nonsensenyc: 4.24 to 4.30

From: "Jeff Stark" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 4.24 to 4.30
Date: April 24th 2015

Friday, April 24
* Rocking Dead, Manhattan
* The Secret Loft Show, Brooklyn
* Hoffs Horrorfest, Manhattan
* Subway Party, Manhattan
* The Irresistible, Williamsburg
* When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out, Manhattan
* Lovers, Letters, and Killers, Brooklyn
* You Bred Raptors? Queens
* Planes, Trains, and Motorcycles on the Big Screen, Jersey City
* Model Home, Brooklyn
* Desert Sin, Manhattan
* Too Much Juice, Brooklyn
 
Saturday, April 25
* Biter (Every Time I Turn Around), Brooklyn
* Storykraft: Storytelling and Music, Williamsburg
* Readymade Cabaret, Manhattan
* St. George Day 2015, Staten Island
* Catch 67, Brooklyn
* StoryTour: The Secret Architecture of Loss, Manhattan
* Feeling Gloomy, Williamsburg
* If You Leave: Pretty in Pink 80s Prom, Brooklyn
* The Mushroom Cure, Manhattan
* Starvue, Brooklyn
* 19th Century Fancy Dress Ball with Susan de Guardiola, Manhattan
* Brooklyn Zine Fest, Brooklyn
* Storykraft: Storytelling and Music, Williamsburg
* The Big Lean: Birds and Bees, Brooklyn
* Community Examines Itself / Somatic Sense Collection With Typewriters, Brooklyn
 
Sunday, April 26
* Confessin' at the Sunview, Brooklyn
* The Secret City: Truth and Lies, Manhattan
* Bushwick A/V Sunday Afters, Brooklyn
* Thus Spoke the Spectacle, Manhattan
 
Monday, April 27
* Sh*t Lit: Comedy Show and Reading Series, Manhattan
* Hypnocraft, Brooklyn
 
Tuesday, April 28,
* Badass Board Game Battle, Brooklyn
* Draw-Mania 39, Manhattan
* Subliminal Circus A-Go-Go, Brooklyn
* Salon: Disarticulation, Brooklyn
* Keep the Change: A Collector's Tales of Curious Currency, Queens
 
Thursday, April 30
* Pickpocket Rent Party, Brooklyn
* Carousel, Brooklyn
 
Wishlist
* Travel
 
Spectre
* Liquidity Shock
 
Overheard
* Sadness
 
Learning
* Zine Making Across Generations
 
Hands
* Zombies
 
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.
 
 
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The phantom museum.
 
 
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Playing with Reality presents:
 
Rocking Dead
 
An immersive theater dance party. Happy hour. On a boat. With zombies. Rocking Dead is an immersive theater experience that unfolds at a dance party on the Frying Pan, a boat docked on the Hudson River. Audience members interact with the players in this post-apocalyptic zombie world and help them to keep the entire boat from zedding out. Meanwhile, a dance party rages in the hold with happy hour drink specials and DJ DeadMeet spinning electronic and house beats.
 
Aboard the Lightship Frying Pan
Docked in the Hudson River at West 26th Street, Manhattan
7p sharp; $20 cover, $5 off the April 24 opening night performance with discount code NONSENSEZOMBIE
Continues May 2, 9, 16, 29, and 30
bit.ly/RockingDead
playingwithreality.org/rocking-dead
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Secret Loft Show
 
A free comedy show dance party with some of New York's biggest comics. With the Lucas Bros, Frank Conniff, Mike Recine, Sean Donnelly, Carmen Lynch, and Lucas Connolly. 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 we also have free pizza and very cheap drinks.
 
255 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free
516 808 8187
marisaleecomedy]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events/1098723186820870/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Hoffs Horrorfest
 
A monthly free comedy show/horror movie screening Hoff's Horrorfest, which this month is going to feature a Q and A with horror auteur William Lustig, in addition to stand-up from me and a screening of Lustig's film Maniac Cop 2.
 
Brit Pack
153 Lafayette, Manhattan
9:30p;
hoffmatthews.com/2015/04/06/hoffs-horrorfest-presents-maniac-cop-2-qa-with-director-william-lustig/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Subway Party
 
In the midnight hours a nondescript, unsuspecting subway car will become the vehicle for the 11th annual Subway Party (wow). The fabled journey will commence at the 116th downtown platform or Times Square (choose your own adventure!), where we will embark upon a raucous ride all the way down to the beach. There shall be music. There shall be dancing. There shall be swimming. There shall be friends. There shall be strangers. There shall be fun like no other. Bring instruments, bring masks, and as many friends as you can, as we make music, play soccer, swing on the monkey bars, and dance our way to the ocean.
 
116th downtown platform of the 1 train, Manhattan
11:30p; $free
facebook.com/events/1401990036607602/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Irresistible
 
The Irresistible is a completely immersive theatrical experience, adapted and directed by Caleb Hammond. Ibsen's Hedda Gabler and Euripides' the Bacchae come together in an interwoven, layered, and expansive drama of the human condition. The show's malleable perspectives are brought to life through translucent live camera feeds, keeping the scene to scene focus fluid and dynamic.
 
Audience members are free to explore the entire playing space and have a drink at the bar while taking in the performance and live atmospheric music by the all-female punk band Huff This. For those who really can't resist, the show may be viewed in a loop from 7p until closing.
 
Immersive Gallery
132 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
6p-midnight; $15
Continues FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS through April 26
uniiverse.com/events/the-irresistible-tickets-brooklyn-J679X
immersivegallery.org
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out
 
No Longer Empty is pleased to present When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out at the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse. Built 1905-1914 and attributed to architects Michael John Garvin and Oscar Florianus Bluemner, the Courthouse, once boasting granite floors, lavish stairways, and bronze doors, remains adorned by a statue of Lady Justice. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Bronx County, the Beaux Arts-style building has been shuttered for 37 years.
 
The Old Bronx Borough Courthouse is taken as both site and theme: a time capsule, witness, and symbol existing within a plurality of narratives about its future role in the neighborhood. Referencing a quote by Beat generation poet William S. Burroughs, When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out echoes approaches attributed to cut-up poetry, early hip-hop, spoken word, and the sculptural practice of artist Gordon Matta-Clark, who sliced into urban spaces as social commentary. The exhibition will occupy three floors and include the works of 26 artists and site-specific works commissioned by No Longer Empty.
 
Old Bronx Courthouse
878 Brook Avenue, at East 161 Street and Third Avenue, Manhattan
1-7p; $free
Continues through July 19
nolongerempty.org/nc/home/what-we-do/exhibitions/exhibition/when-you-cut-into-the-present-the-future-leaks-out/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Lovers, Letters, and Killers
 
In her dank, dark basement actress Eva has silently labored eight long years to craft her stage play about Mata Hari. She is fascinated by the complicated history of Mata Hari and her entanglements with men. Both women are Dutch, and while separated by a hundred years they share the tendency to end up in the wrong arms.
 
Mata Hari made fame during the time period leading up to WWI, by revealing her body in exotic dances. She had countless affairs with military men, aristocrats and bankers on both sides of the front. Trapped in a spider web of men, she is accused of counter espionage and executed by firing squad in Paris. While exploring diverse acting methods to bring Mata Hari to life, Eva's own struggles with men rise to the surface. She can't help but think about a long forgotten love she left behind.
 
Sideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $10
Continues SATURDAY
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
You Bred Raptors?
 
Usually seen performing in the subway as part of the Music Under New York program, the masked, Jurassic-Park-inspired band You Bred Raptors? comes to Astoria's Crescent and Vine on the last Friday of every month. The band consists of eight-stringed bass, cello, drums, and glockenspiel, and their music has been called "a mix of alternative rock, heavy rock, and classical." Throughout the show, the entire band will wear a variety of masks ranging from Venetian, to Luchador, to Kabuki, and others. If your lucky, the bassist might even juggle.
 
Crescent and Vine
25-03 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, Queens
10p; $one drink minimum
crescentandvine.com/
youbredraptors.com/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Planes, Trains, and Motorcycles on the Big Screen
 
Tonight: Easy Rider. Saturday: Airplane! and the Taking of Pelham One Two Three.
 
Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre Movie Palace
54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ
8:15p; $8, $6 seniors
loewsjersey.org
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Model Home
 
Model Home is a performance art installation series curated by Fluct and set in an almost life-size dollhouse with a playground, complete with a stripper pole and swing set. Secret Project Robot Art Experiment and Fluct collaborate with different artists throughout the month to create an immersive performance event deriving from the familiar interpretations of home / house / suburb / doll / movement poetics and culture.
 
Tonight: Multiples: With James Thomas Marsh, Bebe Yama, YESwave, Deda Rohr, Gianni Onassis, Willi Fortini, Ric Royer, Buoy, Elayna Lopez, Macy Rodman, and Kelsea Dakota. Produced by Fluct and SPR; artistic direction by Monica Mirabile. Multiples will be an evening of multiple short performances pieces that all take place in the model home each artist will do a few quick pieces in different areas of the house simultaneously. Fluct is Sigrid Lauren and Monica Mirabelle's dance and performance art collective. They do really intense pieces that surround the ideas of modern feminism using often harsh physical movement. All the events in the model home will have an accompanying snack created by Zach Lehrhoff
 
Secret Project Robot
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
$5 and up
facebook.com/pages/Secret-Project-Robot-Art-Experiment/88171009501
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Casino Badia presents:
 
Desert Sin
 
Casino Badia is proud to present New York City's very own bevy of beauties and scintillating sirens, Desert Sin. Slip into something seductive and join us for a cocktail or two as we take the stage in one of Manhattan's most intimate speakeasies, the Red Room.
 
Featuring: Desert Sin with Cassandra Rosebeetle, Zahra Hashemian, Amanda Mottur, and Renata Bergan; Maiden China, with Lauren Robbiani, Mattie Waters, and Lauren Jeanette. Live music by musicians from the Brooklyn Nomads. Brad Mack returns as host.
 
The Red Room
85 East 4th Street, one flight above the KGB Bar, Manhattan
8p doors; $15 advance, $20 door
two drink minimum
brownpapertickets.com/event/1445840
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Juice presents:
 
Too Much Juice
 
The Juice is anything goes variety show with improv, sketch, stand up, music, with some of the best underground performers in NY.  This week there will be a special interactive show with multiple simultaneous performances going on at once in different rooms at the venue. Hosted by Carmen Christopher.
 
Annoyance Theatre
367 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
9:30; $5
theannoyance.com/events/event/the-juice/
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, APRIL 25 XXXXX
 
 
Biter (Every Time I Turn Around)
 
A new original play from Title:Point. A Postman delivers an ominous package; Two gentlemen throw a party for the birthday bear: a Fish hired for entertainment recounts his life in its final moments. If they can all just keep their arms attached to their bodies, it ought to be a rousing success. TItle:Point’s latest production is a sincere slapstick gore-fest examination of personal prisons and animal urges. Directed by Theresa Buchheister, Brian Lady, and Joey LePage. Written by Spencer Thomas Campbell and Ryan William Downey. Featuring Catrin Lloyd-Bollard, Ryan William Downey, J. R. Rose, Justin Anselmi, Spencer Thomas Campbell, and  E. James Ford.
 
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $10
Continues various days through May 16
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Storykraft: Storytelling and Music
 
Six storytellers, and musical guest. Howth 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/1602707376640248/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
This Is Not a Theatre Company presents:
 
Readymade Cabaret
 
Come roll the dice: The scenes and the order in which they are performed are determined by chance, giving audiences 1 of 100,000,000 possible plays at any given performance. Based on the notion of readymade art and the philosophies of Dada as practiced by Marcel Duchamp, Readymade Cabaret deals with control,fate, and free will, and celebrates the beauty of chance encounters.
 
Judson Church
239 Thompson Street, side entrance, Manhattan
7p; $25
Continues various days through May 23
thisisnotatheatrecompany]at]gmail.com
artful.ly/store/events/5257
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
St. George Day 2015
 
A community festival celebrating earth day and the arts. Staten Island’s springtime extravaganza returns. With parades and spectacle, music and dance, kid zone, and book faire.
 
Tompkinsville Park
Victory Boulevard and Bay Street, Staten Island
11a-5p; $free
stgeorgedaysi.org
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Catch 67
 
Catch is a hydra-headed, multi-disciplinary, rough and ready series of performance events that whirls through Brooklyn every month or two. For over 10 years 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 Philly, Chelsea and Magda, Meg Foley, No Face Performance Group, Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty, Psychic Readings, Jen Rosenblit, and Jeff Sugg.
 
Invisible Dog
51 Bergen Street, between Court and Smith, Brooklyn
F or G trains to Bergen station
8p; $15, beer included
catchseries.org
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
StoryTour: The Secret Architecture of Loss
 
A fictional walking tour of a fantastical and illuminating tale hidden beneath the bustle of Manhattan. Both performance and excursion, the Secret Architecture of Loss explores the lasting legacy of a deadly plague and the yearning of those who struggled in its shadow. This unusual piece is part of StoryTour’s Fiction Section -- bringing storytellers and audiences together into the streets of New York to weave new narratives into the fabric of the city. StoryTour is an in-person magazine committed to bringing its audience offline to experience stories firsthand. The Secret Architecture of Loss was created by Lucas Loredo.
 
Starts at the bench in front of the High Line Hotel
180 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan
4:30p; $20, or $15 with discount code NNYC
story-tour.com/homepage/tickets/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Feeling Gloomy
 
Blur certainly isn't the most popular band to come out of the UK in the last 20 years. In fact, it wasn't until the band waxed poetically over the difficulty of getting head checks by jumbo jets that they began to gain traction on this side of the pond. While there was much excitement about the Blur reunion back in 2009, the nervous anticipation of a new album began to wane as it became apparent that neither Damon or his bandmates seemed as excited about the completion of new material as their rabid fan base. But lo and behold, seemingly out of thin air came that fateful announcement. The Magic Whip, Blur's latest album, will be released on April 28. So naturally, we at Feeling Gloomy HQ decided that now would be as good a time as any to hold our very own tribute to Blur for the month of April, in case the boys decide not to release anything for another 12 years. Dress to depress.
 
Grand Victory
245 Grand Street, between Driggs and Roebling, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
11p-4a; $6 door, $4 advance
eventbrite.com/e/gloomlife-feeling-gloomys-tribute-to-blur-tickets-16412254495
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
The Skint presents:
 
If You Leave: Pretty in Pink 80s Prom
 
It’s time to tease your hair and dig out your volcanic ensembles -- because Pretty in Pink prom night is around the corner. An 80s prom blowout featuring songs from one of the best soundtracks of all time -- think New Order, the Psychedelic Furs, the Smiths, and OMD -- along with more 80s alternative favorites spun by DJ Steve Reynolds (mix master of Party Like It’s 1999). 1980s throwback video projections by Stephen Pitalo will help transport you back to the era, while themed drinks like the Shellshock will get you on the dance floor. Fill yourself with enough liquid courage to compete in a Try a Little Tenderness Duckie dance off. Dress in your thrift-store finest for our costume contest and make the memories last for decades to come with a trip into our photo booth. High school may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in some good old high school angst. See you at prom. You always said we’d meet again some day.
 
Littlefield
622 Degraw Street, between 3rd and 4th avenues, Brooklyn
9p; $5 advance, $7 door
ticketfly.com/purchase/event/821339
facebook.com/events/775806992515402/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
The Mushroom Cure
 
A true-life tour de force that mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain (New York Times), the Mushroom Cure recounts Adam Strauss' attempt to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics. The show won the New York Fringe Festival's Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance, and will be followed by a discussion and Question and Answer on the current state of psychedelic research (including ongoing mushroom research at NYU) and what you can do to ensure this vital and promising work continues in the face of daunting legal and regulatory obstacles.
 
Broadway Comedy Club
318 West 53rd Street, between 8th and 9th avenues, Manhattan
2:15p doors, 3p show; $12 with discount code nonsense, plus one drink minimum
themushroomcure.com
brownpapertickets.com/event/1456822?discount=nonsense
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Starvue
 
A private audio gallery/loft space/safe haven in Bushwick featuring a vintage system and amazing wood floors for your feet to dance the night away on. A place for like-minded individuals looking to get away from the daily rigors of everyday life through movement. Nothing is for sale inside, therefore guests should bring anything they might need for the evening. Tonight: D.N.A., with Jeremie Dolan and Stewart Upchurch and Monchan.
 
Starvue
234 Starr Street, Brooklyn
10p; $10
21 and over
starvue234]at]gmail.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
19th Century Fancy Dress Ball with Susan de Guardiola
 
Learn to dance in the elegant style of the 19th century with world-renowned dance historian and instructor Susan de Guardiola. Put on your finest period garb, Steampunk attire, or just dress to impress for an evening of ballroom dancing.
 
Ripley-Grier Studios
520 8th Avenue, Manhattan
6-8p; $15
brownpapertickets.com/event/1457184
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Brooklyn Zine Fest
 
Even the weirdo goes to the prom(enade), as Brooklyn Zine Fest returns to Brooklyn Heights for two days of self-published magazines by independent writers and artists from all five boroughs and beyond.  This fourth annual biggest zine convention in the Tri-State area, curated by zine makers Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh.
 
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn
11a-6p; $free
all ages
Continues SUNDAY
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Storykraft: Storytelling and Music
 
Six storytellers, and musical guest Howth 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/1602707376640248/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
The Big Lean: Birds and Bees
 
The home of the story-party presents installment number four in Bushwick this month. We're celebrating spring by sharing some NSFW stories about the birds and the bees, and all are welcomed to blush their way to the story stage. What does it mean to story-party? At TBL we switch between open-mic storytelling and informal party mode. We believe story-partying is the way to purposeful socializing.
 
Fuchs Projects Gallery
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn
7-11p; $10
eventbrite.com/e/the-big-lean-birds-bees-tickets-16484280928
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Community Examines Itself / Somatic Sense Collection With Typewriters
 
Join choreographer Andrea Haenggi and writer Robert Neuwirth for a two-day research workshop in which participants acts as somatic sensing poet scientists of the public realm, noticing and engaging with the Crown Heights community’s social choreographic patterns to find its hidden narratives.
 
On Saturday, April 25, we will ask, What do we want to collect and how do we want to collect it/embody it?” As we explore these questions through movement and play with manual typewriters we touch on time, space, atmosphere, character, actions, obstacle, and objects. On Sunday, April 26, we will return to the street to record, reconcile, and deepen our observations and discoveries. Our somatic writing documentation of this historic multi-ethnic neighborhood, whose diversity is being threatened by gentrification and development, will be compiled into an e-booklet, which will be available online under a creative commons license.
 
Meet at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Fulton, Brooklyn
C train to Franklin Avenue station
1p; $?
ilandart.org/community-examines-itself-somatic-sense-collection-with-typewriters/
ilandart.org
1067pacificpeople.wordpress.com
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, APRIL 26 XXXXX
 
 
Confessin' at the Sunview
 
If there is anything you've ever wanted to say to someone but didn't have the opportunity, or the guts, or the safety to do so, this just may be your lucky day. Come to the Sunview Luncheonette Sunday evening for an inaugural session of Confessing'. Have a couple of drinks, then duck inside a phone booth and get whatever it is off your chest. I'll bring the alcohol. You bring things to say. It might be an apology. A tirade. A wish. A memory. Anything plaguing your guilty conscience. Anything you need to talk about that your friends are tired of hearing about. Anything at all. You will be recorded. It will be anonymous. You go alone into the phone booth and your voice will be altered by software on the recording device.
 
Sunview Luncheonette
221 Nassau Avenue, across from Monsignor McGolrick Park, Brooklyn
7:30-11p; $free
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
The Secret City: Truth and Lies
 
Today presenting our first short play, written just for this theme and performed by the Secret City Players. Plus playwright Christina Anderson has written a short play for us; Boris Torres will share his paintings, drawings, and collages; Olivia Oguma will read the Cultural Calendar; vocalist David Driver will be our featured musical guest; actor Carson Elrod will perform some Shakespeare; Holly Shelowitz will present the food offering; and the Secret City Players will be Danielle Delgado, Yvette Ganier, Charleigh Parker, Abigail Ramsay and Cathy Richards. The band is working on some Eurythmics, the Secret City Singers are going to sing about jive and I'm going to tell a story about an unfortunate break down on the freeway.
 
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie, between Rivington and Delancey, Manhattan
11:30a; $15 suggested donation, free childcare
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Bushwick A/V Sunday Afters
 
We continue our Sunday after-hours series with another eclectic lineup in our dope warehouse loft. This time we're joining forces with the one and only Blkmarket Membership crew. Expect impeccable sound, inexpensive drinks, a beautiful, freedom-loving crowd, a pillowed side-lounge, early morning munchies and of course, some of the most serious selectors in New York throwing down all day. With Sassmouth, Mayssam, DJ Chris Video, E.P.S., Arjun and Dhiven, Me and Gio, and Myroslaw Bytz.
 
RSVP for location and details, Brooklyn
4a-4p; $15 advance, $20 doors
somewhereinbushwick]at]gmail.com
residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?707626
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Thus Spoke the Spectacle
 
Thus Spoke the Spectacle deconstructs and reconfigures the massive onslaught of news, advertising, politics, and entertainment into an edgy and highly entertaining transmedia rock experience. Original live music, spoken word vocals, video and lights combine to tell the story of the mass media’s infiltration of every aspect of society.
 
Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery, Manhattan
8p; $15, $12 students
thespectacle.net
horsetrade.info
 
 
XXXXX MONDAY, APRIL 27 XXXXX
 
 
Sh*t Lit: Comedy Show and Reading Series
 
It's a comedy show. It's a reading series. It's a bad writing contest. This week Tim Racine and Lizzie Martinez welcome comedians and writers David Ebert, Evan Williams, Katie Hannigan, Lukas Kaiser, and Andrew Collin. Submit to the bad writing contest. Bring 150 words of awful prose, terrible plays, or garbage poems to the show. The worst writer wins $10.
 
Bunga's Den
137 West 14th Street, Manhattan
8p doors, $free
shitlitcomedy.tumblr.com/
 
 
***** Also on MONDAY *****
 
 
Hypnocraft
 
Week three of the Hum music and video art series. Over the month of April Hypnocraft will be presenting new, ambitious musical collaborations from all female artists of various genres, paired with unique, live video art projections. With Jen Goma, Cassandra Jenkins and Caroline Davis, Cat Martino  and Erin Fein, and Xenia Rubinos and Indigo Street. Projections by Laura Batczak.
 
Manhattan Inn
632 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
10:30p; $free
facebook.com/events/734620039991493/
hypnocraftpresents.com/upnext
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, APRIL 28 XXXXX
 
 
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.
 
Henri on Fifth
279 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn
6:30p door; $30 for two
pogoevents.ticketmob.com/event.cfm?id=96091&cart
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
Draw-Mania 39
 
Draw-mania is a monthly draw-a-thon and variety show for artists of all levels (including you). Each show features several amazing art models posing and interacting on stage for an audience of artists who draw them, a killer DJ who spins up an amazing variety of your favorite music (probably), and live performances from cutting edge musicians, comics, and other performers. It's four hours of pure artistic fun. And if all of that isn’t enough inspiration, the amazing Tiki drink concoctions from the bar are sure to get your creative juices flowing. So grab your favorite drawing materials and your most creative friends, and come and join the fun at the next Draw-mania.
 
Otto’s Shrunken Head
538 East 14th Street, between Avenues A and B, Manhattan
8p-midnight; $20
21 and over
draw-mania.com or email info@draw-mania.com
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
Subliminal Circus A-Go-Go
 
Come one come all, to the circus of the mind. We are gonna go go dance through your dreams with titillating messages that will taunt your out of the corner of your mind in the most delightful way. We invite your to run away with the circus for just one night. With Ol' Uncle Andy, Vermillion Bird, Piss Off!, the Subliminal Cult of Tin Fin Kite Nite, and Durians. Subliminal visuals by VJ DoctorMojo.
 
The Flat
308 Hooper Street, Brooklyn
7:30p-4a; $5, $free after midnight
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
Salon: Disarticulation
 
A delectable smorgasbord of arts and minds, mingling in space and time to stimulate all your senses and nonsenses. We're going to pull you apart limb by limb and piece you lovingly back together again. Brought to you by Title:Point. Featuring: Jonathan Wood Vincent, Olivia Jampol, Dora Naughton, Ilana Stuelpner, Jess Napier, Celia Muller, Cameron Stuart, Dale Lee Buchheister, and Peter Mills Weiss. And a full set post-show from the band Fuck Fuck. Hosted by Catfox. Welcome to our home. Notables will be provided.
 
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick, Brooklyn
8p; $7-10 bucks sliding scale
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
Princeton Architectural Press presents:
 
Keep the Change: A Collector's Tales of Curious Currency
 
Harley J. Spiller (aka Inspector Collector) shows off his collection of mangled and mutilated money while telling quirky facts and funny anecdotes about the coins and bills that pass through your hands every day. He will do demonstrations. There is a contest for kids. And there will also be free snacks. He will sign copies of his new book Keep the Change: A Collector's Tales Of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency. Harley Spiller is one of America's top 100 collectors and holds a Guinness World Record. 
 
Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st Street, Astoria, Queens
7-8p; $free
astoriabookshop.com/ 
 
 
XXXXX THURSDAY, APRIL 30 XXXXX
 
 
Pickpocket Rent Party
 
A rent party as an artistic experience. as the performance unfolds all the party guests become outlaws. What happens then? Be part of this experimental performance rent party where a rent party is a dance, a social experiment, an outlaw, a desire to transform the system.
 
Challenge yourself with the Art of Pickpocketing Performances by Andrea Haenggi, Carrie Ahern, Natalia Karam and others. Let your body move to the breathing living grooves by DJ Darryl Hell. Steal a moment steal a glance steal a kiss steal an idea steal a dream steal a penny for a thought have your pocket picked for a cause (bring an envelope with a small sum (1 or 2 dollar bills you don' t mind losing), give yourself over to a rent party performance!
 
Deft. Quick. Alive. Hands that slide. Hands that alight. Hands that steal. Out of necessity? Or an appetite for danger? The Art of a Team. The Art of Destruction. The Art of Compassion. The Art of Attention. The Art of Pickpocketing. A Social Experiment. A Dance. Do you want me to call the police? With DJ Darryl Hell. An outdoor/indoor party that takes place rain or shine
 
1067 Pacific, Brooklyn
7p door, 8p start; $15
brownpapertickets.com/event/1438315
1067pacificpeople.wordpress.com/
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
Carousel
 
Cartoon slide shows and picture performances. Hosted by R. Sikoryak. With gag cartoons, graphic stories, 3D projections, and song and dance. Featuring Eric Drysdale, Sam Gross, Carolita Johnson, Jason Little, Patrice Miller, Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger, and Sasha Velour.
 
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey, Manhattan
7:30p; $12 advance, $15 door
carouselslideshow.com
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* Dance Parade, May 16
 
 
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 writing you because you know something that I don’t. Hopefully you know a lot of things about some wonderful places that you want to share with people all across the country, because this August I’ll be making my first cross-country trip with Everyhere Logistics. EhL is 12 teams of artists -- six starting from New York and six starting from San Francisco -- who will travel cross country to the towns hosting a Lost Horizons Night Market. During a Night Market, artists prepare box trucks with various installations, experiences and events, which are open to the public for free in late-night pop-up guerrilla exhibitions. My truck, the EhL Travel Agency, is an interactive theater experience where you sit down with an agent and discuss any of your own past, present or future travel plans--but in this case, travel is broadened to an interesting trip outside of your own home. The idea is to barter travel tips and get a chance to win bus tickets or gas cards in order to engage in a very unique, fun and cheap tour package in a city close by, or even the city that you live in. But in order to get to that point, I want to be prepared with information about cheap or free things to do, people to meet, food to eat, places to sleep, vehicles to ride, sights to see and knowledge to know. If you’re interested in sharing any information that can help inspire, illuminate or otherwise enrich a travelers experience, please fill out this form or email ehltravelagencygmailcom. We are currently accepting information regarding all sites within the United States of America, however due to an upcoming Night Market in the San Francisco Bay Area at the end of this month, we find information regarding this area particularly valuable at this time.
 
* Art-A-Hack brings artists, programmers and technology together to make in a new way. Here's the deal: Send your application now to the Open Call, and we will match you up with the right collaborators. You will hack together for four Mondays in June, and at the end you can present your work. Your end result could be an exhibit, an online work, a demo, or a presentation of what you have found -- there really are no restrictions on activity. We provide, equipment, facilitation, technical support and a stellar showcase opportunity; the program is free. artahack.io
 
 
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.
 
***** Liquidity Shock *****
 
spectrevision.net/2015/04/24/liquidity-shock/
 
"An illusion of liquidity has beguiled financial markets across the world and spawned some of the worst excesses seen on Wall Street in modern times, the International Monetary Fund has warned. The ratio of non-financial corporate debt to underlying assets has reached 27pc, even higher than it was just before the Lehman crash in 2008. Issuance of "second lien" loans that face a likely wipeout in cases of default are running near record levels once again. The so-called 'flash crash' on US bond markets last October and the collapse of the Swiss currency floor in January showed how quickly liquidity can vanish, acting as "a powerful amplifier of financial stability risks."
 
A third of all sovereign bonds in the eurozone now carry negative yields. This is causing havoc for money markets and for the life insurance industry, which has locked into commitments stretching out for thirty years that are becoming untenable. The failure of one or more midsize insurers "could trigger an industry-wide loss of confidence," it said. "The industry has a portfolio of 4.4 trillion in assets in the EU, with high and rising interconnectedness with the wider financial system. A large mark-to-market shock could force life insurers into asset reallocations and sales that could engulf the financial system," it said."
 
 
XXXXX OVERHEARD XXXXX
 
 
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: miniuyork.squarespace.com
 
 
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Overheard in New York. April 2015. Man in his 30s talking about the joys of childhood and the pains of leaving home:
 
"It's a permanent sadness of adulthood."
 
 
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What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]gmail.com.
 
 
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 *****
 
 
Zine Making Across Generations
 
This panel, hosted by Michelle Spadafore of Haiku & Holga, will discuss the discovery and creation of zines in the '80s, '90s, and aughts, how the DIY scene has changed over the decades, what inspired the panelists to start making zines, and what continues to excite them about self-publishing today.
 
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn
3p; $free
brooklynzinefest.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
What Fanon Said
 
Frantz Fanon, the revolutionary psychiatrist and philosopher from Martinique who was also in the National Liberation Front in the Algerian War of Independence, would have celebrated his 90th birthday this year. This event is part of a series of forums in his honor. What Fanon Said, recently published by Fordham University Press, offers original translations from Fanon's writings ranging from Black Skin, White Masks to The Damned Of The Earth, and engagements with controversial debates on the thought and life of this canonical thinker from the global south.
 
Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30-9:30p; $6-$15 sliding scale
thecommonsbrooklyn.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Brooklyn Public Library Skillshare
 
Brooklyn Public Library will be hosting an all-day Skillshare where community members will share their skills and interests with others in a day of learning and creativity.
  
Some of the topics in this year's skillshare include digital storytelling, origami, DJing, zine making, financial fitness and online privacy.
 
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
May 2, 10a-6p; $free
bklynlibrary.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Introduction to LED and Arduino
 
This is a Local Project workshop favorite.
 
What is an electric circuit? How does an electric circuit and LEDs go together? In this workshop, learn how to use LEDs, and make them blink. You'll also get an introduction to Arduino.
 
Local Project
11-27 44th Road, Queens
May 2, 1-3:30p; $35
eventbrite.com
 
 
XXXXX HANDS XXXXX
 
 
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:  meeo]at]nonsensenyc.com.
 
 
***** HANDS: SATURDAY *****
 
 
Zombies
 
We need Zombies for photo shoot on Saturday. It is for the poster of a spring break themed zombie movie. You must arrive in Chinatown at 3p in full zombie garb. We can provide additional makeup if you don't have enough. This is your chance to be immortalized as part of the most epic teen zombie movie ever made. Don't miss it.
 
RSVP to samandmattiesmovie]at]gmail.com for address and info.
 
 
***** HANDS: NOW *****
 
 
Artist Studio Affordability Project
 
Organizing the art community to fight for affordable workspace in New York City. You do not need any prior experience or expertise to get involved. All you need is a passion for the issues, a commitment to supporting affordable rent for all New Yorkers, and a willingness to work. Any amount of time you can offer, and any task large or small, is greatly appreciated: translation, outreach, coalition building.
 
artiststudioap]at]gmail.com
 
 
***** HANDS: NOW *****
 
 
Hellgate Farm
 
Hellgate Farm is an organic, urban farm located in Astoria, New York. We partner with property owners throughout Astoria and Long Island City to turn underutilized backyards and rooftops into lush, valuable garden space. We wish to promote urban gardening and sustainable living within our community, providing opportunities for people interested in these practices to connect and to learn.
 
eric]at]hellgatefarm.com
 
 
XXXXX NONSENSE XXXXX
 
 
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