nonsensenyc: 11.4 to 11.9

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 11.4 to 11.9
Date: November 4th 2016
Friday, November 4
* Feminine Rule 2: A Gazillionth Look at Erotic Art, Brooklyn
* Sweat, Brooklyn
* Fear Factory: Phantasmagoria, Brooklyn
* New York Is Now, Brooklyn
* Rhythm of Afrika, Queens
* Vera and Valya and the Magical One Cat Circus, Brooklyn
Saturday, November 5
* On the Inside, Manhattan
* Church Night, Brooklyn
* Everything That Is, Manhattan
* Art Hospitality: A Conversation, Williamsburg
* Dina Meneguzzi, Queens
* Fifth Annual Bad Theater Festival, Williamsburg
* 23 Windows, Brooklyn
* Show and Tell Show, Brooklyn
* Minge World, Williamsburg
Sunday, November 6
* Big Irv's, Williamsburg
* Internet Yami-Ichi, Queens
* Color Giants: Brooklyn Animation Expo, Brooklyn
* Ambient Church: Motion Graphics, Georgia, Visible Cloaks, Brooklyn
* Polesque, Brooklyn
* Fifth Annual Momo Crawl, Queens
* Kava and Color, Fall Harvest Edition, Brooklyn
* Toxi·City, Brooklyn
Monday, November 7
* Radio Wonderland Seize the Means Release, Queens
Tuesday, November 8
* United States: An Election-Day Gameshow, Williamsburg
* Election Day Dance Party, Manhattan
* Presidential History and Election Night Party, Brooklyn
* Head to the Poles: Election Day Party, Brooklyn
* The New York Story Exchange Election Day Special, Manhattan
Wednesday, November 9
* Odyssey Works Book Launch, Brooklyn
* Interagency Rivalries
* Researc
* Kimchi
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Feminine Rule 2: A Gazillionth Look at Erotic Art
Featuring artists A. Dolt, Liz Luisada, Gyna Bootleg, Muffy Brandt, Liz Rywelski, Alison K. Powell, Ryan Trecartin, Nathan Whipple, Nick Payne, Lindsay Beebe, Daniel Seward, Bridget Venuti, Dan Talbot, Mary Ann Heagerty, Jim Drain, Natalja Kent, Raul de Nieves, and Ryan Really. Performances by Darcey Leonard, Raxton Tsfk, Dan Talbot, and Ninjas in a Karate Car. Curated by Lindsay Beebe.
The Tarot Society
4 Charles Place, Brooklyn
7p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
All vinyl classic disco and house music heat with NYC vinyl legends emskee and Grammy Award winnning producer and DJ Easy Mo Bee. An intimate spot with a monster sound system. Classic disco and house music business for the dance music inclined.
RSVP for venue location, Brooklyn
10p; $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Windmill Factory presents:
Fear Factory: Phantasmagoria
Fear Factory is back. An evening of epic DJ Sets by Big Data, Leisure Cruise, SheRa, 2Melo; performances by OdysseusFinn, Leah Siegel, Tunanut, Bon Bon Burlesque, Vinny Deponto, Anson Mount, the JIB cast, and a 14 piece mariachi band. Tacos by the Deep End, photo booth by Will O’hare, lasers, igloos, feather boa walls.  Dress for late 18th Century Horror theatre of necromantic ceremony, conjuring ghostly apparitions with camera obscura, by charlatan "magicians" and "witches” become commonplace. Proceeds to TWF’s rock musical JIB by Michael McQuilken with Music by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley.
Be Electric Studios
1298 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn
9:49p-3:57a advance; $25 advance, $35 door
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
New York Is Now
We join Whitehot Magazine in hosting a screening of the critically acclaimed 2010 documentary, New York is Now, directed by Noah Becker, who will be in attendance along with an exciting all star panel of New York artists to discuss the New York art world past and present.
Brooklyn Fire Proof
119 Ingraham Street, back alley, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan Avenue
6p doors, 7p film, panel discussion follows; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Rhythm of Afrika
A tribal and tropical dance party at Knockdown Center. Music by Sta7ck, Brian Lee Mcccloud, DJ C.Boogie, and DJ New York Nick. Music: African house, deep house, tribal house, AfroBeat, African dance music, and African diaspora music.
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
9p-2a; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Vera and Valya and the Magical One Cat Circus
Reckless Tricycle is putting on a three- weekend run of a Cat Circus, yes you heard us, a cat circus. It’s happening in Standard Toykraft, an repurposed toy factory (where they made toys, not where the toys worked). To make matters worse (or perhaps better?) the play we are putting on is an absurdist Russian-inspired farce about two sisters who train cats for the Moscow cat theater. But there's only one cat. And he's a burly bearded man who does cat tricks. What? The mystery begins. There's live accordion, singing, dancing, meowing, good jokes, bad jokes, and everything in between.
More: Vera and Valya, the most bewitching sister act in Yaroslavl, are determined to make their magical cat, Skazka, the toast of Moscow's Cat Circus. But can the circus master who wants to take Skazka to the big time be trusted? And is their pussy strictly legal? Nobody in Yaroslavl is necessarily quite who they appear to be, not even the werewolves This fractured and funny fable draws on age-old Russian fairytales and Ionesco-fueled absurdity, to create an unmooring and uplifting fantasy of shifting identities teased by frolicsome, feline ambition.
Standard ToyKraft
722 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $15
On the Inside
On the Inside is a group show consisting of 450 works by LGBTQ artists who are currently incarcerated. The show marks the culmination of a multi-year project by Tatiana von Furstenberg, in collaboration with Pink and Black, a grassroots organization working to meet the needs of LGBTQ prisoners and abolish the prison industrial complex. The exhibit offers a rare glimpse into the emotional complexities of a marginalized community whose artistry reflects a longing to be seen, and to have their true identities acknowledged.
The project began with a small ad in the Black and Pink newsletter, a monthly publication filled with prisoner-generated content. Ignited and inspired by this call for art, more than 4,000 pieces were submitted, giving birth to this collective exhibition. The art featured is made from basic materials the prisoners have access to behind bars: mostly letter-sized paper, dull pencils, ball-point ink tubes (the hard shell is deemed to dangerous), and unlikely innovations such as using an asthma inhaler with Kool-aid to create an air brushed painting.
On the inside has created a way for the public to directly interact with the incarcerated artists: patrons will be able to text the artists through a transcribing service, or arrange to become their long-term pen pals.
Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street, Manhattan
11a-6p; $free
Continues through December 18
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Church Night
Blessings and light. All sinners (even minorities and women) are invited to get the pews sticky at Church Night, the church service that services you.
This wacky production from Washington, DC is a variety show of biblical proportions featuring a blend of sketch, stand-up, music, and improv. Church Night "conveniently straddles the line between satire and sacrilege...every show is meticulously planned, beautifully written, and irresistibly funny."
Church Night has opened for Tig Notaro, Tim Heidecker, Eugene Mirman, and Brett Gelman. The staff at Church Night can't wait to come together, at the same time, in the name of the Lord, with the fine people of New York. Guest performances: comedy from Sara Armour and David Tveite. Burlesque by Ginger Twist.
The Cobra Club
6 Wyckoff Avenue, at Troutman, Brooklyn
9p doors, 9:30p show; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Everything That Is
Come get inspired by the work of talented artists and musicians as they share their vision and creativity with us and each other at our second annual art party. This independent gallery exhibit and concert and party provides a space for artists and musicians to share their work in your good company and friendly vibes.
RSVP for address, Manhattan
10p performances, midnight DJ; $free but donations accepted
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Art Hospitality: A Conversation
In conjunction with Ayden LeRoux's solo exhibition (Untitled), four beds, which invites visitors to sleep in the gallery for a night, IDIO Gallery is hosting a conversation about the relationship between art and hospitality. Laurel Ptak will facilitate a dialogue among four women: Ayden LeRoux (artist and author of Odyssey Works), Emma Sulkowicz (Carry That Weight), Jamie Warren (PhD in American Studies), and Montana Simone (Director of IDIO Gallery).
What does it mean to surrender and be vulnerable in an art space? What are the aesthetics of intimacy? What are the poetics of labor that exist in operating a gallery? How is hospitality embedded in the act of creating art? Is hospitality an act necessary to the survival of art spaces?
IDIO Gallery
976 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
6-8p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Dina Meneguzzi
Dina Meneguzzi's art show, a collection of paintings made by a true outsider artist. Dina is 93 years old, lives in a small farm town in Italy and although she has never thought of herself as an artist she has been painting for most of her life. Her artworks are sweet, colorful and genuine. Subjects vary but mostly include pink castles, swans, countryside, tiny women next to giant ducks. Come take one home, there are over 60 paintings for sale.
981 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
2-6p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Fifth Annual Bad Theater Festival
The Bad Theater Fest stages plays about Hulk Hogan monologues, Cat Weddings, and Pet Therapy for Couples. Festival details online. Can't tell you anything about our the Saturday performance since it's improvised.
St. Paul's Theater
334 South 5th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
J,M trains to Marcy Avenue station, G train to Metropolitan station
Various times; $15 door
Continues on SUNDAY
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
23 Windows
Join us for an evening of live music, performances and visuals, old and new faces, and international guests. Enjoy some hot tea, sample our house absinthe, bring your own poisons and remedies and pick up some music from our independent distro table -- vinyl, cds, digital files from 23 Windows and related artists. With live visual stimulation by Chris Jordan, exileFaker, Hisayasu Takashio with Kelvin Daly and Kiku, Jason Blakkat, Lance Blisters, Monochrome, Nurbstream, and Plan23 (Dok Gregory with Mio Kanehara).
23 Windows 41 Belvedere Street, Brooklyn
9p-late; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Show and Tell Show
Comedy and adult show and tell. Bring an odd item and talk about it for a chance to win drinks, prizes, and free money. Comedic performances by Shalewa Sharpe, Harrison Tweed, Brad Howe, Wendy Steiner, Tom Delgado, Alison Lieby, Lukas Kaiser, Niles Turner, and Tamer Kattan.
594 Union Street, Brooklyn
8p sign up, 8:30p show; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Minge World
Don't miss the latest incarnation of Minge World. A love letter to, a cunt-worthy campaign for, and a titillating tribute to our dear Hilary Clinton (embodied by none other than Amy G!). Starring Adrienne Truscott, Julie Atlas Muz, Beatrix Burneston, Suzanne Rogaleskii, Autumn Costner, and Ekaterina Sknarina. Climb on in to the minge and get nasty with us. Gonna be one helluva night to celebrate the future is female. Stunning visuals by BA Miale.
Big Sky Works
29 North 14th Street, at Wythe, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8:30p doors; $?
Big Irv's
Big Irv's is a gallery, event space and place of general madness. Come help us enjoy the final days of democracy with a dope lineup of random weirdoes bringing you a night of storytelling, comedy, mind reading, and other ridiculousness. Featuring Harmon Leon, Elizabeth Trundle, Laura High, Asher Novak, Marie Faustin, Bobby Hankinson, Sean O'Brien, and Watkins. Also, two extra hot open mic slots. BYOB.
Big Irv's
381 Hooper Street, corner of South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Internet Yami-Ichi
And on Sunday, the MFUs will be exhibiting during a free event at the Knockdown Center. The Internet Yami-Ichi is a free-to­attend flea market where people gather and exchange Internet-ish things in real life. Originating in Tokyo, the Internet Yami-Ichi was founded by artist duo Exonemo and their online art collective IDPW and has traveled to over ten cities including Berlin, Moscow, and Seoul. One year ago, the first ever Internet Yami-Ichi in the United States took place at Knockdown Center. The market featured over 130 vendors and 1,500 attendees.
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
Noon-6p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Color Giants: Brooklyn Animation Expo
We will be hosting Color Giants: Brooklyn Animation Expo in collaboration with Desert Island's annual Comic Arts Brooklyn. Our co presenters include Cartuna, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and Animation Nights New York. Seating will be available for approximately 220, first-come, first-served. An indoor location will be available in the event of inclement weather.
Brooklyn Fire Proof
119 Ingraham Street, back alley, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan Avenue station
6p doors, 7p film, panel discussion follows; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
From the creators of Body Actualized Center comes:
Ambient Church: Motion Graphics, Georgia, Visible Cloaks
This gathering of Ambient Church, we celebrate recent releases from three forward-thinking electronic artists paving new sonic pathways. Each will perform with custom visuals specific to their work in an immersive church setting. With Motion Graphics, Georgia, Visible Cloaks, and DJ Nina Bower Crooke.
129 Russell Street, Brooklyn
8p-midnight; $?
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Polesque is an evening of burlesque performances and a pole dancing competition. Back for the seventh edition, Polesque brings its blend of cutting edge burlesque and competitive pole dancing to House of Yes. Straddling the line between art and spectacle, risqué and risky, Polesque is not a night to miss.
Polesque is split into two rounds. In the first round, the pole dancing contestants perform in four groups. In between each group Burlesque artists Gal Friday, The Maine Attraction and other surprise guests will perform. This is not part of the pole dancing competition. We just really like burlesque and know a lot of great entertainers. Contestants will perform a three-minute, choreographed, pole dancing routine. This is the contestants chance to tell a story on the pole. This round will be judged by a panel of three judges. They will pick the final contestants to move on to the battle round.
In the Battle round, the final contestants will be on stage together and each contestant will perform a 30 second freestyle to the music of our DJs choosing. Then our host, Matthew Holtzclaw, will ask the audience to choose the Polesque Champion.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p show; $?
21 and over
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Fifth Annual Momo Crawl
What is a Momo? A momo is a dumpling with Himalayan heritage. There are over 20 places that provide them in the Jackson Heights area. On this day, we celebrate and explore that by visiting these restaurants, carts, and trucks, trying their momos, and voting on a winner.
Lots of updates for you. In case you haven't been privy, the last two years have brought over a thousand people crawling through Jackson Heights eating and exploring the world of Himalayan dumplings, aka momos. In addition to eating, there are momo-inspired hairdos, henna, real tattoos, picture booths, music, dancing, the coveted Momo Trophy, and more.
Plus momo tattoos, momo hairdos, momo henna, leaf plates, DJ LS Jangbu Sherpa, performance by Mimang Lhakar Nynj, Yashoda Khaling and Meera Gurung, Tedd Kyap, and Students for a Free Tibet.
Diversity Plaza
37th Road at 73rd Street, Jackson Heights, Queens
2-5p; $5 plus $1 per momo
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Kava and Color, Fall Harvest Edition
Do you believe in the healing powers of plant medicine? Ever wonder about art therapy? What is this adult coloring craze all about? Join us for our monthly pop-up coloring experience at BK Kava hosted by the Real Art Therapists of NY to promote relaxation, creativity, and self-reflection. Bring a friend, lover or come solo to harvest your creativity. Combine kava tea with coloring and learn more about art therapy and yourself.
BK Kava
191 Suydam Street, Brooklyn
2-8p; $10
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
A special screening of the full-version of Toxi·City. Six fictional characters confront life decisions brought about by the toxic floods of rising seas and storms in a computer-driven recombinatory film that never plays in the same order twice.
Toxi·City is filmed in a unique multi-camera panoramic form. It can be screened in HD, 4K immersive (VR) environments and video walls. The film is directed and edited by Roderick Coover. The script is by Scott Rettberg.
The film will be screened on Mary Mattingly's floating food forest, Swale, inside Biome Arts' Greenhouse Theater, a multimedia installation space. Swale (a 130-foot by 40-foot barge) set against the New York City Skyline at Brooklyn Bridge Park make the perfect backdrop for this screening about climate change, wind, water and floods. This event is presented as part of Biome Arts' Eco_Hack 2016.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Pier 6, 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn
6:30p; $free
Radio Wonderland Seize the Means Release
Performances by Radio Wonderland and very special guests Terry Dame, David First, Todd Reynolds, and Hans Tammen. Unlike your typical release show, the main act will be up first (as well as last). As Radio Wonderland, I'll tune in to election news--after all, this will be Election Eve. Plus DJ Shakey.
915 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
L train to Halsey Station
8p-late, Radio Wonderland opens at 8:30p sharp; $8 advance, $10 door
all ages
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Center for Investigative Research presents:
United States: An Election-Day Gameshow
It’s been a goddamn slog, a swamp, media-hyped rat-fucking of the highest order. We need to remember something other than discord. We need to take our public discourse back.
To that end, we invite any and all -- Suspicious Berners, Bellicose Trumpers, Too-prudent Hilarites, Cranky GOPers -- to Pete’s Candy Store this Election night for United States, a gameshow in which politically opposed individuals participate in a Team of Rivals to see who can agree on the most stuff. From the (possible) fact that Human Beings are 60 percent water by volume, to the (unwelcome, but true) idea that racism still exists in our country, to the (possibly contentious) observation that the world is hotter now than it was in 1900, we believe that there is more that unites us than divides us. What better time to search out and celebrate our agreements than Election Night, 2016? All parties and faiths and beliefs are encouraged to come join us: We promise to leave prejudices at the door, and invite those ready to do the same, and show that ‘Gummint that we all can just get along.
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7-8:30p; $free
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Election Day Dance Party
This election's been tough on all of us. You deserve a reward. So we're throwing a free all-day silent guerrilla dance party in Union Square. Stop by anytime between noon and the when polls close at 9p to relieve some of the tension. Whether you're a nasty woman or a deplorable, come dance your election blues (and reds) away. Together.
Now is the time for making up and getting down. Now is the time for moving forward and moonwalking backward. Take five minutes or an hour out of your election day to turn down your mind and turn up your body.
We're bringing a great big stack of silent disco headphones to the south end of Union Square, and our DJs are going to play some properly celebratory music, and we're going to dance. Come borrow a pair of headphones, or bring your own mp3 player and dance to the beat of your own drum. We'll even post a streaming link so you can Float old school-style if you like. No talking politics, no checking results, no more stressing. Dancing, till they make us stop. You've earned it.
Union Square
14th Street and University, Manhattan
noon-9p; $free
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies presents:
Presidential History and Election Night Party
The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies is proud to present a series of free lectures designed to both entertain and enlighten. Rejuvenate your body and mind on Election night with a proper political party. Featuring fun talks on presidential history, live election coverage, presidential trivia games, and drinks specials. The evening’s talks include the Dawn of Democracy, Surprising Presidential and Political Art, and Crazy Presidential Campaigns (That Aren’t the Current One).
The Bedford
110 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
7p doors, 7:30p lectures; $free
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Head to the Poles: Election Day Party
We're going to have an election day party. It's going to be madness. We're going to help you forget all about the 2016 election season with the kind of absurdity only House of Yes can deliver. Featuring: pole dancers, live conspiracy theorists, pundits, and bad puns.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
7p; $?
21 and over
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
The New York Story Exchange Election Day Special
New York Story Exchange: A rotating host each month and four featured tellers, followed by a five for five open story exchange: Up to five audience members can get five minutes each onstage to share stories. This month's host is Nicole Ferraro - with four featured tellers including Sandi Marx, Drew Prochaska, Robin Bady, and Maggie Nuttall.
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan
6p; $10 gets you one drink and admission, $1 off if you show your "I Voted" sticker at the door
Odyssey Works Book Launch
Once or twice a year, the team Odyssey Works chooses one participant to undergo a transformation, to embark on an Odyssey. Interwoven into the participant's life, the Odyssey can contain art and design objects, friends and family, or a group of complete strangers. Participants have been buried alive, kidnapped by people in pink onesies, and even in the case of one participant -- novelist Rick Moody -- found himself in Canada not knowing what he was doing there until he discovered a cello concert in a field playing just for him. Some Odysseys are short. Some go on for months. Meet the Odyssey Works team: Abraham Burickson and Ayden LeRoux will sign copies of their new book, Odyssey Works: Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One. They will be in conversation with Clarinda Mac Low of Culture Push.
163 Court Street, Brooklyn
7p; $free
* Bread and Puppet Theater, December 2-18
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***** ARTY STUFF *****
* ARTE is a nonprofit dedicated to human rights and arts education. We have put out a call to artists for work to display and sell at our annual fundraise. Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE) is a non-profit organization that blends human rights and art education to engage and organize youth on topics important to their local and global communities. Our annual fundraiser is on December 9, 2016 with the theme Frida in New York, and we are launching a call for Frida Kahlo-inspired artworks to display and have for sale at the event. ARTE recognizes the frequent co-opting of Frida’s image in popular culture and hopes to display and support art that is thoughtfully inspired by her style, aesthetic, voice, and exploration of identity, in relation to gender, culture, race, etc. Furthermore, as a feminist organization dedicated to supporting young people of color, we remain inspired by her powerful images of feminism and resiliency. Please email ARTE at marissa]at]
* Minka Brooklyn Center for Healing is holding its first annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 3. We are looking for local makers and artisans to participate. If you are a local producer of magical & fun gift items, we would love to have you. Please apply at will also have practitioners offering mini wellness treatments, tarot and palm reading throughout the day to bring more magic into the space. For any questions, please email info]at]
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***** Interagency Rivalries *****
"Pressed for specifics, Giuliani said: 'We’ve got a couple of things up our sleeve that should turn this thing around.' The man who now leads 'lock-her-up' chants at Trump rallies spent decades of his life as a federal prosecutor and then mayor working closely with the FBI, and especially its New York office. One of Giuliani’s security firms employed a former head of the NY FBI office, and other alumni of it. It was agents of that office, probing Anthony Weiner’s alleged sexting of a minor, who pressed Comey to authorize the review of 650,000 Hillary Clinton-related emails found on a Weiner device [reportedly in a folder labeled 'insurance'].
No Democrat has ever been appointed FBI director. Like most law enforcement agencies, the FBI hierarchy and line staff has a Republican bent -- it’s a white, male, usually Catholic, and conservative culture. According to one source who accompanies him to Catholic mass every week, Comey told his wife that he was depressed by the stack of [unsigned] resignation letters piling up on his desk from disaffected agents. "The people he trusts the most have been the angriest at him," the source continued. "And that includes his wife, Pat, who kept urging him to admit that he had been wrong when he refused to press charges."
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]
Overheard in New York. November 2016. Man in his mid 30s:
-- "30 percent of my job is finding gifs for presentations."
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]
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
Self-Defense for Women, Trans, and GNC Folks
Learn effective self-defense techniques to escape a violent altercation, and discuss how to reduce your chances of being in one, in the first place. We'll discuss everything from stranger violence to domestic violence. The class is free, open to the public, trans-inclusive, and taught by women & trans folks. And we wrap up with refreshments and community building. No previous experience necessary. Space is limited.
Traditional Okinawan Karate
248 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
7-10p; $free
RSVP: SelfDefense.Brooklyn]at]
Chemistry of Lotions and Creams
As consumers, we have the luxury of walking into a store and purchasing a skincare product that suits our needs. But, have you ever considered the amazing chemistry that goes into making cosmetics and skincare products? In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about the chemistry behind the ingredients in lotions and creams, as well as the physical processes required to create these products. Not only will you leave the workshop with your own DIY lotion or cream, you will also leave with an appreciation of the incredible amount of chemistry involved in making cosmetics.
Genspace NYC
33 Flatbush Avenue, seventh floor, Brooklyn
noon-2p; $30
One Minute Mediumship
Learn to be a medium in minutes? Lauren Thibodeau says it’s possible, and that you don't need to be a Spiritualist to try it out. Lauren has used her teaching techniques with entrepreneurs hoping to sharpen their intuition, artists looking to work their imaginal muscle, and those interested in accessing the unconscious mind. This series of playful exercises and experiments are perfect for anyone who is looking to activate intuition, stimulate creativity or probe the psyche.
Morbid Anatomy Museum
424 A Third Avenue, Brooklyn
3-5p; $40
Zine Memoir
Zines. An unusual art form, that many use to express deeply personal themes and emotions. In this class, we will take a look at examples of memoir that arise in the form of a zine, and use mediums like comics, photo-essay, and collage. We'll also brainstorm together and start working on our own mini-memoirs, with drawing and collage.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
November 12, noon-2:30p; $free
In this course we will cover the basic science behind making kimchi, why it’s good for you, and we’ll teach you how to make it yourself. If you're interested in Old World food preservation, gut health, or fermentation in general, this is the class for you.
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
November 13, 11a-1p; $40
This 90-minute interactive songwriting workshop taught by singer-songwriter Ellia Bisker (of Brooklyn-based bands Charming Disaster, Sweet Soubrette and Funkrust Brass Band) is geared toward both aspiring and practicing songwriters. Together participants will investigate tools, tricks and techniques for generating inspiration, crafting lyrics, and working through creative blocks.
27-16 23rd Avenue, Queens
November 13, noon-1;30p; $40
Say it with me, Ko Ke Dama. It's a great bonsai technique where you encase your plants in moss and then hang them with string. How cool is that? Create unique sculptures using this Japanese plant art. Who say's it isn't easy being green?
Rose Red and Lavender
51 35th Street, Brooklyn
November 17, noon-1p; $35
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.
* 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.
*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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
*Filmmaking Workshops: low-cost, small in size, short in duration, for beginners to advanced, with all equipment provided. DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan.
*Free Yoga. Please come if you are curious, interested, resistant. 417 Pulaski Street, apt 3, Brooklyn, Fridays, 7p; $free.
* Group Ukulele Lessons, bring or borrow a ukulele. Location (Lower East Side) provided with rsvp to yourocknyc]at] 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.
*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
*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]
*Queer and Trans Yoga. Third Root Community Health Center, 380 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn. Sunday, 5-6:30p, and Thursday, 8:15-9:30p; $12.
* Silent DJ Hot Yoga, Qoya, Zumba, and more. Sacred, 197 Clifton Place, Brooklyn. Various.
*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.
* Sword Class NYC, eastern and western sword styles. Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, 16th floor, Manhattan. Various.
* 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.
* West African Dance Class. P.S. 194 Countee Cullen, 244 West 144th Street, Manhattan. Mondays and Wednesdays 5-7p; $free.
* 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.
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