THROUGH SAT.JAN.31: From Winnetka to Maplewood
Two time Tony-winner Christine Ebersole (“Grey Gardens,” “42nd Street”), who now makes her home in New Jersey, presents “Big Noise from Winnetka,” an evening of classic and re-imagined Broadway hits, pop and jazz standards, and anecdotes about growing up in the titular Chicago suburb. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Jan. 21-24, 28-31, 7 p.m. The cover charge is $60-$140 at 54below.com, and there’s a $30 food & drink minimum.
THU.JAN.22-SUN.FEB.1: The Legacy of AIDS in Gay Art
For a sixth year, Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art host “Art & AIDS: Amor y Pasión,” an exhibition featuring 45 artists living with HIV and AIDS. Utilizing diverse media, the artists produced their work in weekly therapeutic art classes run by GMHC’s Volunteer, Work and Wellness Center, with art teachers donating their time. The work sold during the exhibition allows the artists to increase their financial independence, which is particularly important for those who live on a limited income. “AIDS and HIV have been a subject for many gay artists for the last 30 ears and have, unfortunately, become a recognized theme in gay art history,” said Hunter O’Hanian, Leslie-Lohman’s executive director. The exhibition is co-curated by Osvaldo Perdomo and David Livingston. 26 Wooster St., btwn. Canal & Grand Sts. Jan. 22-Feb. 1. Opening reception, Jan. 22, 6-8 p.m. On Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m., curator Jonathan David Katz hosts “A Conversation on ArtAIDSAmerica,” where he discusses the upcoming national museum exhibition showcasing 30 years of art responding to the AIDS epidemic in the US. The museum screens the documentary “The Universe of Keith Haring,” an intimate portrait of the late artist whose mantra was that “art is for everyone!” on Jan. 29, 6-8 p.m. The screening is followed by a discussion led by Julia Gruen, executive director of the Keith Haring Foundation. Leslie-Lohman’s hours are Tue.-Wed., Fri.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.; Thu., noon-8 p.m.
WED.JAN.28: Focus on Homeless Young LGBT New Yorkers
The Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City hosts a forum that examines the special challenges facing LGBT young people who are homeless, the options open to them, and how public policy needs to address their needs. Andy Humm, a Gay City News reporter and co-host of cable TV’s “Gay USA,” moderates a panel that includes Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, Lillian Rivera, director of advocacy and capacity building at the Hetrick Martin Institute, Kate Barnhart, executive director of New Alternatives, Nicole Avallone, director of youth services at the LGBT Community Center, and Kim Forte, a supervising attorney in the Legal Aid Society’s LGBT Law and Policy Initiative. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., rm. 210. Jan. 28, 8 p.m.
THU.JAN.29: Five Dyke Writers
Five New York dykes read from their latest novels and discuss the experience of writing queer fiction in the big city. Cindy Rizzo’s first novel, “Exception to the Rule,” won the 2014 award for Best Debut Fiction from Golden Crown Literary Society, and in September she published her second novel, “Love Is Enough.” Ann Aptaker, whose debut novel is “Criminal Gold,’ is an art curator and exhibition designer whose first love is writing, especially a tangy variety of historical crime fiction. R.G. Emanuelle has been an editor, writer, and typesetter for more than 20 years, whose love of cooking and culinary school degree motivated her romantic novella “Add Spice to Taste.” Jane Hoppen’s fiction has been published in Story Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Feminist Studies, The Dirty Goat, PANK, and Superstition Review, and her novel “In Between” was published in December 2103 and a novella, “The Man Who Was Not,” followed last June. Susan X. Meagher, author of dozens of novels, most recently published “Out of Whack.” Bureau of General Services — Queer Division, LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., room 210. Jan. 29, 7-10 p.m.
THROUGH SAT.FEB.14: Happy Days Are Here Again — And Again
Now in its fifth year, Rick Skye and Tommy Femia — named Best Duo of 2012 by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) — have extended their run of “Judy and Liza Together Again,” at Don’t Tell Mama through Valentine’s Day. The mother-daughter team sing some of their personal favorites, including “Maybe This Time,” “New York, New York,” “Over the Rainbow” (performed movingly by Femia), and, in a powerhouse finale together, “Get Happy” and “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Femia, who has been performing Judy for 20 years at Don’t Tell Mama, is winner of seven individual MAC Awards. 343 W. 46th St. Jan. 31, Feb. 14, 8 p.m. The cover charge is $25 and there’s a two-drink minimum. Reservations at 212-757-0788 or donttellmamanyc.com.
WED.FEB.4: Marin Mines the Midwest
Marin Mazzie, whose turns on the Great White Way have included “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Ragtime,” “Passion,” “Kiss Me Kate,” and “Spamalot,” steps back into her formative years as a Midwest girl and sings the music she loved best then. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Feb. 4-7, 7 p.m. Cover charge is $50-$110 at 54below.com, and there’s a $25 food & drink minimum.
THU.FEB.5: Honoring Project Reach and Don Kao
In 1985, Project Reach was launched in Chinatown as one of the first efforts to build a diverse, multi-racial, multi-ethnic counseling and advocacy organization to serve youth in addressing the issues, including drug and alcohol use, that divide and threaten communities and undermine the prospects for young people’s futures. Don Kao, an Asian-American gay dad, who has lived with AIDS for decades, was the founding director, a post he continues to hold. Kao is honored this evening in a program that includes a roast emceed by CBS anchor Cindy Hsu and Project Reach youth and a screening of “The Project Reach Experience — Why It Works,” a video by Nicholas Chesla, Toussant Bonaparte, and Lateef Wearrien that chronicles the impact of his work on both individual lives and on the multitude of communities the organization serves. Alice Tan Ridley, an “America’s Got Talent” finalist, performs a medley of hits spanning the past three decades. During the evening, Project Reach also lays outs its vision for the Social Justice Freedom School, which will utilize the group’s 30-year anti-discrimination and organizing readiness trainings as the foundation of its core curriculum. Steelcase Showroom, 4 Columbus Circle at W. 58th St. Feb. 5, 6-9 p.m. Contributions for this event can be made on the DONATE page at projectreachnyc.org. Be sure to select “Youth Empowerment Fund.”
FRI.FEB.6: Belles Lettres
“Women of Letters” is a monthly event in New York celebrating that most civilized of activities in an era when tweets and texts are what too often pass for writing. Tonight, Sofjia Stefanovic welcomes actress, singer, dancer, and author Molly Ringwald, BrainPickings.org critic, writer, and blogger Maria Popova, comedic storyteller and author Kambri Crews, photojournalist and New York Times bestselling author Deborah Copaken, pornographic actress, writer, director and model Stoya, and comedian, actor, and writer Sabrina Jalees. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Feb. 6, 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at joespub.com.
FRI.FEB.6-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.
THROUGH SUN.FEB.8: Remembering Fifth Grade in the ‘90s
Mariah MacCarthy, winner of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award and NYtheatre.com’s 2012 Person of the Year, reunites with director Leta Tremblay (“The Foreplay Play”) on their site-specific hit “Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth-Grade Class of ’93 20-Year Reunion” — a look at what happens when a group of former classmates hovering in their 30s reunite for an evening of partying and reminiscing. The play is immersively staged and intimately drawn, with audience party-goers eating chili and drinking beer as calamities, revelations, and battles for affection, power, and ownership of memories unfold around them. Awesome ‘90s music and dance breaks included. Lauren Hennessy stars as a trans woman who pursues a lesbian romance. Hennessy, who identifies as a “transgender male actress” has become something of a sensation on Buzzfeed with a video — that’s garnered 1.5 million hits — about his decision not to transition. “Mrs. Mayfield” is presented by Caps Lock Theatre at an undisclosed East Village apartment that audience members will be informed of after reserving tickets. Jan. 15 -18, 22-25, 29-31, Feb. 1, 5-8, 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at capslocktheatre.com; seating is limited.