Listings – 7/15/2004


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Meet at the Washington Square Arch, Washington Square Park, 212.439.1090, Sat at 1

History buffs will relish visiting spots throughout the East Village relating to queer New York before Stonewall reconfigured the meaning of being LGBT in this city as well as the nation. Locations include the Stonewall Inn, the Duplex, and sites linked to Bayard Rustin, Willa Cather, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Audre Lorde. $ FRANKLIN


Riis Beach, Rockaway, Qns, Sat from noon to 8

Black Pride has been moved from August to June, and the annual family affair at Riis Beach is on. Join 5,000 people getting health updates, networking, munching on some grub, and rocking bathing suits; DJs and artists perform throughout the day. Go to for info on its other events. F FRANKLIN


City Hall, Chambers & Park Row, RSVP with Allen Roskoff at, Thu at 5:30

This ceremony honors those making great political and cultural strides for the community in and outside of New York. Awardees include San Fran mayor Gavin Newsom, New Paltz mayor Jason West, Harvey Fierstein, Henrietta’s Lisa Cannistraci, GMHC’s Ronald Johnson, and others. Seating is limited; for security, everyone must RSVP with full contact info. F FRANKLIN


841 Barretto St, Bronx, 718.842.5223,, Fri at 8

This is not Avenue Q—using puppets, Queer Rican Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes will illuminate “homosexuality and race in Puerto Rico and Latin America” and Charles Rice-González will read from Chulito, his short stories about “a young thug coming out in the South Bronx.” Writer Elliot Torres also takes the stage as part of BAAD!’s Pride weekend event. $$ ADKISON


Brecht Forum, 122 W 27th, 10th fl, 212.242.4201 Thu at 7:30

Same-sex marriage has morphed from a public non-issue into a campaign plank. But the gay community doesn’t have a consensus as to what marriage means—or even if it’s necessary. Four heavy-hitters on homo-matrimony, NYU prof Lisa Duggan, The Nation‘s Richard Kim, Empire State Pride Agenda’s Carmen Vasquez, and the Voice‘s own Richard Goldstein hash it out. $ ADKISON


Fifth Ave from 52nd to 8th, follows 8th St & ends at Seventh Ave S & Christopher, Sun at noon

This year’s march commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with the usual floats, raucous marchers, and crowd-pleasing Dykes on Bikes. The ubiquitous Harvey Fierstein and black lesbian activist Candice Boyce grand-marshal the event, which has blossomed from a small West Village gay rights demo (the world’s first one!) into NYC’s party of the year. F ADKISON


HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue, 212.868.4444, events nightly through Sat

The festival culminates on Saturday night with “Foursome: 4 Solo Artists Getting It On Together”: Organizers describe it as “Queer, Chicana, femme, trans, fat, fabulous stories—takin’ it from the streets to the stage.” On Thursday and Friday nights, “social dances for paper dolls,” neo-vaudeville performance, Amazonian mysteries, and more pique the imagination. ADKISON


Bryant Park, 42nd & Sixth Ave, Sat at 5

From the Stonewall Riots to the present day, New York’s dykes haven’t stopped standing up for justice and equality, and this march continues to demonstrate this fact. That said, the procession is also a great way to girl-watch, so bring drums, flags, and banners and get in on the action. F FRANKLIN


Central Park, E Drive at 102nd, register at, Sat at 9 a.m.

It’s no easy feat staying sculpted in this city, so the organizers at Front Runners have decided to give the first male and female to cross the finish line a one-year membership at Crunch. It’s more than a walk in the park, since it’s five miles long, but prizes also go to second- and third-place winners. Let the games begin! $$ FRANKLIN


59th & Fifth Ave, Sun at 10 a.m.

Hundreds of mature men and women (gay and non-gay) convene for this annual mass wedding that flips the bird at politicos who believe that same-sex partners shouldn’t be allowed to marry. Friends can be witnesses, and all newlyweds can walk in the wedding procession to be included in the Pride parade. $$ FRANKLIN



Dance Manhattan Studios, 39 W 19th, 5th fl, 212.358.5752,, Sat at 9


News for country lovers: You aren’t being neglected this Pride. There’s a Western hoedown that’ll satisfy all your cowboy (and girl!) needs. Between square dances, you might even get a chance to swap numbers as well as partners while supporting a cause (the New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, to be exact). Newbies, come early for lessons at 8. $ FRANKLIN


Frying Pan, Pier 63, W 24th & the Hudson River, Sat at 9 p.m.

While there’s no doubt that the ninth annual queer people of color Pride dance will attract a full spectrum of boat-floaters, the Frying Pan ain’t the Rainbow Warrior. DJs Ang, Squeak, Ayden, Billy Bailey, and IZ will be floating the boat with hip-hop, house, soul, old-school classics, Bollywood, and bhangra. Proceeds benefit the Audre Lorde Project and the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association. $$ ADKISON


Pier 54, W 13th & the Hudson River, Sun at 4

The main event enters adulthood: A whole gaggle of lucky homos will find themselves among the glittering Who’s Who of New York gaydom to top the day’s parade with some long . . . hot . . . steaming . . . pier. Some folks will call it a night after the fireworks’ grand finale. But for others, the beats of DJ Tony Moran and Robbie Leslie will just be a warm-up for a late night. $ ADKISON


The Center, 208 W 13th, 212.620.7310, Sat at 9

You never plan on blowing all the rent money on Pride, but somehow it mysteriously happens anyway. You might feel less guilty if you attend this party that benefits (and takes place at) the Center, hosted by Lesbian Pride Dance. Three floors are spit-and-polished for this fete with DJ Oriza and Rachael (yes, that Rachael of the defunct Gloss) rocking various tunes. Go-go’s and the illustrious Maine tie it all together. $ FRANKLIN


Pepper, 95 Leonard, Fri at 9

“Desi + queer + fab = Desilicious,” boast organizers, and they don’t mean Ricky Ricardo. At this Pride celebration DJs Ashu Rai, Joel, and DuttyFlex will rock two queer-filled floors of desis and non-desis with bhangra, Indo-Caribbean, hard house, ’80s, and “chutney soca reggae.” And those who haven’t seen Bollywood drag yet (think The Pink Mirror) are in for an eyeful at the midnight drag-athon. $ ADKISON


Pier 62, Hudson River Park, 22nd & Westside Hwy, 212.865.0542, Sat at 2

Let’s be real, we—boys and girls—rarely rub elbows at grand-scale bashes, so why not give it a go this year? The king of circuit parties, Manny Lehman, is coming through with his vocal, tribalish house records, and all proceeds benefit the HIV Law Project. Everyone can get all sweaty together in the sun like one big happy family, plus rumor has it that there’s a celeb performance in store. No disclosures here! $ FRANKLIN


Heaven, 579 Sixth Ave, 212.539.3982,, Sat from 2 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The Latinas will be out in full force for Julie’s New York’s all-day hurrah. Three levels filled with the sounds of hip-hop, reggaeton, salsa, cumbia, and more and a performance by Lovari will have the ladies shimmying in no time. There’s a buffet from 2 to 5 p.m. and New York Liberty giveaways including tix to their games. At midnight, one lucky lady will be receiving 1,000 bucks in cash! Hollah! $ FRANKLIN


Heaven, 579 Sixth Ave, 212.539.3982, Fri at 11

Who would have thought the day would come in New York when a boîte boasting indoor smoking would be reason enough to go check it out? Well, this spot says that puffing inside is allowed, and not only that, it also has the 2004 Choice Award winner for Most Exciting Dancer, Oohzee, doing backbreaking acrobatics as local DJs Missy B and Trini work the Technics. $ FRANKLIN


Leaves from Pier 40, W Houston & the Hudson River, Sat from midnight to 5 a.m.

Candis Cayne, Girlina, Shasta Cola, and some very naughty cohorts take their High Life shtick to the Lido Deck, while down on the Aloha Deck DJ Corey Tut presides over a dancefloor full of bottom-dwellers doing things that would have driven Vicki Stubing overboard. They’ll be swabbing the decks on Sunday morning. $$ ADKISON


Spirit, 17 W 19th, Sun at 10


Jupiter is the giant planet, so the name fits: This is gonna be one gargantuan gala. Junior Vasquez, famous for his impossibly long sets (sometimes over 12 hours), headlines this return to his former stomping grounds. But the title of the shindig actually refers to a ditty by ballad-crooning 26-year-old Casey Stratton. Beat-savvy partygoers will be raring to hear how Junior works Stratton’s slow-dancers into the jam. $$ ADKISON


Crobar, 530 W 28th, 212.629.9000,, Sat from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m.

This could be the event, as Calderone writes on his website, that’ll “blow everyone away.” Dancers will find themselves immersed in artwork, enclosed in a giant dome, and bombarded with 3-D IMAX images, psychedelic patterns, and of course, the music. DJ That Kid Chris and Astrid Suryanto join the show. At the parade, you’ll be able to spot who stuck out this 12-hour mind-bender by the way they’re dozing off during the marching bands. $$ ADKISON


Club Shelter, 20 W 39th, Sat at 10

Lovergirl NYC—which is usually confined to one floor—has been unleashed as the ground level is opened for raunchy cavorting times two. The newly renovated space is the perfect environment for a little show-and-tell as DJ Trini and Missy B play house upstairs and Mary Mac spins hip-hop, r&b, and reggae down below. Bawdy displays onstage by the D.C. Badd Girls and Lady Madonna. $$ FRANKLIN


212.926.8822,, Wed, Fri & Sat at 11

Some might say this safe-sex “underwear party” put the D and L in discerning language: Organizers invite “young, in-shape, and attractive black and Latino men” to participate in a four-day Pride Week blowout celebrating Ndahood’s eighth anniversary. Call or check out the website for more information. ADKISON


Crobar, 540 W 28th, Sun at 11

Could this year’s “Odyssey” be an homage to The Iliad? I wish. If they could get Brad Pitt to come in a skirt, I’d shell out 80 bucks to be there. Sadly, the goddess has intervened in my reverie—ads for this Pride “jubilation” depict a phallic spaceship floating in a solar system which is probably a nod to the long-runner’s recent voyage from the Sound Factory to a new frontier at Crobar. Resident DJ Abel spins. $$ ADKISON


Chelsea Brewing Company, Pier 59, 18th & Westside Hwy, 212.252.3397, Sat at 9

This is the annual indoor-outdoor event that is talked about all year—that’s if you can remember anything. Grammy nominee Sophie B. Hawkins and WKTU’s Judy Torres (for those still hankering for freestyle) sing their latest singles. Henrietta’s and Lovergirl get DJ “Chip-Chop” Gonzalez and Kim Dazy to spin for 2,000 women, with proceeds going to the Callen-Lorde Community Health Project. $$ FRANKLIN


Shadow, 229 W 28th, 212.252.3397, Sun at 9

Exclusive Entertainment, Lovergirl NYC, and H-N-H Productions join forces for the finale of all finales at the massive Club Shadow. As the finishing touch on Black Pride, D.C.’s faves are in town to show off their wares, including the Badd Girls themselves and Ms. Sparkle. There’s even a new V.I.P. lounge for all you high-rollahs! Lucky MCs and DJs Poison Ivy, China, and Mary Mac boom the Nina Sky, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z. $$ FRANKLIN


Pier 54, West Side Hwy & 13th, 212.80.PRIDE x12, Sat at 5; Lola’s, 30 W 22nd, at 10:30

Heritage of Pride and Shescape are doing an earlier soiree this year, starting right after the Dyke March and ending at 10, but worry not, there’s an after-party at Lola’s—which has been Shescape’s upscale Saturday-night gig for some months now. Eclectic DJ and Boston native Kris Kono takes over the ones and twos for this HOP and Pride Week benefit. $ FRANKLIN


The Octagon, 555 W 33rd,, Fri at 10

Daddy told me there’d be nights like this—Mr. Eagle, Mr. Florida Leather, DJ Louis Morhaim, DJ Demarko, and others will dominate hundreds of dog-collar-wearing, harness-sporting, leather-chapped, and booted dudes in celebration of Touko Laaksonen, a/k/a Tom of Finland, whose drawings defined homo masculinity and s/m for a generation. It’s a benefit for Tom’s eponymous foundation, which promotes acceptance of erotic art. $$ ADKISON


The Roxy, 515 W 18th, 212.252.3397, Fri at 10

Lesbian parties rarely take over the über-clubs, but Lovergirl NYC and Exclusive Entertainment make it happen for Pride. Barbara Tucker (most of you would remember her longtime house hit “I Get Lifted”) pays the ladies a visit along with the outrageous D.C. Badd Girls. DJ Tanco and Mary Mac spin house, classics, hip-hop, and reggae for this event, which promises to be off the charts. $$ FRANKLIN



XL, 357 W 16th, 646.336.5574,, Thu at 7

Weimar superstar and X-Man Alan Cumming, gay-marriage superhero mayor Jason West, Hedwig‘s John Cameron Mitchell, Avenue Q-tie John Tartaglia, and other celebs make cameos to kick off this fete; a live performance by dance-music diva Deborah Cooper steams up the Chelsea venue (yeah, that was her singing background vocals on the 1990s C+C Music Factory classic Gonna Make You Sweat). F ADKISON