Dear Friends of the Bureau,
We are happy to announce that we will remain at Cage for the entirety of 2014! Having a stable location will enable us to make long-term plans for events with queer authors, poets, artists, activists, scholars, and groups. You can look forward to more book launches, readings, discussions, film screenings, performances, open-mic nights, workshops, and exhibitions. We welcome your proposals! The Bureau is nothing without your participation.
In the new year we plan to make a number of improvements to the Bureau at Cage. We will add street signage for greater sidewalk visibility and give some loving attention to the Bureau’s interior. We also hope to add a small café bar, which will make the Bureau a destination for queers and friends looking to read, write, relax, meet, and socialize even when we don’t have events. Thank you to all of you who contributed to our fundraising campaign earlier this year! Your support makes all of this possible.
Speaking of supporting the Bureau, did you know that you can set up a recurring monthly donation or make a one-time donation on the
Bureau's member page on Fractured Atlas? It's true! The Bureau is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. So contributions for the purposes of the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division (BGSQD), are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. We very much appreciate your support.
Perhaps you intend to give gifts to others at this festive time of year? Why not double the impact of your gifts by purchasing them at the Bureau? Not only will you bring joy to the beloved recipients, but your purchases will also help support this vital queer cultural institution that you have come to value. We offer an exciting selection of books, zines, and art works for the special people in your life. We are happy to order books on your behalf if we don't have what you're looking for. And did we mention that we enjoy wrapping gifts? It gives us great pleasure.
If you can't decide what to give, why not purchase a BGSQD gift certificate? It's simple, effective, and official.
And now we announce our upcoming events.
TONIGHT: Monday, December 16, 6 PM
The Bureau will be on hand to sell books at the third and final installation of Situational Junta: An Unlikely Diplomatic Alliance
Location: The Bowery Arts + Science at The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, between Bleecker and Houston
Emcee: Bob Holman
Musical Guest: Papa Susso
Main Dish: Willing Participant
With: Sparrow, Violet Snow, Abigaile Levine, Dave Ruder, Chloe Bass, Wen-Shuan Yang, Lawman Lynch, Brian Holloran, Niki Singleton, and the Bureau of General Services Queer Division
Time: 6-8pm [6-6:40 mixing/mingling; 6:40-8pm radio broadcast]
Suggested Contribution: $10 (no one turned away)
ABOUT THE SERIES
The United States Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) and the Associação Espaço Cultural Lanchonete (aka Lanchonete) are taking over Bowery Poetry for a series of evening encounters and exchanges, one part happy hour and the other part radio talk show... shaken, stirred, and served straight up on the airwaves! For three evenings this Fall, Situational Junta poses a simple question: If artists are empowered to innovate on a large enough scale to interrupt the status quo, what would that look like?
Antonio Gramsci wrote that “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” Situational Junta convenes a cast of unlikely midwives to cross borders and spark whimsy as they search for workarounds (or gambiarra) to the present condition and stoke a hunger for something new. Equal parts salon, happening, cabaret, and fireside chat, Situational Junta is a mash-up of ideas and forms building new alliances and bridging Bowery Poetry’s past to the future.
Description: Each evening is designed as a radio talk show, hosted by an emcee, and featuring a main guest or guests. In addition to their interview-conversation or performance, guests may prompt the audience to speak amongst themselves as music takes over the broadcast. A rotating, intergenerational, interdisciplinary cast of characters round out the hour through a tightly choreographed sequence of commentary, artist work, news flashes, and ‘commercial breaks’. People and projects emerge in unlikely proximity. Music, ideas, and drinks flow and the evening culminates with a soapbox open mic that invites audience members to join the broadcast. The <<main dish>> is surrounded by a sequence of newsflashes, ‘commercial breaks’, and urgent interventions by a retinue of creative schemers and artful dreamers.
Tuesday, December 17, 7 PM
Join Chad Edmonds and Eddie Cuneo of The Mancaster for interviews with and performances by writer, performer, artist, activist, and dear friend of the Bureau Stephen Boyer and violinist Nicholas Wilson. The evening will be recorded for a podcast that will be available on The Mancaster's website.
Stephen Boyer is a writer, performer, curator, painter, activist,and dear friend of the Bureau best known for working in porn, working to compile the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, and for their novel Parasite, available at the Bureau. For more about Stephen, visit their blog Minor Progression.
Nicholas Wilson began studying violin at 10 years old. He studied throughout middle school and in high school was accepted into an arts program called Governor's School, which focused its curriculum on each artist's respective art. Nicholas earned his Bachelor's degree from George Mason University, majoring in Music. During and after his degree the Washington Metropolitan area afforded opportunities in performance and education. Nicholas has been teaching privately for 8 years. Nicholas moved to NYC 6 months ago and will be applying for his Master's degree soon.
The Mancaster is a series of podcast interviews with the "mom & pop" business owners, the behind-the-scenes workers, the musicians, the artists, the drag queens, the go-go boys, those who make entertainment possible; hear their voices and listen to their journeys.
Wednesday, December 18, 7 PM
The Bureau welcomes The Mancaster back to interview actor, director, and nightclub performer Joshua Warr.
Joshua Warr is an actor, director, and nightclub performer who lives in NYC. Joshua most recently directed the NYC premier of David Schulner's An Infinite Ache which had a limited run downtown at the Access Theatre and garnered rave reviews. He can also be seen in the gay hit web series 'Hunting Season' guest starring as "Harris." He's a recipient of a 2013 Fruitie Award for his work in the Fresh Fruit Festival premiere of Patrick McCarthy's Pride River Crossing and is a MAC Award and two time BroadwayWorld Award nominee for his nightclub acts. EntertainmentWeekly.com calls him "wickedly funny." Watch out, this Warrior shows no signs of slowing down.
Thursday, December 19, 6 PM
Launch Party for Quito Ziegler's Zine THROUGH
In conjunction with Quito's photography exhibition at the Bureau, Queen of Hearts, and in the general spirit of Getting Shit Done before the year ends, Quito Ziegler (recently proclaimed hermit artist of the year by SF's Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art) will miraculously complete a zine they've been writing for over a year and read selections from it, along with other stories from the Queen of Hearts. The reading will take place at 7.
In early 2011 Q.Z. came out as trans, experienced trauma, abruptly stopped taking pictures, became a hermit and hit the road in an unmarked white van called the Pony, taking occasional breaks to organize large-scale queer art happenings with an amazing cast of characters. Beyond these pretty pops of public glamour, their time was mostly spent wandering off in an anti-social haze, generally going through it.
THROUGH is the story-behind-the-story of these past three years, an attempt to articulate their complicated evolution from person to tranimal and the lessons they learned in the process. What begins as an individual story of crisis and resilience evolves into a series of reflections on queer interdependence, structural transphobia, physical transition, and DIY recovery strategies.The writings emerged during travels through dark corners of Brooklyn and Berlin and the sunny meadows of Vermont, with a stint at the fancy MacDowell Colony in winter.
A limited-edition zine of this story will be available for sale at the event.
After-party: punk/queercore/goth/powerpop gala @ Hank's!
We continue to add new events, so please check our events page on our website for the most up-to-date information. We always welcome your suggestions, recommendations, and proposals.
Greg & Donnie
BUREAU OF GENERAL SERVICES—QUEER DIVISION
HOSTED BY CAGE
Cage is located at 83A Hester Street, between Orchard and Allen Streets and is easily reached by the B and D trains to Grand Street, the F train to East Broadway, walking, biking, or car.
DONNIE JOCHUM 646-526-7199
GREG NEWTON 646-457-0859
The Bureau is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division (BGSQD), are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. You can set up a recurring monthly donation or you can make a one-time donation on the Bureau's member page on Fractured Atlas. Thank you for your support!