Bushwig NYC 2019

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September 7th and 8th at the Knockdown Center.

This year Bushwig will be even more legendary than ever before with over 300 iconic performers.

Featuring live music from Slayyyter, Mykki Blanco, AJA, Christeene.

Drag shows from Nina West, Bubble T, Charlene, Tammie Brown, Lady Bunny, Horrorchata and all of your Brooklyn favorites.

Join us for 23 hours of drag, dancing, live music, shopping with over 30 vendors and more.

♥ Dance to sets by Iconic DJs like CEM [Herrensauna], Jasmine Infiniti & Justin Cudmore.
♥ Carry at the Ketel One Bar.
♥ Over indulge with our food vendors.
♥ Get your desserts in the dark room. 😉

Ride our FREE SHUTTLE from Jefferson L Train Station (Jefferson St. and Wyckoff Ave.) to the venue or alternatively use our code “WIGRIDE19” on LYFT for a 20% discount.

Bushwig is a safer space with LGBTQ friendly security, wheelchair access, and designated space near the stage for guests with disabilities. For reservation please email: Simon@Bushwig.com

Final tickets on sale now!

Bushwig NYC is an adults only 21+ event.
#shakethehouse #bushwig2019

Barn Dance

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Barn Dance with Caller Dave Harvey & The Remedies

Ticket includes: Dance, BBQ Buffet, Beer, Wine, Soda.
Cash Bar Also Available
Attire: Dressy Denim Optional – Free hat with admission
Mechanical Bull

Colonized Dreams

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A night of celebrating diversity in the Muslim diaspora presented by Mipsterz, a non-profit initiative carving out positive creative spaces for Muslim Americans and other marginalized groups. Featuring performances from Zakarya Masmoudi, Fajjr + Ali, Zainab Mabizari, Sara Alfageeh, MIRUD, Chic Nunar, Fatima Farheen Mirza, Adam Maalouf, Humeysha, DJ AyesCold and visuals by Tingerine.

6:00 pm Doors
6:30 pm NYC Mipsterz Showcase, emceed by Abbas Rattani
7:45 pm Adam Maalouf
8:15 pm Humeysha
9:30 pm DJ AyesCold

Also featuring brand new original Mipsterz artwork and copies of Fatima Farheen Mirza’s A Place for Us for sale, with refreshments from Kolkata Chai Co, Abu’s Homestyle Bakery, Taste of Lahore, and Allan’s Bakery.

Mipsterz is also proud to support the #SWABFORLINA Be The Match campaign, a nationwide effort to find the right stem cell donor for Liyna Anwar, currently battling leukemia. With 20 million potential donors, people of color are often underrepresented in potential matches.

About the Artists
Written and conceived in India by Zain Alam, Humeysha channels diverse influences, echoing sounds from New York to New Delhi. The multilingual self-titled debut evokes a wayfarer’s meditative travels through heritage and homeland. “Zain Alam is primarily a musician, but his work draws from a range of influences, from My Bloody Valentine, to the cinematic extravagance of Bollywood, to the gyrating percussions of Qawwali, a genre of devotional Sufi music known for its rhythm and lyricism. The result is a refined family of sounds that braids South Asian soundscapes into a distinctive flavor of spacious psych-pop, all built atop archival recordings that Alam collected on multiple trips he took to India and Pakistan.” – Pacific Standard

DJ AyesCold
Ayesha is a DJ, music producer, and former talent booker at U Street Music Hall, Washington DC. She recently relocated to New York to work with sample labels at Splice. Under the name ‘DJ Ayes Cold’ Ayesha has performed across the country, spinning at festivals like Bonnaroo and SXSW, and playing rooms featuring a wide range of talent like Blood Orange, Goldlink, Princess Nokia, Kingdom, Joekay, Shabazz Palaces, Gaslamp Killer, Tokimonsta, Venus X, Mike Q, Jayhood, Dave Nada, Madame Gandhi, and more. Ayesha is a vocal advocate for the representation of women and other musical minorities in the music industry, and more recently – in the world of sound design.

Adam Maalouf
Adam Maalouf’s music is found where the modern meets the ancient, where the Pantam (or handpan) meets ancient and traditional styles of music from around the globe brought together using both organic and electronic drums, beats and synthesizers. Pan-tam is the name of the “flying saucer” instrument invented in the year 2000, and the word stems from the combination of the Pan from Trinidad, and the Ghatam (clay pot drum) from South India. Adam’s unique musical style comes to life in genre-bending compositions for solo and ensembles incorporating global musicians.

About Mipsterz
Mipsterz is an arts and culture collective curating, enabling, and amplifying creators of marginalized backgrounds through illustration, film, and music.

On one hand, Mipsterz is a home for creators to build, collaborate, or experiment with diverse folks who share a common connection to a larger tradition. We actively provide mentorship, resources, and a platform to enable ideas and expression. On the other hand, Mipsterz content is for everyone. It is the collective representation and avenue through which our creativity is amplified in broader, diverse spaces. We have worked with everyone from the popular media, academia to museums and art spaces to bring our multi-dimensional third-culture inspired voices and stories to the forefront.

YJC Queer Lunar New Year Party

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Knockdown Center hosts the Yellow Jackets Collective’s 3rd Queer Lunar New Year Party, PIG: Year of Abundance, a party to celebrate joy and community for queer diasporic people of color.

In 2017, the year of the Rooster, YJC threw our very first queer lunar new year party. We were forged in fire, giving shape to our chosen family in the making and unmaking of things. This last year, 2018, was the year of the earth dog; when what remained from the devastation was nurtured. It was a year of grounding and healing, where people built anew and rooted in what had survived. Now it’s the year of the pig, and for Yellow Jackets, it will be a year of abundance. For us this year is about warm, generous love. It is about believing in the strength of our collective dreams, and scheming with our communities to manifest prosperity and joy. It is a year of reaping what you sow.

The party is meant to center queer people of color. There will be a slew of QTPOC DJs and performers as well as a night market with vendors selling zines, art, and other treats. Most of these performers and vendors are community that we’ve built in the last 3 years collaborating in NYC, and this party is meant as a celebration of our love, commitment and gratitude we have for our chosen families.

There will be NO TOLERANCE for anti-blackness, appropriative garb, harassment, anything nonconsensual. We are asking everyone to be financially transparent, as no POC folks will be turned away. We will have clear community guidelines in the space that we ask everyone to follow.

For context, the Lunar New Year is the first day of a calendar year that cycles with the moon. Hindu, Bengali, Buddhist, Islamic and traditional East Asian calendars are based on this system, and many of us in the U.S. who have ancestors from these ‘othered’ spaces still live and celebrate by it. The new year is a time of family reunion and we want to reinterpret this tradition by celebrating with our chosen families and our queer diasporic families.

Set List: Ushamami, DJ Ushka, Landline Sanrio Service, Br0nze_G0dd3ss, and Oscar Nñ [JUST ADDED]

Hosts: Discwoman, BUFU, BARS Collective, Shama Rahman, Alice Sparkly Kat, Ada Wrong, Yung Nihilist, Poppy and Yin of Mercy Mistress, Neon Christina (RAGGA NYC), China Residencies, Papi Juice, KT + Emilio [JUST ADDED], and Wing on Wo & Co [JUST ADDED]


YELLOW JACKETS COLLECTIVE YJC is chosen family of yellow queers collaborating towards radical futures.

Fleshing Out the Ghost

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In conjunction with the exhibition Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin: Universal Skin Salvation, the artist will give a performance lecture incorporating images and video to expand on thematics addressed within the show.

With K-beauty advertised as achieving the flesh of a Korean female subject devoid of her subjectivities, it becomes apparent that she is repurposed as technology for attaining desirable surface quality, one rendered as technically superior flesh. What skin are we seeking and looking at in K-beauty – one that emphasizes rehabilitation from war, narrative of assimilation in the U.S., and machinic visions of Asiatic femininity? Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin’s performance lecture “Fleshing Out the Ghost: the Fetish, Desire, and Master in K-beauty” investigates K-beauty as a site to unpack its racialized and gendered imaginary of Korean flesh and the fetish that congeals from it. Shin examines how the Korean woman complicates instead of clarifies the distinction between the master and the fetish object and the haunting and the following pleasures that occur from “wearing” contaminated desires of otherness as second skin.

About the exhibition
On view November 10 – December 16, 2018.
Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin: Universal Skin Salvation exhibition features a custom line of K-beauty products and a fully immersive sauna alongside new video, photo, and collage works. Visitors are invited to apply the beauty products and enter the sauna installation, absorbing small amounts of home-brewed lactic acid. For Shin, the active bacterial agent acts as a stand-in for bodily rehabilitation from the Korean War, and as an extension of the Korean “flesh” enlivened by biological matter.

Flip These Houses

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FLIP THESE HOUSES is a concert celebrating Protest Songs, Political Music, and Unity through Song.  Net proceeds will benefit Power To The Polls (powered by Women’s March) and select grassroots groups who are helping to win the Congress back from Republican leadership.

President Donald Trump, the Trump administration, and “Trump-ism” as defined by the Presidents words, tweets, and policies, is an existential threat to the nation and to Western democracy as a whole.  This concert is a call to all citizens to vote for the opposition party in the November 2018 elections. (Democrats and Independents who caucus with Democrats), and to raise awareness and funds to help win our country back from those who will let it’s legacy be destroyed.

The program will be a revival show of sorts celebrating music with a social conscience. Confirmed performers include

Matthew Caws (Nada Surf)

Craig Finn (The Hold Steady)

Ryan Miller (Guster)

Michael Shannon (actor/musician)

Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group)

Lee Ranaldo(Sonic Youth)

Hamilton Leithauser (ex-Walkmen)

Sam CohenCharles Bissell (The Wrens)

Nicole Atkins

Mick Collins (Dirtbombs/Gories)

Amy Rigby

Jeffrey Gaines

Jason Narducy (Split Single, Bob Mould Band),

Sammy James Jr (Kinky Boots/The Mooney Suzuki)

Ted Leo

Syd Straw

Richie Birkenhead (Into Another/Youth Of Today)

Britt Daniel (Spoon)

Caithlin DeMarrais (Rainer Maria)

Richard Baluyut (Versus/Flower)

Anders Parker (Varnaline)

Eric Davidson (New Bomb Turks)

Steve Myers(Afghan Whigs/Mighty Fine)

Tom Clark (2A Treehouse)

Mike Fornatale (Left Banke/The Monks)

Renee LoBue

Lenny Zenith

Graham Norwood + more!!


Shilpa Ray
Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices/Nada Surf)
Eszter Balint (Songwriter/Actress)
King Roeser (Urge Overkill)
Laura Cantrell
Mac McCaughan (Superchunk/Merge)
Shannon Conley (Hedwig &Angry Inch/Lez Zeppelin)
Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem)
Eli Janney (Girls Against Boys)


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AfroDisiac Multicultural Music and Arts festival is a harm reduction awareness benefit by queer women of color of New York DanceSafe, a 501(c)(3) public health non-profit based in NYC event held on World Humanitarian Day that will expand harm reduction services and relevant health and safety resources to marginalized communities that are typically not reached through mainstream “Electronic Dance Music” events.
It’ll feature dance genres such as grime & bassline, Jersey club, booty bass, ghetto house, tropical bass, baile funk, juke, and more! This lineup features a balanced representation of ethnic and gender groups.
This is a safe space for marginalized communities to have access to partygoer health and safety information and other related services.
► Juliana Huxtable
Juliana Huxtable is an artist, poet, performer, and DJ who often uses her own body, gender fluidity, and identity as her primary subject. Spurred by a diaristic impulse, she reflects upon her gender transition and often links her own physical evolution to a dialogue concerning avatar, science-fiction, radical black and queer movements, and aboriginal tribes, among other social phenomena.
► DJ Deeon
Growing up in Chicago’s south side in the late 60’s and 70’s, Deeon experienced an era of profound change in America’s cultural and racial landscape which later became the subject-matter for his extensive musical portfolio. At a time when electronic music was new and starting to define itself, he was a pioneer in developing a sound that corresponded to the time and life of the people around him and the surrounding neighborhoods of Chicago’s downtrodden; those in dire need of profound change and liberation. His personal story and musical work is now indistinguishable from that rich tapestry that is America’s contemporary cultural history.
► DJ Haram
DJ Haram is a producer and DJ originally from New Jersey, currently based in Philadelphia. Stylistically versatile, she throws down for Jersey, Philly, and Baltimore with club and booty bounce sets but also has been known to pay homage to her roots in the tradition of Middle Eastern dance music and of DIY noise and experimental sound.
► Boston Chery
► The Dance Pit
► Cruz CTRL
► GoodDroid
► Jasmine Infiniti
► Kush Jones
► Love Taps
► Nasty Nigel
► Ryan Romanski
► Winnah Daniels
► Naloxone Training provided by Harm Reduction Coalition
► Fentanyl Test Strip Training provided by Washington Heights CORNER Project
► Drug Checking Demonstrations provided by New York Dancesafe
► MDMA the Movie Screening provided by Dancesafe
► “Is Prohibition Killing Our Kids? Reality-based Drug Education in the Era of Black Lives Matter” abuse prevention and harm reduction education presentation by Jerry ‘Mista Oh’ Otero
► Free health screening and testing provided by Community Healthcare Network
► Free Earpeace Hi Fidelity Protection provided by Drug Policy Alliance: Music Fan
► Free 15 minute mental health check-ins for provided by The Center For Optimal Living
► Free Self-Defense workshop catered to women & LGBTQ led by POP Gym
► Onsite sober peers for individuals in recovery
► Free health and safety resources and peer educators
► Amarachi Esowe –
► Club Etiquette –
► Craig Johnson II –
► Josh “Big Ears”
► Team Circus –
► Rave Ninjaz –
► Raiders of Concrete –
► Arthur Clarke –
► Gina GypsyPixiie –
► Her.She.Me by Crown Me Brands –
► BlackGround Ink Printing –
► Smurfo Udirty –
► Eternal Lotus –
► Andrea Zalkin –
We acknowledge the biases against lower income persons, LGBTQ, or persons of color–taking into mind the risks of being a partygoer in this demographic, that may not only lead to mental health or personal safety issues–but legal issues.
Alongside our sponsors and partners, we collaborate to not only educate, but protect, and/or restore rights to individuals in these communities, who are adversely affected by unequal access to these resources.
► Drug Policy Alliance
► Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
► Zendo Project
► Harm Reduction Coalition
► ParaDocs Worldwide Inc
► Community Healthcare Network
► Washington Heights CORNER Project
► Festival Wellness- Rave On
► Dr. Bronner’s
► The Center For Optimal Living
► Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program
► Brooklyn Defender Services
► POP Gym
► Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY)
► Harmonium: Recovery & Music in Harmony
► Gaimova
For more information about the participants of this event, visit: AfroDisiacFest.com

Trans Day of Joy

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Knockdown Center hosts the Trans is Magick! Collective to present the first annual Trans Day of Joy! Join us for a day celebrating and claiming Trans liberation through celebration.

The 1st annual Trans Day of Joy #TDoJ is a statement is meant to be both celebratory and political. The larger gay/LGB/queer movement has pushed Trans people to the margins, as they exchange Trans liberation for assimilation into the cis hetero capitalist world. During Pride week we see a flurry of lesbian,
gay, and bisexual representation in the movement and throughout the Pride party scene, at the cost of Trans visibility. Trans bodies are erased, ignored & commodified. On June 23rd, we will show up to celebrate our survival as resistance, as community, as JOY.

Our Trans ancestors, most famously Sylvia Rivera & Marsha P. Johnson, were disowned from the gay movement because they were considered to hinder the progress of gay rights. For centuries, Trans people have dealt with the aftermath of being left behind from our LGB kin. The Trans is Magick! Art Collective centers Trans joy as a path to liberation. We believe there can be no pride unless Trans people of all races, genders, and bodies are celebrated. So bring your friends, your lovers, & [chosen] family to Knockdown Center to claim space in community!
#TransDayofJoy #TDOJ #TDOJ2018


2pm-8pm: Trans PoC Vendors Market
2pm – 5pm: Workshops lead by Trans folx
5pm sharp: Trans for Trans Speed Dating
6pm-8pm: Live Performances by Trans folx

Admission is income based, sliding scale: $10-$40
If you make:…….Please Pay:
$20k or less…….$5-$10
$40K or above……$25-40

No one trans person or ally will be refused admission due to lack of $$$. Though this event is sliding scale, we ask that if you have the funds to spend $$ do it! Ticket sales from this event literally fund Trans survival! Every Trans is Magick! workshop teacher, performer and organizer is compensated based upon ticket sales and donations.

All genders are welcomed (cis-gender allies included!) but we ask you be mindful of using gender specific language at our event. Please do not assume anyone’s gender and be mindful of the space you take up.

Trans folx, bring your friends, your lovers, & [chosen] family!

We’ll have a community altar to honor our Trans ancestors through time. If you feel called, please bring items to add to our the altar. Items such as food offerings, flowers, drink, candles, crystals, photos, keepsakes can be placed on the altar.


accessibility needs, please email us at TransisMagick@gmail.com

Age Restrictions:
The event is all ages before 9:00pm and 21+ after. Visitors may be asked to present valid government issued photo identification.

How to get to Knockdown Center:
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Ave
Queens, NY 11378
Subway: L Train to Jefferson, 15 min walk from there
Bus: B57, B38, Q59, Q54
Join our Free Carpool Sign-Up:

Summer Lovers

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Join Sad Girls Club Thursday, May 24th, for a day of connecting, creativity, and inspiration. Programming will feature wellness workshops, training tips with Nike athlete Joe Holder, a gen Z led panel and exclusive gifts.
With support from Nike NYC
A special event in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month
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