nonsensenyc: 7.5 to 7.11

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Subject: nonsensenyc: 7.5 to 7.11
Date: July 5th 2013


Friday, July 5
* How Does It Feel? Manhattan
* Machine, Brooklyn
Saturday, July 6
* Schläng (Space Jesus and Supersillyus) Album Release Party, Brooklyn
* The Desert Forest Funraiser, Williamsburg
* Killer Queen Independence Tournament, Manhattan
* E.S.P Opening Night Benefit Show, Brooklyn
* Free Art Party: The Food Chain Show, Manhattan
* The Plazasphere: A Spherical Board Game, Brooklyn
* Crazyology Co-Laboratory, Manhattan
Sunday, July 7
* Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn
* Drink and Draw, Williamsburg
* Tiki Disco, Queens
Tuesday, July 9
* Red Bastard, Williamsburg
Wednesday, July 10
* Show and Tell, Brooklyn
Thursday, July 11
* July Sound Off, Manhattan
* Cinema for the Ear: Manorexia, Manhattan
* The Art of Making Funny
All That We've Met
* The final post!
Free Summer Stuff
* Still brand new; so fun.
* New editor!
* Exclamation points!
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How Does It Feel?
A showcase of fight scenes proudly presented by Art of Combat and Gruntled Productions, ranging from post-apocalyptic to Cyrano de Bergerac. Each scene is performed with a twist and choreographed in the unique style of Art of Combat fight directors. The evening will be action-packed.
Scenes: 2 Days in the Valley, Box and Cox, Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Cyrano, Extremities, Julius Caesar, Marriage Play, the Court Jester, Jitters, the Web, Vampire Lesbians, and Strumpet Voluntary.
Access Theatre
380 Broadway, Manhattan
8p; $10, $5 students and seniors
Continues on SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Collectif Experiencia presents:
With a special performance of Evaporation Study No. 1. A part of the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival.
Machine is a four-channel video and audio installation envisioned as a staging ground for upload to the digital heavens. By using motion sensing technologies, video, audio, and water elements, Machine enables a pre-upload body/mind work out. Evaporation Study no. 1 exhibits the body in transition, its spirit in evaporation, and a liminal state of being, blissfully caught between an individual body and the multiplicity of the digital cloud.
Cave, home of Leimay
58 Grand Street, Brooklyn
4-8p, with a performance of Evaporation Study No. 1 at 7p; $free with RSVP
Continues various hours through SUNDAY
Planet Cognac presents:
Schläng (Space Jesus and Supersillyus) Album Release Party
Planet Cognac presents the Brooklyn debut of Space Jesus and Supersillyus new psychedelic project, Schläng, at the 80 Vernon Ave. warehouse. These two have been going hard in the studio over the past year working on their debut EP and its finally ready to be shared to the world. We've heard the tracks and lets just say that Shpongle times Bassnectar is a good way to describe the music baby they've created. Joining them is a specially curated lineup of artists from the realms of electronic and hip-hop including Technicolor Lenses, Weekend Money, Hot Jambalaya, Flote, eelko, Melvin Freshley and some very special guests that will remain anonymous until they take the stage. Trust us, the energy in the room is going to be flammable. Tamara will provide the visual enhancement via three custom-built, projection mapped screens.
80 Vernon Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-5a; $10-15
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Desert Forest Funraiser
Dance all day with the Wolf and Lamb family as we kick off the summer with a Domino Forest Funraiser Party. DJ sets by Wolf and Lamb, Nick Monaco, Nicholas Matar, and Smirk and Friends.
Come join us in The Domino Forest, a unique large-scale immersive art experience that will transport you to another world. The Forest's swaying leaves and soft faux-fur understory create an intoxicating simulation of nature amidst the cityscape. This is a place to experience deep relaxation, a space for inspiration, and childlike playfulness.
About the park: Havemeyer Park is an urban park space located across from the old Domino Sugar factory. Over one acre in size, it is a multidimensional space that plays host to large-scale interactive art, an urban farm, a bike trick trail, a reading room, and way more. All proceeds go to support the construction of the Desert Forest, to be installed at Burning Man in August.
Havemeyer Park
49 South 4th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
2-10p; $25
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Killer Queen Independence Tournament
Come celebrate independence from the tyranny of publishers and support indie games in NYC. Killer Queen Arcade is a 10-player arcade game and the only cabinet in the world is here in NYC at the NYU Game Center.
Last month's tournament was a blast. Will Pratt's Bratzz keep their crown? This month we have some exciting surprises, including the unveiling of a brand new map and unique sprites for each player.
We've also adjusted the format to allow for more games for everyone. The tournament will be double elimination, seeded by team experience. Each match will be best two out of three. The championship match will be best three of five. Come with a five-player team or join up with others at the event. No experience with the game is necessary and it's easy to learn.
NYU Game Center
721 Broadway, ninth floor, Manhattan
All day open play, 7p team registration, 7:30p tournament; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
E.S.P Opening Night Benefit Show:
My name is Doris Yuan. I am organizing an art/comedy/benefit show called E.S.P to be held at Brooklyn Fire Proof. E.S.P aims to provide an opportunity for a community to build and bonds to form with feminist artists and performers from around the country. Brooklyn Fire Proof is a new venue that was found after the original space that was to hold the first show fell through due to a fear of backlash in publicly supporting Planned Parenthood. Come hang out for a night of fun, laughter, and dancing. Opening night will be packed with performances by hilarious comedians and improvisers, live music, a DJ dance party. With Sasheer Zamata, Svck My D!Ck II, Aparna Nancherla, Jessica Delfino, Bethany Hall, Anna Drezen, Emilie Parker Strange, and Judith George. Live music performance by Tiny Teeth. Art work for sale. Hosted and curated by Doris Yuan.
Brooklyn Fireproof
119 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan Avenue station
8p door, 9p show; $5-10 benefits Planned Parenthood and Womanspace
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Free Art Party: The Food Chain Show
A Merry troupe of young upstarts, art collective Chimera Subrosa, puts on a group art show. Weird art -- paintings, photography, prints, and giant sculptures -- all having to do with food in some way. Music, madness, and a pancake battle royale.
Sapphire Lounge
249 Eldridge Street, Manhattan
8-11p; $free
All ages
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cash Bundles presents:
The Plazasphere: A Spherical Board Game
You must provide wifi to the orbiting man-made mall planet. Man Forever scores a live play-through at 11:30. Featuring performances by Man Forever (Kid Millions of Oneida), Loud Objects, Smhoak Mosheein (of Dubknowdub, Rat Attack), Divorce Money, Lazurite, Space Lions in Outer Space, and Pulcinella. And the art of Alexander Iezzi, Veronica Torres, Eli Lehrhoff, Jean Luc Bozzoli, Andrew Spaulding, and Stewart Losee. Grillers and chillers before 7. BYOB.
The Living Gallery
1094 Broadway, Brooklyn
5p-2a; $7 after 7p
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Crazyology Co-Laboratory presents:
Crazyology Co-Laboratory
This is a solo exhibit of David Normal's unique light based art known as Illuminations, which are double-sided lightboxes that glow like stained glass windows. The Illuminations, hanging and rotating gently in space, form a kind of portable cathedral of the absurd and the profane.
It's a style he calls Crazyology, and Normal will expound the concepts and ideas of his own aesthetic system in a series of forums known as Crazyology Co-Laboratory. The purpose is not only to inform the public, but to engage other artists in collaborative works guided by the principles of Crazyology.
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street, Manhattan
7:30p reception, 8:30 lecture and multimedia presentation followed by a question and answer series; $free
212 260 4080
Panoply Performance Laboratory
Dolanbay, a Turkish artist based in Instabul and Berlin, will perform an action installation, involving a home-made catapult and complete alteration of the gallery over the course of six hours. Audiences are welcome to come any time and stay for as long as they like, cold beer is available. Don't miss your chance to experience this work and this artist, it will stay with you forever. Performance is a part of the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival.
Panoply Performance Laboratory
104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
2-8:30p; $free
574 536 7648
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Drink and Draw
Macri Park Bar is continuing our Sunday night Life drawing series through July. The bar will provide a live, scantily clad model holding poses for various intervals of time. We provide paper and crayons, bring your own drawing materials if you would like.
Macri Park Bar
462 Union Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
10:30p-1a; $free, but you should drink -- the model gets a portion of the bar
21 and over
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
From Brooklyn Based
Tiki Disco
The founding fathers threw an enormous party on July 7 1776, Look it up -- it's a fact. In honor of this historical event, Tiki Disco shall also throw an enormous party on July 7. We are back at Knockdown Center. Please arrive early to avoid lines and delays. Food and beverage by Robertas. Sound by Funktion-One and, as always, Eli Escobar, Andy Pry, and Lloydski.
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Queens
2-10p; $free
21 and over
Red Bastard
Red Bastard in NYC one night only. Could this 5 star, dangerous, seductive, comedy-monbster change your life? Experience the madness of this outrageous, award-winning knockout.
Something interesting must happen every 10 seconds. And it will... Audiences should be prepared for anything to happen in this interactive show, in which Red Bastard engages the audience in master class of raw conversation, provocations, traps, rewards, and catch 22's encouraging risk and personal discovery. Written by Eric Davis, with Deanna Fleysher and Sue Morrison.
Cloud City
85 North 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p; $15-25
Show and Tell
Show and Tell is exactly what it sounds like: Everyone is invited to bring an object of personal significance and talk about it for up to three minutes. It's just like you remember from second grade, only you can probably tell a better story now than you could back then.
Objects that were presented at last month's Show and Tell ranged from the ordinary (a ticket stub) to the slightly eccentric (a container of fortune cookie fortunes, collected over the course of over 20 years), with most falling somewhere in between.
But Show and Tell isn't really about the objects. It's about the stories attached to them. Look in your pocket or bag -- there's probably good Show and Tell fodder in there right now. You can either (a) bring an object and be prepared to talk about it or (b) simply be part of the audience, because you can't have Show & Tell without people to be shown and told. Either way, it's a good time.
Freddy's Bar
627 Fifth Avenue, between 17th and 18th streets, Brooklyn
R train to Prospect Avenue station
8p; $free
July Sound Off
Audience is pleased to announce a transcontinental studio visit with Seattle sound artist Robb Kunz at our Sound Off Salon. Robb Kunz will present an installation version of his public art work in progress, Sounds Squared.
16 Beaver Street, fourth floor, Manhattan
4,5 trains to Bowling Green station
7-9:45p reception, with a brief talk by Robb Kunz about his work at 8p; $free
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Cinema for the Ear: Manorexia
Experience cinema-for-the ear as Audience presents JG Thirlwell's Manorexia: Dinoflagellate Blooms. This 5.1 album features 11 compositions composed, produced, and performed by Brooklyn-based and record-making Thirlwell. Known by many pseudonyms including Foetus, Zizanie, Clint Ruin, and others, Thirlwell is known for his dramatic, intense, and diverse musical style. Thirlwell's oeuvre stretches the gamut from orchestrations, big band, and cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics and chamber music soundtracks, often all in the same album.
Beginning in Berlin in 2005, Manorexia was later recorded at Thirlwell's Self Immolation studios in Brooklyn, and the 5.1 mixes were made at Harvestworks Studio with musician, sound artist, producer Paul Geluso. The album was released as a 5.1 DVD in October 2011.
Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick Street, Manhattan
10-11p; $free with RSVP
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
The Art of Making Funny
Come join us after Imagine Everything opening for the Art of Making Funny, a comedy show. We are having some of our favorite NYC comedians over to share their own canvases of laughter and pathos, which could be confused with performance art but way more hilarious. Shows at SGDA have been called NYC in the 60s. Come back in time with us to come full circle. Featuring the diverse comedic talents of Jay Welch, Hilary Schwartz, Kara Klenk, Hadiyah Robinson, David Hodorowski, Lisa Delarios, and Chris Laker.
Soho Gallery For Digital Art
138 Sullivan Street, Manhattan
9p; $free
* Come Out and Play, July 12-13
* Mp3 Experiment Ten, July 14
* Step High, Stoop Low, Leave Your Dignity Outside, July 18
* Gemini and Scorpio 10th Anniversary Celebration, August 9-11
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***** ARTY STUFF *****
* International ArtExpo is selecting all interesting architecture projects, photo works, video/short films, computer graphics works, paintings and performances to include in the next 2013 Exhibition: Border Cities and New Identities, International Art Festival of Architecture, Photography, Video Art, Computer Graphics, Painting and Performing Art, held in Suceava (Romania), at the Water Plant  Center of Architecture, Urban Culture and Landscape, from the 26 July to 2 August 2013. The selection will be based on the main concept of hybridization between identities and urban environment, as the result of liquid identities and liquid contacts between people. Mixing sustainable transport; modern (ICT) communication infrastructure; sustainable economic development; and wise management of natural resources, human, intellectual and social capital, is the key to reach a future better life quality. The Center of Architecture, Urban Culture and Landscape is the result of a convers ion of an old, abandoned Water Plant into a Cultural Center. The event is open to architecture, photography, video art, computer graphics, painting, and performing art. The deadline for applications is July 1. The number of works you can submit is unlimited. The participation in the International Art Festival requires an entry fee only for selected artworks. Participation open to: artists, architects and designers, associate groups and studios. To take part in the selection, send your works submissions with a CV/biography, videography and some still images (only for video artists), maximum of n.3 A3 panels in JPEG or PDF format (only for architecture category), some samples of works (only for artists) via email to lucacurci]at] or via mail to: International ArtExpo, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 33, 70122 Bari, Italy.
* Bowery Arts and Science is pleased to announce an open call for its Fall 2013 programming at Bowery Poetry (308 Bowery). We are accepting proposals for acts, events, and series that showcase, connect, nourish, and celebrate a diverse array of artistic expression and creative thinking. Our new space is elegant and intimate, perfect for readings, solo performance, small ensemble performance, panels, salons, group workshops, break-out brainstorms, site-specific interventions, mixers, cabarets, and more. Deadline: July 1, 2013. Application and more details:
***** SPACES *****
* We are a cooperative house in Bed-Stuy that has been in existence for over five years. We are thirteen people and a cat living in a brownstone. Currently we have cooperative living opportunities starting August 2013-February 2014. We share food and responsibilities with all residents who are responsible for weekly chores and the maintenance of our house. We all attend our weekly house meetings and have dinner on Monday nights. Working together we strive to reach the common goal of sustainable living. We're rejecting the New York "fend for yourself" attitude and collectively want to build a strong alternative to individualistic consumer culture. By living together, sharing food, space, and projects, we are enrolling others into our common goals. We don't discriminate based on race, gender, or sexuality. The rooms available are $750 a month and include food and utilities. If you are interested in living with us please respond with a short introduction of yo urself and be sure to include any experiences with or your interest in cooperative or collective living. Contact us at]at]
* 2000 Square Foot Creative Work Space: Desks are available at a spacious, casual, yet hard working professional workspace. Perfect for filmmakers and photographers but open to any small business or freelancer. Extremely inspiring, modular, large, open studio with high wooden ceilings. 12-foot white and green screen stage available. Elevator. Security cameras. Utilities and Internet included. One desk is available for sublet for July and August at $440 per month (or best offer), or have a long-term station for $540 per month. Contact Laura, irrev]at] or 646 279 3348.
Before we had a name, the Spectre Event Horizon Group used to meet at a bar to commiserate and trade what our business friends like to call "best practices." The group has expanded since then, but it remains focused on smartening the crowd mind. There are no subject limits; our favorites are the incredible sci-fi present, or anything that goes toward a better understanding of human behavior and our universe's ecology. Our simple intent is to connect good minds with as much quality mind-blowing information as we can freely locate, and create a space for the informal trade of specialized investigative research, presented for the non-specialist.
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***** Aquatic Apes *****
"Elaine Morgan became infuriated with male-dominated explanations for such human attributes such as hairlessness. According to prevailing ideas, human males lost their body hair when they took up hunting and needed to sweat profusely in the African heat. But no explanation was given to account for loss of female body hair. As a result, Morgan turned to the aquatic ape theory, which she believed provided a more balanced vision of human evolution.
The theory was first proposed in 1960 by British biologist Sir Alister Hardy, who believed apes descended from the trees to live not on the savannah as is usually supposed, but in flooded creeks, river banks and sea shores -- some of Earth's richest sources of food. To keep their heads above water, they evolved an upright stance, freeing their hands to make tools to crack open shellfish. Then they lost their body hair and instead developed a thick layer of subcutaneous fat to keep warm in the water. Another crucial point is that without a high omega-3 fatty acid diet from seafood we could not have developed our big brains."
All That We've Met is Pauline Pechin's series of interviews with artists, underground influencers, and people with interesting stories. You can email her here: pauline.pechin]at]
This week: Improviser Shacottha Fields
*Do you have any regrets?*
"Sometimes I've thought, Oh man, I wish I would've done that but then, slowly and surely, I find that I went through that thing for a reason. People who I feel have lived great lives have fell hard. The person who has a billion dollars, that's probably the person who has lost like $2 million. I try to look at everything like that. It sucks right now, but, just you wait, this lesson is gonna come in so handy for me to capitalize off of it. And I'm not talking about just monetarily, but in extraordinary ways that I can't even see right now."
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NOTE: Free Summer Stuff is our annual guide to some of the ongoing free events that help make living here in July and August somewhat less intolerable. Yes, these events are big. Yes, they are mainstream. Yes, they are sponsored by huge international conglomerates and don't need our publicity. Shut up. Go sit by the water and watch a movie. It's great. And as always, please feel free to tell us about series that we may have missed. Special thanks to Jill Greenberg for compiling the list this year. If you appreciate it as much as we do please send her a little note and tell her about one of the events you attended -- especially if it's a date: jillsarahg]at]
* Films in Tompkins. July 11: Easy Rider, Main Squeeze Quintet; July 18: Drive, Brendan O'Hara; July 25: The Big Lebowski with Jake Pinto and the Yeahtones; August 1: Rocky Horror Picture Show with Jason Trachtenburg and the Pendulum Swings; August 8: Chico and Rita with Rebeca Valleio Trio; August 15: Romeo and Juliet with Sweet Street Symphony; August 22: O Brother Where Art Thou with the Dapper Dans. THURSDAYS, gates open at 6p, live music before screening, screening starts at sundown. Tompkins Square Park, Avenue A and 7th Street, Manhattan.
* Summer Screen in McCarren. July 10: Can't Hardly Wait; July 17: PeeWee's Big Adventure; July 24: The Craft; July 31: The Goonies; August 7: Speed; August 14: Audience Pick. WEDNESDAYS, Food trucks and music at 6p, screening starts at sundown. McCarren Park Ballfields, Bedford Avenue and North 12th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
* Syfy Movies With a View in Brooklyn Bridge Park. July 11: Ferris Bueller's Day Off; July 18: Enter the Dragon; July 25: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; August 1: 8 Mile; August 8: Roman Holiday; August 15: Rocky; August 22: Vertigo; August 29: Public Vote. THURSDAYS DJs at 6p, screening starts at sundown. Harbor View Lawn of Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Old Fulton and Furman Street, Brooklyn.
* Red Hook Flicks. July 9: Stand By Me; July 16: Kung Fu Panda; July 23: Shaft; July 30: Strictly Ballroom; August 6: Akeelah and the Bee; August 13: The Thing; August 20: Caddyshack; August 27: Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. TUESDAYS, seating at 8p, screenings at 8:30p. Valentino Pier, Brooklyn.
* Riverflicks for Grown Ups. July 10: Silver Linings Playbook; July 17: Looper; July 24: Argo; July 31: Moonrise Kingdom; August 7: The Avengers; August 14: Pitch Perfect; August 21: The Hunger Games. Screenings roughly at 8:30p. Pier 63, West 23rd and the Hudson River, Manhattan.
* Riverflicks for Kids. July 12: The Pirates Band of Misfits; July 19: ParaNorman; July 26: Who Framed Roger Rabbit; August 1: Rumble on the River; August 2: Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted; August 9: Rise of the Guardians; August 16: Beetlejuice; August 23: Adventures of Tintin; August 24: Blues Barbecue featuring Kaki King, Tracy Nelson, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Nikki Hill, Lucky Peterson, Tamara Peterson. Screenings roughly at 8:30p. Pier 46, Charles Lane and the Hudson River, Manhattan.
* The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. July 10: History Tour Dancing tor Eels; July 17: History Tour The Great Brooklyn Bridge for Families; July 19: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series; July 21: Arteries of a Nation by Renegade Performance Group; July 24: History Tour A Key to the Continent; July 31: History Tour Across the River; August 3: Birds, Bugs, Bees Tour; August 7: History Tour Natives and New Comers; August 14: History Tour Saloons and Shopkeepers; August 19: Jazzmobile with Winard Harper; August 21: History Tour Into the Mist; August 28: History Tour Infrastructure Intersections. Various times. Pier 1, Old Fulton and Furman Street, Brooklyn.
* Intrepid Free Summer Movie Series. July 26: Star Trek (1980); August 2: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; August 15: Top Gun; August 23: The Karate Kid. Doors at 7:30p, screening starts at sunset. The Intrepid, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue, Manhattan.
* HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. July 8: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; July 15: Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte; July 22: The African Queen; July 29: A Foreign Affair; August 5: Norma Rae; August 12: The Women; August 19: E.T. MONDAYS, lawn opens at 5p, screening starts at sunset. 6th Avenue and 42nd Street, Manhattan.
* Coney Island Flicks on the Beach. July 8: Bending Steel; July 15: The Hunger Games; July 22: Wreck It Ralph; July 29: Men in Black; August 5: The Avengers; August 12: Fame; August 19: TBA. MONDAYS, screening starts at dusk. West 10th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn.
* Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell. July 6: Theophilus London, Les Nubians, Aabaraki; July 12: Nortec Collective Presents Bostich and Fussible, Mexican Institute of Sound, Mariachi Flor de Toloache; July 13: Dracula with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Kishi Bashi; July 18: The Tiger Lillies The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Cynthia Hopkins; July 19: The Waterboys, Alasdair Roberts; July 20: The Lone Bellow, The Low Anthem, Joe Purdy; July 25: BeBe Winans, Alicia Olatuja; July 26: Trampled by Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Brown Bird; August 1: Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal; August 2: Jamie Lidell, Dan Deacon, The Stepkids; August 3: Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra; August 8: Beasts of the Southern Wild with live score by Behn Zeitlin, Dan Romer, and the Wordless Music Orchestra, Slavic Soul Party; August 9: Shaggy, TK Wonder; August 10: They Might Be Giants, Moon Hooch. Various times. Prospect Park West and 9th Street, Brooklyn.
* Central Park Summer Stage Concert series. July 11: Lila Downs, Natalie Clavier, Pamela Rodriguez, Raul Campos; July 12: War, DJ set by DJ Afro; July 20: Planet Hemp, Gaby Amarantos, Emicida, DJ sets by Greg Caz; July 27: Lianna La Havas, LP, Quadro, DJ sets by DJ Center; July 28: Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth and special guests; August 17: Speak featuring live music by Marla Mase and Tomas Doncker. Various times. Rumsey Playfield, 69th Street and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan.
* Washington Square Music Festival. July 9: Baroque in the Park The Judgment of Paris; July 16: A Musical Adventure featuring Margaret Leng Tan; July 23: Verdi and Wagner and Spohr and Rheinberger; July 30: Music of East Africa featuring Nepo Soteri. TUESDAYS 8p. Main Stage, Washington Square Park, Manhattan.
* River to River Festival. July 6: Control Voltage Fair; July 7: Maja S.K. Ratkje; July 9: Orquestra Salsa con Conciencia, Clyne, Dufallo, Kauffman, and Dorman; July 10: Leon Russell; July 11: Hungry March Band, Hauschka, Kosminen, and Zeigler; July 13: Brasslands. Various times. Various locations, Manhattan.
* Hudson River Park's River Rocks 2013. July 11: Generationals, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Waxahatchee; July 25: Foxygen, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down; August 8: Titus Andronicus, Ducktails, Juan Wauters. Hudson River Park, Pier 84, West 44th Street and the Hudson River, Manhattan. $free.
* Harlem Meer Performance Festival. July 7: Michela Marino Lerman and Friends; July 14: Los Soneros de Oriente; July 21: Harlem Blues and Jazz Band; July 28: David P. Stevens; August 4: Vanderlei Pereira and Blindfold Test; August 11: Nayibe la Gitana; August 18: Sweet Georgia Brown and Her Blues Crusaders; August 25: Hilliard Greene and the Jazz Expressions. SUNDAYS at 2p. Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center Plaza on 110th Street.
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 weekly, with general recurring classes listed at the end on the first Friday of each month. We thrive on your suggestions, so make sure to tell us about upcoming classes that you think are nifty-keen.
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Fan Boxing Workshop
Learn a beautiful fan boxing form with special guest instructor Sifu David Chosid of the Yulong Tai Chi school. Participants in this two-hour workshop will get a fan to keep. The workshop is open to all levels and to students of other dojos.
Ripley Gier Studios
520 8th Avenue, 16th floor, Manhattan
3-5p; $30
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
Improv for Poets and Geniuses
Directed by Shannon Manning, who studied with the legendary Del Close, the Impov for Poets and Geniuses workshop is based on the premise that improv can be done by anyone, and that anyone can benefit from improv. This is a drop-in class with all levels. You are neither too advanced nor too beginner for this adventure.
Standard Toykraft
722 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
7-10p; $10
Radial Family Charts
In this workshop you will learn to build a circular chart to plot the Zodiac Sun signs of your family and friends. A Radial Family Chart can unlock many interesting geometries and help you explore the intersection of family dynamics and astrology. Compasses, colored inks, and paper will be provided. As we build the charts, we will explore together some of the rhyming symmetries behind the invisible elements of our birth lives.
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn
1-4p; $40
Living Screenplay: A Five-Week Sense Writing Course for Film
This class is for anyone wanting to write a script for film or TV. You do not need any prior experience, just a desire to tell a story in pictures. On completing the five weeks, participants will have the tools to complete a draft of their script.
Jalopy Theater
315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn
July 7 through August 4, 5-7p; $245
3-D Puppet Animation
Built and animate your own 3-D stop-motion puppet. In this workshop participants will learn how to create their own stop-motion animation short on 16mm film using puppets made by hand. The workshop is designed as an introduction to the wonderful world of puppet animation. We will begin by designing puppets for animation and then learn to choreograph movement one frame at a time. The entire sequence will be shot, developed and ready for screening. Students will walk away with hands on experience of stop-motion puppet animation, a copy of the finished film work and the knowledge to continue to work independently. All materials will be provided for, but students will be encouraged to develop their puppets with materials at home.
Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Avenue, Unit 1, Brooklyn
July 11, 17, 18, 21, 25, August 2, 7-9:15p; $215
From the Fires to the Flood: A History of Red Hook
See Red Hook as it once was and still is. Take a virtual flaneur through the streets of Red Hook and their hidden histories. Through an array of archival material, the lecture will provide a window to the neighborhood's past, and reconnect Red Hook with its history. The destructive force of fire leaves a permanent trail of information, by using the archival information from various fires that occurred over the past two centuries the development of the neighborhood will be reconstructed. Learn about the people and events that transformed the isolated, soggy marshland into the neighborhood you know today, and the many rises and falls that occurred in between.
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn
July 14, 5-7p; $5-10 suggested donation
Language Exchange Cafe
Please join us for TimeBanksNYC's first monthly Language Exchange Cafe, a free way for people to connect and practice their language skills once a month with fluent or native speakers while enjoying a tasty beverage.
Judson Memorial Church
239 Thompson Street, meeting room, Manhattan
July 18, 6-7p; $free with RSVP to Jessie]at]
NOTE: The ongoing section of Learning runs only on the first Friday of each month.
* Aerial Classes: aerial silks, aerial hoop, trapeze, and more. Sky Box at House of Yes, 342 Maujer Street, Brooklyn. Monday through Saturday; $30.
* Aerial Classes: hammock and lyra, silk and rope, wire walking, and more. Big Sky Works, 29 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn. Six days a week, various times; $25-45.
* Bicycle Repair Workshops, use tools and stands but do the work yourself. Time's Up Manhattan, 156 Rivington Street, and Time's Up Brooklyn, 99 South Sixth Street. Various days, 6:30-8:30p; $free.
* Black and white and color darkroom classes. Bushwick Community Darkroom, 1087 Flushing Avenue, Unit 106, Brooklyn. Introductory black and white: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-9p; Saturday, 3-6p; color: Saturday, noon-2p. $60 for black and white, $40 for color.
* Body Roll, a workout class meets dance sensation. Breakin Boundaries, 180 North 10th Street, Brooklyn. Tuesday, 7:15p; $15.
* Capoeira, a class that combines music, self-defense, dance, and acrobatics. New York Capoeira Center, 107 Suffolk Street, Manhattan. Monday through Sunday, including morning classes; $20.
* Eizan Ryu JuJitsu, a Japanese JuJitsu martial art school. 214 West 29th Street, Third Floor, Manhattan. Check the schedule; observe a class, take two free.
* Game Testing for Game Makers, focus on play-testing, and discussions around games in development. Eyebeam, 540 West 21st Street, Manhattan. Third Saturday, 2-5p; $free. rsvp to
* Group Ukulele Lessons, bring or borrow a ukulele. Location (Lower East Side) provided with rsvp to yourocknyc]at] First (for beginners) and third (for intermediate) Monday, 2:45-3:45p; first Tuesday (for intermediate), 6-7p; $20 or whatever you can pay.
* Jewelry soldering, ring making, wax series classes. 94 Ninth Street Studio, Brooklyn. Various. $200.
* Loft Law Housing Clinic, learn about how the law can rent stabilize your loft. Brooklyn Rod and Gun Club, 59 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn. First and third Mondays, 7-9p; $free or $10 drink ticket (2 drinks).
* Queer and Trans Yoga. Third Root Community Health Center, 380 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn. Sunday, 5-6:30p, and Thursday, 8:15-9:30p; $12.
* Silent DJ Hot Yoga, Qoya, Zumba, and more. Sacred, 197 Clifton Place, Brooklyn. Various.
* Sword Class NYC, eastern and western sword styles. Ripley Gier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, 16th floor, Manhattan. Various.
* Trampoline and classes that mix dance, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and stuntwork. Streb Lab, 51 North First Street, Brooklyn. Check the schedule, 7-8:30p; $25.
* West African Dance Class. P.S. 194 Countee Cullen, 244 West 144th Street, Manhattan. Mondays and Wednesdays 5-7p; $free.
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. Unique and interesting job opportunities are acceptable fare for this section as well. Looking for ways to help out? Need volunteers to get your own community project off the ground? Know of any existing opportunities? Send your requests to Anna at help(at)
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596 Acres Needs a Paid NYC Community Land Access Program Organizer
Here's what they'll do: Land Access Advocacy Organizing; Outreach; Program Management. Here's what we're looking for in an applicant: Extreme comfort with email and filing; ability to lift 15 pound pieces of wood for sign making; comfort with responding to email immediately within regular working hours; comfort with flexible organizing schedule to accommodate community event needs; willingness to commute throughout the five boroughs; familiarity with City Government Processes (and willingness to learn more about it); experience in and commitment to bottom-up organizing, grassroots leadership, and collective decision-making; demonstrated ability to work in multiracial, multilingual settings.
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