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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 [...]

Sat. Mar 23, 2019 7:00 PM

Events

September 29, 2018

The Legendary Mermaid Mysteries Book Release Party & Reading

Join us in celebrating new author, Bettylou Neill, as she launches her first novel, The Legendary Mermaid Mysteries Volume 1: Emma Pearl.

When Emma Pearl and her best friend, Mia, who have dreamt of being mermaids their entire lives, get an old book from a mysterious man with a top hat and patch, it leads them through a series of unimaginable events and they find themselves swept up in the current of a magical world under the sea! The two best friends discover themselves on a journey to save the Kingdom of Oceanna from destruction and unlock the mystery of its missing royal family. Dive in to the twisty, salty tail of two girls uncovering who they are, finding their true purpose and working together with others’ diverse purposes to help restore harmony to the sea and the island where they live.

Can Emma and Mia overcome the obstacles in front of them, find the eight Legendary Mermaids, and restore the missing royal family in order to save Oceanna?

Engage your Pearl Spirit and see what is in store. Meet the author, hear a reading and enjoy refreshments and activities befitting a young mermaid! This event will be fun for the whole family!

To reserve a copy of The Legendary Mermaid Mysteries Volume 1: Emma Pearl, please write to the Bureau at contact@bgsqd.com.

 

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New author and eight-year-old, Bettylou Neill lives in Portland, Oregon with her parents and enjoys reading, art, swimming, Drag Queens and Broadway Musicals. Her love of books began when she read her first book, “I Am A Bunny” by Richard Scary at the age of three and it has only grown from there. She discovered her love of writing and telling stories as her imagination and dreams continued to grow along with her. Bettylou fell in love with mermaids after watching Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and watching YouTube star, Traci Hines’ “Life Lessons of a Hipster Mermaid”. In the Spring of 2018, she came out of her bedroom and announced to her parents she wanted to write a fourteen-chapter novel about mermaids and over the course of the following months, wrote “The Legendary Mermaid Mysteries Volume 1: Emma Pearl.” Bettylou is looking forward to continuing her Legendary Mermaid Mystery series and is currently writing Volume 2!

 

 

 

Start: September 29, 2018 2:00 PM
End: September 29, 2018 4:00 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.

September 28, 2018

Shinjuku Story: Exhibition and Book Signing

 

Please join Brooklyn based photographer, Kaz Senju, for his first solo show and book signing with his project Shinjuku Story, interviews and photography of Tokyo gay and lesbian bar owners.

The exhibition is on view at the Bureau from September 25-30, 1-7 pm.

 

Book signing special event on Friday, Sept 28th, 7 pm, hosted by Chris Bogia.

 

For more information about Kaz Senju, please visit his website: kazsenju.com

 

Chris Bogia is the Co-Founder and Director of Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), the first LGBTQ artist residency in the world, located in Cherry Grove, on Fire Island, NY. A visual artist and instructor of sculpture at New York University, Bogia shares his personal work and describes the inspiration behind founding the Fire Island Artist Residency.

 

 

 

Start: September 28, 2018 7:00 PM
End: September 28, 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. No one turned away for lack of funds.

September 23, 2018

A Better World: the Queer Comics of L. Nichols and Kevin Czap

 

Artists L. Nichols and Kevin Czap read from their latest comics about finding your way home and making a better world.

L Nichols, now a celebrated multi-disciplinary artist, engineer and father of two, was born in small town, rural Louisiana, assigned female and raised by conservative Christians. Flocks is his memoir of that childhood, and of the expectations of his family, friends and community, the flocks of Flocks, that shaped and re-shaped him as a child.

Romantic friendships, überchic culture, magical solutions, kid think-tanks, and more make up Kevin Czap’s vision of not-so-distant America. What if the future began in a small, queer, punk music show in the basement of a Cleveland, Ohio, house? Fütchi Perf might not depict a perfect future, but its slice-of-life vignettes, drawn in a glorious, kaleidoscopic two-color palette, visualize a utopian dream that seems almost real, but perpetually out of reach.

 

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L. Nichols’ illustrations and comics have appeared in the Village Voice, Gilt Taste, the Atlantic, BEA Rock Fest, Verve Magazine, the Zinester’s Guide to NYC, Smoke Signal, SMITH Magazine, the Nib, and the anthologies QU33R (Northwest Press) and Warmer: A Collection of Comics about Climate Change for the Fearful & Hopeful. He is the co-publisher (as Grindstone Comics) of the award-winning comics quarterly, Ley Lines, with Czap Books. He lives, and works as an illustrator, comic artist, graphic designer, educator and sometime blacksmith, with his wife and their two children in New York’s Hudson Valley.

 

 

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Kevin Czap (pronounced “chap”) was raised in Northern Virginia, studied art in Cleveland, OH, and is now based in Providence, RI. They run the micropress Czap Books, endearingly referred to as “Comics Mom.” In 2016, Czap received the second annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) Emerging Talent Award for their work and involvement in the comics community.

 

 

 

 

Start: September 23, 2018 3:00 PM
End: September 23, 2018 4:30 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.

September 22, 2018

Written on the Body/Queer*Sex*Life

 

Celebrate the publication of two new books: Don Shewey‘s THE PARADOX OF PORN: Notes on Gay Male Sexual Culture and Ishmael Houston-Jones‘s FAT AND OTHER STORIES: some writing about sex. The authors will read from their work, answer deeply personal questions, and give away vintage porn.

 

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Ishmael HoustonJones is an author, performer, teacher, curator as well as a three-time New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award-winning choreographer. His essays, fiction, interviews, and performance texts have been published in numerous anthologies, including Writers Who Love Too Much (Nightboat Books, 2017); Aroused, A Collection of Erotic Writing (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2001); Best Gay Erotica 2000 (Cleis Press, 2000); Best American Gay Fiction, volume 2 (Little Brown, 1997); and Out of Character: Rants, Raves and Monologues from Today’s Top Performance Artists (Bantam, 1996). His work has also appeared in Performing Arts Journal, Movement Research Journal, Contact Quarterly, Porn Free, and other publications.

 

 

 

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Don Shewey is a writer, therapist, and pleasure activist in New York City. As a journalist and critic, he has published three books about theater and written hundreds of articles for the New York Times, the Village Voice, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He has chronicled his psycho-sexual-spiritual adventures in essays that have been included in numerous anthologies, including The Politics of Manhood, Best of the Best Gay Erotica, The Queerest Art: Essays on Gay and Lesbian Theater, and Men Like Us: the GMHC Guide to Gay Men’s Sexual, Physical, and Emotional Well-Being. An archive of his writing is available online at donshewey.com. His psychotherapy practice specializes in sex and intimacy coaching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: September 22, 2018 6:00 PM
End: September 22, 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

September 21, 2018

Here Nor There–Online Fantasies/Offline Reality Photo Book Launch Party

 

 

Join image-based artist, Sam Rosenthal, for the of launch his newest photo book, Here Nor There, published by bd-studios.com. Rosenthal presents a selection of images appropriated from “netcams” and talks social alienation and the refuge he found on the Internet.

Reception at 7pm, artist presentation at 7:30pm followed by Q&A and mingling! Please email samrosenthalphoto@gmail.com to reserve a copy of Here Nor There.

 

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Sam Rosenthal (b. 1994) is an image-based artist examining Queerness in context of the digital age. He uses electronics, both modern and obsolete, to define the mutability of an image by employing unconventional, and often, experimental modes of processing. These methods include the exploitation of internet camera networks, data and signal manipulation, and scanography to represent his Queer experience.

 

 

 

Start: September 21, 2018 7:00 PM
End: September 21, 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.