Longtime drag star Lady Bunny, in her latest show co-written with Beryl Mendelbaum, “Trans-Jester,” which pokes fun at what she calls “pc normatives,” takes the stage at the Stonewall Inn through the end of the month. 53 Christopher St., btwn. Waverly Pl. & Seventh Ave. S. Sep. 16-17, 21-24 & 28-30, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 at brownpapertickets.com/event/2594512.
FRI.SEP.16: The Man Behind Lypsinka
John Epperson, the real person behind Lypsinka, takes take the stage in “John Epperson: The Artist Principally Known as Lypsinka,” an evening in which he shares personal and rarified experience of moving to and living in New York City. With a nod to the urbane cabaret style of Bobby Short, Epperson’s show embraces classic entertainment filled with stories, tunes, and a few surprises. The entertainer, aka the Goddess of Showbiz Lypsinka, commands the piano and stage with a musical journey that weaves together Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser, Jule Styne, Kay Thompson, Kander & Ebb, Comden & Green, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and transgender icon Christine Jorgenson. Jay Rogers directs. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Sep. 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at goo.gl/1DmOj4.
SAT.SEP.17: The Original Grizabella in Concert
Singer, Broadway star, and television actor Betty Buckley, who immortalized “Memory” in her Tony-winning role as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat in the Broadway debut of “Cats,” and is currently starring in “Grey Gardens” in Los Angeles, performs songs from her latest album, “Ghostlight” — including “This Nearly Was Mine,” “Blue Skies,” and “Body and Soul” — in two shows this evening at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St. at Park Pl., Newark. Sep. 17, 6 & 8:30 p.m. $40-$70 at njpac.org.
SUN.SEP.18: A Red Party to End AIDS
Cycle for the Cause is the LGBT Community Center’s four-day, 275-mile bike ride from Boston to New York City, which passes through more than 50 cities to raise funds for the Center’s HIV/ AIDS programming. Today, Sep. 18, noon-6 p.m., the Center welcomes the riders to Manhattan with the Red Party, a block party on W. 13th St., btwn. Seventh & Eighth Aves. Enjoy food, drinks, a raffle, and other activities, and help greet the riders beginning around 2:30. More information at gaycenter.org/redparty.
MON.SEP.19: The Art of Christopher Bram
Novelist Christopher Bram recently told Gay City News’ Christopher Murray, “I love history. I am a history nerd, I always have been. As a kid, I fell in love with history books long before I fell in love with fiction.” Tonight, he reads from his new book, “The Art of History,” in which he wrote, “Homosexuality is one area where fiction can complete what history, until recently, could only begin. The subject was taboo and the record sparse.” NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway at Waverly Pl. Sep. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. More information at 212-998-4667.
MON.SEP.19: Cabaret Evening Honoring Javier Muñoz
Gay Men’s Health Crisis’ Howard Ashman Award is named for the Oscar and Grammy-winning lyricist of “Beauty and the Beast,” The Little Mermaid,” and “Aladdin” who passed away due to AIDS-related complications in 1991. This year, GMHC honors Javier Muñoz, the lead in Broadway’s “Hamilton,” with the Ashman Award for his activism in the fight against HIV/ AIDS. Muñoz, a recent cancer survivor, was diagnosed with HIV in 2002 and speaks out frequently about his status in order to combat the stigma that continues to be directed at people living with HIV/ AIDS. Muñoz will accept his award during an evening cabaret gala featuring other Broadway stars, as well, at Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Sep. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $150 at gmhc.org.
WED.SEP.21-WED.NOV. 16: Memoirs, By Donna Minkowitz
Gay City News Morsels columnist Donna Minkowitz is once again this fall offering her memoir-writing workshop, which she has taught since 1992. Her recent memoir “Growing Up Golem” was a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and for the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award, and she won a Lambda Literary Award for her first memoir, “Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters with the Right Taught Me About Sex, God, and Fury.” Minkowitz offers the workshop in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, Wed., 7-9 p.m., Sep. 21-Nov. 16 (except for Oct. 12). The cost is $325. For complete information and to register, visit donnaminkowitz.com/writing-classes.
WED.SEP.21: Poetry Powerhouse
Bureau of General Services —Queer Division hosts an evening of poetry featuring Che Gossett, a black trans femme writer, para academic theory queen, and winner of the 2014 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award from the American Studies Association and the 2014 Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies at CUNY; Melissa Buzzeo, whose fourth book “The Devastation” was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in Poetry in 2016; Andrea Abi-Karam, a mixed race genderqueer punk poet writing on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies, trauma, and delayed healing; NM Esc, a first-generation New York-grown brain-in-a-jar, floating in viscous queer soup, and Jasmine Gibson, a Philly jawn now living in Brooklyn and soon to be psychotherapist for all your gooey psychotic episodes that match the bipolar flows of capital. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Sep. 21, 7-9 p.m. A $5 suggested donation benefits BGSQD.
SAT.SEP.24: Just Like People You Know — Only More SO
“The Real Actors of NYC,” a new musical with book, lyrics, and music by Karlan Judd about an infuriated trio of musical theater actors determined make it on Broadway by any means, begins previews at the Anne L. Bernstein Theater at the Theater Center, 50th & Broadway, on Sep. 24, ahead of an Oct. 13 opening. The cast features Klea Blackhurst, Noah Zachary, Jennifer Jean Anderson, Nicholas Barnes, RJ Vaillancourt, Lorinda Lisitza, and Jake Mckenna. Max Friedman directs. For schedule & tickets, visit therealactorsofnyc.com/Tickets.html.
SAT.OCT.1: After Marriage, What’s Next?
After the 2015 Supreme Court ruling, rainbow memes and #lovewins hashtags flooded the Internet, but many activists and scholars continued saying what they had been for decades: LGBTQ politics is about #morethanmarriage. CUNY’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies hosts a two-day conference to foster an urgently needed discussion about this turning point, featuring experts in LGBTQ politics, activism, and scholarship including Lisa Duggan, David Eng, Urvashi Vaid, Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Mignon Moore, Sean Strub, and Darnell Moore. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524. W. 59th St. Oct. 1 & 2, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Tickets are $30-$75 at goo.gl/N6c1S5.