nonsensenyc: 9.12 to 9.17

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 9.12 to 9.17
Date: September 12th 2014

Friday, September 12
* Punk Rock Karaoke, Manhattan
* Headphone Events, Brooklyn
* Three Sisters Immersive Play and Social Experiment, Brooklyn
* Crossing Over: A Performance Adventure in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn
* JEM Entertainment Presents: Moda, Williamsburg
* Divine: A Theater and Fortunetelling Hideout, Manhattan
* HP5000, Manhattan
* Capicu Xmental Open Mike, Brooklyn
* Rooftop Revelry for a Right to the City, Brooklyn
Saturday, September 13
* The Happening II, Brooklyn
* Urban Glass Open Studio, Brooklyn
* StoryTour: The Secret Architecture of Loss, Manhattan
* Comedy Dreamz, Brooklyn
* Seachange Climate Flotilla Circumnavigates Manhattan
* Light Up the Future Bike Ride and People's Climate March Bike Bloc, Brooklyn
* Red Bastard, Williamsburg
* Synthetic Zero Event, Bronx
* NYC Honey Week: Fourth Annual Honey Fest, Queens
Sunday, September 14
* Goodbye, Summer, Brooklyn
* Tarot Society, Brooklyn
* SnapCrackle Rooftop Special, Brooklyn
Tuesday, September 16
* Warper, Manhattan
Wednesday, September 17
* Uncanny Cinema, Manhattan
* Bring Your Own Film, Brooklyn
* Jack's Mini-BIPAF Festival, Brooklyn
* The Grapes of Bath: BathSalts Takes Manhattan
* People’s Climate March volunteers
* Women Led
* Architectures of Desire
NOTE: For some navigation help, or an explanation for what this is all about, scroll all the way down to NONSENSE. You can donate to this project at Also: We make a lot of mistakes, especially with dates; you should always double check our work before you go out.
Sickly yellow light.
Punk Rock Karaoke
Benefit for the ABC No Rio Zine Library. Ever wanted to front a band playing at ABC No Rio? Now is your chance to live the dream. Come on out for a fun Friday night of punk rock sing-a-longs all to benefit the ABC No Rio Zine Library.
Punk Rock Karaoke is a DIY, fund-raising event benefiting various projects and community groups. Featuring songs from: Against Me!, Bikini Kill, Black Flag, Bratmobile, Buzzcocks, Choking Victim, the Clash, Circle Jerks, Crass, Dead Kennedys, Descendents, Devo, Flogging Molly, Fugazi, Gogol Bordello, Gorilla Biscuits, Jawbreaker, Joy Division, Minor Threat, The Misfits, NOFX, Operation Ivy, Pixies, the Pogues, Ramones, Rancid, Screeching Weasel, Sex Pistols, Sleater-Kinney, the Smiths, the Specials, Stiff Little Fingers, Wire, X, and X-Ray Spex.
ABC No Rio
156 Rivington Street, between Clinton and Suffolk, Manhattan
7:30p-midnight; $5-20 sliding scale
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Headphone Events
Bedford Green, in Bed Stuy Brooklyn, is part urban beach/ part music venue/ part film and multimedia event space. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday the Crate Stage on Bedford Green hosts innovative headphone events. Instead of a traditional sound system, audiences will experience cinema and music concerts via personal headphones. These headphone events provide a higher quality, more intimate, and exclusive experience.
There will be film festivals featuring work from London and Brooklyn based artists, live music, projection, and record label evenings. Other special-event nights will feature portraits of individual filmmakers and musicians -- an immersive, multimedia experience, showcasing the artist's previous works, collaborators and inspirations. Many events will be recorded and available for download and streaming.
Bedford Green
Lexington and Bedford avenues, Brooklyn
7-10p; $6
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Three Sisters Immersive Play and Social Experiment
It's 2040 and Brooklyn is burning. Seek refuge within the safety of the Prozorov Estate, where you will enjoy live music, food, and drink in this fully immersive production of Chekhov's Three Sisters in a magnificent historic building in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. You must choose your own fate in this dystopian future. Will you opt for the secrets of the servant's quarters? Or the luxurious ignorance of the Tsar? The choice is yours.
259 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p; ¢99-$99
Continues THURSDAY through SATURDAY through September 28
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Beat Festival presents:
Crossing Over: A Performance Adventure in Green-Wood Cemetery
Join us for two unforgettable evenings of site specific performance as we journey through Green-Wood Cemetery's beautiful historic grounds. The New York Obscura Society is thrilled to partner with this year's Beat Festival for Crossing Over, a nighttime tour of Green-Wood Cemetery featuring four site-specific dance performances, each uniquely created by a distinctive Brooklyn-based choreographer to celebrate the now with history and place as the stunning backdrop.
Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America, with 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and winding paths. In their biggest and boldest event yet, Beat Festival will be highlighting this incredible setting with a series of site-specific performances featuring emerging and contemporary Brooklyn choreographers presented in mysterious and majestic locations along the tour's path. Atlas Obscura will act as your guide on this moonlit journey through the grounds, highlighting tombs from New York's remarkable performing arts history before concluding the night within the cemetery's hallowed catacombs.
Featuring tours by Atlas Obscura and site-specific performances created by Elisabet Torras Aguilera, Leimay: Shige Moriya and Ximena Garnica, Shirel Jones, and Sophia Schrank.
Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th Street, Brooklyn
7:30p, 7:50p, 8:10p, 8:30p; $20-35
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
JEM Entertainment presents:
A New York Fashion Week afterparty, featuring J.Papa's SS 2015 fashion show.  Hosted by VSW and Madame Vivien V, beats by Aku, Dirtyboogie, Haruka Salt, and Phi Unit B2B Nire.  Art by Tyler Wallach, performances by Jay Boogie, and our favorite gogo boys and girls.  Live. Love. Fashion.
262 Richardson Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L train to Graham Avenue station
10p-3a; free before 11p, $10 after, $5 if you mention Nonsense at the door
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Friends of the House of Screwball and Tarot Society present:
Divine: A Theater and Fortunetelling Hideout
Please join us for our new Tarot themed cabaret night. This month's theme is the Fool. Performances by the Fools, featuring Michael Wiener and Gavin Price and Fritz Donnelly. Poetry by Jane Le Croy. Plus Aimee Herman and her ukulele, tarot readings by Tarot Society, and hostess Miss Darcey Leonard.
Red Room at KGB Bar
85 East 4th Street, third floor, Manhattan
7:30-10p; $15 door,
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Free drinks, free comedy. Fake Brothers Hoff Matthews and Lukas Kaiser are back. Free booze. Free show. With Dave Hill, Greg Barris, Anthony Atamanuik, Kara Klenk, and Mike Pomranz. Music from Alex Castle.
Brit Pack Theater
153 Lafayette Street, third floor, Manhattan
9p; $free, but RSVP with the password Lowbrau before 9p
347 564 5666
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Capicu Xmental Open Mike
Join us for the Peoples Open Mike alongside our family at Xmental Inc for a very special back to school supply for the homeless kids of NYC's shelter system. We are proud to present an amazing poet and now, author of Climbing Ivy, True. And straight out of Brooklyn, one of the hardest working comedians in New York City, Wil Sweets Morales. Spinning on the wheels is the superproducer DJ Cocotaso.
Please bring books. Bookbags. Pens. A donation of school supplies to go towards making sure that these children are not deprived of the education that is rightfully theirs! Will you help us stand as a community and do the right thing to help our most vulnerable population beat the odds?
Evilolive Pizza Bar
198 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
7-11; $10, a portion of your proceeds go to coalition for the homeless
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Rooftop Revelry for a Right to the City
A fundraiser for RTC and Art-Build for the People's Climate March. Right to the City Alliance warmly invites you to join us for some late-Summer comradery and reflection on our recent efforts to strengthen the movement for just, democratic, and sustainable cities.
We are excited to share our space, our work and our plans for the future with you, and we hope you'll lend your creativity as we prepare materials for the Displacement and Housing Contingent of the upcoming People's Climate March.
Featuring quality time with wonderful comrades on the beautiful rooftop garden, exclusive and delicious beer, tunes from DJ Slim Hug and other invited guests, and artbuild with creative artists and cultural workers.
The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
7-8:30p drinks on the rooftop, 8:30-10p artbuild on the first floor; $10-20 suggested at the
The Happening II
An independent, artist-run pop-up art party. Painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, music, and more from a strange and diverse group of artists. Participants include Shaun Beaudry, Stephen Bradshaw, Rachael Bridge, Michal Brodka, Kira Bucca, Tim Cluff, Dorothy Darker, Jessica Distad, Jim Doran, Melissa Dowell, Lori Field, Christina Graf, Kurt Huggins, Caitlin Hackett, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Max Kahan, Denton Labs, Jeff Faerber, Dylan Garrett-Smith, Leontine Greenberg, Jigsaw Jones, Max Kahan, Robert Kraiza, Elsha LaRossa, Isa Leal, Yuri Leonov, Jason Levesque, Samantha Levin, Julianna Menna, Michael Motorcycle, Lou Pimentel, Gerrit Roessler & Katrina Cunningham, L V Ruiz, Space Meow, Allison Sommers, Carisa Swenson, Zoe WIlliams, Walter Wlodarcyk, Vahge, and Dee Dee Vega. Come toast the weird. We promise there will be tofu houses, sultry songstresses, and at least one alligator. Or is it crocodile?
26 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Urban Glass Open Studio
A free event, the UrbanGlass Open Studios are a time for the public to explore our extraordinary 17,000-square foot facility, which is normally closed to the public, and see artists at work. We will have glassblowing demonstrations and bead making demonstrations, along with private one-on-one lessons (for a fee) that visitors can sign up for. The Corning Museum of Glass is one of the most visited cultural attractions in New York State and people are always excited to know we have something similar right in the heart of Brooklyn.
647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
1-6p; $free
718 625 3685 x 225
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
StoryTour: The Secret Architecture of Loss
A small group tour of a fantastical and illuminating tale hidden beneath the bustle of Manhattan. Both performance and excursion, the Secret Architecture of Loss explores the lasting legacy of a deadly plague and the yearning of those who struggled in its shadow. This unusual piece is part of StoryTour’s Fiction Section -- bringing storytellers and audiences together into the streets of New York to weave new narratives into the fabric of the city.
StoryTour is a new, in-person magazine committed to bringing its audience offline to experience stories firsthand. The Secret Architecture of Loss was created by Lucas Loredo, whose work in fiction, nonfiction, radio and theater has been featured in The Southwest Review, Kirkus Reviews, the Stanford Storytelling Project and at the Hayworth Theater in Los Angeles.
The High Line Hotel
180 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan
4:30p; $20, $15 with discount code NNYC
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Comedy Dreamz
A night of stand-up, short plays, video, music, dance, and whatever. Hosted by Rose Luardo and Andrew Jeffrey Wright. Featuring Body Dreamz, Doogie Horner, Claudia Cogan, Greg Barris, Ross Ta Da, Sally Burtnick, and Alex Hooper. A new video by AJ/DJ. With DJs Emilio Airhorn and Kurt Life.
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
8p doors, 8:30-10p comedy, 10:01 dance party; $7
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Seachange Climate Flotilla Circumnavigates Manhattan
SeaChange is a collaborative art and activism project, navigating the Hudson River, climate change, and water as commons on a fleet of hand-made paper boats. Initiated by Mare Liberum and We're arriving in NYC after two weeks on the Hudson. We'll be doing a full circumnavigation of Manhattan over the weekend. Check website for complete listings. Tonight: night action and a landing party at the Hudson River Park with the NYC Light Brigade. Tomorrow: Rude Mechanical Orchestra.
Pier 26, East River State Park, Newtown Creek, and Inwood Canoe Club, Manhattan and Brooklyn
Check website for complete times; $free
Continues SUNDAY
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Light Up the Future Bike Ride and People's Climate March Bike Bloc
Thousands of people are preparing for the People's Climate March in NYC. Let's light the path for them. Join us for a bike bloc training, bike decorating, and illuminated night ride the week before the march to spread the word and prepare for the largest climate march in history.
Bike Bloc is an open group dedicated to creating a massive bicycle presence at the Peoples Climate March and in the streets during the weeks of action. We acknowledge that changing one's personal carbon footprint isn't enough to achieve climate health, so our cycling is a physical demonstration of our commitment to reject the fossil fuel industry and to demand clean renewable energy. We aim to engage the larger cycling community and city planning in a conversation about climate justice and to invest in bicycling to fight the global crisis with positive people power.
Meet at the corner of York Street and Jay streets, Brooklyn
5-7p training, 7p decorate your bike with LED string lights, 8p Light Up the Future Bike Ride into Manhattan; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Red Bastard
The show that sold out the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, received 12 five-star reviews and was named top five shows in the UK for 2013. Could this dangerous, seductive comedy-monster change your life? Something interesting must happen every 10 seconds. And it will. Experience the madness of this dangerous, seductive comedy-monster as he immerses you in his unique and absurdly interactive masterclass. Anything can happen as Red Bastard lures his students into a playground of raw conversation, traps, rewards, and catch 22s.
579 Metropolitan, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L train to Lorimer station
10:30p; $15
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Synthetic Zero Event
Performance, net art, experimental video, music, video installations, visual art, and photography.
305 East 140th Street, apartment 1A, Bronx
6-10p; $free
718 772 4961
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
NYC Honey Week: Fourth Annual Honey Fest
To spread awareness about honeybees -- and their plight -- Honey Fest celebrates the busy bees that pollinate the city that never sleeps. This year's daylong festivities feature culinary, educational, and interactive bee-themed fun for the whole family. Highlights include the Bee Marketplace, with vendors selling and sampling honey; honey-flavored kombuchas, sodas, and beers; honey-yummy foods; as well as beeswax candles and cosmetics. Other booths offer educational insights, such as an observation hive to see the inner workings of a live colony as well as a honey-extraction demo. Family-friendly fun includes kids' arts and crafts, a honey-tasting contest, live music, a raffle to benefit nonprofit beneficiary City Growers, and the Be-A-Bee Parade. Wear yellow and black, and celebrate the end of summer with bees, beach, beer, and bites!
97th Street Boardwalk, Rockaway, Queens
11a-sunset; $free
You Don’t Have to Settle presents:
Goodbye, Summer
Well, it’s been a rad summer, 2014, but all good things must come to an end. We decided to do one more backyard party at Quarter Bar before things start to get chilly, for old time’s sake. So come one final time and help us say farewell to warm days and warm nights.
With DJs Brian Blackout and Lepaux. We’ll be digging through our collections for summer-themed music one last time. This Summer, You Don’t Have to Settle has been throwing outdoor dance parties left and right. We’ll bring you the best Summer songs so you can show off your Summer dance moves with Summer drinks in your Summer goddamned hands.
What is You Don’t Have to Settle, you ask? It’s a collective of Summer-loving DJs who throw parties like Head On and Crazy Since da 90s, and of course this one. Come to us if you want to find out where to go dancing in Brooklyn.
Quarter Bar
676 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
3p-dark; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Tarot Society
Join us at our new location for a night of tarot, astrology, and palmistry readings every second Sunday of the month. Tarot Society began in September 2013 as a salon-style event and this marks our one year anniversary. The event is organized by the House of Screwball, Darcey Leonard, and Kevin Pelrine in partnership with Catland, Brooklyn’s premier metaphysical boutique and event space.
987 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
7p-1a;  $5 suggested donation at the door, all readings are donation-based and a donation of $5-30 is suggested
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
SnapCrackle Rooftop Special
SnapCrackle is a Brooklyn-based pop-up dance party offering a fine selection of soulful music from around the world. This month sees the SnapCrackle sound system on a Bed-Stuy rooftop with DJ sets from Agent Trevor and Blancotes, and a live performance from Brooklyn lyricist, Phresh203.
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.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
2-9p; $5, $free before 3p
NYC's largest electronic music showcase. Two floors filled with electronic music acts all night. Projected images, workshops, and interactive art too. We will be having a double EP Release Party for Defpotec with Shelby Star and Jack Wilson and Birthday Party for Shelby Star. We have a fabulous lineup of artists exploring territory from pop to IDM to booty shaking dance music.
Audio upstairs: Moishe, Marchthirtyseventh, Kristina Supergenius, Bodas Minx, Deferlow, Mio Soul, Shakey, Rotten Kid, and Banginclude. Downstairs: Nukage, Exaltron, Balkstar, 81Neutronz, Durians, and Defpotec / Jack Wilson / Shelby Star. Visuals upstairs: Cineomeba and Permian Strata. Downstairs: VJ DoctorMojo.
The Delancey
168 Delancey Street, Manhattan
8p sharp; $free
21 and over
212 254 9920
Uncanny Cinema
An evening of uncanny cinema, featuring surreal short films and macabre video art, curated by Eric Schmalenberger with Sean Gill. Gill, who has been described by Papermag as an imaginative, experienced playwright and filmmaker apocalyptic vision, has studied with Werner Herzog and Juan Luis Buñuel, followed public defenders for the National Geographic Channel, and has screened his work at the Canadian Film Centre, the LES Film Festival, the Coney Island Film Festival, the Academy Award-qualifying Atlanta Film Festival, and Bideodromo Bilbao, among others. Featuring films by Rob Roth, Lola Rocknrolla, Sean Gill, and Bret Glass and Grier Hillman Dill.
The Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
8p; $10
212 228 1195
***** Also on WEDNESDAY ******
Bring Your Own Film
Informal space for filmmakers and artists to share small works, works-in-progress, or other video or film projects that don't yet have a home. If you want to bring a film: It must be under 10 minutes, bring file on a thumb drive or hard drive; no steaming video links, please. First come first served.
Shoestring Press
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
Jack's Mini-BIPAF Festival
Immigrant Breast Nest presents Blipvert. Immigrant Breast Nest is a netlabel founded to present NYC’s best in weird, mostly electronic, underground music. Their offerings range from no-wave techno freaks and squeaks to boss drum & noise to abstract electronic doom. This evening features electronic wonder Blipvert (who stunned JACK audiences last year) and others.
505 1/2 Waverly Avenue, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
8p; $10
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
The Grapes of Bath: BathSalts Takes Manhattan
In this one-night spectacular of theatrical seriousness, Bushwick divas Macy Rodman and Severely Mame bring their outrageous weekly party BathSalts: A Drag Show 4 F$%*&Ups to the Wild Project.  Produced by Eric Schmalenberger, the Grapes of Bath takes the grit, pain, and cache of Brooklyn Drag and channels it into a harrowing night of high drama and method acting. Guest stars include BathSalts friends and regulars Diane Dwyer, Jack Raymond, Tristan Viner-Brown, Alexis Blair Penney, and Colin Self.  Get your opera glasses and rain ponchos, this Grape is about to get squashed into wine with a size 13 stripper heel.
Called unforgettable and a place where glamour, anarchy, and subversion reign by the New York Times, Bushwick’s infamous drag show makes its first trip across the river to Manhattan Hosted by Macy Rodman and Severley Mame. Macy Rodman is an underground drag performer and recording artist. She has been at the helm of BathSalts: A Drag Show for Fuckups since 2012, and continues to spread queer Brooklyn depravity across our great nation.
The Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street, between avenues A and B, Manhattan
8; $10
* Troll Museum 14-Year Anniversary Art Show, September 20
* Improv Everywhere, the Mp3 Experiment 11, September 20
* Horizons, Perspectives on Psychedelics, October 10-12
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 *****
* Nurtureart is seeking practicing visual artists of all disciplines to collaborate with our audience of students grades 3-12. Project residencies (either during school or after school hours) last between 5-20 weeks, and are collaboratively planned with Nurtureart, the classroom teachers, and the involved artists. Selected artists will be responsible for developing a customized curriculum based on collaborative planning sessions, teaching lessons while creating a safe learning environment that excites creativity, and assisting with the documentation and exhibition of the project. Candidates should demonstrate experience in their art discipline, as well as the ability to facilitate and manage a collaborative project. Experience working with youth is a plus, but not required. All teaching positions are paid opportunities, compensation varies depending on length and scope of project. If you are interested in being considered for the 2014- 2015 school year, please send CV an d short letter of interest including any previous experience to Molly O’Brien, Education Director, at molly]at] with Teaching Opportunity in the subject line. Please include a link to your website and the address of your studio, if applicable. Artist collectives / groups may also apply.
* People’s Climate Arts is a growing a network of cultural workers who are front and center in the planning of the People’s Climate March and the bigger, bolder, wiser climate movement that we know will emerge from it.  At Mayday and satellite locations throughout NYC, artists from all sectors of the climate movement are working side by side to create the messages, visuals, metaphors and themes of today’s climate movement. People’s Climate Arts has a ton of projects underway and we need volunteers (skilled or unskilled). Feel free to show up at any time when the space is open and we'll help you find a project that fits your skill set. If you have any questions about volunteering, contact Janelle at janellevyn]at] or 646 734 6705. Event Calendar: We also need people for a few other key roles: to help coordinate food for volunteers on busy nights, to help us build out a climate justice libra ry, and to help with other building tasks. Contact art]at]
* Calling all Theatre Artists/Makers/Lovers. We're organizing a contingent of theater artists to join the People's Climate March on September 21. We're going to march with the Right to the City Alliance who will be marching with the larger Climate Justice Alliance, many local NYC groups who are making a point about Sandy, and other environmental justice groups such as UPROSE. While the actual march starts at 11:30am (see route) please RSVP before September 18 so we get a sense of how large our group will be. Contact rj]at]
***** MONEY *****
* Nonsense NYC editor Jeff Stark recently announced a new immersive theatrical event called the Dreary Coast. If you want to know more, check out the Kickstarter campaign. Project backers get invitations into our world before anyone else. Plus there are all kinds of great artworks and rewards for helping the project. Get on board now.
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.
***** Women Led *****
"Vienna has adopted gender mainstreaming in a number of areas of city administration, including education, health care, and urban planning. More than 60 pilot projects have been carried out to date. One was to create housing that would make life easier for women, with apartment buildings surrounded by courtyards, allowing parents and children to spend time outside without having to go far from home. The complex has an on-site kindergarten, pharmacy, and doctor’s office.
Chinese Mosuo live with extended family in large households; at the head of each is a matriarch. Women typically handle business decisions and men handle politics. Children are raised in the mother’s household, and take her name. They have "walking marriages," in that there is no institution and women choose their partners by literally walking to the man’s home."
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]
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
Sounds of the Ether
Tonight, join theremin virtuoso Dorit Chrysler for a special night devoted to the uncanny allure of the Theremin. The evening will end with a performance and begin with a lecture in which Chrysler will recount the surprising and fascinating of this electronic instrument which, invented in 1919 by Russian electro physicist Lev Sergejewitsch Termen, generates sound without being touched. Notoriously difficult to play, it is one of the first electronic instruments that inspired the creation of synthesizers of future generation.
Morbid Anatomy Museum
424 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $20
Bookbinding Workshop
Join Small Editions' Founding Partner Kimberly McClure on the Floating Library for a beginning bookbinding workshop. Learn to construct an ancient non-adhesive binding that has modern appeal. Its exposed sewing is complemented by the variety of materials that can be used to make book covers. You will create your own blank book that can be used for drawing, writing, or just plain looking cool. Participants will also take home a small booklet with instructions to replicate the binding on their own time in their own home.
Floating Library
Pier 25, Hudson River Park, Manhattan
2-3:30p; $free
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
The Untitled Workshop
How do our bodies become political? Using theater exercises participants will work in groups and look more closely at issues close to us. No theater or art experience necessary only the willingness to be honest, respectful and have fun.
Art in Odd Places at Governors Island
Building 403, Colonel's Row
1-5p; $free
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
The Materiality of Rope
In a hands-on workshop making rope bracelets out of paper and/or fabric scraps, participants will learn how to counter-twist fibers together into rope and create beautiful adjustable bracelets.
Floating Library
Pier 25, Hudson River Park, Manhattan
3-6p; $free
Poi and Fire Fans
Come drop into the flow zone. Spinning objects, especially with fire, is surprisingly meditative.
Triskelion Arts
118 North 11th Street, third floor, Brooklyn
Times vary; $180, 9 sessions
Zombie Capitalism
The class will introduce Marxist thought as a tool to understand ''the great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.'' (Matt Taibbi) Much has been written on both ''the right'' and ''the left'' about how Marx is dead, his ideas have either been ''proven'' wrong or are simply no longer relevant or applicable to today's world. Nothing could be further from the truth. But, what is Marxist thought and why is it still needed to understand how contemporary capitalism works, the causes of the current economic crisis, and how to create a politics that moves us beyond it? The goal of the class is to learn how to use Marxist concepts, analysis and critical thinking (including about our own ''movements'') to understand our world in a way that helps move us beyond reactive ''resistance'' to pro-activ e strategies, tactics and projects that can realize the kind of transformative social change needed and drive the stake through the heart of capitalism’s mad lemming march toward the zombie apocalypse.
388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
5:30-7:30p; $95-$125 sliding scale, 12 sessions
Making It Happen
What does it take to sculpt an idea from spark to fruition? What strategies are involved in the process of identifying resources, building collaborative partnerships, and engaging with the public effectively? What systemic and strategic planning is required to fully articulate a project that is aligned with the lifecycle of the cultural producer? How to build a thriving creative ecosystem? In this roundtable discussion, four visionaries share their processes and insights as cultural producers and thought leaders, as well as how to nurture long-term goals. Following the presentations and questions and answers, audience members will partake in a breakout session to have the opportunity to workshop ideas in smaller groups moderated by each speaker.
Floating Library
Pier 25, Hudson River Park, Manhattan
5:30-7:30p; $free
Architectures of Desire
Picking up on the work of visionary architect Lebbeus Woods, Architectures of Desire will explore expanded conditions of a built environment beyond those intended by an ideologically-driven definition of urbanism pegged to for-profit development, imposed alienation, isolation, and other tropes of the capitalist regime. Discussion facilitator, Dylan Gauthier.
Utopia School
39-31 29th Street, Long Island City
October 1, 6-9p; $free
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