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We’re Still Here East Coast Launch Party!

Stacked Deck August 18

  Stacked Deck Press takes Manhattan! Come to the East Coast Launch Party for We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division! Join Jeanne Thornton and Tara Madison Avery for trans comics and adult refreshments! Get your copy of this groundbreaking anthology at the Bureau! To reserve a copy [...]

Sat. Aug 18, 2018 8:00 PM

Events

February 26, 2014

Dirty Looks NYC and Animal Shelter Present The Adventures of Sylvia Couski

We are proud to welcome Dirty Looks back to the Bureau!

Dirty Looks NYC and Animal Shelter are teaming up for a screening of Les intrigues de Sylvia Couski (The Adventures of Sylvia Couski), 1974 by Adolfo Arrieta. Editor of Animal Shelter Hedi El Kholti will introduce the film.

Suggested donation of $8 to cover film rental costs

Arrieta’s first feature stars famed Parisian transsexual, Marie France, and has been called “the first Parisien underground militant film.” The plot revolves around the ex-wife of a famous sculptor who convinces her lover to removed one of the sculptures of her ex-husband and replace it with a live model, on the eve of the show’s opening.

A small insert about Marie France (including a new introduction by Semiotext(e)’s Hedi El Kholti and two period interviews) will accompany the current issue of Animal Shelter, which features contributions by Tisa Bryant, Michael Carroll, Jean Eustache, Pierre Guyotat, Richard Hawkins, Guy Hocquenghem, Cookie Mueller, Grace Ndiritu, Dalia Rosetti, Heathcote Williams, Melissa Barrett, Robert Dewhurst, Tony Duvert, Iris Klein, Fernanda Laguna, Lodovico Pignatti Morano, Jean-Jacques Schuhl, Noura Wedell, Gary Lee Boas, Shannon Durbin, Matt Fishbeck, Kathryn Garcia, Mim Goodman, Peter Hujar, Eli Langer, Tracy Nakayama, Grace Ndiritu, Warren Neidich, A. L. Steiner. This issue is available at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division.

 Animal Shelter

 

 

 

 

Start: February 26, 2014 8:30 PM
End: February 26, 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: Suggested donation of $8 to cover film rental costs

February 21, 2014

Launch Party for Future Perfect

Join the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division in a celebration of the book we produced for our fundraiser last year: Future Perfect. Edited by Andrew Durbin and published by Publication Studio, Future Perfect includes contributions from

Penny Arcade
Felix Bernstein
Stephen Boyer
Lonely Christopher
Nicole Eisenman
Bad Grammar
Bruce Hainley
Ed Halter
Juliana Huxtable
Ted Kerr
Kevin Killian
Wayne Koestenbaum
Rachel Levitsky
Trisha Low
Stephen Motika
Eileen Myles
Tim Trace Peterson
Luther Price
Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Pamela Sneed 
Max Steele
Laurie Weeks 

If you donated $50 or more to the Bureau’s fundraiser and you selected Future Perfect as a perk we welcome you to claim your book at the event. Several of the contributors will be at the event, some of whom will read their contributions.

Andrew Durbin, Pamela Sneed, Max Steele, Juliana Huxtable, and Justin Allen of BDGRMMR (pronounced Bad Grammar) will read at 8 PM. Yulan Grant of BDGRMMR will screen her short film Black Atlantis—inspired by Allen’s poem The First Born of the Black Atlantis, which is included in Future Perfect alongside stills from Grant’s video. Brandon Owen, also of BDGRMMR, will DJ before and after the readings!

 
 
 
 

Start: February 21, 2014 7:00 PM
End: February 21, 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

February 20, 2014

Emanuel Xavier Reads from Nefarious

The Bureau is pleased to welcome Emanuel Xavier, who will read from his most recent book of poetry, Nefarious (Queer Mojo, 2013).

 

Emanuel Xavier 500

Photograph by Sophia Wallace

Emanuel Xavier is an acclaimed writer–often referred to as one of the first openly gay Nuyorican poets and founder of contemporary “mariposa lit.” With heartfelt honesty and humor, Nefarious is a poetry collection that welcomes the reader into the second act of a former underage prostitute.

This book captures insights into his private world; relationships, heartbreaks, life as a spoken word artist, time spent with his cat, aging. With a dose of dark humor, Xavier’s pleasure in the written word and his passion makes this an engaging collection.

Featured guest David Iglesia will also share a few of his poems.

 

 

Start: February 20, 2014 7:00 PM
End: February 20, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

February 15, 2014

Undesirable Elements: New York City’s Gay Press Before Stonewall, 1960-1969: A Talk with Ben Miller

Undesirable Elements: New York City’s Gay Press Before Stonewall, 1960-1969

In July 1969, readers of the New York Mattachine Newsletter (put out by New York Mattachine, the city’s largest and oldest formal gay group) found five mimeographed sheets inserted into their copies of the magazine. Titled, “The Hairpin Drop Heard Around The World,” the article summarized the events of the Stonewall riots: the 1am bar bust, the accumulating crowd, and the decision to fight back, concluding with the following declaration: “Homosexuals are tired of waiting. After all, we can’t be put off with the old line that things will improve in the next generation and our children will lead better, happier lives. Most of us aren’t going to have children, and we have to struggle to make our own lives better. If the traditional means of winning reform cannot work in this age…then possibly the only place for those of us who care about reform is in the streets.”  How did the gay movement arrive at this point, and how did periodicals like the New York Mattachine Newsletter aid in the construction of physical communities and constitute communities in themselves? This talk will explore those questions by examining periodicals aimed at gay men in New York City during the 1960s, discussing how physique magazines cloaked their queer objectives while creating consumer communities, and how organizations used public and private periodicals to bolster physical communities and create communities of print.

 

Ben Miller is a New York-based writer and student of history. Current projects include thesis research on early gay activist Harry Hay that has taken him to archives in California and conferences from Pennsylvania to New Mexico, an adaptation of an early Mozart libretto for performance at Carnegie Hall, and new short fiction influenced by his historical research. His teachers in history and writing have included Linda Gordon, K. Kevyne Baar, Marcelle Clements, and Jonathan Safran Foer. His academic writing has appeared in Historian, College Film and Media Studies, and the Chicago Journal of History; and his short fiction has appeared in Brio, Studio on the Square, and West 10th. He is editor or co-editor of several publications, co-founder of Squid Ink Magazine (launching soon), and serves on the communications committee of the New York City Anti-Violence Project. He tweets @benwritesthings.

 

 

Start: February 15, 2014 7:00 PM
End: February 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

February 14, 2014

Anal Magazine at the Bureau

Ricardo Velmor of Anal Magazine is visiting NYC from Mexico City, and the Bureau is happy to welcome him. Ricardo will talk about Anal Magazine and the work that they do in Mexico at 8 PM.

Anal Magazine is a printed publication addressed to the gay male community that is interested in getting to know art, design, photography, literature, fashion, eroticism, and many other Mexican and international creative expressions. This magazine is about the work of artists who experiment with masculinity in a wide threshold. Our main goal is to create a solid, intelligent yet appealing magazine for all our readers. The publication coexists with exhibitions, videoart shows and parties within the whole Anal universe.

Anal Magazine Vol. 2
In this second issue we feature a text by Pedro Brizuela about the psychological implications of group sex; an essay by Pável Granados that deals with the subtle homoerotic speech in Mexican boleros music; a story by Rob Morris; an interview to Gerardo Delgado, founder and film director in Mecos Films, the only mainstream Mexican gay porn company; an essay about the work of Japanese shunga artist Gengoroh Tagame; image portfolios of work by artists Tony Solís, SUPERM (Brian Kenny & Slava Mogutin), Héctor Belloc; and erotica by Christian Castañeda. Plus an intervention by Carlos Amorales made specially for the magazine.
96 full color pages. Texts in English and Spanish.

Anal Magazine Vol. 3
Features a fiction by writer and publisher Alfredo Núñez Lanz; an interview by Clarisse Mérigeot & Pauline Magnenant to Alan Charlesworth about his series of a “bear” community; an essay about the work of General Idea and their retrospective solo show at Musée D’art Moderne in Paris; poetry by Sergio Téllez-Pon; image portfolios by painter Taner Ceylan, videoartist Ricardo Nicolayevsky and photographers Omar Gámez and Rick Castro. Our classic “Chico Anal” erotica series + an illustrated story by Dino Vanko and Ricardo Velmor.
96 full color pages. Texts in English and Spanish.

Anal Magazine Vol. 4
Our newest issue comes in a numbered and certified edition of only 1000 copies. It features and essay by Alfredo Nuñez Lanz about the work of Japanese Samurai Era writer Ihara Saikaku with two of his texts in full version, both illustrated by Hideki Koh; a fictional story by Wenceslao Bruciaga; art portfolios by artists David Romero, Rafa Esparza and Luis Marquez Romay; more “Chico Anal” series than in any other issue; a “Colour Me” porn and a Frotispiece specially made for this issue with guys from an open call.
96 full color pages. Texts in English and Spanish.

 

 

 

 

Start: February 14, 2014 7:00 PM
End: February 14, 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