TUE.MAY.31-SUN.JUN.5: Emerging from the Crowd
“Salon, Solos, Etc” is a presentation at Douglas Dunn Studio of fluctuating arrays of solos, duets, and trios drawn from Dunn’s 45 years of organizing bodies aesthetically to be viewed. Each evening will be different, with some bits repeated here and there and the dancers released from being one of many in the supportive context of a whole dance. Dancers include Dunn, Grazia Della-Terza, Jules Bakshi, Alexandra Berger, Janet Charleston, Emily Pope, Paul Singh, Jin Ju Song-Begin, Jake Szczypek, Tim Ward, and Christopher Williams. 541 Broadway at Spring St. May 31, Jun. 1-5, 7 & 9 p.m. Suggested donation is $15, and no reservations are needed. Drinks and snacks available.
WED.JUN.1: To Be Queer, Gifted & Black
Playwright and arts administrator Azure D. Osborne-Lee and queer feminist author and poet Ashley Young present an evening of works-in-progress highlighting the experiences of queer black characters in fiction and non-fiction narratives. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., room 210. Jun. 1, 7-9 p.m. Suggested donation of $10 benefits BGSQD.
THU.JUN.2-SUN.JUN.19: Di and Viv and Rose
Last seen on the West End, Amelia Bullmore’s new play “Di and Viv and Rose” is the story of three young women, away from home for the first time and hailing from three distant corners of England, who form a complicated friendship during their first year at university. Their life in a shared flat feels boundless and bountiful — as intense as it is beautiful. When time catapults the trio forward, apart, and then back into each other’s laps and hearts, we witness how their futures depend on a mutual preservation of their shared past. Leta Tremblay directs Olivia Levine, Raven Pierson, and Leslie Erin Roth. Studio Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St. Jun. 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16, 7 p.m.; Jun. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18, 8 p.m.; Jun. 4, 11 & 18, 2 p.m.; Jun. 5, 12 & 19, 3 p.m. Tickets are $27.25 at telecharge.com.
THU.JUN.2-FRI.JUL.1: Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend Whitney?
Part concert and part biographical drama, “Michael. Amy. Whitney. Karen. Kurt.” offers an insider’s look at the lives of Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Karen Carpenter, and Kurt Cobain, with a cast that includes Samantha Aneson (Karen), Jenni Lark (Amy), Jesse Tyler Moore (Kurt), Jasmine Thomas (Whitney), and Jason Dwayne Wells (Michael). The Duplex, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. S., Sheridan Sq. Jun. 2, 9 & 16, Jul. 1, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at theduplex.com, $25 at the door, and there’s a two-drink minimum.
THU.JUN.2: Honoring Angela Davis
Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art presents its Sackler Center First Award to Angela Davis, a feminist scholar social justice activist and professor emerita at the University of California Santa Cruz. Davis came to international prominence in 1969 when, as a member of the Communist Party USA, she was removed from her teaching position in UCLA’s Philosophy Department and later prosecuted on federal charges on which she was acquitted. The author of nine books, Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, an organization dedicated to the dismantling of the US prison industrial complex. Davis will appear in conversation with Gloria Steinem and New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks. Brooklyn Museum, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 200 Eastern Parkway near Grand Army Plaza, third fl. Jun. 2, 6-9 p.m. Tickets begin at $50 at brooklynmuseum.org.
FRI.JUN.3: Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards
Sheela Lambert, director of the Bi Writers Association, hosts the group’s annual Bisexual Book Awards, which will include readings by finalists in a number of genres, including Kate Evans reading from her memoir “Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel,” Emily Bingham reading from her “Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham,” B.R. Sanders reading the fantasy fiction novel “Ariah,” Francis Gideon reading from his romance “A Winter in Rome,” Megan Mulry reading from her romance “Bound with Honor,” Michelle Moore and Reesa Herberth reading from their mystery “Peripheral People,” Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler reading from their erotic novel “Dead Ringer,” Erica Yang reading from her young adult novel “Bad Idea,” Redfern Jon Barrett reading from his “Giddy Death of the Gays & Strange Demise of Straights,” and Lambert reading from “Bisexuality in Education,” edited by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli. Elizabeth Beier presents her comic book art in “Bisexual Trials & Errors.” Michael David Gordon & “Honeybird” Monique Mizrahi perform live music. Westbeth Artists Housing and Center for the Arts, 55 Bethune St., near Washington St. Jun. 3, book signings at 6:30 p.m., program from 7-10:30 p.m. An afterparty follows at Malaparte Restaurant, 753 Washington St. at Bethune St. Tickets to the ceremony are $15 at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org at the door. The afterparty, with food and a full bar, is on a cash basis.
OPENS FRI.JUN.3: Witnessing Kitty Genovese
Fifty years ago, the name Kitty Genovese became synonymous with urban apathy after news that she was stabbed to death on a Queens street while 38 witnesses in nearby apartments did nothing. “For more than half an hour,” the New York Times report began, “38 respectable, law-abiding citizens… watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks… Not one person called the police.” Forty years later, her brother Bill, who was 16 at the time of his lesbian sister’s death in Kew Gardens, decided to find the truth buried beneath the story. In the process, he uncovered a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era. James Solomon’s film opens Jun. 3 at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. at W. Third St. Showtimes at ifccenter.com.
SAT.JUN.4: Queering Shakespeare & Your Beer
“So You Think You Can Drag” winner Juicy Liu hosts New York Shakespeare Exchange’s raucous spin-off of its popular “ShakesBEER Pub Crawl,” the re-dubbed “ShakesQUEER Pub Crawl.” Blasting out of the Shakespeare canon with classic scenes performed not just in drag but gender-flipped (or otherwise intriguingly queered up) will be Matt Shingledecker (“Wicked” “Spring Awakening”), Vince Gatton (Drama Desk nominee for “Candy and Dorothy”), Amy Jo Jackson, Justin R. G. Holcomb, Quincy Ellis, Kim Krane, Eleanor Handley, Nathaniel P. Claridad, and Elizabeth Neptune. Check in for the crawl is at Boxers HK, 742 Ninth Ave., btwn. 50th & 51st Sts. on Jun. 4, 3:30 p.m., with the crawl running from 4-7. Tickets are $90 at shakespeareexchange.org, and proceeds benefit Immigration Equality and the New York Shakespeare Exchange.
SAT.JUN.4: Let’s Be Dads
Jeffrey Roach, author of “PopDaddy: Boy Meets Boy Meets Baby,” will be joined by his husband Ken Manford and their son Jackson as he reads from his new memoir. Roach and Manford’s lives take a sudden and unexpected turn when their best friend announces she’s pregnant. Ken wants a baby, too. What follows is a hilarious, heartwarming, and intensely personal story of two gay men in their 30s who decide to pursue an international adoption from Guatemala. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., room 210. Jun. 4, 7-9 p.m. Suggested donation of $5 benefits BGSQD.
SAT.JUN.4: A Riot of Choral Music
ChoralFest USA is a marathon concert event created to present performances of choral works written by American and non-American composers, both past and present. This year’s “Celebration of the Diversity of Choral Music in America” includes performances by groups from across New York State — including the University at Buffalo Choir, Manhattan’s C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective, La Guardia High School Women’s Chorus of Queens, eVoco Voice Collective from Garden City, the Lavender Light Black and People of All Colors Lesbian and Gay Gospel Choir of New York City, and Rosenbaum’s Canticum Novum Singers. Composer Peter Schickele is the event’s special guest, and the concert concludes with an audience sing-along of Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia.” In the spirit of Symphony Space’s “Wall to Wall” events, audience members may come and go as they please, subject to seating availability, throughout the day. Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th St. Jun. 4, 3-10 p.m. Admission is free, but for a reserved seat at $40, visit symphonyspace.org.
SUN.JUN.5: Pride Begins in Queens
First held in 1993, the Queens Pride Parade & Festival kicks off with the parade down 37th Ave. in Jackson Heights, beginning at noon, Jun. 5 at 89th St. and proceeding to 75th St., the site of the afternoon festival. This year’s grand marshals are Jessica Stern, the executive director of Outright Action International, City Councilmember Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, and the AIDS Center of Queens County. From 1:30 p.m. to 6, the festival, with several stages, takes place at 75th St. at 37th Rd. For complete details, visit queenspride.org. Pride Unites Us/ El Orgullo Nos Une!
MON.JUN.6: Adam Haslett, Tony Kushner & Ben Whishaw
Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Adam Haslett (“You Are Not a Stranger Here”) joins Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”) to discuss Haslett’s new novel “Imagine Me Gone,” an elegant, harrowing, and epic story of one family overshadowed by a father’s depression, trying to love and care for one another across the span of 40 years. Seamlessly weaving humor and turmoil, “Imagine Me Gone” provokes readers to think about how they see the most important people in their own lives. Actor Ben Whishaw (“The Crucible,” “Skyfall”) reads from the novel. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, Jun. 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, $15 for those 30 and under at symphonyspace.org.
THROUGH FRI.AUG.12: Dignity from Life’s Experiences
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture join together with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art for an exhibition, “Legend in My Living Room,” featuring specially commissioned photographic portraits by Magnum Foundation Fellow Jasper Briggs of LGBTQ older adults in their home environments. The portraits of six subjects (ages 53-84), displayed in the Museum’s window vitrines, will reflect personal stories of struggle, triumph, and perseverance. The exhibition is co-curated by Steven G. Fullwood, the associate curator of the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division at the Schomburg Center and Peter “Souleo” Wright, program coordinator at SAGE Center Harlem. “Too often the experiences of black LGBTQ individuals are erased out of history,” Fullwood said. “With this project we aim to create greater visibility for this community by empowering them to take control of their narrative and public representation.” 26 Wooster St. btwn. Canal & Grand Sts. May 15-Aug. 12. Opening reception is May 24, 6-8 p.m.
THROUGH SUN.JUN.26:The Queer Enlightenment in Art
“The 1970s: The Blossoming of a Queer Enlightenment” explores the vibrant and liberating decade between the 1969 Stonewall Riots and 1980, just before we heard the first rumblings of the AIDS crisis emerging, changing the nature of sexual relationships to the present day. This exhibition features over 115 works from the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art’s extensive collection of more than 24,000 objects including photographs, drawings, and paintings made during this era. Works have also been borrowed from the Lesbian Herstory Archives and the New York Public Library, and the exhibition will include the entire “X Portfolio” by Robert Mapplethorpe (1978), recently purchased by the museum, as well as works by Paul Cadmus, Joan E. Biren (JEB), Jimmy DeSana, Marion Pinto, Amos Badertscher, Harvey Milk, Saul Bolasni, Francesco Scavullo, Diana Davies, Rink Foto, Tee Corinne, Neel Bate, and Peter Hujar. It was this iconic body of work, made during the 1970s, that set the stage for the culture wars of the 1980s. 26 Wooster St., btwn. Canal & Grand Sts. Through Jun. 26: Tue.-Wed., Fri.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.; Thu., noon-8 p.m. For more information, visit LeslieLohman.org
THROUGH SAT.JUN.11: Teaching Nino Cais to Dance
Fridman Gallery presents “Teach Me How to Dance,” the first US solo exhibition by the Brazilian artist Nino Cais. Employing collage, Cais deals with the tensions between civilization and nature, machismo and vulnerability, outward appearances and intimate narratives that break through the surface. Composed of approximately 30 book interventions, five installations, and one video, the artist underscores how primitive instincts are smothered by the weight of social rituals. Handkerchiefs and horseshoes precariously balance on opposite ends of riding whips, each element owing its fragile stability to the others. In the video, the artist, dressed as a jockey, simulates a galloping sound by hitting his own body, a victim of his own self-image. The gallery is located at 287 Spring St. at Hudson St. Apr. 30-Jun. 11: Tue.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Opening reception is Apr. 30, 5-8 p.m. For more information, visit fridmangallery.com
THROUGH SUN.AUG.7: Agitprop!
For the past 100 years, the term agitprop, a combination of agitation and propaganda, has reflected the intent of work by artists reaching beyond galleries and museums to create political and social change. The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art presents a series of exhibitions, including photography, film, prints, banners, street actions, songs, digital files, and web platforms, that highlight struggles for social justice since the turn of the 20th century, from women’s suffrage and anti-lynching campaigns to contemporary demands for human rights and environmental advocacy and protests against war, mass incarceration, and economic inequality. The first round of invited artists includes Dread Scott, Dyke Action Machine!, Gran Fury, Guerrilla Girls, and Jenny Holzer, among many. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Ave., just past Grand Army Plaza. Dec. 11-Aug. 7. For hours, admission, and more information, visit brooklynmuseum.org.