Since we closed our physical space at 200 Avenue A, & the misfits at Rapture are presenting events at various locations, I thought I would start a whole new topic. You can recap the old topic at:
Rapture Cafe and Books, Part 4

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Saturday, June 28th, 8pm
Reading For Filth... Naked Again!
At The Woodshop
24 Ninth Avenue, 5th Floor
$5 cover

Another ALL NAKED Reading For Filth!

Tonight! Everyone's favorite dirty-jocked rent boy, an arresting visual artist, the subject of a classic documentary, a Fringe Fest fave, and New York's latest performance art Force Of Nature!

On Saturday, June 28th, the folks from Rapture present another edition of their long-running and acclaimed queer literary series where both budding young and well-seasoned pornographers will be bearing both their bodies and their souls for their art in another all-naked edition of Reading For Filth. Audience members may also check their clothing and go bare if they so choose.

The evening also marks the 25th Anniversary of the often-maligned William Friedkin cinematic period piece, Cruising, which includes scenes shot in the very loft where the readings will take place. Do you think Karen Allen will be in attendance?

Starring: Dominic Cloutier, Dominick, Mark Sam Rosenthal, Jack Doroshow (aka Flawless Sabrina), and Amber Martin.

By Subway: A, C, E, L train to 14th Street/8th Avenue
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A Rapturous Rebirth... Heavy/Filth At Mr. Black!

Friday August 8th, 8-10 PM
Heavy/Filth at Mr Black!
27 West 24th Street (Between Sixth & B'way)
Starring Basil Twist, Trina Rose, Amber Martin, LaJohn Joseph & AJ Goodrich
Hosted by Glenn Marla & Hattie Hathaway
Music by Baby K
$5 Admission
F, N, R, V, W to 23 Street

For over a year, Rapture Café & Books, located in New York's East Village, was an oasis of colorful creative expression and memorably literate performance in a city that was supposed to never sleep. Since Rapture has now closed, we've decided to move two of our most critically acclaimed events to an early slot at what is swiftly becoming New York City's most talked about underground nightclub, Mr Black.

Beginning on August 8th, Reading For Filth, the extremely dirty queer literary series originally co-curated by the late Dean Johnson, and Heavy, Glenn Marla's monthly cavalcade of cutting-edge performance art will be joining forces for the monthly event Heavy/Filth on the already-legendary upstairs stage of Mr Black at 27 West 24th Street, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, from 8 till 10PM.

The stellar lineup for the premiere edition of Heavy/Filth includes the puppet wizardry of Basil Twist, the incredible Miss Trina Rose, The award-winning chops of Amber Martin, the brilliant gender-provocateur LaJohn Joseph, the romantic pornography of A.J. Goodrich, and much, much more.

The event will be hosted by Glenn Marla & Hattie Hathaway.
The HOWL! Festival and More Rapture Events!


"Holy the groaning saxophone! Holy the bop
apocalypse! Holy the jazz bands marijuana
hipsters peace & junk & dreams!"


"Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent
kindness of the soul!"


--Allen Ginsberg, "Footnote to Howl," Berkley, 1955




The HOWL! Festival, which began in 2002and was named after Allen Ginsberg's groundbreaking 1955 poem, Howl, celebrates the East Village and Lower East Side's role as a preeminent locus of culture, with signature events like the group reading of the Ginsberg poem itself, and ART AROUND THE PARK. Centered in Tompkins Square Park, the festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors to the clubs, galleries, parks, streets, and theaters of Manhattan's Lower East Side.
The majority of our Rapture Events throughout the year are only just getting started when the sun has gone down and many people have turned in for the evening. The mostly daylight Festival gives many of us the opportunity to present our work to an audience that would not normally be able to see us. And that it's all free-of-charge. A couple of the reasons we are extremely happy to participate in HOWL! again this year.

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Saturday September 6th, 2PM
Storytelling For Kids!
The HOWL! Festival
Tompkins Square Park
North Stage Area
Free Admission


Children of ALL ages, come gather 'round, while Old Mother Goose herself, Hattie Hathaway, hosts some of New York Nightlife"s most original and unusual talent in a performance geared strictly toward those who are young at heart! Fairy tales, puppets. poetry and more! This show promises to be VERY kid-friendly, visual and captivating, as these readers, who actually DO love children, depart from their usual, more grown-up repertoire, and serve up a show for the whole family!

Readers include:
Mother Flawless Sabrina, Joe Birdsong, Tabboo!, Billy Beyond, Lavinia Co-op & Hattie Hathaway.

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Saturday September 6th, 6PM
The Cockettes' 'Pearls Over Shanghai'
Featuring Hattie Hathaway
The HOWL! Festival
Tompkins Square Park
South Stage
Free Admission

Legend has it that when the Cockettes-- the seminal early 1970's pan-sexual San Francisco drag performance troupe-- came to New York to debut their over-the-top campfest "Pearls Over Shanghai" for Manhattan's underground elite nearly 35 years ago, they BOMBED in a big way.
This evening, the surviving members, sans most, if not all, of the illicit substances they were known to enjoy for stagework back then, return to the New York to try it again.
Hattie Hathaway will make a guest appearance as Petrushka, the mysterious White Russian femme-fatale... a role originally played to the hilt by the late disco legend, Sylvester. Expect lavish costumes, show-stopping numbers, glitz and glitter in this gender-twisting send-up of Golden Age Hollywood Musicals. Think: Busby Berkeley meets Grand Hotel produced by Mike Todd.

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Sunday September 7th, 5-7PM
HOWL! Festival & The Jackie Factory Present
'Howlucination '08: Low Life City'
Tompkins Square Park
South Stage
Free Admission
"¨Celebrating 150 years of Brilliant Bowery Performance
On September 7, JACKIE FACTORY producers CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL will present their second annual HOWLUCINATION to crown this year's HOWL! FESTIVAL. HOWLUCINATION is a new spectacle created by the JACKIE FACTORY each year as an evening event for HOWL!. The new LOW LIFE CITY follows on the heels of their first HOWLUCINATION at HOWL! - last year's scandalous LOW LIFE.
LOW LIFE CITY is a two hour theatrical showcasing the East Village - and especially, The Bowery, in a lavishly costumed production starring dozens of downtown's finest. A time-travelling, bawdy and witty cavalcade of talent, this show is not recommended for children!
This year's superb cast is now complete - MCs PAUL ALEXANDER (of "The Ones") and HATTIE HATHAWAY, Bowery Belle DEBBIE HARRY, icon JOEY ARIAS with master puppeteer BASIL TWIST, burlesque supernovas DIRTY MARTINI, MISS DELIRIUM TREMENS and JONNY PORKPIE and NASTY CANASTA of PINCHBOTTOM BURLESQUE, GOON SQUAD featuring MISS GUY, drag divinity SWEETIE, butoh ensemble VANGELINE THEATER, WORLD FAMOUS *BOB*, LOGO song star ADAM JOSEPH as The Irish Tenor, slapstick duo DUELLING BANKHEADS, sister act ACID BETTY and EPIPHANY, sensationalist AMBER RAY, Bay Area artiste FAUXNIQUE, BLACKLIPS eminence POISON EVE, members of THE PIXIE HARLOTS, and New Bowery treasures TRINA ROSE, HEATHER LITTEER aka JESSICA RABBIT DOMINATION and TIGGER!
For pictures from last years edition visit LOW LIFE @ HOWL 2007 on FLICKR
HOWLUCINATION '08: LOW LIFE CITY was inspired by the seminal LUC SANTE book "LOW LIFE: The Lures and Snares of Old New York." It continues a body of work born at JACKIE 60 a decade ago, with past editions in London, Minneapolis and of course, last year's HOWL! For the show's producers, East Village residents for over two decades, this annual show is a Valentine to the neighborhood's past, present and future stars.
Dress Up and join us in the park! Wear NYC demimonde evening glamour (1860-2010), Gangs of New York, Victorian/Edwardian rags, newsboy caps, B'hoy for Butch Women, corsets and vintage lingerie, Bowery Belle ringlets, Opium Den loungewear, Vampyre of Gotham, black parasols, Bowery Twink, velvet, 19th century Clownwear, Top Hats or Bowery Punk.
http://www.mothernyc.com/lowlife
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Wednesday September 10th, 8-10PM
Reading For Filth @ DTox
31 Second Avenue (Between 1st & 2nd Streets)
Starring: Moonshine Shorey, Seren Divine, Nathaniel Siegel, Glenn Marla, Paul Skiff & Eric Leven
Free Admission
Subway: F,V to Second Avenue

Rapture's long-running and often downright dirty Queer literary series returns to the East Village for one night only! This special HOWL! Festival edition of Reading For Filth, originally co-curated by the late, great Dean Johnson, unfurls its banner at the newest and flashiest Lesbian and Gay nightspot on the Second Avenue Strip, DTox (31 Second Avenue.) Tonight, favorites from the Bowery Poetry Club meet the Rapture Café mainstays:
With Moonshine Shorey, Seren Divine, Nathaniel Siegel, Glenn Marla, Paul Skiff & Eric Leven.
Hosted by Hattie Hathaway and Joe Birdsong, there will be 2-4-1 drinks.

Of course, our own DJ Baby K spins.

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And Later In the Week...

Friday September 12th, 9-11PM
Heavy/Filth at Mr Black!
27 West 24th Street (Between Sixth & B'way)
Starring Kari Krome, Erin Markey, Bevin Branlandingham, Laryssa Husiak, Thain Torres & Mr. Joe
Hosted by Glenn Marla & Hattie Hathaway
$5 Admission
F, N, R, V, W to 23 Street

For over a year, Rapture Café & Books, located in New York's East Village, was an oasis of colorful creative expression and memorably literate performance. Since Rapture has now closed, we've moved two of our most critically acclaimed events to an early slot at what is swiftly becoming New York City's most talked about underground nightclub, Mr Black.

On Friday September 12th, Reading For Filth, the extremely dirty queer literary series originally co-curated by the late Dean Johnson, and Heavy, Glenn Marla's monthly cavalcade of cutting-edge performance art will be joining forces for the monthly event Heavy/Filth on the already-legendary downstairs room of Mr Black at 27 West 24th Street, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, from 9 till 11PM.

The stellar lineup for this edition of Heavy/Filth includes the Runaways' rock deity Kari Krome, Bevin Branlandingham, the Flamboyant Femcee, the witchy Thain Torres, brillant and provocative stylings from Laryissa Husiak, Joe Birdsong, Rapture's own two-spirited author, and much, much more.

Glenn Marla & Hattie Hathaway host, and Peter Hale DJs.
Well, today's activities were a bit of a wash (thanks in part to Hurricane Hanna Montana!). Lovely to see some gorgeous faces who turned out for StoryTelling: Chris Tanner, Pearl, Brandon Olson, Jimmy Paul, Basil Twist, Rami, all milling about just before the heavens opened up!

Word has it that this evening's Cockettes in the Park has also been cancelled due to the Heavens...

See everyone tomorrow!
You receive this telelectric subvocalization as part of a digital campaign
to spread non-normal thought.

On Nowhere Street a kiss was laid on me by an angel.
My lack of ability to explain perfectly describes a year to the horizon.
On Nowhere Street my eyes and the angel's trade their depths where
bitterness and strength do the seeing so recognition
holds silence.
I do not want to serve the things of the earth.

live at Filth/Dtox NYC 9/08
Thanks to Hattie, Mr.Joe, Rapture and Maki
oh and thnx to TM for the menses


C pskiff 2008

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Rapture Events Presents 'Reading For Fist,' and more!


Saturday, October 11th, 8pm
Reading For Fist... All Naked!
At The Woodshop
24 Ninth Avenue, 5th Floor
$5 cover
Subway: A, C, E, L train to 14th Street/8th Avenue

In honor of the yearly kinky festival of "brew and bawd", Octoberfist!, we are proud to bring you another ALL NAKED Reading For Filth... In fact we're going to be so anally-oriented tonight, that we'll be calling it "Reading For Fist!"

Tonight: Everyone's favorite fist-for-rent, the notorious Egg Man, the gals from Portland's House Of CUNT, a NYC go go legend and a budding porn star!

On Saturday,
October 11th, the folks from Rapture present another edition of their long-running and acclaimed queer literary series where both budding young and well-seasoned pornographers will be bearing their bodies and their souls for their art in this all-naked edition of Reading For Filth. Audience members may also check their clothing and go bare as they dare... if they so choose.

Starring: Dominick, Flowryder, Mr. Joe, Rosie D. (AKA the Egg Man), and Amber Martin & Kaetlin Kennedy (Co-founders of Portland's House Of CUNT.)

Don't forget, the producers of the annual Octoberfist! have combed every village in the German hinterlands from the Black Forest to the Bavarian Alps in order to present to US audiences the only authentic Teutonic harvest festival in North America. Rolling out the barrels, brewing up the hops, and donning unwieldy colorful folk costumes was never so much fun before. And of course, expect the phrase "shaking hands with the baby" to be redefined in a whole new and literary way tonight!

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Rapture Recommends...


Wednesday October 8th, 8 PM
Memorial For Mr. Fashion AKA Gerard Little
At Millennium, 66 East 4th Street
(Between Second Street & Bowery, below the LaMama Annex)
Free Admission
Subway: 6 to Astor Place

As many of you know, East Village/Pyramid Club performance legend Mr. Fashion passed away earlier this year after a long illness. Tonight, Gerard's friends and family will be gathering to celebrate the life and artistic genius of the man whose creations of crazy trash bag couture helped re-invent the way all of Downtown dressed...

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Each Thursday...
Starting October 9th at 10 PM
"Chez Lavinia"
Starring Lavinia Co-op
At Telephone Bar and Grill
149 Second Avenue (at 10th Street) NYC
212-529-5000
Free Admission
Subway: 6 to Astor Place

Bloolips member and consumate actor/Music Hall performer, Lavinia Co-Op begins a hilarious residency tonight at Telephone Bar and Grill. She'll do bits, turns and even "Installations In Stilletos" every Thursday night at 10 PM through December at our favorite Brit Pub transplant in the East Village, complete with a full menu that includes Fish 'n' Chips and Shepherd's Pie. The New York Times has called Lavinia "a unique comedian". She's also toured extensively throughout the world, appeared with the legendary Hot Peaches, as well as on countless New York and London stages. This musical vaudeville romp is a must-see!

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Friday October 10th, 8 PM
Mr. Joe's Big, Bad Bon Voyage Party
Section 8
218 Avenue A (Between 13th & 14th Streets)
Free Admission

Our very own Joe Birdsong, AKA Mr. Joe is slated to spend the coming winter in the deserts of the Southwestern US, with the cowboys, the cacti and the coyotes, and tonight we'll be giving him the biggest and baddest send-off north of the Rio Grande you ever done see!
Expect cheap drinks, a pool table, and the most brilliant jukebox in NYC. The rodeo starts at 8PM and ends when the cows come home!

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Sunday October 12th, 7PM
Tabboo's "The Nightingale"
At Participant Gallery
253 East Houston Street (Between Norfolk & Suffolk Streets)
Subway: F, V to Second Avenue & Houston Street

Tabboo! AKA Steven Tashjian, is showing some gorgeous, new artwork here at Participant through November 2nd, but if you drop by tonight, you're in for a real treat, as she'll be presenting a jaw-dropping drag extravaganza, based on Hans Christian Anderson's classic 1844 fairy tale set in the colorful, decadent court of Royal China. Starring Tabboo!, Agosto Machado, Brandon Olson, Jun Nakaya, Linda Simpson and many, many others.

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And Finally...Doin' It to Obama! Envisioning the new Black President...

by Joe Birdsong

As what appears to be the most important election of our time draws near, a friend recently suggested that if we want to see an Obama presidency, we should envision it as a reality. In a more intimate moment, a lover and I began role-playing that President Obama was in the bed with us, his big schlong banging away, getting hot and sweaty as the good times rolled. The energy that was raised by bringing Barack Obama into the bedroom was amazing! I hereby ask that my dear readers, bring Barack (and/or Michelle, if you please) to the back door! It's good for the country; it's good for the soul; it's good for the hole! And don't forget to vote!
Motherboards Clique & Dragstars please join me this evening at Hattie's Joint (aka Section 8)! Anytime from 8pm until the sky falls - in a few short weeks I'll be heading out west (Jackie Bigelow wants a fix and promised to make it "worth my while," ahem...). So I'll be wintering in the desert, but before I go I've been asked to throw myself a Bon Voyage soiree. Would love to see your gorgeous faces this evening. 218 Avenue A (13/14).
This just in. Um...hatches?

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rapture Cafe & Books Receives 2008 New York Award

WASHINGTON D.C., November 20, 2008 -- Rapture Cafe & Books has been selected for the 2008 New York Award in the Book Stores category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).

The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA)

U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USLBA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USLBA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Local Business Association
And another award-winning Reading For Filth for us to give thanks for too..

Wedne​sday,​ Novem​ber 26th,​ 8pm
Readi​ng For Filth​.​.​.​ Thank​sgivi​ng!​
At The Woods​hop
24 Ninth​ Avenu​e,​ 5th Floor​
$5 cover​
Subwa​y:​ A, C, E, L train​ to 14th Stree​t/​8th Avenu​e


A legen​dary trans​gende​r autho​r,​ the sex god of Manha​ttan retur​ns,​ a Briti​sh Music​ Hall treas​ure,​ and an autho​r of the macab​re,​ with Matti​lda Berns​tein Sycam​ore,​ Rober​t Flowr​yder,​ Lavin​ia Co-​op and Derek​ de Koff.​

Matti​lda Berns​tein Sycam​ore is the autho​r of the highl​y prais​ed novel​,​ Pulli​ng Taffy​,​ and the edito​r of four groun​dbrea​king nonfi​ction​ antho​logie​s,​ inclu​ding Nobod​y Passe​s:​ Rejec​ting the Rules​ of Gende​r and Confo​rmity​ and That’​s Revol​ting!​ Queer​ Strat​egies​ for Resis​ting Assim​ilati​on.​ Sycam​ore write​s regul​arly for a varie​ty of publi​catio​ns,​ inclu​ding Bitch​,​ Utne Reade​r,​ Alter​Net,​ Make/​Shift​,​ the San Franc​isco Bay Guard​ian and Maxim​umroc​knrol​l,​ and lives​ in San Franc​isco.​ She'​ll be readi​ng from her just publi​shed "So Many Ways To Sleep​ Badly​"​.​

Music​ is by DJ Baby K.

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