The Very Best of NYC Special Events

For all dates, times and locations, see the Cultural, Arts and Entertainment Listings.

On Nov 19, head over to Gotham Hall to celebrate the Anti-Violence Project’s 11th Annual Courage Awards. The awards were established to honor outstanding individuals and organizations whose work on behalf of LGBT and HIV-affected communities have made a profound impact on all of our lives. Hosted by BD Wong, this year’s event honors New York State Assembly Member Daniel J. O’Donnell, Ms. Verna Eggleston of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, and the Sundance Channel.

The Hetrick Martin Institute hosts its 2007 Emery Awards Nov 28 at Cipriani Wall Street. The Emery Awards are presented by the Hetrick-Martin Institute to honor those who have worked to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths aged between 12 and 21. This year’s awards feature emcee Rex Lee and performances by Cyndi Lauper and Miri-Ben Ari. The Scissor Sisters, Polo Ralph Lauren and Jeffrey Kalinsky will be honored.

Commercial Closet Association’s 3rd Annual Corporate AdRespect Honors hit the Times Center on Nov 15. Join 300 advertising, marketing and media executives to honor the outstanding leadership of LGBT inclusion in advertising that Absolut Vodka and American Express have demonstrated for decades. Explore the glamorous new headquarters of The New York Times and enjoy Absolut cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Nov 3–4 at the Jacob Javits Center, Speaker Christine Quinn cuts the opening ceremony ribbon for this year’s Gay Life Expo. Bigger and better than ever before, the 2007 theme is “Building Community.” A consumer show that brings together gay-friendly businesses with family, friends, and members of the community, this year’s Expo features a special panel about the ENDA and GENDA bills, while Sunday is themed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Gays in the Military.” Don’t miss performances by The Glamazons and Josh Zuckerman, a fashion show by Zulema Griffin, and more!

One of the hottest women’s events of the year, the Stonewall Community Honors takes over Ultra Lounge on Nov 30. A most amazing group of women will assemble for an unforgettable night of awards, community and celebration. Kate Clinton emcees and the vent features the incomparable Susan Morabito on the turntables spinning her soulful beats at an incredible venue that promises to delight all of your senses.

Nov 14, Connect at the Met with the Metropolitan Opera’s LGBT Singles Night. Get into the act, sip champagne, make new friends and enjoy a performance by the world’s greatest singers on the world’s greatest stage. This performance of Le Nozze de Figaro features a cocktail hors d’oeuvres reception and a champagne/dessert intermission.

On Nov 26, Lincoln Center will present its 18th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Josie Robertson Plaza. This exciting free celebration of music and dance is one of New York City’s favorite holiday traditions, celebrating the city’s rich cultural and artistic diversity. Dancers from the New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will perform “The Dance of the Candy Canes.” The Metropolitan Opera will present an excerpt from their dazzling new production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. And don’t miss special guest Dar Williams!

The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) has announced that it will host the “Freedom on Our Terms” Women’s Conference Nov 10–11 at Hunter College. Rosie O’Donnell will present a keynote speech, and feminist icon Gloria Steinem will participate in a panel discussion. Other speakers include Carol Jenkins, President of The Women’s Media Center, Kim Gandy, President of the National Organization for Women, and more. The conference will include roundtable discussions, plenary sessions, workshops, issue caucuses and music.