Ari Gold Headlines Pride Month Launch Party Tomorrow

We checked in with pop star and activist (and local resident) Sir Ari Gold, who is getting ready to headline the NYC Gay Pride Month Launch Party on Orchard Street tomorrow afternoon.  The street party will include live music from Isle of Klezbos, Josh Zuckerman, Tongue in Public and more. Not to mention the big Lady Gaga Look Alike Contest. Winners will receive over $500 worth of prizes. Here’s what Ari had to say about the event:

Pride Goes East Announces Gay Pride Launch Party

Sir Ari Gold, who will headline the NYC Gay Pride Month Launch Party on June 4 - photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

Pride Goes East, a partnership of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) and Fourth Arts Block (FAB) will host an outdoor NYC Gay Pride Month Launch Party on Saturday, June 4, from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Orchard Street (between East Houston and Stanton St.) Street party festivities will include the highly anticipated Lady Gaga Look Alike Contest and a great lineup of live musical performances, with local resident and superstar Sir Ari Gold headlining.

Pride Goes East to Host Week Long Shop-a-Thon

Pride Goes East, a collaboration between Fourth Arts Block and the Lower East Side BID, is wrapping up it’s month-long performance celebration with a Lower East Side “shop-a-thon” with special events during Pride Week beginning this Saturday. Participating business will offer special deals throughout the week and a portion of all purchases will be donated to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk School.

Weekend Arts & Entertainment

Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard in Humpday.

Rooftop Films is back on the LES this evening on the Open Road Rooftop with director Lynn Shelton’s Humpday, a “bromantic” comedy taken to extremes when two college buddies decide to test a limits of an art project by sleeping with each other.  “And there’s nothing standing in their way – except Ben’s wife Anna, heterosexuality, and certain mechanical questions.” More info and tickets here.

John Kelly’s Paved Paradise: Redux is still thrilling audiences at Abrons Arts Center through tomorrow night. You can read the NYPost review here.

Pride Goes East presents a full day of events on Saturday, including 30 Gay Plays in 60 Straight Minutes. B.Y.O.L.C.
(Bring Your Own Lawn Chair) for Pride East Village-style, an afternoon
of free performances, rainbow kite flying, outdoor dining, and tickets

“Pride Goes East” Debuts: Events, Deals All Week Long

Organizers held a kickoff event yesterday for "Pride Goes East," a celebration of Gay Pride in the East Village and the Lower East Side. The special week full of entertainment, as well as restaurant, nightlife and shopping deals is a joint project of the Fourth Arts Block and the LES Business Improvement District. City Council member Rosie Mendez spoke at the kickoff, encouraging people to enjoy events on both sides of Houston this week. There was also a cameo from Ms. Sarah Palin, the popular drag queen, and a performance from "Showdown," David Parker and The Bang Group’s
new interpretation of the songs from Irving
Berlin’s "Annie Get Your Gun
."  Roberto Ragone of the Lower East Side BID and Tamara Greenfield of the Fourth Arts Block said they hope this week's events and deals will establish their two neighborhoods as a Gay Pride destination. You can see more information about "Pride Goes East" including a schedule of events here.

David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin performed a new version of "Old Fashioned Wedding."

"Ms. Sarah Palin" gave her personal endorsement to "Pride Goes East"

Pride Goes East: Kickoff Event Sunday Afternoon


The Fourth Arts Block and the LES Business Improvement District are joining forces for the first ever "Pride Goes East" celebration. The two organizations are sponsoring a week full of free entertainment events, nightlife specials, restaurant deals and shopping discounts that stretch across the East Village and the Lower East Side (click here for more info). The kickoff event is this coming Sunday from 4-6 pm on Orchard Street, between Houston and Stanton. The emcee is Allen Roskoff, a veteran gay activist who co-authored the nation's first gay rights bill. A number of elected officials have been invited to attend, including City Councilman Alan Gerson.

Pride Goes East, is an effort to expand New York's Gay Pride celebration beyond the West Village. Sunday's event will also feature special musical performances and an appearance by the popular drag queen, "Ms. Sarah Palin."   According to Roberto Ragone, executive director of the Lower East Side BID and Tamara Greenfield, executive director of Fourth Arts Block, their collaboration is meant to show that Houston Street is not an imaginary barrier separating two neighborhoods. They point out that, historically, the entire area was thought of as the Lower East Side — and that today they still have a certain kinship.  We'll have more about that next week.