Calendar

Nov
22
Fri
Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Moving between theatre, experimental video, revolutionary protest, photography, poetry, and performance art, Ricanness stages scenes in which the philosophical, social, and psychic merge at the site of aesthetic practices. Sandra Ruiz theorizes Ricanness as a way to imagine, dream, and construct alternate forms of existence under colonialism, across bodies of water, beyond the annexation of land.

Sandra Ruiz is an assistant professor of Latina/Latino Studies and English at the University ofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Program in Comparative World Literature, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies. Ruiz is the author of Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance, recently published with NYU Press (July 2019). Ruiz is the co-founder of the Brown Theatre Collective; the creator of La Estación Gallery, and a series co-editor for Minoriatrian Aesthetics (NYU Press). She is currently working on two book projects: Perilous Pedagogy: Psychoanalytic Affections & the Live Aesthetic, and a book of poetry entitled The Edge of Depth.

Wilson Valentín-Escobar, PhD. is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Program, University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is a curator and scholar of American, Ethnic and Latinx Studies, and also works in the Public Humanities. He has curated various exhibits including, “¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York” at the Loisaida Inc. Center in New York City. He has been published in various journals and book anthologies and has two forthcoming books, one with NYU Press, tentatively titled: Bodega Surrealism: Latinx Artivists in New York City, and Rican-Structing the Roots and Routes of Puerto Rican Music, to be published by Centro Press (2020).

Christina A. León is Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University where she focuses on Latinx, Caribbean, and hemispheric literatures, in addition to critical engagements with feminist theory, queer theory, and performance studies. She is currently completing her first book, Radiant Opacity: Aesthetic, Ethical, and Material Relations in Latinidad. She has published and forthcoming work in Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Sargasso: a Journal of Caribbean Language, Literature & Culture, Small Axe, ASAP/Journal, and Curiosity Studies: A New Ecology of Knowledge (University of Minnesota Press), as well as translations in the forthcoming Havana Reader (Duke University Press).

Nov
23
Sat
RadTech Activist Group (R-TAG @ Bluestockings)
Nov 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Building a community of tech activists at Bluestockings. Our workshops include building tech tools for grassroots movements (open to beginners and non-coders), and creating non-Capitalist arts projects and DIY tech. Discussing and organizing around algorithmic fairness, predictive policing, surveillance, and oppressive technologies. Getting grassroots organizations heard in City Council conversations about open data policies and automated decision systems (ADS).

Book Release: Gothic Queer Culture: Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for the book launch of Gothic Queer Culture: Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma. Hear about ghosts embedded in queer theory, crypts in lesbian pulp fiction, monstrosity in AIDS poetry and art, and sadomasochism in queer performance. Westengard will discuss her book’s claim that queer culture adopts gothicism to challenge heteronormative and racialized systems and to acknowledge the effects of microaggression and insidious trauma. Followed by a reception and book signing.

Laura Westengard (she/her) is an Associate Professor of English at the City University of New York. She is the author of Gothic Queer Culture: Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma and co-editor of The 25 Sitcoms that Changed Television: Turning Points in American Culture. She writes about popular culture, performance art, contemporary U.S. literature, and is currently researching a book on 19th century medical devices that have shaped understandings of gender and sexuality.

Nov
24
Sun
Shapeshifters Chest Binder Fitting and Store Pop-up!
Nov 24 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Calling all folks seeking a chest binder that fits your body and fashion sense! Shapeshifters specializes in custom-sized, hand-made binders that look rad with no size limits (or fat tax), and we’re headed to Bluestockings for a one day pop-up! Here’s your chance to get personally fitted and try out our binders for yourself, whether you’re experienced in binding, looking for your first binder, or you’re just binder-curious. All genders and sizes welcome!

Eli Coughlin-Galbraith is the original founder, co-owner, and head tailor of Shapeshifters. This all started because they just couldn’t find a binder that fit, so they decided to make one for themselves; and if they were going to make one, then why not make one that looked the way they wanted it to look? Eli’s pronouns are they/them.

Krista Coughlin-Galbraith is Eli’s wife and co-owner of Shapeshifters. She’s played various roles in the company over the years, including developing the Shapeshifters Sports Bra, acting as Shapeshifters’ plus size expert, managing the office and running the monthly newsletter. Krista’s pronouns are she/they.

Nov
25
Mon
Get On the Stage
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Get On the Stage is an open mic based around uplifting and centering the voices of Queer/Trans People of Color, Trans, Two Spirit, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, Intersex and anyone who falls between these labels. Speakers can bring poems, prose, music, stand-up and spoken word of any kind.

Cis white queer folks are prohibited from participating but are encouraged to attend to support and help boost the voices of marginalized speakers.

Nov
26
Tue
Queer Screen Printing 101
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Screen printing as a fast, accessible, and inexpensive medium of political resistance. For queer folks, this has shown up through history as protest posters, t-shirts, and art prints. You’ll see how screen printing works first hand by pulling a print for yourself. Then you can customize it with provided art materials and stencils to create a message/design that represents what queerness is to you!

This event is part of an initiative called PrintResistProject, which aims to bring free screen printing events to queer and trans youth as an act of political resistance. The focus of this project is to center and amplify the voices and experiences of marginalized communities, particularly young queer and trans folks. 

Tim Cronin is a graphic designer, printmaker, and teacher living in Brooklyn. He is the founder of PrintResistProject, an initiative that facilitates screen printing and design thinking events for queer and trans youth and other marginalized communities, drawing on the history of screen printing as a fast, accessible, inexpensive medium of political resistance.

Nov
28
Thu
Sun Salutations and Intentions: a Morning Flow
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am

Join Sharyn Hahn to start your day with a morning yoga practice of Sun Salutations and a Vinyasa flow! You will experience luxurious stretching warm-ups, empowering standing poses, and energizing breath work as we align the movements with the inhales and exhales. You will feel more awake, strong, balanced, and positive as a result of this time spent on the mat. Sun Salutations and warrior poses stimulate the seratonin in your brain (the “happy hormone) and improve self-esteem! You will be ready for anything that meets you as your day unfolds.

We will listen to music and set an intention for the week at the start of each class.

$5 donation requested. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. There are some props at the store for up to 5 people. You may bring your own coffee or tea.

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR EACH WEEKLY CLASS BY EMAILING SHARYN no later than 9 PM the night before at suryyama2018@gmail.com. Add Sun Salutations in the subject line.

FOLLOW HER on Instagram for quotes, yoga prompts and information, and uplifting pictures and comments:
suryyama_yoga (there is an underscore in the address)

FACEBOOK PAGE: Sharyn Hahn’s Fitness, Yoga, and Mindfulness for All

Nov
30
Sat
Beyond the Binary: Abolition Teach-In
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Beyond The Binary: Abolition Teach- In is focused on analyzing and accessing the Prison Industrial Complex from an abolitionist politic. The disproportionate numbers of Black and brown people in prisons are evidence that the innately racist system is merely an evolution of slavery. During this teach in we will discuss the ways bills like FOSTA/SESTA have devastating impact on the Black TGNC community, with a focus on Black trans women.

Erica Caines is a local community organizer and founder of the Black youth centered literacy program, Liberation Through Reading. She is also an outreach member of the anti war coalition, Black Alliance For Peace and the Maryland based Ujima People’s Progress Party.

Eli Berry-St John is a local community organizer working with Black Trans Media, Black Trans Travel Fund & also volunteering with the Emergency Release Fund helping bail TGNC people out of jail that can’t afford bail. Eli formerly facilitated two groups in the Bronx. One group called Healing Through Arts, a political education group for TLGBQ community & the other group called Bois Do Cry, a political education group for trans men and trans masc people strategizing healthier masculinity and direct action to end gender based violence.

Dec
1
Sun
Too Young To Be Sick: A Chronic Pain and Illness Support Group
Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a peer mediated support group for people age 15-35 who experience chronic pain or live with chronic illness. We provide a place to discuss the complexities of being a young person with a serious medical issue, as well as offer support, resources and strategies. This group is open to all illnesses and conditions, diagnosed or undiagnosed, and all levels of ability.

For more information or for accessibility questions contact matilda@bluestockings.com

Feminist Book Club
Dec 1 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Feminist Book Club reads and discusses feminism. We make no claims to any particular feminist platform. We read theoretical texts, literature and primary works. All are welcome inclusive of gender, political persuasion, and familiarity.

For more information, email feministbookclubnyc@gmail.com.

Dec
3
Tue
Free Writing Workshop and Healing Space for Sex Workers
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This will be a safe, judgement-free space for current and former sex workers of all genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, and academic backgrounds to share their creative work and hone writing skills. Participants will read each other’s poetry and provide feedback, engage with creative prompts, and offer personal insights. Please bring printed copies of your work if possible. If printing is not accessible to you, please email facilitator SageSamois@gmail.com to discuss alternatives.

About the facilitator: Sage Samois (they/she/he) is a transgender poet based in New York City and an affiliate of the Poetry Society of New York. They hope that this workshop will cultivate community bonding, lasting friendships, and lots of poetry.

Dec
4
Wed
Bluestockings Education Project presents the Icarus Project Radical Mental Health Workshop Series: Explorations in Personal Transformation and Collective Liberation
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Icarus Project NYC is a local chapter of http://theicarusproject.net, a radical mental health a support network and media project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We envision a new culture that allows the space and freedom for exploring different states of being, and recognizes that breakdown can be the entrance to breakthrough. We aim to create a language that is so vast and rich that it expresses the infinite diversity of human experiences. Our monthly workshops explore these themes through peer-based discussion, guest presentations, art, forum theater and more. For more information about this month’s event see: http://nycicarus.org

This event has a video call.
Join: https://meet.google.com/miq-wniv-erg
+1 609-736-2848 PIN: 732457238#

Dec
5
Thu
Sun Salutations and Intentions: a Morning Flow
Dec 5 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am

Join Sharyn Hahn to start your day with a morning yoga practice of Sun Salutations and a Vinyasa flow! You will experience luxurious stretching warm-ups, empowering standing poses, and energizing breath work as we align the movements with the inhales and exhales. You will feel more awake, strong, balanced, and positive as a result of this time spent on the mat. Sun Salutations and warrior poses stimulate the seratonin in your brain (the “happy hormone) and improve self-esteem! You will be ready for anything that meets you as your day unfolds.

We will listen to music and set an intention for the week at the start of each class.

$5 donation requested. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. There are some props at the store for up to 5 people. You may bring your own coffee or tea.

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR EACH WEEKLY CLASS BY EMAILING SHARYN no later than 9 PM the night before at suryyama2018@gmail.com. Add Sun Salutations in the subject line.

FOLLOW HER on Instagram for quotes, yoga prompts and information, and uplifting pictures and comments:
suryyama_yoga (there is an underscore in the address)

FACEBOOK PAGE: Sharyn Hahn’s Fitness, Yoga, and Mindfulness for All

Book Talk: Theorizing Transgender Identity for Clinical Practice: A New Model of Understanding Gender by S.J. Langer
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This book deepens our understanding of the developmental trajectory of trans
and gender non-conforming individuals over their lifespan by offering new theories on gender drawn from on psychoanalysis, philosophy, neuroscience, consciousness
studies, trauma therapy, sex therapy, gender theory, disability studies and trans studies. The author will talk about his theories and clinical work with patients in our community in psychotherapy.

S.J. Langer is a writer and psychotherapist in private practice in NYC. He is faculty at School of Visual Arts in the MPS Art Therapy and Humanities & Sciences
departments. His article “Trans Bodies and the Failure of Mirrors” was the co-winner of the Symonds Prize from Studies in Gender and Sexuality. His first book is Theorizing Transgender Identity for Clinical Practice: A New Model for Understanding Gender from
Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Dec
6
Fri
Wyomia Tyus and the Tennessee State Tigerbelles: Hidden Figures of Resistance
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Wyomia Tyus is a founding member of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the first person ever to win 100-meter sprinting gold in two consecutive Olympics–first in 1964 in Tokyo and then in 1968 in Mexico City, where she dedicated another gold—in the 4×100 relay—to medal-stand protesters Tommie Smith and John Carlos. Tyus’s memoir, Tigerbelle, chronicles her struggles and triumphs and establishes her as an icon in the world of sports and politics.

Wyomia Tyus was born and raised in Griffin, Georgia. She attended Tennessee State University in Nashville and ran under the tutelage of legendary coach Ed Temple until she graduated in 1968. A four-time Olympic medalist and winner of multiple Amateur Athletic Union championships, Tyus supported the Olympic Project for Human Rights in 1968, became a founding member of the Women’s Sports Foundation, and continues to advocate for women’s equality in sports to this day.

Dave Zirin is the author of eight books on the politics of sports. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is sports editor for The Nation magazine and a frequent guest on ESPN, MSNBC, and Democracy Now! He also hosts The Nation’s Edge of Sports podcast. You can find all his work or contact him through his website EdgeofSports.com. Follow him on twitter @EdgeofSports.