nonsense: 2.16 to 2.22

 
From: "nonsense nyc" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsense: 2.16 to 2.22
Date: February 16th 2018
 
Friday, February 16
* Devotion Devotion and No Dancing (A Proposal...), Brooklyn
* Blssville ... An Investigation, Brooklyn
* Secret AV Club: A Watergate Chat With Slow Burn's Leon Neyfakh, Brooklyn
* Mr. Dynamite! A James Brown Tribute Party, Brooklyn
 
Saturday, February 17
* The 18th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant, Queens
* Mid-Winter Jug Band Rendezvous, Brooklyn
* In the Jungle, Manhattan
* Michael Alan's Living Installation: Stranger Things, Brooklyn
* The 24th Hour, Brooklyn
* Harsh Noise Beat Face: Apocalypse, Brooklyn
* Bushwick Book Club Presents Pride and Prejudice, Brooklyn
 
Sunday, February 18
* Procession, Manhattan
* You're the Expert, Manhattan
* Inanimate Objects, Brooklyn
 
Monday, February 19
* The Puppet Queen's Travellers, Manhattan
* Interference AV, Manhattan
 
Tuesday, February 20
* The Fuck You Revue: BeastMode, Brooklyn
* Everything Is Fine: A Children's Show for Scared Adults Living in A Scary World: Episode 3, Brooklyn
 
Wednesday, February 21
* Night Seder
* Living Volume Open Mic, Manhattan
* Bring Your Own Film, Brooklyn
* Peculiar Streams 37, Manhattan
* Funk You, Brooklyn
 
Thursday, February 22
* Sloop Jumbly, Brooklyn
* Susie IRL, Manhattan
* Wondershow, Brooklyn
 
Wishlist
* Big beds
 
Spectre
* Plunge Protection Teams
 
Overheard
* Creepers
 
Learning
* Reels for Radicals
 
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
 
 
Jelly Mardi Gras snapshots
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 XXXXX
 
 
Devotion Devotion and No Dancing (A Proposal...)
 
An evening of experimental performance in an intimate environment.  Jason Bartell, Stormy Budwig, and Lydia Mokdessi share works-in-progress incorporating dance, projection, and live sound.
 
Devotion Devotion is an interdisciplinary experimental work-in-progress by dance artist Lydia Mokdessi and musician Jason Bartell. The work seeks unprogrammed failure and distortion and attempts to obstruct authorship via shared practices of sustained vibration, embodied droning, and extended gaze in an immersive sound environment.
 
No Dancing (A Proposal ...) Here are dancers moving onward while staying put, creating shifting landscapes in order to navigate them. By a dance artist living and working, stormy is emboldened by cacti, seaweed, radical thought, collective action and the sun with Aye Eckerson, Ann-Marie Gover, Leanna Grennan, and Ella Misko.
 
Vital Joint
109 Meserole Street (not Avenue), Brooklyn
8p; $10
facebook.com/events/393337924445027/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Blssville ... An Investigation
 
A one hour docu / poem about a remote corner of Queens, near Greenpoint, which was formerly known by the remarkable name of Blissville. The video explores the character (s) of the town, a mixed industrial / residential neighborhood with a rich evolving ethnic dynamic.
 
Blissville has the world's largest fortune cookie factory, a factory with the exclusive rights to make replicas of the Statue of Liberty, and when the video began in 1989, an Afghan bakery, a sushi factory, and a giant car crusher. Blissville also has the largest cemetery in the United States (in terms of internments). The investigation leads to the discovery of a nearby Romani / Gypsy village, which was the largest gathering of Romani in the US in the 1930s (over 2,000 people).
 
The Shed
366 6th Street, Brooklyn
8p; $?
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Secret AV Club: A Watergate Chat With Slow Burn's Leon Neyfakh
 
Secret AV Club showcases prolific writers and journalists who are producing outstanding audio and video content to audiences around NYC. This edition features Slate reporter, Leon Neyfakh showcasing his outstanding podcast on Watergate, Slow Burn. The eight-episode podcast miniseries "tells the story of Watergate as it happened -- and asks, if we were living through Watergate, would we know it?"
 
RSVP for address, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8-9:30p; $12
631 327 1656
artery.is/showcases/secret_av_club_a_watergate_talk_with_leon_neyfakh
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Mr. Dynamite! A James Brown Tribute Party
 
Four DJs play for six hours covering the best of the Godfather of Soul's catalog mixed in with music he produced, records by affiliated acts, remixes, and of course, the hip hop that samples him. Get on your Hot Pants, cuz this time around we have two of the greatest Producer/DJs in Hip Hop History spinning back to back sets. Featuring the talents of the legendary Pete Rock and Easy Mo Bee, alongside DMC US Champion DJ Esquire and Friends and Lovers' own Dash Speaks.
 
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; 10p-4a; $15-20
eventbrite.com/e/mr-dynamite-the-james-brown-tribute-party-w-pete-rock-easy-mo-bee-more-tickets-42500600440
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 XXXXX
 
 
Reverend Jen presents:
 
The 18th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant
 
It's that time of year again, when snowflakes fall gently onto the crumbling sidewalks and dudes who haven't seen the inside of a gym in over a decade suddenly want to look buff for the laydees. That's right, it's time for the annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant whereupon the women and gay men of the Lower East Side choose one lucky man to rule the area south of Houston and east of Bowery. (Of course, the pageant is now, fittingly, held in Queens because no one can afford the LES anymore.)
 
The 18th annual Pageant will prove to be an extra-glamorous extravaganza, 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. (What those qualities are, I am not quite sure of ...) They also must prepare for the following competitions: A 1-minute talent competition, a swimsuit competition, eveningwear and question and answer. Contestants must show up at 8p to sign up.
 
Last year's winner, John King will possibly be giving up his crown (which comes complete with a detachable bong) in the most exciting event of the year. The chosen monarch will also receive a slice of pizza from Rosario’s, a six-pack of Budweiser, and the knowledge that he has been chosen by the people. Runner-up will receive the dubious honor of Mr. Tribeca, and will get to wear a smaller vagina-shaped crown throughout the year. There will also be prizes given for "best male tits," "congeniality" and "best nutsack." Special performances by past Mr. Lower East Sides and musical acts will make the night especially magical.
 
Any woman or gay man who shows up is automatically a judge. Judges must be punctual because incomplete ballots will not be accepted. Reverend Jen, the Bob Barker of the L.E.S. will host the evening. Plus, there will be surprise celebrity judges and performers. Featuring the music of the Serpentones.
 
The Footlight
465 Seneca Avenue, Queens
L train to Dekalb station, M train to Seneca station
8p; $5-10 suggested
revjen12]at]yahoo.com for details
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Mid-Winter Jug Band Rendezvous
 
Nine traditional and non-traditional groups get juggy with it at the inaugural mid-winter jug band rendezvous. Tonight: Washboard Slim and the Blue Lights, Dirdy Birdies Jug Band, Bill Carney’s Jug Addicts, Swampgrass Jug Band, and Fatboy Wilson and Old Viejo Bones.
 
Jalopy
315 Columbia, Brooklyn
8p; $12-15 per night, $20 both
Continues on SATURDAY
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
In the Jungle
 
Baltimore artist Stephanie Barber's new video will screen for two nights. She will attend each screening. Equal parts musical, performance piece, and poetic lecture, In the Jungle is a 63-minute hybridized essay film featuring Cricket Arrison and M.C. Schmidt.
 
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue, Manhattan
7:30p; $11, $9 students, $7 seniors
Continues SUNDAY
212 505 5181
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Michael Alan's Living Installation: Stranger Things
 
We are strange. You are strange. Let’s be strange. Live free. Come join us and create together at Michael Alan’s Bushwick creative studio. Live endurance performance by Jadda Cat and friends. Projecting the Netflix special Stranger Things on the wall. Jadda Cat will channel parts of this epic show and recreate an amazing surreal link to the dreamstate. Chill out, watch the performance, take pictures, make art, make friends. Michael Alan hosts and walks you through the work in the studio during the session.
 
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8-10p, 10p-1a; $20 per session
michaelalanart.com/2016site/2017-drawing-marathon/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
The 24th Hour
 
A performance of five short comedy plays written, directed, and rehearsed in 24 hours. Come gather, ye damnéd souls. Hark. Fucking hark! The 24th Hour returns from the depths of hades to obliterate your soul...with...theater.
 
What started as a series of Julia Child's early cooking recipes has evolved into the most entertaining theater festival in all of this great city and this very bad country. We write plays for you on Friday night, because we are nice and also lonely, and then rehearse and perform those plays for you the very next day. Again because we are so very lonely.
 
That means you could be in for anything. A formulaic frat comedy about cults, or clique of young women trying to fuck their dads (??!?!?), or perhaps the story of a high school power couple learning life lessons from the polyamorous Australian exchange student. Hate those examples? Same. But on the bright side, we already did them so you will not have to see them.
 
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $10
facebook.com/events/1547087302072974
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Harsh Noise Beat Face: Apocalypse
 
Harsh Noise and High Drag performance series is back. Come thrash and bask in glamorous dissent for a world that gets more horrifying every day. Bring earplugs, wear something that makes you feel amazing. This event will start with a runway (all are welcome to participate).
 
The one and only thought it wouldn’t work but it totally does Harsh Noise and High Drag performance series is back. Come thrash and bask in glamorous dissent for a world that gets more horrifying every day. Bring earplugs, wear something that makes you feel amazing. Performances by Reagan Holiday, Lovespread, Sweaty Eddie, Ruby Fox, Channel 63, Grooming, Max Alper y 21pacna, Yuni Verse, Linda Felcher, Violet Tendency, and Gaping Orbits.
 
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
J,M,Z trains to Myrtle-Broadway station
8p doors; $8
all ages
silentbarn.org/events/upcoming
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Bushwick Book Club Presents Pride and Prejudice
 
First, the Bushwick Book Club presents Pride and Prejudice with songs and video inspired by Jane Austen's romantic classic. Come hear new, original songs from John S. Hall, Joanna Kelly, Toby Goodshank, Phoebe Kreutz, Charlie Nieland, Susan Hwang, Ray Brown, Mark Lesseraux, Dawn Kang, Preston Spurlock (Video), Teresa Toro, Timothy Dark, Hannah Garner with Storm Garner, Ellia Bisker, and Ben Foley.
 
Followed by Lusterlit 7-inch record release for Dance Party. Susan and Charlie will premiere their new vinyl single and debut the new remix version. There will be a short, live set from Lusterlit and then the dance-your-romantic-ass-off party with DJ Prettyfluffy spinning the rest of the night.
 
Little Skips
941 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p; $?
facebook.com/events/401154680332160/
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 XXXXX
 
 
Procession
 
A lascivious danse macabre. DJs Cage and Hart combine Home Sweet Home’s macabre accoutrements with copious fog, carefully chosen tracks, and ambiguously sado-masochistic projections. Dress code: none. However, gothic best is always encouraged and be prepared to be photographed.
 
Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie Street, Manhattan
10p-4a; $free
21 and over
facebook.com/events/447177225685572/
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
You're the Expert
 
Three comedians try to guess what a leading scientist studies and then learn about why her work is important and exciting. This live taping features comedians Todd Barry, Negin Farsad, Michelle Buteau, and the world's leading expert on orangutan breastfeeding. Hosted by Chris Duffy.
 
Caveat
21a Clinton Street, Manhattan
7p; 6:30p doors; $12 advance, $15 door
caveat.nyc/event/youre-the-expert-2-18-18
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Inanimate Objects
 
Join us at Secret Project Robot for a night of new movement, sculpture, interaction, dance, and sound organized by Cal Fish and Rebecca Warzer. Performances and installations will flow into one another as you are invited to do as well. With Alexa West, Julia Santoli, Cal Fish, Emma Lee, Lily Lasher, Margot Ells with the Dynamic Listening Instrument, Anna Witenberg, Merritt Meacham, and Nadahada (Juliana M Fadil Luchkiw and Ferobia María). Multispecies drag striptease. Unbelievably sweet clothing and soft sculpture for sale.
 
Secret Project Robot
1186 Broadway, Brooklyn
 
 
XXXXX MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 XXXXX
 
 
The Puppet Queen's Travellers
 
Opening my chill apartment for live up-close music and stories -- featuring hip-hop, jazz, agro rap, and r&b. Projections and live dry erasing walling for the visually inclined. BYOB and cocktails by donation. Mary J welcome. Proceeds to collaborators.
 
An apartment in the Lower East Side
RSVP for exact address, Manjattan
8p; $10, contact if you need half off.
artery.is/showcases/the_puppet_queen_s_travellers
 
 
***** Also on MONDAY *****
 
 
Interference AV
 
Times Square Arts and Clocktower Productions present Interference AV, a free, three-night festival of video art with Undervolt and Co. and live music. Experimental video collective Undervolt and Co. will VJ live projections on an epic scale for Interference AV, a free, three-night festival takeover of America’s top-grossing multiplex, the AMC Empire 25. The festival is Times Square Arts and Clocktower’s second event in the AMC Empire 25, following the one-night-only concert and zine fair Primal Screams from March of 2016.
 
Interference AV’s movie-theater-turned-concert-stage will feature a different headliner each night and dynamic live projections by artists Peter Burr and Sabrina Ratté, including original work and additional work by Andrew Benson, Jacob Ciocci, Birch Cooper, Brenna Murphy, Yoshi Sodeoka, Jennifer Juniper Stratford, and Ryoya Usuha. In the lobby, Clocktower will curate DJs and a zine fair. Opening musical acts for each night will be announced at a later date. Tonight: Jlin.
Tuesday: Lightning Bolt. Wednesday: The Sun Ra Arkestra.
 
AMC Empire 25
234 West 42nd Street, Manhattan
7p doors, 8-10p show; $free
RSVP to withfriends.co/clocktower
timessquarenyc.org/arts
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 XXXXX
 
 
The Fuck You Revue: BeastMode
 
On Tuesday February 20th, the Fuck You Revue presents the beauties and the beasts, with a burlesque celebration featuring mythical creatures of all proportions. If it lurks in the shadows or lingers on the edges of our imaginations, you will see it onstage at the always aptly-named Bizarre Bushwick. This show will transform your favorite cryptid into your favorite strip-tid.
 
The Fuck You Revue is brought to you by acclaimed creatures-of-the-nightlife Zoe Ziegfeld and Fancy Feast, and this month's cast includes Darlinda Just Darlinda, Deity Delgado, Qualms Galore, Nyx Nocturne, Anja Keister, Topher Bousquet, Wae Messed, Munroe Lilly, and a super-secret special guest of recent RuPaul's Drag Race fame.
 
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
9p doors, 9:30p show; $10 suggested
J,M,Z trains to Myrtle Avenue station
facebook.com/events/2034047000204368/
 
 
 
 
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
Everything Is Fine: A Children's Show for Scared Adults Living in A Scary World: Episode 3
 
In Episode No. 3 of Everything is Fine, our anti-hero, Lionel Cousins, gets confronted with the reality of fake news. If you can't believe what the government, giant corporations and/or Russian trolls are force feeding down your throat, who can you believe?  The answer, of course, is the weird cult of puppets who knock on your door, promising answers and worshipping the one eyed pyramid god of our forefathers. Guests this week include: Chuckles the internet baby sensation, Jonas the sing-a-long puppet-turned-terrorist, and Houndie the trigger happy police dog.
 
Starr Bar
214 Starr Street, Brooklyn
7:30p; $free-25 sliding scale
facebook.com/events/330628380785602/
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 XXXXX
 
 
Night Seder
 
A dinner and investigation. Hosted by Bilha Zilpah Reunion and the Kaf Collective. Night Seder is a series of dinners- held around a bonfire in warmer weather... The name comes from the practice of night-time learning held in religious Jewish seminaries. Focused, nighttime investigation into the self. At each dinner four special questions are asked, as a reference to the Passover Seder -- a unique and theatrical ritual. All are welcome to join. Come, eat, speak, and listen.
 
RSVP for address
7p; $?
kafcollective.com
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Living Volume Open Mic
 
For poets, writers, acoustic musicians, comedians, performers, and experimental artists. Hosted by Erica Schreiner. First come, first perform. Seven minutes each. BYOB welcome.
 
The Living Gallery Outpost
246 E.4th Street, Manhattan
8-10p; $5
facebook.com/events/120724608632449
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Bring Your Own Film
 
A monthly film and video open mic screening where filmmakers and artists working in moving images can bring in finished pieces or works in progress. It's a friendly and informal space where people share and talk about each other's work. If you have a project you'd like to share, bring it. First come first served, no need to contact us ahead of time, just show up with your film and we'll play it. Any film, any digital format, 10 minutes or under.
 
Shoestring Press
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p screening; $free
bringyourownfilm]at]gmail.com
bringyourownfilm.com
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Peculiar Streams 37
 
Now in its seventh year, Peculiar Streams, a bi-monthly showcase for new creative work, will present its 37th evening of readings and performances. Wednesday's show will feature fiction, nonfiction and comedy from Adam Valen Levinson and Eli Grober.
 
Lady Stardust
25 Avenue A, at East 2nd Street, Manhattan
7:30p doors, 8p show; $free
peculiarstreams]at]gmail.com, sam.reisman]at]gmail.com
peculiarstreams.com
 
 
****** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Funk You
 
Tonight we give our love to the Soul, the Disco and most importantly, that sweet sweet funk. We’ve got the grooves for your moves, the rhythm for your system and the beats to give you heat for a hot Wednesday night. DJ Bruce.
 
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
10p-4a; $free with RSVP
info]at]houseofyes.org
funkyoufeb.eventbrite.com/?aff=Listings
 
 
XXXXX THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 XXXXX
 
 
Sloop Jumbly
 
Sloop Jumbly is hosted by your hosts Lorelei Ramirez, Tim Platt, and Peter Mills Weiss. Featuring performances from Aparna Nancherla, Julio Torres, Zoe Geltman, and Karolena Theresa.
 
Vital Joint
109 Meserole Street (not Avenue), Brooklyn
8p; $5
facebook.com/events/1966273300304473/
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
Susie IRL
 
Artist list: Nancy Good, Erin Rose Opperman, Elena Mudd, Mikayla Whitmore, Lior Allay, Brooke Herr, Lauren Kay, Famousonmars, Leesy, Carey MacArthur, Karin Quindo Miller, Eva Woolridge Photography, Mariel Harari, Busra Aydogan, Krystal Ramirez, Riley Gallagher, Olivia Jane Huffman, and Nicole Alexandra Navarro Espina.
 
Susie is an art and literary journal focused on amplifying cis women, trans, and non-binary voices from all socio-economic backgrounds and creeds. We were chosen for the Here Art Residency Program and curated an exhibition titled, Susie IRL. More than 15 artists from Issue 1 and 2 are included in this exhibition.
 
Here
145 Sixth Avenue, Manhattan
5-7p; $free, wine included
212 352 3101
here.org/shows/detail/1976/
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
Wondershow
 
House of Yes is thrilled to announce that this month's wondershow will feature Andrew Goldenersh, who's skill and style have mesmerized audiences from Hollywood to the Far East, and all points in between.
 
A perennial honoree at the legendary Magic Castle, Andrew is the only performer to have been nominated for both Close-up Magician of the Year and Parlour Magician of the Year for twelve years in a row. Hosted by the incomparable Eric Walton, the February 22 event will also include Marcus Monroe, aka the Rock Star of Jugglers, as well as award-winning choreography from Jenny Rocha and her Painted Ladies. And if that wasn't enough, Wondershow will also include a headlining performance from the one and only Asi Wind.
 
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
7p; $24.50-40 presale, $30 door
info]at]houseofyes.org
wondershowfeb.eventbrite.com/?aff=Listings
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* Competitive Winter Picnicking, February 25
 
 
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 *****
 
 
* In search of free or cheap queen or king sized beds in fair condition for the upcoming Competitive Winter Picnicking event. Needed for the Snuggling Olympics, which will consist of three events: Competitive Small Spooning, Forehead Kiss Races, and Bed Hog Wrestling. Willing to pick up. Email shadowtrafficproductions]at]gmail.com.
 
* Robert Galinsky is offering two free tickets (for the next six weeks) to his Off Broadway show: "The Bench, A Homeless Love Story" as a gift to nonsense readers. Simply email galinskynow]at]gmail.com and put "nonsense" in the subject box. At the end of each week, his producer will pick, at random, a winner for the two tickets. More about the show here: thebenchplay.com
 
 
***** MONEY *****
 
 
* You know us from intimate gatherings, explosive celebrations, and the decentralized renegade street party that is the Lost Horizon Night Market. We came away from the last series of night markets, which we called Lost Bridge Exchange, with the unthinkable: enough money in the bank to start a legal entity. This is partially thanks to our deft hands, strategic planning and sexy-ass spreadsheets, but let's be honest: it happened because of the supporters near and far who said “I love you! I want you to succeed and you deserve this hard-fought $3-100 of mine!” And we’re ready to get behind the wheel for the long haul. In order to raise the capital we need for non-profit status and a broader grant-seeking strategy we are signing up with a platform called withfriends. For the price of a cup of coffee you can support us every month in this next thrilling year of events, exploration and susta inable growth. We’ll use this money to reach our long-term goals, but we’ll also be able to fund free events and subsidize the art projects you want to build in order to participate. withfriends.co/shadow_traffic/join
 
 
XXXXX SPECTRE PRIORITY XXXXX
 
 
Before it had a name, Spectre Event Horizon Group used to meet at a bar to commiserate and grok the increasingly sci-fi present. Along the way #SPECTRE developed an online platform for sharing specialized investigative research, presented as gossip for non-specialists, all searchable here: spectrevision.net. Excerpts are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Please recommend relevant Search Terms or Search Results to spectre.event.horizon.group]at]gmail.com.
 
 
***** Plunge Protection Teams *****
 
spectrevision.net/2018/02/16/state-market-interventions/
 
"After a stock market crash in 1987 and near-crash in 1989, Ronald Reagan created something called the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, which unofficially became known as the Plunge Protection Team. In late '89 Robert Heller, who'd just left the Federal Reserve, proposed the Fed should rig the stock market in times of emergency, saying that since the Fed already rigs the bond market through securities purchases, the stock market would be easy to control. Since then other countries overtly rig their stock markets. Japan and China don’t even hide their actions."
 
 
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 in New York. February 2018. Two women talking:
 
-- "If you want to get back in the game, you should use Tinder or Bumble. Seriously, if a guy came up to me at bar to talk, I'd be creeped out."
 
 
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 Emma Hurst. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]nonsensenyc.com.
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
New York Therapy Dogs R.E.A.D.
 
Do you have a young friend who is learning to read? This Saturday bring them to the Riverside Library so they can practice reading to an extremely non-judgmental and very patient listener. It may also help to ease your post-Westminster blues. Pre-registration required for each 15-minute slot of one-on-one reading time with a therapy dog. Registration by phone or in person. If you attend please send a photo to learning]at]nonsensenyc.com
 
Riverside Library
127 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan
12-1p; $free
nypl.org/
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
Reels for Radicals Documentary Series: Asylum
 
Deep Dish, Paper Tiger, and the Jane Addams Circle will be hosting the screening of a documentary entitled Asylum (1972) as a part of the ongoing Reels for Radicals series. This important piece explores one history of autonomous organizing by people with schizophrenia. Set in the 1960s, a group of filmmakers visit Kingsley Hall, a commune of people with schizophrenia organized in large part by Marxist psychiatrist RD Laing. Following the film will be a discussion about that history, mutual aid and communal/self therapy, and modern radical psychology.
 
Deep Dish TV
186 Canal Street, fourth floor, Manhattan
7-10p; $free
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
Monthly OMGNYC (Origami Meetup Group) Meeting
 
Every third Saturday of the month this group meets to fold together and learn together; this month the 53rd street library is hosting. You’ll find them in the library community room. This meeting is free and open to people of all levels of folding. Feel free to bring books and paper to share, but there will always be plenty of paper and things to learn. Please RSVP so they know how many to expect.
 
New York Public Library
18 West 53 Street, Manhattan
11-2p; free
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
Yoga for Abundant Bodies With Shri Devi
 
Y.A.B. is a workshop specifically designed for practitioners of larger shapes and sizes. For some, there is a perception that their size and ability prevent them from doing yoga or they feel they’re not necessarily welcomed in other classes. Third Root offers a compassionate space for your practice to grow without judgment, providing ample time and helpful props to discover creative ways to enjoy this practice at your own pace.
 
Third Root Community Health Center
380 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn
4:30-6:30p; sliding scale $15-$30
www.facebook.com/
 
 
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
 
 
Life and Taxes: Navigating the New Tax Code for Production Personnel
 
Confused about the major upheaval that the United States tax code just underwent and wondering how it affects self-employed freelancers, particularly in film and television? Nancy Adams will be on hand to explain the changes and take questions. She is a certified public accountant with more than 25 years of public accounting experience and a client base including documentary and feature film companies, individual producers, actors, and other industry personnel. You can also join this discussion online.
 
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
35-12 35th Avenue, Queens
11-2p; $free RSVP required
 
 
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
 
 
Herbal Birth Control for Women (Level 1)
 
In this workshop, practicing herbalist Cloud Naj will cover the A-Z of herbal birth control and women's reproductive allies. This includes fertility cycles, herbs for each phase of the cycle, and herbs for various desired affects, including hormone regulation, cramp reduction, or more regularity. 
Each participant will also leave with two products made from the herbs mentioned in the course.
 
Earth Arts Center
936 Madison Street, Brooklyn
2-5p; $30 includes all materials for two products
 
 
***** LEARNING: WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Urban Archive Trivia Night
 
Have you ever wondered...Where is the oldest house in New York City? How long has that neon sign been there? Why does that building have a lighthouse on the roof? Test your knowledge of NYC history with Urban Archive. Hosted by Andrew Gustafson.
 
Housing Works Bookstore Café
126 Crosby Street, Manhattan
7-9p; $free
 
 
***** LEARNING: WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Biotech Without Border Presents:
 
PCR and Pizza
 
Tootle on down to Biotech Without Borders and spice up your hump day with their regular Open Night. Pizza, Beer, and Lab work. Extract DNA from yourself and amplify it using PCR to test yourself for a CCR5 mutation, or just relax and have some great conversations around democratizing science. No charge, but you better believe there’s going to be pizza and beer so donations greatly appreciated.
 
Biotech Without Borders
33 Flatbush Avenue, fourth floor, Brooklyn
6-9p; $free but registration required
www.eventbrite.com
 
 
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Free Women / Trans / GNC / NB and General MMA Classes
 
This weekly series is going to be off for March so try to go next week if you haven’t yet. This workshop is for folks who want to learn a little bit more than basic self-defense, in a safe, holistic, and body-positive environment.
Come by these free introductory workshops that combine elements of Boxing, Muay Thai, BJJ, and other fighting arts with a pad-smacking-fun workout and an all-around good time
Wear clothing you don't mind sweating in and bring their own wraps if you have them.
 
Spectrum
1022 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
7-10p; $free
 
 
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nonsense nyc is a discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in new york city.

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