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Girl Tales Live Reading and 2nd Season Fundraiser!

Girl Tales - FINAL-M

Who? You and the kids in your life! What? A live reading of The Literate Mermaid by Christina Quintana, and a fundraiser for a second season! We’ll have a silent auction of a bunch of goodies, face painting by Maggie Allen, a coloring station and a feminist photo booth! Where? Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ [...]

Sun. Nov 18, 2018 3:00 PM


May 18, 2014

DEADLINE: Works-in-Progress from Cutting-edge Queer Artists. featuring Ariel Speedwagon, Sabrina Chap, Anna Hovhannessian, Elizabeth Whitney and Zach Wager Scholl

Post-Clown Disaster, Ariel Federow and Cabaret Idiot, Sabrina Chap bring you this new 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. 

Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow will be workshopping the second two installments of “Lavender Valley,” the world’s preeminent powerpoint lesbian soap opera.


Sabrina Chap will be performing the first half of her electric guitar radio musical, ‘Postcards from Nevermore’, visually scored by a projection from Anna Hovhannessian.


Tricia Clayton Biltmore is everyone’s favorite lesbian ally and Elizabeth Whitney’s alter ego. Hailing from Bainbridge, GA, she is the woman Elizabeth might have been if she had never left Tallahassee.


Sisters,” Zachary Wager Scholl’s newest writing, is a work-in-progress ode to the baby gay adventure of discovery and friendship. Set to the backdrop of a working class suburb, “Sisters” is part raunch/ part tender, glimmering under the light of a gas station by the highway.



Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow’s work has been seen on Broadway, Lafayette, Houston, Chrystie, Fulton, N 6th, and other streets and avenue in NYC and beyond. Her stories, slideshows and slapstick have been seen places like LaMama ETC, Dixon Place, the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, Pussy Faggot, and Hey Queen! Company member: the Ballez and Butch Burlesque.


Deemed, ‘Rousing!’ by the New Yorker, Sabrina Chap is a writer, musician, cabaret artist and all around dilettante. Her latest album, the anthemic queer bonanza ‘We Are the Parade’ was deemed, ‘Joyous’ by the Advocate.  She also edited the book, ‘Live Through This- On Creativity and Self-Destruction’, now with an intro by Amanda Palmer and essays by Nan Goldin, bell hooks, Swoon, Kate Bornstein and more.  sabrinachap.com


Anna Hovhannessian is a filmmaker and editor.  TV credits include a lot of sensationalistic murder shows and some talk show nonsense.   Her film credits include in the documentaries ‘Bully’ (Tribeca premiere), ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’ (Boston Independent Film) and the short film ‘Happy Hour’.  Her performance videography was featured in the dance production of ‘Echoes and Dreams’ (NYC Fringe Festival).


Elizabeth Whitney‘s recent projects include playing a closeted New Jersey housewife in Madeleine Olnek’s The Foxy Merkins (Sundance 2014), a feminist TedX lecturer in the popular web series High Maintenance, and being a member of alt-country trio Menage A Twang (www.menageatwang.com). She teaches in the City University of New York. www.elizabethjwhitney.com


Zachary Wager Scholl is a performer and writer. He most recently performed in Angry Women Revisited, with J. Dellecave and company. Long-term projects include: his work with the Man Meat Collective; playing with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra; and creating transgressivepolitical queer Purimshpiln with the Aftselokhes Spectacle Committee.


Start: May 18, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 18, 2014 11:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

May 17, 2014

SCORCHER Issue #7 Release Party

Celebrating the release of Scorcher issue #7 (“Valedictorian”), published by Birdsong Micropress, please join Max Steele at the Bureau of General Services Queer Division for an evening of readings by: Max Steele, Tommy PicoAnthony Thornton, Kayla Morse, and Sam McKinniss.

Cover drawing of Scorcher issue #7 (“Valedictorian”) by Julia Norton.


Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the founder and editor in chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that publishes art and writing, and the author of Absent Mindr—the first chapbook app published for iOS mobile/tablet devices (VERBALVISUAL, 2014). He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has been published in BOMB, [PANK], and the Best American Poetry blog. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn.


Anthony Thornton is an American poet living and working in New York. He has read at numerous venues (CULTUREfix, Envoy Enterprises, The Spectrum, the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, Starr Space) and private salons, and is editing his forthcoming second poetry collection, New Directions.


Kayla Morse is settling into that kind of cool, level-headed maturity that women of a certain age enjoy.  PSYCH.


Max Steele is a performer and writer living in Brooklyn. He has presented work at Dixon Place, the New Museum, Deitch Projects, BAM, Joe’s Pub, Envoy Enterprises, PPOW Gallery, UPenn’s Kelly Writers’ House, the Afterglow Festival and the Queens Museum of Art. He writes the psychedelic porno poetry zine Scorcher, and his writing has been featured in Dossier Journal, Spank, East Village Boys, Birdsong, Vice, Noisey, and Best Gay Stories 2014. He has been an Artist in Residence at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange since 2012.


Sam McKinniss is an artist and writer in New York. His paintings have been on view recently at envoy enterprises and Good Work Gallery in New York as well as at Galerie Thomas Fuchs in Stuttgart. His writing has appeared in Adult Magazine, DIS Magazine, the Library at Dirty Looks NYC and Pastelegram.org.





Start: May 17, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 17, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

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
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
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.


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.


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

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
208 West 13th Street, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation goes to The LGBT Center