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.
Best-selling Author Francine Prose (“The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired”) discusses the complex life and work of one of the greatest painters of all time. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. $25 at 212-415-5500. 8:15 p.m.
Ko Muroboshi, one of the best known butoh artists in the world and leading inheritor of Tatsumi Hijikata’s original vision of butoh brings his company to New York City for its U.S. debut in work called “Handsome Blue Sky,” an homage to the master. Japan Society, 333 E 47th St. $35 at 212-752-3015 or japansociety.org. Through Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me
Join playwright and performer David Drake and writer/director Tim Kirkman in a discussion following this special screening of the film, being presented as part of Live Out Loud’s three-day series at NYU. A trailer of Kirkman’s new film “Loggerheads” will also be screened. 60 Washington Sq. So., Rm. 914 7:30 p.m. $5/ free for students. Seating is limited. For more information, visit liveoutloud.info.
Beating Around the Bush
The New York Society for Ethical Culture presents a special evening of American satire featuring Kurt Vonnegut, author of “A Man Without a Country,” Art Buchwald, author of “Beating Around the Bush,” Barry Crimmins, author of “Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal,” and Paul Krassner, author of “One Hand Jerking.” Playwright, author, poet Sarah Jones hosts with an introduction on American satire by Lewis Lapham, author of “Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and Stifling of Democracy.” Tickets are $20 at the door, but for guaranteed seating, pay $50 by calling 800-596-7437 or visiting sevenstories.com. 2 W. 64th St. at Central Park West, 7 p.m.
As part of The New York City Underground Comedy Festival, Frank DeCaro of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and his own show on Sirius Satellite Radio, hosts an evening of Homo Comicus that includes turns by Kim Cea, Keith Price, Bob Smith, and others. Gotham Comedy Club, 34 West 22nd St., 8:30 p.m. There’s a $12 cover, with a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call 212-367-9000.
BAM Next Next Visual Art Opening Reception
Curated by Dan Cameron, senior curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005 Next Next Visual Art presents a dozen Brooklyn artists—including Marsha Cottrell, Jeff Konigsberg, Carrie Moyer, Katia Santibanez, and Jered Sprecher—all of whom have created dynamic new projects in a range of media specifically for BAM’s spaces. The exhibition will be on view in the Diker Gallery Cafe, Natman Room, and Lepercq Space in the BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave. near Flatbush Ave., and in the Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., in conjunction with BAM’s live performances during the 2005 Next Wave Festival. Viewings are also available by appointment. Diker Gallery Café, 6—8 p.m.
FRI. OCT. 7
A brand new yoga club/school for queer men and their friends. Hope Martin Studio, 39 W14 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.
A classically trained pianist with an unforgettable voice, as well as an accomplished songwriter, actor, and playwright, Fort Greene soulstress Eisa Davis returns to BAMcafé with her passionate, minimalist soul. Her music is warm and hypnotic, cathartic, and fresh, with lyrics that engage long after the sweet chords have faded away. 30 Lafayette Ave., near Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, 9 p.m. Seating is on a first-come basis. For more information, call 718-636-4100. For same-day reservations, call 718-636-4139 or visit bam.org/events/bamcafelive.aspx.
The Taylor Mead Show
Andy Warhol’s favorite movie star and the poet laureate of The Factory, Taylor Mead, performs at The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery btwn. Bleecker and Houston Sts., 6:30 p.m. $6. For more information, call 212-614-0505 or visit bowerypoetry.com.
Pianist Sara Davis Buechner
1999 GLAMA award nominee for best classical release of her piano music by Rudolf Friml, Vancouver-based Sara Buechner will perform Dvorak and Friml at the Czech Center, 1109 Madison Ave. 7 p.m. 212-288-0830 or czechcenter.com.
First Stop Philadelphia
Rayzor Bachand’s “Project Red Soks” kicks off a national gallery tour that begins in Philadelphia with a month-long exhibit benefiting the AIDS Fund. The Project was inspired by late supermodel Gia Carangi, a Philadelphia native who died from complications due to AIDS in 1986. What started as a single nude photo, taken in 1992, has now become “Project Red Soks.” The exhibit is comprised of more than a decade of private work, including hundreds of images of over 60 models whom all personally believe in the Project and support the global fight against HIV/AIDS. The opening reception is at 6 p.m. Qbix Art Gallery, 211 Arch St., Philadelphia. For more information, call 215-625-2521 or visit nothingbutredsoks.com.
Queer Batman on the Run
In our last episode, DC Comics had garnered a cease and desist order on the homoerotic use of Batman and Robin imagery. Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts fights back with a few Bat-ulous drawings in the gallery office. Check them out. 526 W. 26th St., # 411, Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 212-463-8500.
National Coming Out Day on Staten Island
The Staten Island LGBT Health and Wellness Program celebrates this annual day for expressing gay visibility with a fall picnic at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, next to the Children’s Museum. Organizers promise food, music, games, and most importantly fun. Noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 718-273-5833. For details on the Snug Harbor site, visit snug-harbor.org.
With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn
Join the editors and writers of this rebellious new anthology of stories about sex and the modern femme. With readings by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Trish Kelly, Amber Dawn, and Ducky Doolittle. Babeland, 43 Mercer St., 212-966-2120 or babeland.com. 7 p.m.
Date Bait’s Ages 20s/30s Event
Meet smart, attractive men in their 20s and 30s in this fun, structured singles mixer. After meeting most of the guys in the room, participants turn in a list of interesting parties, and a computer program determines mutual matches in the group. 7:30 p.m. The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St. $18 at 212.971.1084 or datebait.com.
Rebel without a Cause
Nicholas Ray’s “Rebel Without a Cause” screens as part of Thalia Film Classics, 50 years after the death of its astonishingly magnetic star, James Dean. Symphony Space, 95th & Broadway. $10 at 212-864-5400 or symphonyspace.org. 7 p.m.
The Brooklyn Bridge and Skyline at Twilight Bike Tour
A bicycle tour along the Greenway and Wall Street to the bridge at twilight. Family friendly, nine miles, 3:30-8 p.m. $49 includes all equipment. Sponsored by Bike The Big Apple. 877-865-0078 or bikethebigapple.com.
Melting Pot Food Tour
Explore unique food shops and markets, taste the exotic and nostalgic, and learn about ethnic flavors and cultures. The Lower East Side is a vast immigrant community. See how this diverse neighborhood embraces the new and the old. Visit Latin, Kosher, Chinese, and Italian markets, sampling along the way. Tours are $45 and last 2.5 hours. 646-209-4724.
Sundance Outdoor Adventure Society Mixer/Open House
Join Sundance – the largest LGBT outdoor club in the country – for its fall new membership orientation/mixer. Team captains will discuss the various outdoor activities that Sundance offers, including hiking, biking, canoeing, rafting, backpacking, horseback riding, downhill and cross country skiing. The group will discuss upcoming outings and Sundance’s three houses in upstate New York, Fire Island Pines, and Southern Vermont. The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th Street at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Members and prospective members are welcome. 212.598.4726 or sundanceoutdoor.org.
Smut is a weekly program of provocate readings and performance, starring some of NYC’s greatest talents. Hosted by Desiree Burch. Galapagos Artspace, 70 No. Sixth St., btwn. Kent & Wythe in Williamsburg at 8 p.m. 718-782-5188.
Come out, come out, wherever you are
Every day, thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals come out, whether for the first time ever, or for the first time to someone new in their lives. Coming out and being out is a process that lasts a lifetime. “Talk About It” will be the theme of this year’s National Coming Out Day.
East Village Go-Go Boys
Renovated funeral parlor The Urge Bar will unveil photographer Sean P. Watters’ “Urge series” featuring the bar’s Go-Go boys. The exhibit coincides with National Coming Out Day as a celebration of sexual freedom. Images will be available for purchase. 33 Second Ave. btwn. First and Second Sts. 6:30-9:30 p.m. 646-320-0497
Yom Yippur Services
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, Manhattan’s LGBT congregation, celebrates Kol Nidre at Hammerstein Ballroom, 34th St. betwn. Eighth and Ninth Aves., 5:45 p.m. The following day, N’ilah services will be at the same location at 6 p.m. For complete information, call 212-929-09498 or visit cbst.org.
The Jazz Fauré Project – A Classical Rendezvous
Two world-class, critically acclaimed singers, Paris-born Claudia Hommel and New York’s own Daniel Neer have joined forces with the extraordinary jazz pianist and composer Dennis Luxion (Chet Baker’s European pianist and arranger) to create The Jazz Fauré Project – A Classical Rendezvous.The New York Premiere of The Jazz Fauré Project opens at The Triad on Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 PM, 158 W. 72nd St. Admission is $15, and can be bought in advance at The Triad website triadnyc.com), by phone: 212-362-2511.
Gay & Lesbian Reading Group
Join a lively discussion of lesbian, gay, bi, and trans experience through reading contemporary and classic novels, plays, poetry, and non-fiction. Today – “Funny Boy” by Shyam Selvadurai. Newcomers are welcome to share or just listen. 8 p.m. at The LGBT Center. Free. For information, call Julio at 212-945-0709, email Jim at email@example.com, or go to jclarkmedia.com/gaybooks.
Antony and The Johnsons
The androgynous, Nina Simone-loving downtown artist performs at Carnegie Hall, 57th St. at Seventh Ave., at 8 p.m. $37.50, $32.50 & $22.50 at 212-247-7800 or carnegiehall.org.
Win fabulous prizes and support the Center! Hosted by the fabulous Trai La Trash.Admission starts at $5. Go to gaycenter.org to reserve a seat. The Center, 208 W 13th St. at 7 p.m.
Cancer in the Family: An Uninvited Guest
What is the impact of cancer on LGBT families? Where do we find support? How does having to cope with coming out (or being outed) as a queer family in the face of the medical establishment impact health? What particular challenges arise regarding insurance, or legal issues such as hospital visitation, powers of attorney, living wills, and advanced medical directives? Come hear others who have traveled this path. Co-sponsored by Center Kids and the Lesbian Cancer Initiative. Free. Childcare provided with pre-registration. 212.620.7310, ext. 228 for information and to pre-register. 10am–noon.
APANY’s Polynesian Night
Get “lei’d” at Asian Pacific Alliance New York’s annual colorful homage to the Pacific and the South Seas. Admission includes delicious finger food, cake, non-alcoholic drinks, leis, and entertainment. Suggested attire – Hawaiian shirt, sarong, floral dress, flowers, shells, grass skirt – or come dressed as your favorite sea creature. Special guests Jose and Jing, Mr. & Miss Asian Pacific Alliance 2005. $10/$8 members, students with valid ID, or first-time attendees. For more info call Ed at 718-699-5922, John at 718-966-4010, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 7:30 p.m.