THU. FEB. 17
John Reed Reads
John Reed, a Gay City News contributor, reads from his recent book, “The Whole” (MTV Books), tonight at 7 p.m. at The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South. Free refreshments.
Join Bono and the ONE
ONE is a new effort by Americans to rally Americans – one by one – to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty. The ONE Campaign is engaging Americans through a diverse coalition of faith-based and anti-poverty organizers to show the steps people can take to fight global AIDS and poverty. Why is the ONE campaign needed? Right now, the U.S. government is making decisions about how much money to spend on humanitarian assistance next year and the U.K. is poised to lead the world’s wealthiest nations at the G8 summit next July. By joining the ONE campaign, we will show our leaders that we want to do more to respond to the emergency of AIDS and extreme poverty. To learn more, visit theONEcampaign.org.
Gay comic singer/songwriter Michael Conley and collaborator/ musical director Matthew Loren Cohen reprise their popular revue for four shows through Feb. 24 at 8:30 p.m. Seventeen entirely original numbers, mostly comic, comprise “Hello, boys!” which returns to Don’t Tell Mama. $10 with a 2-drink minimum; 212-757-0788. 343 West 46th St.
“The Cherry Orchard”
Earl Hyman plays Firs and Wendell Pierce plays Lopakhin in this new staging of the Chekhov classic running through Feb. 27 at the Classical Theatre of Harlem. Thu. – Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. at the Harlem School of the Arts Theater, 645 St. Nicholas Ave. near 141st St. (Take the A, B, C, or D train to 145th St.) Call 212-539-8828 for tickets.
Jan Buttram’s “Texas Homos,” a play about Lone Star gay folk, starts previews tonight at the Abingdon Theatre Company with Tony Award-Winner Melvin Bernhardt directing. The play opens tonight at the June Havoc Theatre, Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W. 36th St., first floor. Call 212-868-4444 for times and tickets. $25.
Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908-1942), was an author, photographer and cult figure much celebrated in Europe who worked within the relatively new genre of photojournalism in the 1920s and 30s. In the U.S., her work has rarely been seen. The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College opens an exhibition of 100 Schwarzenbach photographs—images that document the Nazi uprising in Austria, dire social conditions in America after the Great Depression, and travels through Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Turkey during the 1930s. Schwarzenbach, a lesbian, had a promising career but turbulent life, marked by drug addiction and various love affairs. She died at the age of 34. This exhibit runs through June. For directions and times, visit www.qc.edu/directions/ or call 718-997-4747.
Are you looking to meet other members of the publishing community and LGBT writers? The Publishing Triangle’s next monthly networking event, “3rd 3rsdays,” is tonight at 6:30 at Brite Bar, 297 Tenth Ave. (NW corner of Tenth Ave. & 27th St; britebar.com). There is no agenda, no program—just kicking back to relax and chat over drinks with other writers, publishing professionals, and fans of queer letters. Free admission. Cash bar, appetizer menu.
FRI. FEB. 18
Housing Works Concert
Mike Doughty, Damon and Naomi & Emiliana Torrini to play “Live From Home,” in the “Acoustic Music Series” at Housing Works Used Book Café tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, available at: housingworksubc.com. (A limited number of tickets will also be available for purchase in the bookstore during regular store hours.) 126 Crosby St., one block east of Broadway, between Houston and Prince Sts. Take the W, R trains to Prince; 6 to Bleecker; B, D, F, V to Broadway/Lafayette.
I Remember Harlem
In this ongoing Friday night program in February, Bill Miles’ documentary film on the early years of America’s most famous African-American community (1600-1930) is screened. Miles makes use of extensive archival material and personal interviews to tell his story. The filmmaker will be on hand to discuss his work in an event sponsored by the Freedom Socialist Party. Freedom Hall, 113 W. 128th St., btwn. Malcolm X Blvd. And Seventh Ave., 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 212-222-0633.
The Metro Wrestlers Alliance and M8, a consortium of ska, punk, leather, latex and kink enthusiasts, are hosting another party tonight at the Pussycat Lounge, 96 Greenwich St. at Rector. 1/9/4 trains all within the block. Dress Hard. $10.
SAT. FEB. 19
Change, Not Charity
The Funding Exchange (FEX), a national network of social justice foundations, celebrates the organization’s 25th anniversary by dancing the night away to music with a message, and honoring those that have been particularly influential in social justice movements with special guest Harry Belafonte. 7:30 p.m. – midnight at Strata Nightclub, 915 Broadway at East 21st St. $50 per person. Sponsorships start at $250. For more information, please contact 212-529-5356, x315.
Joan Lunden hosts “Wickedly Perfect” every Saturday at 8 p.m. on Channel 2. See what the Crafty Beavers and Team Artisan come up with when Joan asks them to design AND remodel their own bedroom — including a bed — from scratch! Who knows what they’ll inspire in you next. Don’t miss it.
MON. FEB. 21
God, The Devil & Flannery O’Conner
This Lenten series, at St. Luke’s in Greenwich Village, is a reading and discussion of religious themes in the stories of Flannery O’Connor, will focus each week on a different short story. The edition used is the paperback “Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories.” (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.) O’Connor’s letters, many of a religious nature, have been collected in “The Habit of Being,” edited by Sally Fitzgerald. Reading the weekly story is not required for participation. Brad Gooch, currently a Guggenheim Fellow in Biography, completing a biography of O’Connor for Little, Brown, will lead the series. A professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey, Gooch is the author of the acclaimed “City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara” and other books and articles. Every Monday at 7 p.m. through March 21. Laughlin Hall, 487 Hudson St. 212-924-0562
David Drake, Jonny McGovern, Shequida, Susan O’Connor and Jenn Harris bring Michael Martin’s longtime Chicago and New Orleans hit, “Verbatim Verboten,” a tale of words you were never meant to hear from the rich, powerful, famous and infamous to the New York stage at Fez through Feb. 28. John Pinckard directs this smorgasbord of transcripts, the playlist updated nightly, of comments by Rudy Giuliani, Spike Lee, Madonna, Michael Alig, Enron and Texaco executives, Prince Harry, Orson Welles, Jim Morrison and others. Every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Fez, inside the Time Café, 380 Lafayette St. below Cooper Sq. Tickets are $10 at 212.533.2680.
Two Boots and Revlon
Tonight, Two Boots Pioneer Theater screens “Brains by Revlon” (1986, 18 min. 16 mm; in color) directed by Jack Waters, written by Jack Waters with Gordon Stokes Kurtti and cinematography by Susan Salinger, aka Clair Voyant 155 East 3rd Street, (between Avenues A and B) at 6:30 p.m. 212-591-0434. Tonight at 6:30 p.m.
TUE. FEB. 22
Every Tuesday, a new installment of “The Ghosts of Partition Street,” by Robert Joseph Levy, is available online at partitionstreet.com. “It is said there is a book capable of opening the gates between the living and the deceased. It is called the Libromuralis or Book of the Wall. At 210 Partition Street, six neighbors prepare to meet its author…”
Tweed at Elmo’s
Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Elmo Lounge, corner of 20 Street and Seventh Avenue, there is an entertainment and dinner special. Tonight, it’s “The Endless I: Celebrities Destroy Themselves” with John Epperson reading critical essays on the cultural importance of Lypsinka and Robert LaFosse actually reads from his own autobiography “Nothing to Hide.” Dinner discount of 15 percent of $5 admission. $5-7.
THU. FEB. 24
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 E. 24th St.), and February 24 at 8 p.m. at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (307 W. 26th St.). For ticket information and schedule, call 212-352-3101.
SAT. FEB. 26
DJ Carlos Pedraza returns for another flagging dance, this year in conjunction with Flagging & Fanning Symposium. 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.
WED. MAR. 2
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, profiled on page 18 in this issue, 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 St. (one block east of Broadway, between Houston and Prince Sts.) Trains: W, R to Prince; 6 to Bleecker; B, D, F, V to Broadway/Lafayette.
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