Date: January 19th 2018

Hello lovelies,

We're on a mission to warm up your winter. Here's what we've planned for the coldest month ahead:

  • Tonight: a tiki blowout in our underground casino, with tropical cocktails by a very special guest bartender (see invite) & tropical beats by Geko Jones. No presales, just $10-20 suggested donation.
  • The Cocktail Experiment (and Happy Unbirthday party) is next Fri, Jan 26. Miss Scorpio will weave her magic behind the bar...bring on those challenge cocktail ingredients! We'll also celebrate all your January birthdays with dessert bites & free drinks. Get in touch if you want to reserve a couch for your birthday crew, or want us to make any other kind of fuss over you. Free admission!
  • Make those Valentine's plans early...half of the VIP tables are sold out already. We've confirmed the return one of our favorite French hot jazz bands: Miss Phiro and the Cavaliers of Swing. Tix:
  • Banya is back on VDay proper! Veveritse brass band is going to give us the Balkan soundtrack, and DJ Joro Boro will bring the dance party. G&S subscribers 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

Gemini & Scorpio

The Cocktail Experiment + January Happy Unbirthday party

Fri, Jan 26, 8pm-1am, FREE admission + 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 enjoy!


Gemini & Scorpio

Meet Me in Paris: a clandestine cabaret

Sat, Feb 10, $20 until 1am, $10 after, 21+ (25+ suggested) $40 for reserved table seats w/prime stage view 9-10pm cocktail hour, 10pm-1am live acts, 1am-5am dancing & lounging Gemini and Scorpio Lofe, must RSVP for Gowanus, BK address Details & address RSVP: Tix: (advance recommended) FB:

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 Dandy Dillinger - 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.

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

Wed, 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.

Veveritse Brass Band, a rowdy Balkan gypsy band, 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: 1/19-1/25 ///


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. (Fri-Sun, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, 6pm-9pm, $20-$50)

PUPPETS: A Sick Day for Morris McGee Every day, Morris McGee takes the No. 5 bus to his job at the zoo. Every day, he lovingly attends to the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the owl and the rhinoceros (who always has a runny nose). Every day, that is, until it's Morris who has the sniffles! Based on a Caldecott Medal-winning book by Philip C. Stead, this charming puppetry performance about one creature of habit and his kindhearted coterie will warm your heart and chase away the winter chills. (Fri-Sun, this week and next, New Victory Theater, New 42nd Street Studios, 229 W 42nd St, see site for details, $20)

WORD/PARTICIPATORY: 24 Hours of Women! Enjoy readings of nothing but works by women for 24 hours to support International Women's Day. There are so many talented female writers and you are invited to help celebrate them. When you arrive, tell them whether or not you'd like to be a reader. Some playwrights are bringing their own cast, but in between scripts there will be readings of poems by Maya Angelou so there are plenty of opportunities to share your voice. (Sat/Sun, Unarthodox, 547 West 27 St, #300, 5pm-5pm, FREE/sugg don)


PARTICIPATORY: Live Karaoke for the Resistance: Women's March Edition with The Occasionalists and Late Slip The Occasionalists are back with more live karaoke for the resistance. Featuring a diverse set list featuring, among many others, such female-centric songs as "Respect" by Aretha Franklin; "Cannonball" by The Breeders, and "You Don't Own Me" by Leslie Gore. It's a benefit for two important advocates for women's issues: Safe Horizon - assisting women who have been the victim of sexual violence, and EmergeNY - identifying, training and promoting Democratic women candidates for elected office. The Occasionalists are a Brooklyn-based band of multi-instrumentalists specializing in live karaoke gigs in and around Brooklyn. Late Slip is a dynamic power trio from NYC. They are best described as the end result if the Ramones had a baby with Lucinda Williams and Gwen Stefani. (Union Hall, 702 Union St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $12 adv/$16 door)

VARIETY: A Winter Blunderland Variety Show A delectable evening of variety guaranteed to warm you up with all the whimsical, surreal, and psychedelic you can handle served hot and ready to dazzle you. Performances by: Kitten and Lou, Evil Hate Monkey, Darrell Thorne, Ambros Martos, Tiger Bay, Blaine Petrovia, and Megan Hornaday & Nolan McKew. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15-$20)


BODY/SPIRIT: Arise Wild Woman: Pre-Women's March Healing Warm-Up Get grounded and fired up with healing energy for the march. Feel at home in your body and safe to rise up. Especially helpful for healing trauma & empowering you, this is a drop in, safe haven, healing warm up for women. Come for a few minutes or stay for awhile. Receive 5 min energy healing empowerment from Kiana Love, founder of Be Wild Woman, to ground, relax and energize you; body, mind & spirit. Auricular Accupuncture by Heather Ricard founder of Sweet Grass Acupuncture to relieve stress and balance your body. Experience and join in a crystal bowl healing sound bath and the Wild Woman Power Crystal Healing Grid: set your intentions for personal healing and global women's empowerment. All donations go to a scholarship fund for healing for women survivors of violence. (Be Wild Woman, 230 W 72nd St, Ste 2R, 9am-11am, $15-$20 sugg don/no one turned away)

FOOD/PARTICIPATORY: 10th Annual Cassoulet Cookoff - Jimmy's no 43 pop up event Calling all chefs and lovers of cassoulet. Spaces are still available for both amateur and professional chefs. Compete for People’s and Judges’ Choice awards, with prizes for best of show. Or just enjoy an all inclusive, all you can eat and dink experience. (Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St, BK, 12pm-3pm, $45, 21+)

COMMUNITY: 2018 Women's March on NYC NYC will raise its voice again to demand equality for all humans. Over the past year, basic rights for women, immigrants, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, the religious and nonreligious, people of color and even Mother Earth have struggled to survive under the weight of the current administration. America’s First Amendment has been challenged and healthcare for millions has been threatened. We must stand together to demand and defend our rights. Let your voice echo from the streets of New York City to the capital city. See FAQ for map. After the march enjoy “Uprising” (, a series immersions and performances across the arts and healing modalities; an embodied celebration guided by local female DJs and music-makers; and a balanced panel conversation on the women’s rights movement featuring community leaders, artivists, & changemakers. Cold weather essentials (socks, hats, gloves, etc) will be collected to support @peaceacceleratorsnyc FEEDWAL

K. (Main Entrance: 72nd & Central Park West; Rally: Central Park West & 61st/62nd, 11:30am rally/12:30pm march, FREE; Uprising: Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, 3pm-11pm, $20)

WORD/PUPPETS: Dreams of Sand - Workshop & Performance Sand Artist Borja González tells us, with only a little bit of sand and his hands, the story of two people throughout their lives, from the dreams that start building up during their childhood, through the experiences of their adult life. This nonverbal story carries audiences to moments filled with emotions. This show is accompanied by beautiful live music. All ages. (Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Bvld, QNS, 1pm workshop/2:15pm performance, $6-$14/FREE for Teens 13-19 with ID)

VARIETY: Bizarre 5th Year Anniversary
Hosted by: Richie Alfson, Lee Valone, and Ragamuffin. Featuring live music by Cassondra Alvord, Pinc Louds, The Boobies, and Chango. Performances by: Vic Sin, Merrie Cherry, Roxie Valdez, Lee Valone, Chris Of Hur, Elle McQueen, Emi Grate, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Ragamuffin, Misc Allaneous Dom Top, Crimson Kitty, Lady Simon, Jack Sullivan, Aurora North, Faux Pas Le Fae, Anna Monoxide, Kathlyn Kane, Madame Vivien V, Fem Appeal, Nyx Nocturne, Hanna Weber, Seedy Edie, Mystere Astaire, Erica Marie Mancini, Steph Babirak, Fritz Donnelly, Mitchell Murdock, Eckszooberante, and Lindsee Londsome. Open Bar 7pm-8pm. All proceeds go to performers. (Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 7pm-4am, $15/$10 before 10pm)

OPENING: Damien Echols’ “High Magick” In his debut solo exhibition with the gallery, artist Damien Echols aims to create a sacred space and to demonstrate that the techniques of ceremonial magick are not relics from a bygone age. In 1994 Echols was wrongfully accused and sentenced to death row for 18 years. Through outside support and documentaries like “Paradise Lost” and “West of Memphis”, he was able to make an appeal and new DNA evidence was submitted to the case resulting in his eventual release. For Echols, Magick was a coping mechanism to distract from mental and physical turmoil during his time in prison. Creating talismans helped him preserve his sanity and focus direct his attention away from pain, humiliation and trauma he was undergoing. (Last Rites Gallery, 325 W 38th St, Frnt 1, 7pm-10pm, FREE)

PARTY: Rubulad: Cabin Fever Dream A Go-Go 10 bux before 10:00, in advance, or way late, 15 bux otherwise Live music and performance by: Deer Leonardo, Angelina Moysov of Persephone's Bees, Rachelle Garniez, and Matt Dallow. With DJ/host Neil Martinson. Go-Go by anna copa cabanna, Visuals by The Sperm Whale NYC, Myke Flaherty Unfrozen Art Hole, and more. Dress for fun-hunting, ice fishery and unbridled disco fury. RSVP to rubulad@PROTECTED for Bushwick address. (Address with RSVP, 8:30pm doors/9pm show, $10 Adv or before 10pm/$15 door)


FILM/ART: SYA x GAGC: Film Screening & Art Show In honor of the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, join Shout Your Abortion BK and Got a Girl Crush for a screening of VESSEL (a documentary about the radical Women on Waves who provide abortions in international waters) and a community art show. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Tickets are on a sliding scale and all proceeds will be donated to the New York Abortion Access Fund. No one will be turned away. (Mayday Space, 176 St. Nicholas Ave, BK, 2pm-6pm, sliding scale)


FEST: Secrets of the Deep: Dreams On Film A short film festival fully dedicated to exploring relationships between cinema and the dream experience. Ten films, each between 5 and 10 minutes long, are selected from among narrative, music video, documentary, and experimental genres. (Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond St, 8pm, $10-$15)


VARIETY: Wondershow This modern vaudeville experience features the city's most daring variety artists along side world-renowned magicians and mentalists. Hosted by Eric Walton and featuring standup comedy from NPR's Ophira Eisenberg, award winning choreography by Jenny Rocha & her Painted Ladies, varitey artist Miss 360, and a special appearance from Vinny DePonto, one of today's top mentalists. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $25-$40)

MUSIC: Radio Wonderland, D-Andra, Elle Pierre, Dark Alley Echoes RTFM Radio Wonderland's chance-based media mashing grooves, D-Andra's Conscious Electro-Dancehall, Dark Alley Echoes' experimental electronic hip-hop, Elle Pierre's futuristic R&B, and RTFM's tech-mediated funk'll make ya wanna stay all night. This event curated by Radio Wonderland & Simon Brown. (Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, BK, 8pm-1am, $tbd, 21+)


BURLESQUE: Titan T & A: a Burlesque Tribute to Don Bluth!
Metropolis Burlesque will bring the animation of Don Bluth to life. See first rate showgirls embody some second rate cartoons. Performances by MaineAttraction as Pooh Minnie D'Moocha as Anastasia, Veronika Winters as Dragon’s Lair’s Daphne (Kentucky), Striker Posie as Thumbelina, Mx Macabre as Cale of Titan AE (Boston), Holly Ween as Sharptooth, Petite Renard kittens as Fievel. Hosted by Moe Cheezmo as Rock A Doodle's Chanticleer. DROM, 85 Avenue A, 7pm doors/8pm show, $12 adv/$15 door/$20 front row)

BURLESQUE: Last Thursday With Nasty Canasta & Sapphire Jones Burlesque superstars, comic geniuses, and naked idiots Nasty Canasta & Sapphire Jones guide you through an evening of burlesque, pop culture, sci-fi nerdery, top shelf booze and blue ribbon butts ... until their late-night reality talk show hits Broadway, anyway. Featuring: Minx Arcana, Minxie Mimieux, Roi King, Stormy Leather, and stage kitten Rex Halligan. (The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, BK, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $10/$20 seated/$75 table for 3)

PERFORMANCE: Handmaid’s Tale: The Musical Marcia Belsky and Melissa Stokoski present a comical and cathartic parody of the Margaret Atwood novel and Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale. Set in 2027 Brooklyn, the show depicts modern millennials in a dystopian near future and the perils they endure. It’s funny not sad ... we promise. (Union Hall, 702 Union St 5th & 6th Ave, BK, 8pm, $5 adv/$10 door, 21+)

VARIETY: Ladyweirdo Special Edition Step right up to experience the strangest ladies of modern vaudeville. To be shamelessly bizarre is one of the last taboos for female performers. And the variety stage, with its novelty performers in rapid-fire sequence, is a place where the bizarre flourishes. In this annual special "Ladyweirdo" edition, Force Majeure Vaudeville will showcase female variety and burlesque artists who don't hold back their strangeness. Featuring: Fem Appeal, Crimson Kitty, Amazing Amy, Mistress B, Miss Saturn, Emotions, Tanya Solomon, Betsy Propane. (The Cobra Club, 6 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 9pm-11pm, $10)

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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: Damien Echols’ “High Magick” In his debut solo exhibition with the gallery, artist Damien Echols aims to create a sacred space and to demonstrate that the techniques of ceremonial magick are not relics from a bygone age. In 1994 Echols was wrongfully accused and sentenced to death row for 18 years. Through outside support and documentaries like “Paradise Lost” and “West of Memphis”, he was able to make an appeal and new DNA evidence was submitted to the case resulting in his eventual release. For Echols, Magick was a coping mechanism to distract from mental and physical turmoil during his time in prison. Creating talismans helped him preserve his sanity and focus direct his attention away from pain, humiliation and trauma he was undergoing. (thru 2/17, Last Rites Gallery, 325 W 38th St, Frnt 1, see site for details, FREE)

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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