Events Calendar

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

Thursday | October 16 | 7pm
Sinister Wisdom 94: Lesbians and Exile
With Joan Nestle

Joan Nestle reads from this special issue of Sinister Wisdom on Lesbians and Exile and reflects on her work as an activist, writer, and editor. Nestle co-edited Sinister Wisdom 94 with Yasmin Tambiah. Sinister Wisdom 94: Lesbians and Exile explores how the experience of exile can be claimed strategically and politically as a means of resistance. Nestle lives in Australia, so this is a special and rare opportunity to hear her read.

Friday | October 17 | 7pm
Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Steelworkers
Based on oral histories of 40 GLBT steelworkers, this book, and tonight’s reading, tells stories often left out of understandings of what it means to be gay in America. Historian John D’Emilio calls it: “A breathtakingly original book. Through oral histories that are eloquent, dramatic, and full of surprises, Anne Balay constructs a compelling story of class, gender, and sexuality that is unlike anything I have read before. It is a fascinating study that has the page-turning quality of a novel packed with unforgettable, real-life individuals.”

Saturday | October 18 | 7pm
Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus book launch + art show
With Rachelle Lee Smith
Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus is a photographic essay by photographer Rachelle Lee Smith, that explores a wide spectrum of experiences and rare insights of a diverse group of young people identifying as queer. These images once published in the Advocate and Out magazines, and showcased by the Human Rights Campaign and NPR, are now in a new full-color book published by PM Press. Join Rachelle for a book talk on the project and a one-night only gallery show.

Sunday | October 19 | 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 | October 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. For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer.

Tuesday | October 21 | 7pm

Crushes and Mountains: Readings by Elisha Lim and Vivek Shraya
Vivek Shraya will read and sing from his new novel She of the Mountains, which weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Elisha Lim will read from their new graphic novel 100 Crushes – a heartfelt graphic novel about butches, sissies, catholic convent girls, jealousy, suits and ties, and love. Lim will also screen a selection of their short animations, including Queers Who Pray, and an excerpt from their book “100 Crushes Chapter 6,” which won Best Emerging Canadian Artist at the 2014 Toronto Inside Out LGBT Film Festival.

Wednesday | October 22 | 7pm 
INTERSEXionality: What Everyone Can Do to Build Intersex-Inclusive Societies
Join intersex activists Hida Viloria, Claudia Astorino, and Dalea Rundblad on Wednesday, Oct 22nddiscuss,”INTERSEXionality: What Everyone Can Do to Build Intersex-Inclusive Societies.” We will discuss how 1) intersex identity and experience intersects with race, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity, 2) how these intersections affect how intersex people are conceptualized, medically “treated,” and (not) protected via legislation at different levels in societies, and 3) what we can all do right now to create an intersex-inclusive societies. With Q&A to follow, discussion encouraged – we look forward to seeing you there!

Friday | October 24 | 7pm
DOMESTIC SUBVERSIVE: A FEMINIST’S TAKE ON THE LEFT 1960-1972
With Roberta Salper
“This is the most important book written on the ‘long’ Sixties, and the only one from a feminist perspective. The Sixties were more than sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and more than student protests against the Vietnam War. Salper starts at home in the US, dealing with anti-Semitism growing up, and takes us to many places–Fascist Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Chile, US campuses and women’s revolt–conjuring a world in revolution. We live now in the wake of that time and reaction against it”—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Monday | October 27 | 7pm
The Coming Swarm: A Discussion of Online Activism
With Molly Sauter
In honor of the publication of The Coming Swarm: DDOS Actions, Hacktivism and Civil Disobedience on the Internet by Molly Sauter, Bloomsbury and Bluestockings will be hosting a gathering and discussion of online activism. Author Molly Sauter will be in attendance to take questions, and will be joined by several prominent voices in the field (TBC).

Tuesday | October 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. For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer.

Tuesday | October 28 | 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

Wenesday | October 29 | 7pm
Lessons of the “Sixties” for Anarchists and Socialists in the New Radicalization
With Wayne Price
As ecological, economic, and other crises deepen, new movements are developing., as they did in the “sixties.” There is a lot which can be learned about things which radicals got right and things that we got wrong, Anarchists should not simply repeat some previous ideology, but neither do we have to reinvent the wheel. A cooperative, radically-democratic, ecologically-balanced, society is still our goal.

Saturday | November 1 | 2pm
Ukulele Workshop
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. We will continue to meet the last sat of every month. This workshop is part of a new series of events, workshops, and classes coordinated by the Bluestockings Education Project.

Sunday | November 2 | 2pm
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. This month we will be reading The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman . Eail for more info: feministbookclubnyc@gmail.com.

Monday | November 3 | 7pm
#GrowFierce: 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 | November 4 | 9:30am
Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Sherrer

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 | November 5 | 7pm
Bluestockings Education Project presents the Icarus Project Radical Mental Health Series
Mad Maps: Paths to Personal Transformation and Collective Liberation
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 | November 6 | 7pm
Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth
With Carol J. Adams
A release event for a new collection of ecofeminist writings Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth. This anthology explores themes central to contemporary ecofeminism, and celebrates a history of intersectional activism and writing. Leading theorists and activists discuss how our emotions and embodiment can and must inform our relationships with the more than human world. Throughout the book, the authors engage with intersections of gender and gender non-comfority, race, sexuality, disability, and species.

Saturday | November 8 | 7pm
Librarians and Archivists with Palestine present Susan Abulhawa, author of Mornings in Jenin
With Susan Abulhawa
Join Susan Abulhawa, author of the novel Mornings in Jenin, and Librarians and Archivists with Palestine (LAP) for a talk and announcement of LAP’s new One Book, Many Communities campaign, in which people throughout the world will organize reading groups and discussions about Mornings in Jenin in January 2015. Writer and human rights activist Susan Abulhawa was born to Palestinian refugees of the 1967 war when Israel captured what remained of Palestine, including Jerusalem where her family had lived for centuries. Librarians and Archivists with Palestine is a network of self-defined librarians, archivists, and information workers in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.

Sunday | November 9 | 12:30pm
Radical Educator Meetup

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. This month we are reading Class Action. Pleasecontactbluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

Tuesday | November 11 | 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.

Friday | November 14 | 7pm
The Committee on Town Happiness, by Alan Michael Parker​
With Alan Parker
Alan Michael Parker is a novelist, poet, essayist, and raconteur. He has received numerous awards: among which include three Pushcart Prizes, inclusion in BEST AMERICAN POETRY, the North Carolina Book Award, the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize,. He is the Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, and he also teaches in the University of Tampa low-residency M.F.A. program.

Saturday | November 15 | 7pm
Trans Politics: Dialogues on Health, Caste and Class in India
With Namita Chad, Sonia Jospeh, Bhavana Nancherla, Svati P. Shah
Over the past few years, the Indian queer movement has gained greater visibility and public legibility via the widespread attention given to the historic legal judgments for IPC-377 and Transgender representation. In Bangalore City, over the years there has been an increased availability and access to Trans Health services such as hormone administration and sex reassignment surgery (SRS). While such systematic availability of critical medical services is great news, the costs related to these facilities remain prohibitively high for working-class people. Chuvadukal helps to understand the complicated ways in which class, caste, gender and sexuality inform each other through the stories of three Dalit, transgender men – Tintu, Eby and Appu.


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