nonsensenyc: 8.22 to 8.28

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 8.22 to 8.28
Date: August 22nd 2014

Friday, August 22
* Ten-Year Mechanic Appreciation Party, Manhattan
* Body Fusion Loft Party, Brooklyn
* Komputer Love, Brooklyn
* Reese’s Feces, Williamsburg
* Spectrum, Brooklyn
* WordHack II: Language and Technology Strike Back, Manhattan
* Hip Hop X Rocky Horror Picture Show, Brooklyn
Saturday, August 23
* The Disastrous Tale of Vera and Linus
* Cheryl 100th Anniversary Dance Party, Williamsburg
* Glaser-Kaiser Permanente, Manhattan
* Kaleidoscopic Mini Festival and Art Party, Brooklyn
* Surprise House, Governor's Island
Sunday, August 24
* Love Boat, Brooklyn
* StoryTour: The Secret Architecture of Loss, Manhattan
* Pajama Party-Style Community Brainstorm: Impossible Ideas, Manhattan
* Magic at Coney, Brooklyn
* Baby Boogie, Bronx
Monday, August 25
* Hot Fruit, Williamsburg
Tuesday, August 26
* Puppet Playlist No. 18: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Manhattan
Wednesday, August 27
* Hyphen Hub Presents Cyborg Artists: Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas, Manhattan
* Unconscious Lens, Manhattan
* The Skinny With Peter DeGiglio: GMOs, Monsanto, Organics, and You, Manhattan
Thursday, August 28
* Shadow Puppet Shows, Brooklyn
* Queen/House/Effect: Queer Performance and Music Responds to Climate Change, Brooklyn
* Red Lantern Bicycles Movie Night, Brooklyn
* What the Float, Manhattan
* Wastewater Biodiesel
* Occupy Kitchen
Free Summer Stuff
* Almost Over
* Caffeine, Cocaine, and the Sodas of a Nation
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 Also: We make a lot of mistakes, especially with dates; you should always double check our work before you go out.
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Ten-Year Mechanic Appreciation Party
Free with DJs, live music from Rude Mechanical Orchestra and R-Tronika, a celebration of a decade of free community classes and workshops. Come celebrate the Time's Up volunteer bike mechanics who have empowered over 35,000 participants in our weekly bike mechanic classes and workshops, in which you use Time's Up tools under our mechanic's guidance and get hands on experience that will empower you for a lifetime.
Time's Up Environmental Organization started 27 years ago and it is well known for supporting bicycle advocacy in New York City, from urban sustainable design to legislation, direct action, and our constant calendar of group bicycle rides. Our volunteer bicycle mechanics have kept this going for 10 years, and we now have two locations on either side of the Williamsburg Bridge.
ABC No Rio
156 Rivington Street, Manhattan
7p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Mickey Perez presents:
Body Fusion Loft Party
Body Fusion is a tropical disco dance party held monthly at Starvue Loft in Bushwick, focused solely on selections of underground dance music, past and present, via Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, as well as the U.S. and Europe. Resident DJ Mickey Perez returns to Starvue Loft this Friday night with special guest Jesse Mann. Dance music of the Tropical Disco diaspora, emitting through a vintage Mcintosh Powered Klipschorn Soundsystem. All vinyl dance party, all night long. Heavy dancefloor heat from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cape Verde, Haiti, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, London, Paris, Detroit, Chicago, Spanish Harlem, Brooklyn, and many other places far and wide from our musically rich planet. Distort your body, twist your soul.
Starvue Loft
RSVP for address and other details, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
10-5a; $free before 11p/$10 after
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Morgan Avenue Underground presents:
Komputer Love
Morgan Avenue Underground is back this summer Friday night with Komputer Love. Film, art, drag, and dancing, all in one night. Our outdoor summer screenings continue this month with mid-90s cyberpunk classic Hackers. Group exhibition to feature works by Alexander Attar, Brady Dale, Lenora Jayne, Jenn Hyland & Lisa Rosenberg, Michele Rosenthal, Eric Shorey, and Abby Walsh. Curated by Jenn Hyland. Performance by the digital devastator herself, Ms. Ariel Italic. Afterparty dancing, drinking, and debauchery with DJ Accident Report.
Morgan Avenue Underground
55 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p film, performances follow; $pay what you can
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Reese’s Feces
Outdoor guerrilla concert. At 1a sharp, under the darkest of night (we can barely see the frigging stars in this town) will be a 20-minute concert (don’t be late) by the avant noise performance art supergroup Reese’s Feces. They are pretty damn good, if you like very skilled experimental mayhem (and you should). Bring a flashlight if you want, because there is no electricity. That means you can be a spotlight. Or bring a picnic. It’s comfy. Expect some other unexpected performances (read: we have no idea what we are doing). It’s outdoors, as most concerts should be. And feel free to record, because this shit will never be repeated. You will be seated on clean asphalt in the gigantic basketball-courts-or-whatever-the-heck-this-giant-asphalt-lot-is, so we recommend you do not come bottomless. Rain date 24 hours later.
Bedford Avenue and North 12th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
1a sharp; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Spectrum  is a light art exhibition by Colin Bowring, an emerging artist-scientist out of San Francisco. Starting from scratch and working with whatever he finds, Bowring repurposes, barters, and liberates metal, mirrors, and glass to create his inventions of light.
Spectrum is a nod to the light investigations and optical wonderment of the past and a playful hope for what the future might offer. Behold one artist’s highly enhanced vision of the physical world and all that he believes we are truly meant to see.
Spectrum also features Serett Sessions 1-5, a sound montage created by William Tucci in collaboration with the fabricators of Serett Metalworks. The composition is derived from an ongoing series of field recordings that reconstitute the cacophonic aural activities of Serett at work. A reimagined soundscape, Serett Sessions takes tactile sounds of industrial productivity and recontextualizes these resonant properties of manufacturing into a futuristic sound environment reminiscent of early electronic sound synthesis pioneered by Leon Theremin and Robert Moog.
Gowanus Ballroom
55 9th Street, Brooklyn
7p-1a; $free?
Continues SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
WordHack II: Language and Technology Strike Back
A second foray into the intersection of language and technology. Code poetry, digital literature, e-lit, devArt, coders interested in the creative side, writers interested in new forms writing can take, all are welcome here. There will be an open projector for audience members to share their work (five minute slots) and featured performances by Nikola Tosic, Miracle Jones, Andrew Klobucar, Aiden Arata, and Orion Martin. Hosted by Todd Anderson.
Babycastles Gallery
137 West 14th Street, between 6th and 7th streets, Manhattan
7-9:30p; $5
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Hip Hop X Rocky Horror Picture Show
Hosted by Secret Loft and Brooklyn Wildlife. You know what this party is about. Singing, dancing, costumes, and an awesome good time. We'll be playing RHPS on loop, with sing-alongs, live music, and DJs. Wear spandex, bodysuits, leotards, biker shorts, leather chaps, metal studs -- anything fun and vampy -- jeans and flannels are not going to cut it. Live music, featuring legendary Boston MC Akrobatik. Also: Lilly Wolf, Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky, Shane MauX, Grey Sky Appeal, Mental Stamina, and the Wildlife DJ's to take the party into the early morning.
Secret Loft
255 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
9p; $5 early, $10 late
21 and over
The Disastrous Tale of Vera and Linus
The Disastrous Tale of Vera and Linus, is a playful and haunting book of short stories and schemes brought to life on the pulsing and unsuspecting streets of New York City in Kipuka Theater’s new and unique theatrical experience. Each show is designed to spin a ripple into the everyday lives of those who co-inhabit the space with Vera and Linus.
Inspired by the experimental 1975 Tokyo street performance Knock” by avant-garde theater troupe Tenjo Sajiki, our version will provide a map, schedule and context via text message and email.  From hidden corners to bustling streets, audiences receive the key to the tales and can explore the show anyway they want.
Manhattan and Brooklyn locations after ticket purchase
$5, must be purchased in advance
Continues SATURDAYS in September
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cheryl presents:
Cheryl 100th Anniversary Dance Party
Back then, all we had was a piano, a stray cat, and a bottle of Coca Cola. Through the years, we've grown to become the USA's No. 1 dance event for thirtysomethings who have never had sexual contact with other people. Over this past century, we've been on the front lines of it all, with a tube of fake blood and a couple of shoulder pads to lead our way. And now it's your chance to be there as we celebrate the start of our next 100 years. Lucky us. Lucky you.
Need costume inspiration? Think 1920s Era Bathing Suits, Vintage Clown, Prison Stripes, Cat Masks, and Cybergoth. Be at this event, celebrating to 100 years of dance floor self-destruction. Cheryl is a party, a person, a place, a language, the reason we know you, a vestige, the future, and a style of frosted pubes.
In honor of our 100th Anniversary, the night will feature a line up of 100 DJs, including but not limited to special guest DJ Whitney Weiss, DJ Nick, DJ Grandma Internet, DJ Bird Control, DJ Liquid Husbear, DJ Illinois Johnson, DJ Tallahassee Curtain Outlet, DJ T-Boz in the Graveyard, DJ Flex Spending, and DJ Foxy Trailer Buns.
Cheryl is a dance party that explores the themes of mortality, mania, the feline-human connection, the limits of shoulders, the flammability of dollar-store hair extensions, and the staining power of fake blood. Through themes ranging from topical to bizarre, the Cheryl's revel in the joyous power of dance-induced psychosis/euphoria. Cheryl is dedicated to living life.
289 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
11:30p-4a; $10 cover all night.
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Glaser-Kaiser Permanente
Comedians and friends Aaron Glaser and Lukas Kaiser are each performing 30 minutes of stand up comedy. The show is free and there will be lots of free drinks, beer, and snacks. 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 August. Hosted by Myka Fox (someecards).
Brit Pack Theater
153 Lafayette Street, third floor, Manhattan
9p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Kaleidoscopic Mini Festival and Art Party
Interactive art collectives Something Different and We Are Raw Process have teamed up to present Kaleidoscopic, a midsummer mini-festival meets art party featuring a smorgasbord of Brooklyn-based DJs with live performances by Mattie Safer (formerly the Rapture) and Wild Torus. Other festivities include a craft beer tasting, live canvas and body painting, interactive projection art, and free paint brushes with every pre-sold ticket for guests to join the paint party.
411 Troutman Street, Brooklyn
6p doors, 7p show and beer tasting; $10 limited pre-release, $15 general admission
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Surprise House
Surprise Industries has transformed an abandoned house into the world's first Surprise House - kind of like a haunted house, but delightful. We've turned 3 rooms into a space that sparks wonder, curiosity, and giddiness. Designed for adults, but kids 10 years old and up are welcome. A walk through lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Governors Island
Nolan Park, House 7A
1-5p, every 30 minutes; $free
Continues SUNDAY
You Don’t Have to Settle presents:
Love Boat
We've stopped doing a YDH2S party every weekend but we got really excited about the Love Boat and so we decided to do another party. Something about that era, luxuriously appointed disco, full of strings and brass, the stars, the conspicuous consumption, the Charo guest appearances. Anyway we just couldn't help but dance around outdoors with some sailor caps on. With DJs Brian Blackout, Dope Werewolf, and Fucci.
What is You Don’t Have to Settle, you ask? It’s a collective of Summer-loving DJs who throw parties like Head On and Crazy Since da 90s, and of course this one. Come to us if you want to find out where to go dancing in Brooklyn. Here are a bunch of things you can click:
Quarter Bar
676 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
3p-dark; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
StoryTour: The Secret Architecture of Loss
A small group tour of a fantastical and illuminating tale hidden beneath the bustle of Manhattan. Both performance and excursion, the Secret Architecture of Loss explores the lasting legacy of a deadly plague and the yearning of those who struggled in its shadow. This unusual piece is part of StoryTour’s Fiction Section -- bringing storytellers and audiences together into the streets of New York to weave new narratives into the fabric of the city.
StoryTour is a new, in-person magazine committed to bringing its audience offline to experience stories firsthand. "The Secret Architecture of Loss" was created by Lucas Loredo, whose work in fiction, nonfiction, radio and theater has been featured in The Southwest Review, Kirkus Reviews, the Stanford Storytelling Project and at the Hayworth Theater in Los Angeles.
Leaves from the bench in front of the High Line Hotel
180 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan
4:30p; $20, $15 with discount code NNYC
Continues SUNDAYS in August
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Pajama Party-Style Community Brainstorm: Impossible Ideas
As a part of Family Style (a collective, collaborative artist-driven project fostering community at formerly Pocket Utopia) and Jamprol Projects, we bring you Pajama Party-Style Community Brainstorm: Impossible Ideas.
Come cozy up with friends, artists, and extended creative community to brainstorm each other's impossible ideas! Bring an impossible idea you'd like to explore, and discover it from new perspectives. Eat your favorite sleep over snacks while challenging notions of what is possible through drawing, writing, and classic brainstorm strategies.
191 Henry Street, Manhattan
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Magic at Coney
A magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists and close-up magicians from around the world. Magical Promotions has teamed with Peggy O’Neill’s, on the site of the original Steeplechase Park, to present an afternoon of fun and wonder. Tonday: MC Gary Dreifus, with Phil Crosson, Rogue, Carl Mercurio, and Dr. Sasko.
Peggy O’Neill’s
1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
1-3p; $12 adults, $8 children under 12
718 449 3200
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Baby Boogie
Join the new craze of child friendly dance parties as babies, toddlers, and parents are looking for a break from the routine playground circuit. Let loose and have some morning fun. Baby Boogie is a morning dance party featuring classic disco tunes, funk, and electro, together with kids music and Jewish melodies -- guaranteed to get those little booties moving and grooving.
The fun spills out from all corners of the playhouse-transformed club: bubbles, lights, baskets of scarves and egg-shakers, a chill-out room (with toys, books and puzzles), diaper changing station, a full spread of healthy snacks and dancing, lots of dancing, and separate room for those who feel more comfortable that way. But at its core, Baby Boogie is a community event that brings kids together with kids and parents together with parents.
Dance performances by dancers Anna Schon (Art Kibbutz resident artist) and Adena Blickstein (founder of Jewish Women’s Talent Agency) who will perform their own Jewish-themed choreographies. Art Kibbutz is an international Jewish artist colony, community and hub. Creative Family Circle is Art Kibbutz’s inclusive monthly program-series for artistic Jewish parents and their kids to engage in creative activities together.
3603 Fieldston Road, Bronx
10:30a-noon; $15 child and $20 family
Hot Fruit
This performance showcase brings you abstract performance artists, dancers, drag queens, musicians, and theater every Monday at midnight at Williamsburg's gay dive bar. This week features performances by Adam Michael, Albert DeCrvnk, Sparklez, Albert DeCrvnk, Molly Rhinestones, and Cybil War. DJs Econ and David John Sokolowski give you fresh tastes of house, no wave, and disco. Hosted by Giant Will Sheridan, Ethan Weinstock on visual art, and Tinker Coalescing : Queer Photography on camera.
Metropolitan Bar
559 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
11p-4a; $free
Puppet Playlist No. 18: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Puppet Playlist takes brilliant puppeteers and talented musicians and slams them together into an evening of live theater to stir the senses. The Playlist features performances of original works of puppetry based on a musical theme (selected by the audience from the prior show), mixed with live musical interpretations by some of New York’s most exciting singer-songwriters. For the last four years Puppet Playlist has played to sold-out audiences. In this edition, Playlist will be performing the entire album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Connelly Theater
220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B, Manhattan
7:30p and 9:30p; $10 advance, $12 door
Hyphen Hub Presents Cyborg Artists: Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas
The next Hyphen Hub Salon will focus on art in the age of cyborgism, exploring how the addition of new senses and modified bodies will create radical new art forms.
We present Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas, pioneering Catalan artists and founders of the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization that helps humans become cyborgs (cybernetic organisms). Harbisson will attempt the world's first Skull Tranmission Painting where a painting created in Times Square will be sent to his brain in real-time to be created in our space. Ribas will perform Waiting for Earthquakes, responding in dance to any earthquakes she feels through a seismic sensor attached permanently to her elbow. The artists will also discuss their work and hold a Q&A. Followed by drinks and live music.
The Red Door
140 West 24th Street, Manhattan
7:30p; $10 online, $15 door
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Unconscious Lens 
A group exhibition featuring works by New York based artists Najib Aschrafzai, Rosanna Bach, Mike Fernandez, Gabriele Giugni, Alison Nguyen, and Anh Thuy Nguyen. Each artist attempts to explore the different realms of the Unconscious and Conscious world, by demonstrating the different visions, techniques, and concepts of their optical lens. During the opening we will also have a performance of La Mamma Morta, performed by opera singer Mithra Mastropierro, and dancer Katherina Tsirakis.
BOSI Contemporary
48 Orchard Street, Manhattan
6-9p; $free
212 966 5686
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
The Skinny With Peter DeGiglio: GMOs, Monsanto, Organics, and You
Imagine if Meet the Press crashed into the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The end result would be the Skinny with Peter DeGiglio, a comedy news talk show that tackles a new hot button sociopolitical issue each month; often ripped right from the headlines.
For each month's show, the Skinny features two guests: the Skinny Exclusive, a local artist commissioned to create a performance centered specifically around that month's theme, and the very special guest, a high-profile figure from the worlds of journalism, literature, politics, academia, grassroots, or the media.
This month we'll get the skinny on GMOs and other agricultural concerns and we'll feature a performance by actor Michael Birch and an interview with Dr. Jessica Fanzo of the institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University.
Under St. Marks Theater
94 St Marks Place, Manhattan
9p; $10, or $7 with the discount code CORN!
212 777 6088
Shadow Puppet Shows
Join Miss C. and Company as exquisitely hand-crafted two-dimensional puppets come to life through enchanting theatrical narrative alongside original score, transporting adults and children alike into the fairytale realm in a Brooklyn Park or New York Restoration Project garden.
Greene Acres
322 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
7:45p; $free
all ages
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Queen/House/Effect: Queer Performance and Music Responds to Climate Change
Join a host of queer performers and DJs as we get ready for the People's Climate March. We're organizing LGBTQ folks who want to get involved in manifesting a balanced climate and a healthy world, and Queen/House/Effect will bring you artists and musicians channeling the crisis through their own eyes, hearts, flesh, and bone. Decor by Eric Schmalenberger. DJs David John Sokolowski and Patrick Robbins. Queen of the Thunderdome Untitled Queen. Performers: Music of the Spheres by Glittered and Mauled, global feedback loops by Neocamp, and ecologic anxiety by Susana Cook.
One Last Shag
348 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
9p-2a; $free, donate
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Red Lantern Bicycles Movie Night
On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the RNC critical mass, Red Lantern Bicycles Movie Night presents a series of short Critical Mass films, one screened internationally (NYC, London, SF, Chicago, Istanbul, Mexico City, Lisbon, Milano, Quebec City, and Richmond, VA) as part of the 2013-2014 Bicycle Film Festival followed by critical discussion and Questions and Answers.
Red Lantern Bicycles
345 Myrtle Avenue, between Adelphi and Carlton, Brooklyn
8p; $free
347 889 5338
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
What the Float
What the Float is a private dance party in public places. Our Float DJs have curated three brand new mixes just for this one night. Download them to your mp3 player in advance or simply stream them from your phone, but do not ruin the spontaneous virginal joy of the first-time listening experience by playing the music ahead of time.
Meet up at Pop Pod. At 10p sharp, we'll count down in unison and press play at exactly the same moment. The music will take us on a dancing tour of Manhattan, the groove loud in our ears and in our souls, but silent to any observers we may encounter. Dress fancy, get dancey.
230 East 51st Street, Manhattan
10p; $15 advance, $20 door
* Emily Dickinson Outer Space, September 4-6
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 *****
* The Floating Library: We need volunteers, a high school, and handy installation help. The Floating Library is a mobile-device-free pop-up public space aboard a historic NYC steamship berthed at Pier 25 in Tribeca, with over 20 scheduled roundtables/workshops/performances that will shine a spotlight on DIY politics, sustainability, accessible education, community engagement, and beyond. I am looking for volunteers to help set up and keep the Floating Library open. And a high school that can do a field trip to the Floating Library for the closing ceremony. I am seeking someone who can help coordinate a NYC high school (7th or 8th graders can work as well) to visit the Floating Library on October 2 or 3 (date is semi-flexible) as part of the closing ceremony. Criterion for the selected school is that it has demonstrated need for extracurricular activities and resources. Visiting students will get to explore the steamship, learn about its history, see the exhibit and be ab le to take away a book or two as gifts to encourage their study and growth. I am seeking volunteers to help me keep the space open as at all times I am required to have at least two volunteers keep watch on the space, greet visitors at the gangway, keep an eye on the equipment in the listening room, help direct visitors to special events, set up for workshops, help close down the ship, and some janitorial duties (we will all take turns). In general, the Floating Library is open Wednesday-Sunday from September 6-October 3rd. It is open 2-7 on weekends and varies during weekdays. Every hour of your time is integral to keeping the space open. In your email reply please state your phone number, availabilities (state a day of the week and the hours) that you can commit to and I will follow up. To thank you, all volunteers are invited to a social on Friday, September 5 6-8p for all Floating Library project participants. Handy help is needed to install on Friday, August 29, at Lilac Museum Steamship. Meet me at the Lilac as we will be loading all the installation materials on board. August 29-September 4. If you would like to lend a hand installing the exhibit by painting, setting up cables, organizing books, help cleaning up the boat, drilling things, making pallet furniture, making some runs to our storage space to help bring a few items, and hanging artwork, please get in touch. I will feed you if you can help me. Contact Beatrice for details: Beatrice]at]
* Foundry Audience Ambassadors organize members of your communities to actively engage New York City's theatre world. They attend shows, connect with working artists and apply social media strategies to continue building The Foundry Theater's relationship with low-income communities. We believe the theatre makers and audiences of NYC should be as diverse as the city itself. This Fall, five new Audience Ambassadors will each organize members of their community to attend two productions in the next four months. Ambassadors will receive a $250 stipend for each show along with free tickets for themselves and their guests. Each performance will be followed by a post-show conversation over food with artists. Ambassadors will also participate in some social media, documentation and evaluation components of the program. Here’s a link to the program's description -- with pictures -- on our website. Please send a brief statement of interest, including the communi ty/ies you intend to bring to the theater and any relevant social justice organizing experience to: RJ Maccani at rj]at] 212 777 1444 x 205.
* House of Strength was successfully premiered for the first time in Industry City, Brooklyn on April 27, 2014. We are invited to perform again and for our upcoming performance on September 27 and 28, we are looking to audition new dancers. Our timeline is extremely tight and your availability for at least ten rehearsals is a high priority in our selection process. All the artists involved will be compensated with a small honorarium, provided with rehearsal space, credited on the website for their role and promoted through different websites and social media networks. The performance will takes place in an outdoor venue in a prime location in Brooklyn with the possibility of a large audience. See: Contact Nooshin Rostami, zoorkhanehcollective]at]
* Volunteer Schedule at the House of Yes. Can’t wait another week for Burning Man/not going this year/over it? No problem, it's pretty much just like it right here on Wyckoff and Jefferson Street, a whole week early. You get to get really dusty, listen to techno, help build a giant overly ambitious art project, make new friends or catch up with old ones. Come help out if you can. No construction experience necessary. Monday: 2-8p, Wednesday: 3-8p, Friday: 2-8p. RSVP to info]at] so we can expect you or just show up last minute, no big deal. Entrance is on 408 Jefferson Street. Kindly bang on the gate when you arrive.
* The Occupy Kitchen is a revolutionary space for breaking bread and building community. We are open to everyone. From our kitchen at Zuccotti Park, to our daily food outreach, to our weekend food table at Union Square, for nearly three years we've been nourishing the grassroots movement to free NYC from corporate control and create an alternative to this exploitative, inefficient, dangerous system of capitalism and profits. We are committed to building a more equitable society and believe that access to good healthy food is a universal human right. We strive to provide meals and snacks to people in the Union Square area and to the NYC activist community in general. We need help getting the word out to the community, as well as help with food and labor donations. We especially need people to cook and prepare food and bring it to Union Square. We invite all artists, visionaries, activists, concerned residents, foodies, etc. who can imagine the world operating in a way that promotes peace, justice, dignity and mutual aid. It is best to call before heading over. We often run late because we're busy trying to cook, prepare, clean up and pack the food. Union Square, Manhattan, Most Saturdays and Sundays - 3-7p -- call to confirm/coordinate: 646 470 3890. occupyunionsquare]at],
***** SPACES *****
* Sublet Available. Studio and bedroom in East Williamsburg with a shared backyard with a gorgeous garden and fire pit. One bedroom and half of a studio in a three-bedroom apartment located in East Williamsburg. Third floor apartment; not a loft apt/building. Tons of light, fully equipped eat-in kitchen with tons of plants, living room, shared backyard garden utopia (with fire pit, grill, lounge chairs, dining table and tons of flowers, really), first floor secure bicycle parking, hardwood floors, wireless internet (no cable tv). The rooms will come fully furnished with a full size bed, standing closet and shelves in the bedroom and a large computer desk and stereo in the studio. Both rooms have windows and great light. You will share with two nice, responsible, busy, professional creative roommates (female) and a friendly (but very old) cat. We are looking for a responsible adult who can clean up after themselves and respect the people they live with and the common spac es we share. It would also be great if you could help with some common household maintenance tasks, like watering the plants. The apartment is two blocks from the Montrose and/or Morgan stop on the L train. 10 minute walk to the G train, 8 minutes to the J/M trains. It is on a quiet residential street, with everything possible within walking distance (supermarkets, 2 24-hour health food stores, tons of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, pizza, Roberta's, mexican, middle eastern food, bakeries, juice bar, wine shop, laundry, a nice park, and all the shopping on Graham Ave). It's a 15-minute bike ride to the city, even less to Williamsburg. Rent is $700 per month, utilities included. First month and $300 deposit required for move in. Sublet can end a bit earlier than September 30 with a prorated reduction if arranged beforehand. No smoking or other cats/dogs allowed. Thank you.
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] gmail]dot] com.
***** Wastewater Biodiesel *****
"The pilot installation in Mobile Bay, Alabama, uses giant plastic bags made by Nike that are filled with sewage and algae. The bags float on the water, moored at each end like a sailboat. The bay water keeps the algae at the right temperature, and the waves stir the mix. Some companies have tried proprietary gene-altered algae, but Algae Systems uses naturally occurring forms drawn from the bay. Whichever strain flourishes in the bags is what the company uses. “We call it the Hunger Games,” Mr. Atwood said. Algae Systems says it hopes to make a profit by producing potable water as well as diesel and jet fuel, and by charging fees to municipalities for treating their wastewater. Company executives say their pilot plant even consumes pollutants like phosphorus and nitrogen, which are blamed for the algae bloom in Lake Erie and the “dead zone” near the mouth of the Mississippi in the Gulf of Mexico."
NOTE: Free Summer Stuff is our annual guide to some of the ongoing free events that help make living here in July and August somewhat less intolerable. Yes, these events are big. Yes, they are mainstream. Yes, they are sponsored by huge international conglomerates and don't need our publicity. Shut up. Go sit on a pier and watch a movie. It's great. And as always, please feel free to tell us about series that we may have missed. Special thanks to digital media specialist extraordinaire Jill Greenberg ( for compiling this list for the second year. If you appreciate it as much as we do please send her a little note and tell her about one of the events you attended: jillsarahg]at]
* Canal Bar. August 24: Snatch; August 31: Rocky Horror Picture Show. SUNDAYS, 8p, Canal Bar, 270 Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn. $free.
* Habana Outpost. August 24: Purple Rain; August 31: The Bodyguard; September 7: Hoosiers; September 14: Wild Style; September 21: The Big Lebowski; September 28: Foxy Brown; October 5: E.T.; October 12: Dog Day Afternoon; October 19: The Shining; October 26: The Twilight Zone marathon. SUNDAYS, 8p, Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. $free.
* Brooklyn Bridge Park Movies With a View. August 28: Audience choice. THURSDAYS, screening starts at sundown, Harbor View Lawn of Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights. $free.
* Red Hook Flicks. August 26: On the Waterfront. TUESDAYS, seating at 8pm, screenings at 8:30p, Valentino Pier (Cofeey Street and Ferris Street), Red Hook, Brooklyn. $free.
* Narrows Botanical Garden. September 12: The War of the Worlds. FRIDAYS, screenings start at sunset, Shore Road and 71st Street, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. $free.
* Hudson River Park. August 22: Max Gallico and Friends; August 22: The Wizard of Oz. Various times, Manhattan. $free.
We look for the sort of classes you circled in college course catalogs but never managed to fit into your schedule. And we also look for the kind of things that no college could teach. Cheap and eclectic is the rule, though all rules get broken occasionally, and we especially love workshops, round-tables, and teachers who won't take your work out of your hands and show you how to do it right. One-time listings are categorized weekly, with general recurring classes listed at the end on the first Friday of each month. We thrive on your suggestions, so make sure to tell us about upcoming classes that you think are nifty-keen.
Learning is compiled and edited weekly by Juliana Driever. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]
Inflatables Workshop
For the NYC climate mobilization, Tools for Action will be hosting a series of hands-on workshops, collaborative builds, and participatory interventions. The first workshop will explore how to make inflatables and discuss tactical implementation and narrative symbolism. Dinner will be provided, lunch will be a potluck.
214 Starr Street, Brooklyn
12-6p; $free
How to Overthrow the Illuminati
lluminati theory helps oppressed people to explain our experiences in the hood. Society throws horrible stuff in our faces: our family members get locked up for bullshit. Our friends kill each other over beefs, money or turf. Our future is full of dead-end jobs that don’t pay shit. We struggle to pay bills while others live in luxury. We start looking for answers, and Illuminati theory provides one.
We believe Illuminati theory is wrong, and we wrote this pamphlet to offer a different answer. People who say we can't do anything because no one else is fighting are simply refusing to join the fight themselves. With the right tools, we can participate in these actions, and make history with millions of others.
1302 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
4:30-6:30p; $free
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
The Burden of Proof
This lecture will explore the so-called "survival hypothesis" -- the belief in the survival of consciousness beyond death -- and its connection to J.B. Rhine's research on ESP and psychokinesis at the Duke Parapsychology Lab from 1930 to 1965. Rhine, both a deeply religious and staunchly scientific man, battled both institutional tensions and the skepticism of colleagues over the course of his long career. Rhine's tenure at the Lab saw the rise and fall of the field known as parapsychology, which has had resounding influence on popular culture and literary and filmic narratives. The lab's relationship with the University and other mainstream scientific institutions will be explored as well as its continued influence on the fraught relationship between the sciences and the study of the paranormal and supernatural. This talk will be illustrated with materials collected from the archives of the Duke Parapsychology Lab.
Morbid Anatomy Museum
424 A 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $8
One Billion Workers Strong
China has undoubtedly been the most dynamic center of capitalist accumulation over the past generation. But this explosive growth has also generated staggering inequality and social polarization. What are the political underpinnings of China's economic "miracle"? Workers and peasants have been subject to brutal forms of exploitation, dispossession, and precarity — but they have also been fighting back.
What are the dynamics of this resistance, and how is the state responding to widespread social insurgency? What sorts of political limits and contradictions have emerged with more recent attempts to "rebalance" the economy away from wage repression and export processing and towards higher value added production and domestic consumption?
388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
7p; $free
Caffeine, Cocaine, and the Sodas of a Nation
Caffeine, cocaine, and a little bit of fizz were all it took to hook America on a brand-new beverage. At this month's Masters of Social Gastronomy lecture, we'll dissect Coca-Cola's namesakes, exploring the now-illicit ''Coca'' and the Africa-sourced ''Cola.'' What joined these two bitter, unappealing flavors into the most iconic of soda flavorings?
But don't forget the runners-up - second-tier drinks, represent. Learn the strange journey of sarsaparilla, and how the drink of choice for archetypal Western cowboys found a second life halfway across the world. Discover the government plot to steal root beer away from Americans, and the corporate conspiracies that swirl around the failure of New Coke.
And, of course, we'll take a look at New York City's very own fizzy drink - the mysteriously-flavored Dr. Brown's Cel-ray.
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
8p; $free
21 and over
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