nonsensenyc: 2.27 to 3.4

From: "Jeff Stark" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 2.27 to 3.4
Date: February 27th 2015

Friday, February 27
* Fat Friday: NYC's Annual Mardi Gras Party, Manhattan
* Live Dubbed Sitcoms: I Love Lucy and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Williamsburg
* The Secret Loft Show, Brooklyn
* The Readymade Revue, Brooklyn
* Jack, Williamsburg
* Gabriel Teodros, Brooklyn
* Nationals: An Amateur Adult Dance Competition Comedy Show, Manhattan
* FQ Social: A Preview of the Pleasure Issue, Manhattan
* Hoff's Horrorfest, Manhattan
* Oscar Losers, Jersey City
* Counterfeiting for Cash, Long Island City
 
Saturday, February 28
* The Quirk Cafe: A Stage for the Unconventional, Manhattan
* The Big Lean: We Can’t Stop Here, Brooklyn
* Subsonic Emissions with Debris Bouquet, Brooklyn
* StoryTour: The Secret Architecture of Loss, Manhattan
* Starvue, Brooklyn
* Glaser-Kaiser Permaente, Manhattan
* Sexy Nerds Retro Game and Cosplay Party, Manhattan
 
Sunday, March 1
* You're the Expert Live, Manhattan
* Chill Circle Reality Show, Manhattan
* The Hoover Dam Collective, Williamsburg
 
Monday, March 2
* Williamsburg Spelling Bee, Williamsburg
 
Tuesday, March 2
* Dr. Glassheart, Brooklyn
* Infinite Kitten Presents: Elektronik Mind Kontrol, Williamsburg
 
Wednesday, March 4
* Public Services With Jo Firestone, Brooklyn
* Radical Vaudeville, Manhattan
* Oh My Science: A Science Documentary Comedy Science Show, Williamsburg
 
Wishlist
* Lean
 
Spectre
* Narco-Philanthropy
 
Overheard
* Los Angeles
 
Learning
* Winter soups
 
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
 
 
Symmetrical humming noise
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27 XXXXX
 
 
Fat Friday: NYC's Annual Mardi Gras Party
 
Fat Friday lights up the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition once a year in downtown Manhattan to celebrate an equal mix of charity and revelry -- a righteous combination of live, foot-stomping, bead-twirling Mardi Gras music, New Orleans food, dancing beaus and beauties, and a big fat dose of NOLA Love.
 
Join us for live performances by Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution, Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, and DJ Douggie Style. The night features a special silent auction with packages in NYC and NOLA. All proceeds benefit these nonprofits: the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the Roots of Music, and Figment.
 
Union Square Ballroom under Coffee Shop in Lower Manhattan
29 Union Square West, Manhattan
9-11p; $20
fatfriday.nyc
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Live Dubbed Sitcoms: I Love Lucy and Sabrina the Teenage Witch
 
Live Dubbed Sitcoms takes your favorite sitcoms, mutes them, and lets a bunch of hilarious, long-time improvisers live-dub over them, based on whatever the audience decides the live episode should be about. This month features episodes from I Love Lucy and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Created by Jo Firestone. Featuring Dan Glaser, Evan Altshuler, Alexis Pereira, Alexis Rhiannon, Zach Cherry, Megan Doherty, and Rekha Shankar.
 
Videology
308 Bedford Avenue, at South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
9:30p; $5
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Secret Loft Show
 
I wanted to reach out to see if you might be interested in featuring our event called the Secret Loft Show, a free comedy show dance party with some of New York's biggest comics. 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. With Joe Zimmerman, Kevin Barnett, Joe Pera, Liza Treyger, Lucas Connolly, Marisa Douenias, and Evan Williams.
 
255 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn
8:30p show, 9p start; $free
516 808 8187
marisaleecomedy]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events/1417088808588470/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Holes in the Wall Collective presents:
 
The Readymade Revue
 
Bringing together musicians, artists, and artisans for a night of inspiration and entertainment in the gorgeous Industry City Distillery. Featuring musical performances by Wilder Maker, And the Wiremen, David Redbranch, and Outlaw Ritual. Busking throughout the evening. With jewelry by Lavender Buttons.
 
Industry City Distillery
33 35th Street, sixth floor, Brooklyn
8p doors; $8
21 and over
redbranch.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/redbranchmusic
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Jack
 
Time to warm up and get down. Jack is back for another sexy night of hard basement beats. Queer DJs Shedontstop, Joshua Steers, and A Village Raid will serve techno, tech-house, and bass. All the Culture Whore cuties will be there celebrating Paul Leopold aka Boywolf's birthday. Bring cupcakes and poppers. No list. No hosts. No ghosts. Just dance.
 
Cameo Basement
93 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
10p; $free before, $5 after
facebook.com/events/1386871311624169/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Under the Grass Roof presents:
 
Gabriel Teodros
 
Our gojo stage needs some love and Gabriel Teodros is here from Seattle to grace it with smooth soulful hip hop poetry, with DJ Ian Head and Si Dåko’ta. Join us after kitchen close for a night of dance, groove, and coffee ceremony. Gabriel Teodros is a critically acclaimed MC, storyteller, and teaching artist.
 
Bunna Cafe
1084 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
11p; $10
bit.ly/gabrielteodros
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Nationals: An Amateur Adult Dance Competition Comedy Show
 
A monthly show created by Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney that takes the structure of a dance competition you'd see on Dance Moms (or maybe what you did as a kid), and makes a comedy show out of it. This month, four teams will compete. Some teams bring the fierce, others just bring the funny. Judge panel includes Anna Drezen (Reductress), resident Dance Mom, Mikala Bierma (Disappointing Gay Best Friend), and Brooklyn dance company, Of Bones.
 
Treehouse Theater
154 West 29th Street, Manhattan
11p; $5
dgabrielktaz]at]gmail.com
eventbrite.com/e/nationals-tickets-15786442675
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
FQ Social: A Preview of the Pleasure Issue
 
A night of complimentary art, live music, and snacks. Join Fameless Quarterly for a one-night-only pop up exhibition featuring the work of Jae Kim, Sydney Krantz, and Alaina Varrone; live music by Brian Dolphin, Ali Dineen, Yaniv Kot; and complimentary copies of our Dedication issue. Come mingle with our editors, writers, and artists.
 
89 Avenue C, Manhattan
6-8p, 8-10p musical performances; $free
readfameless.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Hoff's Horrorfest
 
The next installment of my free monthly stand-up and horror movie screening. There'll be stand-up from me and Lukas followed by a screening of this month's film, Psycho II.
 
Brit Pack
153 Lafayette, third floor, Manhattan
9:30p;
hoffmatthews.com/2015/02/20/hoffs-horrorfest-presents-psycho-ii/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Oscar Losers
 
Please join us this week as we honor some of Hollywood's classic stars who have never won an Oscar, but probably should have, namely Jean Arthur, Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Tony Curtis. Tonight: You Can't Take It With You, starring Jean Arthur and James Stewart.
 
Tomorrow: His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, and Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.
 
Landmark Loew's New Jersey
54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ
8p; $8 adults
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Counterfeiting for Cash
 
Flux Factory is proud to present an exhibition that confronts notions of authorship and authenticity, value, and celebrates ingenuity. Twelve artists have been commissioned to intervene in the systems we rely on to establish value, or investigate the rich history of unexpected counterfeits of ubiquitous and readily available objects.
 
From February 27 to March 22, the Flux Factory gallery will function as a hub for these counterfeits, as they are inserted into the systems they will exploit: Craigslist, the dark web, antique shops, the art market, and major universities; or manipulate value we take for granted: branding, ubiquitous chachkies, eggs, and the value of a quarter. These artworks will go far beyond the gallery, and touch the lives of investors, collectors, shoppers and eaters. This exhibition is a window into a real world where nothing is what it seems, and the motives of the makers are dubious, confounding, and irreverent.
 
Join us on March 21 for a special look in to the world of some very unexpected counterfeits. Broc Blegen will discuss curating his collection of counterfeit masterpieces, and Joshua Liebowitz will take us on a tour of the counterfeit egg industry, show you where to find it on the dark web, and with a little luck, let you have a bite.
 
Participating artists: Broc Blegen, Cassidy Toner, Eric Doeringer, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Joshua Liebowitz, Kathryn Sclavi and Christine Zapata, Robert Levy, Sean Benjamin, Tega Brain, Tessa Rex, and Valentina Medda. Curated by Douglas Paulson. An evening of fakes, and a real closing reception.
 
Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens
7-9p; $free
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28 XXXXX
 
 
The Quirk Cafe: A Stage for the Unconventional
 
You don't need to put on a show for us. You are talent. Come and share your expression, your creativity, your passions, your ideas, your stories, what makes you you. You are free to be raw, bold, colorful, vulnerable. It doesn't have to be over the top. It definitely isn't meant to be perfect. You can soak in the atmosphere from the audience or share with us on stage. It will open mic style where you put your name down when you arrive and you'll have 3-4 minutes to share. Presented by Dixon Place. Created by Living Quirky, founded by Christina Salerno, featuring host Stefanie Rennert.
 
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, Manhattan
7:30-8:15p show; $free
RSVP at meetup.com/Living-Quirky-in-NYC/events/220166395/
livingquirky.com
dixonplace.org
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
The Big Lean: We Can’t Stop Here
 
Take to the storytelling stage not without beer in hand for this month’s edition of the Big Lean. We’re gathering in Bushwick (bat country) to tell stories of perseverance and will be cheersing all the while, as we do. At TBL we’re equal opportunists when it comes to both open-mic storytelling and boozy socializing. Make friends. Be real. After party at Pine Box Rock Shop.
 
304 Boerum Street, suite 42, Brooklyn
7-11p; $10
thebiglean.com
eventbrite.com/e/the-big-lean-we-cant-stop-here-tickets-15855641651
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Subsonic Emissions with Debris Bouquet
 
French noise-puppet duo Debris Bouquet are back in town and doing a very very odd show in the comfortable futuristic-stoner-basement of sex-noise act Wild Torus in their bizarre weekly avant-music series Subsonic Emissions, along with some other very innovative musical acts, including audio witchtress Larkin Grimm, keyboard-genius-from-another-planet Jonathan Wood Vincent, yodel-squeaker Phoebe Novak, and a few other surprises you will certainly not want to miss if you like the music the smart, the crazy, the original. (Puppies Hold Hands say they might make it and they are very unique and lovely you would see.) And it's Bring Your Own which is how all shows should be, no? Claude Debris won the insane Mr. Lower East Side Pageant this week by hanging heavy computer parts from his scrotum while calling his mom on the phone. He will not be doing that at this show. But you may see his man parts nonetheless. You have been warned.
 
Torus Porta
113 Stockholm Street, Storefront 1A, Brooklyn
M train to Central station
8p-midnight; $pay what you want because capitalism is bullshit
facebook.com/events/1554963524766496
 
 
***** 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.
 
Meets in front of the High Line Hotel
180 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan
$20, or $15 with discount code NNYC
story-tour.com/homepage/tickets/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Starvue
 
A private audio gallery/loft space/safe haven in featuring a vintage system and wood floors for dancing. A place for like-minded individuals looking to get away from the daily rigors of everyday life through movement. Nothing is for sale inside; bring what you need. With Mike Mccurdy and Pineapple Ivan Berko.
 
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
10p-5a; $10
RSVP to starvue234]at]gmail.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Glaser-Kaiser Permaente
 
Comedians and friends Aaron Glaser and Lukas Kaiser are each performing 30 minutes of stand up comedy. The show is free and there will be lots of free drinks, beer, and snacks.
 
Brit Pack Theater
153 Lafayette Street, third floor, Manhattan
9p doors; $free, but rsvp for entry
britpackrentals]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events/685785591542396
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Sexy Nerds Retro Game and Cosplay Party
 
We are proud to unleash party number 11. This is a new venue for the Sexy Nerds party series with tons of video games, lazers and spotlights, live DJ sets, and booty bass sound machine, Cosplay team bowling tournament, and raffle. 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 doors; $10
21 and over
info]at]sexynerds.net
facebook.com/events/1542500006035204
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, MARCH 1 XXXXX
 
 
You're the Expert Live
 
You're the Expert uses comedy to bring academia out of the Ivory Tower and into your iPhone. Three hilarious comedians, given absolutely no background information, try to guess what a distinguished scientist studies all day. Then the professor explains what their work really is and why it's important. The show is funny, it's interactive, and you actually learn something.
 
This taping features comedians Maeve Higgins, Jo Firestone, and Zhubin Parang trying to learn from Dr. Chris Mason, the Cornell Weill professor who just completed a map of all the bacteria in the NYC subway system. Hosted by Chris Duffy.
 
The Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
5:30-6:30p, 5p doors; $10 at the door if you mention "Nonsense" (normally $20)
www.eventbrite.com/e/youre-the-expert-live-in-nyc-tickets-14828431237
Sunday, March 1
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Chill Circle Reality Show
 
We need participants for a new reality show to be held this and every Sunday in Greenwich Village NYC. The show theme is about putting a group of people together in a theater for two hours and letting them interact spontaneously and completely unrehearsed and seeing where it goes. Think something like a reality show version of the movie Breakfast Club except with a larger group and in 2015. Participants are encouraged to record video of any aspect of the show and post it online, thus creating a reality show for the people by the people and starring the people.
 
Grisly Pear
107 Macdougal Street, Manhattan
5p; $free admission, no cost or obligation
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
The Hoover Dam Collective
 
The Hoover Dam Collective is a group of young artists who are particularly interested in making work that crosses the boundaries of specific art disciplines. The Collective was founded in 2009 by a group of dynamic individuals from the world-renowned arts conservatories at State University of New York at Purchase College. In the last two years, we have produced more than 20 arts events in and around New York City, and have included over 100 artists in our productions. Our primary goal is to expose our art to new audiences and break down the barrier between spectator and performer. Most importantly, we hope that our work can help audiences re-evaluate the role that art has in our lives and in the world around us. The show will feature sets by Eliza Wiener, Secret People, Hawthorne, Alex Mackinnon, That Shuffle, and Bad Faces.
 
The Living Room
134 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
6-9:30p; $free
hooverdamcollective.com
 
 
XXXXX MONDAY, MARCH 2 XXXXX
 
 
Williamsburg Spelling Bee
 
From broccoli to triskaidekaphobia, the Williamsburg Spelling Bee is back to test out your spelling in a bar backroom filled with smart people and beer. First 16 people get to play.
 
Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
21 and over
7p signup, 7:30p bee; $free
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, MARCH 3 XXXXX
 
 
Dr. Glassheart
 
Dr. Glassheart is the new musical-theater production from Jason Trachtenburg (Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Pendulum Swings). This musical-comedy, in two acts, stars Mike Amato (multiple time winner of  the Mr. Lower East Side Pagent,) Miz Stefani (Miz Stefani's House,) Joe Crow Ryan, and Andrew Hoephner (Houseworld), with special guest appearances by Miss Fancy Feast and Mr. Matt Dallow. This modern-day medical musical takes on the medical establishment, urban development, Puerto Rican statehood, the metric system, Hip Fractures, and a misdiagnosed Love Canal. Dr. Glassheart has full Big-Band orchestrations by the Pendulum Swings and a post-show press conference where Dr. Glassheart will answer all of your pressing medical questions and concerns.
 
Bushwick Burlesque
12 Jefferson Street, Brookyn
J train to Myrtle-Broadway station
9p; $7-20
drglassheart.com
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
Infinite Kitten Presents: Elektronik Mind Kontrol
 
A night of subversion and sexual misconduct. We will excite your aural sensory system with psychophonic transmissions to empower the most docile people to become the person of their own dreams! Empower yourself through self love and explore the wildest depths of your imagination through virtual reality simulation feedback looped in from your very own subconscious. Yes, ladies and gentlemen we present to you a fantastic reality generated by your own unconscious fantasies. Create your very own Holographic Universe through our simple program of music listening and visualization. Aural programming directors: IntraFaction, the Secret Cult of Infinite Kitten, Kristina SuperGenius, and Exaltron. Retinal programming by VJ Doctor Mojo, Cineomeba, and Oliver Allaux.
 
Muchmore's
2 Havermeyer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
$5 suggested donation
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 XXXXX
 
 
Public Services With Jo Firestone
 
Public Services with Jo Firestone is an all-new variety show from Jo Firestone and Jeremy Levenbach. Featuring a staged reading of an ongoing sewer-themed soap opera called Public Services, this performance also features celebrities, up-and-coming comedians, and notable nobodies. Public Services combines the best of soap opera, celebrity interviews, and live comedy to give the audience that sweet alt comedy they didn't even know they were craving. Featuring Jon Glaser, Chris Gethard, Naomi Ekperigin, Julio Torres, Joe Pera, Dan Licata, Charles Gould, Aparna Nancherla, and Ike Ufomadu. Created by Jo Firestone.
 
Littlefield
622 DeGraw Street, between 3rd and 4th avenues, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p; $5 advance, $8 door
littlefieldnyc.com/event/789425-public-services-jo-firestone-brooklyn/
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Surf Reality presents:
 
Radical Vaudeville
 
We're crazy, horny, and late for an important date. March madness begins with another edition of Radical Vaudeville and the theme Mad as a March Hare. With MC Gabrielle St. Evensen. Plus Brer Brian, Faceboy, Jasmine Pierce, Jessica Delfino, Joshua Spear, Kiely Sweatt, plus sketch and improv house teams Scientists and Wrecking Ball.
 
COW Theater
21 Clinton Street, between Rivington and Delancey, Manhattan
8:30p door, 9p show; $12 goes to performers
radicalvaudeville.com
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Oh My Science: A Science Documentary Comedy Science Show
 
Open your mind to any and all possibilities, and then be reprimanded for not doing it right. Oh My Science is a comedy science show like you’ve never seen, imagined, imagined you would ever see, or another combination of those words. It’s a TV documentary that is also a live comedy show.
 
Videology
308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p doors, 7:30p show; $free
videology.info/blog/events/oh-my-science-a-science-comedy-show-free/
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* Sixth Annual NYC Fun-A-Day Show, March 10
 
 
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 *****
 
 
* Le Petit Versailles, Manhattan, call for proposals for the 2015 events season, deadline February 23. Le Petit Versailles is a garden that needs to be used. By the surrounding neighborhood, by local and international communities, by excitable puppies. You have a show idea? Fill out our google form. Note: You must complete the form in one sitting, so make sure you have all your text ready to cut and paste. See: docs.google.com/forms/d/1lCfEpm5TbzHd18o0kSVIRMdOPJNQ68xnpsYOqyHZrXA/viewform. Contact:  lepetitversailles]at]alliedproductions.org, or Program Manager Devon Gallegos at: devongallegos]at]alliedproductions.org.
 
* I am the executive producer of a new storytelling series called the Big Lean. Our series differentiates itself from others like the Moth by crossing the open mike experience with the atmosphere of a party with your close friends. We're currently looking for loft-like spaces to host our upcoming party. At this time we do not charge admission and thus are relying on donations of space. We're also interested in collaborating with anyone who would like to be involved in our organizing team. See: thebiglean.com. Contact: Kelsey]at]thebiglean.com.
 
 
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.
 
 
***** Narco-Philanthropy *****
 
spectrevision.net/2015/02/27/narco-philanthropy/
 
"Newsweek describes the Cartel’s video as "narco public relations," but to us, it is a variant: narco-charity. Pablo Escobar was well known for paying for street lighting and reforestation projects, building public housing and soccer fields, making him quite beloved in parts of Colombia. Al Capone established some of the first soup kitchens in Chicago during the Depression. Across the Pacific, Yakuza gangs sent fleets of trucks loaded with supplies to northeast Japan after the March 2011 earthquake.
 
By the 1830s, the Russells had bought out the Perkins syndicate, and made Connecticut the primary center of the U.S. opium business, setting up an endowment at Yale. The Perkins’ founded Bank of Boston, today known as Credit Suisse First Boston, as the Perkins and Morgan families endowed Harvard University. John Murray Forbes was the US agent for the Barings banking family, which financed most of the early drug trade. These family networks established the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank Corporation (HSBC) after the second Opium War as a repository for their proceeds."
 
 
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
 
 
*****
 
 
Overheard in New York. February 2015. Woman in her mid-20s on being a teenager in LA and not having a driver's license:
 
"Your life sucks and you lie a lot."
 
 
*****
 
 
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: FRIDAY *****
 
 
Artist Studio Affordability Project
 
The community of artists in NYC is in crisis. Rising rents and gentrification affect artists, musicians, job-producing industries, and mom-and-pop stores alike, as we are priced out of our workspaces in one neighborhood after another. The future of the art community is linked to preserving the diverse fabric of neighborhoods throughout the boroughs.
 
Learn about the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, a bill in the City Council that could help protect your studio lease, push your elected officials to slow the rise in rents, and join with your community to end displacement of artists, mom-and-pop stores, and local residents.
 
BHQFU
34 Avenue A, third floor, Manhattan
7-10p; $free
facebook.com/events
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
Five Borough Farm Workshop
 
D Rooney and Sheryll Durrant, fellows at the Design Trust for Public Space, will be leading a series of workshops on the Farming Concrete (aka Five Borough Farm) Toolkit for measuring the good things happening in your garden. Want to know how many pounds of food scraps are going into your compost instead of the landfill? Want to measure the impact of your garden on gardeners' and visitors' moods? The toolkit is full of protocols to help your garden set (and achieve) goals, communicate with funders and policy makers (ahem HPD), and help make the case for More Gardens, including community gardens, school gardens, and urban farms. There's also a handy free website online where you can store the data (the Barn), which lets you download your raw data as a spreadsheet or a summary report as a PDF anytime you want.
 
Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street, Queens
1-3p; $free
RSVP: 5BFoutreach]at]farmingconcrete.org
facebook.com/events
 
 
***** LEARNING: SATURDAY *****
 
 
Winter Soups
 
In this class we'll be making two of my favorite soups. The sweet potato soup is thick and creamy and was a big hit at Thanksgiving. And the Moroccan Stew is perfect for winter office lunches or for dinner. We are omnivore friendly, so feel free to bring any meat-eating friends (or yourself), but this class is 100-percent plant-based.
 
QNS Collective
36-27 36th Street, Queens
2-4p; $25
simplysamanthanyc.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
 
 
Food Energetics
 
Apply traditional vitalistic theory to food and diet, including yin/yang theory, flavors, and energetic qualities. Discussion will include seasonal considerations, particularly liver health in preparation for springtime. Since there is not one diet that works for every individual (infinite variables including season, constitution, activity level, and availability of foods that determine the ideal diet), holistic theories of food energetics allow individuals to promote health and healing by balancing diet.
 
Arborvitae School of Herbalism
80 Eighth Avenue, 13th floor, Manhattan
7-9:30p; $25 with promo code "nonsense"
arborvitaeny.com
 
 
***** LEARNING: MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Spin Fire Poi
 
Find a calm center with this unique, low-impact movement skill. Then learn how to safely do it with fire.
 
Triskelion Arts
106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn
Times vary; $180, 9 sessions
triskelionarts.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: TUESDAY *****
 
 
Stop Breeding Superbugs
 
The overuse of antibiotics in factory farms and modern medicine is creating antibiotic-resistant viruses and bacteria. Join us with speakers, Dr. Martin Blaser, author of Missing Microbes, and Lana Guardo, the NY Organizer for Food and Water Watch – Antibiotics Legislation around the country.
 
Seafarers and International House
123 East 15th Street, Manhattan
7p; $6
nyc.sierraclub.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: THURSDAY *****
 
 
Cute and Creepy
 
In this lecture, art critic and author Nancy Hightower will showcase how the grotesque in art has changed in nature and purpose, from the grottoes of Nero's Domus Aurea to its darker, more powerful position in contemporary society. She will also discuss of the ways in which artists have and do utilize the grotesque -- this elusive intersection of humor and horror -- to question and address the paradoxes, hypocrisies, and binaries of society.
 
Morbid Anatomy Museum
424 Third Avenue, Brooklyn
8p; $8
morbidanatomy.bigcartel.com
 
 
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