For all the joys of pressing the flesh—or merely lusting after it—at the annual Pride parade, sometimes an urban queer longs for a rainbow week that’s not quite so, so, so . . . .
Luckily, Pride week wears many colors, not all of them shades fit for a disco ball. See the following listings for a taste of what’s out there, and then check out the Voice Choices calendar for even more picks. And remember: It’s your party. Spend it just the way you want.
WEDNESDAY June 20
Will Sing for Food
Really now, you can’t go just anywhere to hear a live rendition of a song with a name like “Nice Jewish Boys,” followed by one named “Fagnet.” You can get all that and more (like a couple of smooth drinks and an awfully sweet date) at Mel & El: This Show Rhymes. Having conquered the midtown theater scene, Melanie Adelman and Ellie Dvorkin are taking their act straight—OK, directly—to one of their most loyal audiences. At 7 p.m., The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, $15 with a two-drink minimum. Part of the proceeds to benefit the Food Bank for New York City. See canneryworks.org for more scheduled performances.
THURSDAY June 21
Remembrance of Prides Past
These days, you’re lucky if you can get close enough to the curb to see the actual three- quarters-naked bodies sashaying along the Pride Parade route. But there was a time, not all that long ago, when taking to the street meant marching along with a small and determined queer platoon. See Suzanne Poli’s photo evidence of their courage, and of how good you’ve got it now, at A View From My Window: Christo- pher Street Liberation Day March 1970–1984. Hey, in the relative quiet, you might actually meet someone.
From 6:30 to 8 p.m., LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, free, gaycenter.org
DJs by Moonlight
If you’re feeling as rich as the homophobes like to say we are, head uptown for the gala Lincoln Center Salutes Gay Pride. Host Jai Rodriguez and DJ Brenda Black get the crowd in motion, while an open bar and free appetizers round down the price. Dance lesson at 6:30 p.m., live music at 7:30 p.m., Josie Robertson Plaza, at Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 65th streets, $50 in advance, $75 at the door, lincolncenter.org
FRIDAY June 22
From the Left Bank
Set your course for adventure. The Fifth Annual Stonewall Sails Regatta blows through the Upper Bay, in full view of the Statue of Liberty, this afternoon. After the action, find somebody cute to ferry you—or take the PATH train—across the Hudson River for the big awards dinner and after-party. Races at 1 p.m., free dinner and party at 6 p.m., at the Newport Marina, Jersey City. Further details at ksa-nyc.org/racing/2007/stonewall/nor.php.
SATURDAY June 23
Run for Your Life
Anyone up for hot quads in tight Lycra? The Front Runners Lesbian and Gay Pride Run kicks off in Central Park this morning. The five-mile race, led by the queer Front Runners Club and the utterly friendly folks at New York Road Runners, promises the best in cardiovascular conditioning. If you’re taking part, you’re bound to meet your target heart rate. If you’re just watching, the flow of sexy bodies might ?—just might—accomplish the same. Proceeds benefit a range of LGBT causes, including HIV/AIDS and breast cancer. Limited same-day registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., $25 for non-NYRR members. Race starts at 9 a.m. Course begins and ends near 99th Street and East Drive, nyrr.org.
SUNDAY June 24
Chicks, White Satin Take Stage
Billed as a love triangle with a twist, The Engagement: A Snatch of Life in 3 Acts follows the pre-nuptial contortions of a lesbian couple with enough exes, hangers-on, bystanders, and nutty family members to make a winning TV pilot. At 8 p.m., Wings Theatre, 154 Christopher Street, $25 in advance, $35 at the door. See snatchoflife.com for more scheduled performances.
MONDAY June 25
Help When They Need It
Mark your so-called recovery from the gleeful dissolution of Pride with
Harmony, Heart & Humor, a music/comedy benefit for the Trevor Project. Since its launch in 1998, the nation’s only 24/7 suicide hotline for queer and questioning youth has gotten calls from 96,000 kids. Now you can help make sure there’s always someone standing by. This year’s event honors actor Nathan Lane. Reception and silent auction at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Hotel, 145
West 44th Street. $40–$80. See the trevorproject.org.