Few things in New York pack enough punch to keep us interested for an entire week. Let’s be honest, David Blaine’s 7 days in a giant fishbowl got tired around hump day, we could probably live with Fleet Weekend and even God gave himself a day of rest. But Gay Pride Week just may be the exception to the rule. See and be seen at even half of these events and you’ll be ready for Lethargy Week.
Queer Wedding Sweet
June 14, 8pm
June is the traditional Jewish wedding month and also gay pride. Marry the two and you get Queer Wedding Sweet, a comedic love story combining Yiddish songs, juggling, poetry, jazz, and more. This performance explores cultural historical, emotional and political aspects of queer Jewish culture.
JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave, at 76th St.
For tickets call 646-505-5708. $15 JCC members; $20 non-members
Lesbo Pajama Party
June 15, 9pm
Free entry before midnight to any girl in her skivvies. Prizes for “Best Wrapped Package.” Strap-ons always a plus.
438 Hudson St, 212-924-3347
Lesbian Sex Mafia
June 16, 9pm to 3am
Explore the set pit and use the unique bondage equipment. SM-curious, novices and voyeurs welcome. Sizzling violet wand demo by Glenda Rider!
515 W 29th St, at Tenth Ave, $20. 212-726-3844, lesbiansexmafia.org
June 16, 8pm
A night of politically charged queerotica as New York’s most talented gay authors launch a call to arms and bring their visions of sex and anarchy to titillate their fellow revolutionaries.
302 Broome St, between Eldridge and Forsythe Sts, FREE
Chelsea Challenge 2006
June 16, 17 and 18
Gay and gay-friendly ice hockey tournament. In its sixth year the Chelsea Challenge welcomes players from all over the U.S. Canada and Europe. Pretty hard not to make a “holding the stick” joke.
FREE to spectators
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
Chelsea Piers, Pier 61
Leather Pride Night
June 17, 6:15pm
Big leathermen party followed by an auction of fetish and S&M paraphernalia. Go, sell yourself.
515 W 18th St
Murray Hill’s Sixth Annual Miss Lez Pageant
June 18, 8pm
A wildly provocative, jaw-dropping beauty pageant for gay women in NYC. Six contestants compete in categories of Platform, Swimsuit, Evening Gown, Interview and Talent for the title, cash and drink tickets.
74 Leonard St
$12 adv; $15 door; ticketweb.com
The Sweaty Ball
June 18, 7:30pm
Join the sweaty, hairy and leather-clad after the Folsom Street East Fair in the rough-hewn loft known as Guest House. DJs Rich King and Gustavo, along with the folks from MANHUNT present this dance party for leathermen, bears, daddies and their boys to celebrate Daddy’s Day properly.
542 W 27th St, $20
10th Annual Folsom St. East
June 18, 2pm-8pm
New York’s one and only kinky fetish-inspired block party. One of the largest outdoor events of its kind features S&M and leather-bound fun. Suggested donation of $5
West 28th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
The Pride Rally
June 18, 2pm-6pm
Emceed by Ant of Celebrity Fit Club fame who claims he is so gay he can lisp saying the word “cracker.” Also, the Drag Initiative to Vanquish AIDS (aka “The DIVAs”) bring sexual health edu-tainment exploits.
42nd Street and Sixth Avenue
Broadway Bares 16
June 18, 9:30pm and midnight
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS brings you this signature annual event featuring the hottest male and female dancers on Broadway.
239 W 52nd St, broadwaycares.org for tickets
Salute to Pride Open Bar!
June 19, 8pm-9pm
Show your pride by getting hammered on someone else’s dime. You won’t even have to bat those eyelashes or flash the pearly whites to entice someone to buy your love — it’s open bar for one power hour.
281 W. 12th St.
Super Gay Pride Queeramid
June 21 and 22, 9pm-midnight
With drag sensation Miss Vodka Stinger. Not just gay, supergay!
8 Christopher St.
The House of Xavier’s Glam Slam 2006
June 21, 7pm
Hosted by Mother Diva Xavier with music by DJ Brando. Open categories include: Best Love Poem in Fire Engine Red, Best Erotic Poem in Sexy Underwear or Lingerie, Wig-A-Poem.
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, 212-614-0505
Tickets: $7 via website or phone.
Dance by Neil Greenberg/Not-About-AIDS-Dance
June 21-25, 7:30pm
12th Anniversary revival of the critically acclaimed Not-About-AIDS-Dance.
Dance Theater Workshop
219 W 19th St, tickets: $25 & $15 via website, neilgreenberg.org
“In The Flesh” GLBT Erotica Reading Series
June 21, 8pm
The city’s best erotic writers share tales of intimacy and smut to get the audience all hot and bothered. These ain’t your mama’s bedtime stories!
Happy Ending Lounge
302 Broome St, 212-334-9676, free
June 22, 9pm
Prettier than Joe’s Big Gay Luau, and with more boobies. Limbo contest winner gets to “guest bartend” just long enough to pour some free shots for her friends.
438 Hudson St, 212-924-3347
Totally Funked Up!
June 22, 11pm
Legendary drag performer Sherry Vine teams up with two of the hottest new queens on the scene, Peppermint Gummybear and Ericka Aviance. Songs from the Supremes to En Vogue to Destiny’s Child mixed with sizzling live vocals and ass shaking.
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
425 Lafayette St, tickets: $20 call 212-539-8778
LGBT Self-Defense Workshop
June 22, 6:30pm-9pm
Learn to defend yourself against violence using martial arts and fabulous purse swinging.
The Center for Anti-Violence Education
421 Fifth Ave, 2nd Floor, Park Slope
Tickets: sliding fee scale.
Stonewall Sailing Regatta
June 23, noon
Bust out your pastel polo shirts and Dockers for this traditional sailboat race held every year on the Hudson River.
between Liberty & Ellis Islands
Annual Aids Candlelight Vigil
June 23, 7:30pm
The vigil shows remembers survivors and shows support for those now afflicted with HIV/AIDS. Candles will be provided free of charge.
Sheridan Square Park and Christopher St.
25th Anniversary Front Runners Lesbian & Gay Pride Run
June 24th, 9am
NYRR and Front Runners, a running team for gay men, lesbians and gay-friendly people, hold their annual five-mile run through Central Park.
Registration forms on website.
Tickets: $11 members, $17 non-members.
Start on Central Park’s East Dr at East 99th St
June 24, 10am - 5pm
The Lambda Car Club Empire Region is holding an all day celebration of steel and chrome. On display will be over forty stunning old cars. Come out and look younger by comparison.
Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza - 47th St (1st & 2nd Ave)
14th Annual New York City Dyke March
June 24, 5pm
Thousands of dykes take over the streets in celebration of lesbianism and in protest of ongoing discrimination and harassment. The Dyke March is open to all women, biological or otherwise — no sign-up or registration required.
42nd Street and Sixth Ave
Men on Men Pride Edition
June 24, 7pm and midnight
Porn stars Erik Rhodes and Roman Heart are gay, hunky and not afraid to flaunt it. Enjoy.
50 W 17th St, 212-691-0073
RAPTURE: A Women’s Dance
June 24, 5pm-10:30pm
DJs Brenda Black and Twisted Dee will spin hip-hop, pop, lounge, and house music. All proceeds from Rapture will benefit New York City lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride Week Events and community organizations.
13th St, at the Hudson River in Hudson River Park
Tickets: $25, boxofficetickets.com
June 25, noon; Moment of Silence: 2pm
The week culminates with this annual demonstration of unity and pride. Everybody is welcome to join in the festivities.
Fifth Ave and 52nd St, to Christopher and Greenwich Sts
Big Apple RaUnch
June 24, 9pm
A raucous party at New York’s biggest and best country and western dance school to benefit EnGuard, New York’s gay and lesbian color guards.
39 W 19th St, 5th flr
Joe’s Big Gay Luau!!!
June 24, 11pm
Joe’s Big Gay Luau is a celebration of New York City’s heritage of pride and will feature performances by some of the city’s favorite stars and brightest Broadway talent. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation and Camp TLC.
425 Lafayette St, tickets: $20
PrideFest: 4 Events in 1
June 25, 11am-10:30pm
More than your ordinary street festival Pridefest offers shopping in the MarketPlace, the chance to admire and buy art in ArtSpace, a place for kids to play at KidSpace, and hours of entertainment at StageFest.
Greenwich and Washington Sts, between Christopher and Spring Sts.
Dance on the Pier: 20th Anniversary
June 25, 4pm-11pm
The Dance on the Pier calls itself “a protest set to music, a celebration set to the western skyline and a reminder of how far we’ve come these last two decades.” Let’s keep it rolling along.
13th St, the Hudson River, in Hudson River Park
Female After Parade Gathering
June 25, noon-4am
Sounds more “ladies who lunch” than “ladies who munch,” but the Silicone vs. Non-Silicone competition at 7pm will push this party into scandalous territory.
438 Hudson St, 212-924-3347