This Week’s Best LGBTQ Events in New York City

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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: Sasha Velour brings her Smoke and Mirrors show to Asbury Park, strut your stuff at Friday’s nude social, and Radiohole hosts a four-course immersive dinner party!

Night Out for Trevor!

Thursday, November 14

Night Out for Trevor is a happy hour fundraiser designed to support The Trevor Project’s life-saving work. Come enjoy an open bar sponsored by Three Olives® Vodka, meet local and national Trevor representatives, and learn about ways you can support LGBTQ youth in the months ahead!

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people. We work to save young lives by providing support through free and confidential suicide prevention and crisis intervention programs on platforms where young people spend their time: our 24/7 phone lifeline, chat, text and soon-to-come integrations with social media platforms.

100% of the ticket sales will go to support The Trevor Project’s suicide prevention services.

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New Plays from Taiwan: What’s Next After Marriage Equality?

Thursday, November 14

In May 2019, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. Join us for an evening with Taiwanese playwrights, Chao Chi-Yun (趙啟運), Lin Meng-Huan (林孟寰), and Liu Chien-Kuo (劉建幗), who have created short plays embracing the achievements and struggles of this historic moment. This evening will feature three staged readings performed by a stellar cast of New York-based actors and directed by Michael Leibenluft of Gung Ho Projects. The readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwrights, curators, director, and translator Jeremy Tiang moderated by Linnea Valdivia, Literary Manager for the National Queer Theater.

Please also join us for a panel discussion on the contemporary experience of queer playwrights in Taiwan and US on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30pm at Taipei Cultural Center in New York (1 E 42nd St). Playwright Leigh Fondakowski and Sociology scholar Liao Yen-Chia will join the Taiwanese artists in this discussion moderated by Adam Odsess-Rubin, Artistic Director of National Queer Theater.

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Comedy for the Cause!

Thursday, November 14

Funny women, swag bags, and cocktails… It’s COMEDY FOR THE CAUSE!

Funny Hunnyz LLC and Foster the Laughs are teaming up for a one night stand up event with proceeds benefiting Kids in Foster Care!!!

Funny Hunnyz joins Foster the Laughs, a nonprofit organization created to help benefit the Foster Care Community, to help wrap its wildly successful 2019 U.S. #AlwaysLaughing Tour in NYC with a Comedy for the Cause Event.

The 501c3 nonprofit that was inspired by laughter is bringing back their New York City Comedy Event with proceeds benefiting Children’s Village Foster Care. The comedy fundraisers spotlight up-and-coming comedians who share a fresh new take on comedy and the new modern family, all while raising money to provide equipment and supplies to foster care facilities in the local areas.

Foster the Laughs Founder Meg Schaab is joined by Rosa Escandón (MLB Network,) Emily Duke (Writers on the Verge, Comedy Central,) Mia Jackson (Comedy Central Stand Up,) Mc.Lotto, and Headliner Vanessa Hollingshead (Comedy Central, Just For Laughs.)

Tickets on Sale

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The Glass House as Queer Space

Friday, November 15

The Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, famously sheltered its architect Philip Johnson and his partner, the curator David Whitney, in a relationship that began before the Stonewall rebellion. A panel of scholars and practitioners will discuss the Glass House as “queer space” and consider the ways in which architecture and design shape queer identities.

This program is presented in partnership with The Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, on the occasion of Stonewall 50.

Donald Albrecht, Independent curator
Alice Friedman, Wellesley College
Thomas Mellins, Independent curator
Joel Sanders, FAIA, Yale University

Moderated by:
Cole Akers, The Glass House
Hilary Lewis, The Glass House

Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place, NYC

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Friday, November 15

Come celebrate among chosen family before the holiday season kicks into high gear. 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-52s 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.

Jeena Bloom (Sirius XM)
Christian Dan Luu (Overstep Comedy)
Pamela Ross (Sirius XM)
Chewy May (Women In Comedy Fest)
Peter Murray (CBS This Morning)

Hosted by Bobby Hankinson (SiriusXM)

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Critically-Acclaimed Drag Queen Theatre Show Spectacular Sasha Velour’s “Smoke & Mirrors”

Friday, November 15

Sasha Velour’s “Smoke & Mirrors,” the critically-acclaimed one-queen show by global drag superstar and theatre producer, Sasha Velour, will come to Asbury Park on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Paramount Theatre, as part of the show’s 23-city North American tour. This is Velour’s first solo tour, following her win of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9, and sold-out engagements of “Smoke & Mirrors” in New York City, Los Angeles, London, Australia, and New Zealand this year.

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Nature Boy / FCGN by GO NAKED

Friday, November 15

Who: 21+, predominantly cis men, we welcome ALL BODIES – young folx, gay folx, bi folx, straight folx, folx of color, folx of all body types, all languages, all abilities – there is no room for discrimination here.

What: All nude, social event, intended to make friends in a social environment. 8:00pm-1:00am bar remains open and nude until 4:00am. Free Mandatory clothes check, ID required for entry.

Guests: Please invite guests willing to get naked, contribute a social environment, party responsibly, respect boundaries, and celebrate all bodies.

Go Naked

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Voss Events Drag Brunch

Sunday, November 17

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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Japanese Textiles: Discharge-Dyed Tenugui Workshops

Sunday, November 17

Discharge-Dyed Tenugui Workshops

Workshop Fee: $40 (Dye and the Tenugui cloth are included in the fee)
Workshop Overview

Ruri Kippenbrock, owner of Wuhao New York, a tenugui shop based in New York City, will teach discharge-dyeing techniques during this workshop. You will design and create your own custom tenugui, choosing the design from old Japanese kimono katagami (stencils) that are specially made for tenugui. You will also learn about the history and many uses for tenugui during this class and leave with your own hand-dyed tenugui.

Find out more at our website

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Country Couture

Sunday, November 17

Join us for a toe-tapping, heel-clicking good time as we saddle up to raise awareness and much needed funds for SAGE (lgbt elder care) and Safe Horizon (domestic violence).

The a Imperial Court of New York has a deep and steadfast commitment to caring for our most vulnerable. Please come out and share your support.

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Foot Fetish Mondays at The Eagle NYC

Monday, November 18

Foot fetishists don’t hate Mondays as much as most people, thanks to this popular event every Monday at The Eagle NYC — Foot Fetish Mondays.

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Eva: A-7063

Tuesday, November 19

At the age of 10, Eva Mozes Kor (1934 – 2019) fought through some of the worst the Holocaust had to offer – being experimented on as one of “Mengele’ s twins” at Auschwitz. After decades of torment and pain, she came to the epiphany of forgiving the Nazis and emerged as one of the best-known and most active Holocaust survivors in the world. The documentary follows her urgently circling the globe delivering her messages of healing and self-empowerment. Narrated by Ed Asner.

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Dance party: Yasiin Bey and Friends

Ongoing | Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, November 17

Celebrate the opening weekend of yasiin bey: Negus and join us for an evening of dancing and DJ sets by bey’s collaborators and friends. Special guests will be here, and producer and New York native DJ Rich Medina honors the golden age of hip-hop and beyond.

Full lineup to be announced soon.

Dance Party tickets start at $20. Tickets including admission to yasiin bey: Negus start at $45. Member Dance Party tickets are $15. Not a Member? Join today! NOTE: During the Dance Party, Member tickets to Negus will be available on-site starting at 7:45 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

A special note about yasiin bey: Negus:

The listening experience is 28 minutes, with the recording being played once, from beginning to end. The wireless headsets have volume controls, but you will not be able to pause, backtrack, fast-forward, or stop the music. You’ll be asked to exit the gallery once the listening experience is complete. Dance Party music may be audible within the gallery space. bey invites you to fully immerse yourself in this introspective listening installation, which is why all mobile and recording devices will be placed in a locked pouch for the duration of your time in the gallery. Laptops, tablets, and other portable electronic devices are not allowed.
Image caption and credit: yasiin bey (American, born 1973). Alämayyähu and yasiin (detail), 2015. Courtesy of The Third Line. © The Third Line

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“Now Serving”: A Guide to Aesthetic Etiquette in Four Courses

Ongoing through Saturday, November 16

Radiohole, the company praised as “masters of design-forward experimental mayhem” by the American Theater Magazine, presents the world premiere of Now Serving: A Guide to Aesthetic Etiquette in Four Courses, an immersive performance dinner party. The food (cocktails, wine, hors d’oeuvres for all audience members; a four-course meal at the table) is served and consumed in a ritualistic, performative manner that begins to undermine the formality and civility of the evening, revealing a very different, darker ritual than those prescribed by Emily Post, and unleashing a surreal bacchanalian feast which sets its revenge on the patriarchy.

Created and performed by the company members Amanda Bender, Erin Douglass, Eric Dyer, and Maggie Hoffman, with Catherine McRae on violin and Kristin Worrall as pastry chef.

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Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now

Ongoing 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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