nonsensenyc: 5.20 to 5.26

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 5.20 to 5.26
Date: May 20th 2016
Friday, May 20
* Funny Songs Fest: 50 Funny Songs, Brooklyn
* Femi-Art-Explosión, Brooklyn
* The Oregon Trail, Brooklyn
* What the Float, Manhattan
* Rocket Jam, Brooklyn
* ABC No Rio Zine Library, Manhattan
* #Fomoparty, Brooklyn
* Choose Your Own Adventure: Trail of Fire
* The High Focus Institute’s Conference on Nature, Technology, and Self, Brooklyn
* Industry Underground Launch Party, Manhattan
Saturday, May 21
* Dance Parade, Manhattan
* StoryTour: The Brooklyn Electric, Brooklyn
* Pop It! Drum For Your Life Live Event, Brooklyn
* Church Night, Brooklyn
* Free Beer, Free Acoustic Show, Williamburg
* Emergent Ecologies Art Exhibition, Brooklyn
* Eulogy for the Dyke Bar and Dyke March: Guerrilla Dyke Bar Takeover, Brooklyn
* Lucid Fearing, Brooklyn
* Strange Cuts, Brooklyn
* Prince of Bronze Sunset Cadence Closing Ritual, Long Island City
* Dances of Vice Spring Ball, Brooklyn
* The Glam Party, Brooklyn
* Long Island City Local, Long Island City
* Feeling Gloomy, Williamsburg
* Clothing Swap Saturday, Williamsburg
* Show and Tale: Brooklyn Battles, Brooklyn
* Show and Tell Show, Brooklyn
Sunday, May 22
* Dishwashing Duel: Le Gamin vs. Motorino, Brooklyn
* Mudball Beneficial Ball, Brooklyn
* Rhythm of Afrika
* Vitamin D, Williamsburg
* Procession, Manahttan
* Fixed Boat Party, Manhattan
Monday, May 23
* Pint of Science Festival
* Thrift On! Queens
Tuesday, May 24
* Blade Runner, Brooklyn
Wednesday, May 25
* Pinned Up, Manhattan
* How I Learned It's a Living: Stories of the Unemployed, Brooklyn
* Video Tale, Manhattan
Thursday, May 26
* The Quirk Thing: A Stage for the Unconventional, Williamsburg
* Rule of 7x7: May Edition, Manhattan
* Here and Now, Manhattan
* Nothing this week
* P2P Safety Nets
* No you shut up
* Weeds and Watercolor
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Funny Songs Fest: 50 Funny Songs
Three days of comedy, novelty and parody music. Showcases, parties, marathon events, Night of Dirty Songs, open mic, industry panel, a brunch show, a battle rap and more make up this fun funny music festival. Ticket prices free to $10 at the Unicorn, Littlefield, QED, Pianos, and Sunnyside Community Center. Tonight: Fifty comedic musicians will perform one song each in a fast paced tornado of comedy music to compete for a trophy and cash prize.
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p show; $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
K Pasa USA performance and community conversation. Join us for a conversation with young grassroots feminists and organizers using art in their activism. This will be a discussion about how different mediums can help us convey our message, the challenges young women face in starting and sustaining projects, and how we can work together to support one another. Featuring perspectives from K Pasa USA, Aru Apaza, and La Lengua.
This conversation is designed for people engaged in or interested in becoming engaged in feminist activism and art but open to all. Come prepared to participate and bring any resources that you would like to share. Followed by K Pasa USA performance. K Pasa is a queer feminist electro-tropical band based in Mexico. Get ready to get sweaty and covered in blood. Followed by a dance party.
G.G. Nix
1339 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn
M train at Central Avenue station
7:45p doors, 8-10p conversation, 10p performance, 11p dance party; $5-10, $free if you’re 18 or under
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Thunder Gumbo presents:
The Oregon Trail
Come join the Thunder Gumbo arts collective for an 8-bit celebration of the Pioneer Spirit -- a heroic and dangerous six-month-long expedition that takes place in one night across four stages of explosive music, impromptu art, mind-bending performance, dark theater, chill space, and minor dysentery.
Come ford our river, marvel at our fire archery, shake off the typhoid fever, provision yourself at our general store, while square dancing until 5a. This is a volunteer produced, non-profit fundraiser for modifications to our legendary art car, Thunderius Gumbonium Lahontanii, a meticulous reconstruction of a Pleistocene whale-beast that inhabited ancient Lake Lahontan.
The player assumes the role of a wagon leader guiding his or her party of settlers from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon's Willamette Valley on the Oregon Trail via a covered wagon in 1848. DJs: 2Melo, Maddix, Partyfoul5000, Samuel, Teknacolor Ninja, and Tektite. Art by Future Clear and Rhizome NYC, Silvio Manuel, Lindsay Arden, Jenna Hoff and Kathryn Sclavi, and Crystelle Reola. With additional moments, including computer glitch ritual virus celebration, fire archery from Lydia, aerial performances, Tinder Gumbo, and body paint by TrotterArt Ind.
Costume suggestions: prairie clothing, fur trapper, blacksmith, floppy disks, trading pole dancers, sexy oxen, West Coast bass snob, cowboy / cowgirl / cow, scantily clad wagon, all pixelated everything, dysentery victim, ghost.
The House of Yes
2 Wykoff, Brooklyn
10p-5a; $15-$25 presale, $25 in costume, before 11p, or after 3a, $40 peak hours in street clothes
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
What the Float
What the Float is a private dance party in public places. Our Float DJs have curated the best music in the universe to lead you on a dance odyssey through the parks, plazas, and streets of the city.
Meet up for drink specials, glow-wear, and mobile coat check. At 10p sharp, we'll step outside and the music will take us on a dancing tour of Manhattan, the groove loud in our ears and in our souls, but silent to any observers we may encounter. Wear comfortable shoes. Dance everywhere.
Meet at 37 West 26th Street, Manhattan
9:30p meet, 10p sharp dancing; $20 advance, $25 door
Continues through SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Starvue presents:
Rocket Jam
Join us at Starvue this Friday for CecilB, Tabu from Soul Summit and Jeremy From the Block. A private audio gallery, loft space, and safe haven in Bushwick featuring a vintage system and amazing wood floors for your feet to dance the night away on. A place for likeminded individuals looking to get away from the daily rigors of everyday life through movement.  Nothing is for sale inside; guests should bring anything they might need for the evening.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
10p-late; $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
ABC No Rio Zine Library
Coinciding with the Open Studios event at the Clemente, the ABC No Rio Zine Library will inaugurate its exile location this weekend. Check out our new temporary location, and visit the studios of the many artists working at CSV.
Clemente Soto Velez
107 Suffolk Street, room 305, between Rivington and Delancey, Manhattan
6-8p; $free
Continues on 2-6p on SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
#Fomoparty is a monthly dance party created by Darling Chuck, TAP.10 and Tha Yell0w R KEL. The event focuses on advancing music culture through new, underground music, breaking the mold of typical weekend events in Brooklyn. Flyers and party visuals feature current pop culture references and relevant viral videos, while DJs break new dance music from all genres alongside classic gems to present discoveries in a fresh, unique format. With TAP.10, Darling Chuck, Tha Yell0w R KEL, and Mikkoh.
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $free with RSVP
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Junxion presents:
Choose Your Own Adventure: Trail of Fire
Part 1: Dining in Dismal Decadence. Join us for a pre party soirée with dinner, stories, libations, and chocolate. Dine in a speakeasy art gallery in the heart of Bushwick, reverberating with joyous jazz and sumptuous strings. Cuisine by the Brooklyn Tree.
Part 2: Welcome to the Midnight Society: Trail of Fire. Find characters in dark corners, whispers of secrets amongst the chatter. It is up to you to unlock the keys and become an initiated member. Multiple rooms and large outdoor space awaits you. Music by: Nickodemus, Adam Gibbons, Momentum Drums, Erica Mancini on accordion, and fire ritual by Enchanted Troupe.
Part 3: Renegade Rendevous: We depart from our warehouse of wonders and bring you to the end of the road. There you will find the tracks of a time soon gone. Music by 2Melo, Stumblebum Brass Band, and live percussion.
Part 4: Renegade parade to Thunder Gumbo at the House of Yes.
Part 5: After party.
Part 6: Join the JunXion at Dance Parade and dance with us through the streets of Manhattan.
Several locations released with ticket purchase
8p; $20 afterparty, $40-80 for transportation and tickets to multiple events
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The High Focus Institute’s Conference on Nature, Technology, and Self
More than 20 installation and performing artists will present new work at the edge of their fields, connecting identity, human ingenuity, and the cosmos. This three-day event will include works presented by The High Focus Institute, Sunny Quetzalcoatl, Jen Plaskowitz, Thom Ulmer, Daniel Klag, Erica Schreiner, Oculus Collective, Christina Lafontaine, Stewart Losee, Alex Basco Koch, Dean Anthony Cercone, Wilder Duncan, Saints of an Unnamed Country, Nysa Frank and Mike Garcia, Ayodamola Okunseinde, Birce Özkan, and Alana Aviel.
The High Focus Institute (HFI) is dedicated to bringing spiritual wisdom into communion with the technosphere. We exist to acknowledge the potentiality of mystical engagement in the face of a world composed of the artefacts of empiricism.
We invite you to collaborate in the discovery of your own truths in our patented environmental interventions. Participants engage with a certified Geminus guide, trained to facilitate a state of self-reflection and contemplation. We believe that, with the assistance of HFI’s intervention programming, technotranscendence is possible.
Kilroy Metal Ceiling
283 Greene Avenue, at Classon, Brooklyn
various times; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Industry Underground Launch Party
Industry Underground is a NYC-based creative collective aimed at connecting diverse artistic communities and promoting shared networks of talents and resources. Festivities feature live sets from local hip-hop artists Nuri Hazzard, Pollo Squad, and iLLA. Plus performances by singer/songwriter Nils Svensson and members of the internationally renowned Beatbox House. And DJs, including street artist Smurfo Udirty, Rok 1, and Francisco J.
China Chalet
47 Broadway, Manhattan
10p-3a; $10
21 and over
Dance Parade
Starts at Broadway and 21st Street, Manhattan
Ends at Avenue A and 8th Street, Manhattann
1p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
StoryTour: The Brooklyn Electric
A fantastical love story featuring both Walt Whitman and the Jehovah’s Witnesses, this fictional walking tour follows in the steps of the ecstatic poet and the forces that shaped him. From boyhood revelry to the ravages of the Civil War, this imagined history honors the spirit of the man who urged us a century ago to search for him in the dust beneath our boot soles.
Part of StoryTour’s Fiction Section, the Brooklyn Electric was created by Lucas Loredo, a finalist for the Best American Short Stories 2015 whose previous StoryTour, the Secret Architecture of Loss, ran for more than a year on and around the High Line. StoryTour is an in-person magazine that creates live storytelling experiences on location around New York City.
Departs from the compass rose in front of the Robert Fulton School
37 Hicks Street, Brooklyn
3:30p; $20, $15 with discount code WALTNS
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Pop It! Drum For Your Life Live Event
Groupmuse, the Immersive Gallery, the Ulysses String Quartet, Jordan McLean, and System Dialing Records are teaming up to produce a mindblowing evening of interdisciplinary art (with cash bar.) Come explore Cosmogenies, an art exhibition where 10 artists and architects from Greece explore the origins of social space. Hear the Fischoff-prize-winning Ulysses String Quartet play Bartok's "explosive and angrily defiant" fourth string quartet, and new works for strings, piano, brass, and percussion by Jordan McLean, Amir Ziv, and Jacob Robinette. Then jam at the record release afterparty for Pop It from System Dialing Records.
132 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
8p doors, 8:30p set, 10:30p afterparty; $11-15
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Church Night
Blessings and light. All sinners (even minorities and women) are invited to get the pews sticky at Church Night, the church service that services you. This sell-out production from Washington, DC is a variety show of biblical proportions featuring a blend of sketch, stand-up, music, and improv. Church Night conveniently straddles the line between satire and sacrilege. The staff at Church Night can't wait to come together, at the same time, in the name of the Lord, with the fine people of New York. Guest performances by John F. O’Donnell and Matty Litwack.
The Cobra Club
6 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
9p doors, 9:30p show; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Free Beer, Free Acoustic Show
Big Irv's is a collective, art gallery, and an event space. We are sponsoring a free acoustic show with free beer. That about covers it.
Come by Big Irv's and see some great bands put on short acoustic sets, then hang out for the afterparty. The whole thing is being filmed by La Leche Productions and Elevtrtrax, and a beer company has provided us with beverages (feel free to BYOB, too). It's the kind of thing you tell your friends you know about so your friends think you're that person who knows about things. Featuring James Dawn, Fin-Folsom, Hunter and Wolfe, Madam West, and Oxenfree.
Big Irv's Gallery
381 Hooper Street, at South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Multispecies Salon presents:
Emergent Ecologies Art Exhibition
Emergent Ecologies features over 90 bioart installations, living sculptures, paintings, photographs, films, and digital interventions. Kilroy will be open to the public during a series of events and weekend gallery hours.
283 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn
4-10p film screenings; $free
Continues through SUNDAY
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Eulogy for the Dyke Bar and Dyke March: Guerrilla Dyke Bar Takeover
To kick off the night, Ariel Speedwagon will host the world’s much loved Dyke Trivia Night. Queer Memoir will offer up a night of storytelling and performance from across spectrums of age, gender, race, and sexuality. A special performance of Macon Reed's Eulogy Ritual will take place, reflecting nuanced experiences in and around dyke bars, performances both celebratory and lovingly critical, acknowledge these spaces that may soon exist only in our shared stories. Guerrilla Dyke Bar take over will end with a performance by DJ Andro.
Macon Reed's Eulogy for the Dyke Bar revisits the legacy and physical spaces of dyke and lesbian bars, an increasingly rare component of the gay and queer cultural landscape. Eulogy for the Dyke Bar seeks to acknowledge the mass closing of dyke bars across the country and ask a host of questions, such as: Why are these spaces closing? What socio-economic, cultural, and technological factors ... contribute to this phenomenon? Are the same factors impacting spaces for gay men? What role have physical spaces such as dyke bars played for lesbian-identified people in the past and how has that changed over time? How do we learn from these spaces and move forward in creating new spaces that are safe and affirming of our various communities while embracing expansive notions of gender and sexuality across generations?
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
4-5p dyke trivia, 5:15-6:30p queer memoirs, 6:30-7:15p eulogy ritual, 7:30-9p DJ Andro; $7-15
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Lucid Fearing
On this full moon night, Wild Torus and friends will come together to create intersensory dilation in their sacred space. Come celebrate with us as we prepare to fly abroad for our month-long tour next week. The night will start off with a performance piece honoring the victims of the recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Taiwan called, Earthquake. There will also be experimental sound performances by Queefcore, Phoebe Novak, Max Alper, Channel63, and Solve RA. Performing with Wild Torus will be Rudi Salpietra, Yannah Paradise, and Marc Mosteirin. Come willing and ready for anything.
Torus Porta
113 Stockholm Street, Brooklyn
M train to Central station
8p-2a; $7-10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Strange Cuts
A weird, fun, friendly party, featuring unusual music, visual art, and hand-made goods from local emerging Brooklyn-based artists. It's all about unique spaces, good vibes, and experimental art and music. Presented by Drunken Piano and Fieldings. With music by Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, Tiny Hazard, Erica Eso, Very Fresh, and Fieldings.
Secret Project Robot
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
5p; $?
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Prince of Bronze Sunset Cadence Closing Ritual
Come set your creative intentions for the upcoming season as we close out our 30-day temporary arts zone. Experience the muralizing by 17 artists of a 7000 square-foot warehouse relic in a sea of rising glass. New York creativity. Celebrate Vesak -- the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha--with a mandala meditation offering. Poetry. Performance. Meditation. Intention.
Kava ceremony in the Moon Tower with Kate Relish. Libations and hors d'oevres while they last with Professor O'Connor. Sabila Sabiila at 6:30, songs to the water goddess. Video incantations by seeJ. Living plant and steel chandelier by Rosanna Scimeca. Offering of Elemental Forces with Feather Bone Black. Intertidal Poetics with agent MT and KBN.
Murals by: Rubin415, Erasmo, Oksana Prokopenko, Key Detail, Darkpony, Julia Yu Baba, Kamala Shantal, Walker Fee, Pyramid Oracle with Henry Kaufman, Vedas Jmats, ANGL, Luco, Tish Cordova, RESA, Lucas1, duBoisDNSF, and Cadence Hooks.
Prince of Bronze
25-20 43rd Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
M, 7, G, E trains to Court Square station
6-9p ritual; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Dances of Vice Spring Ball
In keeping with our tradition of welcoming the arrival of spring in a colorful celebration of fantasy, the theme of this year’s Dances of Vice Spring Ball is a German Mayfair (Maifest) inspired by the tales of the Brothers Grimm.
The Bavarian-style Oak Room of the historic Grand Prospect Hall conjures an idyllic vision of German folklore, where live music, cabaret and dancing will take place amidst the lush trees, colorful flowers and water fountains of a lavish, enclosed biergarten.
A full menu of delicious traditional Bavarian and German fare will be available to visitors, as well as homemade apple strudel and cakes that would satisfy even Hansel and Gretel’s notorious sweet tooth.
Dress code: Mayfair and spring themed attire is encouraged. Draw inspiration from any number of Grimm’s fairy tales, from Red Riding Hood to Snow White, Cinderella and the Frog Prince.
Grand Prospect Hall
265 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn
8p-midnight; $25
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Secret Loft and Brooklyn Wildlife present:
The Glam Party
Secret Loft and Brooklyn Wildlife present a night of glamorous disco, pop, and glam rock -- featuring live performances and DJs all night. Bring your spandex, your body suits, your glitter and heavy eyeliner. This will be a dance party to the fullest, with tributes to Prince and David Bowie, gold decor, shiny disco balls, and showings of Labyrinth and Purple Rain. Contest for the most outrageous outfit with champagne prize. Live music by Lilly Wolf, Hila the Killa, Sir KN8, and Sparklehenge Glittersmash the Star Key. DJ sets by CLAMR and Star Falcon.
255 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
9p; $5 early, $10 late
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Long Island City Local
In conjunction with the LIC Arts Open, the Local NYC presents the work of several prominent and emerging local artists. The opening party will include artist meet and greet, an amazing lineup of musical talent on the roof deck, and $4 tall boys. Artists Claire Bidwell, Paula Elliot, William Garrett, Murjani Holmes, Rachel Kremidas, and Maria Spector. Bands the James Rocket, the Manimals, and Jamie Register and the Damn Thang.
LIC Arts at the Local
13-02 44th Avene, Long Island City, Queens
7-11p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Feeling Gloomy
The party that brings a tear to your eye. With DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom. Dress to depress. Techno and house have their many devotees, but hardly ever do we find nights advertising their love of synthpop (and when we do, we’re either throwing those parties ourselves or hurrying to their dancefloors). But love it we do, and we plan on showing you. We’ll start with the pillars: Depeche Mode, New Order, Erasure, Soft Cell, Pet Shop Boys, the Human League, and we’ll dive deeper into our favorites by the likes of Bronski Beat, the Art of Noise, Telex, Anything Box, and the Heaven 17. Then we’ll spend some time exploring the modern descendants like Stephin Merritt, Hot Chip, Goldfrapp, Little Dragon, and the like. Tonight: Big In Japan giant keyboard, Cake On Me (Cake Me On), and Stop Making Synths (actually, please don’t).
Grand Victory
245 Grand Street, between Driggs and Roebling, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
11p-4a; $6
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Clothing Swap Saturday
Clean out your closet and restock it with awesome new-used duds. Then toast your new look with a drink at the bar in our verdant back yard. Bring clean, gently worn items to donate. Clothes, shoes, handbags, etc. sell for $1 per item; $5 museum admission gets you free entry to the swap and credit for five items. No household items, please. All proceeds benefit the Reliquary, and all unpurchased items will be donated to Pick Purple.
The City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
noon-5p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Show and Tale: Brooklyn Battles
Brooklyn has a long history of battles, from the Revolutionary War, to classic playground games, to renovation and development. Join us for Show and Tale’s special Old Stone House and Washington Park edition, and bring an object that reflects your Brooklyn Battle. Do you have a Revolutionary War cannon ball that worked its way up into your backyard?  Games and toys from your Brooklyn childhood? It’s like the Antiques Roadshow meets The Moth, or your favorite Pinterest board come to life. Everyone is welcome to share with a three-minute limit. No judges, no prizes, no competition. And no need to practice. Just show your object and share its tale.
Old Stone House in Washington Park
336 Third Street, between 4th and 5th avenues, Brooklyn
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Show and Tell Show
A mix of show and tell and stand up comedy -- with drink tickets, surprises, and sets from some of the funniest comedians plus a $20 cash prize the best show and teller in the audience. This week: Daniel Simonson, Lukas Kaiser, Sachi Ezura, Natalie McGill, Scott Nossen, Niles Turner, Gideon Hambright, and Glo. Hosted by Aalap Patel.
Over the Eight
594 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
8p doors, 8:30p show; $free
Dishwashing Duel: Le Gamin vs. Motorino
The Diamond is pleased to announce a new partnership with up-and-coming Brooklyn-based trade-group and lifestyle coach the United Dishwashing Association for Brooklyn’s first ever dishwashing duel.
A competitive, three-round live dishwashing event, pitting restaurant-against-restaurant for the title and the honor of Best Dishwasher in Brooklyn, theDishwashing Duel promises a high-octane domestic event staged with the fireworks and panache that only the spectacle of Live Dishwashing can impart. The Duel will pit Brooklyn’s Le Gamin against Williamsburg’s Motorino for the championship.
The Diamond
43 Franklin Street, Brooklyn
2-5p; $free, $5 for brunch
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Mudball Beneficial Ball
You are invited to our sixth Ephemeral Village Piazza for a Mudball Beneficial Ball. Adventure with the Masters of Succession in this magical garden celebration of bioremediation and symbiosis. Bring a dish, a goblet, and an instrument.
El Jardin Del Paraiso
Between 4th and 5th streets and Avenues C and D, Brooklyn
3-7p; $8-27 contributions pay for food and supplies.
***** Also on SUNDAY ******
Rhythm of Afrika
An afternoon in African house, deep house, soulful house, AfroBeat, African dance music, and African diaspora music. DJs, artists, and dancers: Sta7ck, DJ Teddma, Brian Lee Mccloud, George Ungvar, Owo, and Carnyval Dancers.
9-15 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
1-7p; $10
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Vitamin D
Winter be gone. We bask in good vibes, sweet beats and fresh air as the sun sets over Brooklyn. Bring the crew to an outdoor dance party and barbecue at North Brooklyn Farms, a community organic farm on the East River with views of Manhattan and her bridges. Burgers and refreshments served with veggie and non-alcoholic options available. Kick off your shoes and dance until the sun goes down. All female line-up: Tasha Blank and Lily Ray.
North Brooklyn Farms
320 Kent Avenue, at South 4th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
4-8:30p; $20 advance, $30 advance includes dinner and drink, $25 door
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Procession, combining the venue’s innate macabre accouterments, eg: taxidermy, candles and antiques; along with generous fog machine and carefully chosen tracks looks to bring back the atmosphere of the goth clubs of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The music may be familiar, but Procession doesn’t look to be another retro night. The music offerings are a captivating mix of both classics and the new – but always staying within the realms of danceable melancholia.
The careful curation of both the sights and sounds of Procession is the work of DJs and promoters, Cage (née Mark Knight) and (Joe) Hart. Procession usually occurs every third Sunday of the month.
Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie Street, Manhattan
10:30p-4a; $free
21 and over
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Good Room presents:
Fixed Boat Party
With Marvin and Guy, and JDH and Dave P.
Meet at Jewel Boat
East 23rd and FDR Drive, Manhattan
21 and over
4.30p boarding, 5-9p sail; $20-30
Pint of Science Festival
Curious about the cosmos? Intrigued by evolution? Or simply wondering how scientists study the brain? Your questions have answers, and we’re bringing the brilliant minds that discovered them to you! At Pint of Science, we believe that science should be accessible to everyone, so we invite top scientists into bars to informally discuss their research. On May 23, 24 and 25, we will be hosting nine events across NYC as part of the global Pint of Science festival, which is the largest international science festival intended entirely for adults. Highlights for this year include evenings focused on creativity in science and exploring the flexibility of the brain, along with events hosted by our festival partners Sexology On Tap and Astronomy On Tap. Tickets and an event program are available at
Venues located in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx -- check website for complete listings
7p for all events; $5
***** Also on MONDAY *****
DJ Shakey presents:
Thrift On!
The world famous original clothing swap party. Bring in your old clothes and stuff to donate to our rummage tables. Take home items free from our piles of booty. Contests and funny stuff. DJ Shakey and special guests. Spin second-hand records and amuse you. To all vintage clothing store pickers, flea marketers, and resellers of any kind, you are not welcome at this event, we are watching you, and you will be bounced; no grabbing, hoarding, or douche-y behavior.
The Keep
205 Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
L train to Jefferson station
8p-midnight; $free
Little Cinema presents:
Blade Runner
We are pleased to announce two back-to-back immersive screenings of Ridley Scott's, Blade Runner (Director's Cut). Ghost Cop will be playing a partial synth rescore of the film, with special performances by Modern Gypsies Productions and House of Yes. A special Cinema Club Premier by AV DJ CHNNLS will kick off the sci-fi themed after-party.
House of Yes
2 Wykoff, Brooklyn
7p Tuesday; $30
Continues SATURDAY
Pinned Up
A scutelliphile is a collector of souvenir badges. The Sticker Social Club and Trippy Pins have teamed up with the Con Artist Collective for this show of 40-plus participating artists who will display their art as limited edition enamel pins. These tiny works of art are sure to go fast so get in touch with your inner scutelliphile and grab them before they are gone.
Con Artist
119 Ludlow Street, Manhattan
646 504 2323
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
The How I Learned Series presents:
How I Learned It's a Living: Stories of the Unemployed
Featuring Ada Calhoun, Nat Towsen, Bob Powers, Sharron Paul, and Robin Gelfenbien. Hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley. And guest co-host Cammi Climaco.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
R to Union
8p show, 7:30p doors; $6 advance, $10
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Video Tale
Video Tale incorporates storytelling with video; all storytellers integrate video with their stories. Get it? There's video and stories -- all in one show. Featuring performers Boris Khaykin, Pat Rigby, and Jeffrey Kornberg. Hosted by Harmon Leon.
The People's Improv Theater
123 East 24th Street, Manhattan
7p; $5
The Quirk Thing: A Stage for the Unconventional
Talent show with a twist. You don't need to put on a "show" for us. We want to experience the real and raw and random. Come and share your expressions, passions, stories ... the things that make you you. Things like: improv melodic gibberish, vulnerable poetry written from amidst a hurricane, free-style rap in Chinese, avant-garde Ukulele songs, or spontaneous stories bringing us to tears. From the audience or on the stage, it's about inspiration, connection, and a warm welcoming vibe -- where you are free to be you, fully alive. Feel free to just soak in the atmosphere from the audience, or if you'd like to share on stage, the sign-up is open mic style with up to four minutes to share. Give it a whirl, and see what could be. Created by Living Quirky, hosted by Christina Salerno, featuring Stefanie Rennert.
Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn
6:30-7:45p show; $5 suggested donation
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Rule of 7x7: May Edition
Seven writers, seven rules, seven new plays, one free beer. For each Rule of 7x7, each playwright comes up with one rule (i.e. A kiss on page 3), then the seven playwrights create new plays using all seven rules. Afterparty at the theater to follow.
The Tank
151 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th avenues, 8th floor, Manhattan
9:30p; $12 includes a free drink
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Here and Now
I’m a graduate student at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and I’m curating an exhibition next Thursday in the Bowery. It’s going to be a one night pop-up show featuring four emerging female Asian-American artists. Each artist investigates her own individual forms of expression, through photo, video, or installations.
Open Gallery Space
355A Bowery, Manhattan
6-9p; $free
* June 3-5: Figment NYC
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at] We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
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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." Now online, our area of interest remains the ever-fascinating sci-fi present. Our simple intent is an informal trade of specialized investigative research, presented as gossip for the non-specialist. It's true we once were an active email list but at this point everything is searchable and commented upon here: The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact]at]
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"The urge to decentralize and autonomize has informed social movements since the 1970s. The language of “decentralized autonomous organizations” (DAOs) appeared among activists in the late-1990s counter-globalization movement. By 2013, even the King of Holland had declared that the welfare state was coming to an end, and that decentralized welfare systems would replace it.
The Resilience system uses a ‘pay-it-forward’ mechanism, but the result is something that can not be labeled ‘donations’, it’s something new. The system is built to produce emergent effects from smaller parts, through the use of evolutionary algorithms. Dividend pathways get used up and decay as basic income flows through them. Taxemes are removed from circulation using mechanics that mimic biological immune systems and anti-bodies."
People say amazing things when they think no one is listening. Overheard is about capturing these moments. We share one quotation each week that stuck with us. It's sometimes funny, sometimes moving, sometimes profound, but it's always unsolicited and unedited.
Overheard is from Irene Pedruelo's Mi Niu York, a weekly newsletter for curious characters, treasure hunters, and eccentrics. You can sign up for her favorite stories, projects, artworks, and quotations here:
Overheard in New York. May 2016. Group of friends in their late 20s discuss the future:
-- "Seeing what's going on, I'm all about an Obama monarchy."
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]
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.
Learning is compiled and edited weekly by Juliana Driever. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
How to Be an Artist
How to be an Artist is an one night workshop by a working artist for actors, performers, artists, musicians and writers.
We will cover: How to make a Living as an Artist; overcoming the myth of the Starving Artist; finding your character, tapping the unconscious for creativity and originality; how to deal with other people heckling you; including your family, friends, peers, critics and even yourself; how to weather the emotional storms of being an artist; and how to balance your art and your day job. Master Lee has performed on Sesame Street and Riker’s Island. He is a native New Yorker, legendary street performer, and comic. He has written and produced two plays. He has taught Tai-chi & Chi Kung for over 30 years as well as Performance Studies at NYU. He has won two MothSlams. He is writing a book entitled, ''How to be an Artist and Not Lose Your Mind.''
Bronx Museum of Art
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx
6-9p; $free
RSVP: masterleelovesyou]at]
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
What, Me Wizard?
Beards are fashionable, the occult is trending, and the world has never needed wizards more than it does today!
Join Brooklyn's highest (Google ranked) wizard Devin Person for a lively and engaging lecture on the wizard as an aspirational archetype. Have you ever wondered why wizards feature so prominently in our contemporary cultural mythology? From the global phenomenon of Harry Potter to the lasting influence of Gandalf the Grey, Person explains how the wizard archetype embodies an attitude of wisdom, acceptance, and humor that is precisely what the world needs now.
Pulling inspiration from Dumbledore, Merlin, Yoda, Gandalf, and Oz the Great and Powerful, What, Me Wizard? is in an illuminating lecture designed to empower listeners to understand this powerful archetype and better engage their own inner-wizard.
And, because wizards are silly and fun, the lecture shall be followed by a rousing screening of Brad Neely's "Wizard People, Dear Reader," an alternate audio take on the first Harry Potter film.
Tarot Society
4 Charles Place, Brooklyn
7p; $7
Left Forum
Each spring Left Forum convenes the largest gathering in North America of the US and international Left. Continuing a tradition begun in the 1960s, we bring together intellectuals and organizers to share perspectives, strategies, experience and vision. For the US and the world, revitalizing an American Left has never been more urgent; Left Forum has a critical role to play in that undertaking.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street, Manhattan
$sliding scale
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
Securing Digital Communications in a Surveillance State
This workshop will focus on empowering attendees on how they themselves can secure their digital communications. Whether you are an activist or a citizen who is interested in learning more about Cryptrography and anti-surveillance methods, this class will hope to give an overview of the extent of government surveillance in the U.S, detail the importance of this issue for the average citizen, and explore techniques for keeping your communiques safe from unintended onlookers.
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
7p; $free
Constellations, Cognitive Maps, and Data Visualization
Along with its 50-plus entries exploring the keywords used by contemporary activists, Keywords for Radicals (AK Press 2016) incorporates data visualization to show how the ''vocabulary'' shared by radicals constitutes a kind of self-supporting small world network.
Such visualization helps to map how a vocabulary works and how struggles over word usage and meaning might most effectively be carried out. But while data visualization of this kind can be useful, it also raises significant questions about the relationship between representation and what's real.
Join us to discuss the theoretical and aesthetic foundations of their data visualization project and to evaluate the promise and perils of this practice in the age of the infographic.
Interference Archive
131 8th Street #4, Brooklyn
7p; $free
Alexander Technique
Free introductory lessons (one per person). This is a great opportunity to see whether Alexander Technique is a good fit for you. Instructor: Ariel Carson.
Through June 6
Call: 917-387-4931
RSVP: info]at]
Women's Self Defense
Learn effective self-defense techniques to escape a violent altercation, and discuss how to reduce your chances of being in one, in the first place. We'll discuss everything from stranger violence to domestic violence. The class is free, open to the public, trans-inclusive, and taught by women. And we wrap up with refreshments and community building. No previous experience necessary. Space is limited.
Traditional Okinawan Karate
248 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
May 27, 7-10p; $free
RSVP: SelfDefense.Brooklyn]at]
Domestication En Flux: Mushrooms
Learn how to cultivate and grow edible mushrooms right in your own home. Fungi can be helpful in your garden and delicious in the kitchen. This class offers a peek into the fungi kingdom at large and addresses DIY indoor growing and cultivation methods with the option to transfer your fungi to your outdoor garden in the spring. In addition to a demonstration of basic propagation techniques, the class offers resources for finding mushroom materials to work with as you set about on your homegrown mycological pursuits.
Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street, Long Island City
June 1, 6:30-8p; $donations
Invasion Ecology: Turning Weeds Into Watercolors
Despite its miles of pavement and sidewalks, Brooklyn is full of tenacious urban greenery, most of which is not native to New York. Where do these spontaneous plants come from, and why do they thrive in an environment that has forced out almost half of native plant species? What does this say about ecology?
Explore an artisanal process for creating watercolors from wild urban plants during this three-day, hands-on course. Join acclaimed artist and Brown University art instructor Ellie Irons for a tour of the wild world of Brooklyn weeds. We’ll learn the histories of these plants, how they found their ecological niches in New York, and their other unusual qualities. You will learn how to turn weeds into watercolors and even take home your own artisanal paint and field guide.
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
June 2, 5, 6, 6-9p; $100-$200
Agile Learning
Let’s talk about innovative education. About play and technology. About teaching self-teachers, running “Genius Hour” all-day every day, and supporting a community of unschoolers. Let’s change up our conversations about education, so they’re as intentional and agile as we are.
Do you want to facilitate? To support self-directed learners in both individualizing their educations and building a healthy community? Or are you interested in the intersection of Agile and alternative education? Or finding tools and practices to adapt for your own project?
Agile Learning Center
115 East 106th Street, Manhattan
Starts June 20, 9:30a-4p; $300-$700
We want to help you find help for short-term projects. Do you have a project, an event, or an action that needs an extra push, a few more people, or an extra set of hands? Please send your calls for help to: hands]at]
***** HANDS: SUNDAY, MAY 15 *****
Hellgate Farm
We'd like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came out to our first build day. We already have hot peppers growing in our brand new raised beds and we couldn't have done it without you. Help us build the last five raised beds needed to complete our rooftop expansion.
This is a great opportunity to learn basic carpentry skills needed to build raised garden beds; how install a raised bed without compromising the integrity of your roof; how to build soil using organic matter sourced from the city.
What to bring: clothes that can get dirty, sturdy shoes that you don't mind getting wet (the roof puddles), water, a snack/lunch, work/garden gloves if you have them (we will have some on hand as well). Be sure to check the weather for attire.
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Hi! I recently moved out here and on the hunt for skillful musicians (hands) for a collaborative project, I'm open to any and all instruments/genres (mainly folk, blues, jazz) I'm a singer/songwriter with diverse influences and voice ranges, traditionally trained in classical voice and Music Comp studies, I like bands where all members take part equally in the collaborative/writing process, aiming for a friendly/relaxed vibe where everyone is excited and on board. on my headphones: sylvan esso, duane allman, scout niblett, cat power, dr dog, shaky hands, heligoats, sharon van etten, felice brothers, hurray for the riff raff, will oldham, black keys...
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