BGHV Weekend Nov 12th Welcome to another edition of BGHV Weekend!

Thank you to everyone that showed up for our candlelight vigil and rally in New Paltz last Sunday night – with more than 150 of you and our allies there for the event – we put on quite a show of support for Marriage Equality! With stories running in the New Paltz Times, Kingston Freeman, Mid-Hudson News.com, and on the airwave of WAMC.org, it would be hard for any of our local Senators to miss our demands for Equality.

No word on the Vote yet. Stay tuned, and in the meanwhile, please don’t stop calling Senators Bonacic, Saland, or Larkin. Word on the street is that it will happen by the end of the year, although I feel like we have heard that before.

From an economic standpoint, two local Big Gay businesses are doing well, and continue to grow and expand. Just this past week, the Bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy moved from its home in High Falls to Market Street in Rhinebeck – and BGHV was there to celebrate their Grand Reopening last Saturday night! Be sure to stop by and see Sean and Greg in their new space – directly across from Gigi Tratorria in Rhinebeck.

This weekend the party continues when Spruce Design + Décor moves around the corner from their present High Falls home to the space previously occupied by the Bluecashew. Stop by and join us for a green apple martini with owners John Krenek & Jamie Niblock, and offer a toast to their fabulous new location. We’ll be there from 4pm – 6pm, and Spruce Design + Décor will give you a chance to get a jump on your holiday shopping with a special one-day only 15% off sale.

There is SOOOO much going on this weekend – we hope to see you out on the town!

Now, on with the listings!


Friday, November 13th

“Erotica on the Hudson” Opening, Rhinebeck @ 6p to 9p
A 47 year mixed media collection of Erotica by Hudson Valley Artist Meadow. Everything from graphite, colored Pencil, silk screens, encaustic, sterling silver rings to fiberglass toys.

LGBTQ Youth & Allies Pizza Party, Poughkeepsie @ 6:30p to 9p
GLSEN Hudson Valley & Planned Parenthood invite everyone to join them for a no cover evening of fun and pizza to celebrate our area’s youth and their allies.  Hosted by Christ Episcopal Church at 15 Barclay Street in Poughkeepsie.

“Coco Before Chanel” @ Upstate Films, Rhinebeck @ various times
Starring Audrey Tautou (“Amelie”), this sumptuous biopic looks at the early life of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, when the future queen of couture began to formulate a style that would change the world.  Showtimes vary, check the link for details.

Closing Weekend of “The Women”, Presented by 90 Miles off Broadway, New Paltz Community Center, New Paltz @ 8p
Friday, Nov. 13th and Saturday, Nov. 14th at 8pm, Sunday, Nov. 15th at 2pm, at the New Paltz Community Center on Route 32N, behind Town Hall. Tickets $15; available at the door, or by calling (845) 256.9657

“A Streetcar Named Desire” @ Vassar, Poughkeepsie @ 8p
Vassar College presents “A Streetcar Named Desire” by acclaimed gay writer Tennessee Williams. Directed by Estefi Fadul ’10. Presented by the Experimental Theater of Vassar’s Drama Department at the Powerhouse Theater. 845-437-5584 or the link above.

Dionne Warwick Performs @ The Parmount Center, Peekskill @ 8p
International music & performance legend Dionne Warwick will be performing at The Paramount for one-night-only.  Tickets are available online now for this night to remember!


Saturday, November 14th

Kids Open House @ The LOFT Gay Center, White Plains @ 11a
Parents and kids are welcome to mix, mingle, and play at The LOFT Kids Open Houses. With the big TV screen showing a kid’s movie, a playground and boardgames/toys for the tots,and The David Bohnett CyberCenter for the older kids, it’s sure to be fun. With coffee for the parents to mix and mingle, it’s a great way to start your weekend!

Spiritual Alchemy of Gender with milDRED Gerestant @ Bard, Annandale-On-Hudson @ 1p to 3p
Come meet with milDRED, see an excerpt of her one woMan show, When She was King– The Remix, and discuss controversial questions of gender and difference. Explore your personal capacity for a range of gender performance, on stage and every day! Find your own personal expression, beyond the gendered constraints and demands of society.

BGHV Celebrates the New Home of Spruce Design+Decor, High Falls @ 4p to 7p
John Krenek & Jamie Niblock are offering even more unique style at the new home of SPRUCE DESIGN+DECOR. A fabulous assortment of throws, pillows, vases, tabletop and candles are just a few of the hand-selected essentials that SPRUCE offers. Libations will be served as shoppers enjoy a 15% discount on all purchases, all day. So come on over and get that Holiday Shopping started. See you at SPRUCE this weekend!

Recovena, The Artwork of Jon Patrick Murphy @ FloorOne Gallery, Beacon @ 5p to 9p
Ty & Derek of FloorOne host the newest installation in their hip downtown Beacon gallery.  Stop in and say hey!

Casino Royale @ Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie @ 6p to 10p
Compete for extravagant prizes such as winter vacation getaways, private yacht cruises, a private garden cocktail party for you and your friends, and much more. While playing all the casino favorites, enjoy cocktails, lavish dinner hors d’oeuvres, and dessert by Gourmet to Go. Cost is $150/pp with proceeds benefiting the Locust Grove Development Fund. For reservations, call 454-4500, ext. 12.

Women’s Bowling Night @ Ro-Lin Lanes, Red Hook @ 7p
Pros & amateurs are welcome for a girl’s night of bowling in Red Hook.  $10 gets you shoes and two games.  For more info, email Noel at hoopsjohn1@aol.com.

Capital Pride Singers “Express Yourself” Concert, Troy @ 7:30p
The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy presents the capital city’s gay choir, The Capital Pride Singers, for their first show this weekend (they’ll be in Albany on Sunday).  All ages welcome, tickets are $10.

“Canned Ham” Hits Mod Cafe, Catskill @ 8p
Tom Judson’s acclaimed one-man show rolls into Catskill for a performance at Mod Cafe.  If you missed him in Poughkeepsie, don’t let this one pass you by.

EGO’s Poindexters Party @ Primetime, Highland @ 10p
Brush the dust off your pocket protector and tape up your glasses, Isis Vermouth wants to see your hottest nerd look at this Saturday’s EGO party.

Leather & Levi Night @ ROCKS, Albany @ 10p
Join the crowd and salute your sir this Saturday in Albany – gear is, of course, highly recommended.


Sunday, November 15th

Gay Marriage Discussion for Faith-Based Communities, Poughkeepsie @ 4p
The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center and Justice For All Speakers Forum present a discussion about LGBT marriage in New York State.

Capital Pride Singers “Express Yourself” Concert, Albany @ 6p
Albany’s First Unitarian Universalist Society presents the capital city’s gay choir, The Capital Pride Singers, at Emerson Community Hall for their second show of the weekend.  All ages welcome, tickets are $10.

“Where The Wild Things Are” Queer Dance Party, Woodstock @ 9p
Woodstock’s Colony Cafe presents a mischievous night of queer mayhem.  $5 gets you in the door.


Monday, November 16th

MHVGLPA Monthly Dinner @ Mojo Grill, Hopewell Junction @ 6p
The Mid-Hudson Valley Gay & Lesbian Professionals Alliance are hosting their November dinner with cash bar and a great menu.  Be sure to RSVP by Friday November 13th to ensure your spot.  Check the website for menu details and reservations.


Tuesday, November 17th

No Fear Sports! How To Join Team Hudson Valley at the 2010 Gay Games, Kingston @ 7p
Gay Games veterans Ron Niswaner, Chuck Muckle and Lance Ringel recount their stories and tell you how you can join the games during their next session in summer 2010.  Discussion is free of charge and hosted at The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center.


Coming Down the Pike:

Saturday, November 28th: “Universal Language: A World AIDS Day Benefit Concert”
Created to benefit Hudson Valley AIDS Related Services, the event features Stewart Lewis, Jeffrey Wilgus, Terry Christopher and Hillary Johnson will take place at The Ritz Theater in Newburgh, NY

Saturday, November 28th: Michael Feinstein & David Hyde Pierce @ The Paramount in Peekskill.
Comedy, music & theater collide as these stars of stage & screen give us the Premiere East Coast Performance of their newest collaboration.