nonsensenyc: 4.7 to 4.13

 
From: "nonsense nyc" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 4.7 to 4.13
Date: April 7th 2017
Friday, April 7
* Ladies First, Brooklyn
* Muthur, Brooklyn
* The Infinite Wrench, Manhattan
* Rebecca's Very Grand, Brooklyn
* JunXion and the Chocolate Factory, Brooklyn
* Electric Laughs No. 11, Brooklyn
* LSL Dynamite Dance Party, Brooklyn
 
Saturday, April 8
* Bushwick Book Club: How to Make White People Laugh, Brooklyn
* Collectors’ Night 2017, Manhattan
* Love Hangover, Brooklyn
* Gods and Goddesses: Dynamic Long Poses, Brooklyn
* Rule of 7x7: Spring Edition, Manhattan
* Mixed Signals: Techno Shamanism
* Undie Party, Brooklyn
* Remedy, Brooklyn
 
Monday, April 10
* Tracing Touch, Manhattan
* Game Show, Brooklyn
 
Tuesday, April 11
* Spell That Sh*t, Brooklyn
* The Fancy Show, Brooklyn
* New York Story Exchange, Manhattan
* Pretty Super Sketch Show: All Ladies Variety Show, Queens
 
Wednesday, April 12
* Double Take 20, Manattan
* House of Sin: Putting on the Blitz, Manhattan
 
Thursday, April 13
* Know Your Media, Brooklyn
 
Wishlist
* Bad Rep
 
Spectre
* Satellite Archeology
 
Overheard
* Be Happy
 
Learning
* Printing Protest
 
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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Miz Elizabeth (The Hot Sardines) and the skint present:
 
Ladies First: A Dance Party to Celebrate the Badass Women of Music and Benefit Planned Parenthood
 
DJ Rimarkable will be playing hits from the most incredible, indelible female performers to shape music -- and some dudes, too, because there’d be no Gaga without Bowie, no Beyoncé without Prince. With Adele, Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Heart, Jessie J, Karen O, Kathleen Hanna, Lady Gaga, Lorde, Madonna, Missy Elliott, Patti Smith, Peaches, Pink, Queen Latifah, Robyn, Salt-N-Pepa, Sharon Jones, Spice Girls, Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, and Whitney Houston.
 
Littlefield
622 Degraw Street, between 3rd and 4th avenues, Brooklyn
10:30p; $7 advance, $10 door, benefits Planned Parenthood
littlefieldnyc.com/event/1456028-ladies-first-dance-party-brooklyn/
theskint.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Muthur
 
Chris of Hur presents the inaugural Muthur, a night of drag and queer performance where lip-syncing is banned. The Sis Privilege Band as been assembled from local Brooklyn musicians and they will be playing with all of the performers to present a night of entirely live music. Performers this month include Macy Rodman, Cole, Nicholas Gorham, Amber and the Wolf, Chris of Hur and Lee VaLone, who will also be emceeing.  The Haus of Umpteen Corpses will be go-going throughout the night and both Macy Rodman and Big Willy Style will be spinning punk, rock, riotgrrrl, soul before, between and after the shows.
 
Alphaville
140 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $10 cover
facebook.com/events/403947413297790/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Infinite Wrench
 
The Infinite Wrench is an ever-changing collection of short-plays written and performed by the NY Neo-Futurists, a continuation of the company's signature late-night show running since 2004. The single unifying element of these short plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty. We always appear as ourselves on stage, speaking directly from our personal experiences. Each short play is written by a performer, honed by the ensemble, and randomly collaged with high-energy audience participation. Each week, these plays shift as ensemble members add new plays to the existing body of work, responding to personal and social changes. Each night of performance, we aim to create an un-reproducible living newspaper of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental. The New York Neo-Futurists are a cousin company to The Neo-Futurists in Chicago (founded 1988) and The San Francisco Neo-Futurists (founded 2013). The NY ensemble has won multiple awards, has toured internationally, and has been producing a weekly menu of short plays for 13 years: part comedy, part storytelling, part absurd, wholly original.
 
Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street, Manhattan
10:30p; $19 pre-sale, $13 plus the roll of a die at the door
nynf.org
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Rebecca's Very Grand
 
After a long dispute with our capitalist shithead investor, and with the help of a friend we bought the bar at cost from the investor and are officially re-opening. Staff from Norberts Pizza, Silent Barn, Flowers for All Occasions, and other local spots will be bartending and DJing. Music provided by Fake DJ and Danik.
 
Rebecca's
610 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $free, with free pizza from 10p-midnight
facebook.com/events/272692839851087/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
JunXion and the Chocolate Factory
 
Welcome to a world of pure imagination. Join us as we team up with Fine and Raw chocolate for a night of dance, wonder, and magick. Come relive you childhood fantasy of going on an adventure in a real life chocolate factory. Music by Nickodemus and 2Melo, Tasha Blank, Kellam, Tony, and Jimmy Lopez on Percussion.
 
Featuring the cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Johnny Depp Wonka vs Gene Wilder Wonka, singalongs, JunXion Vision, Umpa Loompa's VS the Oh La Las, Fizzy Lifting Drinks. Help us make this incredible: Come dressed as characters and bring this event to life. Yes there will be Chocolate and golden tickets.
 
Fine and Raw Chocolate Factory
288 Siegel Street, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan station
9p-3:30a; $20 advance, $30 door
21 and over
info]at]junxion.nyc
junxionchocolate.eventbrite.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
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
718 290 6227
upncomingcomed]at]gmail.com
electriclaughs.tumblr.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Starvue presents:
 
LSL Dynamite Dance Party
 
DJ Jeannie Hopper and guest DJ Shakey. Super soulful dance party in a private Brooklyn loft, wood dancefloor, and authentic analog system.
 
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $12 early, $15 door
21 and over
LSLHopper]at]gmail.com
eventbrite.com/e/liquid-sound-lounge-dynamite-dance-party-tickets-32748819601
facebook.com/events/226036304532517/
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, APRIL 8 XXXXX
 
 
Bushwick Book Club: How to Make White People Laugh
 
In 2017, The Bushwick Book Club, is focusing on the work of immigrant authors, comedians and immigrant comedian authors as inspiration for new creations from songwriters, choreographers, visual artists, and chefs.
 
Our next show we are presenting new songs, dance and snacks inspired by How to Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad. Farsad is a comedian, filmmaker, and author.  She will be in attendance to speak about her book and to do some of her stand up.
 
Songwriters and performers: Author Negin Farsad, John S. Hall, Jessie Kilguss, Ray Brown, Susan Hwang, Charlie Nieland, Jim Andralis, Thomas Wolfe, Cody Blevin, Jackie Desouza, Jia H. Jung, Picture Day Improv Group, Aigul Nevin, Nicola Yvette Hughes, and Casey Holford.
 
Little Skips
941 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $?, proceeds donated to Immigrant advocate organization Make the Road
facebook.com/events/1252858074831687/
bushwickbookclub.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Collectors’ Night 2017
 
The City Reliquary Museum is proud to present its annual Collectors’ Night at the New York City Fire Museum. Collectors’ Night celebrates one of the quirkier cultural practices of everyday New Yorkers. Every year, self-proclaimed archivists and packrats of every stripe gather to show off their collections. Displays range from the charming and quotidian to the intriguingly morbid. With special presentations by guest speakers.
 
Schoolteacher Miriam Sicherman of the Closet Archeology project will discuss the 20th-century debris her 4th graders discovered under the floorboards of their 1913 NYC public school. Mike Zohn of Obscura Antiques & Oddities will discuss his collection of original cover art from 1960s- and 1970s-era Mexican comic books. Artist and activist LuLu LoLo of the Where Are the Women Monuments Project will perform two short monologues drawn from the obituaries of Elizabeth Tashjian, founder of the Nut Museum, and Hugh Hicks, whose massive light bulb collection formed the Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting.
 
New York City Fire Museum
278 Spring Street, Manhattan
5p; $10 door, $8 Reliquary or Fire Museum members
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Love Hangover
 
In celebration of the Disco Gods and Goddesses of the Aries season, the sexy mystique of Studio 54 will be resurrected for one night of excess and pleasure. 
 
Brooklyn Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Avenue, Cellar Lounge, Brooklyn
10p; $5 before midnight, $10 after
goodtimerick.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Gods and Goddesses: Dynamic Long Poses
 
Jadda Cat and Mike Alan Alien perform. They will turn themselves into sculptures on stage and then hold 30 minute- and 1-hour poses. For six hours. If you like to draw and you like the dynamic anatomy of the physiologically sexecologist then come on down to Michael Alan’s Imaginarium where you will be dazed and gloried with body parts overlaid for continuous hours for your mind to ponder and draw as that God himself Zeus speaks about the beginning and the ending of the earth. Venus the goddess of joy and love will tell you the story of birth. Become one with them on stage as you draw the internal monologue of their inner beings. Let your inner child drool out of your system onto your sketchpad, let the gouache speak for itself.
 
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8p-1a; $20
michaelalanart.com/2016site/2017-drawing-marathon/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Rule of 7x7: Spring Edition
 
Seven writers, seven rules, seven new plays, one free beer. For each Rule of 7x7, each playwright comes up with one rule (i.e. "A kiss on page 3"), then the seven playwrights create new plays using all seven rules.
 
The Tank
151 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th avenues, eighth floor, Manhattan
7p and 9:30p; $12 advance, $13 door, includes a free drink.
thetanknyc.org/theater/709-rule-of-7x7/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Mixed Signals: Techno Shamanism
 
Mixed Signals is an emerging concert series highlighting new works in electronic and digital video, music and dance. Saturday features Luke Dubois' computer analysis of John Coltrane's Ascension as the basis for a real-time 3D rendering, John J.A. Jannone's vintage military oscilloscopes repurposed as music synthesizers, a retelling of the Persephone myth written during Sofy Yuditskaya's time in the Arctic, live-coded music using artificial intelligence, sad songs sung by Siri, and virtual portals that connect to psychedelic dimensions.
 
RSVP for location
8p; $10 suggested donation
mixedsignals.eventbrite.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Undie Party
 
Undie Party is a comedy show set up at a secret new location every month. All proceeds from the show go to New Alternatives charity and guests who bring new underwear to donate are entered in a raffle for a glass smoking product provided by Dankstop.com.
 
April's line-up includes comedy by Tyler Fischer, Saurin Choksi, Subhah Agarwal, and Stavros Halkias, and a secret headliner. Hosted by Corinne Fisher, Justin Perez, and Boris Khaykin.
 
267 Wyckoff Street, apartment 1, Brooklyn
9p doors, 10p comedy; $10 online, $12 door
undieparty.brownpapertickets.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Remedy
 
Remedy is thrilled to welcome to BK Daniele Cosmo, the co-founder of the techno Zurich label Lux Rec, a label uncompromisingly exploring all the shades of the underground. Never wanting to resurface, not for a single breath. Acidic, obscure, intense.
 
Daniele’s frequent B2B partner has been none other than Helena Hauff. This will be Daniele’s return to the USA, he first played Sustain-Release, Year 2. Alongside will be Brooklyn selectors Alex From Queens, Maroje T and Facets.
 
Cape House Basement
2 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $15 advance, $20 door
residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?949670
 
 
XXXXX MONDAY, APRIL 10 XXXXX
 
 
Tracing Touch
 
This transcendental program is a tribute to the fragility and grace of the human condition. Between reality and representation, tragedy of the body and freedom of the spirit, the films address the life-affirming possibilities of communal artistic activity and sensorial encounters, inviting us to participate in a visual record of mourning substantiated in celluloid. Programmed by Ruth Somalo. Discussion moderated by John Bruce, filmmaker, strategist, educator, and designer. Films: Before We Go, directed by Jorge León, Wake, directed by Eric Stewart.
 
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue, at 2nd Street, Manhattan
7p; $?
flahertyseminar.org
 
 
***** Also on MONDAY *****
 
 
Game Show
 
Game Show is back at a new venue. It's the show where losers become winners. Audience members are the contestants winning prizes playing games that test their knowledge of drinking, music, and fellatio. Great beer, great prizes. Hosted by Michael Bertrando. Sidekick: David del Rosario. Spokesmodel: Emma Krulik, with live music by David Bowers.
 
Threes Brewing
333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn
8p; $5
718 522 2110
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, APRIL 11 XXXXX
 
 
Spell That Sh*t
 
Tobly McSmith and Mister Lady are proud to announce a monthly spelling competition. Spell That Sh*t is all-inclusive spelling competition for homo-spellers, straight spellers, bi-curious spellers, good spellers, bad spellers, trans-spellers, Cis-spellers, queer spellers, Tori Spellings, and the illiterate.
 
Tobly McSmith is a transgender man who can’t spell his way out of a paper bag. He’s co-writer and producer of Bayside! The Musical. Mister Lady is a gay man who is dreadfully good at spelling. On top of that, he is a writer, performer, director, designer, and proud member of the Brooklyn-based experimental theatre company, Title:Point.
 
Metropolitan Bar
559 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
6:30p sign up, 7p spelling; $free
21 and over
spellthatshit.com
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
The Fancy Show
 
With Irene Morales, Matt Stofsky, Megan Gailey, Ryan Beck, Nimesh Patel, and Langston Kerman.
 
The Room at Dizzy’s on Fifth
230 5th Avenue, at President Street, Brooklyn
8:30p; $free
18 and over
]at]thefancyshow
facebook.com/thefancyshow
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
New York Story Exchange
 
New York Story Exchange returns with stories by a WNYC producer, an actress and playwright, a comedian, and a sexologist. We also have an open mic -- five minutes each onstage to share your true story. This month's host: Jeff Rose, with featured storytellers John Asante, Sohailla Mahjour, Athalie Paynting, and Nadia Pinder.
 
Cornelia St. Cafe
29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan
6p; $10 includes one drink
facebook.com/events/1345999265487602/
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
Pretty Super Sketch Show: All Ladies Variety Show
 
Spring is in the air and we've got a fresh show for you. Full of comedy, poetry, storytelling, improv, and dance. Come hang and support these ladies. Performers include: Carmen Lagala, Kitty Bella, Lynae DePriest, Mary Heatwole, Florence D'Lee. Improv troupes: Unicorn Women and the Breadwinner.
 
The Footlight
465 Seneca Avenue, Queens
7p; $5-8 suggested donation supports Bronx Academy of Art and Dance
baadbronx.org/
facebook.com/events/108845029661120??ti=ia
 
 
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Double Take 20
 
Double Take is a unique reading series that asks award winning and emerging poets, novelists, editors, and artists to trade takes on shared experiences. With Thomas Devaney and Jim Cory, who reveal that all Philadelphia stories can be told as versions of Rocky. Also: Roberta Allen and Peter Cherches riff on aging and mortality. Democracy, nu? Robert Marshall and Helen Benedict visit Capitol Hill.
 
Double Knot
13 White Street, Manhattan
7p; $free, no reservation required
apexart.org/events/double-take-20.php
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
House of Sin: Putting on the Blitz
 
Sincerely Yours and Gemini Blitz present to you a new night of dazzling burlesque starlets. Come see these magnificent beauties deliver world-class entertainment to one of the sexiest clubs in New York City. Featuring the magnificent talents of Nyx Nocturne, Wae Messed, Magdelena Fox, Tiny Dee, and Hoodoo Hussy as Kitten and Go Go.
 
The Delancey
168 Delancey Sreet, Manhattan
9:30p; $free
 
 
XXXXX THURSDAY, APRIL 13 XXXXX
 
 
Know Your Media
 
Do you know your media? Does your media know you? Come find out all you never wanted to know and all you need to do something about it in our pop-up benefit to support organizations doing work for media justice, privacy, new media/technology, archiving in the digital age and journalist rights.
 
Benefiting Center for Media Justice, Interference Archive, Electronic Frontier Foundation, WITNESS and the Guardian Project. With Identity Blocker Selfie Booth, Interactive Digital Gallery and the Holes in the Wall Collective Action Wall, action syllabus raffle prizes and the return of the teaspoon brigade, Pop-up Future Readings by Oracle Acts, sets throughout the night by DJ Scribe, food by Insatiable Vegan.
 
Industry City Distillery
33 35th Street, sixth floor, Brooklyn
7-11p; $1-100
holesinthewallcollective.org
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, APRIL 14 XXXXX
 
 
Legends of the DJ Booth With Grand Wizzard Theodore
 
We're back with our second installment of Legends of the DJ Booth -- the party that showcases the elite DJs that have had a profound influence over nightlife and DJ culture in NYC and worldwide. This month we have none other than Grand Wizzard Theodore.
 
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $free
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* Up at Noon, May 10-12
* Dance Parade, May 20
 
 
XXXXX WISHLIST XXXXX
 
 
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at]nonsensenyc.com. We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
 
 
***** ARTY STUFF *****
 
 
* Bad Rep needs a theater or artist or plain civilian adventurer to help mount our work for the curated chashama 2017 gala to take place on June 8. Leading up to and assisting mounting "...a piece of human poetry" our multimedia interactive contribution to the evening. Scheduling, painting, building social media, and anything else a self starter can think of to add to our group's latest project. Please send in short bio and short reason(s) you'd like to play and work with us to: Badreptheater]at]gmail.com and visit company web site badreptheater.webs.com.
 
* 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.
 
 
***** Satellite Archeology *****
 
spectrevision.net/2017/04/07/satellite-archeology/
 
"So far, with the help of citizen scientists, Dr. Parcak’s techniques have helped locate 17 potential pyramids, in addition to 3,100 potential forgotten settlements and 1,000 potential lost tombs in Egypt -- and she's also made significant discoveries in the Viking world and Roman Empire. "Archaeology is a slow and laborious process," she says. "That needs to end." The GlobalXplorer platform prevents looting by allowing users to note which regions seem vulnerable. Users cannot pan out or navigate around. There are no location references or coordinates shown either. "It’s basically like using people as parallel processors."
 
 
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 Chicago. April 2017. Woman in her 70s:
 
-- "Everyone has to try to be happy. It's a job."
 
 
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 *****
 
 
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
11-1p; $20-$40
eventbrite.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
Printing Protest Symbols
 
In the streets or in our archive, we see so many symbols in the world around us. How do social movements use symbols to convey their message? How can a symbol make a sign more effective, and how can it illustrate all the ideas and feelings contained in one movement for change?
 
This hands-on workshop is for all ages. We’ll spend a bit of time talking about the symbols we see on the exhibition walls right now at Interference Archive as part of Finally Got the News: The Print Legacy of the U.S. Radical Left, 1970-1979, as well as the symbols we see on signs at protests and marches.
After that, we’ll carve our own symbols into foam printing boards and make our own mini-zines by sharing the symbols we’ve carved and printing them together.
 
Interference Archive
131 8th Street, no. 4, Brooklyn
2-4p; $free, donations welcome
interferencearchive.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
 
 
Visible Mending
 
Do you have clothes with unsightly wear and tear? Learn how to spice them up with "visible mending." In this class you will learn the basics of embroidery, find assistance from the instructor on project planning and have access to examples of possibilities for beautiful and unique mending projects. Bring clothing you’d like to mend or just come prepared to experiment with materials provided.
 
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
2-5p; $free
bklynlibrary.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: WEDNESDAY *****
 
She's Not Your Mother: Ecofeminism and the Gender of Agriculture
 
Ecofeminism posits that there is an inherent relationship between capitalist patriarchy, the destruction of the environment, and the oppression of women.  The violence of empire, the theory suggests, is rooted in the same logic that produces physical and sexual violence against women. Thus, in our fight to protect the earth’s natural resources, we must abandon masculine ideals in our food and energy production and embrace what feminist scholar and activist, Vandana Shiva, has called “the feminine principal.” Conversely, an alternative feminist counterpoint to this idea claims that ecofeminism is inherently sexist and conservative in it’s suggestion that women’s bodies and lived experiences are somehow closer to the earth; aka we are just a bunch of Mother Natures.
 
In this Olio, we will take on this debate by situating these questions in a specific historical context: the cultural collision between Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans that occurred in the British colonies of the early 17th Century. By examining how various cultures organized the gendered labor of food production, we will wrestle deeply with the question: In naming our planet Mother Earth, are we empowering women? Or are we in fact naturalizing and justifying the exploitation of women’s bodies?
 
WeWork North Williamsburg
134 North 4th Street, Brooklyn
7p; $15
thinkolio.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
The Psychology of Relationships: How Experimental Science, Empirical Data, and Seinfeld Help us Understand Love
 
Relationship science is a multidisciplinary field which draws from subject areas such as psychology, biology, and sociology.  A variety of perspectives all converge to help determine what leads some relationships to flourish, while others are doomed to fail. This talk will take a look at the psychological research aimed at determining the underpinnings of universal human experiences such as attraction and love.
 
We will examine why people need interpersonal relationships, how they form, and what sometimes leads to their demise. Beyond this, we will look at what may tip the scale to create fractures within a relationship and how to avoid many common pitfalls. Data from studies of factors for choosing mates and the importance of first date behavior will be presented and explored. Basically, we will cover topics that will assist us in becoming discerning consumers of this hot topic of research.
 
Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway, Manhattan
April 14, 7p; $20
thinkolio.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Martha Wilson: Activist History Teach-in
 
Performance artist Martha Wilson, founder of Franklin Furnace, will lead a “teach-in” with a selection of activist artists from the 1960s to the present, looking at the history of performance art as protest to consider which methods and strategies remain effective in today’s political climate. Wilson, known for her political drag performances as first ladies Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan, will perform her recent work Martha Does Donald, in which she impersonates Donald Trump. In addition, the event will include presentations by artists Ann Agee, Todd Ayoung (REPOhistory), Alicia Grullón (Percent for Green), Amin Husain and Nitasha Dhillon (MTL), Taja Lindley (Harriet’s Apothecary), Katherine Perk, Lise Soskolne (W.A.G.E.), and Barbara Zucker (A.I.R. Gallery), among others.
 
8th Floor
17 West 17th Street, Manhattan
April 26, 6-9; $free
RSVP: media]at]sdrubin.org
the8thfloor.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: ONGOING *****
 
 
NOTE: The ongoing section of Learning runs only on the first Friday of each month.
 
 
* Aerial Classes. Open workouts. House of Yes at OM Factory, 873 Broadway, 2nd floor. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; $15. clients.mindbodyonline.com
* Aerial Classes. Hammock and lyra, silk and rope, wire walking, and more. Big Sky Works, 29 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn. Six days a week, various times; $25-45. thetrapezeloft.com
*Aerial Bungee Class. Exploration of the body and mind as we fly, bounce, and catapult ourselves through space. Immersive Studio, 132 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn. Tuesdays, 5:30-7p; $45. facebook.com/groundedaerial
* Bicycle Repair, use tools and stands but do the work yourself. Time's Up, La Plaza Community Garden, corner of 9th Street and Ave C. Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30p; $free. times-up.org
* Black and white and color darkroom classes. Bushwick Community Darkroom, 1087 Flushing Avenue, Unit 106, Brooklyn. Introductory black and white: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-9p; Saturday, 3-6p; color: Saturday, noon-2p. $60 for black and white, $40 for color. bushwickcommunitydarkroom.com
* Bodyroll Workout: Unleash your inner flygurl with this 90’s dance aerobics workout class. Klub4Kidz, 159 North 4th St, Brooklyn. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 7:15p. vivabodyroll.com
* Capoeira, a class that combines music, self-defense, dance, and acrobatics. New York Capoeira Center, 107 Suffolk Street, Manhattan. Monday through Sunday, including morning classes; $20. newyorkcapoeiracenter.com
* Eizan Ryu JuJitsu, a Japanese JuJitsu martial art school. 214 West 29th Street, Third Floor, Manhattan. Check the schedule; observe a class, take two free. eizanryujujitsu.org
*Filmmaking Workshops: low-cost, small in size, short in duration, for beginners to advanced, with all equipment provided. DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. dctvny.org/workshops
*Free Yoga. Please come if you are curious, interested, resistant. 417 Pulaski Street, apt 3, Brooklyn, Fridays, 7p; $free. facebook.com/SummerCircleYoga
*Friday Night Blues NYC, weekly beginner blues dancing classes and social blues dancing. Stepping Out Studios, 37 West 26th Street, 9th floor; $10
* Group Ukulele Lessons, bring or borrow a ukulele. Location (Lower East Side) provided with rsvp to yourocknyc]at]gmail.com. First (for beginners) and third (for intermediate) Monday, 2:45-3:45p; first Tuesday (for intermediate), 6-7p; $20 or whatever you can pay.
* Jewelry soldering, ring making, wax series classes. 94 Ninth Street Studio, Brooklyn. Various. $200. thebloomfieldschool.com
*Karate classes, self-defense-focused, community-minded martial arts. Evening and weekend classes available, first two weeks free. 248 McKibbin Street, basement, Brooklyn 11206. 718.418.9892 tokarate.com
*Sleight of Hand & “Magic" Instruction, pedigreed prestidigitator sharing secrets with serious students, One-on-one instruction by appointment only in Manhattan, $40/half-hour, ontact to schedule: celluflow]at]icloud.com
*Queer and Trans Yoga. Third Root Community Health Center, 380 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn. Sunday, 5-6:30p, and Thursday, 8:15-9:30p; $12. thirdroot.org
* Silent DJ Hot Yoga, Qoya, Zumba, and more. Sacred, 197 Clifton Place, Brooklyn. Various. sacredbrooklyn.com
*Sing a Secret, allows singers and non-singers alike to uncover the power and beauty of their full 5-octave range while developing a deep, emotive connection to their own unique sound. Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson St, Manhattan. Every other Saturday, 10a-1p. $free. singasecret.com
* Sword Class NYC, eastern and western sword styles. Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, 16th floor, Manhattan. Various. swordclassnyc.com
* Trampoline and classes that mix dance, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and stuntwork. Streb Lab, 51 North First Street, Brooklyn. Check the schedule, 7-8:30p; $25. streb.org
* West African Dance Class. P.S. 194 Countee Cullen, 244 West 144th Street, Manhattan. Mondays and Wednesdays 5-7p; $free. ethoh.org
* Women and Trans Bike Repair Workshops, offers space for anyone who identifies as women and/or trans to learn how to fix their bike. Time’s Up Brooklyn, 99 South Sixth Street. Second and fourth Sunday of the month, 1:30-3:30p; $free. times-up.org/bike-co-op
 
 
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