FRI.FEB.5: Queens Winter Pride Rescheduled
The annual Queens Winter Pride Gala, which was postponed by the January 23 blizzard, takes place Feb. 5, 7 p.m.-midnight. Astoria World Manor, 25-22 Astoria Blvd., Astoria. Tickets are $105 at m.bpt.me/event/2463714.
FRI.FEB.5:-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.
MON.FEB.8: HIV/ AIDS in the African-American Community
AIDS Services Center NYC hosts a day of events marking Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at its Herald Square program offices, 64 W. 35th St., third fl. On Feb. 8, from 10-11 a.m., Gilead Silences presents a program on HIV/ AIDS Prevention, Care, and Treatment among black Americans. From 11:30-12:30, a panel considers the Impact of Sex and Drugs in Relationships. A community lunch follows from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free confidential HIV testing is available on a walk-in basis from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Metrocards will be provided. For more information, visit ascnyc.org.
MON.FEB.8: Alan Cumming Gets All Sappy
In a one-night only performance, Tony-winner Alan Cumming presents his first full-length show at Carnegie Hall, in the Stern Auditorium. Titled “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs,” the evening also features Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Ricki Lake, and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Cumming is backed by his longtime musical director Lance Horne on piano, Eleanor Norton on cello, Chris Jago on drums, and Michael Croiter on guitar and percussion. 881 Seventh Ave. at 57th St. Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets are $40-$135 at carnegiehall.org or alancummingsingssappysongs.com.
THU.FEB.11-SAT.MAR.19: Five Weeks of Contemporary Dance
The Harkness Dance Festival is five weeks of innovators and history-makers from today’s contemporary dance scene. The festival opens Feb 11-12, 8 p.m., with the Kathryn Posin Dance Company, made up of leading ballet dancers from New York City Ballet and other companies, presenting a revival of Laurie Spiegel’s “WAVES,” as well a new work by Meredith Monk, John Adam’s “Century Rolls, and Theo Bleckmann performing the suite from Monk’s iconic “Facing North.” On Feb. 19-20, 8 p.m.; Feb. 21, 3 p.m., José Limón Dance Company presents “Dialogues.” On Feb. 26-27, 8 p.m.; Feb. 28, 3 p.m., Keely Garfield Dance performs “Pow.” On Mar. 5, 3 p.m., Pilobolus presents “Rules @ Play.” And to close out the festival, Mar. 18-19, 8 p.m.; Mar. 20, 3 p.m., Tina Croll + Company presents “One Rhinoceros, 3 Birds and a Pineapple.” 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St. Tickets are $250$35 at 92y.org/harknessfestival or 212-415-5500.
THU.FEB.11: The Legacies of ACT UP, Dyke Action Machine!
Launched in the 1987 at the height of the AIDS crisis in New York, ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, made creative use of direct action and tactical media (posters, graphic design) to demand legislation and funding for medical research. The image Silence = Death below a pink triangle became part of mass culture and effectively brought attention to the lack of governmental response to the crisis. Beginning in 1991, Dyke Action Machine! challenged heteronormativity and patriarchy within gay culture and society at large. Using graphic work, Dyke Action Machine! expressed the lesbian community’s ambivalence toward the gay movement’s push for mainstream goals like parenthood and same-sex marriage. The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, whose patrons established the Rubin Museum of Art, hosts a conversation with Avram Finkelstein of ACT UP and Carrie Moyer and Sue Schaffner of Dyke Action Machine, with the foundation’s artistic director, Sara Reisman, moderating. 17 W. 17th St., eighth fl. Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m. Space is limited, so RSVP to email@example.com. The talk is part of a series of events tied to the exhibition “When Artists Speak Truth,” featuring the work of Tania Bruguera, Andrea Bowers, Felix-Gonzalez Torres, and Dread Scott, on display on the eighth floor.
SAT.FEB.13: Fighting AIDS in the Dark
In partnership with the Monster Cycle, Gay Men’s Health Crisis holds its fifth annual indoor cycling benefit, “Be Monstrous. Fight AIDS,” a three-hour fundraiser. Teams of three people or a single person riding solo will participate in one or more of three 45-minute classes in Monster Cycle’s pitch-black basement, where the only light comes from two large LCD screens surrounding the instructors and every ride is a multimedia experience set to the beat of the latest music videos. Each rider is responsible for raising a minimum of $250. 182 Lafayette St., btwn. Broome & Grand St. Feb. 13, 2-5 p.m. To register, visit crowdrise.com/bemonstrous2016.
SUN.FEB.14: A Valentine’s Burlesque
Hostess Shelly the Singing Siren Watson welcomes a bevy of burlesque beauties to a “Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentine’s Spectacular.” Baby Soda appears playing New Orleans jazz and swing from the 1930s, accompanying performances by the Reigning Queen of Burlesque — Miss Exotic World 2015, Trixie Little, Dirty Martini, World Famous Hula Hooper Pinkie Special, Badass Evelyn Vinyl, He Puts the Burly in Burlesque Brewster, and Bunny Buxom. DJ Momotaro is on the decks. Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6. Tickets are $30-$50 at highlineballroom.com; $35-$60 at the door.
MON.FEB.15-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.FEB.20: 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. Jan. 23 & 30, Feb. 13 & 20, 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at donttellmamanyc.com or 212-757-0788, and there’s a two-drink minimum.
THROUGH SAT.FEB.20: An Emily Schwend Debut
The Amoralists proudly present the world premiere of Emily Schwend’s “Utility,” the story of Amber, who has two jobs, three kids, an eight-year-old’s birthday party to plan, a house that needs fixing up, and an on-again, off-again husband who just can’t help but make things worse. As Amber struggles to keep things from boiling over, she finds herself a stranger to the person she once was and the person she thought she might be. Jay Stull directs a limited engagement at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Pl., btwn. Perry & W. 11th Sts. Jan. 28-Feb. 20, Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., plus Jan. 31 & Feb. 17, 8 p.m.; Feb. 13, 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 at TheAmoralists.com or 866-811-4111.
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. From Jan. 14: 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.
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 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.