PRIDE IN THE CITY 2006
In it’s effort to encourage participants to empower themselves by getting tested, Pride In The City (PITC), New York City’s official Black LGBT community celebration hosted by People of Color in Crisis, Inc. (POCC), presents their annual weekend festival. Themed “Love, Power & Pride,” the four-day affair includes live music and various outdoor events and activities. The Opening Night Award Gala will be hosted by special guest and star of MTV’s “Real world Philadelphia,” Karamo Brown, with a special performance by R&B vocalist Chante Moore, tonight at 7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Marriott, 333 Adams St. 2006 award recipients include New York City Council Speaker, Hon. Christine Quinn, journalist Jasmyn Cannick, activist Cary Alan Johnson, and Harmonica Sunbeam. Friday, PITC presents the BlackOut Arts Series. The free networking and educational event, which takes place at 6 p.m. at the TriBeCa Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., celebrates the outstanding artistic contributions Black LGBT people are making to the performing and creative arts world. This affair will include a reception, question and answer session, and performances. Sat. Aug. 5 is the Annual Family Day Picnic in the Park at Commodore Barry Park, Flushing Ave. at Navy St., featuring a live performance by Nina Sky and others. The event will include a variety of multi-cultural vending and exhibits, free food, health screenings, testing booths along with a live DJ and plenty of room for dancing. PITC culminates Aug. 6 with the Annual Beach Party at Riis Beach in Far Rockaway. The all day happening starts at noon and features live music, which includes a performance by Kevin Aviance, dancing, games, cultural vendors, and a hot body contest. 718-230-0770 or prideinthecity.com.
HOT! As Hell
You have been given another chance to go to “Hell in a Handbag.” If you missed the sold-out performances at PS122, Dynasty Handbag has revamped her version of Dante’s Inferno, just for you! As an added bonus, Faye Driscoll’s comical, uncomfortable, fast-paced, and wall breaking work “eyes eyes eyes” explores the physical exorcism of surveillance through the raw nerve outlet of dance. Representing the contradictory & painful cycle of aggression, “eyes” is a queer-warrior heart breaking ironic surrender to taking the ride & being the ride; featuring Lily Baldwin, Toni Melaas, Erin Owen, Marya Wethers. $15/$12 students at ovationtix.com/trs/cal/171; reservations at 212-219-0736. Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, second fl. btwn. Houston & Prince. Tonight and tomorrow at 10 p.m.
The faeries of the funny will be casting their side-splitting spell on a cool night full of hot comics, hosted by the man who gives great talking head Frank DeCaro (from “The Frank DeCaro Show” on Sirius OutQ Radio), with hilarious gay and gay-friendly comics Larry Amoros, comic diva Kim Cea, Susan Jeremy, Mark McCombs and more! Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd St. $15 cover/2 beverage minimum, 7:30 p.m. Reservations required at 212-367-9000.
What the Thunder Said
The sky is clouding over and there is a crazy wind rising up against the summer heat. Canadian inter-disciplinary company bluemouth inc. along with guest artists from New York and Las Vegas bring their Dora Award-winning performance installation, evoking the struggle for acceptance in the calm before the family storm. Through Aug. 5. 32 Ave. of the Americas at Walker St. 8 p.m., free. RSVP recommended. 212-219-9401.
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.
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—through Oct. 1. Featured artists include Edison Woods, Diamanda Galas, Absinthe, Ethel, Gutbucket, Duncan Sheik, and Cynthia Hopkins, amongst others. Spiegeltent, Fulton Fish Market, Pier 17, South Street Seaport. 12 a.m. $15, 212-279-4200.
Freestyle Expression Club
The Freestyle Expression Club is a monthly gathering where people can explore, discover, and share their distinct talents. The club welcomes all mediums of art and expression, from spoken word to freestyle walking, music, dance, visual art and film. Participants should bring something that relates to the theme of the month—“First Times.” Open to everyone. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. btwn Stanton and Rivington. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. $5 suggested.
Limón Dance Company
Heading into its 60th Anniversary, the Limón Company will appear in this free outdoor concert performing “The Moor’s Pavane” and excerpts from “A Choreographic Offering” by Jose Limón,”Evening Songs” by Jiri Kylian, “Angelitos Negros” by Donald McKayle and “Dance in the Sun” by Daniel Nagrin. Central Park SummerStage (enter 5th Ave. & 69th St. on the East Side; 72nd St. & CPW on the West Side). Free admission, 8 p.m. 212-360-2777.
Celebrate. Perform. Speak Truth to Power! Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Gender non-conforming people facing issues of poverty will have the opportunity to give voice to their struggles in a community speak-out, an initiative of the Welfare Warriors, a project of Queers for Economic Justice. Performers will include Holiday Simmons, Shila Rekha, Cheyenne Ross, Ignacio Rivera and more. MC for the event will be Imani Henry for the Audre Lorde Project. Enjoy free food, free performances, and free Metrocards. Share experiences, help develop a campaign around Public Assistance, and create a poverty related organizing network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Gender Non Conforming people. Volunteers are still needed to assist with this event. Queers for Economic Justice 212-564-3608. This Welfare Warriors Speak Out is co-sponsored by the Center. 12 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310.
Out of Doors 2006
Celebrating its 36th season, Lincoln Center Out of Doors will present more than 100 free performances of music, dance, theater, and more, throughout the three weeks of Aug. 4-27. This year’s festival will include dozens of musical acts that highlight “The Spirit of the Blues” across a range of cultures and expressions, such as Perú Negro, Percy Sledge, and Sonny Rollins. All Lincoln Center Out of Doors events are free and open to the public. For more information, including venue locations, call 212-LINCOLN or visit lincolncenter.org.
Latino Cultural Festival
Perú Negro the cultural ambassadors of Black Peruvian culture, music, and dance return with their cajóns (wooden percussion boxes), quijadas de burro (donkey jaw bone rattles), and high-energy dancing and on-stage antics by their twenty multi-generational members. This company appeared in last year’s festival and is brought back by popular demand. Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $30-35 at 718-760-0064 or QueensTheatre.org.
Feminist Book Club
The feminist book club reads books and discusses feminism and makes no claim about what feminism is or whom it serves; it is not a forum for affirming any predetermined feminist platform. Rather, feminism(s) are used as a lens for examination of theoretical texts, literature, and primary works. The book club is open to everyone, and welcomes people of all genders, political persuasions and levels of familiarity with feminism. The group meets on the first Sunday of every month. Books are chosen by consensus. This month’s reading is “Three Guineas” by Virginia Woolf. Contact feministbookclub@ yahoo.com for more information. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. btwn Stanton and Rivington. 212-777-6028. 2:30 p.m. Free.
Queer Ink features Regie Cabico, a fantastic poet and performer whose work appears in over thirty anthologies including “Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe,” “The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry,” and “Slam;” Joel Allegretti, author of the recently released collection “Father Silicon,” as well as “The Plague Psalms;” and Guillermo Castro, a poet and translator whose work has appeared in The Recluse, Bloom, Barrow Street, and the U.S. Latino Review, among others, along with several anthologies. Audience members are also welcome to participate in a brief open mic session. 4-6 p.m. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery btwn. Houston & Bleecker. $6
Anarchism in America
In this 1982 film, Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher take a road trip in an effort to map anarchism as a distinctly American tradition. Along the way they interview a diverse cast of characters, from truckers and farmers to famous anarchists like Kenneth Rexroth, Ursula LeGuin, and Murray Bookchin. A colorful and provocative survey of anarchism in America, the film also includes rare archival footage of key figures in the history of American anarchism, among them Sacco and Vanzetti and Emma Goldman. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. btwn Stanton and Rivington. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. $5 suggested.
Author Chris Packard discusses his new book “Queer Cowboys: and Other Erotic Male Friendships in Nineteenth Century American Literature.” 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 2289 Broadway at 82nd St. Free and open to the public.
Fairness and How It Was Won
Join People For the American Way Foundation, the Center, and a coalition of progressive organizations for this reception and film screening. This documentary tells the compelling story of the 2004 Cincinnati, Ohio campaign, “Citizens to Restore Fairness.” This local campaign helped repeal Cincinnati’s 11-year-old anti-gay law that explicitly discriminated against gay, lesbian, and bisexual citizens. The film is part of People For the American Way Foundation’s newly launched Focus on Fairness Toolkit. Speakers include Carmen Vasquez, Deputy Executive Director, Empire State Pride Agenda, Dave Fleischer, Director of Organizing and Training, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Rev. Steven C. Baines, Director of Interfaith Outreach, People For the American Way Foundation, James Dale, Civil Rights Activist, Dale v. Boy Scouts of America, USSC. RSVP by Aug. 4 to Kelly Rolf at 212-420-0440 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 6:30 p.m., at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310. The event is open to the public with a $20 suggested donation.
Doing Our Own Thing
Out Professionals presents Start-Up Success Strategies, a roundtable for present and potential entrepreneurs. What are you counting on to make your business or nonprofit unique? What makes a business plan viable now? D.G. Neary Real Estate’s Gil Neary welcomes marketing/branding’s Dan Carlson, co-founder of the grassroots initiatives HIV Forum and the Crystal Meth Working Group; Blair Lawhead, the developer of innovative Blair Hair replacement techniques; and Joy Silver, creator of the new residential community RainbowVision Santa Fe. OP members $10, nonmembers $15. 212.462.9255 or outprofessionals.org. 7:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310.
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. One such event is a performance by Alexei Lubimov on piano; Schubert: Impromptu in F minor, D. 935, Op. 142, No. 1; Pärt: Partita, Op. 2; Debussy: Prelude No. 4, Book 1 (“Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir”); Debussy: Prelude No. 7, Book 1 (“Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest”). Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, 132 W 65th St. 7 p.m., free for ticket holders to tonight’s featured performance. 212-875-5000.
“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 Sept 1. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Hasted Hunt, 529 W. 20th St. Free, 212-627-0006.
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
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. Morgan Lehman Gallery. 317 10th Ave btwn. 28th & 29th.