nonsensenyc: 9.23 to 9.29

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 9.23 to 9.29
Date: September 23rd 2016

Friday, September 23


* The Summer I Disappeared, Queens

* The Secret Loft Show, Brooklyn
* Rhythm of Afrika, Queens
* The Ladies of Pop Sing-Along, Brooklyn
* Summer Stories: Back to School, Williamsburg
* Cartoon Carnival No. 48: Monkey Business, Brooklyn
* #Fomoparty, Brooklyn
* Pop! Brooklyn
* Otherwise Normal, Manhattan
* Sex! With Your Mom, Manhattan
Saturday, September 24
* Dyke Bar Takeover, Brooklyn
* Rubulad Proudly Presents Happy Landings Cosmic Airstrip, Brooklyn
* Dances of Vice, Manhattan
* The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Early Talking Comedies, Williamsburg
* Take Me Out Tonight: A Morrissey and the Smiths Dance Party, Brooklyn
* Schtick a Pole in It, Manhattan
* The Wunderkammer Popup Shop, Manhattan
* Company Policy 4 in the Distant Signal, Brooklyn
* The Mp3 Experiment 13
* Bridges by Night Ride, Manhattan
Sunday, September 25
* Secret City: Flight, Manhattan
* Joe White's Boomwaggle, Brooklyn
* Art and Air, Brooklyn
* Ninth Annual Druid Underground Film Festival, Queens
* Planetarium
Monday, September 26
* Two Beers In: Live Debate Special, Manhattan
* Tiny Montgomery, Brooklyn
* Ketamine: The Musical, Brooklyn
* BASS'D: A Tribute to the Bass, Brooklyn
Wednesday, September 28
* Harlem Speakeasy Promo, Manhattan
Thursday, September 29
* Bodylab, Manhattan
* Title:Point's Salon: Please Yourself. I Please Myself, Manhattan
* Project Fashionista, Brooklyn
* Available
* Cornered Markets
* Competitive pricing
* Butoh as ghostly practice
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The backbone of a chocolate eclair
The Summer I Disappeared
My company has rebranded and is now the Heretic Club. More fitting for us, really. And I'm writing to let you know about an upcoming performance I'd love to have you add to an upcoming distribution. No scripts. No stage. Folks invited to a poetry/music salon. Story happens around and including them.
The Summer I Disappeared is a unique theatre experience inspired by a series of interviews conducted with surviving veterans of the Freedom Rides. A group of poets, musicians, and civil rights activists wrestle with how to respond to the tragic events occurring on May 14th, 1961. You are in the experience with them. Period dress required.
21-12 30th Road, Astoria, Queens
8p; $18
Continues SATURDAY and SUNDAY through Ocotober 9
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Secret Loft Show
A free comedy dance party with (free pizza). Line up: Josh Gondelman, Annie Letterman, Seth Herzog, Mike Recine, Molly Austin, Ben Kronberg, Reformed Whores, Petey DeAbreu, Lucas Connolly, and Marisa Douenias.
Now at a brand new secret loft location. After the show our DJ will be spinning as we open up the show into a dance party. In addition to the show being completely free (before 9pm) we also have free pizza and very cheap drinks.
41 Varick Avenue, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free before 9p, $5 after
516 808 8187
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Rhythm of Afrika
A free dance party at the Knockdown Center. Music by Sta7c, Brian Lee Mcccloud, and DJ Boogie. With African house, deep house, soulful house, tribal house, Afrobeat, African dance music and African diaspora music.
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
9:30p-2a; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
SecretFormula presents:
The Ladies of Pop Sing-Along
The Ladies of Pop Sing-Along is coming to Union Hall and we're going to make you believe in the power of the world's greatest female pop stars. We've put together a music video playlist that spans decades of the biggest pop stars on the planet, from Madonna and Britney, to Wilson Phillips and Destiny's Child. The videos are subtitled, the cocktails are themed and the bras are cone-shaped.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
9:30p show; $10
718 638 4400
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Summer Stories: Back to School
Summer Stories is a monthly comedic storytelling series hosted by the City Reliquary in Williamsburg. Come enjoy one of Brooklyn’s quirkiest museum, grab a drink at our donation based bar, and hear some of the city’s best comedians, writers, and storytellers present personal anecdotes with a new theme every month. This month’s theme is Back to School and will feature Meghan Ross, Alyssa Limperis, Pat Regan, Ian Adams, Sydnee Washington, Steven Poletta, Catherine Cohen, and Gary Richardson.
City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7-9p; $5
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Cartoon Carnival No. 48: Monkey Business
Quit monkeying around. It’s time to sit back and relax for Cartoon Carnival. We’ll be kicking off our fall season with another hefty batch of 16mm (no digital!) animated cartoons from the 1910s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives to the silver screen at Shoestring Press.
Gorillas, monkeys and apes, oh my. That’s the theme for September, so revolutionize your cartoon viewing habits for the evening and witness the evolution of primate pratfalls in early animation. Don’t be the missing link and not show up -- or you’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Bring your human friends, too. This entry in the Cartoon Carnival series is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Harambe. Featuring live musical accompaniment for select silent-era shorts by Charlie Judkins.
Shoestring Press
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
#Fomoparty is a monthly dance party based in Brooklyn, NY. In its second year, #Fomoparty has earned its stripes as a mainstay in the nightlife community by consistently pushing the musical envelope, attracting an unpretentious community of forward-thinking music lovers who love to dance. In addition to the party's residents, whose diverse sound has come to define the party, special guest DJs and performers both local and beyond frequent the stage, creating a one-of-a-kind experience set to music from around the world. With Tap.10, Darling Chuck, and Tha Yell0w R Kel.
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $RSVP
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Party Line, a new Brooklyn-based theater company, is so excited to present to you Pop! a free festival of theater experiences created by emerging artists. The entire festival will be taking place in various venues in Bushwick next weekend including Bushwick Public House, Gold Sounds, Hell Phone Speakeasy, Maria Hernandez Park, and the Three Diamond Door.
Multiple venues in Bushwick, Brooklyn
6-9p; $free
Continues SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Otherwise Normal
Otherwise Normal is a group exhibition of works by Anthony Gelfand, Alba Vigaray, and Luan Sherman featuring new media works, photography, installation, and sculptures. These artists seek to investigate the boundaries of assimilation, gender, sexuality, and belonging through notions of cultural passing. Passing in this context refers to the inherent complexity of individual identity and the intersectional experience of existing in today's world. 
249 West 60th Street, Manhattan
6-10p; $free
860 471 3203
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Sex! With Your Mom
The adult sex-ed game show, because let’s be honest, the public school system failed us all. Contestants will battle it out by showcasing their sexual wits, administering condoms onto bananas while blind-folded and pinning the tail on the vulva.
The Duplex
61 Christopher Street, Manhattan
9:30p; $15 online, with a two drink minimum
Dyke Bar Takeover
Where have all the dyke bars gone? When we hosted this event in May, 200 of you showed up. There is clearly a need for more inclusive queer spaces that serve as more than watering holes, but as community centers. We will be hosting a monthly daytime party, focused on arts and networking. We seek to be transparent about where our funding comes from and where it's going, with at least half each party going to a local nonprofit focused on addressing our community issues. If you are a performer or local artist and would like to collaborate in this space, please free to message us.
This months party features speed dating/friending, a drag king show and DJ Andro. Lineup includes: MCs Aleks and Alana, Goldie Peacock and Oliver Fist. Catering by Chef Nalvia Rumble. Raffle prizes from Ms. Foundation, Feminist Press and Shag Brooklyn.
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
4:30-9p; $7 for the first hour, $10 afterward
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Rubulad Proudly Presents Happy Landings Cosmic Airstrip
With live music by the Anna Copa Cabanna Band, Funkrust Brass Band, and Popular Pig. With your DJs Dirtyfinger, Shakey, Ol’ Stark, and KAnton. Plus Silent Disco Dancing Under the Stars in Our Amazing Yard (flat shoes recommended), projections by the Sperm Whale, G. Scopitronic’s Non-Stop Film Fest, go go by Anna Copa Cabanna, In-Flight Barbecue by Kami. Dress is space-age steward(ess). This is an early event. Please come early.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8p-2a; $10 before 9p, $20 after
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Dances of Vice
In celebration of our nine-year anniversary, join us for a lively social club and dance party welcoming of all the themes and eras visited by Dances of Vice since our inception in 2007. Whether you’re a jazz baby, jitterbug, mod, rocker, disco queen, or Rococo royalty -- come to promenade, and our DJ Ronnie Magri will tailor his playlist to your look.
The Vanity NYC
59 West 21st Street, Manhattan
9p-1a; $free before 10p, $8 after 10p
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
That Slapstick Show presents:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Early Talking Comedies
Curated by Nelson Hughes. Co-organized and co-hosted by Tommy José Stathes. What do feuding sailors, humanized Model T Fords, nutjobs on the loose, and talking animals all have in common? You’ll see them all in this installment of That Slapstick Show. We’ll enjoy extremely rare all-talking comedies from the early 1930s courtesy of the Ralph Celentano film collection. The addition of sound to films initially presented new challenges to filmmakers who churned out these comedies for depression-era moviegoers, some of which will be apparent in this evening’s selections.
Highlights will examine selected silent-era comedians of the sound era including the popular Slim Summerville. Also on tap will be Al Christie’s superstar Bobby Vernon in what would be his last on-screen appearance. We’ll also present bizarre rarities from Pathé Film Exchange as well as ‘poverty row’ production company Tiffany’s answer to MGM’s Dogville comedies: the all-talking Tiffany Chimps. Rounding out the program will be a rare Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle directed two reeler produced for RKO, and, closing out the show will be the obscure comedy team of Walter Catlett and fan favorite, Eugene Pallette.
The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Take Me Out Tonight: A Morrissey and the Smiths Dance Party
There’ll be music and people who are young and alive in Brooklyn this September when Morrissey graces the Kings Theater with a rare live appearance on the 24th. Whether you snagged tickets to the concert or not, we're here to help you get what you want with a dance party in his honor at Littlefield.
Moz may not be a big fan of DJs, but he does like the idea of clubs you could go to meet someone who really loves you. Unite and take over the dance floor with DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom of Feeling Gloomy, who'll fill your ears with deep cuts and essentials by Morrissey and The Smiths all night, along with compatriots The Cure, Pulp, David Bowie, and many more.
Haven't got a stitch to wear? We can't exactly help you there, but our hairdresser on fire mini-styling station will get you coiffed up for the MozTron 3000™ selfie booth and Moz-off lip-synch contest. Plus, $5-8 drink specials like the Interesting Drug, the Lucky Lisp, and the Johnny Marraschino will help keep you happy in the haze.
622 Degraw Street, between 3rd and 4th avenues, Brooklyn
10:30p; $5 advance, $8 door, with a portion of sales going to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary
ID required
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Schtick a Pole in It
New York's only comedy and pole dancing show will  be doing an all-Queen show. You're gonna want to see Pole Bohemian Rhapsody. Schtick a Pole In It is a night of comedy and pole dancing from producers/comics Dan Goodman and JoAnna Ross. Theme this month is Queen. Dancers will choose from all the epic Queen songs that Freddie Mercury so brilliantly brought to life with his one of a kind voice.
85 Avenue A, Manhattan
8p; $20 advance, $25 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Wunderkammer Popup Shop
We are transforming 160 Orchard Street into a museum of the bizarre where everything is on sale. Featuring wares by NYC area artists and craftspeople with a theme centered around the Cabinet of Curiosities, you'll find lots of oddities and curios, taxidermy, jewelry, screen-printed apparel, and other macabre treasures here. Feel free to come take a look around, hang out and have a chat with us.
160 Orchard Street, Manhattan
11a-8p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Company Policy 4 in the Distant Signal
The Company Soundsystem is excited to team up with Distant Signal to announce the fourth installment of our party series Company Policy. As before and as always, Company Policy is a rejection of the binary split between glitzy club bangers and austere techno, between art and noise. We play laptops. We play sequencers. We find the soul in the drummer and the drum machine. We're live. We're pre-recorded. We're analog. We're digital. We're a party for people who don't fit into Brooklyn's castes. This is policy in a signal without rules. Live music: The Company, See Other, Isn't Ours, and Well Being.  The Company Soundsystem DJs: Swim, Euclid, and Rasta4Eyes. Visual artists: VJ n8tronick, Wendy Carlos Williams, and H.A. Eugene.
140 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn
8p doors and bands, midnight DJs; $8
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Mp3 Experiment 13
Improv Everywhere's annual participatory audio adventure. Check website for complete details.
Governors Island
3p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Bridges by Night Ride
This unique ride highlights stunning vistas takes in the glorious sunset with a Manhattan backdrop, celebrates bridge access for bicycles and pedestrians, and provides a brief history of the bridges and waterways. Bring lights and a snack or money for snacks. Approximately 15 miles, some stairs. Ice cream stop included.
Charles Schurz Park Esplanade at East 84th Street, Manhattan
4:30p; $free
Secret City: Flight
This Sunday is the kick-off to our Tenth Season. The theme is flight and we have a lovely gaggle of artists and performers sharing their work and talent with us. Saidah Arrika Ekulona will read Tar Beach, a beautiful kids book by Faith Ringgold. Charlotte Booker will read the Cultural Calendar for us. Brian Healey is bringing the food offering -- a special lemonade for us to sip. Jane Huntington will share some wonderful photos of birds. Daniel Zaitchik will perform a cover tune for us, with some special guests --piano and flute. The Singers are working up some uplifting songs, and the band has a kicking set of flying tunes. And Chris Wells will say a few words about Taking Off. 
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, Manhattan
11:30a; $20 suggested donation
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Joe White's Boomwaggle
Description: Joe White’s Boomwaggle is a musical storytelling work with strange pop songs -- a timely meditation on greasy thighs, political corruption, unbridled ambition, and a mysterious political sex toy known as the Gerrymander Massage Chair. This special performance of the entire work, recently released on Gold Bolus Recordings, includes Boomwaggle collaborator, Emma Meltzer, and the talents of backing band, the Jobcocks. Brian Rady will open the evening with a set of his own songs.
The Firehouse Space
246 Frost Street, Brooklyn
7:30p; $10
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Art and Air
Aerial theatrical experience. Art and Air narrates and celebrates the struggle, triumph, pain, and joy of early 20th century artists. Get transported to the magical era of the Parisian art scene and watch as works of art, their creators, and muses come to life in enchanting, quirky, and colorful characters.  The movement is inspired, the cast is spectacular, and the performances are mesmerizing.
Featuring Jan Manke, Jennifer Kovacs, Sarah Wollschlager, Dana Abrassart, Michael Bauer, Francis Stallings, Maryam Washington, Tamara Ochoa, Benjamin Cerf, Colleen Thompson, Allison Carhart, Jamie Chandler, Preeya Feeley, and David F. Slone, Esq. The evening show includes special musical guests Matt Dallow and Xi.Mi.Na. Costumes by Juanita Cardenas.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
3p and 7:30p shows; $20-25
all ages
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Druid Underground Film Festival presents:
Ninth Annual Druid Underground Film Festival
Final night of the month-long series. DJ Drew Redmond and his guest of the week will be spinning wild ass bizarro rock 45s before and after the screenings.
Knockdown Center
52 19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
8-11p; $5
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
We've got another Planetarium up our sleeves and five more Mister Sundays left in the outdoor season. Those five Misters include one of us playing solo all day (Eamon) and one of us playing with Anthony Naples all day (Justin). All five of the parties will be among the best of the year. When the heat breaks and the sun goes down early, the vibe gets real good on the dancefloor.
Planetarium, in case you haven't yet heard us talk about it, is our endeavor to create a musical experience that's as immersive and communal as being on the dancefloor, while being focused on listening instead of dancing. We take over an amazing private loft space with a beautiful hi-fi system, and on it, we play music to get lost in.
There are couches and chairs, and you can bring blankets, sleeping bags, pillows or anything else you'd like to make yourself comfortable. You can also bring your own drinks and food. (Since it's a private home, there's no bar.)
We'll be joined by the amazing Vision Control. We only do a handful of reservations so that there's plenty of room to spread out. Last time it sold out in minutes, so if you'd like to come, it's a good idea to get on it now.
Buy tickets for address
7p-midnight; $25
all ages
Two Beers In: Live Debate Special
Trump vs. Hillary. The Hoedown at Hofstra. The First Presidential Debate. Come watch the most anticipated presidential debate in history LIVE at UCB Theatre East Village with Two Beers In as your tipsy tour guides.
Drink along with us as we watch our political system implode on live TV.  We'll have pre and post show commentary from Two Beers In hosts Cody Lindquist & Charlie Todd along with a panel of comedians.  Participatory drinking games included. Trust us, you don't want to watch this home alone.
UCB Theatre East Village
153 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
8p; $10
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Tiny Montgomery
It’s the variety show where crazy things happen -- and many of them will involve you. This month we're going deep into the sewers of New York City, where rat kings, truth seekers and struggling artists live rent free. Come for storytelling, comedy, music, dance, poetry, and drag from the city's greatest underground talents, including Gastor Almonte, May Wilkerson, Lee Graham, Picture Day, Robin Bady, Jeff Rose, David Fornuff, and Ember Flame.
Threes Brewing
333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn
8p doors, 8.30p show; $free, $7 suggested donation
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Ketamine: The Musical
The sold out show is back. Ketamine: The Musical is an immersive, participatory, psychoactive, and dissociative spectacle. You will not be able to unsee, unhear, or unfeel the things that you will see, hear and feel.  Profound and numbing, time will stand still as circus, dance, balloons, horses, clowns, sugar and music, so much music swallow you hole. You will be educated and entertained. You will leave a changed human being. Starring everyone at the House of Yes. Musical Direction by David Kiss and Sir KN8 with collaboration from the cast.
Cast: Justin Ketchner, Melissa Augerre, Anya Sapozhnikova, Lola Carter,  Katie Drackert, Sir KN8, Hannah Mac, Eric Coolidge, Becky Neil, Justin Ketchner, Kae Burke, Melissa Augerre, Joshua Oates, Daisy Press, and Indigo Nai.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
11p doors, 11:45p show; $20
21 and over
***** Also on MONDAY *****
LPR presents:
BASS'D: A Tribute to the Bass
Featuring Dave Harrington, Russell Hall, Brian Betancourt, Scott Ritchie, David Lizmi, and Jen Goma.
Manhattan Inn
632 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $5
Harlem Speakeasy Promo
The HSO, or High Standards Orchestra, an all-star 12 piece band under the direction of Graham Hawthorne -- a veteran of the Paul Simon and David Byrne bands. The HSO plays the music of the Great American Songbook, reimagined hits of today as well as songs from every decade prior, all in startlingly refreshing ways. They are back at their original Harlem location, with food and drinks catered by the fantastic Babbalucci Italian Kitchen. This is one of the best restaurant in Harlem and they do delicious food and great wine. The show will feature the astounding and underrated vocalist Brent Carter.
127 Soundspace
36 West 127th Street, no. 1, Manhattan
7:30p doors, 8p-11p show; $10 or $40 prix fixe food, drinks, and admission.]at]
A free monthly descent into the waters of old school EBM, classic industrial, and minimal electronics. Bodylab is a mission for two area DJs, Arsenal and Eisdriver, determined to forge ahead and expand the scope of classic industrial.
The Delancey
168 Delancey Street, downstairs, Manhattan
10p; $free
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Title:Point's Salon: Please Yourself. I Please Myself
It's Title:Point's monthly array of sights and delights, and September is our first Salon at the Glove and our first in this new moon. A new moon is always good time to reset and refine intentions and when it is accompanied by an eclipse is carries even more power. This is an economy of magic, folks -- good fortune and good fun await. We are here to fill the pockets of your mind with wealths of theater, story, image, information, knowledge, sound and nightmare. Featuring: Jen Plaskowitz, Jamie Ruddy, Emylin Kowaleski, Anna Reichert, Audrey Hailes and Maybe Burke, Walter Wlodarczyk, Dale Buchheister, Mark Vigeant, Austin Purnell, and Mia Schachter. Hosted by Catfox. Curated by Theresa Buchheister and Catrin Lloyd-Bollard.
The Glove
885 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan
8-11p; $7-10 sliding scale
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Project Fashionista
Three up and coming fashion designers compete for the chance of a life time, to premiere a complete fashion collection at New York (Basement) Fashion Week. Heidi Klumed and Tim Gunned by Alise Morales and John Zachary Townsend, this isn't just a comedy show. This isn't just a fashion show. This is a Comedy Fashion Show. 
Will the designers make it work? Will the Judges get behind their vision? Will Moby be in attendance? You literally have to show up to find out. The fearless designers: Jenny Gorelick, Erin Fenton, and Tony Zaret. Celebrity guest judges: Chris Burns, Janie Stolar, Andrew Tisher, and Auf Wiedersehen.
The Annoyance Theatre
367 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
9p; $5
* 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 shipping container music studio available now at our new place in Bushwick, right in between the Jefferson and Morgan stops. Studios come with a rad garden huge shared outdoor space. Asking $750-800 per month with a one-month deposit. Also, we're leaving an 800 square foot storage space in DUMBO.  We can refer anyone who's interested. chris]at]
***** MONEY *****
* Are you ready for the party to become something more? We are in the midst of grabbing up a piece of land upstate NY near Woodstock to make it our gypsy compound and festival grounds. We will be able to do so much more: No crazy NYC restrictions. We're an anarchist community with 18-acres which is mostly communal with a few common sense rules. Three-nine families can be parked-up on the land or build a little something. We want this to be a place for everyone and be an affordable artist/traveler resort type thing. Think Asian or Latin American hostels with a Burning Man twist, New York style. We'll do small festivals and fairs, they're more intimate anyway, plus this will be our home so we don’t want anything too big, just a really good party once in a while. Please help fund this project: and
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***** Cornered Markets *****
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, shall exist within the United States. The 13th Amendment, less than it truly banned slavery, banned a very particular type of slavery and replaced it with new systems that effectively targeted and benefited the same people as the old systems.
As the largest national prison strike in American history enters its third week -- the men and women inside of those prisons are effectively slaves. Their free or nearly free labor represents “a $2 billion a year industry that employs nearly 900,000 prisoners, while paying them a few cents an hour in some states, and nothing at all in others. In addition prisoners also cook and work maintenance or construction in the prisons themselves -- forcing officials to pay staff to carry out those tasks in response to work stoppages. 'They cannot run these facilities without us,' organizers wrote ahead of the strike. 'We will not only demand the end to prison slavery, we will end it ourselves by ceasing to be slaves.'"
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
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Overheard at the New York Art Book Fair. September 2016:
-- "How much did you pay for your geodesic dome?"
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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***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Butoh as Ghostly Practice
This physical workshop will introduce the avant-garde Japanese dance form Butoh as a ghostly practice through an approach to performance as a liminal mode of consciousness that can be affectively apprehended as a haunted encounter. Together, we will use ritual and movement to explore a liminal space “between the realms of the living and the dead” where we can draw power, where our individual and collective truths and fictions coalesce into lived experience and expand into a transformative, extraordinary state of wonder, where possibility can be experientially encountered and re-membering can occur. Led by Jacquelyn Marie Shannon. All levels welcome, no dance or theatre training necessary.
The Living Gallery
1094 Broadway, Brooklyn
10a-1p;  $20 preregistration only
Students get a solid command of a projection mapping software, MadMapper, and a live visual software, Modul8, to create their own projection mapping installations.
47 Great Jones Street, Manhattan
October 1-2, 12-6p; $375 early bird registration
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
Vocal Immersion
Craig Shepard leads an intensive workshop including vocal meditations, listening exercises, and group composition. Beginning at 9a, the workshop will culminate in a performance on Music for Contemplation at 8:05p. Members can bring a bag lunch and there will be a break for dinner. The workshop is open to anyone willing to make a commitment for the day; no prior musical training is necessary. To apply, please send an email and tell us who you are and why you want to participate.
Church of the Annunciation
259 N 5th Street, Brooklyn
9a; $30 workshop, $15 attendance
Apply: craig ]at]
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nonsense nyc is a discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in new york city.

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

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

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

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

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