TUE.NOV.11-SUN.NOV.16: Embracing Queer Experimentalism, Technological Change
MIX NYC is a community of artists and organizers joined together to explore, share, and create queer experimental media in an age of constant technological change. The art, its organizers say, is intended for themselves and their community not for markets or museums. MIX 27 –– which screens, except as noted, at the MIX HIVE, 337 Butler St., btwn. Third & Fourth Aves. in Gowanus, Brooklyn –– opens on Nov. 11, 8 p.m. with “Colony Collapse Disorder” ($25 at mixnyc.org), a bee theme appropriate given that the government, just as it dropped the ball on AIDS, failed to take action to avoid the collapse of their hives. Films from Peter Cramer, Chris Berntsen amd January Hunt, and others celebrate the hive of queerness created by MIX. Among other highlights:
On Nov. 12, 6 p.m., “Variance: Making Realities & Virtualities” ($13) is a program of films from Kent Lambert, Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue, Christine Negus, and Oliver Husain that employ different techniques to explode the artificial worlds of found and imagined source material on the screen. On Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. ($13), “Ancient Future, curated by KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, who founded Queer Rebels in 2008, examines what the queer future and freedom look like. On Nov. 12, 9:30 p.m., Ben Walters curates “BURN Goes Walkabout” ($13), which creates a platform for moving images by cabaret artists and explores what can be done with a camera that they can’t do with only an audience, by taking performance to the streets, doing drag in daylight, getting realness on record, and being in public spaces and the public’s faces.
On Nov. 13-19, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m., plus Nov. 15-16, 4:45 p.m., at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave. at Second St., MIX presents “Burroughs: The Movie” ($10 tickets, $8 for students, $6 for seniors, available only at Anthology the day of screening), the recovered and restored 1983 film by the late Howard Brookner that includes interviews with Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, and Terry Southern. Tom DiCillo, the film’s director of photography, appears on Nov 13, 7 p.m., and Jim Jarmusch, who did the sound recording, appears on Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
Bruce LaBruce’s “Pierrot Lunaire” ($13), adapted from the Arnold Schoenberg music of the same name, with Susanne Sachsse as the trans man Pierrot, screens on Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. Filipe Afonso, on Nov. 13, 9 p.m., curates “Queer Wi-Fi: Do Trust Strangers” ($13), which explores the time we spend in front of screens navigating virtual worlds, swapping genres, and creating new avatars, fantasies, and anxieties.
On Nov. 14, 6:15 p.m., UnionDocs, 322 Union Ave., a block off Grand St., Bushwick, screens “I Always Said Yes” ($9), Jim Tushinski’s affectionate portrait of gay erotic art filmmaker Wakefield Poole, which Gay City News’ Gary M. Kramer described as “a terrific queer history that recounts Poole’s life and work —from his experiences as a dancer in the Ballet Russes to his success making ‘artistic, erotic — not dirty’ films, which include his blockbuster successes ‘Boys in the Sand’ and ‘Bijou,’ as well as the fascinating flop ‘Bible!’” On Nov. 14, 8 p.m., MIX screens Oiticica Filho’s first film, “Hélio Oiticica,” ($13), about his uncle who was one of the most important Brazilian artists of the 20th century. On Nov. 14, 10 p.m., Shine Louise Houston curates “The Intimate Eroics” ($13), a program that examines how using “intimacy” as a pornographic element reveals new perspectives on kinky queer sex and exposes the vulnerability in pornography.” MIX screens Charles Lum and Todd Verow’s “Age of Consent” ($13), about the London all-male fetish club the Hoist, which opened in 1996 and is still around today, on Nov. 14, 11:30 p.m.
Pablo Oliverio’s “Cine Tomado” ($13) which combines vibrantly manipulated live action video and hand-drawn animation in a story that provokes us to consider the place of artists and artistic institutions in a world full of threat, screens on Nov. 15, 4 p.m. “Un(dis)sing Our Abilities,” an experimental sexplicit short movie showcase presented by Periwinkle Cinema that explores sensuality, intimacy, safety, and consent through the lens of the less-represented –– those of us dissed, dismissed, (mis)labeled, disabled, and generally passed over in mainstream queer crowds –– screens on Nov. 15, 6 p.m. Ethan Reid’s “Peter De Rome: Grandfather Of Gay Porn” ($13) which celebrates the life of a filmmaker whose sense of mischief has not diminished even at age 90 and which revisits some of the most orgasmic moments caught on film, screens on Nov. 15, 8 p.m.
In “SUBMERGE @ BAX on Nov. 15, 8 p.m. at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 421 Fifth Ave. at Eighth Ave., curator Zavé Martohardjono presents a night of mixed-media performance, bringing together three multidisciplinary artists –– Mieke D, DJ Tikka Masala, and Alicia Ohs.
“Please Relax Now” ($13), a collection of films to exploit your spectatorship, remaking moments of intimacy and unlocked sexual inhibitions into collective experiences, screens on Nov. 15, 10 p.m.
“History Doesn’t Have to Repeat Itself” ($13), presented on Nov. 16, 5 p.m., is a mixture of oral history, manipulated video, and archival footage that explores various New York communities born out of the post-Stonewall era. Participants include Perry Brass, from the early 1970s Gay Liberation Front; Deborah Edel from the Lesbian Herstory Archives; Cara Page, Chelsea Johnson Long, and Elliot Fukui from the Audre Lorde Project; Arthur Aviles and Charles Rice-Gonzalez from the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, or BAAD!; Camilo Godoy, Megan Mulholland, Michael Tikili, and Reginald Brown from Queerocracy; and Sarah Schulman and Jim Hubbard from MIX NYC, the ACT UP Oral History Project, and the AIDS Activists Videotape Collection.
MIX NYC closes on Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., with Psychic TV’s “Dream Less Sweet” ($20), in which the band, founded in 1981, invited 47 artists to create a collective film set to the group’s acclaimed second album in a process drawing from the cut-up technique originated by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs. Complete information on the festival’s schedule and tickets at mixnyc.org.
THROUGH SAT.JAN.3: Lypsinka, in Repertory With Herself
John Epperson performs a rotating best of Lypsinka repertoire with “Lypsinka! The Boxed Set,” “The Passion of the Crawford,” “John Epperson: Show Trash.” Connelly Theater, 220 E. Fourth St., btwn. Aves. A & B. Nov. 5-Jan. 3. For complete schedule and tickets at $45, visit ovationtix.com.
THROUGH WED.NOV.26: Fassbinder’s Legacy
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who made nearly 40 feature films between 1969 and 1982, when he died at age 37, was one of the most prolific and influential European filmmakers of the late 20th century. In melodramas, gangster movies, literary adaptations, and even sci-fi films, he returned obsessively to themes of love, crime, labor, and social and emotional exploitation. He was similarly fixated on his beloved performers — including Hanna Schygulla, El Hedi ben Salem, and Ulli Lommel — who formed a repertory company of sorts whose fierce, complicated devotion to their visionary leader is without parallel. In part II of its “Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist” program,” the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents more than two-dozen of his films and collaborations with other filmmakers. Fassbinder’s 1982 swan song, the unforgettable “Querelle” (Nov. 23, 1 p.m.; Nov. 26, 8:30 p.m.), based on the Jean Genet novel, follows a Belgian sailor and hustler (Brad Davis of “Midnight Express” fame) as he frequents a brothel in Brest run by Lysiane (Jeanne Moreau), and works through a complex relationship with his brother. “Despair” (Nov. 9. 6 p.m.; Nov. 14, 1:30 p.m.) from 1978 stars Dirk Bogarde in a Tom Stoppard adaptation of the Vladimir Nabokov novel about a Russian émigré who manages a German chocolate plant as the Nazis are rising to power. “Lili Marleen” (Nov. 15, 4:20 p.m.; Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m.) is a 1981 melodramatic chronicle of the star-crossed love affair between German cabaret singer Willie (Schygulla) and Swiss-Jewish songwriter Robert Mendelssohn (Giancarlo Giannini), who furtively lends his support to a group of German Jews. 1979’s “The Marriage of Maria Braun” (Nov. 8, 8:50 p.m.; Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m.), one of Fassbinder’s most praised films, centers on resilient women in postwar Germany, their self-reinventions mirroring the nation’s comeback (and its cost), and relates the saga of a poor soldier’s wife (Schygulla) who uses her wiles and savvy to rise as a businesswoman. Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St. and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 W. 65th St. Nov. 7-26. Tickets are $13; $9 for students & seniors (with package discounts available) at filmlinc.com.
SAT.NOV.15-SUN.NOV.23: Dickinson, Alone Again
“The Belle of Amherst,” William Luce’s one-woman play of the private yet prolific 19th century poet Emily Dickinson, stars Joely Richardson and is directed by Steve Cosson. Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St. Through Nov.23: Tue., 7 p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Wed., Sat., 2 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Tickets are $79-$99 at telecharge.com or 212-239-6200.
SUN.NOV.16: In the Back Room, She Was Everybody’s Darlin’
Justin Sayre’s monthly edition of “The Meeting*,” a blend of outrageous comedy, politics, and culture, features a tribute to Warhol Superstar Candy Darling, featuring Justin Vivian Bond. Tracy Stark is the evening’s music director. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Nov. 16, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at joespub.com or 212-967-7555.
MON.NOV.17 : Road to a Cure
The HIV Cure Summit, hosted by amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, is an opportunity for the public to participate in a discussion with some of the world’s leading HIV/ AIDS researchers on progress toward a cure, including amfAR’s “research roadmap” that identifies the four key scientific challenges that are the principal roadblocks. The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St, 40th Floor from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. The event is free, but pre-registration is required at curecountdown.org/summit. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
MON.NOV.17: Recognizing Health Leaders
The Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, which serves the LGBT community regardless of ability to pay, holds its annual Community Health Awards. Honorees this year are the Paul Rapoport Foundation, BioReference Laboratories, City Council Health Committee Chair Corey Johnson, and Julie Halston, from Broadway’s “You Can’t Take It With You.” Edie Windsor, whose lawsuit struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, is the evening’s special guest. Espace, 635 W. 42nd St. Nov. 17, 6-9 p.m. Tickets, which includes cocktails, a banquet, and entertainment, are $350 at callen-lorde.org.
THU.NOV.20: The Boys of November
“Drunken! Careening! Writers!” host Kathleen Warnock welcomes John W. Bateman, the first person in his family to leave the fly-over states in more than 200 years, who is currently working on a novel about ghosts, drag, and Southern charm; New Orleans native Rickey Laurentiis, author of the poetry collection “Boy with Thorn,” forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2015; Martin Hyatt, born just outside of New Orleans, whose debut novel, “A Scarecrow’s Bible,” was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association and won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; and Bob Smith, a Buffalo native who was the first openly gay standup comic to appear on “The Tonight Show” and whose second novel, “Remembrance Of Things I Forgot,” published four years after he was diagnosed with ALS/ Lou Gehrig’s Disease, was picked by Amazon as one of Ten Best Gay and Lesbian books of 2011. KGB Bar, 85 E. Fourth St., btwn. Bowery & Second Ave. Nov. 20, 7 p.m. This event is free.
FRI.NOV.21-SAT.DEC.27: New Rules From Baby Jane
Baby Jane Dexter’s “Rules of the Road (Part 3)” is the latest emotionally empowering and highly-charged show from the cabaret star who has received six major MAC Awards, two Nightlife Awards ,and two Back Stage Bistro Awards. Dexter will sing selections from Rogers & Hammerstein, Cy Coleman & Peggy Lee, Peter Allen & Carol Bayer Sager, Leiber & Stoller, Mike Scott, Randy Newman, and John Bucchino. Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St. Nov.21-22 & 28-29, Dec. 20 & 26-27, 7 p.m. The cover charge is $25, and there’s a two-drink minimum. Reservations at 212-206-0440.
WED.NOV.26: American Whore Story
It’s Thanksgiving Eve and the Monster plays host to a sexy freak show, presented by Dworld. Upstairs, clothing is okay, but downstairs, where Go Go Strongmen will be accompanied by Ringmaster Sammy Jo, the mandatory dress code is underwear only. The Monster, 80 Grove St. at Sheridan Square. Nov. 26, 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 at dworld.us or $20 at the door.
FRIDAYS-MONDAYS THROUGH DEC.29: Champagne of Bottled Camp
Dan Derby and Michael Rheault’s “Fabulous! The Queen of New Musicals” is a “Some Like It Hot”-style tale of two down-on-their-luck female impersonators — Josh Kenney and Nick Morrett — on a cruise ship trying to keep their cool and all the while creating confusions worthy of Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Directed by Rick Hamilton with choreography by Mary Lauren, “Fabulous!” was an Off-Off Broadway hit last season and now opens at Write Act Repertory Theatre, Times Square Arts Center, 300 W. 43rd St. Through Dec. 29: Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Mon., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m. Tickets are $45 at brownpapertickets.com.
THU.NOV.27: Sharing the Bounty
On Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 27, God’s Love We Deliver seeks volunteers to deliver meals. “It’s a beautiful thing to watch our community come together in celebration, to help their neighbors in need, and to spread holiday cheer!,” said Steven Marion, the group’s director of special events and volunteer services. In all, 900 volunteers will help cook and deliver more than 3,000 holiday feasts to homebound New Yorkers living with AIDS cancer, and other illnesses that limit their mobility. Visit glwd.org or email email@example.com