nonsensenyc: 8.19 to 8.25

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 8.19 to 8.25
Date: August 19th 2016
Friday, August 19
* Fourth Annual Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space Film Festival: People for the Planet, Manhattan
* #‎iScreamParty2, Brooklyn
* Signs of Life Art Residency, Brooklyn
* SurFest: A Surrealist Manifesto, Brooklyn
* Joe Strummer Birthday Bash Strummer Jam, Manhattan
Saturday, August 20
* Flame Con 2, Brooklyn
* The Invisible Wind 4
* Cartoon Carnival No. 47: Summer Travels, Brooklyn
* Hot Rabbit, Brooklyn
Sunday, August 21
* Rhythmic Summer, Williamsburg
* Procession, Manhattan
Monday, August 22
* Savage: Comedy and Bad Lecture Series, Brooklyn
* Playing With Fire, Williamsburg
Wednesday, August 24
* Tarot Techno, Brooklyn
* Save the Muse: All-Star Circus Revue, Brooklyn
Thursday, August 25
* Blunderland, Brooklyn
* Bordello: Intoxicated, Brooklyn
* Am I Write, Ladies? Birthday Bash, Brooklyn
* Wishes
* Secret Agent Crowley
* Kids in Park Slope
* Work Is Dead
* Flame Con volunteers
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Fourth Annual Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space Film Festival: People for the Planet
Tonight: Racing Extinction. Using state-of-the-art equipment, Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos (the Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction. This eco-thriller is from 2015.
Orchard Alley Community Garden
350-54 4th Street, between Avenues C and D, Manhattan
8:30p; $7-10
Continues SATURDAY and SUNDAY at other gardens
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
DJ sets by Teeburr, Ricci Steez, and Dirtyfinger. Performance by Qu'ality. Free ice cream while it lasts.
1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $10
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Signs of Life Art Residency
Artists: Andrew Thiele, Sam Kirk, KEO, Steve Blas, Sara Erenthal, Theo Mighty, Mike McManus, Chaio Chen, Manny Reels, and Creative Tonight: Young Palate Presents: Lolo's Seafood.
1822 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
7p; $free
626 589 1985
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Surrealist Burlesque  and Coney Island USA present:
SurFest: A Surrealist Manifesto
Dr. Lucky is a proud artist in residence at Coney Island USA. Surrealist Burlesque returns to the Coney Island USA Sideshow by the Seashore stage with its eighth incarnation of what has been hailed as Striptease meets Socrates. Surrealist Burlesque presents epic, multi-disciplinary, collaborative shows that challenge audiences to experience entertainment with their bodies and their minds.
This year’s Surrealist Burlesque presents SURFest, a Surrealist Festival/ SURF Festival celebrating Salvador Dali’s Dream of Venus and Manifestos through Surrealist and Nautical performances dedicated to incongruous juxtapositions and the infinite possibilities of artistic production. The entire Coney Island USA complex will be popping with spectacular sightings, including a full stage show on the Sideshows by the Seashore Stage, live music in the Freak Bar, and site-specific live art installations throughout. Starring an all-star cast of NYC nightlife impresarios, burlesque superstars, and the avant-garde of the art world.
Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $15
Continues on SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY ****
Joe Strummer Birthday Bash Strummer Jam
We are hosting an indie rock show at the Producers Club to benefit the Joe Strummer Foundation, an organization that supports aspiring musicians around the world with opportunity. With Amber Lamps, the Lawn Gnomes, and the Cuffs.
The Producer's Club
358 West 44th Street, Manhattan
7p; $5
Flame Con 2
Flame Con is a two-day comics, arts, and entertainment expo showcasing creators and celebrities from all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom. It features thoughtful discussions, exclusive performances, screenings, costumes, and more. Geeks of all types are invited to attend and celebrate the diversity and creativity of queer geekdom and LGBTQ contributions to pop culture.
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street, Brooklyn
noon-8p; $25
Continues SUNDAY
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Invisible Wind 4
An all-night walk show and tell along the beautiful and mysterious Atlantic Ocean. Bring good shoes, something to share, snacks, and rain gear just in case.
Meet at the LIRR station at Long Beach, which is accessible from Penn Station in Manhattan and Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, as well as from Woodside, Queens, and Nostrand Avenue or East New York, Brooklyn. Trekker Ariel's number is 516 587 1007 if you can't find us, or have questions. This is the fourth in an ongoing series that began exactly five years prior to this installment.
It started with a seed of a question. I knew that I loved the wind, and I loved the feeling of being awake at night on suburban streets. How does a person learn about the wind? He must be the wind. Be the wind with me.
Meet at the Long Beach LIRR stop
9p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cartoon Carnival No. 47: Summer Travels
Presented by Tommy Stathes of Cartoons on Film. Wrap up the summer season with nearly two hours of 16mm (no digital) animated cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives to the Reliquary silver screen.
In keeping with the theme of Summer Travels, we'll reminisce with cartoon friends from decades past and enjoy their wacky, wayward travels across the globe by land, sea, and air. Be sure to bring all your cartoon-, film-, history-, and geography-loving friends on this animated journey.
The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Hot Rabbit
Best of Gay Nightlife by Gothamist returns to the Lot for another hot Saturday. Line-up: DJ Leahv and DJ Natural State. Performance by Qween Beat's Ash B. Vogue-Go Magic by Omari Mizrahi and the House of Olympus. Photos by Maro Hagopian. Food by Djenna.
Lot 45
411 Troutman, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $?
Rhythmic Summer
A free outdoor dance party in Williamsburg. Featuring art, food, drinks, corn hole, shuffleboard, and foosball. Music by Sta7ck and Brian Lee McCloud.
510 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L train to Bedford station
5-10p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
A lascivious danse macabre monthly event. Combining Home Sweet Home’s macabre antiques with copious fog, carefully chosen tracks, and ambiguously sado-masochistic projections, Procession brings back the atmosphere of the goth clubs of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The music offerings are a captivating mix of both classics and the new -- but always staying within the realms of danceable melancholia. It’s not uncommon to hear selections ranging from Skinny Puppy to A Place to Bury Strangers and from Swans to Grimes, all peppered with the likes of say, Cabaret Voltaire, Psychic TV, and Siouxsie – on a given night. The careful curation of both the sights and sounds of Procession is the work of DJs and promoters, Cage and Hart. Dress code: none, but gothic best is always encouraged.
Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie Street, Manhattan
10:30p-4a; $free
21 and over
Savage: Comedy and Bad Lecture Series
Cipha Sounds, Chris Distefano, and Lukas Kaiser present a new, totally free, completely Savage comedy show. Watch some of the funniest NYC comedy notables (and a few up and comers) for free. Plus a guest lecturer each week gives teaches you, the audience member, how to do something stupid and utterly useless. This week: Phoebe Robinson, Sean Patton, Jeff Simmermon, and Jason Burke. Plus an insane lecture by Tony Zaret. Hosted by Meghan Radespiel.
191 Smith Street, Brooklyn
8p; $free
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Playing With Fire
Forbidden passions fuel this 60-minute site-specific avalanche that provides a madcap take on the life of the leisure class. By August Strindberg (translated by Michael Meyer). Directed by Eddie Prunoske. With Lauren Downie, Nick Ducassi, Elena McGhee, James Luse, Haley Rawson, and David Rysdahl. Coffee, tea, wine, and beer for sale; BYOB is also welcome.
RSVP for exact address
Garden on North 7th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8:30p; $10
Continues August 23, 24, 28, 29, 30
Runs 60 minutes, no intermission
Tarot Techno
Come receive readings from seven local mystics, and ponder life to the beat of our most thoughtful tracks by Nabeel and Back to Black. Specialty non-alcoholic drinks will keep you fresh and the person who receives the most readings will receive a custom bicycle from the Bike Truck.
If you eat in the garden you will be diced: you can roll the dice to set the price of a reading ($1-6 but please also tip).  Capture the details of your reading on to help you remember (and share) your findings. Also, hula hoops.
Lot 45
411 Troutman Street, Brooklyn
8p-3a; $free, with $7 readings
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Save the Muse: All-Star Circus Revue
Aerial. Circus. Absurdity. Skill. Passion. Hilarity. The finest, fittest, and more ferocious All-Star Circus performers, curated to perfection and coming together on the House of Yes stage for a good cause- to save the Muse. Including acts from the Muse and House of Yes all-star circus heroes, the Great Throwdini, and Angela Butch and Yoni. Told in three acts.
The Muse is an invaluable resource to the circus and performance arts community in New York City. The Muse was unexpectedly hit this weekend with an exceptionally expensive amount of required permits and space upgrades and given less than a month to make them. The need to raise a minimum of $15,000 in the next 20 days to save their circus home. If these guys lose their space, the circus and performance arts scene as a whole will suffer greatly.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8-10:30p show, followed by dance party; $15
Eric Schmalenberger presents:
An evening of variety at the House of Yes, brought to you by the whimsical, surreal, and psychedelic. 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. Come celebrate with a show that is hand picked, juicy, and super fresh for your viewing pleasure. This is not a show for the meek and we serve nothing mild on this stage. Featuring performances by Dirty Martini, Francis Stallings, Ben Mendoza, the Spill Sisters (Deity and Stormy Leather), Severely Mame, Chad Ferro, and Godmother.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p show; $20 advance, $25 door
21 and over
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Madame Vivien V presents:
Bordello: Intoxicated
Consume our excitement, our flesh, our fantasy. Immerse yourself into debauchery. We have a night prepare that satisfy your unspoken cravings. Come experience an erotic variety show unlike another and prepare to be plummet into ecstasy.
For your pleasure: DJ Penny Lane, Amber Von Toxn, and Yasmine Benjelloun. Plus Leona Beretta and Miss Stella Fae. Photos by Dmitri Wildfong-Nishman. Videos by Cameron Cole. Live-stream by PeepsOut.
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
J, M, Z trains to Myrtle-Broadway station
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Am I Write, Ladies? Birthday Bash
An evening of new work by women and gender non-conforming artists about birthdays, parties, and celebrations in honor of AIWL's second birthday. Featuring performance, poetry, burlesque, music, and comedy by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin, Becca Bernard, Chandler/Eliah Eason, Jacquelyn Marie Shannon, Katherine, Cerebral Pussy, and Rachel Kaly. And see umbilical sculptures, draping installations, painted otherworldly bodies and more with visual art by Kristen Racaniello, Dina Levy, Stephanie Guedalia, Mina Walker, Piera, Kali Mon, Kellie Ann Krouse, and Mandy U. Wright. And take a visit to Rebecca Richards' special glitter planet, featuring biodegradable glitter bioglitz. Plus cake.
The Glove
885 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn
C train to Utica station or J train to Gates station
8:30p doors, 9p show; $7-10 sliding scale
* August 27: Brooklyn Bike Rave
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* Fallen from a coupled pair of stellar binaries, I pulled in some gravity by falling on old preoccupations and rigging in various communities and cults that abducted me. Following Sandy, hard times have hit family and friend alike keeping me mobile and transitory. After excepting digs restoring SSI receiving frienemy's rustic mountaintop cabin with wild bears and coyotes the best of neighbors, I depart. Now adrift, I envision some lucid scene of needs creation development to engineering discourse of light and love or at least a space to nap amoung my tools. Be well: 516 224 7650.
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]
***** Secret Agent Crowley ***** ‎
"In 1933, as the Nazis took power in Germany, Crowley met an eccentric Welsh aristocrat Viscount Tregedar (Evan Morgan). His haunted country house was the site of infamous wild parties to which he invited everyone from Aldous Huxley and H.G. Wells to Nazi deputy-fuehrer Rudolf Hess. Soviet mole Kim Philby soon informed his Russian handlers that MI6 were investigating a blackmailing racket linking Royal Air Force officers and members of British high society to drug smuggling, orgies (heterosexual and homosexual) and 'black magic rites.'
But as both Crowley and oddly the Soviet ambassador were involved in organizing the alleged sex orgies and Black Masses described by Philby, it is more likely that MI5 were behind it then the Germans. Intelligence services everywhere use blackmail to 'recruit' foreign politicians and dignitaries. Meanwhile 'black' propaganda radio stations fed morale-sapping false information to the German High Command, and to German U-Boat crews patrolling the Atlantic, broadcasting an entertaining mix of American jazz and dance band music interspersed with 'news' describing the kinky sex activities and financial corruption of the Nazi hierarchy back home."
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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 New York. August 2016. Seven year-old to his mother:
Kid: "Are there some people in Park Slope who don't like kids?"
Mother: "Yes."
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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Functional Flowers
Whether it’s eye candy or bee forage, plants with flowers provide countless benefits in gardens of any size. In this workshop you will discover some of these plants that provide food to attract and sustain beneficial insects to help your urban green space not just survive, but thrive.! Explore the gardens aboard Swale, and learn how to incorporate similar plantings in your own spaces. Participants will come away with plans for a flower-filled garden of their own. No experience necessary, all are welcome.
Yankee Pier, Pier 6, Governors Island
11:30a-1p; $20
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
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
2:30-4:30p; $40 advance, $45 at the door
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Brooklyn Spirit Guide
Join us for whiskey cocktails, tarot readings, and the opportunity to make your own tarot cards.
Kings County Distillery Tasting Room
299 Sands, Brooklyn
4-7p; $15
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
7:30p; $10
Eco Dance Labs
A series of eco-dance labs will be offered throughout the summer 2016 in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Each lab is an interactive walk framed by pairing ruderal plants with a particular body function to experiment, play, and re-connect to our natural environment.
We invite people to join us to discover the role plants (that often considered weeds & therefore disregarded and discarded) have on our well-being, our community relationships, and our understanding of reciprocity.
Each walk is paired with a specific body system and encourages us to connect to this reciprocal relationship between the body and the earth. The walks engage all our senses, bodies in movements and community sharing.
RSVP for location
6:30-9p; $10
Make Your Own Hologram
This workshop is a fun experience in the studio and great place to start if you want make holograms. Bring small objects or choose something from our collection to create you holographic scene.
Post Commander Quarters, 403, Colonels Row, Governors Island
August 26, 11:30a-3p; $45-$65
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
Fermented Flavors
In this class, we will discuss the history and health benefits of fermented breads, which use naturally occurring lactobacilli and yeasts to create a unique and mildly sour taste. In this workshop, we will discover, make, and eat these delicious breads.
Genspace NYC
33 Flatbush Avenue, 7th floor, Brooklyn
September 10, 11a-1p; $40
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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."

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