Friday, November 29
* Buy Nothing Day, Brooklyn
* An Hour with Glaser and Kaiser, Manhattan
* Refest, Manhattan
Saturday, November 30
* Cool Fest XIII: Typhoon Haiyan Benefit, Brooklyn
* Subway Sets, Manhattan
* The Carnival at the End of the Universe, Union City
Monday, December 2
* William Helmreich's The New York Nobody Knows, Williamsburg
* Novelization, Brooklyn
Tuesday, December 3
* Punderdome, Brooklyn
* New Skin for the Old Ceremony, Williamsburg
Wednesday, December 4
* Dorkbot, Manhattan
* Circus of Dreams, Brooklyn
* Soup Kitchen 2013
* The London Gold Fix
* Operation Santa
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Buy Nothing Day
The Brooklyn Free Store will be hosting a very special Black Friday Free Store. We will be set up in front of Target in downtown Brooklyn.
On the largest shopping day of the year, we would like to present people with an alternative to participating in the waste of disposable culture by offering housewares, toys, clothing, winter coats, shoes, books, and whatever else donations bring completely free.
The idea of the Free Store is simple: Take whatever you can use, bring whatever you can give that someone else could use, without the expectation of exchange. It is a model for another way of living without money and without scarcity.
Let us know if you can help out particularly with setting up and cleaning up, but also with publicity, and greeting people during the event. We especially will need help with transportation of items for this event.
The Brooklyn Free Store has been a weekly outdoor event since mid-august. If you have a space to offer us during the winter months or even more permanently so we can continue this community-building gift economy project, please let us know.
139 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
An Hour with Glaser and Kaiser
Comedians and friends Aaron Glaser and Lukas Kaiser will each be doing 30 minutes of comedy for free. There will be free drinks and snacks as well (and feel free to bring your Thanksgiving leftovers). This will be a fun hour of entertainment and a nice respite from the Holiday season.
Brit Pack Theater
153 Lafayette Street, third floor, Manhattan
RSVP to lukaskaiser]at]gmail.com
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
From the Skint:
More than just a prefix. re- is an approach. A perspective. Re- is a meeting point. Re- glances back while moving forward. Re- represents not only a return but also a re-imagining.
Refest is a three-day art and technology festival that celebrates the convergence of new and old, digital and analog, near and far. The artists featured in Refest are those who are breaking open possibilities through their practice. Creators working across a broad range of technologically informed media will gather at CultureHub in New York City to share video, performance, music, and more. Refest invites artists to share how they are reforming, rebuilding, reiterating, and renewing ideas.
With Namwoo Bae, Christopher Cerrone, Adriano Clemente, David Commander, DJ Spooky, Fabian Farbeon Saucedo, foci and loci, Abelardo Gil-Fournier, Matthew Mazzota, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, Eduardo Navas, Karen Niemczyk, Jesper Norda, Rats Theater, Federico Restrepo, Jane Tingley and Michal Seta, Hyun Ju Song, Robert Spahr, Sound Impact, Tom Tenney, Jennifer Weber, and Jody Zellen.
47 Great Jones Street, Manhattan
Continues through SUNDAY
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Cool Fest XIII: Typhoon Haiyan Benefit
Cool Fest is a cool festival of music, art and other sensory delights that encourages healthy heavy partying and intuitive artistic exploration. Cool Fest is about connecting different artistic communities and putting disparate creative people alongside each other to share their vision and discover new approaches and ideas, in a bilingual space.
Cool Fest XIII NYC will take place at Fitness NYC and Silent Barn. This will be a meeting of minds and souls from all over, but specifically a Montreal/NYC fusion project. The best in new weird music from all over the area will come together to howl at the resulting Brundlefly. and celebrate. Each night a different NYC artist will open each space with installation and performance.
Today: Sarah Butler installation and live-stream performance from Banff, Alberta, Metalux, Weirding Module, Zaimph, Sick Llama, Mark Morgan, the 696 Blues Band, R.A.F., Steve Jr., Xarah Dion and David Lafrance, Tarpit, and Buffalo MRI.
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Subway Sets brings New York's best underground musicians up to the most unique venues above the city. If you've ever come across beautiful music somewhere you didn't expect to hear it and stood transfixed, you'll understand this project. We're turning those moments into an evening-long event.
After a first sold-out concert at Brooklyn Grange, the biggest rooftop farm in the whole wide world, we're moving indoors for winter to the Bowery Hotel. Saturday night's killer lineup includes Catey Shaw, William B. Johnson's Drumadics, Bird Courage, and House of Waters, along with a DJ Set.
335 Bowery, Manhattan
8p; $20 online, $25 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Carnival at the End of the Universe
5500 square foot warehouse, two floors and a rooftop overlooking NY Skyline in the midst of trees and nature, right on the Hudson River. In this holy space, a spectacle of images and dreams conjure the human spirit, ether of elements beneath your feet come to life. With tarot readings, visual projections, bellydancers, burlesque performers, aerial artists, bodypainters, experimental music, fire breathers, alternative art, crystal hunters, yogi artists, surreal performers, spiritual cleansings, more bands, and DJs.
210 Paterson Plank Road, Union City, NJ
$10 before 9p, $15 after, $5 travel discount for people from New York, shuttle vans provided from Hoboken Terminal, all proceeds keep the space to teach kids how to fix bikes, engines, and create innovative inventions using alternative energy formats
XXXXX MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 XXXXX
Atlas Obscura presents:
William Helmreich's The New York Nobody Knows
In a quest to truly know and understand the vast city he has spent his entire life in, William Helmreich took on an epic undertaking: to walk every single block of New York City.
Over the course of four years Helmreich walked over 6,000 miles of city streets, thoroughly exploring all five boroughs and accumulating a wealth of stories about the people he met and places he found along the way. Helmreich will be joining the Obscura Society to share a truly intimate portrait of the heart and soul of New York, from its most overlooked and hidden corners to the diversity and determination of the people who have made this city home.
William B. Helmreich is the author of the recently published book The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City. He is a professor of sociology at the City University Graduate Center (CUNY) and the City College of New York and a lifelong resident of New York City, the world's greatest outdoor museum.
63 North 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p doors, 8:30p talk; $20, advance tickets recommended
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Novelization returns. Once again, dear friends, your hosts Liam McEneaney, Marlow Riley, and Heidi Vanderlee play host to dramatic readings of literary masterpieces such as Home Alone 2, the Goonies, Crossroads, and so much more.
Past readers have included luminaries of the written word including Rob Sheffield, Joe Garden, Todd Hanson, Chris Gethard, Julia Wertz, Maggie Serota, TV's Frank Conniff, and many more.
Featuring Bryan Tucker, Christian Finnegan, and Kelly Crisp. With your hosts Liam McEneaney, Marlow Riley, and Heidi Vanderlee. Plus the musical stylings of Mal Blum.
702 Union Street, at 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
8p sharp; $7
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Punderdome is the wild and crazy monthly pun competition hosted by Fred and Jo Firestone, a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator and his comedian daughter. 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. Eileen Reynolds, blogger for The New Yorker, returns as Celebrity Judge.
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p competition; $7, $6 advance
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
New Skin for the Old Ceremony
An evening of short experimental performances curated by Cloud City's own Ben Gansky. Cloud City is psyched to present new music, dance, and theatre from these badasses. Expect disaster-tempting performances and face-melting excellence from Sam Alper, Jesse Bonnell, Allison Brainard, Grandma, Korrea, Eliana Mullins, and Owen Weaver.
85 North 1st Street, between Berry and Wythe, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $5 door
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People doing strange things with electricity. The meeting is free and open to the public. Please bring snacks and drinks to share. Featuring the chronomentrophobic ramblings of Chris Jordan's swings, Jessica Feldman's speaking skin, and Andrew McWilliams' Hardware Explosion.
99 Madison Avenue, between 29th and 30th streets, 15th floor, Manhattan
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Circus of Dreams
Circus of Dreams is a show that exists between two realities. The world of dreams and the waking life. Entertainment mixed with art. Fear, Laughter, Awkwardness, sex, Happiness, Love, stupid and Enchantment. with a little avante garde flavor. The show is produced by the House of Screwball: Darcey Leonard and Kevin Perline.
With DJ Sex Libris, plus Matthew Silver, Susannah Simpson, Baxton Alexander and Betty T. Kao, Susannah Pryce, Tyler Fischer, Foxx Von Tempt, Alejandro D Amazing, Crimson K Itty, Kalan Sherrard, Nikki Talis, Rush Aaron Hicks, Foxie Squire, and Gage Ofthe Boone.
Bizarre in Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
J,M,Z to Broadway-Myrtle station
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Nonsense is too long. The great thing about the internet is that it doesn't really cost much to run long listings and exhaustive descriptions. It turns out that's ... exhausting. Just to read it. So, on the first Friday of the month run updated ongoing listings in each section: Events, Learning, and Help. Other weeks we're going for leaner, meaner sections. If you're desperate for something to do on an off-Tuesday night we suggest you either look back a few issues ago in your inbox, or poke through our online archives, which you can find under the subscribe page.
Also, a note about better rock shows. Nonsense does not straight list rock shows in New York unless they occur in tandem with puppet shows or jump rope tournaments or in subway tunnels or in graveyards. For listings of good shows, especially shows that feature independent bands at quality venues like Death by Audio and those booked by hard-working promoters like Todd P or Sleep When Dead, consult resources like ohmyrockness.com, brooklynvegan.com/, sleepwhendeadnyc.com/calendar/, garagepunknyc.com, and eardrumnyc.com. For the most exhaustive list of underground shows at unusual venues, track down a copy of the extremely useful -- and handsome -- local publication, Showpaper.
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* Unsilent Night, December 14
* The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, January 1
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***** ARTY STUFF *****
* We are two Swiss artists working in New York and would like to realize here our performance Remote Citizen, an art performance in public space. Therefore, we need about 50 people on December 8, from 11a to 4:30p. As we are here only for six months, we don't have enough contacts of our own to promote and find enough participants. We did Remote Citizen about 30 times till now in six various countries, and have everything ready-to-spread. We need someone interested enough in our work to spread our material at the right place. Here a few links for you, to get an idea of our performance: Video, Marseille (France): remote-citizen.ch/dokumentationen_EN/10.dokumentation_Marseille_EN.html. What's it all about: remote-citizen.ch/beschreibungen_EN/00.information_EN.html. Contact: citizen]at]remote-citizen.ch.
* Soup Kitchen 2013: Join us this December for a month of cooking, eating, sharing, and celebrating. Please spread the word. Daily from 7-9p, December 1-31. Sign up to host a night. Reserve a spot. We are seeking artists, cooks, friends, and neighbors to join us for a month of cooking, eating, sharing, and celebrating. For as many nights of the month as we have volunteers, we will provide the cookware and utensils and the volunteer chef will be responsible for the one-pot meal of the night. We welcome all kinds of unique dishes from any ethnic tradition. The guests are served on a first-come first-serve basis. The food is free. Open Source Gallery places great focus on accessibility, conversation, and community. The Soup Kitchen is an annual event that supports the gallery mission held each December. Anyone can book the gallery for an evening and are responsible for providing a meal for attendees and are welcome to incorporate an artistic element of any kind into the evening
. The event serves artists, community members, people who may be down on their luck or simply hungry. It strives to foster dialogue in a way that participants are involved in the discourse as equal partners. So join us for good food, good art, and good conversation and bring all your friends and neighbors. Reserve a spot. Already scheduled are the following special events: December 1: Soup by Katarina Poliacikova to celebrate the closing Until We Remember the Same, see: open-source-gallery.org/katarina-poliacikova. Contact: signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAAAF2FAAF85-soup.
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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." The group has expanded since then, but it remains focused on smartening the crowd mind. There are no subject limits; our favorites are the incredible sci-fi present, or anything that goes toward a better understanding of human behavior and our universe's ecology. Our simple intent is to connect good minds with as much quality mind-blowing information as we can freely locate, and create a space for the informal trade of specialized investigative research, presented for the non-specialist.
The Spectre email list, which is a separate group from this column, is a moderated open forum. People are encouraged to join and to post. The list is compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact us at spectre.event.horizon.group ]at] gmail ]dot] com or spectrevision.net.
***** The London Gold Fix *****
"The fix dates back to September 1919, less than a year after the end of World War I, when representatives from five dealers met at Rothschild's office on St. Swithin's Lane in London's financial district. While Rothschild pulled out in 2004 and the discussions now take place by telephone instead of in a wood-paneled room at the bank, the process remains much the same. Every weekday morning at 10:30, a bullion dealer in the precious-metals trading room of HSBC Bank in London picks up the phone and punches in to a special line. The dedicated line connects him to four other bankers -- the members of a powerful and self-policing group called the London Gold Fixing.
The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority is now scrutinizing how prices get set in the $20 trillion gold market. The FCA confirmed it was at the "early stage" of an inquiry into potential rigging of the $5.3 trillion daily global trade in currencies. An international investigation is also underway into the potential manipulation of the ISDAfix benchmark that is used to price hundreds of trillions of dollars of derivatives. The Wall Street Journal reported some traders held chat discussions in which they dubbed themselves 'The Bandits Club' and 'The Cartel'."
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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 that you think are nifty-keen.
Learning is compiled and edited weekly by Juliana Driever. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]nonsensenyc.com.
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
Can Redistribution Solve Capitalism's Crises?
This roundtable conversation, co-sponsored by Marxist-Humanist Initiative and Internationalist Perspective, will critically examine proposals to redistribute income and wealth that are currently popular in Marxist, social democratic, and left-Keynesian circles. Discussants will address the questions: Can redistribution make capitalism ''fair''? Can it prevent repeated economic crises? Does inequality cause crises and poverty? If not, what are the causes? Can capitalism be reformed to make it serve human needs? If not, what is the alternative?
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
***** LEARNING: THREE MONDAYS *****
Cyanotype is one of the earliest a photographic printing process and yields a beautiful, cyan-blue print from a contact negative. During the first week of this workshop we'll learn all the basics through a hands-on demonstration, including how to prepare the chemistry, printing paper and stencils using film negatives, drawings or digital files. You will prepare your own printing paper, and during week two, we will spend class time printing and developing your cyanotypes. Instructor: Noah Breuer
Gowanus Studio Space
166 7th Street, Brooklyn
December 2-16, 7-10p; $145; $95 for members
***** LEARNING: WEDNESDAY *****
Traditional Story Telling: Face to Face, No Screens Allowed
This three-hour storytelling workshop will begin with exercises and discussion on how we are as listeners. We will explore our habitual ways of listening to each other and discuss how we can overcome obstacles that get in the way of our listening. We will also engage in collaborative story excavation exercises and learn specific tools and methods to tell your story. Participants will have the opportunity to develop and share their authentic and personal stories in a dedicated listening space. We will discover the awareness that we have agency in our voice, that we are not separate from other people, and that the more connected we are to our stories, the more connected we will be to others. Instructor: Benaifer Bhadha
159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
Pom Pom Garlands and Ornaments
Join us for a festive pom-pom-a-thon. For this month's Greenpoint Hand Skills workshop local artist, designer, and author Sarah Goldschadt will teach us how to make pom pom garlands and ornaments to celebrate the season in cozy style. Materials and tools will be provided. Feel free to bring a snack to share, or yarn from your stash.
Greenpoint Public Library
107 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn
December 7, noon-2p; $free
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
Chipmunk Taxidermy: Krampus Special
Perfect for beginners, this hands-on class will examine the nutty ways of the chipmunk. Students will create a fully finished chipmunk mount in the naturalistic or anthropomorphic style of their choice. Students will learn everything involved in producing a finished mount -- from initial preparation, hygiene and sanitary measures, to proper technique and dry preservation. In the spirit of the holidays, we will have some extra special Krampus themed props, accessories, and refreshments. As always, the animals used are ethically obtained. Instructor: Divya Anantharaman.
41 Willow Place, Brooklyn
December 7, 12:30p; $120
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
The Battle Pass Collective of artists, educators, and performers will be your guides at MoMA as we excavate layers of time, exploring the complexity of war through a series of hands-on mini-workshops. You will develop your own "protean" projects and performances, transforming imagery that has become cliché into new forms. We will plumb the depths of Proteus Gowanus' neighbor and namesake, the Gowanus Canal, a Federal Superfund and 1776 Battle site; sift through artifacts and historical narratives; create sculptural ships from garbage; make ''cockades'' that galvanize your rebel spirit; learn about historic tide mills, grind wheat, and more. Instructor: Sasha Chavchavadze
11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan
December 7, 12-3p; $90
Secret code “Proteus” for a $40 discount
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
Poi and Fire Fan Classes
Are you looking for something new and fun to keep you active this winter? Come spin with us, level up, and enjoy the endorphins that a regular spinning practice brings. Instructor: Claire de Luxe
118 North 11th Street, third floor, Brooklyn
Starting December 9, 10, 11, times vary; $180 for 10 weeks
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It is a wonderful thing, to help. Helping strengthens communities and allows you to meet new friends. With that in mind, we look for one-day volunteer opportunities with no long-term commitment required. We want to be open to fresh ideas and think of help in a broad way. These listings could include anything from a large-scale day-long service project to a local theatre company that needs volunteers for load-in; from an artist looking for film extras to a community garden that needs a few extra hands. Our goal is simply to help groups or individuals that serve the greater good in small but significant ways. Unique and interesting job opportunities are acceptable fare for this section as well. Looking for ways to help out? Need volunteers to get your own community project off the ground? Know of any existing opportunities? Send your requests to Jennifer Liepin at help]at]nonsensenyc.com
***** HELP: THURSDAY *****
Operation Santa Claus
Operation Santa Claus is the Post Office's program that allows everyone to play Santa by answering Dear Santa letters from local kids with a Christmas wish. Join other New Yorkers in spreading the holiday cheer by dropping by the New York General Post Office to look through Christmas letters that kids have sent to Santa Claus. Play Santa and choose one or more letters -- usually from poor, inner-city kids -- and send them one or more gifts from their letter.
Main Post Office, 421 Eighth Avenue
Continues through CHRISTMAS
***** HELP: UPCOMING ****
Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter-High Tea
The Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter (NCS) serves people who are chronically, formerly or at-risk of becoming homeless. The mission of NCS is to help people develop the skills they need to live independently in safe and stable housing, as well as secure sobriety and employment. Invest in the lives of the NCS residents by preparing lunch, playing bingo or leading a craft. To volunteer, please RSVP on the link below. All volunteers must register.
Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter
211 East 81st Street, Manhattan
December 14, noon-2p
***** HELP: ONGOING *****
Gifted Hands: Share the Arts with HIV/AIDs Residents
Volunteers serve at health care facility on the Lower East Side on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Volunteers can help with jewelry making classes, play games (pool, chess, etc) with the residents, or help with praise and worship group.
Second and fourth MONDAYS, 6:30p-8:30p
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