nonsensenyc: 1.23 to 1.29

From: "Jeff Stark" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 1.23 to 1.29
Date: January 23rd 2015

Friday, January 23
* Asslands, Williamsburg
* Operotica, Featuring Scenes From the Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera, Manhattan
* Quit While You're Ahead: The Final Exquisite Contraption Party, Long Island City
* Torus Porta Passage, Brooklyn
* Exquisite Corpus, Brooklyn
* Nationals: An Amateur Adult Dance Competition Comedy Show, Manhattan
* The Secret Loft Show: A Free Comedy Show Dance Party, Brooklyn
* Sexy Nerds Retro Game Night and Cosplay Party X, Manhattan
* Party Line Rides Again, Brooklyn
 
Saturday, January 24
* Idiotarod
* CyphE = mc2, Brooklyn
* Mark Street's (Re) Taking of Pelham, 1, 2, 3 (x3), Brooklyn
* Storykraft: Storytelling and Music, Brooklyn
* The Rainbow Dancers Take on Taylor Swift, Williamsburg
* Polyglot Discotheque, Brooklyn
 
Sunday, January 25
* Alice, Manhattan
* Secret City: Patterns, Manhattan
 
Tuesday, January 27
* Bushwick Book Club, Brooklyn
 
Wednesday, January 28
* The How I Learned Series Six Year Anniversary Show, Brooklyn
* Voices of Brooklyn: Magi in Search of a Star, Brooklyn
* What's Under a Dress? Brooklyn
 
Thursday, January 29
* XYZ NYC: January Edition, Manhattan
* Queens From the Closet, Manhattan
* Ask Roulette Third Birthday Show at Housing Works with Julia Turner and Ted Leo
 
Wishlist
* Sonic
 
Spectre
* Stateless
 
Learning
* Artist as Debtor
 
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
 
 
White plaster bats.
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, JANUARY 23 XXXXX
 
 
Adventure presents:
 
Asslands
 
A booty and bass night in tribute to Glasslands. Hosted at Cameo, the crew behind last year's wildly popular Robyn parties, MySpace/emo-inspired parties, the rave-themed rave, and Dad Jams honor their former home, Glasslands by welcoming you to Asslands. You're invited to shake, shimmy, and yes, twerk your tush to a wide variety of bass-heavy booty-bouncing tracks. Expect B-more club tunes, Miami bass, twerking classics, and tracks you know and love from DJ Assault, Disco D, 2 Live Crew, Big Freedia, Beyonce, and beyond. Adventure' winter night of bass music and in-your-face ass action will keep everyone warm and sweaty. Forget the gym, resolve to keep the booty bountiful as long as you can shake it and burn more calories dancing than on the treadmill. Adventure are thrilled to be sponsored by Burlesque-scene favorite, booty enthusiast and DIY designer Booty and the Geek, who will be vending her proprietary line of booty shorts.
 
Cameo
93 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
10p; $5
21 and over
adventuresbk]at]gmail.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Operotica, Featuring Scenes From the Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera
 
NYC's alt-opera-diva Sarah Screams presents another evening of burlesque and opera, featuring scenes from The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera by composer Gordon Beeferman and librettist Charlotte Jackson.
 
The Enchanted Organ is a burlesque opera that celebrates sexuality and satirizes the porn industry, while parodying four hundred years of operatic tradition. Act One previewed in June 2012 at Dixon Place, tantalizing two sold-out houses with the creators’ polymorphously perverse wit and imagination. Now members of the original cast will reunite to revive select numbers from that production -- and to give a sneak peek of Act Two.
 
The frolics will commence with a set of burlesque acts by presenter Sarah Screams and her all-star team of Op-Erotic performers, including Dangrr Doll, Cornelius Loy, and the evening’s host, NYC’s own ”boylesk” impresario and porn star Chris Harder.
 
Those who only know the stereotype of opera as the fat lady singing in a Viking helmet may not realize just how diverse, edgy, and modern an art form opera can be -- and always has been. In fact, the opera-burlesque was a wildly popular genre in the Victorian era -- now given a fresh, contemporary twist. The September premiere of Operotica completely sold out, so reserve seats for the encore performance before it’s too late! Join us as we shine a new light on the nitty-gritty-titty side of opera. Sit back, have a cocktail, and let the shenanigans commence!
 
Drom
85 Avenue A, between 5th and 6th streets, Manhattan
7:30 and 9:30p shows; $18 advance, $22 door
dromnyc.com/events/3579/operotica#.VFlU0sZc4ds
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Quit While You're Ahead: The Final Exquisite Contraption Party
 
Over the last year, a giant Rube Goldberg machine has activated the walls, ceilings, and stairways of Flux Factory. Its gears, levers, servos, ball tracks, toy cars, cameras, catapult, and shredder have been busy, completing the machine’s task to create a living record of its residents. Against all odds, it’s operated flawlessly; we set out to make a machine to last a year, but we created a machine to last a million years.
 
Sadly, the end draws near. In the spirit of impermanence, unpredictability, and glorious failure we invite you to Quit While You’re Ahead, the final party celebrating the Exquisite Contraption. We’ll set off the machine throughout the night to the sounds of DJ Vinyl Richie and Lost Colony (DJ Great Boyfriend, DJ Corey Hell, and DJ Seaarch) until everything devolves into a dance party.
 
The Exquisite Contraption was created by Stephanie Avery, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Jason Eppink, Justin Lange, Adrian Owen, Amelia Marzec, Alex Nathanson, Nick Normal, and Eric Petersen.
 
Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens
8p-late; $free
fluxfactory.org/events/exquisite-contraption-quit-while-youre-ahead-party/
facebook.com/events/688352161274838/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Torus Porta Passage
 
Wild Torus invites you into the alternate underworld of their  new Church of the Apocalypse Torus Porta: an underground Bushwick bunker where creative expression, spirituality, and the Internet come together and make an immersive spectacle unlike ever before. Use our mixed physical / digital world to access higher dimensions! Wild Torus will be your Cyber Shamans for a series of interactive rituals. Also performing is human-nature-noise musician, Train Trash; an interactive, soft-sculpture playground with The Cocoon Project; and spirit animal yoga with Eckszooberante. Plus performance artists Josh Kil, Devlin Goldberg, Rudi Salpietra, and Kim Fatale. Let us descend together in an epic, multi-state saga of post-digital transmogrification enacted through performance and sound experimentation. A collusion within a visually-augmented surreality installation of color and sacred geometry. Attendees should expect not to simply observe, but participate.
 
Torus Porta
113 Stockholm Street, Storefront 1A, at Myrtle, Brooklyn
8p-1a; $free, donations encouraged
wildtorus.tumblr.com/torusporta
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Exquisite Corpus
 
Come join us for the opening of Exquisite Corpus, an artist-invite-artist, visual telephone group show.  Not your average opening, this is an experiment in community curation and a celebration of what's outside of the typical art world establishment. With excellent alcohol to match the art, music and a community banquet potluck. Bring something to share.
 
City Foundry
Industry City Distillery
33 35th Street, 6th floor, Brooklyn
8-11p; $?
holesinthewallcollective.org
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Nationals: An Amateur Adult Dance Competition Comedy Show
 
Jazz hands, sparkles, and a bunch of idiots. The competitive dance comedy show you’ve (maybe) been waiting for. If you’ve ever been in the dance circuit, or watched Dance Moms, you know that Nationals is the end-all-be-all dance competition. Nationals: An Amateur Adult Dance Competition Comedy Show takes all the energy and tension that comes with dance competitions and pairs it with comedy.
 
In this monthly show, adult amateur (or worse) dance teams perform choreographed dances in front of a live audience and panel of industry-acclaimed judges (or so say they say, what a bunch of characters) to compete for the title we’re all gunning for, National champs. Be careful who you sit next to, there may be an aggressive Dance Mom in the audience.
 
Nationals is hosted by comedians Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney. Judge panel includes Jo Firestone  and Ryan Haney with resident Dance Mom Sudi Green. You're invited to join the chaos (with dance party to follow).
 
Treehouse Theater
154 West 29th Street, Manhattan
11p; $5
RSVP to dgabrielkatz]at]gmail.com
nationalsdance.tumblr.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Secret Loft Show: A Free Comedy Show Dance Party
 
Free comedy show at Secret Loft. We have an amazing line-up, free pizza, cheap drinks, and a killer DJ. If you're not into this, we don't trust you. With Sheng Wang, Adam Newman, Josh Gondelman, Patrick Holbert, Lucas Connolly, Marisa Douenias, and Emmy Blotnick. And DJ Jams Bond, who is absolutely not joking around, on the 1s and 2s
 
The Secret Loft Show
255 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free
516 808 8187
marisaleecomedy]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events/1397041670594361/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Sexy Nerds Retro Game Night and Cosplay Party X
 
Featured Cosplayers JumboTron, gaming stations, lazers on the dancefloor, live DJs, superhero drink specials, raffles.
 
Nevada Smiths
100 3rd Avenue, between 12th and 13th streets, Manhattan
9p; $5
21 and over
info]at]sexynerds.net
facebook.com/events/396299240538551/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Party Line Rides Again
 
This month we've got two solid guests. We're stoked to bring in our first out of town guest, Jay Simon from D.C, and also local talent Scallywag. As usual, the Party Line boys BLT and Ben Manzone will be warming the switchboards so come early. ßAlso we're happy to have our projection team Sleepy PPL back on the lights.
 
Starvue
RSVP for address, Bushwick, Brooklyn
10p-5a; $10
thepartylineinfo]at]gmail
facebook.com/events/765885930125309/
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 XXXXX
 
 
Idiotarod
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
CyphE = mc2
 
All about the opening for your dopest freestyles and or free verses to be herd in a community of MCs and hip-hop lovers. Instrumentals playing all night. No mics, just bars. Kyrsten Javana Bates aka iLA is DJing. Special performances by Amani Fela and Salomon Faye.
 
Mao Live House
864 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn
8p; $5
facebook.com/events/1586695771568063/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Mark Street's (Re) Taking of Pelham, 1, 2, 3 (x3)
 
We are excited to have Mark Street back at the Picture Show with his triptych installation, (Re)Taking of Pelham 1,2,3(x3). Live score performance from Bradford Reed and Geoff Gersh.
 
This live performance involves the side by side projection of three narrative films of the same title (made in 1974, 1998 and 2009). During the performance the sound will be mixed from each of the three films so that details are brought to the fore from each of the narratives. Live musicians improvise to the film(s) and mixed sound.
 
As remakes go, these adaptations of Morton Freedgood’s novel are similar. The incident(s) take place on the subway, the hero(es) are confined to the control room, the villain(s) both sly and vengeful. However, when compared in real time, these thrillers reflect varying sorts of cultural anxieties, and views of the city. Walter Matthau’s (1974) hero is long suffering and wry in the face of a city covered in graffiti, while Denzel Washington (2009) inhabits a slick and sanitized metropolis.
 
At times, the three films converse in a purely visual way: subway shots mirror each other to create a visually arresting tableau. At others the plot points prod and tease each other, allowing taut moments to be refracted in triplicate. The train hijackers seem like uncanny copies of each other, the three heroes trade moments of sang froid and exasperation.
 
In the 1974 version the hijackers demand $1 million, in 1998 their counterparts want $5 million and by 2009 it’s up to $10 million. Other things are inflated over time, too; technology explodes, surveillance is increased, and police presence becomes more martial.
 
The Picture Show
226 Green Street, Brooklyn
7p; $?
thepictureshow.org
thepictureshow.org/shows/2015/january/mark-street/mark.html
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Storykraft: Storytelling and Music
 
Six storytellers, and musical guest, C. Gibbs await you at this event where you can sit in the dark, eat popcorn, have drinks and hear true tales that are stranger and more glorious than anything we could have made up ourselves. Hosted by Kate Marlatt.
 
Standard Toykraft Theater
722 Metropolitan Avenue, third floor, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $10
facebook.com/events/1524666931144488/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
The Rainbow Dancers Take on Taylor Swift
 
The Rainbow Dancers are a group of specifically trained dance improvisers. They have the ability to improvise completely synchronized dances to your favorite Taylor Swift songs. Their faces will be painted different colors of the rainbow, hence the name Rainbow Dancers. It's Blue Man Group meets community theater meets popping dance club. Rainbow Dancers is created and hosted by the proud idiot Jo Firestone.
 
Annoyance Theater.
367 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
9p; $5
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Polyglot Discotheque
 
New York Night Train and Secret Project Robot's long love affair continues. With Josh Styles and the Soul Clap Shadow Dancers, and live performances by Live Fast Die and Economy Punk. All 1960s foreign language 45s all night. Visuals, live bands.
 
Secret Project Robot Art Space
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
10p; $?
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 XXXXX
 
 
Alice
 
Brian Joseph Ferree and Eric Laurence Schmalenberger are proud to announce the return of Alice. Over the rainbow and through the glory hole we go once again to the Slipper Room for a night of entertainment that has the ability to let out the waist on the trousers of perception and raise the hemline of reality.
 
Alice says leave your inhibitions at the doors and bring your dancing shoes. Alice says wear cute underwear. With performances by Velocity Chyaldd, Deity, Chris Harder, Kyle Supley, Lisa Natoli, Cassady Rose, Lisa Sokolov, the Love Show, and Crista Marie Jackson. Hosted by Drink me, kittened by eat Me.
 
The Slipper Room
167 Orchard Street, entrance on Stanton Street, between Rivington and Stanton, Manhattan
9:30p doors, 10p show; $10 advance, $20 door
slipperroom.com
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Secret City: Patterns
 
The theme is patterns, an exciting proposition for the new year, the things we repeat, the things we throw away. Check out this fabulous line-up of talent: Alex Smith of Alexander Wyly Design will share his super-fresh textile designs with us; vegan chef Shoshana Fritzberg-Izzo is preparing a dessert she calls the Lemon Drop; the marvelous Marlon Cherry is our featured musician this month and he's going to play percussion; the lovely Danielle Delgado is reading a beautiful old poem for us; funny and charming, Connie Perry is going to read the Cultural Calendar; and the Lady Dragons, an award winning step team from Brooklyn, will show us how it's done. We'll also play a game, hear some great songs by the Secret City Band and Singers, and I'm going to share a story called Haircuts. Come in out of the cold; join us. And, if you want to volunteer, we can always use a hand or two. Or bring something for the coffee hour. Free childcare.
 
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, Manhattan
11:30a; $15 suggested donation
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, JANUARY 27 XXXXX
 
 
Bushwick Book Club
 
New songs and performance inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s Bluebeard. Whether you’re eating lentils or a marzipan pig or searching your cake for a tiny baby or eating a bowl of rice cake soup or toasting champagne, you’re doing the thing that says all is new and time is refreshed. The Bushwick Book Club begins every year with new songs inspired by a different work by Kurt Vonnegut which is likely to question whether any year is ever new at all.  Now how about that. Performances by Susan Hwang, L.A. Boobs, Casey Holford, Don Rauf, Pearl Rhein, Thomas Wolfe, Dana Morgan, and Pierre De Gaillande.
 
Barbes
376 9th Street, Brooklyn
7p; $donation
347 422 0248
bushwickbookclub.com
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28 XXXXX
 
 
The How I Learned Series Six Year Anniversary Show
 
How I Learned celebrates six years of awkward funtimes this January with a dynamite lineup of talented foxes telling true, personal stories. The theme? Anything related to birthdays and anniversaries... in any way. Like, even if it's just a minor detail and doesn't actually have that much to do with the story. Fuck the rules. We're six now and we're out of control. We're bringing back a few old friends for this first installment of 2015, plus two new guests. I'm sure they're very nice. Come join us. Let's kick 2014 in the dick. Featuring Adam Wilson, Joel Kim Booster, Jen Snow, Alex Gallafent, and Cammi Climaco. Hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley.
 
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
8p; $6 advance, $10 howilearnedseries.com
unionhallny.com/event/752019-how-i-learned-series-6th-brooklyn/
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Voices of Brooklyn: Magi in Search of a Star
 
Learn the stories and the sounds of the Southside of Williamsburg through tales that reveal the secrets of our streets, music that moves with a Brooklyn rhythm, and interactive art to connect newcomers and old-timers alike. Caribbean/Jazz fusion music by Eric Frazier, stories from the neighborhood by local tailor and activist Francisco Ventura, and interactive art by Ben McKelahan.
 
334 South 5th Street, Brooklyn
7p; $15 suggested donation
facebook.com/events/344395615754079
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
What's Under a Dress?
 
We will be putting on our biggest event yet, it will be a shadow puppet show that is projected from inside a giant 14-foot wide dress worn by someone suspended from the ceiling. It will include, shadow puppetry, dance, burlesque, music, giant puppets, and snacks. There will be two pre-show events by Rubycon and Ali Dineen.
 
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
9p doors, 10p show; $5-15 suggested donation
 
 
XXXXX THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 XXXXX
 
 
XYZ NYC: January Edition
 
XYZ NYC is a new approach to dance-making in New York City creating a hybrid of choreographic laboratory and a reality TV game show. Every month dancers and choreographers are randomly grouped together, and within a week create new dances that are performed before an audience. A guest judge gives feedback to each of the choreographers, and the audience votes on their favorite dance. A winner is crowned at the end of the show, winning fame and glory and the chance of developing their new dance into a two-night run at the Tank.
 
The Tank
151 West 46th Street, 8th floor, Manhattan
8p; $10
212 563 6269
thetanknyc.org/dance/269-xyz-nyc-january-edition/
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
Queens From the Closet
 
A disturbing mash-up of 21st century living by Dana Denham Marsh, Duane Scott Cerny, and Brad Forenza. Seven funny, but oddly relevant monologues detail misguided outings, twisted senior care, unprofitable disasters and the elegance of celebrity obsession. With music.
 
The Producer's Club
358 West 44th Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues, Manhattan
8p; $20
323 493 0017
ezevent.com
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
Ask Roulette Third Birthday Show at Housing Works with Julia Turner and Ted Leo
 
Ask Roulette is a conversation series in which strangers ask each other questions, live on stage. It's weird, it's fun. Basically, you come with a question you want to ask a stranger, and get randomly paired with someone. Questions are silly, serious, answers are long or short. The only catch is that you have to answer a question from a stranger first, before you get to ask a stranger your question. Or, you can just watch and drink beer. This is our third birthday show featuring Julia Turner of Slate's Culture Gabfest and Ted Leo of the Both and occasional Best Show appearances. There's also a house band in the form of Eli Bolin of Sesame Street and Story Pirates.
 
Housing Works Bookstore/Cafe
126 Crosby Street, Manhattan
7p; $8
askroulette.net
housingworks.org/events/detail/ask-roulette-third-birthday-show/
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* Fun a Day, February 1
* The 16th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant, Postponed
 
 
XXXXX WISHLIST XXXXX
 
 
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to Alita at alitanonsensenyc.com. We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
 
 
***** ARTY STUFF *****
 
 
* I’m working on this performance/music event that could best be described as sonic theatre (not a traditional musical). I’m seeking people to get involved. Specifically I need musicians, performers willing to come up with a performance to contribute, poets willing to read aloud through a mic, anyone at all that likes the idea and feels they could contribute. Musically I’m looking for a lot of diversity, style- and instrumentation-wise. I’m avoiding having very many guitars or rock-oriented instruments. Once I have all the musicians together we are going to collectively write a piece, in an orchestral fashion. But more so than actually composing something note-by-note, I’m looking to form a language among the musicians and a general framework of how we all play together so that there can be no limit on improvisation. I am by no means seeking exclusively virtuosos or classically trained musicians. I can be emailed at autonerves]at]gmail.com for more details.
 
* Also, Cassette Exchange: One day (or night) a week people can bring cassettes to my apartment and trade them for other peoples’. The idea is that either you’re a musician/ in a band and you want to get your album to another musician in exchange for theirs or, perhaps, you have a small tape label or have a collection of tapes of smaller bands that you like and would like to share. I am however avoiding exchanging mass-produced tapes (example one Rod Stewart tape for your Pantera tape), but if other people are into that idea I’m open to it. I do however think a fundamental part of this is no exchange of money. Email autonerves]at]gmail.com for more details, and to help me figure out what a good day of the week is.
 
 
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.
 
 
***** Stateless *****
 
spectrevision.net/2015/01/14/stateless/
 
"The number of Americans who formally renounced their citizenship soared to 1,780 last year, up from 235 in 2008. They simply paid a $450 paperwork fee and an “exit tax” on unrealized capital gains. But these expats comprise just a tiny share of what the Financial Times has labeled the "stateless super rich", who shy away from the notoriety of citizenship spurned, yet live their lives as if they have no nation to call their own. This rootlessness is keeping the price of luxury real estate soaring. Massive mansions and apartments belonging to these homeless billionaires are unoccupied most of the year, as they look to park their wealth in perceived safe havens."
 
 
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 that you think are nifty-keen.
 
Learning is compiled and edited weekly by Juliana Driever. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]nonsensenyc.com.
 
 
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Artist as Debtor
 
We live in an era of unprecedented profits from contemporary art sales and massive debts incurred by art students. Are these phenomena related? Is it a coincidence that in an age in which art can be made from nothing, the price attached to an art degree is staggeringly high? Contemporary art institutions amass great wealth through real estate development and the value of their holdings—why then do museums, art-related businesses, and art schools rely so heavily on precarious and unpaid labor provided by artists? Has the economic structure of art schools always mirrored that of the commercial art world? What are the connections between big money in the art world and the big debts taken on by so many young artists? Are artists encouraged to believe that extreme economic disparity is just part of the way the art world works? Do romantic ideas about merit and talent mask a system of indenture?
 
Artists Noah Fischer (member of Occupy Museums) and Coco Fusco will present a conference to discuss the art and the debt economy.
 
Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street, Manhattan
1-9p; $free
RSVP: artanddebt.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
 
 
Free University Planning and Potluck
 
What themes should the Free University address? Who could be involved and how can we reach them? What can crowd-sourced anti-oppression education do for movements in NYC? Join us to create a vibrant, relevant, and inclusive Free University in 2015.
 
Bring your friends and your favorite dish and/or drink to share. All experiences welcomed, especially people who have been historically marginalized from formal systems of education. A brief overview of Free University's history and organizing principles will be provided.
 
Yaya Network
224 West 29th Street, 14th floor, Manhattan
1-3p; $free
facebook.com/events
 
 
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
 
 
Drink and Sew
 
Come enjoy a beer while learning how to sew like a boss with our Sewing 101 workshop.
 
In this Drink and Sew, we'll learn how a sewing machine works -- changed the course of human history -- and stitching concepts. These are basics required for hemming pants, adding patches or pockets (and, eventually, runway gowns). You'll begin to master first principals and walk away with your own stylish, germ-filtering Bandanna Scough (a bandanna with an embedded filter) to keep you breathing free and easy on your bike, motorcycle or while you're roaming the streets and riding the subway. All levels welcome; no experience necessary.
 
West
379 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
7-8:30p; $25
wearascough.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: TUESDAY *****
 
 
Out of Mindbody: OpenBCI for Biosensing Consciousness
 
OpenBCI stands for open-source brain-computer interface (BCI). The OpenBCI Board is a versatile and affordable analog-to-digital converter that can be used to sample electrical brain activity (EEG), muscle activity (EMG), heart rate (EKG), and more. It is compatible with any type of electrode and is supported by an ever-growing, open-source framework of signal processing applications.
 
Artists, co-founders, and creative technologists -- Joel Murphy and Conor Russomanno -- will demonstrate and discuss getting started and exploring mind-body consciousness with OpenBCI. Other topics may include: crowdsourcing capital, DARPA, makers, consciousness, mind, art, society, meditation, future fun.
 
New School
65 West 11th Street, 5th floor, Manhattan
6:30-9:30p; $free
meetup.com/Consciousness-Hacking-NYC
 
 
***** LEARNING: WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Romance and Revenge: Aphrodisiacs and Female Poisoners
 
This month, our Masters of Social Gastronomy take on aphrodisiacs and female poisoners. First, we'll trace the history of love-inducing and libido-promoting foods and see what science has to say about their amorous assertions. Then we'll talk about the Victorian ladies who made headlines by offing their lovers with poisoned food.
 
Littlefield
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
8p; $free
omgmsg.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Sex-Ed
 
Monthly workshops will explore concepts relating to sexuality and intimacy. In order to activate a productive and radical sexual discourse, part of each session will be spent workshopping communication structures and developing specific protocols for self-expression and desire.
 
Workshops will be fun, rigorous, safe, and sexy. Each theme will be an attempt to make sense of -- in critical terms -- sexual relations on a social or cultural scale. While there will be ''theory'' involved -- and some theories more than others -- our approaches will be propelled by the ways in which we can translate concepts into questions, and from questions into practices. How can we orient our sex lives around pleasure and intimacy, rather than capitalist structured patterns of gains and losses? How can we undo not just the structures of domination aimed at our own bodies, but also those aimed at repressing the possibilities between bodies? How can we be more deliberate with one another? And more responsible for one another? Visiting guests will include artists, public intellectuals, mothers, and whores.
 
BHQFU
34 Avenue A, third floor, Manhattan
7-9p; $free
facebook.com/events
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
GenSexNYC
 
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.
 
Applications due January 30
Apply: surveymonkey.com/s/gensexspring2015
Starts February 23rd, $donation
gensexnyc]at]gmail.com
gensexnyc.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Feminism 101
 
Join Feminist Dialogue for a participatory workshop on the basic tenants of feminism, and why it's relevant today.
 
Bluestockings
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
February 2, 7p; $free
bluestockings.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Community Land Access
 
Are you interested in accessing the many hundreds of acres of public vacant land in New York City? Learn how to tap community resources, use the 596 Acres map and website to engage your neighbors, and plot your next steps to gain access to city land for your community projects. This workshop will also act as a general meeting, where folks from all neighborhoods can share land access success stories and we can troubleshoot any sticky points in the process. Many communities in all boroughs have successfully used these tools to create gardens and host events in formerly empty lots. Could your community be next?
 
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
February 3, 7-8:30p; $free
596acres.org
 
 
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