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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M. Lamar: Speculum Orum: Shackled to the Dead; Requiem for Voice and Piano

Speculum Orum: Shackled to The Dead Requiem for Voice and Piano at Cathedral of Saint John The Divine Feb. 16 at 8pm

Here’s the details, reposted from St. John The Divine:

The Atlantic Ocean holds the remains of countless black bodies, people lost en-route from home to the new world. During the transatlantic slave trade, millions of Africans were carried in bondage to America. A horrifying percentage did not survive the journey. This piece is about them.

Many of the captured people preferred death to slavery. They jumped overboard or tried to starve themselves. In those circumstances the slaver would use a device called a speculum orum to keep the captives’ mouths open while they were forced to eat.

In the fetid holds of slave ships, live bodies were shackled to the dead, sometimes for days and months at a time. The artist M. Lamar, believes that we are all also shackled to the dead. The water that rises from the ocean, falls as rain into our reservoirs, and flows down the pipes to our faucets, was once and is still their grave. This water, water that is now inside all of us, conceals and reveals the truth about who we are as Americans. The abducted Africans had their months forced open.  M. Lamar states, “I will willingly open my mouth to lift my voice and let the spirits dance. Yes, we are shackled to the dead! They speak to us and through us. Let their voices rise!”

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 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 Abons Arts Center.

Lamar is also a recording artist, having released a full length album: Souls On Lockdown, a 7- inch single :The Conquest and an EP: Negro Gothic

Lamar has trained vocally with Ira Siff and studied piano with Dmitry Alexeev

 

Thursday, February 16, 8 pm

Tickets: $15.00

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

This event is presented in conjunction with The Value of Water: Sustaining a Green Planet, an exhibition with related programming at the Cathedral running through March 25, 2012.

:::2011 IS HERE:::LOVE IS THE ONLY LAW:::

It’s a bit of a shock to file away everything that happened this past year into memories.  But it’s official, 2010 is dead. Truly life is zooming out and 2010 showed me over and over just how small my position in the grand spectacle we call reality. This past year I made the move from the West Coast to NYC and was fortunate to get to do quite a bit of traveling: Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans, San Francisco, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Paris, Woodstock, and ended it in Miami partying with all the legendary Club Kids at Susanne Bartsch’s extraordinary NYE extravaganza.

My year began focused on getting my play “Life on Mars: The James Bidgood Story” off the ground, but after I showed it at Poet’s Theater in SF last February, my life came apart in Los Angeles and I had to hit the road toward uncertainty. Looking back on the year, I’m able to see all the beautiful times that sprouted in a year that was heavily coated with pain, sorrow, loss and heartache. Unfortunately my anxiety level was at an all time high all year long, and looking back I’m acutely aware that I never seemed to fully be present, I was constantly worried about what was going to happen next and afraid my life would again come undone. It’s impossible to live fixated on worry or anxiety or whatever… So for 2011 I want to try to give up worrying about tomorrow, embrace the present and spray paint my visions gold.

2010 really proved individuals must accept change and be able to adapt to the changes life constantly evolves toward. 21st Century literacy is no longer limited to the ability to read and write. Now the literate person must also be able to adapt and constantly be able to learn and unlearn in order to relearn. Unlearning/relearning and change are difficult concepts because they inherent a sense of loss and me being an emotional person, I grieve each and every ending.

Here are a bunch of pictures of the NYE party my friends The Zand Collective and I rang in 2011 at:

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Help Marc Arthur Produce an Adaptation of “Peter and the Wolf”

For the past two years Marc Arthur has been developing a production of Peter and the Wolf that he’s thrilled to announce will soon be realized. He has brought together an amazing cast of mostly child actors and ballerinas, along with a production team that he’s honored to work with, and a beautiful 120 seat space in the lower east side in New York where the piece will be produced this March. Based on Prokofiev’s original musical concept, in which characters are represented by musical instruments, this performance uses painting to represent characters. Actors will paint live as they perform a theatrical version of the story.

Producing a show like this is costly and Marc has no outside funding… he’s  relying on individual donations to cover all of the budget.  So we’d like to point your attention to the fundraiser running to make the dream possible on Indygogo to raise $10,000 over the next 2 months. All donations are tax-deductible through Marc’s partnership with Fractured Atlas.  And the best part is that, if you donate, you’ll get some delightful rewards in return!  So please make a donation today – any amount helps.

This is your chance to be part of the process.  Spread the word.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Ariana Reines, M. Lamar, Our Lady J

Shalom Motha Fucka’s!! The Holiday’s are upon us! I’ve been eating latkes and dropping off little gifts to loved ones as I await to celebrate Christmas… Secretly, I love the holidays and wish mistletoe was a year round hobby we all engaged in (after we found a cure for herpes, of course). So in the name of the Holiday Spirit I thought I’d point your attention to three people that I am proud to call friends (Ariana Reines, M. Lamar, and Our Lady J) so you may see the inspirational work they are making + a festival of lights to you

 

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Sebastian Sebastiani GETS NAKED: Upcoming Reading Event

Hey everyone,

I have a few upcoming events happening. On May 30th is the finale performance that I am apart of with Gage Boone and Marc Arthur. Then on June 3rd I’m reading at the Army of Lovers festival. Details below:

Co-presented by the National Queer Arts Festival, Sex Worker Fest, Army of Lovers and the Center for Sex and Culture.

Hosted by Kirk Read

Center for Sex and Culture, 1519 Mission Street near 11th

Tickets are $10-20 sliding scale, no one turned away

Advance tickets encouraged: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/66814

More info: armyoflovers.org and kirkread.com

More Sex Worker Fest events! Check out http://www.sexworkerfest.com

WEDNESDAY JUNE 3

Peggy L’eggs aka Matthew Simmons

George Birimisa

M. Lamar

Matt Walker aka Elliott Skellington

Stephen Boyer

Amos Mac

Nico

Seeley Quest

Kirk Read

THURSDAY JUNE 4

Christraper Sings

Stephen Elliott

Debutante

MACK

Daniel Allen Cox

Krylon Superstar

Mikiki

Scott Upper

Alvin Orloff

Alic Shook

Durward

Kirk Read

Army of Lovers is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission, Theater Bay Area, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the California Arts Council and the Horizons Foundation.

CLARA ENGEL WANTS TO COME WEST! PLUS INTERVIEW

clara-engel

I first caught wind of Clara Engel about a year ago, I blogged about her before at Fantastic Weapon, now she’s trying to come to the West Coast for her first ever West Coast Tour. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of her work and I’m trying to help her make the jump to California. Her music is beautiful/captivating/smart/eccentric/androgynous and her voice the driving factor pulling the wondrous work together. Continue reading