Saturday, December 16

Avalon Emerson All Night

Avalon Emerson is a transplant from San Francisco to Berlin. She’s undeniably one of the most exciting electronic artists to emerge in the past few years. Her latest release, Whities 013, is stunning, a serious addition to an already brilliant catalog, and her DJ sets are always impressive. She’s playing tonight from open to close.

10p – 6a / $15 before midnight with RSVP / $15 early bird / $20 otherwise / advance tickets


Sunday, December 17
Planetarium with Eamon Harkin DJing and Phil Moffa playing live

Planetarium is an immersive experience dedicated to music that’s not for dancing.

We clear the floor between our custom hi-fi speakers, so you can bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or anything else like to get comfortable. Lie on the floor, stretch out on the couch, and get lost in music.

To make sure there’s plenty of space, we only do a handful of reservations. Advance tickets are a good idea. The session goes from 6pm to 11pm.

Planetarium resident Eamon Harkin will DJ throughout the night, with live performances by Phil Moffa, the producer and engineer behind the superb recording studio Butcha Sound. Moffa focuses most of his productions toward the dance floor, but for Planetarium, he tends to focus on the drones. It’s mesmerizing.

Drinks are available at the bar, and until our kitchen opens in mid-January, you can bring your own food or order it from a local spot. We have all the creature comforts that you might otherwise need inside so you never have to leave the bubble we’re creating.

An important note: after doing a few of these sessions, we’ve realized that the night works best when everyone keeps their voice down. It’s certainly okay to chat with friends, but please keep all conversations outside of the main speaker area. When you’re outside of the speakers, just make sure you’re quiet enough that only the person you’re talking to can hear you.

We’re looking forward to getting lost in music with you.

6p – 11p / $20 / advance tickets are a good idea


Friday, December 22
Veronica Vasicka and Josh Cheon

Minimal Wave founder Veronica Vasicka and Dark Entries Records boss Josh Cheon have made careers out of unearthing obscure electronic and post-punk gems from decades past. Each label’s output is superb, and much of it previously unavailable. We’re a bunch of lucky music lovers to have them doing the work they do. They also both happen to be excellent jocks, and tonight they share the turntables to share their favorite jams of the past, present and future.

10p – 6a / free before midnight with RSVP / $15 early bird / $20 otherwise / advance tickets


Saturday, December 23
Scott Grooves All Night

Listening to Scott Grooves’ excellent 1998 album, Pieces of a Dream, it comes as no surprise that his father is a jazz guitarist. He himself is a multi-instrumentalist (a longtime drummer, and one-time keyboardist for Kevin Saunderson’s Inner City), with a discography of house and techno records stretching over two decades, not to mention a list of collaborators that includes Roy Ayers, Daft Punk, Alton Miller, George Clinton, and, most recently, Al Hudson from One Way). We’re honored to have him take the reins tonight. He’s even got a background in lights, so we’re handing over control of those, too. He’ll steer the ship from open to close. Show up early. Plan to stay late.

10p – 6a / free before midnight with RSVP / $15 early bird / $20 otherwise / advance tickets


Sunday, December 24
Planetarium with Josh Dunn DJing and Jason Lindner playing live

Planetarium is an immersive experience dedicated to music that’s not for dancing.

We clear the floor between our custom hi-fi speakers, so you can bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or anything else like to get comfortable. Lie on the floor, stretch out on the couch, and get lost in music.

To make sure there’s plenty of space, we only do a handful of reservations. Advance tickets are a good idea. The session goes from 6pm to 11pm.

At the turntables this evening we have Planetarium resident Josh Dunn, and performing live throughout the evening is composer and pianist Jason Lindner, a New York native and a longtime fixture of the city’s jazz scene. He led the big band at hallowed jazz spot, Smalls, for many years. He’s worked with contemporary greats like Avishai Cohen and Claudia Acuña, accompanied David Bowie on his swan song album, Blackstar, and contributed greatly to Mister Saturday Night guy Justin Carter’s debut album, The Leaves Fall.

Drinks are available at the bar, and until our kitchen opens in mid-January, you can bring your own food or order it from a local spot. We have all the creature comforts that you might otherwise need inside so you never have to leave the bubble we’re creating.

Finally, the night works best when everyone keeps their voice down. It’s okay to chat with friends, but please keep all conversations outside of the main speaker area. When you’re outside of the speakers, just make sure you’re quiet enough that only the person you’re talking to can hear you. Thanks in advance.

We’re looking forward to getting lost in music with you.

6p – 11p / $20 / advance tickets are a good idea


Thursday, December 28
Kristen Zwicker and Justin Strauss

Justin Strauss is one of the city’s best and longest-serving DJs. He’s presided over the city’s dance floors for nearly four decades, all the while creating an impressive body of work as a producer and remixer. In fact, impressive is an understatement: he has well over 200 records under his belt and has worked with Depeche Mode, Sergio Mendez, Tina Turner and Jimmy Cliff. He’s a staple of New York’s dance culture, and, fittingly, you can hear the city loud and clear in his sets.

Sharing the decks tonight is Kristen Zwicker. If you come to Mister Sunday, you’ll probably recognize Kristen as one of the friendly faces that greets you at the door. But to go with her kind demeanor, she has a mean ear for music. She’s a taste for warm, funky grooves. The sort that inspire near as much smiling as dancing. Plan on doing plenty of both tonight.

10p – 4a / free


Friday, December 29
L.Sangre and Noncompliant

Lisa Smith, aka DJ Shiva, has been a staple of the Midwest underground rave scene for over twenty years. She’s served up techno in barns, cornfields and bingo halls – and, yes, in clubs, too. Tonight, she joins us at Nowadays under her hardware-based alias, Noncompliant. Sharing the evening is Lost Soul resident L.Sangre. She favors the dark and driving (think acid house, industrial and mutant techno). Check out her recent contribution to Honey Soundsystem’s HNYPOT series for a taste. Be warned: this isn’t your grandmother’s techno.

10p – 6a / free before midnight with RSVP / $15 early bird / $20 otherwise / advance tickets


Saturday, December 30
Mark Grusane and Chairman Mao

Mark Grusane is a veteran DJ, a deep digger, a go-to source for DJs looking to pick up rare gems in Chicago (he was the co-owner of Chicago’s beloved Mr. Peabody Records). Chairman Mao is devout collector, also a veteran jock, a heavyweight music journalist (doing amazing interviews with tons of legends), and has feathers in his cap from being editor of the beloved hip-hop heyday mag, Ego Trip, and a resident at the hallowed early aughts nightlife spot, APT. Tonight we’ve invited them both to unleash their formidable collections on the ’days’ dance floor. Show up ready to dance — and learn a thing or two, too.

10p – 6a / free before midnight with RSVP / $15 early bird / $20 otherwise / advance tickets


Sunday, December 31
Planetarium NYE

We’re ringing in 2018 with a special edition of Planetarium, our immersive experience dedicated to the music we love that’s not for the dancefloor.

As usual, we’ll clear the floor between our custom hi-fi speakers for you to bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or anything else you’d like to make yourself comfortable. Lie on the floor, stretch out on the couch, pull up a chair and get lost in music.

This is always the case, but never more so than for tonight: advance tickets are essential. We only do a handful of reservations so that there’s plenty of room to spread out, and it’s NYE, so this will pretty certainly sell out fast.

Tonight’s session goes from 7pm to 12:30am. Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter will be joined by Douglas Sherman. Doug is a long time lover of music, a disciple of David Mancuso and an integral member of The Loft family, doing everything from blowing up balloons and setting up the sound to selecting records. There is no one more devoted to the complete experience, and it’s an honor to have him ring in the new year with us.

Dinner tonight is included in the price of your ticket. It’ll be served, buffet-style, between 7pm and 8:30pm. Drinks will be available at the bar all night. We’ll have all the other creature comforts you might otherwise need inside so you never have to leave the bubble we’re creating.

Once Planetarium ends, we’ll open the doors for Mister New Year’s Eve, our annual New Year’s fete. All Planetarium attendees are welcome to stay for the dance.

An important note: Planetarium works best when everyone keeps their voice down. It’s certainly okay to chat with friends, but please keep all conversations outside of the main speaker area. When you’re outside of the speakers, just make sure you’re quiet enough that only the person you’re talking to can hear you.

We’re looking forward to getting lost in music with you.

7p – 12:30am / $75 / advance tickets are essential


Sunday, December 31
Mister NYE

After many years of trying all varieties of New Year’s Eve celebrations, we’ve come to the realization that the best way to do it is after the ball drops. Have dinner with your friends, toast your family at home, (or join us at Planetarium), and come down after midnight for a dance with amazing music on a stellar sound system but without the expectations connected to the countdown.

12:30am – 6am / $40 / advance tickets


















Wednesday, January 31
Think Olio: Stranger Things

Periodically we team up with Think Olio to present an amazing 90-minute class (with a beer break, of course) at Nowadays. This time we’re presenting a class called “Stranger Things.” It’s taught by Jamie Warren, an Assistant Professor at BMCC-CUNY with a Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University. Check out the description below:

For nearly half of the 20th century, Cold War ideology permeated US popular culture and political discourse, disseminating propaganda celebrating American “goodness” and freedom, clearly contrasted against the purported “evil” of the USSR. Hollywood films, TV shows, and even popular music often rested on explicit and subtle celebrations of an idealized America, depicting the nation as the land of the free, often under threat of a real or symbolic monster invasion from without. However, in the later years of the Cold War, Americans bore witness to more complicated narratives, which sometimes suggested that the real enemy was, in fact, “right here,” either in the form of a terrifying government power (such as those scary hazmat dudes who tried to kidnap E.T.) or in a perverted, monstrous citizenry (like those creepy aliens masquerading as human in the show V). As national identity grew increasingly fractious and self-doubting toward the Cold War’s end, Americans began to ask themselves, “Are we the monster?”

In this Olio, we will examine these political and even existential dilemmas as presented in the lovingly nostalgic Stranger Things. We will examine the political message of the series, probing at what Eleven means when she claims herself the true monster, and we will explore the complex, and perhaps troubling, function of nostalgia at work in this masterful series.  What, exactly, are we nostalgic for? There is more going on here, I think, than nostalgia for our youth and the stories we loved, and more too, I think, than simply the pleasure of being on the inside of an inside joke. By watching Stranger Things, we get to experience not simply a story, we get to experience ourselves experiencing our stories. We are watching ourselves watch, and it turns out, we were right all along. The government is bad, only kids know the truth, parents might love us but they have no idea that all of this is a lie, the cool kids are actually miserable, the outsiders will save the day, friendship is the highest moral good, and magic is real. But, still, we must ask, who is the monster?

7:30p / $TBD** / tickets to come

**you’ll need to pay to attend the class, but don’t worry, if you’re just coming to hang out, have dinner or have a drink, Nowadays is free as usual