3-PACK JACK: BOOK LAUNCH PARTY
SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015 | 3-6PM
3-PACK OF PERFORMANCES BY ORIGINAL JACKS | 5PM
John Cantwell | Martin Matamoros | Jonny McGovern
CLOSING PARTY FOR CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects | Watchqueen
ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Join us at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives for an afternoon book launch event and courtyard soirée. Hottt off the press, 3-PACK JACK is a titillating three-book set anthologizing a recent queer performance series curated and hosted by Steven Reigns. Delight in performance photos by Matt Baume alongside the monologues, scripts, and transcriptions from all of the performances at each event. A 3-PACK JACK set will be donated to ONE Archives as a continuum of the history of gay publications in their holdings.
“Everything we’re supposed to hide, never to refer to, sits up naked and wags its tail in the joyful pages of these three interrelated books.” – Kevin Killian, author of Spreadeagle and Variations on a Theme
"For those of us who missed the live performances, we can now have it all! Get it! Take it! It's good stuff!" – Annie Sprinkle, author of Post-Porn Modernist
“…this juicy boxed set is a guidebook for where asses/dicks/hearts have come from and where we might go next. Don’t leave home without it!” – Tim Miller, performer and author of Shirts & Skin, Body Blows, and 1001 Beds
Between April 2013 and April 2014, the poet and educator Steven Reigns and his loose-knit gang of rebel Marys found an occasional home on the dancefloor of queer-classic eastside nightspot Akbar. But these gatherings weren’t dance parties; they were part of APT 3F, started by Andrew J. Henkes and David LeBarron in 2011 to provide a venue for queer performance in Silver Lake. For APT 3F, Akbar’s dancefloor is transformed into a proper theater with a stage and formal seating; the house sound system, lights and projector are used for such purposes as monologues, live musical numbers, and short films.
Reigns’ three nights for APT 3F – The (W)hole Story (April 7, 2013), Cum As You Are (October 13, 2013) and CockTales (April 27, 2014) – were full-house affairs with something for (almost) everyone. JT’s Stockroom provided cock rings for all attendees at CockTales; The Peter North Decorator App was applied to projected photos of selected individuals who RSVPd to Cum As You Are on Facebook; and activist, performer and Sister of Perpetual Indulgence Christopher Lung used his ass to create a colorful artwork at The (W)hole Story. Other highlights of the three evenings included an improvised monologue by comedian and internet sensation Jonny McGovern leading into a performance of his song about catching a cheating lover by recognizing his genitals on Craigslist; heartfelt-to-hilarious monologues about gay relationships by author/playwright Noel Alumit, musician/performer Martin Matamoros and aspiring actor/writer Rich Yap; and many more brave moments of gay male sexuality laid bare.
I was in attendance at all three of these performance nights. The atmosphere of community and of hot, awkward, funny, honest and vulnerable sexuality left an indelible impression. I proposed to Reigns that we anthologize the series of events and they set out to do so. We recruited artist, bookmaker and queer ally Christopher Kardambikis to help. 3-PACK JACK is the result of a labor of love – from the organizer to the performers to the book designer and producers.
Please join us for the 3-Pack Jack book launch party at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries – the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses over two million archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records, and personal papers. ONE Archives has been a part of the University of Southern California Libraries since 2010. The event will also serve as the closing party for the current exhibitions Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects and Watchqueen.
$20 – REGULAR EDITION OF 220 | Full-color three-book set; bound with a fold-out poster of a vintage jockstrap advertisement.
$40 – DELUXE EDITION OF 30 | Full-color three-book set; bound with a hand-sewn, sparkly jockstrap elastic band; one fold-out poster of a vintage jockstrap advertisement; one signed and numbered 11x13" three-color Risograph artist print based on Christopher Lung's original performance from The (W)hole Story.
The (W)hole Story | April 7, 2013 | Noel Alumit | R. Daniel Foster | Gavy Kessler | Christopher Lung | Ian MacKinnon | Martin Matamoros
Cum As You Are | October 13, 2013 | John Cantwell | Ben Cuevas | Keith Hunter | Pip Lilly | Ian MacKinnon | Brenden Shucart | Rich Yap
CockTales | April 27, 2014 | Torrie Gregor | Ian MacKinnon | Jonny McGovern | Wes Would