JOIN ANDREW LEAR ON AN OUT PROFESSIONALS TOUR OF THE EAST VILLAGE, HISTORIC HOME OF THE CITY’S CULTURE AND COUNTER-CULTURE.
On Saturday, June 11, historian Andrew Lear takes Members and friends of Out Professionals on a swing through the East Village — where the Beats lived, where Punk was born, and where Jonathan Larson set “Rent” in a world of impoverished young artists struggling in the shadow of AIDS.
Discover the unique role of the East Village in the cultural and counter-cultural history of New York City and the nation. Afterwards we adjourn to Pete’s Tavern (est. 1864), which remained open during Prohibition in the guise of a flower shop.
The East Village was home to such celebrated gay residents as Allen Ginsberg, Quentin Crisp and Jean-Michel Basquiat. It’s the site of Tompkins Square Park, where Wigstock was founded in 1984. And it spawned such notorious nightspots as Meow Mix and The Cock.
A hint of what you’ll learn this afternoon:
- Where the famous photos of Oscar Wilde in velvet and furs were shot.
- When and where the first “pansy” dances were held in New York.
- Where Walt Whitman first read the “Calamus” poems to his Bohemian friends.
- When an American poet first wrote openly about male-male love.
- Where W. H. Auden wrote “lay your sleeping head, my love,/ human on my faithless arm”
Andrew Lear has taught art history and Classics at Harvard, Columbia and NYU. He is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the first company to offer tours focused on LGBT history.
Photos, left to right: Oscar Wilde, Lady Bunny, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Quentin Crisp, Allen Ginsberg.
A private exploration of the rich LGBT history of the East Village. Tour begins at 2 p.m. sharp, rain or shine. Open-ended mixer about 4 p.m. at Pete’s Tavern, 129 East 18th Street at Irving Place; refreshments on your own. O. Henry wrote his classic “The Gift of the Magi” in a booth at Pete’s in 1905.
Meet in front of Barnes & Noble on Union Square North (33 East 17th Street). Subway: 4/5/6, L/N/Q/R to 14th Street/Union Square.
Nonmember, $25. Dues-paying OP Member, $15. The personalized nature of OP’s tours requires a limit to the number of participants; most tours sell out in advance. Preregistration ends at noon on Friday, June 10. Cash only at the door, space permitting.
IT PAYS TO BE AN OP MEMBER!
A 12-month individual OP Membership (new or renewal) PLUS one ticket to “The East Village: A Walking Tour and Mixer,” just $75. And remember, that buys you a year’s worth of low-cost or no-cost networking and socializing. Join here.