nonsensenyc: 8.5 to 8.11

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 8.5 to 8.11
Date: August 5th 2016
Friday, August 5
* SFVHS: California Artists' Video 1988-1999, Brooklyn
* Pop Up Art Gallery, Staten Island
* Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come to Me, Paradise) Screening and Talk, Brooklyn
* Hewman's, Brooklyn
* Corbu, Manhattan
* Shoestring Studio Launch Party and Grand Opening, Brooklyn
* Jump Into the Light, Manhattan
Saturday, August 6
* Babycastles Super Rumble, Manhattan
* This Party Is Killing You: A Night of All Robyn Everything, Williamsburg
* Variance at Night, Brooklyn
* Epicenter: 15, Brooklyn
* Fifth Annual Rockaway Jello Wrestling Competition and Music Extravaganza, Brooklyn
* Rare Form Show, Brooklyn
* Summer Streets, Manhattan
* Re: Art Show, Brooklyn
Sunday, August 7
* Birthday Play, Manhattan
* Big Irv's Big Ass Variety Show, Williamsburg
* BYO Art to Governors Island
* Weirdo Cinema a-Go-Go, Brooklyn
Tuesday, August 9
* Aura Workshop, Brooklyn
* Hear Stories! Tell Stories! Manhattan
* Punderdome 3000, Brooklyn
* Badass Novelist Battle, Williamsburg
Wednesday, August 10
* Bushwick Book Club, Manhattan
Thursday, August 11
* Bodylab, Manhattan
* One for the Boys, Williamsburg
* Tell us what you want
* Incentivizing Disobedience
* Sprints
* Mushrooms
* Independent Art Zine
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Tree monsters by the railroad tracks
SFVHS: California Artists' Video 1988-1999
Filmmaker and traveler Bill Daniel, of Who Is Bozo Texino: A Secret History of Hobo Graffiti will be dropping by Sunview Luncheonette in Brooklyn on Friday night for the Sunview's weekly Club Night series. Bill will show parts of a recent nautical video installation, talk about touring as a nonband, which he recently led as a workshop for Black Mountain School, e.g. "DIY touring strategies for visual and media artists," and probably show some clips from his SFVHS collection of California artists' videos. California. Food. BYOB. Videos.
The Sunview Luncheonette
221 Nassau Avenue, at North Henry, Brooklyn
8p; $?
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Pop Up Art Gallery
Join us at The Kreischer Mansion, an historic and landmarked Victorian home, for three days in August when we will be showcasing local artists at our Pop-Up Art Gallery. Registration includes entry onto the private grounds and into the haunted corridors of the Kreischer Mansion. What you can expect: Friday night opening we will have local musicians, local wine, and local treats. Saturday gates are open all day. Paint your own canvas on the lawn. Sunday gates are open all day. All participants showcasing their art will have pieces for sale. All artists are local.
Kreischer Mansion
4500 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island (bus from St George Ferry Landing, free street parking)
8-11p; $25
continues through SUNDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come to Me, Paradise) Screening and Talk
Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come to Me, Paradise) is a science fiction documentary by Stephanie Comilang that uses the backdrop of Hong Kong and the various ways in which Filipina migrant workers occupy Central on Sundays. The film is narrated from the perspective of Paraiso, a ghost played by a drone who speaks of the isolation from being uprooted and thrown into a new place. Paraiso’s reprieve comes when she is finally able to interact with the women and feel her purpose, which is to transmit their vlogs, photos, and messages back home. During the week she is forced back into isolation and is left in an existential rut. Discussion to follow with Stephanie Comilang via Skype, Ingrid Pui Yee Chu, and Jennifer Davis. Organized by Rear View Projects.
Asia Art Archive in America
43 Remsen Street, Brooklyn
7p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
We Hewmans would be super, super grateful if you'd consider listing our upcoming premiere. You have been generous to include our past collaborations, and this one is an especially exciting cross-pollination between three choreographers, a theater director, and a composer. Hewman’s third evening-length performance installation is a response to the question, "How do we make the audience as necessary to the performance as the performers themselves?"
LightSpace Studios
130 Thames Street, Brooklyn
8p; $15 online, $20 door
Continues SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
I'd like to submit for an event listing for Corbu's debut album release. I know you generally don't list band events, but I wanted to reach out to you specifically because I feel that most outlets that will post this event will overlook it and label as just another release party.
This is not just a show where you pay $12 at the door and see some bands play. The event has been curated down to the color palette, every detail being designed by Jonathan and Amanda of Corbu. They also curated the lineup. They want this night to feel special, and for people to experience the highly visual world of Corbu.
Also: Custom Corbu artwork photo booth Temporary Corbu tattoo/face paint station, gifts including album cover cookies, astronaut ice cream, candy, toys, lots of things that glow, and too many balloons; an art installation by David Chan; a visual projection mapped art installation by Jonathan and Amanda.
The band really want this night to feel special for everyone, almost like people are attending a weird birthday party for the album, which is coming out the same day as the show. Band lineup: Mikaela Davis, Computer Magic, and Corbu. DJ set: Black Light Smoke.
Mercury Lounge
217 East Houston Street, Manhattan
9:30p; $10 advance, $12 door
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Shoestring Studio Launch Party and Grand Opening
Shoestring Studio, a membership based artist co-op studio and classroom, will celebrate its opening with a launch party. Family friendly, there will be complimentary beverages, beer, food, and live music. Visitors will be able to tour the space and meet the instructors.
Shoestring Studio is a membership-based workspace serving painters, draftsmen, illustrators, and other artists in need of workspace, community, and shared resources. The Studio’s primary mission is to provide affordable, accessible workspace for artists in Crown Heights and the greater Brooklyn area and to create a diverse and accessible program of classes and workshops.
640 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
6-10p; $free 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Jump Into the Light
America's first virtual reality cinema and playlab. We will be showing 360 films, have an HTC Vive demo where you will be able to paint in three dimensions, and we will also be 3D scanning people into VR for the ultimate selfie.
12 St. Mark’s Place, third floor, apartments 3F and 4F, Manhattan
6-10p; $35, with five free tickets with the code STARK100, and $15 tickets for STARK15
Babycastles Super Rumble
I am emailing to invite you to a very lol Babycastles event happening, where local game organizations will be running to a helicopter. The first person to get to the helicopter will ride the helicopter with our CEO, a stuffed animal named QWOP Bear. After that, we will play indie multiplayer e-sports games in a tournament at Babycastles.
All-day indie games tournament. Lots of awesome games will be there to rumble with. Local NYC projects Particle Mace, Star Versus, and Yo Fight My Mans will be there, and Videoball will be premiered by Tim Rogers. In addition to nine awesome multiplayer games, there will be a marshmallow eating contest, a piñata and a robot beauty pageant.
137 West 14th Street, Manhattan
11:30a-7p; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Adventures presents:
This Party Is Killing You: A Night of All Robyn Everything
Brooklyn's most infamous and inimitable pop music party and tribute to the goddess of Swedish pop, Robyn, is back.
Black Bear Bar
70 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
11p; $10 advance, $15 door
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Variance at Night
The official night portion of Variance Music and Arts Festival featuring Roy Davis Jr., Occupy the Disco, Kaviar Disco Club, We in Cloudz, NSR, and Said the Rabbit. Variance is a NYC­ grown music & arts festival celebrating the diversion from the norm. During the day, Variance invites you to yet to be revealed, tree-lined grounds off the Jefferson L train stop, where DJs, visual artists, musicians, and chefs come together to create an epic summer day in the city we love. Featuring: Junior Boys, Oberhofer, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Conrad Clifton, Yaeji, and Occupy the Disco. As the sun goes down, Variance at Night takes over both rooms at House of Yes.
House of Yes
2 Wycoff Street, Brooklyn
10p; $20
Continues on SUNDAY
All ages
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Epicenter: 15
Join Tsunami Bass for an excursion in immersion. Featuring True Nature, Karnage, LSN, Jay Zer0, Bookz, the Box Man, and Tsunami Bass. Using the full force of the Tsunami Bass Sound System at well over 100k Watts of properly engineered full frequency decency, felt as much as heard, down to 5Hz. Audio, visual, and kinesthetic sensations for optimal bass culture appreciation.
Brown Note
419 Eldert Street, Brooklyn
L train to Halsey station
10p-dawn; $16
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Fifth Annual Rockaway Jello Wrestling Competition and Music Extravaganza
Super villains unite at Playland Motel. Come dressed as your favorite super villain and wrestle in a pool of Jello for fame and glory. Wrestlers drink for free. Sign up and info with Aileen Andre. With MC Max Power. Music by Monkey Punch (formerly Red Lucy), Arson Welles, and Rattrap Bumpkin. Followed by our weekly dance your pants off Reckouwacky. With special guest DJ Jean Sean from Miami, all to be streamed live on
Playland Motel and Grill
97-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Brooklyn
3p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Rare Form Show
Pop-up gallery studio hosts a solo show of large-scale paintings and other works by multifaceted talent Dean Cercone titled Lucid In Its Prism Prison Manifesting Eris. Cercone will perform his compelling and transportive music on the opening night along with a special performance by Soulworm.
Rare Form
1102 Broadway, near corner of DeKalb Avenue, third floor, Brooklyn
6-9p, 9p performances; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Summer Streets
Just wanted to give you a heads up that Summer Street will be taking place the first three Saturdays of August. If you've never been, you must go, as a New Yorkers it's a civic duty. Summer Streets, which is now going into its ninth year, is a seven-mile event where they shut down a strip of streets starting at Chambers and Lafayette all the way up along the route to 72nd Street and Park Avenue from 7a-1p on the first three Saturday's of August. Along the route there are five rest stops where you can participate in many of the activations plus festivities in coordination with our sponsors who are in attendance. It's super fun and you'll love it if you're the city/outdoors type or always wanted to be. You can bike, walk, skate, or blade up and down the closed streets. Summer Streets give NY'ers the chance to take back their streets to run, bike and play along the way.
Chambers and Lafayette all the way up along the route to 72nd Street and Park Avenue, Manhattan
7a-1p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Re: Art Show
A never-ending, ever-changing art show housed within the now-defunct pharmaceutical drug-mixing spaces of the former Pfizer building in BedStuy. Every week the arrangement of artworks takes on a new form, with monthly opening events and performances marking our progress. This week we open Re: Re:, our second opening event ever, with performances by Yi Yi Lily Chan, Amanda Alfieri, and a live DJ/Acoustic musical performance from the Mixtape Project (comprised of Big Other, 81Neutronz and Kevin Kuh of Pool Cosby). Participating artists include: Penelope Umbrico, Genesis Breyer POrridge, Nick Doyle, Peter Clough, Jeff Feld, Vanessa Albury, Banrei, Erin Davis, Yi Yi Lily Chan, Dáreece J. Walker, Brent Owens, Fana Feng, Lucy Chouquette, Quinn Tivey, Max C. Lee, et alia (Sara Meghdari, Netta Laufer, Jiwon Choi, Kelsey Lynn, Ala D’Amico), Andy Coolquitt, Patrick McNabb, Hap Tivey, Sam Gordon, Ki Hyuk Ahn, Stephen Grebinski, Nick Alciati, Mike Hack, Tiffany Smith, Randy West, Charles Sainty, Liz Zito, Amy Boras, Karla Nath, Amanda Alfieri, and the Mixtape Project.
630 Flushing Avenue, fifth floor, (entrance off of Tompkins through the parking lot), Brooklyn
G, J, and M trains to Flushing Avenue station
6-10p; $free
Birthday Play
Birthday Play follows an unnamed protagonist through a dream-like metropolis on his 22nd birthday. For everyone he meets, his birthday is important, a reason to celebrate, but he himself takes issue with the seemingly arbitrary ritual of the birthday celebration. He's not sure what his issue is exactly, just that it feels unnecessary. His closest friend grapples with how to celebrate someone whose only wish is not to be celebrated. The strangers he encounters suddenly feel familiar. The city that felt so familiar this morning now seems out of place and illogical. As his seemingly stereotypical city begins to reveal its emotionally uncanny underbelly, the unnamed protagonist wonders whether it is possible to grow up without growing old. By Zach Donovan. Directed by Felicia Lobo.
The Alchemical Theatre Lab
104 West 14th Street, second floor, Manhattan
2 and 7p; $15, $10 advance
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Big Irv's Big Ass Variety Show
Back with an all-new cast of talented idiots to make you feel better about your own lives. Featuring Mark Pagan, Shelby Thompson, Dallas Athent, Simon Cadel, Lucas Connolly, Jake Hart, and David Rex Joseph Shaggy. With special guest co-host Nick Padilla. Also, two extra-hot open mike slots. Big Irv's is an artists' collective and performance space.
Big Irv's
381 Hooper Street, corner of South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
BYO Art to Governors Island
During the Brooklyn Music Festival, presented by Boardwalk Arts, aka the Living Gallery. Participants will bring one piece of art, or a sculpture to display during the duration of the festival. They must take it back with them at the end of the festival. Artwork will be displayed on tables and hung in the Boardwalk Arts Tent. All artwork must be taken by 4p at the end of the festival, any artwork left over will be donated. We will also having live painting and other interactive projects. Featured artists include Omer Gal, Steph Roman, and Steven Sivells.
Colonels Row, Governors Island
11a-4p; $10
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Druid Underground Film Festival presents:
Weirdo Cinema a-Go-Go
The best of low-brow Americana: deep VHS cuts and 16mm transfers, Coney Island monsters, cannabalistic caterers, reefer madness, teenage Satanists, and so much more... During and after each screening, DJs Drew Redmond and special guests spin vintage 45 records: rockabilly, rhythm and blues, soul, exotica, and whacked out instrumentals before and after the screenings.
Tonight: Satanic Panic. A mid-80s to early-90s American media sensation; the rise of Satanism, ritual murder, and teenagers brainwashed by heavy metal music. This lively program of frightening and humorous Christian scare films and occult law enforcement procedure videos is compiled by Billy Burgess, with a video introduction by Blanche Barton, Former High Priestess of the Church of Satan. DJ Drew Redmond spins raucous 1960s gospel records.
Knockdown Center
52 19 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
8-11p; $5
Aura Workshop
A rambling, one-night, touring, pop-up drawing and photo show with video. Texas-based filmmaker/photographer Bill Daniel and Tel Aviv artist Shlomit Strutti are touring with a portable art exhibit of works on paper and projected video. Strutti, with new drawings, xerography, and photographs, and Daniel, with new black and white photographic work produced with modified enlargers, and contact printed found ephemera, together have assembled a portable mash-up that is displayed on foam insulation panels that the artists travel with and set up in a variety of settings: nightclubs, art galleries, DIY spaces, and that as-yet unnamed spot at the end of the block.
94 Jewel Street Studio, Brooklyn
7-10p; $donation
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Hear Stories! Tell Stories!
New York Story Exchange brings an hour of comedic and dramatic storytelling plus five-minute open mic slots on every second Tuesday of the month. This month's featured storytellers: Gastor Almonte, David Lawson, Tracey Miller Segarra, and Nick Zaharakos. Hosted by Jeff Rose.
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan
6p; $10 gets you one drink and admission
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Punderdome 3000
NYC’s most puntastic competition.
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p competition; $8 advance, $10 door
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
SASS presents:
Badass Novelist Battle
The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies is proud to present a series of free lectures designed to both entertain and enlighten. We meet to discuss historical topics that you probably knew at one point but don’t remember anymore.
Prepare yourself for our fifth annual Battle of the Badasses, where three lecturers will rep a historic figure in the fight for the coveted title of the Most Badass. This year, prepare for a battle of words and wit as we pit three famous novelists against each other. You, the audience decides who is most deserving of the badass title. The evening’s contenders will be Gustave Flaubert, James Joyce, and Louisa May Alcott. Works will be cited, and shade will be thrown.
The Bedford
110 Bedford Avenue, Williamburg, Brooklyn
7p doors, 7:30p lectures; $free
Bushwick Book Club
A night of Tesla-inspired song, film and dance. The book for inspiration is Nikola Tesla -- Imagination and the Man Who Invented the 20th Century by Sean Patrick. It's a free download and a short read if you wanted a little literary snack for that hopefully air-conditioned ride on the train today. Guess who invented air conditioning? Oh, that was Willis Carrier in Buffalo ... Tesla invented the other AC-alternating current. OK, this is all going to be much more interesting expressed through song and film and dance. Come witness the inventions inspired by inventions as imagination ignites imagination ignites imagination ignites imagination. Performers Jessie Kilguss, Pearl Rhein, Susan Hwang, David Lavin, Charlie Nieland, Luke Kelly, Storm Garner, Leslie Graves, Jim Flynn, Lisa Barnstone, and Sweet Soubrette.
169 Avenue A, Manhattan
7:30p; $donation
212 420 8392
Introducing NYC's new free monthly descent into the waters of old school EBM, classic industrial, and minimal electronics. Bodylab is a mission for two area DJs, Arsenal and Eisdriver, determined to forge ahead and expand the scope of old school classic industrial in New York.
The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan
10p; $
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Madame Vivien V presents:
One for the Boys
A boylesque show and underwear party. We're back and ready to showoff our summer bods. Come get sweaty as we amp up the heat at Brooklyn's sexiest underwear party. A night packed with incredible pop house DJs and the most in demand boylesque performers. Strip away your worries and celebrate your sexiness. This party is for you. With DJ Penny Lane and DJ Logan's Run. Featuring GoGo Gadget and Jackie Nova. Pants check by Zalika Parsons.
Metropolitan Bar
559 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
10p doors, midnight show; $?
* August 16: Rev. Jen's Lower East Side Troll Museum Resurrection
* August 20-21: Flame Con 2
* August 27: Brooklyn Bike Rave
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.
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]
***** Incentivizing Disobedience *****
"Recently, MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito got Linkedin founder Reid Hoffman to put up a $250,000 prize for "disobedient research," announcing the prize onstage at the Forbidden Research summit. "This prize is a one-time experiment that, if successful, we will consider repeating in the future. It will go to a person or group engaged in excellent disobedience... for the benefit of society ... and consistent with key principles, which include non-violence, courage, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. The disobedience can be in  -- but is not limited to  -- the fields of scientific research, civil and human rights, freedom of speech, and the freedom to innovate."
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 at
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 always unsolicited and unedited.
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]
Overheard in NYC. Woman in her late 30s wearing flat, comfortable shoes:
-- "In New York you have to be always ready to sprint over a mile."
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]
Mushrooms and Lichen
We’ll be converting the panel-sized caps of conk mushrooms (which grow on the sides of trees) as our canvases. And we’ll be using Greenshield lichen to make pigments for printing and painting. Everyone will take home their own etched mushrooms. While we drink Rishi tea, we'll learn about our relationship with these organisms through history, literature, and science.
Please bring your favorite tea mug and a small jar with a lid.
Genspace NYC
33 Flatbush Avenue, 7th floor, Brooklyn
11a-2p; $40
Digital Conversion Tools
Brooklyn Public Library has equipment you can use to transform your analog audiocassettes, VHS videocassettes, and vinyl records into digital files. Come to this information session to see how the tools work and learn how you can reserve time with them.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
11a-12p; $free
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
The Good Life
The earmark of liberalism, or liberal political theory, is that some conception of liberty has priority as a political value (say, over equality). Some liberal political theories are founded on ethical theories or theories of the ''good life'' that are, in democratic societies where people need not agree on moral or religious issues, controversial as justifications for laws and state policies.
In this class I'll introduce one of the major concerns of contemporary liberalism: the idea of state neutrality, which is, on one formulation, the view that states may not justify laws and policies by recourse to debatable religious, moral, or philosophical values or conceptions of the ''good life.'' Moreover, we'll consider perfectionist objections to the idea of state neutrality and proposals that modern states should promote goods that enable people to pursue respectable lives.
56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
7:30p; $10
Linguistic Prejudice
How did SNL portray the interpreter for the deaf after Hurricane Sandy? What do "tooken" and "Liam Neesons" have to do with African American Speech? What was really going on with Sarah Palin's talk that seemingly went nowhere. Why is Trump so damn popular? While many overt forms of racism, classism, misogyny, and ableism have been identified and rooted out, society still seems largely okay with using language as a way to trash other people, or at least comment on them. This lecture examines the fallacies undergirding linguistic prejudice through the lens of media, popular culture, comedy, and politics.
Chandelier Creative
611 Broadway, suite 900, Manhattan
7:30p; $20
Love Your Sign
It’s Virgo season. During this workshop we will discuss the fundamentals of Virgo, 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 – zooming in on the analytical mind, where we are of service to others, our health and daily routines.
This workshop is for anyone who feels called to learn more about their Virgo nature. We each have all of the zodiac signs and planets manifesting within our natal chart, thus the sign of Virgo applies to us all. Come find out how it applies to you. Maybe you're a Virgo sun, moon, or rising sign, or just curious where Virgo falls in your chart. All are welcome.
Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center
367 Saint Marks Avenue, Brooklyn
August 21, 2:30-4:30p; $40 advance, $45 at the door
Liquid Light Performance
In this new offering, participants will learn how to create Liquid Light Projections from the New York performance group, A Clockface Orange. Reminiscent of the psychedelic projection shows popularized in the late 60s to accompany live music and wild parties, liquid light shows comprise of layers of colored oil and alcohol moving over the heat of a lamp to produce brilliant color patterns. At the start of the workshop, we will give a brief history and science of the process. Next we will cover proper equipment and related materials, and demonstrate various techniques. We will then get our hands dirty (literally) and begin heavy experimentation to develop and collectively present our own liquid light show. As a group, we will perform during at the Mono No Aware free screening party, Sunday September 4.
Mono No Aware
316 Dean Street 3L, Brooklyn
August 27th, 11a-5p; $145, all inclusive
Prophetic Activist Art
The Institute offers an intensive workshop to build individual art-activist projects over the semester-long seminar. Classes include an introduction to the specific aspects of the Prophetic Activist Art model (developed by Tom Block out of his own work), and then an exploration about how these ideas can be applied to each artist and their endeavor.
The Institute will consist of 12 activist artists who would like to build their projects during the semester-long seminar, basing their work on Tom Block’s manifesto/handbook of art activism: Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution.
The eight session seminar will explore the motivations and strategies for each particular activist art project.  It will then introduce artists to the specific ideas of the model, including co-opting political, business and social energy; partnering with non-profit groups; making liaisons with other artists; utilizing unusual exhibition and outreach methods; ''Machiavellian'' activism; how to build a project from inception through completion; how to imagine and successfully attain quantifiable activist goals and other specific aspects of a Prophetic Activist Art intervention. 
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, Manhattan
Deadline for applications September 5
Tuesdays, September-December, 2-5p; $125
NOTE: The ongoing section of Learning runs only on the first Friday of each month.
* Aerial Classes. Open workouts. House of Yes at OM Factory, 873 Broadway, 2nd floor. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; $15.
* Aerial Classes. Hammock and lyra, silk and rope, wire walking, and more. Big Sky Works, 29 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn. Six days a week, various times; $25-45.
* Aerial Bungee Class. Exploration of the body and mind as we fly, bounce, and catapult ourselves through space. Immersive Studio, 132 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn. Tuesdays, 5:30-7p; $45.
* Ancient Greek and Latin Classes, Bailey’s Café, 324 Malcolm X Boulevard, Brooklyn, Latin, 4:30-6p; Greek, 5:30-7p; $free. RSVP to latinandgreektutoring[at[
* Bicycle Repair, use tools and stands but do the work yourself. Time's Up, La Plaza Community Garden, corner of 9th Street and Ave C. Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30p; $free.
* Black and white and color darkroom classes. Bushwick Community Darkroom, 1087 Flushing Avenue, Unit 106, Brooklyn. Introductory black and white: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-9p; Saturday, 3-6p; color: Saturday, noon-2p. $60 for black and white, $40 for color.
* Bodyroll Workout: Unleash your inner flygurl with this 90’s dance aerobics workout class. Klub4Kidz, 159 North 4th St, Brooklyn. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 7:15p.
* Capoeira, a class that combines music, self-defense, dance, and acrobatics. New York Capoeira Center, 107 Suffolk Street, Manhattan. Monday through Sunday, including morning classes; $20.
* Eizan Ryu JuJitsu, a Japanese JuJitsu martial art school. 214 West 29th Street, Third Floor, Manhattan. Check the schedule; observe a class, take two free.
* Filmmaking Workshops: low-cost, small in size, short in duration, for beginners to advanced, with all equipment provided. DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan.
* Group Ukulele Lessons, bring or borrow a ukulele. Location (Lower East Side) provided with rsvp to yourocknyc]at] First (for beginners) and third (for intermediate) Monday, 2:45-3:45p; first Tuesday (for intermediate), 6-7p; $20 or whatever you can pay.
* Jewelry soldering, ring making, wax series classes. 94 Ninth Street Studio, Brooklyn. Various. $200.
* Karate classes, self-defense-focused, community-minded martial arts. Evening and weekend classes available, first two weeks free. 248 McKibbin St, basement, Brooklyn 11206. 718.418.9892
* Sleight of Hand and "Magic" Instruction, pedigreed prestidigitator sharing secrets with serious students, One-on-one instruction by appointment only in Manhattan, $40/half-hour, ontact to schedule: celluflow]at]
* Queer and Trans Yoga. Third Root Community Health Center, 380 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn. Sunday, 5-6:30p, and Thursday, 8:15-9:30p; $12.
* Silent DJ Hot Yoga, Qoya, Zumba, and more. Sacred, 197 Clifton Place, Brooklyn. Various.
* Sing a Secret, allows singers and non-singers alike to uncover the power and beauty of their full 5-octave range while developing a deep, emotive connection to their own unique sound. Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson St, Manhattan. Every other Saturday, 10a-1p. $free.
* Sword Class NYC, eastern and western sword styles. Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, 16th floor, Manhattan. Various.
* Trampoline and classes that mix dance, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and stuntwork. Streb Lab, 51 North First Street, Brooklyn. Check the schedule, 7-8:30p; $25.
* West African Dance Class. P.S. 194 Countee Cullen, 244 West 144th Street, Manhattan. Mondays and Wednesdays 5-7p; $free.
* Women and Trans Bike Repair Workshops, offers space for anyone who identifies as women and/or trans to learn how to fix their bike. Time’s Up Brooklyn, 99 South Sixth Street. Second and fourth Sunday of the month, 1:30-3:30p; $free.
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nonsense nyc is a discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in new york city.

we like rock bands and experimental musicians and arty films and galleries and museums and big street festivals, but we can find information about all of those things in other places. we generally will not list these kind of things on their own. that leaves that other stuff, the stuff that has no name or a name that you feel really self-conscious saying out loud, like "underground."

we publish more or less once a week on fridays in easy digest format. if you sign up, the important thing to remember is that the nonsense nyc happens because of you. that means we rely on you to let us know what events you are organizing and what events you are attending. please keep us up to date and don't assume that we'll find out about something from someone else. our job is to gather, edit, organize, and filter; your's is to make interesting thing happen and let us know about them. (and we love you, and the other people on this list love you, for that effort.)

also, feel free to send us editorial comments. we certainly don't endorse every event on this list, nor do we attend all of them. that means it's nice to hear what you have to say. for instance, let us know if you had the best time of your life last weekend, or, conversely, if you felt like you were cheated out of $5 by some group that sounded good but turned out to be hippie drummers.

anyway, please enjoy this list and remember to do your part to make new york a better place to live.

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