Parasite + Occupy Wall Street Peoples Library + Poetry Anthology Installation

Dear friends, I’m very excited to announce this coming January I will be celebrating two big achievements. First, my novel Parasite is being published by Publication Studios as part of their Fellow Travelers Series.

‘Publication Studio’s Fellow Travelers series extends the pioneering work of Paris-based Olympia Press’s Traveller’s Companion series of the 1950s and ’60s, which published work that had been banned or censored through moralistic prohibition. Our series presents great new work that has been effectively “censored” by the market. In our day, the market is the definitive censor. The Fellow Travelers series proudly presents great work that the market has not endorsed, but that we believe in.’ — Publication Studio

Tues., Jan. 15, Launch party for Stephen Boyer’s new novel Parasite at the Bureau of General Services Pop Up Bookshop hosted by Strange Loop Gallery.

Stephen Boyer reads from their new novel Parasite on Publication Studios’ Fellow Traveller’s Series. The launch event will include Ariel Goldberg and a music performance by M. Lamar. Photographs by Stephen are in the current exhibition Electric Eclectic Beauties of the Glorious Nightlife.

Parasite Blurbs:

Alvin Orloff: If you’re looking for a raw and slightly surreal missive from the land of poetic hustlers (and, really, who isn’t?) Parasite is your book. Josh, the protagonist, is a queer teen with tranny tendencies and a psychedelic sensibility. As he puts it: “Life is quite simply a stream of cut-ups and the state of being alive is kaledeidoscopic.” Fleeing his repressive Christian family, Josh runs off to San Francisco to become a sex worker (“the job of lower class kings”) and winds up as the kept boy of “Mr. Old Cock.” It’s a rotten situation, one that might demoralize or embitter a lesser soul. Fortunately, Josh finds solace and direction by venerating musicians, writers, and creativity. Simultaneously, though, Josh gets swept up in whirlwind of drugs, clubs, tricks, and casual sex. This new life is risky; Josh’s luck eventually runs out and the story veers off in directions both unexpected and unforgettable.

Kevin Killian: Stephen Boyer’s novel Parasite is exciting, well-crafted and so utterly alive, you half expect it to shake you off and fly away as you turn its pages. Its hero flees his repressive, religious family coop and winds up in one adolescent hell after another in beautiful San Francisco. Adventures burst into being: virtual slavery to an older guy; a career in fetish porn; fast friendships that go south under pressure; slow lessons in the miseries of capitalism; unrequited love, self-medication—and presently, travel to distant planets in the future. (Yes, it’s kind of Doris Lessing.) Josh is the sort of boy who experiences nearly everything through his ass, so he’s not your usual sort of narrator, but if you’ve ever sat on anything weird, or anything splendid, this book will get to you just as it got to me.

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Ariel Goldberg is a writer and artist. Recent publications include Picture Cameras (NoNo Press), The Photographer without a Camera (Trafficker Press), and The Estrangement Principle, selections of which appear in Aufgabe 11.

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M. Lamar is a countertenor, pianist and composer whose work draws heavily from African American Spirituals, Opera, late 20th century avant-garde music, as well as popular forms like blues and rock. Lamar’s work has been presented internationally most recently at Performatorum, Regina Canada, The International Theater Festival Donzdorf, Germany, Cathedral of St. John the Divine New York, and The African American Arts and Culture Complex San Francisco. Lamar has also presented work at PS122, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub, Abrons Art Center, The Chocolate Factory, Galapagos Art Space, Center for Performance Research, and Washington Center for Performing Arts among others. In 2008 Lamar’s work was presented along side world renowned performance artist Ron Athey in the Biennale d’art performatif de Rouyn-Noranda in Quebec, Canada. Also, 2008 found Lamar as featured performer in Tony-nominated performance artist Justin Bonds award-winning show Lustre at P.S.122 and Abrons Arts Center.

M. Lamar holds a B. F. A. from the San Francisco Art institue and attended the Yale School of Art in the sculture program before dropping out to pursue music.

Lamar has had many many years of classical vocal study with Ira Siff among others.

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Stephen Boyer is the author of Parasite (Publication Studios 2012), GHOSTS (bent boy books 2010), and they compiled “The Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology.” Their work has been published in many anthologies, zines and art galleries: 2nd Floor Projects, “Madder Love: Queer Men and the Precincts of Surrealism” (Rebel Satori Press 2008), Poets Theater in San Francisco, Shampoo Poetry, and Try. This past fall they’ve also helped curate GRRRLS ON FILM! and they maintain the blog minorprogression.com.

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the Center for Book Arts:

Brother, Can You Spare a Stack
January 18, 2013 – March 30, 2013

Organized by Yulia Tikhonova

Brother, Can You Spare a Stack presents thirteen art projects that re-imagine the library as a force for social change. Each project constructs a micro library of sorts that serves specific economic or social needs within the community. Each project proposes an alternative politicized realm, which can be imagined and formed to explore the social dimensions of contemporary culture. Small and mobile, these projects resist the limitations of a controlled, highly organized system that governs our society. In contrast to subjective libraries formed by the artists picking and choosing book titles, these projects take a pragmatic and rational approach, using the library model as an interactive field. Selected projects update the principles of relational aesthetics, and shift them towards all-inclusive and useful cultural production. “Brother, Can You Spare a Stack” borrows its title from the lyrics of a popular depression era song, claiming that the artists invent alternative models of questioning, inspiring new perspectives on social transformation. They insert themselves into the most unexpected situations and spaces, in this case libraries, to propose social and cultural improvement. The exhibition includes projects by: Arlen Austin and Jason Boughton; Brett Bloom and Bonnie Fortune; Stephen Boyer; BroLab (Rahul Alexander, Jonathan Brand, Adam Brent, Ryan Roa, and Travis LeRoy Southworth); Valentina Curandi and Nathaniel Katz; Finishing School with Christy Thomas; Anna Lise Jensen and Michael Wilson; Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden; The K.I.D.S. with Word Up Collective, Eyelevel BQE, Launchpad, NURTUREart, Weeksville Heritage Center, and individual partners, as well as with Emcee C.M., Master of None; Annabel Other; Reanimation Library; The Sketchbook Project; and Micki Watanabe Spiller.

The opening reception is January 18, 2013 6-8pm.

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“Group Sex on the Living Room Floor” by Amanda Davidson a work-in-progress play as part of “Mundane Fantasy” at BAX

Group Sex on the Living Room Floor is a work-in-progress story about longing and debt, told by three performers of any gender who share the roles of a couple, their rivals, and an imaginary baby. Poised at the edge of a collapsing economy, these characters wrestle with the desire to escape, whether through online gaming or conversations with people who might not exist. With spare dialogue and a kaleidoscope structure, GSOTLRF shifts between real, virtual and imaginary worlds to ask: What does it mean to owe someone something? How do we connect under pressure?

 

Mundane Fantasy
February 10-11, 8PM
BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange (421 5th Ave)
$15/gen. $8/low income [Buy tickets]

Mundane Fantasy, curated by Faye Driscoll as a part of BAX’s Performance and Discussion series, features works by Dages Juvelier Keates, PARTED IN THE MIDDLE, and Sacha Yanow.

“I was drawn to these artists because of their unique creative perspectives and how they are each—in very different ways and through their various mediums— illuminating the relationship between the mundane, the personal and the mythical/fantastical with a smart, sincere and queer sensibility,” says Driscoll.

PARTED IN THE MIDDLE, co-founded with Nathanial Putnam, is Amanda Davidson in collaboration with the world. partedinthemiddle.wordpress.com.

Jess Barbagallo is a writer and performer. She has performed with Big Dance Theater, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and The Builders Association. She is a founding member of Half Straddle (The Knock-Out Blow, Sliding Whores, Nurses in New England, In the Pony Palace/Football, Away Uniform), the Red Terror Squad (Family Bed) and the Dyke Division of 2HC (Room for Cream. She has written the plays Grey-Eyed Dogs (Dixon Place Mondo Cane Commission), I’ll Meet You in Tijuana (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab), Saturn Nights (Incubator Arts Project), and Men’s Creative Writing Group (Playwriting Resident of the Invisible Dog Art Center).

Aden Hakimi isn’t very good at bios but he likes you, so he’s going to try. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he studied Theatre at Northeastern University before packing up and moving to Brooklyn. Aside from performing, Hakimi keeps busy as a video editor (currently at MTV/VH1) He is the founder of Midnight Productions, an independent film company whose first feature film, “The Beverages,” he co-directed/edited/starred in. Most importantly, he is an Aquarius. He’d like to thank his cats, Pip and Little Bit, for keeping it real.

Kourtney Rutherford is a theater artist and adult/childhood educator. She has worked with several renowned downtown theater companies including Witness Relocation, Radiohole, Half Straddle, and Big Dance Theater, with whom she won a 2010 Bessie New York Dance and Performance award with the company for her work in “Comme Toujours Here I Stand.” Kourtney is approaching completion of her master’s degree in educational theater from City College.

I DO! Communal Review: The Lily’s Revenge

I think it’s fair for me to say, as a guy my age dealing with my socioeconomic level, that I’ve seen a lot of theater. While most boys save their pennies for the latest videogame system or computer game, I was busy reading something, not working, and trying to scam a door guy at some low level performance art house. That said, you won’t catch me at too many Broadway Productions, but I’ve seen enough to understand what they’re about. I know experimental theater best. You know, the weird stuff. The stuff so off the wall an audience member might be paid to see so the creative team doesn’t feel their work was in vain.

I can’t help myself. I love theater. I’d go to more Broadway shows if I could afford them, but I can’t, so I stick to shows at PS122 or wherever I can get a reasonably priced ticket. When I first heard of The Lily’s Revenge, I was excited that for $20 I’d get five hours of theater. It’s like a junky suddenly getting thirty bags for the price of ten! But then there was the fear of overdosing and I felt that fear creeping in as a probability as I waited in the rush ticket line from 9am-7pm the first time I saw the show, feeling ever so terrible from my escapade the evening before involving no sleep, lots of drugs/booze and casual sex.

It’s been about a year and a half, and I remember thinking as I waited in line, “This is it. I’m gonna walk outta here a full blown junkhead or I’m going to overdose and be really pissed off.” Even as the play began and the actress playing Time warned the audience that we’d all die or be stuck inside the play forever, I knew it must be fate. I’d waited this long though so there was no way of turning back, a junky never turns back…

Now zoom forward a year and a half and my life has radically changed! I’m living in NYC and I’m a full-fledged Lily lovin’ zombie! Oh what a difference five hours (and a year and a half) can make when not planted in front of the television munching on popcorn and slurping fingers for tidbits of greasy chicken. Living in NYC afforded me the lovely opportunity to meet Taylor Mac (whose theatrical outer exterior suggests he’s a club kid that got smart and done good!) last winter and after listening to him gush about the re-staging of The Lily’s Revenge in San Francisco, I knew I needed to return to that city to mainline my favorite drug, and so that’s exactly what JT and I did. We contacted the Magic Theater, found a way to get tickets without having to pay for them (THANK YOU PATTIE!) and headed west…

It was weird for me because the first time I saw The Lily’s Revenge I had traveled in opposite directions: I’d come from my old homestead in San Francisco to NYC to dose myself on ten days of theater. For ten days JT and I saw one to two plays a day, and The Lily’s Revenge was just another name of a play I was supposed to try and see before I saw it. Now, The Lily’s Revenge means so much more to me. It’s the one show that I know will “take me there.” Nothing I have ever seen is as unique and thoughtfully put together as The Lily’s Revenge. Future play writes beware: your works have major competition in my heart…

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Using Photo’s Without Permision: Picture Camera

The release of Picture Cameras has got me feelin’ really nostalgic for Oakland. I miss Ariel Goldberg’s pranks, and this book marks the capstone to a loooooong project Ariel has conducted that has involved many people, many persona’s and many pictures. We’ve followed Ariel all along the way… and I’m proud to say she’s proven to everyone her ability to thoroughly examine a subject matter and true to Ariel’s brilliance, after years and years of examining photography and it’s place in the culture she’s condensed the information into a very airy, light, poignant, poetic read. No No Press, in December 2010 released Picture Cameras, a selection of Ariel’s log on photographic encounters in caption form. Letter pressed on old Shutterbug magazines. Designed and printed by Lara Durback and Ariel Goldberg, edition of 100, $20.

Buy Now.

PS,

If you haven’t seen this V-Day post by Eileen Myles on “being female” yet, well, take a look.

Ariel Goldberg Gives A Press Conference on Photography at the Marin Headlands

“This is a press conference on the current state of photography. This press conference treats current photograph production as urgent events. This press conference hopes to track the mass of pictures through a group of characters who have meditated heavily on lots of pictures.

This press conference is conducted by a group of characters who write about these photographic encounters, to explore the information, the misinformation, and their imagined information. This press conference is a series of enactments of performance scripts.”

Ariel Goldberg is a favorite of ours and I’m enthusiastically spending the weekend at the Marin Headlands helping her get her Press Conference on Photography off the ground. I’ve been doing wondrous work like hiking in the hills (I’ve seen wild turkey’s, tadpoles, frogs, snakes, lizards, lots of birds, wildflowers, deer, and still on the look out for bobcats), eating lots of healthy food and rehearsals, and moving stacks of things around for her. It’s gonna be a great show and I’m really thankful she’s allowed me a few days at the Headlands to hang out and watch the process all the artists are going through as they get ready for this weekends open house.

The show is Sunday April 18th from noon-5pm. Ariel’s Press Conference is at 1:15pm sharp at the Headlands in the Rodeo Room in the Main Building.

Headlands Center for the Arts

944 Fort Barry

Sausalito, Ca 94965

I don’t have a car. Can I get to Headlands by bus?
Headlands is reachable by bus from San Francisco on Sundays, when the MUNI 76 operates in the Marin Headlands. If you have a bicycle, you can either take the beautiful scenic ride all the way across the Golden Gate Bridge, or take your bike on the Sausalito Ferry or on the bus using Golden Gate Transit.

“Life on Mars: The James Bidgood Story”: What A Feeling……

Here’s the video Kevin Killian shot during “Life on Mars: The James Bidgood Story”… a video of the puppet show is forthcoming… I’ll be editing them together this week but for now you can wet your taste buds with this absurd little movie..

FNOFFest.neveragain.epicfail.com – aka fyffest sucked

Last Saturday when I got off the train at the FYFFEST I was struck dumb by a line that stretched nearly a mile for will call tickets. Clearly, I thought, I am not alone in my love for music being powerful enough to save the state parks (and the dwindling summer days) so many of us value. Everyone was downing their water bottles quickly, the sun, just as quickly, drying them out, in hopes that they didn’t misplace their metro tickets which meant:

“Take the Metro and bring your ticket to any drink station to receive a free water. Only valid Metro tickets tickets from September 5th will be accepted (http://www.fyffest.com/location.php).”

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