Bindlestiff at Union Square
The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents “Buckaroo Bindlestiff Wild West Spectacle,” an evening of hair-raising rope spinning, whip cracking tricks, implausible feats of juggling, live music, and a man who swallows an 1860 cavalry bayonet—Oh my! Tonight, the Cirkus appears in a free performance at Union Square Park at 6 p.m. The Cirkus tours Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Bronx parks until it closes up with two free performances at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, uphill from South Portland and DeKalb Aves. in the center of the park. For a complete list of dates and venues for the Cirkus’ 12 performances, visit bindlestiff.org/.
Lambda Independent Democrats
As we gear up for Primary Day, join LID for its first Pre-Primary Outreach at Cattyshack, the hottest new space for women and their friends in Park Slope. LID members will be on hand from 7 p.m. to midnight to raise awareness of the club and encourage Cattyshack’s patrons to get involved in local politics. Meet some of the clubs endorsed candidates who are scheduled to appear, enjoy DJ’d music, and drinks on a fantastic outdoor roof deck, and take part in exciting promotions. Cattyshack is located at 249 Fourth Ave. btwn President & Carroll Sts. For more information, e-mail LIDvolunteers@ yahoo.com.
Monstrous Variety Show
The Monster in Sheridan goes back to its roots with the re-introduction of theater and cabaret downstairs, in the space once occupied by El Chico, the premier Spanish flamenco cabaret in the U.S. when it opened in 1929. The evenings will include comedy, cabaret, light snacks, raffles, and even “strange auction items.” Admission price of $12 get you one drink and snacks. Limited number of $15 tickets at the door. For reservations, call 212-352-3101 or visit theatermania.com. 80 Grove St., btwn. Seventh and Sixth Aves., right off Sheridan Square. Doors open at 6 p.m.
At Peace With the World
David Schildkret presents “tree(son),” an environmental installation that explores the possibilities of initiation in the lives of contemporary gay men. Set in the forest aside a wetland under the protection of a massive oak, this quarter-mile-long art installation is a result of this summer’s Artist in Residence program at Easton Mountain, in the Hudson Valley approximately 30 miles north of Albany. Drinks and snacks will be available and the artist will conduct tours of the installation, from 2 to 6 p.m. This event is free, but also part of a program entitled “Rites of Passage—a Weekend of Art, Initiation and Ritual” from Sep. 9 until today. Schildkret and special guest facilitator Joe Monkman will lead the group in shamanic journeying, breathwork, drumming, and co-created rituals of passage in the forest. There is a fee for this weekend retreat, which includes meals and accommodations. For more information, including directions to Easton Mountain, visit eastonmountain.com or call 518-692-8023.
Ocularis Film Series is Back!
Michel Auder’s cinema verité style video memoirs have simultaneously documented his personal domestic environment and that of the New York art world, from the glitterati of Andy Warhol’s Factory in the late-1960s to today. In Auder’s video diaries, life and art are not necessarily discrete entities, and are often intensely intertwined. His work functions as a form of visual autobiography, documenting the self in relation to others, while also bringing to attention the way technologies of representation mediate between individual and social histories. Auder will introduce the program and take questions afterwards. Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. Sixth St. in Williamsburg. 7 p.m. $6. 718 782-5188.
Klezmer Heralds A New Spot
Mo Pitkin’s House of Satisfaction, a night spot featuring Judeo-Latino cuisine and brought to you by the same people who made Two Boots happen, has an opening night party with performances by the gay-inclusive Metropolitan Klezmer, at 9 p.m., and Los Mas Valientes, at 10:30 p.m., in a special double-bill. The two bands will jam together with klezmer cumbia and “Dominican Girl on the Kosher Aisle.” 34 Ave. A., btwn. Second and Third Sts.
Lemonade From Lemons
The O’Debra Twins—Diane and Tanya—the asthmatic Irish twins born out cabbages in a McDonald’s loo in Dublin, present the “Best Open Mic in NYC.” Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, btwn. Bleecker and Houston Sts., 10 p.m.
Indiscreet: Candid Views
Stephen Hale’s obsessive documentation of New York’s gay underground informs his one-man exhibition at The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation. The exhibition features 20 large-scale works that explore the margins of this largely unseen world. Hale’s labor-intensive, photo-like drawings of men caught off-guard wearing only underwear or completely naked, stare back, as if the viewer were guilty of invading their treasured privacy. Late night forays into the underbelly of downtown night life led the artist to an unabashed portrayal of go-go boys, strippers, hustlers, one-night tricks, and fetishistic leather men. The exhibition opens tonight with a reception from 6-9 p.m. and continues through Oct. 15. Art dealer Paul Bridgewater hosts a conversation with Stephen Hale on Tue., Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.; $7 suggested donation. 127-B Prince St., btwn. West Broadway and Wooster St. For more information, call 212 673- 7007.
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 pre-pd. $25 door. The Center, 208 W.13 St. You Must Pre-Register: 212 989-8549.
Talking Him Into Bed
“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 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 pm at the General Theological Seminary, 175 Ninth Ave. btwn. W. 20th and W. 21st Sts. in the Media Room. Created by Angelo Pezzote, best 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 your “Top 10 List” that you can use right away to find your Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now.
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 curates 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.
Wine, Women, & Whatever
This is a 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 and cold foods. You will get time for promotions or requests for your business or occupations. You must pre-register. $25 early bird special by Sep. 8, $30 pre-paid after Sep. 8, $35 at the door. Must pre-register at 212.989.8549. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 7 p.m.
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. Admission is $10. Dance Manhattan Studios 39 W. 19th St., fifth floor. Call 212-358-5752 or visit 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 and C. Rain or shine. 7PM. Free or voluntary donation. For information, call 212-529-8815 or visit alliedproductions.org.
Hurricane Disaster Benefit
The French Quarter is relocating to Noho for one night only. Spend tonight in solidarity with your friends from New Orleans and the ravaged Gulf coast at NY LOVES NOLA, a benefit for the American Red Cross. Your minimum $25 donation gets you a delicious Cajun buffet in the restaurant upstairs, while downstairs you can drop in on a seven-hour marathon performance in the Ace of Clubs, with performances from 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, many, many more. 5 pm – midnight. Acme Bar & Grill / Ace Of Clubs, 9 Great Jones St. (at Lafayette, one block below Tower Video). For more information, visit SpinCycleNYC.com
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.” This edition of “In the Life,” explores 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.
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 organizations 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 visit 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, 208 W. 13th St. 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, contact Perry Brass at 718-884-6606 or email@example.com; or Robert Woodworth at the Center, 212 620-7310.
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. Call 212-334-7940, ext. 206 or visit apicha.org.
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.