THU. AUG. 4
As part of “Pride in the City 2005,” a celebration of African-American LGBT Pride, The Black Gay Research Group presents a two-day summit meeting entitled “Untying Tongues: Black Gay Men in Research, Service and Scholarship” at the Marriott Hotel in Brooklyn, 333 Adams St. at Brooklyn Bridge Blvd., across from the borough courthouses. Presenters include Keith Boykin, a former Clinton White House staffer who is now president of the National Black Justice Coalition; Dr. David Malebranche, a preventive health specialist at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta; and many others working a wide range of research into black gay men’s health, wellness, social life and opportunities. For more information on the summit, how to volunteer for the event and participate in a host of other weekend events, including an artists’ panel, a family picnic and beach party, visit blackgayresearch.org or prideinthecity.com or call 718-230-0770.
Pride In the City Opening Ceremonies
People of Color in Crisis, a Brooklyn-based group doing HIV prevention and wellness work in the African-American community, hosts the annual Pride in the City celebration of the black gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The weekend activities kick off tonight with an awards ceremony and reception at the Brooklyn Marriott, 333 Adams St. at Brooklyn Bridge Blvd., across from the borough courthouses, 7 to 10 p.m. Vivian Green will perform. For complete information, visit prideinthecity.com or call 718-230-0770.
The ONE Campaign
In Uganda, young people who make it to secondary school are three times less likely to get AIDS, and experts say that worldwide, access to a good basic education could even prevent 700,000 HIV cases every year. Yet, over 100 million children are not in school around the world. Can you believe that 46 million children are out of school in Africa alone—more than all the children in primary school in the entire United States—and that more than half are girls? Investment in one area pays off in others. Just sending a child to school helps boys and girls live longer, have healthier families, prevent diseases like HIV/AIDS, get better jobs and earn more money—lifting up their families, their communities and eventually their countries. All kids have dreams; they just need the tools to make them real. We all know that when children thrive, families succeed and countries prosper. Visit ONE.org for more information.
The LGBT Community Center’s National Museum of LGBT History hosts two summer shows, one highlighting the work of the New York Gay and Lesbian Photography Club, which celebrates the diversity of contemporary photography, with nudes, still lives and landscapes executed in media including traditional black-and- white, “straight” and manipulated digital work and alternative processes. Photographer Christine Blackburn displays images of LGBT life in Cuba, which she has found is one of moderate acceptance, with the occasional repressive backlash. For more information on the club, e-mail [email protected]. 208 W. 13th St., 212-620-7310. Through Aug. 12.
FRI. AUG. 5
The BlackOut Arts Series
This year, Pride in the City’s BOAS celebrates the five elements—fire in design, water in art, earth in writing, air in film and love in spoken word. Artists participating include designer Shay P, painter Armisey Smith, painter and video artist Charly Dominguez, photographer Bernard Morisset, video artist Odie Rynell Cash and authors Conscious, Stephanie Adams, O’Brien, Dennis and Frederick Smith. Marriott Hotel in Brooklyn, 333 Adams St. at Brooklyn Bridge Blvd., across from the borough courthouse, 5 to 11 p.m. For complete information, visit prideinthecity.com or call 718-230-0770.
Grieving for Genevieve
Gay City News arts writer Kathleen Warnock presents the premiere of her new play, developed at TOSOS II and presented as part of the Midtown International Theater Festival. “Grieving for Genevieve” revolves around the lives of the three Peck sisters, originally from Baltimore—Danni (the alienated one who lives in New York), Delilah (a much-married rocker) and Angel (a nun), and the mother who thinks she can run their lives better than they can. As Delilah prepares to marry for the third time, suddenly it all changes. Peter Bloch directs. Workshop Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., fourth fl. Tonight at 9:30 p.m., tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 for students, seniors at smarttix.com.
There’s new help for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in the Bronx who want to quit smoking, thanks to a series of bold new initiatives. The American Legacy Foundation has funded a series of programs run by the Bronx Lesbian & Gay Health Resource Consortium to educate LGBT people about their health and encourage them to participate in local smoking cessation and prevention programs. “Queer and Healthy in the Bronx: Smoking Cessation for LGBT Persons and their Families” involves several smoking cessation projects, including the innovative “Gurlz Kick Ash!” and the “Spot Next Door” programs. Information on all of these smoking cessation programs can be found at: blghrc.org or at 718-292-4368.
SAT. AUG. 6
Pride In the City Family Picnic
The annual Family Day Picnic as part of People of Color in Crisis’ celebration of black LGBT culture will be held at Commodore Barry Park, which is bounded by Navy St., North Elliot Pl. and Park and Flushing Aves. in Fort Greene, just minutes from Fort Greene Park. Deborah Cox is the headliner. There will be plenty of food, refreshment, dance and fun, but bring a blanket. For complete information, visit prideinthecity.com or call 718-230-0770.
James Turrell’s Meeting
This long-term installation at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is back! The 1986 work is one of the highlights of P.S.1 and people travel for miles just to see this room. Open only at dusk, the artist intended for the public to witness the slow change in the color of the setting sun. The ceiling opens to reveal the sky, and as one sits in the room, one experience a visual that gradually changes from a luminous blue to a calming black. Every Saturday at nightfall, at 22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave. in Long Island City, a short subway ride from Manhattan. Take the No. 7 train to 45th St. Courthouse Square or E train to 23rd St./Ely Ave. Call 718-784-2084 for more information.
Lambda Legal Fund-Raiser
“Lambda Legal in the Hamptons,” an annual cocktail party and fund-raiser with a live art auction at the home of Ellen Chesler and Matthew Mallow, held in memory of John Eden, a long-time Lambda Legal supporter and Hamptons resident, is tonight at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $200. Call Alberto Morales at 212-809-8585, x 275 or visit lambdalegal.org/events for more information.
SUN. AUG. 7
Pride Heads to the Beach
The annual Pride in the City beach party begins at noon at Jacob Riis Park Beach in Far Rockaway, and runs until 9 p.m. Performers will include Martha Wash, Jocelyn Brown and Pepper Mashay. For complete information, visit prideinthecity.com or call 718-230-0770.
The Whitney Museum of American Art is proud to present the work of this artist—who died in 1973 at 35—which includes the well-known “Spiral Jetty” and films, photographs, writings, sculptures and more. Exhibit runs through October. 945 Madison Ave. at 75th St. Open Wed.-Sun. 212-570-3633; $12.
Le Petit Versailles Garden
Come visit one of the city’s more spectacular cultural and public spaces at 346 East Houston St., between Avenues B & C. (F / V trains to Second Ave. Walk east on Houston St. or J/M trains to Delancey. Walk northeast to Houston St.) Rain or Shine. Free or donation. 212-529-8815.
Fred Pierce presents a party in honor of Pride In the City, People of Color’s annual celebration of black LGBT culture at Cattyshack, 249 Fourth Ave., btwn. President and Carroll Sts. in Park Slope. Sunday evening.
MON. AUG. 8
Trek Asia for amFAR
The American Foundation for AIDS Research from Oct. 28-Nov. 6 is hosting its second physical challenge fund-raising event, Trek Asia for amfAR: Vietnam. Over a ten-day period, participants will hike through the remote and spectacular landscape of northern Vietnam, then kayak around Cat Ba Island in magnificent Halong Bay. Along with scenery and adventure, Trek Asia for amfAR: Vietnam will offer participants a unique opportunity to learn about the AIDS crisis in Asia from medical experts working on the front lines. Funds raised through the Trek will be used to support amfAR’s lifesaving programs, including TREAT Asia. Space is limited. For further information, call 212-806-1736 or e-mail [email protected].
Brooklyn LGBT Community
GLOBE, a group to support and empower the LGBTQ Bushwick community, holds weekly meetings on Mondays to discuss and address the issues that are oppressing our communities. We tackle these issues through open discussions, movies and much more. Call 718-418-7690, ext. 207 for more information. 8:15 p.m. at 301 Grove St., btwn. Knickerbocker and Irving Aves.
TUE. AUG. 9
Lose the Habit
The American-Italian Cancer Foundation, in tandem with the American Cancer Society and the Actor’s Fund of America hosts a weekly support group for women trying to stop smoking. The group meets Tue., 6 to 7 p.m. at the Aurora, 475 W. 57th St. at Tenth Ave., second fl. To register or get more information on this program or other anti-smoking programs of the American-Italian Cancer Foundation, e-mail [email protected] or call 212-628-9090.
Male Desire Two
Mary Ryan Gallery exhibits a series of artists in celebration of Jonathan Weinberg’s book “Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art,” published by Harry N. Abrams, through Sep. 10. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 212-397-0669. Proceeds from the book sales will go to the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library.
WED. AUG. 10
Housing Works Bookstore Café is proud to host another live taping of “Liberal Arts,” for Air America Radio tonight at 8 p.m. Join Katherine Lanpher, co-host of “The Al Franken Show” on Air America Radio, as she entertains a variety of authors, singer-songwriters and other artists in an evening of conversation and performance. This week, the hour-long taped event will feature authors Walter Mosley, Helen Oyeyemi and a musician Abdel Wright. 126 Crosby St., one block east of Broadway between Houston and Prince Sts.; 212-334-3324; $10.
FRI. AUG. 12
Erin Foley, from Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” Poppi Kramer from “The E Channel,” Danny McWilliams from The “Original Funny Gay Males” and others perform tonight at Don’t Tell Mama, hosted by Michael Brill. 343 West 46th Street, $10 cover, two-drink minimum, 212-757-0788.
SAT. AUG. 13
“Decoding Relationship Communication,” a workshop with psychotherapist Deborah Feller, will be presented by the Moonfire Empowerment and Spirituality Network tonight at 5 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. Discover how unresolved family-of-origin baggage plays out in all couples’ dynamics. Learn to recognize your triggers, express your true needs, and feel safe enough to be intimate. Open to all. $6.
TUE. AUG. 16
Collecting for a New America
A seminal collection of Americana that both demonizes and humanizes the Asian-American community is highlighted in “Archivist of the ‘Yellow Peril’: Yoshio Kishi Collecting for a New America,” an exhibit opening today at the Museum of Chinese in the Americas. On loan from the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute of New York University, “Archivist” draws from the collection of former film editor and lifelong New Yorker, Yoshio Kishi and actress Irene Yah Ling Sun. Call 212-619-4785 or visit moca-nyc.org for more information. 70 Mulberry St. at Bayard St., second fl.
FRI. AUG. 19
Live from Home
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe continues its monthly music series, “Live from Home,” sponsored by First Act, Inc. tonight at 7:30 p.m. This month’s benefit concert features performances by Charlie Sexton, Blondfire and opening act Sonya Kitchell. $25; seating is unreserved and limited, on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open at 7 p.m. 126 Crosby St., one block east of Broadway between Houston and Prince Sts.; 212-334-3324.