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Aural Fixation: A Post-Pride Fiction Extravaganza

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  Ready for summer? We know we are. Please join us for an evening of sultry tales and sizzling yarns as authors VIET DINH (After Disasters), DENNIS NORRIS (“Food 4 THOT”), ERIC SASSON  (Admissions, Margins of Tolerance), and JONATHAN VATNER (Carnegie Hill) provide the aural delights. Your ears will never be the same.     [...]

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Events

November 22, 2013

Book launch for The Seventh Pleiade, by Andrew J. Peters

Description of The Seventh Pleiade (Bold Strokes Books, 2013):

Atlantis is besieged by violent storms, tremors, and a barbarian army. For sixteen-year-old Aerander, it’s a calamitous backdrop to his Panegyris, where boys are feted for their passage to manhood.

Amid a secret web of romances among the celebrants, Aerander’s cousin Dam goes missing with two boys. With the kingdom in crisis, no one suspects the High Priest Zazamoukh, though Aerander uncovers a conspiracy to barter boys for dark spiritual power. Aerander’s proof—an underground vault that disappears in the morning—brings shame on his family and charges of lunacy. The only way for Aerander to regain his honor is to prove what really happened to the missing boys.

Tracking Dam leads Aerander on a terrifying and fantastical journey. He spots a star that hasn’t been seen for centuries. He uncovers a legend about an ancient race of men who hid below the earth. And traveling to an underground world, he learns about matters even more urgent than the missing boys. The world aboveground is changing, and he will have to clear a path for the kingdom’s survival.

AJ Peters

Andrew J. Peters likes retold stories with a subversive twist, particularly when that twist turns heteronormativity on its head. The Seventh Pleiade, the story of a gay teen who becomes a hero during the last days of Atlantis, is his first novel. A 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow, Andrew has written short fiction for numerous publications. He lives in New York City with his partner and their cat, Chloë.
Photo Credit: Larry Black

 

 

 

Start: November 22, 2013 8:30 PM
End: November 22, 2013 10:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

November 21, 2013

Queerocracy Monthly Meeting

This month QUEEROCRACY will host a meeting that interactively attempts to map out the diverse overlapping ways in which we respond to HIV/AIDS through the use of imagery. We hope that these conversations and art-related activities facilitated throughout the night will lead us to conceive of how we can produce our own unique AIDS iconography.

Each meeting QROC will be teaming up with a new organization or individual within NYC AIDS activism to workshop with meeting attendees creative and alternative ways of participating actively in the movement to end HIV criminalization and related issues. The meetings will be hands on and will allow anyone attending to leave the meeting with a task and project at hand to stay connected and as involved as they feel comfortable and capable

The group/individual we will be workshopping with this month is: THEODORE KERR 

Canadian born Theodore Kerr, is a New York based writer, artist and organizer. He works with Visual AIDS, a non profit which supports artists living with HIV/AIDS, and uses art to tell the world that AIDS is NOT OVER.

queerocracy

QUEEROCRACY is an activist organization cultivating the leadership of queer folks and people living with HIV/AIDS in NYC. Through direct action organizing, membership led advocacy campaigns, educational trainings and political art and media we challenge and fight back against the existing structures that thrive on the punishment of positive and queer folks. QUEEROCRACY is dedicated to ending the AIDS crisis and the stigma, discrimination and criminalization that fuel its existence.

 

 

 

Start: November 21, 2013 7:00 PM
End: November 21, 2013 7:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

November 18, 2013

The Bureau On Hand at Situational Junta #2: An Unlikely Diplomatic Alliance

The Bureau will be on hand to sell books at the second installation of Situational Junta: An Unlikely Diplomatic Alliance

Location: The Bowery Arts + Science at The Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery, between Bleecker and Houston

Dates: Mondays, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16

The second Situational Junta, on Monday, November 18, will feature:

Emcee: DW Gibson (of the Kristiania Collective)

Main Dish: Lee Ann Norman’s ‘This is Our House: On music, memory, and the politics of culture’

Time: 6-8pm

$10

{Each evening begins with a happy hour from 6pm to 7pm, and a live radio broadcast from 7-8pm.}

 

ABOUT THE SERIES

The United States Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) and the Associação Espaço Cultural Lanchonete (aka Lanchonete) are taking over Bowery Poetry for a series of evening encounters and exchanges, one part happy hour and the other part radio talk show… shaken, stirred, and served straight up on the airwaves! For three evenings this Fall, Situational Junta poses a simple question: If artists are empowered to innovate on a large enough scale to interrupt the status quo, what would that look like?

Antonio Gramsci wrote that “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” Situational Junta convenes a cast of unlikely midwives to cross borders and spark whimsy as they search for workarounds (or gambiarra) to the present condition and stoke a hunger for something new. Equal parts salon, happening, cabaret, and fireside chat, Situational Junta is a mash-up of ideas and forms building new alliances and bridging Bowery Poetry’s past to the future.

Description: Each evening is designed as a radio talk show, hosted by an emcee, and featuring a main guest or guests. In addition to their interview-conversation or performance, guests may prompt the audience to speak amongst themselves as music takes over the broadcast. A rotating, intergenerational, interdisciplinary cast of characters round out the hour through a tightly choreographed sequence of commentary, artist work, news flashes, and ‘commercial breaks’. People and projects emerge in unlikely proximity. Music, ideas, and drinks flow and the evening culminates with a soapbox open mic that invites audience members to join the broadcast. The <<main dish>> is surrounded by a sequence of newsflashes, ‘commercial breaks’, and urgent interventions by a retinue of creative schemers and artful dreamers.

 

Start: November 18, 2013 6:00 PM
End: November 18, 2013 8:00 PM
Venue: The Bowery Poetry Club
Address:
308 Bowery, New York, NY, 10012, United States
Cost: $10

November 15, 2013 – November 16, 2013

The Bureau’s 1st Birthday!

On November 15, 2012 the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division was born at Strange Loop Gallery. Let us now celebrate the first anniversary of this momentous event! Following the book signing with Tom Bianchi please stick around for the party! Featuring performances by Buzz Slutzky and Stephen Boyer at 9. And then we will dance to DJ Dandylion‘s beats!

 

Buzz Slutzky

Buzz Slutzky is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer, and curator. Buzz works in a range of media, particularly in drawing, video, and performance. They are a former Curator of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and currently work as a student and Research Assistant in the Parsons MFA Fine Arts program. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Buzz’s work has been shown at La Mama’s SQUIRTS: New Voices in Queer Performance, The MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, Dixon Place, and Ed. Varie Gallery. Their projects have been written about by Artforum.com, The Huffington Post, TimeOut NY, and NEXT Magazine. Buzz’s collaboration with LJ Roberts The Queer Houses of Brooklyn is the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

 

Stephen Boyer, photograph by Amos Mac

Stephen Boyer, photograph by Amos Mac

Stephen Boyer is a writer, performer, curator, painter, activist, etc…. best known for working in porn, working to compile the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, and for their novel Parasite, available at the Bureau. Form more Stpehn, visit Stephen’s blog Minor Progression.

 

Dandylion

DJ Dandylion

Visit Dandylion’s website spintuition.com

 

 

 

Start: November 15, 2013 9:00 PM
End: November 16, 2013 12:00 AM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

Tom Bianchi book signing, Fire Island Pines: Polaroids, 1975-1983

Join us for a book signing with photographer Tom Bianchi for his recent book:

Fire Island Pines: Polaroids, 1975-1983
Published by Damiani
Edited by Ben Smales. Introduction by Edmund White. Text by Tom Bianchi.

Growing up in the 1950s, Tom Bianchi would head into downtown Chicago and pick up 25-cent “physique” magazines at newsstands. In one such magazine, he found a photograph of bodybuilder Glenn Bishop on Fire Island. “Fire Island sounded exotic, perhaps a name made up by the photographer,” he recalls in the preface to his latest monograph. “I had no idea it was a real place. Certainly, I had no idea then that it was a place I would one day call home.” In 1970, fresh out of law school, Bianchi began traveling to New York, and was invited to spend a weekend at Fire Island Pines, where he encountered a community of gay men. Using an SX-70 Polaroid camera, Bianchi documented his friends’ lives in the Pines, amassing an image archive of people, parties and private moments. These images, published here for the first time, and accompanied by Bianchi’s moving memoir of the era, record the birth and development of a new culture. Soaked in sun, sex, camaraderie and reverie, Fire Island Pines conjures a magical bygone era.

 

TomBianchiheadshot
Tom Bianchi was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 1970. He became a corporate attorney, eventually working with Columbia Pictures in New York, painting and drawing on weekends. His artwork came to the attention of Betty Parsons and Carol Dreyfuss and they gave him his first one-man painting show in 1980. In 1984, he was given his first solo museum exhibition at the Spoleto Festival. After Bianchi’s partner died of AIDS in 1988, he turned his focus to photography, producing Out of the Studio, a candid portrayal of gay intimacy. Its success led to producing numerous monographs, including On the Couch, Deep Sex, and In Defense of Beauty.

 

 

Start: November 15, 2013 8:00 PM
End: November 15, 2013 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States