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  In 2017, European artist duo Fleur Pierets and her wife, Julian Boom, came up with the idea for a performance art project in which they would get married in every country that had legalized same-sex marriage (22 when they started the project, now 28) After four countries, Julian was diagnosed with brain cancer and [...]

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

March 2, 2013

Annie Lanzillotto reads from her new novel L Is for Lion

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is the author of L IS FOR LION: AN ITALIAN BRONX BUTCH FREEDOM MEMOIR (SUNY Press 2013), and the book of poetry SCHISTSONG (Bordighera Press 2013).  She is the songwriter and vocalist of the albums BLUE PILL (Annie Lanzillotto Band / StreetCry Productions) a rock and blues collaboration with Adeel Salman, ELEVEN RECITATIONS,(StreetCry), and CARRY MY COFFEE, (StreetCry), a duet with cellist Lori Goldston.  Lanzillotto was born and raised in the Westchester Square neighborhood of the Bronx, and in Yonkers, New York, of Barese heritage.  She received a B.A. with honors in medical anthropology from Brown University and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College.  Her poem Triple Bypass won the Italian American Writers Association Paolucci Award in Poetry, and was published in the 2002 anthology, THE MILK OF ALMONDS: ITALIAN-AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS ON FOOD AND CULTURE, edited by Edvige Giunta and Louise DeSalvo.  Her poems Manhattan Schist, and My Grandmother’s Hands both won Rose and John Petracca Awards second place from Philadelphia Poets.  Lanzillotto made her acting debut in 1993 with her solo show, CONFESSIONS OF A BRONX TOMBOY: My Throwing Arm, This Useless Expertise at Under One Roof Theater and Manhattan Class Company in New York City. Lanzillotto received fellowships and performance commissions from New York Foundation For The Arts, Dancing In The Streets, Dixon Place, Franklin Furnace, The Rockefeller Foundation. Her shows include: Pocketing Garlic (Franklin Furnace), How to Wake Up a Marine in a Foxhole (The Kitchen), a’Schapett, at The Arthur Avenue Retail Market in the Bronx. (Dancing In The Streets, Rockefeller MAP Fund), The Flat Earth: Wheredddafhuck Did New York Go? (Dixon Place).  Lanzillotto teaches master classes in solo performance for the Acting Apprentice Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and guest lectures in Theatre Outreach at Sarah Lawrence College.

Special Guest: Rose Imperato, saxophonist, clarinetist and painter, illustrated the drawings in L is for Lion and plays in the Annie Lanzillotto Band.  Imperato is a labor activist and is on the executive board for Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition, dedicated to making a permanent memorial a reality in NYC for the victims of the Triangle Factory Fire.  Imperato works at the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.


Start: March 2, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 2, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
27 Orchard St., NY, NY, 10002, United States

March 1, 2013

Story Time with Que(e)ry Librarians

Join the Que(e)ry Librarians for Story Time at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division

Gather around and hear queer literature for children and young adults, read by librarians and authors (to be announced), enjoy some kool-aid and animal crackers beer and wine, and browse the bookstore! RSVP on Facebook

Que(e)ry’s goals are:

  • to provide a safe and fun social space and to encourage community among queer information professionals and their friends and allies;
  • to raise financial support and awareness for queer libraries, archives and museums;
  • to celebrate and encourage diverse representations and contributions of queer people in the cultural record and in the information professions;
  • to demystify and challenge stereotypes about libraries and librarians;
  • to demonstrate the relevance and accessibility of library collections and services to queer communities;
  • to highlight information philosophy and policy issues affecting queer communities and collections, such as censorship, bias, terminology, equal access, freedom of expression, obscenity, and privacy.
Start: March 1, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 1, 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 28, 2013

Bushwick Book Club performs songs inspired by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond’s Tango

Mx. Justin Vivian Bond’s Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in Heels serves as the inspiration for the original songs that the Bushwick Book Club performers will debut at the Bureau on Thursday, February 28, at 8 PM.

The Bushwick Book Club is a series of new music inspired by literature.  Each month, local songwriters plumb the depths and scrape the ends of a chosen literary gem to create that rare and beautiful thing – a new song. All songs are then displayed, spread wide, in one hour. It’s an hour-long orgy of book-related songs and book-inspired food and drink. If that doesn’t sound indulgent enough, I don’t want to know you, you sick, sick bastard.
Featuring performances by Susan Hwang, Ellia BiskerNatti Vogel, Dan Fishback, Justin Vahala, Stacy Rock, Davi Cohen, Santiago VenegasHilary Downes, and Jonathan Wood Vincent.
SUSAN HWANG is a New York performer, musician and songwriter.  She performs her original music as a solo artist as well as with her band The Relastics.  She’s also one third of New York’s favorite accordion/cello/bari-ukelele power trio, The Debutante Hour.  Susan founded, curates and hosts The Bushwick Book Club – a monthly series of new music inspired by literature.  For more information and performance calendar, visit susanhwanglalala.com. 
Ellia Bisker is a songwriter who fronts the indie-rock-meets-cabaret band Sweet Soubrette and performs in the duo Charming Disaster. She also sings backup with Stacy Rock, co-hosts the Super Fun Variety Show (coming up at the Living Theatre on Feb 24), and works behind the scenes at the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.  She is currently working on Sweet Soubrette’s third album, and is writing or recording a new song every day this month for Fun-A-Day. 

 Natti Vogel – Combining “the swagger of Jim Morrison with the honky-tonk piano of an old-timey saloon” (WeLiveInBeijing.com), 25-year-old “indie rock fusion virtuoso” (New York Press) Natti Vogel is not above “throwing your own overpriced cosmopolitan in your face from behind his piano” (the Onion). Possible side effects include re-evaluation of music and your self (“Natti Vogel is an artist who can transform you” – Diane Taha of Associated Content, “Natti Vogel and his band do a wild part-vaudeville, part-pop, part-classical act that made me think about what music does” -the Brothers Frank).


Photo by Allison Michael Orenstein

Dan Fishback‘s major theatrical works include The Material World (2012), thirtynothing (2011) and You Will Experience Silence (2009), all directed by Stephen Brackett at Dixon Place. Time Out New York called The Material World “the best downtown musical” in years, and named it one of the top ten plays of 2013.  Fishback curates and hosts the queer theater series La MaMa’s SQUIRTS.  As a singer-songwriter, and with his band Cheese On Bread, he has toured internationally and released five albums, including his latest, The Mammal Years (2012). Fishback is currently an artist-in-residence at Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania.


Hailing from the bright lights of Dallas, Justin Vahala is a Brooklyn-based musician and performance artist. Justin’s unicorn folk is a blend of country, Americana, and straight up Lilith Fair realness. For links to Justin’s music, upcoming shows, and innermost thoughts, check out his website:  www.justinvahala.com.


Stacy Rock has toured the country several times playing hundreds of shows in support of her debut album, One Way Home.  She has been compared to a baffling variety of artists including Tom Waits, Feist, Jeff Buckley, Regina Spektor, Aimee Mann, Stevie Nicks and even Queen.  Gabriel Levitt of Brooklyn’s  Jezebel Music wrote that her live performances are “unequivocally enchanting”.   She is a two time award winner of the AscapPlus Award for accomplishments as a songwriter and was the resident piano player at NYC’s Monkey Bar for two years.  She recently fan funded an EP through the great platform of Kickstarter.  It is currently being mastered and soon to be released.   Also an actress, Stacy has appeared in numerous theatrical production through out the United States.  She was a principle player in the cult film hit Murder Party and recently wrapped a film with Eve Plumb called Blue Ruin. www.stacyrock.com


Davi Cohen is a Bushwick-based actor, singer, dancer, writer, producer.  She’s performed in some large venues with Taylor Mac and the SITI Company, donned head-to-toe fetish wear as a mime/acrobat for the San Francisco Opera, and given birth to a live lobster by self-caesarean on a very tiny stage in Ditmas Park.  She also helps organize the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and is a founder of the New York Abortion Access Fund.

Santiago Venegas is a singer, songwriter and performer from Bogota, Colombia He has performed previously in Erin Markey’s Puppy Love: A Stripper’s Tail (P.S 122, 2010), Justin Vivian Bond’s Re:Galli Blonde (A Sissy Fix) (The Kitchen, 2010)  and most recently in Viva Ruiz’s Immigrantula (Moma PS1 2011). Santiago studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He enjoys knitting, crocheting, stressing about environmental deterioration, and immigrant’s rights!

A native of Portland, Oregon, Hilary Downes knows how to ‘just put a bird on it.’ Hilary successfully integrated front lawn dance performances, piano recitals and auditions for high school musicals with her long-time residence in New York City, and allowed her love of music to reign. To date, Hilary has co-written and recorded three albums with Brooklyn stalwarts, The Snow, and continues to perform with them live.  In addition to regular gigs in the New York area, The Snow have also performed in Los Angeles, Scandinavia and Russia. 

 C. Gibbs, Les Bandits and Bad Reputation are among the other artists Hilary collaborates with – sometimes as volunteers at the New York Methodist Hospital. Hilary is a writer, world traveler, multi-linguist, and a practitioner and teacher of both yoga and martial arts.

Jonathan Wood Vincent is a composer/pianist/singer who straddles chaos and order, confusion and calculation, imagination and sensation, art and torture, dream and sleep.  Listen to more at jonathanwoodvincent.bandcamp.com


Start: February 28, 2013 8:00 PM
End: February 28, 2013 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States