THUR. JAN. 29
African Ancestral Lesbians United for Social Change meets every Thursday and is open to all lesbians of African descent. Tonight’s discussion: African Diaspora. Have you wondered what people mean when they talk about the African Diaspora? Do you feel that you are a part of the Diaspora? Feel free to bring family artifacts that show your connection to the African Diaspora. 6 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Suggested donation is $3. Visit www.aalusc.org for more info.
Sundance Outdoor Adventure Society is an all-volunteer organization with a membership of more than 800 gay men and lesbians in the New York metropolitan area who enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities. Come enjoy sandwiches, socializing, and a slideshow to see what Sundance is all about. 7 – 9 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Call 212 598 4726 or visit www.sundanceoutdoor.org for more info. Free
Men in Briefs
Check your clothes at the door and celebrate in your skivvies at the 3rd Tigerbeat Underwear Party. Daniel Nardicio and DJ Sammy Jo host the mandatory clothes-check party. $8 gets you in, plus clothes check and a drink at the Slide, 356 Bowery, just below E. 4th St., 10 p.m.
Eos Orchestra with Jonathan Sheffer, conductor, present “Franz Schubert: Unfinished/Refinished,” an exploration of the unfinished works of the composer as well as transcriptions of his works by later composers. The concert will be at the newly renovated concert hall at the Ethical Culture Society, 2 West 64th St. at 8 p.m., preceded by a MusicTalk discussion at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45-$65 available at 212 691 6415.
Film Forum Presents
“L’Age d’Or” (1930) and “Un Chien Andalou” (1929), Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali’s landmarks of surrealist cinema, will have a one-week engagement through February 5. Both films are shown together, with “L’Age d’Or” presented in a new 35mm print. Daily show times at 2, 3:40, 5:20, 7, and 8:40 p.m. For more information visit www.filmforum.com or call 212 727 8110.
FRI. JAN. 30
Trans Cinema Arts is a film series designed to provide social and intellectual outlet for transgendered people, their partners, and allies. Tonight’s program looks at how the trans community is depicted in film. 7 p.m. social and 8 p.m. program at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. $6 for center members or $10 for non-members. Visit www.gay center.org for more information.
Music composer Robert Urban and film director Alex Dove will talk about music in film, the independent gay film industry and their gay horror film collaborations with radio talk show host Larry Flick on Sirius Radio’s “OutQ in the Morning.” Hear music from the “Dead Guys” and “Das Hause” film soundtracks and sneak preview the upcoming gay thriller “Zombie.” Listeners can call in during the interview. 9 a.m. on Sirius Satellite Radio or via the Internet at www.siriusoutq.com.
SAT. JAN. 31
This Asian American women’s performance collective presents “The Creation Myth Project,” tales that go beyond expected parameters. Mango is comprised of over 20 Asian and Pacific Islander women from across the U.S. The show, sponsored by the Abrons Art Center and Henry Street Settlement, is at the Experimental Theater, 466 Grand St. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at 212 598 0400 for $10, $5 for students.
“Across Borders” at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is on view through February 21, presenting works by video art pioneer Juan Downey along with new pieces by installation artist Francesc Torres at 601 W 26th St., Suite 1240. Call 212 675 1800 or visit www.bluemedia.com for more information.
SUN. FEB. 1
Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager is one of the busiest opera singers in the world. She divides her time between operas in Europe, North America and the Far East. She has also won several awards for her recorded classical albums. Kirchschlager will perform at 2 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, at Broadway and 65th St. Tickets are $42, available at 212 721 6500 or www.lincolncenter.org.
“Claymont” is a new play by Kevin Brofsky that takes the name of a small town in Delaware where the playwright grew up. It’s 1969 and activism and love are in the air. Neil Greenglass is in love with the rebellious neighbor-boy who is crashing at his house, but his true feelings must remain secret in this traditional neighborhood. Radicalism inspires Neil to create an art project that is bound to shake things up. Presented by Emerging Artists Theatre at 3 p.m. on Sundays and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. $15, call 212 627 5792 or visit www.eatheatre.org for reservations.
Nora Ephron and Rebecca Miller discuss with Leonard Lopate the artistic challenges faced by women filmmakers. Ephron’s films include “Silkwood,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” Miller is the author and director of “Personal Velocity.” Lopate hosts the WNYC talk show “Leonard Lopate.” Sponsored by the 92nd Street Y at Lexington Ave. and 92nd St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at 212 415 5500.
MON. FEB. 2
Back from Iraq
U.S. Labor Against the War sent Clarence Thomas, of ILWU, Local 10, and David Bacon, independent photojournalist, to Iraq last October. They are touring the U.S. with their findings of the struggle of labor groups in Iraq to organize during the American occupation. 6 p.m. at 1199 SEIU, 310 W. 43rd St. Contact [email protected] or 917 282 0139 for more information.
TUE. FEB. 3
An Evening with Marilyn Horne
A special event with opera legend Marilyn Horne will take place this evening at Film Forum. The evening begins with a 50th anniversary screening of a dazzling new 35mm color and scope restoration of Otto Preminger’s “Carmen Jones” (1954) starring Dorothy Dandridge, whose singing voice in the film was dubbed by Ms. Horne, then age 20. The film will be followed by an on-stage interview with Ms. Horne (conducted by her friend and collaborator Jane Scovell), illustrated with clips from her opera, television and movie appearances. 209 W. Houston St. at 7 p.m.
Curtain Call Conversations
“The Retreat From Moscow,” the Broadway play starring Eileen Atkins, John Lithgow and Ben Chaplin, is the story of a man who abruptly leaves his wife one weekend, leaving his son to pick up the pieces. Tonight’s performance will be followed by an audience discussion with the cast. 8 p.m. at the Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St. Tickets are $61.25 – $81.25. Call 212 239 6200 for tickets or visit www.retreatfrommoscow.com.
WED. FEB. 4
Art for Education
Sotheby’s will host a silent art auction to benefit the tuition assistance program at the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School, an independent school in the West Village. This event showcases a wide variety of works, including a large amount of photography from Sarah Charlesworth, Patrick Demarchelier, Sandi Fellman, Annie Liebowitz, José Picayo, Ben Watts, William Wegman and many others. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through tomorrow’s final bidding starting at 6 p.m. To pre-register or see the artwork, visit www.lrei.org or call 212 477 5316.
Weill Concert Revival
The Collegiate Chorale, led by music director Robert Bass, will present “An Evening of Kurt Weill.” The program is an overview of Weill’s vocal works, including musical excerpts from three shows: “Lost in the Stars,” “Marie Galante” and “Happy End.” Soloists Bebe Neuwirth, making her cabaret debut, and Roger Rees will perform with the chorale. Tickets (priced at $50, $35, $25) may be purchased at 917 322 2140. For more information, visit www.collegiatechorale.org. 8 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, 65th St. and Broadway
THUR. FEB. 5
Homo Comicus features the top gay and gay-friendly comics and performers. Come for the mirth, stay for the mayhem, when Murray Hill hosts. Jim David, Julie Goldman, Marga Gomez and the jaw-dropping Wau-Wau Sisters. 8:30pm at the Gotham Comedy Club, 34 W. 22nd St. $12 cover with 2-drink minimum. For reservations call 212-367-9000.
Tea with Kept Girls
A new play by Robert David MacDonald, “Summit Conference,” imagines a tea date with Hitler’s and Mussolini’s mistresses. Eva Braun and Clara Petacchi talk of music and fashion, but then of authority, prejudice and arrogance and make a Jewish German soldier their plaything. The play, presented by Thirteenth Night Theatre Company is an exploration of unchecked power, anti-Semitism and gender-roles. 8 p.m. Tue. – Sat. at Urban Stages, 259 W. 30th St. Call 212 868 4444 or visit www.smarttix for reservations.
Absurd Eye for the Queer Guy
“Sizzling firemen, probing detectives, saucy maids, steam room escapades, provocative party games, low rent musicals numbers on fabulous cardboard sets, piping hot celebrity dish, the latest fashion trends and beauty secrets, narrow escapes of reality, death defying mental acrobatics and more divas than you can shake your stick at” – this is the new play by David Koteles, “Bald Diva.” Directed by Jason Jacobs and Jamee Freedus, this comical look at gay culture and life in Chelsea, starts tonight. Thur.- Sat. at 10:30 p.m. at The Red Room, 85 E. 4th St. $15 Call 212 868 4444 or visit www.smarttix.com.
Les Arts Florissants
The ensemble founded by William Christie inaugurates Lincoln Center’s 25th “Great Performers” series with two chamber operas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier: “Les arts florissants” and “La descent d’Orphée aux enfers.” Pre-concert talks are at 6:45 p.m. at the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse, 10th floor in the Rose Building. The concert is at 8 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall, 65th St. and Broadway. Tickets are $45 at 212 721 6500.
FRI. FEB. 6
Fighting Terror with Two Wheels
“Spokesong” by Stewart Parker with music by Jimmy Kennedy opens tonight. It is the late 1970’s in troubled Belfast, Northern Ireland where car bombs terrorize and a singing bicycle shop owner has a solution…bicycles for the people. “Spokesong” is a magically theatrical play with wonderful songs, about having the courage to make things better, even if everything is blowing up around you. Mon. and Thur. through Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sat. at 2 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. at the Storm Theatre, 145 W. 46th St. $19 Call 212 868 4444 or visit www.smarttix.com.
Racket in the Closet
Lincoln Center Productions presents “Big Bill,” a play about Bill Tilden, a closeted tennis star from the 1920s who won seven U.S. championships. Directed by Mark Lamos and starring John Michael Higgins as Tilden, the play runs through May at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 504 W. 65th St. Tickets are $60 available at 212 239 6200.
Coming Out Groups
Coming out can be hard. At Identity House, our peer counselors support people at all stages of the coming out process — those coming out to their families, friends, and co-workers, and those coming out to themselves. Their “Coming Out Groups” provide a safe place to talk about all these aspects of coming out for all LGBT persons. The women’s Coming Out Group meets from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., the men’s from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Identity House, 39 W. 14th St., Suite 205. The building is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 212 243 8181 or go to www.identityhouse.org.