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April 6, 2014

Writing from the Third Perspective: a woman’s POV

Ann Herendeen talks about writing as a woman who likes MSM (men who have sex with men) and reads selections from her novels and stories. Warning: material contains humor.


Ann Herendeen is the author of two novels published by HarperCollins: Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander (2008); and Pride/Prejudice (2010), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in the Bisexual Fiction category. The first chapter is Ann’s contribution to the forthcoming Best Bi Short Stories. Her short story, “A Charming Ménage,” appeared in Gay City anthology no. 4, At Second Glance (2011). Ann also has an ongoing series of e-books, “Lady Amalie’s memoirs,” which consists (so far) of four novels and two novellas.



Start: April 6, 2014 3:00 PM
End: April 6, 2014 5:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: Free

April 5, 2014

Northwest Press at the Bureau!

Coinciding with the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Arts Fest (April 5 and 6) in New York, Northwest Press and the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division are hosting a fun LGBT comics event for everyone! Come on down and have a beverage, meet other LGBT readers and artists, and maybe win a door prize!




Start: April 5, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 5, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: Free

April 3, 2014

Edie Fake presents Memory Palaces

Edie Fake presents Memory Palaces at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. Chicago comics artist Edie Fake and Brooklyn publishers Secret Acres are pleased to debut a monograph of Edie’s recent gallery exhibition, Memory Palaces. Edie will present his drawings and discuss the origins and specifics of his project, a radical reimagining of queer spaces in Chicago.


Edie Fake was born in Chicagoland in 1980. He graduated from the RISD in 2002 and has since clocked time in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Baltimore. He was one of the first recipients of Printed Matter’s Awards for Artists and his collection of comics, Gaylord Phoenix, won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel. In 2011 he helped found the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) and writes reviews for the blog Book By Its Cover. He currently lives in Chicago and works as a comics sommelier for Quimby’s.


Start: April 3, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 3, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, 10002
Cost: Free

April 2, 2014

A Future Feminist Tea Party to discuss “Angry Women” Part 1

Organized by Quito Ziegler

Part 1: Wednesday, April 2, 4:30-6:30 pm

Part 2: Wednesday, April 9  4:30-6:30 pm

On April 3-6. the HERE Arts Center will present Angry Women REvisited, a fifteen-person ensemble multidisciplinary performance re-exploring the 1990s classic feminist text Angry Women, conceived and directed by J Dellecave.

REsearch Angry Women
Some of us were heavily influenced by the interviews in the original Angry Women text, released in the early 1990s.  Some of us missed the boat entirely.  All of us live in times that are rapidly changing, and the hope is these discussions will help us get our heads around it.

The Future Feminist Tea Party is an open learning space for feminists at all levels of experience, from remedial to academic, that values the intersection of ideas and lived experiences.  We will come together over tea and cake for a hearty discussion of Angry Women, transfeminism, and the evolution of feminism. Participants are encouraged (but not required!) to make a 3-session commitment:

1)  April 2 : Discuss selections from the original text (please come prepared with the questions it raised for you)

2)  Go see the show on your own!

3)  April 9 : Regroup, debrief, process

Tea and cakes will be served. Feel free to stop in late if you must.
5 bucks if you have it
(no worries if you don’t)

Info on the Angry Women performance + fundraiser below!

The Future Feminist Tea Parties are inspired by artist Kembra Pfahler’s idea of future feminism, where “alpha males and male sky gods no longer make all the rules” and binaries no longer exist.

Angry Women REvisited Indiegogo and show dates!

Angry Women REvisited, conceived and directed by J Dellecave, is a fifteen-person ensemble multi-disclipinary performance examining the interviews of badass (and sometimes problematic) activists/artists of the 1990s, through the lens of 2014 ideas about feminism, and grounding our inquiry in the pages of the classic feminist text, REsearch Journal’s Angry Women. We are a queer cast of dancers, filmmakers, theatre makers, theatre scholars, visual artists, puppeteers, animators, musicians, writers, and rabble rousers, across a wide spectrum of genders. The opportunity to work through important ideas with such a diverse cast is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were fortunate to be selected for a performance at HERE, 145 6th Avenue, in Manhattan, April 3-6, 2014. The cast of Angry Women REvisited wants to be able to share all of our work with you and our audience, in its fullest professional capacity, and for that we need the funds to support this project.





Start: April 2, 2014 4:30 PM
End: April 2, 2014 6:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 30, 2014


Join artist René Smith at the Bureau for a conversation about her work.

We are pleased to announce that we have extended the exhibition Manorama – Collages & Drawings by René Smith through Thursday, April 10th.


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“This body of work is a sincere ode to longing and the beauty of men’s bodies, but it also contains small jokes, ideas about history, and references to our relationship to photography. The project is about men’s bodies seen through a woman’s eyes – the woman’s gaze – the man’s body – the body as landscape with hills and valleys to roam. The collages are made from vintage magazines from the 60’s and 70’s – a time when the male nude in widely circulating publications was new, and the idea of a woman appreciating the male nude was radical.  The paintings and drawings are based on my own photographs of friends and professional models and take on the same subject – still fairly uncommon from a woman’s point of view.” René Smith


René Smith lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. She was a Visiting Lecturer in Painting at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, and has also been an artist in residence at The Gil Society in Iceland and Vermont Studio Center. She has shown her work at The Bangkok Art & Culture Center, Koi Gallery (Bangkok), NoSpace Gallery (Bangkok), BKK Art House (Bangkok), The Chiang Mai University Art Museum (Thailand), and Aljira Contemporary Art Center (New Jersey). René Smith was born in Philadelphia and received her M.F.A. in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome and her B.A. in Painting from Bennington College in Vermont. She teaches painting at St. Thomas Aquinas College.


Featured image: René SmithKeith with Leidy’s Painting. Pastel on Paper.  20 x 25”

Start: March 30, 2014 4:00 PM
End: March 30, 2014 7:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States