The Very Best of NYC Holiday Arts & Entertainment

Dec 21-Feb 9 NYC Arts & Entertainment! Holiday, cultural and community events to make your winter merry and bright.

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Winter Village at Bryant Park Holiday Shops
7am-12am, free, Bryant Park, 6th Ave @ 42nd St, 212-768-4242, Featuring more than 125 boutique-style shops in the Bryant Park’s tree-lined allées, the Holiday Shops complete the park’s transformation into a winter wonderland. From distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more, the Holiday Shops are the perfect place to find gifts for all. Thru Jan 2.

Butch Femme Society  
6:30-8pm, free, The Center, 208 W 13th St, 212-388-2736, contact, NYC’s oldest and largest butch/femme social and support group, BFS is committed to providing social education, emotional support and entertainment to the much-ignored butch/femme community. 3rd Wednesdays.


Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s Holiday & Volunteer Recognition Party
6-7:30pm, free, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, 4 Metrotech, Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Community Pride Center invites you to their 2016 Holiday Party! Bring a friend, family member, or date and enjoy holiday cheer, food, drink, music and most of all—queer community. RSVP to

Sandra Bernhard performs at Joe’s Pub

Merry Hanukkah with Judy Gold
7:30pm, $32.75+, Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, Take a break from all the stress of 2016 and come to Carolines for a few drinks, snacks and lots of laughs with Judy Gold, acclaimed comedic virtuoso and community favorite. Thru Dec 24.  

The Annual LGBTQ Community Chanukah Party
8-11pm, 18+, $25/$20 adv, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W 83rd St, register @ Join over 200 friends to celebrate Chanukah with music, dancing, schmoozing, drinking (open bar for 21+) and holiday food! All proceeds go to support services on behalf of Jewish Queer Youth, including the JQY Drop-In Center.

The Dirty Ho Ho Ho Show
4-9pm, $5 suggested, The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St, The Stonewall Inn and Housing Works present an incredible one-night-only reunion performance featuring Honey Davenport and Delilah J. Brooks, with special guests including Ari Kiki and DJ Chauncey Dandrige. A portion of proceeds go to the lifesaving services Housing Works provides.

When You Wish Upon A Song by Down Town Glee Club
7:30-9pm, $20 suggested/$15 seniors, students, children, veterans; free for active military, St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave, 917-748-1958, The holiday season is all about magic! Celebrate it with the Down Town Glee Club at their annual winter concert: a “fantabulous” Disney songfest. Save $5 when you reserve online. Your ticket is tax deductible.

20Something Monthly Manhattan Meetup
8-9:30pm, $5 suggested, The Center, 208 W 13th St, 212-620-7310, contact, meetup. com/20somethingnyc, A safe space to mingle and talk about experiences as an LGBT person in New York City—for any 20-something looking for a more casual space to explore their sexual/gender identity.

BETTY: Annual Holiday Show (photo: Francesca Galliani)


BETTY: Annual Holiday Show with Special Guest Gloria Steinem
6pm doors/8pm show, $30-$40, City Winery, 155 Varick St, BETTY, New York City’s iconic pop/performance band, returns to City Winery for their legendary annual Holiday Show, featuring a special guest: THE Gloira Steinem.

Babeland’s Holiday Happy Hour
7pm, free, Babeland Brooklyn, 462 Bergen St, Brooklyn, Move over mistletoe, there’s a new sexy tradition in town! The weather outside may be frightful, but at least the sex toys are delightful. Join Babeland as they toast the season for giving (and receiving) with Babeland Bubbly and holiday cheer. Visit babeland. com/events for more info.

Macy’s Santaland
Times vary/check website for schedule, free, Macy’s Herald Square, 8th Fl, 151 W 34th St, All kiddies with their moms/dads/caretakers are invited to visit Old St. Nick on the 8th floor of Macy’s Herald Square. Seeing Santa is free to all, but there are optional professional photos available with packages beginning at $20.99. Thru Dec 24.

Tatiana Eva-Marie and the Avalon Jazz Band
7-9pm, $20, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St, 212-539-8778, Tatiana Eva-Marie is a critically acclaimed artist, actress, activist and rising jazz star whose style reflects her father’s Francophile jazzy influence and her mother’s Balkan heritage. Fronting the Avalon Jazz Band, she expresses her passion for poetry, rhythm, swing and the bohemian lifestyle. A must-see concert for jazz aficionados.

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park (photo: Colin Miller)


Grand Central Holiday Fair
10am–6pm, Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd St, 212-340-2583, Finish up your last-minute shopping in one place: Grand Central Terminal’s 2016 Holiday Fair, which boasts the offerings of dozens of artists, craftspeople and local businesses. Check off your list with arts and crafts, toys, clothing, jewelry, specialty foods, bath/spa items and holiday swag.

Christmas Eve with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
2pm & 8pm, $25-$150, New York City Center, 131 W 55th St (btwn 6th & 7th), 212-581-1212, Bring the whole family for the matinee to enjoy Ronald K. Brown’s spiritually-charged “Four Corners,” Matthew Rushing’s uplifting “ODETTA” and much more. A free Q&A with the acclaimed Ailey dancers will follow. During the evening performance, Kyle Abraham’s gripping “Untitled America,” Robert Battle’s cathartic “Awakening” and Judith Jamison’s sensual duet, “A Case of You” will grace the stage.

The 10th Annual Menorah Horah!
8-11pm, $25-$40, The Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St, Drop that dreidel and hold on to your latkes! The Schlep Sisters are heating up the holidays with “Hanukkah’s Hottest Hebrew Hotties!” Celebrate eight dreidel-spinning nights of Hanukkah in one special evening of music, laughs, latkes and premier burlesque stars.    

Krane Talks
2-4pm, free, Bluestockings, 172 Allen St (btw Stanton and Rivington Sts), 212-777-6028, A platform and environment for discussions, ideas and proposals addressing the societal issues and dangers facing humanity. Specifically: racism and race relations, class warfare, war and humanitarian crisis overseas, income inequality, the LGBTQ community and more.

Zappalorti Society
1-4pm, free, The Center, 208 W 13th St, 917-286-0616, contact, Lesbian, gay and transgender psychiatric survivors organize for peer support, self-help and mental health advocacy. Saturdays.

Identity House Walk-In Peer Counseling
6pm-8pm, free, The Center, 208 W 13th St, Access compassionate peer counseling at a low-cost fee for coming out issues, relationships, dating, human interactions and all other life topics. Every Sat and Sun. For more details, contact



Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center
On view 24 hours, free, 30 Rockefeller Plaza (6th Ave btwn W 48 and W 51 Sts), Grab a hot beverage and brave the crowds and winter weather to watch the twinkling lights of the colossal Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center. Thru Jan 7.

Christmas Day with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
7:30pm, $25-$150, New York City Center, 131 W 55th St (btwn 6th & 7th Aves), 212-581-1212, The renowned dance company’s thrilling Christmas Day performance will include Ronald K. Brown’s Cuban-inspired “Open Door,” Christopher Wheeldon’s dreamlike “After the Rain Pas de Deux” and Mauro Bigonzetti’s soulful ensemble “Deep.”

Christmas (and Hanukkah Candle 2) for the Jews
8-10:30pm, $25, City Winery, 155 Varick St, 212-608-0555, Christmas comedy is back! Having completed a yearlong trip around the world with his family, Joel Chasnoff returns to City Winery to host the fourth annual “CHRISTMAS FOR THE JEWS.” Joining Joel is an all-star lineup of Jewish comedians from “Letterman,” “Conan” and “The Tonight Show.”

Santa Klez
3pm and 5pm, $20 plus $10 food and drink min, Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St, 212-989-9319, Be merry on Christmas Day with Metropolitan Klezmer and the Izle of Klezbos bandmates, featuring Debra Kreisberg, clarinet/sax; Karen Waltuch, viola; Rachelle Garniez, accordion/piano and vocals; Brian Glassman, double bass; and Eve Sicular, drums/leader. Check website for reservations and details on the holiday feast package, including a full dinner menu upstairs.

Grand Slam Bridge Group  
2-5pm. free, The Center, 208 W 13th St, 914-665-8862, Relaxed games of duplicate bridge promote social ties. Partner not needed; everybody who arrives on time gets to play. 4th Sundays.



Sandra Bernhard’s Sandra Monica Boulevard: Coast to Coast
6pm doors/shows 7:30pm & 9:30pm (thru Dec 30), on Dec 31 NYE doors open at 8:30pm doors/shows 9pm & 11pm, $60 for shows thru Dec 30, $150 NYE 9pm show, $200 NYE 11pm show, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St, 212-967-7555, Sandy is heading East on Route 66 to bring “Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast” back to New York City, from one coast to the other. Traversing the country, Sandra takes you on a journey to find the soul of America….the back roads and the byways on a gas station map while weaving in the soundtrack you might hear on an AM radio station you pick up from Oklahoma. Thru Dec 31.

8-10pm, free, The Center, 208 W 13th St, 212-362-5889, All levels. Bring boards. Play in English, Spanish, French, Italian. 2nd/4th Mondays.


Nutcracker Rouge
8pm, $90 and up, The Irondale Theatre, 85 S Oxford St, Brooklyn,, Enjoy a sexy, extravagant, critically acclaimed baroque burlesque production by Company XIV, including opera, ballet, circus, a dazzling set design and fine music. Thru Jan 7.

Women’s/Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike
7-9:30pm, Bluestockings, 172 Allen St, 212-777-6028, Hosted by Vittoria Repetto—the “hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side”—the jam has showcased the famous, the infamous and the unknown for over a decade. Come out and deliver (up to) eight minutes of your poetry, prose, songs and spoken word.

Indoor Gardening Society  
6-9pm, free, The Center, 208 W 13th St, 718-913-6163, Learn the joys of house-plant horticulture with the Metropolitan Chapter. 4th Tuesdays.


Exploring Queer Space: Queer Latinx Identity in the Works of Cristy C. Road and Luis Carle
1pm, Rogue Space Chelsea, 508 W 26th St, The Rogue Space Chelsea showcases works by illustrator Cristy C. Road and photographer Luis Carle, two artists whose visual narratives focus on their Latino and queer identities. Curated by Harry Kwon. Thru Dec 30.

The Adventures of Minami: A Robot from Japan Who Makes You Feel Safe When Loneliness Is Palpable: Part I
8pm, $18, The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Ave (at Lorimer St), Brooklyn, 866-811-4111, Minami is a Japanese android inspired by the real-life robot celebrity Geminoid F. Technology. Desire and the need to unload onto a third party intersect in this first part of a trilogy, which asks the question: What does it mean to be human? Thru Dec 30.

Stiff Competition
7-10pm, $5, The Center, 208 W 13th St, 212-246-6214, Socialize and play some popular and some unique party games. Rules taught, different games at each meeting. Seating limited, latecomers not admitted. 4th Wednesdays.


A Christmas Carol
7pm, $32 and up, 212-352-3101, The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St, Nothing screams traditional Christmas like Charles Dickens’ classic about Ebenezer Scrooge! Stars Eric Fletcher as Scrooge, Shino Frances, Rebecca Pomeranz and Courtney Hansen as the Ghosts of Christmas, along with other talented cast members. Thru Dec 29.

Julie Goldman and Poppi Kramer
9:30-11pm, $20 with reservation and two drink min/$25 door and two drink min, The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher St, 212-255-5438, Julie and Poppi know how annoying the holidays are. There’s never anything to do between Christmas and New Year’s, but they’ve got the solution: a one-night comedy extravaganza at The Duplex! “Nothing fancy—just a night of two Jewesses lezzing out and dropping the mic.”

Grand Central 15th Annual Holiday Train Show
8am-8pm, free, Grand Central Terminal, NY Transit Museum Gallery Annex And Store, 89 E 42nd St, Presented annually by the New York Transit Museum, this popular model railroad exhibition features Metro-North, New York Central, and sub-way trains departing from a miniature Grand Central Terminal on a 34’-long, two-level “O” gauge layout. The museum’s store also offers great gifts for holiday shopping. Thru Feb 1.

New York Christmas Tour
12pm, $67.50, check website for exact location, Revel in all the holiday magic of NYC  with this private tour of the Big Apple’s most festive hot-spots. During this 3.5-hour walking excursion, an informed guide will take you through the dazzling window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord and Taylor, Rockefeller Center’s iconic Christmas tree and grand ice rink, Radio City Music Hall and many more seasonal sights. The tour concludes with food at the famous Hard Rock Café in Times Square.

Pride Toastmasters
6-7:30pm, free for guests/$78 for 6-mo. membership, The Center, 208 W 13th St, 917-596-5699, The only LGBT Toastmasters club on the East Coast. Learn new skills to enhance self-confidence and personal growth in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Thursdays.

Melissa Etheridge on tour (photo: Shutterstock)


Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present
11am-6pm, $16 (includes museum admission and ticketed exhibition), Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 718-638-5000, Don’t miss one of the first museum exhibitions to put sports photographers at the forefront. This is the most comprehensive presentation of sports photography ever organized and includes approximately 230 exciting works. A companion book of the same title accompanies the exhibition—and it makes a great gift! Thru Jan 8.

K2 Lounge
6pm-10pm, free, Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th St, 212-620-5000, Enjoy the Rubin Museum with a different “spin”—spinning from different DJs every Friday that is! Café Serai becomes the K2 Lounge and offers Pan-Asian tapas, martinis and wine to accompany the evening’s DJ, gallery tours and programs. Ongoing.

The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails
8pm, $65-$99 (three drinks included), The Producers Club, 358 W 44th St, If you haven’t yet imbibed enough over the holidays, enjoy this musical celebration of drinks past, present and future. The three Christmas Spirits teach Scrooge how to make cocktails and give each audience member three holiday drinks. Must be 21 or older with proper ID.

New Year’s Day at House of Yes (photo: courtesy House of Yes)


Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ’17 with Ryan Seacrest
8pm, ABC, If want to avoid a costly champagne dinner, followed by freezing outside, waiting for a cab, etc.—get cozy with your TV and a star-studded lineup, and watch the ball drop on “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”

New Year’s Eve with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
2pm & 7pm, $176-$336, New York City Center, 131 W 55th St (btwn 6th & 7th), 212-581-1212, Ailey’s five-week holiday season concludes on New Year’s Eve with two special performances. The matinee features an “All Ailey” program comprised of works choreographed by the Company’s legendary founder, including “Blues Suite,” “Night Creature” and “Cry.” A rousing season finale culminates the holiday engagement with excerpts of premieres and new productions.

New Year’s Eve New York City Pub Crawl
5pm, $10, locations vary, Multiply any city’s nightlife times 10 and that’s what you get when you venture through New York City’s urban jungle of bars and restaurants. Make new friends as you bond over booze and beers while you ring in 2017 (see ya, 2016, you bastard!) under the scenic skyline of NYC.

Julie Goldman New Year’s Eve
7:30-10pm, $40, The RRazz Room at the Raven, 385 W Bridge St, New Hope, PA, Get your New Year’s on and the night rolling with comedian Julie Goldman, from BRAVO’s “The People’s Couch” and “Vanderpump Rules After Show.” An affordable NYE party that’ll leave you laughing so hard you cry.

Jessica Kirson at the Comedy Cellar
8pm, see website for ticket info, Comedy Cellar, 117 MacDougal St, 212-254-3480, Spend New Year’s Eve laughing your ass off with host William Stephenson (from “Louie” and “The Chris Rock Show”) and Jessica Kirson, who joins a talented lineup of comics to end this horrifying year on a high note of hilarity! Almost sold out. Space is limited.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks: Prospect Park 150
11pm-12am, free, Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Join the Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for this annual fireworks celebration, this year with a twist! Help kick off the celebration of the Park’s 150th anniversary with fireworks, live music and more. Locations for viewing the fireworks include Grand Army Plaza, the Park’s West Dr., and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th St.

New Year’s Eve Supperclub
6pm-4am, $20 GA/$40 per person for a table with champagne toast, Superfine, 126 Front St, Brooklyn, 718-243-9005, Superfine is taking dinner reservations for their annual year-end supperclub, cabaret and dance party, featuring Miss Saturn, Zelig Flame, Lil Miss Lixx,  Jenny McGowan The Lounge Leader, Madame T & the Starlights and more TBA!

NYRR Midnight Run
10pm pre-race party/11:50pm run, free, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, 14 E 71st St, Kick off the New Year at the Midnight Run! Join the fun and celebrate, pre-race, with music and dancing, as 2016 comes to a close. With a countdown to midnight beginning at 11:59pm, the four-mile run will begin on the stroke of midnight, as will a spectacular fireworks display to light up the night and the start of 2017.

Stonewall Rebellion Veterans’ Association  
4-7pm, free, The Center, 208 W 13th St, 212-627-1969, contact, Legendary participants in the historic five-night Stonewall Rebellion are eligible for membership. Non-vet supporters and sponsors can join Friends of SVA. Last Saturdays.


2017 Annual Queer Polar Bear Brigade
12-3pm, free, Nathan’s (corner of Surf and Stillwell Sts), Brooklyn, The time is here again, when hundreds of folks from all walks of life gather at the shore of Coney Island to dip into the freezing waters of the Atlantic for the yearly Polar Bear Plunge This event invites all seasoned queer Polar Bears and Polar Bear novices and allies to gather together and celebrate the New Year in a daring, quirky, and exhilarating way.

43rd Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading
3pm-2am, $25/$20 adv, St Mark’s Church, 131 E 10th St, Come celebrate over 40 years of this monumental artistic event! Scores of poets will perform until the wee hours, as part of The Poetry Project’s largest fundraising initiative. Food and beverages will be available for sale, as well as books and other items. Stay for a few performances or all night—the choice is yours!

Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off!
8pm, $10, The Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th St (btw Second and Third Aves), 212-777-6088, Enjoy NYC’s funniest female comics and sassiest burlesque acts as you recover from NYE.

New Year’s Day at House of Yes
11am-10pm, $0-$25, 21+, House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, We’ve made it through the night, and we’ve made it through the year. House of Yes welcomes you to 2017 with a luxurious tropical day party filled with rejuvenation, revitalization and really incredible dance music. Stretch. Move. Celebrate. Brunch. Party your life back. And get a damn massage or soak in the hot tub, because we know your body needs it!

Worktable Exhibit (photo: Kate McIntosh)


Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
10:30am-5:30pm, $25, Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St, 212-708-9400, Nan Goldin has achieved worldwide acclaim with her photographs that depict her personal experiences around Boston, New York, Berlin, and elsewhere in the late 1970s, 1980s and beyond. A must-see exhibition at MoMA this season.

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche
Times and prices vary, The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 305, 1000 5th Ave, 212-535-7710, A long-standing yuletide tradition in New York, with tree-lighting ceremonies at 4:30pm daily (additional ceremonies on Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 and 6:30 pm). Thru Jan 8.


Tina Turner & Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Featuring LaRita Gaskins
7:30pm, $10, B.B. King Blues Club, 237 W 42nd St, 212-997-4144, Hear the hits from two of R&B’s best acts ever as accomplished R&B singer-songwriter LaRita Gaskins pays tribute to Tina Turner and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Mrs. Smith: While My Guitar Gently Shrieks
9pm doors/9:30pm show, $15, Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St, 212-539-8500, Noted philanthropist, tone poet, and world’s most unlikely guitar hero, Mrs. Smith (along with her band, The Rage) comes to Joe’s Pub for an encounter with unbridled musical exploration, fully bonkers comedic storytelling and “Lady of a Certain Age” pathos.


Women of Letters
6pm doors/7pm show, $20, The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St, 212-539-8500, Women of Letters is everyone’s favorite literary salon! Every month, New York’s best and brightest women come together on stage to celebrate the lost art of letter writing. Expect laughter, tears and camaraderie as host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes guests reading “A letter to my monster.” Featuring Desiree Burch, Rayya Elias, Margo Jefferson, JD Samson, Bess Stillman and Maysoon Zayid.

Finding Your O with Greer
8-10pm, free, The Pleasure Chest, 1150 2nd Ave, 212-355-6909, The orgasms you experience with your lover start with you. This class, led by sex specialist Greer, will cover pleasure anatomy, techniques for self-touch, and, favorite toys, lubes and erotic accessories. A safe space for women only.



NYC Intercollegiate LGBTQ Career Networking Event
6:30-9pm, free, Empire Wealth Strategies, 2 Park Ave, Ste 300, LGBT alumni, recent grads, and current undergraduate and graduate/professional students are invited to attend a career networking event. The format will begin with career field sector introduction groups, an “open mic” for self-introductions, then open mingling, light refreshments, casual conversations and networking.

Parenthood Through Adoption: Agency Adoption Financials
6:30-8pm, free, The Center, 208 W 13th, 646-358-1703, What are the expenses associated with agency adoption? Spence Chapin will offer insights into adoption costs, including fixed and variable expenses, ways to budget for adoption, available assistance, and more. This group is for LGBTQ people exploring the possibilities of becoming parents through private adoption. Registration requested.

12-8pm, $20, The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St, Brooklyn, 212-352-3101, “Worktable,” by Brussels-based artist Kate McIntosh, is a live installation that contemplates acts of creation and destruction using every day objects. Taking place inside a series of rooms at Brooklyn’s The Invisible Dog, visitors are given tools and safety goggles and are instructed to select, destruct and rebuild domestic objects, which are later put on public display. Thru Jan 9.


7pm, $15+, The Tank, 151 W 46th St, 8th Fl, In ReconFIGUREd, the unique, interwoven lives of eleven women and trans people collide to reveal their individual struggles and journeys as they begin to understand the relationship between their bodies and the world. Through metaphor, movement, original songs, and naturalistic scenes, the performance examines such themes as fatphobia, fertility, ownership of the body, hair, menopause, illness, and the amazing things our bodies can accomplish. Thru Jan 15.

For Annie
8pm, $15-$20, Lucid Body House, 230 Lexington Ave, 929-269-4784, The Hearth is pleased to present the New York premiere of Beth Hyland’s “For Annie.” Annie Lambert was murdered in the middle of her senior year. So her sisters of the Beta Tau Alpha sorority at SUNY Onondaga are memorializing her in the best way they know how: They’re putting on a play. “For Annie” uses Greek chorus, pop music, dance, and a lot of glitter to explore grief, guilt, sisterhood, and what it means to remember. Thru Jan 15.

ArtLovHer Artist Salon
7-11pm, free/$5 suggested donation, WOW Cafe Theatre, 59 E 4th St, 4th fl (btw 2nd Ave & Bowery), After a stellar featured performer, the stage is open for all forms of artistic expression with six-minute slots on the open mic. Sign up on the list by 10pm. Happy hour refreshments available all night for purchase. First Fridays.

For Annie
8pm, $15-$20, Lucid Body House, 230 Lexington Ave, 929-269-4784, The Hearth is pleased to present the New York premiere of Beth Hyland’s “For Annie.” Annie Lambert was murdered in the middle of her senior year. So her sisters of the Beta Tau Alpha sorority at SUNY Onondaga are memorializing her in the best way they know how: They’re putting on a play. “For Annie” uses Greek chorus, pop music, dance, and a lot of glitter to explore grief, guilt, sisterhood, and what it means to remember. Thru Jan 15.

A Different American Dream
7pm, $12, Cinema Village, 22 E 12th St.  A Different American Dream is a new feature-length documentary that brings you to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, where the largest shale oil field in North America was discovered, and chronicles the devastating impact the oil industry has had on the 6,500 members of the MHA Nation who live there. MHA Nation and Fort Berthold Indian Reservation neighbor Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose recent opposition to the Dakota Annex Pipeline has highlighted the ongoing struggle of indigenous communities.

La MaMa’s SQUIRTS: Generations of Queer Performance
10pm, $13-$18, The Club at La MaMa, 74A E 4th St, 646-430-5374, La MaMa’s Squirts celebrates its 5th anniversary with a series of duets to mend the queer generation gap, or at least bedazzle it. The festival opens with legendary comedian Marga Gomez along with the gloriously bizarre asthmatic transgender comic Patti Harrison. Other nights feature drag intellectual Banjela Davis with special guest Stephen Winter, iconic transgender performer and writer Kate Bornstein (“I Am Cait”) in conversation with trans musician and podcaster Theda Hammel, the essential lesbian writer and activist Sarah Schulman and more! Thru Jan 15.

Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight
Times and prices vary, Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St, 212-570-3600, Focusing on the years 1948 to 1978, during which Cuban artist Carmen Herrera developed and refined her hard-edge geometrical style, “Lines of Sight” is the first museum exhibition of her work in New York City in nearly two decades. Thru Jan 9.


Treecycle at MulchFest 2017
10am-2pm, free, 80 designated NYC parks, check website for locations, mulchfest. NYC Parks hosts the annual treecycling event, MulchFest, at locations citywide. Bring your holiday tree to any designated park to be recycled into mulch that’ll help cultivate plants throughout the city—or in your own garden! Also Jan 8.

Suited Screening + dapperQ Panel: Queer Style as Resistance in Post-Trump Activism
5pm tix/6pm film, free, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, 6224. Join dapperQ for a community screening of HBO’s documentary “Suited,” followed by “Queer Style as Resistance in Post-Trump Activism” talkback featuring “Suited” director Jason Benjamin; Daniel Friecman and Rae Tutera, Co-founders of Bindle & Keep; Anita Dolce Vita, Editor-in-Chief of dapperQ; and Debbie Lemonte, founder of DAG iMages and the mastermind behind the femme life+style blog The Loc’d Bella.

LAVA Presents A Goddessey: Work in Progress
2pm, free, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, 212-219-0736, A feminist survival story that journeys through emotional and geologic landscapes while carrying a transmuting traveler from a bleak and blurry patriarchal present into a rainbow colored feminist future. “A Goddessey” is the synthesis, culmination, and explosion of 15 years of earth-moving performance by LAVA.

“Bar Car Nights”: Adults-Only Viewing of “Holiday Train Show”
7-10pm party/8:45pm train show, $29/cash bar, New York Botanical Garden, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, 718-817-8700, Enjoy an adult evening after hours at the wondrous Holiday Train Show exhibition with ice-carving demonstrations under the starlight, pop-up acts by some of NYC’s favorite street performers, and live music. the show gets rolling with model trains zipping over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, leaves and pine cones. Thru Jan 14.   

A Gay Show for All People!
9:30-10:30pm, $8 with reservation and two drink min, $12 door and two drink min, The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher St, 212-255-5438, Aaron Jackson (Broad City) and Josh Sharp (Vulture’s ‘Comics You Should Know’) host an evening of comedy and melody. Enjoy a night of laughs from comics who are (mostly) queer.


74th Annual Golden Globe Awards
8pm ET, NBC, Jimmy Fallon hosts The Globes this year, which will honor the very best in film and television. Among the nominees are Tom Ford, Natalie Portman and Ryan Gosling.

Metropolitan Klezmer & Isle of Klezbos Brunch
$10, City Winery, 155 Varick St, 212-608-0555, Enjoy a full menu and bar listening to the festive tunes of the Metropolitan Klezmer septet special and the Isle of Klezbos all-gal quintet special.

Feminist Book Club
3-5pm, Bluestockings, 172 Allen St, 212-777-6028, The Feminist Book Club reads and discusses feminism, making no claims to any particular feminist platform. Read theoretical texts, literature and primary works.


7:30pm, $18, 4th St Theater, 83 E 4th St, 800-838-3006, In a bucolic Brooklyn park, Kris and Danny meet for their children’s first play date. While commiserating, a precarious emotional relationship forms between them, but when one of their children is inexplicably injured, the sequential fall-out incites their spouses, Donna and Veronica, along a self-destructive path in search of the superfluous truth. Thru Jan 28.

NYLAG Law Clinic
4-6pm, free, The Center, 208 W 13th St, 646-358-1703, contact, The NYLAG Law Clinic provides 30 minute legal consultations for LGBTQ community members. Topics include: marriage and relationship dissolution, life planning documents, adoption and family building, immigration concerns, public assistance, employment and landlord disputes. By appointment only.

The Frigid Fest’s “Awkward But Graceful” (photo: Lauren Toub/courtesy Frigid Festival)


LEZBowl: Bowling for Queer Women
8-11pm, $8-$15, Bowlmor Times Square, 222 W 44th St, Join LEZBowl to celebrate the New Year and bowl your heart out with unlimited bowling all night, private lanes, full bar with $8 Grey Goose specials, a dining menu, plus over 100 awesome folks.

An Act of Love
On VOD/Digital and DVD/Blu-ray, check content providers and retailers, This richly uplifting documentary reveals the depth of a father’s love and the journey that one simple and yet profound act has on everyone. Being a pastor in Pennsylvania was Frank’s calling, his fulfillment of his life’s work. But officiating his son’s same-sex wedding resulted in Frank being put on trial in the United Methodist Church. The entire family was thrust into the fight for equality for the LGBTQ community, which is captured eloquently on film.


The Foster Parent Connection: Foster Care Financials
6:30-8pm, free, The Center, 208 W 13th St, What are the financial aspects of being a foster parent or for those adopting through foster care? Foster Parent and CPA Roger Mintz will discuss several financial areas that relate to foster parents and adoptive parents, including stipends, personal taxes and more. Registration requested. This group provides support, education and mutual aid for LGBT foster parents and prospective foster parents. For more information, call 646-358-1703 or email


Nasty Women Art Exhibition NYC
Times vary, free, Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Queens, A group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a “Nasty Woman” in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights and abortion rights. It also serves as a fundraiser to support organizations defending these rights and as a platform for organization before Trump’s inauguration. Thru Jan 15.

Artist Dialogue: Catalina Schliebener in Conversation with Kris Grey & John Chaich
7-9pm, $10 suggested, Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center, 208 W 13th St, Drawing insights from the recent “Cut Ups” exhibition at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, artist and educator Kris Grey and Growing Sideways curator John Chaich join featured artist Catalina Schliebener to discuss the process behind her use of collage and drawing to explore themes of gender formation, cartoon and medical narratives, and sexual curiosity in queer childhood.

There Are Jews Here
7pm, $7-$12, Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, 212-294-8301, “There Are Jews Here” tells the stories of once-thriving Jewish American towns that now can barely hold a minyan, focusing on the residents lamenting the gradual disappearance of their communities, and critically examining issues of class, family, and identity. A world premiere screening and discussion featuring Filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein.

Transforming Hypervisible Invisibility: Black Feminist Storytelling in the 21st Century
7-9:30pm, free, Blustockings, 172 Allen St, 212-777-6028, Joshunda Sanders has been elevating the stories of marginalized communities in NYC and around the country since 1998. Her new memoir, “The Beautiful Darkness: A Handbook for Orphans,” tells her personal story of surviving trauma, homelessness and mental illness as a poor woman in New York City, while illuminating the challenges of others.


Resorts World Casino
10am-4am, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, Queens, 718-215-2828, Kick off your weekend (and blow what’s left of your paycheck!) at Resorts World Casino, live DJ, performances by talented musicians and entertainers (tonight, it’s salsa/R&B crooner Brenda K. Starr) and, of course, all kinds of video slots and table games.

Shen Yun Performing Arts
7:30-9:30pm, check website for tickets, David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, Shen Yun brings profound and timeless stories to life on stage through richly expressive classical Chinese dance, vivid animated backdrops and an enchanting orchestral sound. Performances thru Jan 15.

Melissa Etheridge
8pm, $75+, State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ, Come to her window! The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and iconic lesbian rocker will be commanding the stage at the State Theatre in support of her new album, Memphis Rock and Soul. She’s also playing at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City on Jan 14 and the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY on Jan 15.


Health and Race Walking
9:30-11am, North Meadow Recreation Center, Central Park, (mid-park @ 97th St) Keep your New Year’s resolution and take pleasure in views of the park’s winter landscapes as you get fit. 18+. Saturdays.

Off the Binary
2–3pm, free, Bluestockings, 172 Allen St (btw Stanton and Rivington Sts), 212-777-6028, Come and meet people who are just as confused as you are about public restrooms and getting dressed in the morning! We provide a safe space for anyone with a non-binary gender identity to discuss one’s experiences as we defy society’s mainstream conception of gender. Gender identities that are welcomed include but are not limited to: androgynous, agender, bigender, demigender, gender non-conforming, gender variant, genderfluid, genderqueer, non-binary, transmasculine, transfeminine.


Free Skating at The Rink
8am-10pm, free ($20 per hour for lessons), Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, 917-438-5170, The Rink is the centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. The 170′ x 100′ rink features free admission ice skating, in addition to high quality rental skates, skating shows, special events, and activities. Skate rentals, lessons for all ages/skill levels, lockers, bag check and blade sharpening available.

Feminist Discussion of Masculinity
1-3pm, Bluestockings, 172 Allen St (btw Stanton and Rivington Sts), 212-777-6028, The Forum for Feminist Discussion of Masculinity is a safe space to discuss the gendered expectations put on men and boys in a patriarchal society, and how those affect us all. Open to everyone, inclusive of gender and knowledge of the subject matter. Each 3rd Sunday of the month, a theme will be discussed, which will be posted in the Facebook group:

MONDAY, JAN 16—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (photo: courtesy BAM)

Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017
10:30am, free (tickets available onsite), Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 afayette Ave, Brooklyn, 718-636-4100, With a choir and a keynote speaker to be announced, this yearly celebration is the city’s biggest public tribute to Dr. King’s life, vision and legacy.

Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments
9pm doors/9:30pm show, $30, Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St, 212-539-8500, Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed and completely sold out production of Rock Bottom, New York’s downtown darling Bridget Everett returns the stage with her band, The Tender Moments, and a bottle of chardonnay to sing all her favorite love songs and share her intimate stories.


Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Sherrer
9:30-10:45am, check website for details, Bluestockings, 172 Allen St (btw Stanton and Rivington Sts), 212-777-6028, Kundalini Yoga targets the whole body system to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility. Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of yoga is necessary. Please bring your own mat. Keep in mind that the space can be cool in winter.

Jill Sobule
6pm doors/7pm show, $20, Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St, 212-539-8500, Jill Sobule (“I Kissed a Girl”) is a Denver-born singer, songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and gypsy. Over seven albums and nearly two decades of recording, Jill has mused on topics such as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence and the Christian right.

Informational Session on Alternative Insemination Options
6:30-8pm, free, The Center, 208 W 13th St, Discuss insemination options as well as the psychosocial and medical issues associated with insemination. This session is not meant to answer specific health concerns but rather give an overview of the different options available to women and transmen surrounding insemination. Learn about ovulation cycles and fertility awareness, charting, insemination options and resources. Plenty of time for Q&A. Registration requested. Please email


Sober Poly Mixer
7-8pm, free, Bluestockings, 172 Allen St (btw Stanton and Rivington Sts), 212-777-6028, Are you polyamorous? Curious about non-monogamy? Want to hang out with like-minded people in a no-pressure setting? Come to Open Love NY’s Poly Chai! We welcome anybody who is interested or participates in consensual open relationships. Come solo or with partner(s), metamour(s), and any loved ones.

Women’s Networking Happy Hour Event
6:30-10pm, $10, Katra Lounge, 217 Bowery, NYC Awesome Women bring you this women’s networking happy hour event at Katra Lounge, featuing drink specials and networking opportunites with New York’s finest professional women.

People’s Choice Awards 2017
9pm ET, CBS, Watch the live broadcast of this popular annual awards ceremony, hosted by DJ Khaled. Nominees include “Finding Dory” for Favorite Movie
and “How to Get Away with Murder” for Favorite Network TV Drama.


Single Parent Support: I Can Afford This, Right?
6-7:30pm, free, The Center, 208 W 13th St, Financial aspects of parenting can be a strain on many families.Discuss the difficult questions around affording your current living arrangement, spending your savings on family buildings efforts, saving money for the future, and more. This group provides information and support for single LGBT parents and single intended parents. Registration requested. Email

What Does Jewish Look Like To You?
7pm, $10 adv, $12 door, $5 AJHS members/seniors/students, American Jewish Historical Society, 15 W 16th St, AJHS presents an evening of monologues highlighting Jewish racial and ethnic diversity featuring Vanessa Hidary and Kaleidoscope. Through extensively crafted, deeply personal storytelling and slam poetry, Kaleidoscope interrogates the question: “What does Jewish look like?” Boldly diverse, distinctly Jewish and talented, Kaleidoscope includes performers of Jamaican, Ethiopian, Moroccan, Yemenite, Libyan and African-American Jewish background.

Amber Martin Is Janis Joplin
9:30pm-11pm, $25-$35, Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54th St,, Celebrated NYC cabaret star, vocalist and SE Texas native Amber Martin will be performing her tribute of all tributes–to her very own hometown acid-blues legend and world icon, psychedelic rock queen Janis Joplin–in this live musical rock showcase of the beloved singer’s greatest songs.


Resist Trump: Student Walkout and Rally on Inauguration Day NYC
5pm, Foley Square, 111 Worth St, Socialist Alternative and Socialist students are calling for a students walkout on inauguration day. Students, workers, immigrants, women, and all others who see a Trump presidency as attack on all of us will meet together for a rally in Foley Square to demonstrate mass opposition to Trump and his agenda. #ResistTrump #OccupyInauguration #PussyGrabsBack #NoDAPL

Handbills of Subversion: Tremendous Art from Losers, Nasty Women and The Gays
7-10pm, free, MF Gallery, 213 Bond St, Brooklyn, 917-446-8681, This important exhibition, curated by Sara Antoinette Martin, will open on inauguration night. The proceeds will benefit both Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. All pieces will be priced at $120. In this time of great anxiety, fear and hate crimes throughout the United States, the worst we can do is become quiet and complacent. Cristy C. Road (one of GO’s 100 Women We Love) is among the artists participating.


International Women Artists’ Salon
7:30pm, free, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, 212-219-0736, International Women Artists’ Salon presents a showcase of performance, literature, and video. Featured artists TBA.

Women’s March on Washington
10am-5pm, free, Independence Ave SW & 3rd St SW, Washington, DC, The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened women, the LGBTQ community, people of color and so many other marginalized groups. In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity and justice who have come before us, women of all stripes will join in diversity in Washington, D.C., to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to the world and especially, to our new administration on their first day in office, that women’s rights are human rights. Register now to attend or donate today!


Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company: Lunar New Year Celebration
3pm, $12.50 children/$25 adults, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, 2900 Campus Rd, Brooklyn, 718-951-4500, The prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents an all-new celebration of Chinese culture commemorating the Year of the Rooster. The festive, family-friendly event will feature special guest artists from the Oriental Cultural Arts Performance Group of Hohot and Erosos, who will travel all the way from Inner Mongolia, China for the event.


Planning Parenthood through Surrogacy: Choosing Your Providers
6:30-8pm, free, The Center, 208 W 13th St, This group provides education and resources to help LGBT community members make informed decisions on their journey to parenthood through surrogacy. Share information, provide mutual support and discuss the social, financial, medical and other aspects of the surrogacy process. Drop-in. Registration requested. Please email

The Met Winter Party: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion
8-11pm, $500 and up, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave (E 82nd Street), 212-570-3948, Join The Met for an evening of cocktails, festive fare and a dance party featuring DJ Mode. Proceeds support community engagement, cultural festivals and the mentoring program at The Met, which reflects the Museum’s mission of serving the widest possible audience in a spirit of inclusiveness.

The Center’s MASQ (photo: courtesy The Center)


Consider the Lilies
7:30pm, $18, TBG Theatre, 312 W 36th St, 800-838-3006, Paralyzed by the fear of getting old, Paul is a legendary, lonely, alcoholic painter engaging in reckless behavior as his younger actor-turned-agent, David, struggles to return Paul to his former glory. These soulmates face their demons together, creating a strong and volatile bond leading each to perform desperate acts of love. Thru Jan 28.

New York Festival of Song: Pyotr the Great
8pm, $40-$55 ($10 for students), Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 W 67th St, Tchaikovsky.The haunting, often autobiographical songs of Tchaikovsky, plus a few by his students and teacher—featuring Antonina Chehovska, soprano and Alexey Lavrov, baritone, with Steven Blier and Michael Barrett on piano.


Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely Birthday Concerts
8:30pm doors/9pm show, $25, Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St, 212-539-8500,, Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely return for Toshi’s 33rd annual birthday celebration. Reagon’s annual birthday shows have become staples of the New York performance ecosystem, and these performances will mark an incredible artist’s journey. The event promisesextra-special surprise guest appearances from her many friends and collaborators, plus gifts from Toshi for her fans. Thru Jan 28.


Paulina Olowska: Slavic Goddesses—A Wreath of Ceremonies
8pm, $20, The Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, 212-255-5793, Having often addressed questions of feminism and cultural convention, Olowska here revisits the work of Zofia Stryje?ska—exploring the visionary Polish artist’s notion of ball

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