This Week’s Best LGBTQ Events in New York City

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(Neon Coven returns with Pokémon: The '90s Rock Show." Photo Courtesy Ted Alcorn)

Looking for gay things to do in New York? Whether you’re looking for drag shows, parties talks and lectures, film screenings, theater, or art exhibits, Metrosource has got you covered. Our complete list of LGBTQ things to do is just a click away, but here are some upcoming queer events.

This week: Looking for gay things to do in New York? Whether you’re looking for drag shows, parties talks & lectures, film screenings, theater, or art exhibits, Metrosource has got you covered. Our complete list of LGBT things to do is just a click away, but here are some upcoming queer events.

This week: This week: The talents behind Oscar at the Crown return with Pokémon: The ’90s Rock Show, a doc on Madonna fans around the world gets a special screening, and pop sensation Mika is live at Brooklyn Steel!

Mika: Tiny Love Tiny Tour

Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13

Critically acclaimed platinum-selling international pop maverick Mika just released brand new Wideboys Remix of his buzzing new single “Ice Cream”. He appears this weekend at Brooklyn Steel.

The Neon Coven presents POKÉMON: The ’90s Rock Show

Friday, September 13

The Neon Coven is blasting off AGAIN! So snap on some bracelets, forget to feed your Tamagotchi, and join us at Caveat for the all growed up concert premiere of what composer Andrew Barret Cox calls “a show I wrote in the 7th grade!” POKÉMON: The ’90s Rock Show takes you back to a simpler time, when the world was a little less of a hellhole and none of us knew what “digital fur technology” was. Your forgotten faves will save multiple dimensions from the end of the universe in this poképarody and, baby, we’re gonna pretend we’re 12 again – but with less bullying and now we can drink. Meowth, that’s right.

“Like a Prayer” Documentary Private Film Screening

Friday, September 13

“Like a Prayer” is a passionate documentary about Madonna fans. It’s also about kindness, love, devotion, believing in yourself, following your dreams and it shows what it is to have a love for an idol. It deals with a real-life challenges and not only Madonna fans, but anyone can relate to each story of the film. Multiple screenings are planned. This one is at the AMC Theatre on 42nd Street. Directly after the film, experience a Madame X World Tour After Party! With DJ Jene. and the best music of our Queen!

Creative Pride: Reflection and Celebration

September 3 – September 25

The National Arts Club is proud to present Creative Pride, celebrating the vision and talent of the LGBTQ Community. This special exhibition will include works by Keith Haring, Louis Fratino, Duane Michals, Jimmy Wright, Carrie Moyer, George Towne, Yuki James and others. Tribute will also be paid to National Arts Club Medal of Honor recipients Tennessee Williams, Allen Ginsberg and Leonard Bernstein for their landmark contributions to American culture.
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Blunderland Variety Show

September 13 & 14

A delectable evening of variety with all the whimsical, surreal, and psychedelic you can handle, served HOT and ready to dazzle you!

Leave all expectations at the door and come be titillated. Drawing from the finest burlesque, circus, cabaret, and queer scenes, BLUNDERLAND is a trip down a rabbit hole of scintillating surprises you won’t soon forget. This show is hand picked, juicy, and super fresh for your viewing pleasure. This is not a show for the meek and we serve nothing mild on this stage. Please come prepared for anything!
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Rubberband at the Joyce Theatre

September 17 – September 22

Los Angeles native Victor Quijada grew up breakdancing and performed with Twyla Tharp’s company before creating his own troupe in 2002. His internationally renowned Rubberband makes its Joyce debut with Ever So Slightly, a thrilling work exploring the reflexes we develop against the irritants that bombard our daily lives. Simultaneously delivering delicacy, brutality, and high-voltage action, the group’s ten dancer-athletes deliver the energy of revolt, chaos, and flight with finesse.
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The Glass Menagerie

Through October 20

Ruth Stage is thrilled to present a chilling new take on Tennessee Williams’ seminal play, The Glass Menagerie, directed by Austin Pendleton and Peter Bloch.

After two critically acclaimed runs in 2018 of Wars of the Roses, directors Austin Pendleton and Peter Bloch reunite with actor Matt de Rogatis to take on the American classic, The Glass Menagerie. In this disquieting production, the tormented Tom (de Rogatis) relives the story of his time in the Wingfields St. Louis apartment, circa 1939, as if he were remembering it through the lens of a spooky dream.
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Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall

Through December 8

Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising — a six-day clash between police and civilians ignited by a routine raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City—and explores its profound legacy within contemporary art and visual culture today. The exhibition draws its title from the rallying words of transgender artist and activist Marsha P. Johnson, underscoring both the precariousness and the vitality of LGBTQ+ communities.

The exhibition presents twenty-two LGBTQ+ artists born after 1969 whose works grapple with the unique conditions of our political time, and question how moments become monuments. Through painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and video, these artists engage interconnected themes of revolt, commemoration, care, and desire.
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Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s

Ongoing through September 22

The notion of color is tied to countless constructs, from race to gender to politics. Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s is an exhibition which draws from The Whitney’s existing collection and features an array of artists who also served as activists during the Civil Rights and Women’s Rights movements. Their work reveals just how powerful these varying tones can be. A mostly abstract presentation invites viewers to draw their own conclusions regarding perception and presence, shades and shapes.
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Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now

Through January 5, 2020

Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now will show the groundbreaking work of gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The prolific artist captured the images of famous folks like his friend Patti Smith, as well as striking self-portraits and images of the S&M scene that drew controversy during Mapplethorpe’s lifetime. This exhibition will also showcase artists who succeeded Robert Mapplethorpe, portraying self and/or the body with similar frankness and beauty. These artists will include Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Lyle Ashton Harris, Glenn Ligon, Catherine Opie, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya. This exhibition runs January 25-July 24, 2019, closes briefly, and reopens July 24, 2019-January 5, 2020 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
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Last modified: September 12, 2019