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Meryl Meisler’s SASSY ’70s

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  Meryl Meisler, with camera in hand, documented the process of her coming out and exploring LGBTQ NY communities during the 1970s. She’ll be sharing her images and stories of Disco, nightlife, Fire Island, and self portraits from her book Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City.   Copies of Purgatory & Paradise SASSY [...]

Thu. Dec 13, 2018 7:00 PM

Events

October 14, 2018

Belladonna* Roll Call Reading Series

 
Join the Belladonna* Collaborative at the New York Queer Zine Fair for an afternoon of new work presented by Anaïs Duplan and Yumi Dineen Shiroma. The reading will take place at the Bureau.

 

Belladonna* presents the work of two exciting and boundary-pushing poets as part of our ongoing reading series And / With, now nearing its 20th anniversary year. As with every Belladonna* reading, chaplets of the work presented will be published to coincide with its presentation, and will be available for sale from our table at the New York Queer Zine Fair, along with many other delicious Belladonna* titles.

 

Belladonna* is a feminist avant-garde collective, founded in 1999 by Rachel Levitsky. Our mission to promote the work of writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with language. Belladonna* has featured nearly 300 writers of wildly diverse age and origin, writers who work in conversation and collaboration, in and between multiple forms, languages, and critical fields.

 

About the readers:

Anaïs Duplan is the author of a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016) and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). Their poems and essays have been published by Hyperallergic, PBS News Hour, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, Bettering American Poetry, and Ploughshares. Their music criticism has appeared in Complex Magazine and THUMP. Duplan is a curator who has facilitated artists’ projects and exhibitions in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, Reykjavík, and Copenhagen. Duplan’s video art has appeared or is forthcoming in exhibitions at Flux Factory, Daata Editions, the 13th Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in L.A. Duplan is the founder of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, and is currently a joint Public Programs Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

 

 
Yumi Dineen Shiroma is a PhD student in English at Rutgers University. Her poetry has previously appeared in BOMB Magazine and is forthcoming in Nat. Brut. She may or may not be writing the great Asian American novel.

 

 

 

 

Start: October 14, 2018 4:30 PM
End: October 14, 2018 5:30 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

Karl Marks Children’s Hour Puppet Workshop

 

Karl Marks Children’s Hour is a traveling puppet show and crafting workshop featuring two dimensional paper puppets of famous and infamous historical and public figures. Attendees of the workshop will conceive and execute a puppet design using construction paper, scissors, paper lunch sacks and glue. Step-by-step written instructions will be provided to each participant and assistance and general instruction will be available from the workshop leader, artist, and performer, Karl Marks. The suggested theme for puppets in this workshop is “Figures in Queer History” but other subjects will be welcomed and encouraged. Attendees should bring their own pair of scissors. Glue and paper will be provided.

 

Karl Marks Children’s Hour Puppet Workshop is a 2018 NY Queer Zine Fair event taking place during the fair in the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division. The event is FREE.

 

Karl Marks is a Brooklyn-based queer artist and performer. He has performed throughout New York City, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland at a range of performance venues and museums.

 

 

 

 

Start: October 14, 2018 1:00 PM
End: October 14, 2018 3:00 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

October 13, 2018

Straight To Hell slideshow illustrating the 45 years of S.T.H.

 
Straight To Hell slideshow illustrating the 45 years of S.T.H. followed by a panel discussion
 
In 1973, Boyd McDonald virtually invented queer zine culture with Straight to Hell, the no-holds-barred circle jerk of reader-written true tales of men’s real sexual adventures in– as Bernard Welt puts it in “One Man’s Meat”—“the unacknowledged corners of life where repression is not lifted, but exploded to bits . . . In the world of STH, every barracks shower is an orgy room; every Boy Scout jamboree is a festival of sexual initiation; every conservative politician and clergyman pays male hustlers for sex. Everything men do to bond or compete in sports, war, and politics is a sublimation of, if not a substitute for, homosexual desire.” Gore Vidal, Allen Ginsberg, Tennessee Williams, and Christopher Isherwood all proclaimed themselves fans and admirers.
 
McDonald proposed that pornography usually promotes mainstream ideology that stigmatizes gay sex even as it charges admission for it—while the publication of the truth of sexual life liberates desire from the pressure to justify, excuse, or normalize.
 
Straight To Hell slideshow is a 2018 NY Queer Zine Fair event taking place during the fair in the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division. The event is FREE.
 
 
Billy Miller, STH’s editor since 1989, joins critic Bernard Welt, storyteller extraordinaire Grady Turner, and Kevin Allison, creator of the ground-breaking RISK!Podcast, for a discussion of how sharing the truth of our lives really does set us free.
 
 
Kevin Allison is the author of RISK! True Stories People Never Thought They’d Dare To Share (Hachette, 2018), based on the wildly popular podcast. Grady Turner is an arts writer, inaugural curator of the Museum of Sex, and Moth-winning storyteller who produced Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance. Bernard Welt is the author of Mythomania: Fantasies, Fables, and Sheer Lies in Contemporary American Popular Art. Billy Miller is an artist and independent curator, and the editor of Straight to Hell.
 
 
 
 

Start: October 13, 2018 5:00 PM
End: October 13, 2018 6:00 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

Kelli Dunham: Laughter is a Revolutionary Gesture: Humor as Self-Care

Kelli Dunham: Laughter is a Revolutionary Gesture: Humor as Self-Care is a NY Queer Zine Fair event taking place during the fair in the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division. The event is FREE.

 
Laughter is a Revolutionary Gesture: Humor as Self-Care (Kelli Dunham): The nature of our work as intersectional activists and life as queer folks is intense and that, combined with passion, can sometimes contribute to depression and burnout as well as a single focus on movement work/our passion that is neither healthy for us as individuals nor effective. Yet there is a notable historical precedent for intersectional activism using humor as both a strategy in communication and a tool for personal empowerment. This workshop explores how we can reclaim humor and use it to relieve stress, communicate better, subvert the rigid gender binary and build resilience. You don’t have to consider yourself “a funny person” to participate in this workshop. It’s about discovering our own unique sense of humor. We’ll have fun and NO ONE will make you wear a clown nose, promise.

 

 

 

Start: October 13, 2018 3:30 PM
End: October 13, 2018 4:30 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

New York Queer Zine Fair Queer Collage Party

 

Heidi Dorow will host a special edition of the Bureau’s Queer Collage Party in conjunction with the 2018 New York Queer Zine Fair. All materials will be provided: glue sticks, scissors, paper, pictures, etc, and of course feel free to bring your own images, too. Each person can make their own collage(s), or team up with others. Attend for part or all of the event. Before you leave, your collage(s) will be scanned and made into a collaborative zine which you can pick up the next day at the NYQZF (or we can mail it to you). The spirit here is about fun and sharing.
 
Join us!!!

 
 
 
 

Start: October 13, 2018 12:30 PM
End: October 13, 2018 2:30 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