nonsensenyc: 6.26 to 7.2

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 6.26 to 7.2
Date: June 26th 2015

Friday, June 26
* Harlem Arts Festival Opening Night, Manhattan
* Bicycle Film Festival 15th Year Anniversary, Manhattan
* Thunder Gumbo XXVIII: Cult of the Sacred Cowboy, Brooklyn
* Maiden in the Moon, Manhattan
* All Brass and Drum Dance Party (No Guitars Allowed), Brooklyn
* Mike: A Play About a Headless Chicken With a Folk Pop Score, Manhattan
* Secrets of the Insect World: Short Films About Tiny Creatures, Manhattan
* The Secret Loft Show, Brooklyn
* Oasis, Brooklyn
* The Blow Up No. 2, Manhattan
* 5v5 Fridays (Killer Queen League Night), Brooklyn
Saturday, June 27
* Choose Your Own Adventure: Land and Sky, Brooklyn
* Help Us Make a Movie in a Movie Theater, Manhattan
* Posture Magazine Print, Manhattan
* The Depict-O-Mat Bash, Brooklyn
* Epicenter 07: Seventh Heaven
* BioDiversity Ball
* Slideluck Northside II, Williamsburg
* Slow Fashion From Underwear to Hats: Sewing Everything, Brooklyn
* Come Play Four Square, Williamsburg
* Glaser-Kaiser Permanente, Manhattan
Sunday, June 28
* Draw-mania Art Sail on an Antique Schooner, Manhattan
* Second Annual Pinewood Derby: The Waterman Invitational, Brooklyn
* Museum of Interesting Things History of Quack Medicine Secret Speakeasy, Manhattan
* Wethepeople Live, Brooklyn
* I'm Just Here Smiling at Black Men, Manhattan
* Deathmatch by Audio, Brooklyn
Wednesday, July 1
* A Bunch of Dead People, Brooklyn
* Radical Vaudeville, Manhattan
Thursday, July 2
* Party in the USA: A Red, White, and Miley Musical
* Split Personality, Brooklyn
* nyc-variety
* Banana Equivalent Dose
* Cooked Goose
* Stay in New York
* Adventure Boating
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Five Short Blasts at dawn
Harlem Arts Festival Opening Night
The night will feature early and late sets with optional dine-in or bar seating and performances from vocalist Lauren Desberg, pianist and composer Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes, and hip hop lyricist AKIR.
Ginny's Supper Club
310 Malcolm X Boulevard, Manhattan
7p early set, 9p late set; $20
Festival continues at multiple venues and times through SUNDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Bicycle Film Festival 15th Year Anniversary
Bicycle Film Festival celebrates its 15th year in New York. Brendt Barbur was riding his bicycle along Third Avenue in Manhattan New York over 15 years ago when a city bus hit him. He thought to do something positive from this experience. The Bicycle Film Festival was born to sold-out screenings at Anthology Film Archives in lower Manhattan. The Bicycle Film Festival is a platform that has been a catalyst for the urban cycling movement around the globe, producing events for up to a million attendees in over 75 cities globally.
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Avenue, Manhattan
7p and 9p; $12
Continues through SUNDAY f
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Thunder Gumbo XXVIII: Cult of the Sacred Cowboy
A nonprofit and volunteer-produced fundraiser party for B.O.O.G.A. (the Thunder Gumbo Mutant Vehicle) and its legendary trip to Burning Man 2015. With three stages of music, a healer’s area, a silent disco, outdoor smoking area, a roving brass band, tribal bass, giant puppets, big breaks, art everywhere, cult recruitment rituals, live country music, and way more. Join us and follow our gurus, cow-wranglers, ascended masters, ranch-hands, and Goddess circles as we channel Buffalo Bill Cody and John Wayne while chanting Hare Krishna, taking ceremonial whiskey shots, and twerking our prayers with subwoofers, sage, and fog machines, through the spirit of the Pony Express to the ghost riders in the sky.
With Casey Skodnek, Dirtyfinger, Illexxandra, Joro Boro, Myk 2Melo, PartyFoul5000, Reaganomics, Shakey, and Shisaa. Plus the Thunder Gumbo Sing-A-Long Story Time Country Jam Band All Stars, featuring Ben Devoe, Matt Namer, and Perry Phoenix aka. Perry Bow Wow.
Plus two full stages of the best DJs in West Bushwick, silent disco stage provided by BangOn, brass band invasion, giant projection-mapped Cosmic Cowboy Main Stage by Rhizome NYC, performance of the ancient rites of the Tumbleweed and the Rattlesnake, a visit from the Sacred Cowboy, free drink our kool-aid jello shots, giant puppets, Georgio Carpet, and grotesque and magnificent burlesque.
Paper Box
17 Meadow Street, Brooklyn
10p-6a; $15-25 in costume, before 11p, or after 4a, $30 otherwise, $free if you join the cult by letting us shave your head at the door.
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Maiden in the Moon
A most beguiling showcase of belly dance, comedy, live music, and hijinks as we toast the sounds and sights of a bygone era. Featuring Alice Giampieri, Maiden China featuring Mattie Waters, Lauren Jeanette, and Lauren Robbiani, Sarah Hassan, and Tatianna Morales. With live music by Pete List and stand up comedy by the Robert Dean.
The Red Room
85 East 4th Street, Manhattan
8p doors, 8:30p show; $15 cover at the door and a two-drink minimum
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
All Brass and Drum Dance Party (No Guitars Allowed)
With Fulaso, Batala, Funkrust Brass Band, and Veveritse.
Rock Shop
249 4th Avenue, Brooklyn
8p doors, 8:30 show
$7 advance, $10 door
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Mike: A Play About a Headless Chicken With a Folk Pop Score
Throes Theater's new play. Mike is based on true events of a headless chicken named Mike and the illegal adoption agency run by Gertrude Pikanen.  It features a folk-pop score with lyrics by Alexandra Zelman-Doring and music by Jodi Ferguson, who also performs live on guitar and ukulele.
Here Arts Center
145 6th Avenue, Manhattan
7p; $15, or $free for students 10 minutes before showtime
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Secrets of the Insect World: Short Films About Tiny Creatures
Eight independent film directors screen short films about bugs.
The Gene Frankel Theatre
24 Bond Street, Manhattan
8p doors; $10
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Secret Loft Show
A free comedy show dance party with some of New York's biggest comics and free pizza. We have an incredible line-up that includes Guy Branam, Jordan Carlos, and two comics with half hour specials. After the show Jams Bond, a New York based DJ, will be spinning as we open up the show into a dance party. With Sean Donnelly, Phil Hanley, Guy Branam, Jordan Carlos, Amber Nelson, Justy Dodge, Julio Torres, and Lucas Connolly.
Secret Loft Show
255 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free
516 808 8187
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Waiting for us beyond the boundaries of civilization, a wired whirlpool of comfort and joy beckons. The desert of #pride is dry and dusty, in our haven, IRL and URL combine, weaving connections, fueling hot springs, bringing us home. The Culture Whore and Factory Girls manifest live performances by Abdu Ali, Ann Artist, Charlene, Cole Blooded, Rena and Techno Travelers. Two floors of DJs spin till dawn with Yolo Ono, Gun$ Garcia, Jx Cannon and K|rex plugged into the mainframe, while J Lamar and David Sokolowski surf the cloud. A sea of hosts will wander the walls as spa services like hair, nails, tarot, frozen drinks and more are served. Visuals and lights will hypnotize you into another dimension.
Bushwick warehouse
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
11p; $15 advance, $20 door
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Feature Shoot presents
The Blow Up No. 2
The second BlowUp will welcome photographers who have straddled genres of documentary, fine art, entertainment photography and film, with each one recounting a short form (5 to 7 minute) tale behind an image of his or her choice. Selected photographs range from Stefan Ruiz’s evocative portraits of Cholombianos, a devoted group of Mexican teens who enjoy Cumbia music, to Deidre Schoo’s behind-the-scenes vision of Flex dancers, a group of innovative New York street choreographers who perform and compete in a boisterous event called “Battlefest.” In addition to Stefan Ruiz and Deidre Schoo, confirmed speakers include Larry Fink, who will be discussing his experience with the Beat Movement, Chris Arnade, who will share a powerful glimpse into street addiction, and Martha Cooper, who will takes us back in time to the 1980s NYC graffiti scene. Andrew Hetherington will take us aboard a Kid Rock cruise; Brian Finke will introduce us to the hip hop honeys, and Gillian Laub will reveal one of her subculture images. Additional photographers will be announced shortly.
Root (Drive-In) Studio
443 West 18th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenue, Manhattan
6:30-9p; $20
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
5v5 Fridays (Killer Queen League Night)
A league night for the 10-player indie arcade game Killer Queen. All skill levels and spectators welcome. Round robin format. BYOB.
NYU Game Center
2 Metrotech Center, eighth floor, Brooklyn
6p freeplay, 7:30p tournement; $1
The Junxion presents:
Choose Your Own Adventure: Land and Sky
Join us this Saturday, June 27th, as we turn to the next chapter of our story. The details are secret, but the outline is yours. Across many locations, there will be multiple chances for you to participate. You decide how. Rumor has it that there may be buses boarded, a bounty of boros, a ride in the sky, and even perhaps a beach.
We have many locations planned for you. We cannot reveal what happens between and after those two locations. But trust that there are many surprises that await you. Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and a small island will be visited on this night. Locations are both public and private space. Music: 2melo, Nickodemus, Uproot Andy, Jeremy Sole, Thornato, Atropolis, Casey Skodnek, Akki Rmk, Jackson Whalan, Shisaa, and Joro Boro. Perhaps a few brass bands. Theater will be had, live art, and magic.
Starts at 39 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn
4p-4a; $25 and up, transport for $10
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Help Us Make a Movie in a Movie Theater
Jo Firestone and Connor Ratliff produce an improvised movie using the audience as cast, crew, writers, studio executives, foley artists, set builders and any other job that needs filling in order to make complete their improvised "motion picture." Warning: There is a chance that you could end up helping to make the greatest movie of all time, so be prepared for everything you ever do after this to be a real letdown.
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street, Manhattan
1:15a; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Posture Magazine Print
Posture Magazine, a NYC based queer cultural arts magazine, is releasing their first print ever and with Issue No. 1 we are celebrating LGBT Pride Month with an art exhibition and party with a roster of diverse queer artists. DJ Gooddroid, DJ Riobamba, vegan treats from Vegan Grrrl Foods, and live art performances. With Jose Abad, Meg Allen, Jeffrey Cheung, Beata Chrzanowska, Loren Crabbe, Katrina del Mar, Alannah Farrell, Moor Mother Goddess, Gooddroid, Yulan Grant, Nicki Green, Serena Jara, Miguel Libarnes, Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, Cynthia Navarro, Mo Pepin, Gio Black Peter, Riobamba, Montgomery Perry Smith, Chelsea Ware, and Randy West.
City Bird Gallery
191 Henry Street, Manhattan
6-10p, 10p-late; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Depict-O-Mat Bash
The Depict-O-Mat Bash is a reveal party featuring DJ Lukeinternet, mini live shows and short puppet films. If you’re one of the lucky ones, your own story (with a take-home mini you) will be dispensed by Depict-O-Mat, a new performance technique that combines nostalgia, improvisation and toy theater. Quality cocktails, great beer at affordable prices.
Standard ToyKraft
722 Metropolitan Avenue, third floor, Brooklyn
8-11p; $10 door, $7 advance
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Epicenter 07: Seventh Heaven
Hit the jackpot at the Tsunami Bass Experience's seventh celebration of North American sound system and bass culture appreciation. With Seven, Fox, Karnage, Albino Prophet, and Tsunami Bass. Experience the custom curated full frequency immersion of the Tsunami Bass Sound System, commandeered and engineered properly all night long. We'll be busting out our custom built subs, renown for their deliciously tangible belly rubs, to facilitate that sound system and bass culture we appreciate and love. Personal floatation devices are highly recommended.
Address released prior to the event
10p; $20
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
BioDiversity Ball
The Brooklyn Renaissance Team is throwing a costume ball at the private rooftop Xoomba Loft celebrating all life on Earth. Expand your awareness of social and environmental hot topics while sipping on fresh green juice, relaxing in the black light algae lounge, or dancing to live music. Performances, herbal elixirs, dialogues, installations and body art: this is a celebration of each and every creature that makes up the biologically diverse family here on earth. Costumes representing some aspect of the natural world are strongly encouraged. Suggestions: wildlife, exotic birds, creatures from the deep, forest critters, tree-huggers and mythical beasts.
RSVP for location
8p - 3a; $10-20 suggested donation
RSVP to biodiversityball]at]
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Slideluck Northside II
Continuing with our shows highlighting the talent of the diverse neighborhoods of New York, Slideluck is coming back to Brooklyn’s Northside for the second time. This show will feature the work of artists living and working in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. This year’s show will take place at Artists and Fleas, the national indie market sensation devoted to giving local artists a space to sell their life’s work. The market will be open during the first hour of Slideluck, so this show will have something for everyone. As always, this is a potluck art show and the cooks whose dishes impress us the most will take home some awesome prizes. Slideluck is a nonprofit organization based in New York City that is dedicated to building and strengthening community through food and art. Since 2000, we have hosted potluck dinners combined with multimedia slideshows in over 75 cities worldwide and presented the work of roughly 10,000 artists.
Artists and Fleas
70 North 7th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p potluck, 7p slideshow; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Slow Fashion From Underwear to Hats: Sewing Everything
The final event of our commerce year -- and of Proteus Gowanus as we know it -- is a presentation by an artist who decided to take her economic life into her own hands, by sewing all her own clothes. Join us to learn how she does it. And while you're here, visit our final exhibition, Gowanus Marketplace, featuring the work of other makers on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. Proteus will be closing its doors on Sunday, June 28 at 6p.
Some people take do-it-yourself seriously by crafting their own birdhouses, knitting hats or even brewing beer. Brooklyn artist and womens' wear designer Sarah Kate Beaumont has achieved an entirely different level of self-sufficiency in a significant aspect of her life. Imagine if every item of clothing you wore were unique in the world. For seven years, Beaumont has been designing and making her entire wardrobe, from underwear to hats.  In contrast to Fast Fashion, Beaumont makes her hyper-slow clothes stitch by stitch in her studio: Slow Clothes. "What started as a way to economize became a lifestyle of self-reliance and self-expression,” says Beaumont. 
Beaumont taught art in New York City High Schools for six years and offered sewing classes in her studio. Her project is featured in Elizabeth Cline's book Overdressed: The High Cost of Cheap Fashion and profiled in such publications as The New York Times, Yes! Magazine, and Ultimo Segundo (Brazil).
Proteus Gowanus
543 Union Street, no. 1C, Brooklyn
4:30-6:30p; $free
NOTE: Farewell Proteus! We'll miss you.
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Come Play Four Square
Dancing promised.
Handball courts at McCarren Park, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7-10p; $free
Continues every last SATURDAY for the summer
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Glaser-Kaiser Permanente
Free drinks and free comedy. Aaron and Lukas are both working on always-morphing shows that are inspired by each new audience they perform in front of, so come to it. There should be enough space for everybody, but for guaranteed entry, email with the subject Permanente. Hosted by Andrew Collin.
Brit Pack Theater
153 Lafayette Street, third floor, Manhattan
9p; $free
RSVP to britpackrentals]at]
Draw-mania Art Sail on an Antique Schooner
Draw-mania takes to the waters with a two-hour art sail aboard the Schooner Pioneer. Join us for a fun and relaxing sail around the tip of Manhattan on one of the most scenic and historic boats afloat, with three inspiring figure models on deck. How much fun will that be? Bring your own art materials and refreshments of your choice, and expect to have a great time.
Attractions Include: Three live art models, the harbor, shoreline, other boats, Pioneer, and the crew as they sail Pioneer. You will be provided with extra water, paper towels, a place to keep work till ashore, and once ashore, fixative for those who wish to use it. Please bring your own materials, bearing in mind that there will be no space for easels.
Meet at South Street Seaport Museum
Pier 16, Manhattan
1-3p; $35
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Second Annual Pinewood Derby: The Waterman Invitational
The Drink’s Second Annual Pinewood Derby. This is a classic, scout-style pinewood derby, but open to the public and scaled up to adult tastes. Imagine former scouts, art and design nerds, and handy folk of the earth coming together to see whose tiny wooden car is the fastest, the handsomest and the most able to beat their friends in a meaningless beer and bourbon fueled race. We think it’s gonna be the best.
In addition to having a scoutin’ good time, we’re having a weenie roast, bug juice punch, and drink specials, plus a costume contest and color commentary. Prizes to be announced, but you are guaranteed they’re going to include a stupid plastic trophy that reminds you of your Little League/Pee Wee Soccer past.
The Drink
228 Manhattan Avenue, between Grand and Maujer. Brooklyn
3-10p; $free to attend, $20 to enter Pinewood Derby
718 782 8463
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Museum of Interesting Things History of Quack Medicine Secret Speakeasy
The next Secret Speakeasy is one of most popular themes: The history of quack medicine. Check out the cool quack medicine walking tour before the speakeasy. With 16mm short films, interesting antiques, vinyl LPs, refreshments, and demonstrations.
The Museum of Interesting Things
177 Prince Street, third floor, Manhattan
6p; $10 to help the museum
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Wethepeople Live
Come join host Josh Zepps for the second taping of #Wethepeople Live, the comedy/news panel podcast.  Come drink and vote for who won the news. This week's guest include Mychal Denzel Smith, Tea Hacic, Sam Seder, James West, Natasha Lennard, and Anthony Fisher.
Pine Box Rockshop
12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn
7-8:30p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
I'm Just Here Smiling at Black Men
With a sign reading, "I'm Just Here Smiling at Black Men," I am smiling at black men.
Underground behind the turnstiles at the A/B/C/D 125th Street train station at 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, Manhattan
8-9p; $free
Continues July 2 and July 9
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Deathmatch by Audio
We're throwing a video game party with a bunch of DIY arcades playing NYC-made indie games at Silent Barn. This is the sixth time we've done this and we're premiering a new cabinet, too. There will also be pop-up installations for Badblood, Ninja Tag, and Sumer. The music: Terror Pigeon, J. Heiselmann, Isn't Ours, and DJ Max Echo. The games: Nothing Good Can Come of This, Badblood, Ninja Tag, Sumer, Slam City Oracles, Particle Mace, Nest, Crystal Brawl, and Powerboat Italia '88.
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
6p-8p games on display, 8p-midnight live performances; $8 for the evening
A Bunch of Dead People
With Bottoms, A Bunch of Dead People, Love Spread, and Public Speaking.
Baby's All Right
146 Broadway, Brooklyn
8p; $12
718 599 5800
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Surf Reality presents:
Radical Vaudeville
Gabrielle St. Evensen leads you  through the cruel and unusual pursuit of happiness that is the American dream when you wave your freak flag high. This month's freaks will set you free (at some point):
Glace Chase, Guncle, Juliet Jeske, Dee Dee Vega accompanied by Gerrit Roessler, Faceboy, Scooter Pie, Terry Lewis (Kid Lucky), Venus Pain, and Oliver Baer. Plus our house sketch and improv teams.
The Cow Theater
21 Clinton Street, Manhattan
8:30p doors, 9p show; $12 or roll the dice
Party in the USA: A Red, White, and Miley Musical
From the people who brought you the Beyonce musical Pussy to the Sky, the Whitney Houston musical Houston: We Have a Whitney, and the Bjork musical Everybody’s Bjorking for the Weekend comes a celebration of America and of pop’s favorite wild-child, Miley Cyrus, in the form of a patriotic musical entitled Party in the USA: A Red, White, and Miley Musical.
If you’ve ever dreamed of starring in a musical entirely made up of Miley Cyrus songs, this night will be the best night of your life. This show strings together the best of Miley’s hits with a horrible, hastily-written plot penned by three comedians which, this month, will also serve as July 4 extravaganza. Audience members may opt to be cast in various singing and non-singing roles, but spectators are also appreciated. Created by Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, and Aaron Jackson. The Hastily Written Masterpiece Starring the Audience is a delightful send-up of your favorite musical icons, blending karaoke, comedy, and the best kind of dance party.
Cobra Club
6 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $8
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Split Personality, Brooklyn
A free storytelling and sketch character show. The show is part open mic -- anyone can throw their name in for a chance to perform a 5-minute true story or sketch character -- and part curated show with some of NYC's best storytellers and sketch comedians.
Over the Eight Bar
594 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7-8p; $free
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What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to Alita at We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
***** ARTY STUFF *****
* Do typical events make you feel tired instead of inspired? Want to do something more interesting with your free time? There's more variety in New York City than anywhere else on earth, and we're here to take it all in! This is the Meetup group if you want diverse entertainment options beyond the mainstream--events for those of us who aren't content with boring meet-and-greets, singles mixers, "dinner and a movie," mega-meetups... get the idea? Instead, we target great events that are just off-the-radar: inexpensive, quirky but not so "far out" that you wouldn't enjoy them. Most importantly, we don't focus on any single genre. Most events are in Manhattan or nearby Brooklyn, but an occasional excursion beyond is always a possibility. Some listings are announced well in advance, but posting relevant last-minute and day-of events to the Message Board is strongly encouraged. Find something interesting on or nonsensenyc? See a cool listing on Brokelyn or Brooklyn Based? Know another great resource for discovering the next big thing before it hits the masses? Let us know!
Our group is not sponsored by any venue or organization, does not accept sponsored events, and tries to avoid listings that cater primarily to special interest groups--while at the same time highlighting events that you won't find on other Meetup groups or advertised through major media. Membership is free, and the group won't charge you to attend an event (although the event itself might not be free).
***** SPACES *****
* Share a space with a few other bands near McCarren Park. 24 hour access, air conditioning, you can be as loud as you want. We have a basic PA, drum kit, some amps and shelves to share. There is usually plenty of time for all the bands to be in there. $130 covers everything, no deposit (we ask for a month's notice if you leave). For info write jaxonbk]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]
***** Banana Equivalent Dose ***** ‎
"This refers to the radiation exposure from eating one banana. In fact, all foods are slightly radioactive, but bananas are particularly rich in potassium, and 0.1 percent of potassium consists of the radioactive isotope Potassium-40 (40K), which decays with a half-life of 1.25 billion years. So an average banana yields about 14 decays per second. This translates into a microscopic amount of radiation, quantified as 0.1 micro Sievert or mSv. Still, large shipments of bananas have been known to set off radiation detectors at ports."
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.
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 here:
Overheard in New York. June 2015. Man in his early thirties on planning of a bachelor party weekend:
-- "I googled 'cooked goose.'"
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]
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]
Stay in New York
Is your rent too high? Is your landlord unreasonable? Do you want to do something about it?
Attend Stay in New York, an affordable workspace conference for visual artists organized by Art F City and launched in partnership with the Queens Museum. The conference aims to give creative New Yorkers the tools to help create better neighborhoods, find and keep their rents low, and even purchase real estate and studio space.
Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens
Noon-5:30p; $free
Documents of Resistance: The Culture Wars
This series of workshops explores the intersection of art and activism by artists and workers of color from 1960s to the present. By collaboratively mapping out the history of activism by people of color we can begin to consider their roles in sharing our cultural institutions and the implications within the larger struggle against repression that affects us on a personal and collective level.
Timelines is a collaborative art-making workshop. After a brief introduction, participants will add graphics, images, and text on to blank timelines. We will have some art supplies, but participants are free to bring their own art materials, images for collage, texts, graphics, and clippings related to artists and workers of color. We also have a printer for printing additional graphics or texts for the timeline. Each session will span two decades and when possible, begin with an introduction by an invited guest artist, historian, or researcher.
Interference Archive
131 8th Street no. 4, Brooklyn
4-6p, $free?
Registration required: classes]at]
Immersion Seminar
A week of practical performance workshops, pseudo-academic lecture-panel discussions, and a class mixer slow dance around the theme of space.
Performance necessarily takes place within space, but space itself is also performative. This seminar addresses concepts and techniques for performing in space and utilizing its performative capabilities. Over the course of five days, the imnotlost studiolab will host four workshops that seek to develop the human performers' skills, capabilities, and vision. Acting, puppetry, movement, and clowning explore shaping a dissecting space with one's body, scenery, and objects, responding to space emotionally, connecting with audience and fellow performers over distances and spatial confines, and telling stories through spatial patterns. A series of three lectures/panel discussions delve into topics of performing in public space, interactive and participatory art, and sensory and immersive installation performance. And finally, a seminar mixer will space things up: The Dance Hall of Radiant Space, a sensual evening of slow dancing to vinyl with your peers.
130 Palmetto Street, studio 204, Brooklyn
June 27, 7-9p, $varies
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Improv for Poets and Geniuses
Directed by Shannon Manning, who studied with the legendary Del Close, the Impov for Poets and Geniuses workshop is based on the premise that improv can be done by anyone, and that anyone can benefit from improv. This is a drop-in class with all levels. You are neither too advanced nor too beginner for this adventure.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
3-6p; $10 donation
Crowdfunding and Social Media
From Kickstarter to Indiegogo to Facebook and Twitter, most independent filmmakers are turning to crowdfunding and social media as engaging models for raising money and awareness of their films, at all stages of productions. Learn how to find, establish and connect with your online audience, run a persuasive campaign with attractive incentives, reach the broader community and convert them to raise vital funds for your project.
87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
6:30-9:30p; $60
Burlesque Master Class
This class features a team of burlesque's finest performers and Coney Island legends helping you craft your burlesque routine from day one. Plus, you'll conclude your series with a performance on the legendary Coney Island USA Sideshows by the Seashore stage on August 13th.
Slideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 6:30-9:30p; $295
How to Make a Liquid Light Show
A projection workshop, that focuses on the use of oils, and other organic hands-on techniques.
The workshop gives participants an opportunity to experiment with making their own liquid light projects. While making light projections you will also learn some of the history about this art form and preceding ideas, and progress through the 70s, 80s, and what is happening now.
Holocenter Summer Museum
Nolan Park House 19B, Governors, Island
July 18-26, 2p; $32
Jamaica to Brooklyn: Gourd Banjo Making Workshop
Instrument making has become an extension of his sculptural practice. Jeff Menzies, professor of sculpture at the Edna Manley College of Visual Arts and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, is offering a weeklong intensive gourd banjo-making workshop, walking students through the art of making a gourd instrument where students will explore form and function. An emphasis on the history of the banjo will be analyzed throughout the course. Students are welcome to create a gourd instrument of their own design. No experience in wood-working or music is required. All materials are supplied with the tuition fee. There is a limited enrollment of 12 students so don't wait too long to register.
Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street no. E003, Brooklyn
July 26-August 1; $650
Register by June 26
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Project Brooklyn Rebuild
Our goal is to repair and rebuild 15 – 20 homes Brooklyn, NY focusing on the areas of Canarsie, Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay and Gerritsen Beach. Our work will include minor framing, drywall hanging, installing doors, windows, kitchens and bathrooms.
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Adventure Boating
HarborLAB is just starting out, so we need a great team. Many hands make light work, and many capable hands make that work even lighter. To keep spirits light too, HarborLAB seeks individuals with great character and kind dispositions who share our mission to serve through ecology education and programs for the public good. HarborLAB is a service program, and we have great fun together.
volunteer]at] with your interests, availability, skills, and brief background
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