nonsense: 12.1 to 12.6

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Subject: nonsense: 12.1 to 12.6
Date: December 1st 2017
Friday, December 1
* Sweet Shoppe, Brooklyn
* Rule of 7x7, Manhattan
* We Still Believe, Brooklyn
* Anybody: An Improvised Historical Hip-Hopera, Manhattan
* Comedy and Dance Party at Secret Loft, Manhattan
* Contra Dance at Brooklyn Contra, Brooklyn
* Scientific Controversies No. 13: String Theory, Brooklyn
* ABC No Rio in Exile Clothesline Benefit, Manhattan
* Fertilizing Fire Circle, Brooklyn
Saturday, December 2
* Lick'n'Lube: An Evening at Sweet Shoppe, Brooklyn
* Sweet Tooth: A Candy-Colored House and Disco Dance Party, Manhattan
* G&S Holiday Cocktail Party, Brooklyn
* Brooklyn Cranksgiving, Brooklyn
* Ova the Rainbow Reading Rainbow, Queens
* Arc Holiday Record and CD Sale, Manhattan
* Dream Bird, Hatching the Egg, Brooklyn
Sunday, December 3
* Letters in the Dirt, Brooklyn
* Kava and Color Holiday Edition, Brooklyn
* Goldmine, Brookyn
* Big Irv's Storytelling Roadshow, Brooklyn
* Very Special Recordings, Brooklyn
Monday, December 4
* Would You Rather, Manhattan
* Thrift On, Queens
Tuesday, December 5
* Remembering Sam Shepard, Brooklyn
* Punderdome, Brooklyn
Wednesday, December 6
* ArtCondo: Collective Purchasing of Real Estate for Creatives, Manhattan
* Planned Parenthood NYC Benefit and Holiday Show, Brooklyn
* Force Majeure Vaudeville, Brooklyn
* Art by the Inch, Manhattan
Thursday, December 7
* Woke AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show, Manhattan
* Hellgate
* Paper Gold
* Her Big Day
* Accidental Dystopia
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Cold feet on a hot floor
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 *****
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 *****
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 *****
Contra Dance at Brooklyn Contra
Join us for a night of contra dancing with live music from Jaybird. 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. Jaybird brings contra dance mayhem -- infused with the blues. Highly rhythmic and satisfying dance music to inspire your feet.
Camp Friendship
339 8th Street, Brooklyn
7:30p beginners lesson, 8p dancing; $15 regular, $12 student
917 310 0962
***** 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
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
ABC No Rio in Exile Clothesline Benefit
Our Clothesline Benefit Art Sales are always lots of fun, with plenty of surprising things hanging on the line. Proceeds benefit ABC No Rio in Exile.
The LES Gallery at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center
107 Suffolk Street, between Rivington and Delancey, Manhattan
7-10p; $free with $25-50 affordable works on paper
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Fertilizing Fire Circle
We invite you to join Environmental Performance Agency collective’s night of embodied storytelling for decolonizing, healing and belonging within a multi-species future. Celebrate the final transformation of our rented garage and lot turned urban weeds ecosystem.
Break the pavement. Practice primitive fire-starting. Whisper and listen to the flames to fertilize relationships with urban land. Bitch and dance to acknowledge the agency of urban weeds. Counter monoculture. Burn it down. See time.
Beginning at dusk and continuing until midnight, the environment will be transformed into Soft-Precarious Openings by EPA artists Catherine Grau, Andrea Haenggi, Christopher Kennedy, Ellie Irons, and participating storytellers: Carrie Ahern, Tara Daino@, Nancye Good (fire bow drill teacher), Simone Johnson, Holes in the Walls Collective: Julia Meeks & Dhira Rauch, Cooper Richey-Miller, Robert Neuwirth, Athena Kokoronis, Lissette-Tatiana Olivares, Iele Paloumpis, Marya Wethers (firekeeper), and Moira Williams. Nourishing bites and warming drinks inspired by recipe-stories from the neighbors on our block.
1067 Pacific Street, Brooklyn
5-11:59p; $dontation
Lick'n'Lube: An Evening at Sweet Shoppe
For two nights only, join us at Guerilla Science and Emilie Baltz’s Sweet Shoppe for Lick’n’Lube, a workshop unpacking and upending the connections between sugar, our senses, and attraction. Play, learn, and savor the secret sides of sugar. Featuring Lickestra, a musical licking performance open to all workshop attendees.
One Brooklyn Bridge Park
360 Furman Street, ground floor, waterfront side, Brooklyn
7p; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Sweet Tooth: A Candy-Colored House and Disco Dance Party
Gather up your Hanukkah gelt and pilfer your Advent calendars. We're kicking off candy cane season with a party that will leave your tastebuds tingling! The finest DJs in NYC will be serving the most delicious house and techno. With David Kiss, Jergo, and Remniqe. Aerial Chains Performance by Ariel Iasevoli. Dress code: Shiny, bright colors, or anything sweet or candy-themed.
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue station
11p-4a; $5 advance, $10 door
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
G&S Holiday Cocktail Party
Come chill in our sexy home, bring your sexy date, and enjoy our ridiculous craft cocktails. Roaring fireplace projections, holiday classics lounge soundtrack (someone will likely lose LDB!), and Miss Scorpio herself getting stupid behind the bar. If you guys are feeling it, we'll turn it up into dance mode later in the night.
We're going to bring back the two specialty cocktails from last year: That infamous fluffy New Orleans classic, the Ramos Fizz. It's a rarity to find it on bar menus due to how long it takes to make each one. You certainly won't catch us making it at any other event. Coquito, the classic Puerto Rican eggnog style drink: slushie coconut cinnamon goodness. Please wear something festive or cocktail attire, especially vintage-inspired festive cocktail attire. Costumes always welcome, if you're feeling it.
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Brooklyn
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8p-midnight; $donations
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Brooklyn Cranksgiving
Cranksgiving is a part bike ride, part scavenger hunt, part food drive that helps feed those in need. Whether you choose to casually ride or race, you'll be stopping at different markets in various neighborhoods, looking for specific food items that will get donated to Brooklyn-based charities. The requirements are get food and do it on a bike. All you need is a bike, a bag, a lock, and some money to buy food. You can do the ride alone, bring friends, or try to form a group with other people you meet online or at the ride start.
Ride starts at Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation's Restoration Plaza
1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
1p registration, 2p start, 5p afterparty;
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Ova the Rainbow Reading Rainbow
Our monthly party is back this time we are taking a trip in our magic schoolbus. Let's come in contact with our inner child. Think books and the fundamentals of reading teaching the children. We will read you bedtime stories. Come with your glasses, nerdy chic, schoolgirl, Osh Kosh coveralls, PJs, dickies, jelly shoes. We are trying to build a Queer Library so feel free to bring queer literature/ queer theory/ dvds/ VHS. With DJs Adam Rhodes, Katie Rex, Sarah Abney, and Josh Steers. Live: Don Christian and West Dakota. Hosts Jacolby Satterwhitte, Gage of the Boone, Raul de Nieves, Linux, and Danny Taylor.
The Dreamhouse
1022 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
$10 before 2a, $20 after, $25 after 3:30a
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Arc Holiday Record and CD Sale
Books, CDs, LPs, 45s, VHS, DVDs, and sheet music.
ARChive of Contemporary Music
54 White Street, Manhattan
11a-6p; $free
Continues through December 17
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Dream Bird, Hatching the Egg
Please join artist Susan Stainman as she leads mindfulness meditations as part of her exhibition Dream Bird, Hatching the Egg. The exhibition draws connections between boredom as a necessary part of the creative process and Buddhist philosophy. Within the comfortable environment that she has created, each Saturday Stainman will lead an individual mindfulness practice as well as a relational practice. Come experience meditation in a different way. Susan Stainman has a decade-long Buddhist meditation practice and teaches through New York City.
A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn
12:30-1p; $free
Continues through December 16
Letters in the Dirt
A new surreal, audience-participatory theater piece debuting at the Silent Barn and the Tank this December exploring theater as ritual, play, and memorial, and journeying through the memories of a child lost to police violence.
Structured like a game and a ritual, the piece imagines Aiyana Jones (a 7-year-old black girl shot and killed by a cop during a botched police raid on the wrong home in Detroit in 2010) after her death. You will find her the night after her killing, in a mysterious purgatory of double dutch and kids' toys, and will be given objects that once were a part of her life. The game is this: Find the objects that will help Aiyana remember and understand what happened to her, and use them to guide her through her memories. The piece seamlessly blends music, poetry, play, story, and group collaboration to create an intimate audience experience personal to all who participate. You'll get to play her favorite playground games, transform the space with sidewalk chalk, meet the people dearest to her, and dream out loud with her about what it might look like if "we was all free."
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
M, J, Z trains to Myrtle Avenue station
7:30 and 9:30p; $8
Continues at the Tank December 7-9
929 234 6060
***** Also on SUNDAY ****
Kava and Color Holiday Edition
Kava and Color combines the healing power of plant medicine with the power of creativity. This month the Real Art Therapists of NY invite you to gift yourself this unique ritual experience and enjoy a holiday break with us. Bring a friend to indulge in kava drinking and coloring. The Real Art Therapists of NY are a collective of art therapists practicing in the NYC area. They have illustrations and interviews in the adult coloring book which will be for sale at the event.
BK Kava
191 Suydam Street, Brooklyn
2-8p; $10
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Gemini and Scorpio presents:
Shopping party Holiday edition. Miss Scorpio teams up with fellow dress-up addicts and craft-makers for some closet-cleaning and handmade clothing & accessory shopping. Think one-of-a-kind vintage, feathers and fascinators, unique jewelry, and lots and lots of sparkles. Of course even divas have days off, so there will be plenty of cheap casual wear finds alongside costume and vintage pieces. Plus: by-donation champagne, chill soundtrack, and lounging in our awesome loft and sprawling roof. Perfect laid back Sunday.
Confirmed vendors: Miss Scorpio, Ali Luminescent's Treasure Chest, Asc Alchemical, C. Spot Designs, Cult of Hope, Four Rabbit, FlowerTeas, HanaKyle Holistics, Iki Kimono, Kiki Valentine, Livlovohm, Luna La Rosa Custom Creations, Mutantland Art by Al Benkin, the Paper Pinup, Shannon Flemming, and Teresa's Treasures. Plus Tarot, Mystical Insight & Evolutionary Support by Marcy Currier of Metamorphosis.
Gemini and Scorpio Loft
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
1-6p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Big Irv's Storytelling Roadshow
This month, Big Irv's returns with their ridiculous event, the Storytelling Roadshow. No themes and no restrictions, just some of the very best storytellers that Brooklyn has to offer. Featuring Gastor Alamonte, Lucas Connolly, Saurin Chocksi, Sam Corbin, Nick Padilla, and Sean O'Brien. Plus two open mic slots. Hosted by Adam Selbst.
Big Irv's
381 Hooper Street, corner of South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p doors, 7:30p show; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Very Special Recordings
The release party for Very Special Recordings' first-ever label compilation VSR's Brooklyn Mixtape- will be an epic night of Brooklyn music. From the "label that knows a thing or two about shifty, active art rock" comes a wild ride through the steamy and eclectic underbelly of the Brooklyn music scene. Featuring People's Champs, Green and Glass, Sheen Marina, Dustin Carlson, Ryan Dugre, Xander Naylor, and the Eargoggle.
Secret Project Robot
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
7:30p-midnight; $?
Would You Rather
Andre Medrano and Maggie Maxwell invite some of the funniest people they know to answer pressing questions like would you rather lose the ability to spit or the ability to sweat? Have too many sex organs or not enough? Featuring: Dan Fisher, Fareeha Khan, John Kim, Brian Mitchell, and Lisa Sobin.
VSpot Organic
12 St. Marks Place, Manhattan
8p; $free
***** Also on MONDAY *****
DJ Shakey presents:
Thrift On
The world-famous original clothing swap party. Bring in your old clothes and stuff to donate to our rummage tables. Take home items free from our piles of booty. DJ Shakey and special guests play throwback tunes and amuse you. The more you party, the more you save. Only bring clean clothes from your home; all leftover clothes are donated to a reputable charity bin directly after the party. No grabbing, hoarding, or douchey behavior.
The Keep
205 Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
L train to Jefferston station
8p-midnight; $free
Remembering Sam Shepard
Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, and Tony Shanahan present an evening of words and music to commemorate the publication of Spy in the First Person by Sam Shepard.
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church
157 Montague Street, Brooklyn
7-9p; $30 includes a copy of Spy in the First Person
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
NYC’s most puntastic competition.
Punderdome is the wild and crazy monthly pun competition created by Fred and Jo Firestone. Fred hosting tonight. Twelve individuals/duos will have a chance to participate in competitive spontaneous pun-making; preference given to first-time compunitors and seasoned winners. Pun-masters are determined by the human clap-o-meter. Great big kitchen appliance mystery prizes are awarded to the top two competitors.
635 Sackett Street, Brooklyn
7p doors and sign ups; $8 advance, $10 door
ArtCondo: Collective Purchasing of Real Estate for Creatives
This meeting will present and discuss ArtCondo, a grassroots, community-focused real estate initiative to help NYC creatives, non-profits and culture workers purchase work space and buildings collectively. The presentation will review the conceptual foundations of ArtCondo, the recent group purchase of a lot in South Bronx, and next steps with the first building development.
64 West 21st Street, ground floor, Manhattan
7p; $free
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Planned Parenthood NYC Benefit and Holiday Show
Perfect Sound Forever, the longest running online music magazine, is holding its first offline event with a benefit for Planned Parenthood NYC, which will double as a holiday show with Santa hats, candy canes, Xmas songs and ridiculous holiday outfits. Come and support a great cause. Performances by Cindy Wilson of the B-52s, guitarist/composer Kaki King, and singer/songwriter Amy Rigby.
Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
Tickets are $20.
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Force Majeure Vaudeville
Variety show with Chris Rozzi, Team Circus, Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa-Anne, Lee Valone, Matt Dallow, Justin Weber, Sarah Petersiel, and Tanya Solomon.
The Cobra Club
6 Wyckoff Avenue, at Troutman, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
8:30p doors, 9p show; $10 online, $15 door
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Art by the Inch
Come check out the amazing work from several of our talented members on mural collaboration. Sections of the mural will also be available for purchase for 50 cents an inch. Invite your friends and have a drink with us. If you're unable to make it to either of the gallery parties, the mural will be up for viewing until December 8. We're so excited for you to see the work. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Con Artist
119 Ludlow Street, Manhattan
7-11p at the collective; $free
Woke AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show
Woke AF is an all-inclusive comedy variety show where artists share and perform about social issues they're passionate about. This month features Karolena Theresa, Mary Beth Barone, Dan Lee, Los Professors, and DJ Big Willy Get Silly. Hosted by Nicole Pasquale.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, East Village
153 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
212 366 9231
11p; $5
UnCaged Toy Piano Festival In C
We start off this ninth season of the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival with an all-inclusive performance of Terry Riley’s iconic work In C. For a typical uncagean twist, In C will be performed entirely on toy instruments. In C is a minimalist masterpiece composed by Riley in 1964 for an indefinite number of performers which uses a mosaic of short melodic fragments. A special collaboration with the fifth graders from the Ethical Culture School with SUNY New Paltz's Experimental Music Ensemble will feature a Robot Music Ensemble made just for the occasion.
Dimenna Center Cary Hall
8p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 *****
Jingle Bail Rock: A Party to Pay Bail for New Yorkers Who Can't
I'm helping host a party/show to raise money to bail people out of NYC jails so they're home for the holidays. My activist group has partnered with the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund for the event that features live music and an open bar. If we raise just $5000 that can bail 100-plus people over time. List of artists on the bill, from headliner to opener the Range, Miss Eaves, I.O.D., Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, and DJ John Swan. Hosted by Ike Ufomadu.
MayDay Space
176 St Nicholas Avenue, at Himrod Street, Brooklyn
L train to DeKalb station
7:30p doors, 8p-midnight performances; $35, proceeds go to the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund to get the unconvicted home for the holidays
212 975 7058
***** Also on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 *****
The Big Weird Comedy Show
Check out rising stars and established comedians working their newest material a Secret Loft. We have an amazing line-up, free pizza, and hilarious comics who want to eat that pizza with you. Hosted by Casey James Salengo, Ryan Beck, and Will Winner. Featuring Matteo Lane, Andrew Collin, Mara Marek, Ester Steinberg, Sean Patton, and Ricky Velez.
Secret Loft
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue station
8:30p doors and pizza, 9p show;
21 and over
* Rubulad and the Aftselakhis Spectacle's Electric Menorah Sugar Cookie, December 9
* House of Yes Xmas Spectacular, December 15
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***** ARTY STUFF *****
* Hellgate Farm is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for a live-in internship at our urban farm site in Astoria, Queens for the 2018 season. Our ideal candidate will be interested in the study and practice of sustainable living and want to reflect that passion in their work. They will be an eager partner in a grassroots growing company focused on cultivating chemical-free food in the city. The internship will involve both field (gardening/construction) and office work; the field work will outweigh office work and is often highly physical. The base structure of the internship is three days a week in exchange for a room in a communal environment. Please send us your resume and a brief paragraph about why this internship is for you. Please email contact]at] For more info see Applications will b e accepted until December 7.
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]
***** Paper Gold *****
"Failure to deliver physical gold is almost definitely coming. There's only a little bit of gold at the bottom and a big inverted pyramid of paper gold resting on top. It is not hard to imagine what the outcome will be once the market loses control and prices go to what they should have been without the manipulation."
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Overheard in Manhattan. Woman in her late 20s on her choice of wedding dress:
-- "I've given up on my wedding day being a day for myself; it's for my mother."
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Knitting 101
Everyone can knit, I promise. This is an absolute beginner's class. You'll learn the lingo, how to pick yarn and some stitches: cast on, knit and bind off and, if time allows, the purl stitch. Needles, yarn and a scarf pattern will be provided. If you have your own needles and yarn you'd like to learn with, feel free to bring them. You will leave feeling comfortable with these basic stitches and the ability to keep practicing at home.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
1-4p; $free
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
The Rise and Fall of the American Republic
This Olio Series examines United States history from its founding to the current day. We will be looking at many facets of American history from culture to politics and economics, and of course its role as a global power. The historical approach presented is not focused on the actions of individuals, per se, but rather the larger ideological, economic, and social developments leading to the formation of the current US culture in addition to examining our history as a narrative.
Strong Rope Brewery
574 President Street, Brooklyn
7:30p; $15
Utopia/Dystopia: Accidental Dystopia
Is the yearning for a lost paradise a human universal? And is it always doomed to failure? In what ways do our attempts to create a paradise on earth backfire? Is there always, truly, a serpent in the garden?
For the third installment of Utopia / Dystopia, author Celeste Olalquiaga will present the story of El Helicoide (The Helix), a utopian design in Caracas, Venezuela, gone awry. Conceived in the 1950s as the world’s first drive-through mall, El Helicoide was abandoned and repurposed as an emergency shelter, and then as a police headquarters and prison, even as it deteriorated into a modern ruin.
Hauser and Wirth
548 West 22nd Street, Manhattan
7-9p; $free
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