The Gay Agenda


By Joseph Hassan

Monday, December 15: Gay men worth their weight in acerbic wit wouldn't be caught dead anywhere tonight except Lincoln Center to catch a reading by David Sedaris, arguably the funniest gay writer alive. Check out this clip of Sedaris's appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, in which he showcases his trademark sardonic humor through a personal essay on the Stadium Pal, a portable bed pan of sorts for sports fans. For the ladies (and only for the ladies), Manhattan's Jewish Community Center (JCC) hosts 1990s infomercial maven, New York Times best-selling author, and motivational speaker Susan Powter as she talks "The Politics of Stupid," her stream-of-conscious manifesto encouraging women to take control of their lives. Tickets for Sedaris's 8:00 PM EST show are available through Lincoln Center (the reading takes place at Avery Fisher Hall), while tix for Susan Powter's 7:00 PM talk can be snatched up through the JCC.

Tuesday, December 16: If you find yourself in Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle today, head to The Phillips Collection to check out Christo and Jeanne-Claude's latest work, "Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Over the River, A Work in Progress." The exhibition includes more than 150 photographs, collages, drawings, and maps chronicling the pair's attempt to assemble and suspend massive silvery fabric panels over the Arkansas River in Colorado. As with their other elaborate orchestrations -- like "The Gates" in Manhattan's Central Park -- the artists' intent is to call attention to natural beauty and foster new ways of interpreting a familiar landscape.