The Very Best of NYC Festivals

Dixon Place’s HOT! Fest, NewFest, Fresh Fruit Festival and more

The Out Like That! Festival at BAAD!—The Bronx Academy of Art & Dance—defiantly returns for its eleventh year of keeping it queer. The festival continues ‘til June 24 with a fierce roster of dance, theatre, film and genre-defying performances. Highlights include Drawing the Dykes Out, in which young women show their artistic side; and Actin’ Out, in which four queer performance artists take the stage in a blow-the-roof-off-the-joint lineup.

This year marks the 20th Annual Dixon Place HOT! Festival, a pioneering festival of queer performance and culture—and the oldest continually running festival of its kind in the world. To celebrate this milestone, Dixon Place is working with artists to showcase the very best in LBGT performance, dance and literature. Check dixon for a growing schedule of events running from June 24–Sep 6.

NewFest, New York’s premiere LGBT film festival, is back for its 23rd season from July 21–28 with a new partner, the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The program includes more than 50 features and four dozen short films. Don’t miss Wish Me Away, the acclaimed doc about how country music superstar Chely Wright’s comes out of the closet and navigates the tabloids’ seamy attention brought on by her confession.

Care for some fruit? The Fresh Fruit Festival boasts a range of LGBT theater, visual arts, dance, poetry and musical events at five city venues. Highlights include The Last Reading of Charlotte Cushman, about the greatest English-speaking cross-dressing actress of the 19th century; and Bright Lights, Queer City, a show of photographs, graphic art and multi-media installations exploring the city’s queer nightlife.

BRIC/Arts/Media/Bklyn is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2011 Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Check out 20 concerts, two dance performances, two film screenings with live music, a family concert and five benefit concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell, where Celebrate Brooklyn! has taken place since 1979. Don’t miss special benefit concerts by The Decemberists and Animal Collective in July and Sufjan Stevens in August.

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