nonsense: 11.24 to 11.30

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Subject: nonsense: 11.24 to 11.30
Date: November 24th 2017
Friday, November 24
* R&R, Queens
* The Roast of Steven Spielberg, Long Island City
* Trumpcon: A Performance Circus of Yuge Proportions, Manhattan
* Bear Milk, Brooklyn
Saturday, November 25
* Wolf and Lamb All Night Long, Brooklyn
* Making New York: Small Business Saturday/Weekend Market, Brooklyn
* Schtick A Pole In It: Broadway, Manhattan
Sunday, November 26
* Casual Psychedelics No. 11, Brooklyn
* Thanksgiving Secret Speakeasy: Eureka! The History of Invention! Manhattan
Monday, November 27
* Pussy Pop-Up, Brooklyn
Tuesday, November 28
* New York City Council Speaker Forum: The Future of NYC Culture and Arts, Manhattan
* Brooklyn Algorave, Brooklyn
* A Night of Storytelling: Generosity, Brooklyn
Wednesday, November 29
* Email Pro, Manhattan
Thursday, November 30
* The Unpretty Show, Brooklyn
* Loft stuff
* Slaughterbots
* Smells
* Evolution of Racism
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Old men dancing
We are back with our monthly night of chill, laid-back music and sonic soundscapes. This time we figured people might want a chill familiar/ family night Post THXgiving at the Dreamhouse to lounge .... We will have some warm beverages as well as your faves and some casual soundscapes to fall into. By and for those who may have PTSD at beats, loudness, or sometimes like music that's on the other end of the spectrum. This is getting closer to a selfcare tip, a night to remind us sometimes to slow down a little. Bring Your Own Spa: face mascs, health drinks, massage tables, cucumbers, crystals. Soundscapes by Chop, Whitney Vangrin, and Gage of the Boone. Spa and fall looks also encouraged.
The Dreamhouse
1022 Wyckoff Avenue, Queens
10p doors; $5 before midnight, $10 after, trade and barter at the door
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
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 *****
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
***** Also on FRIDAY ******
Bear Milk
A new monthly party for bears, cubs, furry creatures, and everyone who loves them. Bearlesque shows and naughty gogo cubs. Hosted by JEM and Josh Schonewolf. Music by Cubcakes and William Francis, shows by Haireola Grande. Dark bear den for play time. Entrance includes free clothes check.
The Deep End
1080 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Halsey station
10p-4a; $5 before midnight, $10 after
Good Room presents:
Wolf and Lamb All Night Long
Wolf and Lamb play passionate music that moves hearts, and not just feet. From their subterranean throwdowns in their Brooklyn corner known as the Marcy Hotel, to the 2005 founding and continued expansion of their family of labels, amid the warm winters and electric environs of Miami -- it’s always been about the two of them enjoying life, learning to live with each other, and making friends and fans that become part of the family. Gadi and Zev coming to Good Room in November, bringing their unique version of house music to the club. They'll be joined by Matt FX and WaiWaiWai in the Bad Room.
Good Room
98 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $20 advance, $25 door
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Making New York: Small Business Saturday/Weekend Market
The NY Handmade Collective (NYHC), formerly Etsy NY Team, is showcasing our collective history as makers, and offering our customers something a little bit different and new: the chance to explore the history of making in NYC, past in present. This market located in Brooklyn is a new one, celebrating Small Business Saturday, a day devoted to shopping small and local. We’ll bring together some of the best brands in local handmade with an opportunity for you to see their work in action.
Brooklyn Art Library
28 Frost Street, Brooklyn
10a-6p; $free
Continues SUNDAY
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Schtick A Pole In It: Broadway
Schtick works like this: Comics and pole dancers share the same stage but not at the same time to create a show that makes everyone happy. Who doesn't like to laugh? Who doesn't like to watch dancers do insane things on a pole? This month's theme is Broadway. Dancers reinterpret smash Broadway hits on the pole. The cast is will be a mix of past and current Broadway performers who also pole. Come see Broadway, but a little more nasty than you’re used to. If you don't see shows like this why are you even paying the crazy NYC rents? Comics: Dan Goodman and JoAnna Ross. Dancers: Danielle Amico, Emily Sanderson, Rommel Pierre Ochoa, Carmine Black, and Sammy Wong.
85 Avenue A, between 5th and 6th streets, Manhattan
8p; $20 advance, $25 cash at the door
212 777 1157
Casual Psychedelics No. 11
With JP Wright DJ set, Erika Moss-Martin DJ set, X Harlow live set, and Reaches live set.
Flowers for all Occasions
1114 De Kalb Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-2a; $?
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Museum of Interesting Things presents:
Thanksgiving Secret Speakeasy: Eureka! The History of Invention!
Yes we will show vintage 16mm short films. Hear original vinyl records. Enjoy antiques  that you would have in your home around 100 years that you can handle and get demonstrated. Drink and enjoy refreshments.
The Loft at Prince Street
177 Prince Street, between Thompson and Sullivan streets, Manhattan
6-10p; $10
all ages
212 274 8757
Artforskins presents:
Pussy Pop-Up
This is a show about wellness. Sexual, mental and spiritual healing and grooming. Candice Goldie Wood will be showcasing and selling yoni art and crafts as well as spiritual aides like blessed bathe salts, spiritual candles, oils, cleansing bathes, blessed Soaps etc. There will be a panel discussion surrounding mental, sexual and spiritual wellness as well as self healing in hopes to open up and normalize these conversations, Normalize healing, and to help people take action on self healing. Performances by NoahBility, OrishaLove, Lenyx Rose, Ayana Koduah, and IOD. Panelists Leeza Jones, Lo, Specks da almighty, Melanie Goldie Ranger, Kali, Verleen Killz, and Orisha Love. Sounds by DJ Captain Plug.
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
J,M,Z to Myrtle-Broadway station
8p doors; $4-8
all ages
New York City Council Speaker Forum: The Future of NYC Culture and Arts
The New York City Council elects a new Speaker in January to lead the City Council. Come out and hear what Speaker candidates think about the future of arts in New York City!
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street, Manhattan
6:30p; $free
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Brooklyn Algorave
Music and visuals live onstage, played with laptops. Dance to code projected on the walls, watch performers sculpt the music you're dancing to from pure language. Looping conditionals, live code. Music/visuals by Scorpion Mouse, 2050, Codie (Sicchio x Sarah GHP), Sean Lee, and Ulysses Popple.
1031 Grand Street, Brooklyn
L train to Grand street
8p doors, 8:30p show; $10
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
A Night of Storytelling: Generosity
On Giving Tuesday, gather with us as we listen to and share stories on the topic of generosity. Stories will be shared by you, our supporters and friends, as well as some Restore, a nonprofit that helps survivors of sex trafficking. We are hosting a storytelling event.
Brooklyn Brewery
79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p storytelling; $15 supports survivors of sex trafficking
21 and over
Email Pro
Email Pro is a live show based on Ivan Anderson's long-running email performance art. The show includes standup, an interactive seminar on writing emails to strangers (in real time), bursts of live music, and Q&A. Actual emails are written in front of an audience, with or without audience participation. The whole thing is like a glitched-out combination of talk show, email masterclass, and comedy meltdown.
The Tank
312 West 36th Street, near 8th Avenue, Manhattan
9:30p; $5 advance, $8 door
212 563 6269​
MGB presents:
The Unpretty Show
Magical Girl Burlesque brings you performers who invoke the unexpected. Whether they bend classic burlesque to their will or throw it completely out the window for something strange and unusual, these performers deliver art that will surprise the audience and upend their expectations. Featuring performances by Paige Literati, Trinity Starligiht, Betty Brash, Cherrie Sprite, Regal Mortis, and Galatea Stone. Illyria Addams Burlesque will be our kitten and gogo dancer for the evening.
Branded Saloon
603 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30-9:30p; $10 suggested donation, with a two-item minimum
Guerilla Science and Emilie Baltz present:
Sweet Shoppe
Sweet Shoppe may look like any other high concept candy store, until you step inside and meet the shop keeper, a pharmacist who seems to have traveled from another time -- or dimension? -- in order to serve you. There is no medicine at this Willy Wonka-inspired apothecary, but the secret life of sugar (and a treat, if you’re nice) is offered in a broad range of immersive and sensory experiences incorporating art, technology and live performance.
One Brooklyn Bridge Park
360 Furman Street, ground floor, Brooklyn
11a-9p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 *****
Rule of 7x7
For each Rule of 7x7, each playwright comes up with one rule (i.e. "A kiss on page 3"), then the 7 writers create new 10-minute plays using all seven rules.
The Tank
312 West 36th Street, Manhattan
6:30p doors, 7p show; $12 advance, $14 door includes a free beer
Continues SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 *****
The Black Madonna presents:
We Still Believe
This hard-to-beat lineup also includes the versatile and always forward-thinking Danny Daze, NYC dance legend with over four decades in the game Danny Krivit, Brooklyn electronic artist and rising-star Octo Octa, DJ Holographic of Detroit, and Turtle Bugg and Sagotsky of Sublimate. This sonic movement comes to a Brooklyn warehouse at the start of December.
The 1896
592 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $35
***** Also on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 *****
Anybody: An Improvised Historical Hip-Hopera
North Coast, New York City’s premier hip-hop improv team, has long been known for their seamless melding of freestyle rapping and improv comedy. Now in the wake of Hamilton, North Coast is here to help quench the people's thirst for historical raps. Join North Coast for this very special historical performance as the team takes your favorite historical figure and performs a fully improvised hip-hopera around that figure's life. Nikola Tesla? Bawse. Frederick Douglass? Flawless. Louisa May Alcott? Mic drop. With Doug Widick, Meg Reilly, Rachel Rosenthal, Mike Poole, Richie Alfson, and RJ Williams.
21 Clinton Street, Manhattan
9p; $15
***** Also on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 *****
Comedy and Dance Party at Secret Loft
Check out rising stars and established comedians working their newest material at the venue Timeout NY called one of the coolest secret spots in NYC. We have an amazing line-up, free pizza, and hilarious comics who wanna eat that pizza with you. Stick around after the show for a free dance party. Featuring Joyelle Nicole Johnson, Evan M. Williams, Katie Hannigan, Ryan Donahue, Jordan Temple, Anthony Kapfer, and Rae Sanni. Hosted by Petey DeAbreu.
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue station
8:30p doors and pizza, 9p show; $5-15
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 *****
Scientific Controversies No. 13: String Theory
String Theory attempts to restore elegance by unifying the multitude of ingredients into one. The essential idea: There are no particles, only vibrating loops of string. If true, then all the different quantum particles are just different harmonics played on fundamental strings. So is the entire universe a complex score played out on elementary strings? Or are we lost, distracted by the pursuit of an ideal beauty that the universe simply doesn’t possess?
Director of Sciences, Janna Levin, will grapple with the idea of String Theory with special guests David Gross, Nobel Laureate in Physics, and Clifford Johnson, Theoretical Physicist and author of the new graphic science novel the Dialogues.
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn
7-11p; $free
* All Toy In C, December 8
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at] We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
***** 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.
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]
***** Slaughterbots *****
"There is no international consensus on what constitutes a fully autonomous weapons system. It is often defined as systems that can target and fire alone without meaningful human control. In essence, they are machines that function independently of humans once they are turned on. "If this trend towards autonomy continues, the fear is that humans will start to fade out of the decision-making loop, first retaining only a limited oversight role, then no role at all... and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend."
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 at Zion National Park. November 2017. Woman in her 30s to her friend:
-- "You smell like fried onion. It's feels a bit out of context."
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]
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
3p; $40
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