nonsense: 12.22 to 12.28

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Subject: nonsense: 12.22 to 12.28
Date: December 22nd 2017
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Friday, December 22
* Wildcat Cabaret Holiday Edition, Manhattan
* House of Yes X-Mas Spectacular, Brooklyn
* The Mushroom Cure and the Future of Psychedelic Therapy, Manhattan
Sunday, December 23
* The Secret City Winter Solstice Celebration, Manhattan
* 23 Windows Solstice Salon, Brooklyn
* Cultmas 23 Yuletide Solstice Show, Brooklyn
* Glow in the Dark Christmas, Brooklyn
Sunday, December 24
* Holly Jolly Sabbath, Brooklyn
* Planetarium, Queens
Monday, December 25
* Matt Dallow Music and Associates, Manhattan
Tuesday, December 26
* A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, Manhattan
Wednesday, December 27
* Funk You, Brooklyn
Thursday, December 28
* You Are Cordially Invited to a Fine Evening of Laughter: A Wes-Anderson Themed Variety Show, Brooklyn
* A Gay Show for All People Holiday Spectacular, Brooklyn
* New Listings Editor Needed
* Anomalous Aerial Vehicles
* Braids, right?
* Listings Editor
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Wildcat Cabaret Holiday Edition
Featuring a rotating cast of over 100 artists, DUMBO Burlesque produces circus variety shows teeming with tantalizing burlesque performance and awe-inspiring circus skill. Experience a surreal, sensuous night reveling in the allure of burlesque vixens and astonishing jugglers, hoop twirlers, acrobats, and aerialists.
Come join us and celebrate the Holidays of all kinds at our special one-night only engagement that is sure to get you started off right this festive weekend. Featuring burlesque performers Cassandra Rosebeetle, Madame Rosebud, and Peekaboo Pointe, juggler Adam Kuchler, and the Hilarious Manchego. Hosted by the Inimitable Bastard Keith.
American Beauty NYC
251 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th avenues, Manhattan
9:30p doors, 10:30p-midnight show; $20
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
House of Yes X-Mas Spectacular
Mariah Carey cancels Christmas, Whitney Houston's ghost appears, North Pole dancers twerk the halls, Santa steals pop stars, and Space Dolphins save the day. It's all going down at the Seventh Annual House of Yes Xmas Spectacular.
House of Yes
2 Wycoff Avenue, Brooklyn
7p; $35
Continues SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Mushroom Cure and the Future of Psychedelic Therapy
The Mushroom Cure is the hilarious and heartrending true story of how Adam Strauss tried to treat his severe OCD with psychedelics. Time Out New York named it a Critics' Pick, and the New York Times says it "mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain." After Saturday's performance, there will be a discussion on the future of psychedelic therapy for depression, OCD, and PTSD, featuring Adam and Ingmar Gorman, one of the lead researchers currently conducting the FDA clinical trials of MDMA for PTSD.
Theatre 80
80 St. Marks Place, just off 1st Avenue, Manhattan
7:30p show; $25 with discount code "SHROOMS"
Continues various days through January 7
The Secret City Winter Solstice Celebration
It's our annual Winter Solstice gathering at Judson Memorial Church. Join us for this very special celebration. The Secret City creates joyful community art celebrations. Featuring our house band and the Secret City Singers, and Grand Poobah Chris Wells, each gathering contains song, food, choir, band, dance, guest performances, storytelling, community interaction, and silent meditation. The theme for Solstice is winter, cold, glittery winter.
The Secret City is an Obie Award winning arts organization that presents sincere and fabulous community celebrations of everyday creative life. Part ceremony, part salon, part show, each gathering has a different theme and an ever-changing roster of artists and performers. Featuring storytelling, live band, performance, food, meditation, The Secret City Singers and joyful community interaction, our events are open to all with a suggested donation. We also provide free childcare and a potluck coffee hour afterward. We present regularly in New York City, Los Angeles and the Hudson Valley.
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South, Manhattan
7:30p; $25 suggested donation
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
23 Windows Solstice Salon
Join us in celebration of the passing Solstice. Enjoy fine performances from 23 Windows Residents and our guests, good company, and art. BYOWhatever you like and your very bestest friends.
We will start the night with a special screening at 9p: Rare video screening of the iconic tribal music and performance group Crash Worship live unedited performance at C Squat NYC 1993 -- still remembered in underground circles 24 years later -- preserved and presented by Recycle and Pray (60 minutes).
Followed by live performances with Ami Yamasaki, Hisayasu Takashio and Kelvin Daly, Jana Astanov and Prone, DJ Lukewarm, Nurbstream, and Plan 23. Custom jewelry by Astrobelle. Poetry and fiction books by Jana Astanov, Steve Speer, and Sonar Echo Network.
23 Windows
41 Belvidere Street, Brooklyn
9p-late; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cultmas 23 Yuletide Solstice Show
Come all ye faithful in the Cult. We know you've been naughty and nice. We will be having a very special Pagan Yuletide/Winter Solstice show with feasting, drinking, and sacrifice to celebrate all the gods and goddesses that have manifested all the gifts we have been given this year.
This is the time of year for new beginnings, the darkest of days brings light to our unconscious. A slew of incredible performance artists will bare open their hearts and minds during this auspicious time and inspire you to laugh, dance and rejoice. We will have ritualistic giveaways, raffles filled with crafty goods from your local artisans and unique vendors.
Goddess of Georgia will be offering a ritualistic performance and meal to quench the hunger and thirst of the gods. With the extraordinary cast of performers: Michelle Joni, Amazing Amy, Geminemesis Drag, MC Mixson, Elena Barbara, Laura Orfanelli, Mitchell Murdock, Lysistrata Wong, Sepora, Leona Beretta, Eric Likhtiger, and Yue Yu. With DJs Kaitlyn Mills and John Swan. Live painting by Caritas Young.
Dress Code: Alternative self from another dimension, alien, god, goddess, spirit, ghost, witch, magician.  This is an inclusive queer event. Everyone is welcome to share space and behave in a consensual manner. Any reports of misbehavior will have you swiftly booted.
23 brings together artists, goddesses, gods, aliens, queens, kings together to realize potential, experiment, connect with area community. We are a collective of radical creators. Oh and we are really obsessed with the number 23 or cusp birthdays. Come all who are versatile in nature, complex by design and unique in flavor. We can't possibly fit in a square box.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8:23p-3:32a; $13 suggested donation or $free with full costume, all proceeds go directly to artists and DJs
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Glow in the Dark Christmas
Who's in NYC for Christmas? NYC in Christmas is so magical. We are having a magic glowing Saturday. A new way to spend the holiday of lights. Come spend it with a different kind of color, the glowing light brings a warm inner peace and excitement to your body and mind. Michael Alan makes art all night, good classic vinyl all night, a super fun time. Jadda and I will be performing for six hours as a Christmas glow tree and Buddy the bear.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
7:30p-1a; $20, we use all funds to keep the space going, get more fun stuff for everyone
Holly Jolly Sabbath
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Planetarium is an immersive experience dedicated to music that’s not for dancing. We clear the floor between our custom hi-fi speakers, so you can bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or anything else like to get comfortable. Lie on the floor, stretch out on the couch, and get lost in music.
To make sure there's plenty of space, we only do a handful of reservations. Advance tickets are a good idea. At the turntables this evening we have Planetarium resident Josh Dunn, and performing live throughout the evening is composer and pianist Jason Lindner, a New York native and a longtime fixture of the city’s jazz scene. He led the big band at hallowed jazz spot, Smalls, for many years. He's worked with contemporary greats like Avishai Cohen and Claudia Acuña, accompanied David Bowie on his swan song album, Blackstar, and contributed greatly to Mister Saturday Night guy Justin Carter's debut album, The Leaves Fall.
56-06 Cooper Avenue, Queens
6-11p; $22.50
Matt Dallow Music and Associates
For our fellow Jews and non Christmas-observing friends: Let's be honest, you've had more than enough of your family, and you can only politely smile so much at those god awful socks your aunt gave you. So come on down and drink irresponsibly with me.
I'll be doing my usual theremin accordion electro-dance party, with some new, holiday themed songs and remixes thrown in, and Tanya Solomon, one of stage magic's few female professionals, is making a very special appearance this holiday season.
Tanya will perform excerpts from her solo show Truth Assassin, including baffling sleight-of-hand, blindfolded targeting with knives, live fish appearing from nowhere, and some terrible jokes. Logic and laws of nature guaranteed violated.
Club Cumming
505 East 6th Street, Manhattan
7-9p; $free
A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant
A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant: In Concert by Kyle Jarrow (based on a concept by Alex Timbers). It's an all star cast of child actors from Fun Home, Falesttos, 1984, Matilda, Kinky Boots, the King and I. It's going to be really adorable, special, but also, disturbing and hopefully thought-provoking. If the event sells out, then we'll get an encore performance on January 1.
54 Below
254 West 54th Street, Manhattan
7p; $35
Dictionary Drive
Home for the holidays? Silent Barn is hosting a Dictionary Drive two days after Xmas. We will be collecting paperback dictionaries, thesauruses, GED studies, and atlases in good condition. You can also bring stamps and other shipping supplies (Tape, etc). With DJ Anna Theodora all night. Readings by Maxwell Maxwell and Kenton Deangelo.
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
J,M,Z trains to Myrtle-Broadway station
8p doors; $5-10
All ages
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Funk You
DJ Bruce and friends.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
10p; $free with RSVP
You Are Cordially Invited to a Fine Evening of Laughter: A Wes-Anderson Themed Variety Show
Your host and master of ceremonies Donald St Chang welcomes you to our perfectly curated salon of mirth and comedy featuring amusing music from Steven Markow and Christopher Wood, parlor tricks from magician Jerry Burgos, witty talk from comedians Fareeha Khan, antic acting from Nicole Pasquale and a tart of video art from Shen Liu. Formal  Leave your shoes in the mud room, please.
21 Clinton Street, Manhattan
7p; $
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
A Gay Show for All People Holiday Spectacular
Aaron Jackson and Josh Sharp host a gay show for all people filled with songs and laughs from comics and queers and mostly people who are both. This holiday spectacular edition will feature a live band and more guests and songs and vodka sodas than before. Please cum ring in the new queer in fabulous downtown Gowanus. Featuring Cole Escola, Naomi Ekperigin, Liza Treyger, Patti Harrison, Blake Daniel, Larry Owens, and Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang as Sluck. Music by Henry Koperski and His Straights.
635 Sackett Street. Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p show; $8 advance, $10 door
* Casino Planet: A Star Wars-Inspired NYE Party, December 31
* Rubulad Proudly Presents New Years’ Eve Icy Heat, December 31
* Gemini & Scorpio present Masked, December 31
* NYE at the Dreamhouse, December 31
* Reverend Jen: Best Mid-Career Survey Ever, January 13
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 *****
* Listings Editor. Nonsense needs a new editor to replace the irreplaceable Juliana Driever in our Learning section. The weekly work is menial and nearly thankless. It's also unpaid. But our Learning section is a vital part of Nonsense, and your work will hep learners find places to learn, and, most importantly, support all kinds of independent educational opportunities in New York. If combing through emails about self defense classes and compost sounds like good fun, please send us a note. Please be willing to commit for a year. Contact: jstark]at]
***** SPACES *****
* Storage! I have a Manhattan Mini Storage voucher for $1200 worth of storage, which the locations make less useful to me than i would like. I'm looking for someone to sell or barter it to -- ideally another craftsperson or artist, but entirely open to other folks. Make me an offer. magpierosza]at]
* Rooms for rent in a large space on upper west side. Two private rooms with private bathroom within a larger apartment. NYC native artist seeks one person for quiet, creative autonomous space with wood floors, three windows, two possible sleeping areas, interesting furniture, art, and lighting. Completely furnished and available immediately. Please include a bit about yourself when responding. Email linuscoraggio]at]
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]
***** Anomalous Aerial Vehicles *****
"Just before leaving his Defense Department job two months ago, intelligence officer Luis Elizondo quietly arranged to secure the release of three of the most unusual videos in the Pentagon’s secret vaults: raw footage from encounters between fighter jets and “anomalous aerial vehicles” — military jargon for UFOs. The program operated jointly out of the Pentagon and, at least for a time, an underground complex in Las Vegas managed by Bigelow Aerospace."
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 New York. Man in mid-20s on the 4 train in Brooklyn:
-- "That’s why I can’t have a daughter. Because I’ll always be wanting to cut her hair and style her hair and I’ll always just be analyzing it."
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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NOTE: Nonsense needs a new editor to replace the irreplaceable Juliana Driever in our Learning section. The weekly work is menial and nearly thankless. It's also unpaid. But our Learning section is a vital part of Nonsense, and your work will hep learners find places to learn, and, most importantly, support all kinds of independent educational opportunities in New York. If combing through emails about self defense classes and compost sounds like good fun, please send us a note. Please be willing to commit for a year. Contact: jstark]at]
Explorations in Personal Transformation and Collective Liberation
The Icarus Project NYC is a local chapter of, a radical mental health a support network and media project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We envision a new culture that allows the space and freedom for exploring different states of being, and recognizes that breakdown can be the entrance to breakthrough. We aim to create a language that is so vast and rich that it expresses the infinite diversity of human experiences. Our monthly workshops explore these themes through peer-based discussion, guest presentations, art, forum theater and more.
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
January 3, 7-9:30p; $free
Pochinko Clown
In this workshop, taught over two weekend, students explore how clowns manifest in their own body by working with paint, clay, costumes, and of course, the red nose.
Location in Brooklyn TBA
January 6, 7, 13, 14, 10a-6p; $375
registration: donnaoblongata]at]
Radical Futures Free School
As we look towards the future, we draw on diverse lineages to “build a new world in the shell of the old” (Industrial Workers of the World), and to create “a world in which many worlds fit” (Zapatistas). As movements “with a future of warriors and growing fire / but with tenderness also” (Audre Lorde), we have to think beyond modes of reactive defense to expand our political imagination and make space for caregiving. Collectively, our movements and strategies can carry us from concrete present goals to a fully liberated future.
Mayday Space
176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn
January 13, noon-7p; $free
Painting With Microbes
Microbes provide the cornerstone of much biotechnology, but can you also consider them beautiful? Join Genspace to participate in a hands-on activity designed to highlight the wonders of the microbial world! In this hands-on event, you'll learn how microbes can be engineered to produce eye-pleasing images and novel materials. Genspace will provide colorful or fluorescent microbes that you can paint on your own agar “canvas.”
140 32nd Street, suite 108, Brooklyn
January 14, 11a-2p; $15
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nonsense nyc is a discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in new york city.

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