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FRI.JUN.27: The Rally
For the second year in a row, the all-ages event will call Pier 26 in Tribeca home. Michelle Visage, the raven-haired “always keepin’ it real” emcee, from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” is joined by performers Sharon Needles and Betty Who. NYC Pride has continued the tradition of the rally since it originated in 1970, a year after the Stonewall Riots. Hudson River Park Pier 26, with access to cross West St. at N. Moore & Laight Sts. Jun. 27, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.Free.
FRI.JUN.27: Celebrating Composers, Poets in Song
To kick off Pride Weekend in New York, the Cheah Chan Duo — Phillip Cheah, voice, and Trudy Chan, piano — presents “Rise, My Love,” a celebratory program of songs and short piano pieces by nearly two dozen LGBT composers and poets, both historical and contemporary, foreign and home-grown, from classical art songs to the avant-garde. Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St. at Grove St. Jun. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.
SAT.JUN.28: Everyone Is Gay
Everyone Is Gay, an LGBTQ youth organization, hosts an all-ages pride celebration. Singer-songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs will performer along with surprise guests, and cupcakes will be provided by Baked by Melissa. Bluestocking founders Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russ will try their hand at a few jokes, so probably best to humor them. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. Jun. 28, 1 p.m.
SAT.JUN.28: Body Language
“After Our Bodies Meet: From Resistance to Potentiality,” curated by Alexis Heller, traces the efforts of contemporary queer artists within the legacy of early feminist art. By bridging historic and contemporary endeavors, the exhibition not only aims to honor the pioneers of gender-conscious art, but also highlights the evolution of feminist thought within artistic representations of queer bodies — including some that question the gender binary on which feminism was first conceived. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay + Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St., btwn. Canal & Grand Sts. Through Aug. 3, Tue.-Wed., Fri-Sun., noon-6p.m.; Thu., noon—8 p.m. More information at leslielohman.org.
SAT.JUN.28: Based On True Events
The Nuyorican Poets Café presents Anthony Fusco’s “Crossing Verrazano,” a drama about love, lust, hatred, and sexuality. Based on true events about three young men from Los Angeles and their fateful night in New York after meeting two men who weren’t looking for love at the iconic Stonewall Bar. The Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 E. Third St., btwn. Aves. B & C. Jun. 28, 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
SAT.JUN.28: Serving T on the C
Sea Tea is returning for its 18th season. The weekly three-hour sail event’s rebirth, or “re-berth,” kicks off during Pride Weekend with a new boat, the Hornblower’s J.J., but with the same amenities — perhaps most importantly, a free buffet dinner and air conditioning down below. The summer schedule begins on Jun. 28, at 6:30 p.m., departure at 7:30 sharp from Pier 40, 353 West St., with a muscle bear cruise hosted by porn star Samuel Colt, with DJ Jonny Mack spinning tunes. On Jun. 29, 6:30 p.m., two cruises launch: the Pride cruise, on the Hornblower’s J.J., with DJs Randy Bettis and Laritza Dumont; and the Latin Pride cruise, co-sponsored with Club Evolution and Friends Tavern, with DJs, dancers, and entertainers from Evolution. Both Sunday evening cruises return after the Hudson River Pride fireworks are concluded. Tickets range from $25-$40; $35-$50 the day of, depending on which cruise.
SAT.JUN.28: Changing the Game
Teaze, formerly Rapture on the River, is NYC Pride’s exclusive event for women. After more than a decade of “rocking women’s worlds,” Teaze is refreshing the event, introducing new ways for ladies of all walks to come together and celebrate Pride. The evenings DJs include Dimples and Susan Levine. Hudson River Park, Pier 26, cross West St. at Laight & N. Moore Sts. Jun. 28, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets are $25-$75.
SUN.JUN.29: The March
Come celebrate Pride with the annual March along Fifth Avenue. The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2013, more than 300 marching contingents, representing a vast array of activist groups, non-profits, community organizations, , small businesses, political candidates, and corporate sponsors walked the Lavender Line in one of the city’s biggest annual events and the world’s biggest LGBT turnouts. This year’s grand marshals are actress Laverne Cox (Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black”), actor Jonathan Groff (HBO’s “Looking”), and Rea Carey, the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Line up begins at 11 a.m. on Jun. 29, with kickoff at noon, from 36th St. & Fifth Ave. The march ends in the West Village at Christopher & Greenwich Sts. More information at nycpride.org
PrideFest, now in its 20th year, is the annual LGBT street fair that combines vendors, entertainers, and activities for a day of celebration in the name of equality. PrideFest attracts thousands of out-of-state visitors and brings them together with local residents and families, community leaders, area business owners, and corporate sponsors. Performers this year include De’Borah, Dina Delicious, Kim Joyce, Ray Issac, and Mighty Real. Hudson St. between Abingdon Sq. & W. 14th St. Jun. 29, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free.
SAT.JUN.28: Dance with Demi
The annual Dance on the Pier, which is the climax of Pride Weekend, returns with headliner Demi Lovato, DJs Pagano and Grind, lighting by Guy Smith, and visuals by Robert Montengro. All proceeds benefit the annual Pride events hosted by NYC Pride as well as New York’s LGBT community organizations. The annual Hudson River Pride fireworks bring the evening to a close. Hudson River Park, Pier 26, cross West St. at Laight & N. Moore Sts. Jun. 29, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets range from $80 – $139.
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