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Talks + Readings: Social Movements of the 21st Century and ‘Coming Out’ for Porn

via Powerhouse Arena

via Powerhouse Arena

Book Launch: When We Fight, We Win!
Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m. at The Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main St, Brooklyn. (DUMBO)
The past year was filled with updates on the Black Lives Matter movement and a long-overdue Supreme Court victory for the LGBTQ movement. To take stock of the social movements shaping our world, turn to Greg Jobin-Leeds’ new collectionWhen We Fight, We Win!, a collaboration with AgitArte, profiles the successful activists and artists making waves behind the headlines you’ve seen flying by of late, from the fight to end mass incarceration to steps forward on immigration rights and environmental protection. The book launch will feature a conversation between Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte’s José Jorge Díaz, as well as remarks from activist leaders from the book, including Rachel Schragis, Felipe Sousa-Rodríguez, Isabel Sousa-Rodríguez, Che Gosset, Manissa McCleave Maharawal, Lily Paulina. RSVP at RSVP@powerHouseArena.com

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XXX Meets DIY: Porn Film Festival Seeks Local, Artisanal Smut

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If “porn fest” sounds like what happens every time your roommate leaves for work, rest assured the one happening in Bushwick later this winter will be different: the first annual NYC Porn Film Festival will present strictly indie, experimental and low-budget filth, with an emphasis on sci-fi futurism. It’s less YouPorn and more DoItYourselfPorn.
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Cruising the Bijou, a Hidden Underground Cinema and Sex Den

The Bijou's exit door. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Bijou’s exit door. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It took me three passes before I could bring myself to open the unmarked black door on East 4th Street, the one an older man had entered after trying to cruise me near a rack of Citi Bikes. Inside was a steep staircase, painted deep orange, leading down into a basement lobby. There was a framed poster on the wall: Eyes Wide Shut, the Stanley Kubrick film in which an overcurious New Yorker stumbles into an orgy of anonymous, Bacchanalian sex.
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Remembering Al Goldstein: ‘Pioneer of Free Speech,’ ‘Ralph Kramden of Porn’

(Photo: Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

(Photo: Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

He was arrested numerous times for obscenity and reviled as the devil incarnate by religious figures and feminists. But when pornographer Al Goldstein died at 77 yesterday in Brooklyn, there was a flurry of tributes to his chutzpah and humor, some from people who knew him in 1968 when Screw, his explicit sex tabloid, debuted. (He also presided nude over a cable tv talk show, “Midnight Blue.”)
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