This Week’s Best LGBT 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 cultural outings, 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:

What’s your pleasure? The coming week provides a handful of events suited to a variety of budgets, including a live podcast featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race alumnus Aja, an exploration of the gay man who could have shaken the Eisenhower administration to its core and the 10th anniversary of Tyrannosaurus, one of the oldest continuous stand-up cavalcades in the city!

DirtCast featuring Aja Live at The Bell House

Sunday, January 13

Jezebel invites you to a live recording of DirtCast, the pop culture podcast where hosts Madeleine Davies and Megan Reynolds dig deep into the wild and sometimes ugly world of tabloids and the entertainment industry to discover how exactly the celebrity ecosystem works — all while talking a lot of baseless trash along the way. They’ll be joined by nonbinary queer artist and performer, Aja, breakout star of RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3, to talk about Drag Race, hip-hop, and what it means to be a drag artist in that masc-dominated music scene.

Ike’s Mystery Man: Peter Shinkle with Bill Goldstein

Monday, January 14

Journalist Peter Shinkle appears at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo alongside The New York Times‘ book site founder Bill Goldstein to discuss Shinkle’s book about his gay uncle — a man who could have brought down the Eisenhower presidency — Robert Cutler. Cutler’s life is the story told in Shinkle’s new book: “Ike’s Mystery Man.”

Because Cutler was gay — at a time when homosexuals were barred from employment by the federal government — public knowledge of his orientation could have ripped Ike’s White House asunder. According to Shinkle’s aunt, Patricia Cutler Warner, “Bobby didn’t bother to hide it when he wasn’t at work.” At work, he was the nation’s first Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (now called National Security Advisor), the closest confidante in the President’s inner circle. The likes of McGeorge Bundy, Henry Kissinger, Zbignew Brzezinski, Condoleeza Rice, Susan Rice, and four men since the start of the Trump presidency, would later fill his shoes. Shinkle reveals Cutler’s full story for the first time, and shows how valued he was by Eisenhower as a trusted friend and advisor on security and Cold War policy.

Tyrannosaurus: 10-Year Anniversary Show

Tuesday, January 15

What is Tyrannosaurus, you ask? It is the oldest still-running standup comedy show in all of Astoria Queens. It was first started at R’A’R bar in 2008 and the responsibility of hosting it has been passed down from one comedian to another since. In October of 2018, the current goofballs to host this weekly show took it over. Although Jamie Wolf, Leland Long and Randall Otis have only hosted the show for 3 months, they wanted to pay tribute to the many hosts of yesteryear! We hunted down all the past hosts we could find that haven’t quit comedy and gone back to law school. With them and a couple friends of the show, the plan is to usher in the 10th year of comedy at R’A’R bar with a bang! Will it be weird that these guys who have only had the show for three months are doing a 10-year anniversary show? Who knows? Will it be fun nonetheless? HECK YEAH!

This show features comedians Jason Kanter (HBO), Micheal Albanese (BET), Caitlin Peluffo (Colbert), Kenice Mobley (Laughs on FOX), Patrick Hastie (S.F. Sketchfest) and Sam Evans (Just For Laughs).

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To Kill A Mockingbird


Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin’s world premiere of a new play, Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which is directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (of The King and I and Oslo), comes to Broadway in a production starring Jeff Daniels, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Will Pullen and Gbenga Akinnagbe. Harper Lee’s debut novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” first published in 1960, was an overnight success. Now, for the first time ever, Lee’s probing observations on justice and racial tensions in the American South find their way to the Broadway stage.

True West

Opening Thursday, December 27

Opposites attack in the Roundabout Theatre’s production of True West Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about two brothers with more in common than they think. Holed up in their mother’s California house, screenwriter Austin (Paul Dano) and lowlife Lee (Ethan Hawke) wrestle with big issues—and each other. Order vs. chaos. Art vs. commerce. Typewriter vs. toaster … Shepard’s rip-roaring classic returns to Broadway, gleefully detonating our misguided myths of family, identity and the American Dream.

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Last modified: January 10, 2019