25 Years Of HIV
In the 25th year since the first confirmed appearance of the HIV virus, writers reflect on the immense and unanswered challenges posed to governments, NGOs, the private sector, and all of us as individuals by the scope of the AIDS calamity, particularly in the developing world. PEN American Center, The Hunter College Office of the President, School of Arts and Sciences, MFA Program in Creative Writing, and the Lambda Literary Foundation co-sponsor the discussion “A Quarter Century of HIV,” a milestone in our understanding and experience of HIV/AIDS, with Laurie Garrett, Nadine Gordimer, Moses Isegawa, Larry Kramer, Henning Mankell, and Colm Tobin, curated by Bill Goldstein. Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, 68th St. btwn. Park & Lexington Aves. $10/free for Hunter students and faculty. 212-772-4448 or kayeplayhouse.hunter.cuny.edu. 7 p.m.
The eight-year-old new music series Cutting Edge Concerts presents Dean Drummond’s Newband, performing two early and rarely heard works by Harry Partch—“From 11 Intrusions” (“2 Studies on Ancient Greek Scales,” “The Wind,” “The Street”), and “Seventeen Lyrics by Li Po.” Newband has been involved with resurrecting Partch’s great works since it received custodianship of the original Harry Partch Instrument Collection in 1990. Performers will include Robert Osborne (bass-baritone), Dean Drummond (harmonic canon), Bill Ruyle (bass marimba), and Katie Schlaikjer (tenor violin). This program will also feature performances of Dean Drummond’s “Mars Face,” commissioned by the McKim Fund of the Library of Congress and performed by Tom Chiu (violin) and Martin Goldray (synthesizer); “Precious Metals,” commissioned by The National Flute Association and performed by Stefani Starin; and “My Data’s Gone,” from the new comic quasi-opera, Café Buffé, with text by Charles Bernstein, and performed by Robert Osborne (bass-baritone) and Martin Goldray (synthesizer). 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St., btwn. Bedford St. & Seventh Ave. $15, $10 students and seniors at 212-242-4770 or gharts.org.
Posteritati Movie Posters presents “Queer as Film: Classic Gay and Lesbian Movie Posters,” a new exhibition showcasing vintage movie posters from gay and lesbian-themed film classics from around the world. Posteritati specializes in rare, vintage movie posters and is also the exclusive seller of contemporary film posters by film distributors such as Zeitgeist Films, Rialto Films, Magnolia Pictures, and First Run Features. The gallery has more than 13,000 original movie posters from over 38 different countries in stock and features customer kiosks with iMacs for visitors to browse Posteritati’s extensive inventory, which can be viewed at posteritati.com. The exhibition will feature international posters from acknowledged landmarks of queer cinema, including French comedy smash “La cage aux folles” (1979), “Pink Narcissus” (1971), “Querelle” (1982), “The Life And Times of Harvey Milk” (1984), “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1987), “My Own Private Idaho” (1992), “Aimee & Jaguar” (1999), and more. 239 Centre St. btwn. Broome & Grand Sts. Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m. Through Apr. 30.
Queer Book Club
Long before films like “Boys Don’t Cry” alerted the world to the challenges and extreme violence that transgender people experience, Leslie Feinberg’s blockbuster classic, “Stone Butch Blues” offered a harrowing window into transgender life. More than a decade later, Feinberg’s ground-breaking novel about a blue-collar butch lesbian coming of age in pre-Stonewall upstate New York, electrified readers. Today the novel is taught on virtually every campus in the United States. 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 6th Avenue and 22nd Street. Free.
From Britain To The Bronx
British artist Robin Footitt’s solo exhibition includes prints, drawings, sketchbooks, appropriated comics strips, and photographs, which weave empty landscapes, political monuments, and theatrical explosions into ambiguous narratives of social panic, geopolitical apocalypse, and natural disasters. Other works show characters from disaster and revenge films and political thrillers in wry and unexpected ways. Hagan Saint Philip, 112 Lincoln Ave. at Bruckner Blvd., #514 in the Mott Haven section of The Bronx. Through May 10. 6 train to 138th St. and Third Ave. Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, please contact Tim McDonnell at 718-877-1176 or Wayne Northcross at 917-608-3271.
In his first New York appearance in ten years, Jeffrey Essmann presents new performance material, snippets from his plays, and a rough explanation of where he’s been. Essmann was part of the burgeoning New York performance scene in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. His one-man show, “Artificial Reality,” produced by New York Theatre Workshop, was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, and sections of the show were televised on Comedy Central’s “Talent Pool.” He is also the author of numerous plays, among them the cult hit “Triplets in Uniform,” which was presented at La Mama. In Chicago, he was a regular contributor to the NPR affiliate, appeared in several Off-Loop performance venues, and was featured in a performance series at Steppenwolf. His play “Johannes, Pyotr & Marge” was produced last year at the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. He moved back to New York this past summer. Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, 2nd Fl, btwn. Houston & Prince. Tonight & tomorrow at 8 p.m.; $12 or TDF, $10 students & seniors at 212-219-0736 or dixonplace.org.
APANY Spring Break
Attend this cozy, laid-back, and intimately friendly gathering of the Asian Pacific Alliance of New York and its friends. Admission includes delicious finger food, non-alcoholic drinks, and wonderful friends. Open to everyone, including non-Asians. $8, $6 for APANY members, first-time attendee, or students with ID. Contact Ed at 718-699-5922 or John at 718-966-4010 or members.aol.com/apany. 7:30 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St.
Symphony Space presents a 12-hour Dance Sampler Marathon featuring an eclectic mix of over a dozen performers and companies presenting programming for children and adults, sneak previews of new works, cutting-edge dance video, and a screening of “Fantasia.” The first five hours features kids’ programming, including the Ballet Hispanico School Ensemble, Peter Pucci Plus, Brian Brooks Moving Company; David Neumann, and Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company. Walt Disney’s classic dance film, “Fantasia” at 3:30 p.m. bridges the children’s and adults’ programming. Beginning at 6 p.m., there will be performances by a host of choreographers and companies from emerging to established, including Aszure Barton, Isabel Gotskowsky, Niles Ford,Ford , Sara Hook, and Telly Fowler. Symphony Space is also co-commissioning new works by Battleworks Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and John Jasperse Company. Excerpts from these works-in-progress will be shown along with repertory selections from these companies. Dance videos will complement each hour’s entertainment. Symphony Space, Broadway at 95th Street. $10, $8 for children, $6 for members at 212-864-5400, Tue.-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or symphonyspace.org.
New York Minutes
TOSOS II director Mark Finley has fashioned a revue from the songs of cabaret icon John Wallowitch, which sings of swank parties, dimly lit dives, and late-night gatherings where strangers become life long friends and love suddenly arrives just as quickly as it departs—all in a New York Minute. With musical direction by Ray Fellman, and featuring performers Jolie Meshbesher, Robert Locke, and Chris Weikel. Presented as part of the Billy Blackwell Musical Theatre Project. 7 p.m. The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. $10 plus 2-drink minimum at 212-255-5438.
Help NOLA’s Displaced
Looking to help other LGBT and HIV affected communities and make a difference? Become a part of the Families Helping Families volunteer team and help get basic household items to people who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina last fall. Thousands from the Gulf Coast were moved to new locations, and there are still many who haven’t yet established their new lives yet. Come to this information session & training and start making a difference. To sign-up or for more information, call 212-620-7310, ext. 274 or email [email protected]. 1 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310.
The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode
Written by LA Weekly Theatre Award-winner Jamie Morris, this unauthorized parody features an all-male cast as the girls from Eastland. The lost episode in question is a two-part, viewer-discretion-advised, musical entitled “The Best Little Whorehouse in Peekskill.” Budget cuts are threatening to force Mrs. Garrett to leave Eastland and the girls will do anything to raise enough money so she can stay. So, they become hookers. And they sing and dance about it! Add an evil Headmaster who has a thing for Mrs. G, lesbian overtones between Jo and Blair, and a guest cameo by cousin Gerri, and it adds up to an unforgettable evening of tragedy and triumph. Directed by Chris Melohn with set design by Michael Lee Scott, “Facts” features lyrics by Brooks Braselman and Jamie Morris with musical arrangements by Hank Bones. Extended through May 28. 7 p.m. Ace of Clubs, inside Acme at 9 Great Jones St. at Lafayette St. $17 at 212-352-1010 or TheaterMania.com.
John Epperson’s new play, “My Deah,” an update of Euripides’ “Medea” set in the New South, will be presented as the Abingdon Theatre Company’s final Stage II Production of the 2005-2006 season. Directed by Mark Waldrop “My Deah” spotlights Gator Hedgepeth, a former Mississippi football star, and his plans to abandon his wife, My Deah—an ex-beauty queen from Louisiana with a penchant for a gossip-filled bridge game—to marry Simplicity Bullard, the daughter of the corrupt, one-armed Governor. The cast features Bryan Batt, Phillip Clark, Lori Gardner, Michael Hunsaker, Geoffrey Molloy, Nancy Opel, Jay Rogers, and Kevin Townley. Lypsinka penned the script, but is not in the cast. Wed.–Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Through May 7. Dorothy Strelsin Theatre at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W. 36th St., btwn. Eighth & Ninth Aves. $19 at smarttix.com or 212-868-4444.
Celebrate International Workers’ Day by recognizing Paul Avrich, the noted radical historian and professor whose work on education and anarchism changed Left thinking and action in countless ways. A native New Yorker, Avrich authored many books on anarchist history, including books on the Haymarket Riot, the Modern School Movement, the Russian Revolution, and a collection of oral interviews with American anarchists. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. Free.
Out Professionals presents “Coaching for the Solo Entrepreneur: How to Balance Life and Work,” featuring Life Coaches James Knopf and Jim Arnoff. Learn how to prioritize, capitalize on strengths, break out of comfort zones, take risks, and tap into creativity. Create support systems through partnering and collaboration. Acquire strategies to expand client base, increase personal satisfaction, and improve balance. $20, $15 OP members. 212-462-9255 or outprofessionals.org. 7 p.m. at The LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St., 212-620-7310.
Crossing Global Boundaries
A panel discussion with Thomas Glave, “Global Citizen-ness: A Black Gay Man’s Reflections on Torture and Dictatorship;” and Juanita Diaz-Cotto, “Lesbian Activism and Latin American Feminisms, 1980-2005.” All events at The Graduate Center are co-sponsored by Continuing Education & Public Programs, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., Skylight Room (9100). 212-817-1955. 7-9 p.m., free.
THU. MAY 4
The Center, the Committee on Women, Population and the Environment, and the Center for Genetics and Society invite you to a free panel and discussion tracing the links between reproductive and emerging genetic technologies, our identities as LGBTQI people, and the history of eugenics. Advocates and scholar activists will discuss what is at stake and strategies to protect our community’s future. Featured guest speakers: Dr. Marsha Darling; David Serlin, PhD; Dr. Nancy Ordover; & Patricia Berne. Hosted by Miriam Yeung. Panel tonight from 7-9 p.m. Workshop on Saturday, May 6, from 1-5 p.m. exploring the impacts of genetic control and manipulation and the privatization of genes. What is to be done in response to an assertion that the rights of the market determine whether we screen and pre-select traits—including the projections of gender, race, ability, and sexual norms. Lunch provided. For more information and a pre-registration form, please contact [email protected]. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310.