nonsensenyc: 1.6 to 1.12

 
From: "Jeff Stark" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 1.6 to 1.12
Date: January 6th 2017
Friday, January 6
* Chroma Key, Williamsburg
 
Saturday, January 7
* Soul Night Three-Year Anniversary, Brooklyn
* Figure Drawing Marathon, Brooklyn
* Blunderland Revolution: Variety Show, Brooklyn
* CVRTAIN, Manhattan
* A Gay Show for All People, Manhattan
* Joe’s NYC Bar, Manhattan
* Banana Rumour: Heems/Dap/Grumby, Queens
* Cinema 16, Brooklyn
* Game Show the Best of Edition, Brooklyn
 
Sunday, January 8
* Golden Years. A Tribute to David Bowie, Manhattan
* Kava and Color, Brooklyn
* Global No Pants Subway Ride
* No Pants After Party, Manhattan
* Looking Back, It May Not Have Been Ridgefield High’s Best Production of Our Town, Manhattan
 
Monday, January 9
* Sxip Shirey’s A Bottle of Whiskey and a Handful of Bees, Manhattan
* Would You Rather, Manhattan
 
Tuesday, January 10
* The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies Presents: Unsung Heroines of History, Williamsburg
* Investigating the World We Already Know, Williamsburg
* Free Ironing, Williamsburg
 
Wednesday, January 11
* House of Yes Night Circus, Brooklyn
 
Thursday, January 12
* Nasty Women, Queens
* HAF Session: Open Mic Night, Manhattan
 
Wishlist
* Legal Support
 
Spectre
* Dollar-A-Year Men
 
Overheard
* Love, Food
 
Learning
* Art, Activism, and Meditation
 
NOTE: For some navigation help, or an explanation for what this is all about, scroll all the way down to NONSENSE. You can donate to this project at nonsensenyc.com/special. Also: We make a lot of mikes, especially with dates; you should always double check our work before you go out.
 
 
XXXXX COVER ART XXXXX
 
 
Snow in streetlights
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 XXXXX
 
 
Chroma Key
 
Chroma Key is an existential gross-out comedy about a woman pulled through parallel universes, and the dangerous things she brings with her. From an uncomfortable drive through the woods to an out-of-control detective novel where the narration disobeys its own narrator, to a nightly news broadcast performed by vomiting preteens with excellent spelling, no story seems safe enough for her to stand at its center.
 
Chroma Key is a play about good stories told by bad people, and the woman fighting to get out of them. It is also a psycho-comedy packed so densely with jokes that it is impossible to catch them all on the first try, a noir mystery with a shocking revelation, a time-travel story, a meditation on discourse and power, and a sick, wet, bloody mess. Written by Spencer Thomas Campbell. Directed by Theresa Buchheister and Spencer Thomas Campbell.
 
The Brick
579 Metropolitan, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p; $18
Continues through January 28
titlepointproductions]at]gmail.com
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 XXXXX
 
 
Soul Night Three-Year Anniversary
 
NYC's top soul slingers are coming together to celebrate with their collections of the very best in Northern Soul, 60s girl groups, and Motown deep cuts -- all on 45. Come twist and shake the night away. With special guest DJs Jonathan Toubin and Mikey Post. Plus residents Fancy Cat, One Mint Julep, and Fine Wine. With a live performance by the Whips.
 
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
9p; $5
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Figure Drawing Marathon
 
Michael Alan is having a figure drawing marathon. Long, short, and moving poses by female model. Nice music by turntable, complete with a full studio of Michael’s work on view, come draw with him, or just watch the creation take place. What better way to keep art going, not a party or a live show. Come create. Make art. And set the new year correct.
 
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
6p-1a; $20
michaelalanart.com/2016site/2017-drawing-marathon/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Blunderland Revolution: Variety Show
 
Eric Schmalenberger presents Blunderland, an evening of revolutionary variety at the House of Yes, with all the whimsical, surreal, and psychedelic you can handle. Leave all expectations at the door and come be dazzled. Drawing from the finest of New York’s burlesque, circus, cabaret, and queer scenes Blunderland is a trip down the rabbit hole. Come celebrate with a show that is hand picked, juicy, and super fresh for your viewing pleasure. This is not a show for the meek, and we serve nothing mild on this stage. Please come prepared for anything. The revolution will be on stage and in eyelashes. With the out of this world talents of Shane Shane, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Faux Pas le Fay, and Aurora North.
 
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p show; 7p;
21 and over
blunderlution.eventbrite.com/?aff=nonsense
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
CVRTAIN
 
Come get a virtual reality standing ovation at CVRTAIN. This is a five-10 minute interactive experience. This performance is part of Performance Space 122’s Coil 2017 Festival, an annual festival that demonstrates the constant vitality of live performance in New York City featuring work created locally, across the US, and around the world.
 
Gallery 151
132 West 18th Street, Manhattan
noon-6p; $10
Continues through January 15
ps122.org/cvrtain/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
A Gay Show for All People
 
Aaron Jackson and Josh Sharp are back for another Gay Show For All People, a variety hour filled with songs and laughs from comics and queers and mostly people who are both. This month featuring Julio Torres, Cole Escola, Barrett Wilbert Weed, and Liza Treyger.
 
The Duplex
61 Christopher Street, Manhattan
9:30p; $8 and a two drink minimum with a reservation, $12 and a two drink minimum at the door
purplepass.com/agayshowjan7
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Joe’s NYC Bar
 
In the days leading up to the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, Joe’s NYC Bar will open its doors in NYC for the first time in its 15-year existence. At Joe’s NYC Bar, the audience is invited to join the interactive, immersive, improvised, 90-minute show that seeks to build a global conversation about the world we live in. This limited nine-show run will take place at iconic Upper East Side hangout Ryan’s Daughter.
 
Originally conceived and created in Orlando in 2001 by New York transplant Christian Kelty, Joe’s NYC Bar offers a safe space for the public to interact with a diverse cast of colorful and opinionated barflies about issues close to their hearts. But it’s not just about the actors. At Joe’s, audience members will interact with diverse characters from a wired ad executive to a neurotic pharma rep to an introverted art therapist. Embedded into the experience are meticulously researched characters, each with their individual narratives explored at every performance, plus a different world-class live musical act every night. Featuring NYC performing artists Frank Cardillo, Walter Michael DeForest, Kelly Kinsella, Peter Michael Marino, Julia Register, David Rosenberg and Adam Sullivan.
 
Ryan’s Daughter
350 East 85th Street, at 1st Avenue, Manhattan
8p; $20 advance, $25 door
Continues through January 15
joesnycbar.brownpapertickets.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Banana Rumour: Heems/Dap/Grumby
 
Indian Bastards from Hell return for another installment with sounds from all over the globe (aka Queens). This time they are bringing homeboy Grumby to mix it up, Chillin' Island will be providing digital visuals for the whole affair, and I'm sure we will be rocking banana drink specials of some sort.
 
Flattopps
33-06 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, Queens
8p-1a; $free
flattoppsnyc]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events/1881417912079159/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Cinema 16
 
Simone and Amedeo Pace of Blonde Redhead will perform an original live score for seven experimental films made specifically for this evening. We are celebrating Mono No Aware's 10 years of preserving celluloid through workshops, screenings, and lectures. We will have a taco truck and a bar waiting for you upon arrival.
 
99 Scott
99 Scott Avenue, Brooklyn
7p; $free
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Game Show the Best of Edition
 
The live comedy game show has its first show of 2017. And it's a Best Of edition so all the best games will be played.  Contestants win real prizes and beers playing twisted versions of Price is Right, 25,000 Pyramid, Name That Tune and other games that include, music, dancing, and of course fellatio. Hosted by Michael Bertrando. Sidekick: David del Rosario. Spokesmodel: Emma Krulik, live music performed by David Bowers.
 
The Annoyance Theatre
367 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
10:30p; $5
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 XXXXX
 
 
Golden Years. A Tribute to David Bowie
 
Michael T presents his annual Bowie/Elvis double birthday celebration. For the past seven years the Bowie-Elvis tribute has been a staple of NYC. This year is somewhat bittersweet as it's the first year of Bowie's passing on what would've been his 70th Birthday.
 
That stated, this event is not to mourn but to celebrate the music of these two great artists. The Hound Dogs perform an Elvis set. Michael T and the Vanities perform three Bowie sets from three distinctive periods from his musical career: Berlin Bowie; 80s Bowie; and glam Bowie. Guest singers Militia Vox, Mike Fornatale, Laura Rebel Angel, Chris Zacher, Broadway Brassy, Steve Krebs, and Emma Craig appear in each set. In addition to the live performances, an all Bowie dance party takes place in upstairs plus screenings of rare videos etc. Downstairs, DJs play Elvis and rockabilly.
 
The Delancey
168 Delancey and Clinton Street, Manhattan
6p; $10 advance, $12 door
glamdammit.com
facebook.com/events/1829098470637812/
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Kava and Color
 
The New Year has begun but you’re still reeling from the holiday madness. Join us at Kava and Color for our New Year’s Resolution edition. Drink kava tea and let one of the on-site art therapists guide you on a personal coloring journey into setting your intentions for 2017.
 
BK Kava
191 Suydam Street, Brooklyn
2-8p; $10
facebook.com/events/1772903572962271/
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Global No Pants Subway Ride
 
The 16th Annual No Pants Subway Ride takes place in New York and dozens of cities around the world.
 
improveverywhere.com/2017/01/03/global-no-pants-subway-ride-2017/
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
No Pants After Party
 
After riding with 5,000 of your closest nearly nude friends, meet up in Union Square and head over to Bar 13 for the fifth annual No Pants Subway Ride After Party. With underpants-shaking beats from DJs Dirtyfinger, Shakey, DJuice, and Hamstaskin. Pantless dance performances by the Flying Pants Brigade. Art installations by Samantha Statin and Kate Relish. Performance art by Krauss Dañielle and Operative Slamdance. No-pants dress code; pants check available.
 
Bar 13
35 East 13th Street, Manhattan
2-8p; $15 door
21 and over
app.youpooly.com/show/event-ce5970b0-065d-40ac-a075-29f5b5150935/index.html
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Looking Back, It May Not Have Been Ridgefield High’s Best Production of Our Town
 
Get ready for the world premiere of Looking Back, It May Not Have Been Ridgefield High’s Best Production of Our Town, by Augie Praley. A playwright invites us along as he returns to his high school gymnatorium on the night before it’s to be torn down, to examine and reimagine the lives that were touched in some way by the building -- especially those involved in the school’s many past productions of Our Town. Equal parts earnest love letter and meta dissection of Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece, Looking Back, It May Not Have Been Ridgefield High’s Best Production of Our Town takes the awkward and the cringe-worthy, the hilarious and the tragic, the ordinary and the extraordinary, and explores what it means to be human today. This new play will be directed by Isaac Klein, and produced by Maggie D’Ambrose. It stars a cast of eighteen, led by Augie Praley as the Playwright. Production Design by Joel Soren.
 
PIT’s Striker Theater
123 East 24th Street, Manhattan
8:30p; $18
Continues SUNDAY through February 12
lookingbackourtown]at]gmail.com.
thepit-nyc.com/lookingback
 
 
XXXXX MONDAY, JANUARY 9 XXXXX
 
 
Sxip Shirey’s A Bottle of Whiskey and a Handful of Bees
 
Record release with special guests Rhiannon Giddens, Xavier, Dessa, and Choral Chameleon. Acclaimed electro-acoustic composer and performer Sxip Shirey celebrates the release of his new album A Bottle of Whiskey and a Handful of Bees with a non-stop evening of music and performance. Shirey and his band perform songs from Whiskey/Bees featuring Choral Chameleon performing a new piece for the Gauntlet, the choir you walk through; the infamous co-joined breathing duet last performed by Sxip Shirey and Rachelle Garniez at TED; A dance party with Sxip’s sousaphone-fueled Jank band; and multiple reverse disc music boxes, marbles and glass bowls, spinning weight plates, extended triple penny whistles, and other sonic surprises alongside the beautiful, sexy and surprising music from Shirey’s new album.
 
National Sawdust
80 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $29-34
nationalsawdust.org/event/ferus-festival-sxip-shireys-a-bottle-of-whiskey-and-a-handful-of-bees/
 
 
***** Also on MONDAY *****
 
 
Would You Rather
 
Comics are given scenarios to explore and do material off of. Things like would you rather have too many sex organs or not enough sex organs? Be a buttondown baller or a T-shirt tyrant? Our line up is: Kelly Cooper, Brad Howe, Justin Linville, Matt Liner, and Gina Ginsberg.
 
A jpg of the promo, links to the facebook event and the venues's websites are avail upon request. Please let me know if you need anything else. Thanks, happy new year, and I hope you are well!
 
VSpot Organic
12 St. Marks Place, Manhattan
8p; $free, food and booze are available for purchase
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 XXXXX
 
 
The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies Presents: Unsung Heroines of History
 
The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies is proud to present a series of free lectures designed to both entertain and enlighten. We meet at the Bedford, the second Tuesday of each month to discuss historical topics that you probably knew at one point but don’t remember anymore. Plus, there will be drink specials.
 
In light of recent events, it seems more important than ever to remember the ladies. Fulfill the classic New Year's Resolution of bettering yourself by listening to lectures on under-the-radar women while simultaneously abandoning your resolution to quit drinking so much beer.
 
With talks on Unsung Partners: A Look at Some Wives, Widows, and Mistresses Who Helped Shape History, Female Renaissance Artists: More Than Just a Pretty Picture, and Dangerous Vision: Feminist Politics and the Unsung Graces of Virginia Woolf.
 
The Bedford
110 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p doors, 7:30p lectures; $free
getsaucedatsass.tumblr.com/
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
Investigating the World We Already Know
 
Join us Tuesday for our inaugural episode of a new, live, one-on-one talk show, the Hook, as we welcome NYC City Council member Stephen Levin for an inquisition that will aim to answer such questions as, “Is there hope in Politics?” “Are there other cities you are envious of, politically?” “What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?” And, of course, “When you played bass for an indie-rock darling of college-radio, named after a $10 toy synthesizer, was it awesome?”
 
One of the council’s youngest members, Mr. Levin is also one of its most visible, active, and principled, pursuing an agenda bold on education and open space. Most recently, Mr. Levin was the key architect and proselyte for the city’s beleaguered acquisition of the keystone parcel of land to complete Bushwick Inlet Park -- no small victory.
 
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, at Richardson, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7-9p; $free
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
Free Ironing
 
The Brooklyn Ironers’ Union Local 278 is pleased to announce its first ever tour of North Brooklyn, continuing throughout January. You can get your stuff ironed for free by certified Journeyman Ironer and Union rep James Hook and Friends.
 
Bring items of clothing you wish to have ironed. All articles of clothing will be considered, though Mr. Hook reserves the right to refuse service at will.  This is a free service for the people of North Brooklyn. Music is provided.
 
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, at Richardson, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
9p-midnight; $free
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 XXXXX
 
 
House of Yes Night Circus
 
The acclaimed House of Yes variety show is BACK and it's darker than ever. Fantasy. Mystery. Enigmas. Aerial. Circus. Passion. Night Circus invites the fittest and most ferocious performers to bring their newest acts and finest feats to our stage. Curated to perfection for your enjoyment. Hosted by the one and only Kae Burke.
 
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p show; $?
21 and over
 
 
XXXXX THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 XXXXX
 
 
Knockdown Center is pleased to announce:
 
Nasty Women
 
A group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of recent and ongoing threats to women’s rights. Nasty Women aims to act as a catalyst for conversation, organization, and action preceding the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2016. The exhibition invites self-identifying Nasty Women to contribute artwork to be sold for $100 or less, with all proceeds given to Planned Parenthood.
 
A series of music, performances, and workshops will accompany Nasty Women exhibition all weekend long. Proceeds in benefit of select organizations working towards women’s reproductive health and community health initiatives.
 
 
The Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
7-10p; $?
knockdown.center/event/nasty-women-exhibition/
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
HAF Session: Open Mic Night
 
An open mic night where artists can perform with a back-up band at a cool falafel/shawarma/hookah/jazz club bar, anyone who comes can sign up and may have a chance on stage, time willing. Harlem Artist Festival's artist application is closing on January 15, so this is the last chance for artists to get on stage in front of artistic selection committee members (to become a HAF Artist).
 
Silvana
300 West 116th Street, Manhattan
8p-midnight; $free
hafopenmicjan.eventbrite.com
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* Golden Festival, January 13 and 14
* The Anti-Inaugural Ball, January 20
 
 
XXXXX WISHLIST XXXXX
 
 
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at]nonsensenyc.com. We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
 
 
***** ARTY STUFF *****
 
 
* We will be opening a temporary and autonomous law office in DC during the January 20 inauguration located at 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, closer to the White House than the Trump Tower. We will be providing free legal consultation and representation to anyone arrested for expressing dissent in the tradition of Henry David Thoreau. The space will be a meeting ground for those engaging against the wholesale merger of our country with multi-national corporations. If you or your group would like to book legal time in preparation for J20 or want to come by to help out, please contact us here in advance: Jfw]at]jfwlaw.net.
 
* 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]gmail.com. Reservations and donations can be made via indiegogo: generosity.com/community-fundraising/bk-women-march-on-washington-rt-bus-january-21/x/15512198 bkbitch.tumblr.com/
 
 
***** 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]silentbarn.org
 
 
XXXXX SPECTRE PRIORITY XXXXX
 
 
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: spectrevision.net. The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact spectre.event.horizon.group]at] gmail.com.
 
 
***** Dollar-A-Year Men *****
 
spectrevision.net/2017/01/04/populist-central-bankers/
 
"Trump has selected a law partner at Sullivan and Cromwell -- which has represented Goldman Sachs since the late 1800s -- to be the next SEC Chairman. Jay Clayton’s nomination raises the question of what vetting is being done by Trump’s transition team -- or is it simply taking its marching orders from power brokers on Wall Street, which has now become the norm regardless of which political party is in power. Not only has Clayton been Goldman Sachs’ outside counsel for years but Clayton’s wife, Gretchen, has worked at Goldman for the past 17 years, Under 18 U.S.C. § 208, the basic criminal conflict of interest statute, an executive branch employee is prohibited from participating personally and substantially in a government matter that will affect his own financial interests, as well as the financial interests of his spouse. This effectively means that the SEC Chair will have to recuse himself permanently from any matter involving Goldman Sachs, one of the largest investment banks and holders of derivatives in the world."
 
 
XXXXX OVERHEARD XXXXX
 
 
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 miniuyork.com.
 
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]gmail.com.
 
 
*****
 
 
Overheard in NYC. Woman in her late 20s to a friend in the street:
 
-- "Don't overthink it. All that matters is love and food."
 
 
XXXXX LEARNING XXXXX
 
 
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]nonsensenyc.com.
 
 
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
 
 
Art, Activism, and Meditation
 
Please join us for Ethan Nichtern's talk on Art, Activism, and Meditation at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery. As we slide into 2017, how do we sit still with what is, actively push into social justice, and be creative? My own sense is that whatever we do, the more we do it together the stronger we'll be.
 
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery
250 Broome Street, Manhattan
7-8p; $free
catincatabacaru.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
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
michaelalanart.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
 
 
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
6-9p; $free
bklynlibrary.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: TUESDAY *****
 
 
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
6:30-8p; $free
Registration required
Greenthumbnyc.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: TUESDAY *****
 
 
The Crunk Feminist Collection
 
For the members of the Crunk Feminist Collective, their academic day jobs were lacking in conversations they actually wanted to have: relevant, real conversations about how race and gender politics intersect with pop culture and current events. To address this void, they started a blog. Now with an annual readership of nearly one million, their posts foster dialogue about activist methods, intersectionality, and sisterhood. With the publication of their new essay collection, the Crunk Feminist Collective tackles life stuck between loving hip hop and ratchet culture while hating patriarchy, misogyny, and sexism. The book’s distinguished editors take the stage at Greenlight for a discussion moderated by Jamilah Lemieux about the book, the project, and the increasing relevance and necessity of their work.
 
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
7:30p; $free
greenlightbookstore.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: THURSDAY *****
 
 
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.
 
8th Floor
17 West 17th Street, Manhattan
6p; $free
RSVP: rsvp]at]abladeofgrass.org
abladeofgrass.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
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
RSVP
facebook.com/events
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Tax Tips for Freelancers
 
Calling all artists, musicians, house cleaners, food venders, childcare providers, Uber drivers, etc: Brooklyn Coop wants to help you save on your taxes. Are you self-employed? Do you receive 1099s? Do you file a Schedule C? Then this class is for you.
 
Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union
834 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn
January 14, 2-4p; $free
facebook.com/events
 
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
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
eventbrite.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
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
January 15, 4-7p; $free
facebook.com/events
 
 
***** LEARNING: ONGOING *****
 
 
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. clients.mindbodyonline.com
* 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. thetrapezeloft.com
*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. facebook.com/groundedaerial
* 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. times-up.org
* 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. bushwickcommunitydarkroom.com
* 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. vivabodyroll.com
* 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. newyorkcapoeiracenter.com
* 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. eizanryujujitsu.org
*Filmmaking Workshops: low-cost, small in size, short in duration, for beginners to advanced, with all equipment provided. DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. dctvny.org/workshops
*Free Yoga. Please come if you are curious, interested, resistant. 417 Pulaski Street, apt 3, Brooklyn, Fridays, 7p; $free. facebook.com/SummerCircleYoga
*Friday Night Blues NYC, weekly beginner blues dancing classes and social blues dancing. Stepping Out Studios, 37 West 26th Street, 9th floor; $10
* Group Ukulele Lessons, bring or borrow a ukulele. Location (Lower East Side) provided with rsvp to yourocknyc]at]gmail.com. 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. thebloomfieldschool.com
*Karate classes, self-defense-focused, community-minded martial arts. Evening and weekend classes available, first two weeks free. 248 McKibbin Street, basement, Brooklyn 11206. 718.418.9892 tokarate.com
*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]icloud.com
*Queer and Trans Yoga. Third Root Community Health Center, 380 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn. Sunday, 5-6:30p, and Thursday, 8:15-9:30p; $12. thirdroot.org
* Silent DJ Hot Yoga, Qoya, Zumba, and more. Sacred, 197 Clifton Place, Brooklyn. Various. sacredbrooklyn.com
*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. singasecret.com
* Sword Class NYC, eastern and western sword styles. Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, 16th floor, Manhattan. Various. swordclassnyc.com
* 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. streb.org
* West African Dance Class. P.S. 194 Countee Cullen, 244 West 144th Street, Manhattan. Mondays and Wednesdays 5-7p; $free. ethoh.org
* 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. times-up.org/bike-co-op
 
 
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