Love is the Message
People of Color in Crisis presents a series of events running through the weekend at locations throughout the city. Tonight for the 7 p.m. kickoff at the Brooklyn Marriott it’s Rachelle Farrell followed by a party at Club Langston. Call 718 230 0770 or visit prideinthecity.com for more information.
Latino Cultural Festival
Spoken word and poetry, hosted by Emanuel Xavier, is presented at an evening dedicated to up-and-coming Latino/a poets and spoken-word artists. If you are interested in performing, contact Angel at Areynoso@q
Nixon on Acid
Thin Duke Productions presents the dark comedy “Bright Day” by Tom Ellis directed by Philip Cruise at the Bank Street Theatre, 155 Bank St., through August 29. Richard Nixon plans a stop at upstate New York’s liberal Hartwick College during his re-election campaign. Reminiscing over the 60s political movement, a professor of 18th century poetry tries to incite his befuddled students to get proactive, if not overly creative, to protest the occasion. Four hippies emerge with the hairbrained scheme to spike Nixon’s water glass with LSD. It doesn’t turn out well. This farcical protest piece features a cadre of eclectic 70s era characters and politicians down to the shocking finale featuring Tricky Dick himself. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling SmartTix at 212 868 4444
Pride in the City
Jazz vocalist Rachelle Farrell, R&B soul singer Kelly Price and dance music legend Loleatta Halloway are the featured performers at this annual four-day extravaganza celebrating the LGBT community of color. The award-winning, multi-talented performers will kick off the event at The Brooklyn Marriott, 333 Adam St., in downtown Brooklyn. The fundraising concert will include testing booths encouraging participants to get HIV tested. People of Color in Crisis, Inc., was founded in 1988 by a group of black gay men to provide support to each other in the face of the AIDS crisis. Call 917 714 8998 for complete schedule.
Finally, a cable network has created a series about the lives of African American LGBT men. “Noah’s Arc,” a new gay series from writer-director Patrik-Ian Polk will premiere in New York at 9:30 p.m. at the Mark Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University (Spruce Street, between Park Row and Gold Street). The premiere is in conjunction with a national promotional tour supported by the Human Rights Campaign and the Black AIDS Institute. There will be an encore screening in Brooklyn at the “Pride in the City Celebration,” Brooklyn’s Black Gay Pride, at 9 p.m. at the Brooklyn Marriott. For more information, please visit noahsarc.net.
Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays
The museum, one of the city’s treasures, houses New York’s second-largest collection of art and is open tonight until 11 p.m. featuring free events, including: a Caribbean party with steel pan music, stilt walkers, costume show, and dance troupe; reggae rhythms of the Brooklyn-based Dub Is a Weapon; a gallery talk with artist John Powers on his work “Daisy Cutter in Open House: Working in Brooklyn”; a discussion with Patrick Kelly’s former assistant and models recalling the designer’s work and life; a dance party with José Conde y Ola Fresca who infuse traditional Cuban son, changui,and mambo with funk, jazz, and salsa to create intoxicating music. All free, beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, one block from Grand Army Plaza. Take the 2 or 3 train to Eastern Parkway stop. Call 718 638 5000 for more information.
New York Foundation for the Arts’ presents a neighborhood barbecue and documentary film screening in the historic William A. Harris Garden in Harlem at 153rd St. and St. Nicholas Ave. at 7 p.m. The film, “ A Community Grows: A Neighborhood Documentary Film Project,” is a culmination a three-week artist residency by award-winning filmmaker Alessandra Zeka, who demonstrated the basics of filmmaking as the group worked to create a film that tells the story of the garden and its relationship to the surrounding community. Visit nyfa.org or call 212 366 6900 for tickets.
Cherry Grove One Nighter
Now in its sixth successful year of running in the Big Apple, “Poole Party,” the 2004 MAC Award-winner for Outstanding Comedy/Variety Production in NYC, is at the Ice Palace on Fire Island in Cherry Grove tonight at 9 p.m. Critically acclaimed and award-winning Ron Poolehosts this evening of entertainment starring Chuck Sweeney as Miss Peggy Lee, Sidney Myer, Nancy Ted and Christine Turner. Call 631-597-6600 for reservations. $10
Gay Brighton Beach
Every Sunday, please join us in making GLBT herstory-history turning Brighton Beach’s mammoth beach/boardwalk into the largest GLBT beach in the world. We invite all GLBT groups to a fabulous day of networking, splashing and schmoozing. Take back the gay bay # 2 - where gay men were beaten for “sport” about 50 years ago, but no more. Accessible, safe and elegant beaching, sans boom box, is for the glbt community of all ages and queer fashion pioneers can make awsome statements cha cha dressing and dining at the boardwalk. There is free volleyball, great swimming, jogging at the water line and sunbathing. The boardwalk’s tablecloth restaurants are open until late at night serving fabulous old-world Russian food for romantic interludes. See you this Sunday at Brighton Beach and 6th St. at 3 p.m. for the introduction circle.
The New York City chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG-NYC) will hold its free monthly support group meeting on Sunday, August 8th from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Community House, 109 East 50 St. between Park and Lexington Avenues. For more information call (212) 463-0629 or visit pflagnyc.org.
Medea in Jerusalem
This new play by Roger Kirby and directed by Steven Little opens tonight at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater at 224 Waverly Place for a one-month engagement. Kirby transports Euripides’ Medea from ancient Greece to contemporary Jerusalem and transforms her into a Muslim and her husband Jason into a Jew. $35 Call 212 868 4444 or visit smarttix.com for more information.
Broadway’s Lost Treasures
WNET’s “Great Performances” airs “Broadway’s Lost Treasures II,” a second edition collection of rare musical performances taken from the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Award broadcasts including Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, Jerry Orbach, Robert Morse and many other stars. These performances have gone unseen since their original telecasts until now. Visit thirteen.org for local air times.
Front and Center
Tony Nominees Laura Benanti (“Into The Woods,” “Swing,” “Nine”) and Gavin Creel (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) strut their stuff as singers and songwriters featuring original music by Broadway favorites. Front & Center is proud to be coupling these two performers for two shows tonight at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. Directed by Jamie McGonnigal. Buy tickets at telecharge.com or at 212 239 6200
“Let’s Put on a Show,” starring Mickey Rooney and Jan Rooney opens at The Irish Repertory Theatre at 132 W. 22 St. The show is a musical look at a legendary life in show business, with music, humor and video, Rooney relates the story of a life lived large. Shows are Tue.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Wed. at 2 and weekends at 3 p.m. Tickets are $65, available at 212 727 2737
Borders welcomes Bronx-raised Ari Hest, as he performs songs from his new CD, “Someone to Tell.” Hest has been steadily building a reputation as both a potent performer and formidable songwriter over the last couple of years. “The gravelly-voiced singer-songwriter may be only 24,” wrote the Chicago Sun Times, “but he’s created a substantial songbook filled with soulful acoustic rock songs.” He has recently toured with John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Guster and Jason Mraz. Tonight, he stops into Borders to celebrate the release of his new CD, and to perform live. 7 p.m. at Border’s Columbus Circle, 2nd Floor /in the Time
Warner Building. Call 212 823 9775 for more information.
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Leif Garrett TV Special
This hunky teen idol is so much more than a “Behind the Music” episode! See him strut his 17-year-old stuff in his 1979 TV special —- with special guests Marie Osmond and Pink Lad at “1984.” Pyramid, 101 Ave. A, doors open 10 p.m. $8 Visit SpinCycleNYC.com for more information.
Good as Gold
Ari Gold, the singer, returns to Fez for one night only at 9:30 p.m. 380 Lafayette St. at Great Jones St. Call 212 533 7000 for $12 tickets.