THROUGH SUN.MAR.22: Five Weekends of Harkness Dance
The 2015 Harkness Dance Festival, “Stripped/ Dressed,” features five dance companies as innovative as they are eclectic in programs curated by artist-in-residence Doug Varone. On Feb. 20-21, 8 p.m.; Feb. 22, 3 p.m., Adam Barruch and Chelsea Bonosky present an evening-length “Belladonna,” loosely based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Rappaccini’s Daughter.” On Feb. 27-28, 8 p.m., Mar. 1, 3 p.m., David Parker’s “Tap Lab” brings together contemporary dancers with roots in tap and his Bang Group to create up-to-the-minute rhythm dances. On Mar. 6-7, 8 p.m.; Mar. 8, 3 p.m., Vicky Shick Dance presents “Pathétique, Miniatures in Detail,” a very deliberate weaving together of sound, costume, and choreography, with company solos and duets complemented by Barbara Kilpatrick’s whimsical costumes and sound composition by Elise Kermani, mixed and performed live. On Mar. 13-14, 8 p.m.; Mar. 15, 3 p.m., a performance by the Martha Graham Dance Company includes her masterwork “Cave of the Heart,” performed in its entirety, with the famous sets designed by sculptor Isamu Noguchi. On Mar. 20-21, 8 p.m.; Mar. 22, 3 p.m., Sally Silvers’ “Actual Size Plus” plays homage to the films and motifs of Alfred Hitchcock. 92nd Street Y, Buttenwieser Hall, Lexington Ave. at 92nd St. Tickets are $25-29 at 92y.org.
THROUGH MAR.1: Equestrian Curiosities
Theatre Askew presents the world premiere of Trav SD’s “Horseplay: Or, The Fickle Mistress, A Protean Picaresque,” directed by Elyse Singer of Hourglass Group and with original music by William TN Hall. Before Mae West, Madonna, or Kim Kardashian, there was controversial, enigmatic “actress” Adah Isaacs Menken, who in 1861 became world famous after being stripped to a flesh-colored tunic and tights, tied to the back of a horse, and sent up a four-story-tall papier-mâché stage mountain in the Broadway melodrama “Mazeppa.” Now she’s forgotten. Who was she really? Black? White? Jewish? Catholic? Lesbian? Poet? Actress? Equestrienne? “Horseplay” stars Molly Pope, Everett Quinton, Jan Leslie Harding, Chuck Montgomery, Tim Cusack, Mark St. Cyr, and Tiffany Ambercrombie. Ellen Stewart Theatre at La Mama, 66 E. Fourth St., btwn. Second Ave. & Bowery. Through Mar. 1: Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m. Tickets are $18; $13 for students & seniors at lamama.org or 646-430-5374.
TUE.FEB.24: Love Is Warm, February Is Cold
Novelist and poet Perry Brass, a coordinator of the annual Rainbow Book Fair, moderates “Out of Cupid’s Mouth: Warm Love in A Cold Month,” a panel of multi-generational voices, including poet Philip F. Clark, romance writer KT Grant, mystery writer Debra Hyde, poet Ashley Inguanta, poet Ansley Moon, poet and activist Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes, poet Robert Siek, and actress and suspense writer Kay Williams. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m. $10 donation is suggested.
THU.FEB.26: Yuck It Up
“Laugh Riot” brings together funny folk Adam Sank, Sweetie, Robbyne Kaamil, and Pattty McKeever. Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St., btwn. Waverly Pl. & Seventh Ave. S. Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at dworld.us; $20 at the door.
THU.FEB.26: Tuesday Ain’t Fat! Or Tuesday!Daniel Nardicio presents the 12th Annual Nardi Gras, a Big Apple homage to the Big Easy. Dance to the deep fried sounds of DJ Scott Ewalt and enjoy six Dirty South Ragin’ Cajun go-go studs. Be a beadwhore. The Cock, 29 Second Ave. at First St. Feb. 26, 11 p.m. Admission is $20; $10 before midnight.
TUE.MAR.3: Still Rockin’ the Sham
Writers Colm Tóibín, Sarah Schulman, and Charles Rice-González read from their work in a benefit for Irish Queers, which continues its battle to see that out LGBT Irish folks can march in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The Parlour, 250 W. 86th St. at Broadway. Mar. 3, 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $5-$20.
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. 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.
THROUGH TUE.MAR.3: Ryan Rafferty Atop the Fashion World
In “Ryan Rafferty is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion,” the man who styles himself a “demented Rat Packer for the millennium” portrays Anna Wintour facing a crisis when her decision to feature a reality star and a rapper on the cover of her magazine backfires, calling her judgment into question. Rafferty uses storytelling, pop music, and lots of creative license. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Feb. 15 & 18, 7 p.m.; Mar. 3, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at joespub.com.
THROUGH SUN.MAR.15: Analog Collages
“David Lavine: Collage” is an exhibition of the artist’s one-of-a-kind paper collages, hand-cut with scissors and assembled with archival tape and glue. There is no scanning, reprinting, or photocopying, or any type of digital manipulation. But all printed matter is fair game — textbooks, posters, magazines, catalogs, coloring books, maps, comic books, art books. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division, LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., room 210. Feb. 6-Mar. 15. Opening reception is Feb. 6, 7-10 p.m.