This Week’s Best LGBT Events in New York City

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Kiss Me Kate Revival

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 a few handpicked favorite queer events this week.

What’s your pleasure? The coming week provides a handful of events suited to a variety of budgets. This week: a revival of Kiss Me, Kate comes to Broadway, the Socially Relevant Film Festival returns for a sixth year, and you can explore the intersection of sexuality and religion.

Kiss Me, Kate

Thursday, March 14 — Ongoing

In Cole Porter’s sparkling 1948 musical, the warring lovers of The Taming of the Shrew are causing trouble both onstage and off at Studio 54. While putting on a musical version of Shakespeare’s play, exes Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi (O’Hara) can’t decide if they’re enraged, enamored or enormously confused whenever they cross paths out of character. Throw in some mistaken identity, a pair of surprisingly eloquent gangsters and a whole lot of romantic entanglements, and what you get is Kiss Me, Kate — a dazzling classic that earned the first-ever Tony Award for Best Musical. Kelli O’Hara: Kate/Lilli Vanessi
Will Chase: Petruchio/Fred Graham

Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theatre

Legendary New Yorker and comedian Jerry Seinfeld will return to the Beacon Theatre in 2019. The shows scheduled for 2019 extend Seinfeld’s overwhelmingly successful residency at The Beacon, which began in January 2016 and concluded in December 2017 with 36 sold-out performances. The 2019 dates are as follows: February 8, March 14, March 15, April 4, April 5, May 3, May 4, June 6 and June 7, with performances at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on all ten nights.

The comic extends his residency, bringing him back to his comedy roots and to a familiar setting — Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where he, Elaine, George and Kramer once brought an entire neighborhood and city to life. Seinfeld is also part of a blossoming tradition at The Madison Square Garden Company — residencies that bond artists and their fans at one of our iconic venues.

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Socially Relevant Film Festival New York

Friday, March 15 – Thursday, March 21

Now in its sixth year, SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival New York is excited to announce that submissions are now open for its forthcoming edition at Cinéma Village and nearby venues in downtown Manhattan. The festival’s 2019 edition will showcase narrative feature films, documentary features, narrative short films and documentary shorts from all over the world, as well as offer an array of workshops, industry panels at the SVA Social Documentary MFA film department, the New School, in collaboration with Professional Production and Distribution companies. The above categories are all awarded winning prizes. There will be an AR/VR and 360 films exhibit, in partnership with Samsung, and a winner will be selected in this category as well. The festival has a scriptwriting competition which features live readings of excerpts from the finalist scripts. The next submissions deadline is September 14.

SRFF is non-profit film festival founded in 2013 by actress/filmmaker Nora Armani as a response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling and has, as its mission, the promotion of films and filmmakers that deal with socially relevant™ film content to help promote positive social change.

Amore Opera Presents New English Production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte

Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 24

Amore Opera will stage a new English version of Mozart’s classic: Così fan tutte, directed by Nathan Hull and conducted by José Alejandro Guzmán, with sets designed by Richard Cerullo. The rotating cast at Riverside Church includes: in the role of Despina: sopranos Deborah Surdi, Jessi Goebel, and Megan Marod; in the role of Fiordiligi: sopranos Iris Karlin, Rachel Hippert, and Elizabeth Treat; in the role of Dorabella: sopranos Melissa Serluco, Perri Sussman, and Victoria Tomasch; in the role of Ferrando: tenors Colm Fitzmaurice, Drew Watson, and Riad Ymeri; in the role of Guglielmo: baritones Robert Garner, Conrad Schmechel, and Jonathan Green; and in the role of Don Alfonso: baritones Nathan Hull, David Tillistrand, and Jay Stephenson.

Polychrome Mixtape

Friday, March 15

Polychrome Mixtape” is a new singer-songwriter night at Club Cumming hosted by pianist and songwriter Chris Blacker. The concept grew out of his desire to create a more inclusive and collaborative environment for songwriters to present their work in than most small venues in New York offer. Club Cumming struck him as the perfect space to do this kind of thing, since the club itself has a vibrant community of followers. “It is my hope that people will come to support artists they like and end up discovering some really exciting new music,” says Blacker.

The lineup for the night includes Scottish-born ukulele crooner Antony Cherrie who is a veteran of UK band Johnny Lazer, Richard Cortez, who has produced over ten albums and toured internationally, and Matracia, a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter whose debut single and accompanying music video, “Slow” has been generating excitement in the indie press. Chris Blacker is a sought-after pianist in NYC’s cabaret and piano-bar words, an ASCAP Award-winning composer, and has been described as “a superb US Pop-Rock Songwriter” by Songwriting Magazine.

Samson et Dalila at the Met

The score of this opera teems over with color and dramatic aptitude and is a worthy compendium of Saint-Saëns’s diversified genius. Portions of the opera, including Dalila’s seduction aria “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” and the extraordinary ballet sequence in the final scene—the Bacchanale—are known well beyond the opera house. Throughout the work, the score brilliantly animates all the powerful and diverse colors in the iconic story, from the lurid to the exotic, the crass, the sensual, and even the sublimely spiritual.

Saturday’s performance of Sameon et Dalila features Gregory Kunde as Samson and Anita Rachvelishvili as Dalila.

Sexuality and Religion

Sunday, March 17

Justin Lee (author of “Torn”) will be speaking about the intersection of sexuality and religion at Westside Presbyterian Church. He will be supported by a panel of experts including Rev. Dr. Shari K. Brink, president and CEO of the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center in New York City, Mark Miller, associate professor of church music at Drew University, and Chris Warren-Dickins, Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community. at Westside Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ.

LitFilm, A BPL Film Festival About Writers

Monday, March 18

Litfilm, a BPL Festival About Writers provides an inside look at the private lives and artistic processes of some of the world’s greatest literary figures. Now in its second year, LitFilm will feature inspiring documentaries and feature films on Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Pablo Neruda, Lorraine Hansberry, Wole Soyinka, Pete Hamill and Jimmy Breslin, Samuel Beckett, Larry Kramer, and many others. The weeklong event will also see appearances by filmmakers Tracy Heather Strain (director, Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart), Jonathan Alter, directors John Block and Stephen McCarthy, as well as writer Mark Eisner and more. All screenings are taking place at the Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

Retrospective: The Homecoming Concert | ECMC 25th Anniversary Silver Season

Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24

Have you ever seen multiple Artistic Directors conduct ECMC in a single night? Neither have we! Retrospective will be an immersive experience into ECMC’s evolution as we welcome former esteemed ECMC conductors Jonathan Babcock (during 1999-2008) and Matthew Oltman (during 2013-2014) to the Church of the Holy Apostle. The musicians will join ECMC’s current Artistic Director Vince Peterson in conducting ECMC through music performed and premiered during their tenures. We are also actively inviting and engaging alumni from all years to reunite in song with us for select numbers, in the hopes of reconnecting to the many varied artistic and personal nuances of our past. Join us as we honor the thousands of artists and their inexorable contributions, across a quarter century of music making.

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