WED.MAR.9: Jocks Mixing and Mingling
“Jock-a-Thon Ball: The Men Event” is a networking party for all New York City gay sports teams and leagues — a huge schmooze fest where everyone can mix and mingle. Dave and Busters, 234 W. 42nd St. Mar. 9, 6-9 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com.
SAT.MAR.12: Imperial Court at 30
The Imperial Court of New York is celebrating 30 years of serving the LGBTQ community and persons living with HIV/ AIDS its annual charity gala, Night of a Thousand Gowns, this year benefitting ICNY’s Youth Scholarship Fund. The evening’s chairs are actress and singer Christin Milioti, actor Michael C. Hall, and costume and fashion designer Patricia Field, with entertainment by billboard idol Robin S., drag superstars Dame Ariel Sinclair and Logan Slaughter, and DJs Ultra Nate and Sir Johnny Dynell. Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, Times Sq. Mar. 12, 6 p.m. Tickets are $450-$550 at icny.com; $150 for standing room only beginning at 10 p.m.
SAT.MAR.12: This Time Seth Sings Liza
Seth Sikes, who as a young boy in Paris, Texas, was captivated Judy Garland, returns to the New York cabaret stage, this time to sing the songs of Liza Minnelli, in honor of her 70th birthday. “I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate our greatest living legend’s birthday, through her incredible music,” Sikes said. “I’ll be singing some of Liza’s signature tunes along with some little known gems.” The evening was conceived by Seth Sikes and Tony-Award winning lyricist Lisa Lambert, and will feature music direction by Gary Adler and orchestrations by Matt Aument. Feinstein’s/ 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Mar. 12, 9:30 p.m. Admission is $40-$80 at 54Below.com, and there’s a $25 food & drink minimum.
SUN.MAR.13: Party with Gilbert & Sullivan
The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players hold their 2016 Gala, with a special performance of their award-winning cabaret “I’ve Got a Little Twist!,” where “The Mikado” meets “The Music Man.” The afternoon also includes a live auction, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St. Mar. 13, 4 p.m. Tickets are $50 at nygasp.org or 212-769-1000. $100 VIP tickets include a 3 p.m. lecture by Scott Hayes, Sir Arthur Sullivan’s great grand nephew, and a pre-show champagne & dessert reception.
MON.MAR.14: Cumming & Cummings
Marti Gould Cummings’ weekly interview/ performance party at Therapy Bar, which gives audiences a backstage pass to the best in the local entertainment scene, welcomes Alan Cumming and Matt Doyle (“Spring Awakening”). 348 W. 52nd St. Mar. 14, 10 p.m. No cover charge. More information at facebook.com/TherapyLoungeNYC/?fref=ts.
TUE.MAR.15: Orchestra of St. Luke’s Joins Paul Taylor Dance
For a second season running, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s provides live music for the three-week season of Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center. The orchestra’s contributions will include work by Donizetti, Gilbert & Sullivan, Poulenc, Schubert, Bach, Offenbach, Debussy, Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenberg, and Radynski. Mar. 15 – Apr. 3. Ticket are $10-$175 at boxoffice.dance or 212-496-0600.
FRI.MAR.18: Can Fran Lebowitz & Frank Rich Sort It All Out?
In the midst of an unprecedentedly strange and disturbing presidential primary season, cultural critic Fran Lebowitz and journalist Frank Rich come together for a lively discussion about everything from culture and politics to race and gender. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Pl. Tickets are $28-$45 at bam.org.
THROUGH SAT.MAR.19: The Photography of William Gedney
William Gedney, a Kentucky photographer who died of AIDS in 1989, was highly regarded in his lifetime, though his work was not well known beyond a small circle of colleagues and curators. In 1968, John Szarkowski curated “Eastern Kentucky and San Francisco: Photographs by William Gedney” at the Museum of Modern Art. In a release for that show, Szarkowski wrote, “Gedney’s pictures make it clear that the individuals are more complex and more interesting than the clichés.” A new exhibit, “All Facts Eventually Lead To Mysteries: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney,” presents the artist’s intimate portrayals of out-of-work coal miners and their families in rural Kentucky, hippie culture scenes from San Francisco, and his lonely-streets-at-night pictures from his travels around the US. Howard Greenberg Gallery, 41 E. 57th St., Suite 1406. Feb. 5- Mar. 19: Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. On Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m., the gallery hosts a panel discussion featuring Peter Galassi, Philip Gefter, Lisa McCarty, and Margaret Sartor.
TUE. & THU. EVENINGS: Pencils With A Twist
You like to drink? You like to draw? John Jennison’s “Drink N Draw” might be just the ticket for you. Life drawing sessions feature drag queens and kings, muscle boys, fetish models, and other burlesque performers. Artists of all skill levels are welcome — bring your own supplies. Tue. evenings, 7-10 p.m.: Phoenix Bar, 447 E. 13th St. at Ave. A in Manhattan. Thu. evenings, 7:30-10 p.m.: Macri Park, 462 Union Ave. at Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn. To learn more check out facebook.com/DrinkNDrawBK.
THROUGH MON.MAR.21: A Horse, Not a Unicorn
According to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, “What The Horse Saw” is the funniest play Tennessee Williams never wrote. The company’s sketch team One Idiot (featuring David Ebert) began the project as a standard show, but it soon blossomed into a hilarious homage to Mississippi’s most famous playwright. Leaning heavily on Tennessee’s tropes with a heavy dose of NSFW comedy, the show is equal parts witty and vulgar. Between the sexually repressed men, scheming matriarchs, beautiful 24-year-old spinsters, and titans of Southern industry, fans of Williams, American drama, or even just pretty horsies will find something here to enjoy (preview the show at https://youtu.be/oIQcSfagJTw). Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. Feb. 15, Mar. 7 & 21, 8 p.m. Admission is only $5 at ucbtheatre.com or at the door.
THROUGH SAT.MAR.26: One Sordid Room North of Chelsea
Rick Skye’s work as a Liza Minnelli impersonator has earned him MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs), Dublin Theatre Festival, and Backstage Bistro Awards. On four Saturdays, Skye brings his “Liza Live! In Concert” to Don’t Tell Mama. His parodies of songs from “Mein Herr” to “Sara Lee” have left audiences weak from laughter, and this show includes a “new” Charles Aznavour song, Liza’s concert version of “The Single Ladies Song,” a “Happy Endings” production number, and a tribute to “one of her famous parents.” (Which, we wonder.) Ricky Ritzel is musical director. 343 W. 46th St. Feb. 20 & Mar. 5, 12 & 26, 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at donttellmamanyc.com or 212-757-0788, and there’s a two-drink minimum.
THROUGH THU.MAR.31: Tropical Time Tripping
“The Grand Paradise” is a fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which visitors travel to a tropical paradise. Set in those hazy and culturally liminal years of the late 1970s becoming the ‘80s, the experience begins as you are handed a vintage plane ticket by a polyester-clad airline attendant. On the island, you encounter a rogue’s gallery of eccentrics, gay hustlers, eternal youths, gods, monsters, disco queens, and sexy con men. 383 Troutman St. at Wyckoff Ave., Bushwick (just off the L Jefferson St. stop). Jan. 28-Mar. 31: Tue.-Sun., 7 p.m. & 10 p.m. Tickets are $115; $95 for late shows at thegrandparadise.com.
THROUGH SUN.MAR.20: Benjamin Fredrickson in a Solo Show
The Bureau of General Services — Queer Division and Daniel Cooney Fine Art are joining forces to present a solo exhibition by New York City artist Benjamin Fredrickson at BGSQD, coinciding with Fredrickson’s collaborative exhibition with Juan Betancurth at Daniel Cooney in Chelsea. The solo show, titled “Salon,” features previously unseen Polaroid photographs and new images made with paper negatives. Fredrickson’s early work documents his sexual life and his community of gay men, while his new work, though less explicit, unexpectedly offers deep intimacy and beauty among his subjects. BGSQD at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Jan. 20-Mar. 20, with opening reception Jan. 21, 6-9:30 p.m. More information at bgsqd.com. The Frederickson- Betancurth collaborative exhibition takes place at Daniel Cooney, 508-526 W. 26th St. Through Feb. 27: Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
THROUGH SAT.APR.2: From Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Eleanor Roosevelt
“Women Take the Lead: From Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Eleanor Roosevelt, Suffrage to Human Rights” is an exhibition of important treasures dating back to the early days of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, some of them unseen for more than a century. Featuring some 75 rare posters, broadsides, pamphlets, books, and manuscripts, the show features items used in the early 20th century to promote voting rights for women, which were finally won in 1920. Most of the pieces in the exhibit are on loan from the privately held Dobkin Family Collection of Feminist History, built over 25 years by New York philanthropist Barbara Dobkin to chronicle women’s experiences and achievements in both the political and domestic realms. The show will features material about Eleanor Roosevelt, who, once women won the right to vote, joined the League of Women Voters and other political and labor groups, and immersed herself in Democratic politics. The exhibit takes place in the home Roosevelt and the future president shared prior to their move to Washington and where FDR began his recovery from polio in 1921. Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 47-49 E. 65th St. Jan. 14- Apr. 2; Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. More information at roosevelthouse.hunter.cuny.edu.
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.
FRIDAYS: Drag Stars Pop Vox
“The Ultimate Drag Off,” a live interactive game show musical where audience members vote and crown the next drag superstar, begins its 10th season tonight. This year, guests will include New York nightlife maven Michael Musto, Sirius Radio DJ and impersonation goddess Christine Pedi, Heather Parcells (“Finding Neverland,” “A Chorus Line”), and Michael Cusumano (“An American in Paris,” “Chicago”). Nightlife hostess Sweetie presides. Triad Theatre, Stage 72, 158 W. 72nd St. Sep. 18, 11 p.m., and every Fri. following. Tickets are $33 at DragOffNYC.com; $40 at the door.