By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
No, this isn't some FBI sting op, it's a fundraiser for Queers for Peace and Justice (QPJ)a resolute organization that focuses on airing the LGBT community's voice on racism, anti-war, and anti-occupation. Bluestockings, one of the city's most dynamic bookstores supporting advocacy and queer literature, hosts speakers and performers, including Leslie Feinberg (author of Stone Butch Blues), Pride at Work's Dian Killian, Mango Tribe's Marian Yalini Thambynayagam, poet Emanuel Xavier, and others. Followed by a premiere showing of the People's Video Network's No Pride in Wara documentary covering QPJ's New York contingent's efforts to rally forces during this year's Pride celebrations. Reps of the Audre Lorde Project, the youth advocacy group FIERCE!, and QPJ also join the festivities. Come out, lend a hand, and be loud!
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In Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum, Anbinder resurrects this forgotten slum (part of present-day Chinatown) and home to the gangs of New York (the Bowery Boys, Dead Rabbits), the city's immigrants (German, Jewish, Italian, Irish, Chinese) and freed slaves, pugilistic politics, andyestap dance. F
GERALD & RALPH FARIS
Barnes & Noble, 106 Court St, Bklyn, 718.246.4996, Tue at 7.
This psychologist and sociologist team of brothers analyze the king and queen of '60s rock in their book, Living in the Dead Zone: Janis Joplin and Jim MorrisonUnderstanding the Borderline Personality Disorder. Contending that the legends suffered from a little-known psychiatric disorder, the docs clinically, yet lyrically, explain their self-destructive behavior. F
'FIRST EVER BIG APPLE/NEW YORK CITY ITALIAN ICE EATING CHAMPIONSHIP'
Rita's Ices Cones Shakes and Other Cool Stuff, 3285D Richmond Ave, SI, 718.227.7860, Thu at 11:30.
Finally a reason to visit Staten Island: Kicking off its first store in New York City and debuting its green apple flavor, Rita's, the nation's largest Italian ice chain, hosts this unique face-off to see who can lick the most ice in 15 minutes without suffering from brain freeze. The big winner takes home 500 bucksand possibly a headache. F
Using the park's location on the East River waterfront, this series of works challenges the conventions of site-specific performance through installations, acts, and video screenings. This week's bill includes work by Austin Thomas, Jesal Kapadia, flotsam, Alisdair McRae, Mark Gagnon, Brian O'Connell, Ryan Buyssens, Dylan Lorenz, and Lisa Oppenheim. F
'HARLEM DAY 2003'
Various venues, harlemdiscover.com, Sat & Sun from 10 to 8.
Celebrate one of New York's oldest cultural centers: Harlem Week offers the 14th Annual Upper Manhattan Auto Show, a procession of vintage vehicles; a Children's Festival; a Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors performance by the Prince of Latin Jazz, Eddie Palmieri and more. F
Barnes & Noble, 4 Astor Pl, 212.420.1322, Tue at 7:30.
Long ago (in the '60s), before the yuppies and fashionistas took over, Soho was the home of artists who lived where they worked thanks to loft occupancy laws. Kostelanetz documents how the neighborhood became a core of creativity in SoHo: The Rise and Fall of an Artist's Colony. F
'NEW YORK QUARTERLY ISSUE 59 LAUNCH'
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia, 212.989.9319, Sat at 6.
Since 1969, NYQ has been shaping wordsmiths through its interviews of prominent poets voicing their opinions on style and technique, its thoughtful editorials, and of course, its poetry. Celebrating the 59th issue, in memory of founder William Packard, are contributors Alison Stone, Norman Stock, Nicole Blackman, Kurt Brown, Tony Gloeggler, Margaret Gilbert, Linda Lerner, and Ted Jonathan. $
Pick 'NORTH WING: A CAUTIONARY TALE WITH POEMS BY DEAD WHITE MEN'
HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Ave, 212.868.4444, Fri at 8:30.
The Voice's Elizabeth Zimmer gets comfortable in "The American Living Room" with this monologue recalling a year in Southern California in the '60s. After an illegal abortion leads to an episode involving one too many marijuana brownies and a very literary nervous breakdown, Zimmer finds it hard to change the world at large.
'PICTURE THE HOMELESS BENEFIT PARTY'
St. Marks Church, 131 E 10th, 212.427.2499, Sat at 7.
Spend 15 bucks to help this homeless-led organization, which was established after Giuliani approved some 160-plus arrests of homeless folks in 1999 after a woman was hit by a brick in midtown. This group hopes to change laws that criminalize people for not having an address. There'll be politically charged spoken word and music by the Molotov Mouths Outspoken Word Troupe and the Welfare Poets.
'SMALL SPIRAL NOTEBOOK FUNDRAISING EVENT'
KGB, 85 E 4th, 212.505.3360, Thu at 7.
Novelist Jonathan Ames (currently running "The Most Phallic Building in the World Contest" on his website) and maniacal memoirist Cynthia Kaplan (Why I'm Like This) headline this benefit for SSN, the online literary magazine. Emerging writers Felicia C. Sullivan (SSN founder) and David Barringer provide extra entertainment. $
Pick 'SOCK MONKEYS'
Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Ave, 212.727.1227, Wed at 7. See the Short List. F
'SURVEILLANCE CAMERA OUTDOOR WALKING TOUR'
Northwest corner of Ninth Ave and 34th, 212.561.0106, Sun at 2.
Ever feel like someone's watching you? Find out which direction to flip the bird. F
THICH NHAT HANH
Barnes & Noble, 33 E 17th, 212.253.0810, Mon at 7.