nonsensenyc: 4.18 to 4.24

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 4.18 to 4.24
Date: April 18th 2014

Friday, April 18
* It's Totally Working Now, Queens
* Resonance Screening, Long Island City
* The Picture Show, Brooklyn
* You May Meet Her, Manhattan
* Gorgeous Ladies and Lads of Bloodwrestling, Brooklyn
* Drella Hosts a House Party, Brooklyn
* Queen of Your Dreams, Brooklyn
* Ike at Night, Brooklyn
* Jackpot, Brooklyn
Saturday, April 19
* Psychic Spring, Brooklyn
* Radio Bushwick, Brooklyn
* Hausfrau Magazine's Deep Dish Cabaret
* Death and Taxes, Brooklyn
* Slap Dash Art Extravaganza, Brooklyn
* Catch 61, Brooklyn
* Flight Song, Brooklyn
* Showcasey Jones, Brooklyn
* Origins, Queens
* Show and Show Show, Williamsburg
* Feeling Gloomy Goes Britpop Crazy, Williamsburg
Sunday, April 20
* Eggs! Eggs! Brooklyn
* Loser Salon, Brooklyn
* Game of Thrones Viewing Party and Drinking Game, Williamsburg
* Presentation Party Night, Brooklyn
Monday, April 21
* The Seventh Annual Druid Underground Film Festival, Manhattan
* Hot Fruit, Williamsburg
Wednesday, April 23
* Fixer's Night, Brooklyn
* Mystique Boutique, Manhattan
Thursday, April 24
* Bad Feelings, Manhattan
* Dance Hall of Beautiful, Radiant Things, Brooklyn
* Radical Vaudeville, Manhattan
* Same as last week
* Ocean Power
* Science Break
* Smiling Hogshead Ranch
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It's Totally Working Now
A party. Exquisite Contraption, a collaboratively conceived and constructed machine that spans multiple floors and rooms at Flux Factory, has facilitated a weekly "family photograph" since its inauguration in February. Over the next year, the Flux community will exist inside the machine, activating it at the beginning of weekly Monday meetings to set into motion a series of automated steps that move throughout the building to announce, instruct, prepare, and photograph those gathered. At the end of its life, Exquisite Contraption will have produced a year-long record of residents and guests who have gathered inside the machine. Exquisite Contraption is both an interactive, building-wide engineering spectacle and a long-term experiment in creating a community ritual.
On Friday we'll be running Exquisite Contraption all night, and it's definitely going to work every time. Come see the machine in action, become part of its photographic record, and help us celebrate two months of flawless execution.
Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street, Queens
8p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Resonance Screening
Movie night at the Resonance Art Show. With Coocoo's Nest, by Nicholas Chatfield-Taylor, and Recreation, by Nathan Corbin.
Resonance is an artist-organized warehouse show, with a dozen artists digging into archetypes and magic, applying ideas from the Jung's Collective Unconscious to the home. Here the most common objects have deeper meanings, darker pasts, and, most importantly, shared meanings.
Featured artists include: Jade Brandt, Monica Canilao, M.V. Carbon, Nathan Corbin, Ryan C. Doyle, Robin Frohardt, Iris Lasn, J MacDonald, Orien McNeil, Martina Mrongovius, Nick Normal, Michael O'Toole, Jeff Stark with Sarah McMillan, Laura McMillian, and Ryan O'Connor, and Allison Termine.
Headscapes Warehouse
26-19 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
7p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
The Picture Show
Selects from the Experimental Film Society, a filmmakers collective based in Dublin, Ireland. The Experimental Film Society (EFS) is an independent, not-for-profit entity specializing in avant-garde, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 in Tehran, Iran by Rouzbeh Rashidi and has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2004. Its aim is to produce and promote films by its members. Experimental Film Society unites works by a dozen filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising, no-budget devotion to personal, experimental cinema.
With this selection of 10 films, Michael Higgins and Rouzbeh Rashidi -- themselves filmmakers, curators, and members of EFS -- put together a presentation of visionary voices from Ireland, Iran, Spain, France, and Switzerland.
The Picture Show
226 Green Street, Brooklyn
7:30p; $5*currentshow
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
You May Meet Her
An IRL RPG featuring Ms. Connections by Zhenesse Staniec Heinemann. Ms. Connections is a non-verbal clown who suffers from loneliness and papers her walls with the Yellow Pages to comfort herself. Now that she is reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and practicing proactivity, she has moved her entire house to the Abrons Underground, hired entertainment, procured snacks, and engaged staff in order to properly and safely receive unknown guests.
You May Meet Her is an IRL RPG centered on a blind playdate with a socially anxious extrovert, her house and her hired help. An entirely immersive and interactive installation, You May Meet Her is set with 60-plus action items that, once triggered, activate a response that may delight the guest in an experiment in choice, if/then scenarios, social contract, etiquette, unfamiliar embodied interactions, and surprises.
Guests might be in for a dance party, a hunt for stolen jewels, some snacks and casual interaction, or a performance from a guest artist Ms. Connections has hired for the evening -- they might even do it all in their 20 minute playdate. There's even one trigger that grants a bonus three minutes.
Voyeurs gaze in through the living room window from the small enclosed patio on the side lawn of the house. Ms. Connections will receive one guest and up to four voyeurs for 20 minute visits every half hour. Ticket holders must arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled time slot to check in. Seating will begin 10 minutes before the hour/half-hour to view the exterior house.
Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Manhattan
7-9:30p with visits scheduled every half hour; $20
Continues through April 25
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Gorgeous Ladies and Lads of Bloodwrestling
Celebrate and skewer the Easter and Passover season with GLOB, the Gorgeous Ladies (and Lads) of Bloodwrestling, at our Annual Easter vs. Passover Smackdown. This Saloon Stigmata edition will happen in the shadow of the Bar(F)clay Center. Seasonal characters in ferocious and hilarious matches. Line-up: Sky Captains of Industry's post-apocalyptic, cannibal-mutant-eating space rock. Jessica Delfino, founder of dirty folk rock and the LES's reigning queen of the obscene, Gorgeous Ladies of Bloodwrestling, and Baby Erection, all playing spine-tingling rock 'n' roll influenced by Lon Chaney Jr., Lon Chaney Sr., and Betty Boop. This is a mixed event in the spirit of true fun and sports satire. Anyone disrespectful or disruptive will be removed, possibly dismembered. No a-holes, no d-bags. Season's Bleedings.
Hank's Saloon
46 3rd Avenue, at Atlantic, Brooklyn
8p; $7
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Drella Hosts a House Party
Drella is back and appearing all over. Get into it. Tonight it starts with a house party. Drella will sing songs, kisses strangers, and makes stud-muffins. Shane Shane presents Fancy: Studs, with live performances from Drella, B0tt0ms, Adrienne Anenome, Pearl Hunter, and Thomas Barranca, and featuring a sneak preview of the Hussy's new music video Studs In Love, featuring Alotta McGriddles, Princess McSherry, and Oddly Enough directed by Shane O'Neill.
28 Lawton, between Bushwick and Broadway, Brooklyn
9p; $6
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Hey Queen! presents:
Queen of Your Dreams
DJs Juliana Huxtable and DJ Essex. With dancers Selena Mercury and Viv sa Vie. Photography by Cristobal Guerra Naranjo. Hosts and MCs Sarah Jenny and Avory QuincyAgony. Special guest host Reina Gossett. Astrological readings by James Panther.
622 Degraw Street, between 3rd and 4th avenues, Brooklyn
11p-4a; $5 before midnight, $7 after
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Ike at Night
A nightly talk show in the late-night format, featuring host Ike Ufomadu and filmed at performance venue Jack in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn in front of a studio audience. House band the Georges follows at 9:30p with a set inspired by the creepy underbelly of late night public access shows.
505 1/2 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
$mall ¢hange presents a special loft edition:
All vinyl all night, with funk, soul, RnB, rock, modern, Latin, and whatever. Your selectas include $mall ¢hange, Still Life, Large Professor, Nydia Ines, and E's E.
Jackpot is a monthly party I've done with Still Life for over 3 years at the Commodore in Brooklyn. We focus on heavy funk, northern soul, 50s RnB, garage and psyche rock, salsa, cumbia, afrobeat, early disco, modern, whatever we feel really. Mostly groovy and/or raw tracks that came out on a 7" format between the 50s and the 70s. Vintage sounds for a modern age. Snap crackle and pop over overproduced bullshit.
Gemini and Scorpio loft
RSVP for address, Gowanus, Brooklyn
11p-late; $10
Psychic Spring
Psychic Spring envelops you into a psychedelic experience brought to you in many forms: rituals, installations, moving image, herbal libations, and (most importantly) music.
Psychic Spring is presented by David John Sokolowski and Paul Leopold, who will also be leading the rituals with his performance group Descent. Our eclectic team of DJs will be pushing the audience's boundaries, as well as their own. As DJs of varying genre, taste and time come together in particularly selected duos -- to provide a new sound and bring our music experience to a new and higher level. Each DJ is based in House, though you can expect to hear variations from disco and soul to ballroom and bounce.
If that's not enough -- we'll also have an eclectic variety of artists from Brooklyn and beyond to host your psychic experience: Bradley Callahan and Tink of TheThinkTheater.
Mister Rogers
231 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn
11p-7a, $8 advance, $12 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Radio Bushwick
The Saturday night musical variety show loosely based in the style of The Midnight Special. Featuring the fantastic dancers of the Love Show, the magical wonders of the Great Dubini, the comedy stylings of Selena Coppock, the piano magic of Jeremy and the Symbols, with special guest Sweet Soubrette, with host Wilder Selzer, and the music of .357 Lover.
22 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $8
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Hausfrau Magazine's Deep Dish Cabaret
A monthly variety show featuring alternative comedy, performance art that doesn't suck, and burlesque.
The cabaret's first incarnation ran from 2000 to 2005, was kind of a big deal, and received rave reviews from NPR, Time Out New York (best of NY issue), the Village Voice, and many magazines that have since died. We got the rave reviews not because we had a great publicist, but because the cabaret was known to induce pronounced feelings of euphoria among its attendees and participants. Hausfrau Magazine is a print publication and app launching we hope in May. The idea is simple: photography meets comedy. Check us out at:
Muchmore's Bar
2 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9:30p first set, 11p; $10-20
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Death and Taxes
Ben Franklin coined the phrase, "Nothing is certain but death and taxes." Taking our forefather's words to heart, we invite you to join Playing with Reality and re-discover the inevitable through our unpredictable form of play: interactive. Come watch your fellow audience members join in, or choose to jump onstage yourself and play as you never have before. The only certain thing about this show is that you're guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience.
The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens
10:30-11:30p; $12
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Slap Dash Art Extravaganza
After two years of amazing events at LaunchPad, the Slap Dash team is changing things up: We're returning to our monthly art/variety show format and we'll be moving into some new venues in Brooklyn. Come celebrate a wide of array of art, artists and craftspeople who all helped make these last two years so incredibly unique.
With cartoons by Tom Stathes, music by Quartet Dali, dance by Laurel Atwell, music by Alec Betterly, poetry by Niina Pollari, performance by Julianna Schley, reading by Rachel Steele, and theater by Family Repertory Company. Also featuring home brewed beer and chocolate samples.
721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
6p; $10 suggested donation
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Catch 61
Catch is a hydra-headed, multi-disciplinary, rough and ready performance series-event that whirls through Brooklyn every couple of months. Catch is curated with delicate irreverence by Jeff Larson, Andrew Dinwiddie, and Caleb Hammons. With Laurie Berg, William Burke, Lisa Clair, Sean Donovan, Grandma, New Saloon, Steven Reker, David Thomson, and Saul Ulerio.
Invisible Dog Art Center
51 Bergen, Brooklyn
8p; $15 door, beer included
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture presents:
Flight Song
An immersive sound installation by Sari Carel. Approaching Bushwick's Silent Barn as a natural ecosystem unto itself, Carel spent the past four months making field recordings of creaks, murmurs and disembodied voices from within the renowned DIY arts center. Weaving these strands of sound together, Flight Song traverses time and re-mixes architecture and space to create a sonic landscape by using the tools of ornithology and zoology.
The sound piece is accompanied by mixed-media works on paper that draw inspiration from modernist architecture and discarded urban detritus such as lost coins and molted feathers. Together these disparate elements transform notions of the visual and the auditory into delayed reminders of each other.
For the opening of Flight Song Carel has invited composer and musician, Devin Maxwell to create an improvisational work as an aleatory response to her sound collage.
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
6-8p, 7p performance; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Showcasey Jones
Adult show and tell comedy show. Bring us your strange, your bizarre, your dumb stories, your ugly relics, your odd talents and show them off for all to see. Previous show and tell items include several deceased rodents, a pair of dog testicles, a $30,000 bass guitar, a hat ladies wear when they're on their period, and a Time Machine. Play for a chance to win drink tickets, odd prizes, twenty five bucks and the glory of being one of the weirdest people in NYC. Plus, live stand up comedy from some of NYC's best: Ryan Beck, Tim Duffy, Dan Fox, Lukas Kaiser, and more. Hosted by Hoff Matthews.
Over the Eight
594 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Showcasey Jones
An interactive documentary experience geared to educate and empower consumers towards mindful clothing consumption. Tonight the project is hosting a clothing swap and will interview people on-site to make Unhaul videos where people show off a piece of clothing that is vintage, from a clothing swap, or was something they made, or was made for them.
Over the Eight
594 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
6-10p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
NYC Ravers presents hardstyle legends John Bas and Pulsatorz along with Rockman headlining, plus Felix Bizarre, Goreface, Danzer, and T3 as supporting acts playing everything from electro to psytrance.
Blackthorn 81
80-12 51st Avenue, Queens
11p-4a; $free
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Show and Show Show
What's the Show and Show Show, you ask? Well, the Show and Show Show is a variety show at Cloud City. At the Show and Show Show you will see anything from a standup comedian to a circus performer and also maybe some weird guy we found performing on the subway. Point being, at the Show and Show Show, we're gonna show you something awesome at an awesome space and it's going to be funny.
Cloud City
85 North 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $5
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Feeling Gloomy Goes Britpop Crazy
Want to hear something crazy? Twenty years ago this April, both Blur's Parklife and Pulp's His n' Hers were released. Twenty years. Well, we had been thinking that we should do a Blur night, then we thought we should do a Pulp night, then we couldn't make up our minds and asked you guys. Sensibly, you all said why pick? Just do both.
With resident DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom spinning tons of Britpop all night, all your gloomy, anglophilic faves. Dress to depress.
Grand Victory
245 Grand Street, between Driggs and Roebling, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
11p-4a; $6 door
Eggs! Eggs!
An egg and scavenger hunt through Greenpoint. In honor of the Miracle of Easter, the Diamond is pleased to host an all-Greenpoint Easter Egg and Scavenger Hunt. You think you know Greenpoint? Our clues will test your smug ass! So come as you are, or assemble a team, and prepare to scour the Polish Point as you assemble a list of items to be delivered to the Diamond by 6pm, there to be judged by none other than Jesus H. Christ (Risen–again!—from the dead; it ain't no thang). Your smartphone/digital camera/sound recording device will come in VERY handy, so be sure to have it at the ready. All participating people/teams must in order to receive the first egg/clue.
Center for Investigative Research
43 Franklin Street, Brooklyn
3p; $?
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Loser Salon
Dark arts and crafts at Catland. Celebrate Easter with an art-luck. Bring your own in-process project or start something new. Work alone or collaborate. Cerebral, physical, magical, practical? Whatever your medium, just bring it and do it. All artists are magicians. Crystal jewelry by Anais L'Amour and Ostara Egg Hunt by Molly Burkett. Drinks available.
Catland Books
987 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan station
4-8p; $10 at the door, or $5 with donation of art supplies
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Game of Thrones Viewing Party and Drinking Game
Join us this Sunday and every Sunday during Game of Thrones Season 4, to watch Game of Thrones the way it was meant to be watched, projected in HD 1080 from brand new projectors onto two huge screens. And drunk off your ass.
We've seriously got an epic list of rules, and we are doing our best not to kill you all from alcohol poisoning in the first 10 minutes. This week, we have a life-size iron throne photo op. So come early and insta the shit out of yourself in your Winterfell (or kings landing if that's more your style) finery upon the throne. Now that there has been another shift in power, it's all up for grabs. Dressing up encouraged.
La Sala at Cantina Royal
58 North 3rd Street, between Wythe and Kent (back room), Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8p doors, 8:30p learn the rules to the drinking game, 9p show; $free
Continues every Sunday during Game of Thrones
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Presentation Party Night
If you don't already know, Presentation Party Night is a free monthly party and lecture series. The evening will consist of six short presentations on any topic followed by QandA, with free food and beer while it lasts. Potluck and BYOB.
Topics this month: Great Big Hack, Write Like a Human, Re-designing Cockpit UI, and more.
Bat Haus
279 Starr Street, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p presentations; $free
The Seventh Annual Druid Underground Film Festival
After a tour of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Druid Underground Film Festival plunges into New York to deliver a white-knuckle hell-ride of avant-weird short films from around the world. Anthology Film Archives hosts a non-stop cavalcade of outrageous films which recklessly skate through experimental, comedy and horror as DUFF rips into its seventh year of absurd and inspiring programming. Join us for a night of bizarre films and free raffle prizes.
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue, at 2nd Street, Manhattan
8p; $10
Continues TUESDAY
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Hot Fruit
This performance showcase brings you more abstract performance artists, dancers, drag queens, musicians, and theater every Monday at midnight. This week features rapper Miss Reindeer, making their performance debut, alongside singer/actor/dancer Ryan Streit. DJs Econ and David John Sokolowski give you fresh tastes of house, no wave and disco. Ethan Weinstock on visual art, and TheThinkTheater: Queer Photography on camera.
559 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
11p-4a; $free
Fixer's Night
Reduce, reuse, recycle. The Fixers Collective and timeBanksNYC team up to fix the things in our lives and create a more Sustainable Brooklyn. Bring your broken items and master fixers will work with you to fix it or creatively re-use it.
Bric Arts Media House
647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
7-10p; $free
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***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Gregory Dubin presents:
Mystique Boutique
An evening of mind bending magic, enchanting music, and other acts. Hosted by Dubini with music by Matt Dallow and vocals by Miss Cherry Delight (Ms. Coney Island 2013). Special guests the Love Show Dancers and operatic burlesque star Sarah Screams.
Red Room
85 East 4th Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue, Manhattan
7p doors, 8p show; $25 plus two drink minimum
Bad Feelings
Bad Feelings is a storytelling/discussion show where we explore the stories that make us feel bad. These are the stories that exist despite us wanting to shove them deep into a hole where memory can't reach. We explore these memories by telling these stories on stage in front of an audience. We explore the why and the how come, and we hope to leave the night with a better understanding of those events we never feel like we quite understood. It's funny. And terrifying. This month we have storytellers: Steve Zimmer, Angel Yau, and Katherine Perkins. Hosted by Nisse Greenberg.
The Tank Theater
151 West 46th Street, 8th floor, Manhattan
7p; $?
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Dance Hall of Beautiful, Radiant Things
A tantalizing evening of slow dancing. Inspired by dance halls of the 20s/30's era, passion and desire mixes with propriety and restraint. Each participant is given a dance card and a dance lesson that everyone can pick up (really). Taxi dancers also in attendance for your enjoyment.
Passion and desire mix with propriety and restraint when we create the 1920s and 30s dance hall. Which side will you be on? Will you keep a spot open on your dance card for the comely stranger across the room? Or will you sweep into the arms of a willing taxi dancer, knowing that a dollar a song is all you are to them?
We will teach you to slow dance (something appropriate for any level of dancer) and provide you with a card to arrange your prances for the night. Wallflowers beware: our roving matrons will match you up. A bevy of Taxi Dancers will also be in attendance. Who, for a dollar a dance, will "teach" you slow dancing for one song.
1 Knickerbocker Avenue, at Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan station
7:30-11p, 8p dancing; $10
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Radical Vaudeville
Brutal, brilliant funny performances. Weird little short films. Surprises. Future celebrities.
Our strange but true variety show features people you know doing things you didn't know they did or maybe you do but you're glad they're this twisted. With Gabrielle St. Evensen and DJ Milk. This month's performers: Autumn Ward, exquisitely crafted belly dance theater; Diane O'debra, leads sketch comedy surprise; Eric Schmalenberger, authentic bird calls; Faceboy, storyteller; Kae Burke, stand-up comedy; Jeremy X, the Baron of Weird and Head Weirdo at 1-800-Weirdos; Pearl the mime; the Great Dubini, magician; the Love Show, dance extravaganza; and our own Amanda Whip, ambient clowning stage kitten.
Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street, Manhattan
10:30p; $12 cover pays the performers
* RE/Mixed Media Festival, April 26-27
* Ferment! Ferment! April 27
* The 8th Annual Dance Parade, May 17
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 *****
* Join us for a performance-based protest on April 19: Women are mistaken in society as an accessory to men as their bodies are exploited sexually. Their expected roles include reproducing, household chores and feminine-geared work. While women appear to have the same rights as men, the gap exists within the social structure in which we live. This much we know, their voices are not taken seriously, as their minds come second to the skin beneath their clothes. Through the solidarity of women of all ages and ethnicities, we will begin to show the world how powerful our voice can be and how serious we need to be taken. We are brave, intelligent, confident, and have beautiful minds that demand the respect that is rightful to us. On April 19, 30-plus women will stand bare chested, wearing only underwear, in silence in Times Square. This activist performance will use a theatrical presentation to engage the audience in viewing silence as a voice that is not heard, something tha t women may be made to feel at times. Spots are limited, so please be in touch soon if you are interested in participating. Times Square, April 19, noon. Contact kmitilenes]at]
* Cue Art Foundation is pleased to announce its 2014 Call for Curatorial Proposals. We're looking for bold, creative, and innovative projects by emerging curators. Please feel free to apply or pass along information to anyone who may be interested. This program provides one deserving curator or curatorial team the necessary time and resources to realize an innovative project, with the aim of encouraging curatorial research in tandem with exhibition planning. Cue will provide institutional guidance to the curator, who will produce a group exhibition in Cue's space with related public programming and an accompanying exhibition catalogue in July 2015. The curator will be awarded a $1,000 unrestricted stipend and an exhibition budget of $4,000. CUE will contribute up to $1500 toward shipping expenses and up to $4000 for catalogue production. Proposals will be evaluated on merit of project, singularity of concept, and adherence to the guidelines. Please note: proposed artists must live or work in the United States.
The deadline for proposals is 11:59p EST, May 1, 2014. Application fee: $10. To apply:
***** SPACES *****
* Attention creative thinkers: The Gowanus Studio Space is looking for members to share affordable space and incubate your projects. All members enjoy 24-hour access to the workspace, including our woodworking, printmaking, and metal shops -- as well as a large, sunny open space, laptop co-working area and wifi throughout the studio. Once you become a member, basic monthly membership is $145 and includes 24/7 access to all shops. We also have a range of memberships available NOW that include personal storage spaces, flat file drawers and private studios ranging in price from $400-$850. Find out more about us and fill out an application here:
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.
***** Ocean Power *****
"The U.S. Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyer typically burns 1,000 gallons of petroleum fuel an hour, and most of the Navy's fleet shares the same ravenous appetite. Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory have now proven that it's possible to power engines instead with seawater. The breakthrough, demonstrated in a proof-of-concept test, was made possible by a specialized catalytic converter that transforms carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater into a liquid hydrocarbon fuel. Elsewhere, forty years of R&D by Lockheed Martin into harnessing energy from steep differentials in ocean temperatures will see its first commercial deployment in China, where a resort developer has partnered with the U.S aerospace giant to build a 10-megawatt power plant using ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) technology.
The world's first osmotic energy plant has been operating for more than three years in Norway, where Statkraft is ramping up efforts to produce renewable energy from the physical interaction of saltwater and freshwater. And while approximately five percent of U.S. electricity consumption goes to treating wastewater, the inherent energy of the organic matter could instead be used to generate electricity. "Flip the equation upside down and start to think of wastewater treatment plants as power stations," Tender said. "Another thing my team and I are pursuing is the idea of using microorganisms as catalysts on electrodes to generate fuel from carbon dioxide, basically running the combustion process in reverse."
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]
Science Break
Science Break is a two-day science learning intensive. It is a temporary community to investigate scientific modes of thinking. There will be two lectures by Dr. Lou Rosenblatt, Science Pedagogist: "Fire: From Parmenides to the Kinetic Theory," and "The Invention of Reality: Fact and Fiction."
Science Break
1013 Grand Street, top floor, Brooklyn
7p and 3p; $free
Registration required:
The Beast in the Mirror
In the early 21st century, neuroscientists and psychologists are looking again at the relationship between animal and human minds. This is a line of inquiry with deep roots in Western science, and some remarkably eccentric predecessors. In "Mind in the Lower Animals in Health and Disease," published in 1879, the Scottish mad-doctor William Lauder Lindsay abandoned his human lunatics and turned to the animal kingdom. Lindsay ranged across continents and centuries, pillaging writers from Pliny to Darwin and ushering his readers into a dark world of ape neurosis and snake psychosis, suicidal scorpions and deranged, Prufockian lemmings. In this talk, Morbid Anatomy Museum Visiting Scholar in Residence Richard Barnett will grab Lindsay’s work by its provocatively twitching tail, and use it to uncover the hidden history of animal minds in Victorian life science. Taking the dog for a walk will never be the same.
543 Union Street, Brooklyn
8p; $8
Countering Gentrification
Living in New York City right now we all have a direct experience of the so-called gentrification process. While questions swirl in radical communities about individual participation in the process, forces of capital, civic policy, and private development plow on toward further rent hikes, displacement, and entrenched policing strategies. This group will seek to analyze these forces and their application in specific detail by reading the book "The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City," by Neil Smith. This book will cover historical instances such as the battle for the Lower East Side and Harlem, and look at historical shifts that have created the moment we are working with.
1302 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
6:30-8:30p; $free
Introduction to Silkscreening
This hands-on workshop will guide you through the general process of preparing a screen and printing a one-color image in our community workspace.  Short demonstrations and tips on how to silkscreen on paper/apparel as well as assistance with individual set-up will be provided. This workshop is perfect for anyone who wishes to become oriented in the space for future use as well.
Bushwick Print Lab
1717 Troutman Street, suite 204, Queens
May 4, 2-6p; $100
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Alpha Bee City
Between climate change, pesticides and the loss of native plant habitats, honeybees are having a rough time. With one-third of the U.S. diet derived from insect-pollinated plants, the bee community is one of the hardest working in the biodiversity business. MoRUS will host speakers, films and other activities that will also serve as a salute to the East Village's network of community gardens.  
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
155 Avenue C, Manhattan
April 25, 8p; $?
Conceptual Dynamics: Open Level Hoop Workshop
Targeting axial rotations on and off the body, integrating concepts on being more dynamic in your hooping, tips and tricks for cleaning up transfers, as well as chest rolls/backrolls, and some other fun moves with a short sequence at the end to help encode the lessons of the course. Instructor: Ali Luminescent.
Triskelion Arts
118 North 11th Street, Brooklyn
May 7, 7-8:30p; $35
It is a wonderful thing, to help. Helping strengthens communities and allows you to meet new friends. With that in mind, we look for one-day volunteer opportunities with no long-term commitment required. We want to be open to fresh ideas and think of help in a broad way. These listings could include anything from a large-scale day-long service project to a local theatre company that needs volunteers for load-in; from an artist looking for film extras to a community garden that needs a few extra hands. Our goal is simply to help groups or individuals that serve the greater good in small but significant ways. Unique and interesting job opportunities are acceptable fare for this section as well. Looking for ways to help out? Need volunteers to get your own community project off the ground? Know of any existing opportunities? Send your requests to Jennifer Liepin at help]at]
***** HELP: SUNDAY *****
Smiling Hogshead Ranch
Smiling Hogshead Ranch invites you to participate in our Love Your Block event, funded by Citizens Committee NYC. Please join us as we reclaim territory from the urban wilds and create a new community space in LIC for outdoor gatherings, skillshares, collaborative events and even more guerrilla gardening.
This is a free, three-day event, participate whenever and however you can. Gloves, tools and light refreshments will be provided. Please bring your muscles, enthusiasm, a full water bottle, sunscreen, closed toed shoes and work/gardening clothes.
Today: major trash debris removal, clearing brush and separating materials into recycle, compost, and rubbish piles. Get there at noon for light snacks and an inspirational talk about the Empathic World.
Saturday: finish debris removal and focus on creating paths, planting beds, and open areas.
Sunday: Moving railroad ties and creating a foundation for a stage. Closing with a smudging of the space and gentle meditation.
Smiling Hogshead Ranch
25-30 Skillman Avenue, at Pearson Place, Long Island City, Queens
***** HELP: NOW *****
Occupy Kitchen / Occupy Union Square Community Potluck
The Occupy Kitchen / Occupy Union Square is a space for breaking bread and building communities that is open to everyone. From our camp kitchen at Zuccotti Park to our weekend Potluck at Union Square, we enjoy providing a space for people to share delicious meals and good conversation. We nourish the grassroots movement to free America from corporate control and create a fairer economic system for hardworking people.
We believe that access to good, healthy food is a universal human right. We strive to sustainably provide good food to the NYC activist community. Almost half the food produced in the United States is thrown away. We believe this waste is flagrantly disrespectful to the environment and the millions of people in this country who cannot afford healthy food. Our response to this waste is to make use of it. Food is donated to us from businesses and residents in the community that want to see something good happen to it.
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 be 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 (closed Easter)
646 470 3890
***** HELP: NOW *****
Knockdown Center
Born in 1903 in Maspeth, Queens, Knockdown Center was built to manufacture glass; it then was used to make doors. Situated on a sprawling three-acre lot, it was a center for industry for over one hundred years. Now, it wants to be something else entirely. It wants to inspire and host the most inventive, courageous, and powerful creative projects it possibly can. Knockdown Center wants to challenge the world as it is, and manufacture sustainable ways to serve as a foundation for current and future cultural production.
We are opening an amazing new venue for performance and live music off the Jefferson Stop and need signatures of support to help win over their local community. Please help us! Do it now! Before you forget! Thank you!
 347 915 5615
***** HELP: NOW *****
Volunteer/Intern With the Cirkus
Since 1995 the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has traveled the world, bringing its unique hybrid of vaudeville, circus, wild west shows, burlesque, and sideshow to theaters, clubs, colleges, and festivals. The company has produced innumerable cabaret shows, custom performances for special audiences, all-ages and family productions, and sophisticated adult shows. Bindlestiff provides a contemporary twist to the grand traditions of American Circus.
Every contribution to Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts is greatly appreciated, whether it is a donation of time or money.  Contact us to find out how you can be invoked in a Cirkus production.
718 963 2918
***** HELP: NOW *****
Youth Spring Flag Football League
Whitepoint In-House Youth Football provides a beneficial opportunity to children ages 4 to 13; a chance to be a part of a team, an opportunity for intense emotional and physical expression, and exposure to meaningful discipline.
It's very easy and fun work to volunteer with our team. You would be responsible for one weekly practice from 6-7p and one or two games on Sundays at Memorial Field on 149th Street and Willets Point Boulevard in Queens. You can select the day of the week that works best for your practice. We supply you with balls and cones for your practices and a short playbook you can design plays off of for your games.
25-32 168th Street, Whitestone, NY
718 353 0050
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