Where Hip Meets Haimish
The Village Temple, led by Rabbi Chava Koster and Cantor Kathy Barr, has served the Reform Jewish community in Greenwich Village and Lower Manhattan for almost 60 years, blending the beauty of tradition with the creative expression of modern Judaism, providing community and worship experiences that are both participatory and joyful. The Congregation is inclusive, progressive and diverse, reflecting the community it serves. The Village Temple is committed to social justice, supporting many community outreach activities. It has operated a Soup Kitchen for almost 20 years that continues to serve hot meals to over 150 people each week. The Temple is currently engaged in an outreach to LGBT New Yorkers, especially those with children interested in providing religious education to them in the congregations pre-K through 12 program. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the congregation hosts an open house at 7:30 p.m. at the Temple, 33 E. 12th St., btwn. University and Broadway. On Oct. 3 at 8 p.m., Erev Rosh Hashanah will be held at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, with tickets required, except for students with ID. There will be Rosh Hashanah the following morning at 10 a.m., also at Cooper Union, and children’s services at Cooper Union at 2 p.m. On Oct. 5, Rosh Hashanah will be held at Village Temple at 10 a.m., with no tickets required. For complete information, call Maria DeKord at 212-674-2340 or visit villagetemple.org.
Lesbian Cinema Arts
LCA presents “D.E.B.S,” about an underground academy of crime-fighting hotties recruited by the U.S. government, who set out to save the world and keep their lipstick perfectly applied while doing so. Their mission to capture vexing vixen Lucy Diamond erupts in chaos when super agent Amy falls for Lucy, and the D.E.B.S. loyalty is put to the test. 7 p.m. $10/$6 for LGBT Community Center members. 208 W 13th St. At 212-620-7310.
Sempre Libera—Always Free
The journey through life in the LGBT community is often hard, and many people experience trauma in their relationships. Through this “Aria Concert Against Queer Domestic Violence,” the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project highlights abusive relationships within the community and raises awareness about patterns of abuse. This struggle and the message of hope will be revealed with dramatic operatic performances. Wine and cheese reception following. 8 p.m. $10/$5 for students and seniors. St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St., btwn. Seventh Ave. So. and Bleecker St. At 212-714-1184.
Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra blends Bjork’s visionary techno pop with the harmonic and improvisational elements of modern jazz, creating a unique ensemble that transcends genre and style. 8:30 p.m. $21/$18 for students/seniors. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 95th and Broadway. At 212-864-5400.
March on Washington
United for Peace and Justice stages three days of action against the war—a major march, rally, and festival on Sat., Sep. 24, an interfaith religious service and day of grassroots trainings on Sun., Sep. 25, and a day of large-scale grassroots lobbying, mass nonviolent direct action, and civil disobedience on Mon., Sep. 26. Events on the 24th begin at 10 a.m. and culminate with the Operation Ceasefire Concert at 3 p.m., on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Visit unitedforpeace.org for complete information.
Judy Is Back
Tommy Femia, back from six acclaimed months on the road with his “Judy Garland Live” show, returns to Don’t Tell Mama for a late Saturday evening show at 11 p.m. running tonight through Nov. 19. Mathew Ward, whose credits include “Forbidden Broadway,” is musical director. Femia belts out Judy’s biggest hits including “I Feel A Song Coming On,” “That’s Entertainment,” “After You’ve Gone,” “Over The Rainbow,” and “Chicago,” as well as tunes Garland never lived to sing, including “Fifty Percent” from “Ballroom” and even “Cabaret.” 343 W. 46th St. There’s a $20 cover and a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call 212-757-0788.
Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction
This 19th annual event, presented as a benefit for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, will allow you to pose with your favorite stage stars for a picture and autograph, buy the latest cast recordings, show posters, and Playbills, and even find some rare costume sketches that come from a century of history on the Great White Way. BC/ EFA is the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations, having distributed more than $100 million for critically needed services. Shubert Alley and W. 44th St. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit BroadwayCares.org.
Jack Nichols Memorial Celebration
A memorial celebration of the life of gay activist pioneer and journalist Jack Nichols (1938-2005) will be held at 3 p.m. at New York’s LGBT Community Center. Openly challenging psychiatry’s position at the time that homosexuality was a sickness, in 1961 Nichols and Frank Kameny co-founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. In 1965, he led the first gay demonstration of a federal building—the White House—and organized the first East Coast ecumenical conference on homosexuality, later called the Washington Area Council on Religion and the Homosexual. In 1967, Nichols was interviewed by CBS’ Mike Wallace in the first network documentary on homosexuality. Nichols wrote four books, including “Men’s Liberation: A New Definition of Masculinity” (1975), and “The Tomcat Chronicles: Erotic Adventures of a Gay Liberation Pioneer” (2004). He edited the first gay weekly newspaper, GAY, and as a journalist wrote the columns “The Homosexual Citizen” and “The Homosexual Anarchist.” During the last ten years of his life, he served as the editor for the widely read online news journal, GayToday. For more information, contact Perry Brass, 718 884-6606, belhuepres
One Voice; A Thousand Stories
The Asian Pacific Islanders Coalition on HIV/AIDS gathers to celebrate heroes in the fight against the epidemic in an event titled “A Thousand and One Champions Fighting AIDS.” Honorees include Dr. James Mason, Dr. Gary Noble, Cindy Hsu, Dr. Benjamin Ileto, and Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. Bridgewater’s, 11 Fulton St., South Street Seaport, entrance on Front St. and Beekman St. Cocktails and silent auction at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7:15 p.m. Tickets begin at $250. At 212-334-7940, ext. 206 or apicha.org.
Assist Gulf Coast Artists
The Southern Arts Federation has established an Emergency Relief Fund to assist arts organizations and artists residing in Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Distribution and decisions on the use of funds will be made by state arts agencies. Donations may be made by check or credit card to Southern Arts Federation Emergency Relief Fund. All donations are tax-deductible. Send via mail or fax to: Southern Arts Federation, Emergency Relief Fund, 1800 Peachtree St. NW, Suite 808, Atlanta, Georgia 30309 or fax to 404-873-2148, attention Emergency Relief Fund.
Start-Up Success Strategies
Out Professionals hosts an evening to talk about launching new enterprises, including those in the non-profit section. The panel with in include real estate professional Gil Neary, Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Dan Brooks of Wishing Well Guesthouse, John Nash of Moon City Productions, Carl Siciliano of Ali Forney Center for LGBT youth, and Karl Wilder of Chef Privato. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 8-9:30 p.m. Admission is $12, $9 for OP members.
This new one-man political satire performance piece, written and starring Broadway veteran Perry Ojeda with songs by Randy Redd and directed by John Schak, was the hit of the Dixon Place HOT! Festival this summer. PRIDE is a tragic comedy about sexual identity and shame in George W. Bush’s America. Manhattan Theater Club Studios, 311 W 43rd St., eighth floor, at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. SWebberNYC@aol.com
International Gay Rodeo
Logo TV takes a look at the men and women on the International Gay Rodeo circuit as they confront personal dilemmas while competing in this exciting and dangerous sport. One of Logo’s Real Momentum Original Documentary Productions. 8 a.m.
Donna Walker-Kuhne has been developing audiences for the performing arts field for 25 years. She has worked in community affairs and audience development of Harlem, the Apollo Theater, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has promoted theatre and dance projects throughout the nation and around the world, and has been key to the success of numerous productions, including “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk,” and”Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.” Invitation to the Party is a journey of building bridges to the arts, culture, and community. 7 p.m. $10/$6 for LGBT Community Center members. 208 W 13th St.
Larry Kramer will discuss his new book, “The Tragedy of Today’s Gays,” based on his speech last fall at Cooper Union, with Michael Specter of The New Yorker at The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th St. Free and open to the public. 6:30 p.m. 212-473-1452.
For the Benefit of Queer Youth
You may know him as Carlos, the slutty bartender in the gay romantic comedy “The Ski Trip,” but Emanuel Xavier is also a leading voice in the modern day poetry movement, hosting through his House of Xavier, an annual Glam Slam competition. Tonight, Xavier takes center stage in a benefit for the LGBT Community Center’s Youth Enrichment Services Program, or YES. Joining him will be percussionist Joyce Jones, 2005 Glam Slam Champion Danielle Bero, drag diva Sha Boom Boom, and youth from the YES program. Visual artist Medina will provide an installation featuring a mural he created with YES members. LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., room 101, 7 p.m. Suggested donation is at least $5.
The Momentum Project’s 12th Annual Tastings Benefit
The Momentum Project, one of New York’s oldest HIV/AIDS service organizations, has teamed up with top chefs from 25 of New York’s most celebrated restaurants. Attendees will enjoy a smorgasbord of mouth-watering signature dishes prepared by chefs from New York’s A-List restaurants including Picholine, Beacon, Butter, Ian, Riingo, Serendipity 3, and Zoë. This year’s honoree will be the M.A.C. AIDS Fund, which will be presented with the first and only Momentum Visionaire award for its continuous visionary leadership and philanthropic generosity in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The after-party celebration features DJ Lady Bunny and special celebrity guests. The Altman Building, 135 W 18th St. at 7 p.m. $150/VIP $300 at 212-691-8100 ext. 358 or momentumai
The Naughty Show
The bad girls of comedy bring it naughty style. All chicks doing their lewdest, sassiest, dirtiest material going into territory usually reserved for the dudes—sex, politics, fart jokes. A raucous show of no holds barred feminine powered bawdy humor. Featuring the naughty go go team. And hosted by über fag hag Kate Rigg and featuring therapy icon and super gay straight girl Kim Cea. 10 p.m. Carolines on Broadway at 49th St. $15-$25 at 212-757-4100.
New Orleans Poetry that Soothes
Bowery Poetry Club hosts a benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina, with Amiri Baraka and Eric Bogosian among those reading from the work of New Orleans poet Kalamu ya Salaam, in an evening entitled “Shelter from the Storm.” 308 Bowery at East First St., 9 p.m. for the duration of the evening. For more information, call 212-614-0505.
Joining Forces to Help
Toni Morrison, Cecil Taylor, Yusef Komuntakaa, Eddie Bobé, Denizé Lature, Dael Orlandermith, Anne Waldman, Edwin Torres, and Suheir Hammad are among those who will read and perform to benefit the 21st Century Foundation’s Hurricane Katrina Recovery Fund. New Orleans native poets Tonya Foster and Greg Fuchs will emcee this event. A $20 donation is requested as are donations of books, journals, artworks, and clean clothing in good condition. Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, 131 E. 10th St. at Second Ave., 1-4 p.m., with a party with New Orleans cuisine and music to follow until 7 p.m. For more information, call 212-674-0910 or e-mail ss@poetryp
First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum of Art
Free programs of art and entertainment on the first Saturday of each month, starting at 6 p.m. 200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Ave. 718-638-5000 or brooklynmuseum.org/first-Saturdays.