7 Days and 7 Nights

THU. AUG. 11

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

Summer Photography

The LGBT Community Center’s National Museum of LGBT History hosts two summer shows, one highlighting the work of the New York Gay and Lesbian Photography Club, which celebrates the diversity of contemporary photography, with nudes, still lives and landscapes executed in media including traditional black-and- white, “straight” and manipulated digital work and alternative processes. Photographer Christine Blackburn displays images of LGBT life in Cuba, which she has found is one of moderate acceptance, with the occasional repressive backlash. For more information on the club, e-mail eieio@nyc.rr.com. 208 W. 13th St., 212-620-7310. Through Aug. 12.

FRI. AUG. 12

Comedy Fest

Erin Foley, from Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” Poppi Kramer from “The E Channel,” Danny McWilliams from the “Original Funny Gay Males,” Daniella Foerste and others perform tonight at Don’t Tell Mama, hosted by Michael Brill. 343 West 46th Street, $10 cover, two-drink minimum, 212-757-0788.

Le Petit Versailles Garden

Come visit one of the city’s more spectacular cultural and public spaces at 346 E. Houston St., between Avenues B & C. (F / V trains to Second Ave. Walk east on Houston St. or J/M trains to Delancey and walk northeast to Houston St. Rain or Shine. Free or donation. 212-529-8815.

Summer on the Hudson

Riverside Park South hosts a DJ dance party as part of the “Summer On The Hudson” event series. Dance all night with renowned, world music DJs Fabian Asultany, Derek Beres and Acidophilus and special guests, Body Temple Drummers. 7-11 p.m. at Riverside Park South (on the plaza in front of Pier I). Enter at the Hudson River at W. 68th or W. 72nd Streets. Free. Call 212- 408-0219 for more information.

SAT. AUG. 13

Love Language

“Decoding Relationship Communication,” a workshop with psychotherapist Deborah Feller, will be presented by the Moonfire Empowerment and Spirituality Network tonight at 5 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. Discover how unresolved family-of-origin baggage plays out in all couples’ dynamics. Learn to recognize your triggers, express your true needs, and feel safe enough to be intimate. Open to all. $6.

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.

SUN. AUG. 14

Kicking Ash

There’s new help for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in the Bronx who want to quit smoking, thanks to a series of bold new initiatives. The American Legacy Foundation has funded a series of programs run by the Bronx Lesbian & Gay Health Resource Consortium to educate LGBT people about their health and encourage them to participate in local smoking cessation and prevention programs. “Queer and Healthy in the Bronx: Smoking Cessation for LGBT Persons and their Families” involves several smoking cessation projects, including the innovative “Gurlz Kick Ash!” and the “Spot Next Door” programs. Information on all of these smoking cessation programs can be found at: blghrc.org or at 718-292-4368.

MON. AUG. 15

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill hosts the fourth annual tribute to the Material Girl, with her classics performed live by Cathy Cervenka (Loser’s Lounge), Theo (Lunachicks), Johnny Murder (The Psychos), David Gurland (Neurotica), Patti Rothberg, Mark Rinzel(The Ways Away), Militia, Lisa Jackson Kiki, Yana, Corn Mo, La’Shelle, Hot Sausage, Moi?, Emily Strigl(The Mynx), and The Dazzle Dancers. 237 W. 42nd St., 8 p.m. $12 in advance at 212-997-4555, ext. 11 or $17 at the door.

Trek Asia for amFAR

The American Foundation for AIDS Research from Oct. 28-Nov. 6 is hosting its second physical challenge fund-raising event, Trek Asia for amfAR: Vietnam. Over a ten-day period, participants will hike through the remote and spectacular landscape of northern Vietnam, then kayak around Cat Ba Island in magnificent Halong Bay. Along with scenery and adventure, Trek Asia for amfAR: Vietnam will offer participants a unique opportunity to learn about the AIDS crisis in Asia from medical experts working on the front lines. Funds raised through the Trek will be used to support amfAR’s lifesaving programs, including TREAT Asia. Space is limited. For further information, call 212-806-1736 or e-mail andrew.greene@amfar.org.

Brooklyn LGBT Community

GLOBE, a group to support and empower the LGBTQ Bushwick community, holds weekly meetings on Mondays to discuss and address the issues that are oppressing our communities. We tackle these issues through open discussions, movies and much more. Call 718-418-7690, ext. 207 for more information. 8:15 p.m. at 301 Grove St., btwn. Knickerbocker and Irving Aves.

Movie Night With…

This new monthly series at the IFC Center opens with indie filmmaker David Gordon Green hosting a double-feature of “Thunderbolt” and “Lightfoot” and “Jeremiah Johnson” tonight at 7:30. The IFC Center turns over a theater to special guests and lets them call the shots. Audiences can discover what some of their favorite authors, musicians, artists and filmmakers would pick if it were Movie Night at their house. Tickets for the evening are $10.75/$7 seniors. 323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rd St. Call 212 924-7771.

TUE. AUG. 16

Benefiting Queer Youth

Drag diva Sha Boom Boom welcomes the stars of the hit LOGO feature film, “The Ski Trip”—Maurice Jamal, Daren Fleming, Cassandra Cruz, Nathan Hale and Emanuel Xavier—to O.W. Bar to benefit queer youth. Hang out with the cast members, get signed autographs and enjoy special performances by Grenadine Ross & The Cherries, Rainbow Tribe and other special guests. 58th St. btwn. Second and Third Aves., 10:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $20. For more information, please write to shaboomboom@hotmail.com.

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 opening today 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.

A Bloom of Poetry

“Bloom,” the queer literary magazine hosts an evening of poetry readings featuring Alfred Corn, Rudy Kikel, Elaine Sexton, Christopher Murray, Jeff Oaks and others. 208 W. 13th St., 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $5.

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 losethehabit@yahoo.com or call 212-628-9090.

Hip Hop Bards

Vanessa Hidary, Joseph Hernandez-Kolski and musical guest Soce perform at Galapagos Art Space at 8 p.m. 70 N. Sixth Street (L Train to Lorimer St.) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Call 718-782-5188 for more information. $8.

Queer Justice Training

Are you lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and homeless? Have you been arrested and have a criminal record? Need more information on housing options? Need information about getting admitted to public housing even with a criminal record? Join Queers for Economic Justice for a training session at 6 p.m. 16 W. 32nd St., 10th fl. Please call 212-564-3608 to RSVP.

WED. AUG. 17

Liberal Arts

Housing Works Bookstore Café is proud to host the final installment of the “Liberal Arts,” the summer series for Air America Radio. Tonight at 8 p.m. join Katherine Lanpher, co-host of “The Al Franken Show” on Air America Radio, as she entertains Melissa Bank, author of the phenomenal bestseller “The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing.” 126 Crosby St. (one block east of Broadway between Houston and Prince Sts.) Call 212- 34-3324 for more information.

Loudon Wainwright

Tonight at 7 p.m. at Border’s Bookstore at Columbus Circle, Loudon Wainwright will perform and sign copies of his new “Undeclared DVD,” and his CD, “Here Come the Choppers.” Call 212-823-9775 fro more information.

Ladyfest East

Ladyfest East, the grassroots nonprofit organization supporting women in the arts, will hold a Chop Shop with the Beehive Salon of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The “cooler-than-school hairstylists” of Beehive will be offering up cuts for $20, which is less than half of their usual price for a haircuts at the salon. The Beehive Salon will donate the charge of each haircut to Ladyfest East to help cover the costs of the a multidisciplinary women’s arts festival, scheduled to take place in Brooklyn in October. 8 p.m. at Union Pool, 484 Union Ave. (at Meeker Ave.). Take the L train to Lorimer St.; G to Metropolitan Avenue.

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.

THU.AUG.18

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.

Karma Caribbean

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.

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. Exhibit runs through October. 945 Madison Ave. at 75th St. Open Wed.-Sun. 212-570-3633; $12.

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