THU. MAY 20
Museum of Sex
“Get off! Exploring the Pleasure Principle,” is a groundbreaking contemporary art exhibit that takes an uplifting, humorous look at the age-old art of sexual stimulation. The show explores a range of sexual pleasure themes from masturbation and partnering to voyeurism and fantasy. 233 Fifth Avenue at 27 St. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by calling 866.667.3984 or online at www.museumofsex.com.
Play some of your favorite board games and bring your own to share with new friends. 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave. Members $5/Non-Members $7. Call 646 505 5708 for more information.
Tribute to Femmes
The African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (AALUSC) is hosting a discussion for all femme lesbians. Come talk, laugh and celebrate the power of being feminine. 6-8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. Suggested donation is $3. For information visit aalusc.org
The LGBT Community Center’s Queer Song Book presents Fred Barton’s “Miss Gulch Returns,” an endearingly irreverent one-man/woman musical about the wicked witch of the west’s alter ego, Miss Gulch. 7 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. Tickets are $6 for members and $10 for non-members. For information visit gaycenter.org.
French-speaking Ivory Coast playwright Koffi Kwahule plays “Jaz” and “Bigshoot” in the Lark Play Development Center’s 2003-2004 BareBones series of new plays. Set in an unnamed city where Chaos threatens to take over, “Jaz” depicts a woman who contemplates killing her rapist in order to regain inner peace. In “Big Shoot,” an inquisitor and his final victim are trapped in a glass cage, surrounded by people who come from the end of the world to witness their confrontation. 8 p.m. May 24 at 7:30 p.m. and May 25-26 at 8 p.m. at The Lark’s Midtown Studio, 939 8th Ave. $15 For tickets call 212 352 3101 or visit theatermania.com.
Gays and the Military
“Another American: Asking and Telling,” is a new play by Marc Wolf based on the true-life experiences of gay and lesbian soldiers—in their own words. 8 p.m. at the Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling 215 336 1482.
Girls and God
A pyromaniac punk rock dyke and a girl prophet with a barcode in her arm precipitate the apocalypse. An anti-capitalist epic with text primarily inspired by Adbusters magazine and the Book of Exodus unravels as this girl, interrupted meets the matrix trapped in a cube beneath her solar plexus. “God In A Girl,” written and directed by Gina Young palys through May 29, Thu.-Sat. at the WOW Cafi Theater, 59-61 E. 4th St. Al performances are at 8 p.m. $10. 212 946 6517
FRI. MAY 21
Ingmar Bergman Film Festival
A 34-film, 6-week festival of the work of Ingmar Bergman begins today and commences July 1. The festival includes new 35mm prints of such Bergman works such as “Smiles of a Summer Night,” “Wild Strawberries,” “The Magic Flute” and “The Virgin Spring.” The program opens with a one-week engagement of a Bergman’s Oscar-winning “Fanny and Alexander,” through May 27. 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8:20 at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. For more information and tickets visit Filmforum.com.
Pegasus presents “Gay Pride: The Naked Truth IV,” an exhibit created by gay and lesbian members of artgroup. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Running until June 12 . The show is open weekdays 4 p.m.- 4 a.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.- 4 a.m. at 119 East 60th St.
As part of the Housing Works Used Book Café’s series “Live From Home” musicians Leona Naess, Andy Stochansky, and Kate Jacobs will perform. 7:30 p.m. at 126 Crosby St. Tickets are $25. For ticket information call 212 334 3324.
Bluestockings Bookstore is celebrating one year of radical books, fair trade cafe, & activist center. Performances include spoken word, music, DJs. All ages to party and 21 to drink. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at Dish, 165 Allen St. For information call 212 777 6028 or visit bluestockings.com.
Oscar Wilde meets Gay 1980s
Relatively Theater presents “Giving/Getting Head,” a 1980s pop-infused, site specific adaptation of the Oscar Wilde classic “Salome.” This sexually-charged examination of unrequited desire is adapted and directed by David Milch. Performance also runs Sat. 8:30 p.m. at Club Rare, located at 416 W. 14 St. Tickets are $15, available at theatermania.com or at 212 352 3101.
Smiths and Morrissey Videos
Miss Morrissey? Soothe your loneliness by watching rare Smiths and Morrissey solo videos all night in the basement and win copies of the new book “Saint Morrissey!” 10 p.m. at 1984 at Pyramid 101 Avenue A. 21 to enter and tickets are $8. For more information visit SpinCycleNYC.com.
Gender-Bending Story Telling
Social commentator, performance artist and drag king/gender bender Shelly Mars takes her audience on a dark ride into a surreal, hyper-sexualized, and self-destructive world populated with “gift givers and “bug chasers.” With her signature blend of vaudeville, and candid story telling, Mars offers an uncensored peak into the taboos of society. 9:30 p.m. at Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, 2nd Fl. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For tickets call 212 219 0736 or visit dixonplace.org.
SAT. MAY 22
Engage in a lively discussion of the week’s Torah portion with others from the LGBT community. We bring Shabbat to a close with the moving ceremony of havdalah. No particular affiliation or ideology is required. Refreshments are provided. Co-sponsored by Congregation B’nai Jeshurun. 6 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave. Call 646-505-5708 for more information.
African Roots with Haitian Grooves
Haitian guitarist Beethova Obas mixes rich cords and pulsating polyrhythmic melodies with a subtle sense of subversion as he makes swipes at the elite in Haitian society. 10 p.m. at BAM Café, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. No cover, but $10 food/drink minimum. For information visit bam.org.
Music at Morris-Jumel presents harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky. The program will feature the music of noted composers such as J.S Bach, Francois d’Agincour, and Johann Ludwig Krebs. 2 p.m. at The Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 212 923 8008.
The newly opened Queens Rainbow Community Center (QRCC) will host its first Book Blitz. Most all books will be one dollar, and proceeds will go towards opening the QRCC’s future library. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-4p.m. at QRCC, 30-74 Steinway St., Queens. Admission is Free. For information contact Dustin Suri at 646 610 2640.
Meet relationship-orientated HIV-positive men in this singles mixer. After meeting most of the guys in the room, give in your list of the ones you would like to date, and the computer tells you your match! 7:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. Admission is $15. For more information, call 212 971 1084 or visit datebait.org.
Asian Heritage Galla
The Asian Pacific Alliance of New York (APANY) presents its 8th anniversary Asian Pacific Heritage gala. Buffet food, non-alcoholic drinks, cake, and entertainment. 7:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. For information visit http://memebers.aol.com/apany.
SUN. MAY 23
Parenting Skills Enhanced
Dina Rosenfefld, DSW, conducts a discussion and problem-solving session for gays, lesbians and straight parents and would-be parents. Couples and singles, gays and straights, in all stages of the adoption process are welcome. Childcare provided. Co -sponsored by the Jewish Child Care Association’s Ametz Adoption Program. 10:30 a.m.–noon. Members $10/Non-Members $12. Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave. For information call 646 505 5708.
One Night Only!
Jackie Beat, hailed as Best Drag Queen by New York Press and Best Live Performance by HX Magazine performs her hit show, “Flower Power.” Come see this bold, ballsy and in your face “lady” get down and dirty. 8 p.m. at Fez, 380 Lafayette St. Tickets are $17. For information call 212 533 2680 or visit feznyc.com.
Wedding Rights Rally
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the LGBT Community Center, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) and others are sponsoring the Wedding March, a rally in support of gay marriage. 11 a.m. meet at Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn near the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge and march across the bridge to Battery Park, Manhattan.
Protect the West Village
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation will host a rally and press conference on the steps of City Hall to bring attention to the need for landmark protection and zoning changes in order to protect the integrity of the area. Please bring photo ID for admittance. 2 p.m. Meet on the steps of City Hall.
NYC-based band, Scissor Sisters will perform to benefit the Lambda Legal Defense Fund. 9 p.m. at Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. Tickets are $20. To purchase call 212 468 7619 or visit ticketweb.com.
MON. MAY 24
For LGBT Parents
In collaboration with Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, Emily J. Blake, MD, Ob/Gyn, reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist and CBST member, and Mindy D. Schiffman, PhD, clinical psychologist at the NYU program for infertility, specializing in infertility and miscarriage, will lead, “We are Family: Psychological and Biological Issues for Prospective LGBT Parents.” 7 p.m. Members $10/Non-Members $15. Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave. For information call 646 505 5708.
Out Professionals and LYNX, the new Out Professionals Women’s Network, present CNN’s Rose Arce, who will interview author and New York Times editor Luisita Lopez Torregrosa on her book “The Noise of Infinite Longing.” Torregrosa looks unsparingly at her parents’ ill-fated marriage, where her father ruled with alcohol-fueled rages, and at the prejudice she encounters as a Puerto Rican and a lesbian when she decides she wants to write and live in the U.S. 8-9:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13 St. Tickets for nonmembers are $10 and OP members $7. For more information call 212 620 7310.
The New York Theatre Company’s hit musical comedy, “The Musical of Musicals-The Musical!” that opened to rave reviews in December 2003, returns for a limited run until July 31, with the original cast. In a comic satire of musical theatre genres, one story becomes five musicals, each in the distinctive style of a different master form. York Theatre at Saint Peter’s, 619 Lexington Ave. Tickets are $55 and $20 the day of the show. Tickets are available by calling Smarttix at 212 868 4444 or visiting smarttix.com.
Follies of War
Theaters Against War’s monthly pro-peace, anti-empire cabaret of short performances, readings and speak-outs “soldiers” into summer! This month we’re heading downtown thanks to our gracious host, the historic Cherry Lane Theatre! 7:30 p.m. at The Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street off Seventh Avenue. Visit www.cherrylanetheatre.com for more information. This is a free event and donations are welcome. It is hosted by Noel Salzman and Sophia Skiles
TUE. MAY 25
The Americas Vocal Ensemble presents “Sounds of South America,” which will feature music reflecting the culture and musical heritage from Latin America. The concert will include vocal and instrumental works from noted South American composers such as Piazzolla (Argentina), Escobar (Columbia), Salazar (Mexico), and many others. 6:30 p.m. at The LaGuardia Community College’s Little Theater, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City. Free. For information call 718 482 5151.
Singer and songwriter Joe Condiracci performs. 9:30 p.m. at the Cutting Room, 19 W. 24 St. Tickets are $10. For information call 212 691 1900.
LGBT Fruit Festival
The Essex Restaurant at Essex and Rivington Streets will host a party to celebrate the launch of the Fresh Fruit Festival 2004. Come celebrate and bring your ideas about how to make Fresh Fruit the best LGBT Arts festival! Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. 6-8 p.m. For directions please RSVP to email@example.com or call 212 779 3051.
Music and the Movies
The collegiate chorale, led by Music Director Robert Bass, will present “Crown Imperial: Music and the Movies.” The screening of segments from two classic films will be accompanied by the live performance of the vivid choral music from each: Prokofiev’s “Ivan the Terrible” and John Barry’s “The Lion in Winter.” A conversation with John Barry will precede the performance. 7 p.m. at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave. Tickets are $15-$80 and can be purchased by calling 212 247 7800.
WED. May 26
Grammy Nominee Performs
Grammy-nominated Brazilian pianist-composer-vocalist, Eliane Elias will perform at 7 p.m. at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. Tickets cost $20. For tickets call 212 539 8778 or visit telecharge.com.
Women and Theater
The 20% Theatre Company presents, “Fefu and Her Friends,” a play about life, love, and death with the ladies who lunch. 8 p.m. through May 30. 107 Suffolk St. Tickets are $10 at 212 868 4444 or by visiting smarttix.com.
THU. MAY 27
The Morgan Scott Ballet and the MSB Bronx Outreach Program, featuring Edward Morgan, will perform Tschaikovsky, Mozart and the Gipsy Kings. 7:30 p.m. at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx. Tickets are $20. For tickets call the box office at 718 518 4455 Mon.- Fri. 12:30-6:30 p.m.
Gay and Went to Yeshiva?
The Gay and Lesbian Yeshiva/Day School Alumni/ae (GLYDSA) is a friendly and supportive community for lesbian and gay yeshiva and day school grads, and all others with a commitment to their Jewish heritage. The community integrates Jewish and gay identities through discussion, socializing, & other activities. GLYDSA meets the 4th Thursday of every month. 8:30 p.m. at LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. For information visit glysda.com.
Choreographer Susan Dodge and the Dodge Dance Company present “Season of Dance,” a program that will feature repertory works “Tang the Hump,” “Endless,” as well four world premieres. The broad spectrum of Dodge’s work displays humor, musicality, depth and ingenuity. “Season of Dance” performs until May 30. 8 p.m. at Williamsburg Art Nexus, 205 N. 7th St., Brooklyn. Tickets are $15. To reserve tickets, call 718 599 7997.
Queer Immigration Rights
The Queer Immigration Rights (QuIR) Project presents a panel discussion on the challenges faced by LGBT asylum seekers (including those detained by the Department of Homeland Security) who fled persecution in their home countries and are now rebuilding their lives in the United States. 6:30-9 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. For information, call 212 620 7310 or visit gaycenter.org.
FRI. MAY 28
African Dance Festival
BAM presents, “DanceAfrica 2004 A Dancer’s Path: Ancient Traditions, Modern Trends.” The festival, which will take place over Memorial Day weekend, will include performances, an African bazaar and films. For more information, call 718 636 4100 or visit bam.org.