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May 2, 2013

Opening Reception for Common Threads: Martin Keehn

Common Threads: Martin Keehn brings together artists who have inspired his work over many years and who continue to inform his esthetic today. These are his friends, his mentors, and collectively they form a self-portrait of Martin Keehn the designer. The exhibition runs from Thursday, May 2, through Sunday, May 5.

The four-day show includes:

Jack Pierson Bieber Bags for Martin Keehn (signed, edition of 100)

Film by TJ Wilcox

T-shirts by Jared Buckhiester for Martin Keehn (signed, edition of 50)

Portrait of Farrah by Joe Mama-Nitzberg and Marc Swanson

“Oh no she di’ent” wig portrait booth by Jimmy Paul as photographed by Damani Moyd

Installations by David Yarritu and Paul Zumbo

Work and performances by Martyn Thompson

MAKE-IT-MARGIELA booth by Martin Keehn

Special appearance by The Crystal Ark DJs on opening night, Thursday, May 2, 6-9 PM

Start: May 2, 2013 6:00 PM
End: May 2, 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

May 1, 2013

Rev. Dr. Caroline Addington Hall reads from her new book A Thorn in the Flesh: How Gay Sexuality Is Changing the Episcopal Church

With the vote to bless same-sex marriages, the Episcopal Church becomes the largest U.S. denomination to officially sanction same-sex relationships. Homosexuality has become a flashpoint at the intersection of religion, family, and politics. A Thorn in the Flesh: How Gay Sexuality is Changing the Episcopal Church tells the story of how homosexuality has been used to further conservative political agendas, both here and abroad. This provocative book is not a history of the movement for gay inclusion, nor a history of the movement for a new, conservative Anglican church in the Americas. Instead, it is a comparison of the conservative and the liberal parts of the church. Hall explores the rapid changes that have happened in Western society in the past fifty years that have led to the acceptance of same-sex marriage and homosexuality. This change has not come easily and even after nearly four decades, gay marriage remains a politically divisive issue in the United States and England.

Rev. Dr.Caroline Addington Hall is priest-in-charge of St Benedict’s Episcopal Church in California and President of Integrity, the lesbian and gay ministry in the Episcopal Church. She is a frequent contributor to the blog Walking with Integrity. Hall and her spouse were among the first gay couples married in California when marriage became legal for same-sex couples in 2008.

Praise for A Thorn in the Flesh: How Gay Sexuality is Changing the Episcopal Church

“This is Episcopal history at its best and a compelling story that needs to be told. Hall narrates with intelligence and accuracy the past 50 years of prejudice and pride. Her wide vision encompasses the critical intersections of shifts in religion, politics and contemporary cultural awareness about homosexuality.”

–Fredrica Harris Thompsett, Ph.D., Mary Wolfe Professor of Historical Theology, Episcopal Divinity School

“For over fifty years, the Episcopal Church has struggled to appreciate faithfulness and holiness among LGBT Christians. Caroline Addington Hall has given us a richly informative account of this disturbing, provocative, and inspiring strand of our history. Reading this book is good background for those who would continue to move the Anglican Communion forward.”

—Reverend Canon Dr. Marilyn McCord Adams, formerly Regius Professor of Divinity, Oxford

“The Anglican upheaval over homosexuality has found its historian. Caroline Addington Hall does not disclaim her own perspective on the debate, no credible commentator can as the earth still trembles with change, but she tells both sides of the story with remarkable and thorough care. A Thorn in the Flesh will be the benchmark against which later works on this subject will be measured.”

—Reverend Harry Knox, President and CEO, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Start: May 1, 2013 7:00 PM
End: May 1, 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

April 28, 2013

Lethe Press presents readings by Steve Berman, Richard Bowes, Tom Cardamone, and Sam J. Miller.

Steve Berman is a four-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for his editorial releases (including the annual HEIRESSES OF RUSS and WILDE STORIES series) and a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy for VINTAGE: A GHOST STORY. He has sold nearly a hundred articles, essays, and short stories. He is also the owner and publisher of Lethe Press, which began in 2001. He resides in southern New Jersey.

In 1992, Richard Bowes began writing a series of semi-autobiographical stories narrated by Kevin Grierson. These stories were published primarily in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and later became the novel MINIONS OF THE MOON. One story, “Streetcar Dreams,” won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella. The novel itself won the Lambda Literary Award and has just been reissued (with a brand new Grierson story) by Lethe Press. His fiction has a decidedly “New York” sensibility.

Tom Cardamone‘s edgy weird fiction has earned him two spots as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Publishers Weekly wrote of his novella, GREEN THUMB: “evocative prose and detailed settings to capture the hypnotic rhythms of the sea, then takes a darker, more erotic and psychedelic turn….” His newest book is PACIFIC RIMMING from Chelsea Station Editions.

Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. A graduate of the 2012 Clarion Writers Workshop, he co-edited, with Aviva Briefel, HORROR AFTER 9/11, a critical anthology published by the University of Texas Press, which was included in the “Brilliant/Lowbrow” quadrant of New York Magazine’s famed “Approval Matrix.” His short stories have appeared in such venues as The Minnesota Review, Strange Horizons, Fiction International, Arts & Letters, The Rumpus, and the spring volume of Icarus: the Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction.

Start: April 28, 2013 3:00 PM
End: April 28, 2013 5:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

April 27, 2013

Divine Decadence: An Upcoming Collection by Domonique Echeverria

On Saturday, April 27th, Domonique Echeverria will be previewing some select pieces for her upcoming collection, Divine Decadence; an ode to 1920s illustrator and designer Erte, Cabaret and late 60s, early 70s Rock n Roll. The preview will be presented by some of her most treasured New York City muses such as Kenny Kenny, Dylan Monroe, Mona Marlowe, Valerie Geffner, and Jeffrey Gaunt. The show will also feature facial structures and makeup by Ryan Burke.

Dj Primo Pitino spins disco and old rock n roll for this event!

Domonique Echeverria is a designer inspired by and fully carrying the flame of utter glamour and decadence—touchstones including Weimar Berlin, (and its most famous theatrical representation!) the feathered and jeweled arch elegance of old Hollywood, and the wildest expanses of disco and glam rock culture all comingle in her exquisite and extravagant creations. A longtime nightlife personality in her native San Francisco and current home of New York, Ms. Echeverria’s glorious mode draws further life from the jungle of drag queens, sex workers, and performers of all stripes with whom she prowls her nights and early mornings, all married to a deep appreciation and understanding of the aesthetics of surrealism. As a creator she is aggressively self-possessed, focused largely on the approach to all body types as potential art material and on the rich transformative and playfully performative aspects of experimental couture. In addition to her regular occupations as a party hostess, model and muse, Domonique’s own work has been enjoying a flowering ascent–she has been tireless in producing her own shows in NYC and has been increasingly tapped as a costumer of rigorous craft and volcanic imagination. Her work stands a bright young hope of chola rock & roll hedonism.

Start: April 27, 2013 7:00 PM
End: April 27, 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

April 26, 2013

Queer Division IV: Johnson, Frost, Morrill

Andrew Durbin‘s reading series at the Bureau continues. The fourth installment will feature readings by Paul Foster Johnson, Jackqueline Frost, and Erin Morrill.

Paul Foster Johnson is the author of the poetry collections Study in Pavilions and Safe Rooms and Refrains / Unworkings, as well as Quadriga, a chapbook he cowrote with E. Tracy Grinnell. From 2003 to 2006, he curated the Experiments and Disorders reading series at Dixon Place. He has served as a co-editor of Litmus Press/Aufgabe and is the editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter.


Jackqueline Frost was born and raised in the Deep South, and now lives in Oakland, California. Her first full-length book, The Antidote, is forthcoming from Compline. Her poetry and essays have appeared, or are forthcoming in Rethinking Marxism, Lana Turner, The Death and Life of American Cities, Poetic Labor Project, What is Called Violence, Queer City, and LIES: a journal of materialist feminism. She works as an oyster-shucker and a research assistant in antique literatures.


Erin Morrill is the editor of Trafficker Press. She lives in New York.

Start: April 26, 2013 7:00 PM
End: April 26, 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