THU. JUN 16
The ONE Campaign
Next month, Pres. George W. Bush will join the leaders of the world’s eight richest nations for a three-day Group of 8 summit in Scotland. At this historic meeting, these eight men will have the power to save the lives of millions of people who live in extreme poverty. And you can help make this happen. Sign the “ONE Declaration,” asking Bush to deliver an essential and historic plan for the world’s poor at the G8 summit this year. Visit ONE.org to sign the letter.
Safer Sex In The City
The Museum of Sex hosts a benefit fund-raiser for the AIDS Service Center, NYC. This hot party will highlight sexuality and safer sex practices—all in the spirit of promoting risk reduction behavior and raising awareness of ASC’s important work. 7-10 p.m. at the Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Ave. at 27th St. $20; 212.645.0875
Tonight and next Friday evening, the critically acclaimed guitarist and composer Roni Ben-Hur will appear with pianist Bertha Hope, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Leroy Williams in a special presentation of “The Music of Elmo Hope” at The Marriott Hotel at 333 Adams St., at Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard, Brooklyn. 8-9:30 p.m. For reservations and additional information, call 718-246-7000.
Swing Out Sister
With their first live NYC performance in seven years, this duo returns to the stage. 8 p.m. at the Canal Room, 285 West Broadway at Canal St. Visit ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets.
John Epperson, aka Lypsinka, performs for two nights at 8 p.m. at the Zipper, 336 W. 37th St. $30; 212-279-4200.
FRI. JUN 17
Pansy, Dyke, Homo, Fag
NYU Bobst Library presents an exhibition of primary research materials from the university curricula for the study of gender and sexuality in English and American culture. Items included range from literary texts from 1740 to present to materials from the early German and English homosexual rights campaigns to highlights of the university’s Downtown New York collection of art—among them, the work of David Wojnarowicz and the art collective RepoHistory. Benjamin Mosse is curator. Bobst Library is located at 70 Washington Square South. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibition runs through Sep. 15. For more information, call 212-998-2596.
SAT. JUN 18
Le Petit Versailles Garden
This outdoor exhibition and performance space, located at 346 E. Houston St., btwn. Aves. B & C, presents “Amoeba Technology,” an evening of live electronic music and video happening with simultaneous world Webcast in more than ten countries, presented in conjunction with Fetes de la Lumiere in Paris. 9 p.m. For more information, visit amoebatechnology.net.
“The Two Gentlemen Of Verona,” Shakespeare’s comedic tale about the power and effects of love, as evidenced when two lifelong friends fall for the same woman, is directed by Kate Moss and presented by Boomerang Theatre Company. Opens tonight at Central Park and runs at various venues citywide through July. Today and tomorrow at 2 p.m. at 69th St. & Central Park West. Visit boomerangtheatre.org for more information.
SUN. JUN 19
LGBT Pride Rally
Pride Week officially kicks off the Pride Rally in Bryant Park, 42nd St. at Sixth Ave., behind the New York Public Library. Karen Williams emcees the event that runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with Cellardoor providing musical entertainment, and speakers including Susan Sommer, the Lambda Legal attorney who won a landmark case in the New York Supreme Court ordering the city clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses, a ruling appealed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg; author and Democratic Party official Andrew Tobias; Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum from Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, the LGBT Jewish congregation; and Pauline Park, the transgender rights advocate who is co-chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy.
What do Alexander the Great, J. Edgar Hoover, Gertrude Stein and Andy Warhol all have in common? Exit Art continues a two-month exhibition structured around the idea of an imaginary national art museum dedicated to LGBT artists. From the West Side Piers to Sal Mineo to Mercedes McCambridge to Quentin Crisp. 212-966-7745; 475 Tenth Ave. at 36th St.
Folsom Street East
Gay Male S/M Activists (GMSMA) holds its annual S/M-Leather-Fetish Block Party on 28th St. btwn. Tenth and Eleventh Aves., featuring music, fun, fetish, community groups and vendors. This year’s event benefits the New York City Anti-Violence Project, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, the LGBT Community Center, the Leather Leadership Conference and GMSMA. The fun kicks off at 2 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. Suggested donation is only $5. For complete information, visit folsomstreeteast.org.
Spring Fever Festival 2005
Breeding Ground Productions presents this three-week festival of creative experiences that “take risks, blur boundaries and bring the innovation of the underground arts community to the surface of the city.” Events are at the Flamboyan Theatre at Clemente Soto Velez Center, 107 Suffolk St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey Sts. Visit breedingground.com or call 347-683-7698 for more information.
MON. JUN 20
Garden Party 22
The LGBT Community Center hosts its 22nd annual Pride Garden Party at Hudson River Park’s Pier 54, at W. 14th St. The event includes a tasting feast from the finest downtown eateries, appearances by comedienne Kate Clinton, singer Leslie Uggams, funny man Bruce Vilanch, Broadway star Donna Murphy and the Center’s famed Silent Auction. Admission is $60 in advance; $50 for Center members and $75 at the gate. Tickets are available at the Center, 208 W. 13th St. or online at gaycenter.org.
Brad Gooch (author of “Godtalk,” “Finding the Boyfriend Within ” and “Dating the Greek Gods”) conducts a talk, “Gay Travels In Spiritual America.” At 7 p.m. at Laughlin Hall, St. Luke’s In the Fields. (Barrow St. at Hudson St. in Greenwich Village) Q&A period, followed by a reception. Free.
WED. JUN 22
Black Pride NYC Rebirth
Five days of Black Pride NYC celebrations kick off with an opening reception and community forum at the LGBT Community Center—“Pride Without Boundaries—Not Just a Party Anymore.” The evening includes a discussion among community and political leaders, an exhibition of art and photography, guest performers, good food, fun and more. 208 W. 13th St., 7 to 10 p.m. A Rebirth Afterparty takes place beginning at 10 p.m. at Luke & Leroy’s, 21 Seventh Ave. So. at Leroy, 212-645-0004. For complete information on Black Pride NYC, visit blackpridenyc.com.
In celebration of Gay Pride, the House Of Xavier proudly presents Poetry Glam Slam 2005 at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery at Bleecker St., 212-614-0505; 7p.m., $7.
Scott Nevins gathers together Broadway’s brightest and nightlife’s best for a one-night only extravaganza of outrageous comedy and sensational song in “The Scott Nevins Variety Hour” at the legendary Caroline’s On Broadway! Andrea McArdle, Shayna Steele, John Hill, Ari Gold, Adam Sank, Natalie Joy Johnson, Allison Tilsen, Lori Ann Strunk, Adam Joseph, Shaboomboom and others are scheduled to attend. $18 plus two-drink minimum; 9:30 p.m. at 1626 Broadway at 50th St., 212-757-4100.
THU. JUN 23
Racism & Homophobia—A Pride Topic
Black Pride NYC hosts a 7 p.m. benefit screening of “Strange Fruit,” a film set in contemporary rural Louisiana, where a successful black gay lawyer from New York comes back home to investigate the lynching of a gay boyhood friend. The film will be followed by a discussion of racism and homophobia by a panel that includes Steven Fullwood, of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jasmyne Cannick, of the Jasymyne Cannick PR firm, Kenyon Farrow of the New York State Black Gay Network, Russell Robinson, an attorney, Basil Lucas of the New York City Anti Violence Project, and Duncan Osborne of Gay City News. A cocktail reception follows. A second, general admission screening follows at 10 p.m. For tickets—$50 for the 7 p.m. benefit screening and $15 for the 10 p.m. screening—visit blackpridenyc.com or call 212-613-0097. Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St. at Laight St., one block below Canal St.
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.
City Council Salutes Pride
City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, and the three gay and lesbian councilmembers—Christine Quinn, Margarita Lopez and Phil Reed—host an early evening ceremony honoring Laurel Holloman, from “The L Word,” Dr. Mathilde Krim, founding chairwoman of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, Christopher Sieber, of the “Spamalot” cast on Broadway, Joyce Hunter, founding member of the Hetrick-Martin Institute and the Harvey Milk School, Dr. Luis Freddy Molano, founder of the Community Healthcare Network’s Bronx Health Center Transgender Program, and Miriam Yeung, director of public policy and government relations at the LGBT Community Services Center. Celebrities on hand for the event include Jim Verraros, “American Idol” recording artist, the cast of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” Robert Goulet from “La Cage Aux Folles,” the cast of “ The Altar Boyz,” Fran Drescher and the Gay Men’s Chorus Youth Pride Chorus. City Hall, 5: 30 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com.
The Jewish Community Center’s wickedly fun “Beach Blanket Bingo Pride Party” (without the beach, blankets or Bingo) features the fabulous drag performers, The Screaming Queens. Join this outrageously naughty lip-syncing entourage that has strutted its fabulous stuff at the parties of Barbara Streisand and George Stephanopoulos. 7:30 p.m. at 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St. $15/$20 in advance; $20 /$25 at the door. Dinner and booze will be served. To register, call 646-505-5708 or visit jccmanhattan.org.
Cherry Bomb, named after the Runaways hit with a nod to Joan Jett, showcases a night of varied LGBT acts through performance, drag, and music featuring Bitch, God-Des, Karyn Kuhl, Dalypsttx, Justin Tranter, Taylor Mac, V.I.P., Dynasty Handbag, Jen Urban And The Box, and The Dazzle Dancers. 9 p.m. at The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St., btwn. Church St. and Broadway, $15. 212-219-3132.
FRI. JUN 24
Marble Cemetery Benefit
A program of inspirational songs from the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus to benefit the Marble Cemetery in the East Village is tonight at 7 p.m. $12/ $10 students and seniors (pay at the gate) at 52-74 East Second St., east of Second Ave. Visit nycmc.org for more information.
Backdoor to Oz
Crobar’s main room will be transformed for the evening into the land of Oz for an event with partial proceeds to benefit the Ali Forney Center for homeless youth. Complete with tornado-tossed house and the Emerald City, with a rock vibe, hosted by the luminous Michael T and DJ Lina, and presided over by Owen Hawk, Kansas never looked better. 10 p.m. at 530 W. 28th St. $20-35 available at crobar.com or the door.
SAT. JUN 25
The Pride Spirit
The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine hosts an inter-faith service with participants from the LGBT community, including New Hampshire’s openly gay Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson and playwright Terrence McNally. Broadway and clergy. 2 p.m. at Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St. Call 212-316-7441 for more information.
Lesbian Herstory Archives
The Lesbian Herstory Archives hosts an open house from noon to 4 p.m. The archives, certainly worth a visit if you have not been there, is located at 484 14th St. in Park Slope, just off Prospect Park West. For more information, call 718-768-3953 or visit lesbianherstoryarchives.org.
Dyke March 2005
Open to all women, whether born women or otherwise, the annual Dyke March is about visibility, noise, agitation and liberation. Bring signs, banners, drums, giant puppets, flags, hula hoops or just your squeeze. This is a protest march, not a parade. The organizers will once again this year not seek a police permit and the aim is to raise consciousness of lesbian rights , safety and oppression. The march takes off from Bryant Park at 42nd St. and Sixth Ave. at 5 p.m. sharp. For more information, call 212-479-8520 or visit nycdykemarch.org.
Black Gay, Lesbian Lit: New Directions
As part of Black Pride NYC, the Nuyorican Poets Café hosts a late afternoon discussion with young gay and lesbian writers of note in the African-American community. James Early Hardy reads from his new book, “A House Is Not a Home;” slam poet Staceyann Chin performs; Alphonso Morgan, author of “Sons,” reads; rapper and musiciain Hanifah Waldifah reads from “Black Folks Guide to Black Folks.´ Frank Leon Roberts, co-editor of the forthcoming “Dancing the Down Low, Remixing the Closet: Black Men, Sexuality, and Cultural Politics,” hosts. 236 E. Third St., btwn. Aves. B and C., 4 to 6 p.m.
Rapture on the River
Heritage of Pride hosts its first-ever women’s dance on the Hudson River at Pier 54, W. 13th St., 5 to 10 p.m. Twisted Dee is the DJ. Advance tickets are $20, which can be purchased at Rubyfruit Bar & Grill, 531 Hudson, at boxofficetickets.com or by calling 800-494-TIXS. Admission is $25 at the gate.
Tonight is the opening festivities of the 60th annual Caramoor music festival in Katonah, New York. Caramoor’s Imperial Ball features “Ode to Joy” with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s led by Peter Oundjian and soloists Janice Chandler-Eteme, Mary Phillips, Simon O’Neill, Philip Cutlip, and The Collegiate Chorale. Tickets for the cocktail reception, dinner dance and concert are $250-$2,500. Call 914-232-1252 for more information.
Dyke Ball 2005
A benefit for the Dyke March Committee and W.O.W. Café Theater, the women’s performance space, Dyke Ball takes place at Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., btwn. Ninth and Tenth Sts., from 8 p.m. on. Admission is $10, or less if you’re strapped. For more information, call 212-479-8520 or visit nycdykemarch.org.
SUN. JUN 26
LGBT Pride March
The 36th annual march kicks off at noon from Fifth Ave. at 52nd St. and proceeds down Fifth to its conclusion at Christopher and Greenwich Sts. At 2 p.m., there will be the traditional moment of silence to remember those who have died of AIDS and to honor those who continue to struggle with the illness and the effort to prevent and treat it. The grand marshals for this year’s march are transgender rights activist Pauline Park, author and Democratic Party official Andrew Tobias and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. For complete information on where specific contingents are gathering to join the march, visit hopinc.org.
Heritage of Pride hosts its annual Pride Fest, on Greenwich and Washington Sts. between Christopher and Spring. There’s art for sale, other merchandise, stage entertainment and even a KidSpace. Go early and beat the crowds or visit after the march. It’s open all day, from 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Dance on the Pier
Randy Bettis is the opening DJ and Warren Gluck the closing DJ for the Dance on the Pier that closes Gay Pride Sunday at Pier 54, at 14th St. at the Hudson River. Guy Smith handles the lighting. The dance runs from 4 to 11 p.m. and is capped with fireworks over the Hudson. Tickets are $55 by visiting boxofficetickets.com or by calling 800-494-TIXS.
The city’s hottest multi-cultural gay dance party takes place once a month at Satalla. DJs spinning soca (modern Calypso), reggae and chutney (Indo-Caribbean Calypso), Bollywood music, Bhangra (Punjabi), house, hip-hop, Latin house and reggueton. 37 W. 26th St. 212-576-1155; 4 p.m. $15