nonsensenyc: 7.24 to 7.30

From: "Jeff Stark" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 7.24 to 7.30
Date: July 24th 2015

Friday, July 24
* Tromadance Film Festival, Brooklyn
* Hotel Tryst: No Sleep Til Brooklyn, Brooklyn
* Nerd Fashion ComicCon, Manhattan
* Bazt, Long Island City
* The Fifth Annual New York City Poetry Festival
* 596 Acres Summer Funraiser, Brooklyn
* Starvue, Brooklyn
* (The And) Game Live Experience, Brooklyn
* Summer Zinester Potluck, Manhattan
* Rural Route Film Festival, Long Island City
* Man With a Movie Camera Live, Williamsburg
* Live Dubbed Sitcoms: Sister-Sister and Blossom, Williamsburg
* JunXion Dance Party, Brooklyn
 
Saturday, July 25
* The Battle for Mau Mau Island
* She, Manhattan
* The Sloodge, Brooklyn
* Hydro, Brooklyn
* The Birthday Show, Williamsburg
* The Sixth Annual Coney Island Talent Show, Brooklyn
* Sick Sad Party, Brooklyn
* Pete's Mini Zine Fest, Brooklyn
* International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, Brooklyn
* Butcher Holler Here We Come, Manhattan
* Borrowed Paths, Broken Rules, Brooklyn
 
Sunday, July 26
* Windup Circus Secret Speakeasy: The Museum of Interesting Things, Manhattan
* Confessions, Secrets, Apologies, Manhattan
* Anxious Spaces Closing Celebration, Queens
* Tape Festival: A Celebration of Public Radio, Brooklyn
* Bushwick A/V Sunday Afters, Brooklyn
* Open: The Garden Party, Brooklyn
* Cartoon Carnival No. 34: A Night on the Town, Brooklyn
 
Wednesday, July 29
* What About Aliens, Williamsburg
* Drink and Draw, Brooklyn
* How I Learned You Don't Have to Go Home But You Can't Stay Here, Brooklyn
 
Thursday, July 30
* Walter Dundervill: Arena, Brooklyn
* Debauchery, Brooklyn
* Simbi_Zombies Open Jam Party, Brooklyn
 
Wishlist
* Yes
 
Spectre
* Neuroenhancement
 
Overheard
* Floating
 
Learning
* Letterpress
 
Hands
* Elastic City
 
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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Tromadance Film Festival
 
It's the first film festival wholeheartedly devoted to independent filmmakers and fans. TromaDance grants anyone who's ever picked up a camera the opportunity to have work seen without the prudish interference of the mainstream. TromaDance prides itself on being the first and only film festival that is of the people, for the people, and by the people.
 
The Paper Box
17 Meadow, Brooklyn
various times starting at 6p; $free
Continues SATURDAY
tromadance.com/schedule.php
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Hotel Tryst: No Sleep Til Brooklyn
 
Come check in for a night at the Hotel Tryst, Coney Island’s last holdover before developers raze the amusement zone to build condos. Step into a vivid world of mysterious characters, guided by the dark-hearted concierge Armitage Shanks. In this immersive environment, you’ll be surrounded by our devoted staff of bellhops and maids, ready to attend to all of your curiosities. Explore the Coney Island USA complex with interactive, site-specific performances and installations. Sneak a peek through the keyhole and uncover the secrets of our decadent and eccentric hotel guests. Enjoy a cocktail in the Lobby Lounge.
 
The entire Coney Island USA complex will be popping with spectacular sightings, including a full stage show on the Sideshows by the Seashore Stage, live music in the Freak Bar, and site-specific live art installations throughout.  The international cast of Hotel Tryst includes: Armitage Shanks, Coco Framboise, Dr. Lucky, Zero Boy, Sabrina Chap, Mahogany Storm, Sapphire Jones, Cherie Nuit, Trick, Ginger Twist, Aphrodite Rose, Jennifer Pierce, Mia Julep, Boo Velvet, and Gigi Surreal.
 
Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $15
Continues SATURDAY
coneyislandusa.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Set NYC and Lovecraft NYC presents: 
 
Nerd Fashion ComicCon
 
Showcasing the most creative fashion designers, Cosplay artists, comic book creators, magazines, photographers, performers, comics, musicians, dancers, and filmmakers in New York City. Absinthe cocktails, food, dancing, indie films, performances, comedy, live music. Best costume wins $50 bar prize.
 
Lovecraft
50 Avenue B, Manhattan
21 and over
7p; $5
nerdcomic1.eventbrite.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Bazt
 
Bazt is a group showing of object-based pieces and works on paper within a constructed environment for community events. The individual works explore humor and mystery. The entirety of the constructed environment engenders how both humor and mystery can be a source of power and strength -- using humor for self-protection or mystery as blockade.
 
The title Bazt is a reference to bombast, bastion, bastard, Bast -- the goddess of protection and perfume in Egyptian mythology, and someone with a stereotypical accent from the San Fernando Valley saying the word "Best." Artworks by: Shoplifter, Lena Hawkins, Clara Bessijelle Johannsson, Tina Kohlmann, and Kevin McNamee-Tweed. Curated by Will Owen. Performances by: Big Bend, Greg Fox, Aaron Roche, and Seaarch.
 
Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens
6-10p; $free
347 669 1406
fluxfactory.org/events/bazt/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Fifth Annual New York City Poetry Festival
 
Governors Island’s Colonel’s Row
11a-6p; $free
Continues SATURDAY
newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
596 Acres Summer Funraiser
 
Kid- and adult-friendly, with a plant sale, facepainting, haircuts, snacks, food trucks, drinks, live music, and DJ Dirtyfinger.
 
Gowanus Studio Space
166 7th Avenue, between 2nd and 3rd avenues, Brooklyn
7p-2a; $20
mary]at]596acres.org
718 316 6092 x 3
596acres.org/events/836/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Starvue
 
A private audio gallery and loft space and safe haven in Bushwick featuring a vintage system and amazing wood floors for your feet to dance the night away. A place for like minded individuals looking to get away from the daily rigors of everyday life through movement.  Nothing is for sale inside, therefore guests should bring anything they might need for the evening. Tonight: Original Versions with Justin Miller and Jacques Renault and Steven Zika. No remixes, no edits, deep cuts.
 
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
11p; $10
starvue234]at]gmail.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Skin Deep presents:
 
(The And) Game Live Experience
 
This interactive performance gives the audience the experience of being both a participant and a viewer. By using a self-selecting method of audience participation and minimal technology, The Skin Deep has created a low pressure and fun environment to explore what connects us. The result is always surprising and unexpected
 
Roof of Industry City
220 36th Street, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p event, 11p after party
rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/the-and-game-live-experience/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Summer Zinester Potluck
 
Bring a dish to share, meet zine makers, trade your zines, and celebrate the ABC No Rio Zine Library in our backyard. The ABC No Rio Zine Library is a collection of over 12,000 zines located on New York's Lower East Side. In the zine library, you can find zines dating back to the 1970s, zines from various art and political movements in New York, history zines, foreign language zines, music zines, feminist and riot grrl zines, health zines, art zines, comics, zines on anything really, and an expansive collection of Maximum RocknRoll. July is International Zine Month.
 
ABC No Rio
156 Rivington Street, Manhattan
 8p; $?
212 254 3697
abcnorio.org
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Rural Route Film Festival
 
The Rural Route Film Festival returns to Museum of the Moving Image and the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm.  This year's focus is on bold, independent women, and an eclectic array of music-entwined films and live performances.
 
Opening night will feature a special preview screening (co-presented by the Margaret Mead Festival) of Olivia Owens Wyatt’s new documentary, Sailing a Sinking Sea, exploring the culture of the seafaring Moken people of Thailand and Myanmar. Owens Wyatt will be present for post-film discussion, and a Screening Party will follow at the Brooklyn Grange L.I.C. farm just down the street.
 
Other highlights include the NY Premiere of Edén, Elise DuRant’s debut feature inspired by her childhood experience in Mexico, starring Will Oldham, the World Premiere of Down Down the Deep River, Will Sheff (front man of indie band, Okervill River)'s directorial debut, and a screening of the new dark comedy, Funny Bunny, w/director Alison Bagnall, DP Ashley Connor, and actress Josyln Jensen in person.
 
Live music performances include a set from Will Sheff before Down Down, alphorn soloist Barbara Oldham at Brooklyn Grange, and free Museum outdoor courtyard sets from all-female accordion orchestra, The Main Squeeze, and all-female mariachi band, La Flor de Toloache.
 
Rural Route will also debut a new Very Best of Blu-ray disc at the festival, featuring 10 short films (shot on seven continents) from the past five years the event has been based in Queens. These will be available for purchase in the Museum Store and at the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm.
 
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm
37-18 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens
R train to 36th Street station
various times; $various ticket prices
ruralroutefilms.com
 
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Man With a Movie Camera Live
 
Bakia Quartet will be playing to the 1929 Russian Masterpiece Man with a Movie Camera. Part documentary and part cinematic art, this film follows a city in the 1920s Soviet Union throughout the day, from morning to night. Directed by Dziga Vertov, with a variety of complex and innovative camera shots, the film depicts scenes of ordinary daily life in Russia. Vertov celebrates the modernity of the city, with its vast buildings, dense population and bustling industries. While there are no titles or narration, Vertov still naturally conveys the marvels of the modern city.
 
Videology
308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p doors; $10
eventbrite.com/e/man-with-a-movie-camera-live-improvised-film-score-by-bakia-quartet-tickets-17781052607
facebook.com/events/1422633218067215/
 
 
**** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Live Dubbed Sitcoms: Sister-Sister and Blossom  
 
Lovable New York City improvisers live-dub over muted episodes of your favorite sitcoms to create entirely new storylines and horrible new character flaws. This month features dubbed-over episodes of Sister Sister and Blossom. With Evan Altshuler, Zach Cherry, Becky Chicoine, Megan Doherty, Dan Glaser, Cory Palmer, Nicole Pasquale, Keaton Patti, Alexis Pereira, Alexis Rhiannon, Rekha Shankar, and Michael Wolf. Created by Jo Firestone.
 
Videology
308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
9:30p; $5
videology.info/blog/events/live-dubbed-sitcoms-sister-sister-and-blossom-5/
 
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
JunXion Dance Party
 
DJs, music, and fun, with 2Melo, Rasta4eyes, Mickey Perez, Mike Shwab, Shissa, Thornato, Atropolis, and live drumming. Plus live painting, cheese doodles (bob's favorite), devil dogs, ring dings, maybe a kiddie pool. Pin the tail on the donkey and other games. Bring a pinata.
 
X Marks the Lot
39 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn
L Train to Morgan Avenue
6p-2a; $free before 10p, $10 after
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, JULY 25 XXXXX
 
 
The Battle for Mau Mau Island
 
Location with RSVP
noon-7:30p; $free
maritimacademyforultimatemarineartsunlim.weebly.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
She
 
Open Booth Theatre Company is proud to announce  a new play by Renée Roden. The play will be presented in the third floor bathroom of Cristo Rey New York High School in a site-specific staging by director Joey Doyle. She follows three teenage girls over the course of one day: from bathroom to bathroom, from sink to stall, from mirror to mirror to mirror to mirror to mirror. Featuring performers Emily Dauer, Katherine Dudas, and Meaghan Adawe McLeod, She explores the fine line between female friendship and competition. With just 13 seats available per performance, She will bring a small audience into close contact with the three lead characters in a very intimate setting.
 
Cristo Rey New York High School
112 East 106th Street, Manhattan
8p; $15
Continues through August 8
openbooth.bpt.me
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
The Sloodge
 
My name is Matt Proctor and I help run a house venue known as The Sloodge in Park Slope. I have an event this Saturday. It’s a performance party featuring rock and roll, dance, poetry, backyard wrestling, and film in a beautiful brownstone in the South Slope.
 
The Sloodge is a beautiful dilapidated brownstone near the Gowanus Canal that aspires to be an inclusive, welcoming performance environment where performers can experiment and go off book, and audience members can converse free of the typical heavy social considerations that guide the dialogue at most of NYC’s exclusive parties. We welcome performances of all types, from live radio drama and hula dancing to backyard wrestling and larping.
 
Music: Them Diamonds, Giselle Mynx, Holy Smokes, Jake; poetry: Denimskin literary magazine; film: Brooklyn Public Access sensation Scenes From a Life; dance: butoh noisecore Prisoner of Conscience; plus a backyard wrestling match for the CCW world heavyweight championship featuring Frank Lee Fabulous vs. Mr. Badd.
 
We have a limited supply of free beer and barbecue. If you have a short film you’d like to screen, or would like to play a few tunes, or even perform some of your avant-garde dance, we have a limited number of performance spots available.
 
The Sloodge
257 12 Street, Brooklyn
7p-dawn; $free
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
JEM Entertainment and Brooklyn Design Conspiracy present:
 
Hydro
 
Come chill out and beat that Brooklyn summer heat at our Slip-N-Slide day rager.  Featuring of course, a massive Slip-N-Slide plus other water fun. There will be ice cold cheap drinks, hot food and sweet treats, and plenty of shade both indoors and out. Beats all day by Trotter, Jonathan Love, IZLA, Coo-G, and Phi Unit.
 
262 Richardson Street, Brooklyn
L train to Graham station
noon-10p; $10, $5 if you mention nonsense
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Verboten and the Love Show present:
 
The Birthday Show
 
The Love Show Dancers, emcee David F. Slone, Esq., and surprise guests celebrate all of the July birthday babies with a fully immersive evening of dance, theater, burlesque, and circus spectacle. We invite all of you Cancers, Leos, and people who love them to indulge in a night of splendor, romance, debauchery, and surprise.
 
Verboten
54 North 11th Street, between Wythe and Kent avenues, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
9p; $25
verbotennewyork.com
theloveshownyc.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
The Sixth Annual Coney Island Talent Show
 
A spectacle of sunshine and lollipops on the boardwalk. Celebrity Judges include the Mayor of Coney Island, Dick Zigun, comedian Bob Greenberg, and singer and comedian Amber Martin.
 
Coney Island Boardwalk, between West 10th and West 12th Streets, Brooklyn
4-8p; $free
coneyislandtalentshow.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Sick Sad Party
 
A multi-genre electronic dance music event hosted by Moon Temple featuring NYC's top underground talent in a warehouse space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Two sound systems, over 10 DJs, and an outdoor rooftop area.
 
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
9p; $10
facebook.com/events/1467339203582677/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Pete's Mini Zine Fest
 
Drink a beer, buy a zine. The annual fest-in-a-bar, the open studio of zines, since 2010.
 
Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn
2-7p; $free
facebook.com/petesmzf
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners
 
Antifascists fight against those who -- in the government or in the streets -- dream of imposing their fascist and other Far Right nationalist nightmares on the rest of us. Throughout the world, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, and racist bigotries are on the rise. Antifas are on the frontline in confronting these reactionary politics, and we will not forget our comrades imprisoned in the course of this struggle.
 
The July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners originated in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman, an Australian who is imprisoned in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligans. Groups around the world took action: holding demonstrations, benefits supporting the Bulgarian Prisoners Association, writing to Jock, and talking about the plight of the Romani and Sinti people in general.
 
In 2015 we would like to expand this day of solidarity to all antifascist prisoners around the world. We encourage groups to take the day to plan an event of their choice -- whether it is a letter writing, demonstration, benefit, or other action -- and to focus on the prisoners and related issues that are of most importance to them locally. With movies, snacks, speakers, and solidarity.
 
The Base
1302 Myrtle, Brooklyn
7p; $donation
nycantifa.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/nyc-june-25th-intl-day-of-soli-with-antifa-prisoners/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Aztec Economy and the Tank present:
 
Butcher Holler Here We Come
 
An immersive theatrical experience lit entirely by headlamps. After 2.5 years of development beginning in a karate shop attic in New Orleans' 9th Ward and spanning Texas, Cincy, Florida, and Maryland, we finally bring this 75 minute show 'home' to NYC for a premiere.
 
1973, West Virginia. Following a cave collapse, five coal miners struggle to survive the dwindling supply of oxygen, the lack of food and water, the unravelling sense of passing time, and, even more threatening, their own competing natures. Brutally weaving through family histories, complicated friendships, crooked politics, childhood visions, audacious hopes, eerie dreams, criminal addictions, and fervent spirituality in this run-of-the-mill Appalachian community, Butcher Holler Here We Come is a descent into the male psyche-in-crisis where secret desires, carnal urges, and hidden memories come boiling to the surface in a primitive territory of Earth that mirrors the subliminal mind
 
The Tank
151 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th avenues, 8th floor, Manhattan
7p and 9:30p; $15 advance
Continues SUNDAY
brownpapertickets.com/event/1592222
thetanknyc.org, aztececonomy.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Borrowed Paths, Broken Rules
 
A new abstraction from Brooklyn and beyond. Rule is a rule until broken. Borrowed Paths, Broken Rules seeks the locus of abstract art today, and finds it on the periphery. Artists straddle once clear lines, experimenting through gesture, testing surface, pushing the boundaries of form. We find the abstract where we may not expect to, sprouting in the beds of other isms. From diverse histories, artists plot new paths, mapping abstraction’s journey.
 
Curated by George Sferra, Josh Young, Evan Peelle, and Jonah Emerson-Bell. Featuring artwork by Miya Ando, Ron Gorchov, Sophie Hirsch, Julia Sinelnikova, Tony Toscani, Lala Abaddon, Tom Otterness, Nyssa Frank, Serban Ionescu, Alex Nero, Olga Sophie Kauppinen, James English Leary, Richard Berardino, Jeanne Liotta, Peter Missing, Alessandra Norman, Max Galyon, Adehla Lee, Sam Sieger, Zahra Nazari, Christian Ruiz Berman, Emily Kiacz, and Evan Peelle. Panoply Performance Lab performances with Will McEvoy's Curriculum Quextet, Pendulum Swings, Matthew Silver, Pendulum Swings, Platnumb Hits, and Outlaw Ritual.
 
Gowanus Ballroom
55 9th Street, Building 37D, Brooklyn
6p; $?
gowanusballroom.com
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, JULY 26 XXXXX
 
 
Windup Circus Secret Speakeasy: The Museum of Interesting Things
 
The Museum of Interesting Things takes over a Soho loft for a special circus/windup toy themed party for the Museum. 16mm short movie fest and party. Drinks, music, food, and beautiful visuals.
 
The Loft at Prince Street
177 Prince Street, third floor, between Thompson and Sullivan, Manhattan
6-11p; $10
212 274 8757
secretspeakeasy.com
eventbrite.com/e/windup-circus-secret-speakeasy-the-museum-of-interesting-things-sun-july-26th-tickets-17611774291
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Confessions, Secrets, Apologies
 
A featured show of the Tank Theater’s 2015 Dark Fest, Confessions, Secrets, Apologies features five anonymous performers, each sharing a true confession, secret, or apology. Audience members can anonymously submit their own confession, secret, or apology to be read by host Lori Baird during the show. With a musical performance by violinist Hulda Jónsdóttir.
 
The Tank
151 West 46th Street, 8th floor, between 6th and 7th avenues, Manhattan
3-4:30p; $10 advance, $12 door
brownpapertickets.com/event/1859954
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Anxious Spaces Closing Celebration
 
Clocktower's 2015 group exhibition ends its month-long run at Knockdown Center with a final evening event. Come experience a DJ set by Ital, projection mapping from EyeBodega, and an interactive procession with artist Lucas Abela's IV:BPM installation that allows spectators to take part. Works on view by Lucas Abela, Audra Wolowiec, Prince Rama, Aurora Halal, Will Ryman, Molly Lowe, Tim Bruniges, and Benjamin Mortimer.
 
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, off of 54th Street, Queens
5-10p; $8-15
clocktower.org
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Tape Festival: A Celebration of Public Radio
 
Tape Festival will take public radio live for a unique one-night event dedicated to celebrating storytelling and the radio medium. Like a film festival -- sans film -- it’s one big listening party. Tape Festival will offer creative live performances and an impressive lineup of radio producers, including David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein of NPR’s Planet Money, PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman of Reply All, Andrea Silenzi of Why Oh Why, Nate DiMeo of The Memory Palace, and Sharon Mashihi and Kaitlin Prest of the Heart. Plus music by Appalachian singers Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt, and poetry by Steve Roggenbuck.
 
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
9:30p; $25
tapefest.org
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Bushwick A/V Sunday Afters
 
We continue our afterhours series Sunday in our dope warehouse loft for an epic romp all morning. Expect impeccable sound, inexpensive drinks, a beautiful, freedom-loving crowd, a pillowed side-lounge, early morning munchies and of course, some of the most serious selectors throwing down all day. With Walker and Royce, David Kiss, Dunes, Don Clark, Me and Gio, and Myroslaw Bytz.
 
RSVP for location, Brooklyn
4a-2p; $?
somewhereinbushwick]at]gmail.com
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
SnapCrackle presents:
 
Open: The Garden Party
 
A series of outdoor events in Crown Heights hosted by Mark and Maine. Guest DJs from Brooklyn and beyond join residents Jae Trevor and Donald Bernard, to bring you the finest soulful sounds from around the world. This Sunday's launch features a live performance by Nadia Tykulsker/Spark Arts and a guest DJ set from K. Life Walks. Expect to hear classics of the past, present and future, across a wide range of styles: from vintage soul to future soul, by way of jazz-funk, hip-hop, latin, house, afrobeat, disco, reggae, R&B, broken beat, and bass music. Food by Woezo NYC and ice cold drinks (and plenty of shade) will be available all day.
 
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
snapcracklenyc]at]gmail.com
2-9p; $free
snapcracklenyc.tumblr.com
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Cartoon Carnival No. 34: A Night on the Town
 
To celebrate summertime and evening social habits, film archivist and animation historian Tommy Stathes is splicing together a cartoon program filled with fun and laffs. We'll have over a dozen 16mm (no digital) cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives to the City Reliquary’s *outdoor* silver screen. Come on out and bring your friends to see how our cartoon counterparts of yesteryear spent their nights on the town -- all while enjoying City Reliquary’s beautiful Williamsburg backyard.
 
The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
8p doors; $10
facebook.com/events/503549886478153/
tommyjose.com
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 XXXXX
 
 
Oh My Science presents:
 
What About Aliens
 
Oh My Science is a TV documentary that is also a live comedy show -- it’s got live character bits, sketch video, synth music, nature footage, laughs, and cries (if you want to cry, you can).
 
Episode 5: There are billions upon billions of habitable worlds in our galaxy, which is just one of hundreds of billions of galaxies in our visible universe. Crazy to think that we’re the most culturally and technologically advanced thing in the universe. Also crazy to think that we’re not. Yet one must be true. Come ask the big questions about our place in the universe. And have them all quickly answered.
 
Videology
308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7:00p show, $free
videology.info/blog/events/oh-my-science-presents-what-about-aliens-free/
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Drink and Draw
 
We provide drawing materials, drinks, and a model. Arrive early to ensure a seat.
 
1094 Broadway, Brooklyn
7-9p; $10
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
The How I Learned Series presents:
 
How I Learned You Don't Have to Go Home But You Can't Stay Here
 
Come hear stories about bars, shows, meeting up, closing down, kicked out, the end of things, the last person at the party, the pursuit of fun, going somewhere and then going somewhere else, and whatever other amazing stuff we come up with that may or may not be loosely connected to the theme. We're professionals and we know what we're doing. Featuring: Dan Kennedy, Max Silvestri, Nancy Balbirer, Kate Greathead, and Lynn Bixenspan. Hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley.
 
Union Hall
702 Union Street, between 5th and 6th avenues, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $6 advance, $10 door
howilearnedseries.com
 
 
XXXXX THURSDAY, JULY 30 XXXXX
 
 
Jack presents:
 
Walter Dundervill: Arena
 
Installation performance -- audience is welcome to come and go as they please. Over the course of each three-hour installation, Dundervill and his dancers utilize costumes, fabrics, and various everyday materials to build a landscape continually in flux. Featuring: Tyler Ashley, Benjamin Asriel, Rebecca Brooks, Jessie Gold, Jennifer Kjos, Kevin Lovelady, Athena Malloy, Niall Noel, and Omagbitse Omagbemi (different line-up each night).
 
505 1/2 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn
C or G trains to Clinton-Washington station
6-9p; $15
Continues through SATURDAY, August 1
jackny.org
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
Debauchery
 
Debauchery: Indulgence in sensual pleasures; scandalous activities involving sex, alcohol, or drugs without inhibition. A show that lives up to its name, Debauchery is a monthly cabaret that brings some of NYC's most unusual performers. Sideshow, performance art, circus, burlesque, music, and acts as yet undefined. All hosted by the sultry Sincerely Yours and the drunken lounge lizard clown Clown Kong. Drink up it's gonna be a sloppy ride. With Lefty Lucy, Ula Uberbusen, Grace Bergere, Taylor Sweet, Eckzooberante, Clown Kong and the Restraining Orders with Southside Slim. Hosted by Clown Kong and Sincerely Yours. Plus a lot of drinking, eating, and whacked prizes.
 
Kings County Saloon
1 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan station
10p; $10
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
Simbi_Zombies Open Jam Party
 
Come one, come all, chill musicians of discernible levels who like collaboration, experimentation in a variety of genres. If you don't have a band, it's a good place to play in a band setting. If you have a band(s), it's a good place to try out new ideas. We have a full backline, including keyboard, electric guitar & bass, but to be safe you can bring your own too, especially pedals. This is the fourth biweekly Open Jam Party, hosted by the filmmakers of the fantasy band movie Simbi_Zombies. We are currently casting and Kickstarting as well.
 
Looking Glass
1087 Broadway, Brooklyn
J train to Kosciuszko station
8p-midnight; $1 on Kickstarter (bit.ly/simbi_zombies)
on.fb.me/1g1MtVa
hoffstot.me
 
 
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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 *****
 
 
* The Institute of Prophetic Activist Art, a laboratory for activist artists and their projects is looking for twelve activist artists who would like to build their projects during the semester-long seminar, beginning August 31, basing their work Tom Block’s manifesto/handbook of art activism: Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution. Mr. Block will be running the seminar. The eight session seminar will introduce artists to the specific ideas of the model, including co-opting political, business and social energy; partnering with non-profit groups; making liaisons with other artists; utilizing unusual exhibition and outreach methods; “Machiavellian” activism; how to build a project from inception through completion; how to imagine and successfully attain quantifiable activist goals and other specific aspects of a Prophetic Activist Art intervention. To apply: please send a cover letter outlining the germ of your activist idea, plus any activist art experience you have had; a link to a website or portfolio of images and a resume to: thomasablock]at]gmail.com. Deadline for applications August 15.
 
 
***** SPACES *****
 
 
* Band studio share. We are looking for another band or musician to share our rehearsal studio near McCarren Park (walking distance form G and L train). 24 hour access, air-conditioned. We have a basic PA, and some amps and other gear, and a basic drum kit that we share.  We share time via Google calendar, but there are generally plenty of available hours.  Rent is $130 per month. No deposit needed, but we ask for a six month commitment. Write zprewitt55 at gmail.com for more details, or to see the space.
 
 
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.
 
 
***** Neuroenhancement *****
 
spectrevision.net/2015/07/24/neuroenhancement/
 
"There's a discussion going on that our brains have evolved over millions of years and might already be at optimal neurochemical equilibrium, and any attempt to change something there can only do harm and can't strongly enhance brain function," Martin Dresler, a German neuroscientist who studies cognitive enhancement, told me. If that’s the case, ethics could be the least of our worries.
 
"Within milliseconds, you could retrieve just about any piece of information. And with the collective knowledge of the Web at your disposal, you could quickly fill in your brain's normal memory gaps. Sandberg believes in the possibility of the extended mind, a way of transcending our cognitive limits. A future mind could potentially connect directly to other future minds."
 
 
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.squarespace.com
 
 
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Overheard in New York. July 2015. Man in his 30s at a dinner table with friends:
 
-- "Floating doesn't count like a hobby, but I like it."
 
 
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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 *****
 
 
Documents of Resistance: Timelines Workshop
 
This series of workshops explores the intersection of art and activism by artists and workers of color from 1960s to the present. By collaboratively mapping out the history of activism by people of color we can begin to consider their role in shaping our cultural institutions and the implications within the larger struggle against repression that affects us on a personal and collective level.
 
Timelines is a collaborative art-making workshop. After a brief introduction participants will add graphics, images, and text on to blank timelines. We will have some art supplies, but participants are free to bring their own art materials, images for collage, texts, graphics, and clippings related to artists and workers of color. We also have a printer for printing additional graphics or texts for the timeline. Each session will span two decades and when possible begin with an introduction by an invited guest artist, historian, or researcher.
 
Interference Archive
131 8th Street no. 4, Brooklyn
4-6p; $free
Registration required: classes]at]interferencearchive.org
interferencearchive.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
 
 
Letterpress Workshop
 
Don't be fooled while the antique presses inside Woodside Press look old, they still come alive to produce colorful, whimsical designs.
 
After touring the facility, letterpress printer and bookbinder Davin Kuntze will teach you how to set type, mix ink colors, and print five of your own small posters. Then, you can trade posters with other participants before taking home a colorful portfolio.
 
Woodside Press
63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
2-5p; $85, $65 members
brownpapertickets.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
PIPORNOT: Mask Making
 
Arioco is seeking participants for the PIPORNOT (Primus Inter Pares + Or Not) super summer workshop in mask making. PIPORNOT is an interactive workshop searching for answers to the question: how can we build our own temporary community for any emergency situation? With special guest instructor, fashion designer/artist, Motomimi. All materials, light snacks, and drinks will be provided.
 
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
August 5, 6-9p; $free
Email: info]at]aricoco.com
culturepush.org
 
 
XXXXX HANDS XXXXX
 
 
We want to help you find help for short-term projects. Do you have a project, an event, or an action that needs an extra push, a few more people, or an extra set of hands? Please send your calls for help to:  meeo]at]nonsensenyc.com.
 
 
***** HANDS: TUESDAY *****
 
 
Bushwick Community Darkroom
 
We're doing a couple volunteer orientation sessions for those of you that have expressed interest. There will be others scheduled during the day and on weekends so if you're interested in volunteering but unable to make it to either of these dates simply stay tuned.
 
Bushwick Community Darkroom
110 Troutman Street, Brooklyn
Tuesday, July 28, 7p
//bit.ly/1fpn0Eu
 
 
***** HANDS: THURSDAY *****
 
 
Elastic City
 
This year’s Elastic City Benefit will take place on Thursday, July 30 at the Wild Project in the East Village. We’ll have performances by pioneering performance artist Karen Finley and soulful songwriter Ramzi Awn. Legendary free-form DJ Vin Scelsa will provide the music playlist for the night. Portraiteer Santos Muñoz will intimately photograph benefit attendees in one of the theater’s dressing rooms. The other dressing room will function as an undressing room. Comic improviser Ben Weber will be the master of ceremonies.
 
We’re looking for volunteers to help for the evening. No crazy set of pre-planning meetings. Just one: the night itself. As a volunteer, we’ll need you to help out with one or more of the following tasks: checking in guests, selling raffle tickets, assisting the photographer and facilitating participation in a unique (secret) performance.
 
This is an open bar event, so all volunteers must be 21 or over. You will need to be available from 6p-11p on the night of the party.
RSVP: info]at]elastic-city.org
//bit.ly/1GHsYpS
 
 
XXXXX NONSENSE XXXXX
 
 
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