nonsense nyc Message

 
From: "nonsense nyc" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsense nyc Message
Date: March 3rd 2017
Friday, March 3
* Voix-Des-Villes No. 1, Brooklyn
* Freaks Don't Cry, Brooklyn
* Fat Friday, Manhattan
 
Saturday, March 4
* Paper Jazz Small Press Fest, Brooklyn
* Banger and Mash, Manhattan
 
Sunday, March 5
* Love Is the Message: Film and Q and A With Nicky Siano, Brooklyn
* The Panorama Challenge, Queens
* Fifth Almost-Annual NYC Feminist Zine Fest, Manhattan
* The Box and Friends: Fundraiser Show, Brooklyn
* Notes From the Swamp: Strategizing Beyond Trumpism, Queens
* Big Irv's, Brooklyn
* Kava and Color Psychedelic Dream Edition, Brooklyn
 
Tuesday, March 6
* Punderdome, Brooklyn
 
Wednesday, March 7
* TERP Demo, Manhattan
* The Grocery Store: Art About Food, Manhattan
 
Thursday, March 8
* Turn and Face the Strange, Manhattan
* Whatnowwhat: Change the Climate, Brooklyn
* Time After Time, Brooklyn
 
Wishlist
* Same
 
Spectre
* Meme Magic
 
Overheard
* Street style
 
Learning
* Acid Architecture
 
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
 
 
100 cars launching off cliffs
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, MARCH 3 XXXXX
 
 
Voix-Des-Villes No. 1
 
The resurrected Voix-Des-Villes series. With Richard Larson bringing stories, Lime Rickey International bringing it, Amira Pierce bringing fiction, Craig Flanagin and Brooklyn Tape Music Center bringing sounds, and Normandy Sherwood bringing mystery. Come to listen and drink and converse.
 
Uncanny Valley
147 Manhattan Avenue, at Meserole, Brooklyn
L train to Montrose station
8p; $?
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Freaks Don't Cry
 
An immersive experience inspired by Coney Island's acclaimed sideshow. Our cast is seeking a daring audience, enthusiastic about joining the act and helping to save the sideshow from obscurity. Audience members should come prepared for the fanfare of a classic sideshow,  from a burlesque dancer to a psychic, with a few twists. We are also inviting the possibility of a single audience member getting to be initiated as an honorary freak for the night. Freaks Don't Cry runs weekends from March 3 through the 19. Calling back to the Glam Rock era of the mid 1970s, and the death defying acts and curiosities of sideshow.
 
Linked Dance Theatre makes stories come to life through movement, text, music and the body. Motions inspire emotions which drive the collaborative creative process that Linked Dance Theatre employ. Through our practice, comes staged and immersive works that subvert the conventional norms of theatre and dance. The works tend to question very liminal spaces and to explore the essence of what makes us human. Featuring performances by Steve Moore, Jordan Chlapecka, Tessa Fairey, Rita McCan, Shan Y. Chuang Original Music by Stephen Bennett, Justin Boccitto, and Brendan Littlefield.
 
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $25
Continues weekends through March 19
linkeddancetheatre.com/freaks-dont-cry
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Fat Friday
 
Fat Friday lights up the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition once a year in downtown Manhattan to celebrate an equal mix of charity and revelry. Music from Circus Mind with our special NOLA guest Charles Neville; soulful and socially aware sets from Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, and a late night NOLA second line from High and Mighty Brass Band.
 
Fat Friday is a 501c3 organization and was created from a spirit of generosity. In 2006, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the event was founded to provide much-needed relief to and support for the musicians and cultural legacy of New Orleans. Over the years, the event has grown in size and reputation and has been able to support a number of charitable organizations in New Orleans and New York City.
 
Angel Orensanz
172 Norfolk, Manhattan
9-11:30p; $27
fatfriday.nyc
facebook.com/FatFridayNYC/videos/602280666639305/
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, MARCH 4 XXXXX
 
 
Paper Jazz Small Press Fest
 
A twice yearly celebration of zines, comix, chapbooks, editions, and multiples of all types. It is fully curated by the Silent Barn Zine Team as well as regularly rotated guest curators. We are dedicated to maintaining a space for small press within the Greater DIY community.
 
Featuring: Rebus Books, Rayna Sassano, Booklyn, Alex Patrick Dyck, Roya Haroun, Sarah Lammer, J.A. Morales, Pablo Castro, Arno Press, Pyrite Press, Zine Hug, Fei Liu, Ben Trogden, Hidden Eye Magazine, In a Rut Comics, Lili Emtiaz, Arti Gollapudi, La Chamba Press, Aniahs Gnay, Dakota Nicklaus and Lydia Mamalis, Kendra Kirkpatrick, Erick Lyle and SCAM zine, and Greater Ridgewood Youth Council. Paper Jazz is fully curated by the Silent Barn Zine Team which includes GW Duncanson, O.K. Fox, Liz Pelly, and NM Mashurova. Our special guest curator for this cycle is Aurora Diaz of The Bettys. Formerly Paper Jam.
 
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
noon-6p; $free
paperjazz.tumblr.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Brunch Theatre presents:
 
Banger and Mash
 
Seven new plays that don’t mind their manners. Brunch Theatre Company serves the New York Millennial what they love best: fresh entertainment, and fresh Brunch. We’re bringing young people back to theatre, by producing plays for the here and now -- think love in the age of Trump and Tinder. So come pregame your weekend with mimosas, brand-new-sexy-funny-provocative plays, and brunch. Too hungover? Check us out on Monday night for breakfast for dinner. Come and get it while it’s hot.
 
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
2p; $10-20
Continues through March 14
nuyorican.org/event/1426820-brunch-theater-present-bangerz-new-york/
brunchtheatre.org
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, MARCH 4 XXXXX
 
 
Love Is the Message: Film and Q and A With Nicky Siano
 
House of Yes presents a limited engagement screening of an important snapshot of American dance music history. Love Is the Message: A Night at the Gallery 1977, directed by Nicky Siano, takes the viewer back to the heyday of dance music for one night at New York’s famed club, the Gallery.
 
Opened in 1972 by Siano and his brother, the Gallery had such an effect on the dance music scene that it is still felt today in clubs around the world. Before Studio 54, Paradise Garage, and the Warehouse, there was The Gallery, where Nicky Siano could be found in the DJ booth every Saturday night. Grace Jones and Loleatta Holloway both made their first appearances at The Gallery, and Frankie Knuckles used to blow up balloons for the club. Frankie would also often bring DJ Larry Levan around to check out the music. This was a time before disco was disco, and before the imposing velvet ropes of the high-society discoteques.
 
House of Yes
2 Wycoff, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p screening, followed by free dance party; $10
21 and over
loveisthemessagemovie.com/
lovefilm.eventbrite.com/?aff=nonsense
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
The Panorama Challenge
 
The Panorama Challenge quizzes participants about our city while laser-wielding judges point out clues on the Panorama. The evening’s MC Matt Apter will read aloud the questions, and teams of 10 (or so) will use those clues and musical hints to determine the correct answer.
 
Teams may be organized as either a Panorama Challenger or Panorama Pro. Challengers are first‐timers or those who may not have dedicated their lives to the study of our great city. Their questions will be easier! Pros are returning contestants who are die-hard students of our city’s hidden corners -- they answer double the number of questions each round (60 total!) Worry not, friendly tour guides from the Levys’ Unique New York will be on hand to help match contestants with teams.
 
Jonathan Turer, in his sixth year as Quizmaster, has again devised new questions. For 2017: Open House New York has partnered with the Panorama Challenge to create a category based on their upcoming series Getting to Zero: New York and Waste. Other categories will include: Seinfeld; Snow in the City; Traveling by Subway; Mills, Mills, Mills; and Forts of NY. In light of Brexit and the 2016 Presidential Election, the Halftime Quiz will feature questions based on British NYC and the Trumps. While scores are tallied, there will be an electrifying performance by Batalá New York-- an all-woman Afro-Brazilian samba reggae percussion band.
 
Queens Museum
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
5p doors, 6p game; $15 online, $20 door
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Fifth Almost-Annual NYC Feminist Zine Fest
 
Since 2012 the Feminist Zine Fest has showcased a packed house of artists, writers, workshoppers, and feminists of diverse races, genders, sexualities, and perspectives. Join us and over 60 crafty zine makers who are coming together at Barnard College, the home of the renowned Barnard Zine Library, to share their work. In addition to tables and tables of sparkly zines, there will be a bystander/upstander intervention training to kick off the day. Feminists, queers, radicals, artists, writers, and the people who love them of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. The event is free and open to the public and in a wheelchair accessible building.
 
Barnard College
Barnard Hall, James Room, fourth floor
3009 Broadway, at 117th Street, Manhattan
1 train to 116th Street station
noon-6p; $free
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
The Box and Friends: Fundraiser Show
 
We all know that the future is fucking female, so let's start building that future. The Box is heading into our third season and given the current state of affairs we need to kick it up a notch. If there was ever a time for an intersectional feminst comedy show, now is that time.
 
Not only are we continuing the awesome live shows and sketch videos that The Box is known for but your support will also allow us to make a test pilot that will be shopped to networks and producers. If you want to be a part of the foundation of the Box as a real TV show, this is your chance. Featuring NYC's best stand ups, characters, and celebrity appearances. Including a hot political burlesque performance and the sweet sweet tunes of DJ Sha Savage.
 
Hell Phone
247 Varet Street, Brooklyn
7p cocktails, 8p show; $20
gofundme.com/TheBoxAndFriends
eventbrite.com/e/the-box-friends-fundraiser-show-tickets-32092859607
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Notes From the Swamp: Strategizing Beyond Trumpism
 
For the second of our four part series, we'll discuss Trumpism and the USA. What are the expected policies or actions that will take place domestically and federally in America? How will Trump's cabinet, Congress, and various governmental agencies enforce the politics of this administration? What are their infrastructural projects and proposals that will affect generations to come? What are the nodes of Trumpism that we could analyze in a strategic sense? What and where will the next battlefields be in the USA?
 
We are in a state of disaster: the global rise of the far-right, the election of Donald Trump, his flurry of executive orders, Islamophobia as national policy, the blitzkrieg media strategy, and countless insane tweets. All of which makes it nearly impossible to see through the hysteria, to understand the roots of our dispossession. While Trump’s ascendance is shocking, it does not change the chronic state of disaster of our lives, our shitty jobs and finances, our atomization and depression, the continued war on Black and brown bodies, all with the backdrop of each subsequent month and year being the hottest on record. Trump’s new government is just the latest mutation in a decades-long social war maintaining a failed vision of how we should live. But rather than simply react, how are we to understand our contemporary environment and terrain, how do we confront the inherent nihilism of our culture, how do we think strategically within the madness?
 
Woodbine is hosting a four-part discussion series on understanding the rise of Trumpism and to allow ourselves the space to collectively strategize through these tumultuous times. We must become the experts we need, so we must force ourselves to learn, to understand, and to share in a way devoid of false pretenses. We are inviting some friends to research and present on a number of key topics, and we look forward to discussing what the fuck is going on. We cannot face this world alone, and alone we cannot solve these problems. In that vein, after the discussions we invite all participants to share in our weekly Sunday dinners, to continue building. Sessions will be split into four main topics, and each will be guided by a panel of presenters for an hour long presentation, followed by an hour of discussion.
 
1882 Woodbine Street, Ridgewood, Queens
5p; $?
facebook.com/events/179286865902963/
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Big Irv's
 
Big Irv's is a gallery, artists' collective, and event space. We're roaring into March with the finest storytelling this side of Williamsburg. Come hear some great tales told by the likes of Jamie Brickhouse, Drew Prochaska, Richard Cardillo, Hannah Cowger, Anthony Corballis, Simi Toledano, Momoh Pujeh, and David Lawson. Libations available at the bodega next door.
 
Big Irv's Gallery
381 Hooper Street, at South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Kava and Color Psychedelic Dream Edition
 
Join us at the best Sunday ritual that Bushwick has to offer: Kava and Color. Includes a single shot Kava tea and a coloring page from the Real Art Therapist's of NY adult coloring book. Bring a friend and dive into the psychological questions posted at each table as you reflect on your coloring journey or chat with an art therapist guide.
 
Sip a relaxing brew of Kava root, a plant medicine of the Pacific Islands, poised to become an important and now readily available natural alternative to stress-relieving drugs. Become an explorer of alternative healing remedies and express your dreams. Hosted by the Real Art Therapists.
 
BK Kava
191 Suydam Street, Brooklyn
2-8p; $10
facebook.com/events/785098714973533/
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, MARCH 7 XXXXX
 
 
Punderdome
 
NYC’s most puntastic competition.
 
Littlefield
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
8p; $8-10
facebook.com/punderdome
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 XXXXX
 
 
TERP Demo
 
TERP: Totally Enveloping Real-time Play is a synchronous movement/play system invented by choreographer Patrice Regnier. It composes human movement in real time, allowing anyone of any age to direct, compose, choreograph, and perform. Think of it as GarageBand for dance.
 
We are having a fun, free demo, and you're invited. Come check out the fascinating movement commands organized with our custom-built TERP system. It's a fabulous, free demo for you and your friends. Come play, imitate, interact, and interpret.
 
392 Broadway, no. 3, buzzer 2, Manhattan
6:30-7p; $free
RSVP to patrice]at]terptribe.com
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
The Grocery Store: Art About Food
 
A Con Artist Collective group exhibition around the theme of food. Celebrating all things edible and domestic. Art in all mediums. All delicious.
 
Con Artist
119 Ludlow Street, Manhattan
7-11p; $free
 
 
XXXXX THURSDAY, MARCH 9 XXXXX
 
 
The Carlton Arms Art Project presents:
 
Turn and Face the Strange
 
The 35th annual opening celebration of new rooms by an eclectic international gathering of artists-in-residence from Sweden, Germany, Scotland, and the US promises to be an event as quirky, unconventional, and fascinating as the hotel itself.
 
Four new rooms will open: I’ll Be Your Wallpaper by Cecilia Enberg, Inventions: Abstract Architectures by Augusto Pacheco, High Gloss by Sharron Devine and Ben Scappaticcio, and Where the Chillen Are, by Angela J Rogers.
 
Carlton Arms Hotel
160 East 25th Street, at 3rd Avenue, Manhattan
6-9p; $free
carltonarms.com
 
 
***** 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.
 
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
D,N,R trains to 36 Street station
7-11p; $1-100
holesinthewallcollective.org/what-now-what/
facebook.com/events/1189827601115899/
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
Time After Time
 
Pushing through the celluloid ceiling this Women’s History Month, Kseniya Yarosh (founder of Brooklyn Zine Fest, co-host of femme-centric film podcast Bonnie and Maude) hosts an evening of presentations, movement, and cinematic titillation celebrating women in film from the 1930s through the 2010s. 
 
Each segment tackles a film from a different decade in chronological order: Barbara Stanwyck’s sexually-charged, pre-Code man-eating in Baby Face, 1970s black feminist trailblazer Pam Grier, Melanie Griffith's sneakered corporate climb in Working Girl, and Reese Witherspoon’s original “nasty woman” in Election.
 
Burlesque artist Sweet Lorraine will perform her take on the badass female warriors of Mad Max: Fury Road, and dancer Terry Hempfling interprets the hysterical woman trope through an original piece inspired by Liz Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).
 
Other presenters include film director Caroline Golum (A Feast of Man), pop scholar Amber Nigro (Kevin Geeks Out), podcaster Tanya Smith (Read It And Weep), and radio producer Rommel Wood (NPR’s Ask Me Another). Attendees will also have a chance to win swag from irreverent apparel company Working Girls.
 
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
8p; $10 advance, $12 door
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, MARCH 10 XXXXX
 
 
Game Night No. 6: Feminist Politics
 
With Željka Blakšić Point to Point, Desiree Des Equal Bingo, and Rebecca Goyette Touchables.
 
Soho20 Gallery
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn
6:30-9:00p;
gamenightnyc.tumblr.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY, MARCH 10 *****
 
 
Dive Into This Is Not a Theatre Company's:
 
Pool Play 2.0
 
Conceived and directed by Erin B Mee. Text by Jessie Bear and Charles Mee. Choreography by Jonathan Matthews.
 
Come sit at the edge of the pool with your feet in the water (literally!) and enjoy synchronized swimming, a snarky fish, water aerobics, an explorer in an inflatable boat, and an examination of America’s long, joyful, and complicated relationship with the swimming pool.
 
Pool Play 2.0 is an upcycled version of Pool Play (originally produced in 2014), featuring entirely new water dances by Jonathan Matthews, new scenes, new staging, and a new cast. This Is Not A Theatre Company’s previous work (Ferry Play, Versailles 2016, A Serious Banquet, Readymade Cabaret, and Where Have All The Glaciers Gone) has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, American Theater magazine, Culturebot, New York Theatre Review, Theatre Is Easy, HowlRound, and in many other places.
 
Pool Play 2.0 features Caitlin Goldie (Wilderness), Colin Waitt (The Mysteries), Lindsley Howard, Ashley Wren Collins, Christopher Morriss, and Jonathan Matthews.
 
Waterside Pool
35 Waterside Plaza, Manhattan
7p; $30
Continues SATURDAY
artful.ly/store/events/11117
thisisnotatheatrecompany.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY, MARCH 10 *****
 
 
Time Simply Passes
 
We're hosting a screening of the documentary film Time Simply Passes next Friday at the Tank. The film is about the wrongful conviction of James Richardson in Florida in 1968, and the systemic flaws in the justice system, which have chewed innocent people up and abandoned them for as long as anyone can remember. The film runs about an hour, and following it there will be a post-show discussion and Q&A about criminal justice reform and the reality of life following exoneration and release of prisoners going on right now. Ty Flowers (the director of the film) will be hosting the discussion along with two special guests: Wesley Caine and Jared Chausow of the Bronx and Brooklyn Defender Services, respectively. Wesley is the Reentry and Community Outreach Coordinator at Bronx Defender Services, and Jared is an Advocacy Specialist at Brooklyn Defender Services. If you're interested in finding out how to actua lly get involved on a practical level in current efforts for reform, this will be a great opportunity. Also, I'm donating my split of ticket prices to the local prisoner re-entry organization Exodus Transitional Community.
 
The Tank
151 West 46th Street, 8th floor, Manhattan
7p; $8
vimeo.com/134981854
etcny.org/donate-1/
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* Rubulad Proudly Presents Ubu-Lad, March 11
* Dark Before Dawn, March 18
* Trumpathon, April 1
 
 
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 *****
 
 
* 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]yahoo.com
 
* 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]gmail.com underthesubwayvide.wixsite.com/underthesubway
 
 
***** SPACES *****
 
 
* Work studio for rent and a winter bedroom newyork.craigslist.org/brk/off/5963124744.html and newyork.craigslist.org/brk/sub/5963163402.html
 
 
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.
 
 
***** Meme Magic *****
 
spectrevision.net/2017/03/02/meme-magic/
 
"When a lot of people pool their united willpower towards a single sigil, it's called a hypersigil, and it's exponentially more potent," ATL explains on his website. "Pepe is 4chan’s hypersigil." In his book Occult Memetics, occultist Tarl Warwick draws a comparison between certain memes and the concept of the egregore, an autonomous magical entity often defined as a "thoughtform" or "collective group mind." Pepe, Warwick writes, "is an egregore of unimaginable force." If the whole thing is an elaborate prank, it's one with a fanatical following. "If it's seen as a joke, all the better," Théodore Ferréol suggests. "A memetic magician's power is bolstered by laughter. Humor is a high-energy wavelength."
 
 
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 on uptown R train, February 2017. Two young goths:
 
-- "I'm so sick of these people stopping me to take a picture of my street style."
 
 
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: SATURDAY *****
 
 
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
noon-3p; $free
RSVP: kgrassle]at]citizensnyc.org
citizensnyc.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
 
 
Trumpism and the USA
 
We are in a state of disaster: the global rise of the far-right, the election of Donald Trump, his flurry of executive orders, Islamophobia as national policy, the blitzkrieg media strategy, and countless insane tweets. All of which makes it nearly impossible to see through the hysteria, to understand the roots of our dispossession. While Trump’s ascendance is shocking, it does not change the chronic state of disaster of our lives, our shitty jobs and finances, our atomization and depression, the continued war on Black and brown bodies, all with the backdrop of each subsequent month and year being the hottest on record. Trump’s new government is just the latest mutation in a decades-long social war maintaining a failed vision of how we should live. But rather than simply react, how are we to understand our contemporary environment and terrain, how do we confront the inherent nihilism of our culture, how do we think strategically within the madness?
 
Woodbine will host a four-part discussion series on understanding the rise of Trumpism and to allow ourselves the space to collectively strategize through these tumultuous times. We must become the experts we need, so we must force ourselves to learn, to understand, and to share in a way devoid of false pretenses. We are inviting some friends to research and present on a number of key topics, and we look forward to discussing what the fuck is going on. We cannot face this world alone, and alone we cannot solve these problems. In that vein, after the discussions we invite all participants to share in our weekly Sunday dinners, to continue building.
 
Sessions will be split into four main topics, and each will be guided by a panel of presenters for an hour long presentation, followed by an hour of discussion.
 
Woodbine
1882 Woodbine Street, Ridgewood, Queens
5p; $free
facebook.com/events
 
 
***** LEARNING: MONDAY*****
 
 
Acid Architecture: Trans-Thinking in the Age of Cognitive Capitalism
 
This conference begins with these provocations and explores the ‘architectural’ implications of such changes. We introduce the notion of Acid Architecture as a term that, on the one hand, delineates a state of psychedelically induced mind warping resulting from excitation of alternative serotonergic active sites and, on the other, the resulting wall paintings, hive minds, design initiatives and architectures that emerge from the fanciful imaginings of this alternative state of consciousness. Acid Architecture can be hypothesized to function at all physical and temporal scales as a means of escape from the processes of normalization and governmentalization at hand in neurocapitalism’s contemporary forms of subjectivization.
 
The brain’s neural plasticity is sculpted by these relations and, as a result, how we perceive, conceptualize and imagine is profoundly altered. As we have recently witnessed in the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit phenomena these rapid techno-socio-cultural transformations can be at times excessive to the point of being unassimilable. In a generational schisis, the limit of cultural plasticity is met at the limit of the brain’s neural plasticity and vice versa, inducing, at its extreme, a systemic spasm upon the social organism and its eco-morphologic dimension.
 
Kellen Auditorium, The New School
66 Fifth Avenue, Lobby level, Manhattan
4:30-8:30p;$free
Registration required
acid-architecture.eventbrite.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING*****
 
 
Self-Defense Class 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. This class is free, open to the public, trans-inclusive, and taught by women and 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
March 12, 4-7p; $free
SelfDefense.Brooklyn]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events
 
 
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XXXXX NONSENSE XXXXX
 
 
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nonsense nyc is a discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in new york city.

we like rock bands and experimental musicians and arty films and galleries and museums and big street festivals, but we can find information about all of those things in other places. we generally will not list these kind of things on their own. that leaves that other stuff, the stuff that has no name or a name that you feel really self-conscious saying out loud, like "underground."

we publish more or less once a week on fridays in easy digest format. if you sign up, the important thing to remember is that the nonsense nyc happens because of you. that means we rely on you to let us know what events you are organizing and what events you are attending. please keep us up to date and don't assume that we'll find out about something from someone else. our job is to gather, edit, organize, and filter; your's is to make interesting thing happen and let us know about them. (and we love you, and the other people on this list love you, for that effort.)

also, feel free to send us editorial comments. we certainly don't endorse every event on this list, nor do we attend all of them. that means it's nice to hear what you have to say. for instance, let us know if you had the best time of your life last weekend, or, conversely, if you felt like you were cheated out of $5 by some group that sounded good but turned out to be hippie drummers.

anyway, please enjoy this list and remember to do your part to make new york a better place to live.

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