Opentoe Peepshow #13: Sunday 2/2 at 3pm with Jennie Gruber, Azure Osborne-Lee, AS Carson, Louis Chavez, Muggs Fogarty, and the legendary Charles Rice-Gonzalez


REVEALING NEW WORK BY QUEER ARTISTS! Featuring: Jennie Gruber, Azure Osborne-Lee, AS Carson, Louis Chavez, Muggs Fogarty, and the legendary Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Executive Director of The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance!

Sunday February 2nd, 2014 // Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Avenue @ the corner of Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11238 // Doors 2:30p, show 3-5p *sharp* — we sell out so come early! //  $3-$10, no one turned away for lack of funds


Charles Rice-Gonzalez, by Arthur Aviles
Charles Rice-Gonzalez, by Arthur Aviles

Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist, Executive Director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and a Distinguished Lecturer at Hostos Community College – CUNY.

JennieGruberJennie Gruber is a writer, educator, interdisciplinary media-maker, queer punk, and true karaoke believer. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence, but frankly learned a lot more in Dan Fishback’s “Needing It” queer history and performance class at Brooklyn Art Exchange. Most recently, she has been producing “Why Are People Into That?!”, a new podcast that demystifies desire. Her writing has appeared in several Cleis Press anthologies, including Best Bondage Erotica 2010; she has also blogged for Helix Queer Performance Network, Fleshbot and Gaga Stigmata, and published articles in The Believer, AORTA, and Whore! magazines. Her workshops and readings on dirty talk, sex worker self care, and spanking have been featured at a variety of international venues, including Good Vibrations, Perverts Put Out, Lesbian Sex Mafia, Dark Odyssey, and the first Feminist Porn Conference at the University of Toronto. As a film producer/director, she has won two Feminist Porn Awards. Born in Northern California, Gruber now lives in Manhattan with a very sweet bear.

LouieC_photoboothLouis Chavez is a Brooklyn-based musician and visual artist. Their queer synthpunk & multimedia project, NO/HO/MO, is a part of the Punk Start My Heart family, and has been featured on Bitch Media, Homoground, Radio Panik & Scream Queens Radio. Their video work has been on display at the MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, and has been shown live and toured through the U.S. and Canada.

Muggs-portraitMuggs Fogarty was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island and has been a long time member of the Providence Poetry Slam staff, one of the longest-running slams in the country. Performing and writing from a young age, Muggs has presented work in front of audiences large and small, from local punk shows to international poetry festivals. After graduating from The New School with a degree in creative writing/literature, Muggs is returning to performance, crafting poems about queerness/family/memory/ focusing on musicality and storytelling. Muggs’ work can be found in Side B Magazine, 12th Street, 11 and a Half, and Plateau. Till’ spring, Muggs can be found on the west side, hiding in a blanket cave with Snow, Muggs’ hedgehog/new bestie.

Sunny AzureAzure is an interdisciplinary artist: a performer, writer, director, visual artist, and teacher. Born and raised below the Mason-Dixon Line, Azure travels extensively for his work.

ASCarsonA.S. Carson is a functional narcissist and queer martyr based in pre-apocalyptic Brooklyn, NY. Her work been seen at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Cameo Gallery, The Creek & The Cave, Cake Shop, Beauty Bar, and Dixon Place, where her piece I Wanted it to Have a How and I Wanted it to Have a Verb premiered in the spring of 2011. She is the founder and creator of A.S. Carson’s Guide to Successful Living (AGSL), an ever growing, comprehensive, interactive experience, offering people all around the world guidance on how to navigate this time and space where nothing matters and everything matters all at once.

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