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New York City’s 92nd Street Y, always a center for stimulating culture, this year includes among its offerings no small number of gay speakers addressing topics of gay interest. The walnut paneling in the intimate Kaufman Concert Hall combined with the room’s clear, warm acoustic enhances the pleasures of time spent at the Y.

Kaufman Hall

Representative eminences are Margaret Cho, appearing on Saturday, October 29, Nathan Lane, appearing on Sunday, October 30 and out gay Representative Barney Frank, appearing on Monday, January 23. On October 31, Tony Kushner will be part of a panel discussing ‘Herman Melville’s World,’ while on December 12, a gathering of distinguished commentators will speak about ‘Leaves of Grass at 150.’

Many worthy straight people will also be seen this year at the 92nd Street Y, including Nobelist Toni Morrison, actor Alan Alda and domestic diva Martha Stewart. The Y also offers classes, including one which will teach you to dance in a flamenco skirt, and enticing concerts by the likes of pianist Charles Rosen and guitarist Pepe Romero.