nonsensenyc: 3.24 to 3.31

 
From: "nonsense nyc" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 3.24 to 3.31
Date: March 24th 2017
Friday, March 24
* Realtalk: Creativity for Positive Change, Brooklyn
* Strange Times Call for Strangelove: Nostalgic Cold War Paranoia, Jersey City
* #Fomoparty, Brooklyn
* We Have Always Lived in the Future, Long Island City
* Secret Loft, Brooklyn
 
Saturday, March 25
* Night Light, Brooklyn
* Fashion Dance Party, Brooklyn
* Michael Alan Taxi Driver Drawathon Performance, Brooklyn
* Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happy Hour, Brooklyn
* Making Known, Manhattan
* Rock for Self-Advocacy, Brooklyn
* Schtick A Pole In It, Manhattan
* Tarot Society Two-Year Anniversary Show, Brooklyn
* Feeling Gloomy presents: These Are People Who Died, Brooklyn
* Home Audio, Brooklyn
 
Sunday, March 26
* A Night of Surrealism, Queens
* House Concert: From Desert to City, Brooklyn
* Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy, Manhattan
* The Tusk Presents, Brooklyn
 
Monday, March 27
* Pussy Grabs Back: An Exhibition of Anti-Trump Comics, Brooklyn
 
Tuesday, March 28
* Bingo Fabulous, Brooklyn
* Pairs N' Pears No. 7, Brooklyn
 
Wednesday, March 29
* D A S, Brooklyn
* Peculiar Streams, Manhattan
 
Thursday, March 30
* Critically Ashamed: A Dark Knight to Remember, Brooklyn
* Show NYC We Support Spaces, Brooklyn
 
Wishlist
* Under the Subway
 
Spectre
* Salt-Based Ion Propulsion
 
Overheard
* A modern quest
 
Learning
* Digital Privacy Workshop for Activists
 
NOTE: For some navigation help, or an explanation for what this is all about, scroll all the way down to NONSENSE. You can donate to this project at nonsensenyc.com/special. Also: We make a lot of mikes, especially with dates; you should always double check our work before you go out.
 
 
XXXXX COVER ART XXXXX
 
 
Abstract refractions of geometric glass
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, MARCH 24XXXXX
 
 
Realtalk: Creativity for Positive Change
 
What is the role of the artist, designer, or creative professional when it comes to effecting positive change? How can we maximize our experience, talents and skills towards creating a better future? Join us as we discuss the current reality, and how creative folks can harness their abilities to contribute in various ways.  We'll be open to any dialogue and contributions regarding the topic, including social, political, environmental and community-oriented change.
 
Featured guests: Julia Guo, David Everly, Caroline Matthews, Lanna Apisukh, and the Reproductive Health Access Project. The backdrop for this Realtalk event will be the BKC #Resist Show and Print Sale: A show of photographic works by 22 artists.
 
Brooklyn Central
33 Washington Street, Brooklyn
7:30-9p; $free
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Strange Times Call for Strangelove: Nostalgic Cold War Paranoia
 
Tonight: Three Days of the Condor.
 
Saturday: Seven Days in May and Dr. Strangelove.
 
Landmark Loew’s Movie Palace
54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ
8p; $8
loewsjersey.org
 
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
#Fomoparty
 
A Brooklyn-based monthly dance party. Bill: Tap.10, Darling Chuck, Durian Qing, and 1-O.A.K.
 
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $free with RSVP before 11p, $5 without RSVP
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
We Have Always Lived in the Future
 
We Have Always Lived in the Future is an exhibition and series of artist-led discussions called Silicon Flux, centering marginalized groups who are ignored or erased from Silicon Valley’s visions of future technologies. We seek to engage the ways that ableism, white supremacy, misogyny, colonialism and other modes of discrimination operate within the supposed impartiality of this industry, culture, and lifestyle.
 
We refuse to be afraid. We refuse to be afraid of the destruction our current technologies have wrought. We refuse to be afraid of the dystopic myths that venture capital-ordained tech geniuses tell us are inevitable. We refuse to be afraid because we have always been here. We have always lived in the future. Participating artists: Stephanie Dinkins, Nettrice Gaskins, Tamara Leacock, Shuang Li, LaJune McMillian, Natasha Mmonatau, Nancy Nowacek, Rosary Solimanto, and Clara Santamaria Vargas.
 
Flux Factory
3931 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens
7p; $free
Continues SUNDAY
thefuture]at]fluxfactory.org
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Secret Loft
 
Come out to Secret Loft, an underground Bushwick venue, for great comedians, free pizza, cheap drinks, and a DJ dance-party after the show. We've been hosting this show for over two years. Comedy by Matt Ruby, Chrissie Mayr, Kerry Coddett, Amber Rollo, Petey DeAbreu, Gabe Pacheco, Irene Fagan Merrow, and Brian Parise.
 
Address given to ticketholders, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan Avenue station
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free-10
facebook.com/events/656727504531352/
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, MARCH 25 XXXXX
 
 
Night Light
 
Together we dance in the bright light of the night until the sun shines on our skin. Go out and within. Smile from the inside. Melt into your senses as we welcome you into our home, the House of Light.
 
Music, movement, massage, and magic. Alive loft vibes and rooftop moments. Energy elixirs, love libations, mate, vibrant visuals, and beautiful tunes to make your body move. Soulful House and sensual mixes of music to make you dance provided by DJ Dreeemy, Dj Unity, Ryan Clover, and Fabi Jugo, Satya This is a fundraiser for House of Light, our community loft space offering classes, workshops, intimate events, theatre and fitness to the people.
 
House of Light
405 Johnson Avenue, third floor, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan Avenue station
9p-morning, 9:30-11p bass yoga (bring your own mat).
; $15-20 sliding scale donation, free before 11p
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Fashion Dance Party
 
The dance floor is your runway. Design your best life, flaunt your biggest looks, craziest costumes, ferocious fashions and absurdist adornments for an evening of extreme extravagance, exhibitionist elegance and high vibe wearable art. Serious styling. Big Beauty. Couture Creations of every color and contour. Honey, it's a look.
 
Featuring new performances of collaborative fusion, bringing brilliant designers of high concept costumes paired with dancers and aerialists of all kinds to bring bizarre visions to life throughout the night. Music: Nomi Ruiz, Roxy Cottontail, Zephyr Ann, Ryan Clover, and Fabi Jugo. Cash $100 prizes in three categories: Most Extreme, Most Obscene, and Worst Fashion. Fashion is mandatory: You better work.
 
Featuring catwalks and runway realness, super models and vogue moments, real photoshoot studio, fashion police, stylists and beauty parlor, fashion show performances, surprise designers, and high fashion hot shots.
 
This is a space for everyone to feel welcome and loved. Racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia will not be tolerated at our House. All entrances and spaces within the venue are single-level and handicap accessible. There are stairs leading to the upper portions of the stage, for those who wish to dance in the spotlight. Gender neutral bathrooms are easily located in the main room.
 
House of Yes
2 Wykoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan Avenue station
9p-morning, free before 11p; $15-20 sliding scale donation
fabulousfashion.eventbrite.com/?aff=nonsense
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Michael Alan Taxi Driver Drawathon Performance
 
Michael Alan's Remake of Taxi Driver, a drawathon performance. Come draw some of the most dynamic poses of drawathon history. (Or just watch.) A beautifully shocking recreation of the cult 1976 film that shocked the world.
 
Trump got you mad? Racism? Hate? Come watch taxi driver performed in the nude and the target will be the racists, the back bone of hate, watch the wild naked painted bodies of a group of taxi driving Mohawk punk killers planning and creating plans to kill trump, the power structure. A live movie in the nude! Mohawks! Fire! Pain! Human flesh! Body paint!
 
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8p-1a; $20
artisticrevolution]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/MichaelAlan1.0
michaelalanart.com/2016site/2017-drawing-marathon/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happy Hour
 
Join us in Fort Greene for an afternoon of activism and resistance, along with beer, food and fun. We’ve zoomed in on four social causes -- reproductive rights, immigration, healthcare, and climate change -- and created actions around each to resist the Trump administration. For each social cause, we’ll provide experts from leading organizations, materials to take action right at the party, and resources to stay involved on your own time. The hands-on event makes taking action easy, impactful and fun.
 
Die Stammkneipe and Der Schwarze Koelner Beer Garden
710 Fulton Street, at South Oxford Street, Brooklyn
2-5p; $free, or $5 donation to ACLU
RSVP to eventbrite.com/e/life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-happy-hour-tickets-32571875356
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Making Known
 
We write to invite you to take part in our spring festival of resistant publishing. We'll begin with an opening party and publication release, continue with some hands-on making events, and land in the late spring with a dispersed holdings art book fair. All through, we invite you to dream and to make with us.
 
To publish: to make known, make public, publicize, announce, report, post, communicate, broadcast, issue, put out, distribute, spread, promulgate, disseminate, circulate, air; disclose, reveal, divulge, leak. At 5p we'll release a new dispersed holdings edition and hold a conversation about the many different forms publication can take -- bring your favorite and most inspiring publications for passing around and hands-on discussion. If you want to make some things with us this spring, we especially invite you to come at this earlier hour. At 7p we'll host a classic dispersed holdings party in celebration of our book-in-progress, Reading Room.
 
Dispersed Holdings
134 Bowery, 3S, Manhattan
5p publication conversation, 7p party and celebration; $free
dispersedholdings.net
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Rock for Self-Advocacy
 
Come support the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, an advocacy group run by and for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Featuring ZULU P and Gotham FX.
 
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
6-9p; $10 suggesed
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Schtick A Pole In It
 
New York oldest and only comedy and pole dancing show. Schtick works like this: Comics and pole dancers share the same stage but not at the same time to create a show that makes everyone happy. Who doesn't like to laugh. Who doesn't like to watch dancers do insane things on a pole? This month's theme is Lady Gaga. Dancers choose from Gaga's huge catalog of hits. It's Schtick's 50th show so we are going big or we are going home.
 
Comics: Dan Goodman, JoAnna Ross, James Hesky, and Teresa Degaetano. Dancers: Danielle Amico, Sara Joel, Zoe Kantor, Lara Michaels, and Frank Tell.
 
Drom
85 Avenue A, between 5th and 6th streets, Manhattan
8-10p; $20 advance, $25 door
ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1439044
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Tarot Society Two-Year Anniversary Show
 
We have been renewing and revitalizing energy over at the Tarot Society Gallery and Reading Room and we are excited to emerge from Winter and into the light. Celebrate the two year anniversary of Tarot Society with an evening of Bushwick avant-garde talent. Featuring electronic duo Godxss, experimental composer Lazurite, solo noise angel Pan, ambient drone guitarist Kevin Pelrine, and special guest Nyssa Frank performing as Terminal Intrusion. Plus, Butoh dance offerings from Chris Carlone and Jacquelyn Marie Shannon, and poetry readings by Erica Schreiner, Tiffany Nicole, and Alice Sparkly Kat.
 
4 Charles Place, Brooklyn
7p; $7 donation at the door
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Feeling Gloomy presents: These Are People Who Died
 
We’ve all learned a hard lesson of late: time has a way of killing your idols, and recently some have hit too close to home. We’ve celebrated the passings of Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, and George Michael recently, but they’re mere drops in a bucketful of tears for every teenaged idol that has shuffled off this mortal coil.
 
So, we decided to dedicate a night to all of them. Not only the recent passings, but so many Gloomy favorites that have died over the years, some before we were even born. Ian Curtis, Marc Bolan, Joe Strummer, Freddie Mercury, Phil Lynott, Michael Hutchence, and yes, Jim Carroll from whom we got the title for this party.
 
For one night, we’ll commune with the spirits of the dead, we’ll dance to their songs, we’ll impart them for guidance, we’ll ask them if that stranger is a kindred spirit, we’ll take the advice of their words in life. With Ouija board station, the sweet embrace of cake, black clothes, and gloomy hosts Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom.
 
This will be our first Gloomy at a new space in Bushwick underneath the Cape House and we’re super excited to show you what we’ve been cooking up for the last few weeks. Plus we’re going to decorate the place so that it puts the fun in funeral home.  Dress to depress.
 
2 Knickerbocker Avenue, side entrance, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan Avenue station
11p-late; $6 cover
bit.ly/fg-people-died
facebook.com/events/203898950092540/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Home Audio
 
Join for our monthly house show featuring experimental music, dance, and visual art. With Lucio Menegon and Thom Kozumplik (guitar and percussion), John Niekrasz and Jamie Branch (drums and trumpet), Sean Ali and Azumi Oe (bass and Butoh dance performance), and ChristinaNoel and the Creature (dance theatre company). Visual art by Alexis Price.
 
RSVP on Artery for the address
8p; $?
artery.is/showcases/home_audio_march_25th
facebook.com/events/1845191115766491/
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, MARCH 26 XXXXX
 
 
A Night of Surrealism
 
Cinema Under The Influence is honored to host our first live-scored cinema event for Queens at Astoria's the LetLove Inn. It'll be a night of surrealism played loud, featuring two early avant-garde classics, Un Chien Andalou (Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel) and Le Sang d'un poète (Jean Cocteau), with a live-score by the Flushing Remonstrance.
 
The LetLove Inn
27-20 23rd Avenue, Astoria, Queens
7:30p-9:30p; $free with donations for the band
cinemaundertheinfluence]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events/1382457821816953/
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
House Concert: From Desert to City
 
Traveling musicians, guitarist The Rev. Screaming Fingers (Lucio Menegon) and upright bassist Janie Cowan, out from Joshua Tree and points southwest, will be joined by local violinist Michelle Alany for an intimate evening of music. The night will be hosted by bi-coastal and closeted star of stage and screen, freddi price, also performing perhaps with and/or perhaps without any and/or none of the above folks. What will come of it? None of us knows, but it'll be perdy. This promises to be a casual and intimate affair. Feel free to bring something if you wish, but it's not necessary. There should be refreshments available and we're only asking for donations for the musicianistas, so there's a deal. Please help kick off a little music performance series in a new space.
 
1049 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn
M train to Central station
7p; $donations
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy
 
The theme is Suffragette City. With 16mm short films, drinks and food, vinyl music DJed all night, cool photography and 3D stuff, and interesting things. With 16mm short circus, vaudeville, jazz short films from the 30s, 40s, and more.
 
The Loft at Prince Street
177 Prince, Manhattan
6p; $10
secretspeakeasy.com
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
The Tusk Presents
 
A new series brought to you by the literary art and culture website. This month, our show is called Murder at the Mic. Six comedians will perform in character as open mic participants who are also suspects in a murder, which will get solved by the end. It features the talents of Alicia Camden, Alon Elian, Madonna Refugia, Eliza Hurwitz, Marshall Camden, Irene Fagan Merrow, and Nate Waggoner.
 
Tilt
248 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan Avenue station
7p, 9p karaoke; $free
facebook.com/events/212626692547135/.
 
 
XXXXX MONDAY, MARCH 27 XXXXX
 
 
Pussy Grabs Back: An Exhibition of Anti-Trump Comics
 
A series of adventurous readings and publications. Come for a night of anti-Trump comics by Forget Fairytales creator, writer and artist Christine Stoddard. A percentage of all art sales will benefit the local community arts nonprofit, El Puente Presente. With a reading of anti-Trump literature from Quail Bell Magazine writers Mari Pack, Kaylin Kaupish, and Miranda C. Dennis.
 
Living Gallery
1094 Broadway, Brooklyn
6-9p; $free
facebook.com/events/629301700591278/
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, MARCH 28 XXXXX
 
 
Bingo Fabulous
 
The glitz and glam of a game show right in your neighborhood. Madame Vivien V and DJ Matty Glitterati are bringing you Bingo House of Yes style. Confetti, drag shows, costumes, and cocktails. Come join in the fun, bring your stamper and your smile as you play for your chance to win sexy prizes including $100 cash money.
 
This week's theme is Animal Kingdom. We're talking lions, tigers, and bears. Show us your spots, stripes, feathers, scales, and oh so tacky leopard print. Remember that tree made in the 90s at Disney World which is a collage of animal sculptures? Do that. Get wild with us and earn a bonus bingo card for dressing like your spirit creature.
 
Community and accessibility: This is a space for everyone to feel welcome and loved. Racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia will not be tolerated at our House. All entrances and spaces within the venue are single-level and handicap accessible. Gender neutral bathrooms are easily located in the main room.
 
House of Yes
4 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p bingo; $free
21 and over
bingoapril.eventbrite.com/?aff=nonsense
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
Pairs N' Pears No. 7
 
A monthly benefit show where there are different pairs of artists each working in different performance genres, a pair of musical hosts, and literal pears. This month features comedy by Rosa Schwartzburg and Khalid Rahmaan, poetry by Jaime Wright and Barrett Law, and music by Marc Andre and Niko. With songs and hosting duties by Squidssidy, a folk-rock music duo with a penchant for banter comprised of Cassidy Dawn Graves and Stephanie Guedalia.
 
Muchmore's
2 Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $5 suggested to benefit Make the Road NY and Princess Janae Place
facebook.com/events/153027218549599/
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 XXXXX
 
 
D A S
 
The warehouse party has become ubiquitous. What begins for everyone as a novelty, has become as common as a fancy bodega. When we began Rinsed, there were art raves, there were international DJ club nights, but there weren't art rave-DJ club nights. Fast-forward to 2017, and our world has become hyper-saturated with myriad worthy contenders. Which is fantastic.
 
However, we didn't become Rinsed by doing the expected and after many sleepless nights, we're incredibly excited to offer up something entirely new. Introducing, Dynamic Alpine Sexual -- D A S.
 
D A S fuses everything that's great about a DIY party, an unusual industrial location, captivating original music, and all of the unique moments and surprises, with the structure and concise execution of an immersive theatrical experience. It's like if Rinsed circa 2013 and Sleep No More had a love child. And he were a soulless 80s skiing legend.
 
Set to the Umbrella's newest release, Dynamic Alpine Sexual, we've built an original stage design, completely surrounding the audience in a 360 degree cocoon of A/V stimulation. Audiophile surround sound, original video content, and a live action narrative will take you on a demented spiritual journey through the shallow path of our anti-hero. When it's all over, you won't be able to un-see what you've seen.
 
The Umbrella Factory
200 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
Various times; $15
Continues through April 1
rinsed.it/events/dynamic-alpine-sexual/
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Peculiar Streams
 
Peculiar Streams, a bi-monthly showcase for new creative work, will present its 33rd show. The evening will feature new work from playwright Jacob Rice, dispatches from the world of underground medieval fight clubs from journalist Joe DePaolo, music from folk duo Lion and Spaniel, and comedy from Halle Kiefer. Part workshop, part cabaret, part madhouse.
 
Jimmy's No. 43 Back Room
43 East 7th Street, at 2nd Avenue, Manhattan
9p; $free
peculiarstreams.com
 
 
XXXXX THURSDAY, MARCH 30 XXXXX
 
 
Critically Ashamed: A Dark Knight to Remember
 
Critically Ashamed is a stand-up comedy show produced and hosted by Rishi Mathur and Stephen Sihelnik. The concept of this show is to set a stage for up-and-coming comedians to perform longer sets so they can prepare them for their hour specials, Late Night sets, and to help raise awareness and fund for local charities.
 
Each month we promote a new charity, and this month we have chosen to promote City Science. Their goal is to help kids in the inner city learn and apply science to real life. They are also helping teachers learn the best methods for teaching science and how to make it engaging for students. This month, the line-up includes Sean Donnelly, Anthony Moore, Blair Socci, Stephen Sihelnik, and Rishi Mathur. Helping set the mood for this show will be our amazing DJ Michell Deluxe.
 
Kinfolk 90
90 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn
6p doors, 7p start; $10
criticallyashamed.brownpapertickets.com/
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
Show NYC We Support Spaces
 
Let's pack Market Hotel in strong support for underground, DIY, #CommunityDriven spaces.
 
The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs will attend. You being there, your voice will change the next 10 years of culture in NYC. Tell NYC we support #CommunityDriven Spaces. Decriminalize, support, afford.
 
Market Hotel
1140 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
7p;
RSVP on Facebook
nycartc.com/join/
facebook.com/nycartc
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, MARCH 31 XXXXX
 
 
www.wwwwwwwwwwwww.xyz Pre_Release Ceremony
 
Art opening. Dance party. 360 projection cube. Interactive YouTube Sensory overload.
 
Mojo's Mystery Lair
346 Morgan, Brooklyn
8:30p-1a;
pointinpassing.com
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* Rubulad Ship of Fools, April 1
* Trumpathon, April 1
 
 
XXXXX WISHLIST XXXXX
 
 
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at]nonsensenyc.com. We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
 
 
***** ARTY STUFF *****
 
 
* Open Call for Video Art 2017: Seventh Under the Subway Video Art Night. Organized and curated by Antonio Ortuño. Deadline: May 1, 2017. underthesubwayvideoartnight]at]gmail.com underthesubwayvide.wixsite.com/underthesubway
 
***** PLACES *****
 
 
* Coworking. Cheap desks available in creative coworking space in Greenpoint. Great location, creative environment, affordable month-to-month desk rental options starting at $175 per month. This is a 1,500 square foot shared office space, with 24/7 access, shared kitchen and lounge area, run by Not An Alternative, a decade-old collective that works at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory. Support a long-standing art/activist institution in a quirky custom-built studio in a renovated warehouse on the waterfront. To come check it out, email: info]at]notanalternative.net, brooklyncoworking.com,  notanalternative.org/
 
 
XXXXX SPECTRE PRIORITY XXXXX
 
 
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: spectrevision.net. The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact spectre.event.horizon.group]at] gmail.com.
 
 
***** Salt-Based Ion Propulsion *****
 
spectrevision.net/2017/03/24/salt-based-ion-propulsion/
 
"Accion has developed a commercial electrospray propulsion system -- their first is about the size of a pack of gum -- made of tiny chips that provide thrust for small satellites. The module has a plastic tank that stores a nontoxic, nonvolatile, liquid-salt propellant. Because the module doesn't have pressurized tanks, bulky valves, or neutralizing cathodes, it has a higher thrust-to-mass ratio than plasma-based ion engines. Accion's propellant is a liquid salt material similar in structure to common table salt, which can be made in large quantities. With that novel propellant, Accion can batch-manufacture modules -- much like computer chips -- in quantities of around 200 at once. According to Brikner, this costs about one-tenth as much as other electric-propulsion systems."
 
 
XXXXX OVERHEARD XXXXX
 
 
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 miniuyork.com.
 
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]gmail.com.
 
 
*****
 
 
Overheard at a cafe in Brooklyn. March 2017:
 
"I've been looking for a dining room table for like eight months"
 
 
XXXXX LEARNING XXXXX
 
 
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]nonsensenyc.com.
 
 
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
 
 
Strength in Numbers: Equity and Cross-Racial Solidarity in NYC’s Cultural Plan
 
What does an inclusive and equitable NYC cultural landscape look like? How can artists of color and white allies work in solidarity to create better art worlds? What is the role of the Department of Cultural Affairs in making this happen? Join artists of color bloc and Michelada Think Tank in talking through these issues. Grab a michelada, meet new colleagues, and engage in a discussion around actionable steps we can take to work towards racial equity and cross-racial solidarity in the arts.
 
CUE Art Foundation
137 West 25th Street, Manhattan
6:30-8:30p; $free
eventbrite.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
 
 
Dharma in a Crumbling Democracy
 
The epic, Mahabharata, was composed around 600 BC. The ancient text addresses a time when the existing world order appears to be crumbling. Not only has the traditional political order been swept away; meritocracy, values and ethics no longer hold sway. Society is in a process of dissolution; and a powerful king asserts his absolute power, exceeding even the eternal law (dharma).
 
And yet the epic undertakes to restate the concept of ethics in a time of upheaval. Containing a critique of technology, rampant materialism and self-serving individualism, the epic appears surprisingly contemporary. It offers philosophical insight into how humans can flourish in a troubled time.
 
In this Olio we will attempt to understand and analyze our situation as Americans and humans in light of the Mahabharata. We will analyze contemporary democratic society which is based on the virtues of freedom and prestige rather than obligation, tradition and merit and see if we can find contemporary relevance in this ancient text.
 
Strand
828 Broadway, Manhattan
7p; $20
thinkolio.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study Workshop
 
Come share your ideas at the Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study’s first public workshop. Participants will learn about neighborhood goals that community members and City agencies are working on together and contribute their own ideas about land use and urban design through mapping exercises and conceptualizing activities. This is the first public workshop in the planning process to develop a draft planning and land use framework for the neighborhood.
 
The all-day event will be divided into two time periods with a morning session beginning at 10a  and an afternoon session beginning at 1:30p. Both sessions will cover identical materials, so join us at your own convenience.
 
P.S. 32
32-317 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn
10a-12:30p, 1:30-4p; $free
nyc.gov
 
 
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
 
 
Digital Privacy Workshop for Activists
 
Governments and corporations use mass surveillance to discourage dissent and resistance. Many fear this will only worsen for Americans under Trump’s regime. This workshop aims to illuminate the wider political context of surveillance and some of the nuances of privacy and its ethos, teach the practice of threat modeling, and finally, offer some practical steps to using digital devices safely for activists and community groups. No prior knowledge is required.
 
Bluestockings
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
7-9:30p; $free
bluestockings.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
 
 
Demystifying Government: Legislative Illusions
 
We all know this country is a trash fire right now. But how did it get this way, and what hope do we have for it to change? Honestly, how does the government even work?
 
Demystifying Government is a series of talks to try to answer those questions -- for all of us who may have forgotten a thing or two from civics class. The first three programs will cover our three branches, starting all the way at the top. We'll have short clever presentations from comedians, lawyers, policy wonks, and professors, then a moderated conversation, followed by audience questions and answers.
 
Vital Joint
109 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
8p; $free
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Intro to Fire Fan Dance and Poi
 
Six different levels of poi and fans including, by popular request, both beginner poi and an intro to fire fan dance, appropriate for all levels. Come feel what flow life is all about.
 
Triskelion Arts
106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn
Starts April 3-5, times vary; $160 for eight weeks
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Local Color: Extracting Pigment From Plants
 
Learn how to make natural dyes in this new offering from Genspace. Unlike synthetic dyes, which are often toxic and polluting, natural dyes are renewable and biodegradable. In many cases, the waste in the dyeing process becomes an ideal fertilizer for use in fields and gardens. In this hands-on class, we will create natural dyes from food waste and locally foraged plants.
 
Learn to analyze local color -- how to grow it, find it, and extract it. Participants will begin to master how to bind plant-based pigments to fabric and yarn using mordants, change colors by shifting PH, reuse food waste to create a wide spectrum of color, and create prints with flowers.
 
Genspace
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
April 1, 12-4p; $32.50-$65
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Kombucha Papermaking: Grow Your Own Paper
 
Kombucha -- for centuries it’s been brewed as a tangy beverage made of tea and a symbiotic glob of bacteria and yeast. In this bioart papermaking course you will explore a new way to utilize kombucha. It is not only a great source of probiotics -- it can also grow a renewable art material.
 
Participants will grow paper from a living kombucha culture. We will discuss brewing techniques, and contextualize this process within bioart. Participants will walk away with their own kombucha cultures and parchment-like paper they grew themselves. In addition, students will have a chance to grow their own materials and paint with naturally extracted inks.
 
Genspace
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
April 2, 2-5p; $25-$50
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Fermentation: Making Kefir
 
Fermentation is one of the oldest food processing methods still used today. Scientifically known as zymology, it is the conversion of carbohydrates into alcohols, carbon dioxide, yeast, or bacteria. Beer, miso, sourdough, kefir, kimchi and many other delicious foods we love are the product of fermentation. In this course we will focus on fermenting milk and milk alternatives to make Kefir.
 
Kefir contains beneficial yeast as well as friendly probiotic bacteria found in yogurt. Kefir can be made from any type of milk -- cow, goat, sheep, coconut, rice or soy. Although it is slightly mucous forming, the mucous has a “clean” quality to it that creates ideal conditions in the digestive tract for the colonization of friendly bacteria.
 
Genspace
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
April 8, 11-1p; $20-$40
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