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Jan
16
Tue
La Brujas Club Gathering
Jan 16 @ 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.

Jan
17
Wed
“Sharing Plastic” Launch, featuring blake nemec & Tennessee Jones
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us in celebrating the release of blake nemec’s Sharing Plastic! A gushing homage to each worker who has feared arrest, and a confrontation to an undiscerning view of migration and whiteness, this hybrid poetry/fiction collection works to lengthen sonic intimacies between unprotected workers by snaking such dialogues or scenarios next to one another as one resonating force. In a political time when people are bracing themselves each time they turn on the news, Sharing Plastic, alongside other voices which only know flux, suggests honoring those who have long known how to navigate the temporary.

Jan
18
Thu
Deconstructing Mental Illness with Poetry: a Book Reading with Neesa Sunar
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

[TRIGGER WARNING: descriptions of suicide, psychosis, rape, domestic violence and eating disorders.] Join Neesa Sunar in her reading of poems from her new book, “Memories of Psychosis: Poems on the Mental Illness Experience.” She will use her poetry as a springboard for discussions on mental illness conditions, imparting a message of compassion for those suffering. Societal stigma and the need for a civil rights movement for mental illness will also be discussed.

Jan
19
Fri
Yoga and Breathwork
Jan 19 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

This hour long class includes a gentle hatha/vinyasa flow with a focus on breathwork and meditation to assist practitioners in going deeper into the body and mind. This inquiry will seek to create more flexibility and allow movement of energy to ultimately find more grounding and presence, in class and throughout the day.

‘NYIT Adjuncts United’ Organizing Meeting
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

NYIT Adjuncts United recently formed to get the administration of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and American Association of University Professors (AAUP) local chapter to stop taking us for granted. The Manhattan campus of NYIT is at Columbus Circle. Adjunct professors teach more than 2/3 of the university’s classes, yet are paid a quarter of what full-time professors and receive none of the benefits. (See attachment for what they consider to be “Adjunct Benefits.”)

Jan
20
Sat
Selling your zine at Bluestockings
Jan 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Want to make and sell your zine at Bluestockings but don’t know how? Talk to store zine buyer Andria for a quick FAQ, see samples of zines for ideas on style, content, price, and take home a copy of the consignment form.

Book Launch for Palaces, a novel by Simon Jacobs
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

JOIN US at Bluestockings for an evening of spirited and genre-spanning
readings to celebrate the launch of NYC author Simon Jacobs’ first novel,
‘Palaces’ (Two Dollar Radio), a book about midwestern punks in the wilderness,
the decline of civilization, and the insidious currents of power! Other readers
include Jeanne Thornton (‘The Dream of Doctor Bantam’! ‘The Black Emerald’!),
Miracle Jones (‘Sharing’! ‘Shifting’!), PLUS MORE (!).

Jan
21
Sun
Deep Yoga and Journaling
Jan 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

You are invited to join Sharyn Hahn’s Deep Yoga-Journaling experience.You will be led through some warm-up poses and a vinyasa flow as well as several short meditations, creative visualization, and intention-setting writing or sketching activities. You will leave feeling more flexible, relaxed, energized, with a mantra that you can carry with you throughout the week. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, and we do have some if you need to borrow one for the class. Also bring a journal and something to write with. We will be writing a few times during the class, and if you prefer to sketch or want to do both, that is awesome! Wear comfortable clothing, and feel free to bring a warm or cool drink to keep you hydrated (with a secure lid). All levels are welcome. If you have never done yoga you will be able to participate as well. Namaste.

Feminist Discussion of Masculinity
Jan 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Forum for Feminist Discussion of Masculinity is a safe space to discuss the gendered expectations placed on men and boys in a patriarchal society, and how these have affected, and continue to affect, all of us. The forum is open to all, inclusive of gender and level of knowledge of the subject matter. Each month, we will discuss a theme, which will be posted in the facebook group -www.facebook.com/groups/feministdiscussionofmasculinity/

Black and Pink
Jan 21 @ 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!

Decolonial Mapping Toolkit: Workshop Series
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Decolonial Mapping Toolkit confronts the idea that mapping, since at least the so-called “Age of Discovery” beginning in the 15th century, has been an inherently colonial process and tool. This workshop aims to outline a series of provocations and questions that geographically diverse arrays of groups can activate to decolonize mapping. This is the last in a series of semi-public workshops around colonization, mapmaking, and agency that will guide the production of the toolkit.

Jan
23
Tue
Redefining the Selfie Generation
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

What exactly is a selfie, and why are they everywhere? Whether you happen upon them online or literally run into people selfie-ing on the street, the selfie is an elusive yet consistent aspect of how people visually communicate today. Millennial Alicia Eler argues in her book The Selfie Generation that selfies are more than just an image — they are a mirror into how we live today. Part-memoir and written from a queer perspective, ultimately Eler’s book seeks to redefine how our culture looks at millennials.

Jan
24
Wed
Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Cindy Milstein, editor of “Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief” (AK Press) for reflections on the relation between structural losses, mourning, and resistance. This collection, as Silvia Federici, author of “Caliban and the Witch,” puts it, “uncovers the destruction of life that capitalist development leaves in its trail. But it is also witness to the power of grief as a catalyst to collective resistance.” Cindy will share their thoughts on the themes that weave through the book, striving to create a brave space in which to then facilitate a conversation.

Self-Made Woman
Jan 24 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

For decades I kept Denise in the closet. Then I kept Dennis in the closet. Denise DuBois’s transformation into a woman wasn’t easy. Defying all expectations Dubois didn’t crash and burn. Born as a boy into a working-class Polish American Milwaukee family, she faced daunting hurdles. Writing with resolute honesty and humor, she confronts both her past and her present to tell an American story of self-discovery.

Jan
25
Thu
Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike
Jan 25 @ 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.

Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike
Jan 25 @ 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.

Jan
26
Fri
Yoga and Breathwork
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

This hour long class includes a gentle hatha/vinyasa flow with a focus on breathwork and meditation to assist practitioners in going deeper into the body and mind. This inquiry will seek to create more flexibility and allow movement of energy to ultimately find more grounding and presence, in class and throughout the day.

Brer Rabbit Retold
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

A musical and spoken-word performance of Brer Rabbit Retold, a feminist retelling and reclaiming of the original Brer Rabbit tales compiled from oral slave narratives from the American South. Written by Syracuse University professor and griot, Arthur Flowers, illustrated by Indigenous Indian textile painter, Jagdish Chitara, and set to an original soundtrack, Brer Rabbit Retold straddles many mediums – the visual, tactile, musical and spoken.

Jan
27
Sat
Ukulele for Social Change
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us every 2nd and 4th Saturday 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.

Show N Tell: thinking aloud
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Show N Tell is a grown up version of the old school classic but here we aren’t showing objects so much as creating space to think, process, and discuss some art that some folks have been making. Tonight we welcome MSW, Mary Boo Anderson, Joshua Byron, and Ryann Slauson. Each will speak on a piece they’ve created and think aloud through process, content, and community.