Days of Summer
By Bill Chenevert
Friday, July 4: Sergei Prokofiev conceived Romeo and Juliet as a ballet over 80 years ago, and tonight, with the help of the American Symphony Orchestra, led by Leon Botstein, it goes up for a five-day run at Bard College's Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. After their world premiere in the Hudson Valley, the Mark Morris Dance Group will take their show around the country to Berkeley, London, Virginia, New York, and Chicago. Check out a stunning clip of the ballet here, then get tickets and info on the rest of the tour here.
Saturday, July 5: It makes perfect sense that the home of flashy Bette Midler and Celine Dion spectacles would be one of the gayest destinations in the U. S. of A. This weekend Las Vegas reaches its queer apex with Gay Days and Nights in Las Vegas. From Thursday to Sunday, the city hosts a bevy of gay festivities: risqu' party French Kiss, a benefit poker tournament, the Men's Pool Party at Blue Moon, fireworks, and several sexually charged interpretations of Cirque du Soleil shows. Consult the full schedule here.
Sunday, July 6: Chicago is home to one of the biggest ethnic Pride celebrations in the country, with thousands expected to attend the Windy City Black Pride Festival. The event, taking place this week, seeks to connect gay culture with black culture and does so through performances, awards ceremonies, a big ole' festival at the South Shore Country Club, and, naturally, a party on Sunday night. See the full schedule here.