Friday, July 28
* Computer Music Will Melt Your Face, Brooklyn
* Coney Island Cyclone Ride
* Cartoon Carnival No. 58: Hot and Cold, Brooklyn
Saturday, July 29
* Nicole Richie's 2007 Memorial Day Barbecue: The Exhibition Opening Gala, Brooklyn
* Secret Beach Party, Manhattan
* Tropical NYC Dub, Brooklyn
* Draco's Inferno: All Fire Variety Show, Newark
* The Level Party and Groovy Groovy: A Solar Function, Queens
* The Appointment, Brooklyn
* Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Social, Manhattan
Sunday, July 30
* The Battle for Mau Mau Island, Queens
* Retro Bits Comedy Gaming Show, Queens
* Tongue Tide, Long Island City
Monday, July 31
* Dr. Lisa Gives A Shit, Queens
Tuesday, August 1
* Ecstatic Dance, Manhattan
Wednesday, August 2
* Spy Vs. Us: Fifth Annual MoRUS Film Fest, Manhattan
Thursday, August 3
* Force Majeure Vaudeville, Brooklyn
* Woke AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show, Manhattan
* Anti-Cancer Minerals
* Summer Ferments
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Computer Music Will Melt Your Face
The 432 Summer Concert Series hosts three practitioners of the digital dark arts: reclusive uptown sound-poet Pfoneme will perform his magnum opus; Josh v. Jericho cranks out études for the statistical feedback algorithm; audio-visual wiz Alexander Dupuis performs new works for sound-video synthesis.
Bonus track: high-resolution, non-linear, physical model of actual New York thunderstorm (plus light show). Beverages cheap; popcorn probable. Post-show flirting and friend-making encouraged.
432 9th Street, Brooklyn
8p-midnight; $15 suggested donation
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Coney Island Cyclone Ride
This relaxed-pace ride goes from Manhattan to Brooklyn's Coney Island Amusement Park arriving just in time for fireworks. Bring locks and money as we plan to dine, ride the rides and possibly hit the waves. Return on the subway or ride back in informal groups. Rain cancels.
Meet at the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan
Meet at the Carroll Street Bridge, Brooklyn
Meet at the 69 Street Pier, Brooklyn
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Cartoon Carnival No. 58: Hot and Cold
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.
We’ll be turning up the heat to celebrate our beloved hot July days while also cooling down with some bone-chilling wintry frolics for some ice-cold comic relief. Come and see how our animated ancestors of yesteryear hemmed and hawed under the hot sun and also blundered around in blizzards. Bring your friends out for this bi-seasonal extravaganza. Also: live musical accompaniment by Charlie Judkins for select silent-era shorts.
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
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Nicole Richie's 2007 Memorial Day Barbecue: The Exhibition Opening Gala
Join us at the social event of the season. @popculturediedin2009 is the world’s leading scholar on celebrity scandals that took place between 2000-2009. As an institution we love scholars. We have joined forces to co-curate an exhibit that celebrates the scandals that guided us through the decade.
Right now, someone somewhere is looking at an exhibit featuring photos of rock stars in their heyday. We feel it’s time to celebrate the icons of the aughts we all know and love as the rockstars they are. Sure not all of them “played music” but their music was the sound of a faceplant while exiting a Range Rover, a catchphrase created organically on a reality show, the beeping of a court enforced alcohol monitoring bracelet, the mixing of antibiotics with things you shouldn’t mix antibiotics with. The list goes on, do you hear the music now?
This exhibit will be an imaginary summit. Through the lens of Nicole Richie’s infamous Memorial Day Barbecue, ]at]popculturediedin2009 will provide a historian’s look at the many celebrities and scandals that formed a generation. In collaboration with many artists we will journey back in time to an alternate dimension. Join us as we celebrate America.
The Thnk1994 Museum
1436 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
347 334 0946
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Secret Beach Party
The first beach party of the year. Secret Loft is throwing a rager to celebrate the warm weather and the end of hibernation season.
There will be inflatable sea creatures, tropical refreshments, and a contest for the most creative swimwear. Proper attire - short shorts, thongs, swim-trunks, snorkels, Hawaiian shirts, pool noodles, floaties, diving suits, bathyspheres, etc. No jeans, no flannels, no business casual. Board shorts frowned upon, because come on, that's too easy. Live hip-hop and dance music: Sitcomlife, Wolkoff, Brooklish Eunice, Ohene Cornelius, and DJ Mio Soul.
Exact address with RSVP, Manhattan
9p; $5 early, $10-15 late
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Tropical NYC Dub
We'll be bringing tropical Latin sounds, food, and beverages. The bands performing are Consumata Sonidera and Escarioka. Crazy Baldhead Sound System will hold it down on the turntables in-between the bands and after the bands. Our friends from Ceviche Summer will provide delicious mouth-watering ceviche ala Chicano style.
The People's Garden
Greene Avenue and Broadway, Brooklyn
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Draco's Inferno: All Fire Variety Show
Circo Draconum presents Draco's Inferno All Fire Show. Draco's Inferno features the most creative and enigmatic fire artists of the craft. This show expect an eclectic variety of explosive surprises, daredevil stunts, acrobatic skill, one-of-a-kind pyro devices and melted marshmallows. Hell's Kitchen has amazing drink specials, food late into the night and a dancefloor to let loose in between sets. Come celebrate Circo Draconum's Fire Anniversary with all Hell's Kitchen Lounge has to offer and the talents of Anna O'Connor, Graham Cracker, Stefan Zeniuk, Alexander Spitfire, and Nikki Talis. Music all night long with DJ Luna. Hosted by Dave Menace.
Hell's Kitchen Lounge
150 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ
10p; $free, donations to Woodstock Sanctuary
21 and over
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The Level Party and Groovy Groovy: A Solar Function
It’s midsummer 2017 and stars are aligning. Two of your favorite crews, the Level Party and Groovy Groovy, are joining forces to bring you the best of vibes across two stages. Groovy takes over the dank ruins of Knockdown Center, highlighting a special US debut. Daniel Martin-McCormick, aka Ital, bringing us his new live project Relaxer in a proper rave setting -- every bit as dark, trippy, and claustrophobic as his productions. Warming up the room are residents Akanbi, Yogic, Ronan, Teleself, and Vesna bringing that special Groovy flavor. Level takes over the courtyard, welcoming one of our favorite producers in 2017 -- D. Tiffany, from Vancouver. Her wavy house tunes will suit sunset nicely. Local legend Turtle Bugg closes out the scene, while Andrew D, Onkel-S and good pal NK Badtz Maru set the vibe with an extended three-hour B2B. Food served all day. Come ready to rave.
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
If you have received an Appointment card, the performance began the moment your name was written on the card. You may visit the artist at any point between 5 and 10p. If you have not received an Appointment card, you are welcome witness the performance any time between 5 and 10p.
104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
5-10p with appointment; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Social
Stop by for free hot dogs and live jazz music. The Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Social will feature the Rooftoppers and the Willie Mack Jazz Band. You don't have to be a neighbor to join us.
Outdoors at 421 West 145th Street, at Convent Avenue, Manhattan
NOTE: We incorrectly listed this event last week; sorry about the mistake.
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The Battle for Mau Mau Island
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Retro Bits Comedy Gaming Show
Join comedians Brian McGuinness and TJ Del Reno as they play mostly terrible video games with their other funny friends. The audience will also get a chance to play a game or two with the hosts for prizes. With Brian McGuinness and TJ Del Reno.
27-16 23rd Avenue, Queens
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Closing reception. 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, printed text installation, neon sign, nomadic library, opera, karaoke booth, artists books, online dictionary, video installation, walks, conversations over meals, and visual storytelling workshops.
Participating artists: Amela Parcic and Marija Draskic, Amira Hanafi, the Blue Bus Project, Bibi Calderaro, Carlos Salas, Eugenio De Giovanni Pizzorno, Graciela Cassel, Grayson Earle, Heather Kapplow and Ernie Kim, Helen Lee, Irene Chan, Jean Barberis and Daupo, Jevijoe Vitug, J Triangular, Katie Murray, Kristin McIver, Magali Duzant, Masoom Moitra, Maribel Plasencia, Martha Wilson, Michal Dzitko, Nina Ross, P A L / Pilipinx American Library, Patricia Silva, Purgatory Pie Press, Rashedul Deepon and Dan Silverman, and Xenia Diente.
39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens
2p community potluck, 3p performance, 4p performance, 5p opera; $free
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Dr. Lisa Gives A Shit
The wildest guests of Dr. Lisa's Radio Free Brooklyn's show perform live. I have the oddest and most surreal combo of performers: a comedian, a musician, an artist and a pornographer to entertain you with a sampling of their pursuits. They have all been guests on my weekly radio show with Radio Free Brooklyn. With Pinc Louds and Bear, Porno Jim, and Savannah Spirit.
465 Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
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This event brings together over 300 people from all walks of life to dance freely and be in a space without any of the BS of a nightclub. Alcohol free, and no cell phones. Awesome DJs: mostly global bass and world electronic music and a really open and beautiful community.
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South, Manhattan
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Spy Vs. Us: Fifth Annual MoRUS Film Fest
As Americans we think that the government works for us. In actuality we have been learning how for decades the government has been spying on its own citizens. Even more disturbing is when our leaders take surveillance to the next step: interfering with community groups, especially those trying to make positive social change.
Spy Vs. Us, the fifth annual MoRUS film fest, will open with the film 1971, documenting how a group of activists broke into the FBI’s office in Media, Pennsylvania and to their surprise found that most of the FBI’s files were on local activist groups and not on criminals or legitimate investigations. They uncovered the first evidence of COINTELPRO, which went further than spying and also included unlawful infiltration and disruption tactics. These revelations, which shocked the conscience of the nation, led to the Church Committee hearings and subsequent enactment of the Attorney General Guidelines to curb FBI spying.
Nearly 50 years later, in contrast to the 1970s, when the government and elected officials expressed disdain with spying and interference of our own people, now the government is the active participant in similar efforts. The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space's film fest will focus on a range of techniques used by the government to spy on and disrupt community groups, including environmental, civil rights, and anti-war organizations.
Umbrella House Roof Garden
21 Avenue C, Manhattan
Festival continues through SATURDAY
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Force Majeure Vaudeville
Coney Island is the spiritual home of the over-the-top, the ridiculous, the mystifying. I invite you to make a night's pilgrimage to Coney to ride the Cyclone, drink at the Freak Bar, and marvel at the most mindblowing vaudeville cast I can possibly assemble.
Should you ride the train to the beach on a weekday night? Yes, if you want to see an accordion rock god, a fire goddess, a naked strongwoman, the king of BrukUp dance, a world-class juggler, spectacularly idiotic clowns, and a new magic piece that I've already injured myself rehearsing. Featuring: Corn Mo, Ghost, Michael Karas, Sage Sovereign, Jeff and Buttons, Betsy Propane, Tanya Solomon, and Striker Posie.
Coney Island Sideshow Theater
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
8:30p door, 9p show; $15
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Woke AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show
Woke AF is an all-inclusive comedy variety show where artists share and perform about social issues they're passionate about. This month features: Michael Cruz Kayne, Alex Song, the dance duo the Dysfunctional Swingers, Alex Haynes, and William Martinez. Prepare to get woke.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
153 East 3rd Street, Manahttan
212 366 9231
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* Rubulad Heat Wave Hopscotch, August 5
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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: bpzineawards.com
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Before we had a name the Spectre Event Horizon Group used to meet at a bar to commiserate and trade what our business friends like to call "best practices." Now online, our area of interest remains the ever-fascinating sci-fi present. Our simple intent is an informal trade of specialized investigative research, presented as gossip for the non-specialist. It's true we once were an active email list but at this point everything is searchable and commented upon here: spectrevision.net. The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact spectre.event.horizon.group]at] gmail.com.
***** Anti-Cancer Minerals *****
"According to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, the value of minerals as part of an anticancer diet is frequently overlooked. In Egypt the cancer rate was only about 10 percent of that in Europe and America. The main difference was an extremely high magnesium intake of 2.5-3g in these cancer-free populations, ten times more than in most western countries. In China, an ecological study in 1985 showed dramatic results in linking cancer with selenium deficiencies. Selenium helps stop damaged DNA molecules from reproducing, meaning it acts to prevent tumors from developing. Much can also be said about the cancer treatment possibilities of iodine and sodium bicarbonate."
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Overheard is from Irene Pedruelo's Mi Niu York, a weekly newsletter for curious characters, treasure hunters, and eccentrics. You can sign up for her favorite stories, projects, artworks, and quotations at miniuyork.com.
People say amazing things when they think no one is listening. Overheard is about capturing these moments. We share one quotation each week that stuck with us. It's always unsolicited and unedited.
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]gmail.com.
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We look for the sort of classes you circled in college course catalogs but never managed to fit into your schedule. And we also look for the kind of things that no college could teach. Cheap and eclectic is the rule, though all rules get broken occasionally, and we especially love workshops, round-tables, and teachers who won't take your work out of your hands and show you how to do it right. One-time listings are categorized weekly, with general recurring classes listed at the end on the first Friday of each month. We thrive on your suggestions, so make sure to tell us about upcoming classes.
Learning is compiled and edited weekly by Juliana Driever. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]nonsensenyc.com.
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Fermentation is one of the oldest food processing methods still used today. Scientifically known as zymology, it is the conversion of carbohydrates into alcohols, carbon dioxide, yeast, or bacteria. Beer, miso, sourdough, kefir, kimchi and kombucha are all examples food and drink that are the product of fermentation.
Smell, taste, discuss and make a few simple seasonal ferments. In this workshop we’ll explore and craft two delicious types of vegetable ferments that are easily made at home without any special ingredients or equipment.
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
July 30, 11a-1p; $40
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