BGHV Weekend, Nov 19thWelcome to another edition of BGHV Weekend! As the holidays approach, it seems gay life in the Valley seems to quiet down a bit. As you might notice, the listings are a little lighter than normal this week. That said, if you have something to share with the community, please let us know and we’ll consider it for posting on the site.

Vassar just announced that the critically-acclaimed musical RENT is coming to Poughkeepsie the first weekend of December for one of its first-ever college performances. The best part? The tickets are free, but you need to call now to reserve your seats. Want to know who to call? Check it out here.

Thank you to everyone that joined us last weekend for the reopening of Spruce Design + Decor at their new location in High Falls. It was so great to see so many of you from our community come to support one of the many gay businesses right here in the Hudson Valley.


Thursday, November 19th

Men’s Group Dinner @ Kingston Indian Restaurant, Kingston @ 7:30p
Hosted by the Men’s Group at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, dinner will be at the newly open restaurant directly across the street from the Center.  Each is responsibly for their tab, for more info or to let them know you’re coming, email Gene at genek64@aol.com.


Friday, November 20th

Leo’s Flick Pics @ The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston @ 7p
Center Board member Leo Vogel presents Leo’s Flick Picks, a series that features recent movies of particular interest to LGBTQ filmgoers. “Between Love and Goodbye” is a story about falling in and out of love. This movie has a great soundtrack; if you don’t come for the plot, come to watch the concert scenes! Between Love and Goodbye shows that love is a delicate thing and that life may not turn out the way you planned – especially when family is involved. It deals with strong themes and is not suitable for anyone under 17 years of age.

Nunsense the Mega Musical, Croton Falls @ 8p
Nunsense is a hilarious talent show staged by the five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hobeken nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God. The remaining parade their talents at a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed can be buried.”  Shows run all weekend – get your tickets now!!!


Saturday, November 21st

Dutchess County Arts Council Exhibition Sale, Poughkeepsie @ 10a
Join “Discover the Art of Style,” an annual Fine Art & Craft Market. 32 artists in an intimate setting. Sat. 10a to 5p and Sunday 11a to 5p. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 So. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie, NY. 845-454-3222 or click above for more info.

Voices of Diversity @ The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston @ 11a
Voices of Diversity is a social and support group created to bring together the Hudson Valley’s black, Latino and all people of color who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, & transgender. Voices of Diversity meets from 11 AM to 1 PM on the third Saturday of every month at the Center. For more information on the group or this event, contact group facilitator Anibal Garcia at voicesdiversity@aol.com.

Thanksgiving Wine Tasting @ Fox and Hound Wines, New Paltz @ 1p to 4p
Join Nick & Tom for a free consultation and tasting of wines to perfectly complement your Thanksgiving meal. Just to make sure they get it right, they’ll also be serving a taste of fresh roast turkey, stuffing and gravy in their kitchen so you’ll see first hand how well the wines will compliment your traditional Thanksgiving meal.  They’ll be pouring wines from Whitecliff Vineyards and Brotherhood Vineyards here in the Hudson Valley — and as always, they’ll be offering a dollar off on these featured wines during the tasting event.

Transgender Awareness Day @ the LOFT, White Plains @ 2p to 6p
Join us on this solemn day of remembering those in our Transgender community who have been lost to transphobic violence. Join us for guest speakers, a reading of the names vigil, and the grand opening of the T Project.

Fall Back at the Open Studio Reception, Catskill @ 4p to 8p
This reception will introduce new works by its resident artists, including paintings, collages, drawings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and dolls and more . In addition, on view for first time to the general public, new acquisitions on loan from the ArtTchaeological Museum: botanical oddities and remarkable spiders. This reception is in conjunction with Saturday Studios, a monthly event sponsored by the Catskill Gallery Association.  The Open Studio is located at 402 Main Street in Catskill 12414. For more information call 518-943-9531 or e-mail catskillstudio@gmail.com

“Freeing Silvia Baraldini” Screening @ Community Theatre, Catskill @ 6p
Award winning documentary, “Freeing Silvia Baraldini” is a profound inquiry into the life of an Italian who was an American radical.  Silvia who spent 24 years incarcerated, speaks with an almost religious integrity focused on essential beliefs and principles.  Her insistence on justice for the oppressed transcends politics, so does her suffering.  Pelletier and Thomas unlock a chapter in U.S. radical politics that has been until now, sequestered by the U.S. government.  A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow.  The Catskill Community Theatre is at 373 Main Street.

Nikita Starr’s Jailhouse Party @ Primetime, Highland @ 10p
Rules are simple: Green if you’re single, Yellow if it’s complicated and Red if you’re not to be touched.  Drag performances & drink specials all night.


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.

Sunday, December 6: New York City Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Dress Rehearsal Concert to Benefit GLSEN Hudson Valley
The boys of the NYC GMC will be showing off their stuff for a one-night-only concert whose proceeds will benefit GLSEN Hudson Valley.  Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door for the Kerhonkson show.  Doors open at 12:30 for an open bar & silent auction reception with the show starting at 2:00.  For more info or to pick up tickets, email ulsterny@chapters.glsen.org

Sunday January 10th & 24th: Men Drawing Men with Local Gay Artist William Noonan
Local artist William Noonan instructs in the art of figure drawing in this men’s class with male models.  Sign up now, space is limited – Makes a great gift!