VOLUME 3, ISSUE 347 | November 18 – 24, 2004
7 Days and 7 Nights
THU. NOV. 18
Keep Hope Alive
LIFEbeat, the music industry’s AIDS support organization, hosts a party at Virgin Megastore Union Square to to celebrate the release of the “Keep Hope Alive,” a new CD of gorgeous soulful house album featuring all-new Blaze-produced songs by Ultra Nate, Joi Cardwell, Barbara Tucker, Byron Stingily, Kenny Bobien, Dawn Tallman and Arnold Jarvis, collectively known here as The Underground Dance Artists United For Life. Cardwell, Tucker, Tallman and Jarvis will perform live. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The after-party will take place at Discothéque, 17 W. 19 St., 11 p.m.to 4 a.m. The CD is available at www.kingstreetsounds.com.
The Publishing Triangle holds a monthly networking and socializing event on the third Thursday of every month at Space Untitled, 133 Greene St., between Houston and Prince Sts. There is no agenda and no program—just kicking back to relax and chat over drinks with other writers, publishing professionals and fans of queer letters. Admission is free and new friends are always welcome. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Jonathan Biss, the esteemed 24-year-old pianist, gives an all-Mozart recital with violinist Miriam Fried at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 8 p.m. $35 tickets at 212 560-3949. Fifth Ave. at 82 St.
Written by Shireen Deen and directed by Selena Ambush, “Butchus Homosexualis,” is a humorous 1950’s filmstrip exploration of the history and evolution of butches along with “a practical lesson on butch etiquette.” W.O.W. Café, 59-61 E. 4th St., 4th floor, between 2nd Ave. and Bowery. Call 212-777-4280 for reservations.
Queer Extreme Makeovers
If you’re tired of draggin’—on those ciggies, that is—check out “Try a Better Kind of Drag,” an evening of support, care and nurturing for smokers, former smokers and their friends to celebrate the Great American SmokeOut! Enjoy free massages, acupuncture, makeup and skin-care consultations, yoga and exercise tips. Special musical performance by R & B sensation Manchildblack! This event is free, and sponsored by the LGBT Community Center’s LGBT SmokeFree Project and the Imperial Court of New York, along with Body Positive, Bronx Lesbian & Gay Health Resource Consortium, Harlem United, Housing Works, Queens Pride House and the Staten Island LGBT Wellness Project of Community Health Action. 208 W. 13th St., 6 to 8 p.m.
FRI. NOV. 19
Latin Look at the Great Very White Way
Elizabeth “Macha” Marrero, the award-winning actress, comedienne and drag king presents “Petronelia: Her Broadway Cho,” a one-woman show full of enough characters to fill an entire South Bronx apartment complex. One of her favorite recurring characters is Petronelia, the quintessential, Latino, ghetto matriarch. In this newest installment, Petronelia gets a ‘Broadway’ gig, wakes up late for her opening and sets out on a quest to get to the theater. Marrero performs Friday and Saturday nights through Dec. 4 at BAAD!, the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, 841 Barretto St., near Garrison St., Hunts Point. Take the #6 train to Hunts Point Ave. Tickets are $15 at 718-842-5223.
Long After Warhol
Taylor Mead, the star of more 100 films and one of the most important actors to come out of the Warhol Factory, will poeticize about sex, Bush, sex, Bush and Bush. Mead was seen most recently in Jim Jarmusch’s “Coffee and Cigarettes.” Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery between Houston and Bleecker Sts., 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, call 212-614-0505. Mead also appears Fri., Nov. 26, same time, new topic.
Housing Works Monthly Concert
This month’s benefit concert features performances by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter John Mayer and indie blues/R&B pianist Kelley Hunt. This “Live From Home” benefit concert at Housing Works Used Book Café donates the proceeds to AIDS services. Tickets are limited, and available at housingworksubc.com or 212-334-3324. 7:30 p.m. at 126 Crosby St., one block east of Broadway. $25
In a performance that celebrates Valentina Kozlova’s 25th anniversary of her defection from the former Soviet Union, she will appear in the exotic pas de deux “Calling” created by choreographer Margo Sappington. The evening will also include a jazzy new ballet by Margo Sappington created for dancers drawn from Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory of New York. $35, $25 for children and seniors, $12 for dance students. At Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St. between Madison and Park Aves. Call 212-307-4100 for reservations and 212-245-0050 for more information.
SAT. NOV. 20
A Pacific Thanksgiving
Asian and Pacific Islanders of New York (APANY) hosts a potluck feast on the Saturday evening prior to the holiday. Bring food or a cash donation of $10 per person. Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Please RSVP your potluck items to Ed at 718-699-5922 or John at 718-966-4010. The event is open to Asians, Pacific Islanders and their non-Asian/Pacific friends. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The Jewish Community Center offers “Biblical Text Study for Lesbians & Gays.” Come engage in a lively discussion about the relevance of the week’s Torah portion with other New Yorkers. Then bring Shabbat to a close together with the moving ceremony of Havdalah. No previous experience necessary; no particular affiliation or ideology required. Refreshments provided. For more information, please call Hayyim at 212-663-1544. Co-sponsored by The JCC in Manhattan and Congregation B’nai Jeshurun. 5–7:30 p.m. at 334 Amsterdam Avenue. Free
GRAANJ, The Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey, announces the sixth annual “Transgender Day of Remembrance.” Please gather to remember and honor all those whom have died as a result of anti-transgender bigotry, hatred, and violence. 6 p.m. at the The University Chapel, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. Visit graanj.org for more information.
Melodia Women’s Choir of NY presents heartwarming music to make you shiver with delight, works for women’s voices by Sir Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst and Serge Rachmaninoff and others. 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, at 346 W. 20th St. Admission is $15. For more information, call 212-561-0167.
British Music Concert
The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps present an evening of British music from “Baroque to the Beatles.” The evening’s program includes a variety of compositions by British composers including Benjamin Britten’s Courtly Dances, Purcell’s Symphony from “The Fairy Queen,” some Broadway and pop medleys by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Beatles. Washington Irving High School, 40 Irving Pl. Admission is $20/12 for seniors/students. Call 212-591-2886 for more information.
SUN. NOV. 21
A Dinner MIXer
For years, MIX, New York’s queer experimental film festival has been held in November. But support for art is waning in today’s world, and the event has been delayed until April, 2005. Come support the festival and its goal of nurturing adventurous filmmaking willing to walk on the wild side. Gus Van Sant, Linda Simpson, Jonathan Caouette, Mike Albo, Henry Flesh and many more film and nightlight luminaries will host an evening of dinner and an art auction at two locations—dinner at Superfine, at 126 Front St. at Pearl St., in DUMBO, and then the auction, two doors down at Gallerie, 63 Pearl St. Dinner is $100, the auction, $20, with $10 for the after-auction cabaret. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 212-742-8880.
Writer and performer V. Stephen Bauer presents “Fade Out – or, The Imperfections of a Man,” a look at the life of gay actor Anthony Perkins, who was immortalized as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” The Producer’s Club 348 W.44th St., through Dec. 3. Call smarttix.com or 212-868-4444 for reservations. Admission is $15 to $20.
TUE. NOV. 23
Jammin’ at the Beacon
Russell Simmons brings a cast with ferocious energy and wit to New York City’s Beacon Theatre for two performances only, November 23 and 24, featuring the best of the best from his smash HBO series “Def Poetry.” Many of the performers are among those that electrified New York and became the surprise sensation on Broadway in “Def Poetry Jam.” Poets include Staceyann Chin, an out lesbian New Yorker of Jamaican birth who won the 1999 Chicago People of Color Slam; was the first runner up in the 1999 Outright Poetry Slam; the winner of the 1998 Lambda Poetry Slam and a finalist in the 1999 Nuyorican Grand Slam. The Beacon is at 2124 Broadway at 74th St. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $35 to $49.50 at 212-307-7171.
Come to “Publishing 102: Marketing and Promoting Your Book,” a panel of publishing professionals—marketers, a publicist, a bookseller, and a recently published author — explaining the ABCs of the book “buzz”-ness and taking questions from the audience. 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. $5 for members, $7 for non-members. All proceeds benefit the Publishing Triangle’s annual literary awards.
FRI. NOV. 26
Lesbian Cinema Arts
This evening, the group features Andrea Meyerson’s “Laughing Matters,” a film that showcases the heart and uproarious humor of four prominent lesbian comedians through intimate interviews, backstage footage and segments from their shows. The film was the winner of Outstanding Documentary Feature at Outfest in Los Angeles and Image Out in Rochester, New York. 208 W. 13th St.. Reception at 7:30, film at 8. Admission is $6 for Center members, $10 otherwise.
‘The Hasty Heart’
Keith Nobbs, one of Broadway’s most dynamic young actors, stars in this revival of the 1945 Broadway original and film, starring Ronald Reagan, about a group of soldiers in a British Army hospital in Southeast Asia in the final days of World War II. Nobbs’ recent credits include “Dublin Carol,” “Four” and the films “The 25th Hour” and “Phone Booth.” $19 tickets at 212-868-4444 at Theater Three, 311 W. 43 St., 3rd floor.
A New Dyke Bar
Finally, a women’s bar that is opening instead of closing. Girls’ Room is now open for business at 210 Rivington between Pitt and Ridge Sts. on the Lower East Side. Open seven nights a week with a hip and friendly staff and hot bartenders. Happy hour 7 to 9 nightly. Look out for the pink building—you won’t miss it.