THROUGH SAT.DEC.20: Celebrate BAAD!
In a tradition now in its 11th year, Charles Rice-Gonzalez presents his “Los Nutcrackers: A Christmas Carajo.” A gay Latino comedy about a couple whose arguing reaches the queer heavens from which comes a ghetto thug/ diva spirit to guide them on a trip through their lives. 2474 Westchester Ave. at St. Peters Ave., Westchester Sq., Bronx. Dec. 11, 7 p.m.; Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 8 pm.; Dec. 13, 2 p.m. The Dec. 11 performance is a special birthday celebration for the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, and is preceded by a 6 p.m. reception featuring BAAD!’s signature coquito (Latino egg nog). Tickets are $25 at badbronx.org.
FRI.DEC.12 & FRI.DEC.19: Twinkling Funhouse Reflections
Holly Dae, Bootsie Lefaris, Pixie Aventura, and Brenda Dharling present the third annual installment of “Distorted Kristmess,” in which holiday favorites are run past a dirty funhouse mirror. Highlights include “The 12 Drunks of Christmas,” a twisted take on “Let It Snow,” “I’m Dreaming of a White Trash Christmas,” a holiday tribute to Bea Arthur, and a special visit from the Port Authority Cockettes. Laurie Beechman Theatre, West Bank Café, 407 W. 42nd St. Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 & 19, 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 at SpinCycleNYC.com or 212-352-3101, and there’s a $15 food & drink minimum. Full dinner menu available.
SAT.DEC.13-WED.DEC.24: Lettuce Rejoice
The end of the world may be upon us, but nothing stands in the way of Hedda Lettuce’s crisp comedy and delicious song parodies in a holiday tradition that goes back more than a decade. In “Lettuce Rejoice — The End Is Here, But Nothing Can Stop Christmas,” “Frosty The Snowman” becomes the tale of a randy gay snowman and you can only imagine what Hedda does with “Let It Snow.” Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St. Dec. 13-14, 21, 24, 7 p.m.; Dec. 19-20, 9:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $25 at metropolitanroom.com, and there’s a two-drink minimum.
SAT.DEC.13-SAT.DEC.27: Mosex on Fifth!
At the intersection of a ‘90s Club Kids-era party and the New York Burning Man community, “Sex on Fifth Avenue” is a musexual experience complete with a downtown dance party, live performances, artistic installations, guided tours, club kids, fetishists, and more! Come as you are, but dressy-casual or exotic attire is highly recommended. Kayvon Zand and Brendan McElroy curate the chaos. Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Ave. at 27th St. Nov. 29 & every Sat., 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Tickets are $20 at museumofsex.com; $25 at the door.
MON.DEC.15-MON.DEC.29: Hey, Big Spender
In “Bad With Money,” Ben Rimalower — who previously explored his obsession with La LuPone with “Patti Issues,” to much acclaim — charts his sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing struggle to overcome his problem — or go broke trying. “People tend to be familiar now with alcohol and drug addiction — and I’ve got those, too,” Rimalower says. “But spending money I don’t have is really my drug of choice.” Aaron Mark directs. The Duplex, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. S., Sheridan Sq. Dec. 15, 22 & 29, 7 p.m.; Dec. 4, 11 & 18, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$50 at purplepass.com, and there’s a two-drink minimum.
WED.DEC.17-THU.DEC.18: The Wainwrights & McGarrigles Celebrate the Holidays
Siblings Rufus and Martha Wainwright return with a holiday tradition after a three-year hiatus. In “Noël Nights,” the McGarrigle/ Wainwright musical dynasty — including as well Sloan Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III, and Lucy Wainwright Roche — welcome guests Emmylou Harris, Justin Vivian Bond, Cibo Mattoy, and Cyndi Lauper (Dec. 17) and Renee Fleming (Dec. 18). Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. Dec. 17-18, 8 p.m. Tickets are $55-95 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. Proceeds benefit the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, which raises money for sarcoma research, the rare and underfunded cancer that took the life of Rufus and Martha’s mom in 2010.
WED.DEC.17-TUE.DEC.23: Bonding at Christmas
Yelling, “When ya comin’ back, Baby Jesus?!?” into the abyss, Justin Vivian Bond leads a celebration of everything and nothing with holiday hi-jinx. Bond is joined by musical director Matt Ray, Nathann Carrera on guitar, and Claudia Chopek on violin. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Dec. 17-20, 9 p.m.; Dec. 21-23, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 at joespub.com
FRI.DEC.19: To Have and to Hold
Photographer and author B. Proud’s “First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships” documents gay and lesbian couples in photos and stories as the nation moves inexorably toward full marriage equality. Proud is joined for the book’s New York City launch by Edie Windsor, whose lawsuit against the federal Defense of Marriage Act led to the historic Supreme Court victory in June 2013. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division @ The Center, 208 W. 13th St. Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m.
SAT.DEC.20-SUN.DEC.21: A Soldier in the War on Christmas
Frosty drag star Jackie Beat, in her 17th annual Christmas show, continues her mission to poison every sacred belief and holiday tradition. An addictive antidote to holiday cheer, “Jackie Beat on Ice” is a blizzard of new seasonal material including “A Gay in A Manger” and some classic Jackie such as her snow-fueled rewrite of “Let It Snow,” the pregnancy confessional “Santa’s Baby,” a menorah-loving “Jew Christmas,” a booze-infused spin on “Happy Holidays” called “Alcoholidays,” and the cautionary ballad “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis.” Laurie Beechman Theatre, West Bank Café, 407 W. 42nd St. Dec. 20-21, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 at SpinCycleNYC.com or 212-352-3101.
THROUGH SAT.DEC.20: Where Ellen’s the Villain
“War Lesbian” is a new musical, directed by Jordan Fein with book by Kristine Haruna Lee and music by Kathryn Hathaway, that features downtown diva Erin Markey. This tale of womanhood, where Ellen DeGeneres is a demonic demi-god, floods the stage with impossible probabilities, ridiculous heartbreak, and a surgically precise amount of absurdity. Dixon Place, 161 Christie St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey Sts. Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m. Tickets are $16; $12 for students & seniors at dixonplace.org.
THROUGH SUN.DEC.21: Gifts That Are Unwrapped
In “Unwrapped 2014,” Jinkx Monsson and Major Scales present original songs, covers, and comedy — including favorites from last year such as Sarah Silverman’s “Give the Jew Girl Toys” and a warped version of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Laurie Beechman Theatre, West Bank Café, 407 W. 42nd St. Dec. 8-11 & 19, 7 p.m.; Dec. 19-20, midnight; Dec. 21, 1:30 p.m. brunch. Tickets are $25 at
SpinCycleNYC.com or 212-352-3101, and there’s a $15 food & drink minimum.
THROUGH SAT.DEC.27: Use a Wooden Hanger for Your Coat
For the first time in 12 years, “Christmas with the Crawfords” returns to New York, with a cast that includes Joey Arias as Joan, Chris March of “Project Runway” as her beloved Christina, Connie Champagne as Judy Garland, Sherry Vine in the dual role of Hedda Hopper and Baby Jane Hudson, and Flotilla DeBarge as Hattie McDaniel tormenting Joan with her Oscar throughout the party. Other Tinsel Town icons — including Liberace, Carmen Miranda, Gloria Swanson, and the Andrews Sisters — also make appearances. Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St. at Pitt St. Dec. 10-11, 17-18 & 23, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 8 p.m.; Dec. 14 & 21, 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 at abronsartscenter.org or 212-352-3101.
FRI.DEC.26-WED.DEC.31: Sandra Is Blessed & So Are We
Sandra Bernhard’s new live show “Sandra Bernhard is #blessed” spotlights her blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up, and a little burlesque. Bernhard is joined by her band the Flawless Zircons. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Dec. 26-30, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 31, 9 & 11 p.m. Tickets are $60, $150 on Dec. 31 at joespub.com.
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 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.
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.
THROUGH SUN.FEB.1: Thread Bare
Rebecca Levi’s thread-based and pen & ink work is influenced by images in found photography, mid-century magazines, and 1970s porn. In embroidered portraits, she subverts the norms of the medium with the unexpected, inviting a playful collision between traditional handicrafts and the untraditional themes of queer identity and gender performativity. “Queering the Lines: Thread & Ink” is exhibited at Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center, 208 W. 13th St., room 210, Dec. 5-Feb. 1. Opening reception is Dec. 5, 7-10 p.m. On Jan. 14, 7 p.m., Levi talks about her work with John Chaich.