Our Next Event

Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics

Christina Quarles, Grounded By Tha Side of Yew, 2017 copy

  The Bureau is excited to partner with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you: Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics Instructor: Sophie Lewis The course will meet at the Bureau on Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM Transfeminine lives are often seen as having, in and of themselves, political [...]

Wed. Jul 24, 2019 6:30 PM

Events

April 3, 2015

DEADLINE: Works-in-Progress from Cutting-Edge Queer Artists: April Edition!

Sabrina Chap brings you this works-in-progress series featuring new work from cutting-edge queer artists. Built on the notion that there’s no greater inspiration than a deadline, this series forces renegade artists to bring new and developing work to an audience for the first time. Part experimentation + part guaranteed failure = 100% awesomeness.

The April edition of DEADLINE will feature:

Bevin Brandlandingham – personal essay/fiction
Caleb D Kruzel – performance art
Candy Feit – documentary photography
Sarah Kilborne – musical reading

Interested in presenting your work in a future installment of Deadline? Fill out the form!
Artists of any kind are encouraged to submit.

http://goo.gl/forms/Z84O7GgVdB

 

Check out this article on the August edition of Deadline in Next Magazine“BGSQD’s Deadline Gives Queer Artists Room To Create And Grow” by Chris Hernandez

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: April 3, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 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: Free

April 2, 2015

A Buried Past, Forgotten Stories: The Sexual Underground of the Meatpacking District before Gentrification—The Photographs of Efrain John Gonzalez

 

A Buried Past, Forgotten Stories: The Sexual Underground of the Meatpacking District before Gentrification—The Photographs of Efrain John Gonzalez is a photographic retrospective of the cultures and people who lived and played in the Meatpacking District from the late 70′s till the turn of the century. The photographs are records of the trans, gay, bisexual, and fetish clubs, gatherings and events that populated this neighborhood until market forces, big money and real estate interests washed them all away. The exhibition draws on the film archives of Efrain John Gonzalez, a photographer who has carefully preserved images of the people and clubs of these neighborhoods and who continues to work to save their unique stories and their precious culture.

6 PM: Reception
7 PM: Slide Show and Talk

A Buried Past, Forgotten Stories: The Sexual Underground of the Meatpacking District before Gentrification—The Photographs of Efrain John Gonzalez will be on view at the Bureau from April 2 through May 31, 2015.

 

 

 

Start: April 2, 2015 6:00 PM
End: April 2, 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

March 29, 2015

Final Day of David Lavine: Collage

Image: Detail of David Lavine, Varoom! Thwroummmm Aieeeee! Bwash Khzzt, hand-cut paper collage, 10 panels, 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” each

 

Sunday, March 29, is your final chance to view these beautiful collages by David Lavine. For more information about the exhibition, click here.

 

 

 

Start: March 29, 2015 1:00 PM
End: March 29, 2015 7:00 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

March 28, 2015

Live from the Bureau! An Open Mic Night–Curated by Christopher Atamian

LIVE from the BUREAU! An Open Mic Night

Organized by Andrew Bell

LGBTQ 2015 : Top, Bottom, Versatile; This, That, Whatever is the theme of the March 28th installment of LIVE from the BUREAU! 

Curated by Christopher Atamian

with a special performance by Music Bear Tony Banks
Featuring:

Nancy Agabian
Christopher Atamian
Christopher Bram
Alex Ossola
Lousine Shamamian

With Swiss-style chocolates by The Lost Sense and port wine tasting.

LIVE from the BUREAU! is a program featuring the original work of fledgling, emerging, established and seasoned live-performers, poets and visual artists. Come for songs, burlesque, spoken word, diary musings, violin solos, puppetry, and other queer induced happenings, including a pop-up gallery, with the overarching theme of: Oppression and Resistance/Fear and Hope. Expect individuals and small gangs, elders and twinks, the sacred, the profane, the tragic, the hilarious and everything in between, and come ready for anything.

SIGN UP TO PERFORM AT THE EVENT

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED

 

 

Nancy Agabian

Nancy Agabian is the author of Princess Freak (Beyond Baroque Books, 2000), a mixed genre collection of poems, short prose, and performance texts on young women’s sexuality and rage, and Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter (Aunt Lute Books, 2008) a memoir about the influence of her Armenian family’s history on her coming-of-age. Me as her again was honored as a Lambda Literary Award finalist for LGBT Nonfiction and shortlisted for a William Saroyan International Prize. Her essays have been published in Ararat, The Brooklyn Rail, Women Studies Quarterly (The Feminist Press) and the anthologies Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place and Time (Seal Press) andForgotten Bread: First Generation Armenian American Writers (Heyday Books). Collections of her poems appear in the anthologies Birthmark (Open Letter Press) and Deviation (Inknagir). Nancy has also written and performed several one-woman shows, which have been presented internationally — in Geneva, Milan and Yerevan.  With Ann Perich, she formed the folk-punk duo Guitar Boy and released a CD, Freaks Like Me.   A Fulbright scholar to Armenia for 2006-07, she is currently working on “The Fear of Large and Small Nations” a novel on the influences of nationalism, corruption, and family on personal freedom in post-Soviet Armenia.  As a community writing workshop leader, she has worked with multicultural groups in Los Angeles, women writers in Yerevan, and immigrants & first-generation writers in Queens, New York, where she lives. Nancy has an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She teaches creative writing at Queens College, where she was awarded for excellence in teaching in 2012, and in the Writing Program at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.  In 2012, she founded Heightening Stories, a series of community-based writing workshops for the personally brave and socially conscious, online and in Jackson Heights, Queens.

 

Christopher Atamian

Christopher Atamian is a native New Yorker who writes about different topics of interest in the arts and current events. He has produced and directed videos, films and plays internationally including the 2006 OBIE Award winning play Trouble in Paradise and was included in the 2009 Venice Biennale for his video “Sarafian’s Desire.” he has written one novel and translated six books.

 

Drew Live from the Bureau!

Drew Bell is a full-time painter and Bureau volunteer happy to be making his contribution as an event organizer.

 

Christopher Bram

Christopher Bram grew up in Kempsville, Virginia (outside Norfolk), where he was a paperboy and an Eagle Scout. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1974 (B.A. in English). He moved to New York City in 1978.

His nine novels range in subject matter from gay life in the 1970s to the career of a Victorian musical clairvoyant to the frantic world of theater people in contemporary New York. Fellow novelist Philip Gambone wrote of his work, “What is most impressive in Bram’s fiction is the psychological and emotional accuracy with which he portrays his characters. . . His novels are about ordinary gay people trying to be decent and good in a morally compromised world. He focuses on the often conflicting claims of friendship, family, love and desire; the ways good intentions can become confused and thwarted; and the ways we learn to be vulnerable and human.” Bram has written numerous articles and essays (a selection is included in Mapping the Territory). He has also written or co-written several screenplays, including two shorts directed by his partner, Draper Shreeve.

His novel Father of Frankenstein, about film director James Whale, was made into the movie Gods and Monsters starring Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave, and Brendan Fraser. Bill Condon adapted the screenplay and directed. (Condon won an Academy Award for his adaptation.)

Bram was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2001. In May 2003, he received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. He lives in Greenwich Village and teaches at the Gallatin School of New York University.

 

Alex Ossola

Alexandra (Alex) Ossola is a freelance science journalist based in New York City. She writes about a lot of things, but lately she’s into biology, tech, animals and education. Tweet at her with jokes or story ideas at @alexandraossola. Yeah, she’s holding a frog in that picture.

 

Lousine Shamamian

Lousine Shamamian‘s professional career started in post-production where she’s been working as a television editor for over 9 years. But, way before that, back in the second grade her true love was acting. After being bypassed for the lead role in Pirates of Penzance and getting the role of Ruth, the older half-blind nursemaid, Lousine realized she would never get the coveted lead role. Being a plump little girl, she made note then that the big girls usually didn’t get to be the lead. Almost 30 years later, Lousine has emerged as a comedian and actor, producing and writing her own material. Finally, she’s taken her creative curiosity into her own hands, performing in comedy clubs in NY as well as making bold webisodes for her series, Lousine: Lesbian Matchmaker To The Straights. She also recently had her adult acting debut on MTV’s Inside Joke.

 

 

Start: March 28, 2015 7:00 PM
End: March 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
Cost: Free

March 27, 2015

JIRAIYA: GAY MANGA AND ART ICON: Signing and Talk

 

Jiraiya is known the world over for his iconic muscular pin-up style photoreal illustrations of Asian men, as well as for his bestselling Japanese manga. He makes his first ever public appearance in New York at the Bureau to talk a bit about his craft and to sign copies of Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, as well as “Caveman Guu” comic books and an assortment of merchandise.

 

jiraiya-portrait

*NOTE: Jiraiya is an anonymous figure and while he appreciates meeting fans, has a strict “no facial photography” rule. We ask that attendants respect his privacy.

 

 

 

Start: March 27, 2015 7:00 PM
End: March 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
Cost: Free