7 Days & 7 Nights

THU. OCT. 7

South Bronx Film Festival

The program presents works from the heights of independent filmmaking with “City Of God” by Fernando Mereilles to cutting edge works by local filmmakers from The Point Community Development Coalition and The Bronx’s Ghetto Film School. The festival has created a tradition that interweaves the strong, urban flavors of its Hunts Point neighborhood into a cinematic event that features film that were shot across the world and across the street. The three-day fest will showcase narrative and documentary films through Saturday at the award-winning Live From the Edge Theatre at 940 Garrison Avenue in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. Admission is $7 per screening, $12 for a day pass, $20 for a pass to all festival events. For more information call 718-542-4139 or visit The Point.org.

Lesbian Cancer Survivors

“Mind, Body, Spirit: The Cancer Connection/Part I: The Mind.” Please join us for the first part of this 3-part “Lesbian Cancer Initiative” workshop series for lesbian cancer survivors and their loved ones. We’ll discuss various types of cancer treatments, recent discoveries in the field and new treatment options. Presenters include lesbian-identified oncologists and medical professionals. A light dinner will be served. Free, but pre-registration required. 7 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St.

Starving Artists Ball

Studio 42 will host the 2004 Starving Artists Ball, a celebration of New York City’s emerging downtown artists at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. This year’s Ball features a keynote address from Honorary Artistic Chair and 2004 Emmy® Award-winner, Michael Imperioli. The co-chairs of the event are 2004 Tony Award-winners Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, of the Broadway musical “Avenue Q.” Now in its third year, the Starving Artists Ball draws hundreds of artists, funders, and arts-supporters together to celebrate the work of emerging talent and to raise funds for the Starving Artist Award, a cash grant of up to $7500 for an up-and-coming, New York City-based artist or arts organization. 172 Norfolk St. 8 p.m. $100 tickets at 212-279-4200.

FRI. OCT. 8

Le Petit Versailles

“Pilot TV: Experimental Media For Feminist Trespass” offers Web casts and a do-it-yourself television studio in the garden. Get involved. Allied Productions, Inc. had been awarded two grants from the New York State Council on the Arts in support of exhibition & film programs at Le Petit Versailles. We appreciate this support and acknowledgment of our efforts to make the garden a vital cultural and community center. 346 East Houston St. Take the F/V train to Second Ave. Admission by donation or whatever you can afford. Visit alliedproductions.org or call 212 529 8815 for more information.

Jade Estrada Show

“Icons: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1,” a one-man musical comedy by Jade Esteban Estrada, winner of the 2004 Audience Favorite Award in Solo Performance at the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival, directed by Jeff Wills, is at 10:30 p.m. at Rainbow Mountain Resort, 210 Mount Nebo Road, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. No Cover. 570 223 8484.

Putumayo Presents

A CD release party for “Blues Lounge,” with live percussion by DJ Nightshade, dancing and open bar at 7 p.m. Free. Le Souk, 47 Ave. B, between 3 and 4 Sts.

Human Rights Watch

Smita Narula will introduce the Pakistani film “Silent Waters” and have a 20-minute Q&A at the film’s premiere tonight at Cinema Village. Ms. Narula is executive director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and a professor at NYU. Ms. Narula will speak about the Islamic revolution, the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan and it’s effects on women and families. Screening at 7:20 p.m. at 22 E. 12 St.

SAT. OCT. 9

Turn On, Rubber Up

While (M8 + Tom)’s sexy pairing of skin and leather has certainly been boning up the party scene of late, this month’s addition of rubber to the equation is sure to blow a few loads, as the NY Renegades and (M8 + Tom) join forces for a leather/kink/fetish/brotherhood blowout like NYC hasn’t seen in years. In conjunction with the usual monthly shenanigans, the NY Renegades will be holding their 3rd Annual Mr. East Coast Rubber Contest – which is fast becoming one of the US’s premiere rubber events and a gay New York must. DJ BeJay spins. Boots, buzz, strip, sales and lots of sexy men provide for fun and mayhem. $10 cover. Pussycat Lounge at 96 Greenwich St. at Rector. 212 285 6100. 1-9-4-5 train stops are all within the block.

SUN. OCT. 10

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“Standing Ovations 2: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Benefit Concert,” features Bryan Batt, Laura Benanti, Laura Bell Bundy, Matt Cavenaugh, Melissa Errico, Cheyenne Jackson, Michael McKean, Raymond McLeod, Larry O’Keefe, Michele Pawk, Erin Leigh Peck, Billy Porter, Alice Ripley, Jai Rodriguez, Marc Shaiman, Toxic Audio and Eddie Varley. Musical appearances hosted by Scott Nevins. $50 at 6 p.m. at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. 212 239-6200

Arab-American Comedy

NYAACF and Arab-American theatre company Nibras are proud to present the second annual New York Arab-American Comedy Festival through October 13. The festival was created to showcase the talents of Arab-American actors, comics, playwrights and filmmakers. Tickets available at 212-868-4444 or smarttix.com. For complete schedule and venues, visit ArabComedy.org.

TUE. OCT. 12

CBGB Exhibit

Tonight is the opening reception at 6 p.m. for “Princess: The Story of Perfection in an Imperfect World.” The traditional definition of royalty has always eluded Americans. Having no Princess Diana of our own, we have instead embraced the fairytale variety. This exhibition will include works by New York City artists Lisa Beckner, Caitlin Bermingham, Ken Madore, Heather Masciandaro, Lisa Rubin, and Alison Ward who present their take on how the fairytale princess walks among us today. CBGB’s gallery is at 313 Bowery, open 7 days a week, noon till midnight.

WED. OCT. 13

Dance Party

Hip-hop and R&B dj-producer DJ Soul keeps it grimy in this East Village, graffiti-ridden dip-dip dive called The Hole (sistah to the cock; another East Village bar). This party is primarily for same-gender-loving men and women of color, but all are welcome. Opens tonight, then every first and second Wednesday thereafter. 29 Second Avenue at 11 p.m. $5 .

THU. OCT. 14

Public Health Forum

Compassion in Dying, N.Y. presents “Breaking Down Barriers: Improving pain care and health care decision making in New York.” From the sponsors: “The under-treatment of pain is a public health crisis.” The causes, what people can do to get better pain care and legislation designed to improve pain care in New York, will be discussed. New York State generally excludes families from making critical medical decisions for loved ones who lack the capacity to decide for themselves, absent a health care proxy. The Family Health Care Decisions Act, seeks to correct this problem.” Moderated by David Leven, executive director, Compassion in Dying of New York, speakers include: Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Dr. Tia Powell, an expert on the Family Health Care Decisions Act and Dr. Lauren Shaiova, a pain specialist at Beth Israel Medical Center.  6 p.m. at the The New School, 66 West 12th Street, Orozco Room, 7th floor. Reception, wine and hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Restaurant Florent, to follow.  

Irish Dancing

“Shaylyn” is a dance show that illustrates the continuing evolution of Irish dance and its many influences while remaining true to its original form. A tribute to Irish ancestors who struggled to keep the culture of music, song and dance alive, “Shaylyn” brings the story of Irish dance full circle. One-night performance at Town Hall at 123 W. 43rd St. at 8 p.m. $35. Contact Joe McManus of the Leitrim Society of New York at 718 939 9420 or visit Shaylyn.net for more information.

FRI. OCT. 15

Afternoon Concert

Housing Works Used Book Café and V2 records present an afternoon concert sponsored by Red Stripe.  This remarkable event features special performances by Blanche, Brendan Benson, Buck 65 & Jim White. 2 p.m. at 126 Crosby St., one block east of Broadway. $10.

SAT. OCT. 16

New Jersey Benefit

Honor 2004, New Jersey’s Annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersexed Awards banquet will be held tonight at the Somerset Marriot. Richard Skipper, as Carole Channing, will emcee the evening.  The dinner, “Tastes From Around the World,” will feature cuisine from the Far East, Mexico, and Italy. This year, six individuals will be recognized for their contributions to N.J.’s GLBTI community.  For more information about the evening, for advertising information in our program booklet or to get tickets for the event, contact NJLGC at mail@njlgc.org or 732 828 6772.

Center Dance

Come celebrate the harvest moon with superstar circuit DJ Randy Bettis at his Dance 208 debut. Randy has most recently played at gay days at Great Adventure as well as Gay Days at Disneyland, Broadway Bares, SBNY, Limelight and Webster Hall. David Aviles will create the decor for the evening. $10 admission and $6 for center members. 9 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St.

Married Women Who Love Women

Many lesbians struggle with their sexuality, questioning how they fit in with family, friends and church. Married women who discover a same-gender attraction may have an even more difficult time. Please join Carren Strock, author of “Married Women Who Love Women,” and therapist Arleen Bandler in a comfortable and safe environment to discuss some of the issues related to this topic. Pre-registration suggested. 11 a.m. at Identity House, 39 W. 14 St., Suite 205. Suggested donation: $10

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