Thursday | April 16 | 7 PM South Sudan: A Slow Liberation South Sudan’s first years as an independent country have been marred by violence between youth armies and insurgents apparently organized around ethnicity, or ‘tribes’. But the roots of that violence lie in a big story of racial oppression and capitalist incorporation spreading back over two centuries. This book tries to explain what happened from a local perspective, based on hundreds of interviews in Jonglei state, South Sudan’s remotest and most mutinous periphery of South Sudan.
Friday | April 17 | 12 PM Trans Knitting And Fiber Arts Group This is a group open to any and all types of trans, genderqueer and fiber art experience. Come out to knit, crochet, embroider, and felt. To learn from one another and experience community through craft and conversation. Bring your own materials and we’ll go from there!
Friday | April 17 | 7 PM Lost Boi NYC Release with Sassafras Lowrey NYC release of Sassafras Lowrey’s gorgeously subversive queer punk novel reimagines the classic Peter Pan story. Prepare to be swept overboard into a world of orphaned, abandoned, and runaway bois who have sworn allegiance and service to Pan, the fearless leader of Neverland, and to the newly corrupted Mommy Wendi. Pan’s best boi Tootles narrates this tale of the lost bois who call the Neverland squat home, creating their own idea of family, united in their allegiance to Pan, the boi who cannot be broken, and in their refusal to join ranks with Hook and the gentrifying Pirates. Like a fever-pitched dream, Lost Boi situates a children’s fantasy within a transgressive alternative reality, chronicling the lost bois’ search for belonging and purpose, and their struggle against the biggest foe of all: growing up.
Saturday | April 18 | 7 :30 PM 25 Revolting Years of AK Press! The AK Press collective has been publishing and distributing essential radical books for a quarter of a century, and you’re invited to celebrate with us. Come hear a few words from people who have been involved in the project (we’ll keep it brief!), browse some of AK’s best books, and join us in a toast to the next 25 years.
Sunday | April 19 | 1 PM Feminist Discussion of Masculinity The Forum for Feminist Discussion of Masculinity is a safe space to discuss the gendered expectations placed on men and boys in a patriarchal society, and how these have affected, and continue to affect, all of us. The forum is open to all, inclusive of gender and level of knowledge of the subject matter. This month’s theme is ‘positive masculinity’.
Sunday | April 19 | 4 PM Dyke Knitting Circle Come in & knit, make new friends drink some tea, and learn a craft at a self-help and member-led group. The Dyke Knitting Circle is open to all levels of queer experience and all levels of knitting proﬁciency. Bring yarn and needles. Join us any third Sunday of the month!
Sunday | April 19 | 7 PM Intersectionality of the World: An evening with Mala Kumar and The Paths of Marriage Come join Mala for readings from The Paths of Marriage, Q&As, and a discussion of LGBT rights in international development. The Paths of Marriage follows three generations of Indian and Indian-American women, covering issues of gender equality, marital and LGBTQ rights. More information at http://pathsofmarriage.com”
Monday | April 20 | 7 PM APOCALYPSE BABY NYC Release with Virginie Despentes Virginie Despentes (King Kong Theory, Baise Moi), reads from her award-winning novel APOCALYPSE BABY (Feminist Press April 2015). France’s most notorious feminist writer gives us Apocalypse Baby, a raucous road trip in which two mismatched private investigators–the Hyena, a mysterious and ruthless vigilante, and Lucie, an apathetic and resentful slacker–cruise the streets of Paris and Barcelona in search of a missing girl. The duo questions a cast of unsavory characters, exposing lust, violence, greed, and disillusionment, and the corruption of contemporary youth culture. As their desperate search unfolds, we careen toward a conclusion no one could have anticipated.
Tuesday | April 21 | 9: 30 AM Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Scherrer Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It combines the physical practice of Asanas with Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation/Chanting – it targets the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility. Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat and possibly a blanket and a shawl. Shortly after she moved to New York, from her native Switzerland in 1988, Ursula Scherrer started exploring different styles of Yoga for her own spiritual and physical well being before she did her first teacher training in 2002 and has been teaching ever since. In addition to her skills and expertise as a Yoga teacher (Hatha and Kundalini Yoga) she is also a Pranayama Healer and certified Qi Gong instructor. For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday | April 21 | 7 PM NERD GRRRL Series: Women in the Healing Arts The Nerd Grrrl Series returns to Bluestockings! Curated by Papercut Press, this installment of Nerd Grrrl features women in the healing arts. Our panelists will share stories about their experiences working in the world of healing—including yoga, energy healing, astrology, tarot, shamanism, polarity and pranic healing, and bodywork. Panelists include Chani Nicholas, Kathe Izzo, Heather Principe, and a few others. Nerd Grrrl Series: Women in the Healing Arts kicks off a monthly event that will run through August. Future topics to be announced soon!
Wednesday | April 22 | 7 PM 1965-2015 Fifty Years of Struggle and Revolution: April 17 1965 First National US protest against the Vietnam War What can we learn, fifty years later? What forces ended the war in Vietnam? How did the war emerge from the Civil Rights struggle and radicalize a generation? Why and how were the Black masses in the vanguard of the fight against the war? News and Letters Committees invites all to a study/discussion on the anti- war movement, and how the movement connected imperialist war, racism, and corporate liberalism.
Thursday | April 23 | 7 PM What Can I Ask by Elana Dykewomon with Irena Klepfisz Join Elana Dykewomon and Irena Klpefisz for a Sunday afternoon of poetry celebrating the release of What Can I Ask: New and Selected Poems by Elana Dykewomon.
Friday | April 24 | 7 PM Reading: The Ring of Fire Anthology, Zine Collection with ET Russian ET Russian’s new book, The Ring of Fire Anthology, is a zine collection of comics, poetry, essays and interviews on themes of disability justice, sex, race and gender, healthcare, trauma and healing. The Seattle-based author will give an illustrated reading from the anthology including comics, poetry, essay excerpts, and propaganda art. “If ever you’ve needed stories, art, poetry, and bad-ass rabble-rousing that connect disability and queerness, sexiness and radical anti-capitalist politics, look no further. ET Russian’s vivid work lives and breathes these connections.
Saturday | April 25 | 7 PM Trip to the East, Reading with Hungarian Writer Noémi Kiss In Conversation with Cultural Critic, Louise O. Vasvári Join author Noémi Kiss in discussion with Louis O. Vasvari in a discussion of their artistic work. Noemi’s intimate prose explores and her travels to the unknown parts of Eastern Europe, places of nightmares and intense human soul.
Monday | April 27 | 7 PM Meet Me Halfway Book Tour Meet Me Halfway is a collection of nine interconnected short stories about race and racism in hyper-segregated Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The book is a collection of stories that is meant to encourage dialogue and ultimately help advocate change in America’s most segregated cities. Author Jennifer Morales will read from her book and answer questions from the audience. She will also be available to sign her book for those who are interested.
Tuesday | April 28 | 9 :30 AM Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Scherrer Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It combines the physical practice of Asanas with Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation/Chanting – it targets the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility. Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat and possibly a blanket and a shawl. Shortly after she moved to New York, from her native Switzerland in 1988, Ursula Scherrer started exploring different styles of Yoga for her own spiritual and physical well being before she did her first teacher training in 2002 and has been teaching ever since. In addition to her skills and expertise as a Yoga teacher (Hatha and Kundalini Yoga) she is also a Pranayama Healer and certified Qi Gong instructor. For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer: email@example.com
Tuesday | April 28 | 7 PM Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike With Christine Hamm and Jackie Torres Christine Hamm’s poetry explores violence, dreams and the space inside contemporary women where those two experiences overlap. Jackie Torres writes about racial identity and her own Afro-Latina identity as well as how that identity ties into feminist ideals and visions. She also writes a lot about American hypocrisy/privilege/attitude; otherwise her poetry describes her misadventures as a young and angsty artist of color. This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto -the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side.
Wednesday | April 29 | 7 PM CHANGERS BOOK 2: ORYON Release Party with T Cooper & Allison Glock-Cooper, and Special Guests Kate Bornstein and Saeed Jones Join authors T Cooper, Allison Glock-Cooper, and special guest Kate Bornstein to celebrate the release of Changers Book Two: Oryon, the second release in the four-book, young adult Changers Series that Publishers Weekly describes as “a thought-provoking exploration of identity, gender, and sexuality.” The Changers Series asks the question, “What if every year of high school you woke up as somebody else?
Thursday | April 30 | 7 PM Best Sex Writing 2015 Salon Jon Pressick and tri-state area contributors, possibly including Jiz Lee, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Mollena Williams, Stoya, David Henry Sterry, Lux Alptram, Cory Silverberg, Tina Horn and Dee Behind will read from their essays in best Sex Writing 2015 and there will be an informal question and answer session. Best Sex Writing of the Year skillfully traverses the spectrum of the contemporary sexual landscape. Always thought provoking, these passionate yet incisive essays boldly confront the controversies surrounding our most deeply held assumptions about sexuality. From an argument for celibacy to documentation of the most outlandish sexual fetishes, Best Sex Writing of the Year presents the true face of contemporary sexuality, one that is edgy, honest, and always changing.