Date: February 2nd 2018

Hello lovelies,

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

  • Next Saturday: our annual love letter to all things cabaret, Meet Me in Paris. Luscious burlesque and tantalizing dancers, against the backdrop of roaring hot jazz with a French feel. Tix:
  • Valentine's Day proper, Wed 2/14, is our legendary Banya party. We only do this once a year, and it's damn epic. Tix:
  • We're going monthly with our craft cocktail pop-up, The Cocktail Experiment! Now you can always count on us being open the fourth Friday of the month, as a refuge from the overcrowded weekend bar scene. Next Experiment is on Fri, Feb 23. Free!


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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 & Countess Eden - 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.

DRINKS: 2/23

Gemini & Scorpio

The Cocktail Experiment + February Babies Birthday Party

Fri, Jan 26, 8pm-1am, FREE admission, 21+ (25+ recommended) Plus: FREE drinks if you bring a cocktail ingredient $6 per experiment / $17 flight of three / cash only

Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Official site & address RSVP: FB: Social media: @gemini_scorpio / #geminiandscorpio

For the first time ever, we're opening our doors as a craft cocktail lounge on a set monthly schedule. Every fourth Friday, enjoy inventive 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, no cover. Weekend bars are awful; come hide out here. We'll make you something delicious.

Plus, the Experiment: 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.

Is your birthday in February? 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 baked goods!

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!

/// NYC EVENTS: 2/2-2/8 ///


SHOP: Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show & Sale This clothing show features New York City's greatest collection of vintage clothing, accessories and antique textiles from the last century and more. Discover high styles from the last century that inspire today’s fashion trends. The show is the ultimate vintage showcase, which brings together over 80 of the country’s top vintage clothing, accessories and antique textile dealers under one roof. (Fri 1pm-8pm/Sat 11am-6pm, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, $15 adv/$20 door)

FEST: New Ear Festival 2018 Ongoing installation by SVITER art-group, Ivan Svitlichniy and Lesia Khomenko (Ukraine). Artists and performances include: Nadja Verena Marcin “Ophelia”, Jakob Kudsk Steensen “Aquaphobia”, Kara Rooney and collaborators “But for What’s My Axis?” and “Part 2. Desire”, Brian Chase “Drums and Drones”, and many more. Tuesday features “Calling in or Calling out for Racial Justice”, a free workshop focused on accountability and action (7pm). (Fri-Thu, Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, 8pm, $15/$50 pass)


VARIETY: 44 Charlton: A Variety Show Don't miss the gutsiest comedy, music, dance, theater and genre-bending performances in New York on a single stage. Come for the cheap drinks...stay to become a part of spontaneous genius. Special guests for this month's show: indie big band Pendulum Swings, comedian Kenny Neal Shults and writer/performer/activist Diana Oh. (The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St, 7pm, $15)

WORD: Book Launch “Meet The Deplorables: Infiltrating Trump America” Come for an evening of stories and tales of going undercover and infiltrating the deplorables in Trump America. Legendary infiltration journalist Harmon Leon is at it again, this time teaming up with ferocious political cartoonist Ted Rall to answer the question most of America has been asking: "What the hell happened in 2016?" In their new book, Meet the Deplorables: Infiltrating Trump America, Leon goes deep undercover into the heart of Trump America, and Rall—two-time winner of the RFK Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist—adds an innovative extra dimension to the book with his own essays and full-color cartoons. (Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St, BK, 7pm, FREE)

BURLESQUE: Wasabassco’s “The Naked Detective”
tix: You are once again invited to pull up a chair, take off your pants, and make yourselves comfortable, as the Wasabassco Mystery Hour presents another thrilling case straight from the files of The Naked Detective. Hollywood tingles with suspense as our Naked Detective grapples with her latest case in this live radio striptease spectacular onstage for one night only. When beloved starlet Delysia La Chatte is gunned down on the sound stage at Cli-Max Studios, it’s up to Nasty Canasta and Sapphire Jones to find her killer. Was it handsome leading man Syd Deveraux? Hard-nosed studio exec G.F. “Gal” Friday? Costumer-to-the-stars BooBess? And what light can holy man Father McTigger shed on the mystery? The land of sunshine and palm trees hides a few deep, dark secrets of its own – but all will be revealed in “The Case Of The Falling Starlet.” (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15/$20 seating/$30 VIP)

THEATER: Groundhog Day…Entirely From Memory The team of eight Entirely from Memory performers from Ten Bones Theatre Company will attempt to recreate the spiritual transcendence that is Groundhog Day using only what they can remember after watching the film one time. The rules remain the same: The show is cast blindly and in front of the audience; Actors must incorporate lines written by the audience; Actors must incorporate any sound effect played by the tech booth; One audience member is given a horn they may honk three times. Once honked, the performers must create a scene that makes perfect sense given where they are in the story but makes no sense being in the story of Groundhog Day. (Videology Bar and Cinema, 308 Bedford Ave, BK, 7:30pm, $10)


SHOP: Vintage costume & more sale Amazing vintage clothing, costumes, circus equipment, sound equipment, entertainment system, video projector, disco balls, cool lighting fixtures, drums, 70's beauty chair, 60's telephone seat, assorted furniture items and lamps, 30+ theater seats, 3 cocktail tables, drums, masks and much much more!! Everything must go. (Big Sky Works, 29 Wythe Ave, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)

VARIETY: House of Yes Presents: Mermaid Lagoon:7th Annual Ocean Benefit
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+)

WORD: Mycology 101 In this class, they will be discussing the fundamentals of mycology and cover some key points covered by Paul Stamets in the book Mycelium Running. They will discuss the importance and nature of mycilleal networks, as well as ways of cultivating and propogating mushrooms at home. (Earth Arts Center, 936 Madison St, BK, 8pm doors/8:30pm talk, $tbd)

PARTY: Love Injection: 3-Year Anniversary Fundraiser
Love Injection is still truckin’ 3 years later. Who says print is dead? Everyone actually, but who cares? The fanzine is doing these semi-regular events to raise money for operations and special projects. This first one marks their three year anniversary in print at their favorite psychedelic haunt. Paul & Barbie play eclectic tunes all night on a beautiful pair of K-Horns. (Magick City, 37 Box St, BK, 10pm-4am, $10/sugg don)

DJ: Bootie NYC: Bowie vs. Prince Mashup Night Bootie pays tribute to two of the greatest and most influential musicians of the past 50 years. These two legendary artists will get the Bootie treatment, mashed-up and remixed with anybody and everybody. Featuring DJs Mysterious D and Lobsterdust. (Bootie NYC, 61 Wythe Ave, BK, 11:30pm-3am, $10)


SHOP: Saint Vitus Valentine's Day Flea Market Bring your friends. Bring your kids. Bring your dog. Bring your grandma. For the third straight year, come on down for the biggest array of cool vintage, new, and handmade stuff for all of your pre-holiday and Halloween needs. Glamour shots, massage, awesome stuff, drunk specials. (Saint Vitus Bar, 1120 Manhattan Ave, BK, 1pm-6pm, FREE)

PARTY/PERFORMANCE: 3rd Annual House of Yes Totally Immersive SUPERB OWL Experience Are you ready for some football!? Prove it. The HoY gang will be pulling out all the stops, going into Beast Mode, running the whole 100 yards, tackling everything in site. Featuring: hot wings, Lady Gaga returns, mascots, real cheerleaders, uniforms, beer, expensive commercials. Total. Utter. Football. Realness. (House of Yes, 2 Wycoff Ave, BK, 6:30pm kick off, $20, 21+)

MUSIC: SUSS Record Release Party
SUSS is a new post-country, ambient Americana, boot-gazing, psychedelic band featuring Bob Holmes, Gary Leib, Jonathan Gregg, pat Irwin and William Garrett. Based in New York City, SUSS is a new project from the artists behind the music of Rubber Rodeo, the B52s, 8-Eyed Spy, The Raybeats, Band Aparrt, the Crusty Gentlemen, PI Power Trio and The Combine. Join them as they celebrate the release of their album “Ghost Box”. (The Secret Theater, 44-02 23rd St, LIC, 8pm, FREE)


ART/BENEFIT: IN·SPIRE: Leigh Bowery Join this celebration of creativity, bringing together those that think outside the box. You will be surrounded by an inspired auction, prepare to bring something home with you. So, wear your photo booth ready, outrageous attire - prizes for the most inspired. All funds raised go towards the continued diversity of Leslie-Lohman Museum’s programming and collection. (Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St, 7pm-10pm, $50/$25 artist)

WORD: Crowdfunding 101: Community Supported Fundraising A way to build momentum for your project, raise funds, and show proof of concept - Crowdfunding is supporting new creators and business owners to make their project a reality. In this workshop you will learn: What kinds of projects are ideal for crowdfunding, pros and cons of different crowdfunding platforms, realistic expectations for time required to launch and fulfill a crowdfunding project, best practices for creating your campaign project page, tips for marketing your campaign. You will have dedicated time to: Strategize your project funding goal and deadline, Brainstorm your project title and description, Use the group as a sounding board for your idea. This workshop is hosted by Melissa Wong, co-founder of New Women Space and former Community Support Manager at Kickstarter. (New Women Space, 188 Woodpoint Rd, BK, 7pm, $12)

THEATER: Dungeon Hit the Lights! Theater Co., Ars Nova's 2018 Company-in-Residence is pleased to present the award winning production of DUNGEON as part of Ars Nova One Night Stand a second time. DUNGEON tells the story of a young man falling into the unknown to rescue something he holds dear. It is told through movement, sound, flashlights, and without the use of dialogue or stage lighting. Inspired by kabuki, video games, horror movies, and pixar shorts, dungeon builds a world where the darkness speaks louder than the light. (Ars Nova, 511 W 54th St, 8pm, $15)


VARIETY: Dirty Blues Burlesque: We're ONE! Dirty Blues Burlesque all live music show is celebrating their 1 year anniversary. Hosteuse Countess Eden and Piano Man Chris Johnson bring you the finest completely ludicrous live entertainment. Stick around after for free live piano karaoke. Performers and special guests to be announced. (Sid Gold's Request Room, 165 W 26th St, 7:30 doors/8pm show, $10)


ART: Funsized - Affordable Small Works - Gallery Party This is a show of affordable small works. Come party at the opening, and check out the fun sized art work from Con Artist Collective’s talented artists. 8x10 and under. Nothing over $300. Art will be on view Mon-Fri 11am-7pm. (Con Artist Collective & Gallery, 119 Ludlow St, 7pm-10:30pm, FREE)

VARIETY: Far Out with Fou York: A Variety Show New York's favorite cartoons come-to-life have once again put together a wild variety show with your pleasure in mind - 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, $10-$20, 21+)


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)

THEATER: The Cult Play 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
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 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)

THEATER: Fusiform Gyrus - A Septet for Two Scientists and Five Horns
In Talking Band’s new music-theater work, big ideas bump up against big sound. Five brassy horns and two eccentric scientists leapfrog from epiphany to epiphany. The show celebrates the resilience of friendship, the power of music to make us feel like anything can happen, and the rigorous tradition of scientific discovery in a world where scientific truth is often challenged. (thru 2/25, Tue-Sat 7pm/Sun 2pm, Here, 145 Sixth Ave, $25-$75)

MAGIC: American Escape Artist starring Thomas Solomon This performance showcases the award-winning and original escapes of Thomas Solomon, recognized by the Academy of Magical Arts as the "World’s Greatest Escape Artist." With two network television specials under his belt, his performances at Coney Island will feature exciting presentations on classical magic and the unique escape artistry that has audiences standing and cheering. (thru 2/29, Fri, Coney Island Theater, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 8pm, $15)

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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