THU. JULY 8
“Write Now, Songs By People Who Aren’t Dead,” performed by Mark Nadler, runs through July, Thursdays through Sundays at Opia, 130 E. 57th St. at 9 p.m. Call 212 688 3939 for reservations. $30 cover with $15 drink minimum.
Mitchell Olson from CBS’ “Survivor 2” and VH-1’s, Nancy Witter, the 2004 MAC Award-Winning Comedienne and Sidney Myer, the MAC & Bistro Award-Winning Musical Comedy Performer invite all to jump into a “Poole Party,” hosted by Ron Poole. Every Friday and Saturday night through July at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th St. at 8:30 p.m. $10 cover, 2 drink minimum. Call 212 757 0788 or visit ronpoole.com for more information.
Judy and Liza Together
“Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli Live!” runs Saturdays through July 17 at 11 p.m. at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th St. $20 cover and 2-drink minimum.
Call 212 757 0788 for reservations.
“The Isle of Klezbos,” an all gal sextet who plays ecstatic traditional klezmer music and lots of electric originals will perform at 10 p.m. at Dixon Place, 258 Bowery. Tickets are $10, $12, and $15 and may be purchased by calling 212 219 0761 or visit dixonplace.org.
An African Import
Oumou Sangare reinvents popular music of Mali with her modern interpretations of Wassoulou—a rhythmic sound based on the styles and traditions of her homeland at noon at the MetroTech Commons at the corner of Flatbush and Myrtle Aves., Brooklyn. The concert is free. Take the 2/3 to Hoyt St. and walk two blocks north on Bridge St, the 4/5 to Borough Hall station and walk five blocks east, or the A, C, and F to Jay St. and exit at the Myrtle Promenade. For information call 718 636 4100 or visit bam.org.
It’s Sir Elton’s week at Radio City. At Pop Rocks! you can win official Elton John underwear and official Elton John-scented rocks. That’s right, scented rocks. Official ones. Come to Plaid at 132 Fourth Ave., starting at 10 p.m. Admission is $5. Visit SpinCycleNYC.com for more information.
The 25th anniversary of Martin Sherman’s Tony nominated “Bent” will run for two weeks at the Schapiro Theatre. It is Berlin, 1934. Hitler’s bloody purges begin and Max Berber is caught up in the horror of the Nazi quest for Aryan perfection. The play is a look a the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust and the powerful will to survive. Tickets are only $15. 605 W. 115th St., Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m. with weekend matinees. Call 212 724 7457 for more information.
SAT. JULY 10
Find Mr. Right
Find relationship-orientated men who want to meet a special guy and settle down at “Date Bait.” After you work the room, hand in a list of the ones who you want to date and let the computer find mutual matches. The event is at 7:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Admission is $15. For information call 212 971 1084 or visit datebait.com.
Skin and Leather face off again for a second round of head-butting and ass-biting as two of NYC’s sexiest parties, M8 and Tom of Finland, hit the Pussycat Lounge for another night of shared mischief and sexy mayhem. DJ spins Ska/Punk/Oi. The evening features: skinhead and punk strippers; bootblack; barber; leather sales; tarot readings; and plenty of horny men. Guinness on tap. Drink specials all night long. $10 at the Pussycat Lounge at 96 Greenwich St. at 10 p.m. 212 285 6100
SUN. JULY 11
All Out Arts and New Village Productions in conjunction with the Clemente Soto Velez Education and Cultural Center present the 2004 Second International LGBT Lower East Side Arts Festival featuring poetry, tunes, drama, music, and much, much more. E-mail freshfruitfestival.com for more information or call 212 868 4444.
The New York City chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG-NYC) will hold its free monthly support group meeting today from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Community House, 109 East 50th St. between Park and Lexington Avenues. For more information call 212 463-0629 or visit pflagnyc.org.
Every Sunday at 7 p.m. Mark Birnbaum conducts a tour of the Ragtime and early jazz tradition (with vocals and storytelling) from the 1890’s through the Roaring Twenties featuring selections from his new album by Scott Joplin,
Jelly Roll Morton, Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. This toe-tapping show closes with a rip-roaring rendition of “Tiger Rag.” His latest album “Hot Piano! Ragtime Blues Jazz Classical” (MJB) is available on CD.
50 W. 13th St., between 5th and 6th Avenues. $15, students and seniors $10. Call 212 675 6677 for tickets.
MON. JULY 12
The cast of the off-Broadway show “Bare” will perform with their band as they meld rock and musical theater. 7 p.m. at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. Tickets are $20 at 212 539 8778 or broadwayworld.com.
White Collar Rock
“Corporate Rock,” a new comedy that rallies against pop music culture, opens at 7 p.m. at the Blue Heron Arts Center, 123 E. 24th St. The play runs until Aug. 1 with performances running Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling 212 868 4444 or visiting smarttix.com.
Get together and schmooze about topics of interest with a friendly group of gay men. Great if you are new to NYC or just want to meet new people at 7:30-9 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. For information call 646 505 5708 or visit jccmanhattan.org.
Midtown International Theatre Festival
Thirty-six shows are presented during the festival’s three-week run. Works include a musical about 19th century abolitionist John Fremont, a revival of the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning “The Subject Was Roses,” a musical version of “Samson and Delilah,” and a host of one-person shows covering such subjects as terrorism, 9/11, family relationships, and the travails of working in a Broadway box office. WorkShop Theater, Main Stage, and Jewel Box Space at 312 W. 36th St. and Where Eagles Dare Theatre, 347 W. 36th St. Tickets are $15 or $12 for students and seniors, except as otherwise indicated, available at 212-868-4444 or smarttix.com. Visit midtownfestival.org for a complete schedule.
Scott Nevins Presents
Therapy Bar presents cuties from the cast of the Off Broadway hit “Bare” will nuzzle up to Scott and talk about their show and perform numbers from a critically acclaimed score. Plus, the all American Country singing sensations The Chalks give us a big ol’ forkful of apple pie, tax increases and everything else that makes America the land we love to bitch about. Music by DJ Destiny. Showtime is 11 p.m. Free at Therapy, 348 W. 52 St.
TUE. JULY 13
The New York Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) will host a presentation for attendees to learn about the services the agency offers and how the investigations work. The CCRB is a city agency, independent of the police, that investigates complaints of misconduct against the NYC police. The event is at 6:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. For information call 212 620 7310 or visit gaycenter.org.
WED. JULY 14
Mychelle Colleary, nominee for Manhattan’s 2004 Outstanding Jazz Vocalist, presents her new show, “A Francophile Celebrates Bastille Day,” at the Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St. $15 music charge and $6 drink charge.
Ruth Brown Returns
The Queen of Rhythm ‘n Blues is glad to return to Le Jazz au Bar at 41 E. 58 St. for a two-week engagement beginning tonight at 8 p.m. “The Book of Ruth” will include chapters from Ms. Brown’s legendary music career. Tickets are $30. Call 212 308 9455 for reservations.
Orthodykes of New York is a support group for Orthodox and formerly Orthodox lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women. Come for discussion and support on the secon Wed. of every month at 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th Street. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. For information call 646 505 5708 or visit jccmanhattan.org.
This is a dance performance at Dance Theater Workshop, portion of the proceeds to benefit Dancers Responding to AIDS. Derek Mitchell has been working in the dance, acting and fashion industries for the past 10 years. Aside from being the creator, director and choreographer of the Off-Broadway dance drama “Thin Line,” he is also starring in the Off-Broadway production of The Karaoke Show (also Choreographer) and The Donkey Show both originally produced by Jordan Roth. In the world of fashion, Derek most recently has collaborated with Joe Zee in styling Justin Timberlake and his dancers for Nickelodeon, Cameron Diaz, Hilary Swank, Britney Spears and most notably Madonna, Missy Elliot, and their dancers. 8 p.m. at 219 W. 19th St. $25 available at 212 924 0077.
THU. JULY 15
A Shining Love
This musical romance, part of the Midtown International Theatre Arts Festival, is a love story about John Fremont, who opposed slavery and lost his race to become president, and Jessie Fremont, who championed her beau’s place in history until her dying day. Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Jewel Box Theatre, 312 W. 36 St. Call 212 868 4444 or visit smartix.com for complete listing of shows and ticket prices.
Board, Not Bored
Escape the infamous New York heat while playing some of your favorite board games with other LGBT people. Enjoy the games provided by the Jewish Community Center or BYOG (bring your own game) to share. 7 p.m. at The Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.For information call 646 505 5708 or visit jccmanhattan.org
One contender for song of summer is “Scandalous” by Mis-Tee Q, already tearing up the dance floors. Get copies of the new Warner Brothers debut CD, out this week, only at Pop Rocks! at Plaid, 132 Fourth Ave., starting at 10 p.m. Admission is $5.
Create a Vibe presents “Soulive” at Mexicali Blues Café. Recording exclusively as a trio for the first time in years, Soulive shines on their new album’s nine tracks, incorporating elements of soul, funk, and hip-hop. On a range of new material the group continues to push boundaries, never losing their trademark chicken-shack grittiness. $20 at 10 p.m. at 1409 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, N.J. Call 201 833 0011for more information .
FRI. JULY 16
Cul De Sac Rock
This play, part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, is about a gay Jewish kid in Cleveland in the 1980s who struggles to survive his dysfunctional family by creating a world of rock music fantasies. The show runs through July 31 at The Workingspace Theatre, 312 W. 36 St. Call 212 868 4444 for show times and ticket prices. Tonight’s curtain comes up at 8 p.m.
SAT. July 17
Fire Island Dance Festival
“Decade” is the tenth annual dance party of Dancers Responding to AIDS. Hosted by Alan Cumming, this year’s event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in The Pines at the home of Beau Clarke and Tony Moran. Tickets start at $100. Call 212 840 0770 for more information.
MON. JULY 19
Starting Your Own Business?
Out Professionals presents “Start-Up Success Strategies,” a summer roundtable for present and potential entrepreneurs. What makes a business unique? What constitutes a viable business plan? D.G. Neary Real Estate’s Gil Neary welcomes attorney Ruth Gursky, a planned giving and fundraising consultant to small to midsize nonprofit organizations; Marshall Mays, founder and artistic director of the Kaleidoscope Theatre Company; Gilles Mesbrobian, executive director of Miracle House, which provides Manhattan housing and support services to the families and friends of those living with AIDS or cancer; Alex Nicholas, owner of the The Place, who has owned and operated businesses in London, Paris, and Marbella; and Louis Olivieri, creator of Laso Group, a premium ticket broker that offers full concierge services. The roundtable is followed by an audience Q&A. Non-members $12, members $9. Visit OutProfessionals.org or phone 212 462-9255. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St., 8 p.m.
WED. JULY 21
Tonight and July 30 are the final performances of “Love Scenes,” directed by Donna Jean Fogel and written by David Pumo, starring Moe Betran, part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Where Eagles Dare Theater at 8:30 p.m. Call 212 868 4444 for tickets or visit smarttix.com.
Brooklyn-based Peter Salett creates music “rife with infectious pop melodies and sticky choruses.” He has earned widespread recognition through independent releases, inclusion in several film soundtracks, participation in four of the last six Sundance Film Festivals, and performances supporting artists such as David Gray, Rufus Wainwright, and John Wesley Harding. His songs range from lonesome, country refrains to pieces landing on the pop end of the spectrum, akin to the work of the Smiths. His new album, titled “After a While” (Dusty Shoes/RYKO) includes two songs featured in Salma Hayek’s directorial debut, “The Maldonado Miracle.” 10 p.m. at Fez, 380 Lafayette St. at Great Jones. Call 212-533-7000 for tickets.
Heat at Makor
“Heat: Sexy Stories & Burlesque” is a monthly series with steamy readings, naughty giveaways, and buxom new burlesque. Bump and grind to the Fisherman’s Burlesque Orchestra, feel the edge of erotic performance and enjoy giveaways from Toys in Babeland, MOSEX, and The Duckley Condom Carrier. Join host Christen Clifford for a hot night in July that will leave you breathless. 8 p.m. at Makor, a program of the 92nd Street Y, at 35 W. 67th St. Call 212 .413.8841 or visit 92y.org for more information.
SUN. JULY 25
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: http://www.democracyforamerica.com/democracyfest
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. To have your union or organization endorse this event, visit: answerboston.org/2004dnc/endorse
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.
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.