THU. JULY 29
FRI. JULY 30
Caramo or International Music Festival
The St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble is joined by pianist Jeffrey Swann in a program of Liszt, Franck and Glinka. Acclaimed for its mastery of a diverse repertoire spanning the Baroque to the contemporary, the Ensemble consists of virtuoso artists who together form the artistic nucleus of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. 8 p.m. at the Caramoor Center in Katonah, New York. Call 914-232-1252 or visit caramoor.org for complete schedule and prices.
Downtown superstar Justin Bond hosts Daniel Nardicio’s Slut Bus with a very special guest host Justin Bond of “Kiki and Herb” fame.
The Slut Bus is a shuttle bus from The Bowery to the Pines/Cherry Grove Ferry- the bus includes Scout Camp Underwear, free drinks, and go-go stallions Justin and Daniel, plus “in-flight” movies and free admission to the hit party Scout Camp in Cherry Grove. Tickets for the Slut Bus are available at smarttix.com, or call 212 868-4444. The cost is $30 and does not include ferry or accommodation—that’s why it’s called a slut bus—find your own place to stay. The pick-up point is at 356 Bowery, just below East 4th Street in the East Village. The bus leaves at 6:30 sharp.
Camp Trans Benefit is an annual protest against the policy at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival that bars trans women from attending. Camp Trans works to end anti-trans discrimination in women-only spaces in order to unify and strengthen women’s communities throughout the country. The evening features music, burlesque, film, art, politics and a dance party. Performers include Rahne Alexander, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Naomi Clark, Carrie Davis, Tennessee Jones, NYDS featuring Phranc E. Sin & Friends, Vicki Divine Revenge and Jane-Jane, Anna Sochynsky and Tranny Fags by Morty Diamond. Video screening is curated by Lala Endara, art is by AJ, DJ’s are Ethan Carter and JD Samson (of Le Tigre) and the event is hosted by Alana Chazan and Carolyn Connelly. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. at M15 located at 52 Walker Street. Sliding scale admission $5 to $500.
SAT. JULY 31
Summer classics with DJ Ted Snowdon is Dance 208’s first summer dance! Ted Snowdon returns for a fabulous evening of all your classics. Prepare to get wet! 9 p.m.-1a.m. at the LGBT Center at 208 West 13th Street. $10/ $6 for Center members or before 9:45. $6 for NY Bear Club Members and Flaggers (with flags) George Jagatic of Axis Dance company will also sponsor a flagging workshop with reduced admission to the dance between 7-9 at the Center. Dance the night away in a low-attitude, fun atmosphere.
Caramo or International Music Festival
MON. AUG. 2
The TOSOS II (“The Other Side of Silence”) Billy Blackwell Musical Theater Project presents “Musically Speaking: The World of Bill Solly,” conceived and directed by Igor Goldin.
A cast of two men and two women guides us into urbanity at once exuberantly innocent and fiendishly clever. From a small boy in Ontario, Canada, to a young man in London’s West End, through his later years in New York City, this musical revue celebrates the world of composer/lyricist Bill Solly. His fresh and biting words and beautifully crafted melodies take us through love, laughter, heartache and loss—all with an unlimited optimism. Mondays and Tuesdays through August at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street. Tickets are $10, plus two-drink minimum (under 21, not admitted). Call 212-255-5438 for reservations.
THU. AUG. 5
Latino Cultural Festival
Spoken word and poetry, hosted by Emanuel Xavier, is presented at an evening dedicated to up-and-coming Latino/a poets and spoken-word artists. If you are interested in performing, contact Angel at Areynoso@queenstheatre.org. Reservations are required to attend this free event.
The renovated Queens Theatre In The Park is just off the Grand Central Parkway in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, on the site of the 1964 World’s Fair. Take the #7 train to Willets Point-Shea Stadium stop. Exit the Shea Stadium side and take the free trolley to the theater. 8 p.m. Call 718 760-0064 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Love is the Message
People of Color in Crisis presents as series of events running through August at locations throughout the city. Tonight for the 7p.m. kickoff at the Brooklyn Marriott it’s Rachelle Farrell followed by a party at Club Langston. Call 718 230 0770 or visit prideinthecity.com for more information.
Nixon on Acid
Thin Duke Productions is proud to present the dark comedy “Bright Day” by Tom Ellis directed by Philip Cruise at the Bank Street Theatre (155 Bank Street) through August 29th. Richard Nixon plans a stop at upstate New York’s liberal Hartwick College during his re-election campaign. Reminiscing over the 60s political movement, a professor of 18th century poetry tries to incite his befuddled students to get proactive, if not overly creative, to protest the occasion. Four hippies emerge with the hairbrained scheme to spike Nixon’s water glass with LSD. It doesn’t turn out well. This farcical protest piece features a cadre of eclectic 70s era characters and politicians down to the shocking finale featuring Tricky Dick himself. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling SmartTix at 212.868.4444
FRI. AUG. 6
Pride in the City
Jazz vocalist Rachelle Farrell, R&B soul singer Kelly Price and dance music legend Loleatta Halloway are the featured performers at this annual four-day extravaganza celebrating the LGBT community of color. The award-winning, multi-talented performers will kick off the event at The Brooklyn Marriott, 333 Adam Street, in downtown Brooklyn. The fundraising concert will include testing booths encouraging participants to get HIV tested.
People of Color in Crisis, Inc., was founded in 1988 by a group of Black gay men to provide support to each other in the face of the AIDS crisis. Call 917 714 8998 for complete schedule.
SUN. AUG. 8
New York Foundation for the Arts’ presents a neighborhood barbecue and documentary film screening in the historic William A. Harris Garden in Harlem at 153rd St. and St. Nicholas Ave. at 7 p.m. The film, “ A Community Grows: A Neighborhood Documentary Film Project,” is a culmination a three-week artist residency by award-winning filmmaker Alessandra Zeka, who demonstrated the basics of filmmaking as the group worked to create a film that tells the story of the garden and its relationship to the surrounding community. Visit nyfa.org or call 212 366 6900 for tickets.
Cherry Grove One Nighter
Now in its sixth successful year of running in the Big Apple, “Poole Party,” the 2004 MAC Award-winner for Outstanding Comedy/Variety Production in NYC, is at the Ice Palace on Fire Island in Cherry Grove tonight at 9 p.m. Critically acclaimed and award-winning Ron Poolehosts this evening of entertainment starring Chuck Sweeney as Miss Peggy Lee, Sidney Myer, Nancy Ted and Christine Turner. Call 631-597-6600 for reservations. $10
Gay Brighton Beach
Every Sunday, please join us in making GLBT herstory-history, turning Brighton Beach’s mammoth beach/ boardwalk into the largest GLBT beach in the world. We invite all GLBT groups to a fabulous day of networking, splashing and schmoozing. Take back the gay bay # 2 – where gay men were beaten for “sport” about 50 years ago, but no more. Accessible, safe and elegant beaching, sans boom box, is for the glbt community of all ages and queer fashion pioneers can make awsome statements cha cha dressing and dining at the boardwalk. There is free volleyball, great swimming, jogging at the water line and sunbathing. The boardwalk’s tablecloth restaurants are open until late at night serving fabulous old-world Russian food for romantic interludes. See you this Sunday at Brighton Beach and 6th St. at 3 p.m. for the introduction circle.