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  Social Sculpture for Individual Goals is an opportunity to check in with others about your personal goals. The way it works is very simple: A group of individuals gathers together, and, depending on how many individuals are present, together we decide on a specific amount of time that each person will be allotted to [...]

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January 21, 2015

EXPLORING QWEER EROS

EXPLORING QWEER EROS

 

This five week communal exploration of qweer erotic myths and mysteries will utilize the Heart Circle and Plato’s Symposium to explore the unique power of qweer erotic ethos and its importance in our world today.

 

The Symposium was chosen for this workshop because in its five speeches Athenian philosophers at a drinking party express in depth their thoughts concerning erotic love.  Although specific to the time and place – eros between adult men and youth – The Symposium provides an excellent platform for contemporary discussion.  Themes we will cover include the nature of eros, desire, attraction, loss, coupling, erotic friendship, fear, death and HIV/STIs. We will delve into the connection between eros and psyche, eros and thanatos, and eros as a community builder and binder.  Using the Heart Circle approach will allow participants to explore these strong subjects in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space.

 

These Heart Circles will be conducted every Wednesday evening, 7-10 p.m., beginning January 21, ending February 18, and will be facilitated by Rosie Delicious.  All circles will be held at the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, in the LGBT Community Center, 208 w. 13th St, NYC.

 

The weekly Heart Circles will integrate this classic text with contemporary practices that integrate mind, body and spirit in a rejuvenated erotic life for participants.  We will be using Plato’s Erotic Dialogues, translated/edited by William C. Cobb, 1993, SUNY Press.  You may read it online or purchase a hard copy, available through the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division at the LGBT Community Center.

 

It is advised that participants attend all five weeks as each week will cover different sections of the text.  Pre-registration is encouraged via email to houseofdelicious@gmail.com.  An additional text describing the Heart Circle process will be sent to all registrants. This series is free although we will pass a hat for donations to be shared by the Bureau and the facilitator.

 

Rosie Delicious, a Radical Faerie sex magician, has co-facilitating Sex Magick Workshops in the Radical Faerie tradition since 2000.  This workshop was initiated by Harry Hay and John Burnside in 1990, and Rosie encountered this most efficacious work in 1996.  Using the Heart Circle technique as a way of exploring these classic texts will enable participants their own unique experience of their qweer sexuality in a safe and confidential environment.

 

www.faeriesexmagick.org

 

Interested participants can also register to attend a week-long sex magick retreat using this experience as a cornerstone.

 

Harry Hay asked 3 essential questions for qweer men to explore:

 

Who are we?

Why are we here?

What are we here for?

 

Hay argued that to answer these questions for ourselves, each of us needs to dig deep into our consciousness to find our unique narrative, both for our personal benefit as well as for the gifts that we bring to society at large.  The best way to explore this was through sharing in the Heart Circle practice.  Through the use of a talisman or talking stick, the Heart (or Talking) Circle is a process that allows each participant to share their experience and perspective in an uninterrupted flow.  Harry gleaned this means of communing from his lifelong study and work with Native Americans.  Heart Circle practice also grew out of the new consciousness movements of the 1960′s and 70′s and has become a hallmark of communing in Radical Faerie circles.

 

 

 

Start: January 21, 2015 7:00 PM
End: January 21, 2015 10:00 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: Donation

January 18, 2015

Que(e)rying Theory #2 “Sex, or the Unbearable” by Lauren Berlant and Lee Edelman

 

Que(e)rying Theory is a discussion group about queer theory and critical theory for thinkers from all contexts. Reading texts both vintage and new, we will ask questions such as: What is queerness? What do queer politics look like? How do we find the tools for living in a precarious world? And finally, what can theory mean in our own lives? In dialogue with one another, we will fearlessly relish in the complexities of theory, and collectively work towards richer understandings of our past, present, and future. Discussions will be moderated by Connor Spencer, and for a small donation, wine, beer, and sparkling water will be available to help lubricate our conversations.

 

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How does negativity structure our politics, thinking, and relationships? Is it an affect that we can live with? In Sex, or the Unbearable, queer scholars Lauren Berlant and Lee Edelman consider the “unbearable” desires attache to sex, the social, and relationality. Through readings of film, art, theory, and literature–including Lydia Davis’s story “Break It Down”–the two thinkers trace wildly divergent paths through thorny fields of inquiry. Featuring two eminent scholars in conversation, the book is a glimpse into cutting-edge conversations in queer theory, and a perfect read for the busy holiday season.

 

Our conversation will first touch on the previous work of these notoriously dense scholars, and then strive towards unpacking the core arguments of the text. Come with questions, thoughts, and ideas–even if you didn’t have a chance to finish the entire book!
 
 
Connor Spencer is a writer living in New York City. He graduated with a BA in English from New York University, where he conducted bi-coastal archival research on the artists David Wojnarowicz and Gary Fisher. Recently, he was a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship. Connor tweets about leftism, queer politics, and dog costumes @conneriks.

 
 
 

Start: January 18, 2015 6:00 PM
End: January 18, 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

January 15, 2015

DEADLINE: Works-in-Progress from Cutting-Edge Queer Artists: January 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.

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


The January edition of DEADLINE will feature:

 

Zavé Martohardjono (theatrical movement work)

Adam Chad Brody (music video)

Courtney Gillette (literary memoir)

Nefertiti Asanti (spoken word)

 

 

Start: January 15, 2015 7:00 PM
End: January 15, 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

January 14, 2015

Queering the Lines: A Conversation with Rebecca Levi and John Chaich

Artist Rebecca Levi will talk about her work with John Chaich, curator of the recent exhibition Queer Threads, on Wednesday, January 14, at 7:00 PM at the Bureau.

Rebecca Levi’s thread-based and pen & ink work is influenced by images in found photography, mid-century magazines, and 1970s porn. In her embroidered portraits, she subverts the norms of the medium with the unexpected, inviting a playful collision between traditional handicrafts and the untraditional themes of queer identity and gender performativity.

John Chaich featured Rebecca Levi’s work in the exhibition Queer Threads: Crafting Identity & Community, which debuted at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art last year and is traveling to MICA, Baltimore in December 2015. He also selected her work as one of the artworks in the recently released Visual AIDS “Play Smart” trading cards series.

John Chaich is a curator, designer, and writer based in New York City. He holds an MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. Chaichcreative.com

Rebecca Levi is a New York City born and based embroidery and pen & ink artist. She received her BA from McGill University in Montreal. www.rebeccalevi.com

The exhibition Queering the Lines: Rebecca Levi – Thread & Ink is showing at the Bureau until February 1, 2015.

 

 

Start: January 14, 2015 7:00 PM
End: January 14, 2015 9:00 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

January 10, 2015

Author event, reading and book signing by Joe Wenke, author of the new thriller, “The Talk Show.”

 
Join us for Joe Wenke‘s reading from his new thriller, The Talk Show
 
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Someone is following Jack Winthrop—most likely the gunman who tried to kill America’s most controversial talk show host, Abraham Lincoln Jones. Ever since that fateful night when Jones called Winthrop with his audacious proposal, life has never been the same. Winthrop, an award-winning New York Times reporter who calls the Tit for Tat strip club his second home, agreed to collaborate on Jones’ national “Emancipation Tour.” The plan is to bring Jones’ passion for radical change to the people and transcend television by meeting America face to face. Now Winthrop has to survive long enough to make the tour a reality in Joe Wenke’s intellectual thriller, THE TALK SHOW (TransÜber, October 15, 2014, $9.99).

As the reach of his stalker spreads, so does the fear that Winthrop’s unconventional family is also in danger—Rita Harvey, the gentle transgender ex-priest and LGBT activist; Slow Mo, the massive vegetarian bouncer; and Donna, stripper and entrepreneurial prodigy—as well as the woman who is claiming his heart, media expert Danielle Jackson.

Steeped in the seamy underbelly of New York City, The Talk Show by Joe Wenke is a fast-paced and mordantly funny thriller that examines how the forces of nihilism threaten our yearning for love, family and acceptance.

 Dr. Joe Wenke

Joe Wenke was born in South Philadelphia.  He attended St. Monica’s and Our Lady of Fatima elementary schools.  He went to high school at Cardinal O’Hara in Springfield, PA.  He received a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, a Masters in English from Penn State and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut.

He was a speechwriter for CEO Tony Hamilton at Avnet and a speechwriter at IBM for George Conrades when he was the head of IBM US.  He was also a Senior Vice-President at Caribiner International, which at the time was the largest event marketing company in the world.  He is Owner and Managing Partner of Xperience, a leading event marketing company.  He is also a Partner with Gisele Alicea (aka Xtravaganza) in Gisele New World, an event production initiative that is merging the worlds of the ballroom and fashion and attracting audiences that include all sexual identities and orientations.

Joe lives in Connecticut with his son, Mark, his daughter, Olivia, and her two nannies, Hollie and Amy Hills.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: January 10, 2015 7:00 PM
End: January 10, 2015 10:00 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