nonsense: 5.26 to 6.1

 
From: "nonsense nyc" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsense: 5.26 to 6.1
Date: May 26th 2017
Friday, May 26
* Trivial Pursuits : Six Course Pie Party, Long Island City
* No Walls: Night of Performance and Immigration Rights Fundraiser, Brooklyn
* Secret Loft Comedy, Brooklyn
* A Night With Rich Medina, Queens
* Cartoon Carnival No. 56: Work It, Brooklyn
* Meganoke/Isn't Ours/New Firmament/Julia Santoli, Brooklyn
* #Fomoparty, Brooklyn
 
Saturday, May 27
* A New Practical Guide to Rhetorical Gesture and Action Book Launch Party and Gallery Show, Manhattan
* ZlanZd A Sound a Light Immersion, Queens
* Sloop Jumbly, Brooklyn
* Magical Grill Barbecue Burlesque, Brooklyn
* Spook City in Tompkins Square Part 2, Manhattan
 
Sunday, May 28
* The-Tusk.com Presents, Brooklyn
* Flux Factory: Most of a Year in Most of a Day, Manhattan
* Karmic Gathering, Brooklyn
* Music, Drag, Twin Peaks, Brooklyn
 
Tuesday, May 30
* Jorge Cruz on the Hook: Phantom Walls and Conceptual Art in the Age of Trump, Williamsburg
* The Darkness Project, Brooklyn
* Pairs and Pears No. 9, Brooklyn
 
Wednesday, May 31
* Drunk Science, Brooklyn
* Chelsea After Dark: Art House Bizarre, Manhattan
 
Thursday, June 1
* Storytime, Manhattan
* Woke AF, Manhattan
 
Wishlist
* Maker Residency
 
Spectre
* Lazarus Microbes
 
Overheard
* A little bird
 
Learning
* Orgasm Forum
 
NOTE: For some navigation help, or an explanation for what this is all about, scroll all the way down to NONSENSE. You can donate to this project at nonsensenyc.com/special. Also: We make a lot of mikes, especially with dates; you should always double check our work before you go out.
 
 
XXXXX COVER ART XXXXX
 
 
Oversized waiting room, surveillance cameras
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, MAY 26 XXXXX
 
 
Trivial Pursuits : Six Course Pie Party
 
Join us for a performative dinner party during which we’ll enjoy six extravagant courses of pies. RSVP required. BYOB requested. OFMA recommended (Outfits for Messy Activities). Trivial Pursuits is produced by Sarah Dahlinger.
 
Flux Factory Gallery
 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens
7:30p; $6
RSVP to sarahjdahlinger]at]gmail.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
No Walls: Night of Performance and Immigration Rights Fundraiser
 
Come out to raise some money for Make the Road New York's immigration rights work, see some badass performance and dance dance dance. With K Pasa USA, La Neve from Downtown Boys, Poncili Creacion, and Pauli Cakes. DJ sets by Johnnie and Jo.
 
Drty Smmr
1198 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
9p-midnight performances, dancing afterward; $5-10 sliding scale
facebook.com/events/463852750624038/--
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Secret Loft Comedy
 
Come out to Secret Loft, an underground Bushwick venue, for great comedians, free pizza, cheap drinks and a DJ dance-party after the show. We're the weirdest spot to catch the best comedians in NYC. You'll see performers from Comedy Central, national late night television, and the hottest clubs in Greenwich Village, performing for diehard comedy fans in a secret Bushwick venue. There's no $20 cover, no two drink minimum, and you're welcome to hang out and party after the show. Line up: Mike Denny, Catherine Cohen, Brian Grossi, Kerry Coddett, Pretty Sad White Girls, Tyler Richardson, and Pat Brown. Hosted by Petey DeAbreu of Petey's World.
 
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan Avenue station
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free-15
facebook.com/events/191953994658338
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Rob Swift presents:
 
A Night With Rich Medina
 
Do. Not. Miss. We are humbled/psyched/smitten to have the honorable Rich Medina (Philadelphia) through to bless the spot, joined by resident/sensai Rob Swift. Our local brothers and sisters at a brewery will be providing a floor-keg to up the house-party vibes. This is 100 percent free and not to be missed. Bonus late-night disco set from Flattopps' house DJ, Chuck E. Mendez.
 
Flattopps
33-06 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, Queens
8:30p doors, 10p dancing-2a; $free
flattoppsnyc]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events/1964238797156726
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Cartoon Carnival No. 56: Work It
 
It's time to sit back and relax for another hefty batch of 16mm (no digital) animated cartoons from the 1910s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives to the silver screen at Shoestring Press. At program no. 56, we're going to clock in and get to work -- paying homage to the drudgery of hard labor. See how our animated ancestors of yesteryear dealt with the trials and tribulations of slaving through their 9-to-5s to make ends meet.
 
In addition to the cartoons, we'll have a raffle where guests will be able to win one copy each of head Cartoon Carnie Tommy's two Cartoon Roots Blu-ray/DVD combo releases. Additionally, enjoy our mini rummage sale where the following items from Tommy's personal collection will be on offer: VHS tapes and DVDs, past Cartoon Carnival and related show programs, books, antique decorative 16mm boxes, reels and films, antique 35mm reels, vintage toys, and many other goodies. Also: live musical accompaniment by Charlie Judkins for select silent-era shorts.
 
Shoestring Press
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $10
facebook.com/events/1960118694223288/
tommyjose.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Meganoke/Isn't Ours/New Firmament/Julia Santoli
 
Song, dance, visuals, pottery, performance art, video. With Meganoke, Isn't Ours, New Firmament , and the Institution for the Furtherance of Balance.
 
Vital Joint 
109 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
9p-noon; $10
facebook.com/events/1343904742365297/
newfirmament.bandcamp.com/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
#Fomoparty
 
A Brooklyn-based monthly dance party every fourth Friday at Friends and Lovers. With Tap 10, Darling Chuck, Tha Yell0w R. Kel, and Sasha Marie of Soulection.
 
#Fomoparty is a monthly dance party based in Brooklyn, NY. In its second year, #Fomoparty has earned its stripes as a mainstay in the nightlife community by consistently pushing the musical envelope, attracting an unpretentious community of forward-thinking music lovers who love to dance. In addition to the party's residents, whose diverse sound has come to define the party, special guest DJs and performers both local and beyond frequent the stage, creating a one-of-a-kind experience set to music from around the world.
 
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $free with RSVP before 11p, $5 without RSVP
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, MAY 27 XXXXX
 
 
A New Practical Guide to Rhetorical Gesture and Action Book Launch Party and Gallery Show
 
A New Practical Guide to Rhetorical Gesture and Action, the National Theater of the United States of America's long-awaited actors guide will be published in May by 53rd State Press. Based on Henry Siddons 1807 guidebook for the London stage, this beautifully bound book features an introductory essay by James Stanley, illustrations by Jesse Hawley of 48 of New York's most profound and fabulous performers, and instructional commentary by Normandy Sherwood detailing how you, too, can embody such necessary affects as Joy, Triumph, Mirth, Devotion, Jealous Rage and Fashionable Impudence. Tonight: Book Launch Party, with performances, drinks, and music by the Vintage DJ.
 
Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street, Manhattan
6:30-9:30p; $free
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
ZlanZd A Sound a Light Immersion
 
Flatland explores the interplay of dimension and light through 3D LED sculptures built to create immersive environments. It is inspired by the capacity of light and color to elevate the human spirit and the transformative power of sound. Performances will be on a four-point sound system. The event will take place at Knockdown Center, a massive brick former door factory in Maspeth Queens that now serves as an arts space.
 
Live sets by Teengirl Fantasy, ADR, Lafawndah, and Yaeji / Nitemind is a group of artists using technology and physical space to create immersive and interactive installations. Our work uses light as a medium, including laser beams, video-mapped LED, and software art in combination with ephemeral sculpture and site-specific installations.
 
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
Shuttle every 10 minute from Jefferson L Stop
8p-late; $15-25
flatland.nitemind.us
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Sloop Jumbly
 
Comedy, yes. But in the forms of music, video, performance art, media representation, stand-up, theatre. Sloop Jumbly is a comedy show hosted by your hosts Lorelei Ramirez, Tim Platt, Peter Mills Weiss, and everyone's favorite Sloop Jumbly. Come and experience the sloopiest and jumbliest time of them all. Featuring performances from Cole Escola, Karolena Theresa, Moreno Monolo, and Jennifer Vanilla.
 
Vital Joint
109 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
8-11p; $5
facebook.com/events/1826718757650138/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Magical Grill Barbecue Burlesque
 
Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with Magical Girl Burlesque. Hosted by Tess LaCoil, we bring to you the meaning of summer packed into one delicious evening. With performances by Raina Sinclair, Mx Pris Matic,Regal Mortis, Gemini B Litz, Ivy Absinthe, and Bitsy Brûlée! Paige Literati will be keeping things neat between acts and getting down during intermission with some gogo. Visit Kaddy Feast at the bar if you need to cool down, she'll help you out while DJ Stormageddon provides some summertime beats.
 
The Possum Lounge
1702 East 33rd Street, side entrance on Quentin, Brooklyn
6-10p; $20
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Spook City in Tompkins Square Part 2
 
In keeping with the traditional Squatter MayDay shows from 1988 onward and in commemoration of the Memorial Day Riot of May 27, 1991. On the side, there will be band merch, literature, and info tables. Featuring: the Undead, the Omega Men, Coach N' Commando, Spike Polite and Sewage NYC, and After the Burn.
 
Tompkins Square Park
500 East 9th Street, Manhattan
2-6p; $free
facebook.com/events/1250969598335540/
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, MAY 28 XXXXX
 
 
The-Tusk.com Presents
 
The-Tusk.com is a website and the-Tusk.com Presents is its monthly series of cultural events. This month we're hosting readers from the new book the Evil One, an anthology of fiction inspired by Roky Erickson's album of the same name. Karaoke begins afterwards courtesy of the Kings of Karaoke.
 
Tilt
248 McKibbin Street, downstairs, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan station
8p; $free
facebook.com/events/1805307876464587/
the-tusk.com
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Flux Factory: Most of a Year in Most of a Day
 
In August 1993, seven artists rented part of the second floor of a former spice factory next to the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The 1,800 square-foot space, for which they paid $1,000 per month, had no dividing walls and the only source of running water was a slop sink. The group came together as an informal artist collective to create an alternative platform to the commercial gallery scene. Twenty-four years later, Flux Factory lives on in its third location, an 8,000-square-foot, former greeting-card factory in Long Island City, providing studios for twenty local and international artists.
 
Temporarily relocating to the Hunter East Harlem Gallery for this one-day event, Flux Factory will publicly perform a year’s worth of collective practices in eight hours: 52 Monday Meetings, 30 Fluxhibitions, 12 Flux Thursdays, 10 Fluxakutchas, 1 Fluxgiving, and 1 Fluxmas.  Cameos by WFLX Flux Factory Radio, Cinema Flux, and Friends of Flux.
 
By making otherwise internal practices public, this performance will propose the following questions: In a capitalist system, is working collectively an inherently political gesture? Can 20 artists from different parts of the world agree on anything? Why is fun important? What does it mean to be Fluxie? What exactly is a shituation? Why is a flamingo such a great mascot?
 
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Avenue, Manhattan
9a-5p; $free
huntereastharlemgallery.org/program-content/2017/5/10/flux-factory-hehg
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Karmic Gathering
 
My name is Rachel and I'm interested in listing my event on your site. My collective Karmic Creations is hosting our annual event. The nature of this event is to create a positive environment where people can be comfortable and create a fun day together. It's like a mini festival we have barbecue, music, and other outdoor activities. We are also flow art oriented so we host a flow jam (hoops, poi, staff etc.) where spinners come to jam. The event happens because of the people who attend, we ask everyone to bring something they can contribute such as food for the grill, blankets, flow toys, and anything else to make the day better for us all. This will be our fourth year of this and gets better each time.
 
Prospect Park
Check Facebook for exact location, Brooklyn
1-10p; $free
eventbrite.com/e/karmic-gathering-2017-tickets-34337914627
facebook.com/events/351035015283058/
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Music, Drag, Twin Peaks
 
Simultaneously a free Twin Peaks screening and drag show by Famous Artist Laura McMillian and Chris of Hur outside in the yard or, if rain, in the tent. Music by Big French, Joey Agresta, and Ryan Power, with interset plastic polymer diskery by DJ Zachary Constantine Phillips.
 
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
9p sharp; $7
wharfcatrecords.com
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, MAY 30 XXXXX
 
 
Jorge Cruz on the Hook: Phantom Walls and Conceptual Art in the Age of Trump
 
Jorge Cruz is a Mexican born, Greenpoint-based conceptual artist whose current interest in walls, as both physical and conceptual art objects, finds poetic resonance with the wall-building enthusiasms of another prominent American: Donald Trump. "Walls can provide safety and security; they can also divide and isolate not only physically but mentally. As such, they stand as physical and ideological symbols of division and personal stagnation."
 
Mr. Cruz’s conceptual art project, the Phantom Wall, seeks to erect a wall of white light along the border between Mexico and the United States in the fall of 2018 -- paid for, naturally, by the Mexican government. An ambitious, necessary, and perhaps impossible dream, Cruz’s Phantom Wall offers us a chance to talk about the history and pervasiveness of prejudice, the role of the state in fostering inter-cultural  and the power of art to move hearts and minds. Join us for an intimate discussion with Mr. Cruz, about his own, and related, conceptual art projects.
 
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
The Darkness Project
 
This is part magic, part mesmerism, part side show, part storytelling, part audience interaction, and 100 percent mystery. Todd Robbins' monthly immersive exploration of new performance material based upon ancient skills and disciplines. Session IV: Strangers Beyond the Veil -- making contact with the unknown dead.
 
Vital Joint
109 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
8-9p; $10
info]at]vitaljoint.xyz
facebook.com/events/1664029030571837/
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
Pairs and Pears No. 9
 
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 Jes Tom and Lauren Clark, dance by Mineko Kakani Shannon and Kareem Woods, and drag by Lady Bedbug and Wo Chan. 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.
 
Muchmore's
2 Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $5 suggested to benefit AntiViolence Project and Hetrick-Martin Institute
facebook.com/events/246382752503592/
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 XXXXX
 
 
Drunk Science
 
A monthly show co-hosted by comedians Joanna Rothkopf, Shannon Odell, and Jordan Mendoza. The comedy event series features a rotation of three intoxicated New York stand-ups as they compete to present the best academic dissertation to a leading scientist.
 
This month's show, themed Tuberculosis, will feature Melinda Taub, Alex Song, and Patti Harrison, along with very special guest Dr. Ludovic Desvignes, an immunologist and an assistant professor in the department of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.
 
Littlefield
Degraw, Brooklyn
8p; $5 advance, $8 door
RSVP to jordan.d.mendoza]at]gmail.com
littlefieldnyc.com/event/1480394-drunk-science-tuberculosis-brooklyn/
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Chelsea After Dark: Art House Bizarre
 
Michael Alan, NYC's native, rooted, wild heart is held up in a Chelsea deluxe apartment space for a one night stand. The space will be gone the next day. He and his associates are gonna do crimes. It's art crime. It's crime of the body. It's passion of the flesh. It's paint on the skin. They make trouble in Chelsea. This is not a white wall gallery with wine and virus in air. This is NYC punk in a fluffy apartment!
 
This is Vogue meets Garbage Pail Kids meet Alien. This is what Giuliani does not want NY to have. This is your moms cat. This is a vibe session. This is a place to draw. This is a place to do poetry. This is a place to watch a happening. This is a place to get lost. This is a place to laugh. This is not a place of disrespect. We love animals. We love the night. We miss old New York. We hate fascists, racists, and rules. We are a non profit. We are and endurance happening. We are community. Wu-Tang is for the children. We are zen. We are punk.
 
Takes place in a high rise apartment in the Chelsea art gallery district. Enter the space to see a deconstructed living space, transformed into a living Installation! Performers take over the countertops, appliances, and window with a fantastic view of the city. An underworld art experience. Live music all night by Tim "Love" Lee and Lightyear Theme. Non stop action. First session: Four performers, nude and in costume, becoming one with the space. Offbeat. Meditative. Tranquil. Soothing mind blowing. Second session: The performers go wild! Costumes, crazy nude passion poses that transition into an over-the-top experience.
 
260 West 26th Street, apartment 9F, Manhattan
8-11p, 11p-2a; $20 per session
michaelalanart.com/2016site/2017-drawing-marathon
 
 
XXXXX THURSDAY, JUNE 1 XXXXX
 
 
Storytime
 
I'm producer of a new film series, Project: Girl, that explores true stories of girlhood. We are hosting our first event. Storytellers: Truly Johnson, Susan Kent, Colleen Hindsley, Angel Yau, Michele Carlo, Annie Donley and Devin Bockrath, and Giulia Rozzi. Spoken word artists: Soré Agbaje, Maya Osborne, and Anusha Mehar. Plus screening of two films.
 
ACA Galleries
529 West 20th Street, no. 5E, Manhattan
7-11p; $20 Donation at Door
267 642 8213
projectgirlseries.com
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
Woke AF
 
Woke AF is an all-inclusive comedy variety show where artists share and perform about social issues they're passionate about. This month features: Sudi Green, Jena Friedman, Rhonda Hansome, Carmen Christopher, and William Martinez.
 
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, East Village
153 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
11p; $5
212 366 9231
east.ucbtheatre.com/performance/54971
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* Rubulad Proudly Presents: Roadside Attraction, June 3
* Mermaid Parade, June 17
* The Airbed Sprints, July 1
 
 
XXXXX WISHLIST XXXXX
 
 
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at]nonsensenyc.com. We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
 
 
***** ARTY STUFF *****
 
 
* We are a maker-crafter-artist space offer a free six-week residency this summer, from the middle of June through the end of July, 2017. We are looking for makers, crafters, artists or the like.  Experience is secondary to enthusiasm. You don’t have to have a specific project in mind, but you have to make some Thing.  The residency is granted to an individual or a collaboration of two (both collaborators must complete the application). Tri-tryagain must be the resident’s primary workspace for the period of the residency. Two people will be offered residencies. Each resident will get a space in the workshop, including a bench, shelf space, and access to tools. In addition, they will get, if they so wish, training in tool use, mentorship, and an opportunity to show their work in our in-house gallery at the end of their residency. (Hours are 8a to 10p. Tri-tryaga in is not a live-work space. Application Deadline: May 30, 2017. Application: name, email, phone; tell us about you and what brought you to apply for the residency; what do you want to work on? include links to or photos of your work, if available; two references; are you 18 or older? Email application to: residency]at]tri-tryagain.com
 
* Im a recent grad from an art college and have done a variety of public durational performances. I would like to find creative and critical people to create performances for the people. Why? As a gift, as self expression, as self evolution, as healing, in public. Have ideas? Spaces? Concepts in mind? Let's be friends collaborators and beings who make art happen. To learn more, please contact Izak at izakarts[@]gmail.com
 
 
XXXXX SPECTRE PRIORITY XXXXX
 
 
Before we had a name the Spectre Event Horizon Group used to meet at a bar to commiserate and trade what our business friends like to call "best practices." Now online, our area of interest remains the ever-fascinating sci-fi present. Our simple intent is an informal trade of specialized investigative research, presented as gossip for the non-specialist. It's true we once were an active email list but at this point everything is searchable and commented upon here: spectrevision.net. The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact spectre.event.horizon.group]at] gmail.com.
 
 
***** Lazarus Microbes *****
 
spectrevision.net/2017/05/22/resurrection-ecology/
 
"In 2009, a team resurrected microbes from 30,000-year-old salt crystals. "It’s conceivable that cells in sub-sea floor sediment live for millions of years without reproducing. The oldest "resurrection" so far came in 2000, when a team revived microbes found inside a 250-million-year-old salt crystal in New Mexico.
 
"In 2016, an anthrax outbreak in Siberia claimed at least one life. The bacterium responsible is thought to have come from the remains of a reindeer that succumbed to anthrax 70 years ago. For decades the carcass was preserved in permafrost, until a heat wave thawed it out."
 
 
XXXXX OVERHEARD XXXXX
 
 
Overheard is from Irene Pedruelo's Mi Niu York, a weekly newsletter for curious characters, treasure hunters, and eccentrics. You can sign up for her favorite stories, projects, artworks, and quotations at miniuyork.com.
 
People say amazing things when they think no one is listening. Overheard is about capturing these moments. We share one quotation each week that stuck with us. It's always unsolicited and unedited.
 
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]gmail.com.
 
 
*****
 
 
Overheard in New York. May 2017. Thirty-year-old to her co-workers.
 
-- "My husband whistles like a bird."
 
 
XXXXX LEARNING XXXXX
 
 
We look for the sort of classes you circled in college course catalogs but never managed to fit into your schedule. And we also look for the kind of things that no college could teach. Cheap and eclectic is the rule, though all rules get broken occasionally, and we especially love workshops, round-tables, and teachers who won't take your work out of your hands and show you how to do it right. One-time listings are categorized weekly, with general recurring classes listed at the end on the first Friday of each month. We thrive on your suggestions, so make sure to tell us about upcoming classes.
 
Learning is compiled and edited weekly by Juliana Driever. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]nonsensenyc.com.
 
 
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
 
 
Upstander Training and Self-Defense
 
Upstander workshops are designed to equip those facing hate and violence with de-escalation skills and basic self-defense techniques. Additionally, this training empowers bystanders with the tools they need to help those facing harassment by choosing intentionally from a continuum of tactics. These two approaches combined offer New Yorkers unique and critical options for keeping our communities as safe as possible and mitigating violence.
 
Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street, Long Island City
2-4p; $free
eventbrite.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
 
 
Orgasm Forum
 
The Orgasm Forum is a space for women, trans and gender non-conforming individuals to talk about how to expand our pleasure. While this event is called Orgasm Forum, we will discuss all types of pleasure; we don’t think orgasms are the be-all-end-all of sexual experience, but we think they’re a fine place to start. This methodology is participant-driven and conversation-based, but respects that people share only as much as they want to. We all work together to create a safer space. No judgments, no policing.
 
In the spirit of communion, we ask that you bring your personal story and any resources that have helped you with your sexual exploration (sex toys, lubes, erotic literature, porn).
 
Goldthread Studio
RSVP for full address
2-4p; $7-$10 suggested donation
RSVP: Melina.Gaze]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events
 
 
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
 
 
America Was Never White: The Costs of Historical Memory and Intentional Forgetting
 
In this Olio read-in, we will look closely at the dangerous nature of Trump’s obtuse inquiry: "Why could that one have not been worked out?" While it may be tempting to simply laugh at a president’s profound ignorance of his own nation’s history, it is imperative that we take seriously the political and moral significance of these particular distortions. For while Trump’s blunders may be the most stupefying examples in recent memory, he is by no means alone in his contorted refashioning of the history of American slavery. Beginning in the era of Jim Crow, then waxing and waning throughout the twentieth century, our nation’s historical memory of slavery and the Civil War has routinely minimized the centrality of race-based human bondage, thereby implicitly minimizing the centrality of white supremacy in the our collective present.
 
Chinatown Soup
16B Orchard Street, Manhattan
3p; $10
thinkolio.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
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/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
leftforum.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
DNA Origami
 
DNA origami is the nanoscale folding of DNA to create two and three-dimensional shapes. In this process, DNA can create scaffolds that hold other molecules in place or to create structures all on its own.
 
DNA origami consists in "knitting" shapes with DNA strands. In this class we will learn about the applications of this technology, and how to use CAD (computer-aided-design) programs to design DNA origami shapes on the nanoscale. There are a wide range of potential uses for this DNA origami – it can be an art form, but also has applications from drug delivery systems to circuitry in plasmonic devices.
 
Genspace
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
June 17, 11a-2p; $30-$60
eventbrite.com
 
 
XXXXX HANDS XXXXX
 
 
We want to help you find help for short-term projects. Do you have a project, an event, or an action that needs an extra push, a few more people, or an extra set of hands? Please send your calls for help to: hands]at]nonsensenyc.com.
 
 
 
 
 
Celebrate Memorial Day Sunday with the Hacienda Studio & Sex Positive City (sexpositivecity.org) as we increase the heat and the fun and take tasting up a notch. All the fun that we had at the tasting events in December and March PLUS food and a backyard & hot-tub social till midnight.
This Sensation Tasting event is an opportunity for everyone to explore and experience or ask questions or just watch a range of sensations and play styles in one evening. We have curated a bunch of skilled sensation tops who will each bring a sample from their toy-bag of something which they enjoy sharing.
http://sexpositivecity.org/event/sensation-tasting-plus/
https://fetlife.com/events/554432
 
We'll have returning sensations including whips, floggers, spanking, and fire and some new ones including CBT, boot-blacking and a past TES presenter and retired NYPD officer doing erotic interrogation.  Based on feedback from user surveys after past events, we're also adding an aftercare station as well as an assortment of yummy snacks and 2 hours of social time in the yard and hot tub (basement will still be open for some play) after the tasting is over.
Voyeurs are encouraged to attend and ask questions of the tops and bottoms and watch (from a respectful distance).
Tops are invited to attend in order to watch and observe a range of techniques and skills and ask questions or to try out some sensations in a safe and well-guided environment.
Experienced bottoms are welcome to attend and try different activities than they are accustomed to, or to experience a different technique or style than they have tried in the past.
New and inexperienced bottoms are especially welcome to explore public play with a wide range of toys and activities brought together in a well-lit, well-monitored environment where your safety and comfort come first. In March about 25% of the guests were attending their very first sex-positive event of any kind, and nearly half had been attending events for less than a year. If you are new and exploring, this is a perfect event to "get your feet wet".
http://sexpositivecity.org/event/sensation-tasting-plus/
https://fetlife.com/events/554432
 
*Open the doors at 7:00 for a short social and opportunity to walk around and ask questions.
*At 7:30 there will be a brief introduction to the space and the event, followed by 2-minute introductions of all of the tops.
*Once everyone has been introduced guests will have an opportunity to walk around and try the various sensations.
*At 9:30 we will wind down the tasting and transition to social and light play time.
*Event ends at Midnight.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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