Thursday, June 9
Jimmy James in Divas Are Forever
Helen’s Restaurant and Cabaret, 9pm
From Bette Davis to Britney Spears and everything in between, Divas Are Forever proves Jimmy James to be unrivaled as a singer and cabaret star. Opening June 9, the performances will continue on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of June.
169 Eighth Ave at 19th St. Tickets are $20, plus a $15 per person food and drink minimum. For reservations, call 212-206-0609, ext. #12, from 4pm to 2am or www.jimmyjames.com
Saturday, June 11
Brooklyn Pride Parade & Festival
Prospect Park Festival at 11pm, parade at 8pm. The second-largest pride event in New York, the Brooklyn Pride Festival is an all-day celebration culminating in the evening’s parade up the west side of Prospect Park.
Bartel-Pritchard Circle, Prospect Park West and 15th St, 718-670-3337
Boysroom 10pm to 4am
DJs JonJon, Battles, Adam and Formika spin this amateur go-go night with $300 prize. Randy Jackson not likely to attend.
9 Ave A, at 1st St www.tripwithus.com
High Life/Low Life
The Slide, 1am
The World Famous Bob hosts this newly revamped party, with special guest performers the Duelling Bankheads! Downstairs is a tribute to truckers — replete with reststop bathrooms and trucker porn. DJ’s Corey Tut and Nita Aviance. $5 before 11, $10 thereafter
356 Bowery at 4th St, Downstairs
Sunday, June 12
The Panty Revolution Speedo Night Sundayl
Splash Bar, Doors open 7pm
This scandalous underwear party hits the West Side for one night only! Get down to your skivvies, jocks or speedos and come clean with pornstars hosts Owen Hawk and Damon Demarco.
50 West 17th St , www.dnnyc.com
Monday, June 13
Out, Proud, and Funny:
A Celebration of Gay Humor
The LGBT Community Center 8pm, $20 adv ($15 seniors/students), $25 at the door. Julie Halston moderates a panel discussion about gay humor featuring such comedians and writers as Kate Clinton, Judy Gold, the amazing Murray Hill, and Bob Smith.
208 W 13th St, 212-620-7310
Friday, June 17
Pyramid Club 1984
10pm to 4am, $8. Dynasty DVDs are up for grabs while the classic soap is screened in the basement, plus the usual 1980s dance mix.
101 Avenue A, at 6th St. 212-473-7184
Saturday, June 18
Every other Saturday at Metropolitan in Williamsburg, FREE. The Party was started a year and a half ago by DJ Cameron with the idea to play different music from gay bars. Complete with obscure videos and visuals, the night draws a pretty typical mixed Williamsburg crowd, and, aparently some homos do cross the river to GAG!559 Lorimer St (Metropolitan Ave), Williamsburg
Leather Pride Night
The Roxy 6:15pm, $15 adv, $20 at the door. Entering its 22nd year, this annual party is quite possibly the biggest real auction outside the internet devoted to fetish clothing, toys, and various art objects. All proceeds go to various charities, including Pride Week organizers Heritage of Pride.
515 W 18th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves 212-645-5157 www.leatherpridenight.org
Sunday, June 19
The Rally: Pride Starts Here!
Bryant Park 2-6pm. The official kickoff to Pride Week, the Rally turns Bryant Park into one huge afternoon block party. The line-up includes European dance star Taborah, violinist Dr. Draw, female hip-hop duo God-des, transgender advocacy speaker Pauline Park, 45-member gospel group IllumiNation Chorale, songwriter Rachel Sage, singer Brian Kent, author Andrew Tobias, Cellardoor, politician Susan Sommer, activist Dr. Marjorie J. Hill, and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum.
Sixth Ave and 42nd St, 212-80-PRIDE www.hopinc.org
After Rally Party
Pegasus 7pm. Rally performers and speakers will be hanging out after the Rally at Pegasus, with drink specials to benefit Heritage of Pride.
119 E 60th St, between Park and Lexington Aves 212-308-6729 www.pegasusbar.com
Tuesday, June 20
Family: A Reading of Gay and Lesbian
Lincoln Center, Kaplan Penthouse 6:30pm, $40. The first event of the Lincoln Center Salutes Gay Pride series, this reading and panel discussion includes playwright Paula Vogel and acclaimed authors David Leavitt and Allan Gurganus.
165 W 65th St, between Columbus and
Amsterdam Aves, www.lincolncenter.org
Midsummer Night Swing: The Village People
Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza 6:30pm, $15. Because you’ll be hard pressed to hear the Village People getting played any other time during Pride Week.
Columbus Ave, at 62nd St. www.lincolncenter.org
Boysroom, Every Wednesday-No Cover
Peppermint Gummybear MC’s this weekly party with special Pride Week performances by Tobell Von Cartier, and more! Upstairs DJ Nita spins-old-skool hip-hop, booty shakers and classics! Downstairs John John and Jess spin lavender new wave postpunk. Hosted by the lovely Sophia Lamaar and others.
9 Ave A, between 1st and 2nd st
Doors 10pm, 18+, 21 to drink
Black Pride Opening Reception & Community Forum
The LGBT Community Center 7pm. Black Pride NYC kicks off their row of Pride Week events with a party featuring a variety of guest speakers, performers, and artists.
208 W 13th St (1,2,3,9 to 14th St-Seventh Ave; A,C,E to 14th St-Eighth Ave) 212-620-7310 www.gaycenter.org
“Rebirth” Kickoff Party
Luke & Leroy’s 10pm. The Black Pride kickoff party continues into the night at this West Village club, formerly known as lesbian hot spot Crazy Nanny’s.
21 Seventh Ave S, at Leroy St 212-645-0004
Thursday, June 23
Cherry Bomb: Queer Music Showcase
Murray Hill, the “hardest working man in showbusiness” hosts a night of queer music and performance. See legendary performers God-des, Bitch, DaLypsttx, Justin Tranter, and more. Dancing is prohibited and strongly encouraged. 9pm $12 in advance, $15 door.
The Knitting Factory, Main Room, 74 Leonard St www.knittingfactory.com
Friday, June 24
$35 advance, $40 at the dock
Celebrate Pride Week with a cruise by the skyline of Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty. Strut your stuff in a thong, bikini and sarong contest and dance your heart out to the tunes of the 70s, 80s, 90s, disco, house, salsa, merengue and everything in between.
Boarding at 6:45pm, returns at 11pm
Worlds Fair Marina, Queens, NY (free parking)
Backdoor to OZ
Crobar 11pm-8am afterhours, $35 Door Daniel Nardicio asks “Are you a good bitch or a bad bitch?” at his first “Alternacircuit” event at Crobar. This event features nightlife stars like Amanda Lepore, Sophia Lamarr, Harry *. With a superstar DJ line-up including Steve Travolta, DJ Demarko and Eddie Baez. Downtown superstar DJ Lina in the Kansas Room. 530 West 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves. $30 the week before, and $35 at the door available at
www.crobar.com or www.dnnyc.com.
Saturday, June 25
Annual New York City Dyke March
5pm sharp! Bryant Park, 42nd St and Sixth Ave
Demonstrate, agitate, liberate at the New York City Dyke March. Bring signs, banners, drums, giant puppets, flags, hula hoops, or just be there.
NYC Dyke March, 212-479-8520
Scorcher! A Block Party Benefiting Aid for AIDS
1am-9pmWeehawken Street, between Christopher and 10th Sts. $5 includes first 12oz beer. Aid for AIDS 212-337-8043, www.scorchernyc.com
Rapture on the River
Pier 54 5pm, $20 adv, $25 at the door. Another Heritage of Pride official event, DJ Twisted Dee hosts this women’s dance in the Hudson River Park. Proceeds from the dance go towards various Pride Week events and community organizations. 13th St, at Hudson River 212-80-PRIDE www.hopinc.org
Dyke Ball 2005
Theater for the New City 8pm, $5-$10. The official follow-up party to the Dyke March, proceeds from the Dyke Ball go to the Dyke March Committee, WOW Café Theater, and D.I.T.C.H.155 First Ave, between 9th and 10th Sts 212-254-1109 www.theaterforthenewcity.net
A Burst of Light: New Directions in Black Gay & Lesbian Literature
Nuyorican Poets Café 4pm, $5. Frank Leon Roberts hosts a discussion featuring several black gay and lesbian authors and artists like James Earl Hardy, Staceyann Chin, Alphonso Morgan, and Hanifah Walidah.236 E 3rd St, between Aves B and C 212-505-8183 www.nuyorican.org
Sunday, June 26
36th Annual LGBT Pride March12 pm.
Right around the age that it should be having a mid-life crisis, the 36-year-old LGBT Pride March is timelier than ever. This year’s event snakes downtown from its Formation Area at Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street to its final destination in the West Village. Fifth Ave at 52nd St. 212-80-PRIDEwww.hopinc.org
PrideFest: Four in One!
West Village 11am-10:30pm. The March spills over into this massive street fair featuring a six-block long marketplace, a stage featuring over 25 free performances, a community art fair, and a special area for kid’s entertainment.Greenwich and Washington Sts, between Christopher and Spring Sts
Dance on the Pier
Pier 54 4pm, $55 adv, $75 day of. Pride Week comes to a close with the official final event, with DJs Randy Bettis and Warren Gluck spinning late into the night.13th St, at Hudson River 212-80-PRIDEwww.hopinc.orgPost Pride PartyPegasus, 6pm. For those who don’t feel like shelling out the ticket price for the official post-March dance, this party at Pegasus still benefits the Heritage of Pride organization (and still features drink specials from sponsors).119 E 60th St, between Park and Lexington Aves 212-308-6729 www.pegasusbar.com