Date: December 22nd 2017

Hello lovelies,

One more week till New Year's!
- We nearly sold out of the new allotment of the $40 tickets we released last week for Masked, our hedonistic masquerade. Once those go, only 50 more tickets remain at the higher prices. This will not be one of those oversold packed NYE parties. Cozy and intimate all the way. - If you buy late-night tickets to Masked, they include full breakfast with us at the Pajama Lounge afterparty -- or you can spend your full night elsewhere and join us in the early morning. But please reserve breakfast spots ASAP, so we can place food orders in advance. - The other two events we're doing NYE weekend, our kink + play co-production with LUST, only have about 30 tickets left for each night. That info is over at -- and yes, those are full-on adult events.

Also: save the date! One of the best tropical bartenders we know is back in town on Fri Jan 19, and we're throwing a party to celebrate! More next week as we figure out if we can top in our usual suspects and make it a tiki casino again.


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PARTY: 12/31/17

Gemini & Scorpio


Sunday, Dec 31, New Year's Eve
9pm-4am, $40-60*, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested) $30 after 12:30, including afterparty w/breakfast (see next listing) Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
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2017 needs a "fuck you" sendoff. Be bold, be wild, as you enter 2018.

A hedonistic Masquerade to activate all your senses with pulsating beats, swirling visuals, sensory games and activities, and many kisses. Let's start and end the party right: free champagne 9-10pm and 3-4am.

Music by DJ Ceremony and Reaganomics, two masters of dance floor surprises. 2018 passion predictions with tarot mistress extraordinaire Marcy Currier.

Strict formal or lingerie dress code. Masks required (some will available for sale, if you don't BYO). Tickets are limited to keep the event comfortable and welcoming.

This is NOT a play party. It's a night to let go and let your senses guide your way. Please no photos without explicit consent from your subjects.

*All tickets offer the same access to the event. Please support at the level you can afford. All money goes towards continued improvements to our magical loft clubhouse.

**In addition to this event, we're hosting a late-night/early-morning cuddle party with breakfast. FB:

PARTY: 1/1/18

Gemini and Scorpio

New Year's Morning Pajama Lounge

Sunday, Jan 1, 4am-10am, 21+ (25+ suggested) $20 (with continental breakfast), $35 (with hot breakfast) Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
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Sunrise cuddle puddle for our deviant extended family, with makeouts, mimosas, smoothies and breakfast. We'll keep the sexy beats going from late night into daylight.

Snacks and continental breakfast will be available throughout; hot breakfast served at 7am. And of course mimosas, smoothies and coffee - virgin or spiked. We'll have the giant screen up, and could cuddle up together for movies into daytime, too.

You're welcome to bring blankets, sleeping bags, stuffed animals, and anything else that makes you feel cozy.

Dress code: either your disheveled New Year's finery or sexy lingerie and lounge wear. Yes, you can always change here.

As a courtesy, your afterparty ticket includes late access to the G&S NYE main event: Masked. You can arrive as early as 3am - or buy $30 combo tickets to arrive as early as 12:30. Official site: Tix: FB:

DRINKS: 1/19/18

Save the date!

TBC: Castaways Casino [or] The Cocktail Experiment

Fri, Jan 19, 9pm-2am, sliding scale donation Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
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We'll post more details after Xmas, but we're excited to report that our fellow Burning Man campmate & French Quarter Golden Cafe expert tropical drink maker Jay is passing through town again, and we've invited him to be guest bartender for the night. Last time he was here, there were strawberries dipped in chocolate and injected with Grand Marnier. We'll see what happens this time.

We're checking with our regular dealers to see if we can run casino games, and if so, we'll make it another tiki-licious Castaways Casino Club! If you know how to deal poker, blackjack or roulette, get in touch.

/// NYC EVENTS: 12/22-12/28 ///


THEATER: Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz: Jack & The Beanstalk 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! This production is produced by ONEOFUS, a company whose mission is to create disability-inclusive, feminist, and multi-cultural artwork. Help create this celebration of freedom, inclusivity, and community this holiday season by making a tax deductible contribution to ONEOFUS. (Fri/Sat, Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St, 2pm & 7pm, $25-$40)

VARIETY: House of Yes Xmas 7th Annual Spectacular The Spectacular is back, with more extravagant spectacles of irreverent festive nonsense that will have you loving the holidays like never before. Featuring reindeer, dancing gifts, christmas trees, Mariah Carey, milk & cookies, Jesus, space dolphins and all of your other holiday favorites. (Fri/Sat, House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 7pm-10pm, $35-$50)

FEST: Yiddish New York Yiddish New York celebrates and engages with East European Jewish (and other Jewish and co-territorial) traditions to foster new creativity, building bridges across borders – a culture under construction. This program features Klezmer Music, Yiddish Song, Yiddish Dance, Theater, Yiddish Language, Yiddish Culture and History, visual arts, master classes, ensembles, lectures, films, neighborhood walking tours, special programs for kids and teens and more. (Sat-Thu, various MH locations, see site for details)


SHOP: Bushwick Vendors Market Enoy some good vibes and do all your last minute holiday shopping while supporting small businesses. Vendors, DJ, bar, live performances, Silent Barn open studios tour. (The Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave, BK, 6pm-11pm, FREE)

SHOP: The Baroness’ Lubricated Shopping Cocktail Party You are invited to our Annual Lubricated Shopping Cocktail Party! Make merry with champagne cocktails and tasty hors d'oeuvres. Take care of your last-minute holiday shopping. Save on all Baroness Latex—from stocking stuffers to entire wardrobes—at special reduced prices. This will be the last chance to purchase The Baroness’ latex before New Year’s. (The Baroness, 530 E 13th St, #B, 7:30pm-10pm, FREE)

MUSIC: Regional De NY Lyrical melodies, contrapuntal harmonies, and a swinging rhythm section: choro is Brazil's answer to early American jazz. The Regional de NY performs classic and original arrangements of Brazil's oldest popular music with deep groove and a love for improvisation. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 8pm, $10)

MUSIC: 11th Annual James Brown Tribute Once again, we get together to celebrate the Life, the Music, the Influence & Inspiration of the Godfather of Soul,the legendary Mr. James Brown, & all his many funky prodigies. DJ's Nappy G & Nickodemus started this event back in 2007, to honor 1 year after JB's passing. But now, it's become an annual tradition & with so many great guests over the years. Featuring: DJ Small Change, DJ Monk-One, Jay Rodriguez, and Troy Simms on saxophones & flute. Join in for a true Funk Celebration, with rare videos of James Brown over the years, plus hiphop breaks & breakdancing grooves that sampled him, funk bands inspired by him, & lots of funky people on the dancefloor. (Nublu, 151 Avenue C, 10pm-4am, $10)

FILM/PARTICIPATORY: Love Actually Drinking Game Drink along to the movie. Music cues, outlandish coincidence, and more. Full guidelines will be provided at the event. Whether you love it sincerely, love it ironically, or hate it but just can’t look away, we welcome you to join us. Whether you love it sincerely, love it ironically, or hate it but just can’t look away, we welcome you to join us. $5 beer + shot combos available during the screening. (Videology Bar & Cinema, 308 Bedford Ave, BK, 11:59pm, $12, 21+)


SHOP: The Last Minute Gift Fair
A last-minute holiday gift fair, featuring Brooklyn Brainery teachers and their wonderful creations. You'll be able to shop an assortment of gifts from flowers to food and ceramics to home goods. Vendors include: The Ashley Palmer Project - build your own bouquet bar, Karin of Better Than Jam, Rothbyrns Creative, Anarchy in a Jar, and many more. (Brooklyn Brainery, 190 Undersell Ave, BK, 11am-5pm, FREE)

SHOP: Betty Holiday Art & Craft Market Come get that last minute gift for a honey in your life or even yourself. Your faves are curating an eclectic holiday market that will be your one and only stop shop for the holidays focusing on POC/LGBTQ/WOMEN Creators. Vendors include: Abby Jame, Desiree Feliciano, Booklyn, The Bettys, Femmescapes, Te Aprecio Foto, and many more. (Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, BK, 4pm-10pm, FREE)

COMMUNITY/PERFORMANCE: The Secret City NY’s Winter Solstice Celebration The Secret City creates Joyful Community art celebrations. Featuring their house band and The Secret City Singers, and Grand Poobah, Chris Wells, each gathering contains song, food, choir, band, dance, guest performance, storytelling, community interaction and silent meditation. The theme for Solstice is Winter, cold, glittery winter. This is Secret City’s annual Winter Solstice gathering. Join them for this very special celebration. (Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq S, 7:30pm-9:30pm, FREE/Sugg Don)

BURLESQUE: Wildcat Cabaret Holiday Edition Experience a surreal, sensuous night reveling in the allure of burlesque vixens and astonishing jugglers, hoop twirlers, acrobats, aerialists, and more. Join DUMBO Burlesque and celebrate the Holidays of all kinds at their special one-night only engagement that is sure to get you started off right this festive weekend. Featuring burlesque by Cassandra Rosebeetle, Madame Rosebud, and Peekaboo Pointe; juggler Adam Kuchler; and the hilarious Manchego. Hosted by Bastard Keith. (American Beauty NYC, 251 W 30th St, 9:30pm-12:30am, $20-$40 + 2 drink min)

DJ: StrangeLove Before Christmas - a Depeche Mode Party Depeche Mode Fanclub New York has collaborated with fixe Parties and is inviting you to welcome Christmas in a special way: a Depeche Mode party with a fetish twist. Come to explore the BDSM scene together with dancers in a dungeon play area- all of this to the sole sounds of Depeche Mode (tapped with some New Wave treasures) played by DJ Shred and DJ Ash. (DROM, 85 Avenue A, 10:30PM, $10 adv/$15 door, 21+)


ART: Bodega Advent Calendar Guided Walk This is a living Advent Calendar where 25 pieces of commissioned art has been installed in 25 bodega windows in the neighborhoods of Bushwick, Brooklyn and Ridgewood, Queens. Join this guided tour of the art and bodegas, lead by project coordinator, Vince Anderson. (Bushwick Abbey, 176 St Nicholas Ave, BK, 4:30pm-5:30pm, FREE)

MUSIC: Planetarium with Josh Dunn and Jason Lindner Live An immersive experience dedicated to music that’s not for dancing. Bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or anything else like to get comfortable. Lie on the floor, stretch out on the couch, and get lost in music. Enjoy planetarium resident Josh Dunn, and performing live throughout the evening is composer and pianist Jason Lindner, a New York native and a longtime fixture of the city’s jazz scene. (Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave, BK, 6pm-11pm, $20)


VARIETY: Xmas Jew Revue with Matt Dallow & Tanya Solomon at Club Cumming! On Christmas Day. For our fellow Jews and non Christmas- observing friends. Dallow will be doing his usual theremin accordion dance party, with some new, holiday themed songs and remixes thrown in. Special guest Tanya Solomon will perform excerpts from her solo show "Truth Assassin", including baffling sleight-of-hand, blindfolded targeting with knives, live fish appearing from nowhere, and some terrible jokes. (Club Cumming, 505 E 6th St, 7pm-9pm, FREE)


NON-SHOP: Dictionary Drive for NYC Books Through Bars Silent Barn is hosting a Dictionary Drive two days after Xmas. They will be collecting paperback Dictionaries, thesauruses, GED studies, and atlases in good condition. You can also bring stamps and other shipping supplies (tape, etc). Readings & DJs TBA. (The Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave, BK, 8pm, $5-$10, all ages)


BURLESQUE: The Unpretty Show Magical Girl Burlesque brings you performers who invoke the unexpected. Whether they blend classic burlesque to their will or throw it completely out the window for something strange and unusual, these performers deliver art that will surprise the audience and upend their expectations. Featuring: Paige Literati, Raina Sinclair, L Andrew Neals, Miranda Raven, Illyria Addams Burlesque, Allegra Spread. Mina Minou will be the kitten and gogo dancer while DJ Stormageddon keeps the music alive. (Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Ave, BK, 7:30pm doors/8pm show, $10 sugg don + 2 item min)


FILM/WORD: Happy Henson Holidays A series of holiday-themed Henson programs ranging from classic adaptations, TV specials, and more. It includes 25th anniversary screenings of The Muppet Christmas Carol and a 40th anniversary screening of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas with Marilyn Sokol (Ma Otter) in person to present outtakes from the special. (thru 12/31, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, see site for details, $7-$15)

ART: Intertwined Intertwined is a group exhibition of twelve female artists working in sculpture and installation happening in a 7,000 sq foot space. Curated by Christina Massey and Charlotte Mouquin, this exhibition brings together artists that represent the interwoven tapestries of art and life. Each artist utilizes unique materials in individual ways igniting a sense of discovery and intrigue as one realizes the process, materials and individual methods of each individual artist and finding the connective thread from one piece to the other. (thru 1/5, Chashama, 470 Vanderbilt Ave, BK, see site for details, FREE)

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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