“Behold the Lamb of God,” the recent work including mammoth plate albumen prints, are on display at Clamp Art (opening reception tonight at 6 p.m.) at 531 W. 25th St. through June 18, Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 646-230-0020
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 p.m. on May 12 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
New paintings by the artist are on exhibit at Mike Weiss Gallery through June 11. 520 W. 24 St. 212-691-6899.
“Works on Paper” by this artist are on display through June 18 at Clamp Art, 531 W. 25 St. Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 646-230-0020
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 South Side 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).
Sourcebox Media has created this monthly party, “with me,” for fluid flirting between women and women, women and men, and whatever else comes to party. Sexy guests may also have appetizers and enjoy the “L Word season finale on plasma screen TVs. At the White Rabbit at 145 Houston St. (between Forsythe and Eldridge Sts.) 9 p.m. $5
Equality at the Crossroads
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York County Lawyers’ Association host a forum with leaders of the LGBT civil rights movement to assess where the community is today in America and where it needs to go to achieve its goals. The panel includes Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; Suzanne Goldberg, a former Lambda Legal staff attorney who now teaches law at Rutgers University; Patrick Murphy, co-president of the New York City chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans; Christopher Labonte, deputy political director of the Human Rights Campaign; and Richard Kim, a writer at The Nation. Paul Schindler, Gay City News editor, will moderate. House of the Association, 42 W. 44th St., main meeting room, 7 – 9 p.m.
Mid-Life Gay Men
HIV Forum, a group that has been focusing on ways to build support among New York City gay men for fighting transmission of the virus that causes AIDS, hosts a public discussion led by Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally on what it’s like to live as a middle aged gay man in this city. Up to 30 percent of new HIV infections in New York in 2003 were among gay men over 40, and drug use may have a good deal to do with that. Come out and discuss the underlying issues involved. Haft Auditorium, FIT, entrance on W. 27th St., west of Seventh Ave., 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Living Beyond Belief with honorary board members Alan Cumming, Harvey Fierstein and Susan Sarandon, invites you to join host Kim Cea, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jose LLana (“Spelling Bee”), Willie Hernandez (“Real World Philadelphia”), Wes Culwell (“Love Lounge”), Will Wikle (“Big Brother”), CNN’s Deborah Feyerick and Brian Ellner, a candidate for Manhattan borough president at BB Kings Blues Club at 237 West 42 St. at 6 p.m. The Butterfly Awards provides college grants to public high school seniors who are raising HIV/AIDS awareness. Tickets are $35-150. Visit livingbeyo
Latin Collector Gallery is pleased to present “Carmen Herrera: Five Decades of Painting” a retrospective of paintings by visionary Cuban artist Carmen Herrera. The exhibition will run through July 31 with an opening reception tonight at 6 p.m. 153 Hudson St. between Hubert and Laight Sts. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat. 12-6 p.m. 212-334-7813.
“Mosaics,” the new series of works on paper by this artist are on exhibit at 125-10 Queens Blvd., #724, Kew Gardens, Queens. 718-261-6755.
Pansy, Dyke, Homo, Fag
NYU Bobst Library presents an exhibition of primary research materials from the university curricula for the study of gender and sexuality in English and American culture. Items included range from literary texts from 1740 to present to materials from the early German and English homosexual rights campaigns to highlights of the university’s Downtown New York collection of art—among them, the work of David Wojnarowicz and the art collective RepoHistory. Benjamin Mosse is curator. Bobst Library is located at 70 Washington Square South. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibition runs through Sep. 15. For more information, call 212-998-2596.
“The Moon is Down,” new paintings by this artist, is on exhibit through June 19 at Metaphor Contemporary Art, 382 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, Thu.-Sun. 12-6 p.m. 718-254-9126.
Benefit for Joe’s Pub
Opera star Renee Fleming and gay jazz great Fred Hersch join together for a unique evening of music, “Haunted Heart,” to support the wonderful musical offerings of Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. There are two shows—7 p.m., with tickets beginning at $125, and a gala at 9:30 p.m., with tickets beginning at $200, and a post-performance reception with the artists. Tickets are available at 212.239.6200 or online at telecharge.com. 425 Lafayette St., below Cooper Sq.
“Dress Suits to Hire”
Tonight is the opening of this play with a heady mixture of erotic fantasy and hard-boiled pulp drama, in which two “sisters” who live in a rental clothing shop use the merchandise to try on various facets of their personalities. “Dress Suits To Hire” is a haunting and hilarious look into sexuality and lesbian desires. La MaMa E.T.C. Annex Theatre, 74A East 4th St. Shows are Thu.-Sun. through June 5. $20; 212-475-7710
“Knick Knack Paddy Wack Give a Dog a Bone,” the new work by this artist, is on exhibit through June 19 at Metaphor Contemporary Art, 382 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, Thu.-Sun. 12-6 p.m. 718-254-9126.
“Siberia,” the photographs of this artist, a Russian-Jewish émigré, are on display at Moti Hassan Gallery at 330 W. 38 St., suite 211, through June 16, opening reception tonight at 6 p.m.
Soprano Jama Jandrokovic sings texts from her autobiographical collection of poetry, featuring settings of the texts by leading American composers, including Lori Laitman, Luna Pearl Wolf and Paul Moravec, a Pulitzer Prize-winner. Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center at 8 p.m. $20-40; 212-875-5050
What do Alexander the Great, J. Edgar Hoover, Gertrude Stein and Andy Warhol all have in coming. Exit Art begins a two-month exhibition structured around the idea of an imaginary national art museum dedicated to LGBT artists. Among those artists included are Albin Baltrop, ak burns, JP Forrest, Stephanie Gray, Derek Jackson, Aaron Krach, Marget Long, j. Morrison, Marry Ellen Strom and Phillip Ward. Many queer historical figures and events—from the West Side Piers to Sal Mineo to Mercedes McCambridge to Quentin Crisp are also celebrated. Exit hosts a gala opening dinner tonight beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $275. For complete information on the opening party, call 212-966-7745. The museum, located at 475 Tenth Ave. at 36th St. is open Tue.-Thu. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. noon- 8 p.m. Homomuseum runs through Jul. 30.
“Songs of Jacques Brel”
Micheline Van Hautem (vocals) joins Frederik Caelen and Peter Swales (accordion, paino and singing saw) at Danny’s Skylight Room, 346 W. 46 St. tonight at 9:15 p.m., Sunday at 8:45 and Monday at 7 p.m. 212-265-8133.
Rev. Beth Stroud in White Plains
An out lesbian minister, Rev. Beth Stroud, who was the founding editor on New York’s LGNY, was recently re-instated to her ministry in Pennsylvania by an appeals court of the Methodist Church, in a decision that overruled a church panel that last December defrocked her because of her status as a woman living in a relationship with another woman. Stroud will preach at White Plains’ Memorial United Methodist Church, a congregation that describes itself as welcoming, at the 10 a.m. service. She will speak more informally at the church at 4 p.m. The church is located at 250 Bryant Ave. between North St. and Mamaroneck Ave. Look for the red banner! For directions to the church visit memorialme
Riverside Park South hosts a festival for moms who rock. In conjunction with the New York Parks Department, Mamapalooza celebrates all things maternal, and this music and art filled afternoon of folk, rock and mom-inspired crafts and food is a gathering for all ages, celebrating mothers and the people who love them. Starts at 12 p.m. at Riverside Park South, accessible from W. 68th or W. 72nd Streets. Free