THU. JUNE 9
Black AIDS Institute
The Black AIDS Institute is the nation’s only HIV/AIDS think tank that specifically serves black people. The institute’s mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in black communities by engaging and mobilizing black institutions and individuals and by interpreting public and private sector HIV policies, conducting training and offering technical assistance. The institute has just released a national report on the state of AIDS in black America, titled “The Time is Now!” The report explains the policies and politics that have helped shape the HIV/AIDS epidemic in black America and our nation’s response to it. To read the report and learn more about the institute, visit: BlackAIDS.org
June’s Culture Spot
NYC and Company, the city’s tourist and visitors’ agency, has named Wave Hill as the “Cultural Organization of the Month for June,” with a 2-for-1 discount on June admissions those who mention “Cultural Organization of the Month.” Wave Hill is a majestic park overlooking the Hudson River at 249th St. and Independence Ave. in the Bronx, open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tue.-Sun.; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Wed.; $4 for adults, $2 for students and seniors. Free on Tuesdays.
Comptroller Celebrates Pride
New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. will honor stage and screen legend Charles Busch; Paisley Currah, executive director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY; Florent Morellet, owner of Florent’s restaurant; Emil Wilbekin, former editor of Vibe magazine; and Eleanor Cooper, former executive director of the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Right that fought for the 1986 city gay rights law at his annual gay pride celebration. The Youth Pride Chorus of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus will perform. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP at 212-669-4466 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This latest “irony-laden, straight-themed” party in Williamsburg, welcomes art fags, dykes and straights of all kinds. Hang out, chat, and enjoy the obscure eclectic sounds of DJs Brock Monroe and Nicklcat. The Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St. btwn. Metropolitan Ave. and Devoe St., Williamsburg, 10 p.m. 718-599-5444.
“The Moon is Down,” new paintings by this artist, is on exhibit through June 19 at Metaphor Contemporary Art, 382 Atlantic Ave. btwn. Hoyt and Bond Sts., Brooklyn, Thu.-Sun. 12-6 p.m. 718-254-9126.
“I Pity The Dolls: A Collection of Contemporary and Vintage Mr. T Dolls” opens tonight at 7 p.m. at Orchard St. Gallery, 139 Orchard St. btwn. Rivington and Delancy Sts. in the Lower East Side, through July 9.
FRI. JUNE 10
Contemporary Japanese Music
“Weaving Japanese Sounds” is a live concert series with a varied repertoire of musicians. Pre-concert lectures at 7 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. at Piano Salon at Yamaha Artist Services, 689 Fifth Ave. at 54th St. $15; 212-339-9995.
MAN continues its testosterone-fueled dance party for men who enjoy the company of men with DJ Craig Spencer manning the turntables. Dancing, sport bouts, tournaments, boot shines, buzz cuts, lots of sexy men provide for loads of fun and mayhem. $20 at door. 11p.m. at Octagon, 555 W. 33rd St. Visit brotherhooded.com for more information.
Premonition records releasing presents jazz bassist Drew Gress’ “ 7 Black Butterflies” with performances tonight at The Jazz Gallery at 9 and 10:30 p.m., 290 Hudson St. btwn. Spring and Dominick Sts. 212-242-1063; $15
SAT. JUNE 11
A Nighttime Parade
Brooklyn Pride holds its annual festival and parade in Park Slope that includes New York’s only nighttime gay pride parade. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Prospect Park West, from Ninth St. to 15th St. The parade kicks off from PPW and 15th at 9 p.m. and snakes its way to Seventh Ave., Park Slope’s commercial heart, and proceeds to Lincoln Place.
Lesbian Herstory Archives
In conjunction with Brooklyn Pride, the Lesbian Herstory Archives hosts a “books plus” sale. 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.
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.
SUN. JUNE 12
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.
A Day in the Country
Upstate Rockland County hosts its sixth annual gay pride celebration in Nyack. For city residents hoping to join in the celebration, a bus will leave the LGBT Community Center at 208 W. 13th St. at 11 a.m., and return from Nyack at 5:30 p.m. Bus fare is $25 and includes a snack for the ride. The event includes indoor and outdoor activities for the whole queer family. Uptown Express, made up of singers from the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus, and Sister Funk, an all-female, five-piece band will perform. For more information, visit gaypriderockland.org.
Ulster County Pride
New Paltz will host its first gay pride celebration, opening with a march led by Mayor Jason West, currently facing trial for the same-sex marriages he solemnized in that Ulster County community last spring. A festival will follow in Hasbrouck and Peace Parks. For more information, call 845-255-2465 or email email@example.com.
MON. JUNE 13
Out, Loud, & Funny
This lively and provocative panel discussion includes today’s funniest and brightest writers, comedians, and performers discussing the distinctive voice that gay people have in the world of comedy. Kate Clinton, Frank DeCaro, Lea Delaria, Flotilla DeBarge, Judy Gold, Murray Hill, Reno, Bob Smith and moderator Julie Halston. 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. $20; 212-206-0039
TUE. JUNE 14
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.
Eldar Djangirov Trio
From Russia with swing—a young piano phenom makes his New York City club debut. Eldar Djangirov (piano), Marco Panascia (bass) and Todd Strait (drums) will perform through Jun. 19 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St. A boyish 18-year-old émigré from Kyrgyzstan might seem an unlikely candidate for greatness as a jazz pianist, but Eldar Djangirov is all of those things, and they have brought him to his self-titled debut recording for Sony Classical. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. with an additional 11:30 p.m. set on Fri., Sat. $30.
Florence Lynch Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition with nine artists who have created an artwork that includes a portrait-like representation of the gallerist herself, Florence Lynch. Over the years of running a gallery and being a distinct art world personality, Lynch has been repeatedly asked to sit, pose or participate in various artists’ projects. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 212-924-3290, at 531-539 W. 25th St.
WED. JUNE 15
Samson et Dalila
Julius Rudel will conduct four concert performances of this work by Saint-Saëns, based on an episode from Chapter 16 of the Book of Judges. 8 p.m. at Central Park’s Great Lawn. Free.
Gays in the Military
Out Professionals is hosting a panel discussion, moderated by Cathy Renna, and debuting the film trailer for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Meet the director of communications for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Steve Ralls and Jason Brittingham, a former petty officer in the Coast Guard, who was outed by his roommates. 7 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St.
THU. JUNE 16
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
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.
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 Blvd., Brooklyn. 8-9:30 p.m. For reservations and additional information call 718 246 7000.
SAT. JUNE 18
Cassatt String Quartet
The group will perform in the afternoon segment of “New Paths in Music Festival,” a day of music by living composers from Portugal, Australia and Lithuania. Pre-concert discussion at 1 p.m., followed by performance at 3:30 p.m. St. Peter’s Church, 346 W. 20th St.; $20.
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 Web casts 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.
MON. JUNE 20
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.