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Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics

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  The Bureau is excited to partner with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you: Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics Instructor: Sophie Lewis The course will meet at the Bureau on Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM Transfeminine lives are often seen as having, in and of themselves, political [...]

Wed. Jul 24, 2019 6:30 PM

Events

June 21, 2015

Deeply Leisured with Queenie Bon Bon

 

DEEPLY LEISURED is a hybrid performance that spans the genres of stand up comedy, performance, lecture, and consciousness-raising story telling. Queenie Bon Bon presents narratives detailing her deep love for her clients & coworkers, and the eternal joys and mysteries of working with bodies. She also shares stories on coming out as a sex worker to her mother, whorephobia and internet dating, and tips on covering up when you peed on the carpet at your workplace. A tender and true look into her lived experience as a sex worker, coworker  solidarity, as well as social and political issues surrounding sex work, DEEPLY LEISURED is a performance full of intrigue and inspiration.

Suggested donation $5 to $15

Deeply Leisured premiered at Melbourne Fringe Festival and has since showed at Sydney’s infamous queer warehouse performance venue The Red Rattler, Hares and Hyenas Queer Bookshop as part of Scarlett Alliance’s National Sex Worker Forum, at Adelaide Fringe Festival and has also been performed as a fundraiser for the English prostitute’s collective in London. Queenie Bon Bon is an up and coming political comedic writer and performer.  Aside from performing Deeply Leisured, she has done readings on the delights of being human furniture, fragmented realities  and talked panels about the importance of decriminalisation and myth busting. Queenie is part of the Debbie’s (Australian sex worker art collective) and has spent several years working on a sex worker oral story telling archival project, and is now writing her first novel. Queenie has worked as a  dancer, in massage parlours and in brothels over Australia as well as in the UK.

 

 

Start: June 21, 2015 6:00 PM
End: June 21, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to $15

June 19, 2015

Evening with West Village writer Kate Walter reading from her debut memoir: Looking for a Kiss: A Chronicle of Downtown Heartbreak and Healing (Heliotrope Books)

Journalist and professor Kate Walter reads from her debut memoir: Looking for a Kiss: A Chronicle of Downtown Heartbreak and Healing (Heliotrope Books)
 
Reception at 7

Reading at 7:30
 
How long does it take to get over heartache? Journalist and teacher Kate Walter wondered if she’d ever feel whole again after her long term lesbian partnership ended.
 
A resident of Greenwich Village who spent years recording neighborhood life, Walter now releases her debut memoir Looking for a Kiss: A Chronicle of Downtown Heartbreak and Healing (Heliotrope Books, June 2015).
 
Dedicated to “women who have been dumped after 25 years,” Walter’s memoir describes her broke, brokenhearted state after being left by her partner of two decades. While many older women—gay and straight—experience divorce, Walter’s was more stressful since she was not legally married. But rather than dwelling in regret, Looking for Kiss carries a universal message about loss and recovery: you can heal your life and land up in a better place.
 
With brave and revealing details, Walter confesses her grief and rage and questions her past choices. Seeking answers and spiritual solace, she joins a gay-positive church, visits psychics, throws herself into yoga and chanting, and starts dating again at 60.
 
Like the urban landscape that serves as her backdrop, Walter’s fast-paced dialogue has a raspy realness and soulful edge. She describes loneliness and longing with humorous and poetic prose. Anyone seeking hope will cheer this funny, gutsy narrator who loses love but finds herself.

 

Kate Walter has been living in downtown Manhattan since 1975 when she escaped across the river from New Jersey. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Newsday, New York Daily News, AM-NY, the Advocate and many other outlets. She teaches writing at CUNY and NYU

 

 

 

 

Start: June 19, 2015 7:00 PM
End: June 19, 2015 7:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

June 14, 2015

Bureau Book Club Discusses Larry Kramer’s The American People, Volume 1: Search for My Heart

 

Join us for a discussion of Larry Kramer’s The American People, Volume 1: Search for My Heart

Larry Kramer’s first novel, Faggots, shocked a generation with its Swiftian indictment of ’70s clone sex culture on the West Side and Fire Island. His play The Normal Heart, a searing polemic against apathy and evil set during the outbreak of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, has moved generations of audiences. For thirty years, he’s been at work on a multi-thousand-page epic attempting to situate queers at the center of American history. It takes us from Abraham Lincoln orgies to monkeys swapping AIDS before the dawn of human civilization, from a Jewish family outside Washington, DC to secret Nazi camps in North Dakota. Lawrence D. Mass, co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, says the book demands a reconsideration of “nothing less than the entirety of [American] history, calling it “Eloquent, powerful, epochal, defiant, relentlessly in your face and tough as shit on everyone and everything.” Volume 1 is ready. Are you?

 

The book was released April 5, and due to its length – 775 pages – we’re holding our discussion June 14. Buy it anytime at the Bureau. Don’t feel you need to have finished – or started – the book to join us. Stay tuned for news about possible special guests!

 

The discussion will be moderated by Ben Miller, a writer and researcher in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Learn more about him at benwritesthings.com, he tweets @benwritesthings
 
 

“He’s been struggling with this history for many years…How much did he find out? How much shame and horror at all that was and is being enacted and endured? Shame for whom?…He decides to finally belly up to this assignment on that day when he hears the President refer to ‘The American People’ and realizes that the president of the United States is not talking about him or his people, and that he, Fred Lemish, had best do something about it.” – the opening lines of The American People

 
 
 
 

Start: June 14, 2015 6:00 PM
End: June 14, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

June 12, 2015

Launch Party for VYM, the drag magazine!

 

Celebrate the art of drag with the launch of VYM Magazine!

VYM, the drag magazine, celebrates its inaugural issue with an evening of readings and performances! VYM is a love letter to the art that exists in (and is inspired by) the world of Drag. Editors Johnny and Sasha Velour believe that a wonderful concept, such as drag, deserves an artful forum dedicated to all its incarnations — from camp and humor, fashion and art, to politics and theory. This new 100 page magazine features comics, essays, illustrations, interviews, photography, poetry, and more from more than 20 of todays most talented independent artists. To start with a bang, Johnny and Sasha asked their contributors to define the indefinable, “What is Drag?” Their answers are as varied and valid as the art itself, and their work reminds that there is no “right way” to do drag.

 

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The evening will feature readings and performances by many of the issue’s contributors including: Crimson Kitty, Lady Winifred, Didi Panache, K. James, Wo Chan, Donald C. Shorter, Jr., and more!

 

L3 Vym Editors portrait
Johnny Velour (Editorial Director) (a.k.a. John Jacob Lee) is a theatre artist and choreographer who has spent most of his career in one form of drag or another. He has toured internationally with Cats and The Wedding Singer.

Sasha Velour (Artistic Director) (a.k.a. Sasha Steinberg) is a comics artist, designer, and drag queen. Sasha holds a BA in Literature from Vassar College, an MFA in Cartooning from CCS, and studied queer arts on a Fulbright Fellowship in Moscow, Russia. He is the creator of the Stonewall comic series. ahsasha.com

 

 

 

Start: June 12, 2015 7:00 PM
End: June 12, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

June 11, 2015

DEADLINE: Works-in-Progress from Cutting-Edge Queer Artists: June Edition!

Sabrina Chap brings you this works-in-progress series featuring new work from cutting-edge queer artists. Built on the notion that there’s no greater inspiration than a deadline, this series forces renegade artists to bring new and developing work to an audience for the first time. Part experimentation + part guaranteed failure = 100% awesomeness.

The June edition of DEADLINE will feature:

Geoffrey Bridgman – Literature
Lauren Schleider - Visual Art
Jamila Reddy - Multi-DisciplinaryPerformance Art
Kyle Rogers - Theater

 

Interested in presenting your work in a future installment of Deadline? Fill out the form!
Artists of any kind are encouraged to submit.

http://goo.gl/forms/Z84O7GgVdB

 

Check out this article on the August edition of Deadline in Next Magazine“BGSQD’s Deadline Gives Queer Artists Room To Create And Grow” by Chris Hernandez

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: June 11, 2015 7:00 PM
End: June 11, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free