nonsense: before new year's eve

From: "nonsense nyc" <>
Subject: nonsense: before new year's eve
Date: December 27th 2017
NOTE: We'll be back on Friday with all kinds of New Year's Eve events. In the meantime, we want to ask you for a little help.
Last week we went to the annual Unsilent Night. The way it works is maybe 500 people meet up in Washington Square with a recorded track by the composer Phil Kline. Then we all press play on a boombox or a bluetooth. And then we walk to Thompkins Square Park.
It's a perfect event. So simple, so beautiful, centered around a piece of chiming holiday music, expressed individually and as a group, changing every year, for every person. It's caroling for people who can't sing.
It was a shit week.
And yet there we were, crossing Broadway, surrounded by people experiencing something together, expressing something together, something as ephemeral as music.
It was a shit year.
But we believe art and culture are necessary for any struggle -- personal or political. It's where we find connection, reinforcement, reprieve.
We've posted Nonsense every week for 17 years because we believe in independent events like Unsilent Night and so many others that we post all year long. And once a year we ask you to support our effort by donating a little cash to help offset some of the expenses.
This year we're working with Friends, a new organization dedicated to supporting independent spaces for artists and activists. They'll be processing donations and memberships. It's not a major change, and we're thrilled to be in the company of other independent Do-It-Yourself, Do-It-Together groups like Babycastles and Silent Barn.
Here's a link to support Nonsense all year long:
Thank you for thinking of us this time of year.
xxx, Jeff Stark and the Staff of Nonsense NYC
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