nonsensenyc: 8.12 to 8.18

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Subject: nonsensenyc: 8.12 to 8.18
Date: August 12th 2016
Friday, August 12
* Black Lives Matter Fundraiser, Brooklyn
* The 90s Hip-Hop and R&B Sing-Along, Brooklyn
* The Mushroom Cure, Manhattan
Saturday, August 13
* Communal Spaces, Brooklyn
* Mami Market, Queens
* Maim That Tune: Striptease to the Worst Songs Ever, Brooklyn
* Santa Salsa, Brooklyn
* Galapagos, Brooklyn
* The Forest Party, Manhattan
* A Party for Brooklyn by Brooklyn, Brooklyn
Sunday, August 14
* Restoration, Queens
* Liquid and Still, Brooklyn
* Art Music and Vibes Part 2, Brooklyn
* Draw-Mania: Sketch and Sail Aboard an Antique Schooner, Manhattan
Tuesday, August 15
* Rev. Jen's Lower East Side Troll Museum Resurrection, Manhattan
Wednesday, August 17
* Pole Play Wednesday, Brooklyn
* Signs of Life, Brooklyn
Thursday, August 18
* Right Now, Brooklyn
* Astropsychedelic
* Biohybrid Robots
* Hits
* Work Is Dead
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Black Lives Matter Fundraiser
One hundred percent of tickets sales and 20 percent of the bar will be donated directly to the NYC chapter of Black Lives Matter. We also have an all-star line-up of DJs/Performers including Prince Paul, Jean Grae, Heems, and more. Any support you can give would be greatly appreciate.
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon, Brooklyn
9p; $20-30
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The 90s Hip-Hop and R&B Sing-Along
U Can't Touch This collection of over two hours of music videos from Usher, Salt-N-Pepa, Ginuwine, Mariah Carey, Puff Daddy, Aaliyah, Coolio, Brandy and Monica, Beastie Boys, Boyz II Men, TLC, and R&B royalty all projected on the big screen. We've even lovingly subtitled all the songs so the whole crowd can keep up, even with Eminem. Best of all: No waiting your turn to sing.
Parachute pants and all 90s wear are encouraged for our costume contest for a chance to win free drinks, show tickets and retro 90s swag. Plus, we'll also have our photo booth decked out with hip-hop and R&B posters and themed props for social media bragging.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
9:30p; 10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Mushroom Cure
The Mushroom Cure is the true story of Adam Strauss' attempt to treat his severe OCD with psychedelics. Time Out New York calls it "riveting; a true-life tour de force." All profits are being donated to the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), the organization behind the scientific studies that inspired Adam's quest.
Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street, just off 7th Avenue, Manhattan
8p show; $18 with discount code "nonsense"
Continues SATURDAY
Motor Company presents:
Communal Spaces
The Motor Company invites everyone to Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn to spend a summer afternoon wandering the neighborhood and watching original, site-responsive, outdoor theater -- for free. Travel from community garden to community garden, as actors perform new, one-act plays written by some of the hottest young playwrights our city has to offer. Each play is tailor-made for each garden: the space is not just the venue for the performance, but the inspiration for the story. Now in its sixth year, Communal Spaces: a garden play festival is the most adventurous, affordable theatrical event this summer.
This year’s Communal Spaces takes place in four different community gardens during the last three weekends in August, and will feature six new plays by Paul Cameron Hardy, Phillip Howze, Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, Mara Nelson-Greenberg, Fergus Scully, and Catherine Yu.
What to expect: Some of the gardens are haphazard while others are more manicured. They are like jungles, or barbecue hangouts, or hidden magical places. The plays reflect the unique feeling of their gardens, and turn the venues themselves into characters. Each play runs for 20-30 minutes, so viewers have plenty of time to explore, eat, drink, and get to the next garden.
The mission of Communal Spaces: a garden play festival is three-fold. First, to make space integral to narra- tive; by using the garden as the primary inspiration for the story, the garden becomes a character, instead of merely a backdrop. Second, to make theater as public art; by presenting plays in municipal spaces we return to theater’s roots as a populist art form. Finally, to embrace the experience of being a New Yorker; by developing a relationship not only with specific urban spaces but also with the communities that thrive within them, by making theater that directly relates to and augments these spaces and encourages exploration of not only the gardens but the neighborhood beyond, we invite our audiences to consider their relationship to the city we all call home. Love your city. Love your gardens. Plant urban roots. Today: Afterlife. Written by Fergus Scully. Directed by Lindsey Hope Pearlman.
Heaven’s Gate Community Garden
169-171 Hart Street, Brooklyn
noon; $free
Continues SUNDAY and weekends through August 27-28
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Mami Market
Local designers and artists take residence at Knockdown Center for day-long marketplace, along with DJ sets, performances, and workshops curated by Balti Gurls, Browntourage, Ladin Awad, Top Rank Magazine, and Powrplnt.
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
noon-7p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Maim That Tune: Striptease to the Worst Songs Ever
Heavy hitters of the New York burlesque scene will be stripping to some of the most hated songs in history as part of the infamous Coney Island Burlesque at the Beach series. Arrive early for the pre-show entertainment where we try to stump the go-go dancers with a playlist that would strip paint. Reigning Miss Coney Island 2016 Fancy Feast presides over the audio carnage. What's your least favorite song?
Coney Island Sideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
D,F,N,Q trains to Coney Island station
10p; $15
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Santa Salsa
Get a copy of the very sick Borlo Comix Vol. 1: The Cruelest Comix in the World. With C.A. Etcheverry will be signing books and explaining his process in creating this 82-page comix. Borlo, the red pom-pom goblin himself will be there too. He’s really awkward so, heads up. Live music: Humberto Olivieri, Dmitry Wild and the Spells, and DJ Rata. Comedy show after signing event. Show and Tell and DJ Nick Gazin after comedy. Venezuelan street food all day-all night.
Over the Eight
594 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
3-7p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Medium Rare and Mystopia present:
Tropical dance party morphing House of Yes into a collection of earthly and tropical environments reflecting those found by Charles Darwin at the Galápagos Islands and you, yes you, will be the wildlife. The theories of natural selection and the survival of the fittest will be put to the test and only the fly survive.
In 1831 Charles Darwin set sail on the HMS Beagle for the Galápagos Islands on a quest for discovery.  What he ultimately found changed humanity and the understanding of our existence forever. We’re venturing on a journey to follow in Darwin’s footsteps to continue to discover new species and environments.
In each ecosystem you find a diverse range of music will be played by selectors from both coasts mixing vibes for 10 straight evolutionary hours. You'll discover immersive natural art, unique boutique vendors and surprise performers mirroring the majestic beauty of Mother Nature herself. While on the islands, we encourage you to embrace and embody your spirit animal but however you come, come as you are -- our diversity is what brought us here in the first place.
With Salinger, Bradley P, Jordan James, Jefferson 909, Flamingosis, Dash Speaks, Mr J Patt, Will Buck, and Max August. Plus vendors Aumi, Marvaan, Glorka Brand, Julie's Vintage Boutique East Village NYC, DR3AM3R, Love, the Alchemist, and Medium Rare NYC.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
6p-5a; $25-35
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Forest Party
Step through the Children's Magical Garden's forest portal and embody your inner native animal or plant. The Children's Magical Garden's free environmental Summer Camp invites you and the community to its closing celebration with special musical angel: Morley.
After five magical weeks the Forest Animals will welcome you into their protected forest world show you its full magic and unveil their mural. We deeply thank artist/painter Darren Borkel for leading and guiding our campers. There will be live music, face painting, masks, games, food, and dancing.
Children's Magical Garden
129 Stanton Street, Manhattan
1-6p; $16
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
A Party for Brooklyn by Brooklyn
Worlds are colliding and the result is beautiful. This party is a one night only celebration that brings together lovers of deep house, dubstep, punk, circus, drag, stand up, street art, and absinth. A party for Brooklyn by Brooklyn starring the most spectacular locals who will give you a memory to cherish for a life. Featuring Jesse Cooper from Mt Eden Official, DJ Penny Lane, Jugger-nut, Aaron Kaplan, and Madame Vivien V.
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, at Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
J, M, Z to Myrtle/Broadway station
$15 presale, $20 door
21 and over
Join JunXIon and Future Clear on the beach in Fort Tilden. Come restore with the waves at New York City's finest beach. With transportation to and from Brooklyn by the JunXion, infamous beachside DJ set by Myk Tummolo, silent meditation facilitated by Joro and Keena, movement as medicine with Omar AlBudri and Cole Blumstein, movement experiments with Nessoono Norich, tea time with Future Clear Productions, Cosmix by Lindsay Arden, and Bodyworks and Group Massage Circle with Michael Trotter. Open acoustic music jam -- bring your instruments.
Fort Tilden
Breezy Point, Queens
noon-9p; $free or $5-10 donation to Future Clear via paypal to]at]
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Hypnocraft presents:
Liquid and Still
Immersive dance installation with live score. Featuring the Lovelies, Ben Brody, Carson Moody, and Trevor New. Only 25 seats per showing; reserve seat now.
Manhattan Inn
632 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
7 and 9p shows; $10 suggested donation
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
GreenRoom Family presents our annual:
Art Music and Vibes Part 2
Line up: Faster (Ruere, Sunrise), Coriesu, Justiano, Perry, Kolo and Dyze, and Diego Santana.
411 Troutman Street, Brooklyn
1p-2a; $?
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Draw-Mania: Sketch and Sail Aboard an Antique Schooner
Schooner Pioneer, the 1885 sailing vessel, and Draw-Mania, the long-running downtown draw-a-thon and variety show, will be offering artists, art students, and all comers, the opportunity to draw and paint during a two-hour Pioneer sail. You’ll have the opportunity to draw three live art models, the harbor, shoreline, other boats, and the Pioneer’s crew as they hoist sail and go about their tasks. You can even help raise the sails.
Please bring your own art materials, bearing in mind that there will be no space on deck for easels. Pioneer can provide extra water, paper towel, and even a place to keep work till ashore, and once ashore, fixative for those who wish to use it. The vessel, first launched in 1885, was built as an iron-hulled sloop to carry cargo along the Delaware River and was even featured in an episode of Boardwalk Empire, and frequently seen in NYC tourism promotions. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, afternoon snack, a bottle of wine or other favorite beverage to enjoy while sketching under sail!
South Street Seaport
Pier 16, Manhattan
4-6p; $32
Rev. Jen's Lower East Side Troll Museum Resurrection
On September 16, 2000, "it elf", author, columnist, playwright, filmmaker, open mic host, and underground movie star Reverend Jen, launched the very first (and only) Lower East Side Troll Museum ever, in her tiny six-floor walk-up Orchard Street apartment. What happened next was nothing short of spectacular! Droves of troll doll fans, along with curious visitors, arrived and the museum was soon covered by international press (Japanese, Spanish, Jamaican, Brazilian, German TV, the NY Times, Post, Village Voice and more.) But soon, dark days befell the Lower East Side. Gentrification (the process of making a once rockin' neighborhood suck) took hold and the neighborhood's quirky village of theaters and art stars quickly became a strip mall for douchebags. Jen persevered even after a massive steam pipe explosion destroyed half of her belongings. (A 12-dollar valve in the boiler room, leading only to Jen's rent-stabilized apartment, was mysteriously left to rot.) The disaster almost killed Rev.'s beloved Chihuahua, Rev. Jen Junior. But the Little Museum that Could stayed open.
Jump ahead, six years later, and Rev. was going through turmoil that Dickens nor Steinbeck could imagine. Due to extreme life circumstances, she lost her job, sanity and any ability to pay rent. Despite having paid rent on time for two decades, she was evicted, partially due to a court error committed by "Judge Lau" who is currently under Federal Investigation. An illegal lockout occurred wherein the City Marshal (Badge #28) told Rev. he wished he "had a gun" to deal with her.
With nowhere to go, friends gave her a place to stay and an almost non-reptilian Judge gave her six hours to retrieve 21 years worth of items from the once splendid Troll Museum. A team of art stars took what they could, but where to put it? Graciously, the kind folk at the art gallery and community space, Chinatown Soup, offered the Troll Museum another chance, if only for a week. Hence, there will be a week-long pop-up Troll Museum at said space. There will be paintings, prints, Trolls, performances and special activities like a free art school that Rev. will run, an audio tour (downloadable on iTunes, featuring an intro by pop star, Moby) along with a Troll Hairdressing Party, a Prom, a Picnic and more. Everyone is invited. Let's keep Downtown weird.
Chinatown Soup
16B Orchard Street, Manhattan
7p; $free, $3000 suggested
Pole Play Wednesday
Open pole night. Fancy yourself a stripper kween? Come ride our long, hard, steel all night. Pole play is the opportunity for pole dancers in the NYC community to come out and show their friends and fellow aerialists what they've been working on. Sexy, sultry, dirty, or playful -- and everything in between. Pole dancers should sign up in advance and submit their music -- performances may be fully choreographed or totally freestyle -- everything is welcome! Bring your friends and support your local pole dancer.
House of Yes
2 Wykoff, Brooklyn
9p doors, 10p dancers; $free
21 and over
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Signs of Life
Continuing his practice focused on art for awareness and social good, curator André Smith presents a two-week environmental residency in Bed-Stuy, running mid-August as a pop-up gallery, gift shop, and internet radio station.
The program here is very simple: invite, inspire, and inform. We want to invite people from all walks of life to Bed-Stuy, a marginalized neighborhood in transition, and offer a gift -- a safe space to appreciate beauty in a world that is starting to look very ugly. The show will include three floors of contemporary art from emerging and recognized artists as well as two screening rooms, an outdoor sculpture garden, internet radio station, a gift shop and a live events line up for the neighborhood.
We want people to walk away inspired and challenged by questions like: Who has power and how do they use it? Can creativity and technology work together to foster community? How do we heal our ailing nation through the transformative power of art? What can we learn from the past in order to create change today?
Artists: Andrew Thiele, Sam Kirk, KEO, Steve Blas, Sara Erenthal, Theo Mighty, Mike McManus, Chaio Chen, Manny Reels, and Creative Tonight: Opening reception with live vibes by DJ Cello.
1822 Fulton Street, at Utica, Brooklyn
Continues through August 26
Right Now
A live talk show with a live band hosted by a live wire. With Carolyn Castiglia. Tonight: The Fat Episode. With panelists Elna Baker (from This American Life’s Tell Me I’m Fat episode), Steffany Allen Fashion and Wardrobe Stylist (plus-size stylist), Trish Nelson (BanterGirl) and Kerryn Feehan (fresh off a controversial appearance on My Big Fat Fabulous Life) have a big conversation about body image, fat-shaming, fashion, and weight loss. With burlesquer and body love activist Lillian Bustle. Special guest competitive eater and rapper Badlands Booker teaches us how to eat hot dogs like a champion. Featuring stand-up guest Pat Brown. Plus, as always, featuring Katie Hartman and the music of Rebecca Vigil and the Righteous Now. Hosted by Carolyn Castiglia.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
8p; $10 advance, $12 door
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***** Biohybrid Robots *****
"By combining robotics with tissue engineering, we’re starting to build robots powered by living muscle tissue or cells. These devices can be stimulated electrically or with light. Devices currently have limited lifespans and low force outputs, limiting their speed. Robots made from mammalian or avian cells are very picky about their environmental conditions. One possible remedy is to package the devices so that the muscle is protected from the external environment and constantly bathed in nutrients."
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Overheard in Chelsea. August 2016. Woman in her 30s crossing a street looking down at her phone with her earbuds in having a conversation:
-- "Today, I almost got hit by a car."
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]
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
Work Is Dead
In the modern period the role of work has taken on a central role in shaping our identity. One of the first questions asked when meeting someone is, “What do you do?” and consistently a job title is the response.
However, as technology and automation increase our ability to efficiently produce the goods necessary for sustaining our material existence and in light of the pressing environmental challenges we face; do we need to radically rethink our socio-political commitment to universal employment?
In this Olio we will examine the benefits and potential difficulties of implementing basic income guarantees as a vehicle for restructuring post-industrial societies.
56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood
August 23, 7:30p; $10
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
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***** Independent Art Zine *****
Independent Art Zine
I'm looking for a journalist or writer to join my independent art zine project. The goal is show and talk about the works made by the youth, what are they thinking and doing to change or contribute with the scene trough the art, fashion, entrepreneurship, or social actions.
Contact river.coelho]at]
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