Date: January 12th 2018

Hello lovelies,

One more week, and we'll be full speed ahead for 2018. Here's what's coming up (full invites below):

  • Next Fri Jan 19: a tropical blowout in our underground casino, with killer cocktails & killer beats by Geko Jones.
  • The Cocktail Experiment (and Happy Unbirthday party) is on for the following Fri, Jan 26. Miss Scorpio will weave her magic behind the bar...bring on those challenge cocktail ingredients! We'll celebrate all January birthdays with dessert bites & free drinks to you January birthday babies.
  • We've got a stellar lineup shaping up for our clandestine French-tinged cabaret Meet Me in Paris on Feb 10. The invite below has the details, but we're particularly excited for the return of burlesque beauty Dandy Dillinger and (for the first time on our stage!) the courtesan of contortion Lilin Lace. Tix:
  • Yes, the Banya party is back on Valentine's Day! Tickets are on sale now, and as always, you G&S folks get an exclusive discount (while supplies last): use code "steam" to get $20 off a pair of tickets. Tix:


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Castaways Casino Club

Friday, Jan 19, 9pm-late, sliding scale $10-20 donation, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested) Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: FB: 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 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.

The original Castaways resort in Vegas was peak-60s polynesian insanity. We'll honor our namesake 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 maestro Geko Jones.

Dress suggestions: 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.

We'll turn the heat way up for some sweaty dancing joy. Wear layers!

Lastly: we still have a few of those ridiculous tiki to-go tumblers from the last Castaways. Take your tropical drinks to go in one of those bad boys for only $10.

DRINKS: 1/26

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The Cocktail Experiment + Happy Unbirthday party

Fri, Jan 26, 8pm-1am, FREE + FREE drinks if you bring a cocktail ingredient*, 21+ (25+ recommended) $6 per experiment / $17 flight of three / cash only Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Official site & address RSVP: FB: Social media: @gemini_scorpio / #geminiandscorpio

A speakeasy experiment in our magical loft: craft cocktail pop-up meets Iron Chef. One kickass bartender, a fully stocked bar, and YOU bringing a liquid challenge: a bottle of something unusual for our pro to turn into a one-of-a-kind cocktail. If your bottle is used in creation of a cocktail, you and up to three friends get a complimentary round. No two cocktails will be the same, and all will be delicious.

Or, skip the challenge & just enjoy inventive craft cocktails in a better-than-bar atmosphere: a sexy low-lit loft, lots of couches, sprawling roof, chill music, serious skills behind the bar, no attitude. It's like having our place to yourself, without having to rent it out.

New for 2018: we're thinking of going monthly with the cocktail pop-up and celebrating the birthdays of everyone who comes to visit. Dessert bites and party hats for everyone! Is your birthday in January? Your first drink is on the house (show us your ID). You can even get in touch to reserve a couch, arrange party favors, etc.

*Tips on bringing ingredients: we welcome both liquor and mixer challenges, but please no basic juices or sodas...that's not what craft cocktails are made of. Consider: half-size bottles, homemade infusions or syrups, that forgotten bottle of weird booze you don't know what to do with, inexpensive amaros, bitters or vermouths. Most importantly, since whatever you brought will be in your free cocktail round, choose flavors you love!


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Meet Me in Paris: a clandestine cabaret

Saturday, Feb 11, $20 until 1am ($40 w/table reservation), $10 after, 21+ (25+ suggested) 9-10pm cocktail hour, 10pm-1am live acts, 1am-4am dancing & lounging Must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address

Details & RSVP: Tix:

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!

Risqué burlesque by Dandy Dillinger Glittering contortion by Lilin Lace Can-can and more by our delightful new dance troupe (so new it doesn't have a name yet!) featuring Mademoiselle Estelle, CeCe BrownSugah & Karen Ng Hosted by dashing & dangerous magician Eric Walton Nouvelle chanson to electro-swing mix by DJ Poodlecannon (Marc Nasdor) Love & compatibility tarot readings by Marcy Currier

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.

Tables: We have four tables with four seats each that can be reserved. Those tickets are sold in pairs for $80 ($40 ea).

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.

PARTY: 2/14

Gemini & Scorpio

Steamy Valentine's Night at the Russian Baths

Saturday, Feb 14, 7pm-2am, $40-100
Brooklyn Banya, 602 Coney Island Ave bet Beverley Rd & Ave C, Kensington, BK

Details: Tix:

Break out your bikini or swim trunks, and join our hand-picked crowd of artsy, funky (and nearly naked) New Yorkers for the glorious return of Gemini & Scorpio's legendary Russian Baths party.

We will have the banya to ourselves, with a few hand-picked professionals on hand for the optional platzas and massages. Enjoy: Russian, Turkish and Swedish steam rooms, jacuzzi and cold plunge pool; poolside dance floor; rooftop smoking deck; hookah lounge and chillout rooms; authentic and delicious Russian food in a private restaurant room with a view of the dance floor.

Our Balkan gypsy band (TBC) will get you sweating faster than the saunas, and we'll keep the dance floor sizzling with our favorite DJ Joro Boro spinning irresistible ethnotek till 2am while we dole out pierogies for everyone. There will be an open vodka bar 9-10pm.

"Best (and Only) Russian-bathhouse Dance Party" - Village Voice "Best of 2006. "A night of steamy fun" -- TimeOutNY "Your Perfect Weekend" pick. "Epic" -- Brooklyn Based.

Only 100 tix available, and the event usually sells out in advance. Three ticket levels: $100 (7pm entry + open vodka bar + multi-course Russian banquet) / $55 (9pm entry + open vodka bar) / $40 (11pm entry). More details on each ticket tier are on our website.

This is the kind of party you always imagine, but can never quite find in real life...and the only one where you'll come out cleaner than when you came in.

/// NYC EVENTS: 1/12-1/18 ///


MUSIC: The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival 2018
Two nights of Balkan music, dance & border-crossing celebration. The festival showcases more than 50 bands and acts on multiple stages over two nights. Balkan & Middle Eastern refreshments, Balkan arts vendors, as well as beautiful Balkan textiles on display. (Fri/Sat, The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave, BK, see site for details, $30-$80)

PERFORMANCE: Ike's Wonderful World of Leisure What is leisure?  Is it right for me?  If you’ve had these concerns - or especially if you haven’t - then consider a journey to Ike's Wonderful World of Leisure. Comic entertainer Ikechukwu Ufomadu will facilitate an evening-length presentation on the subject. Featuring the latest research, live demonstrations, group exercises and PowerPoint™ presentations, the audience can expect to walk away with fresh insight into best practices. This evening is suitable for beginning and advanced practitioners alike. (Fri/Sat, Vital Joint, 109 Meserole St, BK, 7:45pm doors/8pm show, $10)

FILM: First Look 2018 The Festival will include more than two dozen programs, featuring formally inventive new works that seek to redefine the art form while engaging in a wide range of subjects and styles. It opens with Toronto-based experimental filmmaker Blake Williams’s “Prototype”, a unique 3-D sci-fi–influenced film that immerses us in the aftermath of the devastating 1900 Galveston, Texas hurricane to fashion a haunting essay on technology, cinema, and the medium’s future. Like “Prototype”, many other films in First Look invent their own hybrid forms, exploding and combining genres. The full lineup features films from Brazil, Canada, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Lebanon, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Syria, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. (Fri-Mon, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, see site for details, $20)

THEATER: 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-Mon, 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. Sinking Ship productions are offering Pay-What-You-Can tickets if purchased before Jan. 1st. (Fri-Tue, The Connelly Theater, 220 E 4th St, see site for details, $25-$35)

MUSIC: 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. (Fri-Wed, multiple locations, see site for details, $20-$95)

PERFORMANCE: Liebe Love Amour! Tall Hilda draws the audience into a cinematic adventure framed by the gorgeous imagery of silent film director Erich Von Stroheim. With an original score and virtuosic real-time video and sound editing, the show seamlessly combines the performances of Golden Age Hollywood personalities such as Gloria Swanson with live performers and even willing audience members. (Fri-Tue, Sanctuary Theater at the Center at West Park, 165 W 86th St, 7pm, $10-$20)

MUSIC: 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. Performances include: Nadia Sirota and Liam Byrne perform Tessellatum, a film and album fused into one surreal, total experience; the third night is hosted by Sxip Shirey, as he pulls out all the stops. You’ll hear and see cell phones, puppeteers, and a tunnel of singers; and on the final night hear M-Prize winners Russian Renaissance perform new original soundtracks while screening iconic Italian films including 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita and more. (Fri-Tue, National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St, BK, 7pm, $25 adv/$30 door)

SHOP: Vintage + Costume Bazaar Tanya Marie Gagne as been a collector of fine and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, costumes and clothing from all over the world for over 20 years. Come find a treasure! Take a piece of this gorgeous collection and her amazing travels abroad home with you. Sizes ranging from 2-14, mostly all women's wear, some hats, shoes, purses, scarves, jewelry, books, random curios and accessories too. There will also be tasty cocktails and music and flights on the trapeze, so stop by and have a swing. (Sat 5pm-10pm/Sun 12pm-6pm, Big Sky Works, 29 Wythe Ave, BK, FREE)


VARIETY: Far Out with Fou York: A Variety Show
The fous are back and they've put together a wild variety show for your pleasure - wild dance, surrealist comedy, interactive audience clashes, and brazen burlesque in an eye popping celebration of sexual freedom, diversity and absurdity. Fou York is the east coast division of Fou Fou Ha!, a troupe of language maulers, charisma fiends, emotional absurdists, disorientation wizards, tearjerkers, wowtastic weirdos, and saccharine disturbances to the status quo. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15-$20, 21+)


FEST: Japanese New Year Festival
Come ring in The Year of the Dog, Japanese style. The sound of Taiko Drum and Samurai Sword Battle will shake your body+soul awake and our mouth-watering selection of Japanese fried chicken, savory soups, rice balls, donburi and gourmet Japanese treats by Cafe Zaiya will nourish you inside out. Family crafts, Origami, Shogi (Japanese Chess) and New Year’s games will be available for all. (Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, BK, 1pm-5pm, $10-$18)

PERFORMANCE: Return To The Light: An Evening Of Ritual And Celebration Join The Daughters Collective at this immersive theatrical ritual exploring community, art, and rituals of the winter equinox celebration their first year in NYC and the announcement of their 2018 season.. The evening will end in an after party. The Daughters Collective (formerly Daughters Of Elysium) is a womyn's artist collective, creating work across all disciplines. Producing events rooted in ritual and mythology, Daughters seeks to marry old world traditions and stories to modern perspective. (Lucid Body House, 230 Lexington Ave, 6pm doors/6:30pm ritual/8pm party,  $12/$5 party only)

OPENING: Constellations Group Art Show This show is inspired by the splendor of the night sky. 17 artists have selected a different constellation to explore in his or her own voice, with techniques that range from mixed media painting to wearable soft sculpture. (Gristle Tattoo+Art Gallery, 26 Bushwick Ave, BK, 7pm-9pm, FREE)

MUSIC: World Music Revel Festival A bargain for 4 fun bands playing dance music from around the world: Mario Forte and the Unleashed Poets, Timbila (Afrodelic Xylophone Rock), Rosa Tatuata (Sicilian Roots Music), Zydeco Revelators (Louisiana-style Dance Music). (The Parkside Lounge, 317 E Houston St, 8pm-1am, FREE + 2 drink min)

PERFORMANCE: Dancify That Come watch as fabulously costumed contestants compete in creating dance inspired by some of the funniest and most bizarre videos from the internet. We all watch the video. Contestants have 3 minutes to create their dance. Then they perform. Then they are judged by some of the judge-iest comedians in the city. (The Peoples Improv Theater, 123 E 24th St, 10pm, $15)


MUSIC: Golden Festival Afterparty! The East European Folklife Center hosts this annual after-Goldenfest-party. All proceeds benefit the Čoček Nation Youth Fund. Performances by: Čoček Nation - A stellar ensemble of young musicians, born at the EEFC Balkan Camp, ages 10 to 30, who play together with joy and incredible focus; Zabava - Izvorno! With three amazing singers, gajda, kaval, tambura & tupan; Novi Hitovi - Flaming hot South Serbian-style dance party brass; Mountain Lions - Pounces on zurna-led dance music form the southern Balkans & Turkey, but purrs and growls with alto saxophones and davul. All ages. (Jalopy Theater & School of Music, 315 Columbia St, BK, 6pm, $10 sugg don/kids FREE)

MUSIC: globalFEST 2018: 15th Anniversary
12 global artists take over 3 stages in Times Square. Events will take place a few steps from each other on 42nd Street, from B.B. King's Blues Club and its sister venue Lucille's to the Liberty. Lineup: Ava Rocha (Brazil) Post-Tropicalia avant-pop from Brazil; Delgres (Guadeloupe) Gritty Creole blues reconnects Guadeloupe to New Orleans; Eva Salina & Peter Stan (USA/Serbia/Romania) Stirring Balkan Romani songs for voice and accordion; Grand Tapestry (USA/India) Underground hip-hop joins Indian sarod and tabla; Iberi Choir (Georgia) Stunning polyphonic songs from Georgia; Jarlath Henderson Band (Ireland/Scotland) Champion of the new Celtic folk scene; Jupiter & Okwess (D.R. Congo) The "Rebel General' of Congolese music; La Dame Blanche (Cuba/France) Kinetic Cuban rumba and son with hip-hop, cumbia and dancehall; Flor de Toloache - Mariachi Femenino (USA/Mexico) Fresh female twist on Mexican mariachi; Miramar (Puerto Rico/USA) Puerto Rico's treasured boleros; Official Mohsen N

amjoo (USA/Iran) Visionary modern Iranian songs; Thornetta Davis (Detroit/USA) Detroit's electrifying queen of the blues. (multiple locations, 42nd St, 6pm-12am, $50)


WORD: 45 Years after "Roe v Wade" On January 22, 1973 women in the United States won the right to seek a legal abortion, yet equal access remains elusive. Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large for New York magazine, Katha Pollitt, author of Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, and Jamia Wilson, Executive Director and Publisher of Feminist Press, discuss the legacy and future of this landmark case on the occasion of its forty-fifth anniversary. (Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, BK, 6pm, $10/$5 for members)


ART: Gamelatron: Sonic Kinetic Sculptures by Aaron Taylor Kuffner, solo exhibition Opening Reception The exhibition is a dialogue with the emerging field of robotics, sound resonance and it's effect on the psyche. This is Kuffner's most extensive exhibition of Gamelatron artworks to date.  Within the gallery's various spaces he is presenting 7 Gamelatrons. The show features over 80 robotized gongs and 6 never seen before artworks.  There is seating with benches, rugs, and pillows.  Kuffner has transformed the gallery into a urban sanctuary, internationalizing the exhibition as an offering. (Crossing Collective Gallery, 559 West 23rd St, 6pm-9pm, FREE)

ART: The Outsider Art Fair
The premier event championing self-taught art, art brut and outsider art – is excited to return for its 26th edition. The fair will showcase 63 galleries, representing 35 cities from 7 countries, with 10 first-time exhibitors. Continues next week. (Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, 6pm-9pm, $20-$50)

FILM: Sicko Cinema: Mystery Movie Screening Join Infernum Studio Theatre for the inaugural installment of their new monthly film series. Each month they will screen a brilliant, demented piece of cinematic genius on the big screen in the black box theatre space. A clue will posted about the film to be presented. Guess the film correctly at the door, and receive a complimentary bag of popcorn. January's Clue: Blackbirds, venereal disease, sisters. Popcorn, Candy, Refreshments will available for purchase. Pillow forts and cuddle puddles will be provided. Dress Code: Optional. A free popcorn for Togas, or footy PJ’s. (The Eurydice Gallery, 542 Quincy St, BK, 7:30pm doors/8:30pm film, $10)

BURLESQUE: The Kita St. Cyr Show Kita St Cyr, The Caramel Cutie With The Apple Booty, brings you a perfectly delicious burlesque night featuring a diverse cast of performers of color, with storytelling, variety and song sprinkled throughout. Discover your new favorite performers and fall in love with beloved Wasabassco acts all over again. Featuring: stage kitten Amuse Bouche, Genie Adagio, Qualms Galore, Ravenessa, Sydni Deveraux, and more. (The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $10/$20 seat/$75 table for 3)

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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Artist Residency Program - Deadline: 1/25
Applications are still open for LMCC’s Workspace, a nine-month studio residency program for emerging artists of all disciplines. Workspace awards 15-20 artists with dedicated studio space for experimentation, an environment in which to engage with peers and art professionals, access to professional development workshops, and opportunities to share work with the public.


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)

ART: Solid Light Works - Anthony McCall This exhibition marks the artist’s first institutional exhibition in New York and first time that his vertical installations will be shown alongside their horizontal variants. Requiring over thirty feet of clearance from floor to ceiling, very few New York venues can accommodate these six-colossal works. The epic vertical and horizontal installations will fill Pioneer Works’ monumental main hall, which will be completely blacked out and immersed in haze. (thru 3/11, Wed-Sun, Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)

ART: Gamelatron: Sonic Kinetic Sculptures by Aaron Taylor Kuffner, solo exhibition The exhibition is a dialogue with the emerging field of robotics, sound resonance and it's effect on the psyche. This is Kuffner's most extensive exhibition of Gamelatron artworks to date.  Within the gallery's various spaces he is presenting 7 Gamelatrons. The show features over 80 robotized gongs and 6 never seen before artworks.  There is seating with benches, rugs, and pillows.  Kuffner has transformed the gallery into a urban sanctuary, internationalizing the exhibition as an offering. (thru 4/8, Tue-Sun, Crossing Collective Gallery, 559 W 23rd St, 10am-6pm, FREE)

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