THU. JAN. 15
Out Professionals, the LGBT white collar networking group, presents “How Changing Your Career Can Change Your Luck,” a 90-minute workshop with Career Coach Ed Vladich, a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. Because Ed earned his HR stripes at some of the best-known Fortune 500 companies, he can help you identify and overcome the stumbling blocks that any lesbian or gay professional may face in managing a career. 6:15 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. $12 for members, $9 for non-members
“Spirit” by Bill Armstrong
This series of photos by Bill Armstrong opens tonight at ClampArt, 531 W. 25th St. The show runs through February 28, Tue.- Sat. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Visit www.clampart.com or call 646 230 0020 for more information. Opening reception tonight from 6-9 p.m.
Help for Compulsive Hoarders
Seniors in a Gay Environment presents the book “Lighten Up! Free Yourself from Clutter,” with Michelle Passoff, the author, who will lead a lecture followed by a question and answer session that will remind us that to be free from clutter is not just an exercise in being neat and tidy, but an avenue for increased productivity, creativity, vitality, growth, and peace of mind. Space is limited. Please call SAGE at 212.741.2247 to register. 7 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th St.
Join In Our Own Write for an engaging panel discussion about the pros and cons of self-publishing. The panel will conclude with readings from self-published authors. The event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. 7 p.m. $6 LGBT Community Center members, $10 nonmembers at 208 West 13th St.
FRI. JAN. 16
Race and Drugs
A forum sponsored by Men of All Colors Together explores the topic: “Why is Alcoholics Anonymous at the LGBT Center mainly white, whereas Narcotics Anonymous is black? Have you noticed the racial segregation at the Center even among drug programs?” Come and participate in a free open discussion at 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center at 208 W. 13th St. For more information call 212 330 7678.
If you are an adult member of the LGBT community living in the Bronx, the The Bronx Lesbian and Gay Health Resource Consortium is offering free classes, nicotine patches, and medical referrals in its smoking cessation campaign. For further information, contact 718 842 9831.
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery announces a new exhibition entitled “Across Borders,” featuring the work of internationally acclaimed video art pioneer Juan Downey and installation artist Francesc Torres. Both artists share in their work a radical examination of history and the geographies of the nation state, revealed through personal reflection and filtered through history. “Across Borders” will be on view from Jan. 16 through Feb. 21 The gallery is located at 601 W. 26th St., Suite 1240, Tue.-Sat. from 11 a.m. –6 p.m.
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, NYC’s synagogue for gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender Jews, our families and friends celebrates Shabbat at 8 p.m. All are welcome. Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 Ninth Avenue at 28th Street.
SAT. JAN. 17
Religion and Sexuality
For many, religion can be a source of wisdom, spirituality, and support. Today, more gays and lesbians are finding a spiritual home within accepting institutions and faiths than ever before. Others continue to feel alienated by groups that have traditionally and historically rejected us. Identity House presents a workshop on the intersection between GLBT identities and religious and spiritual lives, while hearing what others have to say about the topic. Open to all. No reservation required. Suggested donation is $10.00 39 W 14th St. Suite 205, between Fifth and Sixth Aves. For more information, call 212 243 8181 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org
Dance 208 welcomes DJ Carlos Pedraza, who returns to inaugurate the LGBT Community Center’s first-ever flag dance. Join Pedraza as he mixes his special blend of joyful house music and vocals with a classic thrown in here and there for accent. Admission is $10; $6 for Center members and those who arrive before 9:45 p.m. Party continues until 1 a.m. 208 W. 13th St.
Award-winning impersonator Tommy Femia stars as Judy Garland through January every Saturday night at 11 p.m. at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St. There is a $15 cover, 2-drink minimum. Reservations can be made at 212 757 0788. Visit Tommy online at www.tommyfemia.com.
SUN. JAN. 18
Bayard Rustin Commemoration
On the eve of the birth of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Museum of the City of New York, in conjunction with the CUNY Graduate Center, is screening “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” a documentary about the gay man who orchestrated the historic civil rights march on Washington, D.C. in 1963 and was a labor organizer who worked closely by MLK’s side. A discussion follows the screening. Free, with $7 suggested museum admission at 2:30 p.m., 1220 Fifth Ave., between 103rd and 104th Sts.
Club for Women
The SAL, a lesbian-only book group, discusses contemporary and classic lesbian literature. Newcomers are welcome. Today’s book is “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham. Visit SALbookgroup@hotmail.com for more information. 1 p.m. at 208 West 13th St.
MON. JAN. 19
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Wynston Marsalis will deliver the keynote address at the 18th annual Brooklyn tribute to Dr. King on the anniversary of his birth at the Howard Gilman Opera House at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The celebratory event will feature a number of performers, including The Boys Choir of Harlem and The Persuasions. 10:30 a.m. at 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, accessible by many subway lines. Call 718 636 4100 for reservations.
The Aeschylus trilogy opens tonight at the American Theater for Actors. Each part of the trilogy is adapted and directed by three different directors creating a contemporary triptych. Each director pursues his own vision without knowledge of the other interpretations until the three fifty-minute versions collide in the same evening. Tickets are $15 available at 212 868 4444 or www.smarttix.com. Performances are Thurs.-Sun. at 8 p.m. at 314 W. 54th St.
Artists Against Racism
Tonight is the opening of “The Mammy project,” a show written by Michelle Matlock and directed by Joan Evans that finally confronts the American stereotype of “mammy” as a white man’s fantasy, a black woman’s history and a country’s favorite product. Every Monday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. at The Palace of Variety, 125 W. 42nd St. $15
Album Release Party
“Space Under Sun,” the dynamic new CD by Ari Gold, celebrates its introduction to the community tonight featuring a live performance by the artist. 9 p.m. at XL, 357 W 16th Street Call 212-995-1400 for more information.
WED. JAN. 21
Behind The News Camera
Out Professionals presents “Inside Television News,” featuring Peabody Award Winner David Sloan, executive producer of ABC’s 20/20, in a conversation with Rose Arce, a senior producer at CNN. Before arriving at CNN, Rose Arce was a producer for CBS News and WCBS-TV, where she won two New York Emmy Awards for spot news and investigative producing. Arce is on the national board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and is a former vice president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Networking and socializing begins at 6:30 p.m., the program, at 7:30 p.m. Admittance is $10 for nonmembers and $7 for members at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St.
Cole Porter Revival
“Nymph Errant,” Porter’s favorite show, a 1930s screwball comedy, follows a young Englishwoman from Oxford to a Turkish harem. Produced by Medicine Show, this musical runs through Feb. 15 at 549 W. 52nd St. Thur.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 available at 212 262 4216.
The Bowery Poetry Club presents the Urbana Poetry Slam featuring the first annual “Individual World Champion Poetry Slam Qualifier” with an open slam. This event picks one poet to represent at the National Individual Slam Championship. Could it be you? Sign-up starts at 6:30 p.m. for the open mike at 7:15 sharp. 308 Bowery, between Bleecker And Houston. Call 212 614 0505 or visit www.bowerypoetry.com. $5
The Writes of Recovery
Join “SpeakOUT: LGBT Voices for Recovery for the Writes of Recovery,” a writer’s workshop series dedicated to expressing personal journeys of recovery. No prior writing experience is necessary. Participants support each other in crafting authentic poems, stories and essays in a caring and safe environment. Writers from the LGBT and recovering community will facilitate individual workshops, sharing their work, writing exercises, critiques and tips for freeing your creative voice. For information, contact Deb Goldstein at 212.620.7310, ext. 231. 6 p.m. at 208 W. 13th St.
FRI. JAN. 23
The Wings Theatre presents “Banjee,” a play by A.B. Lugo, a powerful drama that charts the relationship between two young Latino hustlers and their girlfriends. “Angel and Tony are young, tough and for sale—just don’t tell their girlfriends.” The show runs through Feb. 21, Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m., Mon. at 8 p.m. at The Wings Theatre, 154 Christopher St. Tickets are $19 available at 212 627 2961 or www.wingstheatre.com.
The Havana Film Festival
Cool New York 2004 presents “Los Sobrevivientes,” a film about Cuba in 1978 starring Vicente Revuelta, Reynaldo Miravalles, Enrique Santiesteban, Ana Vi–a. A bourgeois Cuban family of aristocratic origin locks itself into its mansion when the Cuban Revolution comes to power, waiting for the new regime to be overthrown. As time passes, they regress to older and older systems of political order, from capitalism to feudalism to “primitive savagery.” This dark comic classic, by one of Cuba’s most acclaimed directors, was never released commercially in the United States. Tickets are $10 at the NYU Cantor Center (36 East 8th St. and at Mercer St. 6 p.m.
They’re still loving the new “Erasure Hits” DVD so much so that from 10:45 p.m. to midnight, Erasure songs will play on the dance floor, as well as Erasure videos in the basement all night, at Pyramid, 101 Ave. A. $8 Doors open at 10 p.m. Visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com for more information.
Ionesco’s Final Work
The Brooklyn Arts Exchange presents “Journeys Among the Dead,” Eugene Ionesco’s final haunting work adapted and directed by Joanna Settle. Puppet and multi-media performance techniques will combine to create a physics- and vaudeville-infused landscape of time trails and memory bends. Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at 421 Fifth Ave. in Brooklyn (F train to 4th Avenue). Tickets are $8-$15 dollars available at 718 832 0018 or www.bax.org.
SAT. JAN. 24
This new play by Paul Rudnick, directed by Christopher Ashley, is about a comic collision of a Teutonic titan and a Texas teen both searching for a life of operatic beauty. King Ludwig II is the real-life 1860s ruler madly in love with Wagnerian opera and remembered for dotting the German countryside with ornate castles. James Avery is a dangerously precocious 1940s teenager marooned in austere Dainsville, Texas. Tickets are usually $60, but you can save $20 on this New York Theater Workshop play by calling 212 947 8844 and mentioning code VLHND27. 79 East 4th St. in the East Village through March.