nonsense: 6.30 to 7.6

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Subject: nonsense: 6.30 to 7.6
Date: June 30th 2017
Friday, June 30
* Cartoon Carnival No. 57: Ladies' Night, Brooklyn
* Failure, Manhattan
* Blue and Orange Party, Brooklyn
* Game Show Gay Pride Edition, Brooklyn
* Triple Threat New York Premiere, Brooklyn
Saturday, July 1
* The Airbed Sprints, Kingston
* Mono Generation, Brooklyn
* Forever Festival, Brooklyn
* LPH x Rinsed, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 2
* Hoops and Hightops, Brooklyn
* Another Country, Brooklyn
* Fourth of July
* Back Magic Barbecue, Queens
Wednesday, July 5
* Punderdome, Brooklyn
Thursday, July 6
* Woke AF, Manhattan
* This Place, Manhattan
* Zines
* Dog Telepathy Research
* Men are dumb
* Function and Fundamentals
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Lazy fish
Cartoon Carnival No. 57: Ladies' Night
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. 57, we’ll be paying homage to a very special population that rarely got top billing in classic animation: the ladies. With well-known cartoon superstars like Betty Boop, Little Lulu, and Little Audrey leading the program, focus will also be given to more obscure and often nameless female characters -- who often took a back seat in a film genre and production industry that was dominated by men in the earlier part of the last century. Be sure to bring your friends as we celebrate these neglected animated gals.
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
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Laura Peterson Choreography presents the world premiere of:
Drawing from all-too-familiar experience dreaded by many, choreographer and visual artist Laura Peterson examines the eponymous Failure in the context of both personal and national experience of America, circa 2017. An original installation/performance, takes Peterson’s signature formal rigor and visual wizardry to the previously unexamined territory.
The work is conceived, directed and choreographed by Laura Peterson and will be performed by Jennifer Sydor, Darrin Wright, Jo-anne Lee, and Laura Peterson. FAILURE  features production design by Laura Peterson and lighting design by Ayumu Poe Saegusa; set was created in collaboration with Jon Pope.
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South, Manhattan
8p; $pay what you can
Continues SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY, JUNE 30 *****
Blue and Orange Party
A night of electic party vibes in Bushwick, tailored to movers and shakers. With Cumbia River Band. Board games on the patio. Terra Firma kitchen open till midnight.
119 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn
8:30p Cumbia dance lesson, 9p Cumbia River Band; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Game Show Gay Pride Edition
Game Show, the gay pride edition. The live, raunchy, comedy game show where losers become winners is back for a very special gay pride edition. Audience members are the contestants winning prizes playing games that test their knowledge of drinking, music, and fellatio. Great beer, great prizes. Hosted by Michael Bertrando. Sidekick: David del Rosario. Spokesmodel: Emma Krulik. Live music from David Bowers.
Threes Brewing
333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn
8p doors; $5
718 522 2110
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Triple Threat New York Premiere
Join us for the grand Amerikan unveling of triple threat. A wild west-ritual-love-song-circus-showdown. Featuring Cohdi Harrell and Laura Stokes of the Ricochet Project and Tanya Marie Gagne of the infamous Wau Wau Sisters and starlette of La Soiree and La Clique.
Big Sky Works
29 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn
8:30p doors; $25 door
The Airbed Sprints
On July 1, we meet up at the Basshole, a swimmer's paradise just south of Kingston. There'll be a potluck barbecue, a hot grill, and cool lemonade. Plus beer if you bring it.
Around 2p we rush the water for a full-sail regatta -- on our airbeds. The mighty Esopus Creek runs at a furious trickle. Bring paddles and wear an old pair of sneakers for portage. (Kids need life jackets too.) The course is three miles long and demands floating, paddling, squriming, crawling, and hiking through ankle-deep puddles, 100-foot quarries, placid pools, and mini rapids. Teams are honor-bound to help anyone stuck in front of them; only the team in last place gets left behind.
The finish line is a friendly farm about three hours away. Vehicles will get you back to the starting line. Camping is free and easy on Friday and Saturday nights at the Basshole.
Prizes for best float, first place, and last place will be judged by local celebrities; you can join us and support the Sprints with anything that floats, but to compete for prizes you need a partner and your primary flotation device must be built around an airbed.
Tell your friends. Bring your dogs. And blow up your beds.
Start at 468 Tongore Road, Kingston, New York
End at 504 North Marbletown Road, Kingston, New York
July 1: 11am inflate, noon potluck barbecue, 2p sprints; $reasonable donations to cover costs
RSVP for updates to airbedsprints]at]
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Mono Generation
Wayfarers is pleased to present Mono Generation, a docu-poem you hold in your hands. Mono Generation will be screened on synchronized smart devices. Please bring yours, and some headphones. In 2005, Lena Dunham starred in a film by Keil Troisi and A.W. Strouse. Endless problems plagued production from the scatterbrained script to the cast’s partying to Strouse’s tawdry romance with Dunham. Now, this poetic short documentary reframes that footage into a commentary on celebrity, the War on Terror, and mononucleosis. Mono Generation will be screened on synchronized smart devices. Please bring yours, and some headphones.
1109 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8:15p sharp; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Forever Festival
Calling all artists, absurdists, open hearted dancers, and lovers of life. An avant-garde pop celebration, in an East Williamsburg warehouse. An immersive dreamscape of bands, performance artists, acrobats, art installations, and absurdist ceremony.
Featuring Matthew Silver, the unitard chicken man of Union Square, Enormousface and various eclectic NYC musicians: Combo Chimbita, NOIA, Onyx Collective, WTF Bach, Eddie Barbash, and Jesse and Forever.
Plus, a sound bath, craigslist performers, a baptism, a wedding and funeral, mirror dance, and a special guest inspirational speaker. Guests are encouraged to wear surrealist outfits, sing, shout, dance, and break down social barriers. A new movement, merging avant pop music, multi-sensory experience and group expression. An all-night happening. All questions will be answered.
315 Ten Eyck Street, Brooklyn
8p; $15-20
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
LPH x Rinsed
The summer is here and we're ready to self-destruct. It's the season of debauchery and excess, so we're coming out of hibernation and presenting an exhaustive array of un-missable bangers. Watch your inbox, next week we'll be announcing some summer parties that you physically won't be able to miss.
In the meantime, we've got some aperitifs to get your palette adjusted. With Shanti Celeste, Jacques Renault, Mike Simonetti, and Blacky II. On Saturday night we're teaming up with our good friends at Let's Play House for an intimate, no-frills groover with some incredible talent from near and far.
From afar, we're thrilled to be bringing in Shanti Celeste. Born in Chile and based in the UK, Shanti's sets make dancing intuitive. An eclectic selector with an penchant for ear candy, Shanti Celeste is the dj you bring your friends who don't understand dance-music to see. By the end of the night, they'll all be true believers.
2 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-late; $10
Medium Rare presents:
Hoops and Hightops
Medium Rare and Future Old School join together for a night of old school hip hop, soul, funk, and hits. Featuring special guest and rap radio legend Stretch Armstrong.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
9p; $5 pre-sale, $20 door
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Another Country
Another Country is an anti-July 4, all-day, all-out extravaganza. Thirteen amazing queer, trans, and/or poc bands. A giant bake sale to benefit the Trans Justice Funding Project including so much pie. DJ Nath Ann Carrera. Host Heather María Ács. Tacos from the Kimchi Taco Truck. What is country music? Who decides? Who is it for? And what does that have to do with this country? Come envision another country with us. With Nath Ann Carrera, Lindsey Wilson and Michael Buckley, DK and the Joy Machine, Audrey Zee Whitesides, AJ Lewis and Friends, Yva Las Vegass, the Paisley Fields, Elias Krell, Viva, Ganessa James, Karen and the Sorrows, Cactus Rose, and My Gay Banjo.
635 Sackett Street, between 3rd and 4th avenues, Brooklyn
2-11p music all day; $10-20 sliding scale
Back Magic Barbecue
Shroud your Fourth of July in the darkness that is Black Magic Barbecue, an art show/dance party/goat-headed pig roast in the pagan tradition of fun occult weirdness. From the good folks at Smut Cave and Flattopps comes a black-mass in July; this all day/night event will confound your puritanical mind with forbidden delights, drinks, dance, and visual-demonry. Occult-inspired work for-sale by Ben Campbell, Abby Jame, Josh Lewis, Victoria Salvador, Brian Sparrow, and Benjamin Marra; and dark vapor-wave set when the sun goes down by the Spelunker.
33-06 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, Queens
3-11p; $10 all you can eat
NYC’s most puntastic competition returns.
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p show; $8-10
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: Charla Lauriston, Gary Richardson, Chloe Marsh, Arti Gollapudi, and William Martinez. Prepare to get woke.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
153 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
11p; $5
212 366 9231
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
This Place
A one-act play exploring LGBT life in the Arab world. Incorporating documentary and narrative storytelling, This Place documents the lives of LGBT inhabitants of a conservative country on the Arabian Peninsula. Using a bold mix of film and theater, this 30-minute play tells the story of two men coming to terms with their impending separation, interspersed with anonymous interviews focused on queer life in a traditional Islamic nation.  Come and check out the many other performances at the Hot! Festival, the "longest running LGBT festival in the world," and enjoy Dixon Place’s fully stocked bar before, during, and after the show!
Dixon Place
161A Christie Street, via Grand Street, Manhattan
9:30p; $12 advance, $15 door
757 893 7338
* I Am Your Itch at the Peace Barn Sanctuary, July 9
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 *****
* For the first time ever, Canada’s magazine of zine culture and the independent arts will be accepting zine submissions from all over the world in search of the finest underground publications. Annual zine awards to be awarded in 5 categories plus best zine overall. English language zines accepted from anywhere in the world. $2000 in prize money, plus winners profiled and published in Broken Pencil Magazine. Winners announced at the Canzine Festival of Zines and Underground Arts held in Toronto every Fall. Deadline: July 31, 2017. Enter your zine or comic now at:
* Need dancers: I  am organizing a Flashmob event and am in need of more dancers. This will be the first ever Tahitian Dance Flashmob here in NYC and it is part of a larger world wide project so we will be representing NYC and will be submitting a video of the event. Ori Tahiti Flash Mob Event: July 1, 4:30p, Washington Square Park. No experience necessary. If you would like to join and participate, please contact Carol info]at] for all the details.
* 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.
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]
***** Dog Telepathy Research *****
"At first, Durov had been a trapeze artist and clown, but as the years passed, his act began to focus on animals. Durov became known for his ability to communicate with trained animals by "mental suggestion." To use his mind to give a command to a dog, Durov would start by looking deeply into the dog’s eyes. He would direct all his mental powers toward imagining the exact task the dog was to perform, as if he were looking through the dog’s own eyes. After implanting the idea in the dog’s brain, Durov would give the order to act it out. According to Kazhinskiy’s later report, translated in the 1960s by the U.S. Air Force’s Foreign Technology Division, Durov succeeded.
Kazhinskiy also built a Faraday cage, which interrupts the transmission of electrical signals, to test his theory about how Durov was communicating telepathically with the dogs. He had the trainer try his mental command strategy while sitting inside the shut cage and with the door open. "The very first trial tests revealed that my assumptions had been correct,” Kazhinskiy writes. “When the cage door was closed, V.L. Durov sitting inside was unable to transmit to the test animal (the dog Mars) outside any mental assignments. But as soon as the door was opened, Mars carried out every order with precision."
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Overheard in New York. June 2017. Man in his late 40s talking to a woman:
-- "That's the way it is: You date the blonds, but marry the brunette."
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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Compost 101
Join the NYC Compost Project to learn how to reduce your waste and create "black gold" for your garden by composting leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings and weeds. This workshop covers the essentials of outdoor composting in an urban setting. Weather permitting, we will visit our Compost Demonstration Site.
Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street, Queens
11a-12:30p $free-$6
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
Beginner Pole
Your pole life is about to begin.
Whether you’re just starting to spin, a first timer, or craving a brush-up on your pole skills, you deserve the best. We got you. We will work on basic climbs, grips, spins, inversions and of course your form and fabulous function so you can feel confident, strong, safe and amazing while in the air and on the pole.
House of Light
405 Johnson Avenue, 3rd floor, Brooklyn
7-8:15p; $25
Function and Fundamentals
The award-winning New York Neo-Futurists will share a little of their well earned wisdom this summer when they offer the workshop, Level One: Function and Fundamentals. Workshop participants will be taught the function and fundamentals of what it means to create art in the Neo-Futurist aesthetic: performing as your most natural self, dismantling the fourth wall, creating task-based theatre, and accessing creative inspiration to eliminate writer’s block. By the end of this workshop, participants will have written, performed and workshopped both individually and collectively written short plays that can be taken into the world in whichever way they see fit.
Playwrights Rehearsal Studios
440 Lafayette Street, no. 4, Manhattan
July 22, July 29, August 5,1-5p; $300
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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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