Events

January 22, 2017

Book Release Reading for SLABS by Brittany Billmeyer-Finn

 

We’re having a reading / a showing / a sharing to present Timeless, Infinite Light’s newest release with you: SLABS by Brittany Billmeyer-Finn.

Slabs is a collection of poetry dealing in and out of the body through various sites including; home, memory, books, and ritual. It is a meditation on self care, sexuality, and identity through a dis/embodied subject in the water, the home, and in the streets. It is a collection of tender sincerities and queer awakening.

PERFORMERS:
// Brittany Billmeyer-Finn //
// Ariel Goldberg //
// Trace Peterson //
// Phyllis Ma //

 

Bureau of General Services—Queer Division

Sunday Jan 22

Doors 5:30
Event 6-PM
10$ suggested donation // NOTAFLOF

TIMELESS INFINITE LIGHT is an oakland-based small press that publishes poetry and environs, with a heavy, west-coast lean towards the experimental/political/mystical. Sometimes our books look like books, and sometimes they don’t. Join us step into the lifestream fuck the police.

 

 

Start: January 22, 2017 6:00 PM
End: January 22, 2017 8:00 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.

January 17, 2017

Union Square Slam ‎presents Ephraim Nehemiah and Open Slam Qualifier #4

 

POETS! WRITERS! ARTISTS! LOVERS!

Welcome back! Union Square Slam is ready to roll out an incredible second half of the season, starting with our ever-present Free Writing Workshop, a dynamite feature the Heart of the Heartland, Ohio’s own EPHRAIM NEHEMIAH, and our fourth of six NPS Team Qualifier Slams!

* * * * * * PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW START TIME * * * * * *

6:30pm: Writing Workshop w/ Itiola Jones (Free!)
7:30pm: Sign-Ups and Socialize
7:55pm: Draw for Slam
8:00pm: Slam, Round One; Feature; Slam Rounds 2 and 3

Bureau of General Services — Queer Division
208 W 13th St, #210
NY, NY 10010
(btw W 7th and 8th Aves)

$5 // All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
About our Feature:

Ephraim Nehemiah is a performance poet, actor and father. He is the co-founder of Kent, Ohio’s first poetry slam founded in 2015. Ephraim has participated in the Individual World Poetry Slam, National Poetry Slam, College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational and many other poetry competitions representing himself and teams in Ohio. His work has been published both online and in several anthologies. He has been featured on BlackPoetsSpeakOut, Write About Now and Slamfind. He is currently a student of Kent State University completing his bachelor’s degree in Pan-African Studies.

About our Slam:

::Union Square Slam National Team Competition::

There are six opportunities to compete for the Union Square Slam National Team. The top two winners of each Open Slam have secured their spot in Finals.

Each open slam will :
- consist of up to 8 poet competitors
- have a 3 min time limit for each round with a 10-second grace period
- will go from 8 in the first round to 5 in the second round and 3 in the third round (this is subject to change depending on the number of competitors that night — see below)
be scored cumulatively — the winner of the night will have the highest cumulative score from all three rounds.

Union Square Slam Nationals Qualifiers (Open Slams) are on the following dates:

September 20th
October 18th
November 15th
January 17th
February 21st
March 21st

Union Square Slam National Team Selection Finals will be held on April 18th.

The National Poetry Slam will be held in Denver, CO August 7-12th, 2017. All proceeds and donations to Union Square Slam go directly to funding travel, lodging and registration fees for representatives of Union Square Slam at national events.

In order to represent Union Square Slam at any National Competition, you must meet the following requirements:

- Be 18 years old or older
- Be an active member of PSI at the time of competition (register at www.poetryslam.com you cover your annual registration fee of $20 — questions? Talk to Cecily or the current slam manager)
- Read, sign, and adhere to the PSI Code of Conduct
- Participate in at least one Specialty Slam during the 2016-7 season. Specialty Slams include WOWPS qualifiers, Nerd Slams, Petty Slams, Iron Poet Slams, etc.

 

 

 

Start: January 17, 2017 6:30 PM
End: January 17, 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

January 13, 2017

Interior Decorating with Christopher Clary & Stephen Grebinski

 

Join artists Christopher Clary & Stephen Grebinski as they discuss their fascination with interiors and the interiority of pornography—which they archive, revere, and destroy in their work.
 
 
Christopher Clary collects, performs, creates and destroys photographs — specifically his pornography. His commission for Rhizome at the New Museum was named by Hyperallergic as one of the top 10 works of Internet art in 2015. He was also honored as a Discovery Award nominee at the 2011 Les Rencontres d’Arles in France and featured at the 2009 New York Photo Festival. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Artnet, Village Voice, Photo District News, Butt Magazine, HX, Out, and a forthcoming article about appropriation in Elephant magazine. “The court cases that pepper the career of Richard Prince might be round the corner for Clary, too, as he makes the transition from emerging- to established-artist.”
 
 
Stephen Grebinski is an artist working primarily with self-published books and zines, which are the result of an omnivorous photographic and archival practice. His printed work has been shown at NADA Fair, Printed Matter, The New York Art Book Fair, Art Metropole, and other institutions worldwide. His work tangles together queer bodies, architecture, and the persistent baroque impulses of desire. Existing somewhere between documentary and performance, these efforts are driven by an impulse to reveal and test the fractured, hidden world beneath our intentions and experiences. These images intersect and collide through brooks, multi layered screen prints, photographic installations, and video.
 
 
 
 

Start: January 13, 2017 7:00 PM
End: January 13, 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.

January 12, 2017

Artist Dialogue: Catalina Schliebener in Conversation with Kris Grey & John Chaich

 

Drawing insights from the recent Cut Ups exhibition at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, artist and educator Kris Grey and Growing Sideways curator John Chaich join featured artist Catalina Schliebener to discuss the process behind her use of collage and drawing to explore themes of gender formation, cartoon and medical narratives, and sexual curiosity in queer childhood in the works on view at the Bureau.

 

Catalina Schliebener’s Growing Sideways is on view at the Bureau through January 22.

 

Headshot Photo credits:
Catalina Schliebener, courtesy of the artist

John Chaich, photo by Melissa Blackall Photography

Kris Grey, photo by Alesia Exum

 

Start: January 12, 2017 7:00 PM
End: January 12, 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.

January 11, 2017

Dust, Disco, Skyscrapers and Spinning: Four Writers Share New Work

 

Scott Alexander Hess celebrates the release of his new novel Skyscraper, leading a cluster of outstanding writers in this literary event. Hess (whose new novel Skyscraper is called “A tantalizing piece of literary erotica. Well-crafted and beautifully written,” Joe Okonkwo, Author, Jazz Moon) hits the stage with four writer’s debuting stunning short story collections. Amy Dupcak (Dust), Robert Hyers (Spinning the Record) and Philip Dean Walker ( At Danceteria and Other Stories) will read and chat about the writer’s life.

 

Please contact the Bureau in advance to reserve copies of any of the books: contact@bgsqd.com

 

Scott Alexander Hess‘s novel The Butcher’s Sons was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015. Skyscraper (Unzipped, an imprint of Lethe Press) is his 4th novel.

 

Robert Hyers is a queer short story writer and novelist. His short story collection, Spinning the Record, is available from Lethe Press.

 

Philip Dean Walker‘s debut collection of short stories, At Danceteria and Other Stories, was published by Squares & Rebels in November 2016.

 

Amy Dupcak‘s short story collection Dust was published by Lucid River Press.

 

 

 

 

Start: January 11, 2017 7:00 PM
End: January 11, 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.