Song & Dance
Rocking with live music and song, Reggie Wilson’s “The Tale: Npinpee Nckutchie and the Tail of the Golden Dek,” a world premiere, blends African and Caribbean-inspired rhythmic movement, rituals and vocalizations with American social dances such as Stepping, the Big Apple, the Black Bottom, and the Lindy Hop. This lively border crossing universalizes Wilson’s ideas about the contradictory nature of human relationships. Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W. 19th St. btwn. Seventh & Eighth Aves. Through Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. $25, $15 students & seniors at 212-924-0077.
For anyone who has been moved by idealism and wondered how to become an engaged citizen, the collection “Global Values 101” offers a range of stories about how progressive ideals can inform, inspire, engage and ultimately change lives. The book address topics such as war, religion, and the global economy. Contributors include Amy Goodman, Lani Guinier, Juliet Schor, Robert Reich, Harvey Cox, Katha Pollitt, Howard Zinn, Diana Eck, and Naomi Klein. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. Free.
Hispanic Lesbi Film Series
Tonight’s screening, “Brincando El Charco,” (Jumping Over the Puddle), a reference to passage into the United States, by director Frances Muntaner. The film incorporates fiction and documentary in its exploration of sexual, racial, and class identity. Programmer and moderator Margaret Frohlich is currently writing her doctoral thesis at Stonybrook University. Her research explores the relationship between nationality and sexuality in contemporary Hispanic women’s narrative. Films in Spanish will be shown with English subtitles. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W 13th St. 212-620-7310. 7 p.m. Free.
Following Cinders’ “home art” credo, Kay Turner has curated Homohome—a show exploring domestic queerness. Fully titled “Prototype for a Homohome Catalog,” the show will transform Cinders into a living catalogue of home products—with a homo twist. Come browse the selections. Cinders Gallery, 103 Havemeyer St. store#2, btwn. Hope & Grand Sts. in Williamsburg. 718-388-2311. Through Mar. 5, Wed.-Fri. 2-9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. noon-9 p.m.
Greg Walloch joins Epstein & Hassan a.k.a. The Black & The Jew for the acclaimed neo-burlesque show “Shock & Awe A-Go-Go.” Warning: The show contains nudity. Chris Noth’s Cutting Room, 19 W. 24th St. 8 p.m. 212-691-1900 or gregwalloch.com. Also Mar. 3
Lesbian Cinema Arts
“Saving Face” is an offbeat romantic comedy about right, wrong, and everything in between. A young Chinese-American surgeon, living in Manhattan, is stunned when her widowed single mother shows up on her doorstep pregnant, with nowhere else to go. She is less than thrilled to take her mom in as a roommate, especially since she has just met a sexy new girlfriend. To help her mom save face and avoid the Chinese taboo of being unmarried and pregnant, she helps her to find Mr. Right. What ensues is a rock ‘em, shock ‘em clash of cultures and a lot of zany fun. English, Mandarin, and Shanghainese languages. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W 13th St. 7:30 p.m. 212-620-7310.
Sacred & Profane
Nicholas Leichter and company perform with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in the world premiere of Carl Orff’s secular paean to earthly love, student life, and ribald frivolity, “Carmina Burana.” The full-length work, choreographed by Leichter, was commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic for music director Michael Christie’s inaugural concert. Entitled “Sacred and Profane,” the program includes the world premiere of John Corigliano’s “Fanfare,” also commissioned for Christie’s first concert with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Stravinsky’s “Symphonies of Wind Instruments,” based on Russian Orthodox chants, and Philip Glass’ “Hymn to Aten” from “Akhnaten” are scheduled to be performed as well. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., 8 p.m. $20-60 at 718-636-4100 or brooklynphilharmonic.org.
Bi Women Photo Show
Opening reception for “Bisexual Women: An Exhibition” featuring the photographic work by Dulcie Canton, Lucille Lacey, Joanna Marzullo, and Kendra Thomas. Hosted by the Bisexual Women’s Group, which has been meeting at the LGBT Community Center since 1991, this networking and support organization is geared toward the specific needs of bi women, straddling both the gay and the straight world. This show depicts longing for other women, lesbian relationships and their take on queer city life. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Through Apr. 8. 212-620-7310 or gaycenter.org
Lesbian Date Bait
Attend this fun, structured, results-oriented mixer for single women of all backgrounds. After meeting most of the women in the room, hand in a list desired dates, and the computer determines mutual matches. This is not a lecture or a workshop on how to meet women, but a great opportunity to meet lots of ladies for face-to-face contact and see what kind of chemistry is there. $18 at 212-971-1084 or datebait.com. 7:30 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St.
Winsome Winter Party
Come in from the cold and get a truly warm reception from the Asian and Pacific Alliance of New York’s pleasant and gracious friends. Admission includes delicious finger food and non-alcoholic drinks. Open to everyone, including non-Asians. Admission is $6 for APANY members, $8 for nonmembers. First-time attendees or students with ID, $2 off. For more info, call Ed at 718-699-5922 or John at 718-966-4010 btwn 9 a.m. & 9 p.m., or e-mail APANY@aol.com, or visit members.aol.com/apany. 7:30 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St.
Dance 208: Disco Classics with DJ Ted Snowdon
DJ Ted Snowdon (former “Dancing on the Beach” DJ and Broadway producer of “Souvenir” and “Elephant Man”) returns to Dance 208 with an array of magical disco classics from the 1970s to the present. Snowdon attracts a crowd of loyal Dance 208 fans who love the classics. Join Snowdon and a crowd of loyal disco-lovers. $10, $6 members and before 9:45 p.m. 9 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St.
International Group Show
Location One hosts the first of two Spring exhibitions showcasing new work integrating visual, digital, and performing arts and experimenting with advanced technological tools such as Bluetooth and MP3. Featuring artists Paololuca Barbieri, Isabelle Ferreira, Geka Heinke, Yoon-Young Park, and Mariana Viegas—from Italy, France, Germany, Korea, and Portugal—participants in the 2005-2006 International Residency Program. 26 Greene St. 212-334-3347. Through Mar. 4.
78th Academy-Nominated Documentary Shorts
The Department of Film and Media presents the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2005 nominees in the category of Best Documentary Shorts. $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with valid ID. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Academy Theater at Lighthouse International, 111 E. 59th St. btwn. Park & Third Aves., 2 p.m. 888-778-7575.
As always, the Center serves as the information and referral resource for New York’s LGBT community. If you are just coming out, new to New York City, or seeking to connect with other LGBT people, organizations, or community resources, check out tonight’s orientation. Pick up literature, ask questions and mingle with your peers at this mini-expo. Free. 6 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310.
Without Boundary: 17 Ways of Looking
Is it possible to speak of a contemporary art with an Islamic difference? This question, urgently needing debate, will be the subject of an exhibition that brings together artists who come from the Islamic world but who live and work mostly in Europe and the United States. Tapping into certain aesthetic, political, and spiritual notions. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 11 W. 53rd St. Sat.-Mon., Wed., Thu. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fri. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Tue. Admission up to $20. 212-708-9400. Through May 22.
The weekly program of no-holds-barred performance every Monday at Galapagos, hosted by Desiree Burch. 70 N. Sixth St. btwn. Kent and Wythe in Williamsburg. 718-782-5188. 8 p.m., free.
What Is “Now”?
A walk down any Manhattan street, or a quick study of any fashion magazine, reveals dozens of different looks and trends all co-existing at once. Is this mix of old and new, classic and avant-garde, tailored and slouchy, the “look” of 2006? Or is it a sign that a universal look no longer exists, and men can wear whatever they want, wherever they want? Out Professionals’ Aaron Krach, senior editor at Cargo magazine, leads designers, executives, stylists, and journalists in a free-flowing discussion. What is fashionable now? Will it be fashionable tomorrow, and who decides? $10, $7 OP members at 212-462-9255 or outprofessionals.org. 7 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St.
Kiss and Cry
The New York International Fringe Festival hit “Kiss and Cry,” a romantic comedy by Tom Rowan, and directed by Kevin Newbury features Stacy, a champion male figure skater on his way to the Olympics, and Fiona, a hot young movie starlet. They are the nation’s favorite couple—as long as nobody finds out they’re both gay. Straight from today’s blind item gossip columns, “Kiss and Cry” deals with love, sex, fame and the lengths people will go to in the pursuit of success. 8 p.m. at Theater Ten Ten, 1010 Park Ave, btwn 84th & 85th Streets. 212-505-1700.
Short Films From The Balata Refugee Camp
The Balata Refugee Camp Film Collective presents a series of short films, all describing “dunya” (the life) for Palestinians in this hard-hit West Bank refugee camp. The films include a powerful look at the incarceration of Palestinian women, images of different kinds of children’s play in Palestine, and a documentary about the January 2005 presidential election. The Balatacamp Project is a grassroots, collectivized, community engagement that pairs young people and women with the capital, technological skills and information they need to express themselves to audiences across the globe. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. $5 suggested.
Women’s Poetry Jam
In “Bearing Witness: Not So Crazy in Alabama,” Harlem native Carla Thompson meets an itty-bitty beauty queen, a redemptive ex-con, and a wheelchair-bound quiz kid, and discovers that the American South is filled with people who go about the business of living the best they can. Maria Mazziotti Gillan will read from “Italian Women in Black Dresses,” exploring her life as a woman, wife, mother and daughter in all its complexities while examining that life through the lens of ethnicity and class. Women’s Poetry Jam is hosted by Vittoria Repetto. Open mike sign-up starts at 7 p.m. Come and deliver (up to) eight minutes of poetry, prose, songs, and spoken word. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. $3-5 suggested.
Ivy Baldwin Dance & Kate Weare
Two dances—“Gone Missing” and “Wet Road” encompass this shared evening bill. “Gone Missing” is Baldwin’s dance-theater piece set in a winter forest, where weary travelers have become lost. Weare’s “Wet Road” attends to flesh, blood, and the pleasure of connection at any cost. Mapping a trail of bodily impulses, the movement opens into a subterranean vein of longing. Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W. 19th St.. $25 at 212-924-0077 or dtw.org. Through Mar. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Nights from Day
The signature and polemical survey on contemporary American Art returns. “Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night” takes its title from the 1973 film by François Truffaut, whose original French name, “La Nuit Américaine,” denotes the cinematic technique of shooting night scenes artificially during the day, using a special filter. This is the first Whitney Biennial to have a title attached to it. Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave. at 75th St. Wed.-Thu., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri. 1-9 p.m. Closed Mon., Tue. Admission up to $20; pay what you wish Fri. 6-9 p.m. 212-570-3676. Through May 28.
No Straight Faces
Comic diva Kim Cea hosts another round of “Homo Comicus,” this evening with Jackie Hoffman, Page Hurwitz, Jessica Kirson, and Mark Sam Rosenthal. Gotham Comedy Club, 298 W. 23rd St., 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12, with a two-drink minimum. Reservations at 212-367-9000.
Cie Martine Pisani
Dance lovers will head downtown for “Sans,” a minimalist work by Paris-based choreographer Martine Pisani, performed for one weekend only. In this piece for three men, simple steps and stumbles are acted out to amusing effect as the dancers use each other’s bodies like a human playground. A joint presentation of The Joyce Theater and Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church at Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer St. btwn. Houston & Prince Sts. $20 at 212-242-0800. Tonight, Fri, & Sun at 8 p.m.; Sat. at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Guitarist Kenny Lockwood appears in concert with music he calls intelligent, moving, and suited to queer ears. LGBT Community Center 208 W. 13th St., 3rd floor Lerner Auditorium, 8 pm. Admission is $10.