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Linda Whalen Quinlan & Vittoria Repetto Read at the Bureau

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  Join us for an evening of poetry with Linda Whalen Quinlan and Vittoria Repetto!   Linda Whalen Quinlan will read from her poetry book, Chelsea Creek, which won the Wicked Woman Poetry Competition.   Long-time LGBTQ activist and poet, Quinlan grew up the daughter of union parents, a factory worker, and a carpenter. As [...]

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Events

October 7, 2015

An evening with RJ Martin reading from his debut novel THE BODY

 

What happens when the lines between spirit and flesh begin to blur?

In the Adirondack town of Lake Henry, NY, altar boy Jonah Gregory, fifteen, dreams of becoming a priest. Aside from being a spiritual comfort to his fellow man, Jonah pursues his vocation because he knows his special devotion to the Lord is mutual since he believes Christ is gay too. When his older sister, Angie, introduces him to Rusty Kincaid, the handsome, closeted son of a romance novelist and a dead ringer for the messiah, Jonah is thrust into a physical-spiritual love triangle. Jonah knows he must choose between them and the path each one represents, but he can’t look at one without seeing the other, and neither seems willing to give him up.

Jonah is guided on his quest by Rusty’s famous mother, Jace Kincaid, his ill-tempered pastor from Brooklyn, his frustrated parents, and the two men who have captured his heart: Rusty and the Lord.

 

 

RJ Martin grew up in the foothills of the Adirondack, attended Skidmore College and Columbia University, and other than a brief stint in Los Angeles, he has been a Brooklynite for most of his adult life. A true Gemini he is as proud of being part of the LGBT community as he is of being a Christian, as happy at a baseball game as a Broadway musical, and as appreciative of a good pinot noir as a frothy IPA. He would never want to be without his dog, faith, books, friends, writing, hamburgers, bike, and family. RJ also blogs for the Huffington Post.

 

 

 

Start: October 7, 2015 7:00 PM
End: October 7, 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: Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

October 6, 2015

WRITE QUEER!

 

Write Queer! is an ongoing open-ended weekly writing workshop for those who identify as both Queer and Writer. Come read a variety of work by queer artists, generate new writing, and workshop with your peers. All experience levels and writing backgrounds are welcome.

Classes meet every Tuesday from 7pm-9pm at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

Please note that the Bureau is closed on Tuesdays—we will open from 7 to 9 PM on Tuesdays for this event.

$20 per class to benefit the facilitators and the Bureau. Limited sliding scale and scholarship available. Contact Cecily at sumthn.else@gmail.com for details.

 

 

 

Start: October 6, 2015 7:00 PM
End: October 6, 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: $20 per class to benefit the facilitators and the Bureau. Limited sliding scale and scholarship available.

October 4, 2015

SHAME MONSTER: Dan Fishback’s Queer Jewish Anti-Zionist Trip to Israel/Palestine

 

Earlier this summer, playwright Dan Fishback traveled to Israel/Palestine to do research for an upcoming theater project. He spent a month meeting with non-violent Palestinian activists, Israeli settlers and others, ending with a surreal visit to Tel Aviv during Pride Week. Throughout his travels, Fishback also “interviewed” many Israeli and Palestinian men on Grindr. In this multimedia talk, he will share stories from his trip, bear witness to the realities of apartheid, and offer thoughts on BDS, censorship and the various ways U.S. Americans engage with the ongoing occupation of Palestine.Fishback’s travels were made possible by a research grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
 
Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Dan Fishback has been writing and performing in NYC since 2003. Time Out New York called his play The Material World “the best downtown musical in years,” and named it one of the Top Ten Plays of 2012. He is the director of the Helix Queer Performance Network, through which he curates and produces many series, workshops and public events, including La MaMa’s SQUIRTS. Fishback has released five albums, both solo and with his band Cheese On Bread, which has toured extensively in Europe and North America. Previous performances include “thirtynothing,” “You Will Experience Silence,” “Please Let Me Love You” and “Waiting for Barbara,” most of which have been presented at Dixon Place. He has received grants and residencies from the Doris Duke Charitable Trust, Franklin Furnace, the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, Kelly Writers House, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where he has been “in residence” in some form or another since 2010. His upcoming play, “Rubble Rubble,” is based on his trip 2015 to Israel/Palestine, which was funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

 

Start: October 4, 2015 4:00 PM
End: October 4, 2015 7:00 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 benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

October 3, 2015

DIRT, SEX, PASSION!

 

The Bureau is very pleased to welcome back the one and only Rumi Missabu for Dirt, Sex, Passion! A benefit for the Bureau.

Promises to be nothing short of a fun-filled multi-media romp and
bizarre conversation with actor, director, producer, mentor,
counterculture figure & original Cockette RUMI MISSABU who ruminates
on such subjects as how he went from Disney to soft core porn in a
span of just three short years, what happened when he touched Andy
Warhol, why he kicked Allen Ginsberg out of his house, how he
accidentally snubbed Jean Paul Gaultier in London, why Ethel Merman
called security on him at Macy’s, the pitfalls of having sex with your
stalker and what Rasputin’s daughter told him about her very first job
in America.
All this and much more with a cast of characters with everybody from
Sally Field to Tina Turner to Jackie Curtis to Liberace to Jane
Russell!

 

DIRT, SEX, PASSION! is a benefit for the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. A donation of $10 is suggested.

No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

 

 

 

Start: October 3, 2015 7:00 PM
End: October 3, 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: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

October 2, 2015

To Russia with Love

 

The project “To Russia with Love” emerged from the realization that the real moral imperative is not to remain passive in the face of hatred and injustice. That’s how a group of Montreal artists and collaborators came together with photographer Damian Siqueiros to make a stand against the recent wave of institutionalized homophobia and the ruthless violence that exists in Russia towards our gender diverse brothers and sisters. “To Russia with Love” portrays iconic and historically relevant gay and lesbian Russians with their respective partners, starting from the 19th century to our time. The project features Pyotr Tchaikovsky (composer) and his long time companion Aleksey Sofronov; Anna Yevreinova and Maria Feodorova (renowned lawyer and writer respectively from the 19 century); Sergei Diaghilev (founder of the Ballets Russes in Paris) and Vaslav Nijinsky; a contemporary fictional lesbian couple made of a police woman and an Olympic athlete; and lastly a male couple impersonating Stalin and Putin.

Writer Ivan Savvine will speak about the photographs and soprano Tatiana Poletskaya will sing from Tchaikovsky’s repertoire.

Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.    

 

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Damian Siqueiros’s photographs will remain on display at the Bureau on Saturday, October 3, and Sunday October 4.

 

Damian Siqueiros is a Mexican / Quebecer photographer and multidisciplinary artist. The construction of our gender identity has a central role in his artistic research. Through the images he underlines the importance of equality between the sexes and respect for diversity. The creation of the photographs draws inspiration from the great masters of painting to add an historical perspective to these contemporary topics. Dance and movement are key elements to explore gender as performative experience.

His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout North America and Europe, such as the Art Museum of the Americas, the MOLA and the Gabarron foundation. Damian has received numerous prizes and grants, notably the Prix Coup de Coeur Scotia Bank in 2010. The photographer is most proud of his collaborations with great artists such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Margie Gillis, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Cas Public.  

 

 

 

Start: October 2, 2015 7:00 PM
End: October 2, 2015 9:30 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: Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.