Six big gay & lesbian events

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  • Photograph: Magda Biernat

    The Out NYC

    The Out NYC

  • Photograph: The LGBT Community Center National History Archive; Keith Haring artwork Copyright Keith Haring Foundation

    Keith Haring with his Once Upon A Time mural at the LGBT Center

    Keith Haring Unveiled

  • Urban Bear Weekend revelers

    Urban Bear NYC

  • SSION

    Ssion

  • Photograph: Caryn Waechter

    A performance at the Black Party

    Black Party

  • Photograph: Robin Souma

    The Imperial Court of New York's Empress XXV Pepperica Swirl and Emperor XX...

    Night of a Thousand Gowns

Photograph: Magda Biernat

The Out NYC

The Out NYC

The Out NYC opens
After many delays, the gay hotel finally launches this spring: Tourists and staycationing locals will enjoy cozy rooms overlooking three courtyards (the Spa Deck, the Great Lawn, the Bamboo Garden). Guests will also have easy access to the adjacent XL Nightclub, Cabaret and Lounge, which opened in January and hosts a number of weekly parties and special performances. The muted decor incorporates tones of gray, black and white,but the roughly $300 nightly price for a standard room is anything but minimalist. 510 W 42nd St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (theoutnyc.com). Opens Thu 1.

Keith Haring Unveiled
In 1989, iconic New York artist Keith Haring commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall riots with a mural, titled Once Upon a Time, inside one of the LGBT Center's restrooms. More than two decades later, the Keith Haring Bathroom (now a meeting space) got a much-needed face-lift and will be open to the public for most of March. To mark the occasion, the Center is presenting several of Haring-related programs, some in collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum, which hosts an exhibit of the artist's early work beginning March 16. One sure highlight: a Haring homage at the Center's Dance:208 Garage Classics party on March 10. The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St between Greenwich and Seventh Aves (212-620-7310). The Keith Haring Bathroom is on display Wed 7--Mar 31.

Urban Bear NYC
Hibernation season is officially over! The bear crowd has pretty much become the middle of the road for the NYC gay-male scene, so it's no surprise that Robert Valin's annual celebration of fuzzy hunks draws massive crowds to its many dance parties, performances, beer blasts and more. Valin has yet to announce details for the fourth annual incarnation, but don't be surprised to find plenty of cuddly events at bear caves like The Eagle (554 W 28th St between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves; 646-473-1866, eaglenyc.com) and Nowhere (322 E 14th St between First and Second Aves, 212-477-4744). Locations vary; visit urbanbearnyc.com for details. May 3--6.

Ssion
Queer artist-musician and music-video auteur Cody Critcheloe—he's the guy behind Santigold's psychedelic "Big Mouth" clip—is moving closer to the spotlight with his long-running disco-punk project Ssion (pronounced "shun"). If Critcheloe's high-profile past collaborators and tourmates (Beth Ditto, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peaches) are any indication, there will surely be a very hot crowd in attendance at this show, brought to you by scene makers Daniel Nardicio and Thirsty Girl Productions. Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-414-5994, highlineballroom.com). Fri 2 midnight; advance $12, at the door $15.

Black Party weekend
Once upon a time, the Saint at Large's biggest annual event was merely one of the city's brazenly hedonistic celebrations of debauchery. These days, it's practically an industry, complete with a vendor-packed exposition and a international-escort awards ceremony, the Hookies. The main event, though, remains the 18-hour dance party, which always attracts top-notch DJs (this year's have yet to be announced—keep an eye on the website for details) and a variety of eye-popping performances. Roseland Ballroom, 239 W 52nd St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (212-674-8541, blackparty.com). Black Party Expo: Mar 23 8pm--1am, Mar 24 noon--7pm; the Hookies: Mar 23 at 11pm; Black Party: Mar 24 at 10pm through afternoon of Mar 25.

Night of a Thousand Gowns
The Imperial Court of New York's annual fund-raiser is one of the season's most jaw-dropping spectacles: Expect to see lots of sequins, feathers, precious metals and anything else that can be incorporated into a glamorous look. Honorary chairs in attendance will include actor Rose McGowan, morning-radio staple Elvis Duran and Olympic ice queen Johnny Weir. Raunchy comedian Lisa Lampanelli headlines the evening, and proceeds benefit New Alternatives and PFLAG NYC. Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway at 45th St (icny.org). Mar 31 6pm--midnight; $125--$1,000.

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