This Week’s Best LGBTQ Events in New York City

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"Oscar at the Crown"

("Oscar at the Crown" Photo Credit: Ted Alcorn)

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: Here’s your last chance to experience Oscar at the Crown; plus: a slate of familiar faces from TV comedy gather for a stand-up fest called Out By 10, and if you’ve got a sweet tooth, it’s time for The Big Chocolate Show!!

Final Performances: Oscar at the Crown

Thursday, Sept. 19 through Saturday, Sept. 28

The frenzied pop mania of Oscar at the Crown will end after three final performances at Brooklyn’s 3 Dollar Bill. Tonight, September 27 and 28. It’s breath-taking immersive tale where reality TV, Armageddon and the legacy of Oscar Wilde all swirl together in the edgiest show you’ll see this year.

Out by 10: Fall For It

Thursday, September 19

Come join us for our first show of fall, featuring the best talent in the whole of New York!
THE DEAL: SAVE $5 on tickets when you buy online! $25 online, $30 at the door! BYOB!

* Matt Nakoa: Award-winning singer/songwriter, played The White House and regularly appears with folk icon Tom Rush. Boston Globe says “He drops jaws.”

* Mark Normand: Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert Show, Inside Amy Schumer; Last Comic Standing; Comedy Central Hour Special; Conan 6 times! John Oliver

* Carolyn Castiglia: Joan Rivers called her “hysterical.” On VH1, MTV2, Comedy Central, Lifetime, NBC. She’s famous for her freestyle rap.

* Dave Hill: Wall Street Journal called him: “[email protected]#king awesome!” Jim Gaffigan Show, Amy Schumer, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

* Susan Seliger: Host, Founder, Journalist, Author, Storyteller, Troublemaker

@ Noho Sound
62 Cooper Square, NYC

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Friday, September 20

Join us for a night of comedy, characters and storytelling that’s sure to make Mike Pence uncomfortable. It’s not just gay, it’s GAAAAAYYYYY. Gay like The B-52’s are gay. Gay like Hocus Pocus is gay. Gay like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse is gay. Come for the laughs, stay for the fresh faces in your Grindr grid.

Tessa Skara (High Notes)
Krishna Istha (Beast)
Chewy May (Women In Comedy Festival)
Patrick J. Reilly (Carmine Street Comics)
Danny Artese (3x Moth StorySLAM Winner)

Hosted by Bobby Hankinson (SiriusXM)

The show is FREE, but this month we’ll be collecting donations for Immigration Equality with a match for the first $50.

(And thanks to @idrawgaymemes for this month’s poster art!)

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Holy Hand Grenade

Friday, September 20

Holy Hand Grenade is a monthly(ish) stand up comedy show featuring some incredibly funny comedians! The next Holy Hand Grenade is stacked!! We’ re featuring some of the best comics from Comedy Central, Netflix, NBC, and other big TV things that sound super cool!!

Matt Maran
Nataly Aukar
Chris Griggs
Michelle Slonim
Raj Belani
Steve Rogers
Alex Koltchak
Michael Harrison

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Harlem Dance Club presents “Mothership Two”

Saturday, September 21

Mothership Two is an interactive voyage of music and dance featuring performance, DJs and live music. Afro-fusion, hip-hop, lite feet, house, vogue, praise dance and more collide in this celebration of sound, spirit, movement and community.

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Voss Events Drag Brunch

Sunday, September 22

Unleash your inner diva at our world famous Drag Brunch at Highline Ballroom with wild performances by NYC’s top female impersonators and special guests from the hit television series RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Seating begins one one hour prior to showtime.

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BMI’s Acoustic Lounge

Tuesday, September 24

BMI will be hosting its September Acoustic Lounge at the Rockwood Music Hall — Stage 1 with performances by emerging singer/songwriters Annika Grace and Victoria Skie. The event is always free, 21+ and begins at 8pm EST. We can’t wait to see everyone there!

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“Rendezvous with Marlene” – A One-Woman Presentation

Ongoing | Wednesday, September 18 – Sunday, September 22

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, will present international stage star Ute Lemper in a new one-woman presentation of Rendezvous with Marlene, a new show written and performed by Ms. Lemper based on a conversation with the legendary Marlene Dietrich and featuring some of her iconic songs. FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY, September 18 – 22 2019 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

Ute Lemper’s newest creation, Rendezvous with Marlene, is her very personal homage to Marlene Dietrich. For 35 years Ute has been compared to Marlene, but never formatted an entire show to celebrate this legend. Now in 2019, Ute decided to honor her with Rendezvous With Marlene, a brand-new show based on the true story of her three-hour phone call with Marlene 30 years ago, in 1988, when they both lived in Paris. The evening is a dialog between Ute and Marlene, exploring Marlene’s career and personal life from the beginning, in a timeline that eventually meets Ute’s timeline with a continuation of their parallel stories. Ute sings Marlene’s most beautiful songs and tells some captivating secrets of her life. This show will tour the stages of the world in 2021.

Rendezvous with Marlene plays the following performance schedule: Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday afternoon, September 19 at 2:30 p.m., Friday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, September 22 at 2:30 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: There is no Thursday evening performance on September 19.

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“Thoughts & Prayers”, by Danse Theatre Surreality

Ongoing | Thursday, September 19 – Sunday, September 29

Thoughts & Prayers is a new dance-theatre work with a palpable activist heart. Through a gripping exploration of America’s relationship with tragedy, catastrophe, and loss, this thought-provoking world premiere aims to harness the power of hope, individual action, and a call for change. Following each show, audience members and community activists are invited to discuss the next steps to create change.

Through this new dance-theatre concerto of equal parts music, movement, and theatre, we take a journey with Dana and Felix, as the couple experiences five Disasters. In a dramatic mix of original, virtuosic music, partnering, dialogue, and unique staging, six musicians (woodwinds and strings) are active participants in the performance. embody two distinct Greek Choruses: Congress and The Activists, giving full voice to the political clashes of present-day.

This collaboration between artists of completely different disciplines creates a complex, elegant, disruptive world brought to life by creator/director Lauren Hlubny and composer/performer Thomas Giles.

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The Big Gay Chocolate Show

Friday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 22

The Big Chocolate Show is returning to the New York City area for the fourth consecutive year, September 20 – 22. This year, the weekend-long family friendly event that includes a 21+ area, will be held at Resorts World Casino NYC in Queens, the “World’s Borough.”

Chocolatiers, artisans, celebrity chefs and experts from around the world will offer samples, chocolate tastings, and live demonstrations. Guests will enjoy hands on tasting classes including Chocolate 101, chocolate lollipop, truffle and s’mores making; cocktail, spirits, wine, cheese, coffee and chocolate pairings; chocolate cake decorating and more.

A Decadent Evening of Chocolate and Cocktails, a walk-around tasting of chocolate friendly cocktails paired with sweet and savory desserts and dishes for adults 21+ kicks off the weekend. Legends of Chocolate, a celebration of chocolate industry greats whose work impacts our contemporary world of chocolate will precede A Decadent Evening.

The Big Chocolate Show will benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national nonprofit committed to find less toxic and invasive treatments for kids’ cancers.

But don’t wait: visit their website now and enter code METRO20 to get a special discount just for you.

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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.
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Last modified: September 19, 2019