THU. APR. 22
Out Professionals presents Jeff Leatham, floral director of Paris’ Four Seasons Hotel George V and author of “Flowers by Design.” Meet Leatham and enjoy an illustrated lecture featuring stunning color photography by David Loftus. According to Leatham, “Flowers are the new element in interior design.” His list of celebrity clients includes Gwyneth Paltrow, George Clooney, Diana Krall, Robbie Williams, Kate Moss, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and Cher. 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $10 for nonmembers and $7 for OP members. Visit outprofessionals.org for more information.
The Lyon Opera Ballet returns to New York with Philippe Decouflé’s “Tricodex,” a multi-media extravaganza, which is the fourth and final installment of a series inspired by Italian visual artist Luigi Serafini’s “Codex Seraphinianus,” a mythic encyclopedia populated by magical creatures, plants and machines and fantastical formulations. This is the first and only work Decouflé has created for performers outside of his own company. 7:30 p.m. through Saturday at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House at 30 Lafayette Ave. in Brooklyn. $25, $50, visit bam.org for more information.
Breaking Lines Dance Festival
The Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement opens this dance celebration tonight with Paradigm, a trio of distinguished dancers made up of Carmen DeLavallade, Gus Solomon, Jr. and Dudley Williams, performing Solomon’s “A Thin Frost.” Tickets for opening night are $50. The festival runs through May 2 with $10 tickets. Contact 212 598 0400, x222 for the full schedule of events. 7:30 p.m. at 466 Grand St.
Ain’t I a Lesbian?
Are you tired of people saying that you aren’t a “real” lesbian, because you do not consider yourself a femme or butch? Are you tired of others trying to put you in a box? If you are a non-label-wearing lesbian come share your story. All lesbians welcome. 6 p.m. $3 donation at the African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (AALUSC), 154 Christopher street Room #3C.
FRI. APR. 23
Men of Color and Size
Girth and Mirth, an organization for men of size and their admirers, and MACTNY, Men of All Colors Together – New York, are cosponsoring a forum on “Size and Racial Discrimination in the Gay Community,” to bring together panelists from both organizations and to suggest changes which can be made in the gay community to fight size discrimination and racial discrimination. 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St.
The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance will host Disco Project: Flow to the Groove, an evening of contemporary modern dance pieces set to disco music that includes: Peaches and Herbs “Shake Your Groove Thing,” Meco’s “The Wizard of Oz,” and Donna Summer’s “MacArthur Park” suite. 8 p.m. tonight, also runs May 1 at 3 p.m., May 6 at 8 p.m., and May 14 at 8 p.m. at BAAD!, 841 Baretto St. in the Bronx. Call 718 842 5223 for more information.
SAT. APR. 24
Latino Awards Gala
LLEGÓ, the National Latina/o lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization invites you to the fourth annual national dinner to honor the heroes for their visions and leadership in advancing racial and social justice. Honorees include Jorge Mursuli, and Congresswoman Hilda Solis, and Verizon Communications. Silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 8 p.m. at Washington Hilton Towers in the Crystal Ballroom, 1919 Connecticut Ave., Washington D.C. Tickets are $150 after April 15. For more information call 888 633 8320.
Will you do porn?
“the coming of dick,” written and directed Marc Morales, is the story of Richard Long, a screenwriter who has been struggling to get produced. Finally, with the help of his uncle, Long gets his big break, but there is one catch. The uncle envisions an artsy porno. After a debate with his best friend, Long decides to go ahead with the project, starting with the auditions. Will their lives ever be the same again? Tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4 St., between Second and Third Aves. Tickets are $20 or $12 for students and seniors. Call 212 868 4444 or visit horsetrade.info for additional show times.
SUN. APR. 25
March for Women
The American Civil Liberties Union, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Feminist Majority, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the National Organization for Women and Planned Parenthood are the principal organizers of the March for Womens Lives and have pooled efforts and resources to lay the groundwork for this march in the nation’s capital. Other progressive organizations have signed on as co-sponsors – offering everything from member participation to help spreading the word and help defraying costs. Visit www.marchforwomen .org for more information.
MON. APR. 26
G.I.F.T.S. (Gays/Lesbians in Fellowship, Tradition and Service) will present a staged reading of “Mathew Passion,” a new play by Phil Hall, with music by “Passage,” an openly gay inspirational singing group which has performed at Cathedral of Hope in Dallas and Crystal Cathedral in Long Beach. This play interweaves the passion and resurrection of Christ; the brutal beating and murder of Mathew Shepard; and the story of an HIV-positive man on a spiritual journey to “touch the hem of Jesus’ garment.” 7 p.m. at Marble Collegiate Church, 1 W. 29th St. $6 or $9 with dinner prior to the reading. Call 212 686 2770, x 711 for reservations.
Dancers from the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Momix, San Francisco Ballet and DanceBrazil gather to celebrate The Joyce Theater, one of the most active dance venues in the world. The event will be followed by dinner and more dancing. The performance takes place at 7 p.m. at the Joyce Theatre followed by dinner and dancing at Capitale, 130 Bowery at Grand St. $50 for performance only, $500 to $1000, includes dinner. Proceeds benefit the Joyce Theater Foundation. For tickets contact Marie-Louise Stegall at 212 691 9740 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WED. APR. 28
Jewish Film Fest
BAMcinématek presents “The Fourth Annual Brooklyn Jewish Film Festival, 350 Years: The Jewish Journey in America” through May 2. The festival features 12 films including the New York premiers of “Secret Passage” and “Full Court Miracle;” Diane Keaton’s “Unstrung Heros;” “Yossi & Jagger;” and other gems. Special guests include actor/singer Theodore Bikel; actress Katherine Borowitz; directors Nathaniel Kahn and Pearl Gluck; producer Susan Rose Behr; basketball star Lamont Carr; and authors Phyllis Chessler, Foster Hirsch, Franz Lidzt, Ron Rosenbaum, Mark Weitzman; and film critic David Sterritt. Contact 718 636 4100, or visit bam.org for ticket information.
Where are We Going?
Out Professionals and the New York Chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association present a series on LGBT travel trends. David Alport, co-founder of Out&About, leads a roundtable discussion of new and exciting travel destinations and concepts for the LGBT community. Guests include Gina Gatta, president and editor of the Damron Company, publisher of America’s first and foremost LGBT travel guide series, Gregg Kaminsky, who produced 30 all-gay vacations for Atlantis Events before co-founding R Family Vacations with Rosie O’Donnell and Kelli Carpenter O’Donnell and others. 7 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. Nonmembers $10, OP/NLGJA Members $7. For more information visit outprofessionals.org.
Josh Wood and John Cameron Mitchell invite you to a rockin’ one-night-only concert of music, comedy and mayhem to benefit Freedom to Marry. Join headliners Sandra Bernhard, Margaret Cho, Alan Cumming as they tackle the hot-button topic of the proposed constitutional amendment ban on gay marriage. “WEDrock,” the benefit concert, is set to raise the roof and consciousness at the hottest venue in town, 8 p.m. at Crobar, 530 W. 28th St. $40 general admission and $125 for VIP.
Party with Putumayo
DJ Nightshade & Live Percussion and special guest Soul Selector spin at the Putumayo World Music CD release party, with special performance by Cameroonian artist Kaïssa, 8 p.m at Mannahatta, 316 Bowery. Free. Open bar and appetizers 8-9 p.m. RSVP at email@example.com.
THUR. APR. 29
Gay and Lesbian Travel
International Gay & Lesbian World Travel Expo offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet gay and lesbian travelers face-to-face and to develop a dynamic sales network of retail agents serving the gay market. 4 to 8 p.m. at Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion, 119 W. 19 St. Visit communitymarketinginc.com for more information.
Behind the Beatles
As part of a special centennial-year film series, The Jewish Museum in New York will screen “The Brian Epstein Story,” a popular film that tells the story of The Beatles’ manager, a leader of the music revolution that changed popular culture forever. A Jewish homosexual who came of age in working class Liverpool, Epstein was also a man with many demons. In keeping with the film festival format, the program will include an introduction and post-screening discussion with Debbie Geller, the film’s producer and author of “My Life: The Brian Epstein Story.” 6.30 p.m. at the Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave. $12, $10 for students and seniors and $9 for members. Visit jewishmuseum.org for more information.
Rites of Return
Theater for the New City presents Victoria Linchon’s original drama “Rite of Return,” a play which confronts the violence and inequality in both America and Israel, and examines the choices that are made in response. Runs until May 23. 155 First Ave. (at E. 10 St.) Call 212 245-1109 for times. $10.
Out Professionals invites you to practice power networking in this interactive, two-hour intensive seminar for LGBT professionals. Come prepared with 50 business cards or flyers and rehearse a 90- second introduction. No reservation necessary. 7 to 9 p.m at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $15 nonmembers and $12 OP members
FRI. APR. 30
Friday Night Stories
This series theatricalizes short stories in a cabaret setting. In its third installment, which stars Tom Andersen, Lisa Asher, Bobby Belfry, Phil Geoffrey Bond, Scott Coulter, Brandon Cutrell, Erik Pickering, Michael Stewert and Lennie Watts, will feature “My Queer Youth” by Phil Geoffrey Bond. This is a humorous story of a young man growing up gay in the cornfields of Indiana. 9 p.m. at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher St. $8 cover plus a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call 212 255 5438.
Playtime for Boys
Marilyn Galfin, a professional comic, clown and mime will facilitate a social for single gay men that uses theater games and innovative mingling techniques to introduce all the men in the room to each other. Through laughter and playing, the ice will break and even shy men will loosen up and have a great time. There may even be a romantic hook-up. 8 to 10 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $17, Reserve a space at 212 989 8549 or visit laff-a-rama.com
SUN. MAY 2
Bears in the Buff
In Bear Cafe’s venture into showcasing art by and for the bear, cub and admirer community, they will present Woolsrake Photography. The photographer, James Kempster, will exhibit his latest works and talk one-on-one with folks in BC’s coffeehouse setting. His photographs include erotica, candid and posed shots of men on the street as well as nudes. 3 to 6 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $4 cover plus a large bottle of a non-alcoholic beverage or an appetizer, fruit, cheese, munchies or dessert to share potluck style. Visit woolsrake.com for information.
Sundays at three…dance previews series presents Bodily Abode, a performance of new choreography by dancers from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. This program of short works celebrates the artists’ diverse countries of origin, as well as movement styles ranging from classical ballet to post modern. 3 p.m. at the 92 St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. $10, advance purchase recommended, 212 415 5552.
MON MAY 3
Best of Broadway
The 19th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards ceremony will be presented for outstanding Off Broadway achievement. “Frozen” and “Valhalla” top the list of shows with multiple nominations, receiving six each; and “Bug; “Caroline, or Change” and “Small Tragedy” follow with five nominations each. 7 p.m. at the Minetta Lane Theater, 18 Minetta La. $50 Call 212-420-8000 for tickets.
SAT. MAY 8
Saturday Night Swing Club
Hot swing dancers Angie Whitworth and Chad and Midori Fasca of the Sandra Cameron Dance Center, lead an evening of swing dancing, jitterbugging, and Lindy-hopping to live music from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s with performances and special guests. Light refreshments are included. A group lesson is held during the first hour. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the 92 St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. $15 at the door.
Baritone Hugh Russell makes his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall tonight. The recipient of the second “Autrey Award” given by The Julian Autrey Song Foundation, Mr. Russell will perform a diverse program of songs, including works by Schumann, Poulenc, de Falla, and Montsalvatge with pianist Steven Blier. 8:30 p.m., 57 St. and 7 Ave. Call 212 247 7800 for tickets, priced $15 – $29.
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