FRI.MAR.20-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.
FRI.MAR.27: Tuned and Toned
Well-Strung, wrote Gay City News’s Joseph Ehrman-Dupre, “sits in a remarkably unique niche in the world of string quartets. Blending classical pieces by Mozart and Vivaldi with Top 40 hits from Britney, Rihanna, and P!nk, the group is all about defying expectations.” Its brand new show, “Popssical,” directed by Donna Drake, is written by the quartet and includes musical arrangements by it as well as by David Levinson and Bruce Carter and videos by Randy Rainbow. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Mar. 27, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$65 at 54below.com; add $5 for admission at the door. The food & drink minimum is $25.
FRI.MAR.27: Gay Erotic Manga
Jiraiya is known the world over for his muscular pin-up style photoreal illustrations of Asian men and his bestselling Japanese manga. In his first New York appearance, he talks about his craft and signs copies of “Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It.” Bureau of General Services — Queer Division, LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Mar. 27, 7-10 p.m. Note: Jiraiya is an anonymous figure, so attendees are asked to respect his “no facial photography” rule.
THROUGH FRI.MAR.27: Celebrating Women in the Bronx
The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance presents its 15th annual BAAD!Ass Women Festival, celebrating the empowerment of women through art, culture, and performance in evenings of dance, theater, film, poetry, and more.The festival opens Mar. 12, 7 p.m., with a free evening titled, “Les Histoires D’Lesbian Amour/ The Stories of Lesbian Love,” featuring writers and artists Sargenta G. Deyanira Garcia, Erica Doyle, Sarahi Almonte, Tamara G. Saliva, Nivea Castro, Meriam Rodriguez, Patrice Payne, and Amber Atiya. On Mar. 13, 8 p.m., “Sole Sisters” ($20) is an evening presented by choreographers Bgirls Rokafella and Mantis from Full Circle Souljahs, Erin Cairns Cella & Dages Juvelier Keates, Shizu Homma, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, Fatima Logan, Yvette Martinez from Retumba!, Megan Minturn, Sydney L. Mosley, Leslie Parker, and Mary Sofianos. On Mar. 14, 8 p.m., Susana Cook presents “Conversations with Humans” ($15), a hyper-ritualistic drama, where graduation, marriage, baptism, death, and aging speed up, overlap, and move around the pattern of historical repetition in a spiritual and schizophrenic way. On Mar. 19, 8 p.m., filmmaker Alicia Anabel Santos presents “Reaching for the Moon” (free), a bio-drama about the passionate and tumultuous love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares, set mainly in Brazil in the 1950s and ‘60s. On Mar. 20, 8 p.m., Elizabeth “Macha” Marrero hosts “Let Me Tell You!” ($15), with Annie Rachel Lanzilotto reading from her memoir “L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir,” and performance artist Danielle Abrams presenting “Bounce Pinky Bounce,” her show about coming up a Black and Jewish child of a bankrupt city who blossoms into a light-skinned, freckle-faced voracious queer butch artist. On Mar. 21, 8 p.m., writer Tyra Allure hosts an evening of work by women of trans experience including comedienne Katrina Goodlet, dancer Leiomy Maldonado, poets Olympia Perez and Elizabeth Rivera, and singer Sparklez ($15). On Mar. 27, 6 p.m., B!YOUth is a free evening of youth-focused art and culture presentation followed by an open mic, a dance off, and an after-party. BAAD!, 2474 Westchester Ave. Westchester Sq. For complete information and tickets, visit baadbronx.org.
THROUGH SAT.MAR.28: When Brightness Vanishes
Based on his young adult novel “Absolute Brightness,” James Lecesne, a co-founder of the Trevor Project, presents “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,” in which he portrays various citizens of a Jersey Shore town where a 14-year-old boy has gone mysteriously missing and everyone is forced to examine their lives as well as the knit of a fractured community. Plastic Theatre founder Tony Speciale directs. Gay City News reviewer David Kennerley calls it a “richly articulated… flash of brilliance.” Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey Sts. Feb. 7, 9, 14, 19 & Mar. 6-7, 11, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 21, 2 p.m.; Feb. 22, Mar. 1, 6 p.m. Tickets are $18 at dixonplace.org or 212-219-0736.
SUN.MAR.29: Mary Gauthier in Tribeca
Singer/ songwriter Mary Gauthier, a New Orleans native who is a GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Music Artist nominee for her most recent album “Trouble & Love,” appears at City Winery, 155 Varick St. at Vandam St. Mar. 29, 8 p.m.; doors open at 6. Tickets are $25-$32 at citywinery.com/newyork.
MON.MAR.30: Makin’ Noise With Gavin Creel
In a benefit for the Performing Arts Project (performingartsproject.com), Susan Blackwell, Liz Callaway, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Caissie Levy sing songs written and/ or recorded by Gavin Creel, in honor of his return from his award-winning turn in “The Book of Mormon” in London’s West End. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. . E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Mar. 30, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$200 at joespub.com.
MON.MAR.30-MON.MAY4: NYC’s Next Top Drag Queen
“New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest” kicks off tonight, hosted by Holly Dae and with judges Arsenio Amadas (Mr. Eagle 2013), Macchia (the MAC and Bistro Award-winning producer of “Cabaret Cares”), and Frankie C. Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St. On Mar. 30 & Apr. 6, 7 p.m., eight first-round contestants perform two new songs each week; on Apr. 13, 7 p.m., six semi-finalists perform mini sets; on Apr. 20, 7 p.m. & Apr. 27, 9:30 p.m., four finalists sing a new song, a repeat, and a theme song; and on May 4, 9:30 p.m. they sing a new song and make a heartfelt case for themselves. Tickets to each show begin at $16 at metropolitanroom.com.
MON.MAR.30: Divas in HK
Marty Thomas, Kelly King, and Marissa Rosen welcome special guest stars to Diva Mondays at Industry, 355 W. 52nd St. Mar. 30, 11 p.m.
WED.APR.1-SAT.APR.11: Torch Bearer
In “The Lady With the Torch,” two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone (“Evita,” “Gypsy”) performs an eclectic collection of torch songs by composers and lyricists including Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, Billy Barnes, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, and Cole Porter. Musical direction by Joseph Thalken. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Apr. 1-4, 6-10, 13-14, 7 p.m.; Apr. 11, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $85-$155 at 54below.com; add $5 for admission at the door. Food & drink minimum is $30. Door open at 5:15 for 7 p.m. shows.
THROUGH WED.APR.15: Mark Nadler Sings, Plays Piano, and More!
Mark Nadler, a polymath talent who sings, plays piano, tap dances, and does stand up, appears for three nights at 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Mar. 11 & 25, Apr. 15, 7 p.m. Tickets are $35-$65 at 54below.com, and there is a $25 food & drink minimum. Add $5 to the cover charge for purchase at the door.
THROUGH SAT.APR.25: 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 April. 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.” Femia, who has been performing Judy for 20 years at Don’t Tell Mama, is winner of seven individual MAC Awards. 343 W. 46th St. Mar. 7, 21 & 28; Apr. 4, 11 & 25, 8 p.m. The cover charge is $25 and there’s a two-drink minimum. Reservations at 212-757-0788 or donttellmamanyc.com.
FRI.APR.3: Full Bunny Easter Egg Hunt
Gay Night @ Full Bunny Contact is an Easter egg hunt cranked into insane overdrive, with participants locked inside a 20X20 foot steel cage with three hung Easter bunnies, all hell bent on destruction — yours. The evening includes music and a dance floor, but the real fun is the chance to be a silly kid again. You can ride the rabid rabbit — an oversized mechanical bunny who’s foaming at the mouth and wants nothing more than to toss you into oblivion; shoot a giant marshmallow peep with a paintball gun; shoot baskets against a bunny defender who has a giant carrot; or putt an egg on a three-hole course. Or you can just have your dark future foretold by a psychotic bunny fortune teller. The Clemente, 107 Suffolk St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey Sts. Apr. 3, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission is $20-$60 at fullbunnycontact.com/gaynight.