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TELL 53: 420

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  TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014. 420 is the theme of the 53rd installment of TELL. Featuring stories by  Renair Amin, Cara Francis, Joey Kipp, and  Arianne “Bozo” Lombardi. $10 suggested donation to support the Bureau [...]

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Events

March 4, 2015

Canceled! Ex-Gays & Tapeworms in NYC. Comedy & Stories by Peterson Toscano & Glen Retief

Tonight’s event, Ex-Gays & Tapeworms in NYC. Comedy & Stories by Peterson Toscano & Glen Retief, has been canceled due to the coming snow–Peterson and Glen would have had to drive for a few hours through the snow. So we’ll have to reschedule for another time. Stay tuned!

 

Peterson Toscano spent nearly 20 years trying to de-gay himself for Jesus in NYC and beyond. Glen Retief suffered during Apartheid South Africa where his bullies tried to beat the gay out of him so that he could be a strong white South African empowered to oppress others.

Both Peterson and Glen dramatically escaped the oppression they faced and turned to art and writing to speak truth to power. They also fell in love with each other. Peterson is internationally renowned for his hilarious and profound one-person plays including Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House, I Can See Sarah Palin from my Window, and Transfigurations, which explores gender non-conformists in the Bible. Glen is the author of the Lambda award winning book, The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood, and working on a novel called, The Tapeworm Chronicles. They will speak and perform sharing their personal journeys, performing old and new work, and what it is like to be two radical queer Quakers dab smack in the middle of Pennsylvania Amish Country.

www.petersontoscano.com
www.glenretief.com

Suggested donation of $5
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

 

 

 

 

Start: March 4, 2015 7:00 PM
End: March 4, 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: Suggested donation of $5 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

March 1, 2015

Varied Lives: A Play for Six Men, by Patrick Thomas McCarthy: A Sit-Down Reading

Talk back to follow the sit down reading. Refreshments available.

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A sit down reading of a play “modelled” upon Shakespeare’s MERRY WIVES of WINDSOR.

It’s 1930 in the American Heartland… when adoption ruled as an alternative to marriage…. a visitor from Milwaukee, striving for more than just a weekend in the country, throws Mr. Fenton Philip Ford’s estate and its VARIED LIVES into chaos.

SIX MEN: Modell “Moddy” Terrence Smith. 20s; Mr. Fenton Philip Ford 40s/50s; Turner, the butler 40s/50s; Satchel Baggins 20s; Mr. Princeton Percival Page 40s/50s; Mr. Donald John Falstaff, a Milwaukee brewer 50s

 

 

 

Start: March 1, 2015 6:00 PM
End: March 1, 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

February 28, 2015

Raji Bathish: Queer Writing in Palestine Today

 

A leading figure in the current generation of Palestinian writers, Raji Bathish comes to us straight from Nazareth to read from his genre-defying, provocative texts that unsettle both liberal Zionists and Palestinian nationalists.

 

Facilitator and translator: Suneela Mubayi

 
 

A Palestinian poet, novelist, screenplay writer and queer cultural activist born and raised in Nazareth, Raji Bathish’s work has been widely published across the Arab and Israeli-Palestinian worlds. He has published eight books of poetry and short stories, of which the best-known is A Room in Tel-Aviv in 2007. He is co-editor of the radical literary page anboob that seeks to promote a Palestinian and Arabic literature without the imposition of patriarchal borders of genre or nationality.

 
 

Suneela Mubayi is a graduate student in Arabic Literature at NYU and counts translation amongst her interests. She hopes one day to be able to call herself a poet.

 
 
 
 

Start: February 28, 2015 7:00 PM
End: February 28, 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

February 27, 2015

Group reading of Shelley Marlow’s new novel TWO AUGUSTS IN A ROW IN A ROW

Join us for a group reading of Shelley Marlow‘s new novel Two Augusts in a Row in a Row, NO. 007 FELLOW TRAVELERS SERIES, PUBLICATION STUDIO with PENNY ARCADE, STEPHEN BOYER, MICHELLE HANDELMAN, GEOFF HENDRICKS, DOUGLAS MARTIN, DEBBIE NADOLNEY, RENO, LOLLO ROMANSKI, RAFAEL SANCHEZ, BUZZ SLUTSKY, PAMELA SNEED, TONY TORN+LEE ANN BROWN, JACK WATERS, PLUS SPECIAL SURPRISE GUESTS

About Two Augusts In a Row In a Row:
A new entry in Publication Studio’s Fellow Travelers Series is always cause for delight. The series, devoted to works of sexual and political adventure that interdict the demands of the market, is perfect for Shelley Marlow and her beautiful, picaresque, Two Augusts In a Row In a Row. I’ve been dying for something first rate and innovative and have found this in Marlow’s writing. Marlow creates an unforgettable array of characters in “old New York,” for the book takes place at the turn of this century when I suppose NYC changed forever. Her hero, Phillip, a gender subversive, is the most enchanting and elusive central character in a novel since Cassandra in Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. While many have compared Marlow to the late Jane Bowles, I would agree if only there was a loving and empathetic Jane Bowles, and now there is and here is her book.

Kevin Killian, author of Spreadeagle

 

Marlow gives us that rare thing—a sad and humorous but character-driven narrative that is rife with life, with wisdom.

Jeffery Renard Allen, author of the novels Song of the Shank and Rails Under My Back

 

Shelley Marlow’s writing and visual work is published in several publications including LTTR, AlLuPiNiT, Drunk­en Boat, saint-lucy.com, The Literary Review, Zingmagazine, New Observations, and Log Illustrated. Notes in Kyzyl, published in the St. Petersburg Review, describes traveling to meet shamans in Siberia. Shelley Marlow is the fiction editor for Ping Pong Magazine out of the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. Marlow wrote the lyrics to a musical, UnKnot Turandot, performed at La Mama Theater, and presented International Witch Stories at the Italian Pavilion for the 48th Venice Bien­nial.

 

 

 

 

Start: February 27, 2015 7:00 PM
End: February 27, 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

February 26, 2015

Bi Book Club: Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men

The Bi Book Club meets once a month to discuss bi-themed books and the issues they raise. People of all orientations and genders welcome! Dinner after nearby.

Our current book is Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men edited by Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams (Dr. Herukhuti.) For February we’ll be reading the sections on Liminality & Institutions. We plan to continue reading 2 sections per month of Recognize until we’re done with the book. Pick out some phrases or paragraphs that you’d like to discuss, that inspired you, or that struck you because of their elegant turn of phrase or the meaning behind it. If you havent had time to finish the readings, come anyway because we read passages from the book aloud for discussion. As usual, we’ll also be using the text as a jumping off point to further discussion of bisexual issues and personal experiences.

Getting Books: We urge you to purchase your print copy at BGSQD and support the only LGBT bookstore in New York City. Especially since they are hosting us in their space! If you prefer e-books, just get them your usual way.

Deciding Books: The group votes on what book to read next.

The Bi Book Club meets at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division on the last Thursday of each month. 

 

 

 

Start: February 26, 2015 6:30 PM
End: February 26, 2015 8:30 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