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March 14, 2014

Publishing Puppies: Book Launch and Screening of Two Lakes at BGSQD

Publishing Puppies, a small press based in Berlin, is launching its most recent book, Two Lakes.

The book is an illustrated version of a short experimental film under the same name, Two Lakes, a queer experience relayed over vibrant canvases, will also be screened that day.

Both projects, film and book, have been a collaboration project between artists Amelia Bande, Deborah Bower, Mat Fleming and Annette Knol.

We are thrilled to introduce Publishing Puppies in New York City, all our books will be for sale at the eventhttp://publishing-puppies.tumblr.com/

Publishing Puppies logo



Two Lakes film

About Two Lakes, the film:

A handmade camera-less film, Two Lakes was collectively created from piles of luscious colour gels, cut, stuck and manipulated into 16mm film echoing a narrated story. A teenager moves to the big city, a universal city without a name. In between low-pay jobs, lesbian parties and junk food, she makes new friends and falls in love. Life as a sort of margin, following the words of a street preacher, telling stories and making songs in the middle of the night. The outcome is a fast-pace explosion of shapes and colours that shine and blink, creating a parallel universe to the experience of a young woman wandering through a new life.

By Amelia Bande, Deborah Bower, Mat Fleming & Annette Knol 2012, NL/UK/DE, 16mm-to-video, color, sound, 7:36 min.

The film Two Lakes was produced during a residency at Filmwerkplaats, WORM in Rotterdam, it has been selected for the MIX 26th NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Film London Artists´ Moving Image Network.


Two Lakes books stack

About Two Lakes, the book:

by Deborah Bower & Annette Knol (February 2014)
Script by Amelia Bande
Publishing Puppies #4
First Edition, 75 copies
24 pages, 23,5 x 17cm
Printed by Deborah Bower & Annette Knol with Copyroboter at Kotti-Shop, Berlin.


What MIX 26th NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival wrote about Two Lakes:

A visually stunning cameraless film. Luminous color gels explode across 16mm film to create a luscious tapestry of hues accompanied by a voice-over narrative of a teenage moving to “The City” – which remains nameless to evoke mythologies of the metropolis. Two Lakes, in this way, challenges pereception through medium and narrative. The youngster’s excitement for their first queer party and the hustle of city life is paralleled by our excitement for this new kind of film that makes the camera unnecessary. A colorful delight that is sure to open your eyes as well as your hearts.




Start: March 14, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 14, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 13, 2014

Screening of Gay Sex in the 70s followed by Q & A with Director Joseph Lovett

Gay Sex in the 70s is a stunning visual document of New York during the decade of gay liberation and sexual abandon following Stonewall and before the outbreak of AIDS. Gay men cruised the streets, frequented gay bars, and, of course, had loads and loads of sex everywhere. But only 12 years after Stonewall, AIDS brought this unprecedented era of sexual Freedom to a close.

Lovett expertly mixes archival footage and interviews with those who lived through the times, including author/activist Larry Kramer, photographer Tom Bianchi, and the former business manager of the St. Marks Baths. From Greenwich Village to the Fire Island Pines, Gay Sex in the 70s celebrates a city and an era with the unbridled joy that characterized the decade, while at the same time offering a sobering reminder of the AIDS crisis that followed.

The DVD of Gay Sex in the 70s is available for purchase at the Bureau.



Joseph Lovett

Joseph Lovett is an award-winning filmmaker, whose films have informed, engaged and inspired people into action. After working at ABC News 20/20 for ten years as director/producer, Joe founded the company in 1989. During the 1990s, Joe produced, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and ABC, In A New Light prime time specials, a 5-year AIDS awareness campaign that flooded the CDC’s AIDS hotline with an unprecedented number of calls. In 2001, Joe won a Peabody Award and received an Emmy nomination for writing, producing and directing HBO’s Cancer: Evolution to Revolution. The film was the focus of a national public health campaign, which described it as “150 minutes of television that could save your life” and launched a national conversation about coping, treating and learning to live with the realities of cancer. His highly acclaimed feature, Gay Sex in the 70s, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was released theatrically in over 25 cities, and broadcast on the Sundance Channel in 2007. Joe’s latest film, Going Blind, and its Outreach Campaign, Going Blind and Going Forward, have ignited a global movement of individuals, grassroots organizations and medical professionals sponsoring screenings to raise awareness and to improve access to vision enhancement services. Other broadcast films Joe has directed and/or produced include The Way Home, a one-hour special on forgiveness for the Hallmark Channel; State of Denial, a film on the AIDS crisis in South Africa; and Too Hot Not to Handle, an HBO film on Global Warming. Over the years, Joe has been honored with numerous awards from advocacy organizations, including the AIDS Leadership Award, the Christopher Award, and the Kitty Carlisle Hart Award.





Start: March 13, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 13, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, 10002, United States

March 12, 2014


Based on personal interviews with Mary Ann Zielonko

A Staged Reading to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Kitty Genovese

38 WITNESSED HER DEATH, I WITNESSED HER LOVE: THE LONELY SECRET OF MARY ANN ZIELONKO (Kitty Genovese Story) written and performed by LuLu LoLo is a four part/three character drama in which LuLu portrays “The Chorus of 38”; the New York Times City Editor A.M. Rosenthal recalling the murder and the Times headline story; Winston Moseley testifying at his trial which convicted him of the murder; and Kitty’s lover Mary Ann Zielonko reminiscing after 40 years of silence about gay life in New York in the 60’s, her life with Kitty, the murder, the trial, and its aftermath

Fifty years ago on March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was brutally murdered in Kew Gardens, Queens, NY. Forty years later it was revealed that Kitty was a lesbian and living with her lover Mary Ann Zielonko at the time of her death. At the time of Kitty’s murder, the New York Times reported that 38 people witnessed her being attacked in three separate incidents—38 people heard her cries for help—And not one person called the police or came to her aid. Her death and the silence of the witnesses became a worldwide symbol of the apathy of the modern city.

In 2004, LuLu LoLo was granted an interview with Mary Ann Zielonko which LuLu developed \into the “Mary Ann Monologue” that was first performed at the Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival in Columbus, Ohio in 2004. Due to popular demand, LuLu in 2006 developed this monologue into a one-act play to include a portrayal of The New York Times Editor, A.M. Rosenthal, and Kitty’s murderer Winston Moseley. In 2009 LuLu incorporated choreography by Jody Oberfelder and her dance company into the production which was performed at The New York International Fringe Festival. Mary Ann Zielonko attended the first performance of this production.

Quotes from reviews:
“The performance that steals your heart…I was moved to tears…”. Bill Kaiser, On the Purple Circuit

”This deeply affecting play features performance artist LoLo as multi-character monologist in the brilliant Anna Deveare Smith vein…” Eva Yaa Asantewaa Infinite Bodyblogspot.com

“This is riveting theater, with intensity and passion..” Elizabeth Ahlfors www.curtainup.com

LuLu LoLo is a playwright/actor, international performance artist, and multi-disciplinary artist. LuLu has written and performed seven one-person plays Off-Broadway highlighting her Italian immigrant family heritage, her passion for historical research and social justice especially as pertaining to the dramatic struggle of women in New York City’s past on such subjects as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; the lesbian lover of murder victim Kitty Genovese; the murder of Helen Jewett; women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men; and Aaron Burr’s tragic relationship with his daughter Theodosia Burr Alston. Her latest play portrayed the shameful treatment of the women consigned to the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. LuLu recently performed on 14th Street for Art in Odd Places as “Loretta the Telephone Operator” in “Remembrance of Phone Numbers Past“ attempting to connect passers-by on the street with the earliest phone numbers they remember. LuLu’s current projects are “Obits” a play based on lives revealed in obituaries, and a book based on the letters written to the late controversial East Harlem Congressman Vito Marcantonio. LuLu was a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Writer in Residence, and has been named a 2013 Blade of Grass Fellow, www.abladeofgrass.org


LuLu LoLa’s fan page on Facebook




Start: March 12, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 12, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 8, 2014

The Values Perform at the Bureau

The Values

This fresh Brooklyn-based rock band wants to open your eyes to stellar music. Hailing from China, Nashville, and Los Angeles, the three-piece band sweeps sizzling dance tracks into sultry ballads and electrifying blues. Let your heart skip over the sidewalk. Damocles, drama queens, everyone’s invited! The Values are your friends!








Start: March 8, 2014 8:00 PM
End: March 8, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 6, 2014

Images from a Different Path

Join photographer Efrain John Gonzalez for a presentation of 30 years of his photography, a slideshow of his photographs of the golden era of the Meat Packing District’s gay and fetish scenes. The presentation draws from an incredible collection of images from the Hellfire Press archives. Come and relive a hidden past.


Efrain John Gonzalez is a photographer who’s talents with a camera bend to the unusual, the erotic, the unique, the wild and slightly crazy, from the world of body modifications to the universe of radical S&M, from sensual beauty of the flesh, to raw sexual desires. An internationally published photographer who for the past 30 years has been seeking real life images that tell a story of people finding the path to their souls, finding their bliss, with piercing, branding, cuttings, tattoos, latex, implants, leather, and a whole lot of radical sex and sexuality. He has traveled from coast to coast to find images of people exploring their limits, discovering and living with their own self-defined cultural tribes of beauty, pleasure, joy, and self-realization. People who take the forbidden, and turn it into an empowering statement of their own.  People who see their bodies as a blank canvas, and allow their imaginations and dreams to come to life upon a living canvas. Whether that canvas be painted with ink, pierced and molded by blade, or covered in latex and leather of colors that would put the peacock to shame


Much of his photographic imagery was taken at events such as Living in leather (Portland, Chicago), The Fetish Factor (East Village), the SMACK parties, Wigstock (Tompkins Square), The Eulenspiegel Society (New York City), Mayday (Seattle), The Black Rose (Washington D.C). The Power Exchange, and The Fetish Fantasy Flea market (Boston).  Some of his work has been compared to that of other famous photographers, such as Robert Mapplethorpe, and Helmut Newton, but he prefers to see his work more in the light of such photographers as Weegee, W. Eugene Smith, and Erich Salomon. Their dedication and artistry allowed them to use the camera to capture the living core of human experiences.


What the artist tries to tell us through his lens is the idea that these forms of radical play and alternate cultures are not the symptom of some bizarre mental illness, not anti-social behavior, or a sign of society disintegrating into degeneracy that it has so long been perceived to be by those who fail or refuse to understand or accept it, but that these cultures are a natural outreach of the curious and an exploration of the self by those chosen few who’s inner voices dare them to walk down forbidden paths to seek an inner truth.


Photograph: Efrain John Gonzalez. Beautiful Francis working the old West Side Highway. Circa 1986. Photo from the Hellfire Press Archive.



Start: March 6, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 6, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States