THU. MAY 27
Call for Entries
HBO and the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is looking for the next hot Latino filmmaker. The winner will receive $15,000 in funding to produce and direct an original short narrative and the winning film will be presented on screen this summer during the New York International Latino Film Festival. Submit a completed script for a narrative short film, maximum five minutes long, plus a filmmaker reel or previously produced short film by May 31, 2004 to NYILFF, c/o HBO Short Film Contest, P.O. Box 72, New York, N.Y. 10023. For more information, call 212 265 8452 or visit nylatinofilm.com.
The Morgan Scott Ballet and the MSB Bronx Outreach Program, featuring Edward Morgan, will perform Tschaikovsky, Mozart and the Gipsy Kings. 7:30 p.m. at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx. Tickets are $20. For tickets call the box office at 718 518 4455 Mon.- Fri. 12:30-6:30 p.m.
Gay and Went to Yeshiva?
The Gay and Lesbian Yeshiva/Day School Alumni/ae (GLYDSA) is a friendly and supportive community for lesbian and gay yeshiva and day school grads, and all others with a commitment to their Jewish heritage. The community integrates Jewish and gay identities through discussion, socializing and other activities. GLYDSA meets the fourth Thursday of every month. 8:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. For information visit glysda.com.
Choreographer Susan Dodge and the Dodge Dance Company present “Season of Dance,” a program that will feature repertory works “Tang the Hump,” “Endless,” as well as four world premieres. The broad spectrum of Dodge’s work displays humor, musicality, depth and ingenuity. “Season of Dance” performs until May 30. 8 p.m. at Williamsburg Art Nexus, 205 N. 7 St., Brooklyn. Tickets are $15. To reserve tickets, call 718 599 7997.
Queer Immigration Rights
The Queer Immigration Rights Project presents a panel discussion on the challenges faced by LGBT asylum seekers (including those detained by the Department of Homeland Security) who fled persecution in their home countries and are now rebuilding their lives in the United States. 6:30-9 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. For information, call 212 620 7310 or visit gaycenter.org.
Cyndi is Back
Cyndi Lauper released her newest CD, “Live…At Last” on May 25. “Live…At Last” was recorded at Town Hall in New York City on March 2004 and it is available in stores now.
Refurnish the Oval Office
Downtown for Democracy will host an auction of one of a kind furniture, lighting and tabletop by U.S. furniture designers. Proceeds will benefit Downtown For Democracy’s, work to mobilize America’s creative community to support progressive candidates and defeat George Bush. The proceeds will support organizing efforts in two key swing states, Ohio and Pennsylvania, through voter registration drives and truthful political advertising, among other activities. 6-11 p.m. at the Maritime Hotel Ballroom, 366 W. 17th St. For tickets and more information visit downtownfordemocracy.org
FRI. MAY 28
African Dance Festival
BAM presents, “Dance Africa 2004 A Dancer’s Path: Ancient Traditions, Modern Trends.” The festival, which will take place over Memorial Day weekend, will include performances, an African bazaar and films. For more information, call 718 636 4100 or visit bam.org.
“Tipping the Velvet” chronicles the life of a young lesbian coming of age and blossoming into an adventurous lover in 19th century England. 7 p.m. social and 8 p.m. screening. $6 members and $10 non-members at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. For information, call 212 620 7310 or visit gaycenter.org.
The Lower East Side’s Ninth Annual Festival of the Arts will host a three-day indoor-outdoor festival of theater. Attractions include: children’s programming, plays, films, visual artists, and various performance groups. On May 29, there will be a day-long block long outdoor carnival of music and an arts fair. The festival continues until May 30. Fri. and Sun. 6p.m. –1 a.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at 155 First Ave. For information call 212 254 1109 or visit theaterforthenewcity.net
SAT. MAY 29
Gay Comedy Fest
Join out gay and lesbian comics as they come together in “Gay and Lesbian Comedy Fest.” The show features performers from Stand-Up New York!, Gotham City Improv, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. 11 p.m. at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46 St. Tickets are $10 plus a two-drink minimum. For tickets and information, call 212 757 0788 or visit donttellmama.com.
SUN. MAY 30
The New York Committee to celebrate National Tap Dance Day presents Tap Extravaganza featuring Arthur Duncan, Savion Glover, Lane Alexander, Joe Webb and many others. Music provided by the Frank Owens Trio. 7 p.m. at Fashion Institute of Technology, Haft Auditorium, 227 W. 27 St. Tickets are $30-$65 and may be purchased by calling 212 279 4200.
MON. MAY 31
Ingmar Bergman Festival
Film Forum hosts its ongoing Bergman’s special presentations with tonight’s “The Passion Of Anna” (1969), in a new 35mm print. Showtimes are 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:30. 208 W. Houston St. 212 727 8110.
Scott Nevins Presents the “Monday Night Gay Party,” a late night chat show with sceney celebs and steamy up and comers. This week, enjoy the manic vocal offerings of the outrageous Lavinia Draper, plus singer/songwriter Karen Jacobsen takes to the mike fresh off the heals of her latest gig with Grammy winner Norah Jones. Hear cuts from her latest CD and Grab $ 5 Svedka drinks before, during and after the performances, gossip, and give aways! 11 p.m. at Therapy, 348 W. 52 St. Call 212 397-1700 or visit therapy-nyc.com for more information.
TUE. JUNE 1
“Joe, a gifted songwriter who provides an intimate look into love and relationships. His lyrics and voice compel you to feel happiness and heartache. With a smooth and soulful voice, Joe manages to capture his audience, and keep them captive long after the set is over,” said one prominent anonymous critic. Joe performs tonight at The Nutty Irishman, 60 E. Main St., Bay Shore at 9:30 p.m. Call 631 969 9700 for $5 tickets.
Parsons/Ahn Trio Project
The world-renowned Parsons Dance Company, known for its sexy athleticism and exuberant personality joins with the Ahn Trio for the New York premiere engagement of the Parsons/Ahn Trio Project, an evening-long fusion of live music and dance. The first week of the run will feature the New York premiere of the dance programs “Swing Shift” and “Slow Dance” and June 8-13 begins the premiere of David Parsons’ solo choreographed and performed piece. Shows are Tue.- Fri. 8 p.m. (Jun. 1 curtain is at 7:30) and Sat. at 2 p.m. and 7:30 and Sun. at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave. For tickets, call JoyceCharge at 212 242 0800.
WED. JUN 2
LadyfestEast, the grassroots nonprofit organization supporting women in the arts, will host an evening of the best in local burlesque and vaudeville entertainment. The event will feature performers the Pontani Sisters, Red Hot Burlesque, Oh de Twirlette, the Hazzards, Rod Thruster, Johnny Kat. All proceeds from this event will benefit Ladyfest East’s four-day multidisciplinary women’s arts festival, scheduled to take place in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan this fall. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. at M1-5, 52 Walker St. Donation is $7-$7,000.
Calling All Performers
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is sponsoring an open performance night for the first ten people who sign up. Each person is given ten minutes to perform (No stand up please!). 8:30 p.m. to sign up, 9 p.m. to perform. Dixon Place, 258 Bowery. Free admission! For information visit dixonplace.org.
Ailey at the Apollo
Join the Ailvin Ailey Foundation gala benefit for the Ailey School. The one-night only event will feature performances by artists from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the young dancers from Ailey II and talented students of the Ailey School. Celebrity guests include: Jesse L. Martin, Natalie Portman and Matthew St. Patrick. Festive attire please. 7 p.m. at the Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125 St. Tickets are $150-$10,000. To purchase tickets, call Quay Whitlock at 212 767 0590 ext. 223.
The Collegiate Chorale along with music director Robert Bass present “Songs of Sass and Seduction: an Evening of Songs and Poems” to benefit its educational programs in New York City as well as its audience development program. Featured performers include Bebe Neuwirth, Lauren Flanigan and Roger Rees singing selections by Gershwin, Sondheim, Weill, and Puccini. 8 p.m. for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, 9 p.m. the performance, at Doubles in the Sherry Netherland Hotel, 781 Fifth Ave. Tickets range from $250-$5000. For tickets and information call 917 322 2140 or visit collegiatechorale.org.
LGBT Community Conference
Award-winning playwright Terence McNally will keynote the first annual, “Creating Connections, Moving Forward: A Conference for and About Long Island’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Community.” The event brings together heath and human service professionals, community based organizations and activists, public officials, and others to celebrate the accomplishments and contribution of the LGBT community. 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Huntington Townhouse, 124 E. Jericho Tpke. Registration is $50, please pre-register by calling 516 496 7550 or visit creatingconnectionsli.org
THU. JUNE 3
Rooftop Pride Party
The JCC will host a rooftop party featuring the Isotoners, the pop band that Time Out New York calls “too fab to be missed.” Meet friends and neighbors for fun, refreshments and entertainment. Co-sponsored by Congregations Beth Simchat Torah, Rodeph Sholom, and B’nai Jeshurun, and J.Q. Youth, GLYDSA and Orthodykes. Rain or shine. 7:30-10 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. $15/$20. For tickets and information call 646 505 5708 or visit jccmanhattan.org.
Singer Badomi De Cesare has been asked to re-open her new show, “A Foreign Affair With Badomi De Cesare,” a repertoire of songs about love, and includes homage to Marlene Dietrich and Mae West. 9 p.m. The show continues on every Thur. and Fri. in June at Helen’s Restaurant, Lounge and Cabaret Room, 169 8th Ave. Tickets are $15 plus a $15 food/drink minimum. For tickets and information call 212 206 0609 or visit Badomi.com.
FRI. JUNE 4
Abraham Gomez-Delgado’s musical collective, Zemog is a celebration of the sometimes harmonious and sometimes dissonant marriage between Latino and American music, language, and culture. Inspired by such disparate musical influences as Dizzy Gillespie (“Caravan”), Chano Pozo, Sun Ra, Cortijo, and Eddie Palmieri, incorporating Puerto Rican, Cuban, Peruvian, and American jazz traditions and echoes of Santana, new wave, hip-hop, heavy metal, and Huun-Hur-Tu Tuvan throat singing. 9 p.m. at the BAM Café, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. No cover, however there is a $10 food/drink minimum. For information call 718 636 4100 or visit bam.org.
Young dance students will present a workshop concert which will represent a culmination of their years work. Directed by Maureen Brennan, the BAX Theater Performance Workshop uses a range of dramatic forms to explore teens’ perspectives on current events. Until Jun. 5 at 8 p.m. at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), 421 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn. Tickets are $8 and $5 for students and low-income citizens. For information, call 718 832 0018 or visit bax.org.
“Project Fuse,” an initiative by choreographers Eleanor Bauer, Beth Gill, Heather Lang, and Hannah Spongberg presents, “The Sunset Clause,” a continuous body of work that joins four choreographers’ vision, taking place outdoors on a Brooklyn rooftop during sunset. The show also performs on Jun. 5 at 8 p.m. OfficeOps Rooftop Venue, 57 Thames St., Brooklyn. Tickets are $8. For reservations, call 718 418 2509 or visit officeops.org.
David Spiher Exhibits
Studio 37 will host a reception for their “Open Studios 2004” 6-9 p.m. including the work of artist David Spiher. Studios will also be open Saturday, June 5, 12-5 p.m. Studio 37, 25 West 37th St., 6th fl. For information, call 212 869 0609.
SAT. JUNE. 5
Spoken Word Jam
Teen and senior writers featured from a variety of community organizations including: Westside NORC Goddard Riverside Community Center, Brooklyn Rail New Skool Journalism and others present a showcase of their work. 2 p.m. at Housing Works Used Book, 126 Crosby St. Free but donations of used books are always appreciated. For more information call 212 334 3324
New Meaning to Playing Games
“Playtime” the alternative social for single gay men is the newest concept in interactive and conscious dating. The event includes interactive games and mingling techniques. If you are tired of boring bars, internet social paths, and dissatisfying venues, come check out “Playtime.” 5- 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Admission is $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Please RSVP to participate in the event, 212 989 8549. For more information visit laff-a-rama.com.
Celebrating the Mermaid Parade
Join in the opening of the annual exhibition has become a local festival of eccentric sea-faring motifs replete with seductive sirens and creative mischief in celebration of the mid-summer mermaid parade on Coney Island. Until June 27. 4-7 p.m. at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, 135 Broadway, Brooklyn. For more information call 718 486 7372 or visit wahlcenter.org.
Funk Songstress Performs
The Sista Factory Ensemble will feature funk songstress Martha Redbone. Redbone’s R&B grooves have been described as possessing equal parts folksy guitar, Hendrix swagger, and Stevie Wonder funky Rhodes neo-soul. This unique style of music led her to win the Native American Music Awards (NAMA) Debut Artist of the Year Award. Born to a black father and Native American mother and raised half in Brooklyn and half in rural Appalachia, Redbone celebrates her roots through music that is a diagram of the American dream. She is a black Native soul-writer, storyteller, teacher, and warrior. 9 p.m. at the BAM Café, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. No cover, however there is a $10 food/drink minimum. For information call 718 636 4100 or visit bam.org.
“3 Farms,” a Lower East Side not-for-profit community-based cultural organization will host David Johansen, Laura Cantrell, the Moonlighters, and others. 1-8 p.m. at the East River Park Ampitheater, Grand St. at the East River. The event is Free. For information visit Arlene-grocery.com.
Guiding Light Star to be Honored
Guiding Light star, Marj Dusay who plays “Alexander Spauding” will be honored with Congressman Timothy Bishop and Dr. Michael E. Collins of the David E. Rogers Center at Garden Gala XVII. The annual sunset cocktail party will feature hosts Sam Champion, Peter Jennings, Harvy Fierstein, among others and food from the Hamptons’ top caterers. Tickets are $125 and may be purchased by calling 212 566 7333. For more information visit bodypos.org.
Gay and Lesbian Scots
The annual summer “Scottosh Music Night” presents a dozen musicians and singers performing traditional and modern Scottish music on instruments including the bagpipes, mandolin, fiddle and saxophone. This year’s event is held at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery at 7 p.m. $12. Call 212 614 0505.
SUN. JUN. 6
Cushy couches, relaxed environment, and soft music so you can actually converse, the Lavender Lounge with help from the “cliquebuster” Marilyn, brings together single lesbians to have fun and meet Ms. Right. 5- 8:30 p.m. at Gaslight, 400 W. 14th St. Admission is $10 and to reserve a spot call 212 989 8549. For more information visit laff-a-rama.com.
A Satirical Spin
Solo artists Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David Ilku team up and perform, “Unitard: Attack of the Infidels.” This all-new show will feature even more raucous comedy, trend-demystifying monologues, political sketches, and rants on consumer-driven popular culture. This new show features sketches on the Extreme Makeover craze, Paris Hilton, sweeps week, and the current election. Runs until June 27 on Sundays at 9:30 p.m. at Fez, 380 Lafayette St. Tickets are $15. For information and reservations call 212 533 2680.
The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) Artists Speak series features Latvian Artist/Sculpturer Anna Hagen. In addition to Ms. Hagen’s talk, the New York Latvian Concert Choir will perform folk songs and there will be a video showcase. The talk is at 2 p.m. at Pier Art Show 12, 499 Van Brunt, Brooklyn. Admission is Free. For more information call 718 596 2507 or visit bwac.org.