Elizabeth Dee is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Yeardley Leonard, in her gallery at 545 W. 20th St. In her third solo show with the gallery, Yeardley Leonard further develops the rectilinear geometries and vibrant palettes of her earlier paintings. In addition to six new canvases, Leonard extends her work into an environmental dimension with installation paintings: stripes and rectangles of color applied directly to the walls of the main gallery. The bars of color, placed at architectural junctures, indicate a geography of light and color. Recent paintings, collages, and drawings by Michael Dumontier will occupy Gallery 2. There will be an opening reception for the artists tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.
A private event, by invitation only, “Youth Agenda 2004: Youth & Technology Empowerment,” takes place at the Verizon Education & Technology Center in Harlem at 148 W. 125 St. Open to youth regardless of their sexual orientation, the day will include an Internet seminar, a motivation seminar with motivational speaker Willie Jolley, and a special broadband webcast with students in Chicago. To reserve a spot, contact Black Pride at 212 613 0097, or www.blackpridenyc.org/youth or e-mail email@example.com.
You Can’t Handle the Truth
Spanish-born and Venezuelan raised-filmmaker and behavioral artist Alberto Ferreras explores the tension between what’s public and what’s private in a series of scheduled performances of his newest work, “Ask Dr. Truth.”
Part performance art, part installation, and part best friend you have always wanted, Dr. Truth explores the meaning behind the word “truth,” such as when does politeness become deception? 6-8 p.m. at Sweetheart Coffee, 69 Eighth Ave. at 13th St. Free.
In cooperation with the New York State Senate Democratic Conference and the office of Senate Minority Leader David Paterson, John Cameron Mitchell, creator of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” will host the 2004 LGBT Pride Awards Ceremony. Honorees include: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, New Paltz Mayor Jason West, “Hairspray” star Harvey Fierstein, actor Alan Cumming, film and Broadway star Laura Linney, and many others. 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. To attend the ceremony please RSVP to Allen Roskoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Night Only
“Queer Stories for Boys,” a motley troupe of storytellers, features tales that are all queer in every sense of the word. 8 p.m. at the June Havoc Theater, 312 W. 36th St., first floor. Tickets are $10 and reservations are recommended at 212 265 3996.
Humanity and Film
The Human Rights Watch is sponsoring their 15th Annual International Film Festival. Tonight’s selections include: “A Kiss is a Kiss is a Kiss,” a documentary about four politically different couples trying to get over their fear of kissing, at 4:30 p.m., “When The Storm Came,” a documentary that tells the story of the women of Kunnan Pushpora and how rape is used as a weapon of war, at 9:30 p.m., and “The Yes Men,” a documentary of cultural imposters who launch a deadpan replica of the World Trade Organization website and received invitations requesting that Mike Moore, the WTO’s Director-General, speak at conferences, at 7 p.m. Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St., plaza level. Tickets are $10, $6 for Film Society members, $7 for students with a valid I.D and $5 for seniors before 6 p.m. For tickets or more information call 212 875 5600 or visit hrw.org/iff.
Gary Glickman, author of “Aura” (Hayworth Press), will read tonight 7 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. in conjunction with Out Professionals Gay Pride events.
Pop Rocks!, the gay party at Plaid, celebrates Pride with an open bar between 10 – 11 p.m. at Plaid, 132 Fourth Ave. Admission is $5 you must be 21 to drink alcohol.
Like a Stallion
The Manhattan Mustangs host their annual Country and Western Gay Pride Dance. There will also be a free beginner two-step lesson at 8 p.m. and the party ends at 10:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Tickets are $10 at the door. For tickets call 212 475 7099 or e-mail email@example.com.
FRI. JUN. 25
Asian Pride Celebration
The South Asian Lesbian And Gay Association (Salga) Pride Reception welcomes folks visiting from out-of-town. Food, drinks, music, and great conversation. 22 W. 14th St. at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
Pride Shabbat Service
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah Synagogue will host a community Pride Shabbat service at 7 p.m. at 57 Bethune St. For more information call 212 929 9498.
Gender Bending Movement
Explore the concept of masculinity through the works of male choreographers in the show “In the Company of Men.” The various dances will explore issues including beauty and youth, machismo, and intimacy. 8 p.m. and Sat. at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St. Tickets are $15 for Dance Space Center members, $18 for students and seniors and $25 for general audience. For tickets call the box office at 212 355 6160 or visit dancespacecenter.org.
Swing into Pride
OUTdancing is hosting their annual Pride dance party. Featured dances include swing, the hustle, two-step and many others. Sydney, Australia’s 2003 Latin dance gold medal winners will also perform. No partner needed. 8:30 p.m. $12 at Stepping OUT studios, 37 W. 26th St. 9th Fl. For information, call 646 742 9400 or visit steppingoutstudios.com.
Youth Empowerment Day
Black Pride New York City presents Youth Day at Riverbank State Park sponsored by Verizon. The day’s events include live entertainment, top deejays, a Health Fair, the Callen-Lorde Health Pavilion, a youth talent & fashion show, voter registration booth, the Coca Cola and Power 105.1-FM vans, surprise artists and other guests. Admission is free. For more information call the Black Pride hotline at 212-613-0097, or blackpridenyc.org/youth or e-mail youth@ blackpridenyc.org. 1-7 p.m. at Riverbank State Park, 145th St. and Riverside Drive
Ballet for the GMHC
In support of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the Complexions Contemporary Ballet will perform a mixed repertory program. 8 p.m. at Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Pl. at Washington Square Park. Tickets are $26-$46 at 212 992 8484 or by visiting skirballcenter.nyu.edu.
The Lesbian Cinema Arts committee will screen the most luscious lesbian love scenes in the history of moving pictures. 7 p.m. is the social and 8 p.m. is the screening at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Tickets are $6 for members and $10 for non-members. For information, call 212 620 7310 or visit gaycenter.org.
Tom of Finland Bash
The infamous party will feature the deep masculine beats of DJ’s: Louis Morhaim and DeMarko. Also scheduled is a performance by hot french vocalist Quentin Elias. Attractions will include showcasing the works of over 15 erotic artists including Michael Letzig, Patrick Sleen, Budhole.com, Michael Mitchell and Rob Clarke. There will also be tribal drummers, body builders, sexy dancers, tarot card readers, buzz cuts, boot shines and photo ops with Richard Mitchell. 10 p.m. to 5a.m. at 555 W. 33rd St. Tickets are $30 through June 24 at The Leather Man -111 Christopher St. 212-243-5339. Tickets can be purchased online for $31.50 at boxofficetickets.com or www.marknelson.biz and $45.00 at the door, if available. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Tom of Finland Foundation, founded in 1984 to promote, protect and preserve erotic art.
SAT. JUNE 26
Integrity New York
Integrity, a congregation of LGBT-affirming Christians, co-sponsors the Lutheran Episcopal Pride Eucharist, celebrated at the Church of St. John’s in the Village, 224 Waverly Place near Seventh Ave. at 4 p.m. A social hour follows. All are welcome.
The Art of Carrie Moyer
A multi-artist exhibition exploring the work of international contemporary painter Carrie Moyer along with Matthew Antezzo, Peter Cain, Amy Cutler, Lydia Dona, Peter Halley, Allan McCollum, Alex Ross, Amy Sillman, Rudolf Stingel, Luc Tuymans and Cornelius Volker is on display through September. The show is curated by Ian Berry at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York. Call 518.580.8080 or visit tang.skidmore.edu for more information.
Come march in support of women’s rights, safety and visibility in the Dyke March. Make herstory with thousands of dykes and make your voice known! 5 p.m. at Bryant Park, 42nd St. and 6th Ave.
Brothers for Dyke Sisters
Join the GAPIMNY (Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York) water brigade in supporting, refreshing, and re-hydrating our sisters as they march for Pride. Meet at the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street at 5 p.m. Call Lidell at 212-222-9794 or 646-441-7081 for more information.
Into the Night
The Gay Men of African Decent (GMAD) invite you to a charitable dance party to celebrate Pride. 11 p.m. at the Union Square Ballroom, 27 Union Square West. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets and for additional information, call 212 828 1697.
A Thousand Words
Join photographer Uzi Parnes as he celebrates the opening of his show, “Queer Portraits.” His photography features the portraits of downtown performance art legends. 5-7 p.m. at the UZI NY Gallery, 120 Ave. C. (between East 7th and 8th Sts.) Gallery hours are Wed.-Sat. 3-7 p.m. For more information, call 212 420 8103 or visit uziny.com.
Experience Spain Here
Caramoor’s 59th annual summer festival, through August 14, opens with “Night in the Garden of Spain,” a celebration of Spanish-inspired music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Falla, Sarasate and Ginastera at 7 p.m. Prior to the reception, an opening night gala benefit begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, and following the concert, a black-tie dinner dance at 9:00 p.m. on the Caramoor grounds. All proceeds from gala ticket sales will benefit the Caramoor International Music Festival. Benefit tickets, including cocktail reception, priority concert seating and the dinner dance are available at $375, $500, $1,000 or $2,500. To order gala tickets only, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914 232 1492. Concert tickets only are $71, $51, $36, and $26 at 914-232-1252 .The Caramoor Festival takes place at 149 Girdle Rd. Katonah, New York. For directions please visit caramoor.org.
A Contemporary Twist
The Sista Factory series closes out the month of June with flutist and vocalist Monet with her special guest Marlon Saunders. The classically trained Monet is molded in the tradition of multi-dimensional artists who sing, write music, play multiple instruments, and act. 9 p.m. at the BAMCafe, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. No cover, but a $10 food and drink-minimum. Take the 2/3, 4/5, Q/B to Atlantic Ave. For information, call 718 636 4100 or visit bam.org.
Celebrate Pride with three floors of gorgeous grooves and women, at the Lesbian Pride Dance with go-go dancers, karaoke, and DJ’s spinning music from the 80s until today. 9 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Ticket price includes your first drink. Advance tickets available at the Center.
Color Me Queer At The Pier
The biggest queer people of color dance party featuring hip-hop, bhangra, soul, bollywood, and house, benefiting the Audre Lorde Project (ALP), SALGA and Restless Produxns is at 10 p.m. at the Frying Pan at Pier 63, 23rd Street and the West Side Highway. (Take the A or C train to 23rd Street and walk west.) $10 before 11 p.m. and $20 after.
Hal Willner’s Neil Young Project, featuring an evening of amazing musicians, takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Prospect Park band shell. Suggested donation is $3. Call 718 855 7882, ext. 45, for more information.
SUN. JUNE 27
National HIV Testing Day
The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) will hold its yearly National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). Across the U.S., health departments and CBOs will organize events to encourage individuals to get tested for HIV, learn their status, and seek care and prevention services.” NAPWA provides assistance in organizing events with information on how to get started, as well as posters, sample media alerts, etc. that are available in both English and Spanish at http://www.napwa.org/hivtestinfo/
People of Asian Descent March
“Gay and Asian: Nothing Lost in Translation” is the theme of queer Asian pride in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Hindi. Stickers, buttons, placards and 3-foot jumbo balloons included! Come to the People of Color Contingent at 11 a.m. Line up on 53rd Street between Fifth and Madison Aves. Call Glenn at 917-439-3158 or John 917-407-0973 for more information.
Fuel for the March
The Central Synagogue will host a pre-Pride parade brunch. Whether you will be marching or cheering others on, have a nosh among friends at Central Synagogue and then head to the parade together. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. at the Central Synagogue, 123 E. 55th St. To sign up, e-mail FloShapiro@aol.com.
Junior and Casey
Junior Vasquez and Casey Stratton will perform live at the “House of Jupiter” Gay Pride party. 10 p.m. –1 a.m. at Spirit, 530 W. 27th St. Advance tickets are $40 and $60 at the door. For ticket information, visit juniorvasquezmusic.com/merchandise.
Here Come the Brides
Join New Yorkers as they march for marriage equality at the fourth annual Wedding Party Ceremony. There will be entertainment, speakers, refreshments and over 50 gay and non-gay couples standing together for equality and love. Meet at 10 a.m. at William Tecumseh Sherman Square at the corner of 59th St. and 5th Ave. If you would like to participate in The Wedding Party ceremony, or want information to become a volunteer, visit theweddingparty.org or call 212-645-LOVE.
In “Sex*But” go-go boys perform their interpretation of “Chapter 8: Gay Male Sexuality” from the 1969 national bestseller, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask.” 7 p.m. at Fez, 380 Lafayette St. $10 For reservations, call 212 533 2680.
The Big Event
Join thousands in the 35th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride March. The parade route is Fifth Ave. from 52nd St. to Christopher and Greenwich Sts. The parade starts at noon.
MON. JUNE 28
Chat with Michael Moore
Moveon.org has written: “Around a million people — including at least 110,000 pledged MoveOn members — will see ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ when it opens this weekend. The film will leave them shocked, moved, and furious at the Bush administration’s duplicity. And we have an opportunity to turn that anger into action. That’s why next Monday, June 28th, we’re organizing ‘Turn Up the Heat,’ an evening of nationwide house parties that will culminate in a national online town meeting with Michael Moore. Our friends at True Majority Action are participating, too. At more than a thousand parties across the country, we’ll discuss ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ with neighbors, hear Michael Moore and ask him questions about the film, and then plan local actions to win back the White House. It’ll be a lot of fun — meeting other members of MoveOn always is.” To find parties in your area, just go to: http://action.moveon.org/f911/?zip= [your zip code].
“Monday Nights with Oscar” film series will show the 1975 Academy Award-winner “Jaws.” 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International, 111 E. 59th St. Tickets are $3 for Academy members and students and $5 for general admission. To reserve tickets, call 888 778 7575. For more information, visit Oscars.org.
WED. JUNE 30
Meet director Peter Sollett as he answers questions and screens his work, “Raising Victor Vargas,” that celebrates Loisaida teenagers. 6:45 p.m. at the BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. (between Saint Felix St. and Ashland Pl.), Brooklyn. Tickets are $10 and $7 for students, seniors, and children. For information, call 718 636 4100 or visit bam.org.
THU. JULY 1
Annie Lennox and Sting
Annie Lennox and Sting perform at Jones Beach tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit: ticketmaster. com. Both artists will also appear tomorrow on the “Today Show.”
Balls and Pucks
“Balls Boards & Blades: Volleyball & Soccer.” Jeff Kagan welcomes you to this monthly gay sports party at XL. Mix and mingle with other athletes. This month presents the members and friends of the Gotham Volleyball League and the N.Y. Ramblers Soccer Club. Meet the players, and even join a team! 7 p.m. at XL Lounge, 357 W. 16 St. Two-for-one drinks until 9 p.m. This party benefits the sports organizations of the NYC area.
Gary Glickman, author of “Aura” (Hayworth
Press), will read tonight at Creative Visions, an LGBT bookstore, at 548 Hudson St. at 7 p.m.
Too Hot to Miss
The Hot! Festival opens tonight with a special performance and preview party featuring John Fleck in “COCKaDoodleDANDY: A Weapon of Mass Construction” and dozens of two minute teasers from the festival. 7:30 p.m. at Dixon Place, 258 Bowery between Houston and Prince Sts. Free. For information, call 212 219 0736 or visit dixonplace.org.