VOLUME 3, ISSUE 348 | Nov. 25 – Dec. 01, 2004
7 Days and 7 Nights
THU. NOV. 25
Right now, Congress is determining final funding levels for global AIDS programs. Without urgent action, they will cut $300 million from the programs that combat the spread of AIDS and deliver lifesaving medicines to those who need it most. You can make a difference if you call right now! Call Congress and tell them to fully fund global AIDS programs! The Senate wants to offer $3.1 billion to fight AIDS, but the House of Representatives wants to reduce the offer to $2.8 billion. This $300 million difference could put over 200,000 more people on lifesaving treatment and prevent 500,000 people from contracting the AIDS virus. Call toll free: 1-877-467-3872 to connect with your lawmakers. Visit DATA.org to learn more.
FRI. NOV. 26
Lesbian Cinema Arts
This evening, the group features Andrea Meyerson’s “Laughing Matters,” a film that showcases the heart and uproarious humor of four prominent lesbian comedians through intimate interviews, backstage footage and segments from their shows. The film was the winner of Outstanding Documentary Feature at Outfest in Los Angeles and Image Out in Rochester, New York. 208 W. 13th St.. Reception at 7:30, film at 8. Admission is $6 for Center members, $10 otherwise.
‘The Hasty Heart’
Keith Nobbs, one of Broadway’s most dynamic young actors, stars in this revival of the 1945 Broadway original and film, starring Ronald Reagan, about a group of soldiers in a British Army hospital in Southeast Asia in the final days of World War II. Nobbs’ recent credits include “Dublin Carol,” “Four” and the films “The 25th Hour” and “Phone Booth.” $19 tickets at 212-868-4444 at Theater Three, 311 W. 43 St., 3rd floor.
A New Dyke Bar
Finally, a women’s bar that is opening instead of closing. Girls’ Room is now open for business at 210 Rivington between Pitt and Ridge Sts. on the Lower East Side. Open seven nights a week with a hip and friendly staff and hot bartenders. Happy hour 7 to 9 nightly. Look out for the pink building—you won’t miss it.
MON. NOV. 29
This concert is a benefit for The National AIDS Fund as well as for the Storm Theatre. Included among the cast are some Broadway legends (Terrence Mann, Charles Busch), some Tony nominees (Laura Benanti, John Tartaglia), some amazing newcomers (Michael Arden) and an amazing surprise or two. Donations to the The Storm Theatre at 145 West 46th St. are entirely tax-deductible. The show is at 7 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center, 311 W. 34 St. Visit pippinconcert.org for more information.
Out Professionals offers a two-hour intensive for LGBT entrepreneurs, executives, business owners and client-oriented professionals. Develop new business relationships, identify potential clients and vendors, market products or services, and expand your referral network. Led by marketing’s Twilla Duncan, founding president of the Women Entrepreneurs Business Association. CGR/seven’s Carlene Mahanna, a recruiter who specializes in placing creative talent for advertising, publishing and interactive companies. Bring 50 business cards or flyers. Brief start-off mixer, beverage bargains. Nonmembers $15, OP Members $12. 7 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St.
TUE. NOV. 30
“I Do/I Don’t: Queers On Marriage” group reading presented by the Publishing Triangle with emcee Rachel Kramer Bussel and opinionated contributors Keith O. Boykin, Cheryl Clarke, Daniel W.K. Lee, Richard Tayson, Carmen Vazquez, and Robert Williams. 7 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th St. $5 Visit publishingtriangle.org for more events.
AIDS Action International
The 11th annual St. Nicholas Celebration takes place tonight in the Great Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 112 St. and Amsterdam Ave. People are asked to bring unwrapped holiday gifts for people of all ages living with HIV/AIDS. Representatives of the NYPD will join Father Rand Frew, AAI’s founder, to deliver the gifts to AIDS service organizations. 7 p.m. The party is free. Call 212 633-1062 for more information.
WED. DEC. 1
Thom Gunn Praise Reading
Eileen Myles, Betsy Andrews, Timothy Liu, Douglas A. Martin, honor the life and work of the British poet Thom Gunn. Presented by Nathaniel Siegel at The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, 212-614-0505. $5 at door.
Jeter Opens Ailey Season
Join Yankee Captain Derek Jeter celebrate the opening of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gala at 7 p.m. at City Center, W. 55 St., btwn. 6th and 7th Aves. Followed by dinner and dancing at 9:30 p.m. at the Sheraton, 811 7th Ave. at 53 St. Black tie or festive dress. $300 tickets available at 212 767-0590, ext. 525.
South Asian Extravaganza
The first ever South Asian International Film Festival opens today with Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chaddha’s latest, “Bride and Prejudice.” The festival includes some of the most promising recent South-Asian features, documentaries and shorts including Shwaas, India’s official entry to the Oscars, and In the Name of Buddha, a feature set in the Sri Lankan genocide of the 1980s. Venues include the Clearview Chelsea West and the Rubin Museum of Arts. saiff.org for schedules, tickets and more details.
In honor of World AIDS Day, St. Bartholomew’s Church is performing a reading of “Ryan’s Light,” a play about teenage AIDS activist Ryan White. St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Avenue at 51st St. $10. Reservations at 212-378-0248.
Blades Against Aids
Body Positive and the New York City Gay Hockey Association present “Blades Against Aids,” a fund-raiser for HIV/AIDS awareness. The event promises upto 2 hours of Ice Skating, free skate rentals, open bar and hors d’oeuvres. It also includes a raffle and a silent auction. $40 in advance/$50 at the door, special student and group discounts available. For Tickets and info contact Eric Rodriguez at 212.566.7333 x11.
Alvin Ailey Opening
The one-night-only gala performance will feature the world premiere of “Love Stories,” a new ballet choreographed by Judith Jamison in collaboration with Rennie Harris and Robert Battle set to the enduring music of Stevie Wonder. The program will also include Alvin Ailey’s timeless masterpiece “Revelations,” performed with live music. 7 p.m. performance at City Center; 9:30 p.m. dinner and dancing at Sheraton New York, 7th Avenue at 53rd St. Call Leslie at 212-767-0590, ext. 525 for tickets.
Kathy High, media critic and curator, joins Shelley Jackson, author of “Patchwork Girl” and “The Melancholy of Anatomy,” poet and Harvard Professor D.A. Powell and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, CUNY professor and critic, poet and artist, in panel discussion about artists, poets and writers. Poet Ronaldo Wilson moderates. Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave. at 34th St., 7 to 9 p.m. Free for CUNY students, or $7. For more information, call 212-817-8215.
FRI. DEC. 3
GLAP and FACTS present “Uncoupling Convention : Psychoanalytic Approaches to Same-Sex Couples and Families.” Ann D’Ercole, Ph.D. and Jack Drescher, M.D. explore what it means to be involved in same sex families and couples in a book signing and discussion. 7:30-9 p.m. at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, 1841 Broadway, 4th floor. Free with light refreshments.
Stonewall Holiday Gay-La
The Stonewall Chorale presents its annual holiday concert, this year featuring part 1 of Handel’s “Messiah,”Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata”and contemporary Christmas and Chanukah pieces. Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, 129 W. 67th St., 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at 212-971-5813 or stonewallchorale.org.
Classics of the 70s-90s
Dance 208 with DJ Ted Snowdon presents “Classics 70s-90s” at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th St., 9 p.m.-1a.m., $10/$6 for Center members or before 9:45.
SUN. DEC. 5
Lavender Light Choir
Noted composer/clarinetist Harold Seletsky will captivate New York audiences with the premiere of a new body of works for his West End Klezmorim and the Lavender Light Gospel Choir today at 2 p.m. at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, Third Avenue at 7th St. Tickets for this event are free. For further information on Harold Seletsky, visit seletskyklezmorim.com.
MON. DEC. 6
Author to author
Alan Hollinghurst joins Geoff Dyer at Housing Works Used Book Café at this wildly successful literary series.
The authors will discuss Hollinghurst’s award-winning (2004 Booker Prize for Fiction) novel, “The Line of Beauty” and will be available afterwards to answer questions and sign books. Admission is free, but donated books are welcome and encouraged. 7 p.m. at 126 Crosby St., just south of Houston St. 212-334-3324.