Events Calendar

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

Tuesday | April 21 | 7 PM
NERDGirl – Women in the Healing Arts  
The Nerd Grrrl Series returns! 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 Klepfisz for an evening 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 – Disability Justice, Healthcare, Sex, Gender, Culture 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, and Ursula Scherrer
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 theunknown parts of Eastern Europe, places of nightmares and the intensity of the human spirit.

Sunday | April 26 | 7 PM
Release Party for Nothing to Lose But Our Fear CANCELLED
With Fiona Jeffries and David Harvey
Nothing to Lose But Our Fear brings together an international group of scholars and activists (Marcus Rediker, Silvia Federici, David Harvey, Nandita Sharma, John Holloway, Lydia Cacho, Sandra Moran, Gustavo Esteva, and Wendy Mendez) and asks them how can we think critically and act productively in a world awash in fear. Their conversations with Fiona Jeffries provoke consideration of the often hidden histories of people’s emancipatory practices and offer reflections that can help us understand the conjuncture of systemic fear and resistance.

Monday | April 27 | 7 PM
Meet Me Halfway, Book Tour
With Jennifer Morales
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:uscherrer@verizon.net

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 authors T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper with 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.

Friday | May 1 | 3 PM
Meet Up: trans knitting and fiber arts
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 | May 1 | 7 PM
Reading: Cheap on Crime
With Hadar Aviram
After forty years of increasing prison construction and incarceration rates, winds of change are blowing through the American correctional system. The 2008 financial crisis demonstrated the unsustainability of the incarceration project, thereby empowering policy makers to reform punishment through fiscal prudence and austerity. In Cheap on Crime,Hadar Aviram draws on years of archival and journalistic research and builds on social history and economics literature to show the powerful impact of recession-era discourse on the death penalty, the war on drugs, incarceration practices, prison health care, and other aspects of the American correctional landscape.

Sunday | May 3 | 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 | May 4 | 7 PM
Britney Spears Feminism 101 Workshop
Sequin-spangled genius; tabloid-featured hack; feminist icon—the world has a lot of opinions on Britney Spears. Perhaps its most ardent opinions come from self-described “Brit fanatics” Rachel Goldberg and Suri Ratnatunga, pop-culture aficionados who expound upon the causes, effects, and meaning of Spears’ fame from a feminist lens. Over 90 minutes, you’ll enjoy a themed presentation as Rachel and Suri put Britney’s career into a broader social context, training an incisive eye on the trajectory, cultural reverberations, and infamous red jumpsuits of the Princess of Pop.

Tuesday | May 5 | 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 UrsulaScherrer:uscherrer@verizon.net

Wednesday | May 6 | 7 PM
Bluestockings Education Project presents the Icarus Project Radical Mental Health Series Mad Maps: Paths to Personal Transformation and Collective Liberation (Meets First Weds of Every Month)
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.

Saturday | May 9 | 7 PM
Queer Zinesters of Color
Organized by Nia King, author of Queer & Trans Artists of Color
Join us for zine readings by queer writers and illustrators Nia King (Angry Black-White Girl, The First 7-Inch Was Better), Suzy X. (Malcriada, The Mall Goth Chronicles), and Joyce Hatton (Think About The Bubbles) as well as the East Coast launch of Nia’s book of interviews, Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives.

Sunday | May 10 | 12:30 PM
Radical Educators Meetup
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices. The book for May and June will be Paulo Frerie’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

Tuesday | May 12 | 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:uscherrer@verizon.net

Wednesday | May 13 | 7 PM
MOBILIZING NEW YORK: AIDS, Anti-Poverty and Feminist Activism
In “Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Anti-Poverty and Feminist Activism”, Tamar Carroll suggests social policies that encourage the political mobilization of marginalized groups and foster coalitions across identity differences are the most effective means of solving social problems and realizing democracy. Carroll will be in conversation with Kenyon Farrow, a powerful voice within global and domestic justice movements. Presented by the “Time Is Not A Line” issue of the “We Who Feel Differently” journal.

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

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