nonsensenyc: 8.29 to 9.5

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 8.29 to 9.5
Date: August 29th 2014

Friday, August 29
* This Better Not Suck: A Free Comedy Show Dance Party at Secret Loft, Brooklyn
* Climate Convergence Fundraiser: Food/Art/Dance, Brooklyn
* NYC Unicycle Festival
* #RAVE: A Rave-Themed Rave, Brooklyn, WIlliamsburg
* Dead Behind These Eyes: A Karaoke Play, Manhattan
Saturday, August 30
* The Personal Experience of Surveillance, Manhattan
* Reese’s Feces Outdoor Guerrilla Concert Take Two, Williamsburg
* Cartoon Carnival no. 28: By Land, Sea, and Air, Brooklyn
* Free Silly Dance Contest, Queens
* The Difficult to Name Reading Series, Manhattan
Sunday, August 31
* Sexy Bike Wash, Williamsburg
* Espionage Boat Party, Manhattan
* SnapCrackle Labor Day Weekend Rooftop Party, Brooklyn
* International Wackadoodle Love Awareness Day, Manhattan
Tuesday, September 2
* The Nighting_Gale, Brooklyn
Wednesday, September 3
* Circus of Dreams, Brooklyn
Thursday, September 5
* Video Tale: Brooklyn Storytelling With Video
* The Dreary Coast
* The UFO Economy
Free Summer Stuff
* The end
* Letterpress
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Viola Salisbury and the last Studio Girl of Hollywood
This Better Not Suck: A Free Comedy Show Dance Party at Secret Loft
Featuring some of NYC's best stand-up comics, and when the show ends, we will begin a dance party featuring DJ Unpaid Intern. At a super cool secret venue in the McKibbin Lofts in Bushwick. It will definitely be a fun evening with cheap drinks and great comedy and music. We would love it if you would be willing to feature our event on NonsenseNYC as we hope to get a fun crowd will dig our DIY vibe and support some great art.
255 McKibben Street, Brooklyn
9p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Climate Convergence Fundraiser: Food/Art/Dance
I am writing to remind you of our upcoming event, which I hope you might include in your listings. Come dance, drink, and share a plate of food in the Common's rooftop garden at this fundraiser for the NYC Climate Convergence. Your support will help fund three days of climate movement building workshops, skill-shares and speak-outs taking place in the run-up to the People's Climate March. An opportunity to forge lasting structures and networks for a just and sustainable planet. Musical acts include high vibe spoken-word poet ReAwakennd, DJ Vik Rai, Brooklyn-based psychedelic soul rock band Ghost Pal, and Stephan Said.
The Commons
388 Atlantic, Brooklyn
7p-midnight; $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
NYC Unicycle Festival
Three days of one-wheel madness. The main event takes place on Governors Island but the event starts with a 13-mile groin endurance ride to Coney Island for some reason. Back on Governors Island, events such as unicycle basketball and unicycle sumo wrestling (I'm intrigued) take place as well as carny career counseling I assume. Check website for complete listings.
Various times and locations
August 29-31
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Adventure presents:
#RAVE: A Rave-Themed Rave
There was a day when raving meant looking for glow-stick drop points in the woods and listening for the bass. Back when your condos were warehouses and thousands of people inhabited them with brief moments of pulsating energy and super-charged dancing. Its time to bring back that feeling, the vibe from the early days but with the energy (and the droppppppp) of the current day. Journey back before trend pieces, back before your dad was a DJ, back before festivals took over the world.
Think Skrillex, but with a side of Sasha and Digweed. Imagine Bassnectar and Dieselboy churning out some sick jump-dub-hard-step. Josh Wink laughing at how ratchet Borgore is. Calvin Harris feeling so close to the crazy build ups of Mauro Picotto. John B making robot lover love to Dillion Francis. Daft Punk hanging out with Daft Punk.
Adventure aims to take you on a journey through time and space, into their heads and hearts containing a passion for electronic music that's spanned over 15 years. This is a rave. A rave-themed rave. A #RAVE. Trust The DJ, stay PLUR, and remember: Eat, Sleep, #RAVE, Repeat.
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
11:30p; $5
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Dead Behind These Eyes: A Karaoke Play
Dead Behind These Eyes: A Karaoke Play is a piece about pop music, love and apathy. Three characters in a karaoke room rail against the world, and mourn the big, bold, important lives they were supposed to live, drowning their sorrows in booze, song, sex and cigarettes. Using text from John Osborne’s iconic play of disaffected youth, Look Back In Anger, alongside lyrics from Britney Spears, Jeff Buckley, Prince, and others, the piece explores political and social participation through the microcosm of the karaoke parlor.
Sing Sing Karaoke
81 Avenue A, between 5th and 6th Street, Manhattan
7:30p; $18
Runs through September 19
The Personal Experience of Surveillance
The Personal Experience of Surveillance is a series of storytelling panel discussions across New York City that aims to build a shared understanding of the personal impact of surveillance across different kinds of everyday familiar people. For those of us who have been ensnared in moments of powerful, unlawful, and mistaken surveillance in the past 15 years and forced to be quiet about the experience (whether under legal obligation or through confusion and shame), these discussions create an opportunity to reexamine those moments and tell our stories together alongside other people who have experienced the same. We will share, listen to, and respond to each other's experiences, and build a very important inclusive, shared reflection of the deep and unspoken impacts of electronic surveillance that we now live within.
This Saturday's inaugural session will include the following speakers: Cyrus McGoldrick (Muslim Renaissance Group, Brother Cyrus), Basim Usmani (The Kominas, Vice, Guardian), Syed Salahuddin (Babycastles), Kunal Gupta (Babycastles, Silent Barn), G Lucas Crane (Party Lab), contributing stories regarding impact of surveillance on their personal lives.
The session will be followed by a short performance by Brother Cyrus, and the gallery will house an installation of the Party Lab surveillance art project, as well as Asslamualaikum Babycastles Muslim experience independent video game exhibition.
Babycastles Gallery,
137 West 14th Street, Manhattan
7-9p; $5 suggested donation
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Reese’s Feces Outdoor Guerrilla Concert Take Two
Last week many of you brave souls came out to see some avant-what-the-hell-is-that sonic and eyeball craziness at this Outdoor Guerrilla Concert series, and, sure … it was fun and unusual and all that. But Reese’s Feces claim their gear was malfunctioning and arrived very late due to MTA problems. (Doh!) Though no one could tell there were problems, Reese’s Feces wants a second shot at audio-visual glory; to blow some minds with a strange short show in a strange location, the way it was meant to be. Expect some brilliance. Expect some idiocy. Probably some of that performance art shit too. Bring a picnic to share or not. Good times. Like old New York. There may be other bizarre surprises too. Usually are. This series is always on Fridays at 1a, but this week it’s Saturday. One time only. Rain date 24 hours later (Sunday nite).
McCarren Park West, the big basketball court space
Bedford Avenue at North 12th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
1a sharp; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cartoon Carnival no. 28: By Land, Sea, and Air
Folks, it's time for more of Tom Stathes' hand-selected a group of rare 16mm cartoons (no digital) from the 1910s thru the 1930s. It's also the first Cartoon Carnival in Williamsburg's awesome City Reliquary museum -- and it’s going to be held outdoors in the Reliquary’s awesome backyard. For this installment, and as summer winds down, cartoon visions of the past help us reminisce about various adventures and journeys we take, and all the trials and tribulations associated with our travels. Let's all sit back and watch how our cartoon friends from decades past went about their expeditions by the three worldly modes of transport: land, sea, and air. Be sure to bring all your cartoon, film, travel and history loving friends along on this animated journey! Refreshments will be available from City Reliquary.
Tom Stathes is a Cartoon Cryptozoologist with a rare film print collection comprised of over 1,000 shorts. Tom's long term goal has been to acquire and preserve as many early animated films as possible and reintroduce them to the public.
City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Free Silly Dance Contest
Time to bring the Ministry of Silly Dances to Queens at Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Join us Labor Day weekend and get goofy. Three 20-30 minute rounds and a final dance off specially curated by Dj Maggit (aka the ever-chipper John Keen). Music before, between, and after by Max Power. $50 bar tab to silliest dancer. Silly shots given out to select silly dancers after each round. Costumes encouraged.
Rockaway Beach Surf Club
302 Beach 87th Street, Rockaway, Queens
Shuttle train Beach 90th station
6p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Difficult to Name Reading Series
A reading series for people who hate that sort of thing. The Difficult to Name Reading Series brings together the best writers, musicians, and comedians in NYC. Featuring readings and comedy by Lee Klein, Mike Scalise, and Gabe Toro and Matt Nedostup. Hosted by Ryan Sartor.
Brit Pack
153 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
6p; $free admission, free beer and pizza
212 951 0792
Sexy Bike Wash
Like a carwash but for bikes. And. Sexy. All the money raised at this bike wash will help our dance theater company, the MoveShop, put on a brand spanking new piece this September.
Williamsburg Continental Army Plaza
Corner of South 5th Place and South 4th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
1-7p; $5 for the regular, any donations over $10 get you the works
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Fiction presets:
Espionage Boat Party
This is an official memo from Fiction Headquarters. You have been assigned to a spy mission on the high seas of New York Harbor this Labor Day Sunday. Meet at Pier 83 at 1700 hours and be ready for an afternoon of international intrigue. Arrangements have been made for you to be off work on Monday to recuperate from this assignment.
We have recruited double agents Ostrich and MightyKat from Montréal to lead our mission, alongside NYC operative Dory and shadow agents Steve Graham and Joe Foxton. Agent Q has commandeered a KV2 Audio sound system that will be integral to this assignment.
You may want to come in a disguise. Nobody can be trusted. Remember: loose lips sink ships.
Circle Line
Pier 83 West, at 42nd Street and 12th Avenue, Manhattan
5-10p; $30
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
SnapCrackle Labor Day Weekend Rooftop Party
This Labor Day Weekend sees the SnapCrackle sound system on a Bed-Stuy rooftop with DJ sets from Agent Trevor and London's DJDC, and a live performance from Brooklyn lyricist, Phresh203.
As usual, 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, bass music, and more. There'll be plenty of shade, ice cold drinks, a top-notch sound system and a view of the Manhattan skyline. Can't wait for sunset.
RSVP for address, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn
2-9p; $5, $free before 3p
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
International Wackadoodle Love Awareness Day
If you believe in love magic, do your part and fart your heart. That alone will set you free. Please join us at the southside Union Square, the last day and act wacky with us, wear only your underwear and a bra or not. The goal is to make the entire world laugh and show people, that we're not apathetic, that love is important in all its forms. Even through the power of Wackadoodleness.
Southside Union Square
14th Street and Broadway, Manhattan
4p; $free
The Nighting_Gale
The Nighting_Gale is an interactive theatre experience. Participants access the performance via a curious OkCupid profile and are invited on a "date" with the woman behind the profile, unaware that much like their own internet profiles, their date will be viewed by audiences of strangers. The piece is as much an exploration of the tensions of the digital era -- authenticity versus idealization, the public versus the private, and the virtual versus the physical -- as it is a meditation on the timeless, fundamental tension that is gender. Drifting between reality and dreamworld, the performance seeks to animate -- and ultimately, to challenge-- the standard, inherited narratives we employ to think through these tensions. The Nighting_Gale was originally crafted and performed for an audience of one. This series of performances is an experiment in showing it to larger audiences. Come see the show and stay for the talkback to tell us what you thought.
RSVP for address, Red Hook, Brooklyn
7 and 9p; $free but donations welcome
Continues THURSDAY
RSVP to melina.davis]at] for address and details; include whether you have a music playing device (ipod, mp3 player, iphone) that you could bring to the performance
Circus of Dreams
In this September installment of Circus of Dreams the school of LOVE is back in session. Featuring pioneer of the male burka and professor of arboriculture Ivan Youngblood, fellatio expert and professor of Sexology Shaun Allen Lloyd as BJ Barbie, unnatural blonde and professor of cosmetology Lindsee Lonesome, four-legged poker wiz and school mascot Eckszooberante as Zoob Doggy Dog, professional sadist and assistant principal Nia Nottage, master of love/hate psychology, school counselor and substitute history teacher Lolo Haha, professor of ecclesiastical studies Reverend Mother Flash, harlequin string section and professors of psychedelic weatherology Modern Gypsies Productions, and of course your host viral video sensation and Professor Looove himself Matthew Silver the Great Performer.
Bizarre in Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
J,M,Z to Broadway station
9:30p; $5-15
Video Tale: Brooklyn Storytelling With Video
Video Tale incorporates storytelling with video; all storytellers integrate video with their stories.
Lineup: Ted Rall, Tom Blunt, Harmon Leon, Frankie Hudak, and Nisse Greenberg.
308 Bedford Ave, Willimsburg, Brooklyn
7:30p; $free
* Emily Dickinson Outer Space, September 4-6
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 *****
* Seeking photos for a book about Brooklyn: I'm writing a book on 50 creative hubs across the borough and am looking for pictures from Rubulad parties, Madagascar Institute events, and anything at all at the Batcave. If you have photos or know who I could contact for same, please email
***** MONEY *****
* Jeff Stark announced his newest show this week. Right now, the only place in the world you can get tickets is his Kickstarter page. Plus there are all kinds of other slick rewards. Get on board the next project now. It's on a boat!
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.
***** The UFO Economy ***** ‎
"Catherine Austin Fitts, former HUD official for GHW Bush: "There is too much money and market shifting technology involved to dismiss it. There is also trillions of dollars of hardware flying around in global airspace demonstrating technology well beyond what we are known to have developed. Exactly where is the manufacturing infrastructure that is building all of these ships? Not surprisingly, I also noticed that those who promoted the idea that this was a fringe issue, were often those who were generating the most power and profits from keeping things secret."
"The most shocking find to Gary McKinnon, the one he later thought would be his ace in the hole negotiating his fate with the US government, was what he "stumbled" on and found wandering the cybersystems of US Space Command. McKinnon says he found a log that listed non-terrestrial officers. Some of these logs were ship to ship transfers. The names of two of the ships he saw on the transfer logs were the USSS LeMay and the USSS Hillenkoetter. Typically. Navy ship names just have two S', an acronym for United States Ship, however there are three S' here, presumably standing for United States Space Ship. The names of the ships are also significant."
NOTE: Free Summer Stuff is our annual guide to some of the ongoing free events that help make living here in July and August somewhat less intolerable. Yes, these events are big. Yes, they are mainstream. Yes, they are sponsored by huge international conglomerates and don't need our publicity. Shut up. Go sit on a pier and watch a movie. It's great. And as always, please feel free to tell us about series that we may have missed. Special thanks to digital media specialist extraordinaire Jill Greenberg ( for compiling this list for the second year. If you appreciate it as much as we do please send her a little note and tell her about one of the events you attended: jillsarahg]at]
* Canal Bar. August 31: Rocky Horror Picture Show. SUNDAYS, 8p, Canal Bar, 270 Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn. $free.
* Habana Outpost. October 5: E.T.; October 12: Dog Day Afternoon; October 19: The Shining; October 26: The Twilight Zone marathon. SUNDAYS, 8p, Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. $free.
* Narrows Botanical Garden. September 12: The War of the Worlds. FRIDAYS, screenings start at sunset, Shore Road and 71st Street, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. $free.
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]
DIY Letterpress Workshop
Join Erin Fae, founder of The Press Cycle, to learn the basics of letterpress printing using polymer plates. The Press Cycle is a mobile print studio that takes letterpress printing outside and into various communities.This summer, Erin has been wheeling The Press Cycle to various parks and street corners in NYC and teaching surprised strangers how to make their own letterpress prints.
She’ll be bringing the press portion of The Press Cycle to Greenpoint Handskills to give participants a chance to try out letterpress printing. We’ll go over how a press works, discuss letterpress, talk a bit about how to run a pop-up project, and print a series of different postcards. Then, we’ll decorate and write notes about our summers on the freshly printed postcards to send to family and friends.
Greenpoint Public Library
107 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn
September 6, noon-2p; $free
Direct Filmmaking/Animation
In this workshop students will learn to manipulate the surface of the film using a variety of direct film-making techniques; painting, scratching, collage, and masking in order to create an experimental film on 16mm. This intensive workshop is designed to introduce, explore and master (on some level) the ability to articulate movement through the tactile gesturings of this beautiful cinematic language.
The course will meet four times, beginning with a brief history of filmmakers using these methods along with their contemporaries. After instruction students will get their hands dirty almost immediately. The goal is to have each participant create a well-developed direct film work, that we will screen at the end of the session. Participants will walk away with hands on experience of direct filmmaking, a finished film work, the knowledge to continue to work in this practice at home, and a list of venues to pursue for exhibition. All materials will be provided for.
Mono No Aware
302 Bedford Avenue unit 303, Brooklyn
September 6, 13, 20, 28, noon-4p; $175
GenSexNYC is an anti-oppression sexuality workshop for all gender identities. We work to build a brave, safe(r) community of participants in New York City in order to share and explore our experiences of identity. Over the course of a 13-week discussion- and activity-based workshop, participants discuss a wide range of topics: gender, sexuality and pleasure, race and ethnicity, communication and consent, class, health and ability, and others.
Starts September 16
Applications due September 1
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