New Jersey LGBT Town Meeting
Garden State Equality’s statewide town meeting will feature clergy members from across New Jersey speaking out for marriage equality. The meeting is free and open to the public, but attendees are being asked to bring donations for people affected by Hurricane Katrina. Garden State Equality will collect canned food and checks to send to relief organizations. Montclair State University’s Student Center Ballroom. 7 p.m., For information, 917-449-8918 or Goldstein@GardenStateEquality.org.
Single? Gay? Male? Come mingle with the singles in a night that is trauma, drama, and alcohol free, and geared for the adventurous and high-spirited man in his 20’s and 30’s. This is a unique way and creative way of meeting men that includes interactive and creative ice-breakers, a touch of speed dating, and hysterical innovative mingling techniques. Hosted by “funtrepreneur” and comedian Marilyn Galfin. 8-10 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. LGBT Community Center, 208 W.13th St. Pre-register at 212 989-8549.
Table Talk Thursdays
“Gay Sex And The City” and “10 Quick Tips To Attract A Guy In Attitude City” are themes for some fun informative nights in a series of free gay men’s discussions entitled ‘Table Talk Thursdays’ from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at the General Theological Seminary, 175 Ninth Ave. btwn. 20th and 21st Sts. in the Media Room. Created by Angelo Pezzote, most known from his syndicated “Ask Angelo” advice column available throughout the U.S. and Canada, the “Table Talk Thursdays” series is designed to give gay men in New York an opportunity to interact with one another in a light-hearted environment and identify new opportunities for personal growth. In this first session, get a “Top 10 List” to use right away to find Mr. Right or Mr. right now.
Robert Giard’s exhibition “Nudes” remains on display through Oct. 15. Tue. – Fri. 11 – 6 p.m. Daniel Cooney Fine Art, 511 W 25th St., #506. 212-255 8158.
Wine, Women, & Whatever
Special activity for single gay women to meet each other run by a comedian. First guest is Barbara Kahn, award winning lesbian playwright. Enjoy the “Pamper Yourself Corner.” Free wine & cold foods. There will be time for business promotions. 7 p.m. Advance tickets $30, $35 at the door. The Center, 208 W.13th St. Pre-register at 212.989.8549.
Sneak Peak Showcase
Fans of Kiki & Herb and Jackie Beat may find a new icon in Dina Martina, the Seattle-based drag act who stunned audiences at Wigstock with a demented version of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Also on the bill is Meat, the hysterical four-woman New York City sketch comedy troupe that begins a weekly residence at Ace of Clubs Sep. 28. 8 p.m. at The Cutting Room, 19 W 24th St. Free, but seating is limited.
Visual AIDS Web Gallery
Every month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project. Rachel Gugelberger curated the current on-line exhibition, which features the work of Stephen Andrews, Robert Blanchon, Bern Boyle, Jose Luis Cortes, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, Jose Ortiz, Eric Rhein and Michael Slocum. Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS, strives to increase public awareness of AIDS through the visual arts. The Body contains a rich collection of information on topics ranging from HIV prevention, state-of-the-art treatment issues, humor and art. Current and past exhibitions can be viewed at thebody.com/visualaids.
The Kitchen High Line Block Party
Kick off the fall season with an afternoon in West Chelsea at The Kitchen’s seventh annual neighborhood street fair, produced this year in collaboration with Friends of the High Line. Listen to an eclectic mix of live music, witness unusual performances and odd talents, sample treats from local restaurants, and participate in artist-led activity booths for the whole family! With Master of Ceremonies, the “Reigning Goodtime Ambassador,” Murray Hill. Free. 19th St. btwn. Tenth & 11th Aves. Noon-6 p.m. rain or shine. Information at thekitchen.org.
Back to School
The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band under the artistic direction of Marita Begley Presents a “Back to School Dance” at The Big Apple Ranch at 8 p.m. $10. Dance Manhattan Studios, 39 W 19th St., 5th floor. 212-358-5752 or bigappleranch.com.
Queer Music Videos
riffRAG highlights the extraordinary work that emerging artists across the country are creating, which often slips under the radar of the art world. The Web site features artists working in different mediums and contexts who have distinguished themselves through political activism, artistic vision, and creative determination. Le Petit Versailles Garden, 346 E Houston St. btwn. Aves. B & C. Rain or shine. 7 p.m. Free or voluntary donation. 212-529-8815 or alliedproductions.org.
Hurricane Disaster Benefit
The French Quarter is relocating to Noho for one night only. Spend tonight in solidarity with friends from New Orleans and the ravaged Gulf coast at NY LOVES NOLA, a benefit for the American Red Cross. Minimum $25 donation includes Cajun buffet in the restaurant upstairs, and a seven-hour marathon performance in the Ace of Clubs downstairs, with Charles Busch, John Cameron Mitchell, Kevin Aviance, Madame, Scott Nevins, Creation Nation, Lisa Jackson, Meat, the Duelling Bankheads, Da Lypstixx, Keo Nozari, Destiny Glamour, Matthew Duffy, Stewart Lewis, David Gurland, Xavier, the casts of “Joy,” and FringeNYC’s “Fleet Week,” and many more. 5 p.m. – midnight. Acme Bar & Grill/Ace of Clubs. 9 Great Jones St. at Lafayette. SpinCycleNYC.com
Broadway on Broaday
Christina Applegate and John Lithgow co-host the 14th annual “Broadway on Broadway,” a free outdoor concert in Times Square beginning at 11:30 a.m. This year’s production will offer numbers from almost every musical on Broadway, as well as a sneak peek at several upcoming musicals scheduled for the 2005-06 season. Information at 888-BROADWAY, BroadwayonBroadway.com. or visit the Times Square Visitors Center at 1560 Broadway btwn. 46th & 47th Sts.
Open Bar – Episode One – I Candy
This new reality series on LOGO TV follows one man’s personal decision to come out to family and friends, while he works to open a new gay bar in West Hollywood. 10 p.m.
This workshop, titled “Keeping the Spark Alive for Lesbians in Relationships and Those Who Want to Be,” will focus on sexuality in ongoing lesbian relationships. Using humor, structured activities and expressive tools, the group will have a chance to explore new ideas and suggestions. Psychotherapists Patti Geier, LCSW, and Barbara Danish, MA, RDT, have been a couple for 19 years. Geier has 20 years of experience in the GLBT community and practices in Park Slope, Danish is a therapist/drama therapist, and a bereavement specialist at Service Program for Older People, Inc. $5/$3 for SAGE members. 7 p.m. at The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212.741.2257.
Emmett Till Scholarship Foundation Benefit
All proceeds from today’s performance of Turtle Shell Productions’ revival of James Baldwin’s “Blues for Mister Charlie” will benefit the Emmett Till Scholarship Foundation, which maintains funds in Till’s honor for African-American students. Marjorie Dean Little Theatre, 7 p.m 5 W. 64th St. $15/$12 for students and seniors, at 212-868-4444
Emergency Relief Fund For Performing Artists
The Southern Arts Federation has established an Emergency Relief Fund to assist arts organizations and artists residing in Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Distribution and decisions on the use of funds will be made by state arts agencies. Donations may be made by check or credit card, and are tax-deductible. Make checks out to: Southern Arts Federation Emergency Relief Fund. Southern Arts Federation Emergency Relief Fund, 1800 Peachtree St. NW, Suite 808, Atlanta, Georgia 30309 or southarts.org.
Yiddish Celluloid Closet
Metropolitan Klezmer’s leader and drummer Eve Sicular has toured her “Yiddish Celluloid Closet” film-clips lecture throughout North America and Europe. Now her eight-piece band feature classics from “The Dybbuk” to “Mamele” to “Uncle Moses,” including newsreel rarities from the Moscow Soviet Yiddish Theater, with special insights into queer subtexts, Jewish period anxieties, and tremendous onscreen talent from cantorial to vaudeville. Whew!!! Makor, 35 W 67th St., 7:30 p.m. $15 at 212 601-1000.
524,000 and Counting
We are embarking on a quarter century since the first diagnosis of AIDS in America. The lives lost are now reaching over “524,000 AND COUNTING.” On this edition of In the Life, we explore just how far we have come in the war against AIDS. Two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Sharon Gless (“Cagney & Lacey,” “Queer as Folk”) hosts. 10:30 p.m. on WNET Channel 13.
Out & Equal
Out & Equal’s annual Workplace Summit is the premier event on LGBT workplace issues. Keynote speakers include B.D. Wong, Judy Shepard, Tammy Baldwin, and Kate Clinton will emcee the Gala Awards Dinner, where the annual Outie awards are presented to individuals and companies who have demonstrated leadership in the area of workplace equality for LGBT employees. The 2005 summit, which runs from the 22 – 24, will take place at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Denver, Colorado. For more information and to register, outandequal.org.
Lesbian Cinema Arts
LCA presents “D.E.B.S,” about an underground academy of crime-fighting hotties recruited by the U.S. government, who set out to save the world and keep their lipstick perfectly applied while doing so. Their mission to capture vexing vixen Lucy Diamond erupts in chaos when super agent Amy falls for Lucy, and the D.E.B.S. loyalty is put to the test. 7 p.m. $10/$6 Center members. 208 W 13th St.. At 212-620-7310
Sempre Libera – Always Free
The journey through life in the LGBT community is often hard, and many people experience trauma in their relationships. Through this “Aria Concert Against Queer Domestic Violence,” the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project highlights these types of relationships and raises awareness about patterns of abuse. This struggle, and the message of hope will be revealed with dramatic operatic performances. Wine and Cheese Reception following. 8 p.m. $10/$5 for students and seniors. St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St. At 212-714-1184.
Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra blends Bjork’s visionary techno pop with the harmonic and improvisational elements of modern jazz, creating a unique ensemble that transcends genre and style. 8:30 p.m. $21/$18 students/srs. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 95th and Broadway. At 212-864-5400.
March on Washington
United for Peace and Justice stages three days of action against the war – a major march, rally, and festival on Sat., Sep. 24, an interfaith religious service and day of grassroots trainings on Sun., Sep. 25, and a day of large-scale grassroots lobbying, mass nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience on Mon., Sep. 26. Events on the 24th begin at 10 a.m. and culminate with the Operation Ceasefire Concert at 3 p.m., on the grounds of the Washington Monument. visit unitedforpeace.org.
Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction
This 19th annual event, presented as a benefit for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, will allow you to pose with your favorite stage stars for a picture and autograph, buy the latest cast recordings, show posters, and Playbills, and even find some rare costume sketches that come from a century of history on the Great White Way. BC/ EFA is the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization, having distributed more than $100 million for critically needed services. Shubert Alley and W. 44th St., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, BroadwayCares.org.
A memorial celebration of the life of gay activist pioneer and journalist Jack Nichols (1938-2005) will be held at 3 p.m. at New York’s LGBT Community Center. Openly challenging psychiatry’s position at the time that homosexuality was a sickness, in 1961 Nichols and Frank Kameny co-founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. In 1965, he led the first gay demonstration of a federal building—the White House—and organized the first East Coast ecumenical conference on homosexuality, later called the Washington Area Council on Religion and the Homosexual. In 1967, Nichols was interviewed by Mike Wallace in the first network (CBS) documentary on homosexuality. Nichols wrote four books, including “Men’s Liberation: A New Definition of Masculinity” (1975), and “The Tomcat Chronicles: Erotic Adventures of a Gay Liberation Pioneer” (2004). He edited the first gay weekly newspaper, GAY, and as a journalist wrote the columns “The Homosexual Citizen” and “The Homosexual Anarchist.” During the last ten years of his life, he served as the editor for the widely-read online news-journal, GayToday. For more information, please contact Perry Brass, 718-884-6606, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Robert Woodworth at the LGBT Community Center, 212-620-7310. 208 W. 13th St.
One Voice; A Thousand Stories
The Asian Pacific Islanders Coalition on HIV/AIDS gathers to celebrate heroes in the fight against the epidemic in an event titled “A Thousand and One Champions Fighting AIDS.” Honorees include Dr. James Mason, Dr. Gary Noble, Cindy Hsu, Dr. Benjamin Ileto, and Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. Bridgewater’s, 11 Fulton St., South Street Seaport, entrance on Front St. and Beekman St. Cocktails and silent auction at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7:15 p.m. Tickets begin at $250. At 212-334-7940, ext. 206 or apicha.org.
International Gay Rodeo
Logo TV takes a look at the men and women on the International Gay Rodeo circuit as they confront personal dilemmas while competing in this exciting and dangerous sport. One of Logo’s Real Momentum Original Documentary Productions. 8 a.m.
Center Voices: Invitation to the Party
Donna Walker-Kuhne has been developing audiences for the performing arts field for 25 years. She has worked in community affairs and audience development of Harlem, the Apollo Theater, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has promoted theatre and dance projects throughout the nation and around the world, and has been key to the success of numerous productions, including Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, and Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Invitation to the Party is a journey of building bridges to the arts, culture and community. 7 p.m. $10/$6 members. 208 W 13th St.
For the Benefit of Queer Youth
You may know him as Carlos, the slutty bartender in the gay romantic comedy “The Ski Trip,” but Emanuel Xavier is also a leading voice in the modern day poetry movement, hosting through his House of Xavier, an annual Glam Slam competition. Tonight, Xavier takes center stage in a benefit for the LGBT Community Center’s Youth Enrichment Services Program, or YES. Joining him will be percussionist Joyce Jones, 2005 Glam Slam Champion Danielle Bero, drag divas Sha Boom Boom, and youth from the YES program. Visual artist Medina will provide an installation featuring a mural he created by him with YES members. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., room 101, 7 p.m. Suggested donation is at least $5.
MON. OCT. 3
GMHC and NYAC Kick Off Medicare Road Show
Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and the New York AIDS Coalition (NYAC) are conducting a statewide series of presentations for HIV-positive Medicare beneficiaries, case workers, and advocates who want to learn more about the new Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.
The addition of Part D to Medicare is the most dramatic change to the program since its inception and is likely to have a significant impact on the estimated 10,000 to 20,000 HIV-positive New Yorkers enrolled in Medicare. GMHC’s and NYAC’s Medicare Road Show will be in Staten Island on Oct. 3, Manhattan on Oct. 12, Brooklyn on Oct. 13, and Queens on Oct. 18.All sessions are open to the public. For more information, contact Christina Kazanas at NYAC at 212-629-3075, ext.104 or Laura Caruso at GMHC at 212-367-1228.