nonsense: 12.8 to 12.14

 
From: "nonsense nyc" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsense: 12.8 to 12.14
Date: December 8th 2017
Friday, December 8
* UnCaged Toy Piano Festival In C, Manhattan
* Blacklight Spectrum Wrestling Night, Queens
* The Big Weird Comedy Show, Manhattan
* Special Tonight, Manhattan
* The Infinite Wrench: Best of 2017, Manhattan
* Home Audio, Brooklyn
* Jingle Bail Rock: A Party to Pay Bail for New Yorkers Who Can't, Brooklyn
* Holidays on Stage and Screen, Jersey City
* Third Annual Roots n Ruckus Fest, Brooklyn
 
Saturday, December 9
* Forever Festival XYZ, Brooklyn
* Secret Loft Presents Our Fifth Annual Ugly Sweater Party, Manhattan
* Mind Body Sound, Manhattan
* Electric Menorah Sugar Cookie: A Holiday Event in Two Parts, Brooklyn
* Very Bauhaus Grand Finale, Queens
* Artists for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Benefit, Manhattan
* The Killing of the Sacred Umbrella, Brooklyn
* Letters in the Dirt, Brooklyn
* Secular Solstice, Manhattan
* Dream Bird, Hatching the Egg, Brooklyn
* Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret, Manhattan
* House of Yes Holiday Market, Brooklyn
 
Sunday, December 10
* Gowanus Swim Society Holiday Art Market, Brooklyn
 
Monday, December 11
* Christmas Movies Trivia Night, Manhattan
* I Have a Crazy Idea to Live Inside My Own Head, Manhattan
 
Tuesday, December 12
* Match Cuts Presents: Remembering Inninimowin and Sex Spirit Strength, Brooklyn
* Smhoak's Talk II: The Year Without a Stadium, Brooklyn
 
Wednesday, December 13
* Take Two Storytelling, Brooklyn
 
Thursday, December 14
* Rant Rhapsody Redux, Brooklyn
* Atlas Obscura Live Holidays, Brooklyn
* I Didn't Have Cable, OK?! Brooklyn
* The Warper Party, Queens
 
Wishlist
* Room for rent
 
Spectre
* Active Rest
 
Overheard
* Looking good
 
Learning
* CryptoParty
 
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Sick green waves
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 XXXXX
 
 
UnCaged Toy Piano Festival In C
 
We start off this ninth season of the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival with an all-inclusive performance of Terry Riley’s iconic work In C. For a typical uncagean twist, In C will be performed entirely on toy instruments. In C is a minimalist masterpiece composed by Riley in 1964 for an indefinite number of performers which uses a mosaic of short melodic fragments. A special collaboration with the fifth graders from the Ethical Culture School with SUNY New Paltz's Experimental Music Ensemble will feature a Robot Music Ensemble made just for the occasion.
 
Dimenna Center Cary Hall
450 West 37th Street, Manhattan
8p; $free
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Blacklight Spectrum Wrestling Night
 
UV-reactive Grapple. Closing out the wrestling party year with a UV, blacklight, glow edition of the Spectrum Wrestling Night. All blacklight. Neon glowing UV-reactive attire and accessories encouraged. A visual and physical spectacle. All are welcome. Come on down to experience an evening of wrestling-glowy-ness.
 
A queer community wrestling night at the Dreamhouse, presented by the Spectrum Wrestling Club and friends. Meet wrestle-people you've never met before. Roll with folks you only see occasionally. Catch up with wrestle-friends, make new connections, test yourself or just wrestle casually, participate or watch, enjoy the ambience, bring friends. Jump in to wrestle or kick back to spectate from the sidelines. There's no obligation to wrestle, but if you're a newcomer and would like to give it a try, our local crew can help you out. Multiple Mats, audience seating, plus private mat area. All genders and skill levels welcome. All action must be safe, sane, and consensual.
 
The Dreamhouse
1022 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
8:15-9:15p beginner intro lesson on the main mat, 9:15-ish main mat running matches, 1-on-1 back to back, 11:30-ish Royal Rumble, late night open mat; $10
facebook.com/events/125990038099325/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Big Weird Comedy Show
 
Check out rising stars and established comedians working their newest material a Secret Loft. We have an amazing line-up, free pizza, and hilarious comics who want to eat that pizza with you. Hosted by Casey James Salengo, Ryan Beck, and Will Winner. Featuring Matteo Lane, Andrew Collin, Mara Marek, Ester Steinberg, Sean Patton, and Ricky Velez.
 
Secret Loft
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue station
8:30p doors and pizza, 9p show;
21 and over
secretloftnyc]at]gmail.com
secretloftnyc.com
bigweird3.eventbrite.com/
facebook.com/events/1536526423094765/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Special Tonight
 
All-you-can-eat taco dinner social, margarita pitcher raffle, top quality stand-up comedy, and music hangout. We wanted to make a comedy evening we would love to attend. So it's social first -- catch up with your friends and make some new ones. Say hi to us! If you don't know anyone, we'll introduce you.
 
It's like this. Down you go into the Mockingbird, a dinner-performance space styled as a tequila speakeasy. You chow down at the taco bar, meet the hosts, and maybe win a pitcher of margarita for your table. Chat it up with your friends for an hour while the work week fades away. Then the show kicks off, and you laugh until smiling hurts because that's the kind of awesome audience you are. And then we can hang out after. That's our Special Tonight. Comics: Joe List, Carolyn Castiglia, Mike Recine, Alex Carabaño, Patrick Holbert, and Jeff McBride. RSVP for limited space.
 
The Mockingbird
25 Avenue B, Manhattan
7p dinner, 8p performance; $10 online, $15 door
facebook.com/events/378642375903110/
special-tonight.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Infinite Wrench: Best of 2017
 
Join the NY Neo-Futurists for Best of the Infinite Wrench 2017. A jam-packed weekend with our picks for the best New York Neo-Futurist plays of 2017. The Infinite Wrench is an ever-changing collection of short-plays written and performed by the NY Neo-Futurists, a continuation of the company's signature late-night show running since 2004. The single unifying element of these short plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty. We always appear as ourselves on stage, speaking directly from our personal experiences. Each short play is written by a performer, honed by the ensemble, and randomly collaged with high energy audience participation. Each night of performance, we aim to create an unreproducible living newspaper of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental. The NY ensemble has won multiple awards, has toured internationally, and has been producing a weekly menu of short plays for 13 years: part comedy, part storytelling, part absurd, wholly original. Best Of is fan-favorite show, usually sells out, and runs through to the following weekend.
 
Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street, Manhattan
10:30p; $20
Continues SATURDAY
nynf.org
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Home Audio
 
Home Audio is a performance series in Brooklyn that hosts shows of experimental music/dance/art in people's homes. Tonight is the last Home Audio show of the year. With Shufan Yang, Joe Moffet, Ami Yamasaki, and Zach Rowden, and Reps. Visual art by Valerie Skakun. BYOB. Snacks provided.
 
RSVP for Bed-Stuy address, Brooklyn
8p; $5-20 sliding scale
artery.is/showcases/home_audio_december_8th
homeaudioseries.com
facebook.com/HomeAudioBrooklyn
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Jingle Bail Rock: A Party to Pay Bail for New Yorkers Who Can't
 
I'm helping host a party/show to raise money to bail people out of NYC jails so they're home for the holidays. My activist group has partnered with the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund for the event that features live music and an open bar. If we raise just $5000 that can bail 100-plus people over time. List of artists on the bill, from headliner to opener the Range, Miss Eaves, I.O.D., Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, and DJ John Swan. Hosted by Ike Ufomadu.
 
MayDay Space
176 St Nicholas Avenue, at Himrod Street, Brooklyn
L train to DeKalb station
7:30p doors, 8p-midnight performances; $35, proceeds go to the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund to get the unconvicted home for the holidays
212 975 7058
buytickets.at/nov10/127916
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Holidays on Stage and Screen
 
Please join us this week as we celebrate the holidays with a rare 35mm screening of some wintry noir, our yearly visit with Santa (details below) and our Annual Classic Holiday Show. Tonight: On Dangerous Ground 35mm, starring Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino, Ward Bond, directed by Nicholas Ray. SATURDAY: Landmark Loew's Movie Palace Classic Holiday Show live holiday concert plus sing-along with Miracle on 34th Street.
 
Landmark Loew's Movie Palace
54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ
8p; $8 adults
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Third Annual Roots n Ruckus Fest
 
Two stages, 30 bands, no cover.
 
Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn
8p; $free
Continues SATURDAY
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 XXXXX
 
 
Forever Festival XYZ
 
The surrealist happening. A one night avant-garde celebration in an East Williamsburg warehouse. Bands, street performance artists, dancers, acrobats, immersive experience, and absurdist ceremony. Featuring musical acts Sonnymoon, Combo Chimbita, WTF Bach, Kassa Overall, and Unstruck Sound (with members of Brooklyn Raga Massive), and street provocateurs Enormousface, Matthew Silver, and Johan Figueroa-Gonzles. Plus, Henry Enters the Interdimensional Warp, craigslist performers, baptisms, Caribbean food and a special guest inspirational speaker. Guests are encouraged to wear surrealist costumes. All questions will be answered.
 
315 Ten Eyck Street, Brooklyn
L train to Grand Street station
8p-4a; $20 advance, $25 door
foreverfestivalxyz.eventbrite.com
facebook.com/events/1448466735269142/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Secret Loft Presents Our Fifth Annual Ugly Sweater Party
 
There will be mistletoe, libations, reindeer games, festive decorations, and a lot of holiday cheer. Leave the grinch at home (unless you actually have a Grinch costume).
 
Bring your Christmas bells, your Kwanzaa dashiki, your dreidel, your Solstice crown, your evil St. Nick costume, your freaky elf costume, and definitely your ugly sweaters. The best ugly sweater will win a champagne prize. Live music by Paco the G Train Bandit, Vice Verses, and Cipherella. Aerial circus performance by Ariel Iasevoli. DJ Shane MauX spinning hip-hop, house, and Xmas classics until the early hours.
 
Secret Loft
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue station
9:30p; $5 early, $10 regular, online tickets only
21 and over
secretloftnyc]at]gmail.com
secretloftnyc.com
facebook.com/events/146662716059865/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Mind Body Sound
 
Michael Alan and Jadda Cat will be making a four-hour living hug human sculpture. With live music by Tim "Love" Lee and Michael Alan. A body and sound loving performance endurance demonstration.
Love and life are needed now.
 
Using the body, props, fabrics, sound and emotions the Living Installation will take place in the center of the gallery in Michael Alan's exhibit. People are welcome to come gather, watch, photograph, create friends, make art, become one. Love is life and art. We need more demonstrations of love in art, love activism. Life is short. Join the human project and become united.
 
Khorasheh and Grunert
524 West 19th Street, Manhattan
8p-midnight; $?, advance tickets only
michaelalanart.com/2016site/2017-drawing-marathon/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
The Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee and Rubulad proudly present:
 
Electric Menorah Sugar Cookie: A Holiday Event in Two Parts
 
Part I, in which we raise some dough for Jenny Romaine (Circus Amok)'s fabulous community Purim Shpiel Party and celebrate JD’s Birthday. With DJ4thePeople, Deer Leonardo, Bobby Blue, and Ezra Berkley Nepon.
 
Part II: The Rubulad Holiday Revue with live music by the Modern Airline and Fulaso. With your DJs Illexxandra and Sir Olivier Esq. Plus projections by the Sperm Whale NYC and Mike Flaherty's Holiday Art Hole.
 
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p sharp show; $10 before 10p or after performances, $20 otherwise
rubulad]at]outlook.com
events.eventzilla.net/e/party-with-your-favorite-purim-crew--fundraiser-for-purim-2018-2138920323
facebook.com/events/127629277952558/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Very Bauhaus Grand Finale
 
Introducing the very first theater piece by the International Burning Circus. A theater and film collective currently living in New York City. Inspired by the Triadic Ballet by Oskar Schlemmer of the School of Bauhaus, Very Bauhaus contains elements of experimental film intertwined with dance and large and bizarre costumes, expressing emotion through shapes and mimes. That of which a mime can only express through their face, a shape can only express through movement. A silent, no-word spoken piece, with an incredible soundtrack edited by Nathan Graves and music selection by Fernando Velez. Highlights of this performance are costumes hand crafted by Iggy Soliven that are guaranteed to blow your minds.
 
The Expanded Cinema element of this performance is a triple-projection shot on a Bolex, edited on a steenbeck and projected on 16mm film. Made possible by Mono No Aware Film and the Glove. Opening acts: Matt Dallow, Luther Bangert, and Excerpt from Gina Elizabeth Murdock’s Mime Cycle. Very Bauhaus directed by Julie Orlick, written by Nathan Graves, Julie O, and Fernando Velez, and monologues written by Cameron Stuart. Followed by a Bauhaus themed dance party.
 
The Dreamhouse
1022 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
8p; $10-40
facebook.com/events/1671937429504361/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Artists for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Benefit
 
The Clemente
107 Suffolk Street, between Delancey and Rivington. Manhattan
7-10p; art works stating at $50, with 100 percent of the money raised will be donated to Water Mission to bring sustainable solar, diesel and desalination water systems to the residents of Puerto Rico
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
The Killing of the Sacred Umbrella
 
We look forward to destroying the Umbrella Factory with you. We're keeping this fairly simple, so we can enjoy ourselves and celebrate the last 2 years of debauchery that's unfurled within our walls. All we can promise is amazing dance music played by our most talented friends and relatives, cheap booze, and no rules.
 
To celebrate our death and rebirth, we're going back to our OG ticket prices from back in the day, when some of you were probably still in high school (and sneaking into Rinsed). With Aquarian b2b Sheepshead b2b Sophia MA, Lust Fund, and Dan Wender and Blacky II.
 
The Umbrella Factory
200 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
Midnight-6a; $5 presales
facebook.com/events/1560228517364034/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Letters in the Dirt
 
A new surreal, audience-participatory theater piece debuting at the Silent Barn and the Tank this December exploring theater as ritual, play, and memorial, and journeying through the memories of a child lost to police violence.
 
Structured like a game and a ritual, the piece imagines Aiyana Jones (a 7-year-old black girl shot and killed by a cop during a botched police raid on the wrong home in Detroit in 2010) after her death. You will find her the night after her killing, in a mysterious purgatory of double dutch and kids' toys, and will be given objects that once were a part of her life. The game is this: Find the objects that will help Aiyana remember and understand what happened to her, and use them to guide her through her memories. The piece seamlessly blends music, poetry, play, story, and group collaboration to create an intimate audience experience personal to all who participate. You'll get to play her favorite playground games, transform the space with sidewalk chalk, meet the people dearest to her, and dream out loud with her about what it might look like i f "we was all free."
 
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
M, J, Z trains to Myrtle Avenue station
7:30 and 9:30p; $8
Continues at the Tank December 7-9
929 234 6060
silentbarn.org/2017/11/letters-in-the-dirt
thetanknyc.org/theater/859-letters-in-the-dirt/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Secular Solstice
 
Non-religious holiday celebrations can be kind of cheesy or commercial, so here’s a sincere one for you. Secular Solstice is a singalong event with rituals celebrating secular values and scientific progress. Going into its seventh year, Secular Solstice is a fundamentally optimistic event containing uplifting songs and tales, but also honest discussion of death, sorrow, and how we deal with those. Adrianna Mateo and Eden Atencio will provide musical accompaniment. Children are welcome, but not all parents will think that the more serious content is appropriate for younger children.
 
Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street, Manhattan
5-8p; $15
secularsolstice.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Dream Bird, Hatching the Egg
 
Please join artist Susan Stainman as she leads mindfulness meditations as part of her exhibition Dream Bird, Hatching the Egg. The exhibition draws connections between boredom as a necessary part of the creative process and Buddhist philosophy. Within the comfortable environment that she has created, each Saturday Stainman will lead an individual mindfulness practice as well as a relational practice. Come experience meditation in a different way. Susan Stainman has a decade-long Buddhist meditation practice and teaches through New York City.
 
A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn
12:30-1p; $free
Continues through December 16
susanstainman.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret
 
Now in its fifth year at Under St. Marks, the cabaret features an inspired, curated monthly roster of thrilling music, smart comedy, amazing dance, clever storytelling, sexy burlesque, art, and theatrical vaudeville spectacle. That's why it's been called the show that "altered the soul of variety in Old Gotham." Both polished and raw, it’s the best of art and entertainment in a classic NYC venue.
 
Under St. Marks
94 St. Marks Place, between 1st Avenue and Avenue A, Manhattan
10:30p; $10
21 and over
tenfootrat.com
frigidnewyork.info
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
House of Yes Holiday Market
 
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
noon; $free with RSVP
info]at]houseofyes.org
hoyholidaymarket.eventbrite.com/?aff=Listings
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 XXXXX
 
 
Gowanus Swim Society Holiday Art Market
 
Spend a Sunday Funday at an artist’s market at a really cool bar. We are getting together an assortment of handmade items from our own swimmers and have invited some artist friends to join us. There will be drink specials by Barking Irons. Tarot Card readings by Moriah Simmons. Artisans include Ruby Knives, J by the River Jewelry, Love and Victory, John Fisk, Natalie Fisk, Suzy Kopf, Abigail Groff, Haskieville Apparel, Jessica Dalrymple, Mary Negro, Muffy, Christina Kelly, Miska Draskoczy, Jake Ziwich, and Dillen Phelps. Get yourself some creative curios and have some drinks and talk art with us.
 
Dirty Precious
317 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
1-7p; $free
eventbrite.com/e/holiday-art-market-at-dirty-precious-tickets-40037769045?aff=es2
 
 
XXXXX MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 XXXXX
 
 
Christmas Movies Trivia Night
 
How well do you know the films that each year insist on the magic of Christmas? Start thinking about the holidays, find your ugliest sweater, and join us to test your knowledge. Ugly sweaters are encouraged.
 
Wicked Willy's
149 Bleecker Street, between Thompson and LaGuardia Place, Manhattan
7-9p; $free
wickedwillys.com
 
 
***** Also on MONDAY *****
 
 
I Have a Crazy Idea to Live Inside My Own Head
 
Tired of the voices in your head? Then come listen to ours. Join us for our final variety show for 2017, as our amazing cast share their innermost workings through comedy, storytelling, poetry, music, and burlesque. Learn about bipolar disorder, that time we tried to buy drugs after 9/11, and how we really felt on that family vacation. See a burlesque tribute to Werner Herzog and another to a psychiatric Dr. Death. Featuring Nicole Ferraro, Kittyhawk Boone, Foxy Squire, Julie Anne E Korpi, Anoush Froundjian, Sherry Weaver, Jeff Rose, Ellen Croteau, and Ember Flame.
 
Branded Saloon
603 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $5 and a minimum purchase of two drinks or food
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 XXXXX
 
 
Match Cuts Presents: Remembering Inninimowin and Sex Spirit Strength
 
Sex Spirit Strength follows Michael and Jack, two young Indigenous men, as they shed the stigma and shame associated with their sexual health and gender identity. Michael, a former addict who lived a high-risk lifestyle that left him with permanent scars, hopes his activism work will discourage other young people from going down the same path. Jack, a transgender gay man, is committed to bringing pride back to two-spirit identity through education and activism.
 
Match Cuts is a weekly podcast centered on video, film, and the moving image. Match Cuts Presents is dedicated to presenting de-colonialized cinema, LGBTQI films, Marxist diatribes, video art, dance films, sex films, and activist documentaries with a rotating cast of presenters from all spectrums of the performing and plastic arts and surrounding humanities. Match Cuts is hosted by Nick Faust and Kachine Moore. With Sex Spirit Strength and Remembering Inninimowin.
 
Spectacle
124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn
7p; $?
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
Smhoak's Talk II: The Year Without a Stadium
 
Taking a jaunt to the SIlent Barn this year while its permanent home, Shea Stadium, is briefly without a physical location, Smhoakstock begins at the stroke of midnight the morning of December 12 and runs for the subsequent 24 hours. The entire day of interviews, music, and nonsense is streamed live.
 
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
midnight-midnight; $8-10
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 XXXXX
 
 
Take Two Storytelling
 
This is our two-year anniversary show and we are celebrating with an epic lineup of seasoned storytellers. Take Two Storytelling is a unique show where storytellers share one true story with two endings: one the way it actually happened, the other where they rewind time to make it all turn out differently. When the only thing between a storyteller and the perfect ending is the real ending, they bring it to Take Two. This Month's Storytellers: Kevin Allison, Adam Wade, Cecilia Gentili, Susan Kent, and Elsa Waithe. Co-hosted by Elana Lancaster and Harvey Katz.
 
C'mon Everybody
325 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30-9:30p; $5 suggested donation
taketwostorytelling.com
 
 
XXXXX THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 XXXXX
 
 
Rant Rhapsody Redux
 
December 14 marks the birthday of history’s most famous seer, Nostradamus, as well as the death day of one of history’s great patriarchs, George Washington. In consideration of current events, we felt it might be on opportune moment to wax rhapsodic or furious, by way of reading words out loud in front of a live audience. You know, future is bright and death to the patriarchy and all that yadda yadda.
 
Rant-Rhapsody, a Bush (W)-era monthly reading series, is therefore Back by Popular Demand. Or at least Demand anyway. These legendary readings of non-fiction were famous for gathering together some of the best and brightest rabble-rouser-writers of this or any generation, including such luminaries as Jason Wachtelhausen, Writer-provocateurs: Andrew Boyd, Ayun Halliday, Ted Hamm, and Onnesha Roychoudhuri. Hosted by the Notorious Mark Wildman Read.
 
Soda Bar
629 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
7p; $free
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
Atlas Obscura Live Holidays
 
Special guests join the writers and editors of Atlas Obscura for our very own holiday-themed variety show. In previous shows, we've delved into the worlds of sin, scandal, and imposters, but this December, we're getting into the spirit of the holidays.
 
Join us to learn about bizarre festivals and customs, answer trivia for prizes, and see both Atlas staffers and special guests perform presentations all about the holidays. Our live variety show brings our own writers and editors together with musicians, scholars, comedians, performers, and special guests Brittain Ashford, Tony Zaret, and Raj Sivaraman, to share wondrous acts and amazing stories, all based around the world's festive displays of celebration and jubilation.
 
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
8-10p; $15 advance, $20 door
atlasobscura.com/events/atlas-obscura-live-holidays
ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1590558
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
I Didn't Have Cable, OK?!
 
Anita Flores grew up without cable. Now she's showing you the wonderfully bad TV shows she watched. Who needs cable anyway? How Did This Get Made meets Mystery Science Theater 3000 in this live show about bad TV, hosted in a kitchen. This month's show will focus on the show VIP. Attendees should expect Anita and this month's guest co-host, Calvin Cato, present three segments trivia, watching the episode, and an interactive dramatic reading. BYOB. Proceeds to performers.
 
RSVP for Park Slope apartment address, Brooklyn
8 -9:30p; $5 supports performers
artery.is/showcases/i_didn_t_have_cable_ok
youtube.com/watch?v=J-C6SPoB13A.
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
The Warper Party
 
The largest showcase of electronic art and music in NYC. Two floors of omnidigital art and music. Free all-nite dance party in the bassment. Performances by Fuck You Like That, Cru the Dynamic, Grant Bouvier, Thomas Piper, Kid Blast Sound System, The On Hold Music Dance Party, Dj Neo24, nick kent, Susan Mathieu, Permian Strata, Ghost Stories, Noise and the Nice Guy, Denada, Smomid, No Burden, Blak Blondz, DJ Infin8 Kitten, VJ N8TRONICK, and RGB Vaules.
 
The Keep
205 Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
L train to Jefferson station
8p-late; $free
21 and over
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 XXXXX
 
 
Camouflage: A Comedy Show
 
With Chris Redd, Aparna Nancherla, Shane Torres, Sam Jay, Matt Koff, Subhah Agarwal, Joe Larson, Reformed Whores, and Molly Ruben-Long. Hosted by Lucas Connolly.
 
Big Irv's
381 Hooper Street, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $5-10
eventbrite.com/e/camouflage-a-comedy-show-free-pizza-tickets-40948622432
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 *****
 
 
A-Space Reading
 
Music, spoken word, and performance including the Reverend Mother Marcy and the latest episode of Fantomas, Metaphysical Vampire of the Lower East Side, and Mark Panzarino reading from his 2003 book of poetry *dirtydirtydirtylittlenastydirtythings.*
 
A-Space
614 East 9th Street, between Avenues B and C, Manhattan
donations accepted for a complimentary glass of wine
armand.ruhlman]at]gmail.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 *****
 
 
Unruly Collective: Artburst
 
Unruly Collective, located in Bushwick, presents hand-picked emerging performers from around the city, inside a house devoted to painting. BYOB.
 
RSVP for address to Bushwick house, Brooklyn
7-11p; $8 for performers
artery.is/showcases/unruly_artburst_4
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 *****
 
 
Comedy Dance Party at Secret Loft
 
We have an amazing line-up, free pizza, and hilarious comics who wanna eat that pizza with you. Stick around after the show for a free dance party. Hosted by Gabriel Pacheco. Featuring Tyler Fischer, Abby Feldman, Becky Yamamoto, Reggie Conquest, and Mookie Thompson.
 
Secret Loft
RSVP for address, Manhattan
8:30p doors and pizza, 9p show; $5-12
21 and over
secretloftnyc]at]gmail.com
secretloftnyc.com
facebook.com/events/1994497507499544/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 *****
 
 
Art School Acid Dropout
 
Grant Lindahl is a world renowned visual artist banned from MoMA PS1 for being too extreme. Every month he hosts an interactive comedy show at the Creek and the Cave in LIC Queens. Grant opens each show with an eccentric performance piece. Past stunts include getting tattooed live on stage, having a knife thrown at him, and playing a giant paint by numbers with the audience. Everyone is provided materials and encouraged to make art during the show. Each member gets a limited edition show poster and button with the ticket price. Plus free beer for the first 15 audience members. Performances by special guests Brett Davis, Petey Peterson, Colin Michael Fitzgerald Burgess, and Mike Abrusci. Written by Grant Lindahl, Ian Kitchen, Brooke Eliot, and Lizzy Mazzucchelli.
 
Creek and Cave
1093 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
10p; $5
facebook.com/events/131973950809228/
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* The Incredible Cartoon Carnival, December 15
* House of Yes Xmas Spectacular, December 15
 
 
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.
 
 
***** SPACES *****
 
 
* Rooms for rent in a large space on upper west side. Two private rooms with private bathroom within a larger apartment. NYC native artist seeks one person for quiet, creative autonomous space with wood floors, three windows, two possible sleeping areas, interesting furniture, art, and lighting. Completely furnished and available immediately. Please include a bit about yourself when responding. Email linuscoraggio]at]verizon.net. newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/sub/d/unusual-and-large-2-room/6388653498.html
 
 
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.
 
 
***** Active Rest *****
 
spectrevision.net/2017/12/08/active-rest/
 
"During the Industrial Revolution, 10-to-16-hour days were normal. Ford was the first company to experiment with an eight-hour day -- and found its workers were more productive. Within two years, their profit margins doubled. When Sweden recently experimented with six-hour work days, it found that employees had better health and productivity."
 
 
XXXXX OVERHEARD XXXXX
 
 
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 at miniuyork.com.
 
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 always unsolicited and unedited.
 
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]gmail.com.
 
 
*****
 
 
Overheard in Portland, Oregon. December 2017. Group of women in their 70s catch up at a cafe:
 
-- "You look good."
 
-- "I'm very healthy. I just need to lose weight."
 
 
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: SUNDAY *****
 
 
CyPurr CryptoParty
 
Holiday times are here again, which means...a very nondenominational December-themed CryptoParty.
 
Our agenda for this session will include: how to talk cybersecurity at the holiday table Mini Workshops; five Stocking Stuffer Apps to keep you cyber-safe this season, Blue Skies: How to Secure "The Cloud." Come on by for the festivities. Bring a friend and/or a computer for our most relatively festive event yet.
 
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
2-4p; $free
bklynlibrary.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: TUESDAY *****
 
 
Kundalini Yoga
 
Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It combines the physical practice of Asanas with Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation/Chanting -- it targets the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility.
 
Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat and possibly a blanket and a shawl.
 
Bluestockings
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
9:30a-10:45a; $free
bluestockings.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Pochinko Clown
 
In this workshop, taught over two weekend, students explore how clowns manifest in their own body by working with paint, clay, costumes, and of course, the red nose.
 
Location in Brooklyn
January 6, 7, 13, 14, 10a-6p; $375
registration: donnaoblongata]at]gmail.com
 
 
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: hands]at]nonsensenyc.com.
 
 
XXXXX NONSENSE XXXXX
 
 
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we accept donations to cover the costs of producing this list, and suggest $10 a year, or $25 a year if we list your events. this is not a traditional subscription, but a donation because you believe independent artists should support other independent artists. you can make donations here: nonsensenyc.com/special/. thanks.
 
 
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nonsense nyc is a discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in new york city.

we like rock bands and experimental musicians and arty films and galleries and museums and big street festivals, but we can find information about all of those things in other places. we generally will not list these kind of things on their own. that leaves that other stuff, the stuff that has no name or a name that you feel really self-conscious saying out loud, like "underground."

we publish more or less once a week on fridays in easy digest format. if you sign up, the important thing to remember is that the nonsense nyc happens because of you. that means we rely on you to let us know what events you are organizing and what events you are attending. please keep us up to date and don't assume that we'll find out about something from someone else. our job is to gather, edit, organize, and filter; your's is to make interesting thing happen and let us know about them. (and we love you, and the other people on this list love you, for that effort.)

also, feel free to send us editorial comments. we certainly don't endorse every event on this list, nor do we attend all of them. that means it's nice to hear what you have to say. for instance, let us know if you had the best time of your life last weekend, or, conversely, if you felt like you were cheated out of $5 by some group that sounded good but turned out to be hippie drummers.

anyway, please enjoy this list and remember to do your part to make new york a better place to live.

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