nonsense: 2.9 to 2.15

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Subject: nonsense: 2.9 to 2.15
Date: February 9th 2018
Friday, February 9
* Iconic Apex, Brooklyn
* Comedy/Dance Party at Secret Loft, Manhattan
* The Puppet Queen's Travellers, Manhattan
* Power Ballads Sing-Along, Brooklyn
* It's Friday, I'm (Not) In Love: Anti-Valentine's Day Party, Brooklyn
* Special Tonight, Manhattan
Saturday, February 10
* Rubulad Proudly Presents: Love Potion Number 389, Brooklyn
* Inconsiderate Fantasies of Negative Acceleration Characterized by Sacrifices of a Non-Consensual Nature, Manhattan
* Hearts of Bass, Queens
* Army of Lovers Crafting Partee, Manhattan
* Sweet Tooth, Manhattan
* Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret, Manhattan
* Cartoon Carnival No. 64: What Is Love, Brooklyn
* Blackest Wrench, Manhattan
* Meet Me in Paris, Brooklyn
* Carnaval Nova York 2018, Brooklyn
* You Get a Spoon, Manhattan
* Collaborations and Conversations, Manhattan
Sunday, February 11
* The Blues Revisited: Robert Johnson, Brooklyn
Monday, February 12
* Bingo n' Laughs, Manhattan
* I Have a Crazy Idea to Wear a Costume, Brooklyn
* Tesla Vs. Edison: Electric Foe Comedy Show, Brooklyn
Tuesday, February 13
* Send in the Clowns: A Comedy Show, Brooklyn
* Adult Spelling Bee, Manhattan
* Mardi Gras: Brass, Sass, and Ass, Brooklyn, Manhattan
Wednesday, February 14
* Free Sex Advice in Union Square, Manhattan
* Fourth Annual Love Letter Lounge
Thursday, February 15
* Willy Wonka and the Great Warper Party, Queens
* Defend PR, Manhattan
* Mattresses
* Colonizing Venus
* Meet our new editor!
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Iconic Apex
A unique exhibition featuring the work of designer and performance artist Darrell Thorne. Iconic Apex will feature over 70 pieces by Thorne, including a bespoke mask created for Madonna, numerous pieces featured in Steven Klein’s Brooke Candy video Opulence, and a series of 18 pieces created for the Park Avenue Armory, inspired by architectural details of the building.
Also on display will be a large piece created for the HBO series High Maintenance. A viewing of the episode (No. 10, Derech, debuting that night) which features Thorne as a lead character, will take place at the opening reception at 11p.
In addition, Thorne has collaborated with several performers to create new works which will be debuted at the opening in conjunction with their performances, including Javier Dzul of Dzul Dance and the Iconic House of Ninja.
Thorne is a Brooklyn based, multidisciplinary artist working in the areas of makeup, costume design, and performance art.  He specializes in creating otherworldly, highly detailed costumes, characters, and performances for stage, screen, and editorials. As a performer Thorne works regularly in nightlife, theatrical, and private events in New York City, nationally, and internationally.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8-11:30p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Comedy/Dance Party at Secret Loft
Check out rising stars and famous comedians working their newest material at 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. Hosted by Petey DeAbreu. Featuring Kerry Coddett, Kendra Cunningham, Khalid Rahmaan, Pretty Sad White Girls, Alzo Slade, Jo Firestone, and Seaton Smith.
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 *****
The Puppet Queen's Travellers
Opening my chill apartment for live up-close music and stories -- featuring hip-hop, jazz, agro rap, and r&b. Projections and live dry erasing walling for the visually inclined. BYOB and cocktails by donation. Mary J welcome. Proceeds to collaborators.
An apartment in the Lower East Side
RSVP for exact address, Manjattan
8p; $10, contact if you need half off.
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Power Ballads Sing-Along
Learn what love is all about. The single and bitter, as well as the smitten couples, are invited to come and celebrate the awesomeness and pain of love by bringing their voices together and holding their lighters aloft while singing along to an epic collection of pro- and anti-love power ballad music videos from the 80s and 90s. Bring Your Own Lighters. Get your tickets now and start stretching for the Air Guitar Competition so you can shred like Slash and win some cool Power Ballad themed prizes.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
9:30p; $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
It's Friday, I'm (Not) In Love: Anti-Valentine's Day Party
The third annual. No love in your life? Flip Cupid the bird and celebrate singledom with all the other lonelyhearts at the Skint's Third Annual Anti-Valentine's Party. Hug yourself and sway as DJ Gordon Gloom (Feeling Gloomy, YDH2S) spins songs of heartache and desire from the 80s to today. Purge your emotional baggage with our cleansing anti-love ritual. Use our photo booth to show the world (and your exes) how much better you're doing on your own. Lubricate yourself with themed drink specials. Dress in black. All black. Only black. Creativity will be rewarded.
635 Sackett Street, between 3rd and 4th avenues, Brooklyn
10:30p; $7-10
***** 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 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. And then we can hang out after. That's our Special Tonight. Comics: Nathan Macintosh, Tyler Fischer, Cloé Hilliard, Christina Galston, Patrick Holbert, and Jeff McBride.
The Mockingbird
25 Avenue B, Manhattan
7p dinner, 8p performance; $15 online, $20 door
Rubulad Proudly Presents: Love Potion Number 389
Featuring live music and performance by Hungry March Band, Viva DiConcini's Rock N Roll Burlesque featuring the Maine Attraction, Tigger!, Miss Saturn, and Seedy Edie is kittening, and Bikini Carwash. With your DJ and hostess Baby K Love and friends (with benefits). Plus Tommy Jose Stathes Cartoon Carnival and projections by the Sperm Whale, Myke Flaherty's pucker up Art Hole, and Blue June of Magick Talismans Tarot. Bring, or find, your true love here. Dress: to bill and coo, you lovebirds you.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
7p doors, 7:30p show; $10 advance, before 10p, or way late, $15 otherwise
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Survival Research Laboratories presents:
Inconsiderate Fantasies of Negative Acceleration Characterized by Sacrifices of a Non-Consensual Nature
Closing performance.
545 West 25th Street, Manhattan
3p; $free
212 463 8634
NOTE: Your last chance to enjoy the very rare spectacle of Survival Research Laboratories in New York City.
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
NY Electronic Underground presents:
Hearts of Bass
A party for lovers and lovers of bass. This is the weekend right before Valentines day and we wanted to bring you a night of special entertainment for people who love bass. Bring your lovers bring your friends and frolic on the dance floor, we will provide the bass.
This is a music party that is focused on live PA acts. Live PA is a style of performing electronic music. Artists create beats and baselines using drum machines and synthesizers and perform the music to a live audience. This is dance music, but not performed by DJs. These artists bring the energy of electronic dance music while providing the immediacy of live performance. Performances by Blak Blondz, MegMan Music Denada, No Burden, and DJ Infinite Kitten. Visuals by VJ N8tronick and RGB Values. Treats from the heart: Teresa B: Personal Vegan Chef
The Keep
205 Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
L train to Jefferson Street station
10p-4a; $5
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Army of Lovers Crafting Partee
Is your heart all over the place? Are you an "art person"? Do you think love is the pits but also really great? Valentine's Day is a dum-dum. But we can change that by giving Valentines to strangers.
Yet first we must make them, so stop by to craft some Valentines, and to be part of the #ArmyOfLovers. Bring your own crafts (but not glitter), and even a drink or two. Oh, and fellow humans.
Clemente Soto Veléz Cultural Center
107 Suffolk Street, second floor, Manhattan
5:30-10p; $donations
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Sweet Tooth
The party that leaves your tastebuds tingling: Valentine's Edition. Bring your sweetheart, or find a new one on the dance floor. The finest DJs in NYC will be serving the most delicious house and techno. DJs: Faith in the Glitch, Annakickarse, Remniqe, and Keith Myers. Aerial silks performance by Ariel Iasevoli. Special live performance by Strangers on the Internet. Free candy. Dress code: shiny, bright colors, anything sweet or candy-themed. Aphrodites and Cupids welcome. 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 station
10p-4a, $5 advance, $10 day of
***** 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. A great show in a legendary East Village venue.
Tonight: Pianist, comedian, choral singer, mathematician, entertainer David Bell brings a bit of Cole Porter sparkle to the Rat, especially for Valentine’s Day. Selena Coppock created ]at]NYTVows, the parody Twitter and Instagram account satirizing the New York Times Wedding section. The Fishnet Follies, a boutique team created specially for the Rat, are members of the acclaimed international Guilty Pleasures Cabaret dance troupe. The Rat’s not complete without the funny, clever, eccentric work of Bill Chambers. A horrifying parody of an Apple tech expo, the tale of Vincenzo the Chain-Smoking Monkey, re-animating a “dead” Teddy Ruxpin a la Mary Shelly -- expect the unexpected. Bill is seen in the Frigid Festival, Canuck Cabaret, and the annual East Village Antifolk Festival.
Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret at Under St. Marks Theater
94 St. Marks Place, at 8th Street, betetween 1st Avenue and Avenue A, Manhattan
10:30p; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cartoon Carnival No. 64: What Is Love
It's time to sit back and relax for another hefty batch of 16mm (no digital!) animated cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives to that secret silver screen in Bushwick.
Program No. 64 takes place just in time for that holiday filled with hearts and flowers. Whether it's cutesy ooey gooey lovey dovey cartoons or animated tales of romantic betrayal you seek, we'll have something for everyone. Here you'll see some famous characters you love, and others you'd never wish to meet from Tinder. Valentine's Day and Cartoon Carnivals are for all, so don't leave your forever alone friends at home, either -- dust 'em off, show some love and bring 'em to the show.
Headlined by the comedy stylings of Ben Wasserman. Also featuring live ragtime romancing by Charlie Judkins. All attendees will be able to stay after the toons for the venue's super groovy monthly all-night-long party, also Valentine's themed, at no extra charge.
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
7p; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Blackest Wrench
The NY Neo-Futurists have been offering affordable theater to the NYC audience for 13 years in the East Village in our weekly show the Infinite Wrench (formerly called Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind). This is our first ever Blackest Wrench, with a cast made up entirely of People of Color, as this is our first year having enough POC representation to do so. We're doing this in honor of Black History month.
The Kraine Theater
84 East 4th Street, Manhattan
10:15p doors, 10:30-11:30p show; $20
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Gemini and Scorpio present:
Meet Me in Paris
A clandestine cabaret.
Gemini and Scorpio Loft
RSVP for address, Gowanus, Brooklyn
9-10p cocktail hour, 10p-1a live acts, 1a-5a dancing and lounging; $20 before 1a, $10 after
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Carnaval Nova York 2018
Winter in New York can be cold, dark, and lonely. Which means you have to wear pants all the time. We're bringing you a Brazilian Carnaval party to cure all your winter problems. Featuring samba de roda, capoeira, maculele, live percussion, and a special performance at 1030p by Fogo Azul, NYC's all-women Brazilian drumline. DJ spinning body warming Brazilian genres (Axé, Marchinha, Samba, Funk, Sertanejo, Forró) and booty shaking world beats and tropical riddems. Wear plenty of green and gold. A fundraiser for the ABADA Capoeira Academy NYC, including option to purchase one week of unlimited capoeira classes with your ticket.
The Deep End
1080 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Halsey station
9p-3a; $5 advance, $10 door
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
You Get a Spoon
Join comedian and host Chris Duffy for an afternoon of NYC’s best performers sharing their work and the things they love. Each artist performs and then gives audience members a chance to win their favorite things. It's an Oprah-style audience giveaway. Every show, one lucky audience member receives a Tovolo mixing spoon (the greatest spoon in the universe). This show features standup from Anthony DeVito (Comedy Central), improvised music from Rebecca Vigil (Netflix), and a reading by actor/comedian Obehi Janice.
21A Clinton Street, Manhattan
3:30p doors, 4p show; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Hoover Dam Collective presents:
Collaborations and Conversations
Featuring performances by ChristinaNoel and the Creature, Maya Orchin and Douglas Jay Goldstein, Falcon Dance, Christine Hoberg, Neha Sha and Martin Seiler, Zach Koeber and the Lovelies, and Alex MacKinnon.
Arts on Site
12 St Marks Place, Manhattan
7-10p; $5-$10 sliding scale
The Blues Revisited: Robert Johnson
The King of the Delta Blues is Alive. Robert Johnson is considered the greatest Delta Bluesman of his time. After completing over 30 recordings, the young virtuoso died mysteriously at the 27. His influence has touched the lives of millions and this showcase is a celebration of the man, the music and the legend. With interpretations from musicians and dancers, including Hubby Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
After hours office
RSVP for address, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
F, G trains to Bergen Street station
7p; $pay-what-you-wish, proceeds to collaborators.
Bingo n' Laughs
Bingo n' Laughs is a night of bingo, comedy, and craft beer. Comedy from Katie Boyle Cinderblock Festival, Matt Maran Roastmasters, Maddy Smith Hoboken Comedy Festival, Dan Wicks, and Sydnee Washington Mtv.
The Rochard
8:30p; $free
***** Also on MONDAY *****
I Have a Crazy Idea to Wear a Costume
I Have a Crazy Idea Variety Show celebrates its 10th show with the theme: Costumes. Music, comedy, storytelling, burlesque, performance art, poetry, and nearly anything else can happen. Acts by Rivky, Stella Nova, Miss China Doll, Jennifer Glick, Jude Treder-Wolff, Mike Cho, and Jeff Rose. Featuring the return of Carmen Mofongo.
Branded Saloon
603 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
8-10p; $free
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Tesla Vs. Edison: Electric Foe Comedy Show
Performers: Ike Ufomadu, Mariana Garces, Calvin Cato, and Ally Spier.
Starr Bar
214 Starr Street, Brooklyn
8-9:30p; $free
631 327 1656
Send in the Clowns: A Comedy Show
Send in the Clowns is a monthly alt-standup show showcasing a variety of live comedy, from the experimental to the traditional and everywhere in between. This month features Martin Urbano, Liz Magee, Sarah Boatright, Tim Platt, and Albert Kirchner. It is hosted by Liam Klinkenberg and Eytan Boclin.
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Street, Brooklyn
9p; $free
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Adult Spelling Bee
We're back with a one-time only adult spelling bee, unless it's super successful, then maybe we'll do them regularly. This is a real adult spelling bee, with words ranging from easy (rhinoceros) to challenging (kakistocracy) to devilish (aebleskive, anyone?) A kinder and gentler three-strikes-you’re-out format, and ample beer breaks, lessen the pressure. Hosted by Bobby Blue and Jen Dziura
21A Clinton Street, Manhattan
7p doors, 7:30p bee; $15 to spell, $7 to watch
21 and over
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Mardi Gras: Brass, Sass, and Ass
Hot Hand Band, DJ Dirtyfinger.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
9p; $free with RSVP
Free Sex Advice in Union Square
Have a sex question or dating drama you're wrestling with? Award-winning sexpert Francisco Ramirez offers free advice on sex, dating, relationships, and hookups to individuals, couples, and groups for free this Valentine's Day in Union Square. Come on by, have a seat in the chair, and talk through whatever's on your mind. No tips requested or accepted. This is absolutely free because you -- and every human being--has a right to lead a sexually healthy, fulfilling life regardless of your means or current resources.
Free Sex Advice
South side of Union Square Park (across from Forever 21), Manhattan
3-6p; $free
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Fourth Annual Love Letter Lounge
Pop-up post office and art event on love. On Valentine’s Day, come write the letter you need to write ... today’s the day. The Love Letter Lounge is your Pop-Up Post Office for writing letters by hand, from the heart - of both love and loss, flirt-fire and spit-fire, forgiveness and apology, peace-of-mind and peace-of-my-mind. Letters with addresses are mailed, those unaddressed are held and ritually released (usually by fire). This fourth annual community event by performance artist and wedding officiant Barbara Ann Michaels, Jester of the Peace, also features an open mic on love, participatory art about connection, and love advice from co-producer Karen Webster, The DivineLife Dating Coach.
Soho Places
435 Broome Street, Manhattan
6-9p; $15 advance, $10 early bird, $20 at the door, $5 off for Nonsense members with code LOVESENSE
Willy Wonka and the Great Warper Party
The largest showcase of electronic art and music in NYC. Two floors of omnidigital art and music. Oom Soundsystem by Stampede Sound. Performances by Vic Thrill, VJ DoctorMojo, Creative Apocalypse, The Exploratory Mind of Infinite Kitten, Fun Khunters, Blak Blondz, Matt Dallow, Creative Apocalypse, Permian Strata, Ghost Stories, Mystic Modern, Nukage, and Denada.
The Keep
205 Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
L trains to Jefferson station
21 and over
8p-late; $free
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Defend PR
The Defend PR Exhibit is a six-part exhibit consisting of a compilation of photography, video, design, and immersive media that capture the current resistance movements in Puerto Rico and the artists who are documenting their voices and identity amid crisis. Defend PR explores the creative documentation and stories told through the Defend Puerto Rico transmedia project, an artist-led initiative that has been documenting and celebrating Puerto Rican creativity, resilience, and resistance since 2006. The exhibit seeks to stimulate some much-needed reflection about Puerto Rico’s current and past struggles and its history.
Featured artists: Camille Rivera Díaz, Francisco Acevedo, Liz Cuadrado, Gabriel Garcia Gomez, Raul Colón, Miguel Ángel Feliciano Binet, Giovanny Colón Medina, Evan Moreno, María Elena Núñez, Joaquin Medina, Christina Rodríguez, Jorge Benitez, Jocelyn Ortiz, Angel Manuel Cruz Morales, Gabriela Ramos García, Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Mikey Cordero, Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Yeray Gómez Vélez, José Fernando Irizarry Montero, Vanessa Rodriguez, and Erika Rodriguez. Adrian “Viajero” Roman, Edgardo Larregui, Coco de Oro, and La Maraña.
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
120 East 125th Street, Manhattan
6-9p; $free-5
Mr. Dynamite! A James Brown Tribute Party
Four DJs play for six hours covering the best of the Godfather of Soul's catalog mixed in with music he produced, records by affiliated acts, remixes, and of course, the hip hop that samples him. Get on your Hot Pants, cuz this time around we have two of the greatest Producer/DJs in Hip Hop History spinning back to back sets. Featuring the talents of the legendary Pete Rock and Easy Mo Bee, alongside DMC US Champion DJ Esquire and Friends and Lovers' own Dash Speaks.
10p-4a; $15-20
* The 18th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant, February 17
* Competitive Winter Picnicking, February 25
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 *****
* In search of free or cheap queen or king sized beds in fair condition for the upcoming Competitive Winter Picnicking event. Needed for the Snuggling Olympics, which will consist of three events: Competitive Small Spooning, Forehead Kiss Races, and Bed Hog Wrestling. Willing to pick up. Email shadowtrafficproductions]at]
* Robert Galinsky is offering two free tickets (for the next six weeks) to his Off Broadway show: "The Bench, A Homeless Love Story" as a gift to nonsense readers. Simply email galinskynow]at] and put "nonsense" in the subject box. At the end of each week, his producer will pick, at random, a winner for the two tickets. More about the show here:
* Crumby Spokes Valentines Day Fundraiser. It works like this: before February 14, you can place an order (or three) here on the internet for a bag of five delicious home-baked chocolate chip scones to be delivered to a friend, a sweetheart, or your own self at home or at work, complete with a handmade personalized valentine. All this for a $15-$20 sliding scale donation. Then on Wednesday, February 14, from 8a to 5p, we here at Crumby Spokes will get dressed up in homemade costumery, bike around the city, and deliver freshly baked scones all day long. That's right, all this for a completely reasonable donation of $15-20. All the donations we collect will be donated to Picture the Homeless and NYC Mechanical Gardens Bike Co-op, two respected organizations doing necessary and inspiring work here in New York. Hooray! Place your order(s) today! Here's the link to the order form:
***** MONEY *****
* You know us from intimate gatherings, explosive celebrations, and the decentralized renegade street party that is the Lost Horizon Night Market. We came away from the last series of night markets, which we called Lost Bridge Exchange, with the unthinkable: enough money in the bank to start a legal entity. This is partially thanks to our deft hands, strategic planning and sexy-ass spreadsheets, but let's be honest: it happened because of the supporters near and far who said “I love you! I want you to succeed and you deserve this hard-fought $3-100 of mine!” And we’re ready to get behind the wheel for the long haul. In order to raise the capital we need for non-profit status and a broader grant-seeking strategy we are signing up with a platform called withfriends. For the price of a cup of coffee you can support us every month in this next thrilling year of events, exploration and susta inable growth. We’ll use this money to reach our long-term goals, but we’ll also be able to fund free events and subsidize the art projects you want to build in order to participate.
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***** Colonizing Venus *****
"The second planet from the Sun might seem like a nasty place to build a home, with a surface temperature hot enough to melt lead and an atmosphere so dense it would feel like being submerged beneath 3000 feet of water. But the air on Venus thins out as you rise above the surface and cools considerably; about 30 miles up you hit the sweet spot for human habitation. If ever there were a place to build a floating city, this would be it."
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 Brooklyn. January 2018. Waiting in line at Sweetgreen:
-- "What's a sunchoke?"
-- "I don't know. I know what they are but I don't know what they are."
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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One-Day Workshop in Traditional Singing Styles and Performance Technique
Whether you're an experienced performer or just starting out, this workshop will help you become a better, more confident singing artist with all kinds of traditional, folk, and roots material in all kinds of performance situations - concerts, recording sessions, shows and films, festivals, workshops, special events, informal singing circles, and jam sessions.
Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn
1-4p; $100
From the Prelinger Archives:
Yesterday and Tomorrow in Detroit
Although the New York City Screening is sold out, there are still tickets left for Rick Prelinger's interactive Motor City edition of his mesmerizing and amusing Lost Landscapes project. Combining home movies, newsreels, industrial films, and miscellaneous footage, this city-symphony-like film pictures Detroit's white and African American communities during periods of boom and bust. Audience members are invited to speak during the screening -- to identify people, places and events, to ask questions, and to join one another in contemplating and commenting on America's great industrial city.
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave, Queens
5p; $15, $11 senior and student, $7 youth
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Work, Make, Move, Talk: Four From the Golden Age of Industrial Films
Also from the Prelinger Archives, Sunday's event will screen masterpieces from America's industrial film producers between the years of 1936-1958, offering insight into sophisticated techniques of corporate persuasion. Master Hands (Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, 1936) echoes Modern Times and Triumph of the Will (both made the same year) in its evocation of the grandeur and danger of the assembly line; American Look (Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, 1958) presents the Populuxe era in all its glory, showing examples of interior, industrial, graphic and product design in glorious widescreen Technicolor; In the Suburbs (On Film Inc. for Redbook Magazine, 1957), a rare woman-made industrial infused with more than a touch of the avant-garde, recalls post–World War II migrations from city to suburbia; and Long Distance (Audio Productions for the Bell System, 1941) traces the links between the bu ildout of the telephone network and American continental expansion.
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue, Queens
5p; $15, $11 senior and student, $7 youth
A Love Letter Reading
A perfect time to embrace The Language of Love ... come learn, listen, share, and support others in Oleariam's timely, 'A Love Letter Reading VI' -- a night where participants are invited to share personal, unsent letters as a form of release. This gathering acts as a safe space where the thoughts and feelings shared are not limited and all types of mediums are used for expression. A Love Letter Reading was created through Oleariam's belief that everyone deserves an opportunity to practice being positively vulnerable and that through doing this we can connect with ourselves and others on deeper levels. 
246 East 4th Street
7:30p; $5-$10
Edit and Export Your Podcast With BRIC
Learn basic editing and effects techniques for audio, as well as how to export a finished podcast project for distribution or sharing. This course covers how to start a Reaper project, best settings for your podcast or radio piece, importing and layering audio files, basic editing techniques and effects, as well as how to export a finished project for distribution or sharing. Three four-hour classes.
New Lots Library
665 New Lots Avenue, Brooklyn
3-7p; $50
Valentines Day Couples Welding
This Valentines Day do something really h-o-t. Get an introduction to MIG (metal inert gas) welding and using the plasma cutter to cut out your own Valentine's Day heart and practice making basic welds. We'll have a champagne toast at the end of this three-hour class. Your materials fee pays for steel and gas. We provide safety protection including welding masks, goggles, leather jackets, and gloves.
Staten Island MakerSpace
450 Front Street, Staten Island
6-9p; $225-250
Sex Magic 101: Couples
This workshop is designed to help partnered participants use the craft of magic to enhance their sexual relationships. Join writer, teacher and witch Ashley Young in learning how to incorporate spiritual tools such as candles, crystals, spells and alter making to create sex rituals to strengthen the connect between you and your partner(s). This class will also touch on healing body trauma through magic, couple communication and safe sex practices as well as alternative relationships such as kink and polyamory.
Catland Books
987 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
7-9p; $20
Mural Making in the Garden
Learn the ins and outs of creating a mural at your community garden. Murals and public art not only beautify neighborhoods, but they can deepen community connections and spark public dialogue. We'll hear from artists Raul Ayala, Claudie Mabry, and Brooke Singer, Jennifer Lantzas (Deputy Director of Public Art for NYC Parks), and community gardeners who have gone through the process of creating murals for their gardens. This event is co-hosted with Groundswell, a NYC-based organization which brings together youth, artists, and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change, for a more just and equitable world.
540 President Street, no. 1A, Brooklyn
6:30-8:30p; $free
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* Our Brighton Beach food pantry is very much in need of volunteers (we are having difficulty recruiting due to the date and time). The pantry serves very vulnerable populations, and it would be great to have extra assistance to help operations run more smoothly for them. We serve many seniors, immigrants, and Holocaust survivors who are experiencing food insecurity. Volunteers assist food pantry clients with using a digital program on an iPad. This program allows clients to select which food items they want and do not want for their family, giving them more choice and autonomy, and also reducing food waste. Every Thursday from 9:15a-2p, with the option for coming only once or on a repeating-basis, depending on what best suits your schedule. The pantry is located about two minutes away from the Brighton Beach stop on the B/Q line. The head of the pantry is very appreciative of volunteers and always orders a free pi zza lunch for everyone assisting. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email ndehart]at] for details.
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