THU. JULY 14
“Get Het” is changing its name to “This Moment in Gay History.” Come hang out, chat and enjoy the obscure eclectic sounds of deejays Brock Monroe and Nicklcat. Southside Lounge, 41 Broadway between Wythe and Kent Sts. In Brooklyn. 10 p.m. Free
There’s new help for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender 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.
“What I did on my summer vacation…” is a collection of autobiographical photographs and the “snapshot aesthetic” presented by Clampart, 531 W. 25th St., Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 646-230-0020. Pictured above is “Howard Beach, New York,” 1955, by Armand Agresti.
FRI. JULY 15
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 Sept. 10. 24 W. 57th St. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5p.m. 212-397-0669. Proceeds from the book sales will go to the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library.
Jackie Does Jersey
The Theater Project, Union County College’s professional theater company, presents “Jackie, An American Life,” playwright and satirist Gip Hoppe’s comedy directed by the company’s artistic director Mark Spina, that follows the late former first lady as she comments on the roller coaster events of her life. “The story of America’s obsession with Mrs. Kennedy may tell us more about ourselves than about the object of our fascination,” director Spina said. 1033 Springfield Ave., Cranford, New Jersey. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. through Jul 31. $20, ($12 on Thu.). Reservations at 908 659-5189 or TheTheaterProject.com.
SAT. JULY 16
It’s summertime and Dance 208’s Garage Classics and hot summer nights go perfectly together. “Hot In The City” with DJ Billy Carroll spinning garage classics to cool you down! Jack your body or chill out under the stars in our garden or lounge. Sure to become a summer class. 9 p.m.-1a.m. at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th St., $10/$6 for Center members,or before 9:45 p.m.
Values Horrors Show
Butch, political, performance artist Susana Cook returns to “HOT! the NYC Celebration of Queer Culture,” with “The Values Horror Show,”a new play that deftly combines political satire and dark humor to question the horrors unleashed under the discourse of morality. In this biting social commentary, Cook conjures up the troubled historical ghosts of her native Argentina and compares the rhetoric used by the repressive military regime of Rafael Videla (mid-1970s) with some of American politicians’ current discourse. Come see the real story behind bigotry and terrorism. Fridays and Saturdays, through Jul. 30 at 10 p.m. $10-$15 sliding scale at door; $12 advance at theatermania.com; 212-219-0736 x110 or dixonplace.org. 258 Bowery, 2nd fl., between Prince & Houston Sts.
Tonight, the Green-Wood Cemetery Historic Fund will present a special tour, “Music of the Night by Moonlight and Flashlight.” Walkers will delight in the tales of Green-Wood as told by cemetery historian Jeff Richman as they wander the picturesque moonlit hills –all accompanied by live music. The tour will last approximately two and a half hours. Some walking up and down hills should be expected. In case of bad weather, the tour will be cancelled. Meet at 8:15 p.m. at the main gate at Fifth Ave. at 25th St., Brooklyn. (Take the R train to 25th St. in Brooklyn and walk up the hill one block.) $15 Call Jeff Richman at 631-549-4891 for more information.
The “Transgender Rock Explosion” starring Lisa Jackson and Girl Friday, Temptress, Vibralux, Georgie Jessup and others with musical host Robert Urban and additional surprise LGBT guest appearances, tonight at 10 p.m. at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery at E. First St., $16. Call 212-614-0505 for more information.
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.
SUN. JULY 17
The parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg sponsors its annual giglio street festival, starting tonight. The giglio, which means lily, is a soaring, flower-laden steeple carried through the streets by up to 150 men in commemoration of southern Italy’s St. Paulinus. The giglio is carried today at 2 p.m. Through tonight, the streets outside the church host a variety of events and cultural activities, including traditional Italian food and entertainment. Take the L train to Bedford Street and walk several blocks to 275 N. 8th St. Visit olmcfeast.com for more information or to make a donation.
Part of the “Summer On The Hudson” cultural series, Riverside Park South presents this exciting series of free outdoor concerts. Live jazz, R&B, rock, salsa and urban folk performances. (Call 212-408-0219 or visit riversideparkfund.org for specific programs.) Every Sun. through Jul. 31 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Riverside Park South. Enter at Riverside Drive and W. 68th or W. 72nd Sts. Free admission. Food and drinks will be on sale at Maritime Café.
MON. JULY 18
What do Alexander the Great, J. Edgar Hoover, Gertrude Stein and Andy Warhol all have in common? Exit Art continues a two-month exhibition structured around the idea of an imaginary national art museum dedicated to LGBT artists. From the West Side Piers to Sal Mineo to Mercedes McCambridge to Quentin Crisp. 475 Tenth Ave. at 36th St. For more information, call 212-966-7745.
TUE. JULY 19
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.
WED. JULY 20
Are there particular satisfactions or challenges in being “out” in your profession? Meet Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (“I Am My Own Wife,” “Quills”). Clarence Patton, acting executive director of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. Cathy McElrath Renna, director of media relations for Fenton Communications, psychoanalyst Bertram Schaffner, MD, a founder of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists and Melissa Sklarz, president of the Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats. Christopher Murray moderates. Networking mixer, 6:30 p.m. Roundtable, Q&A, 7:30 p.m. Non-members $10, Out Professional members $7. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St.
Housing Works Bookstore Café is proud to host another live taping of “Liberal Arts,” for Air America Radio. 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 Arthur Phillips and musical guest Regina Spektor. Housing Works Bookstore Café is an independent cultural center that offers patrons a unique opportunity to join the fight against AIDS and homelessness. Arts-based philanthropy in practice, we allow visitors to make a difference simply by buying or donating books, eating at our café, coming to concerts, readings, and special events, or volunteering for our staff. 126 Crosby St., just south of Houston St., at 8 p.m. Call 212-334-3324 for more information.
The “Reel Venus Film Festival” returns to Symphony Space July 20-23 for a colorful line up of provocative, luscious and exciting films and videos directed by women filmmakers and video artists. Queer shorts of interest include “Not Weird In the First Place” by Karen Sanders, “Saying I Do” by Jennifer Uihlein and Carol Stanger and “Desperate for Love” by first- time director Angel Brown. Symphony Space, 95th St. and Broadway. Visit symphonyspace.org or call 212-864-5400 for more information.
THU. JULY 21
Each summer, The Kitchen presents public talks by internationally renowned artists working at the crossroads of contemporary art, performance, and new media as part of its Sidney Kahn Summer Institute. Past talks have included those by Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Christo and Jeanne Claude, Carl Hancock Rux, and Carolee Schneemann. Tonight it’s Matthew Ritchie at 7 p.m. at 512 W. 19th St.
Riverside Park South hosts Terry Dean and Katie’s “Danceoff!” as part of the “Summer on the Hudson” cultural series. Enjoy performances all night long from some of today’s most electrifying and brilliant dancers. 7 p.m. in Riverside Park South on the plaza in front of Pier I. Enter at the Hudson River at W. 68th or W. 72nd Sts. Free admission. Call 212- 408-0219 or visit nyc.gov/parks or riversideparkfund.org for the complete schedule.
TUE. JULY 26
The Jewish Community center in Manhattan presents “Birth of the Phoenix” by the Vertigo Dance Company of Israel in three evenings of outdoor performances in Riverside Park through Thursday. Free at 8:30 p.m. near the 73rd St. track, adjacent to the Hudson River. (Enter the park at 72nd St. and go down toward the river.) Call 646 505 5708 for tickets.
WED. JULY 27
Favored Nations Present
Soho Think Tank’s 12th annual Ice Factory Festival, a summer series of new work, is one of the strongest ever. Favored Nation Theatre presents “Psyche,” written by Deborah Wallace and directed by Leon Ingulrud. James Barry was born in 1796 and was a surgeon and a soldier who fought duels and treated lepers. He was tried for sodomy and acquitted. He was also a woman. An epic musical about war, medicine, sexuality and love, told through the life of a flamboyant and fascinating human being who chooses to love only in the dark. “Psyche” uses unique physical work that director Ingulrud pioneered at SITI Company. The Ohio Theatre, 66 Wooster St. between Spring and Broome Streets. Tickets are $15/ $10 for students and seniors at Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or at smarttix.com.
This native Virginian started playing guitar and writing songs when he was 18. His style is solely his own, combining country and rock with elements of folk, jazz, and even hip-hop. In 2004, he released a live CD, “Tonight, Not Again” on Atlantic Records and is currently on tour with Alanis Morrisette. His newest effort, “Mr. A-Z,” (Atlantic Records) hit the street on July 26. Tonight, he is at Housing Works Used Book Café at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds support this not-for-profit organization that provides housing, healthcare, advocacy and other services to homeless people living with HIV and AIDS. 212-334-3324, 126 Crosby Street, one block east of Broadway between Houston and Prince Sts.