This Week’s Best LGBT Events in New York City

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"Will & Grace" star Debra Messing

The LGBT Community’s guide to the best things to do in NYC, including local LGBT events, drag shows, parties, cultural attractions, talks & lectures, free activities and entertainment.

April 19-26, 2018: Looking for some LGBT events this week? Here’s our “can’t miss” list: A night on the dance floor at Blackout, LGBT improv and a one-on-one interview with Debra Messing!

Mary Night

Saturday, April 21

It’s a deep and delightful dive into the creative process as Mary Night presents an evening of longform improv, all courtesy of the city’s top up-and-coming LGBTQ improv players! Peter Valenti hosts this queer indie show with Just A Phase (Sam Campbell, Catherine Cypher, Erin Davis, Alejandro La Rosa, Ryan Leach, Julia Lindon, and Silvia Menendez). You’ll see established teams featuring players from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, The PIT and The Magnet, alongside brand new ‘mashup’ teams made up of LGBTQ improvisors of all experience levels.

Blackout Party

Gear up and throw down on the dance floor for one of the premiere dance events of the year, as birthday boy deejay Paulo spins a sensory swirling series of sounds once the lights go down. Are you ready for Blackout? For one night only, it’s set in NYC’s biggest multi-level nightclub with a state-of-the art sound system that will have you dancing ’til the sun comes up! “Go ahead,” say the promoters, “live a little! Set your mind free and lose your inhibitions as U-Nite makes its triumphant return to mega-club Stage 48 with Blackout. A night you won’t soon forget!”

Open Flame

Monday, April 23

If you’re on the hunt for an open mic night of comedy where LGBTQ voices can practice new material and experiment alongside some of the funniest up and coming queer comedians in New York City, then Open Flame is a must-see. Sam Campbell, Simone Leitner, and Peter Valenti host at Mood Ring in Brooklyn every other Monday night. Each comedian gets four minutes of stage time, so think of it as speed-dating to find your favorite new comic!

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Ali Wentworth in Conversation with Debra Messing

Wednesday, April 25

“Ali in Wonderland” author Ali Wentworth spends some quality time with Will & Grace’s Debra Messing in conversation about about Wentworth’s latest tome,” Go Ask Ali.” Messing joins a long list of performers-turned-authors, and of course is best known for her work in television. In addition to returning to the small screen after a decade away from Will & Grace, she appeared for two seasons in the NBC series Smash, which revolved around the creation of a ficticious Broadway show called Bombshell, based on the life of Marilyn Monroe.

Dining Out for Life

Thursday, April 26

April 26 marks the 27th annual Dining Out For Life, an international fundraising event during which eateries donate a portion of their proceeds to licensed AIDS service organizations in their respective cities. Since its inception in Philadelphia in 1991, the initiative has raised tens of millions — with nearly $38 million raised just since 2007.

This year, 60 cities have signed on to participate, recruiting restaurants and encouraging people to patronize the venues on April 26 (though some organizations select another day). The events are now held in Canada and in all but 17 states, with some cities like Denver recruiting 250 establishments. And this year, one of the country’s culinary capitals — New York City — has joined in for the first time in years.

The Donna Summer Musical


Where were you the first time you heard “I Feel Love?” In the world of Hot 100 radio, that track cut through everything around it — the arena rock of Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen, the disco of the Commodores and Jacksons — all of it. For those who were there, it sounded like a transmission from another galaxy.

But Donna Summer began her career in the musical “Hair,” becoming best known for refusing to take off her clothes in the show’s much-ballyhooed nude scene. She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming one of the signature voices of an era and the inspiration for many who followed in her path.

Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple), Ariana DeBose (Hamilton, A Bronx Tale) and newcomer Storm Lever play the many facets of Donna Summer, taking audiences through her tumultuous life, tempestuous loves and mega-watt musical hits. From “Love to Love You, Baby” to “Last Dance” and beyond, her story and her music pair for a night of memories — or discovery. It’s The Donna Summer Musical.

Angels in America


The political themes of Tony Kushner’s 1991 Pulitzer Prize-winning epic, Angels in America, continue to reverberate than a quarter century later. The fantastical two-part drama offers a symbolic and metaphorical examination of the AIDS crisis in the mid-’80s, as characters are visited by ghosts and supernatural beings from beyond. Following a sold-out run in London, this production, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, lands on Broadway for a limited 18-week engagement under the direction of Tony Award-winner Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog at Midnight, War Horse), with (as in London) Andrew Garfield as abandoned AIDS sufferer Prior Walter and Nathan Lane as closeted Republican Roy Cohn. For the New York run, Lee Pace joins the cast as the conflicted Mormon Joe Pitt. Tickets for Millennium Approaches (Part 1) and Perestroika (Part 2) will be sold in pairs — as either same-day (matinee and evening) or multi-evening performances.

Last modified: April 19, 2018

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