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TELL 49: Permission

December 15, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM



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.
TELL ends the year with a night of storytellers curated by Mariel Reyes @marielwashere
Featuring stories by Chrissy Etienne, Katie Fricas, Winter Laike, and a story and video excerpt by Arisleyda Dilone.

This is the 49th installment of TELL. The night’s theme is PERMISSION.

$10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and the performers. 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 for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at BGSQD. Check her out online!




















Katie Fricas is a cartoonist from New York City. She makes non-fiction essay comics about art, politics, and hidden histories in a wiggly, slap-happy style for various publications and websites. She got her start illustrating for $pread Magazine (RIP) and self-publishing a comic about her life called Blabbermouth. Her work pops up in various anthologies, including the 2018 Ignatz award-winning book, Comics for Choice, and her comics have also appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the New Yorker, and PEN America. Her series, Checked Out, about almost a decade spent working at NYC’s oldest library, appears regularly on the website Spiralbound. When she isn’t scuttling all over the city, she can be found at home scanning the funnie pages.

















Winter Laike is a Brooklyn-based musician and storyteller whose musical works include a collection of songs based on Craigslist missed connections, a rock opera inspired by a series of dreams, and songs about life’s everyday struggles. He has appeared on the stage at venues such as The Knitting Factory, The Bowery, Music Hall of Williamsburg, the Duplex, and the Tank. When he’s not writing music, Winter enjoys making the internet accessible, riding his bike, making not-your-mother’s Rice Krispie treats, playing with puppies, and gorging on pizza, donuts, and ice cream.

Winter’s next performance will be Monday, December 17 at The Tank, where he will be performing musical works in various stages of development, including some of the aforementioned projects. More info: 


























Arisleyda Dilone (b. 1982/Santiago, Dominican Republic). Arisleyda is a filmmaker, writer, actor, multilingual translator and model. Her practice is rooted in revealing the deeply personal through all the mediums necessary. In 2015 she completed the short film: Mami y Yo y Mi Gallito /Mom and Me and My Little Rooster. As a writer, she was a contributing author in Period: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth a book of essays. She is currently working on a feature length documentary titled: This Body, Too.


Arisleyda is a member of Diverse Filmmakers Alliance, Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and Ay Ombe Theater.




















Chrissy Etienne is a queer Haitian poet and storyteller by way of birth right.

They’d like to know what going home feels like.






December 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


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Bureau of General Services—Queer Division