nonsensenyc: 5.22 to 5.28

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 5.22 to 5.28
Date: May 22nd 2015

Friday, May 22
* Boredom, Brooklyn
* Live Dubbed Sitcoms: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and 30 Rock, Williamsburg
* Hoff's Horrorfest, Manhattan
* Bakia Quartet, Williamsburg
* Happy Hour .Br, Williamsburg
* Outdoor Guerrilla Concert Series, Williamsburg
Saturday, May 23
* What the Float, Manhattan
* Paradise Transduced: Evolving an Electronic Utopia, Brooklyn
* Suds in Solidarity, Manhattan
* Clipper Castaways, Manhattan
* Cinema Under the Influence, Long Island City
* Sexy Nerds Retro Game and Cosplay Party XIV, Manhattan
Sunday, May 24
* The LIC2LES BioBike Ride From the Ranch to the Spring MudBall Ball, Long Island City
* The Annual Spring MudBall Ball and Ephemeral Piazza: A Garden Celebration of Bioremediation and Symbiosis, Manhattan
* Force Majeure Vaudeville, Brooklyn
Monday, May 25
* Might Get Weird, Brooklyn
* Bushwick A/V Memorial Day, Brooklyn
* Memorial Day Mono a Mono with Douglas Taurel and Mary Dimino Manhattan
Wednesday, May 27
* How I Learned to Make the Grade: Stories About School, Williamsburg
* Voices of Brooklyn: Workers in the Vineyard of New York, Williamsburg
* The Jazzercise Play, or the Last Class, Manhattan
* Salon: Evolutionary Arms Race, Brooklyn
* Morning Gloryville NYC, Manhattan
Thursday, May 28
* BK Kaleidoscope: An Excuse for Expression
* Everyhere
* De Facto Quarantine
* Like
* Yeah, That's What She Said
* Billion Oysters
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Intermodal hobos.
Coney Island USA presents:
Boredom is a Dick Zigun play adapted from Maxim Gorky's trash-talking Coney Island essay about his 1904 visit. Gorky lectures, drinks, smokes, and pisses during the show. Tony the Carpenter introduces the famous Russian writer as head of the Amusement Park Workers Union as the play is set in Tony's 1904 APWU union hall. When Gorky himself is too bored to read his own work his mistress Maria Andreyeva takes over but her English is better besides she's the star actress at Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre. Satiric, Marxist, poetic, and precise, Boredom denounces amusement rides, especially Dreamland's big show attractions of Creation and Hell. As far as Boredom is concerned, In America, amusement parks are the opiate of the people.
Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $15
Continues through MAY 31
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Live Dubbed Sitcoms: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and 30 Rock
Lovable New York City improvisers live-dub over muted episodes of your favorite sitcoms to create entirely new story lines and horrible new character flaws. This month features dubbed over episodes of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and 30 Rock. This is the one-year anniversary show. Live Dubbed Sitcoms is Evan Altshuler, Zach Cherry, Becky Chicoine,Megan Doherty, Dan Glaser, Cory Palmer, Nicole Pasquale, Keaton Patti, Alexis Pereira, Alexis Rhiannon, Rekha Shankar, and Michael Wolf. Created by Jo Firestone.
308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
9:30p; $5
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Hoff's Horrorfest
The free monthly stand-up/horror movie screening show. There'll be stand-up from Matthew Hoff and Tim Racine followed by a screening of this month's film, Stagefright.
Brit Pack
153 Lafayette, third floor, Manhattan
9:30p, BYOB;
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Bakia Quartet
Each month, Bakia Quartet presents a curated selection of silent films with a live musical accompaniment by Bakia Quartet. Bakia Quartet is a contemporary improvisation group that specializes in multi-disciplinary performances. Formed in 2013, Bakia Quartet began by presenting improvised live scores to a series of classic and contemporary silent films and has since began to branch out to collaborate with other creative mediums including dance and theater. This month: Emak Bakia (Man Ray), Unchanging Sea (D.W. Griffith), Jabberwock (Jan Svenkmajer), and Anemic Cinema (Marcel Duchamp).
308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Happy Hour .Br
Group .Br, NY’s only Brazilian theater company, have an exciting new show coming up. But before we announce it we need to raise funds to hire the professionals that can make this production happen. All we can say is it will be and immersive and deeply moving show.
In order to raise funds we're throwing a fun and artsy happy hour. Join us for drinks and appetizers and enjoy art exhibitions, performances, and live music. Our line up includes the performance #TakeASelfieOnMe by Andressa Furletti, exhibition by Paulo Govea, Monstserrat Vargas and Jacob Robinnete, and musical performances by Mario Forte and Sergio Krakowski. Group .Br's mission is to present Brazilian culture through the performing arts to the Brazilian community and multicultural, contemporary, and physical theater enthusiasts in NYC.
Immersive Gallery
132 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
6-10p; $free with RSVP
646 506 1765
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Outdoor Guerrilla Concert Series
Dear art lovers and fans of sonic conflict, come defy tradition with the always-fun-and-magical-and-wholly-unprofessional Outdoor Guerrilla Concert Series and listen to and see experimental musicians and performance artists and uncategorizable weirdos, under the stars, for very short concerts, battery-power style.
As always, we loosely plan these because the element of hazard is a joy (and because most artists and musicians are flaky). (Apologies to some of the fans last week. We started the show 45 minutes late because some of the artists got lost [or disappeared into a booze cloud?], but Princess Multi-Vitamin sang disney songs over electronic noise and did some puppets and the Genital Lizard hit on her and the puppets in a very vulgar manner. And there was a trumpet player and others too.)
This Friday at 1a (rain date Saturday at 1a), we have booked a variety of unique acts, like the fake imbecile-metal of Fisted Sister (a cappella stupidity); the muscular flower-children of Battlescar Prophylactica (anti-music); the never-fun Syphillis Diller (their shtick is they wear fancy stage clothes but just sit there bored for their five minute sets); the menacing storytellers of Black Sabbath-Esque (dark avant music and a gal reading Sabbath lyrics a la Dr. Seuss); and hopefully Boutique Dequet (noise-classical-gone-wrong?) will show up this time (and there's a chance Debris Bouquet will be in town and will fight them).
We try to overbook the shows in case any flake out (or are in a blackout by 1a). Expect more surprises. We also also welcome other weirdos to join us if you've got battery-powered avantisms or want to do some performancey goof-offing. We're flexible. Please note this is no rainbow gathering. (If you lit the rainbow gathering on fire and shot it out of a canon into a busload of bananas, maybe.)
McCarren Park West
Bedford Avenue at North 12th Street, in the gigantic empty basketball courts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
1a sharp, short concerts; $free, because capitalism is the enemy of art and fun
What the Float
What the Float is a private dance party in public places. Our Float DJs have curated three brand new mixes just for this one night. Download them to your mp3 player or wear our provided LED headphones, but do not ruin the spontaneous virginal joy of the first-time listening experience by playing the music ahead of time.
Meet up for drink specials, glow-wear and, mobile coat check. At 10p sharp, we'll count down in unison and press play at exactly the same moment. The music will take us on a dancing tour of Manhattan, the groove loud in our ears and in our souls, but silent to any observers we may encounter. Wear comfortable shoes. Dance everywhere.
Meet at Whiskey Tavern
79 Baxter Street, Manhattan
9p; $15 in advance, $20 at the door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
ShapeShifter Plus presents:
Paradise Transduced: Evolving an Electronic Utopia
Paradise in an urban setting, for many can become the fantasy world they create for themselves to experience the sublime. As electronic artists living in an urban setting, we are creating an imaginary utopia that is generated digitally or through electronic transduction. We explore creativity through electronic means to create a space that is a personal electronic utopia. Shapeshifter Labs and NY Electronic Underground bring you an exploration of evolving an electronic utopia. Audio performances by Intra Faction, the Secret Cult of Infinite Kitten, and Unigen. Visuals by Permian Strata. Interactive video installation by Cinemoeba.
ShapeShifter Plus
18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn
6:30p doors, 7-10:30p show; $10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Brewnity presents:
Suds in Solidarity
A homebrew benefit for the East Village. Brewnity, a collective of the homebrew clubs and shops in New York that work together for charitable events, got to work right away to create Suds in Solidarity. Everyone involved is donating their time and their homebrews. This is the spirit of Brewnity, beer as community. It will be a great time with unlimited tastings of fantastic brews. There will be food for purchase from Jimmy’s No. 43 and a raffle with awesome prizes. The best part is you will be helping people in your city who need your help.
Sixth Street Community Center
636 East 6th Street, between Avenues B and C, Manhattan
1-4p; $25, all event proceeds donated to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to aid those affected by the East Village explosion
917 596 7261
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Clipper Castaways
Set sail to unchartered waters of adventure and seduction on this two-hour interactive pirate cabaret sail, featuring live music by Skull Buggery and a rotating cast of sultry burlesque provided by Dances of Vice. Ask that special someone you're sweet on to join you or take your steady down to Davy Jones'
Aboard the Clipper City
South end of Battery Park, just west of the Staten Island Ferry terminal, Manhattan
9:45p; $28 in advance, $35 day show
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Cinema Under the Influence Presents Clerks and Selections From Moron Movies
The evening starts with a reception sponsored by a brewery and a raffle featuring donations from local businesses. VCR/TV installations -- looping VHS classics -- will be set-up in the lobby with headphones for your perusal. The screening will commence with an exclusive video introduction from Len Cella (featuring two new shorts), and selections from his pioneering Moron Movies hand-picked by the filmmaker himself. These comedy microshorts -- often shown on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in the 1980s -- were popularized and proliferated by easy-to-copy, simple-to-share VHS cassettes. The evening's feature presentation will be Kevin Smith's seminal indie Clerks, originally released in 1994 and made for a budget of less than $30,000. It is funnier than you remember. Like stomach-aching, tears-in-your-eyes, pee-in-your-pants funny.
The Chain Theatre
21-28 45th Road, Long Island City, Queens
7, E, M, G trains to Court Square station
7p reception, 8p movie; $15
203 848 8066
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Sexy Nerds Retro Game and Cosplay Party XIV
We are proud to unleash party number 14, with free bowling and shoe rental for all guests all night. Tons of video games. Lazers and spotlights on the dancefloor. Live DJ sets and booty bass sound machine. Raffle. Reminder the dress code for the event is cosplay and dressy casual. All attendees must have proper personal hygiene and clean attire.
Bowlmor Time Square
222 West 44th Street, Manhattan
9p; $10
21 and over
The MoS Collective, Bicycle Utopia, and Nomad Cycle invite you on:
The LIC2LES BioBike Ride From the Ranch to the Spring MudBall Ball
Rendezvous at Smiling Hogshead Ranch for a BioBike ride, cargo/trailer pull, and mud ball toss. We will pedal around the Newtown Creek via Review, Rust, and Grand. Talk trash and bioremediation tactics on the ride before hopping over the Williamsburg Bridge to our final destination, El Jardin Del Paraiso, just in time for the Spring Mudball Ball. Bring your bike bravado.
Meet at Smiling Hogshead Ranch
25-30 Skillman Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
Meet up at 12:30p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
The MoS Collective presents:
The Annual Spring MudBall Ball and Ephemeral Piazza: A Garden Celebration of Bioremediation and Symbiosis
An interconnected experience of biophilic activities that, together, create a living machine and pop-up village. (An outdoor picnic and celebration.) Activities include making stockpiled of beneficial mud balls to clean the waterways, (thrown at Figment) crushing of our spent oyster shells for the soil, stomping cob for an oven, making bath salts, receiving acupuncture, hair cuts, to make hair booms and mycometeorites, seed balls, upcycled jewelry making, herbal remedies from the garden, make your story in a hat. Bring a dish as it's a picnic potluck, and oysters to shuck. A jazzy procession to the East River at 5:45 to throw in the spent shells and mud balls. Bring your instruments and hula hoops for your mudball gowns. Ending with a musical jam.
El Jardin del Paraiso
309 East 4th Street, Manhattan
3-7p; $free-20, no one turned away
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Force Majeure Vaudeville
Accordion, cowboy skills, Bruk Up dance, yo-yo, ventriloquism, magic, and burlesque, all on one stage. The finest in new vaudeville each month. This month: AJ Silver, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Mary-Go-Round, Pop Zombie, Carla Rhodes, Justin Weber, and Tanya Solomon.
Cobra Club
6 Wyckoff Avenue, at Troutman, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson street
8:30p door, 9p show; $10 door
Might Get Weird
The ultimate Memorial Day party is back. Ten DJs, live band, barbecue, and lots of weirdness on the dancefloor.
609 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn
noon-9p; $20
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Bushwick A/V Memorial Day
We are taking Saturday and Sunday off this week, but make up for it Monday to welcome home all the festival goers with a party twice as nice. Sound powered by Subbass Sound System. With Simon Wish, Marshallito, Shawn Dub and OP, Steven Letigre, RTMC, Me and Gio, and Myroslaw Bytz.
RSVP for location and details, Brooklyn
4a-6p; $15
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Memorial Day Mono a Mono with Douglas Taurel and Mary Dimino
This month: a special Memorial Day Mono a Mono with outstanding solo artists Douglas Taurel performing the American Soldier and Mary Dimino performing Big Dummy. Mono a Mono is a solo performance salon where two artists pair up to share an evening based on a common theme and the audience is invited into a conversation on the work.
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, Manhattan
7p; $12
The How I Learned Series presents:
How I Learned to Make the Grade: Stories About School
This is going to be just like detention, but at night and with beer and cocktails. Featuring Sara Benincasa, David Crabb, Jeffrey Joseph, Jillian Lauren, and Karen Bergreen. Hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $10, $6 advance
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Voices of Brooklyn: Workers in the Vineyard of New York
Live storytelling from immigrant mothers taking care of their families and each other on the streets of Williamsburg gets paired with guitar and piano driven indie rock that will make punk and poet rejoice and dance together. Plus interactive art to inspire connections with neighbors, all around the theme of labor in New York.
334 South 5th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free with donations accepted
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Morning Gloryville NYC
Jazzercise is out. Zumba is in. But Jazzercise Instructor Kelsea Wiggan is not going down without a fight. Armed with pep, a petition, and her sidekick and Associate Instructor, MJ Fray, Kelsea is determined to keep her Jazzercise class at The Chikatawnee Valley Community Center alive. Will Zumba win out or will Kelsea save her Jazzercise class from extinction? The Jazzercise Play is an exploration of what happens when you’ve invested your time, money, and life into a dying franchise that needs resuscitation. For a struggling entrepreneur, sometimes your problems become too big to just sweat out.
The Jazzercise Play is a real class happening in real time. Along with the standard audience seating, a select number of tickets will be made available each performance for audience members wanting to take the class. Students of the class must wear proper workout attire.
Playwrights Horizons
416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th avenues, Manhattan
7:30p; $?
Continues THURSDAY
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Salon: Evolutionary Arms Race
Title:Point's monthly multi-dimensional smorgasbord of arts and minds, mingling in space and time to stimulate all your senses and nonsenses. Featuring: Kegan Zema, Blake Bolan, Sarah Graalman, Emily Scott, David Pym, Master Lee, Dale Buchheister, and hopefully Peter Mills Weiss. And a full set post-show by Caring Foxen. Hosted by Catfox.
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
8p doors, 8:30p show; $7-10 sliding scale
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Morning Gloryville NYC
One year anniversary with Nicky Siano. Celebrating one year in the game, our mid-week morning rave will be blessed by Disco don Nicky Siano -- the original DJ of Studio 54. Disco is the dress code. Judson Memorial Church is the venue. There will be spectacle a plenty; with dance squads, haiku guys, yoga, massage. And possibly cake.
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South, Manhattan
6:30-10a; $22.50
BK Kaleidoscope: An Excuse for Expression
A three-pronged event starting with multiple Brooklyn-based visual artists having a showing from 5-8p, a classical music concert featuring three new works by Brooklyn based composers from 8-10p, and a DJ dance party afterward from 10-1a with both DJ Rasta Four Eyes and a live band (Rubycon) performing. Evil Orchard is sponsoring the event. With artists Heather Merckle, Ana Ratner, Ella Belenky, and Lydia Meyer. Composers Ian Turner, Tetsuro Hoshii, and Sean Vigneau-Britt. Musicians Ann Marie Bermont, Tina Bouey, Drew Ricciardi, and Luke Krafka. DJs Rasta Four Eyes and Rubycon.
The Vasquez
953 Forrest Street, Brooklyn
5p art show, 8p concert, 10p-1a dance party; $15
* Brooklyn Spaces Launch, May 30
* Musical Saw Festival, May 30
* Figment, June 6-7
* Make Music New York, June 21
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***** ARTY STUFF *****
* Warr Guitarist and Drummer looking for collaborators. My background is all things King Crimson, progressive, avant-garde jazz and classical, spoken word, visual, and some comedy as well. An idea would be to combine it all. Contact Alec, alecminiero]at]
* Beam is proud to announce a new series of workshops aimed at educators of all disciplines. Designed to help support teaching as a creative practice, Beam aims to support innovative practices and ideas in the classroom. Join us this spring for a series of evening events where we will design, fabricate, and share knowledge. All workshops are free with advance RSVP; the first workshop is currently full but we will be opening registration soon for the rest of the series. See:
***** MONEY *****
* Everyhere Logistics is taking the art box trucks on the road this summer:
***** SPACES *****
* Bingo Lounge at Dixon Place: Call for proposals, deadline May 30. We want to pack the lounge with performance, music, readings, recitals, showdowns, story-telling, séances, and theme parties galore all August long. We'll also play a round of good old-fashioned Bingo every night. Seats 40 comfortably, but can accommodate up to 60. There is a (very) small raised stage. Equipment available: spinet piano, mics, stands, d.i. boxes, music stands, stools, basic lighting. Normally lounge events are free. During August, we'll charge a $10 suggested donation and split it with you 50/50. Click here to fill out our submission form by May 30. (And feel free to forward this on to all your artist pals ...) The lounge is also available for private parties. Rates negotiable, contact rentals]at]
Before we had a name the Spectre Event Horizon Group used to meet at a bar to commiserate and trade what our business friends like to call "best practices." Now online, our area of interest remains the ever-fascinating sci-fi present. Our simple intent is an informal trade of specialized investigative research, presented as gossip for the non-specialist. It's true we once were an active email list but at this point everything is searchable and commented upon here: The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact]at]
***** De Facto Quarantine ***** ‎
"The technical definition of a ghetto is a neighborhood that is homogeneous and from which there are serious barriers to exit. We have a myth today that ghettos around the country are what the Supreme Court wrongly called 'de-facto'. In Seattle, subdivisions created by mega-builders (such as William Boeing) were financed by the federal government with strict racial restrictions, designated for whites-only in plans approved by the city and county. Baltimore neighborhood associations came together to form the “Allied Civic and Protective Association” successfully urging property owners to sign restrictive covenants, which committed owners never to sell to an African American. In 1917, the U.S. Supreme Court found ordinances like Baltimore’s 1910 segregation rule unconstitutional, although not because they abridged African Americans’ rights to live where they could afford, but because they restricted the property rights of (white) homeowners to sell to whomever they wished."
People say amazing things when they think no one is listening. Overheard is about capturing these moments. We share one quotation each week that stuck with us. It's sometimes funny, sometimes moving, sometimes profound, but it's always unsolicited and unedited.
Overheard is from Irene Pedruelo's Mi Niu York, a weekly newsletter for curious characters, treasure hunters, and eccentrics. You can sign up for her favorite stories, projects, artworks, and quotations here:
Overheard in New York. May 2015. A woman in her 20s talking about Facebook and her social media habits:
-- "I don't post. I'm a liker."
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]
We look for the sort of classes you circled in college course catalogs but never managed to fit into your schedule. And we also look for the kind of things that no college could teach. Cheap and eclectic is the rule, though all rules get broken occasionally, and we especially love workshops, round-tables, and teachers who won't take your work out of your hands and show you how to do it right. One-time listings are categorized weekly, with general recurring classes listed at the end on the first Friday of each month. We thrive on your suggestions, so make sure to tell us about upcoming classes.
Learning is compiled and edited weekly by Juliana Driever. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]
Yeah, That's What She Said
YTWSS is a radical pop-up space of collectively self-organized, sliding-scale arts and education programming and community events by and for women. Daytime events include workshops in self-defense and self-care exclusively for women-identified people. Evening events are open to the public and are all held as benefits for different groups doing important work for freedom in our communities. YTWSS is organized by a small, diverse group of dedicated volunteers, including Mensen, Lanai Daniels, Graciela Razo, Nereida Valles, and CJ Thomas. The event is completely volunteer-run and community funded. YTWSS is a space for working class and poor women, women of color, queer women, trans women and immigrant women to build community through the arts, education, and activism.
137 West 14th Street, Manhattan
6p-11p; $8-$15 sliding scale
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
Sleights of Mind
Illusions are perceptual experiences that do not match the physical reality. Our perception of the outside world is generated indirectly by brain mechanisms, so all sensory perception is illusory to some extent. The study of illusions is critical to understanding the basic brain mechanisms of sensory perception, as well as to cure various neural diseases. The illusion community includes visual scientists, ophthalmologists, neurologists, painters, sculptors, mathematicians, graphic designers, and even magicians—each use a variety of methods to unveil the underpinnings of illusory perception. Magic tricks were cognitive illusions that fool us because humans have hardwired processes of attention and awareness that are hackable—a good magician uses your mind's own intrinsic properties against you in a form of mental jujitsu. The insights that magicians have gained over centuries of informal experimentation have led to new discoveries in the cognitive sciences, and they also reveal how our brains work in everyday situations. If you've ever bought an expensive item you'd sworn you'd never buy, the salesperson was probably a master at creating the ''illusion of choice,'' a core technique of magic. The implications of ''neuromagic'' go beyond illuminating our behavior; early research points to new approaches for everything from the diagnosis of autism to marketing techniques and education.
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
7p; $free?
Informal Economies
Join us at the Sunview Luncheonette for a dinner and discussion of informal economies. Interactions of labor, wages, art, and value are implicit, yet are increasingly made explicit, are re-presented, and used as artistic mediums, and explored across disciplines. We'll discuss how these economic structures tie into social reproduction, what time-banking is, interning, volunteering, bartering, and sharing – all while we enjoy a delicious meal using produce from a network of upstate farms.
Often the economic critique about gender focuses primarily on the pay gap. Our consideration of feminist intervention into economy extends beyond this discussion into labor (volunteer and paid), caring and domestic. This is a discussion about how much work and economy are fundamentally organized.
Sunview Luncheonette
221 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30-11p; $10 - $15 sliding scale
RSVP: guests]at]
Preserving the Record of Resistance
Over the course of this weekend workshop, Theresa will introduce us to how paper is made by machine (grain direction, fiber and furnish), how different printing/reproduction processes affect handling and storage, safe paper handling, typical damages and how they're caused (prevention), what can and can't be repaired, what history of damage is worth preserving, and a basic strategy of treatment: observe, describe, document, plan the order of steps. This workshop will also include hands-on work relate to tools and techniques, and how to flatten creases, repair tears, and safely unroll. This workshop will also teach us when we need to get a conservator involved, and how we should properly store and house materials.
Interference Archive
131 8th Street no. 4, Brooklyn
10a-5p; $25
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Poets and Geniuses
Directed by Shannon Manning, who studied with the legendary Del Close, the Impov for Poets and Geniuses workshop is based on the premise that improv can be done by anyone, and that anyone can benefit from improv. This is a drop-in class with all levels. You are neither too advanced nor too beginner for this adventure.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
3-6p; $10 donation
Non-Linear Narrative
Interactive technology has changed the traditional story: beginnings, endings, reversals and recognitions happen in new ways - or sometimes not at all. This impacts not only aesthetics, but also the kinds of values that are transmitted, as well as the authority of the teller. Join us for an evening of presentations, installations, performance and discussion around new, non-linearities modalities of storytelling, and the physical and social boundaries that are challenged along the way. From magical rituals to a human-body-sounds organ, a dance beyond time and a talk by Douglas Rushkoff about escaping the tyranny of Aristotle's arc, this highly participatory evening will delight, disturb, engage, and inspire.
Morbid Anatomy Museum
424 A Third Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $5 suggested donation
Brigade Blends
Brigade NY, a women-run agency of sexy educational experiences, will present its inaugural Brigade Blends, a social meet-up for the curious to explore their desires through collaborative and interactive (clothes on) play.
This month, Brigade NY sets a fantastical scene where players choose tips and turn-ons to send to the future, as well as to make the present day more sex positive. Sexy communication techniques, sensation play, and pleasure practice will be included in this memorable journey.
Local 138
138 Ludlow Street, Manhattan
6:30-9p; $free
Left Forum
A unique phenomenon in the U.S. and the world, Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public. Conference participants come together to engage a wide range of critical perspectives on the world, to discuss differences, commonalities, and alternatives to current predicaments, and to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. The conference is held each year in New York City.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street, Manhattan
May 29-31; $10-$60 sliding scale
The Herbal Imaginarium
The Inaugural Herbal Imaginarium, NYC's Plant Medicine Conference, is where the heights of imaginative art meet the rooted depths of plant medicine in a daylong series of workshops, talks, a screening and theatrical performance, healing services, meditations, music, vending and a number of surprises. There will be classes on Native American, Nepalese and Amazonian Herbalism, as well as Bee Medicine, Herbs for Stress and Sleep, and Herbs for Better Digestion. We've curated classes for both beginner and advanced herbalists, and there will be lots of vendors, local organizations, and herbal schools to learn about as well. As the day goes on the activities become less cerebral, more meditative, musical and theatrical, finishing off with the production of ''The Herbalist of Oz'' a play written by the creator of The Herbal Imaginarium, Jeff Bausemer.
17 Meadow Street, Brooklyn
May 31, 10:30a-9p; $20-$60 sliding scale
Burlesque Master Class
This class features a team of burlesque's finest performers and Coney Island legends helping you craft your burlesque routine from day one. Plus, you'll conclude your series with a performance on the legendary Coney Island USA Sideshows by the Seashore stage on August 13.
Slideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 6:30-9:30p; $295
Jamaica to Brooklyn: Gourd Banjo Making Workshop
Instrument making has become an extension of his sculptural practice. Jeff Menzies, professor of sculpture at the Edna Manley College of Visual Arts and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, is offering a weeklong intensive gourd banjo-making workshop, walking students through the art of making a gourd instrument where students will explore form and function. An emphasis on the history of the banjo will be analyzed throughout the course. Students are welcome to create a gourd instrument of their own design. No experience in wood-working or music is required. All materials are supplied with the tuition fee. There is a limited enrollment of 12 students so don't wait too long to register.
Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street no. E003, Brooklyn
July 26-August 1; $650
Register by June 26
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***** HANDS: NOW *****
Free Summer Stuff
Most summers nonsense publishes a weekly guide to free summer stuff-- outdoor movies, bands in parks, theater in parking lots, and all the series that make the hot season bearable. We need someone to compile this year for us. Requires lots of sifting of public calendars and a ton of cut and paste. You would need to finish it in the next two weeks and update a couple times throughout the summer. Need someone with good copy and attention to detail.
No pay, but you'll get nice notes from Nonsense readers all summer long.
Contact jstark]at]
***** HANDS: FRIDAY *****
House of Yes
We need to have House of Yes up and ready for Bushwick Open Studios. That means we are desperate for volunteers. Bring a drill and wear work clothes. Contact to let us know you're coming.
House of Yes
408 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
***** HANDS: SOON *****
Base Compost
Volunteers needed to start composting. Assistance needed: staff program on Saturday, come to infrequent meetings to help plan, promotion, help bring in scraps to process in bins, donate or loan supplies. The program will start June 6th and continue to September at which point we will figure out how viable it is.
The Base
1302 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
Saturdays, 12p-2p
***** HANDS: THRU MAY *****
Billion Oyster Pavilion
BanG Studio is currently testing the best techniques for the construction of the Billion Oyster Pavilion. Welding rebar into the triangles that form the canopy. Cable tying the triangles together. Weaving the 4 triangle modules and fixing the weave with zip ties. Making form work for the reef balls. Mixing concrete and casting the final reef balls. All interested volunteers must sign up a couple business days before the desired volunteer date in order for us to schedule accordingly.
5-26 46th Avenue, second floor, Long Island City
***** HANDS: THRU JUNE *****
Organic Growth Pavilion
This year Figment is building two pavilions. Double the art means double the work and we need help creating these awesome convergence spaces. The Organic Growth Pavilion is made entirely out of reclaimed materials. They need help assembling their massive recycled material collection into a gorgeous shade structure. Sign up online.
Governors Island and Brooklyn
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