THU. JULY 1
Annie Lennox and Sting
Annie Lennox and Sting perform at Jones Beach tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.com. Both artists will also appear Friday on NBC’s “The Today Show.”
Shakespeare in the Park
This year, The Public Theater presents “Much Ado About Nothing,” at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, starring Dominic Chianese, Jimmy Smits, Sam Waterston, and Kristen Johnston. 8 p.m., Tue.-Sun. through Aug. 8 Free tickets are available beginning at 1 p.m. daily at the Delacorte box office.
Balls and Pucks
“Balls Boards & Blades: Volleyball & Soccer.” Jeff Kagan welcomes you to this monthly gay sports party at XL. Mix and mingle with other athletes. This month presents the members and friends of the Gotham Volleyball League and the N.Y. Ramblers Soccer Club. Meet the players, and even join a team! 7 p.m. at XL Lounge, 357 W. 16 St. Two-for-one drinks until 9 p.m. This party benefits the LGBT sports organizations of the NYC area.
Too Hot to Miss
The Hot! Festival opens tonight with a special performance and preview party featuring John Fleck in “COCKaDoodleDANDY: A Weapon of Mass Construction” and dozens of two-minute teasers from the festival. 7:30 p.m. at Dixon Place, 258 Bowery between Houston and Prince Sts. Free. For information, call 212 219 0736 or visit dixonplace.org.
SAT. JULY 3
The Caramoor International Music Festival presents “Bernstein, Comden and Green,” a celebration of America’s birth with the American show tunes at 8 p.m. at the Venetian Theater, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah, New York. Transportation is available via motorcoach from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Tickets are $31-$81 and may be purchased by calling 914 232 1252. For information about the festival or transportation visit caramoor.org.
Join Danel and Maria, Madonna’s dance coaches for the movie “Evita” for an evening of Argentinean Tango and amore. Live music and dance lesson begin at 10 p.m. at the 92nd St. Y, 1394 Lexington Ave. Admission is $15 at the door. Jackets are required for men. For information call 212 415 5500 or visit 92y.org.
TUE. JULY 6
“Shoes” first opened at The Flatiron Playhouse in 2000. Since then, it went on to have a successful five-month run at the Duplex, as well as featured slots with Living Room Arts Theatre Company and Double Helix Theatre Company’s One Festival. It is now being revived. Performances of Tim Douglas Jensen in “Shoes” are on Tue. through July at 9 p.m. at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St. at Sheridan Square. Tickets are $10 with a two-drink minimum available at 212 255 5438.
“Wrestling Porcelain,” an off-off Broadway play about the perspectives of a lonely Cuban bathroom attendant in a trendy New York restaurant as she watches the mismatched succession of women parading in and out, opens at 8 p.m. at the Ontological Theatre at St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th St. Performances run Tue.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 212 352 3101 or visiting theatermania.com.
Queer Culture at Dixon Place
The Hot Festival opens at 7:30 p.m. with two-minute previews of dozens of Hot Fest performers including Robert Appleton, Vivian Babuts, Scotty the Blue Bunny, and Susanna Cook. The fest runs through July and is presented by Dixon Place, NYC’s premiere laboratory for performing and literary artists. Call 212 219 0736, ext. 106 for more information and ticket prices. 356 Bowery at Great Jones.
Cool Summer Treat
“The Ice Factory,” Soho’s summer festival of new artistic work opens tonight with the show, “Expense of Spirit,” about two West Point soldiers with a thankless duty at 7 p.m. at the Ohio Theater, 66 Wooster St. between Spring and Broome. Performances run Wed.—Sat. Tickets are $15 and $10 for students and seniors. For tickets call 212 966 4844 or visit sohothinktank.org.
WED. JULY 7
Sundance Channel Offering
“A.K.A.” is part of the Sundance Channel’s “British Invasion” for July and August. Directed by Duncan Roy, the film is the story of a con man who adopts a high-born persona in order to mingle with the wealthy, mostly gay set in Paris. The film premiered in the Sundance Film Festival in 2003. 9 p.m. on the Sundance Channel. Visit the sundancechannel.com for other broadcast offerings.
THU. JULY 8
“The Isle of Klezbos,” an all gal sextet who plays ecstatic traditional klezmer music and lots of electric originals will perform at 10 p.m. at Dixon Place, 258 Bowery. Tickets are $10, $12, and $15 and may be purchased by calling 212 219 0761 or visit dixonplace.org.
An African Import
Oumou Sangare reinvents popular music of Mali with her modern interpretations of Wassoulou—a rhythmic sound based on the styles and traditions of her homeland at noon at the MetroTech Commons at the corner of Flatbush and Myrtle Aves., Brooklyn. The concert is free. Take the 2/3 to Hoyt St. and walk two blocks north on Bridge St, the 4/5 to Borough Hall station and walk five blocks east, or the A, C, and F to Jay St. and exit at the Myrtle Promenade. For information call 718 636 4100 or visit bam.org.
Ab Awful Lot of Elton John
It’s Sir Elton’s week at Radio City. At Pop Rocks! you can win official Elton John underwear and official Elton John scented rocks. That’s right, scented rocks. Official ones. Come to Plaid at 132 Fourth Ave., starting at 10 p.m. Admission is $5. Visit SpinCycleNYC.com for more information.
The 25th anniversary of Martin Sherman’s Tony nominated “Bent” will run for two weeks at the Schapiro Theatre. It is Berlin, 1934. Hitler’s bloody purges begin and Max Berber is caught up in the horror of the Nazi quest for Aryan perfection. The play is a look a the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust and the powerful will to survive. Tickets are only $15. 605 W. 115th St., Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m. with weekend matinees. Call 212 724 7457 for more information.
SAT. JULY 10
Find Mr. Right
Find relationship-orientated men who want to meet a special guy and settle down at “Date Bait.” After you work the room, hand in a list of the ones who you want to date and let the computer find mutual matches. The event is at 7:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Admission is $15. For information call 212 971 1084 or visit datebait.com.
SUN. JULY 11
All Out Arts and New Village Productions in conjunction with the Clemente Soto Velez Education and Cultural Center present the 2004 Second International LGBT Lower East Side Arts Festival featuring poetry, tunes, drama, music, and much, much more. E-mail freshfruitfestival.com for more information or call 212 868 4444.
MON. JULY 12
The cast of the off-Broadway show “Bare” will perform with their band as they meld rock and musical theater. 7 p.m. at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. Tickets are $20 at 212 539 8778 or broadwayworld.com.
White Collar Rock
“Corporate Rock” a new comedy that rallies against pop music culture opens at 7 p.m. at the Blue Heron Arts Center, 123 E. 24th St. The play runs until Aug. 1 with performances running Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling 212 868 4444 or visiting smarttix.com.
Get together and schmooze about topics of interest with a friendly group of gay men. Great if you are new to NYC or just want to meet new people at 7:30-9 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. For information call 646 505 5708 or visit jccmanhattan.org.
Midtown International Theatre Festival
Thirty-six shows are presented during the festival’s three-week run. Works include a musical about 19th century abolitionist John Fremont, a revival of the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning “The Subject Was Roses,” a musical version of “Samson and Delilah,” and a host of one-person shows covering such subjects as terrorism, 9/11, family relationships, and the travails of working in a Broadway box office. WorkShop Theater, Main Stage, and Jewel Box Space at 312 W. 36th St. and Where Eagles Dare Theatre, 347 W. 36th St. Tickets are $15 or $12 for students and seniors, except as otherwise indicated, available at 212-868-4444 or smarttix.com. Visit midtownfestival.org for a complete schedule.