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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 [...]

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January 15, 2015

DEADLINE: Works-in-Progress from Cutting-Edge Queer Artists: January 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.

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

The January edition of DEADLINE will feature:


Zavé Martohardjono (theatrical movement work)

Adam Chad Brody (music video)

Courtney Gillette (literary memoir)

Nefertiti Asanti (spoken word)



Start: January 15, 2015 7:00 PM
End: January 15, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

January 14, 2015

Queering the Lines: A Conversation with Rebecca Levi and John Chaich

Artist Rebecca Levi will talk about her work with John Chaich, curator of the recent exhibition Queer Threads, on Wednesday, January 14, at 7:00 PM at the Bureau.

Rebecca Levi’s thread-based and pen & ink work is influenced by images in found photography, mid-century magazines, and 1970s porn. In her embroidered portraits, she subverts the norms of the medium with the unexpected, inviting a playful collision between traditional handicrafts and the untraditional themes of queer identity and gender performativity.

John Chaich featured Rebecca Levi’s work in the exhibition Queer Threads: Crafting Identity & Community, which debuted at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art last year and is traveling to MICA, Baltimore in December 2015. He also selected her work as one of the artworks in the recently released Visual AIDS “Play Smart” trading cards series.

John Chaich is a curator, designer, and writer based in New York City. He holds an MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. Chaichcreative.com

Rebecca Levi is a New York City born and based embroidery and pen & ink artist. She received her BA from McGill University in Montreal. www.rebeccalevi.com

The exhibition Queering the Lines: Rebecca Levi – Thread & Ink is showing at the Bureau until February 1, 2015.



Start: January 14, 2015 7:00 PM
End: January 14, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

January 10, 2015

Author event, reading and book signing by Joe Wenke, author of the new thriller, “The Talk Show.”

Join us for Joe Wenke‘s reading from his new thriller, The Talk Show

Someone is following Jack Winthrop—most likely the gunman who tried to kill America’s most controversial talk show host, Abraham Lincoln Jones. Ever since that fateful night when Jones called Winthrop with his audacious proposal, life has never been the same. Winthrop, an award-winning New York Times reporter who calls the Tit for Tat strip club his second home, agreed to collaborate on Jones’ national “Emancipation Tour.” The plan is to bring Jones’ passion for radical change to the people and transcend television by meeting America face to face. Now Winthrop has to survive long enough to make the tour a reality in Joe Wenke’s intellectual thriller, THE TALK SHOW (TransÜber, October 15, 2014, $9.99).

As the reach of his stalker spreads, so does the fear that Winthrop’s unconventional family is also in danger—Rita Harvey, the gentle transgender ex-priest and LGBT activist; Slow Mo, the massive vegetarian bouncer; and Donna, stripper and entrepreneurial prodigy—as well as the woman who is claiming his heart, media expert Danielle Jackson.

Steeped in the seamy underbelly of New York City, The Talk Show by Joe Wenke is a fast-paced and mordantly funny thriller that examines how the forces of nihilism threaten our yearning for love, family and acceptance.

 Dr. Joe Wenke

Joe Wenke was born in South Philadelphia.  He attended St. Monica’s and Our Lady of Fatima elementary schools.  He went to high school at Cardinal O’Hara in Springfield, PA.  He received a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, a Masters in English from Penn State and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut.

He was a speechwriter for CEO Tony Hamilton at Avnet and a speechwriter at IBM for George Conrades when he was the head of IBM US.  He was also a Senior Vice-President at Caribiner International, which at the time was the largest event marketing company in the world.  He is Owner and Managing Partner of Xperience, a leading event marketing company.  He is also a Partner with Gisele Alicea (aka Xtravaganza) in Gisele New World, an event production initiative that is merging the worlds of the ballroom and fashion and attracting audiences that include all sexual identities and orientations.

Joe lives in Connecticut with his son, Mark, his daughter, Olivia, and her two nannies, Hollie and Amy Hills.






Start: January 10, 2015 7:00 PM
End: January 10, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

January 8, 2015

Jacob Steinberg ~~ Before You Kneels My Silence ~~ w/ Carina Finn & Lonely Christopher

Please join us for this reading in celebration of Jacob Steinberg‘s new full-length poetry collection Before You Kneels My Silence (Scrambler Books)! Featuring performances by Jacob Steinberg, Carina Finn, and Lonely Christopher. Hosted by Lucas Baumgart.


“Within an absolutely concrete framework, the author of this book gives shape to those intangible things that exist in our daily lives. Following a fantastic tradition of American literature, Steinberg gets into the greatest of mysteries through the most mundane elements of daily life. He makes it possible for a phone call, a synagogue visit, or a thermometer crashing to the floor and the mercury spillage that follows to become allegories for those immense celestial questions. Never before as now… does a text show for me—furthermore, in a simultaneous way—the author’s both existence in and absence from this world.” —Mario Bellatin, author of Beauty Salon

“Jacob Steinberg has a colossal heart; he uses it for breaking and exploration. His words read me—I am their golem, granted life. These poems are gently wounding, darkly adorable, and tragically perceptive. Before You Kneels My Silence introduces to the reading public a foxy new voice—an adroit and necessary one in this emerging moment.” —Lonely Christopher



Jacob steinberg

Jacob Steinberg was born in Stony Brook, New York, in 1989. His Spanish-language poetry collections include Magulladón (2012) and Ante ti se arrodilla mi silencio (2013). In 2014, Scrambler Books released both volumes in an English edition titled Before You Kneels My Silence. As a translator Steinberg has worked with Cecilia Pavón, CAConrad, and Mario Bellatin, among others. He currently lives in New York.



Carina Finn

Carina Finn is the author of INVISIBLE REVEILLE (Coconut Books, 2014), LEMONWORLD & Other Poems (Co.Im.Press, 2013), and The Grey Bird: Thirteen Emoji Poems in Translation with Stephanie Berger (Coconut Books, 2013), MY LIFE IS A MOVIE (Birds of Lace, 2012), and I HEART MARLON BRANDO (Wheelchair Party Press, 2010). She is also a playwright and multimedia artist, and is the pastry chef at Alta Restaurant in NYC.



Lonely Christopher is a poet and filmmaker. He is the author of the poetry collection Death & Disaster Series (Monk Books, 2014) and the short story collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse, which was a 2011 selection of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery imprint of Akashic Books. His plays have been produced in New York City and China. He wrote and directed the feature film MOM (Cavazos Films, 2013) and his stories have been adapted for the screen in Canada and France. He lives in Brooklyn.


Lucas Baumgart is a recent graduate of Bard College and the author of Flights of Gravity (89Plus/LUMA Foundation 2014). He lives in New York.



Start: January 8, 2015 7:00 PM
End: January 8, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

January 4, 2015

Bureau Book Club #5: White Girls, by Hilton Als

The Bureau Book Club is a home for freewheeling discussion about the books and the issues that captivate us. Inspired by the conversations that break out after so many of the Bureau’s more formal events, we’ll have a one-hour session each month about a different work of fiction or non-fiction. Buy the book from the Bureau and get a 10% discount. We know you have busy lives: if you can’t finish the whole book, or read it a while ago, why not come and talk about however much you’ve read/can remember? Just come prepared with a favorite quote.

Bureau Book Club #5 will discuss: White Girls, by Hilton Als and will be moderated by Ben Miller.

Hilton Als’ memoir-essays in White Girls mostly concern themselves with a category of “white girl” that encompasses Andre Leon Talley, Truman Capote, Michael Jackson, Diana Vreeland, Louise Brooks, Malcolm X, and Flannery O’Connor. Fictional or nonfictional, these essays are true and vivid and compelling.

Purchase White Girls from the Bureau before January 4 and receive a 10% discount!


Ben Miller is a Brooklyn-based writer working on a variety of projects including LGBTQ historical research surrounding activist Harry Hay for publication in OutHistory and elsewhere and talks cross-country; dramaturgy, playwriting, and direction of plays and opera in Boston and New York; and short fiction. He works at Lambda Legal Education and Defense Fund, and Groupmuse, a new project bringing live classical music to living rooms and offices nationwide. He tweets @benwritesthings.




Start: January 4, 2015 6:00 PM
End: January 4, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free