It is Pride season again -- and it is a big one with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Other than the usual fare, LGBT people and allies have the choice of attending two events close to NY*Confident's heart:
29 June, Kings County Tennis League is putting on an LGBT mixer at the HousingWorks Bookstore Cafe. Come see how LGBT volunteers connect by helping teach tennis to underprivileged kids.
31 June, MTG Pride Parade Float: The Metropolitan Tennis Group is driving its very first float down 5th Avenue for the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. Come stand on the truck, wave flags, dance with tennis balls, and see the crowds. 3pm, 5th Ave and 35th Street.
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Other than these, there are book events, films and other celebrations of the richness that gay culture brings to the city listed below.
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Live from NYPL Presents Claudia Rankine, The White Card: The White Card continues Rankine’s conversation begun in Citizen: An American Lyric. New York Public Library, 6 June.
Makers Market: Urbanspace features an array of artists selling original works to vintage retailers. Bryant Park, through 6 June.
Symphony Space Presents Songs from the Stonewall Jukebox: Celebrate the soundtrack that would have been playing on the Stonewall jukebox 50 years ago.Symphony Space, 6 June.
After Hours Tour and Drink, Museum of the American Gangster & 1920s Speakeasy: A late night tour of the Museum of the American Gangster in one of NYC’s most notorious Prohibition-era speakeasies, Scheib’s Place. Museum of the American Gangster, 80 Saint Marks Place, 6 June.
Inside the Public Design Commission Archive, NYC's Design Review Agency:Behind-the-scenes look at the Public Design Commission Archive, which maintains an archive of projects reviewed by the Commission since 1902, 253 Broadway, 6 June.
Behind-the-Scenes @ Brooklyn Army Terminal: See the abandoned and repurposed spaces of Brooklyn Army Terminal — originally constructed for WWI in the span of only 17 months. Brooklyn Army Terminal, 8 June.
Underground Manhattan, The History of the NYC Subway System: Explore the oldest subway stations in New York City working up from Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station to Grand Central Terminal. Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street, 8 June.
Roosevelt Island, From Abandoned Laboratories to Landmarked Ruins: Roosevelt Island has been home to Dutch farms, rehabilitation institutions, asylums, hospitals, scientific laboratories, and more. Roosevelt Island Tramway Plaza, 9 June.
Private Flying Trapeze Class @ Circus Warehouse: A private Flying Trapeze class inside Circus Warehouse, an 8,000 square foot traditional and contemporary circuses training facility. Circus Warehouse, Queens, 9 June.
'World of Oracles' Workshop with Urban Shaman Mama Donna: One of New York’s most celebrated shamans is ready to introduce you to several global spirit tools... and tarot. Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven, 9 June.
Greenlight Bookstore presents Robert Macfarlane, Underland, with Philip Gourevitch: Robert Macfarlane presents his latest exploration of the natural world, Underland. Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, 10 June.
HousingWorks presents Real Queer America with Samantha Allen: Allen takes readers on a cross-country road-trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah to the Rio Grande Valley introducing Americans to scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 10 June.
Ask Me Another with Josh Gondelman: A rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music — all taped live for NPR. The Bell House, Brooklyn, 10 June.
Exploring the Carlton Arms Hotel: Exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the 54-room Carlton Arms Hotel, which has become a vibrant permanent exhibition of art. Carlton Arms Hotel, 11 June.
Greenlight Bookstore presents Raphael Bob-Waksberg Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: From the creator of the critically-acclaimed television series Bojack Horseman comes a collection of surreal yet painfully relatable stories about love.. Greenlight Bookstore, 11 June.
Second Tuesday presents We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation: Leighton Brown and Matthew Riemer, the creators of Instagram account @lgbt_history, take us through a rich and sweeping photographic history of the Queer Liberation Movement. LGBT Center, 11 June.
Symphony Space Presents A Celebration of James Baldwin: Selected Shorts honors one of the most influential and groundbreaking writers of our time.Symphony Space, 12 June.
Baijiu Masterclass — A Taste of Traditional Spirits from China: Baijiu is the world’s best-selling family of spirits, but is only beginning to be understood outside of China. Church of Sweden, 13 June.
Tour of the Loew's Valencia, NYC's First "Wonder Theatre": Wedged between a tiny linen store and discount clothing outlet in the heart of Jamaica, Queens, see one of the most impressive architectural masterpieces in all of New York. Tabernacle of Prayer for All People, Queens, 15 June.
Hands-On Graffiti Art Workshop with Artist CBK: Be immersed in the art of graffiti with John Macchione (@CBK-Clothing), a local graffiti artist based in Long Island. Glen Street, Glen Cove, New York, 15 June.
VIP Experience @ Belmont Park Race Track: Couldn't make it to the Kentucky Derby this past May? Don't worry, now's your chance to don that fancy oversized hat and watch horse racing. Belmont Park, Elmont, New York, 15 June.
Coney Island Creek, Ship Graveyard to Hidden Yellow Submarine: Aquatic-themed exploration at Coney Island Creek, where low tide reveals the bones of old ships, boatloads of flotsam, and a lone yellow submarine. The Home Depot, 2970 Cropsey Avenue, Brooklyn, 16 June.
Community Bookstore presents George Packer, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century: From the award-winning author of The Unwinding - the vividly told saga of the ambition, idealism, and hubris of Holbrooke. Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, 18 June.
Strand Books presents James Wood, Upstate: In the years since his daughter Vanessa moved to America Alan Querry has never been to visit. His younger daughter, Helen hasn’t gone, either. But when Vanessa’s new boyfriend sends word that she has fallen into a severe depression, Alan and Helen fly to New York. Strand Rare Book Room, 18 June, Admission.
Greenlight presents Helon Habila Travelers: In recognition of World Refugee Day, an exploration of the African diaspora in Europe and the plight of migrant refugees. Greenlight Bookstore, 20 June.
Strand Books presents Naomi Wolf, Outrages: Until 1857, the State did not link the idea of “homosexuality” to deviancy. Wolf examines how the repression came about. Strand Rare Book Room,18 June, Admission.
Empire of the Sun: 8 June, Webster Hall
Parquet Courts: 8 June, Central Park SummerStage
Death Cab for Cutie: 10 June, Starland Ballroom @ Sayreville, NJ
The Veils: 11 June, Rockwood Music Hall
Iron & Wine; 11 June, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Prospect Park
The National w/ Courtney Barnett: 12-13 June, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Prospect Park
Death Cab for Cutie + Jenny Lewis: 15 June, Forest Hills Stadium Celebrate Brooklyn!, Prospect Park
Dido: 19 June, Terminal 5
Father John Misty + Jason Isbell w/the 400 Unit: 19 June, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Prospect Park
Calexico: 21 June, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Prospect Park
Kristin Hirsh: 22 June, Mercury Lounge
Alt 92.3, Summer Open: The Revivalists, Sharon Van Etten, The Lumineers, Head and the Heart, Fitz and the Tantrums + more: 23 June, Forest Hills Stadium.
v. Chicago Fire, 28 June, 8pm
v. San Francisco Giants: 4-6 June, 7pm, 7pm, 12pm
v. Colorado Rockies: 7-9 June, 7pm,7pm, 1pm
v. St. Louis Cardinals: 13-16 June, 7pm, 7pm, 7pm, 1pm
v. Atlanta Braves: 28-30 June, 7pm, 4pm, 7pm
Enter Laughing: Based on Carl Reiner’s semi-autobiographical novel, Enter Laughing careens through the misadventures of star-struck, stage-struck, woman-struck teenager David Kolowitz. York Theater Company, through 16 June.
Happy Talk: Lorraine (Susan Sarandon) is a saint of the suburbs. On top of trying to save her dying mother, miserable husband and estranged daughter, she’s taking on her most challenging role to date: matchmaker. Pershing Square Signature Center, through 16 June.
Much Ado About Nothing: In this modern production, we find the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war. But not all is peaceful amid the revelry. Delacorte Theatre, Central Park, through 23 June, TodayTix.
Something Clean: The story of Charlotte, a wife and mother desperate to put her world back together after her son’s crime brings it crashing down. Black Box Theatre, through 30 June.
A Strange Loop: Usher is a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical. Playwrights Horizons, through 7 July.
We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time: Growing up, writer/performer David Cale escaped his parents’ fraught marriage by singing in his bedroom and tending to birds in his backyard animal hospital. The Public, 13 June-14 July.
Fairview: The Frasier family is gearing up for Grandma’s birthday, and Beverly needs this dinner to be perfect. Plus, the radio’s on the fritz, her sister Jasmine is drinking, her husband Dayton isn’t helping. Polonsky Shakespeare Center,Brooklyn, through 28 July,
BRITS OFF BROADWAY FESTIVAL.
Handbagged: The Iron Lady. The Queen. When the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? 59E59 Theatres, 4-30 June,
Square Go!: When Max is called for his first square go, a fight by the school gates, it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first. 59E59 Theatres, 5-30 June.
Tharp Trio: In these three astounding one acts by Twyla Tharp, classical ballet mixes with modern forms, demonstrating Tharp’s mastery of movement. American Ballet Theatre, Lincoln Center, through 6 July.
Maurice Sendak, Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet : Renowned for his beloved and acclaimed children’s books, Maurice Sendak also embarked on a successful second career as a designer of sets and costumes for the stage. The Morgan Library & Museum, 14 June through 16 October.
Basquiat’s “Defacement”, The Untold Story: When Basquiat created to commemorate the fate of the young, black artist Michael Stewart on the wall of Keith Haring’s studio, Defacement was not meant to be seen publicly. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 21 June through 6 November.
Lubiana Himid, Work from Underneath: A pioneer of the British Black Arts Movement of the 1980s and ’90s, Himid has long championed marginalized histories. The New Museum, 26 June through 6 October.
Augusta Savage, Renaissance Woman: Augusta Savage (1892–1962) overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination to become one of America’s most influential 20th-century artists. New York Historical Society, through 28 July.
Collette Schreuders, In the Bedroom: Stemming from concepts of coupledom, this new series investigates domesticity. Shainman, through 22 June.
Human Rights Watch Film Festival, 30th Anniversary Edition: 13 films with half by filmmakers with roots in the region they are covering, half directed or co-directed by women, and the majority directed by filmmakers of color. Lincoln Center, 13-20 June, Tickets.
Accept the Call: Twenty-five years after Yusuf Abdurahman left Somalia as a refugee to begin his life anew in Minnesota, his 19-year-old son Zacharia is arrested in an FBI counterterrorism sting operation.
Bellingcat, Truth in a Post-Truth World: From his home in the English countryside, de facto leader Eliot Higgins and his team of volunteer truth-seekers put newspapers, networks and governments to the test.
No Box for Me, An Intersex Story: Deborah, 25, and M, 27, are living in bodies that Western medicine — and often society—deems too taboo to discuss publicly.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco: Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city. Angelika, West Village.
Halston: From Iowa to Studio 54 to Wall Street, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s, becoming a household name. But everything changes in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston takes the biggest gamble of his life. Quad Cinema, West Village.
The Lavender Scare: With the United States gripped in the panic of the 1950s Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be "security risks" and vows to rid the federal government of LGBT people. The mass firings stir outrage in the gay community. Cinema Village, East Village.
Booksmart: Two academic superstars and best friends realize on the eve of their high school graduation that they should have worked less and played more. The girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night Angelika, West Village.
Leaving Home, Coming Home: The first ever feature-length documentary about the legendary Swiss-American photographer and filmmaker that captures Frank reflecting on a lifetime of image making that most famously produced "The Americans". Film Forum, SoHo.
Ghost Fleet: follows a small group of activists who risk their lives on remote Indonesian islands to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen who feed the world's insatiable appetite for seafood. IFC Center, West Village.
The Spy Behind Home Plate: Story of Morris "Moe" Berg, the enigmatic and brilliant Jewish baseball player who caught and fielded during baseball's Golden Age and also worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Quad Cinema, West Village.