nonsensenyc: 4.28 to 5.4

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Subject: nonsensenyc: 4.28 to 5.4
Date: April 28th 2017
Friday, April 28
* Error 404, Brooklyn
* Containertopia, Brooklyn
* Prizmatic, Brooklyn
* Those Crazy 20-Somethings Audio Documentary Screening, Manhattan
* Pairs 'n' Pears No. 8, Brooklyn
* The Museum of Interesting Things: VHS 3D Movie Festival, Brooklyn
Saturday, April 29
* Lysistrata: A Staged Reading of Women's Greatest Coup, Manhattan
* Postcard Party for Automatic Voter Registration, Manhattan
* The Boiler Room vs the Clinic: Kevin Corrigan and Georgie Plek, Queens
* Church Night, Brooklyn
* This Won't Help, Brooklyn
* Outdoor Dutch Wonderland, Brooklyn
* Thunder Gumbo XXXVI: Apocalypse Carnival, Brooklyn
* Pride of Brooklyn Homebrew Festival, Brooklyn
* F Congregation: The Vent, Brooklyn
* Movie Lounge at WFMU Record Fair, Brooklyn
* Zine, Pin and Patch Fair II, Brooklyn
Sunday, April 30
* Street Art Bike Ride, Brooklyn
* Alter Ego Maniac, Brooklyn
Monday, May 1
* Beltane, Manhattan
* Would You Rather, Manhattan
Tuesday, May 2
* The Fancy Show, Brooklyn
* Sounds of Action, Brooklyn
Wednesday, May 3
* Franco de Mayo, Manhattan
* Bingo Fabulous, Brooklyn
* SpaceCakes, Queens
Thursday, May 4
* Woke AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show, Brooklyn
* Herbert's Happy Ending, Brooklyn
* Secret Project Robot Grand Reopening, Brooklyn
* Roger Miller Night, Brooklyn
* Wishes
* Near Zero Marginal Cost
* Human Rights at the Edge of Darkness: We are the Resistance
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Soggy protest
Error 404
We have been hiding. Many year, no party. Now President Putin is run America, we come out shadow, make party for everyone. Russia run thing now, still we must be discreet. No facebook page, no resident advisor. Only ticket on You message us, we send you secret code. Only way. Contributor: aquarian, dr jeep, sheepshead, other. Installations and performances: anonymous.
RSVP for address
11p; $?
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Thought you might be interested in our new production. Containertopia is a 21st-century take on vaudeville that looks at the ever-shrinking living spaces that New Yorkers submit themselves to. With synthesizer-heavy Weimar jazz tunes, original music, and projection-based set design, our multimedia cabaret explores and exposes the popular trend of tiny living.
Jalopy Tavern
8p; $15
Continues through SUNDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Vanguard NYC presents:
The unveiling of the brand new Vanguard NYC event space. Featuring: Micetro, Wavewhore, DJ Dussa, Big Juana, Meshugs, Tribal Mage, Marc Du Jonchay, Brandon Grizzly, the Don and the Duke, Luke Skywalker, Aden, and the Famous Killers.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8p-3a; $10 cover
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Those Crazy 20-Somethings Audio Documentary Screening
A 24-year-old audio producer sets out to find out how other twentysomethings are learning to become adults. In this surround-sound experience, listeners will hear from nine twentysomethings from all over the country ages 20 to 29 and how they're navigating that weird moment in between adolescence and adulthood -- that weird moment we call "young adulthood" -- those crazy twentysomethings. It's an age where people go from college to (sometimes) getting married and everything in between. And it's an age where most of us feel lost most of the time.
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
7:30p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Pairs 'n' Pears No. 8
A monthly benefit show where there are different pairs of artists each working in different performance genres, a pair of musical hosts, and literal pears. This month features comedy by Sam Corbin (Punderdome 3000 champion) and Eudora Peterson (Jezebel), poetry by Windy and Mel Hacken, and music by Don Rubix and Virginia Woof. With songs and hosting duties by Squidssidy, a folk-rock music duo with a penchant for banter comprised of Cassidy Dawn Graves and Stephanie Guedalia.
Tarot Society
4 Charles Place, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $5 suggested to benefit RAINN and Hetrick-Martin Institute
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Museum of Interesting Things: VHS 3D Movie Festival
Come see excerpts from the coolest and un-coolest, cheesiest and, well, more cheesiest movies of all time; they're not just on VHS, but ... 3D VHS. Witness antiques from the history of 3D, too. The Museum of Interesting Things takes you back to the future that the past never saw coming. Plus Superstars of Sideshow featuring Ray Valenz, Brianna Belladonna, and Chris McDaniel.
Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
1-7p; $10 adults, $5 kids
Lysistrata: A Staged Reading of Women's Greatest Coup
Join The Shrill Collective for a night celebrating the triumph of the collective power of women in a staged reading of the classic Greek comedy, Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Come to enjoy live original music, a passionate performance of an ever relevant story, bacchanalian libations, and 2,500 year old dirty jokes.
MCS Theatre
357 West 36th Street, no. 202, between 8th and 9th avenues, Manhattan
7 and 9:30p; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Postcard Party for Automatic Voter Registration
The Automatic Voter Registration bill must get passed this June. And so The Tally Up team is pushing to get 3000 postcards written to your New York State representatives before May. Next month we will be driving to Albany to hand deliver your postcards directly to the Elections committee. Come drink, hang out and write postcards. Voter reform needs your help. Can you only drop by for 15 minutes? We'll take it! That's all it will take for you to fill out a few postcards and help the cause.
37 Great Jones, second floor, Manhattan
8-11p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Boiler Room vs the Clinic: Kevin Corrigan and Georgie Plek
NYC arts icon Kevin Corrigan is in Queens for a Saturday night of psych, mod, garage, soundtracks, and freak-beat. KC will be tag-teaming with local hero/Kid America alumnus Programmer Lord Georgie Plek; great records all night, fog-machines, and late-night visuals. Turn this diner into your living room.
33-06 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, Queens
8p-2a; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Church Night
Guest performances. Comedy from Lucy Steiner and Tanael Joachim. Burlesque by Pria Puss.
The Cobra Club
 6 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
9p doors, 9:30p show; $10 suggested donation
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
This Won't Help
A benefit for the Brooklyn Free Clinic. Jo Firestone and Aparna Nancherla will guide you through a healthcare-themed comic jungle of juggling, dancing, stand-up, weird videos, sketch, and other antics. It’s all happening. Featuring Found Footage Festival, Marina Franklin, Julio Torres, Cocoon Central Dance Team, Gary Richardson, Joe Bonacci, Michael Canfield, and Luther Bangert.
Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
7p, 6:30p doors; $20, $15 student price $15 (with school ID), donated to the Anne Kastor Brooklyn Free Clinic
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Outdoor Dutch Wonderland
Play all day in our Outdoor Dutch Wonderland. The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society teams up with House of Yes to present the New Amsterdam Festival, a celebration of Dutch culture. The festival will take place at the historic Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, a beautiful sprawling outdoor open-air space located steps from the Jefferson L stop.
Music to make you move. Delicious Dutch delights. Circus, interactive arts, lawn games, and Bier Garten. Featuring MaMas Bazaar Local Artisan Market, bouncey castle, circus performances, interactive art, live music, and House of Yes DJs.
1820 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
11a-9p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Thunder Gumbo XXXVI: Apocalypse Carnival
Every generation of humans has ever feared they would see they would witness the end of the world they know, but we celebrate it. DJs 2melo, Party Foul 5000, Faith in the Glitch, and Zionysus. Live music: Dorian Electra, Mood Killer, Sex Panda, Hokum Factory, Killin h8, and Borjigin Chineeleg. With the Department of Odd Jobs and Lay Offs. Live show throughout the night.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
7p market, 9p music, 3a secret afters nearby; $20
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Pride of Brooklyn Homebrew Festival
Now in its fifth year, the Pride of Brooklyn Homebrew Festival brings together 30 of New York City's best homebrewers to put their finest beers on the line for cash, prizes, and glory. Ticket holders will receive a souvenir sampling glass with which they can bounce from brewer to brewer, tasting and talking. Homebrewing supply vendors will be on site to talk to you about how to brew on your own. Dinosaur BBQ will be in the courtyard selling sliders. And if you haven't been convinced by now to grab a ticket, then there's really nothing else we can say, so we'll stop talking now.
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
1-5p; $30
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
F Congregation: The Vent
During F Congregation: The Vent we will dismantle and eliminate what holds us back. Fear and anger are common suspects of our shared experience. These feelings are heavily employed by media to affect our psyches. It might be a crazy time, but let's learn not to go crazy, how to vent properly, and then channel our anger and frustration into positive implementation to help our community and our city.
Speakers from media, medicine and mindfulness discuss effects of fear and anger has on the body and mind and explore ways how to effectively release this energy into a positive way. With Kathryn Cornelius, Sean O'Brien, and Robert Arnow. Interoceptive and somatic experiencing, meditation, learning self-care massage techniques, and activist consultation session. For the ultimate release, move and shake it to defeat fear and anger.
F Congregation: The Vent
972 Metropolitan, Brooklyn
6p event, 6:30p panel and , 7:30p active release, 9-11p rager dance party; $10 suggested donation at the door, proceeds going to the ACLU to encourage freedom and protection for all
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Movie Lounge at WFMU Record Fair
It's a mini film fest which reflects the freeform ethos of WFMU, the freeform station of the nation. There will be coffee, the best doughnuts ever, and a weird cornucopia of movies including music documentaries, mid-century industrial films, beautiful art films, disturbing art films, YouTube videos, and other freeform goodness. Be warned that last minute changes are likely.
Brooklyn Expo Center
79 Franklin Street, Brooklyn
10a-7p; $7 fair admission
Continues on SUNDAY
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Zine, Pin and Patch Fair II
Independent bookstore day. Featuring Matthew Scott Gualco, Morgan Sturgeon, Carla Cubit, Blue Pear Projects, Debbie Fong, and Cassandra Leveille. Zinesters and artists will be selling their wares at our second monthly Zine, Pin and Patch Fair. Come celebrate Independent Bookstore day and meet the makers.
Quimby's Bookstore
536 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
noon-5p; $free
Street Art Bike Ride
Our gallery is on the streets, and we want to share it, pointing out famous and hidden spots throughout the city. We'll be covering the Williamsburg and Bushwick neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Tour includes NYC highlights, history, and social implications of street art. Check out the ride leaders pics on instagram.
Time's Up Brooklyn Space
99 South 6th Street, Brooklyn
noon-2:30p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Alter Ego Maniac
It's Title:Point's monthly array of sights and delights, and today is Honesty Day. No lies allowed. This is an economy of magic, folks -- good fortune and good fun await. We are here to fill the pockets of your mind with wealths of theater, story, image, information, knowledge, sound, and nightmare.
This is the closing night of Z (2017), Kegan Zema's installation, performance, and album release extravaganza. Featuring: Kevin Chen, Deepali Gupta, Julia Mounsey, David Pym, Paris, Smhoak Mosheein, Walter Wlodarczyk, and Peter Mills Weiss. Hosted by Catfox and Zema. Curated by Theresa Buchheister, Catrin Lloyd-Bollard, and Peter Mills Weiss
Vital Joint
109 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
8p; $7-10 sliding scale
Y'all know the drill. Out with the old year, in with the new. Join us for some Maypole-raising, some food and libations, and in case you didn't know, Walpurgisnacht is the 100th Day in Office of a certain someone, so come prepared with whatever woo you need to help vote a certain someone off the island/office/board room/bathtub/bunker. Rain or shine.
Le Petit Versailles Community Garden
346 East Houston Street, Manhattan
noon-3p tree decorating, 3-4p Maypole dancing, 4-7p general frivolity; $free
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Would You Rather
An interactive comedy show where funny people from the worlds of stand up, sketch comedy, improv, and beyond are asked the pressing questions facing society today. Things like would you rather work for Papa Doc Holliday or Pinochet MacGowan? Be a button down baller or a T-shirt tyrant?
Hosted by Andre Medrano and JR Strauss. Featuring: Andrew McGill, Amanda Xeller, Pedro Lee, Kyle Turner, Aimee Rose Ranger, and Kyle Meister.
VSpot Organic
12 St. Marks Place, Manhattan
8p; $free
The Fancy Show
The Fancy Show delivers a free, glorious night of stand-up comedy every Tuesday night featuring some of the best comics. Audience members can win free drinks via trivia and the great candy toss game. With Rob Haze, Ryan Schutt, Mara Marek, Chanel Ali, Joe Rumrill, and Anthony DeVito.
The Room at Dizzy’s on Fifth
230 5th Avenue, at President, Brooklyn
8:30p; $free
18 and over
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Sounds of Action
An evening of protest music and conversation. Sounds of Action is a community and concert series devoted to promoting the creation of new music that is politically engaged and keeping alive the rich tradition of protest songs. Each month we host a concert featuring two-three musicians who perform originals and covers of songs that they link to political struggles they find important and are a part of. Featured this month will be Shilpa Ananth and the Berger Sisters.
214 Starr Street, Brooklyn
7p; $5-10 suggested donation
Franco de Mayo
All Hispanic comics. Featuring Ephraim Chase, Eleazar Guzman, Roberto Garcia, Ariana Rodriguez, Danette Rodriguez, Meno Fernandez, Laura Bolivar, Mike Figs, Veronica Garza, Melissa Diaz, Andrew Monge, and Stewie Vill-host. Producer: Frankie Moricco.
Point Break
12 West 45th Street, Manhattan
7:30-9:30p; $5
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Bingo Fabulous
The glitz and glam of a game show right in your neighborhood. Madame Vivien V and DJ Matty Glitterati are bringing you Bingo House of Yes style. Confetti, drag shows, costumes, and cocktails. Come join in the fun, bring your stamper and your smile as you play for your chance to win sexy prizes including $100 cash.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
8p; $free
21 and over
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Always our favorite day of the month, Frankie Pancakes and Nick Spaceman join forces to play all the records they can't spin when we disco. Join us on an odyssey through heavy, cosmic, and deep vinyl vibrations; bonus round with live MIDI-visuals all night from Ronnie Highlight. Drink specials, lottsa fog, and sounds/visions from waayyyyy out... BYOC.
33-06 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, Queens
8p-2a; $free
Woke AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
153 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
11p; $5
212 366 9231
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Herbert's Happy Ending
A living novel featuring original score and illustrations. After his body is abducted by the bad guys, Herbert sets out with his neighbor, St. Joan, to track it down. A story about bodies in the 21st century. Written by Harold Lehmann. Directed by Lia Woertendyke. Performed by Justin Anselmi, Coco Conroy, Lyana Fernandez, Harold Lehmann, Tina West. Original Music by Richard Lehmann, John Stanesco, David Whitely. Live animation and illustrations by Ben Cole and Richard Lehmann.
Vital Joint
109 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
8p; $10 donated to the International Rescue Committee on behalf of Syrian families
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Secret Project Robot Grand Reopening
Secret Project Robot, an artist run art space founded in 2004, is jubilant to announce that after an eight month hiatus they will be reopening at their third and final location. After months of careful consideration and philosophizing over the uncertainty of the future of artist run spaces in New York City, the founders and their new artist partners and co-conspirators decided that the DIY cultural heritage of New York is too important to let be obliterated by cynicism and rising rents.
The new space, a 2500 square foot converted warehouse, to bar, to art space will be an exploration of not only dynamic and experimental programming in emerging youth culture but also a test run of how to make artist run spaces sustainable in a city that thrives off of culture but also greed.  The space is entirely self funded.
Secret Project Robot, emerging from the shadows will now be open seven days a week with a bar, in which the decor and furnishings are fabricated by local artists including longtime friends Kayrock Screenprinting and Nick Kuszyk. The goal of the founders was to distill the essence of Secret Project Robot into a palatable and engaging space that is welcoming to all, and feels more like an ongoing "house party" than a bar or institution.  For physical functionality, the gallery is divided into two rooms with a large and airy exhibition/performance space that can hold around 150 people and opens onto a patio and soon to be sculpture garden which is then also adjoined to the bar, thus nicknamed "cuckoo."
To make this enormous endeavor possible the founders, Erik Zajaceskowski and Rachel Nelson, artist in their own right, who will be curating art installations and events, teamed up with longtime friends and collaborators.  The partners will put forward a diversity in programming ranging from installation art, to film, to performance art, to bands, to the parties which Secret
Secret Project Robot will only hire artists, so it will be, not only creating a cultural space for art, but also helping to keep artists thriving in a New York City landscape that is less than financially friendly to the creative.  The partners, with the help of the servers, door people and a/v team plan to lead a seminal history of supporting diverse collaborations and dynamic programming for the decade to come.
Secret Project Robot
1186 Broadway, Brooklyn
7p; $?
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Roger Miller Night
An evening of covers, reincarnations and appreciation for the great Doo Wacka Doo. Also with Daddylonglegs spinning records.
169 Spencer Street, at Willoughby, Brooklyn
8p; $free
Mass Part IX
My name is Artem Artemov. I am one of the organizers of a monthly event series called Mass. We host local artists at a small intimate venue called Ceremony in Brooklyn once a month on the first Friday. From each event we donate all of our proceeds to different nonprofits and charities. We don't consider ourselves a charity, but we have immense love for music and the local community we try and give back to. We have a fantastic lineup of DJs, and will be donating to ACLU (we figured it was quite appropriate since Cinco de Mayo and whatnot). We don't charge a cover at the door, or any kind of suggested donation, just as you to buy a few drinks at the bar and usually have someone mingling and accepting donations.
224 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
7p-4a; $free, proceeds will be donated.
***** Also on FRIDAY, MAY 5 *****
Organ Farm
Organ Farm is a solo installation by Brooklyn-based artist Julia Sinelnikova. Working at the intersection of light, performance and sculpture, Sinelnikova has created a vast body of work in which patterns are drawn from fractals to create the hand-cut textures for her resin sculptures. Fittingly dubbed as Fairy Organs, the sculptures often allude to the human body or body processes, and, when paired with light and projection-mapping, come to life. Presented by new media curatorial group Wallplay, the exhibition is on view at Industry City Gallery. The opening reception includes a live performance by Sinelnikova in character as the Oracle, activating the installation.
Industry City Gallery
220 36th Street, Brooklyn
6-10p; $free entry
* Rubulad, May 6
* Up at Noon, May 10-12
* Dance Parade, May 20
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***** ARTY STUFF *****
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* My mates and I are organizing a festival of short trash films here in Paris, and would like somehow to circulate the open call through your network if possible. We search for homemade, irony, absurd, low fi/no fi, free expression, kitsch aesthetic, trash kung fu, science fiction, mockumentary, experimental, music videos, art videos, amateur, dilettante, guerilla film, short documentary, art porn, body, sincere stupidness vs. fake smartness, antifilm, animated art flm, dance, music video, gore. Thank you for submitting your films of up to three minutes via WeTransfer to trashxploitation]at], and filling up this very simple googleFORM with your name and contact details: May 10 deadline.
* BuoyRR: Residency and Retreat. Deep River, Connecticut. July 4-11, 2017. For womyn-performing artist duos. Applications due May 8. BuoyRR is an annual residency and retreat for womyn founded by Bailey Nolan and Viva Soudan, located at The Peace Barn, a fifteen-acre sanctuary in Deep River, Connecticut, just three hours North of New York City.  We define womyn as an identity beyond a gender binary including trans and female-identified people, all definitions are welcome to apply. This eight-day intensive aims to instill in the participants the fundamentals of experimental dance, creative writing, vocal training, and energetic exchange.  Artists are invited to apply in duos to create original choreography on the land culminating in a collective public performance. Directed by Nolan and Soudan, the site-specific piece is sculpted through physical, spiritual, and cerebral wo rkshops.  Working both as duos and collaboratively as a larger team, residents are challenged to investigate creative process and practice.  This year's theme is I Am Your Itch: an examination of our current political horror, womyn as historically haunted vessels, and power through self-activation. The program is structured on pillars of health and wellness to nurture a focused restorative routine; beginning each day with yoga, daily vegetarian meals, and ending with nightly guided meditation.  Residents camp on the land, stripped of technology, to consciously reactivate. For full details and to apply please visit
* 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] and visit company web site
***** SPACES *****
* Cheap desks available in creative coworking space in Greenpoint. Great location, creative environment, affordable month to month desk rental options starting at $175 per month. This is a 1500 square-foot shared office space, with 24/7 access, shared kitchen and lounge area, run by Not An Alternative, a decade-old collective that works at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory. Support a long-standing art/activist institution in a quirky custom-built studio in a renovated warehouse on the waterfront. Email: info]at] 67 West St, no. 304, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Before we had a name the Spectre Event Horizon Group used to meet at a bar to commiserate and trade what our business friends like to call "best practices." Now online, our area of interest remains the ever-fascinating sci-fi present. Our simple intent is an informal trade of specialized investigative research, presented as gossip for the non-specialist. It's true we once were an active email list but at this point everything is searchable and commented upon here: The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact]at]
***** Near Zero Marginal Cost *****
"Machines will be self-replicating, capable of producing their own spare parts and propagating themselves indefinitely. They will be powered by alternative energy sources like the sun, allowing them to run more or less forever. These machines will also be fully automatic and require no human labour to operate. As a result, they will throw off products at virtually no cost, save the minimal one of supplying the basic raw materials. If the marginal cost of producing each additional item falls to essentially nothing, then everything becomes free. In their pursuit of profit, businesses will have irrevocably undermined their own margins: capitalism will have destroyed itself."
Overheard is from Irene Pedruelo's Mi Niu York, a weekly newsletter for curious characters, treasure hunters, and eccentrics. You can sign up for her favorite stories, projects, artworks, and quotations at
People say amazing things when they think no one is listening. Overheard is about capturing these moments. We share one quotation each week that stuck with us. It's always unsolicited and unedited.
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]
Overheard at a PR firm office downtown. New York, April 2017.
-- "We need a picture of a happier-looking American flag."
We look for the sort of classes you circled in college course catalogs but never managed to fit into your schedule. And we also look for the kind of things that no college could teach. Cheap and eclectic is the rule, though all rules get broken occasionally, and we especially love workshops, round-tables, and teachers who won't take your work out of your hands and show you how to do it right. One-time listings are categorized weekly, with general recurring classes listed at the end on the first Friday of each month. We thrive on your suggestions, so make sure to tell us about upcoming classes.
Learning is compiled and edited weekly by Juliana Driever. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
Human Rights at the Edge of Darkness: We are the Resistance
Universal human rights values are under attack globally. Populist demagogues are on the rise, scapegoating refugees, immigrants and minorities. Those populists channel a toxic blend of nativism, xenophobia, racism and Islamaphobia while dismissing universal human rights as unaffordable luxuries or worse, dangerous liabilities to a secure society. These trends pose a visceral threat to the very real accomplishments of the international human rights movement.
What is the relevance of human rights in the aftermath of Aleppo and the emergency of autocrats exploiting the alienation of people left behind by the social and economic dislocations of globalization?
Join the resistance with Hunter College Adjunct Professor Phelim Kine as he unpacks the evolution of the modern international human rights movement, dissects its challenges and makes the case that a robust defense of universal human rights is essential in back against the darkness of autocracy and intolerance.
828 Broadway, Manhattan
7p; $20
Digital Privacy Workshop for Activists
Governments and corporations use mass surveillance to discourage dissent and resistance. Many fear this will only worsen for Americans under Trump’s regime. This workshop aims to illuminate the wider political context of surveillance and some of the nuances of privacy and its ethos, teach the practice of threat modeling, and finally, offer some practical steps to using digital devices safely for activists and community groups. No prior knowledge is required.
María Hernandez Park
Knickerboxer Avenue and Starr Street, Brooklyn
1:30-3p; $free
Super-8mm Filmmaking
Learn the art and craft of hand-making Super-8mm films on B/W reversal film. This will be a hands-on class designed for the beginner that covers all aspects of Super-8mm filmmaking: cameras, angle, story, exposure, lighting, editing, and projection. Students will conceive, shoot and edit their own silent one-reel films. We will also discuss alternatives to projection, sound and how to promote your short film work with a list of Super-8mm friendly film festivals around the world. All equipment and materials will be provided for. Finished projects will be presented after the conclusion of the course at our screening party.
Mono No Aware
302 Bedford Ave, PMB# 303, Brooklyn
Starts May 1, $245 for five sessions
A Case Study: National Bird
How does a filmmaker attach Wim Wenders and Errol Morris to Executive Produce her feature-length documentary debut? Find out when director Sonia Kennebeck joins us for a case study on her thought-provoking, accomplished documentary National Bird. Kennebeck will be joined by producer Ines Hofmann Kanna in a stimulating conversation tracing the team’s journey from seed of an idea through the making of, the financing and their premiere at the 2016 Berlinale and broadcast on Independent Lens.  We’ll offer a screening of the film at 5:30pm, followed by the case study at 7pm. You do not need to attend the screening to join us for the workshop.
Women Make Movies
115 West 29th Street Suite 1200, Manhattan
5:30-9p; $30
Dyeing with Indigo
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 explore one of the most iconic natural dyes – Indigofera tinctoria, commonly known as indigo. Participants will learn how to create a fermented indigo vat, and walk away with their own hand dyed fabric samples.
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
May 17, 7-9p; $50
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***** HELP: Farming *****
Next week is a crucial and exciting time in the season - we’re expanding operations on our rooftop farm in Long Island City, so that means plenty of garden beds to build and lots of soil to move. We need all hands on deck to get this job done, but it’ll definitely be a fun and informative experience. You’ll have a chance to have a knock at carpentry, irrigation, and other farm skills. This work will happen over the course of a two days:
Wednesday, April 26: Today is all about site prep: we will get to work designing and building these beds, setting up irrigation, and repairing things from last season. This will be a much smaller work day, so we are only accepting the first few RSVP's. Work will start at 10a.
Saturday, April 29: This is a big day with lots of good ol’ physical farm work going on, so please invite all your friends!! Today we’ll have 20 cubic yards of soil to move. We’ll also be finishing up the carpentry and irrigation projects from Wednesday, and planting hot peppers, the staple crop at this site. To cap off this epic day, a rooftop barbecue goes down at sunset. Farm parties are the best parties. We will start work at 10a.
As usual, bring clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, good shoes, and a water bottle. Please RSVP via email (contact]at] so we can get a head count. We'll send you the exact address then.
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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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