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  Social Sculpture for Individual Goals is an opportunity to check in with others about your personal goals. The way it works is very simple: A group of individuals gathers together, and, depending on how many individuals are present, together we decide on a specific amount of time that each person will be allotted to [...]

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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
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

February 22, 2013

Comedians Paul Hallasy, Sandy Ehlers, and Alex Batcha perform at the Bureau

Paul Hallasy is a New York City-based comedian, writer, actor and singer. He performs regularly in New York City and has performed at clubs and colleges across the United States and around the world. A favorite of both gay and straight audiences, he was recently named one of “7 Funny LGBT Comics You Shouldn’t Have Missed” by The Advocate and has given gay travel advice to the travel web site Gridskipper. He has also appeared on such TV shows as the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s “Connect with Mark Kelley” and is the author of a book called New York Trilogy.

Sandy Ehlers is brassy, sassy and gassy with an upcoming one-woman show of the same name and just like baseball and Sinatra she hails from the one square mile of Hoboken, NJ. Please give it up for Sandy Ehlers.

Born and raised on a horse farm in New Jersey, or as he calls it, The Italian Section of Kentucky, Alex Batcha brings his unique experiences and point of view to the stage.  He can be found performing all over New York City and the tri-state area, and is a regular on weekly radio show Watson and Watson.

Start: February 22, 2013 7:00 PM
End: February 22, 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

February 17, 2013

Sassafras Lowrey reads from hir novel Roving Pack

In conjunction with Samantha Box’s exhibition of photographs of homeless queer youth in NYC, InvisibleSassafras Lowrey will read from hir novel Roving Pack.

Sassafras Lowrey is an internationally award-winning author, artist, and educator. Sassafras is the editor of the two time American Library Association honored, and Lambda Literary Finalist Kicked Out anthology (www.KickedOutAnthology.com), which brought together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth. Sassafras’ highly anticipated American Library Association honored debut novel Roving Pack (www.RovingPack.com) was released in autumn 2012. Roving Pack is set in an underground world of homeless queer teens searching for community, identity and connection amidst chaos. Sassafras is also the editor of Leather Ever After an anthology of BDSM fairy tale retellings to be released in early 2013. Sassafras regularly lectures and facilitates LGBTQ storytelling workshops at homeless shelters, colleges, conferences and community groups across the country and believes in the transformative power of storytelling for marginalized queer communities. Sassafras lives in Brooklyn with hir family. To learn more about Sassafras and hir work, visit www.SassafrasLowrey.com

Roving Pack
Called “Political, raucous, dark, and totally engrossing” by Lambda Literary and “a guiding light in the darkness of the false binary illusion of gender we’ve been too lazy to address” by the Huffington Post, Roving Pack, the debut novel by award winning queer author Sassafras Lowrey, is set in an underground world of homeless queer teens. Readers follow the daily life of Click, a straight-edge transgender kid searching for community, identity, and connection amidst chaos. As the stories unfold, we meet a pack of newly sober gender rebels creating art, families and drama in dilapidated punk houses across Portland, Oregon circa 2002. Roving Pack offers fast-paced in-your-face accounts of leather, sex, hormones, house parties, and protests. But, when gender fluidity takes an unexpected turn, the pack is sent reeling.

Kicked Out
In the U.S., 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer(LGBTQ). Kicked Out brings together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth and tells the forgotten stories of some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Diverse contributors share stories of survival and abuse with poignant accounts of the sanctuary of community and the power of creating chosen families. Kicked Out also highlights the nuanced perspectives of national organizations, regional agencies, This anthology, introduced by Judy Shepard, gives voice to the voiceless and challenges the stereotypical face of homelessness. To learn more, visit us online at KickedOutAnthology.com.

Start: February 17, 2013 7:00 PM
End: February 17, 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

February 16, 2013

Readings by Sally Bellerose and Hilary Sloin

Sally Bellerose is author of The Girls Club, Bywater Books. The manuscript won the Bywater Prize, The Rick Demarinis Award, the Writers at Work Award and an NEA Fellowship. Excerpts have been published in Sinister WisdomThe SunThe Best of Writers at WorkCutthroat, and Quarterly West.
Bellerose’s current project is a short story collection Fishwives which features old women behaving badly. The title story won first place in Saints and Sinners fiction contest.
Bellerose writes about class, sex, illness, absurdity, and lately, growing old.
Also a poet, she loves to mess with rhythm, rhyme, and awkward emotion – in her work.
Please visit her at http://sallybellerose.wordpress.com/

Hilary Sloin began her writing career as a playwright in the 80s. Her plays, which were mostly gay-themed and fairly subversive, were widely produced in the U.S. Lust and Pity was given main stage productions at the Westbank Café in NY, Theatre Rhinoceros in San Francisco, Alice B. Theatre in Seattle, Bailiwick Theatre in Chicago, and others. Other plays were produced in LA and at Smith College and received readings in NY. After a time, she switched to essays and short fiction, publishing in many small journals and anthologies and attending a number of residencies. Art on Fire was her first attempt at a novel and it took a long time to write. It garnered many accolades, including the bizarre honor of being mistakenly awarded prizes for non-fiction; there were those in the industry who wanted to publish it, thinking it was a biography, which, crazy as it is, attests to the success of the book’s intention. Sloin has recently completed a collection of short fiction entitled The Cure for Unhappiness and is currently at work on a manuscript about selling antiques, Pimpin’ the Frontier. When she isn’t writing she is usually refinishing or restoring antiques.

Start: February 16, 2013 7:00 AM
End: February 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

February 15, 2013


The thought of Valentine’s Day getting you down? Us too. 
Around this season of love, NYC splits into two decisive camps: 

1.The candy-lovin’, heart-on-the-sleeve wearin’, de-thorned rose givin’, lacy craft makin torch holders of hetero-romance.

2. The angry, spiteful, lonely, depressed, vengeful cynics who say “Fuck love. pass me that Dario Argento dvd”. 

What about the rest of us? Those of us who think love is something worth celebrating, but frankly, don’t want to be icky and boring about it? 
This year In the Flesh and Visual AIDS invite you to take part in LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN: Romance Starts at Home. The International Community of Women Living with HIV‘s initiative is a weeklong celebration of positive women where you are encouraged to show your love for positive women, or if you are positive, how you will love yourself better.

On February 15th, In the Flesh’s monthly reading series will be devoted to positive women + allies and their stories on love. 

Come join us at The Bureau!

Start: February 15, 2013 7:00 PM
End: February 15, 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