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 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: Burn some calories – and enjoy more! – at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Social and Fun Run, get soaking wet at the Liberation Pool Party in the Pines, rediscover the radical 1960s on a Queer History of the Village Tour highlighting great moments in social justice – and so much more!


“Dave Pollot Print Release and Showcase”

Thursday, August 22

Join us Thursday August 22nd at Guy Hepner gallery for the print release and signing of artist Dave Pollot’s ‘Calorie Composition’ print series launch from 6-8PM.

Exclusively with Guy Hepner, the release features a series of unique hand embellished works as well as two standard prints based off of Pollot’s latest original paintings that will be on view during the showcase and signing event.

“As we age, we begin to realize that time is our most precious commodity. We also live in a world where it has become increasingly difficult to live, without distraction, in the present moment. We are constantly bombarded with information as advertisements, social feeds, pop culture, and sensationalized media all compete for an ever growing share of our mental market space. More and more of my work deals with “Mental Noise”, the thoughts and distractions that take our attention away from where we are, who we’re with, and what we’re doing. In my series, “Calorie Composition”, I explore the idea that carefully balancing (composing) indulgence and temperance, both mental and material, can often bring more beauty to both while giving us a stillness of mind that allows us to more deeply enjoy our present moments.” – Dave Pollot
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Critical Walk-Through: LJ Roberts on Weaving Community

Thursday, August 22

Contemporary artist LJ Roberts will discuss their textile practice that celebrates queer histories and communities, while investigating the overlap of queer and trans politics, activism, protest, and craft, and explore connections to the exhibition WALL POWER! Quilts from the Werner and Karen Gundersheimer Gift.

A Critical Walk-Through is a guided tour that is meant to offer an alternative perspective to the works on view. It includes conversations with artists, scholars, and curators, providing an intimate opportunity to engage with the central themes and histories found in the artwork. The program is limited to 25 individuals.

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Celebration: Happy Birthday, Marsha!

Thursday, August 22

Celebrate the life and legacy of activist Marsha P. Johnson with screenings of Happy Birthday, Marsha! (Sasha Wortzel and Tourmaline, 2018, 14 min.) and Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson (Michael Kasino, 2012, 54 min.). Afterward, join us for a champagne toast and cake to commemorate her 73rd birthday, as well as music by Roze Royze, a Brooklyn DJ who throws the monthly queer hip-hop party SET IT OFF. Thirty percent of proceeds from this event benefit the new Marsha P. Johnson Institute.

Tickets are $16 and include Museum general admission (purchase tickets for Pierre Cardin separately). Member tickets are $14. Not a Member? Join today!

To request accommodations such as assistive listening devices, American Sign Language interpretation, and open captioning, email us at [email protected]
Photo caption and credit: Marsha P. Johnson. (Photo: Johnny Romanek)

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GayLarious The LGBT Stand Up Show—Thurs 8/22

Thursday, August 22

Gaylarious is the stand-up comedy show featuring a great line-up of NYC’s funniest LGBT and LGBT friendly comedians from TV, radio and comedy clubs across the country. You’ll have a gay ole’ time with a line-up of hysterical comics designed to have you laughing right down to your gay funny bones.

All attendees are entered into a free raffle to win tickets to some amazing shows!

Online orders subject to booking and processing fees charged by the ticketing service. Lineup subject to last minute changes. Venue requires 2 drink minimum per person.

LINE UP: Featuring Jessica Kirson (Bill Burr Presents on Comedy Central, Relatively Sane Podcast) with Justin Covington (Netflix), Joanne Filan (Comedy Cellar, Armed Forces Entertainment), Alex English (Viceland, BET), Rosa Escandón (Laugh Exchange), Jaye McBride (Tale of the City), Jimmy Schatz (Orange Is The New Black), and Michelle Slonim (Late Night with Seth Meyers).

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Never A Boy

Thursday, August 22

They said she was a boy, but she wasn’t.

Chloe Koser invites you into her life as a trans comedian in a one-woman show that is equal parts emotionally raw and incredibly lewd. There’s boners, a whale, tampons, semen, and Chloe crying at least once in every performance. CONTENT WARNING: Gender Dysphoria, Bottom Dysphoria, Fertility Dysphoria, Suicidal Ideation.

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inQUAD — Inclined Dance Project

Ongoing | Friday, August 23 – Saturday, August 24

About This Show

inQUAD, presented by Inclined Dance Project, is a performance series featuring the work of four emerging female choreographers. These four like-minded artists share similar backgrounds, experiences, and creative theories but showcase uniquely different styles. Each choreographer’s distinct virtuosity and singular exhibition give way to a dynamic showcase of innovative and contemporary dance. inQUAD debuted in 2015 and aims to network, connect, and promote female dance makers in New York City.

The fourth iteration of inQUAD features the works of dance choreographers Alexis Robbins (kamrDANCE), Lauren Beirne (Lauren Beirne Dance Works), and Charly Santagado (mignolo dance), as well as Kristen Klein of presenting company Inclined Dance Project.

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NYC Runs Presents: Brooklyn Ice Cream Social 5K & 10K

Saturday, August 24

End your summer on a sweet note with an all-ages fun run and ice cream social in Prospect Park. The organizers at NYC Runs are giving fit folks extra incentives to put on their running shoes, and it comes in flavors like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. So take a lap and then lap up a cone of the cold stuff. Everyone wins when there is ice cream waiting at the finish line!

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LIBERATION: A Pool Party in the Fire Island Pines

Saturday, August 24

Whether you’re there for a day or a weekend, there’s always something to do on Fire Island. This week you can take advantage of the warm weather and join Immigration Equality for LIBERATION: A Pool Party in the Fire Island Pines on August 24th, with cocktails, open bar and beats by DJ Randy Bettis.

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Social Justice Tours Presents: Queer History of the Village tour

Saturday, August 24

Social Justice tours brings you a journey back to the queer 60s with someone who experienced it all first hand with Writer, storyteller and queer legend Jay Toole.

Jay Toole leads folks on a walking tour of the West Village, sharing personal stories and stopping at important places and historical moments along the way. Learn more about the neighborhood through stories about historic lesbian bars, the Women’s House of D (Detention), homelessness in Washington Square Park, the mafia’s connection to local gay bars and much more.

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EurovisionNYC Announces Euroclub Night at Rockbar NYC

Saturday, August 24

EuroClub Night will feature videos of this year’s Eurovision hits and audience favorites from past competitions. EurovisionNYC will also be giving away two VIP tickets to an upcoming concert with the Ukrainian singer MARUV on October 4 at Sony Hall.

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Voss Events Drag Brunch

Sunday, August 25

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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The Storrs Objection: Space

Sunday, August 25

New York’s best comedians try to stay focused while being cross-examined and fact-checked during their sets. Adjudicator Matt Storrs disrupts their sets while bailiff Tristan Miller keeps the proceedings from descending into chaos. This month, comedians explore the topic of space in myriad iterations, from the Milky Way to the Container Store. The Storrs Objection is aggressively accurate comedy.

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Camp: Notes on Fashion

Ongoing through September 8

The Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores the origins of the camp aesthetic, and how it has evolved from a place of marginality to become an important influence on mainstream culture. Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’” provides the framework for the exhibition, which will examine how fashion designers have used their métier as a vehicle to engage with camp in a myriad of compelling, humorous, and sometimes incongruous ways.

Camp is defined as being “deliberately exaggerated and theatrical in style, typically for humorous effect.” It’s long been a term applied to a number of LGBTQ-related aesthetics — on stage, on screen, and off. This year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is celebrating and exploring the influence of camp on fashion with the exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion.

If that alone were not enough to tempt you, it was also the theme of the 2019 Met Gala, co-chaired by fashion forces Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles, Serena Williams and Anna Wintour. According to the Met, “The Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition will explore the origins of the camp aesthetic and how it has evolved from a place of marginality to become an important influence on mainstream culture.”

Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on ‘Camp’ provides a framework for the exhibition, which examines how fashion designers have used their métier as a vehicle to engage with camp in a myriad of compelling, humorous and sometimes incongruous ways.” Even if you can’t score a ticket to the gala, you’ll be able to take in the fabulous fashions on display starting May 9.
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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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Oscar at the Crown


It’s a musical. It’s a queer dance party. It’s a show with original music that’s immersive — meaning you get to take part as well. Oscar at the Crown posits that the apocalypse has come and gone, and here we all are in a bunker where all that’s survived is reality TV and a decidedly unorthodox master of ceremonies — the ever youthful and irreverent Oscar Wilde. Get your gear and glitter on. It’s time for a Wilde ride at 3 Dollar Bill.
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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: August 22, 2019