The Chelsea Two-Step
Composer and actor Gerald Busby traces his musical life from Tyler, Texas to the Chelsea Hotel, where he has lived since 1975. In his years in Chelsea, Busby has collaborated with choreographer Paul Taylor, playwright Craig Lucas, and filmmaker Robert Altman. Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St. btwn. West Fourth and Bleecker Sts., 8: 30 p.m. tonight and Fri., Aug. 19. Tickets are $20 at the door. For more information, call 212-663-1967.
FRI. AUG. 19
Live from Home
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe continues its monthly music series, “Live from Home,” sponsored by First Act, Inc. tonight at 7:30 p.m. This month’s benefit concert features performances by Charlie Sexton, Blondfire, and opening act Sonya Kitchell. $25; seating is unreserved and limited, on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open at 7 p.m. 126 Crosby St., one block east of Broadway between Houston and Prince Sts.; 212-334-3324.
Curry Club NYC hosts a party blending South Asian and Caribbean sounds—two floors of Bollywood Bhangra, Soca, Chutney, Reggueton, ‘80s, and House Sounds. Pepper, 95 Leonard St. at Broadway in Tribeca. $15 cover, $10 before midnight. Entry to those 18-plus. Bring I.D.
Klezmer in Flushing
Metropolitan Klezmer, a queer-friendly ensemble that mixes traditional Yiddish music with an eclectic mix of newer sounds, appears at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. at Linden Pl., 8 p.m. kicks off two sets. For more information on the venue, call 718-463-7700. This event is free.
Judy Garland Live!
Well… sort of. The award-winning Tommy Femia returns to Gotham for one night only for a late evening set of some of Judy’s greatest—“Swanee,” “I Could Go On Singing,” “Chicago,” “That’s Entertainment” and, of course, “Over the Rainbow.” Tommy even dares to imagine her singing “Cabaret.” Matthew Ward (“Forbidden Broadway”) is musical director and Baby Jane Dexter is the special guest star. Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St., 11 p.m. There is a $20 cover plus a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call 212-757-0788.
SUN. AUG. 21
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.
The Federation of East Village Artists will host its third annual counter-cultural country fair, that will include more than 200 events scattered through the East Village and the Lower East Side and centered in Tomkins 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. The opening night extravaganza will be hosted by the King of Showbiz, Murray Hill, and will feature performances by Theo and the Skyscrapers, Deva (a chick-fronted Devo cover band), the Dazzle Dancers, Reverend Jen, the Wau Wau Sisters, Reverend Glasseye, DJ Dirty Jean, Julie Atlas Muz, Taylor Mac, Miss Saturn, Scotty the Blue Bunny, and many more. The Delancey, 168 Delancey St., btwn. Clinton & Attorney Sts., 7 p.m. Tickets, at the door, $10 for FEVA members, $12 otherwise.
Male Desire Two
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.
Betwist and Be Twain
Radical Women presents a Summer Reading Circle presentation of Mark Twain’s searing, 1905 “King Leopold’s Soliloquy,” an anti-imperialist broadside against European exploitation of Africa and plea for African independence. Freedom Hall, 113 W. 128th St., just west of Malcolm X Blvd, 7-8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but $3 donation is requested. Snacks served from 6:45 p.m.
TUE. AUG. 23
Lose the Habit
The American-Italian Cancer Foundation, in tandem with the American Cancer Society and the Actor’s Fund of America hosts a weekly support group for women trying to stop smoking. The group meets Tue., 6 to 7 p.m. at the Aurora, 475 W. 57th St. at Tenth Ave., second fl. To register or get more information on this program or other anti-smoking programs of the American-Italian Cancer Foundation, e-mail email@example.com or call 212-628-9090.
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, more than 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.
Acing Your Next Interview
Out Professionals presents “ Secrets of Interviewing Effectively,” a job-search workshop led by the Five O’Clock Club’s career coach Win Sheffield, who is an MBA and a corporate strategic planner. Sheffield will talk about what he calls the consultant mentality. 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.
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.
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 floor.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Sun. at Tompkins Square Park. Each artists who participates will be issue a 7 x 7 ft. painting slot. You must register by Aug. 20. Contact FEVA immediately at email@example.com or visit the organization’s headquarters in person at 619 E. Sixth St. Be there or no square. For complete information, visit howlfestival.com.
Positvely 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.
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. For more information, visit saveourschoolnyc.org or call 917-650-4944.”
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.