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Events

February 26, 2013

Queer Lives in Print: A Memoir-writing workshop

The instructor’s goal is to collect enough pieces over a year or so to include in an anthology to be published be Queer Street Books, Inc. Participants will need to bring pen and paper or an electronic device on which they can write. About the instructor: Hal W. Lanse, PhD is an author, educator and literacy coach. His education book Read Well, Think Well (Adams Media) was hot-listed on Amazon.com. His book The Rainbow Curriculum (Queer Street Books) is designed for educators who want to teach queer history to adolescents.

Start: February 26, 2013 7:00 PM
End: February 26, 2013 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Address:
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

February 25, 2013

Samantha Box in conversation

Photographer Samantha Box will discuss her photographs with Alexis Heller. Box’s exhibition Invisible, currently on view, is presented by Strange Loop Gallery and the Bureau of General Services–Queer Division.

Since 2005, Samantha Box has dedicated herself to documenting New York City’s community of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth.

Her on-going project, INVISIBLE, has been recognized by the Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights, EN FOCO, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. It has been widely exhibited, most notably, in 2010 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY, and in 2011 as part of the Open Society Institute’s “Moving Walls #18” exhibition. INVISIBLE is fiscally sponsored by the Blue Earth Alliance; images from this project are part of EN FOCO’s permanent collection.

INVISIBLE has been featured on The Raw File, 100eyes Magazine, and on TIME magazine’s LightBox blog.

Samantha was born in Kingston, Jamaica, was raised in Edison, New Jersey and is now based in Brooklyn, New York.

Alexis Heller is a social worker, storyteller and advocate who has worked to empower LGBTQ youth in settings such as foster care, shelters, drop-in centers and schools. She is currently the founder/director of The Hear Me ROAR! Project and Coalition for Queer Youth, and is curating an LGBTQ homeless youth focused exhibition at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art this July.

Please note that the Bureau is closed on Mondays. We will open at 7 PM for this event, which will begin at 8 PM.

Start: February 25, 2013 8:00 PM
End: February 25, 2013 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Address:
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

February 24, 2013

Queer Division: Readings by Max Steele, Sophia Le Fraga, and Julian Talamantez Brolaski

QUEER DIVISION is a reading series of queer writers who queer writing to engage all things pretty, ugly, and in-between hosted by Andrew Durbin at the Bureau of General Services–Queer Division.

Photograph by Amos Mac

Max Steele is a performer and writer. He has presented work at the New Museum, Rapture Cafe, Deitch Projects, Envoy Enterprises, and the Queens Museum of Art. He writes the psychedelic porno poetry zine Scorcher, and is an Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
 
Sophia Le Fraga‘s poetry has appeared in Lambda Literary Review’s Poetry Spotlight, The Broome Street Review, and Lemon Hound, among other publications. It has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum and the Corcoran Gallery, and in 2011, her Whitman erasure Song of Me and Myself was shown throughout Berlin. Her chapbook I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (Keep This Bag Away From Children) was exhibited in Valle Ortí’s Online/Offline: Encoding Everyday Life show in Valencia, Spain. Her collection, I RL, YOU RL is forthcoming.

 
 
Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of Advice for Lovers (City Lights 2012), gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011) and co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press / Belladonna Books 2009).  Julian lives in Brooklyn where xe is an editor at Litmus Press and plays country music with Juan & the Pines (www.reverbnation.com/juanandthepines). New work is on the blog hermofwarsaw.

Andrew Durbin co-edits Wonder, a publisher of art books, ephemera, pamphlets, and glossies. He is the author of the chapbook Reveler (Argos Books, forthcoming January 2013). His writings have appeared (or are forthcoming) in the Boston Review, The Brooklyn RailConjunctionsMaggy, and elsewhere. He is an associate editor of Conjunctions, and lives in New York City.

Start: February 24, 2013 7:00 PM
End: February 24, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Address:
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

Artemis Smith (Annselm Morpurgo) at 5 PM, Queer Division: Readings by Max Steele, Sophia Le Fraga, and Julian Talamantez Brolaski at 7 PM

5 PM: Artemis Smith (Annselm Morpurgo), author, activist, futurist, artist, poet, and playwright, will read from her pre-Stonewall lesbian pulp fiction classic novels, archival reprints, and newer fiction at BGDQD bookstore 2/24/13 at 5pm.  This will be Artemis Smith’s first public reading since 1973.

Artemis Smith is best remembered for her historic lesbian pulp fiction novels but started publishing gay fiction in ONE Magazine in the early 1950s.  A pioneering activist, she was elected vice president at the first meeting of Mattachine Society of New York and introduced the slogan “Come out of the Closet” at the 1968 ECHO meeting.

7 PM: Queer Division: Readings by Max Steele, Sophia Le Fraga, and Julian Talamantez Brolaski 

 

Start: February 24, 2013 5:00 PM
End: February 24, 2013 6:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Address:
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

February 23, 2013

Readings by Laury Egan and Shelley Marlow–Musical performance by Scott Matthew

Laury A. Egan is the author of a collection, Fog and Other Stories, (May 2012, StoneGarden.net Publishing) and a psychological suspense novel set in Venice, Jenny Kidd (Vagabondage Press), from which she will read. Her two poetry collections, Snow, Shadows, a Stranger and Beneath the Lion’s Paw, were issued by FootHills Publishing. Her work has received nominations for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, Best of the Net, and has appeared in over 35 literary journals. Web site:http://www.lauryaegan.com/


Shelley Marlow is an artist and writer. Marlow’s latest manuscript Two Augusts in a Row in a Row, from which she will read, blends new magic with a story about gender identity, with Phillip, born Philomena, in search of love, in 2001. Marlow’s novella, Lesbians of Arabia, is set in an imagined feminist world, circa 1990.

Marlow’s nonfiction essay, Notes in Kyzyl, about a trip to meet shamans in Siberia, appears in the St. Petersburg Review,http://drupal.stpetersburgreview.com/drupal/?q=issue3. Marlow’s visual art was recently shown at Valentine Gallery, and published in Drunken Boat issue # 16; LTTR journal; The Literary Review; and Zingmagazine.


Scott Matthew
“For some it seems a mistake, for me it’s a way of life.”

It’s a lyric from Aussie-born New Yorker, Scott Matthew’s new album, which also tells the story of Matthews’ own journey. In a nutshell, it’s a life of tragically beautiful music, brimming with longing for a sanctuary; a place to wait for a love that will surely come some day.

For this bearded angel – whom Rolling Stone mag aptly likens to Antony Hegarty and androgynous-era Bowie – writing and recording third solo album, Gallantry’s Favorite Son, was the time “I came to terms with myself”. The result is a more confident, self-assured Matthew tackling issues like bigotry, intolerance and afterlives. With confidence comes joy too, so in first single “The Wonder Of Falling In Love” we find Matthew dancing in a more playful pop playground reminiscent of 2009’s “Thistle.” Together with newie “Felicty,” Matthew weaves connectors between Scott Walker and Devendra Banhart; Council-era Paul Weller and Burt Bacharach’s lush string pop.

But that doesn’t mean the goose bumps have diminished. Matthew’s emotive quiver still “cuts like lovingly administered razors” [Sydney Morning Herald]. In haunting new songs like “Sinking,” “Buried Alive” and “Black Bird,” the man whose worldwide mustering of hearts in queer-comedy-drama Shortbus [director John Cameron Mitchell’s follow-up to Hedwig & The Angry Inch] continues stealing breath. Administering to the listener’s innermost core, he offers an elixir of dark cabaret, restorative folk and gently caressing ballads.

It’s little wonder Rhythms Mag called Matthew’s last album “Mesmerizing,” while “Extremely Beautiful,” “Heartbreaking,” “Brilliant, Stunning, Haunting,” “Hypnotizing… Gorgeous… Heart-melting… Captivating” are just some descriptors proffered in other reviews.

By now it’s clear Matthew’s emotional investment in songs is huge: Matthew and the listener – it’s a heart to heart exchange. This may be more apparent now, than his earlier outings as a Brizzy punk protégé, or in first band Elva Snow with ex-Morrissey man Spencer Cobrin, but as we said at the start, it’s a lifetime’s work, a journey of commitment. “When friendship becomes family, it helps me with the mystery” sings Matthew. His music is like a diary whose secrets are shared with an intimate circle of friends. Welcome to the circle.

Start: February 23, 2013 7:00 PM
End: February 23, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Address:
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States