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Events

June 6, 2017

USS presents the poetry of John Paul Davis

 

We are so excited to have John Paul Davis read his poems for you from his latest collection Crown Prince of Rabbits, published by Great Weather for Media. We are also having a fabulous open mic.

6:30pm: Writing Workshop Itiola Jones
7:30pm: sign-up and socialize
8:00pm: Feature and Show

Suggested Donation: $5
All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible

Heres more about John Paul Davis and his great book:

JOHN PAUL DAVIS was born in Durham, North Carolina, and has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Ohio, and New York City. He is a graduate of East Carolina University and DePaul University. His writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Word Riot, The Journal, MUZZLE Magazine, RATTLE, Four Way Review, and Bat City Review. He is a former poetry editor for Em Literary and Bestiary Magazine. He helped run or host numerous poetry and variety shows including Page Meets Stage and The Encyclopedia Show. John Paul lives with his wife in New York City, where he works as a web developer, makes music and visual art, and writes poems. Crown Prince of Rabbits is his first book of poetry. Check out the digital album for Crown Prince of Rabbits on Bandcamp.

In Crown Prince of Rabbits, John Paul Davis unravels poetic self-portraits, breaking the spine of love and the language of serrated relationships. He shines the moon in his face to capture every angle, which not always flatters, but digs at the roots and rot of endings. This is a book that will feel like a novel, with upheavals and road trips (with music). His exit signs ask questions that even the reader can/should ponder. This is a book to drink with whiskey or strong coffee. This is a book that will leave you meditating on why it is we give our feelings away.

 

 

 

Start: June 6, 2017 6:30 PM
End: June 6, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested $5-10 donation

June 4, 2017

CopWatch/HateWatch Training

 

CopWatch is an effective and legal tool for empowering communities, ending police misconduct, unprofessional behavior, and discrimination. You have the right to observe and record all police activities in public places. Learn how to exercise your rights safely and legally. Workshop will be taught by comedian and activist Elsa Waithe. Suggested donation of $5 to $10, but no one will be turned away.

 

Spread the word!!!

 

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“What to do if you’re stopped by the police”: a handy guide from the New York Civil Liberties Union. Print it out. Share it widely. Keep it with you. And you can find other “know your rights” cards (in English and Spanish) here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: June 4, 2017 6:00 PM
End: June 4, 2017 8:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

From one white person to another: workshop

 

Join us for an afternoon of self reflection and action.
 
Heather Marie Scholl created “From one white person to another” fill in the blank stickers almost 2 years ago. They have appeared on the streets in NYC and DC. We will be creating short slogans and sayings for these stickers. By centering our discussion around this fun and low stress activity, we will unleash our courage and creativity! To warm up we will be talking about our experiences interrupting racism, what we could do differently.
 
All stickers created during the workshop will be left with us and we will stealthily place them around town. Your voice will be heard (anonymously).
 
The focus on this workshop is white people addressing other white people, as we believe it is our responsibility to intervene and to resist racism wherever it appears. However, we do not believe in creating public white only events, all people are welcome!
 
This is a vulnerable and safe space, things you share and hear may make you uncomfortable. Come as you are, be prepared to share, and to be challenged.
 
Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
 
 
Heather Marie Scholl is an artist and activist. Her work examines social justice issues with an embodied and productive emotionality. Currently her main focus is addressing racial justice, white supremacy and anti-blackness
 
Sophie Ellman-Golan is the Deputy Head of Social Media Strategy and Campaign Outreach at Women’s March. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she’s a proud member of the #JewishResistance.
 
 
 
 

Start: June 4, 2017 3:00 PM
End: June 4, 2017 5:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

June 3, 2017

Book Launch for Jesse Harrod’s “Low Ropes Course”

 
Join us for a party to launch the first artist’s book from Philadelphia-based sculptor and installation artist Jesse Harrod, Low Ropes Course.

Low Ropes Jesse Harrod

 

We’ll hear some of the 70′s and 80′s-era music the book’s several conversations site as inspiration—and which form a distinctive mixtape bundled with the book! Jesse will be engaged in an open conversation with NYC-based artist Chris Bogia and curator Danny Orendorff. And of course we’ll have books for sale! “Low Ropes Course” from Publication Studio Hudson is saturated with Harrod’s vibrant and often riotous and politically charged art works—drawings, Macramé and paracord sculptures, and installation— with a generous spectra of both formal commentary and free-flowing dialogues with fellow artists working in the veins of craft, queerness, the Maximalism aesthetic, and feminist politics. Presented by Publication Studio Hudson.

 
 
Artist Jesse Harrod produces both large and mid-scale installations and sculptures out of what she calls “femmy detritus”: brash, colorful, and lowbrow materials – including sequins, fringe, and Sculpey – conventionally associated with hobby crafts and domesticity. Harrod has an MFA from the department of Fiber and Material Studies from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She is currently the Head of Fibers & Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.

 

 
Danny Orendorff is an independent curator, writer, activist, and teacher living where ever he happens to be working now, ngers-crossed. His work explores the intersections of DIY and/or craft-oriented cultural produc- tion, histories of grassroots social-jus- tice activism, and theories of gender and sexuality. Orendorff’s curatorial projects have been presented by the DePaul Art Museum (Chicago, IL), SFCamerawork (San Francisco, CA), Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MO), The Center for Craft, Cre- ativity & Design (Asheville, NC),Three- walls (Chicago, IL) and Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), among others. Find him at DanDannyDaniel.com.

 

 
Chris Bogia was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1977. He studied art at both New York University (BA 00’) and Yale University (MFA sculpture 04’). He has been showing is work in New York and Abroad for over 16 years. Bogia currently lives and works in Queens, New York. Chris Bogia is the co-founder of the Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), the first LGBTQ artist residency program located in Cherry Grove, on Fire Island, NY. He teaches at both New York University and Bruce High Quality University. He was awarded both the Alice Kimball Traveling Fellowship and the Larry Kramer Initiative research grant for Lesbian and Gay studies from Yale University.

 

 

 

 

Start: June 3, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 3, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

June 2, 2017

Resist, Rebel, Transgress: Lesbian Avengers Susana Cook and Ana Simo

 

In conjunction with the Bureau’s current exhibition, The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition:
Join us for a reading/performance of Susana Cook and Ana Simo, two former Avengers, who are capping off the “Resist, rebel, transgress” event series celebrating Lesbian Avengers 25 at the Bureau.

 

The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition is on view at the Bureau through June 4, 2017.

We did it, and we’ll do it again! A multimedia activist exhibit celebrating the Lesbian Avengers, formed 25 years ago during another surge of hardcore misogyny, and anti-gay, white Nationalist hate. Includes still photos, flyers, posters, slide shows, and video. Were you there? We welcome your participation. This mobile exhibit won’t take on its final form until late April. In June, it will begin to pop up all over the country. Including a neighborhood near you!

 

 

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Ana Simo is a New York writer and lesbian activist. Born in Cuba, she studied in France, where she also participated in early feminist and LGBT groups. In New York she began to write plays and co-founded the lesbian theater Medusa´s Revenge (1976-1980), the activist group The Lesbian Avengers (1992), the weekly public access cable program Dyke TV (1995), and in 2000, the groundbreaking publication, The Gully online magazine, offering queer views on everything.  Her New York Times-reviewed plays have been produced in such venues as PS 122, Theatre for the New City, INTAR Hispanic Arts Center and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. “How To Kill Her,” her short feature film with Ela Troyano, has been widely screened in festivals in the U.S. and abroad. A CD of her play The Opium War with music by Zeena Parkins was released by Roulette. Her novel Heartland is forthcoming from Restless Books.

 

 

Susana Cook

Susana Cook directs all her shows and performs in them with her company . Her work is bold and funny, cleverly tackling racism, homophobia and animal rights.  Her cast is comprised mostly of minority and queer women.  Her work has been presented in numerous performance spaces in New York City, including La Mama, Dixon Place, W.O.W Cafe Theater and The Kitchen. She also performed internationally in Spain, France, India,  Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Canada.

Some of her latest shows are : NON-Consensual Relationships with Ghosts, Samantha Ibarrola la mujer inexplicable, Conversations with Humans, We Are Caligula, The Funeral of the Cow, The Homophobes, The Fury of the Gods, Homeland Insecurities,  The idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats:The Fantasy of Extermination and Tango Lesbiango

Her work is archived at the Digital Video Library of The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics of New York University.

http://hidvl.nyu.edu/search/?fq=collectionId%3ASusanaCookcollection&q=

 

 

 

Start: June 2, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 2, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to $10 to benefit both the traveling exhibition The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.