The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center presents artist Judith Z. Miller’s exhibit “Sticks & Stones: Primal One-of-a- Kind Wearable Art and Sculpture.” Miller is a self-taught artist inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition. She creates primal, wearable art and sculpture, ritual staffs, and hiking sticks from tree branches, stones, and paint. Her designs are entirely hand-made and one-of-a-kind, using no electric tools. The Center is located at 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310. Free. Through Nov. 10.
Uncle Lige’s Sword
Eric Rhein creates delicate constructions from wire, paper, and found objects, weaving personal stories and experiences into intricate patterns. Works from “The Leaf Project,” which Rhein conceived in 1996 to pay tribute to friends who had died of complications from AIDS, anchor the exhibition with recognition of the magnitude of loss during the height of the epidemic. In conjunction with his exhibition, which runs through Nov. 3, Rhein will give a talk and slide presentation discussing the evolution of his artwork and how it has corresponded with his twenty-year experience of living with HIV/AIDS. Included will be reflections on the influence of his Uncle Lige Clarke, a noted gay rights pioneer of the ‘60s and early ‘70s. The activist nature of the work of other artists, such as Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe, Frank Moore & David Woinarowicz, who are included in Rhein’s AIDS Memorial “The Leaf Project,” will also be discussed. 7 p.m. Free. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310.
Ax And Orpheus
The Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs an all-Mozart program tonight at Carnegie Hall. The world-renowned ensemble will be joined by guest artist pianist Emanuel Ax. Founded in 1972 by a group of musicians who aspired to perform orchestral repertoire without a conductor, Orpheus is a self-governing organization. Central to its distinctive personality is its unique practice of sharing and rotating leadership roles. For every work, the members of the orchestra select the concertmaster and the principal players for each section. Orpheus has collaborated with many of the great artists of our time including Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Dawn Upshaw, Renée Fleming, and Evelyn Glennie. $30-$88 at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, Seventh Avenue at 57th St., CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online at carnegiehall.org. Isaac Stern Auditorium at 8 p.m.
The Abrons Arts Center presents an evening of groundbreaking dance, old and new, with “Prime Mover,” curated by Chez Bushwick founder Jonah Bokaer. This event brings together rare archival dance film and video along with work by acclaimed dancemakers John Jasperse and Wally Cardona, who together with Bokaer, are partnering to form CPR/The Center for Performance Research, a facility for research and development in contemporary dance and performance to be located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The program will include a remounted excerpt from Jasperse’s “Madison As I Imagine It” and Cardona presenting an exclusive preview of new work. In addition, Chez Bushwick, the celebrated artists performance cooperative, will screen “Que’est ce que c’est performance?” a collection of new and historical works of performance video spanning 40 years, including Yvonne Rainer’s “Hand Movie,” curated by Christopher Eamon. Net proceeds from these performances will benefit the capital campaign for CPR. Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. in Manhattan. $20 at 212-352-3101 or henrystreet.org/arts.
Queer Love Stories
Gato Flaco Productions presents “Love Scenes,” a sexy, touching, laugh-out-loud funny look at gay New Yorkers falling in and out of love. Moe Bertran plays six characters including a twenty-year-old hustler falling for his kinky mentor, a Broadway producer in a locker room brawl with the starlet who’s after his man, a fifty-something martini drinker whose partner wants to have an open sexual relationship, and a drag diva ending her search for a rich husband to settle for true love. Fri. & Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3:30 p.m. Through Oct. 16. Wings Theatre, 154 Christopher St. $20 or TDF at 212-627-2961 or wingstheatre.com.
A Rakish History of Men’s Wear
From tight hose and doublets to codpieces to the wasp-waisted frock coat that preceded the modern suit, the history of men’s fashion is more innovative and less conservative than is generally known. Bringing together nearly 200 illustrated books, prints, photographs, and watercolor sketches, A Rakish History of Men’s Wear surveys men’s dress from antiquity to the present. Drawing mainly from the Art and Architecture Collection of the Library’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division, the items on display tell the intriguing story of how men’s wear swung between ostentation and restraint until the early modern era. The exhibition pays particular attention to the rakes and rebels, from George “Beau” Brummell in the nineteenth century to style icons like Sean Combs today, who have defined masculine fashion. The New York Public Library, Fifth Ave. at 42nd St., in the Edna Barnes Salomon Room, third floor. Tue.-Wed. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Thu.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and national holidays. Through Apr. 7.
Twenty-something Ezra Reich’s unique sound has often been described as “new wave cabaret” with influences from Prince, Bryan Ferry, and the B-52’s. At the heart of his work are strong melodies, hooks, and harmonies that bring a twist to the New York sound. His intensity, visual imagery, and aspects of spectacle in many ways stem from Reich’s fascination with the cinema of David Lynch, the paintings of James Rosenquist, and the photography of Helmut Newton. Reich, son of world renowned composer Steve Reich, whose work often graces the stages of BAM, possesses a love of vintage synthesizers and choppy guitars that sets the backdrop for songs of broken love, sexual attraction, and the overwhelming power of the erotic. This performance will also include a small set that will incorporate live strings. 9 p.m. at BAM Café, 30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Pl. in Brooklyn. 718-636-4139. No cover; $10 food/drink minimum.
Leather Invasion is having a party and their first dance at Dance208 with DJ Susan Morabito, fresh from headlining this year’s New York City Pride Pier Dance, spins for a celebration of all fetishes. And in the VIP lounge is DJ Bill Coleman of Pork fame! It promises to be a celebration of everything kinky and nasty with live performers during the evening as well as a boot black, barbers, massage tables, and photos by Dick Mitchell, design by David Aviles, and lights by Chris Brady. $10/$6 for Center members and before 9:45 p.m. at gaycenter.org. $40 VIP lounge 9-11 p.m. (Open Bar in lounge). Information at gaycenter.org and leatherinvasion.com. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310. 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Lambda Literary Foundation presents an early morning event at the second annual Great Read in the Park, an all-day book festival organized by the New York Times. Entitled “From Coming Out to Speaking Out: LGBTQ Lives,” the event will feature two Lambda Literary Award winners for Memoir—Martin Moran (“The Tricky Part,” 2005) and Alison Smith (“Name All the Animals,” 2004), as well as two just published memoirists, Rigoberto Gonzalez (“Butterfly Boy”) and Kevin Jennings (“Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son”). Lambda Literary executive director Charles Flowers will moderate the reading and discussion, which will begin at 9 a.m. The daylong “literary celebration for book lovers of all ages” is free and open to the public. Bryant Park is located at Sixth Ave. and 42nd St., behind the main branch of the New York Public Library. This year, The Board of Trustees has added a new category for Bisexual books to the Lambda Literary Awards, which will be announced in May. As with the Transgender category, both fiction and nonfiction books will be eligible to enter this category. For complete guidelines and a nomination form, please visit lambdaliterary.org All nominations must be postmarked by December 1. And Journalist Charles Michael Smith has extended the submission deadline for “At the Old Place: A Gay & Lesbian Bar Anthology” until January 31. He invites submissions of short stories, poetry, essays, novel excerpts, journal entries, correspondence, reportage, photographs, and artwork (including cartoons) to be considered for an anthology about gay and lesbian bars. For more details, see the listing on lambdaliterary.org.
Every month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project. October’s web gallery, entitled “Stardust” is a two-part show, curated by Leah Oates. “Stardust” is inspired by a time, a place—mainly New York and London—and a culture personified by David Bowie and the New York Dolls. Bowie and The Dolls experimented with gender, which was represented in a more fluid manner, wearing non-mainstream punk fashions and of course, made great, inspiring music. The music and the manner in which they represented themselves were wildly creative, glamorous and spontaneous. The artists selected for “Stardust” have an element in their work of the exhilaration and the riotously creative energy of this music and the time. The most visited HIV/AIDS-related site on the web, The Body contains a rich collection of information on topics ranging from HIV prevention, state-of-the-art treatment issues, humor, and art. thebody.com/visualaids.
Line Of Beauty
“The Line of Beauty,” an acclaimed three-part miniseries from the BBC, will be making its North American premiere on Logo. Adapted from Alan Hollinghurst’s Booker Prize-winning novel, this BBC masterpiece lovingly recreates the excess of 1980’s London. Dan Stevens plays Nick Guest, a young gay man who, upon graduating from university, lives with a glamorous and wealthy political family whose son he has befriended. A startling glimpse into Thatcher’s government forms the backdrop to Nick’s exploration of love, sex, and class in 1980’s Britain. The premieres of all three parts will be presented with only one intermission. Part one airs tonight at 10 p.m. Part two will be shown Oct. 22 at 10 p.m., and part three airs Oct. 29 at 10 p.m.
I See No Stranger
Sikhs live in the popular imagination—they are known for their courage and resolve, and for their striking appearance and distinctive dress. Less well known, however, are Sikh beliefs and ideals, and the roots of Sikh culture and art in the traditions of North India. This exhibition will present approximately 100 works from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century, including paintings, drawings, textiles, metalwork, and photographs that identify core Sikh beliefs and explore the plurality of Sikh cultural traditions. The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St. Through January 29, 2007. Mon. & Thu. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Wed. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $10; free on Fri. from 7-10 p.m. 212-620-5000.
James “Jim” McGreevey served as the Governor of New Jersey until November 2004 when he left the office after identifying himself as “a gay American” and admitting that he had had an extramarital affair with a male employee. His book, “The Confession,” hits home with a gut-wrenching portrayal of life in the closet. It vividly points out that living a lie is not only self-destructive, but also ruins the lives of people sucked into the sham. Governor McGreevey will be interviewed Bradley Jacobs, a senior editor at Us Weekly magazine. Jacobs also discusses movies, TV and the celebrity landscape on CNN American Morning. His past Out Professionals interview subjects include Richard Chamberlain, Judy Shepard (Matthew’s mother), and Michelangelo Signorile. This Second Tuesday presentation is co-sponsored with Out Professionals. The LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St. $10 at 212-620-7310 or gaycenter.org. 7 p.m.
Accomplished fashion photographer Steven Klein has created a series of iconic yet risqué images not just of Madonna and Branjolina, but Tom Ford, Justin Timberlake, David Beckham, and Naomi Campbell, treating these superstar subjects as actual collaborators in order to realize his own vision. Willing to subvert their own images, they show us that even modern celebrities can experience the existential ennui that we all feel from time to time. Wessel + O’Connor Fine Art, 111 Front St., Suite 200, btwn Adams and Washington Sts. in DUMBO. Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Nov. 4. 718-586-1700.
Times Square Social
This month New York City’s hottest LGBT networking event, and the only Gay event in Times Square, hosts two very special guests, Governor James McGreevey, and Broadway and TV Star Jay Johnson. RSVP at TheMenEvent.com. 6-10 p.m. at Club T New York, 240 W. 52 St. Free.