We’ll Sing ‘Em All and We’ll Stay All Night
Cabaret producer Joseph Macchia presents “An Evening of Garland,” featuring some of cabaret’s brightest lights singing the songs that Judy made her own — from “Over the Rainbow” to “Purple People Eater.” The evening’s singers include Jamie Hartman, Marla Green, Liz Lark Brown Lennie Watts, Lisa Yaeger, and Will Perez. Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St. Jul. 25, 7 p.m. The cover charge begins at $20, and there’s a two-drink minimum. Reservations at metropolitanroom.com or 212-206-0440.
THROUGH SAT.AUG.2: LuPone Lights It Up
Patti LuPone, a two-time Tony winner (“Evita” in 1980; “Gypsy” in 2008) and musical theater icon, appears in her critically acclaimed show “The Lady With a Torch.” LuPone performs an eclectic collection of work from such composers and lyricists as Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, Billy Barnes, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, and Cole Porter. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Mon-Thu., 7 p.m.; Fri., 8 & 11 p.m.; Sat. 8 p.m. through Aug. 2. Tickets range from $85 – $150 at 54below.com. Add $5 to the cover at the door, and there’s a $30 food & drink minimum.
THROUGH WED.JUL.30: Have You Checked Twitter?
3-Legged Dog brings a new take on social media with its production of “Play/ Date” (reviewed by Christopher Byrne in the new issue), an immersive theatrical experience that plays out on social media and in live performance, featuring one-act plays by 17 different playwrights including Greg Kotis (“Urinetown”), Clay McLeod Chapman (“The Pumpkin Pie Show”), and Chad Beckim (“And Miles to Go”). This evening of blind dates, love at first sight, late-night hookups, and ugly breakups is conceived by Blake McCarty, directed by 3LD creative director Michael Counts, and has a guest DJ providing a score. “Play/ Date” creates an electrifying mash-up of live performance, digital communication, and New York nightlife. Fat Baby, 112 Rivington St., btwn. Essex & Ludlow Sts. Sun.-Wed., 8 p.m., through Jul. 30. Tickets are $30-$50 at 3ld.org.
SAT.JUL.26: No Cover
Lauren Molina (“Marry Me a Little,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Rock of Ages”) and Nick Cearley (“All Shook Up”) became YouTube sensations when they burst on the nightlife scene as the Skivvies, an undie-rock, comedy-pop duo. They don’t just strip down their musical arrangements, they literally strip down to their underwear to perform their distinctive mashups and eccentric originals for cello and ukulele, with touches of glockenspiel and melodica. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Jul. 26, 11 p.m. Actually, there is a cover — $30-$40 at 54below.com — and there’s a $25 food & drink minimum.
SAT.JUL.26: A South Pacific Soirée in the Pines
The Fire Island Pines plays host to four big bashes this weekend. The main event is the Pines Party 2014, which has a “South Pacific” theme, and music by Chus + Ceballos and Marabito. The Beach at Fire Island, Jul. 26, 10 p.m.-sunrise. Prior to the main event, Matty Glitterati provides the sounds for the Blue Lagoon Pool Party, 135 Beach Hill, Jul. 26, 1-6 p.m. Immediately after the main event, the Morning Party takes place at the Pavilion, Jul. 27, 6-10 a.m. Abel is the morning’s DJ. Finally, the Bali Hai After Party, with music by Serving Ovahness, is held at 58 Bay Walk, Jul. 27, 2-6 p.m. Tickets are $150 advance, $200 at the door for the main event; $60 advance, $70 at the door for the pool party; $50 advance, $60 at the door for the after party; and $25 for the Morning Party. Advance tickets at Pineparty.com or at the Harbor.
THROUGH SAT.AUG.2: For the 23rd Year in a Row, It’s HOT! This Summer
HOT!, presented by Dixon Place and its artistic director Ellie Covan (interviewed in the new issue by David Noh), is in its 23rd year as the longest running queer arts festival, with offerings in theater, music, puppetry, performance art, and, in everything presented, homoeroticism. Events are held in the theater space as well as the lounge at 161A Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey Sts., through Aug. 2. Individual performances range from $10-$15, with some free events, exhibitions, and discussions in the lounge. A festival pass to everything is available for $60 at dixonplace.org.
THROUGH SUN.SEP.21 Getting the Audience Involved
After a sold-out benefit run for Broadway Cares in February, producers of “Pageant — The Musical” (reviewed by Christopher Byrne in the new issue) bring the show back in a limited Off-Broadway engagement. “Pageant” features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara, with swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions. The prospective queens include Nick Cearley, from “The Skivvies,” Frankie J. Grande, from “Mamma Mia,” and Alex Ringler, from “West Side Story.” Each night a different winner is crowned by the audience, who get to vote for the winner. The Davenport Theatre, 354 W. 45th St. Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Mondays, 7:30 & 10 p.m., through Sep. 21. Tickets are $49.50-$79.50 at telecharge.com.
SUN.JUL.27: Get Fit For a Good Cause
Richard Martinez and Eileen Bastien, instructors at Zumba® Fitness originally trained in dance movement, will be joined by 20 of their colleagues in an afternoon introducing attendees to the personal empowerment approaches they offer. The event will benefit Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Chelsea Piers, Pier 60, 23rd St. at Hudson River Park. Jul. 27, 3:30-5 p.m. Admission is $25 at tinyurl.com/p8pk8x6.
SUN.JUL.27: It Gets Better
Malcolm Gets, whose Broadway credits include “Amour” and “The Story of My Life” and who has been seen on the big and small screens in “Caroline in the City” and “Grey Gardens,” makes his 54 Below debut. Trained as a classical pianist, Gets presents “Come a Little Closer,” celebrating the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Jule Styne, Cole Porter, James Taylor, and perhaps a songwriter who composed something in this century. 254 W. 54th St. Jul. 27, 5 p.m. Tickets are $35-$65 at 54below.com — add $5 for at the door admission — and there’s a $25 food & drink minimum.
SUN.JUL.27: Doing Dolly
“I Will Always Love You,” “9 to 5,” “Coat of Many Colors,” “My Tennessee Mountain Home,” “Jolene” — these are among the inimitable creations from singer, songwriter, and eight-time Grammy winner Dolly Parton. Tonight, 54 Below assembles a crew of Broadway and cabaret stars to bring her music to life. The cast, directed by Scott Coulter, includes Lisa Asher, Carole J. Bufford, Tim DiPasqua, Natalie Douglas, Alex Getlin, Mary Lane Haskell, Jessica Hendy, Lisa Howard, Fay Ann Lee, Lucia Spina, Gabrielle Stravelli, and KT Sullivan. 254 W. 54th St. Jul. 27, 9:30 p.m. The cover charge is $40-$50 at 54below.com, and there’s a $25 food & drink minimum.
TUE.JUL.29: Women and Trans Folks Jamming on the LES
Vittoria Repetto, the self-described hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side, hosts another in her famed series of women’s and trans’ poetry jams and open mics — a tradition that dates back more than a decade. Come prepared to deliver up to eight minutes of your poetry, prose, songs, or spoken words, if you wish. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. Jul. 29, 7 p.m. For more information on the jam, visit vittoriarepetto.wordpress.com.
WED.JUL.30: Dahmer, Midwestern Queer Trauma & Sorcery
Pacific Northwest actor and artist Randal Barnett offers an interactive and delusional preview of his upcoming play “JEF+KEV/SIM,” the story of the man named Dahmer, Midwestern queer traumas, and meth-fueled seropositivity sorcery. Bureau of General Services at Cage, 83A Hester St., btwn. Allen & Orchard Sts. Jul. 30, 9 p.m. More information at bgsqd.com.
THU.JUL.31: The Mark Zubro Oeuvre
Mark Zubro is the author of 28 novels, including 25 gay mysteries (the Paul Turner series, including “Pawn of Satan, and the Tom and Scott series, including “Another Dead Republican), “Safe,” a gay young adult mystery and romance, and one science fiction story, “Alien Home.” Tonight, Zubro reads and discusses his work at Bureau of General Services at Cage, 83A Hester St., btwn. Allen & Orchard Sts. Jul. 31, 7-9 p.m. More information at bgsqd.com.
FRI.AUG.1 & SUN.AUG.3: Red Hot Mama Burns Bright
Sharon McNight debuted “Red Hot Mama: The Sophie Tucker Farewell Tour” at the Rainbow and Stars in May 1996 to nationwide critical acclaim. A musical biography of the great early 20th century stage and radio star, “Red Hot Mama” captures her life, songs, and sass and recalls signature songs that have since become standards, including “After You’ve Gone,” “It All Depends on You,” “Moanin’ Low,” and “The Man I Love.” Sophie lives again at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St. Aug. 1 & 3, 9:30 p.m. The cover charge begins at $25, and there’s a two-drink minimum. Reservations at metropolitanroom.com or 212-206-0440.
SAT.AUG.2: Strings Uplugged
Classical/ rock violinist Daisy Jopling, who toured with the string trio Trilogy for 13 years and has recorded seven CDs, appears as part of the Fire Island Pines Arts Project’s Unplugged Series. Tonight, she performs at the home of Barbara Sahlman. Aug. 2, 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $30 at fipap.org or in the Pines harbor. Wine and light snacks will be available.
SUN.AUG.3: Jim Brochu in Conversation with Stephen Schwartz
Drama Desk Award-winning actor, playwright, and director Jim Brochu (“Zero Hour,” “Character Man,” “The Big Voice: God or Merman”) sits down with Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Godspell”) to discuss Schwartz’s creative life and inspiration, his history, and even his future. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Aug. 3, 7 p.m. The cover charge is $30-$55 at 54below.com, with a $25 food & drink minimum.
MON.AUG.4: Barbara J. Taylor’s Debut Novel
Kaylie Jones joins Barbara J. Taylor to celebrate the release of Taylor’s debut novel, “Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night,” the latest in Akashic’s Kaylie Jones Books imprint. Based on a haunting family story, the novel brings readers into the heart of the early 20th century mining community in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Taylor will read a short excerpt from her novel, join in discussion with Jones, take questions, and sign books. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington St. Aug. 4, 7 p.m. For more information, visit Bluestockings.com.
MON.AUG.4: Get Happy, Get GLAAD
A cast of emerging and established Broadway artists come together for an evening of music old and new, hosted by Julia Mattison (“Godspell”), to benefit the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Those performing in “Broadway Gets GLAAD” include Scott Alan, Mia Gentile (“Forbidden Broadway”), Sean Green Jr. (“Trailblazers,” “Grassroots”), Marja Harmon (“The Book of Mormon”), Brian Charles Johnson (“American Idiot,” “Spring Awakening”), Megan McGinnis (“Little Women,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), Ciara Renée (“Pippin,” “Big Fish”), Jessica Vosk (“The Bridges of Madison County”), Jacob Keith Watson (“Violet”), Natalie Weiss (“Everyday Rapture”), and Ari McKay Wilford (“Once”). Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at joespub.com.
TUE.AUG.5-SAT.AUG.9: A Girl Named Bill
Nellie McKay recently finished an extended run in the Off-Broadway hit “Old Hats,” which won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. For five nights, McKay presents “A Girl Named Bill — The Life and Times of Billy Tipton,” the 20th century jazz musician and bandleader who originally presented as a man only professionally but gradually lived as a male all the time, his birth as a woman little known at death. McKay is joined by her band, including Alexi David on bass, Cary Park on guitar, and Kenneth Salters on drums. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Aug. 5-7, 7 p.m.; Aug. 8-9, 8 p.m. The cover charge is $50-$85 at 54below.com, with a $5 premium at the door, and there’s a $25 food & drink minimum.
TUE.AUG.5: Celebrating LGBT Writers in Queens
Queens Pride House hosts its first book-related event, featuring authors Leslie L. Smith and Nancy Agabian and photographer Mariette Pathy Allen. Smith will discuss his new book “Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual,” a serio-comic tale of sex, loss, redemption, and medication in the age of AIDS and the first novel about the anti-HIV treatments PEP and PrEP. Agabian will talk about “Me as Her Again,” her memoir about coming of age as bisexual in an Armenian family. Allen will introduce the book “TransCuba,” with her photos and a text by Mariela Castro Espín, the daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro, which focuses on the island nation’s transgender community. The Book Fest also features Lance Ringel’s “Flower of Iowa,” a bittersweet saga of World War I in which an American soldier and a British soldier unexpectedly fall in love behind the battle lines in France, and Dr. Laura Erickson-Schroth’s “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,” a resource guide for transgender and gender-variant people. 76-11 37th Avenue, Suite 206, Jackson Heights. Aug. 5, 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit queenspridehouse.org or call 718-429-5309.
WED.AUG.6: Smiles of a Summer Night
Bob Montgomery hosts “A Midsummer Night’s Scream,” an evening of queer laughs as part of his “Homo Comicus” series. His guests this evening are Judy Gold, Julie Halston, and Jackie Hoffman. Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd St. Aug. 6, 8:30 p.m. There’s a $20 cover, with a two-drink minimum. Reservations at 212-367-9000.
THU.AUG.7: The White House Wants to Talk
Douglas Brooks, the newly appointed director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, will be in New York for two forums dubbed “A Dialogue for Life,” aimed at engaging local AIDS groups, consumers, and advocates to advance the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, increase access to care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through Medicaid expansion and the New York State health insurance exchange, and explore funding needs under the federal Ryan White and Housing for People With AIDS programs. These sessions are sponsored by the AIDS services group ACRIA and Amida Care, a Medicaid health plan designed for people living with HIV/ AIDS. The first forum is at the Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. at W. 135th St., Aug. 7, 1:30-4-30 p.m. The second forum is at Brooklyn Law School, 205 State St., 22nd Fl. Aug. 8, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. To confirm your attendance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 844-304-8765.
FRI.AUG.8: New and Noteworthy
In the third installment of “Newfangled,” a series of readings by young poets, Robert Siek welcomes Lawrence Kaplun, a California-raised Brooklynite whose poems appear in Sonora Review, Southern Humanities Review, Toad, and the Gay & Lesbian Review; Rickey Laurentiis, a New Orleans-born Brooklynite who was recipient of a 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and whose poems appear in Boston Review, the Kenyon Review, and Poetry; and Robert Whitehead, a Brooklynite whose work appears or is forthcoming in Assaracus, Gulf Coast, Vinyl, ALL HOLLOW, and Upstart. For the record, Siek, whose poems most recently appear in the Good Men Project, Painted Bride Quarterly, and the Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, as well as the anthology “Between: New Gay Poetry,” also lives in Brooklyn. Bureau of General Services at Cage, 83A Hester St., btwn. Allen & Orchard Sts. Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m. More information at bgsqd.com.
MON.AUG.11: Summer of Drag
Queer/Art/Film and the IFC Center’s “Summer of Drag,” featuring films selected by legendary New York drag artists — Lypsinka, Barbara Herr, the queens of Brooklyn’s BUSHWIG festival, and Murray Hill — concludes as Hill presents Frank Simon’s “The Queen,” a 1968 behind the scenes documentary about a drag contest in New York. IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. at W. Third St. Aug. 11, 8 p.m. Tickets are $14, with a series pass at $50 at queerartfilm.com.