THU. FEB. 24
The End of the Moon
BAM welcomes performance artist Laurie Anderson presents a new show based on her role as NASA’s first artist-in-residence, exploring the relationship between technology and contemporary culture and notions of beauty. The piece is part travelogue, part personal history and also ambitious in it theories and exploration of dreams. BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., a block and a half from Flatbush Ave. and near the Atlantic Terminal subway stop. Feb. 24-26, Mar. 1-5 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 27, Mar. 6 3 p.m. Tickets are $20-$50 at 718-636-4100 or at bam.org.
V-Day NYC, in association with Double Helix Theatre Company, is proud to present three benefit performances of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” as part of V-Day 2005’s Worldwide campaign. All proceeds will go to three diverse local charities which provide support for victims of domestic violence; Sanctuary for Families, The New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, and New York Asian Women’s Center. The performances will take place February 25 & 26 at 8 p.m. at The Blue Heron Arts Center (123 East 24th Street), and February 24 at 8 p.m. at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (307 West 26th Street). For ticket information and schedule, please call 212-352-3101.
FRI. FEB. 25
Mamet Writing Contest
In conjunction with its production of the world premiere adaptation of Harvey Granville-Barker’s “The Voysey Inheritance,” written by David Mamet, A.C.T. will revive the David Mamet writing contest originally conducted to great response in conjunction with the company’s production of “American Buffalo” in 2003. The writing contest encourages entrants to emulate “Mametspeak” by authoring an original three-page scene, featuring no more than four characters, written to be performed. Winning submissions will be performed by members of the A.C.T. master of fine arts program. Contest entrants are required to submit a scene that fits one of three categories: a scene depicting a family (fictional or non-fictional) facing an ethical crisis or moral dilemma, written in Mamet’s style; an adaptation of a period play; or a scene depicting contemporary characters from a Mamet work placed in a period setting (i.e. the characters from “Glengarry Glen Ross” in Elizabethan times). Deadline is March 21. A complete list of contest rules and regulations can be found at act-sf.org.
SAT. FEB. 26
DJ Carlos Pedraza returns for another flagging dance, this year in conjunction with Flagging & Fanning Symposium (to be held at the LGBT Center on 2/26/04, more info. at www.nycflaggers.com). Join Carlos as he mixes his special blend of joyful house music and vocals with a classic thrown in here and there for accent! $ 6 all nite for flaggers (w/flags). 9 p.m. at 208 West 13 St., LGBT Community Center.
If you are a single woman with children and you want to meet same, head over to the LGBT Community Center for “The Ultimate Speed Dating Experience for Single Gay Gals with Children.” Comedian Marilyn of Lavender Lunacy will be the facilitator for what is billed as outrageous fun. Admission is $25 at the door. 208 W. 13th St., 8-10 p.m. for more information visit nyclavenderlounge.com or call 212-989-8549.
Poetry In the Overnight
The Bowery Poetry Club hosts a “Midnight Nite-Cap,” a free gathering of poets hosted by award-winning poet/bartender Shappy, who oversees an open mic every Tuesday night until 4 a.m. 308 Bowery, btwn. Bleecker & Houston Sts. For more information, call 212-614-0505. For a complete schedule of events at BPC, visit bowerypoetry.com.
SUN. FEB. 27
A special concert and reading, featuring Irish women musicians and actors, including the mother-daughter singing duo Shirae, the harpist Mia Theadora, Irish dancers from the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance, and members of the Irish Arts Center Ceili Band, is being held today at the Irish Arts Center. During intermission, various women will be honored for their leadership roles in arts, business and education in New York City and for the support they have given in creating the New York City Inclusive St. Pat’s Parade in Queens. Women to be honored include Barbara Heffernan Mohr, Mary Somoza, Anita Daly, Maureen Murray, Ellen Duncan, Council Member Christine Quinn, Siobhan Kyne, Gloria Lum and others. Suggested donation is $8. Reserve tickets at [email protected] or at 212-868-4444. 553 W. 51st St. at 2 p.m.
The Queens Museum of Art sponsors a festival of queer cinema at 3 p.m. on third Sundays through March. The screenings take place at the NYC Building in Flushing Meadows Park. Call 718-592-9700 for complete schedule and directions or visit cinemarosa.org. Free.
The Oscars at XES
Tonight, watch the 77th Annual Academy Awards on a wide, flat screen TV in surround sound. Free food, trivia games and great company all starting at 8 p.m. XES bar is at 157 W. 24 St.
MON. FEB. 28
Alison Harper, director of special services for the Public Theater, from 1967-2004, will give a backstage tour of the Joseph Papp Public Theater and into the skeleton of a remarkable building. Alison will be joined by Giorgio Cavaglieri, one of New York’s most revered preservation architects who converted the building for use as a theater, as well as by Dan Dalrymple, who wrote a monograph about the Public Theater. Built with a bequest by John Jacob Astor as New York’s first public library, the building was actually constructed in three separate sections by three different architects over a period of more than 30 years, but was done in such a unified way that it looks like one building. “Insider’s Tour of Joseph Papp’s Public Theater” starts at 6 p.m. at 425 Lafayette St. Free, but reservations required at 212-475-9585 x 32.
TUE. MAR. 1
Betty Buckley starts her new gig at the Café Carlysle tonight. The actress and singer won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats.” She received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in “Triumph Of Love.” Her longtime musical director, the renowned pianist Kenny Werner, Tony Marino on bass and Jamey Haddad on percussion will join Ms. Buckley. March 1-April 9, Tue.-Sat. at 8:45 p.m. with late shows, Fri. & Sat. at 10:45 p.m. $60-70 cover charge. on Dinner is served from 6:30 p.m. ( Every Monday night at 8:45 p.m., Woody Allen appears with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band.) 212-744-1600; Café Carlysle at Madison Ave. at 76 St.
Housing Works Used Book Café presents authors Dave King and Michael Cunningham tonight at 7 p.m. Michael Cunningham (“The Hours”) will be in conversation with his former student and rising star in the literary world, Dave King, about his debut novel, “The Ha-Ha.” The novel is the story of Howie Kapostash, a Vietnam vet whose war injuries have left him mute. Told from Howie’s point of view, this extraordinary piece allows the reader the opportunity to “hear” what he is really thinking, giving an intimate look into the mind of an otherwise normal man, limited by his inability to communicate normally. Admission is free but donated books are welcomed and encouraged. 126 Crosby Street (one block east of Broadway, between Houston and Prince Streets) Trains: W, R to Prince; 6 to Bleecker; B, D, F, V to Broadway/Lafayette
Unrobed At Home
Daniel Cooney Fine Arts opens an exhibition of the photographic work of London-based Carrie Levy titled “Domestic Stages.” Large scale photographs feature naked people within their own homes. Furniture and belongings are arrange to create a small portrait setting. In each of the photographs, the face of the subject is hidden from view. 511 W. 25th St., Suite 506. The exhibition runs through Apr. 23. For hours, call 212-255-8158.
Episode 23, “Pop,” celebrating out gay artists and gay icons with a sexy, campy style, airs tonight at 10 p.m. on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network, channel 34. Highlights include: Jonny McGovern’s Gay Pimp, Abbablicious, and Matthew Duffy, as well as “Whitney: Mama’s Little Baby”starring Mario Gardner. There will be a screening party at The Urge (2nd Ave & 2nd St.) on at airtime, with special live performance by McGovern.
Reno brings her stream of consciousness performing style to Dixon Place, in an evening of ruminations about the election just past. 258 Bowery, btwn. Houston & Prince Sts., 8 p.m. Also, Mar. 5, 11 & 12 8 p.m. Tickets are $12, $10 for students, seniors, at 212-219-0736, ext. 106.
All Things Abba
Pyramid’s “1984” party salutes all things Abba to mark the release of the band’s DVD “Super Troupers.” Abba and Scandanavian-themed prizes will be awarded. Doors open at 10 p.m., with drink specials until midnight. 101 Ave. A at E. Sixth St. Admission is $8.
SAT. MAR. 5
Miss L.E.S. Pageant
The Miss Lower East Side Pageant is one of the East Village’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women by providing unlimited drink tickets, a plastic tiara from the 99 cent store, and $100 cash in singles to the winner. The pageant itself is highly competitive, loads of fun, and occasionally meaningless. After receiving over 1500 applications, our judges narrowed down the search to five contestants: Miss Orchard, Miss Delancey, Miss Rivington, Miss Houston, and Miss Allen. The Pontani Sisters provide half-time entertainment, while our celebrity judges Michael Musto, Mike Albo, Linda Simpson, Wau-Wau Sisters, and JD Samson from LeTigre tally the votes. 8 p.m. at Fez, 380 Lafayette St., $12; 212-533-7000
The Fast and Fabulous gay cycling club’s Richard Gottlieb holds a 30-mile roundtrip ride from the Boat House in Central Park to City Island, a fishing village in the Bronx. The route is mostly flat, but the ride will take place regardless of temperature, as long as there is no heavy rain or snow. The trip will include a stop at a City Island coffee shop for brunch. Make sure to RSVP to [email protected] or 917-658-9531. Be ready to leave the Boathouse at 9 a.m.