The Meeting* Dedicates First Gathering of New Season to Sylvester; Bridget Everett and Ben Rimalower to Appear

By Adam Hetrick
September 19, 2012

Bridget Everett and Ben Rimalower will be part of the fourth season of Justin Sayre's The Meeting*, which will dedicate evenings to Funny Girl, Marlene Dietrich and Sylvester. The monthly gay pow-wow will launch Sept. 20 at the Duplex.



The Meeting* offers a monthly "gay romp through politics (sexual and otherwise), social news, music, comedy skits, and other important life-changing information." Each presentation is devoted to a different gay icon. Sayre hosts with various special guests. Adam J. Rosen and Dan Fortune produce the series.

The past two years Sayre and company have also presented Night of a Thousand Judys, a benefit for the Ali Forney Center in June.

Here's a look at the season:

Sept. 20 - Sylvester.
"An exploration of one of disco's most fascinating figures, who helped launch modern-day queer culture. Though best remembered for the #1 hits 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)' and 'Dance (Disco Heat),' the flamboyant pop/dance star was among the first to challenge the traditional gender roles in the music business. Rimalower (Patti Issues) and nightlife performer Everett (Jukebox Jackie) will be special guests.

Oct. 18 - Funny Girl.
"Among the classic musicals of the last 50 years, Funny Girl may be among the most iconic - and gayest - with its towering breakout performance by leading lady Barbra Streisand, infectious score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill and juicy theatrical lore. This edition of The Meeting* will feature songs from this seminal backstage musical, in addition to special trivia.

Nov. 15 - Marlene Dietrich.
"The essence of Deco glamour, the international film legend donned a tuxedo and top hat to pioneer androgynous fashion at a time when Hollywood's gender lines were rigidly defined. Privately bisexual, she flirted with onscreen lesbianism. Also a noted song stylist, she introduced the famed torch song 'Falling In Love Again' and the camp classic 'The Boys in the Back Room.'

Dec. 13 - Holiday Extravaganza.
"The annual Christmas show - always filled with musical merriment and comedy shenanigans - both lampoons and celebrates the happiest time of the year, with that special gay twist. Past features include 'The Nativity of Quentin Crisp,' 'Serving in Silence: The Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer Story' and the famous 'Truth or Dreidel' game."

All shows are at 9:30 PM. There is a $10 cover charge and a two-drink minimum. For tickets visit BrownPaperTickets.com. The Duplex is located at 61 Christopher Street at 7th Ave.