nonsense: 7.7 to 7.13

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Subject: nonsense: 7.7 to 7.13
Date: July 7th 2017
Friday, July 7
* A Contra Dance at Brooklyn Contra With Burnt Turnip and Peter Stix, Brooklyn
* The Resurrected Voix-Des-Villes Series No. 5, Brooklyn
* The Female Role Model Project, Manhattan
* Transplants Comedy Show, Queens
* Secret Loft, Manhattan
* Nights of the Templar, Brooklyn
Saturday, July 8
* Chicken and Beer, Queens
* Pushcart Books, Manhattan
* The Persistence of Nudity, Brooklyn
* Bring Your Own Photo Show, Brooklyn
* Living Installation Monkey Cat
* Meow Mix Tribute, Music, and Drag, Manhattan
* That Slapstick Show: The Celebrity Film Roast of Charley Chase, Brooklyn
* Trifles: A Staged Reading and Concert, Manhattan
* Pete's Mini Zine Fest, Brooklyn
* The Denizens' House Party, Manhattan
Sunday, July 9
* Catch 74, Brooklyn
* Game of Thrones Tournament, Manhattan
* Weeping Willow Wake, Manhattan
* History of Burlesque Lecture Cabaret, Brooklyn
* I Am Your Itch, Connecticut
Monday, July 10
* I Have Crazy Idea, Brooklyn
Tuesday, July 11
* Bushwick Book Club Presents Amy Schumer's The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, Brooklyn
Thursday, July 13
* Tongue Tide, Queens
* Thin
* The Mind Has No Firewall
* Sleepytime
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A Contra Dance at Brooklyn Contra With Burnt Turnip and Peter Stix
Join us for a night of contra dancing with live music from Mulberry Street. If swing dancing and square dancing met in a bar, you’d get contra. You’ll dance to live music with a partner, but bringing a partner is not necessary. Contra dancing is a great way to meet new people.
Mulberry Street plays a mix of traditional, modern, and original tunes with fierce, soaring fiddle and pulsing accordion swing and harmonize around persuasive piano grooves, accented by driving foot percussion and hand drumming. Their influences draw from many well-worn avenues (and some odd little alleys), mixing their love for what's come before with our urge to explore and create.
Camp Friendship
339 8th Street, Brooklyn
F,G trains to 7th Avenue station
7:30p beginners lesson, 8p dancing; $15 regular, $12 student
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Resurrected Voix-Des-Villes Series No. 5
A monthly variety show. With readings by Jaime Wright, Will Heinrich, Leeore Schnairsohn, and music by Mathieu Eveillard. Ambient and insistent sounds provided by the Brooklyn Tape Music Center and your host, Normandy Sherwood.
Uncanny Valley
147 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Montrose Avenue station
8p; $pay-what-you-will, all money goes to performers
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Female Role Model Project
Devised theatre with live neuroscientific experiments. The Female Role Model Project is a scientifically enhanced multimedia devised theatre piece built by an ensemble of female-identified artists about recreating modern female role models in the world of cataclysmic climate change, cataclysmic political change and possibility of reprogramming our brains.
Alchemical Theatre Laboratory
104 West 14th Street, Manhattan
8p; $?
Continues on SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Transplants Comedy Show
By comedians who are not New Yorkers telling jokes and stories about NYC and their hometowns. With Lorelei Ramirez, Katie Boyle, Jeff Scheen, Claire Parker, Patrick Hastie, Carmen Christopher, and Andy Sandford.
QED 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, Queens
7.30p; $7 online, $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Secret Loft
Come out to Secret Loft, a DIY underground venue, for great comedians, free pizza, cheap drinks, and a DJ dance-party. 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 venue. There's no $20 cover, no two drink minimum, and you're welcome to hang out and party after the show.
Hosted by Petey DeAbreu. With Pedro Gonzalez, Christi Chiello, Mookie Thompson, Simeon Goodson, May Wilkerson, Stavros Halkias, and Zach Sims. Stick around after the show for a dance party with DJ Quinton Counts.
RSVP for address, Manhattan
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Dreamhouse presents:
Nights of the Templar
Homos. Hermetic. DJs JT Almon, A Village Raid. Nighting by Gage of the Boone.
Secret Project Robot
1186 Broadway, Brooklyn
10p; $10 all night
Brunch Bounce and Feel Up Records presents:
Chicken and Beer
Summer is almost here and we’ve teamed up with the Feel Up Recordssquad to bring you one of the wildest parties in town with a stacked lineup: Jillionaire, Serani, Jubilee, Max Glazer, Silent Addy, Hewy, Love Taps, Zeemuffin, Bobby Dubs, and Noise Cans.
Knockdown Center
2-10p; $15-30
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Pushcart Books
A temporary installation featuring nearly 3,500 used books, all of which are for sale to the public, pay what you wish. Three weeks ago, the windows of the gallery were papered over, and under the cover of night, the space was converted into this small temple to bibliophiles. Pushcart is complemented by a selection of new and previously exhibited works by gallery artists, with intermittent readings and music performances held at the makeshift bookstore throughout its run. The small independent bookstore is a point of refuge and respite that many can relate to, as is the sense of loss that comes from seeing those shops shutter. Pushcart Books will close on July 26, 2017.
The egalitarianism of the public library is Gitler’s model for Pushcart; his inspiration is the familial bond of books and the warmth one derives from his neighborhood used bookstore, its proprietor always at the ready with an opinion about something, anything, upon request. Since opening in 2014, Gitler &_____ has set out to be a community resource and gathering place; in addition to regular solo and group exhibitions, the gallery has held impromptu concerts and karaoke nights, served as the nerve center of the Audubon Mural Project, and now can add popup bookstore to its repertoire.
Pushcart Books
3629 Broadway, between 149th and 150th streets, Manhattan
noon-6p; $pay what you wish
Continues SUNDAY
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Persistence of Nudity
A burlesque tribute to Salvador Dali. Clara Coquette and Gemini Blitz present Dali’s visceral dream images on a gleaming, argent platter for you to devour.  Join us on a succulent, scintillating journey where we invert the trauma of birth and open the secret drawers of the body.
Deciphering and devouring the bizarre, twisted images of Dali’s work is addictive.  The more you imbibe the more you desire and the desire becomes a need to bring his nightmare images and mystical scenes to life.
With producers Clara Coquette and Gemini Blitz performing alongside such magnificent talents of Mia Julep, Liberty Rose, Wae Messed, Sincerely Yours, Fibi Eyewalker, Faux Pas le Fae, Betsy Propane, and Tiny D.  Become a surveyor of the world of dreams, madness, and absolute genius.
Sideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $15
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Bring Your Own Photo Show
We invite everyone to join us in our gallery space and bring a photo of their own -- it can be black and white, color, analog, digital, framed, not framed -- anything goes. Everyone will put their work up and then hang out and talk about different work.
Bushwick Community Darkroom
110 Troutman Street, Brooklyn
7-9p; $5
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Living Installation Monkey Cat
Monkey Cat's confused. Monkey Cat invites you to be amused. Monkey Cat doesn't know if she's a monkey or a cat. This is a fairytale satire that anyone can grab onto. As surreal and unclear as this show gets, Monkey Cat is talking to you. A confused soul in the infinite universe of playful joy. If life was only about rules, punctuation and dates, we would never get to enjoy Monkey Cat. The Living Installation is an invitation to explore delightfully into the unknown with a big splash of toxic paint. We are promoting creative silliness in a world consumed by dead lines, anxiety and bullshit, we fight back with a big sloppy ice cream. Life is short.
Mike Alan as live sculptor. Jadda Cat as performer. Audience as observers, photographers, gigglers, and drawers. Outrageous, daring wicked and funny, pushing the limits on what is real and what is acceptable, this performance is sure to simultaneously make you laugh and feel unsettled yet tranquil.
Let go of all life's worries, problems and stigmas, and just get loooose and open with no drugs explore freedom with us. No matter how much we write we can't really explain what this is. It's completely unique and is something new every time. It truly is something built from us finding ourselves.
From start to finish performers are decorated with paint, props, and various materials, as they put on a nonstop multimedia improv performance! Live turntable music, sounds and improv words create a full immersive experience. This is not just drawing or an event, you can draw or paint, or dance on your chairs, take photos, or take off your pants. We encourage everyone to come watch the performance, the live creation will never be duplicated.
The Living Installation is one of the last cult D.I.Y. true New York punk art events that has been going on since early 2000. It draws similar energy as the Mud Club, The Factory, and the old CBGBs, and a NYC alleyway in the 80s, bringing back the feeling of what has been lost in New York performance and D.I.Y. grassroots events. It has been featured in just about every art and culture magazine. Come join the creative team, make laughs, maybe even get casted and thrown into the show
RSVP for address
6-9p and 9p-midnight; $20 per session
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Dyke Bar Take Over presents:
Meow Mix Tribute, Music, and Drag
We are pleased to announce a Drag Life Drawing class taught by the brilliant Angela Tornello, featuring the amazing performer K. James from Switch n' Play. Followed by Brooklyn based all womyn band, Frilucha, an all-womyn, Brooklyn-based band. It is part of a larger, POC punk collective that is active in DC, LA, MN, and NYC. The Friducha Collective is responsible for producing a biannual zine entitled, Feminism Not Chickenshit. Special 90s set by DJ Andro in tribute to Meow Mix's Xena Nights. New York City Dyke Bar Takeover is a group of artists and activists dedicated to creating and supporting Queer space for self-identified women, transgender and gender non-conforming people of all races.
62 Avenue C, Manhattan
6p start; $7-13
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
That Slapstick Show: The Celebrity Film Roast of Charley Chase
He was one of the most prolific and influential comedians of the 1920s, with a film career that spanned nearly three decades. Today, some 77 years since his passing, Charley Chase (a.k.a. Charles Parrott) still remains one of the most beloved silent screen clowns among modern day fans of classic film comedy.
That Slapstick Show! returns to the great outdoors over at The City Reliquary with its second annual Celebrity Film Roast. Sit back and relax while we honor one of the true comedy masterminds of the silent film era. This special screening will include some rarely seen shorts, so don't miss out -- and bring your cinephile friends. Live accompaniment will be provided by ragtime pianist Charlie Judkins.
The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Trifles: A Staged Reading and Concert
Join the Shrill Collective for a staged reading of Susan Glaspell's groundbreaking feminist play. Trifles is an early feminist one act about murder, domestic violence, and loyalty amongst women. Featuring Kristina Cole, Lynda DeFuria, Chelsea Feltman, David Gottfried, Caitlin McKechney, Rico Rosetti, Allison Wilkes-Bourland, and Ted Wold. All proceeds of tickets and refreshments will go directly to Safe Horizons to benefit women, children, and families in the greater NYC area affected by domestic violence.
MCS Theatre
357 West 36th Street, no. 202, between 8th and 9th avenues, Manhattan
7 and 9:30p;
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Pete's Mini Zine Fest
Pete's Mini Zine Fest returns with its annual good time feel and open studio layout of zines and comics. It's the longest running zine fest in NYC, since 2010. Drink a beer, buy a zine is our motto.
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn
2-7p; $free
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Denizens' House Party
To celebrate and fundraise for our upcoming season, Woman Is a Word, the Denizens Theater Company is hosting a house party. Featuring drink specials, snacks, DJs, board games, beer pong tournament, and prizes. Come out, drink, dance, play, and support.
The Brazen Tavern
356 West 44th Street, Manhattan
8:30p; $10
Catch 74
Performance series with Kate Benson, Chris DeVita, Illana Harris-Babou Devin Kenny, and Drag Lomax. Adam and Zack Khalil, Jessica Pretty, Mariana Velancia, Julio Torres, and André Zachary.
Invisible Dog Arts Center
51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
7p; $15 door includes free beer
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Game of Thrones Tournament
Let's celebrate the new season of Game of Thrones by having a tournament full of crazy challenges based on the first six seasons. It's fine to come late. There will be physical challenges (nothing too crazy) and mental challenges (feel free to bring a blanket to sit on). On the day, we will post in the Facebook page the exact location in Central Park West.
Central Park, Manhattan
5p meeting, 6p games; $?
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Weeping Willow Wake
Say goodbye to La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez's weeping willows with a hundred tree hugs. Rev. Billy and the choir will be leading us with prayers and songs celebrating the trees' lives and mourning the trees' passing. Our weeping willow trees are around 41 years old. They were first planted in La Plaza thanks to a grant from Plant-A-Lot, and there were originally three willows and three linden trees all planted at the same time. One willow and one linen were toppled by Hurricane Irene. And another linden had to come down after Hurricane Sandy. And recently the parks department has determined that the willows are rotting from the inside and are in danger of falling. One even has visible fungus. The Parks Department has made a decision that they must come down and will take them down when they have the time. La Plaza Community Garden is saddened by the loss of our gre at willow trees and is reaching out to the community seeking people's opinion as to where we should go from here.
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden
Southwest corner of 9th Street and Avenue C, Manhattan
4p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
History of Burlesque Lecture Cabaret
Join the Atlas Obscura Society New York  for an evening of bawdy discovery as we delve into the history of burlesque, an enchanting form of performance that has shimmied, shaked, and shifted with the times over a transformative century in America.
The sensational Doctor Lucky, the World’s Premiere Ph(Double)D, will be your guide as we fill your imaginations with titillating tales from the past. As the evening chronicles the story of burlesque, a dazzling array of in-the-flesh performances will demonstrate a range of burlesque styles from the past and present on the new, state-of-the-art Littlefield stage. Performers for this event have been curated to include many of the greatest currently operating in the New York scene: Gin Minsky, Corvette Le Face, Ms. Tickle, Perle Noire, Lil' Miss Lixx, and the Lady Aye.
The New Littlefield
635 Sackett Street, Brooklyn
7-10p; $20 standing room, $35 seated
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
BuoyRR: Residency and Retreat presents:
I Am Your Itch
I Am Your Itch is an examination of our current political horror, womyn as historically haunted vessels, and power through self-activation. Sculpted through cerebral and physical workshops, the 21 residents of the 2017 BuoyRR will spend eight days living on the land to collectively choreograph this one-hour site-specific dance experience directed by Bailey Nolan and Viva Soudan. The performance will be followed by an artist talkback hosted by Becca Cardwell. Come if you dare.
There is a charter bus traveling from NYC to Deep River departing on Sunday at 10a and returning at 8p from McCarren Park, 776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn. There are only 30 seats on the bus so get your tickets today!  Note that the event takes place over fifteen acres of nature, some of the terrain is rough, please prepare for the elements. Closed-toe shoes with socks, bug spray, sunscreen, and a water bottle are highly recommended. All ages welcome.
The Peace Barn Sanctuary
337 West Elm Street, Deep River, Connecticut
1p; $25 tickets includes locally sourced lunch and entrance to the performance; $65 tickets includes locally sourced lunch, entrance to the performance, and bus transportation to and from NYC
I Have Crazy Idea
It's a night for reinvention. For drag, burlesque, comedy and contortion, and perhaps even some corporate marketing and cattle rustling. Featuring Goldie Peacock, Marie Faustin, Amazing Amy, Jamie Brickhouse, Ember Flame, Thomas McKean, Jeff Rose, and Kevin Scott.
Branded Saloon
603 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $free, with a $5 suggested donation $5
Bushwick Book Club Presents Amy Schumer's The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo
The hilarity and honesty of Amy Schumer's memoirs The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo inspires this performance of new songs by Don Rauf, Jim Andralis, Larry Krone, Jessie Kilguss, Sweet Soubrette, Freddie Stevenson, John S. Hall, Charlie Nieland, Susan Hwang, and Hannah Nichols. Visual artist: Alexandra Faye Bolen. Literary Chef: Jonathan Jonas Dressler.
376 9th Street, at 6th Avenue, Brooklyn
Tongue Tide
Flux Factory is pleased to present its next 2017 major exhibition, Tongue Tide. Inspired by Flux Factory’s location in Queens, NY -- the most language-dense area in the world-- Tongue Tide explores the multitude of ways in which artists engage with language, addressing both its tide-like ebb and flow as well as its limitations.
Investigating the ways in which we experience, use and understand words, the projects will take many forms including: games, performances, photography, installation, neon sign, nomadic library, opera, karaoke booth, artists books, online dictionary, video installation, walks, conversations over meals, visual storytelling workshops and more. Tonight: Artist walk by Bibi Calderaro, followed by a potluck with performances by Maribel Placencia and Purgatory Pie Press.
Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens
5:30p; $free
* Rubulad Proudly Presents Revival, July 15
* Victorian Tea, July 16
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***** 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:
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]
***** The Mind Has No Firewall *****
"Little attention is directed toward protecting the mind and body with a firewall, as we have done with hardware systems. One consequence of this assessment is that the way we commonly use the term "information warfare" falls short when the individual soldier, not his equipment, becomes the target of attack.
Man must be viewed as an open system. According to a Russian TV broadcast, their strategic rocket forces have begun anti-ESP training to ensure that no outside force can take over command and control functions of the force. That is, they are trying to construct a firewall around the heads of the operators."
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 Prospect Park. July 2017. Man in his 30s to a 2-year-old:
-- "You can't fall asleep while you are biking."
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]
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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