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“Homosexuality and Judaism have traditionally been considered incompatible. Not anymore,” mentioned the brochure announcing a proud evening of literary readings and discussion led by queer Jewish writers at Makor, the cultural and artistic center on West 67 Street. On October 27, four authors showcased their recently published work, including, on the far left, T Cooper (novelist of “Some of the Parts”); Aaron Hamburger (author of the short-story collection, “The View From Stalin’s Head”); Bruce Shenitz, the executive editor of Out magazine, (editor of “The Man I Might Become: Gay Men Write About Their Fathers); and Aryeh Lev Stollman (author of “The Far Euphrates”). Comment

From Trajan to Robert Mangold

An exhibition of new column paintings by Robert Mangold is on view at Pace Wildenstein in Chelsea. These eight acrylic and black pencil on canvas works range in size from ten to 12 feet tall and one to three feet wide. Also included is one triptych, “Three Column/ Figures 5, 2003.” Comment

Backlash Vanquished in Massachusetts

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High Time to Make a Comeback

Their fans need shed no more tears for the 1990s break-up of Tears for Fears, the legendary pop rock group now on tour in the U.S. after 14 years, with their new album “Everybody Loves a Happy Ending.” Comment

America's Largest Circulation Gay Newsweekly

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Backlash Vanquished in Massachusetts

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South Asians Celebrate Halloween

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Flu Shortage Hits Health Professionals

As health care providers figure out how to distribute an inadequate supply of flu vaccine to the city’s most at-risk residents, one group in particular has inched towards the bottom of the priority list—health care providers themselves. Comment

Feds Target Chelsea Crystal Use

The U.S. attorney in Manhattan will use posters in gay neighborhoods featuring the pictures and names of convicted crystal dealers, their prison sentences, and text asking “Was it worth it?” in an effort to dissuade gay men from selling the drug. Comment

Black Manhattan Now and Then

A radiantly smart, deeply affecting antidote to so many cliché-ridden, black gay––hell, just plain gay––films, Rodney Evans’ “Brother to Brother” deals with the special relationship between Perry (Anthony Mackie), a college student struggling with his sexual identity and an old man (Roger Robinson) he encounters, who turns out to be Bruce Nugent, an out and proud member of the Harlem Renaissance ( Comment

Backlash Vanquished in Massachusetts

The right of same-sex couples in Massachusetts to marry got a big boost from state legislative elections there on Tuesday. No supporter of same-sex marriage was defeated, despite efforts by the Catholic Church and the Republican Party to knock them off, and there was a net pick up of two for the pro-gay side among those seeking eight open seats. Comment

Jewish Writers

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Dance of Death

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Dresher in Your Ear

BBy JASON VICTOR SERINUS Comment

Dance of Death

In koosil-ja’s “deadmandancingEXCESS,” a tragic figure dies—35 times. A few “real” dances in between clear the palette. In this compressed performance, koosil-ja voraciously wedges in as many deaths as possible, only diverting her energy to make passionate love to an immobile partner, to climb a stair (only to descend again into agony) or to enact the life of a dancer who gives up her art for matrimony, finally slitting her wrists. Comment

Backlash Vanquished in Massachusetts

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South Asians Celebrate Halloween

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The Devil and the Diva

“Oh God. You’re not one of those ghastly Callas queens, are you?” intones Jeremy Irons in his latest film, “Callas Forever,” in that wonderfully grandiloquent, gravelly sneering tone that only he can deliver. Comment

Backlash Vanquished in Massachusetts

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South Asians Celebrate Halloween

Last Friday night, two nights before Halloween, Pepper, a lounge bar and club in Tribeca, saw exaggerated emotions, extravagant costumes and dramatic dance sequence—vital ingredients to any successful Bollywood film. Comment

Trial by Testosterone

Fifty years ago, Reginald Rose devised a pins-and-needles TV courtroom drama that proved so popular it was made into a 1957 Oscar-nominated film starring Henry Fonda and Jack Klugman and has been reincarnated numerous times onstage. Comment

From Trajan to Robert Mangold

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Who’s Your Daddy?

The consolation prize for sitting through “Brooklyn the Musical” is that you will never have to see another revival ever—you will have seen them all in under two hours. Comment

When Labor Ruled the Docks

Fifty years later, and eight months after his 90th birthday, Budd Schulberg looked back on a walk through Hoboken that he took with Marlon Brando on the Sunday before the shooting started on “On the Waterfront.” Comment

Soul of the Machine

One enters an exhibition of sculpture made by Saint Clair Cemin expecting a quirky trip through the history of three-dimensional objects. The artist is well known for his ability to hybridize an impressive range of references and materials, from antiquity to pop culture, from ceramics to bronze. For 20 years, Cemin has helped transform our understanding of “pastiche” from an illustrative postmodern strategy to a personalized and wildly imaginative method Comment

Sarandon Aims for Intimacy

In director Charles Shyer’s “Alfie,” gorgeous Jude Law plays a charming, womanizing, uncommitted chauffeur for the character played by Susan Sarandon. Might limousine drivers enjoy a boost in business after the sexy comedy opens this month? Comment

Backlash Vanquished in Massachusetts

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New York City Girls

BBy WINNIE McCROY Comment

New State Amendments Vulnerable

Amending a state constitution to ban same-sex marriage is not necessarily the last word on the subject, as Louisiana voters discovered when a trial judge ruled on October 5 that an amendment approved by voters on September 18 violated the state constitution. Comment

Precious Little Lemonade From this Lemon

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‘Raisin’ Money For Good Causes

Mondays are always big benefit nights and battling events took place on October 25. Comment

Responding to the Madness

“It’s official—orange is the new black,” said Audio Fiction drummer Mark O’Toole in a recent interview that ranged from war to music. Comment

Backlash Vanquished in Massachusetts

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Precious Little Lemonade From this Lemon

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A Demanding Voice Reasserts Itself

On Sunday evening, November 7, five nights after this just decided, bitterly fought presidential election, a Jeremiah named Larry Kramer takes to the lectern of the Great Hall of Cooper Union. Comment

Jewish Writers

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Cruising for a Bruising

Ballet Art and the ‘Bay at Nice’; bitches brew and Brooklyn scrubbed, Bermuda shorts Among my recent travels was a visit to Connecticut’s capital city, Hartford, for a cultural double […] Comment

Courts Uphold Ohio, Georgia Votes

In rulings that each drew sharp dissents, the supreme courts of Ohio and Georgia both ruled this week that state constitutional amendments that would ban same-sex marriage can appear on next week’s ballot. Comment

DANCECARD

K“Chorale” and “Quartet,” two works by choreographer Henning Rübsam, with guests from Dance Theatre of Harlem, are part of an evening celebrating the music of contemporary composer Ricardo Llorca at Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th St., btwn. Park and Madison Aves.. Tickets are $20 at the box office or at 212-307-4100. Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. Comment

Election Choice on Marriage and War

David McReynolds, the Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate from New York, thinks there are several good reasons lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender voters should make a statement by voting for him on Election Day, not the least of which is that “Schumer is certain to win and there is no reason to vote for him if you have disagreements with him.” Comment

Georgia Hate Crime Law Nixed

Georgia’s supreme court unanimously ruled on October 25 that the state’s law authorizing enhanced prison sentences for defendants convicted of “hate crimes” was unconstitutionally vague. Comment

Center Holds Annual Women’s Event

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center honored comedian Kate Clinton with a Lifetime Achievement Award last Saturday, October 23, at its Women’s Event Seven benefit at Chelsea Piers. An audience of 500, including legendary tennis star Billie Jean King, enjoyed an entertaining evening of talented, funny ladies including emcee Karen Williams, comedian and singer Lea DeLaria and Urvashi Vaid, the author and activist, plus touching tributes by Center staff including executive director Richard D. Burns. Comment

GENDER RIGHTS

The New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) celebrated its sixth anniversary at Gay Men’s Health Crisis in Chelsea on Saturday, October 23. Among those celebrating were (left to right) Yolanda, Tina Benez, NYAGRA co-chairs Moonhawk River Stone and Pauline Park, NYAGRA treasurer Susan Langer, Clover Honey, and NYAGRA community organizer Michael Borriello. Comment

At the Crossroads

I doubt I am alone in thinking that the easiest way to get through the next five days might just be to hold my breath. Comment

Abuse That Spiraled Into Tragedy

The September 19 murder of two-year-old Yovany Tellez darkened New York’s reputation as one of America’s safest cities. Comment

Baking, Cleaning and Plotting

Figuring out who we are in our mettlesome culture is seldom easy. Comment

Baritone Barely Redeems ‘Bohème’

You know you’re in trouble when the best thing about a performance of “La Bohème” is the Marcello role, but this season’s revival of the Puccini opera at the Metropolitan Opera, seen on October 23, features a really superb artist in the role—Peter Mattei. The tall, handsome baritone boasts an even, mellow lyric sound and a firm Italianate legato, not to mention a romantic star’s stage presence. Comment

Boy Scouts Get Special Rights

Some gay and civil rights groups are objecting to proposed regulations from the U.S. Department of Education that would guarantee the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) access to public schools if those schools receive federal funds and they allow other groups to meet on their premises. Comment

Biggie Smalls, Pasolini Inhabit Beckett’s Terrain

The notion of home is experienced in widely different ways, from associating it with a physical place of upbringing to memorializing a place of patriotic or nationalistic sentiment. Troops hear public pleas for their return home, homemaker extraordinaire Martha Stewart is doing time, and “lifestyles,” emphasized first and foremost as a domestic affair, has become a key marketing phenomenon. Culture’s focus on home, now more than ever, reflects a Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

SIN: A CARDINAL DEPOSED Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

Rockland County Supreme Court Acting Justice Alfred J. Weiner rejected a petition by ten same-sex couples from the town of Orangetown seeking marriage licenses in a ruling issued on October 18. Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

Free Speech In Wartime Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

Pres. George W. Bush’s anti-gay positions and alliances have made it impossible for the queer community to support him. Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

Queer Strategies Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

Environmentally friendly East Village gardeners have just completed building a solar-powered waterfall, and hope to extend the garden’s sun-powered capabilities to lighting, pond oxygenating and more. Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

Well. Yogi, it was certainly déjà vu all over again at 45 Bleecker Street this past Monday night. Comment

Two Out Playwrights, Yet Emerging

Defining one’s gay or lesbian experience is a process, which for better and worse has inspired all kinds of theatrical endeavors. Two shows coming up have special significance for the gay community, and while diverse in their approaches, are both about the journey of self-discovery within the cultural context of a sexual minority. Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

KITT JOHNSON X-ACT Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

BRAD FISHER: SWEET Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

In an apparent break with the far right wing of his party, Pres. George W. Bush told ABC’s “Good Morning America,” that he continues to oppose gay marriage, but that the states should be free to create civil unions. Comment

7 Days/7 Nights

The Skull Project Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

A Minnesota appeals court upheld the dismissal of a lesbian employee by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, finding that the organization qualified for a religious exemption from the state’s statutory ban on sexual orientation discrimination. Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

On the eve of his virtually assured re-election, New York’s senior U.S. senator, Charles Schumer, told a closed meeting of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democratic clubs and leaders Tuesday morning at the LGBT Community Center that his opposition to same-sex marriage is “in his gut.” Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

Former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms, a leading anti-gay crusader of his generation, is campaigning on behalf of his closeted lesbian granddaughter, Jennifer Helms Knox, who is the Republican nominee for a district judgeship in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to a report released Thursday on BlogActive.com and RawStory.com. BlogActive is the Web site run by longtime activist Mike Rogers, who lives in Washington D.C., that has in recent months broken several major stories about closeted gay politicians who have taken anti-positions in their public lives. Veteran Virginia Congressman Edward Schrock, Republican, bowed out of his race for re Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

This past Saturday I was in the green room in the Reuters television studio overlooking Times Square, waiting with others to appear on the Dutch equivalent of “Nightline,” and it felt like my heart was going to explode. I was staring at Cathy Heighter. Her 21-year-old son Raheen, an Army private, was killed when a convoy in which he was riding outside Baghdad was attacked. Sitting across the room from Heighter was Ivan Medina, a 23-year-old veteran who served in Iraq. His twin brother, Irving, an Army specialist, was killed in Baghdad when his convoy struck an improvised explosive device. I Comment

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