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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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March 31, 2013

Last day of Alice O’Malley: Kenny Kenny 13

March 31 is the final day of the exhibition KENNY KENNY 13, photographs of Kenny Kenny by Alice O’Malley curated by Claire Fleury and Alesia Exum of Strange Loop Gallery.

Alice O’Malley lives and works in New York City. Her photographs have appeared in various publications including Art in AmericaI-D Magazine, Flash Art and New York Times Magazine. O’Malley’s first monograph, Community of Elsewheres, was published by Isis Editions in 2008 in conjunction with a solo exhibition by the same name.
She has exhibited at AIR, Participant, ICP and PS1, and other galleries in NYC.

Alice O’Malley on Kenny Kenny:
“Kenny Kenny assisted Leigh Bowery in London in the early eighties and he is a legendary stylist in his own right.
Like Bowery, his body is his palette. He also hosts the best nights in New York City. We did a series of portraits called ’13 looks’…a study of Kenny Kenny in his many guises.”

Start: March 31, 2013 8:00 PM
End: March 31, 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

David McConnell Reading & in Conversation with Zachary Pace & Lonely Christopher

David McConnell will be reading from his new book, American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men. He will be joined in conversation by Zachary Pace and Lonely Christopher.

In American Honor Killings, straight and gay guys cross paths, and the result is murder. But what really happened? What role did hatred play? What about bullying and abuse? What were the men involved really like, and what was going on between them when the murder occurred? American Honor Killings explores the truth behind squeamish reporting and uninformed political rants of the far right or fringe left. David McConnell, a New York-based novelist, researched cases from small-town Alabama to San Quentin’s death row. The book recounts some of the most notorious crimes of our era.

Beginning in 1999 and lasting until last year’s conviction of a youth in Queens, New York, the book shows how some murderers think they’re cleaning up society. Surprisingly, other killings feel almost preordained, not a matter of the victim’s personality or actions so much as a twisted display of a young man’s will to compete or dominate. We want to think these stories involve simple sexual conflict, either the killer’s internal struggle over his own identity or a fatally miscalculated proposition. They’re almost never that simple.

Together, the cases form a secret American history of rage and desire. McConnell cuts through cant and political special pleading to turn these cases into enduring literature. In each story, victims, murderers, friends, and relatives come breathtakingly alive. The result is more soulful, more sensitive, more artful than the sort of “true crime” writing the book was modeled on. A wealth of new detail has been woven into old cases, while new cases are plumbed for the first time. The resulting stories play out exactly as they happened, an inexorable sequence of events—grisly, touching, disturbing, sometimes even with moments of levity.

DAVID McCONNELL is the author of the acclaimed novels The Silver Hearted (a finalist for Lambda and Ferro-Grumley awards) and Firebrat. His short fiction and journalism have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including the Literary Review (UK), Granta, and Prospect magazine (UK). He is the former cochair of the Lambda Literary Foundation, and lives in New York City. 

ZACHARY PACE works at Grove/Atlantic and lives in Brooklyn. 

LONELY CHRISTOPHER is the author of the short story collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse. He wrote and directed the forthcoming film MOM and lives in Brooklyn.

Start: March 31, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 31, 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

March 28, 2013

BAD GRAMMAR Zine reading

Taking its name from assumptions and stereotypes of inarticulacy surrounding Black English and culture, BAD GRAMMAR Zine provides a platform for queer artists of color to document and discuss the artwork of their peers on their own terms, with their own language and in relation to their own culture. Started by Yulan GrantJustin Allen, and Brandon Owens as an in-house publication to accompany gallery shows at Culturefix bar and gallery in the Lower East Side, the zine is looking to branch out beyond the boundaries of the downtown NYC art world, publishing online and providing a limited edition of print copies of three of its issues at the zine’s showcase. The event will feature a reading of an interview from one of the issues by Justin Allen, a DJ Session by Brandon Owens, and Projections by Yulan Grant.


Start: March 28, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 28, 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

March 27, 2013

Queer Playwrights Collective: Short Plays by Local Queer Playwrights

Queer Playwrights Collective presents a handful of 10-minute plays by Local Queer Playwrights. Organized by photographer and writer Jeffrey James Keyes.


Works by the following playwrights will be presented:

Clarence Coo
Thirza Defoe
Paul Hagen
Jeffrey James Keyes
David Koteles
Mariah MacCarthy
Christopher Oscar Peña
Rob Rosiello


Jody Christopherson 
Matt W. Cody
Jon Cooper
Sanam Erfani
Andrew Glaszek
Yeauxlanda Kay
Joshua Levine
Libby Winters
Start: March 27, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 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

March 23, 2013

Filip Noterdaeme presents his new book The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart, with Penny Arcade

Filip Noterdaeme reads from his new book The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart
This conceptual memoir written in the style of Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, was published in March 2013 by Outpost19.

Filip Noterdaeme is the founder and director of the Homeless Museum of Art (HOMU), a pastiche of the contemporary art museum. He lives in New York City, where he teaches art history at the New School and CUNY, gives gallery lectures at the Guggenheim Museum, and writes a blog about art for The Huffington Post.



Penny Arcade reads from her forward to The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart and from her book Bad Reputation:
Performances, Essays, Interviews

Penny Arcade aka Susana Ventura is an internationally respected writer,poet, actress, director and one of the handful of artists who created and continue to define Performance Art for nearly three decades. Her unique voice and magnetic stage presence have given her mainstream career recognition far beyond  America’s shores, from Brazil to Austria, Australia to  Britain to Mexico.

Penny Arcade debuted with John Vaccaro’s explosive Playhouse of The Ridiculous at 18 years , and was a Warhol Factory superstar at 19, featured in the Warhol film Women In Revolt, available on DVD .

With an artistic career spanning 40 years, Penny Arcade occupies a unique position in the American counter-culture and the American Avant-Garde. HM Koutoukas referred to her as “The Little Sister of The Avant-garde” because of her long association with the architects of the American counter culture including Andy Warhol, Charles Henri Ford, John Vaccaro, Judith Malina, Ellen Stewart, Jackie Curtis, HM Koutukas,  Taylor Mead, Jonas Mekas, Jack Smith, Harry Smith, Tom O’Horgan, Charles Ludlam, among others.

Penny Arcade’s work has long focused on the other and the outsider, giving voice to those marginalized by society and her decades long focus on the creation of community and inclusion as the goals of performance. Her efforts to use performance as a transformative act mark her as a true original in American theatre and performance art. Many of her theatrical innovations have passed into the mainstream of both American and international theatre and performance.

In 1991 Quentin Crisp identified Ms Arcade as his soul mate and anima figure , the woman he most identified with and their friendship became professional and they presented performances together for close to a decade.

Her highly praised, award winning documentary project The LES Bio Project, “Stemming The Tide Of Cultural Amnesia” which she co-creates with long time collaborator video producer Steve Zehentner has been broadcasted weekly in NY since 1999 every Wednesday at 11pm on Ch 34 Time /Warner and RCN 112 and cybercasts each wed at 10:30 at www.mnn.org

Visit www.pennyarcde.tv , pennyarcadesuperstar FB

Twitter pennyarcadenyc

Start: March 23, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 23, 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