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Events

December 6, 2017

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family

 

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.

Please join us for Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family (2004), directed by Susan Kaplan and featuring Sam Cagnina, Steven Margolin, and Samantha Singh.

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 more people come, the more likely we’ll continue the event! The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.
Synopsis: Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family is a documentary following the lives of a New York triad over eight years as they build a family and business together. Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes.

 

 

 

Start: December 6, 2017 6:30 PM
End: December 6, 2017 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.

December 2, 2017

OUR HAPPY HOURS: LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars

 

OUR HAPPY HOURS: Voices from the Gay Bars celebrates the heritage–and fast disappearing culture–of LGBTQ bars, often the only sanctuaries for LGBTQ expression and life. Eight authors featured in the OUR HAPPY HOURS anthology will read a short passage from their work, share reminiscences of LGBT bar culture, and participate in a Q & A with attendees. The authors will sign books, available for purchase at the event. Proceeds from book sales will be donated to the Ali Forney Center for LGBT  Youth in New York, and the Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia.

 

To reserve copies of Our Happy Hours, please write to contact@bgsqd.com.

 

 

 

 

Start: December 2, 2017 7:00 PM
End: December 2, 2017 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

November 28, 2017

Reading with Actors of Olympus Nights on the Square, Book 2 of Juliana Series, LGBT History in the Early Post War Years

 

What if Your Love Was Illegal?
 
Actors will read from Vanda‘s recently released novel, Olympus Nights on the Square. This is a story about LGBT history in New York City during the early Post-War Years (1945-1955). Sexy, funny and deadly serious. Full of mobsters, the FBI, McCarthyism, lesbian pulp and “cures” for homosexuality.
 
Copies of Olympus Nights on the Square are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!
 
Reception at 7.

Reading at 7:30.

 

Vanda is working on a series of novels about LGBT history in New York City.

Juliana (Book 1, 1941-1944) was released in February 2016. Olympus Nights on the Square (Book 2) was released October 17, 2017.
From 2014 to 2016, Vanda produced a show based on Juliana at the Duplex Nightclub in which actors performed chapters from the book every month. The show included singing and dancing from the 1940s.

As a playwright, Vanda has received numerous honors, among them an Edward Albee Fellowship. Her play, Vile Affections, published by Original Works, was a finalist for a National Lambda Award.

 

 

 

Start: November 28, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 28, 2017 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. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 23, 2017 – November 24, 2017

The Center and the Bureau closed for Thanksgiving, November 23 and 24

 
The Bureau will be closed on Thursday, November

 

Center offices and programs will be closed and the building will open at 5 p.m. for regularly scheduled meetings on both November 23rd and 24th. Check The Center calendar for details.
 
 
 

Start: November 23, 2017
End: November 24, 2017

November 19, 2017

Anti-Fascist Book Club Reads Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower

 

A reading group for those fighting fascism!

Hopefully our readings will inspire thoughtful and informed activism.

Join us for our fourth meeting on Sunday, November 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. We will discuss Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.

Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower is available for purchase at the Bureau. Please support the Bureau and purchase your copy from us. Thanks!

In our first meeting in April we discussed the first 100 pages of Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism.

In our second meeting in May we discussed James Baldwin’s Going to Meet the Man.

In our third meeting in July we discussed Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Questions? Ideas for future readings?
Write to Grey Vild: greyvild@gmail.com

 

 

 

Start: November 19, 2017 1:30 PM
End: November 19, 2017 3:30 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. No one turned away for lack of funds.