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May 16, 2014

A one-night stand with Evripidis and his Tragedies and special guests Dane Terry and Dalin

An introduction to the world of Evripidis Sabatis AKA Evripidis and his Tragedies, where music, writing and drawing intertwine to picture a world of love, lust and loss.

Evripidis will perform an acoustic concert and present an exhibition of his original artwork and his illustrated book “El Calamor y otros mitos de la intimidad” (Spanish only).

Musicians Dane Terry and Dalin will also perform.

 

Photo by Nicholas Prakas

Photo by Nicholas Prakas

Evripidis and his Tragedies is the alter ego of Evripidis Sabatis. This classically trained Athenian pianist, visual artist and writer shares not only his name with the great tragedian Euripides of antiquity but to some extent, his eye for storytelling, painted by splashes of tragic realism but also humor, that celebrates heroes who are overwhelmed by their passions and end up burning brightly.

In Evripidis and his Tragedies´songs, lovers ride the tidal waves in vain, teeth fall out one by one, summers are long and lazy and full of song (or are utterly blue), stray dogs are irresistible and treacherous, nights are sleepless and scary, little sisters grow up to be stronger than their brothers, lights are out, hearts are not pure, weddings turn into riots, ghosts take the living for car rides, death dances in the shadows of a hospital room, nightlife takes legendary proportions, homesickness is a necessary consequence of a life on the run, Sunday mornings are haunting, funerals are celebrated as parties, the sky is red above the harbour, the worst enemy and torturer is one´s self and pain comes in healthy doses. Evripidis worships what is no longer here, what has left just a scar. His world is a melancholy love affair where romanticism never died, where harmony is created with a intelligent view on contemporary life, for winners and losers, victims and victors, heroes and villains.

One Journalist stated that in Evripidis and his Tragedies’ music there are echoes of all kinds of western popular music from the last 120 years: classical impressionism, cabaret, 20´s, 30´s and 40´s American songs, musicals, folk, soundtracks and most of all, pop from the late 50´s until now. Add to this mix some touches of baroque music, an unconditional love for the 60´s, the indie pop and some unique, maverick songwriters, and Evripidis´ own distinctive piano-playing and you have a project that escapes a clear definition. The best way to understand it is to just listen to it.

Lyrically, Evripidis lingers among hopeless romanticism, dark humor and dry cyniscism. Love, lust and loss, as well as family, friends and death. These are the recurring themes in his songs but also in his writing and his visual artwork. As he wryly puts it, “The stuff that makes my world go round”. His turn of phrase exposes his literary background and this makes his lyrics pocket dramas on their own.

Evripidis´ drawings usually consist of nightmarish chimeras, monstruous flora, dramatic landscapes and twisted allegories. Surrealism, symbolism and grotesque play a big part in his art, as well as lived experiences and traumas.

His illstrated book “El Calamor y oros mitos de la intimidad” is the perfect merging between Evripidis major artistic disciplines, featuring drawings, original texts in Spanish and lyrics in English.

Since 2007 Evripidis and his Tragedies has released two full albums and various EPs as well as music for short movies and art projects. Lately, Evripidis has been living out and about, swinging among Barcelona, Athens, London, Berlin and NYC, something that is reflected in his new material and recent collaborations. He is currently finishing his third album with some of his long-time musical partners and some new entries in this crowded, creative musical family.

He has participated in various group exhibitions and in April 2010 he presented his first solo exhibition entitled “Why do lovers break each other’s hearts?” in the gallery
6 d.o.g.s in Athens. Since then he has exhibited in Madrid, Barcelona and Berlin. This will be the first time he is exhibiting his drawings in New York.

 

Dane Terry Portrait Shoot, 2013. ©Andy Spessard Photography

Dane Terry is a performer and composer based in NYC. Terry’s songs act as surreal theater miniatures that range from dark to funny. Colored with Sci-Fi themes and what he terms “Frillbilly” music, his performances often take the form of bizarre vignettes of music and monologue. He has performed as part of the HOT festival of queer theater at Dixon Place 3 times, toured internationally and he continues to perform in theaters and venues all around NYC including Joes Pub, Bowery Poetry and La Mama.

 

Jonathan Dalin

DALIN is a pop music act making happy, heartfelt, danceable tunes. Singer/writer/producer Jonathan Dalin grew up in a musical family from Detroit with connections to the Jazz and classical scenes as well as soul and gospel music. This summer Dalin will be releasing the video and Single YOU LOOK GOOD, as well as a collection of sexy, high-energy pop songs. Stay tuned for YOU LOOK GOOD and Listen for DALIN songs on playlists at your next BBQ or while you’re rockin’ your boo.

 

 

Start: May 16, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 16, 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

May 15, 2014

Writing Live: An Introduction to Documentary Poetics

I let my hands become weapons…and I feel prepared for the rest of my life. – David Wojnarowicz

What happens to documentary practice when we turn our hands into weapons? What happens when we start writing history with a sense of urgency, rather than a sense of detachment? A brief introduction will be offered as we read excerpts from texts by David Wojnarowicz , Juliana Spahr, Maggie Nelson, and Muriel Rukeyser. In exploring techniques these authors use, we can understand documentary writing as “writing live,” the process where we piece together various strands of personal and community history as means of searching for possible futures. The remainder of the evening will be spent on individual projects, where we will actively cut and paste together material into larger narratives.

All writing levels are welcome, as documentary poetics encompasses a variety of different interests. Since this requires active participation, please come with some previous writing, a news story, a magazine article, or other kind of ephemera you feel comfortable repurposing.

Please email Kyle at kyle.bella@gmail.com to let him know you will be attending and what your topic might be. He wants to keep the group intimate and be aware of any possible sensitive topics in advance.

 

Kyle Bella currently resides in Brooklyn, where he works as a Social Media Fellow at Alternet and does freelance writing. Previous work has appeared in Jacket 2, Buzzfeed LGBT, Truthout, [wherever] magazine, and nomorepotlucks. Forthcoming work is expected in hello mr. magazine and Radioactive Moat Press. His newest book project Viral Legacies, examining HIV/AIDS histories, begins in May.

 

Art work by David Wojnarowicz, Fuck You Faggot Fucker, 1984, black and white photographs, acrylic, and collage on masonite, 48 x 48 inches, courtesy of PPOW Gallery.

 

 

 

 

Start: May 15, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 15, 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
Cost: Free

May 13, 2014

Bureau at Second Tuesday Lecture Series for Tom Spanbauer Reading from “I Loved You More”

The Bureau will be on hand selling copies of Tom Spanbauer‘s I Loved You More at his reading at The Second Tuesday Lecture Series at The LGBT Center in NYC.

Reserve a copy of the book in advance by contacting Greg Newton at contact@bgsqd.com.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, talk at 7:00 pm (until 9:00 pm)

Tom Spanbauer is the critically acclaimed author of four bestselling LGBTQ novels and a noted writing teacher. As a writer he has explored issues of race, sexual identity, and the new families that we create for ourselves to surmount the families that we were born into.

Tom Spanbauer’s first novel in seven years is a love triangle with a gay main character who charms both gays and straights. I Loved You More is a rich tale of love, sex, and heartbreak, covering twenty-five years in the life of a emotionally wounded writer.

In New York, Ben forms a bond of love with his macho friend and foil, Hank. Years later in Portland, a struggling and ill Ben falls for Ruth, who provides care and devotion but cannot fulfill all of his needs. The real trouble starts when Hank reappears and meets Ruth. Set against a world of struggling artists, the underground sex scene of New York in the 1980s, and the confining Idaho of Ben’s youth, I Loved You More is the author’s most breathtaking and graphic novel.

The trailer for I Loved You More is available on YouTube: www.youtu.be/D0lB7DBD6HU

Tom Spanbauer is the founder of the “Dangerous Writing” method that, like his novels, combines a fresh and lyrical prose style with solid storytelling. His students include Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, and Choke), Monica Drake, and Stevan Allred.
Tom Spanbauer lives in Portland, Oregon where he teaches. In addition to his new novel, his award-winning books include Faraway Places, The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon, In The City Of Shy Hunters, and Now Is The Hour. You can find more information about Mr. Spanbauer at his personal website: www.TomSpanbauer.com.

More information and pre-registration available here.

ABOUT THE SECOND TUESDAY LECTURE SERIES

The Second Tuesday Lecture Series is the longest running program at The LGBT Center. Since 1985, more than 140 speakers have made presentations in the arts, academia, and politics. Speakers representing every major cultural award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award, the Academy Award (The Oscars), Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Lambda Literary Award, and the National Book Award, as well as the UK Booker Literary Award, have made presentations. Through this program, Larry Kramer spoke about the plight of the AIDS Crisis in March 1987, thus beginning ACT-UP, the largest direct action AIDS organization in the world. For more information see www.SecondTuesday.org.

ABOUT THE LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY CENTER

Established in 1983, the LGBT Community Center is at the heart of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in New York City, providing quality health and wellness programs in a welcoming space that fosters connections and celebrates our cultural contributions. The Center serves the community with a full-service approach to programming, from hosting arts and entertainment events and advocacy groups to offering youth and overall wellness programs. Each year, the Center welcomes more than 300,000 visits to their building in the West Village. To learn more, visit www.GayCenter.org.

Center link: https://gaycenter.org/second-tuesday

CONTACT
Howard Williams, Second Tuesday Curator, Howard@SecondTuesday.org
Robert Woodworth, Robert@GayCenter.org212-620-7310

 

 

 

Start: May 13, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 13, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: The LGBT Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
Address:
208 West 13th Street, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation goes to The LGBT Center

May 11, 2014

Black and Pink Letter Writing and Screening of ‘A Kiss for Gabriela’

Come join us in writing letters, postcards and words of encouragement to our queer and trans family incarcerated in New York state. Writing a letter, postcard, or sending a drawing is a great way to brighten someone’s week! B & P will provide pens, paper & answer all questions. At 8:30 we will be screening an amazing film called Um Beijo para Gabriela which is Portuguese for A Kiss For Gabriela. “Gabriela Leite is the first sex worker to run for Brazilian Congress. “A Kiss for Gabriela” tells the story of her 2010 campaign as she faces 822 opponents and challenges a male dominated political system to see if a sex worker, activist, wife, mother, and cultural icon since founding the clothing line, Daspu, can beat the odds and win the election.”

 

 

Black and Pink NYC is a chapter of the national queer prison abolition group Black and Pink, dedicated to supporting our queer & trans (Gender  and/or Sexual Minority) comrades, friends, and loved ones currently incarcerated. We aim to provide support work, advocacy and direct action for folks in prison, as well as host and facilitate events in the NYC area.

 

 

 

Start: May 11, 2014 7:30 PM
End: May 11, 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
Cost: Free

May 10, 2014

Bear Bards Read! NYC Book Launch for Hibernation, and other poems

Join us for a fun and fur-filled evening of hirsute literary pursuit for the premiere reading and book launch for the new bear poetry anthology, Hibernation, and other poems by bear bards. Bear down to listen up as an outstanding group of authors reads from the book as well as other poems. Time allowing, we will open the mic to anyone who wants to read their bear-themed verse. This free event will be hosted by editor Ron J. Suresha and features contributing authors Scott Hightower, Daniel Lewiston, Rocco Russo, Jordan M. Shu, Chris Vaccaro, and Emanuel Xavier.

 

 

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