FRI.NOV.11: Matchmaking By BGSQD
Matchers is a unique single gay men’s alternative to the bars and the apps. A room full of roughly 35 (putatively) eligible guys sit in a circle and engage in their own talk show. Current events topics (tonight should be interesting!) are discussed with a moderator guiding the conversation, making sure each gets to provide his two cents or so. Each bachelor wears a number — not name — tag and has paper and a pen to take notes, plus a printout for him to enter the codes of those he’d like to meet. After 90 minutes or so, the group breaks for a half-hour of social banter. The guys leave their printout with the moderator and the following day receive notice of those guys who reciprocated their match requests. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division, at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Nov. 11, 7-9:30 p.m. If you like, RSVP at facebook.com/events/1124706817578008, but it’s not required. Admission is free. More information at matchers4men.blogspot.com.
FRI.NOV.11: Not Just Another Pretty Face
The New Anthology “Not Just Another Pretty Face” pairs stories and poems with photos of go-go dancers. This may seem a risky premise: what is there new to say about go-go boys? But the photographs in this anthology take the dancer from the dance, place him in a new context, and invite us to explore the charged intersection of expectation and reality. These are not mere icons, but stories waiting to be told. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. Nov. 11, 7-9:30 p.m. More information at bluestockings.com/events/calendar.
SAT.NOV.12-THU.NOV.17: The Flourishing World of Documentaries
This year’s DOC NYC includes several hundred feature-length and documentary shorts. Highlights of particular interest to LGBT viewers include: “Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures,” Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s film that doesn’t hold back in confronting the personal complexities or public provocations of Robert Mapplethorpe, who emerged from the vibrant 1970s New York art scene and died of AIDS in 1989. Mapplethorpe’s photography spanned explicit gay sadomasochistic sex, but also stunning pictures of flowers. (Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St., Nov. 12, 10:15 p.m.) Carrie Lozano and Charlotte Lagarde’s “The Ballad of Fred Hersch” looks at the out gay, out HIV-positive jazz pianist whose four-decade career of international acclaim was almost cut short eight years ago by a health crisis. The film follows him as he transforms his darkest hours into an innovative multimedia jazz theater experience. (Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St., Nov. 12, 7:45 p.m.) Eddie Rosenstein’s “The Freedom to Marry” follows marriage equality architect Evan Wolfson as he and key allies, including Mary Bonauto of the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, kept up the fight and reviewed how far they had come while the clock ticked down to the June 2015 victory at the Supreme Court. (Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St., Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m.; IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. at W. Third St., Nov. 14, 2:45 p.m.) “The Guys Next Door” is Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk’s film about a married woman with three children who is the surrogate mother for her married gay friends’ children. (SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd St., Nov. 13, noon.) Julie Sokolow’s “Woman on Fire” is a portrait of courage under fire celebrating New York City’s first out transgender firefighter, Brooke Guinan, for whom fighting fires runs in her blood — both her father and grandfather having served in the FDNY. But as a transgender woman, her path to service has not been without obstacles. (Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St., Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.; IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. at W. Third St., Nov. 17, 3 p.m.) “The Joneses” is director Moby Longinotto’s film about Jheri Jones, a lively 74-year-old transgender divorcée who works hard to keep her family together in a trailer park home in the Mississippi Bible Belt. (Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.) Tickets are $18 per screening, $16 for seniors & children at docnyc.net.
SAT.NOV.12: Coney, By Way of Fire Island
Fire Island Artist Residency presents an evening of performance with Tyler Ashley, Matthew deLeon, and Donald C. Shorter Jr., whose work is on display in “Coney Island Babies,” the current exhibition on display at Bureau of General Services — Queer Division, at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., rm. 210. Nov 12, 6-8 p.m. Suggested donation of $5 benefits BGSQD.
SUN.NOV.13: All Groan Up
Growing up, most of us set benchmarks that signify the transition from child to adult. Double digits, Bar Mitzvahs, Quinceñeras, graduations, jobs, leases… the list goes on! Steven Ferezy calls Bunk! Bunk! Bunk! We are all just li’l kids with checkbooks and bills! Ferezy presents “#Adult,” co-written and directed by Robbie Rozelle, with musical direction by Bryson Baumgartel. It’s an evening of song and storytelling that captures Ferezy’s journey as an #Adult. Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. S. in Sheridan Sq. Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at theduplex.com, $20 at the door, and there’s a two-drink minimum.
MON.NOV.14: Push Back Against the Bullying
The Tyler Clementi Foundation and the Clementi family host the fifth annual Upstander Legacy Celebration honoring Workplace Options, the world’s leading provider of integrated employee well-being services, and teen filmmakers from Mythic Bridge, one of the winners of AT&T’s Cyberbullying Film Invitational at the All American High School Film Festival. ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez, who has publicly discussed his experiences being bullied as a youth, hosts the evening, and Bridget Barkan performs her single “Danger Heart.” The event raises funds for the Foundation’s programs to end bullying online and offline. Guests will enjoy wines and cocktails provided by Kim Crawford Wines and SVEDKA Vodka. Prince George Ballroom, 15 E. 27th St. Nov. 14, 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $225 at tylerclementi.org.
TUE.NOV.15: The Queen of the Bronx
Playwright/ actor Joe Gulla, who won the 2016 Downtown Urban Arts Festival’s Audience Award, tackles the issue of growing up as a gay Italian boy… in the Bronx! Smart, fun, funny, and poignant, “The Bronx Queen” reveals why some people are destined to be nervous (ship)wrecks, while others cling to the greatest life preserver of all: art! Dramamine is not included in the ticket price. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Nov. 15, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at joespub.com.
WED.NOV.16: Queering the Art History Canon
Hunter O’Hanian, the former executive director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art who now heads up the College Art Association, moderates “Queering Institutions: Collecting, Preserving, and Presenting,” a panel discussion also featuring Nelson Santos from Visual AIDS, Flavia Rando from the Lesbian Herstory Archives, and Jim Saslow from Leslie-Lohman. Queer lives have been historically marginalized by the mainstream, and the cultural and artistic work of queer artists and activists has been forsaken by the cannon of art history. In the absence of representation, queer institutions have led the charge to collect, preserve, and re-present queer art, history, and culture. Fashion Institute of Technology, Haft Auditorium, 227 W. 27th St. Nov. 16, 6-8 p.m. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
THU.NOV.17: A Gay Teen’s Forced Alienation
Frank J. Avella’s play “Consent” examines the types of bullying many gay teens face, both obvious and subtle. In a play reading, directed by Brian Patterson, Mackian Bauman, Ian Campbell Dunn, Alice Barrett Mitchell, Remington E. Moses, and Ian Whitt explore the story of Seth, a 16-year-old boy coming to terms with his sexuality who is bullied at school. He crushes on the main bully’s brother, who, much to Seth’s delight, returns his feelings, while Seth’s absent mom has returned to battle his current guardian, his high school baseball coach who seems a bit too attached to the boy. All the while, Seth becomes more and more alienated and dejected. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St., btwn. Grand & Canal Sts. Nov. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com or 973-715-2356. Admission is free, and a reception follows the play.
FRI.NOV.18: It’s Kind of a Big Deal
Queer|Art|Mentorship has partnered with Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art for its third annual weekend featuring the work of its 2015-2016 Fellows. Rodrigo Bellott, Monstah Black, Caroline Wells Chandler, Erin Greenwell, Doron Langberg, Jacob Matkov, Mylo Mendez, Eva Peskin, Hugh Ryan, Justine Williams, and Brendan Williams-Childs present exhibitions, screenings, and performances. Leslie-Lohman’s Prince Street Project Space, 127-B Prince St. at Wooster St. Nov. 19-20, noon-6 p.m. Opening reception is Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m., and a special screening, reading, and performance take place Nov. 19, 6-8 p.m. More information at leslielohman.org/exhibitions/future.html.
SAT.NOV.19 & MON.DEC.19: Good With Patti; Money, Not So Much
Ben Rimalower performs his two Off-Broadway solo plays, “Patti Issues,” about his obsession with diva Patti LuPone and his relationship with his troubled gay father, and “Bad With Money,” about how an addiction to spending beyond his means has driven him to extreme lengths all his life, in a double repertory bill. The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. S. in Sheridan Square. “Patti” plays Nov. 19, 9 p.m.; Dec. 19, 7 p.m.; “Money” plays Nov. 19, 11 p.m.; Dec. 19, 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 per show; $37.50 for the double bill at theduplex.com. Admission is $30 per show at the door. There is a two-drink minimum.
SAT.NOV.19: Birthday Stories
“TELL” is an evening of storytelling from the mouths and minds of queers in New York. In honor of the Bureau of General Services — Queer Division’s fourth anniversary, the evening’s theme is “birthdays.” Writer, actor, storyteller, and dancer Drae Campbell hosts Bronx poet and musician Skye Cabrera, adult entertainment performer Michael Bret Cohen, Miss Crimson Kitty, who is taking drag culture by storm one perfected lip-synch at a time, and Brooklyn musician and songwriter Dora Vargas. BGSQD, at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Nov. 19, 7-9:30 p.m., rm. 210. Suggested donation of $10 will benefit the Bureau. You can RSVP at facebook.com/events/1074780055974531.
SUN.NOV.20: Clock Is Ticking on Justin Sayre’s Meeting*
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre — the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites, the centuries-old organization which sets the mythic Gay Agenda but plans on concluding its long run with this season’s end next May — tonight pays tribute to Angela Lansbury. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Nov. 20, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at joespub.com.
WED.NOV.23: The Divinity of Queerness
Bluestockings hosts “The Divinity of Queerness,” a discussion about how being queer and/ or transgender informs our spirituality. Queer ancestors across time and cultures are honored through learning about who they were and how they were viewed in their respective societies — as shamans, healers, mystics, and more. This a workshot incorporates reflection, lecture, discussion, and embodiment through breathing, movement and visualization. We all need lots of that right now. 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. Nov. 23, 7-9:30 p.m. More information at bluestockings.com/events/calendar.