Tokyo Prison Art
Vice Magazine presents David Choe’s volume of “Tokyo Prison Art,” produced during a four-month stint in solitary confinement in Japan. The powerHouse Gallery, 68 Charlton St. (two blocks south of Houston between Hudson and Varick Streets) Call 212-604-9074 or visit powerhouse.com for more information. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m-7 p.m., Sat. 12-6 p.m.
The Threepenny Opera
The Conservatory of Music will present Brecht and Weill’s modern musical masterpiece through May 15. In celebration of Brooklyn College’s 75th anniversary, this special collaborative production will be the most ambitious and elaborate ever produced by the school. It will feature actors, singers, and musicians in the college’s professional music and theater programs. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Ave. near Glenwood Rd. in Flatbush. $15; 718-951-4500
The ONE Campaign
“One by one. They step forward.” As Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz uttered those simple phrases on MTV, ABC and even the Christian Broadcast Network earlier this month, a new chapter was opened in the fight against global AIDS and extreme poverty as more than 100 million Americans were introduced to One. Across America, people have responded, as ONE to the emergency of AIDS and extreme poverty—in the past four weeks alone, more than 200,000 Americans have joined, more than doubling the size of “One: The Campaign to Make Poverty History.” Visit One.org to learn about the challenges facing our world today.
Celebrate Cinco de Gayo with the gay cast Bob Montgomery has rounded up for the latest installment of his laugh show at Gotham Comedy Club. Guest comics include Kate Clinton, Marga Gomez, Michele Balan. Guest host is Marion Grodin. 34 W. 22nd St., 8:30 p.m. There’s a $12 cover, with a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call 212-367-9000.
She’s So Androgynous
Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Gina Young is throwing a show tonight to celebrate the release of her new album, “she’s so androgynous,” on Exotic Fever Records. Young will embark from the party on a five-week national tour with her band. Performing friends including Sini Anderson, Justin Tranter, Rachel Jacobs, Cheese on Bread and God-Des will join Young for the party. Expect food, free chocolate and a raffle, along with good dancing. WOW Café Theater, 59-61 E. Fourth St., btwn. Second and Third Aves. at 7 p.m.
Johnny Rocco Opening
Johnny Rocco, Orange V Organic Vodka, Izze Juice and Funky Lala Productions invite you to schlep to Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, for the opening party of the new Johnny Rocco boutique. Don’t miss the superstar lineup of fab goodies from indie designers across the globe. 6-10 p.m. at 426 Atlantic Ave., btwn. Nevins and Bond Sts. in Boerum Hill. 718-596-6974
“Surgery,” the recent works by this artist, are on display at Florence Lynch Gallery, 531-539 West 25th St., 212-924-3290. Visit FlorenceLy
Social Change and Justice
CUNY’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) hosts a two-day conference of workshops, roundtables, caucuses, films and performances on strengthening the movement for ending bias and barriers against the free expression of gender identity. CUNY Grad Center at 365 Fifth Ave., between 34th & 35th Sts., 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., today and tomorrow. Conference registration ranges from $10 to $50. To register, call 212-817-1955.
The New York AIDS Coalition needs a volunteer to assist the agency with short-term projects: phone calls for agency fund-raiser; transcribing audiotaped events; and helping with a mailing. Volunteers must have good phone and typing skills. The position is unpaid, but offers valuable experience for individuals looking to build on their own work experience or for those looking to fulfill volunteer obligations. For more information, please contact Christina Kazanas at ckazanas@n
This is a literary center and poetry archive that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry. The 45,000 volumes of books, journals, chapbooks, audiotapes, videos and electronic media is among the most comprehensive, open-access collection of poetry in the United States. The Reading Room is free and open to the public Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. & Saturday 11-4 p.m. The Children’s Reading Room is open Saturday 11a.m.-1 p.m. Call 212-431-7920 or visit poetshouse.org for more information. 72 Spring St., btwn. Lafayette & Crosby Sts.
Reed Space and PUMA present this exhibition on the book “101 Tried and True Pigeon Killin’ Methods,” featuring the art of Brendan Monroe, Dalek, David Choe, Derrick Hodgson, Freddi C, GH, Honest, Kozyndan, Nago Richardis, Peter Sutherland, Ryan McGinness, Saiman Chow, Struggle Inc. and others. Through May 24 at Reed Space, 151 Orchard St. between Rivington and Stanton Sts. 212-253-0588. Open daily 1-7 p.m.
Honoring Latino Leaders
The New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center at the Newark Public Library will honor three distinguished Latino Leaders tonight at a dinner-dance at the Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, in Newark’s downtown arts district. The honorees are: Juan Cartagena, Esq., a civil rights attorney and founder of the “Segunda Quimbamba,” a percussion dance ensemble; Esperanza Porras-Field, a community developer, producer and host of the bilingual television show “Mi Casa Es Su Casa”; and Miguel “Mike” Rodriguez, former deputy mayor of Newark, president and founder of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Essex County. The honorees will receive the María De Castro Blake Community Service Award, in recognition of their professional achievements and their generous volunteer work in their communities. For ticket information, contact the Newark Public Library at 973- 733-7772 or visit npl.org.
This debut solo album by Dan Fishback, from the anti-folk collective, Luv-a-Lot Records, portrays a “young queer boy’s search for meaning in a vapid, narcissistic gay culture.” Come to the release party at Pete’s Candy Store, at 11 p.m. at 709 Lorimer St., btwn. Richardson & Frost Sts., Williamsburg. For more information, call 718-302-3770.
Cuban Art Auction
A benefit sale and silent auction benefiting the Dactyl Foundation is at 6 p.m. tonight (with art on exhibit through May 28, Tue.-Sat., 12-6 p.m.) featuring a variety of Cuban artists, at 64 Grand St. 212-204-8379. Visit cubaartny.org for more information.
TOSOS2 Play Reading
The fabulous TOSOS2 Theater (www.tosos2.org) has selected a play by Gay City News contributor Kathleen Warnock, “The Audience” for a reading as part of its Robert Chesley/Jane Chambers Playwrights Project. The play takes place in the parking lot of a club in a Rust Belt town, where a group of people meets to renew their faith in rock and roll, and its patron saint, Patti Roxx. Before the doors open, the fans will test the levels of their hierarchy, fight and bond, threaten and back off. The cast for the reading includes Meghan Cary, Jamie Heinlein, Marlon Hurt, Mary Louise Mooney, Alyson Palmer, Holly Sheppard and others. Peter Bloch directs. The Eagles Dare Theater, 247 W. 36th St., first fl., 2 p.m.
The sexy songster Ari Gold appears as part of BAMCafé’s “Too Cool for Schul: Steinhardt Jewish Heritage Festival” at 9 p.m. at BAMcafé, located at 30 Lafayette Ave., near Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn. There is no cover charge.
Dust off your cummerbund and get out the taffeta, cause it’s time for Dance 208’s sparkling finale, Prom 2005—the prom you always dreamed of. This year it’s DJ Jon Jon Battles and Imperial Empress XVIII Trai La Trash with the Imperial Court performing and presiding over our King & Queen of the Prom contest, with our celebrity judges led by Clover Honey! 9 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. $8
Orgasms is a play about men and women, their differences, attitudes and hang-ups. God created Adam first and made a few mistakes – then he created woman and made improvements. Written and directed by Dan Israely, starring: Kimmie Fadem & Michael J. Scarpelli Jr. and Ed Asner as the voice of God. Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam St. 212 691-1555; $35
Chinese in the Americas
“The Basement Workshop: 1982 Portfolio,” part two of the three-part exhibition series titled “People’s Beat: The Basement Workshop Portfolios, 1972-1998.” Containing bold, original lithographs and silkscreen prints by Arlan Huang, Billy Jung, Colin Lee, Nino Kuo and John Woo, the 1982 piece was created as a fund-raising tool for Basement’s Catherine Street Artist Project. Only 100 copies were produced to support the visual arts component of Basement, which had become a groundbreaking, multidisciplinary arts organization. Though Basement disbanded four years later, its members went on to create many prominent Asian American cultural organizations. 70 Mulberry St., at Bayard St., 2nd floor. 212-619-4785.
Join our wacky waiter, Paul Pecorino, and a super band for the final installment of his one man show, “Last Call: The Trials & Tribulations of a Bitch on the Rocks!” You will laugh until your sides hurt and the music is fabulous! This show is a week from Monday so mark your calendars. 10 p.m., no cover, 157 W. 24 St.
Unstuck in Time
Matt Sigl has appeared on various stages around New York for five years. He was seen in the Gallery Players production of “The Student Prince” as well as the first ever revival of Rodgers and Hart’s “Dearest Enemy” with the Village Light Opera Group. A personal highlight was Sigl’s performance as Charles Guiteau in “Assassins” with the RASH! Theatre Company. Tonight at 8 p.m. and again on May 16 at 9:30 p.m., Sigl makes his cabaret début at Don’t Tell Mama’s, 343 W. 46th St. Tickets are $10, with a two-drink minimum at 212-757-0788.
The violin protégé Joshua Bell plays at Carnegie Hall tonight with the orchestra Orpheus. Works include: Sibelius’, “Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46”; Saint-Saëns’ “Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61”; Gubaidulina’s “Concordanza”; Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony, Op. 25 (Symphony No. 1)” Tickets are $30-88. Call 212-247-7800, or visit carnegiehall.org. 8 p.m. at Carnegie Hall, 57th St. at Seventh Ave.
Windy City Treat
Patricia Barber, a lesbian pianist/vocalist who offers silky jazz renditions of classic standards, is back in town from Chicago for five more nightss at Au Bar, 41 E. 58th St. She is joined by her versatile quartet featuring guitarist Neal Alger, bassist Mike Arnopol, and drummer Erk Montzka. Wed., Thu. & Sun. 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$50 at 212-308-9455 or ticketweb.com.
La Gran Scena Opera
Madame Vera Galupe-Borszkh returns to the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space (Broadway at 95th St.) for three hilarious dive-in-recital spoofs. Conceived, written and performed by Ira Siff. Performances on May 11, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 at 212-864-5400.
“Glory Day,” a romantic comedy by Rita Lewis, takes place during the attempted reconciliation of former best friends Beth, a recent widow and Susan, a divorcee with a teenage daughter, thirty years after an adolescent incident tore them apart. The play runs through May 22 at the Producers Club II, 616 Ninth Ave., btwn. 42nd and 43rd Sts. $15; 212-868-4444.
Suzanne McCoy’s new musical, directed by Michael J. Ormond, with musical direction by Robby Stamper and choreography by Stephanie Schreiber, is a love story/tragedy about a gay male couple and a lesbian couple, both of whom struggle to overcome their personal issues to find a soul mate, only to fall victim to the homophobia of the outside world. The production benefits the Sakia Gunn Memorial Fund, the Matthew Shepard Scholarship Fund and the Brandon Teena Memorial Fund. All three of the these LGBT teenagers died violently—each in reaction to the revelation that they were queer. The Producers Club. 358 W. 44th St. The curtain is up at 8:30 on May 11-13 and at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. on May 14-15. For tickets, at $22, call 212-352-3101 or visit theatermania.com
Tonight is the grand opening of The Brotherhood’s “Man Party” sponsored by the M8 Lounge. “Man Party” is a guy thing, no fabulous people, no faux celebrities, no men doused in perfume. Organizers say it’s for men who enjoy the company of other men and the things regular guys like—that’s what makes it fun and that’s what makes it sexy. 10 p.m. at Octagon, 555 W. 33rd St.
Open Studios in L.I.C.
Today and tomorrow, Long Island City celebrates the open studios of a variety of artists who work in the area. There are lectures, panel discussions and restaurant discounts as well. The Fisher Landau Center for Art will offer tours of its extensive collection including works by Matthew Barney, Andy Warhol, Shirin Neshat and Francesco Clemente. Artists exhibited in “Greater New York 2005” will give a new dynamic perspective of the exhibition by leading tours at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave. Visit licarts.org or call 646-654-1171 for more information.
De Capo Players
The renowned Da Capo Chamber Players will present a program entitled, “Da Capo Electronica” which will offer classics and new discoveries for instruments and tape on 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. Works featured are Steve Reich’s “New York Counterpoint”; Arthur Kreiger’s “Meeting Places”; Eric Chasalow’s “Suspicious Motives”; and Anna Rubin’s “Family Stories: Sophie, Sally.” A panel discussion is at 6:30 p.m. $15; 212-219-3006 or knittingfactory.com.
Queens only queer film series has free movies every third Sunday of the month. Today it’s “On the Down Low,” directed by Tadeo Garcia, a feature debut that reveals the tragic consequences of secrets and lies for two young Latino men, their sexual relationship and involvement in Chicago’s Southside gang life. 3-5 p.m. Free at the Queens Museum of Art (NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, the 7 train to Shea Stadium).