“Interface: Queer Artist Forming Community Through Social Media” is an eclectic mix of queer, New York-based artists, working in a wide variety of styles and mediums, who use social media to create a community to exhibit their work. Just as early ‘80s artists would display their work on rotting piers, abandoned furniture, tenement bathroom walls, and subway billboards, the current generation circulates its creativity among a potentially infinite virtual audience that can instantly connect with the work, repost images, and blog about it. Walt Cessna curates the work of artists including Dietmar Busse, Chick Byrne, Isauro Cairo, Bubi Canal, Adrian Carroll, Walt Cassidy, Ben Copperwheat, Derek DeWitt, Jordan Eagles, Alesia Exum, Benjamin Fredrickson, Natasha Gornik, Joel Handorff, Leo Herrera, Erika Keck, Brian Kenny, Naruki Kukita, Scooter LaForge, Brett Lindell, Slava Mogutin, Diego Montoya, Chuck Nitzberg, Maria Piñeres, Gio Black Peter, James Salaiz, Ethan Shoshan, William Spangenberg, Tom Taylor, George Towne, and Todd Yeager. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St., btwn. Canal & Grand Sts. May 15-Aug. 2; Tue.-Sun., noon-6 p.m., with an 8 p.m. closing on Thu. Opening reception is May 15, 6-8 p.m.
FRI.MAY.15-SAT.MAY.16: Boisterous Mayhem from Gilbert & Sullivan
The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, America’s preeminent professional repertory company for G&S work, presents “The Gondoliers, or, the King of Barataria,” an operetta that combines two different groups with two different storylines that collide in one boisterous and joyous show! The company’s artistic director Albert Bergeret leads a cast headlined by Metropolitan Opera bass Ryan Allen as the comically ominous Grand Inquisitor Don Alhambra Del Bolero. NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl. at Washington Sq. S. May 15-16, 8 p.m.; May 16, 2 p.m.; May 17, 3 p.m. Tickets are $29-$89 at nyuskirball.org/calendar/gondoliers.
SAT.MAY.16: Bullied No More
“Bullied to Death… It almost happened to me,” is a book by Christopher Rosalie, who under the pen name Christopher Trevor has written more than 35 books of erotica and suspense. He was motivated to write “Bullied to Death” by the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard and the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, to reflect on his own experiences as a youth and to offer insight into the support resources available to young people harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Rosalie is joined by Perry Brass, author of 19 books including “King of Angels,” “How to Survive Your Own Gay Life,” and “The Manly Art of Seduction,” and Nicholas Bowman, the pseudonym of a semi-retired journalist who writes erotica. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., rm. 210. May 16, 7 p.m.
SAT.MAY.16 & SAT.MAY.30: 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 May. 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.” 343 W. 46th St. May 16 & 30, 8 p.m. The cover charge is $25 and there’s a two-drink minimum. Reservations at 212-757-0788 or donttellmamanyc.com.
SUN.MAY.17: 30th Annual AIDS Walk
More than 30,000 participants are expected to join the 30th annual AIDS Walk sponsored by Gay Men’s Health Crisis, benefiting that group and other local groups working in the fight against the HIV epidemic. The 10-k Walk begins in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow (entrance at 65th St. Transverse from the east and west) at 10 a.m., and is preceded at 9 a.m. by opening ceremony and followed at noon by a concert. Among those participating in the opening ceremony are singers Montego Glover and Victoria Clark and actors Tyne Daly, David Hyde Pierce, Nick Wechsler, Kit Williamson, and Bellamy Young. The concert will feature Leon and the Peoples and the British Dependency. For more information, visit aidswalk.net or call 212-807.WALK.
SUN.MAY.17: Sodomites Celebrate Scissor Sisters
Justin Sayre, the board chairman of the International Order of Sodomites, returns with “The Meeting*,” known for a unique blend of outrageous comedy, politics, culture, and everything in between. Tonight’s installment celebrates the Scissor Sisters, with appearances by Amber Martin, Edgar Oliver, Tammy Faye Starlight, Michael Cavadias, Bridget Barkan, Jamie Wright, Angela DiCarlo, Philip Taratula, and Brendan Michael. David Nagler is music director. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. May 17, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at joespub.com or 212-967-7555.
MON.MAY.18: Paradise Lost
Downtown legend Penny Arcade and her long-time collaborator Steve Zehentner continue their development of “Longing Lasts Longer,” a passionate rumination on love, longing, and the loss of New York’s cultural identity. In the post-gentrified landscape of “The Big Cupcake,” where ideas too have been gentrified, “Longing Lasts Longer” is set in a New York disappearing under the weight of suburbanization, cultural amnesia, and the politically correct straightjacket of consensus. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. May 18 & 25, Jun. 1 & 8, 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at joespub.com or 212-967-7555.
TUE.MAY.19: A Week of Fred Hersch Duos
Jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch, who is an eight-time Grammy Award nominee, hosts his 12th annual Duo Invitation Series — six nights of collaboration with other jazz greats. On May 19, 7:30 & 10 p.m., he is joined by Brad Mehldau, a major voice of his generation on piano ($40 music charge). On May 20, 7:30 & 10 p.m., saxophonist and Latin American folkloric music and improvisational jazz composer Miguel Zenón, a multiple Grammy nominee and a Guggenheim/ MacArthur Fellow, joins Hersch ($30). On May 21, 7:30 & 10 p.m., Hersch is joined by singer Kate McGarry ($30). On May 22, 7:30 & 10 p.m., Hersch appears with jazz saxophonist and composer Ravi Coltrane ($35). On May 23, 7:30 & 10 p.m., jazz piano elder statesman Kenny Barron, who has played with artists from Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz to Steve Wilson and Trio Da Paz, sits in with Hersch ($40). And, on May 24, 7:30 & 10 p.m., Hersch concludes his week with jazz violinist Regina Carter, a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Genius ($35). Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. Tickets are available at jazzstandard.com or 212-576-2232.
WED.MAY.20: Queer New York
“Queer New York and Beyond: The social event photography of Efrain John Gonzalez” is a presentation of the artist’s work going back to the 1980s. Highlights include shots of Annie Sprinkle performances, the Black and Blue Ball, Cave Canum, the annual Drag March, Folsom Street East, the annual Pride March on Fifth Avenue, Kate Bornstein, the Limelight, Plato’s Retreat, and Wigstock. The evening is presented in conjunction with the Bureau of General Services — Queer Division’s current exhibition by Gonzalez, “A Buried Past, Forgotten Stories: The Sexual Underground of the Meatpacking District before Gentrification.” 208 W. 13th St., rm. 210. May 20, 6-10 p.m.
FRI.MAY.22: Justin Viv’s Obsessions
Justin Vivian Bond returns to Joe’s Pub with “Love is Crazy!,” an evening in celebration of obsession, sex, romance, and all their queer and mysterious complications. Accompanied by Nath Ann Carrera on guitar, Claudia Chopek on violin, and under the musical direction of Matt Ray, Mx Bond displays legendarily twisted wit, along with songs from Dendrophile and Silver Wells as well as work from v’s stage and film appearances. Inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. May 22-25, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at joespub.com or 212-967-7555.
FRI.MAY.22-FRI.JUN.12: The End of Aquarius
Rady&Bloom Collective Playmaking present the world premier of “The Upper Room,” co-written and co-directed by the husband and husband team of Jeremy Bloom and Brian Rady, with music composed and performed by Catherine Brookman (Broadway revival of “Hair”). “The Upper Room,” inspired by the back-to-the-land movement, is set on an island way off the north coast of Maine, where the last participants of a once thriving commune meet the sea. This darkly humorous consideration of spirituality and the dangers of our changing environment combines with a live mixed score, antique scuba suits, and an overhead projector to create a brand new music theater event. New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher St., btwn. Greenwich & Washington Sts. Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m.; May 22-Jun. 12. Tickets are $18; $15 for students & seniors at NewOhioTheatre.org or 888-596-1027.
WED.MAY.27: Gay in the Great War
In honor of Memorial Day, Lance Ringel and his husband, actor Chuck Muckle, will read from Ringel’s historical novel “Flower of Iowa,” which centers on the unexpected romance between a young American soldier and his best buddy, a British soldier, in 1918 France during the final months of World War I. Muckle will perform music from the Great War, which was supposed to end all wars. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., rm. 210. May 27, 7-10 p.m.
SAT.MAY.30: Celebrating Bisexual Writing
The Bi Writers Association hosts its third annual Bisexual Book Awards, presented in tandem with its eight annual multi-arts reading. Awards will be bestowed in 10 categories — Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, Erotic Fiction/ Erotica, Speculative Fiction, Memoir/ Biography, Teen/ Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, Poetry, and Anthology — and there will also be special Book Publisher of the Year and Writer of the Year Awards. The evening will include readings by Geer Austin, Ann Herendeen, Courtney Moreno, Dr. Herukhuti, Nora Olsen, Vivek Shraya, Laura Foley, Shari Slade, A.R. Fiano, and Ann Herendeen. Gymnos Alitheia offers a special presentation of art photography from his ongoing project “Full Disclosure,” and Rorie Kelly will perform live music. Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune St., btwn. Greenwich & Washington Sts. May 30, 7 p.m. Afterparty is at Malaparte Restaurant, 753 Washington St. at Bethune St., 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Tickets to the Awards are $15 at biwriters.org, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the door. Admission to the afterparty is free, and there’s a cash bar with food.
SAT.MAY.30: Dale Peck’s War Years
Dale Peck, the author of 12 books, including the novels “Martin and John” and “Sprout” (a Lambda Literary Award-winner for young adult literature), and the essay collection “Hatchet Jobs,” discusses his new memoir, “Visions and Revisions,” with critic and editor Jonathon Kyle Sturgeon. “Visions and Revisions” revisits Peck’s experiences as a writer and AIDS activist from the founding of ACT UP in 1987 to the advent of successful antiretroviral treatments in 1996. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., rm. 210. May 30, 7-10 p.m.
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.
THROUGH 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.