Cheim & Read, in cooperation with Anthony d’Offay, is pleased to announce an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s photographs of the male nude from the years 1982 to 1987. In addition, Warhol’s 1964 film, “Blow Job” will be shown in the gallery’s side exhibition space. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, with an essay by Simon Goldhill. 547 W. 25th St. 212-242-7727 or cheimread.com. Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Through Dec. 17.
Video and Media Activism Training with DykeTV Video Volunteers
Help fulfill the mission to arm the global queer community with the tools to produce media, incite political change, subvert mainstream hetero-normativity, provoke action, and organize the counter-media movement. Come ready to learn to become a guerilla videographer. Find out how low-cost video workshops produce Dyke TV segments that air in 108 cities nationwide and globally. Watch a web cast of the show at dyketv.org. For more information e-mail email@example.com. The LBGT Center, 208 W. 13th St., 212-620-7310. Free. 6:30 p.m.
on a day which is every day
For two weekends, Nicki Marshall and Helen Styring Tocci, in collaboration with Parker Pracjek and Amy Verebay, present their new evening-length performance piece “on a day which is every day,” a story of awakening told through voice and movement. Three separate narratives serve as metaphors in a unified story of personal transformation—realization, chaos, and finally, awakening. With instrumental accompaniment by Todd Keller, WOW Cafe Theater, 59-61 E. Fourth St., btwn. Bowery & Second Ave. $15/$12 students and artists. Reservations at 212-777-4280. information at wowcafe.org. Oct 27-29 & Nov. 3-5 at 8 p.m.
bendyboys—yoga for modern men
Derek Newman’s bendyboys classes incorporate breath-based flow sequences, correct alignment in each pose, meditation, yoga philosophy, breathing exercises, chanting, yogic sleep (hypnosis), restorative poses, and deep relaxation. firstname.lastname@example.org or bendyboys.net. Every Friday at 6:15-8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Hope Martin Studio, 39 W. 14th St., Rm. 508. $17 b.y.o. yoga mat, though a few will be available for rental at $1.
Drop Dead Festival
This third annual music festival takes place over four days, over 66 bands and DJ’s at two venues, showcasing artists classified as Post-Punk, Art Rock, Pscyhobilly, Deathrock, Horror Punk, Goth, Surf, Cabaret, Gypsy, and Carnival Music Makers. Nina Hagen headlines. Thru Oct. 30 at The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St., btwn. Church St. & Broadway and Oct. 31 at Avalon/Limelight, 47 W. 20th St. dropdeadfestival.com
La Contessa’s 2nd Annual Halloween Variety Show and Benefit
The Gay and Lesbian Acting Company Inc. and Spotlight On Productions Present La Contessa’s 2nd Annual Halloween Variety Show and Benefit. Hector Lugo as La Contessa, “The Puerto Rican Dame Edna,” is joined by an array of special guests including Billboard dance diva Lisa Hunt singing her hit “The Joint Is Jumping,” featured in the final season of “Queer As Folk.” The Gay and Lesbian Acting Company Inc. (GLAC), the only “openly Out acting company” in the country, is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to developing and showcasing new musicals, comedies, and dramas by writers, composers, designers, and performance artists whose work promote the advancement, acceptance, and understanding of alternative lifestyles in society. For further information visit glac.biz. Ticket at $20 at TheaterMania.com or 212-352-3101. Downstairs At The Monster, 80 Grove St. at Sheridan Square & Seventh Ave. 8 p.m.
The Ex-Best Friends Show
Performance artists Eleanor Hullihan and Katy Pyle, together known as Asubtout, are going to slow dance, and going to talk, and going to sing, watch videos, and draw with chalk. They’ll talk about how they feel, and then they might heal the hurt of the best friend’s loss. This salute to ex-best friends includes artists Andrew Dinwiddie, Emily Wexler, Myles Kane, Karinne Keithley, Jeff Larson, and others. Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. Sixth St, btwn. Kent and Wythe Aves. in Williamsburg. 718-782-5188 or galapagosartspace.com. $7 at 7 p.m.
Attack of the Killer Dancing Girls!
“The Love Show” takes the stage at Galapagos Halloween weekend for a sexy night of vicious, rowdy song and dance. Expect skin, skills, and spirits. The dancing girls shouldn’t be the only ones in costume. Prizes given for scariest costume, cleverest costume, and most surprising take on the schoolgirl/naughty nurse, so come dressed to thrill or kill. Featuring special guests Baton Rouge, a flashy baton-twirling sister act. Hosted by the magician Nelson Lugo. Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. Sixth St, btwn. Kent and Wythe Aves. in Williamsburg. 718-782-5188 or galapagosartspace.com. $7 at 10 p.m.
Women’s Event 8
Eat, drink, and dance the night away at the premier gala for lesbians in New York City. Recipient of Women’s Event 5’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Billy Jean King, will present the Center’s Vanguard Award to Judy Dlugacz, president and founder of Olivia Cruises and Resorts and one of the most successful lesbian entrepreneurs in the business world. Other honorees include Queens’ College Women’s Basketball Team of 1972-73 (Lady Knights), Nancy R. Sweetser, founder of Miracle House, which provides affordable housing and support services to out-of-town families whose loved ones are dealing with serious illnesses such as AIDS or cancer, and Janet Weinberg, former Center director of development and board co-chair, who has been an instrumental player in New York fundraising and a strong advocate for disability access in our community. 7 p.m. at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. $275 at 212-620-7310 or gaycenter.org.
Herspanic Heritage Celebration
The Pride Center of New Jersey, African Asian Latina Lesbians United, along with Rutgers and William Patterson Universities presents the first annual Herspanic Heritage Celebration, honoring Carmen Vazquez, deputy executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda. Come for an evening poetry, music, and entertainment celebrating the Latina community. Light refreshments served. Pride Center, 1048 Livingston Ave. in North Brunswick, in New Jersey. RSVP at 732-679-7687 or email@example.com. 3–7 p.m.
Dance 208’s Halloween party is legendary! DJ Jon Jon Battles from The Park, SBNY, Opaline, and The Cock, will spin again for Dance 208. There’ll be a costume contest with celebrity judges. The Imperial Court will host and perform with Empress XVIII Trai La Trash as frightful hostess with celebrity judges and fun all night. Heads will roll! Celebrity judges will include the Imperial Court Empress Robyn Kradles, Imperial Emperor Tony, Mr. Metrobear and Mr. Metrocub, Will Clark, Rollerena, and Clover Honey. Décor by David Aviles. Costume prizes will be awarded. $10/$6 members before 9:45 p.m. LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St., 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Trans Rock Halloween
The Transgender Rock Explosion roars into New York City for this special Trans Rock Halloween weekend show, with musical host Robert Urban’s new band playing a special set of heavy phantasmic rock classics geared especially for the trick or treat holiday. Direct from Kansas, Vibralux’s Mercury Mad and her Plastic Bitches will first stun and then slay with their death-heavy licks and killer rock anthems. Dolled-up, electric guitar wielding powerhouse Temptress Chuck, “looks like an angel – sings like a sailor,” will crank out her own brand of Rocky Horrific hardcore punk, backed by an all-girl band. Wear your fiercest glam-goth costume drag and work it! The concert will be videotaped and there will be prizes for best costume. Arlene’s Grocery, 95 Stanton St., btwn. Orchard & Ludlow Sts. 212-995-1719. 9 p.m. until midnight. $7 at the door.
BAX/Staff and Faculty Concert
Brooklyn Arts Exchange presents an evening of performance by the diverse and talented artists who teach and work at BAX. Featuring works by Shannon Hummel, Donna Costello, Amy Beth Schneider/Thread Dance Theater, with original music by Allison Leyton-Brown, and The Roosters—last seen at Dancemopolitan at Joe’s Pub. Of the 519 million chickens currently living in the United States, only these two cocky hens are Female Roosters; they may lay eggs, but don’t call them chicks. 421 Fifth Ave. at Eighth St. in Brooklyn. $15 at 718-832-0018 or bax.org.
32nd Annual New York City Village Halloween Parade
Participate in the nation’s most wildly creative, largest public participatory Halloween event. All those in costume are welcome to join hundreds of puppets, 42 bands, dancers, and artists, and thousands of others in costumes of their own creation. 7 p.m. Ave. of the Americas from Spring to 22nd St. Line-up for those who want to be in the Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. Ave. of the Americas, btwn. Spring & Canal. Halloween-nyc.com.
The Pat Parker/Vito Russo Library Book Discussion Group
Come check out this friendly, lively reading group. Today’s book up for discussion is 2002 National Book Award fiction winner “Three Junes” by Julia Glass, which tells the story of a family, depicted during three summers over a decade, with memorable gay and straight characters, taking place in Greece, rural Scotland, Greenwich Village, and the Hamptons. A list of past and future books is available at howardwill.com/BookClub.htm. LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310. Free at 8 p.m.
WED. NOV. 2
French-Austrian theater collective Superamas makes its United States debut with “BIG: Episode #2 (Show/Business)” as part of the Act French Festival taking place city-wide. Curated by former PS 122 Artistic Director Mark Russell, the group uses performance, live music, and clips from movies, TV talk shows, news reports, soap operas, and music videos to derive unexpected, darkly humorous, and far-reaching connections from trivial events and ordinary stuff. The Kitchen, 512 W 19 St. $10 at 212-255-5793 or thekitchen.org. Through Sat. at 8:30 p.m.
The first Biennial of new visual art performance in New York City will include new commissions, historical reconstructions, 24-hour performances, lectures as performance, film premieres, artist bands, radio plays, and more. Participating institutions include Anthology Film Archives, Eyebeam, The Guggenheim Museum, The Kitchen, LMCC, The Studio Museum in Harlem, WFMU, WPS1, Deitch Projects, Paula Cooper Gallery, and more. Contributing artists include Marina Abramovic, Charles Atlas, Michelle Handelman, Paul D. Miller, Jack Smith, Julie Tolentino, and many more. Through Nov. 21. Performa-arts.org.
Dixon Place’s three-night marathon of new work, curated by Shannon Hummel and Monica Bill Barnes, gives young choreographers an opportunity to show their work. Four works on each program. Dixon Place, 258 Bowery. $12/$10 students and seniors at 212-219-0736 or dixonplace.org. Tonight through Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.
Bjorkestra at BAM
As part of BAM’s 2005 Next Wave Festival, BAMcafé Live, the performance series curated by Limor Tomer, presents an eclectic mix of jazz, spoken word, rock, pop, and world beat Friday and Saturday nights. BAMcafé kicks off a month of great music with Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, a group that crafts modern jazz arrangements of Bjork’s visionary techno pop. No cover; $10 food/drink minimum. 30 Lafayette Ave. near Flatbush Ave. 718-636-4139 or bam.org.
Safe: Design Takes on Risk
This exhibition features approximately 300 products and prototypes designed to protect the body and the mind from dangerous or stressful conditions, to respond to emergency situations, to ensure clarity and information, and to provide a sense of comfort and safety. Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St. Thru Jan. 2.
Visual AIDS: Manner of Solitude
Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS, strives to increase public awareness of AIDS through the visual arts. The Frank Moore Archive Project documents the work of artists with HIV/AIDS to ensure that their artistic legacy will be preserved. The Archive Project also facilitates the creation and presentation of new work and provides practical services to artists with HIV/AIDS, assisting in their pursuit of a professional career. Every month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Archive Project. October’s on-line exhibition features the work of Dominic Avellino, Brian Buczak, Peter Cherone, Stephen Clark, Bob Corti, Brian Crede, Milton Garcia Latex, Tim McCarron, Eduardo Mirales, Michael Mitchell, Eric Molnar, Luna Luis Ortiz, Mike Parker, Gilbert Pratts, Nelson Edwin Rodriguez, Tom Shooter, Hugh Steers, George Towne, Martin Wong, and Steven Wolf. Current and past Web Gallery exhibitions can be viewed at thebody.com/visualaids.
Raymond Pettibon’s obsessive drawings pull freely from a range of sources including music, politics, religion, art history, sex, sports, movies, and comic books. Frequently employing lyrically ambiguous texts, and rendered with a loose virtuosity of line, Pettibon’s style has become more fluid and expansive of late, resulting in room-size wall drawings and installations. His thematic range is increasingly topical, addressing current political concerns, and his work continues to explore a human need for belief. Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison at 75 St. 800-Whitney or whitney.org. Pay what you wish, Fri. 6 – 9 p.m.