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Negative Press Reading + Launch

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  New year, new cultural horizon! Negative Press, a gay Marxist poetry collective, invites you to an evening of poems and other provocations.     Kay Gabriel is a minor internet personality.   Zachary LaMalfa is a minor internet personality.   David W. Pritchard is a minor internet personality.   A.B. Robinson is a minor [...]

Tue. Jan 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Events

November 10, 2017

John Hanning reads from his book Unfortunate Male

 

Join us on Friday evening for a special performance by artist John Hanning. The lights will go out at 7:30. Seating is limited – Do not miss this! A special edition of the artist book is available, 25 copies.

Unfortunate Male chronicles John Hanning‘s diagnosis with AIDS with his medical records, photographs and memory text. Hanning’s book is a meditation on memory. Why do we remember some things and not others? Do memories sustain us or ruin us? Is it possible to rewrite or reenact memories? How do photographs and medical forms – relics of sorts – facilitate or challenge our ability to remember and tell stories?

John Hanning is a Brooklyn based artist and writer. He connects places and ideas – pictorially and conceptually, composing his personal iconography as he traces his life to the present. He is the author of Unfortunate Male.

 

Photograph by Michael McFadden. @mcfaddenphoto

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CENTER WILL OPEN AT 5 PM ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH, IN OBSERVANCE OF VETERANS DAY.

THE BUREAU WILL OPEN AT 6 PM FOR THIS EVENT.

 

 

 

 

Start: November 10, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 10, 2017 9:30 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.

The Center opens at 5 PM on Veteran’s Day

 

The Center will open at 5 PM on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 10.

The Bureau will open at 6 PM for our 7 PM event: John Hanning reads from his book Unfortunate Male

Start: November 10, 2017 5:00 PM
End: November 10, 2017 5:00 PM

November 8, 2017

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Frida

 

Open Love NY presents Poly Movie Night, a FREE series of feature films that focus on the portrayal of consensual / ethical non-monogamy in cinema. This month we’ll be at our regular venue, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.
 
Please join us for Frida (2002), directed by Julie Taymor and starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina.

We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau (in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street) for pre-screening socializing and start the movie at 7 pm. The more people come, the more likely we’ll continue the event! The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.

Synopsis: Despite illness, injury, and life-long pain, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo lived a full and extraordinary life. She and her husband, painter Diego Rivera, both had many other relationships over the course of their marriage. Frida’s doctor told her that Diego “has never been, nor ever will be, monogamous.” Running time: 2 hours 3 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: November 8, 2017 6:30 PM
End: November 8, 2017 9:30 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 and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 7, 2017

Death Café at the Bureau

 

This death café is a non-expert environment in which to discuss issues relating to death that feel relevant to those participating. Tea and Home Made cake will be available for free.
 
For more information about the concept of the Death Café http://deathcafe.com/what/

 

Photograph by Christa Holka

Photograph by Christa Holka

Oreet Ashery is a visual artist and an educator working with political/bio-fiction, gender materiality and potential communities, in local and international contexts. Ashery’s recent work is an artist web-series Revisiting Genesis, shortlisted for the Jarman Film Award 2017, on digital death, memory as identity and feminist art reincarnations, http://revisitinggenesis.net/

 
 

Johanna Linsley

Johanna Linsley is an artist, writer and researcher working on sonic fiction, queer domesticities and the politics of encounter and assembly. She is a founding partner of UnionDocs, a centre for documentary arts in Brooklyn, and works with the London-based performance collective I’m With You.www.jhlinsley.com

 

 

 
 

Start: November 7, 2017 4:00 PM
End: November 7, 2017 5:15 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: Free

November 4, 2017

Poetry chapbook launch, Portraits in G Minor (Folded Word Press), by Paco Márquez

 

Poet Paco Márquez will be launching his first chapbook, Portraits in G Minor (Folded Word Press). Paco is originally from México and Northern California, and his writings are fed by his immigrant experiences, his years working several jobs, and his background in philosophy and creative writing. He will be accompanied by Eva Maria Saavedra and Sean Denmark.

 

Copies of Portraits in G Minor will be available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 
 

Eva Maria

 

* Eva Maria Saavedra was born and raised in New Jersey and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in writing and translation from Columbia’s School of the Arts. Her chapbook, Thirst, was selected by Marilyn Hacker for the Poetry Society of America’s 2014 New York Chapbook Fellowship. Her poetry has appeared in CallalooCatch-UpThe Acentos ReviewGenerationsPrick of the Spindle, and Apogee Journal.

 

Sean Denmark

Sean Denmark is from Alabama. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon and a public school teacher in the Bronx and Manhattan. Now he writes fiction and sometimes poetry, tutors, and teaches around and about. He just moved to Brighton Beach.

 

Paco

* Paco Márquez: Originally from México and Northern California, Paco Márquez’s work has appeared in ApogeeOstrich Review and Huizache, among others. His chapbook, Portraits in G Minor, will be published by Folded Word Press in November. Recipient of fellowships from New York University, The Center for Book Arts, and the Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshop, he holds an MFA in poetry from NYU, where he was poetry editor of Washington Square. Currently, he is poetry editor at OccuPoetry, and lives in New York City with his partner of 12 years.

 

 

 

Start: November 4, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 4, 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
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.