nonsensenyc: 1.13 to 1.19

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 1.13 to 1.19
Date: January 13th 2017
* The Secret Loft Show: A Comedy Dance Party, Brooklyn
* Cartoon Carnival No. 52: Friday the 13th, Brooklyn
* Mr. DynaNite, Celebrating the Music of James Brown, Brooklyn
* Pulitzer Surprises, Brooklyn
* OMG It's a Hair Movie Sing-a-long, Brooklyn
* Resonate X Chasm, Queens
* Broken Bone Bathtub, Manhattan
* The 90s Hip Hop and R&B Sing-Along, Brooklyn
* Friday the Fuckteenth, Manhattan
Saturday, January 14
* 2017 We Got This, Brooklyn
* 32nd Annual Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, Brooklyn
* Gala of the Gone, Manhattan
* Brooklyn Art Space Drawathon, Brooklyn
* CVRTAIN, Manhattan
* Chroma Key, Brooklyn
* Bushwick A/V Saturday Morning Afters, Brooklyn
* This Is Rare Groove Part IV, Brooklyn
* Michael Alan Figure Drawing, Brooklyn
Sunday, January 15
* Voluption: A New Year's Gathering, Brooklyn
* Your Sunday Dose, Manhattan
* A Blue State of Christmas, Long Island City
Tuesday, January 17
* A Dream Within a Dream: A Burlesque Tribute to the Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Manhattan
* Little Cinema: Labyrinth, Brooklyn
* The Fuck You Revue, Brooklyn
Wednesday, January 18
* Please Don't Go, Manhattan
* Bring Your Own Film, Brooklyn
Thursday, January 19
* Snatch Back, Brooklyn
* Trump, Keep Out: A Benefit For Planned Parenthood, Brooklyn
* USO-ver? A Party and Performance Protest, Brooklyn
* A Drinking Game NYC Presents Heathers, Brooklyn
* Tale: NYC's Finest Storytelling, Manhattan
* Studio
* Kompromat
* Suits
* Cryptoparty
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The Secret Loft Show: A Comedy Dance Party
Secret Loft is back. Free pizza. Free comedy. Free music. We have an amazing line-up, free pizza, and cheap drinks. If you're not into this, we don't trust you. With Adam Lowitt, Damien Lemon, Andy Sandford, Liza Treyger, Marisa Douenias, and Lucas Connolly. Stick around after the show for a great dance party with plenty of drinks.
RSVP for address, Bushwick, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free-10
21 and over
516 808 8187
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Cartoon Carnival No. 52: Friday the 13th
At show no. 52, we’ll have over a dozen 16mm (no digital!) cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives to the silver screen at Shoestring Press -- all for your enjoyment. Come on out for all kinds of ancient cartoon accidents, tragedies, superstitions, bad luck, and anything else that falls into the category of an animated "hot mess." Bring your friends, but make sure not to break any mirrors or walk under any ladders on the way over.
Shoestring Press
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
8:00p; $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Mr. DynaNite, Celebrating the Music of James Brown
FnL is pleased to present a celebration of the music of the Godfather of Funk, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, Soul Brother Number One, the late, great, James Brown. Three ultra-talented DJs are getting together to put their spin on the work of Mr Dynamite; incorporating originals, remixes, covers, collaborations, and the hip hop records that sampled JB to give us one night of bootyshaking, genre-bending madness. With DJs Easy Mo Bee, Dash Speaks, and Mr. J Patt.
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $free
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Pulitzer Surprises
According to the Pulitzer website, anyone can nominate anything for a Pulitzer Prize and Pulitzer Surprises takes advantage of that horrible idea. Hosts Caroline Schaper and Eliza Cossio invite their favorite comedians perform a submission for a Pulitzer. Caroline and Eliza also interview a real-life Pulitzer Prize winner who has actually done something good. At the end of the show the audience will cast their vote on who deserves a Pulitzer, and then we will really submit it for a Pulitzer Prize. That winner walks away a Pulitzer Prize Entrant. Lineup: Matt Barats, Patti Harrison, Matt Koff, and Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Harmon of the NY Times.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, between 5th and 6th avenues, Brooklyn
7p doors, 7:30p show; $6 online, $8 door
718 638 4400
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
OMG It's a Hair Movie Sing-a-long
I worship the musical Hair and also worship the movie version. It definitely shaped me as a human. To me it's perfection. The dancing and choreography is beautiful and the cast is so good. I had this idea to screen the movie for Hair fans and make it an all out nerd fest. Singing at the top of your lungs is very encouraged. I'm going to pop a ton of popcorn and we will blast it. Come join us and geek out. Come dressed as your favorite character from Hair or dressed like a damn hippie and get in free.
Tarot Society
4 Charles Place, Brooklyn
9p; $5
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Resonate X Chasm
Resonate X Chasm is a collaborative showcase of experimental art and music, presented as part of the Stay Nasty fundraiser featuring four days of music, art, performance. All ticket sales go to benefit Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and the New York Immigration Coalition.
On the heels of the launch event last month, Chasm returns to start the year with a showcase of live performances and light installations. Collapsing Scenery headlines with a musical performance set within a live multichannel video installation, marking the release of their new single and 7-inch. JJ Brine, Crown Prince of Hell, continues his PAC End of the World series of politically-charged light shrines (programmed to precisely achieve a timely apocalypse in 2033 AD); Alfredo Salazar-Caro presents an animated projection, and Laura Weyl will demonstrate her oil-based projection technique. Sandra Cordero, a veteran of NYC institutions such as Rubulad, Disorient and Warper Party, presents a live visual set, implemented through custom-coded software. Other performers include Richard Kennedy, Malory, Celestial Trax, PlĒbeian, Margaret Velvet, and Laura Duvall.
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Queens
7p-2a; $20 includes all Friday events for Stay Nasty
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Broken Bone Bathtub
Broken Bone Bathtub is an immersive theatre project taking place inside a bathtub, in an actual home. After a serious bike accident, a young woman musters up the courage to ask for help, and shares her story, exploring themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity and connection. The audience takes on the role of the artist's close friends; not only listening but sharing in their experiences, and assisting the cast-clad artist in the actual ritual of taking a bath.
Secret locations all over NYC, Manhattan
Continues through February 26
7p and 9p Fridays and Saturdays, 2p and 4p Sundays; $15 with code "rubberduck" opening weekend only, $35 regular tickets
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
SecretFormula presents:
The 90s Hip Hop and R&B Sing-Along
This is how we do it. Two hours of the decade's tightest rhymes and most soulful ballads, with no microphones and all the lyrics up on the screen. It's Hammer time.
Then it's time to watch beloved Saturday morning cartoon characters celebrate the new year at the Spoons Toons and Booze New Year Special, with 'toons from the 1930s through 1990s making resolutions and revealing their origin stories. Below you'll find a complete description of the events along with links. If you'd like more information, photos or would like to attend please contact me and I'll be happy to assist.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
9:30p show; $10
718 638 4400
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Friday the Fuckteenth
The first Friday the 13th of the year is a week before Inauguration Day, so you know it’s dark. You know it’s dreary. You know you don’t care about life and why should you? We don't either but we do like to dance, so we're having a party to celebrate a new year and the last one before the end of the world. It’s Friday the 13th aka Friday the Fuckteenth because we’re all fucked and we’ll all be speaking Russian by 2020.
Bedlam NYC
40 Avenue C, Manhattan
2017 We Got This
Inaugurate yourself party. Brush off your cynicism and shellshocked depressed psyches and get back in the ring.  Come join in camaraderie and dance with us at the Industry City Distillery in Sunset Park to Inaugurate yourself. Flow through for your first Saturday night stop, or stay for the whole time. With Crowdsource DJ sets. Bring two-three songs to share from across the ages -- ready to play from your devices). Draw Your Future booths, empanadas, and special bar with house-made syrups and extracts, beet molasses, and beer whiskey. We don’t know what the next four years will bring, but we do know that it’s up to us to come together in celebration and solidarity to bring in the future we want. Stay woke. Get up and get out here.
Industry City Distillery
33 35th Street, sixth floor, Brooklyn
7:30p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
32nd Annual Zlatne Uste Golden Festival
Anchored in Balkan traditions (roughly Romania to Greece, Croatia to Turkey), and venturing generously beyond, the programming spans the ancient and the experimental, the oud and the synthesizer. With a dance workshop on Friday night, an artisan market, and more than 50 performing groups contributing their time and talents, you will find your cup of tea (as well as some feta, dolma, and spiced meat morsels).
Grand Prospect Hall
263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn
6p-2a; $55
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Gala of the Gone
On this night, the spirits are near. Channels are open, perceptions are clear and we are ready to receive the thick breath of life and death and touch the thread that exists between the two. Light the candles, burn the fires. Revitalize. Rejuvenate. Celebrate.
Lets us dance in honor of our spirit, our mortality. Light the candles, burn the fires. Adorn yourself for the pleasures of vanity, wear your finest costumes to ward off ghosts of malintent. Dance for those who have passed and for those who are yet to come. They are with us tonight and so are you.
House of Yes
4 Wyckoff, Manhattan
10p; $free before 11p, $25 after
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Brooklyn Art Space Drawathon
Ten hours of figure drawing from live models. Mixture of short and long poses. Free food, drinks, and music.
Brooklyn Art Space
168 7th Street, third floor, Brooklyn
7p-5a; $15 students, $25 advance, $30 door
917 355 8333
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
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
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
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
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Bushwick A/V Saturday Morning Afters
With Haruka, Sofia Kourtesis, Alestry Pérez, K1W1, and Myroslaw Bytz.
Studio 299
299 Vandervoort Avenue, Brooklyn
4a-2p; $20
21 and over
669 238 3725
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
This Is Rare Groove Part IV
DJ Quesquecest? and DJ Ol' Stark will team up again spinning the cream of deep funk, underground disco boogie, rare soul, French, Afro, Brazilian, and more hip grooves. Strictly vinyl records. Come and dance.
The Keep
205 Cypress Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Michael Alan Figure Drawing
XXX drawing female and male form and couple poses from 7p to 8:30p (this is a special part for female artists only) 8:30 to 12:30a all artists welcome with long, short, and moving poses by female goddess 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.
RSVP for address, Bushwick, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
7p-8:30p female artists only, 8:30p-12:30a; $20
Voluption: A New Year's Gathering
Join us for a Sunday soiree -- an afternoon into evening kind of thing.  We'll dance, we'll sing. You'll be asked the question: "Which horse will you ride into this apocalypse?"
Kindly polish your dancing shoes. Kids are welcome but bring headphones for the bebes as it might get loud for them. Performances by mobile, femme-powered, anti-Trump brass band Pussy Grabs Back, DJ Baby K, Howie Solo, and Batala New York.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
5p doors, 6p show; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Your Sunday Dose
A new monthly series.  We kick off with erotic nightlife performers to bring you immersive boylesque, circus, and variety show performances.  The nights are produced by Katie Morabito, hosted by notorious drag entertainer Madame Vivien V, and are done in collaboration with resident bartender Cory Dixon.
Nurse Bettie
106 Norfolk Street, Manhattan
9p-midnight; $free  
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
The Hoover Dam Collective returns to;
A Blue State of Christmas
A post-holidays show of sad Christmas songs in anticipation of Inauguration Day. A Blue State of Christmas will take place by the fire in LIC Bar's cozy back room. The show is free and will feature musical performances from Christian Apuzzo, Jasper Lewis, Silbin Sandovar, and Bears of Alaska, as well as a short story by writer Nate Waggoner.
45-58 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens
4-7p; $?
A Dream Within a Dream: A Burlesque Tribute to the Works of Edgar Allan Poe
A burlesque tribute to the works of Edgar Allan Poe. "There is no exquisite beauty ... without some strangeness in the proportion." The exquisite, strange beauty Clara Coquette celebrates her birthday and the birthday of one of America’s greatest writers, Edgar Allan Poe. Born in Boston on January 19, Poe’s short, dark life, strife with depression, poverty, and alcoholism, provided an influence for his ominous stories and poetry. Clara Coquette brings Poe’s works of mystery and macabre to life with tributes to the literary classics of the Raven, the Masque of the Red Death, and the Tell-Tale Heart..
"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. An innovative and imaginative thinker, Edgar Allan Poe crafted stories and poems that still shock, surprise, and move modern readers to this day. Featuring the amazing talents of Matt Knife, Broody Valentino, Divina GranSparkle, Fem Appeal, Johnny Panic, Mary Cyn, Viktor Devonne, and Seedy Edie.
The Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street, Manhattan
8p; $15
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Little Cinema: Labyrinth
Little Cinema is starting 2017 off by revisiting where we first started last January. For our one year anniversary we will be doing an immersive screening of Labyrinth with a special David Bowie tribute after-party.  Our full House of Yes family will be in this one.
The show will fuse aerial performances, dance, and video art throughout the theater space, featuring House of Yes talent and live video DJing by chnnls (Jay Rinsky). There will be a free Bowie after party to continue the celebration. Wear your favorite Bowie outfit and come get lost in the labyrinth.
The night includes immersive screening of the Labyrinth, dance and aerial performances, video art and 3D projection mapped interactive video, David Bowie video DJ set (at intermission), and free Bowie dance after party with DJ Dropkat.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p screening, 10p afterparty; $?
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
The Fuck You Revue
The Fuck You Revue is a radically inclusive monthly spectacle at Bizarre Bushwick, brought to you by co-producers Fancy Feast and Zoe Ziegfeld. On Tuesday we give you the F Word -- and no, we don't mean "fuck." We're tackling a word that both delights and terrifies: fat. It is our great pleasure to present to you a selection of New York's finest larger-bodied performers to shimmy, shake, strip, celebrate, and strike fear into the hearts of anonymous internet trolls.
Featuring esteemed ecdysiasts Storm, Lillian Bustle, Sarah Tonin, Broody Valentino, Nyx Nocturne, and Vigor Mortis; fitness icon Roz the Diva; nightlife legend Glenn Marla; and the world-renowned Dirty Martini. Fancy Feast helms this celebratory ship.
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
J,M,Z trains to Myrtle Avenue station
9p doors, 9:30p show; $10 suggested
Please Don't Go
A fond farewell to a gentleman president and alt inaugural event for activists, artists, and conscious citizens. A creative communities event and rallying place for the many battles ahead where we invite action oriented people to come out and get connected. Marking eight years since our Freedoms Ring, Dreams for a New Era Inaugural Ball, we bookend the Obama Presidency with a tribute to a leader who brought intelligence, class, humor, and civility to the office and our country. This event will feature short speeches looking back and forward while helping people mobilize.
We are seeking speakers and project leaders who wish to present or host a table to promote a constructive social/ political activism initiative with an emphasis on positivity and innovation to best engage the creative brilliance of the NYC arts and culture communities.
Theme: Back to basics patriotism, incorporating the progressive visions of our country's founders including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, free speech, the necessity of a free/independent media, religious tolerance and rule by the many rather than the powerful few. Come as you are or don patriotic attire, dress as a founding father/mother, national monument or ironic commentary on the state of affairs. It will be a long haul until 2020 -- we must maintain our style and sense of humor. VJs: VP Krunch and Melissa Ulto.
This Alt.Inaugural is the first collaboration orchestrated by the Open Kulture project -- a social good community connector that promotes best practice community organizing with an emphasis on the 2018 and 2020 election cycles. Open Kulture is associated with a recruiting platform (in development) that will connect conscious and creative professionals with organizations with shared values.
Theater for the New City
155 2nd Avenue, between 10th and 11th streets, Manhattan
7-11p; $5 donation to cover event costs
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Bring Your Own Film
Bring Your Own Film is a monthly film and video open mic screening where filmmakers and artists working in moving images can bring in finished pieces or works in progress. It's a friendly and informal space where people share and talk about each other's work. Please join us to drink cheap beer, meet new people, and watch some cool film and video projects. If you have a project you'd like to share, bring it. First come first served, no need to contact us ahead of time, just show up with your film and we'll play it. Any film, any digital format, 10 minutes or under.
Shoestring Press
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p screening; $free
Gemini and Scorpio and Dayna Kurtz presents:
Snatch Back
A fundraiser for Lady Parts Justice League and the battle for our reproductive freedom. An evening of sexy solidarity and kinky outrage to raise funds for the Lady Parts Justice League. A hand-picked lineup of irreverent performances, including Dayna Kurtz, Penny Arcade, Tammy Faye Starlite, Sxip Shirey, Mamie Minch, and Mistress Couple.
The Lady Parts Justice League is a coven of hilarious badass feminists who use humor and pop culture to expose the haters trying to destroy reproductive access. We believe if there is not laughter, dancing and sexy time in your revolution, you need to fix that. The LPJL wants to lead by example showing fighting for equality is a way of life, not just a reaction to crisis, and we are connecting artists and activists around the country to help make that happen.
Do you have an outrageously alternative performance or experience you'd like to donate to the cause? Seeking collaborators and entertainers.
Gemini and Scorpio Loft
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
7p-midnight; $?
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Trump, Keep Out: A Benefit For Planned Parenthood
Help us celebrate on the last night of Obama's presidency with our blowout inauguration eve party. One hundred percent of proceeds from bar and raffle sales during the event will be donated to Planned Parenthood, which is so desperately in need of our support. We have some excellent prizes from our supporters that will be auctioned off by our MC Elizabeth Weitzen (creator of Shag Playhouse) and members of her burlesque company. With drink specials and a DJ dance party by Lylas.
Broken Land
105 Franklin Street, Brooklyn
7p-2a; $free
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
USO-ver? A Party and Performance Protest
Let's gather and celebrate for one more night before everything changes. We are united in our multiplicity. So let us dance and sing and laugh the night away together. Because when the sun rises, the work continues.
In the style of the classic USO shows, this evening is a cabaret to entertain the troops -- in this case the border patrol, unmanned drones, and police of the coming administration. Enjoy a depraved evening of songs, dance, and shtick.
Artists have been invited to each create an act in response to the changing political landscape and the collection of vignettes is devastating, nasty, and fun.  It is agitprop-cum-variety show.  The performances satirically indict this current reality with a gaudy, star-spangled carnival of excessive zeal, fear, and nationalism.  Part raucous party, part performance-protest, this evening finally sheds its vaudeville and culminates in a sincere community gathering which aims for actionable steps of future artful protest.
The evening’s lineup includes Tigger Boylesque, Bi Tyrant, Vivian Viva DeConcini, Hwarg, Anna/Kate Band, Amy Jo Jackson, Matthew Dicken, Amy Aniobi, and Stephen Balliet.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p show; $15 door, proceeds to be donated to the our favorite civil liberties org
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
A Drinking Game NYC Presents Heathers
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. Audience participation is encouraged. Please drink and laugh responsibly.
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
8p; $10
21 and over
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Tale: NYC's Finest Storytelling
The legendary Tale is back at the Red Room at the KGB Bar. For four years straight we’ve been bringing you the finest in NYC storytelling. No hokey gimmicks. No dumb themes. Just the best in NYC’s pro-storytelling. This is a crazy-great lineup: DC Benny, Lucie Pohl, Harmon Leon, Sean O'Brien, Walter Michael DeForest, and Colleen Hindsley.
Red Room
85 East 4th Street, third floor, Manhattan
9p; $5
Inaugural Resistance Party and ACLU Benefit
An event to support the ACLU and show our opposition to the president-elect. While he dances at inaugural balls, we will be organizing and raising money to resist his assaults on our civil liberties.
A representative from the New York Civil Liberties Union will be on hand to answer questions about the ACLU and how you can best get involved. There will be a cash bar, complimentary hors-d'oevres, an art raffle, and other fun stuff.
If you can't get down to DC to march, don't spend the evening drinking while swaddled in blankets on your couch -- come and show your support and drink/kvetch with us. Guests and friends are welcome; please feel free to share the invitation.
Gemini and Scorpio Loft
RSVP for address, Gowanus, Brooklyn
$10-100 goes directly to ACLU, nobody turned away for lack of funds
***** Also on FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 *****
The Election Monologues NYC
Join us at the Jalopy Theatre on Inauguration Day for a one-hour presentation of monologues written in response to the 2016 election. Former Jalopy open mic host, Kerri Lowe, has facilitated six diverse individuals in writing through their experience of the election of Donald Trump. This is not dogma, or propaganda, but storytelling. The goal is to promote solidarity, honest reflection and move through the emotions of this highly charged election to come out stronger individually and as a community. Post-show you are invited to the Jalopy Tavern to continue the conversation. This is part of a national event of storytelling alongside 12 other cities in the US and Canada, including Santa Fe, Dallas, Charlotte, and Chicago.
315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn
F and G trains to Carroll station
6:30p doors, 7-8p show; $10 suggested donation to benefit NYC Food Bank
***** Also on FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 *****
Don’t Panic, Organize
With Ben Yee. An organizing extravaganza. A night of camaraderie and activism presented by local grassroots, independent, and Democratic Party organizers who will give concrete steps to stay active/alive in the days and months and years ahead. Learn how you can take control of your party/parties locally and on a national level to resist the dangerous national agenda of the new administration. And maybe there will be a few surprises. Proceeds from the night are earmarked to fund organizing events such as workshops, bus trips to DC, etc. Fired-up festivities kick off at 8p. And then free karaoke starts by midnight. Presented by You Matter, a community for organizing Live stream will be available for those out of town or if sells out.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $5
***** Also on FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 *****
Beyond Patience and Fortitude: In Protection and Celebration of New York’s Diverse Cultures
Join us on Inauguration Day for our own inaugural event, an event series to educate and empower in the current political climate. From January to March, we’ll host presentations and performances that inform and inspire. It's time to move beyondpatience and toward civic action.
We'll have stations with materials for protest signs and button-making stations where you can create your very own Civic New Yorker pin. Free posters, stickers, and informational Know Your Rights flyers provided by Interference Archive and the ACLU. We’ll also give out free copies of RESIST!, a comics newspaper commenting on a Trump presidency, published by Gabe Fowler of Desert Island Comics.
The evening will feature a performance of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait by Loud Box NYC and a screening of Bill Santen’s nostalgic, wistful treatment of Barack Obama’s 2008 inauguration. Space is very limited.
City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $10 general, $8 Reliquary members
***** Also on FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 *****
Handbills of Subversion Afterparty
The official afterparty for Handbills of Subversion: Losers, Nasty Women, and the Gays. Featuring Miscegenator, Trashy, Screamin' Laura Palmer, plus DJ Grace of Spades and performances from the Lady Aye. Hosted by Denise Duffy. Raffles featuring art and merch from participating artists.
Hank's Saloon
46 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
8p doors, 10p bands; $10 suggested donation, all proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU
* Idiotarod, January 28
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* 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]
* 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:
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"One Russian specialist went on to tell me that FSB officers are prone to boasting about having tapes on public figures, and to be careful of any statements they might make. At his news conference, Trump denied the claims and said he warned his staff when they travelled: "In those hotel rooms, you have cameras in the strangest places. Cameras that are so small with modern technology, you can't see them. You better be careful, or you'll be watching yourself on nightly television."
"Although the CIA has had a long history of undermining presidents-elect and prime ministers-elect in other countries, the United States has never witnessed the intelligence agency so blatantly attempting to politically weaken a U.S. president-elect prior to the inauguration. It is no coincidence that the CIA's major anti-Russia activists on the Armed Services Committee are the immensely blackmailable McCain, Graham, and Cotton."
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People say amazing things when they think no one is listening. Overheard is about capturing these moments. We share one quotation each week that stuck with us. It's always unsolicited and unedited.
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]
Overheard in New York. January 2017. Man in his 30s:
-- "When I'm 60, I'm gonna wear suits."
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]
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
noon-7p; $free
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
2-4p; $free
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
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
4-7p; $free
A Design Thinking Approach to Learning to Code
The influence of web and mobile technologies on traditional industries has lead to a shift in the skills needed to get a job. Learning to code is one of the most rewarding ways to take charge of your career. Design thinking is an approach to problem solving that utilizes visual thinking to test and iterate. In this workshop we’ll look at the ways you can use design thinking to teach yourself how to code. We’ll talk about the philosophy behind design thinking as well as ways of incorporating its tenants into learning practices. Learning to code doesn’t need to be a pain. Learn how to use your visual processing brain to learn to code.
16 West 22nd Street, Manhattan
6:30-8p; $5-$10
Reporting the news creates unique security risks. Protecting sources and sensitive documents is vital to a free press, but challenging due to Internet surveillance and widespread data collection. This event will cover how to securely manage sensitive information by using encryption software. Help will also be available to install and configure software, so feel free to bring a laptop or mobile device.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
January 23, 6:30-8:30p; $free
Reboot Workshop: Future-Proof Your Career
Reboot Workshop is an all-day workshop with presentations and workshops geared towards getting you unstuck so that you can get the job you want. Attendees will be able to attend multiple sessions on topics ranging from technology skills to pitch coaching. There will be interactive sessions utilizing design thinking to work through your current job problems and help you take positive next steps in your career. In a job you hate or worried about your job future? Reboot is the best way to level up your skills and find your way to better opportunities. You’ll learn important skills from professionals in the tech startup community, walk away with tangible next steps to getting the job you want, as well as network with professionals in a friendly and warm environment. Don’t let another year pass by without making the change you want. It’s time to Reboot your career.
16 West 22nd Street, 6th floor, Manhattan
January 28, 10-4:00 p; $30 with code: NonsenseOnly
Queer Zines
This class will explore the history and presence of queer themes in zines throughout the 80s, 90s, and today. We'll look at specific examples of current zinesters' work, which cover topics like gender identity, personal expression and sexuality. Bring your own queer zines, or zines that have influenced you, to discuss and share with folks. And, of course, we'll have time to brainstorm and begin work on projects of our own.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
January 28, noon-2:30 p; $free
This Spring BHQFU is pleased to offer five free courses of study designed by our first MFU artists-in-residence.
33 34th Street, 6th floor, Brooklyn
Starting February 6, days and times vary; $free
School of Making Thinking
The School of Making Thinking Spring 2017 Courses are commencing February 15. All of our classes seek to bring rigorous thinking into conversation with experimental pedagogies.
Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street, Manhattan
Times and dates vary; $200, 8-week sessions
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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.

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