nonsensenyc: 11.11 to 11.17

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 11.11 to 11.17
Date: November 11th 2016
Friday, November 11
* Puppet Playlist No. 22: Puppet Playlist Destroys Your Childhood, Brooklyn
* Dusk and Haze and Techno Queers, Brooklyn
* Rhythmic Fall, Brooklyn
* The Secret Loft Show: A Comedy Dance Party, Brooklyn
Saturday, November 12
* Mister Saturday Night Barn Dances, Brooklyn
* Cut Worms, Nassau, and Ben Seretan, Brooklyn
* Certain Days 2017 Calendar Launch Party, Brooklyn
* Current Mill, Brooklyn
* Odyssey Works, Brooklyn
* Smells Like the Love Show: Grunge Themed Variety Show, Brooklyn
* Robert Hood, Bryan Kasenic, Volvox, Brooklyn
* Galaktik, Brooklyn
* Home Audio, Brooklyn
* Cinema 16, Brooklyn
Sunday, November 13
* Empanadas Day, Manhattan
* No Parking on the Dancefloor, Brooklyn
* Funny/Sexy/Sad, Brooklyn
* Interior Interruptions: Living Art, Manhattan
Monday, November 14
* SuperMoon Magic Party, Manhattan
* Flaherty NYC: Word Play, Manhattan
Tuesday, November15
* Little Cinema (Throwback): The Fifth Element, Brooklyn
* Dreamcast, Brooklyn
Wednesday, November 16
* No Rescues, No Heroes: Sex Work, Carceral Feminism, and Rescue, Brooklyn
* Back to the Future, Brooklyn
* The Wild Honey Pie’s Seventh Birthday Bash, Williamsburg
* Peculiar Streams 31, Manhattan
Thursday, November 17
* Visible Music, Williamsburg
* Sensory Speed Dating, Brooklyn
* Don't Let the Devil In Official Theatrical Premiere, Williamsburg
* Vibe Canyon Film Festival, Queens
* Studios
* Abolish the Electoral College
* What God wants
* Songwriting
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Puppet Playlist No. 22: Puppet Playlist Destroys Your Childhood
These childhood songs may not be suitable for children. Join us as we reinterpret the music of our childhoods in some very adult ways. Every few months, we invite a group of talented puppeteers and musicians to create original works of puppetry and exciting reinterpretations of music based on a particular musical theme (voted on by the audience at the previous show). This Playlist features beloved childhood songs destroyed by our twisted grown-up minds.
Triskelion Arts
106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn
7 and 9p; $15
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Dusk and Haze and Techno Queers
Dusk and Haze and Techno Queers are bringing Berghain to Brooklyn. Terence Fixmer, FJAAK, Aurora Halal, Ital, Antenes, and Dusk and Haze’s own Sophia Saze and Ghostless will command the dance floor Friday night through Saturday morning. A roaring four-point sound system will accompany our visual production, led by artist Kyle Hopkins. Our warehouse will be partitioned into interactive sonic and visual experiences, including mixed media art installations interlaced with unique lighting and live performers.
Location with ticket purchase, Brooklyn
10p-8a; $20-30 advance tickets, $40 door
RSVP to duskandhaze]at]
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Rhythmic Fall
A rhythmic dance party in Bushwick. Music by Sta7ck and friends. Music: house, hip hop, afrobeat, reggae, and soca.
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
J.M.Z train to Myrtle station
9p-4a; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Secret Loft Show: A Comedy Dance Party
Free pizza, free comedy, free music. With Myq Kaplan, Nick Turner, Tim Dillon, Rosebud Baker, Marisa Douenias, Lucas Connolly, and Ratchet Trivia.
RSVP for access to secret location, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free-10
21 and over
516 808 8187
Mister Saturday Night Barn Dances
We've spent the last couple days likely as you have: fluctuating between shock, anger, fear, and deep sadness. There are no words we've read that make us feel better at this point, and we're not going to try to write them. What we will say is that if you are a woman, a Muslim, an African-American, a person with a disability, a person who is transgender, a Latino, a Dreamer, or if you are gay, we are standing beside you right now, and we will be standing beside you no matter what happens.
For now, we'll dance. We've got a party this Saturday, and we want to see you there. We don't want anyone to feel excluded because of economic circumstances, so if you want to join us on Saturday but can't afford it, email us, and let us know. We will take care of you.
With Kornél Kovács, Anthony Naples, CZ Wang, Beautiful Swimmers, and and resident DJs Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter. Rules for the Floor: 1. Don't take photos. 2. Don't text or make calls or any of that stuff. You can do these things off of the dancefloor, but when you're inside the speakers, get lost.
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $20
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
A Song a Day presents:
Cut Worms, Nassau, and Ben Seretan
Come celebrate our second birthday with our very first showcase featuring some of Brooklyn's finest musicians: Cut Worms, Nassau, and Ben Seretan. It'll be a super chill afternoon with good tunes, tacos, and rad new friends. All ticket sales go directly to the artists.
Union Pool
484 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
2-5p; $10
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Certain Days 2017 Calendar Launch Party
This calendar launch party will featuring artists and contributors to the 2017 calendar including Laura Whitehorn, Sophia Dawson, Naomi Jaffe, Daniel McGowan, Jenn Meeropol and reps for Leonard Peltier and Oscar Lopez Rivera. There will be art on display from the calendar, refreshments, and the 2017 calendars for sale.
The 2017 calendar's theme is sustaining movements and features art and writings by Farha Najah, Sekou Odinga, David Gilbert, Daniel McGowan, Free Oscar López Rivera Now, Sophia Dawson, Chris Dixon, Emory Douglas, Laura Whitehorn, Mumia Abu Jamal, Xinachtli, Micah Bazant, Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration, South Asian Women's Community Centre, Mazatl, Support Marius Mason, Eric King, Kevin "Rashid" Johnson, Jennifer Meeropol, International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, Amanda M Priebe, the Termite Collectie, Walidah Imarisha, and Ali Cat Chavez Leeds.
The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal, Toronto, and New York, in partnership with three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell. The initial project was suggested by Herman in 2001, and has been shaped throughout the years by all of our ideas, discussions, and analysis. All of the current members of the outside collective are grounded in day- to-day organizing work other than the calendar, on issues ranging from migrant justice to community media to prisoner solidarity. We work from an anti-imperialist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, feminist, queer- and trans- liberationist position.
Interference Archive
131 8th Street, Brooklyn
7p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Current Mill
Homage to the Futurist Manifesto. With Anya Liftig, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Emelie Hedvall And Adi Eytan, Alexandra Tsubota, and Nicholas Grubbs and Lital Dotan.
Anya Liftig creates a tactile performance of edible feminist agenda inspired by the Futurist Banquets; Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow presents a Jamaican-Style offering inspired by the Futurist Cook-Book. Emelie Hedvall and Adi Eytan present Shift: 8- a kitchen factory in an undisclosed place and time where humans were abandoned by their machines and desperately try to replace the systematic mechanism with their own. Alexandra Tsubota and Nicholas Grubbs present a dance piece that grapples the relationship with animals as food through the eyes of the machine.
Current Mill is part of Edible Bodies program at Glasshouse. "Food is a relational actant. It manifests a temporary otherness -- once swallowed its coherence gradually dissipates until it completely absorbs in the body. Once dissolved it becomes our cells. The edible gets assimilated into us. It has a formative power which acts on the body. It's a process that performs much longer than the act (of eating). For most of us, its a daily Happening. A repeated ordinary act. The edible as a truly immersive, relational, durational performance of an other is the focus of this singular performance program."
246 Union Avenue, between Scholes and Meserole, Brooklyn
8-10p; $10 suggested
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Odyssey Works
On November 12-13, we will conduct an Odyssey (an immersive, transformative experience) for Ayden LeRoux. There is one scene of this Odyssey that is in New York, free, and open to the public. It takes place at sunset on November 12 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Dancers will lead an intensely beautiful maelstrom of activity, which culminates in LeRoux’s being wrapped up and delivered cocooned to Maryland and Virginia, the end of her pilgrimage.
This participatory dance piece is directed by Abraham Burickson, choreographed by Kristin Swiat and featuring dancers Kristin Swiat, Maya Orchin, Jessica Myers, Shelby Dinslage, Adam Robert Dickerson ... and maybe you.
To participate, go to the meet-up point and look for the person with the rainbow umbrella. From there, you will be led to the appropriate location in Brooklyn Bridge Park. You will have time to learn the movement and help us create props, and the performance will take place from 4:30 to 5:15p. Dress warmly in clothes/shoes you can move in, and bring towels to sit on if you would like. If possible, avoid bringing large bags. No performance experience is necessary to participate, and if you want to just watch, that's fine also. Everything else about the piece will be explained once you get there.
Meet at Shake Shack
1 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn
2:30p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Smells Like the Love Show: Grunge Themed Variety Show
Grunge. Dance. Circus. Sex. Flannel. Get nostalgic, get your Docs. Put on your waffle shirt, best don't care limp hair, flannel, and (for some of us), return to that hot high school angst. Whatever the age, revel in a night of sexy dirty grungery. The Love Show, tragedy, and friends salute. Hosted by Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond! Unplugged! Starring the Love Show Dancers, circus by Tara Quinn, burlesque by the Trash Can Twins, aka Lil' Miss Lixx and Pinkie Special, magic by the Great Dubini, and some fine form of fuckery by David F. Slone,
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p show;
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
BEMF and Unter present:
Robert Hood, Bryan Kasenic, Volvox
This Saturday, at an undisclosed massive warehouse in Bushwick, Underground Resistance label founder and techno godfather Robert Hood will join NYC's own Bryan Kasenic and Volvox for a pounding. Let's come together, unite and heal on the dance floor. The underground will go on.
Location will be emailed to ticket-buyers day of show, Brooklyn
11p-6a; $20-35
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Loft party with DJs Soul of Hex, Son of Sound, Luis Baro, Brian Burnside, and Ralph Session.
RSVP galaktikevents]at]
10p-8a; $20
347 678 7752
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Home Audio
Join us for our monthly salon style show in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn featuring experimental music duos and visual art: Aperture Duo, Popebama, and Devin Gray and Mat Maneri, and projections by VJ Mamiko Kushida. Home Audio is a performance series in Brooklyn that hosts shows of experimental music/dance/art in people's homes. The series is curated by Mara Mayer and has been hosting shows about once a month since 2011.
RSVP online for the address, Brooklyn
8-11:30p; $5-20 sliding scale admission
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cinema 16
For its 10th anniversary Mono No Aware will present this evening with Cinema 16. For this performance, Cinema 16 matches eight films with a commissioned score written and played live by New York musicians Simone and Amedeo Pace of Blonde Redhead.
99 Scott Studios
99 Scott, Brooklyn
7p; $free
Empanadas Day
Nueva Power's mission is to educate and build an appreciation for Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Haitian music. Most importantly Nueva's main goal is to empower those who are still disenfranchised in our society to unite forces regardless of nationalities, and create a true sense of cosmopolitan citizenship with a green conscious mindset in order to build a sustainable community.
Club Bonafide
212 East 54 Street, Manhattan
1:30-5p; $15
646 620 6923
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
No Parking on the Dancefloor
A party for people who like to dance with props, hoops, poi, staff, and lasso, with Small Change, Anna Morgan, DJ Reaganomics, and Eugene Tambourine.
Email for address, Brooklyn
4-9p; $10
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Funny/Sexy/Sad is a reading series hosted by Amira Pierce and Nate Waggoner. The writers and performers only share pieces that are hilarious, sad, or sex-related. This time the guests are Lizzy Acker, Tom Batten, Alicia Camden, MJ Corey, and Lauren Ebner.
Branch Ofc
225 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Interior Interruptions: Living Art
Performances by Nabeela Vega, Ayana Evans, Coco Karol with Benjamin Heller and Lena Takamori, Maria Hupfield, IV Castellanos, Esther Neff, Diane Dwyer, Karolina Kubik, and Raki Malhotra.
During the construction of our new facility, ABC No Rio programs and operations will continue “in exile” at other venues and in collaboration with other organizations. ABC No Rio in Exile will provide a renewed and focused orientation towards collaborative work that brings us back to our roots -- ABC No Rio was founded as a project of the 1970s artist group Collaborative Projects. Even in "exile" we expect ABC No Rio to remain a place where people share resources and ideas in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support.
ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space
292 East 3rd Street, between Avenues C and D, Manhattan
3-9p; $?
SuperMoon Magic Party
Early in the morning, the moon will be the closest SuperMoon to the Earth since January 26, 1948, and won't be this close again until November 25, 2034. Join pagan-witch group Avalon Grove for an evening of energy-raising and revelry during this unique time. Dress in your finest finery, your most glorious masks, your wild hearts, your brightest dreams, your incantations, poetry, drums, flutes, sticks, stones, bones, and dance with us to ring in this special moment for the Moon. Activities include, among other things: song circles, a full moon ritual, a healing sound bath, a traditional tea ceremony, poetry reading, instrument playing, tarot and rune readings, dancing, and an overflow of joy.
The Delancey
168 Delancey Street, Manhattan
7:30p; $10
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Flaherty NYC: Word Play
Film scholar and Brazilian cinema expert Robert Stam and documentarian Kirsten Johnson, who has worked on various film projects in Brazil, will take part in a discussion of the night’s program with Flaherty NYC co-programmer Chris Stults, focusing on documentary ethics, representations of gender and voices, and the remarkable life and legacy of the late Eduardo Coutinho.
Screening co-presented with Cinema Tropical. One of the greatest documentarians of his generation, the Brazilian Eduardo Coutinho was cinema’s consummate interviewer. Playing is his underseen, layered examination of women’s lives, performance, storytelling, and the line between fiction and documentary. Women who answered a classified ad looking for subjects with interesting stories to tell talk with Coutinho about their (often tragic) life stories. As the film goes on, things become more slippery as it’s revealed that many of the women are some of Brazil’s finest actresses are using the original monologues as texts to perform. Wu Tsang opens the program with Shape of a Right Statement, where she re-performs a powerful address by autism rights activist Amanda Baggs. Films: Shape of a Right Statement directed by Wu Tsang and Playing by Eduardo Cotinho.
The Flaherty
6 East 39th Street, 12th floor, Manhattan
6:30p doors, 7p show;
Little Cinema (Throwback): The Fifth Element
Featuring immersive effects by Modern Gypsies Productions, DJ and video art by Jay Rinsky (CHNNLS), live opera by Sarah Scremss, dance and choreography by Trixie Pop (Joshua Oates), dance by Akil Davis, acrobatics by Françoise Voranger, and 3D video projection mapping by Josh Slaby.
One of Little Cinema's most famous sold out shows is back and bigger than ever as a special edition in our Throwback series. Come experience the Fifth Element in a new light with a spectacular immersive viewing experience that will take over the magical space of House of Yes. The film will be remixed with a live opera singer, acrobats, 3D video mapping, and DJs that will transport you out of the film and to another planet, saving us all from the Great Evil that is fast approaching.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
7-11p; $15-35
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Dreamcast is a punk rock and comedy extravanganza held monthly at Silent Barn. The lineup is split equally between the best bands currently in existence and the greatest comics currently performing to create a show that is radical, inclusive, and fun as all get out. If you like to laugh, dance, stand, sit, sway, or even just linger awkwardly in the distance, Dreamcast has something for you. This month's lineup includes comedians Peter Smith, Eudora Peterson and Anthony Oberbeck, with music by Crosslegged and Rhea. Hosted, as always, by the ever-charming Zach Mandeville.
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $free
No Rescues, No Heroes: Sex Work, Carceral Feminism, and Rescue
Performance from Tony Award-winning poet Suheir Hammad followed by a conversation on sex work, carceral feminism, and the rescue industry, featuring Melissa Gira Grant, Victoria Law, and Jordan Flaherty.
Starr Bar
214 Starr Street, Brooklyn
7p; $?
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
A Drinking Game NYC presents:
Back to the Future
What is A Drinking Game? It's a live staged reading of one of your favorite movies turned into an interactive drinking game. It's a party. Join us... say your favorite lines with us... sing along with us... drink with us.
Talented actors perform cult classics for a live audience. One night only. A new show every month. Each movie comes with a list of buzz words and phrases -- when you hear one, a bell rings and everybody drinks! The actors are in on the fun, too. Plus, when someone says a name, the actor playing that character has to drink. So as the evening progresses, the show’s bound to get a little wacky. Bar inside the theater.
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
8p; $10
21 and over
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
The Wild Honey Pie’s Seventh Birthday Bash
The Wild Honey Pie is turning 7 years old so we're putting together a birthday bash to celebrate. Join us for a night of birthday festivities including cake, games and performances by six of our favorite bands including Wilsen, Glassio, Friendship Park, Bailen, and Arms.
Union Pool
484 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $15
21 and over
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Peculiar Streams 31
Peculiar Streams, a bi-monthly showcase for new creative work, will present its 31st show Wednesday evening. The evening will feature readings from authors Ian Scheffler ("Cracking the Cube") and Julia Alekseyeva ("Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution"). Other performers include musicians Misericord, comedian Deno DeMartino, and anthropologist Dr. Adam Nover.
The Back Room at Jimmy's No. 43
43 E. 7th Street, at 2nd Avenue, Manhattan
9p; $free
Visible Music
An adventure for the eyes and ears, three collaborations of musicians and VJs making sweet synaesthetic love.  Electronic sounds, silent cinema, jazz, noise, colors, textures and an immersive audio-visual environment, all happening in NYC's single finest projection-art space. With Sean Smith, Your Grace Adrianna Natalie with visuals by HF Preto, and the Azerbaijan A/V Club.
La Sala at Cantina Royal
58 North 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p; $?
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Sensory Speed Dating
Guerilla Science returns to the House of Yes to explore the dynamic unconscious with Sensory Speed Dating. Join our host, comedian Chris Duffy and biologist Eliot Aguilar for blindfolded experiments with strangers. Special surprises await at every turn, and we've got a special discount code for nonsense list subscribers.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p; $20 with code GUERILLAFRIEND
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Don't Let the Devil In Official Theatrical Premiere
A new horror feature. The film will be seeing its theatrical premiere at Videology. Followed by a Q&A with myself and main actor Marc Slanger. The event is free, though suggested donations will be accepted and donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
9p; $free, suggested donations will be accepted and given to the Prostate Cancer Foundation
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Vibe Canyon Film Festival
Vibe Canyon Film Festival is a monthly video challenge with prompts that rewards creativity and resourcefulness. All short films can be submitted via our website by November 15. We accept film, animation, video collage, and recorded powerpoint presentation. The best video will be voted upon with prizes. Just a fan? Then come to the live screening. You decide who is the Vibe Canyon Winner.
November 2016 requirements: Make a good-ass video that's three minutes or less and has the following elements: a warm sweater; a list of good dogs; the words "Vibe Canyon" spoken aloud or shown on screen.
582 Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
9p; $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]
***** SPACES *****
* Rubulad has one art studio 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 $650,$700 per month with a one-month deposit chris]at]
* 500 square foot basement visual arts studio in Bushwick in December. Willoughby Avenue at Central, near the Central stop on the M train and Morgan and Jefferson stops on the L. I am completing work on getting my basement space ready (cleaning, painting, and minor building) for an artist or artisan, or likely two to share, with a need for work studio space. It is a 500 square foot studio with street access, floor drain and slop sink. In addition, there is a large work table, shelving units, some painting and silk screen frames, and even some art supplies. This is the basement space in my home where I live and have my music studio and work upstairs, so I am sorry I cannot offer it to anyone needing a workshop for fabrication involving large or noisy power tool work. I prefer to rent it as it is -- a large open space -- but could be amenable to partitioning it if there were a definite need. The price would be a little more, proportionately speaking, in that case. $1,400 per month. freddiprice]at]
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***** Abolish the Electoral College *****
"For the sixth time in our history, a candidate for President of the United States has won the popular vote and lost the White House. Donald Trump will join Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, and George W. Bush as presidents who lost the popular vote but still took the nation's highest office, in every case with huge impacts. The Electoral College was established at the 1787 Constitutional Convention to prevent the public from voting directly on our national leader. It also installed a 3/5 "bonus vote" that gave plantation owners a 60 percent headcount for their slaves. The ruse was counted into Congressional districting, giving the south a distinct advantage over northern free states. That’s why every President from Jefferson to Lincoln either owned slaves or had a vice president who did. Perversely, the more slaves any slave state bought or bred, the more electoral votes it would receive.
The shortcomings of the current system stem from winner-take-all state laws that award all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate receiving the most popular votes in each separate state. The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill has already been enacted by 11 jurisdictions possessing 165 electoral votes -- 61 percent of the 270 electoral votes necessary to activate it, including four small jurisdictions (RI, VT, HI, DC), three medium-size states (MD, MA, WA), and four big states (NJ, IL, NY, CA). If we make eliminating the Electoral College a national issue, and Democrats do well at the state level in the 2018 midterm elections -- which is realistic in the event of an unpopular President Trump -- then in 2019 we can pass laws that would make the 2020 presidential election determined by the popular vote."
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Overheard in Ohio. November 2016. Old Jamaican woman:
-- "If God wanted to make us robots, he could. But he didn't."
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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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
noon-2:30p; $free
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
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
11a-1p; $40
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
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
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
noon-1p; $35
Reductionism in Art and Brain Science
Dr. Eric Kandel draws on his Nobel Prize-winning work revealing the neurobiological underpinnings of learning and memory in sea slugs to shed light on the complex workings of the mental processes of higher animals. He demonstrates through bottom-up sensory and top-down cognitive functions how science can explore the complexities of human perception and help us to perceive, appreciate, and understand great works of art. Kandel explains how, in the postwar era, Pollock, de Kooning, Rothko, Louis, Turrell, and Flavin used a reductionist approach to arrive at their abstract expressionism and how Katz, Warhol, Close, and Sandback built upon the advances of the New York School to reimagine figurative and minimal art.
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
7 East 7th Street, Manhattan
November 30, 6:30-8p; $free
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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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