Transgender Latina Educational Workshops
Hispanic AIDS Forum hosts a workshop exploring transgender identity and individuals’ personal journeys transitioning from Male to Female. The workshop entitled “Transitions,” is part of a four-part educational series especially for Transgender Latinas in New York City. Other workshops will explore spirituality and mind/body health issues. Pre-Registration is strongly suggested. To register, call 718-803-2766 and ask for Diana Feliz Oliva, TransLatina Program Community Liaison. 213 W 35th St., 12th fl. 212-563-4500. 7 to 9 p.m.
Amnesty International Williamsburg: First Meeting
The introductory meeting for a new chapter of Amnesty International. With guest speaker Sowore Omoyele, a former prisoner of conscience from Nigeria who was imprisoned eight times for leading student demonstrations. Plus words from Josh Rubenstein, director of Amnesty International USA for the Northeast Region. Also, a screening of the video “Incite Hope,” a short informational video. Food will be provided. Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. Sixth St. btwn. Kent & Wythe in Williamsburg. 718-782-5188 or galapagosartspace.com. 8 p.m. Free.
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe continues its monthly music series, LIVE FROM HOME, sponsored by First Act, Inc. This month’s benefit concert features performances by Tracy Chapman and opening act Ben Taylor. Housing Works Used Book Café, 126 Crosby St., btwn. Houston & Prince Sts., 212-334-3324. $35 at housingworks.org/usedbookcafe/index.html.
A brand new yoga club/school for queer men and their friends. Hope Martin Studio, 39 W. 14th St., Rm. 508. Every Fri. 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. $17 Bring your own yoga mat, though a few will be available for rental at $1. bendyboys.net.
Identifying as Transgender
Transsexual, genderqueer, crossdressing, two-spirit, bois, grrls, drag queens and kings. The word transgender has a different meaning for just about everyone. Is gender a continuum, or something more abstract and fluid? If you identify as transgender, or are questioning your gender in any way, join this lively and thought provoking discussion about gender, sex, labels, and being. Identity House, 39 W. 14th St., Ste. 205. Suggested donation $10. Pre-register at 212-243-8181 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Films, Documentaries, and The Media—A Survey
Deidre Boyle, author of “Subject to Change: Guerilla Television Revisited” will discuss current issues and trends in film, documentaries, and the media. Presented by the Institute for Retired Professionals at The New School. 66 W. 12th St. at 1 p.m. Free. Reservations required at 212.229.5682 or email@example.com.
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 75th St. 800-Whitney or whitney.org. Pay what you wish, Fri. 6 – 9 p.m.
LGBT Chelsea Art Gallery Tour
Take a unique guided tour led by an LGBT studies professor through Chelsea, the world’s center for contemporary art. See eight exhibits of interest to the queer sensibility, and meet others who share an interest in painting, sculpture, electronic media, and photography. $20. Meet in the lobby of 526 W. 26th St., btwn. 10th and 11th Aves. Tour will begin promptly at 1 p.m., rain or shine! For information, 212-946-1548 or nygallerytours.com.
Single, Sex Toys and a Date
Come to this lecture/demo/dating event for single gay women. Sultana from Eve’s Garden will give a humorous 45-minute educational lecture, and then a hands-on demo of some fun toys to spice up the sex life! The evening includes spontaneous comedy commentary by Marilyn. Following the presentation will be a relaxed, structured, and fun social with interactive ice-breakers. Non-intimidating and safe, with time set aside to exchange phone numbers during free munchie break. No alcohol. $20 pre- paid, $25 at the door. Pre-registration required at 212-989-8549 or nyclavenderlounge.com. 7 p.m. at The Center.
Girls in Therapy
A new monthly women’s party and community venue with art, food, dancing, live entertainment, and DJ Susan Levine. This Pre-Halloween bash is the first of three fund-raisers for the Human Rights Campaign. Therapy Lounge, 348 W. 52nd St. $10. 5 p.m.- 1 a.m. girlsintherapy.com.
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.
Staged Reading Benefit
Slamponian Productions & Perry Street Theatre will host a benefit for New Orleans-based professional theatre company, Southern Rep, Ryan Rilette, artistic director, whose season has been postponed due to the tragic events of Katrina. Lisa Kron, OBIE & BESSIE winner, writer/actor of Broadway’s upcoming “Well,” will join the cast of “The Importance of Marrying Wells” for a staged reading of this year’s Fringe hit by Dana Slamp. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. with live music by Jann Klose, hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, and silent auction of tickets from “Orson’s Shadow,” “Slava’s Snowshow,” a dinner for two at John’s Pizzeria, & much more. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds benefiting Southern Rep. $25 at smarttix.com. The Perry Street Theater, 31 Perry St. near Seventh Ave.
Transgender Rights and the NYC Human Rights Law
Join the Center’s Gender Identity Project and the National Association of Social Workers of New York (NASW-NYC) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Committee for this panel discussion titled “What a Social Worker or Provider Needs to Know About the Changes to the NYC Human Rights Law.” It has been over three years since the city voted to add protections for members of trans-communities to New York City’s Human Rights Law. Transgender, gender-different, and gender-questioning people and those that work with them are invited to discuss this change and the impact of the recently published Commission on Human Rights’ Guidelines Regarding Gender Identity Discrimination. For more information, contact the LGBT Social Workers NASW/NYC at 212-668-0050 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 6:30 p.m. at The Center.
Galapagos’s series of provocative performance presents Mike Daisey, Stucky and Murray, Michael Cyril Creighton, and Aaron Lawry. Hosted by Desiree Burch. Galapagos Art Space,
Kate Clinton—Talking a Blue Streak
The comedienne performs one night only at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St. Tickets at telecharge.com or 212-239-6200. For dinner reservations, call 212-539-8778. 7-9:30 p.m.
Onward Christian Media
According to a recent wave of news stories, the conservative Christian right wields an increasingly powerful media force and is becoming more creative at getting their message out – on television and radio, and in movies, books and magazines. While some don’t see a cause for alarm, other believe this kind of proselytizing dangerously blurs the lines between politics and religion, and flies in the face of the basic rights and freedoms upon which our country is based. Join Chris Hedges, former correspondent for The New York Times and author of “Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America” and “War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning,” and Jonathan Alter, aenior editor and columnist for Newsweek in discussion. The New School’s Eugene Lang Center, 55 W. 13th St., 2nd floor 6:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required at 212-686-5005 or email@example.com.
Greg Walloch performs at Starlight Revue, with fabulous hostess Keith Price. Starlight Lounge, 167 Ave. A btwn. 10th and 11th Sts. Free. 10:30 p.m.
Covering Your Assets
Which is the best type of mortgage, and how much should it cost? How do tax benefits differ for an investment property? What are the consequences of joint ownership? Out Professionals presents Covering Your Assets, a roundtable discussion on wealth and borrowing, risk and reward with Nancy Adams, CPA, partner at Adams & Salter, Loretta J. Goldberg, CLU, MA, insurance associate at Planning Center for Professionals, and Gregory A. Socha, senior loan officer at the New York Mortgage Company. Light refreshments served. $10/$7 OP members. 212-462-9255 or outprofessionals.org. The LGBT Center, 208 W 13 St. at 6:15 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The LBGT Center, 208 W. 13th St., 212-620-7310. Free. 6:30 p.m.
GLAAD Media Circle Event
The Board of Directors & The Los Angeles Leadership Council invites support for the work of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Hear directly from GLAAD’s new President, Neil Giuliano. Learn about the impact that GLAAD is having in Los Angeles and across the nation, and pledge or renew support to help continue this critical work. Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres will be served. The event will be held at the home of Dean Hansell & Jason Murakawa, 667 S. June St. in Los Angeles. $125 at glaad.org. Ticket purchases are tax-deductible and will be applied towards any pledge. For more information, please email email@example.com. 7-9 p.m.
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 artist 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 Street at Sheridan Square & 7th Avenue. 8 p.m.
The Ex-Best Friends Show
Performance artists Eleanor Hullihan and Katy Pyle, together known as Asubtout is 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, 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.
The Skeletons Ball
The Skeletons Ball is being labeled by industry insiders as one of the fastest growing, most affordable and original LGBT events on the Circuit today. This year’s three day, six event festivities will feature a virtual who’s-who of top DJs. The scheduled lineup includes number one Billboard dance chart remixer and Billboard Magazine Dance Reporter, DJ/Producer Michael Tank, Werk It Entertainment’s DJ Josh Gram, Centaur Music recording artists DJ Seth Gold and DJ Paulo, Billboard Magazine Dance Reporter DJ Pride, and Circuit newcomer DJ Adam Metts. These artists are rated as some of the most sought after DJ’s on the Circuit scene today. Oct. 28-30 in Dallas. texascircuitboyz.com.
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. Dlugacz is 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.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 & 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 13 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’s 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., 212-995-1719. 9 p.m. until midnight. $7 at the door.