VOLUME 2, ISSUE 47 | NOVEMBER 20 – 26, 2003
THINGS TO DO
7Days & 7 Nigths
The Queer Politics of Bisexuality
Off Center hosts “Living Bi or Living a Lie: Bisexuality and Queer Politics,” an interactive discussion with queer politicians, gender scholars, and bisexual community leaders to address how bisexuality impacts the LGBT community at large. Some questions to ponder: Does the B in LGBT really matter when addressing queer politics? Do bisexuals hinder or facilitate queer political progress? 7 p.m. at the Center, 208 W. 13th St. $6 for members, $10 non-members. 212 620 7310.
Theatre for the Hearing Impaired
Written and directed by Robert A . Prior, this dance troupe premieres its new work “Ramayana 2K3,” an electronic dance drama that brings a Hindu myth to life. Call 212 475 7710 or visit www.lamama.org for more information. 7 p.m. at La Mama, 74A E. 4th St. $20
The romantic New York comedy, “Skin Deep” by Jon Lonoff and directed by Marc Raphael, centers on that question of beauty. Maureen, a large and lovable 40-something, is urged by her beauty-obsessed sister to leave behind the pizza and Chinese takeout and go on her first date in 15 years. 8 p.m. at the WorkShop, 312 W. 36th St. $15, call 212 695 4173 or visit www.theatermania.com.
A queer Filipino boy escapes the cornfields of Illinois to the streets of NYC and embarks on an odyssey. Part-dancer, part Olympic athlete on speed, Rich Kiamco romps through his autobiographic decathlon of laughter and tears. This one-man show is back in town after its hit run in Seattle. Plays through December at The Kraine Theater, 84 East 4th St. Evening shows at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students. Call 212 352 3101 for more information.
Benjamin G. Seaman hosts “How to Find a Husband,” a fun, action-oriented workshop for gay men. The group will talk seriously about what has worked in the search for companionship, and what has not. 8 p.m. at the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13 St. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, call 212 465 3126.
In celebration of Puerto Rican Heritage Month, the Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment will present the 2003 PRIDE Awards to honor outstanding contribution and service to the LGBT community. There will be comida criolla and cash bar. 7 p.m. at Kew Gardens Community Center, 82-02 Kew Gardens Rd., 2nd floor. For tickets and information call Luis Robles at 718 505 1513 or email at email@example.com.
Latin Drag King
Actress and Comedienne Elizabeth Marrero stages her hit one-woman shows “Machataso!” at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. Visit www.BronxAcademyofArtsandDance.org or call 718 842 5223 for specific shows and times. Tickets are $15.
Written in the Stars
Moonfire Women’s Empowerment & Spirituality Network teaches “Astrology 101: Are Femmes Really From Venus/Are Butches Really From Mars?” It’s everything you’ve always wanted to know about astrology but were afraid to ask. Amethyst will cover basic planets, signs, and the houses they are in. 5 p.m. at the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13 St. Tickets are $4. 212 222 2467.
Dance Double Header
Learn to Contra Dance in the afternoon and then cut a rug in the evening. Contra Dance is a lively, free-flowing social dance done to Celtic style reels and jigs. The music is live and traditional, but the gender roles are not. Dance with whomever you want. No partner is necessary. Afternoon workshop is for beginners and experienced dancers. 2–5 p.m. for the workshop and then 7:30–10:30 p.m. for the dance at the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St. Suggested donation for workshop $5; evening $10. Call 718 796 4422 or 718 499 1936 or visit www.lcfd.org/nyc for information.
Garage is back. Billy Carroll, one of New York City’s best and most respected DJs, will spin Garage Classics from the legendary nightclub Paradise Garage. 9 p.m. at the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St. $6 for members (and those who arrive before 9:45), $10 for everyone else. Visit www.gaycenter.org for more information.
A Cycling Event
Fast and Fabulous, New York’s LGBT Cycling Club wants to go to the Orchards. Bob Nelson attempts a detour from the usual Nyack route and heads west on South Mountain Road, north of Nyack, to The Orchards, a farm stand. 65 miles round trip at a fast 18-mph pace. Riders leave from the New York side of the George Washington Bridge at 9 a.m. Call 212 567 7160 or visit www.fastnfab.org for more information.
Thankful for Theatre
Three courses of bad-taste theatre make up “Butt-Crack Bingo,” written by Jack Bump and directed by David Soul. The Thanksgiving-themed comedy begins with “What We Have to be Thankful For” by Alien Comic Tom Murrin. The main course is “Who’ll Carve the Turkey?” by Bump and dessert is “Rehearsal” also by Bump. 5:30 p.m. at La MaMa ETC, 74A E. 4th St. $15 or $12 for members. Call 212 475 7710 or visit www.lamama.org for more information and dates.
Free Financial Advice
Out Professionals offers a free workshop on financial and estate planning for domestic partners. Same–sex couples face a unique situation when it comes to planning for the future and the unexpected. Attorney Yetta Kurland and financial advisors Steven W. Schmitt and Michael A. Zinn will cover preserving assets for your domestic partner and/or your children, protecting assets with life and long-term care insurance, effective retirement and estate-planning, new tax legislation on IRA distributions, retirement plan profitability and philanthropic strategies. 8 – 9:30 p.m. at the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St. Free. Call 212 462 9255 or visit www.outprofessionals.org.
Industry Insider Information
Out Professionals invites entertainment industry insiders and hopefuls to hear a workshop by Jim Arnoff called “The Art of Negotiating and Protecting Yourself.” Arnoff has practiced entertainment law and negotiated agreements on behalf of actors, directors, producers, playwrights, authors, and music groups. Arnoff now develops and packages original programming, serves as liaison to the networks in N.Y. and L.A., and negotiates financing. 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. at the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St. $20 or $15 for members. Call 212 462 9255 or visit www.outprofessionals.org.
“Cabaret Hell: 45 Minutes of Torture” is a sketch comedy that satirizes New York City’s wonderful and weird world of cabaret performance. Sketches and lyrics by Tony Lang, music by Woody Regan, directed by Miriam Fond. 8:30 p.m. at The Front Room at Dillon’s, 245 W. 54th St. between Broadway and 8th Ave. $12 plus $10 food/drink minimum. Call 212 307 9797 for reservations.
Rainforest Rock and Poet-tree
Thirteen spoken word poets and three rock bands are joining forces for a six-hour performance to benefit the Rainforest Foundation and The Rain Forest Alliance. Featuring performances by Alix Olson, HBO Def Poets Mums, Kayo, Roger Bonair-Agard, Regie Cabico and others. Abstract Expression with open the night followed by VoodooLulu, a poetry rock band. Rockers, Locksley will close out the evening. The event will be filmed for an upcoming documentary by David Spencer and Jay Ward. 6 p.m. to midnight at CBGB, 315 Bowery at Bleecker St. $5 plus 1-drink minimum. Visit www.cbgb.com for information.
Song for AIDS Day
The AIDS Quilt Songbook is the creation of William Parker, an American baritone who died of AIDS in 1993. The performance is a concert of art songs that describe the disease and its devastating effect on people. Bailey House, the city’s first agency to combat homelessness caused by AIDS, presents a performance of the Songbook for 2003 by Amy Burton, Richard Byrne, Lewis Cleale, Marcus DeLoach and Andre Solomon-Glover in observance of World AIDS Day. 8 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension at 5th Ave. and 10th St. $20-$40, call 212 633 2500 ext. 235.
Broadway Stars for AIDS Day
The York Theatre Company presents the premiere of a concert version of “Children of Eden” by Stephen Schwartz and John Caird. The performance will feature a 100-member chorus and Broadway stars and from “Hairspray,” “Avenue Q,” “Nine,” and “The Boy from Oz.” The event will benefit the National AIDS Fund and the York Theatre Company. 7 p.m. at the Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr. at 120th St. Call 212 935 5820 for tickets.
AIDS Community Commemoration
Expected to be the largest World AIDS Day event in the U.S., “Live and Let Live” will feature music, performance, and the experience of people living with HIV around the world. This is a community effort to combat HIV-related stigma and discrimination. Participants include Jacque Reid, BET nightly news anchor, Harlemm Lee, winner of NBC’s “Fame” competition, Baaba Maal, Senegalese music star and many more. 7:30-9:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 112 St. and Amsterdam Ave.
World AIDS Day on Long Island
The Hilton Huntington of Melville hosts a forum coordinated by over 18 HIV/AIDS groups on Long Island commemorating the 11th annual World AIDS Day. Of suburban areas in this country, Long Island has the highest incidence of AIDS. Bari Zahn, the executive director of Living Beyond Belief, will be the keynote speaker. Contact Nella Palmieri at 516 496 7550 for more information. 7-10 p.m. 598 Broad Hollow Rd., Melville, Long Island.
Asia Society presents “Japanese Story” starring Toni Colette and Gotaro Tsunashima. In this love story, thriller and poignant drama, an ambitious geologist and a taciturn business man end up stranded and struggling to survive in Western Australia’s Pilbara Desert. This film, recently shown at Cannes, is a cross-cultural journey down an unexpected route. 6:30 p.m. at Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Ave. at 70th St. $5 for students, $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Call 212 517 2742 for tickets.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright will read poems and selections from his dramatic work. Wilson will be introduced by his friend, James Earl Jones. Wilson’s play “Gem of the Ocean” will have its East Coast premiere at Boston’s Huntington Theater in fall 2004. 8 p.m. at the Unterberg Poetry Center, the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. Tickets are $16. 212 415 5500
Alvin Ailey One-Nighter
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater opens its 45th anniversary season with a one-night gala featuring “Hymn,” Judith Jamison’s dynamic Emmy-Award-winning tribute to Ailey. City Center (W. 55th St. between 6th and 7th Aves.) at 7 p.m. Visit www.alvinailey.org for more information on the season’s shows and to purchase tickets.
David Drake, an Obie Award–winner, presents “The History of Drag: A Visit with Agrippina Van Hanssen-Cortez.” This show explores the mysteries of drag through the eyes of a 2000-year-old time traveler. 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, December 3, 10, 17 at The Marquee, 356 Bowery. $10. Call 212 219 0736 for more information.
Jackie Curtis’ story of Nola Noonan is back 37 years after it was written. “Glamour, Glory and Gold – The life and Legend of Nola Noonan,” follows the story of the ambitious Nola who uses sex to advance herself. The play was first performed in Greenwich Village in 1967, but a 27 year-old Jackie played Nola in 1974. This time Nola will be played by D’Arcy Drollinger. 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at La MaMa E.T.C. Club, 74A E. 4th St. $15. Call 212 475 7710 or visit www.lamama.org.
Inspired by the lesbian pulp fiction novels of the 50s and 60s and the holiday season, Lesbian Pulp-O-Rama presents “A Very Pulpy Christmas.” This is an alternative to the traditional holiday activities with five bold, brash and queer vignettes created by Heather de Michele, Anna Fitzwater, Gretchen M. Michelfeld and Beatrice Terry. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, additional show at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave. $15. Call 212 868 4444.
Looking for Mr. Monogamous?
Date Bait, the old-fashioned singles mixer with a technology twist, brings people together by match making. After introductions and a bit of mingling, the Date Bait computer will find the matches and then you take it from there. Tonight is the Life Partner Event. Meet monogamous, relationship-oriented men who want to meet one special guy and settle down. 7:30 p.m. at The Center, 208 W. 13th St. $15, call 212 971 1084 or visit www.datebait.com for more information.
Gays hit the Galleries
New York Gallery Tours takes gay men and lesbians on a whirlwind tour of Chelsea art galleries. Visit 10 modern art galleries in two hours and see exhibits by gay artists and other shows of interest to gay and lesbian art lovers. This is a chance to meet people who share an interest in painting, sculpture, electronic media and photography. Meet at 2 p.m. at 526 W. 26th St between 10th and 11th Aves. $15. Call 212 946 1548 or visit www.nygallerytours.com for more information.