Public and Private Monuments
The Fine Arts and Art History Departments of the School of Visual Arts presents a panel discussion on the increasingly fraught relationship between public art and private commemoration. What is public arts and to which public does it pay homage? How do politics and patronage play into its content. Sculptor Alice Aycock, who creates large-scale, semi-architectural installations, moderates the conversation among Julian LaVerdiere, a sculptor who was among the creators of “Tribute in Light,” the temporary light memorial to 9/11; and conceptual artist and sculptor Dennis Oppenheim; Lucio Pozzi, a mixed-media artist, whose site specific installation “Paint” has been on view at P.S. 1 in Long Island City since 1976. 209 E. 23rd St., 3rd floor amphitheater, 7 p.m.
The all-male Creach/Company will premiere “A Likeness” a collage of men’s portraits inspired by the four company dancers, at Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer St., btwn. Prince & Houston Sts. The program will also include a new dance for four men who are visual artists. Through Nov.20, 8 p.m. $15, $12 students & seniors at 212-334-7479.
Since the artist Filippo Tomaso Marinetti created his Futurist “serate” in 1909, in which he declaimed the Futurist manifesto, many artists have used the lecture format as a staging device to communicate radical ideas about art and politics directly to audiences. In addition to recreating a live conceptual art performance by Bernar Venet from 1968, and presenting a new work by Coco Fusco from 2005, the evening presents documentation of art historical precedents to the use of the lecture as performance by artists including Joseph Beuys, FT Marinetti, and Kurt Schwitters. Venet’s “Neutron emission from muon capture in Ca40,” first presented at the Judson Church Theater in New York in 1968, will be re-worked as “Astrophysics with High Energy Light.” Coco Fusco’s “A Room of One’s Own” (2005) is a remarkable window onto the process of special training sessions for women to learn interrogation techniques from former U.S. military officers in the thrall of George W. Bush’s War on Terror. The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St. 7 p.m. $8 at 212-255-5793 or thekitchen.org.
The Macha Monologues
Elizabeth “Macha” Marrero offers a comedic, Latina view of the great portal of life. This is Marrero’s fifth one’woman show since she burst on the club scene with her drag king act in 1999 and she has created enough characters to fill an entire South Bronx apartment complex. Choreographer Arthur Aviles directs. Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), 841 Barretto St., btwn. Garrison and Lafayette Aves., in Hunts Point. Fri., Sat. 8 p.m., through Nov. 26. Tickets are $15 at 718-842-5223 or BronxAcademyOfArtsAndDance.org.
SAGE Thanksgiving Lunch
Join community elders in giving thanks and gobbling goodies. Turkey with all the fixin’s will be served. Bring your favorite dessert to share. Suggested donation is $5, but no one will be turned away. The LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St. 1 p.m.
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Newfest present an evening of electrifying spoken word performances with Staceyann Chin and Alix Olson, including Q&A with the artists plus an after-party with light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The evening benefits Astraea’s 18th Annual Lynn Campbell Memorial Fund. Chin was co-writer and performer in “Def Poetry Jam” on Broadway, and this past summer performed a critically praised one-woman show. Olson is an award-winning folk poet and progressive queer artist-activist who recently released a documentary chronicling her life on the road. Lighthouse International, 111 E. 59th St. 7 p.m. $60 at 212-529-8021, ext. 14 or astraeafoundation.org
The Ultimate DragOff!
A new musical variety show with Miss Sweetie hosting a four-round lip-synching, improvisational competition. With different talent every week. Dillon’s Lounge, 245 W. 54th St. $25 at the door, $20 at theatermania.com plus $15 food/drink minimum.212-352-3101. 9:30 p.m.
LYNX, the women’s network of Out Professionals, hosts Women’s Night at Leo Bar, within the Asia Society and Museum, Park Avenue at 70th St. Free museum admission, free gallery tours at 7:15 and 7:45 p.m. Cash bar, no cover. Holiday boutique. 6-9 p.m.
Yoga for Modern Men
Derek Newman’s bendyboys classes incorporate breath-based flow sequences, correct alignment in each pose, meditation, yoga philosophy, breathing exercises, chanting, yogic sleep (hypnosis), restorative poses, and deep relaxation. Visit bendyboys.net or write to email@example.com. Every Fri. 6:15-8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Hope Martin Studio, 39 W. 14th St., Rm. 508. $17. BYO yoga mat, though a few will be available for rental at $1.
Jim Sullivan, author of “Boyfriend 101,” will lead a special pre-Thanksgiving Day workshop. Participants will learn how to assess what they want and need in a mate, the five stages of relationship building—and why many gay men stay stuck in stage one—and the skills needed to maintain a monogamous and sexually satisfying partnership. Discover the top 25 places in New York City where altar-bound singles hang out and how to get five dates by New Year’s. The workshop is a combination of lecture and interactive exercises. 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. $25 at 212-946-6560.
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.
Best Lesbian Short Films
Producer and writer Sandra Grace presents the premiere of her and director Teale Failla’s award-winning lesbian comedy “Open,” Kelly Sebastian’s “A Girl and A Goldfish,” and Melanie LaRosa’s “Risk.” Come out, mix it up with strangers and friends and see some good movies. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. $5 to $10.
November guests on Chez Bushwick’s monthly performance and discourse series include spoken word artist Eileen Myles, the electronic music ensemble psi, dancer Luciana Achugar, performance artist Michael Portnoy, and dancer Jeremy Wade. The event will also feature a live interview with Cathy Edwards, artistic director of Dance Theatre Workshop, the Chelsea institution that recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. 304 Boerum St. at White St., buzzer # 11, second floor (L train to Morgan Ave.) $5. 9 p.m.
Come on in and knit, make new friends, drink some tea, and learn a new craft at a self-help and member-led group event. The Dyke Knitting Circle is open to all levels of experience and meets every third Sunday of the month. Please bring yarn and knitting needles. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-714-8375. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. 212-777-6028. 4-6 p.m. Free.
Monthly 4HIM Brunch
Guys, ever wanted to come to 20Something, but couldn’t because you are busy on Tuesday evenings? Well, then, here’s your chance to participate in a an event on a different day—the Monthly Sunday Brunch. Taking place this month at the East Village’s lovely La Palapa Mexican restaurant, 77 St. Mark’s btwn. First and Second Aves. at 1 p.m. For complete information, visit 20something.com.
Join choreographer Ronald K. Brown of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE in conversation with Food Network host Bobby Rivers at the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St. $10, $6 for members. For reservations, visit gaycenter.org. 6:30 p.m.
Study Abroad on the Bowery
Visiting Professor Samuel R. Delany is the winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards and one of science fiction’s most celebrated authors. Born and raised in New York City, Delany began writing in the early 1960s. His 1966 novel “Babel-17” established his reputation, and over the next decade he became famous for his provocative futuristic explorations of race and sexual identity. He has also written frankly about his life as an African-American homosexual, and his non-fiction books include “The Motion of Light and Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village, 1957-65” (1988) and “Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (Sexual Culture)” (1999). The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery btwn. Bleecker & Houston. 4-6 p.m. $10, $5 for students.
The State of Gay Broadcast News
Come attend this panel discussion on the history, evolution and future of LGBT-related news in television and radio, and get career advice for those interested in pursuing LGBT-related television and radio journalism, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Brought to you by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, New York Chapter. Confirmed Speakers are CBS News on Logo anchor Jason Bellini; Tim Curran, the news director at Sirius/OutQ News; Gay USA anchors Andy Humm and Ann Northrop; and Maria Patrick, executive producer of “In the Life,” the PBS LGBT newsmagazine. The LGBT Community Center. 208 W. 13th St. 7:30 p.m.
Sodom: The Musical
Handwritten Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a new musical comedy about the last days of Sodom and Gomorrah, with book and lyrics by Kevin Laub and music by Adam David Cohen. The piece recounts the last days of the original Sin City. When God is hell-bent on destroying Sodom, optimistic Abraham sets off to prove the Big Guy wrong by finding ten honest Sodomites. But will he find them in time? The cast includes Randy Jones—best known as the cowboy from The Village People—as God and Tony Award nominee Jonathan Kaplan as Lot. Through Dec. 3, Tue. 8 p.m., Fri. & Sat.10:30 p.m. No performance Nov. 29. The Kraine Theater, 85 E. Fourth St. btwn. Second Ave. & Bowery. $15, $10 for students and seniors at 212-868-4444 or horsetrade.info.
Gay Men’s Health Crisis hosts another discussion group among Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS. This afternoon, the session will focus on addressing the anxiety women have about insisting on condom use and why some do not do so, and will include role-play on how to use them. Snacks and Metrocards provided. For more information, contact Nancy Simeon-Chatman at 212-367-1346.GMHC, 119 W. 24th St. Rm. 700/705. 4– 6 p.m.
Politics On and Off the Wall
Raymond Pettibon’s obsessive drawings pull freely from a range of sources including music, politics, religion, art history, sex, sports, movies, and comic books. Frequently employing lyrically ambiguous texts, and rendered with a loose virtuosity of line, Pettibon’s style has become more fluid and expansive of late, resulting in room-size wall drawings and installations. His thematic range is increasingly topical, addressing current political concerns, and his work continues to explore a human need for belief. Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison at 75th St. 800-Whitney or whitney.org. Pay what you wish, Fri. 6 – 9 p.m.
Safe: Design Takes on Risk
This exhibition features approximately 300 products and prototypes designed to protect the body and the mind from dangerous or stressful conditions, to respond to emergency situations, to ensure clarity and information, and to provide a sense of comfort and safety. Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. Thru Jan. 2.