Volume 76, Number 4 | June 14 - 20 2006

Gay Pride

A special Villager supplement

Pucks, yucks, Buds, Babs and dancing on the pier

Fri. June 16

Chelsea Challenge 2006
All day; call for specific game information

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers (Pier 61)
An adult gay and gay-friendly ice hockey tournament hosted by the New York City Gay Hockey Association, with players from the U.S., Canada and Europe. Free to spectators. Call 212-252-4351 or visit info@gayhockey.org.

Budlight giveaways
The Cubby Hole
281 W. 12th St.
10 p.m. to midnight
Free admission

Sun. June 18

The Rally
Bryant Park (42nd St. and Sixth Ave.)
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Marking the 25th anniversary of the AIDS pandemic, The Rally will observe this sad occasion by displaying a panel from the AIDS Quilt. Runners from the International Rainbow Memorial Run will make the park a stop on their journey from San Francisco to the Gay Games in Chicago. They will circle the Bryant Park lawn, then pause for a moment of silence. Also appearing along with emcee ANT and house band Shimmerplanet will be Ari Gold, The DIVAs, Matt Foreman, Rubberlegs, Sister Funk and Steven Brinberg a.k.a. Simply Barbra.

10th Annual Folsom Street East
W. 28th St. between 10th and 11th Aves.

It hurts so good at the S&M leather-fetish block party organized by the Gay Male S&M Activists.
Suggested $5 donation at door

Mon. June 19

Garden Party 23
Pier 54 (Hudson River and W. 13th St.)

More than 3,000 attendees come to socialize, enjoy food and entertainment by nationally recognized talent. The party is a benefit for the L.G.B.T. Center in Greenwich Village. For tickets call 212-620-7310 or e-mail kcox@gaycenter.org.

Tues. June 20

GAYDAR — Celebration of Gay Comedy
The Improv Comedy Club
W. 53rd St. between Ninth and 10th Aves.
9 p.m.

Thurs. June 22

‘The Importance of Being Barbra,’ by Tom Santopietro
The L.G.B.T. Center
208 W. 13th St.
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Author Santopietro chronicles every moment of Streisand’s career, from her start, film, theater and, yes, politics too.
$10 at the door.

Fri. June 23

AIDS Candlelight Vigil
Christopher St. and Sheridan Square
7 p.m.

Procession starts at Sheridan Square. A banner and wreath are carried down Christopher St. as supporters of those struggling with H.I.V./AIDS and friends, family members and loved ones of those who have died from AIDS carry lit candles in a quiet march to the waterfront, where the wreath will be tossed into the river.

Pride Shabbat
The Village Temple
33 E. 12th St. between University Pl. and Broadway
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sat. June 24

Rapture: A Women’s Dance
Pier 54 (13th St. and the Hudson River)
5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Two D.J.’s, Brenda Black and Twisted Dee, will be spinning everything from hip-hop, pop and lounge to underground beats and house to get the ladies dancing.
For tickets, call 212-206-7579

Sun. June 25

The March: The Fight for Love & Life
Fifth Ave. and 52nd St. to Christopher and Greenwich Sts.
Starts at noon

Moment of silence at 2 p.m.

Join grand marshals Florent Morellet, owner of Florent restaurant on Gansevoort St., and Christine Quinn, the City Council speaker, in the annual Gay Pride March.

PrideFest: 4 Events in 1
Greenwich and Washington Sts. between Christopher and Spring Sts.
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A street festival, including MarketPlace for shopping and food; ArtSpace, an open-air art gallery featuring fine art, photography and crafts by L.G.B.T. men and women; KidSpace, where the little ones can play during the parade; and StageFest, the biggest gay urban performance state on the East Coast, with cutting-edge dance, hip-hop and high-theater productions — including this year’s surprise celebrity vocalists.

Dance 20: The Dance on the Pier
Pier 54 (13th St. at the Hudson River)
4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Join D.J.’s DeMarko! and Susan Morabito for the official Pride Dance. Tickets available at Mark Nelson, 237 W. 20th St.; Universal Gear, 140 Eighth Ave.; and Village Apothecary, 346 Bleecker St. No tickets will be sold at the pier.

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