Events Calendar

We host events nearly every night. Bluestockings’ events are wheelchair accessible and have seating available for attendees.


Friday | May 15 | 7 PM
Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women
With Nina Gaby and More
An under represented issue in literature today is the discussion of the impact that losing a close woman friend can have on a person if they are dumped: thrown out of a relationship, in a way that is not their choice. The nature of these losses can be profound, humorous and ultimately enlightening. In “Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women”, this loss is discussed by 25 celebrated writers, including Jacquelyn Mitchard, Ann Hood, Carrie Kabak, Jessica Handler, Elizabeth Searle, Alexis Paige, and editor Nina Gaby, all who explore the often unfathomable nature of lost friendship

Saturday | May 16 | 7 PM
Yes, They Still Electroshock People: In Solidarity with International Protest Against Electroshock
With Linda Andre, Celia Brown and Lauren Tenney
On May 16, 2015 an International Solidarity Protest Against the use of Electroshock (electroconvulsive treatment, ECT) is being coordinated. Electroshock is one of the most brutal practices of psychiatry, and ending it would be an important reform in itself. One hundred thousand people in the US are shocked every year, and there are millions of people around the world who have had it. Ending shock treatment would prevent the ruin of many thousands of lives, and would be an important accomplishment for our human rights movement. New York State uses electroshock on children and senior citizens, and court-orders its use on people over their expressed objection. Come learn about this human rights violation, hear from people subjected to it, and get involved in ending it.

Sunday | May 17 | 1 PM
Feminist Discussion of Masculinity
Join this monthly discussion group to talk about masculinity in our culture today – how we define it, how it affects and influences us, and new ways we can approach it.

Sunday | May 17 | 4 PM
Dyke Knitting Circle
Hosted by Ann Eugenia Volkes
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 | May 17 | 7 PM
#GrowFierce Reading Series
The #GrowFierce Reading Series is a poetic showcase featuring New York-based emerging women poets, as well as established NYC writers. Springing from the Digging Deep, Facing Self writing course to light up the stage, these alumni women weave moving narratives of star dust, open veins, blossoming gardens, poetic switch blades, roller skates and prophetic tea leaves.

Tuesday | May 19 | 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. For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer at uscherrer@verizon.net

Wednesday | May 20 | 7 PM
Body of Truth
With Harriet Brown
We constantly hear about weight gain, weight loss, how Americans are the heaviest we’ve ever been, and how to remedy our egregious fatness. But what if much of what we’re told and what we believe isn’t true? Harriet Brown explores our obsession with thinness, tackling the myths and realities of the “obesity epidemic,” exposing the lies driving the rhetoric of obesity, and offering ways for us to think about weight with more nuance, accuracy, and respect.

Saturday | May 23 | 2:30 PM
Building a Better Zine Culture: An Open Forum
With Elvis Bakaitis and Tim Nicholas
After a recent controversy surrounding the Brooklyn Zine Fest cutting a #BlackLivesMatter panel, many NYC zine-makers are wondering how to prevent similar incidents and how to create the kind of community we want to be a part of. How do we ensure the visibility of people of color, maximize accessibility, democratize our DIY institutions, and more?

 Let’s talk about our criticisms, needs, and desires, and brainstorm how to build a better NYC zine culture.

Sunday | May 24 | 1 PM
Feminist Discussion of Masculinity
Join this monthly discussion group to talk about masculinity in our culture today – how we define it, how it affects and influences us, and new ways we can approach it.

Tuesday | May 26 | 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. For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer at uscherrer@verizon.net

Tuesday | May 26 | 7 PM
Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike
Hosted by Vittoria Repetto—the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side—the jam has showcased the famous, the infamous, the unknown for over a decade. Come out and deliver (up to) 8 minutes of your poetry, prose, songs and spoken word. Visit vittoriarepetto.wordpress.com for more information.

Wednesday | May 27 | 7 PM
Book Reading: Sarai Walker’s DIETLAND: A Novel
As a magazine writer, Sarai Walker’s articles appeared in national publications, including Seventeen and Mademoiselle. She subsequently served as an editor and writer for Our Bodies, Ourselves, before moving to London and Paris to complete a PhD. Come join us as she reads from her debut novel DIETLAND this evening.

Thursday | May 28 | 7 pm
NERD GRRRL
With Courtney Payne Taylor, Nathalie Herring aka NAT2LEGIT, Nina Moran, and Chloe Stark
The latest installment of Papercut Press’ Nerd Grrrl Series features women from the world of skateboarding. The panel brings together women of diverse ages and backgrounds to talk about what it’s like to be a woman skateboarder.

Saturday | May 30 | 7 PM
Art as Resistance – A spoken word evening
An evening of radical poetry by Zainab Zahra Syed that explores issues of race, identity, memory, the act of remembering and what it means to call a place home, and to not know home at all.

Sunday | May 31 | 7 PM
What does the U.S. Owe Afghan Women?
With Marzia Basel and Jamila Afghani
What’s next for Afghan women? Does the U.S. owe them anything? “Contested Terrain”, by Dr. Sally Kitch discusses contemporary Afghan women’s status and prospects through the incredible stories of two Afghan women leaders, Judge Marzia Basel and Ms. Jamila Afghani, and their critical perspectives on international intervention and patriarchal Afghan culture. Join us for a critical dialogue and book signing with the book’s author and leading players around the socio-political concerns raised in their stories.

Tuesday | June 2 | 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. For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer at uscherrer@verizon.net

Tuesday | June 2 | 7 pm
Who Does Our Happiness Serve?
With William Davies, Greg Lindsay, and Melissa Aronczyk

Why is our culture obsession with promoting and measuring wellbeing and who is really benefiting from it? Will Davies is joined by Greg Lindsey and Melissa Aronczyk for a discussion on the history of happiness measurement and the capitalist system that seeks to commodify our emotions and increase worker productivity with potentially damaging effects.

Wednesday | June 3 | 7 pm
Icarus Project Radical Mental Health Series Mad Maps: Paths to Personal Transformation and Collective Liberation (Bluestockings Education Project series)

Mad Maps are documents that we create for ourselves as reminders of our goals, what is important to us, our personal signs of struggle and our strategies for self-determined well-being. Though originally inspired by the idea of Advanced Directives (legal documents to share with doctors and friends in the event of being hospitalized), over time this idea has evolved further to include a transformative element: how do we move beyond adapting and coping, toward actually changing the world that we live in? By creating documents that help us to explore our mad gifts and better understand and get through tough times, we are able to re-envision the boundaries of our individual and collective potential.

Thursday | June 4 | 7 pm
The Patenting of Life, Limiting Liberty, and the Corporate Pursuit of Seeds
With Dr. Ali Nizamuddin

My book examines the impact of genetically modified seeds on traditional societies and the corporate monopolization of the world’s food supply. The seed is nature’s gift and the first link in the food chain. The patenting of a life form accords companies rights of exclusive ownership where the farmer must purchase seeds and the accompanying pesticides each year. The time- honored practice of reclaiming and replanting the seed has become a crime, thereby fostering a feudalistic relationship of perpetual dependence on the corporation.

Saturday | June 6 | 2 pm
So you want to be writers?

This is a group for anyone interested in writing just for the love of writing. That’s it! We’ll meet once a month to read and write poetry. Bring along a book of your favorite poet and share with us poem (or poems) that makes you want to read it again and again. In the second half we’ll write a poem of our own. And discuss about your source of inspiration for the poem.

Saturday | June 6 | 7 pm
Catastrophe Alert: What is To Be Done Against the Willful Destruction of the Unity of Humanity and Nature?
With Dieter Ilius and Petra Ilius

An ever increasing number of local and regional ecological catastrophes plague humanity. They are symptoms of an environmental crisis which is rapidly developing into a global envrionmental catastrophe. Because their chief causes are the capitalist profit system, a society changing struggle is necessary. We need a new quality of the environmental movement. As activists in the environmental struggle in Germany, we want to present this book and exchange views and experiences with activists in the USA.

Sunday | June 7 | 2:30 pm
Feminist Book Club

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

Sunday | June 7 | 7 pm
Protecting Our Kids? How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us
With Emily Horowitz

Criminologist Emily Horowitz shares her new book, focusing on how mean-spirited and panic-driven sex offender laws brand one group of offenders as inhuman and unworthy of civil liberties and human rights, while increasing fear, destroying the lives of offenders and their families, and failing to protect children. The laws emphasize stranger-danger as the primary threat to child safety, instead of the more pervasive problems of sexual abuse within families, physical child abuse and child neglect/maltreatment.

Monday | June 8 | 7 pm
“Carbon Monoxide”
With Enrique Winter, Diego Mora, and Enrique Giordano

Diego Mora’s “Carbon Monoxide”: NYC presentation! Published in 2015 by Peruvian publishing house Hanan Harawi, this Spanish poetry book integrates human/machine giving the voice to the cars in a typical parking lot. Will be presented by the writer and professor Enrique Giordano PhD, who wrote the prologue. Bilingual reading.

Tuesday | June 9 | 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. For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer at uscherrer@verizon.net

Wednesday | June 10 | 7 pm
HYSTERICAL: Anna Freud’s Story
With Rebecca Coffey

Imagine growing up gay and the daughter of Sigmund Freud, who taught that homosexuality in men is fine but that lesbianism is a gateway to mental illness—caused by the father and curable by psychoanalysis. Now imagine that he analyzes you. That’s the premise of award-winning science journalist Rebecca Coffey’s fact-based novel, HYSTERICAL: Anna Freud’s Story. The American Library Association has named HYSTERICAL a 2015 “Over the Rainbow” book, recommending it for adult LGBT readers.

Thursday | June 11 | 7 pm
Surviving Santiago launch party
With Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Author Lyn Miller-Lachmann will read and answer questions about her new YA novel, SURVIVING SANTIAGO. Returning to her homeland of Santiago, Chile, is the last thing that Tina Aguilar wants to do during the summer of her sixteenth birthday. It has taken eight years for her to feel comfortable in the United States and it has been three years since she has last seen her father. Still damaged from the torture inflicted on him by the secret police during the Pinochet regime, Papá spends all his time with politics and alcohol rather than reconnecting with her. Fortunately, a cute motorcycle-riding boy has taken an interest in Tina—though his presence turns out to be far from incidental or innocent. Tina’s heart is already in turmoil, but a threat to her family brings her to the edge of truth and discovery.

Friday | June 12 | 7 pm
Drugs as Weapons Against Us: Did the CIA Murder Cobain and Tupac?
With John Potash

This is a 30 minute film synopsis and book presentation of Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA’s Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac and other Activists. It coincides with the rap icon Tupac Shakur’s birthday on June 16, as well as the June 11 New York premier of Soaked In Bleach, a documentary/docudrama on Kurt Cobain presenting much police cover-up of what appears to be his murder.

Saturday | June 13 | 7 pm
A Socialist History of the French Revolution​
With Mitchell Abidor

Jean Jaurès was the celebrated French Socialist Party leader, assassinated in 1914 for his anti-war stance and attempts to rally the working class against the coming catastrophe. Published just a few years before his death, A Socialist History of the French Revolution, has endured for over a century as one of the most influential accounts of the French Revolution ever to be published. Mitchell Abidor’s long-overdue translation and abridgement of Jaurès’s original six volumes brings this exceptional work to an English language audience for the first time

Sunday | June 14 | 12:30 pm
Radical Educators Meet-up

Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices. May and June’s book is Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire. Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

Monday | June 15 | 7 pm
Oye What I’m Gonna Tell You: A Reading and Signing
With Cecilia Rodríguez Milané

Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés will be presenting a reading of fiction from her newly released short story collection Oye What I’m Gonna Tell You following by Q & A and signing. Her work reflects on the lives of Latina/os in the U.S.—especially those who settled in “el norte”. The characters populating her stories cope with challenges such as immigration, assimilation, poverty, race and gender issues; their voices call out to us to listen—oye!


 

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