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The Fops — A new play about Queer identity by Jack Shamblin

Photograph by Bob Criso, from left to right: Graceann Dorse, Daniel Diaz, Goldie Luxe, Kevin Mimms, Michael Witkes, Brandi Azinionae, Nicholas Gorham, Matt "Ugly" McGlade

  THE FOPS by Jack Shamblin bubbled up out of recent work-in-progress performances at Dixon Place. Sharing his new script and his birthday at the same time, he welcomes you to an artful reading, live music, and some good pink cake. “Partying too hard, the aging Queer Monty time travels to Victorian New York’s Paresis [...]

Sat. Mar 23, 2019 7:00 PM


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

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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

March 21, 2013

Queer Division III: celebrating the release of Rachel Levitsky’s new book, The Story of My Accident Is Ours, just out from Futurepoem

Andrew Durbin presents Queer Division III: celebrating the release of Rachel Levitsky‘s new book, The Story of My Accident Is Ours, just out from Futurepoem
+ + + READERS + + +

Besides her first novel, brand spanking newly out from Futurepoem, and called The Story of My Accident is Ours, Rachel Levitsky is the author of two previous books called poetry, Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003) NEIGHBOR (UDP, 2009). She is the founder of the feminist avant-garde network, Belladonna* Collaborative. In 2010 with Christian Hawkey, she started The Office of Recuperative Strategies (OoRS.net), a mobile research unit variously located in Amsterdam, Berlin, Boulder, Brooklyn, Cambridge, NYC and the Universität Leipzig in Leipzig. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Pratt Institute.


erica kaufman is the author of censory impulse (Factory School 2009) as well as several chapbooks. her most recent project is called INSTANT CLASSIC. she lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Baruch College and the Institute for Writing & Thinking at Bard College.


Michelle Betters is a poet living in Brooklyn. She’s a student at Pratt Institute where she curates Ubiquitous, the literary and arts magazine. Since moving here from Georgia in 2010, she’s been involved in various projects with OWS, the Office of Recuperative Strategies, and Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok. Her most recent project was a chapbook entitled OCD the Vampire Slayer, which Joss Whedon has yet to respond to despite the multiple copies she’s sent to him.

Start: March 21, 2013 7:00 AM
End: March 21, 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 16, 2013

In the Flesh monthly reading: Transitional Life

The queer online zine In the Flesh returns to the Bureau for its fifth consecutive monthly reading at the Bureau!

Transitional Life

Maybe you’ve just moved to a new city and are staying with your cousin in his one bedroom at the exact moment that he and his girlfriend are trying to get pregnant and you are frequently asked to leave the apartment because she is ovulating. “No problem. So, I’ll just step out for a half hour or so?”

Or perhaps you’ve started a temp job in Midtown and find yourself staring into a bowl of beernuts at PJ Moran’s with your co-workers, seriously considering going home with Awkward John, just to confirm your lesbianhood once and for all.

OR Maybe you finally worked up the nerve to wear those new stockings and short skirt out in public, and you notice there is a tiny hole in the stockings and how could that be possible because you just bought them so you are too busy being upset about that damn hole and how it could have gotten there to be nervous about whether you pass or not.

It’s a tricky business starting something new, and the force of change often pushes us into bed with strange fellows. Sometimes literally. The phrase “How did I get here” was made for such times, and at this month’s ITF you will hear ALL about those sweaty moments that helped our readers get them to where they are.

Readings will begin PROMPTLY at 7:30, so be sure to arrive early to grab a drink and find yourself a seat next to that special someone.


Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow- is a performer whose work has been seen on Broadway, Lafayette, Chrystie, East 4th Street, Fulton, Vanderbilt, and other streets and avenues around New York City. She blogs for dapperQ.com and Velvet Park, was once Miss Jew-S-A, spent her youth as a ballerina, and can be tracked down at http://www.arielspeedwagon.com/.

Hana Malia

Aldrin Valdez- is an artist and writer who grew up in Manila and Long Island. He studied painting and writing at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts. Aldrin’s writing has been published in Art:21 Blog, The Brooklyn Rail, BRIC Contemporary Art, Art Slant, and In the Flesh. He is a 2011-2012 Queer/Art/Mentorship fellow. Along with artist Ted Kerr, he organizes Foundational Sharing, a salon of performances, readings, and visual art. www.aldrinaldrin.com

Start: March 16, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 16, 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