Gay & Lesbian events: Critics' picks

Find the best gay and lesbian events in New York City, as chosen by Time Out's editors.

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Dert

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Remember the Bush 2 years?!? The AntiTwink Ernie Cote is reviving one thing we actually miss from that bygone era: insanely cheap drinking at the Phoenix every Wednesday. Mr. Cote presides in the DJ booth while a rotating roster of hosts keep the party moving. Beers are just $2 all night, so you

  1. Phoenix 447 E 13th St, between First Ave and Ave A
  2. Wed Jul 23
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"Tom, Dick and Harry: The Everyday Man Series"

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If you ran into G.I. Joe on Scruff, would you "woof" at him? Artist Robert Figueroa's installation of Polaroid-like images of dolls, on view in Leslie-Lohman's Wooster Street Window Gallery, explores how we're quick to judge people based solely on their social-media and dating-app photos.

  1. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 26 Wooster St, between Canal and Grand Sts
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Sun Sep 28
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Jimmy DeSana, "Portraits 1977–79"

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Go back to New York's recent gritty past with this exact installation replica of artist Jimmy DeSanta's portraits, as they appeared at Stefanoti Gallery in 1980. Amid the surrealist and S&M images, you'll glimpse famous faces including Debbie Harry, William Burroughs and Andy Warhol.

  1. Daniel Cooney Fine Art 508 W 26th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, suite 9C, 10001
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Fri Aug 1
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Magnus Hastings, "Why Drag?"

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Photographer Magnus Hastings has been lovingly documenting drag queens for more than a decade. Check out his colorful staged portraits of Bianca Del Rio, Willam, Pusse Couture and other beloved performers, on view in the OUT's lobby all summer.

  1. The OUT NYC 510 W 42nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10036
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Tue Aug 26
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Buyer & Cellar

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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[Note: This is a review of the original production at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The show has now moved to the Barrow Street Theatre. Barrett Foa takes over the role on May 27.] Theater review by Adam Feldman. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Off Broadway). By Jonathan Tolins. Dir. Stephen

  1. 27 Barrow St, at Seventh Ave South
  2. $75
  3. Thu Jul 24 - Sun Jul 27
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Avenue Q

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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After many years, the sassy and clever puppet musical doesn’t show its age. Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s deft Sesame Street–esque novelty tunes about porn and racism still earn their laughs. Avenue Q remains a sly and winning piece of metamusical tomfoolery.—David Cote

  1. 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. $72.50–$92.50, premium $126.50
  3. Thu Jul 24 - Wed Dec 31
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Belasco Theatre (see Broadway). Book by John Cameron Mitchell. Music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Directed by Michael Mayer. With Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Hedwig and the Angry Inch: In brief The omnitalented Neil Patrick

  1. 111 W 44th St, between Broadway and Sixth Ave
  2. $47–$142
  3. Thu Jul 24 - Thu Oct 9
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Drop Dead Perfect

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Drop Dead Perfect. Theatre at St. Clement's (see Off Broadway). By Erasmus Fenn. Directed by Joe Brancato. With Everett Quinton. Running time: 1hr 25mins. No intermission. Drop Dead Perfect: In brief Downtown legend Everett Quinton, who cut his teeth with Charles Ludlam and now smiles and bites

  1. 423 W 46th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
  2. $25
  3. Thu Jul 24 - Sun Aug 10
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Starlite Thursday

  • Price band: 1/4
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  • Free

Named for the beloved, departed Crown Heights gay drinkery Starlite Lounge, this queer dance party invites mid-Brooklyn folks to dance like there's no Friday morning.

  1. Friends and Lovers 641 Classon Ave, between Dean and Pacific Sts, 11238
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Code

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Get decked out in your kinkiest gear—or at least don't show up in an ironic tee and orange Pumas, hipster—for the city's biggest weekly fetish bash. Barbers help you achieve that sexy buzz-cut look, and bootblacks keep your kicks glossy while you chug cheap beer. Acceptable attire includes

  1. The Eagle 554 W 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Pat

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JD Samson's party for cute Brooklynites returns with Carry Nation, Amber Valentine and Justin Strauss joining JD on the decks.

  1. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Penthaus

  • Price band: 1/4
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Cute young things congregate weekly at this summer rooftop dance party from Alan Picus, Justin Luke and BoiParty. Arrive before 11pm to lube up at the open bar.

  1. Copacabana Supper Club 268 W 47th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Kelly Mantle: Don't You Know Who I Think I Am?

  • Price band: 2/4
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Drag Race castoff—and nephew of Yankee legend Mickey Mantle!—Kelly Mantle comes to NYC with a night of self-deprecating comedy and song parodies.

  1. Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, downstairs, 10036
  2. Fri Jul 25 - Sat Jul 26
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Distorted Diznee

  • Price band: 2/4
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Dallas DuBois and her drag pals Holly Dae, Bootsie LeFaris, Pixie Aventura and Shenea DeDranke, among others, take on classic tales from the house that Walt built. Discounted tickets are available through Time Out Offers until July 26, 2013.

  1. 407 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, downstairs, 10036
  2. $20 plus $15 minimum
  3. Fri Jul 25
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Hot Rabbit

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  • Free

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri Jul 25
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Basura

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  • Free

DJ Sammy Jo and guests provide a retro-disco-electro soundtrack to help you kick off your weekend in an appropriately sweaty fashion.

  1. Atlas Social Club 753 Ninth Ave, between 50th and 51st Sts, 10019
  2. Fri Jul 25
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Bear Yourself Underwear Party

  • Price band: 1/4
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Bear booster George Hains presents this monthly skivvy party for big boys. Attendees are encouraged to frolic in their boxers, briefs or—if they're feeling literally cheeky—jock straps. Cheap booze and jiggly beats courtesy of DJ Chauncey D will help reduce inhibitions.

  1. Rockbar 185 Christopher St, at West St
  2. Fri Jul 25
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Union Square: Crossroads of New York

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  • Free

Union Square Partnership and Big Onion Walking Tours present this free, 90-minute jaunt around one of New York's best-worn junctions. You'll get the history of the bustling neighborhood, as well as of the square itself, named sensibly for its location at the union of Broadway and Fourth Avenue.

  1. Union Square 14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South
  2. Sat Jul 26
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Le Bingo

  • Price band: 1/4
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Join wisecracking host Linda Simpson and her rotating cast of lovely spokesmodels at this weekly bingo throwdown featuring wacky prizes and a cash jackpot. Full bar and food menus are available throughout.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Jul 26
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Big Apple Ranch

  • Price band: 1/4
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The weekly country-Western dance has been helping you spin your same-sex partners round and round for more than a decade now. Each week kicks off with lessons in two-step and line dancing, then continues with a soiree that calls beginners, experts and everyone in between to the floor.

  1. Dance Manhattan Studios 39 W 19th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, fifth floor
  2. Sat Jul 26
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Viva Saturdays

  • Price band: 2/4
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Nightlife vets John Blair, Beto Sutter and Ric Sena present this man-heavy big-room Saturday night dance featuring an ever-changing cast of DJs. Shirtlessness is encouraged, but not required.

  1. Stage 48 605 W 48th St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
  2. Sat Jul 26
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Honey: Truck Stop

  • Price band: 2/4
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Urban Bear guru Robert Valin brings you another edition of his Honey shindig. DJ Bill Coleman spins for a husky, fuzzy crowd, while go-go bears and special surprise performances offer sexy visual stimulation. For those looking to document their fun on #socialmedia, your hashtag for the evening is

  1. Villain 50 North 3rd St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Sat Jul 26
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Liberty Saturdays

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Gay-nightlife power trio Brandon Voss, Susanne Bartsch and Jake Resnicow come together for this pumped-up weekly party in a converted Broadway theater, starring DJs from around the world and a dance floor full of handsome men and hot boys.

  1. Liberty Theater 234 W 41st St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Sat Jul 26
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The Skivvies

  • Price band: 2/4
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Actor-singers Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd) and Nick Cearley (Altar Boyz) get in their undies to offer stripped-down versions of pop songs.

  1. 54 Below 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave, 10019
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Fri Aug 22
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Cubhouse Sundays

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  • Free

DJ/VJ Joe Fiore brings you this weekly happy hour for friendly fuzzballs and their many admirers. Bottled beer will set you back just $3, well drinks are $4, and free hot dogs will offset all the booze.

  1. The Stonewall Inn 53 Christopher St, between Seventh Ave South and Waverly Pl , 10014
  2. Sun Jul 27
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Sea Tea: Jewze Cruise

  • Price band: 2/4
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Join the men of HeBro and Sea Tea for a cruise around Manhattan aboard the J.J. Hornblower, featuring music by Steve Sidewalk and a complementary buffet. A portion of the profits goes to Jewish Queer Youth.

  1. Pier 40 W Houston St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sun Jul 27
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Monday Musicals

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  • Free

Get your week started musically with vintage show-tune videos and occasional drop-ins from Broadway stars.

  1. The Rosebud NYC 512 W 42nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Linda Loves Bingo

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  • Free

Linda really does love bingo! The delightful drag hostess is the city's undisputed champion ball-puller, and on Tuesdays you can find her doing her thing at this cozy Gramercy lounge. Prizes range from kitschy trinkets to a big cash jackpot.

  1. Cibar 56 Irving Pl, between 17th and 18th Sts, 10003
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Drink n' Draw

  • Price band: 1/4
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Burlesque performers, drag queens, fetish models and other creatures of the night pose for you at this weekly drinking-and-art-creation party. Bring a board or hard surface, and a dry drawing medium of your choosing—so don't be that asshole who breaks out a set of smelly oil paints. After the

  1. This n' That (TNT) 108 North 6th St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Lady Bunny: Clowns Syndrome

  • Price band: 2/4
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Shameless drag legend and nightlife pioneer Lady Bunny is back with another delightfully offensive solo show packed with song parodies, original videos and savagely hilarious takedowns of everyone from Chris Christie to Justin Bieber.

  1. Escuelita 301 W 39th St, at Eighth Ave
  2. Tue Jul 29
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