nonsensenyc: 11.20 to 11.25

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 11.20 to 11.25
Date: November 20th 2015

Friday, November 20
* Interference Archive Fever, Brooklyn
* Steampunk Murder Mystery Art Show, Manhattan
* FED: Design for Life, Manhattan
* Zodiack Pt. VII: Scorpio Boxxx, Brooklyn
* Three Turkeys, Jersey City
* Secret Loft Show, Brooklyn
* Live Dubbed Sitcoms: The Brady Bunch and Friends, Williamsburg
Saturday, November 21
* Cunnilingus Curated, Manhattan
* Oceans Breathe Salty, Manhattan
* Hot Toddies with TERP, Manhattan
* Second Annual East Meets West Medicine Fest, Manhattan
* Sauced Up, Manhattan
* Catch 70, Brooklyn
* Cartoon Monsoon, Williamsburg
* Oneida and Secret Project Robot Potluck, Brooklyn
* Robots In Love Version 2.0, Manhattan
* Hausfrau Magazine Issue 8 Release Party, Brooklyn
Sunday, November 22
* Healthy Indian Thanksgiving Dinner, Manhattan
* The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy, Manhattan
* The Secret City NYC, Manhattan
* Free Earwax Laminations, Williamsburg
Monday, November 23
* Am I Write, Ladies? Eat Your Words, Brooklyn
* Secret Science Club Presents Particle Physicist Kyle Cranmer, Brooklyn
Tuesday, November 24
* Tale: Three-Year Anniversary Show, Brooklyn
Wednesday, November 25
* Give Thanks, Brooklyn
* Badass Board Game Battle
* Cultral Agents
* DIY Tracking for the Satellite Enthusiast
* Sausage
* Translating Empathy
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.
A reluctant fall.
Interference Archive Fever
You probably know about the archive, and have likely been there, but just in case: We’re an all volunteer run archive, with open stacks and a collection of over 20,000 materials created for and by social movements (OSPAAL to Occupy, NYC to Tokyo). We put on exhibitions, workshops, and events about ideas and issues that I know you care deeply about.
We've put together a silent auction of original art donated by friends, as well as archival duplicate items. The full selection can be viewed on our Bidding Owl auction page.
Verso Books
20 Jay Street, Brooklyn
8-11p; $20 advance, $25 door
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Steampunk Murder Mystery Art Show
Solve the mystery. Who is the murderer? Two levels and three rooms of murder mystery mysteriousness.  Who is the killer?  Mystery/Clue solver receives cash prize. Three rooms of Steampunk fashion showcase, art show by Jessica Pepper, live murder mystery bands, and live murder mystery theater performances. Clues all over the venue and with the clue-givers.
50 Avenue B, near 4th Street, Manhattan
7p-midnight; $free-15
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
FED: Design for Life
FED stands for Food, Exploration, and Discussion. The idea behind FED is that there are so many amazing things in NYC, yet sometimes its difficult to find people to go to these events with. The goal of FED is to create a happening where people have the motivation to explore New York City, and then get together with a bunch of people and discuss the subject matter over dinner, and just have a fantastic time. I hope this will grow to be a community of people that all go out together, learn new things, and host similar events in spaces around the city, or even the world
FED is an intimate dinner that brings people out of their homes and into the heart of NYC, giving them something to learn and engage with. Afterward, we bring everyone together and put them around a dinner table to discuss what we saw. The catch? Everyone involved must help cook, and be part of the preparation process. Because then we got one heck of a badass meal filled with wine, delicious food, and more. For this dinner we'll discuss how design and branding consciously and subconsciously impact roles in our lives, and more specifically, what can and should be done with it. It's fun, delicious, and the spaces that we have are always incredible. For this FED, we'll have a restaurant closed down for ourselves, and we'll be able to do whatever we want.
Astor Row Cafe
404 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan
7:30-11:30p; $7
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Zodiack Pt. VII: Scorpio Boxxx
Zodiack is a themed monthly party full of music, dancing, and libations celebrating the birth of all creatures. Each party is attributed to the current sign, as we deliver an atmospheric experience encompassing its astrological essence.
Ruled by the conspiring planets of Mars and Pluto, Scorpio self arbitrates the endless cycle of creation and death of ego by sheer passionate will. This month, Zodiack is transforming the basement of IDIO Gallery into a dwelling for the dark and sexy. A roster of carnal performances, gritty music, and sensual visuals unsurface the most hidden of fantasies.
IDIO Gallery
976 Grand Street, Brooklyn
8p-2a; $free before 9p, $5 with RSVP, $8 otherwise, $free for Scorpios
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Three Turkeys
Join us for three cinematic turkeys -- great films that bombed at the box office when first released, but have been embraced by critics and the public. Plus Ellis, a new short film about Ellis Island directed by the French artist JR and starring Robert De Niro with Q and A. Tonight: Shawshank Redemption. Saturday: The Iron Giant, Ellis, and Raging Bull.
Landmark Loew's Movie Palace
54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ
8p; $8
Continues SATURDAY
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Secret Loft Show
We will be hosting our monthly show at the McKibbin Lofts in Bushwick. We have an incredible line-up that includes comics with half hour specials on television as well as comics from television shows. After the show Jams Bond, a New York based DJ, will be spinning as we open up the show into a dance party. In addition to the show being completely free (before 9p) we also have free pizza and very cheap drinks.
Comedy by Chloe A. Hilliard, Joe Zimmerman, Nathan Macintosh, Nick Turner, Lucas Connolly, Charles Gould, Marisa Douenias, and Brian Frange.
255 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free before 9p, $5 after
21 and over
516 808 8187
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Live Dubbed Sitcoms: The Brady Bunch and Friends
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 Thanksgiving episodes of the Brady Bunch and Friends.
Videology Bar and Cinema
308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7:30p; $5
718 782 3468
Cunnilingus Curated
Come out to the first ever Cunnilingus Curated: an intimate night of art, performances, and performance art by queer women. There will be contact improv, dancing, zine, photography, drinking, and mingling with other artists, queers, and (future) friends. This is a trans-friendly and generally inclusive space where all are free to express all aspects of their identity.
Alphabet City Sanctuary
638 East 7th Street, Manhattan
9p; $5
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Oceans Breathe Salty
A one-day exhibition taking place between the skyscrapers of Manhattan at the fitness center Complete Body. From nausea and narcissism to object sexuality and idolatry, the exhibition looks into the need to worship and desire -- be it peanut butter, celebrities, the self or the body.
With Amanda Alfieri, Contemporary Cruising (Tomislav Feller and Manuel Scheiwiller), Anissa Djeziri I Mette Krebs, Lea Guldditte Hestelund, I’m Making a Boy Band (Bora Kim, Karin Kuroda, Samantha Y. Shao), and Heine Kjærgaard Klausen. All of the artists will be present.
Complete Body
301 East 57th Street, Manhattan
2-5p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Hot Toddies with TERP
TERP: Totally Enveloping Real-time Play is a synchronous movement/play system invented by choreographer Patrice Regnier. It composes human movement in real time, allowing anyone of any age to direct, compose, choreograph, and perform. Think of it as GarageBand for dance.
We are hosting two events this week. Come check out the fascinating movement commands organized with our custom-built TERP system. Press a button and make things happen, or be the thing that happens. It's a fabulous, free demo for you and your friends. Come play, imitate, interact, and interpret. Hot toddies to follow.
392 Broadway, no. 3, buzzer 2, Manhattan
6:30-7:30p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Second Annual East Meets West Medicine Fest
Featuring talks on a variety of subjects including Indian medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, consciousness hacking, western biomedicine, quantum physics, psychedelic research, Freudian and Jungian Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, art and sound therapy, sex, nutrition, plant medicine, yoga and meditation.  The Friday evening portion will be a keynote speech with Alan Badiner, author of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, as well as Nikki Noce, star of FOX's Utopia. The Saturday evening portion of the event will be thrown in conjunction with Ecstatic Dance NYC, the Junxion, and Samadhi Arts, and features performances, art, DJs, and dancing, and it will also include a talk with yoga teacher and Survivor winner Parvati Shallow. It will be hosted by the New York Open Center and will feature ambient musical artist Laraaji, as well as Myk Tummolo, DJ Chela, the Beatkitty, Casey Skodneck, Shalin Scupham, Anna Morgan (Shisaa), and other Brooklyn DJs.
The New York Open Center
22 East 30th Street, Manhattan
7p-midnight; $20, $free with code NONSENSE
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Sauced Up
Buy online tickets for address, Manhattan
10-2a; $10 password: fbeaver
NOTE: Not many details here, but last time we went to one of these it was on an illegal rooftop in midtown and full of a bunch of kids who had no idea that you can't just throw a party on a rooftop in Manhattan.
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Catch 70
Catch is the Obie award-winning, hydra-headed, rough and ready series of performance events that whirls through Brooklyn every month or two. For over a decade, Catch has given stage to emerging artists and downtown luminaries, pouring equal portions of community, love, and beer.
Catch is curated with delicate irreverence by Andrew Dinwiddie, Caleb Hammons and Jeff Larson. With 600 Highwaymen, Laura Bartczak, Allison Brainard, Charlotte Brathwaite, Brooklyn Gypsies, Annie Dorsen, Stephanie Hayes and Emily Reilly, John Jasperse, Erin Markey, and Jillian Peña.
The Invisible Dog
51 Bergen Street, between Court and Smith, Brooklyn
8p; $15
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cartoon Monsoon
A love letter to beloved shows like Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Lamb Chop’s Play-Along, comedians Joe Rumrill and Mary Houlihan invite you to a cavalcade of original costumed characters, animations, and sketches from both real humans and puppet humans.
The Annoyance Theater
367 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
10:30p; $5
718 569 7810
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Oneida and Secret Project Robot Potluck
Secret Project Robot is pleased to present our fifth annual pre-Thanksgiving potluck. This year our musical guest and host is Oneida. Bring a plate of something fun to share. Come hang-out sit in the gallery and be grateful.
Secret Project Robot
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
7-11p; $?
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Robots In Love Version 2.0
An evening where we pay burlesque tribute to sexy cyborgs, amorous androids  raunchy robots, and all those other electronic vixens we all know, love, and fantasize about. Hosted by Anja Keister the show will include burlesque by Holly Ween, TigerBay, Apathy Angel, Ula Uberbusen, JZ Bich, Essence Revealed, and Allix Mortis. All this plus go-go from Taylor Sweet and DJ Lewd Alfred Douglas spining the techno turntables for the show. Cyber Dress up encouraged.
Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street, Manhattan
8p; $15-20
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Hausfrau Magazine Issue 8 Release Party
Watch great comedy in a bohemian-style loft in Bushwick, and check out Issue 8 of Hausfrau. Line-up includes but is not limited to Megan Gailey, Brian Frange, Matthew Silver, Bill Stiteler, and Pakage Deal.
255 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan Avenue station
9p-1a; $5
21 and over
Healthy Indian Thanksgiving Dinner
A Special Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Party. Featuring the delicious cuisine of Southern India. With a cooking class, free gifts, and party, all to show our thanks. With chick pea kootu, rasam, upuma, and kosamali salad, with a one-hour seminar and cooking class by Uma Swaminathan, author of the book Herbal Transformations. This is a loungey Soho loft; no dinner seating.
The Loft at Prince Street
177 Prince Street, between Thompson and Sullivan streets, Manhattan
4-6p; $20
all ages
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy
16mm short films and antiques and music. Theme is Eureka, history of invention -- and food. See 16mm short films. Hear original vinyl records. Enjoy actual antiques you can handle and get demonstrated. Drink and enjoy refreshments.
The Loft at Prince Street
177 Prince Street, between Thompson and Sullivan streets, Manhattan
6-11p; $10
all ages
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
The Secret City NYC
The theme is dirt, perfect for this mulchy, muddy moment of the year. Here's our roster of artists and performers: multi-disciplined artist Dove Drury Hornbuckle, John Brodeur musical guest, Marianne Cohen's famous apple butter, Stephanie Summerville reads the cultural calendar, Sarah Alden will play the fiddle and there will be some flatfooting, poet Lee Ann Brown will read a poem called dirt, and I think we're going to play a game about gossip. There will be a bunch of songs about dirt and a story about a trip to the southwest -- a dirt-colored wonderland. With free childcare.
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, Manhattan
11:30a; $15 suggested donation
***** Also on SUNDAY ****
Free Earwax Laminations
The Ministry of Lamination will celebrate its official residency in Brooklyn at Earwax Records by offering to laminate your earwax and other ephemera beginning November 22. Egnekn, the Minister of Lamination in the Kingdoms of Elgaland and Vargaland will initiate the residency with a Lamination Ritual in which you can hear the sound of your lamination from 6-8p. During the course of the residency the public is invited to drop off their ephemera to be officially transformed from impermanence to official permanence. Appointments will also be available. This a Bring Your Own Earwax event.
167 North 9th Street, between Bedford and Driggs, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
6-8p; $free
Am I Write, Ladies? Eat Your Words
Join us for the fourth installation a recurring show featuring live work by women. This time, all works center around themes of food and eating: artichoke and tortilla love songs, succulent stand-up, Barbra Streisand onion roll burlesque, a sandwich soliloquy, and gifts of bread.
Featuring fresh tasty work by Meghan Hourigan, Amy King, Frankie P, Hannah Kallenbach, Futaba Shioda, Nikki Vega, Annie Pardoe, Took Edalow as Barbra Bitch, Cassidy Dawn Graves, Lyndsey Bourne, and Caitlin Cobb-Vialet.
The Cobra Club
6 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
8:30p doors, 9p show; $5
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Secret Science Club Presents Particle Physicist Kyle Cranmer
Take a spin through the science at the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator with physicist Kyle Cranmer -- from the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson (one of the fundamental particles that make up the Universe) to the ongoing search for dark matter. After a two-year break, the atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider is now back for season two -- running at nearly double its previous energy, hurling 600 million protons together every second, and reaping juicy, cosmos-hacking data.
Kyle Cranmer is a professor at NYU's Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics and NYU's Center for Data Science. He is part of the team at the Large Hadron Collider that first detected the Higgs boson -- the subatomic particle thought to be responsible for the existence of mass in the Universe. He is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the National Science Foundation Career Award. His research was featured in the award-winning documentary Particle Fever, and he has been a featured scientist on StarTalk Live with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Before and after: high-energy tunes, quantum Q and A, and our quarky cocktail of the night, the Atom Smasher.
Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $free
21 and over
Tale: Three-Year Anniversary Show
For three years, Tale has been bringing you NYC's finest storytelling. No gimmicks. No dumb themes. Just the best in professional storytelling. (And a musician.) An insanely great lineup we have for our anniversary: Michael W. Small, Susie Felber, Harmon Leon, Glen Heroy, Nick Padilla, and Jake Hart. Music by Elena Gabrielle.
Three of Cups
83 1st Avenue, Manhattan
8p; $5
JunXion and Turntables on the Hudson present:
Give Thanks
This Thanksgiving Eve join us for a night of song and dance. On this night we give thanks and celebrate with gratitude. With DJs Quantic, Nickodemus, Myk 2Melo, Anna Morgan, Thornato, and Timo.
Good Room
98 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $10 advance, $15 door, with a portion of the proceeds going to
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Badass Board Game Battle
Think you are a master of Board Games? Here is your chance to prove it in the ultimate smackdown of Board Game dominance. Up to 20 teams (two players each) will compete in quick versions of Taboo, Scattegories, and Pictionary. The top teams will then compete in a sudden death version of Jenga. Winning team takes all. Good prizes.
Tempest Bar
407 8th Avenue, Manhattan
7p sharp-9p; $15 per person
* House of Yes Xmas Spectacular, December 10-13
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at] We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
***** ARTY STUFF *****
* Dancers Wanted. Are you a Teaching Dance Artist in the NYC area? We're looking to hire some for our Ageless Action Residencies January to June. Apply here before November 23:
* USDAC Cultural Agent applications are due by midnight on Friday, November 20. We're recruiting a third cohort of deeply creative, community-oriented humans (artists, organizers, educators, activists, and beyond!) to take part in a vibrant learning-by-doing journey, simultaneously enacting the USDAC at a local level and helping build a national movement dedicated to cultivating empathy, equity, and social imagination.
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]
***** DIY Tracking for the Satellite Enthusiast *****
"The number of small amateur satellites in Low Earth Orbit is increasing rapidly. If you have access to a 3D printer you can now put together your own ground station for between $300 and $400. "Our solution was to create SatNOGS DB an open satellite transmitter database, that allows everyone to suggest transmitter information of active satellites. SatNOGS DB information is freely and openly accessible via an API, to facilitate the needs of satellite radio operators across the globe. The more transmitter information we have, the easier it is to communicate with many more satellites."
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:
Overheard at Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn. Woman in her 40s:
-- "I find it disappointing I can't find my sausage."
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]
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]
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Affects Within Territorial Struggles: Living in the ZAD
In their book Constellations, the Mauvaise Troupe collective gathers stories covering 20 years of struggle, drawing an impressive map of revolutionary trajectories throughout France. In this presentation, Mauvaise Troupe will discuss struggles connected to the defense and invention of "territories"--such as the ZAD in Notre-Dame-des-Landes and the No-Tav in the Alps--where autonomy meets mobility. In this sense, the presentation will insist on how territorial struggles engage a re-appropriation of everyday life, forcing its protagonists to confront their own principles (ecology, citizenry, activism, horizontalism), as well as the the revolutionary desires of the time.
1882 Woodbine Street, Ridgewood, Queens
7p; $free
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Them-Us: Skin
The animal in all of us. Why are we fascinated by animal skin? What is our human-animal relationship?
1067 Pacific Street, Brooklyn
2-4p; $20 suggested
Translating Empathy
Open your process to collaboration and work with your audience more actively. Facilitate empathetic understanding about social topics with a multimedia approach. This weekend intensive wrestles with the thorny question of how to craft artistic representations that are formally inventive but also socially relevant and usefully engaged with the individuals or communities documented in the work.
Union Docs
322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
December 12-13, 10a-5p; $285 early registration
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]
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