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Vonnegut’s War Play Restaged

Harold Ryan, who has been off to war for seven years, killing everything in his gun sight just for the hell of it––103 kills by macho Harold’s own count––has come home at long last to his wife Penelope, who is not at all thrilled to see him. Nor are the two suitors who have been hanging around, tongues hanging out: Dr. Norbert Woodly, a peace-loving thoughtful type, and Herb Shuttle, a vacuum-cleaner salesman. Comment

Vibrancy Defies Finite Canvases

Yayoi Kusama’s “Dots Obsession 2004” and “Nest Obsession 2004” demonstrate with clarity the infinite potential of spiralling and repetition. Comment

The Right Kind of Nothing

Clifford Ross has a wonderfully handsome show of photographs of nothing. This may sound like something out of a “Seinfeld” episode, but it’s true and it’s quite provocative. Comment

The Disappeared and the Disappearing

Argentine filmmaker Albertina Carri lost her parents to military thugs in 1977 when she was four years old, and even though Carri knows they’re dead, she hasn’t stopped searching for them. Comment

Still Here

Female prototypes, era icons, and super heroines passed through sci-fi space in this complex meditation on better days and faded memories. Impressionistic video added texture and referents. Comment

Standing Firm Against Bigotry

Members of Fred Phelps’ fanatically homophobic Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) were met by hundreds of counter-protesters in upstate New Paltz this past Sunday. The counter-protesters, supporters of same-sex marriage and Mayor Jason West’s role in solemnizing 25 such unions there on February 27, expressed outrage at the presence of Phelps, and followed his entourage by foot and by car as they toured the village under extraordinary police protection. Comment

Runners Rock the Pews

Front Runners New York (FRNY), the New York City gay and lesbian running club established in 1979, held its third annual variety show, “On Broadway,” on Friday, April 2. Comment

Rock Trio Hits Groove Greatness

Blonde Redhead releases its sixth album, the one that might break some charts Blonde Redhead is New York City’s most riveting resident underground rock trio. The international transplants who comprise […] Comment

Queer as crabcakes

The fourth season of Showtime’s “Queer as Folk” kicks off with all the sex, gay drama, and lesbians-with-babies we’ve come to love, plus a dose of radical faeries and rehab. Comment

Punching Tix on the Slapstick Express

Long before television sitcoms co-opted silly plots, stock characters, and cheesy jokes, a whole class of plays served up predictable comedies that strove to do nothing but entertain. Comment

Pianist’s Lincoln Center Appointment

In October 1905, a soldier of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire bayoneted 20-year-old Franti&Mac249;sek Pavlík, a Czech worker, as the young patriot demonstrated in Brno on behalf of opening a national university. Like other nationalist martyrs, Pavlík’s death inspired widespread sentiment. So moved, Leo Eugen Janácek wrote the piano sonata “From the Street” in which the famous Czech composer engraved his solidarity with fellow nationalists. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

City Council legislation, the Equal Benefits Bill, requiring contractors who do business with New York City to provide the same benefits to employees’ domestic partners as are made available to employees’ spouses, is in the home stretch. Intro 137, whose chief sponsor is Council Member Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), has its third and final hearing on Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m. before the Contracts Committee chaired by Council Member Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan), a sponsor of the bill. The hearing is scheduled to take place at 250 Broadway on the 14th floor. Comment

Many Marriage Issues Not Settled

On Wednesday, March 31, a panel discussion held at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center gave community members an opportunity to debate issues related to same-sex marriage with individuals in the forefront of the struggle in New York State. Comment

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Composed by Details staff writer Whitney McNally, the feature satirizes certain traits that the magazine seems to indicate associate Asian men with homosexuality. Comment

The Medium and The Message

This past week was one of those periodic occasions during which I was keenly aware of the value and the need of a vibrant gay press in this country. Comment

Keith Cylar Is Dead at 45

According to a statement issued by Housing Works, Cylar, who was 45, suffered during the past year from cardiomyopathy, a serious enlargement of the heart, and died from a cardio arrhythmia, an irregular beating of the heart. Comment

Gearing Up for the GOP Bash

Delegates to the Republican National Convention in New York August 29-September 2 will be hounded by demonstrations for myriad causes, not least of which is a massive protest against President Bush’s war in Iraq. Comment

Gay Holocaust Claims Denied

U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman, presiding over the distribution of reparations money from Swiss Banks to Holocaust victims, has rejected a request by the Pink Triangle Coalition, described as “an international coalition formed to advocate for homosexual victims of the Nazis,” to divert one percent of unclaimed funds to various programs involving research, commemoration, and location of gay survivors of the Holocaust. Comment

Fuzzy Ethics at San Fran. Newspaper

Can you say hypocrite? If you are talking about Phil Bronstein, the editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, that is the word you must use. Comment

Exporing Verdi and Wagner

Jonathan Sheffer runs the danger of becoming the younger, hipper Leon Botstein. Comment

Excess or Healthy Ambition?

What would you do if all your childhood dreams came true—sort of? Comment

No Second Act for Cheney’s Pulp

I’m baffled by Lynne Cheney’s 20-year-old novel about lesbian lovers. Comment

Dance Card

Stephen Petronio Company’s 20th anniversary season features the New York premiere of “The Island of Misfit Toys.” Unwinding like a series of adult gothic nursery rhymes, this work features music by experimental rock icon Lou Reed and set design by renowned set designer Cindy Sherman. “The Island of Misfit Toys” completes a triptych program that also includes last season’s critically acclaimed “City of Twist,” with original music by Laurie Anderson, and “Broken Man,” a solo performance by Petronio. The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave. Tickets are $38. For reservations, call 212 242 0800 or visit joyce.org. Mar. 23 – 28, Tue. at 8 p.m., Wed. through Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.. Comment

curtain call

Tulips and Cadavers Jimmy Camicia, co-founder, artistic director, and chief writer of the gay scene’s internationally applauded Hot Peaches theater troupe has written a new play. “I was writing a play about Jean Genet,” Camicia says, “and discovered that at the end of his life Genet became interested in Rembrandt. He even wrote a paper on him. I couldn’t see the connection. This was so unlike Genet. I was not interested in Rembrandt, but I started looking at these paintings, wanting to know why the hell is this guy so great. What’s so great about him? “Well, what I found out is that if you look at a lot of them, you realize that all his life he’s painting Comment

Cinemascope

BLIND SHAFT Adapted from a novel by Liu Qingbang, “Blind Shaft” is a gritty fable of morality and murder. Set against the backdrop of China’s illegal mining and the nation’s deteriorating […] Comment

Bush Says Gays Hold Weddings Of Mass Destruction

With the election only months away and the Iraq war effort at a low ebb, the White House called a press conference today to announce that the Bush administration was grievously misunderstood last year, when it asked the world to launch an onslaught against Saddam Hussein. Comment

A Mezzo Graces Zankel Hall

“Diva-schmiva!” the 43-year-old, Upper West Sider said with a laugh. “That word is so diluted now.” Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

In conjunction with NYC and Company, the museum is the city’s cultural institution of the month and is offering special discounts at the planetarium, IMAX shows and museum shop. Visitors to the museum can also enjoy “Petra: Lost City of Stone,” running through July 6. To download a free coupon for reduced museum shop prices and check out other offers, visit: www.amnh.org/home/ or call NYC and Company at 212 484 1200. Comment

Rock Out With Your…Oh, Never Mind

Bad Girl Gina Gershon blew threw NYC in a whirlwind blitz of publicity to promo her new, weekly IFC series “Rocked” which debuts this Friday at 10:30pm.  Monday was a flurry of interviews at the eerie, airless IFC offices before repairing to her brother’s house for a Seder meal.  Tuesday saw her taking the stage of the Cutting Room with her band. Comment

Vocal Training

One such recent occasion was the March 7 Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital of Mahler and Schumann songs by Matthias Goerne. The 30-something baritone makes a covered but gorgeous, warm sound and filters it through keenly felt and thoughfully uttered words. Unlike so many of his contemporary rivals, Goerne never contents himself with imitating Dietrech Fischer-Dieskau, even in material closely associated with that revered postwar totem of song interpretation. Comment

Village Townhouse Serves as Conduit

“One Place and Another” Comment

Transsexual Inmate Can Sue Warden

In a rare victory, a transsexual prison inmate in Ohio won the right to a trial of her claim that the prison warden violated her right to be free of cruel and unusual punishment by knowingly placing her in a position to be physically assaulted by another prisoner. Comment

Three Generations of Women Speak

James Sherman’s new play “From Door to Door” is a warmly lyrical family drama played out through the experiences and interactions of three generations of Jewish women. It’s also an exploration of how culture and religion shape an individual’s experiences, at times creating neuroses. Comment

The Hidden Costs of Not Being Married

As employees at Cape Cod Healthcare were gearing up for Christmas last year, some got an early lump of coal in their stockings. Comment

Stardom Arrives for Journeyman

Broadway Bares. “As in ‘bare naked,’” said Christopher Sieber. “For one hour, on stage, guys and girls, at the Roseland Ballroom — a very large place.” Comment

Rosie Mendez Seeks Council Seat

Rosie Mendez, the East Village female Democratic district leader, officially announced her candidacy for City Council last Saturday before a crowd of 300 friends and supporters at the offices of UNITE!, the textile workers union, on W. 15th St. Comment

Reading Room

Thursday April 1 Comment

Panel Discusses Success of Lesbian TV Show

Putting aside that its cast doesn’t fully represent the lesbian community, that it was marketed to titillate straight men fascinated with girl-on-girl action and that the storylines are sometimes unbelievable—the new Showtime series “The L Word” is this year’s runaway hit. Sex sells, and no price is too high to pay for a lesbian community hungry to see their stories come to life in a way that is both comical and respectful, sexy and savvy. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Newsom has stated that his motivation to marry gay couples arose from Pres. Bush’s State of the Union address last January when Bush denounced same-sex marriage. Newsom was present in the House gallery as a guest of Pelosi, whose district encompasses a large part of San Francisco. Last week, Pelosi brought Newsom to the Gridiron dinner in D.C. and introduced the mayor to Bush. “He said he’s proud of me,” Newsom told The San Francisco Chronicle. According to Newsom, Bush then said, “I won’t be coming out there son, hah, hah, hah,” reported the paper. “He said being mayo Comment

Massachusetts OKs Ballot Question

The Massachusetts General Court, the formal name for that state’s legislature, sitting in a special, joint-session Constitutional Convention on March 29, approved placing a Constitutional amendment in front of Bay State voters in November 2006 that would overturn its high court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage last fall and instead enact civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Comment

Marriage For None

Civil marriage in New York would be abolished, and replaced by civil unions for all, whether gay or straight couples, under a bill to be introduced shortly by New York Assembymember Deborah Glick (D-Greenwich Village). Comment

“Lifestyle” Restraining Order Rejected

The Tennessee Court of Appeals reversed a trial court ruling that Joseph Hogue may not “expose” his son to his “gay lifestyle” pending final resolution of divorce proceedings in which custody and visitation are at stake. Comment

Crystal and the Law

The gay community has suffered a troubled history––to say the very least––with law enforcement in this country, so it came as no surprise that the appearance this week at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of three high ranking criminal justice officials––two prosecutors, one federal and one state, and a top official at the Manhattan office of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency––talking about the crystal meth epidemic was met with widespread suspicion and no small amount of rancor. Comment

Indiana Expands Second-Parent Adoption

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled on March 23 that a lesbian co-parent may adopt her same-sex partner’s biological child without forcing the partner to simultaneously end her own parental rights, if that is in the best interests of the child. Comment

How Nyack Mayor Joined the Fray

On a quiet evening at home in December 2003, however, his partner, Bob Streams, 32, raised the issue in a personal way. Comment

How Iraq May Become Bush’s Achilles Heel

President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign allowed the game to slip away from them during the past week. Bush’s handlers were convinced that the overriding issue was flip-flops, not the kind you wear on your feet, but Sen. John Kerry’s propensity for foot-in-mouth disease. Comment

GOP Splits on Amendment

On March 30, federal lawmakers held another hearing on the proposal to amend the Constitution to outlaw marriage for gays and lesbians, this time in the House of Representatives where members of a judiciary subcommittee called witnesses to testify about the Defense of Marriage Act. Although Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, a Colorado Republican, initially introduced an amendment proposal to define marriage as solely between a man and a woman, the matter has largely been debated in the Senate, with that body’s judiciary committee, led by a Texas Republican, John Cornyn, conducting hearings where thus far some members of the House have spoken out on the amendment. Comment

Gay Scribe Diversifies His Talents

Brad Fraser, the outspoken, gay, Canadian playwright has always been very outspoken. Fraser has frequently addressed issues like the AIDS crisis, and society’s treatment—positive and negative—of gays and lesbians, particularly in light of the debate about same-sex marriage in Canada and the United States. In a recent interview, Fraser acknowledged that he is not one to shy away from controversy, including creating characters who “do not know who they are sexually.” Comment

Creating One’s Life; Destroying It

With all the discussion of same-sex marriage I wondered what happens if someone has sexual reassignment surgery. Can he or she be married if they become the other gender, even if they’re marrying someone of the gender they used to be? This really raises a lot of questions. Comment

Defining Communal Traits

“Margaret” and “Ken,” two photographs from 2003 of Californian surfers taken by Catherine Opie, a UCLA professor, whose work is part of the Whitney Biennial. Comment

Dance Card

Stephen Petronio Company’s 20th anniversary season features the New York premiere of “The Island of Misfit Toys.” Unwinding like a series of adult gothic nursery rhymes, this work features music by experimental rock icon Lou Reed and set design by renowned set designer Cindy Sherman. “The Island of Misfit Toys” completes a triptych program that also includes last season’s critically acclaimed “City of Twist,” with original music by Laurie Anderson, and “Broken Man,” a solo performance by Petronio. The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave. Tickets are $38. For reservations, call 212 242 0800 or visit joyce.org. Mar. 23 – 28, Tue. at 8 p.m., Wed. through Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.. Comment

curtain call

Tulips and Cadavers Jimmy Camicia, co-founder, artistic director, and chief writer of the gay scene’s internationally applauded Hot Peaches theater troupe has written a new play. “I was writing a play about Jean Genet,” Camicia says, “and discovered that at the end of his life Genet became interested in Rembrandt. He even wrote a paper on him. I couldn’t see the connection. This was so unlike Genet. I was not interested in Rembrandt, but I started looking at these paintings, wanting to know why the hell is this guy so great. What’s so great about him? “Well, what I found out is that if you look at a lot of them, you realize that all his life he’s painting t Comment

City Opera Revives O’Neill Adaptation

When I was just a budding opera princess, cutting classes so I could hang around the university library and read old copies of Opera News, I always wondered about Marvin David Levy’s “Mourning Becomes Electra” — in particular why the piece was never revived after its Metropolitan Opera premiere in 1967. Comment

Cinemascope

BLIND SHAFT Adapted from a novel by Liu Qingbang, “Blind Shaft” is a gritty fable of morality and murder. Set against the backdrop of China’s illegal mining and the nation’s deteriorating […] Comment

Brothers Struggling with Intimacy

Love it or hate it, there is a stunning, six-minute sequence in “Son Frère” (“His Brother”) that many viewers will find hypnotizing. The main character, Thomas (Bruno Todeschini) is lying in a hospital bed, and two nurses slowly shave off all of his body hair. This sequence is dramatized not only to convey the medical necessity of the operation—Thomas is about to undergo a splenectomy—but also the more symbolic act of transformation and change. Comment

Boys on the Side

Africa has been characterized as many things.  A land both ravaged and blessed by cultural diversity has featured head-to-toe looks ranging from the euphemistic “necklace”—a petrol-soaked car tire set ablaze around the necks of political dissidents—to what singer/songwriter Paul Simon described as “diamonds on the soles of her shoes.” In the face of the AIDS pandemic sweeping the continent of Africa, a new image is emerging. Comment

Balking at Law Enforcement

Representatives from state and federal law enforcement agencies received a chilly reception during a town meeting on crystal meth and the law. Comment

A Sofa is Not Just a Sofa

Flipping through the pages of Elle Décor, World of Interiors, or Nest and fantasizing about my dream home has ameliorated many a long wait at the doctor’s office. Shellburne Thurber’s current solo exhibition at Participant Inc., “Psychoanalytic Interiors,” brilliantly conflates these two conceits and begs the question: what is the ideal setting for getting one’s head shrunk? Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Yeardley Smith has always wanted to be famous and chances are, you have heard her, but you may not recognize her. Smith has been the voice of Lisa Simpson for 15 seasons and has appeared in a slew of film, television and stage performances from the early 90’s “Herman’s Head” to “City Slickers,” but she wants more – more attention, more fame, more spotlight, more stardom. “Yeardley Smith: More,” is the title of her new solo play about her roller coaster ride through show business. 8 p.m. At Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17 St. $20 - $60 call 212 307 7171 for reservations and additional show times. Comment

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