nonsensenyc: 12.30 to 1.5

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 12.30 to 1.5
Date: December 30th 2016
NOTE: Thank you all for your year-end donations to Nonsense; your support is hugely appreciated.
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xxx, Jeff Stark and the Nonsense staff
Friday, December 30
* Afuego, Brooklyn
* Cyber Sx, Brooklyn
* ABC No Rio in Exile at the Silent Barn, Brooklyn
* Rhinestone Gorilla: Dystopian Holiday, Brooklyn
New Year's Eve
* Rubulad Proudly Presents: Y2K Flashback, Brooklyn
* New Year’s Eve Super-Special Semi-Secular Pop-Up Gondola Confessional, Brooklyn
* New Years Eve Bike Ride and Outdoor After Party, Manhattan
* Labyrinth Lounge, Brooklyn
* Phoenix Rising, Brooklyn
* New Year's Eve: Club Glow, Queens
* New World, Brooklyn
* How Cool Is This New Year's Eve Party? Brooklyn
* #Fomoparty NYE, Manhattan
* Mister New Year's Eve, Brooklyn
* NYE Gatsby Party, Queens
* The Greatest New Years Party Ever, Brooklyn
* Noise Demo Against the PIC, for the Liberation of Political Prisoners, Manhattan
* Junxion Reset, Queens
* Full Frontal, Queens
New Year's Day
* New Year's Day 24 Hour Party, Brooklyn
* New Day New Year's Day Party, Brooklyn
* Mister New Year's Day, Brooklyn
* The Poetry Project 43rd Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading, Manhattan
Tuesday, January 3
* 51 Worst Jokes, Brooklyn
* No Name, Manhattan
Thursday, January 5
* Thurst, Brooklyn
* Silent Barn
* Office of Alien Property
* Coffee
* Visible Mending
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Say goodbye to 2016 with global dance music and enjoy some variation to the usualness: moombahton, cumbia, reggateon, zouk, tropical, bass, and dancehall. Line up: Modabot, Los XL, Duro, Vermilion Bird, Banginclude, Reme$a, and Dos Flakos.
No Vacancy (The Well)
272 Meserole, Brooklyn
$free, or $10 after midnight
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Cyber Sx
A night of sexual and technological experimentation. Sext with strangers across the room in our live cyber booths.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
10p; $free-25
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
ABC No Rio in Exile at the Silent Barn
Last Exile Show in 2016. With Mad Diesel, Ether, the Virgin Birth, Manalive, and I Disappear.
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
6p doors; $7-12
all ages
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Rhinestone Gorilla: Dystopian Holiday
New Year’s Eve is a night we spend looking forward, imagining the future in a glow of welcoming candlelight, with hope in your heart and champagne in your glass. But New Year’s Eve *Eve* is something else entirely.
New Year’s Eve Eve is about looking back, remembering what was in the heat of a dumpster fire, with knots in your stomach and cheap whiskey in your flask. Before you ring in the joy of a new year, wring out the flop sweat of the old. Join Rhinestone Gorilla as we look back in anger at the year that was, work through our anxiety about what’s to come, and say goodbye and fuck you to 2016.
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
9p doors, 9:30p show; $10-20
Rubulad Proudly Presents: Y2K Flashback
Remember the last time you thought it was the end of the world?
Live music by Friend Roulette, Preachermann and the Revival, Les Sans Culottes, Morricone Youth, with MC and magician Tanya Solomon. Plus DJs Reaganomics, Porkchop, and Mekristo. Plus: midnight champagne bunny toast, projections by the Sperm Whale, G Scopitronic's Non Stop Film Fest, Eat Your Heart Out Sing-a-long hosted by Vendetta Doe featuring the Songs of Leonard Cohen, Blue June of Magick Talismans Tarot, silent disco in our starry, and starry yard or dance with sound in our big tent.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p show; $30 before 9p, $40 door, $20 after performances
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
New Year’s Eve Super-Special Semi-Secular Pop-Up Gondola Confessional
Do you need to get something off your chest? Is the weight of your own foolishness heavy upon your spirit? Did you vote for the wrong candidate, and now regret it? Let The Diamond help you unburden yourself for the New Year in our Super-Special Semi-Secular Pop-Up Gondola Confessional: It’s a former ski lift converted to a fully-functioning, private confessional booth where you may have your secrets heard by an ordained pastor.
“I believe in the power of forgiveness, whatever the context,” notes Pastor Amy Kienzle. “The purpose of confession is to create a safe space to unburden oneself, and thereby start on the path to acceptance and healing. Having an impartial living spirit receive that confession is essential.”
Confession is free, and is offered on a first-come, first served basis, and all are welcome. All confessions will be held in strict confidence as bound by Federal Clergy-Penitent Privilege law.  Note that confession is not a substitute for therapy: Please be considerate of those behind you in line!
The Diamond Bar
43 Franklin Street, Brooklyn
9p-midnight, $free
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
New Years Eve Bike Ride and Outdoor After Party
Start the year off right -- on your bike or skates. Come celebrate New Year's Eve in the great outdoors. We'll be riding up to Belvedere Castle in the middle of Central Park for the best (and free) New Year's Eve dance party in town -- with fireworks. Dress festive. Don't forget your noisemakers and party favors -- and bring food and drink to share.
Three meet-up locations:
Brooklyn-side entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn
9:45p; $free
Washington Square Park Arch, Manhattan
10p; $free
Madison Square Park
23rd Street and Broadway, Manhattan
10:20p; $free
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Gemini and Scorpio present:
Labyrinth Lounge
Celebrating 30 years of puppets, goblins, and Bowie's crotch with an intimate, immersive two-location event featuring live bands, unexpected performances, strange creatures and irresistible dance grooves.
With: Fitted Horns and Sxip Shirey. All-vinyl 60s-thru-80s dance floor by DJ Ol' Stark and DJ Stylus. Between and after bands: Bowie. Plus glam, post-punk, synth-pop, and Brit New Wave by DJ Poodlecannon. Glittering burlesque by Beelzebabe. Wild creature go go by Queen of Love and Hope. Surprises and magic by Nelson Lugo. Weird word play by David F. Slone, Esq. Special mystery appearance by Nati Amos. Eye candy by CJ. Custom Labyrinth art by James Vogel, Charlotte Gaspard, and Charlie Kanev. Fabulous themed cocktails at the bar.
Dress code: Labyrinth, Bowie, vintage lounge and cocktail wear, glamorous NYE, gender and species fuckery. No casual wear admitted, but any form of dress-up accepted.
Gemini and Scorpio Loft and adjacent gallery
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
9p-4a; $20 after 12:30a
21 and over
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Phoenix Rising
Forget your fears. Bring your fire. This New Years Eve, we want to come together on the dance floor with you and our community to ring in the new year stronger for 2017. Cheeto dust's got nothing on us.
Shake off the last year with live woman-led powerhouse cumbia by Ladama. Dance into the new year with some afro-latinx beats courtesy of DJ Bembona. Get down till dawn with Austin Lebrón. Dress as your most fabulous warrior selves, walk home with the sun, forget 2016 and rise with us.
We are the only nightlife venue in NYC (that we know of!) explicitly dedicated to fostering a celebratory culture of resistance and solidarity and sharing profits with local efforts for radical change. A portion of Bar profits help sustain our sister project Mayday (, a community resource and organizing hub for all movements for justice a short walk away.
Starr Bar
214 Starr Street, Brooklyn
$35, or $50 VIP with table reservation comes with a free champagne bottle
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
New Year's Eve: Club Glow
Oscar Nñ and House of Ladosha, brought to you by Glam, Tryna Function, Shock Value, and Ragga NYC. Live: Katie Got Bandz. With DJs Juliana Huxtable, Le1f, De Se, Scraaatch, Anthony Dicapua, Abby, Sadaf, and Ezra Marcus.
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
9p doors, 10p show; $20 presale, $25 advance, $30 door
21 and over
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
New World
New World is a party for the last instant of 2016 and the first moment of 2017. Happening in a vacant apartment building in Crown Heights, there will be bands, modern dancers, bubble performers, foreign mystics, and free fig newtons.
808a Bergen Street, Brooklyn
9p; $free
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Coney Island USA presents:
How Cool Is This New Year's Eve Party?
Ring in the New Year with Coney Island USA, your not for profit arts organization at the beach. Doors open at 8p at the Freak Bar. With New Years Eve in Heaven, a performance art collaboration by Dick Zigun and Eckszooberante Newspaper Ninja, Coney Island Laser Shows presents a special Rock and Roll themed Laser Show, a Parachute Jump Midnight Ball Drop with CIUSA fire performers and CIUSA MC Adam Realman, and performances including Sideshow fire acts and a sampling of CIUSA Programs including magic and burlesque by Tiger Bay, the reigning Miss Coney Island.
Sideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Avenue, between Stillwell Avenue and West 12th Street, Brooklyn
8p; $40 advance, $50 door
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
#Fomoparty NYE
The #Fomoparty squad is taking their party across the bridge to Manhattan on New Year's Eve for a night of dancing and unpretentious turn up with great vibes and even better music. With Tap 10, Darling Chuck, and Tha Yellow R Kel.
Louie and Chan
303 Broome, Manhattan
10p-4a; $25-40
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Mister New Year's Eve
With Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin.
Secret but familiar loft
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $45
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
The Footlight presents:
NYE Gatsby Party
Come in your vintage finest and kick off 2017 like prohibition just ended. Who knows? Maybe the apocalypse really is upon us. Suits/ties/flapper dresses and other swinging 20s themed attire encouraged but not necessary. All that glitters is not gold, but the Footlight will be full of glitter and gold all night. In the back room: Toranavox, Casey Hopkins, Darkwing, Super FM, and Decorum. Free champagne at midnight.
The Footlight
465 Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
noon-2a, 8p music starts; $10
21 and over
617 281 8379
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
The Greatest New Years Party Ever
If 2016 taught us anything, it's that people need a break. With that in mind, we think people deserve more for their admission fee than overpriced drinks and overhyped DJs in an overpriced club, and we want to give them everything that we have.
Come experience the joy, excitement, and celebration that 2016 took from us. Dance, scream, and embrace our massive ball pit like kids who just found their purpose. Ride our see-saw like it's your ticket to freedom. Transform your chaotic frustrations of 2016 into three floors of release, freedom, and debauchery. This is the eviction party for 2016.
Musical performances by Titus Andronicus and Toys in Trouble. DJ performances by Michael T, Cousin Cole, Loki Da Trixta, Mario Bee, DJ Nique, and Medison. With visuals by Malt Disney. Complimentary midnight champagne toast with our own ballpit drop. Bring your worst moment of 2016 on a piece of paper, shred it in our shredder and watch your worst moment become a confetti explosion at midnight. See-saw your troubles away, scream out your 2016 angst in our screaming high striker and play Pin the Blame on the Politician.
Brooklyn Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
9p doors; $40 advance, $50 door
21 and over
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Noise Demo Against the PIC, for the Liberation of Political Prisoners
On the noisiest night of the year in New York City, come help us remind folks locked up that they are not alone. NYC Anarchist Black Cross, in response to an international call for noise demonstrations outside of prisons, is asking folks to join us outside of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan. Come, not to appeal to authority, speak truth to power, or any other contrivance, but rather to stand arm in arm with comrades and show direct solidarity to those on the other side of the wall.
Metropolitan Correction Center
Pearl Street, between Cardinal Hayes Place and Park Row, Manhattan
9p; $free
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Junxion Reset
Inside the grand Paper Factory Hotel over five rooms of activations await. Brass bands and sultry burlesque tickle the senses and DJs in multiple rooms take us deep into the night. Interactive performances help create our story. Visionary art and 3D projection mapping light up the night. Midnight moments set the tone for our intention.
With deep global house music by Tasha Blank, Steve Tech, Akil Davis, and Hudson Horns. Global bass and performance by David Starfire Music, Häana, Thornato, Nova Zef and Pendulum People, Coyoti, 2Melo, and KMLN. Tropical sounds from the Southern hemisphere by Anna Morgan DJ, PartyFoul5000, Geko Jones, Banginclude, and Adam Gibbons. Featuring Lightning Society: Mykola Smith, Nordvolk, Experimen.tal. And New Orleans brass meet burlesque by Broadway Brassy and the Brass Knuckles, the Bee's Knees, Big Village Little City, and Matt Sebastian and Dreemy.
Paper Factory Hotel
37-06 36th Street, Queens
9p-4a; $40
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Full Frontal
The greatest night of our lives. Three DJ sets spanning decades of dance music: Howlin' Al with an all 45rpm soul, funk, and psych warm-up; the Colada Twins, Astoria's own Miami sound-machine, as the night's heartbeat; and the Future Punx with the final dance set into infinity. Late-night Doomsday Clock visuals from form and void, smoke 'n' flashing lights, and the grand unveiling of Flattopps new disco ball at midnight. Munchies menu all-night long; ice luge; gratis boozed gummie bears, bowls of cereal, and fresh fruit; specialty goods from the House of Spaceman; fogfogfogfogfogfog; and a cold pizza breakfast courtesy for those who go the distance all night long.
33-06 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, Queens
8p-3a; $free
Bushwick A/V presents:
New Year's Day 24 Hour Party
2016 has been quite a year of highs and lows for us all. Nightclubs have closed and fresh ones sprouted up. We've lost musical legends and been consoled by homegrown rising stars. And Bushwick A/V has evolved through it all to roll with the punches and continuously tweak our formula to keep functioning as a home for the realest underground dance music in Brooklyn. For those that refuse to play by the rules, for the sonic seekers who won't stop the beat, for the lovers and lifeblood of our world-class music scene -- for those with open ears, we remain here with open doors and open arms. And in that spirit, Bushwick A/V is proud to present a New Year's party full of togetherness, featuring an all-star lineup of local family, along with a few stellar friends from abroad, in a round-the-clock dance event to conjure a 2017 full of life, wealth and love.
Featuring A.Arias, Cry Baby, Connie, Dat Kat, David Paglia, Derek Marin and Derek M, Gio Gulez, Jacky Sommer, K1W1, Lenny Posso, Myroslaw Bytz, Pablo Romero, PJ Tranchese, Pjay, Ron, Simon Heyliger, Simon Wish, and Sophia MA.
299 Vandervoort Avenue, Brooklyn
4a-4a; $30 door
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S DAY *****
New Day New Year's Day Party
We’ve made it through the night, and we’ve made it through the year. Let the sun shine on your glitter soaked skin and welcome a new day, a new year and new you. We welcome you to 2017 with a luxurious tropical day party filled with rejuvenation, revitalization and really incredible dance music. Stretch. Move. Celebrate. Party your life back. And get a gadamned massage because we know your body needs it. The hot tub will be open and hot, waiting for your naked body.
Enjoy deep house yoga with George Faya and Dina Ivas, detox elixers, day party summer vibes, massage stations galore, aromatherapy, manicures, pedicures, and facials, re-glitterfication station, tarot readings, hot tub, and live music. Wear your colors, your flowers, your flowing ensembles. Or wear whatever you wore last night. Just come as you are- new, beautiful and uniquely you.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
11a; $free before 5p
21 and over
RSVP if you're having brunch
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S DAY *****
Mister New Year's Day
Mister Sunday on New Year's Day with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
3-9p; $20
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S DAY *****
The Poetry Project 43rd Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading
We have always envisioned the poet-in-society as one who restores meaning to language. We believe a large part of the fight against demagoguery and hate occurs on the premises of language. Please join us at our largest fundraiser and community-building (and sustaining) event of the year as 150 poets and artists cast and catalyze our voices.
Featuring: Aelian/a Nicole Anderson, Betsy Andrews, Penny Arcade, Jaye Bartell, Jennifer Bartlett, Jim Behrle, Rijard Bergeron, Anselm Berrigan, Edmund Berrigan, Justin Vivian Bond, Emily Brandt, Marie Buck, Steve Cannon, Wo Chan, Chia-Lun Chang, Lonely Christopher, Yoshiko Chuma, Kimberly Clark, Cheryl Clarke, Todd Colby, John Coletti, Lydia Cortes, Brenda Coultas, Alex Cuff, Joey de Jesus, Francesca DeMusz, Ted Dodson, Steven Taylor & Douglas Dunn, Marcella Durand, Andrew Durbin, Steve Earle, Will Edmiston, Mel Elberg, Christine Elmo, Betsy Fagin, Farnoosh Fathi, Avram Fefer, Dia Felix, Tonya Foster, Ed Friedman, Hafizah Geter, John Giorno, John Godfrey, Ariel Goldberg, Che Gossett, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Whit Griffin, Anna Gurton Wachter, Nick Hallett, Diana Hamilton, David Henderson, Laura Henriksen, Chanice Hughes Greenberg, Tony Iantosca, Pierre Joris, erica kaufman, Joseph Keckler, Baz King, Martha King, Shiv Kotecha, Ben Krusling, M. Lamar, Krystal Languell, Julia Lee Barclay-Morton, Rachel Levitsky, Phoebe Lifton, Matt Longabucco, Brendan Lorber, Yanyi Luo, Filip Marinovich, Shelley Marlow, Tracey McTague, Yvonne Meier, Jonas Mekas, Holly Melgard, Sharon Mesmer, Carley Moore, Thurston Moore, Tracie Morris, Dave Morse, Eileen Myles, Dan Owen, Trace Peterson, Simon Pettet, Nicole Peyrafitte, Tommy Pico, Ali Power, Nina Puro, Arlo Quint, Yvonne Rainer, Lee Ranaldo, Camille Rankine, Will Rawls, Ariel Resnikoff, Bob Rosenthal, Douglas Rothschild, Judah Rubin, Tom Savage, Sarah Schulman, Purvi Shah, Elliott Sharp, Eleni Silkelianos, Samita Sinha, Jayson Smith, Sasha Smith, Pamela Sneed, Christopher Soto, Patricia Spears Jones, Tammy Faye Starlight, Sara Jane Stoner, Anne Tardos, Nurit Tilles, Lynne Tillman, Edwin Torres, Tony Towle, Rachel Trachtenburg, Aldrin Valdez, David Vogen, Asiya Wadud, Nicole Wallace, Sarah Anne Wallen, Lewis Warsh, Simone White, Hanif Willis Abdurraqib, Martha Wilson, Chavisa Woods, Wendy Xu, John Yau, Jenny Zhang, 75 Dollar Bill, Anne Waldman and Fast Speaking Music, Bruce Andrews and Sally Silvers, CAConrad, Church of Betty, Ed Askew Band, Erica Hunt and Marty Ehrlich, Ernie Brooks with Jeannine Otis and Peter Zummo, Foamola, Reno, The Double Yews, and Unusual Squirrel.
St. Mark's Church
131 East 10th Street, Manhattan
3p; $25, $20 students
51 Worst Jokes
Every year we invite 51 comedians to perform their worst jokes. Their corniest, unrelatable, most problematic jokes. We play cricket sounds, take them off stage with a cane, and are generally real rascals with the hi jinx. A winner and female winner are crowned at the end of the night. Hosted by Corinne Fisher and Justin Perez.
Tender Trap
66 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $free
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
No Name
New York's best established and emerging authors and storytellers to the Word Up Community Bookshop in Washington Heights for its monthly series. This month's theme is Deadwood Stories about trimming the fat, cutting your losses, cleaning up and clearing house, getting rid of things/people/habits that aren't/weren't working anymore. Super Storytellers is curated and co-hosted by author/storyteller Michele Carlo, the author of Fish Out of Agua. The show will also include a Magic Hat Open-Mic where audience members can sign up for a chance at four minutes of stage time to share their own stories.
2113 Amsterdam Avenue, at 165th Street, Manhattan
A,C,1 trains to 168th Street station
7p; $free
347 688 4456
Our guest M. Freundlich will be with us to explore the sound of Berlin deep house and techno. Meanwhile resident DJ Ebet takes us back to the glory days of NY garage and club music.
Trophy Bar
351 Broadway, Brooklyn
9p; $free
* Golden Festival, January 13 and 14
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***** ARTY STUFF *****
* BK Bitch Bus, Roundtrip from Bushwick to Washington DC for the Womens March on Washington. Bushwick Brooklyn, Near the Morgan L to Washington DC, and back. Women of Brooklyn, Unite! On January 21, we will be taking a bus from Bushwick, Brooklyn to Washington DC to lend our voices and our hearts to the cause of defending women's rights, health, and equality. The bus is comfortable, seats 55, with reclining seats and a bathroom. This a roundtrip journey from Bushwick near the Morgan L stop, leaving early and returning late. It is $50 for round trip reservations, departing at 6p. Donations to subsidize riders that need support are also greatly appreciated. bkbbus]at] Reservations and donations can be made via indiegogo:
* A couple months ago, my friend Melanie and I started Leave a Message After the Tone, a short-form podcast about voicemails and the everyday moods they capture. The premise is simple: listeners call in and leave voicemails about a set topic. So far, we've released four episodes, covering topics such as memorable moments on public transportation to the messiness of friendship break-ups. The AV Club called it "bite-sized and soothing," and depending on the topic, the immersive podcast can range from funny to whimsical to critical. Passing it along because I think it might be right up nonsensenyc's alley and I'd love if it could be featured in the upcoming newsletter. This month, we're asking listeners to call in at 203 890 0974 and share their stories -- big or small, gradual or sudden --  about when their understanding of a family member changed. Maybe it was something said during their grandparents' divorce, or a conversation they had with their uncle at 7-Eleven. But whatever the case, it changed how they saw them -- for the good, the bad, or just different.
***** MONEY *****
* In a rough year, the friends we meet at Silent Barn are the people who give us energy to keep going. Thank you for being one of them. In 2017, Silent Barn will become a 501(c)(3). We need you to help us start our year ready for the fight ahead, as we continue to advocate for safe spaces and fight to legalize D.I.Y. Silent Barn's fourth year at 603 Bushwick Avenue saw 450 performances, art exhibitions, and programs that reached more than 70,000 people on site and online. Artists were paid more than $130,000 for their work and dozens of new volunteers jumped into the heptagon to lend a hand. Please keep us alive by making a donation to Silent Barn's new flex fund. howmidoing]at]
Before we had a name the Spectre Event Horizon Group used to meet at a bar to commiserate and trade what our business friends like to call "best practices." Now online, our area of interest remains the ever-fascinating sci-fi present. Our simple intent is an informal trade of specialized investigative research, presented as gossip for the non-specialist. It's true we once were an active email list but at this point everything is searchable and commented upon here: The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact]at]
***** Office of Alien Property *****
"The FBI has published its cache of files relating to Nikola Tesla, 73 years after 'two truckloads' of his property were seized by officials from the amazingly-named Office of Alien Property. The declassified documents have been released under FOIA and revealed the FBI and government’s serious interest a particle beam weapon which Tesla claimed to have invented. Three weeks after being seized, all of Tesla's possessions were given a thorough examination by none other than John G. Trump. Donald Trump’s uncle was involved in high voltage x-ray and radar research for the Allies, and in 1943 the FBI had enough faith in his technical ability and his discretion to call him in when Tesla died in his room at the New Yorker Hotel. Professor Trump examined Tesla’s papers and equipment, and, in a written report, told the FBI not to worry: Tesla’s 'thoughts and efforts during at least the past 15 years were primarily of a speculative, philosophical, and somewhat promotional character,' but 'did not include new, sound, workable principles or methods for realizing such results.'
In the course of the war, the federal government registered around half a million 'enemy alien' civilians, spied on many of them, and sent approximately 6,000 men and a few women to internment camps. Perhaps more strikingly, it seized huge troves of private property with dubious relevance to the war effort, ultimately amassing assets worth more than half a billion dollars -- close to the entire federal budget of pre-war America. Late in 1918, Alien Property Custodian A. Mitchell Palmer reported managing almost 30,000 trusts with assets worth $500 million. He estimated another 9,000 trusts worth $300 million awaited evaluation. In a move that was later widely criticized -- and that political allies of the Alien Property Custodian likely profited from directly -- Palmer announced that all of the seized property would be “Americanized,” or sold to U.S. citizens, partly in the hopes of crippling German industries."
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Overheard in Upstate New York. December 2016. Man in his early 30s at a brunch place:
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We look for the sort of classes you circled in college course catalogs but never managed to fit into your schedule. And we also look for the kind of things that no college could teach. Cheap and eclectic is the rule, though all rules get broken occasionally, and we especially love workshops, round-tables, and teachers who won't take your work out of your hands and show you how to do it right. One-time listings are categorized weekly, with general recurring classes listed at the end on the first Friday of each month. We thrive on your suggestions, so make sure to tell us about upcoming classes.
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Figure Drawing
Artist Michael Alan will be teaching a small group in his studio with a live female nude model.
Michael Alan Studios
Address will be provided upon purchase of ticket
9p; $20
Visible Mending
Do you have clothes with unsightly wear and tear? Learn how to spice them up with "visible mending." In this class you will learn the basics of embroidery, find assistance from the instructor on project planning and have access to examples of possibilities for beautiful and unique mending projects. Bring clothing you’d like to mend or just come prepared to experiment with materials provided.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
January 9, 6-9p; $free
New Year's Resolution: Learn How to Compost
Make 2017 the year to adopt more environmentally sustainable habits. Join us for an introductory workshop on composting your food scraps in New York City. We'll be covering what compost is, why it is important, and the many ways that all NYC residents can compost their food scraps.
Sixth Street Community Center
638 East 6th Street, Manhattan
January 10, 6:30-8p; $free
Registration required
Decolonizing Workshop: Performative and Engaged Practices
ABOG Fellow Rulan Tangen will lead an immersive workshop on decolonization, with an emphasis on restorative movement and multi-sensory practices. Tangen will also present on the history of Indigenous artists working towards environmental justice, especially in conjunction with the recent Standing Rock protests.
This program includes a movement-based workshop, with all ages and skill sets welcome. If you wish to participate please wear comfortable clothing.
17 West 17th Street, eigth floor, Manhattan
January 12, 6p; $free
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Anti-Trump Free School: Defending Communities, Building Movements
On the weekend before the inauguration of Trump, Free University-NYC and Mayday Space invite new and seasoned movement-makers to a day of workshops, teach-ins, and skill-shares. Through this event, we aim to more effectively resist the recent intensification of xenophobia, hate crimes, endangered reproductive rights, white supremacy, attacks on workers, and environmental destructions that Trump’s election has emboldened. Childcare and food provided by the Mayday Kitchen Collective.
Mayday Space
176 St. Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn
January 14, noon-7p; $free
Deep House Yoga
Yoga, loosely translated from its Sanskrit root – means ''union'' or ''integration'' – the bringing together of a sound mind & spirit within a sound body. Riding at the forefront of the new health-conscious clubbing movement, DeepBeats: Deep House Yoga is a union of not just the spiritual and physical, but a fusion of the ancient discipline of yoga with the sounds of today’s underground dance music. It brings together the mental and physical benefits of yoga with the spiritual connection we feel to the music we love.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
January 14, noon-1p; $20
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January 23, 6:30-8:30p; $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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