Though Gay Pride week is over, you can always count on downtown's Dixon Place to keep it HOT! with their annual festival in Celebration of Queer Culture. The festival of lesbian and gay theatre, music, dance, poetry, fiction, and performance art will run in Manhattan from July 5-31.
This year, HOT! and Dixon Place founder Ellie Covan celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival with dozens of gay performers.
This year's lineup is as follows:
July 5 - Homotext - new lesbian and gay literature as read by Gerry Gomez and Paul Russell
July 6 - Lavinia Co-Op, Gender-Illusionist Dred and Diane Torr - each present their own work which ranges from musical numbers to monologues July 7 - Dark Thoughts - sketches, monologues and spoken word by Asian artists Aileen Cho, Regie Cabico and Dan Bacalzo
July 9 - Everyday Tragedies - a puppet play is performed by Moe Angelos and Big Bang Theory and Dating is presented by Emmett Foster
July 10 - Writers on the Ledge - is curated by Regie Cabico with new works by Susan Sherman and Rachel Guido DeVries
July 11 - Suck This, Masked Man! - Peter McLean collaborates with author Perry Brass' and I Look Divine - Randy Gener directs Stephen Nisbet in an adaptation of Christopher Coe's gay classic
July 12 - In the Ass of the Beast - Beth Lorrigan and Lisa Frisari use film and live sound to create a work that tests boundaries
July 13,14,20,21,27 and 28 - Go-Go Real - Jonathan Wooster and Brandon Olson explore sex, love drugs, and disco-dancing with theatre, music, dance and humor
July 16 - Homo for the Holidays - John Steber directs a staged reading of short plays by Robert Shaffron
July 17 - Culture Bodega - Jill Dearman, Clarinda Maclow, Hope Forstenzer and James Cassesse's new fiction with music by Jan Bell
July 18 - Numb a new work by and performed by Robert Appleton, I'll Show You Mine, If You Show Me Yours a show-and-tell audience participation piece by Michael Burke, and Michael Freeman plays a tragicomic clown
July 19 - "In the City of Shy Hunters" - a reading from Tom Spanbauer's new novel followed by a book-signing
July 23 - Crazy Maker by Mina Hartong, Unlimited Engagement performed by Brennan Gerard and Heather McGhee
July 24 - You Are Gorgeous and I Am Coming - a reading saluting the works of Frank O'Hara with Peter Covino, Bill Kushner, Matthew Burgess, Ron Drummond, Douglas Martin, Guillermo Castro, Richard Loranger, Brian Blanchfield, Richard Tayson, Michael Broder and Jason Schneiderman
July 25 - "Dhalgren" - a reading from Samuel R. Delany's new book, "Wendell All Together" - reading from Howard Cruse's new book
July 26 - HOT! Dance - movement pieces by Jen Abrams, Marlon Barrios Solana and Tamieca McCloud
July 30 - A.D.D. Theatre, 20 90-Second Plays - performed by Tom Bondi and Rick Beach, Soppin' Juice by Mark Holt and Belly Up by Bondi and Holt as performed by Lisa Kron and Emmett Foster
July 31 - Festival Party with performances by Reno and others
For further information or tickets to HOT! at Dixon Place, 309 East 26 St., call the box office at (212) 532-1546. Also visit, www.dixonplace.org.
— by Ernio Hernandez