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November 20, 2016

Imani Cezanne and Emi Mahmoud Present Matte Fearless: A Women of the World Poetry Slam Champions Showcase

 

After an unprecedented decision to share the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam Championship, Emi Mahmoud and Imani Cezanne have reunited to put on a one of a kind show! Come one, come all to the for an unforgettable night of love, laughs, poems and womanhood.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: November 20, 2016 7:00 PM
End: November 20, 2016 8:30 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: Tickets are $10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 19, 2016

TELL 29: BIRTHDAYS—Special Edition for Bureau’s 4th Birthday!

 

TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.

In honor of the Bureau’s 4th birthday, BIRTHDAYS is the theme of the twenty-ninth installment of TELL. Featuring Skye CabreraMichael Bret Cohen, Miss Crimson Kitty, and Dora Vargas!

 

Come celebrate the Bureau’s 4th birthday with this special birthday edition of TELL! Cake will be served!

 

$10 suggested donation – no one turned away for lack of funds

 

Drae Campbell

Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at BGSQD. Check her out online!  www.draecampbell.com.

 

 

Sky Cabrera

Skye Cabrera is a Poet / Musician from the Bronx who has been performing since 2009 at venues such as Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Brooklyn Historical Society, The Bronx Museum, Apt 78, the Hispanic Panic series and more. She is the author of two poetry books, “Music for Caterpillars” in 2011 and most recently “Meet me at the Cube”.
In 2013 her Spoken Word video “when a woman speaks” was featured on Madonna’s Art for Freedom project.
Her work reflects the urban inner city queer experience, angst, love, identity and purpose.

 

michael bret

Michael Bret Cohen has worked in the adult entertainment industry and is one of the subjects of “The Red Umbrella Diaries”, a doc about a sex worker reading series which is touring the film festival circuit. He is currently working on a book of essays and has completed a poetry chapbook he is self publishing in the new year about his last 3 years on the road and roadside traveling through America. His NSFW blog: www.velveteenfur.tumblr.com

 

Photo By David Ayllon

Photo By David Ayllon

Called the female-on-female drag pioneer by Time Out New York, Miss Crimson Kitty is taking drag culture by storm one perfected lip-synch at a time! The drag daughter of Rebecca Glasscock of Rupaul’s Drag Race The Lost Season, she has created a haven for other queens at LADYQUEEN which is NYC’s only all female drag revue and created an education revolution by creating LadyQueen University; A 6 week workshop designed to turn any Lady into a LadyQueen!

Crimson has been featured in the press such as the Huffington Post, Oyxgen, Time Out, and Next Magazine for her gender illusionist skills and is known both nationally and internationally as one of the top reigning queens in her field. As a title holder for Dragnet and nominated for many nightlife awards, she is representing a realm of drag much overlooked in the community and aims to change the perception of drag solely based on gender.

Photo by David Ayllon

 

dora pic

Dora Vargas is a Brooklyn native who dabbles in music and songwriting. She is mostly known as a singer among her friends and acquaintances. She has performed at such venues as the Bureau, karaoke night at Ginger’s, the Court St. R train station with a tin can, a lesbian wedding, and the shower.

 

 

 

Start: November 19, 2016 7:00 PM
End: November 19, 2016 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: $10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

November 17, 2016

Switch n’ Play

 

Switch n’ Play offers an evening of queer performance from members K.James, Nyx Nocturne, (wo chan) Pearl Harbor, and Vigor Mortis. Following the performances, the performers will hold a Q&A panel discussion of drag, gender, community, and the politics of embodiment.

Switch n’ Play is a Brooklyn drag collective, established in 2006. Queer in every sense of the word, Switch n’ Play spans the gender spectrum in life and onstage. Twice nominated for the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards in the Best Drag Performance Show and Best Burlesque Show categories, SnP and its members have also been featured in the Huffington Post, Posture Magazine, Vice Broadly, and Velour Magazine. They produces shows at Branded Saloon in Prospect Heights Brooklyn every 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

 

 

 

 

Start: November 17, 2016 7:00 PM
End: November 17, 2016 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: Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 16, 2016

CopWatch 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 you rights safely and legally. Workshop will be taught by comedian and activist Elsa Waithe. Suggested donation of $5, but no one will be turned away.

 

 

 

 

Start: November 16, 2016 7:00 PM
End: November 16, 2016 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 benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 15, 2016

Union Square Slam presents Emily Eastman and Open Slam #3

 

Well, America. Thanks for giving us ever more reason to gather together and write, create, read, scream poems into microphones. Come get held/witnessed/free this Tuesday with our 3rd qualifying slam of the season, and none other than the Wicked Queer Glitterbomb of Love, Emily Eastman!!!

6pm: Free Writing Workshop
7pm: Sign-Ups
7:30pm: Slam Round One
8:15pm: Feature
8:45pm Slam Rounds 2 and 3

$5 // All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible

About our Feature:

Emily Eastman is a genderqueer poet & organizer who hails from Manchester; New Hampshire’s loudest middle child. A longtime community & staff member of the Slam Free or Die poetry series, they have helped to facilitate countless events & workshops on both a local & national level. They have performed, hosted, shouted, bout managed, & wept their way across the country, from classrooms to concert halls, and several barrooms in between. They have competed & represented Slam Free or Die at many national tournaments, including the Individual World Poetry Slam (2014, 2015) the Women of the World Poetry Slam (2015, 2016) and the National Poetry Slam (2015, 2016.) Interests include strong coffee, dismantling the white supremacist heteropatriarchy, & spending dinner dates talking about radical softness. Their greatest review to date came as a text from their 11-year-old sister: “Adequate.”

About our Slam:

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, pending participation in a Specialty Slam.

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.

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

- Be 18 years old or older (all ages can compete in our slams! You just won’t be able to rep us at PSI events)
- 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: November 15, 2016 7:00 PM
End: November 15, 2016 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