nonsensenyc: 10.21 to 10.27

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 10.21 to 10.27
Date: October 21st 2016
Friday October 21
* All of Them Witches, Brooklyn
* Fear NYC, Manhattan
* Nightmare Before Insomnium: Prom, Manhattan
* Landmark Loew's Movie Palace Double Feature, Jersey City
* Glamdammit, Brooklyn
* Karmic Halloween Party, Manhattan
* Haus of Yas: Best Wedding Ever, Brooklyn
* Revel's End: A Tempest Dance Party, Manhattan
Saturday, October 22
* The 17th and a Half Mr. LES Pageant, Queens
* Where Do I End and Where Do You Begin, Brooklyn
* Printed Rivals, Manhattan
* Literati: A Comedy Show About the Greatest American Novels Never Written, Brooklyn
* Nudethulhu 4, Manhattan
* Schtick a Pole in It, Manhattan
* Paper Forest, Brooklyn
* Feeling Gloomy, Brooklyn
* Vampire Masquerade, Manhattan
Sunday, October 23
* Temple of Taste and Remembrance, Brooklyn
Monday, October 24
* Sleepwalker, Manhattan
Tuesday, October 25
* Little Cinema: Carrie, Brooklyn
Wednesday, October 26
* Hocus Pocus, Brooklyn
* Carousel: The Political Show, Manhattan
Thursday, October 27
* Graveyard Swing: The Last Gig Is a Long One, Queens
* Dirty Thursday Zombie Vampire Beach Party
* Horizons
* Dosing the Peace Movement
* Schooled
* Addiction, Alienation, and the Problems of Individualism
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Tarot Society and Music Off McGolrick present:
All of Them Witches
A special service in which we honor the souls of dead witches. Featuring opening ritual led by Britta Love, Songs for the Spirits, Reverend Mother Flash, Laura Ortman, Kate Mohanty, Butoh performance by Jacquelyn Marie Shannon, Chris Carlone, Lauren Sky, and Leah Marie Beltran, and Jezmina Von Thiele. Plus readings by Kristen Sollee (Slutist witch) from her upcoming book Witches, Sluts, and Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive. Tarot Readings by Tarot Society. Color to Clarity with Jenny Viera.
Park Church Co-op
129 Russell Street, Brooklyn
G train to Nassau station
8p opening ritual, 9p show; $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Fear NYC
New York's biggest horror film festival, featuring screenings of 65-plus new and classic horror films, cast appearances, special events, and a tribute to horror icon Wes Craven. With Psycho, Hocus Pocus, Night of the Living Dead, Halloween, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the Exorcist, and the Lost Boys among the offerings. Check website for complete listings.
Cinema Village
22 East 12th Street, Manhattan
various times; $12
Continues through October 27
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Nightmare Before Insomnium: Prom
Insomnium Theatre Company’s second season continues with Nightmare Before Insomnium: Prom. The one night only event promises an immersive horror theatre experience, as well as a killer Halloween party with live music, drinking, and dancing.
Party-goers become immersed in five terrifying and hysterical one-acts written by Jarrod Allan, Monica Lerch, Katie Looney, Jacob Marx Rice, Matthew Minnicino, and Ry Szelong, with directed by Jenna Antoniades, Jake Beck, Sam Gonzalez, Stefanie Abel Horowitz, and Felicia Lobo. The perfect way to start Halloween weekend, following the haunting and hysterical one acts, attendees are invited into the prom themed Halloween party, with live music from NYC band the Boobies and electronic artist Tate Gregor. Insomnium Theatre Company invites audiences to confront their most horrifying nightmares and laugh in the face of their own mortality.
87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
7:30p doors, 8 and 9:30p shows; $30 door, $20 advance
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Landmark Loew's Movie Palace Double Feature
Double feature with Nosferatu and Dracula's Daughter. Nosferatu is the first vampire movie, and will be presented silent with live organ accompaniment. Directed by F.W. Murnau. Followed by Dracula's Daughter, the rarely screened "official" sequel to Dracula, directed by Lambert Hillyer. Classic horror films continue with Son of Frankenstein and Rosemary's Baby on Saturday.
Landmark Loew's Movie Palace
57 Journal Square, Jersey City, NY
8p; $13
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Glamdammit celebrates 12 years of fist-pumping rock 'n' roll, punk anthems, and glittery glam rock along with live performances and a cavalcade of stars. Michael T and the Vanities perform a greatest hits of glam rock, covering such artists as David Bowie, Queen, T.Rex, Roxy Music. Special guest singers include Corey Tut, Craig Man, Emma Craig, and Mike Greco. DJ sets by Twig the Wonderkid and James David. Hosted by nightlife icon Astro Erle.
Gold Sounds
44 Wilson Avenue, at Melrose Street, Brooklyn
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Karmic Halloween Party
Karmic Creations is back at it again. Set yourself free this Halloween season and bring nothing but your awesome self and costume up. Expect good vibes, costume contest, baked Halloween treats, and Halloween make-up designs by Amanda Loopz.
Lucky Jack's NYC
129 Orchard Street, Manhattan
10p-3a; $free
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Haus of Yas: Best Wedding Ever
Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here to witness love and marriage of every kind with the most glorious and gawdy Wedding of the Century. Say I Do. Say yes! Marry your friend, marry your fiance, marry your fiance’s boyfriend’s girlfriend! Marry for money, marry for visas, or just marry for pleasure.
It's a wedding party for everyone because we love weddings and we want to spend the rest of our lives with you, in sickness and in health, til death do us part. Featuring: Champagne toasts all night long! A real chapel! Flower girls and ring bears! Dance floor action brought to you by the finest wedding DJs in the city: Eli Escobar, W. Jeremy, Olive T., and Krunk Pony.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
10p; $free before 11p with RSVP
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Revel's End: A Tempest Dance Party
The Woolgatherers presents Revel's End, a striking new take on Shakespeare's the Tempest, set in a downtown New York night club. Directed by Grace Herman-Holland, the production features original tracks performed live by DJ Jared Arnold and devised dance inspired by the actors’ cultural traditions..
In the midst of a crowded dance floor, audiences will be whisked away with a storm of light, music, and glitter to the paradise of Prospero's enchanted island. Pulsing with a live DJ soundtrack, and featuring contemporary dance, this party at Studio 501 will immerse audiences in this timeless tale of young love, old enemies, and potent magic.
Studio 501  CAP21
18 West 18th Street, fifth floor, Manhattan
Continues through SUNDAY
7:30p; $20
The 17th and a Half Mr. LES Pageant
It's that time of year again ... the awesomest time of year chosen randomly due to a lack of venues and people who actually leave their homes. Some of you might remember the horror of last year's pageant. Two venues had to cancel, so on the day of the event, I moved it to a bar in Chinatown above a bus stop. Super Bad Brad kicked off the night with an amazing version of Kung Fu Fighting and then Master Lee took the stage wherein two women took their clothes off and revealed that their bodies were painted extravagantly. They then attacked Master Lee, punching him, etc. and someone somehow broke a cabinet whereupon the bar manager threw all 87 attendees out the door but not before offering us a round of drinks. So, that means that Claude Debris (who won over the crowd by lifting computers with his penis while calling his mother) is still Mr. LES. It's time for regime change.
Several years ago, someone accurately predicted that the pageant would soon move to Queens and here we are. Footlight, an awesome, spacious bar is willing to host this completely insane event, which is similar to the Ms. Universe Pageant, if all the contestants were hairy and liked Budweiser. To compete in this cutthroat pageant, contestants need not live on the Lower East Side. (Because honestly, who can afford it anymore?) They simply must possess qualities, which would make them the proper representative of this neighborhood. The show's format will remain the same. Dudes will show up and compete in the following categories: A one-minute talent competition, a swimsuit competition, eveningwear and question and answer. Contestants must show up at 8:45 to sign up. Or they should e-mail Reverend Jen for details. All women and gay men are given ballots and invited to judge. The votes are then tabulated on the Ballsack 3000 and a winner is announced. There will be special performances.
The Footlight
465 Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
L train to Dekalb, M train to Seneca
8p; $3
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Where Do I End and Where Do You Begin
The Pop Up Gesture Store, a radical and different dancing store debuts its fall collection at the anarchist j'ouvert laboratory. The store is a retail experience that probes, investigates, heightens and/or palliates people’s exhaustion, frustration and anxiety in this political season through dance, movement, and words.
The gestures offered at the Pop Up Gesture Store create a caring social space and destroy all social hierarchy. Customers enter the Pop Up Gesture Store not to consume goods or purchase products but rather to partake of embodied experiences direct from artist/shopkeepers. Visitors to this dancing store select instantaneous live-performances (varying from approximately 3 minutes to 10 minutes in length) from a menu of gestures built on movement, touch, and words. Transactions are complete once patrons pay for their gesture by giving a comparable immaterial gesture back.
Each artist/seller offers their own performance gestures tailored to the political season. Among the questions the gestures engage are: Can bodily investment of caring help to challenge the existing social order? Can we expand caring beyond family towards a stranger while still operating within the craziness of the political season? What can we do together that we can’t do alone?
1067 PacificPeople
1067 Pacific Street, Brooklyn
1-7p; $?
Continues SUNDAY
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Printed Rivals
On this immersive journey through NYC history, you'll join other adventurers to experience the birth of yellow journalism and work together to solve the murder case that sparked a tabloid war. Part historical tour, part escape the room challenge, this event will challenge you to see New York City in a totally new light. Participants will be divided into teams and given authentic clues that will lead them through an exploration of the city to the conclusion of this historic case. We will finish our adventure by celebrating like 19th century journalists -- drinking and telling tales in a nearby pub.
Meet at the Statue of Benjamin Franklin
Printing House Square, Manhattan
4,5,6 trains to City Hall station
1-5:30p; $35
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Literati: A Comedy Show About the Greatest American Novels Never Written
Hosts Colin O'Brien and Michael Wolf have read upwards of one books between the two of them and now they want to share that love of literature with you. Literati is a night of comedians in character performing hilarious readings. Sophisticated, satirical, and sometimes wigs. Do you ever leave a comedy show saying, "Hmm that was pretty funny but not enough reading?" Well then this is the show for you. This month’s guests include Django Gold, Dylan Marron, and Jordan Mendoza.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
7:30p; $6 online, $8 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
D20 Burlesque presents:
Nudethulhu 4
Join our fourth annual tribute to the cosmic horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. This evening will have us stripped of our sanity, and our clothing, while bringing the works of Lovecraft to life on the burlesque stage. The evening will include burlesque, drag, go-go, and music performances.
Hosted By Anja Keister. With performances from Nyx Nocturne, Miranda Raven, Tristan Von, Trick the Bastard, Sweet n' Lo, Lee Valone, Vigor Mortis, go-go by Cherrie Sprite, and DJ Lewd Alfred Douglas on the digital phonogram.
Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street, Manhattan
8p; $20, $15 presale
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Schtick a Pole in It
NYC's only comedy and pole dancing show is doing an all Diplo/Major Lazer show. You don’t want to miss this one. As always if you'd ever like to attend we're happy to comp you in. 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 pole tricks? Theme this month is Diplo and all the side projects, Major Lazer, Jack U, and whatever other insanity is coming out of Mad Decent. Think of it as a very exclusive version of Mad Decent's block party.
85 Avenue A, Manhattan
8p; $20 online, $25 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Biome Arts presents:
Paper Forest
An evening of video artworks presented aboard Swale, a floating forest of edible and medicinal plants by Mary Mattingly. All video artworks intersect themes of ecology, technology, and or alternative systems of food, energy, and water. This event is presented as part of Eco_Hack 2016 and is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here and view the program of works.
Paper Forest
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6, Brooklyn
7-10p; $?
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Feeling Gloomy
Like Ministry, we have on occasion been accused of dressing like it’s Halloween even when it clearly isn’t. But luckily for us, there comes one time a year when our sense of style is in tune with the greater world around us, when our morbid senses of humor and our gloomy dispositions match the weather and the general feelings around us: Halloween.
This year we’ve decided to celebrate the occasion with a party dedicated to one of our favorite Halloween films: Donnie Darko. The film that introduced many to some of our favorite bands as well as to terrifying rabbit costumes and time travel. We’ll be celebrating a bit before the crush of Halloween, which will allow the Halloween lovers among us to pack in yet another night of terror and whimsy and whimsical terror.
Your devoted DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom will fill your ears and hearts with soundtrack selections by Oingo Boingo, Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears, INXS, and all of the most choice seasonal gloomy favorites. Break out your costumes early and win prizes; dress to depress.
406 3rd Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn
F or G trains to 4th Avenue-9th Street station
11p-4a; $6 cover
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Vampire Masquerade
A Halloween performance happening by NYC-native and based visual and performance artist Michael Alan. Hosted by Draw-Mania and Anu Annam. Cast: Michael Alan Alien starring and going to hell and back. Live five music improv nonstop set by Mike by Mike Alan and Mike Ogletree. The happening for Halloween month: Come experience a happening that blurs the boundaries of what is real and what is life.
Themed by 80s horror/ sci fi- drama Michael Alan's solo modern day vampire work piece will invite his cast to join him and perform an epic five hour non-stop adventure into the surreal emotional state of life and death. Different stages of living in the present and the future will be set with simple material and body language -- a scary feeling for most -- with raw visuals combined with Alan's art, which will come to life on his and the cast's bodies through props, markers and costume. There will be five hours of deep, character-based study, and performance.
Audience participation is highly encouraged. Create your own circles, costumes, get naked, draw, write, poetry, connect. No phones please. No photography (come take a break from life) we will have Anu running photography and projection so you can use our cameras and tools and join her in visuals. Come in costume to this Vampire Masquerade, or just bring a mask, or get naked, get drawn on by Alan, become the art. You are art.
Teatro IATI
64 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery, Manhattan
7p-midnight; $20
212 505 6757
Temple of Taste and Remembrance
Biome Arts Presents Temple of Taste and Remembrance by Sacra aboard Swale, a floating forest of edible and medicinal plants by Mary Mattingly. Sacra are currently gathering data to build the Temple of Taste and Remembrance, an interactive archive that attempts to collect and catalog the relationship between eating and memory. As you explore Swale, we invite you to harvest plants from the garden. Every half hour we will conduct rituals wherein your experience of what you've gathered will be recorded as contributions to the archive. Sacra are a performance duo (Teresa Braun and Ayodamola Okunseinde) that explore the manifestation of "the sacred" in private and public spheres. Sacra rituals facilitate transformation within participants by challenging notions of self in a socio-political context, problematizing ideas of belonging and questioning belief systems.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Pier 6, Brooklyn
2-5p; $free
It's the insomniac dreamwarm teendaze comedy and dance party. Smudge your mugwort, down your chamomile, turn off all blue-lit electronics, and come to our show.
Featuring: Lucy Cottrell (dream), Owen Bates (dandy), Lacey Jeka (delight), Gabriel Smith (dear), Meat & Co. (dance) and an afterparty set from DJ Miss Hap (Selam Samuel) (dreamdub). Plus, a hand-bound dream journal made for you by host Zach Mandeville (limited supply).
Elvis Guesthouse
85 Avenue A, East Fifth Street, Manhattan
9p; $free
Little Cinema: Carrie
If you've got a taste for terror, take Carrie to the prom. An immersive screening celebrating the 40th anniversary to the classic 1976 film blended with 10 dancers, a live cellist, fire performers, and an audio visual dj in a true mixed media spectacle that only Little Cinema can deliver.
Plus Brooklyn’s own Iron Man, James Hook, brings his flair for flattening to the House of Yes for this immersive screening of Brian DePalma’s classic. Hook will be on hand with Ironing partner Sarah Lapinski to iron the public’s laundry at House of Yes (no article of clothing refused; bring us your rumpled sheets, your wrinkled shirts, your yearning to be pressed) during the evenings opening half. Then, at intermission, the two will attempt the never before attempted spectacular feat of a single, Synchronized Doubles ironing of twin Oxford shirts.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
7-10p; $10
A Drinking Game NYC presents:
Hocus Pocus
What is A Drinking Game? It's a live staged reading of one of your favorite movies turned into an interactive drinking game.  It's a party. Join us... say your favorite lines with us... sing along with us... drink with us.
Talented actors perform cult classics for a live audience. One night only. A new show every month. Each movie comes with a list of buzz words and phrases -- when you hear one, a bell rings and everybody drinks. The actors are in on the fun, too. Plus, when someone says a name, the actor playing that character has to drink. Bar inside the theater. Audience participation is encouraged. Please drink and laugh responsibly.
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
8p; $10
21 and over
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Dixon Place presents:
Carousel: The Political Show
Comics performances, readings, and picture shows, just in time for the election. Featuring the cartoonists and graphic novelists Ruben Bolling, Mike Dawson, Bob Eckstein, Kat Fajardo, and Sabrina Jones.
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey), Manhattan
7:30p; $15 advance, $18 door
Graveyard Swing: The Last Gig Is a Long One
What happens when the cemetery closes? Join your ghostly hosts this Halloween for a walkthrough of the liveliest graveyard in New York, featuring spooky music, humerus-chilling original animated figures, and the most whimsical party beyond the grave. This show is approximately 10 minutes long. Kid-friendly and wheelchair accessible.
The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens
Ongoing each evening from 6-9p; $20
Continues through October 31
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Dirty Thursday Zombie Vampire Beach Party
It's that time of the month. It's that time of the week -- Dirty Thursday invites you to warm-up for Halloween at our Zombie Vampire Beach Party. Dive right into the deep red sea of blood. Get out your beach balls and move on dancefloor shores of blood. Take a dip in our pool of blood. Wear your bikinis, wear your shades. Come as a Zombie. Come as a Vampire. Come as a Bad-ass Beach. Wear whatever Halloween costume you want. Or just wear blood.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
10p; $free
21 and over
* Junxion Crossroads, October 28
* Gemini and Scorpio Stranger Things Halloween, October 29
* Rubulad Halloween, October 29
* Fear Factory, November 4
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***** ARTY STUFF *****
* The Lost Horizon Night Market is a transient bazaar where one can encounter a variety of mysterious lounges, theaters, galleries, cafes, installations and other establishments, all situated within seemingly ordinary box trucks. Over the years, the Proprietorship has grown to include dozens of unique Establishments and the conjuring of any of new or old ideas are welcome. To RSVP for the upcoming info session, email thosewhochoosethetimeandplace]at] with the subject LOST HORIZON NIGHT MARKET.
***** SPACES *****
* Rubulad has one art studio and one soundproof shipping container music studio available now at our new place in Bushwick, right in between the Jefferson and Morgan stops. Studios come with a rad garden huge shared outdoor space. Asking $700,$750 per month with a one-month deposit. Also, we're leaving an 800 square foot storage space in DUMBO.  We can refer anyone who's interested. chris]at]
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: The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact]at]
***** Dosing the Peace Movement *****
"Initially the leaders of MK-ULTRA restricted the surprise acid tests to TSS members, but when this phase ran its course they started dosing other Agency personnel who had never tripped before. Nearly everyone was fair game, and surprise acid trips became something of an occupational hazard among CIA operatives. The straw that broke that camel's back was a plan by a few TSS jokers to put LSD in the punch served at the annual CIA Christmas office party. The use of LSD among young people in the US reached a peak in the late 1960s, shortly after the CIA initiated a series of covert operations designed to disrupt, discredit, and neutralize the New Left."
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 at 14th Street and 5th Avenue. Two teenagers in front of the new New School building:
-- "I've hear a lot about the New School."
-- "Yeah, and then you realize it's on top of a CVS!"
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]
Somatic Wellness Workshops
Learn how to support and strengthen your immune system and stress response from the inside out, using breath, sound, movement, touch and food. Explore the related body systems, integrating practices from Body-Mind Centering®, Laban/Bartenieff Studies, Yoga, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Brooklyn Arts Exchange
421 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
Times vary; $50
Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive
The witch is a shapeshifter, transforming from goddess to ghoul, healer to hag, and advocate to adversary based upon who seeks her. Throughout history, she has both challenged and reflected patriarchal narratives about female power, and has thus become one of the most enduring feminist icons of all time.
In this illustrated lecture, Kristen Sollee — author of the upcoming book Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring The Sex Positive— will trace the history of ''witch feminism'' from Early Modern Europe to the present. With an eye specifically on female sexuality, she will delve into the links between witches, midwifery, and reproductive rights; the transformation of witch hunting into slut shaming; and the role of the witch in feminist activism and politics over the past century. With art, literature, film and popular culture as a backdrop, this talk will peel back layers of misinformation and misogyny to chart the witch’s development from diabolical sorceress to symbol of sexual, psychological, and metaphysical liberation.
Tarot Society
4 Charles Place, Manhattan
6-8p; $10
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Butoh as Ghostly Practice
Due to great feedback and interest, I'm offering another exploration into Butoh as ghostly practice at The Living Gallery in Brooklyn. Please note that there is limited space. Pre-registry only. No day-of entry at the door.
This physical workshop will introduce the avant-garde Japanese dance form Butoh as a ghostly practice through an approach to performance as a liminal mode of consciousness that can be effectively apprehended as a haunted encounter. Together, we will use ritual and movement to explore a liminal space “between the realms of the living and the dead” where we can draw power, where our individual and collective truths and fictions coalesce into lived experience and expand into a transformative, extraordinary state of wonder, where possibility can be experientially encountered and re-membering can occur. All levels welcome. No dance or theatre training necessary.
Living Gallery
1094 Broadway, Brooklyn
10a-1p; $20
Pre-registration only
Where Is the Right to Privacy in the U.S. Constitution, Exactly?
The word privacy doesn't appear once in the text of the U.S. Constitution. Nevertheless, lawmakers and the Supreme Court have repeatedly insisted that Americans have a constitutional right to privacy because of the spirit behind certain constitutional amendments.  It’s a slippery business. Exactly how privacy came to be recognized as a constitutional right is a complicated story that touches on the civil rights movement, the war on crime, the women’s movement, and the crusade against communism.
Privacy is not dead in the United States, but it does seem to be circling the drain. This talk will familiarize participants with the basics of their constitutional right to privacy and examine the key legal cases that eventually led to privacy’s recognition as a constitutional right in the twentieth century.
WeWork Dumbo Heights
81 Prospect Street, Brooklyn
7-8:30p; $12
Mutilated Bodies and Militant Nostalgia in Shakespeare’s Henry V
Henry V is one of William Shakespeare’s most war-oriented English history plays. It is obsessed with broken bodies, memory and the question of what will be remembered after a war ends. In his famous St. Crispin’s Day speech before the battle of Agincourt, the king imagines a returned soldier, now old, celebrating the victory at a future feast. But the soldier Williams has another vision of the future. In Act 4, he speaks of a soldierly ghost that will rise up on the Day of Judgment: a thing made out of the body parts of men who died in battle. Both of these moments look to the future -- or to the moment the play is performed -- and to the kinds of memories that Agincourt will produce, but they envision memory in vastly different terms. Can Agincourt produce memorials that will celebrate conquest and victory? Will these soldiers be remembered? Or will they simply rot in French soil?
New York Public Library
476 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
6p; $free
RSVP recommended
Addiction, Alienation, and the Problems of Individualism
"The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is human connection."
This quote, taken from Johann Hari's "Chasing the Dream" will fuel our discussion on addiction.
We are a society riddled with addictive behaviors.  From food to the internet to our smart phones and the old standbys like drugs, sex and alcohol, it would seem that no one is immune.
Addiction is a word that’s thrown around a lot these days but do we really know what it is?
Chinatown Soup
7:30-9p; $12
What Would Buffy Do?
From the moment she was called upon to become the Slayer, and thus shoulder the weight of saving the world (Again!) Buffy the Vampire Slayer wrestled with understanding not only her place in the world as a superhero, but also finding her place as young woman tasked with such a role. Should her power be rooted in something different than our traditional masculine notions of strength? Or is power simply power -- void of gender and value? In this Olio, we will examine Joss Whedon’s creation, Buffy, and analyze the significance of the slayer’s struggle to fight evil while remaining ''just a girl.''
Through discussion and the viewing of a few clips, we will look critically at the show’s overarching narrative, asking ourselves: Was Buffy truly a feminist icon? If so, what kind of feminist? Radical? Liberal? Marxist? What does it mean that she alone held power that others had no access to? That she used violence to solve problems? That in the eye of the struggle, she often found herself alone, having more in common with the evil she was fighting than with the good she was trying to protect. Why, for example, was she so hot for vampires? We will discuss and debate whether, in the end, Buffy reconciled these dilemmas as she saved the world. (Again.) Finally, we will ask ourselves what lessons we can learn from the slayer as we navigate modern patriarchy and capitalism.
Brooklyn Boulders
575 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
October 29, 6-12:00p; $28
Self-Defense for Women, Trans, and GNC Folks
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 & trans folks. And we wrap up with refreshments and community building. No previous experience necessary. Space is limited.
Traditional Okinawan Karate
248 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
November 4, 7-10p; $free
RSVP: SelfDefense.Brooklyn]at]
Tasteless: The History of Jello Salad
Come celebrate 100 years of jello salad. Presented for the first time. Jello salad. You know it, you love it, or maybe you fear it, but you know it. Or maybe you just think you know it. Find out what Jello (and gelatin in general) has to do with feminism, punk rock, and the Wizard of Oz.
"Jello salad is the campiest dessert there is," Jo Weldon says. "It has had a real impact on our culture and the ways in which we handle special occasions, as well as having been employed in some very strange, yet iconic, cultural events." The lecture is preceded by a molded-salad-making competition in which cooks will lay out their most carefully concocted gelatinous creations for delectation and judging. It's going to be a shakedown. Once you've seen through it, you'll never look at jello salad the same way again.
Morbid Anatomy Museum
424 Third Avenue, Brooklyn
November 1, 8p; $10
One Minute Mediumship
Learn to be a medium in minutes? Lauren Thibodeau says it’s possible, and that you don't need to be a Spiritualist to try it out. Lauren has used her teaching techniques with entrepreneurs hoping to sharpen their intuition, artists looking to work their imaginal muscle, and those interested in accessing the unconscious mind. This series of playful exercises and experiments are perfect for anyone who is looking to activate intuition, stimulate creativity or probe the psyche.
Morbid Anatomy Museum
424 A Third Avenue, Brooklyn
November 5, 3-5p; $40
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