Wrap up 2016 on a festive note. New York City is chock-full of musical performances and concerts in the last few weeks of December that celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re in the mood for classic jazz, subversive rock or traditional holiday flavor, we’ve got you covered.
Visual Impact: On Art, AIDS and Activism
The NYC AIDS Memorial and the NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program commemorate WorldPride and Stonewall 50 with an educational installation featuring the sobering work of eight artists, including Keith Haring and Catherine Opie. View the exhibit on Greenwich Avenue, adjacent to the NYC AIDS Memorial Park between West 12th Street and Seventh Avenue.
The Pride Experience Bus Tour
Zip around to sites of LGBTQ+ historical interest on a double decker bus with CitySightseeing New York's special Pride Experience Bus Tour. Hostess Anita Buffem entertains and performs during the two-hour tour, while a licensed New York City tour guide explains the importance of local landmarks from Hell’s Kitchen to Greenwich Village and everywhere in between.
Pride In Harlem Renaissance Tour
Join Taste Harlem for a 2-hour walking tour on LGBTQ+ history and the Harlem Renaissance. Led by local historian Michael H. Adams, the tour explores the lives of notable cultural icons such as Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Bessie Smith, Josephine Baker and Alain Locke—as well as some of the popular queer gathering places in the neighborhood, past and present.
Grit and Glitter: Before and After Stonewall Screening Series
Celebrate LGBTQ+ cinema with The Museum of the Moving Image’s Pride Month series “Grit and Glitter,” showcasing thirteen films made both before and after Stonewall. Films include Jack Smith’s “Flaming Creatures” (1962), Stephen Frear’s “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1985), and many other notable queer films from the past sixty years.
Film Screening: "Dear Fredy"
The Generations Project at the Museum of Jewish Heritage is hosting a screening of the documentary “Dear Fredy” on the remarkable life of openly gay Fredy Hirsch, a German Jew who set up a day care center at Auschwitz and remained out during the Holocaust.
Photography After Stonewall
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Tribeca's Soho Photo presents “Photography After Stonewall” an exhibit featuring over 70 photographs focusing on LGBTQ+ subjects taken by 23 artists. The show will demonstrate how the uprising in the summer of '69 made possible an explosion of imagery that earlier generations had to hide and suppress.The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Lecture: LGBT Mega Events Across the Globe
The New York Public Library presents a free lecture and photo presentation examining large scale LGBTQ+ social events, from WorldPride and the Out Games to circuit parties and music festivals. The lecture will explore the origins of these unique events, their ties to the civil rights movement, and their economic impacts on global tourism.