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Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics

Christina Quarles, Grounded By Tha Side of Yew, 2017 copy

  The Bureau is excited to partner with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you: Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics Instructor: Sophie Lewis The course will meet at the Bureau on Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM Transfeminine lives are often seen as having, in and of themselves, political [...]

Wed. Jul 24, 2019 6:30 PM


October 21, 2013

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

The Bureau will be on hand to sell books at 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 first Situational Junta, on Monday, October 21, will feature:

Emcee: Negin Farsad

Main Dish: Artefacting

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

Time: 6-8pm



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: October 21, 2013 6:00 PM
End: October 21, 2013 8:00 PM
Venue: The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, New York, NY, 10012, United States
Cost: $10

October 19, 2013

Book Launch for Ben Fama’s Cool Memories

Soak a sugar cube in bitters

And place it in a glass

Fill the glass with champagne

The decade happens

Join BGSQD and Spork Press in releasing Ben Fama‘s Cool Memories, featuring readers Corina Copp and Stephen Boyer.


Ben Fama is the author of Mall Witch (Wonder 2012) as well as several chapbooks, including Odalisque (Bloof Books 2014) and Cool Memories (Spork Books 2013). With Andrew Durbin, he edits Wonder, an open-source publishing and events platform for poetry, performance, and new media art. He lives in New York City.

Corina Copp is the author of The Green Ray (forthcoming, Ugly Duckling Presse 2014), and chapbooks Miracle Mare (Trafficker Press 2013) and Pro Magenta/Be Met (UDP 2011). Recent work can be found in ANCIENTS, Triple Canopy’s Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism, The Claudius App, Hi Zero, and elsewhere; and critical writing in SFMOMA’s Open Space, BOMB, and Cambridge Literary Review. She is currently working on The Whole Tragedy of the Inability to Love, a three-part play inspired by the work of Marguerite Duras. Its first installment, SUSANSWERPHONE, was presented at the 2012 New York City Prelude Festival, and is in development. Copp is a curator at the Segue Foundation and a 2013-2014 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace resident.

Stephen Boyer is the author of “Parasite,” (Publication Studio 2013), “Ghosts” (Bent Boy Books 2008), and he’s published in art gallery’s and various anthologies; they also actively compiled the OWS Poetry Anthology and worked as an OWS People’s Library librarian. Their blog is minorprogression.com

Start: October 19, 2013 7:00 PM
End: October 19, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

October 18, 2013

FUR + bOObs

FUR + bOObs = Full frontal fun!

Join us for a top-heavy evening with Robert Neu, author of the new novel, bOObs, and Ron Suresha, coauthor of the coffeetable art book, FUR: THE LOVE OF HAIR. These two guys really have a lot to get off their chests!

bOObsbOObs, a novel by R.E. Neu
Martin Brown Publishers, ISBN 978-1937070410

Harlan Flueharty makes a bet to get breast implants, sending his life spiraling out of control. He’s fired from his job, sexually harassed by his brother, written off as an object by the world. His girlfriend Ursula is the sole life saver on this leaky raft, but even she wonders if his gender identification is a game of musical chairs and somebody stole the one marked “DUDE.” His bank account and ego explode as he cluelessly exploits his voluptuous new figure, but with Gomer Pyle’s brain, Marilyn Monroe’s cleavage, and enemies piling up left and right, it will take more than a sturdy bra to get him through the next thirty days.


Fur and Ron Suresha

FUR: The Love of Hair, by Ron J. Suresha & Scott McGillivray

Bruno Gmuender, ISBN 978-3867872423

A Rainbow Book Award winner! This spectacular coffee table artbook homage to the masculine hirsute physique brings you hundreds of illustrations and photographs from 50+ artists around the world, as well as commentary in English and German on men’s body and facial hair, quotes from the artists, and other features. FUR was featured this April in a Logo documentary, “The Long & Short of Body Hair.” Artists include: Jack Fritscher, Patheon Studios, Gengoroh Tagame, Rex, Rolando Merida, BearFilms, Blade Bannon, Tom Bianchi, InkedKenny, Angel Colon, BearFilms, Mascular Studios, Michael Kirwan, and Exterface.



Start: October 18, 2013 7:00 PM
End: October 18, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

October 17, 2013

Seanchai Justin Sayre

Gearing up for his new piece with The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History (10/26), Rite of Water, based on the life and work of the Poet Hart Crane, Justin Sayre (The Meeting*, Night of a Thousand Judys) reads selections from a collection of his own poetry.

Justin Sayre – best known as the creator and writer of the hit downtown comedy/variety show The Meeting*(2012 Bistro Award, 2011 MAC Nominee) and its annual benefit “Night of A Thousand Judys” – was described by Michael Musto in The Village Voice as “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” In a recent story for Edge New York, Steve Weinstein said “Comedian, raconteur, performing artist, gay rights activist and sexual outlaw: I’m not sure Justin Sayre is classifiable. The veteran performer is on his way to becoming a Downtown Manhattan institution along the lines of Charles Ludlum or Charles Busch.” An evening of his short plays, “Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well… Writing” – called one of the “Top 10 Events on the New York Stage” by the New York Daily News – sold out two shows at Ars Nova last April. A reading of his play, The Click of The Lock, is set for this November.

Start: October 17, 2013 7:00 PM
End: October 17, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

October 12, 2013

Spunk: Words & Music

Spunk [arts] Magazine presents


Performance begins promptly at 7:30!


William Johnson

— reading “Speaking Camp” from Spunk issue no.7


Photo by Gerry Visco

Photo by Gerry Visco

— reading “Andragon” from Spunk issue no.8


Photograph by Amos Mac

Photograph by Amos Mac

— reading “King” from Spunk issue no.9


Photograph by Scooter LaForge

Photograph by Scooter LaForge

— reading “I’ve Chosen Disco” from Spunk issue no.9


Evripidis and his Tragedies

and a solo musical performance by EVRIPIDIS AND HIS TRAGEDIES
— art contributor to Spunk issue no.8


copies of SPUNK 8 & 9 will be available for purchase ($9)


beverages (beer, wine, sparkling water) by donation

Start: October 12, 2013 7:00 PM
End: October 12, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States