VOLUME 3, ISSUE 353 | Dec. 30, 2004 -Jan 05, 2005
7 Days and 7 Nights
THU. DEC. 30
“Interruptions” is a series of paintings that explores the fantasies, fears, and desire that manifest when Latino gay men seek to form intimate relationships. The work examines the forces of class, ethnicity, location, and sexuality and aims to interrupt these markers as they contribute to the construction of a person’s identity. On display through mid-January at Gallery 49, 322 W. 49 St. 212-767-0855. Visit eugenerodriguez.com.
Sister Mary McArthur
London’s hottest show is now in New York at Don’t Tell Mama. 343 West 46th St. 9 p.m. $12; 212-757-0788
Had enough of benign tyranny? A quirky school girl and a janitor turn the tables on a modern day Inquisition. Come see the world premiere of award-winning playwright and poet Magdalena Gomez’s “Lobster Face (or The Shame of Amanda Cockshutt).” Through Jan. 2 at Intar 53, 510 W. 53 St. $15; 212-330-9018.
“Small Drawings” by the artist is on display at The Unknown Gallery, 208 Forsyth St.(F train to Second Ave.), through January 15. 212 673-1020
FRI. DEC. 31
Erin Foley, Ophira Eisenberg, Lori Chase, Allison Castillo and Ron Poole invite all to a New Year’s Eve comedy fest at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St. $15 cover and two-drink minimum. Reservations recommended, at 212-757-0788.
African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (AALUSC), African Asian Latina Lesbians United (AALLU), The Audre Lorde Project (ALP), Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD), GRIOT Circle, House of Moshood, Latino Gay Men of New York (LGMNY), People of Color in Crisis (POCC), Sistahs in Search of Truth, Alliance & Harmony (SiSTAH), and Sisters of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA) present the 17th Annual LGBTST POC Kwanzaa Celebration today from 12-9 p.m.The LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th St. $8 suggested donation. For more information, contact Kim Ford at 917-541-2082 or email@example.com.
Poetry on the Bowery
Over 150 poets will perform at this year’s reading, including Leonard Abrams, Hassam Al Abdullah, Penny Arcade, Jennifer Blowdryer, Regie Cabico, Bob Holman, Evy Ivy, Eliot Katz, Nancy Mercado, Jackie Sheeler, Hal Sirowitz, K-Swift, Chavisa Woods, and many more, produced by Bruce Weber at the Bowery Poetry Club. 308 Bowery between Bleecker And Houston Sts. 12 p.m.; 212 614 0505. Free.
SUN. JAN. 2
Cultural Institution of the Month
NYC & Company have named the Historic House Trust, a non-profit organization that works to preserve historic houses in New York City parks, as January’s Cultural Institution of the Month. Visitors to any one of eight selected Historic House Trust locations in the five boroughs will receive a free, 60-page color guidebook to all the museums within the Trust by mentioning “ cultural institution of the month.” NYC & Company is the City’s official tourism marketing organization. To learn more about the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, please visit their Web site at nyc.gov/parks. For more information on the Historic House Trust, call 212-360-8282 or visit historichousetrust.org.
MON. JAN. 3
Defend Democracy in Ohio
U.S. Labor Against the War, in conjunction with United for Peace and Justice, join other Americans in traveling to Columbus, Ohio, in the Count Every Vote Rally. Visit unitedforpeace.org to learn more about why the voting irregularities this past November raise serious questions about the legitimacy of the electoral outcome in Ohio and how you can help. Call 212-868-5545 to reserve space on a bus leaving from NY.
New York Philharmonic Offstage
Please join us for the first show of the new season. This evening’s guest will be pianist Yefin Bronfman, in conversation with Philharmonic president and executive director Zarin Mehta. Barnes & Nobleat Lincoln Triangle, 1972 Broadway at 66th St. 7 p.m. Events are subject to change. Please call 212-595-6859 to confirm.
TUE. JAN. 4
Pumo Opening Night
Award-winners and GLAAD-nominees, Moe Bertran and David Pumo, bring the one-man celebration, “Love Scenes,” to The Duplex Cabaret Theatre in January and February, 2005. The play garnered great reviews and sold out its run at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in the summer of 2004. It was a critical smash when it premiered at CenterStage NY in 1999, and again at New York’s Sande Shurin and L.A.’s Celebration Theatres in 2002. Directed by Donna Jean Fogel. $15 plus 2 drinks; 212 255-5438; gatoflaco.com
THU. JAN. 6
“How Beautiful This Place Can Be,” photographs by this South African artist, are on display at Daniel Cooney Fine Art through February 26. “While the images contemplate a struggle that is centuries old, the vibrant color and visual intimacy draw the viewer in to examine the beauty in a place that once symbolized racism, oppression and inhumanity.” 511 W. 25 St., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 212-255-8158.
Jeannette Montgomery Barron
“Mirrors,” an exhibition launched in conjunction with the publication of the artist’s book of the same name, with a text by Edmund White, is on display at ClampArt, 531 W. 25 St. ground floor, through Feb. 12. Tonight’s opening reception is at 6 p.m. The gallery is open Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 646-230-0020
National Arts Club
Join celebrated painter/illustrator Rafal Olbinski for a book signing of his latest, “Olbinski Posters for Performing Arts.” 6:30 p.m., 15 Gramercy Park South. Visit nationalartsclub.org for more information.
FRI. JAN. 7
Children of all ages are welcome at this dance event. This dance series combines informal, accessible performances with Q&As with the artists. Each installment focuses on a different aspect of the art form, such as the power of dance to tell stories or where choreographers find inspiration. The audience includes middle and high school students and teachers, moms with pre-schoolers, and seniors. 12 p.m. at 92 St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. Free
SAT. JAN. 8
Bronx Opera Company
Rarely seen in New York, “The Consul” opened on Broadway in 1950 and won a Pulitzer Prize. A powerful statement of the post-cold war era, it powerfully captured the tensions of the times and is now being staged in the Bronx at Lehman College’s Lovinger Theater at Bedford Park Blvd., tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $15-30, available at 718-960-8833. All performances are fully staged with orchestra. Visit bronxopera.org for more information.
M8 continues its Euro-style, ubermacho fest (skinhead, biker, army, rubber, punk, sports kit, leather) into the new year with a send-off bash for all the sexy hardcore M8s heading down to next weekend’s Mid Atlantic Leather gathering in DC. DJ BeJay spins OI! Punk, Ska and some other really eclectic stuff. Barber & Bootblack give head-to-toe. Guinness draft, hourly drink specials and the new strip poker table ensure sexy mayhem. Poker starts around midnight – winner gets $50 and some free stuff. 10 p.m. at the Pussycat Lounge, 96 Greenwich St. at Rector. 1-9-4-5 trains all within the block.
SUN. JAN. 9
The Rainbow Brunch today is “Sharing Healing for Parents with Gay and Lesbian Children.” The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan invites our LGBTQ members to bring their parents, children or other family members for an open and safe morning of dialogue and understanding. Many families struggle with the news that a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and the JCC hopes to create an environment where questions and concerns are voiced in a loving and respectful way. A social worker and a staff member from PFLAG will facilitate discussion. 11 a.m. at 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St. $10