WED.APR.22: Publishing Triangle Finalists
On the eve of the annual Publishing Triangle Awards, nine finalists come together for a reading: Barry Brennessel, whose “Sideways Down the Sky” is up for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction; Raziel Reid, whose “When Everything Feels Like the Movies” is also up for the Ferro-Grumley Award; Michael Carroll, whose “Little Reef and Other Stories” is up for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; Alden Jones, whose “Unaccompanied Minors” is also up for the Edmund White Award; Shelly Oria, whose “New York 1, Tel Aviv 0” is a third Edmund White Award finalist; Philip Gefter, whose “Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe” is up for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction; Ariel Gore, whose “The End of Eve” is up for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction; Beverly Burch, whose “How a Mirage Works” is up for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry; and Roberto Montes, whose “I Don’t Know Do You” is up for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. The Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., rm. 210. Apr. 22, 7-10 p.m.
WED.APR.22-SAT.JUN.14: Ben Rimalower, In Repertory
Ben Rimalower, whom Gay City News’ Christopher Byrne describes as “larger than life on the small stage and very charming,” presents his two cabaret shows — “Patti Issues,” about his obsession with La LuPone, and “Bad With Money,” about his troubled relationship with filthy lucre and the spending of such — at the Duplex, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. S., Sheridan Sq. Apr. 22, May 4, 22, Jun. 2, 21, 7 p.m. (“Bad”) and Apr. 29, May 15, Jun. 14, 7 p.m. May 31, 9:30 p.m. (“Patti”). Tickets are $25-$50 at purplepass.com, and there’s a two-drink minimum.
THU.APR.23: Achievement in LGBT Letters
Honoring the best LGBT books of 2014, the Publishing Triangle presents its annual awards, including the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction, the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, and its Leadership Award. Publishing Triangle partners with the Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards to present the Ferro-Grumley Award for Fiction. The Alvin Johnson/ J.M. Kaplan Auditorium of the New School, 66 W. 12th St. Apr. 23, 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information visit publishingtriangle.org.
FRI.APR.24: Report from the Sexual Underground
“Love Not Given Lightly” is the first major collection of nonfiction stories from award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and advocate Tina Horn, who in her vast exploration of sexual undergrounds has befriended pro-dommes, porn stars, kinky fetishists, rent boys, and more. Join Horn as she celebrates the book’s launch. The Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., rm. 210. Apr. 24, 7-10 p.m.
THROUGH SAT.APR.25: Return of the Popinjay
Popinjay, the gay shock rapper who just release his new single and video “Hide Yer Dads,” appears at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey Sts. Apr. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Apr. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25, 10 p.m. Tickets are $15; $12 for students & seniors at dixonplace.org; $20/ $15 at the door.
THROUGH SAT.APR.25: Happy Days Are Here Again — And Again
Now in its fifth year, Rick Skye and Tommy Femia — named Best Duo of 2012 by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) — have extended their run of “Judy and Liza Together Again,” at Don’t Tell Mama through April. The mother-daughter team sing some of their personal favorites, including “Maybe This Time,” “New York, New York,” “Over the Rainbow” (sung movingly by Femia), and, in a powerhouse finale together, “Get Happy” and “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Femia, who has been performing Judy for 20 years at Don’t Tell Mama, is winner of seven individual MAC Awards. 343 W. 46th St. Mar. 7, 21 & 28; Apr. 4, 11 & 25, 8 p.m. The cover charge is $25 and there’s a two-drink minimum. Reservations at 212-757-0788 or donttellmamanyc.com.
THROUGH SAT.APR.25: Hot Time ‘Round Midnight
“The Midnight Cabaret” is a sexy soiree featuring an alluring line-up of dancing ladies, circus spectacles, live music, and a DJ after-party. Tonight, the show begins with the jazz ensemble Carte Blanche, followed by Murray Hill hosting performances by fly girls Jenny Rocha & Her Painted Ladies, burlesque phenom Stormy Leather, darling dervish Ben Franklin, renaissance circus performer Joshua Dean, ‘20s tapping sensation Gin Minsky, singer Honi Harlow, and Darlinda Just Darlinda. Following the show, DJ Murray Hill keeps the party going. Drom, 85 Ave. A at E. Sixth St. Apr. 4, 11, 18 & 25, doors open at 10:30 p.m., with live music at 11 and cabaret at midnight. Admission is $15 at dromnyc.com; $20 at the door.
THROUGH SAT.APR.25: Michael Bennett Meets Andy Warhol
“Color Me, Warhol,” conceived, choreographed, can directed by Raja Feather Kelly, is an imagining of how Warhol would have interpreted “A Chorus Line.” Fifteen dancers bring to life Warhol’s ideas, philosophy, and iconic visuals through Kelly’s unique dance-theater style intended to be radical yet accessible. Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey Sts. Apr. 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 7 p.m. Tickets are $16; $12 for students & seniors at dixonplace.org or 212-219-0736; $20 at the door.
MON.APR.27: The Trauma & Resilience of LGBT People Displaced
The NYU Silver School of Social Work’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research presents a daylong symposium focused on the poverty, trauma, and resilience involvement in the displacement of LGBTQ youth and others uprooted from their homes by hostility, persecution, and violence in the US and worldwide. Moderated by NYU professor James Martin, the panels include Cristina Herrera, Gender Identity Project coordinator at the LGBT Community Center, Lee Jimenéz, an organizer at FIERCE, Bruce Knotts, director of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s UN office, Jama Shelton, deputy executive director at the True Colors Fund, and Alisha Williams, a senior staff attorney at the Urban Justice Center’s Peter Cicchino Youth Project. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will deliver remarks opening one panel looking at the impacts of racism. Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fisher Building, 321 Ashland Pl., btwn. Hanson Pl. & Lafayette Ave. Apr. 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The symposium is free, but seating is limited so register at tinyurl.com/pworn74.
MON.APR.27-SAT.MAY.9: Letters to the Boyfriend
“Dear Henry” is a charming, funny, slightly risqué, and ultimately moving piece of theater based on humorist Arthur Wooten’s columns in the London-based magazine refresh, in which a man writes letters to his exasperating boyfriend Henry, regaling readers in the crazy shenanigans (sexual and otherwise) the two shared. Luke Doyle stars in this one-man show. The Duplex, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. So., Sheridan Sq. Apr. 27, May 3, May 9, 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 at asdmedia.co/dear-henry.html; $16 at the door; and there’s a two-drink minimum.
FRI.MAY.1: In Tribute to John Bucchino
In “Grateful… for the Songs of John Bucchino,” members of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus under the musical direction of Jimmy Horan pay tribute to the award-winning gay composer (“It’s Only Life,” “A Catered Affair”). The Duplex, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. So., Sheridan Sq. May 1, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at theduplex.com; $20 at the door; and there’s a two-drink minimum.
SAT.MAY.2: Berlin Does New York
Hans Berlin is the special guest host of Daniel Nardicio’s fourth annual “Mr. Nude York” contest, America’s only all-nude beauty pageant. In fact, clothing is optional for everyone tonight. The Sausage Factory, 250 W. 40th St., fourth fl. May 2, 11 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Tickets are $20 at dworld.us; $30 at the door. The winning Mr. Nude York receives a $400 prize. To become a contestant, email Daniel@dworld.us.
THROUGH MON.MAY4: NYC’s Next Top Drag Queen
“New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest” kicks off tonight, hosted by Holly Dae and with judges Arsenio Amadas (Mr. Eagle 2013), Macchia (the MAC and Bistro Award-winning producer of “Cabaret Cares”), and Frankie C. Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St. On Mar. 30 & Apr. 6, 7 p.m., eight first-round contestants perform two new songs each week; on Apr. 13, 7 p.m., six semi-finalists perform mini sets; on Apr. 20, 7 p.m. & Apr. 27, 9:30 p.m., four finalists sing a new song, a repeat, and a theme song; and on May 4, 9:30 p.m. they sing a new song and make a heartfelt case for themselves. Tickets to each show begin at $16 at metropolitanroom.com.
THROUGH FRI.MAY.29: Three Years of Diznee Distortions
Cult hit “Distorted Diznee,” a Las Vegas-style parody revue featuring drag stars Holly Dae, Bootsie LeFaris, Pixie Aventura, and Brenda Dharling, celebrates its third anniversary tonight. Laurie Beechman Theater, inside West Bank Café, 407 W. 42nd St. Mar. 20, Apr. 3 & 17, May 1, 29, 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 at spincyclenyc.com or 212-352-3101, and there’s a $20 food & drink minimum.