nonsensenyc: 2.5 to 2.10

 
From: "Jeff Stark" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 2.5 to 2.10
Date: February 5th 2016
Friday, February 5
* Big Ass Party for Bernie, Brooklyn
* February Fires, Brooklyn
* Alone Together No. 7, Queens
* Bitches Brew, Brooklyn
 
Saturday, February 6
* Thunder Gumbo XXXI: Freezing Man Episode 3: Return of the Yeti, Brooklyn
* Ronnie Stone and the Lonely Riders: The Diamond in the Rough, Brooklyn
* Army of Lovers Crafting Party, Manhattan
* Game Show, Williamsburg
* Glamdammit : A Bowie Odyssey, Brooklyn
* Show/Tell Show, Brooklyn
 
Sunday, February 7
* The Big-Ass Variety Show, Williamsburg
* The OG Shuffle, Brooklyn
 
Monday, February 8
* Little Theatre, Vol. XVI, Manhattan
* Death Is Masked Launch: Wearable Materials
* Ubu Sings Ubu, Brooklyn
 
Tuesday, February 9
* Beasts of the Southern Wild and Live Brass Band, Brooklyn
* The Stories of the Suitcases: Lecture on Roosevelt Island
* The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies, Williamsburg
* Mardi Gras Bash, Brooklyn
 
Wednesday, February 10
* Am I Write, Ladies: Love and Other Blood, Williamsburg
* Polari, Brooklyn
 
Wishlist
* Woodworkers
 
Spectre
* Jubilee Party Proposal
 
Overheard
* Deathstar
 
Learning
* Why Procrastinators Procrastinate
 
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 mistakes, especially with dates; you should always double check our work before you go out.
 
 
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XXXXX FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5 XXXXX
 
 
Big Ass Party for Bernie
 
A Bernie party like no other. Join us for a wildly fun dance party topped with a hodgepodge of aerialists, comedy, sword swallowers, socilaist sing-alongs, art, music and dance inspired by and in honor of everyone's favorite candidate... Bernie. If you are Bernie-curious please come join us and find out how you can get involved and #feelthebern.
 
With Hand Job Academy, the Lady Aye, Isabel Del Dia, Netherlands, Ajna Dance Troupe, Lindsay Katt, aerialist performances throughout the night by the Muse, Starlette Fever, Andrew Vladeck, Elizabeth Delvin, Joe Crow Ryan, Andy from the Yes Men, DJ $mall Change, and DJ Dara.
 
House of Yes
408 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
7p-3a; $20 advance, $30 door, $10 after 1:30a, 100 percent of the profits are going to the Bernie campaign
bigasspartyforbernie.eventbrite.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
February Fires
 
Present Co. invites you to gather around our seasonal, wood burning stove for a series of curated events and performances. With Participation. Actions. Sounds. Mashups. Human contact. Artistic warmth. Today: Tattfoo Tan survival skills training and indoor camping.
 
Present Co.
254 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Montrose Avenue station
8p; $free
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Alone Together No. 7
 
Friday night is finally here. It's getting late. You hop off the train and walk upstairs to the street, inhaling the dry winter air; dirty yet almost sweet. It’s not polar vortex cold, but you're still freezing your ass off and don’t want to be out there. With a shiver, you walk down a few desolate industrial blocks, dodging puddles of black slushy snow and strewn trash. Narrowly side-stepping a pile of dog shit, you text your friend the address; the glow from your smart phone illuminates your face. Someone had said the reception wasn’t very good down there… You hope that this'll be worth it.
 
The lineup, which ventures into the outer depths of house and techno, is stellar: Morgan Louis, from Providence, Lori Napoleon, AKA Antenes, Ciarra Black, and Isn’t Ours. Resident DJs RFID and Wall Peeler will hold you down early, and deep into the morning hours. See you on the dance floor.
 
RSVP for address, Ridgewood, Queens
11p-7a; $10 before midnight, $15 after
21 and over
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Bitches Brew
 
This week's Brew is bubbling to the brim with fire hot talent. To complete this potion, just add whiskey...we have the rest covered. Comedy by Lindsay Boling, Peggy O'Leary, Jordan Temple, Erica Spera, James Myers, and Jason Burke. Hosted by Melissa Stokoski and Shelby Taylor and Naomi Karavani. Music by Eli Sairs.
 
Halyard’s Bar
406 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
8:30p; $free
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 XXXXX
 
 
Thunder Gumbo XXXI: Freezing Man Episode 3: Return of the Yeti
 
A week long festival that takes place in one night across four stages of fun at the House of Yes. A volunteer produced, non-profit fundraiser for the legendary Booga art car, with support from key members of Uhuru Afrika, Meso Creso, Junxion, Future Clear, Tender Heckles, Vitamin B, Plug 4, Rubulad, and Wonderland. Featuring 2Melo, Adam Gibbons, Anna Morgan, Beatkitty, Casey Skodnek, Dirty Looks, HeartJacker, Joro Boro, Illexxxandra, Mel G, Mettabbana, Partyfoul5000, Rasta4Eyes, Samuel, Shakey, and Sunny Quetzacoatl.
 
Plus special acoustic jazz, folk, and covers in the back yard by Matt Namer, Perry, Cameron, and Daniel McKleinfeld. Also featuring the Freezing Man Effigy Destruction Ritual, the Ice Demon Fire Troupe, a special fire performance from Christopher Flambeaux, , the Matriarch's Lair by Kate Relish, Yeti Gogo, pole dance, Bushwick Print Labs, the Bodypaint All Stars, effigy by Phil Hollenbeck, aerial by the House of Yes All Stars, and terrifying monsters by Kate Brehm.
 
Our scientists have, for the third year running, created a trans-dimensional-enviro-shifter that will allow the attendees to party for an entire week in one night and fit 100,000 people into a single Bushwick warehouse. A gathering of tribes from our larger community, a collective pooling of energy where everything happens at once, a gathering around the giant Ice Man effigy destruction ritual, a celebration of human warmth in a frozen era.
 
Costume suggestions: Yeti, Abdominal Snowman the workout motivator, Ice Queen, Not-So-Vanilla Ice, Norwegian Metal Band, Hillary Clinton, famous reggae superstar Yellow-Snow-Man, snowballing snow bunnies, anything but Llsa, Anna or Olaf. Let it go.
 
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
9p-5a; $15-$25 presale, $30 door, with $5 off for a costume or bringing a coat for the homeless
21 and over
facebook.com/events/941893139234600/
freezingman.eventbrite.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Ronnie Stone and the Lonely Riders: The Diamond in the Rough
 
This Saturday the Greenpoint metal bar Saint Vitus will be transformed into a gothic club by the infamous Ronnie Stone and the Lonely Riders. Featuring DJ sets by We in Cloudz and lights by Death. Additional setup and installations provided by the Hazmat minions. Come adorned in your finest Leather, Mesh, and Lace.
 
With Ronnie Stone and the Lonely Riders, We in Cloudz, DJ and VJ crew, and dance party. To bring you happiness. To make you dance. To be in cloudz as one. This time we're going to have an art installation of industrial angels, a laser light show, and a small performance piece (in addition to the DJs and band). I'm so excited about it! I hope it makes the list, let me know if you need anything else from us.
 
Saint Vitus
1120 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $12
bit.ly/gothnite
bit.ly/Gothface
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Army of Lovers Crafting Party
 
The only army dedicated to l-o-v-e wants you. Join other lovers as we do ALL the crafting to make Valentines to give to strangers. Because isn't love for everyone? And isn't this the kind of free love you can commit to?
 
There will be plenty of crafts and drinks on hand, and even a puppy, but you are welcome to add your own crafts to the mix, or a bottle of something yummy. You can hit us up for a hot minute, or stay for hours and hours.
 
Projective Space in the Zarin Fabrics Building
72 Allen Street, third floor, Manhattan
6p-midnight; $free
facebook.com/events/882301208554896/
armyoflovers.co/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Game Show
 
This is a live comedy game show where the audience members are the contestants. Contestants win real prizes playing updated versions of Price is Right, 25,000 Pyramid, Make Me Laugh, twisted trivia, and games that include, music, and dancing. Prizes! Hosted by Michael Bertrando.
 
The Annoyance Theatre
367 Bedford Avenue basement, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
10:30p, $5
718 569 7810
pr]at]theannoyance.com
theannoyancenewyork.com/events/event/game-show/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Glamdammit : A Bowie Odyssey
 
Michael T and the Vanities perform a retrospective of the David Bowie catalogue with special guest performers. WIth Briana Layon and the Boys Le Cabaret De Mania, the Bowery Boys. Hosted by nightlife icon Astro Erle . DJ Sets by Twig the Wonderkid and James David.
 
Grand Victory
245 Grand and Roebling Street, Brooklyn
11p; $10, free cheap beer from 11p-midnight
21 and over
glamdammt.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Show/Tell Show
 
Adult show and tell and stand-up comedy. A mix of show and tell and stand-up comedy, with drink tickets, surprises, sets from some of the funniest comedians in NYC. With Rojo Perez, Mike Recine, Jeff Simmermon, Dan Licata, Drew Michael, Tito Garza, Mike Recine, and Gina Ginsberg. Hosted by Lukas Kaiser.
 
Over the Eight
594 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
8p doors, 8:30p show; $free
facebook.com/events/444559845744965/
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7 XXXXX
 
 
The Big-Ass Variety Show
 
Big Irv's is a gallery, artists' collective and event space. The Big-Ass Variety Show is back again, with an awesome line up of storytellers, comedians, musicians, and random lunatics. Open mic slots for anyone who wants to get in on the action. Tonight: Simon Cadel, Jake Hart, Honeychrome, Alice Klugherz, Larry Kamguia, Madeline Rose Marra, Eugene Rosenberg, and Nick Padilla.
 
Big Irv's Gallery
381 Hooper Street, at South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
The OG Shuffle
 
An experimental, multi genre, round robin show. A computer program will randomly select an act, which will then immediately perform. Acts ranging from noise to chiptune to experimental, will face off, performing together in a large circle There will be multiple projectionists, a light show, video art by Lily Konigsberg, and installation art by Aarati Akkapeddi. Hosted by Oh Golly. Performers include Lily Konigsberg, Big Figment, and Love Spread.
 
Aviv
496 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
8:00p doors, 9p show; $8
973 508 5497
facebook.com/events/161062244262848/
 
 
XXXXX MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8 XXXXX
 
 
Little Theatre, Vol. XVI
 
With Evanston Salt Costs Climbing by Will Arbery, Love Me by Adi Eytan, Tectonic Tonia by Brighid Greene, and Take Me Through This on the Ground by Joey Weiss.
 
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie, between Delancey and Rivington, Manhattan
7:30p; $15 door, $12 advance
dixonplace.org/performances/little-theatre-at-dixon-place-4-11/
 
 
***** Also on MONDAY *****
 
 
Death Is Masked Launch: Wearable Materials
 
Performances by Bethany Sick Din, Veronica Torres, Ursula Kennedy, and the Sewer Gators. Nyssa's designs are inspired by the goal to remind people that we are mortal, animals, and in this world together. Guests required to wear masks, or masks will be provide for them.
 
The Living Gallery
1094 Broadway, Brooklyn
7-10p; $free
the-living-gallery.com
nyssafrank.com
 
 
***** Also on MONDAY *****
 
 
Ubu Sings Ubu
 
The beloved rock musical returns to NYC for one night only, invading the midtown world with transgressive excitement. Starring Tony Torn and Julie Atlas Muz as King and Queen Ubu. Co-directed and choreographed by Dan Safer.
 
Ubu Sings Ubu is a sexy, face-melting mash up of underground rock show and absurdist theater that is definitely NSFW. Featuring 10 songs by cult band Pere Ubu.
 
In Ubu Sings Ubu, the songs of alt-rock legends Pere Ubu are sung by the character Pere Ubu himself, star of Alfred Jarry's legendary scatalogical satire Ubu Roi. Video design by Kaz Phillips Safer. Sets and costumes by Deb O. Lights by Jay Ryan. Sound design and musical direction by Vera Beren. Live Sound Mixing by Freddie Katz. Stage Manager Eh-den Perlove. All Songs by Pere Ubu, performed by special permission.
 
BB Kings Blues Club
237 West 42nd Street, Manhattan
8p; $22 advance, $28 door
212 997 4144
eventbrite.com/e/ubu-sings-ubu-a-sexy-face-melting-mash-up-of-underground-rock-show-and-absurdist-theater-featuring-tickets-19692681340
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 XXXXX
 
 
Little Cinema presents:
 
Beasts of the Southern Wild and Live Brass Band
 
It's Mardi Gras and we're bringing New Orleans to NYC. We'll explore New Orleans through its music, art, history and more recent darker days. The screening will be paired with a live brass band and House of Yes performers.  Tickets also include entry to our very own, all out Mardi Gras dance party. 
 
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
6p doors, 8p sharp screening, 10p party; $10
littlecinema.net
eventbrite.com/e/little-cinema-presents-beasts-of-the-southern-wild-live-brass-band-all-out-mardi-gras-party-tickets-21351393593
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
The Stories of the Suitcases: Lecture on Roosevelt Island
 
When Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995, an employee discovered a large collection of suitcases in storage in an attic. Many of these pieces of luggage contained the personal belongings of former patients. John Crispin has photographed the suitcases and their contents; his images offer a window into the lives and personal stories of patients admitted between 1910 and 1960. He will share the photos in a lecture at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island.
 
Crispin has become fascinated by the more than 400 suitcases, seemingly frozen in time. The fact that the cases remained in storage, long after their owners were deceased, speaks to the close relationships between patients and staff and between members of the staff themselves, many of whom lived in the small town of Willard, some 45 miles northwest of Ithaca, where the asylum was the largest employer .
 
524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island
F train to Roosevelt Island station
6:30p; $free
rihs.us
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies
 
The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies is proud to present a series of free lectures designed to both entertain and enlighten. We meet at the Bedford, the second Tuesday of each month to discuss historical topics that you probably knew at one point but don’t remember anymore. Plus, there will be drink specials.
 
We’re not always drunk on history here at SASS, sometimes we’re drunk in love. This year, celebrate Valentine’s Day with some titillating tidbits you never learned in history class .... or sex ed. The evening’s lectures will cover pulling out as a birth control method, early mail order erotica, and a history of venereal disease. Plus, we'll be hosting a special game at the end of the night called Guess That Historical Romantic Figure's Tinder Profile.
 
The Bedford
110 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p doors, 7:30p lecture; $free
getsaucedatsass.tumblr.com/
 
 
**** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
Mardi Gras Bash
 
With Hungry March Band, Jonathan Toubin, and Baby Soda. Hosted by the magician MC Tanya Solomon. Featuring costume contest with prizes, hurricanes, gumbo, and more.
 
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p show; $15
thebellhouseny.com/event/1060095
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 XXXXX
 
 
Am I Write, Ladies: Love and Other Blood
 
Am I Write, Ladies? is a recurring performance series showcasing new and developing multidisciplinary work by women artists. AIWL's February theme is the warm and sticky Love and Other Blood.
 
Featuring creations by Eliana Gottesman (a play, a narration, the possibility of blood), Good Woman (poetry/music), Cerebral Pussy (bloody burlesque), Amy King (stand-up), Cassidy Dawn Graves and the 50 Shades of Graves cast (educational period song), Sophie Sagan-Gutherz (poetry), Sarah Villegas (ukulele song), Jenna Antoniades (robot theater), and Becca Lou (strong woman act).
 
Over the Eight
594 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p doors, 8:30p show; $5-10 suggested
amiwriteladies]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events/497398467052158/
cassidydawngraves.com
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Polari
 
The new dance party at the House of Yaaaasssss for queers, gays, circus freaks, dance floor divas, rad fae, and their admirers. Expect everything the House of Yes is known to deliver. But bent. Real bent.
 
Polari is the lost language of the criminally queer, sex workers, sailors, circus folk, and Bowie and Morrissey. How else would we talk to you? So get some muck on your eek, jhoosh your gildy clobbers, and get those lollies on the dance floor.
 
Tunes to wallop to provided by DJ Purevile and Sammy Jo, with performances by Severely Mame and Kimberly Clark, Crista Marie, and the Faguettes serving you gogo and circus : Brian Ferree, Hadley, Cupcake, and Eric Schmalenberger, as well as more from The House Of Yes family.
 
Is there a dress code? No. But may we suggest: Dress for drama, dancing, decadence, debauchery, and be the degenerate you always dreamed of. Bring a uniform of defiance. Explore the deep frivolity and elegant dandyisms of your own personal juvenile delinquency, no matter how many trips around the sun you've been subjected too. Be a tart in gilded clobber and turn trash into treasure with fall apart fabrics that dissolve on the dance floor. Get Crispy and a bit Naked Civil Serventish for our pleasure and more importantly yours. Cackle queens and Dilly Boys rule our hearts and laps. Bona Drag, soft butch moments, lady muck, extreme bad taste, camp explorations, lowbrow brilliance are all more then acceptable. When in doubt just be glittered and gay and whisper sweet Jabberwocky into our ears and watch our spirits grow.
 
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-3a; $5
houseofyes.org
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* Rubulad's Scrumptious Sweethearts of the Stratosphere, February 13
* Gemini and Scorpio present Meet Me in Paris, February 13
 
 
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 *****
 
 
* Woodworker Collective Space. My name is LiLi. This May I received my Masters of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and am now working toward building a version of my thesis. I am looking at building a shared studio space in Brooklyn with woodworking and rapid prototyping tools, as well as a hardware store, gallery and other resources based on feedback I get from people in this survey. This survey is aiming towards Brooklyn Maker/Woodworkers who might be interested collaborative collective and I am wondering if you could post this: questionpro.com/t/Aa04ZTVOr If you’d like more information or to connect, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me: lilijackson]at]mac.com
 
* BHQFU MFU Studio and Teaching Residency September 2016-August 2017. Deadline: 11:59p, March 20. The MFU is BHQFU's new year-round studio and teaching residency program. This program welcomes applications from artists working in all disciplines, from anywhere in the world, at any stage in their practice. The MFU is 100 percent tuition-free and provides full access to a personal studio (approximately 200 square feet) housed at BHQFU within the Bruce High Quality Foundation Studio at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for a period of one year (September 2016 through August 2017). jotform.com/BHQFU/MFU
 
* Keyholder Residency Program, application deadline March 1. The Keyholder Residency Program offers emerging artists free 24-hour access to printmaking facilities to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. Residencies are free and one year long, starting on April 1 and October 1 each year, and they take place in the shared Artist's Studio including the solvent/etching area and the darkroom.  Keyholders work independently, in a productive atmosphere alongside other contemporary artists. Artists from all disciplines are eligible to apply; print-making skills are not required, but some familiarity with the medium is recommended. Basic instruction in printmaking techniques is available for new Keyholders. Technical assistance is not included in the program, but is available at additional cost.  Participation is competitive. Applications are evaluated by a rotating committee of artists, critics, curators, and art professionals based on the quality of submitted artwork. A total of 8 artists are awarded the residency annually. Artists based in the New York City area and without access to a studio space are encouraged to apply. Deadline: March 1. Apply: printshop.org/keyholder-residencies/keyholder-residency-program-application-guidelines/
 
* Open Call for our first ever Flux-a-Thon. On May 7, we're taking Flux out for a spin, putting our own unique magic into a new take on a traditional walk-a-thon benefit. With this application, we're seeking artists to apply to lead the charge of shopping-cart floats, pied pipers, artists dressed like birds, stilt-walkers, and mobile art projects for a wander through NYC. We're looking forward to an exciting new way for our friends to have get weird and show their support for Flux. fluxfactory.org/news/flux-a-thon-open-call/ Deadline: February 28.
 
 
***** SPACES *****
 
 
* Interference Archive has desk space for rent. Interference Archive has co-working space available now. Desks are in a naturally lit room with windows facing out at street level and adjacent to the Interference Archive exhibition space in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Your individual desk is in a shared work area (of four desks) and rent is $360 per month including utilities, kitchen access, and high speed internet. Full access. Quiet building; occasional events in the adjoining archive space build connections with an amazing community of artists, filmmakers, designers, and activists. Interest in engaging with Interference Archive's archival collection is an added bonus. Email kevinjustseedsorg if you're interested.
 
 
XXXXX SPECTRE PRIORITY XXXXX
 
 
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: spectrevision.net. The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact spectre.event.horizon.group]at] gmail.com.
 
 
 
spectrevision.net/2016/02/05/jubilee-party-proposal/
 
"The ancient Hebrew jubilee was a periodic Sabbath year in which debts would be cleared away, slaves would be freed, and lands lost in the course of commerce would be returned. Any jubilee must begin with the recognition that there are wrongs to be righted. In centuries past, Judaism, Christianity and Islam all shared an anxious opposition to usury. Charging interest on money, further, is contrary to nature; “This is to sell what does not exist.” Interest-charging severs the economy from actual production or people’s actual needs. Centuries of clerical coziness with financiers made such denunciations less and less convenient. We need to lose our tolerance for usury again."
 
 
XXXXX OVERHEARD XXXXX
 
 
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: miniuyork.com
 
 
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Overheard in New York. February 2016. Teenage boy to his friends in Manhattan:
 
-- "If I had that much money, I would *literally* build a Death Star."
 
 
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What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]gmail.com.
 
 
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 Juliana Driever. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]nonsensenyc.com.
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
Animated GIFs
 
You've seen them jazzing up blog posts. Your friends share them on Facebook. But how can you create some of your own? Join us for a Saturday morning workshop about making one of the best things on the Internet: the animated GIF.
 
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
10a-12p; $free
bklynlibrary.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
DIY Valentine Workshop
 
Make a sweet little heart for your sweetheart–or anyone else you'd like to send a little love–at February's Greenpoint Hand Skills session. At this workshop, you'll use wool felt, embroidery floss, and paper to stitch up your own mini valentines.
This all-levels class is open adults of all skill levels–no sewing experience required. Materials and tools will be provided. Feel free to bring a snack or a mix tape to share. Space is limited in the cozy library meeting room, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Greenpoint Public Library
107 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn
noon-2p; $free
RSVP
facebook.com/groups
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
Feminist Neurobiology
 
This series explores concepts in neurobiology, gender and health from a feminist standpoint, with the goal of encouraging community engagement in neuroscience. The course is very much for non-scientists who want to learn some basics of neuroscience, with the opportunity to discuss topics ranging from cell biology to biomedical and research ethics. No experience needed; just bring an understanding of the Bluestockings mission, and your curiosity about brains.
 
Bluestockings
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
2-3p; $free
bluestockings.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: TUESDAY *****
 
 
Own Your Voice
 
How did your last presentation go? In Bespoken's Own Your Voice master class, you'll learn practical and pro-active techniques to improve vocal command and presence when speaking in high-pressure situations. In this interactive, on-your-feet experience, you'll receive personalized feedback to optimize your presentation style. We'll show you how to make the impression you intended—no matter the stakes. 
 
Spark Labs
833 Broadway, 2nd floor, Manhattan
7-8:30p; $25 early registration
Register: http://tinyurl.com/jf6ebh3
 
 
***** LEARNING: TUESDAY *****
 
 
Queer 2016: How We Got Here & Where We're Going
 
2015 was a monumental year for the ''gay rights'' movement, with marriage equality becoming the law of the land. But what does the marriage victory mean in the context of the history of LGBT activisms in America? Who was and wasn't included in this victory? What's next to do, and why are some LGBT organizations shutting their doors? This hour-long course will give a brief overview of where we are, how we got here, and where we're going; with special focus on HIV and AIDS, intersectional identities, transgender rights, and how the history of the LGBT movement in America affects our understanding of all these issues.
 
Hullabaloo Books
58 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30-9p; $10
thinkolio.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: TUESDAY *****
 
 
Why Procrastinators Procrastinate
 
Humans are, in many ways, a higher intelligence trapped in a primitive biological animal, and a lot of what humans struggle with comes down to the battle between these two often-conflicting forces. For the procrastinators among us, that battle often ends up with the same winner—the primitive animal in us, or what Tim Urban calls the Instant Gratification Monkey. In this talk on why procrastinators procrastinate, Tim discusses the internal world of procrastinators and the ways they might be able to take back the reins in their own heads.
 
8p; $free
RSVP for location
nycsalon.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: THURSDAY *****
 
 
West Coast Swing
 
West Coast Swing is a combo of slow Lindy Hop, Salsa, and straight up "booty shakin," that's danced to Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, and R&B. It's hugely popular on the West Coast, in Europe, and in South America. Now it's catching on on the East Coast.
 
Mary Seidman/Keystone Studios
252 West 30th Street, no. 4B, Manhattan
8-9:20p; $free first class, $80 for five sessions
RSVP
tipdi.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Heart-Opening Kundalini Workshop
 
Calm your mind, balance your emotions, and enter into a deep meditation to experience the vastness of your own heart. Includes a heart-opening elixir from The Alchemist’s Kitchen.
 
21 East 1st Street, Manhattan
February 16, 7p; $25
RSVP
ritalondonheart-openingkundali.splashthat.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
How to Be an Artist
 
How to be an Artist is a one night workshop by a working artist for actors, performers, artists, musicians and writers.
 
We will cover: how to make a living as an artist; overcoming the myth of the starving artist; finding your character; tapping the unconscious for creativity and originality; how to deal with other people heckling you, including your family, friends, peers, critics, and even yourself; how to weather the emotional storms of being an artist; how to balance your art and your day job.
 
Big Irv's
381 Hooper Street, Brooklyn
Feb 17, 8p; $donation
Registration: masterleelovesyou]at]gmail.com
masterleelovesyou.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Docu Work-In-Progress Lab
 
Bring your documentary rough-cut to its next brilliant cut in DCTV's Docu Work-In-Progress Lab. Submit your independent documentary project that could highly benefit from dedicated feedback and crit-building germane to your editing process.
 
Docu WIP filmmakers will meet to present and view each other's work and provide crucial insight with each other under the guidance of documentarian Iva Radivojevic (Evaporating Borders). Participants are then expected to revise their cut and present an updated one on the final session which is a showcase for closing feedback with a guest filmmaker.
 
DCTV
87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
March 1-2, 15-16, March 20, times vary; $145 for five sessions
Submissions accepted through February 3; $5 submission fee
Register: dctvny.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Play Games
 
Here it is, geniuses. Investigate your playful spirit and the use of play and games as a framework for approaching performance texts and/or creating original material. The class draws from approaches to clown and le jeu, the techniques of Jacques LeCoq, the games work of Paul Walker, the squirrelly mischief of yours truly, Justine Williams, and your imagination to open an exploration of presence, pleasure and provocation on stage, and to discover each performer's unique and dynamic relationship to an audience, to fellow players and to the world around them.
 
Cap21 Studios
18 West 18th Street, Manhattan
March 4-6, times vary; $199
play-mountain.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: ONGOING *****
 
 
NOTE: The ongoing section of Learning runs only on the first Friday of each month.
 
* Aerial Classes. Open workouts. House of Yes at OM Factory, 873 Broadway, 2nd floor. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; $15. clients.mindbodyonline.com
* Aerial Classes. Hammock and lyra, silk and rope, wire walking, and more. Big Sky Works, 29 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn. Six days a week, various times; $25-45. thetrapezeloft.com
*Aerial Bungee Class. Exploration of the body and mind as we fly, bounce, and catapult ourselves through space. Immersive Studio, 132 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn. Tuesdays, 5:30-7p; $45. facebook.com/groundedaerial
*Ancient Greek and Latin Classes, Bailey’s Café, 324 Malcolm X Boulevard, Brooklyn, Latin, 4:30-6p; Greek, 5:30-7p; $free. RSVP to latinandgreektutoring[at[gmail.com
* Bicycle Repair Workshops, use tools and stands but do the work yourself. Time's Up Manhattan, 156 Rivington Street, and Time’s Up Brooklyn, 99 South Sixth Street. Various days, 6:30-8:30p; $free. times-up.org
* Black and white and color darkroom classes. Bushwick Community Darkroom, 1087 Flushing Avenue, Unit 106, Brooklyn. Introductory black and white: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-9p; Saturday, 3-6p; color: Saturday, noon-2p. $60 for black and white, $40 for color. bushwickcommunitydarkroom.com
* Bodyroll Workout: Unleash your inner flygurl with this 90’s dance aerobics workout class. Klub4Kidz, 159 North 4th St, Brooklyn. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 7:15p. vivabodyroll.com
* Capoeira, a class that combines music, self-defense, dance, and acrobatics. New York Capoeira Center, 107 Suffolk Street, Manhattan. Monday through Sunday, including morning classes; $20. newyorkcapoeiracenter.com
* Eizan Ryu JuJitsu, a Japanese JuJitsu martial art school. 214 West 29th Street, Third Floor, Manhattan. Check the schedule; observe a class, take two free. eizanryujujitsu.org
*Filmmaking Workshops: low-cost, small in size, short in duration, for beginners to advanced, with all equipment provided. DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. dctvny.org/workshops
* Game Testing for Game Makers, focus on play-testing, and discussions around games in development. Eyebeam, 540 West 21st Street, Manhattan. Third Saturday, 2-5p; $free. rsvp to kaho@eyebeam.org. eyebeam.org
* Group Ukulele Lessons, bring or borrow a ukulele. Location (Lower East Side) provided with rsvp to yourocknyc]at]gmail.com. First (for beginners) and third (for intermediate) Monday, 2:45-3:45p; first Tuesday (for intermediate), 6-7p; $20 or whatever you can pay.
* Jewelry soldering, ring making, wax series classes. 94 Ninth Street Studio, Brooklyn. Various. $200. thebloomfieldschool.com
*Karate classes, self-defense-focused, community-minded martial arts. Evening and weekend classes available, first two weeks free. 248 McKibbin St, basement, Brooklyn 11206. 718.418.9892 tokarate.com
*Mantra and Movement, open to all levels, this weekly class' ultimate aim is to deepen your experience of yoga as a transformative technology. Twisted Trunk Yoga Studio, 580 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Manhattan. Mondays 8-9:15p; $22. twistedtrunkyoga.com
* Queer and Trans Yoga. Third Root Community Health Center, 380 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn. Sunday, 5-6:30p, and Thursday, 8:15-9:30p; $12. thirdroot.org
* Silent DJ Hot Yoga, Qoya, Zumba, and more. Sacred, 197 Clifton Place, Brooklyn. Various. sacredbrooklyn.com
* Sword Class NYC, eastern and western sword styles. Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, 16th floor, Manhattan. Various. swordclassnyc.com
* Trampoline and classes that mix dance, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and stuntwork. Streb Lab, 51 North First Street, Brooklyn. Check the schedule, 7-8:30p; $25. streb.org
* West African Dance Class. P.S. 194 Countee Cullen, 244 West 144th Street, Manhattan. Mondays and Wednesdays 5-7p; $free. ethoh.org
* Women and Trans Bike Repair Workshops, offers space for anyone who identifies as women and/or trans to learn how to fix their bike. Time’s Up Brooklyn, 99 South Sixth Street. Second and fourth Sunday of the month, 1:30-3:30p; $free. times-up.org/bike-co-op
 
 
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