Date: October 6th 2017


Hello lovelies,

Here we go...entering the over-the-top stretch of events that takes us right into Halloween!

- Tomorrow: Grand Victorian Banquet and Ball. We're on the last couple of tickets for the Banquet, but Ball tickets will be available till last minute and at the door. You can still get a discount on them with code FLASHSALE.

- Sat, Oct 14: Castaways Casino Club. Gaming! Tiki drinks! Swingin' lounge music! Plus an illicit art adventure.

- Gowanus Open Studios, Sat 10/21: Open House, Resident Artist Showcase and the official GOS Afterparty. Come visit! All FREE.

- Gowanus Open Studios, Sun 10/22: Goldmine shopping party, Halloween edition. Get in touch if you want to vend!

- Finally...Halloween! OMG, we can't wait. We are bringing back the epic immersive wonderland we built last year: Stranger Things 2: Return to the Upside Down. Tickets are on sale NOW, and we have some early-bird $20 tix available, if you move quickly.

Details on ALL the events are below, and below that are your usual weekly listings.

Cheers,

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

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PARTY: 10/7
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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 Banquet & Ball, food + drinks included
- $35 for Ball only, drinks included
at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St

Info: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Tix: http://gsvictorianball.brownpapertickets.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1653454431351363
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) or champagne 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 champagne. 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. Thre will also be a short performance of Victorian music by baroque singer Lacy Rose.

Ball-only guests can arrive at 9pm for their own reception (champagne or spiced punch included), 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
- At 10pm, when the Ball starts, learn to sway and glide to the music of the evening with a short waltz lesson from John Krieger-Joven and Julia O'Connell
- 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): http://bit.ly/1WvlVyB - and ours for banquet/ball/tea research: http://bit.ly/29n5fZm

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.


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PARTY: 10/14
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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: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/482429285488967
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 Dirtyfinger 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. To-go beverage cups can accompany you on your journey, and we'll even have colorful Tiki tumblers you can keep for $10.

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, 1960s Polynesian kitsch, faux fancy, vintage lounge, sparkly 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.

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GOWANUS OPEN STUDIOS: 10/21-22
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SATURDAY:

G&S Open House, Resident Artist Showcase & Gowanus Open Studios Afterparty

Sat, Oct 21, 1-6pm open house / 6-10pm afterparty, FREE
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/788460784667392
Gowanus Open Studios: https://www.artsgowanus.org/gos-2017
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #GOS2017

We're delighted to open our doors for Gowanus Open Studios weekend and present some of the artists who've been calling the Gemini and Scorpio Loft home. Once the daytime presentations are done, we host the official afterparty for GOS 6-10pm. If you've ever wanted to host a performance, production or party here, this is a great day to visit: we'll be on hand all day to answer questions and show you around the space.

- 1:30pm-3pm: FREE Drop-In Improv Classes with Letter of Marque Theater Co (no performance experience required) - http://www.lomtheater.org
- 3-6pm: FREE 30-min beginner swing lessons with Brooklyn Swings - http://www.brooklynswings.com

SUNDAY:

Goldmine shopping party - Halloween edition

Sun, Oct 22, 1-6pm, FREE
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Gowanus Open Studios: https://www.artsgowanus.org/gos-2017
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #GOS2017 #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 - http://bit.ly/GS_FBsale
Asc Alchemical- Alchemically inspired perfumes, soaps, and crystals - https://www.etsy.com/shop/ascalchemical
Binnorie - Nail polish of all sorts of colors and sparkly textures
Coming Up Violets - Wildly eclectic tchotchkes, jewelry, and artwork
Deflated Mouse - Jewelry & crafts that embrace the cute side of spooky and the spooky side of cute - https://www.etsy.com/shop/DeflatedMouse
Tokens & Treasures - A treasure hunter's dream
Zoa Chimerum Jewelry- Biomorphic handmade jewelry of cut rubber layered over forged aluminum - http://www.zoachimerum.com/

Want to vend? here's what you need to know:
- Message us with a link to your stuff or a note about it, if you're not a pro seller.
- There are no fees, 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, so 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.


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HALLOWEEN: 10/28
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Gemini & Scorpio
cordially invite you to

Stranger Things Halloween: Return to the Upside Down
(9th Annual Masquerade Macabre)

Saturday, 10/28, 9pm-5am, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested)
$20-35 adv* / $40 door if available / $15 after 1am

Official site: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Tix: http://masqmacabre.brownpapertickets.com
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #MasqMacabre

Hawkins, Indiana. 1983. A little boy is missing. Help us find Will: is he in the forest? Hiding in his secret cabin? Is that him calling? What is making those lights blink?

Last year's epic immersive experience was so magical, we just had to do it once more...especially since the new season drops on Halloween. Join us as we transform a brand new Bushwick warehouse into an immersive environment directly inspired by Netflix' horror hit "Stranger Things." More TK.


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WEEKEND + WEEK
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WORD: Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics
http://www.horizonsnyc.org
An annual forum that examines the role of psychedelic drugs in science, healing, culture and spirituality. In recent years, a growing community of scientists, doctors, artists, activists, seekers and scholars have orchestrated a renaissance in psychedelic thought and practice. Horizons brings together the brightest minds and the boldest voices of this movement to share their research, insights, and dreams for the future. (Fri-Sun, Cooper Union Great Hall, 7 East 7th St, $25-$155)

FEST: Live at the Archway: Oktoberfest
https://www.facebook.com/events/325163397931952
Think Oompah bands. "Pick-your-own-apples" photo experience. Arts & crafts. Festive themed eats. Bavarian beer in limited edition steins. And one cölöringundphräsescöntestfuräll (yes, there are prizes.) On Friday enjoy The Polka Brothers, a four man band of hipster polka lovers perform a unique mix of classic polka favorites, covers of pop and rock songs with a polka spin, as well as original tune. Saturday features Arts & Crafts for kids + kidults plus Street Beat Brass Band - a New Orleans inspired brass band, playing traditional German, Polka, and Oompah hits. Enjoy a high energy Oktoberfest performance complete with costumes, tubas, accordions, and more by Oktoberfest with Melina and the Oompahs. Plus, a festive menu of pretzels, brats, veggie brats and sauerkraut. (Fri/Sat, Archway Under The Manhattan Bridge, 50 Adams St, BK, see site for details, FREE)

FEST: 11th Annual HONK NYC!
https://honknyc.com
HONK NYC is an annual extravaganza of street bands and spectacle. Fun, revelry, audience participation and inclusion are the hallmarks of HONK NYC events. The festival brings together musicians and performers from around the globe who share a passion and dedication for playing and preserving the grassroots tradition of brass and percussion music. The Kickoff Party features The Nevermind Orchestra, The L Train Brass Band, New Creations Brass Band (City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave, BK) The festival includes international artists and New York favorites including: Hungry March Band, The L Train Brass Band, Sxip Shirey, Funkrust Brass Band, Raya Brass Band, Batala New York, Kenny Wollesen – Wollesonic Labs – Sonic Massage, and more. (Tue-Thu, this week and next, multiple locations, see site for details, FREE-$15)

VARIETY: The Sharon Needles Halloween Special 2017
http://www.spincyclenyc.com/index.php/drag/258-halloween
tix: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10183916
Don't miss this Edgar Allan Potpurri of diabolical horror, ghoulish music and creepy comedy by the one and only "Queen of Halloween" Sharon Needles. Beware! As evil spirits begin to gather and prepare for All Hallows' Eve, sickeningly spooky Sharon Needles is leading the pack. This is a brand new, hour-long walk on the macabre side. Something wigged this way comes, so be afraid, be very afraid. (Wed/Thu, this week and next, Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, $23 + $20 food/drink min)

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FRIDAY
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ART: Self Storage NYC Opening Celebration
https://www.self-storagenyc.org
Opening event includes tour of storage units every half hour 5 - 7pm leaving from Flux, followed by an after party and reception at Flux Factory Roof. Self Storage NYC (#selfstoragenyc) is a site-specific exhibition-event taking place in select self storage facilities in Long Island City and Flux Factory’s gallery. The project is a major Flux Factory show occurring throughout October, organized by a team of international curators. The art show legally occupies self storage units to highlight displacement. Visitors will experience Self Storage NYC independently through a downloadable map with instructions to locate and access each storage unit. Visitors can also access an audio description of each presentation when they are in a unit. Passcodes and map with addresses and further logistics will be available as auto-generated reply by emailing: selfstorageshownyc@gmail.com (Flux Factory, 39-31 29t St, LIC, 5pm-9:30pm, FREE)

WORD: Plan 9 From Outer Space Live Reading
http://www.littlefieldnyc.com/event/1556161
With Scott Adsit, Dana Gould, Janet Varney, Gilbert Gottfried, John Hodgman, Adam Savage, Jean Grae, Michael Ian Black, Ennis Esmer, Mark Gagliardi, Ron Lynch, & more. (Little filed, 635 Sackett St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $20, 21+)

SHOP: Goblin Market NYC Opening Night
https://www.instagram.com/goblinmarketnyc
Join us in a celebration of Halloween, natural history, gothic sensibility and everything macabre. (170 Franklin St, BK, 7pm-10pm, FREE)

BURLESQUE: Twist the Dead
http://www.coneyisland.com/event/batb10617
Starring: Betsy Propane, Lee Valone, Nyx Nocturne, Poison Eve, Ginger Twist & Tiny D, Gogo by Babes Rage. DJ Oscar Oscar will spin rock and roll records in the Freak Bar. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 9pm, $15)

PARTY: 3rd Annual CEG Cosplay Cruise
https://www.facebook.com/events/642524382609678
Featuring Kristen Hughey , Soni Aralynn, Brit Bliss, Ming Chen. 3 Hour Cruise Around Manhattan with DJ and Full Bar. Prize for best costume and Door Prizes. (Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Pier 83 W 42nd St & 12th Ave, 8pm board/9pm departure, $30, 18+)

FILM: Hausu
http://videologybarandcinema.com/event/midnights-hausu-2/2017-10-06
Seven girls on their summer trip pay a visit to a possessed house which plans to eat them in extremely bizarre and surreal ways. How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. Never before available on home video in the United States, it’s one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years. Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi. 1977. 110 min. (Videology Bar & Cinema, 308 Bedford Ave, BK, 11:59pm, $12)


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SATURDAY
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FILM: Dan Savage's HUMP! Film Fest // Brooklyn
https://humpfilmfest.com
HUMP's mission is to change the way America sees -and makes and shares- porn. This year's collection of 22 short dirty movies, are each less than five minutes, and are all created by people who aren’t porn stars, but want to be one for a weekend. Our carefully curated program is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes-all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. 4 Screening times. Doors open 30 minutes before start times. (Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, BK, 5pm/7pm/9pm/11pm, $25 adv/$30 door, 18+)

FILM: The Fly with a Mystery Cocktail
http://videologybarandcinema.com/event/david-cronenbergs-the-fly-mystery-drink
Come enjoy this screening of David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of "The Fly," with a mystery cocktail presented to you in tandem with a certain scene in the film. (Guess away, but we're not spilling. No pun intended.) When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly's cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle's girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster. Dir. David Cronenberg. 1986. 96 mins ((Videology Bar & Cinema, 308 Bedford Ave, BK, 7:30pm & 9:45pm, $22)

BURLESQUE: Doomday
http://www.coneyisland.com/event/batb101417
Chicago's award winning Burlesque Variety Troupe, The Dolls of Doom, brings you an evening of doomy delight. The Dolls' unique brand of sexy sexiness will taunt, tease, and titillate from the rug to the rafters. With Lola Martinet's engineered burlesque wizardry, Tila von Twirl's bounty of sequins and pain, and Teddy Bare's aerial antics, the Dolls bring an acrobatic ass-whooping (the kind that people pay good money for) to New York's Coney Island, but the fun doesn't end there. New York's dancing darling, Gin Minsky, spins and taps her way into your cold, cold, hearts. The globetrotting bombshell, Dangrrr Doll, makes a stop back home to stun the crowd with her high-caliber nerdlesque. And keeping it unreal, as always, is the amazing magician, Tanya Solomon. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 9pm, $15)


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SUNDAY
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VARIETY: An a-MUSE-ing Maze
https://themusebrooklyn.com/events
A night of Immersive Cabaret and Gratitude. A different kind of show, where our host will guide you through a series of surprise performances throughout the studio space and newly renovated backyard. Featuring The Muse Brooklyn and ABCirque’s exclusive cast, this will be a specially curated night of top-notch entertainment between pop up dance parties, performances, raffles, and vendors selling tasty treats and fall-festive crafts. (The Muse, 350 Moffat St, BK, 7:30pm-10:30pm, $sliding scale)


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TUESDAY
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VARIETY: The Love Show presents Gl’Amour!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-love-show-presents-glamour-tickets-37824218255
An evening of opulence, feathers, rhinestones, romance, champagne, showgirls and showboys. Let us transport you through song, dance, circus, and more to a land where the brash brilliance of Vegas meets hot Havana nights and the Parisian underground in our one-night-only spectacular. Prepare to be swept away by a dozen dazzling dancers and an array of amazing artists in this original, fully-choreographed floorshow in three acts. Featuring: Dance by The Love Show, Song by Corn Mo, Fire performance by Evgeniya Radilova, Aerial performance by Raven, Hosted by David F. Slone, Esq. Plus, special guests. Wear your fancy pants. (House of YES, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 7pm-10pm, $20-$90, 21+)


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WEDNESDAY
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COMMUNITY: Tell NYC's Night Mayor: Save NYC Spaces
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tell-nycs-night-mayor-save-nyc-spaces-tickets-38503111844
The City of New York is getting a Nightlife Mayor. Pack Market Hotel with creative heroes from across the city to tell the Commissioners who decide: #SaveNYCSpaces. This artist-led event is the only chance for public input before the Night Mayor is chosen. Cultures that inspire the world are born and grow here in NYC's diverse grassroots spaces. They should be preserved, not targeted nor forced out of existence by the affordability crisis. Hosted by Anya Sapozhnikova. Speakers include Kurtis Blow, DeeArah Wright & Brian Polite (JACK Performance Space), Nikki Brown (Dance Liberation Network), Rachel Nelson (Secret Project Robot), Ali Rosa-Salas (Abrons Arts Center), Molly Cox (The City Reliquary) and many more. RSVP to reserve space. (Market Hotel, 1140 Myrtle Ave, BK, 6:30pm-9pm, FREE)


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UPCOMING
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PARTY: Mister Halloween Night: In The Shadow of the Moon - 10/28 sat
https://mistersaturdaynight.com/2017/10/mister-halloween-night-in-the-shadow-of-the-moon
tix: https://www.residentadvisor.net/promoter.aspx?id=7767
Don your cloaks, you deerskin hoods and your comfortable shoes, for seers Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter will conjure the future and past with ritualistic rhythms. The dance floor will be shrouded in light to beckon the spirits; and they’ll have potions, ales and mulled wine to keep you warm on the inside and outside. Advance tickets are always a good idea, and wearing a costume is essential. If you need inspiration, think witches, druidic robes, ouija boards, The Wicker Man. RSVP at mistersaturdaynight.com/rsvp. The only way to guarantee admission is with an advance ticket purchase. (Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave, 5pm-11pm, $25 adv/$20 before 7pm w/RSVP)


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ONGOING
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ART: Cult of Meow: cat art show!
https://www.facebook.com/events/267377487094896
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)

ART: Duke Riley: Now Those Days Are Gone
https://www.facebook.com/events/1651807414829697
“Now Those Days are Gone”, will be Duke Riley’s largest solo exhibition to date, and the culmination of the work inspired by Fly By Night. Riley is fascinated by maritime history and events around the waterways of New York City. Riley’s signature style interweaves historical and contemporary events with elements of fiction and myth to create allegorical histories. His re-imagined narratives comment on a range of issues from the cultural impact of over development and gentrification of waterfront communities to contradictions within political ideologies as well as commerce and the role of the artist in society and at war. (thru 10/21, 524 W 26th St, 6pm-8pm, FREE)

PUPPETS: Point Pleasant, The Legend of The Mothman
http://here.org/shows/detail/1948
Based on the actual eyewitness accounts, The Unitards weave a tale of fear, confusion, paranoia and sadness along with dark humor. A sensory experience of music, light, sound and puppetry. A theater experience much like the story itself; strange, disorienting and beautiful. Audiences are thrust into a black and white world, in a time long past, in a town you've never heard of where something extraordinary happened. (thru 10/21, Tue-Sat 7pm/Sat & Sun 2pm, HERE, 145 Sixth Ave, $25)

ART: Boris Vallejo – Spiritus Vitae
http://www.lastritesgallery.com/exhibition/boris-vallejo-spiritus-vitae
Boris Vallejo is widely considered by many to be America’s premier fantasy artist. His 60 years of experience as an illustrator and his reputation in the field of fantasy and science fiction illustration speaks for itself and his illustrations of Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian, Doc Savage and many other fantasy characters are known and loved around the world. In this exhibition, Spiritus Vitae, Vallejo presents his own unique, personal creative vision to the public: one that features and colorful, vibrant scenes of feminine mythology. (thru 10/21, Last Rites Gallery, 325 W 38th St, Frnt 1, see site for details, FREE)

ART: ATM Cigarettes Flowers Lottery / God Bless Deli 2
http://spaceheatergallery.com/atm-cigarettes-flowers-lottery
The exhibit explores the dynamic of the bodega aesthetically and theoretically. Bodegas feed addiction and desire, providing sustenance in the form of Philly Cheesesteaks, honey buns, lottery tickets, pantyhose, condoms, and ramen. Their accessibility and uniformity allows for consistency and shelter and camaraderie- 24 hours a day. Each bodega takes on the unique form and identity of its owners, employees, customers, and surrounding neighborhoods, resulting in a bodega is as rich and culturally diverse as it's visitors. The exhibit takes place simultaneously at two Brooklyn galleries. Curated by Yael Azoulay, Samantha Robinson, and Ali Shrago-Spechler. (thru 10/22, Space Heater Gallery, 1283 Bushwick Ave, Basement/Wayfarers, 1109 Dekalb Ave, BK, see site for details, FREE)

FEST: Puppet Blok
http://dixonplace.org/category/puppet-blok
An annual works-in-progress series of ground-breaking new works of puppetry & other innovative forms of storytelling. Made possible in part with funds from the Jim Henson Foundation. Curated by CB Goodman. (thru 10/25, Dixon Place 101A Chrystie St, see site for details, $15/3 for $33)

ART: Self Storage NYC
https://www.self-storagenyc.org
Self Storage NYC (#selfstoragenyc) is a site-specific exhibition-event taking place in select self storage facilities in Long Island City and Flux Factory’s gallery. The project is a major Flux Factory show occurring throughout October, organized by a team of international curators. The art show legally occupies self storage units to highlight displacement. Visitors will experience Self Storage NYC independently through a downloadable map with instructions to locate and access each storage unit. Visitors can also access an audio description of each presentation when they are in a unit. Passcodes and map with addresses and further logistics will be available as auto-generated reply by emailing: selfstorageshownyc@gmail.com (thru 10/27, Flux Factory, 39-31 29t St, LIC, 7pm-9pm, FREE)

THEATER: Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg
http://here.org/shows/detail/1938
In a land where the whiskey is always flowing, an ambitious young painter is faced with a life-altering choice: Give up on her dreams and embrace a carefree life or lose her father, the powerful Mayor of Williamsburg. Will she leave behind the only family she’s ever known? Or will she discover that in Williamsburg, it’s easier to drink than to think? A new musical about hope, family, whiskey, and reconciling the dreamer within. (thru 10/28, Wed-Sat 8:30pm/Sat & Sun 4pm, HERE, 145 Sixth Ave, $35-$50)

PUPPETS: ALAXSXA | ALASKA
http://lamama.org/alaxsxa
A theatrical collage of multimedia, puppetry, and Central Yup'ik drum and dance, illuminating striking moments of cross-cultural encounter in the epic, changing landscapes of Alaska. The three performers use movement and puppetry to reveal a series of little-known historical narratives of collisions between people and cultures in Alaska. These histories--at times humorous, at times tragic--juxtapose against the actors’ own personal memories as "insider" and "outsider" in the Last Frontier. (thru 10/29, La MaMa, The Downstairs 66 E 4th St, see site for details, $25)

FEST: The 8th annual United Solo Theatre Festival
http://unitedsolo.org/us
The festival will present between two and five shows each night for the next ten weeks, adding up to 120 unique productions coming from six continents. Through a variety of one-person shows, the Festival explores and celebrates the uniqueness of the individual. Audiences see one-person performances from all over the world, experience foreign cultures and traditions, and learn the perspectives of people from various walks of life. Renowned solo performers as well as new talents bring their works in many categories (e.g. storytelling, puppetry, dance, multimedia, documentary, musical, improv, stand-up, poetry, magic, performance art, drama: tragedy or comedy). (thru 11/19, Theatre Row, 410 W 42nd St, see site for details, $35)


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