Nonsense NYC wants to inform you of all happenings artistic, independent, and strange. A source of alternative arts events info amid a city where the mainstream cultural outlets are glaringly commercialized and well, mainstream, Nonsense NYC is an initiative that provides the who, when, and where for more subversive events.
It’s a weekly email list that acts as a resource for those who want to find “independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in New York City,” according to it’s somewhat cryptic website description. This list is also described as “discriminating,” in that it seeks to revitalize the underground arts movement in NYC by only tipping off email recipients about alternative art and performance happenings.
Created in 2000 by Jeff Stark, Nonsense NYC is a project partly inspired by the Do-It-Yourself ethic that thrived in the early 1990s, as well as American punk rock in the 1980s, two eras that encapsulate a rebellious answer to mainstream arts. Stark and other project collaborators aren’t interested in major theater productions, or popular museum installations. Rather, Nonsense NYC will lead you to “Street events, loft parties, puppet shows, bike rallies, costume balls, interactive art shows, movies in unusual places, parades, outlaw dancing, guerrilla theater, burlesque and variety shows, loser open mikes, circuses, and absurdist pranks,” amongst other events and independent shows.
This weekly list of events and installations is only available through your email inbox; you won’t find a list of current happenings anywhere else from Nonsense NYC, and that’s the way they like it. For more information about the group, and where to sign up for weekly emails, visit their official website.