THU. AUG. 19
The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) & the Gender Identity Project (GIP) of the LGBT Community Center are sponsoring a community town hall meeting on the issue of access to health care for transgendered & gender-variant people. 7 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. For more information, call the GIP at 212 620 7310 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRI. AUG. 20
Jazz in the Park
Al Jarreau, David Sanborn and India.Arie inspire thousands of music lovers as they headline the CD101.9 New York Jazz Fest 2004, the first three-day jazz festival in Central Park through August 22. The Rumsey Playfield location will also have performances by the accomplished artists: Regina Belle, Rite of Strings featuring Stanley Clarke, Al Dimeola, and Jean Luc- Ponty, the Robben Ford Band, Michael Brecker, Soulive, Brian Culbertson, Kim Waters and more. Call 212 307 7171 or visit cd1019.com for a complete schedule of events. Tickets run from $40 to $100 for a weekend pass.
Eric Rhein: Anthropomorphosis
Tonight is the opening night of this artist’s exhibit at Bob Howard Real Estate in the Fire Island Pines. Rhein creates delicate forms and structures from wire, paper and found objects that take on human characteristics in an anthropomorphic process. A reception is sheduled for August 28 at 5 p.m.
Lincoln Plaza Concerts
The Saw Doctors perform live in a free concert at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center Plaza and 62nd St. near Amsterdam Avenue. Get there early! 8 p.m. Visit sawdoctors.com for more information.
Kick Ass Karaoke
A fully interactive karaoke/comedy show hosted by Sukie Karaoke and DJ Matthew Fabulous is at The Marquee. Sukie and the DJ provide a new theme every week ranging from trailer park cookouts to “Star Trek.” Come sing from a selection of thousands of songs, then dance the nite away with tunes spun by internationally reknown DJ Crystal Clear. 356 Bowery at 10 p.m. $5 212 47 7621.
SAT. AUG. 21
The Second Avenue Circus
Who says Jews can’t juggle? Remember when you wanted to run away with the circus but your mother made you go to Hebrew School instead? The Second Avenue Circus are the Yids that got away, high-flying Heebs who traded in their brachas for the Big Top and turned minyans into mishigas! Hosted by the Goddess Perlman, featuring Jonathan Nosan, Scotty the Blue Bunny, Phat Man Dee, David Engal, Hillary Chaplin and more at 9 p.m. at the 14th St. Y, 344 E. 14th St. Call 212 780 0800 ext. 221 for more information. $15
SUN. AUG. 22
Join Miguel Algarin and guests Caridad De La Luz, Emanuel Xavier, DJ Sabine, Carl Hancock Rux, Kayo, Reg E. Gaines, Grupo Caribe and many others as they bring Algarin’s “Mongo Affair” to life at this very special performance at 7:30 at Joe’s Pub, 25 Lafayette St. Go to joespub.com for more information. $20
Snow White at Fringe
Today at this year’s New York International Fringe Festival, David Pratt presents “Branca de Neve” (“Snow White”), his very Brazilian, very gay adaptation of the popular fairy tale, entirely in Portuguese – no simultaneous translation, no subtitles, no kidding – as part of the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival. 3 p.m. at the Spotlight Lounge at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, corner of Gold. $15 at 212 279 4488 or at FringeNYC.org. Through August 26.
Angelique Ali at Therapy
The Sunday night diva, Angelique Ali, seems to be the only thing bringing boat loads of hot men racing back from the island this summer, stunning the studs with two sets of glass-shattering singing and outlandish fashions! The svelte singer belts her way through current chart-topping hits and covers some favorite gay classics. Music by DJ Marcus. No cover at 10 p.m. at Therapy, 348 W. 52 St. 212 397-1700
MON. AUG. 23
Boy from Oz
Isabel Keating and Stephanie J. Block, who portray Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli in “The Boy From Oz,” will sing from the hit Broadway musical. Joined by director Philip William McKinley, Keating and Block will discuss their experiences portraying these celebrated gay cultural icons. Doug Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “I Am My Own Wife,” will moderate the discussion. $10 members, $15 non-members. 7 p.m. at 208 W. 13 St., the LGBT Community Center. Seating is limited. To purchase tickets, go to gaycenter.org.
De La Guarda’s exciting “DJ Connection” is a wild, extended version of the hit show and this summer has one hot lineup. Artists such as Peter Rauhofer, John Creamer, Ralph Lawson, Josh Wink, Derrick May, Francis Harris, Dave Ralph, Nathan Coles, Alexi Delano, The Scumfrog, Jeannie Hopper, Tiga, Satoshi Tomiie, Manny Lehman, Brett Henrichsen and Tony Moran have worked the crowd into a frenzy. The Daryl Roth Theatre, 20 Union Square East. Call 212 239 6200 or visit delaguardanyc.com.
TUE. AUG. 24
Legendary Jimmy Cliff
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff appears at Mexicali Blues Café as part of his North American tour to clebrate the release of his new album “Black Magic.” Produced by Dave Stewart, the album features appearances by Wyclef Jean, Annie Lennox, Sting, Jools Holland, Kool & The Gang, tennis player Yannick Noah, and one of the last ever recordings by the late Joe Strummer. Tickets are $30 available at 800 594 8499, or online at mexicalibluescafe.com
Visit Jimmy Cliff online at jimmycliff.com. 10 p.m. at 1409 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, N.J. Information at: 201 833 0011.
About to Retire? Out Professionals and the LGBT Community Center present “Financial Well-Being in Your Retirement,” a workshop on maximizing retirement-plan distributions led by Robert Fenyk and Christian Duva, specialists in advising those preparing for retirement. Non-members $10, OP and Center members $7. 8 p.m. at 208 W. 13 St. 212 462 9255
Out Professionals presents “OutSmart,” a self-defense demonstration for men and women. Black Belt Bantoe Sam Duffy, head instructor at New York’s Tulen Center and Black Belt Ariel Estrada show you how to anticipate and deal with attacks. Learn non-confrontational responses, de-escalation techniques and basic physical and verbal self-defense. Active participation (optional) requires loose, comfortable clothing. Non-members, $15; OP Members, $12. Call 212 462 9255 for more information. 6:15 p.m. at 208 W. 13th St., the LGBT Community Center.
THU. AUG. 26
Free Rock Concert
Wormburner’s sound is an eclectic mix of influences, with each of the four bandmates bringing his own varied and fiercely enthusiastic tastes in contemporary music to the group. Wormburner’s music has been compared to the pop ambitions of Cheap Trick, the keyboard excitement of The Cars, and the passionate rock n roll scream of Creedance Clearwater Revival…all brought together by a heavy dose of 21st century imagination and lyrical might. 10:30 p.m. at The Luna Lounge, 171 Ludlow St.
TUE. AUG. 31
Women’s Poetry Slam
Two writers, Emily Millay Haddad and Elizabeth Gold, host women’s poetry night. Emily Millay Haddad writes about the emotional territories of intimacy and integrity via short stories about poetry, language and memory. Elizabeth Gold’s “Brief Intervals of Horrible Sanity,” a funny and provocative book about the sorrows of youth, the sorrows of the not so young, tells what happens when too much ideology runs into the hard facts of human nature. Vittoria Repetto, the hardest working guinea, butch, dyke poet on the Lower East Side hosts. Open mike sign-up starts at 7 p.m. Bring your poetry, prose, songs and your spoken word. $3-$5 sliding scale donation at Bluestockings Bookstore. 172 Allen St. 212-777-6028.
In the Life
Watch this LGBT show at 11:30 p.m. on Channel 21 (available at other times, listings at 212 560 1313) that includes “Men in Tights,” the often controversial emergence of LGBT characters and concerns in mainstream comics, including Marvel Comics’ “The Rawhide Kid” and DC Comics’ “The Green Lantern.” This episode also features “In Polar Pioneers,” celebrated lesbian polar explorer Ann Bancroft and her expedition partner, Liv Arnesen. With the use of Internet technology Ann and Liv take schoolchildren with them as they strive to become the first women to trek across Antarctica.
The Dazzle Dancers
The downtown legendary dance troupe turns Fez into a blooming love-den full of chaotic comfort and sexual happiness. Their glitter guns are loaded to show the Republicans what “party” really means, courtesy of host Murray Hill. With their titty-testical-time-tested-techniques, The Dazzle Dancers prove they are today’s only hope for naked freedom and bacchanalia. ”Dazzle Dancers: Fahrenheit 5-6-7-8” will play tonight only at Fez, 380 LaFayette St. and Great Jones, at 9:30 p.m. $15 tickets at 212.533.7000.
WED. SEP. 1
The Joke’s on the GOP
Celebrate the unconventional during the Republican Convention with New York’s wildest and wittiest gay and gay-friendly comics, including Michele Balan, Julie Goldman, Jessica Kirson and more, as they incite a laugh riot, hosted by Bob Montgomery. 8:30 p.m. at Gotham Comedy Club, 34 W. 22nd St. $12 cover with 2- beverage minimum. 212-367-9000.