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Homo Comicus, Monday Night Bingo, The Fresh Fruit Festival and more!


June 26 at the Gotham Comedy Club, catch a special Pride edition of Homo Comicus: Girls Gone Hilarious! Wild, witty and wonderful women of stand-up comedy, including Michele Balan, Judy Gold and L.A.-based Sandra Valls in a rare NYC appearance, rock the mic in a special night of high hilarity hosted by Poppi Kramer. Don’t miss the free pre-show women’s social and networking mixer open to all from 6–7pm in the club’s downstairs lounge sponsored by LYNX Lounge/Out Professionals.

Bingo, America’s easiest game (even when you’re drunk), returns every week all summer long with Murray Hill and Linda Simpson’s Monday Night Bingo, on (you guessed it) Monday nights at the Bowery Poetry Club. This ain’t your grandma’s Bingo! Adding to the fun is a dazzling array of downtown-celebrity bingo spokesmodels like Dirty Martini, World Famous *Bob*, The Dazzle Dancers and more.

Dixon Place presents HOT! The 17th Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture, June 16–August 30. This festival featuring LGBT artists takes over the famous LES living room with theatre, dance, literature and homoeroticism for the whole family. Featured new works by talented LGBT artists include Tracy Hazas’ Gay Pierrot, in which a clown seeks the cure for cancer in a comedic look at art, queerness and economy; and Alice & Wonderland, a “sinematic” film screening of the classic porn musical.

The Fresh Fruit Festival, an annual international multi-genre celebration of LGBT art and culture, enters its fifth year July 11–July 27, with performances at several eclectic venues. This year’s festival presents jazz and a bevy of international performance artists as well as a night of drag and lots of serious theater. Fresh Fruit ‘08 features the event’s first Tea Dance on the River, open mic night, a tribute to LGBT jazz greats, a Drag Show Video Vérité, plus many more plays, performances and discussions.

Catch Helsinki Syndrome’s True North at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater June 18–21. Set in the arctic landscape, True North explores obsession and isolation, including the sounds that things make when you break them; Cole Porter songs; the constellations; recycled stuffed animal bear skins; hundreds of paper snowflakes; blood; glitter and polar bears. Helsinki Syndrome is a performance art collective based in Seattle, WA, producing nonlinear, ensemble-driven theater pieces that incorporate text, movement, music and imagery into bold, rigorous, imaginative performance works.

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