THROUGH OCT.23: Karen Finley’s AIDS Retrospective
Karen Finley, winner of two Obies and two Bessies and one of the four National Endowment for the Arts grant recipients who sued in 1990 when Congress yanked their funding for “indecency,” reprises some of her most searing performance work on the subject of AIDS, written and originally produced when medical treatment remained tragically ineffective. Her retrospective piece “Written in Sand” gets its world premiere at the Baruch College Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave., entrance on 25th St. Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 ($40 for the opening night benefit forBroadway Cares/ EquityFights AIDS) at SpinCycleNYC.com or 212-352-3101. Student & senior tickets at $20 available at the box office.
THROUGH MON.NOV.7: A Dangerous, Radical Arcade
“Longing Lasts Longer” is an evening of dangerous ideas and radical inquiry about what it means to be human right now from Penny Arcade. Equal parts memoir, manifesto, cultural critique, and cri de coeur, the piece is Arcade’s conjuring of the New York of cultural resistance and individual renaissance, set against a live-mixed soundscape ranging from Al Green to John Lennon. Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Oct 19 & Nov. 10, 7 p.m.; Oct. 20, Nov. 2-3 & 9, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at joespub.com.
MON.OCT. 20: Supporting Our Seniors
At the annual gala of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, SAGE honors notable advocates and change agents who have made a difference in the lives of LGBT older adults, including Frank Stark, a former board member of the group; Dr. Rosanne Leipzig of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Bronx City Councilmember Ritchie Torres, who led the efforts to expand community centers for LGBT seniors to all five boroughs; and the M•A•C AIDS Fund. Playwright Terrence McNally is the evening’s special guest. Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway at 36th St. Oct. 20, 6 p.m. cocktails; 7 p.m. dinner. Tickets are at $500 sageusa.org.
TUE.OCT.21: County of the Imagination
In “Another Country,” James Baldwin envisioned a “country of the imagination” as a freedom, longing, and hope. As a preview of next April’s Seventh Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair, the fair (rainbowfair.org) and the LGBT Community Center present “Nights in Another Country,” an evening in which queer writers reflect on the imagination, the public joys and private journeys of writing, exile, and coming home. Tonight, hear from Regie Cabico (2014 Lambda Literary nominee as co-editor of “Flicker & Spark: A Contemporary Anthology of Queer Poetry and Spoken Word”), Rigoberto González (Guggenheim and NEA fellowship-winning author of 15 books of poetry and a Rutgers-Newark English professor), Charles Rice-Gonzalez (author of the novel “Chulito,” co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, and English lecturer at CUNY/ Hostos Community College), and Emanuel Xavier (author of poetry collections including “Nefarious” and “Pier Queen” and the novel “Christ Like”). LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m. A donation of $10 is suggested.
TUE.OCT.21: Tales of the Trade
Canadian burlesque star Miss Rosie Bitts makes her New York debut in the solo show “Stories of Love and Passion,” which mixes jazz and burlesque with raw seduction in heart-breaking, hilarious, and taboo tales of sex work, unplanned pregnancy, loss of virginity, and more. Directed and dramaturged by Suzanne Bachner, with live accompaniment by Jeff Poynter. Theatre Row/ Studio Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St. Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19.25 at telecharge.com or 212-239-6200.
WED.OCT.22: Gay and Scared Witless
Now In its 11th season edition, “Nightmare,” a haunted house tradition that takes on legendary horror stories and urban legends, hosts its first Gay Night. The Clemente, 107 Suffolk St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey Sts. Oct. 22, rolling admissions from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $30-$60 at hauntedhousenyc.com, with a $10 discount for using the secret password “lugnut” at the box office. “Nightmare” runs through Nov. 1.
THU.OCT.23-SUN.NOV.2: A Pina Bausch Anniversary at BAM
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch made its New York debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music 30 years ago, and now the company returns with Bausch’s “Kontakthof,” a classic of the choreographer’s repertoire, performed with the collaboration of Rolf Borzik, Marion Cito, and Hans Pop. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Pl. Oct. 23—25, 28, 29, 31 & Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 26 & Nov. 2, 3 p.m. Tickets are $25-$85 at bam.org. On Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., BAM Rose Cinemas, also at 30 Lafayette Ave., presents Rainer Hoffmann and Anne Linsel’s “Dancing Dreams” (2010), a chronicle of Bausch preparing 43 German teenagers for a performance of “Kontakthof.” The screening includes a Q&A with Tanztheater Wuppertal dancer Dominique Mercy. Tickets are $14 at bam.org.
THU.OCT.23: Emerging Adult Writers
“Adult Contemporary” is an experimental salon series featuring readings, lectures, performances, and interviews with and by established and emerging writers. Tonight, the series, organized by Katherine Brewer Ball and Svetlana Kitto, welcomes Jan Clausen, whose books include novels, the memoir “Apples and Oranges,” and six volumes of poetry; Jaime Shearn Coan, a poet and a CUNY English PhD student, who writes about dance and whose chapbook, “Turn it Over,” will be published next year; and Amber Jamilla Musser, who teaches about women, gender, and sexuality at Washington University in St Louis and whose book “Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism” was just published. Bureau of General Services — Queer Division, now at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., room 210. Oct. 23, 8 p.m. More information at bgsqd.com.
FRI.OCT.24: Lea DeLaria Shows Up for LGBT Youth
“Place at the Table,” the annual fall gala of the Ali Forney Center, which provides housing and social services for LGBTQ homeless youth across the city, features comedian and chanteuse Lea DeLaria, a star of the Netflix hit “Orange Is the New Black.” Daniel Watts is a guest performer. Capitale, 130 Bowery at Grand St. Oct. 24, 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner. Tickets are $500 at aliforneycenter.org.
FRI.OCT.24: Tony Goes Gaga
He’s 88, but Tony Bennett shows no signs of flagging in his dedication to keeping his hits contemporary. Tonight, on PBS’ “Great Performances,” he teams with Lady Gaga in “Cheek to Cheek,” a show taped at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall in July. The show includes standards from Bennett’s hey day, including “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Lush Life,” and “Anything Goes.” Channel 13, Oct. 24, 9 p.m. For more information, visit pbs.org/gperf.
FRI.OCT.24: Life’s a Tease
Jonny Porkpie hosts an evening of tease, starring King of Boylesque Tigger!, Cory Petit, Danny Putman, Johnny Panic, Lewd Alfred Douglas, Lucky Charming, Mike Monaco, and Viktor Devonne. Elektra Theater, Show World, 300 W. 43rd St. Oct. 24, 11 p.m. Tickets are $20-$35 at dworld.us.
THURSDAYS,THROUGH NOV.6: Hey, Big Spender
In “Bad With Money,” Ben Rimalower — who previously explored his obsession with La LuPone with “Patti Issues,” to much acclaim — charts his sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing struggle to overcome his problem or get rich trying. “People tend to be familiar now with alcohol and drug addiction — and I’ve got those, too,” Rimalower says. “But spending money I don’t have is really my drug of choice.” Aaron Mark directs. The Duplex, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. S., Sheridan Sq. Sep. 4-Nov. 6: Thu., 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$50 at purplepass.com, and there’s a two-drink minimum.
FRI.OCT.31: Costumed Magic
For the 34th year, Theater for the New City presents its Village Halloween Costume Ball. The party takes over every inch of TNC’s performance space at 155 First Ave. at 10th St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 31, with entertainment beginning at 8 with two continuously running cabarets. Stilt dancers, jugglers, fire-eaters, psychic readers, and burlesque and vaudeville performers are scattered throughout, and American and international delicacies are available at what TNC describes as “people’s prices.” At midnight, the Monsters and Miracles Costume Parade begins. Outdoor entertainment on 10th St. btwn. First & Second Aves., free to the public, begins at 4 p.m. Tickets for the indoor fun, where costumes or formal wear are required, are $40 at theaterforthenewcity.net/halloween.htm.
FRI.OCT.31: All Frank N. Furter, All the Time
Logo TV offers an all-day marathon of the 1975 camp classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Drop in any time for a dose or two of Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), Janet (Susan Sarandon), Brad (Barry Bostwick), Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien), Eddie Ex (Meat Loaf), and Rocky himself (Peter Hinwood). Logo, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-Nov. 1, 6 a.m.
WED.NOV.5-SAT.JAN.3: Lypsinka, in Repertory With Herself
John Epperson performs a rotating best of Lypsinka repertoire with “Lypsinka! The Boxed Set,” “The Passion of the Crawford,” “John Epperson: Show Trash.” Connelly Theater, 220 E. Fourth St., btwn. Aves. A & B. Nov. 15-Jan. 3. For complete schedule and tickets are $45, visit ovationtix.com.
FRIDAYS-MONDAYS THROUGH DEC.29: Champagne of Bottled Camp
Dan Derby and Michael Rheault’s “Fabulous! The Queen of New Musicals” is a “Some Like It Hot”-style tale of two down-on-their-luck female impersonators — Josh Kenney and Nick Morrett — on a cruise ship trying to keep their cool and all the while creating confusions worthy of Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Directed by Rick Hamilton with choreography by Mary Lauren, “Fabulous!” was an Off-Off Broadway hit last season and now opens at Write Act Repertory Theatre, Times Square Arts Center, 300 W. 43rd St. Through Dec. 29: Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Mon., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m. Tickets are $45 at brownpapertickets.com.