Rhyme and Reason
Poetry festival celebrates women
One hundred acclaimed and emerging female writers will celebrate the life and work of influential poets Mina Loy, Audre Lorde, Barbara Guest, Muriel Rukeyser, and Gertrude Stein at this five-day readings series titled Finally With Women. Each day will be devoted to a different poet, with about 20 readers per day, including experimental poet Elaine Equi, transgender activist Kate Bornstein, National Book Critics Circle Award winner Marie Ponsot, spoken-word artist Tara Betts, and essayist Vivian Gornick. The event kicks off on Sunday with the poems of Dadaist and surrealist Loy; Monday features the work of African American writer Lorde; Tuesday showcases the work of Guest (including "The Next Floor" and "The Hungry Knight" from The Red Gaze); and Wednesday is Rukeyser. A performance of Gertrude Stein's History or Messages From History closes out the festival on Thursday. "It's full of tongue twisters and rollicking text," says Jen Benka, a festival organizer who will be performing the Stein piece with seven other women. "But it also has powerful things to say about how history is made and how we hope history isn't made." Visit finallywithwomen.blogspot.com for details. At 6, through August 10, Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, 212-989-9319, $6 ANGELA ASHMAN
Black pride goes to the beach
There's Gay Pride and then there's Black Gay Pride. Two months after the city was taken over by queer crews from everywhere imaginable, the flags get whipped back out for the first week of Afrocentric Pride in the City. Actually a four-day event, the festivities culminate in the best way possiblein the sun and on the sand. It's happening in Far Rockaway, but fret not, the 2 train to Flatbush Avenue and the Q35 bus to Fort Tilden brings you right there. Once oceanside, prepare to get bare 'cause there's a hot-body contest at noon. First prize is Ginch Gonch underwear and the crowd gets to judge the winner. DJs Friend Pierce (of U-Men Entertainment) and Unknown, house vocalist Oysha Kai, and a surprise guest provide music for the throng. There's also HIV testing and counseling via a coalition of 10 community and health care agencies, and vendors selling everything from food to jewelry. With lots of skin, safe-sex tips, live beats, and good eats, this party has all the bases covered. From noon to 9, Jacob Riis Park, baseball field in Bay Areas 1 and 2, Brooklyn, 718-230-0770, prideinthecity.com, free KEISHA FRANKLIN
Brazil didn't do so well in the World Cup this time around, but at least Brazilians can take pride in their advancements in the arena of film. Last year alone, the South American country produced over 200 movies, and tonight the fourth Brazilian Film Festival of New York, which highlights the cream of that crop, kicks off in Central Park. Latin Grammywinner Lenine starts the evening off when he brings his samba-rock skills to the stage before a screening of Paulo Thiago's in-depth documentary This Is Bossa Nova: The History and Stories (2005). The rest of the eight-day fest takes place at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street), and highlights include new films by renowned Brazilian directors Nelson Pereira dos Santos (Brasília 18%) and Ruy Guerra (Evil in Hour), as well as screenings of Sandra Werneck and Gisela Camara's critically acclaimed doc Teen Mothers and Roberto Gervitz's Underground Game. Aside from over 20 movies, the festival offers several panel discussions and parties as well. Check the website for more info and full schedule. At 7, through August 13, Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield, mid-park at 72nd Street, 877-273-4563, brazilianfilmfestival.com, $8$12 KEN SWITZER
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