Events Calendar

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

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.

Tuesday | September 16 | 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 | September 16 | 7 pm
‘Mess of A Dreamer: A Taylor Swift fanzine’ launch party
With Erin Fae and Betsy Housten
Do you love pop music, feminism and cats? We definitely do! Join us for a launch party to celebrate the release of Mess of a Dreamer: a Taylor Swift fanzine created by veteran zinester and Bluestockings favourite, Erin Fae. Music, style, comments on media’s misogyny and a love of squirrel pyjamas fuel this zine. There will even be Meredith and Olivia Benson cookies, plus some other surprises! Co-hosted by Bluestockings’ own zine curator, Betsy Housten.

Thursday | September 18 | 7pm
SELMA ‘65
With Catherine Filloux and More
In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting March, award-winning playwright Catherine Filloux brings to life the interconnected stories of Viola Liuzzo, white civil rights activist, and Tommy Rowe, FBI informant, undercover with the Ku Klux Klan. Actress Marietta Hedges plays both roles. Catherine Filloux will read a selection from the play and talk about her human rights work as a playwright to interest audiences for the show.

Friday | September 19 | 7pm
Earth First! Direct Action Manual 3rd Edition Presentation, Slideshow and Discussion
With the long-awaited release of the 3rd edition of the Earth First! Direct Action Manual (affectionately known as the “DAM”), Earth First! organizers have hit the road to share direct action skills and get the manual into people’s hands.  The event consists of a presentation and slideshow with stories about Earth First! and radical environmental history that contributed to the skills compiled in the DAM.  Along with a chance to get a copy of the book, the event will also be an chance to pick up the newest Earth First! Journal, learn about direct action efforts in your region, and perhaps inspire your participation in the upcoming week of actions for climate justice in NYC.

Sunday | September 21 | 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!

Monday | September 22 | 7pm
BABYGATE: How To Survive Pregnancy & Parenting in the Workplace
With Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman, and Elizabeth Gedmark
Join Feminist Press and A Better Balance to celebrate the launch of BABYGATE. Dina Bakst and Phoebe Taubman will share stories and offer tips for parent or parent-to-be in the workplace.

Tuesday | September 23 | 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 | September 23 | 7pm
Family Portraits – A Queer and Trans Comic Series
With Sam Orchard

Sam Orchard is coming to America to debut his new comic series, Family Portraits. Family Portraits is an inclusive comic book series of short stories about a range of queer and trans people in New Zealand (a small island country near Australia). It’s all about celebrating our lives, our diversity and our selves!

Thursday | September 25 | 7pm
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
With Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Spanning over three hundred years of history, a classic bottom-up history that will significantly reframe how we view U.S. history. Dunbar-Ortiz challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was genocidal and imperialist, designed to crush the original inhabitants. Told from the viewpoint of the indigenous, it reveals how Native Americans for centuries actively resisted expansion of the US empire.

Friday | September 26 | 7pm
STREET ANGEL: Author reading and book signing 
With Magie Dominic
Magie Dominic’s first memoir, The Queen of Peace Room, was shortlisted for the Canadian Women’s Studies Award, ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award, and the Judy Grahn Award. The book documented, with skill, Dominic’s experiences of violence, incest, and rape. Street Angel opens with eleven-year-old Dominic growing up in Newfoundland. Her mother suffers from terrifying hallucinations. Revealing her life through flashbacks and her signature self-confidence, Dominic takes readers from 1950s Newfoundland, to 1960s New York, to Y2K in Toronto with brush-stroke chapters, and chronicles a secretive family in a story about violence, adolescence, families, and forgiveness.

Saturday | September 27 | 7pm
Sullivan Street Press presents Mickey Z. and Deborah Emin
With Mickey Z. and Deborah Emin
Founded 4 years ago, Sullivan Street Press is both a green publisher and a tireless worker to change the publishing paradigm. From this perspective, the press has published Mickey Z.’s newest book, Occupy this Book and the Scags Series by Deborah Emin. Both authors are vegans, activists and dedicated to the disruption of the status quo. Listening to Mickey Z.’s read from his latest book on the ways to be an activist today will change your life. Participating in the imaginative world of Scags, Emin’s female character who appears in a 4-part series of novels, is to experience an evolving view of feminism.

Monday | September 29 | 7pm
An evening with authors Daisy Hernández and Bushra Rehman
In her lyrical coming of age memoir, Daisy Hernánderz, the daughter of a Colombian mother and Cuban father, chronicles what the colorful women in her community taught her about race, sex, money, and love. On the outskirts of New York City, Daisy starts out in English as a Second Language classes and later ends up writing for The New York Times. In between, she struggles to come out as a bisexual and rebels against her family’s expectations that she become white–like the Italians. A touching and heartfelt exploration of family and identity, A Cup of Water Under My Bed is about sexuality, immigration, race and class issues, but it is ultimately a daughter’s story of shaping lessons from home into a new, queer life. Bushra Rehman’s first novel Corona, a poetic on-the-road adventure about being South-Asian in the U.S. was noted among 2013’s Best Debut Fiction by Poets & Writers, and featured in the LA Review of Books among a new wave of South Asian American Literature and is a LAMBDA finalist for 2014. Rehman also co-edited the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism which was included in Ms. Magazine’s 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.

Tuesday | September 30 | 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 | September 30 | 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

***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 | 2:30pm
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.

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. Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

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.


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