Out on The Edge
Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, Jackie Hoffman, and Varla Jean Merman headline The 14th Annual Out on the Edge Festival of Queer Theater. Check out the longest running show in the history of New York’s celebrated Joe’s Pub/Public theater, the newest play by the “Bible Belt and Other Accessories” creator, and the show that sold out Sydney Opera house as only a drag queen can—with a can of spray cheese. Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St, South End. 617-933-8600 or bostontheaterscene.com. Through Nov. 13. For more information, go to thetheateroffensive.org.
The Jazz Fauré Project – A Classical Rendezvous
Two world-class, critically acclaimed singers, Paris-born Claudia Hommel and New York’s own Daniel Neer have joined forces with the extraordinary jazz pianist and composer Dennis Luxion (Chet Baker’s European pianist and arranger) to create The Jazz Fauré Project – A Classical Rendezvous. The New York premiere of the Jazz Fauré Project opens at The Triad at 7 p.m., 158 W. 72nd St. $15, triadnyc.com or 212-362-2511.
Gay & Lesbian Reading Group
Join a lively discussion of lesbian, gay, bi, and trans experience through reading contemporary and classic novels, plays, poetry, and non-fiction. Today – “Funny Boy” by Shyam Selvadurai. Newcomers are welcome to share or just listen. 8 p.m. at The LGBT Center. Free. For information, call Julio at 212-945-0709, email Jim at [email protected], or go to jclarkmedia.com/gaybooks.
Antony and the Johnsons
The androgynous, Nina Simone-loving downtown artist performs at Carnegie Hall, 57th St. at Seventh Ave., 8 p.m. $37.50, $32.50 & $22.50 at 212-247-7800 or carnegiehall.org.
Neurotica: Madonna Re-visited
David Gurland presents a newly updated version of his tribute show that features covers of twenty career-spanning songs made popular by the Material Girl, timed to coincide with the release of Madonna’s new single “Hung Up” and album “Confessions on a Dance Floor.” With arrangements and musical direction by 2004 Outmusic Outstanding Songwriter of the Year. Oct.14 – Nov. 11. Ace of Clubs, 9 Great Jones St., near Lafayette St., inside Acme. $15 at 212-352-3101 or TheaterMania.com.
Win fabulous prizes and support the Center! Hosted by the fabulous Trai La Trash. Admission starts at $5. Go to gaycenter.org to reserve a seat. The Center, 208 W 13th St. at 7 p.m.
Diva’s Solo Debut
Acclaimed soprano Aprile Millo makes her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut, with pianist Ken Noda as her accompanist. Millo, who receives rave reviews from critics and opera aficionados alike for her passionate performances of Italian operas, will present a varied program of classical Italian music by Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, and Bellini, as well as Neapolitan songs, a rare aria by Handel, and works by Brahms, Mahler, and others. $35, $45, $50, and $75 at Carnegie Hall, 57th St. at Seventh Ave., 212-247-7800, or carnegiehall.org. 8 p.m.
A brand new yoga club/school for queer men and their friends. Hope Martin Studio, 39 W. 14th St., Rm. 508. Every Fri. 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. $17 Bring your own yoga mat, though a few will be available for rental at $1. bendyboys.net.
Join hustle party organizer, competition dancer, and teacher Lori Brizzi for a hot Saturday night of classic and new-style hustle, salsa, and West Coast swing. New York’s finest hustle DJ, Nelson “Paradise” Roman, and guest salsa DJs spin. Some of the best dancers in the metropolitan area present special performances. $15 at 212-415-5500. Admission includes hustle lesson from 8-9 p.m. Buttenwieser Hall at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Cancer in the Family: An Uninvited Guest
What is the impact of cancer on LGBT families? Where do we find support? How does having to cope with coming out (or being outed) as a queer family in the face of the medical establishment impact health? What particular challenges arise regarding insurance, or legal issues such as hospital visitation, powers of attorney, living wills, and advanced medical directives? Come hear others who have traveled this path. Co-sponsored by Center Kids and the Lesbian Cancer Initiative. Free. Childcare provided with pre-registration. 212.620.7310, ext. 228 for information and to pre-register. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 10am–noon.
APANY’s Polynesian Night
Get “lei’d” at Asian Pacific Alliance New York’s annual colorful homage to the Pacific and the South Seas. Admission includes delicious finger food, cake, non-alcoholic drinks, leis, and entertainment. Suggested attire – Hawaiian shirt, sarong, floral dress, flowers, shells, grass skirt – or come dressed as your favorite sea creature. Special guests Jose and Jing, Mr. & Miss Asian Pacific Alliance 2005. $10/$8 members, students with valid ID, or first-time attendees. For more info call Ed at 718-699-5922, John at 718-966-4010, or e-mail [email protected]. 7:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Walt Whitman and the Promise of America
Exhibition curator Karen Karbiener will lead a guided tour of the new exhibition, “Walt Whitman and the Promise of America, 1855-2005,” while reading selections from the edition of “Leaves of Grass” that she recently edited. South Street Seaport Museum, Schermerhorn Row, 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8735.12-1 p.m. Free.
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.
Visual AIDS: Manner of Solitude
Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS, strives to increase public awareness of AIDS through the visual arts. The Frank Moore Archive Project documents the work of artists with HIV/AIDS to ensure that their artistic legacy will be preserved. The Archive Project also facilitates the creation and presentation of new work and provides practical services to artists with HIV/AIDS, assisting in their pursuit of a professional career. Every month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Archive Project. October’s on-line exhibition features the work of Dominic Avellino, Brian Buczak, Peter Cherone, Stephen Clark, Bob Corti, Brian Crede, Milton Garcia Latex, Tim McCarron, Eduardo Mirales, Michael Mitchell, Eric Molnar, Luna Luis Ortiz, Mike Parker, Gilbert Pratts, Nelson Edwin Rodriguez, Tom Shooter, Hugh Steers, George Towne, Martin Wong, and Steven Wolf. Current and past Web Gallery exhibitions can be viewed at thebody.com/visualaids.
Tab Hunter Talks with People Editor Jess Cagle
Out Professionals presents Tab Hunter, author of Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, in conversation with People magazine Senior Editor Jess Cagle. In his new book, co-written by Eddie Muller, Hunter reveals what it was like to be created, packaged, and sold to the American public by the studio system that ran Hollywood until the 1970s. He talks about his on- and off-screen relationships, his music career, and his comeback as a cult sensation, thanks to director John Waters. See if he can explain why he doesn’t think the time is right for gay marriage. $12/$9 for OP members. The Center, 208 W 13 St. at 7 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m. for early seating, book sales. 212-462-9255. More info at outprofessionals.org.
Fashion District Arts Festival
First annual arts festival showcasing artists, crafters, galleries and theaters at home alongside celebrated designers in America’s fashion capital. Featuring Off-Broadway shows, performance art, gallery exhibits, artists’ open studios, & noted fashion designers’ lectures. The Fashion District, 35th to 41st Sts. btwn. Fifth and Ninth Aves. Free, unless otherwise noted. 212-764-9600 or fashioncenter.com/arts. Through Oct. 23.
Super Heroes, Saints, and Sluts Meet One Man’s Trash
The Lower East Side Babeland welcomes critically acclaimed performance artists Ivan Coyote and Anna Camilleri. The authors of such title as “One Man’s Trash,” “Boys Like Her,” and “Brazen Femme,” Ivan will be reading from his new collection “Loose End” and Anna will be sharing stories from her new anthology on female icons, “Red Light Super Heroes, Saints and Sluts.” Babeland, 94 Rivington St. btwn. Ludlow and Orchard Sts. 212-375-1701. 7 p.m.
BAMtalk: Adventures in BAMart
Join us for a discussion with the acclaimed artist Mary Heilmann, this fall’s Next Wave BAMbill cover artist, and featured NextNext artists Chris Doyle, Ellen Harvey, Jeff Konigsberg, and Carrie Moyer. Moderated by Betsy Sussler, editor in chief of BOMB magazine, and NextNext Visual Art curator Dan Cameron. BAM Hillman Attic Studio, 30 Lafayette Ave., near Flatbush Ave. $8 at 718-636-4101 or BAM[email protected]. 7—9 p.m.
Afternoons at LIU
Arther Aviles Typical Theatre, the South Bronx-based contemporary modern dance company explores life on the margins of Latino and gay cultures. Noon at Kumble Theater, LIU Brooklyn Campus, off Willoughby St., near Flatbush Ave., Fort Greene.
The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1
America’s Prince of Pride Jade Esteban Estrada comes to Princeton University to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to perform his solo musical “ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1,” featuring the voices of Sappho, Michelangelo, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Rivera and Ellen DeGeneres. Estrada won the 2004 Audience Favorite Award in Solo Performance at the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival. Frist Theatre, Princeton University in New Jersey. $15 at 609-258-1742 or [email protected]. 8 p.m
Witness to AIDS
Join author Justice Ewin Cameron for a forum on his newly published book, “Witness to AIDS.” Followed by a discussion with Marjorie Hill, PhD, Marcus Mabry, and Phill Wilson. Moderated by Ana Oliveira. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W 13 St. 212-620-7310. For more information, email Krishna Stone at [email protected]. 7-8:30 p.m.
Politically Out with Guerriero, McLean, Mixner, Vazquez!
Out Professionals presents a pre-election roundtable with national leaders for whom the personal and the political are inextricably mixed. Meet national Log Cabin Republicans President Patrick Guerriero, political consultant and trainer Stephanie McLean, honored by her peers in the American Association of Political Consultants with a prestigious Pollie Award, political strategist and ace fundraiser David Mixner, whom Newsweek once called “the most powerful gay man in America,” and Empire State Pride Agenda Deputy Director Carmen Vazquez (former Public Policy and Government Relations Director for the Center). Host Christopher Murray elicits election analysis and predictions about gay political issues down the road. Networking mixer featuring beverage bargains begins at 6:30 p.m., program begins at 7:30 p.m. $10/$7 OP members at 212-462-9255 or outprofessionals.org
Transgender Latina Educational Workshops
Hispanic AIDS Forum hosts a workshop exploring transgender identity and individuals’ personal journeys transitioning from Male to Female. The workshop entitled “Transitions,” is part of a four-part educational series especially for Transgender Latinas in New York City. Other workshops will explore spirituality and mind/body health issues. Pre-Registration is strongly suggested. To register, call 718-803-2766 and ask for Diana Feliz Oliva, TransLatina Program Community Liaison. 213 W 35 St., 12th fl. 212-563-4500. 7 to 9 p.m.
Amnesty International Williamsburg: First Meeting
The introductory meeting for a new chapter of Amnesty International. With guest speaker Sowore Omoyele, a former prisoner of conscience from Nigeria who was imprisoned eight times for leading student demonstrations. Plus words from Josh Rubenstein, director of Amnesty International USA for the Northeast Region. Also, a screening of the video “Incite Hope,” a short informational video. Food will be provided. Galapagos Art Space, 70 No. Sixth St. btwn. Kent & Wythe in Williamsburg. 718-782-5188 or galapagosartspace.com. 8 p.m. Free.
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe continues its monthly music series, Live From Home, sponsored by First Act, Inc. This month’s benefit concert features performances by Tracy Chapman and opening act Ben Taylor. Housing Works Used Book Café, 126 Crosby St., btwn. Prince and Houston Sts. 212-334-3324. $35 at housingworks.org/usedbookcafe/index.html.
Table Talk Thursdays
Alcohol and drugs are part of American Culture. Gay men can use their fair share of recreational substances since they help reduce the anxiety of meeting other men. Bars also serve a large part in gay life. But what constitutes crossing the line? How much is too much? The General Theological Seminary Media Room, 175 Ninth Ave. at 21st St. 917-673-5003 or askangelo.com 7-8:15 p.m.
Identifying as Transgender
Transsexual, genderqueer, crossdressing, two-spirit, bois, grrls, drag queens and kings. The word transgender has a different meaning for just about everyone. Is gender a continuum, or something more abstract and fluid? If you identify as transgender, or are questioning your gender in any way, join this lively and thought provoking discussion about gender, sex, labels, and being. Identity House, 39 W 14 St., Ste. 205. Suggested donation $10. Pre-register at 212-243-8181 or [email protected]. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Films, Documentaries, and The Media—A Survey
Deidre Boyle, author of “Subject to Change: Guerilla Television Revisited” will discuss current issues and trends in film, documentaries, and the media. Presented by the Institute for Retired Professionals at The New School. 66 W. 12th St. at 1 p.m. Free. Reservations required at 212.229.5682 or [email protected].