nonsense: 9.15 to 9.21

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Subject: nonsense: 9.15 to 9.21
Date: September 15th 2017
Friday, September 15
* All Good Things, Brooklyn
* Darkroom, Brooklyn
* Art School Acid Dropout, Long Island City
* Feeling Gloomy, Brooklyn
* Sparkle Zone, Manhattan
* Camouflage: A Comedy Show, Brooklyn
* Comedy Dance Party at Secret Loft, Manhattan
* I'm Smiling Because I'm Uncomfortable
Saturday, September 16
* Deep Space, Brooklyn
* D20 Burlesque Corrupts Your Childhood, Manhattan
* Church Night, Brooklyn
* Back to School Party at Secret Loft, Manhattan
* R and R, Queens
* Basura, Brooklyn
* The Vanguard Exhibition, Brooklyn
Sunday, September 17
* Ridgewood Market, Queens
* Big Irv's Storytelling Roadshow, Brooklyn
* Bushwick Book Club: Meat Cake, Brooklyn
* Unicorn Carnival 2017, Brooklyn
Monday, September 18
* Texas Forever: A Benefit for Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey, Brooklyn
* Totally 90s Trivia: Back to School Edition, Brooklyn
* Black Lives Matter Art Show, Manhattan
Tuesday, September 19
* The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Brooklyn
Wednesday, September 20
* Sudden Death, Manhattan
* Dromedary Burlesque, Brooklyn
* WTF Wednesday Party, Brooklyn
* Bring Your Own Film, Brooklyn
Thursday, September 21
* The Warper Party, Queens
* Sublets
* DIY Rescue Communications
* Clues
* Documentary Grantwriting
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All Good Things
Please join us for the very first All Good Things, a new comedic variety show in Brooklyn featuring the funniest, best, and weirdest things. Comedy by Jeff Seal, Joe Pera, Marie Faustin, Josh Gondelman, magic by Tanya Solomon, music by Fantasy Grandma and your hosts: Clare O'Kane, Cameron Vannini, and Kate Willett.
Cloud City
85 North 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $10, but no one turned away for lack of funds
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Darkroom is a new queer electronic dance party presented by photographer Maro Hagopian and Posture Magazine’s Editor in Chief, Winter Mendelson. Featuring house and techno DJ Lauren Flax and Dream on decks in the back room. 80s and 90s rock and new wave in the front room and each month a featured artist projects their visual work. For the launch we will be featuring work by interdisciplinary artist Bunny Michael and her meme artwork. Later in the night, projections of hundreds of NYC nightlife portraits from the past 13 years.
Gold Sounds
44 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn
11p; $10
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Art School Acid Dropout
Performances by Sarah Squirm, Petey DeAbreu, Courtney Fearrington, and Matt Barats. Written by Grant Lindahl, Ian Kitchen, Lizzy Mazzucchelli, Brooke Eliot, and Dan Genoves. Grant Lindahl is a world renowned visual artist banned from MoMA PS1 for being too extreme. Every month he hosts an interactive comedy show at the Creek and the Cave in LIC Queens. Grant opens each show with an eccentric performance piece. Past stunts include getting tattooed live on stage, having a knife thrown at him and playing a giant paint by numbers with the audience. Everyone is provided materials and encouraged to make art during the show. Each member gets a limited edition show poster and button with the ticket price.
Creek and Cave
1093 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
10p; $5
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Feeling Gloomy
This is it. Upon watching a screening of the film Cat People (theme song and music by David Bowie and Giorgio Mooder), faster than you can say toxoplasma gondii, it came to me: cats! The time has never been more ripe for a cat-themed dance party. It could be the fact that I am the proud parent of three lovely felines. Or it could just be my unabashed devotion to the Cure's Lovecats. But I think we'd all enjoy prancing around for a few hours to the world's slinkiest cat-themed dance songs, doing our best alley cat impressions. Here's what we've got planned: Very Important Kitties wall, gigantic ball of yarn, cat face painting station, for real costume contest, and Stray Cat Strut. With DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom.
635 Sackett, Gowanus, Brooklyn
11p-late; $6 advance, $9 door
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Sparkle Zone
Enter the Sparkle Zone, a freak-tastic variety show hosted by Philip Sparkle and featuring NY's most fabulous performers and comedians creating creating original works of theatre, song, and dance for one night only. The show has one goal: to bring the whimsy and joy to your life. This month featuring Tim Platt, Catherine Cohen, Sally Burtnick, Annie Donley, Brandon Gardener, Deanna Arthur, Hollye Bynum, Heather Harrison, Devin Bockrath, Adam Bangser, Kiran Jani, Amanda Xeller, Ashley Siebels, Linda Eliasen, and Henry Koperski on the keys.
The Duplex Cabaret Theatre
61 Christopher Street, at the Corner of 7th Avenue, Manhattan
9:30p; $8 advance, $13 door plus two-drink minimum
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Camouflage: A Comedy Show
Big Irv's is an arts collective in Williamsburg, built out of an old bodega. Our show has a laid back, house party vibe with beer by donation and free pizza courtesy of our sponsors. Camouflage: A Comedy Show, seeks to provide a high-end experience at "starving artist" prices. Line up Chris Distefano, Joe Machi, Dulcé Sloan, Shalewa Sharpe, and Shane Torres. Hosted by Lucas Connolly.
Big Irv's Gallery
381 Hooper Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9-11p show; $5 early bird, $10 general admission, $15 door
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Comedy Dance Party at Secret Loft
Check out rising stars and established comedians working their newest material. We have an amazing line-up, free pizza, and hilarious comics who wanna eat that pizza with you. Stick around after the show for a free dance party. Featuring Blair Socci, Will Miles, Eman El Husseini, Natalie McGill, Christina Galston, Ryan Beck, and Kate Willett. Hosted by Gabriel Pacheco.
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to Sixth Avenue subway station
8:30p doors and pizza, 9p show; $5-15
21 and over
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
I'm Smiling Because I'm Uncomfortable
Why do we eat? Why do we stop eating? This show is an autobiographical story traveling from early childhood experiences of queerness and lessons on body image, to a college eating disorder, to the present challenges of eating and living in a human body. This shows runs about an hour and is performed in actual kitchens in NYC. Addresses will be provided 24 hours before showtime. Seating is limited. Written and performed by Emma Howard.
RSVP for address
7 and 9p; $15
Continues through September 17 ($15)
Deep Space
Let's jet! This planet is rotten to the core and we need a new one. Way out beyond Uranus is a utopian place where marginalized peeps can thrive, full of experimental futuristic sounds. The Bronze welcomes you to Deep Space.
The Bronze (yup, like Buffy) is a secret DIY house-show space located in Bushwick. Think monthly shows with campy themes, snacks, bands, and glitter.
Queer artist Nightspace will be performing industrial synthpop. Mx.Nobody Wild Card Reagan Holiday will be doing a set of battle-worn sentient fembot noise. Soulful rapper Guayaba, fresh off a flight from Seattle, will be performing hip hop rich in conscious-raising nutrients. Gorilla vs. Bear fave Sur Back will be singing her warped siren songs, and artist Julia Santoli will be showcasing her mesmerizing performance art that uses voice and feedback environments.
For this show, the Bronze will become a futuristic space utopia. The cosmos will glisten overhead. Strange flora and fauna can be found in the lush backyard garden. Attendees will be dressed in looks ranging from chic intergalactic fashions to the wondrous garb of their home planets. Nothing is too strange for Deep Space.
The Bronze
Message the performers or the Bronze for the address, or just ask an extraterrestrial pal, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p show; $5-10
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
D20 Burlesque Corrupts Your Childhood
Join us for another back to school special of naughty nostalgia where we'll be taking some of your favorite toys, games, shows, and movies from your childhood and bringing them to the burlesque stage. Stripping princesses, dirty happy meals, twisted childhood toys -- it will all be there and more for your viewing pleasure. No parent signed permission slip required.
Hosted by Anja Keister the evening will include burlesque by Tiger Bay, Lily Stitches, Rosey La Rouge, and the D20 Burlesque debuts of Kia La Sangria, Josh Schonewolf, Dorian Helena and Betty Brash, with go-go by Lucy Risquè and DJ Lewd Alfred Douglas spinning memory filled music throughout the night.
The Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston, Manhattan
7p; $15-22
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Church Night
All sinners are invited to get the pews sticky at Church Night, the church service that services you. Church Night is an internationally acclaimed, multi-platform comedy act based in Washington, DC. Reminiscent of A Prairie Home Companion on acid, Church Night is eccentric, religious parody that updates Dana Carvey’s famed Church Lady Saturday Night Live sketch for the Tim and Eric generation. Regularly selling out DC rock club, Black Cat, the live show is something of a cult classic around town. Over the past year, Church Night expanded to NYC, capturing the hearts and minds of the constituents of East Williamsburg. The staff at Church Night can't wait to come together, at the same time, in the name of the Lord, with the fine people of New York. Performances by Carolyn Busa, Natalie McGill, and Bitsy Brulee.
The Cobra Club
6 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
9p doors, 9:30p show; $10 suggested donation
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Back to School Party at Secret Loft
Think you're too cool for school? Got the end-of-summer blues? Secret Loft University is throwing a celebration where you can recapture your high school glory. We wanna see your letter jackets, nerd glasses and pocket protectors, cheerleader outfits, step team gear, Catholic school girl skirts and football uniforms. You can even go as a teacher -- math, P.E., or maybe sex ed?
The dress code is mandatory. If you don't follow the dress code policy, you will be suspended and sent home to get a decent outfit together. At 1a there's a contest for the outfit demonstrating the most school spirit. Win a bottle of champagne. Live hip-hop and dance music: Brent Butler, Chico and Lollipop, and Strangers on the Internet. Midnight pole dance performance by Ariel Iasevoli. And House of Yes regular DJ Dropkat spinning disco and house until the early hours.
Secret Loft
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue station
10p; $5 early, $10-$12 late
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
R and R
This time after Fashionweek, drag con, etc, whirlwind it's definitely time to wind down, so we are back with our monthly night of chill laid back music and sonic soundscapes.
By and for those who may have ptsd. We open our doors for our new monthly full lounge experience.
This is getting closer to a selfcare tip, a night to remind us sometimes to slow down a little. BYOS: bring your own spa, ie: face mask's, health drinks, massage tables, cucumbers, crystals etc. Ambient sets by Gatekeeper, Lafawndah, and A Village Raid. Spa looks also encouraged.
The Dreamhouse
1022 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
10p-6a; $10 before 3a, 15 after
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Yung Mayne and Metaltits presents:
With Library, Richie Beanz, Crysto Martyr, Little Pain, Deli Girls, Tripp Jones, and Waterghost. Basura after party line up: Yung Mayne, Acemo, Sixpress, Tony Seltzer with Czarquan, Bearcat, and Machine Girl. Come for the fucking music and good vibes. Masks off. Don't front.
Secret Project Robot Art Space
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
7p-late; $8 before 10p, $10 after
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Vanguard Exhibition
The grand opening of the new Vanguard NYC warehouse space in Brooklyn. Featuring Aden, James Delano, Jocelyn Ladd, Big Juana, Alex Frondelli Trio, Wavewhore, Eli Costello, Luke Skywalker, Meshugs, RPS Dance Crew, Big Ears, Minor King, the Famous Killers, DJ Dussa, and Lauren Valentine. Every genre of art and styles brought to you by some of the best around. It's gonna be epic. From hip hop to drum and bass, jazz to hardstyle, breaks to deep house along with avant-garde and battle style dance crews. This new venue is for all to enjoy and collaborate.
The Vanguard NYC
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
7p; $10 cover, or $5 if you show up with four or more people
18 or over
Ridgewood Market
Ridgewood Market is a cool, community based artisan market in Ridgewood, Queens. They have over 40 curated vendors at every market in the historic ballroom of Gottscheer Hall, a German beer hall. There are also new vendors at every one of their events. Customers can purchase local, artisan, and vintage gifts. There is even food, canned goods, and pastries! You can order beer, cocktails, and German food in the in the German beer hall. There is live music, entertainment, raffles, games, and more. Their events are always kid and date Friendly! This is not your average market, this is a monthly happening in Ridgewood, Queens! Located inside the German beer hall, Gottscheer Hall.
Gottscheer Hall
657 Fairview Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
11a-5p; $free
347 460 7549

***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Big Irv's Storytelling Roadshow
Big Irv's is back, and we're bringing you some of the best storytelling Brooklyn has to offer. Featuring Michael Alig, Robin Gelfenbien, Drew Prochaska, Sean O'Brien, Adrien Behn, Peter Gerber, Nick Padilla, and Chris Korbel. Plus two extra hot open mic slots.
Big Irv's
381 Hooper Street, corner of South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free, BYOB
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Bushwick Book Club: Meat Cake
New show with Dame Darcy inspired by Meat Cake Bible for Brooklyn Book Festival. Literature-inspired show by Bushwick Book Club with Dame Darcy.
Meat Cake Bible is Victorian fantasy and fairytale, comedy and tragedy, horror and humor in gorgeous illustrations that are at once visual art and narrative. Author, Dame Darcy indulges in everything she wants, at once.  She's not only a cartoonist, but fine artist, musician, actor, fortune teller, and doll maker. She defies genre in every sense of the word.
This official 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival Book End event is an opportunity to see how the multi-faceted, multi-layered, multi-realmed creativity of Dame Darcy's Victorian, gothic, humor, romance, horror comic, Meat Cake Bible, ignites the creativity of Brooklyn's most daring, dynamic and shameless literary songwriters, artists, filmmakers and chefs. Author, performer Dame Darcy will also be present for Q&A/author talk and special musical performance.
See, hear and taste the new, Meat Cake-inspired work from Susan Hwang, John S. Hall, Charlie Nieland, Jessie Kilguss, Lisa Barnstone, Annie McCain Engman, Mark Lesseraux, Tom Lackaff, Ellia Bisker, Jim Andralis, Mallory Feuer, Terry Radigan, and Henry Tenny. Bushwick Book Club meets regularly on the edge of literature-inspired art.
376 9th Street, at 6th Avenue, Brooklyn
7p; $10
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Unicorn Carnival 2017
Winky Lux is back with the second annual Unicorn Carnival 2017. Bigger, better, bolder -- celebrate the end of #NYFW with #music, #art, and of course #makeup. We've got an incredible lineup of fab artists including Justine Skye, Alli Simpson, Lily Lane, and Lucki Starr.
Coney Art Walls
3050 Stillwell Avenue, Brooklyn
1p; $25
Texas Forever: A Benefit for Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey
With Annie Donley, Ashton Womack, Catherine Cohen, Jake Flores, Kelsey Caine, Kevin Iso, Matthew Broussard, Paul Oddo, Usama Siddiquee, Carrie Wurst, and Melissa Rocha.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
9:45p doors, 10p show; $12 advance, $15
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Totally 90s Trivia: Back to School Edition
Join your co-hosts Sarah Storm, Anja Keister, and Stormageddon for our next night of Totally 90s Trivia this September. This month we are going back to school to celebrate all the things 90s teens loved including music, movies, TV, fashion fads, toys, and teen crushes.
The Way Station
683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
9p; $free
21 and over
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Black Lives Matter Art Show
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the one day pop up Black Lives Matter Art Show features Carla Cubit's Black Lives Matter artwork and posters, accompanied by her photographs from Black Lives Matter protests throughout the NYC area.
A performance by Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Ras Moshe Burnett, the Black Lives Matter Band, and open jam session and a speaker from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and a #WhoisUncleTom talkback followed by an artist talk and discussion.
The Living Gallery Outpost
246 East 4th Street, Manhattan
6-10p; $free
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies
After a successful pilot season in Fall 2016 at the now-defunct Morbid Anatomy Museum, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - NYC will re-launch in Fall 2017 at its new home, the Film Noir Cinema.
The acclaimed lecture series will kick off with Grady Hendrix, presenting a live performance and launch for his new book about the lurid world of 70s horror pulps. In the early 1970s, three books changed horror forever: Rosemary's Baby, the Exorcist, and the Other. The first horror novels to hit bestseller lists since 1940, they opened the floodgates for an avalanche of horror paperbacks to flood supermarket and drugstore shelves throughout the 70s and 80s, before Silence of the Lambs slit the genre’s throat in the early 90s.
Fresh off last year's one-man show, Summerland Lost, Grady Hendrix delivers a mind-melting oral history of this wild and woolly world of Nazi leprechauns, skeleton doctors, killer crabs, killer jellyfish, and killer fetuses, featuring hair-raising readings, a William W. Johnstone quote-off, and more tales of terrifying tots, tricycles, clowns, puppets, and heavy metal bands than should be strictly legal. Prepare yourself for a tour of this long-lost universe of terror that lurked behind the lurid, foil-embossed, die-cut covers of... the Paperbacks from Hell.
Plus! Following Grady's illustrated presentation will be a live round table discussion and Q and A with several artists who painted the book covers under discussion, including Jill Bauman, Lisa Falkenstern, and Thomas Hallman.
Film Noir Cinema
122 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn
7-9p; $12 advance, $15 door
Sudden Death
Comedy elimination tournament. Audience decides the winner. Featuring Jocelyn Chia, Sadiq Samani, Rich Grasso, Frankie Moricco, Melissa Diaz, FreddieG, Ryan Roman, Jerry Martinez, Jimmy HVD, and Antonio Giurato.
Stand Up NY
236 West 78 Street, Manhattan
10:15p; $free
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
I Love Burlesque presents:
Dromedary Burlesque
Every month at Dromedary Bar in Brooklyn I Love Burlesque takes over for a night of exotica themed entertinament, go-go, and fun. This month at our Brooklyn beach party we are excited to bring you the striptease talents of Mr. Gorgeous, Lucy Buttons, Velvetina Taylor, Edie Nighcrawler, Aurora BoobRealis, and Minx Arcana plus go-go by Vera Safire. The whole evening will be hosted by the buxom beauty Ula Uberbusen while the Fresh Prince of Darkness keeps the tiki tunes going throughout the show.
Dromedary Bar
266 Irving Avenue, Brooklyn
9p; $free
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
WTF Wednesday Party
It's Wednesday, WTF are you waiting for? It’s the best mid-week dance party in this city. Lineup: Sammy Bananas and Darling Chuck.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
10p; $free
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Bring Your Own Film
A monthly film and video open mic screening where filmmakers and artists working in moving images can bring in finished pieces or works in progress. It's a friendly and informal space where people share and talk about each other's work. If you have a project you'd like to share, bring it -- any film, any digital format, 10 minutes or under.
Shoestring Press
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p screening; $free
The Warper Party
NYC’S largest showcase of live electronic art and music. Two floors of omnidigital art and music. Music by Infinite Kitten, Denada, Wet Star, 81Neutronz, Marchthirtyseventh, Smomid, Blak Blondz, Fawwn, Unigen, Kristina SuperGenius, Catalyst Club, Jeeseph, Ghost Stories, Whisperkick, #Viiolentmusic, Nukage, and Glo Phase. Visuals by Fawwn, the Sperm Whale, Permian Strata, Kelly Xi,Nick Kent, VJDoctorMojo, Vjn8tronick, and RGB Values.
The Keep
205 Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
L train to Jefferson station
8p sharp; $free
21 and over
* Horizons, October 6-8
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at] We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
***** SPACES *****
* I'm subletting my Bedstuy one-bedroom apartment for October and November. Fully furnished, lots of books, light and plants, great for couples, two balconies. $2000 with utilities included. joelkuennen]at]
* One soundproof shipping container band rehearsal/art studio/office/workshop available at Rubulad in Bushwick. Large and wonderful walled garden. On-site gallery, bathroom, kitchen, barbecue. Comes with wi-fi, window, A/C. Two hundred square feet for $700. Sharing OK. Convenient Bushwick location between the Morgan and Jefferson L stations. Opportunities to participate in shows and be a part of Brooklyn’s longest-running community art/event space. Available September 1. One month deposit plus reference. Must play nicely with others. Contact chris]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]
***** DIY Rescue Communications *****
"In places where cellphone service still worked and laptops could stay charged, people communicated using neighborhood social media apps like Nextdoor. Mesh Network apps like Firechat allowed stranded people without internet service to communicate locally via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Rescuers also relied heavily on Zello, a free walkie-talkie app popular among activists in conflict zones, that works on cellphone data plans or Wi-Fi and was designed to operate in places where signals are weak, making it particularly useful in disaster areas."
Overheard is from Irene Pedruelo's Mi Niu York, a weekly newsletter for curious characters, treasure hunters, and eccentrics. You can sign up for her favorite stories, projects, artworks, and quotations at
People say amazing things when they think no one is listening. Overheard is about capturing these moments. We share one quotation each week that stuck with us. It's always unsolicited and unedited.
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]
Overheard in New York. September 2017. Man in his 30s:
-- "I think half of the time my therapist has no clue what I'm talking about."
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]
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
The Talking Heads, NYC Culture, and Fear of the Suburban Life
While many of us remember the beats, it’s easy to overlook insightfulness of their lyrics – much of the lyricism of the Talking Heads thrives on the urban environment of 1970s and early 80s NYC, a city verging on bankruptcy and decay, the post-Vietnam War era in the US, glorifying the inspiration in the grit while cautioning against the commodification of culture. And yet, there is often an uneasy relationship with commodity in the Talking Heads’ songs – our love/hate relationship with convenience, the necessity to understand yet a deep fear of the numbing suburbs, an unsettling critique of the government and the suits, Reaganomics dissected but never mentioned by name.
In 2013, David Byrne wrote a much-discussed article about how rising income inequality in cities like New York, is choking the artistic genius out of the city as well as our vibrant cultural scene, yet he says artists need the city and the city needs artists to thrive, and we all need NYC in better shape than it was in the late 1970s. In this Olio we will read, discuss, and analyze the urban sociological themes within a curated selection of Talking Heads songs.
828 Broadway, Manhattan
8p; $15
Tie Dying
Explore the scientific aspects of tie dying and make your own pillowcase to take home.
We will explore different methods of folding, twisting and binding to create patterns on our dye-ables. We'll also learn about covalent bonds and how different colors relate to each other.
This class will take place outside in QED's backyard and inside if the weather is bad. Everyone will receive a pillowcase for dying, but feel free to bring along up to two additional 100 percent cotton items to work with as well. T-shirts work well, but do not bring beach towels or sweatshirts. Wear something you wouldn't mind getting dye splashed on, or bring an apron. Now let's get to dying.
27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, Queens
10a-noon; $20
Intro to Improv
Come learn the basics of long form improvisation technique in this fun and laidback workshop. In this introductory class, we will focus on the principles of building two person scenes through the concept of "Yes, and". By the end of the workshop you'll be equipped with the tools and confidence to jump onstage and perform grounded, hilarious scenes at any jam or show. No experience necessary.
27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria
11a-1p; $20
Documentary Grantwriting
Secure the funding and support your project deserves. Familiarize yourself with the documentary funding landscape, including what top funders are looking for in a proposal, and how to find the funders whose objectives match your own. Leave this clinic with the writing skills necessary to feel confident to research and apply for grants. The seemingly arduous process of grant writing is also a perfect opportunity to master how best to describe and champion your film, its trajectory and audience. Spark the same creativity that drove you to make your film in the first place.
87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
6:30-8:30p; $25 members, $50 workshop + membership
Cool Neighborhoods: Preparing New Yorkers for Rising Temperatures and the Urban Heat Island Effect
This discussion will share critical information with the Brownsville community on the heels of the Mayor’s Cool Neighborhoods NYC announcement and the City’s focus on solutions to address summer heat and climate change. Rising temperatures threatens the health and well-being of many New Yorkers and some communities disproportionately suffer the greatest burden, like Brownsville. In response, the City will be implementing different aspects of its Cool Neighborhoods NYC initiative in the coming years. This panel aims to get community members and local leaders involved in getting the word out and keeping our neighbors safe and healthy.
Greg Jackson Center for Brownsville
519 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn
6-7:45p; $free
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