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War on the Homefront

Based on Andre Dubus III’s novel, “House of Sand and Fog” dramatizes the engrossing and turbulent power struggle between recovering drug and alcohol addict Kathy Nicolo (Jennifer Connelly) and a refugee Iranian colonel Massoud Amir Behrani (Ben Kingsley) for possession of a San Francisco bungalow. Comment

“Timid Lesbians” Try to Get a “Divorce”

You gotta’ love the right wing in this country. When we build strong, loving relationships, they get all fire-and-brimstone upset. Comment

The Primary Force in Politics

Jeremiah, of the 24th book of the Old Testament, was a seer who railed against sinners, priests, false prophets, kings, and generals, and was claimed by some to be a previous incarnation of Jesus Christ. And why has Stephen Ellis titled his current show of abstract paintings “Jeremiads?” What could Jeremiah have to do with contemporary art in 2003? Comment

The Haunt of Sequels Past

Louis Bayard, picking up from Dickens, renders a grownup Tiny Tim It is a daunting and daring task to pick up where another author has left off and try to elaborate on an already chronicled world and […] Comment

Rewarding Mediocrity

So it’s that time of year again. Not Christmas, mind you, but the time when the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announces the nominees for its fundraising—pardon me, media awards. Comment

Reading Room

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18 Comment

One Sixth of Gay Men May Be Infected

Between six and 16 percent of New York City men who have sex with men may be infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to a draft report prepared by the city’s health department. Comment

One Sixth of Gay Men May Be Infected

Between six and 16 percent of New York City men who have sex with men may be infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to a draft report prepared by the city’s health department. Comment

News Briefs

Bob Ross, the publisher of the Bay Area Reporter (BAR) who played a key role in organizing the political power of the gay community in San Francisco, has died of complications from diabetes. Comment

Military Ban on Gays Turns Ten

December 15 marked the tenth anniversary of the passage of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue, Don’t Harrass,” the law signed by former Pres. Bill Clinton that bans out gay and lesbian servicemembers from serving in the nation’s armed forces. Comment

Male Domesticity& Fishing

John Currin’s studio and my gallery’s office, where I spent most of my time, used to face each other across West 14th Street. During the slow moments of my own work, I used to love to watch him work. What I mostly remember was the focused scrutiny he brought to each canvas. After having seen his new show at the Whitney, I am struck again by the effect of that careful dedication. Every aspect of his paintings seems informed by references and careful consideration. Comment

Listen Up

Looking for that perfect stocking stuffer for the discerning audiophile friend? Concerned that you may be late to the party with Rufus, Melissa E., Michael Callen’s “Legacy,” Pansy Division, Velvet Mafia, Toshi Reagon, REM, Barbra, Bette, or BETTY? Comment

The Newest Cynicism

It is an unfortunate truth of our current political culture that when our nation has cause for celebration, there is often a corresponding urge for politicians, the media, and other interest groups to take cynical advantage of the moment. Comment

Jersey Moves on Partnership Bill

Elizabeth Braun was in college three years ago when her partner of three years, Sarah Weiss, who was five months pregnant, was hit by a drunk driver. Comment

Hochberg Becomes New School Dean

Fred P. Hochberg, former co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian and gay civil rights group, and also former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), last week was named dean of New School University’s Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy. Comment

Tough Love for the Lovelorn

to settle down? 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, 457 service members have died, 320 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Comment

Cinemascope

21 GRAMS It takes about 15 minutes to start to make sense out of what’s going on in this movie because director Alejandro González Iñárritu, screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and […] Comment

Censoring Anti-Gay Message Barred

A federal court ruled on December 5 that public school officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan, violated the rights of a high school senior by censoring her “Diversity Week” speech to remove religious condemnation of homosexuality, and by rejecting her request to include a speaker with a negative view of homosexuality in a school-sponsored panel discussion by clergy on the subject of homosexuality and religion. Comment

Bush Backs Anti–Gay Amendment

On December 16 Pres. George W. Bush said, “If necessary, I will support a constitutional amendment which would honor marriage between a man and a woman.” Comment

Bush Backs an Amendment

On December 16 Pres. George W. Bush said, “If necessary, I will support a constitutional amendment which would honor marriage between a man and a woman.” Comment

Brazilians Tackle Negativity

The Brazilian Rainbow Group (BRG) an organization that advocates for Brazilian and Portugese-speaking lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, hosted a forum at Hunter College on December 16 entitled “Brasphobia.” Forum organizers coined the term to address the syndrome of what some Brazilians call internalized hate within the Brazilian community that exacerbates immigrants’ abilities to integrate into American society and obtain deeply needed social services. Comment

Bigger is Better!

It’s all about awards lately! Comment

Australia OKs Out Refugees

In an important breakthrough, the highest court of a nation has for the first time ruled that coming out of the closet is a protected activity under international refugee law. Comment

All the News That’s Left to Print

In case you haven’t the proper authentication codes, these are the latest stories from the PU wire service. Comment

A Debut of Joy

With the energy of a carnival and the effect of an elixir, Aszure Barton and her company of superb, sexy dancers swept across the stage for an hour of sensuous, visually dramatic, and soul-refreshing dancing in their official New York City debut at the Joyce SoHo. Barton, a Western Canadian with credentials from the National Ballet and Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, has an engaging movement palette that blends jazzy, quirky movements with percussive footwork and strong technical grounding. Accompanied by a range of celebratory world music, this was a welcome and unashamed expression of what is right with the world. Comment

80s Vintage Brawling

Barrow Street Theatre Greenwich House Comment

7 Days 7 Nights

The Eos Orchestra with conductor Jonathan Sheffer revisit Heinrich Schutz’ early Baroque masterpiece, “The Birth of Jesus Christ,” with a modern adaptation. The Christmas celebration will feature chorus and soloists, marimbas and strings, performed in English. Soloists include Peter Kazaras and Ann Christy and Collegiate Chorale Singers. A musical talk will precede the show at 7 p.m. Performance begins at 8 p.m. at The Concert Hall at the Ethical Culture Society, 2 W. 64th St. and Central Park West. $55 for orchestra seats and $45 for mezzanine. 212 691 6415. Comment

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