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Date: February 24th 2017
Friday, February 24
* The Boxcutter Puppet Cabaret, Brooklyn
* How to Party, Brooklyn
* Show and Tale: Activists, Artivists, and Archives, Manhattan
* Captains of Industry Comedy Show, Brooklyn
* Americana Psychobabble, Brooklyn
* Landmark Loew's Movie Palace: Oscar Haves and Have Nots, Jersey City
* JunXion: Carnaval, Brooklyn
* #Fomoparty, Brooklyn
* I'm With the DJ Part 2, Brooklyn
Saturday, February 25
* A Little Creative Class Benefit, Brooklyn
* Unheard-of Ensemble, Manhattan
* The Invisible Wind 6, Long Island
* Tomb Raver Pop-Up, Brooklyn
* Schtick a Pole In It: Dr. Dre, Manhattan
Sunday, February 26
* Presents, Brooklyn
Tuesday, February 28
* Little Cinema: The Blues Brothers, Brooklyn
* Am I Write, Ladies? Sorry Not Sorry, Queens
* Flaherty NYC: Kinesthetic History, Manhattan
Thursday, March 2
* Woke AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show, Brooklyn
* Force Majeure Vaudeville: Ladyweirdo Edition, Brooklyn
* Whatnowwhat: Change the Climate
* Office needed
* Penetration Testing the Election
* Loss
* Demystifying Government
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City blocks like discordant color chips
The Boxcutter Puppet Cabaret
A night of high art, low concept night of slow-moving picture shows, fast-moving puppet shows, and semi functional technology of the middle ages, all in two and occasionally three dimensions. A cabaret to make us laugh and/or cry about the state of everything, full of instantly gratifying puppet shows for a fiscally conservative and morally decaying society.
Featuring: The Banks Are Made of Marble, Episode No. 17 of the Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Weasel Vs. the World, Citizen Hero Weasel, and the Foot by the Bread and Puppet Theater. The BoxCutter Collective is made up of a group of puppeteers, bartenders, union organizers, carpenters, musicians, painters, and general trouble makers who have been working together in various forms for the last 10-15 years. Include puppeteers from Bread and Puppet, People's Puppets of Occupy Wall Street, Better Than Never Theater, Semi-Upright Cultural Workers Collective, RPM Puppet Conspiracy, Great Small Works, and the Rude Mechanical Orchestra.
The Owl Music Parlor
497 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors; $7-15 sliding scale
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
How to Party
I am a video artist having a premiere and installation of my new video, I Can't Stop Eating. Dessert provided.
385 East 18th Street, Apartment 4H, Brooklyn
8p-midnight; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Show and Tale: Activists, Artivists, and Archives
In this life there are so many ways to #resist. Do/did you, a friend, a lover or an ancestor keep mementos from those activist experiences? Do you or a friend/ancestor use art to lend support to a cause near and dear to your/their heart?
Pink pussy hats? Photos from the Women’s March you participated in? Signs from Black Lives Matter protests? ACT-UP fliers? Standing Rock protest T-shirt? Protest songs? Recipes? Postcards? Handmade posters, meeting notes, poems, and other pieces of your/their archive that tells your/their resistance story? Everyone is welcome to share with a three-minute time limit. No judges, no prizes, no competition.
Dixon Place lounge
161A Chrystie Street, Manhattan
7-9p; $free, but we will pass the hat for Standing Rock
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Captains of Industry Comedy Show
Free comedy at Industry City Distillery. Our pals Lukas Kaiser and Rojo Perez put together one helluva show. With Rob Haze, Dan Licata, Shalewa Sharpe, and Gina Ginsberg. Guest hosted by Mike Brown.
Industry City Distillery
33 35th Street, 6A, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free but RSVP necessary
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Americana Psychobabble
An evening of performance as resistance. Please join acclaimed solo performer Alexandra Tatarsky in a post-inauguration exorcism, an irrational rejuvenation ceremony, an attempt at doomsday discoveries, a delirious anti-narrative of fear-based babblings and American emptiness. With styrofoam wings, xmas lights, and ketchup. Performance experiments by other mad geniuses including Leah Hennessey, Emily Allan, Carlos Lavezzari, and Elmo King.
505 1/2 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $10 - $20 suggested donation
Continues SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Landmark Loew's Movie Palace: Oscar Haves and Have Nots
Please join us later this month as we look at some films in which one of its stars has won an Academy Award, but another one has never been so honored. Tonight: The Searchers, starring John Wayne. Tomorrow: The Fugitive and Key Largo.
Landmark Loew's Movie Palace
54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ
8p; $8
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
House of Yes and JunXion present:
JunXion: Carnaval
A global affair, with sounds from Colombia, New Orleans, and Rio. Some say this time of celebration stretches back to an ancient age when Romans celebrated Dionysian festivals such as Saturnalia and Bacchanalia.
Carnival is a celebration of indulgence. The four days leading up to lent, a time when many pleasures are forbidden, are celebrated as a time of revelry, culminating on Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras. Today, Carnival is a global festival, celebrated from Rio to New Orleans, Trinidad to Venice, Dominican Republic to Colombia, and beyond.
Welcome to JunXion Carnival where all the cultures converge. Come celebrate with us and our dear friends at the House of Yes. Featuring in two rooms: High and Mighty Brass Band, Samba New York, DJ Mickey Perez, Anna Morgan DJ, Sabine Blaizin, 2Melo, David Kiss, and Jimmy Lopez Percussionist.
Costumes are greatly encouraged, masks, feathers (no Native American headdresses), beads, puppets, come with your bloco or your Krewe, carnaval parade, featuring King Cake, King Momo, the Queen of Carnival, Samba schools, House of Yes, the JunXionetts.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $free before 11 with RSVP
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Fomoparty is a monthly dance party based in Brooklyn. In its second year, #Fomoparty has earned its stripes as a mainstay in the nightlife community by consistently pushing the musical envelope, attracting an unpretentious community of forward-thinking music lovers who love to dance. In addition to the party's residents, whose diverse sound has come to define the party, special guest DJs and performers both local and beyond frequent the stage, creating a one-of-a-kind experience set to music from around the world. With Tap.10, Darling Chuck, and tha Yell0w R Kel.
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $free with RSVP before 11p, $5 without RSVP
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
I'm With the DJ Part 2
Why go somewhere where anyone can go to when you have a place that no one can get into? @slutlust created an amazing new space inspired by @le_chadd 's I'm with the DJ installation. Worked hard to fill the space with magic and creativity. Come check out my work alongside a lot of other really talented artists before he locks the doors forever and it becomes members only. Dance music by: Dan Wender, Aquarian, DJ Jonny, djpressplay, and Darth Maul. No door, no list, just dance.
291 Hooper Street, Brooklyn
10p-late; $?
A Little Creative Class Benefit
A benefit for nonprofit art and social justice organization A Little Creative Class. Music by Bed-Stuy jazz legend Rachiim, plus disco dance hall Motown new wave and Rags of Light deconstruction reconstruction fashion show by South Beach artist Don Shearer and a Bargain Basement Art Sale with photo works donated by over 40 artists.
236 Malcolm X Boulevard, Brooklyn
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Unheard-of Ensemble
Unheard-of//Ensemble presents premieres from their 2016-2017 season at Spectrum, performing newly composed works for clarinet, cello, and piano. The ensemble works with composers each season to craft an all-premiere program, taking these premieres to colleges, universities, and venues throughout the United States to engage students and audiences in the creation of their own collaborations. Unheard-of//Ensemble collaborates with composers at the forefront of modern music to create projects that connect with new, diverse audiences.
121 Ludlow Street, second floor, Manhattan
7p; $10-15
678 739 7988
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Invisible Wind 6
An all-night walk and show and tell. The Invisible Wind is an ongoing series of ritual walks across Paumanok, which is on Long Island. This walk will be quite challenging due to the cold weather, and it will be worth it. (We will have many breaks indoors too.) While we trek across a specified route, we will fill the night with our own stories, songs and games, so please bring something to share. Don't forget to dress warm.
Starting at the Mastic Shirley LIRR stop, Shirley, Long Island
9:30p; $free with RSVP
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Tomb Raver Pop-Up
Brooklyn's legendary pop-up dance party, Tomb Raver, returns for one night with two floors of sound. Line-Up: Pjay, Wavewhore, Monikkr, Faith in the Glitch, Xenia Ghali, Kellen303, Diyr, Aions, Soley, Wandertalk, Tricell, Vinton Surf, Mortarist, Jake Delucca, And Phil Phlaymz. Live PA and DJ performances.
The Gateway
1272 Broadway, Brooklyn
9p-4a; $5 before 11p, $10 after
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Schtick a Pole In It: Dr. Dre
From producers and comics Dan Goodman and JoAnna Ross, Schtick a Pole In It works like this: Comics and pole dancers share the same stage but not at the same time to create a show that makes everyone happy. Who doesn't like to laugh. Who doesn't like to watch dancers do insane things on a pole? This month's theme is Dr Dre. Dancers choose from the hits and we will be rollin' down the street, smokin' indo, sippin' on gin and juice, laid back with my mind on my money and my money on my mind.
85 Avenue A, between 5th and 6th streets, Manhattan
8p; $20 advance, $25 cash at the door
212 777 1157
A new monthly series featuring readings, stand-up, and storytelling. This month: Catherine Cohen, Steven Markow, Amy Zimmer, Alani Foxall, and Alon Elian. Host Nate Waggoner.
248 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan Avenue station
7p; $free
Little Cinema: The Blues Brothers
Little Cinema will be doing an immersive screening of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, featuring a live brass band, crazy reverends, and a little madness. We will also be turning the show into a Fat Tuesday party after the screening.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p screening, 10p afterparty;
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Am I Write, Ladies? Sorry Not Sorry
An evening of new work from women and gender non-conforming artists about not being sorry. Featuring work from Circles/Waves, Rosa Schwartzburg, Windy, Rosie DeSantis, Nia and Ness, Lara Yuko, Mima Good, Foxy Squire, and Joyce Miller. And visual art from Hannah Aronoff, Mandy U. Wright, and LeDor.
The Footlight
465 Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
8:30 doors, 9p show; $10
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Flaherty NYC: Kinesthetic History
These works critically interrogate image production and the reproduction of images as materials of thought; they question historical continuities and ideological certainties of representation. The artists tackle the “muscle sense” of fascist history embodied in the life of Spanish filmmakers; a cinematic study on the color film stock made in Nazi Germany; speculative fiction and the personal experience of time, immigration, and the poetics of film deterioration. With Haciendo Memoria (Jogging My Memory), Rainbow’s Gravity, the Time That Remains, Answer Print, The Was, and the Cadaver of Time. Soda_Jerk, Mónica Savirón, and Luis Parés in person for a post-screening discussion moderated by Jean-Marie Casbarian. Curated by Ruth Somalo.
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue, at 2nd Street, Manhattan
7p; $?
Woke AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show
This show has been really fun and moving, and a comedy show specifically focusing on social issues is more important now more than ever. Plus this month we've got DJ BigWillyGetSilly providing tunes. WOKE AF is an all-inclusive comedy variety show where artists share and perform about social issues they're passionate about. This month features Mike Kelton, Mitra Jouhari, Andrew Santiago, Holograms, plus the music stylings of DJ BigWillyGetSilly.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater East Village
153 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
11p; $5
212 366 9231
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Force Majeure Vaudeville: Ladyweirdo Edition
Step right up to experience the greatest ladyweirdos in modern vaudeville. With Ula Uberbusen, Sabrina Chap, the Lady Aye, Emotions, Hilary Chaplain, Chris of Hur, and Tanya Solomon.
The Cobra Club
6 Wyckoff Avenue, at Troutman, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
8:30p door, 9p show; $10 advance, $15 door
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Whatnowwhat: Change the Climate
It won't matter what side of the river you're on once the river's gone. Join us for a night of pop-up performance, visual art, music and libations to support organizations doing work for land justice, the environment and climate change. Benefiting Honor the Earth, 350NYC, Earth Justice, and NYC Environmental Justice Alliance.
Shadow puppetry by Andrew Benincasa, live musical sets from Jennifer Kreisberg of Ulali and Rude Mechanical Orchestra. DJ sets throughout the night from DJ Scribe. With the Teaspoon Brigade, a nod to Pete Seeger: like an action piñata seesaw to pop the paradigm through interactive calls to action. Food by Insatiable Vegan. Brought to you by Holes in the Wall Collective.
Industry City Distillery
33 35th Street, sixth floor, Brooklyn
7-11p; $1-100
D,N,R trains to 36 Street station
Transplants Comedy Show
A show by stand up comics who are not New Yorkers telling jokes about NYC and their hometowns. With Vernon Payne, Martin Urbano (Texas) Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Farah Brook, Katie Boyle, Camille Theobald, Ryan Donahue, and Daniel Simonsen.
QED 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, Queens
7:30p; $7 online, $10 door
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at] We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
***** ARTY STUFF *****
* 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 five episodes, covering topics such as memorable moments on public transportation to the messiness of friendship break-ups. NPR called it an "audio amuse bouche," and depending on the topic, the immersive podcast can range from funny to whimsical to critical. This month, we're asking listeners to call in at 203 890 0974 and share their thoughts on sauce. For instance, what exactly makes a sauce different than a dip? Is gravy a sauce? What about guacamole? Do you love ranch mixed with barbecue sauce? Do any sauces make your skin crawl? Are you one of those people who doesn't use any condiments? We'd love to hear all about that and more.
* Seeking office to use for a video shoot. Video is part of a social media campaign to persuade viewers to think before following orders, especially under the current circumstances. We need a single-desk, anonymous-looking office. Shoot will be in daytime, and involve a yelling toddler. We can offer a modest rental fee. Please contact pollymorfus]at]
* Open Call for Video Art 2017: Seventh Under the Subway Video Art Night. Organized and curated by Antonio Ortuño. Deadline: May 1, 2017. underthesubwayvideoartnight]at]
***** SPACES *****
* Work studio for rent and a winter bedroom and
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]
***** Penetration Testing the Election *****
"Indiana is the latest state to accuse the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of trying to hack its state electoral system. "We know that between November 1 and December 16, we were scanned nearly 15,000 different times," Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson told reporters. When Idaho looked at IP addresses that tried to get into their system, it didn’t find "a single IP address from a foreign country," but one from "our own Department of Homeland Security," Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney told reporters. "I don’t know what they [DHS] penetrated, or what they tried, I just know their IP address showed up as hitting our website." After Georgia accused DHS of trying to hack its computer network and voter registration database -- which DHS denied -- West Virginia Secretary of State-Elect Mac Warner accused DHS of attempting to hack West Virginia election records too. Warner’s claims were disputed by then Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. Unlike Georgia, Indiana and Idaho, Tennant said West Virginia did grant DHS permission to do a "cyber-hygiene scan prior to the election."
Overheard is from Irene Pedruelo's Mi Niu York, a weekly newsletter for curious characters, treasure hunters, and eccentrics. You can sign up for her favorite stories, projects, artworks, and quotations at
People say amazing things when they think no one is listening. Overheard is about capturing these moments. We share one quotation each week that stuck with us. It's always unsolicited and unedited.
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]
Overheard in New York. February 2017. Woman in her 30s talks about being in a long-term relationship with a friend:
-- "I mourn the loss of options."
We look for the sort of classes you circled in college course catalogs but never managed to fit into your schedule. And we also look for the kind of things that no college could teach. Cheap and eclectic is the rule, though all rules get broken occasionally, and we especially love workshops, round-tables, and teachers who won't take your work out of your hands and show you how to do it right. One-time listings are categorized weekly, with general recurring classes listed at the end on the first Friday of each month. We thrive on your suggestions, so make sure to tell us about upcoming classes.
Learning is compiled and edited weekly by Juliana Driever. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
Reboot Coding Bootcamp
The Reboot Coding Bootcamp is a new and different way for you to learn how to code. It's designed specifically for people like you who know the value understanding code has for your career but need the flexibility of a part-time, hybrid (online/in-person) format.
16 West 22nd Street, Manhattan
6:30-7:30p; $free
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
Gentrification, Race, and Displacement in NYC
New York’s neighborhoods are caught in an escalating battle over what they will look like, and who will get to live in them. In this special evening, Brooklyn authors Tom Angotti and Neil deMause join with community activists working to protect their neighborhoods to discuss the city’s present and future.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
7-8:45p; $free
Demystifying Government: Executive Shenanigans
We all know this country is a right now. But how did it get this way, and what hope do we have for it to change? Honestly, how does the government even work?
Demystifying Government is a series of talks to try to answer those questions -- for all of us who may have forgotten a thing or two from civics class. The first three programs will cover our three branches, starting all the way at the top. We'll have short clever presentations from comedians, lawyers, policy wonks, and professors, then a moderated conversation, followed by audience Q&A. Plus social-justice-themed cookies.
Cloud City
85 North 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7:30p; $free
Ethics in Action: Climate Change and NYC
As a low-lying coastal city, NYC is highly vulnerable to human-induced climate change, and the sea-level rise and intensive storms that can result. NYC must also be a leader in the effort to decarbonize the energy system, a challenge encapsulated in the City’s 80x50 plan (to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 80 percent as of 2050).
Join Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs for an hour-long discussion with Dr. James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists. Together, they will discuss how New York City can be a leader in the fight to decarbonize the energy system. You will leave the discussion with a clear action plan to engage city officials, real estate developers, and others on the moral necessity to help reduce our impact on the environment.
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street, Manhattan
6:30-8p; $free
To Be or Not To Be a 501c3
This workshop will help you determine if establishing a formal nonprofit is the right decision for your all-volunteer community group. We'll walk through the major factors in the decision and the process for applying.
Citizens Committee for New York City
77 Water Street, Manhattan
March 4, noon-3p; $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.

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