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February 12, 2017

A Thin Bright Line: A Conversation About Queer Historical Fiction

 

Lucy Jane Bledsoe (A THIN BRIGHT LINE) and Sarah Schulman (THE COSMOPOLITANS) will converse about their queer historical novels. Bledsoe’s novel tells the true story of her aunt and namesake, a woman who, as a lesbian, worked at a highly classified government job during the McCarthy Era and Civil Rights Movement. Schulman’s novel takes place in 1950s Greenwich Village and spins the complex friendship between a black, gay actor and a white secretary.

 

Praise for A Thin Bright Line:

“Gripping historical fiction.” – Alison Bechdel

“An engaging and moving novel about an unforgettable character.” – Rabih Alameddine

“Poignant in both its conception and execution.” – Lillian Faderman

“Literary page-turner.” – Patrick Ryan

“In this ingenious hybrid of fact and fiction, a fine novelist uses her storytelling skills to recover the lost life of a favorite aunt.” – Christopher Bram

“It triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances.” - New York Times Book Review
 
“Gripping historical fiction about queer life at the height of the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement.” - Alison Bechdel
“A stirring and deeply felt story.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Empowering and bold…Bledsoe injects life and dimension through her often stunning dialogue. With heart and zest, the author depicts Lucybelle’s slice of life as both pleasant and harrowing.” - Publishers Weekly
“Bledsoe’s novel is an absolute wonder. Combining a McCullers-like facility in letting her settings tell half the story with characterization and dialogue worthy of Harper Lee, Bledsoe dives deep into the life of her protagonist…A Thin Bright Linewill help widen the metaphorical crack in the chains that bind those who are outside of societal norms.” - New York Journal of Books
“Berkeley author Lucy Jane Bledsoe shows the sexy side of the 1950s in her new novel, A Thin Bright Line.” - San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: February 12, 2017 5:00 PM
End: February 12, 2017 7:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 11, 2017

SISSY THAT SHOP: a really queer pop up gigarama

 

5 creative and independent artisan makers of New York City come together to represent their unique brands of clothing, jewelry, zines and more!

 

On the roster we’ll have clothing by Tyler Wallach Studio, custom lighters by THE CLOUT CLUB, jewelry and jocks by Ten Yards Clothing and ZINES by Raw Meat.

 
 
 
 
 

Start: February 11, 2017 1:00 PM
End: February 11, 2017 7:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

February 10, 2017

CopWatch/HateWatch Training

CopWatch is an effective and legal tool for empowering communities, ending police misconduct, unprofessional behavior, and discrimination. You have the right to observe and record all police activities in public places. Learn how to exercise your rights safely and legally. Workshop will be taught by comedian and activist Elsa Waithe. Suggested donation of $5 to $10, but no one will be turned away. The Bureau will host another CopWatch training on Thursday, February 16th, at 7 PM. Spread the word!!!

Start: February 10, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 10, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 7, 2017

USS presents Regional!! Slam!! Off!

 

Time for a regional slam off! Come see and hear some of the best poets in the region duke it out for their team! Heartache! Glory! All the Feels! Hosted by none other than Justin Woo! Free writing workshop and limited open mic beforehand — see y’all there!

6:30pm-7:30pm: Free Writing Workshop
7:30-8pm: Sign-ups and Socialize
8pm-8:30pm Open Mic (limit to 5 poets, 3 minutes each)
8:30pm-9:30pm: Regional Slam Off

UNION SQUARE:
Kearah Armonie!!
Patrick Roche!!
Taylor Steele!!
Cecily Schuler!!

JERSEY CITY:
Rashad Wright!!
Chris Rodriguez!!
Ann Marie Manso!!
Sean Aliño!!

ADVANCED:
Eric Alter!!
Nick Yuk!!
Jessica “Morningstar” Kratz!!
Thomas Fucaloro!!

ROC SLAM:
Bryan Roessel!!
Nick Nappo!!
Joseph Quiroz!!

 

 

Start: February 7, 2017 6:30 PM
End: February 7, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $5

February 3, 2017

Opening reception for Steady Mess: Works from the 2016 Fire Island Artist Residency

 

Each year, the Fire Island Artist Residency receives over 400 applications to its free one month LGBTQ exclusive artist residency in Cherry Grove, on Fire Island. The five artists chosen for FIAR live and work in rental properties that become their studios, kitchens, and social spaces. While in residence, they are visited by celebrated figures in contemporary art who act as mentors. Chosen by the five 2016 artists themselves, the title of our show, Steady Mess, refers to rustic living quarters and studio spaces, as well as Cherry Grove’s own special funky charms. Much of the work on display was conceived or completed during the residency, and a beach vibe permeates many of the works on display.

Featuring works by the 2016 FIAR residents: Wilder Alison, Paolo Arao, Edie Fake, Jesse Harrod, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.

Now in our seventh year, Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) is an organization founded in 2011 which brings gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identifying artists to Fire Island, a place long-steeped in LGBTQ history, to create, commune, and contribute to the location’s rich legacy. FIAR is the first and only visual arts residency exclusively for LGBTQ emerging artists.

Steady Mess will remain on view at the Bureau from Friday, February 3, through Sunday, March 26.

 

Start: February 3, 2017 6:00 PM
End: February 3, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States