14 Days & 14 Nights Listings
THU.DEC.12: Penny Arcade Plus One
Penny Arcade and Sweden’s Alexander Alvina Chamberland appear together in an evening of performance and reading. Arcade reads excerpts from her from her memoir in progress, while Chamberland reads from the forthcoming transfemme-inist gurlesque novel — with the working title “Bitchslutcuntfaggotladyboy” — a satirical parody of the genre of novels about growing up. BGSQD, the Bureau of General Services — Queer Division, 83A Hester St., btwn. Orchard & Allen Sts. Dec. 12, 7 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested.
THU.DEC.12: Grrrls & Guitars
Antigone Rising, a New York-based all female LGBT country rock band, performs music from the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, the Allman Brothers Band, and Rob Thomas. Tonight, they add a holiday twist with special guest Toby. Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St., btwn. Houston & Stanton Sts. Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 at rockwoodmusichall.com.
THU.DEC.12-FRI.DEC.13: Whiteface Warhol
Emerging choreographer Raja Feather Kelly smashes together voguing, traditional ballet vernacular, whiteface, and drag performance to bring a surreal Andy Warhol back to life. Kelly’s Brooklyn-based dance company, the Feath3r Theory, premieres its new work “Andy Warhol’s DRELLA (I love you Faye Driscoll).” Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen St., btwn. Smith & Court Sts. Dec. 12-13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 atthefeath3rtheory.com.
THROUGH SUN.DEC.22: New from the Pop Factory
Larry Krone’s work has been described by Holland Cotter as “an expression of manufactured pop emotion taken seriously.” In “Larry Krone: Together Again,” the artist goes beyond expressing these borrowed emotions and infiltrates the culture of the objects, music, and traditions closest to him to explore their immediate access to our hearts. The exhibition’s centerpiece is “Then and Now (Cape Collaboration),” a glittering, floor-length cape, fully embroidered and encrusted with hand-sewn sequins, not an inch of its surface left unadorned by intricate handiwork. Pierogi, 177 N. Ninth St., btwn. Bedford & Driggs Aves. Williamsburg. Through Dec. 22. Tue.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. More information at pierogi2000.com.
FRI.DEC.13: Queer Double Feature
The Bureau of General Services — Queer Division presents two authors reading from their latest work. At 5:30 p.m., David Eye presents the launch of his chapbook of poems “Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past” (Seven Kitchens Press). At 7:30, Gilles Herrada discusses his book “The Missing Myth: A New Vision of Same-Sex Love,” which explores the question of what gay spirituality is and whether the issue is crucial or even relevant. Herrada, who will lead a conversation among audience members, argues that spirituality is the context in which any other type of knowledge (like science) and self-knowledge (like psychology) unfolds. BGSQD, 83A Hester St., btwn. Orchard & Allen Sts. Dec. 13, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested.
FRI.DEC.13: Puppets of the Absurd
Artist Theodora Skipitares, currently showing at the Whitney Museum of Art, leads an evening of performance and demonstration around her practice of puppet theater. Skipitares, Judith Malina, Jan Leslie Harding, and other guests re-imagine Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist classic “The Chairs” as a puppet theater piece, interspersing live vignettes of performance with interactive demonstrations. The Whitney, 945 Madison Ave. at 75th St. Dec. 13, 7 p.m. This event is free with museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fri. , 6-9 pm. No reservation required.
THROUGH SAT.DEC.21: Feliz Navidad — We Hope!
An interweaving of “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol,” “Los Nutcrackers: A Christmas Carajo,” written by Charles Rice-González, is a queer Latino play about a gay couple who go on a psychedelic trip through their lives one Christmas Eve. Carlos and Gabriel, together for 15 years, have argued so much they are heard in the queer heavens, which send a ghetto thug/diva spirit to guide them on a trip through their lives. They travel to the first time they met back in 1986 at a white party at the Palladium dancing to Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, and on to a catastrophic trip to City Center to see “The Nutcracker,” to a dinner party with Martha Stewart fanatics, and more. Christopher Burris directs. This is the10anniversary staging at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, 2474 Westchester Ave. at St. Peters Ave. (#6 to Westchester Sq.). Dec. 13-14, 20-21, 8 p.m.; Dec. 21, 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 at BronxAcademy-ofArtsAndDance.org or 718-918-3110.
SAT.DEC.14-SUN.DEC.22: Everyone’s Favorite En-Diva
“Lettuce Rejoice 2013” serves up a holiday bonanza of crisp comedy and delicious song parodies from the inimitable Hedda Lettuce. Never stale, never out of fashion, but not always particular about good taste, Hedda’s holiday hell-raising has been a must-see for generations. How can a girl go wrong? The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St. Dec. 14, 20 & 21, 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 15 & 22, 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 at 212-206-0440.
SAT.DEC.14-WED.DEC.25: A Bohemian Christmas
Early Music New York presents a holiday concert, “Good King Wenceslas: A Bohemian Christmas,” based around St. Wenceslas (Václave), a 10th century prince and martyr who is the patron saint of the Czech lands, Bohemia, and Moravia. The familiar English Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas” has no historical basis, but the Czech song “Svatý Václave” (“St. Wenceslas”), probably originating in the early 14th century, is an invocation of the beloved saint. Frederick Renz directs. First Church of Christ, Scientist, Central Park West at 68th St. Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. Four more performances take place at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St. Dec. 15, 22 & 25, 2 p.m.; Dec. 25, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 ($50 for Christmas Day matinee) at EarlyMusicNY.org; $20 student tickets at the door.
THROUGH FRI.JAN.3: Dusty’s Etchings
Joseph Cavalieri’s work includes painted and silk-screened glass art that mixes contemporary graphic design with the Medieval medium of enamel-painted and kiln-fired stained glass. In “A Miraculous Return,” his second solo exhibit at the lounge at Dixon Place, he presents a meditative and somewhat comical series — including works celebrating the late pop diva Dusty Springfield — that encompasses engravings, silk-screen, and hand painting on glass, as well as acid etched copper. 161A Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey Sts. Daily from 6 p.m. through Jan. 3. For more information on Cavalieri, visit cavaglass.com.
SUN.DEC.15: Gay Voices in a Holiday Spectacular
The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus presents “What a Wonderful World,” its annual holiday concert, this year including traditional seasonal favorites — Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and Eric Whitacre’s gorgeous “Lux Aurumque” — as well as stunning solstice and year-end songs by composers from around the globe. The chorus sings in Mandarin, Hindi, Russian, Ladino, and Zulu, as well as English, and welcomes special guests — the Children’s Choir of the Brooklyn Waldorf School, which joins the NYCGMC in a rousing number complete with a Chinese dragon puppet. The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. Dec. 15, 3 & 7 p.m. Tickets are $58-$90 at nycgmc.org.
SUN.DEC.15: A Velvet Underground Tribute
Just weeks after iconic rocker Lou Reed’s death, Tammy Faye Starlite portrays the sublimely and glamorously decadent Velvet Underground chanteuse Nico (nee Christa Paffgen) in a dark, Weimar-cum-Warhol “Kabaret Konzert.” Starlite sings some of her most beloved lieder, such as “Femme Fatale,” “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” and “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” as well as Nico’s classic covers, including Bowie’s “Heroes, Rogers and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine,” Dylan’s “I’ll Keep It With Mine,” and the Doors’ “The End.” Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Dec. 15, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at joespub.com.
SUN.DEC.15: Laughing in LIC
Gay funnyman Adam Sank, in a Jingle Balls edition of “The Queens of Queens,” welcomes comedians Carmen Lynch, Chris Doucette, Joanne Filan, and Tarik Daniels. Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 738 Vernon Blvd. at 45th Rd., Long Island City (# 7 train to Vernon-Jackson). Dec. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at laughingdevil.com, and there is a two-drink minimum.
MON.DEC.16: Kinky Kabaret
“Kinky Boots” stars Stark Sands, Annaleigh Ashford, and Tony-winner Billy Porter join the show’s Tony Award-winning composer Cyndi Lauper for “Kinky Kabaret” to benefit Lauper’s True Colors Fund, which works to raise awareness and provide solutions regarding LGBT youth homelessness. Birdland, 315 W 44th St. Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Tickets are $60-$250 at ticketfly.com.
TUE.DEC.17: A Choral Christmas
The New York Choral Society and Orchestra, under the baton of David Hayes, presents a Christmas concert that will include Verdi’s “ Ave Maria,” Respighi’s “Laud To The Nativity,” Finzi’s “In Terra Pax,” the a cappella “Dormi, Jesu” by contemporary composer Abbie Betinis, Stephen Paulus’ “Three Carols of the Nativity,” and a variety of traditional carols. Featured singers include mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson, soprano Sarah Shafer, tenor Benjamin Bliss, and baritone Jarrett Ott. Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave. at 57th St. Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-80 at nychoral.org.
TUE.DEC.17: Marilyn, Marlene & Frida
Playwright Michelangelo Alasa’s takes on the lives, loves, and careers of three iconic women — Frida Kahlo, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlene Dietrich — in “Andy@62.” Duo Theatre, 62 E. Fourth St., btwn. Bowery & Second Ave. Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at duotheater.org
THU.DEC.19-SUN.JAN.5: AIDS Art From Those Who Know
“Art & AIDS: Perceptions of Life” is an exhibition, curated by Osvaldo Perdomo and David Livingston, featuring artists living with HIV and AIDS who created work of diverse media in weekly therapeutic art classes run by GMHC’s Volunteer, Work and Wellness Center. Sale of the works will assist the artists achieve greater financial independence. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St., btwn. Grand & Canal Sts. Opening reception on Dec. 19, 6-8 p.m. Through Jan. 5.
THU.DEC.19 : Best Lesbian Erotica
This month’s installment of “Drunken! Careening! Writers” focuses on the upcoming year in lesbian erotica, featuring series host Kathleen Warnock, who is the editor of annual editions of “Best Lesbian Erotica,” and D.L. King, editor of the Lambda Literary Award-winning “The Harder She Comes” and editor of Erotica Revealed.com. KGB Bar, 85 E. Fourth St., btwn. Bowery & Second Ave. Dec. 19, 7 p.m. Free admission.
THU.DEC.19-SAT.DEC.21: A New York Pops Christmas
Steven Reineke leads the New York Pops in a holiday concert featuring Ashley Brown and Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA. The program includes classics such as ’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Yes, Virginia (There’s A Santa Claus),’’ and musical highlights from composers Sammy Cahn, John Williams, and Vince Guaraldi. Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave. at 57th St. Dec. 19 & 20, 8 p.m. The orchestra presents a family concert version of “A Charlie Brown’s Christmas” on Dec. 21, 2 p.m. Tickets are $17-$120 at carnegiehall.org.
FRI.DEC.20-TUE.DEC.24: A Christmas Hebrew Class
What happens to a Jewish straight woman on a gay cruise during Rosh Hashanah / Yom Kippur? How does an unwanted aging actress survive in a New York overtaken by billionaires toddlers? These questions may or may not be answered in “Heeb for the Holidays,” Jackie Hoffman’s return to Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Dec. 20-24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 at joespub.com.
FRI.DEC.20: Unending Camp
Gay and camp have long enjoyed a close relationship, sometime even a monogamous one — that is, until the nuts from the “ex-gay” movement started their own camps, summer and otherwise. “Gay Camp” is Philip Mutz and Susan-Kate Heaney’s hit cabaret comedy show, directed by Phillip Fazio, about the trials and tribulations of the gay campers. The Duplex, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. S., Sheridan Sq. Dec. 20, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the duplex.com or 212-255-5438, and there’s a two-drink minimum.
THROUGH SAT.DEC.21: In Bed With Abraham Lincoln
Artist Skylar Fein’s work combines factual and fictional histories, proposing evidence of uncertain moments through his imagery and objects. In the 1830s, Abraham Lincoln shared a bedroom with Joshua Speed in Springfield, Illinois. Many historians, biographers, and scholars have speculated about the nature of their relationship, causing an ongoing debate about Lincoln’s sexuality, with strong cases about the 16th president’s same-sex attractions coming from C.A. Tripp and Larry Kramer. Since no photographs exist of the Speed residence, the artist relied on photos and sketches of similar structures, as well as on his imagination to create an impressionistic and slightly hallucinatory re-creation that is far from a museum period-room. C24 Gallery 514 W. 24th St. Through Dec. 21. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
THU.DEC.26: Bronx Family Gathering
The Bronx LGBTQ Center hosts “Family Holigays” in celebration of Christmas and Kwanzaa, a pot luck gathering especially organized for many in the community without family at the holidays. First Lutheran Church of Throggs Neck, 3075 Baisley Ave. at Hollywood Ave. Dec. 26, 2-6 p.m. Admission is free, but to help organizers plan the pot luck, registration is requested at tinyurl.com/plm8gg8.
THU.DEC.26-TUE.DEC.31: Sandra Bernhard Leads Us Into 2014
Sandra Bernhard offers her hysterical insight, outspoken views, and outrageous mouth to help ease out 2013 and ring in the New Year. With her band, the Rebellious Jezebels, she still has all the raucous energy of youth, bringing audiences to their feet. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Dec. 26-29, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 30, 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 31, 9 & 11 p.m. Tickets are $50; $100 early show New Year’s Eve; $150 late show at joespub.com.
THROUGH SAT.DEC.28: Liza and Her Mama
Tommy Femia, who is a seven-time Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award winner for his portrayal of Judy Garland, and Rick Skye, whose comic revues include “The War of the Mama Roses” and “A Slice O’ Minnelli,” present a gag-filled, song-filled tribute to the famed mother-daughter Garland-Minnelli team. The musical line-up includes solos such as “Maybe This Time,” “New York, New York,” and “Over the Rainbow,” and a duo medley finale of “Get Happy” and “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St. Dec. 14 & 28, 8 p.m. There is a $25 cover charge at donttellmamanyc.com or 212-757-0788, and a two-drink minimum.
THROUGH SAT.JAN.4: From Queen Anne to Alexander McQueen
“A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk” is the first museum exhibition to explore in depth the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ individuals over the past 300 years (see David Noh review). It features approximately 100 ensembles, from 18th-century menswear styles associated with an emerging gay subculture to 21st-century high fashion. From Christian Dior to Yves Saint Laurent to Alexander McQueen, the importance of gay men as fashion designers is undeniable in the 20th century. But scholars have demonstrated that, as early as the 1700s, men who loved other men were pioneers in challenging sex and gender roles. Curated by Fred Dennis, senior curator of costume, and Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Museum at FIT. Seventh Ave. at 27th St. Sep. 13-Jan. 4; Tue.-Fri, noon-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Symposiums on Nov. 8-9 feature speakers including designers John Bartlett, Liz Collins, Simon Doonan, and Ralph Rucci, writer Fran Lebowitz, editor Hal Rubinstein, and scholars Jonathan D. Katz, Monica Miller, Valerie Steele, Randolph Trumbach, and Elizabeth Wilson. Register for the symposiums and other special events at fitnyc.edu/museum.
THROUGH SUN.JAN.26: Ketch Him While You Can
“Emblems of Things to Come” is a series of large-scale paintings on wood and mirror depicting feminist martyrs, saints, and ancient women of power. In this series of work, Ketch Wehr, a New York-based artist and freelance illustrator with a flair for the feral, reaches back in history, through the lens of gender defiance, to establish a queer lineage. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Window Gallery, 26 Wooster St., btwn. Grand & Canal Sts. Through Jan. 26.
THROUGH SUN.APR.6: Why We Fight AIDS
The New York Public Library draws from its archive on the AIDS epidemic in “Why We Fight,” which explores four major themes from the activism of the 1980s and ‘90s –– changing perceptions of people living with HIV, prevention efforts focused on safer sex and needle exchange, the strategic use of public mourning, and innovative engagement with the healthcare industry. Documentary records from Gay Men’s Health Crisis, ACT UP New York, and Gran Fury –– including one of the original safe sex manuals, archival footage of protests and vigils, and journals from GMHC’s Buddy Program –– are part of the exhibition. Current and former members of ACT UP present a program on effective activism strategies on Jan. 14, and Jim Hubbard, director and c-producer of “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP,” curates a film series drawn from the Library’s collection. Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery, NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Ave. at 42nd St. & Fifth Ave. Oct. 4-Apr. 6. Mon., Thu.-Sat. , 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tue.-Wed., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. For more information on events presented as part of this exhibition, visit nypl.org and see Duncan Osborne’s preview.