Events Calendar

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

Wednesday | October 1 | 7pm
Mad Maps: A Visionary Conversation About Intergenerational Trauma
With The Icarus Project and AKPsychiatriekritik
An intergenerational trauma is a cumulative multigenerational suffering that has been experienced by cultural groups and has left lasting effects not only in the first generation, but also in the generations that follow. We all suffer from intergenerational trauma and it affects our relationships with ourselves, our peers, our communities, and mediates our reactions to stress, anxiety, and further traumatizing events. Can we trace the trauma that we have inherited? How can we understand how it has impacted us? And most importantly, how do we stop the cycle?

***CANCELLED***
Wednesday | October 1 | 7pm
Reading: “Daddy: A Memoir”
With Madison Young

Renowned adult performer and sex-positive queer feminist Madison Young reads from her new book Daddy: A Memoir. Part intimate exploration of self and part behind-the-scenes commentary on San Francisco’s kinky community, the book explores Young’s search for the ideal dominant Daddy. Daddy: A Memoir is sexy, bold, and brutally honest, and a desperately needed breath of fresh air in the tired debates over kink, feminism, motherhood, and submission.

Thursday | October 2 | 7pm
Reading: “North Korea: State of Paranoia
With Paul French

Join Paul French as he reads from his remarkable and eye-opening book, taking readers inside the world’s most secretive country. He examines the history and politics of North Korea, Pyongyang’s complex relations with South Korea, Japan, and America. As an already unstable North Korea grows ever more unpredictable, antagonizing enemies and allies alike, North Korea: State of Paranoia, delivers a provocative and frightening account of a potentially explosive nuclear tripwire.

Saturday | October 4 | 2:00pm
Ukulele Workshop (Bluestockings Education Project Workshop Series)
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.

Saturday | October 4 | 7:00pm
Release Party for Show Trans with Elliot DeLine

Transgender author Elliott DeLine reads from his new book Show Trans: a nonfiction novel about about sex addiction, sex work, navigating the MSM scene, a trip West, dissociative identity disorder, and the struggle to find love, connection, and self-actualization as a non-binary trans person. Elliott DeLine is a transgender writer and activist from Syracuse, NY. He is the author of the novel Refuse and the novella I Know Very Well How I Got My Name. His work has been featured in the Modern Love essay series of The New York Times, The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, and Original Plumbing Magazine. He is a founder and vice president of the nonprofit CNY for Solidarity, Inc., and the general coordinator of Queer Mart, an LGBTQ arts and crafts fair.

Sunday | October 5 | 2:30pm
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 Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus. Email for more info: feministbookclubnyc@gmail.com.

Monday | October 6 | 7pm
Nirvana on Ninth Street
With Susan Sherman

Susan Sherman is joined by long time friend and neighbor Hettie Jones (How I Became Hettie Jones) to celebrate the launch of Susan’s new book of short fiction, Nirvana on Ninth Street, “a stunning evocation of the countercultural life of the East Village” which Anne Waldman has called “an affecting collection of stories of life on the Lower East Side.” Susan and Hettie will read from their work and chat about their neighborhood “then” and “now.”

Tuesday | October 7 | 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 | October 8 | 7pm
Feminist Icons: Johanna Fatemen and Kate Zambreno Discuss Andrea Dworkin and Kathy Acker
With Johanna Fateman and Kate Zambreno

To celebrate the launch of ICON, a new anthology edited by Amy Scholder, Johanna Fateman and Kate Zambreno will read from and discuss their essays which appear in the book.

Thursday | October 9 | 7pm
“Animal Crackers” Reading and Signing
With The Brothers Kraynak

“Animal Crackers” is a mix of art and poetry, a creative effort by the Brothers Kraynak about what it would be like if nature had the power to do to us what we have been doing to it. Come join us for a reading of Jeff’s poetry, an exhibit of Scott’s art, and the New York premier event to coincide with their booth at Comic Con.

Saturday | October 11 | 7pm
Reading: Curbside Splendor
With Erika Wurth and Susan Lanier

Chicago writers Susan Lanier and James Tadd Adcox read from their debut works from Curbside Splendor. Their work explores a host of shared topics, ranging from failed relationships, growing up, teenage pregnancy, death, and more

Sunday | October 12 | 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 | October 14 | 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.

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.

Thursday | Oct 17th | 7 pm
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.

 


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