark out. The Black Beast is in the mirror; it's in me and in you. It is that carnal aspect of the shadow self, the thing you wish you didn't see. All too often we hide our darkness, avoiding spaces of the mind that bring us discomfort...Not on this night. Dripping with arts through drag, performance, burlesque, painting, tarot, and more, the event draws inspiration from the eerie. Come as your shadow self, your inner beast, your beautiful darkness. Costumes are not required, but they are highly encouraged. DJs Katie Rex & Dischetto. Performances by: Lee Valone, Vic Sin, Chris Of Hur, Maxxx Pleasure, Elle Mcqueen, Erica Rosell, and more. (Lot 45, BK, 411 Troutman St, 9pm-4am, $10 adv/$15 door)

BURLESQUE: 2017 Miss Coney Island Pageant Video Simulcast Join The Great Fredini and host Babmi the Mermaid as you the audience decide who will be our next queen for 2018. This year's superstar contestants: Miss Poison Ivory, Edie Nightcrawler, Gigi Bon Bon, Vada James, Stockholm Filly, The Incredible Edible AKYNOS, Shelly Watson, Crimson Kitty, Jillaine Gill, and Shanana Splits. Live music by KENBALL and The Neptones and expert kittening by Gemini Blitz. Theater Seats are sold out but you can enjoy the performance via simulcast in the bar. (Freak Bar, Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $10)


BURLESQUE: Trump Dump! A Burlesque Protest! !BadAss! Burlesque producer Velocity Chyaldd stirs the pot - bringing it to a boil in this biannual event celebrating equality & freedom for all. Michael Formika Jones and Contessa Mocha host a night of passionate politically provocative performance art brought to you by a bevy of bodacious Burlesque: Faux Pas & Aurora North, Darlinda just Darlinda, The Maine Attraction, Velocity Chyaldd, Stormy Leather, Julie Atlas Muz, Deity Delgado, Ammo O'Day, Apathy Angel, Wae Messed, Fem Appeal, Beelzebabe, Cher Noble, Seedy Edie, and Boo Bess. Stage Cat: Faceboy & Kitten: Wae Messed deliver "Bad Ombre - Nasty Woman" mojo. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15)


FEST: Flatbush Frolic Arts & Crafts Fair The Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC) is holding its 42nd annual street fair. This year’s Frolic will feature food, dance, live music, a pizza eating contest, craft fair, children’s area, main stage, a not-for-profit area, local businesses and more. (1415 Cortelyou Rd btwn Ocean Ave & Coney Island Ave, BK, 11am-6pm, FREE)

COMMUNITY: Block Party for the Earth
Enjoy food, entertainment, and information on local organizations focused on serving our community at the environment. Learn and share in ideas, practices, and goals centered around how we can all achieve a healthier, greener, more eco-sustainable existence together. Big Reuse (formely Build It Green) is NYC's quintessential location for salvage building materials and then some. Paint, housewares, furniture, accessories, books, media and much more. Bike repair, childrens swap, bike donation; ecofriendly earth-n-crafts; compost demos; DIY mini-pop-ups; Giveaways and more. (Big Reuse, 3-17 26th Ave, QNS, 12pm-4pm, FREE)

PARTY: Advantages of Age NYC Launch Event For the Flamboyant Advantages of Age, the online magazine and FB group that is challenging the media narrative around getting older is coming to NYC. Enjoy an afternoon of fine performances, delicious food and, of course, stimulating conversation. Their motto is – Flamboyant Forever – and they encourage you to come dressed in whatever makes you feel flamboyant – whether that be a hat or in your most extravagant, eccentric finery. Let your outer (and inner) flamboyance shine. Please bring a bottle. (Prospect Park address with tix purchase, BK, 1pm-3pm, $15)

COMMUNITY: DIY Block Party See artist Katie Merz epic hand drawn mural on the front of Four & Twenty Blackbirds’ pie making kitchen. Check out the kitchen stoop sale including used equipment and random nice things you might need or want. Enjoy some of the handmade pie by the slice and grab a pint of Gowanus-made Three's Brewing beer. Make your own chalk drawing with Katie. The resident Bee Keeper Billie will be harvesting and processing honey from the bees they keep. Come with your questions about beekeeping and try your skills at harvesting straight from the comb. Stop in and dance to DJ DONWILL spinning records and at eat delicious tacos and drink aqua frescas from Taqueria El Atoradero at Littlefield. (Sackett Street, btwn 3rd & 4th Ave, BK, 2pm-6pm, FREE)

DANCE: Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de NY's Festival del Huapango Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York’s will present the debut of their Festival del Huapango. The Huapango is one of the most beautiful expressions of Mexico, 100% mestizo culture with qualities worthy of the world’s most elaborated traditional music. The Huapango Festival is Mexico’s second most important music, song, and dance event after the Guelaguetza. (Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, QNS, 3pm-7pm, FREE)


WORD: The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History (NYC Book Launch) Join Caseen Gaines and Cheryl Henson for a discussion and Q&A, followed by a signing of The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History. The book is the definitive collection of rare artwork, interviews, and on-set photos from the beloved Jim Henson fantasy classic. (Barnes & Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren St, 6pm, FREE)

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BURLESQUE: The 15th Annual New York Burlesque Festival - 9/21-24 Celebrating over a Decade, of Glitter and Glamour in Gotham with over 100 performers from around the Globe! The Annual New York Burlesque Festival is the largest and most acclaimed festival of its kind in the world, and has attracted sold-out crowds since it’s premiere in 2003. Featured performers include: Murray Hill (NYC), Cherry & Carmilla (Italy), The House of Noire (NYC), Mara De Nudee (France), , Miss Exotic World Winners Dirty Martini (NYC), Angie Pontani (NYC), Medianoche (NYC) and Julie Atlas Muz (NYC), plus The Peekaboo Revue (Philly) Miss Tiki Oasis Sassy Stiletto (CA), Jacques Patriaque (Austria), Sweetpea (MN), Scotty The Blue Bunny (Berlin), Mr. Gorgeous (NYC), Kitten & Lou (Seattle), Bella Blue (NOLA), Silly Thanh (Switzerland), Izohhnny (Portland), Burlesque Legend Gabreilla Maze (South Carolina), and so many more! See site for complete line up and venue info. (Thu-Sun, multiple locations, see site for details, $15-$75)

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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.


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)

THEATER: Show Up Under St. Marks
tix: Direct from a sold out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Peter Michael Marino's 5-star, critically acclaimed "Show Up" returns to Under St. Marks where it all began. This one-man, interactive, improvised comedy is all about the good, bad & ugly experiences of the audience - who also lend a hand in the set, sound, and lights...and there's a party! (thru 9/30, Thu-Sat, Under St. Mark's Theatre, 94 St Marks Pl, 7pm, $20)

ART: 10th Annual Governors Island Art Fair Over 100 exhibiting international artists working in every medium, and then some will be displayed. Wander freely through the stately old homes and see how each artist works with the challenges and opportunities presented by crumbling plaster walls, gracious hearths, and bucolic views. (thru 10/1, Sat/Sun, Colonels Row, Governors Island, 11am-6pm, FREE)

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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