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Rob Redding on race & losing his boyfriend to gun violence

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  Nationally syndicated talk host Rob Redding talks about his autobiography “Out Loud” which recounts how losing his first boyfriend to gun violence forced him out of the closet. “Out loud” is a story of race and sexuality that has been called “shocking” by CBS Radio. “Out loud” is available exclusively at his website ReddingNewsReview.com. Following [...]

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July 18, 2013

Davidson Garrett and John J. Trause Read at the Bureau


Davidson Garrett is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. He trained for the theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated from The City College of New York with an M.S. in Education. A member of Screen Actor’s Guild/AFTRA and Actors’ Equity, he has worked in theater, film and television since 1973. His poetry, fiction and articles have been published in The New York Times, The Episcopal New Yorker, Xavier Review (New Orleans), Sensations Magazine, Third Wednesday, Marco Polo Arts Mag, Big City Lit, the website of The Beat Museum in San Francisco and in Podium, the online literary journal of the 92nd Street Y.  In 2000, his chapbook manuscript, Taxi Dreams, was a finalist in the Gival Press Chapbook Competition.  In 2006, that manuscript evolved into his first collection of poetry and prose, King Lear of the Taxi (Advent Purple Press). Two of the poems from his book were the subject of a short film, Taxi Driver, produced by Flashgun Films of Great Britain. The film was screened at the Portobello Film Festival in London in 2008. In 2011, Davidson was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his work in the anthology Pears, Prose and Poetry, published by Poets Wear Prada.  He was profiled in New York Magazine in July 2012, in an article about taxi drivers who moonlight in other professions. In August 2012, Davidso premiered his one-man show, King Lear of the Taxi: A Poetic Monologue, for the Boog City Art and Music Festival in Manhattan’s East Village.  In May 2013, Davidson was invited to read his postry at Joe’s Pub, presented by the PEN World Voices Festival as part of the Taxi Driver Writers’ Workshop.  Davidson has been a New York City taxi driver, full time and part time, for over 35 years to help subsidize his art.


John J. Trause with Ian & Sylvia Album at Anna Siano  & Michaelangelo DiNonno's Home May 11, 2013 Photo by DiNonno

JOHN J. TRAUSE, said to be the secret love child of Henri Langlois and Mary  Meerson (Or is it Marie Menken and Willard Maas?), is  the Director of Oradell Public Library and the author of Eye Candy for Andy: 13 Most Beautiful… Poems for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests; Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round; Seriously Serial; and Latter-Day Litany, the latter staged Off-Off Broadway.  His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, including the artists’ periodical Crossings, the Dada journal Maintenant, the journal Offerta Speciale, the Uphook Press anthologies Hell Strung and Crooked and -gape-seed-, and the Great Weather for Media anthology It’s Animal but Merciful.  He has shared the stage with Steven Van Zandt, Anne Waldman, Karen Finley, and Jerome Rothenberg, the page with Lita Hornick, William Carlos Williams, Woody Allen, Ted Kooser, and Pope John Paul II, and the cage with the Cumaean Sibyl, Ezra Pound, Hannibal Lector, Andrei Chikatilo, and George “The Animal” Steele.  He is a founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, NJ, and the former host and curator of its monthly reading series.  He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2009 – 2011).  For the sake of art Mr. Trause hung naked for one whole month in the summer of 2007 on the Art Wall of the Bowery Poetry Club.

Praise for John J. Trause’s EYE CANDY FOR ANDY: 13 Most Beautiful… Poems for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests

* Aphorisms… Minimalisms… Trauseisms… More fun with Andy

Taylor Mead, writer, actor, performer, poet, and one of Andy Warhol’s Superstars


* Brief as the lives on display, these utterly charming pieces resonate with eroticism, sentiment, devilish humor and unexpected editorial comment… fitting testament to one of the key moving image projects of the 20th Century.

Ron Magliozzi, Associate Curator, Department of Film, Museum of Modern Art, New York


* sighting by Billy.  i see the poem, read it, and find it charming, one of the 13 most beautiful…..

Billy Name, photographer, filmmaker, lighting designer, Warhol Factory Archivist

Start: July 18, 2013 7:00 PM
End: July 18, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

July 17, 2013

Mario López-Cordero Reads from His Debut Novel Monarch Season, with guests Martin Wilson and John Stewart Wynne, author of the new novel The Red Shoes

Mario López-Cordero is a journalist who has spent more than a decade writing about design, travel, fashion, and culture. He is currently the senior editor of Veranda and his writing has also appeared in New York, Travel + Leisure, and Martha Stewart Living; he previously held staff positions at Elle Decor, Harper’s Bazaar, and House Beautiful. He lives in New York City.

Monarch Season 

Devin Santos knows success is in the details: in the furrows of cobblestone abs, the thread count of Egyptian cotton sheets, the patina of iron window casements left purposely to rust. Add it all up, however, and something’s missing. The cracks are beginning to show in his relationship with domineering i‐banker Charlie Doherty, and no amount of chalky Venetian plaster can obscure them. When a neighborhood admirer appears alongside his best friend Jude at the Pines ferry terminal, Devin is at first unimpressed. But Frank Duma is confident, clever, and shameless in his pursuit of Devin. The cat‐and‐mouse, hot‐and‐cold relationship that develops will change both their lives forever.


Photo by Kevin McGrath

Photo by Kevin McGrath

Martin Wilson was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He received a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MFA from the University of Florida, where one of his short stories received a Henfield/Transatlantic Review Award. His debut novel, What They Always Tell Us (Delacorte Press, 2008), won the Alabama Author Award for best young adult book. The novel was also a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, an Indie Next Selection, an ALA-ALSC Rainbow List Selection, and a CCBC Choices Book. He lives in New York City. Visit him at www.martinwilsonwrites.com


John Stewart Wynne

John Stewart Wynne (aka John Wynne) is an American author of fiction.  He is also a Grammy-nominated producer of spoken word recordings.

He is the author of the short story collection The Other World (City Lights), which the James White Review called “one of the best books of the decade”, the novel Crime Wave (John Calder/Riverrun Press), and the chapbook The Sighting.  His new novel The Red Shoes will be published by Magnus Books in Summer 2013.

“His writing has been praised for its audacious originality, its beautiful imagery, the astute asides and wry observations of his characters, and his highly charged but often darkly comic mise-en-scènes. He has been hailed as the heir apparent to the tradition of  ‘outsider art’ exemplified by Tennessee Williams, Carson McCullers and Truman Capote.” (Wikipedia)

Wynne’s controversial narrative poem “Two Struggling Actresses”, about an actor consumed by the personality of Jayne Mansfield, appeared in The Paris Review.  His short fiction has been published in High Risk 2 and Christopher Street among numerous publications.

Wynne is also the producer of over one hundred audio books. They range from John Waters reading his Shock Value to F. Murray Abraham reading The Phantom of the Opera to John Kennedy, Jr. reading his father’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Profiles in Courage.

He wrote the first popular guide to spoken word recordings, The Listener’s Guide to Audio Books (Simon & Schuster).

He is at work on a new novel.


Start: July 17, 2013 7:00 PM
End: July 17, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

July 14, 2013

Dirty Looks On Location at the Bureau: Lynda Benglis + Harry Dodge

Fantastic Queer Narratives: Lynda Benglis, The Amazing Bow Wow + Harry Dodge, The Ass and the Lap Dog

Lynda BenglisThe Amazing Bow Wow, video, 32 min, 1976
Harry DodgeThe Ass and the Lap Dog, video, 33 min, 2013

Dirty Looks: On Location comes to Bureau of General Services – Queer Division for an evening of fantastic queer narratives, spanning more than thirty years of video art practice. Made in 1976, The Amazing Bow Wow is the only fully narrative video Lynda Benglis produced and follows the adventures of a talking, intersexed dog used by Benglis and her partner in their carnival sideshow act—until Benglis starts to fall for Bow Wow and things take a tragic turn.The Ass and the Lap Dog, from 2013, sees Harry Dodge attempting several on-camera interviews only to be bombarded with bizarre, insanely detailed descriptions of the videos his interviewees would like to make, to hilarious and hallucinatory effect.

Lynda Benglis was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1941. An important sculptor for more than three decades, Benglis also produced a pioneering body of feminist video in the 1970s. Immediate and visceral, her performance-based video work confronts issues raised by feminist theory, including the representation of women, the role of the spectator, and female sexuality. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the 39th Venice Biennale; Cheim & Read and Franklin Parrasch galleries in New York, among many other venues. In 2011, a retrospective of her work was exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. She has taught at the School of Visual Arts, the University of Arizona, Yale University, Princeton University and the California Institute of the Arts, among other schools. Benglis lives and works in New York.

Harry Dodge is an artist living and working in Los Angeles who makes shows that include video, performance, sculpture, and drawing. In the early 90s, Dodge was one of the founders of the now-legendary San Francisco community-based performance space, The Bearded Lady, which served as a gathering point for a pioneering, polysexual, queer literary and arts scene. In the latter part of 90s, Dodge wrote, directed, edited and starred in (with Silas Howard) a narrative feature film, By Hook or By Crook, which premiered at the Sundance Festival in 2002, and went on to become a cult classic, garnering five Best Feature awards at various film festivals. Dodge also performed in the 2000 John Waters film, Cecil B. Demented. Dodge has shown solo and collaborative work at venues including the 2008 Whitney Biennial; the Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; PS 1, Contemporary Art Center; Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York; and Wallspace Gallery, New York, among many others, and has work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Recent activities include a forthcoming book of drawings and a feature-length video, Camp Is A Tender Feeling (2013).


Start: July 14, 2013 7:00 PM
End: July 14, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

July 13, 2013

Queer Film Summer Camp: Jarman’s Sebastiane, Presented by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will introduce Derek Jarman‘s Sebastiane (1976), the second film in the Queer Film Summer Camp series, presented by the Bureau and Peter Hargrove (see below).

IMDB page for Sebastiane

The cultural engineer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is an avant-garde anti-hero whose remarkable body of underground work reminds us that when you believe something, artistic integrity demands that you live by it too. In 2007 h/er partner Lady Jaye BREYER dropped h/er body. Since that time Genesis continues to represent the amalgam BREYER P-ORRIDGE in the material “world” and Lady Jaye represents the amalgam BREYER P-ORRIDGE in the immaterial “world” creating an ongoing interdimensional collaboration. Their work documents the physical alterations s/he and the late Lady Jaye, endured within their project Pandrogeny, about re-union and re-solution of male and female to a perfecting hermaphroditic state. Genesis is one of the most rigorous and relentless agents of the postwar Anglo-American vanguard, interrogating the meaning and substance of identity in a peerless half-century program of willful reincarnation and shape-shifting. Embracing the body as not simply the vessel but the site of the avant-garde impulse, BREYER P-ORRIDGE has reinvented and reintroduced h/erself again and again—as Fluxus pioneer, groundbreaking performance artist, inventor of industrial music, “wrecker of civilization,” essayist and theoretician, and, most recently, as pandrogyne.



The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and Peter M. Hargrove, President of Hargrove Entertainment, Inc., proudly present Queer Film Summer Camp, a series devoted to queer films, or films viewed queerly. Queer Film Summer Camp will take place at the Bureau on the nine consecutive Saturday evenings in July and August. An exciting array of film critics and historians along with other queer and queer-friendly NYC-based arts professionals will introduce each film with a brief lecture.

Suggested donation of $10
Drinks will be served at 7 PM
The introductory lectures will begin at 8 PM

Start: July 13, 2013 7:00 PM
End: July 13, 2013 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

Come out and celebrate the launch of The OUTspoken Collection!

The OUTspoken Collection collaborates with queer artists to create products that playfully subvert the words/slander/euphemisms that coalesce into an [often-false] identity for men who have sex with men.  In short, we undefine ourselves.
Our first product is a tank top created by Minneapolis-based artist, Joe Sinness, based on Faggot.  The illustration is his interpretation of the traditional meaning of the word juxtaposed with its modern, hate-filled connotation.  Sinness’s expresses multiple levels of meaning through the arrangement objects found in the word’s history and combines them with gay ephemera (flowers, sex toys, etc).  Also, it looks really bad ass.
Wear your tank if you have one, purchase one at www.outspokencollection.com , or buy one at the event!




Start: July 13, 2013 4:00 PM
End: July 13, 2013 6:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States