nonsense: 10.13 to 10.19

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Subject: nonsense: 10.13 to 10.19
Date: October 13th 2017
Friday, October 13
* Honk Harlem, Manhattan
* Art in Odd Places 2017: Sense, Manhattan
* Friday the 13th Spectacular: Experimental and Alt-Electronic Music, Brooklyn
* Friday the 13th Party, Brooklyn
* Burning Doors, Manhattan
* Spooky Action Play Readings, Edition No. 5: Bender and Brian, Brooklyn
Saturday, October 14
* Brasstastic Blow Out, Brooklyn
* 7 Exercises in Practical Utopia
* Chashama's Annual Open Studios, Brooklyn
* Vampire Living Installation, Brooklyn
* Church Night, Brooklyn
* Castaways Casino Club, Brooklyn
* ETR Sessions, Manhattan
* Agitate: 15 Years of Poetic Action, Manhattan
* New York Train Party, Brooklyn
* Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, Brooklyn
* ABC No Rio in Exile: Matinee in Exile, Brooklyn
Sunday, October 15
* 7Songwriters: Witchy Women, Manhattan
* Relief Para Mexico Y Puerto Rico, Brooklyn
* Street Art Bike Ride, Brooklyn
* Balkan Brass Party, Brooklyn
* Fire Organ: Soundscapes, Brooklyn
Monday, October 16
* Prozac Cats Play the Classics, Brooklyn
* Fall Residency Showcase, Manhattan
* How to Write a Book: The Play, Manhattan
Wednesday, October 18
* On the Fritz: Is It That Kind of Dungeon? Brooklyn
* Bring Your Own Film, Brooklyn
* Performance of the Week, Manhattan
* We've Been Here Before, Manhattan
* Tale: NYC's Finest Storytelling, Manhattan
Thursday, October 19
* Carousel, Manhattan
* Swordraiser: Emo Storytime, Brooklyn
* Warper Party, Queens
* Ketamine: The Musical, Brooklyn
* Halloween
* ArtCondo
* DoD and HUD Lost $21 Trillion
* Dementia Americana
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Honk Harlem
Honk NYC moves uptown to Harlem for a night at Shrine World Music Venue, where regulars love the fest. Look for HONK parading down 125th Street before the show. Featuring Damas de Ferro and New Creations Brass Band.
Shrine World Music Venue
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, at 7th Avenue, Manhattan
9:30p-midnight; $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Art in Odd Places 2017: Sense
Art in Odd Places (AiOP) presents visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces. AiOP also produces an annual festival along 14th Street in Manhattan, NYC, from Avenue C to the Hudson River each October.
Art in Odd Places aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas. Continues through SUNDAY.
Check website for complete listings.:
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Friday the 13th Spectacular: Experimental and Alt-Electronic Music
A night of experimental, electronica, and captivating art.
Terra Firma
119 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn
7p doors; $7
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Friday the 13th Party
A pre-Halloween party brought by the Clown Prince and Stay Tropical. This lineup is seriously spooky: The Clown Prince, Banginclude, Who's John, Vermilion Bird, Cheez Grater, and N8tronik.
The Keep NYC
205 Cypress Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $5 cover
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Burning Doors
Belarus Free Theatre combines forces with Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, who makes her New York stage debut, in a searing performance on how art persists under oppression. Through the prism of persecuted artists who will not be silenced, Burning Doors reveals how artists living under dictatorship illuminate the knife-edge of complacency in democratic societies reminding us of the true cost of freedom and dangers of inertia.
LaMaMa Theatre
66 East 4th Street, Manhattan
8p; $30
Continues SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS through October 22
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Spooky Action Play Readings, Edition No. 5: Bender and Brian
Not many know the true story of Bender and Brian. Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall were not the first actors cast in John Hughes’ iconic movie the Breakfast Club. Initially, two other actors played the roles, but were fired after an altercation that occurred while filming the scene when they go to take their jackets off at the same time. This pivotal day was, well, pivotal for our original Bender and Brian, as they went on to live their lives together. This is their story. By Trish Harnetiaux. Directed by Knud Adams. With Ikechukwu Ufomadu and Jacob A. Ware.
Uncanny Valley
147 Manhattan Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn
8p; $?
Rubulad and Honk NYC proudly present:
Brasstastic Blow Out
Honk NYC descends upon Bushwick for an evening of bombastic, brasstastic revelry with our friends at Rubulad. Hosted by special guest Sxip Shirey. Featuring performances by Raya Brass Band, Funkrust Brass BandNation Beat, Plezi Rara, and Damas de Ferro (from Brazil). With your DJs: Ryan Midnight and Baby K. Plus projections by the Sperm Whale NYC, Immersive Crafting, and photo booth by Adrian Buckmaster.
RSVP for location, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9:30p show; $12 advance, $15 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
7 Exercises in Practical Utopia
A collaboration between Culture Push and Helsinki/Berlin-based YKON, 7 Exercises in Practical Utopia is a week-long series of events that create and discover practical utopias in New York City.
7 Exercises in Practical Utopia is an invitation to practice utopian thinking and acting in everyday life. Practical Utopia--the first practical steps towards large-scale changes to society, right here and now, with YKON and the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice.
Each day Fellows from Culture Push’s Fellowship for Utopian Practice will provide participants with a set of questions that will challenge their preconceived notions of reality and allow them to bump up against new forms of thinking and doing. Each evening participants are invited to join YKON and Culture Push organizers to discuss the day’s happenings and debrief at a random bar.
Check website for times and locations:
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Chashama's Annual Open Studios
The Chashama Space to Create artists open their studios to the public. We invite you to explore incredible new work in 70-plus studios, and experience the rich history of the Brooklyn Army Terminal during Open House New York.
The Brooklyn Army Terminal
140 58th Street, Building A (third floor unit J) and Building B (fourth floor unit I), Brooklyn
noon-5p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Vampire Living Installation
The Living installation invites you to Michael Alan's private studio, the Imaginitarium, for a night of creativity. A Living Installation performance. Michael Alan transforms performers into animated sculpture, wacky and fun, live art all night. Over 3000 artworks to view. Weekly movies projected. Vinyl selections of indie music playing all night. Free coffee all night. Blacklight meditation. Tonight: A female performer's take on the cult classic Vampire. A pleasantly funny dark look into the surreal. Performed by Jadda Cat. Art direction by Michael Alan.
Vampira is dripping blood and joy. Her face dripping carnage, her robes splattered, and her hands distorted, as she leads you into her world where you are digested into a world of meditative art. Watch Michael Alan create live sculptures all night.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
7-9p and 9-11p installation, 11p-midnight blacklight meditiation; $20
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Church Night
Hallelujah. The church service that services you is back in Brooklyn. Spread open your heart and let the Lord come inside you for an unforgettable night sure to leave you feeling super fucking #blessed. Guest ministers: Inspirational speaking by Rob Cantrell, children's comedy by Aparna Nancherla, and Witness to Faith with Stockholm Filly.
Cobra Club
6 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson Station
9p doors, 9:30p service; $10 suggested donation
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Gemini and Scorpio invite you to:
Castaways Casino Club
Calling all faux millionaires to litter their gold coin at our illicit gambling establishment far offshore on the banks of Gowanus: the only public invite to our new secret membership group and official afterparty for Lost Bridge Exchange Night Market.
A secret casino lounge with groovy soundtrack by Telecommand playing sophisticated grooves for the suited and booted. DJ Dirtyfinger keeps your booty bouncing late into the night. Tiki specials and cheap beer at the bar.
For participants who desire an odd mission and a bit of added revelry, maps will be provided to send you on an artistic neighborhood scavenger hunt brought to you by Lost Bridge Exchange. All odd missions end with a return to the Loft for continuation of festivities.
The casino club will feature blackjack, roulette and the star attraction of the night: Texas hold'em tournament, played at 10p, 11p, and midnight for a prize. For non-tourney games, a member credit system will let you use your winnings for future party entry, drinks.
Dress code: Come as your truest self. Funky party-wear, 1960s Polynesian kitsch, faux fancy, vintage lounge, sparkly cocktail, or other non-sloppy attire requested. No elaborate costumes or evening wear required, but we'll love you more if you put in more effort.
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, Brooklyn
9p-late; $10-20 sliding scale donation
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
ETR Sessions
ETR Sessions is a monthly live music showcase that bring together three bands for a live recording sessions and intimate concert experience where guests can meet the bands that make the city pulse.  Think of it as your live discover weekly playlist on Spotify but in real life. Once a month we highly curate three of our favorite bands in the city. With the Flowdown, the Grand Affair, and Adam Melchor.
21A Clinton Street, Manhattan
8-11p; $15
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Agitate: 15 Years of Poetic Action
Can poetry change the world? Does art really matter? Ask the artists of Poetic People Power, and they’ll show you how their work has led to action. Poets: Tara Bracco, Erica R. DeLaRosa, Philippe Garcesto, Karla Jackson-Brewer, Sugar Johnson, Shetal Shah, and Natalia Vargas-Caba.
This anniversary show presents the creative work, stories, and positive change that have resulted from this poetic community. In a time when funding for the arts is threatened and the value of art is questioned, Poetic People Power demonstrates that art can inspire, educate, and encourage people to make meaningful change.
Founded by writer Tara Bracco in 2003, this NYC-based project has been using the expressive art of poetry to present timely shows on topics such as climate change, universal health care, the global water crisis, income inequality, time poverty, and gentrification. For 15 consecutive years, Poetic People Power has creatively explored social and political topics, offering insight and solutions to issues that affect our everyday lives. 
Helen Mills Theater
139 West 26th Street, Manhattan
7p; $15 online at, $10 students, $20 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
New York Train Party
Dance party with one of Secret Project Robot's oldest DJ Friends: the one and only Jonathon Toubin.
Polyglot Discotheque with Jonathan Toubin and Josh Styles.
Secret Project Roboot
1186 Broadway, Brooklyn
10p; $?
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Music by Gorgon City, Green Velvet, Matthew Dear, Tensnake, Jimmy Edgar, Riva Starr, D Double E, Harvard Bass, Kill Frenzy, J-Cush, DAJAE, and Joe Pompeo.
121 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $35
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
ABC No Rio in Exile: Matinee in Exile
Saturday Matinee at Silent Barn with Out Live Death, Silence Equals Death, the Broken, and Servant.
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
2-6p; $7-12 sliding scale
7Songwriters: Witchy Women
Witchiness is the darkest form of charisma. Join 7S for an evening of new cross-genre musical theatre and art song by female composers with ferocious charm.
7S: Seven Songwriters is a concert series that showcases composers and songwriters of cross-genre: musical theater, jazz, classical art song, pop, rock, experimental - multidisciplinary musicians whose work in-between genres defies definition or any one label. These are melodies in search of an ear, hidden gems slipped through the crack; new poetry, words, and lyrics set for the voice.
Whitman and Bloom
384 3rd Avenue, Manhattan
5:30p food and drinks, 6:30p show; $12 with code nonsense
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Relief Para Mexico Y Puerto Rico
Sounds by Adair, Cisnegros, Gemini Holiday, HD, Hotwiddit, Nire, The Large, Vermillion Bird, and Spotify Premium. Hosted by F. Virtue and María María.
Secret Project Robot Art Space
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
4-8p; $10 minimum donation, 100 percent door and 10 percent bar benefits Center for Popular Democracy's Hurricane Maria Community Fund
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Street Art Bike Ride
Our gallery is on the streets, and we want to share it, pointing out famous and hidden spots throughout the city. We'll be covering the Williamsburg and Bushwick neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Tour includes NYC highlights, history and social implications of street art.
99 South 6th Street, Brooklyn
noon-2:30p; $?
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Balkan Brass Party
Join us on the dance floor for a Balkan brass party with Veveritse Brass Band.
Starr Bar
214 Starr Street, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson Street station
7:30-9:30p; $5-10 sliding scale -- no one turned away
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Fire Organ: Soundscapes
Music, fire, science, and spectacle. The many-headed hydra of flame tubes arrives at National Sawdust on October 15 for a spectacular showcase of sound and fire. Multisensory artists Ziemba, P. Spadine, and Levy Lorenzo perform new works designed to reveal the interconnectedness between music and the physical nature of sound.
Designed and built by Guerilla Science, the Fire Organ is the ultimate analog sound visualizer. Using any kind of sound input -- from voices to acoustic instruments to electronics -- the Fire Organ creates new ways of understanding and experiencing music by revealing the shape and motion of sound waves through a dance of flames.
This performance is the culmination of months of work each artist has spent exploring the custom-built Fire Organ. Ziemba (aka René Kladzyk), known for her otherworldly songs, will sonically activate flames and fragrant scents in a thoroughly synesthetic performance. Spadine, leader of Ashcan Orchestra, works with a passel of literal bells and whistles as well as homemade electronics, developing new methods for flames to drive sounds while sounds in turn drive flames. Percussionist and electronics visionary Lorenzo explores provocative and new ways for humans to use their bodies to make sound, seeing its sonic effects reflected in the fire.
National Sawdust
80 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $29
Woke Inc presents:
Prozac Cats Play the Classics
Featuring music from Jordan Dillard, Tinger Foes, Bunny Hoover, City Dogs, Been Stellar, and I Hate It Here. Poetry from Nichole Rosenthal and Samantha Singh. And a short film by Hyunseung Hahn.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Fall Residency Showcase
Con Artist Collective is proud to present of group exhibition of new work from our 2017 Fall Residency. Hand-picked for exceptional in their respective mediums, this show of rising art stars is not to be missed. Featuring: Seunghwui Koo, Michelle Kim, Joe Arnold, BriAnna Olson, and AnnaLeena Prykäri.
Con Artist Collective and Gallery
119 Ludlow Street, Manhattan
7-11p; $free
646 504 2323
***** Also on MONDAY *****
How to Write a Book: The Play
Emily Dickinson. William Shakespeare. Ernest Hemingway. All Dead...and therefore, not great writing teachers. Today you'll be learning from two amazing writers with the guts to actually be alive. Colin O'Brien is a master of both the Self Help and Self-Harm genres. Michael Wolf is a pioneer in the erotic non-fiction genre. These two literary powerhouses will be your writing instructors for the evening and help you to become the writer you think you might be - but so far haven't shown any signs of becoming. Simply put, these two lords of the words are going to teach you how to finish your shitty novel in 30 minutes, you idiot. Part seminar. Part Broadway play. How to Write a Book: The Play is all the drama you can handle packed into one tragic comedy.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Chelsea
307 West 26th Street, Manhattan
8p; $?
On the Fritz: Is It That Kind of Dungeon?
Have you ever crouched over a table and rolled dice late into the night?
Have you ever worn a black trenchcoat on a summer day?
Have you ever ordered mead instead of beer?
Yes? No! Does it matter?
We can too!
This is (y)our night!
Now everything matters as we enter the realm of fantasy roleplaying!
Old school nerdcore game of the 80s gets a disco remix in an interactive production of Dungeons and Dragons Now with Disco Remix.
It's a story that develops on stage where the audience determines the actions of the character
and the dice decide the outcome.
Be a player: Sit with a small group of people and together dictate your characters actions in response to an unfolding story. Say "I break the door down and kick over the table upending the goblins card game" or "I take the elf's potion and drink it then sneak around the goblins." or "I join the goblins, doubling the pot." Then see what happens with a roll of the dice. Will the goblins eat you or join you after an impressive hand?
Be a character: Act out what your table of players wishes you to do. Add your own flair and personality. Wear a costume of your own devising or one chosen for you by the audience.
Be a monster: The heroes need challengers and morality needs relativistic critiques and that's you. In gory form. I'll be your guide for the night. Your master story-maker as it were. Your kinked out dungeon master if you like.
Sequins are armor, capes are cool, prizes for best elf ears and orc noses, cast spells, strut with swords, pose with bows, dodge blows, seduce villains, or just hoot cheer and axe for more. That's enough, you say? Too late. Dance combat. It's everything you ever wanted from a dungeon and a strange story-making night all in one. Plus disco -- I mean burlesque.
Night kicks off with new wave glitch band Analog Spaceman. And features appropriately inappropriate performances by a variety of players including two burlesque dancers (Cherrie Sprite, Scarlet Cerise), the prime villain by a local horror flimmaker (Kevin Davis), meta commentary in musical form (from Stephanie Guedalia and Mystic Jem), chocolate blood and balletic dance throes (Megan Sipe), human notepad (Mitchell Murdock) and a roller skating fairy (Miu Soda) more with narrative remastering by your host, me, Fritz Donnelly.
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
9p doors, 9:30p show; $10 suggested donation
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Bring Your Own Film
A monthly film and video open mic screening where filmmakers and artists working in moving images can bring in finished pieces or works in progress. It's a friendly and informal space where people share and talk about each other's work.
Please join us to drink cheap beer, meet new people, and watch some cool film and video projects. If you have a project you'd like to share, bring it. And it's October so spooky stories are highly encouraged. First come first served, no need to contact us ahead of time, just show up with your film and we'll play it. Any film, any digital format, 10 minutes or under.
Shoestring Press
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p screening; $?
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Performance of the Week
Hi. I was a sailor. It was Fleet Week. We docked in New York City. When my ship left, I stayed. Now what do I do? This. Performance of the Week is a performance series by Nate Hill (Trophy Scarves, Death Bear, White Power Milk) that takes place underground in the subway. For Week 1, you are invited to make loops on the subway at Brooklyn Bridge City Hall until you fall asleep and begin Week 2.
Instructions: Look for the sailor on the Brooklyn Bridge City Hall downtown 6 platform, Manhattan
10p-midnight; $free
Continues THURSDAY
Text 347 742 2293
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
We've Been Here Before
Have you ever asked yourself what you would wear to the apocalypse? What crudite does one serve at armageddon? What would you do with your final days as the world starts to burn down around you? The answer is: pretty much what you’re doing right now.
Join us for a sublime evening of fuckery and song as we shout ineffectively into the void, and rise to the call of the great cultural luminary Britney Spears, who once said, Keep on dancing til the world ends. Also circus but who the fuck cares. Whatever, we’ve been here before. Performed and created by Elena Delgado and Eric Schmalenberger. With additional genius from Michael Cavadias, Darlinda Just Darlinda, and Dana Abrassart.
Secret Loft
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue station
7:30p doors, 8p show; $10 early, $15 the week of the show
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Tale: NYC's Finest Storytelling
The legendary Tale returns with NYC’s finest storytelling. No hokey gimmicks. No dumb themes -- just the best in NYC’s pro-storytelling. And we have one hell of a goddamn (note swearing) fine lineup. With DC Benny, Lucie Pohl, Harmon Leon, Nathaniel Bates, and Colleen Hindsley. Music: Mary-Elaine Jenkins. Come out and see the best in NYC storytelling.
Red Room above KGB Bar 
85 East 4th Street, Manhattan
9:30p; $7
Dixon Place presents:
Comics Performances and Picture Shows, Hosted by R. Sikoryak. Live readings and projected presentations of graphic novels, gag cartoons, and other visual art. Plus live music and live drawing, too. Featuring Nick Abadzis, Kevin Colden, Katie Fricas, Miss Lasko-Gross, Doug Skinner, and M. Sweeney Lawless.
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey, Manhattan
7:30p; $15 advance, $18 door, $12 students
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Swordraiser: Emo Storytime
Gather round weary hearts for a tale of fantasy, woe, costumes, drinking, friends, and performance. Lose your ennui seeing live performance by LoM, directed by Jim Neisen (Irondale). Be the best worst in the Cards Against Humanity Tournament and wipe your bedtime tears away by winning the coveted trophy sword. Score local BK treats in the party-long raffle. Treat your tender, unappreciated souls to late night beats with DJNK. Maybe tomorrow will be darker than today, but let’s let our weary hearts fall in love with life, if only for this one night. Costumes encouraged.
The G and S Loft
RSVP for address, Gowanus, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $free with RSVP, $10 door
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Warper Party
East swaps west as Shakey hits the west coast and Moldover heads east to play Warper. Come out and see the other original co-founder of Warper Party and Godfather of Controllerism. The Warper Party is the largest showcase of electronic art and music in NYC. Two floors of omnidigital art and music.
Oom soundsystem by Stampede Sound. Performances by 7 Billion Hera, Alluxe, Rubycon. Creative apocalypse, redgreenblue, Denada, Blak Blondz, Infinite Kissin’, Nick Kent, Permian Strata, VJ N8TRONICK, Ghost Stories, melton, 81Neutronz, Moldover, jonakoh, MegManMusic, Nukage, Defpotec, VJ DoctorMojo, and Kelly Xi.
The Keep
205 Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
L train to Jefferson Station
8p-2a; $free
21 and over
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Ketamine: The Musical
A free-floating cabaret of fantastic disconnection. The most famous show from the House of Yes. Luminous powder cascades endlessly from airborne altitudes. Intoxicated cupcakes catapult into ecstatic dance before your captivated vision, their faces asparkle over sprawling collars of frosting. Human hearts made of humans with hearts hang in the darkness and heave and throb, as shadow-figures attempt to copulate with catatonic audience members. Items of household furniture rise from their places in ballet-like ascensions. Loquacious persons in colorful pajamas discourse equivocally on issues of mortality.
Pleasure stretches beyond its limit and juts out into pain, like a herniated disc in the abdominal wall of consciousness. From the ruptured threshold, zombies emerge. Time and space contract into a pulsating sphincter, and you’re drawn toward the hole as by an irresistible suction.
This is Ketamine the Musical, a spectacle born amidst vibrating trees and empathy piled on top of damp, fresh-cut grass. You will not be able to unsee, unhear or unfeel the things that you will see, hear and feel. Profound and numbing, time will stand still as circus, dance, balloons, horses, clowns, sugar and music, so much music swallow you whole. Enter the hole.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p show; $20-30
Continues FRIDAY and SATURDAY October 20-21
* Relationship Advice Booth, October 21-22
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***** SPACES *****
* ArtCondo, NYC, seeks artists. Calling all artists, writers, thinkers, dancers, and makers. ArtCondo is a new real estate initiative created to help NYC Creatives purchase raw commercial work-spaces and live/work lofts so they can remain in NYC. Its a project about the power of Collective Action. By coming together artists can gain access to needed real estate inventory, better prices, and unique creative community.  Each building will be a haven protecting creatives from future displacement, and connecting them to surrounding communities. See recent press and Sign up at to join mailing list.
***** MONEY *****
* Education is a basic right. Yet more than half of all U.S. public school students are from low-income families, and from Day 1 in school these children are more than a year behind their peers academically. We want to change this by not only sharing our fun, colorful PreK workbook on a Donate What You Can Basis, but by using this Kickstarter to raise funding to create an educational website full of free and shared quality, educational resources. Let us help you help others, and let's close the achievement gap together. Equality.Education
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]
***** DoD and HUD Lost $21 Trillion *****
"The report, which examined in great detail the budgets of both the DOD and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), found that between 1998 and 2015 these two departments alone lost over $21 trillion in taxpayer funds. The sum is enough to cover the entire U.S. national debt, which broke $20 trillion less than a month ago, and still have funds left over. What’s more, the actual amount of funds lost -- measured at $21 trillion -- is likely to be much higher, as the researchers were unable to recover data for every year over the period, meaning the assessment is incomplete. Reuters noted that the Army "lacked the receipts and invoices to support those numbers [the adjustments] or simply made them up" in order to “create an illusion that its books are balanced."
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***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
DIY Fermentation
Fermentation is one of the oldest food processing methods used today. Beer, miso, sourdough, kefir, kimchi, and kombucha are all examples known for their pre- and pro-biotic benefits. Scientifically known as zymology (not to be confused with pickling), it is the conversion of carbohydrates into alcohols and carbon dioxide by yeast or bacteria.
In this workshop, we'll smell, taste, and make a few simple seasonal ferments. In particular, we'll be making ginger beet kvass for each participant to take home at the end of the session. Learn techniques for safely fermenting your favorite foods, and explore this delicious biological process that can easily be replicated at home. Suitable for beginners & more experienced fermenters.
140 32nd Street Suite 108, Brooklyn
11a-1p; $40
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Dementia Americana
While history cable series and infotainment documentaries make up a great deal of entertainment content, Americans don’t really have a good grasp of their own history. Historical memory is a tricky thing. Slight alterations of facts or context can greatly effect the perspective from which events are understood. The process of nation building requires the construction of national myths, but that also means a rewriting of history to fit contemporary needs.
As the world seems to veer to the political right and is awash in Fake News, Orwell’s dictum about control over history is terrifyingly prophetic. This Olio examines the process of the creation, annihilation, and resurrection of different elements of American history.
21 A Clinton Street, Manhattan
3p; $12
Ritual Cabaret
Diego Piñón gears his signature Body Ritual Movement workshop towards a site-specific performance aesthetic for the Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival in March 2018.
Over the last three years in affiliation with Coney Island USA, ICL and Diego have been developing a site-specific performance aesthetic we have defined as ritual cabaret.
In preparation for the 3-day Coney Island festival on the weekend of March 24 next year, Diego has organized and will guide this workshop on the Coney Island USA mainstage. This groundwork exploration is also a search for committed festival ensemble members.
Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
October 21-22, 12-7p; $113-$240
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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.

we like rock bands and experimental musicians and arty films and galleries and museums and big street festivals, but we can find information about all of those things in other places. we generally will not list these kind of things on their own. that leaves that other stuff, the stuff that has no name or a name that you feel really self-conscious saying out loud, like "underground."

we publish more or less once a week on fridays in easy digest format. if you sign up, the important thing to remember is that the nonsense nyc happens because of you. that means we rely on you to let us know what events you are organizing and what events you are attending. please keep us up to date and don't assume that we'll find out about something from someone else. our job is to gather, edit, organize, and filter; your's is to make interesting thing happen and let us know about them. (and we love you, and the other people on this list love you, for that effort.)

also, feel free to send us editorial comments. we certainly don't endorse every event on this list, nor do we attend all of them. that means it's nice to hear what you have to say. for instance, let us know if you had the best time of your life last weekend, or, conversely, if you felt like you were cheated out of $5 by some group that sounded good but turned out to be hippie drummers.

anyway, please enjoy this list and remember to do your part to make new york a better place to live.

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