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The Fops — A new play about Queer identity by Jack Shamblin

Photograph by Bob Criso, from left to right: Graceann Dorse, Daniel Diaz, Goldie Luxe, Kevin Mimms, Michael Witkes, Brandi Azinionae, Nicholas Gorham, Matt "Ugly" McGlade

  THE FOPS by Jack Shamblin bubbled up out of recent work-in-progress performances at Dixon Place. Sharing his new script and his birthday at the same time, he welcomes you to an artful reading, live music, and some good pink cake. “Partying too hard, the aging Queer Monty time travels to Victorian New York’s Paresis [...]

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Events

November 7, 2018

OLNY Poly Movie Night: (A)sexual and The Open Photo Project

 

Open Love NY presents Poly Movie Night, a FREE series of feature films that focus on the portrayal of consensual / ethical non-monogamy in cinema. This month we’ll be at our regular venue, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

On November 7th, please join us for (A)sexual (2011), a documentary directed by Angela Tucker, and a pre-movie multi-media screening of The Open Photo Project.

We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau (in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street) for pre-screening socializing and start the movie at 7 pm. The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.

 

THE OPEN PHOTO PROJECT
Erika Kapin presents a screening of her ongoing work, The Open Photo Project. This multi-media screening features a slideshow of photographs from a diversity of people in consensually non-monogamous relationships along with audio excerpts of them speaking about their relationships. Running time: approximately 45 minutes.

 

(A)sexual Synopsis: People who experience little or no sexual attraction seek to define their identity and build new relationship models. Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: November 7, 2018 6:30 PM
End: November 7, 2018 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 3, 2018

Trophy Boy NYC screening and cast Q & A

 

A special screening of the award wining short film Trophy Boy (run time 13 minutes). Followed with a Q & A with some of the cast

 

Devon born British actor Emrhys Cooper has done incredibly well for himself – not only did he bag himself the lead role in the Emmy nominated drama series Vanity starring alongside Denise Richards & Karrucehe Tran. As well as achieving a career in film & television appearing in many top US shows including Desperate Housewives, CSI:NY, Blackish and Person of Interest, Emrhys has also featured in several West End musicals and worked as a dancer for a variety of musical superstars including Madonna, Christina Aguilera and the Pussycat Dolls. He was also the first Western actor to star in a Bhutanese film and achieved an award for outstanding performance from a leading actor at the IndieFest film festival for his role in Kushuthara. But it’s his directional debut Trophy Boy which is really setting him apart from the crowd. Using his own social media experiences and witnessing how detrimental it can be to ones self awareness, promoted him to not only; write, produce, direct and star in the film that recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. On the success of the short film, Cooper is now developing Trophy Boy into a TV series through his own production company EmCo Entertainment.

 

 

 

 

Start: November 3, 2018 7:00 PM
End: November 3, 2018 8:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 2, 2018

New Books on Trans Childhoods

 
Join authors Gayle Salamon and Tey Meadow for a reading and discussion of two new books that trace different trajectories of contemporary trans childhoods. Tey Meadow will read from her book, Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century, an ethnographic study of a generation of families actively supporting children through gender transitions. Gayle Salamon will read from her book The Life and Death of Latisha King: A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia, in which she examines the case of 15-year-old Latisha King, a trans girl who was shot and killed by a classmate and misidentified as a gay boy in the subsequent murder trial. The authors will explore the roles of racial and class stratification in the emergence of trans lives, and chronicle the ways parents, teachers, doctors and lawyers–in giving or withholding gender from trans kids–shape how livable trans lives can be.

 

Reading and discussion will be followed by a reception and book signing.

 

To reserve copies of Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century and/or The Life and Death of Latisha King: A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia, please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Thank you for supporting the Bureau!
 
 
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Tey Meadow is assistant professor of sociology at Columbia University. She is the author of Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century, and the co-editor of Other Please Specify: Queer Methods in Sociology.

 
 

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Gayle Salamon is professor of english and studies of women, gender and sexuality at Princeton University. She is the author of Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality, and The Life and Death of Latisha King: A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Start: November 2, 2018 7:00 PM
End: November 2, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 1, 2018

Carrying.On (Queer Narratives On Life and Death)

 

“Carrying.On” is a special edition the monthly queer storytelling show, TELL. Hosted and curated by Drae Campbell. TELL has been featured on “This American Life” and is the longest running series at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. “Carrying.On” features two powerhouse storytellers: Pooya Mohseni and Elsa Waithe. They will be sharing their own true stories and or narratives around the themes of life , death and carrying on. In the LGBTQ community, as with most marginalized communities, we go to a lot of memorials. The way in which we honor Queer people’s lives in life and death belongs to us just as our stories do. There will also be an opening musical set by Vie Paula. TELL is an event that seeks to give space to queer individuals to own their narratives around large themes. A chance to “snatch back the narrative“ and tell their stories on their own terms.

 

“Carrying.On” is one of the over 250 events during Reimagine End of Life, a week of exploring big questions about life and death. The five boroughs of New York City are joining together to create over 250 events exploring death and celebrating life…from all perspectives.

 

 

Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian/American actor, Transgender activist and writer. Pooya appeared in an award winning one woman show, titled “One Woman”, in United Solo Festival at The Theatre Row, written by Cecilia Copeland & directed by Joan Kane. Her other recent stage performances include “The Good Muslim” by Zakiyyah Alexander, directed by William Carden at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage’s “The White Snake”, directed by Natsu Onoda Power, Madame in The OUTLIERS’ production of “The Maids” directed by Ben Gunderson and the title role in “Death of a Persian Prince” at NYMITF & SAIPAF, directed by Dewey Moss. She’s a recurring guest star on the new crime drama “Big Dogs” produced by Choice Films & Theatricals, directed by Mathew Penn and Tony Glazer, to be released in 2018. She’s also a recurring guest star in the first season of the USA network’s “Falling Water”. Follow @Pooyaland on Twitter/Instagram

 

Elsa Waithe is a comedian and activist from Norfolk, Va, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Her comedy is a mix of lighthearted but critical jabs at homosexuality and race, but she mainly just talks about herself and weed. She’s taken home 1st place and “fan favorite” 3 times at the Virginia Beach FunnyBone in 2013. She appears on Internet Action Force. NBC Stand-Up Semi-Finalist. She was also featured on NPR’s “This American Life” in Oct. 2015. Elsa is a regular at Greenwich Village Comedy Club in Manhattan and The Experiment Comedy Gallery in Brooklyn.

 

South Bronx bred, performance fed, Vie Paula is a Caretaker, Thing Maker, Singer/Songwriter, and Licensed Massage Therapist striving to learn how to tell the whole truth and spend as much time as possible with their roommate’s cat. With night life entertainment in the far away past and a recent foray into all things extra, Vie wants to see you and be seen by you. They are currently working on staying connected and engaged, figuring out what fun is, and creating a life worth staying awake for.

 

Drae Campbell is an actor, storyteller, curator and emcee. She received a BFA in Theater from the University of The Arts in Philadelphia. Drae has been spotted on IFC.Com, Conan. Refinery29 and numerous films. Look for her in the forthcoming, DINETTE which was just featured at Tribeca Film Fest, 2018. Some theater credits : Only You Can Prevent Wildfires, Ricochet Collective, Non-Consensual Relationships With Ghosts, La Mama, My Old Man, Dixon Place, Oph3lia at HERE. She appeared as a radical lesbian in Taylor Mac’s 24 Decade History Of Popular Music at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Also, she once reigned as Miss LEZ. www.draecampbell.com

 

 

 

 

Start: November 1, 2018 7:00 PM
End: November 1, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

October 27, 2018

Office Hours Poetry Workshop Craft Class with Aldrin Valdez

 

Office Hours Poetry Workshop presents: a FREE craft class and reading with author Aldrin Valdez.

The craft class takes place from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

A public reading (free and open to all) with Aldrin and members of the Office Hours Workshop will follow from 1:30 PM-2:30 PM.

Spaces for the craft class are limited to 15 persons so please RSVP in advance to sarahmariesala@gmail.com.

Please bring a notebook and pen/pencil in addition to your technological device in case of cross-genre prompts.

 

Office Hours Poetry Workshop provides post-MFA poets access to continued support for manuscript-development and everyday writing. The workshop culminates in a public reading each fall and spring to showcase sizzling new work. We welcome all poets, especially people of color, LGBTQ+, and those who are woman-identified. Our name derives from our side hustle. Many of us are freelance, adjunct instructors, who continue to thrive in the margins of academia.

 

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ALDRIN VALDEZ is a Pinoy writer and visual artist whose debut poetry collection ESL or You Weren’t Here (Nightboat Books) is available October 2018. They grew up in Manila and Long Island and currently live in Brooklyn. Aldrin has been awarded fellowships from Queer/Art/Mentorship and Poets House. Their poetry & visual art appear in The Felt, Femmescapes, Nat Brut, Poor Claudia, and The Recluse. Aldrin has also presented work at Dixon Place, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Poetry Project. Collaborating with writer & organizer Ted Kerr, Aldrin co-organized Foundational Sharing (2011-2015), a salon series of readings, performances, & visual art. Most recently, they’ve co-curated two seasons of the Segue Reading Series with fellow poet Joël Díaz.

 

 

 

Start: October 27, 2018 11:00 AM
End: October 27, 2018 2:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States