Date: January 26th 2018

Hello lovelies,

Here's what's coming up for us (scroll down for full invites):

  • Tonight: Miss Scorpio is your expert bartender for The Cocktail Experiment and Happy Unbirthday party: bring on those challenge cocktail ingredients or just come enjoy our speakeasy craft cocktail pop-up. We've got a whole pineapple to sacrifice to the cocktail gods, for maximum tropical joy. And don't forget to show us proof of your January birthday for your free drink!
  • Make those Valentine's plans early...only one VIP table remains for our annual love letter to all things cabaret, Meet Me in Paris, on Sat, Feb 10. Luscious burlesque and tantalizing dancers, against the backdrop of roaring hot jazz with a French feel. Tix: http://bit.ly/GS_cabaret
  • You also have until Feb 1 (next Thur) to take advantage of your exclusive discount for our legendary Banya party, with a roaring brass band inside an authentic Russian bathhouse: use code "steam" to get $20 off a pair of tickets. Tix: http://bit.ly/GS_banya

Cheers,

Gemini & Scorpio,
makers of themed costume events with live entertainment http://www.geminiandscorpio.com

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DRINKS: 1/26
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Gemini & Scorpio
present

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: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/328228067679492/ 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.

It's a tropical winter menu for Friday, with Miss Scorpio herself behind the bar: Blue Hawaiian - blended pineapple & coconut perfection Tiki-rita - with passionfruit syrup, key lime, and cardamom Lemongrass Lover - bourbon, ginger lemongrass syrup, fresh peach juice Smoke-caine - black rum, smoked rum, Velvet Falernum, orgeat, Sfumato amaro

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. For everyone else: free un-birthday treats!

*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!

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CLANDESTINE CABARET: 2/10
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Gemini & Scorpio
present

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: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html Tix: http://bit.ly/GS_cabaret (advance recommended) FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1619167091462743/

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!

Featuring
- 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.

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PARTY: 2/14
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Gemini & Scorpio
present

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: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html Tix: http://bit.ly/GS_banya
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/581172648896247/

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.

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WEEKEND + WEEK
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THEATER: THE 4TH NEW YORK CITY INDIE THEATRE ONE MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL http://www.newohiotheatre.org/oneminuteplays2018.htm This fest consists of 80 new one minute plays by 80 established and emerging playwrights who identify as part of the downtown or indie theatre community. The fest is America’s largest and longest running grass roots theatre company, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea. It is social barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue, consensus building, and a performance of 50-100 short moments generated by each community. (Fri/Sat, New Ohio Theater, 154 Christopher St, 8pm, $20)

PUPPETS: A Sick Day for Morris McGee
http://newvictory.org/Show-Detail?ProductionId=8519 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, New Victory Theater, New 42nd Street Studios, 229 W 42nd St, see site for details, $20)

ART: Before We Were Banned
https://www.beforewewerebanned.com
A group art show in response to the Muslim Ban 1.0. The show focuses on artists residing and working in the US, but with familial lineage/ heritage/ roots to the 7 countries on the Muslim Ban 1.0 list – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The show seeks to examine the complex nature of identities assumed as immigrants in US [from those countries] long before/after the ban was announced in an effort to reveal honest representations of those affected and also to heal the community. (Fri 6pm-12am/Sat & Sun 12pm-6pm, ArtHelix, 289 Meserole St, BK, Free)

THEATER: Someonepleaselistenandunderstand https://www.facebook.com/events/149978832288717 In an observation room deep beneath the Capital, a new surveillance program launches to discover threats to the American people. Secret agents hack phones, computers, sex cams, security feeds, and even minds in the name of homeland security. Functioning as a series of pre-recorded episodes as well as a live performance, agents switch between different streams spying on flagged citizens who are struggling with forming their identities amidst a sea of technological, governmental, and societal restrictions. Performers: Gabriel Vasquez, Kelsey Lurie, Brett Evan Solomon. Written by Brett Evan Solomon. Directed/Edited by Kelsey Lurie. (Fri 8pm/Sat-Sun 2pm & 8pm,The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Ave, BK, $20)

WORD/PERFORMANCE: A NIGHT OF PHILOSOPHY AND IDEAS https://www.nightofphilosophyandideas.com An all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music. Be a part of this 12-hour exchange of ideas featuring top philosophers from around the world. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event. (Sat/Sun, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, BK, 7pm-7am, FREE)

THEATER: The Exponential Festival
http://www.theexponentialfestival.org
The Exponential Festival presents and promotes theatrical performances created by New York-based artists and exhibited across Brooklyn and Manhattan. It celebrates the increasing growth and importance of unique venues and local artists, working together to keep theatre kicking. 32 shows will be presented in this year festival. The fest includes a panel discussion about artist-run venues with Ximena Garnica - Leimay Studio, Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grush - The Tank, Catherin Mueller - The Parlour, David Herskovits and Moe Yousuf - Target Margin Theater, Brian McCorkle - Panoply Performance Lab, and Cameron Stuart - The Glove. Moderated by Theresa Buchheister. (Fri-Wed, multiple locations, BK & MH, see site for details)

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FRIDAY
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VARIETY: Fix Your Hearts or Die: A Pre-Valentine's Twin Peaks Night http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1606919-fix-your-hearts-or-die-brooklyn With: a place both wonderful and strange (ft Liberty Rose): The Laura Palmer Deviations; Fuck You, Tammy!; Symbolism In Twin Peaks: A Talk; knifesex (Road House DJ sets). Costumes encouraged. (The Bell House, 149 7th St, 7pm, $10)

CLASS: Crushing Hard: Friendly Flirting Tips https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crushing-hard-friendly-flirting-tips-tickets-41529364447 Step into a braver and bolder self in 2018. We’ll cover eye contact, body language, conversation starters, and tips to take it further. Everyone can enjoy sips of bubbly, 10% off shopping and a chance to win a reusable Babeland tote to inspire sexy conversations around town. Babeland workshops are open to people of all genders and sexualities, individually, in couples, or in groups. (Babeland Brooklyn, 462 Bergen St, 7pm, FREE, 18+)

BENEFIT: Celebrate ROE V. WADE's 45th
https://www.facebook.com/events/1922061671378470 tix: bit.ly/roeparty45
You are invited to a celebration to mark the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and support the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH). Now more than ever the fight at the intersections of reproductive health, immigration and women’s rights needs all of us to stand together in solidarity. Performance art, live music, DJ, raffle to die for, comedy, speakers, and more. Featuring: Bunny Michael, Viva Ruiz Featuring Bjorn Majestik, Nanie Méndez, Ariel & the Swoon (w/ special guests Parlor Walls, Drama Ostrich, Tessa Greenberg & Celeste Sexton), X Mayo, DJ Roe V. Wade. 100% of proceeds go to National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. (The Footlight, 4665 Seneca Ave, QNS, 7:30pm, $20 adv/$26 door/$50 VIP)

VARIETY/PUPPETS: Midnight Radio Show's Enchanted Ocean Cabaret https://www.eventbrite.com/e/enchanted-ocean-cabaret-tickets-42247745143 A multi-dimensional musical puppetry variety show adventure! Our star-crossed lovers, Puccini & the Princess are separated in the galaxy. They hope to find each other again one day, but for now the Princess is on a quest. Featuring: original music, dancing, burlesque, spoken word, puppets & creatures, shadow puppets, and surprise special guests. (C. Spot Studio, address with purchase, BK, 8pm, 21+)

PERFORMANCE: Big Sky Strong
https://www.facebook.com/events/164623147503803 Come raise the roof and a glass to this beloved circus and performance space and celebrate all the magic that has taken place there. Local bands will be throwing it down while the heavenly bodies fly high above. Music by: Invisible Familiars, Bad Molly, Ereptile Destruction, Wild Yaks and Ice Balloons. Heavenly Bodies: Elizabeth Munn, Maya and T-Pow. (Big Sky Works, 29 Wythe Ave, BK, 9pm, $tbd)

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SATURDAY
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SHOP: NYC Witchy Pagan POP UP Shoppes
https://www.facebook.com/events/368413756918131 Come see many amazing witchy, pagan. voodoo etc shoppes gathering just for you with their many wares: oils, incense, books, cauldrons, bath salts, dolls, tarot decks, gemstones, and more. 15 minute workshops throughout the day on witchy pagan mystical topics. (Playwright Studios , 440 Lafayette St, White Box Room, 3rd fl, 10am-4pm, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Idiotarod NYC XIV
http://idiotarodnyc.com
An annual event that puts a satirical creative spin on the famous and totally unrelated dogsled race in Alaska. Instead of dogs with sleds, Idiotarod NYC features costume-clad teams of people with elaborately themed shopping carts, and instead of the brutal landscape of the frozen tundra, the race takes place on the streets of New York City. It is, however, usually really friggin' cold. For registrations form to race email: idiotarodnyc at gmail. (Location released to registrants only the night before the event (in or close to Manhattan), 12pm, FREE to cheer--or sabotage?--from the sidelines, rain or sleet or shine)

FOOD/PARTICIPATORY: 10th Annual South 4th Chili Cookoff https://www.facebook.com/events/139875623474691 All of you pepper mongers, southerners, westerners, iron stomach wannabes are invited to toss your hat into the ring and bring your best chili to the bar for judgement. All chefs participating must have their chili present at the bar by 12pm Saturday so it can be brought to temperature. Judging will begin promptly at 2:00pm and samples will be made available to all spectators as soon as the judges have had a taste. The winner will have his or her recipe prepared and subsidized by us to be given away for free at our annual Superbowl party February 4th. Email south4thbar@PROTECTED to enter. (South 4th Bar, 90 S 4th St, BK, 12pm entery/2pm judging, FREE)

PARTICIPATORY: Womanly Mag: Clothing Swap Fundraiser https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womanly-mag-clothing-swap-fundraiser-tickets-42259878434 Bring your gently-used and new clothes (household items are welcomed too!), and a bag to carry all your great finds. Go home with whatever you can stuff in your shopping bag. 100% of the proceeds will go toward helping print and distribute Womanly Magazine to those who need it most. All clothing leftover will be donated to Housing Works, an NYC based non-profit fighting the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness. (The Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave., BK, 7pm, $20)

VARIETY/ART: Oroboros Art Show
https://www.facebook.com/events/346998635777597 The Hybrid Movement Company is back in action with fresh new skills, acts, themes, dreams, schemes, routines, Mr. Cleans. This is a community driven event, a bringing together of talent and passion and wrapped into a unique flavor. aerial, comedy, dance, sideshow, new circus, live music, paintings, photography, sculpture, and all sorts of live unique entertainment. Featuring artists and entertainers: Francoise Voranger, Nikki Ortiz, John Swan, Medea, Marcus Anthony, Danny Jackson, Ken Fury, Cameron & Taz Finley, Kristen Noonan, Angel Josh Angel, Morgan Shay, Julia Murray, Abigael Puritz, James Dadon, Nyssa Frank, David Arms, Rodrigo Gonzalez. No one turned away for lack of funds. (Hybrid Movement Company, 338 Moffat St, BK, 10pm doors/11:15pm show, $10 sugg don)

BURLESQUE: The 7th Annual Miss Twin Peaks Pageant https://joespub.publictheater.org/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/Joes-Pub/2018/T/The-Pink-Room The Miss Twin Peaks title is the most coveted honor in this little town where a yellow light still means slow down, not speed up AND it is the most coveted honor in all of David Lynch Burlesque right here in New York City. It is all the things everyone has come to love of The Pink Room Burlesque: Schäffer the Darklord rapping his original song “A David Lynch Movie”, the audience participation challenge, Chug-a-lug Donna, and burlesque performances by many of the characters from Twin Peaks - both the original and The Return on Showtime. This is a special Saturday night show to celebrate the January birthdays of both David Lynch & TPR producer, Francine. You never know who may show up onstage or in the audience. Costumes always encouraged. (Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St, 11pm, $20 adv/$25 door)

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SUNDAY
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PARTICIPATORY: Fallacy Bingo
http://caveat.nyc/event/fallacy-bingo
Do you have a hard time identifying when a belief system is built on fallacious constructs?! In order to help us understand the impact of fallacies on our thinking, they made a game. Spot, explain, and properly identify some of the most common fallacies used in politics, journalism, science, social media and more. Ticket includes a bingo card and take home “cheat sheet." (Caveat, 21 A Clinton St, 12:30pm doors, 1pm show, $10 adv/$12 door)

PARTICIPATORY: Superb Owl Sunday
https://www.facebook.com/events/2237340052958475 The Sunday before Super Bowl LII is Superb Owl I - barn owl vs snowy owl. Teams of 2-5 for general trivia with a very, very loose owl theme. Station for upping your owl style game with prizes for best owl style and best owl puns with special guest judges. Raffle to benefit The Bee Foundation. A bizarre photo station that can't quite be describe in written words. (Gutter Bar, 200 N 14th St, BK, 4pm doors/5pm show, FREE)

BURLESQUE: House of Noire’s Femme Fatale Burlesque Experience https://www.eventbrite.com/e/house-of-noire-presents-femme-fatale-burlesque-experience-tickets-41766459605 A night of elegant seduction, libations, music, burlesque, and immersive artistry. Let go of all your inhibitions, and submit your fantasies to the Femme Fatale. ​Make sure you arrive early to experience pre-show delights. Cast: Perle Noire, Bizzy LeBois, Tutu Toussaint, Lilin Lace, Pearls Daily, Poison Ivory (the freshly crowned Miss Exotic World 2016), Taradise, and Storm Marrero.​ (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 7pm, $20, 21+)

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MONDAY
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WORD: Book Talk: The Bebeficiary
https://ipk.nyu.edu/events/book-talk-the-beneficiary/ NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join for a book talk on Bruce Robbin’s new book The Beneficiary, featuring the author in conversation with Daniel Aldana Cohen and Rachel Sherman. From iPhones and clothing to jewelry and food, the products those of us in the developed world consume and enjoy exist only through the labor and suffering of countless others. In his new book Bruce Robbins examines the implications of this dynamic for humanitarianism and social justice. He locates the figure of the “beneficiary” in the history of humanitarian thought, which asks the prosperous to help the poor without requiring them to recognize their causal role in the creation

FILM/WORD: “The Band’s Visit” Screening and Conversation https://thoughtgallery.org/events/tony-shalhoub-bands-visit-screening-conversation The misadventures of an Egyptian “Ceremonial Police Orchestra” stranded in a remote Israeli town are hardly the ordinary fare of a Broadway musical. Nonetheless, The Band’s Visit has captivated both audiences and critics. But that fictional Egyptian band didn’t start off on stage. It sprang to life in a 2007 Israeli film of the same name. This is a screening of that film followed by a fascinating discussion with key players in its screen-to-stage journey: Eran Kolirin, Screenwriter and director; Tony Shalhoub, Star of Broadway production; and Itamar Moses, Playwright. ( Temple Emanu-El , 1 E 65th St, 7pm, FREE)

MUSIC: Freestyle Mondays 16 Yr Anniversary https://www.facebook.com/events/190187395053452 Emcee Gameshow Competition featuring 16 Emcees over a live band, open mic live band jamsSession - artists & musicians welcome, and DJ Milk Money dance party. Special Guests: Jonathan Meres Cohen Live Art, DJ Perly, and DJ Showcase. With hosts Illspokinn & Mariella, House DJ Mike MilkMoney, plus some surprise guests. (Pianos, 158 Ludlow St, 9pm, $10)

PARTY: Shanghai Express: Paris
http://www.shanghaimermaid.com/party/info.express.paris.html This sultry, smaller soirée is inspired by the 1932 film shanghai express. Each party in this series takes place at a different stop along the imagined route of that train. The adventure continues in a clandestine club on the outskirts of the wildly romantic city of jazz age paris, circa 1935 with live music, burlesque, classic cocktails, small plates, champagne, and intriguingly glamorous fellow guests. Hot french jazz by jolie mome, burlesque by Delysia La Chatte, and a special surprise. (Chez Josephine, 414 W 42nd St, 9pm-1am, $25 adv/$30 door)

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WEDNESDAY
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BURLESQUE: Extra: A Burlesque Revue
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/extra-a-burlesque-revue-tickets-41601369817 Performances by: Rosie Cheeks, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Ekat, Katrina Cunningham, Rose Bonjo, Amber Ray, Minnie Tonka, Divina Gransparkle, Jason Mejias, and Tanya Gagne. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 7pm-10pm, $15-$30)

VARIETY: The Full Moon Cabaret
https://www.facebook.com/events/903382949829300 3 Ring Coven’s very first show, Celebrate this month’s super Blue Moon eclipse with cirque, burlesque, comedy and live music. Stay till midnight for a full moon blessing. Host: Miss Sugar Mamasota. Performers: Peter Mercury , Jon Joni, Lauren Elizabeth, Worms, Nati Amos, Rondell Sinanan, Vivienne DeVine (Boston), Leona Beretta, Ayla Weisz, Buona Sara, Baron Anansi. Music: Charming Disaster, Dawn Graves, Stephanie Leonn. Go-Go: Will Slattery (The Footlight, 465 Seneca Ave, QNS, 7:30pm doors/8pm show, $10)

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THURSDAY
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PARTICIPATORY: Ice Ball 2018
https://www.facebook.com/events/173416696584182 The Simulacrum of Yore Society requests the honor of your company at The Ninth Annual Ice Ball. Do please bring your sartorially superb self, and consorts, cohorts, and colleagues. Dress Code: Impressionist Formal. Do please note: your attire itself determines your very attendance of the ball. Bring your own pair of ice skates or rent from the rink. Bring a lock to secure your belongings in a free locker, or buy one on site. (Ice Rink at Bryant Park, 7pm-9pm, FREE/optional $20 skate rent & $10 lock)

FUNDRAISER: Life is a Living Nightmare: A Telethon to Fix It https://www.eventbrite.com/e/life-is-a-living-nightmare-a-telethon-to-fix-it-tickets-42041196350 In a country dominated by federal, state and local politicians hell bent on bringing on The Apocalypse, the battle to fix it is more crucial than ever. Tune in to this hell-raising comedy fundraiser that will make you laugh while raising awareness and funds to help Lady Parts Justice continue their work curbing the current assault on reproductive rights and replacing political extremists with pro-choice politicians in all branches of government. Broadcast live from a top-secret Feminist Sleeper Cell, the telethon will livestream at LadyPartsJustice.com as well as on Lizz’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/lizzwinstead), so no matter where you’re sheetcaking or sheeting your pants, you can join in for the fun and learn how YOU can get involved and make 2018 the year we make it stop. The #LPJTelethon includes comedy, music, parlour games, and a celebrity craft corner where some of your favorite celebs will be creating in real time one-of-a-kind items that will be also a

uctioned live during the telecast. Oh, and there may or may not be a piñata of Harvey Weinstein in a bathrobe. Appearances include Sarah Silverman, Mark Hamill, Rachel Bloom, Andy Richter, Greg Proops, Amy Brenneman, Rhea Butcher, Frangela, Brian Unger, Guy Branum, Baron Vaughn,Naomi Ekperigin, Aida Rodriguez, Cameron Esposito, Eliza Skinner, Jenny Yang, Jackie Kashian, abortion providers and LPJ (s)heroes Amy Hagstrom Miller and Dr. Willie Parker, Hosted by Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead. (ladypartsjustice.com/https://www.facebook.com/lizzwinstead, 9pm, FREE)

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UPCOMING
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VARIETY: House of Yes Presents: Mermaid Lagoon:7th Annual Ocean Benefit - Sat 2/3 http://bit.ly/2qIp8lw
Come dressed for a cold night on the high seas & an evening of performance, dance, revelry, and song as we dig deep to give back to our oceans. Remember your connection to the sea, and celebrate its enchantment, mystery, and beauty in a winter lagoon full of dancing ice mermaids & ocean dreamscapes. Performances: Ali Luminescent, Kae Burke, Sera Solstice, Kai Altair, Dr. Mermaid, Daisy Press, Liah Alanso, and more. Dress: Inspired by winter seas, ice mermaids, Antarctica, ocean exploration . Music, cocktails, oysters, and prizes. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, BK, 7pm-10pm, $15-$100, 21+)

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SALE: TASCHEN Warehouse Sale
https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/stores/979.store_new_york.htm Discounts of up to 75% on display and slightly damaged books. (Fri-Sun, TASCHEN Books, 107 Greene St, FREE)

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ART: Damien Echols’ “High Magick” http://www.lastritesgallery.com/exhibitions/upcoming 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)

THEATER: The Cult Play
http://www.phoenixtheatreensemble.org/taking-flight-new-works-development-2-2 This new dramedy by Topher Cusumano, follows The Soul Scouts, a religious cult run by Mama Pearl, a charismatic mystic. The group believes the divine rapture will be realized with the coming of the Goddess. However, Mama Pearl fears she’s losing control of the struggling group after the defection of a longtime follower. When Mae, a tech-savvy queer punk, begins the process of joining the group, she introduces Mama Pearl to the powers of social media, changing the course of the Soul Scouts’ destiny forever. (thru 2/17, Paradise Factory Theatre, downstairs, 64 East 4th St, see site for details, $25)

ART: Pattern in Landscape
https://www.frontroomles.com
This group show includes artists that explore the concept of landscape outside of conventional ideas and incorporate components of pattern into their composition. These artists often make use of naturally occurring patterns such as spirals, waves, tessellations, cracks, stripes, symmetrical branches and fractals. Featuring the work of Sasha Bezzubov, Thomas Broadbent, Stephen Mallon, Mark Masyga, Ross Racine, Emily Roz, Zoe Wetherall and Julia Whitney Barnes. (thru 2/18, Front Room Gallery, 48 Hester St, see site for details, FREE)

THEATER: [PORTO] by Kate Benson
https://www.thebushwickstarr.org/annual-gala-1/2017/12/5/porto-by-kate-benson A woman walks into a bar. Her name is Porto. She's a regular. She likes this bar: serious food, serious wine, serious bartender-a staple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood (perhaps Bushwick?). Her friends, her wine, and her artisanal snacks are there; her doubts about being a Modern Woman are put on snooze. A handsome stranger walks in and orders something special. Disruption ensues: an upside-down romantic comedy unfolds inside and outside her head. Desires of all kinds are awakened with a ferocious thump. A nice smile is a nice smile, but can we enjoy the sausage once we know how it's made? (thru 2/25, WP Theater, 2162 Broadway, see site for details, $40-$90)

ART: Solid Light Works - Anthony McCall https://pioneerworks.org/exhibitions/anthony-mccall-solid-light-works 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 https://www.crossing-collective.com/gamelatron 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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