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Date: November 17th 2017
Friday, November 17
* Us vs. Them, Brooklyn
* Contra Dance at Brooklyn Contra, featuring Brooklyn Swing Ensemble and Carl Levine, Brooklyn
* Matta Fact, Brooklyn
* White Chocolate: A Comedy Show, Manhattan
* OSSAM Gallery Cat and Dog in Art Exhibition, Brooklyn
* Darkroom 3, Brooklyn
* The Infinite Wrench, Manhattan
* Nerve Accid, Brooklyn
Saturday, November 18
* Ferment! Ferment! Brooklyn
* The Jumpsuit Jam, Manhattan
* Rubulad Proudly Presents: Cats in Space, Brooklyn
* Her Mermaid Debutante Ball, Manhattan
* Reading Rainbow Poetry Festival, Brooklyn
* Climate Time Capsule Ceremony, Manhattan
* Cartoon Carnival No. 61: Pig Out, Brooklyn
* Literati: A Comedy Show About the Greatest American Novels Never Written, Manhattan
* ABC No Rio in Exile Clothesline Benefit, Manhattan
* Drunk 24 Giving Thanks, Brooklyn
* Clay, Nihal, Abby, Jasen, Unjust, Manhattan
* Playing With Dolls, Brooklyn
* Garbage Prom, Brooklyn
Sunday, November 19
* Sofar Sounds’ Friendsgiving, Manhattan
Monday, November 20
* Azn Pop Live in Concert, Manhattan
Tuesday, November 21
* Peaksgiving: A Twin Peaks Night, Brooklyn
* The Puppeteer, Brooklyn
Wednesday, November 22
* Filthy Pony Variety Show, Brooklyn
* Rhythm of Afrika
Thursday, November 23
* Thanksgiving
* Loft stuff
* How to Immediately Disprove Russian Hacking
* On escalators
* Gender and Parenting
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Indelible Dance presents:
Us vs. Them
Competitive sports meets fine dance in this hilarious and beautiful new show from artistic director Robin Cantrell. Step into a converted Williamsburg warehouse and root for our gorgeous dancers as they battle through eight original choreographed dance pieces, each inspired by a different mode of athletic prowess. Running time is 60 minutes, including a halftime show and artisanal versions of concession stand food.
The Indelible Dome
185 Wythe Avenue, on North 4th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p; $20-25
Continues through SATURDAY, November 18
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Contra Dance at Brooklyn Contra, featuring Brooklyn Swing Ensemble and Carl Levine
Join us for a night of contra dancing with live music from Brooklyn Swing Ensemble. If swing dancing and square dancing met in a bar, you’d get contra. You’ll dance to live music with a partner, but bringing a partner is not necessary. Contra dancing is a great way to meet new people. There’s a lesson for new dancers at 7:30pm and the dance starts at 8.
Brooklyn Swing Ensemble brings their swing and spunky contra music to Brooklyn Contra with a mix of traditional fiddle music and tunes you might have heard at a Brighton Beach bar mitzvah in 1953.
Camp Friendship
339 8th Street, Brooklyn
7:30p beginners lesson, 8p dancing; $15 regular, $12 student
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Matta Fact
Matta Fact takes over unique spaces throughout Brooklyn to host some of the borough's most-loved DJs. For our next party, we're taking over new underground (literally) Bushwick and Ridgewood event space H0l0 for the evening to host Ben Steidel, owner of Coop 87 Records and well-sought-after vinyl purveyor.
Our events are inclusive, safe-space zones, and people of all walks of life are encouraged to come and enjoy in the music. We pride ourselves on providing a high quality sonic environment for people to feel comfortable and be themselves, however that might look. Matta Fact's own Max Reid and Colin Simmons on warm up duty.
1090 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Halsey station
11p; $10 before midnight, $15 after
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
White Chocolate: A Comedy Show
A show hosted by the most adorable team in comedy, Petey DeAbreu and Christi Chiello. They've been called Beyoncé and Jay Z if they did comedy, and Tracy Morgan and a squeak toy. Featuring Rosebud Baker, Noah Gardenswartz, Doug Smith, Sam Jay, Anthony Kapfer, and Sydnee Washington. With free pizza.
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue station
8:30p doors and pizza, 9p show; $5-12
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
OSSAM Gallery Cat and Dog in Art Exhibition
With Christina Porter, Naomi Ishida, Ellen Piccolo, Debra Ziss, Cindy Franz, Alder Kelynn, Attasit Pokpong, Setsuko Ono, Eric Ginsburg, Marie Roberts, Sacchi Shimoda, Nancy Glover, Margaret S. Nakamura, and Yookan Westfield. Music. Supported by Brooklyn Bridge animal welfare coalition.
OSSAM Gallery
300 7th Street, Brooklyn
6-8p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY ******
Darkroom 3
DJs Joelle S, JD Samson, and Eeah Kaiju. Featured artist Untitled Queen. House and Techno in back room. New wave and 80s and 90s rock in the front room.
Gold Sounds
44 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan station
11p; $7 before midnight, $10 after
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Infinite Wrench
The Infinite Wrench is an ever-changing collection of short-plays written and performed by the NY Neo-Futurists, a continuation of the company's signature late-night show running since 2004. The single unifying element of these short plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty. We always appear as ourselves on stage, speaking directly from our personal experiences. Each short play is written by a performer, honed by the ensemble, and randomly collaged with high energy audience participation. Each week, these plays shift as ensemble members add new plays to the existing body of work, responding to personal and social changes. Each night of performance, we aim to create an unreproducible living newspaper of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental. The New York Neo-Futurists are a cousin company to The Neo-Futurist s in Chicago (founded 1988) and The San Francisco Neo-Futurists (founded 2013). The NY ensemble has won multiple awards, has toured internationally, and has been producing a weekly menu of short plays for 13 years: part comedy, part storytelling, part absurd, wholly original.
The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street, Manhattan
10:30p; $19 pre-sale, $13 plus the roll of a die at the door
Continues SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Nerve Accid
Beat Arevalo, Zolton, and Dino Sex unleash their latest dose of Psychedelic Indie Rock to kick start your stone cold broken heart. Through Accidental Tribe, Nervous System, Blowtop, and GG Allin and the Murder Junkies, these Rock N Roll lifers will keep laying it down and let the world catch up.
The Well
272 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
L train to Montrose Avenue station
10p; $?
Ferment! Ferment!
Gather to celebrate a decade’s worth of community building around homemade fermented food and drink. Bring a homemade ferment to share or culture to swap. Enjoy delicious, funky, traditional, and experimental ferments. Connect with other DIY fermenters.
Fermentation is everywhere and it deserves our love and attention. The goal of Ferment! Ferment! is to encourage home fermentation, and to come together to enjoy and share our experiences making these foods. In a world of fetishization of the food professional, let’s celebrate the amateur. Think of this as a party, potluck, and informal tasting.
Do you make something special with your homemade ferments? Maybe you concoct a unique mustard from your own vinegar, or cook up a satisfying soup from your own miso, or perhaps incorporate home-aged cheese into a delicious dish. How about a funky kraut or fiery kimchi! If so, this is your opportunity to share these types of things.
The guidelines are simple: bring a homemade fermented food or drink or something made with a homemade ferment to share. If you’re unsure if it’s fermented, just drop an email. Alternatively (or additionally) bring a culture/starter to swap at the culture exchange table. If you’re a professional fermenter, bring something that you’re not currently selling.
There will also be a few workshops going on throughout the afternoon. We have some open spots, so if you have skills and you’d like to share, let Zack know; there are modest stipends available for workshop facilitators.
Mayday Space
176 St. Nicholas Avenue, third floor, between Stanhope and Himrod, Brooklyn
1-4p; $free
RSVPs to Zack at z.schulman at gmail requested.
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Jumpsuit Jam
We're here to wear one thing, and one thing only: jumpsuits. Frisky flight suits, sexy spandex, racy racing uniforms, outré onesies, playful playsuits, leopard-print leotards, sheer singlets, even risky rompers. Slide that fun-piece into a one-piece or get low with your camel toe because we are getting weird.
You may wear one piece of non-underwear clothing. If you show up in a shirt and pants something's gotta go. A night of live music, DJs, circus performances, new friends, libations, and outrageous outfits. Live music Hadassah and Strangers on the Internet. Midnight most outrageous jumpsuit contest with champagne prize. Aerial circus performance by Ariel Iasevoli, and BangOn!NYC's DJ Dirty Looks playing the best dance music into the early hours.
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue station
$5 early bird, $10 regular, advance only
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Rubulad Proudly Presents: Cats in Space
Featuring live music by Decibelists, Moist Paula's Electric Moisturizer, Preachermann and the Revival, and Plezi Rara. With your DJs Ursula 1000, DJ Shakey, and DJ Mojo. Plus interstellar projections by the Sperm Whale NYC, G. Scopitronic’s Non-Stop Film Fest, and Myke Flaherty's Art Black Hole. A cornucopia of astro-feline delights. Dress: Cats in Space.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $10 before 10p or after performances, $15 otherwise
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***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Her Mermaid Debutante Ball
A marvelous aquatic dance party with singing mermaids, life-size colorful artwork, and southern hospitality. Your presence is requested. Join Abbey Jasmine Rose under the sea. This event is for merfolk of all ages.
140-142 Second Avenue, second floor, Manhattan
7:15p doors, 8p concert, dancing until 1a; $pay what you can
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Forge Magazine presents:
Reading Rainbow Poetry Festival
In conjunction with the fifth anniversary of Forge. Art Magazine and the exhibition Currents on view. Reading Rainbow Poetry Festival is a daytime event including 15 readers, videos, and fun stuff to eat, read, and buy. Bring something to tie-dye.
Secret Project Robot
1186 Broadway, Brooklyn
6-10p; $10 sliding scale
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Climate Time Capsule Ceremony
On the last day of the UN climate talks, come contribute to a time capsule -- that will be legitimately buried for 50 years -- representing what New Yorkers love and are fighting to defend from climate change. We'll celebrate the people and places at risk from rising seas, and memorialize Governor Cuomo's response to the crisis. You are invited to contribute to the time capsule. Bring an object (small enough to fit in your palm) representing what you love and want to protect in the face of climate change and/or write a letter to the future at our event. This is serious -- we're using archival paper, oxygen absorbers, and beautiful artist-designed metal time capsules to make sure this lasts until 2067. This event is being organized by Sunrise, a youth-led movement to stop climate change and protect our futures. This is happening all over the country on the same day. And c heck out our video of assembling 1,500 time capsules by hand to send out to the rest of the country in a New Museum warehouse space.
Washington Square Park, Manhattan
2-5p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cartoon Carnival No. 61: Pig Out
It's time to sit back and relax for another hefty batch of 16mm (no digital) animated cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives to the silver screen at Shoestring Press.
At program No. 61, we’ll be revisiting animal themes -- this time with a trough of swiney comicalamities. Come see how Porky and his oinking cohorts proudly represented their species in the early days of animation. A variety of vintage prints from the Stathes Archives, including some titles on loan from the Komorowski Archives, will show the evolution of vintage pig cartoon consumption and subsequent re-releasing through the decades ... including ruthless butchering.
In addition to the cartoons, enjoy our mini rummage sale featuring items from Tommy’s personal collection: VHS tapes and DVDs, past Cartoon Carnival and related show programs, books, antique decorative 16mm boxes, reels and films, antique 35mm reels, vintage toys, and many other goodies. Proceeds benefit film archive storage costs.
Shoestring Press
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Literati: A Comedy Show About the Greatest American Novels Never Written
Hosts Colin O'Brien and Michael Wolf have read upward of one books between the two of them, and now they want to share that love of literature with you. Literati is a night of comedians in character performing hilarious readings. Sophisticated, satirical, and sometimes wigs. Do you ever leave a comedy show saying "Hmm, that was pretty funny, but not enough reading?" Well then, this is the show for you. This month’s guests include John Reynolds, Patti Harrison, Aaron Jackson, and Lorelei Ramirez.
21 A Clinton Street, Manhattan
7p; $8 online, $10 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
ABC No Rio in Exile Clothesline Benefit
Our Clothesline Benefit Art Sales are always lots of fun, with many surprising things hanging on the line. Proceeds benefit ABC No Rio in Exile.
The LES Gallery at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center
107 Suffolk Street, between Rivington and Delancey, Manhattan
7-10p; $25-50 affordable works on paper
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Exquisite Corpse Company presents:
Drunk 24 Giving Thanks
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and thankfully so is Drunk 24. Come give thanks with an incredible evening of laughter, theater, dance, and of course booze. Drunk 24 will take 12 playwrights in pairs and challenge them to create a play inspired by the theme chosen the night before. The actors and directors will be left to bring the show to life in less that seven hours. And if that wasn't crazy enough ... we add the "shot challenge." What-the-frick-is-that? Come and find out. Help our actors meet their challenge. DJ set to follow the show.
The Kymberle Project
1332 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $10, $5 off with code "NONSENSE"
719 238 8256
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Clay, Nihal, Abby, Jasen, Unjust
We’ve got the music, the space, and the sound system -- all we need is you. Great music provided by local artists living in NYC from our very own scene: Clay Wilson, Abby Echiverri, Unjust, Nihal Ramchandani and our newest transplant, Jasen Loveland, who gave us the first IT Acid Series record earlier this year.
Everyone involved in the night, and that includes you, plays a part -- contributing creatively to music, art, or whatever we all hustle on our own time -- and by coming out, cutting loose and giving each other time to shine in the dark. Artwork provided by Gonzalo Guerrero and Secret Riso Club, and sound provided by the Subbass. H0l0 are the same folks behind Trans Pecos, who provide a quality, safe space to party.
1090 Wyckoff Avenue, Manhattan
10p-4a; $10 at the door (no presales)
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Playing With Dolls
The cutest fierce, wacky, funky alien baby girl living out her life in her toy baby room. Playing with dolls. You're looking in on her building a world of dolls. She is nonsense covered in paint and rags.  She plays and plays and plays, nonstop like an alcoholic at a bar, but she plays to stay like a baby in her bed. We lose our youth or it becomes stolen by evil humans, she never lost hers. Join her and become you again.
Sculpture, toy, cast, rubber chicken, sound, lights, pastel, paint, cloth, makeup, wigs, lipstick, puppets. It's all ages. But made for adults. Jaddda Cat show. The Living Installation cult leader. The femme fatale. Mike Alan's love.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
7-9p and 9p-midnight; $20 per session, come to one or both
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Garbage Prom
For everyone scrambling through this garbage-world existence, we feel you. Do you never wash your hair, wear the same clothes day-after-day, dip everything in ranch, and often feel like an actual trashcan? Then come to the Bronze for Garbage Prom, and revel in your beautiful, grimy, glittery filth.
What is the Bronze? The Bronze (yup, like Buffy) is a secret DIY house-show space located in Bushwick. Think monthly shows with campy themes, snacks, bands, and glitter.
Hababy is headlining, making a return to Brooklyn after frontwoman/guitarist, Leslie Hong, moved away to Richmond, Virginia. The local scene is strongly represented by rising indie rock faves, A Deer A Horse, and the downtrodden emo kids, Mallrat. Also from out of town are Hexgirlfriends, a Baltimore group ready to bring some angry grrrl realness to the prom.
What is the theme? An actual trashcan of a world deserves a prom to match, i.e. Garbage Prom. For this show, the Bronze will be decorated in a classic prom style (think streamers, balloons, etc.) but with 100 percent recycled materials that we just haven’t thrown away yet. We encourage guests to come in their finest trash attire -- tattered ball gowns, trash bag couture, stained tuxes (or stained anything really), and/or whatever your most glamour garbage self would wear. There'll be punch, no parking for limos out front, a safe space for crying in the bathroom, and totally fair ;) elections for Prom Queen. We will also be giving out an award for "Best Dressed." In between sets, we will be playing the grossest, most plastic prom jams to keep the crowd moving.
Message bands or hosts for the address, Bushwick, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p show; $8-10 donation for the bands and the space
Sofar Sounds’ Friendsgiving
Sofar’s Friendsgiving is the perfect activity for people looking to spend time with friends and meet new people around the holiday season. With a twist on the recent trend, Sofar is bringing people together to give thanks and share their love of music.
For background, Sofar hosts secret performances in intimate settings, from living rooms to retail stores to private rooftops with skyline views. How it works: Sofar shows start out as a secret -- guests sign on for three unnamed performances at undisclosed locations. When signing up for a show, people only chose the neighborhood they want to attend the event in, giving them an opportunity to explore a brand new area or stay close to home to see a lineup of three secret performers.
Shows occur throughout the week across the city and around the world, but this special Sofar Friendsgiving is only happening in Chinatown. Guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share, and this event is BYOB.
RSVP for Chinatown location, Manhattan
F train to East Broadway station
8p; $15
Azn Pop Live in Concert
Azn Pop is the premiere K-Pop parody concert experience. Join the world's first satirical Asian-American pop group from the USA -- Baby Rice, Quirky Rice, Edgy Rice, Competitive Rice, and Brown Rice -- as they kick off their tour by dancing, singing and rapping about boys, friendship, and systemic racism and oppression. Cute!
Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
9:30p; $12
A Place Both Wonderful and Strange presents:
Peaksgiving: A Twin Peaks Night
Originally commissioned by the David Lynch Foundation, the Laura Palmer Deviations is an audio/visual/movement piece telling, through canonical moments, ambient/pop/noise music, and found footage from the lost Palmer family tapes, the hidden final moments in the brief, tragic life of Laura Palmer.
Stef Black, noted lecturer on the occult and David Lynch, presents a new context on Twin Peaks, wrapping Twin Peaks: The Return around itself in all its beautiful and horrifying glory. Plus knifesex DJing music that will transport you to a certain bar in Twin Peaks.
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
8p; $10
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Little Cinema presents:
The Puppeteer
A show built around the movie Being John Malkovich. You're invited to Little Cinema's 7th and 1/2 floor for a night filled with mind-altering aerial performances, dance, video art, and live music. It's shaping up to be another larger than life production.
Nothing in the night will make sense as you travel through hidden portals in the mind of the world’s most brilliant puppeteer. Featuring mind-altering aerial performances, dance, video art and live music as our founding audio visual maestro, John Malkovich, seamlessly intertwines all of these experiences into one psychedelic journey.
The night includes: Live Puppeteer: John Malkovich; Ballet: John Malkovich; Live Jazz: John Malkovich; Ariel performances: John Malkovich, John Malkovich; Video Art and 3D Projection: John Malkovich; Costumes and Art: John Malkovich; one epic bath; drinking game; dj after-party; and special cocktails all night.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
7-10p; $30
Filthy Pony Variety Show
Blaine Petrovia's Filthy Pony Variety Show. A night to blur the lines of classy and trashy, sexy and nasty. Come experience high flying aerial acrobatics. Grotesque burlesque. Creepy contortion and some of the sexiest Pole Dancers NYC has to offer.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
7p; $25 presale, $30 door
L train to Jefferson station
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Rhythm of Afrika
Join us a for free dance party featuring house music, AfroHouse, AfroDeep, AfroBeats, hip hop and reggae featuring the best dance music coming from Africa and the diaspora in Europe and the Americas. Music by STA7CK and Brian Lee Mccloud.
Louie and Chan
303 Broome Street, Manhattan
10p-4a; $free
Character Assassination presents:
The Roast of Steven Spielberg
Watch the most popular filmmaker of all time get brought down a peg or two by his own creations ...With Raanan Hershberg hosting as the Shark from Jaws, and Roastmasters Champion Eli Sairs as the Visionary Director himself; plus Jeff Scheen as E.T., Jeff Arcuri as Indiana Jones, Django Gold as Oskar Schindler, Carmen Lagala as a Velociraptor, and Tommy McNamara as Warhorse. Come check out this irreverent comedy show 65 million years in the making.
The Creek and the Cave
10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
7 train to Vernon Jackson station
10p; $5
***** Also on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24 *****
Frigid New York at Horsetrade presents:
Trumpcon: A Performance Circus of Yuge Proportions
This new, politically themed comedy-theater-standup-storytelling-music-and-everthing-in-between-festival will focus its healing laughter on the current state of politics, mostly in the good old US of A. This Thanksgiving weekend come on down to the East Village, bring your cousins from Paducah and join us for a politically charged entertainment spectacular, bringing a diverse set of reactions in various hugely entertaining forms from Queers, people of color, pasty left leaning New Yorkers and even Republicans joining together to represent the Nation and its reactions to this reality show which is 2017. Let us all be thankful for our right and responsibility of free expression.
The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery, Manhattan
Various times; $15
Continues through SUNDAY, November 26
* All Toy In C, December 8
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***** ARTY STUFF *****
* It is with sadness we report that after five years the city has decided to close down the Owl Factory loft space. Fortunately for you, there's five-plus years of magical and useful items that need to find cheap and free homes as soon as possible. Come by daily 11a-6p. 21 Clinton Avenue, second floor, Brooklyn.
* Call for Submissions: Poetry submissions and filmmaker applications are now open for Visible Poetry Project's 2018 series. The Visible Poetry Project partners 30 filmmakers with 30 poets to create visual interpretations of original and classic poems. These videos are released online daily throughout the month of April (National Poetry Month) and screened at several events throughout the year. Last year, contributors included Neil Gaiman (author of American Gods) and Frances Negron-Muntaner (director of War in Guam). The Visible Poetry Project will match filmmakers and poets, provide experienced production assistance to the creative teams, and guarantee an audience for the selected works. Poet submissions and filmmaker applications are open until Thursday, November 23, 2017! VPP especially seeks submissions from underrepresented artists. For more information on how to submit or apply, or to watch last year’s short films, please visit
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]
***** How to Immediately Disprove Russian Hacking *****
"Bill Binney thinks there are probably 18 recording systems throughout the U.S. deployed by the NSA at AT&T facilities. "That’s why I originally said if the FBI wanted Hillary’s email, all they have to do is ask NSA for them," Binney jokes, "A few years ago NSA pointed to a specific building in China where hacks on the US were originating."
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 Portland, Maine. October 2017. Two 10-year-old boys on a playground talking to each other about another classmate:
-- "He slapped me in the face, and I punched him in the nuts, and it just escalated from there."
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.
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Deep House Yoga
DeepBeats DJ George Faya and a guest instructor lead you through an hour of DeepBeats' Vinyasa Flow accompanied by your personal soundtrack of atmospheric deep house grooves. Yoga, loosely translated from its Sanskrit root -- means ''union'' or ''integration'' -- the bringing together of a sound mind and spirit within a sound body. Riding at the forefront of the new health-conscious clubbing movement, DeepBeats: Deep House Yoga is a union of not just the spiritual and physical, but a fusion of the ancient discipline of yoga with the sounds of today's underground dance music. It brings together the mental and physical benefits of yoga with the spiritual connection we feel to the music we love.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
Noon-1p; $20
18 and over
Gender and Parenting
Join Warrior Queen Initiative as they discuss all the ways in which gender impacts the ways in which we raise young people. Connect with other caregivers, better understand how young people exist with their gender identity in today’s culture, and walk away with some strategies in order to better support and promote gender equity for you and your young person.
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
2-4p; $free
The Evolution of Racism
Why does racism persist more than 50 years after the passage of civil rights legislation? Why do people have different understandings of what racism is? With Charlottesville and other examples of open racial bigotry, can we assume that white nationalism is on the rise? This two-part olio will lend some insight into these questions as we trace the evolution of racism, how it changed forms, and how this affects the way racism is defined. Participants will leave these sessions with a conceptual understanding of racism that will help them promote more productive conversations.
Nueuehouse Madison Square
110 East 25th Street, Manhattan
November 26, 3p; $40
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