holiday, patriotism, psychiatry

Honor The Veterans?

And on this day finds itself another one of those Sundays that has rolled around. The day of the sun, the day of rest, the sabbath. Or is that Saturday. And yet I find myself recycling this blog with posts that have already been posted on this blog for some reason or another in an attempt to maintain content for this blog and my other blog whenever blaghers block possible. And so it isn’t exactly Veterans Day on this day as far as that calendar on the wall says, as this is yet another one of those Orwellian news speak like posts that finds itself on this blog, though I would think that some sort of patriotic holiday has passed according to that American Gregorian calendar on the wall.

I thought I heard someone say yesterday that today or tomorrow is Veterans Day, another one of those patriotic holidays where the flag wavers come out in force. Let me check the calendar to see. Oh yeah, the calendar says Veterans day is today. Is this day observed in America only, or is this day observed in the rest of the world also? And so I find myself reposting a posting I posted several months ago for Memorial day, another one of those patriot holidays where the American flag wavers come out in force. Veterans account for a majority of the homeless mentally ill population these days, and a majority of them are disabled now as a result. For what reason is this an honor to support? I consider myself antipsychiatricky and do not believe mental illness exists and that psychiatry kills and originates from Nazi Germany where psych cia trists were mass murderers in white coats as is the case today, and that the mental death system is also an extension of Orwellianism, where family members turn in family members, and neighbors turn in neighbors to the thought police for thought crimes. Psychiatry and psych trickery is an art and not a science. And so I would like to think of mental illness as problems in living. And I believe in the abolishment of forced psych cia trick treatment that is often cruel and inhumane. Therapy? The rap y? Y the rap? Therapist, The rapist. Mind Freedom is a great website to read for all things alternative to the mental death system. And so today is Memorial Day in America. I mean Veterans day in America. A celebration of the war day. Another one of those patriotic holidays. The flag wavers are out and yellow ribbons, badges of honor, medals, parades, marches, prayers, patriotic songs, tributes and ceremonies are being broadcast everywhere. The headlines read “Honor the dead soldiers, honor the fallen soldiers and comrades”. Today is the ultimate patriotic fanatic holiday, or the ultimate hate hour as George Orwell might say. My question of the day; for what reason is it an honor to volunteer to be fodder for the canon. For what reason is it an honor to die for nothing, to fight for reasons that do not exist, to fight against the flesh for powers that be that one cannot even see. For what reason is it an honor to be so poor that one will volunteer their life in exchange for money after one leaves the service, if one leaves the service. For what reason is it an honor for persons to be brainwashed with propaganda, theirs or mine. For what reason is it an honor to become a violent person and pick up a gun and kill another person for no reason at all, except for the fact that guns have been invented, the worst invention of an industry ever. For what reason is it an honor to be a veteran who now make up the majority of the homeless population. For what reason is it an honor to attend one of those military sponsored funerals and cry over the image of a flag that propagates violence, the same flag that caused ones death. For what reason is it an honor to fall and die for nothing. For what reason is it an honor to promote this ideology. What is heroic about all of this? And why does the word “Patriot” have the word “Riot” in it? And why does the word “Military” militant militia have the word “Mal” in it? “Parens Patriae, father of the people”, the guardian. That phrase seems to be the basis of an endless amount of death and suffering in the world; the protection of property or other material things. I saw Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary. It is nineteen eighty four and Orwellianism is everywhere at its best today. Is it written somewhere that this must all come to pass? Happy beach bar b queing Memorial day, I mean Veterans day. Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind. And what does this have to do with a No Police State?
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One Solitary Life

And being that on this day still finds itself Sunday, that day of the sun, I guess this following post that found itself posted on this blog some time a while ago may be an appropriate post to post on this blog on this blogging day.

Jesus Christ. What can I say about the following passage about Jesus. Again, it is one of those emails that was passed along from a friend who passed it along to another friend, who passed it along to another friend and so on and so on and so on. And I find it interesting. Maybe now could be a good time to repost it as it is the Christmas holiday season approaching and Jesus is the reason for the season

(regarding Jesus)

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a

peasant woman.

He grew up in still another village, where he worked

in a carpenter’s shop until he was thirty. Then for

three years he was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He

never had a family or owned a house. He did not go to

college. He never visited a big city. He never

traveled two hundred miles from the place where he was

born. He did none of the things one usually associates

with greatness.

He had no credentials but himself.

He was only thirty-three when the tide of public

opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He

was turned over to his enemies and went through the

mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between

two thieves. While he was dying, his executioners

gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on

earth. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed

grave through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today he

remains the central figure of the human race, and the

leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that ever

marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all

parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever

reigned, put together, have not affected the life of

man on this planet so much as that one solitary life

Happy Holy Days

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An NYC Village Halloween Parade

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. If only every day could be Halloween, maybe. And so with that holiday holidaying day seems to come a slew of Halloween events and parties and beyond to go along with it. And I have found myself blah blaghing about that holiday on this blog before in times past. And so some of those events to be found in that city of New York in this year of 2010 A.D. are as follows:

And so that NYC Village Halloween Parade is happening again this year. That seemingly end all to be all of parades to be found in that city of New York with seemingly a bazillion puppets, marching bands, dancers, performers and more. And all, or at least a lot of people, dressed up in those costumes Halloween style. And according to that Village Halloween Parade website, some of this years bands and performers include
Approaching Storm Marching Band, Aztec Marching Band, Baritone Army, Big Nazo, Bizango, Bloco Quimbombo, Caporales de San Simon, Central Park Dance Skaters Association,Chinatown Community Young Lions, Chinelos, Columbia University Marching Band, Dja Ra Ra, EnJ Productions, Escola de Samba BOOM, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Geday Brigade, Giglio Band, Golden Knights Drill Team, Gowanus Wildcats Drill Team, Higher Levin Steel Orchestra,Hungry March Band , Kalunga/Rasin San Bout , Lakou Band, Lubolos Macu, Madagascar Institute, Manhattan Samba, Maracatu New York, Mommy? (+ Klaus Nomi Army),New York Music in Motion Drum and Dance Corps, On the Lam Band, Princeton University Marching Band, Puppeteer’s Cooperative, PURE NYC, Radoes Steel Orchestra, Red Hook Ramblers, Samba New York!, Sugartone Brass Band, The Drunkard’s Wife, Top Hat Marching Orchestra, Tropical Pan Vibe – J’Ouvert, Underground Horns, Xtreme Kre8tionz ColorGuard & DrumLine, Zobop Rara and more.

And then there is also the Theater for the New City Village Halloween Costume Ball. And hey, didn’t that theater start or help found that NYC Village Halloween Parade years and decades ago somehow, I thought I heard someone say?

And then according to those emails, there’s also The Danger List, Your Halloween Weekend with:
You are invited to:
Within the Land of Ash : Saturday, October 30th
Details: and
The Horror Show
Details: horror.

And this blah blaghers list is not even including those Jeff Stark nonsensenyc weekly events lists, or those millions of facebook event invites one can receive each day, or those Time Out New York Magazine events one can read.
And the halloween party event list is endless, maybe. And these Halloween events rock. Have a great Halloween day, night and more day.
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July 4th Again

Hey again bloggers. And on this day I find myself blah blogging again about whatever topic comes to mind for the sake of maintaining content for this blog whenever possible. And so that holiday of July 4th has made its way around again this year. So much, that I now find myself reposting those events from Facebook and this blogs former blagh entries from the previous years over and over as follows, and also because hey, it’s less writing sometimes…:

Sci Fi Fourth of July, July 4, 2010,8pm
Live Music, B-Boy vs. B-Girl Battle, Dance-tastic DJs, BBQ, and BlackLight Decoration!

Surreal Estate, Brooklyn’s largest and most diverse collective space
invites you to a veggie friendly BBQ and three-floor party on the 4th of July.

$10 at the door
8pm Rooftop opens with BBQ
4am We’re out with a Bang!

MC Jaze Art Remote hosting
B-Boy vs B-Girl Breakdancing Battle for $300 prize money
(10pm sign ups, 11pm battle kicks off)

Hank and Cupcakes (Israeli Drum & Bass Pop Duo),DJ Geko Jones (Worldbeat Rooftop Set),Navegante (Latin Experimental),DJ Poodle Cannon (Gypsy Rock, Global Dance),Spirit Child (Hip Hop Freedom Singer),Bobby the Greek (Greek Rembetika),Bangladeafy (Berzerker Drum & Bass Duo),The Homeless People (Rooftop Acoustic Set with Accordion, Violin, and Washboard).

Bring your grilling favorites and set them sizzling on the hood of the UFO that just made a Surreal Estate rooftop landing! We’re introducing our interstellar guests to the best Brooklyn can offer, especially the otherworldly sounds of our favorite music, including the international rhythms and grooves of DJ Geko Jones, the epic Israeli pop duo Hank and Cupcakes, the gyspy jazz beats of DJ Poodle Cannon, and the electrifying accordion/violin of The Homeless People. Scope out the tricky moves of New York’s best three-legged, four-armed breakdancers at the Breakdancing Battle as they compete for $300 prize money on our new wooden dance floor. After all that dancing, we’ll show our visitors how to cool their green skin in the kiddie pool, and give them some cold spiked ice tea. After all, Surreal Estate has a perfect view of the fireworks from the roof and three floors of the best kind of alien contact! Come and meet our new friends and help us welcome them to the U.S. of A

And this one also….

SLF 4th of July Rooftop Party (BK Heights)
Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 7:00pm

RSVP for Location
Avoid tourist crowds, cheesy parties, and expensive bars: Come spend independence day chilling in SLF Style with BBQ, Mojitos and good tunes on a sweet Brooklyn Heights rooftop.

The SLF Crew and friends will bring the vibe with a blend of House, Hip Hop, Soul, Afrobeat and Reggae. We’ll have a special brass band set from our friends People’s Champs. The rooftop is located one block from the waterfront and has full/unobstructed view of lower Manhattan better than any fireworks. It is truly one of the best place to be in the city!

Hope to see y’all there.

7p-2a | FREE | BYOB + Cash Bar

And these former blog entries from this blog that seem to find themselves repeating themselves over and over each year on this blog…..

It’s July 4th again. Another one of those national American patriotic holidays that is celebrated and observed only in America and nowhere else in the world. And what does the word “Patriotic” mean anyway? And for what reason does the word patriot have the word riot in it. And that “Parens Patriae” government as parent, father of a country sovereign guardianship of property thing, what’s that all about? That could be a whole another blog post of isms of some sort. And it’s that time of year again when the image of the American flag is worshiped and honored for whatever the reason may be and more patriotic songs are sung and more pledging of allegiance to the flags are pledged. Didn’t the flag waving just end last month with Memorial May, the other ultimate patriotic American holiday? And what is being celebrated this time? I can’t remember the meaning of July fourth. Doesn’t it have something to do with freedom or the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia? I am not sure if anyone is free when others are oppressed and civil liberties are disappearing at the speed of light in the name of “Security and terrorism” and now, the latest trend “Plots”. Although the showbusiness of fireworks for pyrotechnics of peace and war for this day can be really cool to look at and the rooftop parties can be fun. Again, I should consult Wikipedia, the ultimate internet bible to understand the meaning of this holiday. Happy July 4th, great travels, fireworks, barbecues, beachgoing and picnics.

And this one also…..


Today is July 4th. The fourth of July. It’s a day when there will be lots of events, celebrations, parties, barbeque’s and outdoor activities going on. Have you ever thought about the amount of plastic that will be disposed of today in all of this activity? Have you taken time to think of where that plastic cup or bag goes when you throw it in the garbage. As most of the parties today will most likely not be contributing to the recycling program. There are countries in Europe that impose a plastic bag tax, PlasTax of .5 cents for every plastic bag you receive to discourage the frivolous use of plastic. Ireland has reduced their consumption of plastic bags by 90 percent as a result. As New York City is contemplating a plastic ban, the plastic pimper corporations are not. America is drowning in plastic. As I have mentioned before, the evils of plastic are many. It is a non biodegradable object fueling the petroleum oil industry. The health hazards of plastic are many. Greenhouse gas emissions have run amok. Drains are being clogged and drain flooding is increasing. The birds of the earth are dying and choking from it and people are suffocating from it. For what reason is not a more natural material and product being created to replace plastic? If you are at a party today, consider the environment. Consider reusing your cup or your bag today. Go Green. And what does this have to do with a No Police State? Happy July 4th.
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Mardi Gras

Hey Bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blog, and on this day according to that American Gregorian calendar on the wall or desk, happens to be that New Orleans Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday party and celebration day and observance holy holiday. And it’s also snowing outside from where I’m at. And what can I blah blog about this day that has not already been said, where the colors and beads of purple, gold and green masks are to be found everywhere, except party and celebrate. And what there is to celebrate and party for I am not exactly sure, though here is a list of Mardi Gras events I found throughout my internet travels.

The L Magazine says there will be a Brooklyn Mardi Gras Parade somewhere around hipsterville Williamsburg, Brooklyn,
7:00pm – 11:55pm. Meet at the corner of McCarren Park and Driggs Ave.

SOB’s is having a Mardi Gras Celebration with the Sugartone Brass Band.

Brooklyn Bowl, that bowling rink in Brooklyn, is having a costume bash where they will be heading to that McCarren Park parade also.

And there must be a host of other Mardi Gras events to be found on the internet horizon, though my cyberworld travels are not taking me there now. Have a great Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday day.

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Valentines Day

Hey Bloggers, and Valentines Day is just around the corner. I know because just about every store I go into has those red heart displays all over their windows, shelves and throughout the store. And usually when one thinks of Valentines day, the topic of love, love and love, sometimes that Cupid of Love guy and his love arrow comes up. And then theres always Valentine’s Gifts to go along with that Valentines Day Holiday. What to get the loved one, family or friend. And there’s always chocolate to be found everywhere on this day usually, as what better way to say I Love You than with chocolate. And then there’s jewelry, teddy bears, balloons and flowers that seem to be found on the streets and beyond for this day. And what’s the origin of Valentines day anyway? Is that Saint Valentine. Happy day of Valentine.

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A 2010 New Years Eve

And according to that Gregorian calendar on the wall, that year of 2010 is almost here. And then there’s 2012, that age of Aquarius, end of the Mayan calendar, end of the world or a new beginning depending on how one sees it, that should be making its way around in a couple of years. And I also know today is New Years Eve because this weeks special New Year’s edition of Nonsense NYC event list from Jeff Stark and the Nonsense NYC staff with those above ground and underground events says so. And New Years day seems to be that party to end all and be all of days where there seems to be so many parties and then some. And so I though to post that Nonsense NYC calender of those cool, seemingly hipster events as follows:

XXXXX WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30 XXXXX (Oh, I think December 30 was actually yesterday…)

New Years Eve Eve

Every year we cross a line representing the passage between “what we we have been” to “what we will be.” We break our old habits and make resolutions to bring ourselves closer to what we want to become. This year we clench this passage with both hands and create a tradition that exalts both sides of this line and aptly name it New Years Eve Eve. This new day is for those that that are interested in making real connections to dive into the delightfully dizzyingly next year while holding strong to the things we’ve loved in the past. It is either continuing practice or a complete arrival destination. Come, adorn your face with shimmering beauty, hold a drink made with as much love as you are able to give, let your ears and eyes open sounds from the distant past and soon to be future, gawk at bowed backs of feathered bodies and politely turn to the one you’ve had stars for and ask them if you may press your moist lips against theirs. Expect to speak with playa lovers, world trave
lers, subversive leaders of the underground, high flying beauties, and generally glorious creatives.

Classical and neo-burlesque by Tiana. Long lost music by Viola da Gamba virtuoso, Laurence Pangaro. Spanish and Sud America classical guitar by Joshua Tennent. Human Wind Chime that responds to touch. The New Years Eve-eve midnight make-out tradition. Dancing music made by people and robots. Hand passed hors d’oeuvres. Homemade “Never Never Land” beer. New Years Eve-Eve tradition: You may confidently, respectfully, and openly ask anyone you see to kiss you during the 15 minutes after midnight.) Specialty cash and grande absinthe bar. Fireside pillow areas. Ornate face painting by Abby Weg.

Dress to Express (Think elegant depression era, futuristic speakeasy, playa dwelling Gatsby’s, evening gowns and lights, feathers and shiny objects).

RSVP for address, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan station
8p-late, 8-9:30p free beer, 11:30p free champagne; $25, or $20 if you bring a letter written and addressed to yourself one year in the future

***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****

From Gemini & Scorpio:

The Salon

Main ballroom: George Gees Jump Jivin Wailers with John Dokes and Hilary Gardner. Upstairs in the Library Lounge: Queen Esther and the Hot Five. In the Sargent Room: Gelber and Manning. Plus Heln Pontani, Pandor, DJ Rikomatic. Plus Zelda, the magazine of the vintage nouveau.

The Players Club
16 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
8p; $20 advance, $25 door


12th Annual New Year’s Eve Bike Ride and Outdoor After-Party

Start the year off right- on your bike or skates. Don’t get stuck in a smoky bar or some corporate-sponsored event, Come celebrate New Year’s Eve in the great outdoors with music, dancing, Rude Mechanical Orchestra Marching Band, fireworks, and merriment.

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 marching band, Rude Mechanical Orchestra and fireworks! Dress festive — don’t forget your noisemakers and party favors — and bring food and drink to share.

Meet at Washington Square Park, under the Arch
5th Avenue at Washington Park North, Manhattan
10:30p (or meet at Belvedere Castle in Central Park at 11:45p); $free

***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****

Rubulad Presents: A New Year’s Eve Masquerade

Decadence, decade ends, deca-dance. Bands: I Love You Airlines, the Dolomites, Hungry March Band, and Not Waving But Drowning. With DJs Shakey, Porkchop, Reaganomics and Gecko Jones, and Mike Simonetti.

In the cabaret room: Baby Seals, Jessica Delfino, Viva Maria, Surrender the Booty, and DJ sets by Jaxon BK and Greything. In the Starlight Lounge: G. Scopitronic’s Non-Stop Film Fest, hot drinks. Door Prizes for early birds. Modern Dance Awareness Society. Hot F###in’ Tamales. Midnight Champagne Bunny Toast.

You can help us continue to have a Rubulad in this space by being quiet coming and going, staying inside the space during the event and not pissing all over the sidewalk as soon as you get around the corner — which, incidentally, does attract the police and they will write you a summons. The less our neighbors have to complain about, the more fun we can have.

Rubulad Home Base
338 Flushing Avenue, between Classon and Taaffee, Brooklyn
B61 bus or G train to Classon station
10p doors, 10:45 show; $20 dressy bessies and masked marvels or way late, $30 otherwise

***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****

New Lost City

This party comes in four sections spread across two buildings.

Grit: Three warm floors of a former factory converted into a party paradise with hidden tea lounges, reckless rides, live art, cheap liquor, and dark dance-floors. The music here is a throw-back to the classic loft-parties, where live afro-beat mixes with stellar hip-hop and djs meet in the middle.

Glamor: Intelligent techno to breaks to deep dark house join in a 7,000 square foot loft with dripping video projections and female chandeliers (yes, there will be fire).

Ice: One hundred fifty cubic feet of false snow, Santas, and seditious elves mix with the Modern Dance Awareness Society to create a winter wonderland.

Fire: Stripper poles, piano lounges, aerial acts, casino games, and brass bands blend into a tribute to the forgotten underbelly of New York City.

Midnight: Begins with champagne bottles, fire acts, brass band explosions, dance-floor countdowns, kisses from strangers and — for a chosen few — a three course meal at the center of it all. This is the start of the best year of your life.

Performers include: Baja and Dry Eye Crew, the Hungry March Band, Stumblebum Brass Band, Raya Brass Band, Lady Circus with Fuct, Mikey Freedom Heart, and Mickey Western, Lauren Darling’s Hungry for More, Michna, Fred P. aka the Black Jazz Consortium, Dunndee, John Margulies, Zemi 17, the Vintage DJ, and Joro Boro. Feather masks will be rewarded with champagne and gifts.

Start at 3rd Ward
195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan Avenue station
9p-7a; $29 door
21 and over

***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****

Gemini and Scorpio present:

The Bootleggers’ Ball

The contraband has been ordered, authorities paid off, and performers lined up for a New Year’s Eve speakeasy ball in an enormous and aged warehouse with soaring peaked ceilings, peeling whitewashed brick walls, old wood beams, and glowing chandeliers. Expect the intimacy of cabaret mixed with a vintage costumed ball. Free cider 8-9p, plus drinks by House of St Eve, handcrafted beer, and other delectable potions.

Featuring: The Mad Jazz Hatters, Stumblebum Brass Band, Main Squeeze Orchestra, Mme Rosebud and Jenny C’est Quoi, Alchemy Dance Theater, Nikki Borodi aerial, DJs Jason Blackkat, Dhundee, Jon Margulies. Face painting by painteresse Elysabeth. Tarot and 2010 numerology divination Marcy Currier, midnight moment of mayhem by Dan Glass, hosted by burlesque’s charming reprobate Bastard Keith.

Plus more live entertainment and surprises, including a live auction of prohibition memorabilia and games of chance in our Den of Sin. Bring fun items to bet, or be prepared to lose your clothes. Dress code: depression glamour, evening ball on the Titanic, hobo formal, desperation derring-do. Effort required. Own cups optional, but welcome.

Check in at Green and Green Insurance Co.
450 Union, at Bond, Brooklyn
8p-6a; $30 advance, $40 door, $50 VIP, $20 after 2a
21 and over

***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****

Winkel and Balktick present:


A warehouse alchemy magnum opus for New Year’s Eve 2010. It was the end of the Aughts. Winkel and Balktick meditated upon the last decade’s irrational exuberance and its booms, busts, bursts, and bubbles. While the present situation seemed dire, they knew that with the right experiment, they could transform the debut of the Tens from a bleak lump of coal into a brilliant Golden Age.

On Thursday, December 31, 2009, join them as they transmute a dusty old warehouse into a clandestine celebration laboratory. Participate in the boldest experiments in dancing, DJs, interactive art installations, lounging, activities, games, elixirs, cuisine and merrymaking.

The laboratory, The Philosopher’s Stone, is a chamber of the most majestic proportions. It 26,000 square feet (yes, really) sit perched upon the East River in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Music: DJs spinning house, techno, breaks, and dubstep: Reza, Friar Tuck, Doug Singer, DJ Courage aka Steve B, David Last. Delirious downtempo and ambient labscapes by Autophage and Prototype, Cosmo D, Creepy Hugs, Futureben, Hobotrail, and Shigeto.

Art and performance: Animal Mechanical, Betty T. Kaos and Chris NYC, Caraballo-Farman, Charlie Roberts, Chassy and Audrey, Corey Armpriester, Day De Dada, Eva Lansberry, Gregory Skolozdra, Harlan Emil Gruber, Imagenode, Jeanne Angel and Sam Z, the Jellie Collective, John Walter, Judy Sky, Jules Garcia, Just Desserts Lab, Kate Raudenbush, Kostume Kult, Laura Sheedy and Kaytee Papusza, Logan Grendel and Psyche Corporation, Lowroad, Marko’s Boomshack, Meki and Mike’s Magic Concession Kitchen, Rounder, Page Not Found, Squiddie And Friends, Terri Ferrari, Troy C. Franz, V2K’s Shadow Dance Tunnel. Visuals from VJs Housewives’ Guide to Anatomy, Dr. Light, VJ Silence, Animatronic, and Nobody But Yours.

RSVP for address, Brooklyn
9p-7a, free beer 9-10p; $25 through Wednesday, $30 door, $20 after 3a

***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****

Surreal Estate presents:

New Years on the Rocks

A pirate themed fundraiser for the Bedford Bike Lane Activist Defense Fund. What a solid gold year it’s been at Surreal Estate, and in all of our collective lives. Celebrate the camaraderie at our most mirthful New Year’s Midnight Metamorphosis. Lament your losses and boast of your exploits as the confetti canon explodes overhead, and glowing glasses are raised for a plasma toast on the heated roof deck. New York’s loftiest, most diverse, most surprising communal house wishes Peace and Joy to all: Thank you for your support throughout the year.

Three floors and our roof deck featuring CSC Funk Band, the Lord Jeff, Outernational, Heritage OP, Veveritse, and an open jam session with Big Tasty of Big Tasty’s Funk Party. With DJs Yoko, Faith in the Glitch, and Oh Shit. Plus fire spinning, portrait booth, horoscopes by Swami Chachaynanda. Sinful sweets and healthy treats. Full pirate themed decoration.

Surreal Estate
15 Thames, Brooklyn
10p-6a; $20

***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****

Live With Animals presents:

New Year’s Eve End of the Decade Danceathon

A Golden New Year with Golden Triangle and Electric Tickle Machine. DJs JG Thirlwell, Arthur Arbitt (local perv), Jack and Julie Hines (Georgiana Starlington, K-Holes). Go-go dancing. Free champagne at midnight.

289 Kent Avenue, at South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
9p, free better vodka from 9-10p; $10

***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****

Pre-Teen Century, Future Fantasy, Time War

Come on a trip to the future present. We’re all going, So lets go together. Give way to the Tiger Beat, 2010, Year of the Tiger. Take your inner space to outer space with all of us. Its an Odyssey, to make contact, ya dig?

You feel me? I feel you. We love you. And we’re here to help you blow your own mind.

With I Love You Airlines, Theo Angel, Stabbing Eastwood (Ryan Sawyer and Tunde Adebimpe), Mariachi, Throbbing Megz and the Shuttlecocks. Plus tiny tacos, Jean Loscalzo is so high, Lone Wolf and Cub, H1/N1 Acrobatics, opera by Anima Animus Animal. Viva El Diablo.

Union Pool
484 Union Avenue, at Meeker, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $10 includes champagne toast

***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****

Mister Saturday Night New Year’s Eve

Say goodbye to the first decade of the third millennium and hello to 2010. It’s A Mister Saturday Night New Year’s Eve. We’re tuning up our soundsystem for maximum output, serving up free drinks all night long, and playing the celebratory jams only fit for a night fueled by sparkling wine. Justin even has a New Orleans brass band version of Auld Lang Syne he might play before the ball drops, and we’re sure Eamon’s got some sneaky Irish New Year’s tradition that he can share.

Our special guest is Omar S, one of the best DJs we’ve ever had at Mister Saturday Night. We think he’ll be in a particularly celebratory mood – 2009 was pretty good to him. It was the year he released his Fabric mix and the year that he launched from being a staple of the Detroit underground to one of the most sought after DJs and producers in the world. He’ll drop his first record right after the ball drops. Happy New Year, indeed.

1142 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-late; $50 includes open bar all night, $20 after 4a

***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****

New Years Eve Built by MeanRed

A warehouse party featuring the Rub, Project Matt, and Lloydski. With Lights by Liz Ligouri. 2010 is going to be a big year. And dancing all night with friends and family is the way we’d like to ring it in.

On New Year’s Eve we’re teaming up with local stars DJ Eleven, DJ Ayres, and Cosmo Baker of the Rub. With a loyal herd of followers, these three bring out Brooklyn’s finest. Plus we’ve got Unemployed Lloyd and Project Matt spinning guest sets. These guys are family — they’ll make you dance and then they’ll take shots with you after.

We are taking over the garage of an Old Can Factory in Brooklyn, which we are warming-up-all-cozy with our subwoofers, turntables, lighting, heaters, and extra special surprises. Say goodbye to 2009 with dope music, plenty of alcohol, champagne toast, good people, and no neighbors. Free malt liquor from 9-10p.

Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street, Brooklyn
9p-4a; $25 or $50 with three hours of open bar

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New Years Eve at Public Assembly

Parties for a solid 20 hours. Three parties, three ways to ring in the New Year, something for every facet of your personality, even the parts you’re in denial about.

Front Room: The Ohio Party DJs. Back Room: The Bunker’s Blood & Thunder IV live techno/house. After Party: Psybotik Robot Revolution techno/electro/trance/dubstep.

Public Assembly
70 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
10p-5a Ohio, 10p-4p Bunker, 6a-6p Psybotik; $10 Ohio, $20-30 Bunker, $10 Psybotik

***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****

Pratt Steam Whistles

Blasts from the chief engineer’s collection.

Pratt Campus, Brooklyn
Midnight; $free

***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****

Brooklyn Paintdown New Years 2010

Featuring live performances by Raye 6, Dynasty Electric, and M.Island. With live art by See-One, Rimx, and Lichiban. Plus music by DJs Hard Hitting Harry and Synapse. Presented by Coup d’etat Brooklyn In Collaboration with Littlefield.

622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
10p doors; $40 advance, $50 door
21 and Over

***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****

From Gemini and Scorpio:

Magic Brian and Corn Mo’s New Year’s Eve Bash

Jason Trachtenburg of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players and Albert Cadabra the great deceiver will perform, in addition to Corn Mo making his barbecue ribs, a champagne toast at midnight, and DJs to keep you dancing until dawn.

Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston, Manhattan
9p; $50 after 9 includes food, $25 after 10

***** Also on NEW YEAR’S EVE *****

New Year’s Eve with the Coney Island Sideshow

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, Scott Baker, Serpentina, Kryssy Kocktail, Adam the First Real Man Rinn, the Executioner, and Dick Zigun. Musical guest Bad Buka.

Radegast Hall and Biergarten
113 North 3rd Street, at Berry Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
10p; $free

And the list seems to go on and on….. Happy Year of the New

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The End Of The Year

And the end of the year is making its way around again this year. I know because that Gregorian calendar on he wall and last weeks edition of am New York with that front page article titled “End of a Decade” says so. And that day of Christ holy holiday just passed also with those seasons greetings of yet another a happy new year. And so back to that am New York article that reviews the past 10 years in news and culture. And some of those words in those letters ’00s read something like, “Jam Master Jay, bailout, Staten Island Ferry, Playstation 2 Xbox released, Cheney, Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, Y2K, MySpace, September 11, Katrina, Afghanistan, who wants to marry a millionaire, Google becomes a verb, Obama, American Idol, Britney Spears shaves her own head, Michael Jackson, Walter Cronkite, Tribeca Film Festival Opes, Jay Z, Nintendo WII, MoMa, Paris Hilton, Anna Nicole Smith, Saddam Hussein, USS Cole, blog, Hulu, Ugg Boots, MTA Strike, Oprah, The Euro, Howard Stern on satellite Radio, iPhone, Palin, Tsunami, Iran, McCain, $2 Metrocard, McCAIN, h1n1 Virus, Slumdog Millionaire, James Brown, and the list of those end of a decade events goes on and on…… And according to am New York, it is a world transformed. Happy 2010 year of the new.

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Charter Communication. All opinions are 100% mine.

And on the morrow is that holiday of Thanksgiving time again. And with that holiday it seems to usher in the holiday and shopping shop til you drop season. And usually right after Thanksgiving then comes along Black Friday and Cyber Monday for all your shopping deals and needs. And then there’s Charter’s Daily Deal Web Site. And Charter is having their end of the year, best deal of the year sweepstakes for five days only and every day there is a chance to win something different. And in case you haven’t heard, Charter is internet, cable and telephone bundles all in one, and their sale ends soon. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday they are offering gift cards with special online deals. You can choose gift cards from many different stores such as The Home Depot, Macy’s, GAP, Sears, Walgreens Best Buy and more. And what better way to go shopping for the holidays than for free. And if it’s free, then it’s for me. And you can become a fan of Charter on Facebook where you can find out their daily deals also. With Charter Communications, communicating has never been easier, as they are all communications all the time.
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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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