dscn9737Yes, it’s been an exciting week here in the Empire State! Last night the New York State Assembly passed the Marriage Equality Amendment, and now it’s off the New York Senate. According to New York State Senate Majority Leader, Malcolm Smith, the bill does not have the 32 votes necessary for passage – so now its more important than ever to take 2 minutes to contact your State Senator. Want to learn more? Check out the Marriage Equality NY Website, or the website for the Empire State Pride Agenda.

It’s a BIG GAY couple of day coming up here in the Hudson Valley, and with so many events happening tomorrow night, we decided to send out BGHV Weekend a day early so that everyone can enjoy the wide variety of upcoming events.

Did I say “Upcoming Events”? That reminds me; the Friday, May 29th Pride Preview Party at Locust Grove is now just 15 days away! We recently updated the event page on Big Gay Hudson Valley.com, and added new details about the event, an option to order your picnic dinner for the Artist’s Palate, and even a Big Gay Discount on wine for this B.Y.O. event from Arlington Wine & Liquor – if you have not revisited the page, please check it out now.

Now, on with the listings!

Thursday, May 14th

“Sunset Sensations” Wine Tasting at Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie @ 5:30p

GLSEN Leadership Awards Dinner, White Plains

Alpha Psi Ecdysia Burlesque Show at Joe’s East/West, New Paltz @ 9p (doors – show @ 10p)

Men’s Discussion Group, LGBTQ Center, Kingston, NY @ 7pm – 8:30pm

Friday, May 15th

Psycho Beach Party, the CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck @ 8p
Performances continue all weekend: Friday & Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 3pm

Filthy Fridays @ Primetime Dance Club: “Banana Eating Contest”, Highland @ 9pm

Saturday, May 16th

Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Poughkeepsie, NY Plant Sale & Open House @ 9am – noon
Come and learn about this Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Project, and take home potted herbs, flowers, and vegetables. They’ll also be hosting a new member orientation, and signing up individuals for their shareholder program.

Voices of Diversity Meeting, Kingston @ 11a

Chef & Personality Corrine Trang launches “Noodles Every Day” @ bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, High Falls @ 2p
Visit big gay gourmands Sean & Greg as they host a demo, tasting and signing from Corrine Trang’s new book “Noodles Every Day”.  And pick yourself up something nice while you’re at it.

Sick of Sarah performs @ The Chance, Poughkeepsie @ 7p
The all-girl 5-piece from Minneapolis released its debut album on LA indie label Adamant last summer. Spin Magazine compared them to the Breeders and Sleater-Kinney.  They’ve been winning over audiences with their energetic and dynamic live show, taking the title of best emerging artist at last year’s Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and coming out on top at MTV’s virtual Kaya’s Battle of the Bands.  Check them out on MySpace.

Hudson Valley Horrors “Land of the Lost” Rollerderby, Hyde Park @ 6p (doors – wheels roll @ 7p)

Circles LGBTQ Youth Prom, Poughkeepsie @ 7p

Gaymes Night, The Loft, White Plains, NY @ 7p – 9:30p

Sunday May 17th

New York City Marriage Equality Rally, New York City (45th St & 6th Ave) @ 5p

CDGLCC “Wine & Cheese” Movie Night, Albany, NY @ 6PM
Free event! Come watch one classy movie, Ang Lee’s “The Wedding Banquet”, followed by one “cheesy” flick, “Under One Roof”, a watchable movie that looks like it was filmed as a home movie.

Monday, May 18th

MHVGLPA Dinner @ Cosimo’s Brick Oven Trattoria, Poughkeepsie @ 6p
The Mid-Hudson Valley Gay & Lesbian Professionals Alliance’s monthly dinner will be held in Poughkeepsie this time around @ Cosimo’s.  3-course dinner is $30 with a cash bar cocktail hour starting at 6p, dinner is served at 7p.  RSVP to Nancy at sandford@us.ibm.com.  And while you’re there say hey to Big Gay bartender, Brad!

Big Gay Mondays “Dinner with Family”, Suffern @ 6:30p

Learn Salsa & Swing, The Loft, White Plains, NY @ 7pm

Please remember that the success of Big Gay Hudson Valley relies on you! If you have an event or happening that you feel we – and the rest of the Hudson Valley – should be aware of, please let us know.

We hope to meet all of you on Friday, May 29th at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie!
-Stephan & Patrick –