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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 4, 2018

Print Edition Launch by Artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya

 

Join The Robert Giard Foundation on Thursday, October 4th, for the launch of a limited print edition by artist and Foundation board member Paul Mpagi Sepuya, to benefit the Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship Program for photographers and filmmakers.
 
The FREE event will include a raffle ($20/ticket) for one of the prints. Purchase raffle tickets in advance or in person at the event. Raffle to be drawn at 7:30 p.m. at the October 4th event.
 
Prints from the edition can be purchased for $1000 each at the event or online at
 
https://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?etid=10827

 

All proceeds go to support the future of the Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship for photographers and filmmakers.
 
Please join the Board of the Robert Giard Foundation and our host, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, from 6 – 8 p.m. for drinks and an introduction to the history and importance of Giard’s work, the exceptional Giard Fellowship, and the impact of the fellowship on the LGBTQ community.
 
Where:
Bureau of General Services-Queer Division
 
The Bureau is located in room 210 of
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street.
NY, NY 10011
 
When: 6 – 8:30 p.m, raffle at 7:30 pm.
 
Tickets:
 
1) Free RSVP
2) $20 tickets include one raffle for the benefit print, unlimited amount can be purchased per person.
 
For questions and information on purchasing an edition, email robertgiardfoundtion@gmail.com.
 
About the Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship:

The Robert Giard Foundation established the Robert Giard Fellowship in cooperation with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2008. The award of $7,500, given annually, supports an emerging, early- or mid-career artist from any country working in photography, photo-based media, video, or moving image, including short-form film or video.. This award supports a directed project, one that is new or continuing and that addresses issues of sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ identity. For information on guidelines, application procedures, and the next deadline, see How To Apply
 

About the artist:

Paul Mpagi Sepuya (b. 1982, San Bernardino, CA) is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography. His work emerged within the queer zine scene of the 2000s, and was most recently shown in “Being: New Photography 2018” at the Museum of Modern Art. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museums, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, among others. Sepuya is currently visiting artist faculty at California Institute of the Arts and has been on the board of the Robert Giard Foundation since 2009.
 
Title of work: Mirror Study, 2017, archival pigment print, 11 x 13 inches (paper size 19 x 21), Edition of 20 with 2 APs.

 

 

 
 

Start: October 4, 2018 6:00 PM
End: October 4, 2018 8:30 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: FREE

October 3, 2018

OLNY Poly Movie Night: The Witches of Eastwick

 

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.
On October 3rd, please join us for The Witches of Eastwick (1987), based on the novel by John Updike, starring Susan Sarandon, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jack Nicholson.

 

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 event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.

 

Synopsis: Three friends living in a small town in New England all become involved with a wealthy stranger and have big hair. Running time: 1 hour 58 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: October 3, 2018 6:30 PM
End: October 3, 2018 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 and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.

September 30, 2018

BUFFALO TRACE: A Threefold Vibration

 

Book launch, reading and discussion with authors Mary Cappello, James Morrison, and Jean Walton.

Set in 1980s Buffalo, three intricate, interrelated essays, meditate on the limits of expression, on the gender of ambition, on secrecy, eroticism, academic time, and snow. Combining the narrative-exegetical with the lyric-intellectual, they evoke the process of coming-into-queerness in a time and place not always conducive to it.

 

To reserve a copy of Buffalo Trace, please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Thank you for supporting the Bureau by purchasing books from us!

 

“Smart, honest, and beautifully written, these three tales of grad school life in the 1980s could be called Love in the Time of Deconstruction. A hothouse world of brains, bodies, books, and doubt (in Buffalo, no less), it’s all a bit mad, but in the exciting, necessary way of life in your twenties. Buffalo Trace is a strange, original, wonderful book.”

-Christopher Bram

 

“By following the tenderly intertwined intellectual and sexual awakenings of three friends, Buffalo Trace eroticizes academia…. This trilogy can also be read as an ode to Buffalo, the deeply American town that provided cover and even salvation for these three writers. Who can resist the assertion that ‘Buffalo was itself a kind of Paris of the rust belt?’ Ultimately, this is a love story, among friends, lovers, literature, and even Buffalo.”

Lucy Jane Bledsoe

 

 

Start: September 30, 2018 4:00 PM
End: September 30, 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
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

September 29, 2018

The Legendary Mermaid Mysteries Book Release Party & Reading

Join us in celebrating new author, Bettylou Neill, as she launches her first novel, The Legendary Mermaid Mysteries Volume 1: Emma Pearl.

When Emma Pearl and her best friend, Mia, who have dreamt of being mermaids their entire lives, get an old book from a mysterious man with a top hat and patch, it leads them through a series of unimaginable events and they find themselves swept up in the current of a magical world under the sea! The two best friends discover themselves on a journey to save the Kingdom of Oceanna from destruction and unlock the mystery of its missing royal family. Dive in to the twisty, salty tail of two girls uncovering who they are, finding their true purpose and working together with others’ diverse purposes to help restore harmony to the sea and the island where they live.

Can Emma and Mia overcome the obstacles in front of them, find the eight Legendary Mermaids, and restore the missing royal family in order to save Oceanna?

Engage your Pearl Spirit and see what is in store. Meet the author, hear a reading and enjoy refreshments and activities befitting a young mermaid! This event will be fun for the whole family!

To reserve a copy of The Legendary Mermaid Mysteries Volume 1: Emma Pearl, please write to the Bureau at contact@bgsqd.com.

 

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New author and eight-year-old, Bettylou Neill lives in Portland, Oregon with her parents and enjoys reading, art, swimming, Drag Queens and Broadway Musicals. Her love of books began when she read her first book, “I Am A Bunny” by Richard Scary at the age of three and it has only grown from there. She discovered her love of writing and telling stories as her imagination and dreams continued to grow along with her. Bettylou fell in love with mermaids after watching Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and watching YouTube star, Traci Hines’ “Life Lessons of a Hipster Mermaid”. In the Spring of 2018, she came out of her bedroom and announced to her parents she wanted to write a fourteen-chapter novel about mermaids and over the course of the following months, wrote “The Legendary Mermaid Mysteries Volume 1: Emma Pearl.” Bettylou is looking forward to continuing her Legendary Mermaid Mystery series and is currently writing Volume 2!

 

 

 

Start: September 29, 2018 2:00 PM
End: September 29, 2018 4:00 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 $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

September 28, 2018

Shinjuku Story: Exhibition and Book Signing

 

Please join Brooklyn based photographer, Kaz Senju, for his first solo show and book signing with his project Shinjuku Story, interviews and photography of Tokyo gay and lesbian bar owners.

The exhibition is on view at the Bureau from September 25-30, 1-7 pm.

 

Book signing special event on Friday, Sept 28th, 7 pm, hosted by Chris Bogia.

 

For more information about Kaz Senju, please visit his website: kazsenju.com

 

Chris Bogia is the Co-Founder and Director of Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), the first LGBTQ artist residency in the world, located in Cherry Grove, on Fire Island, NY. A visual artist and instructor of sculpture at New York University, Bogia shares his personal work and describes the inspiration behind founding the Fire Island Artist Residency.

 

 

 

Start: September 28, 2018 7:00 PM
End: September 28, 2018 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.