nonsensenyc: 10.2 to 10.8

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 10.2 to 10.8
Date: October 2nd 2009

NOTE: We�re celebrating the 10th year of this list next week and we want to do it with you.

We never imagined what Nonsense would turn into when we first sent it out to 50 of our friends way back then. We did come up with a timeline. Seven years -- that's what we thought. The first three years we'd just figure out what was going on. We'd hit a peak at five, and then gracefully go out after two years of slow decline. We would be too old. We'd stop going out.

It didn't work out that way. You know why? Because you didn't stop. You keep doing interesting stuff in New York. You are still promoting loft parties with robots. Trapeze performances. Whirlygig classes. Weird plays. And boats. Goddamn boats everywhere.

The thing is you still care about New York. You're going out and organizing and booking your friends and sending out emails and wondering who will come. You still have the fever.

In a lot of ways New York is better than it has ever been. The funny thing is we thought that back when we started. And after all the shit -- two fucked up mayors, an economic collapse, and another collapse far worse -- we still believe.

We believe because we have the lens of this list to look at the city. The New York that comes to us every week is vibrant and alive. It's a place where people do stuff because doing stuff is fun. Because that's how you meet your people. How you exist in the world.

You might be making art, but we think what you're doing is far more important. We think you're creating culture. We are creating culture. All of us. Whether you're going to see an art show in a maze or sticking your neck out with a one-night lease on a huge warehouse.

In case no one ever thanked you, thanks. Without you there wouldn't have been a list. Thank you. Sincerely.

We'd like say it to you in person. What we're trying to say is there's a party at 3rd Ward next week. And you should come.

We're not just opening up a brand-new warehouse space. We're also trying to put on an incredibly complicated event that turns the Nonsense list into a real thing. For one night. With all of you. You can read about it below.

Unfortunately we can't have everyone. Advance tickets go on sale today. You reading about it here before it's promoted anyone else. Get your tickets now please. It's probably going to sell out. Like us. Anyway, here's the listing, unprecedented, above the index. And again, thanks:

Nonsense NYC presents:


A one-night physical manifestation of the Nonsense NYC email list, celebrating 10 years of weird art and culture coverage in New York City. Featuring artwork by 75 artists and collectives, an all-night dance party, and performances every five minutes. With eight installation theater spaces and a spectacular spectacle on a brand new floor at one of the best venues in Brooklyn.

From 7-9p, artists, collectives, and makers look into the future with a salon-style gallery show on the main floor. The enemy of anyone celebrating 10 years in New York is nostalgia. To fight it, we decided to ask what people want to see in the next 10 years. The response is overwhelming: 75 visions of what culture could be like in the next decade. From Rubulad's line-up to swim races in the Gowanus Canal, from the Danger's antics to the Bruce High Quality Foundation's gender benders, you'll see it here first.

Then, from 9p-1a, we turn the brand-new second floor space into eight different theatrical venues for a series of intimate performances starting every five minutes. You will not be able to attend everything; No one will. But a very limited number of people will witness very special events performed just for them. Featuring Lauren Darling's Hungry for More, a Lady Circus Clothing Swap, and Sxip's Quarter Hour of Charm among other delights. Be there to get tickets early.

At 1a we celebrate 10 years with a special commemorative performance and open up the entire space for dancing amid the performance detritus. Featuring DJs Joro Boro, Dirty Finger, Stache, Small Change, and Justin Carter until very, very late. More music by Raya Brass Band and King Expressers.

This is a special night. Dress like it.

A partial list of artists and performers: Hungry March Band, Flux Factory, Tom Beale, Winkel and Baltick, House of Yes, Mark Read, Hi Christina, Gemini and Scorpio, ABC No Rio, Cinders, Joe Tuba, Galapagos Art Space, Madagascar Institute, Union Docs, the Change You Want to See Gallery, Glowlab, Jason Sinopoli, Matt Wasowski, Tom Richford, Shel Kimen, Mia Ihara, We'll Never Have Paris, Black Label Bike Club, In Our Hearts, VAST, Newmindspace, Paula Segal-Dylan Gauthier, Shanimal, Kayrock Screenprinting, Mean Red, Improv Everywhere, Secret Project Robot, the Poetry Brothel, Michele Carlo, Reverend Billy, Matt Levy, Ayen Tran, Paige's House of Collection, Dorkbot, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Anney Fresh, Keith Ozar, Nerd Nite, Dark Passage, Jollyship Whiz Bang, Sleep When Dead, Glasslands, Small Print Fare, Figment, Paul Lukas, Takedown, Figment, Touching You, Ari Boles, Dizzy Izzy and the Rockets of Desire, Zemi 17, Marygoround, Bushwick Book Club, Nicole Whelan, Jean Loscalzo, Zero Boy, Metro Metro, Porter Fox, Normandy Raven Sherwood, Connie Colvin, Grub, Nate Hill, Paul Burn, Robin Frohardt, Robyn Hasty, Ryan O'Connor, Erin O'Donnell, Dances of Vice, Veronica Dougherty, Aliens, the Drunkard's Wife, Jessica Delfino, Porno Jim, and Cinema 16.

Saturday, October 10, 2009
3rd Ward
195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
7-9p gallery, 9p-1a performances, 1a dance party; $10 (plus paypal fee), advance tickets available online or at Bluestockings Bookstore (172 Allen, Manhattan). Door tickets not available until 1a night of the show; buy advance.

Friday, October 2
* Love and Geography, Manhattan
* Ninth Annual Coney Island Film Festival, Brooklyn * Team Spirit Animal Squad, Brooklyn
* You Are Here, Williamsburg

Saturday, October 3
* Best Party of All Time Ever No. 6, Brooklyn * Monduna -- A Robot Masquerade, Brooklyn * One for the Crop, One for the Crow: A Benefit Event, Brooklyn * Hey, I'm Walkin' Here!, Brooklyn
* Mister Saturday Night, Brooklyn
* No Money No Problems: A Recession Art Show, Brooklyn * Movies at the Loews Movie Palace, Jersey City * The Galapagos One-Year Anniversary Kabarette Spectacular, Brooklyn * New York Night Train Happening, Brooklyn * Bacchanal Party, Brooklyn

Sunday, October 4
* Jazz Age Lawn Party, Governor's Island * Manhattan Bridge Centennial Bike Tour * Hip Hop Subway Series, Manhattan
* Pickle Day 2009, Manhattan
* Occult USA: The Process Church of the Final Judgment Ritual and Salon, Manhattan * Church of Craft, Brooklyn
* Lamb Takedown, Manhattan

Monday, October 5
* Glasslands Variety and Game Night, Williamsburg * Pie in the Sky: All About Greenpoint�s Rooftop Farms, Williamsburg

Tuesday, October 6
* Bushwick Book Club: Confederacy of Dunces, Brooklyn

Thursday, October 8
* Cinema 16, Manhattan
* Fuck the Recession Party, Manhattan

* More accurate juggling

* Monster Studio

Spectre Priority
* Satellite Hacks

* Senegal Dance

* Tighter!

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Love and Geography

Multi-arts collective Piehole turns the mostly-forgotten 1885 Norwegian play Love and Geography into an abandoned roadside museum. Audience members visit an ethno/geo-graphic exhibition of derelict animatronics and dusty dioramas. As the audience re-awakens the museum's mix of Toy Theater, 3D puppetry, life-sized and small dioramas, video, and live actors playing animatronic characters, the characters inside begin to wonder what exists beyond their bounds and how they got their in the first place. The show is part of HERE's Autumn Artists Lodge, and performs in their Dorothy B Williams Theater.

Here Arts Center
145 Sixth Avenue, Manhattan
7, 10p; $15
Continues through SUNDAY for tickets

***** Also on FRIDAY *****

Ninth Annual Coney Island Film Festival

Ninety six films plus special events. A stunning array of high and low-brow fare, as diverse as the neighborhood it represents. Subjects range from the profound to the profane, showcasing the independent spirit and irreverent nature of the one and only Coney Island.

This year's centerpiece film is Charles Denson's, the Prince of Mermaid Avenue. The story of Jimmy Prince, owner of Major Meats on Mermaid Avenue, who retired after a 60-year run as an anchor of the Coney Island community.

The festival will begin with an Opening Night Gala. Step Right Up and The Prince of Mermaid Avenue screen at 7:30p at the Coney Island Museum, followed by an opening night party, 9:30p at the Freak Bar at Sideshows by the Seashore. It's an evening of live sideshow performance, music, and burlesque that will kick off the festival with a riotous bang. An awards ceremony takes place Sunday, October 4 after the final screening at the Eldorado Auto Skooters next door.

Check website for complete festival details.

Sideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p; $6 per screening, more for parties and passes Continues through SUNDAY

***** Also on FRIDAY *****

The Trapeze Loft presents:

Team Spirit Animal Squad

A feast of aerial feats, music, and dance. Lose yourself in an ecstatic ecosystem of live aerial feats, music, dances, hula hoops, and dreams.

Starring: The Bad Mittens, T-POW!, Vic Thrill,, Lone Wolf and Cub. With Jean Loscalzo, Daz, Jennifer Miller, Miss Saturn, Cara Lee Sparry, Cecelia Grimm, Jessica Melissa Green, Maja Rajenovich, Meghan Czerwinski, and Jackie and Kris.

Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, Brooklyn
9:30p; $20, or $15 dressed as your favorite spirit animal, or $10 with discount code "Team" at the door

***** Also on FRIDAY *****

Trouble presents:

You Are Here

You Are Here (the Maze) is a performance festival in a sculptural maze taking place at Williamsburg's Death By Audio. Emphasizing the sprawling and interconnected nature of New York's underground, a trip through the maze offers a peek inside NYC's DIY art and music scene. A meditation on passage and desire, You Are Here engulfs the space and presents beckoning inhabitants, dead ends, and uplifting epitaphs. Medium and genre vary and overlapping and simultaneous performances are frequent, each performer establishing a different corner or dead end as his or hers. Participating artists in the three-week festival include Calvin Johnson, Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities, Zs, Excepter, Mick Barr, The Coathangers, Knyfe Hyts 81, The Present, Loud Objects, Grooms, Extra Life, Mike Pride, Dan Friel, Ninjasonik, Vaz, Pygmy Shrews, Nine 11 Thesaurus, and many many others.

You Are Here subverts prefab expectations for both audiences and performers -- there is no prescribed order, start time or end time, duration, location of performance, relation of audience to performers, and so on. All of the participating artists have been asked to create something site-specific since the performances will, in fact, take place within the maze. Audiences will be asked only to expect something unusual. Final Night. Check website for complete listing.

Death by Audio
49 South 2nd Street, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p performances-late every night; $8 includes open bar


Best Party of All Time Ever No. 6

Benefit dance party extravaganza. Dance to: DJ Dirty Finger, Radical Outing, DJ Hostility. Also doing a screening of La Haine, and random cool shit. Special party guests Glitter Kids, the Stank Face. This is a fundraiser for various legal fees and literature publication costs.

Lake Johnson
258 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Montrose Avenue station
9p-4a; $5

***** Also on SATURDAY *****

Addtract presents:

Monduna -- A Robot Masquerade

You are cordially invited to the last and largest robot costume affair of 2009 in our new and fabulous indoor/outdoor space deep in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn USA.

Vol. 8 -- It's All in the (Robot) Family. Featuring performances by Jigsaw Soul, the Suite Unraveling, Attaboy (from Denmark!), and the Goddamn Team Players. And introducing Monduna 2010, a Robot Soap Opera (where the story is you).

Come in your very best robot attire and compete for a chance to be inducted into our Robot Family Tree. We'll take the 30 best robots in the house and make you ongoing members of next year's RobOpEra Character and backstory provided by us. Fabulous robot action provided by you.

Plus micro-jams by Blast Off. Bring your noisemaker and join the Blasters for 7-minute sessions of robot-inspired sounds). And, of course, our one and only Robot Photo Booth.

Brooklyn Fireproof
119 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan station
9p-late; $5, cheap drinks, $free with RSVP to

***** Also on SATURDAY *****

One for the Crop, One for the Crow: A Benefit Event

Join activist and Green Party Candidate for Mayor of NYC Reverend Billy Talen and the Life After Shopping Gospel Choir as we remember Katrina with a way forward. The Rev and Choir will perform at 7:45p, and the whole evening is filled with music and films celebrating how communities have survived and reinvented themselves in New Orleans after Katrina. We will celebrate Mama Sue's Garden, created by Sue Boutwell LaGrange in one New Orleans' most devastated parishes.

7:30 Five minute short film on Hurricane Katrina 7:45 Reverend Billy and the Life After Shopping Gospel Choir 8:45 Anthony DeGregorio and his Jazz band 9:15 Susan Hamovitch introduces and shows 30 minutes of new documentary Mama Sue's Garden 10:00 The Amazing Mentalist Dr. Zenitram 10:30 Gary Fisher and his Jazz band

The Brooklyn Lyceum
227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn
R train to Union Street station
7p doors; $10

***** Also on SATURDAY *****

Hey, I'm Walkin' Here!

A series of exploratory perambulations through the five boroughs. Or, less pretentiously: Get off your butt and come walk around the city with us.

The best month of the year is here, dudes: October. And what better way to celebrate than to spend a day walking around outside? So come join us.

21 miles: Woodlawn Cemetery, Williamsbridge, Pelham Gardens, Morris Park, Westchester Village, Throggs Neck, Silver Beach.

Meeting point: Northwest corner of 206th St and Bainbridge Ave, Bronx 10a; $free

***** Also on SATURDAY *****

Mister Saturday Night

After a summer off, Mister Saturday Night is back for the fall. This time around, though, we've decided to keep the party out of the clubs and in underground spaces. We're still paying attention to all the things that make a party go well -- friendly staff, top notch talent, high quality sound and the like -- and in fact, we've found that we can ensure that those things will actually be executed more appropriately when we take care of them ourselves.

Residents Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin (also from Sunday Best and New Release) will be playing throughout the night with special guest Dixon. Dixon has been consistently climbing to the top of the dance music world for the past couple years, and his ascension is no surprise: ever since he released his mix for Get Physical's Body Language series, it's been evident that he has a musical ear, shattering any preconceived notions about what a house DJ should sound like.

It's going to be a big one. If you're interested in coming, you should consider buying tickets in advance. The event will likely fill to capacity, and we can only guarantee that ticket holders get in. No matter what, though, we're looking forward to seeing you this weekend.

Market Hotel
1142 Myrtle Avenue, near Broadway, Brooklyn midnight-early morning; $20 door, $15 with RSVP, advance tickets highly recommended

***** Also on SATURDAY *****

No Money No Problems: A Recession Art Show

Providing exposure for emerging artists and affordable art for collectors, No Money No Problems: A Recession Art Show proves that quality contemporary art can still thrive in an economy where even the cost of a paintbrush is a struggle. Featuring the works of 15 artists who are adapting to their new financial limits.

The 15 exhibiting artists are Matthew Conradt, Kristen Doetzkies, Caroline England, Kate Gavriel, Allison Guy, Lisbeth Kaufman, Joyce Lai, Danielle McDonnough, Lori Nelson, Kathleen Thum, Jason Mones, Liana Moskowitz, David Muenzer, Danielle Scruggs, and Ian Trask. In addition, performance artist Lydia Bell will be showcasing her piece work for pay, at the No Money No Problems Opening and at various times throughout the show. With diverse media and influences spanning photography, painting, installation, and sculpture, artists from across the United States show how talent can thrive even with low-budget media. Each piece has a $500 price limit, with many selling for under $100. From Kathleen Thum�s painting on the face of a dollar bill to Lydia Bell�s dance performance fused with online job searching, No Money No Problems documents artists� struggles and proves that creative innovation can be the silver lining of economic catastrophe.

Invisible Dog Gallery, Brooklyn
51 Bergen Street, third floor, between Smith and Court streets, Brooklyn 6-10p; $free

***** Also on SATURDAY *****

Movies at the Loews Movie Palace

Films projected at the community-run, depression-era grand theater in New Jersey.

The Cocoanuts (1929): This last great comedy of the 1920s was also the Marx Brothers' first film. And it was the first great comedy of the talking picture era.

Safety Last, with live organ accompaniment on the Loew�s Wonder Morton. Starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strothers, Noah Young. (78mins.) One of the greatest comedies of the 1920s, �Safety Last� includes the iconic scene of Lloyd hanging from the hands of a clock high atop a building.

54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ
4p Cocoanuts, 8p Safety Last; $6-7, $4 students, kids, seniors

NOTE: Have you been to this place yet? We keep going on and on about it, but it really is that good -- like on eight different levels. Impress your date.

***** Also on SATURDAY *****

The Galapagos One-Year Anniversary Kabarette Spectacular

Join us to celebrate one year of Galapagos in DUMBO with an evening of cabaret, burlesque and variety hosted by Galapagos resident artists Olga & Bjorn, featuring a full night of outstanding performances including the Maine Attraction, Vanishing Vinny, Jenny Rocha and Her Painted Ladies, Lisa Natoli, Joshua Dean, Sxip Shirey, and Red Bastard. Plus: free haircuts all night by Galapagos' resident stylist.

16 Main Street, Brooklyn
9p doors, 10p show; $free

***** Also on SATURDAY *****

New York Night Train Happening

With live music Chain and the Gang, Preacher and the Knife, and Fiasco, all night dancing to DJs Jonathan Toubin and Josh Styles, go go dancing by Anna Copa Cabanna, visuals by Brock of the Mighty Robot A.V. Squad, and plenty of surprises.

For the second time New York Night Train, Panache Booking, and Todd P have banded together for to present the NYC�s latest and greatest multimedia spectacle, New York Night Train Happening. More fun, exciting, and interactive than a rock show. More artful, organic, and interesting than a dance-party. The union of the underground rock, art, dance party, and performance scenes under one roof. Now you no longer have to regret living in the wrong time. Don�t just read about it in history books. Don�t just dream it. Live it � the legendary nightlife experience you've always imagined but never realized! A contemporary underground DIY rock and roll take on historical NYC subcultural landmarks such as Andy Warhol�s Exploding Plastic Inevitable but sans the pretention of art events, the high prices of club events, or the restrictive atmosphere or rock shows. The summer happening at Market Hotel, featuring Health, Awesome Color, and Kid Congo Powers, drew in over 600 patrons getting do wn all night long. This time its located at the new spot Todd P has been gushing about lately, 171 Lombardy, which he calls "a wonderful, big (but cozy) new space in a dramatic location with a beautiful roof patio overlooking the Midtown skyline, the Greenpoint industrial district, and the Kosciusko Bridge. Plus it�s air conditioned and heated and has a killer soundsystem and good acoustics and great dance floor lights and no neighbors." Don't miss this legendary party at this brand new spot. (Night)life does not have to be mediocre.

10p-wee wee hours
171 Lombardy Street, at Varick Avenue, Brooklyn $10, $5 after the bands are over

***** Also on SATURDAY *****

Bacchanal Party

The Gowanus Dredgers are hosting a bacchanal party under a tent.

The evening�s festivities begin with sunset canoeing and barbecue cooked by PJ Hanley�s of Court Street. Pirate Mary is scheduled to arrive before sunset to entertain the kids and bring your dancing shoes for tango class between 5:30 and 6:30p, followed by rocking music with the Red Hook Ramblers, a hot jazz band, focusing on early New Orleans and Chicago-style music.

Second Street and the Gowanus Canal, near Bond, Brooklyn 5-9p; $?


Jazz Age Lawn Party

Step back into the 1920s with the Jazz Age Lawn Party and Tsirkus Fotografika. For a mere $10 Tsirkus will make an on-the-spot a silver stock instant portrait in a custom folder that is sure to delight. No tricks, no gimmicks, just an ancient Graflex camera, a bit of DIY, and a whole lot of experience /know-how. Proceeds benefit the lawn party and Tsirkus.

Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra invites you to join us on this hidden gem just off the southeastern tip of Manhattan, nestled in the heart of majestic New York Harbor.

Under a shady grove of centuries-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air, a sprawling green surrounded by historic officers� quarters and 18th century naval ramparts becomes the setting for a true Gatsby affair. Widely anticipated by flappers, sporting gents and tiny tots alike, this event has been featured and reviewed consistently by the New York Times and the Sartorialist.

A wide array of music, food and drink, activities, games and contests are open for all ages to enjoy: cocktails by St. Germain, picnickers, tasty sandwiches and barbecue by Cercle Rouge, authentic '78 records from the 1920s played on a phonograph provided by Michael Cumella of WFMU's Antique Phonograph Music Program, Charleston lessons by dance legend Roddy Caravella, 1920s motorcar exhibition, vintage clothing dealers and boutique milliners, special literature/ephemera booths and readings by the Dorothy Parker Society & F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, bathing beauties and beaus promenade, live dance performances, vintage portraits by R.A. Friedman, tug o� war, parade of hats, bake sale, and pie recipe contest.

Governor's Island
Ferry leaving from Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street, Manhattan 11a-6p; $5

NOTE: This was cancelled due to weather last week. This is a reschedule.

***** Also on SUNDAY *****

Manhattan Bridge Centennial Bike Tour

We�ll celebrate the hundredth birthday of the Manhattan Bridge by visiting several sites related to the history of the bridge, including the current home of �Ms. Brooklyn� and �Ms. Manhattan,� the two Daniel Chester French statues that were displaced from the bridge in the mid-twentieth century. Come 9a we will lock up our bikes and take part in the Manhattan Bridge Centennial Parade. The parade will feature Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and other dignitaries; a mini-motorcade of antique roadsters; marching bands; and a tri-color water salute by an FDNY fireboat.

This will be a leisurely tour, but expect some uphill riding. Cyclists must supply their own bike and a reliable lock, and wear a helmet. Participants ride at their own risk. Severe inclement weather will cancel the ride.

Meeting on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, near the intersection of Court and Montague Streets, Brooklyn 7:15a; $free, registration required and follow the Bike Tour link

***** Also on SUNDAY *****

Hip Hop Subway Series

I know the last one was mad long so we are going to shorten it a little bit. We are going to take the L train at 14th Street and take that to Lorimer and get off to do what I call the Circle cipher where we are in a circle, and will do the Grey Matter style cipher, meaning beatboxers will provide the beat while emcees flow to a theme song. We will then get back on the the L train and take that to Broadway junction and do the solo open mic.

The theme for the night is Call and Response. In hip hop the call and response is a way to engage the crowd and the crowd loves a good call and response. so come with your best call and responses we want the train to rock with call and response anthems.

Last time we had a great time and the MTA and NYPD were extremely helpful and got everyone on the train and loved it. they posed for pictures and everything. It was a little surreal. So now we are in talks with the MTA to pull of stuff to a larger level for next year. The Hip Hop Subway Series has been a positive force for many artists and marketers, advertisers and event planners providing artists with gigs and exposure. Lets keep it going because for 2010 Hip Hop Subway Series is gonna be the movement of American Hip Hop.

Back of L train at 14th street and 8th Avenue, Manhattan 6p; $free with metrocard

***** Also on SUNDAY *****

Pickle Day 2009

Pickle dishes at all the LES restaurants! (and don�t forget those pickled barroom condiments). Plus join us in the parking lot on Broome between Essex and Ludlow. All your favorite picklers, canning demonstrations, new exhibitions, and more. Come in costume.

Broome, between Essex and Ludow, Manhattan 11a-4:30p; $free
305 926 6283

***** Also on SUNDAY *****

Occult USA: The Process Church of the Final Judgment Ritual and Salon

Special event and multimedia presentation. Was the Process Church truly "one of the most dangerous Satanic cults in America?" Or were they an intensely creative apocalyptic shadow side to the flower-powered '60s and New Age '70s? Scores of black-cloaked devotees swept the streets of New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, and other cities selling magazines with titles like Sex, Fear, Love and Death, and a controversial theology proposing a reconciliation of Christ and Satan through awareness and love. Marianne Faithfull, George Clinton, and Mick Jagger participated in Process publications, and Funkadelic reproduced Process material in two of their albums.

The inside story of this legendary group has at last emerged with Feral House's Love Sex Fear Death by Timothy Wyllie and other former members. Tonight, Feral House, Process Media, and Sound@One, present a simulation of an actual Process Church �Sabbath Assembly� ritual as performed in the 60s, featuring Genesis Breyer P-Orridge as the "Sacrifist." Author Wyllie (Father Micah) will follow to discuss the cult and his time within it in a multimedia presentation. The Sabbath Assembly band, comprised of Imaad Wasif (Tee Pee Records), Jex Thoth (I Hate Records), Laura Leontine, and David Christian (of No-Neck Blues Band), will perform Process hymns and songs throughout. Join us.

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue, Manhattan
8p; $12
212 505 5181

***** Also on SUNDAY *****

Church of Craft

The new labs are ready for us to make merry and craft. I haven't been yet, but it sounds great. I'm so excited for our first fall meeting. All the best reasons to craft converge right about now: colder (snuggly wool time), back to school (learn something new), and Halloween. Yes, it is time to plan your costume for the crafty holy of holies. No, it is not to soon.

I know Julie was threatening to get all the sewing machines serviced, so I think they will be there along with the usual compliment of scissors and such, be sure to bring what you need this time until we know more about what has made the move and what has stayed behind, supplies wise.

Our meeting will be the usual casual drop in affair, come any time, bring anyone, bring anything you are working on or come & just check out what everyone else is up to. Snacks are welcome.

Etsy Labs!
55 Washington Street, Suite 512, DUMBO, Brooklyn 2-6p; $free

***** Also on SUNDAY *****

Lamb Takedown

Enjoy tons of brilliantly prepared lamb recipes.

Highline Ballroom
431 West 16th Street, Manhttan
2p; $15


Glasslands Variety and Game Night

This week: the Bermuda Pyramid Game Show hosted by Jack Dourakos. Based off of TV's Pyramid game show but with a tropical flare, from the decorations to the music. Win drink tickets and prizes. Also showing video art by local artists. DJ: Hollywood Hils

Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $free, with free Sangria from 8-8:30p All ages

***** Also on MONDAY *****

Pie in the Sky: All About Greenpoint�s Rooftop Farms

With Annie Novak. New York City is a Farmer's Paradise. Just as Annie Novak, one of the masterminds behind Greenpoint's Rooftop Farms, a 6,000-square foot organic farm picture-esquely plopped on top of a warehouse overlooking Midtown Manhattan. Her operation -- founded in partnership with Ben Flanner, a neophyte to farming, and Goode Green, a green-roofing specialist -- currently produces produce for a host of Brooklyn gourmandizers, including Anella and Marlow and Sons. They even run a farm stand featuring fresh picked produce every Sunday. Come hear how this urban Agronomist tells us the unlikely story of how she did it -- and learn how you can too!

Annie Novak is the founder of field-to-fork education program Growing Chefs. Growing Chefs has partnered with Slow Foods, Edible Estates, Health Corps and schools across New York in farming, nutrition, and edible landscaping. A lifelong vegetarian, Annie began farming as an undergraduate while doing her thesis work on Fair Trade chocolate. She�s followed blueberries and cows through New Zealand, sheep and hops through Argentina, quinoa and llamas through Peru, cassava and fish through Fiji and the Cook Islands, and cacao through Costa Rica and Ghana. She is the Children�s Gardening Coordinator at The New York Botanical Garden and active with the New York City Greenmarket.

Open City Dialogue (OCD) is a bi-monthly lecture series curated by Greenpoit resident James Hook, and unraveling on alternating Mondays in the backroom of Pete�s. Short (35-40 minute) lectures are woven together from the common thread of people�s obsessions, with guests coming from all over Greater New York. Whether academic or crackpot; celebrated or unsung, our lecturers all have something to tell you.

Pete�s Candy Store
709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn)
7:30p; $free


Bushwick Book Club: Confederacy of Dunces

Your chance to bite into 12 inches of Paradise and listen to songs about pants factory race riots. The Bushwick Book Club presents songs in response to A Confederacy of Dunces. Songwriters for this night are Herb Scher, Isaac Gillespie, Preston Spurlock, Buffie Roseanne, Laura Brenneman, Maria Sonevytsky, Matthew Varvil, Susan Hwang and Ben Berlin. Book-themed food and drink will also be served.

Goodbye Blue Monday
1087 Broadway, Brooklyn
J,M,Z trains to Myrtle station
8p; $cheap


Cinema 16

Recreating the experience of the silent film era, curator Molly Surno programs obscure vintage films and pairs them with contemporary New York musicians. Bands are given one month to compose a musical score in order to modernize the tradition of an live music accompanying films during the 1920s.

Tonight: Films by Busby Berkley, Alexander Alexeieff, Kihachiro Kawamoto, Sergei Eisenstein, and Joel Schlemowitz. Musical score: Joseph Keckler and Dan Bartfield.

Player's Club
16 Gramercy Park South, between Park and Third Avenue, Brooklyn 7.30p; $

***** Also on THURSDAY *****

Fuck the Recession Party

Broke-Ass Stuart is bringing his particular brand of madness back to New York. Along with three bands, three DJs, and seven circus performances, there�s going to be free beer. The motivation behind the party is that, even though the economy is tanking, we should at least be able to party about it.

Excellent live music will provided by: Vicio, Thought, the Children of Technicolor.The hot tunes from the wheels of steel will be spun by: Mixer Assassin, Brina Payne, and guest DJ Set by Music Blogger Sheena Beaston. Insane live circus performances by: Squiddie, Lady Circus, the Amazing Amy, Madame Burnz, Busty Kitten the Red Nosed Temptress, and Tarot Readings and Art by Asa the Awesome. Free Bouncy Rides by Club Animals, Balloon Animals by Miss Ricci. Free Sex Advice by Topaz Chanteuse Extraordinaire.

Originally known for his popular books, Broke-Ass Stuart�s Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco and New York, Stuart has spent the past year making his website Broke-Ass Stuart�s Goddamn Website ( the best place on the web for the young, broke, and beautiful to find cheap and fun things to do.

251 West 30th Street, Manhattan
8p; $3 with RSVP


  • Attack of the 50-Foot Reels, October 9
  • Nonsense NYC 10th Year Anniversary Celebration, October 10
  • NYC Decom, October 17


  • Better Rock Shows. Nonsense does not straight list rock shows in New York unless they occur in tandem with puppet shows or jump rope tournaments or in subway tunnels or in graveyards. For listings of good shows, especially shows that feature independent bands at quality venues like Death by Audio and those booked by hard-working promoters like Todd P or Sleep When Dead, consult resources like,,, or the lively New York Happenings listserve on Yahoo groups For the most exhaustive list of underground shows at unusual venues, track down a copy of the extremely useful -- and handsome -- Showpaper.

***** ONGOING: FRIDAYS *****

  • Manhattan Critical Mass. Union Square, 17th Street and Broadway, Manhattan. Last FRIDAY of the month. 7p; $free.
  • Brooklyn Critical Mass. Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Second FRIDAY of the month. 7p; $free.


  • Floating Cabaret. Trapeze, burlesque, song, dance. Hosted by Olga and Bjorn. Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn. 10p doors, $10. 718 222 8500.
  • Night Kayaking Tours, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Explore: Coney Island submarine, creepy Governors Island, gross Gowanus Canal, and money-making Manhattan. Website:
  • Rock and Roll 101. Watch music documentaries projected on the wall. St. Jerome's, 155 Rivington, between Clinton and Suffolk, Manhattan. 4-9p; $free.
  • Barefoot Boogie: No shooze no booze. The Boogie is a not-for-profit alcohol-free event that happens every second and fourth SATURDAY of the month. Insight Meditation Center, 28 West 27th Street, 10th floor, buzzer No. 27. 8:30p-12:30a.

***** ONGOING: SUNDAYS *****

  • CrazyTown / Locoville. Odd open mike hosted by Steph Sabelli. Weirdoes welcome and encouraged. Under St. Marks Theater, 94 St. Marks, at First Avenue, Manhattan. 9p sign up-1a; $free.
  • Grub. A cheap, simple dinner for strangers and co-conspirators. Rubulad home base, 338 Flushing, at Classon, Brooklyn. G train to Flushing or Classon stations, J,M,Z to Marcy, B61 bus to Flushing. First and third SUNDAYS, 6:30p doors, 7p dinner; $pay what you want, and bring your own booze.
  • Church of Craft, group crafting. Etsy Labs, 325 Gold Street, third floor, Brooklyn. 2-6p; $free.
  • NYC Bike Polo. No experience needed. We'll show you how to play. We have mallets and balls; bring your bicycle. 1:30-5p-ish (or later if it's really nice out); $free. Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Broome between Chrystie and Forsyth, Manhattan.

***** ONGOING: MONDAYS *****

  • Demonstration of the Great Organ, there are five organs in the beautiful St. John the Divine church up on Amsterdam Avenue, but the most impressive is the Great Organ. The head organist is giving a demonstration on how the organ functions. 1p; $free. Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan.
  • Church of Craft. Weekly crafting. 6-9p; $free. Spacecraft, 355 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.,
  • Glasslands Gallery Variety and Game Night. All ages, free sangria 8-8:30p, live music, video, and bingo. The Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Avenue, between South 1st and 2nd streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 8p; $free. and
  • Free movie screenings. Double feature, with free popcorn. The Lovin Cup, 93 N. 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 9p; $free.
  • Aerial Open Work Out. Come play in 29 feet of vertical fun. Use our silks, lyras, and trapezes, or rig your own. 8-10p; $15, Sky Box, 342 Maujer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, L train to Grand Street. 585 507 1770. RSVP to
  • Williamsburg Spelling Bee, compete for bar tab at a real adult spelling bee, every other MONDAY, 7:30p; free, Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
  • The Big Quiz Thing. NYC's live trivia spectacular. Crash Mansion, 199 Bowery, at Spring, Manhattan. Two Mondays a month. 7p doors; $7, $200 grand prize.
  • Show and Tell. Each performer gets seven minutes. Writing contest and Beer Walk for free beer. Hosted by the O'Debra Twins. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, Manhattan.



  • Drink N Draw. Art. Nudity. Beer. We provide the beer and the model, you bring your drawing tools of choice. 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan, Brooklyn. Second and fourth WEDNESDAYS 8-10.30p; $15, or $20 for two. afenton[at],


  • Carmine Street Jugglers. All levels welcome to practice juggling and related arts. Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, corner Varick and Clarkson, Manhattan. 7:30-9:30p; $free, but requires annual membership $free-75.
  • The Lower East Side Community Choir, a non-auditioned choir that believes that everyone can sing and that singing together in harmony with others is essential for personal and community health and vitality. Our repertoire is eclectic. If you love a cappella music and want to be able to join a drop-in gathering of like minded people, then this is for you. Lower East Side Girls Club, 56 East 1st Street, Manhattan. 7-9p; $donations.
  • Private Ear Audio Theatre: Radio Plays. 8:30p; $?. Brooklyn Lyceum.
  • $mall �hange and House of Yes present: No Parking on the Dancefloor. Next party: July 30. A party bringing it back to dancing. Basically we do not have any kind of dogma or judgment. Do what feels comfortable to you and be respectful to those around ya, that's basically all we ask. Different DJs every time. House of Yes, 342 Maujer, near Morgan, Brooklyn. Every third THURSDAY, 9ish-midnightish (starts/ends early); $5-10 suggested donation. NOTE: This event is every third Thursday, not every Thursday. Also, sometimes they cancel the event for some reason or another. You should check first:
  • Carmine Street Jugglers. All levels welcome to practice juggling and related arts. 7:30-9:45p. Club is free, but building requires NYC Parks and Recreation membership ($0-$75 per year).
  • Rocky Sullivan's Pub Quiz, with Quizmaster Scott M.X. Turner. 8:30p; $free admission, potable prizes. Rocky Sulivan's, 34 Van Dyke Street, Brooklyn.


What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to Alita at alita[at] We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.

***** ARTY STUFF *****

  • The Fall Solo Show. An open call for the Best New Art. Deadline October 22. An international open call for dynamic, inventive and provocative work of all mediums - sculpture, photography, painting, printmaking, illustration, installation, graphic design, video, and more. See:
  • I'm initiating the txt mstrpc lbry (pronounced "txt masterpiece library") -- a library of masterpieces of any ilk, that have been condensed, distilled, transformed, re-imagined, and translated into a 160-character txt message. I would love for each of you to contribute something! The txt mstrpc thtr will be at the Printed Matter Book Fair at PS1 this weekend, I'll display some of your txt mstrpc's. To contribute a txt mstrpc, or read a txt mstrpc, please visit
  • Seeking Artists to Help Make Crazy Art and Music: We are a busy collective of innovative goofballs working in many disciplines in many ways, and could use the ideas and help of other talented peoples, especially for fun Photoshop projects and fun recording projects, because we are juggling so many different projects. (Think of us as a factory of brilliant and subversive art.) (We should call ourselves The Art Projects, a la housing projects meets art factory, but we're not in one location.) Contact EmpireGoodness(at)
  • Flux Factory needs volunteers. Help winterize the new building! Workdays Tuesdays and Sundays. Contact Chen(at)

***** SPACES *****

  • Available November 1 for Long-term Roommate: Quiet back bedroom in a two-bedroom railroad apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, $700. At Bedford Avenue and South 1st Street. The place is affordable but it's an old building which requires lots of care and upkeep from us -- not the landlord -- so handy proactive people who can use a drill and who don't panic when the ceiling leaks are preferred. I'm a late-20s accessories designer, I currently have a separate studio but also do some work from home. I have a lot of clutter, two cats and a very elderly dog. It's perfect if you like sweet loving pets, but not the care and responsibility for them. I would love to have another dog move in, no more cats though. My ideal roommate is not allergic, a non-smoker, works outside of the home, and takes turns cleaning shared spaces on a regular basis. I like to cook and feed people if our schedules work out that way, I cook 90 percent veggie but on occasion will cook meat (for the dog mostl y). I will also be traveling quite a bit in Jan-May or June next year, and subletting my room, so I need someone who can commit to at least an 8 month period while I am away. Our building is just three apartments and we are all old friends. We share bike parking. We have a tiny porch with herbs. Life is good here. The location is great � super close to the Met Pool, all the shops and restaurants on Grand Street, and the pocket park on the waterfront. Equidistant to Bedford L and Marcy JMZ, and very close to the WB bridge. We share wifi and full cable with a Tivo for cheap, though I try to only turn on the TV a few times a week (Mad Men!!) at most. Please get in touch and tell me a bit about yourself, and come by and see the place in early October. Move-in date November 1st! Contact Alita, reversibleskirt at
  • Roomie Wanted in Bed-Stuy. On leafy Greene Avenue and Nostrand. $675 per month. Just moving into second floor of brownstone on October 1, you could move in then or whenever afterwards, with two big living rooms, kitchen, bathroom and two rooms each about 10 by 10. I'm looking for a roomie. The place is two blocks from the G, around the corner from Tiny Cup, next to a community garden which I plan on being a part of. There is really good light, morning and afternoon. A big fire escape. Landlord is super nice and lives on the first floor. The place is not furnished. I graduated Oberlin College last spring and am a multimedia installation artist working right now on a project building/starting a silk screening studio at the Flux Factory. I run on- video/film, cooking, my cat- who will live in the apartment too (her name is Sister), collaboration, communication, not taking myself too seriously and bike riding. Contact skrugman(at) or 617 549 1483.
  • Available ASAP: A peaceful bedroom in a cozy, and artsy two-bedroom apartment located in Crown Heights (Bergen and Nostrand), Brooklyn. $725 (includes utilities), rent will go down 50-100 dollars after November, due to a rent grant. If you just need a crash space, there is a futon available (rent negotiable). Pets are allowed, but requires a small deposit. The ideal roommate is laidback, arts and/or enjoys music, open-minded, works outside of the home, and takes turns cleaning shared spaces on a regular basis. The apt has a large living room, is furnished, and gets great light. Meat haters need not apply. The location is convenient -- amazingly close to the Atlantic Center, the A/B/C/2/3 trains and a few buses that are literally a one minute walk away. There's no cable (because no one watches it), but we do have WiFi and there is an art design studio on the corner that makes clothes and household goods for battered women and where you can also take knitting/crocheting/sewin g classes, which is amazing. Our neighbors are soo nice, cordial, and genuinely good people/great entertainment. Room is medium-sized, furnished, has two large windows, a small closet, a full-sized bed, dresser, and a nice clothing rack.. Please get in touch and tell me a bit about yourself, and come by and see the place in early October. I need someone that will commit to a October/November - February timeframe. Contact Natalie, crue1mediagroup(at)
  • Looking for someone to sublet my apartment from November 1s through May 2010. Four-room railroad (furnished), approximately 800 square feet, loft bed, good light, roof access, nice neighbors. Free wifi (due to the nice neighbors). One block from the Grand stop on the L train (10 minutes from downtown Manhattan), 10 minute walk to G or J/M/Z line. Easy biking distance from Greenpoint, Bed-Stuy, Long Island City, get the picture. Nonindustrial, safe but ungentrified neighborhood with all amenities close by. My neighborhood is seriously awesome and I love it a lot. Tons of restaurants, good bars, laundry right downstairs. It's close to 3rd Ward, House of Yes, HiChristina and even Union Pool if that's your thing. All yours for $1200. Email airelant(at)

*Six-month Sublet in Greenpoint: Bit of an early heads-up, but the sooner I get a good person hooked up, the better: I'm subletting my room from December or January through the end of June. Looking for someone to live in my big fully furnished bedroom in a great warm sunny comfortable two-bedroom apartment, with nice sit-down kitchen, cozy living room, full bath, tar patio, laundry downstairs. The bedroom is large with 2 windows, queen-sized bed, big desk, closet area, shelves etc. Bedding etc can be provided. You'd be sharing the apt with a chill guy in later 20s (smart, considerate, funny, easy to be around, not in your face). Neighborhood is relaxed but close to lots -- coffee shop, groceries, bakery, restos all just one block away; nice parks and bars nearby, subway close at the Nassau G ... or a little walk to Bedford L. Contact Andrea 718.344.0787/ andrearollefson(at) Availability date could range so let me know your needs. I can email photos of the place too so you can get a feel for it. $950 per month.

*We are going to France for 10 days in October and we would like to sublet our two bedroom apartment, from the 15th to the 25th. It is a third floor walk-up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It is a few blocks away from the G train and a ten minute walk to the L train, which takes you to Union Square in five minutes. We live on a quiet block, just one street away from Manhattan Avenue. We are a short walk to McCarren Park, with its Saturday green market, ten minutes on foot from Williamsburg and only three blocks from the waterfront. The apartment is railroad style, with two bedrooms, a large eat-in kitchen, a bathroom and a living room/study. One of the bedrooms has a double bed and the other is a kids' room with bunk beds. It's a lovely place, which we've just redecorated, with hardwood floors, lots of light and even a (tiny) view of the Manhattan skyline. We have two cats, Masha and Olga, who would be most appreciative of a daily feed and some intermittent attention. When they are not passing time in the closets, they are very sociable creatures. Sarah and Jamie, jamtarthook(at)

  • Art studio for rent: Available immediately, 24 hour access. In the mountains of monster island next to kayrock screenprinting, above secret project robot. 210 Kent Avenue, right off the Bedford L train. 500 square feet, wifi, communal sink, bathrooms and minimal woodshed. Heat and electric included, $925 per month. Contact kayrockscreenprinting(at)


Before we had a name, the Spectre Event Horizon Group used to meet at a bar to commiserate about the news and trade what our business friends call best practices. The group has expanded since then, but it remains premised on smartening the crowd mind. There are no subject limits; our favorite is our sci-fi present, and we like anything that goes toward a better understanding of human behavior and ecology. Our basic idea is to connect minds with mind-blowing information and create a space for the informal trade of specialized investigative research, presented for the non-specialist.

The Spectre email list, which is a separate group from this column, is a moderated open forum. People are encouraged to join and to post. This section is compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact us at or Some of what came in this week:

***** Satellite Hacks *****

Realtime Tracking

Community Networks Community Wi-Fi network even uses satellite dishes "Among the most popular attractions of this year's CAFECONF 07 Linux conference down in Argentina, the "Buenos Aires Libre" group, is promoting its hobbyist, city-wide "community network". B.A. Libre aims to run a network with its own backbone, capable of routing traffic between nodes even if the Internet goes down, it doesn't rely on the public internet for transportation. The project was kick-started by a handful users a long six years ago and after several iterations and change of structure and leadership, now seems to show steady progress. The BAL network spine uses point-to-point links and directional antennas along with inexpensive consumer Wi-Fi APs or in some instances full PCs in waterproof enclosures- loaded with their own customized Linux software, dubbed Obelisco - Spanish for 'obelisk' the city's landmark. I asked them if they had any run-ins with the airwaves watchdog and their response was an emphatic no. There's a regulation making selling VOIP or telephony se rvices using Wi-Fi equipment strictly and specifically forbidden by the airwaves watchdog, but it's aimed at ISPs. First BAL is a non-profit endeavour, a community network, and it doesn't aim to provide any specific services, just inter-connect computers. Thus the local regulating authority gives them no hassle at all because such non-profit usage falls within the 'private use' considerations of the local regulations. On the software/organisation aspect, they have done a quite impressive job. The Wiki shows a lot of work, and there's even an on-line map built using Google Maps satellite images and showcasing all nodes and clients, and which are currently active. The registration/membership system is also well done. Dubbed the "BA Libre Location System" or BALLS for short, the project's web map lists 259 "points of interest", that is, either nodes or users who have decided to take part in this project in the whole capital city and its metro area of influence, with 13 on-line nodes and APs in BA city at the time of this writing. There is also a Wiki, an IRC channel and mailing lists."

Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio (OSCAR)

Slow Scan Television
"Slow scan televison is a way of sending video over a voice bandwidth channel -- this can make it practical to send video over thousands of miles via ionospheric propagation. Modern computers have this once rare and expensive mode readily available to the average ham."

TV on the Radio
"The best way to understand slow scan TV is to imagine it as colour fax pictures but sent over the radio rather than the phone. The pictures are transmitted via tones (1200-2300 HRZ) over the air. There are several simple ways to get setup for slow scan TV, the simplest of which use your computer and software with a hardware interface. There are interface circuits which work excellent and cost less than $20 to build or nil if from your junk box. The quality of the pictures is somewhat dependent upon the computer, (monitor and graphics card), and somewhat on the software, hardware. The better systems support Hicolour which gives typical picture resolutions of 320 by 240 in 32 thousand colours. These pictures are almost photographic quality and are very impressive to say the least. Once you've tried it your hooked. Imagine being able to swap mug shots with other Amateurs. See who you're talking to. Send diagrams and schematics over the air. It's great. Listen to HF on 14.230 an d 14.233 almost anytime to hear the action."

Pringles Cantenna "I did not devise the term "Cantenna", but to the best of my knowledge, I did build the first one using the popular brand potato crisp can. I've adopted the use of the word simply because it's appropriate. Thank you to the many folks who simultaneously discovered this word. These antennas were the design of two Japanese people, Hidetsugu Yagi and Shintaro Uda, and are sometimes refered to as Yagi-Uda antennas. They were originally used for radio, long before modern computers. I'd like to say a little bit about Electromagnetic Waves. I'm sure you are eager to build an antenna or two for your 802.11b wireless network. Before you do anything else, it is important to think carefully about all the possible consequences of what you are doing. Simply put, you are going to be sending electromagnetic waves through the air. This can cause much distress to folks who are not expecting it, and when they get upset, they will call the FCC. So, you may want be knowledgeable about what you are doing before you do it. A few terms you should be familiar with are Radio Frequency Interference, Electro Magnetic Interference and Bandwidth Saturation. It has been mentioned in this article that it is not legal to attach a non FCC-approved antenna to a wireless device. I suggest you read the FCC rules and regulations before doing anything. Seattle Wireless has a good collection. The antenna design I illustrate below is extremely experimental. I have heard that it's use could cause interference in near-band frequencies that are commonly used in things such as portalbe wireless (not cellul ar) phones that people may have in their homes near you. There are all kinds of wireless devices out there that operate around the same band as 802.11b, and these are potentially disrupted by use of the equipment described here.

You may consider purchasing an SWR meter and you may excercise much care, consideration and caution for others if and when you decide you need an RF amplifier for use with your antenna. For most applications you will not need one. I have also heard that if your antenna is too efficient, that you may even damage your 802.11b device with too much current/feedback. If you do not know what you are doing, study until you are confident that you will not break people, places or things when you start experimenting. I am providing this information for the sake of information and I am not liable for any damages, injuries or other accidental or intentional harm caused by the use of it. Play nice. We are all in this together. As if this was not yet enough to keep you from messing around with fast flying electrons, I have received many emails from folks who are very involved with HAM radio and other professions and hobbies that involve work with high frequency microwave radiation. They wa rn that 2.4 GHz just happens to also be the resonant frequency of plain old water. This is why a microwave oven works. The energy of an 802.11b device is the same kind of energy that cooks your food, but on a much smaller scale. This is important considering that we as humans are 98% made of water. I have been warned that exposure to even as little as a 1/4 watt amplified with a 14db antenna, such as described here, could lead to severe vision problems and possibly other health issues."

Satellite Dish as WiFi Booster

Old Dish Into Parabolic Solar Cooker "Parabolic cookers have been used for centuries now. The idea to concentrate light using curved mirrors was developed by the Greeks, Aztecs, Incas, Romans and Chinese. The Incas used bronze and gold for their mirrors and they built structures that were several stories high. This technology seems to have appeared around the same time for each of the civilizations. It is thought that Archimedes harnessed the technology to defend Syracuse from invading Roman fleets in 212 BC. At first, I was open to anything to construct the solar cooker. While rummaging around Arcata Scrap and Salvage one day, I came across an old mesh satellite dish and I knew I had found my cooker. Most of the construction and testing took place at the Arcata Bike Library with the help of Bart Orlando. However, I did most of the cutting of the sheet metal at the HSU sculpture lab. We also used the pedal-powered tools there to construct the mount hot plate grill. My solar cooker is spectacular for cooking vegg ie burgers and beans. At 1:00 pm, the dish heats up to 400 oF. Around 2:00-3:00 pm, the dish heats up to 350 oF. I've found that the cooker doesn't burn food too easily. When I've forgotten abut something that's cooking, the sun moves in the sky. That automatically reduces the heat at the focus. Things have gotten caramelized, but it's hard to burn something. Things to Keep in Mind / Common Errors to Avoid: Watch out for stray rays of light that come off your cooker. They could possibly start a fire if you aren't careful. It isn't much of a worry if your dish is more concave, but the flatter the dish is, the more likely that you will have stray rays of light. And wear sunglasses when cooking because it gets really bright and hard for your eyes to handle."

History of Guerrilla TV Experience Behind the Iron Curtan
"Before the downfall of the Soviet Union, there were a number of pirate TV operations scattered around Eastern Europe. Many were guerrilla style hit-and-run operations that would rig up a low-tech transmitter with a junked VCR, set to go on the air during the official government newscast, overriding the signal for several blocks. When the authorities found the transmitter, often on the roof of an apartment house or in an vacant building, they would find home-built equipment that had been abandoned, rigged to a timer switch. Much of the programming was very short (since the authorities would be searching for the source within minutes) and usually consisted of recordings from foreign broadcasters like Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, with still photos for visuals. One brave pirate in Moscow would show a tape of the official government news broadcast, with someone else's voice dubbed onto the soundtrack, reading uncensored news peppered with dirty jokes. In 1985, some ver y brave astronomers from Poland's University of Torun used home-made equipment to superimpose pro-Solidarity slogans over the images of the state-run TV network. [1] You can imagine how the viewing public (as well as the authorities) must have felt when, during the official government news broadcast, the words "SOLIDARITY TORUN: ENOUGH OF PRICE HIKES, LIES AND REPRESSION" flashed on the screen. In 1977, back when the UK used analogue television, someone identified as "Vrillion" of the "Ashtar Galactic Command" over-rode the audio channel of England's Southern Television for 6 minutes."

Known Hacks of Working Satellites Intelsat to turn off LTTE beam - Tigers� satellite piracy bared "The Washington-based Intelsat gave a firm assurance yesterday that it would take all possible steps to stop the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from illegally broadcasting its propaganda over their satellites. In a telephone interview, Intelsat's Executive Vice President and General Counsel Phillip Spector told this correspondent that his corporation would do "every possible thing to turn off the LTTE (sponsored national Television of Tamil Eelam and Voice of the Tigers radio programme) as soon as possible" from their satellite. Spector maintained the position of the corporation that the LTTE was pirating an empty transponder frequency of their Satellite 12 for the broadcasts. He said it was actually stealing the space of the satellite and called it piracy."

Known Sat Hacks (cont.) Behind Falun Gong's satellite hack - cult hijacks satellite signal "The Chinese government is furious over a rare but successful case of satellite signal hijacking in which TV signals from the Sinosat-1 satellite were temporarily overridden and replaced with programming promoting the outlawed Falun Gong cult. According to an official Sinosat statement released 8 July, a series of signal hijacks occurred between 23 June and 30 June (2002), attacking Sinosat's 2A and 3A transponders, which provide TV signals to rural villages in China via an earth station in Yungang, which reported that all of state TV broadcaster CCTV's nine channels, as well as 10 provincial channels, had been hijacked by "unidentified signals ... of similar frequency spectrum with that of the CCTV programs". Minutes after monitor screens went black, Sinosat says, "Falun Gong propaganda materials appeared on screen; and ... the word `Falun Gong' in Chinese flashed again on the screen". The Chinese government--which outlawed the Falun Gong as an "evil cult" in 1999, and also puts a premium on strict media control--has predictably condemned the hijackings, and has vowed to hunt down and punish those responsible. One obstacle Chinese officials face in that regard is whether the hijackers are even within China's legal jurisdiction. The Ministry of information Industry has accused--but not publicly identified--overseas parties of helping to plan the interruption.

Hijacking Sinosat signals from outside the country is possible since Sinosat's footprint extends well outside China's borders, to include the Indo-Chinese peninsula, Indonesia and the Philippines. Satellite experts say that overriding a satellite signal requires a satellite dish transceiver a minimum of three meters wide and with a transmission power well beyond the capabilities of off-the-shelf consumer gear. Hijackers would either have to commandeer an earth station facility or get hold of an industrial-grade dish that can be moved around and hidden. This is why jamming satellite signals is often the province of military organizations and disgruntled earth station employees rather than independent groups. However, it wouldn't be the first time Falun Gong members have interrupted regular TV programming in China. In April, Chinese officials arrested nine Falun Gong members for hacking into a Chinese cable TV system on 5 March in the northeastern city of Changchun, where they allegedly cut off TV signals and used home-made broadcasting equipment to air their own programs. And that was one of seven reported cable-TV hacks during the first half of this year, according to the group's Falun Dafa Information Center, which confirmed the activity in a 28 June editorial--five days after the first satellite signal hijacking was reported."


We look for the sort of classes you circled in college course catalogs but never managed to fit into your schedule. And we also look for the kind of things that no college could teach. Cheap and eclectic is the rule, though all rules get broken occasionally, and we especially love workshops, round-tables, and teachers who won't take your work out of your hands and show you how to do it right. One-time listings are categorized, with general recurring classes at the end. We thrive on your suggestions, so make sure to tell us about upcoming classes that you think are nifty-keen.

Learning is compiled and edited weekly by Libby Sentz. Send listings, announcements, and corrections to her at libbysentz(at)

***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****

Sabar and Other Dances of Senegal

Learn to dance Sabar and a variety of styles from Senegal. Food, drinks, and more dancing to follow. This tax-deductible class benefits the Harlem Islamic Cultural Center.

Chelsea Studios
151 West 26th Street, fifth floor, Manhattan 8:30p-midnight; $15

***** LEARNING: Also on SATURDAY *****

Introduction to Electronics

Learn about motors, light bulbs, resistors, switches, buttons, solenoids, batteries, breadboards, transistors, power supplies, and more. Safety will also be covered. This is a great way to get your projects electrified, whatever they are. Included in the cost is a kit of parts that the student may keep for further experimentation. Led by Raphael Abrams

NYC Resistor Hackspace
397 Bridge Street, Floor 5, Brooklyn
1-4p; $95

***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****

New York Burlesque Festival Workshops

The NYBF presents teachers from around the country. Noon-1:15p: movement and character development with Miss Indigo Blue of Seattle. 1:15-2:30p: dancing with choreography with Lux La Croix of Los Angeles. 2:30-3:45p: dancing with feather fans (and how to make them) with Michelle Baldwin of Denver. 3:45-5p Brazilian moves with Kellita of San Francisco.

School of Burlesque
440 Lafayette Avenue, Manhattan
noon-5p; $20 per class

***** LEARNING: Also on SUNDAY *****

Free Creative Writing

Gotham Writers' Workshop presents a free creative writing class, led by Kimberlee Auerbach.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, Manhattan
6-7p; $free

***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****

Beginner Poi

Poi, an ancient Maori art, used for dance, play, agility, and self-defense training, has developed today into a dynamic artform today that is often combined with fire. In this 10-week beginner poi workshop, Claire de Luxe teaches an eye for movement, not just static tricks, and provides the opportunity for questions, improvisation, and experimentation. Students also review basic fire-safety methods, and the last class includes the opportunity to light up (no fire will take place at Triskelion Studios). Advanced poi classes run on Tuesdays.

Triskelion Arts
118 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn 8-9:30p Mondays through November 30; $180 ddzzee(at)


Free Salsafro Classes

Salsonera School is hosting an open house with two complimentary classes. The 7p salsa lesson explores the Cuban styles casino rueda and son. At 8p is Afro Cuban, which includes orishas dance, rumba, arara, and congo. Free dance classes will continue the first Tuesday of every month.

Nola Studios
250 West 54th Street, 11th Floor, Manhattan 7-9p; $free


Mobiles and Windchimes

This session explores plastics and metals as materials for artmaking. Common household items will be made into mobiles, windchimes, and whirly gigs. Led by Joy Suarez.

Materials for the Arts
33-00 Northern Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Long Island City, Queens 4:30-7p, $10


Stop Making Sense: A Poetry Workshop

Asian American Writers' Workshop presents an eight-week beginner course led by Luis H. Francia. In approaching the writing of a poem, this class emphasizes play, lyricism, and an openness unbeholden to narrative.

The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10A
6-9p, Wednesdays through December 9 (no class October 28 or November 18); $290 ($265 for members)



  • Afro-Haitian dance with Mikerline Pierre at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, 16th floor. Manhattan. Saturdays 4-5:30p; $12. NOTE: Mikerline is also searching among students to add new dancers to her folkloric troupe. libbysentz(at)
  • African dance with Sandella at the Booker T. Washington Middle School gym, 103 West 108th Street. Manhattan. Fridays 6:30-8p; $free. 212-942-3566. (The class airs on Time Warner channel 56 Wednesdays at 2p.)
  • Open tai chi at Bryant Park's Fountain Terrace, 42nd Street and 6th Avenue. Manhattan. Tuesdays and Thursdays rain or shine (through October 8) 7:30-8:30a; $free.
  • Self-defense at St. Mark's Church. Manhattan. Wednesdays 7:30-8:30p; $free.
  • Kayaking on the Hudson River. Slots are 20 minutes, but kayakers may go more than once. Manhattan. Weather permitting, Saturdays and Sundays (through October 11) 10a-5p; $free.
  • Canoeing and kayaking in Hallets Cove. Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City. Weather permitting, Sundays (through October 25) 1p; $free.
  • Power vinyasa with Hosh Yoga in McCarren Park. Manhattan. Saturdays 3p; $donation.
  • Trampoline at Streb Lab for Action Mechanics. Brooklyn. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 7-8:30p; $25.
  • Balkan folk dance at the Hungarian House. Manhattan. Wednesdays 6:30-8p; $12.
  • Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu at Triskelion Arts. Brooklyn. Training is centered on jissen gata combat fighting. Membership is selective, but you may attend the first class without paying dues. Saturdays 5-7p, Sundays 2�4p.
  • Group tightwire walking and foot juggling workshop at Trapeze Loft. Williamsburg. Sundays 5-6p; $25.
  • Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art and dance, with Capoeira Angola Quintal. Manhattan. Various days; $15.
  • Co-ed nonsexual naked yoga. Manhattan. Various days; $?.
  • Parkour workshops. Manhattan. Sundays 4p; $15+.
  • Aerial yoga. Manhattan and Williamsburg. Various days; $20.


  • Open craft/hack nights at NYC Resistor. Brooklyn. Thursdays 6-9p; $free.
  • Math studies at the School of Mathematics, which cultivates a natural, stress-free environment where everyone can explore, study, and discover mathematics. Prior knowledge is not assumed. Brooklyn. Various days; $free.
  • Writing with constraints at the Writhings Society. Practice writing with arbitrary, sometimes mathematical, rules invented by the French group Oulipo and others; no experience necessary. Brooklyn. Wednesdays 6:30-8:30p; $5+.


  • Knitting for beginners by Gotta Knit! in Bryant Park, Upper Terrace. Manhattan. Tuesdays 1:30-3p. $free. Pre-register: 212-989-3030.
  • Craft-On (fun with yarn, thread, and more) with Church of Craft. Brooklyn. Various days; $free.
  • Freegan Bike Workshop: Learn how to turn found bike parts into working bicycles and build your own bike. Brooklyn. Wednesdays and Saturdays; $free.
  • Project Film School's film-theory freeschool with a weekly screening series and online resources. Brooklyn. Sunday nights; $free.
  • Bicycle repair classes at Time's Up! Manhattan and Brooklyn. Various days. $free.
  • Home-improvement classes, from tiling to drywall repair, at Home Depot stores. Saturdays and Sundays; $free.
  • The Fixers Collective is a social experiment in improvisational fixing and mending. Participants bring their broken objects and put them on a large, common fixing table and share ideas and techniques for repairing, mending, enhancing, or repurposing the objects. Brooklyn. Thursdays 6-9p; $5.
  • Beading classes at Brooklyn Bead Box. Various days; $varies.
  • Classes in the needle arts at Brooklyn General Store. Various days; $varies.
  • Knitting and spinning classes at the Yarn Tree. Various days; $varies.
  • Screenprinting at 123 Printshop. Brooklyn. Fridays 5-8p and Saturdays 3-5p; $3+.
  • Figure drawing at Brooklyn Artists Gym. Mondays 6:30-9p and Saturdays 12-3p; $8+.
  • Mosaic workshops. Manhattan. Wednesdays 1-4p and 6-9p; $100 for four-class workshop.


  • Night School at House of Yes. A different workshop each week on everything from whistling to wine tasting. Email kaeburke(at) if you are interested in hosting your own workshop. Brooklyn. Wednesdays 9p; $varies.
  • 3rd Ward offers multi- and interdisciplinary courses in visual art, technology, and fabrication. Various days; $varies.
  • Didgeridoo classes in Prospect Park for music, meditation, and healing. Saturdays; $10.
  • Gearilla!, a street theater workshop (on bikes). Various locations. Tuesdays 2p; $10+.
  • Creative arts classes at Spoke the Hub. Brooklyn. Various days; $varies.
  • First aid for cats and dogs. Manhattan. Saturdays 10-2p; $65 (if purchased online).


It is a wonderful thing, to help. Helping strengthens communities and allows you to meet new friends. With that in mind, we look for one-day volunteer opportunities with no long-term commitment required. We want to be open to fresh ideas and think of help in a broad way. These listings could include anything from a large-scale day-long service project to a local theatre company that needs volunteers for load-in; from an artist looking for film extras to a community garden that needs a few extra hands. Our goal is simply to help groups or individuals that serve the greater good in small but significant ways. Know of any existing opportunities? Looking for ways to help out? Need volunteers to get your own community project off the ground? Send your requests to Rob Voigt at robpastyvoigt(at)


Tree Planting in Newark

The New Jersey Tree Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with planting 60+ trees in the Lower Broad Street neighborhood, in partnership with the Lower Broad Street Block Association and La Casa De Don Pedro. NJTF staff will be on site to provide tools, gloves, and tree planting demonstration.

Broad Street and Gouverneur St., Newark, NJ 9a-12p
Shannon Buckley, njtf_sbuckley(at) 609-439-1755

***** HELP: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 *****

Housing Works Memorial, Food Service

Please join us for a memorial service for a friend of Housing Works on Sunday, October 4th at the Great Hall of Maramount Manhattan College on the Upper Eastside. Food and drink servers are needed. All black attire required. We will provide any necessary training for plating and serving. This is a good opportunity to meet the family of Housing Works while providing a great service.

221 E. 71st St., Manhattan

***** HELP: ALSO on SUNDAY *****

The New York Medieval Festival

This year's annual New York Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park will be held this Sunday. The festival is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, so it literally would not take place without your enthusiasm and dedication. Each volunteer is asked to work two shifts, one during the festival at an information booth or another placement and one either before or after the festival, helping with setup or cleanup. We also encourage you to spend as much of the day as you'd like wandering around the festival, interacting with festival guests (if you're comfortable doing so) and generally adding ambiance. We will provide period costumes and free lunch for all volunteers.

Fort Tyron Park, Manhattan
sign up at:

***** HELP: MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 *****

Junior Firefighters!

The FDNY Foundation is seeking 15 volunteers to help coordinate students at the largest ever Junior Firefighters Swearing-in Ceremony. We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic individuals to work with us - experience with children a plus. Background check may be required. Free FDNY shirt and hat for all volunteers.

Rockefeller Center, Manhattan
Jonathan Chuang, chuangj(at) 718 999 0329


Move a GamelaTron with Noveller and Zemi17

The Manhattan New Music Project is hosting a performance by two artists, Noveller and Zemi17, for its Interactive Music Series at the roof top of the X-initiative in Chelsea. We are looking for 3 to 5 volunteers to assist with equipment moving and handling. The volunteers will be mainly helping bring parts of Zemi17's GamelaTron from the van, up through the freight elevator to the rooftop. Then the volunteers will help hand out programs, set up chairs, lights, help with PA equipment and then help breakdown the GamelaTron. This is great way for a volunteer to meet and mingle with gallery and concert goers while listening to innovative musical soundscapes.

548 W 22nd Street, Manhattan
justin(at) (put "VOLUNTEER IMS1" in the subject line)

***** HELP: UPCOMING *****

  • October 13: Our goal at Computers for Youth (CFY) is to help low-income middle school students do better in school by improving their learning environment at home. In order to do this, CFY targets middle schools in high poverty areas and offers all sixth graders and their parents a free computer-based home learning center filled with interactive educational software. These computers are donated to CFY, refurbished, loaded with software, and given to families. We need volunteers to come in to help us prep and polish our computers before they are sent to our families. No previous experience is necessary! e-mail volunteer-NYC(at) or visit
  • October 25: Please join the Street Project at Fort Tyron Park in Washington Heights on Sunday, October 25, for a bit of community gardening! All we will be needing is a group of focused people, and we will provide all necessary tools including gloves. First time gardeners welcome! For more information and to sign up, visit
  • November 12. Set up help for the NephCure Foundation. Help is needed for the NephCure Foundation's 2009 New York Countdown to a Cure. Ten volunteers are needed to help with set-up for this charity event. Volunteers should arrive at 1p to begin set-up and will be fed. Countdown to a Cure will be held at the Citi Field Caesars Club in Flushing, Queens. Over 800 guests are expected. The reception-style dinner will begin at 6:30p. All proceeds benefit the NephCure Foundation, the only organization committed to finding a cause and cure for two devastating kidney diseases, Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Minimum age 15. Please contact Miriam Long at mlong(at) for more information.

***** HELP: ONGOING *****


  • Street Project: Serve at the University Soup Kitchen, Saturdays from 11:45a - 3:30p.
  • St. John's Bread and Life: Help with the Soup Kitchen, Mobile Soup Kitchen, or Food Pantry.
  • GiveGoodGet Project: Recognize people doing good for their community.
  • GALLOP: Therapeutic riding program for individuals with diabilities.
  • RightRides and SafeWalk: Late night rides - help to increase safety in our communities.
  • The Fortune Society: Volunteer to teach reading, writing and math to former prisoners and young people facing prison time. 212 691 7554 x250 or
  • The Rock Dove Project: Connects health care practitioners who offer cheap/free services with seekers of those services.
  • New York Cares: Attend an orientation to learn about volunteer opportunities.
  • Books Through Bars: Sends books to prisoners all over the country. Mondays and Thursdays 7:30-9:30p and Sundays 5-8p.
  • Food not Bombs: Serves vegan food in Tompkins Sq Park. Sundays 1p on.
  • City Harvest: Help feed the homeless by volunteering at a special event. *Housing Works: Provides housing for individuals affected by HIV and AIDS. Volunteers of all types needed.


  • NY Street Opera: Non-profit musical theatre. Light administrative duties. cheron.g.cowan(at) or
  • NY Artists Unlimited: Brings theatre and art to under-served audiences.
  • Stoked Mentoring: Mentor kids through skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding.
  • 826NYC: Volunteer as a writing tutor for.
  • Lit Drift: Storytelling blog. Creative people needed to blog, market, organize events. julia(at) or


  • Transportation Alternatives: Biking, walking, and public transit advocacy. Office volunteers needed. elena(at) or
  • lowercased democrats: Design a citywide public meeting house, support a petition drive.
  • Reverend Billy Talen, Green Party candidate for Mayor of NYC, seeks campaign volunteers.


  • Project Safe Flight: Rescue disoriented and injured birds and help migratory birds.
  • Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition: Help with dog walking and cat petting.
  • Time's Up!: Direct-action environmental advocacy.


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