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Ongoing film screening series
Anthology Film Archives

Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St). Film sreenings: Essential Cinema; Premieres/Revivals; Retrospectives; Special Screenings; AFA Preservations; New Filmmakers; Festivals. See their website for program calendar.
The Museum of Sex
Sex Lives of Animals

Ongoing film considers the tremendous complexity of animal sexual behavior - far more than a biological drive to reproduce. Animals engage in all conceivable sexual partnerships and sex acts, foreplay to post-coital cuddling: kissing, hugging, self and mutual stimulation, oral sex and every kind of penetrative intercourse imaginable, as multifarious and nuanced as in the human realm.
Luce Center for American Art, 5th Floor
American Identities: A New Look

Ongoing. Objects from the collection of American art: fine & decorative arts (silver, furniture, ceramics, textiles) from colonial period to present + Native American & Spanish colonial art. Includes works by Thomas Eakins & Georgia O'Keeffe.
La mejor noche Mexicana Gay en NYC!
Lunes Picantes

Every Monday, 5pm-4am at Club Evolution, 76-19 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights. Why Go South Of The Border? So Many Men…So Little Time…So Close To Home! Hot staff In plaid shirts, faded blue jeans + sombreros. After 1am the shirts come off! RIDEM COWBOY! Great Mexican Show by Laura Martinez + special guests! The Premiere Latin Night Club. $7 cover.
Hot Body Contest by Honey Davenport
Gay College Tuesdays

Tuesdays 10pm-4am at Ritz Bar & Lounge, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan - NYC'S Largest Gay College Dance Party - 21+ with HOT BODY/ UNDERWEAR CONTEST, and Pop Dance Music by Steve Sidewalk + Mikey Mó.
Macho Monday

Every Monday 10pm-4am at Nowhere Bar, 322 E 14th St. DJ Ryko and NYC's hottest go go boys - DOZENS OF HOT DANCERS - bring you the original Mondaynight party in the East Village. Lap dance lounge. Darkrooms, frisky boys, and cheap drinks. $5 before 1am, $10 after.
A playful and saucy extravaganza
Boys' Night | An All-Male Cirquelesque Revue!

First Thursdays each month, doors 8:30pm, show 10pm at The Slipper Room. Sensual, hilarious, fun-filled night of theatrical/ burlesque/circus revelry with Joshua Dean, Ben Franklin, Mr. Gorgeous, Jason Mejias, Eve Starr, and a rotating cast of guest entertainers. Exciting aerial and ground acrobatics, performed with signature wink and a smile of “the Boys.”
You are a Handsome Man! An All Male Erotic Underwear Party
Handsome NYC

Wednesdays, 7pm-1am at Paddles NYC, 250 W 26th St. Upscale clientele, creative types and professional men with a sense of humor. The party for the sexy "guy next door" with a dirty mind. All-male party, Mindbending videos. Random performances. Alternative music. FREE STD testing + Health Services available to all. Also every Sundays in Astoria, Queens.
At Stonewall - Where Pride Began

Fridays, 10pm-4am at Stonewall, 53 Christopher St, West Village. New York's biggest Friday night Girl Dance Party. Drink specials, sexxxy go-go dancers, no cover, each week a different theme, with alternating DJs.
LLC’s Drama Geeks present
GGNY: Geek Trivia

Monthly event/ ongoing social gathering for all LGBTQ geeks + allies. A place to make friends and discuss your favorite geek genres (comics, video games, anime, fantasy, horror, role-playing games, science fiction.) Each gathering centers around four-round Geek Trivia, covering all genres, with prize bag to the winning team -two trivia rounds +15-min mingling, then the final two rounds.
A Gay Middle Eastern Party
Habibi NYC

Every other month or so, 10:30pm-4am, at Monster Bar. Middle-Eastern party, Arabic music by DJ IZ, male belly dancer, sexy gogos, socializing, outdoor terrace; premier party/social event for gay Arab men and friends in the New York City area. Habibi
Works of 12 emerging photographers engage w/ queer identities & perspectives
DAYBREAK: New Affirmations in Queer Photography

Through September 2, 2018. Fullness, potentiality, complexity, nuance for a queer future. An array of strategies/ determined engagement w/ the medium. Kevin Aranibar, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr, Ryan James Caruthers, Ryan Duffin, Andrew Jarman, Mikaela Lungulov-Klotz, Groana Melendez, Vanessa Rondón, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, Matthew Papa, Jess Richmond, Elias Jesús Rischmawi.
Campy revue Off Broadway
Naked Boys Singing!

Ongoing through November 17, 2018 at The Kirk Theatre, 410 W 42nd St. Six guys take it all off for song-fest. Caution - and costumes - are thrown to the wind in this all-new musical revue featuring an original score and a handful of hunks displaying their special charms as they celebrate the splendors of male nudity in comedy, song and dance. Conceived and Directed by Robert Schrock.
Defying Victorianism - New York women have a history of pushing the envelope
Rebel Women

Ongoing through January 6, 2019. Was the Victorian era a period of constraints on women’s lives? Middle-class ideas about femininity defined women by their roles as guardians of virtue, relegating them to the private, domestic sphere. But 19th-century NYC was full of women of different classes, races, and ideologies who defied those expectations and challenged social expectations.
A photographer active in 1970s radical lesbian organizing in NY + CA
Donna Gottschalk Exhibition: Brave, Beautiful Outlaws

Ongoing through March 17, 2019. Gottschalk came out as a lesbian right at the formation of the east coast radical lesbians and Furies collectives where she met artists Joan E Biren, Flavia Rando, and others. She then moved to California to join lesbian-separatist communities, all the time photographing herself, friends, lovers, activists, and Alfie, who became a woman named Myla.
fierce pussy is a New York City-based queer art collective founded in 1991
fierce pussy AND SO ARE YOU, 1991-2018

Through June 2019. Emerging from ACT-UP, the collective responded to the urgency of the time by using any/ all available resources - old typewriters, personal baby pictures, found photographs, and using the photocopying equipment at their day jobs - using public space to create lesbian visibility with posters, t-shirts, and by renaming streets throughout the city, among other projects.
Sea Tea NYC
Labor Day Cruise + Sport Leagues Cruise + Last Dance

September 2, 2018. Chris Reed will host a Beef Cake cruise. Sept 9th - The Big Apple Softball League Cruise on three decks, with two bars, dancing and drag entertainment. Sept 16th - The Last Dance of the 2018 season, w/ DJ Robbie Leslie + Cheer NY. Each night 6pm boarding at Pier 40 for 7:30-10pm sailing, with complimentary buffet dinner service. Tickets at Village Apothecary.
Labor Day weekend NYC

September 2, 2018, 11pm-noon at FREQ. NYC Pride - DJs MAURO MOZART (Brazil) + TOM STEPHAN. Lights by Darren Kawa. Production Design by Ric Sena. General Admission $90.
The return of our infamous Labor Day throwdown! WERK hard, play harder...
WERK: Labor Day White Party!

September 3, 2018, 2pm-2am. Take the day off and savor your labors, baby. Get back to the grind, get the job done, get to WERK. Wear your whites, all day all night. 12 Hours straight of hot meat, dirty dancing and delicious chillness. DRESS: ALL WHITE, Summer vibe stylez! MUSIC: Eli Escobar ALL DAY LONG. BBQ + bites by Guacuco. Tropical Cocktails. Circus Extravaganzas. Rooftop Hot Tub.
A black comedy with an emotional punch - one man’s spark of outrage
Once a Year on Blackpool Sands

September 4-9, 2018, 8pm, at The Loft/ The Davenport Theatre, 354 W 45th St. A slice of camp Brit comedy with a heart. Blackpool, summer 1953. Nursing a dark secret Eddie can never go back to Yorkshire, but he won’t go to prison or let the shocking family secrets come out. He must persuade his secret/always scared boyfriend Tommy to go on the run, but he knows he won’t.
Celebrating 12 seasons, the Upper West Side's biggest & best competition
So You Think You Can Belt

September 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018. Every Wednesday 8-11pm. Singers compete live head-to-head to win cash and debut their own show. Come share your voice and give your vote for the winner alongside an award winning panel of esteemed judges and celebrities! Luke Williams on piano. $5 before 8pm, $8 after. Cash only 2 drink minimum. Produced by Peter Dunn. Created by John Forslund.
A playful and saucy extravaganza
Boys' Night: An All-Male Cirquelesque Revue!

September 6, 2018, 10pm-12am, The Slipper Room. Brand new show, brand new man meat for you! 4 years of playful + saucy extravaganzas showcasing circus and burlesque arts. NEW SHOW EVERY MONTH. Diverse aerial and ground performances with a wink, a smile and lots of creativity. A slightly naughty evening out with some of the best/ brightest talents in NYC. Next: Oct 4th; Nov 1st; Dec 6th.
New York Studio Factory & House of Yes present the best of the 90s in one place

September 6, 2018, 10pm-4am. Mixed/ themed to throwback perfection; old school hits, regrettable fashion choices, fads that have come, gone, come back harder. Boy bands. Girl groups. Fishnets + fierceness. Grunge flannel fabulousness. Doc Martins forever. Embrace your filth, shake it off, sweat yourself clean, get dirty all over again. Flirt till it hurts. Drink water + everything.
A SPECIAL EVENT Fantasy come true - HABIBI got even hotter
Habibi - Spunked

September 7, 2018, 10:30pm-4am. Global/ Middle East party mix with guest hosts: the Spunk dancers - not just dancers but hangout "buddies." Habibi music mix by DJIZ. Belly dancer: Layla.
Get down & dirty with the best of the best, most international NYC crowd
MEAT - DJ ARON - Special Event

September 7, 2018, 11:30pm-6am. NYC Underground Party! Get down + dirty with the best/ most international crowd in NYC. Push boundaries, test limits. Let go...let it ALL out... take it ALL in! DJ ARON (Tel Aviv) returns with a vibe like none other. Unleash your deepest, dirtiest desires. Strap on the harness, squeeze into your leather gear, to SWEAT in this multi-level playground.
DJ George Faya and yoga instructor lead you through
DeepBeats: Deep House Yoga

September 8 + 22, 2018, noon-1pm. A union not just of the spiritual and physical, but a fusion of the ancient discipline of yoga with the sounds of today’s underground dance music. An hour of DeepBeats’ Vinyasa Flow accompanied by your personal soundtrack of atmospheric deep house grooves. DJ George Faya. Free refreshments courtesy of Revive Kombucha. Bring your own mat. 18+
Join the Bushwig family for a FESTIVAL OF DRAG, MUSIC & LOVE

September 8-9, 2018, 1pm-2am Bushwig at Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn. Earth's favorite queer festival returns w/ 23 hours of non-stop drag performances, live music + DJs from the legendary children of New York and the world! Two stages of drag/ DJs/ live music. 150+ performers. BushSwag vendors. Food vendors. Six bars. Free shuttle bus from the Jefferson L station.
Featuring portraits by over 100 queer artists
Seeing Ourselves: Cast of Characters

September 8, 2018, 5-9pm. Celebrating/ honoring queer people, Liz Collins conceived of the exhibition as a kind of family portrait/ family of queers. Approaching the end of the exhibition, Collins and the Bureau bring together a few of the participating artists to discuss how we look, individually and collectively. What do these portraits reveal about queer people and queer communities?
Change your hair, change your life.
Wig Out!

September 8, 2018, 10pm-4am. Extravagance/ strands/ unbe-weave-able excellence/ flawless fullness. Get loose with your locks/ give great head. Dream WIG! Be anything/ everything you ever wanted. Whatever you do or wear, flaunt your coif on the dance floor. Wigs, headpieces, fabulous creativity! Throw on something weird and wonderful. DJs Michael The Lion, Zephyr Ann, The Wig, Sue Avenue.
Open Stage Variety Show

September 10 + October 1, 2018, 7:30pm. An uncompromising theatrical experience that includes aerial artists, wire walkers, sword swallowers, Kung Fu juggling, clown bands, trained rats, a Heavy Metal Magician, a cougar contortionist and a cowboy from the Bronx. Hosted by Bindlestiff Cirkus co-founder Keith Nelson. A $12 suggested donation (cash at the door) supports the artists.
Drag queens: exotic phenomenon restricted to worlds of spectacle & fantasy?
KINGS & QUEENS - photos by Léon Hendrickx

September 12-29, 2018, 4pm. Drag challenges traditional gender definitions. There’s more to life than simply being a man or a woman. Who are drag queens? The man behind the display. How one becomes another. How they relate. Identity beyond extravaganza: intimate portraits of fierce drag queens beside their male half. Gender/ love/ identity/ transcendence/ nature of man him/herself.
A variety show dedicated to the raw & the raunchy
Dirty Circus: Variety Show

September 12 + 29, 2018, 7-10pm. Aerial. Circus. Absurdity. Skill. Hilarity. Brilliance. Finest, fittest, most ferocious performers, curated to perfection, on stage, showcasing the best talent in the entire city, for you at a fraction of the cost. Featuring: A-MA-ZING performers, hosted by the one and only Kae Burke! In 3 acts, not for the faint of heart.
When you’re raised to be ashamed of your sexuality...
The Grey Boy: a Tennessee Williams Project

September 12, 2018, 7:30pm. ...knowing what you want and what you don’t want can become messy. A pastiche of Williams’ most famous plays. This time, with gay subplots upfront. Remove the veil from Brick and Skipper’s relationship, question where Tom goes when “at the movies,” explore the life of Blanche’s late husband, Allan Grey… the Grey Boy.
Get your glow on and brighten up your night with beams of beauty
Dirty Thursday: Blacklight Night

September 13, 2018, 10pm-4am. Frantic dancing, Psychedelic rays of Ultra Violet excellence. Shine harder! Embrace your filth on our dance floor. Shake it off, sweat yourself clean, get dirty all over again. Flirt till it hurts. Drink water. Drink everything. Get off your phone. Get into the groove. Free drinks to people w/ costumes/looks or crazy/amazing dance energy that make us laugh.
Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion? The NYC trio defy easy description
Consider The Source

September 14, 2018, 6:30-10pm. If intergalactic beings of pure energy built a pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it might sound like a CTS tribute band. Progressive rock, fusion/ jazz, w/ alien sounds/ Indian/ Middle Eastern styles, blending disparate parts into an original whole. A rare balance: cerebral + emotional, intellectual + primal.
Gender-Free Contra Dancing
Village Contra

September 14, 2018, 6:30-9:45pm, LGBT Center. With Jacqui Grennan,Three Wise Guys + Marco. Traditional American folk dancing/ gender role-free. All sexual orientations, ages, dance experiences. No partner necessary - dance with all. Beginners 6:30-7pm.
Daniel Nardicio presents
DWorld Underwear Party

September 14, 21, 28, 2018, and every Friday 11pm-4am at Bedlam. For those who missed the super popular Friday night underwear parties on Fire Island, Daniel Nardicio brings the event to the East Village this fall. Wear underwear, long underwear or nothing at all. Free clothes check. DJs Johnny Dynell + Corey Craig will alternate and MMX Rubbers will be giving rub downs!
Eric Schmalenberger presents a delectable evening of madness & variety
Blunderland Variety Show

September 15, 2018, 7-10pm. Whimsical, surreal, psychedelic - HOT + ready - something for everyone. Finest NYC burlesque, circus, cabaret, queer trip down a rabbit hole of scintillating surprises, Hand picked, juicy, super fresh - not a show for the meek! Come prepared for anything! Celebrate High Camp. A dangerous, delicious night blooming flower that lies to tell the truth.
City Farm Presents The Bell House Summer Series at Industry City
Shady Pines

September 15, 2018, 7pm. It's gay. It's summer. You might not look like a Ken Doll but you can party like one. Gonna be the shadiest daytime LGBT outdoor party of the summer. DJs: Christy Love (Get Up Recordings) Mike Swells (Make It New) Nick Schiarizzi (CHERYL, Owl) Jon Grenon (CHERYL) 7pm to Midnight $12 RAIN OR SHINE Doors / Show: 7pm Ages 21+

Sep 15 - Sep 16, 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Hosted by Gay Geeks of New York
GGNY: 7th Year Anniversary Party!

September 15, 2018, 9pm-1am. The events helped people meet, which led to friendships, some marriages, and many awesome memories. Monthly Trivia, Gayme Days, annual Buffy Charity Musical, Geek Sync, Brunches and more, you came out to turn a queer geeky community into a family. Celebrate with old friends and make new ones! With giveaways, fun games, and special drinks for your pleasure!
Sea Tea's Final Cruise of the Season
The Last Dance

September 16, 2018. Final cruise of the 2018 sailing season. DJ Robbie Leslie will provide the music, joined by Cheer New York and your hostess Chaka Khanvict along with 500 guests this night on the beautiful Hornblower John James Audubon yacht, sailing around Manhattan for one final magical voyage. Complimentary buffet dinner included. Board at Pier 40 6pm; sail 7:30-10pm.
Victoria Libertore as Liza Minelli - actress, writer, role model for all of us!
The Donor Dinner

September 17, 2018. Door 6pm. Dinner 6:30 sharp! Delicious nutritious home-cooked vittles, plus... fearless performances, an auction, and passionate awards! Los Jefes de la Cocina: Richard Bach + Michael Howett. Honoring: Nancy Giles, Catherine Porter, and Barry Rowell. With performances by: singer Joseph Keckler; Carny Artiste Jennifer Miller; and George Emilio Sanchez - the Real Deal.
Hidden operations of power; symbiotic suspicion between government & citizens
Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy - seventy works by thirty artists

September 18, 2018 - January 6, 2019. Fifty years exploring that which haunts Western democracies - the simultaneous development of two kinds of art about conspiracy: hewing strictly to the public record, uncovering hidden webs of deceit; and fever dreams of the disaffected - fantastical works that nevertheless uncover uncomfortable truths in age of information overload/ weakened trust.
A culmination of emotions
Filthy Pony Show: EVER

September 19, 2018, 7-10pm. From your darkest times to your most sensual memory. A show curated to guide you through an array of feelings by the use of dance, aerial acrobatics and evoking visuals. Indulge in a night of self exploration and realization. FEATURING: Queen Ravenden, Juan-Pablo Javier Alba Dennis, Kelsey Lanceta, Larissa McCoy, Medea HC. Created/ curated by Blaine Petrovia.
Dust Tea Shoulders-Director/Dramaturg
Campfire Queer Storytime

September 20, 2018, 7:30pm. Style Icon and Self Proclaimed Downtown Darling Dust Tea Shoulders hosts CAMPFIRE! Queer Storytime. He and his meticulously curated guests tell tales of hilarity, heartbreak, and hot times of heavy breathing. Free admission.
Considered by manys for to be best circus in East Molvenia, Cirkus Luna!
Dzieci Theatre: Cirkus Luna!

September 20, 2018, 7:30pm. Is likewise only circus in East Molvenia! Now for first time, Cirkus Luna! come to Big Appfle to Place of Dixon! Akrobat! Klown! Balls! Akrobat! Water Ballet! Akrobat! And death defyingly feat of Human Kannonball! Come to see circus spektakl like seeing never before in most glorious one and half ring! Is special event for whole family! Childrens too.
Hosted by TheMenEvent
Gay Secrets of the Met Museum

September 21, 2018, 6:15-8:30pm. Queer treasures: ancient Greek nudes and erotic vase-painting, Renaissance homoerotic, and a panoply of modern works, by or portraying LGBT people and same-sex desire. Famous artists/ personalities, such as Caravaggio or Gertrude Stein, plus lesser-known artists/ works with homoerotic charge often ignored; New Guinea homosexual initiation rites images.
Hosted by Issue Project Room
Queer Trash: The Symposium

September 22, 2018, 8-10pm. Conversational discourse and live performance w/ Justin Allen, Derek Baron, Lorene Bouboushian, Ivoire Foreman, Sarah Hennies, Crystal Penalosa, and Dane Rousay. An auspicious meeting of some very bright, very queer minds, showcasing the myriad ways queers make sound, make sound queer, or skim around terms that attempt to contain queer life.
Illuminate your life! Enlighten your inner light!
Glitterati: With Marshall Jefferson

September 22, 2018, 10pm-4am. Tonight we initiate you into our secret society of sparkle. Let the glitter be your guide into the divine night. Glimmer. Glow. Own your radiance. Join the Glitterati. Sparkles, Glitter, Glitz REQUIRED for entry! Wear your most shiney styles! Bioglitz biodegradable glitter available! DJs Marshall Jefferson, Taimur, Alexander, Mira Fahrenheit.
Alegria Daytime Event
Alegria Sunrise

September 23, 2018, 8am-7pm at Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St. Daytime dance party. DJs AARON AANENSON + EDU QUINTAS (Brazil). Production Design by Ric Sena. $50 before 10am. $60 General admission. Next events: Oct 28th - ALEGRIA HALLOWEEN 15 - Halloween Weekend NYC; Jun 30th - ALEGRIA World Pride 2019 NYC.
Performance artist who became iconic in 1970s New York | Curated by David Getsey
GUTTER ART: Stephen Varble’s Street Art and 1970s New York

September 25, 2018 - January 27, 2019. Disruptive interventions in galleries, public spaces, and financial institutions; unauthorized/ impromptu performance in elaborate drag costumes of street trash, food waste, stolen objects. Decidedly anti-institutional, Varble disrupted the business of art, and was soon written out of history. From private archives, his story for the first time.
A variety show dedicated to the raw & the raunchy - Hosted by House of YES
Dirty Circus: Variety Show

September 26, 2018, 7-10pm. Aerial. Circus. Absurdity. Skill. Hilarity. Brilliance. Finest, fittest, most ferocious performers, curated to perfection; hosts House of Yes co-founders Kae Burke + Anya Sapozhnikova. In 3 acts, not for the faint of heart. Such shows are our Heart and Soul, showcasing the best talent in the city at a fraction of the cost. Because we love you. BATHTUB LIFE:
NY’s most fabulous, flamboyant, fierce variety show
Glitter Unicorn Sparkle Spectacular

September 27, 2018, 7pm. Incredible flying crossdressers, S+M ponies, psychotic chainsaw wielding princesses, booty poppin’ pole dancers, feminazi femmebots. RuPaul’s Drag Race, DIDA RITZ! THE UNICORNS: Absurdist Garbage Clown, Allegra Meshugguh, Angry Ballerina Weirdo, Beatriz BB, Blaine Petrovia, Mx Mercury, Pixel Chick, CheeseCake Queen, DiDa Ritz. Host: Madame Vivien V.
The history of queer sex work culture, and it’s intimate ties to art & activism
ON OUR BACKS: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work

September 28, 2019 - January 19, 2020. Sex work: broadly defined as exchanging sex/ erotic services for gain; connotes personal agency and politicized action. More than a portrait of life at the margins, a demonstration of queer/ transgender community building, creative organizing, self-empowerment, identity/desire affirmation/ healing, using pornography as a deft tool for liberation.
The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble
RUBBISH AND DREAMS - Telling the story from private archives

September 29, 2018 - January 6, 2019. Performance artist, iconic in 1970s NYC for his disruptive interventions at galleries, public spaces, and financial institutions; unauthorized/ impromptu performance wearing elaborate drag costumes of street trash, food waste, and stolen objects. Decidedly anti-institutional, disrupting the business of art, he was soon written out of history.
After a long weekend of visual stimulation, a free danc - Hosted by House of YES
Fuck Art, Let's Dance

September 30, 2018, 8pm-2am. Filled body moving beats and sonic stimulation! This is the Bushwick Open Studios AFTERPARTY Get out of the studios and into the groove. Move your body, meet the artists, mix and mingle the colors of your pallet with aesthetically correct music. Music by House of Yes Resident DJs all night!
Created and produced by Ben Franklin, Jason Mejias, Joshua Dean and Mr Gorgeous
Boys' Night: An All-Male Cirquelesque Revue!

October 4, 2018, 10pm-12am, The Slipper Room. Brand new show, brand new man meat for you! 4 years of playful + saucy extravaganzas showcasing circus and burlesque arts. NEW SHOW EVERY MONTH. Diverse aerial and ground performances with a wink, a smile and lots of creativity. A slightly naughty evening out with some of the best/ brightest talents in NYC.
A decade of presenting independent films in Bushwick!
Bushwick Film Festival

October 10-14, 2018. Feature Films, Narratives, Shorts, Panels, Events/ Parties. One of Brooklyn’s most influential cinematic events contributes to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth, attracting national/ international film/ entertainment industry leaders; showcasing films by the best/ most diverse emerging independent filmmakers in Brooklyn + worldwide.
NY International Fringe Festival
Fringe NYC

October 12-28, 2018. Largest annual multi-arts festival in N America; music, comedy, drama, dance, vaudeville + more, from around the world. Over 1100 performances, 200 shows/ 16 days. Sixteen venues have included: The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St; stages at the Clemente, 107 Suffolk St. Oct 1-31 FringeBYOV in outer boroughs. See:
Cabaret burlesque, live music, vaudeville, aerials, visual art, magic, mysticism
The Poetry Brothel: Season of the Witch

October 18, 2018, 7-10pm. Unique, immersive poetry event takes poetry from classrooms and lecture halls to lush interiors of a bordello. Madame presents a cast of poets, each a carefully crafted character, who imparts their work in public readings/spontaneous poetic eruptions. For a small fee all poets are available for sequestered readings on beds and chaise lounges in private rooms.
Party with the kool kids! A free night with your host Madame Vivien V!
Hot Mess: Drag Competition

October 17, 2018, 10pm-4am. Drag queens, kings, queerdos, weirdos for EVERYONE! Feel the fantasy, your mind sparkle as every kind of performer in the drag universe does whatever it takes to shock and amaze. Club queens, daddy kings, gender-free strippers, art monsters let it all out on stage to screams and applause. Performer with loudest audience reaction wins Mx Hot Mess title + $100.
With Outfest Los Angeles and the Film Society of Lincoln Center
Newfest 2018 | New York LGBT Film Festival

October 24-30, 2018, at Cinépolis Chelsea and other venues. Among world's most important annual LGBT film fests. Narrative features, documentaries, shorts, special events. For 6 full days, over 70 of the the best LGBT films from the USA and abroad, as well as parties and events that bring filmmakers and film lovers together for their most celebrated event of the year.
You’re born, you’re young, you get old, you die. Let’s Dance
YouthandDeath by Chris Bell

October 25-27, 2018. Bell’s evening-length dance-theater work deals with holding onto youth in fear of what is next. A narrator (Chris Bell), with the help of four allegorical characters (Beauty, Death, Youth, the In-Between) navigate a stream-of-consciousness structure inspired by the Seven Stages of Grief, Bell’s own memories, and observations of humans dealing with life.
The 45th annual costumed canter in the West Village
Village Halloween Parade

October 31, 2018, 7-10:30pm, Avenue of the Americas/ 6th Ave, Spring to 16th. Annual Halloween Parade: 30,000 participants, puppets, bands, dancers, performance artists, outrageous outfits/ headgear, wigs/ wings, 2 million spectators. "…the nation’s most wildly creative public participatory event..." Undercover scouts look for best costumes. LGBT antics all over.
At the Prince Street Project Space
Darren Ankenbauer: The Moods of Men

November 16-18, 2018, 6pm, 127B Prince St. From his days as publisher and photographer of Handbook, Darren has found his passion for shooting the male portrait. Capturing men in their most natural and relaxed moments is the focus of this exhibition. By exploring the male form clothed as well as nude, the result is an honest and vulnerable capture of each subject.
Mines the collection amassed for over 50 years by Charles and Fritz

February 20 - March 31, 2019. Tells two parallel stories: the recent history of our communities and the tireless advocacy of gay artists by our founders. The show is organized into thematic areas focusing on our founders, design, fashion, the erotic, the impact of AIDS, key moments in recent LGBTQ history, and the development of the largest collection of LGBTQ art in the world.
Catch a glimpse into the future of the rapidly changing world of storytelling
Tribeca Film Festival

Mid April, 2019, 12-day annual screenings at several venues. New films from around the world + Virtual Reality exhibits. 17 years supporting emerging and established voices, discovering award-winning filmmakers, curating innovative and interactive experiences, and introducing new ideas and technology through panels, premieres, exhibitions, and live performances.
The Saint at Large presents
Rites XXXX: The Black Party 2019

Mid April, 2019, SAT 10pm - SUN pm - past year at Depot 52 Warehouse, 7 52nd St, Brooklyn. Annual Spring event - past year’s theme, “PIGTOPIA: I Want to Break Free.” MUSIC by FATHERHOOD (Batty Bass) NYC, CHRIS CRUSE (SPOTLIGHT) LA, EDDIE ELIAS (VERVE) SD, MASSIMILIANO PAGLIARA (Ostgut Ton) BER, DANNY KRIVIT (718 SESSIONS) NYC. For 2019 updates see:
Timed with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising
Art After Stonewall

April 21 - July 21, 2019. First major exhibition to examine the impact of the LGBTQ movement on the art world: 150+ works of art/ related materials focus on work of Nan Goldin, Holly Hughes, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tim Miller, Catherine Opie, and Andy Warhol; also engagement of Vito Acconci, Diane Arbus, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynda Benglis and Karen Finley with an emerging queer subculture.
The 11th Annual
Urban Bear NYC Weekend Street Fair

Mid-May, 2019. THU-SUN events typically include Stache Basr/ Beard Mash; The Monster Bear Mania; Rockbar Underbear; YogaBear; Gym Grizzly Guzzler; Bears Ahoy Sunset Cruise; Gym Home Port Afterparty. SUNDAY Fair + Dance Party.
50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising; half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation
WorldPride NYC

June 1-30, 2019, culminating in the famous NYC Pride Sunday March. 30 Days! 50+ Events - from rallies to parties to lectures - free and ticketed events produced by NYC Pride and official partners spread across New York City. Expect 3 million+ people - New Yorkers and global travelers alike, gathering as friends, partners, and family to create a welcoming LGBTQIA+ experience.
The 27th parade and festival - in Jackson Heights, NY
Queens Pride 2019

Early June, 2019 (TBC), past year 11am-6pm, in Jackson Heights - with noon Parade from 89th Street and Multicultural Festival on 37th Road between 74th and 77th Streets. Queens Pride and Club Evolution stages will provide entertainment throughout the afternoon, from 1:30-6pm. Also vendors, food and informative business, community and social group booths. See updates:
"This is New York F*ing City"
Folsom Street East

June 23, 2019, 11am-6pm annual Sunday NYC leather & fetish street festival at W 27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues; with vendors, performers and entertainment. See photos from previous years at their website.
28th Anniversary - Queer performance & culture
Hot! Festival NYC

July, 2019, Dixon Place. “BEST LGBTQ Theater Festival in New York!” - Village Voice, HOT! 28th annual celebration of Queer Culture! the oldest annual festival of its kind in the world with a fresh line-up of innovative works in theater, music, dance, puppetry, performance art + homoeroticism with 100+ queer artists, 6 nights a week every summer.
New York's Celebration of LGBTQ Arts & Culture
Fresh Fruit Festival

July, 2019 (TBC) at The Wild Project Theatre, 195 E 3rd St. Two weeks, works of theater, dance, film, music and visual art, a celebration of LGBTQ arts & culture in festival of 15 years running. See the most recent schedule and future event details at their website:
The 11th annual edition

Late June, 2019, at Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM. 12-day festival of the most dynamic and entertaining new films from cinema's brightest up-and-coming talents, plus special repertory screenings, live music, outdoor screenings, filmmaker Q&As, and more. A collection of the most innovative new work from festivals in the US and around the world for New York City audiences.