WED.APR.23: Riverdale Comes Out
Join the LGBT folks of Riverdale in their monthly mixer. Generico’s Pizzeria & Cafe, 3535 Riverdale Ave. nr. W. 236th St. Apr. 23, 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Out Riverdale Facebook page.
WED.APR.23-SUN.APR.27: Celebrating James Baldwin
Author Lawrence Weschler and choreographer/ dancer Bill T. Jones curate New York Live Arts’ five-day “James Baldwin, This Time!” festival to open up the city’s year-long celebration of what would have been the iconic gay African-American writer’s 90th year. Highlights include: an opening keynote conversation among Jones, Weschler, visual artist Carrie Mae Weems, and novelist and essayist Jamaica Kincaid on Apr. 23, 8 p.m. at New York Live Arts Theater, 219 W. 19th St. ($60). “Nothing Personal” is a 1964 collaboration between Baldwin and photographer Richard Avedon, who were fellow students in the Dewitt Clinton class of 1942 in the Bronx. The play gets its world premiere, directed by Patricia McGregor and starring Colman Domingo. Apr. 23, 5 p.m.; Apr. 24, 8 p.m. New York Live Arts Theater. ($15-$40). “Jimmy at High Noon” is a series of readings from Baldwin classics by poet Nikky Finney, writer Darryl Pinckney, actors Jesse L. Martin and André De Shields, musician Vijay Iyer, and playwright Marcus Gardle. Daily, Apr. 23-27, noon. New York Live Arts Studios. (Free). “After ‘Giovanni’s Room’: Baldwin and Queer Futurity” is a conversation that discusses the novel as a harbinger of a liberating queer future on the horizon, but not yet in sight. Panelists Jones,Kyle Abraham, Rich Blint, Matthew Brim, and Laura Flanders. Apr. 25, 2 p.m. New York Live Arts Theater. ($10). “Jimmy’s Blues: Discussing the Poetry of James Baldwin” includes readings by and conversation among renowned poets Nikky Finney, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ed Pavlić, Meghan O’Rourke, and Nathalie Handal. Apr. 26, 5:30 p.m. New York Live Arts Studios ($15). The festival’s concluding conversation features authors Fran Lebowitz and Colm Tóibín. Apr. 27, 6 p.m. New York Live Arts Theater. ($15-$40). For complete information and tickets visit newyorklivearts.org/liveideas or call 212-924-0077. A festival pass for all events is $175.
WED.APR.23 & WED.APR.30: Recovering Harry Hay
Activist and troublemaker Harry Hay was founder, in Los Angeles in 1950, of the Mattachine Society, America’s first gay rights organization. Original research conducted using Hay’s personal papers and the papers of the Mattachine Society shows that Hay used Marxist cultural theory to fuse elements of folk music, medieval fooling, and Native American religious and gender traditions into a gay identity that could serve as the basis for political activism, radically challenging existing gender and sexual norms in ways now often forgotten in the literature of LGBT history. Ben Miller presents two lectures on Hay: “Children and Fools: Harry Hay and the Mattachine Society” on Apr. 23, 7 p.m., and ”Children of the Brain: Harry Hay’s Life, Theory, and Activism, 1953-1964″ on Apr. 30, 7 p.m. Bureau of General Services –– Queer Divison at Cage, 83A Hester St., btwn. Orchard & Allen Sts. For more information, contact@BGSQD.com.
THU.APR.24: Brooklyn Pride Founders’ Ball
The Brooklyn Community Pride Center holds its sixth annual Founders’ Ball. This year’s event honors Stormé DeLarverie, an LGBT pioneer dating back to the days of Stonewall, and Edie Windsor, whose successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act means that legally married same-sex couples now receive federal recognition for their unions. DJs Robi D. Light & JD Samson spin the tunes. DUMBO Loft, 155 Water St. at Anchorage Pl. Apr. 24, 6-11 p.m. Tickets, which are going fast, begin at $150, with admission to the afterparty only (beginning at 9) at $50, at lgbtbrooklyn.org/founders-ball-2014.
THU.APR.24-SAT.APR.26: Design Bargains to Benefit AIDS Housing
AIDS services group Housing Works hosts its 10th annual “Design on a Dime” shopping benefit. Rosario Dawson, Michael Boodro, George Oliphant, Sabrina Soto, and Kevin Harter host an opening reception for a three-day event featuring the work of 60 top interior designers. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. Opening reception is Apr. 24, 5:30 p.m. Public sale is Apr. 25-26, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Admission to the reception begins at $500 at housingworks.org/dime. The public sale is free admission. “Design on a Dime” benefits Housing Works’ Hull Street Residence, a new housing development project with 30 permanent units for single, formerly homeless adults living with HIV.
THROUGH SUN.APR.27: Joyce Hosts Ballet Hispanico
Recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, Ballet Hispanico returns to the Joyce Theater for 15 performances in four different programs. Curated by artistic director Eduardo Vilaro, the company presents “El Beso,” a world premiere by Spanish native Gustavo Ramírez Sansano with original costumes by fashion designer Angel Sanchez and three Joyce premieres — “Sombrerísimo,” Belgo-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s athletic tour de force for six male dancers; “Umbral,” Edgar Zendejas’s seductive interpretation of the beloved Mexican celebration “Día de los Muertos”; and Eduardo Vilaro’s “Hogar,” a meditation on immigrant identity and the meaning of home set to live music by Russian composer Ljova. 175 Eighth Ave. at 19th St. Apr. 15-16, 22-23, 7:30 p.m.; Apr. 17-18, 24-25, 8 p.m.; Apr. 19 & 26, 2 & 8 p.m.; Apr. 20 & 27, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19-$59 at joyce.org; $10 at 212-242-0800
THROUGH SUN.MAY.25: The Hidden Stroke of Midnight
“Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall” is an historical retrospective of sexy and erotic illustrations by artists who made work for gay male magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. Curated by New York-based illustrator Robert W. Richards, “Stroke” features 80 original illustrations by 25 artists. This exhibition of a forgotten body of work explores the male form and examines gay male private life as experienced through magazines available on nearly every street corner in America – but often kept under their mattresses for fear of being discovered. The exhibition features some original illustrations that appeared in the magazines, along with other works of art that have never been seen publically. The exhibition includes work by Neel Bate (aka Blade), Michael Breyette, Michael Broderick, Harry Bush, Jim French (Colt), Oliver Frey, Kevin King (Beau), Michael Kirwan, Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Antonio Lopez (Antonio), David Martin, Jim McMullin, Donald Merrick (Domino), Kent Neffendorf (Kent), Olaf Odegaard (Olaf), Mel Odom, Dominic Orejudos (Etienne), Benôit Prévot, George Quaintance, George Stravrinos, Rex, Robert W. Richards, Richard Rosenfeld, William Schmelling (Hun), and Frank Webber (Bastille). Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St., btwn. Grand & Canal Sts. Through May 25: Tue.-Wed., Fri-Sun., noon-6 p.m.; Thu., noon-8 p.m. Admission is free. More information at leslielohman.org.
THROUGH SUN.MAY.25: Tasting the Written Word
“Split + Growing: Synesthesia and Queer Thought” is a new, highly personal exhibit of work from transfeminist painter and illustrator Ketch Wehr. Primarily illustrative gouache paintings, Wehr’s show explores his personal understanding of his gender and queerness from an early age through the lens of synesthesia, in which the stimuli for one sense are taken in through other senses as well. In his case, synesthesia lends colors and flavors to all letters and words he perceives. “Split + Growing” is a visual display of an evolving queer selfhood through the colors Wehr knew to be part of his identity before he had the words to describe it. Bureau of General Services –– Queer Divison at Cage, 83A Hester St., btwn. Orchard & Allen Sts. The opening reception is Apr. 20, 6-9 p.m. The exhibition runs through May 25. For more information, contact@BGSQD.com.
SAT.APR.26: Queers Got Talent
Local burlesque dancers, musicians, filmmakers, and comedians present short works in an evening benefiting the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, which works on incarceration alternatives in the LGBT community. Drae Campbell welcomes burlesque performers Foxie Squire, Rose Hips, Velvet Kensington, Jz Bich, and Teresa Michele, drag artist LeoVana, musicians Ghostcat, Anna/Kate with Jayne Quan, and Michelle Brotman, comedian Elsa Waithe, and filmmaker Krissy Mah. Bureau of General Services –– Queer Divison at Cage, 83A Hester St., btwn. Orchard & Allen Sts. Apr. 26, 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5-10, on a sliding scale. For more information, contact@BGSQD.com. For information on the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, visit qdep.org.
MON.APR.28: Mentoring & Supporting LGBTQ Youth
Tony-winner Billy Porter, currently starring in “Kinky Boots,” emcees the 13th annual Young Trailblazers Gala hosted by Live Out Loud, which works to empower LGBTQ youth by connecting them with role models and mentors who can offer guidance on thinking about the future they hope for. Four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally will receive the group’s Legend Award. The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a light buffet, and a silent auction and the group’s award five college scholarships of $5,000 each to LGBTQ high school seniors. The TimesCenter, 242 W. 41st St. Apr. 28, 6-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $250 at liveoutloud.info.
MON.APR.28: Bernstein Celebrated
New York Festival of Song presents “Remembering Lenny,” a celebration of the life of iconic composer and conductor Leonard Berstein. NYFOS artistic directors and pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett host an evening with performances by Judy Kaye Kurt Ollman, Julia Bullock, and Lauren Worsham, and reminiscences by Alexander, Jamie, and Nina Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Barbara Cook, Marilyn Horne, Jessye Norman, and Phyllis Newman. Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave. at 57th St. Apr. 28, 6:30 p.m. concert. Dinner follows at 21, 21 W. 52nd St., 8:30 p.m. Tickets beginat $750 at nyfos.org/gala.
MON.APR.28-SUN.MAY.4: PEN’s Gathering of International Voices
The PEN American Center, a fellowship of writers dedicated to defending freedom of expression and persecuted writers and journalists, advancing literature and literary translation, and fostering international literary exchange, hosts its 10th annual World Voices Festival of International Literature. The week-long gathering includes a series of talks curated by journalist and sex columnist Dan Savage and moderated by performance artist Mike Albo focused on the topic of “Obsession.” On Apr. 29, 9 p.m., punk-rock poet Eileen Myles opens up about her fear of the constant danger of things going bad or spoiling –– and the moral component accompanying this simple fact of biology. Myles talks milk and bread and sexuality. On Apr. 30, 9 p.m., anti-bullying activist Emily Bazelon lays bare her quirky and complicated relationship with the game of tennis. Why can’t she just stop playing? On May 1, 9 p.m., LGBT activist Jennifer Finney Boylan talks about lost loves –– or rather lost love. One love. One particular past relationship, from her high school years, which has carved out an enduring nook in her psyche. On May 2, 9 p.m., Dan Savage talks about his obsession with plaques such as those honoring “Employee of the Month” –– artifacts for which he scours Goodwill bins so he can hang them on his wall. Lots of his walls. On May 3, 9 p.m. Russian author and journalist Masha Gessen discusses an unrelenting idea she thinks about –– that those who live in totalitarian states are like victims of abuse. The Obsession series takes place at Chez André, Standard Hotel, 25 Cooper Square, Fifth St. at Bowery. Tickets are $20; $15 for PEN members & students at worldvoices.pen.org. The festival, held at a variety of venues, includes appearances by scores of others writers and artists, including Colm Tóibín, Stacey D’Erasmo, Salman Rushdie, Guillermo Calderón, Judith Bulter, Rome Neal, and many more. For full details visit at worldvoices.pen.org.
MON.APR.28: The Trans Mother of New York Presents
Barbara Maier Gustern’s “Trans Formative” is an evening of song featuring her illustrious students. Tonight’s performers include Lady Rizo, Justin Vivian Bond, Penny Arcade, Julie Atlas Muz, John Kelly, Kathleen Hanna, Tammy Faye Starlite, Our Lady J, Roseanna Vitro, and Carol Lipnik. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Mar. 24 & Apr. 28, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 at joespub.com or 212-967-7555. Proceeds benefit New York Voices, Joe’s Pub’s artist commissioning program, and the Ali Forney Center, which provides housing and social services for homeless LGBTQ youth.
MON.APR.28: Pops is 31
The New York Pops marks its 31st birthday with a gala evening celebrating the work of composer, lyricist, and arranger Marc Shaiman and director, lyricist, and writer Scott Wittman. Music director Steven Reineke conducts a show that includes guests artists Nikki Blonsky, Christian Borle, Laura Bell Bundy, Kerry Butler, Will Chase, Linda Hart, Megan Hilty, Capathia Jenkins, Jane Krakowski, Ricki Lake, Jenifer Lewis, Patti LuPone, Andrea Martin, Katharine McPhee, John Pizzarelli, Corey Reynolds, Martin Short, Aaron Tveit, and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave. at 57th St. Apr. 28, 7 p.m. Tickets are $65-$158 at carnegiehall.org or 212-247-7800. Tickets for the concert and the dinner that follows at 8:30 the Mandarin Oriental New York, 80 Columbus Circle, begin at $1,250 at newyorkpops.org or 212-765-7677.
THROUGH SAT.JUL.12: Blue Jackie KO
Isaac Hayes, Agnes Moorehead, and a blue Jacqueline Kennedy are some of the personalities featured in an exhibit of the works of East Village glass artist Joseph Cavalieri. These graphic portraits use hand lettered and silk-screened processes on stained glass, a technique that dates back to Medieval times. The collection of more than a dozen works show off Cavalieri’s sense of humor and mastery of the craft. Better Being 940, 537 Ninth Ave. at 4oth St. Through Jul. 12, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. More information at email@example.com or 212-925-2377.
THU EVENINGS: Talk About Sex, Talk About Love
“Sex, Relationships, And Sometimes… Love” is Joelle Arqueros’ 2003 GLAAD-nominated raw and delicate examination, in monologues, of sex and love among men and women, transgender and cisgender, gay and straight, which has played in cities across North America and Ireland for the past dozen years. The show, directed by Brian Remo, opens in previews tonight. Snapple Theater Center in the Jerry Orbach Theater, 1627 Broadway at 50th St. , third fl. Thu. evenings, 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 at ticketmaster.com or 212-921-7862.
TUESDAYS-SUNDAYS: Spoofin’ Alive & Kickin’
Since 1982, Gerard Alessandrini’s “Forbidden Broadway, has lampooned the Broadway shows and stars of the day. On hiatus the past 10 months, Alessandrini said he knew it was time to get back to work when he heard “Les Miz” is headed back for a third Broadway run. The new show will take on, as well, “Pippin,” “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda,” and “Motown,” and as the season unfolds, “Rocky,” “Cabaret,” “Bridges of Madison County,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” and “Aladdin.” Davenport Theatre, 354 W. 45th St. Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Wed. & Sat., 2 p.m. Tickets are $29-110 at telecharge.com or 212-239-6200.