Photo by Helen Tansey

15TH ANNUAL NYC CELEBRATION OF QUEER CULTURE “Hot” features dance, music, theater, literature and performance art by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artists. Continues thru Aug. 26. Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, bet Houston & Prince Sts. Literary events are $6, all others are $10-15. For tickets, 212-219-0736 or www.theatermania.com. For more information, www.dixonplace.org. Pictured above is Kate Rigg from Slanty Eyed Mama’s “Americasiana: Stories, Dreams, Reoriented,” which uses music, dance, comedy and electric violin to present a modern look at what it’s like to be Asian in America.

WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL Accordionist William Schimmel, pictured above, will join the festival’s chamber ensemble to perform Andrew Arcari’s Accordion Concerto as part of the summer 2006 series, “Mozart with a Downtown Twist.” Tues., July 18 at 8pm. Washington Square Park, southeast quadrant, near the statue of Garibaldi. Seating is first-come, first-served. Rain space is New York University’s Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 W. 4th St. 212-252-3621. www.washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org. Free.

NEW YORK CITY VOCALIST PERFORMS Singer and guitarist Milena Mepris fronts a quartet with influences ranging from early Madonna to Nirvana to Patti Smith. Hear them perform live Thurs., June 15 at 8pm. Tonic, 107 Norfolk St. 212-358-7501. tonic@tonicnyc.com. $8.

HUMOROUS ADVICE ON LOVE AND LIFE Author and performer Anita Liberty will present a performance based on her book, “How to Stay Bitter Through the Happiest Times of Your Life.” In it, she explains what it is like when an “angry performance poet finds herself dangerously close to true happiness and has to cling desperately to her artistic edge.” June 7 – 25, Wed. – Sun. at 7pm. HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Ave. $20. 212-868-4444. www.AnitaLiberty.com.

Amato Opera, 319 Bowery at 2nd St., 212-228-8200, www.amato.org: GOUNOD’S FAUST, In French, Thru June 11. Call or go online for specific times and dates. $30, $25 seniors, kids and students.

Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk St., Information: www.visionfestival.org, 212-696-6681. Tickets: https://dtmgallery.com/Main/index.htm, 212-473-0043: VISION FESTIVAL, Nightly concert programs will feature unique collaborations between jazz, contemporary and world music performers, dancers, poets and visual artists. Presented by Arts for Art, a non-profit organization devoted to the arts as a borderless, multi-disciplinary area where all things are possible. June 12-19. $25/night or $125 for festival pass.

55 Bar, 55 Christopher St.: ANDREA WOLPER TRIO with Ken Filiano & Ron Affif performs live jazz. Wed., June 21 from 7 – 9pm. No cover charge. www.AndreaWolper.com.

Bhaktivedanta Vedic Church, 96 Ave. B bet 6th & 7th Sts. 646-436-7010. www.ramakrishnananda.com: LIVE MEDITATIVE CONCERT, Music expressing devotion to the Divine combining Eastern and Western instruments with the chanting of Vedic Mantras. Sat., June 10, 17 & 24 at 8:30pm.

Cbgb, 315 Bowery. Hear live music by “Semi-Precious-Weapons.” Fri., June 9 at 10pm. Ages 16+. $10.

greenwich village bistro, 13 Carmine St., 212-206-9777: WHIRLED MUSIC, Nightly music with no cover charge at any time, call for a given evening’s schedule.

Knickerbocker Bar and Grill, 33 University Place at 9th St., 212-228-8490: Live music performed on Friday and Saturday nights. Please call for performance information. $2 per person music charge, no cover at the bar.

Outdoor Opera Performances, Part of the 5th Annual Sorrento Cheese Summer in Little Italy Festival. Sat., June 10 at 2pm. Mulberry & Hester Sts. 212-302-0551. www.littleitalynyconline.org.

St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th St. at 2nd Ave., 212-477-1594, www.downtownmusicproductions.org: MUSIC & SATIRE (Notes from the Underground), Various composers and musicians will perform as part of the East Village Concert Series. Sun., June 18 at 3pm. $15 suggested contribution; $10 for students & seniors.

Tenri Cultural Institute, 43-A W. 13th St., bet 5th & 6th Aves., 646-245-5926, www.counterinduction.com: MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, A performance by New York’s dynamic 7-member new music collective giving an overview of up-and-coming native talent featuring the works of all young American composers. Sat., June 10 at 8pm. $12 donation at the door. Tickets not required.