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What’s Good for the Goose

A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled on October 10 that the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, did not violate the constitutional rights of a group of religious homophobes arrested for creating disturbances at gay community events held at city parks. The group was barred by police officers from entering areas where the gay events were taking place. Comment

Welcome Home Stranger

Perhaps it’s a sign of progress in the fight for gay civil rights, but coming out never looked like such a non-event as it does in “The Closet Chronicles,” another entirely forgettable entry in the increasingly bloated annals of unpleasant contemporary gay theater. Comment

Tweaking the Canon

Charline Von Heyl’s exhibition of new paintings at Friedrich Petzel Gallery dives headlong into the language of painting; the canonical issues around originality, appropriation, and “signature style,” as well as the uneasy negotiation between representation and abstraction are all given their due. Cycling inventively through a range of historical painting strategies, Von Heyl’s brainy paintings and meaty black and white collages provide optical pleasure, visceral dissonance, and plenty of food for thought. Comment

Trans Man Leads Gay Center

“I love teaching the students,” the 39-year-old Currah said. “I’m teaching a course on traditional political theory, start with Machiavelli, going through the canon. My class ended on Thursday with my students screaming at each other about inequality and justice.” Comment

Reading Room

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 Comment

Queens Gender Bias Suit Advances

The Hispanic AIDS Forum (HAF) will get to litigate its discrimination claim against a landlord that refused to renew its office space due to alleged bias against transgendered agency clients, according to an October 8 decision by New York Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Shafer. Comment

Picturing War

We live in a world that moves at warp speed, and now we watch that very speedy history as reality TV. Comment

No Sum From the Parts

“Elephant,” an unsettling and thoroughly spellbinding new film from director Gus Van Sant, takes its name from the ancient parable of the blind men and the elephant. In the story, several blind men examine different parts of an elephant, and each man becomes convinced he understands the true nature of the animal based on the single part—tail, leg, tusk, ear, knee—he touched. Comment

News Briefs

Andrea Lafferty of the right wing Traditional Values Coalition led an Internet petition against Ireland’s hiring. “I believe their contributors forced them to fire her,” she told The Times. Comment

Names, Darling, Names!

Thanks to successful efforts from right wing anti-gay groups, October 12-18 was proclaimed Marriage Protection Week by President George W. Bush. Comment

Midwest Farmers’ Dykes

“Aging, body image, and not being alone is what we laugh about all the time,” out comedian Georgia Ragsdale said about her motivation in making “Wave Babes,” a hilarious new comedy now available on video, DVD, and the film festival circuit. Comment

Merce Rocks in Brooklyn

By GUS SOLOMONS JR. Comment

Mayor of the Meat Market

In 1985, at a time when the typical habitué of the Meat Market district thought mussels meant the bulge on a leather man’s upper arm, Florent Morellet established a bistro on Gansevoort Street in the heart of one of New York’s grittiest neighborhoods. Since then late night revelers, pre-dawn truckers. and now lunchtime fashionistas and art dealers, as well as just the plain hungry, dine on cuisine that, while not haute monde, still garners raves for its Old World dependability and reasonable prices. Comment

Accepting the Mantle

A developing story out of Florida this week highlights the persistent threats that all of us in society face as we struggle to assert and maintain our dignity, our autonomy, and our right of choice over our own lives and bodies—and to give our partners in love the proxy to make those choices on our behalf should circumstances require that. Comment

Latino Artists Roundtable

“Multiple Realities, Multiple Fictions” Comment

Latina Author Inspires Gathering

Sonia Rivera-Valdés, accomplished Cuban-born lesbian author, professor, and president of The Latino Artists Roundtable, introduced LART’s Second International Congress of Latino Artists, “Multiple Realities, Multiple Fictions,” to an enthusiastic group at New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center on October 21. Comment

Jews, Anti–Semitism, Mass Murder, and Silence

Frank Rich, writing in The New York Times on October 5, lamented the lack of a fitting artistic response to 9-11 and asked, “Where’s Larry Kramer when we need him?” Rich’s analogy between the nation’s recent tragedy and the AIDS epidemic and Kramer, its great hero, would at first glance appear to be a good one, and simple enough. Comment

Ironies Inside the Fire Next Time

[Lights up on Pa and Ma, the original American Gothic couple, sitting on the porch of their ramshackle house. Ma knits; Pa is scribbling on the margins of TV Guide and chuckling to himself. He looks up.] Comment

Heated Race to Replace James Davis

The contest also has strong emotional resonance––it will fill the vacancy created by the assassination of James Davis—the older brother of the Democratic candidate—in the balcony of the City Council chambers on July 23. Comment

Gods & Monsters

One of the most beautiful things ever seen took place in a gym on a cold dark street across from Section 8 housing and a synagogue on the Lower East Side. Eight people in white praised the music and danced with such joy that the space turned into a six-sided temple. Clare Byrne is a gifted choreographer and a messenger who believes in the connection to God through dance, and she has created a most incredible gift to her faith in both. Comment

Gay Bishop Gets Death Threats

On October 19, Robinson told congregants at Grace Church in Manchester, New Hampshire, “I do have this sense that I am supposed to go forward and I do feel that it is coming from God and not my own ego. But I don’t know.” Earlier this year, British Canon Jeffrey John, an out gay man with a partner, was on the verge of being consecrated Bishop of Reading, England. John said that despite being in a relationship, he was not sexually active. Comment

Good Night Gracie

and gay man Comment

DO YOU STILL CARE WHO WAS WHERE WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT

You may remember that the day after the Blackout of 2003, Gay City News offered a dinner for two in Hell’s Kitchen at Chez Suzette on Ninth Avenue for the person who came up with the best account of what went on in the dark that night. Comment

Down Low’s Media Herd Appeal

There is a basic problem that journalists writing about men living on down low have not confronted. Comment

Don’t Cry Out Loud

There is a profound and oceanic chasm between what separates a hit musical from a good musical, particularly in the current economy. “The Boy from Oz,” with a reported $10 million advance on a $9 million and mounting production price is going to be a hit musical, and there is nothing anyone can say about that. Comment

Disregarding Function

Jessica Stockholder presents a series of obnoxious objects at Gorney Bravin & Lee. Comment

Dance Card

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Curtain Call

Trumbo “Wise, funny, greedy, generous, van, biting, solicitous, ruthless, tender-hearted, devious, contentious, superbly rational, altruistic, prophetic, shortsighted, and indefatigable. […]Comment

CONFIRMED DEAD

The following members of the United States Armed Forces died this past week in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since the inception of hostilities, 336 service members have died, 198 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Comment

Cinemascope

Mambo Italiano If you were a fan of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”—and, admit it, like just about everyone else, you probably were—you’re definitely in for a treat with “Mambo […] Comment

Chinese Man Pays for his Advocacy

When responding to delicate questions about China’s re-sponse to AIDS, Dr. Wan Yanhai pauses for a moment, smiles, then answers. Comment

AVP Negligence Suit Back in Court

A state appeals court heard the case of two gay men who sued the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP) charging the victims’ services agency was negligent when it aided a third man in bringing rape charges against them. Comment

An Apartheid on AIDS

Evita Bezuidenhaut has big hair, dangling earrings, an armful of little black dolls—she was once Ambassador to the black homelands—and a smirk that would send you scooting from Capetown to Pretoria. She currently gets through life on fears and denials. Comment

Age = Unbridled Candor

This day, the book randomly fell open to page 342. Two-thirds of the way down the page, the following sentences jump forth: “Can a man (or a woman) have a heart attack while masturbating at 73? How many corpses per year are found in this posture?” Comment

A Dream Derailed

The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s current production of “Dream on Monkey Mountain” is a visual feast, an artistic accomplishment of provocative beauty generated from simple elements and the human form. Its strong visual power and the orchestrated dances, rhythms, and voices create a fascinating texture that is quite stunning to watch. Comment

ACT UP Calls for Prison Condoms

A small but determined group of advocates demanded Tuesday that the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) take over the health care system in state prisons because, they claim, the Department of Corrections (DOCS) is not fighting a crisis of HIV and hepatitis-C infections among inmates. Comment

A Birthday Revival

Yet despite winning the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for his orchestral piece “Air Music,” earning renown as America’s indisputable master of the vocal idiom, and enjoying the luxury of spending the last 40 years of his life only writing music on commission, New York/Nantucket-based composer Ned Rorem has until now seen his early symphonies largely ignored. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Like an incestuous family of B-52’s bastard daughters, Gravy Train! has been crashing hipster joints up and down the West Coast with songs like “You Made Me Gay,” “Heart Attack” and “Burger Baby.” Gravy Train!, known for incorporating fast food into their sex-life and dog food into their concerts is appearing at 9 p.m. at Luxx at 256 Grand St (between Driggs and Roebling Sts.) in Williamsburg. $10, call 718 599 1000. Comment

Jews, Anti–Semitism, Mass Murder, and Silence

Frank Rich, writing in The New York Times on October 5, lamented the lack of a fitting artistic response to 9-11 and asked, “Where’s Larry Kramer when we need him?” Rich’s analogy between the nation’s recent tragedy and the AIDS epidemic and Kramer, its great hero, would at first glance appear to be a good one, and simple enough. Comment

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