Date: November 24th 2017

Hello lovelies,

Keeping it super short this week -- it's a light one on events, as you might expect. We're still working on NYE plans, but in the meantime, we have our annual holiday party & pop-up market next weekend. We can't wait!



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PARTY: 12/2

G&S Holiday Cocktail Party

Saturday, December 2, 8pm-12am, FREE / donations appreciated Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
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Come chill in our sexy home, bring your sexy date, and enjoy our ridiculous craft cocktails. Roaring fireplace projections, holiday classics lounge soundtrack (someone will likely lose LDB!), and Miss Scorpio herself getting stupid behind the bar. If you guys are feeling it, we'll turn it up into dance mode later in the night.

We're going to bring back the two specialty cocktails from last year: - That infamous fluffy New Orleans classic, the Ramos Fizz. It's a rarity to find it on bar menus due to how long it takes to make each one. You certainly won't catch us making it at any other event. - Coquito, the classic Puerto Rican eggnog style drink: slushie coconut cinnamon goodness.

We're not charging admission for this event, but we'll have a donation jar out. All money goes towards ongoing loft improvements, so please give what you can to make our secret clubhouse even better.

Please wear something festive or cocktail attire...especially vintage-inspired festive cocktail attire. Costumes always welcome, if you're feeling it.

Thank you for your support this and every year! <3

SHOP: 12/3

Gemini and Scorpio

invite you to

Goldmine shopping party - Holiday edition

Sun, Dec 3, 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 laid back Sunday.

Confirmed vendors:
Miss Scorpio - Vintage, costume and everyday pieces selected for their unique visual appeal - Ali Luminescent's Treasure Chest - Fun chic flow inspired hand-made goods - Asc Alchemical - Alchemically inspired perfumes, soaps, and crystals - C. Spot Designs - Wearable Art for the Urban Fairy Princess & Prince - Cult of Hope - Bohemian gypsy vintage festival wear - Four Rabbit- sustainable fashion for the traveler - FlowerTeas etsy - Vintage teacups and tea gifts - HanaKyle Holistics- seasonal essential oils for your daily rituals Iki Kimono - Vintage & antique Japanese Kimono and Haori Kiki Valentine - Vintage, costume pieces, accessories Livlovohm - Modern bohemian jewelry meant for layering Luna La Rosa Custom Creations - Unique performance wear for movement-based art forms - Mutantland Art by Al Benkin - One-of-a-kind stuffed animals & paintings - The Paper Pinup - Handmade retro style cards - Shannon Flemming - Festive and fun floral designs for the holidays Teresa's Treasures - Fabulous retro-style and vintage dresses, heels, and accessories -

Plus: Tarot, Mystical Insight & Evolutionary Support by Marcy Currier of Metamorphosis -

/// NYC EVENTS: 11/24-11/30 ///


FEST: TrumpCON: A Performance Circus of Yuge Proportions This new politically-themed comedy-theater-standup-storytelling-music-burlesque-and-everything-in-between festival will joyfully focus on the current messed-up state of politics in Trump America. (Fri-Sun: Krain Theater, 85 E 4th St, see site for details, $15)

An immersive theatrical experience set in an illegal 1930s sideshow world full of bootleggers, deviants, performers, and misfits who have banded together under the wing of their keeper, The Professor, for better or for worse. Audiences are invited into a secret performance of Professor Mysterium's Menagerie of Wonder, an illicit evening of seduction and danger. Patrons have the opportunity to curate their own experiences—whether they choose to traverse the subterranean jazz club and the secret passages beyond, follow the denizens therein and uncovering the secrets and stories, or watch the strange and seductive acts of the stage performances—these experiences culminate in a finale that will never be forgotten. Look for the stained glass doors and the awning marked "Fine Ladies Apparel" Next to Freddy's Bar. (Fri-Sun, 627 5th Ave, BK, see site for details, $100)

SHOP: 5th Annual Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
A unique celebration of local talent with 60+ handpicked makers, delicious food & drinks and fun activities for the whole family. Munch on Korean comfort from Kimchi Kooks, coal-fired pizza from Table 87 and many more local favorites. Pair your food with sample cocktails, apple cider and more great drinks. Activities are planned for the whole family, from crafts for the little ones to a photo booth or the DJ spinning vinyl. (Sat/Sun, 501 Union St & The Green Building, 452 Union St, BK, 11am-6pm, FREE)

SHOP: Winter Flea and Holiday Market
Find 60 vendors, plus food from Smorgasburg and a bar. Furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers. RSVP to opening weekend and you'll be entered to win $200 to shop at the Flea, $50 in Smorgasbucks, and a $50 bar tab: (Sat/Sun, Brooklyn Flea, 241 37th St, 2nd fl, BK, 6pm, FREE)

COMMUNITY: 2017 Light Displays Opening Weekend The lights start going up Thanksgiving weekend. We cannot guarantee that you will get a full view of all displays starting at this time, as it's up to each individual home owner who chooses to decorate each season when they will complete their displays, but some homes are ready for display starting this weekend. (Sat/Sun, Dyker Heights Christmas Lights, 82nd St, BK, 6pm, FREE)


WORD: Women in Whiskey Hear the untold story of the women behind many iconic brands. Women have long distilled, marketed and owned spirits companies, and have historically been involved not only in distilling but beer brewing and bootlegging, along with their more well know male counterparts. Tour includes a visit to the distillery production floor, where visitors can meet one of their still women, a trip through the barrel room, and a tasting of four whiskies. (Kings County Distillery, 299 Sands St, BK, 5:30pm-7:30pm, $20)

MUSIC: Hanksgiving
An All-Hank Williams night starring Ali Dineen, Roger Manning, Gustavo Rodriguez, So Brown, Emily Frembgen, Maxim Elrod, Rachel Swaner, Rebecca TIlles, Hannah Salyer, Raphael McGregor, Zosha Warpeha, Jared Engel, Oren Bloedow and More! Also featured: Leftover Desserts. (The Owl Music Parlor, 497 Rogers Ave, BK, 7:30pm-10pm, $10 sugg don)

PARTY: Exponential Festival Black Friday Party The Exponential Festival wants to protect you from shopping. The Exponential Festival wants you to come hang out and have a great time in a weird basement. The Exponential Festival will try to help fund itself from this party. Come. Bring friends. And leftovers, if you feel like it. (Vital Joint, 109 Meserole St, BK, 8pm-11:59pm, FREE/sugg don)


WORD: Inside Ken Butler’s Workshop: Play & Hear Experimental Musical Instruments Did you know you could create an instrument from a lawnmower attached to a gun? Or how about a violin from a hammer? Join New York Adventure Club for an exclusive tour of Hybrid Visions studio, the experimental instrument workshop of artist and musician Ken Butler, who has been creating new and unique instruments out of everyday items for the past 30 years. Plus, enjoy a live musical demonstration by Ken himself, who has traveled the world with his innovative instruments and works of art. Advance purchase required. Limited capacity. (Hybrid Visions, 427 Manhattan Ave, 1pm-2:30pm, $25-$29)


SHOP: Obscura Antiques Holiday Bazaar Flea Oddities and all things related from vendors from Maine to Florida. Bones, skulls, Antiques, tribal and ethnographic, accessories and all things odd and unusual. Special appearance and book signing with Edgar Oliver. Musical performance by Aurelio Voltaire. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 10am-4pm, $3)

SHOP: Sustainable Sunday Holiday Market You're invited to a special fall edition of their Holiday Market focused on sustainable fashion & shopping. The holiday market brings you seasonal, handmade, artisan, vintage, and upcycled jewelry, crafts, clothing, goods, arts, textiles, festival wear, costumes, menswear and more. Grab drinks at our bar and cruise their selections with a cocktail in hand. Groovy tunes by DJ Dropkat. RSVP: (House of YES, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 2pm-9pm, FREE w/RSVP, all ages)

WORD: Cypurr Sessions #Cryptoparty Worried that the WWW has you in its Web? Overwhelmed by indiscriminate surveillance, digital harassment, or security leaks of personal identification? You are not alone! Join the CyPurr Collective for a cryptoparty today. We’ll talk about easy steps you can take to secure your data, like password managers and two-factor authentication, and tools you can use to protect yourself from surveillance. (Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, BK, 2pm-4pm, FREE)


MUSIC: Dolunay, Raya Brass Band, Tipsy Oxcart Tipsy Oxcart plays electric, sweaty, bumpin' Balkan music from New York City. The band plays both original compositions and grooving new arrangements of upbeat urban dance music from South Eastern Europe. Raya Brass Band has thrilled audiences with its energetic brand of soul shaking, border defying dance music. The members of the band all bring their unique voices to the group, creating a sound informed as much by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, out jazz, and a host of other international sounds. Dolunay flirts with the soundscape of the ancient Ottomans, tracing its migration through Balkan villages, coaxing it across seas and oceans, and grafting it onto a Brooklyn-based backdrop. (Littlefield, 635 Sacket St, BK, 8pm doors/9pm show, $10, 21+)

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THEATER: Jack & The Beanstalk - 12/6-12/23 donate: A holiday show promoting equality in all forms. This family-friendly, farcical fairytale with pop music, dancing, & fun will bring the whole neighborhood together this December. Written by disabled actor & writer Mat Fraser and directed by legendary feminist performer Julie Atlas Muz, Jack & the Beanstalk will bring the Lower East Side together with buckets of laughter and joy! By making a tax deductable contribution to this show, you will actively make a real difference in your local community. This holiday season, please help us create this radical, joyful, uproarious family spectacle promoting equality in all forms. (Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St, 2pm & 7pm, $25-$40)


FEST: The 8th annual United Solo Theatre Festival
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)

ART: The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze 2016
The tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying Halloween event returns with more pumpkin power than ever before. Meander through an historic, 18th century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of jack o' lanterns. In this elaborate, hugely popular walk-through experience, see more than 7,000 illuminated jack o' lanterns, all designed and individually hand-carved on site by our team of artisans. Recommended for all ages. (Thu-Sun, thru 11/25, Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S Riverside Ave, $15-$25)

PERFORMANCE: A Goddessey LAVA presents A Goddessey, their feminist survival story that journeys through landscapes emotional and geologic carrying a transmuting traveler from a bleak and blurry patriarchal present into a rainbow colored feminist future with the help of ancestors geologic and otherwise. A Goddessey is the synthesis, culmination, and explosion of 15 years of earth-moving feminist acrobatic dance by LAVA. Special Guests Magma, the junior company, on December 3 and 10. (Thru 12/10, The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas St, see site for details, $15)

ART/PERFORMANCE: New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show Crafted miniatures of New York City’s built environment, all made entirely out of plant parts. The Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and Yankee Stadium are among the 150 landmarks that form a fantastically rendered city landscape built from seeds, bark, leaves and twigs. This year the train show showcases Midtown Manhattan’s famous skyscrapers with new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, 30 Rockefeller Center and St. Bartholomew’s Church. Other events coinciding with the train show include a cappella performances, classical music concerts, a poetry reading and activities for kids. (Thru 1/12, The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, BX, $10-$23/FREE to NY residents Wed all day & Sat 9am-10am)


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