Southeast Asian Cuisine
Through November, Café Spice celebrates its 5th anniversary with week-long celebrations and dining specials dedicated to each of India’s main regions. Join other diners at 72 University Place for amazing specials and prix fixe dinners at one of New York’s best Indian establishments. 212 253 6999 or visit www.cafespice.com
English and Spanish Production
Andrea Thome’s new play, “Undone,” is presented by The Lark Theatre Company. Valentina is a teenage girl in conflict with her mother Odile. Jefito, a blind man helps unearth the buried stories inside the characters’ hearts and bursts open their relationships, forcing Valentina and Odile to reveal themselves to each other. 8 p.m. (Thur. – Sat.), 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Mon. at 939 8th Ave. between 55th and 56th St. on 2nd floor. $15, call 212 246 2676 ext. 22.
Get Your Group On
People of Color in Crisis hosts “Things of that Nature,” a young adult group for gay, lesbian, trans-gendered and questioning youth from ages 16 to 24. Come discuss hot topics in a sweet space with like-minded peers. The group meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at P.O.C.C located at 468 Bergen St., Brooklyn. Call 718 230 0770 or visit www.pocc.org.
Puppets Host Parade
The theme of this year’s Greenwich Village Parade is “The Trickster,” recognizing the ancient creatures upon whom the term “trick or treat” is based. “Little Shop of Horrors’” giant puppet, Audrey II, will serve as the first-ever grand marshal and Kate Monster of “Avenue Q” will provide color commentary on NY1’s live coverage of the parade. Viewing spots for the parade are along Sixth Avenue in Manhattan in Greenwich Village starting at 7 p.m.
Nonstop theater, a costume competition, and ballroom dancing will bewitch the East Village on Halloween at the Theatre for the New City’s 27th Annual Village Halloween Costume Ball. Music provided by Paprika, a Brazilian jazz pop orchestra, and Hot Lavender Swing Band, an all-gay and lesbian 18-piece orchestra. Also enjoy the Witches Cauldron, the festival’s sensational Halloween Café. Outside, there’s bluegrass music, jazz bands, fire-eaters, jugglers, story weavers, and stilt dancers, all free to the public. Outside begins at 4 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at 155 1st Ave. $15, costume or formal wear required. Call 212 254 1109.
Come Experience a Masquerade Ball where you will find true NY vampires mix with everyday people. The gatekeeper ‘Father Vincent’ will be your host and since this is a mask and costume- only event he will decide if you can enter this underground world. DJs Ian Ford and Dracos spin, performances by Jakaar Side Show Freak/Magic and Mayhem and by the sexy La Santa Luz Dancers. Costume contest with erotic toys, tattoos, piercings, and fangs for prizes. 10 p.m. at The Gramercy, 35 East 21st St. Between Park and Broadway. Call 212-254-5709.
Dead by Dawn
The all-night Halloween movie marathon celebrates the spookiest Halloween ever with the Pioneer’s all-night Halloween freakfest. Movies include “This Corrosion” (Mitch McCabe, 2003), “Maniac” (1980) (w/appearance by director William Lustig), “King Of The Ants” – sneak preview of the new film by Stuart Gordon, cult classic “Donnie Darko” (Richard Kelly,2001), “Hellraiser” (Harry Kumel, 1971) and “Daughters of Darkness.” 7 p.m. at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater at 155 E. 3rd St. (between Ave. A and B). $9 or $6.50 for Pioneer members. Call 212 254 3300.
Caribbean Costume Party
CurryclubNYC and Sholay Productions present “Desilicious: Bollywood Carnivale – A Costume Ball.” Costumes encouraged and fabulous prizes for most creative costume! Chutney, Soca and Reggae by DJ Joel on the upper level, Bollywood, Bhangra and Hard House by Ashu Rai and on the lower level. 10 p.m. at Pepper, 95 Leonard St. $15 or $10 with flyer. 18 to party, 21 to drink. Visit www.curryclubnyc.com.
Black Pride Halloween Bash
The Black Pride NYC’s Halloween Silver Costume Fantasy 2003 will feature a Best Dressed Silver Costume Contest (male and female) with prizes from Moshood, Bacardi Silver tasting, Langston exotic dancers show (male and female), DJ’s Cameron and Tony Dobson, spinning house, hip hop, r&b, classics and island jams, surprises in the “Upper Room” and comedian Keith Price. 11 p.m. at Langston Lounge, 1073 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn. $12, call 212-613-0097 or visit www.blackpridenyc.com.
Seeing Double on Halloween
Diane Destiny O’Debra and her twin sister Tanya Tammy Tina Tiny Dancer Hyphen O’Debra will host “Nightmare on Pussy Street,” and treat their guests to appearances by some of their better-known alter-egos such as Eurotrash, The Bargain Hunters and The Maidens of Freya. Joining the asthmatic Irish sisters are some famous friends: Pantymime, Margaret Trigg, and musical guests “Hot Little Pieces of Ass.” The performance will culminate in a spook-tacular costume contest featuring cash prizes and candy. 10 p.m. at The Cutting Room, 19 W. 24th St. $10, call 212 691 1900 or visit www.odebratwins.com.
Material Girl Madness
For the third year in a row, Pyramid Club presents the Halloween Madonnathon 2003. All Madonna all night on the dance floor and in the video lounge $250 Madonna costume contest at midnight. Will you be Like a Virgin Madonna? Cone-breast Madonna? Get Into the Groove Madonna? Even (gasp) English Roses Madonna? 9:30 p.m. at Pyramid Club Theatre at 101 Avenue A. $8, visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com.
Is there any connection between our unconscious sexual expressions and our conscious sexual choices? What are the unconscious meanings of the presence or absence of men in the sexual fantasies of lesbians? Does having sexual fantasies about men mean you are straight? Please join Identity House for a Women’s Workshop facilitated by Arleen Bandler. 2 to 4 p.m. at the Identity House, 39 West 14th St between 5th and 6th Aves Suite 205. $10 suggested donation, www.identityhouse.org for more information.
Noche de Ronda
The OBIE award winning Teatro Teba presents “A Night to Remember,” a comedy written by Pedro Monge Rafuls. This was the first Latino play in New York to deal with the subject of AIDS and it became one of the most successful plays in the New York Latino theatre when it was originally staged three times in 1990 and 1991. The play is mow studied by academics, theatre specialists, theatre magazines and three universities in the United States. Author Pedro Monge Rafuls will direct the latest staging of “A Night to Remember.” 6 p.m. at the Red Carpet Theater, on 2nd Avenue between 122nd and 123rd Streets. $10, call 718 896 4702 or visit www.teatroteba.com for information and additional dates.
All Things Irish
The Young People’s Chorus of NYC and the New Millennium Festival inaugurate the season’s “Visions of Peace” series with ancient and modern Celtic music and Daniel Brewbaker’s “The Brightening Air,” a suite for soprano, string orchestra and chorus and much more music. Donations to benefit the art and music of St. Stephen’s Church are accepted at the door. 3 p.m. 151 E. 28th St.
A Ride in the Country
Fast and Fabulous, New York’s LGBT cycling club meets for Trails. Richard Gottlieb takes the crowd out to the South County and North Country Trails for scenic, reasonably flat, paved multi-use rail trails in Westchester County. Access to Central Park will be limited because of the marathon, so meet Richard at the Eleanor Roosevelt statue at the corner of 72nd and Riverside at 9 a.m. About 45 mi. at an intermediate 14- mph pace. Call 212 567 7160 or [email protected] for more information.
Australian Cabaret Star
Kane Alexander, golden boy of the Australian cabaret scene with accolades from Sydney to New York, returns. Kane’s show entitled “The Other Boy From Oz”, will feature songs including “These Foolish Things,” “Crying”, “So Far,” “Sway,” and “The Best Thing To Happen To Me.” The Musical Director and accompanist will be Christopher Denny. 8 p.m. (and Monday November 3 at 9 p.m.) at the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room, at 59 W. 44th St. $40 with a $20 minimum, call 212 419 9331.
Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak
Pulitzer Prize-winning Kushner and award-winning children’s writer Sendak discuss their collaborations on the book “Brundibar,” based on a Czech opera for children performed by the children of Terezin during the Holocaust. Sponsored by the 92nd St. Y. 7:30 p.m. at the East Side Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St. $25, Call 212 415 5500 for tickets.
A hot date, job security, and eternal bliss are some of the conditions Jennifer Klein craves in her upbeat and amusing cabaret. A collection of songs and witty sketches, this show asks if a 5’2” redheaded Jersey girl can find “core” happiness in the Big Apple. Melodies range from classic musical theatre to rock-n-roll. Jazz numbers are complete with funky sax solos and sexy vocal riffs. 8 p.m. at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St., between 8th and 9th Ave. $15 plus 2-drink minimum, call 212 757 0788.
The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan is hosting a special 6-week workshop for the Gay and Lesbian program. “Write Out” is designed to develop creative written expression with poetry, fiction, or drama. Peers and the instructor will critique student work in a safe and constructive environment, with emphasis on craft and honing a personal voice. Samples of writing by recognized authors will be shared. Taught by Davida Singer, teacher at SVA and freelance journalist, whose work includes Shelter Island Poems. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through December 8th. The JCC in Manhattan is located at 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St. $200 for members and $250 for non-members. Call 212 404 3423.
Sex—Then and Now
Tina Brown, Sarah Jessica Parker and Wendy Wasserstein join Erica Jong in commemorating the 30th anniversary of the publication of “Fear of Flying,” the groundbreaking feminist book. 1395 Lexington Ave. Reservations are required. Tickets are $25 available at www.92Y.org or 212 415 5500.
Join the African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change for a showing of the controversial Indian movie, “Fire.” Written and directed by Deepa Mehta, “Fire” tells the story of two women living in contemporary Delhi who dare to rebel against the traditional roles expected of Indian women. 8 p.m. at The Center, 208 W. 13th St. between 7th and 8th Avenues. $3 suggested donation.
Laugh Out Loud
Celebrate an alternative laugh-style with some of New York’s most hilarious gay and gay-friendly comics and performers. “Homo Comicus” features Larry Amoros, Jim David, Marga Gomez, Susan Jeremy and more. Hosted by woman-of-a-thousand-faces Jessica Kirson at 8:30 p.m. at Gotham Comedy Club, 34 W. 22nd St., $12 cover and 2 beverage minimum, call 212 367 9000.
Metropolitan Opera & Neil Shicoff
On November 6, 2003, tenor Neil Shicoff will sing in the opening night performance of the highly anticipated new production of “La Juive” written by Jacques Halévy. “La Juive” is a co-production with the Vienna State Opera. As relevant today as when the opera was first written, “La Juive” is a telling story of religious persecution, vengeance, and loss. Marcello Viotti conducts. A CD recording from a live performance of La Juive from the Vienna Staatsoper is available from BMG Entertainment. The legendary filmmaker Sydney Lumet has also recently finished directing a music video for the opera. Performance dates are Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10 at 8 p.m., Nov. 14, 8 p.m., Nov. 20 at 8 p.m., Dec. 5 at 8 p.m., Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Dec 13 at 1 p.m. and Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Call the Metropolitan’s box office at 212-362-6000 for tickets.
Play with Women
Playtime Workshop is a unique and outrageously funny way to meet a diverse group of women, incorporating non-threatening, interactive theatre games. No experience is necessary. Mary Galfin is the comedian chaperone and has structured the workshop to guarantee that you will meet new people. Play and laughter breaks the ice and people open up. You will leave with an uplifted spirit and possibly a new romantic hook-up. 8 – 10 p.m. at 208 13th St., $17 advance tickets, $20 at the door. Call 212 989 8549.
Traditional Italian Wedding
Planning a wedding can be hell. And planning to ruin a wedding can be hella fun, especially one of the grooms is your ex! This is the premise of “My Big Gay Italian Wedding,” a new comedy by Anthony Wilkinson, directed by Peter Rapanaro. Come see if this gay couple can make it through their hilarious family problems and say “I do.” The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. at Actor’s Playhouse, located at 100 7th Ave. between Bleeker and Christopher St. Tickets are $40. Call 212 239 6200 or visit www.TeleCharge.com.
Circle the City
Fast and Fabulous, New York’s LGBT cycling club invites riders to the Magellenesque “Circumbikeulation” of Manhattan. Cyclists meet on the west side of the little park at 10th Ave. and 14th St. at 10 a.m. for a beginner’s 13-mph paced counterclockwise tour. There will be multiple stops for fuel and scenery. Call 212 567 7160 or email [email protected] for more information.
Read it Loud
The Nuyorican Poets Café will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a star-studded concert and benefit, paying homage to the center of the spoken word scene. ALOUD! Will feature Nuyorican Poets Café alumni, comedy, Salsa, Hip Hop, theatre performances and celebrity appearances. Ray Barretto, Benjamin Bratt, John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez and Russel Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam will all be presented with awards. 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. Tickets are $25 and up. Call 212 840 2824 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Lunch with Judy Garland
Join Dixie Carlyle, the fictitious star of stage, screen and radio as she welcomes her dear friend, Hollywood icon and legend, Judy Garland, to her home. Eavesdrop on the two stars as they share gossip and the news of the day. Naturally, Miss Garland will recreate some of the grandest musical moments from her illustrious motion picture career. Over a high tea luncheon, enjoy this magical presentation of “Home For The Holidays With Judy Garland,” starring Christine Jordan as the beloved American Icon. 11:30 a.m. at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization in Stonybrook, NY. $35, call 631 689 5888 for more dates and reservations.
Queens Cabaret Fundraiser
Queens Pride House proudly presents an evening of cabaret to benefit Queer Links, a referral program for Queens residents seeking LGBT-supportive mental health and health care professionals, legal services, HIV/AIDS services, and other social service providers. Cabaret Night features performances by local Queens performers, including Sam Rossi and Sue Scannel. QPH is a not-for-profit organization and contributions — including tickets to the Nov. 8 cabaret are tax deductible. 8 p.m. at 67-03 Woodside Ave. Call 718 429 5309 or visit www.queenspridehouse.org.
Concert in Manhattan’s Oldest House
The Morris-Jumel Mansion, a museum once occupied during George Washington during his Harlem Heights military campaign, hosts “Bass Instruments Face Off,” a concert featuring Carlene Stober on viola da gamba, David Bakamjian on the baroque cello and Rebecca Pechefsky on harpsichord. 2 p.m. 65 Jumel Terrace. $15, reservations required, 212 923 8008
SUN. NOV. 9
Fast and Fabulous, New York’s
LGBT cycling club invites you to ride to Pepsico and visit the multinational firm’s 144-acre headquarters in Purchase, N.Y., about 20 mi. northeast of Central Park. The ride features the Kendall Sculpture Gardens, a world-acclaimed collection. Gerry Oxford leads the cycling crew at an intermediate 15-mph pace to view the grounds. Meet at the Boathouse in Central Park at 9 a.m. Call 212 567 7160 or visit www.fastnfab.org for more information.
The 4th annual sale of new and “gently used” pornography for gay men is on sale. Porn Again 4 will have more porn, more prizes and more party than ever before. The first 100 attendees will receive a gift bag with products from companies such as Titan and Eros. The sizzling new porn star Miguel Leonn, featured in new releases by Titan and Kristen Bjorn, will be on hand to sign autographs, sell videos and keep the party hopping. Proceeds The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. 2 to 5 p.m., at The Monster, 80 Grove St. $10, call 212 242 1777 or visit www.nycgmc.org.
MON. NOV. 10
Defense Attorney Dark Comedy
Come hear a staged reading of a dark comedy by Kal Wagenheim. What if Hitler surfaces in New York having posed all these years as a Holocaust survivor? A Dream Team of high-profile lawyers scrambles all over each other to mount a defense of the one of the most hated men in history. “Bavarian Rage” is a delightfully dark comedy that skewers our morbid fascination with the grotesque and the people who get rich from it. Directed by Joe Ragno. 7:30 p.m. at The Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W. 36th St., between 8th & 9th Aves. For more information call 973 376 2314.