"Life can be grand
From the third row
Just go to the movies
Just go to the picture show, oh!"
-"A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine" (the musical) Dick Vosburgh, Frank Lazarus, & Jerry Herman
I need - gasp - air conditioning. Phew - summer in the city is hot, and I can't sleep. I could ride the subways all day and night, or I could head to a movie. A lesbian movie . . .
Downstairs at A Different Light Bookstore @ 151 W 19th St (7th Ave), I could bask in the breeze of their Sunday Night Free Movie Series, every week at 8PM. That's right - FREE air conditioning and entertainment wrapped up into one camp night of movie-going. I must catch "Kitten With A Whip" starring the voluptuous Ann-Margret on August 4, or the incomparable dyke-icon Shelley Winters in "The Poseidon Adventure" on August 18. Cinema at it's coolest . . .
While it's not as cool temperature-wise at the Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center @ 208 W. 13th St (7th Ave), the Lesbian Movie Night has the coolest films and videos by, about, and of interest to lesbians. This night is a little more experimental and educational than the rompings-about at A Different Light, but draws a purely lesbian crowd to its doors for a cinematic dose of sapphic culture. Look out for the film-makers themselves mingling with their adoring audience; For only $6 you've got it artistically made in the shade . . . Lesbian Movie Night is the last Friday of every month at 8PM.
And then there's the real silver screen, most notably filled with gay and lesbian-themed films at the Quad Cinema @ 13th St (5th & 6th Aves), which specializes in the queer community. They're currently showing "Stonewall", a dramatic fictional reconstruction of the events at the infamous bar of the same name that sparked the Stonewall riots and the birth of the gay and lesbian rights movement more than 25 years ago. Other freon-enhanced theatres that provide cozy homes for lesbian films are the Angelika Film Center @ Houston & Mercer, and Cinema Village @ 22 E 12th St (University Place), which most recently played host to the excellent collection of lesbian short films from around the world called "Girlfriends," and the visually arresting tale of two Canadian women involved with the circus in "When Night Is Falling."
If you already own your own AC and want to cuddle under its current, you can rent yourself a classic coming-out tale like "Personal Best" starring Mariel Hemingway, the baby-dyke-proud, "Go Fish", or my favorite high school love story, "The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love". They can all be found at Mondo Kim's Video @ 6 St Marks Place in their upstairs lesbian section filled with obscure documentaries and erotica, or riffle the shelves at the aforementioned A Different Light Bookstore.
What could be finer? A chilled thermostat and a good flick for females who like females... Ahh, summer in the city.
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