Pride Guide

DYKE MARCH
Women use your voices, bodies, and banners to demonstrate the strength and positive position the lesbian community retains in New York's five boroughs. Join the throng and if you miss the pack, just head down to Washington Square Park where the celebrations continue well into the evening. June 23 at 5, Bryant Park, 42nd and Sixth Ave, 479-8520. (KF)

FRONT RUNNERS NEW YORK'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY LESBIAN & GAY PRIDE RUN
Come watch as some thousand runners take their marks for the annual two-mile challenge and five-mile men's and women's team point-race. The event is part of the Metropolitan Athletic Congress 2001 Grand Prix Race Circuit. Those looking to join can go to the race's starting line or call for more info. June 23 at 9:30, Central Park, 97th and East Drive, 724-9700. (KF)

GAY PRIDE FREE-FOR-ALL SOCCER TOURNAMENT
The New York Ramblers open up the field to everyone in this free invitational. Don't worry about your experience level—you'll get to play as long as you come out. The field is all astroturf, so indoor (flat) cleats, or sneakers, are required. June 23 from 2 to 6, Riverside State Park, 138th and W Side Hwy, with an after-party at the View Bar, 232 Eighth Ave, at 9, 539-6504, www.nyramblers.com. (JG)

JAIME MANRIQUE+JOE WESTMORELAND
Jaime Manrique brings forth his passionate reflections on gay sexuality, race, and history through poems in Tarzan, My Body, Christopher Columbus. Westmoreland's Tramps Like Us reads as a kind of gay On the Road, exploring more innocent times—the post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS world of late-'70s gay life. June 23 at 2, Jefferson Market Library, Sixth Ave betw 10th and Greenwich Ave. (JG)

THIRD ANNUAL QUEER SLAM
Ariana Waynes gets betwixt an open mic especially set out so all you queer slamming folks can represent. Sign-up at 7, show at 7:30. June 24 at 7, CB's Gallery, 313 Bowery, 718-932-5881. (KF)

THE 32ND ANNUAL GAY AND LESBIAN PRIDE MARCH
At the end of all the current debates, catfights between activist columnists, rimming on TV, the culture clash between the young and the old—er, one thing rings true. We're still all in this together, we still all need to affirm our place in this world, and one of the few times when we can assess these questions and statements is at events like this, in which the members of our communities can show themselves for who they are and who they want to be, on such a large scale. One could wax poetic on these sentiments forever; instead put this paper down and get into the parade. June 24 at noon, starting at 52nd and Fifth Ave, ending at Christopher and Greenwich, 80-PRIDE, www.nycpride.org. (JG)

SALT MINES & BUTTERFLIES ON THE SCAFFOLD
The "It's a Drag Thing" series screens two documentaries depicting gay lifestyles. Susana Aikin and Carlos Aparicio's Salt Mines (1990) records the lives of gay men and trannies living in a New York waterfront haven behind mountains of street salt. Butterflies on the Scaffold, directed by Margaret Gilpin and Luis Bernaza (1996), takes a rare look at Cuba's gay and drag subculture. June 25 at 6, Jefferson Market Regional Library, 425 Ave of the Americas, 243-4334. (KF)


Parties

FOR THE GIRLS

G'S SPOT'S UNINHIBITED THURSDAYS
Newbie promoter Gliza holds this weekly party welcoming professional women from every sphere. DJ's Missy B and Trini furnish hip-hop and house flava and the 300th guest wins a 100 bucks. Don't miss the thong contest. That's right! Ladies oscillating the most piquant thongs win surprises! June 21 at 7, 2i's, 248 W 14th, 917-541-7176. (KF)

HIP-HOP PRIDE FRIDAY
Fourplay mixes up a special blend, kicking off the weekend celebrations with Mary Mac and Karmelina. Maine, the queen around town, works the table in inventive garb. With free vodka shots all night, how can you go wrong? June 22 at 9, Parlay Lounge, 206 Avenue A, 591-1065. (KF)

SPICY FRIDAYS
Her/She Bar and Escuelita keep this evening going with DJ Chip Chop's strong mix of house, salsa, merengue, and more. The intensity is turned up with a special live performance by Unique Monique, and, later, Angel Sheridan, and the Escuelita Divas perform their legendary Pride Show. This may be one of the only places in the city where lesbians can appreciate the work of drag goddesses—don't think that just because they're performing for the ladies instead of doting males that the effort is anything short of incredible. June 22 at 10, La Escuelita, 301 W 39th, 631-1093. (KF)

DYKE BALL
OK, we all love a good dyke march, but some of us would rather fraternize in a less heated environment. Whether you were in the procession or not, the excite-ment is extended to nightfall so you can relish legions of fellow dykes, instead of feeling gypped by the march's three-hour jaunt. June 23 at 7, Charas/El Bohio, 605 E 9th, 982-0627. (KF)

GIRL WHIRLED
Affirmed, upstanding lipstick lesbos claim their haven at the Shescape parties, where they don't have to sully their Emporio Armani leather britches against the more bullish/ freakish airs of most "other" dykes. Drizzle on a fresh coat of Aqua Net and head out into the night to find your Anne among the Ellens. June 23 at 11, Metronome, 915 Bway, 686-5665. (JG)

LOVERGIRL'S GRAND EVENT ON THE HUDSON
Get ready for thousands of women partying at the largest lesbian waterfront venue Pride has to offer. Two floors of nonstop action and an outside dance-drink-or-flirt zone provide ample space for unrestricted carousing. Novah and Unique Monique provide live performances and DJ Chip Chop works his house vibe, while Mary Mac dispatches mostly hip-hop and reggae for more exclusive reveling. Keep a look out for go-go favorites Ousha, Maine, Arlene, and the rest of the Lovergirl divas of the dancefloor. June 23 at 10, Chelsea Brewing Company, Pier 59, 17th and W Side Hwy, 631-1102. (KF)

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