nonsense: 8.4 to 8.10

 
From: "nonsense nyc" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsense: 8.4 to 8.10
Date: August 4th 2017
Friday, August 4
* The Living Stage Summer Festival, Manhattan
* Spy Vs. Us: Fifth Annual MoRUS Film Fest, Manhattan
* Latex Lucifer, Brooklyn
* Journey to the Center of the Moon, Brooklyn
* Voix-Des-Villes Edition No. 6, Brooklyn
* White Chocolate, Manhattan
* The Carry Nation's: Carry On Summer, Queens
* That Cartoon Carnival Slapstick Show, Brooklyn
 
Saturday, August 5
* Rubulad Proudly Presents Heat Wave Hopscotch, Brooklyn
* Press Play Fair, Brooklyn
* Sexy Tramps Presents Super Pumped, Brooklyn
* Abracadabra Field Trip
* The Living Projection, Brooklyn
* Art Basel Thrift Store (and Gallery), Long Island City
 
Sunday, August 6
* Welcome to Mushroom Park, Long Island
* Magic at Coney, Brooklyn
* Kava and Color, Pre-Playa Edition, Brooklyn
* Exceedingly Good Song Night, Manhattan
* Big Irv's Storytelling, Brooklyn
 
Monday, August 7
* Would You Rather, Manhattan
 
Tuesday, August 8
* Punderdome, Brooklyn
 
Wednesday, August 9
* Suncat for City, Manhattan
* Live Music: Dilemastronauta y La Tripulación Cósmica
 
Spectre
* Pwning Democracy
 
Overheard
* Better than mean
 
Learning
* Inside Jokes
 
NOTE: For some navigation help, or an explanation for what this is all about, scroll all the way down to NONSENSE. You can donate to this project at nonsensenyc.com/special. Also: We make a lot of mikes, especially with dates; you should always double check our work before you go out.
 
 
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XXXXX FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 XXXXX
 
 
The Living Stage Summer Festival
 
This event celebrates the creation of a community garden and performance space created by, for, and with residents of the Lower East Side, including senior citizens from Meltzer Towers and elementary-school students from PS 63. This free, family-friendly event is led by eco-theatre company Superhero Clubhouse, partnering with international ecoscenographer Tanja Beer from Australia, the Performance Project at University Settlement, and architect Scott Johnson (who worked on our fair city's beloved High Line). The event commemorates the work thus far, and hopes to activate the space and draw in support from the neighborhood residents and from local businesses to turn this two-year project into a permanent outdoor space.
 
Meltzer Tower Garden
94 East 1st Street, Manhattan
5-8p; $free
Continues SATURDAY
facebook.com/events/115890532372268/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
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. Tonight: The Informant. Saturday: Citizen Four.
 
Umbrella House Roof Garden
21 Avenue C, Manhattan
8:30p; $6
Festival continues through SATURDAY
morusnyc.org/5th-annual-morus-film-fest/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Latex Lucifer
 
Lucy, Latex Lucifer. A prolific photographer, filmmaker and visual artist has created a stunning installation highlighting work from their extensive collection of archival images. The work both beautiful and edgy will be an homage to the body and the way we view it in the context of the 21st century. Afterparty Tortura with DJs Juliana Huxtable, DJ BEBE, and quest?onmarc.
 
Secret Project Robot Art Space
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
8-11p opening, midnight dance party; $10
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Journey to the Center of the Moon
 
Thunder Gumbo and Icarus are getting to the lunar heart of things. The crews responsible for your favorite east coast art cars are banding together again to compress you all for the journey ahead.
 
Humans have always looked to the celestial bodies for guidance. However, sages far and wide claim that truth can only be found within. Why not both? As you know ... our crews are well versed in moon dust. So we are gearing up, strapping on our moon boots, readying our rovers and delving into the lunar depths to finally discover what really lies inside. We've pulled out all the stops and even booked the ghost of Jules Verne himself to haunt our sci-fi mash up.
 
Featuring: DJs Zionysus, Tyler Vigil, M!NT, Illexxandra, EZ Almighty, and Dayburn. Live acts: Hokumfactory and Borjigin Chineeleg. Art: Light Map Photobooth (some lucky guests will get light mapped live get there early), Icarus 3D full body VR experience, Art Carfunkle, and Repurposed Stardust. Costume Suggestions: Steam Poser, Moon Punks, Lunar LIberacci, Fuq Boi Balistics, Heavenly Hoes, Finding Captain Nemo, Self-esteam punks.
 
17 Meadow Street, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $30 goes directly to art
e.sparxo.com/journey-to-the-center-of-the-moon
facebook.com/events/1929598890595110
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Voix-Des-Villes Edition No. 6
 
A monthly variety show of words sounds and visions. With readings by Jillian McManemin, G. J. Dowding, a film by David Pym, Attractive Nuisance, ambient and insistent sounds provided by the Brooklyn Tape Music Center, and your host, Normandy Sherwood.
 
Uncanny Valley
147 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $pay what you will, all money goes to performers
uncannyvalleynyc.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
White Chocolate
 
Stand-up, sketches, videos, and more, hosted by the most adorable team in comedy: Petey DeAbreu and Christi Chiello. Featuring: Nore Davis, Leah Bonnema, Annie Lederman, Jared Freid, and Mark Normand.
 
RSVP for West Village address, Manhattan
8:30p doors and pizza, 9p show; $5-15
facebook.com/events/2090628227831102/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Dreamhouse and the Carry Nation presents:
 
The Carry Nation's: Carry On Summer
 
British Invasion NYC with U.K. garage, breakbeats, house, featuring Twice Shy, A Village Raid, and the Carry Nation.
 
The Dreamhouse
1022 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
11p; $15 before 1a, $20 after
facebook.com/events/321632964945021/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
That Cartoon Carnival Slapstick Show
 
Three of New York City’s most offbeat figures in film history, exhibition, and animation circles converge at the City Reliquary’s beautiful Williamsburg backyard for a rare collaboration and unique screening of archival and contemporary short films that are not to be missed.
 
The program begins with an appearance by local animator Willy Hartland and a live screening of his recent animation, New York City Sketchbook. On his film, Hartland writes that he seeks to explore the urban experience unfiltered, with all its beauty and its blemishes. Working from my sketchbooks, in a form of visual journalism, the film attempts to document the challenges that New Yorkers face with their hopes and desires as they negotiate the urban matrix of the city itself.
 
Taking a break from animation, focus is then placed on rare silent live action films. That Slapstick Show, curated by Nelson Hughes, will shine a spotlight on the importance of film preservation with a program entitled the Race to Save Laughter. This showcase will bring awareness to saving and preserving American silent comedy -- with a selection of silent comedies that were once considered lost for decades, then subsequently found and recently preserved by major film archives.
 
Finally, the program concludes with a selection of rare shorts from Tommy José Stathes’ long-running Cartoon Carnival series. This special installment features historic 1910s-1930s animated cartoons produced in New York City, and projected on reel 16mm film ... straight from the Stathes Archives vaults to City Reliquary’s silver screen. Be sure to round up your friends and bring them along for this unique, one-night-only event ... before the films go back in the vault. Also featuring live ragtime musical accompaniment by Charlie Judkins. Contributors: Willy Hartland, Tommy José Stathes, Nelson Hughes, and Charlie Judkins.
 
The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
8-10:30p; $10
facebook.com/events/1935456720003656/
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 XXXXX
 
 
Rubulad Proudly Presents Heat Wave Hopscotch
 
An ode to summer fun, with live performances by Bobo, L Train Brass Band, and Ryan Power. DJs: Lupe Loop, Ol’ Stark, and Sir Olivier, Esq. Plus projections by the Sperm Whale and G. Scopitronic's Non Stop Film Fest. Dress as a big kid.
 
RSVP for address, Bushwick, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $10 beans before 9:30 or after performances, $20 otherwise
rubulad]at]outlook.com
facebook.com/events/109561866373482/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Press Play Fair
 
Pioneer Works is pleased to present the inaugural Press Play Fair. Free and open to the public, the fair is a day-long event on August 5, where small presses, music labels, zines, and artist books will be exhibited. Additional festivities will include a community building Zine and Tape exchange, collage and collaborative archive experiences, live performances, the launch of Party Lab Archive at Pioneer Books and more. Join us as we celebrate the variety of ways to play with recorded text, image, and sound.
 
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn
2-11p; $free with RSVP
pioneerworks.org/programs/press-play-fair/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Sexy Tramps Presents Super Pumped
 
Join the Sexy Tramps for their first ever NY party, art show, compliment extravaganza, and camp fundraiser. Super Pumped will be the group's first fundraiser. The event will be the kicking off point of a dear to our heart project, the Ripple Effect. The purpose of the Ripple Effect is to positively impact the lives of others so that they too will be inspired to positively impact someone else.
 
Join us for a night of dancing, compliments, snake bites, and most importantly, tramping. If you have never experienced the magic on playa at Burning Man now is your chance. We are bringing the magic to you. Performances by Heather Mo'Witz and Zero Boy. Music by lllexxandra, Aeon, George Ingalls, and Mike Jackson.
 
Suggested Dress Code: whatever you want to wear, playa wear, bathrobes and underwear, clothing optional, whatever the fuck you want,  raccoon garb, last nights makeup, bindle sticks, floppy top hats, fingerless gloves, Onesies
 
Gemini and Scorpio Loft
RSVP for address, Gowanus, Brooklyn
8p-1a; $20 plus a drink and a pickleback
eventbrite.com/e/sexy-tramps-presents-the-ripple-effect-party-super-pumped-tickets-33120248555
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Abracadabra Field Trip
 
We are a roving music jam hitting parks across NYC. Incredible musicians led by drummer Ethan Kogan with Laura Newman on vocals will make spontaneous magic beginning in Union Square Park. Then we hop on Tycho Dan's Blue Bird Bus and head to Thompkins Square Park for sunset and finally MacCarren Park for a nighttime DJ set with Penny Lane. Come dance. Bring your bike and follow the parade spreading splendid spontaneous music to all.
 
Union Square Park 5p, Tompkins Square Park 7p, and McCarren Park 9p; $?
facebook.com/events/1826915363991562/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
The Living Projection
 
Okie dokie! Come meet our new female performer: The Living Movie. She is six-foot-four-inches, stunning, and projects movies on her body. You can watch movies the whole night and see her slowly perform to movies. This show includes three movies in full audio, theater stage lighting, and body art. Spend your Saturday night at a cozy nook in this Bushwick studio watching three amazing movies with the Living Projection as she puts you into a soothing, seated, relaxed, calm state where you can come watch or even create art. Michael Alan will be drawing the whole night and will be there to show you all his works -- every single one if you want to look at them. The lovely Jadda Cat will be on site doing little performances and creating drawings. The infamous Gary will be doing comedy in the back. We will Alain have Super Mario Brothers set up in the back if anyone wants to play some video games (just ask) and giveaways all night such as books and pencils and toys. We have a small, cozy, air-conditioned creative loving space. Come zone out, meditate, and create art.
 
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
6-9p No Country for Old Men, 9p-midnight Goodfellas, midnight-2a Kill Bill; $20 for each showtime, or all three for $40
michaelalanart.com/2016site/2017-drawing-marathon/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Art Basel Thrift Store (and Gallery)
 
Long Island City is gaining an exciting new option for shoppers wishing to maintain their lifestyle on an increasingly tight budget while helping artists in need of representation. Art Basel Thrift Store (and Gallery) is opening its long awaited first store in a former greeting card factory. This new business will truly be an ultra-thrift store and gallery, offering shoppers 1,500 square feet of high-quality, make-an-offer retail and art. People are already buzzing that this might be the only thrift store and gallery of its kind.
 
Featured in the gallery is Going Once, Going Twice: Art Swap Preview 2017 a group exhibition shaped and inspired by a Sotheby’s auction catalog and abandoned art projects, curated by Ava Ulmer. Eight artists swapped their unfinished projects back in January and agreed to complete them just in time for the grand opening. Shoppers of Art Basel Thrift Store (and Gallery) will have a chance to view and make an offer on some of these works at the Strictly Business Martini Auction and Potluck (Thursday). Participating artists include Olivia Ascione D’Elia, Eliza Kimberly, Madeleine Rojas, Stephanie Routier, Haley Shibble, Ava Ulmer, and Eleni Theodora Zaharopoulos.
 
Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens
1-9p; $free
facebook.com/events/1887345894849038/
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 XXXXX
 
 
JunXion presents:
 
Welcome to Mushroom Park
 
We have one last event for you for the summer season before we head out west for Oregon Eclipse and that thing in the desert.  We are headed back to the beach for another adventure and you are invited. On a magical hidden beach out on Long Island, there is a place called Mushroom Park. A relic from the 1970s, a field of concrete Mushrooms scatter the landscape of the beach. Looking out into the ocean we will sing, dance, and be merry. This is one of our absolute favorite events of the year, low key, family friendly gathering with food, beverage, sand, sun, and fun. Come relax and take a load off on this chillest of days.
 
Lido Beach, Long Island
9a-10p; $25 and up, with multiple ticket options
junxionmushroom.eventbrite.com/
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Magic at Coney
 
Magical Promotions, together with Coney Island USA, presents an afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. Magic at Coney is a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists and close-up magicians from around the world. Hosted by Gary Dreifus, award-winning magician, mentalist, hypnotist, magic instructor and world-renowned magical host, the performers this week are: Chris Lengyel, Harry Mandel, and Richard Cohn.
 
Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
noon; $10 adults, $5 kids
coneyisland.com 
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Kava and Color, Pre-Playa Edition
 
Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome.
 
Once a month, BK Kava and Real Art Therapists of NY collective team up to host a unique adult coloring experience where guests can sip kava cocktails as they explore their inner world through a an illustration created by a local art therapist. This month, licensed arts therapist Juanita Viera invites you to join Kava and Color, Pre-Playa edition to set your intentions and decompress before heading on the epic journey that is Burning Man. Art enthusiasts, kava aficionados and burners of all genders and lifestyles are welcome.
 
BK Kava
191 Suydam Street, Brooklyn
2-8p; $10 includes one coloring page from the Real Art therapists of NY coloring book and art materials
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Exceedingly Good Song Night
 
An open singing session in the folk-roots tradition. Exceedingly Good Song Night is an open folksinging session, hosted more or less twice monthly by Ken Schatz. Bring your ears, bring your voice, bring instruments, bring friends. Our exceedingly good song theme for the evening: Power. Singers, listeners, and witty rationalizations welcome. Harmonies and songs with choruses especially appreciated.
 
Jimmy's No. 43
43 East 7th Street, back room, between 2nd and 3rd avenues, Manhattan
6-11p; $free, but eat and drink please
21 and over
facebook.com/jimmysno43/
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Big Irv's Storytelling
 
Back and showcasing some of the best storytellers Brooklyn has to offer. This event is completely free and BYOB. Featuring Bess Stillman, Nate Cocca-Bates, Mark Pagan, Lucas Connolly, Trish Parry, Mike Cho, Andrew Collin, and two open-mic slots.
 
Big Irv's
381 Hooper Street, at South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free and BYOB
 
 
XXXXX MONDAY, AUGUST 7 XXXXX
 
 
Would You Rather
 
Andre Medrano and JR Strauss invite some of the funniest people they know to answer pressing questions like would you rather be  a T-shirt tyrant or a button-down baller? Featuring: Sara Courtney, Abby Salzberg, Goran Vucinic, Brendan Thomas Crowley, and Nathan Galovan.
 
VSpot Organic
12 St. Marks Place, Manhattan
8p; $free
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 XXXXX
 
 
Punderdome
 
New York's most puntastic competition returns. Punderdome is the wild and crazy monthly pun competition hosted by Fred and Jo Firestone. Fifteen individuals will have a chance to participate in competitive spontaneous pun-making; preference given to first-time compunitors and seasoned winners. Pun-masters are determined by the human clap-o-meter. Great big kitchen appliance mystery prizes are awarded to the top two competitors.
 
Littlefield
635 Sacket Street, Brooklyn
7p doors and sign up, 8p show; $8 advance, $10 door
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 XXXXX
 
 
Suncat for City
 
Accidents of incidents, reflections on reflections. Sun cat (or solkatt) is the Swedish word for sunlight effects on a wall. Joe Milutis (live video) and Keiko Uenishi (sound) will perform.
 
Petit Versailles Garden
346 East Houston Street, Manhattan
9p; $free
facebook.com/events/474384392911530/
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Live Music: Dilemastronauta y La Tripulación Cósmica
 
Andres Jimenez is part of a wave of Colombian-American musicians who has been heavily influenced by folkloric music of Colombia such as Cumbia, Bullerengue, Musica de Banda (like Porros, Puyas, and Fandangos), Currulaos from the Colombian Pacific coast, among many other Colombian styles. However, Andres is able to find cultural and musical connections with music from Peru, Cuba, Brazil, New Orleans and Bebop. Andres is also the co-founder of MAKU Sound System and is at the forefront of the Immigrant Beat --  a cultural movement aiming to recognize the value of immigration in New York City among people form all over the world.
 
Starr Bar
214 Starr Street, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
8p; $5
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 XXXXX
 
 
Freedom 2 Live
 
A dance party benefit for F2L. F2L is a New York City based group of individuals doing support work for queer and trans people of color facing time in the New York State prison system. We fight for queer and trans people of color who have been charged with felonies and other higher level offenses, and individuals who are appealing those convictions. We do this by resourcing individuals with commissary, housing, care packages, books, cash money, and more. We also provide media support, courtroom support, and general advocacy within state systems. F2L is a volunteer run project primarily made up of other queer and trans people of color in New York City. With Precolumbian, Cremosa, and Cisnegros.
 
Starr Bar
214 Starr Street, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson street station
10p; $5-20 suggested
facebook.com/F2L-149740108791084
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 *****
 
 
Good Room presents:
 
Honey Soundsystem
 
Honey Soundsystem is a San Francisco based collective of four. Jacob Sperber (aka Jackie House), Jason Kendig, Robert Yang (aka Bézier) and Josh Cheon came together inspired by pivotal gay underground parties and dance music history, who offered a take on dance music in direct opposition to what was blaring on mainstream club speakers. They bond over a shared love of timeless sounds, iconic imagery, the complete look, indulgent behavior, and most of all, attractive men.
 
The boys dedicate time and passion into archivist work, which resulted in unearthing the lost gay porn soundtracks of San Francisco’s Hi-NRG producer Patrick Cowley released on Honey’s flagship HNYTRX and Cheon’s Dark Entries. The crew throws their heart into event production and are known to build massive, elaborate, party-specific installations. Honey boys have their fingers in the world of music production, remixing and DJing parties around the world. Love Tempo are in the Bad Room doing their monthly rager with residents Justin Strauss and Billy Caldwell playing everything and anything from acid to house to new wave to disco.
 
Good Room
98 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $15 via Resident Advisor, $20 door
21 and over
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* A Ribbon About a Bomb, August 18
 
 
XXXXX WISHLIST XXXXX
 
 
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at]nonsensenyc.com. We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
 
 
***** ARTY STUFF *****
 
 
* The Figment summer season is heating up as is the weather outside. Designed by nine different artists, the Minigolf Course is one of our most beloved installations. The course cannot continue to run without your support. Sign up today to work a shift at the Minigolf kiosk with friends or family. Spend the day on beautiful Governors Island, giving out clubs and balls to hundreds of happy children and adults alike. facebook.com/events/2090628227831102/
 
 
***** SPACES *****
 
 
* Rubulad has a soundproof shipping container suitable for band rehearsal room/workshop/office space/art studio available. Contact chris]at]spill.net for more info.
 
 
XXXXX SPECTRE PRIORITY XXXXX
 
 
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.
 
 
***** Pwning Democracy *****
 
spectrevision.net/2017/08/03/pwning-democracy/
 
"Def Con conference hosted its first Voting Machine Hacking Village this year. In it, conference attendees were given access to the most popular voting machines and voter registration tracking systems in use today, including Sequoia, ES&S, Winvote, and Diebold. Before organizers were even finished with their opening remarks, a Danish hacker had already broken into one of the target machines wirelessly."
 
 
XXXXX OVERHEARD XXXXX
 
 
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.
 
 
*****
 
Overheard in West Hollywood. July 2017. Woman in her 30s reassuring her male friend:
 
-- "No, you're funny when you're sober too."
 
 
XXXXX LEARNING XXXXX
 
 
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: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY *****
 
 
Creativity, Sweat, and Connection
 
You will be led in a variety of exercises similar to or coming from theater training, contemporary dance, somatic practices, including “jedi” mind work, vocal work and sweat. You will do solo work, and work in pairs and groups. You will work with the sensations of your body, paying attention to the felt experience. The time will be divided between creative work, sweat, and finding connection.
 
Eden's Expressway
537 Broadway, fourth floor, Manhattan
4:30-7:30p; $40-$70 sliding scale
facebook.com/events
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
CYPurr Sessions: The Cloud
 
Is the internet starting to feel too Cloud-y? Afraid your personal information will rain down to the public? This month's CyPurr Sunday Sessions will go over how online services work, how they break, and how to maintain your privacy every step of the way. Every month we also offer one-on-one support for your cybersecurity and hardware problems, or just come by to meet with other like-minded folks interested in chatting about the big digital issues of the day. Children are welcome. Open to beginner and seasoned techies alike.
 
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
August 13, 2-4p; $free
bklynlibrary.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Grant Writing 101
 
During this workshop and info-session, we will demystify the grant-writing process by discussing tips for applying for community-oriented grants. We will also share detailed information about Citizens Committee for NYC's Love Your Block and Neighborhood Grants, Partnerships for Parks’ Capacity Fund Grant, and other resources offered to community gardens with upcoming deadlines.
 
GreenThumb
100 Gold Street, third floor, Manhattan
August 22, 5:30-7:30p; $free
docs.google.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Inside Jokes NY
 
By funny women, for funny women. All are welcome. Bring your all lady improv troupes, writing friends, and more for a day of professional discussion and thinking nationwide as you join us with three other major U.S. cities full of women in comedy. The conference will include a speed networking session, a panel discussion/think tank and livestream workshops -- a chance to connect, empower, and advocate for each other in this dynamic business.
 
New Women Space
188 Woodpoint Road, Brooklyn
August 20, 2-5p; $free
RSVP required
eventbrite.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: ONGOING *****
 
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. clients.mindbodyonline.com
* 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. thetrapezeloft.com
* 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. facebook.com/groundedaerial
* 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. times-up.org
* 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. bushwickcommunitydarkroom.com
* 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. vivabodyroll.com
* 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. newyorkcapoeiracenter.com
* 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. eizanryujujitsu.org
*Filmmaking Workshops: low-cost, small in size, short in duration, for beginners to advanced, with all equipment provided. DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. dctvny.org/workshops
* Free Yoga. Please come if you are curious, interested, resistant. 417 Pulaski Street, apt 3, Brooklyn, Fridays, 7p; $free. facebook.com/SummerCircleYoga
* 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]gmail.com. 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. thebloomfieldschool.com
* 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 tokarate.com
*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]icloud.com
*Queer and Trans Yoga. Third Root Community Health Center, 380 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn. Sunday, 5-6:30p, and Thursday, 8:15-9:30p; $12. thirdroot.org
* Silent DJ Hot Yoga, Qoya, Zumba, and more. Sacred, 197 Clifton Place, Brooklyn. Various. sacredbrooklyn.com
* 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. singasecret.com
* Sword Class NYC, eastern and western sword styles. Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, 16th floor, Manhattan. Various. swordclassnyc.com
* 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. streb.org
* West African Dance Class. P.S. 194 Countee Cullen, 244 West 144th Street, Manhattan. Mondays and Wednesdays 5-7p; $free. ethoh.org
* 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. times-up.org/bike-co-op
 
 
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