nonsense: 5.5 to 5.11

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Subject: nonsense: 5.5 to 5.11
Date: May 5th 2017
Friday, May 5
* Shout Your Abortion: Zine Release and Film Screening, Brooklyn
* Mass Part IX, Brooklyn
* Organ Farm, Brooklyn
* Voix-Des-Villes Series No. 3, Brooklyn
* One Big Small Press Block Party, Manhattan
* Rebel Women Remember the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Brooklyn
* Dolphin Party 6000: Alien vs Predator vs Dolphin, Brooklyn
* Eco-Disco: A Transmedia Experience, Queens
Saturday, May 6
* Pete’s 119th Annual Derby Day Bash, Brooklyn
* Rubulad Presents Freeform Freak Out, Brooklyn
* The People’s Garden Fund Kickoff Party, Brooklyn
* Trigger Play, Brooklyn
* Blissville: An Investigation, Queens
* Lucha Libre: Fight for Your Right to Fiesta, Queens
* Burlesque at the Beach Opening Weekend, Brooklyn
Sunday, May 7
* Exploring One Police Plaza: How the NYPD Killed A Neighborhood, Manhattan
* Chaos Cooking, Manhattan
* Big Irv's Storytelling Roadshow, Brooklyn
* Kava and Color, Brooklyn
Wednesday, May 10
* Up at Noon, Bronx
Thursday, May 11
* Law and Order Spec Victims Unit, Brooklyn
* Antifilm
* Meteorite Worship
* Roommates
* Kurdish Women
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Up at Noon poster run
Shout Your Abortion: Zine Release and Film Screening
Please join the Shout Your Abortion collective for the release of volume 3 of our zine. Abortion is a common and often highly emotional experience and society shames us into silence about it. Why be quiet? Let's talk about it. Share stories, build community, smash the patriarchy. Abortion is normal. Our stories are ours to tell. This is not a debate.
We'll be screening the feature-length documentary Trapped, by Dawn Porter, and the short, artistic narrative, Names of Women, by Poppy Liu. We'll have a panel discussion (details below), readings by zine contributors, radical feminist art from Lucile U Valkury (, and more! Additionally, one of the founders of the #ShoutYourAbortion movement, Amelia Bonow, will be in attendance and will share a few words with us.
Panelists include: Taina, a Planned Parenthood clinic escort; Poppy, director of Names of Women; Emily, Government Affairs and Advocacy Manager at National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund; and Rachel, Principal Research Scientist at the Guttmacher Institute.
Union Docs
322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
7-11p; $10 includes a free zine, all proceeds to New York Abortion Access Fund
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
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 *****
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
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Voix-Des-Villes Series No. 3
The resurrected series. With Alaina Ferris, Alexis O'Hara, installation by Jennifer Seastone, Poof, Matthew Thurber and Craig Flanagin, Brooklyn Tape Music Center, and your host Normandy Sherwood. Refreshments will be available.
Uncanny Valley
147 Manhattan Avenue, ground floor corner, Brooklyn
8p; $pay-what-you-will, all money goes to performers
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
One Big Small Press Block Party
Buy books. Party with publishers. Celebrate independent and international literature. Join CLMP and over 55 small publishers for a big small press block party during the PEN World Voices Festival. Publishers, editors, and writers will converge on the Washington Square Mews to celebrate independent and international literature. Books and literary magazines will be on sale; participants can also enjoy author signings, live performances, opportunities to write, and literary readings.
Washington Mews
53 Washington Square South, Manhattan
4-8p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Rebel Women Remember the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
Just days after International Workers' Day, we host an evening of performance, poetry, and song in remembrance of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, which saw its 106th anniversary on March 25. The fire is still the worst industrial disaster in NYC history and contributed to many present-day labor and workplace safety laws. This event will officially close our front-room exhibition of Robin Berson's Triangle Fire Memorial Quilt and will be a fundraiser for the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition.
The City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
7p; $7-10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Dolphin Party 6000: Alien vs Predator vs Dolphin
In the year 6000, in a galaxy far far away, dolphins have conquered the furthest regions of outer space. But there is a disruption in the force, and to stop the terminator takeover our dolphin freedom fighters must go back in time and serve cocktails to humans -- who in their intoxicated glory might trip on the chosen machine and save the world.
If you haven't been to a Dolphin Party before, you can expect: powerfully, mysteriously attractive (to dolphins) original electronic music; visionary visuals projected on all the walls; mad scientist mixology (experimental cocktails included with entry); an alien abduction.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
9:30p-2:30a, performances before 10:30p; $10 suggested donation for address
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Eco-Disco: A Transmedia Experience
A belated Earth Day celebration. There will be music, refreshments, and a multimedia installation exploring the environmental history of New York through different lens.
This is the final presentation for New School New Media and Design Students will be the fist event at Little Creative Class Residency Space. Brenda Kenneally's Transmedia101 class culminates in a site specific installation that takes visitors across historic Newtown Creek into the industrial heart of Brooklyn and Queens. Bring some love back into some of most environmentally taxed land in NYC and discover its beauty while Disco Dancing in Maspeth.
58-25 57th Street, Maspeth, Queens
8p-midnight; $?
Pete’s 119th Annual Derby Day Bash
It’s Kentucky Derby Day. Being that noble passage where innocence flirts with experience, hope bats her eyelashes at bitterness, and our equine servants run for the roses. And as we have every year since the bastards first stole Brooklyn and gave her to Greater New York City, we here at Pete’s Candy Store will celebrate this triumphal day with our 119th Annual Derby Day Bash, a cornucopia of festivities overseen by your favorite Brooklyn bookies Jenny-Lynn and the Hooker.
With an extremely rare showing of the classic Photo Finish Electric Horse-Race (Pictured), a classic electronic horse-racing pastime, for practice wagering and general diversion; the Ladies Hat Show, in which women parade with hand-made hats for the favor of our judge, Milliner Sarah Lapinski, who will administer capital rewards; the ever-popular Bluegrass Blue-Plate Special, featuring an inspired trifecta of Derby Day Delicacies, including Nick Westerman’s inspired Churchill Downs Taco Trifecta; Pete’s Paddock, being a pasture of facts and figres, where you may gambol like a colt and improve your horse-sense before you wager; and the beloved Idiot Stakes, where losers also may attain distinction, for a dollar.
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Wlliamsburg, Brooklyn
3-7p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Rubulad Presents Freeform Freak Out
With live music by the YeahTones, Funkrust Brass Band, K Pasa USA (from Mexico City), and your MC Tanya Solomon. And your DJs: DJ Narkatta, DJ Lupe Loop, and Sir Olivier Esquire. Dress for a fashion explosion.
RSVP to rubulad]at] for address, Brooklyn
Remember, no L train this weekend. You can take the M train to Central Avenue Station; it’s about a 12-minute walk. Also we will be running a shuttle van from the Myrtle-Broadway J,M,Z each half hour from 9p
8p doors, 9p show; $10 before 9p or after performances end, $20 otherwise
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The People’s Garden Fund Kickoff Party
The People’s Garden, a community garden/cultural gathering space at the convergence of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant, kicks off a Spring/Summer series of events to raise money. Organized by members of the garden, The People’s Garden Fund Spring/Summer Series will fortify the garden’s 35-plus year presence in the community as a green space for gathering and culture. Acquiring and installing a solar power generator and solar powered lights and the replacing of the current 40 by 36 foot wooden dance floor with one made with permanent and weatherproof materials are top of the list for the garden, which often hosts birthday parties, family gatherings, live music and meetings of community organizations, and whose members aim to lighten its carbon footprint.
Music by Shimmified Spring, Moons of Mercury, Mesiko, Los Caminantes (salsa!), and Live Band Karaoke, with  Ray Rizzo, Stephanie Sanders, Michael Quoma, King Melvin, and special guests. Ice sculpting by Thomas Brown, Face Painting by David Marshall, Live Sketch Art by Michael Arthur, Tribal Fusion Bellydance by Pumpernicki and Ama Diver.
The People’s Garden
Corner of Greene Avenue and Broadway, Brooklyn
2-10p; $free and any donations go to the People’s Garden Fund for solar power and a dance floor
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Trigger Play
Trigger Play is a once-a-month comedy show featuring a diverse lineup of NY's best up-and-coming comics. Produced by Pranav Behari and Amanda Kay Holstien, and held at Pine Box Rock Shop, this month's line up is Subhah Agarwal, Pranav Behari, Danny DelColle, Amanda Kay Holstien Sr., Brian Kim, and Usama Siddiquee.
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn
7:30p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Blissville: An Investigation
Screening of the video, Blissville: An Investigation. A video by Hank Linhart. An exploration of a obscure neighborhood in Queens. The video is more of a docu / poem than a documentary. Blissville is the former name of the area that is now considered to be part of Long Island City. The town has the world's largest fortune cookie factory, a factory with the exclusive rights to replicate the Statue of Liberty, and a giant car crusher. We learn of a nearby Romani village in the 1930s.
Onderdonk House
1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
7-9p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Lucha Libre: Fight for Your Right to Fiesta
This special spicy performance is just one part of Undervover Latina's luchador-themed party to celebrate Mexican Culture and benefit Immigrant Right's Advocacy. Luchadors are Mexican Wrestlers and they will be all around the party. Be greeted with a complimentary cocktail, be inspired and delighted by aerial acrobats, limber Latinas, rockin luchadoras, and guacamole. Raffle to benefit Mixteca.
The Keep
205 Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
7p; $25-30
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Burlesque at the Beach Opening Weekend
As a former Miss Coney Island, I'm thrilled to announce that after nearly two years of living in New Orleans, I am returning to NYC to produce coming home to Coney Island. The show is a one-night-only burlesque and sideshow event kicking off the opening weekend of Coney Island USA's Burlesque at the Beach season featuring fan favorites from throughout the years. Starring Coney Island favorites Tiger Bay, Betsy Propane, Nasty Canasta, and Lefty Lucy.
Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $15
Exploring One Police Plaza: How the NYPD Killed A Neighborhood
Before the NYPD moved its headquarters to One Police Plaza in the early 1970s, the area behind Manhattan's Municipal Building was an active, thriving neighborhood. Located just outside of Foley Square, on the edge of Chinatown, and steps from the Financial District, this vibrant neighborhood was destroyed for NYPD's hulking Brutalist One Police Plaza. Today the plaza for which the building is named is barren and unused, a result of poor planning and hyper vigilant police state security in post-9/11 New York City. Park Row, once a bustling thoroughfare, has been chopped up and parts of it closed off to civilians, creating a barrier for area residents to navigate around and killing businesses that once relied on the free flow of pedestrian traffic. This walk around One Police Plaza and its surrounding area will examine these devastating effects. Using historical maps and photographs, we will mentally reconstr uct the now-destroyed neighborhood and explore options for mitigating some of the existing problems in order to better serve the community.
Meet at 52 Chambers Street, Manhattan
3-4:30p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Chaos Cooking
A participatory cooking extravaganza. Everyone brings the ingredients for one dish and then cooks together in one space. All recipes must be finished and space returned to original condition by the end of the event, while everyone is socializing, enjoying drinks and eating tasty dishes.
95 Horatio Street, Apt. 524, Manhattan
5-9p; $5 suggested donation
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Big Irv's Storytelling Roadshow
Big Irv's is back and will be showcasing some of the best storytellers Brooklyn has to offer. This event is completely free and BYOB. Featuring Jamie Brickhouse, Harmon Leon, Rob Penty, Christopher Ryan, Saurin Choksi, David Drake, and Danielle Bluford. Plus two open mic slots. Totally free. Libations available at the bodega next door.
Big Irv's Gallery
381 Hooper Street, at South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Kava and Color
Join us after brunch and bloom with us for the May edition of Kava and color. Kava elixirs provided by BK Kava and coloring meditation provided by NYC licensed art therapists Juanita Jenny Viera and Alicia Ballestas of the Real Arts Therapists of NY collective. This event reoccurs the first Sunday of every month -- bring a friend.
BK Kava
191 Suydam Street, Brooklyn
2-8p; $10
Nonsense NYC presents:
Up at Noon
In the last few years, dozens of small, artist-run spaces in New York have been squeezed out by short-term leases and opportunistic developers. It's a problem.
Is it any surprise that artists and the sometimes makeshift spaces where they perform are undervalued? The best shows are often in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night. It's hard to see the value of people making culture if you never see people making culture.
Up at Noon is a series of daylight performances outside the Hunts Point subway station in the Bronx. We invite artists who started at and still play loft spaces, catering halls, and tiny living rooms all over this city.
If we're going to talk about complex subjects like gentrification and how to support developing artists, we need to first acknowledge those developing artists, then remember they face systemic challenges -- challenges as big as capitalism itself. Up at Noon reminds artists to seek new audiences and new allies. We celebrate artists because we want New York to celebrate artists.
Today: Yung Mayne Presents: Live hardcore and hip hop. With Show Me the Body, Slums + Caleb Gilles, and Rebucheros. Plus DJ Yung Mayne.
Also: Chris of Hur Presents: LUL DOODz. Queer drag and performance art with West Dakota, Famous Artist Laura McMillian, Thee Suburbia, Lady Simon, Kristin Reger, Elle McQueen and Hystée Lauder.
Organized by Jeff Stark.
Hunts Point Subway Station, Monsignor Raul Del Valle Square
East 163rd Street, Bronx
12 noon-3p; $free
Law and Order Spec Victims Unit
A serial butt-slasher is haunting Manhattan and Benson, Stabler, Munch, Tutuola, Cragen, and that blonde DA are on the case. Featuring special guest star Ice Cube (if he ever answers our emails). We're producing an theatrical enactment of our Law and Order SVU script in the hopes that someone, anyone, might bring our hero Dick Wolf. But if he doesn't come, was any of it worth it? Does any of our life's work have meaning? A meta-theatrical one-act about finding the Executive Producer Dick Wolf that lives in each and every one of our hearts.
St. Paul's Upstairs Theater
334 South 5th Street, Brooklyn
8p doors, 8:30p show; $7.50 online, $10 door
Continues FRIDAY
Nonsense NYC presents:
Up at Noon
In the last few years, dozens of small, artist-run spaces in New York have been squeezed out by short-term leases and opportunistic developers. It's a problem.
Is it any surprise that artists and the sometimes makeshift spaces where they perform are undervalued? The best shows are often in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night. It's hard to see the value of people making culture if you never see people making culture.
Up at Noon is a series of daylight performances outside the Hunts Point subway station in the Bronx. We invite artists who started at and still play loft spaces, catering halls, and tiny living rooms all over this city.
If we're going to talk about complex subjects like gentrification and how to support developing artists, we need to first acknowledge those developing artists, then remember they face systemic challenges -- challenges as big as capitalism itself. Up at Noon reminds artists to seek new audiences and new allies. We celebrate artists because we want New York to celebrate artists.
Today: Liruru Fude. Garifuna music and dance with Callita Diego, Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company, and Felix Gamboa. Plus DJ Tio Jorge.
Also: House of Yes Variety Hour. With Francoise Voranger, Justin Ketchner, Melissa Aguerre, and Joshua Oates. Hosting by MC Madame Vivien V.
Organized by Jeff Stark.
Hunts Point Subway Station, Monsignor Raul Del Valle Square
East 163rd Street, Bronx
12 noon-3p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY, MAY 12 *****
How To Kill An Elephant
A drag puppetry self-help theatre piece inspired by the life and death of Topsy the elephant, told with contemporary human characters in a Busby Berkeley-meets-George Kuchar style. How To Kill An Elephant follows a group of rag-tag thrift store co-workers as they stage the born-again story of their manager, Helen, a recovering alcoholic and Tony Robbins enthusiast.  Their goal is to inspire others to awaken their inner giant and help turn small lives into gigantic ones. An excerpted work-in-progress performance. Created by CB Goodman. Performed by Ayun Halliday, Parker Allen Stanley, Shayna Strype, Clara Elser, David North, and Molly Zimmelman.
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey, Manhattan
7:30p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY, MAY 12 *****
Choose Your Adventure
Spring has arrived. We can feel it in the air. It is a time for renewal and rebirth.
Welcome to the next chapter in this thing we call
JunXion. We want to thank all of you that have been a part of this community. As it has always been you who is at the center of this play.
Welcome to what is next...
May 12th
Join us for the return of our classic roaming party experience. Buses, multiple locations, magick and wonder.
* Dance Parade, May 20
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at] We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
***** ARTY STUFF *****
* 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 workshops.  Working both as du os 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
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]
***** Meteorite Worship *****
"The team analyzed the chemical makeup of a dozen carbon-rich meteorites from different locations in Antarctica and Australia. They not only found nucleobases widely found in organisms on Earth, compounds such as adenine and guanine, two of the four bases found in DNA. Over the years, scientists have found amino acids, which are needed to form proteins, with unambiguous space-based origins. And meteorites have carried the chemicals necessary to make cell walls.
The meteorite associated with Cybele goddess worship was, originally, perhaps at Pessinus or Mount Ida. What is certain is that in 204 BCE the stone was taken to Rome, where Cybele became 'Mother' to the Romans. The ecstatic rites of her worship were alien to the Roman temperament, but nevertheless animated the streets of their city during the annual procession. Alongside Isis, Cybele retained prominence until the fifth century CE, when the stone was 'lost'."
Overheard is from Irene Pedruelo's Mi Niu York, a weekly newsletter for curious characters, treasure hunters, and eccentrics. You can sign up for her favorite stories, projects, artworks, and quotations at
People say amazing things when they think no one is listening. Overheard is about capturing these moments. We share one quotation each week that stuck with us. It's always unsolicited and unedited.
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]
Overheard in New York. May 2017. Woman in her early 30s to a friend:
--"I just want invisible roommates."
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 *****
Kurdish Women’s Liberation and the Fight Against ISIS
Leftwing Kurdish feminists in Syria and Turkey are taking a leading role in fighting ISIS and building a bottom-up democratic and pluralistic society in Rojava (Syria). This discussion, led by Meredith Tax, author of A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State, will focus on how women transformed the Kurdish liberation movement from a classic guerilla struggle to something much more complex, how their feminism works out in practice, what obstacles they face, and what ideas they can offer US feminists.
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
7-10p; $free
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
Please join the Shout Your Abortion BK collective for the release of volume 3 of our zine. Abortion is a common and often highly emotional experience and society shames us into silence about it. Why be quiet? Let's talk about it. Share stories, build community, smash the patriarchy.
Abortion is normal. Our stories are ours to tell. This is not a debate.
Union Docs
322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
7-11p; $10 sliding scale
Bystander Intervention
Hate crimes are on the rise across the country, and in NYC there have been multiple incidents of harassment or aggression since elections. In times like these, it is important to know how to successfully and safely disrupt a hostile or aggressive situation you may witness, and to ensure your actions are more helpful than harmful. This introductory workshop will also explore the role of race and gender during an intervention, and will help provide a space for participants to evaluate their role in high risk situations.
Free University
PS 128 Audubon, Washington Heights, Manhattan
2:15-4:45p; $free
You, Me, and a Microphone
Learn about folklife interview techniques using recording equipment and listen to live interviews between folklorist Christopher Mulé and very special guests.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
7-8:30p; $free
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
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.
* 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.
*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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
*Filmmaking Workshops: low-cost, small in size, short in duration, for beginners to advanced, with all equipment provided. DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan.
*Free Yoga. Please come if you are curious, interested, resistant. 417 Pulaski Street, apt 3, Brooklyn, Fridays, 7p; $free.
*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] 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.
*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
*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]
*Queer and Trans Yoga. Third Root Community Health Center, 380 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn. Sunday, 5-6:30p, and Thursday, 8:15-9:30p; $12.
* Silent DJ Hot Yoga, Qoya, Zumba, and more. Sacred, 197 Clifton Place, Brooklyn. Various.
*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.
* Sword Class NYC, eastern and western sword styles. Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, 16th floor, Manhattan. Various.
* 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.
* West African Dance Class. P.S. 194 Countee Cullen, 244 West 144th Street, Manhattan. Mondays and Wednesdays 5-7p; $free.
* 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.
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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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