The New York City Police Museum celebrates the rich history of women in the NYPD with “Women on Patrol,” a multi-media exhibition featuring interviews with the very women who piloted the first radio patrol car assignments in the 70s and discusses the challenges they faced. A uniform and artifact display illustrates the transformation of uniforms from the “policewomen” to the gender-neutral, female “police officer” of today. New York City Police Museum, 100 Old Slip (between Water and South Streets). Suggested admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children. Call 212 480 3100 for more information.
NYC & Company has named the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx as the institution of the month. During March, visitors to the Garden will enjoy the world-acclaimed orchid show and receive a 10% discount off of purchases over $50 from the shop in the garden. “There’s really no better place to welcome spring than amid the magnificent annual orchid show here in the Bronx during the month of March,” said Cristyne L. Nicholas, CEO of NYC & Company. Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road in the Bronx. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tue.-Sun. $6 for adults, $1 for children aged 2-12. Orchid show tickets are $15. For more information, call 718 817 8700 or visit nybg.org.
Join the civil marriage trail, a collective of same-sex civil marriage advocates, on a “pilgrimage of solidarity” to Massachusetts to support the state supreme judicial court ruling favoring same-sex marriages. Be part of a spirited New York presence among the thousands of civil rights activists from across the nation when we speak out against efforts at amending the Massachusetts state constitution. A bus will leave from the corner of 7th Ave. on 13th St., near the LGBT Community Center. To register for the $22 roundtrip bus ride visit civilmarri
Chicago City Limits, New York’s longest running comedy review, presents a biased political comedy for an election year, “Chicago City Limits gets ambushed,” with Tara Copeland, Eugene Cordero, Joe Degise II, Robert Schiffman and Travis Ploeger on keyboard. Directed by Paul Zuckerman and Joe Degise II. Songs include “Leader of Iraq” by a Baghdad girl group and “I Got Hussein” by both Presidents Bush doing their best Sonny and Cher. 8 p.m. tonight, Fri. and Sat. at 1105 1st Ave. at 61st St. $20 Call 212 888 5233 for tickets.
Tim Robbin’s play, “Embedded,” is a satire about the men and women journalists who report live from a mid east conflict. The actor’s gang production features cynical embedded journalists, scheming government officials and the media’s insatiable desire for national heroes. Through March at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. $50 call 212 239 6200 or visit publictheater.org for schedule.
Today is the last day to rsvp for the new play “Happy Birthday Madam Alberta,” in which Robert Jason Jackson explores four friends discussing the work of one of New York’s most legendary drag performers. Sponsored by black pride NYC. Experience the joy, laughter, sorrow and drama of this compelling work that will show on Monday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Revelation Theater, 334 W. 39 Street. Call 212 613 0097 for tickets.
La bruja, which means “the witch” in Spanish, uses hip-hop, poetry, and theater to inspire audiences by flipping rhymes while touching the human spirit. A seasoned dramatic stage performer in addition to dancer trained in jazz, ballet, salsa, flamenco, and folkloric Afro-Caribbean dance, La Bruja taps into the power of art and positivity with an aim of transforming sorrow into strength, ignorance into knowledge, and hurt into hope. 9 p.m. at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcafé, 30 Lafayette Ave. Between Ashland Place and St. Felix St. No cover. $10 food and drink minimum.
Check out King’s Gambit edition of “The Reality Show,” a variety act hosted by drag king Sir Real, and regal guests Phranc E. Sin, Fifi la Fille, Hardcore Ted, Femmy Jenny, Faux Beau, Pretty Houghton-Tempton, Frat Man Dan and Whipper Snapper. It’s all about “kings and those who mate them” and it’s more fun that you can shake a scepter at. 11 p.m. at Wow Cafe Theater, 59-61 E. 4th St., between Bowery and 2nd Ave. $5 Call 212 777 4280 for reservations or visit wowcafe.org for more info.
Sheitelstock 2004 is the fifth annual Jewish women’s dance extravaganza. Meet the woman of your dreams, or bring her with you. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Community Center, 208 W 13treet.
Midnight Purim costume parade and sheitel (wig) contest! All women are welcome, regardless of religion/sexual orientation. Free drink with costume. Call 212 539 8804 or visit us at orthodykesny.org for more information. $15/$10 for seniors and students.
The National Black Justice Coalition, Gay Men Of African Descent and New York City Councilman Philip Reed will lead a press conference and rally at 1 p.m. on the steps of City Hall. This will be the first African American event in New York to focus on the issue of same-sex marriage. The National Black Justice Coalition is an ad hoc coalition of black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered leaders fighting against discrimination in our communities. The goal of the organization is to build black support for marriage equality and to educate the community on the dangers of amending the Constitution to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
The New York city chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will hold its monthly support group meeting with featured speaker Harlan Pruden, who will discuss the two-spirit tradition in the Native American community. 3 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Church community house, 109 E. 50th St., between Park and Lexington Aves. For more information, call 212 463 0629.
Lars von Trier, the provocative and immensely talented Danish filmmaker whose movies include “Breaking The Waves,” “Dancer In The Dark,” and “The Kingdom,” will be the subject of a comprehensive retrospective opening today at the American Museum Of The Moving Image. There will be a preview of screenings of von Trier’s new films, “The Five Obstructions” and “Dogville.” Danish filmmaker Jorgen Leth, the co-director of “The Five Obstructions” and a major Danish filmmaker since the 1960s, will be present to present a program of his own films. 1 p.m. at 35th Ave. at 36th St. In Astoria Call 718 784 0077 or visit movingimage.us for more information.
Come to a reading of Jason Jackson’s “Happy Birthday Madam Alberta,” benefiting Black Pride NYC. It’s the story of four friends who gather to celebrate one of the city’s most legendary drag performers and it explores important issues for the black LGBT community including macho bisexuality, lesbian love, male to female transformation, gay marriage and HIV. 7 p.m. at Revelation Theater, 334 W. 39 St. Call 212 613 0097 for more details.
Gay Men’s Health Crisis presents “Women’s Reproductive Health: Developments in Microbicides and Emergency Contraception,” a discussion with Jen Curry of the Harm Reduction Coalition and Destiny Lopez of Emergency Contraception Access Campaign. Discussion will begin with the basics and move into a deeper discussion of policy issues surrounding these options, developments in the campaigns for access, as well as advocacy opportunities. 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at GMHC, 119 W. 24th St. For more information call 212 367 1016 or e-mail email@example.com.
Check out a production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as it would have been performed long ago, with an all- male cast. Edward Hall directs the comedy set within the ambiguities of reality and dreams. Imagine feuding lovers and warring fairies, Puck in a tutu, a balding Helena and Titania with chest hair and this classic story is even more compelling. 7:30 p.m. at BAM Harvey Theater, 65 Fulton St., Brooklyn. $25 Call 718 636 4100 for tickets.
Join Irish Queers in protesting the gay exclusion from the Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Parade. This year, fabulous performances will show parade goers the difference between lame, moralistic, militaristic grandstanding and actual Irish culture: a dramatic reading by Malachy McCourt, music by the United 32s and art by Conor McGrady and Kevin Noble. 10:30 a.m.—1p.m. at E. 58th St. at Fifth Ave. (at FAO Schwarz). Call 917 517 3627 for more information and visit irishqueers.org for ten things you can do to fight for equality.
Out Professionals presents “The Immigrant, Radical and Notorious Women of Washington Square,” an illustrated talk by Joyce Gold, creator of history tours of New York. Willa Cather, Frances Perkins and Elsie De Wolfe and Lady Mendl are Featured, along with Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eleanor Roosevelt and Dorothy Thompson. Networking, socializing and beverage at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7:30. Non-members $10, OP members $7. Visit outprofess
In honor of Women’s History Month, Gay Men’s Health Crisis presents “Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility: Personal Testimonies of Heterosexual Women in The HIV/AIDS Epidemic.” Heterosexual women living with HIV and AIDS will be able to come together and share their stories, gather support and look at ways to enhance their lives. Refreshments will be served. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at GMHC, 119 W. 24th St. For more information call 212 367 1016 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lesbian Sex Mafia presents, “Heating Up The Kitchen: Naughty Fun With Yummy Food,” a hands-on demo on how to use food and drinks in the sweetest and spiciest of s/m scenes. Learn to pamper or torture with a salt scrub or how to use kitchen equipment like wooden spoons to mix up more than a recipe. Bring something yummy to spread on that tart and join in the fun. Hosted by Elizabeth S, a lesbian s/m foodie with years in the kitchen, and Elizabeth K, who lives and whips in the New York area. 8:45 p.m. At the Lgbt Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Call 212 726 3844 or visit lesbiansexmafia.org for information.
Join Trans Cinema Arts and the Asia aociety for a screening of “Georgie Girl,” about Georgina Beyer, a one-time prostitute from New Zealand who became the first transgender person to hold national office as a member of Parliament. Also showing from New Zealand, “Moko: The Art Of Nature,” the story of a man going through the Maori facial tattoo ritual, ta moko kanohi. 7 p.m. at Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Ave. at 70th St. $5 for students, $6 for members and $10 for nonmembers, call 212 517 ASIA or visit asiasociety.org.
wow café presents this month’s theme “king’s gambit,” with your drag thing host Sir Real, who schemes to bring you entertainment that’s cheap - like us! Admission is $5, or what you can, at the wow café theater, 59-61 E. 4th St. Call 212 777 4280 for reservations.
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