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March 13, 2013

Contributors to The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves

Readings by contributors to The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves, edited by Sarah Moon.

Confirmed readers:

Sarah Moon is a teacher, writer, and translator. She is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University. She teaches at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn.

James Lecesne is an actor, writer, and activist. His Academy-Award winning short film, Trevor, inspired the founding o the The Trevor Project. In addition to his career as an actor, he has written for TV and he performed several of his own one-man shows, including Word of Mouth, which won a New York Drama Desk Award.

An essaysit and reporter, Paula Gilovich has contributed to the New York TimesAllure, and the Stranger. Her plays include Le Roy, Le Roy, Le Roy; Water to Breathe; and Queertopia. At About Face Theatre, she worked as a writer and director for the creation of new main-stage and touring plays about the lives and experiences of queer youth.

Linda Villarosa runs the journalism program at the City College of New York in Harlem. Her novel Passing for Black was published in 2008.

Description of The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves 
Life-saving letters from a glittering wishlist of top authors. If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?

That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college? That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won’t remember his name until he shows up at your book signing?

In this anthology, sixty-four award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself.

Start: March 13, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 13, 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

March 10, 2013

Poet Dean Kostos reads at the Bureau

Dean Kostos will read from his recent book of poetry, Rivering, and from a forthcoming book.

Dean Kostos’s collections include Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and the chapbook Celestial Rust. He co-edited Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Write about Their Mothers (a Lambda Book Award finalist) and edited Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry (its debut reading was held at the United Nations). His poems have appeared in over 300 journals and anthologies, such as Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, Mediterranean Poetry (Sweden), Southwest Review, Stand Magazine (UK), Stranger at Home, Token Entry, Vanitas, Western Humanities Review, and on Oprah Winfrey’s Web site Oxygen.com. His choral text, Dialogue: Angel of War, Angel of Peace, was set to music by James Bassi and performed by Voices of Ascension. His literary criticism has appeared on the Harvard UP Web site, in Talisman, and elsewhere. He has taught at Wesleyan, The Gallatin School of NYU, The City University of New York, and he has served as literary judge for Columbia University’s Gold Crown Awards. A recipient of a Yaddo fellowship, he also serves on the editorial board of Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora. His poem “Subway Silk” was recently translated into a film by Canadian filmmaker Jill Clark.

 Read Michael T. Young’s review of Rivering in Taos Journal of Poetry and Art.

Start: March 10, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 10, 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

March 9, 2013

Jillian McManemin and Rbt. Sps. hosted by Joseph Whitt

Jillian McManemin and Rbt. Sps.

An Evening of Recitation and Song

hosted by Joseph Whitt

Jillian McManemin (b.1989 Englewood, New Jersey) is a multimedia artist who utilizes spoken word, video, and performance. Her work investigates the emotional structure of specific, often colorful characters in an attempt to reveal the ubiquity of heartache within a society of desire and longing. She graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute, and has presented work at Anthology Film Archives (NYC), Brooklyn Fireproof (Brooklyn, NY), and Glasslands (Brooklyn, NY).  She also starred in a feature film called “The Cruel Tale of The Medicine Man” (2012) written and produced by “The Slipper Room”’s James Habacker and directed by Maria Beatty. She is currently co-creating a play and short film under the alias “The Honeymoon Heart Revival.”

Rbt. Sps. (b. 1984, Paducah, Kentucky) is a multimedia artist, writer and performer. As a lifelong resident of the Deep South, Sps.’s work deals predominately with rural eccentricities and extremes viewed through an autobiographical lens. His work has been featured in the Wiener Künstlerhaus (Vienna, Austria), P.P.O.W. Gallery (NYC), Interstate Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Antena Gallery (Chicago, Illinois), and Space 204 at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee). His video series, This New Sitcom, will be featured in NYC’s Moving Image Contemporary Art Video Fair, March 7-10, 2013.

During the evening, Sps. will be offering his zine “Selected Video Stills 2004-2012″ (signed/numbered in an edition of 50) for sale. 

 

Start: March 9, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 9, 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

March 8, 2013

Opening reception for Alice O’Malley: Kenny Kenny 13

KENNY KENNY 13 is an exhibition of photographs of Kenny Kenny by Alice O’Malley curated by Claire Fleury and Alesia Exum of Strange Loop GalleryOpening reception on Friday, March 8, 6-9 PM.

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 8, 2013 6:00 PM
End: March 8, 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

March 3, 2013

Janis Joplin tribute: Travis Laughlin does Pearl

Travis Laughlin has been paying tribute to Janis Joplin as Pearl for over 20 years. Pearl debuted at a high school drag show in Ossipee, North Carolina and she hasn’t looked back! Since that stunning debut Pearl has performed in such venues as the Wayne Newton Theatre in Las Vegas, Snug Harbor in Charlotte, Joe’s Pub, and, of course, The Cock. Pearl is about celebrating the legacy of Janis Joplin and, in Janis’ words, inspiring people to “get off [their] butt[s] and feel things!”

Start: March 3, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 3, 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