Fab Five Junior
Bravo TV’s Emmy-winning “Queer Eye” is looking for accomplished, creative, gay male high school or college students who aspire to be one of the Fab Five. If you’re all about making the world a better, more beautiful place—in other words, you have a knack for interior design, can whip up a gourmet meal in minutes, know the ins and outs of men’s fashion, or friends come running to you for grooming tips—the Fab 5 may want to mentor you on-air in an upcoming episode. 212-500-6278 or [email protected].
Taking Risks for Peace
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice’s Ninth Annual Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Risk-Taker Awards will honor those who fight against war at home and abroad, including the Audre Lorde Project; Leslie Cagan and Jessie Cagan of United For Peace and Justice, which has mobilized against the war in Iraq; Reverend James Forbes of the Riverside Church; Seymour Melman, (1918-2004), economist and co-founder of SANE/FREEZE, which battled for an end to the nuclear arms race; and Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Hosted by Kate Clinton with performance by Staceyann Chin, a star of “Def Jam Poetry.” Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park So. Reception at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m. Tickets and information at 212-647-8966 ext.14 or [email protected].
Just As We Are
Roulette Fine Art presents 20 fine portraits of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Americans by photographer Charzette Torrence. 6-8 p.m. at the 96th St. branch of the New York Public Library. 112 E. 96th St. A panel discussion with the artist and people portrayed will take place Sat. Jan.14, also at the library. Through Jan. 21. 212-289-0908s.
Dixon Place in Exile
Jody Oberfelder’s “LineAge” is a suite of short dances, rendered in audaciously physical and verbal wit, which plays with concepts of lines and age—from tabula rasa to wrinkles. A short film augments this live performance, shot by Ronald K. Gray, featuring 80-year- old Martha Myers, renowned dance educator and long-time dean at the American Dance Festival. With narrative score by Coleman Hough. Dixon Place at The Clark Studio/Lincoln Center, 65th St. & Broadway, Rose Building, 7th fl. 7:30 p.m. Gala Opening Night Performance/Champagne Reception: $150; otherwise $20, $12 for students & seniors. 212-219-0736 x111 or dixonplace.org. Through Dec. 11.
Jordan Eagles has gained notoriety for using blood in his art combining it with contemporary materials such as acrylics, resin, and metallic powders. “Alive” is Eagles’ latest solo exhibition featuring a selection of works from his new body of multidimensional creations. The exhibition will feature over 12 abstract works that portray inner light, explosive energy, and organic patters reminiscent of the inner rings of trees, aerial views of crop circles and heavenly orbs. Qbix Gallery, 211 Arch St. in Philadelphia, 215-625-2521 or qbixart.com. Through Dec. 19, Tue.-Fri. 12-5 p.m.
A Very Bette Christmas
A new holiday play with music, written by Elizabeth Fuller (“Me and Jezebel”) imagines the star in the setting of a 1962 Christmas television special. Tommy Femia, who is best known for his award-winning Judy Garland impersonation, plays the intimidating, explosive actress. Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St. $20 cover plus two-drink minimum at 212-757-0788. Weekends, various times, through Jan. 8.
Location One presents the first New York solo exhibition by Canadian artist Martin Beauregard. This body of recent sculpture, videos, and photographs highlights Beauregard’s ongoing interest in themes revolving around the relationships among dream, illusion, and reality. 26 Greene St., btwn. Canal & Grand Sts. 212-334-3347 or location1.org. The exhibition’s opening reception 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours Tue.-Sat. 12-6 p.m. Through Feb 4.
Mick Rock the photographer often referred to as “The Man Who Shot the Seventies,” showcases an intimate selection of some of his most iconic rock ‘n roll images. From his earliest work as David Bowie’s official photographer to working with Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, the Ramones, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rock’s enthusiasm remains remained undiminished as he has continues to capture the musical spirit of successive eras right through to the new millennium. The gallery is at SoHo Grand, 310 W. Broadway. Through Jan. 30.
A Dance Anniversary
Peridance Ensemble hosts two in-house concerts at its East Village center in celebration of its 21st year. The event features performances by the ensemble followed by a meet and greet with founder and artistic director Igal Perry. 132 Fourth Ave. btwn. 12th and 13th Sts. 7:30 p.m. $15 at 212-505-0886.
British art mavericks C6 are proud to announce “DIY Survival—There Is No Subculture, Only Subversion,” a compilation of strategies and techniques for DIY art, media subversion, and sabotage of cultural markets. DIY Survival delivers a mix of theory, documentation of practice and examples of collective collaborations. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. Free.
As part of a rare solo exhibition, encompassing 30 years of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s groundbreaking artistic practices, the artist will premiere her latest artificial intelligence robot. Dubbed as “the grande dame of digital art,” Hershman Leeson has been working with robots and artificial intelligence as an art form for more than a decade. DiNA, a virtual presidential candidate with the slogan campaign, “Artificial intelligence is better than no intelligence,” is embodied by the face of Leeson’s longtime collaborator, actress Tilda Swinton. Swinton’s transformed visage is driven by cutting-edge animation software and a brain as big as the Internet, growing smarter as it interacts with users and processes information. From her early conceptual performance pieces to her videos, films, multimedia installations, and most recently, artificial intelligence and robotic works, Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her enigmatic and provocative, female “fictional personas” or “virtual agents,” investigating issues which have now been recognized as key to the understanding of our 21st century society. bitforms gallery, 529 W. 20th St. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Through Jan. 14, Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
SAGE Women’s Task Force Holiday Celebration
Sing along with Kathleen Walsh Penn, New York’s celebrated party pianist and singer, to your holiday favorites and try your own songs at the open mic. There’ll be smooching at the kissing booth with Ms. and “Mr.” Santa under the mistletoe. Participate in the grab bag event and bring a little gift under $5 to exchange for holiday fun! Refreshments will be served. For more info, 212-741-2247. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 2 p.m. Suggested donation is $5
Moonfire Empowerment & Spirituality Network helps give vent to your creative bent! Learn how to make the perfect gifts for all your loved ones—from jewelry with Lorraine Gibney, to customized holiday wreathes and other gifts with Barbara Simmons. Add your own personal touch—these gifts are simple to make, yet enable you to display your own unique style of gift-making and giving. $6 admission includes craft materials. For further information, call 212-222-2467. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 5 p.m.
Pacific Accented Holiday Extravaganza
Asian Pacific Alliance of New York hold its 10th annual year-end festivities celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Admission includes hot and cold buffet, non-alcoholic drinks, entertainment, and free raffled gifts from Santa. Donations of wrapped presents for the raffles welcome. Special guests include Jose and Jing, Mr. & Miss Asian Pacific Alliance 2005, and Za-sha Lamar, Miss Pearl of the Orient 2005. Open to everyone. $10, $8 for APANY embers. For more information, write [email protected] or visit members.aol.com/apany. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13TH St. 7:30 p.m.
Fighting for a Cure
The Treatment Action Group (TAG), one of the leading worldwide organizations in AIDS research, will host its 2005 “Research in Action Awards,” an annual benefit honoring individuals who have made a significant impact in AIDS research and activism. This year TAG will honor State Senator Thomas Duane, Dr. Bruce R. Schackman, assistant professor of Public Health at Weill Medical College at Cornell, and director, author and photographer John Waters. Presenters include award-winning actress Kathleen Turner, Elizabeth Streb, founder of the dance company STREB—whose dancers who will showcase their athletics and extreme choreography—and MC Jackie Hoffman. Artists Space, 38 Greene St., btwn. Grand & Broome Sts., third fl., 6 – 9 p.m. $125 and up at 212-253-7922 or treatmentactiongroup.org.
Miracle on 13th Street
Don’t miss this special evening of holiday songs featuring Broadway’s top stars. The concert will present more than a dozen of the Great White Way’s best vocalists including Max von Essen from “Dance of the Vampires,” Julia Murney from “Lennon” and “The Wild Party,” Megan Hilty and Robb Sapp currently in “Wicked,” and Sara Chase from “SLUT!” Produced and directed by Jamie McGonnigal, with music direction by Mark Hartman of “Avenue Q.” This event is a benefit for the LGBT Community Center and God’s Love We Deliver. $20 at 212-620-7310 or gaycenter.org. The Center, 208 W. 13TH St., 7:30 p.m.
Yoga for Modern Men
Bendyboys has moved to a brand new, spacious, carpeted studio with views of midtown at One Spirit Learning Alliance. Two classes are now offered at different levels—Mon. is Level I-II, suitable for beginners; Thu. is Level II-III, suitable for those looking for a more rigorous flow and advanced poses. 6:30 – 8:15 p.m. 330 W. 38th St., Suite 1506. $17; $1 mat rental. bendyboys.net.
Dance From the Heart
Leading performers from the worlds of ballet and modern dance will come together for a one-night-only performance. The legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov is honorary chairman, and special guest Isabella Rossellini will host this event being presented by and for the benefit of Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Scheduled to appear are Carlos Lopez, soloist with American Ballet Theatre; Cedar Lake; Complexions Contemporary Ballet featuring Desmond Richardson; Doug Varone & Dancers; Grandiva; Lar Lubovitch Dance Company; MOMIX; Patricia Barker, principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet; and Wendy Whelan, principal dancer with New York City Ballet; and Craig Hall of New York City Ballet in “After the Rain” pas de deux by Christopher Wheeldon with music by Arvo Part accompanied by Cameron Grant on piano and Jeanne Ingram on violin. Cedar Lake, 547 W. 26th St. $150 at 212-840-0770 or dradance.org. Reception 7 p.m. performance 8 p.m.
Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre remain two of the most fascinating, iconic intellectuals of the 20th century, not least because of their enduring, unconventional relationship. Famous for their existential espousal of freedom and their creed of political engagement, they grappled with questions of ethics and morality. They rejected marriage, never lived together, and openly had other lovers. In her new book “Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre,” acclaimed biographer Hazel Rowley explores the private realities of a relationship often at odds with its carefully crafted public display. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. Free.
As devastating as the destruction produced by Hurricane Katrina has been, it may be the exposure of racial and class disparities that may be the storm’s most enduring legacy. In “The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege,” David Jensen rigorously explores what he terms ‘the depraved nature of whiteness in the United States.’ Mixing personal experience with data and theory, Jensen examines the difficult realities of race, racism, and white privilege. He argues that any system that denies non-white people their full humanity also keeps white people from fully accessing their own. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. Free.
The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson
For the first time in explicit detail, the story of how Henry Willson, a closeted, right-wing star maker of the 1950s, discovered Rock Hudson, Troy Donahue, and Tab Hunter and forever defined “beefcake.” Variety reporter Robert Hoffer will be joined in conversation with Village Voice columnist Michael Musto. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13TH St., 7 p.m. 212-620-7310. Free.
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe continues its monthly acoustic music series, “Live From Home” with Chocolate Genius, Inc., who will be playing with friends MeShell NdegeOcello and Marc Ribot. Popular singer songwriter Jeff Klein and up-and-coming brother/sister duo, Judd & Maggie are also on the bill. Housing Works Used Book Café, 126 Crosby St., btwn. Prince & Houston Sts., 7:30 p.m. $25 at 212-334-3324 or housingworks.org/usedbookcafe.
In the Continuum
As the mayor of New Paltz, Jason West has become a political force for his generation. With logic, charm, and conviction, he has used his platform to present a radical vision of human rights. While West has received tremendous attention for marrying same-sex couples, he sees gay marriage in the context of civil rights and basic equality under the law. In “Dare To Hope: Saving American Democracy,” West argues that common sense and frugality are more poetic than profligacy, and that people alone must and can take charge of their moribund democracy. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. Free.
Jackie Beat, a holiday cross between Scrooge, the Grinch, and an old-fashioned hangover, will appear at the Cutting Room for three nights only in her eighth annual holiday show. She’s bold, bawdy, ballsy, and most of all in your face. 19 W. 24th St. 10 p.m. tonight, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Fri & Sat., Dec. 16-17, and 8 p.m. Sun. Dec. 18. Tickets are $17 at 212-868-4444 or smarttix.com.
Songs to Save the Children
Acoustic duo Someone’s Sister hopes to give their money away while directing the spotlight onto child abuse prevention. Recently featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the duo have used money they’ve made from their music goes to create a foundation to address the problem. Appearing with Shanna Sharp at The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker St. 8 p.m. For more information, call 252-916-5780 or visit SomeonesSister.com.