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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Drink n' Draw

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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 Aug 26
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Buddies

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DJ Damian Cote reigns at this casual weeknight get-together, spinning an eclectic set of underground dance, funk, punk, ’80s and rock.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Tue Aug 26
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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. Wed Aug 27 - Sun Sep 28
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Queer Book Diorama Show

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  • Free

The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and Lambda Literary Foundation bring you this unique exhibition in which artists created dioramas inspired by notable LGBT books, including Chelsea Girls, by Eileen Myles; Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel; and Dancer from the Dance, by Andrew Holleran.

  1. New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Library 425 Sixth Ave, between Christopher and W 10th Sts
  2. Wed Aug 27 - Wed Sep 24
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"Permanency"

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Leslie-Lohman exhibits more than 70 pieces recently added to its vast permanent collection of queer art. Artists whose work is on view include James Bidgood, Nan Goldin, Red Grooms, Robert Indiana, Deborah Kass, Annie Sprinkle and Arthur Tress.

  1. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 26 Wooster St, between Canal and Grand Sts
  2. Wed Aug 27 - Sun Sep 28
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Wednesday Night Bingo

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Bingo gurus Murray Hill and Linda Simpson bring their old-school antics to Brooklyn for a weekly night of ball-pulling and wisecracking.

  1. The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club 514 Union St, between Nevins St and Third Ave, 11215
  2. Wed Aug 27
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Ariel Schrag: Adam

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Acclaimed graphic memoirist and screenwriter Schrag reads from her debut novel about Adam, a teen boy who joins his older sister in New York's LGBT subculture…only to be mistaken for a transgender guy and to fall in love with a lesbian.

  1. Bluestockings 172 Allen St, at Stanton St
  2. Wed Aug 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. Wed Aug 27 - 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. Wed Aug 27 - Thu Oct 9
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NYC Inferno

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The experimental-queer-film boosters in Dirty Looks NYC take over the Eagle's beautiful roof deck for a rare screening of this documentary-style skin flick from French filmmaker Jacques Scandelari (a.k.a. Marvin Merkins), which serves as an evocative snapshot of pre-AIDS gay life in NYC—complete

  1. The Eagle 554 W 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Wed Aug 27
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Dirt Cheap

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Downtown nightlife survivors Daniel Nardicio, Sammy Jo and Sweetie come together for a night of inexpensive fun. For this edition, burlesque siren Julie Atlas Muz and "rock-bottom" dancers round out the bill.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Wed Aug 27
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Dert

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  • Free

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 Aug 27
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Homo Erectus

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Matt Knife serves up a night of all-boy (or mostly boy) burlesque at this recurring show.

  1. The Stonewall Inn 53 Christopher St, between Seventh Ave South and Waverly Pl , 10014
  2. Thu Aug 28
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Starlite Thursday

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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 Aug 28
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Molly Pope

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Molly Pope is the next big thing of 1963: Her viscerally thrilling alto is a rich gusher of sound that emerges like a full-on blast from the past. For the past few years she has been applying her Ed Sullivan Show style to contemporary pop at showcases like Our Hit Parade and the Meeting*; tonight

  1. 42West 514 W 42nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10036
  2. Thu Aug 28
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Fire in the Hole

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  • Free

Got a thing for carrottops? You'll find plenty of them at this monthly soiree for gingers and their friends. DJ Sean McMahill (guess what color his hair is) presides while you knock back $2 pints and $3 whiskey gingers.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Thu Aug 28
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Code

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  • Free

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 Aug 28
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Penthaus

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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 Aug 28
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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 Aug 29
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Bear Yourself Underwear Party

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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 Aug 29
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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 Aug 30
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Le Bingo

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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 Aug 30
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Jackie Beat: The Beat Goes On

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Fierce drag bitch and former New Yorker Jackie Beat celebrates 25 years of hostility at this show packed with brilliantly cruel comedy and addictively un-PC song parodies.

  1. Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, downstairs, 10036
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Aug 31
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Viva Saturdays

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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 Aug 30
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Razor 5000

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Brooklyn drag rebel Horrorchata serves up this steamy night of performance and partying, featuring DJs Amber Valentine, Jessamess and Juliana Huxtable, among many others, plus performers including Big Dipper, Bunny Michael and Scarlet Envy.

  1. One Last Shag 348 Franklin Ave, between Greene and Lexington Aves
  2. Sat Aug 30
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El Ring

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  • Free

Scenester and shutterbug Marco Ovando presides over this wrestling-themed party soundtracked by local and visiting DJs.

  1. Atlas Social Club 753 Ninth Ave, between 50th and 51st Sts, 10019
  2. Sat Aug 30
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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 Aug 30
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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 Aug 31
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Sea Tea

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This weekly boat party makes for a mellow end to summer weekends in the city. Spectacular views; a rotating roster of DJs, guest hosts and performers; plus several bars and free food are all part of the floating fun.

  1. Pier 40 W Houston St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sun Aug 31
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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 Sep 1
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