FROM THU.JUL.9 ON: Streaming From LA
Coinciding with the opening of 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 through the end of the year.
THROUGH SUN.OCT.11: 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 Oct. 11. Tickets are $47-$142 at telecharge.com or 212-239-6200.
BEGINNING FRI.JUL.24: The Arab Spring Lesbian Heroine Who Wasn’t
When well-known Syrian blogger Amina Arraf — purportedly kidnapped by local authorities during the Arab Spring — was revealed to be an elaborate hoax persona, international human rights advocates realized they’d been had. But the betrayal cut deepest for Canadian activist Sandra Bagaria, who had been involved in an online relationship with Amina. Playing out like a detective story, “A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile” reconstructs this tale from the perspective of Sandra, who prepares for a face-to-face confrontation with Amina’s true creator. Opens Jul. 24, IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. at W. Third St. Screening times at IFCCenter.com.
FRI.JUL.24: The Corporeal Is Spiritual
In his one-man show “Everything Is Spiritual,” Rob Bell, a New York Times bestselling author whom Time magazine named one of the 100 most influential people in the world, does what he does best, making surprising connections between the universe you’re living in and the life you’re living, showing how science and spirituality are long lost dance partners. The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. Jul. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$35 at townhall.org.
SAT.JUL.25: 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 “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. Jul. 25, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at joespub.com.
SUN.JUL.26: Celebrating SCOTUS at Sea
Marriage Equality USA, the leading grassroots group that worked on the battle for same-sex couples to enjoy the right to marry, celebrates the June 26 Supreme Court victory with a Sea Tea party aboard the Hornblower, which will travel down the Hudson from the West Village into New York Harbor and the East River, with spectacular views of the skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge. The evening includes a bar, dinner, dessert, an appearance by the Imperial Court of New York, and DJing by Lady Bunny. Jul. 26, Pier 40, Hudson River at Houston St. Boarding, dinner begin at 6 p.m., with the boat sailing at 7:30 sharp and returning at 10. Tickets are $32.04; $52.74 for two at brownpapertickets.com/event/1848972. A limited number of $35 tickets (cash) available at the dock. You must be at least 21.
SUN.JUL.26: Joey Arias & Paul Capsis
Joey Arias, whose eclectic style has recently included interpretations of classic rock from like the likes of Led Zeppelin, Cream, and more, is joined by Australian cabaret, stage, TV, and film star Paul Capsis, known to New York audiences for his star vocalist role in Spiegelworld’s “Absinthe.” Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Jul. 26, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 at joespub.com.
TUE.JUL.28-FRI.JUL.31: Big Edie from Winnetka
Two-time Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole (“42nd Street,” “Grey Gardens”) returns to 54 Below for three performances of her show “Big Noise From Winnetka,” a musical journey — sprinkled with Broadway, pop, and jazz — from her childhood home in suburban Chicago to her career in New York and Hollywood and her current home in Maplewood, New Jersey. Bette Sussman is Ebersole’s musical director. 254 W. 54th St. Jul. 28, 30 & 31, 7 p.m. Tickets are $75-$140 at 54below.com, and there’s a $25 food & drink minimum. Add $5 to the cover for purchase at the door.
WED.JUL.29-FRI.JUL.31: Margo Channing Does Judy Garland
In “For the Love of Judy,” MargOH! Channing tells the story of a gay boy with a dysfunctional upbringing who stumbled his way to big dreams with the music of Judy Garland, sequins, and a lot of lipstick. “For the Love of Judy” is written by BT Shea and directed by Thom Fogarty, with special material by Fogarty and Jeff Catlow. Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey Sts. Jul. 29-30, 7:30 p.m.; Jul. 31, 10 p.m. Tickets are $18; $12 for students & seniors at dixonplace.org.
THU.JUL.30: Shamblin Queering the Stage
Jack Shamblin’s “Queering The Stage: A Road Map To GLBT History & Heroes Through Play & Monologues” is an art opera bringing together music, visual art, and a powerful ensemble of artists. Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey Sts. Jul. 30, 10 p.m. Tickets are $12; $10 for students & seniors at dixonplace.org.
THU.JUL.30: Queer Storytelling
Writer, actor, director, storyteller, dancer, and nightlife emcee Drae Campbell, who won the 2011 Miss LEZ title, hosts “Tell,” an evening of storytelling from the mouths and minds of New York queers. Campbell’s guests include Jamila Hammami, a first-generation Tunisian-American hard high femme homo who founded the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project; Mizz June, the first out black trans woman to appear on a daytime soap opera (“All My Children”); Mariel Reyes, a writer and producer in New York’s experimental theater spaces who appeared in the 2014 film “Appropriate Behavior”; and Larry Darnell Penn Whitfield, an actor, writer, singer, and creator of “Confessions of a Plussizetwink,” a one-man cabaret series. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., rm. 210. Jul. 30, 7:30-10 p.m.
FRI.JUL.31-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. Jul. 31, Aug. 14 & 28, 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 at spincyclenyc.com or 212-352-3101.
SAT.AUG.1: Chris Garneau’s Frostbitten Memories
“Winter Games” is the new album Chris Garneau began working on two years ago but has been trying to make since he was a lonesome kid competing in Parisian piano competitions on a last name basis with Beethoven, Debussy, and Brahms. Finding his voice as a songwriter and expanding his record collection well past the familiar environs of classical and jazz, Garneau looked to the otherworldly pop songs of Tori Amos and the alien harmonies of the Cocteau Twins to the devastating confessionals of Cat Power, Nick Drake, and Elliott Smith. Among his biggest influences, however, was Nina Simone, whose music he fondly remembers gliding along to in his socks around the family living room. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. between E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Aug. 1, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at joespub.com.
SAT.AUG.1: Musical Mash-Ups All Stripped Down
The Skivvies are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, New York actors and musicians doing stripped-down versions of eclectic covers and comedic, genre-hopping mash-ups. Not only are the arrangements stripped down — cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica — but the Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. Their guests include Randy Harrison, Michael Cerveris, John Cariani, Matt Doyle, Ellyn Marsh, and Christopher Hanke. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. between E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Aug. 1, 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 at joespub.com.
BEGINNING SAT.AUG.1: A New Offering in Newark
Shaheer Williams launches the Fever Bar & Lounge, an LGBT nightspot designed to fill a void in the Newark club scene. From showcases for singers, comedy nights, karaoke, birthday and private parties, to theme and tailored events, Fever will feature celebrated DJs like Tony Humphries, Naeem Johnson, Louie Vega, and Williams. 415 Central Ave. at Second St. More information at feverbarandlounge.com.
THROUGH SUN.AUG.2: #QueerArtInterface
“Interface: Queer Artist Forming Community Through Social Media” is an eclectic mix of queer, New York-based artists, working in a wide variety of styles and mediums, who use social media to create a community to exhibit their work. Just as early ‘80s artists would display their work on rotting piers, abandoned furniture, tenement bathroom walls, and subway billboards, the current generation circulates its creativity among a potentially infinite virtual audience that can instantly connect with the work, repost images, and blog about it. Walt Cessna curates the work of artists including Dietmar Busse, Chick Byrne, Isauro Cairo, Bubi Canal, Adrian Carroll, Walt Cassidy, Ben Copperwheat, Derek DeWitt, Jordan Eagles, Alesia Exum, Benjamin Fredrickson, Natasha Gornik, Joel Handorff, Leo Herrera, Erika Keck, Brian Kenny, Naruki Kukita, Scooter LaForge, Brett Lindell, Slava Mogutin, Diego Montoya, Chuck Nitzberg, Maria Piñeres, Gio Black Peter, James Salaiz, Ethan Shoshan, William Spangenberg, Tom Taylor, George Towne, and Todd Yeager. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St., btwn. Canal & Grand Sts. May 15-Aug. 2; Tue.-Sun., noon-6 p.m., with an 8 p.m. closing on Thu.
MON.AUG.3: Reno’s Ignorance Is Our Gain
Being alive comes with all kinds of unsolicited responsibilities, but downtown legend Reno still hasn’t come to terms with that. She’s an opinionated, radical feminist alternative voice who creates heavily improvised stream-of-consciousness topical monologues with incredible wit, political consciousness, and common sense. Tonight, in “Ignorance Is No Excuse,” Reno appears free at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey St. Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. More information at dixonplace.org.
WED.AUG.5: Queer Futurity
Inspired by the theme of queer futurity, Tim Cusack’s “Queer Today ____ Tomorrow” is a collaboration between the youth of the TAYPE program and Theatre Askew. Drawing from the worlds of science fiction, social activism, and identity politics, the piece resists the apocalyptic zeitgeist and dares to imagine a future free from gender, racism, and economic injustice. In that future, nonbinary space aliens will marry silicon androids, and the simple act of walking down the street while black and queer will not be a capital offense. Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey St. Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12; $10 at dixonplace.org; $15 at the door.
THU.AUG.6 & SUN.AUG.9: Donna McKechnie Returns to the ‘70s
Tony-winner Donna McKechnie, best known for creating the role of Cassie in “A Chorus Line” and also hailed for her Broadway appearances in “State Fair,” “On the Town,” “Company,” “Promises, Promises,” and “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” presents “Same Place: Another Time,” a musical déjà vu celebrating the scintillating 1970s in New York City — with music ranging from Jim Croce to Peter Allen and Marvin Hamlisch. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Aug. 6 & 9, 7 p.m. Tickets are $50-$95 at 54below.com, and there’s a $25 food & drink minimum.
THU.AUG.6-FRI.AUG.7: The Pops in Forest Hills
The New York Pops launches the inaugural program of concerts at it at its new summer home, Forest Hills Stadium, in Queens (at the West Side Tennis Club, entrance at Burns St. off Continental Ave.). On Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., music director and conductor Steven Reineke presents an evening with Broadway’s Sutton Foster singing standards from the Great White Way along with some of her personal favorites. On Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m., the Pops welcomes Pink Martini, the “little orchestra” founded to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education, and parks. Tickets for each show are $10 to $129 at foresthillsstadium.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.
THROUGH SAT.AUG.29: Happy Days Are Here Again, All Summer Long
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. Jul. 18 & 25, Aug. 8, 15, 22 & 2, 8 p.m. p.m. The cover charge is $25 and there’s a two-drink minimum. Reservations at 212-757-0788 or donttellmamanyc.com.
THROUGH SUN.SEP.6: Disrupting Gender Norms in the 1990s
“I-DEA, 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., room 210. Exhibition runs through Sep. 6.
THROUGH FRI.SEP.11: Pope Likes Your Status!
Fresh off acclaimed Off Broadway performances in “Found” at the Atlantic Theater Company and “Horseplay, or the Fickle Mistress” at La MaMa ETC/ Theatre Askew, Molly Pope, a brassy belter, whiskey guzzler, and benevolent lunatic presents “Molly Pope Likes Your Status,” in which she sheds all pretense of humility and shamelessly entreats you to adore her for an hour while she prances about making loud noises. Unable to deny that she defines her self-worth entirely via social media notifications, Pope exploits her fragile ego and vocal chops for your entertainment. The Duplex, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. So., Sheridan Sq. Jul, 10, Aug. 14, Sep. 11, 9:30 p.m. The cover charge is $15 at theduplex.com; $18 at the door, and there’s a two-drink minimum.