The best LGBT things to do in New York this week

Get busy with our picks for the best parties, mixers, performances and plenty more LGBT things to do in New York this week.

Brüt

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DJs Peter Napoli and Dan Darlington help you work up a sweat at this party for burly boys, now popular enough to occupy both floors of its home downtown club.

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Santos Party House Saturday February 28 2015

Horseplay: or, The Fickle Mistress

Retro-cabaret star Molly Pope (Found) continues her breakout in Trav S.D.'s bioplay about scandalous 19th-century performer Adah Isaacs Menken, who gained notoriety after a faux-nude appearance onstage. Elyse Singer directs for Theatre Askew; the cast includes Jan Leslie Harding and queer-theater icon Everett Quinton.

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Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa E.T.C. Until Sunday March 1 2015

Bad Habit Dinah Shore Party

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The Hot Rabbit/Bad Habit gang teams up with West Coast girl party Dinah Shore for a night of queer antics, featuring DJ Whitney Day and electropop combo Shirley House.

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Lot 45 Saturday February 28 2015

Benjamin Fredrickson

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In this new exhibit, the local artist documents his time as a sex worker in the Midwest with stark, unflinching Polaroids, including several self-portraits as well as shots of other young men engaged in similar professions.

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Daniel Cooney Fine Art Saturday February 28 2015 Free

Dandy Darkly's Pussy Panic!

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Neovaudevillian, sexy-creepy ringmaster Dandy Darkly (the creation of performer Neil Arthur James) gets feministy in this evening of musical comedy partly inspired by misogyny in the gay male community. The show, presented as part of this year's Frigid Festival, includes original songs by Adam Tendler, Rachel Blumberg and Bryce Edwards. Ian Bjorklund directs.

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Under St. Marks Monday March 2 2015 - Friday March 6 2015

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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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 Harris plays the titular crotch-botched German rock singer in the first Broadway production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's genre-bending 1998 rock musical. Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) directs. Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Review by David Cote Transitioning from child star to adult gay icon, sitcom prince and social-media wizard, Neil Patrick Harris always seemed to be a cultural rock star. But in his latest reinvention, it turns out that the actor is, y’know, an actual rock star. As the imperious, spurned, fright-bewigged, sweaty glitterbomb at the heart of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Harris makes Broadway rock harder than it ever has before. It’s tough to tell who’s the vehicle here—Hedwig or Harris? Is the celebrity using John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s quintessential millennial hit to reboot an East Coast profile, or do the producers of prickly material need star wattage to sell its harsh, sticky truths about desire and damage? Let’s opt for symbiosis, one of the major obsessions of this magnificent monster: Harris and Hedwig are one. In fact, its essential drama is derived from the splitting of one being into two, per Plato’s Symposium. In the ancient Gr

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Belasco Theatre Until Saturday March 14 2015

Athena Reich: #Artbirth

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In this satirical homage, comedic actor and Lady Gaga tribute artist Athena Reich ponders what it might be like if the gay-adored pop star decided to give birth in front of an audience of her rabidly devoted fans.

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Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café Friday March 13 2015 - Friday March 27 2015

Bad with Money

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Bad with Money. The Duplex (Off-Off Broadway). By Ben Rimalower. Directed by Aaron Mark. With Rimalower. Running time: 1hr. No intermission. Bad with Money: In brief Vividly personal monologist Ben Rimalower follows up on his hit 2012 coming-of-gay tale, Patti Issues, with an account of the dark paths that debt has led him down. Aaron Mark directs. Bad with Money: Theater review by Jenna Scherer There’s so much confessional theater out there, it’s easy to think we’ve gone past fussing over taboos. But there remains one topic that dare not speak its name: money. Solo performer Ben Rimalower (Patti Issues) exorcises his financial demons in this one-man show, a purgative hour-long monologue in which he entertainingly (and excruciatingly) itemizes his monetary sins. Rimalower’s financial odyssey starts out innocently enough: maxing out his low-limit teenage credit card, swiping CDs from the record company where he works. But before long, it’s unreported grand larceny with his boss’s Visa and a gradual erosion of the trust of everyone around him. Rimalower is light, funny and unabashed when he talks about dark stuff such as alcoholism and his foray into prostitution; it’s his compulsive, corrosive spending habits that are the source of shame. “You’re not supposed to talk about money,” he says. “It’s tacky.” Rimalower’s choice to do just that is a brave one, and—in a time when many people suffer in silence under crushing debt or find themselves unable to live within their means—a v

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The Duplex Wednesday March 4 2015 - Wednesday April 22 2015

"Irreverent: A Celebration of Censorship"

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Leslie-Lohman gets controversial with this exhibit of works banned from other institutions based on their LGBT themes. Artists on view include David Wojnarowicz, Robert Mapplethorpe and Alma López.

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Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Until Sunday May 3 2015 Free

Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies

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[Note: This is a review of the original 2014 production of Fabulous. The 2015 encore production features a new cast.] Fabulous! Times Square Arts Center (Off Broadway). Book and lyrics by Dan Derby. Music by Michael Rheault. Directed by Rick Hamilton. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. One intermission. Fabulous!: In brief Two drag queens on a cruise ship get into Some Like It Hot water in a wacky new musical by Dan Derby and Michael Rheault, directed by Rick Hamilton. Expect lots of campy jokes and loads of seamen. Fabulous!: Theater review by Adam Feldman Fabulous! is a big, corny, messy, shabby, silly queen of a show, and it’s often a lot of fun. A high-heel–stomped mash-up of Anything Goes, Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, written from a Hasty Pudding recipe and peppered with barely-double entendres, it is unabashedly nostalgic for a bygone time when Broadway musicals asked you only to check your cares and your brain at the door. Dan Derby’s libretto finds a pair of female impersonators—the shameless Laura Lee (Nick Morrett) and the plaintive Jane (the excellent Josh Kenney)—passing for biological gals on a luxury liner manned by, among others, a ferocious lesbian cruise director (Jane Aquilina, admirably wild-eyed) and a helium-loafered four-boy crew. Also on board: a movie star (the hunky Adam Kemmerer)! Best not to think about the twists that ensue in the overlong plot, and just give yourself up to the familiar zip of Michael Rheault’s melodi

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Times Square Arts Center Until Sunday May 17 2015
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