THUR. MAR. 18
Straight Women with HIV
In honor of Women’s History Month, Gay Men’s Health Crisis presents “Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility: Personal Testimonies of Heterosexual Women in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic.” Heterosexual women living with HIV and AIDS will be able to come together and share their stories, gather support and look at ways to enhance their lives. Refreshments will be served. Hosted by Women and Family Services. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at GMHC, 119 W. 24 St. For more information call 212 367 1016 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s History at NYPD Museum
The New York City Police Museum celebrates the rich history of women in the NYPD with “Women on Patrol,” a multi-media exhibition featuring interviews with the very women who piloted the first radio patrol car assignments in the 70s and discusses the challenges they faced. A uniform and artifact display illustrates the transformation of uniforms from the “policewomen” to the gender-neutral, female “police officer” of today. New York City Police Museum, 100 Old Slip (between Water and South Streets). Suggested admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children. Call 212 480 3100 for more information.
FRI. MAR. 19
Afro One World Beat
Femm Nameless incorporates world music and songs of empowerment to keep the dance floor moving. The members of this all-female ensemble describe themselves as everyday women—from the punk rocker, to the teacher, to the musician. Inspired by world music, Toli Nameless formed the seven-piece ensemble while still a student at New School’s Jazz Conservatory. Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcafe, 30 Lafayette Ave., in Brooklyn. No cover, $10 food and drink minimum. Visit bam.org for more information.
HIV-Positive and Low Carb
Gay Men’s Health Crisis presents “Forum on Carbohydrate Confusion” as part of Women’s History Month. With a $25 billion industry projected for the year 2004, low-carb products are flooding the market, and increasing consumer confusion as to where they fit (or do not fit) into their diet. Through hands-on activities, participants will learn how to identify healthy and unhealthy carbs, and begin to understand where they fit into the diet of a person living with HIV. Facilitated by the dietitians of the Child Life and Nutrition & Wellness Programs. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, 119 W. 24 St. Call 212 367 1000 for more information.
Try something new by trying something old. Come on down to the Contra Dance, a traditional American folk dance, based on square dancing, with live acoustic music. Donna Hunt will call the moves while Fingerplay will play the grooves. No experience or partner necessary. 7:30 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $10 Call 718 796 4422 for more information.
Lesbian Sex Mafia presents, “Heating Up the Kitchen: Naughty Fun with Yummy Food,” a hands-on demo on how to use food and drinks in the sweetest and spiciest of S/M scenes. Learn to pamper or torture with a salt scrub or how to use kitchen equipment like wooden spoons to mix up more than a recipe. Bring something yummy to spread on that tart and join in the fun. Hosted by Elizabeth S, an LSM presenter and a foodie with years in the kitchen, and Elizabeth K, who lives and whips in the New York area. 8:45 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Call 212 726 3844 or visit lesbiansexmafia.org for information.
Trans on Film
Join Trans Cinema Arts and the Asia Society for a screening of “Georgie Girl,” about Georgina Beyer, a one-time prostitute from New Zealand who became the first transgender person to hold national office as a member of parliament. Also showing from New Zealand, “Moko: The Art of Nature,” the story of a man going through the Maori facial tattoo ritual, ta moko kanohi. 7 p.m. at Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Ave. at 70 St. $5 for students, $6 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Call 212 517 ASIA or visit asiasociety.org.
SAT. MAR. 20
Poetic Vocalist, Karen Gibson Roc, with her band, Fluid, will bring their cohesive sound fusion they describe as “nujazzhiphopblues” out of the New York City underground. Karen has performed for HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” and at Nuyorican Poet’s Café. Tonight she will share a spiritual-feminine journey as seen through the eyes of a poetist. 9 p.m. at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcafe, 30 Lafayette Ave., in Brooklyn. No cover, $10 food and drink minimum. Visit bam.org more information.
Check out the last night of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange Annual Women’s Performance Festival. Tonight, Alexis Caputo will perform an excerpt performance piece from “Deconstruction and Deliverance,” Victoria Libertore will perform “stalk(her),” which looks at obsession, stalking and schizophrenia and the Shock of Grey Theater Company will document the evolution of queer identity from the ‘50s to the present through stories, music and original choreography. 8 p.m. at BAX, 421 Fifth Ave., in Brooklyn. $15/ $10 for members, and $8 for low-income. Call 718 832 0018 for reservations and information.
18-Hour Pagan Ritual
The Saint at Large presents Rites XXV: The Black Party. Headlining with progressive tribal music, DJs Paulo and Susan Morabito will headline this annual pagan ritual held to coincide with the vernal equinox and the first day of spring. Now in its 24th year, this year’s theme draws directly from its northern European, ancient druid lineage. The Black Party has a long tradition of providing strange and thrilling international fetish performers. Black Party revelers are encouraged to “dress heavy” as thousands are expected to attend in acres of leather, rubber and other fetish gear. 11 p.m. at Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52 St. Tickets are $100 and available at saintatlarge.com.
SUN. MAR. 21
Teddy Bear Picnic
Bear Café, a place where all bears, cubs, and admirers meet, socialize, play games, entertain and learn from each other, presents “Hairy B.A.C: Bears of All Colors” celebration. A first-time event here in NYC, this is a potluck celebration of multi-culturalism with hairy hunks. Taste the flavor of African-American, Asian-American, Latino-American and other fabulous cultures found in New York City. There will be special music, hot and cold ethnic foods, and desserts supplied by participants. 3 to 6 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $4 plus a main dish or dessert to serve 6-8 hungry cubs. Visit bearcafe.org for more information.
MON. MAR. 22
Gently Down the Hudson
If you want to benefit the LGBT Community Center by paddling down the Hudson River on a 24-mile route headed toward the beautiful New York City skyline, then attend the Paddle With Pride orientation tonight. Up to 300 people will participate in this benefit on Saturday June 12. There will be food, entertainment, kayaks and paddles provided. 6 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. Visit paddlewithpride.org for more information.
TUE. MAR. 23
BAMcinematek, the repertory film program at BAM Rose Cinema presents “Bloody Hell: British Horror” film series. Check out the 1973 film, “The Creeping Flesh,” directed by Freddie Francis with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. A scientist discovers an ancient and giant skeleton that may be the incarnation of Evil that can provide an antidote to the worst instincts in man. But the warden of the local madhouse has other ideas. 4:30, 6:50 and 9:10 p.m. at 30 Lafayette Ave. in Brooklyn. Visit bam.org/film/bloodyhell.aspx for more information.
WED. MAR. 24
Free HIV Test
The Geffen Testing Center, along with Gay Men’s Health Crisis, will be offering free walk-in HIV testing and complimentary hand massages to women in honor of Women’s History Month. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. and testing will be conducted from 3 to 7 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Gay Men’s Health Crisis, 119 W. 24 St.Call 212 367 1000 for more information.
Crack that Whip
Gay Male S/M Activists present Master of the Whip, Peter Fiske and his friends. Fiske comes all the way from San Francisco with a breathtaking collection of whips. Join a true master of the lash in his element. Open to both men and women. 7:30 p.m. for socializing and lashing begins at 8 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $10 for nonmembers and $8 for members. Visit gmsma.org for more information.
Gay Country Dancing
Manhattan Mustangs, a gay and lesbian country and western dance club and charitable organization invites you to its annual spring cotillion, a fundraiser for Identity House. Guest DJ Mary Burns will spin two-step, line dance, waltz, shadow dance, swing and even a little Latin dance music. 8 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $10 Call 212 475 7099 for information.
FRI. MAR. 26
Mysticus at NYU
Brazilian singer, actor and dancer Alesh will present his show “Mysticus” with a live five-piece Brazilian band and performers. “Mysticus” is a 60-minute joyous celebration of life where DuCarmo uses the prisms of song, theater arts, and a good deal of rhythm, to delve into concepts such as the pursuit of truth and happiness. The show also features five talented Brazilian musicians, Arthur Dutra (drums), Zé Mauricio (percussion), Oriente Lopez (keyboard), Marcos Vigio (guitar/violão), and Leco Reis (bass). Written in collaboration with Timaeus Egan, the show’s set and costume design is the creation of renowned Brazilian artist, Liza Renia Papi. 7:30 p.m. in Tishman Auditorium, at the New School University, 66 W. 12 St.
Another Use for Velcro
Get stuck on someone at Gay.com’s and Urbanoutings.com’s gay men’s Velcro Party. Here’s how it works: when you arrive you get a Velcro wristband and a handful of Post-its. Then you cruise as usual until you find yourself Velcro-ed to the guy you like. The other option is to leave a Post-it on the message board. Make friends, get a date. The first 40 Velcro-ed pairs get a free cocktail. 7 p.m. check-in at XL Lounge, 357 W. 16th St $25
SAT. MAR. 27
Relationship Enrichment for Male Couples
Out Professionals presents a full-day workshop for male couples, led by Michael Cohen, CSW, a psychotherapist and life coach with more than 20 years experience. You learn techniques that can help resolve repeated disagreements. You practice exercises that can deepen communication. The workshop consists of two sessions – three hours in the morning, three hours in the afternoon. Advance registration a must. $100 per couple. To register, call 917-648-7585. 10 a.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St.
Big Apple Softball League, a gay and lesbian league in New York City, is looking for players of all skill levels. Games will be played this season during weekends. To join the team, show up with sneakers and a glove and be ready to play ball and make new friends at 11 a.m. at Chelsea Park, 28 St. at 10 Ave. Call 212 696 7482 or visit bigapplesoftball.com for more information.
“Casualties in the Classroom” brings a diverse panel of parents, psychotherapists, students, teachers, journalists and concerned community members for a franks discussion about the impact of harassment in New York City schools on LGBT youth. Find out what it is like to be young and gay in NYC, what is being done to protect the youth, and why is Harvey Milk School so controversial even within the gay community. Hosted by The Gay and Lesbian Affirmative Psychotherapy Program and PFLAG-NYC. 9 a.m. at 1841 Broadway at 60 St. Call 212 333 3444 for more information.
Gay Beauty Pageant
The search is on for Mr. and Miss Gay Asian Pacific Alliance 2004. The annual gay beauty pageant, now in its seventh year, is open to all gay men, drag queens and transgender people of various ethnicities, racial and cultural backgrounds in the New York/New Jersey area. Candidates will compete in four categories: National Costume, Swimsuit, Evening Wear and Interview. Alston of Taiwan and Monique of the Philippines, reigning Mr. & Miss Asian Pacific Alliance, will crown this year’s winners. 7:30 p.m. at PS 41 Auditorium, 116 W. 11 St. between 6th and 7th Aves. For application forms and other information, call 718 699 5922 or 718 966 4010 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
On Stage Thriller
“Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love,” written by Brad Fraser and directed by Robert Bella, tells the story of young New Yorkers looking for love in a dangerous world. A cross between “Friends” and “Scream,” this comedy, drama, and serial-killer thriller also includes love triangles that criss-cross sexualities and the relationships of the characters. Opens tonight at 8 p.m. at The Lion, 410 W. 42 St. $15 Call 212 239 5258 or visit unidentifiedhumanremains.com for more information and additional show times.
SUN. MAR. 28
Check out a production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as it would have been performed long ago, with an all male cast. Edward Hall directs the comedy set within the ambiguities of reality and dreams. Imagine feuding lovers and warring fairies, Puck in a tutu, a balding Helena and Titania with chest hair and this classic story is even more hilarious. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at BAM Harvey Theater, 65 Fulton St. in Brooklyn. $25 Visit bam.org or call 718 636 4100 for tickets, and additional show times.
“Opening The Doors: A Coming Out Group” examines how the closet impacts our self esteem. What tasks must be negotiated to come out to ourselves and come out to others? In what ways is coming out a lifetime process? Explore these issues in an atmosphere of safety and understanding with therapist Madeleine Price, CSW, former clinical director of Identity House, certified psychotherapist and faculty member of the Object Relations Institute. To register confidentially contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sessions begin today at 10 a.m. Members $20/non-members $25 or $80/$110 per series. For other events for LGBT people, call 646-505-5708 or visit www.jccmanhattan.org. Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76 St.
MON. MAR. 29
HIV Doco Screening
Join a screening and discussion of “Pandemic: Facing AIDS,” a documentary that follows the personal stories of people from five countries who are living with AIDS, with co-producer/director, Rory Kennedy. The film’s goal is to cut through the overwhelming statistics and to put a human face on the global epidemic. Award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy and her crew tell the stories of women and men from around the world coping with HIV and AIDS, and watch as they brave sickness, stigma, and even death with courage and strength. GMHC will be screening the 42-minute version of the documentary, hosted by the Communications Department. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., room 405/410, 4th floor at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, 119 W. 24th St. 6th floor, call 212 367 1000 for more information.
How do we pay the bills and get our work done? What goals and strategies best meet all our needs—-for our ourselves, our personal relationships, and our work? “Achieving Your Creative Vision,” an 8-week seminar, examines the messages we tell ourselves and hear from others that get in the way of doing the creative work we dream of. Dian Killian, the instructor, has written poetry, fiction, and journalism for numerous publications including The Sun magazine, Sojourner, Diva, Curve, and Homestretch. $200 Work-study and scholarships available. Contact BrooklynNVC@aol.com for more information about location and times.
WED. MARCH 31
The Collegiate Chorale and Music Director Robert Bass present Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” at Carnegie Hall with the The Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Robert Bass. Soloists include Salvatore Licitra as Gustavo, returning to the Chorale for a second season after his powerful performance in Verdi’s “La forza del destino,” Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Ankastrom, Ewa Podles as Ulrica, Michèle Crider as Amelia and Harolyn Blackwell as Oscar. The concert is at 8 p.m., preceded by a pre-concert lecture with Dr. Gossett at 7 p.m. Call 212 247 7800 for tickets. Carnegie Hall, 57 St. and 7th Ave.
THUR. APRIL 1
Classical Action Benefit
Soprano Deborah Voigt and pianist Brian Zeger will perform a concert at a private home in New York City to benefit “Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS.” The Michael Palm Foundation sponsors this event. Since it’s founding, Classical Action has distributed more than $4 million to AIDS service organizations nationwide. Deborah Voigt has become the preeminent dramatic soprano of her generation, winning enthusiastic acclaim from critics and the world’s opera audiences as one of today’s leading exponents of operas by Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi and others. The pre-concert reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The concert will begin at 7:15 p.m., followed by a champagne and dessert reception. Call 212 997 7717 for tickets and directions to the private home.
SAT. APR. 3
Big Apple Softball League, a gay and lesbian league in New York City, is looking for players of all skill levels. Games will be played this season on Saturdays and Sundays. To join the team, show up with sneakers, a glove, and comfortable clothes and be ready to play ball and make new friends at 11 a.m. at Chelsea Park, 28th St. at 10th Ave. Call 212 696 7482 or visit bigapplesoftball.com for more information.
MON. APR. 12
Award Show Ceremony
GLAAD will present Media Awards to honor Julianne Moore, Megan Mullally, John Waters, Cherry Jones and Clive Barker at the 15th 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.