Queer MENA October Fest!

Its October and we have so much going on! 

On Tuesday, over 150 of you came out to support alQaws – القوس للتعددية الجنسية والجندرية في المجتمع الفلسطيني and the next 10 years of #Palestinian and #QueerLiberation! Together we raised over $2500! Special thanks to Mark Balahadia | Jendog Lonewolf | Morgan Bassichis | exHOTic other | YaliniDream | T Wise | Sister Selva | DJ FURSA


Monday, October 8th – Hishik Bishik – A Middle Eastern and North African Drag Revue! Hishik Bishik features a cast of Middle Eastern and North African Drag performers exploring their identities at the intersection of art and drag. This is the time for Arab, Iranian, Turkish, Kurdish, Amazigh, Assyrian, Armenian and other MENA Drag Queens and Kings to shine! Performers to be announced soon!  Interested in performing? Email tarab@tarabnyc.org – performers should plan for up to two performances with at least one being MENA themed. Doors at 6PM – Showtime at 7PM – more on Facebook!

Performers
Dorian Gaye | Camilla al Atshana | Najwa Karam | Farfasha | MaraMia | Kasaysseh | Shaikh ‘zbayer


In commemoration of Coming Out Day, We want to recognize that the concept of coming out is complicated. While many in our community have had positive or negative experiences coming out, we recognize that others have not had the privilege of being able to come out, or choose not to because of family, religious or personal reasons. On October 11th, National Coming Out Day, Tarab NYC hosts a Writing and Storytelling workshop where participants will have the opportunity to reflect, write, discuss and share about their own personal experiences as queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people from the MENA region. Participants will have an opportunity to get a sneak preview of Mark for Redaction on exhibit from Oct 12 to Nov 12 at Flux Factory. $5 donation fee – no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Our next Community Support Group takes place on Thursday, October 18 at 6:00pm!


Queer Haflaween is coming back… AHHH YA WAILY!!! Join Tarab NYC for our second annual Halloween party at Henrietta Hudson on Monday October 29 at 7:00 PM. Extended happy hour until 9:00 PM.

Put on your fabulous costume and come have a blast at our Middle Eastern/North African Halloween party. There will be music, drinks, dance and laughs. There will also be prizes for best costumes, Game on!
Come one come all! Allies are welcome.

Advance tickets:
$10 for members ( Just login to your tarabnyc.org account)
$15 for non-members

Door:
$15 for members
$20 for everyone else

Note: Costumes depicting ethnic/racial groups or cultures worn by individuals not of that culture are not allowed. 

Sharing Our Stories: Coming Out (or Not)

In commemoration of Coming Out Day, We want to recognize that the concept of coming out is complicated. While many in our community have had positive or negative experiences coming out, we recognize that others have not had the privilege of being able to come out, or choose not to because of family, religious or personal reasons.

On October 11th, National Coming Out Day, Tarab NYC hosts a Writing and Storytelling workshop where participants will have the opportunity to reflect, write, discuss and share about their own personal experiences as queer, trans, and gender non-conforming  people from the MENA region. Participants will also have an opportunity to get a sneak preview of Mark for Redaction on exhibit from Oct 12 to Nov 12 at Flux Factory.

$5 donation fee – no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Location: Flux Factory, 39-31 29th street, Long Island City, NY, 11101. 

Opening: 6PM – Workshop: 7pm

Updates and more on Facebook.

Hishik Bishik – A Middle Eastern and North African Drag Revue!

Tarab NYC Presents:
Hishik Bishik – A Middle Eastern and North African Drag Revue!

Hishik Bishik features a cast of Middle Eastern and North African Drag performers exploring their identities at the intersection of art and drag. This is the time for Arab, Iranian, Turkish, Kurdish, Amazigh, Assyrian, Armenian and other MENA Drag Queens and Kings to shine! Performers & Open Runway Categories TBA SOON!

Interested in performing? Email tarab@tarabnyc.org – performers should plan for up to two performances with at least one being MENA themed.

Location: Henrietta Hudson, 438 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
Doors: 6PM
Showtime: 7PM
Cover: $5 gets you extended happy hour until 9pm! (Members FREE)

Updates and more via Facebook!

Tarab On The Beach Rained Out Again!!!

From the National Weather Service: Flash Flooding Possible From Late tonight into Early Sunday Morning … Not exactly beach weather eh? Well unfortunately we have to cancel Tarab On The Beach 7! There is a chance that we will throw an impromptu and informal Tarab On The Beach at some point over the next month or so – so inshallah on that. In the meantime we have some other events and projects you hope you will join us at!

Queer MENA Karaoke on August 21st!

Community Support Group – August 22nd!

Still Collecting Member Stories!

So you want to go to Tarab On The Beach eh?

On Saturday, August 11th, a whole bunch of Arab, Middle Eastern, & North African Queers will be taking over the northern part of RIIS beach, and this guide will answer any questions you might have:

How Can I Help?
Thanks for asking! Send an email to Reem Ramadan, and we’ll make sure you have something to do. We could use all the help we can get, including set up, tear down, transportation, etc.

What Should I Bring?

  • Beach blankets or chairs (you need something to relax on)
  • Sunglasses (Only if you want to see, it’s going to be sunny hunny)
  • Sunscreen (No you do not have magic skin that does not burn)
  • Snacks (There will be concession stands, but they’re expensive. Bring something to share!)
  • Drinks (Try to avoid glass, it’s not allowed on the beach and nobody wants to get cut)
  • Plenty of water (Stay hydrated boo.)
  • Ice (Not the immigration assholes, frozen water, oh aned bring a cooler to keep it in)
  • Plastic Cups/Plates (Ya know, so you can share)
  • Games (Beach Ball, Tawle, Card Decks, oh girl you should bring twister.)
  • Towels (duh) & a beach blanket or sheet to lay on.
  • That sexy swimsuit of yours. (you know, that one that makes everyone come to your yard.)
  • $5, (Now this event is free but does cost a bit to produce, a donation of $5 or more is welcomed and appreciated.) 🙂

What Should I NOT Bring?

  • Grills are not allowed. (Unless they are on your teeth, that’s cool)
  • Pets, they can’t be on the beach unless they are Service Dogs. (Unless you sneak them in and nobody says anything – it happens)

How Do I Get to Jacob Riis Beach?
Subway/Bus: While Google Maps will give the best directions and the MTA will always provide the most up to date information on train status, we recommend the following when using mass transit…

For most people: Get to a Brooklyn bound “2/5” train to Flatbush Ave, then take Q35 (Near Target) to Jacob RIIS Beach. OR “A” train to Shuttle to Far Rockaway to the last stop (116th Street) then transfer to the Q22 or Q35 Bus to Jacob RIIS Beach 149th Street.

Queens: From Woodside take the B53 bus to Rockaway and transfer to the Q22 to Jacob RIIS Beach.

North Brooklyn: B46 or B44 (Williamsburg) B47 (Bushwick) Bus to Flatbush Ave, then transfer to Q35 to Jacob RIIS Beach.

Keep an eye on the Weekender to anticipate any planned subway outages!

Car: Take the Belt Parkway to Exit 11S, then Flatbush Avenue south across the Marine Parkway Bridge (toll) to the park. Alternate: Woodhaven Boulevard to Cross Bay Boulevard, then west on Beach Channel Drive to the park. Parking is $10. For best directions visit Google Maps.

Ferry & Shuttle Bus: Check out the NYC Ferry with pickups at Wall Street and Sunset Park – though we recommend you take the Wall Street Ferry as it fills quickly. Take the ferry to Rockaway park then get on the free shuttle bus to Jacob Riis. Costs $2.75 per trip.

Alexis Van Lines: If you live or can easily get to the the Lower East Side, Williamsburg, or Grand Army Plaza, then check out Alexis Van Lines! $7 or $8 per direction, or $14-$16 round trip. Last departure from Riis is at 9PM!

How Do I Find Everyone Once I’m at the Beach?
When you arrive to the beach, head north/east (when you face the beach, north/east is left boo boo), towards the end of the beach before you see houses that start at 149th Street. Look out for Middle Eastern and North African flags, canopies and listen for Arabic music, you can’t miss us! We will be sending locations the closer we get to the date.

I heard Riis beach changed and there is a large police presence now…
Our area is still queer and amazing, but since the introduction of Riis Beach Bazaar we have been inundated with police harassing beach goers in the queer beach area. Luckily, communities have come together and have formed cop watch groups and have created guides like these: Staying Safe at Jacob Riis Beach & Staying Safe & Sexy at The Queer Beach. Members of the Tarab NYC community have been keeping an eye on this and have been at the beach volunteering long hours bathing in the sun making sure that the space is safe and overall, it has been pretty great, especially since Cop Watch Units have begun patrolling the area.

While at TOTB, Shaku Maku?
Honey, you made it, enjoy yourself, set yourself up in or near the Tarab NYC area, enjoy all the sexiness around you and have an amazing time! Party ends at sunset, which means we will be packed up by sunset and lingering around and saying good bye to each other numerous times until we actually leave. For more information about RIIS beach visit the NY Harbor Parks website.

 

Where Can I Get Updates?
Facebook!

See you on the beach!

~Tarab NYC