THU. SEP. 16
Talking to Our Kids About Sex
The LGBT Community Center presents “Beyond the Stork, Seeds and the Cabbage Patch,” to help parents think about how to address sexuality with their growing children. This workshop will describe the male and female sexual systems, answer questions about male, female, and inter-sex genitalia. Admission is $6 for Center members, $10 otherwise. 208 W. 13th St., 7 p.m.
Drunken, Careening Writers
“Writers Named Steve”—Stephen Bassman, Stephen Policoff and Ed “Steve” Valentine, with your hostess, Kathleen Warnock, will present their work tonight at KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St. at 7 p.m. Call 212 505 3360 or visit KGBbar.com for more information. Free.
FRI. SEP. 17
AIDS Film Festival
The six-day second annual New York AIDS Film Festival kicks off tonight with a Red Ball Opening Gala, filled with women in red ball gowns and a Celebration of the Leading Ladies of Broadway, including Laura Bell Bundy (“Hairspray”), Karen Mason (“Mamma Mia!”), Katie Finneran (“Noises Off”), Anika Noni Rose (“Caroline or Change”), Kate Shindle (“Cabaret”), Isabel Keating (“The Boy From Oz”) and Felicia Finley (“Aida”). The week’s films are all intended to contribute to the global dialogue about the AIDS crisis, including a world-premiere documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sharon Sopher (“Witness to Apartheid”) and an evening with Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (“Philadelphia”). The Closing Night Gala on Thu., Sep. 23 will include the presentation of The Berthe Meka’a Award by Meryl Streep to Mike Nichols for his direction of HBO’s “Angels in America.” All events are held at the Hudson Hotel, 356 West 58th St. Tickets for all films are $10. For information on the films and the opening and closing night events, call 212 592 1950 or visit newyorkaidsfilmfestival.org.
“What’s At Stake In The Elections For LGBT Asians?” Immigration rights for gays? Same-sex marriage for Asians? Civil liberties and civil rights? Where do the candidates and political parties stand? Speakers include Rocky Chin of the Working Families Party; Pauline Park of the Guillermo Vasquez Democratic Club of Queens; Glenn D. Magpantay, an attorney with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and affiliated with the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York. 8 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Free. Contact 212 802 RICE or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Leo Bar Happy Hour
Asia Society welcomes Out Professionals members and friends to Leo Bar, a happy hour – shaken and stirred. There’s the drinking, the chatting, the eyeing that hot somebody in the corner, but in a museum, it’s sophisticated! Leo Bar is taking happy hour to a better place, one with intriguing people and fresh conversation bonded beautifully by exotic cocktails. There’s also free museum admission, with free exhibition tours at 6:30, 7:15, and 8:15 p.m. Don’t miss “In the Realm of Gods and Kings: Arts of India” and “When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Collection of Susan Beningson.” Asia Society and Museum at 725 Park Ave. at 70th St.
SAT. SEP. 18
GMHC Benefit Flea Market
Gay Men’s Health Crisis hosts its fourth annual Flea Market. See a whole block full of items priced between $1 and $100. Everything has been donated by GMHC staff, clients and volunteers. 24th St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves., 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date is tomorrow.
The Kitchen in the Street
The performance space Kitchen takes over 19th St. between Tenth and Eleventh Ave. for a street fair full of outdoor performances, surprise acts, interactive artists’ booths and the best in local cuisine. Burlesque legend Julie Atlas Muz, in a rare daytime appearance, will host and the state Assembly’s leading same-sex marriage advocate, Manhattan Democrat Richard Gottfried, will be the featured speaker. 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit thekitchen.org.
Center Book Bazaar
The LBGT Community Center hosts a Book Bazaar, where you can find great deals on already-read books all day long! The bazaar also runs on Sunday, Sep. 19. 208 W. 13th St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days.
BAX Open House
The Brooklyn Arts Exchange hosts its annual September Open House to introduce the community to range of dance and theater classes offered beginning Sep. 20. BAX is located in Park Slope at 421 Fifth Ave., between Seventh and Eighth Sts. For complete information on fall classes and arts programs, visit bax.org or call 718 832 0018.
Comic Book Convention
The stars shine at the Big Apple Con with celebrity guest, Denise Crosby, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”’s Lt. Tasha Yar. Granddaughter to famous crooner, Bing Crosby, Denise will discuss her career in Hollywood & her role in the hit TV series. Also in attendance will be Broadway and screen star BarBara Luna (“Star Trek” episode “Mirror, Mirror” as Lt. Marlena Moreau) and “Buck Rogers” (Koori) fame. Through tomorrow from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Penn Plaza Pavilion, 7th Ave. at 33rd St., across from Madison Square Garden. $12 Free for kids under 12. Visit bigapplecon.com for more information.
Dance 208 Opener
Ready, set, dance, with DJ Louis Morhaim. Dance 208, recipient of the 2004 “Heart of the Center” award, kicks off its 2004-05 season with DJ Louis Morhaim. Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for another stellar season of fun and dancing. Louis is sure to get you moving with his upbeat mix of vocals and positive house music. $10 admission and $6 for LGBT Community Center members or before 9:45 p.m. Dance the night away in a low-attitude, fun atmosphere at 208 W. 13 St.
Back to School Dance
This event benefits the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps. Beginning two-step lessons start at 8 p.m. The line dance lesson is at 8:30 p.m. Open dancing is at 9 p.m. The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band will perform at 11:00pm. 39 W. 19th St., fifth floor. $10.
Afghanistan Photo Lecture
Michael Luongo recently returned from his second trip to Afghanistan. In this lecture, you’ll see photos of Kabul, Mazar, Jalabad, Herat and the mesmerizingly beautiful holy city of Kandahar, former bastion of the Taliban. You’ll also see images from the voter registration process for the upcoming Afghan elections. Luongo will take you on a visit to the haunting Pansheer Valley tomb of Massoud, the leader of the Northern Alliance who was murdered by Al Qaeda just days before the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. 4 p.m. at the Wings Theatre in the Archives Building, 154 Christopher St. $10.
Solo Art Show
The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition hosts a solo performance series on weekends from noon to 5 p.m. through Nov. 7. Each day, artists will curate their own shows and there will be performance recitals each day at 2 and 4 p.m. The opening weekend features jazz vocalist Paul Jeanine on Saturday and guitarist Carlos Salvaterra and horn player Jenny Hill on Sunday. An affordable auction will be ongoing throughout the fall series. 499 Van Brunt St. in Red Hook. All events are free. For a complete schedule visit bwac.org or call 718 596 2507.
SUN SEP. 19
Kicking off the Bear Café’s second year showcasing the artwork of bears, cubs and their admirers, Maine artist Tony C. Brown will present his “Erotic Tapestry of Delight” and answer questions from those in attendance. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for Bear Café members, $7 otherwise. Everyone is encouraged to bring a large bottle of non-alcoholic refreshment. For more information, visit bearcafe.org.
Autumn Equinox celebration
The Moonfire Women’s Empowerment & Spirituality Network hosts an Autumn Equinox Ritual Celebration, facilitated by Rev. Goddess Charmaine. There will be a potluck dinner, so bring food or non-alcoholic beverage to share. If you play a percussion instrument, bring it. Women only. Admission is $6. 208 W. 13th St., 5 p.m. For more information, call 212 222 2467.
MON SEP. 20
NYU will present the New York premier of “Gay Pioneers,” a chronicle of the early gay and lesbian civil rights activists who staged annual demonstrations in New York, Philadelphia and Washington in the four years prior to Stonewall. The film is directed by Glenn Holsten and produced by Philadelphia’s Equality Forum, and includes such activists as Barbara Gittings and Frank Kameny. The Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is creating a “Gay Pioneers” Guide for public schools across the nation. Kimmel Center for University Life, LaGuardia Pl. at 60 Washington Sq. So., Rm.802, 6 p.m.
Manhattan Monologue Slam!
The Bowery Poetry Club presents an evening described as “‘Masterpiece Theatre’ meets ‘American Idol’” in two set hosted by the Galinsky Brothers. In set one, ten actors each perform one three-minute monologue. Phillip Galinsky hosts set two with audience/actors who have signed up for the “Thirty-Second Slam.” 308 Bowery, between Bleecker and Houston Sts., 8 p.m. Admission is $6. For more information, call 212 614 0505 or visit bowerypoetry.com.
Reading the Technological Queer Body
CUNY’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, presents a seminar exploring how the human body has been an object of fascination from the beginning of the human species. The seminar is organized and moderated by CLAGS board member and CUNY professor Lisa Jean Moore. To register, contact CLAGS at email@example.com or 212 817 1955. For more information, visit clags.org. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 6 to 8 p.m.
TUE SEP. 21
The Zipper Theatre hosts a weekly variety show spoofing, lampooning, and generally wringing its hands about the upcoming November 2 election. Comedienne Judy Gold hosts a rotating guest list that includes Rock Albers, Sue Costello, Rick Crom, Alan Cumming, John Lypsinka Epperson, Joh Lehr and Kate Rigg, among many. 336 W. 37th St., 7 and 10 p.m. Each Tuesday through Oct. 26. (The juries still out whether there will be laughs the following Tuesday.) Tickets are $15 to $25 at 212 563 0487.
THU. SEP. 23
A Happy Ending
Tears for Fears founding members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, have reunited after more than a decade to release “Everybody Loves a Happy Ending,” their first album together since their 1989 platinum album “The Seeds of Love.” Come join them celebrate the release of their new album at an in-store performance at Virgin Times Square at 7 p.m. “Everybody Loves A Happy Ending” (New Door Records/UME) is now in stores.
SAT. SEP. 25
If You Can Handle It
Ken Page, a social worker and relationship expert, hosts a workshop called “Deeper Dating,” geared for single gay men committed to spirituality and personal growth and interested in connecting with similar men in New York. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. , 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $15. No admission required. For more information, call 212 420 0394.
SUN. SEP. 26
Like You Like It
All the world’s a mall in this totally awesome blend of Shakespeare and John Hughes. This New Voices prize-winning musical runs tonight at 8 p.m., September 29 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., October 1 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and October 2 at 8 p.m. All tickets are $15. For reservations, call 212-352-3101 or visit TheaterMania.com. “Like You Like It” is being presented at The Beckett on Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., between 9th and 10th Aves.