THU. MAY 26
Summer Camp Enrollment
The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx is offering fun and exciting summer activities to New York kids, aged 6-13, at its annual summer camp, Jul. 5 to Aug. 19. Fees are $840 for the first child and $756 for each additional sibling. Enrollment is currently open to all families until Jun. 17, 2005. A total of seven field trips are included in the summer camp fee. In addition, a special “Fritz Day” trip is offered each year to Oyster Bay, Long Island, on August 4 that features boating and other aquatic activities. Call Atiyah Brown at 718-893-8254 x 249 for more information.
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. Delancey and Rivigton Sts. Visit breedingground.com or call 347-683-7698 for more information.
Thomas Kelly and Colum McCann discuss Kelly’s latest novel, “Empire Rising.” Both authors will be available to answer questions and sign books after the reading. Thomas Kelly worked in construction, graduated from Fordham and Harvard, then served as an advance man for the mayor of New York City. A former teamster, he writes for Esquire. His first novel, “Payback,” has been adapted by David Mamet for a feature film. Housing Works Used Book Café at 7 p.m. 126 Crosby St., one block east of Broadway.
Whitney Study Program
The 2004-05 Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellows of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Studies Program present papers focusing on the development of critical perspectives on visual culture. 6 p.m. at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Madison Ave. at 75th St. Free.
Dress Suits to Hire
Tonight is the opening of this play with a heady mixture of erotic fantasy and hard-boiled pulp drama, in which two “sisters” who live in a rental clothing shop use the merchandise to try on various facets of their personalities. “Dress Suits To Hire” is a haunting and hilarious look into sexuality and lesbian desires. La MaMa E.T.C. Annex Theatre, 74A E. 4th St. btwn. Second and Third Aves. Shows are Thu.-Sun. through June 5. $20; 212-475-7710.
“Making The Book: Image Analysis & Sequence Editing,” a workshop with Daniel Power, publisher of powerHouse Books, offers two Saturday classes on July 9 and 16 from 11a.m.–5p.m. Registration fee is $500 or $350 for students. Contact susanne@powerHouseBooks.com or call 212-604-9074 x116 for more information.
The Brute Revisited
The new exhibit of painting and sculpture by Robert Loughlin is on display at Mondo Cane Gallery, 174 Duane St., west of Hudson St. through June 22. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 12-6 p.m. Sat.
FRI. MAY 27
Shoot to Win
MAN inaugurates it’s newest, and manliest, of competitions — “Spunk Fight,” a sport where the best sperm wins. Competition cups and instructions can be picked up at the door or visit brotherhooded.com for more details. DJ Mark Cicero spins in the main room. DJ BeJay reigns in the M8 Lounge. Boots, barbers, artists, vendors, dancing and lots of sexy men provide for fun and mayhem. $20, 11 p.m. 21 and over. ID required. 555 W. 33rd St.
Out at the Movies
The Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York, presents a series of queer films through June 1, including “Brother to Brother” and “My Mother Likes Women” and “The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg.” $9 each film. Visit burnsfilmcenter.org or call 914-747-5555 for directions and times.
Gay Literary Journal
Gay male writers, photographers and artists are invited to submit their original works for consideration to Cream Drops, a new literary journal. Visit creamdrops.com for more information.
SAT. MAY 28
This openly gay recording artist will perform songs from his debut album, “Cronick Valentine,” on 8 p.m. in the East Village at 324 E. 9th St. Call 212-228-7767 for more information. Zuckerman just returned after his second European tour and this summer will play at various Pride festivals across the country alongside Macy Gray, The Indigo Girls, Kimberly Locke, Jai Rodriguez and RuPaul.
“Knick Knack Paddy Wack… Give a Dog a Bone,” the new work by this artist, is on exhibit through June 19 at Metaphor Contemporary Art, 382 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, btwn. Hoyt and Bond Sts. Thu.-Sun. 12-6 p.m. 718-254-9126.
“Mosaics,” the new series of works on paper by this artist are on exhibit at 125-10 Queens Blvd., #724, Kew Gardens, Queens. 718-261-6755
SUN. MAY 29
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.
MON. MAY 30
Latin Collector Gallery is pleased to present “Carmen Herrera: Five Decades of Painting” a retrospective of paintings by visionary Cuban artist Carmen Herrera. The exhibition will run through July 31 with an opening reception tonight at 6 p.m. 153 Hudson St. between Hubert and Laight Sts. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat. 12-6 p.m. 212-334-7813.
“The Moon is Down,” new paintings by this artist, is on exhibit through June 19 at Metaphor Contemporary Art, 382 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, Thu.-Sun. 12-6 p.m. 718-254-9126.
TUE. MAY 31
What do Alexander the Great, J. Edgar Hoover, Gertrude Stein and Andy Warhol all have in common? Exit Art begins 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. Gala opening dinner tonight at 7 p.m. $275. Call 212-966-7745. 475 Tenth Ave. at 36th St.
For all those who have read the Rudyard Kipling novel and would like to join a discussion group, come to Border’s Bookstore at 100 Broadway near Wall St. at 6 p.m. Free 212-864-1988
Who is Martin Odum?
A retired spy, or a “legend,” a false identity created by the CIA? The answer is in Robert Litell’s gripping new novel “Legends.” Reading and book signing at Barnes and Noble, Broadway at W. 66th St. 6 p.m.
WED. JUNE 1
Free Outdoors Concert
Grammy Award-winning composer Tan Dun will conduct “Water Passion After St. Matthew” on Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport at 8 p.m., part of the three-day series of events “Sights Unseen” launching the River-to-River Festival of 500 free cultural events throughout the summer. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for tonight’s concert. Visit rivertorivernyc.com for more information.
FRI. JUNE 3
Moral Values Festival
Running through July 3, this performance festival is for the “mortally perverse and morally bankrupt” and includes shows like “Dear Dubya: Patriotic Love Letters to Whitehouse.org” and “Lulu: A Peep Show.” At the Brick Theater, 575 Metropolitan Ave. (between Union Ave. and Lorimer St.) in Brooklyn. $10 each show. Call 212-868-4444 or visit smarttix.com for complete schedule.
Contemporary Japanese Music
“Weaving Japanese Sounds” is a live concert series tonight and on June 10 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
On select Friday evenings (pay-what-you-wish admission) at the Whitney Museum of American Art, this series offers live music and literary events. Tonight it is the “Refuge Trio” named after a Joni Mitchell song, with Theo Bleckmann, John Hollenbeck and Gary Versace making their unique jazzy sound. 7 p.m. at 945 Madison Ave. at 75th St.
Immerse yourself in 80’s culture this week. Meet performer Alex Perez and win tickets to his 80’s cabaret comedy “Media Killed The Video Star!” 10 p.m. at Pyramid, 101 Ave. A, $8.
SAT. JUNE 4
Open-Air Book Fair
Readers and music lovers can look forward to kicking off the summer with a daylong block party and book sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Crosby St. (between Broadway and Lafayette) at Prince Street. Hosted by Housing Works Bookstore Café, the bookstore run by the citywide not-for-profit organization that provides services for homeless New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS, all profits from the sale will benefit clients of Housing Works.
The mansion, Manhattan’s oldest house built in 1765, offers walking tours on Saturdays in June at 12 p.m. Visit morrisjumel.org for more information. Today, it’s the neighborhood walking tour of the Jumel Terrace Historic District in Upper Manhattan. 65 Jumel Terrace between 160th and 162nd Sts.
SUN. JUNE 5
“Siberia,” the photographs of this artist, a Russian-Jewish émigré, are on display at Moti Hassan Gallery at 330 W. 38th St., Suite 211, through June 16, opening reception tonight at 6 p.m.
Green-Wood Cemetery Tours
An exciting array of historic walking tours and bird-watching excursions make up historic Green-Wood Cemetery’s new summer schedule. These outdoor activities are part of an ongoing series of cultural and educational events that highlight Green-Wood as an important visitor destination. A portion of the proceeds from the fees will support the “Saved In Time” program. Visitors can call Green-Wood at 718-768-7300 or call Jeff Richman at 631-549-4891 for additional information about today’s 1 p.m. tour.
The Blue Heron Theatre will close its 17th season with the world premiere of this play by acclaimed novelist John Dufresne. It takes place on Labor Day weekend at a mobile home park in Louisiana and involves a 41-year-old marriage buffeted by alcoholism and Alzheimer’s. Wed.-Sat. at 8 p.m., 123 E. 24th St. through June 26. Call 212-979-500 for tickets.