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Evil Doubles Co-opt an Invention

First-time American filmmakers usually don’t aim very high. Since Sundance and Miramax have turned “independent film” into a niche market and venue for studio audition tapes, their ranks are filled with post-Tarantino crime dramas and navel-gazing portraits of slacker’s love lives. Comment

Editing Together Life’s Pieces

The advent of home movies, cassette recorders and video cameras has allowed average Americans the ability to record themselves endlessly. For many, family events, baby videos and school plays are captured on video but never seen, or looked at much later on as curiosities at reunions. Comment

Dancing Into Autumn

The Russians have really taken over the Metropolitan Opera. At “Carmen” on September 25, Olga Borodina gave a definitively earthy performance as the wild gypsy. Before the second act, a Met minion strode onstage to announce, “Miss Borodina will continue with the performance, although she is suffering from an allergic reaction.” Comment

From Terminator to Queer Hero

Schwarzenegger wins plaudits from California gay rights advocates We also publish: […] Comment

History Painting for the Fleeting News-Hungry Masses

Nancy Chunn is best known for “Front Pages,” a serial work in which the artist added commentary and glyphs to every front page The New York Times published in 1996. Worked directly onto newsprint, corny drawings and rubber-stamped rants record the artist’s daily reactions to “all the news that’s fit to print” and the immediacy and sheer accumulation of words and images coalesced into a vivid, snarky diatribe of a self-described “political junkie.” Comment

Landing Stars with a Script

Jordan Roberts and Christopher Walken sat side-by-side in front of a screen in the Loew’s at 19th Street and Broadway where a startlingly good new film called “Around the Bend” had just been shown to a preview audience. Comment

Killer of Gay Brazilian Guilty

Rejecting the defense that Mickey Cass acted under an “extreme emotional disturbance,” a Brooklyn jury found the 26-year-old defendant guilty of second-degree murder in the 2003 strangling death of Victor Dombrova Neto, a gay Brazilian immigrant. Comment

Dance Card

Marisa Beatty of WAX in Williamsburg and Dena Davida of Tangente in Montréal teamed up to curate “Danséchange,” an international choreographic exchange featuring Canadian Marie-Pascale Bélanger and Brooklynite Chris Yon. Bélanger presents the bizarre and humorous ´Un 2 sur le dos,´ and Yon restages the unforgettably mad “Teardrop Terror,” a solo trilogy performed by Taryn Griggs. Williamsburg Arts Nexus, 205 N. Seventh St., near Driggs Ave. Tickets are $12 at 718 599-7997. Oct. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. 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. Thi Comment

An Extraordinary Promise

Forty years ago, two young guys who had heard about one another through mutual friends came face to face at a college party in Manchester, Massachusetts. Comment

Amendment Fails in House

On September 28, despite a Republican majority and presidential backing, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman failed to gather the two-thirds majority vote for passage through the House of Representatives, even though it received a simple majority. Comment

Barron, Mugabe and Single-Issue Politics

On September 13, Brooklyn Democratic City Councilman Charles Barron, who has already declared his candidacy for mayor of the City of New York, appeared as the special guest of the Out People of Color Political Action Club (Out POC PAC), a New York City political club of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people of color. Comment

Bernstein on the Air

A widespread re-evaluation of the American master We also publish: […] Comment

Confirmed Dead:  Bush's War

The following members of the United States Armed Forces died this past week in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since the inception of hostilities, 1,064 service members have died, 923 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 7,730 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Closet Helps Bias Claim

A federal district judge in Buffalo, New York, ruled on September 30 that a closeted gay man could sue his former employer for sex discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act. Comment

Lending Scholars a Financial Hand

When Julie Schell learned that her mother had intercepted a love letter from her first girlfriend more than ten years ago at her home in Las Vegas, Nevada, she knew that coming out wasn’t going to be easy. Comment

The Time Is Now

Having spent two days in Ohio this past weekend covering efforts by volunteers and staff of the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) to help in the voter registration and identification drive in that critical swing state, I can report that there is a palpable sense of excitement and history on the ground in those areas where the presidential campaign is most hotly contested. Comment

Reclaiming African Musical Purity

With a third CD and a Carnegie debut, Rokia Traoré disputes first world’s musical boundaries We also publish: […] Comment

Partner Rights Advance in Albany

Governor signs Deborah Glick’s measure guaranteeing hospital visitation We also publish: […] Comment

Scrambling For Votes In Ohio

In her years as a community activist in Brooklyn, Emma Wolfe, a Williamsburg resident, has done organizing on behalf of change in the public schools, for the Working Families Party, the third party insurgency that works to move the New York Democratic Party to the left, and for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). Comment

Singing So Good It’s Fun

Sure, opera is the highest of all artistic achievement. Any opera queen will bend your ear with that truism. What is often overlooked, however, is that opera can be sheer fun. The first weekend in October offered examples of both facets of the art. Comment

Survey: Many Gay Blacks Are Parents

According to the first ever in-depth study of black same-sex households, those families have more to lose than their white counterparts if proposed state and federal anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives are approved. Comment

Study Finds Meth-HIV Link

A study from the Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) has definitively linked crystal use to new HIV infections in some of the study participants. Comment

On the Farm and In the Pub

“Farm Boys” by Amy Fox and Dean Gray is the new play running at the Blue Heron. The story is based on a book of the same name about gay men in the rural Midwest, and while fairly conventional, it has a sweetness about it that is consistently engaging. Comment

On Location in America

In a year when political ads, particularly those funded by 527s, political action committees named for the section of that IRS code that governs them, have enjoyed explosive growth, an unprecedented number of documentaries with a decidely political bent have also popped up to attack or defend presidential candidates and explore issues ranging from the war in Iraq to same-sex marriage. Comment

Marriage, AIDS Enter Debates

Amidst their sparring about health care, the economy and the war in Iraq, the two vice presidential candidates addressed same-sex marriage and the spread of AIDS, two issues of vital importance to the nation’s gay and lesbian community. The candidates spoke about the issues midway through a rancorous debate on October 5 in which John Edwards, a first-term Democratic senator, sought to portray himself to a national audience as a candidate of presidential timber, while his Republican counterpart, Dick Cheney, the incumbent vice president, needed to urge voters to support the president. Comment

Mastery Banishes Solipsism

Ellen Phelan has taken a great many chances in her current show of paintings and watercolors at Ameringer & Yohe. Her primary risk is that she has chosen to work from photographs—family photographs at that. Comment

Minus Body Mikes, Voices Soar

Certain technological advances have shaped the evolution of modern theater productions. Unlike the theater of antiquity, shows today are indoor, where electrical illumination, amplification, air conditioning and, more recently, computerization are meant to enhance the production. Comment

October Surprise: Kerry With Peaceniks and Rednecks

Okay, Kerry won the debate. Now what? John Kerry, the candidate, did his job. Now the Kerry campaign must make the most of these gains. Comment

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7 Days & 7 Nights

South Bronx Film Festival Comment

Verdi Opens the Season

“Where are all the gowns?” complained TV producer Lina del Tinto as the fall cultural season officially got under way with Verdi’s magnificent “Otello” opening the Metropolitan Opera season on September 20. Comment

Dance Card

Marisa Beatty of WAX in Williamsburg and Dena Davida of Tangente in Montréal teamed up to curate “Danséchange,” an international choreographic exchange featuring Canadian Marie-Pascale Bélanger and Brooklynite Chris Yon. Bélanger presents the bizarre and humorous ´Un 2 sur le dos,´ and Yon restages the unforgettably mad “Teardrop Terror,” a solo trilogy performed by Taryn Griggs. Williamsburg Arts Nexus, 205 N. Seventh St., near Driggs Ave. Tickets are $12 at 718 599-7997. Oct. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. 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 open Comment

Earnestness Rewarded and Unfulfilled

Paula Vogel’s “The Oldest Profession” is, quite simply, a wonderful play, and it’s getting a splendid New York premiere at the Signature Theatre Company, which is devoting its season to Vogel’s work. Comment

Eye of the beholder

“Art becomes transcendent when it surprises, when it takes the viewer… to someplace new,” asserted conceptual artist/novelist Aaron Krach, in the latest issue of the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation newsletter. Comment

Gay Canadian Interrogated at Border

Train halted while customs officials humiliate 67-year-old man We also publish: […] Comment

Finally, Iraq Emerges as Campaign Centerpiece

A new John Kerry will be debating George W. Bush. Comment

Confirmed Dead:  Bush's War

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, 053 service members have died, 912 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 7,532 service members have been wounded in action. 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

American Fashion Loses a Giant

Geoffrey Beene dies at the age of 77 We also publish: […] Comment

Americana Sex Machines

Some things you don’t forget. Jean-Claude Van Italie’s “Motel” was one of them. Still is. Comment

An Unlikely Diva Looks Back

Ira Siff recalls the highlights of Vera Galupe Borszkh’s 23-year career We also publish: […] Comment

Bush Campaign Plays Gay Card Again

Just five weeks before Americans vote in the presidential elections, right-wing groups and the Republican National Committee are ratcheting up their anti-gay rhetoric in an effort to turn out socially conservative voters and raise funds. Comment

C-E-L-E-B-S As If From a Factory

Discussing the work of Sam Taylor-Wood is problematic. So much of the hype surrounding her work––the “young British artist” (YBA) label that links her to others from the “Brit Pack, her marriage to Jay Jopling, the gallery dealer most responsible for bringing this group’s art to the fore, her survival from two cancer bouts and her constant use of celebrities as subjects––makes it inevitable that the discussion of art has more than a dose of fashion and autobiography mixed in as well. Comment

Cali. Cop Bias Suit Proceeds

Appeals court allows former gay officer to pursue discrimination charges We also publish: […] Comment

Gay Dad Loses Despite Pro-Gay Rhetoric

In a curiously mixed decision, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled on September 22 that a parent’s sexual orientation cannot be the basis for making a child custody or visitation decision, but then turned around and upheld the trial judge’s decision to terminate the gay father’s joint custody and impose limitations on his visitation, mainly because he is living with a same-sex partner. Comment

Gentile Fights Back

Brooklyn councilman calls harrassment charges “false, frivolous” We also publish: […] Comment

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Opulence as Thin as Paper

Blending images of public landmarks and family curios, one artist questions extravagance We also publish: […] Comment

Stirring Testimony in Bklyn. Murder Trial

In moving testimony, the mother of Victor Dombrova Neto took the stand in the trial of Mickey Cass, Dombrova Neto’s alleged killer, to identify a picture of her son. Comment

Tribute to Jewish Survivors

Ester Holtzberg was a 14-year-old when the Nazis came to Krakow, and a battered, hollowed, starving but indomitable young woman of 85 pounds when the U.S. Army liberated Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. Comment

The Beebo Brinker Chronicles

In the 1950s and early 1960s, one could wander into practically any American drugstore, dime-store or bus station and purchase a lesbian-themed, mass-marketed paperback novel. It seems almost inconceivable in the era of McCarthy, Red-baiting and Eisenhower, but it’s the truth. Comment

MOSS REPLACED AS DEMOCRATIC REFORM CAUCUS LEADER

Larry Moss, the Democratic state commmitteeman for the 66th Assembly District on Manhattan’s West Side, is taking his removal Monday as chairman of the state committee’s reform caucus in stride. Comment

Michigan Battle Is Winnable

Voters in eleven states, including crucial battlegrounds in the presidential contest, will go to the polls this Election Day to decide on state constitutional amendments that seek to ban same-sex marriages. Comment

Landscapes Focused and Idealized

Marc Handelman is a tricky painter. “Warm White Blizzard,” his current solo debut at Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, consists primarily of landscape paintings, each rendered with a kind of swoony technical bravura and revelry in the possibilities of materials. Comment

Housing Works Suit Advances in Fed. Court

A federal magistrate ruled on September 15 that Housing Works, a non-profit AIDS service agency, is entitled to a trial in a lawsuit alleging that the Giuliani administration retaliated against it for its advocacy on behalf of people with HIV/AIDS. Comment

Laughing For a Good Cause

Politics and comedy meshed on Monday, September 27, as the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice raised funds for their social justice programs. Comment

No Surrender on the Marriage Amendments

On the very same day that The New York Times reported on 11 state constitutional amendment ballot battles on November 2 over the issue of gay marriage and concluded that gay advocates are “pour[ing] money and resources into a last stand in Oregon,” Gay City News reporter Andrew Miller joined a tele-press conference hosted by Michigan activists fighting the ballot measure there who pointed to a Gallup poll showing their side in the lead. Comment

Mass. Marriage Foe Splits

Flush from a strong showing in the September 14 primary elections, defenders of the 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage rights are hailing the abrupt resignation September 28 of state House Speaker Thomas Finneran, a leader in the effort to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to overturn gay marriage rights there. Comment

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 29, 2004 Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Panel on African Genocide Comment

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