P.S. 122’s first-ever recipient of the Ethyl Eichelberger Award for artistic excellence, Taylor Mac, teams up with puppeteer Basil Twist, choreographer Julie Atlas Muz, and a slew of New York’s most joyous, extreme, and outrageously gifted downtown performers for “Red Tide Blooming,” a musical extravaganza inspired by the gentrification of Coney Island and imagining the Last Mermaid Parade Ever. Set in a phantasmagorical aquatic wonderland, “Red Tide Blooming” tells the story of Olokun, a hermaphrodite sea creature, who is on a quest to find a community of divine freaks on a far-off place called The Floating Landfill. Using the revitalization of Coney Island as a metaphor for America’s obsessive desire to find safety by eradicating the old, odd, and the uncomfortable, Red Tide Blooming uses song, dance, burlesque and classic Mermaid Parade antics to create a collective visualization of Armageddon in the murky waters of gentrification and cultural homogenization. Through Apr. 23, Wed.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 5 p.m. P.S.122, 150 First Ave. at E. Ninth St. $20, $15 students/seniors, $10 P.S.122 members or anyone dressed as a sea creature, at 212-352-3101 or theatermania.com. For more information, call 212-477-5288 or visit ps122.org.
From Britain To The Bronx
This solo exhibition of work by British artist Robin Footitt includes prints, drawings, sketchbooks, appropriated comics strips, and photographs, which weave common motifs and effects such as empty landscapes, political monuments, and theatrical explosions into ambiguous narratives of social panic, geopolitical apocalypse, and natural disasters. In the series, “Comic on Terror,” Footitt has assembled found comic book frames, each taken from a separate source. The original narrative sequence and the interrelationship between one frame and its abutting partner are lost. Similarly, in “Natural Disaster Tag,” “Park Before and Park After,” drawings and appropriated photographs of explosions highlight the repetitive use of special effects in blockbuster films in which such effects act as the plot themselves. Other works show characters from disaster and revenge films and political thrillers in wry and unexpected ways. In “Kong Stones,” a large wall drawing, finely drawn brush marks depict a striated mountainous surface, that when viewed horizontally, depicts the face of King Kong. More explicitly in “Bronson Saves,” a small image of the iconic actor is emblazoned on the stars-and-stripes background of the National Rifle Association. Hagan Saint Philip, 112 Lincoln Ave. at Bruckner Blvd., #514 in the Mott Haven section of The Bronx. Through May 10. 6 train to 138th St. and Third Ave. Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, please contact Tim McDonnell at 718-877-1176 or Wayne Northcross at 917-608-3271.
Posteritati Movie Posters presents “Queer as Film: Classic Gay and Lesbian Movie Posters,” a new exhibition showcasing vintage movie posters from gay and lesbian-themed film classics from around the world. Posteritati specializes in rare, vintage movie posters and is also the exclusive seller of contemporary film posters by film distributors such as Zeitgeist Films, Rialto Films, Magnolia Pictures, and First Run Features. The gallery has over 13,000 original movie posters from over 38 different countries in stock and features customer kiosks with iMacs for visitors to browse Posteritati’s extensive inventory, which can be viewed at posteritati.com. The exhibition will feature international posters from acknowledged landmarks of queer cinema, including French comedy smash “La cage aux folles” (1979), “Pink Narcissus” (1971), “Querelle” (1982), “The Life And Times of Harvey Milk” (1984), “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1987), “My Own Private Idaho” (1992), “Aimee & Jaguar” (1999), and more. 239 Centre St. btwn. Broome & Grand Sts. Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m. Through Apr. 30.
New York Minutes
TOSOS II director Mark Finley has fashioned a revue from the songs of cabaret icon John Wallowitch, which sings of swank parties, dimly lit dives, and late-night gatherings where strangers become life long friends and love suddenly arrives just as quickly as departs—all in a New York Minute. With musical direction by Ray Fellman, and featuring performers Jolie Meshbesher, Robert Locke, and Chris Weikel. Presented as part of the Billy Blackwell Musical Theatre Project. Tonight and Apr. 22 & 29 at 7 p.m. The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. $10 plus 2-drink minimum at 212-255-5438.
The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode
Written by LA Weekly Theatre Award-winner Jamie Morris, this unauthorized parody features an all-male cast as the girls from Eastland. The lost episode in question is a two-part, viewer-discretion-advised, musical entitled “The Best Little Whorehouse in Peekskill.” Budget cuts are threatening to force Mrs. Garrett to leave Eastland and the girls will do anything to raise enough money so she can stay. So, they become hookers. And they sing and dance about it! Add an evil Headmaster who has a thing for Mrs. G, lesbian overtones between Jo and Blair, and a guest cameo by cousin Gerri, and it adds up to an unforgettable evening of tragedy and triumph. Directed by Chris Melohn with set design by Michael Lee Scott, “Facts” features lyrics by Brooks Braselman and Jamie Morris with musical arrangements by Hank Bones. Today and Apr. 30 at 7 p.m. Ace of Clubs, inside Acme at 9 Great Jones St. at Lafayette St. $17 at 212-352-1010 or TheaterMania.com.
Come on in and knit, make new friends, drink some tea, and learn a new craft at a self-help and member led group event. The Dyke Knitting Circle is open to all levels of experience and meets every third Sunday of the month. Please bring yarn and knitting needles. For more information call 212-714-8375 or contact knittingci
Easter Jewish Queers
The monthly film series Cinemarosa presents “Visions of queer identity in the Jewish Diaspora,” a special screening of works that explore the lives of Gay and Lesbian Jews, as part of the Queens Museum of Arts Second Annual Jewish Cultural Festival. The event includes the presentation of award wining feature documentary “Trembling Before G-D” directed by Sandi Simcha-Dubowski, preceded by the shorts “Naming Prairie” directed by Alexandar Juhasz and “Casualty” directed by Andy Abraham Wilson. After the screening there will be a performance presentation by Jewish Queer Hip Hop singer, “SOCE, The Elemental Wizard,” and a cocktail reception at the Unisphere Gallery of the museum. 3 p.m. at the auditorium of the Queens Museum of Art, in the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 7 train to Willets Point Ave./Shea Stadium. Follow the yellow signs on a ten-minute walk through the park to the museum, which is located next to the Unisphere. 646-338-0046 or cinemarosa.org.
In & Out
The former professional football player and author Esera Tuaolo discusses his book “Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL,” which addresses being gay on the gridiron and coming out in America. Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 2289 Broadway at 82nd St. 212-721-5282. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Cranking Crystal Meth Myths
The New York chapter of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association presents an “Author Q&A” with Duncan Osborne, author of “Suicide Tuesday: Gay Men and the Crystal Meth Scare,” and associate editor of Gay City News. Based on years of research and reporting, the book offers a sobering assessment of how crystal meth impacts the LGBT community. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 8:30 p.m. Free.
Hot Bods For Sale
Fireworks ICS, is proud to present its first ever Charity Gay Date Auction to benefit Soulforce, an organization that promotes political and religious freedom for the gay and lesbian community. This event promises to be a glamorous evening, with dancing, mingling, and lots of great prospects. Festivities begin with flirty cocktail specials from 7-8:30 p.m. and then a continuous line up of attractive eligible bachelors will grace the stage in an effort to be won over by the highest bidder. Steven Fales, star of the Off-Broadway hit “Confessions of a Mormon Boy”, will be the emcee for the evening. With hypnotizing music, a comfortable ambiance and Cupid as the guest of honor, the evening is sure to knock you off your feet, and hopefully into BED! BED’s Winter Garden 530 West 27th St. btwn. 10th & 11th Aves. $10 cover in advance or $15 at the door at 212-594-4106 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds benefit Soulforce.
Bullets & Butterflies
“Bullets & Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry,” is a benefit for the Publishing Triangle—the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing—featuring Emanuel Xavier, Marty McConnell, Shane Luitjens, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, and Travis Montez. 6 p.m., $5 minimum suggested donation. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery at Bleecker. 212-614-0505.
The eight-year-old new music series Cutting Edge Concerts presents Allen Shawn’s “From the Sad Café,” Matthew Greenbaum’s “Squire Allworthy’s Menuetto,” and Allen Cohen’s ”Duo-Partita,” all performed by The Claremont Duo (cello and guitar). The evening will also feature Patricia Morehead’s “Multiples,” for oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn, and electric tape. 8 p.m. Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St, btwn. Bedford St. & Seventh Ave. $15/$10 for students and seniors at 212-242-4770.
Stone Butch Drag King
Leslie Feinberg is a celebrated author, journalist and activist, whose transgender classic, “Stone Butch Blues,” continues to electrify readers more than a decade after its first publication. In her new book, “Drag King Dreams,” Feinberg takes us on another unforgettable gender journey, this time through the character of Max Rabinowitz, an East Village drag club bouncer drifting through post 9/11 New York City. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. Free.
John Epperson’s new play, “My Deah,” an update of Euripides’ “Medea” set in the New South, will be presented as the Abingdon Theatre Company’s final Stage II Production of the 2005-2006 season. Directed by Mark Waldrop “My Deah” spotlights Gator Hedgepeth, a former Mississippi football star, and his plans to abandon his wife, My Deah—an ex-beauty queen from Louisiana with a penchant for a gossip-filled bridge game—to marry Simplicity Bullard, the daughter of the corrupt, one-armed Governor. The cast features Bryan Batt, Phillip Clark, Lori Gardner, Michael Hunsaker, Geoffrey Molloy, Nancy Opel, Jay Rogers, and Kevin Townley. Lypsinka penned the script, but is not in the cast. Wed. –Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Through May 7. Dorothy Strelsin Theatre at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W. 36th St., btwn. Eighth & Ninth Aves. $19 at smarttix.com or 212-868-4444.
Made in Palestine
The first museum-quality exhibition devoted to the contemporary art of Palestine to be held in the United States is a survey of work spanning three generations of Palestinian artists who live in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, parts of Israel, Syria, Jordan, and the U.S. The Bridge Gallery, 521 W. 26th St., third floor. 646-584-9098. Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Ends today. Free.