nonsense: 1.12 to 1.18

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Subject: nonsense: 1.12 to 1.18
Date: January 12th 2018
Friday, January 12
* Femme Pathos, Brooklyn
* Special Tonight, Manhattan
* Comedy Dance Party, Manhattan
* Far Out with Fou York: A Variety Show, Brooklyn
Saturday, January 13
* Reverend Jen: Best Mid-Career Survey Ever, Brooklyn
* 33rd Annual Golden Festival, Brooklyn
* The Deep End One-Year Anniversary, Brooklyn
* Arts on Site Performance Party, Brooklyn
* Sweet Tooth, Manhattan
* Some Unknown Consequences of Contact, Brooklyn
* Nocturnal Sub.missions Pt. 3, Manhattan
* Spaceman, Brooklyn
* The Protégé, Brooklyn
* Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret, Manhattan
Sunday, January 14
* Welcome to the Gun Show: A Chekhovian Song Cycle, Manhattan
* Liquid Brunch, Manhattan
* Autoscopic Traveler: Australian and American Works for Solo Percussion, Brooklyn
* Sally Can't Dance, Manhattan
* Bad Behavior: New Year Queers, Brooklyn
* Tuning of the World, Brooklyn
Monday, January 15
* Drunken Civics Pussy Grabs Back, Brooklyn
* Dirty Laundry, Something Rotten, and the Spooky Classroom for Experimental Ethics, Brooklyn
Tuesday, January 16
* Artist-Run Venues: An Exponential Festival Panel, Brooklyn
* The Dirty Little Secrets Improv Show, Manhattan
* The Fuck You Revue: Hot Stuff, Brooklyn
* The Rally Reading Series, Brooklyn
* Mental Leave With Rachel Lipstein, Queens
Wednesday, January 17
* Dandy Be Good, Brooklyn
* Bring Your Own Film, Brooklyn
* Dirty Circus: Variety Show, Brooklyn
Thursday, January 18
* Fire Over Heaven Series, Manhattan
* The Warper Party, Queens
* In the Depths of Lava: An Ode to Richard Foreman, Brooklyn
* The Kita St Cyr Show, Brooklyn
* The Mushroom Cure and Psychedelics Across Time and Space With Hamilton Morris
* Money
* Space-Related Activities
* Believe me
* Threat Modeling
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Femme Pathos
Enter Claire's brain. A psychic parasite lives there: a hungry ghost, her mother. In order to exorcise this haunt from Claire's mind, femme pathos breaks open on the Brocken at Walpurgis Night:  a gay bacchanal where the doctor and Three Lords attempt to surgically remove the pathogen of misplaced femininity - or was it homosexuality - or some other trauma lodged in the depressed body? Claire and her mother un/become each other in the limbo of a dance-theater-memory spectacle in an attempt to answer the queer ingenue's burning question:  "What is insanity without the patriarchal landscape?" Written by Claire Moodey, Directed by Lacy Post. Part of the Exponential Festival.
The Brick
575 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p; $?
Continues various times through January 21
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Special Tonight
All-you-can-eat taco dinner social, margarita pitcher raffle, top quality stand-up comedy, and music/hangout. We wanted to make a comedy evening we would love to attend. So it's social first--catch up with your friends and make some new ones. Say hi to us. If you don't know anyone, we'll introduce you.
It's like this. Down you go into The Mockingbird, a dinner-performance space styled as a tequila speakeasy. You chow down at the taco bar, meet the hosts, and maybe win a pitcher of margarita for your table. Chat it up with your friends for an hour while the work week fades away. Then the show kicks off, and you laugh until smiling hurts because that's the kind of awesome audience you are. And then we can hang out after. That's our Special Tonight. Tonight: Comics Anthony DeVito, Tamer Kattan, Ayanna Dookie, Alzo Slade, Patrick Holbert, and Jeff McBride. Please RSVP.
The Mockingbird
25 Avenue B, Manhattan
7p dinner, 8p performance; $10 online beforehand with no fees, $15 door
***** Also on FRIDAY ******
Comedy Dance Party
Check out rising stars and established comedians working their newest material. We have an amazing line-up, free pizza, and hilarious comics who want to eat that pizza with you. Stick around after the show for a free dance party. Hosted by Petey DeAbreu. Featuring Yamaneika Saunders, Joe Alfano, Christina Galston, Kate Wolff, Mike Denny, Samantha Bednarz, and Kevin Iso.
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 *****
Far Out with Fou York: A Variety Show
The fous are back. And they've put together a wild variety show for your pleasure -- wild dance, surrealist comedy, interactive audience clashes, and brazen burlesque in an eye popping celebration of sexual freedom, diversity and absurdity. Fou York is the east coast division of Fou Fou Ha, a troupe of language maulers, charisma fiends, emotional absurdists, disorientation wizards, tearjerkers, wowtastic weirdos, and saccharine disturbances to the status quo. Bring your pranksters, funny faces, wisecrackers, wags, wit, and wonder for a night you won’t soon forget.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
7p; $15-20 advance, $25 door
Reverend Jen: Best Mid-Career Survey Ever
Let's face it: A lot of art shows suck. Not Reverend Jen's Mid-Career Survey. As the title suggests, it's going to be the Best Mid-Career Survey Ever. Reverend, a multimedia artist and downtown "It Elf", who was born in Middle Earth, Maryland, circa 72 B.C., has worn many hats. An ordained Reverend, she is also a published author, painter, screenwriter, director, underground movie star, open mic host and founder of Art Star Scene Studios (A.S.S.), the most underfunded Motion Picture Studio on earth. For 16 years, she presided over the Lower East Side Troll Museum, which she ran out of her tiny apartment. Because the only thing Rev. isn't good at is making money, she and her 600 Trolls were evicted last year.
But not to worry…Rev. Jen is making a comeback and many of her Trolls along with her paintings, 'zines and merch will be on display at this most groovy event. There will be a little something for every consumer, from high-end paintings to lower-priced items such as, t-shirts, customized Trolls, buttons and "Trolloptics", a new line of Troll-themed sunglasses handcrafted by Rev. It's never too early to start shopping for Professional Secretaries' Day! Don't miss the opening, which like the show, will be "the best ever", featuring live performances, elf go-go dancers, and audio tours.
And, there's more! The following Saturday, there will be a Double Creature Feature Show where ASS Studios' "Satan, Hold My Hand" and "Werewolf Bitches from Outer Space" will be screened. Get yer popcorn and bring a date.
MF Gallery
213 Bond Street, Brooklyn
7-10p opening; $free
917 446 8681
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
33rd Annual Golden Festival
Fifty performance groups and 3000 revelers take over five stages at a local landmark. Golden Festival has been called a once-in-a-lifetime experience that happens every year. Anchored in Balkan traditions (roughly Romania to Greece, Croatia to Turkey), and venturing generously beyond, the programming spans the ancient and the experimental, the oud and the synthesizer. Crowds join hands and dance, shop for folk arts, nibble feta, sausage, and desserts, and share midwinter cheer. It’s a pop-up community where young and old, the folklorist, music professional, and party animal come together in two nights of joy.
Part showcase, part benefit, part Balkan Mardi Gras, the Golden Festival features an enormous range of artists freely sharing their music. In what the Village Voice called a “grassroots folk rave,” seasoned veterans and rising stars in their own communities (think Macedonian, Bulgarian, Albanian), join top musicians from across the country, devoted amateurs, and Balkan-inflected jazz masters.
High spirits are fueled by anticipated notables such as Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni, while burgeoning talents shine in teen band Cocek Nation and Young Bulgarian Voices New York.
In the Atrium listeners are immersed in harmonic wonderment by an impressive roster of vocal ensembles. Visiting band highlights include Trendafilka, a 10 woman group out of New Orleans. Brooklyn’s own beloved Balkan brass acts (Slavic Soul Party, Raya Brass Band) are well represented, and of course Zlatne Uste, New York’s pioneering Balkan brass band and festival sponsors, performs both nights.
Tips for newcomers: When the tail end of a growing dance line comes by in the Grand Ballroom, take hold of that open hand and simply do your best! If you don’t succeed, you’ll get the giggles trying. Find the Chopin Room on the first floor and check out that chandelier. It’s one of the most notorious dancers at the festival.
Arrive in advance for a performance of your choice in the Atrium. As people shuffle out between groups get a nice seat right up front, and then let the hairs on your neck stand up as harmonic vocals take over the room.
Don’t forget to take the antique elevator up to the Grandview Room on the fourth floor. Not only is there actually a grand view up there, but this is also where some skilled musicians, who may or may not be on the program, jam with each other informally. Pleasant surprises are known to happen.
Check website for complete listings.
The Grand Prospect Hall
263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn
6p-2a; $45-55
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Deep End One-Year Anniversary
The Deep End is turning one year old, and you are all invited to come celebrate with us. This past year we built more than a bar, we built a community, a family. A huge thank you to everyone who has come out to support us, we love you all. Now let's rage. Performances, gogo boys and girls, drink specials, lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Featuring Amy's extra special coat check. She will be fixing ripped linings and holes in pockets, so bring a jacket in need of some love.
The Deep End
1080 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Halsey
10p-4a; $free
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Arts on Site Performance Party
To showcase artists and bring together community music, dance, theater, visual art, and healing arts.
12 St Marks Place, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p performances; $10 suggested with BYOB donation bar
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Sweet Tooth
We're two weeks into January. Your resolutions are on track, you're killing it on the new workout program, holiday pounds are melting off, and your diet is just kale and macrobiotics.
You deserve a treat, and what better place than the party that leaves your tastebuds tingling. The finest DJs in NYC will be serving the most delicious house and techno. With Dischetto, Dropkat, and Remniqe. Aerial performance by Ariel Iasevoli. Free candy. Dress code: Shiny, bright colors, anything sweet or candy-themed. You don't wear party clothes to an office, don't wear office clothes to this party.
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue
10p-4a; $5 advance, $10 door
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Some Unknown Consequences of Contact
With Cie Ioannis Mandafounis' One One One, Máiréad Delaney, Jaguar Mary X, Daniella LaGaccia, and Affirmed. At the site of disturbance, sudden encounter, transgression, wound, there is potential, potency and possibility as well as a rush to heal, hold, control, counteract. Broken ground is accessible to new roots, the seed turned over and exposed, the porosity, the break, the burn, encouraging new growth. Broken ground is also vulnerable to invasive species and erosion. Does trauma make us weaker or stronger? Is the danger worth it? Non-rhetorical courage to face the unknown and to keep reaching out, to keep making contact, drives performancy. This one-night exhibition is part of the platform Performancy Forum.
Panoply Performance Laboratory
104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
6-11p; $pay-what-you-can (for the artists)
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Nocturnal Sub.missions Pt. 3
With OTK2 Gio Black Peter and Brian Kenny. One night of live performance, onsite installation, live music, experimental films, photography and dance by: Gio Black Peter, Brian Kenny, Charlene, Victor Jeffreys, Tyler Stone, Karuna, Frankie Rice, Charlie Sheena, Nick Rastiger, Boy Radio, Mike Law, Bruce LaBruce, Slava Mogutin, Tyler Ashley, Madeline Bohm, Josh Lee, Rich Juzwiak, Nicholas Pennsylvania, El Mira, Cacho Falcon, Yaegerman, Natasha Gornik, Ari Fraser, Nicky Miller, Joseph Keckler and Straight to Hell Magazine.
Music: Tyler Stone, Karuna, Frankie Rice, Charlie Sheena, Nick Rastiger, Boy Radio, Mike Law, and Joseph Keckler. Art performance: Gio Black Peter, Brian Kenny, Tyler Ashley, Madeline Bohm, Josh Lee, Nicholas Pennsylvania, El Mira, Cacho Falcon, Yaegerman, and Charlene. Photographers: Victor Jeffreys, Natasha Gornik, and Ari Fraser. Video: Bruce LaBruce, Slava Mogutin, Nicky Miller, and Rich Juzwiak. Book station: Straight to Hell. Followed by Kunst afterparty.
American Medium
515 West 20th Street,  no. 3N, Manhattan
8-11p; $20
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Spaceman follows astronaut Molly Jennis on her attempt to be the first human to reach Mars. The story begins seven months into her eight-month journey to reach the red planet. She is the lone crewmember of the space module Aeneas and her mission is to establish the beginnings of a colony.
The difficulties of interplanetary space travel are brought to life in exacting detail. Radiation exposure, long term weightlessness, low light, extensive communication delays and poor hygiene are just a few of the challenges astronaut Molly Jennis must face as the first to Mars. But she soon finds nothing compares to the psychological effects of having so much time alone. Time spent mulling over the decisions she has made and what might be waiting for her when she finally reaches her destination.
The play explores many of the hazards of long term space travel including, micro-gravity and its effect on one’s health, communications delay, low light environment, long-term isolation, hygiene, waste disposal, as well as the psychological effects of complete isolation and the philosophical implications of starting life on another planet.
Written by Leegrid Stevens, Directed by Jacob Titus, Performed by Erin Treadway, Shawn Davis, Roger Casey, Set Design by Carolyn Mraz, Lighting Design by Simon Cleveland, Costume Design by Heather Carey, Sound Design by Leegrid Stevens
Loading Dock
170 Tillary, Brooklyn
2p; $15
Continues various times through January
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Protégé
A part of the 2018 Exponential Festival. A solo play; equal parts self-help seminar-dance-party-workshop-baptism. Written and performed by Caitlin Bebb, directed by Dara Malina.
Chez Bushwick
304 Boerum Street, second floor, Brooklyn
7p; $15
all ages
Continues SUNDAY​
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret
Now in its fifth Year, Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret features an inspired, curated monthly roster of thrilling music, smart comedy, amazing dance, clever storytelling, sexy burlesque, art and theatrical vaudeville spectacle.
With rip-roarin' rock by LTrain, character comedy by Michael Delisle, witty, urbane comedy by Nat Towsen, the Fishnet Follies, the funny, clever, eccentric work of Bill Chambers, pseudo German nightclub humor by Gregor of Berlin, all hosted by stand up comic Jillian Thomas.
Under St. Marks Theater
94 St. Marks Place, between 1st Avenue and Avenue A, Manhattan
10:30p; $10
Welcome to the Gun Show: A Chekhovian Song Cycle
Chekhov’s signature longing and angst is turned up to 11 as his characters’ inner thoughts are transformed into a cathartic explosion of Chekhovian proportions filled with rock 'n' roll and, of course, vodka. It’s the greatest Chekhovian song cycle of 2018.
Chapman/Sirna-Frest are a composing duo who write original song cycles using the text of classic plays as lyrics. From Chekhov to O'Neill they create atmospheric power ballads and nonlinear glam rock shows that capture the emotion of the text with rock and roll and sometimes vodka.
The Slipper Room
167 Orchard Street, Manhattan
7p doors, 8p show; $15 advance, $20 door
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Liquid Brunch
Work off that hangover with some rump shaking and tasty treats at Liquid Brunch, a daytime dance party hosted by 5th of Nov. Presents. The high point of your three-day weekend, we're going to burn off that seasonal depression by cranking up the heat and projecting some beach visuals for a little late-afternoon vacay.
Delicious, uplifting snacks. Aerial chains performance by Ariel Iasevoli. DJ lineup: Remniqe, Keith Myers, Weir, No Burden, the_Cruz, DJ Karen, and Drop.
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue station
3-9p; $5 early, $8 door
21 and over
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Autoscopic Traveler: Australian and American Works for Solo Percussion
Autoscopic Traveler is an exploration through the idea of disembodiment. The experience of perceiving one’s surrounding environment from outside one’s own body is what most of us know as an out-of-body experience, and autoscopy is derived from the Greek words autos(self) and skopeo (watching).
Featuring percussionists Jessica Tsang and Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, these works from Australian, American, and Canadian composers construct unconventional narratives by combining sampled sound, gesture, electronics, and mechanical objects with traditional percussion instruments. Inspired by everything from chickens and microtonal toy pianos to Norse mythology and language disorders, the pieces on this program are united by their disembodied elements.
Featuring works by Nicholas Deyoe, Fjóla Evans, Mark Applebaum, Adrian Knight, Erik Griswold, Warren Burt, and Andrián Pertout.
70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn
3p; $10-20 sliding scale
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Sally Can't Dance
A Bowie and Elvis Birthday Celebration featuring a live tribute by Michael T and the Vanities and special musical guests. With David Bowie: The RCA Years 69-80 -- 11:30p; David Bowie: Big 80s and Alternative 90s -- 10:15p; David Bowie: The First 5 Years 67-72 -- 9:30p; and Elvis Presley: The Vintage Years -- 8:30p. Guest performers include Corey Tut, Emma Craig, Honey Davenport, Liza Colby, and Steve Krebs. DJs Twig the Wonderkid, Gina Bon Jersey, and Bill Coleman. David Bowie and Elvis Presley visual projections.
The Bowery Electric
327 Bowery and East 2nd Street, Manhattan
8p doors; $20
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Bad Behavior: New Year Queers
Calling all: queers, queens, dykes, dandies, kittens, rad fae, nancy boys, soft butches, hard femmes, gay goddesses, and the rest of you wonderful queer humans to the dance floor. Tonight this house is yours. Welcome back to Bad Behavior.  With music by Amber Valentine and DJ Sammy Jo. Get real, get cute, and get down. The future is tasteless. There is no better time than now for some Bad Behavior.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
7p; $free with RSVP
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Ghostcat presents:
Tuning of the World
With Hex.sys, Meviu§, the FMs, and Autodrone. DJ Sets from Daniel Kasshu and Zak Cy. Live tarot readings by Sylva Sylvarum. Art by Arch Ares and Alysia Art.
1031 Grand Street, Brooklyn
8p; $10
All ages
Drunken Civics Pussy Grabs Back
We are bringing together an all-female ensemble of some of New York City's finest improvisers to celebrate the resilience, diversity, and determination of the 21st century feminist movement.
We open the evening with our voter registration happy hour led by our Community Coalition which includes Indivisible Nation Brooklyn (IDK). Then comes an hour of comedy. The theme of the evening is If I Could Turn Back Time. The first set will be a storyteller will share an experience harassment and the improv actors will flip the script and make it funny. The second set will be inspired by audience member's stories of coexisting with a crumbling patriarchy.
Enjoy complimentary glass of wine for happy hour and, feel free to BYOB. The wins in Virginia and Alabama prove that our organizing efforts are working. It's time to unite forces and get to know one another in community and laughter so that we can continue working towards change for the next three years.
In addition to raising the joy factor, Drunken Civics provides the opportunity for New Yorkers to take immediate civic action because a percentage of each ticket purchased is donated to the US Virgin Islands Recovery fund. We do this because laughter provides healing; connection provides a space to learn; and compassion and donations, no matter how small, make a difference.
Alliance of Resident Theaters
138 South Oxford Street, the Great Room, Brooklyn
6:30-7:30p voter information happy hour, 7:30-8:30p Drunken Civics Pussy Grabs Back; $12
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Dirty Laundry, Something Rotten, and the Spooky Classroom for Experimental Ethics
Three shows on one night: Dirty Laundry, by Harold Lehmann. Something Rotten, by J. Nguyen and JPEG Format, and the Spooky Classroom for Experimental Ethics.
The Glove
Email for address, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $?
Artist-Run Venues: An Exponential Festival Panel
The whys and hows and WTFs of running a space in New York while being an artist will be delved into with our amazing panelists and you. Panelists: Ximena Garnica, Noel Allain, Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grush, Catherine Mueller, David Herskovits and Moe Yousuf, Brian McCorkle, and Cameron Stuart. Moderated by Theresa Buchheister.
The Bushwick Starr
207 Starr Street, Brooklyn
8p; $?
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
The Dirty Little Secrets Improv Show
The show is based on audience secrets (shared anonymously). Yes, we are into our third year of shows at Niagara and we're still having fun with it.
112 Avenue A, Manhattan
7p doors, 7:30p show; $6 advance, $10 door plus a secret
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
The Fuck You Revue: Hot Stuff
Baby, it's cold outside or whatever, but it's plenty warm in here. Brought to you by nightlife darlings Zoe Ziegfeld and Fancy Feast, the Fuck You Revue is heating things up in January, featuring scorching circus, burlesque, and performance art talents presenting work on an array of hot topics. If it's sunny, summery, sweaty, or spicy, you'll be seeing it on stage at Bizarre Bushwick. Featuring Tigger!, the Maine Attraction, Ekaterina, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Gigi Bonbon, Tansy, Calamity Chang, Johnny Panic, and Broody Valentino.
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, between Broadway and Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
9p doors, 9:30p show; $10 suggested
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
The Rally Reading Series
The Rally is continuing its new season with three leading literary warriors of the resistance. The next reading features Rob Spillman, Michele Filgate, and Charlotte Lieberman. Come see our terrific slate of readers perform, and offer them your questions, comments, and reactions. We're the heart of a march in the body of a reading series -- it’s a whole new helping of overtly political discourse.
709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn
7p; $?
****** Also on TUESDAY *****
Mental Leave With Rachel Lipstein
A psychodynamic comedy show unpacking themes of mental health in the 21st century. Hosted by Rachel Lipstein, with Jo Firestone, Dan Chamberlain, Francesca D'Uva, and Tessa Skara.
The Footlight
465 Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
7:20p show, 7:45p ends by 9p; $donation
718 673 8211
Dandy Be Good
Dandy Be Good is a site specific interactive performance that evokes humanity at its most natural. People in space sharing stories and lending support. In this chaotic time we live in, Dandy offers an escape from the streets and invites you to hear, breathe and feel with the alternative. Have a bite, a drink and an experience that is about cleansing the spirit as you move throughout a space that is about community and relatability.
Written and performed by G.J. Dowding.
With special guests.
Vital Joint
109 Meserole Street (not Avenue), Brooklyn
8p; $free
RSVP to info]at]
Continues various days through January 27
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Bring Your Own Film
A monthly film and video open mic screening where filmmakers and artists working in moving images can bring in finished pieces or works in progress. It's a friendly and informal space where people share and talk about each other's work.
Please join us to drink cheap beer, meet new people, and watch some cool film and video projects. If you have a project you'd like to share, bring it. First come first served, no need to contact us ahead of time, just show up with your film and we'll play it. Any film, any digital format, 10 minutes or under.
Shoestring Press
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p screening; $free
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Dirty Circus: Variety Show
A variety show dedicated to the raw and the raunchy. Aerial. Circus. Absurdity. Skill. Hilarity. Brilliance. The finest, fittest and most ferocious performers, curated to perfection and presented on our stage for your enjoyment. Shows like Dirty Circus are our Heart and Soul. They allow us to showcase the best talent in the entire city, and bring it to you at a fraction of the cost. Because we love you.
Featuring Ariel Valeiras, Blaine Petrovia, Daisy Press, Eric Coolidge, Kyla Ernst-Alper, Madame Vivien V, Queen Ravenden, Stefanie Clouse, and Sylvana Tapia. Hosted by the one and only Kae Burke. Told in three acts; not for the faint of heart. Followed by Wig Out with the Wig, Panooc, Rich Medina, and Marley Marl.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
7p; $15-25 presales, $20-30 door
Fire Over Heaven Series
With performances by Gold Dime, Che Chen, and David Watson.
1665 Norman Street, Ridgewood, Queens
7:30p doors, 8:30p Che Chen and David Watson, 9:30p Gold Dime; $8 suggested
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Video Tale: Storytelling With Video
Video Tale incorporates storytelling with video; all storytellers integrate video with their stories. There's video and stories -- all in one show. Hosted by Harmon Leon. Lineup: Selena Coppock, Zilla Vodnas, and Matt Vita.
The Pit Loft
154 West 29th Street, Manhattan
7p; $?
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
The Warper Party
The largest showcase of electronic art and music in New York. Two floors of omnidigital art and music. Soundsystem by Stampede Sound. Performances by 81Neutronz, Creative Apocalypse, Smomid, Wet Star, Matt Dallow, Infinite Kitten, Blak Blondz, Are Je Be?, Dani Mari, VJ DoctorMojo, Radio Free Tibet, Ghost Stories, Truth in Transition, Distant Comets, Denada, Nick Kent, and Permian Strata.
The Keep
205 Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
L train to Jefferson station
21 and over
8p-late; $free
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
In the Depths of Lava: An Ode to Richard Foreman
In the depths of Lava is a reconstruction of Foreman’s meditation piece, Lava. This reconstruction sets the piece in 1953 where the CIA administered LSD as part of Project MkUltra. The piece takes an inside look at these experiments and how they reshaped the identity of three human subjects. Part of the Exponential Festival.
The Glove
Email for address, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show;
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
The Kita St Cyr Show
Kita St Cyr, the Caramel Cutie With the Apple Booty, brings you a perfectly delicious burlesque night featuring a diverse cast of performers of color, with storytelling, variety and song sprinkled throughout. Discover your new favorite performers and fall in love with beloved Wasabassco acts all over again.
Tonight: Stage kitten Amuse Bouche, Genie Adagio, Qualms Galore, Ravenessa, and Sydni Deveraux. Part of the new weekly Wasabassco Thursdays at the Way Station.
The Way Station
683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p show; $10
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
The Mushroom Cure and Psychedelics Across Time and Space With Hamilton Morris
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 the performance, Adam will be joined by Hamilton Morris, of Vice's Hamilton's Pharmacopeia, for a discussion and Q&A on the varying uses of psychedelics in different societies throughout history and their future role in shamanism, psychiatry, and self-exploration.
Theatre 80
80 St. Marks Place, just off 1st Avenue, Manhattan
7:30p show; $25 with discount code "SHROOMS"
Continues through January 27
Art School Acid Dropout
Performances by Davidson Boswell, Justin Auslaender, and Wes Haney.
Plus live music. Written by Grant Lindahl, Ian Kitchen, Brooke Eliot, and Lizzy Mazzucchelli. Everyone is provided materials and encouraged to make art during the show. Each member gets a limited edition show poster and button with the ticket price. Plus free beer for the first 15 audience members.
Creek and Cave
1093 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
10p; $5
***** Also on FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 *****
Brooklyn Contra With Mr. David Sidman's Elastic Band and Sue Gola
Description: Join us for a night of contra dancing with live music from Mr. David Sidman's Elastic Band. 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.
Camp Friendship
339 8th Street, Brooklyn
7:30p lesson, 8p dancing; $15 regular, $12 student
917 310 0962
* Idiotarod, January 27
* Rubulad Presents Cabin Fever Dream a Go-Go, January 20
* Competitive Winter Picnicking, February 25
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"The ETF will hold companies that derive 'substantial revenue from space-related activities,' including satellite companies, rocket manufacturing, space-based imagery and intelligence services. In October, Morgan Stanley released what it called the 'Space 20,' a list of companies that it wrote were 'best exposed to the growth of the Global Space Economy.'"
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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 Park Slope. January 2017. Woman in her 40s to her kid:
-- "Can you *believe* you are almost gonna be in kindergarten?"
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]
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 Avenue, Brooklyn
noon-7p; $free
Deep House Yoga
Yoga, loosely translated from its Sanskrit root – means “union” or “integration” – the bringing together of a sound mind & 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
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
Intro to Threat Modeling and Holistic Security
Threats are a real and ever-present aspect of the world we navigate. Whether they occur due to our activities, or just from trying to navigate through our days, the feelings that we develop from feeling threatened have a very concrete impact on our lives. The purpose of this presentation is to present exercises that can aid in reducing anxiety surrounding our feelings of threat, and can help you or the org you are a part of create a space for members to share threats, and evaluate them for likelihood, rather than just becoming paranoid by them.
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
7-9:30p; $free
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
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
11a-2p; $15
Learn how to recycle food scraps at home, in the community or with DSNY Organics Collection.
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd, Harding Lab, Bronx
6-7:30p; $free
Plant Tissue Culture
Many plants and vegetables you see in the supermarket today are produced using tissue culture, and it's a fundamental skill required for genetic engineering of plants. In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn the fascinating history of this technique in research and agriculture, the basic principles of plant somatic embryogenesis, and how this process can be used to propagate various plants. Students will learn sterile tissue culture technique and make their own cultures to take home. No experience in biology is necessary and all are welcome.
Biotech Without Borders
33 Flatbush Avenue, fourth floor, Brooklyn
January 28, 3-6p; $50
We want to help you find help for short-term projects. Do you have a project, an event, or an action that needs an extra push, a few more people, or an extra set of hands? Please send your calls for help to: hands]at]
***** FRIENDS OF LOEWS *****
This Saturday, January 13, from noon to 5p, we'll have our first regular volunteer work day of 2018. The first thing that needs to be done may sound, well, kind of ordinary -- but it's as important to keeping the Loew's up and running as everything else we do: All the decorations and other trappings of the holidays have to be packed carefully away for next year so the Theater will be ready to resume programming at the end of the month.
We'll also be scoping out some of the restoration and improvement projects we want to work on over then next few months, including more balcony seat and railing restoration, stage audio and other tech upgrades, repainting, and directional sign installation.
If you've volunteered with FOL before, you know it's work, but also that it means a lot.  If you've not volunteered with us yet, give it a try in 2018.  If you have a couple of hours this Saturday, it will be a great time to start.
Friends of the Loew's, Inc.
54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ
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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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