Date: January 5th 2018

Hello lovelies,

Happy New Year, everyone! Thank you for a sexy, cozy, delightful weekend in our loft. We of course can't share photos from those events...but they were yummy.

Here's what's coming up next:
- Fri Jan 19: we go tropical to escape the white madness outside. Are you kidding us with this weather?! We're going to turn the heat WAY up in here. Going to be sweaty. Hot. Bikini-level. - We're toying with the idea of another Cocktail Experiment on Fri Jan 26. We'll post via our official Facebook page if we make it official. - What IS official is the return of our annual Valentine's Day celebrations: the clandestine French-tinged cabaret Meet Me in Paris and YES, the insane Banya party! The former has tickets on sale already, but not yet for Banya. Next week!


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Chez Tropical (and maybe Castaways Casino)

Friday, Jan 19, 9pm-late, sliding scale $10-20 donation, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested) Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
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Let's defy the weather with some tropical drinks & beats! Drinks courtesy of our Burning Man campmate in the famed French Quarter Golden Cafe, expert tropical drink maker Jay. Last time he passed through town, there were strawberries dipped in chocolate and injected with Grand Marnier. We'll see what happens this time. Beats courtesy of tropical bass expert Geko Jones.

We're also 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.

Dress code: Funky party-wear, 1960s Polynesian kitsch, faux fancy, vintage lounge, sparkly cocktail, or other non-sloppy attire appreciated. No elaborate costumes or formalwear required, but you know we love it when you put in effort.


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Meet Me in Paris: a clandestine cabaret

Sat, Feb 10, $20 until 1am, $10 after, 21+ (25+ suggested) 9-10pm cocktail hour, 10pm-1am live acts, 1am-5am dancing & lounging Gemini and Scorpio Loft, must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address Details TK / address RSVP:

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A clandestine French cabaret with sensuous live music, sultry burlesque and variety acts, followed by late-night dancing and lounging in our softly-lit loft, absinthe and other special libations at the bar, and kissing on the sprawling roof. Our house band will be playing three full sets to swoon, sway and dance to, with deliciously naughty performances in between. It's also our annual Birthday celebration: we turn 16 this year!

Three sets of vintage danceable French gems by Myriam Phiro & the Cavaliers of Swing Risqué burlesque by Honi Harlow and Dandy Dillinger Daring duo acts by Dame Cuchifrita and Edie Nightcrawler Can-can and more by our delightful new dance troupe (so new it doesn't have a name yet!) featuring Auralie Wilde, Mademoiselle Estelle and CeCe BrownSugah Hosted by dashing & dangerous magician Eric Walton Nouvelle chanson to electro-swing mix by DJ Poodlecannon (Marc Nasdor) Love & compatibility tarot readings by Peri Lyons

Dress code (as usual, required): Cabaret through the ages (turn-of-century Belle Époque La Goulue cabaret, 1920s Josephine Baker cabaret, 1930s Marlene Dietrich cabaret, 1940s Edith Piaf cabaret, 1950s Jacques Brel cabaret, 60s and beyond cabaret lounge, anachronistic punk cabaret); "Cabaret" the movie; vintage or modern high style; dressy & classy.

Press: "A Pigalle-style playground with can can dancers, cabaret acts and vintage gypsy jazz" - TimeOut NY. "If there's one team of party planners we trust with throwing a stunning clandestine French cabaret, it's Gemini & Scorpio." - Flavorpill.

BANYA: 2/14

Save the date: the Banya party is back!

/// NYC EVENTS: 1/5-1/11 ///


DJ: Thank You For Everything: HOY 2-Year Anniversary
2 days of parties to celebrate 2 years of HoY. House of Yes has been open in their current home for 2 whole years of glory and chaos (and 10 years alive as “House of Yes", spanning several homes). From basements to lofts to kitchen fires and warehouses and rent hikes into a real nightclub. Parades, parties, performance and art. Enjoy aerial and go-go dance art by resident performers, music by our resident DJs, watermelon by Anya, plus cake, balloons, surprises, and more. Fri DJs: David Kiss, Lauren Flax, Mira Fahrenheit, DJ WHITNEY FIERCE, Zephyr Ann. Sat DJs: Eli Escobar, NSR, playsuit, Ryan Clover. Celebratory looks are required for entry. Leave your plain clothes at home. Costumes, drag, drama, glitz, glamour, rainbows, sequins, birthday suits, explosions of color. (Fri/Sat, House of YES, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 10pm-4am, $20/FREE before 11pm, 21+)

FEST: Under the Radar Festival 12 days, 26 shows, 5 venues. A festival tracking new theater from around the world. Over the last 14 years, this fest has presented over 229 companies from 42 countries. It has grown into a landmark of the New York City theater season and is a vital part of The Public's mission, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are redefining the act of making theater. Continues next week. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, multiple locations, see site for details)

PUPPETS: A Hunger Artist A man sits alone in a cage, starving himself for your entertainment. This darkly comic, visually-striking adaptation of the Franz Kafka short story uses physical theater, Victorian miniatures, puppetry, and a set of simple props to support a powerhouse solo performance. (Wed/Thu, this week and next, The Connelly Theater, 220 E 4th St, see site for details, $25-$35)

FEST: The 14th Annual Winter Jazz Fest
This festival’s 2017 itinerary spanned 14 stages over six nights, featuring over 700 artists, and more than 150 groups, and 2018 looks to be no different. Festival features include: Jazz Talks Series On Sexism, Immigration, And Protest In Jazz With Archie Shepp, Angela Davis, Vijay Iyer, Antonio Sanchez And Many More; Gilles Peterson Dj Set at Nublu; a two day jazz marathon; Ravi Coltrane Celebrate The Music Of Alice Coltrane; Geri Allen Tribute With Esperanza Spalding, Jack Dejohnette, Vijay Iyer, Angela Davis, Terri Lyne Carrington; and much much moe. (Wed/Thu, this week and next, multiple locations, see site for details, $20-$95)


COMEDY: 12th Annual 50 First Jokes NYC "50 Comics. One Mega Show. 1st New Joke of the New Year!" - That's been the logline that defines this very special party show, celebrating the massively talented stand up comedy scene in this City. Hosted by John F. O'Donnell, Featuring Alison Leiby, Ana Fabrega, Ashley Brooke Roberts, Casey James Salengo, Emmy Blotnick, Ike Ufumadu, Janelle James, Jo Firestone, Jordan Temple, Mary Houlihan, Matteo Lane, Noah Gardenswartz, Robert Dean, Sam Taggart, Sean Donnelly, Will Miles, Ziwe Fumudoh, and more. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15, 21+)

BURLESQUE: Wasabassco's Pajama Party
A striptease slumber party spectacular. All the cool girls will be there and they are even inviting the b-o-y-s too so no one is going to get much sleep at this sleepover; but there’s definitely going to be pillow fights, plenty of kissing practice, and lots of tassel twirling - and they totally have the keys to the liquor cabinet, too. Put on your best pajamas, pack your teddy bear, and ask your mom if you can come stay over at Wasabassco’s Pajama Party … and totally tell your hot older cousin he’s invited too. Hosted by Nasty Canasta and stars Amuse Bouche, Bunny Buxom, Chris Harder, Nina La Voix, Penny Wren, Poison Ivory, Puss N Boots, Rex Halligan, Sydni Deveraux and music by DJ Stormageddon. (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15-$30)

FILM: Dark Side of the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz + Dark Side of the Moon) You won't get a confession out of any member of the band, but the rumors have persisted the band: Could Pink Floyd, a band that had become proficient in film scoring by the early 1970s, who even interrupted their recording of Dark Side of the Moon to score another film, have synced their magnum opus to The Wizard of Oz? The scarecrow dances to "Brain Damage" and Dorothy wakes up just as Roger Waters opines, "home, home again/I like to be here when I can? Is it intentional? Who knows. But it sure is trippy. Discover these and other eerie moments of synchronicity for yourself as they present The Dark Side of the Rainbow. (Videology Bar & Cinema, 308 Bedford Ave, BK, 7:30pm & 11:59pm, $14)


ART: Inconsiderate Fantasies Opening Reception The exhibition, the first solo presentation by Survival Research Laboratories in a commercial gallery, comprises eight kinetic sculptures dating from 1986 to the present, along with video documentation of past performances in which these machines were engaged. (Marlborough Contemporary, 545 W 25th St, 4pm-8pm, FREE)

ART: The 7th Annual Supersonic Invitational Opening Reception The exhibition features over 50 artists from around the world, showcasing Supersonic Art’s unique voice in the New Contemporary movement. About the exhibition, curator Zach Tutor states, “Now seven years strong, The Supersonic Invitational has become a definitive representation of the New Contemporary Art movement by showcasing emerging talents and established artists side by side as a who’s who for the coming year. A physical manifestation of my web site, Supersonic Art, these are the artists I find most interesting and most alive with creativity in the world today. They are the sparks and the fires that can give us hope in such despairing times.” Complimentary beverages will be served and some of the artists will be in attendance, as well as curator Zach Tutor. (Spoke Art Gallery NYC, 210 Rivington St, 6pm-9pm, FREE)


PARTICIPATORY: Visionaire Racing Grand Finale Race on the largest mini4wd racing track on the East Coast. With high-speed, thrilling fun, Visionaire Racing is based on the 1980s Japanese, cult miniature 4WD model-making and racing competitions. Visionaire brings its own artistic and curatorial twist to the construction and the sport of miniature car racing. Visitors can bring their own Tamiya Mini4WD cars, buy cars on site to race and keep, or race and return one of the available cars. (The Gallery at Cadillac House, 330 Hudson St, 12pm-5pm, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: The 17th Annual No Pants Subway Ride This is an annual event staged by Improv Everywhere held every January in New York City. Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants behave as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants. All are invited to participate. Requirements for participation: 1) Willing to take pants off on subway. 2) Able to keep a straight face about it. Bring a backpack and a metro card. Do not bring: A camera (we'll have several photographers on hand). Wear: Normal winter clothes (hat, gloves, etc). (Seven meeting points -- see site for details, 2pm, FREE)

DJ: No Pants Afterparty 2018 After riding with 5,000 of your closest pantless friends, meet up for the after party and shake your pantied booty to NYC’s awesomeist DJs. Featuring DJs Dirtyfinger, Shakey, and Hamstaskin. Pantless dance performances from The Flying Pants Brigade. Art installations by Samantha Statin and many more. Performance art from Krauss Dañielle and Operative Slamdance. No-pants dress code, pants check available. (Bar 13, 35 E 13th St, 4:13pm, $15, 21+)

VARIETY: Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off!: Happy New Year! Up and Take Your Clothes Off This show features NYC's funniest female comics and sassiest burlesque acts. Performances by: Kerryn Feehan, Kendra Cunningham, Christine Meehan-Berg, Vicky Kuperman, Sydnee Washington, Mel Mandarine Moon-Fly War, Sweet Lorraine, Tiny Dee, special out of town guest Scooter Pie, and Jillaine Gill. DJ Stevie Cee. Stage kitten and box office bombshell Flora Carnivora. (Kraine Gallery, 85 E 4th St, 7:45pm doors/ 8pm show, $10 adv/$15 door)


NON-SHOP: Swap, Share and Shmooze In honor of 2018, let’s address our abundance, clean out our crowded apartments, find some awesome gems (one’s trash is another’s treasures), make good connections (work? activism?), socialize - and have a fun night in our ‘hood. Clothing, gear, kitchen stuff, art, plants, games, books…talent, resources, ideas and more. Let’s share it all. (Crossroads Community Church, 410 W 45th St, 7pm-9pm, FREE)


WORD/VARIETY: The Poetry Brothel: 10-Year Anniversary Extravaganza Welcome to a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Madame presents a rotating cast of poets, each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges and in private rooms. For a small fee, all of the poets are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any true bordello need a good cover; ours is an immersive cabaret featuring burlesque, live music, vaudeville, aerials, visual art, magic, mysticism, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event. Themed costumes and/or vintage formalwear are encouraged but not required. (House of YES, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 8pm doors/9pm performances, $20-$500, 21+)


WORD/PERFORMANCE: Angela Washko Plays "The Game: The Game" To mark the world premiere of "The Game: The Game," artist Angela Washko discusses the multi-year research process behind her pick-up artist dating simulator. Washko will screen excerpts from her interview with a seduction coach who has been dubbed “The Web’s Most Infamous Misogynist” and highlight instructional DVDs, books, and hidden-camera videos created by a community of pick-up artists to teach men how to interact with and seduce women. The evening will close with a discussion and a participatory play-through of "The Game: The Game" facilitated by the artist. (Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, QNS, 7pm, FREE)


FEST: FERUS Festival The FERUS Festival presents the latest in cutting-edge new music, with an emphasis on performances that push the envelope. This year’s festival hosts four performances, all featuring new work that transcends traditional tropes in music. To kick off the festival Bishi premieres her new song cycle "The Good Immigrant" chronicling her search for belonging in a multicultural world. Festival continues next week. (National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St, BK, 7pm, $25 adv/$30 door)

BURLESQUE: You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: A Big Burlesque Fundraiser Come out for a night in support of three local NYC artists fighting a legal battle while living on artists wages. Bunny Buxom, Anja Keister and Nelson Lugo have all stepped up to help others in the past- join us as we step in to help them out with the power of performance art. Featuring: Iris Explosion, Qualms Galore, Viktor Devonne, Sucre à la Crème, Cyclone Jack Sullivan, Trinity Starlight, Stella Nova, Betty Brash, Raina Sinclair, and more. Music courtesy of DJ Stormaggedon. Hosted by Kita St Cyr. (Lady Stardust, 25 Avenue A, 2nd fl above 2A, 10pm, $10 sugg don)


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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