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  The Bureau is excited to partner again with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you:   Feminism and Psychoanalysis   Instructor: Paige Sweet     Sigmund Freud famously described femininity as a “riddle” and “dark continent.” Yet, the psychoanalytic theories Freud generated, particularly his conception of how the unconscious influences the development [...]

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December 13, 2013

Launch of David Eye’s chapbook of poems Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past

Join us at the Bureau for the launch of David Eye‘s chapbook of poems Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past.

David Eye

David Eye left New York City and a 17-year career in the theatre in the fall of 2005 to earn an MFA in Creative Writing at Syracuse University. Since graduating in 2008, his poems have appeared in in BloomCider Press ReviewConsequence Magazine (finalist, 2010 Consequence Prize for Poetry), Lambda LiteraryThe Louisville ReviewPuerto del SolStone Canoe, among other journals and anthologies. His short collection of poems, Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past, has just been published by Seven Kitchens Press. As an actor, in addition to Off-Broadway productions (and even more Off-Off‑), David appeared in the Broadway tour of Cats, and on television in Law and Order and Special Victims Unit. Before moving to New York, he was an officer in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. David has taught at Syracuse University, St. John’s University, Manhattan College, and Cazenovia College, where he now teaches academic writing. David grew up in rural Virginia.


Following the launch of David Eye’s Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past, please stay for the discussion of The Missing Myth: A New Vision of Same-Sex Love with the author, Gilles Herrada, at 7 PM.



Start: December 13, 2013 5:30 PM
End: December 13, 2013 6:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

December 12, 2013

Penny Arcade and Alexander Alvina Chamberland Perform at the Bureau

Penny Arcade has invited performance artist and writer Alexander Alvina Chamberland to New York City from Sweden and they will be performing together on the 12th of December at BGSQD. Join us for a very special evening of reading and performing. Penny will be doing a reading of excerpts from her forthcoming memoir in progress or whatever strikes her at the moment. Alexander Alvina will be reading from their forthcoming transfemme-inist gurlesque novel with the working title “Bitchslutcuntfaggotladyboy” – a satirical parody of the genre of novels about growing up. They will also be reading a few selected poems from their collections “The revolutionary audacious fruition…” (2012) and “Too Intense Femme-inist Poetry Pornography (Texten är jättejaget)” (Due for release: January 2014) and doing another toomuchtoointenseinyerface-performance monologue & song with lots of tears and shouts (twists and shout), and trans-femme ways in and out – AS WELL AS an Olympic Figure Skating Competition for AMATEURS because PROFESSIONALS are not allowed to compete in the olympics!


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Photo credit: Alex Oliveira.


Alexander Alvina Chamberland is a 27 year old performance artist and writer based in Stockholm, Sweden but born and raised north of San Francisco in California. They completed their bachelors degree in gender studies at Lunds University in the spring of 2011.

Alexander Alvina is co-founder of The Queertopia Festival and has had article’s publicized in many of Sweden’s largest newspapers (DN, Aftonbladet, Svenska Dagbladet, Göteborgs Posten and Sydsvenska Dagbladet etc) as well as more specialized academic & activist-oriented magazines such as Bang and Ottar. Chamberland has also taken part in tv- and radio-programs like Lantz i P1, Ligga med P3, Studio Ett, Generation Z, SVT Debatt, Aktuellt and SVT:s morning program, where they once arrived dressed as a Black Swan. As a lecturer they have spoken at venues such as Uppsala University, the swedish parliament and the anarchist space Café 44.

Their solo-production ”In Burning – In Bashing Back – In Burning,” a one person performance play on surviving and processing rape, premiered at Stockholm City Theatre in August of 2011 and toured around Sweden, Europe and the United States from 2011-2013. In 2012 ”The Revolutionary Audacious Fruition…” (35-word title all in all) an audio collection of 21 of their poems was released on spotify, itunes and Amazon. Alexander Alvina has performed on stages in Berlin, Paris, New York, San Francisco, London, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Manchester, Malmö, Istanbul, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam and had their first film-role in the Berlin-movie ”Performance” which is in production and scheduled for release in 2014. Much of their performance work focuses on their experiences of oppression & empowerment as femme and genderqueer/trans, as well as failure as a means of resistance to obligatory capitalist success. They have been a member of the performance group TIR since the autumn of 2012.

At the moment they have just finished recording their second audio poetry collection called “Too intense femme-inist poetry pornography (texten är jättejaget)” and is working on a novel.

Link to the spotify album and youtube clips of some of their past performances:






Penny for web

Photo credit: Timothy Greenfield Sanders


Penny Arcade is one of the most influential performance and theatre artists in the world and her work has influenced several generations of artists seeking to bring their own voice to the stage. She is also a respected poet and essayist. As a writer she has written aboutDavid Wojnarovich, Jack Smith and Marilyn Monroe.

Penny Arcade is one of America’s most prolific, articulate and outspoken independent artists. She is also a tireless artist’s advocate and an outspoken advocate of free speech and all the quintessential democratic and anarchist American values. Penny Arcade’s contributions to American experimental theatre began in her teens and she has left her mark on every decade from the 1960′s to the 2000′s.

Her work has long focused on the ‘other’ and the outsider in society and her work has long given voice to those marginalized by society. Her decades long focus on the creation of community and inclusion as the goals of performance and her efforts to use performance as a transformative act mark her as a true original in American theatre and many of her theatrical innovations have passed into the mainstream of both American and international theatre and performance. Known for her wit and aphorisms, many of her one liners and bon mots have entered into popular usage.

Born to immigrant Italians in the factory town of New Britain, Connecticut, she ran away from home at 13 and wrote her first play at 14 while incarcerated at Sacred Heart Academy for Wayward Girls. At 17 she came to NY and entered into the downtown art scene debuting at 18 in John Vaccaro’s explosive Playhouse of the Ridiculous, the seminal, glam and glitter, rock and roll, political theater that influenced everyone from Charles Ludlam to Hair to Rocky Horror Show to David Bowie.At 18 Penny Arcade became a teenage superstar for Andy Warhol’s Factory featured in the Morrissey/Warhol film “Women In Revolt” now available in video. Penny Arcade worked with and collaborated with many of the greats of American experimental theatre including Vaccaro, Jack Smith, Taylor Mead, Charles Ludlam, H.M.Koutoukas and Tom O’Horgan among others. HM Koutoukas refers to Ms Arcade as “The Little Sister of The Avant-garde” because of her long apprenticeship to the major architects of the counter culture and American experimental theater.

After her 15 year apprenticeship in the work of other major theatre makers, Arcade began creating her own solo work in 1983 and becoming one of the most original voices in contemporary theatre and one of a handful of New York artists who defined performance art in the 80’s and 90’s. She began creating group work in 1989. She has written 10 full length performance plays, numerous solo shows as well as poems, spoken word pieces and essays ”BITCH !DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE!’ Her 1990 sex and censorship show began as an audit for a solo fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts during the Helms-NEA censorship crisis in 1990. The initial four day run at Performance Space 122 segued into two months which by public demand went on to a year long run (1992-1993) at the legendary Village Gate. “B!D!F!W!” a blend of political humanism, freedom of expression and erotic dancing, has toured the world twice as both an international festival and commercial hit in 25 cities around the world including two tours of Australia and left an international burlesque movement in it’s wake that still looks to Arcade as the master of combining political content and erotica, never stooping to the vulgar or sensationalistic. In 2012 she completed 46 highly praised, high profile performances of Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! in London Penny Arcade’s theatre writing has been commissioned by Austria, Germany, England, Brazil, and Mexico.

In the early 90′s Quentin Crisp publicly named Ms Arcade as his soul mate and anima figure in the London Telegraph Magazine. Their friendship then become professional as Ms Arcade undertook a series of interviews with the legendary Edwardian raconteur and they performed together many times. Penny Arcade created “The Last Will and Testament Of Quentin Crisp” in 1996 which they performed together up to his death in 1999. In 2011 Cynthia Nixon star of “Sex in The City“ portrayed Penny Arcade in the film Englishman IN NY about their relationship at the end of Mr. Crisp’s life.

Penny Arcade has a long history as a Lower East Side activist beginning in her teens working with The Hog Farm, UATWMF and with Abby Hoffman in the Yippies at the Lower Eastside Suicide Hotline (1967) and all the way to the present having spent August 1996 thru January of 1998 hosting a 3 hour radio show for the Lower Eastside pirate radio station Steal this Radio 88.7. She continues to lend her artistry to numerous socio- political endeavors.

In 1989, shortly after the death of performance great Jack Smith of AIDS, Penny Arcade, who had served Mr. Smith during his last illness, created and formed the Jack Smith Archive, fulfilling Mr. Smith’s death bed directive.

In 1990 The Plaster Foundation, the complete archive of Mr. Smith’s work was founded with the help of Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman. Mr. Hoberman and Ms Arcade worked tirelessly for 2 decades to preserve and promote Mr. Smith’s legacy.

In 1997 she was given the complete works of photographer Sheyal Baykl before Ms Bayka’s death and formed The Sheyla Baykal Archive to preserve and promote the work of Sheyla Baykal.

Since 1992 she has collaborated with former architect video artist and producer Steve Zehentner, who works with her as a dramaturge, co-designs set, sound, video and as a co-director.

In 1999 Penny Arcade and Steve Zehentner formed The Lower East Side Biography Project, “Stemming The Tide Of Cultural Amnesia , a much emulated video oral history project that broadcasts every Wednesday at 11 pm on channel 34 Time /Warner as well as on RCN . It also cybercasts at the same time at www.mnn.org. They currently have 4 new works in various states of pr-production. For weekly updates see and subscribe to


Penny Arcade is a gifted, committed lecturer in performance, live art, memoir and writing from oral history. She also works as a mentor and coach. Penny Arcade welcomes communication from all by personal email at mspennyarcade@gmail.com. Subscribe to her Facebook Page for updates: pennyarcadesuperstar. Follow her on Twitter at pennyarcadenyc.

Penny’s website: www.pennyarcade.tv


Start: December 12, 2013 7:00 PM
End: December 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
Cost: $10 suggested donation at the door to benefit the artists and the Bureau

December 10, 2013

Bureau offsite event: Perry Halkitis presents his new book The AIDS Generation at the Center

Join the Bureau for a presentation by Perry Halkitis of his new book The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience at the Second Tuesday Lecture Series at the LGBT Center. The Bureau will sell copies of the book before and after the presentation.

The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience examines the strategies for survival and coping employed by these HIV-positive gay men, who together constitute the first generation of long-term survivors of the disease. Through interviews conducted by the author, it narrates the stories of gay men who have survived since the early days of the epidemic; documents and delineates the strategies and behaviors enacted by men of this generation to survive it; and examines the extent to which these approaches to survival inform and are informed by the broad body of literature on resilience and health.

The stories and strategies detailed here, all used to combat the profound physical, emotional, and social challenges faced by those in the crosshairs of the AIDS epidemic, provide a gateway for understanding how individuals cope with chronic and life-threatening diseases. Halkitis takes readers on a journey of first-hand data collection (the interviews themselves), the popular culture representations of these phenomena, and his own experiences as one of the men of the AIDS generation.

This riveting account will be of interest to health practitioners and historians throughout the clinical and social sciences — or to anyone with an interest in this important chapter in social history.

Perry Halkitis

Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH is Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Health (Steinhardt School), and Population Health (Langone School of Medicine), Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies, and Associate Dean (Global Institute of Public Health) at New York University. Dr. Halkitis’ program of research examines the intersection between the HIV epidemic, drug abuse, and mental health burden in LGBT populations, and he is well known as one of the nation’s leading experts on substance use and HIV behavioral research. Dr. Halkitis hold degrees in psychology, education, and public health.

For more information about the evening click here.

The Second Tuesday Lecture Series is the longest running program at The LGBT Center. Since 1985, more than 140 speakers have made presentations in the arts, academia, and politics. Speakers representing every major cultural award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award, the Academy Award (The Oscars), Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Lambda Literary Award, and the National Book Award, as well as the UK Booker Literary Award, have made presentations. Through this program, Larry Kramer spoke about the plight of the AIDS Crisis in March 1987, thus beginning ACT-UP, the largest direct action AIDS organization in the world.




Start: December 10, 2013 6:30 PM
End: December 10, 2013 8:00 PM
Venue: The LGBT Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, New York , NY, 10011, United States

December 9, 2013

Opening Reception for Queen of Hearts, an Exhibition of Photographs by Quito Ziegler

Queen of Hearts
Q.Z. @ the Bureau

December 9, 2013
Opening reception 6 to 9 PM
Slideshow + stories at 7:30
December 19th
reading + zine release party


QZ Queen of Hearts 2


After one year of photography and three years of wandering, pieces of this hermit work are now beginning to surface.

Darkly glam and quietly intense, The Queen of Hearts, Quito’s upcoming book of photography and writings, is set in the nightclubs and fire escapes of Brooklyn before dawn.

The images were shot over one year, 2010/11, as a collection of queer artists and performers coalesced in the dark–contributing to the cultural explosion we are living through now. Relying on the moon and the disco ball for light, the images are grainy and seductive, dreamy and tender. B&W prints were subsequently hand-painted, hand-sewn, and are presented in hand-made frames.

The writings attempt to articulate the wordlessly complicated evolution from person to tranimal and the lessons one learns in the process. The writings and layered prints were carefully constructed in shadowy corners and private haunts of Brooklyn and Berlin, Vermont and Tennessee.
A limited-edition zine will be released in conjunction with this exhibition on the evening of Thursday, December 19th.



Quito Ziegler

Quito Ziegler is an urban faerie, a radical tranimal, an activist pirate explorer of worlds. Quito is known for their moonlight beach parties, Pony adventures and producing the occasional art/performance/community happening like the Forest of the Future (2013) or the MIXploratorium (2011). This spring they will be organizing an intergenerational mentorship program with the queer youth at Sylvia’s Place.




Start: December 9, 2013 6:00 PM
End: December 9, 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

December 2, 2013

POZ – a fundraiser for {Your Name Here} A Queer Theater and Bureau of General Services-Queer DIvision

Come support {Your Name Here} A Queer Theater Company and the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, two of the most exciting institutions in the Queer NYC scene, by attending a star-studded reading of a new play: POZ, by Michael Aman and directed by Michael Bush.

The star studded cast is to include: Veanne Cox, Christian Coulson, Penny Fuller, Randy Harrison, Lou Liberatore, and Jay Rogers. The reading will be directed by Michael Bush.


According to press notes, POZ concerns “a young man in 2003 with tuberculosis discovers that if he was HIV+ he would be covered by insurance for chemo.  He meets an HIV+ man with the idea of being infected.  The play examines an unconventional love between the two men and an odd family of characters, each dealing with their own demons: an aging actress who struggles with asthma, an eccentric woman who speaks with angels, a middle aged flamboyant queen with a dying father, and a young man who died of AIDS early in the health crisis.“


The Playroom Theater is located at 151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor.


Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 and can be purchased in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/517519.


For more information on the companies please visit {Your Name Here} - www.yournamehereqtc.org
and Bureau of General Services-Queer Division - www.bgsqd.com


CONTACT- Jeremy Bohmstein  jeremy@yournamehereqtc.org   908-227-907






Start: December 2, 2013 8:00 PM
End: December 2, 2013 10:00 PM
Venue: The Playroom Theater
Phone: 212 967 8278
151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor, NY, NY, 10036, United States
Cost: $20