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Joe Garden at the Non-Motivational Speaker Series

The Onion's Joe Garden riffs on writing for an audience of cats, dogs and vampires. His good friend Henry, too. If it suits your fancy, click through for videos from the night.

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Sarah Schneider at the Non-Motivational Speaker Series

CollegeHumor's Sarah Schneider takes a break from the good life at MTV to talk about her work. For those who couldn't make it, click through for videos from the night.

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The Non-Motivational Speaker Series Returns March 26

Comedy is the hilarious theme at this month's Non-Motivational Speaker Series in the Lower East Side, on Thursday, March 26, at 8 p.m. Come grab a shit'n'a'giggle as features editor of The Onion Joe Garden, star of MTV's The CollegeHumor Show Sarah Schneider, and Kumail Nanjiani, stand-up extraordinaire and SNL and Colbert Report performer riff on the corollary between statist intervention and non-reported GDP in countries ranked in the fourth quintile of infrastructure development. (Just playin').

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Dina Kelberman at the Non-Motivational Speaker Series

Cartoonist and co-founder of Wham! City artist collective Dina Kelberman came up from Baltimore to speak about her work and the haters at the Baltimore City Paper. For those who couldn't make it, click through for videos from the night.

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Charlie Stella at Non-Motivational Speaker Series

Bookmaker-turned-book writer Charlie Stella is a commanding presence. Stella came to February's Non-Motivational Speaker Series and spoke about his past as a "knockaround" guy, gave the bookmaker's perspective on the bankrupt banking system, and read from his story in the collection Baltimore Noir. For those who couldn't make it, click through for videos from the night.

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DJ Scottie B. at Non-Motivational Speaker Series

Fresh from Baltimore, DJ Scottie B. came to Gelf's Non-Motivational Speaker Series to enlighten us on the history of Baltimore Club, a sound and scene he helped create. In addition to imparting lessons on "Bmore" Club, Scottie B. spoke about his family and his own history, reflecting on how a difficult, gritty adolescence brought him into the world of hip hop. For those who couldn't make it, click through for videos from the night.

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The Non-Motivational Speaker Series Returns February 26

Baltimore takes on New York at this month's Non-Motivational Speaker Series in the Lower East Side, on Thursday, February 26, at 8 p.m. Invading Baltimoreans include godfather of the local "Bmore Club" dance sound and M.I.A.-remixer DJ Scottie B; co-founder of the avant-garde WHAM City! artist-collective and Baltimore City Paper cartoonist Dina Kelberman; and bookmaker-turned-book writer Charlie Stella, contributor to the acclaimed Baltimore Noir crime anthology.

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The Non-Motivational Speaker Series Returns January 22

Stocks and bonds and Collateralized Debt Obligations, oh my! The Non-Motivational Speaker Series returns to New York's Lower East Side on Thursday, January 22, at 8 p.m., to explain everything you ever wanted to know about the financial crisis but were too petrified to ask. At hand will be Amit Chatwani, author of Damn it Feels Good to Be a Banker; Katy Lederer, former hedge-funder and author of Midtown-mulling poetry anthology The Heaven-Sent Leaf; and Daniel Gross, Slate.com's Moneybox columnist and author of Pop! Why Bubbles Are Great for the Economy.

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The Non-Motivational Speaker Series Returns December 12

The Non-Motivational Speaker Series event will insert itself into the Lower East Side on Friday, December 12, at 8 p.m. Speaking on Entrepreneurship will be alt-porn starlet Baby Sinead; Lux Alptraum, editor of Gawker Media's sex industry blog, Fleshbot.com; and Andy Fair, gay start-up veteran and editor of Dick Magazine.

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The Non-Motivational Speaker Series Returns October 23

Indulge your fantasies of The Wire at this month's Non-Motivational Speaker Series event, returning to the Lower East Side on Thursday, October 23, at 8 p.m. Breaking literary kneecaps are Peter Moskos, criminologist and author of Cop in the Hood, a book chronicling his life as a police offer in Baltimore City's notorious Eastern District; freelance NY Post photojournalist and creator of Courthouse Confessions Steven Hirsch; and crime novelist and editor of the acclaimed Brooklyn Noir short story anthologies Tim McLoughlin.

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