nonsensenyc: 8.28 to 9.3

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 8.28 to 9.3
Date: August 28th 2015

Friday, August 28
* Dinner Theater: Three Plays, Brooklyn
* The Museum of Interesting Things: 16mm Circus Movie Night, Brooklyn
* The Secret Loft, Brooklyn
* Fireface, Williamsburg
* Loft Opera, Brooklyn
* Live, Improvised Film Scores with Bakia Quartet, Williamsburg
* Motion/Pictures: A Cinematheque Party, Queens
* Live Dubbed Sitcoms: Wings and Family Matters, Brooklyn
* Hoff's Horrorfest, Manhattan
Saturday, August 29
* The Sloodge, Brooklyn
* Punk Rock Karaoke, Brooklyn
* Pure Imagination Live, Brooklyn
* Come Play Four Square, Williamsburg
* FiliBus Roaming Music Festival Beer and Wine Tour, Manhattan
* Lacey Allure's Rock and Roll Girlie Show: End of Summer Blowout, Brooklyn
* Drunk Science, Williamsburg
* Mr. Unloved, Manhattan
* Show/Tell Show, Brooklyn
* Ronnie Stone and the Lonely Riders: The Prophecy, Brooklyn
* Cartoon Carnival No. 35: Fun in the Sun, Brooklyn
* Eighth Annual Soap Box Derby, Brooklyn
Sunday, August 30
* Beach Ride, Brooklyn
* New York Badassilisks Quidditch 2015 Try-outs, Manhattan
* Club Etiquette Vol. 2, Brooklyn
* The Warwick Drive-In Movie Theater Field Trip, Brooklyn
* Bushwick A/V Sunday Loft Afters, Brooklyn
Tuesday, September 1
* Tarot Show, Manhattan
* Punderdome, Brooklyn
* Isle of Klezbos: Roots and Fruits, A Musical Harvest, Manhattan
Wednesday, September 2
* Victory Pints: Board Game Night, Brooklyn
* Babydungeons II, Manhattan
Thursday, September 3
* Kick the Can With Scrap, Williamsburg
* Consumes Me/Poet Transmit, Manhattan
* Test Patterns
* Plunge Protection Team
* Nude
* Secrets
* Movie Palace
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Dinner Theater: Three Plays
Secret Project Robot will be having several new plays performed together at a late summer gathering. Come hang out in the yard and inside, with some drinks and friends, and enjoy these theatrical offerings. With Jailbreak by Saints of an Unnamed Country, the Maids by Psychic Readings Company, and Never Odd or Even by Title:Point.
Secret Project Robot Art Space
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
8p; $?
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Museum of Interesting Things: 16mm Circus Movie Night
Love the circus? Love vintage 16mm films? Love Interesting Things? Well here we are to give you all your needs. See vintage 16mm films, circus, vaudeville, and nutty stuff from the early 1900s as well as some of our collection of interesting things that you can touch from our collection of interesting things.
Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $10 includes free popcorn
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Secret Loft
I wanted to reach out to see if you might be interested in featuring our event called the Secret Loft show, a free comedy show dance party with some of New York's biggest comics and free pizza provided. We have an incredible line-up that includes Dan Soder, Sue Smith, Sarah Tollemache, Lucas Connolly, Taylor Ketchum, and Marisa Douenias. After the show Jams Bond, a New York based DJ, will be spinning as we open up the show into a dance party.
255 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free before 9p, $5 after that
516 808 8187
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Incest and arson lead siblings Kurt and Olga down a path of destruction, and their withdrawn parents recognize the damage too late. Realized in 100 cinematic scenes, FIREFACE is a frenetic portrayal of childhood at its most dangerous. Join us after the production for a reception.
The Brick Theater
579 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L train to Metropolitan station
7p-8:30p; $18, $15 with the code TSMAJA
Continues through September 5
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Loft Opera
We're working with the Muse, a circus school in an gigantic Brooklyn warehouse, to put together a sprawling production for an audience of up to 600 per night. Founded in 2013, Loft Opera is both a Brooklyn loft party and a startup opera company. Our team produces repertory works in lofts, warehouses, and residences. For our Summer Sessions in August, a thirty-piece orchestra will accompany Rebecca Ringle, Mezzo Soprano, and Joel Herold, Baritone, as they perform fully staged renditions of Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été and Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. Opera novices and experts alike will sit on benches and drink Brooklyn Brewery beer. Tonight: Mahler, Berlioz.
The Muse
350 Moffat Street, Brooklyn
L train to Wilson station
8p doors, 9p music; $20
Continues SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Live, Improvised Film Scores with Bakia Quartet
Bakia Quartet will provide a live, improvised film score to a curated selection of silent films. This month's films will feature the amazing Maya Deren and a selection of found footage. Bakia Quartet is a contemporary improvisation group that specializes in multi-disciplinary performances. Formed in 2013, Bakia Quartet began by presenting improvised live scores to a series of classic and contemporary silent films and has since began to branch out to collaborate with other creative mediums including dance and theater. The series of silent film performances Bakia Quartet holds, flow seamlessly between musical performance and incidental music surrounding the projection of films from classic directors such as Chaplin, Dalí, Duchamp, Man Ray, Méliès and others. Rooted in surrealism and leaning towards avant-garde, Bakia Quartet's  performances blend musical genre and works with other mediums such as film to allow both the music and the film to be viewed anew and re-imagined.
308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Cinema Under the Influence and FTE presents:
Motion/Pictures: A Cinematheque Party
Cinema Under the Influence co-curator and founder Jon Hogan turns 30 at the end of the month, and CUI is joining forces with Front Toward Enemy to celebrate the occasion with Motion/Pictures, a new, type of party blending DJ sets, scenes from classic films, and -- of course -- beer.
Around 10p, the bar's projector and sound system will share an edit of 30 scenes hand-picked by Jon to celebrate the start of his 30th year on earth, all centered around the themes of birth, aging, and death, including selections from 2001: A Space Odyssey, All That Jazz, and In Bruges.
Things. Get. Real. At 11p when Astoria locals Brian_Constant and Nick Spaceman saddle up to spin two unique DJ sets accompanying and enhancing the video reel. Chill. Drink. Dance a little too. Immerse yourself in a live marriage of beats and cinema. Celebrate with CUI as the summer starts to wind down.
Front Toward Enemy
40-11 30th Avenue, Queens
9p; $free, with optional open beer-bar from 9-11p for $15 advance
203 848 8066
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Live Dubbed Sitcoms: Wings and Family Matters
Lovable New York City improvisers live-dub over muted episodes of your favorite sitcoms to create entirely new storylines and horrible new character flaws. This month features dubbed-over episodes of Wings and Family Matters.
Videology Bar and Cinema
308 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
9:30p; $5
718 782 3468
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Hoff's Horrorfest
I'm doing the next installment of my free monthly stand-up/horror movie screening show Hoff's Horrorfest. There'll be stand-up from me and Cathy Humes followed by a screening
of this month's film, the 2001 H. P. Lovecraft adaptation DAGON.
Brit Pack
34 Pell Street, second floor, Manhattan
9:30p; $free, BYOB
The Sloodge
House show. With music by Unicorn Harvest, Trenton Voegeli, Holy Smokes, and Jake. Dance by Prisoner of Conscience. Poetry by Ryan Huntley, Kiki Sab, and Danny Gjonko. Plus film Scenes From a Life. Food and drink for a small donation.
The Sloodge
257 12th Street, Brooklyn
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Punk Rock Karaoke
Well, we are headed back to the Silent Barn in Brooklyn for another night of raucous sing-a-longs for a cause. Silent Barn was wonderful to us last time and we couldn't be happier to be returning.
As always, this is a benefit. This time we are raising money for the legal defense/support fund of two recently arrested animal rights activists who have been indicted under the controversial Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) for allegedly releasing thousands of animals from fur farms and destroying breeding records in Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. So come out, have fun, and give some much needed support to Nicole and Joseph.
Punk Rock Karaoke is a DIY, fund-raising event that benefits a different community group each time. Featuring songs from Against Me!, Bikini Kill, Black Flag, Bratmobile, Buzzcocks, Choking Victim, the Clash, Circle Jerks, Crass, Dead Kennedys, Descendents, Devo, Flogging Molly, Fugazi, Gogol Bordello, Gorilla Biscuits, Jawbreaker, Joy Division, Minor Threat, the Misfits, NOFX, Operation Ivy, Pixies, the Pogues, Ramones, Rancid, Screeching Weasel, Sex Pistols, Sleater-Kinney, the Smiths, the Specials, Stiff Little Fingers, Wire, X, and X-Ray Spex.
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $8 suggested donation
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Pure Imagination Live
An evening of storytelling and music. Evan Jewett and Will Sprott (currently touring with La Luz) play opening sets, followed by a story about the depressed superhero the Blue Wonder set to live musical accompaniment from the Mountain Dew Code Red Terror Alert, with intermittent performances of songs by the Ronettes, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, and others.
9 Lives
409 9th Street, Brooklyn
Sat. August 29
7p doors; $5 suggested donation
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Come Play Four Square
Four square or box ball ring a bell? Come play, baby. Bring your buddies, BYOB, and your fine self. We provide the game and dancey tunes.
McCarren Park Handball Courts
Union and Driggs, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7-10p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
FiliBus Roaming Music Festival Beer and Wine Tour
We have as many charter buses as we need traveling to three outdoor venues in the Hudson Valley, each with their own theme (1950s Cuba with Conjunto Guantanamo, NOLA with High and Might Brass Band, Sunset DJ set with the Ticket, a glowing field and art installation). Tickets include bus transportation, admission to all three venues and concerts, free drink or whiskey tasting at each venue, and professional photography e-mailed out after the event.
Pickup at 12th Avenue, Manhattan
11a-11p; $85 with $10 discount for Nonsense readers
770 289 1521
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Lacey Allure's Rock and Roll Girlie Show: End of Summer Blowout
Rocking live performances by Bikini Carwash, the Purslaines, and Freya Wilcox and the Howl. Amazing sideshow acts by Trick the Bastard. Burlesque between sets by gorgeous go-go girls Gemini Blitz, Marinara Stardust, and Mia Julep. DJ Alex Von Nihil on the decks all night.
Bar Matchless
557 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
8p doors; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Drunk Science
A monthly event hosted by comedians Joanna Rothkopf, Shannon Odell, and Jordan Mendoza. In each show, three intoxicated comedians compete to present the best scientific dissertation to a panel of real scientists. This month's theme is dinosaurs. Plus Mary Houlihan, Sudi Green, and Andrew Law. We are thrilled to announce we will be joined by Dr. Mark Norell, a paleontologist and molecular geneticist, and chairman of paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History.
The Annoyance Theatre
367 Bedford Avenue, between South 4th and 5th streets, Brooklyn
9:30p; $5 presale and at the door
718 569 7810
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Mr. Unloved
Also appearing: Johnny Carlevale and the Rollin' Pins and Tarantinos NYC.
Otto’s Shrunken Head
East 14th Street, Manhattan
8:30-9:30p; $free
21 and over
212 228 2240
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Show/Tell Show
A mix of show and tell and stand up comedy -- with drink tickets, surprises, sets from some of the funniest comedians in NYC plus cash prizes. Bring your weird family photos, show us how many flips you can do in a row or the weird stuff at the bottom of your shoe. Anything crazy, kooky, strange or insane, and the best of the best will win $20 cash and bragging rights as one of the weirdest people in NYC.
Previous winners have done everything from set baby dolls on fire to walk on stilts to literally show off the contents of their purses. Plus, live stand up comedy from some of NYC's best comics: Tom Cowell, Brendan Fitzgibbons, Jeffrey Joseph, Mike Denny, Jeff Simmermon, and Maria Wojciechowski. Hosted by Lukas Kaiser.
Over the Eight
594 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
8p doors, 8:30p show; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Ronnie Stone and the Lonely Riders: The Prophecy
Ronnie Stone and the Lonely Riders celebrate their debut LP, Motorcycle Yearbook with a dramatic and divine release party. Blending elements of synthy electro-funk and a gothic aesthetic, the band invites fans to release their inhibitions by immersing themselves in an alternate reality, as carefully constructed as it is open to interpretation. The show will flirt with performance art and shameless, larger-than-life spectacle that gives a small glimpse into the mysterious world of leather-clad messiah/bandleader. Come adorned in your finest leather, mesh, and lace and take a trip down the boogie slide into a realm of biker vigilantes and sinful extacy.
Baby’s All Right
146 Broadway, Brooklyn
11:45p; $12
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cartoon Carnival No. 35: Fun in the Sun
As August draws to a close, so does the unofficial summer season. Let's extend it all a bit with some ancient animated filmic fun at the next Cartoon Carnival.
We'll have over a dozen 16mm (no digital) cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives to the City Reliquary’s *outdoor* silver screen, all for your enjoyment. Come on out and bring your friends to see how our cartoon counterparts of yesteryear enjoyed their fun in the sun -- all while we enjoy a few evening hours in the City Reliquary’s beautiful Williamsburg backyard.
City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Eighth Annual Soap Box Derby
Experience the thrill of witnessing our participants from the summer Soap Box Workshop race their fun, funky, eco-friendly contraptions down 17th Street. Since 2008, our Soap Box Derby has been a staple of the neighborhood. Each year, the Soap Box Workshop encouraging children to think outside the box. Children plan their inventions using sketches and calculations, bringing them to life with found and recycled objects as well as building materials. Over the course of the workshop, participants turn piles of seemingly useless trash into functional machines while learning about construction and design and, more importantly, having fun. Leading up to the derby, kids test drive their racers, ensuring the safety and functionality of each invention. At the Soap Box Derby, participants get to race their soap box cars for real as friends, families, and neighbors cheer them on as they race down the street. This year’s judges panel will include Oriana Leckert (Brooklyn Spaces), Peira Moinester (Brooklyn Music Factory), and Bill Oberkehr (Solarize Brooklyn CB6).
17th Street between 5th and 6th avenues, Brooklyn
noon; $free
Beach Ride
Bike ride to Rockaway Queens beaches. Bring swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, food and/or money for food, lock for bike, or leave your bike on the beach. Come prepared (tools, tubes, water, etc.) to ride some miles at a relaxed pace.
Meet at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
11:30a; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
New York Badassilisks Quidditch 2015 Try-outs
Quidditch is a fun, athletic, and strategic sport played by 100s of teams across the country and around the world. Join the New York Badassilisks and try it out. We provide all equipment (brooms, hoops, bludgers, quaffles, golden snitch), and we can teach you how to play if you never have before. Just come ready to run around outside and have fun.
86th Street and Central Park West, Manhattan
noon-4p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
The Dance Pit presents:
Club Etiquette Vol. 2
A follow-up of Vol.1, Club Etiquette, Vol.2 looks to highlight macro issues that permeate unsafe spaces surrounding club culture. Protips on how to be a decent club-goer both in and out of the club. A zine release with the Large, Kieran Loftus, Stud1nt, and 90s Nick.
Lot 45
411 Troutman, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson Street station
4-9p; $free-$5
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
The Warwick Drive-In Movie Theater Field Trip
Venture on the road to Warwick, New York, with Mono No Aware to see workshop films projected outdoors on the big screen, followed by a feature presentation of a classic Hollywood summer flick. Round trip bus from BAM to Warwick drive in comes with snacks, beverages, and entry to the drive-in.
Meet up at BAM Cinematek
30 Layfette Avenue, Brooklyn
5:30p; $30
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Bushwick A/V Sunday Loft Afters
We continue our afterhours series Sunday in our dope warehouse loft for an epic romp all morning. Expect impeccable sound, inexpensive drinks, a beautiful, freedom-loving crowd, a pillowed side-lounge, early morning munchies and of course, some of the most serious selectors throwing down all day. With Nickodemus, Sid Vaga, and Tanja.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
3a-noon; $free
Opera Nouveau presents:
Tarot Show
A theatrical showdown between man and fate. Created by Heather Fisch. Tarot Show is a blend of physical theater, chance operation, audience participation, multimedia, and live music. A reading of seven tarot cards, selected at the beginning of each performance, dictate both the story arch and the characters that appear throughout the evening. Working like a Rubik’s cube of 22 distinct vignettes, the trump cards from the tarot deck: the Magician, the Fool, the High Priestess come to life in new permutations every night. The resulting choose-your-own-adventure performance combines structure and chaos, synchronicity, and entropy.
Tarot Show features Salvatore Geloso, Wes Elliot, Rob Allen, Marlon Battad, Pooja Prema, Caroline Fairweather, Soto Silva, Lia Russel-Self, and Fern Katz; lighting design by Tim Cryan; and music by such bands as Lady Moon and the Eclipse, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Bella’s Bartok, and the Bailsmen.
145 6th Avenue, Manhattan
8:30p; $19
Continues through September 6
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Punderdome is the wild and crazy monthly SRO pun competition hosted by a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator and his alleged daughter (Fred and comedian Jo Firestone). The first 18 individuals/duos to sign-up at the door will have a chance to participate in competitive spontaneous pun-making. Pun-masters are determined by the human clap-o-meter, who accurately and scientifically assesses levels of audience applause. Great big kitchen appliance mystery prizes are awarded to the top two competitors.
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
8-11p; $7
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
Isle of Klezbos: Roots and Fruits, A Musical Harvest
El Sol Brillante Community Garden
520 East 12th Street, Manhattan
6-8p; $free
Victory Pints: Board Game Night
Every Wednesday a ragtag team of misfits called Victory Pints meets to throw dice, shuffle cards, and play some of the best board games around. This coming Wednesday we've got some extra stuff planned. Demos from local game creators (Science Ninjas.The Metagame, and Cat Tower) and an extra large pile of games available to play in addition.
What types of board games will you see there? All types. Real short bluffing games decorated with skulls and flowers. Cooperative games fighting horrible diseases. Classic euro games where you haggle over sheep and wheat. Whether you want to fight unspeakable horrors in Arkham, build railroads across America or rebuild your farm after the black plague (more fun than it sounds) you can probably find a game you would like.
Some games specially you might run into include 7 Wonders, Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Dominion, Dixit, Puerto Rico, Eldritch Horror, Ticket to Ride, Carcasonne among many others. You're also welcome to bring any game you want to play. If you have no idea what the hell we're talking about trust us when we say it's ton of fun and we're very welcoming to newcomers. Hang out, make some new acquaintances, then viciously compete against them.
899 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
6-11p; $free
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Babydungeons II
Babydungeons is a comedy variety show that pops up occasionally at Babycastles gallery. Babydungeons is about humor, for instance I personally I would sell my soul for laughter (this is the life I chose, not the life that chose me). At Babydungeons we embrace that humor often comes from pain or fear or discomfort. At Babydungeons we embrace that humor does not necessarily come from comedians (but we like comedians). Babydungeons is people. Babydungeons is pretentious and passive about overintellectualizing the world (this is the life that chose me, not the life I chose). Babydungeons needs more reverb on this microphone.
Expect comedy, performance art, experimental theater and surprises. Please refrain from eating a meal within 30 minutes of the start of the event. Performances by Daniel Simonsen, Mary Houlihan, Ryan Bennett, Regi Metcalf, Sean J. Patrick Carney, Chandler Moses, and Alexandra Tatarsky. Hosted by Andrew Ritchie, with DJ Night Sax.
Babycastles Gallery
137 West 14th Street, second floor, Manhattan
8:30p; $5
Kick the Can With Scrap
We're celebrating the end of the summer with an evening game of Kick the Can. Come join us on either the Red Team or the Blue Team in this most classic of sports. As the sun sets on the first Thursday of September, we will be dashing around McCarren Park in Brooklyn, hiding, chasing, and kicking an LED-lit can. Free to play--just let us know you're coming.
Need a refresher on the rules? In Kick the Can, teams either defend the can or race to kick the can. We'll have round times and a referee to track points to determine the Ultimate Can Kicking Champions of the summer.
We're meeting at McCarren Park, at the intersection of Bayard St and Lorimer Street near the pool, close to the Nassau Stop on the G Train. Sign up on your preferred team color (team affiliations subject to change for balance).
McCarren Park, near the pool at Bayard and Lorimer, Williasmburg, Brooklyn
6:30p; $free
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Consumes Me/Poet Transmit
From 12-6pm, ESP TV will transform Recess into the Shop, an extension of artist and writer Cat Tyc’s multimedia project, Consumes Me. Full clothing racks will be installed inside Recess. Visitors will be welcome to take articles of clothing in exchange for one of their own, composing a text about a piece a clothing, recounting a memory of a beloved article of clothing, or reciting an excerpt of Tyc’s text which focuses on the invisible labor of clothing production. Live footage collected by Anna Troupe of clothing manufacturers at work in a 24-hour plant in Bangladesh will be projected inside The Shop. The live broadcast feed will be operated by E.S.P. TV from their mobile television van parked outside Recess.
From 6-8p, Recess will become the site for Poet Transmit, a live performance including video fragments of the day that will be transmitted around the world. Continuing the connections between broadcast, memory and object initiated by the Store, visitors and invited guests will contribute or screen live readings and performances. E.S.P. TV will broadcast these performances both within the space and to the other participating Official Office spaces located around the world. Readings by Steve Dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo, Alaina Stamatis and G Lucas Crane, Stephen Boyer, Billy Cancel, Ariel Goldberg, and Saretta Morgan.
41 Grand Street, Manhattan
11-8p; $free
* Horizons, October 9-11
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***** ARTY STUFF *****
* Test Patterns is an exhibition at Flux Factory that takes the totality of possible test patterns as source material in the creation of new artworks that respond and subvert the process of standardization. Test Patterns will present a variety of official test patterns, reference tones, and physical standards along with artworks created by artists responding to these devices and metrics. Some artists may consider test patterns in a formal and aesthetic context. Others may use test patterns in order to critique and re-imagine how race, gender, sexuality, ability, and class are produced through technologies of measurement and abstraction by creating their own standards as alternatives. In this exhibition, artists may create their own new patterns or standards, or may choose to use supplied standards and patterns as raw material to interpret, process, and generate entirely new artworks. These works can be in many forms including sculpture, drawing, video, sound art, performance, computation, and other media. In your proposal, please include the following: A description of your proposed project for Test Patterns, no more than 500 words, curriculum vitae, optional artist statement or bio, no more than 200 words, up to 10 examples of your work: images submitted as a single PDF or no more than three videos submitted as public link, and an answer to what broadly conceived test pattern, reference tone or technical standard is your submission inspired by? how are you responding to or subverting it? no more than 100
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***** Plunge Protection Team *****
"We know that the US government has a "plunge protection team" consisting of the US Treasury and Federal Reserve. The purpose of this team is to prevent unwanted stock market crashes. Some astute observers believe that the Swiss National Bank is acting as an agent for the Federal Reserve and has been purchasing large blocs of US equities (Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, General Electric, AT&T, Pfizer, Facebook, Disney, IBM) at critical times to arrest stock market declines that would puncture the propagandized belief that all is fine here in the US economy. The central bank’s ability to create money to support stock prices negates the price discovery function of the stock market. If central banks purchase stocks in order to support equity prices, what is the point of having a stock market?"
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 sometimes funny, sometimes moving, sometimes profound, but it's always unsolicited and unedited.
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Overheard in Madison Square Park. August 2015. Lunchtime. Pudgy banker in his 30s talking on the phone:
-- "I got paid 1500 this weekend to pose nude, man."
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Discussion: Placemaking in Places of Death
How do you hold immersive events in cemeteries and other places of memorial, and respect those people buried below? This discussion involves experts from the New York City area who have organized mausoleum clubs, tours on forgotten history and the occult, and theater and stargazing events in cemeteries.
Once burial grounds were central to city life, but now on the edges of the city they can be overlooked, visited once for a funeral, then forgotten. Yet they were designed as places for the living, and as they run out of space for interment, engaging the public in creative ways is essential. Participate in this dialogue on organizing events with the afterlife, and consider the future of our urban burial grounds.
Sextantworks Placemaking Lab
House 20A, Nolan Park, Governors Island
2:30-4p; $free
Secret Secrets of New York City
Everything in New York is a secret. That bar on your corner that's packed until 4:00 every night? Totally secret. That weird party all your cool friends are going to? Shhhhh. Don't tell anyone. At least not until the New York Times spread and official website hit. Over the last decade, "Secret New York" has been the subject of books, articles, and a municipally-sponsored TV show. "Secret," in the New York context, has gone beyond being just a meaningless buzzword to being an oxymoron.
So how do we actually find interesting things in New York that are actually are largely inaccessible or unknown? Do they even exist? Don't come to this looking for secrets. Instead, we'll talk about the ways we find places of meaning for ourselves in the age of Google, the barriers that keep things secret or inaccessible, and the appeal of the secret and unknown. And if you want to trade a tip or two, hey, we promise to only tweet it once or twice.
Sextantworks Placemaking Lab
House 20A, Nolan Park, Governors Island
4-5p; $free
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Women's Self Defense
Learn effective self-defense techniques to escape a violent altercation, and discuss how to reduce your chances of being in one, in the first place. We'll discuss everything from stranger violence to domestic violence. The class is free, open to the public, trans-inclusive, and taught by women. And we wrap up with refreshments and community building. No previous experience necessary. Space is limited.
Traditional Okinawan Karate
248 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
4-7p; $free
Registration: 718-418-9892
Writhing Society
Founded and led by Wendy Walker and Tom La Farge, The Writhing Society meets weekly to practice and discuss the techniques of constrained writing. We practice the methods invented or codified by the French group Oulipo and by other writers, artists, musicians, and mathematicians.
388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
7-9p; $5
Noise Uprising
Join cultural historian Michael Denning in a discussion of the politics of early recorded music, the subject of his new book, Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution. What are the origins of the musical styles and idioms of recorded music? How did Havana's son, Rio's samba, New Orleans' jazz, Buenos Aires' tango, Seville's flamenco, Cairo's tarab, Johannesburg's marabi, Jakarta's kroncong, and Honolulu's hula reverberate around the globe? Why did hundreds of unknown musicians enter makeshift studios to record the melodies and rhythms of urban streets and dancehalls in the late 1920s and early 1930s? What were the politics of these shellac disks? How did they trigger the first great battle over popular music and become the soundtrack to decolonization?
Interference Archive
131 8th Street, no. 4, Brooklyn
September 4, 7:30p; $free
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]
* We can feel it. We can taste it. We're so close. Just keep going! You guys are making this happen.
We've had so many incredible generous souls who helped hammer, screw and pound out House of Yes, but there's something more important you guys have provided. Everyone who has come by to help has turned work hours into play time. It's like an ice cream social but with more power tools. If anyone wants to come to play time this week (aka working on stuff at House of Yes) our hours are below. Just text Kae (5852177209) or Anya (5855071770) on the day you're coming so we know to expect you. House of Yes is at 408 Jefferson Street at Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn.
* The City keeps trying to throw hurdles in our way but we keep moving forward. Over the summer we've been working on a number of projects and this Saturday we could really use more help. We need several people to take on assorted tasks; some of these projects require strong arms and some  just need medium-weight lifting. These projects are: As part of our sound upgrades we need a couple of people who can help pull sound cabling through protective sleeving. It’s also time to replace a tarp on the stage-house skylight; something we do ahead of our fall season and before the winter weather heads our way. And our dedicated seat/balcony crew could use some help moving boxes of seat backs and installing them to finish out the loge section of the balcony. This part of the balcony project is nearing its end and a couple of more hands could really make a big difference in speeding the progress up. Other projects include: Work with stage lighting cleaning, re-lamping and installing new color gels. Stenciling signs on backstage doors and wall. And of course, there’s always cleaning and organizing. If you can join us, please try to let me know by email at loewsjersey]at]
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