nonsensenyc: 6.17 to 6.23

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 6.17 to 6.23
Date: June 17th 2016
Friday, June 17
* The Front Porch of Backdekistan, Brooklyn
* Art School Acid Dropout, Long Island City
* Movie Night at Big Reuse, Brooklyn
* Wax the Van, Brooklyn
Saturday, June 18
* Mermaid Parade, Brooklyn
* Performancy Forum: Mothergirl and Tulsa Swinton Variety Hour, Brooklyn
* Youth Traditional Song Benefit Concert and Open Sing, Manhattan
* Eco Prisoners Benefit, Brooklyn
* Junxion Mermaid Parade, Brooklyn
* Official Junxion Afterparty at the Keep, Brooklyn
* Feeling Gloomy, Williamsburg
* Squeezebox! The Movie, Manhattan
* Discotechnique With Babel, Brooklyn
* Great-Gatsby Retreat With a Buddhist Monk, Staten Island
* Home Audio Series, Brooklyn
* Birth of the Garden, Manhattan
* Life Is But a Dream
Sunday, June 19
* Book Swap, Brooklyn
* #WeThePeople Live, Brooklyn
* Glitterball: Pulse Benefit, Brooklyn
Monday, June 20
* Maysles Cinema Mondays at Nowadays: Muhammad and Larry, Queens
* Decent Company June: Secrets, Brooklyn
* Mouse, Williamsburg
Tuesday, June 21
* Make Music Festival, Manhattan
* Saints and Sinners: Stories of Obedience and Rebellion, Manhattan
* Anything But Paint, Manhattan
Wednesday, June 22
* The Fifth Annual NYC Inner Beauty Pageant, Brooklyn
* Round K, Manhattan
Thursday, June 23
* Puppet Playlist No. 21: Dolly Parton, Brooklyn
* Brooklyn Film Camera: A Celebration, Brooklyn
* The Quirk Thing: A Stage for the Unconventional, Brooklyn
* House of Yes Circus Revue: Trust and Love, Brooklyn
* Drunk Science, Brooklyn
* Sharing Space: Dominicans and Haitians Healing Racial Narratives, Manhattan
* Firegeth, Brooklyn
* An Illiad
* Might Be Haunted
* Dirty city
* The Emergence of Sexuality
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The Front Porch of Backdekistan
A fundraiser for the Battle for Mau Mau Island and the Rockaway Community Canoe Club. The little known micronation of Backdekistan opens its consulate doors to share a 4,000-year tradition of leisure and revelry. Come get leisured up.
Traditional Backdecki Gypsy-core music with JoroBoro and live rooftop music from Tanbark and friends. Jacob's ladder ice canoe beer challenge, side-effects may include: increased heart-rate, heavy breathing (some nudity). Pride of the Stans RoofTop Oyster CHAMPAGNE bar with oyster shots. Backdeki flag and effigy burning and other barroom games. Serene rooftop white wine bar promising soft breezes and the calming clatter of a distant train. (some nudity) Fantasia Loosies. Free snacks. Get leisured up on the front porch of Backdekistan!
Made possible by the Battle for Mau Mau Island for the purpose of making the Battle for Mau Mau Island possible. An annual NYC flotilla event, costumed art gangs compete in DIY boatbuilding and Gladiatorial combat.
1582 Atlantic Avenue, at the corner of Albany Avenue, Brooklyn
C train to Kingston-Throop station, A train to Nostrand station
9p-2:30a, 9-10p bottomless spirits fountain; $10, cheap drinks
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Art School Acid Dropout
Performances by Jo Firestone, Brett Davis, Tim Dillon, Jeff Simmermon, and Kelsey Caine. Guest artist Christina Scott. Grant Lindahl is a world renowned visual artist who has recently been banned from MoMA PS1 for being too extreme. Every month he hosts an interactive comedy show at the Creek and the Cave in LIC Queens. Grant opens each show with a Chris Burden esque performance piece , past stunts include getting tattooed live on stage, smashing porcelain vases, and setting himself on fire.
The Audience is Provided Crayons and Paper to encourage drawing during the show. Each member gets a limited edition show poster with the ticket price and free beer is provided to the first 10 audience members. The show is cohosted with a different visual artist every month.
Creek and Cave
1093 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
8p; $5
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Movie Night at Big Reuse
It's our first movie night at the Gowanus warehouse. Join us for snacks (bring one), beer (by donation), chat about anarchy, and hang out with a bunch of smart, smelly, good looking people. Our inaugural movie is: Escape From New York.
Big Reuse
69 9th Street, enter through back door, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, movie shown at dusk; $donation
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Wax the Van
Wax the Van is a one off party concept Ben rolls out every now and then when the mood strikes. For this edition, he's brough together some local talent to play on a gorgeous four-point sound system at Starvue. Starvue is an intimate private audio gallery/loft space in Bushwick featuring amazing wood floors. Selectors: Ron Like Hell, Sean B, Al B, and Ben Manzone. Space is limited so arrive early.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $10, BYOB
Mermaid Parade
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Performancy Forum: Mothergirl and Tulsa Swinton Variety Hour
Two performance art duos, one from Chicago (Mothergirl) and one from Texas (TSVH) perform one-hour pieces. Mothergirl use humor to deconstruct and render absurd various tacitly held tropes surrounding to consumerist impulses, feminist and feminine tropes, and the dynamics of a mutually caring relationship. TSVH's piece focuses on the eponymous twin sister of Tilda Swinton and the final production of her long-running television program.
Panoply Performance Laboratory
104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
7-11p; $pay what you can
all ages
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Youth Traditional Song Benefit Concert and Open Sing
A concert and open singing session to benefit Youth Traditional Song Weekend's scholarships. The concert features a lineup of new and well-known traditional singers: David Jones, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Heidi Hackney and Sarah Murdoch, Brian Dolphin and You, Ken Schatz and Heather Wood, and Hubby Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Youth Traditional Song Weekend is an event that fosters community building, youth leadership, and inter-generational learning. We focus on traditional songs in the English language, social singing, song styles, and repertoire building.
Jimmy's No. 43 back room
43 East 7th Street, between 2nd and 3rd avenues, Manhattan
7-9p concert, 9-11p open sing; $15-$30 suggested donation
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Eco Prisoners Benefit
DJ Counterfeit is "a bottom-feeding collector of garbage producing heavily in the remix genre who mostly DJs house parties and fundraisers for violent criminals, irrational queers, and other enemies of the state." I am stoked they even agreed to play pretty much nonstop 80s new wave.
The Silent Barn has a cafe/bar with beer/wine, kombucha, ginger brew (non-alcoholic), sodas, seltzer, hot tea, cold brew coffee, pastries, dumplings etc. This is an all-ages event and venue. Bring the kids. There will be piñatas. This event is NOT Bring Your Own Beer.
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
7-11p; $10 benefits political prisoners held in the United States
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Junxion Mermaid Parade
Join the JunXion NYC as we cruise down Surf Avenue for the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. After Mermaid Parade we will continue our tradition of having a renegade beach party on the boardwalk. With DJays from JunXion, tropic of bass, and Sunnyside Social Club in the parade.
Get your costumes ready, vibe out, make out with a pirate or comb your hair with a dinglehopper. Of course we will have the best damn brunch in Brooklyn available for purchase and drinks. What to bring: water, costumes, a positive vibe, a cup, sunscreen, flags, percussion, etc.
Meet at House of Yes
2 Wycoff, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
10a meetup, noon departure, returning to Bushwick at 6-7p; $25 advanced tickets to march and including complimentary round trip bus and after party, $15 one-way to coney, or $30 day of round trip cash if there is room
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Official Junxion Afterparty at the Keep
Mermaid Parade join us for an all-night after party hosted by the JunXion and DC's Tropic of Bass crew. Two floors of global bass music all night, featuring 2melo, Anna Morgan DJ, Banginclude, Myra Sinnott Beatrix, Illexxandra, Mettabbana, and Teknacolor Ninja.
The Keep
205 Cypress Avenue, Brooklyn
7p-4a; $free before midnight; $5, 10 donation after
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Feeling Gloomy
The party that brings a tear to your eye, with DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom. Our favorite painter/singer and frequent Gloomy attendee Matt Lineham will be on premises. Plus, join us in the first-ever-according-to-one-Google-search-I-just-did Morrissey Cosplay. Think you’ve got Morrissey’s moves down pat? Come on up and lipsync to your favorite Moz or Smiths torch song and you could win fabulous prizes.
Morrissey famously hated on DJs, but could even he hate an entire dance party based around his own music? Ok, yes, quite likely he could, the man has an unfathomable capacity for disliking things. But still, you won’t be saying these songs say nothing to you about your life (except when you sing along with that lyric) because FGNYC DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom will be unloading Smiths and Morrissey solo songs on the dancefloor as if they were gladiolas. We’ll play the sad bastard anthems you know and love and mine deep for the gems you probably also know, and we’ll fill things in a bit with our usual coterie of depressing Anglophilic dance anthems.
Grand Victory
245 Grand Street, between Driggs and Roebling, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
11p-4a; $6 door
dress to depress
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Squeezebox! The Movie
A rare chance to catch the documentary that celebrates Squeezebox, the legendary 90s NYC party at Don Hill's, where drag rock 'n rollers and outcasts gathered to create, build community, and stick it to Giuliani's Quality of Life campaign. The original birthplace of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Squeezebox lifted up the queer potential in all of us, shining a bright light for weirdoes everywhere.
Judson Church
55 Washington Square South, between Sullivan and Thompson streets, Manhattan
10:40p doors, 11p screening; $15 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Discotechnique With Babel
With Lee Foss, Llyodski, Jacques Renault, and the Real Cristiano. Discotechnique dedicated to the sexy resurgence of the decadent disco lifestyle. We're partnering with Bäbel to bring Lee Foss to you beautiful creatures. This is Studio 540000. Performance art spectacles, aerial experiences, lady circus, and babes of disco daze. Two rooms of sound and dance party seduction featuring funky/soulful/disco house grooves plus outdoor garden, backroom lounge of wonders, and whatever else you want to bring. At our very strict door fashionista's discretion.
2 Wykoff Avenue, Brooklyn
9p; $free before 11p in your fabulous, all-out mermaid/aquatic/alien costume
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Great-Gatsby Retreat With a Buddhist Monk
Spend a day meditating Great-Gatsby style at a beautiful 19th-century hillside mansion in Staten Island. We'll be doing sitting and walking meditation from morning until night -- just take a 20 minute ferry ride from Manhattan and it's a short bus-way ride to the mansion from there. Full address information will be disclosed upon registration to the event.
RSVP for address, Staten Island
9a-7p; $donation
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Home Audio Series
Join us for our next house show of electronic and acoustic music, masks, lights, and general magicalness. It's an early one. With Jason Anastasoff solo bass and electronics, Sam Wells solo trumpet and electronics and video, and RRR/Kale Elk, an infusion of duos featuring Liz Kosack on keyboards and synth from Berlin.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
6:30p house, 7p show; $5-20 sliding scale goes 100 percent to the artists, BYOB
homeaudioseries]at] before 5p SATURDAY
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Birth of the Garden
La Plaza Community Garden is celebrating its 40th anniversary. This event is open to everyone and will feature performances by Lydia Lunch, James Chance, Missing Foundation/M7H, and Sal P of Liquid Liquid.
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden
137 Avenue C, Manhattan
5-9:30p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Life Is But a Dream
Life Is But a Dream takes place in a whimsical two-story house on Governor's Island that we have transformed into a childlike dream. There is a room sized blanket fort, a room where painting on the walls is encouraged, a star-filled room, and much more. In each room, you will encounter a memory, and be brought into a poignant moment from a childhood experience. Different performers will be in each room to tell the story or memory that corresponds with the environment they're in. It's fun for all ages. Performers: Meghan Bowes, Sophia Cannata-Bowman, Grace Chan, Andrea Lee Christensen, Olivia Dunn, Dani Hanks, Zena Hinds, Sarah Nichols, Jason Trager, and Amalea Vidas.
Governor's Island Nolan Park House #7A
1 and 3p; $free
Continues SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS through July 24
Book Swap
Give old books new homes while making new friends at the Prospect Park Book Swap. Here's how it works: Bring at least one book to offer up to the swap, and take as many as you would like home. This event will be held at Prospect Park at the field right next to the Brooklyn Public Library and Grand Army Plaza. There will be yellow balloons and a sign so it will be easy to find. The book swap is totally open and free to everyone.
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
2-5p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
#WeThePeople Live
We are back and more lively than we've lived before. Come out for where comics and journalists join HuffPost live host Josh Zepps to drink, break down the headlines -- and one another. We will be making debate healthy again at our new home. Here's this weeks all-star guest list: Michael Brooks from the 2 Dope Boys Podcast, Kevin Allison of Risk podcast, and Aparna Nancherla.
Over the Eight Bar
594 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
5:45p doors, 6p show; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Glitterball: Pulse Benefit
Benefit ball for the Pulse Victims. A night of extravagant generosity and defiant expression, dedicated to helping the victims and families of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. Dance with your heart, love with your body, express yourself louder for those who cannot. Wear your most ridiculous, glittering and fabulous attire. This is The Glitterball, damnit. Be the queen. We have an astounding line-up. All entertainers are donating their talents for the night. Variety acts and Aerial Entertainment galore by House of Yes and the Box.
House of Yes
2 Wykoff, Brooklyn
8p; $donation benefits Pulse Victims
21 and over
Maysles Cinema Mondays at Nowadays: Muhammad and Larry
In October of 1980, Muhammad Ali was preparing to fight for an unprecedented fourth heavyweight title against his friend and former sparring partner Larry Holmes. In the weeks of training before the fight, documentarians Albert and David Maysles took an intimate look at Ali trying to convince the world and perhaps himself, that he was still the Greatest. At the same time, they documented the mild-mannered and undervalued champion Holmes as he confidently prepared to put an end to the career of a man for whom he had an abiding and deep affection.
56-06 Cooper Avenue, between Irving and Wyckoff, Ridgewood, Queens
screening begins at sundown; $free
all ages
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Decent Company June: Secrets
Decent Company is a New York-based collective dedicated to the advancement of the theatrical writer/performer. The cornerstone of our work is our eponymous bimonthly showcase, featuring new works written and performed by company members.
For June, we're putting our deepest, darkest secrets out there for everyone to hear. We've got it all: stories of love, loathing, torrid affairs, and mortifying confessions. Also, a glass jar containing decades of secrets. Whether you are looking to dig up some dirt or seeking absolution for a secret of your own, one thing's for sure: we've got what you need.
505 1/2 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $16
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Mouse is the story of an android whose life is ruined by a mouse entering their apartment. It's also a story about dystopia, hypercapitalism, routine, and how we humans project our problems onto the technology we create in our image. How wrong would things have to go for your life to be over? A new play by genderqueer artist Taylor Edelhart.
The Brick
579 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Continues on June 18
Make Music Festival
Two events at Children's Magical Garden, Sunday and Tuesday. With Dr. Glassheart, a benefit performance for Children's Magical Garden's free summer camp, written and directed by Jason Trachtenburg.
Children's Magical Garden
129 Stanton Street, Manhattan
noon-4p; $13-15
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Saints and Sinners: Stories of Obedience and Rebellion
An evening of immersive (of course!) storytelling and spoken word. Perhaps even a poem or a mime. This one is the Gay Pride edition. LGBTQ stories and anything gender bendy, non-conformist, and experimental. Dabbling in other sexualities, even if you consider yourself straight also goes. You kissed a girl? You liked it? Maybe you didn’t like it. Either way, we dig stories of self-discovery.
In addition to the featured storytellers, there will be an open mic portion for stage-virgins to spin their yarns. At the end of the evening, the audience will select a storyteller of the night who will win a prize.
Three of Cups
83 1st Avenue, Manhattan
8p; $5 advance, $10 door
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Anything But Paint
Painting is dead. Conceptual Art is the new black. Sculpture is here to stay. Performance art challenges the soul. Art can be anything and everything from a discarded plastic bag to the liquids coming out of the human body. In this show, it's Anything But Paint. Yes, It will get weird.
119 Ludlow Street, Manhattan
7-11p opening party; $free
646 504 2323
The Fifth Annual NYC Inner Beauty Pageant
Some of New York City's best warm-hearted oddballs compete for the title of Most Inner Beautiful of New York City for the fifth year in a row. (The previous four winners have, of course, gone onto do great and powerful things.)
Contestants will participate in an interview portion, a talent contest, and even a homemade swimsuit competition. Audience members decide who wears the crown at the end of the night. Please note: one competition slot will be made available for an attendee to sign up the night of.  Proceeds from this even will go to benefit OneOrlando. Created and hosted by Jo Firestone.
622 DeGraw Street, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $5 advance, $7 door
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Round K
Round K opened its door last year on June 22, 2015. To celebrate its first year anniversary, Round K will have a pay what you want open menu system where patrons tell the barista what they want (within the limit of the ingredients available in the coffee shop) and the barista will create it. All the proceeds that day will be donated to a local homeless shelter.
Round K
99 Allen Street, Manhattan
8a-6p; $pay what you want
Puppet Playlist No. 21: Dolly Parton
Who doesn't love Dolly Parton? One can get a double-dose of her by coming to our Puppet Playlist Dolly Parton, and then going and seeing her in Queens the next day. Amazing. Come, in your coat of many colors. Come experience awesome puppeteers and musicians interpret the lovely Dolly’s music into original works of puppetry and musical covers.
Puppet Playlist takes brilliant puppeteers and talented musicians and slams them together into an evening of live theater to stir the senses. This Playlist features original works of puppetry inspired by the songs of the Queen of Country, mixed with live musical interpretations by some of New York’s awesome singer-songwriters.
Featuring puppetry performances by Jenny Hann and Christine Schisano, Jacob Graham, Conan Magee, Kayla Prestel, and Michael Schupbach and Ariel Lauryn, and Arlee Chadwick and Christina Stone. And featuring music performances by Sweet Soubrette, Emily Hope Price, the Housemates, and Jean Rohe.
Triskelion Arts
106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn
7 and 9p; $13-15
Continues FRIDAY June 24
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Brooklyn Film Camera: A Celebration
Brooklyn Film Camera has been providing New York City (and the rest of the world) with fantastic film cameras for over a year now. We have grown tremendously with your support and want to celebrate that. And so we're throwing an epic party at the Bushwick Community Darkroom. Bring your favorite film camera, your favorite friends, and come celebrate with us.
Thing you can expect: Cheap drinks at the bar all night; the Polaroid Photo Booth by Brooklyn Film Camera; Vibey jams to start the night, full on dance grooves later; a raffle with amazing prizes from Impossible HQ, Penumbra Tintype Portrait Studio, Lomography, Bushwick Community Darkroom, Artisan Obscura, and Brooklyn Film Camera. Plus funky vinyl vibes by DJ Cuttlefish Appeldorn. Live projected visuals by VJ Prismspecs.
Bushwick Community Darkroom
110 Troutman Street, Brooklyn
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
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 Street, Brooklyn
6:30-7:45p show; $5 suggested donation
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
House of Yes Circus Revue: Trust and Love
Variety show of partnered acts. Aerial. Circus. Absurdity. Skill. Passion. Hilarity. The finest, fittest and most ferocious performers, curated to perfection for your enjoyment.
Partnership is sacred. It is amazing to find someone in this whole gigantic world who miraculously sees things the same way, and moves through life and art with you. It is bigger then falling in love, its bigger then anything we can really think of.
This is a whole show of partnered acts. It will be twice as expensive to produce, but we're doing it anyways because sometimes you just want to do something that means a lot to you and you don't care at what cost.
House of Yes
2 Wykoff, Brooklyn
7p; $15-50 (we added a separate ticket tier to help cover costs, so if you are doing good this month, please consider supporting us through the higher ticket tier)
21 and over
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Drunk Science
We're excited to announce the next Drunk Science, a monthly show co-hosted by comedians Joanna Rothkopf, Shannon Odell, and Jordan Mendoza. The comedy event series features a rotation of three intoxicated New York stand-ups as they compete to present the best academic dissertation to a leading scientist.
This month's show, themed infinity, will feature Kerry Coddett, Brandon Scott Jones, and Christi Chiello, along with very special guest Dr. Joel David Hamkins, a professor of mathematics and philosophy at the City University of New York, whose research lies in mathematical and philosophical logic, particularly set theory, with a focus on the mathematics and philosophy of the infinite.
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
8p; $5 advance, $8 door
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Sharing Space: Dominicans and Haitians Healing Racial Narratives
While Dominicans of Haitian background are deported in the Dominican Republic, Dominicans, and Haitians in New York City celebrate their interrelated culture and history. The Dominicans Love Haitians Movement brings together Dominican and Haitian artists to reflect and reconcile over 500 years of Eurocentrism. Using art as a vehicle for unraveling biases and bigotry, the evening will feature performances by emerging Dominican and Haitian poets, singers, singer/songwriters and rappers. Located on the lower East side, the WOW Café Theater, is the oldest collective space in New York City for women and trans gender artists. It will be a future and consistent venue of Dominicans Love Haitians Movement.
Wow Cafe Theater
59 East 4th Street, fourth floor, Manhattan
7p; $20
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
It's fair to say that Jo Firestone and Chris Gethard are two people who have lead the charge and set the bar when it comes to strange blends of comedy and performance art. Now these two OCD rabble rousers are putting their brains together to stage events that exist outside the box and involve/challenge the audience. The themes for these shows will not be announced beforehand. You have to just decide if you want to be there to be a part of it. While we can't promise success or a good time, we can promise that these shows will be unlike anything else.
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $8 advance, $10 door
* June 30: You Are Here (aka Trouble Maze)
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.
***** MONEY *****
* An Iliad -- Homer in the Wild is a daring new staging of Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's timely adaptation of Homer's classic, set around a campfire for a small audience. Traveling to scrap metal yards, cemeteries, apple orchards, and more, this gripping tale is told out of a pickup truck and incorporates cars, drums, and a drone. Support the tour by backing its Kickstarter here:
* Since 2009 I and a group of my friends known as New Orleans Airlift have been experimenting in the form of Musical Architecture as a tool for bridging artists and communities. Now we have a chance to put this idea to work full time in New Orleans with the opening of The Music Box Village. If you think a “village of musical architecture” is something you would want to visit in New Orleans well into the future, please give…and if you can’t give for any reason, share:
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]
***** Might Be Haunted *****
"Haunted properties fall within the category of stigmatized properties, or real estate that is not defective in any physical manner, but due to psychological or emotional factors may have a reduced value. Among the situations covered under the title of stigmatized is a property that was the site of a murder, alleged haunting, or other parapsychological phenomenon. About half of U.S. states have laws that deal with stigmatized properties, but most don’t require sellers to disclose if they have a ghost. "Some customers look for homes with an interesting history, as they feel it adds to a property’s character," Singer says. "Not everyone is bothered by the possibility of spirits hanging around."
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 Seattle. June 2016. Woman in her 40s at a hotel restaurant:
-- "I just think San Francisco is too full of itself. But really... it's  just a dirty city." 
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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Draw the Highline
Summer is upon us and it’s time to grab your art supplies and head outside. Ever since Monet and the Impressionists rediscovered the joy of capturing their surroundings ''en plein air,'' New York artists have been following their lead.
Three of the top New York ballpoint artists, Dina Brodsky, Guno Park and Nicolas V. Sanchez, will host a meetup of fellow artists and art lovers to take in the beauty of the High Line, one of New York’s greatest combinations of contemporary architecture and native greenery.
High Line, Urban Theater
17th St and 10th Ave, Manhattan
10a-12:30p; $free
Images of Resistance and Liberation
This community conversation and hands-on workshop will explore a variety of topics affecting the lives of undocumented students, artists, and families, including Advanced Parole, which grants permission for certain immigrants without a valid visa to re-enter the United States after traveling abroad.  Participants will be introduced to UnLocal’s Know Your Rights Campaign and MPP’s involvement in the Know Your Rights poster production. We will also recap the collaborative workshop that Interference Archive, MPP, and NYSYLC led at IYECon 2016, Drawing From the Archives: Liberation & Collaborative Design, and we will print images created during the IYECon workshop based on the conference theme, ''Rooted in Liberation.''
Interference Archive
131 8th Street, no. 4, Brooklyn
12-3p; $free
****** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Afrocrowd Wikipedia Editing Workshop
Join Afrocrowd for a Wikipedia editing lab for existing and/or advanced users working on articles who want to troubleshoot specific issues. This is an opportunity for one-on-one coaching, and a great way to edit with others while getting help from a wiki coach.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
1-5p; $free
Poi and Fire Fans
Learn to spin fire with NYC's longest running and beloved teacher, Claire de Luxe.  Beginner Poi, Intermediate and Advanced Poi, and Fire Fans for all levels.
Triskelion Arts
106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn
6:30p; $180 for nine week session
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The Emergence of Sexuality: Foucault, Sexual Identities, and the Modern Self
In his groundbreaking study, The History of Sexuality: Volume 1, philosopher and historian Michel Foucault provocatively argued that the thing we call sexuality, the supposed essence of our sexual core, our desires, our selves, is in fact “a name that can be given to a historical construct.” In this Olio, we will discuss the significance of Foucault’s claim that sexuality is not an essential and fixed quality inherent to our being, but rather the result of historical shifts in power and knowledge. We will examine how and why it is we have come to think of sexuality as a “problem of truth,” as a secret to be revealed.
We will look closely at the philosopher’s controversial claim that at the very moment we imagine sexuality as being repressed, driven under, made to hide, it was indeed “exploding,” “inciting,” and proliferating unto every aspect of human experience. We will also ask ourselves about the value of Foucault’s work for challenging our own ideas about our personal desires, our identity categories, and our cherished notions of the self.
56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
7:30p; $10
Culture of Desire: The Oedipus Myth and Modernity
In this Olio, we will discuss the role of individuality, freedom, and obligation both in the soul and in the city. Taking our cue from the Oedipus story and Plato’s Republic we will analyze contemporary democratic society which is based on the virtues of freedom and democracy rather than obligation and tradition. Is modern society oedipal? And what are its consequences?
Round K
99 Allen Street, Manhattan
7:30p; $12
Documentary Fundamentals
A nuts-and-bolts professional development series designed for the emerging or intermediate documentary filmmaker, Documentary Fundamentals at UnionDocs is a six-part program taking place over the course of one weekend. Registrants can also attend individual sessions. This curriculum developed out of our experience hearing what fundamentals documentarians need to understand to plan, produce, and release an independent documentary today.
Union Docs
322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
June 24-26, times vary; $125 full series, $25 individual sessions
Victorian Hair Art
In this edition of our popular Victorian hair art class, master jeweler and art historian Karen Bachmann will teach students two traditional Victorian hair art techniques: palette working, or arranging hair in artful swoops and curls; and wire work, in which hair is looped tightly around wires to create three dimensional flowers and wreaths.
The day-long length of the workshop will allow students to delve more deeply into the world of Victorian hairwork, an enormously popular form of commemorative art that began in the late 17th century and reached its zenith during the Victorian Era. Hair, either of someone living or deceased, was encased in metal lockers or woven to enshrine the human relic of a loved one. This class revisits a modern take on the genre.
Morbid Anatomy
424A 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
June 25, 11a-6p; $150
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