See Hawaiian history through Hawaiian eyes. In 1893, armed troops from the U.S.S. Boston landed at Honolulu in support of a coup d’etat against the constitutional sovereign of the nation of Hawai’i. The event marked the culmination of a century of foreign intervention in Hawai’i. Today, after another century of dispossession, the people of Hawai’i, the Kanaka Maoli, are asserting their right to self-determination. A discussion will follow the film, lead by Jesse Lokahi Heiwa of the Hawai’i Solidarity Committee. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. btwn. Stanton and Rivington. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. $5 Suggested
Discussion of Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Trans experience through reading contemporary and classic novels, plays, poetry, and non-fiction. Newcomers welcome to share or just listen. Today, “A Fairly HonoUrable Defeat” by Iris Murdoch 8 p.m., free. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310.
Out Professionals presents How to Market Yourself, a job-search workshop. Discover how to package yourself for today’s job market, how to decide which companies to target, and how to network for the job interviews you need. 8 p.m., OP members $10, nonmembers $15. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310.
Russian Fantastik Cinema
Russian cinema has an inspired tradition of fantastic filmmaking, drawn equally from modern technology and ancient folkloric traditions, and resulting in a treasure trove of cult classics that remain sadly unknown to American audiences. Beginning with the pioneering animation of Ladislaw Starewicz, through the silent classics “Aelita: Queen of Mars” and “A Spectre Haunts Europe” and on through Vasili Zhuravlev’s early talkie “Cosmic Voyage,” science fiction and fantasy have remained important presences throughout the history of Russian filmmaking. In the cold-war era and then throughout the age of Sputnik and beyond, sci-fi elements dominated. More than a decade before “2001,” visual-effects pioneers Pavel Klushantsev and Mikhail Koryukov created stunning visions of man’s voyage to outer space in such films as “The Heavens Call” and “Planet of Storms,” drawing upon the latest technical advances to present a highly detailed (and optimistic) view of space exploration. And in 1962, Kazansky and Chebotarev’s charming “The Amphibian Man,” a cross between Jules Verne and Hans Christian Andersen, became one of the biggest smash hits in Soviet history. A great deal of imagery from these astonishing works did end up Western screens—albeit mauled beyond recognition. Enterprising U.S. producers like Roger Corman purchased Japanese and Soviet sci-fi films at bargain prices, and gave them to up-and-coming American directors (Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich) to re-fashion into drive-in fodder. This series examines the history of Russian Fantastik, with rare screenings of these films as well as an encore showing of Aleksandr Ptushko’s delightful “Ruslan and Ludmila” in a brand new print, Aleksandr Rou’s classic adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s Christmas story “Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka,” the new version of Richard Viktorov’s 1982 “To the Stars by Hard Ways,” Karen Shakhnazarov’s remarkable, black comic meditation on Soviet history during the perestroika era, “Zero City, ” and Nochnoy Doznor’s 2004 epic tale of good versus evil, “Night Watch.” Walter Reade Theater, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza. $10 at 212-496-3809 or tickets.filmlinc.com. Through Aug. 24.
Equality Playwrights Festival
Given all the social and cultural barriers that are imposed on us, how do we breakthrough and make connections? Find ourselves? Accept who we are? What are the risks and consequences? The festival consists of four commissioned plays that revolve around diversity issues of cultural significance; this season focuses on 21st century gender identity issues. Robert Askins’ absurdist spin on the U.S. Military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy “Clean Living,” directed by Steven Ditmyer, is set in an Army barracks, where two men try to uncover the sexuality of a third; Joe Byers’ “Veils,” directed by Gregory Simmons, explores an American soldier’s experience in a war-torn Middle-Eastern country and his first sexual encounter with a local woman; Stuart Harris’ “Onna Field,” directed by Carlos Armesto, is about a top student and resident artist at Sidehill Boys School in West Omaha whose F in gym and concerned gym coach threaten to prevent him from being admitted to a high-ranking design school in Chicago; and Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza’s “Cold Flesh,” directed by Adam Fitzgerald, follows a newly-emigrated Filipino woman investigating significant people in her late husband’s life in America to reconstruct the man she knew versus the man he has supposedly become. Presented by Diverse City Theater at Clurman Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St. $18 at 212-279-4200 or ticketcentral.com. Through Aug. 26.
Opera And Slavery
Mozart’s unfinished opera “Zaide”—a tragic romance originally set amidst the clash of cultures between Christian and Muslim slaves in the Ottoman Empire—comes to the 2006 Mostly Mozart Festival in the U.S. premiere of a new, modern staging by director Peter Sellars. This new production of “Zaide” is one of four Lincoln Center commissions for the 40th anniversary Mostly Mozart Festival and 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth that seek to explore the great composer’s connections to today’s world. There will be a series of pre-opera discussions that relate to the theme of contemporary slavery evoked in Sellars’ production. All three discussions will include Sellars and Kevin Bales, President of Free the Slaves, in addition to a guest speaker each night. The discussions are free to all “Zaide” ticket holders and will begin one hour prior to curtain. Friday’s pre-show talk will include Mabel Tso, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Anti-Trafficking Collaborative, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). Saturday’s talk welcomes freelance journalist John Bowe. Frederick P. Rose Hall, Tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. $35, $45, $65, $75 at 212-721-6500 or lincolncenter.org.
Planet Of Storms
Upon arrival on Venus, a team of cosmonauts finds a hostile environment filled with furious volcanoes and sundry prehistoric beasts, including a cackling, swooping pterodactyl. Working from a dullish source, director Pavel Klushantsev went his 1958 Venusian cosmonaut epic “Road to the Stars” one better with this Soviet classic, overpowering the party-line dialogue with excellent poetic effects. “Planet of Storms” was subsequently bought by Roger Corman, who used Klushantsev’s footage as the basis of Curtis Harrington’s 1965 “Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet” and later incorporated footage from the film in Harrington’s 1966 “Queen of Blood.” Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Corman ran “Planet of Storms” through the recycling spin cycle one more time with 1968’s Mamie Van Doren vehicle “Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women,” which was the directorial debut of Peter Bogdanovich, no less. Preceded by a 12-minute short, “The Cameraman’s Revenge,” an early fantastic classic from the great animation pioneer, Wladaslaw Starewicz, about adultery in the insect kingdom. Presented as part of “A Journey Through Russian Fantastik Cinema” at the Walter Reade Theater. Today at 5 p.m. with an introductory talk by Robert Skotak. Also screening Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Aug. 17 at 4:15 p.m.
Queer Laugh Riot
The next Gay & Lesbian Comedy Fest features Danny McWilliams from Funny Gay Males, Lisa Kaplan from Gotham Comedy Club’s Homo-Comicus, Greg Walloch from Sweet Paprika, D’Yan Forest from Caroline’s On Broadway, Anne Neczypor from The New York Improv, David Hodorowski from Bruised Fruits Comedy/Improv Hour, and award-winning musical comedian Sidney Myer. Hosted By Michael Brill From Carolines On Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, The New York Improv, and The Duplex. Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St. $10 cover plus two-drink minimum. Reservations strongly suggested at 212-757-0788. 8:30 p.m.
Thin Walls is a summer exhibition at the Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, an artist-run space open on Saturdays and Sundays. The objects were chosen for their relation to a loosely defined theme of reflection. Reflection in all of its forms was chosen as an appropriate activity on which to dwell during a weekend show between seasons, semesters, and in some cases fiscal years. Ranging between the personal, historical, political, and optical, Thin Walls presents eight modestly scaled objects curated by artist Sara Greenberger Rafferty. Through Aug. 20, Sat. & Sun. 12-6 p.m., or by appointment. Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, 438 Union Ave. Free, 718-383-7309.
T At Ace of Clubs
A deep sexy celebration of house with DJ Dancer & DJ LA Thomas to provide the very best beats for continuous dancing pleasure. Surprise artists will be on hand to thrill and spill the T! Every Sun. 5 p.m. to midnight. 9 Great Jones St. btwn. Broadway & Lafayette, downstairs below ACME Bar & Grill. $10.
The Spiegeltent is one of the globe’s most treasured marvels. Since Marlene Dietrich first sang “Falling in Love Again” on the Spiegel stage in the 1930’s, these magic mirrors have reflected some of the world’s greatest performing artists and their enthralled public. The Spiegeltent is an opulent and spectacular venue of canvas, cut glass, teak, mirrors billowing velvet and brocade, which is being brought to New York City for the first time in history. This exceptional venue will be filled with sultry, funky, cutting edge artists for a limited run of only nine weeks. Featured artists include Edison Woods, Diamanda Galas, Absinthe, Ethel, Gutbucket, Duncan Sheik, and Cynthia Hopkins, among others. Through Oct. 1. Spiegeltent, Fulton Fish Market, Pier 17, South Street Seaport. 12 a.m. $15, 212-279-4200.
“Close Up,” Schoeller’s long awaited U.S. debut of large format photographic portraits, often features celebrities, political figures, athletes, or musicians. Schoeller’s distinct style is in full force here. Through Sep. 1. Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Hasted Hunt, 529 W. 20th St. Free, 212-627-0006.
P.O.P. Arts N-Spired Film Festival
This festival is a three-day presentation of indoor & outdoor films produced by accomplished and aspiring Bronx filmmakers addressing issues encountered in lower socioeconomic communities blending an educational life enriching experience that will breed positive change in the lives and mindset of its viewers. Free, 4-8 p.m. The Bronx Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd. at Briggs Ave. 718-512-5042 or MacPopArts.info.
A Closer Walk
Filmed on four continents over a period of three years, “A Closer Walk” depicts the reality of global AIDS and explores the relationship between health, dignity, and human rights. Directed by Robert Bilheimer, the film is narrated by Glenn Close and Will Smith and features interviews with the Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, and musical contributions by Annie Lenox and Eric Clapton, among others. 10 p.m. on WNET Channel 13.
Fabulous!: The Story of Queer Cinema
Out Professionals presents “Fabulous!,” a feature-length documentary produced and directed by Lisa Ades and Lesli Klainberg and featuring interviews with John Waters, Gus Van Sant, Christine Vachon, Guinevere Turner, Rose Troche, John Cameron Mitchell, Ang Lee, Todd Haynes, Donna Deitch and many others. After the movie, writer Sheela Lambert will talk with the film’s creators about their portrait of the evolution of independent LGBT cinema from the experimental films of the ‘50s to the cutting-edge films of today. 7 p.m. Nonmembers $10, OP Members $5. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310.
Towards Pleasure Struggle: A Travelogue
Join social permaculturalist Xtn Hansen as he recounts a year’s travel through Chiapas, Central America, Argentina, Europe, Israel and Palestine. Through slides and stories, he’ll discuss building community across boundaries of culture, politics, gender, sexuality and faith. 7 p.m., $5 suggested. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. btwn. Stanton and Rivington. 212-777-6028.
This summer, the 40th anniversary of the “Mostly Mozart Festival,” which runs until Aug. 26, celebrates the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth with over 40 events, including opera, dance, concerts, films, and discussions, with music ranging from classical to contemporary and world music. Tonight, celebrated British vocal ensemble the Tallis Scholars present a compilation of works that Mozart encountered during his travels through 18th century Europe, and includes Allegri’s “Miserere,” a piece so highly valued that by Papal decree is was forbidden to leave the walls of the Sistine Chapel; the 12-year-old Mozart wrote the complete score from memory after hearing it only once. Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, 132 W. 65th St. $35, $45, and $60 at 212-875-5000. 8 p.m.
Morgan Lehman is pleased to present a summer group show curated by Katharine Mulherin of Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto, Canada. The artists participating in the exhibition, living and working in Canada, are Graham Gillmore, Eliza Griffiths, Jay Isaac, Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, Brad Phillips, Jason and Carlos Sanchez, Seth Scriver, and Margaux Williamson. While all of the artists are presenting wall works, the pieces transcend their two-dimensionality. Though the work is drawn, painted or photographed, it stems from varied artistic disciplines such as set building, acting, writing, animation, comedy, and from real life itself. Tension, struggle, overwhelming feelings—things that are difficult to express, things that exist in the subconscious are depicted here in these works. Through Sep. 9. Morgan Lehman Gallery. 317 10th Ave btwn. 28th & 29th.