14 Days & 14 Nights Listings
THU.MAR.6: The Passions and Anxieties of Tchaikovsky
Eve Wolf’s “Tchaikovsky: None But the Lonely Heart,” directed by Donald T. Sanders, delves into the unconventional relationship between the great 19th century composer and his patroness Madame von Mack, interweaving a dramatic script performed by actor Simon Fortin (Tchaikovsky) and actress Ariel Bock (von Meck) with live chamber and vocal music performed by violinist Rachel Lee Priday, cellist Adrian Daurov, tenor Blake Friedman, and pianist Wolf. By extracting Tchaikovsky’s own words from these letters, this production, by the Ensemble for the Romantic Century, illustrates the composer’s doubts about his music, his torment over fear of exposure of his homosexuality, and his unquestioning love for his patroness. BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl. at Lafayette Ave. Through Mar. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Mar. 8, 2 p.m.; Mar. 9, 3 p.m. Tickets are $70-$95 at BAM.org or 718-636-4100.
THU.MAR.6: A Stonewall Workout
Brooklyn-based rock and roll band Workout recently premiered its video “Life is a Nightmare” on Baeble Music, featuring a Cher look-alike, and its sophomore album “Rockit Science.” Tonight, the band is at the Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St. Mar. 6, 9:30 p.m.
THU.MAR.6: Corey Johnson Speaks
City Councilman Corey Johnson, who represents the West Side of Manhattan and chairs the Council Committee on Health, appears in the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership Speakers series. TD Bank, 655 Sixth Ave. at 21st St. Mar. 6, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. RSVP at flatironspeakerseries.eventbrite.com or 212-741-2323.
THU.MAR.6: HIV and the House Ball Scene
In 2013, Gerard H. Gaskin published “Legendary,” a collection of color and black-and-white photographs that take readers inside the culture of house balls, where gay and transgender men and women — mostly African American and Latino — come together to see and be seen. At balls, high-spirited late-night pageants, “houses walk,” competing for trophies for costume, attitude, dance moves, and “realness.” In 1989, as many houses were losing members to AIDS and had HIV-positive members, Gay Men’s Health Crisis launched the Latex Ball, part of its effort to link members of the ball scene with health resources regarding HIV and other STDs. This evening, GMHC and Gaskin present “Legendary: A community Discussion on the Evolution of the House and Ball Scene,” with panelists Britney Ebony of the House of Ebony; Tex St. Laurent of the House of St. Laurent; Hector Xtravaganza, a ball scene Hall of Famer; Aisha Diori of the House of Prodigy; and Dominique Crisden of the House of Prodigy and Luna Ortiz of the House of Khan, both also from GMHC’s Community Health Department. GMHC, 446 W. 33rd St., seventh fl. dining room. Mar. 6, 6-8 p.m.
FRI.MAR.7: Action on Nigeria
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Immigration Equality, Queer Nation, ACT UP, Housing Works, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, amfAR, All Out, and other groups hold a demonstration demanding that U. Joy Ogwu, the Nigerian ambassador to the United Nations, urge President Goodluck Jonathan and the Nigerian government to rescind the harshly anti-gay law recently enacted. Consulate General of Nigeria, Second Ave., btwn. 44th & 45th St. Mar. 7, 11 a.m. For more information on the demo, contact Felicia Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THROUGH SAT.MAR.8: Getting Under Their Skin
Israeli-born, New York-based artist Nir Ariel presents his debut exhibition of photographs, “Inframen,” consisting of 13 black and white infrared images of male dancers. The technique allows the artist to be examined below the skin, to reveal the blemishes, scars, stretch marks, sun damage, and other traces of wear that lie beneath the surface of men who express themselves with their bodies, at once pushing their physical limits and maintaining beauty in their appearance and movements. Daniel Cooney Fine Art, 508 W. 26th St., Suite 9C. Jan. 16-Mar. 8, Tue-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. More information at danielcooneyfineart.com.
SAT.MAR.8: Art in Support of Gender Freedom
“Small Works for Big Change” is an art benefit for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence and regardless of income or race. Trans and gender nonconforming artists, particularly those who are low-income and people of color, showcase their work and increase their voice and visibility. Jack Studios, 601 W. 29th St. Mar. 8, 5-9 p.m., with bidding closed at 8 sharp. DJ Precolumbian spins and the Sisters of the Perpetual Indulgence entertain. Admission is free, but registration at http://srlp.org/bigchange is advised.
SAT.MAR.8: Your Big Day Starts Here
“The Love Affair Showcase” is a chance to meet top wedding professionals, learn about fashion trends and décor ideas, and sample from food tastings. Renaissance, 27-34 21st St., btwn. Astoria Blvd. & 28th Ave., Long Island City. Mar. 8, 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 718-274-4590 or email email@example.com.
SAT.MAR.8-SAT.MAR.29: The Bronx’s BAAD!ASS Women
The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance presents its 14th annual BAAD!ASS Women Festival, celebrating the empowerment of women through art, culture, and performance. The three-week festival includes evenings of dance, theater, film, poetry, and performance, and opens on Mar. 8, 8 p.m., with “Sole Sisters,” a full-evening of dance featuring eight choreographers. The festival closes on Mar. 29, 8 p.m. with an intimate evening with the legendary Cherrie Moraga, the revolutionary feminist, scholar, thinker, activist, and artist. BAAD!’s new location, 2474 Westchester Ave. at St. Peter’s Ave., Westchester Sq. For a full schedule of events and ticket purchase (events range from free to $20), visit BAADBronx.org.
FRI. EVENINGS THROUGH MAR.28: Two Gifts from Monica Bauer
“The Gifted Series” is a pair of solo shows written by Monica Bauer. The playwright stars in “The Year I Was Gifted,” a love story between a future playwright (Bauer) and a future acclaimed gay cinema director, the late Bill Sherwood (“Parting Glances”), in which a young boarding school scholarship student in 1969 is confronted by the challenge of whether or not to stand up for her precociously gay classmate. Carolynn Lad directs. “Made for Each Other” is a comedic drama Bauer wrote for John Fico, inspired by the new era of marriage equality and Bauer’s experience caring for a relative with Alzheimer’s. Vincent, an acerbic, witty, closeted science teacher in his mid-50s, meets Jerry, a down-to-earth nurse who cares for Vincent’s mother in an Alzheimer’s ward. John FitzGibbon directs. Stage Left Studio, 214 W. 30th St., sixth fl. Fri. evenings, Feb. 7-Mar. 28, 7 p.m. (“The Year I Was Gifted”) & 9 p.m. (“Made for Each Other”). Tickets are $25, $35 for both performances at StageLeftStudio.net.
THROUGH SAT.MAR.8: Bad Influences from Canada
Since 2010, Canuck Cabaret, a group of Canadians led by queer comedic performer Paul Hutcheson, has appeared at New York’s Frigid Theatre Festival. In its fifth and final appearance, the ensemble includes talented queer Canadian performers such as the Specials, a sketch troupe, CJ Sawchyn, a Specials founder (Feb 26-Mar. 1), drag beast extraordinaire Fay Slift (Feb 28-Mar. 1), and rock/ pop icon Light Fires (Mar. 5-8), as well as New York talents such as writer and performer Mike Albo, avant-garde musicians the Swimming Pools (Mar. 7), 79-year-old bi comic D’yan Forrest (Feb. 28), comedic musician Ben Lerman (Mar. 5), and “Dykes of Hazzard” producer and stand-up comic Kristen Becker (Mar. 7-8). Under St. Marks Theatre, 94 St. Marks Pl., btwn. Ave. A & First Ave. Feb. 26-Mar. 1, Mar. 5-8, midnight. Tickets are $5 at SmartTix.com. More information at frigidnewyork.info.
WED.MAR.12: Kitty Genovese & Lesbian Loss
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the murder of Kitty Genovese, LuLu LoLo performs a staged reading of “38 Witnessed Her Death, I Witnessed Her Love: The Lonely Secret Of Mary Ann Zielonko.” Based on interviews with Zielonko, the one-act play explores the killing in Queens, the reckless claims by New York Times city editor A.M. Rosenthal that 38 witnessed the murder and did nothing — a headline that blackened the city’s reputation for decades — testimony by the man convicted for the killing, and Kitty’s lover Mary Ann recalling lesbian and gay life in the ‘60s after 40 years of silence. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at Cage, 83A Hester St., btwn. Orchard & Allen Sts. March 12, 7 p.m. More information at contact@BGSQD.com.
WED.MAR.12: Living With HIV
The AIDS services and research group ACRIA continues its series of “Living with HIV” workshops with “Hepatitis C Treatment Update.” 575 Eighth Ave. at 38th St., Suite 502. Mar. 12, 1-3 p.m. To register, call Elizabeth at 212-924-3934, ext. 234. Metrocards and snacks provided. Future topics will include “HIV Transmission and How Treatment Can Prevent It”; “HIV Disease: What Is This Virus Doing To My Body?”; “How To Talk To Your Doctor and Get The Care You Need”; and “Aging With HIV: A Long, Healthy Life.”
THU.MAR.13: Justin Vivian Does Tennessee
In “The Drift,” Justin Vivian Bond creates a free associative collage of spoken word and song inspired by Tennessee Williams’ novella “The Roman Spring of Karen Stone” about a retired actress who drifts from one space to another through couture, bed, and her own mind. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Mar. 13-14, 27-28, 7 p.m.; Apr. 10, 9:30 p.m.; Apr. 11, 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 at joespub.com or 212-967-7555.
SAT.MAR.15: Fire Eaters
Kelly Cogswell reads from her new memoir, “Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger,” reviewed in Gay City News by Beth Stroud, and Argentinean icon Susana Cook presents “Queering the Classics: Hamletango, Dykenstein, and We Are Caligula,” a new collection of her theatrical work. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at Cage, 83A Hester St., btwn. Orchard & Allen Sts. March 15, 7 p.m. A donation of $5 is suggested to support the work of the Lesbian Avenger Documentary Project. More information at contact@BGSQD.com.
SAT.MAR.15: Undie Rock
The Skivvies, the undie rock, comedy-pop duo of Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, don’t just strip down their musical arrangements, they literally strip down to their underwear to perform their distinctive mash-ups and eccentric originals for cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of other under-used instruments. Tonight, their guests he Skivvies welcome Laura Benanti, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Rob Morrison, Mark Price, Aaron Lazar, and Leslie McDone. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Mar. 15, 11 p.m. The cover charge is $25-$35 at 54Below.com or 866-468-7619, and there’s a $25 food & drink minimum.
THROUGH SUN.MAR.16: Threading the LGBTQ Needle
“Queer Threads: Crafting Identity & Community” presents 23 artists examining contemporary LGBTQ culture through thread-based craft techniques — including felt paintings, yarn drawings, embroidered portraits, knit sculpture, quilted tapestries, and crocheted installations, as well as video. From Nathan Vincent’s life-sized crocheted men’s locker room to Liz Collin’s oversized knit pride flag based on Gilbert Baker’s 1978 original design and L.J. Roberts’ “The Queer Houses of Brooklyn in the Three Towns of Breukelen, Boswyck,and Midwout during the 41st Year of the Stonewall Era,” works range from intimate to expansive in scale. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St., btwn. Grand & Canal Sts. Noon-6 p.m., Tue.-Wed., Fri-Sun.; noon-8 p.m., Thu., through Mar. 16. Opening reception is Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m. More information at leslielohman.org.
SUN.MAR.16: Sodomites Pay Tribute…
“The Meeting” is host Justin Sayre’s monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites. Sayre plans tributes to Bernadette Peters (Feb. 16, 9:30 p.m.), and the TV hit “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” (Mar. 16, 9:30 p.m.). Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Tickets are $20 at joespub.com or 212-967-7555.
SUN.MAR.16 Tuned & Toned
Writing last year, Gay City News’ Joseph Ehrman-Dupre (tinyurl.com/b3oloum) said of Well-Strung, “The four hunky gay 20-somethings fall somewhere between a boy band and a symphony orchestra… A group formed only a year ago, it sits in a remarkably unique niche in the world of string quartets. Blending classical pieces by Mozart and Vivaldi with Top 40 hits from Britney, Rihanna, and P!nk, the group is all about defying expectations… And it is a truly ingenious sound, traversing the aural waves from swelling crescendos to pop-styled staccato, and back again.” Well-Strung has scheduled two upcoming appearances at 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Feb. 2 & Mar. 16, 9:30 p.m. The cover charge is $30-$40 at 54below.com or 646-476-3551, and there’s a $25 food & drink minimum. For admission at the door, add $5 to the cover.
WED.MAR.19: Wait, Wait… Paula’s Got One More Joke
Twenty-five years ago, high school drop-out Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country — stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. Today, as one of the nation’s great humorists, she can be heard regularly on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me.” City Winery, 155 Varick St. at Vandam St., welcomes Poundstone on Mar. 19, 8 p.m. Admission is $40-$45 at citywinery.com/newyork or 212-608-0555.
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.
WED.MAR.19: Combat and Coming Out
Rob Smith is an openly gay Iraq war veteran, journalist, lecturer, and LGBT activist. He served in the Army as an infantryman for five years, earning the Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. He will read from his new book “Closets, Combat and Coming Out” at Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at Cage, 83A Hester St., btwn. Orchard & Allen Sts. at 7 p.m. on Mar. 19, the 11th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. More information at contact@BGSQD.com.
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.
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.