nonsensenyc: 3.31 to 4.6

 
From: "nonsense nyc" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 3.31 to 4.6
Date: March 31st 2017
Friday, March 31
* Voix-Des-Villes Series Edition No. 2, Brooklyn
* Planetarium, Brooklyn
* Coney Island Butoh, Brooklyn
* www.wwwwwwwwwwwww.xyz Pre_Release Ceremony, Brooklyn
* Candyland With Joey Negro, Brooklyn
 
Saturday, April 1
* April Fools’ Day Parade: Trumpathalon, Manhattan
* Damn Dirty Ape: A Planet of the Apes Tribute Art Show, Brooklyn
* Ladies First Fest No. 2, Brooklyn
* Dies Alone IRL, Brooklyn
* Rubulad Ship of Fools, Brooklyn
* Big Sky Works, Brooklyn
 
Sunday, April 2
* Monthly Modular Series, Brooklyn
* Big Irv's Storytelling, Brooklyn
* Exceedingly Good Song Night, Manhattan
* Kava and Color, Brooklyn
 
Monday, April 3
* Would You Rather, Brooklyn
 
Tuesday, April 4
* Punderdome, Brooklyn
 
Wednesday, April 5
* Hope Springs High: Benefit for the People's Climate Movement, Brooklyn
* Our Art Is Our Weapon: Pharma Greed Kills Activist Exchange
* The Female Gaze, Manhattan
* SextingAF, Manhattan
 
Thursday, April 6
* Celebrating Pi Day With All-American Pie
* Woke AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show
 
Wishlist
* Call for submissions
 
Spectre
* Reprogrammed Stem Cells
 
Overheard
* Problems going forward
 
Learning
* Kombucha Papermaking: Grow Your Own Paper
 
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.
 
 
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River stone rubble
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, MARCH 31 XXXXX
 
 
Voix-Des-Villes Series Edition No. 2
 
We'd be so happy if you'd join us on this misty evening in our cozy parlor to enjoy the resurrected. Come to watch and listen and drink and converse. With Edgar Oliver, Admiral Grey, Alex Borinsky, Jane Lacroy and Craig Flanagin and Bradford Reed, Brooklyn Tape Music Center, and your host Normandy Sherwood.
 
Uncanny Valley
147 Manhattan Avenue, corner of Meserole Street, Brooklyn
L train to Montrose station
8p; $free, donate what you can to our fabulous artists
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Planetarium
 
It's a new edition of Planetarium, our immersive experience dedicated to the music we love that's not for the dance floor. We've reserved an amazing private loft space with a beautiful hi-fi system, and on it, records and live music will be played to get lost in.
 
There are couches and chairs, and you can bring blankets, sleeping bags, pillows or anything else you'd like to make yourself comfortable. We only do a handful of reservations so that there's plenty of room to spread out.
 
This session goes from 7p to midnight. Eamon and Justin will play records, and Evan Shorenstein, a man who most know as Photay, will play live. You can bring your own drinks (there's no bar) and food, and we'll have all the creature comforts that you might otherwise need inside so you never have to leave the bubble we're creating. Because we're doing this at someone's home, we'll only send the location info to people who reserve a ticket in advance. We're looking forward to getting lost in music with you.
 
Secret Hi-Fi Loft
Tickets for address, Brooklyn
L train to Halsey station
7p-midnight; $25
mistersaturdaynight.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=56bbacf92d891e2e4ea04e59a&id=7d32a74583&e=c49d2df581
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Coney Island Butoh
 
For three evenings only, 15 Butoh dancers, under the guidance of Diego, will explore body rituals on Coney Island USA’s Sideshows by the Seashore stage. International Culture Lab gathers this idiosyncratic group along with a revue of acts beyond Butoh. Each evening will be a unique extravaganza.
 
Ensemble: Katherine Adamenko, Dean James Beckwith, Christopher Carlone, Mary Catherine Donnelly, Abou Farman, Timon Hall, Brian Hicks, Daniel Inamorato, Meyung Kim, Jonathan Kopp, Bob Lyness, Brandon Perdomo, Jennie Portney, Bronwyn Preece, and Jacquelyn Shannon.
 
And beyond: Philadelphia blues and rock musician Wharton Tract; underground performance and alt-burlesque artist Miss Mary Cyn; performance artist Sick Nick the Bellevue Boy; and punk-country-noise musician Paige Johnson-Brown from the band Irrevery.
 
Sideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $15
Continues SATURDAY and SUNDAY
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
www.wwwwwwwwwwwww.xyz Pre_Release Ceremony
 
Art opening. Dance party. 360 projection cube. Interactive YouTube Sensory overload.
 
Mojo's Mystery Lair
346 Morgan, Brooklyn
8:30p-1a;
pointinpassing.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Candyland With Joey Negro
 
Sweet moves. Sticky beats. Sizzling sounds. Get your fix with us at the Candyland Factory. Pinatas. Cotton candy. Rainbows. Raw chocolate realness. Indulge your sweet tooth with a night of saccharine bliss and let us take you to a whole new world of mouthfilling magic. With Joey Negro all night long. Please dress in your brightest, sweetest, most indulgent looks. Presented by House of Yes and Ministry of Sound
 
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
10p;
21 and over
yescandyland.eventbrite.com/?aff=nonsense
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, APRIL 1 XXXXX
 
 
Joey Skaggs presents:
 
April Fools’ Day Parade: Trumpathalon
 
New York’s irreverent April Fools’ Day Parade returns, poking fun once again at the past year’s displays of hype, hypocrisy, deceit, bigotry, and downright foolishness. Nothing is sacred. Our satire knows no bounds. Rain or shine, the parade will march down Fifth Avenue to Washington Square Park for the climactic selection of the King of Fools from the costumed look-alikes. Marchers create outrageous floats and dress up in colorful costumes mirroring the folly of the previous year’s nuttiest politicians, corporate leaders, celebrities and whoever else has made a total fool of themselves.
 
This will be the world’s largest gathering of Donald Trump look-alikes. We’re going for a Guinness World Record for the largest assembly of Donald Trumps. Get your Donald Trump look-alike mask here: Print it, cut it out, and wear it to the parade. And please tweet and re-tweet about this epic Trumpathon.
 
The theme for this year’s parade is Make Russia Great Again. The Grand Marshall will be a Donald Trump look-alike. He will lead the All Brass Balls Marching Band (a.k.a. Trump’s Cabinet members), playing the Russian National Anthem. Color commentary will be provided by an Alec Baldwin look-alike as Donald Trump. The parade route will be showered with over 100 tons of confetti from fake news courtesy of Facebook, Twitter, Google, Fox News, InfoWars, Breitbart, and others.
 
The public is encouraged to participate, in or out of costume, with or without floats, and may join the procession at any point along the parade route. Floats can be no wider than 10 feet and no longer than 30 feet. They can be self-propelled, towed, pushed or pulled. Customized bicycles, tricycles, baby carriages, and aerial balloons are welcome.
 
Parade starts at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Noon; $free
aprilfoolsdayparade.com/trumpmask.pdf
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Damn Dirty Ape: A Planet of the Apes Tribute Art Show
 
Over three dozen artists pay tribute to the iconic science fiction franchise, drawing inspiration from the classic and new films, the TV show, animated series and various related merchandise.
 
This colossal art show, co-curated by Moses Jaen and MF Gallery will feature painters, sculptors and illustrators including: Adam Carlson, Alex Chavez, Ally Atchison, Anastasia Kalivas, Bob Fingerman, Chinacat, Dark Arts Stan, Dos Diablos, Doug LaRocca, Drew Maillard, Eric Tengren, Erwin Papa, Frank Russo, Hana Mulyati, John Black, John Cebollero, John Thompson, Kamila Mlynarczyk, Karikatura, Keith Ciaramello, Kip Rathke, Leigh Walls, Lou Becker, Lou Rusconi, Martina Secondo Russo, Matt Bober, MCA, Michael Swisstack, Mike Falcigno, Mike Mendez, Mikey Kloepfer, Moses Jaen, Norjin Lama, Red Rooster, Rick Cortez, Stanley Larusso, and Vasilis Lolos. Ape costumes are encouraged, and will be rewarded with a prize.
 
MF Gallery
213 Bond Street, Brooklyn
7-10p; $free
917 446 8681
info]at]mfgallery.net
mfgallery.net
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Ladies First Fest No. 2
 
ABC No Rio in Exile at Silent Barn. A Benefit for RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. With Ellen and the Degenerates, Lady Bits, Fluoride, Whipworm, and Heavy Negatives.
 
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
J,M,Z to Myrtle-Broadway station
2-6p; $7-12 sliding scale
rainn.org/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Dies Alone IRL
 
A pop-up exhibition featuring millennial anxiety, homemade memes. Dies alone is generated from text exchanges between two friends that describe normal life events with the punchline "dies alone." zines, blankets, hats, and mugs emblazoning the mantra will be available during dies alone’s first irl event. join us for a celebratory evening of deprecation, bad selfies, a groovy-ass playlist, dancing and internet jokes. browse the dies alone accessories while drinking a $6 beer. ps. don’t tell any zara (or nike) employees about this.
 
Little Skips
941 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn
8:30p-midnight; $free
facebook.com/events/1839246093016658/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Rubulad presents:
 
Ship of Fools
 
Live music and performance by the Great Wilfredo, Predator Prey, Swabby the Sailor (Zero Boy), Dolly Trolly, the Stillet-Hoes, Fantasy Grandma, with your MC Cap’n Solomon. DJs Pork Chop, Dave the Spazz, and Mekristo. Plus Groenlandia by Yoelteotli, G. Scopitronic's Non Stop Film Fest, Projections by the Sperm Whale, Clown Makeovers by Famous Artist Laura McMillian, and Drunken, Filthy Sea Shanty Sing-along. Dress to make us laugh.
 
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p show; $10 before 9p or after performances, $20 otherwise
rubulad]at]outlook.com for address.
facebook.com/events/1112171318895256/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Big Sky Works
 
Big Sky Works has been providing a space for artistic creation and live performance to the Brooklyn community for the past seven years. The founder of Big Sky Works, Tanya Gagne, was the pioneer of aerial and circus in Williamsburg when she first opened the Trapeze Loft in 1999. She relocated in 2010 and opened Big Sky Works, a multi-disciplinary arts and performance space and expanded her aerial and circus school.
 
In addition to providing aerial and circus classes, it hosts some of the world's greatest circus, music and variety performers at intimate shows where the audience becomes family. Due to the rising cost of rent in the neighborhood, Big Sky Works needs your help to keep its doors open. Please help us to support circus, creativity, and live performance and preserve a part of Brooklyn history.
 
Featuring performances by Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), Amy G, the Dangles, the Heavenly Bodies, Ambrose Martos, Freddi Price, and our very own flying master and mistress of ceremonies, Tanya Marie Gagne. Visuals by B.A. Miale.
 
There will be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and artists: Hotel Delmano, Mikey's Hookup, Treehouse Brooklyn, Superfine Brooklyn, Tuffet, House of Joy, Ryan Sawyer, Ken Weaver, Lauren Silberman, Andrew T Foster, Megan Senior, Ashly Covington, Gregory Stovetop, Carla Cantrelle, Laura Witwer, Dakota Rooney, and Bo Wayne.
 
29 Wythe Avenue, at 14th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p; $25
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, APRIL 2 XXXXX
 
 
Monthly Modular Series
 
Long running monthly audio-visual series focused on improvised music, modular systems, DIY electronics, and the unconventional in sound and noise. With Pas Musique, Ariana van Gelder, and Sophie Lam.
 
Muchmore's
2 Havemeyer, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L, G trains to Lorimer station
9p-midnight; $free
facebook.com/events/260483811045845
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Big Irv's Storytelling
 
Big Irv's is taking its monthly storytelling show on the road. Spend your Sunday night enjoying some of the finest storytellers in NYC. Featuring Mark Abbott, Jeff Simmermon, Tracey Segarra, Richie Redding, Will Lee, Dick Satori, and Bobby Hankinson.
 
The Grand
647 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Exceedingly Good Song Night
 
Exceedingly Good Song Night is an open folksinging session, hosted by Ken. Bring your ears, bring your voice, bring instruments, bring friends. Theme this month: clever or foolish. Know any good clever or foolish folk songs or folk songs that in any way involve or relate to those concepts? Sure you do. Singers, listeners, and witty rationalizations welcome. Harmonies and songs with choruses especially appreciated.
 
The Back Room at Jimmy's No. 43
43 East 7th Street, between 2nd and 3rd avenues, Manhattan
6-11p; $free with a two-drink minimum
facebook.com/jimmysno43/
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Kava and Color
 
Spring Awakening edition. Join us after brunch for a lush edition of Kava and Color.
 
BK Kava
191 Suydam Street, Brooklyn
2-8p; $10
facebook.com/events/418224231865200/
 
 
XXXXX MONDAY, APRIL 3 XXXXX
 
 
Would You Rather
 
Comedy with questions. Andre Medrano and JR Strauss invite some of the funniest people they know to answer the pressing questions facing our society today. Things like would you rather be friends with Billy the Kidney Stones or Wyatt Herpes? Be a buttondown baller or a T-shirt tyrant? Featuring: Alex Pavone, Carly Ann Filbin, Dan Yang, Merrill Davis, and Ryan T. Bennett.
 
VSpot Organic
12 St. Marks Place, Manhattan
8p; $free
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, APRIL 4 XXXXX
 
 
Punderdome
 
Punderdome is the wild and crazy monthly pun competition hosted by Fred and Jo Firestone. The first 18 individuals or duos to sign-up at the door will have a chance to participate in competitive spontaneous pun-making.
 
Littlefield
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p competition; $8 advance, $10 door
facebook.com/punderdome
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 XXXXX
 
 
Healix Collective presents:
 
Hope Springs High: Benefit for the People's Climate Movement
 
Hope springs high: A Benefit for the People’s Climate Movement with music, dance, and raffle. Winter was long, and winter was cold (in our hearts), but it is time to emerge from the darkness seeking renewed energy and light; for a light exists in Spring, as the Earth awakes from its slumber.
 
Let us rise from the ashes: It is time to come together to protect this planet who bore us all. Let us celebrate life by resisting humankind’s legacy of destruction and fostering a new legacy of nurturing and growth we wish to leave behind.
 
Music: Oliver Ignatius and the Emergency Management Squad, the Extraordinaires, Odetta Hartman, Sons of an Illustrious Father. Plus DJ CherishTheLuv. Dance: NVA and Guests, Emma Pfaeffle. Tarot readings: Melodie Stancato. Raffle prizes.
 
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
7p; $17
21 and over
hopespringshigh.eventbrite.com/?aff=nonsense
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Our Art Is Our Weapon: Pharma Greed Kills Activist Exchange
 
This interactive panel discussion will reflect on the creative and empowering community responses to extortionate drug pricing and monopolistic practices by Big Pharma that threaten people’s access to medicines, particularly those which treat HIV and hepatitis C. Participants from organizations focused on access to medicines, including ACT UP NY,Treatment Action Group (TAG), Health GAP, Student Global AIDS Campaign, and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) will discuss their past campaigns and respond to questions on how they see this work going forward in the current hostile political climate.
 
New York University
726 Broadway, seventh floor, Manhattan
6-8p; $free
goo.gl/7yM1kM
uaemnyuchapter]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events/1838969676315820/
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
The Female Gaze
 
The Female Gaze is a super-sized parody of the View, the Talk, the Chew, and the Real. Like its source material, the Female Gaze will unite a diverse group of women to yell at each other in public. Most shows are content with four or five co-hosts, but the Female Gaze doesn't feel that's enough people yelling. The Female Gaze has over a dozen co-hosts and each has an important opinion that must be heard on all the day's top news stories and pop culture events, even if they know nothing about them. Especially if they know nothing about them.
 
UCBTNY
307 West 26th Street, Manhattan
9:30p; $7
nayomi.reghay]at]gmail.com
chelsea.ucbtheatre.com/show/4276
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
SextingAF
 
Come one, come all to the inaugural art festival dedicated to the art and science of modern flirting. Our goal is to explore modern flirting and sexuality through the lens of technology and the ubiquitous camera-equipped devices which pepper our daily lives, and do so in the first-ever one day experience that's part talks, immersive art show, and dance party.
 
SextingAF will feature sexting art and submissions by you, music by Pony, and entertaining presentations by Thrillist’s GiGi Engle, ByeFelipe’s Alexandra Tweten, NS-FW’s Daniel Saynt, social historian Stuart Ewen, artist Anna Gensler, psychologist Emily Stasko, Tinder Tales' David Piccolomini, and journalist Jane Mulkerrins. Additional performance art and installations like the Femme Gaze Foto Booth by LA-based dominatrix and visual artist Kim Ye, live stitching maestro Michael Birch Pierce will make embroidered commissions of your favorite sexts , alternative erotic photography by Val Scaramello, sweet dance moves by provocative performance artist Bonnie Lane, and a beat box story tale by Olive Persimmon.
 
Littlefield
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
5p; $25
21 and over
ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1428637
sextingaf.com/
 
 
XXXXX THURSDAY, APRIL 6 XXXXX
 
 
Gemini and Scorpio present:
 
Celebrating Pi Day With All-American Pie
 
Rescheduled because of snow day. We tend to think of pie as a standard, round, apple-filled thing -- and we tend to think of America(ns) in the same kind of generic way. But as this proud passport-holding Russian Jew refugee can tell you, Americans really come from all over the world, and our pies do, too. And nothing brings people together better than food.
 
We want to celebrate Pi Day with as many international versions of pie as we can get, from your cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Who wants to bake (or buy) a pie of their heritage, whatever that may look & taste like (sweet, savory, any shape)? We'd love for you to be the first to get tastes of everyone else's pies, and then present and serve your pie to other guests. Message us (though yes, you can always bring last minute pie).
 
For anyone who can't contribute a pie, you can buy a $12 ticket for three servings of others' pies instead. Advance sales recommended, as pie availability is limited. We're hoping to donate a portion of sales and otherwise collect money for Southern Poverty Law Center -- TBC depending on how much we can bring in (ACLU just raised millions, so we're trying to switch it up). If you don't want pie, come on by for free for drinks and conversation, and to make a donation.
 
Gemini and Scorpio Loft
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
7p-midnight; $free, or $12 for three pie servings
brownpapertickets.com/event/2885761
facebook.com/events/658372441037089
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
Woke AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show
 
Woke AF is an all-inclusive comedy variety show where artists share and perform about social issues they're passionate about. This month features: Joanna Hausman, Caroline Martin and Keisha Zollar, Mehdi Barakchian, and Ingrid Ostby. Prepare to get woke.
 
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
153 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
11p; $5
212 366 9231
east.ucbtheatre.com/performance/52792
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, APRIL 7 XXXXX
 
 
Electric Laughs No. 11
 
Khalid Rahmaan presents Electric Laughs, the best free comedy show in not-quite-gentrified Brooklyn. This month, we've got standup from a bunch of our NYC favorites, including the Tonight Show's Jo Firestone.
 
Franklin Electric
650 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $free
21 and over
upncomingcomed]at]gmail.com
718 290 6227
electriclaughs.tumblr.com
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
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 *****
 
 
* Call for artists: Tongue Tide. Inspired by the location in Queens, NY, Tongue Tide invites creative practitioners, artists, performers, researchers, and educators to submit proposals for new artworks, workshops, and performances with the subject matter of language. Artists will receive stipends to participate. Tongue Tide is one of Flux Factory’s major 2017 exhibitions and is curated by Emireth Herrera and Christina Freeman. According to the 2015 census, half of all New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home and over 200 languages are spoken across New York City. Including speakers of endangered languages, the number is closer to 700. As the most diversely language dense area on the planet, the borough of Queens is positioned as a unique microcosm of the greater world – and within it Flux Factory an ever-changing reflection of this multilingualism. This exhibition will explore the plethor a of living languages in the borough of Queens, NY and their potential as a springboard for connections across the globe. fluxfactory.org.
 
* 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
 
 
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.
 
 
***** Reprogrammed Stem Cells *****
 
spectrevision.net/2017/03/29/reprogrammed-stem-cells/
 
“iPS cells are created by removing mature cells from an individual super-donor (from their skin, for example), then turning their internal clocks back to an earlier stem cell-like state, giving them the ability to grow into any other cell type found in the body. Banks of iPS cells from diverse donors make stem cell transplants more convenient to perform while slashing costs. Because the Japanese population contains fewer genetic variations, just 140 super donors could cover 90 percent of the population. The wider genetic diversity of markers within the U.S. population would require a larger team of super donors; it is estimated that 200 donors could cover 95 percent of people in the U.S."
 
 
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 Memphis. March 2017. Woman in her 30s driving a rented car:
 
-- "Google maps has really saved marriages."
 
 
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 *****
 
 
Guided Journaling: Leda Rafanelli’s Mystic Feminism and Femininity
 
Bruna Leda Rafanelli (1880-1971) was an Italian writer, editor, and publisher. An outspoken anarchist, Rafanelli conformed to neither customary nor radical conventions in her perspectives on sexuality and spirituality. Her published and unpublished work reflects an evolving inquiry into the essence of womanhood and femininity. During this event, we will use translated excerpts of Leda’s work to springboard journaling and discussion on theosophic, transnational, and spiritual approaches to women’s liberation.
 
Bluestockings
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
7-9:30p; $free
bluestockings.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
Local Color: Extracting Pigment From Plants
 
Learn how to make natural dyes in this new offering from Genspace. Unlike synthetic dyes, which are often toxic and polluting, natural dyes are renewable and biodegradable. In many cases, the waste in the dyeing process becomes an ideal fertilizer for use in fields and gardens. In this hands-on class, we will create natural dyes from food waste and locally foraged plants.
 
Learn to analyze local color -- how to grow it, find it, and extract it. Participants will begin to master how to bind plant-based pigments to fabric and yarn using mordants, change colors by shifting PH, reuse food waste to create a wide spectrum of color, and create prints with flowers.
 
Genspace
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
12-4p; $32.50-$65
eventbrite.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
 
 
Kombucha Papermaking: Grow Your Own Paper
 
For centuries it’s been brewed as a tangy beverage made of tea and a symbiotic glob of bacteria and yeast. In this bioart papermaking course you will explore a new way to utilize kombucha. It is not only a great source of probiotics -- it can also grow a renewable art material.
 
Participants will grow paper from a living kombucha culture. We will discuss brewing techniques, and contextualize this process within bioart. Participants will walk away with their own kombucha cultures and parchment-like paper they grew themselves. In addition, students will have a chance to grow their own materials and paint with naturally extracted inks.
 
Genspace
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
2-5p; $25-$50
eventbrite.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: THURSDAY *****
 
 
Invisibility, Disability, and Accessibility
 
Panel discussion on how technologies of the designed environment exclude certain bodies and the invisibility of disability.
 
Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens
7p; $free
fluxfactory.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: STARTING MONDAY *****
 
 
Intro to Fire Fan Dance and Poi
 
Six different levels of poi and fans including, by popular request, both beginner poi and an intro to fire fan dance, appropriate for all levels. Come feel what flow life is all about.
 
Triskelion Arts
106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn
times vary; $160 for eight weeks
Register: deezluxe]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events
facebook.com/events
 
 
***** LEARNING: THURSDAY *****
 
 
Movement in Frame
 
As mediums merge upon the print, graphic, visual, theatrical and art landscapes, the boundaries of these built and coded environments are being transcended to express a multitude of subjectivities, experiences, tastes and desires. Movement in Frame presents a gallery style show of art inspired by the fields of Art Direction, Motion Graphics, Animation, VR, and Projection Mapping.
 
Please join us for a night of art, media and community gathering to reflect on creative innovation, upcoming technologies, and collaboration. We will be presenting artists who hail from backgrounds in music video, fashion, advertising, film, video games and virtual reality. Artists featured and community involvement from the creative fabric of Brooklyn, the crossroads of the evolution of digital and physical creative ecology.
 
The Studio
1 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan station
6-9p; $free
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Fermentation: Making Kefir
 
Fermentation is one of the oldest food processing methods still used today. Scientifically known as zymology, it is the conversion of carbohydrates into alcohols, carbon dioxide, yeast, or bacteria. Beer, miso, sourdough, kefir, kimchi and many other delicious foods we love are the product of fermentation. In this course we will focus on fermenting milk and milk alternatives to make Kefir.
 
Kefir contains beneficial yeast as well as friendly “probiotic” bacteria found in yogurt. Kefir can be made from any type of milk- cow, goat, sheep, coconut, rice or soy. Although it is slightly mucous forming, the mucous has a “clean” quality to it that creates ideal conditions in the digestive tract for the colonization of friendly bacteria.
 
Genspace
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
April 8, 11-1p; $20-$40
eventbrite.com
 
 
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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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