Thursday, April 4, 2019

A Paterson Waterfall
























Hey again bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blagh. And so I found myself at that Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park on this day, located in that city of Paterson, in that State of New Jersey, mainly to sight see that great waterfall that this city and park seems to be known for, and also in between reading the headline news of the day, to take another opportunity to post photos of that great waterfall on this blog in yet another attempt to maintain social media web 2.0 user generated content for this blog and my other blagh whenever blaghers block possible. And according to Wikipedia, the Great Falls (Passaic River) is a prominent waterfall, 77 feet (23 m) high, on the Passaic River in the city of Paterson in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. The falls and surrounding area are protected as part of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park,..And according to those brochures on the door at the welcome center, the Paterson Great Falls also has something to do with the Paterson Museum, the Passaic River, an overlook bridge, glaciers, hydro electricity, hydro power systems, mills, textiles, cotton, printing and other park history and culture that I am not exactly sure of. And.I didn't make it to that self guided walking tour, though the park ranger did say that part of the walking path was closed on this day because someone crashed into the park fence overnight.  And again, every picture tells a story, I think, as in those waterfall photos that find themselves posted above.  Have a great walk through the National Historic Park day and more.

Monday, December 31, 2018

A Year End 2018



And I almost forgot about this blog for a second, as it has been a while since I signed in to this blog in an attempt to post something to maintain web 2.0 user generated content for this blagh and my other blagh whenever blaghers block possible. And what else is there that I can say about year ends and new years in all of the years that I have been blogging on this blog that has not already been said in the bloggers time that I have posted about new years day times before. Well, another Gregorian calendar year has come to pass here on planet earth. And in between being consumed with those holiday markets in that New York City area, reading the headline news of the day and being consumed with what seems like a Facebook, Twitter, social media and internet addiction, I find myself reflecting on the ghosts of the past, present and future to realize that even though life can be a struggle and that my New Years resolutions sometimes seem to wind up being one of those Realistic New Year's Resolutions that finds itself in one of those photos posted above, that there are some people with seemingly no New Years Resolutions at all who have taken their lives and who are no longer with us here on planet earth, as there seems to have been an epidemic of suicides, particularly in the squatter community here in New York City the past year or so of squatters and their kids and the stories of other squatter related suicides as well as hollywood and other suicides in the headline news in the past year or so of people ending their lives for whatever reason. Now I am no mental health professional but I do know that psychiatry kills and to abolish forced psych cia treatment and that psychiatry has its roots in nazi Germany and that for all things alternative to the mental death system, mindfreedom.org is a good website to visit, as I have blaghed about psychiatry and the mental death system on this blagh times before.  And as I ramble those other thoughts that come to mind on this New Years Eve 2018 day amidst all of the wishes of peace, love, prosperity, creative energy, good health and great happiness in the new year and beyond, those overpriced New Years Eve events are going on again this year in the New York City area and come to mind.  There's that annual Times Square New Years Eve event where one goes to see the ball drop that looks like one will be descending into a war zone police state with all of the polizei and drones that will be surrounding that event this year. And then there's Jeff Stark's nonsense nyc list again, with a list of those really cool independent New Year's Eve culture events in New York City that reads as follows:


XXXXX NOTE XXXXX
NOTE: Once a year we ask for cash donations to support this list. Here’s the link: http://nonsensenyc.com/special/
XXXXX NEW YEAR’S EVE XXXXX
Time’s Up New Year’s Eve Bike Ride
This year the bike ride is reversing direction. It is going downtown instead of uptown, ending up at an indoor dance party. Both rides will end up at time’s up’s Musical After-Party at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space in the legendary C-Squat.
Meet in front of the Plaza Hotel
59th Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan
9:30p; $free
Meet at Madison Square Park
23rd Street and Broadway, Manhattan
10p; $free
Meet at at the Brooklyn-side entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn
9:30p; $free
facebook.com/events/258896011485796/
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
Future Positive New Year’s Eve Party
This Future Positive New Year’s celebration is brought to you by two amazing all volunteer nonprofit groups that have been partnering for five years and we are celebrating together. The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space is celebrating its sixth anniversary. Time’s Up environmental organization, which has made so many sustainable positive changes in NYC, is celebrating its 31st year.
The New Year’s Eve bash will be held at the museum in the legendary C-Squat, so put on your best dancing shoes and join us for this Future Positive start to 2019. There will be performances by Seth Tobocman, Rude Mechanical Orchestra marching band, and Banji.
You can join one of our free feeder New Year’s Eve bike rides, equipped with the latest sound bike technology.
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) / C-Squat
155 Avenue C, Manhattan
8p-1a; $5-25 sliding scale
eventbrite.com/e/future-positive-new-years-eve-party-tickets-52286938641
facebook.com/events/266324983949207/
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
Rinsed presents:
Gusto NYE 2019
The private, low-key house party is the family vibe New Year’s Eve we’ve all been craving. No $100 tickets or bottle service foolery, legit taking over a legendary theater — turned someone’s crib (one of the last few around in this fair city …), and celebrating NYE the right way, with all our loves and zero fuckery.
No hyperbole on the venue, Steve Buscemi used to crack jokes here. A few feminist mud wrestling matches hosted by Andy Kaufman. Casual. These days the spot is actually an apartment, a relic of the old New York where you may just happen to stumble into a hidden blood diamond. He’s been generous enough to let us invite a hundred or so unruly friends and family members in and celebrate the New Year the only way we want to.
Including: an intoxicating 1-hour long open bar (11:30p-12:30a); dynamic music by some well-known DJs (we’re not telling you who); lights by Ocular Presence; and a giant head sculpture DJ booth (yes there’s a giant head inside, and it vapes).
East Village Loft
RSVP for address, Manhattan
10p; $25
restlessnites.com/gusto
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
NYE LES Art Party
Come party with artist from Con Artist Collective and make some art of your own. We’ll transform our gallery into a mini studio with supplies and equipment while we dance and celebrate the ball drop in the back of the shop.
Con Artist
119 Ludlow Street, Manhattan
8p-2a; $free
21 and over
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
NYE Dance Party for Community Solidarity
DJ Thadeaus will be spinning your fave pop, hip hop, and dance hits all night, also featuring: prosecco at midnight, the party light, and groovy projections.
136 Lawrence Street 2A, Brooklyn
10p; $10 suggested donation at the door for Community Solidarity
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
Hot Rabbit Resolutions
LGBTQ events for the whole community. With DJ TRX, DJ Monstar, and DJ Boston Chery. Special midnight performance by TRX featuring Neil Schwartz, José Rivera, and Samoncé. Performance by Scarlett Snow of Honey Queer Burlesque. Drag and dance performance by VanityQ, vogue-go magic by the House of Olympus, featuring Legendary Omari Mizrahi and Monster LaBeija. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Special door prizes for best dressed.
Industry City’s Filament Bar
274 36th Street, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $15 presale, $30 door
eepurl.com/c7Ajo1
eventbrite.com/e/hot-rabbits-resolutions-lgbtq-new-years-eve-tickets-52075328710
hotrabbit.com
***** NOTE *****
NOTE: Once a year we ask for cash donations to support this list. Here’s the link: http://nonsensenyc.com/special/
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
Spectrum NYE: Diamonds Are Forever
We present Diamonds Are Forever, the final NYE spectacular of the Spectrum at the Dreamhouse. From the first party back in 2011 where all we had were two blown out speakers and 100 rough diamonds in that secret mirrored infinity room. Fast forward to 2018 its final metamorphosis and the project’s final physical resting place. We will be starting early and inevitably going until late. Come celebrate one last time in our sanctuary with Mazurbate, aCeb00mbaP, Mister Wallace, Gooddroid, Dicap, and A Village Raid.
Dreamhouse
10-22 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
$10 before midnight, $20 before 2a, $25 before 3a, $30 after, and $5 off door price in Diamonds Looks
thespectrum6]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events/290266458293094/
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
The Roast of 2018
Say goodbye to 2018 in style with a lovingly irreverent comedy show where all the celebrities who died this year come back from the grave for one night only to roast each other senseless. If you’re easily offended, stay home. But if you want to see what kind of acerbic one-liners Stan Lee would aim at Stephen Hawking, then this is the show for you.
Hosted by Sam Evans as John McCain and Eli Sairs as Anthony Bourdain. Featuring J.P. McDade as Avicii, Maddy Smith as Kate Spade, Jacob Williams as Stephen Hawking, Chloe McGovern as Mac Miller, Carmen Lagala as Women’s Rights, Maria Wojciechowski as Romaine Lettuce, and Raanan Hershberg as Rosanne.
The Creek and the Cave
10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
7p; $5
creekcavecomedy]at]gmail.com
creeklic.com
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
Mister Sunday Holiday Party
Theo Parrish will kick off the daytime part of this marathon club session, which stretches for over 24 hours starting at 6p on New Year’s Eve. With Physical Therapy, Nina BC, Matt Werth, Justin Carter, Hypnotic Spa, Eamon Harkin, Duane Harriott, DJ Voices, D. Tiffany, Christy Love, Beta Librae, and Anthony Naples.
We’ve had lots and lots and lots of fun times down this way in 2018, but we’re kissing them goodbye and rolling in the New Year with a fresh batch of those nice, heavy, heady party vibes that you’ve come to expect inside (and outside) these walls.
We’ve enlisted a big crew of our always incredible resident DJs and a few gifted guest selectors to set the pace for one major party that’ll kick off at 6pm on New Year’s Eve and go into New Year’s Day and likely beyond — no stopping at the bar, no stopping in the booth and no stopping on the dance floor. We’ll start the festivities with a special, communal-dinner-inclusive Planetarium session featuring RVNG boss Matt Werth, Nina BC of Working Women and Planetarium mastermind Justin Carter.
At 10pm we’ll switch gears with residents Beta Librae, Duane Harriott, Eamon Harkin, Anthony Naples and Physical Therapy joined by special guests Christy Love, Theo Parrish (who’ll be playing for six hours on New Year’s morning) and D. Tiffany for one massive session between the hi-fi stacks.
We’ll have tasty snacks from the kitchen to keep you nourished throughout, and there’ll be plenty of action out in the back yard, too – the fire pits will be roaring, the outdoor bar will have the hot drinks on lock, the sauna will be in full swing and there’ll be an ambient sunrise session in the the yurt from DJ Voices and Hypnotic Spa (that’s DJ Sofiia and Milo McBride for this occasion).
Tickets will be timed for this one, and there’s a full explanation below on how that will work. Nothing too complicated, but do have a read if you’re coming. Just remember that you must arrive between the hours listed on your ticket. Once you’ve come in during the designated window time on your ticket, you can come and go as you please. If you don’t enter during the time designated window of time, you’ll lose your spot and need to buy a new ticket (assuming there’s space inside). Once you’re inside, can also stay as long as you’d like as long as you abide by our safer space policy (more on that below).
Nowadays
56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
6-10p Planetarium (communal dinner included), 10p to 5a New Year’s Eve, 5a to 2p entry New Year’s Day Morning, 2p onward New Year’s Day; $15
residentadvisor.net/events/1185168
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
Gemini and Scorpio present:
Masked
2018 needs a “fuck you” sendoff. Be bold, be wild, as you enter 2019. A hedonistic masquerade to activate your senses with pulsating beats, swirling visuals, sensory games and activities, and many kisses. Tickets are limited to keep the event comfortable and welcoming.
Music by DJ Ceremony and Poodlecannon, masters of eclectic dance floor surprises. 2018 passion predictions with our tarot experts. Custom projections by CJ. Free champagne 9-10p and 3-4a. Strict formal or lingerie dress code. Masks required (some will be available for sale).
This is not a play party. It’s a night to let go and let your senses guide your way: dance party meets makeout party. As always, we will have zero creeper tolerance, and please no photos without explicit consent from your subjects.
Gemini and Scorpio Loft
RSVP for address, Gowanus, Brooklyn
9p-4a, $40-60, $30 after 12:30, including afterparty with continental breakfast
21 and over with ID
geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
masked.brownpapertickets.com
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
New Year’s Masquerade
It’s the best party we’ve ever thrown. Ring in the New Year with aerialists, an open bar, live music, hors d’oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast, dancing, and great DJs. Broadcast ball drop on the projector, aerialist human disco ball drop, and a MASSIVE midnight balloon drop. Live hip-hop and jazz: OJ in the Yams. Aerialists: Ariel Iasevoli, Elena Delgado. DJs : Remniqe, DJ Karen, the Crvz, and No Burden.
Secret Loft
RSVP for address, Manhattan
L train to 6th Avenue station
9p-4a; $50-70
21 and over
secretloft2019.eventbrite.com
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
2019 NYE Warehouse Fundraver by Melting Point
Melting Point is happy to announce 2019 NYE Warehouse fundraver. Uniting several New York based collectives, this is a cross collective event, bringing you diverse sounds and scenes in a celebration of the best of NY’s underground and electronic music. We are coming together under one massive warehouse roof, as we continue to stand in solidarity for deportees and asylum seekers. Featuring 70-plus artists, performing across five stages presented by the following collectives: Melting Point, Dae Dham, Cipher, Fight Club, Unseelie, re:nü, Sermon 3, and Nevermind.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
8p-10a; $50, a portion of proceeds will be donated to Al Otro Lado.
facebook.com/events/1921959661446496/
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
Rubulad Proudly Presents 2019 Blast Off
A veritable explosion of joy. With live music by Preachermann and the Revival, Funkrust Brass Band, Van Goose, and Les Sans Culottes, with your MC Tanya Solomon Magic. Plus DJs $mall ¢hange and Baby K. And visuals by the Sperm Whale, Mike Flaherty’s Art Hole, Blue June Tarot, Adornments by Prince Peacock, and Midnight Champagne Bunny Toast. Dress to sparkle and shine.
RSVP for Bushwick address, Brooklyn
8:30p doors; 9p show; $20 in advance, before 10p, or way late; $30 otherwise
rubulad]at]outlook.com
artery.is/showcases/blast-off
facebook.com/events/284017769137544/
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
NYE in the Forever Basement
Itsforever.xyz presents an underground art party in the Forever Basement, in Crown Heights. Live music all night, and performance artists in the backyard. Cash bar and free champagne toast at midnight. The future is impossible, why not enjoy your time?
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
10p; $5 door
itsforever.xyz]at]gmail.com
***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****
JunXion
JunXion has always been a place where different roads converge, a place for diversity, a place to play, a place to explore and a space to transform. Our celebrations and Xperiences are a direct expression of the richness of who we are. From parking lots, to renegade parades, to mansions and beaches, to secret bus rides and endless sunrise. To the djays, and musicians, the performers and the artists. To the lovers and the dancers and the friendships that have been fostered. We see you. We love you.
We are all the co-creators in this grand play. That is why we are committed more than ever to creating safer more transformative spaces. And now the next Act is upon us. This NYE we plant the seeds for what’s to come and give rise to A New Dawn.
We have assembled some of our dearest collaborators to give life to this night and now all we need is you. Tickets for A New Dawn will move up Wednesday. As a token of gratitude for those on this list, use this special discount from now till Wednesday.
Brooklyn Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
9p-6a; $60
anewdawnnye.eventbrite.com


And I cannot think of anymore photos or words to post with this blog post except to say the only thing constant is change and some stories do not end as you expect.  Happy Holy Days. Happy New Year 2019.

Monday, October 29, 2018

A Tompkins Square Halloween Concert



photo by Skwert Gunn










Well it's that time of year again where another one of those Halloween's have rolled around. And in between reading those headline news of the day, where every headline reads more horrifying than the next, I found myself at another one of those The Shadow concerts in that New York City area at Tompkins Square Park this past weekend.  And this concert was a Tompkins Square Halloween concert.  And the Facebook event invite for that concert read something like:

Come celebrate the spirits of Halloween in our beloved TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK!!

PERFORMERS:
2:00 Public Serpents (featuring Skwert of Choking Victim)
2:35 Baby Machine
3:10 SoulCake
3:45 GLOB - GORGEOUS LADIES OF BLOODWRESTLING!
4:20 Night Gallery (featuring Kitty Hawk)
5:00 Skull Caster (doomsday punk prophets, featuring Joey Steele)
5:40: Seth Tobocman political slide show (with Jenny Gonzalez + Eric Blitz)

ARTISTS:
Our Lady of Perpetual PMS from GLOB
No Police State Girl
jackiehatesyou
UltraFresca
Michael Sean O'Leary

Costumes encouraged!



And there was merchandise, merchandise and more merchandise to be sold, and music, music and more music to be heard, and costumes, costumes and more costumes to be seen.  And every picture tells a story, I think, as in those somewhat blurry photos that find themselves posted above. And in other headline news of the day..... we are all immigrants. No one is free when others are oppressed.  Have a great Halloween day and more.