The best LGBT things to do in New York this week

Get busy with our picks of the best parties, mixers, performances and more LGBT things to do in NYC this week
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By Jillian Anthony, Jennifer Picht and David Goldberg |
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There’s never a shortage of LGBT things to do in New York, whether you’re looking for talks, film screenings, drag show or world-class gay bars and gay clubs in NYC. And the city’s queer scene isn’t confined to the established gayborhoods in Manhattan either. Nowadays, you’ll find LGBT events throughout the boroughs every night of the week. With so much to choose from, there’s no excuse not to get out there and have a gay old time.

Best LGBT things to do

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Head Over Heels
Photograph: Courtesy Joan Marcus
Theater, Musicals

Head Over Heels

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Theater review by Adam Feldman  To enjoy Head Over Heels, which offers quite a lot to enjoy, it is probably best to kick up your heels and put your head on hold. That’s not to say that this saucy, boisterous musical doesn’t have a brainy side, starting with its ambitious crossbreeding of four time periods: It grafts a 2010s queer sensibility onto songs from the 1980s—by the all-girl pop-punk quintet the Go-Go’s (plus two hits from lead singer Belinda Carlisle’s solo career)—and fits them into a 16th-century story that is set in ancient Greece. The dialogue, in iambic pentameter liberally sprinkled with thou and thee, contrasts amusingly with the unornamented lyrics of such go-to Go-Go’s bops as “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “We Got the Beat.” But at heart the show is a campy romp. Loosely adapted from Sir Philip Sidney’s Elizabethan prose adventure Arcadia, the musical spins a complicated tale of romance, lust, intrigue and cross-dressing. (Its original book, by Avenue Q’s Jeff Whitty, was extensively rewritten by James Magruder.) Stubborn Basilius (Jeremy Kushnier) and his frustrated queen, Gynecia (a smashing Rachel York), rule a kingdom blessed by “the beat,” a divine gift that keeps their realm in a happy groove. Their beautiful but vain daughter Pamela (the big-bodied and big-voiced Bonnie Milligan, in a triumphant Broadway debut) refuses to marry; her overshadowed sister, Philoclea (the affecting Alexandra Socha), is courted by a passionate shepherd, Musidoru

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Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color
Photograph: Courtesy Eileen Costa, Museum at FIT
Things to do

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

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The Museum at FIT unleashes the politics and provocations of the color pink at this stunning exhibition, featuring clothing from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Divided into two sections, the exhibition explores how the color has come to play into eroticism, punk rock, activism and gender politics. You'll explore historical ensembles from Japan, India, Africa, Mexico, Great Britain, the U.S. and beyond that played into the lives of commoners and royals alike; then gag at stunning looks from the vaults of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Moschino and Comme des Garçon. Witness the splendor!

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COMPANY XIV: Boylesque Bullfight
Photograph: Courtesy Phillip Van Nostrand
Dance, Burlesque

Company XIV: Ferdinand—Boylesque Bullfight

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Having already offered opulently designed, adults-only burlesque takes on Snow White, Cinderella and The Nutcracker, director-choreographer Austin McCormick and his fancy-naughty troupe turn to Munro Leaf's 1936 children's book, The Story of Ferdinand, the tale of a strong young bovine who prefers fields of flowers to the matador's ring. An all-male ensemble performs what is sure to be a lavish cock-and-bull story.

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Filthy Pony
Photograph: Courtesy Kenny Rodriguez
LGBT

Filthy Pony

National Pole Dancing Champion Blaine Petrovia invites his most talented, twisted and fully flexible friends to show off their skills at this fabulously debauched night of high-flying sexy shenanigans. Get down to pole dancing, aerial wonders and outrageous contortion by Medea, TROiS, Dalijah, Jan Manke, Armando Gonzalez and many more. 

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Bad Behavior, Blaine Petrovia
Photograph: Courtesy Kenny Rodriguez
LGBT

Bad Behavior: Wet Hot Queer Summer

The welcoming, consent-affirming vibe of the massive Bushwick party-playpen House of Yes makes it a gem for queer revelers on any given night, but you can count on this monthly throwdown for unabashed rainbow delirium. Flip your wig as pole dancers, burlesque divas and drag artists reign from cages, rafters and ropes, all while DJs keep the dance floor going wild. Needless to say, sequins and glitter are encouraged.

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Kink Haüs
Photograph: Courtesy Neal Santos
Theater, Experimental

KINK HAÜS

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Choreographer and stunt provocateur Gunna Montana unleashes a hyper-saturated dungeon demimonde on the La Mama stage. Watch as a crew of queer underground superheroes strip, strut and surrender to their carnal urges in this neon-splattered nightclub fantasy.

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Murray Hill
Photograph: Courtesy Gregory Kramer
Music, Cabaret and standards

Murray Hill: About to Break

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Self-billed as "the hardest-working middle-aged man in show business," old-school comedian-singer and nightlife survivor Hill looks like he should be entertaining at an Elks Club dinner in 1958—and that's how he likes it. In his new solo show, directed and cowritten by Scott Wittman (Hairpray), Hill digs into the darker side of his life as a pillar of downtown performance. He is backed by the Early Bird Specials, a swinging combo led by Paul Leschen.

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Amanda Duarte
Photograph: Courtesy Michael Sharkey
Music, Cabaret and standards

Amanda Duarte: Staying Alive

Satan's Alley may sound like an apt description for our present political circumstances, but it's also the name of the fictional musical in the lurid, outrageous Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive. And, 35 years later, it's the inspiration for Amanda Duarte's scorching new show about personal and political reawakening. The writer and Dead Darlings host puts the inferno of her personal life in perspective with the great garbage fire of American discourse at this dark engagement, which features fellow no-bullshit intellectuals the Gay Agenda, Becca Blackwell, Jenn Harris and Matthew Cleaver. While dishing out her singular opinions on Trump, Twitter and Tony Manero, she'll set us straight for the battles to come. Not to be missed.

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Be Cute
Photograph: Courtesy Maro Hagopian
LGBT

Be Cute Brooklyn

We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to party with Horrorchata, Charlene and the other icons of Brooklyn drag at this low-priced monthly kiki. Count on hits from Janet Jackson and Britney Spears and outrageous performances from Bushwig's greatest hits along with DJs like Hannah Lou and Amber Valentine. Serve your look, but prepare to sweat your fake eyelashes right off. 

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Ben Wasserman and Brantley Brice
Photograph: Courtesy Dee Guerreros
Comedy

Cereal Milk

How apt for Ben Wasserman and Brantley Brice's sweet new stand-up show to go down at Friends & Lovers, as their room will most certainly be packed with their best buddies. Join the two adorable whackjobs as they welcome funny friends Carmen Lagala, Jes Tom, Eudora Peterson, Adam Wade, Sam Taggart and Maria Wojciechowski to chill on stage.

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