SATURDAY: Cleaning out our closets (a performance about all the ways we come out)

JULY 23rd……Stories and Songs about Coming Out

Cleaning Out Our Closets is featured in the HOT! Festival at Dixon Place, so come and celebrate all the ways we reveal ourselves to others (and ourselves). FEATURING: Aimee Herman and Trae Durica

WHERE? Dixon Place 161 Chrystie St./NYC

WHEN? Door @ 7pm Show 7:30 This is a short show, so please be on time, as it has a running time of 45 minutes.

*There will be poetry books and Keith Haring inspired patches for sale!!!****

 

 

Aimee Herman is a performance artist, poet and teacher, widely published in journals and anthologies. Aimee has two-full length books of poems and is currently writer-in-residence for Big Words, Etc. reading series.

Trae Durica is a poet and artist, whose work has been published by NYSAI and great weather for MEDIA. He will be featured in the BOOG poetry festival in August.

Thank you to Puma Perl for writing this excellent article on Queer Art Organics!

See the original article on Chelsea Now HERE   by PUMA PERL 

 

Aimee Herman, a performance poet, writer, and educator, is very clear about her reasons for founding Queer Art Organics, a monthly series held at Dixon Place.

“I wanted to create a space specifically for LGBTQ writers and performers, and to celebrate the immense range of talent in this city,” she told me. “We’ve had new writers and established ones as well. I wanted this series to be less about one’s bio and more about having an encouraging space to share work with a welcoming audience. I started going to open mics at age 18, and I still remember how it felt to be given three minutes to untangle my soul onstage.”

As host and curator, she selects people she’s seen perform, but also responds to queries from people wanting to be featured, and to recommendations by friends and participants. Some of the artists are as new to her as they are to the audience. “Amazingly,” she told me, “I have never been disappointed.”

The stripped-down, one-hour show, which Herman calls “a beautiful teaser of infinite talent,” consists of three or four performers, and does not limit itself to poets. Storytellers, comics, musicians, and performance artists of all kinds — including belly dancers and sword balancers — have been featured. My recent visit to the series demonstrated Herman’s success in presenting performers who vary widely in their experience. One of the artists, Charlotte Marchand, was reading in public for the first time. She enjoyed great support from the friends she had brought along and from the listeners, as she read excerpts from letters written by her late father. The prose piece was titled, appropriately, “Coming Out to My Dead Father,” and referenced the author’s experience in the women’s movement of the late ’60s and with the Weatherman, two topics that don’t often arise at readings.

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Trae Durica, another of the night’s features, describes himself as “genderqueer masculine.” Although he’s had some experience reading in public, Durica said he still feels like “a ball of anxiety and introversion wherever I read. But I do like reading in a queer, safe space, since I often write about my big queer life. I feel so much support in these spaces, where my story resonates with many others.”

Trae Durica reading from his 2014 chapbook, “Cacophony Worth Remembering.” Photo by Linda Rizzo.

Accompanied by Herman on ukulele for the first few poems, Durica’s reading included work from his 2014 chapbook, “Cacophony Worth Remembering.” I was particularly moved by one of what he calls his “Decisions” pieces, in which he asked the questions “normal” people never get asked. “When did you decide you were straight?” it began. “When did you decide you were the same gender as what’s on your birth certificate? When did you decide to wear clothes that make you look straight?”

“I feel that we need to keep creating these queer spaces where it’s safe for us to tell our stories for as long as it’s unsafe to be queer anywhere in the United States,” he said. “But at the end of the day, I want to read in any space where people are paying attention to performers instead of their cellphones.” 

The third feature of the evening, John J. Trause, opened his set by announcing, in a deadpan tone, that he wished to pay homage to Sappho — then, in a hilarious high-pitched voice, recited one of her poems in the original ancient Greek Aeolic dialect.

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“I’m a performance poet,” Trause told me, “but I hate being labeled that way. I am also a visual poet, a conceptual poet, a metrical poet, a spiritual poet.” Trause is the Director of New Jersey’s Oradell Public Library and his list of writing credits and published books is long. On this evening, he read some pieces from his brand new book, “Exercises in High Treason,” (great weather for MEDIA, 2016). He describes it as “a work of fictive translations, found poems, and manipulated texts.”

Sappho tribute artist John J. Trause, with his latest book. Photo by Puma Perl.

In keeping with his self-description, the book is playfully arranged with a highly visual and conceptual appeal. “Even though I am a writer and librarian,” he said, “I love to reveal how words betray us. Since I have some real and some fake translation in my book, as well as other verbal transformations, I am committing high treason.”

Queer Art Organics started at Brooklyn’s Branded Saloon in October of 2014, and moved to Dixon Place in February of 2015. “Dixon Place, which is all-encompassing, is my favorite New York City venue,” Herman declared, “because of its resiliency and incredible support to the queer community and to artists in general. I love that they offer free and low-cost shows.”

Charlotte Marchand’s “Coming Out to My Dead Father” referenced her experience in the women’s movement of the ’60s and the Weatherman. Photo by Linda Rizzo.

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This summer, the HOT! Festival, which is the world’s longest-running LGBTQ festival, returns to Dixon Place — and Herman is thrilled to have the series included in it. As usual, Queer Art Organics will offer what she describes as “a myriad of language.”

“I want to continue to be inclusive and never feel elite in any way,” Herman said. “Any queer humans out there reading this who would like to perform are welcome to contact me by email: aimeeherman@gmail.com. Sometimes the very best are the ones who’ve never taken the stage before. That’s so often when the magic happens.”

 Queer Art Organics is held at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St., btw. Rivington & Delancey Sts.), usually on the second Wed. of every month. It is a free one-hour event and starts at 7:30pm. The next show is Tues., July 19, as part of the HOT! Festival (which runs July 5Aug. 6). The series skips Aug. and returns in Sept. For more info, visit dixonplace.org. Recent work by Aimee Herman and John J. Trause can be purchased at greatweatherformedia.com.

Summer NYC Performances!!

Saturday, June 11th:
Word Cabaret 
The BWAC exhibition space
499 Van Brunt St. Red Hook, Brooklyn
4pm (FREE!)
Featuring: Sara Fetherolf, Aimee Herman, Mike Jurcovic, Janice A. Lowe, and Michael Handler Ruby
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Tuesday, June 14th:
Union Square Slam presents Thomas Fucaloro’s “Depression Cupcakes” book release!!!!
Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
208 W. 13th St. NYC
7pm  
Open mic $5
Spotlight features @ 8pm
Elisabet Velasquez
Aimee Herman
Patrick Roche
Roya Marsh
Featured poet @ 8:45pm
Thomas Fucaloro
Delicious cupcakes by poet Trae Durica
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Thursday, June 23rd:
Emotive Fruition: Live performance series merging actors and poets
in collaboration with Lambda Literary
Actors will be performing 2 of my poems
Botanic Lab 
86 Orchard St. NYC
7:30pm
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Thursday, June 23rd:
Small Press Love Fest
Hell Phone 
247 Varet St, Brooklyn
7-9pm
A celebration of small presses with great weather for MEDIA, NYSAI press, Nomadic Press and Rivet Journal
Featuring: Elizabeth Ribar, Abigail Welhouse, Steve Castro, Stephanie Dickinson, Julie Bentsen, Craig Kite, Aimee Herman and Puma Perl
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Saturday, June 25th
Staten Island Arts’ LUMEN Festival
Atlantic Salt Company
7pm-Midnight
For tickets, click HERE  
 
I’ll be performing a movment/textual piece exploring the many versions of gender through body and language. What it means to be human, pressed into boxes, pushed down and the sound of (re)emergence.
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Saturday, 23 July
Hot! Festival
Dixon Place
161 Chrystie St. NYC
Cleaning Out Our Closets featuring Trae Durica and Aimee Herman
Stories exploring the multitude of ways in which we come out to friends, lovers and ourselves.
7pm/ Show at 7:30pm
FREE!!
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Sunday, 31 July
Governor’s Island NY Poetry Festival
I’ll be reading alongside other great poets for Big Words, Etc reading series
4pm @ The Algonquin Stage
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Sunday, August 7th
BOOG Poetry Festival
Sidewalk Cafe
94 Ave A NYC
6-8pm
I’ll be performing my poetic play, “postulation” alongside the marvelous Trae Durica

Celebrate this heat with a preview of the HOT! Festival

Tonight, get a preview of the HOT, HOT, HOT shows that will be part of this year’s HOT! Festival at Dixon Place. I am so excited to be co-producing Electrify Gender! in this year’s fest with Essence Revealed on August 1st / 10pm / Dixon Place. 

Electrify Gender!  is an evening celebrating the spectrum of gender and sexualities through burlesque, spoken word and performance art. On this night, gender is bent and retranslated. It is twisted into a new discourse as performers question how bodies can experiment with the many versions of masculine and feminine. Featured performers include: Crimson Kitty, Sweet Lorraine, Bonnie Forest, Jherelle Benn, JZ Bich, Switch N’ Play, Essence Revealed and Aimee Herman.

Tonight, we will shimmy out a quick teaser to get your blood boiling, featuring the tantalizing Bonnie Forest. The entire night will feature many sneak previews of the HOT shows. For more information about the    HOT! Festival

 

 

HOT!, the oldest continually running GBLTQ festival in the world, has been a pioneer of queer arts and culture for over 20 years. Dixon Place is proud that HOT! serves as a model for other queer festivals across the globe, and offers an artistic refuge to so many passionate voices in our community. For over 20 years, the Dixon Place HOT! Festival has been presenting the most OUTrageous and OUTstanding Queer Performance. The Village Voice calls us “The Best LGBTQ Theater Festival in New York” — and 2013 is shaping up to be even bigger, better, and HOTTER than ever!

As always, HOT! is incredibly diverse and inclusive with over 200 artists presenting work that push your buttons, stir your emotions and deliver explicit, flat out entertainment. It’s a natural extension of New York City’s Gay Pride Month, with the best in LGBTQ culture and entertainment throughout the entire month of July and into August.

unbound s/he: ejaculating beauty (an excerpt)

Aimee Herman

Aimee Herman during performance: ejaculating beauty

(excerpt from unbound s/he: ejaculating beauty)

I am thinking of a word for this.
Or maybe I can congest it into a sound.
Or a dance move.
Or interlude of intricate gestures.

Beyond gender.
Beyond categorical configurations.
Maybe I just don’t want to be figured out.

On Monday, I stick my whole fist into my vagina and feel around for what may be hidden up there.
I search for the SLASH.

On Tuesday, I dress my cunt up in streamers and lace like cotton-shaped birthday cake.
Clit like a candle, I blow out several times until it’s sore enough to grow lungs and demand a nap.

On Wednesday, I am boy or boy parts or masculine or uncertain.

On Thursday, I am Monday.

On Friday, I am Wednesday.

On Saturday and Sunday, I take turns, as the hours change, revelling in my inconsistencies.

My. Body. Weeps.

I gather the skin on my body like magical four leaf clovers found only from hours or weeks or decades of patient searching.

My closet is a schizophrenic approach to wardrobe.

I am mortar and pestle ground up nerves and identities and genders and sounds and needs and clarifications and blurs and words and poems.

I am queer, this word, this music, this distance between its beginnings—a past—to where it stands now—its present-led future.

I understand this.

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What is left behind.
What is necessary to gather, stick in pockets, or throw away.

What can be should be needs to be celebrated?

…the memorization of inconsistencies…to be both or three quarters of one and a sprinkling of the other…to be unafraid of asking what pronoun is most necessary…to understand the importance and need to ask…a widening of this spectrum…of queerness…of experimental language and representation…the poetics of homo…the song of body reclaiming itself…a celebration of contrast, incongruent gender, and unstuck designations through…

the ejaculation of queer BEAUTY

Hot! Festival @ Dixon Place

Dixon Place Hot! Festival

Dixon Place Hot! Festival

Aimee Herman @ the Inspired Word

Friday, July 22nd at Dixon Place 161 Chrystie St. (between Rivington and Delancey) NYC
http://www.hotfestival.org

unbound s/he: ejaculating beauty
by Aimee Herman
AND
What Makes You Think You’re the One
Created and Performed by Laryssa Husiak
Tickets: $15 / $12 (stu/sen)

unbound s/he: ejaculating beauty: Aimee Herman utilizes music, movement and language to translate the stories of one queer body as it unravels itself in patches of narration. unbound s/he: ejaculating beauty is a funny, sexy, and revealing portrayal of one particular journey through queerness, gender and the complications of labels.
AND
What Makes You Think You’re the One: In a trio of live music videos, solo artist Laryssa Husiak explores the sexualization of women through repetitive thrusts and blank stares. Don’t worry, it’s not as ball-busting as it sounds: she is wearing a groovy swimsuit. The result is a ferocious dance party spun out of some classic tunes

Aimee Herman is a performative poet who has been featured at various NY venues such as Wow Cafe Theater, Sidewalk Cafe, and Happy Ending Lounge and reading series such as Sideshow: Queer Lit Carnival, The Red Umbrella Diaries, Hyper Gender, and In the Flesh erotic salon. She can be read in anthologies such as Best Women’s Erotica 2010 (Cleis Press), Nice Girls, Naughty Sex (Seal), hell strung and crooked (Uphook Press), and Focus on the Fabulous: Colorado GLBT Writers. Aimee can be found sucking up subway steam, searching for flames big enough to burn bras and unnecessary labels, and is highly turned on by black ink pilot pens, peanut butter, and half-sour pickles.

Laryssa Husiak is a performer and writer. She is an active member of Theater of a Two-Headed Calf and its Dyke Divison and Room for Cream – a live lesbian soap opera. Former collaborations include Taylor Mac’s Red Tide Blooming, Nick Brooke’s Border Towns and Red Terror Squad’s Family Bed. Her solo work has been performed throughout the city at venues such as Dixon Place, HERE and La MaMa.