nonsensenyc: 9.30 to 10.6

 
From: "Jeff Stark" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 9.30 to 10.6
Date: September 30th 2016
* Performance Art Day Bushwick, Brooklyn
* Awk Sex Fest, Queens
* Oakdrive Podcast Release Party, Williamsburg
* The Quiet American, Williamsburg
* They Said That at the Movies, Jersey City
* Uncanny Valley, Williamsburg
* Tomb Raver NYC, Brooklyn
 
Saturday, October 1
* Postcards From the Edge: Posters and Artwork of the NYC Punk Scene, Brooklyn
* The First Homecoming Cruise, Manhattan
* Hobo Roadshow and Cacophony Machine, Brooklyn
* MUTHA Tongue: Voices from Modern Parenthood, Manhattan
* Game Show, Brooklyn
* Erotic Art Show and Aphrodisiac Brunch, Brooklyn
 
Sunday, October 2
* Son of the Sheik: 90th Anniversary Screenings , Jersey City
* Gothic Vampire Cruise on the Hudson, Manhattan
* Big Irv, Williamsburg
 
Tuesday, October 4
* Punderdome, Brooklyn
 
Wednesday, October 5
* Poetry Cabaret, Brooklyn
 
Thursday, October 6
* Woke AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show, Manhattan
 
Wishlist
* Projekts
 
Spectre
* De-Dollarization
 
Overheard
* Book club
 
Learning
* Radical Mycology
 
NOTE: For some navigation help, or an explanation for what this is all about, scroll all the way down to NONSENSE. You can donate to this project at nonsensenyc.com/special. Also: We make a lot of mistakes, especially with dates; you should always double check our work before you go out.
 
 
XXXXX COVER ART XXXXX
 
 
Rain-drenched house painters
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 XXXXX
 
 
Performance Art Day Bushwick
 
Organized and curated by Spread Art and Pine Box Rock Shop. Performers scheduled Sandra Hartleb, Uta Brauser, Claribel Jolie Pichardo, Jill McDermid, Megan Bridge, Erik Hokanson, IV Castellanos and Amanda Hunt, Jana Astanov, Thomas Bell, Yolteotli, and Larry Gonzales Shua Group.
 
Spread Art is an artist-run nonprofit founded in Brooklyn and now based in Detroit, supporting the creation of new works through residencies, exhibitions, events and collaborations. Spread Art supports experimentation, innovation and work that incorporates technology, invites public participation and explores immediately relevant social themes. Spread Art’s residency program supports artists across all artistic mediums with housing, work space, event/exhibition opportunities and more. Residencies vary from two weeks to two months or more.
 
Plus an experiential monument of Frida Kahlo created live with Uta Brauser and Caridad Rivera. Further installations in all sorts of forms are still being built and cannot be fully announced.
 
Grattan Street between Bogart and Morgan, Brooklyn
Noon-6p; $free
spreadart.org
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Awk Sex Fest
 
Just one Awkward Sex and the City show a month was not enough. Come join us for two days of hilarious comedians divulging their most excruciating, embarrassingly awkward sexual encounters. Kinky, we know. Comedy, booze, giveaways, and maybe even an awkward kissing booth? Yasss. Kween.
 
Q.E.D.
27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, Queens
7:30p; $8 online, $10 show
Continues SATURDAY
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Oakdrive Podcast Release Party
 
This weekend we debut two projects about ruins, memory, and nostalgia. Join us this Friday for the Oakdrive release party. This music podcast developed by Mosiah Rashaad explores the personal history and complex emotions connected to the physical space of the family home.
 
Oakdrive captures the mystery, nostalgia, and loss attached to the family house. Mosiah Rashaad’s parents abandoned the family house, called Oakdrive, but were still responsible for maintaining the property. Mosiah and his family would travel to Oakdrive from their new home to cut the kudzu and grass overtaking the house and to replace the wooden boards sealing its windows and doors. In caring for the house, Mosiah began to see the building as a relic of his family’s history and his childhood.
The Oakwood podcast is an episodic compilation of recordings that capture the emotions brought about by change and life’s constant ambiguity. Underlying motifs couple with soundscapes and a hint of gallows humor to present a compelling reflection of the cultural interplay in a melting pot society. In Mosiah’s father’s words, Wake up -- we goina’ Oakdrive. With DJ Mari Freaux. Performances by Jazze Belle and Ebone X Taj. Featured artists: Arielle Wilkins, Seneca Ali, and Nadira Foster-Williams.
 
City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $10
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Quiet American
 
For four days in July, a hack staff of semi-trained journalists went to the center of the collapsing supernova of truth at the Republican National Convent in Cleveland. No access, no friends, very little time. We did over 100 interviews with delegates, street preachers, police horses and psychics, and now you can enjoy the fruits of our labor in our beautiful newspaper, the second issue of the Quiet American. Join us on Friday to celebrate its rude and uninvited appearance in the world. The evening will include, in no particular order: lightning debates and stump speeches from attendees, a workshop where you learn how to make kites out of money, the Tiny Loves Dancers, music from (among others) Feral Foster and The Horse-Eyed Men, an auction featuring two locks from Donald Trump's hairpiece, and a piñata of he-who-shall-not-be-named. Patriotic or anti-patriotic dresscode, depending on your mood.
 
Standard Toykraft
722 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L train to Graham station
8p cocktails, 9p degradation; $5-10 or more for a copy of the paper and the warm intestinal feeling that comes from consuming live culture
thequietamericanreview.org/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
They Said That at the Movies
 
The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre begins its New Season of Classic Film with three of the most quoted (and sometimes misquoted) movies of all time. Tonight: Dirty Harry, starring Clint Eastwood. Tomorrow: What's Up, Doc? and Casablanca. The Landmark Loew’s Jersey is a historic theatre operating as a nonprofit arts center.
 
Landmark Loew’s Movie Palace
54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ
8p; $8 adults, $6 seniors and children
Continues SATURDAY
loewsjersey.org
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Uncanny Valley
 
The Uncanny Valley has a home. This new iteration of Uncanny Valley is a parlor for performances, readings, rehearsals, classes, meetings of secret societies. What have you got? Let us know. Come visit us while the paint is still drying.
 
We are so excited that the Uncanny Valley had manifested again in New York City. We want you to celebrate with us. here will be snacks, drinks, conversations, light entertainments, and old records. If you come you might experience: sounds made out of nothing -- merest wisps of electricity -- organized by Craig and Normandy, poems by Corina Copp, and music from Matthew Thurber.
 
147 Manhattan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L train to Montrose station
6-10p; $free
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Vanguard Performing Arts presents:
 
Tomb Raver NYC
 
Three levels of ascension with NYC's best underground DJs, live bands, and more in Brooklyn. Purgatory stage Nvrsoft with Lokshot, Micetro and Dussa, Beast, Gaby Noodle, Remniqe, 10strip, Yummy Komodo, and the Magick Report. Hosted by Moon Temple.
 
Heaven stage: Sweet Lucy, Famous Killers, Wavewhore, Luke Skywalker, Pariaso, DJ Good Listener, Chris Ruben Band, Wickerhouse, Kevin Karpet, Bass Rockwell, and G Vodka. Hell Stage: X-Dream, Integrity, Wink-E, Space Monk-E, Morto Ugly, Animus, and Mr. Schlappy. Live visual art, merchandise tables, free iceys by Scoops.
 
Location announced on event page, Brooklyn
8p-4a; $15
facebook.com/events/257201208013457/
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 XXXXX
 
 
Postcards From the Edge: Posters and Artwork of the NYC Punk Scene
 
Postcards From the Edge: Posters and Artwork of the NYC Punk Scene includes many original flyers and posters from the 1970s to the present. The vibrant, original artwork in the show represents each artist's personal experiences and reflections of the stalwart NYC punk scene, from its’ heyday to still-surviving present. Mediums such as painting, photography, posters and album cover art, artistic fliers, and mixed media work with punk motifs and/or memorabilia will be shown.
 
The show is being co-curated by Martina Secondo Russo, Daniella aka Our Lady of Perpetual PMS, and Xtene Kucinskis. Artists in the show include: John Holmstrom, John John Jesse, Niagara, Sean Pierce, Joe Simko, Gary Gilmore, Fernando Carpaneda, Sean Taggart, John Carruthers, Fly, Geraud aka Geka, Javier Medina, Michael Lee Nirenberg, Martina Secondo Russo, and Daniella aka Our Lady of Perpetual PMS. The opening night party will feature inspiring performances by GLOB-Gorgeous Ladies of Bloodwrestling and by two NYC bands: Skum City and Pussywolf.
 
MF Gallery
213 Bond Street, Brooklyn
7-10p; $10 suggested
info]at]MFgallery.net
917 446 8681
mfgallery.net
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Thunder Gumbo Maritime Academy is pleased to announce:
 
The First Homecoming Cruise
 
We are overjoyed to present to you our first annual Homecoming Cruise aboard the beloved Queen of Hearts ship, welcoming the Varsity Sportsing Squads back from the Burning Man Semi-Finals. Are you an art car jock? Dusty goth? Dust-free prep? DPW dweeb? Sparklepony stoner? Flow bro or babe? This is your chance to find your crew, or perhaps even move up in the social strata.
 
OMG, who are you going to ask to the dance? Work up your courage now to ask that special someone. The choice you make may haunt you. So pop those pimples, try on a cummerbund, and get ready to get your dance on all night on to a stellar lineup of New York's finest DJs and musicians.
 
With your favorite band geeks, ahem, DJs, bringing you back home: David Kiss, Dirtyfinger (Conrad Carlson), Joro Boro, Nicholas Maddixholas Maddix, PartyFoul5000, and Samuel. And live acts: Beach Fire and Chad Eary.
 
Installations and visuals by the art nerds, theatre geeks, and goth kids: Oliver Allaux and Caleb Olson of Rhizome NYC, Ariel de Lion, Kat Millerick, Lindsay Arden, and other members of the Thunder Gumbo Art Collective. Sound reinforcement by Joey Angel Bonilla III, the JunXion, and the Thunder Gumbo Sound System.
 
Extra-curricular activities: Yearbook Signing, Rites of Passage, Class photo booth, Sex Ed, Cheerleading Tryouts, Plank Walking and Keel-Hauling Disciplinary Actions, Detention, and the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. Plus a Special Autumnal Harvest Hunters Ritual by Orien Mcneill.
 
Boarding at Pier 36
299 South Street, Manhattan
9p doors, 10:30p show, 11p-2a cruise; $20-30
21 and over
tghomecoming.eventbrite.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Hobo Roadshow and Cacophony Machine
 
With fire and noise cacophony machine by Dan Glass. Cash bar and tattoos. Bring an instrument. Bring a cup.
 
Gowanus Ballroom
55 9th Street, Brooklyn
6p-midnight; $?
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
MUTHA Tongue: Voices from Modern Parenthood
 
Diverse perspectives on keeping it real with kids -- with readings by Elisa Albert, Emily Gould, Mira Jacob, Jade Sanchez-Ventura -- and cartoonists Emily Flake and Lisa Lim, screening comics live. Co-presented by Mutha Magazine, Pen Parentis, and the Brooklyn Players Reading Society, in coordination with PEN America's LitCrawl.
 
Lit Crawl has become a permanent and highly anticipated fixture on New York City’s packed literary calendar. Lit Crawl NYC brings literature to the streets via brainy readings and wacky events such as Literary Pictionary and Nerd Jeopardy alongside Tarot card readings, Flash portraiture, mobile photo booths, music from publishing house bands, and hundreds of other events full of readers, writers, fun-loving boozers, and all-around literary mayhem."
 
Sidewalk Cafe
94 Avenue, at 6th Street, Manhattan
6-7p; $free
muthamagazine.com
facebook.com/events/1671466373167673/
pen.org/event/2016/07/15/lit-crawl-nyc
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Game Show
 
In this live comedy game show the audience members are the contestants. Contestants win real prizes like iTunes gift cards and beers playing twisted versions of Price Is Right, 25,000 Pyramid, Name That Tune and other games that include, music, dancing, and fellatio. Prizes. Hosted by Michael Bertrando. Sidekick: David del Rosario. Spokesmodel: Emma Krulik, live music performed by David Bowers.
 
The Annoyance Theatre
367 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
10:30p; $5
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Erotic Art Show and Aphrodisiac Brunch
 
An exhibit of erotic art and edible delights at House of Yes for Bushwick Open Studios. Curated by Eric Schmalenberger. When presenting fine art in a nightclub (especially one so dedicated to experiential evenings and performances as the House of Yes) .... why not get a little sexy? As if we needed an extra excuse. Feast your eyes and feast your body with our Erotic Art show and Brunch featuring Aphrodisiac inspired specials and cocktails.
 
Eroticism is a weighted word, what one finds erotic, sensual, pleasurable, sexy, lusty, and hot is deeply personal. To that end, we bring you a variety of visual treats set into our space for you to explore. The sweet, the tender, the mysterious, the humorous, the queer, the forbidden, we give it all to you. Sensual explorations in various media from: Mike Shane, Adriano Moraes, Anthony Ernst Kieren, Zachary Nutman, Bambi the Mermaid, Krys Fox, Dangrrr Doll, Tiger Bay, Ben Trivett, Wren Britton, Bunny Michael, Alesia Exum, Ellen Stagg, Maryam Toosi, Khara Gilvey, Shelton Lindsay, and Poison Eve.
 
House of Yes
2 Wykoff, Brooklyn
11a; $?
Continues on SUNDAY
erica]at]houseofyes.org RSVP
all ages
eroticartshow.eventbrite.com/?aff=nonsense
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 XXXXX
 
 
Son of the Sheik: 90th Anniversary Screenings
 
The Son of the Sheik was a sequel to one of Rudolph Valentino's biggest hits. The movie opened two weeks after he died and was a huge hit. It's a great chance to meet the star whose name you've probably heard hundreds of times. It will be accompanied on the Loew's Wonder Morton Organ by Bernie Anderson. Plus there will be a medley of 1926 songs by Claire Avakian, and the 1926 short Dog Shy. Presented by the Garden State Theater Organ Society.
 
Landmark Loew's Movie Palace
56 Journal Square, Jersey City, New Jersey
3p; $12, $10 for seniors and students
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Gothic Vampire Cruise on the Hudson
 
As Halloween approaches Countess Margarethe Orlok invites you to a nighttime sail. This unique interactive theater experience takes place aboard a 150-foot schooner (it is a *real* sailing boat). Spend two exciting hours on Manhattan's only Gothic Vampire sail. Become one of Countess Orlok's guests and get entangled in an epic plot between good and evil, entertained by DJs and the dark electro band the Sedona Effect. Our beautiful burlesque dancer will tease and seduce you to join the dark side and our Tarot reader will give you a glimpse of your fate.
 
Space is limited on this magical experience so secure your place on the list. Once you're confirmed, you can make your sail even more exciting: Dress up, drink heartily and unravel the mysteries buried on board of the ship. We have hired an exceptional sailing and entertainment crew for your pleasure. Turn your bachelor(ette) or birthday party into a unique event. One lucky person will get the chance to incorporate his or her special day into our plot line, get special treatment and attention from the Count.
 
Clipper City Tall Ship
Slip 2, Battery Park, Manhattan
9p check-in at the dock, 9:30-11:30p sail; $40-50 with promocode nonsense
eventbrite.com/e/gothic-vampire-cruise-on-the-hudson-tickets-27671672718
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Big Irv
 
Big Irv's is a gallery, event space and place of general madness. Come help us ring in fall with a extra fresh lineup of random weirdos bringing you an assortment of storytelling, comedy, music, and general ridiculousness. Featuring Jeff Simmermon, Jefferson Bites, Michael Maffei, Momah Pujah, Stacy Curry, Nick Padilla, Mark Pagan, and David Drake. Plus two extra hot open mic slots.
 
Big Irv's
381 Hooper Street, at South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free, BYOB
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 XXXXX
 
 
Punderdome
 
Punderdome is the wild and crazy monthly pun competition hosted by Fred Firestone, a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator, and his daughter, comedian Jo Firestone. The first 18 individuals or pairs to sign-up at the door will have a chance to participate in competitive spontaneous pun-making. Pun-masters are determined by the human clap-o-meter. Great big kitchen appliance mystery prizes are awarded to the top two competitors.
 
Littlefield
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p competition; $8 advance, $10 door
facebook.com/punderdome
NYC’s most puntastic competition returns.
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 XXXXX
 
 
Poetry Cabaret
 
Seducing the world one poem at a time. Welcome to a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Madame presents a rotating cast of both male and female poets, each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges and in private rooms. For a small fee, all of the poets are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any true bordello need a good cover; ours is an immersive cabaret featuring live jazz, burlesque, vaudeville, aerials, painters, sketch artists, and fortune-tellers, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event. Themed costumes and/or formalwear are encouraged but not required.
 
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p show;
21 and over
poetryoctober.eventbrite.com/?aff=nonsense
 
 
XXXXX THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 XXXXX
 
 
Woke AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show
 
Woke AF is a variety show where talented comedians share what they're passionate about and want to open your minds to. With Charla Lauristonop Roulette, Mary Houlihan, Dylan Marron, and Mamoumou N'Diaya. Prepare to get woke.
 
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater East Village
153 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
11p; $5
212 366 9231
east.ucbtheatre.com/performance/49529
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference, October 7-9
* Honk NYC Festival, October 11-15
 
 
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 *****
 
 
* Looking for studio mate to help run event space and project art space De-Construkt Projekts located in Red Hook. Share 2,600 square foot loft space that includes large private room available for six month lease with the potential to stay longer. The loft includes a working darkroom, skylights, hardwood floors, modern bathroom, storage space, lots of light, and ample street parking. Information: projekts.de-construkt.com/ Photos facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155217844909428.1073741852.833689427&type=1&l=c7e916aa65 Contact projekts]at]de-construkt.com.
 
* Rubulad has two art studios and one soundproof shipping container music studio available now at our new place in Bushwick, right in between the Jefferson and Morgan stops. Studios come with a rad garden huge shared outdoor space. Asking $750-800 per month with a one-month deposit. Also, we're leaving an 800 square foot storage space in DUMBO.  We can refer anyone who's interested. chris]at]spill.net
 
 
 
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.
 
***** De-Dollarization *****
 
spectrevision.net/2016/09/30/substitution-fund/
 
"To diversify away from the dollar’ is central banker speak for dropping the U.S. dollar as the anchor for the world’s monetary system. But a dollar panic has to be avoided at all cost, so this diversification has to be orderly. Debt jubilees are still a step too far in the current global mental state, hence full focus is on the structuring of a new anchor. The Chinese have made it very clear that the SDR (Special Drawing Rights, or IMF-money) is the preferred future international world reserve currency. IMF's plans for substituting unwanted dollars for SDRs, and linking SDRs to gold, have been around since the early 1970s, after president Nixon cancelled gold backing of the greenback. "Establishing the SDR as the leading global reserve currency would allow all countries -- not just major economic powers -- to enjoy "seigniorage," or the profits brought by money creation."
 
 
XXXXX HEARD 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 New York. September 2016. Two well-dressed women in their early 50s on 6th Avenue and West 57th Street, emphatically:
 
-- People better get ready: I am changing the rules of book club."
 
 
XXXXX LEARNING XXXXX
 
 
We look for the sort of classes you circled in college course catalogs but never managed to fit into your schedule. And we also look for the kind of things that no college could teach. Cheap and eclectic is the rule, though all rules get broken occasionally, and we especially love workshops, round-tables, and teachers who won't take your work out of your hands and show you how to do it right. One-time listings are categorized weekly, with general recurring classes listed at the end on the first Friday of each month. We thrive on your suggestions, so make sure to tell us about upcoming classes.
 
Learning is compiled and edited weekly by Juliana Driever. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]nonsensenyc.com.
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
What Am I Seeing?
 
What Am I Seeing?, led by Reanimation Library's Andrew Beccone, is a workshop organized around the problem of cataloging images. It is presented in conversation with Apparatus for a Utopian Image, a changing, interactive exhibition exploring how we interpret and associate meanings from the images that surround us.
 
Unlike books, which can explicitly convey their subject matter through their written content (and can be cataloged relatively easily because subject headings are comprised of written language), image cataloging requires an extra step—the translation of a given image into a written description. This becomes even more difficult when you aren’t sure what you are looking at—an experience not uncommon in (though certainly not limited to) the world of Contemporary Art.
 
Using content taken from the shelves of the Reanimation Library, the participatory workshop will offer insight into library cataloging practices and of the theoretical foundations of classification systems, with special attention paid to their inherently subjective and political nature.
 
EFA Project Space
323 West 39th Street, 2nd floor, Manhattan
2-5p; $free
RSVP required: meghana]at]efanyc.org
facebook.com/events
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY *****
 
 
Mappathon
 
Students get a solid command of a projection mapping software, MadMapper, and a live visual software, Modul8, to create their own projection mapping installations.
 
CultureHub
47 Great Jones Street, Manhattan
12-6p; $375 early bird registration
mappathon.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
 
 
Buddhist Retreat
 
Join Khenmo Drolma for ''on the spot'' compassion and kindness training! In all the traditional Buddhist exercises for learning bodhicitta or limitless kindness and compassion, we imagine extending kindness and compassion to many kinds of strangers. What if they were right before our eyes? No need to visualize when the stranger is sitting across from you. The New York subways are a cross-section of humanity in all its vulnerability and emotional states of mind. We will begin the retreat with a thorough grounding in several techniques. Then we will carry these techniques into the subways for an afternoon. Imagine riding the subway with only kindness on your mind as you look around you, equanimity replacing judgment? We will conclude with a group discussion and aspiration prayers for the benefit of all beings.
 
This retreat includes a period of subway meditation. All levels of practitioners are welcome.
 
RSVP for venue
10a-6p; $donation
rsvp]at]buddhistinsights.com 
buddhistinsights.eventbrite.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Just Like That: Embodied Knowledge and Political Movement
 
Dancing (at parties and clubs, in the studio, on stage, or in ritual spaces) can be incredibly useful to the work done in the struggle for social justice. It can be a powerful tool in street actions and collective decision-making, for example. In this course, we will consider ''the choreography of social movements,'' articulating movement our bodies already know, and work to develop this knowledge as a way of getting concrete things done. We'll try out street tactics for confrontational situations; collaborative approaches to bodily presence in public space that trouble the line between symbolic and material impact; somatic strategies for staying connected to ourselves and our aims; and improvisational tools to cultivate non-verbal group communication and decision making.  No previous formal dance training or organizing experience is required - we will move, talk about moving, look at other movers, and work deeply with the embodied knowledge present in each participant as well as report-backs from research visits to dance floors and demonstrations -- including one group field trip. Dress comfortably.
 
Abrons Art Center
466 Grand St, Manhattan
7-9p; $200 for 8 sessions
theschoolofmakingthinking.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Vocal Immersion
 
Craig Shepard leads an intensive workshop including vocal meditations, listening exercises, and group composition. Beginning at 9:00 am, the workshop will culminate in a performance on Music for Contemplation at 8:05 pm. Members can bring a bag lunch and there will be a break for dinner. The workshop is open to anyone willing to make a commitment for the day; no prior musical training is necessary. To apply, please send an email and tell us who you are and why you want to participate.
 
Church of the Annunciation
259 N 5th Street, Brooklyn
9a; $30 workshop, $15 attendance
Apply: craig ]at] craigshepard.net
mufoco.info
 
 
***** LEARNING: THURSDAY *****
 
 
Pharmacogenetics: Why Medicine Is Always Personal
 
Why do people respond so differently to various medications? For some people, medications work really well but for others, medications can cause severe side effects or not work at all. Enter the field of pharmacogenomics, or PGx. PGx utilizes a patient's genetic profile to help predict how to dose medications, adverse side effects, and medication efficacy. PGx has been utilized by healthcare providers for decades in oncology and cardiology, however only in the past few years has PGx been utilized in the field of psychiatry. Traditionally, psychiatry can sometimes be a matter of trial and error, leading to frustration for the patient, family members, and the treating provider. Utilizing PGx to help guide medication treatment for increases the chances of patients' response to medications while avoiding adverse side effects is a game changer in this field of medicine. This talk will delve into the science behind PGx as well as how can it actually be used to help patients.
 
Genspace
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
7-9p; $free
eventbrite.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: THURSDAY *****
 
 
Radical Mycology Convergence
 
The RMC is a weekend long event consisting of workshops, presentations, and various mycoremediation installations. Beyond the skills shared, the RMC also works to build a community among like-minded mycophiles (aka mushroom lovers) and community-based Earth healers to collaborate on remediation and restoration projects during and after the RMC.
 
The RMC organizers feel strongly that these skills need to be shared and we want to make information on the fungi and their unique healing abilities accessible and tangible for as many people as possible. By creating an encouraging and welcoming space we hope to ''be-mushroom'' all who attend in an effort to bring about greater planetary health.
 
We would like to invite anyone interested in participating in this event to come and learn, help out, or teach! The RMC is family friendly, non-discriminatory, and is donation-based to provide open access to people of all backgrounds.
 
147 Old Forge Road, Wingdale, NY
October 6-10, times vary; $50-$300, no one turned away
radicalmycologyconvergence.wordpress.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Deep House Yoga
 
DJ George Faya and instructor Jennifer Diaz lead you through an hour of vinyasa flow accompanied by deep house grooves. Reach your bliss.
 
Yoga, loosely translated from its Sanskrit root – means ''union'' or ''integration'' – the bringing together of a sound mind & spirit within a sound body. Riding at the forefront of the new health-conscious clubbing movement, DeepBeats: Deep House Yoga is a union of not just the spiritual and physical, but a fusion of the ancient discipline of yoga with the sounds of today’s underground dance music. It brings together the mental and physical benefits of yoga with the spiritual connection we feel to the music we love. Bring your own mat. Mats will be available to use for class for $2.
 
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
October 15, noon-1p; $20
eventbrite.com
 
 
XXXXX HANDS XXXXX
 
 
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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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