There’s nothing like warm weather and a cool beverage to restore the spirits. So it’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and much more close to home!
Thursday, February 8
Let the Good Times Roll, or Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler — as they say in the Big Easy. The traditions of Gay Mardi Gras started in the 1950s. Today there are nine Gay Carnival organizations in New Orleans passing on lavish traditions and all-stops-out revelling. Be sure to get a good view of the Annual Official Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss on Fat Tuesday and don’t miss the Bourbon Street Awards (hosted last year by Bianca Del Rio and Varla Jean Merman). Be sure to check out the ultimate costume contest, which features categories like best drag, best leather and best group.
Friday, February 9 – May 9
Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away employs the ramps of the Guggenheim to lead patrons through an examination of today’s power structures and cultural forces with a rare exhibition featuring installations, photographs and works on paper by Danish artist Danh Vo over the last 15 years. Marking the first comprehensive survey of Vo’s work in the United States, Take My Breath Away explores themes of religion, colonialism, capitalism and artistic authorship, presented through the lens of a personal narrative, which the artist has deemed “tiny diasporas of a person’s life.” guggenheim.org
Saturday, February 10 – May 13 (Los Angeles)
In the current political climate, Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling the Truth’ work — particularly his takes on the American flag — are now more relevant than ever. A key artist in the Broad’s impressive collection, Johns gets a comprehensive retrospective on his six-decade career thanks to a collaboration with the Royal Academy in London. More than 100 pieces of his work, including many never before shown in LA, highlight his penchant for using encaustic (that’s heated beeswax) and a plethora of found objects in his often-whimsical and profound work. thebroad.org
New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has always given new emerging fashion designers an opportunity to display their amazing stories through the art of creativity, design, and amazing talent to the World. 2018 NYFW: Breaking Chains (Ikaika by Dominque Bones-Lark) provides an opportunity given to other new emerging African-American Fashion designers to expose their imagination, visuals, and presentation.
By using the current events in our nation and around the globe, the show seeks to inspire and fuel guests and world citizens through our inspirations and creativity. By calling our guests and world to action, We wanted to share our expressions and faith through our collection.
Sunday, February 11
Shady Ladies tours will present Hidden Secrets of the Metropolitan, an exciting two-hour tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning Sunday at 11:00 a.m. The tour reveals the scandalous stories behind some of the Museum’s greatest works of art. The sitters, patrons, artists and works themselves are all fodder for this grand sweep of Western art.
Hidden Secrets of the Metropolitan takes a look at the messy, intriguing, fun side of history that makes art come alive.
Shady Ladies Tours’ art museum tours introduce art lovers to some of the sexiest and sauciest works of art in New York City. Designed by Professor Andrew Lear, a leading scholar on the history of sexuality and one of the foremost experts on erotic Greek and Roman art, the tours reveal the scandalous back-stories behind paintings and sculptures in major New York City museums. Tours include Nasty Women of the Metropolitan, Shady Ladies of the Metropolitan and Gay Secrets of the Metropolitan. With his groundbreaking work on the history of art and his long experience as a scholar and teacher, Professor Lear is an ideal guide to give tour-goers an entirely new (and naughty) perspective on both classic and little-known pieces of art. For more information, please visit shadyladiestours.com .
Looking for more things to do in New York, check out our picks for the best LGBT events in NYC this week or visit our LGBT Events page.
And of course, don’t forget to check out our Pride Guides:
Last modified: June 15, 2018