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What’s Eating French Cinema?

There’s a film theory mindset that says by culling from a large sample of a nation’s cinema you can divine what’s happening in that country. The theory was best illustrated in the book “From Caligari to Hitler,” in which author Siegfried Kracauer argued that Germany’s need for a fascist leader becomes clear from a study of its post-World War I cinema, beginning with “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1919) in which Cesare the sleepwalker does horrible things under the command of the mesmerist Caligari. Comment

Virginia Is Not For Lovers

A Virginia state court has allowed a sodomy prosecution to proceed despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down in June that invalidated all of the nation’s sodomy laws. Comment

Tragedy Salved by Tradition

On view at the New-York Historical Society is “New York: in the Light of Memory,” a beautifully rendered painting of the views from what was the top floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Christopher Evans executed his painting on a sphere, showing all the viewpoints one once had from the Trade Center tower. The work is a meticulously detailed, technically impressive painting. Within the long genre of landscape painting, this spherical rendition is an innovation. Comment

The Perils of Staging World Figures

The actress Tovah Feldshuh has a facility with character, impersonation, focus, and presence that is remarkable. Comment

The Camera is More Powerful than the Sword

Singer Gil Scott-Heron never trademarked the title of his 1974 song, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” and Irish directors Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Briain have borrowed it for their new documentary about the very short-lived coup d’état in Venezuela last year. Comment

Shared Ancestry

“Black Burlesque (re-visited),” a joint project of three artist groups from the African Diaspora, celebrates song and dance traditions that have migrated across space, time, and culture. The work was developed over years of experimentation and exchange between New York-based choreographer Reggie Wilson and his Fist and Heel Performance Group, Trinidadian choreographer Noble Douglas and her company, and Thomeki Dube and other members of the Zimbabwean a cappella group, Black Umfolosi. Comment

SEIU Presidential Vote This Week

At noon on November 5 in the Great Hall at Cooper Union, former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont sought to quell the controversy ignited by remarks he made earlier in the week. Comment

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News Briefs

Former General Wesley Clark, the Democratic presidential candidate, was asked at the “America Rocks the Vote” debate Tuesday what his “comfort level” is with gay people. “I do have gay friends,” he said, “and there are gays who serve in the United States armed forces, and they do a very good job,” General Clark said. “But when they are - when they acknowledge who they are and their sexual preference, they leave.” Comment

New SAGE Center Announced

Terry Kaelber, director of Senior Action in a Gay Environment, announced that one year from now the SAGE Center for LGBT Services and Advocacy will open at 145 Avenue of the Americas. Comment

New Leader, Same Direction for HRC

State Sen. Cheryl Jacques (D-Needham), who first disclosed her sexual orientation in 2000, will succeed Elizabeth Birch who has led the Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign (HRC) since 1994. Comment

New Course for San Francisco Lefties

Following the November 4 election, San Francisco will not be the first major U.S. city with a gay mayor, even though two gay and lesbian candidates ran highly competitive campaigns. Comment

Musical Matchmaker

“Songs have a way of talking to each other,” said Steven Blier. “It’s interesting to hear a given song, but sometimes it’s doubly interesting to hear it next to something else. Both become more interesting.” Comment

Maine High Court OKs Lesbian Moms

In a unanimous ruling on November 4, the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine stated that a probate court has the authority to designate the members of a same-sex couple as “co-guardians” of the child born to one of them through donor insemination. However, the high court did not actually approve such a guardianship. Comment

Lower Court Won’t Trailblaze

In a lengthy written opinion incorporating a thorough review of federal and state constitutional law, New Jersey Superior Court Justice Linda R. Feinberg ruled on November 5 that New Jersey’s marriage law does not authorize same-sex couples to marry, and that the law is constitutional. Comment

Loses First Round in Jersey Marriage Suit

Saying that the state legislature—and not the courts—is the government body that should enact same-sex marriage, a New Jersey state court has dismissed a 2002 lawsuit filed by seven gay and lesbian couples who seek the right to marry. Comment

Liza, Judy and the World Goes Round

It was, I thought—my stomach turning over—like watching a train wreck. Comment

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 3, 2003 Comment

The Tests of Leadership

As the Human Rights Campaign embarks on era of new leadership after the long tenure of Elizabeth Birch, it would do well to consider the pitfalls encountered by one very rich man, Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment

Lesbian Harasser Costs San Francisco

In a ruling that illustrates important differences bet-ween federal and California law governing workplace sexual harassment, a California court of appeal has approved a $75,000 damages award against the San Francisco Housing Authority based on a female supervisor’s sexual harassment of a female employee. Comment

Girl (and Boy from Oz) Crazy

By LAWRENCE FERBER AND AMY SABO. Comment

Gays Cheer Election Wins

A number of leading gay and lesbian political leaders and organizations came out on the winning side of the two highest visibility contests in an otherwise subdued off-year city election on Tuesday. Comment

First Gay Bishop Consecrated

Right wing zealots in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican communion did their best to derail the consecration of Gene Robinson as Bishop Coadjutor of New Hampshire, but he survived the Sunday ceremony in a Durham ice rink with the backing of the majority of his brother and sister bishops, the clergy and laity in his diocese, his partner, Mark Andrew, his ex-wife, Isabella McDaniel, and his daughter, Ella Robinson. Comment

Who Gets to Write History?

“Appears to care?” Comment

Dance Card

George Piper Dances, led by self-styled ballet bad boys Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, comes to The Joyce Theater with a program of works by Chris Wheeldon, Russell Maliphant, and William Forsythe. 175 […] Comment

Curtain Call

THE HARLEQUIN STUDIES The opening production of the Signature Theatre Company’s season, “The Harlequin Studies” is Irwin’ s tribute to the classical art form for which he is best […] Comment

Cops Arrest Gay Basher

The police have arrested Joseph Myers, 20, of Queens on charges of punching a gay man in the face after the defendant objected to the victim kissing another man. 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, 375 service members have died, 237 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Comment

Clark Nomination Hits New Snag

Though Maj. Gen. Robert T. Clark’s promotion to lieutenant general seemed to grow increasingly likely in the wake of a favorable voice vote October 23 by the Senate Armed Services Committee, his prospects were once again thrown into doubt on November 5 when an anonymous senator placed a “hold” on the nomination, delaying for a final vote. Comment

Cinemascope

9 DEAD GAY GUYS Filled with wordplay, horseplay, and foreplay, this gleefully offensive film depicts the antics of Byron (Brendan Mackey) and his best mate Kenny (Glenn Mulhern), two lazy Irish lads in […] Comment

CBS Caves In to the Right

In 1987, as then President Ronald Reagan was set to sign an arms treaty with the Soviet Union, a right wing hawk who opposed the treaty denounced Reagan as a “useful idiot for Soviet propaganda.” Comment

Brotherhood Amidst Raging War

Nowhere in the Middle East have I ever felt afraid as an American. To the contrary, as a gay man who makes my living through travel writing, I have always been welcomed with especially enthusiastic love and hospitality, as most Middle Easterners separate politics from people and are happy to meet us and in turn dispel myths about their own countries. Comment

Bold Blobs of Acrylic Color

The first time I encountered Gordon Terry’s work was during a trip to Paris in June of 2002. I had spent the day being pushed around by Parisians and tourists (of which I was one) in long museum lines. Worn out and lost, I stumbled into this artist’s show at the g-module gallery. In Terry’s work I found some odd little narratives illustrating the exhibition’s title “Black Holes, Bohemians, Colonials and Boudoirs.” Comment

AVP Honors Quinn, Fierstein

The New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP) held its seventh annual Courage Awards on Monday, November 3 at the upscale Gotham Hall in Manhattan. With 400 attendees and an array of corporate, media, and individual sponsors, the event raised a record $225,000, which will finance the numerous anti-violence programs and victims’ services which the agency offers free of charge to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and HIV-affected communities. Comment

American Gothic With a Twist

If good intentions were enough to make a hit show, the ticket line for “Sacrifice to Eros” would be blocks long. Comment

Adoration Turns Obsessive

“Love Forbidden,” written, directed by, and starring Rodolphe Marconi is a stunning film about love, death, and romantic obsession. This provocative drama builds slowly toward its inexorable and excruciating climax—one that will no doubt leave audiences talking, if not gasping. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Emmy winner Valerie Harper will reprise her role as Pearl S. Buck in the play “All Under Heaven.” Directed by Rob Ruggiero and written by Dyke Garrison and Harper, the play focuses on the prolific writer and activist, who in 1938, became the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. 2:30 and 8 p.m. at Queens Theatre in the Park, in Flushing Meadows, just off exit 9E on the Grand Central Parkway. Additional performances Nov. 7 at 8 p.m., Nov. 8 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. Call 718 760 0064 for tickets. Comment

Women Gather at Chelsea Piers

In a formal yet spirited evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center hosted its sixth annual Women’s Event on October 25 at the exclusive Pier Sixty banquet hall in Chelsea Piers. Comment

Town Hall Forum Responds to Unsafe Sex

After Dan Carlson had unsafe sex this past December, he and Bruce Kellerhouse, a friend, began talking about how new HIV infections were increasing among gay men and how crystal meth was fueling unsafe sex among their peers. They wondered where the HIV prevention messages were in their community. Comment

The Latino Closet

The Latino Artists Round Table, which just completed its Second International Congress, “Multiple Realities, Multiple Fictions,” in New York, showcased a significant group of gay and lesbian artists, but can we compare the gay rights movement with the Latino or the black rights movement? Comment

The Company of Great Actresses

The extraordinary thing about “Die Mommie Die!” the hilarious Charles Busch 1960s movie-mellerdrammer parody opening October 31, is how touching it is, particularly toward the end, when acceptance and forgiveness of a sort are bestowed upon its homicidal heroine—Mr. Busch as over-the-hill chanteuse Angela Arden—bringing tears, I swear, to the eyes of at least one moviegoer seated quite near me. Comment

Surmounting Impressively

Even if it is only the inspiration for a new work, it is an undeniably large task to take on Shakespeare. The themes are timeless, but it is not enough to rely on that universality to carry a piece. With an audience that generally knows the story, a director or choreographer is challenged to offer somewhere new, or somewhere old in a new way, or at the very least somewhere extremely beautiful. Comment

Stamina Furnishes the Inspiration

Katz mainly concentrates on the aspirations of that segment of New Yorkers who are attractive, quasi-bohemian materialists. Katz paints them in their urban milieu or verdant summertime scenes out of town. Like his predecessors, Katz is a tough-minded poet and consummate professional with an intellectual energy that rivals the stamina of an athlete. Like his forebears, he continues to find interesting problems in his chosen specialty. Comment

Soaring Allusion for Typical Story

It starts off as a son’s typical visit with his parents. There’s a lot of talking, but no one really says much of anything. Mom wants to know how her son’s love life is. Dad has his nose buried in a book. Comment

Sex and Love Backstage

Christopher Bram, in his first seven novels published between 1987 and 2000, has demonstrated a deft hand at weaving humor into stories ranging over a wide array of historical topics. Comment

Sally Bowles’ Muses

If they had done nothing more than write one song, the one that begins: “What use is sitting alone in your room—” they would have gained a memorable place in American cultural memory. If they had done nothing more than write the music and lyrics of that and every other number in the shattering show that surrounds that song—especially “Wilkomen”—they would have earned their place among the gods. Comment

Right Wing Group Goes Too Far

In an apparent miscue, a list of federal research grants deemed objectionable by the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) has handed the Democrats a political issue that they are using to charge that the Bush administration is driven by “scientific McCarthyism.” Comment

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Rare Employee Benefits Win

Administrators of employee benefits plans enjoy significant discretion under federal law, so it is rare for a claimant to prevail in court in a dispute over benefits. But, on October 20, Antonio Di Giovanni of San Francisco, who is living with AIDS, prevailed, winning a motion for summary judgment on his claim that Chevron Corporation’s long-term disability plan violated his rights by cutting off his long-term disability benefits without following it own procedures. Comment

Queer Opposition to Non-Partisan Question

In the City Council elections on Tuesday, November 4, in which only one of the 51 seats—that vacated by the July assassination of Brooklyn’s James Davis—is seriously contested, voters will also decide whether to approve a city charter proposal, strongly backed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to eliminate party primaries in municipal elections and replace them with non-partisan preliminary and run-off contests. Comment

News Briefs

Canon Gene Robinson will be consecrated as Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire on Sunday, but not if conservatives follow through on their stated threats. The American Anglican Council has promised to disrupt the service at the University of New Hampshire, 365Gay.com reported. The Council met in Dallas earlier this month to organize a split in the American Episcopal Church over Robinson’s elevation. Comment

New Paradigm for Men of Color

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Native Tongue

At least implicitly a response to McCarthy-era demands for conformity, Carlisle Floyd’s melodic, well-wrought “Susannah” (1955) retains its impact in an American climate mistrustful of sexuality. Comment

Moving Spirit

Ronald K. Brown continues to mine the rich lode of West African dance movement, giving it his own postmodern spin and using it in the service of his highly developed social consciousness. His deep convictions about social equality for all races, genders, and sexual persuasions, motivate the stirring dances he creates for his company, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence. Comment

Look for the Label

Finally, there’s something that Staten Island Republicans and I can agree on. Comment

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 23, 2003 Comment

James for Council; No on 3

Voters in Brooklyn’s City Council District 35 had an election contest thrust on them by the tragic assassination of James Davis on in City Hall on July 23, but they are fortunate to have the opportunity to fill the vacant seat with a candidate as well qualified, knowledgeable, and compassionate as Letitia James. Comment

Lesbian Harasser Costs San Francisco

In a ruling that illustrates important differences bet-ween federal and California law governing workplace sexual harassment, a California court of appeal has approved a $75,000 damages award against the San Francisco Housing Authority based on a female supervisor’s sexual harassment of a female employee. Comment

Layoffs, Property Sale at Center

Faced with a slump in government and private funding, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center has cut its staff by 15 percent. The Center, a lynchpin in New York’s queer community for two decades, also plans to sell or lease the smaller of its two buildings, which it purchased just two years ago. Comment

Incidence of Catastrophe

All over New York City, a new generation of pioneers is taking root in places once considered too dangerous, too far, or too culturally disadvantaged to work or perform in. Comment

Historic Partnership Bid In Council

The nation’s culture war over gay rights may erupt in New York City when the City Council holds its first hearing November 13 on a bill that would require contractors who do business with the city to treat their employees’ domestic partners the same as spouses. Comment

Glamour & Lots of Sex

Showtime’s message boards are practically dripping with anticipation. Comment

GENERAL CLARK NOMinATION ADVANCES

The nomination, which has been stalled in the Senate for 14 months, now advances to the full Senate for an up or down vote. Comment

Gay Latino Writers Convene

On Sunday, October 26, an international gathering of Latino artists, convened at New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, wrapped up several whirlwind days of conferences, lectures, readings, and festivities. Comment

Fairness Honored

In New York on October 15, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation honored two American companies, Ford Motor Company and Time Inc. for their efforts to combat homophobic stereotyping in national […] Comment

History, Hollywood, and Ronald Reagan’s Legacy

The Reagans Comment

Dems Honor Wieder and Lopez

The 504 Democratic Club, a citywide political club comprised mainly of disabled persons, celebrated its 20th anniversary on October 23 and honored two gay and lesbian New Yorkers for their community service accomplishments Comment

Dance Card

George Piper Dances, led by self-styled ballet bad boys Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, comes to The Joyce Theater with a program of works by Chris Wheeldon, Russell Maliphant, and William Forsythe. 175 […] Comment

Curtain Call

OMNIUM GATHERUM A hit at this year’s Humana Festival, the show uses the familiar narrative device of a raucous and disagreeable dinner party to deliver an empty sermon on all the world’s […] 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, 355 service members have died, 217 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

Brooklyn Text as the Word

Joe Amrhein gets Williamsburg to spell out what it’s talking about In this show Amrhein furthers a rich legacy of text -based works. Language, its physical manifestation and cultural location, are […] Comment

Air Tragedy Survivor Presses Claim

For Bill Valentine, a Manhattan resident, November 12 will bring the second anniversary of the death of his life partner of 21 years, Joe Lopes, who was a flight attendant on board American Airlines flight 587, headed for the Dominican Republic, that crashed just after takeoff from Kennedy Airport in 2001. Comment

Absurdist and Astonishing

“Beckett/Albee” is such a wonderful evening of theater that even though it deals with such somber subjects as physical and emotional decay, the alienation of the spirit, and life’s incessant wearing upon the soul, one leaves the theater uplifted and enthusiastic. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Through November, Café Spice celebrates its 5th anniversary with week-long celebrations and dining specials dedicated to each of India’s main regions. Join other diners at 72 University Place for amazing specials and prix fixe dinners at one of New York’s best Indian establishments. 212 253 6999 or visit www.cafespice.com Comment

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