THUR. FEB. 5
Written and performed by Lacey Langston, “Cat Fight,” is the true story of the divine feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford acted out with Barbie Dolls. The two stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age appeared together only once in the classic horror film “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.” Find out what really happened on the set. Thursdays at 9 p.m. at Rose’s Turn, 55 Grove St. Call 212 366 5438 for reservations.
Bi-Polar Productions presents episode thirteen of ADD-TV’s “Heartache,” featuring drag darling Destiny performing in “Love Stinks.” 10 p.m. on Channel 34, Manhattan Neighborhood Network. View the trailer at add-tv.com.
Hysterectomy on Stage
A new play written by Rick Schweikert and directed by Jeffrey Edward addresses some of the issues about hysterectomy. “un becoming” follows Emma Douglas as she struggles to see through manipulation, lust, and denial in an effort to get to the truth surrounding her impending surgery. Starring Laura Flanagan, Tami A. Dixon, Benjamin Moore, David McCamish, Jeffrey Carpenter, Brigitte Viellieu-Davis, Sarah Fitzgerald, and Naomi Barr. Wed. – Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. at 354 W. 45th St. between 8th and 9th Aves. Tickets are available at 610 667 7750 or smarttix.com.
Homo Comicus features gay and gay-friendly comics and performers. Come for the mirth, stay for the mayhem, when Murray Hill hosts Jim David, Julie Goldman, Marga Gomez and the jaw-dropping Wau-Wau Sisters. 8:30 p.m. at the Gotham Comedy Club, 34 W. 22nd St. $12 cover with 2-drink minimum. For reservations call 212 367 9000.
Les Arts Florissants
The ensemble founded by William Christie inaugurates Lincoln Center’s 25th “Great Performers” series with two chamber operas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier: “Les arts florissants” and “La descent d’Orphée aux enfers.” 8 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall, 65th St. and Broadway. (Pre-concert talks are at 6:45 p.m. at the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse, 10th floor in the Rose Building.) Tickets are $45 at 212 721 6500.
FRI. FEB. 6
David Parker and The Bang Group combine dance with comedy in the production “Cracked.” The show brings Velcro-body suits, the yellow brick road, and overripe Debbie Reynolds Hollywood music to the dance stage. 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at the Bessie Schonberg Theatre at Dance Theatre Workshop, 219 W. 19th St. Tickets are $20 and $15 for DTW members. Call 212 924 0077 or visit dtw.org.
Out on TV
Catch “Out on the Edge,” a musical and stand-up comedy special on Comedy Central hosted by Alan Cumming. This hour-long show features the best of alternative comedy with a gay edge. Musical performances by Betty, The Hazzards performing their hit “Gay Boyfriend,” Bayne Gibby, and Johnny McGovern as the Gay Pimp performing his smash “Soccer Practice.” Stand-up performances by Jim David, Rene Hicks, and Elvira Kurt and special guest Bobby Cole from “Kids in the Hall.” Airs tonight on Comedy Central at 11 p.m. and tomorrow at 2:30 am.
Men of All Colors Together hosts a discussion on “Sissyphobia” to answer some interesting questions: Why are some gay men called “sissy,” “Miss Thing” and “girl” by straight as well as gay men? Why is it so attractive to some gay men to be straight-acting? Why do straight men typically resent “nelly gays” or effeminate or flamboyant gay men? Is there a link between sissyphobia and misogyny? And what about all those metrosexuals? Join an esteemed panel of “sissies” to delve into these issues at 8 p.m. at The LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St. Visit mactny.org for more information.
National Black HIV-AIDS Awareness
Yvette Heyliger reads from her play “What Would Jesus Do?” about an African American woman whose “down low husband” infects her with HIV. 7 p.m. at GMHC, 119 W. 24 St. Free
Coming Out Groups
Coming out can be hard. At Identity House, peer counselors support people at all stages of the coming out process — those coming out to their families, friends, and co-workers, and those coming out to themselves. Their “Coming Out Groups” provide a safe place to talk about all these aspects of coming out for all LGBT persons. Women meet from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., men from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Identity House, 39 W. 14th Street, Suite 205. The building is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 212 243 8181 or go to identityhouse.org.
SAT. FEB. 7
Famous Mother Daughter Duo
Tommy Femia teams up with Christine Pedi in “Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli Live!” The mother-daughter duo will sing Judy’s and Liza’s greatest hits as well as some contemporary numbers that they never had the chance to do. 11 p.m. at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St. Cover is $20 and there is a 2-drink minimum. Call 212 757 0788 for reservations.
HERS Foundation is hosting a conference on issues surrounding hysterectomies which approximately 20 million U.S. women get. There are medical consequences of this surgery that are permanent and unexpected. The conference will address issues such as “The Female Pelvis,” “What Women Report After Hysterectomy,” and “Medical Malpractice.” Sybil Shainwald, a New York attorney and women’s health advocate, will be the keynote speaker. For more information and reservations, call 610 667 7757 or visit hersfoundation.org.
National Black HIV-AIDS Awareness Day
The Harlem Directors Group, a consortium of HIV/AIDS activists and educators, presents a day of activities to stop the spread of HIV and save lives, especially those of young men of color. Free HIV testing and seminars, as well as a reading of Yvette Heyliger’s “What Would Jesus Do?” a play about a religious woman infected with HIV by her “down low husband.” 2 p.m. at the National Black Theater at 2031 Fifth Ave. at 125 St.
Women DJs Rock
Desi-licious, the South Asian gay dance party, and the African Asian Latina Lesbians United are co-hosting a benefit party with an all female DJ line-up. Ashu-Rai, the Desi-licious headliner, leads the ladies on the decks with the most eclectic music mix in the city featuring bhangra, Bollywood, African, Asian, and house hits. Gay men, lesbians, and their friends are always welcome. Doors open at 10 p.m. at Pyramid, 101 Ave. A at 6th St. $10 Visit sholayevents.com for more information.
The Shanghai Quartet (violinists Weigang Li and Yi-Wen Jiang, violist Honggang Li, and cellist Nicholas Tzavaras) will perform three of Beethoven’s string quartets as part of the series “Beethoven Project: East Meets West,” celebrating the 20th anniversary of the group. 7:30 p.m. at City University’s Graduate Center located at 365 5th Ave. at 34th St.
AMIT (Americans for Israel and Torah) is sponsoring a gala carnival and night of fun and games at 8 p.m. at Loft 11, 336 W. 37th St. Proceeds benefit Israeli youth, many of whom come from economically disadvantaged and troubled families. Tickets are $75 at 212 477 4720, x 119.
John Waters’ Photography
The Museum of Contemporary Art presents “John Waters: Change of Life,” a series of the filmmaker’s recent photographic and sculptural works and three early, unreleased films. 583 Broadway. Closed Mondays. $6 Call 212 219 1222 for more information.
The seventh annual Black Pride NYC weeklong event is moving from August to June 20-27, 2004. Hear the reasons why and how this will make for a bigger and better Pride event. Guests include executive director Laurence Pinckney, co-founder James Saunders, co-chair of the board- Diane Willis, and others Facilitated by Mark Fowler of Words of My Mouth Consulting, this evening promises to be thought provoking and candid. 5 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Street. For more information visit www.blackpridenyc.com or call 212 613 0097.
SUN. FEB. 8
Combining the rhythms of hip-hop, the improvisations of bebop, the soul of R&B, and the spirit of blues, “Same Train” is a musical and spoken word piece of Levy Lee Simon (playwright), Mary Beth Easley (director), and Mark Bruckner (composer and musical director) showing the struggles and triumphs of seven individuals of the Black Diaspora. Sat.- Mon. through March 8 at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Mark’s Pl. Tickets are $15 available at 212 868 4444 or horsetrade.info.
Meet Single Women
If you are tired of noisy bars and Internet dating, check out Lavender Lounge, a single lesbian-only event designed to bring together all types of women in search of partners. Hostess Marilyn Galfin organizes introductions and a tarot card reader can tell you what’s in store. 5 -8 p.m. at Red Light Lounge, 50 9th Ave. at 14th St. $10 Call 212 989 8549 for details.
MON. FEB. 9
Stephane Degout is a young French baritone who has performed on Europe’s most prestigious stages. His U.S. recital debut with pianist Helene Lucas, will include works of Debussy, Brahms, Schumann, Strauss, Ravel, and Duparc. 7:30 p.m. at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, 65th St. and Broadway. Tickets are $25 available at 212 721 6500 or www.lincolncenter.org.
TUE. FEB. 10
“Global Prevention/Global Treatment: Priorities for Addressing the HIV/AIDS Pandemic,” is a forum to address how the world is going to stem the tide of new HIV infections and prevent the needless deaths of millions of people living with HIV/AIDS Speakers are Dr. Helene Gayle, director of the HIV/AIDS and TB Program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Dr. Paulo R. Teixeira, director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at GMHC, 119 W. 24th St. Free Call 212 367 1016 or contact email@example.com for more information.
WED. FEB 11
Forget leather, rubber is the material of choice for tonight’s event, “Rubber as a Lifestyle: Skin Tight and Always Hot.” Sample rubber floggers, hoods, wet suits, sheets and even a vacuum-sealed body bag with the Gay Male S/M Activists. 8 p.m. at The LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St. $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers.
With an anti-war twist and a cast of 100, “Lysistrata 100,” opens in Brooklyn tonight. The Greek comedy by Aristophanes tells the story of how the women of Athens were fed up with Peloponnesian War in 410 B.C. Using their feminine powers of persuasion to promote peace, they cut off all sexual communication with all men within 500 miles and stop the war. 8 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and 7 p.m. Sun. at the brand new UnderWater Theatre, in Dumbo at 66 Water St. between Main and Dock Sts. $25 Call 212 868 4444 or visit www.smarttix.com.
U.S. and Regime Change
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, nominated by former Pres. Bill Clinton to be assistant secretary of state, discusses the moral and legal bases for unilateral intervention in Rwanda, Bosnia and Iraq. 8 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y, Lexington Ave. and 92nd St. Tickets are $25 at 212 415 5500.
Kissing and Blogging
NYC’s web writers read tales of amorous misadventures and erotic misfortune in “Worst. Sex. Ever.” an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration of cringe-worthy seductions by New York City’s finest bloggers, curated by Chris Hampton. The event is presented by P.S. 122’s new online arts magazine Culturebot.org. 7:30 p.m. at 150 First Avenue at 9th St. $5 Call 212 477 5288 or visit ps122.org for more information.
THU. FEB. 12
Gay and Lesbian Reading Group
Join the Gay and Lesbian Reading Group for a discussion of the LGBT experience through reading contemporary and classic novels, plays, poetry and nonfiction. Newcomers are welcome to share or just listen. Today the group discusses, “The Death of the Heart” by Elizabeth Bowen.8 p.m. at the Center, 208 W. 13th St.
AIDS in the Black Community
Author Jacob Levenson will discuss his book, “The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS and Black America,” which is an investigative journey that reveals the lives of individuals affected by this disease — people living with HIV/AIDS, medical researchers, service providers, caregivers, social workers, activists, and families of those infected with HIV/AIDS in the black community. 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, 119 W. 24th St. between 6th and 7th Aves. Free and open to the public. Call 212 367 1016 for more information.
LGBT in Primetime
“In the Life” is a nationally televised news magazine covering LGBT issues that reaches over one million viewers per episode. Catch the February episode, hosted by Def Poetry Jam star Staceyann Chin, with an interview with Howard Dean, a special report on gay circuit parties, a profile of lesbian rabbis and a look at the gay homeless youth of Minneapolis. Airs tonight at 10 p.m. and at 2 a.m. on Mon. Feb. 16 on WNET Channel 13 and at 11:30 p.m. on WLIW Channel 21 on Tue. Feb. 17.
Fatal Attraction Meets Chucky
Check out Robert Parigi’s erotic horrror-thriller “Love Object,” starring Desmond Harrington and Melissa Sagemiller. Kenneth is a socially insecure technical writer and Nikki is an anatomically accurate silicone sex doll Kenneth orders of the Internet. Because of his erotic experience with his new toy, Kenneth works up some confidence and catches the attention of Lisa, an actual living woman who works in Kenneth’s office. In true Chucky-style, Nikki gets jealous and Kenneth is caught in a perverse and carnal love triangle, torn between silicone Nikki and flesh-and-blood Lisa. Opens today at the Angelika Film Center at 18 W. Houston St. at Mercer.