nonsense: 6.2 to 6.8

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Subject: nonsense: 6.2 to 6.8
Date: June 2nd 2017
Friday, June 2
* Denihilism, Queens
* Transplants Comedy Show, Queens
* Landmark Lowes Movie Palace: High School Art and 2001: A Space Odyssey, Jersey City
* Blunderland, Brooklyn
* Muthur, Brooklyn
* Confetti Machine: Realtime Media Festival, Queens
* Songs of Go and Pending, Brooklyn
Saturday, June 3
* Roadside Attraction, Brooklyn
* Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival, Brooklyn
* Nights of the Templar, Brooklyn
* Creative Solidarity: An Arts Benefit for the RDJ Refugee Shelter, Brooklyn
* Home Audio, Brooklyn
* Dr. Suess Tribute: The Cat in the Hat
* Netflix and Shrill, Manhattan
* Midnight Monuments: Exploring One Police Plaza: How the NYPD Killed a Neighborhood, Manhattan
Sunday, June 4
* Kava and Color, Anniversary Edition, Brooklyn
* Crawfish Boil, Brooklyn
* Manhattan Mural Party, Manhattan
* Soundtrack of War, Queens
* Peakz, Brooklyn
* Dreaming in the Now, Brooklyn
* Big Irv's Storytelling Show, Brooklyn
Monday, June 5
* Would You Rather, Manhattan
Tuesday, June 6
* Pseudo Salon Strikes Again, Brooklyn
Wednesday, June 7
* In Pursuit of Peace: An Exhibition Calling for an End to Drone Violence, Brooklyn
Thursday, June 8
* Lobsta Porn Party, Brooklyn
* #Nightboob, Brooklyn
* Nightwood, Brooklyn
* Studio available
* Plasma Cosmology
* More birds
* DNA Origami
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Left hand on fire
Wild Embeddings and Vilma PeDiu present a night of pro-active, radical, underground performance and experimental sound. Come help us deny the creeping tide of nihilism, intellectual relativism, reactionary art, cynical disengagement, and passive detachment. Featuring former Olympian weightlifter Kledia Spiro, bassist/composer Sean Ali and butoh dancer Azumi Oe, anarchist and feminist-queer artist AnarkoArtLab, animalistic multimedia duo Vilma Pediu and Shelly Voorhees, noise/drag maverick, Reagan Holiday, digital-shamans Wild Torus, and electronic musician Nikolas List. Plus, a screening of video work by Yifei Hu and Chen Jin from Beijing, China.
Rockwall Studios
1080 Wyckoff Avenue, Queens
L train to Halsey station
8p-midnight; $10-15 suggested donation
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Transplants Comedy Show
Transplants Comedy Show by stand-up comics who are not New Yorkers telling jokes about NYC and their hometowns with a NYC local guest. Line up: Marcia Belsky, Stavros Halkias, Karolena Theresa, Kevin O'Brien, Katie Boyle, Eliza Hurwitz, Clare O'Kane, and Chris Calogero.
27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, Queens
7.30p; $10, $7 advance
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Landmark Lowes Movie Palace: High School Art and 2001: A Space Odyssey
Join us early next month to enjoy some amazing student art and stick around for Stanley Kubrick's cosmic masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. And as a late addition, we have a free screening on Saturday of ballet classic the Red Shoes at 7p.
A yearly tradition at the Loew’s, this exhibition displays the often breathtaking and always remarkable talents of students at the four-year conservatory program of JCArts.  Since being established in 1981, JCArts has taken young people who demonstrate both a high degree of talent in the arts and a desire to professionally pursue and enhance that talent, and provided them with artistic training and professional development from faculty whose own skill is only equaled by their dedication. The young people of JCArts come from every neighborhood and all the marvelous diversity that defines Jersey City.
At a time when there is much talk about the problems of young people and public education, JCArts quietly proves that some schools and students excel.  You’ll very much enjoy seeing their work.
Landmark Lowes Movie Palace
54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ
4-8p art show, 8p screening; $free art, $8 screening
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Eric Schmalenberger presents Blunderland's Gone With the Bees. A delectable evening of madness and variety at the House of Yes, with all the whimsical, surreal, and psychedelic you can handle served hot and ready with something for everyone.
Leave all expectations at the door and come be drawn into the madness. Drawing from the finest of New York’s burlesque, circus, cabaret, and queer scenes Blunderland is a trip down a rabbit hole of scintillating surprises you won't soon forget. This show is hand picked, juicy, and super fresh for your viewing pleasure. This is not a show for the meek and we serve nothing mild on this stage. Please come prepared for anything,
We are all a little mad here, and more then pleased to bring you out into our wilderness. The line between madness and genius is always a thin one, so come dance on our tight wire and feel free to fall in either direction. Our cast will help you along, so join in our summer bacchanal and loose your mind a little.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
8p; $15
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Chris of Hur presents the third edition of Muthur, a rukk’n’rowl nite fur dragunz, faggunz, and friendz, where lip-syncing is strictly forbidden. The Muthur house band, Sis Privilege, practices with each of the performers in advance to present a night of entirely live music. Singers this month include Hamm (aka Theda Hammel), Shane Shane, Frank Jone, Olive D'Nightlife, Cameron Cole, Chris of Hur, and Glace Chase, who will be filling in for Lee VaLone as MC this month. Plus DJ Big Willy Style and Chris of Hur spin the finest rock, punk, riotgrrrl, and soul.
140 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a, 12:30 performances; $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Confetti Machine: Realtime Media Festival
Outpost Artists Resources is pleased to announce full line-up for the launch of Confetti Machine, a video performance festival occurring June 2-4 in Ridgewood, Queens.
Curated by Eric Barry Drasin, Confetti Machine is a celebration of interactive and immersive media and its community of practitioners. Over the course of three days, Confetti Machine will feature 20-plus performances and installations by the most exciting experimental sound and video artists in NYC.
Today: Oceanic Motion. An evening of immersive, intermedia ensembles. Featuring collaborations between immersive projection artists and vocal choirs, scores for networked computers and string ensembles, audiovisual group therapy sessions and more.
Outpost Artists Resources
1665 Norman Street, Ridgewood, Queens
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Songs of Go and Pending
Songs of Go and Pending is a choral poetic evening featuring original music by Megan Murtha and sound poems by Joanna Klink. Performed by an all female, a cappella choir, this show is set to inspire healing vibes in the face of these divisive, triggering times. The Healing Choir Members are Erica David, Zoë Geltman, Claire Moodey, Megan Murtha, Ashley Nease, Elisa Nikoloulias, Maggie Fignotti Robinson, and Emma Wiseman.
Uncanny Valley
147 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $10- $20 sliding scale admission
Rubulad proudly presents:
Roadside Attraction
Live music and performance by the New York Fowl Harmonic, Telecommand, Melina Gaze of K Pasa USA (solo), the Shock and Bizarre Show with your MC Tanya Solomon. DJs: Illexxandra, DJ Narkatta, Thee Record Grouch, and Sir Olivier Esquire. Plus Slot Car Fury with SubTexture and Zero Boy, G. Scopitronic's Non-Stop Film Fest, projections by the Sperm Whale. Dress for road trip excitement.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p show; $10 before 9p or after performances end, $20 otherwise
RSVP: rubulad]at]
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival
Today more than ever, independent female-identifying artists need support and community to develop innovative new work and connect with each other. BWFF is committed to promoting the voice of independent storytellers to create unique, diverse and female-centric films. BWFF accepts submissions from projects containing one or more self-identifying females as their key creative team, while giving special preference to stories that transcend the Bechdel Test. All ticket proceeds will go to New York Women in Film and TV.
308 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
6 and 7:30p; $15
Continues SUNDAY
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Nights of the Templar
Homos. Hermetic. With DJs Nark, JT Almon, Anthony Dicap. Hosts Jason Rosen, Gage of the Boone, Casey Spooner, Miscallaneous DomTop, Jordan Stawecki, and Monroe Lily. The Dreamhouse is a queer community space for artists and performers to rehearse, create, and perform their work. Please respect the space so our community can continue to use it.
The Dreamhouse
1022 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
11p doors; $10 before 1a, $15 before 3a, $20 after
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Creative Solidarity: An Arts Benefit for the RDJ Refugee Shelter
Join us for an evening of creative solidarity in support and celebration of the RDJ Refugee Shelter, the only shelter in New York City specifically for homeless asylum seekers and refugees. This will be an exciting evening of food, drinks, music, performance, storytelling, and a raffle -- with all proceeds benefiting the RDJ Refugee Shelter.
De-Construkt Studio
41 Seabring Street, Brooklyn
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Home Audio
Join us for the June installment of Home Audio with two sets of music and two readings. Music: Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez and Leila Bordreuil; Maya Bennardo, Marilu Donovan, and Mara Mayer. Words: Lauren Hilger, and Sean Ali.
Home Audio is a performance series in Brooklyn that hosts shows of experimental music/dance/art in people's homes. The series is curated by Mara Mayer and has been hosting shows about once a month since 2011.
RSVP for the address, Brooklyn
8-11p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Dr. Suess Tribute: The Cat in the Hat
Drawing marathon. Dr. Suess Alien cat conducts mischief in his studio with Cat and cat, his partner in silly Jadda Cat, and real cat Pirate go on epic long adventures with the cat and a hat. They make poems about love and candy, all inside a kiddy pool covered in paints, foam, food, candy, cloths, bones, toys, and so much more. Nonsense becomes reality. Nonsense is reality.
A multimedia performance to be viewed and dived into. Creating is welcome. Come watch, draw, paint, and make poems. Michael Alan studios has over 1,000 works on rotation and is not open to the public. These shows are a one of a kind experience. Alan a Brooklyn born and raised New Yorker, teacher, artist, performer, musician, cat lover, and advocate for old New York, brings it back to a time of classic wild fun.
RSVP for address
6-9p and 9p-midnight; $20 per session
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Netflix and Shrill
A live reading of 9 to 5. Come on over to our place, crack open some wine, sidle up on the sofa, and watch us perform a live read of one of our favorite screenplays, complete with music, snacks, and general shenanigans. If you get lucky, we might even ask you to do a little role-playing.
Join us as we take on Colin Higgins and Patricia Resnick's madcap 1980 farce. Originally starring Jane Fonda, Lily, Tomlin, and Dolly Parton, this brilliant comedy confronts sexism, workplace discrimination, the inhumanity of corporate America-- and it's just fucking funny.
The Shrill Collective is a group of female identifying artists striving to affect positive change in their community through the performing arts. We seek to create space for women’s voices and issues to be heard while raising funds for charitable organizations through intimate readings and stagings of contemporary, classical, and original works.
MCS Theatre
357 West 36th Street, no. 202, between 8th and 9th avenues, Manhattan
7p; $5 suggested donation
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Midnight Monuments: Exploring One Police Plaza: How the NYPD Killed a Neighborhood
Midnight Monuments -- a late-night history club exploring New York's most interesting locations -- is back. This month we're exploring One Police Plaza. 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, 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 fl ow 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 reconstruct the now-destroyed neighborhood. Along the way we'll see some major public artwork, overlooked historical gems, and buildings purposefully kept out of public view, like the federal prison where El Chapo is currently being held. Part of the tour will highlight how the NYPD has ignored or disregarded ADA-accessibility. Be advised that some areas have only stairs, no ramps.
Meet at 52 Chambers Street, Manhattan
11p-12:30a; $free
Kava and Color, Anniversary Edition
Last spring, The Real Art Therapists of NY collective published an adult coloring book to respond to the adult coloring trend and educate the public about real art therapy. At Kava and Color, guests consume kava elixirs while choosing a coloring page from our book and embarking on a personal coloring journey.
The Real Art Therapists of NY coloring book will be for sale and there will be a chance to win a free book and a box of kava in our raffle. Join us for the celebration of Kava and Color’s one-year anniversary and kick-off the colorful season of summer with us.
BK Kava
191 Suydam Street, Brooklyn
2-8p; $10
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Crawfish Boil
A day of fresh Louisiana crawfish, live NOLA classics, and summer ale.
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
5p; $25
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Manhattan Mural Party
With artists ]at]reneexors, ]at]funqest, and ]at]sacsix painting all day. Bring your camera, a chair, a refreshment and watch the work come to life.
12C Outdoor Gallery
195 Avenue C, at 12th Street, Manhattan
11a-6p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Soundtrack of War
Soundtrack of War brings together diverse communities to facilitate engagement with conflict in an era marked by mass media, propaganda, apathy, and silence. The Vietnam Era was defined by its artists and musicians. Songs like Give Peace a Chance and What’s Goin’ On continue to define our ideas of resistance and protest. Where is the soundtrack for the Post 9/11 era? Featuring the Last Poets, Rebel Diaz, and HaStyle.
Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows, Queens
1p; $free?
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Drag and Twin Peaks? Why not? Come hang out with Chris of Hur, Lucy Balls, and Famous Artist Laura McMillian this Sunday for drag shows and a 9p outdoor screening of the new episode of Twin Peaks. We'll be serving coffee, donuts, popcorn, cherry pie, plus themed drinks at the bar. We have a tented area if it rains, otherwise we will be outside under the stars.
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
8:30-11p; $free, with affordable treats
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Dreaming in the Now
The First intercontinental Summit of Utopians. Secret Project Robot's First Installation Art Opening. In this show artists, musicians, collectives, and the like-hearted will create handmade flags they will use to represent themselves, at this first intercontinental summit of Utopians. The flags are to be displayed in the gallery, the great hall of flags, in which the artists will gather to manifest a further vision for the future. With an Audio Visual Salon featuring Nicolas Melmann from Argentina, Ashcan Orchestra, and Excarnation (duo of Ryan Super and Dave Kadden).
1186 Broadway, Brooklyn
5-9p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Big Irv's Storytelling Show
Come celebrate the three-year anniversary of Big Irv's Storytelling Show featuring some of the best storytellers to ever grace our stage. It's going to be an all-star event so be sure to bring a date, some beer and something to grill, because we're going all out.
Special bonus: It also happens to be venerable host, Adam Selbst's 58th birthday, so come see him before both his stupid feet end up firmly in the grave. Featuring Jeff Simmermon, Sean O'Brien, Richard Cardillo, Jake Hart, Boo Trundle, Drew Prochaska, Nick Padilla, and two open mike slots.
Big Irv's
381 Hooper Street, at South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free
Would You Rather
We ask some of the funniest people we know to answer questions like would you rather have not enough sex organs, or too many? Would you rather work for Papa Doc Holliday, or Pinochet MacGowan? Featuring Alexis Guerreros, Lizzie Martinez, Matt Wayne, Nate Clark, and Sydnee Washington. Hosted by Andre Medrano and JR Strauss.
VSpot Organic
12 St. Marks Place, Manhattan
8p; $free
Pseudo Salon Strikes Again
An evening devoted to talking about art, without the stultifying lectures. Join us for great conversation, to meet interesting people, and plan your next conspiracy. Find us downstairs, in the gorgeous speakeasy-like lower level bar.
All Hands
29 Dunham Place, at the corner of South 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $3-8 specials
RSVP to elizabethmgrady]at]
In Pursuit of Peace: An Exhibition Calling for an End to Drone Violence
Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE) is a nonprofit organization that engages young people to amplify their voices and organize for human rights change through the arts. ARTE is holding a very special community arts event at our space in Williamsburg. In Pursuit of Peace: An Exhibition Calling for an End to Drone Violence is the opening of the Drones Quilt Project traveling exhibition, an art project which brings awareness to the thousands of deaths caused by U.S. combat missiles. Exhibition opening will include speakers, Nick Mottern and Chris Antal, veterans, and activists.
Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE)
248 Roebling Street, Brooklyn
6:30-8:30p; $free, $10-20 donation suggested
Lobsta Porn Party
Artist Rebecca Goyette is hosting an immersive Lobsta Porn Film, performance, shenanigans event at Brooklyn Bazaar's Basement Lobsta Cave. Come enjoy some complimentary Lobsta Dark N' Stormies to begin, Lobsta Porn Film Screening starts promptly at 8p, followed by a Lobsta Sexcitation raffle with Lobstariffic prizes including a gift certificate for free tattooing at artist Duke Riley's East River Tattoos, new witchy, sexy books, and hawt new Lobsta Collectibles. Following is a multi-sensory immersion, with a Lobsta Lap Dance-licious ritual room hosted by Lobsta Madame Cora Colt, and a Lobsta Porn Photo Booth where you get to dress like the Lobsta Porn Star you are and have some Pincher and Crusher Claw-down time with Lobsta Girl herself. Seaside treats all night, come with a sense of humor and have a naughty-cal adventure.
Brooklyn Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
7p-midnight; $15 advance, $20 door
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Dusty Rose is hosting a show for the artists below offering their interpretation on the theme of #Nightboob. Plus there will be live screenprinting and adult beverages. So, what is Nightboob?
Fifteen months ago, @dustyrosevintage instagrammed a picture by an artist she liked. It featured a woman with one boob popping out. Also, it was night-time. So she tagged it: #Nightboob. Then she did it again. And again. People saw. People liked. And a movement was born.
Every day, users all over the world send Dusty Rose their #Nightboob submissions. When she likes them she shares them alongside her own discoveries, crediting both the finder and the original artist. Today Dusty Rose is hosting a show for the artists below offering their interpretation on the theme of #Nightboob. Please join us. This is the most important thing going on in the world right now.
Dusty Rose Vintage
251 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
7-10p show; $free
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
A drag king competition. Named after the legendary Djuna Barnes novel, Nightwood: a whimsical, gothic lesbian narrative from 1936, but also to be double entendre for an evening with Drag Kings. As a means to stimulate pride in lesbian history and a dying out performance art, Nightwood brings in members of the lesbian and queer community to perform, reclaim masculinity, and engage with our peers. The kings will be invited to create their own persona, create an act of either: singing, stand up, poetry reading, lip syncing, dancing, then one king will be crowned the winner and win a large percentage of the door.
Secret Project Robot
1186 Broadway, Brooklyn
7-10p; $?
Square Dance
Please join us for an outside square dance and party in Bushwick. Never square danced before? No problem -- a dance caller will be there to teach you all the steps. Already an expert? Great: Come and enjoy live string band music and a beautiful community garden.
The People’s Garden
Broadway and Greene Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors and potluck, 8:30p dance; $5-15
***** Also on FRIDAY, JUNE 9 *****
Michael T and the Vanities tribute to:
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Guest singers Corey TuT, Jeremy Lublin, Emma Craig, Sylvia Black, Craig Man, and Scott Bellina in a 45th anniversary celebration. DJs Twig the Wonderkid and Jason Consoli spin classic Glam Rock 1971-76.
Diviera Drive
131 Berry and North 7th Street, Brooklyn
10p doors, 11p showtime; $10 general admission
* Mermaid Parade, June 17
* Catch 73, June 18
* Bicycle Fetish Day, June 24
* The Airbed Sprints, July 1
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 *****
* Wanted: Paid Performers for Coney Island Mermaid Parade. We need six mermaids and two stilt walkers for an afternoon intervention during the parade on June 17. Progressive activists preferred. Contact info]at]
* Video Jam looking for works based on Basquiat. We are looking for filmmakers of all descriptions based in New York City this summer who would be interested in creating short silent films (approximately 10-15 minutes in length) that will receive a London premiere and a live score later in the year at Basquiat: Boom for Real, the first UK retrospective of work by Jean-Michel Basquiat. or shereenandreaperera]at]
* I'm 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[@]
***** SPACES *****
* I need to sublet my puppet and woodworking studio space in the back of Build it Green. It is part of the Building Stories Collective space. Details: 24-hour access; 10 by 14 floor space; 16 by 3 work bench along one side (it overhangs the floor below so it doesn't take up any of the floor space); 25 foot high ceiling. Includes:  wifi, bathrooms, kitchen, fridge. Rent is $425. We would need to meet with other collective members.  Sublet would need to be fine working around a community.  While you have your own work space, you will also be part of other space in the larger warehouse. Call or email me with any questions:  Jason: 917 586 2956 or trashville]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]
***** Plasma Cosmology *****
"Regarded as a heretic by many physicists, Alfvén’s documentation of laboratory plasma experiments eventually made it impossible to ignore the role of electricity in space. He explained the auroras based on the work of his predecessor Kristian Birkeland; correctly described the Van Allen radiation belts; identified previously unrecognized electromagnetic attributes of Earth’s magnetosphere; explained the structure of comet tails; and much more.
"Ironically -- and to his credit -- Alfvén used the occasion of his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize to plead with scientists to ignore his earlier work. Alfvén reiterated the underlying assumptions of cosmologists today "are developed with the most sophisticated mathematical methods and it is only the plasma itself which does not 'understand' how beautiful the theories are and absolutely refuses to obey them."
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. Thirty-year-old to co-workers:
-- "My husband whistles like a bird."
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]
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
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY  *****
The Legal Roots of Reproductive Rights and the Birth Of Planned Parenthood
We'll discuss the origins of Planned Parenthood, the abortion debates of the twentieth-century, the early birth-control movement, the role of the Supreme Court on this issue and, most especially, the fact that reproductive rights are legally rooted in the constitutional right to privacy.
828 Broadway, Manhattan
7p; $15, promo code: OlioNonsense
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
CyPurr Sessions: Safe Browsing
The online world can be a wide and wonderful place. It can be insightful, helpful, and a general benefit to our everyday lives. But opening your life up in this interconnected digital realm does not come without some downsides: Do you feel like someone's watching you? Do you feel you are giving away a bit too much info about your life? Are you generally paranoid every time you open a browser window? If any of these questions resonate with you, then join the CyPurr Collective as we share some sweet tips on how you can navigate the world wide web as safely as possible, as well as answer your questions and concerns around browsing.
Come on by and get advice on your cybersecurity and hardware problems, or just come to meet ‘n greet with other folks who are also interested in learning more, and chatting about the big digital issues of the day. Snacks and children are welcome. Open to beginner and seasoned techies alike.
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
3-5p; $free
Feminist Self-Defense
Young Feminists and Allies, the National Organization for Women’s inaugural virtual chapter is hosting a free feminist self-defense workshop with TEDx speaker and founder of Feminist Self-Defense, Rachel Piazza.
East 54th Street Recreation Center
348 East 54th Street, Manhattan
7-8:30p; $free
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.
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
June 17, 11a-2p; $30-$60
Aerial Classes
Spend your Summer with Om Factory. Take unlimited Skybox Aerial Circus classes at our Union Square location.
Om Factory Union Square
873 Broadway, suite 202, Manhattan
June 15-September 15; $625
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.

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