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Genevieve Hudson & Alden Jones: A Virtual Reading with the Bureau

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  Join the Bureau online for a reading with Genevieve Hudson (Boys of Alabama) and Alden Jones (The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and the Art of Memoir) on Saturday, June 13th, 6 to 7 PM EST.   Genevieve Hudson will read from her new novel, Boys of Alabama. Melissa Febos says of Boys of [...]

Sat. Jun 13, 2020 6:00 PM

Events

January 30, 2016

The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics

 

Please join us for a public discussion of The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics. The New Mutants explores the queer history of superhero comics in the late 20th century; with case studies on The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, The Silver Surfer, and Captain America among many others, the book explores how mainstream comics engaged with the left-wing politics of women’s and gay liberation, black power, and third world movements since the 1950s. Author Ramzi Fawaz will join scholars and cultural critics Rebecca Wanzo (U of Washington, St. Louis) and Alexandro Segade to discuss queerness, comics, and the politics of popular culture. The conversation will include a Q&A with the audience.

 

To reserve a copy of The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press) please write to us at [email protected].

 

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Ramzi Fawaz is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press: Fall 2015), which received the 2012 Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship award for best first book manuscript in LGBT Studies. His research and writing has been published in GLQ, American Literature, Callaloo, and Anthropological Quarterly.

 

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Alexandro Segade is a video and performance artist whose collaborative works use theater, genre, play and spectacle to confront conditions of mediation, alienation, identification and difference. Founder of the collective My Barbarian, which received the 2013 Foundation For Contemporary Art award for performance and had video and performance included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Segade has co-directed the group since 2000. Segade leads classes on performance art internationally, most recently on a pedagogical workshop project in Jerusalem funded by Creative Capital. He currently teaches part-time at Parsons the New School, and serves as faculty for Film/Video MFA program at the Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College.

 

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Rebecca Wanzo is Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Associate Director of the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St Louis. Her first book, The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: African American Women and Sentimental Political Storytelling was published by SUNY in 2009. She has published essays on African American literature and comics, race and child abduction, black women film and television performers, and the role of feelings in police brutality discourse.

 

 

 

 

Start: January 30, 2016 2:00 PM
End: January 30, 2016 4:00 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.

January 29, 2016

New Gay Fiction: Cardamone, Graves, Hoffman

 

Tom Cardamone, Michael Graves, and Wayne Hoffman will read from their new works of gay fiction.

 

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

 

Please contact the Bureau in advance to reserve books: [email protected]

 

Tom Cardamone

Tom Cardamone is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning speculative novella Green Thumb and the erotic fantasy novel The Werewolves of Central Park as well as the novella Pacific Rimming. His short story collection,Pumpkin Teeth, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and Black Quill Award. Additionally, he has edited The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered and the anthology Lavender Menace: Tales of Queer Villainy!, which was nominated for the Over The Rainbow List by the LGBT Round Table of the American Library Association. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, some of which have been collected on his website: www.pumpkinteeth.net.

 

Night Sweats Cover Cardamone

 

Night Sweats: Tales of Homosexual Wonder and Woe
Set in Japan, small town America, midnight Manhattan, ancient Greece, Rome, and beyond, these stories run the gamut of urban nightmare, gay love lost and found, dragons, super villains, a fairy addicted to meth, and Satan on the subway. Readers of Night Sweats will find tales that push boundaries while supplying ample scares, erotic thrills, much wonderment, and some woe.

 

 

Michael Graves

Michael Graves is the author of Dirty One, a collection of short stories. This book was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and an American Library Association Honoree. His fiction and poetry has been featured in numerous literary publications. Connect with him at www.michaelgravesauthor.com

 

PARADE COVER Graves

Parade

Reggie Lauderdale suffers from a crisis of faith. His cousin, Elmer Mott, dreams of becoming their hometown mayor. Both boys are stuck in suburbia trying to be adults… but they aren’t sure how to be themselves yet. When a twist of fate sends them fleeing in a stolen limousine, the cousins escape to Florida where they meet a retired televangelist, who inspires them on a path of glitzy sermons and late night parties. But are the celebrations sincere or deceptive? And who is keeping tabs? Who is watching?
Parade is a tour-de-force, comic tale of religion and government.

 

 

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Wayne Hoffman is the author of three books—HARDSWEET LIKE SUGAR (winner of the Stonewall Book Award), and AN OLDER MAN. His essays and short stories have appeared in such collections as BEST GAY STORIES 2010FRESH MEN 2, and MAMA’S BOY. As a cultural reporter, he has written for the Washington PostVillage VoiceThe NationBillboard, and Instinct magazine; he is currently executive editor of Tablet magazine. He lives in the West Village and the Catskills.

 

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AN OLDER MAN is about a gay man struggling to come to terms with getting older, while he searches for love and sex in Provincetown. Jeff Mann (CUB) called the book “as much a touching examination of aging and loneliness as it is a witty tale of sexual shenanigans during Provincetown’s Bear Week.” AN OLDER MAN is a sequel to Wayne’s debut novel, HARD.

 

 

 

 

Start: January 29, 2016 7:00 PM
End: January 29, 2016 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.

January 28, 2016

Gay Art and History at the Louvre Museum

 

Certain American museums, like the Met or the MFA in Boston, have great collections of art on gay themes. There are also of course museums like this in Europe, and the greatest of all is the Louvre. Its excellent Greek, Roman, and Italian Renaissance collections are full of works that refer to the gay side of their cultural moments, such as the museum’s *four* statues or busts of the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s lover Antinous and the most rapturously languorous of Michelangelo’s captives. The museum also contains great collections of French historical pieces and patriotic works of the Napoleonic period, and both of these also contain fascinating gay themed works. A gay tour of the museum turns up many surprises and speaks to us of many centuries of gay history.
 
Image: Michelangelo Buonarroti. Captive (The Rebellious Slave). Marble. After 1513. H. 2.09 m. Louvre

 

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

 

Dr. Andrew Lear is a world renowned expert on sexuality in ancient art and the author of Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty: Boys Were Their Gods (Routledge 2008). He is also the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the world’s first gay history and art tour company. Oscar Wilde Tours gives gay art tours of the Metropolitan Museum, called “Gay Secrets of the Met” and will launch a gay tour of the Louvre this August as part of its Gay London/Gay Paris tour.

 
 
 
 

Start: January 28, 2016 7:00 PM
End: January 28, 2016 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: Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

January 25, 2016

Union Square Slam presents PAULIE LIPMAN and Open Slam 2.4

Come get warm with Denver’s own hometown hero/National Poetry Slam Veteran/Wild Wild Word Wizard Paulie Lipman and our 4th open slam of the second quarter!!!

(Please note: the Bureau is closed on Mondays. We open at 6 PM on Mondays for the Union Square Slam.)

Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
 
6pm: Free Writing Workshop with Sara Emily Kuntz
7pm: Sign-ups
7:30pm: Open Mic
8pm: Feature
8:30pm: Slam

About Our Feature:

Paulie Lipman is a Jewish/Queer/Writer out of Denver, CO. He has toured the U.S. extensively (and a little bit of Canada) performing poetry, is the voice of Neal Cassady in the documentary ‘Neal Cassidy: The Denver Years’, and has had work appear in The Legendary, Radius, Borderline, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, The Write Bloody Publishing anthologies ‘The Good Things About America’ and ‘We Will Be Shelter’, and the upcoming University Of Hell anthology ‘We Can Make Your Life Better’.He has been a member of 9 Denver Mercury Slam teams, including 2004′s 2nd place finishers and 2015′s 4th place finishers.

 

About Our Slam:

::Union Square Slam National Team Competition::

There are 3 quarters of competitive poetry slam, each culminating in a Semifinal. Each quarter consists of six open slams (one or more of which is a New Shit slam — competition in New Shit slams counts towards your total points!)

Each open slam will :
- consist of up to 8 poet competitors
- have a 3 min time limit for each round with a 10-second grace period
- will go from 8 in the first round to 5 in the second round and 3 in the third round (this is subject to change depending on the number of competitors that night — see below)
- be scored cumulatively — the winner of the night will have the highest cumulative score from all three rounds.

At the end of each quarter, the poets with the 8 highest cumulative scores FOR THE QUARTER, are invited to compete in Semifinals. If a qualified poet opts out, then the next highest ranking poet qualifies. Semifinals are run using the same rules as the Open Slams. The top two highest ranked poets in each Semifinals bout will advance to Finals Stage, along with the top two winners of the Last Chance slam.

 

 

Start: January 25, 2016 7:00 PM
End: January 25, 2016 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.

January 23, 2016

Canceled! January Moon Show in Manhattan

 

This event has been re-scheduled for Friday, February 5th!

The Moon Show is excited to be expanding its series to the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division in Manhattan which is wheel chair accessible!

Starting at 7 pm

Featuring:
Valerie Brooks, poetry
Maxine Montilus, dance
Sunny Wilder, poetry
Noia Isaiah, music
Kiki Williams, performance
Frances Damian Arpaia, film

The Moon Show is a queer, trans, anti-racist, intersectional feminist performance series.

We will be asking for a $5-15 suggested donation for the performers. No one will be made to feel unwelcome for lack of funds. There are plenty of chairs for everyone to sit.
http://ourmoonshow.tumblr.com/

 

 

Start: January 23, 2016 7:00 PM
End: January 23, 2016 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: $5-15 suggested donation for the performers. No one will be made to feel unwelcome for lack of funds