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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 [...]

Sat. Apr 20, 2019 7:00 PM

Events

February 18, 2015

EXPLORING QWEER EROS: Fifth and Final Meeting

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: February 18, 2015 7:00 PM
End: February 18, 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

February 15, 2015

Que(e)rying Theory #3: The Queer Child, by Kathryn Bond Stockton

 

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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Children exist in strange temporalities, as Kathryn Bond Stockton argues in The Queer Child, in which she examines how children are queered by the very forces that both constrain and produce them. Through inspired readings of film, novels, and popular culture, Stockton describes the ghostly “gay child” that haunts our fictions of childhood and grows “sideways” outside of the linear narrative of straight, historical time. Stockton’s account of the “gay child” not only complicates ideological configurations of the child, but also our own experiences in the present as the adults who still feel the haunting touch of queer childhood histories.We’ll encounter notions of time and history over the course of our discussion, and consider what changes if we think about childhood in terms of “sideways” growth. 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.

 

Image: David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (One day this kid . . .), 1990. Photostat, 30 × 40 1/8 in. (76.2 × 101.9 cm). Edition of 10.

 

 

 

 

Start: February 15, 2015 6:00 PM
End: February 15, 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

Bureau at Artist Services Day at Brooklyn Arts Exchange with Dan Fishback

The Bureau is very excited to participate in the second annual ARTIST SERVICES DAY at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Artist Services Day features an array of talks and workshops designed to support working dance, theater, performance artists and their supporters. We’ll be joining a conversation led by friend of the Bureau Dan Fishback, director of THE HELIX QUEER PERFORMANCE NETWORK

Dan will discuss Helix’s expansive array of programming for queer artists, writers and audiences. He’ll be joined by a variety of queer culture-makers, from people who present performance to people who make their own. All of the panelists make cultural work in a political or activist context, and our conversation will emerge from that intersection.
Led by Dan Fishback with Greg NewtonDonnie JochumT.L. Cowan and Kia LaBeija
1:00 – 2:00pm

BAX is located at 421 Fifth Avenue (and 8th Street) in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Free and open to the public.
Suggested contribution $5

More info here.

 

 

Start: February 15, 2015 1:00 PM
End: February 15, 2015 2:00 PM
Venue: Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Phone: 718 832 0018
Address:
421 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215
Cost: $5 suggested donation

February 14, 2015

Nerd Love/Nerd Lust and Other Celebrations of Queer Love Beyond Chocolate and Roses

Would you rather be a part of a community rather than just a couple on capitalism’s most manipulative day of the year? We’ve totally got you covered with awesome snacks, hilarious comedy and storytelling with Kelli Dunham, Tommy O’ Malley, Elsa Waithe and a surprise musical guest. Plus we’ll be having a NERD OFF. All participants will have a chance to demonstrate the nerdiest thing they can do (in public)…prizes for the top nerd!

 

We might totally have a silent read in at an otherwise romantic location afterwards, if we can figure out how to do it.

 

 

 

 

Start: February 14, 2015 7:00 PM
End: February 14, 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: Free

Love Prescriptions from Cupid

On February 14th, 2015 Cupid will be writing free Love Prescriptions at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. He is acting as Cupid and channeling Freud to become this character. As an authority on Love he is generously listening to each visitor and prescribing advice for desires such as love, passion and dreams.

Prescriptions will be written in India ink on parchment. He will be available for consultations from 1pm – 6pm.

 

 

 

Start: February 14, 2015 1:00 PM
End: February 14, 2015 6:00 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