This week we’re adding a bit of fabulousness to your agenda. Partake in a night of Queeraoke (yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like), party like a supermodel at Steven Kasher Gallery, and catch rousing dance performances by the lovely ladies of Victrola Burlesque. You’re welcome.
Almost four years ago, the Gowanus Canal was added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List in order to further investigate contamination at the site and develop an approach to address the contamination. But what has progressed since then? And what does “Superfund” even mean? This evening at Superfund: A Citizen’s Guide, Inna Guzenfeld, planner and urban historian trained at Pratt Institute, discusses this very question, along with spotlighting the Superfund in your neighborhood. She will also focus on citizen participation in the Superfund process and conclude with a discussion of current and future sites in the five boroughs.
At 6:30 p.m., Brooklyn Brainery, Brooklyn, $10.
[Lit] Before the age of OkCupid and sexting, folks had to use a real-life personality in order to bed and wed (or not) whomever they desired. Perhaps average people had wit and charm, but how do historical figures fair in the love department? Would you want to date Ernest Hemingway or Frederick Douglass? Tonight Historical Heartthrobs author Kelly Murphy discusses this topic, along with Vice‘s Brian Moylan, comedians Sue Smith and Andy Ross, and Adult Swim writer Joe Garden.
At 7 p.m., PowerHouse Arena, free.
[Lit] Last month, Springsteen’s new collection, High Hopes, leaked on Amazon, so you may have already heard some of the dozen songs on the 18th studio album by Jersey’s crooning native son. But today it drops for real, so mark the occasion with a trip to his home state. Word Jersey City, an offshoot of the Greenpoint bookstore, hosts Springsteen Night with authors Marc Dolan (Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock and Roll) and Caryn Rose (Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe). Join them for a conversation about the icon, who has said that he’s “spent most of my life as a musician measuring the distance between the American dream and American reality.” — HB
At 7:30 p.m., Word Bookstore, Jersey City, free.
[Burlesque] Every Tuesday night, the gorgeous women of Victrola Burlesque wow the crowd at Hill & Dale, and tonight should not disappoint. Catch rousing dance numbers by Perle Noire, Darlina Just Darlina, Genie Adagio, and Zoe Ziegfeld.
At 9 p.m., Hill & Dale, free.
[Party] “At first I was afraid, I was petrified …” If you know what comes next, you best find your way to Queeraoke. Don’t deny your desire to sing in front of strangers any longer. Queeraoke, “karaoke for gays and queers and allies,” begins with a couple of stand-up comedy sets (you know, to give you enough time to get drunk) and then becomes an all-night sing-along fest. The most spirited performer of the evening wins a $25 bar tab.
At 10 p.m., Metropolitan, Brooklyn, free.
[Art] It was the summer of 1989 when Republican Senator Jesse Helms attacked Robert Mapplethorpe‘s The Perfect Moment exhibition for its graphic s/m photos, causing the Corcoran Gallery to back out of its planned show (the 42-year-old Mapple-thorpe had died earlier that year). In honor of the 25th anniversary of that fearless body of work, Sean Kelly Gallery paired 54 of the artist’s black-and-white photos, playing on the theme “Saints and Sinners.” Patti Smith, bodybuilder Lisa Lyon, and Mapplethorpe himself are just a few of the fascinating subjects on display. — AA
At 10 a.m., Sean Kelly Gallery, free.
[Games] The Will Clark Show featuring Porno Bingo is part game show, part variety show, and all fundraiser featuring four rounds of bingo, awesome erotic prizes, and “gaylebrity” guest callers and performers.
At 9 p.m., Uncle Charlie’s Piano Bar and Lounge, free.
[Art] “I don’t know how they got in there, if they got in themselves, or if I encouraged it, or what,” photographer Roxanne Lowit tells W Magazine about one of her most infamous images featuring Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Naomi Campbell fooling around in a bathtub at the Ritz in Paris in 1990. “They were drinking their champagne in the bathtub, ’cause that makes a good picture. Their feet were going up, and they were laughing.” Oh, to be a high-fashion supermodel in the ’90s. Or, better yet: to be a fashion and celebrity photographer capturing all the madness, which is exactly what Lowit has done since the ’70s. Her show “Be Fabulous” ends tonight with what should be an extraordinary party. Would you expect anything less?
At 6 p.m., Steven Kasher Gallery, Chelsea, free.
[Art] Eyebeam’s 2014 Annual Showcase highlights innovative works produced at the organization over the last year. The showcase celebrates Eyebeam artists’ preeminence in technology-based art and creative platforms through research-based practice. This year is Eyebeam’s last showcase at its Chelsea location before the organization moves to its new space at Brooklyn’s Downtown Cultural District. Tonight’s opening reception features work by Addie Wagenknecht, Katie Torn, Keren Oxman, Wyatt Niehaus, WU Juehui, Zach Blas, among others.
At 6 p.m., Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, free.
[Poetry] Tonight’s Vica Miller Winter Poetry Salon program includes Lucas Hunt reading from a new collection, The Muse Demanded Lyrics; Carley Moore reading from a new manuscript, My Pretty ; Gennady Pritsker reading new poetry and his translation of Joseph Brodsky’s Letters to a Friend in Rome; and Dawn Lundy Martin reading new poetry. Also on view at the gallery: “The Tall Tale: Folk, Fantasy & Fear in the Art of the Fairytale,” a group show of 10 female artists.
At 6:30 p.m., Susan Eley Fine Art, free.