BGHV Weekend April 1stWell can we call a spade a spade or what!?  In shocking-to-some news, the always yummy Ricky Martin announced via his website this week that he’s gay.  Yeah, duh.  We’re proud of our boy, his babies and his tasty boyfriend.  We’re just shocked this came as news…

Fresh off our visit to the NYC GLBT Expo, several groups and businesses in the Hudson Valley supported the efforts of GLBT tourism in the area.  We’d like to invite you all to support them in return, so as promised last week, we’ve posted our “GLBT Must See” flier of premier gay-owned and -friendly Hudson Valley destinations.  Check them out, and be sure to tell them Big Gay Hudson Valley sent ya’.

We’ve also had the privilege recently of looping into Poughkeepsie’s Middle Main Revitalization effort.  This group of volunteers, residents and business owners from the local community are working together to celebrate the history of Po-Town’s historic Main Street while restoring it to the friendly, funky economic powerhouse it once was.  If you, like us, have thought out opening up a business, join them at their next happy hour (Weds. April 14th @ Hudson Valley Food Works) and learn more about their Middle Main Map, Partnership with Clearwater and CreekWeek events.  BGHV is getting involved – are you?

Tom Judson’s hit one-man show “Canned Ham” is making its last east coast showing this weekend.  Hudson’s own Trixie Starr & Tom took a pre-show shower to discuss the show – check ’em out.

Weekly Happenings

Wednesday Night @ Babycakes, Poughkeepsie @ 9p
Babycakes Cafe opens it bar (and pastry case!) to the beats of Prephab, so celebrate being halfway to the weekend over a signature drink with your galpals.

Men’s Group Meeting @ The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston @ 7p
The Center’s highly active Men’s Group meets every Thursday – 1st, 2nd & 4th Thursdays are discussion; 3rd & 5th are social & special events.

LOFT Bowling @ White Plains Bowl, White Plains @ 7p
Grab your shoes and throw a strike every Sunday night with the Lo-Hud gays of The LOFT.  Join a team or get in as a spare bowler – either way you’re in for a good night.

Women’s Discussion Group @ The LOFT, White Plains @ 7:30p
Stop by and join the ladies for their weekly discussion group.  Grab a cup of coffee and join in on the chat with topics ranging from LGBT news to relationships and more!

Friday April 2nd

Macbeth @ The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck @ All Weekend
“Something Wicked This Way Comes…”  Shakespeare’s acclaimed show comes to Rhinebeck for a limited engagement.  Showings at 8p on Friday & Saturday.

“Dancing Across Borders” Screening @ Time & Space Limited, Hudson @ All Weekend
Dancing Across Borders is the critically acclaimed story of Sokvannara “Sy” Sar, who as a boy in Cambodia, was discovered by an American ballet dancer who was so moved by his work she brought him to America to train and perform.  The film follows Sy’s development as a dancer and American transplant, offering an intimate behind the scenes look at ballet in America.  Tickets are $7 with showings at 7:30 on Friday & Saturday and 5:30 on Sunday.

Gender Fabulous! @ Market Market, Rosendale @ 9p
A ninety-minute hysterical & heartbreaking journey through the minds of three of NYC’s most endearing performers. Coming of age stories in sequins & tights. Songs of best friends & Golden Girls. A magical tour of how to survive.  Sliding scale tickets at the door.

“Crack An Egg” Easter Party @ Primetime, Highland @ 9p
Fluff your baskets, boys!  Coco Kane will be performing and dishing out the goods for best baskets in house.  DJ John Martin spins in the booth.

Saturday April 3rd

Easter Brunch Benefit @ CIA, Hyde Park @ 11a
The students of the April 2010 Bachelor’s Class at CIA are hosting an Easter Brunch to benefit local GLBT community groups, namely ARCS.  With food & service provided by CIA trained professionals-in-the-making, this event is sure to be one to remember this Easter.  Tickets are $42 each and include all beverages, taxes and service.

Hudson Valley Out & About Wine Tasting @ Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville @ 2p
Ryan & Matt of HVOA host a tour and tasting of one of America’s oldest wineries.  Come and meet some new people in your own backyard.  $10 per person.

“Canned Ham” @ ROCKS, Albany @ 8p
Calling all Ham-stars, this is your last chance to see Tom Judson’s hit one-man show before he packs it up and takes the ‘ol camper out West (just for touring’s sake, he’ll be back).  $10 at the door – get there early to get a seat, we just about sold out his Poughkeepsie show!

Rotten Easter Egg Party @ Primetime, Highland @ 9p
Scotty Swee & S Parties present a sexy alternative to the fluffy Easter bunny.  Egg hunts, egg-eating contests and more – bring your camera.

Sunday April 4th

Swing Dance & Workshop @ Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie @ 6p
Ever wanted to learn to swing out?  Now’s your chance!  Bring a partner or pair up there.  Workshop first, dancing with a live DJ afterward.

Coming Down the Pike…

Saturday April 17th: Opening of Transilluminations @ M Gallery

Saturday April 17th: VCS Gay Pride Rockland’s 4th Annual LGBT Comedy Night

Friday May 28th: BGHV’s 2nd Annual Pride Preview Party @ Locust Grove