Don’t Tell Willy Wonka
Just when you burned all those calories from last year. The Chocolate Show is back in New York City. Chocolate for days, four days to be exact. There are demonstrations, exhibits, sculpture, and gifts all about chocolate. And if that is not enough to get the chocolate lover out of bed, then there will be plenty of samples. Nov. 13-16 at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St.
Sex and the Clergy
Out and Faithful, the series about religion and the LGBT community, meets again. The topic is Gender, Sexuality and the Clergy. Co-sponsored by Union Theological Seminary. 7 p.m. at the Center, 208 W. 13th St. $6 members, $10 nonmembers, call 212 620 7310.
Music for the Image
The Eos Orchestra, with conductor Jonathan Sheffer, debuts “Image/ Sound/Image.” Eos examines the influence of music on image and image on music. Two film suites show the results of music whose form is dictated by narrative. Then, Eos begins its season-long involvement with the music of Franz Schubert, a transitional early 19th-century composer whose work is somehow perpetually modern, and whose songs in particular evoke vivid sound pictures, manifested here in video art created for this program. The Orchestra continues its association with Philip Glass, offering the first NY performance of a recent concerto. 7:30 p.m. at Zankel Hall at Carnegie, on the corner of 57th St. and 7th Ave. $45 – $65, call 212 247 7800 or visit www.carnegiehall.org.
Tradition and Accomplishment
African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (AALUSC), a group committed to the spiritual, cultural, educational, economic, and social empowerment of African Ancestral womyn, celebrates its 29th anniversary with a program featuring Samiya Bashir, Suhir Blackeagle, and “vim” artist Deli and “vim” artist Story. Tickets begin at $20 at 212 741 9110, ext. 18. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 208 W. 13th St., 7-10 p.m.
Fairy Tale and Polish Politics
When the girls of a Polish, state-run reform school put on their own production of fairy tale “Cinderella” in 1980, the political implications take center stage in “Cinders.” Translated from Polish by Christian Paul and directed by Jeffrey Horne, the play about corruption and manipulation can be compared to today’s fight for public opinion, but don’t forget it’s a fairy tale. 8 p.m. at the Milagro Theatre, 107 Suffolk St. (between Delancey and Rivington Sts.). $15, 212 502 8506.
Sybil Bruncheon and her cohorts will call the letters and numbers on Friday night. Bingo players compete for cash prizes, theatre tickets, certificates to New York’s best restaurants and other fun prizes. But Center Bingo isn’t just about winning: All money raised goes to support the Center and its programs. 6 p.m. and then again at 9 p.m at the Center, 208 W. 13th St. $5, www.gaycenter.org.
Out Professionals, New York’s 1200-member networking group for gay and lesbian professionals, is going to throw a party. Possibilities (the Party) is a chance to mingle with gay and lesbian professionals. If professional is your type, then you may enjoy an evening of nonstop music, great food, and open bar in the Center’s grandest room. DJ Stephen Richards, of the 10th Avenue Lounge, spins for the night. 7 p.m. at the Center, 208 W. 13th St. $40 for members or $50 for nonmembers, order online at www.outprofessionals.org or call 212.462.9255.
Joseph Radoccia presents paintings of men mounted on decorative interior backgrounds accompanied by an ambient audio collage produced by Jim Ruthalski, in “Within The Mystery of Shadow, Under the Spell of Madagascar,” based on Radoccia’s stay on the island nation. Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation. The gallery also includes an exhibition, “Forbidden Visions,” made up of highlights from Fritz Lohman and Charles Leslie’s five decades of collecting art, including rarely seen works by the legendary erotic artist Blade. 127-B Prince St. Tue.-Sat., 1-6 p.m.
Bronx Drag King Comedy
Elizabeth Marrero, aka Macha, the papi chulo drag king from the Bronx, performs one of her one-woman shows. In “Machataso! A One-Woman Cho’” Macha is just one of the characters Marrero conjures up in this show. You will also meet a ballet dancer who never took a dance lesson and the world’s most inefficient supermarket check out clerk. 8 p.m. at the Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, 841 Barretto St. in Hunts Point. $15 or $12 for members, call 718 842 5223 or visit www.BronxAcademyofArtsandDance.org.
S/M for Dummies
LeatherFest 2003, is a full program of workshops, demos, bar night, fetish flea market, and erotic art show sponsored by Gay Male S/M Activists. Today’s workshops include the usual: basic rope bondage, caning and strapping, endurance bondage, flogging, punching, bruising and kicking, and rope harness. Come pick out some very unique toys, clothing and art. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Center, 208 W. 13th St. between 7th and Greenwich Aves. 212 727 9878
Queen in the Afterlife
Director and playwright Charles Messina presents a one-man show about Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the rock group Queen who died in 1991 of AIDS. In “Mercury: the Afterlife and Times of a Rock God,” starring Amir Darvish, Mercury seeks redemption before a God who is not impressed with his celebrity. 7 p.m. at the Phil Bosakowski Theater at 354 W. 45th St. $15, call 212 352 3101 or visit www.theatermania.com.
Big Gay Band
The Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps Band under the direction of artistic director Eric Peterson and associate conductor Brian Worsdale, are proud to present: “Tourist Season.” 8 p.m., Haft Auditorium at F.I.T., 227 Seventh Ave. $18 or $12 for students, call 212 591 2886.
Fast and Fabulous, New York’s LGBT cycling club rides to Piermont. Paulette Meggoe leads takes the crowd north to a favorite riverside town; plan to make a refueling stop at the Runcible Spoon. About 40 miles, round trip at an intermediate 15-mph pace. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Boathouse in Central Park. Call 212 567 7160 or visit www.fastnfab.org for more information.
Pulitzer Prize Winner Opens
What do you get when you mix Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina,” a Cuban cigar factory and Jimmy Smits? If you did it onstage, it would be the Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama in 2003, “Anna in the Tropics” by Nilo Cruz. The poignant and poetic new play opens at 6:30 p.m at the Royale Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. Tickets start at $46, call 212 239 6200 or visit www.TeleCharge.com.
Elizabeth Marrero presents her other one-woman show, “Petronelia’s Finca.” Part of the Puerto Rican Heritage Month celebration, the comedy builds on her character Petronelia who takes the audience back to her Puerto Rican finca (farm) where the Goya beans grow right in the can and the chickens pass the day bochinando (gossiping). 8 p.m. at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, 841 Barretto St. in Hunts Point. $15 or $12 for members, call 718 842 5223 or visit www.BronxAcademyofArtsandDance.org.
In Between Theme
Rather than focusing on the before or the after, “FTM” explores the transgendered journey from female to male. The solo drama play by David Harrison follows Timothy as he goes through his first year of gender-change at the same time as his mother goes through changes of her own during a battle with breast cancer. Through Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Sundays at Pyramid Club Theater, 101 Ave. A (between 6th and 7th Aves). $12, call 212 505 1700 or visit www.spincycle.com.
Back again with Jacqueline
Andrea Reese stars in the one-woman show, “Cirque Jacqueline,” which cover’s the life of the glamorous first lady, Jackie O. Based on a decade of research, the play presents Jackie’s childhood, her marriage to President Kennedy, the scandalous marriage to Aristotle Onassis, and the interests and loves at the end of her life. Directed by Charles Messina. 7 p.m. at the Phil Bosalowski Theater, 354 W. 45th St. $15, call 212 352 3101 or visit www.theatermania.com.
Oscar Winner Re-released
Monday is movie night with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Film critic, Joe Siegel, will host the screening of the newly restored print of the film, “Roman Holiday,” starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Hepburn is a young European princess who escapes her formal duties for one day and befriends a handsome newspaper reported played by Peck. The film was shot on location in Rome and received Oscars for costume design, and writing; Hepburn also won for Best Actress in 1953. 7 p.m. at The Academy Theater at Lighthouse International, 111 E. 59th St. $5 for public and $3 for members. Call 888 778 7575 for reservations.
Broadway Meets Christopher Street
Vicki Clark, Laura Marie Duncan, Barrett Foa, Mary Stuart Masterson, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Karen Murphy, Carole Shelley, Bob Walton, and other Broadway celebrities will join Kevin Stites, currently the musical director of the Tony-winning musical “Nine,” in a one-time only intimate evening of song to benefit St. Luke’s ministries of outreach, reaching hundreds of gay and lesbian youth, men and women with HIV/AIDS, senior citizens, and young children. All proceeds from this evening’s event will directly support these and other outreach programs. 8 p.m. at the Lucille Lortel Theater at 121 Christopher Street. Ticket information is available at 212-924-0562.
Crazy Sexy Cool
Black Pride NYC presents FlirtingTime.com LGBT Soirees. Come to the soiree for professional gay men. This party will feature a Bacardi Silver tasting, special guests, giveaways and your host comedian, Keith Price. 7 p.m. at Lola, 30 W. 22nd St., between 5th and 6th Aves. Ages 25 and up, reservation required. Call 212 613 0097 or visit www.blackpridenyc.com for reservations.
Solo stage performer, Mike Albo, is back with “Mike Albo: I Can Only Come So Far,” a mix of monologue, comedy, and dance that touches the lunacy of the market-driven, over-commercialized life. Albo spoofs a J.Lo assistant, a Britney Spears chair dance, and brings us his favorite character, The Underminer, an evil, passive aggressive master. 8 p.m. at Teatro La Tea in the Clemento Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St., between Delancey and Rivington. $15, call 212 539 3197 for tickets.
Conversation with Arthur Miller
Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Arthur Miller and The New York Times cultural writer Mel Gussow converse on stage about Miller’s career in the American theater, particularly his latest play, “Resurrection Blues.” 8 p.m. at 1395 Lexington Ave., Unterberg Poetry Center. Tickets are $16, available at 212 415 5500 or www.92Y.org
The Japan Society presents “Outcast Samurai Dancer: Japanese Dance Avant-Garde,” an exhibition of photographs by Meital Hershowitz. Discussion with Hershowitz and Hillary Raphael, 6 to 7 p.m. followed by opening reception until 9 p.m. at 333 E. 47th St. Tickets are $10, $8 for members, or $5 for students. Call 212 752-3015 or visit www.japansociety.org.
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.
From Colombia to Columbia
Jaime Manrique is the author of many books in Spanish and his novels in English—“Colombian Gold,” “Latin Moon in Manhattan,” and “Twilight at the Equator”—have been translated into many languages. He is an associate professor in the M.F.A. program at Columbia University. He will be reading at 7 p.m. at the Center, 208 W. 13th St. $6 for members, $10 for nonmembers, call 212 620 7310 or visit www.gaycenter.org.
FRI. NOV. 21
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 Boricua 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. A Robles at 718 505 1513 or email at email@example.com.
Thankful for Theatre
Three courses of bad-taste theater make up “Butt-Crack Bingo,” written by Jack Bum 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. Expect bad taste sex comedies with a turkey day twist. 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.
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 where we’ll stop for a bite. 65 miles round trip at a fast 18-mph pace. Riders leave from the New York side of the GWB at 9 a.m. Call 212 567 7160 or visit www.fastnfab.org for more information.