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Aural Fixation: A Post-Pride Fiction Extravaganza

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  Ready for summer? We know we are. Please join us for an evening of sultry tales and sizzling yarns as authors VIET DINH (After Disasters), DENNIS NORRIS (“Food 4 THOT”), ERIC SASSON  (Admissions, Margins of Tolerance), and JONATHAN VATNER (Carnegie Hill) provide the aural delights. Your ears will never be the same.     [...]

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Events

April 25, 2017

Union Square Slam Presents: Kate & Izzi!

 

*Mark your calendars: the last Tuesday of every month will feature a local musical performer.*

Tonight, we are beyond excited to bring you the entrancing sounds of this sister duet!
About our Show:

7:30pm: Sign-ups and Socialize
8:00pm: Open Mic (Music + Poetry Are Welcomed Here!)
8:45pm: KATE & IZZI

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
Open Mic // Suggested $5-10 donation
About our Feature:

Kate & Izzi are sisters making music. We grew up in DC, went to school in New York, lived in Berlin and taught music in a refugee camp. Now we’re creating original music in our basement. Kate & Izzi will be releasing our first EP this summer.

 

 

Start: April 25, 2017 7:30 PM
End: April 25, 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: Suggested $5-10 donation

April 21, 2017

Resist, Rebel, Transgress: Sarah Schulman & Carmen Machado

 

In conjunction with the Bureau’s current exhibition, The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition:

“Resist, Rebel, Transgress” in co-operation with Lambda Literary. Reading from their work: Avenger co-founder and writer Sarah Schulman, and writer Carmen Machado.

Suggested donation of $5 to $10 to benefit both the traveling exhibition The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in The New YorkerGrantaBest American Science Fiction & FantasyBest Horror of the Year, and Best Women’s Erotica. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Sarah Schulman is the author of 18 books, most recently the novel THE COSMOPOLITANS, selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the top 20 American novels of 2016, and CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE, which bell hooks called “awesome brilliant.” Sarah is on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace, faculty advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine, and on the advisory board of Claudia Rankine’s Racial Imaginary Institute. She is currently writing the book to a musical based on the songs of Joan Armatrading.
 

 

The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition is on view at the Bureau through June 4, 2017.

We did it, and we’ll do it again! A multimedia activist exhibit celebrating the Lesbian Avengers, formed 25 years ago during another surge of hardcore misogyny, and anti-gay, white Nationalist hate. Includes still photos, flyers, posters, slide shows, and video. Were you there? We welcome your participation. This mobile exhibit won’t take on its final form until late April. In June, it will begin to pop up all over the country. Including a neighborhood near you!
 
Related upcoming events:
 
Friday, May 12 7 p.m. Lesbian Avengers 25 event series, “Resist, Rebel, Transgress.” A screening of the powerful film, Nothing Without Us, by Harriet Hirshorn and Mary Patierno about women fighting AIDS worldwide.

Nothing Without Us is the first and only documentary telling the story of the inspiring women at the forefront of the global AIDS movement. Combining archival footage and interviews with female activists, scientists and scholars in the US and Africa, Nothing Without Us: The Women who Will End AIDS reveals how women not only shaped grassroots groups like ACT-UP in the U.S., but have also played essential roles in HIV prevention and the treatment access movement throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The film explores the unaddressed dynamics that keep women around the world at risk of HIV, while introducing the remarkable women who have the answers to ending this 30-year old pandemic.
 
Friday, June 2 7 p.m. Lesbian Avengers 25 event series, “Resist, Rebel, Transgress” in co-operation with Lambda Literary. Includes Lesbian Avengers and writers, Susana Cook, Ana Simo (co-founder), and others.

 

 

Start: April 21, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 21, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to $10 to benefit both the traveling exhibition The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

April 20, 2017

Open Love New York Poly Movie Night: Carrington

 

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 meeting at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division which is located on the second floor of The LGBT Center, Room 210.

Please join us for Carrington (1995), directed by Christopher Hampton and starring Emma Thompson (Harry Potter) and Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones).

We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau 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: “Who on earth is that ravishing boy?” asks writer Lytton Strachey when he first sees Carrington. Despite his initial disappointment that Carrington is not a boy, he becomes very fond of her while she falls in love with him. The film is based on the lives of the early twentieth-century painter Dora Carrington and gay Bloomsbury writer Lytton Strachey. Running time: 2 hours.

 

 

Start: April 20, 2017 6:30 PM
End: April 20, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

April 18, 2017

Union Square Slam presents Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Team Selection Finals!

 

!! TIME !! FOR !! TEAM !! SELECTION !! FINALS !!
 
featuring
HANIF WILLIS-ABDURRAQIB
 
ARE YOU READY FOR POEMS?!
 
6:30pm: Writing Workshop by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
7:45pm: Slam, First Round
8:30pm: Feature: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
9:00pm: Slam, Second Round
 
Writing Workshop, by donation/pass-the-bag
Feature/Slam: suggested $7-$10, collected at door
 
* * * We’ll also be selling limited edition copies of Union Square Slam’s Inaugural Year Team Slam Chapbook — all proceeds go to getting the team to Nationals this year ♥ * * *
Bureau of General Services – Queer Division
(inside the LGBT Center)
 
208 W 13th St., #210 (btw 7th and 8th Ave)

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
About our Feature:
 
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was released by Button Poetry in 2016. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, is forthcoming from Two Dollar Radio in winter 2017.

 

 

 

Start: April 18, 2017 6:30 PM
End: April 18, 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: Feature/Slam: suggested $7-$10, collected at door

April 15, 2017

TELL 33: Betrayal

 

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.

BETRAYAL is the theme of the thirty-third installment of TELL. Featuring Erica Caldwell, Amalia Q, Persephone Sarah Jane Smith, and Pamela Sneed.

 

$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.

 

 

Autumn Erica

Erica Cardwell is a writer and radical educator. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Hyperallergic, Sinister Wisdom, the Lightwork Annual, The Feminist Wire, Bitch Media, and EMERGE: An Anthology of the 2105 Lambda Literary Fellows. Erica hopes to complete a draft of her first book, Stone Fruit- a collection of personal essays by December.

 

 

Amalia_TELL

Amalia Q is a latinx queer unicorn from LA. As the daughter of immigrant parents, the pull to overachieve and give back was immense; therefore, as of late, Amalia had been trying to practice self-care by slowing down and hanging out with tiny humans (aka kids). Amalia holds masters degrees from all the schools and knows a whole lot about microaggressions, substance use, and mental health. You can find Amalia on a dance floor near you!

 
 

persephone_TELL

Persephone Sarah Jane Smith (They/Them/Theirs)
A singer songwriter and poet that lives in Bushwick with far too many hobbies to list. Thier Latest endeavor is running for City Council in their District. Greatest skill though is telling Humorous stories from their tragic life.

 
 

Sneed 500

Pamela Sneed is a New York based poet, writer and actress. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. In 2015, she appeared in Art Forum, Black Book and The Huffington Post. She hosted Queer Art Film at the IFC in New York City. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, published by Henry Holt in April 1998, KONG & other works, published by Vintage Entity Press (2009) and a chapbook Lincoln (2014). In 2015, she published the Chaplet Gift with Belladonna. She has performed for sold out houses at Lincoln Center, P.S. 122, Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, The ICA London, The CCA in Glasgow Scotland, The Green Room in Manchester England, BAM Cafe, Joes Pub, The Public Theater, Central Park Summer Stage, Bronx Summer Stage and recently Columbia University’s Tribute to James Baldwin, The Whitney Museum and BRIC. She appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, The One Hundred Best African American Poems. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence as a guest faculty member and is an online Professor at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching Human Rights and Writing Art. She was a mentor/consultant for the poet-Linc program at Lincoln Center and directed a final show at Lincoln Center Atrium in 2016. She has recently presented at a symposium at NYU on Humor, Politics and the AIDs crisis. In summer 2016, she has received a residency at Denniston Hill and is an SAIC visiting artist in the MFA low residency program. She is completing a collection of short stories “Anna Mae/For Black Women Survivors,” and has a forthcoming chapbook Sweet Dreams with Belladonna2017.

 
 
 
 

Start: April 15, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 15, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the performers and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.