nonsensenyc: 7.15 to 7.21

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 7.15 to 7.21
Date: July 15th 2016
Friday, July 15
* Le Monde De Mino: A Bastille Day Celebration, Brooklyn
* Roger Clark's Wild Summer Night, Williamsburg
* What the Float, Manhattan
Saturday, July 16
* One Last Drag, Brooklyn
* Str8 West Coastin', Brooklyn
* Daeg, Brooklyn
* Blunderland, Brooklyn
* Bike Fetish Day 2016, Williamburg
* The Mushroom Cure, Manhattan
* Show Tell Show, Brooklyn
* Celebrate City of Water Day at Lilac, Manhattan
* Cultural Compulsive Disorder's Second Summer Block Party, Brooklyn
* The Freedom Party NYC 80s vs. 90s, Brooklyn
* Feeling Gloomy, Williamsburg
* Ptyxolopies 3: Performance, Brooklyn
* A Night at Niblo's Garden, Brooklyn
* Retrotech, Brooklyn
Monday, July 18
* Shit Lit: Comedy Show and Bad Writing Contest, Manhattan
Tuesday, July 19
* The Prose Bowl, Williamsburg
* Little Cinema: Lost Highway, Brooklyn
Wednesday, July 20
* Bring Your Own Film, Brooklyn
* Con Artist Zine Show, Manhattan
Thursday, July 21
* Larry Makes Toast East Coast Premiere, Brooklyn
* Lost Abjects: Theory of Garbage, Brooklyn
* A Drinking Game Presents the Goonies, Brooklyn
* Liberte, Brooklyn
* Needing more wishes
* Full Robot Employment
* Cults
* Advertising Takeovers: A Practical Introduction
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Le Monde De Mino: A Bastille Day Celebration
Revolutionary visuals by Mokashake. DJ beats by DJuice. Virtuoso percussionist and vocalist Mino Cinelu, featuring his all-star band. Mino Cinelu has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Herbie Hancock, and Curtis Mayfield.
126 Front Street, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p music; $20-25
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Roger Clark's Wild Summer Night
We're excited to welcome NY1 anchor and Reliquary friend Roger Clark to the City Reliquary stage. Roger's band Perp Walk are on a bill of incredible local talent along with the Tracys and Caterwaul of Sound. Opening act of magic and comedy by Magic Brian.
City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $10
***** 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 at the Coliseum by 9:30p 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 312 West 58th Street, Manhattan (near the Columbus Circle subway stop)
9:30p; $20 in advance, $25 at the door
One Last Drag
Bushwig for Europe Fundraiser. This will be SPR's final Bushwig party on Melrose Street. Come out already. Food, drinks, raffles, games, dancing, shows, and more shows. Plus 8p screening of the Sisters of the Wicked Wig.
Shows by AJA, Patti Spliff, Untitled Queen, Merrie Cherry, and Tyler Ashley. Music by Horrorchata, Ickarus (Giancarlo Corbacho), and Hannah Lou. Plus Will Sheridan live. All the money we make from the Door goes to helping out the girls going to Europe. We are performing in Berlin at Yo Sissy festival and East London's the Glory.
Secret Project Robot
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
10p party; $10 entry
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Str8 West Coastin'
Now in its sixth summer in Brooklyn, Str8 West Coastin' is an event organized by California transplants to celebrate west coast rap and barbecue culture. The party takes place three times each summer (the third Saturdays in June, July, and August) in a cozy backyard bar in Bed-Stuy. July's event features a guest set from DJ Meka. Plus DJs Still Life and Dopeshoes.
Project Parlor
742 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
2-9p, 2-4p free rum punch; $free
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Nightlife can be exhausting. Get outta that rave cave, come dance with us, and go to bed at a decent time for once (or not). We’ll be starting a new series that focuses on deep, atmospheric, and fun daytime grooves. Calling all night owls, morning larks, humming birds, pink flamingos, or early worms.
Featuring Paul Fleetwood, co-founder of Pittsburgh’s Hot Mass, a club celebrated for its welcoming vibe and free spirit, in addition to the Brooklyn-based deep house producer, Jordan. The D rune of ancient alphabets is called daeg, meaning "day." Seeking to offer an experience that differs from myriad nightlife events, we chose this symbol as the name for this new series for its association with balance for light and life. Bright faces: Join together in an energizing setting and dance to the radiant talent of New York and beyond.
Shea Stadium
20 Meadow Street, Brooklyn
1-8p; $5-10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Eric Schmalenberger presents Blunderland, an evening of Variety at the House of Yes. Leave all expectations at the door and come be dazzled. Drawing from the finest of New York’s burlesque, circus, cabaret, and queer scenes Blunderland is a trip down the rabbit hole you won’t soon forget. Come celebrate a midsummers night in July with a show that is hand picked, juicy, and super fresh for your viewing pleasure.
Featuring Lady Rizo, Flloyd, Cheeky Lane, Cassandra Rosebeetle, Dancorcism Dance Team, and Dana Abrassart. Blunderland is ready, willing, and waiting to take you beyond the beyond. So please leave logic at the door and join us.
The House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p show; $20 pre-sale, $25 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Bike Fetish Day 2016
Win one of these excellent trophies in our Best Bike competitions. Learn about bike advocacy with Bikes and Humans Co-op. Buy a sweet accessory. Visit other great tablers. Or just hang and nerd out with fellow bike lovers. And be sure to pick up a BFD2016 limited-edition t-shirt designed by Dana Soady. Our grill will be going, and live sets by DJ Harry Ballz and DJ Dirty Finger will keep you dancing in the street.
Havemeyer between Grand and Hope, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
noon-6p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Mushroom Cure
A "true-life tour de force" that "mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain," the Mushroom Cure recounts Adam Strauss' attempt to treat his severe OCD with psychedelics. The show also won the New York Fringe Festival's Overall Excellence Award. All profits are being donated to the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), the organization behind the scientific studies that inspired Adam's quest, and there are post-show discussions with MAPS researchers on July 26 and August 2.
Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street, just off 7th Avenue, Manhattan
8p; $25, or $18 with discount code "nonsense"
Continues through August 7
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Show Tell Show
A mix of show and tell and stand up comedy -- with drink tickets, surprises, sets from some of the funniest comedians in New York, plus a $20 cash prize for the best show and teller in the audience. Bring something weird, bizarre, scary, smelly, wild, unique anything and talk about it for 1-2 minutes in front of the audience for your chance to win. This week's line up: Caleb Synan, Paul Oddo, Josh Johnson, Brandon Scott Wolf, Chelsea Hood, Jay Welch, Niles Turner, and Goran Vuchinic. Hosted by Taylor Ketchum.
Over the Eight
594 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
8-10:30p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Celebrate City of Water Day at Lilac
The museum ship Lilac will be hosting a day full of family activities during extended hours. City of Water Day is an annual festival of activities encouraging New Yorkers to enjoy the water. It's sponsored by the Waterfront Alliance, which works to protect, transform, and revitalize our harbor and waterfront.
Lilac is the last steam-powered lighthouse tender in America and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is eligible to become a National Historic Landmark. Launched on May 26, 1933, she carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys for the U.S. Lighthouse Service and then the U.S. Coast Guard until she was decommissioned in 1972. Lilac is currently being restored as a unique vehicle for maritime education and community activities.
Hudson River Park
Pier 25, Manhattan
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cultural Compulsive Disorder's Second Summer Block Party
This year we've partnered up with our friend Jerry Farley to collaborate on a full-day event featuring art and music in Coney Island. The CCD NYC Art Collective will once again be showing off our Record Collection, as 30 of our talented artists reimagine famous (or infamous) vinyl album covers in an outdoor display. We had so much fun with this theme last year that we're bringing it back. To coincide with the musical art theme, the Jerry has arranged a line up of talented local bands to perform live music all day/night long. And the best part is that this is all taking place at the new Steeplechase Beer Garden in Coney Island, USA. There will be no shortage of fun things to do at this free event. Food, drinks, friends, DJ, art, live music. All original art will be for sale, as well as prints of the featured pieces.
Artist list: Stephanie Collazo, Chris Xydas, Joey Armao, Mike "Bigzo" DeVito, Tommy "12 Pac," Lombardozzi, Jerry Farley, Ant Picone, Brendan Shaw, Al Accettura, Kieran Quinn, Ken Knutdsen, Kendra Cooke, Emma Burges, Peter Batista, Danielle Barbaro-Mutone, Chris Clarke, Cristina Maldonado, Noel Williams, Peat Vasquez, Erle Tompkins, Cindy Mui, Gary "ScumFather" Esposito, Elgin "the Slime" Braden, Christina Rubino, Susan Scarpinito, Aaron Wade, Mike "Scum" Bailey, Jennifer Baci, Krida Metalla, and Brian Clarke. Bands: Christina Rubino, De La Vida, Cheeky, Hegazy, the Junkie Twins, I Am the Third, and Butcher Knives.
Steeplechase Beer Garden
1904 Surf Avenue. Brooklyn
2p start time; $free
All ages, 21 and over to drink
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Freedom Party NYC 80s vs. 90s
Description: Celebrate summer at Brooklyn’s best new outdoor dance party. Enjoy frozen drinks and dance the night away to the Freedom Party.
The Landing Courtyard at Industry City
638 Second Avenue, Brooklyn
D, N trains to 36th Street station
7p-midnight; $15 advance (let me know if you'd like a discount code to share with your readers)
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Feeling Gloomy
We're doing one final edition of Feeling Gloomy in Williamsburg before our venue closes and we are (temporarily) homeless. We're celebrating the occasion by taking our frustration out on Williamsburg, and booking some gloomy live bands. Thanks once again for all your promotional help over the last three-plus years, we love Nonsense and your readers.
Not that long ago, we at Feeling Gloomy NYC declared Brooklyn was dead. Sort of tongue in cheek, right? It was prompted by the closure of Glasslands, the latest in a series of great W’burg venues and bars to close. Well, guess what? Now to our chagrin, our home away from home -- the Grand Victory, is closing too. Sure, it’s reopening in a new location in some other neighborhood, and you’ll be able to find us there, and probably Feeling Gloomy will operate in Bushwick in a month or two. But, it’s high time we admitted it: Williamsburg, this time you’re really, really dead to us.
Maybe you already made up your mind to avoid Williamsburg years ago, but we can still remember our first Williamsburg dance party, held across the street at Luxx, which was later Trash Bar, which now is nothing, which tomorrow will probably end up an artisanal mayonnaise place, although we hear artisanal mayo is getting gentrified too. Anyway, stick in a fork in Williamsburg. It’s time we made our Willexit.
Feeling Gloomy has been a thing in Williamsburg for a little over three years, and we decided that if we’re leaving, we’re going to go out in style. Not only will we have a dance party for the ages, we’ve also booked all the bands for the night. We’ll start with the synthscapes of Order of Operations, followed by the arrestingly icy sounds of Ghost Cop, and culminating in our brothers and sisters in bedsit woebegonity, the epic and scintillating my favorite.
Just when you thought it was safe to dry your tears, as the final chords fade, the dance party will begin. After the bands finish, DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom will be expatriating our memories of a Williamsburg and expunging our sorrows. We’ll say farewell to our memories of a New York City that doesn’t really look like the NYC we remember. Prepare to go dancing with tears in your eyes, to cry your heart out, to face your gloom, to permit it to pass over us and through, to rinse, and to repeat all night, all in the name of catharsis, the name of Feeling Gloomy (NYC edition). We'll have: depressingly dark decorations, a farewell cake (because cake), a DIY selfie booth where you can express your sadness over gentrification in written form, and also take Instagram pictures (or Myspace photos if you want to get old skool Wburg). Plus DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom. Spinning indie, post-punk, britpop, synthpop, and sad bastard anthems, with live music from My Favorite, Ghost Cop, and Order of Operations. Dress to depress.
Grand Victory
245 Grand Street, between Driggs and Roebling, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p doors, 11p DJs; $10 cover 8-11p, $6 after 11p
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Ptyxolopies 3: Performance
Join us with Shiv Kotecha, Stephen Sewell, Keiko Uenishi, Ray Ferreira, and Theresa Columbus for our continuation of the Ptyxolopies series: exploring intersecting fields of poetic practices in the uniquely convivial environment of the Luncheonette. This installment: performance. As always with the Luncheonette BYOB (et al.) for yourself and to share.
Sunview Luncheonette
221 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
A Night at Niblo's Garden
This popular event is back for 2016 and better than ever. Imagine an outdoor pleasure dome, strung with lights, adorned with fountains and featuring the top musicians, dancers, and entertainers of the time. That was the scene at Niblo’s Garden, the premier entertainment house of the 19th century. Niblo himself had a habit of turning his Green-Wood mausoleum -- built years before his death -- into a pleasure garden of its own, with friends, picnics, and entertainment. Rumor has it he even stocked the nearby Crescent Water with goldfish.
Now we’re transforming Niblo’s final resting place into a Victorian extravaganza of performing arts, with help from Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, a vaudeville and arts powerhouse since 1995. Your night will begin with a picnic (bring your own) around the beautiful pond Crescent Water, and will unfold into an evening of showmanship in front of Niblo’s grand mausoleum. As always, author and Niblo expert Ben Feldman will hold court as Niblo himself. Bring a blanket, snacks, and drinks, and prepare to be dazzled by 19th-century games, fire eaters, contortionists, and much more -- all lit by candles and a starry sky.
Greenwood Cemetery
5th Avenue and 25th Street, Brooklyn
7-10p; $37
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Starvue and sub:culture present:
With Midnight Society, Mike Swells, and Manny Ward. Hosted by Jeffrey Cheng and Joey Blonds. The turnout and response to the very first Retrotech party was so tremendous that Starvue and sub:culture have invited them back. Midnight Society's Curtis Atchison, and Manny Ward take on the helm again, with special guest, Mike Swells, will serve up the House and Tech beats over the beautiful sound system at Starvue.
We would like give any attendee who is coming a chance to get tickets in advance with a thank-you gift. Also, note that the last party was a huge success. With the limited capacity of the space, this will guarantee you have entry to an event you do not want to miss. Also, there is a small fee for using the ticket fulfillment, but know this site is very secure and they donate a portion of their fees to charity as part of the Not-Just-For-Profit model for the business. Included are an hour-long-plus set each from Mike, Manny, and Curtis. Hosted by Jeffrey Cheng and Joey Blonds.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
10p; $10
Shit Lit: Comedy Show and Bad Writing Contest
It's a comedy show. It's a reading series. It's a "bad" writing contest. This week, Tim Racine and Lizzie Martinez welcome comedians and writers Mark Normand, Katie Hannigan, and more. Submit to the bad writing contest: Bring 150 words of "awful" prose, "terrible" plays, or "garbage" poems to the show. The worst writer wins $10 (featuring Hamilton!) and a back issue of the New Yorker (never read!).
Bunga's Den
137 West 14th Street, Manhattan
8p doors, 8:30 show, $free
21 and over
The Prose Bowl
Four writers come in, one writer leaves -- or all of them do. But somebody gets a free drink. The Prose Bowl's second season continues with special guest judges Lizz Leiser and Christopher Fox joining the table, both for the first time. Come see them battle it out for judgeship supremacy -- or drink beer and make jokes. Definitely one of those two things is going to happen.
As always, if you or a writerly friend of yours is interested in performing, just come put your name in the hat. We're always looking for more volunteers, and we don't curate or solicit. So if you've been looking for your chance to take the stage for a chance at a prize, an appearance on our podcast, and a place on the Super Prose Bowl roster, this is it.
Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Little Cinema: Lost Highway
Join us for a special screening of David Lynch's French American film, Lost Highway, featuring a full live rescore by Late Sea with remixed scenes by AV DJ Chnnls. Released in 1997, the first of Lynch's Hollywood Trilogy quickly became one of the director's most infamous films, exploring the mind of a man as he slowly loses his grip on reality. Or does he?
As we dive deeper and deeper into the world of Fred Madison -- a brilliant musician who is obsessively jealous of his wife -- we start to blur the line between reality and imagination. In true Lynch fashion, there’s no real sense to be made of the storyline, and to try is to miss the point.
This one time screening will be underscored by Late Sea, the NY based ambient avant-rock sensation that recently won the Kevin Spacey Foundation award for their multimedia project the Writers Trilogy. They will be joined on stage by AV artist and Little Cinema founder, Chnnls, who will remix, extend and enhance moments in the film, live and in tune with the band, further blurring the line between film, music, and video art.
House of Yes
2 Wykoff, Brooklyn
8p; $30
21 and over
Bring Your Own Film
Bring Your Own Film is a screening series, an informal space for filmmakers to show smaller projects, works-in-progress, or projects that might not have a home yet. Come drink beer, meet new people, and watch some film and video projects. If you have a project you'd like to share, bring it! First come first served, no need to contact us ahead of time, just show up with your film and we'll play it! Any film, any digital format, 10 minutes or under.
Shoestring Press
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p screening; $free
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Con Artist Zine Show
We're having a show of artist-made, self-published, small-run, zines. True commercial print may be dying, but these small, handmade wonders never went away. Signed, and ranging in price from $free- $20, you just can't go wrong.
Con Artist
119 Ludlow, Manhattan
646 504 2323
Larry Makes Toast East Coast Premiere
Celebrate the East Coast premiere of Larry Makes Toast, a joint venture between West Coast filmmaker Mitchell Pratt and Brooklyn art-punks Mindtroll. Larry Makes Toast is a dark comedy that tells the story of Larry -- a simple man whose comfy life is thrown into chaos when his toaster gains sentience and asks to be euthanized. When Larry refuses, the toaster proceeds to wreck havoc on his home all to a raucous original score by Mindtroll. The east coast premiere will feature live sets by Mindtroll and one-woman psychedelic rock band, Idgy Dean.
Gold Sounds
44 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $10
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Lost Abjects: Theory of Garbage
An Installation and Physical Manifesto Against Recycling, with extremes of multimedia elements, the Night will feature recent works by Kalan Sherrard, a performance-lecture and post-structural striptease and workshop around garbage objects, and special guests a la avant noise.
Also including: extracts from Baruch Sylvester's Forest of Impossible Shapes (ed. 0.5 √3); three miniature art galleries; a new corps of gum and fingernail sculptures, Dynamo of Nothingness and Absence, Show-Play of the Capitalism/Oppression/Class-War Board-Game-With-No-Rules, and Giant Nihilist Tetris. Prints, MicroPublications, Patches and other Cthonic Merch will be up for sale along with some larger works. Installation will be up through later August.
GG Nix Community Space
1339 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn
7-11p, 8:30p performances; $?
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
A Drinking Game NYC presents:
The Goonies
What is A Drinking Game? It's a live staged reading of one of your favorite movies turned into an interactive drinking game. It's a party. Join us. Say your favorite lines with us. Sing along with us. Drink with us.
Talented actors perform cult classics for a live audience. One night only. A new show every month. Each movie comes with a list of buzz words and phrases -- when you hear one, a bell rings and everybody drinks! The actors are in on the fun, too. Plus, when someone says a name, the actor playing that character has to drink. So as the evening progresses, the show’s bound to get a little wacky. Audience participation is encouraged. Please drink and laugh responsibly.
Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
8p; $8 advance, $10 door
21 and over
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Seventeen-piece genre-defying big band Liberte will be fusing jazz and hip hop, serving as a backdrop to showcase fashion designers and artists. A collision of makers, models, creators and musicians will be gathering to put it all out there and then let it all go. Join in this collaborative space. We would love to hear what you want to see and hear. Become an active mouthpiece of your generation's creative community.
Williamsburg Music Center
367 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
$10 donation
* July 30: Night of Fire
* August 20-21: Flame Con 2
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.
***** ARTY STUFF *****
***** MONEY *****
* Help Jim Power restore the Lower East Side Mosaic Trail:
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]
***** Full Robot Employment *****
"The feds say they are aiding employment with their ultra-low rates. But what they’re really doing is helping robots find jobs. As the cost of capital goes down, the relative cost of capital, as opposed to labor, also goes down. You can’t capitalize an employee. At least, not since slavery was abolished. So, when the cost of capital goes down to zero, a company with access to that 'free' money can 'afford' to pay almost an infinite amount of that money to get rid of its employees. "Zero-interest-rate policy is really a full robot employment program."
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:
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]
Overheard in Park Slope food coop. July 2016. Member in his 30s to acquaintance:
-- "Welcome to the cult."
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 *****
Advertising Takeovers: A Practical Introduction
Subvertising is the practice of altering, removing, or reversing of commercial outdoor media spaces that has seen an emergence over the last few years. From huge projects with 600 advert takeovers to individual site-specific interventions, a range of collectives and individuals have successfully enrolled the practice into a tactical force for political movements and for critical artistic practices. This event starts by offering a brief historical and theoretical overview of the practice before sharing all the practical skills and knowledge required for undertaking your own advertising takeovers in New York. We’ll bring in posters and painting materials to create our own adverts during the workshop.
176 Saint Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn
7-9p; $free with RSVP
In light of the recent decision by the New York City Rent Guidelines Board to have a one-year rent freeze, in this month's printmaking workshop we will be reflecting on the basic human need for housing. We will be focusing on things we would ideally like to preserve—such as culture, community, and affordability, as well as the imminent and constant threats to these things—such as land speculation and gentrification.
As part of this workshop you will learn the techniques of linoleum block printing from start to finish. By the end of the class you will know how to create a unique but reproducible image on a linoleum block, and print on a multi-media printing press.
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
noon-3p; $free
History of Science: The Industrial Revolution
We will explore how the Industrial Revolution was the Enlightenment’s biggest and most successful assault on reality and what we can do to get the world back. Having harnessed many of nature’s powers through science we proceeded to remake the world in our image. Or at least in the image we have of ourselves. It has led to widespread environmental destruction, famine and war. And some would say some good things. In the end are iPhones, mass produced inexpensive clothing and oysters in every restaurant really worth it? Let’s consider what other types of worlds we could build.
56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood
7:30p; $10
Robot Making
Participants will work with Austrian artist and Flux resident Niki Passath to create a robot from scratch. These robots will act together to become an amalgamated body, which will perform during the opening reception. The reception and exhibition will feature the robots made during the workshop.
Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street, Long Island City
Noon-7p; $free
The Science of Mindfulness
Can something as simple as focused breathing drastically change our brains?
Exciting studies in the last decade have shown that practicing mindfulness can bring a variety of mental and physical health benefits. Mindfulness has become the latest trend in today’s society, but what does the research really say about it and why should we care? In this talk, I will describe how and why our brains are wired to regulate our thoughts and emotions, what happens when our ability to regulate fails, and how mindfulness can be used as a tool to maintain self-regulation. We will explore how mindfulness changes the brain across the lifespan and what questions remain to be answered in this burgeoning field.
33 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn
7-9p; $free
Studio Visits is a quarterly series inviting hands-on makers to visit the Ace Hotel New York Lobby and interact with the public, sharing basic principles about their practice. This July we welcome local filmmaker Steve Cossman of Mono No Aware for an afternoon of camera-less animation on film. Participants can try their hand at working directly on film, creating fun experimental loops to take home.
Ace Hotel
20 West 29th Street, Manhattan
July 24, 11a; $free
Astrology and Yoga Nidra
Get ready for Leo season. During this workshop we will discuss the fundamentals of Leo, the light and shadow side of this sign, where these qualities manifest within your personal chart, and share our discoveries as a group. Through guided meditation, we will be led on a Yoga Nidra journey, tailored to further integrate our findings and ground our intentions -- tapping into the leader within, and our inherent creativity.
This workshop is for anyone who feels called to learn more about their Leo nature. We each have all of the zodiac signs and planets manifesting within our natal chart, thus the sign of Leo applies to us all. Come find out how it applies to you. Maybe you’re a Leo sun, moon, or rising sign, or just curious where Leo falls in your chart, all are welcome.
Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center
367 St Marks Avenue, Brooklyn
July 24, 2:30-4:30p; $40 in advance, $45 at the door
Self Defense
As a short, introductory course, we will be covering the usual areas one would find in a martial arts class (stretching, conditioning, technique, theory), but in a context that uses the experiences of attendees to shape the direction of the class. The class will focus on creating an inclusive discussion that would allow for each attendee to find their own motivation for their being a part of the class, with the hope that each individual’s motivations and drives will benefit the environment of the class as a whole. Add in some sweat, shadow boxing, and maybe a dance break or two and you have a challenging but accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Trans & cis women, non-binary folks, gender-nonconforming people, and/or trans men are encouraged to attend.
Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating. Bonus points for those who can bring pads, but this is not a requirement to attend. Let’s work it out.
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
July 25, 7-9p; $free
Movement Research
How does self-direction function in your creative practice and performance work? Are there different approaches, choices to be made? All solo, collective, choreographic/directorial practitioners interested in "inter" disciplinary processes of creating and performing are welcome. The workshop is designed to expand your awareness, experience and skills in self-direction. We follow a sequence of questions, explorations, performance, reflective action and conversation, drawing on different modes of art making. Please bring in 1-3 minutes of your own material for starters.
Danspace Project
131 East 10th Street, Manhattan
August 1-5, 3:30-6p; $150
Plant Health
This course is an introduction to organic pest and disease management.  We will begin to identify common NYC pests and diseases and discuss prevention and management strategies, including cultural practices, mechanical and biological controls and low-toxic treatment.
Farm School NYC
Location TBA
August 3-13, times vary, $75-$220 sliding scale
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Hi Nonsense NYC! Would you be able to post this in the "Hands" section?
We're making a short film July 30th, and need extras. The movie is set at a punk bicycle race (think something like Bike Kill, but as a race) and we're specifically looking for extras who have unique looking bicycles they can bring. We're shooting out in the rockaways from 6pm-5am. $100 for the night. Anyone interested should email
Let me know if you need anything else. Thanks!
Peter Pavlakis
You can spend some quality time in one of your favorite landmarks this summertime -- and play a big part in helping Friends of the Loew's make the Theatre even better by the Fall.
Here's how:
Get your hands dirty this Sunday, July 17th.
Hi everyone!
We're having another volunteer day this weekend at our home base at 12PM-4PM! We'll be weeding out our permaculture fruit forest and we're looking for 8 wonderful volunteers to join us!
This is great opportunity to learn all about weed identification/management and dive into the world of perennial fruit and vegetable plants that you can grow in your backyard!
What to bring: clothes that can get dirty, sturdy shoes, water, a snack, work/garden gloves if you have them (we will have some on hand as well), hat, sunblock.
Pizza will be provided!
All volunteers are welcome to come join us any time after 12 PM. Your help is greatly appreciated, even for just an hour or two.
PLEASE RSVP via email (simply reply to this email with your confirmation) so we can get a head count. We'll send you the exact address then.
Hope to see you all soon!
The Hellgate Farm Team
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