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What Price Fame?

“Why take a chance on garbage when any film remotely worth seeing will end up at the Quad?” Comment

What Candidate Kerry Can and Can’t Do

John Kerry hasn’t changed his stance on the war in Iraq. Pres. George W. Bush has. Comment

Voices of May

Bizet, Bernstein and Dvorák prove to be worthwhile season closers “Les Pêcheurs de Perles,” only a few years newer than the Academy of Music, made a lovely evening at the Opera […] Comment

View of a World Changing

Tonya Pinkins is the reason to see “Caroline of Change,´ the new musical now playing at the Eugene O’Neill. Comment

The Trouble with Normal

With the release last year of Edmund White’s “Fanny”—a richly imagined historical novel about 19th century author Frances Trollope—and now Leavitt’s “Boyd,” we face the prospect of two noted chroniclers of gay life offering, instead, historical fables about other (heterosexual) novelists. Does this indicate a healthy transcendence of gay difference, or a dispiriting retreat from the demands of the contemporary? Comment

The Member of Our Wedding

Dear Attorney General John Ashcroft, Comment

Spitzer Rebuts Gay Marriage Claims

For the third time since March, the office of New York State Attorney Gen. Eliot Spitzer has entered the growing debate about same-sex marriage rights, this time with a firm rebuttal to claims by ten same-sex plaintiff couples from upstate Nyack that they have the right, under both existing law and the state constitution, to marry. Comment

Sex Laws Still Snare Gay Men

It’s the law. In Michigan, unmarried people may not have sex or live together, and gays and lesbians cannot marry. Comment

Senate Up for Grabs

Democratic Party strategists are increasingly encouraged by indications that their party’s candidates stand a chance of winning back the United States Senate this November, an eventuality that would have an enormous impact on the ongoing effort mounted by Republicans to pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. In part because of the slide in Pres. Bush’s job approval rating, many Democratic Senate candidates, including those in Southern states who were expected to face nearly hopeless election bids, have reassessed their election prospects. Comment

Reading Room

THU. JUNE 3 Comment

Post-Punk Apocalypse Again

This is Daniel Richter’s first show in New York. In Germany and elsewhere in Europe, he is a big deal and much—very much—has been written and said about his provocative work. Comment

Porn Cast to the Rescue

“I’m totally down with the idea that private property is theft,” director Bruce LaBruce announced. “I would be ethically comfortable with any kind of crime against property.” Comment

NEWSBRIEFS

Now the Kansas Supreme Court will hear Limon’s case argued by the Lesbian and Gay Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Comment

Lucky Thirteen

Don’t bet on the number 13 in the Italian National Lottery. It’ll never come up. If a hot number in Firenze invites you back to his place at Piazza Pitti, 13, toss that address. Love don’t live there. No one does. Comment

The Legacy of Archibald Cox

The death this past weekend of Archibald Cox, the special Watergate prosecutor fired in Pres. Richard Nixon’s infamous Saturday Night Massacre of October 1973, provides a timely reminder of how public officials can act in times of national crisis when official policy collides with their conscience. Comment

Law School Honors Actors

 Shannon Minter, a transgendered man, received an honorary law degree from the City University of New York School of Law during a ceremony last May at which Minter, along with other civil rights activists, addressed the graduating class. Minter is pictured in the center holding his degree.  To his left is Paisley Currah, transgender activist, executive director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate School and professor at Brooklyn College.  To Minter’s right is Ruthann Robson, professor of law at the City University of New York School of Law. Comment

Is U.S. Backing Egyptian Crackdown?

Four Egyptian judges who have been involved in the prosecutions of men who have sex with men in that country on charges of habitual debauchery have received training paid for by U.S. taxpayers, according to a source familiar with the training who insisted on anonymity. Comment

Hello, Columbus

By GUS SOLOMONS JR. Comment

Gay Man to Lead Cultural Council

Healy, who has established himself in all aspects of performing, literary, and visual arts, replaces Liz Thompson, who left LMCC a few months ago. He will start July 1 and acting executive director Tricia Mire will become managing director. Comment

Four Cuts on Marriage

Considering the rapidly evolving same-sex marriage movement that culminated in the first indisputably legal U.S. weddings of gay and lesbian couples in Massachusetts just last month, nothing could be more timely than the NewFest’s focus on same-sex marriage. Comment

Dissent as a Christian Obligation

to reach out to gays and lesbians Comment

Decadence in the Colonies

Don’t get put off by the Harlequin romance-sounding title of this two-act play currently on stage at the Wings Theater on Christopher Street. With strong stage delivery from a cast of promising young actors, and ambitious costume and set design, “African Nights” offers a safe bet for an evening of steady-going entertainment that taxes neither the nerves nor the analytical mind. Comment

Dance Card

Philadelphia’s renowned dance company, Philadanco, begins their touring season on May 18th at the Joyce Theater. The performance will be split into two programs.  The first is a collection of repertory pieces performed by the ensemble with “Elegy” by Gene Hill Sagan, “Sweet in the Morning” by Leni Wylliams, and “Steal Away” by Alonzo King. The second program is entitled “We Too Dance…African American Men in Dance, includes “Back to Bach” by Eleo Pomare, “A Place for Peace” by Nathan Trice, and “Blue” (New York Premier) by Christopher Huggins. Comment

Dance Around the Solstice

There’s an odd sort of disconnect between the American Dance Festival (ADF) and the New York dance community that’s now being played out in the quest for a cultural site in lower Manhattan. We’ll leave that fracas up to the powers that be, once Gov. George Pataki can find someone willing to wield those powers. And I’ll leave the past to certified dance historians. Comment

curtain call

BOMBAY DREAMS The cartoonish plot follows the exploits of Akaash, an “untouchable” from the slums as he tries to break into the Bollywood film industry. Only by becoming a rich movie star can he buy the land on which his family and friends live. He meets a documentary filmmaker slumming to do research and gets a part on a TV show that he turns into an opportunity to be a movie star. And before you can say “Mickey and Judy,” Akaash becomes India’s biggest star. But we all know that even stars have their trials, and Akaash brings on his own by turning his back on the people who made him—particularly the eunuch Sweetie and his grandmother—at his big opening. This is Comment

Confirmed Dead:  Bush's War

May 27- June 2, 2004 Comment

Cinemascope

PEOPLE SAY I’M CRAZY John Cadigan is a large, bearded, often morose, sometimes not morose, sometimes far worse than morose, schizophrenic in his early 30s. Katie Cadigan, one of his two sisters, […] Comment

‘CIELO LATINO’ fetes AIDS ACTIVISTS

The Latino Commission on AIDS, a Manhattan-based non-profit organization that works on improving health and health care access for people in the Latino community living with AIDS, held its ninth annual Cielo Latino benefit on May 26 at the Copacabana. Comment

Bringing a Man’s Poetry Alive

Some artists need protection from their own reputations. Can anyone now reading Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” or William S. Burroughs’ “Naked Lunch” have an experience uncolored by the myths of these writers’ lives—especially their addictions—and their branding as hip icons? Comment

Bloomberg, Council Continue Dignity Debate

Members of the New York City Council are locked in an ongoing volley of negotiations with the Department of Education over the details of the Dignity in All Schools (DASA) bill, proposed legislation that would protect students and staff from harassment and bullying in New York City public schools based on a number of criteria, including gender identity and sexual orientation. Comment

A Bow to Female S/M

The timing of Hilary Harkness’ debut at Mary Boone Gallery couldn’t be better. The popular media is awash with images of casual female sadism, from the recently released teen flick “Mean Girls,” to the pictures of Private Lyndie England smirking and mugging for the camera with her Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) will host a rooftop party featuring the Isotoners, the pop band that Time Out New York calls “too fab to be missed.” Meet friends and neighbors for fun, refreshments and entertainment. Co-sponsored by Congregations Beth Simchat Torah and others.7:30-10 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave. Admission is $10 for members and $15. For tickets and information call 646 505 5708 or visit jccmanhattan.org. Comment

What a Sari-full Mess

There is very little suspense in the new musical “Bombay Dreams” now at the Broadway Theatre Comment

Tom’s Legacy Legitimizes Erotica

The Tom of Finland Foundation, a 20-year-old organization dedicated to preserving and promoting erotic art, held its fourth annual art fair at the LGBT Community Center this past weekend. The exhibition of the work of 40 artists transformed the ground floor meeting hall of the Center into a panorama of tumescent, uncircumcised penises and hirsute lumberjacks exposing their furry posteriors. Comment

Thousands Turn Out For Marriage

Pride Week came early this year as New Yorkers celebrated the historic U.S. breakthrough on same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. Comment

The Lady is A Champ

If you haven’t heard Elaine Stritch being Ethel Merman bellowing: “Oh, Elaine, will ya for Chrissake go to New Haven and sing the fuckin’ song!” you haven’t begun to live. Comment

The Ever-Soaring Del Tredici

Until now this renowned gay composer hasn’t seen a recording of his music released since 2001’s “Secret Music” issue on the lamentably departed CRI label. Del Tredici is thus delighted at the unexpected release of his 1972 “Vintage Alice” from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Paired with earlier songs to poetry by James Joyce, the music appears as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s prestigious 20/21 series. Comment

The Closet Smothers a Creative Mind

The book shares a lot in common with Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpiece “The Remains of the Day,” about the repressed inner life of an English butler whose consummate devotion to his profession blinds him to love as well as to humanity’s greatest horrors. Comment

Supporting and Honoring Youth

A crowd of several hundred gathered in a spacious gallery overlooking the Hudson River at the Chelsea Art Museum Monday in support of an organization dedicated to assisting city gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth as they face the challenges of coming out and thinking about their professional lives as adults. Comment

Spring Sprawling

ALICIA KEYS took a break from her jam-packed schedule promoting her latest album, “The Diary Of Alicia Keys,” to make an appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival’s premiere of director PETER GILBERT’s civil rights doc “With All Deliberate Speed.” The socially conscious diva takes part in a moving, dramatized reading from the diary of Barbara Johns—a 16-year-old who led a student strike to defy the educational system in the small town of Farmville, Virginia in the 1950s. After the Brown anti-segregation decision went down, the county board actually shut their schools down for five years rather than integrate them. Comment

Sitting, Screaming About Everything

Detective Steven Elter was quoted in the Daily News as saying, “I think they were just mentally distraught, fed up with how people were treating them.” Comment

San Francisco Marriages in State’s Highest Court

Molly McKay arrived at the California Supreme Court’s hearing about San Francisco’s marriages on Tuesday—as she has at dozens of protests for gay marriage—in her brilliant white flowing wedding dress. She and her entourage streamed through the metal detectors at the entrance to the city’s state office building at 8:30 that morning, as the security guards stared, wondering if it were a gag or trouble. Comment

Reading Room

THU. MAY 27 Comment

Prevention For Positives Funded

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced $49 million in HIV prevention grants that require grantees to prove that their efforts are effective and focus more on doing prevention among people who are already infected with the virus. Comment

Planning A Massachusetts Wedding?

New Yorkers Catherine and Sheila Marino-Thomas had planned to travel on Thursday, May 27, to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to get legally married. They have been partners for 11 years, are raising a child, who is four, and pledged their commitment to each other in a commitment ceremony, also in Provincetown, in 1995. Comment

NEWSBRIEFS

The channel will feature original and acquired programming, with the original shows produced in collaboration with such Viacom divisions as Showtime, CBS News, VH1, MTV, Comedy Central, and TV Land. The network has also acquired 100 gay-themed movies and will operate a separate on-demand movie service. Comment

Marriage Comes to Cape Cod

Provincetown, the small fishing village on the tip of Cape Cod which grew first into an artist’s colony and later a mecca for vacationing gay men and lesbians, has been a focal point of attention and activity since same-sex marriage became a reality in Massachusetts on May 17. Comment

LGBT Vets at National Convention

The weekend of May 21-23, over 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered veterans of the armed forces gathered for a landmark convention in Washington, D.C. to step up the campaign against the 10-year-old Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that bans LGBT troops from serving openly in the military. Comment

Beware When A ‘Patriot’ Acts

This afternoon Attorney Gen. John Ashcroft announced that multiple sources of intelligence indicate that Al Qaeda has the “specific intention to hit the United States hard” in the coming months. Comment

Iraq Ignites Partisan Warfare

On May 26, former Vice President Al Gore blasted the Bush administration’s war in Iraq, opening a speech at New York University with: “George W. Bush promised us a foreign policy with humility. Instead, he has brought us humiliation in the eyes of the world.” Gore squarely placed the blame for the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal on Bush, implicating the administration’s suspension of the Geneva Conventions’ protocols as the opening that led to the murder and sexual torture of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment

Getting the Big Picture

Currently on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery is an exhibition of ten large-scale photographs by Andreas Gursky made over the last three years. This is the German artist’s first one-person show in New York since his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 2001. Comment

No Second Act for Cheney’s Pulp

Email Mike Signorile at Mike@Signorile.com. Comment

Dueling with Genius

Here, von Trier asks Leth to remake his short film, “The Perfect Human”—not once, but five times, each time with specific stipulations. For example, the first go-round involves re-doing the film, originally done in Cuba, without a set, and using shots that are only 12 frames apiece, among other conditions. Remarkably, Leth produces a conceptual piece that entrances you, with the edits put together to resemble a dream, more than a jump-cutting nightmare. Comment

Dance Card

Philadelphia’s renowned dance company, Philadanco, begins their touring season on May 18th at the Joyce Theater. The performance will be split into two programs.  The first is a collection of repertory pieces performed by the ensemble with “Elegy” by Gene Hill Sagan, “Sweet in the Morning” by Leni Wylliams, and “Steal Away” by Alonzo King. The second program is entitled “We Too Dance…African American Men in Dance, includes “Back to Bach” by Eleo Pomare, “A Place for Peace” by Nathan Trice, and “Blue” (New York Premier) by Christopher Huggins. Comment

City Holds Gender Law Hearings

A hearing of the city’s Equal Employment Practices Commission (EEPC) highlighted what activists charge are failures by the city’s human rights commission in implementing a 2002 law that bans discrimination against transgender New Yorkers. Comment

Cinemascope

PEOPLE SAY I’M CRAZY John Cadigan is a large, bearded, often morose, sometimes not morose, sometimes far worse than morose, schizophrenic in his early 30s. Katie Cadigan, one of his two sisters, […] Comment

Chancy Iraqi Sovereignty Key to Bush’s Legacy

With nearly five months before voters go to the polls, Pres. George W. Bush announced during a prime time speech on Monday evening that he has a five-part plan that he will explain in five different speeches in the five weeks remaining before the June 30 transfer of sovereignty to an Iraqi government. Comment

Boy Meets World

Julia Jordan is on a roll. This theater season, the sizzling-hot playwright has seen four full productions of her plays in New York City—“St. Scarlet,” “Tatjana in Color,” “Summer of the Swans,” “Boy”—more than most dramatists stage in a lifetime. And she’s got other projects waiting in the wings. Comment

A Feminist Reminder

The Mitchell Algus Gallery continues to set the standard for recuperative exhibition programming with this vibrant group show of feminist work from the 60s, 70s, and the present. It will be especially useful to the young, those with trend-disabled vision, or memory loss. Algus has mounted the exhibition in response to recent shows featuring male sex and sexuality staking out the wry, yet playful assertion that the girls were there first. Comment

A Clean Break in a Lesbian Family

A unanimous three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District has rejected an attempt by El Dorado County child welfare officials to force a lesbian co-parent to provide child support for the children of her former partner. The May 20 ruling found that a lesbian co-parent in California who is not a registered domestic partner and has not adopted her partner’s children cannot be held responsible for the children’s support. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

HBO and the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is looking for the next hot Latino filmmaker. The winner will receive $15,000 in funding to produce and direct an original short narrative and the winning film will be presented on screen this summer during the New York International Latino Film Festival. Submit a completed script for a narrative short film, maximum five minutes long, plus a filmmaker reel or previously produced short film by May 31, 2004 to NYILFF, c/o HBO Short Film Contest, P.O. Box 72, New York, N.Y. 10023. For more information, call 212 265 8452 or visit nylatinofilm.com. Comment

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