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.

Boob Tube Tuesday: Full Color

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The Boob Tube crew—downtown darlings Shane Shane, Earl Dax, Amber Martin and Jill Pangallo—brings you this night of art, booze and dancing. The guest curators at this edition are photographer Christopher Schulz, Bust craft lady Callie Watts and filmmaker Stephen Winter.

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Rivington F&B Tuesday February 3 2015 Free

"Art & AIDS: Amor y Pasión"

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For the sixth year, Leslie-Lohman hosts multimedia pieces by artists living with HIV and AIDS whose work was created in therapeutic art classes at the GMHC's Volunteer, Work and Wellness Center. Proceeds from pieces sold during the show will go directly to the artists.

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Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Until Sunday February 1 2015 Free

Queer Memoir: Naked

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For its fifth anniversary show, Kelli Dunham's LGBT storytelling series's theme is "naked," which may translate to metaphorical or literal flesh baring. Participating potentially nude artists include M. Taueret Davis, Sarah Schulman, Erica Cardwell, Elana Lancaster, Robin Cloud, J Mase III, Drae Campbell and Vivien J Rotundo.

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Bowery Arts and Sciences Sunday February 1 2015

Adam Enright: Good Bitch Goes Down

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Actor-singer Adam Enright presents this solo cabaret packed with pop covers and original tunes about the trials and tribulations of modern gay love. John J. Caswell Jr. (God Hates This Show) directs.

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Joe's Pub at the Public Theater Saturday January 31 2015

Jesse Luttrell: Bawdy

Cabaret trollop Jesse Luttrell headlines this gender-bent retro revue with different guests every month.

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Stage 72 Thursday February 26 2015 - Thursday June 25 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 Thursday February 5 2015 - Thursday February 26 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 Until Saturday February 28 2015 Free

Nutcracker Rouge

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Austin McCormick and his risqué neobaroque dance theater Company XIV present a lavish erotic reimagining of a classic holiday tale (adapted by Jeff Takacs), complete with circus performers, operatic singers and partial nudity. Nutcracker Rouge: Theater review by David Cote Around this time of year, the word nutcracker conjures so much innocent wonder: Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the dance of the sugarplum fairy, glitter pasties, stripper poles, comically large stuffed penises.… Oh, did I lose you there? Director-choreographer Austin McCormick has taken the Christmas staple and given it a NSFW spin. Nutcracker Rouge is the perfect hot date: a rated-R riff on the tale of Clara and an enchanted appliance—which may require batteries. Our wide-eyed heroine is now an adult named Marie Claire (Laura Careless, agog and breathing heavily), and the world she discovers is a wintry realm of half-naked dancers and acrobats, gyrating and performing physical stunts that send her into ecstasies of arousal. They get the audience riled up, too. Decked out in Zane Pihlstrom’s eye-po

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XIV Until Saturday January 31 2015

Masq

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The Center's Young Leaders Council sponsors this masquerade, featuring an open-vodka bar, DJ Vito Fun and lots of masked sexiness. Elegant dress is highly encouraged. Proceeds go to the LGBT Center.

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The Bowery Hotel Saturday January 31 2015

Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom

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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom. Joe’s Pub (see Off Broadway). By Bridget Everett. Music and lyrics by Everett, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Directed by Wittman. With Everett. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Rock Bottom: In brief The astonishing, totally fearless Amazon of alt cabaret and raunchy comedy (Inside Amy Schumer) returns to Joe's with a new show commissioned for the venue. Cocreated with Broadway's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, this is full-contact New York magic, and not to be missed. Rock Bottom: Theater review by David Cote I was a Bridget Everett virgin before Rock Bottom, so yes, there was some blood. There was also lots of spilled chardonnay, sweat and a few other fluids I’d rather not name. In other words, it was all flavors of crazy, and I loved every second. How is it possible that for years I’ve missed Everett’s vaginacentric shock comedy and rafter-splitting rock belt? Fear, if we’re being truthful. I’d seen the pictures, heard the titles and assumed she was too much woman to handle. Still, her latest cabaret act—with songs cowritten by Broadway vets Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), as well as with Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray­—is a nice way to ease, semi-lubed, into the Everett aesthetic. Between a ditty about sampling international dong, “Tell Me (Does This Dick Make My Ass Look Big?),” and a nearly scatological dalliance with a British film star, “A Man So Fine,” Everett works

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Joe's Pub at the Public Theater Until Friday February 20 2015
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