nonsense: 8.11 to 8.17

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Subject: nonsense: 8.11 to 8.17
Date: August 11th 2017
Friday, August 11
* Cruel Summer: 80s and 90s Dance Party, Brooklyn
* Freedom 2 Live, Brooklyn
* Honey Soundsystem, Brooklyn
* Bring the City to You I/O, Brooklyn
* Comedy and Dance Party at Secret Loft, Manhattan
* TV in My Bones, Manhattan
Saturday, August 12
* Music Against Mass Incarceration, Brooklyn
* Rhythm of Afrika, Manhattan
* Comedy Show Fundraiser, Queens
* There Is No Spoon: The Matrix, Brooklyn
* Maim That Tune: Striptease to the Worst Songs Ever, Brooklyn
* Greed Play, Manhattan
* Future Tropical Party, Manhattan
Sunday, August 13
* Brunch Gozon, Brooklyn
* My Love for Bread, Manhattan
* Clowns Without Borders, Brooklyn
Monday, August 14
* The Bumps, Brooklyn
* House of Kava Open Mic, Brooklyn
* Sound of Ceres Residency, Brooklyn
* I Have a Crazy Idea From the Future: The Variety Show, Brooklyn
* Karaoke BB: An Apocalyptic Karaoke Dance Party, Brooklyn
Tuesday, August 15
* Silo's Message Ceremony, Manhattan
* Fun in the 21st Century With_____, Brooklyn
* Tableaux: Art Salon and Kinky Mixer, Brooklyn
* P*SSY, Brooklyn
Wednesday, August 16
* Eclipsa-Pocalypse! With Sparkle Pirates (On the Fritz), Brooklyn
* The Sex Myth: A Devised Play, Manhattan
* Storytelling Show, Manhattan
* Secret Loft Concert Series: Poetry/Live Reading Night, Manhattan
Thursday, August 17
* Ignite Two-Year Anniversary: Ring the Alarm, Brooklyn
* Open Decks Brooklyn: Sunset Series, Brooklyn
* Tissue Reprogramming
* Lines
* Grant Writing
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Cruel Summer: 80s and 90s Dance Party
It’s the middle of the summer, and man, is it Hot in the City. But with the MTA in disrepair, it seems there’s no way we'll easily Escape From New York, so we'll just have to beat the heat with the next best thing: an 80s and 90s dance party Vacation from this cruel, cruel, Cruel Summer.
On Friday, August 11, go Back in Time for a night of Dancing in the Dark set to the soundtracks of the 80s and 90s. (And if the state of our country is any indication, there’s no better time to party like it’s, well, 1984. Or 1999.)
We'll be taking over two rooms of the Bell House with 80s anthems performed by kick-ass 10-piece cover band The Engagements, 90s hits spun by Party Like It's 1999's DJ Steve Reynolds, music video sing-alongs by SecretFormula, and 80s and 90s music videos from Music Video Time Machine.
Dress in your most era-appropriate attire and get ready to Jump Around, because we’ll be having a costume contest / dance-off for a mystery prize. And with drink specials aplenty, you can drink a whiskey drink, drink a vodka drink, drink a lager drink, or drink a cider drink. Don’t spend another night sweating the lack of A/C in your apartment. Come out and party with us! Oh, and it’s at night. So obviously, wear your sunglasses.
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
8p doors; $10 door, or $5 advance with promo code "summertime"
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
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
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
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
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Dj Exit and the Vanguard Performing Arts NYC present:
Bring the City to You I/O
The Vanguard Performing Art's NYC New fantastic location allows for an immersive 360 degree i/o experience brought to you by Dvj Exit in collaboration with PandaFXgaming. VanguardNYC is a nonprofit performance venue showcasing the latest in art styles in the audible and visual genres. With a focus on local and late-breaking artists, Vanguard aspires to create a dynamic performance space where people can express themselves & display their own unique aspects of music and art. Additionally, artists and appreciators are encourage to network and gather momentum to promote art and talent. With two other locations in Valencia, Spain, and Houston, Texas, the Vanguard prides itself in creating a safe space for diverse acts and artists to be seen and heard, and for everyone to enjoy.
The Vanguard Performing Arts NYC
5726 1st Avenue, third floor, Brooklyn
7p-1a; $10 at the door to the future
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Comedy and Dance Party at Secret Loft
Professional comedy with a house party vibe. We have an amazing line-up and free pizza. Line up: Sam Morril, Jennie Sutton, Pat Brown, Andy Sandford, Rob Haze, Aimee Rose Ranger, and Will Watkins. Your ticket is also good for free entry to Shane MauX's After School Special: An 80s and 90s dance party, which starts right after the comedy show. Hosted by: Gabriel Pacheco.
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 14th Street stattion
8:30p doors, 9p show; $5-15
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Tribes Players presents:
TV in My Bones
Inspired by Steve Cannon's DIY approach to making art, Phoebe and her producing partner Katelyn Pearce wrangled 11 of the most talented theatre artists in their circles to bring this vision to life. For TV junkies, stalkers, futurists, and the cultured set: An evening of quirky short plays that reflect TV’s ability to unite us, divide us, pervade our culture, suck our time, and by all means entertain us. By C.S. Hanson. Directed by Stephen Cedars. Ensemble Cast: Devon Caraway, Phoebe Mar, Jason Nuzzo, Peter Oliver, Katelyn Pearce, Michael Pettey, Alexander Stine, and Gabriel Wright.
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue, between 9th and 10th streets, Manhattan
8p; $12 preview, $18 doors
Continues through SUNDAY
212 868 4444
Music Against Mass Incarceration
Music Against Mass Incarceration is a daylong benefit show at Secret Project Robot. With Gold Dime, Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band, Brandon Lopez Trio with Nate Wooley and Gerald Cleaver, $75 Bill, Sunwatchers, Ava Mendoza, Katiee, Ashcan Orchestra, Jock Gang, and Hairy Sands.
The cause is to raise money to help fight against mass incarceration in the United States. The beneficiary is JustLeadershipUSA, who are "dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030. JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform." Representatives from JLUSA will be on hand to talk about the work they do and why it's so urgently needed.
Secret Project Robot
1186 Broadway, Brooklyn
J,M,Z trains to Kosciuszko station
2-9:30p outdoors; $15 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Rhythm of Afrika
Bringing you the best dance music coming from Africa and the diaspora in Europe, South America, and North America. Music by STA7CK and Brian Lee Mccloud.
Louie and Chan
303 Broome Street, Manhattan
10p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Comedy Show Fundraiser
Hosted by Rich Shultis. DJ Ted Olortegui will be performing along with comedians: Greg Kritikos "Greg the Greek," Michelle Slonim, Dustin Hanson, and Janice Messitte.
Rocco Moretto VFW Post No. 2348
3135 41st Street, Astoria, Queens
8p doors; $20 includes two free drinks
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
There Is No Spoon: The Matrix
The Usual Rejects are back. Welcome to There Is No Spoon: The Matrix, where we ruin your childhood one blockbuster at a time. Five actors take on all the roles and all the hilarious action of this epic Sci-Fi box office smash.
Will you take the blue pill or the red pill? Wait...which means what again? Whoa, it's also a Drinking Game. There will be audience participation, trivia, raffle prizes, and so much more. This show is rated R. Let's all kung fu kick our livers together, because ignorance is bliss. Join us as we tumble down the rabbit-hole, avoid well tailored agents and dodge really slow bullets -- all while enjoying a tasty beverage. To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human. Lives saved. Dreams fulfilled. Game on. Beers are available for sale at the bar and you can bring them into the theater.
Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Avenue, at North 11th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p; $15 raffle ticket included
21 and over 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Maim That Tune: Striptease to the Worst Songs Ever
Put some wax in your ears and join Fancy Feast (Miss Coney Island 2016) for Maim That Tune, the burlesque show where performers will be stripping to their all time least favorite songs. Sadists and masochists alike will delight as the talent put their sanity on the line for your prurient entertainment. Will your least favorite song make an appearance? See if this sold-out sensation finally stumps the go-go dancers and don't worry, we stocked the bar. Cast: Trixie Little, Bastard Keith, Sapphire Jones, Qualms Galore, Little Brooklyn, Tiger Bay, VooDoo Onyx, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Gal Friday, Minx Arcana, Zoe Ziegfeld, Zaza Zandra, and Fancy Feast.
Coney Island Sideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $15
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Greed Play
Greed Play is a site-specific and immersive trashy pop-up promenade style theatre experience that aims to shock, inspire, entertain, (turn on), and unify (and maybe piss some people off) based around the theme of corporate greed. At different locations all over Wall Street and the financial district we will have different microplays tackling this topic. It's sure to be political, ridiculous, and a whole lot of fun.
Zuccoti Park
Broadway and Liberty Street, Manhattan
2-3p showtimes, 4-5p; $free, bring singles to tip your actors
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Future Tropical Party
An Afro-Latin dance party with live music, with Combo Chimbita, Sister Mantos, and Lincka, and DJ Little Dynasty of Names You Can Trust spinning late-night tropical and Afro-Latin jams.
Address given to ticket-holders on the day of the party, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue station
8p; $7 early bird tickets, $10 door
21 and over
Brunch Gozon
Brunch Gozón is back, with Chef Luis Herrera Di Prisco with the Venezuelan dream food. Cachapas, empanadas, cachitos de jamon, ceviches, and desayuno criollo, with DJ Riobamba, DJ Bembona, Talacha, Selecta K7, DJ Rata, Uproot Andy, Teleseen, Javier Roa, and visuals by Dvj Exit.
395 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn
noon-7p; $free, a percentage of the food proceeds will be donated to Comparte Por Una Vida, a charity that feeds children in Venezuelan hospitals, schools, and shelters
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
My Love for Bread
I am producing a new comedy show series, a showcase hosted by comedian Sam Morrison. The essential premise of the show, aside from being chock-full of bread-themed jokes and puns, is that each audience table will receive a few pieces of bread or bread basket at the start of the show. If they particularly like a joke, they will raise their bread in the air, and the comedian performing will have to approach that audience member and eat their piece of bread, while at the same time finishing their set. We will also provide the comedians with water, because we are not heartless.
Broadway Comedy Club
318 West 53rd Street, Manhattan
7p; $free with two-drink minimum
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Clowns Without Borders
The Muse Brooklyn and Clowns Without Borders come together for a night of fun, laughter, and celebration. At the Clowns Without Borders Benefit Showcase, witness spectacular feats performed by The Muse acrobats, jugglers and aerialists. Experience the silly, heart-warming charm of the CWB clowns. The show will also include a hilarious solo performance by Hilary Chaplain, and a TED talk by Molly Levine about the importance of laughter in CWB relief work. The show is kid-friendly, but not exclusively kid-focused.
The Muse
350 Moffat Street, between Knickerbocker and Irving, Brooklyn
L train to Wilson Avenue station
7:30p doors, 8p show; $5-25
The Bumps
A benefit reading to support Planned Parenthood. By Rachel Kauder Nalebuff. Featuring Jessica Luck, Taifa Harris, Jennifer Blood, and Eric Clem. The Bumps is a performance about waiting for the unknown, made for a cast of pregnant actors. The piece follows the story of three pregnant strangers all waiting for an infomercial audition. It asks: What does how we wait reveal about who we are? What do we inherit from our parents? And why do people give unsolicited health tips? Interwoven throughout the play in atmospheric interludes, actors reflect on their present experiences.
22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
7:30p; $25 with code FFBUMPS, all proceeds support Planned Parenthood
Continues TUESDAY
***** Also on MONDAY *****
House of Kava Open Mic
House of Kava in Bushwick has recently started hosting a weekly showcase and open mic for musicians, poets, comedians, and more in a cozy space filled with good vibes. Performers who are interested in securing a 20-minute set can email, but anyone who shows up is welcome to play. All performers get two kava or kratom drinks free.
House of Kava
238 Central Avenue, Brooklyn
8p-late; $free
***** Also on MONDAY *****
AdHoc presents:
Sound of Ceres Residency
My puppets are opening for a real band called Sound of Ceres, who have a fantastic laser light show. But first, Poof the Band will beguile you with our puppet abstractions.
140 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station or M train to Central station
8:30p; $8
Continues MONDAYS in August
***** Also on MONDAY *****
I Have a Crazy Idea From the Future: The Variety Show
Come see the best acts From the Future. We've got utopias, dystopias, God, poetry, an iBabe, a space-age rapper and even a home made time travel machine. Featuring neo-burlesque artist Melody Jane, comedian Brooke Arnold, musician DJ Freeze Frame, storytellers Gail Thomas and Mike Cho, co-hosts Ember Flame, Kevin Scott, and Jeff Rose.
Branded Saloon
603 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $5 suggested location, with a two-drink or food purchase
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Karaoke BB: An Apocalyptic Karaoke Dance Party
Here we are, the inevitable dreaded Mondays. The world is literally crumbling and as I attempt to cling onto my most recent lackluster Tinder tryst in preparation for the end of the world, I can't even get a text back. V. typical.
Perhaps collectively through a roll of the hips and a primal scream into a microphone, we'll all be more well-equipped for what other nonsense the week has in store for us. Maybe you'll meet a QT at the bar and sing a Heart duet. Maybe you'll Instagram Live a rousing rendition of Alanis Morissette's You Oughta Know.
DJ Juliet of the Spirits will keep your body moving all night with banging tunes from blog house to disco, while self-proclaimed karaoke jester Anthony Obvi keeps the night rolling with karaoke performances throughout the night. Expect some rousing renditions of everything from Sarah McLachlan and Hole to Missy Elliott and t.A.T.u. on this neon blue Monday.
2 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn
8p-midnight; $free
Silo's Message Ceremony
With two simple and brief meditations we'll try to connect with our internal energy and ask for our loved ones. From 7 to 8p we'll gather next to Gandhi sculpture in Union Square Park to share this spiritual experience.
Union Square Park
14th Street and University, next to Gandhi Statue, Manhattan
7-8p; $free
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Fun in the 21st Century With_____
Katy Albert, Richard Album, Elena Rose Lighght, Lorene Bouboushian, and Hannah Kallenbach. One-night only extravaganza of performance art, dance, music, video, mess, sounds, and surprises.
Vital Joint
109 Meserole Street (not Avenue), Brooklyn
8p; $10, no BYOB
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Lot 45 Bushwick and House of Darker present:
Tableaux: Art Salon and Kinky Mixer
August's theme is bondage and there is no better person to demonstrate that passion than Troy Orleans. Ms. Orleans is a supremely divine dominant who specializes in serious bondage and sensational corporal play. She will give two models the pleasure of her attentions and you get the pleasure of watching her work her magic.
Left your pens at home? Don’t fret, quills and parchment are available for sale. Don't draw? Join our writing exercise, lead by Jack Stratton (of,) or simply take in the vibe and meet like-minded people.
Lot 45 Bushwick
411 Troutman Street, Brooklyn
7p-midnight; $free, donations gratefully accepted
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
The Fuck You Revue presents:
It's Leo season and the Fuck You Revue is feeling positively feral. From Egyptian cat-headed goddess Bastet to DC supervillain Catwoman, the trope of the anthropomorphic sexy cat is here to stay, and we're trying to figure out why. Come watch an astonishing lineup of burlesque virtuosos as they present acts on the feline side -- if you're lucky, we won't knock over your water glass.
Featuring Darlinda Just Darlinda, Fancy Feast, Faux Pas le Fae, Fem Appeal, Mr. Rawunchy, Nasty Canasta, Peekaboo Pointe, Sarah Tonin, Ula Uberbusen, and Zoe Ziegfeld, plus DJ Fresh Prince of Darkness, and Qualms Galore at the door. This month's show is a special collaboration with Sarah Tonin, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood.
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
J,M,Z trains to Myrtle station
9p doors, 9:30p show; $10 suggested
Eclipsa-Pocalypse! With Sparkle Pirates (On the Fritz)
Come as a sparkle pirate and get choice of chocolate, spanking, or unlimited praise (for 60 seconds). Avast ye matie! Has being a pirate seemed like an appropriate response to a social situation, your personal life, or the political moment? And yet harsh somehow? What about sparkles? Yes that's it. The meeting of sequins and pirates, fishnets and fishhead boas takes place under an expectation of eclipse. Not an actual eclipse? An actual apocalypse? You decide.
Take two parts performance art, one part interactive experience, with a dose of musical medley, a sprinkle of spontaneous collaboration, and a dagger in the back and you've got On the Fritz: Sparkle Pirates of the Eclipsa-pocalypse.
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
9p doors, 9:30p show; $10 suggested donation (for flavor and personal power)
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
The Sex Myth: A Devised Play
What do you believe to be true about sex? Where do those beliefs come from? Based on the nonfiction book of the same name written by feminist journalist Rachel Hills, the Sex Myth: A Devised Play blends personal monologues with collaboratively-created vignettes to challenge and redefine perceptions of what is normal when it comes to sex, relationships, and self-identity. Cast share their own real-life experiences and perform their own truths, exploring subject matter including slut-shaming, self-image, sexual abuse, transphobia, and coming out.
The result is a unique, personal, and shockingly original performance, in which audience members witness brave individuals sharing their own stories about sex in all its messy, funny, daring, mundane, violent, vicious, and loving glory. Critically engaged, culturally inclusive, and consciousness-raising, The Sex Myth: A Devised Play is a bold and fearless production that is changing the way men and women think about sex and highlighting the undeniable intersection between the personal and the political.
145 6th Avenue, enter at Dominick Street, one block south of Spring, Manhattan
8:30-10:30pm; $35
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Storytelling Show
New York is the best city in the world, but sometimes awesome things happen elsewhere. Some of the city's best storytellers come together and share true tales of adventures in other places. Featuring Merrill Davis, Greg DeLucia, Colleen Hindsley, and Justin Herman. Hosted by Andre Medrano.
PIT Loft
154 West 29th Street, second floor, Manhattan
9:30p; $7
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Secret Loft Concert Series: Poetry/Live Reading Night
A showcase of poets and writers at Secret Loft. Grab a seat on a comfy padded bench or sprawl out on the Persian rug and enjoy an easy evening of poetry, live readings, and spoken word. Selected Readings by Stephanie Valente, Monica Lewis, Bob Raymonda, Olivia Luisa Mardwig, Stephen Langlois, and Dallas Athent.
Secret Loft
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue station
7:30p; $5 early bird tickets, $8 regular
21 and over
Ignite Two-Year Anniversary: Ring the Alarm
Ignite is the longest-running fire variety show running in NYC. In fact it's the only monthly fire variety show in NYC. We are having our two-year anniversary bash and we would love for you to be there. We are featuring a wide variety of Fire styles that exist in NYC from fire burlesque, to fire hip hop dance, to fire drag and some fire witchcraft. Expect rituals, darkness, light, beauty, and maybe some humor. Help us celebrate our second year of flaming success at one of our favorite venues, Bizarre.
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
9p doors, 10p show; $10 suggested, however you can pay as much as you want, and no one gets turned away
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Lot 45 Bushwick presents:
Open Decks Brooklyn: Sunset Series
Think open mic meets your friend's houseparty jam sesh meets that surprise guest b2b set at afters. Yeah, it's gonna be like that.... Come through Lot45 to sign up t hit the decks on our quality equipment, or hear the newest of new talent that Bushwick has to offer.
Lot 45 Bushwick
411 Troutman Street, Brooklyn
7p-2a; $free
A Ribbon About a Bomb.
Wander with Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, and Leonora Carrington through the abandoned halls of a mansion on Governors Island. Audiences will cycle and muse, as often the artists did in life, on the duality of humanity, womanhood, and art. The captivating, sometimes terrifying, work of these three women intertwine, as each attempts to shape their own reality in the face of systematic oppression and entrenched social hierarchies. 
This inter-disciplinary immersive piece is directed by Tess Howsam and written by a diverse team of 10 playwrights. The play will feature collaborations with composer KG Garligton, installation artist Mila Villasana, and fashion partner 19th Amendment.
House 407B, Colonels Row, Governors Island
3p; $?
* Summer Love, August 19
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***** 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.
***** SPACES *****
* Rubulad has a soundproof shipping container suitable for band rehearsal room/workshop/office space/art studio available. Large and wonderful walled garden. On-site gallery, bathroom, kitchen, barbecue. Comes with wi-fi, window, A/C. 10 by 20 (200 square foot), $700 per month covers all bills. Sharing OK. Convenient Bushwick location between the Morgan and Jefferson L stops. Contact chris]at] for more info.
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]
***** Tissue Reprogramming *****
"Researchers have developed a portable, thumbnail-sized silicon chip that can, in a fraction of a second, reprogram skin cells so that they transform into just about any other cell type in the body. “We didn’t just make vasculogenic cells, we made hundreds of functioning blood vessels. We are proposing the use of skin as an agricultural land where you can essentially grow any cell of interest.”
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 San Francisco. New Yorker in her 30s on San Francisco's wide sidewalks:
-- "I like that when I come to California I always can walk in a straight line."
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 *****
Tarot Every Witch Way: Food
One of the most beautiful and intriguing things about the tarot is that it can be interpreted and experienced in an infinite number of ways. There are foods, oils, herbs, music, crystals, and more that can be used to help you better understand the cards.
Join me for this series of workshops where we examine tarot every "witch way." Take one or all the classes as we dive into the depths of an ancient medium where few have truly tread. This workshop will give an in depth culinary exploration of the major arcana cards and their corresponding foods. Learn how to better understand the cards through recipes and tastings. We will sample Fool's Deviled Eggs to help with beginnings, endings and transitions in our lives. A sensual chocolate dessert to explore the Strength/Lust card will also be served, and much more will be discovered as we fully taste the rainbow of delight the Tarot has to offer.
Tarot Society
4 Charles Place, Brooklyn
4-6p; $20
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Butoh as Ghostly Practice
Monthly Butoh teaching residency at The Living Gallery, led by Jacquelyn Marie Shannon. All levels welcome, no dance or theatre training necessary. Space is limited.
Living Gallery
1094 Broadway, Brooklyn
10a-1p; $20
Registration required
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
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
2-4p; $free
Tarot for Creativity
This class is designed to help artists of all types find their own secret passageways past their inner critic and creative blocks, by tapping into their intuition and well of creative energy. Tarot helps us connect with archetypes and collective memory, and bring that into the present moment. It also helps us translate our own subconscious desires into words and images, and trust that our ideas are worthy of expression.
My goal for this class is to give you practical tools to connect with your own creative power, using your tarot deck. Because really owning your creativity and personal power is important for happiness and making the world a better place. All types of creators, with all levels of tarot experience, are welcome.
New Women Space
188 Woodpoint Road, 1A, Brooklyn
7-9p; $25
Individual and Community Self-Defense Workshop
As part of the current Take Back the Fight: Resisting Sexual Violence from the Ground Up exhibition, the Interference Archive is partnering with the Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) to host a Peer Educator Self-Defense Workshop.
Youth Peer Educators from CAE will lead an exciting and participatory self defense workshop. In this workshop, participants will learn how to protect themselves using physical self defense techniques, the power of their voice, and engaging in activism. This workshop is open to girls, transyouth, women, and LGBTQ identified folks and is limited to 20 participants.
Interference Archive
August 19, 1-3p; $free
RSVP: info]at]
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
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.
100 Gold Street, third floor, Manhattan
August 22, 5:30-7:30p; $free
Small Business Workshop
Businesses that are certified as Minority / Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) have priority when selling their products and services to the city, state, and federal governments.
If you are a business owner and would like to learn about the benefits and process for achieving the M/WBE certification, then this is the course for you. Businesses must be in operation for at least one year to qualify for certification. Sole proprietors (freelancers) are eligible. You do not have to be incorporated to get the certification.
Brooklyn Cooperative
834 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn
August 30, 5-8p; $free
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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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