THUR. APR. 8
Museum of Natural History
In conjunction with NYC and Company, the museum is the city’s cultural institution of the month and is offering special discounts at the planetarium, IMAX shows and museum shop. Visitors to the museum can also enjoy “Petra: Lost City of Stone,” running through July 6. To download a free coupon for reduced museum shop prices and check out other offers, visit: www.amnh.org/home/ or call NYC and Company at 212 484 1200.
Out and Faithful
“Two Spirits are Better than One,” a workshop exploring the two spirit tradition within the Native American experience, will examine the rich history of gender diversity that existed in many Native America societies. Harlan Pruden, a member of the Woodland’s Cree Nation of Northeastern Alberta, Canada will facilitate the discussion. 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $6 for members, $10 for nonmembers.
Urbana Poetry Slam, hosted by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and featuring Suzy La Follette, a fiery dyke who made it to the Individual Finals at the 2003 national poetry slam championship, has produced three national champion teams over the years. Open slams lead to quarterly semifinals, and ultimately to the Final Slam on May 6 where the 2004 Urbana Team will be chosen. Sign-up at 6:30 p.m., open mic at 7:15 p.m., feature poet reads at 8 p.m., slam kicks off at 9 p.m. at The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery. $6 Call 212 614 0505 or visit bowerypoetry.com for more information.
Famous Gay Play
Check out a new production of “Six Degrees of Separation,” as part of the Wings Theatre’s 2004 Gay Play Series. The play addresses issues of racism, homophobia and social status while telling the story of Paul, a young Black man who conned his way into the lives of New York are dealers. The character is based on a real-life con man, David Hampton who managed to convince a number of people, including Melanie Griffith, Gary Sinise and Calvin Klein that he was the son of Sidney Poitier. Thur-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 and 7 p.m. $19 Call 212 627 2961 or visit wingstheatre.com for more information.
FRI. APR. 9
“Little Willy” is a new play about Adolf Hitler’s outcast nephew, William Patrick Hitler, who was a famous socialite. After being shunned by his uncle, Willy bribed him with a dark family secret, took the money and moved to America in 1939. After writing an article, titled, “Why I Hate My Uncle!” Willy lectured throughout the U.S., partied and endorsed every product he could find. 7 p.m. at HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Ave. $15 Call 212 868 4444 for more information.
Tanzmoto, a German dance company will make their American debut with the premiere of “Orientation.” Inspired by whirling dervishes, “Orientation,” is an exploration of cultural crossroads and fuses whirling with contemporary movement, Asian and South American traditional dances set to live percussion, real-time and video projections, drum n’ bass, Cumbia and electronic Sufi music. 8 p.m. at Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer St. $12 or $10 for students and seniors. Call 212 334 7479 for reservations or visit tanzmoto.com for more information.
Trans on Film
“Trans Cinema Arts” film series presents a screening of “Madame Satã” a story inspired by the Brazilian icon/drag artist, João Francisco dos Santos. A black man, proud rogue, female impersonator, gangster, convicted prisoner and adoptive father of seven, João Francisco spent most of his life in the bohemian streets of Rio de Janeiro among pimps, prostitutes, deviants, samba composers and bohemians. 7 p.m. socializing and 8 p.m. screening at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $6 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Call 212 620 7310 for more information.
SUN. APR. 11
“Nothing Too Queer” is a Sunday night performance art series. Tonight will feature Dan Fishback in an encore performance of his one-man show, “Assholes Speak Louder Than Words.” Audiences have likened him to a “Jewish Margaret Cho,” and an “artsy queer Lenny Bruce,” but Dan likes to think of himself as just another gay boy in make-up and pantyhose, talking about his asshole in front of large groups of alcoholics. 8 p.m. at the Sidewalk Café, 94 Ave. A at 6 St. Free Call 212 473 7373 for more information.
The New York City chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will hold its monthly support group meeting at 3 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Church Community House, 109 E. 50th St. between Park and Lexington Aves. Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, call 212 463 0629.
MON. APR. 12
“The Tricky Part,” a new play written by and starring Martin Moran and directed by Seth Barrish opens tonight. Told with humor and candor, the play is a journey through the complexities of Catholicism, sexuality and humanity based on a memoir by Moran. 8 p.m. at McGinn/Cazale Theatre at 2162 Broadway at 76 St. Runs through May. Tickets are $51 and $26. Call 212 239 6200 for the full schedule of show times.
Youth Discuss Marriage
As part of its series of conversations dedicated to LGBT youth, “Live Out Loud” will present a panel discussion on the marriage equality hosted by author Eric Marcus (“Making Gay History”). Panelists include Eliza Bayard of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), David Thompson of Marriage Equality New York, Rev. Winnie Varghese of Columbia University, and Roddrick Colvin of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 601 W. 114th St. Free, reception to follow. Visit liveoutloud.info for more information.
Award Show Ceremony
GLAAD will present Media Awards to honor Julianne Moore, Megan Mullally, John Waters, Cherry Jones and Clive Barker at its 15 annual celebration. GLAAD is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. 5:30 p.m. hosted cocktails and silent auction, 7 p.m. dinner and media awards show at the Marriot Marquis, 1535 Broadway, between 45th and 46th Sts. Call 877 252 7814 or visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards for more information.
TUE. APR. 13
BAMCinematek presents “What About Bill Murray?,” a three-week program that examines the actors varied and unusual film career. “Ghostbusters” will start at 7 p.m., “Lost in Translation” will start at 7:15 p.m., “Quick Change” at 7:30 and “Nothing Lasts Forever” at 7:40 p.m. The four simultaneous screenings will be followed by a Q&A session with Bill Murray and moderated by film critic Elvis Mitchell. You must have a ticket from one of the screenings to be admitted to the discussion. Tickets are $10, $7 for students 25 and under and $6 for seniors, club members and children. BAM Rose Cinemas are located at 30 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn. Call 718 636 4100 or visit bam.org for additional showtimes and information.
TUE. APR. 13
Oak Room Cabaret
Karen Akers, “one of America’s most arresting and successful concert and cabaret stars,” continues her new show “Time After Time” at this legendary venue in the Algonquin Hotel through May 15. $50 cover charge. 9 p.m. Call 212 419 9331 for complete schedule of show times.
WED. APR. 14
Gay Activists in Israel
Come meet board members and activists from the Jerusalem Open House, Jerusalem’s LGBT center, who are working on the cutting edge of the struggle for tolerance, diversity and pride in Jerusalem, including staff from the Palestinian Outreach Program and volunteers from the advocacy committee who have successfully argued cases for LGBT rights in the Israeli Supreme Court. Learn how the Pride Parade in Jerusalem became a celebration of tolerance and diversity, and how you can be a part of all this by coming to Jerusalem in August 2005 to celebrate “World Pride: Love Without Borders.” 7:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. For more information call 212 929 9489.
Gay Male S/M Activists are hosting a “Spank’n Good Social.” This is a chance to party and socialize with leather S/M men outside of a bar atmosphere. Light snacks and drinks, good music, new friends and a handy woodshed with a spanking bench will be provided for anyone who needs some old fashioned discipline. 7:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St., $5 for members and $7 for guests. All interested gay men are encouraged to attend. Visit gmsma.org for more information.
THUR. APR. 15
“Blackbird,” a new play by Adam Rapp, tells the story of how a Desert Storm veteran with a herniated disk and a 19-year-old runaway with a heroin addiction spend Christmas Eve together in a filthy, run-down joint on Canal Street. This love story has moments of tenderness and joy that transcend the sadness of the lives of the two young characters. Starring Mandy Siegfreid and Paul Sparks. Runs through May 22 at the Blue Heron Arts Center, 123 E. 24th St. $40 Call 212 868 4444 for full schedule.
FRI. APR. 16
Forever Your Girl
1984 is a gay 80’s dance party and a high-energy campy affair, with the emphasis on upbeat 80s pop/new wave/disco music from 1979 through 1993. Tonight’s party pays tribute to an American Idol, Paula Abdul. Check out her videos, concerts and her television special, “Under My Spell.” Doors open at 10 p.m. at Pyramid Club, 101 Ave. A. $8 for 21 and over with ID. Visit spincyclenyc.com for more information.
The Gay Officer’s Action League, an organization serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender criminal justice professionals, both sworn and civilian, invites you to their annual dinner dance which includes a cocktail hour, a four-course dinner, an open bar, live entertainment and a fabulous deejay. 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave. in Brooklyn. Tickets are $70 for members and $75 for non-members. For tickets, send a check payable to GOAL at P.O. box 2038, Canal St. Station, New York, N.Y. 10013, or call 212 NY1 GOAL.
SAT. APR. 17
Flute and Guitar Concert
Set in the historic drawing room of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan’s oldest house, today’s concert features Kathleen McDonald and Pasquale Bianculli playing music by Carulli, Pagannini, Scottish tunes and Boismortier. Reservations required at 212 923 8008. $15 2 p.m. at 65 Jumel Terrace
Bikes and BBQ
“Fast and Fab,” New York City’s LGBT cycling club invites you to peddle up to Pawling to visit to Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q and Heinchon’s Old Farmhouse and Ice Cream Parlor. Meet Richard Brause at the Van Cortland Park Golf Clubhouse, east of Broadway off W. 240th St. in the Bronx, for a 9:30 a.m. departure on a 61-mi. bike ride at an intermediate pace. It’s a one way ride to Pawling, with return via Metro North. Visit fastandfab.org for more information.
Will you do porn?
“The coming of dick,” written and directed Marc Morales, is the story of Richard Long, a screenwriter who has been struggling to get produced. Finally, with the help of his uncle, Long gets his big break, but there is one catch. The uncle envisions an artsy porno. After a debate with his best friend, Long decides to go ahead with the project, starting with the auditions. Will their lives ever be the same again? Opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4 St. Tickets are $20 or $12 for students and seniors. Call 212 868 4444 or visit horsetrade.info for additional show times.
Thank you, sir
Gay Male S/M Activists will be hosting a spring bar night and Dungeon Demo. Heat up the weekend with a viewing of live, hot S/M action. 8 to 11 p.m. at The Eagle, 554 W. 28th St. $10 at the door includes one drink.
SUN. APR. 18
Jason West, the 27-year-old mayor of New Paltz, New York, who grabbed international headlines in February when he married 25 gay couples before receiving a court injunction to stop, will be honored at the annual dinner of Community Free Democrats, one of the largest and most energetic Democratic clubs in New York City, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Roth’s Steakhouse, 380 Columbus Ave. at W. 93 St. Tickets are $200. Send checks payable to Community Free Democrats to Myron Bassman, Treasurer, 123 W. 93 St., No. 3F, New York, NY 10025. For more information visit cfdnyc.org.
Toys in Babeland offers in-store workshops designed to improve sexual literacy while leaving students satisfied and inspired. Don’t miss Tristan Taormino, author of “The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women,” an ever-popular introduction to back door delights. An essential for butt-sex novices, it’s a favorite of anal sex sophomores and aficionados alike. 8 p.m. at Toys in Babeland, 43 Mercer St., between Broome and Grand. $30 Pre-registration recommended, please call 212-966-2120.