The eight-year-old new music series Cutting Edge Concerts presents Allen Shawn’s “From the Sad Café,” Matthew Greenbaum’s “Squire Allworthy’s Menuetto,” and Allen Cohen’s ”Duo-Partita,” all performed by The Claremont Duo (cello and guitar). The evening will also feature Patricia Morehead’s “Multiples,” for oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn, and electric tape. 8 p.m. Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St, btwn. Bedford St. & Seventh Ave. $15/$10 for students and seniors at 212-242-4770.
Stone Butch Drag King
Leslie Feinberg is a celebrated author, journalist and activist, whose transgender classic, “Stone Butch Blues,” continues to electrify readers more than a decade after its first publication. In her new book, “Drag King Dreams,” Feinberg takes us on another unforgettable gender journey, this time through the character of Max Rabinowitz, an East Village drag club bouncer drifting through post 9/11 New York City. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. Free.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Walk for Multiple Sclerosis
The New York City chapter of the MS Society hosts its annual walks on Sat. in Staten Island and on Sun. in Manhattan. More than 6,000 walks are expected to help raise more than $3.3 million to provide direct services for people living with MS and their families in New York and for national research for a cure of this chronic, unpredictable, and often debilitating disease of the central nervous system. Walkers will check in at Historic Richmond Town in Staten Island at 9:30 a.m. on Sat., with the event to step off at 10:30. The Manhattan walk gathers at the South Street Seaport on Sunday, also at 9:30 a.m., with the event to step off at 11. To register, call 212-463-9791 or visit msnyc.org. There are three routes—a 2.5 mile course that is fully accessible, a 7.5 mile route, and one that runs 12.5 miles.
Made in Palestine
The first museum-quality exhibition devoted to the contemporary art of Palestine to be held in the United States is a survey of work spanning three generations of Palestinian artists who live in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, parts of Israel, Syria, Jordan, and the U.S. The Bridge Gallery, 521 W. 26th St., third floor. 646-584-9098. Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Ends today. Free.
Dance 208: FurBall 5
Join hot DJ Jack Reina for another legendary FurBall as furry friends and their admirers come out of hibernation and start looking for a snack. DJ Jack Reina will spin his dark sexy beats with plenty of hot vocals for this celebration of everything furry with DJ Lugnut in the Big Lug lounge, go-go bears and special hosts NY Metrobears, Bear Café, Big Lug, BMC NY. Great raffle prizes. Watch the fur fly. $10, $6 members and New York area bear club members with ID, and before 9:45. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310.
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 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. Tonight and Apr. 29 at 7 p.m. The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. $10 plus 2-drink minimum at 212-255-5438.
Welcoming A New Season
SAGE holds its annual Women’s Spring Dance today at China Club, 268 W. 47th St., 3:30-8:30 p.m. DJ Nancy B spins the best of the new dance music along with old-time favorites, both for couples and singles. The Stepping Out dance group performs and will also offer salsa dance lessons. Tickets are $20 in advance at the SAGE office, room 207 at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. or at the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop at 15 Christopher St., btwn. Sixth & Seventh Ave., or by phone at 212-741-2247. Tickets are $25 at the door, $15 for students 21 and older. Women of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to turn out. All proceeds go to Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, the nation’s oldest and largest social service agency for this community.
Female Sexual Energy Workshop
People are born with an abundance of energy that the Taoists call the principal energy, or jing. For women it relates to the generative energy that is necessary to make eggs, create the uterine lining and hormones, and keep sexually active. Any woman at any age can have access to this energy. Sexual energy can multiply; it can be stored, recycled, and transformed into a powerful healing force on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. With regular practice, this work balances the hormonal system and helps premenstrual syndrome. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $65 at Body Language, 241 Bedford Ave. btwn. N. Third and Fourth Sts. in Williamsburg. 718-450-1356.
In her follow up to the always excellent “Greenzine,” Cristy Road offers up “Indestructible,” an illustrated novel about her experiences as a misfit teenage punk rocker in early ‘90s Miami. Cristy’s rad illustrations and incisive writing give voice to this true story about gender identity, cultural roots, mortality, and punk rock. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. Free.
The Equality Ride has taken 35 young adults on a seven-week bus tour to confront a number of religious and/or military colleges that ban the enrollment of LGBT students. Greet the young men and women of the Equality Ride before their last stop at a champagne reception at Chelsea’s Hasted-Hunt Art Gallery. After spending nearly two months on the road, Equality Ride participants have made headlines by getting arrested on the campuses of a number of Christian and military colleges. They’ll arrive at their final destination tomorrow—the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. David Mixner, Andrew Tobias, Kyan Douglas, Author Mel White, the members of SoulforceNYC and others will host the event to thank and support these change-makers. Participants will share their experiences as they traveled across the country and attempted to confront the discriminatory policies of these select institutions. The event will also raise funds for Soulforce, Inc and the Riders themselves, helping them offset the fines incurred during their acts of civil disobedience. To learn more or sign up to be part of the event at West Point’s gates, visit equalityride.com/westpoint and click on “Register to stand with the Soulforce Equality Ride at West Point.” 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 529 W 20 St. $35 minimum donation. RSVP at [email protected].
Left Turn Magazine
Coming out of the mass convergence in Seattle in 1999, Left Turn has been strengthening a vibrant anti-imperialist analysis rooted in social movements around the world. At the same time, the magazine is also devoted to examining U.S. organizing. Written and edited by and for activists, it has also become well known for its close and unique coverage of the Palestinian struggle. Join the magazine’s editors and writers for a celebration of Left Turn’s five year anniversary, and for the release of a special 20th issue, “Reflections on Resistance: Five Years of Grassroots Reporting.” Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. $5 suggested.
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.
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.
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. 7 p.m. Ace of Clubs, inside Acme at 9 Great Jones St. at Lafayette St. $17 at 212-352-1010 or TheaterMania.com.