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Translation of the Absurd

TRAVEL Comment

Translation of the Absurd

Mr. and Mrs. Smith are at home. Mr. Smith has his nose buried in the newspaper. Without looking up, he mutters, “Good grief, it says Bobby Watson died.” Comment

The Camera Never Lies

In the 19th century, not long after paper-based photography began to capture a widespread audience, some of the first faked images to be foisted on the gullible public purported to show the human spirit leaving the body of a dying woman, captured and made visible for all to see by that instrument of truth and science––the camera. Comment

The Apple Pie Can Be Bitter

Family values are not new to presidential politics or to television, but this year’s Republican National Convention transformed America’s first family into the latest TV reality show. George W. Bush stars as Dad-in-Chief with his devoted wife, photogenic twins, and proud parents in supporting roles. Comment

Provincetown’s Autumn Charm

Like a finger, Provincetown beckons year ‘round to the end of Cape Cod, where you can be surrounded on three sides by water and gay people. Comment

Provincetown’s Autumn Charm

Like a finger, Provincetown beckons year ‘round to the end of Cape Cod, where you can be surrounded on three sides by water and gay people. Comment

Protesters Allege Police Witch Hunt

Before and during the Republican National Convention, the major media stoked fears of anarchists descending on New York bent on wreaking havoc. “Anarchists Hot for Mayhem” was the headline on a Daily News article reporting that “50 of the country’s leading anarchists” each accompanied by “50 followers” would be in town for the convention. “Finest Prep for Anarchy,” blared the headline on a New York Post article that included descriptions of three “high-profile, radical” activists. Comment

Planning the Next Anti-Crystal Move

Nearly one year since they produced the first in a series of town meetings on gay men, HIV and drugs, Dan Carlson and Bruce Kellerhouse sat down with Gay City News to talk about their work, its impact and what their future efforts may be. Comment

Pennsylvania Internet Censorship Law Nixed

A senior U.S. district judge ruled on September 10 that Pennsylvania’s attempt to block any of its residents from accessing child pornography on the Internet is unconstitutional, because it has had the incidental effect of blocking access to thousands of “innocent” Web sites worldwide. Comment

Optimism Despite Louisiana Loss

As voters in Louisiana gave overwhelming approval to an amendment to that state’s constitution that bans same-sex marriage, queer community leaders said that two of 11 similar bans expected on November 2 ballots may be defeated. Comment

Nonfiction Dreams

Big Dance Theater implements the artistic promise of pastiche. Its works are richly layered and impressionistic––verbally and visually––and they are laced with original song, evocative dance sequences and a highly developed scene design concept. Comment

News Briefs

Dem. Leader Raps Social Security Over Gay Job Protections Comment

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 21, 2004 Comment

The Long War Is Almost Over

This past Monday, I had the opportunity to attend a press screening of “Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry,” George Butler’s new documentary, due to open October 1, about the Democratic presidential nominee’s time in Vietnam and his anti-war activities that followed. Comment

Lesbians Charged in Toddlers’s Death

New York City police made a gruesome discovery early Sunday morning upon entering an apartment in a Harlem housing project. The mangled body of a baby boy, Yovany Tellez, Jr., nearly two-years-old, lay on the floor, bruises marking his face and tiny torso. A medical examiner would later determine that brunt force trauma, inflicted by the lesbian lover of his mother, had fractured three of the baby’s ribs, as well as his leg, and that the child had suffered from a torn liver and a bleeding rectum. Comment

Leftist Existential Dilemma

It is axiomatic to those who subscribe to the theory of hegemony, the view that there are established systems by which authority and power are maintained, that in a “free” society, the vehicle for punishment of vocal dissent is not the criminal justice system but the media. Comment

Just Tap Away Your Worries

The type of “moon-June-spoon” musical that “Dames at Sea” gently and affectionately lampoons has not been mainstream entertainment for decades. In fact, the vast majority of contemporary theatergoers only know such films as “Follow the Fleet” from TV and such musicals as “Anything Goes,” or “On the Town” from revivals. These shows that had at their core the premise that no crisis is so big it can’t be tap-danced away, have always been quaint and arcane in our lifetimes, a reality that makes even the most loving satire too distant to be sharply pointed. Comment

Inspiring a Revolutionary

When is a film about Che Guevara not really about Che Guevara? When it’s “The Motorcycle Diaries,” a buddy movie about two guys who go on a road trip through South America in the 1950s, one of whom expresses some political opinions from time to time. Comment

Groping for Cover

One day after it was first reported publicly that a male aide to Brooklyn City Councilman Vincent Gentile has filed a complaint alleging sexual harassment in the workplace, a prominent gay civil rights attorney has come forward to say that he and Gentile engaged in a consensual sexual relationship in 1994. Comment

Globetrotting In Service to Design

After a charmed career, Mary McFadden frets about the decline in haute couture McFadden will present the 2004 John and Fannie Saeger Lecture, “Translations: Symbols of the Ancient World in My Designs, […]Comment

Gay Panic Defense in Brooklyn Trial

Attorney for Mickey Cass, held in 2003 murder, to argue defendant abused as child We also publish: […] Comment

Gay-Only Partnerships OKed

A California appeals court has found that it was rational for the state legislature to limit the benefits of domestic partnership to same-sex couples who cannot marry and elderly straight couples who would suffer reduced Social Security benefits if they married. Comment

Forced Hill Outings Continue

Rep. David Dreier, a veteran Republican lawmaker from California who has consistently voted against gay rights measures in the House of Representatives, has been outed as a gay man by BlogActive.com, the Web site run by Washington, D.C. activist Mike Rogers. Comment

Dirty, But Fashionable Waters

The auteur of outrage begins to wonder how far sexual (in)tolerance can go “A Dirty Shame” opens this Friday in Manhattan. We also publish: […] Comment

Democracy in the Workplace

For years, the image of Argentina and its cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires, was one of glamour and plenty. Argentina, the second-largest nation in South America and a former economic powerhouse, found itself in the past five years in a financial quagmire that all but destroyed the nation. During one bank closure, middle-class citizens revolted and vandalized bank lobbies and ATMs. The country had several presidents in several weeks. Comment

Day of The Living Iraqis

On September 8, the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq topped 1,000. That same day, several residents of the Washington, D.C. area inexplicably reported seeing what they described as recently killed Iraqis, walking around the nation’s capital, window shopping, lined up at the Department of Motor Vehicles and registering to vote. Comment

Dance Card

Director, designer and puppeteer Amy Trompetter collaborates with choreographic director David Neumann on Oscar Wilde’s fairytale “The Happy Prince.” The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St.. Tickets are $20 at 212 255 5793, x. 11. Sep. 23–25 at 8 p.m., matinee Sep. 25 at 2 p.m. Comment

Confirmed Dead and Wounded

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. Th Comment

Confirmed Dead and Wounded

The following members of the United States Armed Forces died this past week in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since the inception of hostilities, 1, 037 service members have died, 878 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 7,413 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Coming Clean with a Critic

Rufus Wainwright was funny, self-deprecating, sometimes inaudible, but altogether captivating, interviewed by Stephen Holden for the “Times Talks Gay & Lesbian Series” on September 14 at FIT’s Katie Murphy Auditorium. With his nerdy machine-gun laugh punctuating his rambling, yet lucid discourse, Rufus enthralled the crowd of hardcore fans. Comment

Colored Layers of Wonder

To peer into the LFL Gallery from 24th Street, you might think it is a construction site. There are 2 x 4’s jutting down to the floor, holding up a precarious arching wooden structure in the way that a flying buttress supports a cathedral. Even with the threat of danger, our curiosity beckons us to wind our way deeper inside the gallery. Comment

Cinemascope

GOZU Ever since the 2001 American release of “Audition,” Japanese director Takashi Miike has rapidly found a cult following in the U.S. Oddly enough, that’s the only Miike film to receive […] Comment

A Republican in Royal London

My main quarry this August in London, a city I visit often, though usually in the winter, was theater, packing in ten plays in eight days. Comment

A Republican in Royal London

My main quarry this August in London, a city I visit often, though usually in the winter, was theater, packing in ten plays in eight days. Comment

A Parable of Corporate America

“Rick,” based loosely on Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto,” starts from the same premise of another movie now playing, “The Corporation”––that if the capitalist corporation were a person, it would be a psychopath. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

POLITICS Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Spanish Film Festival Comment

Vanity’s Leading Ladies

Five-foot, two-inch powerhouse Reese Witherspoon swept into a Park Avenue conference room at New York’s Regency Hotel and was greeted by a collective inhalation of breath otherwise known as “the gay gasp.” Comment

Twist and Shout

At the end of Basil Twist’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” there is only one feeling—exhilaration. On its most elementary level, you have just spent an hour watching a team of people drag fabric and other materials around a 1,000-gallon fish tank while listening to Berlioz, but on an artistic level, you have experienced magic. It is the combination of light, movement and music that transcends the literal and touches the viewer on a very fundamental level. Comment

The Comedy of Wiest & Birkin

The film “Merci Docteur Rey” is a wacky Parisian mélange, with Dianne Wiest playing, in her best “Don’t speak!” manner, the opera diva mother of a gay son, obsessively looking for love on the Internet, and Jane Birkin as a madcap actress who does French voice-overs for Vanessa Redgrave movies. Rookie director Andrew Litvack, a protégé of the filmmaking team of Merchant and Ivory, also wrote this cinematic fiesta which for me wasn’t half as much fun as meeting these actresses, together no less! Comment

Tales from NYC’s Guantanamo

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in the days following the end of the Republican National Convention, crowed about the Police Department’s success in heading off major disruptions by protesters targeting the GOP, but it has become increasingly clear that keeping the peace for Pres. George W. Bush came at a price. Comment

Signs of Its Times

Jerry Saltz probably has a lot of apologies to make. Not even the 101 artists he is currently showcasing can adequately represent all those who have passed through the doors of the School of Visual Arts—and represent the school’s overall impact. Comment

Showtunes and Striptease

The image could come from the morning routine of any married couple. As performance artist Tim Miller fielded a phone call from an interviewer, his partner of nearly 10 years, writer Alistair McCartney, prepared tofu scramblers for breakfast in their Venice Beach, California, home. Comment

Schwarzenegger Defies California Republicans

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of the prime-time faces of moderate Republicans at his party’s national convention two weeks ago. Now with California’s legislative session just ended, the governor has to decide whether or not to sign the nearly 900 bills recently passed by the Democratic controlled legislature. Comment

Pro-Gay Candidates Win in Mass. Primaries

MassEquality, the group formed to preserve the right to marry for gay couples in Massachusetts reports that “every pro-equality incumbent who faced a challenge” in Tuesday’s primaries “emerged victorious.” And the pro-equality forces are closer to picking up at least three votes in the Legislature. Comment

Politics and Art Mix This Campaign Season

With the presidential election less than seven weeks ago, the cultural scene in New York is full of hard-hitting political commentary. Karen Finley, one of the infamous NEA 4 black-balled by former North Carolina Sen. Jessie Helms in a tantrum about public funding of the arts in 1990, is back on stage with an over-the-top spoof of George W. Bush and Martha Stewart at Collective Unconscious through October 30. Another of the infamous NEA quartet, Tim Miller, is at PS 122, through this Sunday only, in his latest political striptease, in which he muses same-sex marriage, immigration injustice and his heretofore closeted love of showtunes. At the School of Visual Arts, Jerry Saltz curates a brilliant retrospective of the past 25 years of that venerable institution’s history. Comment

NEWSBRIEFS

NEWS Comment

New Jersey Moving on Clean Needles

In a concerted effort to curb the sharing of needles by injecting drug users, a practice that is driving new HIV infections in New Jersey, state officials are close to an agreement that will increase access to sterile syringes. The state Assembly will hold hearings on these bills next Monday. Comment

Looking for a Connection

In her debut feature, director Jennifer Elster uses New York’s anonymous corners, stoops and scaffoldings to help create an appropriate backdrop for the neuroses she explores. “Particles of Truth” is a story that looks at several disturbed individuals, but centers primarily on a would-be couple, Lilli and Morrison. Comment

If It’s October, This Must Be Ohio

I’ve heard a lot of New Yorkers recently wondering aloud about what they can do to beat back the right wing in this year’s election, with the presidential campaign nearly moribund in the Empire State and Sen. John Kerry looking like a lock here. Comment

His Father’s Son

Stanley Ely explores coming-of-age conflicts with a stubborn protagonist We also publish: […] Comment

Gay Ex-Prisoner Alleges Sex Slavery

A gay former inmate who claims he was sexually abused while in prison will be allowed to sue prison officials for violating his constitutional rights, according to a unanimous September 8 ruling by the Houston federal appeals court. Comment

French Twisted

Dianne Wiest, Jane Birkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Jerry Hall, Simon Callow. Could this be the latest batch of misfits in that VH-1 reality show, “The Surreal Life”? Comment

Fred Ebb Dies at 76

Relevant. That is the word that comes to mind at the end of a long day’s thinking about Fred Ebb on the day after he died. Comment

Fighting for Our Party’s Future

At this historic time in the path to fairness and equality for gay and lesbian Americans, party loyalty must be matched with personal integrity. Comment

Fame Feels So Good

Fiction debut hilariously yet darkly examines America’s obsession with celebrity We also publish: […] Comment

Elegy to the Movie House

Only a middle-aged man could have made “Goodbye, Dragon Inn.” Most viewers under 35, who grew up watching movies on video, don’t share its nostalgia for the days when filmgoing involved an unpredictable interaction with other people, not just consumption. Comment

Death of a Brave, Young Marine

A Spanish Fork Marine was killed in Iraq Monday, the third Utahn to die there this month. 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. T Comment

Council Overrides Very Glib Bloomberg

We also publish: […] Comment

Confirmed Dead:  Bush's War

September 9-15, 2004 Comment

Cinemascope

GOZU Ever since the 2001 American release of “Audition,” Japanese director Takashi Miike has rapidly found a cult following in the U.S. Oddly enough, that’s the only Miike film to receive […] Comment

Chesapeake to N.Y. Amazing Race

After three days of pedaling 275 miles from Maryland to New York City, a group of about 100 riders and volunteers in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center’s second annual AIDS ride, “Braking the Cycle,” were ready for a hearty welcome. Comment

Challenging the “Other” in Santa Fe

Anyone who has ever had the experience of being defined as the “other” knows firsthand the power of meanings and definitions. Polyvalence in art, as a strategy, has been one of the most powerful tools for dislodging definitions and stereotypes which can be binding, stultifying and often even violent. Artists have for centuries pushed meaning from inside itself, by exposing the arbitrary and sometime unjust nature of these definitions, thereby challenging conventional wisdom and injecting a healthy dose of new energy into the our understanding of meaning. Comment

Cali. Partnership Challenged

A Superior Court judge in Sacramento rejected an attempt by anti-gay forces to block California’s wide-ranging domestic partnership law from going into effect on January 1. Comment

Arson at Office of L.I. Gay Flock

An arson attack on the offices of a Long Island gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender religious congregation, coming the same evening that the group held a widely publicized community worship and social gathering, is being investigated by Nassau County officials as a possible bias crime. Comment

Albee, Valley Forge and Kmart

George Washington would no doubt take offense at having his marriage associated with a production that mocks our nation’s current president by depicting him in a tawdry affair. But it takes true diplomats to tackle serious social issues through the construction of an obscene metaphor, as Karen Finley and Neal Medlyn do in their new play, “George & Martha.” Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Talking to Our Kids About Sex Comment

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