7 Days & 7 Nights

THU. JULY 22

David Gurland and Randi Driscoll will take the stage at the LGBT Community Center to benefit the Center’s HIV/AIDS program and its AIDS Ride, “Braking the Cycle.” Gurland’s accolades include four MAC Awards and three Bistro Awards. In 1998 Driscoll wrote “What Matters” in response to the murder of Matthew Shepard. The second annual bike ride is scheduled for September 10-12 from Chesapeake Bay in Maryland to Manhattan. The Center hopes to attract 100 riders this year. 8 p.m. at 208 W. 13 St. Check brakingthecylce.org for ticket prices and more information.

“Mars on Earth”

RKL Gallery presents this exhibit that explores the role of science fiction in today’s society. Melissa Gordon’s apocalyptic landscapes capture the paranoia leaking into our pop culture mentality, Colby Bird’s large-scale C prints of animals takes a thoughtful look at domesticity in our culture and 16 other artists explore thought-provoking themes. 349 Leonard St., Brooklyn through August 14. Call 516 241 4827 or visit info@rklgallery.com for more information.

FRI. JULY 23

Dixon Place

Glenn Kessler and Michael C. Jackson star in “Blue Discharges,” a tribute to disfigured faces, Whitney Houston wannabes, hot wax and the big band spirit of World War II. Michael Whistler also presents “The Faggot Museum: an Evening of Men Who Talk Too Much.” 258 Bowery at 10 p.m. $15 Call 212 19 0736 for more information.

“In the Shadow of a Dream”

The Fresh Fruit Festival presents this play by San Diego playwright John Adams, about a person living with AIDS who confronts a homophobe face-to-face, an event that changes both of them forever. $15 at 7 p.m. through July 25 at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center at 107 Suffolk St. Check freshfruitfestival.com for more information.

“Breaking Boundaries”

Sunshine Factory presents a selection of graffiti-inspired artwork by over a dozen artists crossing cultures, traditions and genres. Some artists hail from the South Bronx, others from Connecticut. Represented are: Meres, Tina Gauthier, Christian Cortes, James Pyle, Anibal Pedrino and others. Mon.-Fri. 7;30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 11 Essex St. between Canal and Hester Sts. Through September 19.

SAT. JULY 24

New Photography from China

The International Center of Photography presents “Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China,” the first comprehensive, interpretive survey with an emphasis on the outpouring of material presented since 1985 featuring 60 artists. The show runs through September 5 at 1133 Ave. of the Americas at 43rd St. Call 212 857 0000 or visit icp.org for complete schedule and information.

Miles Beltran

Miles Beltran performs his new album, “Eclipse” at Pegasus, one of the hottest cabaret establishments. Miles is the first, popular, out gay, Hispanic from New York to release worldwide. Most songs were co-produced and co-written by Edwin Ramos who has worked with Jelly Bean Benitez, Chico De Barge, Mary J. Blige, Angie Stone and others. The album features powerful ballads like, “Don’t Take Me Half Way” and “Christina.” There are English and Spanish versions for “Christina.” There are also dance tunes like, “Work Me” and “Give Me Love.” Visit garageband.com/goldenboy04 for more information. 10 p.m. at Pegasus, 119 E. 60th St. 212 888 4702

Community Center Benefit

Kim Cattrall of “Sex and the City” hosts an East Hampton fund-raiser for the LGBT Community Center at the home of Ken Kuchin and Bruce Anderson, board member at the Center. Tickets are $85 in advance, $100 at Anderson’s door at 41 Two Mile Hollow Road. Call 212 620 7310 for more information.

Globe Sonic

Featuring top DJs on the global music scene, GlobeSonic was founded in 2000 by Fabian Alsultany. An international dreamscape weaving the music of the ancients with modern sensibility, the collective (Alsultany, Acidophilus & Derek Beres) has toured globally with some of today’s most important and innovative artists. Currently holding a monthly party at East Village hotspot Nublu, they established a following through an initial residencies at Paisley, Joe’s Pub, Groovejet, and SOB’s. Nublu Lounge is at 62 Ave. C. Call 212 979 9925 for full schedule.

Date Bait

This old-fashioned singles mixer uses the latest technology to pair up singles. A computer tallies up matches, then arranges a get together. Tonight’s event is for men in their 20s and 30s at 7:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. Admission is $10 at 7:15, $15 thereafter. Call 212 971 1084 for more information.

SUN. JULY 25

Annual Dominican/Latino Picnic

G.A.L.D.E., the Gay and Lesbian Dominican Empowerment Organization, is joined by numerous other community groups, in hosting an annual picnic and health fair for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Dominican Americans, other Latinos, and their friends. Free food, refreshments, music, and other entertainment will be presented from noon to 7 p.m. at Ft. Washington Park, under the George Washington Bridge. More than 20 community based organizations will be on hand to deliver a variety of health related services, from free HIV testing, blood pressure screening, and diabetes testing to prevention education. The picnic is preceded by a special mass at the San Romero de las Americas Church, 2410 Amsterdam Ave., fourth floor at W. 180th St. at 11 a.m. at 11a.m. A free after party will be held at the Monkey Room, 597 Ft. Washington Ave. at W. 187th St. at 7p.m., hosted by Lorena St. Cartier and featuring music by DJ Eddie Cruz.

Democracy for America

Gather with Democrats in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, to build momentum for the Democratic National Convention. The event, being organized by an advocacy group called My Vote is My Voice, will bring together progressive-minded people for two days of speakers, workshops and entertainment. DFA grassroots supporters from across the country will be on hand. Learn more and sign up to attend at: democracyforamerica.com.

MON. JULY 26

Queer Music Maven

Deian McBryde latest avant garde electronic music experience, involving audience participation, features McBryde on vocals. She is a 2001 OutMusician of the Year. Adam Simmons, the Australian saxophonist, participates. $15 at 8 p.m. at Arlene’s Grocery, 95 Stanton St.

TUE. JULY 27

Hurried Dating

Can you do it 20 times in one night? HurryDate, is shaking up the singles scene, offering singles 20 five-minute dates in one night. After each date, daters indicate on a score card whether they would like to see each person again and HurryDate’s matching software calculates the results. Plus, there are profiles with photos online to help you remember whom you met. Check hurrydate.com for venue for women ages 21-40 at 7 p.m. $35, includes drink specials. Call 646 253-1945 for more information.

“Hook and Ladder”

Written by Sara Moore, this new screwball comedy about an all-female fire fighting company will be read tonight at 9:30 p.m. at Dixon Place, 258 Bowery. $15 Call 212 219 0736 for more information.

Protest the Democrats in Boston

Protest this summer at the Democratic National Convention and insist that U.S troops leave Haiti and Iraq. This event is sponsored by the International Action Center. Today at noon at the Boston Common. For more information, call 617 522-6626 or e-mail: info@answerboston.org. To have your union or organization endorse this event, visit: answerboston.org/2004dnc/endorse

Tea Dance Fund-Raiser

Dynastea 7, a benefit for Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York, starts at 5 p.m. at Opaline, 85 Ave. A, near East 5th St. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. Call 212 802 7423 for more information.

WED. JULY 28

“Honorable Discharge”

The Dixon Place Veterans Series features this new play by Jeff McMahon, performed by Lance Gharavi, about the killing of a 15-year-old suicidal boy by Arizona police during the war in Iraq. Also Greg Walloch, on a bare, unplugged stage tells his story. 7:30 p.m. at The Marquee at 354 Bowery. Call 212 219 0736 for tickets.

“Antigone”

Tonight is opening night of the National Asian American Theatre Company’s performance of Sophocles masterpiece. Directed by Jean Randich, the all Asian American cast includes Mia Katigbak as King Creon, the proud ruler whose unbending will condemns the defiant Antigone to her fate.

THU. JULY 29

Caramoor International Music Festival

As part of the Caramoor music festival, the Claremont Trio makes its Caramoor debut in a program of works by Schumann, Suk and Ravel. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, “Their exuberant performance and gutsy repertoire … was the kind of fresh approach that keeps chamber music alive.” The Trio received the first Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award in December of 2003, which will result in an extensive tour of 20 major venues, including Carnegie Hall. 7:30 p.m. at the Spanish Courtyard, located at the Caramoor Center in Katonah, New York. Call 914-232-1252 or visit caramoor.org for complete schedule and prices.

FRI. JULY 30

Caramoor 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.

Transgender Benefit

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

Caramoor International Music Festival

The Hank Jones Trio will headline the first day on the occasion of legendary jazz pianist Hank Jones’ 86th birthday, with Joe Lovano on the saxophone and special guest Frank Wess on saxophone and flute. Opening for Jones on the evening concert is seven-time Grammy-winner Kurt Elling, the hippest young jazz vocalist working today. Artists will span a range of ages and styles; a highlight of the afternoon will be a performance by the guitarist John Abercrombie and his quartet, featuring violinist Mark Feldman. Rounding out the first jazz program will be sets by The Lewis Nash Trio with Kenny Garrett and The Pete Malinverni Trio, featuring drummer Leroy Williams. Call 914-232-1252 or visit caramoor.org for complete schedule and prices.

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