Gay Pride Week Events


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Theater & Art Ongoing


Arias With a Twist
After spending the last six years as the emcee of Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity in Las Vegas, Joey Arias returns to New York with a collaboration with Basil Twist to create a glittering, phantasmagorical and perverted loop-the-loop.
Through Aug. 31, HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave. (near Spring St.) 212-352-3101; $35-$50.

As We See It
The fourth-annual show features over 100 works from its Photo Club, each depicting a different LGBT issue, from eroticism to politics.  Original prints are for sale and 25 percent of the proceeds benefit the LGBT Center. 
The exhibition continues until August 21. LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St. www.nycphotoclub.com. Free.

Hot! Festival
The 17th Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture includes LGBT theater, dance, puppetry, burlesque, literature and more at the Living Room all summer long.
The festival runs until August 30. Living Room, 154 Ludlow St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-533-7235; complete details at www.dixonplace.org.

Wednesday, June 25


Stonewall Stories
Entertainment Angora and the Center present an hour-long show about the Stonewall Riots, the events surrounding it and the start of the Gay Rights Movement. Proceeds benefit Sylvia’s Place, a shelter for LGBTQ teenagers run by the Metropolitan Community Church.
LGBT Center, Lerner Auditorium, 208 W. 13th St. www.smarttix.com. 212-868-4444. 8-9 p.m. $25-$45.

SPIT
It’s a night for queer skinheads and other rough and ready fetishists with host Paul Short and DJ Mike Grimes
Uncle Ming’s, 225 Ave. A, second floor (at E. 13th St.); 10, $5.

Thursday, June 26


John Waters’ ‘This Filthy World’
The mustachioed man does his one-man stand-up routine for one night only (and if you go VIP you can meet him in person and get a signed DVD!).
NY Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St. (at Central Park West), nysec.org; 8, $37.50 ($100 VIP).

Southern Fried Pride LGBTQ Pride Party
Celebrate gay pride with kosher moonshine and mint Jew-leps! Southern-style food and music a’plenty. 
The Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave.; www.jccmanhattan.org.  646-505-5708. 7:30-10 p.m., $20-$25.

Girls Gone Hilarious
Join comediennes Judy Gold, Michele Balan, Poppi Kramer and Sandra Valls for a special Pride Week night of stand-up.
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 212-367-9000; 7:30 p.m., $20 + 2 drink min.

KissMyBlackAss
A night to dance to DJs Quentin Harris and James Andersen. It’s up to you if you’re kissing any ass (of any shade).
Club Ultra, 37 W. 26th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-725-3860; 10, $10.
Friday, June 27

Pretty Gay Masquerade
The boys of TRASH!, the pansexual New Wave/glam rock party, celebrate their first Pride party, with an open vodka bar until 11 and plenty of underground dancing (we won’t tell if you move your feet).
40C, 40 Avenue C (betw. E. 3rd & 4th Sts.), 212-466-0800; 10, $5-$10.

Sixth Annual Stonewall Sails Regatta
The nation’s only gay and lesbian regatta! Teams of three will sail the waters with rainbow flags. Upper Bay of New York Harbor, and the Newport Landing Marina in Jersey City, NJ.
www.ksa-nyc.org. Race 1 p.m.; Awards Ceremony 6 p.m. Pricing varies.

AIDS Candelight Vigil NYC
A memorial for those whose lives have been taken by AIDS/HIV and to show support for those who are living with the disease.
Greenwich Village-Sheridan Square Park, W. 4th St. (at 7th Ave.), aidscandlelightvigilnyc.com; 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday, June 28


FrontRunners Lesbian & Gay Pride Run
A 5-mile race through Central Park where winners get prize money! Ideal for a good work out and some camaraderie.
Starts on East Drive (North of E. 99th St.), nyrr.org; 9 a.m., $15-$35.

Dyke March
Lesbians of all sorts come together to protest all anti-lesbian violence and support tolerance.
Starting at W. 42nd St. & 6th Ave. (at Bryant Park), 212-479-8520; begins 5 p.m., Free.

Rapture On The River: A Woman’s Dance
Join the 5th annual celebration of Rapture on the River, a staple Pride event for women in New York City, this year featuring DJ Susan Levine. All proceeds go to NYC LGBT Pride Week Events and community organizations.
Pier 54, 13th St. (at West Side Highway, Hudson River Park), www.nycpride.org; 6pm-11pm, $20-$40.

Big Apple Raunch
The gay cowboys are out to get their two-stepping merit badges. Bring a big buckle for good measure. (Lessons at 8 p.m.)
Big Apple Ranch, 39 W. 19th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), bigappleranch.com; 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $10.

Blowoff
It’s the big and burly (and all the chasers in between) dancing to the beats of Bob Mould (of Hüsker Dü fame) and Richard Morel.
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-414-5994; blowoff.us, 11, $20.

Alegria Pride 2008
Presented by Ric Sena. Music by DJ’s Ralphi Rosario and Abel, Eddie Elias, Dudu Marquez.
Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600, www.alegriaevents.com; 11, $90.

Pier Pressure
Henrietta Hudson and Lovergirl NYC host the erotic follow-up to HOP Women’s Pier Dance.
Chelsea Piers, West Side Highway at 18th St., HenriettaHudson.com or lovergrilnyc.com, 9pm-4am, $20-$25.

Annual Gay Pride Liturgy
Dignity New York presents Mark Matson, President of DignityUSA Mark Matson to be the homily for this year’s liturgy uniting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Christ.
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South (at Thompson St.); 7:30 p.m.

Evolve: Pride 2008
Victor Calderone presents Saturday’s late night jungle house party (with guest D Formation). You ready?
Pacha, 618 W. 46th St. (at 12 Ave.), 212-209-7500; 10, $30.

Sunday, June 29


The March
The main Pride event of the week! Flags, balloons and breasts flying, The March will begin on Fifth Ave. and 52nd St. and run to Christopher and Greenwich St.
www.nycpride.org, 212-80-PRIDE; Begins at noon; 2 p.m. Moment of Silence, free.

Pridefest
After a temporary absence last year, the 15th annual LGBT street fair is back. Thousands of out-of-state visitors and volunteers are expected to come in and help bring local residents, community leaders and families together for the fun with vendors, entertainers and community activities.
The new location is at Hudson St. (betw. Abingdon Sq. & W. 14th St.), www.nycpride.org; 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free.

Balls to the Wall Bingo
Go ahead and get a little tipsy, and then figure out if you’re gonna get a line at the top or bottom—or go through that center square.
Pieces, 8 Christopher St. (near Greenwich Ave.), piecesbar.com; 5-9 p.m., free.

Pride Masked Ball
XXL NYC’s event features DJs Hector Fonseca, Tony Ruiz and Corey Craig with live performances by Heloise and the Savoir Faire. Expect the big, burly and smelly to be out in full force.
Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600, xxl-nyc.com; 11, $40-$60.

Dance On The Pier
This year the protest involving music, dancing and fireworks to mark the achievements of gay rights will feature the music of Joe Gauthreaux and Tracy Young. Proceeds go toward NYC’s LGBT Pride Week Events and community organizations.
Pier 54, 13th St. (at West Side Highway, Hudson River Park), www.boxofficetickets.com; 4-10:30 p.m., $55-$75.

Champions
From the guys that bring you the Black Party, the Saint at Large present the official after party to the Dance on the Pier with music Stephan Grondin (10 p.m.-3 a.m.), Jonathan Peters (3 a.m.-8 a.m.) and (everybody’s fave) Junior Vasquez (8 a.m.-2 p.m.).
Pacha, 618 W. 46th St. (at 12th Ave.), 212-209-7500; 10, $50-$60.

Supersnaxx
DJs Rich King and Gustavo (and don’t forget Josh Wood), at the place where the daddys will start to get rowdy.
Cielo, 18 Little W. 12th St. (betw. 9th Ave. & Washington St.), 212-645-5700; 10, $25.

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