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April 22, 2014

Michael Nava: Reading and Signing for CITY OF PALACES

Join Michael Nava for a reading and signing for his new novel City of Palaces

Please note: The Bureau is closed on Tuesdays, but we will open at 5:30 for this event, which will begin at 6:30.

Michael Nava, a third-generation Californian of Mexican descent, and the grandson of immigrants, was born in Sacramento. He was the first person in his family to attend college, graduating with a B.A. in history from the Colorado College.  He later received his law degree from Stanford University.

He began writing when he was 12 years old, around the same time he recognized that he was gay.  In his autobiographical essay Gardenland, a memoir of his childhood in the working-class Mexican neighborhood of the same name, he says he turned to writing because he was filled with words he was otherwise unable to express.

Until he was in his early twenties he studied and wrote poetry exclusively.  A selection of his poems was awarded the 1981 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize given annually by the University of California, Irvine. He began writing what became his first novel as a third year law student at Stanford.  That novel, The Little Death, was published in 1986 by Alyson Publications, a small gay press that accepted the book after 12 other publishers had rejected it.

The Little Death introduced readers to Henry Rios, a gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer based primarily in Los Angeles.  Six further Rios novels followed — Goldenboy (1988),  Howtown (1990),  The Hidden Law (1992),  The Death of Friends (1994),  The Burning Plain (1996), and Rag and Bone (2000).  Each new novel was greeted with wider and greater critical acclaim.  The books were awarded a total of six Lambda Literary Awards and in 2000 Nava was given the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in gay and lesbian literature.  With Rage and Bone, Nava announced the end of his career as a mystery writer.

Beginning in 1995, Nava started researching a novel about the life of silent film star Ramon Novarro, a Mexican immigrant who came to Hollywood in 1915 after his family fled their homeland during the Mexican Revolution.  Novarro was one of the first generation of internationally famous movie stars, like Rudolph Valentino, Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin.  Nava was drawn to Novarro not only because of their shared ethnic heritage but also because it was an open secret in Hollywood that Novarro was gay.

At the same time, he became interested in the Yaquis, an Indian tribe that inhabited the northwest state of Sonora along the border with Arizona. In the late nineteeth century, the Mexico government began to forcibly evict the Yaquis from their ancient homeland, a lush river valley at the edge of the Sonoran desert, to make way for Mexican settlers.  But the Yaquis put up a fierce resistance and the Mexican government ultimately pursued a policy of extermination against the tribe that resulted in its virtual extinction.  Nava’s great-grandparents were among the few Yaquis who had survived by escaping to Arizona where his grandfather, Ramón, was born in 1905.

Eventually, these interests converged and he began to write a novel that would tell the story of the Mexican Revolution, the near-genocide of the Yaquis, and the rise of silent film.  Midway through his first draft, he recognized that this undertaking was too vast for a single book, so he conceived a series of novels called The Children of Eve, after the line in the Salve Regina addressed to Mary, the mother of Jesus:  “To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.”  The first novel in that series is The City of Palaces, which is set in Mexico City in the years before and at the beginning of the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

In addition to his novels, Nava has had a distinguished career as an appellate lawyer working primarily in the California court system including the California Supreme Court.  As a lawyer, he has been a tireless advocate for greater diversity in the legal profession.  A fuller biography of Michael Nava is available on Wikipedia. See also profile on glbtq.com

Nava is currently at work on the second book – as yet untitled –  in The Children of Eve series.

 

 

 

 

Start: April 22, 2014 6:30 PM
End: April 22, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

April 20, 2014

Opening Reception for Split + Growing: Synesthesia and Queer Thought, A New Show by Ketch Wehr

Split + Growing is a new, highly personal exhibit of work from transfeminist painter and illustrator Ketch Wehr.  Primarily illustrative gouache paintings, Wehr’s show explores his personal understanding of his gender and queerness from an early age through the lens of synesthesia. Synesthesia is a condition which, in his case, lends colors and flavors to all letters and words.  Split + Growing is the visual display of an evolving queer selfhood through the colors Wehr knew to be part of his identity before he had the words to describe it.

Split + Growing runs from Sunday, April 20, through Sunday, May 25

 

 

 

Start: April 20, 2014 6:00 PM
End: April 20, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

April 19, 2014

Against Equality: Queer Revolution Not Mere Inclusion

Since 2009, the Against Equality collective has been challenging the gay mainstream and revitalizing the queer political imagination. Against Equality: Queer Revolution Not Mere Inclusion is the collective’s opportunity to share its newest work with the world—a collection of all of the collective’s books in one concise edited volume to be published by AK Press in April 2014. Ryan Conrad, the co-founder of the Against Equality archive and editor of all of the collective’s anthologies, will join us at the Bureau for a reading and discussion of the new collection.

 

 

 

 

Start: April 19, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 19, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, 10002, United States
Cost: 0

April 17, 2014

A COCKTAIL OF GLAMOUR & ANARCHY

A COCKTAIL OF GLAMOUR & ANARCHY with original Cockette RUMI MISSABU in person! Accompanied by AGOSTO MACHADO, JARVIS EARNSHAW & JOE E. JEFFREYS and Special Guests MAX STEELE, MARK GOLAMCO, & Rachel Mason.

Rumi Missabu, actor/male actress, performance artist, director-producer, mentor and original member and archivist for the gender-bending early 70s counterculture troupe The Cockettes, once described as like the Little Rascals in drag doing Busby Berkeley on acid, Rumi Missabu, hosts an evening of conversation, spoken word, film clips, and musical interludes withspecial guests. Guaranteed to be a fun-filled romp laced with pure nostalgia that bridges the gap between the Summer of Love and thetimes of Harvey Milk.

Rumi on stairs

Rumi Missabu aka James Bartlett was born in Hollywood, CA in 1947. As a young actor he went from appearing in Disney films: BLACKBEARD’S GHOST, THE ONE AND ONLY ORIGINAL FAMILY BAND, to soft-core porn: ELEVATOR GIRLS IN BONDAGE in three short years following his brief but snazzy reign with the Cockettes(1970-1972). He continues to keep thespirit alive to this day with contributions to critically acclaimed recent exhibitions and events at: Envoy Gallery, NYC, Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, CA, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn NY, HOWL Festival, NYC, UKS Galleri in Oslo, Norway, The Gender-Bender Festival in Bologna, Italy, SFMOMA, SomArts, The Center for Sex & Culture, the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, TATE  Liverpool and the New York Public Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center among many others.

 

Recent acting roles include stage productions of MARAT SADE, Brava Theater, TINSEL TARTS IN A HOT COMA and currently appearing in the Thrillpeddlers revival of the Cockettes 1970 opus; PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI reprising his original role as Madame Gin-Sling. In addition to hosting THE BLUE HOUR, a live variety show since 2009 at the Hypnodrome in SF, he also has appeared and co-produced in some cases a number of independent films including; ELEVATOR GIRLS IN BONDAGE, UNCLE BOB, TRIP BACK FORWARD, THE COCKETTES, THE GLITTER EMERGENCY, REVOLUTIONARY SEX, TIP-TOE PAST THE WITCH and RUMINATIONS. Rumi currently resides in Oakland, CA and enjoys touring NYC each April and October since 2007.

 

Special Guests:

Agosto Machado

Agosto Machado

 

Joe E. Jeffreys

Joe E. Jeffreys

 

Jarvis

Jarvis Earnshaw

 

Mark Galamco

Mark Galamco

 

Max Steele

Max Steele

 

Rachel Mason

Rachel Mason 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: April 17, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 17, 2014 11:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

April 13, 2014

Book launch: LOOK WHO’S MORPHING by Tom Cho and AFTER DELORES (25th Anniversary Edition) by Sarah Schulman

Join us for the dual book launch of Look Who’s Morphing by Tom Cho and After Delores (25th Anniversary Edition) by Sarah Schulman.

Special guest Sassafras Lowrey also reads from hir novel Roving Pack.

LOOK WHO’S MORPHING (Arsenal Pulp Press):
First published to great acclaim in Australia, writer Tom Cho’s Look Who’s Morphing is a fresh, hilarious, and dazzingly contemporary collection of micro-fictions that explore the slipperiness of identity, race, and gender.

Like a mad-cap version of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis set against the last 40 years of pop culture, each story in the collection features Cho’s narrator morphing into various familiar and iconic cultural figures from sitcoms, Hollywood movies, anime, music videos, Saturday-morning cartoons, daytime TV talk shows, Nintendo games, and literature.

AFTER DELORES (Arsenal Pulp Press):
In this new edition of Sarah Schulman’s acclaimed 1988 novel, the unnamed narrator is a no-nonsense coffee-shop waitress in New York’s bohemian Lower East Side who is nursing a broken heart after her girlfriend Dolores leaves her for another woman. This hilarious, unpredictable, sexy novel is a fast-paced flashback to the storefronts, underground clubs, and back alleys of the Lower East Side’s lesbian subculture in the 1980s―an electrifying chronicle of New York life featuring an edgy and totally original heroine. Includes a new introduction by Sarah Schulman.

ROVING PACK (Pomo Freakshow):
Click, a straight-edge transgender kid, is searching for hir place within a pack of newly sober gender rebels in the dilapidated punk houses of Portland, Oregon circa 2002. Ze embarks on a dizzying whirlwind of leather, sex, hormones, house parties, and protests until hir gender fluidity takes an unexpected turn and the pack is sent reeling.www.RovingPack.com

TOM CHO is a fiction writer whose work has appeared widely, including in such publications as The Best Australian Stories series, Asia Literary Review and The New Quarterly. Like his favourite pop stars, Tom enjoys trying new guises on for size, and his work has been described as “transgenre, transgender and transcultural all at once.” He has performed his work on the stages of many festivals, from Singapore Writers Festival to Sydney Mardi Gras, and even at a Chinatown bar where he toured Hello Kitty, an award-winning show that combined literature with karaoke. Born and raised in Australia, Tom has applied for permanent residency in Canada. He has a PhD in Professional Writing and is currently writing a novel about the meaning of life. Visit his website at tomcho.com

SARAH SCHULMAN is the author of sixteen books, including the novels The Mere Future, The Child, Rat Bohemia, Shimmer, Empathy, After Delores, People In Trouble, Girls, Visions and Everything, and The Sophie Horowitz Story. She is co-author with Cheryl Dunye of the movies The Owls and Mommy is Coming, and co-producer with Jim Hubbard of the feature United in Anger: A History of ACT UP. She is co-director of the ACT UP Oral History Project. She lives in New York, where she is Distinguished Professor of English at City University of New York (College of Staten Island) and a Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU.

SASSAFRAS LOWREY is the editor of the two time American Library Association honored & Lambda Literary Finalist Kicked Out anthology, and Leather Ever After. Hir debut novel Roving Pack was honored by the American Library Association. Sassafras is the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Berzon Emerging Writer Award. Ze lives and writes in Brooklyn with hir partner, two dogs of dramatically different sizes, two bossy cats, and a kitten. www.SassafrasLowrey.com

 

 

 

 

 

Start: April 13, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 13, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States