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Apr
27
Thu
New Voices Reading Series
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The New Voices Reading Series enters its EIGHTH YEAR with more performances by NYC’s best up-and-coming writers and poets. This curated reading series looks to feature marginalized voices, specifically writers of color and the LGBTQ community, who otherwise would not have a platform for sharing their work. For more information, please contact Raquel Penzo at rpenzo@plumaytinta.org.

Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 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.

Open mike ( for women & trans only) – sign-up at 7 pm
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Apr
28
Fri
“Those Crazy 20-somethings” Audio Documentary
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

A 24-year-old radio producer sets out to find out how other 20-somethings are learning to become adults. In this surround-sound experience, listeners will hear from 9 twenty-somethings from all over the country ages 20 to 29 and how they’re navigating the limbo period of not-quite-adult, not-quite-teen.

May
1
Mon
Death Cafe
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Death Cafe is a place to wonder together about the mystery and meaning of life and to discuss death comfortably and openly, a free-wheeling, self-facilitated conversation around death and dying, inevitably touching upon life and living. Death Cafe is not a bereavement group. Snacks will be provided and as a thank you to Bluestockings participants are encouraged to enjoy a beverage from the Bluestockings Cafe. The first Death Cafe was held in London in 2011. Depending on the number of people that participate, you will meet in groups of 3-4 and talk about whatever compels you about death and dying. It is asked that people participate with an open mind and spirit, respect all points of view, and speak and listen with no agenda, objective, or themes.

May
3
Wed
Bluestockings Education Project presents the Icarus Project Radical Mental Health Workshop Series: Explorations in Personal Transformation and Collective Liberation
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Icarus Project NYC is a local chapter of http://theicarusproject.net, a radical mental health a support network and media project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We envision a new culture that allows the space and freedom for exploring different states of being, and recognizes that breakdown can be the entrance to breakthrough. We aim to create a language that is so vast and rich that it expresses the infinite diversity of human experiences. Our monthly workshops explore these themes through peer-based discussion, guest presentations, art, forum theater and more. For more information about this month’s event see: http://nycicarus.org

May
4
Thu
Comedy Cunt Collective
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

An evening featuring marginalized comedians from various communities each performing and sharing their own life experiences using comedy as a medium. Hosted by Arti Gollapudi this night will feature a diverse line up of stand up comedians, writers, character actors, etc in hopes to inspire dialogue about representation and build connections.

May
5
Fri
Kurdish Women’s Liberation and the Fight Against ISIS
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Leftwing Kurdish feminists in Syria and Turkey are taking a leading role in fighting ISIS and building a bottom-up democratic and pluralistic society in Rojava (Syria). This discussion, led by Meredith Tax, author of A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State, will focus on how women transformed the Kurdish liberation movement from a classic guerilla struggle to something much more complex, how their feminism works out in practice, what obstacles they face, and what ideas they can offer US feminists.

May
6
Sat
Femmescapes vol. 2 Release Party
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Femmescapes is a zine collecting visual and written work by queer and trans people who experience an affinity with femmeness.

For our 2nd issue, we asked our contributors a central question: How do we understand our femininity in this changing world, where fascism is escalating every day?

Join us for readings and performances by our contributors and editors!

May
7
Sun
Feminist Book Club
May 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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.

For more information, email feministbookclubnyc@gmail.com.

This month’s book: For Today I am a Boy by Kim Fu

Ukulele for Social Change
May 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month to learn ukulele! All skill levels are welcome. We will teach folks how to play songs from different historic cultural and social movements. We will try to focus on music which is consistent with a vision of collective liberation and solidarity. The bookstore has one communal ukulele that anyone can use, but folks are encouraged to bring their own ukulele to the workshop. We will provide some supplementary materiel for practicing the music and studying its social significance. Some of the music we will look at includes the blues of Bessie Smith, Brazilian bossa nova, French goguettes, the nueva cancíon of Víctor Jara, and others. We do not know everything, but we will try to pass on what we do know, and to help you flourish as a musician and human.

May
8
Mon
Blaming Mothers: American Law and the Risks to Children’s Health
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

We are quick to point the finger at mom whenever anything goes wrong
with a child and being branded a “bad mother” is one of the harshest
judgements a woman can face. What few know is how deeply mother
blaming pervades our legal system and the dire consequences it has for
many women and their children. In her new book, BLAMING MOTHERS:
AMERICAN LAW AND THE RISKS TO CHILDREN’S HEALTH (NYU Press, March
2017, hardcover), Linda C. Fentiman, a noted legal scholar, reveals
how guilt is disproportionately assigned to pregnant women and mothers
and the devastating effect it has on children.

May
9
Tue
Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Scherrer
May 9 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

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: ursula.scherrer@gmail.com

May
10
Wed
La Brujas Club Gathering
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

La Brujas Club is a mystical society that empowers women. We believe in the power of intuition and bringing women of all backgrounds together under one room to share literature and connect on a spiritual level.

May
13
Sat
Off the Binary
May 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come and meet people who are just as confused as you are about public restrooms and getting dressed in the morning! We provide a safe space for anyone with a non-binary gender identity to discuss one’s experiences as we defy society’s mainstream conception of gender.

We welcome gender identities that include but are not limited to: androgynous, agender, bigender, demigender, gender non-conforming, gender variant, genderfluid, genderqueer, non-binary, transmasculine, transfeminine.

May
14
Sun
Radical Educators Book Club
May 14 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Sunday, DAY DATE @ 12:30PM – Free
Radical Educators Book Club
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices.
Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

Reading: Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

Radical Educators Book Club
May 14 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Sunday, DAY DATE @ 12:30PM – Free
Radical Educators Book Club
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices.
Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

Reading: For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood by Christopher Emdin

Black and Pink
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

NYC Black & Pink & the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project would like to invite you to our afternoon letter writing. What can you bring? Writing materials, stamps if you want! We can always use more postage.
Help us in alleviating the isolation of prison!

May
15
Mon
Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Food banks and food pantries have proliferated in response to an economic emergency. The loss of manufacturing jobs combined with the recession of the early 1980s and Reagan administration cutbacks in federal programs led to an explosion in the growth of food charity. This was meant to be a stopgap measure, but the jobs never came back, and the “emergency food system” became an industry. In Big Hunger, Andrew Fisher takes a critical look at the business of hunger and offers a new vision for the anti-hunger movement.

May
16
Tue
Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Scherrer
May 16 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

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: ursula.scherrer@gmail.com

– My Fairy Godmother is a DRAG QUEEN!
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Author David Clawson will be reading from his debut novel My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen to discuss LGBT literature, his personal journey to self-discovery, and the inspiration behind this comical and fun modern take on the classic Cinderella’s story. He will also be showing the book trailer, hosting a brief Q&A, and giving away five autographed copies of his book.