FRI.AUG.19: A Trans Gala in DUMBO
The Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ youth, in tandem with Brooklyn’s HEAT Program and the South Bronx’s Destination Tomorrow, presents “Trans Celebration of Life,” the first annual gala for people of trans experience 21 and older. This free evening will be hosted by model and journalist Tiq Milan and TV personality Londyn De Richelieu and feature performances by singers Michell’e Michaels and Courtney Dream Balenciaga. 26 Bridge Loft, 26 Bridge St. at Plymouth St. in DUMBO. Aug. 19, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. For more information, visit goo.gl/lbC5QI.
FRI.AUG.19: Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely
For three decades, Toshi Reagon has moved audiences with a big-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R& B, country, folk, spirituals, and funk. Tonight, Reagon and her band, BIGLovely, perform at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. at Linden Pl. Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 at bit.ly/29ROhil.
SAT.AUG.20 & SUN. AUG.21: Flame Con Reignites
Flame Con is a two-day comics, arts, and entertainment expo showcasing creators and celebrities from all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom. It features discussions, exclusive performances, screenings, costumes, and more. Geeks of all types are invited, and this year the event moves to a bigger venue after last year’s event drew 2,200 participants in just one day, making it the largest queer-focused pop culture expo ever held in New York (#FlameCon trended on Twitter for a full five hours!). Marriott Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams St. opposite Borough Hall. Aug. 20, noon-8 p.m.; Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $25/ day, $40 for the weekend at geeks-out.ticketbud.com/flamecon.
SAT.AUG.20-SAT.AUG.27: The Latest from “Careening…” Hostess Kathleen Warnock
TOSOS, New York’s oldest LGBT theater, presents Kathleen Warnock’s “The Further Adventures of…,” which follows Maggie Day as she uncovers the story of Commander Zoron and Prince Kal in the ‘50s sci-fi serial, “Atlantis, 1 Million Years B.C.,” and the lives of actors who portrayed them, Drake Darling and Frank Gallagher — following their paths from a classic sci-fi show to the age of the Internet, revealing hidden secrets, lost loves, and things people couldn’t say then (and maybe even now?). The cast includes Tim Burke, Mark Robert Finley, and Jamie Heinlein. Teatro LATEA, 107 Suffolk St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey Sts. Aug. 20, 7:15 p.m., Aug. 24, 5 p.m., Aug. 27, 9:15 pm. Tickets are $18 at fringenyc.org. For more information, visit tososnyc.org.
SAT.AUG.20: In Support of Book Publishing
Nine poets from Nine Sibling Rivalry Press read from their work in a fundraiser for their newly nonprofit press. Darrel Alejandro Holnes is a poet and playwright from Panama City, Panama; Matthew Hittinger is the author of “The Erotic Postulate” (2014) and “Skin Shift” (2012); Joanna Hoffman is a poet and teaching artist based in Brooklyn; Michael Klein is a two-time Lambda Literary Award-winner, whose new book is “When I Was a Twin”; Stephen S. Mills is the author of the Lambda Award–winning “He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices” (2012) and “A History of the Unmarried” (2014); Sam Sax is the author of the forthcoming “bury it”; Robert Siek is the author of the poetry collection “Purpose and Devil Piss” (2013); Christopher Soto, aka Loma, is a poet based in Brooklyn; and Jane Summer’s latest book is “Erebus.” BGSQD, at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., rm. 210. Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at bgsqd.com.
TUE.AUG.23: Without Adam, We’re Sunk
There once was a time when you could catch comedian Adam Sank and his “Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour” on a weekly basis at Therapy Lounge. For those of you who thought those days were gone for good, take heart. Sank is returning — for a special one-night-only engagement. Sank is joined by some “Shock Therapy” favorites — Robin Fox, Karith Foster, Chris Doucette, and Keith Price — as well as newcomers (Adam, is the word “virgin” really appropriate here?) Sergio Chicon and Jess Miller. 348 W. 52nd St. Aug. 23, 10 p.m. There’s no cover charge, but you must be at least 21.
THU.AUG.25: Edmund White’s Latest Young Man
Literary lion Edmund White’s new novel, “Our Young Man,” follows the life of a gorgeous Frenchman, Guy, as he goes from a small industrial city in France to the top of the modeling profession in New York, becoming the darling of Fire Island. Like Wilde’s Dorian Gray, Guy never seems to age, something he uses to secure both wealth and love. Surveying gay amorous life from the disco era into the age of AIDS, White explores the power of physical beauty — to fascinate, to enslave, and to deceive. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, which benefits the Center, at gaycenter.org/centertalks/edmundwhite.
THU.AUG.25: Texas Justice
After being wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and ‘90s, Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez — four Latina lesbians — fight against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration in this riveting true crime tale. Deborah Esquenazi’s “Southwest Of Salem: The Story Of The San Antonio Four” is the winner of the Outfest Documentary Grand Jury Prize and the Frameline Outstanding Documentary Jury Award. Tonight’s screening includes a post-show talkback with producer Sam Tabet and a reception. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at gaycenter.org/southwestofsalem.
SUN.AUG.28: Love & Hurt
Writer and director Cedric Thomas Smith’s “Unimaginable” is a powerful story that begs an answer to the question of how much love has to hurt before it’s no longer love. A devoted Antonio (Carlos Camacho) struggles with this question as past demons of domestic violence resurface at the hands of his partner, Kirk (George Cisneros). As Antonio continues to live in his abusive relationship, an incident with one of his patients, who is in a “love hard, fight hard” relationship, forces Antonio to confront his own situation and reevaluate the “magic and tragic” of his life with Kirk before it is too late. Today is the film’s East Coast premiere at the Hudson Valley International Film Festival, Monroe 6 Theater, 34 Millpond Pkwy., btwn. Lake St. & Stage Rd., Monroe, NY. Aug. 28, 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 at hudsonvalleyinternationalfilmfestival.com.
TUE.SEP.13-FRI.SEP.16: The Man Behind Lypsinka
John Epperson, the real person behind Lypsinka, takes take the stage in “John Epperson: The Artist Principally Known as Lypsinka,” an evening in which he shares personal and rarified experiences about moving to and living in New York City. With a nod to the urbane cabaret style of Bobby Short, Epperson’s show embraces classic entertainment filled with stories, tunes, and a few surprises. The entertainer, aka The Goddess of Showbiz Lypsinka, commands the piano and stage with a musical journey that weaves together Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser, Jule Styne, Kay Thompson, Kander & Ebb, Comden & Green, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and transgender icon Christine Jorgenson. Jay Rogers directs. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Aug. 15 & 17, 9:30 p.m.; Sep. 13 & 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at goo.gl/1DmOj4.