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

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 The Duplex is located at 61 Christopher Street at 7th Ave.