nonsensenyc: 9.9 to 9.15

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 9.9 to 9.15
Date: September 9th 2016
Friday, September 9
* 100 Years of Dadaism, Manhattan
* Emergency Vaudeville: Louisiana Flood Benefit, Williamsburg
* Anne Tello Remix Dance Party, Manhattan
* Weed Heart, Manhattan
* Michael Alan: Art as Healing
* Dat Ish Brooklyn Party, Brooklyn
* Cloud Cuckooland, Brooklyn
Saturday, September 10
* Rubulad Proudly Presents Happy Day Welcome Barbecue, Brooklyn
* Glamdammit, Brooklyn
* Resistance Reformatory: An Immersive Performance Workshop, Manhattan
* Bushwig 2016, Queens
* The Psychic Luau, Brooklyn
* Downton to Deco Weekend: Swing House, Brooklyn
* Re: Art Show, Brooklyn
* Coney Island Laser Shows: The Beatles, Brooklyn
Sunday, September 11
* Procession, Manhattan
* Druid Underground Film Festival, Queens
* Big Irv's Big Ass Variety Show, Williamsburg
* Decompression Pool Party, Brooklyn
* Rhythmic Summer, Williamsburg
* Beach Ride, Brooklyn
Monday, September 12
* Meural Digital Expo, Manhattan
* Carousel at Union Hall, Brooklyn
* Stand-Ups Improvise TED Talks, Manhattan
* Lost Abjects Closing, Brooklyn
Tuesday, September 13
* Brooklyn Loft Party: La Grosse Pomme, Brooklyn
* The New York Story Exchange, Manhattan
Thursday, September 15
* Funny/Sexy/Sad, Brooklyn
* Art studio
* No you.
* Dye lab
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100 Years of Dadaism
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Dadaism and in wild preamble to the Piss collective's theater for a new city production of Ubu Rex, a performance series is held in alphabet city. Beginning with a permeable durational Dada installation and forest of trash. For an Ubuist Puppet show and other wild intimacies. Expect noise, news, nudity, and nihil.
Starts at 89 Avenue C, Manhattan, moves to the Stand on the corner of 7th and C, Manhattan
4p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Emergency Vaudeville: Louisiana Flood Benefit
Tens of thousands of people in Louisiana have to rebuild their homes and communities after catastrophic floods . What can we do in NYC? Throw a kickass circus show and send them all the money.
A special production by Force Majeure Vaudeville. Mind-melting lineup includes: Tanya Gagne aerial, Pinkie Special burlesque hula hoops, Nelson Lugo magic, Leah Newcomb aerial, Hilary Chaplain comedy, Olivia Porter juggling, Wilfredo suavité, Arthur Van Hyft dance-trapeze, Tanya Solomon emcee, and Funkrust Brass Band. All ticket money goes to Together Baton Rouge, a coalition of community organizations focused on emergency relief. 100 percent goes to people, not overhead.
Big Sky Works
29 North 14th Street, at Wythe, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L train to Bedford station
8:30p door, 9p show; $20 and up
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Anne Tello Remix Dance Party
Anne Tello (pronounced Tey-yo) is announcing the online release of her Peter Monk remix, “#thinkdifferent”, featuring Ghanaian artist 1 Cedi with a release party that evening. The release event will be co-hosted by the developing not-for-profit Sustainable Initiatives Alliances for Africa News Network and will act as a fundraiser  and will include a few hours of high energy Afrobeats by DJ E'Love, live African Percussion, and a short live performance Anne Tello.
62 Avenue C, Manhattan
8p; $12
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Weed Heart
Weed Heart is Jill Sigman and Thinkdance’s latest project incorporating dance, installation, and social practice. In Weed Heart, Ms. Sigman takes inspiration from the perseverance of stubborn seeds to create a performance installation addressing themes of resilience, toxicity, invisibility, and power, and offers a ritual to re-connect us to plants, people, and places. Performed by Sigman and Katrina De Wees, vocalist Kristin Norderval, and a cast of spontaneous urban plants in an installation of salvaged metal readymades.
Gibney Dance
280 Broadway (Enter at 53A Chambers), Manhattan
8p; $20, $15 students, seniors, class-card holders
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Michael Alan: Art as Healing
Come heal with me, I have had a severe amount of health problems in the last five years, yet I'm alive. Time to keep healing, we all can use healing. Come join me, let's heal. I know something about healing. Pillows! Art! Lights! Film! Tons of art to be seen! From my childhood until now! I'll be opening up my space for healing. Yes we all need it. And your welcome to spend the night gathering to work on healing together, through art, talking, meditation, through drawing and creating good bonds. Come share, relax, make friends, create and find others that want to heal with art.
RSVP for address
6-11p; $advanced tickets only, space for eight people
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Dat Ish Brooklyn Party
I'm going to have about three rock bands, two DJs and two rappers fucking party and perform at Central Station. I'm trying to gets it down before the summer ends homies. I'm also going to be hosting an art gallery. Supporting local artist every way I can. Art work by Thyda Lay and Sohail Mehr. Live music by Henry Flower, Dandy Lions, Natural Stranger, Code C, and Jadon Woodard. Ending off the night with DJ set Mila Monstar.
Central Station NYC
84 Central Avenue, Brooklyn
5p-2a; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Cloud Cuckooland
You are cordially invited to Cloud Cuckooland, a dark fairytale conceived and directed by Djahari Clark (Desert Sin), with lyrical text by playwright Matthew Freeman. This beautiful multimedia story is a journey through sight and sound inspired by ancient Greek tragedies, and birds. A story about death and rebirth, performed with dance, puppetry, spoken word, song, and aerial. Cloud Cuckooland centers on a Girl who, upon her death, journeys into a fantasy world where she becomes Queen of the Birds. But her Queendom is contingent on leaving her heart behind a doomed existence the ambiguous birds enjoy to the very end. Wrapped in fairytale magic, Cloud Cuckooland speaks to modern society’s diminishing link to our inner selves while awakening our imagination.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $20-30
Continues September 10 and 15-17
Rubulad Proudly Presents Happy Day Welcome Barbecue
Live music by Death by Bossa Nova, Friend Roulette Ballads, and Fall Sixteen Marching Band. Your DJs: Uproot Andy, Dave the Spazz, and DJ/Soundman Kanton. Plus: Shadow Puppets by Midnight Radio Show, famous artist Laura McMillian, and your MC Tanya Solomon.
RSVP for new address, Brooklyn
3p doors, 4p show; $10, but free if you donated to our Kickstarter
rubulad]at] for our new address.
Please forward wildly!
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Bullys Annual Tribute to founding member Johnny Heff, who gave his life as a firefighter in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Plus the Cuts, the Omega Men, and Ted's Dead. DJ sets by Twig the Wonderkid and James David. Hosted by nightlife icon Astro Erle.
Gold Sounds
44 Wilson Avenue, at Melrose Street, Brooklyn
8p; $7
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Resistance Reformatory: An Immersive Performance Workshop
Take a sensory journey into a heightened sense of wonder: Blindfolded exploration, automatic writing, movement and guided meditation will enable participant-seekers to map the intersection of imagination and memory, befriend life's challenges and transform into a new life-form. Hosted by Katie Macyshyn and Jenn Restak of Washington, DC.
Studio D at Alchemical Theater Lab
104 West 14th Street, Manhattan
1-3p; $10 suggested donation
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Bushwig 2016
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
2p doors; $30
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Psychic Luau
This is it; don't get scared now. End-of-summer bash to end them all. Rock n roll, whiskey, barbecue. We'll have cornhole and other outdoor games. Bands: ¡Vamanos!, Sun Voyager, Mexican Knives, the Fucktons, the Lushpockets, Funcrusher, and Coach n Commando. Hosted by Waikiki Casey Regan and Hula Dan Soto.
Kings Co. Distillery Tasting Room
295 Sands Street, Brooklyn
3-10p; $5
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Gemini and Scorpio cordially invite you to:
Downton to Deco Weekend: Swing House
A ragtime speakeasy party in a secret Brooklyn loft, with hot jazz bands, blazing burlesque divas, exotic cocktails, and DJs remixing and reinventing vintage grooves late into the night. The night starts with an introductory dance class by Brooklyn Swings (who teach at our loft every Monday night). They will either teach the foxtrot, the hottest dance to come out of the 1910s, and a rare one to still be practiced today, or the Peabody, another craze from the era.
Live music until 1a by the much-beloved Tin Pan Band: mixing rough and tumble jazz with the gritty side of blues. Come early to be entertained by the ragtime piano of Isaac Tetenbaum. Burlesque fabulousness during and between band sets, by the "hysterical" Victorian Beelzebabe and Deco darling Dandy Dillinger. Sweet remixed vintage beats after, until the dancing is done.
Gemini and Scorpio Loft
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
9p-late, 9:30p dance class; $20 until 1a, $10 after for electro-swing dance party
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Re: Art Show
Re: Art Show is a never-ending, ever-changing art show housed within the former workspaces of the old Pfizer building in BedStuy. This month you will find artists occupying the former employee locker rooms, laundry rooms, and cafeteria. 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: Re:, our third iteration of the project, with musical performances guest curated by Possy featuring Qualiatik, Juiceboxx, and Machine Girl, a series of readings guest curated by Angelina Dreem, and artworks by the following artists: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, uv production house (Brad Troemel and Joshua Citarella), Bailey Scieszka, Michelle Leftheris, Peter Clough, Vanessa Albury, Banrei, Erin Davis, Fana Feng, Quinn Tivey, Max C. Lee, Patrick McNabb, Nick Alciati, Mike Hack, Tiffany Smith, Liz Zito, and Ki Hyuk Ahn.
630 Flushing Avenue, second floor, entrance off of Tompkins through the parking lot, Brooklyn
6-11p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Coney Island Laser Shows: The Beatles
This will be the last time we run the Beatles in 2016. Swim in a sea of color as we transform the air around you into a fully immersive, mind-blowing laser light experience. With special live pre-show performances by the Psychedelic Sideshow featuring Serpentina. Plus our rock 'n' roll disco. Pre-party in the Freak Bar. With DJ Lemar Soulflower.
Sideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
10-11p; $15 online includes free laser glasses
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
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Druid Underground Film Festival
Psychotronic screening residency by the Druid Underground Film Festival (DUFF) continues every Sunday in September. During and after the screenings in the Ready Room Bar, DJ Drew Redmond and his special guests spin 1950s and 60s rockabilly, rhythm and blues, soul, exotica, whacked-out instrumentals, novelty records, and more on vintage 45s. September 11: WTF NYC Horror Double Feature.
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
8p; $5,
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Big Irv's Big Ass Variety Show
Big Irv's is a gallery, event space and place of general madness. Come help us ring in fall with a crazy cast of assorted weirdoes guaranteed to spice up your Sunday. Featuring Simon Cadel, Stacey Curry, Sean O’Brien, Lucas Connelly, Lauren Irwin, Jake Hart, Shelby Thompson, and special guest co-host Carl Davenport. BYOB.
Big Irv's
381 Hooper Street, corner of South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p doors, 7:30p show; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Decompression Pool Party
Soaked. Sunkissed. Day Buzzed. Free. Summer will last forever if we really want it to so we're installing a massive real pool with real water and real good times in our beautiful yard. Endless Summer Style. Beach Days for Life. Pool Party Forever. Wash off the dust, decompress yourself, relax your mind, body, and soul. Inflatables! Floaties! Life Guards! Costume Suggestions: Spandex Everything, Hamptons Chic, Vintage Bikinis, Synchronized Swimming, Michael Phelps, Bay Watch, Scuba Divers, Dude with Speedo, Lady with Speedo, Speedos for Everyone. We have a habit of giving free drinks to people who dress hilarious/amazing so you know what to do.
House of Yes
2 Montrose, Brooklyn
11a, 2-8p pool party, 11a-4p brunch; $free
21 and over
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Rhythmic Summer
A free outdoor dance party in Williamsburg featuring art, food, drinks, corn hole, shuffleboard, and foosball. Music by Sta7ck and Brian Lee Mcccloud.
510 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
5-10p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
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.
Meet up at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
11:30a; $free
Meural Digital Expo
We wanted to extend to you an invitation to please join us for our upcoming gallery event. We are partnering with art tech startup Meural for this special exposition featuring their groundbreaking digital art frame. The story of Meural itself was developed in the Con Artist Collective work space in its early stages and this show will feature art by collective members of various disciplines. Come experience for yourself the details in the picture quality and unique motion interface that sets Meural apart from any art technology currently on the market and best of all enjoy the work emerging artists and scheduled events such as talks and presentations during the run of the show.
119 Ludlow Street, Manhattan
7-11p; $free
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Carousel at Union Hall
Presentations of graphic novels and comics as read by the artists: Kyle Baker, Emily Flake, Amy Kurzweil, Jeremy Nguyen, and Andrea Tsurumi. Hosted by R. Sikoryak. This is an official 2016 Brooklyn book festival event.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $8
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Stand-Ups Improvise TED Talks
27-16 23rd Avenue, Manhattan
9p; $5 advance, $7 door
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Lost Abjects Closing
After an extended run, the Lost Abjects: Theory of Garbage installation-manifesto against recycling and found objects will be holding a closing event Monday before the holy refuse jettisons into the void. Never before imagined baroque oddities, strip tease, imploding egos, and howling song.
GG Nix
1339 Dekalb, Brooklyn
8p; $?
Brooklyn Loft Party: La Grosse Pomme
So don your best Bushwick Beret or Montmarte Moustache and join the party. Enjoy an open air market. Get your portrait sketched. Rub elbows with artist and friend alike. But whatever you do, don't miss out on this lineup of fantastic performances. Hosted by Amanda Duarte, Rebecca Vigil, Monroe Lily, the Great Dubini (close-up magician), Jessica Wright, Mike Albo, Max Steele (Goth ukulele), and the Love Show.
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
7p party, 8p show; $8 advance, $10 door
21 and over
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
The New York Story Exchange
A rotating host each month and four featured tellers, followed by a 5 for 5 Open Story Exchange. Up to five audience members can get five minutes each onstage to share stories, poems, spoken word, or music. This month’s host: Barbara Aliprantis; with featured tellers: Michael Lydon, Ellen Mandel, Maggie Nuttall, and Janet Restino.
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan
5:45-6:10p; $10 gets you one drink and admission
A reading series hosted by Amira Pierce and Nate Waggoner. The writers and performers only share pieces that are hilarious, sex-related, extremely sad, or some combination of those. Come hear from an eclectic mix of great writers including Richard Larson, Ella Sapristi, Magdalena Waz, and Harvey Katz.
Molasses Books
770 Hart Street, Brooklyn
L train to DeKalb station, M train to Knickerbocker station
8-9p; $free
631 882 5188
* Jalopy Theatre 10 Year Celebration, September 15-18
*  Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference, October 7-9
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.
***** SPACES *****
* Rubulad has two art studios and one soundproof band rehearsal room for rent in Bushwick. rubulad]at]
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]
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]
Oveheard in Brooklyn. September 2016. Two lovers in their 30s in the street:
-- "You are the one who creates this situation *every* time!"
--"No, *you* are!"
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]
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
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; 4free
Swale Dye Lab
An experimental inquiry into plants and soils as colorant for fiber. Using ancient and modern methods of extracting color from plants and soils, we will experiment and discover the rich palette of colors using living material aboard Swale. Track chemical reactions between mordants, bast, protein and cellulose fibers, pH and create handkerchief swatches to collaborate with the entities of Swale's ecosystem. During this hands on workshop, Callen will share stories of adventures with plants and hue, and we will enjoy the multifaceted propensities of plants to color fabric and palettes alike through tastings, teas, and histories.
Pier 6, Governors Island
3-5:30p; $free?
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Sound and the City
Sound travels. In this afternoon Olio we too will journey, rediscovering two iconic New York City locations -- Times Square and Central Park--by experiencing Max Neuhaus’ sound installation Times Square (1977-1992; 2002-ongoing), and Janet Cardiff’s guided audio-walk, Her Long Black Hair (2005). A hidden gem, Max Neuhaus’ droning installation oozes from beneath the subway grates on the triangular pedestrian island between 45th and 46th streets. In Her Long Black Hair, Janet Cardiff directs a 35-minute surreal psychological and physical odyssey through the park. We will explore how these two artists harness the permeating and penetrating nature of sound to intermingle with their chosen sites, ultimately altering our perceptions of place.
Location provided with RSVP
4p; $14
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
Swale Public Food Working Group
With the help of Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, we are organizing a space to generate ideas about how to expand our public urban commons. We see this group involving asset mapping and field research that examines current trends in the city’s public land use, working towards outlining a path towards proposing possible alternative strategies to support the struggle for food security in New York City. We will use advocacy resources to begin modeling a maintenance plan for NYC’s public urban land that can protect and regenerate these spaces, as well as invoke additional uses for them. We plan to have this working group culminate in the crafting of a petition and pamphlet, and hope to bring folks to this group who have interest in participating in conversations with or work as part of organizations that oversee public land, health and wellness and urban food security in the five boroughs. Our meetings will be bi-weekly and roving. We hope to meet from September-November and have a culminating document that we produce and print in December.
159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn
6p; $free
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
Are you interested in using the latest breakthrough technology in gene modification, CRISPR-Cas9, in your projects? In this no-nonsense introductory workshop you will learn about all of the recent technical advances of this system, including Cas9 variants and how to design optimal guide RNA sequences and targeting constructs for homologous recombination using online resources to help plan your experiments. You will leave with a well-designed sequence for a guide RNA of your own choosing, ready to send out for synthesis. We’ll also dive into the societal implications surrounding the widespread adaptation of this system and the controversies involving the use of gene drives in organisms that will be released into the environment.
Genspace NYC
33 Flatbush Avenue, seventh floor, Brooklyn
7-10p; $30
Radical Nihilism
Christopher Nolan, George RR Martin and Shakespeare each invented powerful mouthpieces for an uncomfortable and unavoidable truth -- a deep and radical nihilism is at the bottom of all things; our lives are held up by illusions, useful fictions, that we invent, forget we invent, and that end up controlling us.
We can cast them aside, or remake them, at any time -- but at what cost? Join me for a class that hops from Westeros, to Gotham City, to Denmark.
2 Pennsylvania Plaza, Manhattan
7p; $12
Printmaking for Preservation
In this month's printmaking workshop we will be reflecting on the basic human need for housing. We will be focusing on things we would ideally like to preserve -- such as culture, community, and affordability, as well as the imminent and constant threats to these things -- such as land speculation and gentrification.
Printmaking is a great way to distribute your artwork and idea. Join the Proletarian Printing Press, a mobile art making collective, for a beginners printmaking workshop. We will get our hands dirty making linoleum block prints.
As part of this workshop you will learn the techniques of linoleum block printing from start to finish. By the end of the class you will know how to create a unique but reproducible image on a linoleum block, and print on a multi-media printing press. This workshop is free, all materials are provided, and no prior experience is necessary.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
September 17, noon-3p; $free
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
Drawing and Knowledge
In this course, students will explore the practice of drawing as a powerful language of questioning. We will locate this investigation within art history, looking at drawing's heritage as a tool to examine, critique, appreciate and order our perceivable world, and in doing so, create space for something wholly new. Class presentations and studio-based projects will introduce students to drawing’s deeply interdisciplinary significance as a medium: from the first recorded marks of cave paintings, to Galileo’s drawings of the moon, these examples and others will help us consider the uniquely human impulse to draw what we perceive, and the meaningful questions that lay at the heart of our creative practices.
Abrons Art Center
466 Grand St, Manhattan
September 27 - November 1, 6:30-9:30p; $200 for 6 sessions
Wound Dwelling: Writing and Stitching the Survivor Body(ies)
What is the physicality of a wound? What types of loss feel nearly impossible to come back from?  Can we dive into the wound, the loss: excavate and unearth it? In this class we will focus on survival and survivorhood; what it looks and feels like to live beyond traumatic experiences.  Reading work by Arianne Zwartjes, Bhanu Kapil, Melissa Febos, Amber Dawn, Chris Abani, TC Tolbert, Claudia Rankine, T. Fleischmann, Kazim Ali (and so many more) and working with theory and visual art (embroidery and performance artists) we will generate our own written body of work as we consider how embodied practice(s) (like writing and stitching) can  support our writing from the body and through trauma. We will also work on translating the writing into embroidery pieces and will use embroidery as an active meditation.
Abrons Art Center
466 Grand St, Manhattan
September 29 - November 17, 7-9p; $200 for 8 sessions
Just Like That: Embodied Knowledge and Political Movement
Dancing (at parties and clubs, in the studio, on stage, or in ritual spaces) can be incredibly useful to the work done in the struggle for social justice. It can be a powerful tool in street actions and collective decision-making, for example. In this course, we will consider ''the choreography of social movements,'' articulating movement our bodies already know, and work to develop this knowledge as a way of getting concrete things done. We'll try out street tactics for confrontational situations; collaborative approaches to bodily presence in public space that trouble the line between symbolic and material impact; somatic strategies for staying connected to ourselves and our aims; and improvisational tools to cultivate non-verbal group communication and decision making.  No previous formal dance training or organizing experience is required - we will move, talk about moving, look at other movers, and work deeply with the embodied knowledge present in each participant as well as report-backs from research visits to dance floors and demonstrations -- including one group field trip. Dress comfortably.
Abrons Art Center
466 Grand St, Manhattan
October 5-November 16, 7-9p; $200 for 8 sessions
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