Explore your culture this weekend as the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 926 Wooster St. debuts a new month-long exhibit, “ART & AIDS: 35 Years of Survival” co-curated by GMHC, Osvaldo Perdomo and David Livingston, which runs through December 30.
The exhibit commemorates GMHC’s 35th anniversary and features dozens of works created by people living with HIV and AIDS. The artworks, created in a variety of media, come from the talents and imaginations of GMHC clients and weekly therapeutic art classes run by GMHC’s Volunteer, Work & Wellness Center. Art instructors donate their time to teach classes for GMHC’s clients (who include both professional and non-professional artists).
Friday, December 1, bite into a hot slice of NYC life at 44 Charlton — the world’s first and only variety show smashing together the gutsiest comedy, music, dance, theater, spoken word and genre-bending performances on a single stage, hosted by the sometimes salty, always sexy Julian Fleisher. Come for the cheap drinks. Stay to become a part of spontaneous genius. The wheels might come off! The clothes might come off! Leave your expectations at the door, then pick them up again after the show. We promise not to rifle through them while you’re tripping on all that awesomeness. On this month’s bill: comedian Chloé Hilliard and pop rock band Betty.
Saturday, December 2 at Feinstein’s 54 Below Club — known widely as “Broadway’s living room,” a raucous and uproarious musical that reveals inner secrets and truths of recording audiobooks is back by popular demand for a second show this winter. “Trapped In The Closet” is a musical adventure set inside star Sarah Naughton’s bedroom closet-turned-recording studio as she shares tales from the unsung world of audiobook narration. In this wildly theatrical journey, the show incorporates stand-up comedy, dance, and immersive theater, all while maintaining the hallmarks of a traditional 54Below show: Broadway quality singing and storytelling. At its core, Trapped In The Closet is a show about the lengths passionate creatives are willing to go to achieve their dreams and learning to embrace every step along that path.
After the show, Saturday night lights up at an all-new venue as Brian Rafferty Presents a “neon edition” of their wildly popular Rough Trade dance events. This one takes place at the Rosewood Theater (552 West 38th Street) and features Alex Acosta, so get your LED sneakers and harnesses charged up for the night now! The party roars to life at 10 p.m. and won’t end until well into Sunday morning.
The Renegade Craft Fair — the world’s largest curated exhibition of independent crafts, artisanal bites and drinks is coming to Sunset Park for three weekends in December via the Renegade Craft Fair. Hosted by the internationally renowned Renegade tastemakers, this new Industry City-based market (located at 220 36th St. in Brooklyn) will feature more than 150 vendors, including Hanamaru, Danny Kaplan Ceramics, Coral and Tusk and many other exclusive designer names. You’ll be hard pressed to find gifts like this elsewhere (unless you plan to make the trek out to one of Renegade’s events in San Francisco, Austin, Chicago or London). But why get on a plane when all you have to do is hop on the R train? The fair runs weekends through December 17.
Last modified: December 6, 2017