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Monday, June 19, 2006

 

This Week In Modern Fabulousity - June 19, 2006

Gay Pride Week...it's not just for homosexuals anymore! Whether you are gay, lesbian, bi, trans, questioning, intergendered, hetero, or just a lover of show tunes, there's plenty of ways to celebrate individual freedom this week:

CINEMA: Hitchcock's The Birds
June 19 - Sunset - Bryant Park Summer Film Festival - 42nd St. and 5th Ave, NYC
Let's kick off Pride Week with a bit of camp, eh? How about a picnic dinner outside, watching Tippi Hedren get her head pecked off by a million flying demons? I know, I can't wait either.

DANCE: Dance by Neil Greenberg
June 21-25 - 7:30/4pm - Dance Theatre Workshop - 219 W. 19th St.
Neil Greenberg, the Bessie and Guggenheim Award-winning choreographer, is something of a national treasure. In this pride-oriented engagement, his company performs his 1994 masterwork Not-About-AIDS-Dance and a new piece, Quartet with Three Gay Men. Wild horses couldn't pull me away!

ART: DaDa
through September 11 - Museum of Modern Art - 11 West 53rd Street, NYC
If Pride gets you in the mood for a little anarchy, the perfect exhibit just opened at MOMA. The artistic revolutionaries of the Dadaist movement might not have been queer specifically, but their spirit is just as transformative.

COMEDY: Judy Gold
June 23 and 24 - Gotham Comedy Club - 208 West 23rd Street, NYC
Lesbian comics often lead charmed lives in entertainment -- Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Kate Clinton and Suzanne Westenhofer all have television gigs at the moment. Next in line is Gold, Emmy winner and Drama Desk nominee who spins queer politics, motherhood, and a hilarious Jewish family into comic gold.

MUSIC: Martha Wash and Special Guests
June 21 - 6:30pm - Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center - 65th and Broadway
For our money, there's no better Gay Pride Diva than Martha Wash, who has been jacking up dance floors for three decades with hits like "It's Raining Men," "Strike It Up," and "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)." She'll be joined by dance sensation (and boyfriend of Billy Porter) Ari Gold, the combo Sister Funk, and DJ Brenda Black. And for only $15, it's the biggest bargain of the week.

MARCH AND MORE: The March, PrideFest Market, ArtSpace, StageFest, KidSpace, and The Dance on the Pier
June 25 - various locations in NYC
Cyncial queers and closet cases will debate the need for gay pride in the post-Will and Grace era. But any community still suffering oppression deserves its own holiday, so celebrate your freedom -- something far too rare around the globe. Begin with the most impressive parade in the U.S. (in our humble opinion), then do your gay shopping, and follow it up with performances and good times with friends. Enjoy yourself, you fabulous, beautiful things!
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