VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3 |Jan 20 - 26, 2005
Trent and Judy
From their first meeting at the open call of Starlight Express at the Las Vegas Hilton, Trent and Trudy Lee were destined to become showbiz legends. Trudy Lee is a perennially perky belter and former Barbizon model with big hair and an even bigger personality. Mustachioed Trent is the flamboyantly foppish man with whom Trudy shares a non-consummated monogamous Christian-based love. “A Touch Of Vegas” is their life in song (accompanied on piano by Liberace protégé Mr. Raymond Bernie) and story. Every Thursday at 8 and Friday at 9 p.m. at Dominion N.Y .Lounge & Theatre, 428 Lafayette Street. $20; 212-868-4444.
Anjelica Huston and the Culture Project present the N.Y. premiere of this one-woman play written and performed by Geraldine Hughes about one Northern Irish girl’s story of family, war, Jesus and Hollywood. “It’s drawn from my memories of growing up in war-torn Belfast. Maybe telling my story will not only give people an insight about kids in war, but will inspire others to tell their story as well,” says Hughes. Tue.-Sat. at 8 p.m., 4 p.m. matinee on Sat. and Sun. at 45 Bleecker St. 212 253-9983; $20-45.
In “Love Scenes,” Moe Bertran and David Pumo takes on six different gay and trans characters falling in and out of love in New York City, including a twenty year old street hustler falling for his kinky older mentor, a fifty-something martini drinker whose long time partner wants to have an open sexual relationship, a Latino activist whose lover left him to marry a woman, and a drag diva who’s giving up her search for a rich husband to settle for true love. The stories are touching, relevant, and laugh-out-loud funny, set to life with music—nothing tired or cliché. $15 plus 2 drinks at the The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher Street at 7th Ave. 212 255-5438
Grab a go-cup, catch some throws, and bring your crew over to Dance 208 to join the festivities as Boston DJ Kris Kono returns to celebrate Mardi Gras! Kono returns to Dance 208 and is fresh from her success this fall at the Center’s Women’s event honoring Kate Clinton. “Mardi Gras” with DJ Kris Kono, hosted by the Imperial Court with Empress Trai
La Trash, at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street, 9 p.m.-1a.m., $10 or $6 for members or before 9:45 p.m. “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”
John Reed Reading
John Reed, author of the controversial Orwell parody, “Snowball’s Chance,” reads from “The Whole” (MTV Books) his subversive satire of modern culture, the complete lack, thereof, and a lost generation that no one even tried to look for. 7 p.m. at KGB Bar, 85 East Fourth Street.
“Don Juan in Hell”
This George Bernard Shaw play starring Philip Bosco, Rosemary Harris, Paul Hecht and Paxton Whitehead is being staged tonight at the 92 St. Y at 1395 Lexington Ave. at 8 p.m. “Shaw’s vision of hell is not Dante’s sphere of eternal punishment and pain or Milton’s underworld of demons and pandemonium. Instead, it’s comfortable in Hell.” $16; 212-415-5500 or 92Y.org.
Mardi Gras Gears Up
Just in time for Fat Tuesday worldwide, in conjunction with the Putumayo release of “New Orleans Compilations: CDs Featuring the Best of the Big Easy,” Kermit Ruffins plays at the Jazz Standard with Topsy Chapman. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at Blue Smoke Jazz Standard, 116 East 27 St. $15; Call 212-576-2232 for more information.
The LGBT Community Center is sponsoring an event by The Network, a group that links renters with those selling shares in a summerhouse. The majority of shares are those on Fire Island, but other venues are represented. Call 212-642-3100 or visit nbpo.org for more information. 6 p.m. at 208 W. 13 St.
“Learning To Pa$$ It On” is a workshop on financial and estate planning with Ken Schaefer CFP, and Attorney Michael J. Franco from from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. Sponsored by Out Professionals. $7-10.
Join playwright Christopher Shinn (“What Didn’t Happen,” “Other People,” “Four”) and director Jo Bonney (“Fat Pig,” “Stop Kiss,” “Living Out”) at Housing Works Used Book Café at 7 p.m. for a discussion of Shinn’s new play, “On The Mountain.” Presented by Housing Works Used Book Café and Playwrights Horizons, this event will feature a discussion between Shinn and Bonney about the writing process, the collaboration between playwrights and directors and other topics. 126 Crosby Street (one block east of Broadway between Houston and Prince Streets.)Take W, R trains to Prince; B, D, F, V to Broadway/ Lafayette; 6 to Bleecker St. Call 212-334-3324 or visit housingworksubc.com for more information.
National Arts Club Movies
The Film Committee presents “Chimes at Midnight,” Orson Welles 1966 masterpiece. The evening includes a screening and buffet. Welles plays Falstaff, one of William Shakespeare’s most interesting and enduring characters. Welles casted the late John Gielgud as Henry IV, Jeanne Moreau as Doll Tearsheet, and Sir Ralph Richardson as the narrator. The Culinary Arts Committee will host a hearty Falstaffian feast prior to the screening. $35 per person, not including tax or service charge. Please RSVP for the buffet with the dining room at 212-477-2389 by Jan. 24.
Vestal McIntyre Reading
McIntyre reads from his new collection of short stories “You Are Not the One,” at 7 p.m. at Chelsea Barnes & Noble, 675 Avenue of the Americas at the corner of 21st Street. More details are available at vestalmcintyre.com.
Author-activist Jason Flores-Williams, of High Times magazine’s “Call to Resistance,” and current law student at Rutgers Law, reads his “Call for New York Secession,” followed by a secessionist presentation by the Glass Bead Collective, a TriBeCa film group at Junno’s Cocktail Lounge, 64 Downing St. in the West Village at 7 p.m. John Mailer, writer and activist, will emcee this cultural happening. For more information, contact Vladimir Teichberg, Glass Bead Collective, at 917-650-2486 or at Vlad@glass
Cyndi Lauper, Sandra Bernhard and Nancy Sinatra live in concert in a benefit for Oxfam International Tsunami Relief and Global Emergency Fund, tonight only, at Crobar. General admission is $40 and $125 for VIP tickets (includes: reserved viewing area for the show, access to VIP room, open bar and a very special meet & greet with cast). Proceeds from the concert will be donated to Oxfam’s tsunami fund. 8 p.m. at Crobar, 530 West 28th Street. Visit boxofficet
Jan Buttram’s “Texas Homos,” a play about Lone Star homosexuals, starts previews tonight at the Abingdon Theatre Company with Tony Award-Winner Melvin Bernhardt directing. The play premieres February 2. June Havoc Theatre, Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex (312 W. 36th Street, First Floor). Call 212-868-4444 for times and tickets. $25.