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Global Music for Discerning Listeners

Sound uplifting? The company’s motto: “Guaranteed to make you feel good!” How can the music really induce the listener into feeling good enough to set aside regular worries? Comment

Grim Outlook: Women & AIDS

Sometime in the future, World AIDS Day may be an occasion for remembrance and the celebration of the end of a pandemic, but that hope seemed a distant prospect for the AIDS activists and young HIV-positive woman at a forum sponsored by The New York Times on Tuesday night, “Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS.” Comment

HIV Infections Continue Rise

Data on sexually transmitted diseases from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are providing more indicators that some gay and bisexual men are not practicing safe sex. Comment

Honoring the Community’s Health Providers

The Fourth Annual Callen-Lorde Community Health Awards were presented at Capitale on November 22, honoring State Senator David Paterson, who just secured a $50,000 grant for the health center; journalist Linda Villarosa, who has done groundbreaking stories on AIDS at Essence and the New York Times; and gay men’s health advocate Dr. Stephen E. Goldstone. Comment

From ‘Sin’ to ‘Pacific Overtures’

A real Hart-Warmer; a soap diva’s soiree; Catholic accountability “This is the model for all such tributes,” Dan Fortune, the publicist, said of “Hart to Hart,” the Metropolitan […] Comment

Diva Looks Like a Lady!

This season’s one-person show phenomenon continues apace, with Mario Cantone’s frenetic wank-off and then Whoopi Goldberg’s somewhat faded revival of her star-making 1984 vehicle, and now Barry Humphries, aka Dame Edna. Comment

Astaire Revival at Oak Room

Andrea Marcovicci performs the songbook of a childhood icon We also publish: […] Comment

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Confirmed Dead and Wounded

Nov. 24-Dec. 1, 2004 Comment

Controversy swirls following ABC news show

A gag order that was supposedly placed on Aaron McKinney, one of two men who murdered Matthew Shepard in 1998, and was the subject of criticism from some civil libertarians and journalists, apparently never existed. Comment

Dialogue, Cross Purposes and Martyrdom

Excuse me, self-loathing isn’t a hate crime? See: Selbsthass, (German for self-hatred); relation to Holocaust. Comment

Latino Rockers Wrap up Whirlwind Tour

It’s tough to be a Latin alternative act in New York. Unlike in California and many Latin American cities, there’s a much smaller alterlatino scene to work with. For a young band, it means playing in obscure venues and having to win over audiences, who haven’t heard Café Tacuba, Manu Chao or Bacilos and are unfamiliar with the genre, and most likely skeptical of its merits. Comment

Jacques to Leave Helm of HRC

Cheryl Jacques, head of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest gay lobby, has announced that she is resigning. Comment

Tunes for a Date Night

Rufus Wainwright’s latest album, “Want Two,” draws a fine distinction between an incredibly boring lack of melody and semi-interesting mellowness. Wainwright’s more-beautiful-than-ever voice and snarky, smart lyrics on the highly lauded young, gay singer/songwriter’s fourth album may not be enough to save it from slipping into sleepy oblivion. Comment

Tannhäuser Triumphs with Voigt

The conventional wisdom is that weight loss is hazardous to a singer’s vocal health, but Deborah Voigt’s first local Elisabeth in “Tannhäuser” proves that’s not necessarily so. Comment

The Four-Year Democratic Victory Plan

By Thanksgiving, the notion that moral value voters elected President Bush had played out. As more experienced experts looked at the election, it seemed to fit the recognizable pattern of past re-elections of semi-popular incumbents. Comment

The Moon Seduces the Men


Twilight of Nuremberg, Francis Biddle

He was 81. She was 25. Well, in cold fact, “I was a little older than the girl in the play and had already had three children,” says Joanna McClelland Glass, while the girl in the play, to whom the playwright has given the name of Sarah, is 25 and pregnant and unhappily married. Comment

Schools May Ban Army Recruiting

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, based in Philadelphia, ruled on November 29 by a 2-1 vote that a federal law that cuts off funding to law schools that ban military recruiters from their campuses violates the schools’ First Amendment rights.  The majority of the appellate panel found that the plaintiffs, a group of law schools, professors and students, had shown the likelihood that they would prevail on their constitutional claim, and were entitled to an injunction barring enforcement of a federal law, the Solomon Amendment, pending a full trial on the merits of their case. Comment

Looming AIDS Funding Crisis

Alarmed U.S. advocates, elected officials decry lack of emphasis Comment

Lush, Magical Landscapes

Robert Miller Gallery is exhibiting a selection of oil and beeswax on canvas paintings by Armando Morales, completed between 1999-2004. The show encompasses examples of Mr. Morales classic body of imagery: religious and village scenes, lush tropical rain forests, bullfights, still lifes, and nudes. Comment


Roy Aarons, an accomplished reporter and editor who founded the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association fifteen years ago, has succumbed to cancer in California. He would have been 71 on December 8. Comment

Postwar Japanese Abstractionism

Japanese artist Atsuko Tanaka’s first museum show in this country features paintings, drawings, sculpture and performance documentation of her early work and of an influential artistic group. Comment

Tony-Winner Plays a Coloratura

Judy Kaye talks about her new role as the wealthy eccentric Flora Foster Jenkins We also publish: […] Comment

Trashing Matthew Shepard

Elizabeth Vargas ends a segment on the ABC news program, “20/20” saying, “Six years later, there is a lot we do not know about the circumstances surrounding the Matthew Shepard murder.” Comment

Very Stylish Girls

It’s, always, all about Liza. To fight this is as futile as combating City Hall, and this was never more proven than by recent events. Comment

Mother of Matthew Shepard Speaks Out

On December 1, on what would have been Matthew Shepard’s 27th birthday, Judy Shepard, the mother of the Wyoming college student slain in1998, spoke to Gay City News. In an hour-long interview with Troy Masters, associate publisher, Mrs. Shepard spoke of her reaction to ABC’s “20/20” program on November 26, in which Elizabeth Vargas interviewed Matthew Shepard’s convicted murderers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson at an undisclosed penal institution, apparently outside Wyoming. Comment

Mother of Matthew Shepard Speaks Out

On December 1, on what would have been Matthew Shepard's 27th birthday, Judy Shepard, the mother of the Wyoming college student slain in1998, spoke to Gay City News. In an hour-long interview with Troy Masters, associate publisher, Mrs. Shepard spoke of her reaction to ABC's “20/20” program on November 26, in which Elizabeth Vargas interviewed Matthew Shepard's convicted murderers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson at an undisclosed penal institution, apparently outside Wyoming. Comment

The Musing John Mayer

The popular pop singer John Mayer may not have set out to raise so much money, but he managed to anyway, raising $10,000 for an agency for homeless New Yorkers living with AIDS. In fact, ecstatic fans who flew in from as far as California and Europe to hear Mayer perform gave the event more of a Madison Square Garden aura than the laid back and erudite feel of a typical afternoon at Housing Works Used Book Café, a non-profit bookstore just off Houston Street. Comment

Stalking Vernon Duke

Opia, the recently opened room that bills itself as “the East Side’s newest cabaret hotspot” is, to put it mildly, a dreary little room. Done in waiting room beige, the singer has to appear between two enormous, and dying, potted plants in front of a tinted mirror. Moreover, he or she has to be heard over the arguments of the sullen wait staff, the clattering of china and the occasional rowdy eruption from the hotel lobby right outside the door. The Algonquin, Helen’s and the Duplex have nothing to fear from this new arrival. Comment

A Measure of GratitudeBy PAUL SCHINDLER

Letter From the Editor Comment

Dancing While Death Leers

TIM MILLER: There is, of course, a charged poignancy to using dance, the most ephemeral art, to chart the gaping empty space left by AIDS. Even as these dances disappear after they are performed, so did many of the choreographers and dancers whom we lost. How did this connection fuel your writing of the book? Comment

Electoral Win or Second Coming?

The grip of Christian fundamentalism in Washington veers theocratic We also publish: […] Comment

Everything Turns Out Okay

In college lectures in the early 1990s, few artists were as frequently covered as Barbara Kruger. Her images found their way into the curriculum of several of my classes, even beyond the art history department. Once I began my career in the art world employed by the gallery that represents her, I was surprised that her work always seemed undervalued in comparison to other artists of her stature. Comment

Gays Welcomed at Adoption Confab

The 24th annual tri-state gathering of the Adoptive Parents Committee was more than happy to have lesbian and gay participation on Sunday, November 21, at Long Island University and provided two gay-specific workshops, a measure of equality, perhaps, for would-be parents excluded from adopting in many foreign countries and American states. Comment

Gay Jamaican Loses Asylum

In a ruling that shows how difficult the conservative federal courts and the homeland security hierarchy have made it for foreign gays to win asylum here, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, in Philadelphia, ruled on November 18 against an asylum petition by a gay man from Jamaica, a notoriously homophobic nation, even though an immigration judge had ruled in the petitioner’s favor. Comment

Cops’ Entrapment Scheme Busted

For 13 years, Alejandro Martinez rode the PATH train from New Jersey to his job as a food service manager for a Wall Street firm in Lower Manhattan. He took the same morning train and arrived at the World Trade Center just before 6 a.m. every workday. Comment

Antiquity’s Greatest, and Gay, Hero

Wracked by the cares of monarchy and waging endless wars, Alexander (Colin Farrell) enters his bedchamber to retire for the evening. He drops his robe (briefly revealing the Farrell package we were denied seeing in “A Home at the End of the World”) and slides into bed. As the lights dim, he casts a glance at his ever-present, ever-silent half-naked manservant and beckons him over. Comment

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A Prolific Voice Raised

Craig Lucas has a successful revival currently on Broadway, a new play opening up in January in New Haven, and is also making some news as a gay American as well. Comment

Autumn Overtakes the Blue States

The Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall under Robert Bass played a very timely concert on Veterans Day: Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem,” written to mark the 1962 re-consecration of Coventry Cathedral, built next to the ruins of its Luftwaffe-destroyed predecessor. Comment

CNN Takes New Look at HIV

Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosts hour-long look at four groups of Americans at risk for new infection We also publish: […] Comment


According to Joan Garry, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), her group last week requested an advance copy of Elizabeth Vargas’ “20/20” story about the Matthew Shepard murder scheduled to air November 26, but was told no such screeners would be made available. An unnamed source finally got a copy into Garry’s hands on Monday. Comment

GMHC Launches New Women’s Initiative

Health care administrators, their clients and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall on November 22 to launch the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) Women’s Institute, to focus on the rising rates of HIV infection in women of color. Comment

Out There, And Too Far Beyond

Sometimes “quirky” works—when a unique perspective or series of perceptions come together to create a show that, if not perfect, gets a lot of credit for being “out there,” for breaking a few rules and taking a chance. In the case of “People Are Wrong,” the story is “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” meets “E.T.,” and it probably pays not to look too closely or the cracks in the narrative become glaringly apparent. Comment

Organic, Earthy 1980s Flora, Fauna

Strangely, there are currently a number of shows around town of ‘80s art. Comment

Political Hardball: The Road Map to LGBT Recovery

Call it the Post-Mortem Olympics. Except for the Bill Clinton era, Democrats of our generation lose presidential elections every four years and then point fingers of blame, often at ourselves. No one engages in self-recrimination quite like a progressive. Comment

Puerto Rican Pride Awards Bestowed

The Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment (PRIDE) and the Latino Gay Men of New York honored members for their contributions to the Latin American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community last Friday night, November 19. Comment

Second Post-Election Meeting Fizzles

A second town meeting on the November 2 election results that featured a gay Republican and what sounded like a sermon delivered by a New York City rabbi left some community activists angry. Comment

Nips and Tucks for the SoulEve Ensler and ABC Carpet to help women realize the beauty within

It was like walking into another world—or rather many worlds colliding and converging at the ABC Carpet and Home launch party for their new “Love Your Tree” installation. An Indian-inspired Red Tent, photographs of women of all sizes and cultures, and speakers ranging from Isabella Rossellini and Eve Ensler to women’s health workers, were all part of the packed event celebrating Ensler’s new play on Broadway, “The Good Body” and the corresponding art installment at 19th Street and Broadway last Thursday, November 18. Comment

Night of Recriminations

In the spellbinding Broadway revival of “’Night, Mother,” set designer Neil Patel has prominently placed a clock, set real-time, on the wall of the painfully ordinary living room. Comment

Heiress Turned Bank Robber

Many of us remember it as a collective nightmare. The year was 1974. After many long years of fighting, peace between the United States and Vietnam had finally been declared. Richard Nixon’s re-election crimes had degenerated into what came to be known as Watergate. Trouble brewed in the Middle East, and the U.S. had an energy crisis on its hands. Comment

Hard-Core Voters, Not Those Who Swing, Re-Elected Bush

It is the winners’ prerogative to write history, and within 48 hours after Election Day, the GOP had explained its victories: the president was re-elected because a majority of voters cast their votes based on moral values. Comment

Marines Protecting Paradise

No set of films better expresses the sheer joys and possibility of cinema than the run Jean-Luc Godard made from “Breathless” to “Weekend” between 1959 and 1967. Unfortunately, this exuberance has also been used as a club to beat Godard over the head because he’s not spending the present day making “Pierrot Le Fou, Part 25.” Comment

New in Town

“The Foreigner” is what you might call a conventional stage comedy. Conventional, that is, if your idea of a play was formed by B movies from the 1940s. Comment


Oregon Strategy Change: Civil Unions, Not Marriage Comment

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