THU. FEB. 16
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 Gay 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. Opening reception 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Exhibition runs till April 8. 212-620-7310 or gaycenter.org
Throckmorton Fine Art presents a private viewing and cocktail reception of acclaimed photographers Jonathan Anderson & Edwin Low’s latest collection. Proceeds will benefit Miracle House, New York’s hospitality house, which provides housing, meals, and advocacy to visiting caregivers and patients living with serious illnesses. Internationally acclaimed fine-art photographers Anderson & Low present powerful images of young men and women who are training for both the sports field and the battlefield while studying at America’s most famed armed forces academies—the US Military Academy at West Point, the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and the US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. Images of cadets in their military dress from formal to fatigues and in the uniforms of their chosen sports, including swimming, boxing, football, gymnastics, and basketball, among others, reveal subtle similarities and differences between the roles assumed by such disciplined and dedicated individuals. 145 E 57th St, 3rd fl. $75 donation minimum at 212-989-7790 ext.12. 6-8 p.m.
Bailey House Benefit
The worlds of art, design and fashion will converge at 18th Annual “Open Your Heart” Auction. This high-energy evening of charity and merriment, brings New Yorkers out to bid on photography, paintings, furnishings, fashion, and much more, all in support of Bailey House, New York’s oldest HIV/AIDS housing provider. This year’s auction will feature a vast array of items, including a Susan Lucci-guided tour of the “All My Children” set, Martha Stewart Signature Collection 4-piece bedroom set, fine art and photography, couture, home furnishings, travel and entertainment packages, accommodations at hotels around the world, and tickets to the hottest Broadway shows. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. at Houston. 6:30 p.m. VIP reception, 7:30 p.m. auction begins. $150-$2,500 at 212-633-2500 ext. 270 or baileyhouse.org.
FRI. FEB. 17
Art, Avant Garde, Apocalypse: Social Change During The Zero Years
If you’ve ever wondered, "How can an artist hope to use her imagination to find liberation?" or asked yourself, "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" you won’t want to miss these three talented folks read from their books and discuss strategies and pitfalls for artists who want to change they system. Gee Vaucher is perhaps best known for the artwork she created during the late seventies and early eighties for the renowned punk band Crass. Nick Mamatas writes for The Village Voice, and his most recent novel is "Move Under Ground." Douglas Lain is the former editor of the anarchist zine "Diet Soap," and author of the short story collection "Last Week’s Apocalypse." Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. Free.
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 Feb. 24 and Mar. 3.
International Group Show Opening
Location One hosts an opening reception presenting 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. 6-8 p.m. 26 Greene St. 212-334-3347. Through Mar. 4.
SAT. FEB. 18
Bushwick Loft Performance
Chez Bushwick Studios Presents “Shtudio Show,” a multi-disciplinary performance party curated by choreographer Miguel Gutierrez. Hosted by Jeremy Wade, Loren Dempster, and Jonah Bokaer at Chez Bushwick, a live/work loft space located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Shtudio Show offers a “shmorgasbord of cutting-edge dance, new music and other performance.” This month’s line-up includes Nancy Forshaw-Clapp and the amazing Sam Kim. Technopia, a.k.a. Samuael Topiary is the DJ for this evening of experimentation and “underground umph.” Refreshments available. 304 Boerum, buzzer 11. 9 p.m. $5 at 917-586-6735 or miguelgutierrez.org/shtudio.
Relaxed Dating for Mature Gay Gals
A Danish, A Dame & A Date, a safe environment speed-dating event for mature women that takes the intimidation out of dating and the fun back in. Focused on trauma-free, real-life conversation, far from the depressing bar and Internet sociopath scene. Includes Danish, refreshments and hostess/ comedian/clown Marilyn Galfin, all in a relaxed environment. When you arrive your hostess greets you with a kiss (candy) for coming. Marilyn explains the rules and sings a funny little song to warm you up. Then get ready to meet lots of hip, happening and vibrant women for one-on-one mini-dates lasting 4-7 minutes. At the end of evening you write down the numbers of the women you would like to see again. If there is a mutual match you are notified the next day by phone. Great for shy people, no introductions necessary. Door Prize. Identity House, 39 W. 14th St. 2nd fl. 7:15-9:45 p.m. $25. Pre-register at 212-989-8549. nyclavenderlounge.com.
SUN. FEB. 19
Richard Gottlieb leads a short bike ride jaunt to Tarrytown, a popular destination among winter cyclists. Conditions permitting, riders will take the historic Old Croton Aqueduct (OCA) trail, a mixture of dirt, gravel and grass trails, as well as the occasional brief patch of asphalt. If the OCA is too muddy or covered in snow, surface streets will be preferred. Riders who find it too much to do the entire ride have return options via Metro North, so bring your bike pass. B13 pace, 30 miles one-way. Meet at the Boathouse at 9 a.m. No RSVP. Contact Bob Nelson at 917-658-9531, email@example.com or fastnfab.org
Dyke Knitting Circle
Come on in and knit, make new friends, drink some tea and learn a new craft at a self-help and member led group event. The Dyke Knitting Circle is open to all levels of experience and meets every third Sunday of the month. Bring yarn and knitting needles. For more information, 212-714-8375 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington. 212-777-6028. 4-6 p.m. $1-5 suggested.
Screening and panel discussion of the recently released "30 Years of Sisterhood: Women in the 1970s Women’s Liberation Movement in Japan," a documentary about the women’s liberation movement that started in Japan in 1970. Panelists from Japan include Chieko Yamagami (filmmaker), Noriko Seyama (filmmaker), Yoko Akiyama (professor of Chinese and Women’s Studies, Surugadai University), Yumi Doi (writer); Soko Miki (professor of English/Women’s Studies, Kyoto Seika University) and Yuriko Yamaki (New York journalist). Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. $10 suggested.
Electro Shock Therapy Comedy
Adam Sank welcomes an “all-new roster of inmates to his weekly asylum,” with Michelle Buteau and Neal Feinberg, better known as Colt 40-Feinberg from the Howard Stern Show and the voice behind many characters on Fox’s American Dad. Includes a special musical performance by the Glamazons, “those bawdy babes of Burlesque.” Come ahead of time for the latest episode of "Desperate Housewives" on Therapy’s big screen at 9 pm. Therapy Bar, 348 W. 52nd St. 10 p.m. No cover. 212-397-1700 or adamsank.com or therapy-nyc.com
Lower East Side Acoustic Show
Enjoy guitarist Ariel Aparicio’s Special Acoustic Show in an intimate atmosphere at this hotspot for local singer-songwriters, a Lower East Side music café. The Living Room, 154 Ludlow St. 9 p.m. No cover. 212-533-7235 or livingroomny.com
Exporting Fear To Latin America
Over the past years, Latin American politics have taken an unprecedented, democratic shift to the left. This political shift and the difficulty in enforcing free trade in the hemisphere has resulted in actions by the U.S. to re-militarize the region and in the exportation of fear to justify "anti-terrorist" actions. Clara Nieto served in the Colombian mission to the United Nations from 1960-1967; was Colombian Chargé d’Affairs in Yugoslavia until 1976; served as Colombian Ambassador to Cuba from 1977-1980; and from 1984-1986 was Director at UNESCO’s regional office for Latin America. Her writing has appeared in many newspapers, including El Tiempo, El Espectador, El Mundo and NACLA. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. $5 suggested.
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.
Today, Sigmund Freud is viewed by many as an elitist whose psychoanalytic treatment was reserved for the intellectually and financially advantaged. In "Freud’s Free Clinics: Psychoanalysis & Social Justice," Elizabeth Ann Danto presents a strikingly different picture of Freud and the early psychoanalytic movement in her new book, recovering the neglected history of Freud and other analysts’ intense social activism and their commitment to treating the poor and working classes. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington. 212-777-6028. 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 and shop for a Valentine. 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.
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, Wed.–Sat. at 7:30 p.m. $25, $15 students & seniors at 212-924-0077.
Imagination and Dissent
Thomas Glave, who teaches English, literature, and rhetoric at SUNY Binghamton and is author of “Word To Our Now Imagination and Dissent,” is the featured reader as People of Color in Crisis — a Brooklyn-based group that helps black gay and bi men collaborate on preventing HIV transmission—celebrates African-American History Month. Glave’s essays draw on his experiences as a politically committed, gay, Jamaican American, reflecting his intensely personal and political confrontation with prejudice and violence. The book poetically confronts the hypocrisies of liberal multiculturalism, while blurring the lines between fiction and nonfiction. 468 Bergen St. at Flatbush Ave., 7-9 p.m.
Reading: Brian Palmer "Global Values 101"
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 discussant Margaret Frohlich is currently writing her doctoral thesis at Stony Brook 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.
Lesbian Cinema Arts: Saving Face
“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.