Friday, September 2
* Seventh Annual NYC Unicycle Festival, Manhattan
* Clown Cabaret, Brooklyn
Saturday, September 3
* The Night, Brooklyn
* Ninth Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition, Brooklyn
* Mami, Queens
* Dollypalooza, Manhattan
* Assimilate: The Unofficial Star Trek Con Afterparty, Brooklyn
Sunday, September 4
* Weirdo Cinema a-Go-Go, Queens
Monday, September 5
* Labor Day Block Party, Manhattan
* Yes Barbecue Extravaganza, Brooklyn
* Labor Day Beach Ride, Brooklyn
Thursday, September 8
* Astara, Brooklyn
* Quantum Communication Satellites
* Live From Miskatonic
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Cheaply gilded coffin strapped to a flatbed truck on the freeway
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Seventh Annual NYC Unicycle Festival
Produced by Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc., the New York City Unicycle Festival brings together recreational riders, world-class performers, mountain and off-road unicycle enthusiasts, mono-wheel vehicle inventors, and thousands of people who have not ridden in umpteen years, along with circus enthusiasts, extreme sports viewers, and anyone seeking an unusual sight -- even for New York. Today: Mass ride over the Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island.
Meet at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan
2p meetup, 3p ride; $free
Continues through SUNDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Previews of upcoming shows and short clown theater acts. Featuring the Fainting Room, Kim Kaiser, Joe Galan, Les Bunheads and Friends, Clown Cabaret's the Heist, God! the One Man Show, SarahBesque's SarahNDipity Show, Kaitlin Kaufman, and Bill Shannon's Contemporary Mime. Hosted by Tanya Solomon.
579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
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The premier of a new kind of experience, a renegade nightclub built within a forgotten Brooklyn landscape. The location is in North Williamsburg set against the East River with stunning views of the city we love. Afterparty at the best venue ever, the House of Yes. Featuring: Aeroplane and Psychemagik presented by MeanRed.
Buy tickets for exact address, Brooklyn
10p-late; $33, all funds go to the artists and performers making this happen
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Adam RealMan and Coney Island USA present:
Ninth Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition
The strangest and most extravagant beards and moustaches descend upon Coney Island to see whose facial hair reigns supreme. Join Adam RealMan and his co-host Mistress B, as they lead the panel of hirsute celebrity judges to weed out the best whiskers in New York City and beyond. Featuring the Flying Kavadlo Brothers and Stephanie Serpentina. Winners will take home the much coveted Coney Island Fez.
Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
6p registration, 8p event; $20 participants and spectators
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The closing party will be a Labor day weekend Caribbean fete hosted by arts collective Fake Accent. Featuring sets by womxn-identified DJs Bambii, Mursi Layne, Uniiqu3, Tygapaw, and a live performance by Princess Nokia.
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
8p-1a; $10 advance, $15 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Come celebrate the glitz, glamour and musical genius of living legend Dolly Parton! The event features a powerful line up of Dolly drag acts, burlesque performances, and the best Dolly cover band around. Plus, a Dolly trivia game, interactive Dolly photo booth, fan costume contest and a silent auction. Participants in the silent auction could win highly coveted fan art, tickets to see Dolly perform live, or a trip to Dollywood.
Performer line up includes, Doll Parts: The Dolly Parton Tribute Band, World Famous Bob, Sweetie Nyc, Lady Quesa'Dilla, Sequinette Jaynesfield, Nath Ann Carrera, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Tammy Cannons and more.
Purchase tickets by August 10th and receive a free “Dolly for President!” poster. All proceeds from the event will benefit Dolly’s Parton’s charity, the Imagination Library (providing 1 book a month to awesome little kids who can use a jumpstart on learning).
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleeker Street, between Thompson and Sullivan, Manhattan
6-10p; $20 advance, $27 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Moon Temple and Addison present:
Assimilate: The Unofficial Star Trek Con Afterparty
An unofficial afterparty for the Mission: Star Trek convention celebrating the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry's brilliant show Star Trek. Prepare to be assimilated; your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile. We will be pitting Borg against Dominion, Federation against Vulcan, Klingon against Kazon and Romulan against Andorian in this all out war for the galaxy. Choose your side and battle it out on the dancefloor with a lineup of original music from Sector 001. The Enterprise is destroyed and there is only one hope left for humanity...
The battle for the Alpha Quadrant will be projected onto a crashed and destroyed Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) by The Best VJ in the world. Iceys will be vended by The Cool Suppliers Dancesafe will have a booth to test for adulterants and inform you about all your Felicium, Ketracel-white, Rhuludian crystals and Trellium-D. Information is the most important part of harm reduction. Deco by Moon Temple and Violet Devine. Firespinning and Firedancing by Violet Devine and Enived Laechim, Lyra Moon, Sam Lake, and Gaby Noodle Haxx. Featuring Wavewhore. With Faith in the Glitch, 10strip, Bine, the Magick Report, Yummy Komodo, Gabor, and Just Mike. Plus afterhours by Monikkr and NYC Bass Collective.
828 Halsey Street, Brooklyn
8-9a; $10 before midnight, $15 after, $free with a good costume
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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, and teenage Satanists. 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: Motorcycle Mayhem with Undertaker and His Pals (1966) and Road of Death. All in a century-old 50,000 square-foot glass factory, turned performance space.
52 19 Flushing Avenue, Queens
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Labor Day Block Party
Interference Archive and Mobile Print Power invite you to a community block party. This is also the closing party for, and your last chance to see, the Soñamos Sentirnos Libres exhibition. There will be music, screenprinting, face painting, food, and dance.
Come early for face painting. Guided gallery tours start at 4p. Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna performs at 4:30. Mujeres En Movimiento colectivo. will get your heart rate up at 5:30p. DJ Zena will be bringing the party music and Mobile Print Power will be printing work from all of the summer projects.
The block party will also launch the Soñamos Sentirnos Libres catalog, a bilingual publication of essays and prints produced throughout the exhibition. Pre-order now to receive a limited edition screen print from Mobile Print Power.
131 8th Street, Manhattan
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Yes Barbecue Extravaganza
Twelve hours straight of hot meat, dirty dancing, and delicious chillness. Quality convos. Sunshine vibes on the insides. Let's make it count. Costumes: Red, white, blue. America realness to the max. Patriotic AF. Stars. Stripes. Founding fathers. 'Merica mothers. USA Today. USA forever. Because nothing says America like meat in your mouth. Don't worry. There are veg options too. Music: Jubilee, Analog Soul, Prince Terrence, NSR, Luka Tacon, and Will Buckley.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
21 and over
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Labor Day Beach Ride
Bike ride to Rockaway Queens beaches. Bring swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, food and/or money for food, lock for bike, or leave your bike on the beach. Come prepared (tools, tubes, water, etc.) to ride some miles at a relaxed pace.
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
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Indelible Dance presents:
A cosmic journey story starring our beautiful dancers, in Williamsburg's postindustrial art space. Featuring: music by Colleen, 3D hologram display by Looking Glass Factory, short film by photographer Noah Kalina. Beautiful dancers, gorgeous music, space age food and drink, lasers, and so many more surprises. Dance party to follow.
White Out Factory
55 North 9th Street, Brooklyn
8p; $20 advance, $25 door
Continues through SEPTEMBER 10
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* Rubulad Proudly Presents Happy Day Welcome Barbecue, 9.10
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What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at]nonsensenyc.com. We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
* Seeking extras for the climax of Josephine Decker's new film. We have a very epic dance number in Josephine Decker's new feature film, Movie No. 1, choreographed by Faye Driscoll, and we need you and any other humans you know. All ages are welcome. Come play an 'audience' member on a beautiful New York City street. You do not need to be an actor or a dancer to participate -- just a human. Saturday, September 3, approximately 10a-6p. Email ted]at]ofclouds.com if you think you can participate, and he'll send the location details.
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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: spectrevision.net. The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact spectre.event.horizon.group]at] gmail.com.
***** Quantum Communication Satellites *****
"Known as the Quantum Science Satellite, QUESS uses quantum key distribution to encrypt its signals. Since measuring a quantum object disturbs its state, any attempts by an eavesdropper to intercept a photon is detected and the key discarded, so there's no risk of being hacked. QUESS will first establish communications between two ground stations 1200 kilometres apart in China, which involves teleporting the quantum state of one photon to another. The satellite is equipped with a crystal that produces entangled photons, so their quantum states remain intertwined even when physically separated. Teams in Singapore and Canada are also working to put quantum key distribution equipment on CubeSats -- tiny spacecraft that cost a fraction of the cost to build and launch. "Within 10 years we could have a working network."
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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 miniuyork.com.
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]gmail.com.
Overheard in the Upper East Side at 2a. Young man drunk, walking:
-- "This weekend is a theme weekend called the worst weekend of my life."
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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]nonsensenyc.com.
***** LEARNING: WEDNESDAY *****
Mapping and Visualizing Gentrification in Brooklyn
What is gentrification? How does it look like? How can we document it visually? And why should we map it? While abstract numbers, reports and statistics are helpful to expose the damaging effects of gentrification process on low income communities of color, they also tend to distract us from the fact that, at the end of the day, gentrification is a highly tangible, physical and material force that aggressively transforms the physical fabric of low income neighborhoods. During this collective map making exercise, we will use simple and accessible online resources to develop new skills for documenting and visualizing the changes that take place during the gentrification process. There will be free pamphlets with useful and relevant information available for the attendees.
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
***** LEARNING: THURSDAY *****
Join Pop Up Yoga NYC as we present Salute, a choose your own adventure in health, wellness, and fitness. We are bringing NYC's top studios together under one roof at Primary, a wellness themed coworking space in FiDI for a one of a kind health experience like no other.
Upon entering, toast to your health with a shot of turmeric juice and then choose from a variety of different options based on your personal preferences, needs, or interests. Whether it's a HIIT class, a dance cardio class, barre, yoga, or meditation, we're celebrating all the different ways New Yorkers can be fit, healthy, and well. If that doesn't sound fun enough we're also loading you up with extra goodies such as complimentary food and beverage, reiki, and massage. Live your best life and salute to your health.
26 Broadway, 8th floor, Manhattan
***** LEARNING: TUESDAYS *****
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.
161A Chrystie Street, Manhattan
Deadline for applications September 5
Tuesdays, September-December, 2-5p; $125
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
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.
33 Flatbush Avenue, 7th floor, Brooklyn
September 10, 11a-1p; $40
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
The Transplants: Human Influence on Nature
Through creative projects and scientific research, panelists will convey various ways that links emerge between nature, politics, culture, and society. With special interest in examining the ways that human behavior impacts the so-called natural world, the panelists will meditate on the impact of politics on the environment, patterns of plant migration, urban ecology initiatives, activism, and biodiversity preservation.
291 Church Street, Manhattan
September 10, 2p; $free
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
Live From Miskatonic: Jack Ketchum In Conversation
Stephen King called him ''the scariest guy in America.'' And so we kick off Miskatonic NYC with a bang as a titan of horror fiction, Jack Ketchum (Off Season, The Girl Next Door, The Lost, Red) joins us for our first event at the Morbid Anatomy Museum for an in-depth look at his work and adaptations to the screen, moderated by film writer, programmer and Miskatonic Institute founder Kier-La Janisse.
Morbid Anatomy Museum
424-A 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
September 21, 7-10p; $12
***** LEARNING: ONGOING *****
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. clients.mindbodyonline.com
* 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. thetrapezeloft.com
*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. facebook.com/groundedaerial
*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[gmail.com
* 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. times-up.org
* 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. bushwickcommunitydarkroom.com
* 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. vivabodyroll.com
* 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. newyorkcapoeiracenter.com
* 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. eizanryujujitsu.org
*Filmmaking Workshops: low-cost, small in size, short in duration, for beginners to advanced, with all equipment provided. DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. dctvny.org/workshops
*Free Yoga. Please come if you are curious, interested, resistant. 417 Pulaski Street, apt 3, Brooklyn, Fridays, 7p; $free. facebook.com/SummerCircleYoga
* Group Ukulele Lessons, bring or borrow a ukulele. Location (Lower East Side) provided with rsvp to yourocknyc]at]gmail.com. 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. thebloomfieldschool.com
*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 tokarate.com
*Sleight of Hand & “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]icloud.com
*Queer and Trans Yoga. Third Root Community Health Center, 380 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn. Sunday, 5-6:30p, and Thursday, 8:15-9:30p; $12. thirdroot.org
* Silent DJ Hot Yoga, Qoya, Zumba, and more. Sacred, 197 Clifton Place, Brooklyn. Various. sacredbrooklyn.com
*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. singasecret.com
* Sword Class NYC, eastern and western sword styles. Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, 16th floor, Manhattan. Various. swordclassnyc.com
* 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. streb.org
* West African Dance Class. P.S. 194 Countee Cullen, 244 West 144th Street, Manhattan. Mondays and Wednesdays 5-7p; $free. ethoh.org
* 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. times-up.org/bike-co-op
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