03/13/17 11:12am
Have a fiercely feminine week with Maude Gun (#) (pic by Mulography)

Have a fabulously feminine week with Maude Gun (#6) (pic by Mulography)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Start your week laughing at the three-years anniversary of the Side Ponytail Comedy Show, featuring Adam Lowitt, Ian Fidance, Charles McBee, and Julia Claire. (Monday, Friends & Lovers, FREE)

2. Get dramatic with Exquisite Corpse’s Drinks & Drama: Other Entities, presenting six new plays developed in the Spring 2017 Writer’s Lab, from burning caves to outer space; under water to on the moon. (Monday, Happylucky No 1, $5) (more…)

02/13/17 12:00pm
Have a sexy freekshow Valentine's with Gemini Blitz (#3) (pic by Ramon Bpnyc)

Have a sexy freakshow Valentine’s with Gemini Blitz (#3) (pic by Ramon Bpnyc)

Stay informed about fundraisers and other anti-Trump events across NYC in our weekly activism roundup here.

1. Start off your V-Day week at The Future of Sex, where an all-female panel of sex pioneers — Gigi Engle, MacKenzie Peck, and Lidia Bonilla —will discuss everything from “teledildonics” (sure why not) to VR porn. (Monday, The Sweatshop, $15)

2. Hear hella humorous babble at The Talking Show, part talk show and part comedy, with performances from and chats with Aparna Nancherla, Subhah Agarwal, Rae Sanni, and Rebecca Vigil. (Monday, C’mon Everybody, $8)

3. & 4. We couldn’t settle on just two Valentine’s events, so here’s a selection: Literary Couples reading series, a Steamy Night at a Russian bathhouse, a V-Day history party, the sixth annual Unloveable Smiths/Morrissey tribute, a ’90s V-Day dance party, and an exotic burlesque freakshow. (Tuesday, varies) (more…)

02/09/17 10:19am
Save the last dance for The Mad Doctors (#4) (pic by Marisa KM)

Save the last dance for The Mad Doctors (#4) (pic by Marisa KM)

Stay informed about fundraisers and other anti-Trump events across NYC in our weekly activism roundup here.

Note: Check with organizers to see if any of these events are affected by the snowstorm.

1. Listen to a new frequency at Work x Work On Air, four days of curated programming celebrating the art of storytelling, podcasting, and experiential audio. (Friday through Sunday, Wythe Hotel, FREE)

2. Bring the gals to Eve Productions’ Queer Bingo Mingle, with hot numbers action followed by drink specials and dancing for queer ladies and their pals. (Friday, Club Xstasy, $5 per Bingo board)

3. Learn about dudeliness at It’s a Guy Thing, where Ziwe Fumudoh, Meaghan Strickland, Lucy Randall, and Hamm Samwich explain manly stuff to the womanly hosts. (Friday, Union Hall, $6) (more…)

12/01/16 4:15pm
Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

1. See some strange whimsey at The Winter Wonderland Blunderland Variety Show, starring Trixie Little, The Love Show, Samantha Sterman, Cheeky Lane, Poison Eve, and more. (Friday, House of Yes, $15)

2. Laugh for strong gals at The Fempire Strikes Back, with comedy, videos, and funny songs from sketch troupe American Candy. (Friday & Saturday, Actors Fund Arts Center, $25)

3. Spread some cheer at the Bushwick Starr Holiday Party, with free drinks, free food, dancing to DJ Avg Jo, a mistletoe photobooth, and more. (Friday, Bushwick Starr, $25)

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11/15/16 11:09am
Vines take over the space at G&S's Stranger Things halloween party. via IG

Vines take over the space at G&S’s Stranger Things halloween party. via IG

If you’ve explored Gowanus nightlife over the last four years, chances are that you’ve stumbled into a fairy forest, all-nude burlesque event, or any other type of delirious costumed madness at the Gemini & Scorpio Loft, whose exact address remains available only to event attendees (upon RSVP).

Gemini & Scorpio’s semi-secretive location imbues it with a kind of post-industrial Narnia vibe that brushes off the pretension and cold shoulders of other Brooklyn nightlife. They hold wildly immersive events that riff on pop culture, like this past Halloween’s Stranger Things extravaganza, or last February’s David Bowie movie sleepover. The venue is split into two parts: “Gemini & Scorpio” handles the G-rated, high-production events like the former, while the NC-17 rated “House of Scorpio” handles makeout and sex parties.

Brokelyn recently got the chance to sit down with G&S founder Miss Scorpio, a Soviet-born entrepreneur whose business success seems to have from her self-termed “perpetual outsider perspective” on the NYC dating scene. She talked to us about how G&S evolved from the early days of online dating and how she keeps sex party creeps at bay, and mused on the precarious position of affordable art and culture in New York. (more…)

10/27/16 10:10am
Rozay Labeija will slay you at Cryptkeepers (#4)

Rozay Labeija will slay you at Cryptkeepers (#4)

1. Start your Halloween weekend artfully with Norte Maar’s Beat Nite Greenpoint, with 10 galleries around the neighborhood open late. (Friday, Greenpoint, FREE)

2. Be a relaxed witch at Chick Flicks & Coloring, with Halloween-themed coloring books, group tarot readings, a screening of Practical Magic, midnight margaritas, and more. (Friday, Threes Brewing, $13)

3. See a slew of musicians in costume at the Halloween Cover Bands Bash, with performances of everyone from MC5 to Green Day to Marvin Gaye to Sonic Youth. (Friday & Saturday, The Gutter, FREE) (more…)

10/13/16 8:49am
En garde! for Silvia Salamanca (#3)

En garde! for Silvia Salamanca (#3)

1. Check out Bushwick’s newest art gallery at “Opening,” a group exhibition curated by Yael Azoulay and Sol Erez, with music by Romi Hanoch. (Friday, Space Heater, FREE)

2. Get carried away at Games, Dames, and Acromobiles, a nerdy circus revue hosted by a PhD and a former dominatrix, with contorting Avengers, kinky acrobats, airborne Pokemon trainers, and plenty more. (Friday through Sunday, Big Sky Works, $25)

3. Don’t get cut at the Swords and Skirts Showcase, starring Silvia Salamanca and belly dancers including Dalia Carella, Irina Akulenko, and Matt Elliott. (Friday, Kumble Theater, $25) (more…)

09/08/16 4:08pm
Dream up a dark fairytale at Cloud Cuckooland (#4)

Dream up a dark fairytale at Cloud Cuckooland (#4) (pic by Michael Blase)

1. See a scrappy troupe at Circus Amok: Smaller, Rawer, Freer, a radical inclusive circus featuring feats of balance, jaunty jugglers, elaborate escapology, and more. (Friday, Sunset Park, FREE)

2. Watch what happens when a community comes together at a screening of Saving Jamaica Bay, a doc about cleanup and recover post–Superstorm Sandy. (Friday, Prospect Park Picnic House, $15)

3. Get rowdy at the Brooklyn Bazaar Grand Reopening, with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah presented by Gothamist. (Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $20) (more…)

06/30/16 11:35am
Forces of Nature Dance Theater ready to rock the International African Arts Festival (#1)

Forces of Nature Dance Theater will take the International African Arts Festival by storm (#1)

1. Get your culture on at the 45th annual International African Arts Festival, a four-day extravaganza with music, dance, symposia, workshops, a food and craft marketplace, and on and on. (Friday through Monday, Commodore Barry Park, $5)

2, Immerse yourself in “a light and sound environment” at Sight Unseen, an experimental musical work by Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer. (Friday & Saturday, Issue Project Room, $15)

3. See some great moves at the SummerStage presentation of Maimouna Keita Dance Company, which is dedicated to preserving and sharing African culture and history. (Friday, Herbert Von King Park, FREE) (more…)

05/02/16 9:19am
Catch the Bandits on the Run (#6)

Catch the Bandits on the Run in full color (#6)

1. May is National Chamber Music Month! What better place to celebrate than at Williamsburg’s fancy new classical venue, National Sawdust? The Kick-Off Party features three acclaimed small ensembles: Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue, the Del Sol Quartet, and the Greg Lewis Organ Monk Quintet. (Monday, National Sawdust, FREE)

2. Cobble Hill watering hole Fawkner presents new series LoFi Talks: presentations by interesting people with no PowerPoints, no fancy graphics, no bells or whistles. Tonight’s talks will be on Hidden Science: stories you’d never hear from your science teacher by Tarun Chitra, Kelly Reidy, Deena Walker, and Maryam Zaringhalam. (Monday, Fawkner, FREE)

3. It’s the 50th anniversary of the surreal, satirical, Faustian classic, The Master & Margarita, and just 12 days prior to Mikhail Bulgakov’s 125th birthday. Launch a brand new revised translation with a discussion of this seminal work between Boris Fishman, Darin Strauss, Masha Gessen, and Liesl Schillinger. (Tuesday, powerHouse Arena, FREE) (more…)