THU. APR. 28
The One Campaign
“One by one. They step forward.” As Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz uttered those simple phrases on MTV, ABC and Christian Broadcast Network earlier this month, a new chapter was opened in the fight against global AIDS and extreme poverty as more than 100 million Americans were introduced to One. Across America, people have responded as ONE to the emergency of AIDS and extreme poverty – in the past four weeks alone, more than 200,000 Americans have joined, more than doubling the size of “One: The Campaign to Make Poverty History.” Visit One.Org to learn about the challenges facing our world today.
The New York AIDS Coalition needs a volunteer to assist the agency with short-term projects: phone calls for agency fund-raiser; transcribing audiotaped events; and helping with a mailing. Volunteers must have good phone and typing skills. The position is unpaid, but offers valuable experience for individuals looking to build on their own work experience or for those looking to fulfill volunteer obligations. For more information, please contact Christina Kazanas at [email protected] or call 212.629.3075.
Looking for roommates or a house this summer? This is the last Share-a-thon of the season for gay men and lesbians looking to finalize plans in the Hamptons, Fire Island and elsewhere. Share-a-thons match those offering a summer house share with those seeking a share. There are table spaces for renters/owners to display photos of their house. The table-space fee for offerors is $35 and includes one person. The fee for additional persons showing a property is $15 each. You may reserve a table in advance by fax, 212.576.2570, by telephone, 212.462.3100 or by sending a check with your name to: The Network, 332 Bleecker St., #G32, New York, NY 10014. Admission for share seekers is $15 at the door. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 6-9 p.m.
Voices of New York: Lambda Literary readings
The Lambda Literary Foundation and the LGBT Community Center present an opportunity to hear the work of the 17th Annual Lambda Literary Awards finalists. A 6:30 reception is followed by readings, book sales and author signings. Free. 208 W. 13th St., 7 p.m.
Tokyo Prison Art
Vice Magazine presents David Choe’s volume of “Tokyo Prison Art,” produced during a four-month stint in solitary confinement in Japan. The powerHouse Gallery, 68 Charlton St. (two blocks south of Houston between Hudson and Varick Sts.) Call 212-604-9074 or visit powerhouse.com for more information. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri.,
11 a.m- 7 p.m., Sat. 12-6 p.m.
FRI. APR. 29
“Mi Tito!, Mi Celia!”
This evening of contemporary dance set to classic Tito Puente and Celia Cruz music from the 1950s continues a four-night run tonight (through next weekend) at BAAD!, the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, 841 Barreto St., in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. $15 tickets and information available at 718-842-5223 or at BronxAcademyofArtsandDance.org. For these new works, Arthur Aviles, the Bessie Award-winning dancer and choreographer who The New York Times hailed “one of the great living modern dancers,” goes to his Bronx roots for six new works.
BAX/ Brooklyn Arts Exchange presents Allison Farrow and Fernando Maneca in mixed-discipline solo performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. Farrow’s “tiny life (a conversion)” is a response to the somewhat paranoid yet compelling writing of French theorist Paul Virilio, whose concerns include the urbanization of time and the passivity of spectatorship. Performed as a mixed-discipline solo, the piece grapples with intimacy, biomass, quarantine/ghetto, fake interactivity and issues of consent. Maneca’s “Drinking The Kool-Aid” is a work in progress solo performance piece featuring multi channel closed circuit television, pre-recorded video and live performer set in a world of round-the-clock news, search engines, and instant communication. BAX is located at 421Fifth Ave. at Eighth St. in Park Slope. Tickets are $15, $10 for members at 718-832-0018 or bax.org.
SAT. APR. 30
Too Cool for Shul
Writer, performer, and diva Jewess Raven Snook has appeared all over downtown New York stages. She is currently one of the hosts of “Divine” on the HDTV channel and performed in the original downtown cast of “Urinetown.” Snook will be joined at BAMCafé at 9 p.m. (as part of the Steinhardt Jewish Heritage Festival) by co-cabaret conspirator Allison Tilsen, also a queen of the downtown performance circuit. Tilsen wowed audiences as a knockout “Cha-Cha” in stage productions of “Grease,” Matron “Mama” Morton in “Chicago,” and Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd.” Imagine two Bette Midlers onstage without the self-congratulatory patois and you’ve got a good picture of what to expect in this wonderful night of performances. BAMcafé is located at 30 Lafayette Ave., near Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn. There is no cover charge.
Melodia Women’s Choir
The choir presents “Sirens-Songs of the Sea,” haunting tales of the deep for women’s voices, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 346 W. 20th St., $15. Call 212-757-2945 for more information.
SUN MAY 1
Atomic: The Reading Series
Cheryl B. hosts and curates the reading series with something for everyone. Tonight at 7 p.m., hear Sarah D. Bunting, Marie Carte, Nairne Holtz and Amy Ouzoonian. Lucky 13 Saloon, 273 13th St. at Fifth Ave., Park Slope. No cover charge. For more information, visit lucky13saloon.com.
Janice Lowe sings pieces from her musical “This Esther,” an R&B take on the biblical Book of Esther, as well as other musical stories. “This Esther” is told as a funky Purim Carnival of Life about the young Jewish queen who risked her life and throne for her people. Lowe will be performing with Sean Cazades, The Jones Twins, Anika Larsen, Jonathan Portera, Sheri Sanders, Aurelia Williams and Cid Williams. Arts Nova, 511 W. 54th St., 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at 212-868-4444.
Join the beer blast from 4-9 p.m. at XES, Chelsea’s coolest bar. Then, watch another new episode of “Desperate Housewives” (the popcorn is free) followed by Star Jones look-alike Flotilla DeBarge. Flotilla’s guest this week is the amazing signer Sade Pendarvis at 10 p.m. No cover, bring your friends. XES is at 157 W. 24th St.
Chinese in the Americas
“The Basement Workshop: 1982 Portfolio,” part two of the three-part exhibition series titled “People’s Beat: The Basement Workshop Portfolios, 1972-1998.” Containing bold, original lithographs and silkscreen prints by Arlan Huang, Billy Jung, Colin Lee, Nino Kuo and John Woo, the 1982 piece was created as a fund-raising tool for Basement’s Catherine Street Artist Project. Only 100 copies were produced to support the visual arts component of Basement, which had become a groundbreaking, multidisciplinary arts organization. Though Basement disbanded four years later, its members went on to create many prominent Asian-American cultural organizations. 70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor, 212-619-4785.
Join this reading at Housing Works Used Book Café, led by Jonathan Lethem, Eric Bogosian and Willie Nile. 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donated books are welcome and encouraged. 126 Crosby St. (one block east of Broadway between Houston and Prince). Call 212-334-3324 for more information.
MON. MAY 2
Episode 3 (“Those Were The Daze”) of this irreverent, smart drama by Blair Fell is tonight at Barracuda Lounge, 275 W. 22 St., at 8 p.m. Free
Join our wacky waiter, Paul Pecorino, and a super band for the final installment of his one man show, “Last Call: The Trials & Tribulations of a Bitch on the Rocks!” You will laugh until your sides hurt and the music is fabulous! This show is a week from Monday so mark your calendars. 10 p.m., no cover, 157 W. 24 St.
TUE. MAY 3
An ensemble of virtuoso classical and jazz musicians, Opus 21 returns to New York for the third season with a genre-jumping program of contemporary works influenced by American popular music. A discussion with the commissioned composers and musicians will follow. The Knitting Factory at 74 Leonard St., btwn. Church St. & Bdway., 8 p.m. Tickets are $8-18 at 212-219-3132.
WED. MAY 4
Adoption in the LGBT Community
Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children hosts a workshop reviewing options and considerations for gay and lesbian couples and parents who wish to adopt or to enter into a second parent adoption, in which one member of a couple adopts the children of his or her partner. Ronny Diamond, CSW, director of the Adoption Resource Center and Susan Watson, CSW, director of Birth Parent Services who will focus on issues unique to the gay and lesbian community. Pre-registration is recommended by contacting Jamila Cleary at 212-360-0259 or at [email protected] 6 E. 94th St., 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit spence-chapin.org.
Poets House is a literary center and poetry archive that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry. Our 45,000 volumes of books, journals, chapbooks, audiotapes, videos and electronic media is among the most comprehensive open-access collection of poetry in the United States. The Reading Room is free and open to the public Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. & Saturday 11-4 pm. The Children’s Reading Room is open Saturday 11a.m.-1 p.m. Please call 212-431-7920 or visit poetshouse.org for more information. 72 Spring St.
THU. MAY 5
Celebrate Cinco de Gayo with the gay Bob Montgomery has rounded up for the latest installment of his laugh show at Gotham Comedy Club. Guest comics include Kate Clinton, Marga Gomez, Michele Balan. Guest host is Marion Grodin. 34 W. 22nd St., 8:30 p.m. There’s a $12 cover, with a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call 212-367-9000.
She’s So Androgynous
Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Gina Young is throwing a show on Thursday May 5 to celebrate the release of her new album, “she’s so androgynous,” on Exotic Fever Records. Young will embark from the party on a five-week national tour with her band. Performing friends including Sini Anderson, Justin Tranter, Rachel Jacobs, Cheese on Bread and God-Des will join Young for the party. Expect food, free chocolate and a raffle, along with good dancing. WOW Café Theater, 59-61 E. Fourth St., btwn. Second & Third Aves., 7 p.m.
FRI. MAY 6
Honoring Latino Leaders
The New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center at the Newark Public Library will honor three distinguished Latino Leaders tonight at a dinner-dance at the Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, in Newark’s downtown arts district. The honorees are: Juan Cartagena, Esq., a civil rights attorney and founder of the “Segunda Quimbamba,” a percussion dance ensemble; Esperanza Porras-Field, a community developer, producer and host of the bilingual television show “Mi Casa Es Su Casa;” and Miguel “Mike” Rodriguez, former deputy mayor of Newark, president and founder of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Essex County. The honorees will receive the María De Castro Blake Community Service Award, in recognition of their professional achievements and their generous volunteer work in their communities. For ticket information, contact the Newark Public Library at 973- 733-7772 or visit npl.org.
This debut solo album by Dan Fishback, from the anti-folk collective, Luv-a-Lot Records, portrays a “young queer boy’s search for meaning in a vapid, narcissistic gay culture.” Come to the release party at Pete’s Candy Store, at 11 p.m. at 709 Lorimer St., btwn. Richardson & Frost Sts., Williamsburg. For more information, call 718-302-3770.
SAT. MAY 7
Ari Gold’s Jewish Roots Are Showing
The sexy songster Ari Gold appears as part of BAMCafé’s “Too Cool for Schul: Steinhardt Jewish Heritage Festival” at 9 p.m. BAMcafé is located at 30 Lafayette Ave., near Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn. There is no cover charge.
TOSOS2 Play Reading
The fabulous TOSOS2 Theater (www.tosos2.org) has selected a play by Gay City News contributor Kathleen Warnock, “The Audience” for a reading as part of its Robert Chesley/Jane Chambers Playwrights Project. The play takes place in the parking lot of a club in a Rust Belt town, where a group of people meets to renew their faith in rock and roll, and its patron saint, Patti Roxx. Before the doors open, the fans will test the levels of their hierarchy, fight and bond, threaten and back off. The cast for the reading includes Meghan Cary, Jamie Heinlein, Marlon Hurt, Mary Louise Mooney, Alyson Palmer, Holly Sheppard and others. Peter Bloch directs. The Eagles Dare Theater, 247 W. 36th St., first fl., 2 p.m.
Dust off your cummerbund and get out the taffeta, cause it’s time for Dance 208’s sparkling finale, Prom 2005—the prom you always dreamed of. This year it’s DJ Jon Jon Battles and Imperial Empress XVIII Trai La Trash with the Imperial Court performing and presiding over our King & Queen of the Prom contest, with our celebrity judges led by Clover Honey! 9 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $8