Saturday, December 28, 2013

A New Year 2014

And so that Gregorian calendar on the wall has rolled around again to where it finds itself that end of the year Anno Domini 2014 in North America to where all of those end of the year retrospective articles start popping up and all of those over priced end of the year parties start appearing. And then there's that Auld Lang Syne song that plays on the radio and television over and over that also finds itself posted above. And it is also that year of the horse according to that Chinese zodiac sign calendar.  And so with this end of another Anno Domini year, finds itself Jeff Stark's nonsensenyc: 12.27 to New Year's Day‏ list of these really cool happenings and underground and above ground parties that find themselves in and around that city of New York for this before and after New Years Day week. And that email list subscription that found itself in that email inbox reads something like as follows. Happy New Year 2014.


We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.

Edith Lovejoy Pierce

X, Jeff Stark and the Nonsense NYC staff

Head On: 2003 vs. 2013
The end of 2013 is fast approaching, and we're furiously reviewing the songs that came out over the last year to find our favorites. We decided that we'd like to put 2013 to the test. Was it that good of a year for music? Ok, we dug that Daft Punk record, and the return of Justin Timberlake, and Chvrches. And a lot of good indie things came out by the likes of Classixx, Holy Ghost!, Duke Dumont, Young Galaxy, Vampire Weekend, Cut Copy, the Arcade Fire, etc. But what if we compared it to the best songs from, say, 10 years ago? The more we looked back, 2003 was a killer year for music. Not only was pop radio actually pretty damn good with the likes of Outkast, Beyonce, Fanny Pack, and even the Darkness, but there were plenty of good underground hits we loved by the likes of Junior Senior, Goldfrapp, and Head On champion LCD Soundsystem.
So we're doing what any good Head On DJ would do: we're pitting 2013 against 2003 in a no-holds-barred cage match. Anno a anno. Resident DJ Brian Blackout and guest DJ Fucci will do battle, and you'll help us pick a winner. Are all those old people who say music keeps getting worse right? Or was 2003 just a really great year? Help us decide (by dancing). With resident DJ Brian Blackout (representing 2013) and guest DJ Fucci (representing 2003). Two DJs enter, one DJ leaves.
Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
10p-late; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction: NYC Championship Edition
Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction is a comedy show (and podcast) held every month at the Nerdist Theater in Los Angeles, created and hosted by Bryan Cook. Each show features 10 comics, writing and performing Erotic Fan Fiction pieces, based on their whims or audience suggestions. It's really stupid. This month CEFF is thrilled to host its first-ever NYC Championship Edition, featuring all past NYC winners.
Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $10
21 and over
Telekron Communication's presents:
Great American International Ugly Holiday Sweater Dance Party
Come out and rock your ugliest holiday sweater (sweater not required). Free drink and mystery prize goes to the ugliest sweater. Banging audio by Banginclude, Deejay Chaotic, Bigears, Madaro, Mamajuana, Rtype , Driver, Joe Safari, and Roger That. Programmed visuals on three Screens by the Sperm Whale.
La Sala, back room of Cantina Royal
58 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $10 all night includes free draft slider before midnight
Magic at Coney: The Sunday Matinee
Magical Promotions, together with Coney Island USA, presents an afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. "Magic at Coney!!!" is a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists and close-up magicians from around the world.
With Master of Ceremonies Gary Dreifus, plus escape artist Thomas Solomon, magician Omar Olusion, and mind reader Torkova.
Sideshows by the Seashore
208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
$12 adults, $8 for children under 12
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Comedy at Katz's
A monthlong series of pop-up comedy shows featuring the best NYC comedians (and free beer) at Katz's Deli. This Sunday's show features Rob Cantrell, Josh Gondelman, Phil Hanley, Joe Zimmerman, Chesley Calloway, and RG Daniels. Hosted by Chris Duffy.
203 East Houston Street, Manhattan
7p; $5 includes free beer
Chaos Cooking: Taste Tripping
A participatory taste-tripping cooking extravaganza commandeering an entire East Village Restaurant. It's time to give our taste buds a psychedelic flavor experience they will never forget. From the depths of West Africa comes Synsepalum dulcificum, also known as the miracle fruit. When you eat this berry it causes sour foods (such as lemons and limes) to taste sweet. This effect is due to miraculin. Please join the Chaos Cooking Community for a very special event where we confuse our mouths and laugh at the results while enjoying endless food, drinks, and conversation. Everyone brings the ingredients for one dish and then cooks together in one space. All recipes must be finished and space returned to original condition by the end of the event, while everyone is socializing, enjoying drinks and eating tasty dishes. Each berry lasts one-two hours. There will be three berries available per person. We will have real berries, not tablets.
Guidelines: Everyone must prepare something; no exceptions. Everyone must pitch in to help restore the space to its original condition, without being asked. Try not to lose any fingers.
Location revealed with tickets, Manhattan
6-10p; $11 early bird, $18 otherwise
***** Also on MONDAY *****
The Salon: New Year's Eve Eve
Some say New Year's Eve is amateur night; that's because all the dames and dapper gents know the real party is the night before at the Salon, what we like to call New Year's Eve Eve.
For our sixth annual extravaganza we return to the beautiful and historic Players Club to continue the tradition with a spectacular lineup of more than 40 performers, including five bands, on three floors for your lounging and dancing pleasure.
After a hiatus of more than four years, we are thrilled to return to the historic Players Club. This beautiful private club on Grammercy Park is a snap shot of old New York, whose members included luminaries such as Bogart, Bacall, and Sinatra. The Club was home to the Salon in 2008. Prohibition Productions is elated to be part of a new era at the Players as it enters its 125th anniversary.
Live music by George Gee Swing Orchestra featuring vocalist John Dokes, Queen Esther and the Hot Five, Ron Sunshine and band, Gelber and Manning, and Svetlana and the Delancey Five. More music by Dj VaVaVoon, DJ Mac on the antique phonograph, and Benjamin Ickies.
Performances and more with the Minsky Sisters, classic burlesque by Legs Malone, Calamity Chang, go-go dancers and stage kittens Sydney Sunrise and Miss Kacie Marie. Master of ceremonies and emcee extraordinaire Dandy Wellington, Dave Cremin's amazing magical card tricks, and free beginner swing dance lesson on main dance floor from by Arturo Perez.
The Players Club
16 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
7p doors, 7p-1a; $30 advance, $35 door
21 and over
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Bridging Bushwick: Potluck and Performances
Our goal is simple: Get to know your neighbor. Potluck: Bring a dish that represents you and your culture. Performance by ELM (local youth group).
The Living Gallery
1094 Broadway, Brooklyn
8-10p; $free
Rubulad presents:
Cheap and Dirty New Year's Ball
With live music by Les Sans Coulottes, Batala NYC, and Morricone Youth. And your DJs Shakey, Ol' Stark, and friends. In the cabaret room: Terry Dame's Science Music Roadshow, Viva, and Mary-Go-Round. Plus G. Scopitronic's Non-Stop Film Fest, Modern Dance Awareness Society, Visionary Visuals by the Sperm Whale, Light Circus Extraordinaire by Norm Francoeur, and Midnight Champagne Bunny Toast. Dress cheap and/or dirty.
893 Bergen Street, between Franklin and Classon, Brooklyn
9p doors, 10p show; $20, $10 before 10p or way, way late
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Gemini and Scorpio presents:
The Bootleggers' Ball
The contraband has been ordered, authorities paid off, and performers lined up for a New Year's Eve speakeasy ball in a 19th century church with soaring ceilings, stained glass windows, and a wraparound balcony. Expect the intimacy of a daring cabaret mixed with the intrigue of a vintage costumed ball, expansiveness of a warehouse dance party, excitement of live swing, a splash of fine cocktails, and just a dash of illicit adventure and unpredictable moments.
Dance till 1a to live big band swing by the 13-piece Hot Shim Sham Orchestra, followed by infectious electro-swing grooves by underground favorite DJ Barney Iller until late. Glamorous burlesque by Kat MonDieu and Apathy Angel, performed with the band. Daring aerial by Ivory Fox. Old-time strongman and sideshow stunts by Adam Realman. Hosted by dashing magician Nelson Lugo. Fabulous face and body painting by Painteresse Elysabeth. 2014 divinations by gifted psychics. Vintage photo booth. Absinthe and other mind-altering potions by The House of St Eve. Easy beginner swing dance class at 9:30p by Brooklyn Swings. Champagne flows free 9-10p. Dress code: depression glamour, evening ball on the Titanic, hobo formal, desperation derring-do. No casual attire.
Irondale Center
85 South Oxford, Brooklyn
9p-5a; $40-60, $30 after midnight, $20 after 2a
21 and over
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Time's Up 16th Annual New Years Eve Bike Ride and Afterparty
Start the year off right -- on your bike or skates. Come celebrate New Year's Eve in the great outdoors. We'll be riding up to Belvedere Castle in the middle of Central Park for the best (and free) New Year's Eve dance party in town -- with fireworks. Dress festive, don't forget your noisemakers and party favors, and bring food and drink to share. Meet up for the ride, or just meet us at 11:45p at Belvedere Castle.
Meet at Washington Square Park
5 Avenue and 8th Street, Manhattan
10p; $free
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Bathsalts, Dungeon, and Secret Project Robot present:
NYE 2014 Dance and Drag Party
Champagne hosts. Midnight countdown. Cheap bar. Stay in Brooklyn. Free love. With DJs Schwarz, Stallone the Reducer, Dungeon, and Cartel. Shows by Macy Rodman (evil priestess of Bathsalts) and friends Amber Alert, Severely Mame, Stevie Zar, and Moon Baby.
Secret Project Robot Art Experiment
389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $10
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Mister New Year's Eve
Into 2014 we go. Not quite what Isaac Asimov predicted, but pretty darn close. (Google it!) Here's how we'll be celebrating -- in Mister Saturday Night style:
There's a set number of tickets, so it'll be intimate, with enough room to dance without crazy lines for drinks and such. We'll stock the bar with bubbly and deck 12-turn-13 in black and white, so we ask you to deck yourself out in all black and/or white, too. You don't have to wear a tux (although you certainly can) -- just whatever's comfortable.
Festivities start at 9p for ticketed folks, and the ball drops in an easy-going way, so it doesn't feel forced. If you're celebrating midnight elsewhere, doors open for non-ticket holders at 2a, space permitted.
172 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
9p–5a; $40 advance, $25 after 2a, space permitted
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
New Years 2: Galaxy Quest
Four years ago, Neil Fridd and I joined forces to organize an all night, time-travelling NYE party with countdowns every hour and bands performing live from their favorite eras. This year, to celebrate the year anniversary of the Silent Barn's new location, we're organizing a space-travelling party.
New Years 1 ended in the future, with aliens taking us up and away, so this sequel begins there. We will transform the venue into a spaceship, and travel every hour to a different planet, landing back on earth light years after we left.
Expect an installation by Title: Point in the Center For Strategic Art and Agriculture, a ship captain to guide us through the strange musical lifeforms, lots of guest DJ friends, possibly a hot tub out in the yard, champagne toasts, and us all eating breakfast together in the morning.
With the Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Unstoppable Death Machines, Rich Aucoin, My Body, and Heeney.
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
9p; $10
all ages
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Bang On Presents New Year's Eve 2014: Time and Space
Our journey through Time and Space begins in a gargantuan 60,000 square-foot former steel factory with 45-foot high ceilings. We have a massive door and coat check team ready to expedite your entry. We recommend early arrival as there is generally a large rush from 10:30p-12:30a.
With two main stages of electronic music, custom lighting, and stage design. Featuring illuminated art installations, circus performers flying overhead, Burning Man Art Cars (including Thunder Gumbo), themed lounge areas, food trucks, funky clothing vendors, body painting by Kirxworx Dupuis and and much much more. Our midnight countdown will feature a rocket launch and aerial performance you won't want to miss.
Time stage: Pete Fraser, Rambo Springsteen, Sleepy and Boo, Damian Lazarus, Bob Moses, Behrouz, the Golden Pony, and Gino Santos. Space Stage: The Magick Report, Wildlight, Sean Glass, Deniz Koyu, Polish Ambassador, Space Jesus, and Kellam.
699 Scholes, at the corner of Onderonk, Brooklyn
9p-6a; $60-70
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Unicorn Meat NYC’s 2014 The Wander Event
A uniquely experiential event with cosmopolitan inspired art installations featuring heavyweight dubstep producer Rusko and world-class circus performance. Unicorn Meat NYC’s secret warehouse location will lend itself to a creative backdrop of aural and visual grandeur. Our clandestine venue features spacious area of music and art to explore with nine hours of nonstop music, high end sound and lighting production, and large-scale country/city-based art installations. Also supporting Rusko will be a number of West Coast style bass music producers David Starfire, KiloWatts, and Skytree.
77 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan station
9p-6a; $60-75
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
New Years Eve's Masquerade Ball
Ladies and gentlemen, Midnight Disco Society cordially invites you to our New Years Eve's Masquerade Ball. Join us on the dance floor as we welcome 2014 in true Venetian fashion. Music by Midnight Disco Society. Masks and formal attire encouraged but not mandatory (we will have masks at the venue to distribute).
Radio Bushwick
22 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn
9p; $10 doors
917 893 8935
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Deep Trouble New Years Eve
We'll prep the vibe with cocktails at 7p. Of course, before all the revelry, it's good to start with a solid foundation: nourishment. At 8p, we'll start things off with the last supper of 2013: A four-course dinner presented by Body Actualized and Intuitive Catering, soundtracked by Deep Trouble. All ingredients sourced from Beyond Organic Farmers at Union Square Farmer's Market. After that, dance vibrations begin with Deep Trouble DJs at 10p. Midnight champagne toast. And roll from there with guest DJ Tom Noble. Late dance vibrations by Deep Trouble. Visuals by Alice Cohen and Ivy Meadows.
Body Actualized Center
143 Troutman Street, Brooklyn
7p; $45 dinner and dance, $20 just the dance
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
New Year Carnival at Wherehouse
Hue-Mans Don't Race is a group of angels/ aliens/ guides who have been sent by the universe to save Hue-manity. We shed the light in which hue-mans find their hue. Providing palette space for colors to be dipped/ blessed in hue causing a color trail to stain and sustain the grounds of life. This space we call Fred's Warehouse is our holy canvas where all who dance in are blessed with the light of magic. Here the human race are transformed to Hue-Mans That Don't Race. After descending from our happening, the hue will follow you to shine others with light causing a domino effect of color.
Activities: spray paint open wall, swings, tarot reading, body painting, light tricks, parachute, private teepees, and spontaneous improv. Performance and visual art: aerial/contortion stunts, bellydancing, visual array projections, orbing and hooping, living a painting creation, and interactive sand mandala. DJs and Live bands: Rumblefilthskin, Songsten, Beechwood, Dub Caps, Ex Astra, Okestura, Cartomancy, and Dead Hounds.
210 Paterson Plank Road, Union City, NJ
9p-6a; $10
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Le Chat Noir Masquerade Ball
For one night only, We'd like to invite you on a special journey. From the cobblestone streets of Montmartre at the turn of 20th century Paris through the back roads of old Europe in a little gypsy caravan, and out into the assorted corners of the world. The night will have it all - glorious vaudeville and world music DJs, a gypsy-cabaret live band and gorgeous burlesque dancers, dancing and merry times. Jubilant, whimsical and deranged, life is a cabaret, my friends -- celebrate it with us on New Year's Eve. Costumes strongly encouraged. With Amour Obscur live, DJ Spinach, DJ Earthian, and burlesque dancers.
85 Avenue A, Brooklyn
8p doors, 9p show; $30-50
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Pratt Steam Whistles
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
4ShortDudes presents:
Notorious NYE
A LGBTQ New Year's Eve event. Let's start this year off cute: Dancing, cruising, and boozing. Your hosts: Topher Gross, Nicky Cutler, Jo Collura, and Rocco Katastrophe. Plus DJ Jo Collura, with special guest DJs J Lamar Wright and Abdullah Saeed. Photos all night by Grace Chu.
Loki Lounge
304 5th Avenue, at 2nd Street, Brooklyn
10p; $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
The Vinyl Countdown
Celebrate the New Year by digging through the crates. It's New Years Eve and you want to go out, but you really want to find a place with no lines, no outrageous cover, no disgustingly drunk people, and great music. Celebrate the New Year by digging through the crates. With a Undakova performances, resolution board, rooftop, vinyl madness, and soul train line.
Alphabet City Sanctuary
638 East Sixth Street, between Avenue B and C, Manhattan
8p doors, 10p performances, 1a soul train; $20, or $free with RSVP
The 40th Annual New Year's Day Marathon Reading
There are three things to consider when the New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon sweeps you into its gracefully uncouth embrace -- what it is, what it was, and who you will be when it’s over. An untamed gathering of the heart’s secret, wild nobility -- over 140 poets together revealing not just that a better life could exist, but that it already does, sexy and wise, rancorous and sweet, big hearted and mad as hell. The Marathon measures its success through insurrectionist reframings of the universe, an in-it-together courage that crafts a community out of the riot of lineages and traditions we all emerge from. This collective effort also helps fund as many as 85 additional events every year. It’s our largest fundraiser of the year, and arguably the most inspired ongoing literary event in the city.
This is the 40th anniversary of the New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon. We have a lot of bonuses in the works to commemorate the occasion: Sean Cole, independent producer for public radio, will emcee the 7-10p hours of the event; there will be a raffle for desirable items from the Poetry Project’s collection; plus we’ll reveal a series of three special edition Project tote bags made by three different design students at Parsons. They did great work for this.
131 East 10th Street, Manhattan
2p-midnight; $20
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S DAY *****
Coney Island Circus Sideshow
They're here, they're real, they're alive, and you can see them performing on New Year's Day after the Polar Bear Swim. The World Famous Coney Island Circus Sideshow will perform continuously at Sideshows by the Seashore.
New Year's Day cast: Ray Valenz, Princess Pat, Rush Aaron Hicks, Adam Realman, Scott Baker, and Betty Bloomerz.
Sideshows by the Seashore
208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
2-6p; $10 adults, $5 kids
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S DAY *****
Coney Island Polar Bear Club Annual New Year’s Day Swim
Bring warm clothes, surf boots or old sneakers, towels, and definitely bring your camera. The NYC Parks Department provides changing facilities on the Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue.
Assemble on the Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue, Coney Island
1p sharp; $20 suggested donation to Camp Sunshine
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S DAY *****
HiChristina Fifth Annual Love Corners
New Year's Eve is so celebrated, but what happens the next day? HiChristina has the answer, with the youngest New Year's Day tradition. Wake up sometime in the afternoon (say 3p), put on something red (a hat or fingernail polish or scarf or something), walk outside to a sunny street corner, and project love. There you have it. That's what HiChristina's 5th Annual Love Corners is all about. This year it's the corner of 23rd and Broadway in Manhattan on the sunny side of the street, at 3:30p.
Not only are you projecting love, so are people in from Uzebekistan to Auckland. Love corners is simultaneous and worldwide (like the internet). Unlike the internet it's a person-to-person connection all the way. Stand still. Take a deep breath.  Relax.  Open your eyes. And boom: Projecting Love. You'll know your compatriots by the red they wear. Stay on the corner for a bit.  Feel it.  Hold hands.
Last year someone showed up with 100 red balloons, and the year before there was a giant panda suit and a homemade electronic instrument!  You never know what the new year brings. Afterwards, grab a cup of tea or stroll in the park with your newfound friends. If you or someone takes a picture or video send it to us.
23rd and Broadway, sunny side of the street, Manhattan
3:30-4:30p; $free
fritzandchristina]at] or thehichristina on instagram
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The NSA is Coming to Town

Okay, now if I must blogger say, in an attempt to maintain content for this blog and my other blagh whenever bloggers block possible, the ACLU has launched a hilarious anti-NSA campaign. This The NSA is Coming to Town YouTube video with Santa Satan as surveillance that finds itself posted above is kind of funny to me, not hell funny but kind of funny if it weren't so true that George Orwell was right and We Are Now In A Police State, and there is a White House Panel NSA report that says Technology Can No Longer Be King, and there are NSA methods reminiscent of those used in USSR under Stalin. And this is what The Soviet Surveillance States of America police state looks like for the holidays and each day thereafter in this electronic technology nineteen eighty four George Orwell world. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State. 2+2=5. Happy Holidays.
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Homeless Archives NYC

Hey again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blagh. And so I find myself wondering what to blah blagh about again in bloggerland simply for the sake of attempting to maintain content for this blog and my other blog whenever blaghers block possible. And so I found myself posting Homeless Archives NYC on yet another blagh this past week. Homeless Archives NYC is a personal collection of news clippings, flyers, posters, zines, postcards, programs and other papers from protests, demonstrations, rallies, workshops and other art and political related events that I have saved since the late 80's as a squatter in the Lower East Side, East Village, New York City until the late 90's in the era of gentrification, of my participation in the housing and homeless movement in the New York City area. In the digital age of technology, I find I can pull these old news clippings out of the closet from collecting dust, scan them, photograph them and post them online. Housing in a human right. Squat The World.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Holy Dayze Again

Hey yet again bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blog. And so here I find myself again attempting to maintain content for this blog and my other blagh whenever blaghers block possible in internetland. And even when it seems as if the world is crashing down all around me and that google page rank update still wants to send me in search of a fifth full time job, I still find myself blaghing for some reason or another. And so it's those holy days holidays that have rolled around again this year according to that Gregorian calendar on the wall. And so I find myself recycling those holiday blog posts from yesteryear because hey, it's less writing sometimes, I think. Have a great holy day holiday dayze and more.

A Holiday

Hey Bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blog. And this is still yet another one of those posts where I encounter that what could be called bloggers block again, as in what to blah bog about on this blog in that web 2.0 social media user generated content era. and so this posting I just thought of for some reason or another, happens to be about that Thanksgiving holiday here in that country of America. And it seems to be one of those calendar sanctioned days to observe. And yet another holiday and another year rolls around, so much that I must have blaghed abut that Thanksgiving day topic on this blog in the past. Where is that post? Oh I found it. Here are some excerpts from those posts with the word "Thanksgiving" in if from long lore ago...

And that day on the morrow must be Thanksgiving. I know because the supermarket lines that are out the door an the restaurant menus that are posted on their doors, everyone standing in New Jersey Transit lines, and DeCamp bus lines with baggage, and everyone riding the New York City subways with travelling baggage in tow says so. And remember the Indians, who were seemingly betrayed for a bag of beads, as this country of America may have been founded on violence....Have a great remember the Indians day and eat more tofurky.

And this excerpt also...

And this day also seems to be Columbus day, I know because the radio, the stores, the post office and libraries says so. And what does Columbus Day mean anyway, is that when Christopher Columbus discovered America and colonized it by violence or something and betrayed the Indians for twenty five dollars worth of trinkets, or is that Thanksgiving Day. Does that Internet bible dictionary Wikipedia have an entry for this sanctioned holiday in that country of America.

And this one too...

First there is Thanksgiving day I guess to usher in the shop more season. And is this holiday season about the holidays and peace on earth, or are the holidays about shopping, shopping, shopping or both. And then there is the day after Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and what is Black Friday, the buy everything you can at a discount rate day after the Thanksgiving Day holiday. And what about buy nothing day, that day to buy nothing day after thanksgiving day. And what about over consumption and the environment. And now web 2.0 cyber go online shopping and buy everything you can Monday? What's that all about? What's next in the consume everything you can at a bargain rate holiday world. Is there something in the works for buy everything you can Tuesday, or buy everything you can month or year. Or does that holiday already exist.

And also this one too...

Glorious Food

And the advertisers say today is Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day, and the day after Thanksgiving. And a friend of mine, Laura, sent this email yesterday for the Thanksgiving Day Holiday. The poem seems to be about food, food and more food, as I guess that is one of the things that this American holiday centers around. And I spent the whole day wondering if I should repost it or not. It is a poem. And as I remember Laura, she is always good for a great poem. Happy day after remember the Indians, Black Friday, Buy Nothing and poetry day.

Who Among You Knows the Essence of Garlic?

Can your foreigner's nose smell mullets roasting in a glaze of brown bean paste and sprinkled with novas of sea salt?

Can you hear my grandmother chant the mushroom's sutra?

Can you hear the papayas crying as they bleed in porcelain plates?

I'm telling you that the bamboo slips the long pliant shoots of its myriad soft tongues into your mouth that is full of oranges.

I'm saying that the silver waterfalls of bean threads will burst in hot oil and stain your lips like zinc.

The marbled skin of the blue mackerel works good for men. The purple oils from its flesh perfume the tongues of women.

If you swallow them whole, the rice cakes soaking in a broth of coconut milk and brown sugar will never leave the bottom of your stomach.

Flukes of giant black mushrooms leap from their murky tubs and strangle the toes of young carrots.

Broiling chickens ooze grease,yellow tears of fat collect and spatter in the smoking pot.

Soft ripe pears, blushing on the kitchen window sill,kneel like plump women taking a long, luxurious shampoo,and invite you to bite their hips.

Why not grab basketfuls of steaming noodles,lush and slick as the hair of a fine lady,and squeeze?

The shrimps, big as Portuguese thumbs,stew among cut guavas, red onions,ginger root, and rosemary in lemon juice,the palm oil bubbling to the top,breaking through layers and layers of shredded coconut and sliced cashews.

Who among you knows the essence of garlic and black lotus root,of red and green peppers sizzling among squads of oysters in the skillet,of crushed ginger, fresh green onions,and pale-blue rice wine simmering in the stomach of a big red fish?

-- Garrett Hongo

Happy Thanksgiving, remember the Indians, their beads and trinkets, that twenty four dollars and the land of Manna-hatin, and eat more tofurkey. Happy Holy Dayze.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

A TNC Village Halloween Costume Ball

And I have heard it said that if you give up your dreams you die. And sometimes some things in life can be the only thing you have to live for. And so I found myself at that Theater for the New City Village Halloween Costume Ball last night on that day of Halloween that finds itself approaching around this time of year each year. And the program from that night describes this event as:

THE ANNUAL VILLAGE HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL, is a 37-year old multilevel theatrical event during which the building's 30,000 sq. ft. is transformed by sculptors, painters and scenic designers into a series of Halloween environments and simultaneous performances of every theatrical kind are held throughout the building and on the street outside. An average of 450 artists, performers, scenic designers and volunteers have an opportunity to showcase their talents in this one night extravaganza.  For many of the artists it is their first time working for the Theater alongside the main body of regulars who participate in the 30-40 productions that are done annually indoors.  This annual one night event reaches a combined audience of 2,000 from both indoors and outside on the street.  TNC was the original producer for the Annual Village Halloween Parade, when it won the Obie Award. Enjoy an Historic Halloween event.

And then there's that basement wall with those murals on it where artists paint for Halloween each year that I found myself visiting again the next day, which is this day, the day after Halloween, to take photos of those Theater for the New City Halloween Costume Ball paintings on that basement wall. And so some of those photos of these Halloween murals for this Halloween year of 2013 find themselves posted above. And every day should be Halloween. We are free to be who we want to be. Have a great Halloween day of the dead day after and more.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Halloween Again

And in between reading those Government Shutdown and other headline news of the day, that Gregorian calendar on the wall and all of these Halloween events say that it's that Halloween calendar time of the year again, so much that I find myself posting these same Halloween posts from this blog last year, the year before, etc; for when that same calendar time of year rolls around again. Have a great Halloween day and more.
Abracadabra! Halloween is just around the corner and coming soon. So the calendar and advertising says so. It's All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, The Day of the Dead when ghosts and spirits appear. That scary, supernatural and mystical time of year when the the devil, Satan, Christ and the spirits of the dead come to town. When Pan and the Grim Reaper awakes and witchcraft and the witches and gargoyles and gothics come out to play and one when one gets to masquerade and play dress up for whoever they want to be. If only every day of the year could be Halloween then one could look however they want to when they go outside around civilization because hey, it's Halloween.  And there will be lots of Halloween events around the city. 

Oh boy, it's that time of year again that has found itself around again according to that Gregorian calendar on the wall. The end of summer and the beginning of the holy holiday season. And with that holy holiday season finds itself Halloween, All Saints Day, All Hallows Eve, The Day of the Dead,when the dead rise, a great excuse to dress however one wants and not care about it, or whatever one would want to call that scary, spooky, astrological, mystical, occult, witchcraft of a day.

it's finally zombie day today is here. Boo! Horror, horror, abracadabra, trick or treat, the ghosts have come to town and the dead have risen, maybe, the pagans are out, the witches are here, the devils are here, the jack o lanterns are here, curses could abound. Ghouls, crows, vultures, black cats, spiders, goblins, zombies, mummies, skeletons, and demons are around. It's ritual celebration of something time. And that's such a cool photo of that devil and his pentacle above that I thought to post it in this entry for Halloween, All Hallows Eve, All Hallows Day, Day of the Dead, All Saints Eve, Night of the Witches or whatever you may want to call this what could be the coolest day of the year when everyone could be free to be who they want to be, maybe. If only every day could be Halloween, maybe.
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Facebookomania Again

Some stories do not end as you expect and the only thing constant is change. You take a deep breath, you jump and you hope that there is water at the bottom of the pool when you land. You can only play with the cards you are dealt. And a bunch of other sayings and philosophies on this blogging day. And it seems as if it could be another one of those spend all day and night on Facebook days to where I find myself posting this blog post I posted on this blog some time a while ago.

Hey Bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blog. And if I must say, in between reading online headlines in my internetaholicness, I am still finding myself in spacebook, myface, myplace, spaceplace, facebook, facespace, I mean facebook facebookaholicland. So much that even when it seems as if the world is falling down all around me and going to hell in a handbasket, I am still finding myself consumed in facebookland to where it seems as if I can forget to eat and sleep sometimes. So much that I thought to post this post that someone else just posted, that I thought was funny as heck, maybe. Have a great facebook day.

If you've ever wondered if you spend to much time on facebook, or whether it is a good thing your mom signed onto facebook or not, this Southpark episode will set you straight.
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Underground Horns Goes To Brazil!

Hey yet again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blagh. And so it's actually Underground Horns went to Brazil as I type this blog post. And some good friends Underground Horns went to Brazil to play some audio gumbo above ground on a Brazil festival ground and all I got was this postcard photo that finds itself posted above. And it was one of those Tudo é Jazz 2013 Brazil Jazz Festivals in Ouro Preto that I would have liked to have been taken along to even in a suitcase if I could have been to bring those Brazil dancing shoes. And that Tudo E Jazz Oficial Facebook page description of this Underground Horns goes to Brazil event read something like:
"O Festival Tudo é Jazz 2013 chega a Ouro Preto nos dias 13, 14 e 15/09, com a programação gratuita, que está recheada de grandes artistas como Thiago Pethit, Fernanda Takai, Underground Horns, Fanta Konatê, Richard Padrón, Alessandra Maestrini, o Dj Greg Caz, entre várias outras atrações!... #tudoejazz The Whole Festival is Jazz 2013 comes to Ouro Preto on days 13, 14 and 15/09, with free programming, which is filled with great artists like Thiago Pethit, Fernanda Takai, Underground Horns, Fanta Konate, Richard Padrón, Alessandra Maestrini, Dj Greg Caz, among many other attractions.". 
And I would need one of those Google translations to actiually figure out what this means in English. And that video of Underground Horns playing on that Brazil train on the way to a playground as part of this festival that was supposed to find itself posted above, well that Underground Horns camera settings didn't set right and that video of Underground Horns playing on that Brazil train on the way to a playground as part of that festival does not find itself posted above. And that Jornal Voz Ativa Facebook photo that's posted above, well I added that photo of the concert after it was finished because hey, I thought that photo looked really cool. And then after this Brasil Jazz Festival was finished, Underground Horns, well at least part of Underground Horns, went to Rio de Janerio, Brazil, as in January River on one of those Underground Horns goes on a tour of this really cool place one has often heard of but never seen, or something like that. And this tour of Rio was all about Ipanema beach, Copacabana beach, and Christ The Redeemer, that really cool statue of Jesus Christ that finds himself overlooking the land of Rio. And the photos from that sightseeing in Rio, well the camera seems to have worked for that part of the trip and those photos find themselves posted above. Have a great Brazil trip day and more.
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