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Homotextual #6: Mutate – Friday, January 18th at BGSQD

Mutation is a principle of imperfect copying.

203473_367491110013454_1370693327_n  Our DNA contains instructions on both how to build a new life and on how to mutate, including what can mutate, how it mutates, how big the change is and how often mutation occurs. This instruction itself is also subject to mutation.
Some organisms mutate much faster than others. The common cold, for example, mutates at such a rate that it has proved difficult to find a cure. Are queers like the common cold? Are we adapting faster than we can be defined?

Come find out on Friday January 18th, 7:30pm @ the Bureau.

Below are the Madames of Mutation:

Heather M Acs is a theatre/performance artist, activist, curator, educator and high-femme troublemaker. Her work has been featured in festivals, theatres, galleries, conferences, and universities across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She is the Co-Producer of the Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow-a group that tours annually and creates performance-based cultural works and community events showcasing queer artists of all genders on a femme-inine spectrum, now in its fourth year. Heels on Wheels also hosts a monthly salon series in Brooklyn called the Opentoe Peepshow: Revealing New Work by Queer Artists. [heelsonwheelsroadshow.com] Film credits include Building No. 7, dir. Steven Soderbergh; blink, dir. Silas Howard;; Valencia (the movies): Chapter 9 based on the novel by Michelle Tea; and most recently, Sunset Stories, an official 2012 South by Southwest Selection. Heather is also a dedicated teaching artist, using theatre as a tool for social change with low-income youth in NYC public schools for over a decade.www.heatheracs.com

Damien Luxe is a Brooklyn-based queer femme liberationist artist, digital technologist, community organizer and activist who produces and performs political and participatory multimedia works at galleries, cabarets, festivals and literary events all over the US and Canada. D’Luxe’s work as a performer blurs lines between the body and communities, activism and art, and science and story. Her recent major works include: Exorcize, a satirical and serious healing aerobics program for all bodies; Hot Pink Mass, a church service for queers, perverts and ne’er-do-wells that invokes the femme deity Trisha; and Femmes Fight Back, an interactive installation honoring queer herstories and resisting the State.

Kelli Dunham (kellidunham.com) is everyone’s favorite ex-nun genderqueer nerd comic. Kelli was one of Velvet Park Magazine’s 25 Significant Queer Women of 2011 and was named to the 2012 Campus Pride Hotlist. Kelli was also given the The Fresh Fruit Festival Award for Distinction in stand-up comedy, although Kelli has never before or since been called distinguished. Kelli is the author of four books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by Sonlight conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. Her fifth book, Freak of Nurture, a collection is humorous essays is being released by Topside Press in Spring 2013.
Kelli was recently the expert on “What Is Normal” in the teenybopper periodical Twist, on a page facing a full color poster of Justin Beiber. There isn’t even a ironic statement to match that, it’s just strangely true.


Homotextual #5: Ugly – Tuesday, December 19th

Annex - Leigh, Janet (Psycho)_01 Ugly has no alibi. Ugly roams the earth alone. Ugly awakes one morning from uneasy dreams. Ugly has homosexual tendencies. Ugly ate the whole thing and isn’t sorry. Ugly has emotional whatever. Ugly will tell you it wants everything. Ugly likes to leer at small children. Ugly is always unrequited, self-excited and tries to hide it. Ugly killed him once and would do it again. Ugly knew about it the whole time but didn’t say anything. Ugly resents Guilt, but sucks up to her at parties. Ugly is a freak, a martyr and a thief. Finally, Ugly will never forgive you. Ever.

In the Flesh was Ugly in high school. Now we are only Ugly on the inside.

Come catch a glimpse of Ugly on Wednesday, December 19th at the Bureau (currently housed in the Strange Loop Gallery).

Homotextual #4: Heroes \ Idols \ Matricide – Friday Nov. 30th

Cinéaste Chantal Akerman says that people aren’t free when they have idols, and we agree –without question– with everything Chantal says.

Tonight will be about our relationships to our heroes, idols and legendary mothers. There are certain sharp teeth that develop when we study at the feet of the geniuses we adore, a particular desire to bite the hand that feeds us. Or worse, a terrible blindness.
We want to be them/kill them/surpass them/humiliate them/die for them, and we here at ITF believe these urg

es are all totally fucked up, er, normal and should be explored.So if you’ve noticed that your idol worship has become idle worship, or you can’t seem to shake that effete Jean Genet voice from your homoprose, you might want to stop by.
The night’s performers will be burning, laughing, glittering screaming with double-edged hero-love.The Line Up:TL CowanGlenn MarlaZachary Frater aka Banjela DavisReadings begin at 7:30 SHARP at Bureau of General Services Queer Division, which is currently housed at the Strange Loop Gallery.

PROS/ PERSIST: a Benefit for Peer-Led Sex Workers’ Rights and Services in NYC- Thursday Nov. 29th

One of our own Flesh is reading at this benefit! A benefit party for the PROS Network and PERSIST Health Project, two peer-led organizations in NYC dedicated to the heath, wellness and human rights of sex workers. for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/489304691091427/

Bureau of General Services Queer Division Pop-Up Opening! – November 15th

The Bureau of General Services–Queer Division is a queer bookstore and event space that will be hosted by Strange Loop Gallery (27 Orchard St. btw. Canal and Hester) from November 15th through January 31st, 2013. The grand opening will take place on Thursday, November 15th, from 6 to 9 PM. Djs X and Y will spin, beer and wine will flow, and queers will celebrate!
Says C0-Owner Greg:

The idea for the project began last fall when my partner Donnie Jochum and I were walking near the former location of A Different Light, and we asked ourselves: “When did A Different Light close? And when did Oscar Wilde close?” Then it dawned on us that there were no gay bookstores left in Manhattan. “We should do it!” That was our initial response. But we wanted it to be a queer bookstore, not a gay bookstore.
We are excited by the current proliferation of the term “queer.” “Queer” is inclusive. It is not narrowly defined. And it reclaims a pejorative term, one that was used to deride those who did not conform to gender and sexual norms. So it stings a bit. “Queer” is an expansive term, and it continues to grow. It just won’t sit still and behave itself. How can you not love it?
Our goal is to have lots of events to keep people coming in and to invite people to use the space in creative ways. Part of the reason we chose to call ourselves the Bureau of General Services–Queer Division was to signal our desire to serve people, to provide services. And the primary service we will provide is a space for queers and allies to socialize, debate, organize, and perform. We will also exhibit and sell art and artists’ books, and when we find a permanent home we will have a small cafe. We chose to leave the word “bookstore” out of our name because we want people to think of the Bureau as a place where things happen, a place that also sells books, art, and publications.
Find out more about the Bureau here.

Audre Lorde & Adrienne Rich Marathon Reading @ Lesbian Herstory Archives- November 17th, 12pm-12am

In the Flesh is is so excited to be a part of this celebration of the lives and work of Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich at the Lesbian Herstory Archives. We will be facilitating an hour of readings from/reactions to their work. Check back for more details! For more information about the marathon reading, click here!

Homotextual #3 : Election- Friday October 19th

Is the fact that a comedian and a Fox News pundit can have a more substantive, clear, and lively debate than our own elected officials can getting you down?
Us too.
Come pull it up with In the Flesh at Branded Saloon (603 Vanderbilt b/w Bergen and St. Marks) on Friday, October 19th!
It’s our Homotextual Reading Series, where the drinks are stiff and the readers are not.
This Month’s Readers: Jackie Vimo, Ruben Davis, Zachary Frater
Readings begin at 7:30pm sharp. Sharp like the back of my hand against your cheek if you’re late.

Queerocracy Takes In the Flesh to Bedlam: A Fundraiser

Who/What: Self-starting queer organizations In the Flesh and QUEEROCRACY are teaming up for a fundraiser! We know. Calm down. We’re excited too. Do you need a minute? Why don’t you take a minute to put your head between your knees and breathe it out. We’ll wait.
Better? Okay, good. As we were saying, it’s time to get your wallets out to support your community!

Why: QUEEROCRACY is mounting a new anti-HIV Criminalization campaign aimed at educating people about HIV criminalization and working to end the unjust prosecutions of HIV positive people. Funding will help support our efforts.

In the Flesh holds a monthly reading series, Homotextual, one of the goals of which is to pay our readers to let them know their work is valuable. Participating in the fundraiser shows you appreciate listening to queer stories that you don’t get to hear elsewhere!
Where: Bedlam Bar, Ave C between 3rd and 4th. This is a hostile takeover of MC Specs’ Tuesday night party, Queer and Utter Bedlam.
When: Tuesday, October 9th at 8pm. Dress up an otherwise drab Tuesday evening and bring your friends and lovers to Bedlam Bar.
Shake it with our DJs, gogo dancers, lapdancers, and kissing boothers! Oh yeah, plus amazing raffle prizes and drink specials.
No cover. Suggested donation of $10.

Homotextual #2

The end of of a mad summer always brings that special brand of WTF?! introspection. Come hear : Sarah Schulman, TL Cowan, Ella Boureau and Zachary Frater at the Way Station, Friday September 7th, 7:30pm.


Baby’s first reading at Branded Saloon on Vanderbilt ave. 7:30pm July 13th, 2012. Come come come. The winners of the erotic fail will be announced. Readings by Alexis Clements, Ariel Speedwagon Federow, and Sylvan Oswald!

Pity Party #1 – The Erotic Fail

Everyone has a story about going from sexy to vomiting on someone genitals.  Come pull it up with In the Flesh at the Cubbyhole on July 11th and suck the poison out of your embarrassment. Write your story down, put it in our Failbox, and we’ll pick the most epic fail. Also: Lapdancers, Kissing booth and raffle prizes.