SAT.AUG.22: Rosie Lights Fashion on Fire
“Fashion on Fire” is a dance party and runway show on Fire Island, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting Rosie’s Theater Kids (RTKids), a New York City arts education organization created by Rosie O’Donnell and Lori Klinger to enrich the lives of children through the arts. More than 20 of the runway’s hottest and most iconic fashion designers — including Christian Siriano, Michael Kors, and John Bartlett — are joining forces with top runway models, legendary drag queens, and performers from the Vogue-ballroom scene. Music is by Johnny Dynell, and the evening includes a fashion tribute to Joan Rivers. Ice Palace in Cherry Grove, Fire Island. Aug. 22, doors open at 7 p.m., with the show beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25-$100 at fashiononfire.org.
THROUGH SAT.AUG.29: Happy Days Are Here Again
Now in its sixth 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 the summer. 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. Aug. 22 & 29, 8 p.m. The cover charge is $25 and there’s a two-drink minimum. Reservations at 212-757-0788 or donttellmamanyc.com.
THROUGH SUN.AUG.23: Play and Learn With Tom of Finland
Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland (1920-1991) is considered to be the most iconic gay artist of the 20th century. “Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play” — which includes more than 140 drawings, rarely seen gouaches from the 1940s, over 600 pages of collages, as well as his early childhood drawings — is the first exhibition to examine, analyze, and present the historic role that his art plays in addressing and transgressing stereotypes of gender, sexuality, race, class, and power relations. Artists Space Exhibitions, 38 Greene St., btwn. Grand & Broome Sts., third fl. Jun. 14-Aug. 23; Wed.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. For more information, visit artistsspace.org.
FRI. & SAT. THROUGH AUG.23: Whitton in Time Scare Residency
With a new single, “Black and White to Color,” just released, Whitton, whose style blends Billie Holiday, Norah Jones, and Regina Spektor, returns to New York for a residency, with a show that includes her own songs as well as classics from Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee. The Celebrity Theater at Time Scare, 669 Eighth Ave. at W. 43rd St. Through Aug. 23; Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Tickets began at $39 at 212-586-7829 or whittonmusic.com.
TUE.AUG.25: Chatting With Laverne Cox
With her ground–breaking role in “Orange Is the New Black,” Laverne Cox became the first trans woman of color in a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show and earned an Emmy nomination in the process. Tonight she sits down with New York Times senior culture editor Erik Piepenburg to discuss her work on the Netflix original series, her co-starring role with Lily Tomlin in “Grandma,” and filming her upcoming documentary, “Free CeCe,” which takes on the culture of violence too often facing trans women of color. The Times Center, 242 W. 41st St. Aug. 25, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tickets are $40 at TimesTalks.com.
WED.AUG.26: Bisexual Erotic Wanderings
The Bi Book Club theme for August is “The Summer of Sex,” and the group will discuss Livia Ellis’ “Memoirs of a Gigolo, Omnibus Vol. 1-4,” a sexy, funny, bisexual erotic novel. In this collected omnibus edition of the first four e-books in the series, you’ll learn why Oliver turns to a life as a male escort when he is a titled English Lord — and a tabloid favorite — and you’ll follow him as he travels the globe, bedding a Latin pop star, two princesses, and a beautiful Russian fellow escort as charming and duplicitous as himself. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., rm. 210. Aug. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. A $5 donation to benefit BGSQD, where you can order the book, is suggested. The group usually grabs a bite to eat at the Village Den after the meeting.
FRI.AUG.28: Divas Distorted & Demented
Dallas DuBois and JAWdrop present “Distorted Divas,” the seventh installment of the “Distorted” Vegas-style revue drag series. This new late night pop culture extravaganza features demented drag stars Bootsie LeFaris, Pixie Aventura, Brenda Dharling, and newcomer Monet X Change as some of your favorite legendary divas, both real and fictional — Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Selena, JLo, Karen Walker, Nene Leakes — with a twisted twist. Laurie Beechman Theater, inside West Bank Café, 407 W. 42nd St. Aug. 28, 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 at spincyclenyc.com or 212-352-3101.
SAT.AUG.29: 15 Years of Jersey City Pride
The Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival, marking its 15th anniversary, is a day long street party downtown btwn. Grove St. & Jersey Ave., near the Grove St. PATH station. Aug. 29, noon-8 p.m. A free afterparty follows at South House Bar and Restaurant, 149 Newark Ave. near Barrow St. Aug. 29, 8-11 p.m. For complete details on all Jersey City Pride events, beginning Aug. 21, visit jerseycitypride.com.
SUN.AUG.30: Desperate for Attention
Eddie Sarfaty is a gay stand-up comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” “The Today Show,” “The Joy Behar Show,” and Logo’s “Wisecrack” and is a subject of the documentary “Laughing Matters.” Sarfaty is author of “Mental: Funny in the Head,” a collection of humorous essays. Tonight he appears in his show “Desperate for Attention” at Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St. Aug. 30, 6:15 p.m. Tickets begin at $20 at metropolitanroom.com, and there’s a two-drink minimum.
SUN.AUG.30: Sweet Folk from Jay Brannan
Since 2006, Jay Brannan — a native Texan turned New Yorker who appeared in John Cameron Mitchell’s indie film “Shortbus,” where he sang song “Soda Shop” — has been writing and performing his own sweet and sad folk songs always tempered by a dose of humor. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Aug. 30, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at joespub.com.
MON.AUG.31: Sprung from “Fun Home” One Night Only
Beth Malone, a Best Actress Tony nominee for her starring role in Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home,” is an adorably insane little lesbian who takes you on a journey from Castle Rock, Colorado to the South Pacific — and from little girl crushes to grown-woman heartbreak. Tonight she offers comedy, tragedy, and that crush on Connie Chung. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$25 at joes.pub.com.
TUE.SEP.1: The Rapp on 54th Street
One of Broadway’s most celebrated rock and rollers, Anthony Rapp (“If/ Then,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” “Rent,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”) brings his new “Unplugged” evening of stories and songs to 54 Below with musical director Dan Weiss. “Unplugged” audiences can expect to hear some of the great songs that have inspired Rapp — including, of course, ones from “Rent” and “Hedwig & The Angry Inch.” 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Sep. 1, 7 p.m. The cover charge is $45-$55, with premium seating at $90, at 54below.com, with a $5 premium for tickets at the door, and there’s a $25 food & drink minimum.
THROUGH SUN.SEP.6: Disrupting Gender Norms in the 1990s
“IDEA, The Goddess Within” was an historic collaboration between the performance artist Hunter Reynolds, aka Patina du Prey, and documentary photographer Maxine Henryson. From 1993 to 2000, Henryson and Reynolds traveled to Berlin, Antwerp, Los Angeles, New York, and other cities creating guerrilla street performances and interventions. Spinning in a large white dress, Patina existed as a mythical dervish figure that deliberately disrupted gender norms. “I-DEA, The Goddess Within” challenged notions of queer identity, performance art, and the social landscape of the 1990s. In a new exhibition, the artists present photographs from New York’s 1994 Gay Pride celebrating the 25th anniversary of Stonewall as well as that year’s Gay Games here. The rerouting of that year’s Pride March to go past the United Nations on First Avenue led to division between the event’s organizers and grassroots groups such as ACT UP, Dykes on Bikes, and the Radical Faeries. The result was an un-permitted, rump march up Fifth Avenue from the Stonewall Inn to Central Park in an exuberant, uninhibited show of queer freedom. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., rm. 210. Exhibition runs through Sep. 6.
THROUGH SUN.SEP.13: Diggin’ the New Hedwig
Film and TV star Taye Diggs, who made his Broadway debut in 1994 in the Tony-winning revival of “Carousel,” steps into an iconic role as the lead in John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” for 12 weeks. Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St. Tue. -Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. through Sep. 13. Tickets are $47-$142 at telecharge.com or 212-239-6200.
THROUGH SAT.OCT.10: In Search of One City: Sensing (In)equality
A two-month exhibition exploring artists’ roles in investigating, navigating and mitigating income inequality. With a title loosely based on the New York City mayor’s well-known campaign phrase, “In Search of One City” recognizes that artists have long been offering creative interpretations of and solutions for a timely issue now at the forefront of local and national policy debates. Viewing hours are Friday 3-6 p.m. or by appointment at (718)768-3195 or email@example.com. Info at theoldstonehouse.org or brooklynutopias.wordpress.com. Brooklyn’s Old Stone House is at Washington Park at 5th Ave. btwn 3rd and 4th Streets. Aug. 13 from 6-9 p.m. Through Oct. 10.
THROUGH SAT.OCT.25: On the Domestic Front: Scenes of Everyday Queer Life
This exhibition features 70 works drawn mostly from the Leslie-Lohman Museum collection and answers the question, “What do gay people do when they’re not having sex?” These diverse works demonstrate what is unique and what is universal in everyday queer life. It is an excellent opportunity to see works from the Museum’s collection that in some cases have never been exhibited. Curated by James M. Saslow. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art. 26 Wooster St., btwn. Canal & Grand Sts. Tue.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.; open until 8 p.m. on Thu. Through Oct. 25.
THROUGH YEAR END: Streaming From LA
Based on the offerings from the recent Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, DIRECTTV presents free online screening to official festival selections. Among the films streaming will be “The Heroes of Evil,” “Tomgirl,” “Gideon’s Cross,” “Maybe Next Season,” “The First Date,” “Caged,” “Gay Over,” “The BrocKINGton,” “No Boundaries,” “Tomorrow,” “Noah and Anya,” “Calavera,” and “Elise.” A full line-up of films will be available at outfestonline.com throughout the rest of the year.