7 Days and 7 Nights

THU.AUG.25-SUN.AUG.28

The Federation of East Village Artists will host its third annual counter-cultural country fair, which will include more than 200 events scattered through the East Village and the Lower East Side and centered in Tompkins Square Park. The weekend of the Aug. 26-28 will include many free events in the park. For complete information on what’s coming up or to get involved, visit howlfestival.com.

THU.AUG.25

Yoshiko Chuma’s School of Hard Knocks

Choreographed in collaboration with Donald Fleming, Irvin Gregory, Motoko Ikeda, Anthony Phillips, and Ksrnin Vidyaykina, Chuma’s company presents “Inside Outside.” Choreographers Chris Yon and Ursula Eagly present “8 Brand New Short Dances.” P.S. 122, 150 First Ave. at East Ninth St., 8 p.m. For tickets, call 212-477-5829.

Collecting for a New America

A seminal collection of Americana that both demonizes and humanizes the Asian-American community is highlighted in “Archivist of the ‘Yellow Peril’: Yoshio Kishi Collecting for a New America,” an exhibit at the Museum of Chinese in the Americas. On loan from the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute of New York University, “Archivist” draws from the collection of former film editor and lifelong New Yorker Yoshio Kishi and actress Irene Yah Ling Sun. Call 212-619-4785 or visit moca-nyc.org for more information. 70 Mulberry St. at Bayard St., second fl.

Lesbian Cancer Initiative

“Out at the Center,” a program about initiatives at the LGBT Community Center broadcast at 10 p.m. tonight on Time Warner Cable channel 34, looks at the new effort to provide support and the best referrals to gay, bisexual, and transgendered women living with or who have survived cancer. The segment will be screened on Mon., Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Center, 208 W. 13th St. The event is free and there will be a Q & A afterward. For more information on the Initiative, call 212-620-7310, ext. 258.

FRI.AUG.26

Afternoon Arias

New York City Opera hosts the final in its August series of free lunchtime concerts in Bryant Park, Sixth Ave. at 42nd St., behind the New York Public Library. The concert features remarkable young artists performing selections from the company’s upcoming season. Gerald Steichen will be on piano, and the program includes three operas: Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia,” with Michael Corvino and Georgia Jarman; Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” featuring Shu-Ying Li and Anthony Pulgram; and Puccini’s “La bohème,” featuring Eric Fennell, Michael Corvino, Georgia Jarman, and Shu-Ying Li. 12:30 p.m.

Queer Laughs

Don’t Tell Mama hosts another evening of its Gay and Lesbian Comedy Fest series, with special guest headliner Jessica Kirson and Karith Foster, both form Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend!,” Danny McWilliams from The Original Funny Gay Males, Michael Conley and Matthew Loren Cohen, the songwriting team from “Hello, Boys,” Jamie Pierce, Poppi Kramer, Sidney Myer, Brandy Rowell, Mike Cotayo, and Ted McElroy. Michael Brill hosts. 343 W. 46th St., 11 p.m. Cover is $10, with a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call 212-757-0788.

SAT.AUG.27

Wigstock 2005

As part of the HOWL! Festival, the annual drag fest will be held in Tompkins Square Park, 5 to 7 p.m. Those of you who braved the torrential rains last year were treated to a superb show hosted by Lady “Runny,” and that saw performances by legends including Boy George, RuPaul, and Holly Woodlawn, as well as newcomers like Milan and Sugga Pie Koko. You never know quite what to expect, but it is always a treat. For more information or—for God sakes, to get in on the show—call 212-243-3143 or e-mail wigstock@wigstock.nu.

Art Around the Park

Sign up with the HOWL! Festival’s organizers, the Federation of East Village Artists, to participate in Art Around the Park, which will be held Sat. and Saun. At Tompkins Square Park. Each artists who participates will be issued a 7 x 7 ft. painting slot. Be there or no square. For complete information, visit howlfestival.com.

Kids Slam

Reverend Billy hosts a kids’ talent show, sponsored by the East Village Community Coalition and as part of the HOWL! Festival. The event will spotlight the effort to reclaim the old P.S. 64/Charas building as an arts and community center. Tompkins Square Park, Ave. A at E. Seventh St., noon to 2 p.m. For more information, visit saveourschoolnyc.org or call 917-650-4944.

Positively Date Bait

Meet relationship-oriented “poz” guys in a fun, structured singles mixer run by Date Bait. After meeting most of the guys in the room, you turn in a list of the ones you want to date, and the group’s computer tells you your mutual matches. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15. For more information, call 212-971-1084 or visit datebait.com.

SUN.AUG.28

Scholarship in Rashawn Brazell’s Memory

Rashawn Brazell was an African-American gay teen brutally murdered in Brooklyn this past February, and in his memory a scholarship fund has been established to create an investment in the fight against racism, sexism, and homophobia. Luke & Leroy, one of Rashawn’s favorite places, hosts a fundraising benefit to launch the scholarship. Suggested donation is $10. 21 Seventh Ave. South, btwn. Carmine and Leroy Sts., 6 p.m.-midnight. For more information, visit rashawnbrazell.com.

HOWL!’s Last Stand

Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, the unofficial poet laureates of the Lower East Side, host a festival farewell evening that includes composer and classical musician Nico Muhly and a bevy of downtown stars in a benefit for the Federation of East Village Artists and HOWL! Festivals to come. Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Lafayette St. just below Cooper Square, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 at 212-239-6200 or telecharge.com.

Fourth Annual Pow-Wow

Hosted by the North East Two-Spirit Society (NE2SS), the Pow-Pow is an afternoon of dancing, traditional food, and socializing for the LGBT and Native American community. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 2 to 5 p.m.

MON.AUG.29

Lesbian Cancer Initiative

“Out at the Center,” a program about initiatives at the LGBT Community Center broadcast at 10 p.m. Thu., Aug. 25 on Time Warner Cable channel 34, looks at the new effort to provide support and the best referrals to gay, bisexual, and transgendered women living with or who have survived cancer. The segment will be screened tonight at 7 p.m. at the Center, 208 W. 13th St. The event is free and there will be a Q & A afterward. For More information on the Initiative, call 212-620-7310, ext. 258.

Creating Your Own Network

Out Professionals and Out in Television and Film present a seminar on networking with Keith Ferrazzi, author of “Never Eat Alone,” a guide to creating the community of colleagues, friends, and mentors you need to succeed at work and in life. Ferrazzi was the youngest partner ever at Deloitte Consulting, before he founded his own marketing and sales consultancy. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Doors open 6:30 p.m. for networking; program runs from 7 to 9 p.m. $12 for OP/ OTF members, $15 otherwise.

TUE. AUG 30

Male Desire in Art

Mary Ryan Gallery exhibits a series of artists in celebration of Jonathan Weinberg’s book “Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art,” published by Harry N. Abrams, through Sep. 10. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 212-397-0669. Proceeds from the book sales will go to the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library.

Naming Your Price

Out Professionals hosts “Negotiation Strategies and High-Impact Follow-up,” a job-search workshop led the Five O’Clock Club’s executive coach Bert Marro, M.B.A. Find out how a step-by-step approach to salary negotiation can save you costly blunders. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 8 to 9:30 p.m. $12 for OP members, $15 otherwise. For more information, visit outprofessionals.org or call 212-462-9255.

WED.AUG.31

Robert Smithson

The Whitney Museum of American Art is proud to present the work of this artist—who died in 1973 at 35—which includes the well-known “Spiral Jetty” and films, photographs, writings, sculptures, and more. See a full review on the Gallery Page, p. 15. Exhibit runs through Oct, 945 Madison Ave. at 75th St. Open Wed.-Sun. 212-570-3633; $12.

THU.SEP.1

James Turrell’s Meeting

This long-term installation at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is back! The 1986 work is one of the highlights of P.S.1 and people travel for miles just to see this room. Open only at dusk, the artist intended for the public to witness the slow change in the color of the setting sun. The ceiling opens to reveal the sky, and as one sits in the room, one experience a visual that gradually changes from a luminous blue to a calming black. Every Saturday at nightfall, at 22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave. in Long Island City, a short subway ride from Manhattan. Take the No. 7 train to 45th St. Courthouse Square or E train to 23 St./Ely Ave. Call 718-784-2084 for more information.

Half-Price Laughs for Students

Homo Comicus, a periodic ensemble of top gay and gay-vague comics, class clowns, cut-up, and detention hall cheese- and beefcake, hosts a special back-to-school evening, offering students with valid I.D. half off the admission price of $12 (you’re the student; do the math). Laughmeister Michael hosts Shecky Beagleman, Jessica Kirson, Danny McWilliams, and others. There’s a two-drink minimum. Gotham Comedy Club, 34 W. 22nd St., 8:30 p.m. Call 212-367-9000 for reservations.

SAT.SEP.3

Cherry Grove Art Show

Barbara Ann Levy Gallery presents a month-long show of drawings by Jason Seder and paintings by David Spiher, Fri. 6-11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. An opening reception will be held today from 6-8 p.m. 631-597-4054.

SUN.SEP.4

Pride in the Borscht Belt

The Day to Be Gay Foundation of Sullivan County hosts the fifth annual Day to Be Gay in the Catskills, a celebration of lesbian and gay music and culture for everyone. There will be music, entertainment, food, vendors of all types, and even a dog contest (sorry no cats…) Delaware Community Center in Callicoon, New York, on the Delaware River, about 22 northwest of Monticello on Route 17B, noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $15 that benefits the Foundation, which works to improve visibility and social opportunities for gay folks in the Catskills. For more information, visit daytobegay.org or call 845-295-8721.

MON.SEP.5

The ONE Campaign

In Uganda, young people who make it to secondary school are three times less likely to get AIDS, and experts say that worldwide, access to a good basic education could even prevent 700,000 HIV cases every year. Yet, over 100 million children are not in school around the world. Can you believe that 46 million children are out of school in Africa alone—more than all the children in primary school in the entire United States—and that more than half are girls? Investment in one area pays off in others. Just sending a child to school helps boys and girls live longer, have healthier families, prevent diseases like HIV/AIDS, get better jobs and earn more money—lifting up their families, their communities and eventually their countries. All kids have dreams; they just need the tools to make them real. We all know that when children thrive, families succeed and countries prosper. Visit ONE.org for more information.

TUE.SEP.6

Talking for Glory

The Galinsky Bros present Manhattan’s only monologue slam. Robert Galinsky hosts “The Championship Set” and brother Phillip does the honors with “The 30-Second Slam.” At stake is nothing less than the title of Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, btwn. Bleecker and Houston Sts., 8 p.m. Admission is $6. For more information, call 212-614-0505.

WED.SEP.7

Midnights With Moonshine

Moonshine, who holds the title of Ms. Downtown Ingénue 2004, reigns over an outrageous open mic every Wed. until the last poet goes home. There is no cover, but a one-drink minimum, with specials until dawn. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, btwn. Bleecker and Houston Sts., 11:59 p.m. . For more information, call 212-614-0505.

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