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World AIDS Day Calenda
Safe-sex kits, HIV tests, film festivals and more
Friday, November 30, 2007

Thursday, Nov. 29

Artists Respond to AIDS
Gallery exhibit “Positive Still” includes artwork that deals with AIDs in diverse ways. The consortium of artists includes Hector Canonge (interactive new media installation), as well as Andrew Johnson (satiric still-life paintings of pharmaceuticals), David King (metaphysical collages), Ivan Arocha (documentary video on AIDS management in Cuba), durkART (biomorphic paintings), Nadine LaFond (Haitian spiritualism in painting) and Keith Theriot (paintings and washes, sometimes using blood). Opening reception: 6–9 p.m., Thur. Nov. 29; artist talk: 5:30–6:30 p.m., followed by closing reception till 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8,; regular hours: 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Tues., Wed. & Fri, at The Manhattan WCO Center Gallery, 19 W. 26th St., Fifth Fl., 212-679-2055; AIDSmuseum.org


Friday, Nov. 30


New York AIDS Film Festival
The fifth-annual fest includes film shorts and documentaries screened Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 at the United Nations and New York University. The festival’s Red Ball fashion gala, hosted by Lauren Bush, Marrie Rizer and others, honors Heatherette, Miss Universe Riyo Moi, BET and GMHC. NewYorkAIDSFilmFestival.org.

Non-Denominational Service
This non-traditional service, titled “AIDS: Our Celebration of Life,” is followed by a reception and hosted by the Volunteer, Work & Wellness Center, Community Advisory Board and the Center for Special Studies, New York-Presbyterian Hospital. 3–4:30 p.m., at GMHC, Rm 405/410, The Tisch Building, 119 West 24 St., gmhc.org.

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien at St. Bart’s
Soledad O’Brien hosts an “Evening of Reflection, Celebration and Remembrance” that includes speakers such as U.N. Secretary General Ki Moon and Ambassador Richard Holbrook and entertainment by the Harambee Dance Company. 6:30–8:30 p.m., St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Avenue @ 50th St.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Reading of the Names
Housing Works, a local AIDS and homelessness advocacy group, invites you to join staff members, community leaders and elected official in the 13th-annual “Reading of the Names” vigil to commemorate those who died of AIDS. The 24-hour event begins 12:01 a.m. at the southern tip of City Hall Park at Broadway and Park Place. Housingworks.org.

Safe Sex Kits
W Hotels gives out free safe sex kits—nifty and tiny tins that hold condoms, lubricant and a sexually transmitted infection (STI) resource card. Stop by the bar at any W Hotel in the city for your free kit: 541 Lexington near 40th St., 1567 Broadway and 47th St., 120 E. 39th St. and 201 Park Ave. South at 17th St., whotels.com.

Wrap It Up
GMHC and the Chelsea Barnes & Noble store raise funds and awareness by wrapping gifts and rapping with customers about HIV/AIDS to help out GMHC. Fundraising efforts last throughout the holiday season at the Barnes & Noble 22nd Street and Sixth Avenue location. Gmhc.org

Concert Music & March

The Downtown Chamber and Opera Players will perform the music of Chris DeBlasio, Lee Gannon, Deolus Husband, Robert Savage and Nicholas Schaffner, all of whom died of AIDS. Noon–1:15 p.m. A brunch precedes the concert; a march to Union Square follows it. The LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St., 212-620-7310, gaycenter.org.

Free HIV Testing at GMHC
Stop by The David Geffen Center for HIV Prevention and Health Education at GMHC for free, confidential testing with same-day results. First-come, first-served registration begins at 1 p.m. GMHC, 119 West 24 St., Sixth Fl., gmhc.org.

‘How Do I Look’ Screening
Wolfgang Busch’s documentary, begun in 1995, follows Harlem’s legendary “ball” community, from the drag balls of the ’20s to the vogueing balls of recent decades—in fact, it picks up where “Paris Is Burning” left off. Screened as part of the African Diaspora Film Festival. 8 p.m., Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Ave. @ 120th St., $10, (212) 870-6784, howdoIlooknyc.org.

Sunday,  Dec. 2

Music From Benson AIDS Serie
s
The Downtown Chamber and Opera Players will repeat its performance the music of Chris DeBlasio, Lee Gannon, Deolus Husband, Robert Savage and Nicholas Schaffner, all of whom died of AIDS. 3 p.m., St. Marks in the Bowery, 131 E. 10th St.

Every Day

Light to Unite

Visit web site LightToUnite.org and light a virtual candle by reading about HIV/AIDS or sharing your experiences. Bristol-Myers Squibb will donate $250,000 to the National AIDS Fund as part of this fourth-annual virtual event.

Sing!
Annie Lennox and 23 of the world’s most famous female voices sing to raise money for an HIV/AIDS organization in Africa called Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). Lennox’s benefit single “Sing,” with remixes by Harry “Choo Choo” Romero, Dean Coleman and Moto Blanco, is available now on iTunes.

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