nonsensenyc: 5.27 to 6.2

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 5.27 to 6.2
Date: May 27th 2016
Friday, May 27
* Prom, Brooklyn
* The High Focus Institute’s Conference on Nature, Technology, and Self, Brooklyn
* The People's Garden Presents: Showcase Series 2016, Brooklyn
* The Secret Loft Show, Brooklyn
* Hadley Fantastic's Circus of Queer Do's, Brooklyn
* Soul Love, Brooklyn
* Live Dubbed Sitcoms: Full House and Hogan's Heroes, Williamsburg
Saturday, May 28
* Bushwick Print Lab's Annual Studio Sale, Ridgewood
* Four Square, Williamsburg
* Opening of Nunca Termina, Brooklyn
* Donkey Donkey Release Party, Brooklyn
* Cartoon Carnival No. 44: Puppet Party, Williamsburg
* Moms: Wow! Williamsburg
* StoryTour: The Brooklyn Electric, Brooklyn
Sunday, May 29
* Happy Birthday Mister President: A Poetry Party for JFK Day, Manhattan
* Loisaida Festival, Manhattan
* Meow Day, Brooklyn
* Secret Speakeasy: It Hurts When I Do This, Manhattan
* Magic at Coney, Brooklyn
Monday, May 30
* Catch Takes Knockdown, Queens
Tuesday, May 31
* Tale, Manhattan
* Little Cinema No. 17: Paris Is Burning, Brooklyn
Wednesday, June 1
* Long Legs Short Films, Manhattan
* Know Science, Manhattan
Thursday, June 2
* Artgasm, Brooklyn
* Musicians
* Christian mentality
* Feminist Neurobiology
NOTE: For some navigation help, or an explanation for what this is all about, scroll all the way down to NONSENSE. You can donate to this project at Also: We make a lot of mistakes, especially with dates; you should always double check our work before you go out.
No. 800
Sometimes the King is a woman and Everyone is a Queen but none of that matters because #genderisover. Come celebrate the death of the societal constructs that inhibit our behavior and ability to love ourselves and one another at prom.
Bring a date, bring three or four. Be your own date because you are enough all on your own. Wear the dress you never could to your highschool prom because your principal wouldn't let you come in drag. Subvert formalwear: wear a tux with tulle; throw some glitter on it and go dancing.
Anyway, you get the point. This isn't your ordinary shindig, and it's prolly gonna be the most caramel/queer prom you've never even dreamed of because nothing this lit has ever gone down. Ever. Music by Teenage Whores, K Pasa USA, and Left in the Attic. DJs: debbiedahmer and jo. Come fancy come freaky.
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
midnight-4a; $6-15 sliding scale if you come swagged out, $8-15 sliding scale if you're just doing you, partially benefiting Streetwise and Safe
all ages
***** 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, check website for complete listings; $free
Continues through May 29
NOTE: We listed this conference incorrectly last week. Sorry about the mistake.
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The People's Garden Presents: Showcase Series 2016
We're having a free party at the People's Garden in celebration of the beautiful weather. We'll be bringing tropical sounds, food, dancing, and art.  The bands that'll be performing that evening are Consumata Sonidera and R-tronika. DJ Kill DJ will hold it down on the turntables before, in-between and after the bands. Homemade cooking will be provided by the local garden keepers. Traze NYC will be occupying a table with her delicious vegetarian pizzas and if you feel so inclined to bring your own food; there will be grills available upon request. Also, there will be a free after party across the street at the Gateway. The garden is booze friendly. For a little $ there will be an all you can drink from a keg.
The People's Garden
Greene Avenue and Broadway, Brooklyn
7p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Secret Loft Show
Secret Loft Show is back at it with a special edition featuring three comedians who are working sets they will be recording for half hour specials. After the show DJ Cheez Grater, a New York based DJ, will be spinning as we open up the show into a dance party.
In addition to the show being free (before 9p) we also have free pizza and very cheap drinks. Line up: Jacqueline Novak, Nick Turner, Erik Bergstrom, Lucas Connolly, Marisa Douenias, and Katie Hannigan.
255 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free before 9p, $5 after
516 808 8187
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Hadley Fantastic's Circus of Queer Do's
Aerialists, drag queens, dancers, and burlesque performers dazzle the stage. Featured performers include the Brooklyn drag diva, Aja Queen, award winning drag king and dance master, Goldie Peacock, classic drag burlesque superstar and enchantress Mistress Wolverinna and Mr. Rawunchy, mad burlesque genius and possible homicidal maniac Deity Delgado, bronzed burlesque babe and amazon warrior princess the Golden Glamazon, Sydni Deveraux, trapeze aerialist and escaped psychiatric ward patient Lucy Licious, pole dancer and boylesque superstar Sam Doblick, lyra aerialist and soviet dominatrix Angela Cascone, and last but not least, silks aerialist, and poetic part-time 15 year-old boy Rachel Boyadjis (Circus Solaris). Standing room, general admission seating, and tabled seating available.
House of Yes
2 Wykoff, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p show
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
SnapCrackle presents:
Soul Love
In the spirit of a UK soul weekender, the SnapCrackle Sound System takes over the back room of a British-style pub. Jae Trevor and special guest DJ Mihoko select and mix the finest soul, R&B, funk, hip-hop, house and more from the past to the present. If you love soul, join us for Soul Love.
Halyards Back Room
406 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
11p-3a; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Live Dubbed Sitcoms: Full House and Hogan's Heroes
Lovable New York City improvisers live-dub over muted episodes of your favorite sitcoms to create entirely new storylines and horrible new character flaws. This month features dubbed-over episodes of Full House and Hogan's Heroes. Created by Jo Firestone.
Videology Bar and Cinema
308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p; $5
718 782 3468
Bushwick Print Lab's Annual Studio Sale
Something for everyone. Surprise giveaways and raffle.  Every ten dollars you spend gets you a chance to receive a free One Day Studio Pass.  Beer, lots of free stuff, fun!   Saturday is opening day, and the sale continues through the weekend with Sunday's Afternoon Liquidation Party with DJ Wrong Todd.
Sale will include but is not limited to great deals on all types of art supplies and tools, used silkscreens, plastisol and water based inks, inkjet film, squeegees, scoop coaters, blank apparel stock, printed sample garments, paper stock, books, bookmaking supplies, one-off prints, housewares, and esoterica.
Bushwick Print Lab
1717 Troutman Street, Studio 203 and 204, Ridgewood, Queens
L train to Jefferson Street station
12-8p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Four Square
An event that transcends definition- it's athletic, it's dancey, it's boozy (well BYOB), but most of all it's a ton of fun. Lace up your dancing shoes, best sneaks, maybe even rollerblades, and come play ball in McCarren Park. Be there or be square.
McCarren Park Handball Courts
Union Street and Driggs, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8-10p sharp; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Opening of Nunca Termina, Lena Hawkins' New Watercolors, Fitzcarraldo, and Music
Lena Hawkins’ visual work draws upon ritual and occult imagery, exploring constructed realities, otherness, and death through painting, performance and tattooing. A majority of the works showing today were painted while traveling in Peru in January 2016. Hawkins visited the San Martin region of the Amazon where she participated in an ayahuasca ceremony with a curandero. Works are painted with a mix of gouache and natural pigments made in Peru including turmeric and coca seed. Screening of Fitzcarraldo by Werner Herzog at 1:30p. Followed by music until 6:30p.
The Sunview
220 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn
1:09-6:30p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Donkey Donkey Release Party
Rokenri, Hannah Edmunds Gardens, and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy are teaming up to host a release party to celebrate Rokenri’s debut album Donkey Donkey. The event will feature a performance by Rokenri with dance work by Lydia Chrisman, Shantel Prado, Ashley Robicheaux, and Holly Sass.
The three groups hope to use the event to raise awareness about the importance of local business and environmental stewardship, and to set forth a model for concerts that involve local businesses and non-profits and encourage community involvement.
Ft. Briscoe Studios
73 Sackett Street, Brooklyn
7p; $10, and half of all entry proceeds will be donated to the Gowanus Canal Conservancy to aid in their restoration efforts on the Gowanus Canal Watershed
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cartoon Carnival No. 44: Puppet Party
We’ll be partying with some two hours’ worth of 16mm (no digital) stop-motion animation and puppet films from the 1920s to the 1950s, straight from the Stathes Archives to the silver screen at Standard Toykraft. As part of the program, there will also be a rare interactive early 1950s kiddie TV show kinescope -- complete with a brief drawing lesson, so bring your art skills (and plenty of friends). Also: The one and only Rapid T. Rabbit (you might know the local public access show) will be attending and co-hosting this special Carnival. Light refreshments will be available for purchase from Standard Toykraft.
Standard Toykraft
722 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Moms: Wow!
Enjoy a night of games, stand-up, and stories meant to celebrate the oldest job in the book: being a mom. Naomi Ekperigin, Amber Nelson, Wes Haney, and Eliza Hurwitz. Hosted by Ashley Brooke Roberts.
Cloud City
85 North 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p doors, 8:30p show, $5 benefits
***** 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.
Meet at the compass rose in front of the Robert Fulton School
37 Hicks Street, Brooklyn
3:30p; $20, $15 with discount code WALTNS
Happy Birthday Mister President: A Poetry Party for JFK Day
In an evening curated by Mary Reilly, New York poets Sparrow, Joshua Mehigan, George Green, Sylvia Gorelick, Suzanne Goldberg, and more read poems at PRL Pain Cafe, Sam Bornstein’s mobile art space that reclaims the city-artists’ lost beloved, Pearl Paint, with poetry, performance and fine art snacks. Any excuse for a party, poets will read new work in tribute to the man/myth Kennedy of Camelot. Join us for an almost-illegal evening of seriously absurd poetry atop the ruins of another New York.
Prl Pain Cafe (formerly Pearl Paint) 
308 Canal Street, Manhattan
6p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY ******
Loisaida Festival
This year the festival is mixing old school and new school by bringing together the Latina icon and Vedette of America, Iris Chacón, and boogaloo hero Johnny Colon with a host of newcomers, including hip hop singer Day Luv, songstress Maxine Ashley, Lower East Salsa, and Macha Colón y Los Okapi. Also Marine-combat-vet-turned actor, singer/activist J.W. Cortes will co-host the event alongside Iris Chacón.
The main stage is just a sampling of a larger programming that also includes an exhibition by Marvel's Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez titled Guardians of Loisaida, a Grassroots Innovation Fair, an expanded Healthy Living Zone, with free dental screenings for children, and a new Sustainable Innovation Zone, which will include a Bio Bus.
Avenue C between 5th and 12th streets, Manhattan
11a-5:30p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Meow Day
Meow Day is an event for cat allies, enthusiasts, crafters, activists, and rescuers to celebrate their love of cats while supporting local TNR and adoption. Vendors will be selling items including Cat stickers, cat coloring books, cat t-shirts, cat art, cat buttons, cat magnets, cat zines, cat hats, cat backpacks, hand drawn cat tattoos, cat toys, cat friendly plants and herbs, and cat clothing for people and cats. Beverages and snacks will be available from Silent Barn. A Tail of Two Kitties is a local TNR and cat rescue group, who concentrate their efforts on the streets of Bushwick, Brooklyn, and Ridgewood, Queens.
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
noon-5p; $free
all ages
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
The Museum of Interesting Things presents:
Secret Speakeasy: It Hurts When I Do This
The history of quack medical devices. The Museum of Interesting Things takes over a Soho Loft for a special History of Quack Medical themed party for the Museum. Featuring a 16mm short movie fest, medical antiques demos, a party, and drinks, music, free food and snacks and beautiful visuals. In the spirit of a true speakeasy anything can change.
The Loft at Prince Street
177 Prince Street, between Thompson and Sullivan streets, Manhattan
6-10p; $10
all ages
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Magic at Coney
Magical Promotions, together with Coney Island USA, presents an afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. Magic at Coney is a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists, and close-up magicians from around the world.
Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
noon; $10 adults, $5 kids under 12
Catch Takes Knockdown
Andrew Dinwiddie, Jeff Larson and Caleb Hammons are pleased to present the most colossal Catch in our 13-year history. Catch is everyone's favorite Brooklyn-based, hydra-headed, multi-disciplinary, rough-and-ready series of performance events. On Memorial Day, we're presenting 20 amazing music, dance, video and performance artists at the gargantuan Knockdown Center in Maspeth Queens with free hotdogs all day long, a free barbecue cook-off and, of course, beer. With Aorta films, Ilan Bachrach and Rob Johanson, Eve Beglarian and Megan Williams, Charlotte Brathwaite and Ayesha Jordan, Yanira Castro, Elliot Cole and Katelyn Halpern, the Dance Cartel, Helga Davis, I Am a Boys Choir, Andy de Groat and Catherine Galasso, Lumberob, Jennifer Monson and iLAND, PWR BTTM, Katy Pyle, Joseph Silovsky, Sunwatchers, Title:Point, Wildcat, Kristin Worrall, Yackez, and Grillmaster Big Cee brings East New York's finest barbecue cook-off.
The 50,000 square foot building has seen continuous use for more than 100 years: first as a glass factory, then as a door factory. It is named for the Knock-Down door frame that was invented here in 1956 by Samuel Sklar and remains an industry standard to this day. The frame could be shipped in pieces -- or knocked down -- and installed into existing walls, revolutionizing the speed and efficiency of building construction.
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
$20 advance, $25 at the door
NYC's finest storytelling, with Leighann Lord, Cory Kahaney, Harmon Leon, Nate Charles Troisi, and Caitlin Brodnick. Music by Elena Simon.
Three of Cups
83 1st Avenue, Manhattan
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Little Cinema No. 17: Paris Is Burning
Drag. Pose. Vogue. Realness. Shade. Love. 26 years ago, a poignant and exhilarating film of the then-still-burgeoning vogue ball lifestyle hit the screen scene and taught the world how to work. Now, we bring it to you. Hard. Featuring live dance performance from New York's vogue legends and hottest newcomers. Stay with us late into the night as we open up the dance floor and invite you to show us what you're working with. This documentary by Jennie Livingston captures the competitive ball scene world of an 80s New York, a world of transformative glamour, beauty, and empowerment for the disenfranchised -- a tradition that continues to this day. Dance. Work.
Everyone has their part to play in the game of life -- whether you’re a butch queen, a realness girl or a schoolboy, you better show up and let the world see what you’re working with. Hit the floor after the film. We will be giving away prizes and drinks for the best styles, looks and realness. Dress to impress. Live it. Own it.
House of Yes
2 Wykoff Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $8-20
Long Legs Short Films
DCTV and Dance Film Association's annual short dance films screening is next week and we'd love to invite your readers. See details below and let me know if you could use anything else.
On the heels of two wildly successful Long Legs Short Films programs, DCTV and Dance Films Association come together again to co-present a third annual evening of moving moving image that challenges what dance film is. Via new short films of various genres that celebrate undercurrents in movement beyond the performative and conventional, we invite you to watch dance through a different lens. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance and join us for a Post-Screening Question and Answer session. After party to follow with DJ Stewey Decimal and visuals by Alex Reeves.
87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
7p; $6 for DCTV and DFA Members, $10 general
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Know Science
Join Know Science and the New York City Health Business Leaders for a free talk on the intersection of science, technology, and healthcare, by Dr. David Putrino in honor of the World Science Festival. With the power of science, the Putrino Laboratory is developing the technology to improve the standard of care for patients everywhere.
You will learn about the science underlying common killers (i.e. stroke, heart disease, suicide) and what you can do to avoid them, how technology can be used to increase a doctor's ability to treat patients more personally and effectively, and how you can get involved in transforming science and technology into real, accessible healthcare solutions. Includes access to Patient Room 2020 and a free post-talk reception.
DuPont Corian Design Studio
49 West 23rd Street, Manhattan
6:30-8:30p; $free
Wet paint, psychedelic fashion and poetry whores. Collaborative painting. Psychedelic activewear. Visual art. Deep house yoga. Dance performances. Meditation workshop. Wu and Y and Why Empire are teaming up to present this party of intersecting artistic experiences.
House of Yes
2 Wykoff Avenue, Brooklyn
6p; $10-30
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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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* 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. ljaks]at],,
***** MONEY *****
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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]
***** P2P Safety Nets *****
"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 NYC. May 2016. Woman in her mid-40s outside a church in Park Slope:
-- "They don't understand our Christian mentality."
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.
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***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
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
7-10p; $free
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Fermentation is one of the oldest food processing methods still used today. Take part in this ancient health practice, and learn how to make sauerkraut.
Sauerkraut is full of beneficial probiotics to keep your microbiome healthy. In this course, we will cover the basic science behind making sauerkraut, why it’s good for you, and we’ll teach you how to make it yourself. If you are interested in Old World food preservation, gut health, or fermentation in general, this is the class for you.
Tangy and delicious, Sauerkraut goes well with salads, soups, sandwiches, pizza (basically everything), and aids digestion. Every participant will take home their own jar of sauerkraut.
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
12-2p; $40
Feminist Neurobiology
This series explores concepts in neurobiology, gender and health from a feminist standpoint, with the goal of encouraging community engagement in neuroscience. The course is very much for non-scientists who want to learn some basics of neuroscience, with the opportunity to discuss topics ranging from cell biology to biomedical and research ethics.
No experience needed; just bring an understanding of the Bluestockings mission, and your curiosity about brains.
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
2p; $free
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, Queens
6:30-8p; $donations
Attracting Pollinators
Learn about the importance of our local pollinators and how to create gardens to attract them. As part of the workshop we will spend time identifying the native plants that host them at New Roots
Community Farm. We will also observe and discuss design elements of the pollinator gardens and
spend some time caring for the plants.
New Roots Community Farm
Corner of East 153rd Street and Grand Concourse, Bronx
4:30-6p; $free
RSVP: bronxgreenup]at]
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
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]
Screenprinting Workshop
Students will learn the fundamentals of screenprinting. Your instructor, Better Than Jam's owner and maker, Karin Persan, will start with a demo of the process, and then go through the proper materials and techniques. Students will be shown the different ways one can get an image onto a screen, and a few different production methods of printing. By the end of class you should be on your way to printing your own image.
Better Than Jam
20 Grattan Street, Brooklyn
June 5 and 12, 2-5p; $150
RSVP required: karin]at]
Intro to the Camera
Everything you need to know to use a film camera. Bring your 35mm or medium-format film camera. We will go over them and answer any questions you may have.
Bushwick Community Darkroom
110 Troutman Street. Brooklyn
June 5, 6-9p; $100
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]
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