THU. SEP. 30
Panel on African Genocide
“Catastrophe in Darfur: No End In Sight?”a panel discussion moderated by NBC’s Ann Curry hosted by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières about the current humanitarian crisis in western Sudan, will feature Scott Anderson, contributor, New York Times Magazine; Nicolas de Torrente, executive director, Doctors Without Borders; Salih Booker, executive director, Africa Action; and Jonathan Spector, M.D., Doctors Without Borders aid worker. 7 p.m. at the Tishman Auditorium, New School University, 66 W. 12th St. Please join a panel of media veterans and humanitarian workers for an in-depth discussion. To reserve a seat, please call 212-847-3151.
Boi with an “I”
In his hilarious new one-man show, solo performer Dan Fishback explores the darker aspects of gay culture and the gayer aspects of the American right wing. He portrays a twinky raver with a fondness for neo-conservative imperialism, a metrosexual with a secret penchant for misogyny, and an autistic boy who may or may not be the gayest person you’ve ever met. Why do gay boys spell “Boi” with an i? Ask George W. Bush! Collective: Unconscious, 279 Church St. at White St. 212-352-0255. 10 p.m. $10.
ADD-TV is having its 2004 Pill Awards (best of ADD-TV, Season 2), a live awards ceremony hosted by Trai La Trash. With musical performances by Nominees – Kevin Aviance, Ari Gold, Inda Matrix and Houston Bernard…ADD-TV will be dolling out pills for Best… Short, Music Video, Documentary (Or Mock of), Animation, The Sexy Pill, White Trash/Ghetto, Wardrobe, Most Twisted, Drag , and Best ADD-TV Episode. Guest presenters are Girlina, Patrick Mcdonald, Kenny Kenny, Scott Nevins, Carmella Cann, The Glamazons, Nomi Demilo, Trenton Straube, Shaboomboom, The Blondes: Phillipe & David, Stephanie Adams (Out Lesbian Playboy Bunny), Delilah (2003 Pill for Best Drag), and Randy Eisenberg (2003 Pill for Best White Trash/Ghetto). 9 p.m. at Plaid, 76 E. 13 St., open bar 9-10 p.m. Free.
The Bronx Academy of Art & Dance presents its third annual BlakTino Performance Series, a festival celebrating works by Black, Latino and Blatino artists. The festival includes an art exhibit “Black, Brown And Red: Radical BlakTinos” which celebrates works by and/or about Black and Latino freedom fighters and social justice warriors, and seven weekends of theater, video, dance and poetry. The BlakTino Performance Series runs weekends through November 13 at BAAD!, 841 Barretto Street in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. Tickets cost $10 -$15. Take #6 train to Hunts Point Ave. BAAD! offers discounts to BAADGE and Bronx Cultural Card holders. Ticket offers cannot be combined. For further information and tickets call 718 842-5223 or visit BronxAcademyofArtsandDance.org.
FRI. OCT. 1
Sketch comedy troupe Skeeger will be opening their brand-new sketch show, “In the Business,” today and will continue for each subsequent Friday night in October. In the show, Skeeger’s many targets include the religious right, the United Nations, and each other. Skeeger is made up of four multi-talented writers/performers who have crafted an edgy, irreverent, multimedia show that’s sure to delight the eyes, ears, and funny bone. 10:30 p.m. at the Red Room Theater at 85 E. 4th St., 3rd floor, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
Dorothy Parker Festival
The Dorothy Parker Society of New York is welcoming all fans of the celebrated wit and writer to the 6th annual Parkerfest, Oct. 1-3, 2004. The group is holding walking tours, a harbor jazz cruise, a screening of “The Game” and of course lunch at the Algonquin Round Table. All events are open to the public. Walking tour tickets are $15 (lunch is separate), speakeasy cruise tickets, $35 each. Note: Buy ticket for cruise and walking tour is $10. Reservations are required and must be made by e-mail at email@example.com or at 646 435 2799.
SAT. OCT. 2
“Political Voices from the Arts Community,” an art exhibit features fine arts, film, and performances of 80 artists and 95 pieces of visual art at Grace Church Van Vorst at 39 Erie St. in downtown Jersey City. Through Nov. 4. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The opening party is tonight at 8 p.m.
Dr. Truth Is Back
Behavioral artist Alberto Ferreras will perform his newest work, “Ask Dr. Truth” at the opening party for the exhibition “What Have You Got to Say?” Ferreras, who’s been attracting media attention for committing to being “completely honest,” will be one of the 80 artists who will be displaying 95 pieces of visual art, political documentaries, and performances. “What Have You Got to Say?” will promote controversy and conversation through art regarding a wide variety of political issues extending beyond the upcoming presidential election. The call for art has attracted a large range of voices wishing to make political statements in a society that is increasingly uncomfortable with speech of any kind be it political, pastoral or poetic. Grace Church Van Vorst in downtown Jersey City, 39 Erie St. 8 p.m. Free.
Weekends with Fido
Blue Sky Dogs, a dog-friendly travel company, has announced an unprecedented fall schedule of “Best Friends Day and Weekend” trips, offering busy dog owners the opportunity to escape with their best friends on all-inclusive day and weekend trips. Today it is a trip to the Hudson Valley and a scenic farm stand. Call 212.531.DOGS or visit email@example.com for more information.
SUN. OCT. 3
“Season South Africa” is a four-month program of contemporary visual and performing arts from South Africa. The visual arts exhibition, “Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art,” will be on view at the Museum for African Art through January 3, 2005; and, at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan through December 5, 2004. Performances by lyric theater company Dimpho Di Kopane will take place in Synod Hall at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine from October 27 to November 28, 2004. The Museum for African Art is at 36-01 43rd Avenue at 36th Street Long Island City, open on Monday, Thursday, Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is at 1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 111th St. It is open to the public Mon.-Sat., from 7a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. 7a.m. to 7p.m. For more information, call 718 784 7700 or visit seasonsouthafrica.org.
TUE. OCT. 5
Elaine St. George Returns
This fabulous new singer will perform her same-sex marriage paean, “The Girl That I Marry” at Helen’s, 169 Eighth Ave. for 6 performances on Tuesdays through Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Just in time for election season, when gay marriage is a hot-button issue, Elaine St. George will sizzle the stage. “The Girl That I Marry” is a witty, light-hearted examination of gay marriage, putting a new spin on great American standards-songs by Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers & Hart, Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim, among others. $15 cover and a $15 food/drink minimum. Reservations at 212-206-0609.
Gay Lecture Series
Evan Wolfson, named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, is the founder and executive director of Freedom to Marry, the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. His first book, “Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry,” was published this summer. Mary Bonauto was lead counsel in Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, which resulted in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s declaring that prohibiting civil marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. Tonight’s discussion is moderated by CNN legal analyst and New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin. 8:15 p.m. at $25 (Subscriptions to all three lectures in the 92 St. Y’s series “Gay Life & American Society: Where Values Matter” are $65.) 92 St. Y at Lexington Ave.
THU. OCT. 7
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.
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.
TUE. OCT. 12
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.
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.
FRI. OCT. 15
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