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VOLUME 3, ISSUE 36 | September 2 - 9, 2004

IN THE BIG CITY

7 Days & 7 Nights

THU. SEP. 2

Vigil for the Fallen

“We remember. He lied. They died.” Gather at Union Square Park between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to honor the men and women in from the military who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sponsored by Veterans Against the War and other groups. 14 St. and Broadway.

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Balls and Boards Party

Jeff Kagan’s sports party for all gay jocks is at 7 p.m. at xl lounge, 357 W. 16th St. Register to vote at this month’s event. Co-sponsored by Rock-The-Vote and Out of Bounds. Go to 64events.com or rockthevote.org for more information. Anyone who isn’t yet registered to vote should come out.

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FRI. SEP. 3

Cherry Grove Exhibit

“George Towne & Aileen Boyce: Portraits” is opening today at The Barbara Ann Levy Gallery in Cherry Grove through September 20, opening reception at 6 p.m. Friends for almost ten years, George Towne and Aileen Boyce attended the School of Visual Arts. The two bonded, as artists interested in portraying their community of LGBT friends through the medium of figurative painting, and now for the first time, they are having a two-person exhibition. Call 212 475 6518 or e-mail gtowne@nyc.rr.com for more information.

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What a Drag

Jackie Beat, everyone’s favorite funny “lady” returns to Fez with “Unzipped.” 380 Lafayette St. at Great Jones Street. This limited engagement runs Labor Day weekend only, Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. and Sept. 4 & 5 at 8 p.m. $15. For additional information and reservations call 212 533 2680 or visit feznyc.com.

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SAT. SEP. 4

Free Shakespeare and More

The Shakespeare Project presents the first annual “Play Outside! Festival” of free outdoor theater at 14 different parks in the five boroughs beginning today. The festival headliner is Philippe Petit who achieved fame with his high-wire walk between the World Trade Center Towers 30 years ago. Events run through Sept. 26. Call the hotline at 212 479 7800 or visit playoutside.com.

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Historic Walking Tour

A four-block tour of the Jumel Terrace Historic District in Upper Manhattan will include Sylvan Terrace, one of the cit’s finest remaining examples of a late Victorian unified wooden housing development and the Morris-Jumel Mansion, a colonial era treasure. Tours will be held each Saturday in September, beginning at 11 a.m. and conducted by an expert docent who has designed the tour with a specific theme in mind. 65 Jumel Terrace. Call 212 923 8008 or visit morrisjumel.org for travel instructions. $3-5.

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SUN. SEP. 5

Brazilian Day

In 1984, 46th Street in Manhattan became the center of gravity for U.S.-based Brazilians and eventually became known as “Via Brasil.” That same year, a group of Brazilian leaders created a festival to celebrate their culture in their new hometown, New York City. Since then, the festival continued to grow in popularity and attracts visitors from all over the tri-state area. To date, Brazilian Day in N.Y. is one of the world’s biggest Brazilian celebrations outside of Brazil—attracting 1 million visitors. Noon to 6 p.m. on Little Brazil - 46th Street and Ave. of the Americas. Guest stars include Skank at 2 p.m.; Gloria Gaynor and Emilio Santiago at 3 p.m.; Timbalada at 4 p.m.

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Fast and Fabulous

The LGBT bicyclists’ club offers a series of rides beginning in September, including toda’s event led by Janet Villas. She brings the Outbike New Jersey crowd within hailing distance of the city for a hilly, 16-mi. ride at a relaxed pace. Meet the group at 10 a.m. at the entrance to Palisades Park on River Road in Fort Lee, which you will find by riding across the George Washington Bridge, taking a left in New Jersey, and riding about a half-mile until you see a Sabrett hot dog truck parked on the left, a nice post-ride snack. Contact Bob Nelson at fastnfab@yahoo.com or 917 658 9531 for more information.

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Naked Eye Cinema

The roving venue created by Jack Waters and Leslie Lowe back in the early 80s prsents the films of Carl Michael George: “The Lost Forty Days,” “La Belle Fleur,” “The Boy is Gone,” “The Right to Love,” “Six Feet: Dancers I know and love,” including Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, Kembra Pfahler, Samoa, Philly, Hedda Lettuce and many others. Sexy, magical and provocative cinema at

Le Petit Versailles, 346 East Houston St. at 8 p.m. Suggested $5. Call 212.529.8815 for more information.

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TUE. SEP. 7

The LGBT Vote

The New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) is presenting a panel discussion, “The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Vote In The Contemporary American Political Process,” at 6:30 p.m., that will explore the LGBT Vote and its role in and impact upon the contemporary American political process. The four panelists are: Hon. Thomas K. Duane, New York state senator; Matt Foreman, executive director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Patrick Guerriero, executive director, Log Cabin Republicans; and Hon. Christine Quinn, New York City council member. 14 Vesey St. at 6:30 p.m.

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Jewish Music and Culture

This concert, “Great Jewish Artists Perform Great Jewish Composers,” features a diverse line-up: pop legend Neil Sadaka; jazz and calssical pianist Fred Hersch; composer Philip Glass; singer Lisa Loeb and Israeli superstar David Broza. 8 p.m. at 1395 Lexington Ave. sponsored by the 92nd Street Y. $42 Call 212 415 5500 for tickets.

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WED. SEP. 8

Open Performance

Everyone is welcome to perform and anyone can do it. Free to attend. The first 10 people to sign up at 7:30 will perform for 10 minutes. Performance theater, fiction reading, music, dance, singing, more. Sponsored by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, between Houston and Prince Streets.

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FRI. SEP. 10

Men’s HIV Retreat

Please join in a spiritual exploration of HIV with men who will spend a weekend together exploring the deeper aspects of HIV in our community and our lives. Join the group through Sunday, September 12 for an HIV “Storytelling Weekend,” an idea that was born at the Gay Spirit Culture Summit at the Garrison Institute.

The weekend will be structured around three performances:

“2 Men Talking,” “Breathe with Me” and “Innocence Lost.” The weekend is open to any man who is interested in listening to others and sharing his story. Everyone has a story, even though it may not be immediately obvious what it is. To register for the weekend, please see eastonmountain.com or call 800 553 8235. Pries range from $195-495. Scholarships are available.

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“The Perfect Kiss”

Bryce Wolkowitz announces the new exhibition by Enrique Marty featuring the artist’s paintings, sculptures and videos. Marty is one of Spain’s most acclaimed young artists. He evokes powerful idioms that complicate idealized notions of family life and friendship. Come to the opening night reception at 6 p.m. at 601 W. 26 St. Visit brycewolkowitz.com for more information.

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“George & Martha”

Karen Finley, the most controversial woman in performance today, officially inaugurates a new play “George & Martha.” This broad two-character political satire combines the real-life antics of George Dubya and Martha Stewart with Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” with a touch of George and Martha Washington. This co-production between Collective: Unconscious and P.S. 122 stars Finley as Martha and newcomer Neil Medlin (the self-described “Paris Hilton of Performance Art”) as George. Previews begin tonight. Thu. – Sat. at 8 p.m. $25 at 279 Church St. For reservations, call 212-352-0255 or visit TheaterMania.com.

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SAT. SEP. 11

Leather Fetish Party

What happens when a 38-year-old leatherman, weighing a total of 280 lbs. (190 + 90 lbs. of gear) and a 25-year-old skin weighing a total of 161 lbs. (150 + 1 lb. of clothing + 10 lbs boots) slam into each other from across a room moving at an average velocity of 25 mph? Do the math. Or find out for yourself and make sure to head downtown for the fourth installment of the monthly union of N.Y.’s M8 & Tom of Finland parties. $10 at the Pussycat Lounge, 96 Greenwich St. 1, 9, 4, 5 trains to Rector St. Dress Hard. Be Serious. 10 p.m.

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Midtown Cabaret Festival 

Nearly 20 separate cabaret acts and artists perform during the 19-day “Festival of Stars.” With such headliners as theatre veterans Ken Prymus and Jana Robbins, as well as cabaret stalwarts Julie Reyburn, Jeanne MacDonald, Joan Crowe and Vickie Phillips, with many of the performers MAC and Back Stage “Bistro” Award winners. Where Eagles Dare Theatre, 347 W. 36th St., ground floor. Go to johncpresents.com for show times. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 212 868 4444

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A Date, a Dream and a Diaper

This event is for all queer singles who dream of having a partner and children. Through a series of fun, enriching and non-threatening interactive exercises, participants will meet and talk with a large number of singles of the same sex. Built into the evening will be the opportunities to exchange phone numbers with potential matches. This event will be led by Ken Page, CSW, a psychotherapist and workshop leader who has directed numerous events and retreats for the LGBT community, including at the Omega Institute, the Rowe Conference Center, and Columbia University , Teacher’s College. 7 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $15.

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TUE. SEP. 14

Rufus Wainwright Talks

Hear talented young singer-songwriter, Rufus Wainwright, discuss his music, his creative inspirations and his struggles as an openly gay artist with New York Times critic Stephen Holden. Katie Murphy Ampitheatre in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Avenue at 27th St. at 6:30 p.m. $25. Order tickets online and save at nytimes.com/timestalks.

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Marieann Meringolo

“This is My Time” opens its inaugural season at The Hideaway Room at Helen’s, Fridays and Saturdays in September. Multi-award-winning jazz and pop artist Marieann Meringolo has been described as “a strikingly effective singer. A forlorn quality-quite real-quite affecting” by the New York Post. 169 Eighth Ave. Dinner seating begins at 8:30 p.m. Call 212 206 0609 for reservations.

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