nonsense: 6.9 to 6.15

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Subject: nonsense: 6.9 to 6.15
Date: June 9th 2017
Friday, June 9
* Square Dance, Brooklyn
* The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Brooklyn
* The Range, Manhattan
* Grey Gold: A New Myth of Persephone and Hades, Brooklyn
* A Simple Art, Manhattan
Saturday, June 10
* Flux-a-Thon, Queens
* Sun.Chasm, Queens
* Advocate Fundraiser: Summer Jam, Brooklyn
* Graffnation, Manhattan
* B. B. Brunch, Brooklyn
* Seventh Annual Pet Day and Pet Costume Contest, Brooklyn
* Corpse Revival Performance Series
* Trapped: Uncanny Short Film, Brooklyn
* Scott Pilgrim Versus the End of the World, Brooklyn
* Cellular Songs by Meredith Monk, Queens
Monday, June 12
* God Hates Cats, Manhattan
* DCTV Presents Memories of a Penitent Heart, Manhattan
Tuesday, June 13
* Pretty Super Sketch Show, Queens
* Opening Reception: Hiss and Friends, Queens
Wednesday, June 14
* Art Rising Inside Trump Tower, Manhattan
Thursday, June 15
* Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues Live, Brooklyn
* Take Two Storytelling, Brooklyn
* Lots of new stuff
* Plasma Cosmology
* DNA Oragami
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His bloody heart
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 *****
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
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
LPR presents:
The Range
Visuals, Dave Harrington, Jordan McLean, Brian Chase, Projections by Wild Dogs. This event is part of Visuals Visuals Video Art and Music Residency at Knockdown Center featuring Andrew Fox.
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Manhattan
8:30p doors, 9p show; $12-15
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Grey Gold: A New Myth of Persephone and Hades
Myrrh Larsen’s second production in a series of immersive multimedia rock and performance shows invoking archetypical stories with an emotional twist uses the framework of this classic Greek myth in which the god of the underworld falls in love with the young goddess of life and nature to explore themes of self-actualization, control, and the difference between love and ownership through music, movement, and audience immersion.
Our ensemble and band reimagine the story of Persephone and Hades through a lens that is relevant to modern audiences without sacrificing the intent of the original story, exploring the ways in which both Hades and Persephone claim agency, and how two entities, each powerful in their own right, are forced to learn how to retain their own power and identity while accepting someone else into their respective worlds, both as metaphor and quite literally.
Offering audiences an immersive multimedia story framed by the more familiar trappings of a rock concert, Grey Gold: A New Myth of Persephone and Hades expands the definition of what can be experienced in a club setting. The fully immersive nature of this unique performance encourages audience members to interact with the story rather than just passively observing, affecting how we perceive the relationships in our own lives.
Creator and composer Myrrh Larsen is a visual storyteller and rock singer-songwriter who uses music and elements of site-specific theatre -- projection, movement, character, and place -- to immerse audiences in the worlds of his songs.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
11p; $10 advance, $13 door, or a single gold obol for the ferryman
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
A Simple Art
A true crime off-Broadway docu-play conceived and directed by Alex Vlahov. Based on Raymond Chandler’s 1944 essay the Simple Art of Murder, first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1944, A Simple Art is a live true-crime documentary looking at the 2014 New Year’s Eve murder of Vlahov’s high-school priest, Father Eric Freed. By syncing up interviews taken from Humboldt County with storytelling, dance, onstage analog devices, and repetitive tasks, the three Neo-Futurist cast members scrutinize the human need for narrative through the lens of noir. This new play investigates the region’s history, the marijuana industry, the Catholic Church, police procedure, and the crime itself, all in an attempt to explore why (and how) we construct stories from the chaos of reality. Do we embrace the mystery of life or try to solve it?
777 Theatre
8th Avenue, Manhattan
7p; $20
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Critical Reperformance
Performance art classics, revived.
A Flux Factory production, our second annual Flux-a-Thon is part parade, part dinner/dance party, part participatory art showdown, part walkathon, but 100 percent Fluxy.
All are invited to march in a themed parade group through LIC from our home base, Flux Factory to the Plaxall Gallery, which houses the Long Island City Artists, the longest running artists association in LIC.  After our celebrity panel bestows honors on our teams, we'll celebrate all night with drinks, food, performances, DJs, and site-specific installations. Proceeds from the Flux-a-Thon support Flux's free public art exhibitions and help keep costs low for our Artists-in-Residence.
Parade starts at 39-31 29th Street, Queens
4p; $free
Afterparty: 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
5p; $25
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Oracle presents:
Sun Chasm brings some of Brooklyn's finest to the outdoor grounds at Knockdown Center, at the top of their summer series in the ruins. Quay Dash and Prince Harvey perform live, with DJ sets by Doom Dab founder HD, Night Doll and mysterious bass queen Vermilion Bird. Sun Chasm is hosted by the audacious trendsetters Nicky Ottav and Pauli Cakes and will feature outdoor visual artwork by Phil Buehler, Martha Hipley, and Oracle.
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
L train to Jefferson station, free shuttle
3-9p; $15
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Advocate Fundraiser: Summer Jam
Come out for a few hours of good music, dancing, raffle prizes, and great company and support the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Intervention Program. We’ll have two bands, a drag show, and a burlesque show, at a bar and performance space in Bed Sty. Plus raffles. Our advocates volunteer to support people who come to the hospital after being assaulted (sexually and/or otherwise): you couldn’t support a more worthy cause. Each cover includes a raffle ticket.
C’mon Everybody
325 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
7-10:30p; $12 advance, $15 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Sites of Passage Fundraiser presents:
Join us for a collective experience in reviewing over five years of flicks from the Middle East to Australia and all across America. During this wall-to-wall exhibit, fine art prints of the best of the best will be available for sale, along with a running slideshow, music by DJ Ill Behavior, a silent auction for rare pieces, a guessing game (with chance to win free art), free stickers, and an open black-book / give-aways.
Con Artist Collective
119 Ludlow Street, Manhattan
12noon doors with lunch served-6p; $5 suggested, with all funds going toward supporting the Sites of Passage project, which is an international collective of performance-based artists seeking to engage in positive community dialogue and understanding
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
B. B. Brunch
Turn up for the Black Brown and Beautiful Brunch. We're launching our first POC-only DJd, cooked, and hosted Brunch to celebrate our victories, love up on each other, break bread, and get down.
Mayday Space
176 Saint Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn
1-5p; $25 brunch and bottomless select drinks, $15 brunch, $5 entry if you just tryna kick it, a portion of the proceeds will go to Mayday Space: Your home for social justice movement building and organizing
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Seventh Annual Pet Day and Pet Costume Contest
A birds-eye view for every dog, cat, fish and snake in town, from atop the NYC Landmark Wonder Wheel. At 2p, participate or just enjoy yhe Coney Island Pet Costume Contest, hosted by and judged by proud pet owners and local celebrities Council Member Mark Treyger, Queen Marlene, star of "The History of Toys" show from the Toy Museum of NY, and NYPD Inspector William Taylor. Hosted by the Great Dubini.
Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park and the Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn
2p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Exquisite Corpse Company presents:
Corpse Revival Performance Series
A site-specific play series on Governors Island produced by the Exquisite Corpse Company, set inside an old home on Governors Island. Today: How We Live In Our Bodies Now. Viv and her girlfriend Langly try to move forward after Langly survives a mass shooting. Ollie is lost, in love, lost, Langly is becoming something other than, Viv just wants to raise bees.
Governors Island
2 and 4p shows; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Trapped: Uncanny Short Film
An evening of mindbending movies. With live music and an afterparty.
Industry City
374 36th Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
8p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Scott Pilgrim Versus the End of the World
Come hang with us and watch the film on a big screen in one of the theater rooms of a post production film company in Chelsea. 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
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cellular Songs by Meredith Monk
Meredith Monk is having a work-in-progress showing at Jim Hodge's new center: Queenslab. Cellular Songs is the newest in a series of music theater pieces created by Meredith Monk that explore our interdependent relationship with nature while seeking to evoke the ineffable. The work, at once playful and contemplative, draws inspiration from such cellular activity as layering, replication, rotation, division and mutation, and looks to underlying systems in nature that can serve as a prototype for human behavior in our tumultuous world.
1618 Decatur Street, Ridgewood, Queens
8p; $10 tickets with discount code ARTISTFRIEND
God Hates Cats
You certainly look like cat people, so do not miss out on our next group show. With cats being the unofficial mascot of the internet with more followers than the Kardashian clan, we are now bringing it back to the real world at the Con Artist Collective, meow.
An art show celebrating 5000 years of feline-human interaction, with more than 10 artists depicting Cats, Egyptian, Asian and all kinds in between. Inclusive of all art forms, painting, drawings, sculpture and photography. A celebration of cats. Art about cats. We love cats.
Con Artist Collective
119 Ludlow, Manhattan
7-11p; $free
***** Also on MONDAY *****
DCTV Presents Memories of a Penitent Heart
DCTV has a screening of Ceclia Aldarondo's Memories of a Penitent Heart this Monday and we'd love your help spreading the word. See some info below and let me know if you could use anything else. Join DCTV and POV for a free screening of Cecilia Aldarondo Memories of a Penitent Heart, a documentary about the unresolved conflicts wrought by AIDS, and a nuanced exploration of how faith is used and abused in times of crisis. Following the screening we will be joined by Executive Producer Esther Robinson for a Q and A moderated by the Recollectors' Whitney Joiner.
87 Lafayette, Manhattan
Pretty Super Sketch Show
Bushwicks one and only all-ladies variety show. June is pride month and we are all about it. Next Tuesday we've got the ladies to make you laugh rock out and laugh some more. All proceeds going to the Audre Lorde Project. Performers: Katie Johantgen, Simone Norman, Allie Nelson, Beautiful Dreamers, Lynae Depriest, Perri Gross, my first tattoo with special guests, and Brooke Puleo.
465 Seneca Avenue, Queens
7p; $8 suggested donation
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Opening Reception: Hiss and Friends
We are psyched and blissful to welcome a fresh group of Queens-based painters to Flattopps, curated by nu-local-icon Hiss, and includingTurtleCaps, Damianrivera,, and Leaf. DJ sets by Googie Gohard and General FX of the Karma Kids for the opening. Affordable art, drink specials, food until 9p, party; come through, Queens.
33-06 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, Queens
7-10p; $free
Art Rising Inside Trump Tower
Art Rising is a performance action inside Trump Tower addressing the elimination of the arts in the most recent budget proposal from the Trump administration. You are invited you to enjoy the performances, utilize Trump Tower’s public garden, beautify the neglected space, and provoke Trump on his birthday. Art Rising, on June 14, is organized by and curated by Caterina Bartha, is the latest in a series of direct actions at Trump Tower that utilize the skyscraper as a living lab to educate voters and elected leaders about the risks of Trump’s presidency.
Trump Tower
725 Fifth Avenue, fifth floor garden, Manhattan
noon-1p; $free
Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues Live
In 2004, comedian Dave Hill, a grown man living in New York City, began posing as Lance, a teenager living with his parents in Gary, Indiana, who also just so happened to be the lead singer and sole member of the most extreme, brutal, and Satanic black metal band of all-time, WitchTaint. As Lance, Dave began emailing with a Norwegian black metal record label owner in Oslo named Saiitham in hopes of getting signed to the label on the strength of one excruciatingly bad song called Necrodreamraper. Their lengthy e-mail conversation, now known among the faithful as the Black Metal Dialogues, quickly became the stuff of legend and is considered by many to be the most infernal, extreme, and downright unholy electronic mail correspondence of all-time.
In Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues Live!, this infernal and 100 percent real email chain is brought life by comedians Dave Hill and Phil Costello, complete with corpse paint, ill-fitting black clothing, disturbing videos, and- if all goes as planned -- a live and mildly irritated goat, culminating in a live performance by the mighty Witch Taint that will probably scar you for life. This promises to be the most extreme and kvlt thing that has ever happened ever. If you think you can handle it, please come. However, in the event that you have a preexisting health condition that is aggravated by things that are evil, extreme, infernal, brutal, kvlt, unholy, and/or just sort of negative in general, you will most likely be sent screaming into the night until you eventually grow tired and collapse in a ditch somewhere. You have been warned. Opening act: Shane Torres.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
8p; $8 advance, $10 door
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Take Two Storytelling
This month's Storytellers: Kelli Dunham, Mx.Tiffany Leigh, Finn Schubert, and Elana Lancaster. 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. Redemption, second chances and do-overs -- when the only thing standing 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
* Mermaid Parade, June 17
* Catch 73, June 18
* Improv Everywhere Mp3 Experiment, June 21
* 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]
* Looking for a few folks with flexible schedules looking to explore living someone else's life. We are a tight-knit group of petsitters who exclusively petsit in other people's home (no boarding). We love our nomadic lifestyles, and as we are beginning to burst at the seams with petsit requests, we'd love to share it with others. In exchange for providing three walks a day and some TLC, you get to live in someone else's apartment and earn a little cash.  Email me if you are interested in joining our gang: jliepin]at]
* Feedback Farms is a research and education farm network that seeks to establish best practices that push the envelope of urban food production. In the upcoming 2017 summer season, Feedback Farms invites local makers, cultivators, and artists of all media to create, engage, and workshop at the farm. All work must seek to further activate the space available at the farm, be low-impact, and reflect Feedback’s mission statement of research and education. Situated behind the Doe Fund (a New York nonprofit organization helping formerly homeless men and women achieve independence and self-sufficiency) in Bushwick, it is essential that all projects are interactive and accessible to the residents of the Doe Fund, as well as the residents of the surrounding neighborhood. Please send a brief project description and any inquiries to jil.crary.ross]at] by June 15.
* 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]
***** 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."
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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]
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
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.
Prospect Park
Grand Army Plaza entrance, Brooklyn
11a; $free
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
Body of Yes: Meta-Physical Workout Class
Lead by Mikaal Bates, This physical conditioning class is about more than just breaking a sweat-- it’s about breaking the cultural conditionings that hold us hostage in the bonds of body shame, judgment, and not-good-enough. Come and experience the holistic integration of High-Intensity-Interval-Training with elements of Crossfit, Gymnastic Strength Training, Yoga, Zen meditation, Isometric stretching, Breath-work, and Tantra. (Yes, I said Tantra....)
Together, we consciously reframe negative connotations around Exercise imposed on us by the likes of over-bearing gym teachers, bullying peers, oblivious parents, drill-sergeant coaches, patriarchal power structures, and the opposite (or same) sex.
House of Light
405 Johnson Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn
5:30-6:45p; $15
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
A Conversation Between Norman Finkelstein and Colin Robinson
On the 10th anniversary of Norman Finkelstein’s denial of tenure and subsequent blacklisting in academia, he joins his long-standing publisher, Colin Robinson of OR Books, to talk about the politics of pedagogy and publishing. Finkelstein is the author of many books, including The Holocaust Industry and Method and Madness, published by Robinson. Robinson has also worked on books by writers including Julian Assange, Christopher Hitchens and Lewis Lapham.
Jefferson Market Library
425 Sixth Avenue, Manhattan
June 27, 6-8p; $free
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