Big Gay Hudson Valley Weekend, September 10thWith the end of summer officially one week in the can, we’ve got the perfect solution to your end of summer blues – Canned Ham!  The world premiere of Tom Judson’s new show “Canned Ham” is tonight at Jason’s Upstairs Bar in Hudson.  Check out this hilarious one man show looking at a life lived and loved from the cozy perch of an aluminum camper.  Details below.

We also want to encourage everyone to attend the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s Fall Fest next Saturday, September 26.  This amazing group is celebrating its 30th anniversary of supporting and developing at-risk LGBTQ youth into the future of our country.  Tickets for their 4th Annual Fall Fest Fundraiser are available now and the lineup & after party are proving to be a night to remember.  Through our partnership with the group, we’re encouraging youth to attend this event, that’s why we’ve made “30 for $30” available – 30 tickets for $30 available only to those between the age of 21 and 25.  Members of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center are also getting the hookup, with tickets available for 50% when purchased through the link posted on BGHV.  We hope to see you all there!

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Thursday, Septemer 10th

Women’s Discussion Group, Kingston, 6:30p
Hosted by the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, this month’s discussion topic is Lesbian Friendships. Come join us for a lively, thought-provoking exchange.

Men’s STD & Safer Sex Forum, Kingston, 7:00p
Moderated by the Dutchess County Health Department’s own Andy Rotans (hey girl!), this engaging and informative information session will provide an in-depth look at STD’s amongt gay, bi & trans men with a focus on prevention.  Hosted by the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center.

WORLD PREMIERE of Tom Judson’s “Canned Ham”, Hudson, 8p
A few years ago Tom Judson moved to the Hudson Valley to escape his fast-paced production life as acclaimed performer “Gus Mattox”.  The GAYVN award winning performer is thrilled to debut his new (clothed) show “Canned Ham” at Jason’s Upstair’s Bar.  Taking a comedic look at his life in his camper (affectionately named “Canned Ham”), Judson will regale all comers with wit, charisma, and the tale of a life that has taken many turns.  Tickets are $10.  See Tom discuss his new show with Hudson’s very own Trixie Starr on YouTube.

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Friday, September 11th

Harvest & Art Festival, Poughkeepsie, 11:30a to 3p
To relieve the gravitas of remembrance normally associated with this Friday’s anniversary, yet without being forgetful or unpatriotic in any way, The Poughkeepsie Main Street Farmer’s Market is throwing up a healing bulwark of fresh food, great music and uplifting artworks of all kinds with its annual Harvest & Art Festival.

The Big Gay Cruise, Albany, 11:30p to 3a
Even though we’re not affiliated with this event, we’re okay loaning out our name for a great cause.  Team A-Man is raising money for their AIDS Walk team with an evening cruise departing from Troy.  Tickets are available now and spaces are filling up fast.  Could you think of a better way to spend a Friday night?  Didn’t think so.

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Saturday, September 12th

CIA Alliance Car Wash, Hyde Park, 11a to 3p
The students of the CIA’s Alliance club will be hosting a car wash to raise funds for their Hudson Valley AIDS Walk Team.  $5 per car.  Flirting is free.

“Windows on Main Street” Artist Discussion & Closing Reception, Beacon, 12p to 4p
Join Second Saturday in Beacon for the closing events of Windows on Main Street 2009.  Zuzu’s Coffee House will be hosting a round table of participating artists of the project to be followed by a closing reception at 2pm.

Kevin Cook Gallery Opening, New Paltz, 6p
Hudson River-inspired painter Kevin Cook is debuting his new collection at Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz.  The exhibit will run until the end of October.

“Price Check Beacon” Closing Reception, Beacon, 6p to 9p
Price Check is an interactive curatorial examination of the variations of the visual art market based upon geographic proximity to a major art center. The exhibition focuses on the State of New York, where the art market ranges vastly from the urban art hub of New York City to the neighboring art town of Beacon or more distinctly, to the post-industrial city of Syracuse.  Big gay curators Ty & Derek of FloorOne Gallery will be hosting.

Todd Alsup @ Rockwood Music Hall, NYC, 8p to 9p
While we usually don’t feature events in NYC (they’ve got enough going on, already!), we met Todd Alsup in Provincetown this summer and fell in love with him!  He’s a super sweet guy who’s very involved with the gay community, is a partner with GLAAD, and has an amazing talent.  If you can’t get to the city for his show, check out his website and his album (avaialable on iTunes)

Fall Back with the Classics II, Poughkeepsie, 9p
Ok kids here we go again! The first one went so well they’re doing it again! DJ Frankie Ramos from the “old Berties” era will be spinning your favorite hits from the ’70s and ’80s.

EGO Party’s Second Saturday, Highland, 10p
EGO party @ Primetime – hosted by Isis Vermouth.  Performances, gogos, the works.

“The Main Event” DJ Battle, New Paltz, 10p
DJ K and Prephab battle it out at Truman’s to see who’s sounds will reign supreme.  Drink specials, gogo boys, the works.

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Sunday, September 13th

Gay Pride @ Playland, Rye, All Day
Westchester’s first ever Gay Pride event is here –  so join us on Sunday, September 13th! Join the Westchester Pride Coalition and our big gay Hudson Valley community for a day of frivolity at Playland.  Tickets are available for purchase online.  Be sure to wear your red!

Flyering for the National Equality March, Your Hometown, All Day
The organizers of the National Equality March have asked us to make this Sunday, September 13th a national fliering day for the National Equality March! Help us cover the entire country with posters and fliers–let’s all work together to flier our neighborhoods, gayborhoods, shopping centers, campuses, coffeeshops, community centers, and everywhere else to spread the word and ask for all of our supporters to join us in Washington in October!  Check out their page to download and print off your own fliers.

19th Annual Taste of New Paltz, New Paltz, 11a to 5p
Every fall the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce sponsors “a taste” of our area. It is an old-fashioned day in the country. Although food is the centerpiece of the event, plenty of other exhibits will keep you entertained all day long: Children’s events, the Artistic Taste (local artists exhibit their paintings and photographs for sale), Business Expo (free giveaways, raffles), Wellness & Recreation Expo (massage, chiropractic, yoga, pilates, exercise demonstrations), crafts (home goods, jewelry, toys, ceramics), live music at center stage and much more will be presented on this fun-filled and delicious day.

Women’s Group Potluck Picnic, Kingston Point Park, 1p to 5p
Bring and dish and hang with the gals!

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Tuesday, September 15th

“Focus on Women” Planning Meeting, Kingston, 6p
If interested in volunteering for the planning and hosting of women’s events at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, please join us at this on-going monthly meeting, held in the second floor conference room.

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Coming Down The Pike –

Monday, September 21st: Mid-Hudson Valley Gay & Lesbian Professional Alliance Dinner @ The Highland Cafe in Highland

Saturday, October 17th: Poughkeepsie AIDS Walk, sponsored by ARCS