nonsense: 5.12 to 5.18

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Subject: nonsense: 5.12 to 5.18
Date: May 12th 2017
Friday, May 12
* Up at Noon, Bronx
* Out in the Zone: 11th Annual NYC Anarchist Art Festival, Manhattan
* The Infinite Wrench, Manhattan
* Automatic Voter Registration at the Arena, Manhattan
* Radiohole's Super-Fun Exclusive Experimental TV Party, Manhattan
* How to Kill an Elephant, Manhattan
* Check Check Check Law and Order Spec Victims Unit, Brooklyn
Saturday, May 13
* Dancing Across Borders: A Benefit for Refugees at Home and Abroad, Manhattan
* The Second Annual NY Adventure Club UrbExpo: New York Values, Manhattan
* BWAC Spring Art Shows: Rites of Spring, Wide Open 8, and Recycle 2017, Brooklyn
* The 8th Annual NYC Resistor Interactive Show, Brooklyn
* Cyber Saturdays, Queens
* The Arts Hub, Queens
* Caturday Party, Brooklyn
* Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Manhattan
Sunday, May 14
* Deep Space Live, Brooklyn
Monday, May 15
* Iridescent: Poetry and Performance, Brooklyn
* Big Band Mondays, Manhattan
Tuesday, May 16
* The Prose Bowl, Brooklyn
* The Fuck You Revue presents: Mayday, Brooklyn
Wednesday, May 17
* Magical Girl Burlesque's First Ever Open Mic, Brooklyn
* Bring Your Own Film, Brooklyn
Thursday, May 18
* The Brooklyn Gaze, Brooklyn
* Take Two Storytelling, Brooklyn
* Moulin Rouge Party, Brooklyn
* Victorian Flatbush
* Demystifying Government: Judicial Jamboree
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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 *****
Out in the Zone: 11th Annual NYC Anarchist Art Festival
Wild Embeddings, Caroline Woodhead, Kalan Sherrard and AnarkoArtLab present the 11th Annual NYC Anarchist Art Festival showing our discontent with the world's political clowns. For this year's festival, we invited over 40 artists to create visual, sound and performance art that envisions a post-revolutionary anarchist society. Featuring Wild Torus, Kalan Sherrard, Poncili Creation, Adriana Varela, Non Grata, IN-DIT, Glass Bead Collective, Ian Deleón, Raquel Mavecq, Lorene Bouboushian, Butch Merigoni, Rainé Eliza, EX Roman, Kim Fatale and Ma Xalper, Andrea Haenggi, Alex Chalet, Soojin Chang, Felix Morelo, Videopunks, Jonas Bers, Alex Villar, Simone Couto, Katherine Liberovskaya and Marcia Bassett, Joey Sledge, Thickly Painted Ceiling, Vilma PeDiu, Eames Armstrong, Cory O’Brien, Marianna Olinger, David Irving Weiner, Uta Brauser and Flow Flo and Olga Mazurk iewicz, Shiri Mordechay, Yuko Uchida, IV Castellans, Nina Isabelle, Olivia Cream, Kelley Brannon, Shelly Voorhees, and Nikki Schiller. PBR and Freeman food will be served. In conjunction with the 2017 NYC Anarchist Book Fair, Art, Film, and Music Festivals.
Judson Memorial
55 Washington Square South, Manhattan
7p-1a; $10-15 suggested donation
***** 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, part of a weekly series running since 2004 (formerly Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind). 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 unreproducible 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
Continues SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Automatic Voter Registration at the Arena
Support voter reform! Tally Up will be presenting at the Arena this week, we will discuss the importance of Automatic Voter Registration. And in addition, everyone attending will have the opportunity to join our lightning round: Five minutes to fill out five postcards. Tally Up will personally hand to your representative leaders in Albany on June 5. Together we can reform voting in New York State.
525 East 12th Street, apt. 1, Manhattan
6:30-8:30p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Radiohole's Super-Fun Exclusive Experimental TV Party
Radiohole's Super-Fun Exclusive Experimental TV Party is a party-performance experiment. It is part of Radiohole’s broad exploration of the creative spirit of New York City in the 1970s and early 1980s. Many of NYC’s brightest and weirdest brought their talents to cable access shows like Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party or Coco Crystal’s If I Can't Dance You Can Keep Your Revolution. In the spirit of these TV Pioneers, we’ll be hosting host a show that could be a party or a party that could be a show, featuring interviews, special musical guests, drinking, dancing and as always, your favourite Radiohole personalities.
Collapsable Hole
55 Bethune Street basement, Manhattan
8p doors, 8:30p show; $15 cash
Continues SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
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 *****
Check Check Check 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
Dancing Across Borders: A Benefit for Refugees at Home and Abroad
The Modern Dance Awareness Society and Dance Afghanistan join forces to host a fundraising event to support refugees at home and abroad. Proceeds from the event go toward supporting proximity dance project Athens refugee cast, Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza, and Dance Afghanistan story translation project by refugees.
The event will be an afternoon of outdoors and indoors dance-based performances, film projections, presentations, and poetry. The day aims to highlight cultural integration issue, raise awareness about refugees and migration, and promote the role of the arts in capacity building.
These activities will feature film screenings of Jill Woodward's bodies of resilience, passTRESpass, and preview of journey without a map. The modern dance awareness society will also be restaging proximity, a transnational dance dialogue, with performers Daphne Pantazopoulou, Wen-Shuan Yang, Abdul Nazari and residents of Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza via Skype from Athens.
Activities at the dance loft will feature light fare, traditional Greek and Afghan dance performances, and Afghan poetry readings. The event will conclude with a presentation of the research conducted in Greece by the Generation Outside Network concerning the quality of life for long-term Afghan refugees, followed by a Q&A discussion.
Anita’s Way
135 West 42nd Street, Manhattan
12noon-1:45p activites; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Second Annual NY Adventure Club UrbExpo: New York Values
Twenty five artists, one 1870s courthouse, and three hours of exploration await. The New York Adventure Club second annual UrbExpo is a pop-up art exhibit documenting Urban Exploration subculture in present-day New York City. The cold, gothic features of the infamous Jefferson Market Library, accentuated with dramatic lighting and strategic music will showcase how artists interpret our unique urban surroundings. Prominent artists are balanced with fresh new voices speaking through photography, videography, graffiti, traditional painting and drawing, sculpture, and everything in between.
Young artists in the show are balanced with established veterans in the field. Infiltrations, both legal and otherwise, are documented. Iconic images mix with obscure angles and subcultures in this art event like no other. It’s an art exhibition that represents a city that never sleeps, and is always humming a few tunes at one time. Take a moment to enjoy this creative break from the norm. Bring your flashlight, an open mind, and a few dollars if you want to take home a print. One night only.
Artists: Steve Duncan, Lenore Mills, Cat Green, Mikhail Gubin, John De La O, Mitchel Coffman, Fred Gutzeit, Lisa Ferber, Chris Garcia, Lisa DeLoria Weinblatt, Adam Zucker, Salim Hasbini, Diana Leidel, Veronique Lerebours, Heather Rogan, Melanie de Groot, David Rivera, Mast TGE, Esteme TGE, Curve TGE, Jurne, Mark Beckenbach, Judyta Grudzien, Murzz, Corey William Schneider, and Rob Plater.
Jefferson Market Library
425 6th Avenue, Manhattan
8p-11p; $free, RSVP required
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
BWAC Spring Art Shows: Rites of Spring, Wide Open 8, and Recycle 2017
Meet the artists at our opening reception, and hear music by RB5 -- jazz pianist Richard Bennett and his irreverent group of NY improvisers. And there will be a really fun collaborative art installation where visitors will be invited to help build a giant string sculpture, made of reused yarn, ribbon, and rope, with NYC’s premier reuse facility, Materials for the Arts. Continues Sunday with songwriter, musician, and actor Zac Messick.
481 Van Brunt, door 7, Brooklyn
1-6p; $free
718 596 2506
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The 8th Annual NYC Resistor Interactive Show
NYC Resistor's Interactive Show returns for its eighth incarnation. Our annual party and fundraiser invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with beats and beers provided.
This year’s theme is the Running Man. The 80s dystopian future sci-fi takes place in 2017 and has so many great campy elements. Who can resist lo-fi graphics, spandex costumes, hexagonal decode systems, and a villain in LED studded armor? Join us for a blinking good time.
NYC Resistor
87 3rd Avenue, fourth floor, Brooklyn
8p-2a; $15
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cyber Saturdays
Tech Autonomy is a collective through Woodbine. Our work is the work of destroying Silicon Valley culture around tech so as to build a world of integration, technology used for good and conceived of as philosophy, utility, and magic.
We invite you to embark with us on a journey of turning towards the pixel-laden void to question why everything feels so weird. This roundtable discussion series will occur on a bi-weekly basis, as a part of Woodbine's "Cyber Saturdays."
This week, we will discuss the topic of freelancing on the internet: how do you, or people you know, make money off the intenet, and how is the internet making money off of you? What makes up the sociocultural and economic landscape such that something as exploitative as Fiverr is accepted as normal, even glorified? How does all this work, culturally and technologically, and how does it feel to be human in the face of it? And, ultimately, how do we strategize against it and break the spell of the corporate dogma internet spell? Swing by. There will be coffee.
1882 Woodbine Street, Ridgewood, Queens
3-5p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Creative Tech Week presents:
The Arts Hub
In the main hall, 50 digital, VR, and electronic artworks are on display for Stronger Together, an exhibit of work by computer art department faculty of 10 area universities. Join us for two evenings of art; pioneering electronic and experimental music; hands-on 3D printing workshops; and food and drink at the Ready Room onsite at the Knockdown Center. Curated by Carol Parkinson, Harvestworks, and Wolfgang R. von Stuermer (aka WvS), Ab Uno Pluribus. With Plan23 live, joined by three amazing live visualists, with Chris Jordan, Zarah Cabanas, and Sofy Yuditskaya, and will share the bill with SMOMID and Raphael Shirley with Algis Kizys.
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Queens
7-11p; $10-20
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Caturday Party
Two sessions or do both and take a vacation. Jadda Cat is a cat in real life. Come watch or draw her for six hours in Mike Alan's Imaginarium. She will meow meow, cat nap for two hours, sniff some catnip, chase her tail, pounce on mouse, and play with yarn, scratch at the artwork. She will eat food and drink from her bowl, clean herself, snuggle with Mike Alan, and purrrrrrr. Cat will communicate with human in sign language. With special guest actual cat Pirate Starfish. Projection of Florida cat Yhang Quintero. Feel free to come dressed as a cat and join in. We will have: soothing ambient relaxing music, long and moving performance poses.
RSVP for address
6-9p and 9p-midnight; $20 per session
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
A 1972 West German epic film written and directed by Werner Herzog, following the travels of Spanish soldier Lope de Aguirre, who leads a group of conquistadores down the Orinoco and Amazon River in South America in search of the legendary city of gold, El Dorado. Will be shown in two small theatres. Water, tea, coffee on tap. BYOB and snacks (nothing that can get messy please!)
Final Frame
150 West 22nd Street, third floor, Manhattan
7:30p; $donation
Deep Space Live
As usual it's Deep Space Live, a talk show hosted by astronaut Sam Weiss, who, after five years lost in space, begins hallucinating (and interviewing) celebrities, historical figures and fictional characters. This month Sam tries to sell out the show to fund a rescue mission and welcomes Oprah, Bruce Springsteen, McDonalds' Mac Tonight and (real) comedian Clare O'Kane. Performers: Sam Weiss, Dana Kaplan-Angle, Jonathan Doyle, and Dan Silver. Directed by Joey Price. Guest stand-up Clare O'Kane.
2 Havemeyer Street, between North 8th and 9th streets, Brooklyn
718 576 3222
6:30-8:30p; $5
Iridescent: Poetry and Performance
Hosted by Nick Walther and Erica Schreiner. Performers include Maya Lo, Craig Kite, Lee Wilson, Joi Sanchez, Matthew Silver, Endless Meghan Warner, Erica Schreiner, the Sewer Gators, Terminal Intrusion, Melissa Hunter-Gurney, Clairette Durand-Gasselin, Kevin Pelrine and Chris Carlone, Lux Phillips as Coitus the Clown, and Transdimensional Healing Media Services.
The Glove
Ask an art kid for the address, Brooklyn
8p-midnight; $5-7
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Big Band Mondays
Join the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra every Monday night for a trip back to an old-school NYC supper club. Crytzer's 14 member big band serenades you with music from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s while you enjoy a great dinner or enjoy cocktails at the bar. Vintage style dancers fill the dance floor doing pre-WW2 swing dances (and there's even a free dance lesson if you'd like to learn how to do it too) and you'll feel like you stepped back in time to a scene from Boardwalk Empire.
Kola House
408 West 15th Street, Manhattan
7p free dance lesson, 7:30p band; $20
The Prose Bowl
The Prose Bowl is back to celebrate brevity and booze. If you have a story, bring it. If you want to hear some awesome stories, bring yourself. Our panelists will be on hand to provide pearls of wisdom, and one reader will walk away with bragging rights, a do dad of infinite impracticability, and the much coveted drink ticket.  If you've been before, or this is your first time, you're all welcome, and we can't wait to see you.
Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
The Fuck You Revue presents: Mayday
It's the end of the world as we know it, and we feel... sexy! On Tuesday May 16th, the Fuck You Revue is taking you on a journey into the not-so-distant dystopian future, with post-apocalyptic striptease that will both terrify and titillate.
Starring adventurous ecdysiasts Delysia LaChatte, Tiger Bay, Sweet Lorraine, Topher Bousquet, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Deity Delgado, Kate Nyx, and your fearless leaders Fancy Feast and Zoe Ziegfeld, plus DJ Stormageddon and the intrepid Qualms Galore at the door!
$10 suggested, but no one gets turned away for lack of funds
9pm doors, 9:30 show
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
J,M,Z trains to Myrtle station
9p doors, 9:30p show; $10 suggested
Magical Girl Burlesque's First Ever Open Mic
Magical Girl Burlesque invites you to their first ever Burlesque Open Mic hosted by Raina Sinclair. Do you have a new act you want to test out and get feedback on? Or do you simply want to watch some great performances and come out to support the naked art form you love?
The Open Mic is meant to be a comfortable, relaxed, workshop space where both new and experienced burlesquers can hone their craft. All performers will get video of their act and feedback notes. Any money that is made after covering our rent and beverage costs will go straight to the dancers.
Mayday Space
176 St. Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn
8-11p; $5
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Bring Your Own Film
A monthly film/video open mic screening where filmmakers and artists working in moving images can bring in finished pieces or works in progress. It's a friendly and informal space where people share and talk about each other's work, drink cheap beer, meet new people, and watch some cool film and video projects.
If you have a project you'd like to share, bring it. First come first served, no need to contact us ahead of time, just show up with your film and we'll play it. Any film, any digital format, 10 minutes or under.
Shoestring Press
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p screening; $free
The Brooklyn Gaze
Art plus activism plus music plus beer plus dialogue. The seeds of this two-part project were planted September of last year, when anxiety around the election was high, and the need to cry out publicly was intensifying. Post election, the concept for the project crystallized. We decided to activate historical texts from the library archives by selecting excerpts from the writings of prominent activists and diverse thinkers, and looking within the texts to find messages that would resonate with the eco-socio-political fucknuttery we find ourselves amid today. The hope is to encourage dialogue and reflection on the concepts highlighted in the work -- which feel threatened daily, and extend an invitation for people to come back on June 21 to share their thoughts on the same canvas, the second event called Vox Populight will feature an interactive table you can write on, which will then be posted up onto the building. Opening for the projections is Les Nubians, an Afropean, Urban, R&B Grammy-nominated duo composed of sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart from Paris France. And the event is totally free and open to the public.
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
8p; $free
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Take Two Storytelling
This month's storytellers are Marc Abbot, Dawn Fraser, Gabby Shea, Tommy O'Malley, and Rupert Eyles. Take Two Storytelling is a unique show where storytellers share one true story with two endings: one the way it actually happened, the other where they rewind time to make it all turn out differently. When the only thing between a storyteller and the perfect ending is the real ending, they bring it to Take Two. Co-hosted by Elana Lancaster and Harvey Katz.
C'mon Everybody
325 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30-9p; $5 suggested donation
***** Also on THUSDAY *****
Moulin Rouge Party
Attention children of the revolution. Come celebrate the 16th anniversary of Baz Luhrmann's epic musical masterpiece Moulin Rouge. Get ready to can can, hunkadola, tango, sing, and drink the night away to a very special party that is bound to be spectacular, spectacular. Dress as your favorite character from the film, or a can can dancer, a courtesan, a fire eater, etc. There will be many ways to win prizes including trivia and a costume contest. Come what may, it'll be an unforgettable night.
157 West 47th Street, Manhattan
9p-1a; $9
Camouflage: A Comedy Show
We will be hosting our monthly show at Big Irv's. We have an incredible line-up that includes comedians DC Benny, Josh Johnson, Adrienne Iapalucci, Sarah Tollemache, Scott Chaplain, and Lucas Connolly. In addition to the show being completely free we also have free pizza and beer by donation.
Big Irv's
381 Hooper Street, at South 1st Street, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY, MAY 19 *****
Title: A Contra Dance at Brooklyn Contra, featuring Burnt Turnip and Peter Stix
If swing dancing and square dancing met in a bar you'd get Brooklyn contra. Join Brooklyn Contra for a dance featuring Burnt Turnip and Peter Stix. Burnt Turnip is Jacob Curtz (fiddle), Lloyd Graves (banjo), Mark Wholley (guitar), and Deb Tankard (upright bass).
Camp Friendship
339 8th Street, Brooklyn
F,G trains to 7th Avenue station, R train to 4th Avenue station
7:30p beginners lesson, 8p dancing; $15 regular, $12 student
917 310 0962
* The Brooklyn Gaze, May 18
* Dance Parade, May 20
* Fyre Island, 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 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
***** SPACES *****
* The master bedroom with en suite bathroom in my apartment in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn is opening up for June 1. The apartment is both large, sunny, breezy, and dope af. Typically a quiet, spiritual abode. Could you please forward this far and wide? It's $1175 and price is slightly negotiable. It includes laundry, a door dude, bike storage (waiting list), a wonderful large playground on block, two bathrooms (one is private for the room for rent), large library of esoteric tomes, no upstairs neighbors, corner cross breezes, lots of closets, dining room, living room, separate kitchen, and 1300 square feet of homey bliss. The area is also known as "Victorian Flatbush" where there are trees and parks and food co-ops and cafes and all the rest Brooklyners require. It's basically like you're living upstate only in Brooklyn. Close to both F and Q trains. Oh, and the bea ch is about a 30 minute bike ride. Rockaway is 35 minutes by car. Manhattan is 30 minutes on subway. bpdoto]at]
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]
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.
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***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
Secret Chakra: Feminist Economics Yoga
Based in the idea that energy, security, and prosperity are the products of social solidarity and interdependence (instead of individualism and competition), this workshop asks participants to embody the idea that ''my'' health, and ''my'' liberation is bound up in yours. By partnering visualization and embodiment exercises with radical financial literacy, Thornton aims to help people identify and begin to chip away at the seemingly infinite wall of financialization that transforms humans into financial instruments. Financialization is the process wherein profit becomes the motivation behind healthcare, housing, and education and it forces most people in the US to enter into financial debt in order to live. This ubiquitous social form is not natural, eternal, or personal, and it may be lodged in your body somewhere.
EFA Project Space
323 West 39th Street, Manhattan
6:30-8:45p; $free
Registration required: meghana]at]
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Demystifying Government: Judicial Jamboree
We all know this country is a dumpster fire right now. But how did it get this way, and what hope do we have for it to change? Honestly, how does the government even work?
Demystifying Government is a series of talks to try to answer those questions -- for all of us who may have forgotten a thing or two from civics class. Tonight's panel will feature comedians, political advocates, policy wonks, and researchers; the talks will cover terrified congresscritters, legislative polarization, budgeting misconceptions, and the surely very sexy difference between unfunded mandates and block grants. Plus there will be social justice-themed cookies.
Freddy’s Bar and Backroom
627 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
3-6p; $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
7-9p; $50
Outlaw Kitchen: Cooking With Cannabis
Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine." Cannabis is both. In this class, you’ll learn how to use cannabis – a sacred plant that has provided humans with food and medicine for centuries -- in your kitchen for health, wellbeing and culinary creativity. Learn foolproof methods for making butter and oil infusions and alcohol tinctures -- the building blocks of cannabis cuisine -- and how to safely dose the food you make so you can enjoy and share exquisite dishes that take full advantage of cannabis's intriguing flavor profiles and health benefits. You’ll learn how to confidently select the best quality, healthiest cannabis, what parts of the plants you can cook with, and how to use concentrates.
291 Church Street, Manhattan
May 20, 2 and 4p; $10 donation
Left Forum
Now in its 13th year, Left Forum has grown into one the largest annual convergences of the left. The 2016 conference featured over 350 workshops and panels, multiple musical performances and film screenings, a comedy show, and a large grassroots-organization/book fair. In 2016, over 4000 people - including artists, activists, and great thinkers from around the globe -- were drawn to NYC to engage in critical discussions and debates, build coalitions, socialize with new friends and long-time allies, learn, reflect, and strategize for a new future.
Building our collective strength as a movement and as a community committed to social justice is more important than ever. Join us for Left Forum 2017.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue, Manhattan
June 2-4, 1-9p; $sliding scale
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