Events Calendar

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

Friday | August 15 | 7pm
“Blood and Happiness”: A Father/Daughter Joint Presentation, Crime writer Kenneth Wishnia and comix artist Leah Wishnia examine society’s absurdities
With Leah and Kenneth Wishnia
Award-winning crime writer Kenneth Wishnia, whose latest novel, BLOOD LAKE, is about the dangerous and destabilizing conditions that have led to so much migration of Latin American refugees to the U.S., and comix artist Leah Wishnia, editor and publisher of HAPPINESS 4, will discuss how they use distortion, humor and the grotesque to depict society’s absurdities

Saturday | August 16 | 7pm
Screening: Five Broken Cameras
“Five Broken Cameras”: Beginning in 2005, Emad Burnat – Palestinian villager and self-taught cameraman – filmed Israel’s invading his home in five movements, each one punctuated by his camera breaking. Despite the efforts of attacking soldiers and settlers, Burnat was able to capture four years of encroachment.

People who choose view this documentary should be prepared for images of violence – explosions, critical injuries, psychological and physical torture etc – that have traumatized Palestinians living under occupation.

Sunday | August 17 | 4pm
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!

Tuesday | August 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.

Wednesday | August 20 | 7pm
Learning Not To Drown: Reading and Discussion with Author Anna Shinoda

Anna Shinoda, wife of Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda, will read from her debut novel Learning Not To Drown and discuss the issue of growing up in a family where someone is incarcerated. The Hiding Spot summarizes this point in their review, “Tackling drug addiction, family skeletons, and the necessity of breaking free of damaging familial relationships, Learning Not To Drown is a debut novel that burns with an intensity readers won’t soon forget.”

Thursday | August 21 | 7pm
There is an Alternative! Anti-Authoritan Organizing against Capitalism
in Europe

With Industrial Workers of the World and ums Ganze!

Since 2007 one of the biggest crises in the history of capitalism is
sweeping over the earth. At the Moment, right wing Movements begin to rise and seem to mobilize many people. Not only because of this crisis phenomenon it’s necessary to overcome capitalism. Everyday exploitation, the separation in domestic work and wage labor, sexism, racism and more make capitalism a catastrophe everyday. Comrades from Germany will discuss their experiences and their implications.

Friday | August 22 | 7pm
Potluck and Board Games Nite & Fundraiser for Brianne Moore’s Medical Expenses
Join Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center Volunteers for a night of low-key board-gaming and potluck. Folks are encouraged to bring their favorite board games or to indulge in the perennial classic, chess. Competitiveness at the expense of social relations will be strongly eschewed. All are encouraged to bring food to share with the group. Discourse on contemporary literature and affairs not required but encouraged; silly jokes tolerated if not wholeheartedly endorsed. Fun, friendship, friskiness, and solidarity will be the order of the day. We are trying to raise funds for our splendid friend and fellow volunteer Brianne, who was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. We will accept donations at the event toward her medical expenses. Together we will rise in a healthful and comradely communion!

Saturday | August 23 | 7pm
Screening: Budrus
Set in the West Bank and against the construction of Israel’s security fence, this documentary one towns decision to resist the confiscation of land and olive trees that are both economically and intergenerationally precious. The community unites in struggle against Israeli colonization and annihilation.

People who choose view this documentary should be prepared for images of violence – explosions, critical injuries, psychological and physical torture etc – that have traumatized Palestinians living under occupation.

Tuesday | August 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.

Tuesday | August 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 | August 27 | 7pm
ADAM: Reading and Discussion
With Ariel Shrag
Award-winning graphic memoirist and screenwriter Ariel Schrag reads from and discusses her debut novel ADAM. ADAM tells the story of a young boy who finds love in the lesbian community when he is mistaken for a trans man.

Thursday | August 28 | 7pm
Outdoor Gallery – NYC.
With Yoav Litvin and Chris Stain
Come hear writer and photographer Yoav Litvin discuss his new book Outdoor Gallery – New York City, which features 46 of the most prolific street and graffiti artists in NYC. The photographed artworks are accompanied by illuminating interviews, consisting of the artists’ thoughts on New York, the state of street art, its future, and their own work and processes. Yoav Litvin will be joined by Chris Stain: teacher, artist, and contributor to Outdoor Gallery.

Saturday | August 30 | 7:30pm
Screening: “A Fall From Freedom: The Untold Story Behind the Captive Whale and Dolphin Captivity”
A Fall From Freedom is the first film to expose the long and controversial history of the captive whale and dolphin industry; a history that continues to this day. The illegal capture and transport of killer whales, the killing of thousands of dolphins to provide marine parks and aquariums with new and replacement animals, and the ability of these facilities to miseducate the public about these animals. These and many other issues are covered in detail.

Sunday | August 31 | 12pm
Ukulele Workshop
With Daniel Lightfoot
Come learn how to play the Ukulele, or have fun learning new radical folk songs, collaborating and co-learning with other ukulele players at this workshop facilitated Bluestockings volunteer and ukulele aficionado Daniel Lightfoot. Open to all levels from beginner to ukulele master. Please bring a ukulele if you have one, but if you don’t that is okay too. This workshop is part of a new series of events, workshops, and classes coordinated by the Bluestockings Education Project.

Sunday | August 31 | 2:30pm
Anarchist Reading Group
The Anarchist Reading Group discusses historical and contemporary texts to promote the study of self-organization and mutual aid in order to help realize a society free of all forms of social domination. This group is a project of Practical Anarchy, which believes that – in the struggle to create a liberatory society from below – everybody is capable of taking direct action to help shape their lives and their communities. This month’s book is Translating Anarchyby Mark Bray.

Screening: Short Films of Gaza
Sunday | August 31 | 7pm
Each of these pieces is set in Gaza and captures a different angle of oppression inflicted by Israel’s ongoing siege. Whether they are denying access to life saving medical procedures dropping explosives, Israel’s military intervenes and injures Palestinian life with impunity.

People who choose view this documentary should be prepared for images of violence – explosions, critical injuries, psychological and physical torture etc – that have traumatized Palestinians living under occupation.

Tuesday | September 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.

Wednesday | September 3 | 7pm
Reading: Stiched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion
With Tansy Hoskins
Join author, activist, and politically passionate Tansy Hoskins for a reading from her recently released book, Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion. Delving into the exclusive and alluring world of fashion, Stitched Up exposes the class division, gender stereotyping and wasteful consumption plaguing the industry. Written for anyone who wears clothes, Stitched Up provides a unique critical examination of fashion in relation to contemporary culture and the distorting priorities of capitalism.

Thursday | September 4 | 7pm
Slam Up: Same Brain Tour
With Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger

It’s TMI time with Cali & Emily! Prepare for a musical ride through the many stages of life and shades of love– requited, unrequited, gay, straight, queer, or, well, just “creative” via poetry and comedy. WARNING: Contains wonderfully, hilariously, poignantly, adult material.

Friday | September 5 | 7pm
HOAX Zine #10 Release Party!
With Rachel and Sari

Hoax is a US bi-annual queer feminist compilation zine that aims to create a space to analyze the feminisms of our everyday lives. People of all lived experiences are encouraged to submit! Contributors do not have to identify with a particular gender and/or as feminists in order to submit work to Hoax. This September will mark the five year anniversary of the release of Hoax #1! September will also mark the release our 10th issue. Come celebrate!

Saturday | September 6 | 2:30pm
Gotham Radical History Reading Group

Each month we discuss texts which challenge conventional notions of human affairs across time. We look to mind contemporary and past political-economic influences upon history and to ask where a historical understanding not divorced from our communities’ experiences, traditions and struggles might be found. The public is cordially invited to join us on the first Saturday of each month. This month’s book is Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons For All by Peter Linebaugh.

Saturday | September 6 | 7pm
The Animals’ Battalion Presents: A Discussion on the AETA
With Odette Wilkens

The National Weekend of Action Against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) aims to educate the public about federal laws that specifically target animal advocates whose work attempts to stop a person or company from profiting from the use of nonhuman animals (which includes nearly all types of non-reformist activism, from protests to liberatory actions).

Sunday | September 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. We meet on the first Sunday of each month at 2:30 pm. Email for more info: feministbookclubnyc@gmail.com.

Monday | September 8 | 7pm
#grow fierce series

#GrowFierce is a poetic showcase featuring New York-based emerging women poets. 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 | September 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.

Sunday | September 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. Please bring an article or an excerpt to contribute. Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information. This month’s read is the magazine Jacobin, issue entitled “Class Action”. It can be found in the store or here.

Monday | September 15 | 7pm
Hot, Wet, and Shaking: Talking About Sex
With Kaliegh Trace

This event will be the first stop on “Hot, Wet and Touring”, the official book tour of “Hot, Wet & Shaking: How I Learned to Talk About Sex” by Kaleigh Trace. Trace, a disabled, feminist, queer, sex educator uses her memoir to shamelessly explore her sexual exploits, bodily negotiations and attempts at adulthood. At this reading Trace will expose herself to you, in the metaphorical sense, and frankly and honestly discuss disability and getting off.


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