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Wonder Years

The digital revolution in contemporary film has so transformed our perceptions of cinematic experience that it’s necessary to pause sometimes and readjust our vision. The pioneering works in the series “Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941,” screening October 15 and 16 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, bathe our jaundiced eyes with healing, luminous nitrate, straight from the historic wellsprings of cinematic invention. Comment

Trapped Inside Yourself

“Tell the world what you are and believe it, too.” This is one of the many philosophical one-liners riddled throughout “out of the kennel into a home,” created by Jeanine Durning and performed at Dance Theater Workshop September 28 through October 1. Comment

Soul Searching Through History

In the U.S., Japan isn’t thought of as a nation given to political unrest or rebellion. But some of its films tell a different story. Comment

Scalia, And an Italian Fascist Too

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who twice voted to retain laws against private adult consensual sodomy and is a sworn opponent of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling guaranteeing women the right to choose, walked 30 blocks up the middle of Fifth Avenue as grand marshal of the Columbus Day Parade on Monday relatively unmolested—and unrecognized for that matter. Comment

Salvation Army Challenge Survives

Contracts between state and local government agencies in the New York metropolitan area and the Salvation Army may violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, a federal district court judge in Manhattan ruled on September 30. Comment

Police Allow Provocateur to Disrupt Ferrer Rally

As Fernando Ferrer’s prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered supporters joined the candidate on the steps of City Hall to endorse him on October 6, police from City Hall’s security detail stood by passively as an anti-Ferrer protestor was allowed to stand right next to Ferrer with a sign condemning him. Pleas from several elected officials to separate the protester from them went unanswered. Comment

Pleasant Suprises Always Welcome

It’s always a treat to start the season with a pleasant surprise, and an exciting new dramatic soprano is one of the nicest discoveries of all—particularly when she heads up one of the strongest ensemble casts the Metropolitan Opera has fielded in years. Comment

Partner Benefits Availability Expanded

The lobbying by Republican Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that resulted in four health insurance companies selling insurance that covers the domestic partners of employees at New York City companies with between two and 50 workers was hailed by two leading gay groups. Comment

Nine Lives, Same Story

Director Rodrigo Garcia brings to the big screen another of his trademark montage pieces, the star-studded release “Nine Lives.” In this film, Garcia, who made his reputation with “Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her,” and “Ten Tiny Love Stories,” has fashioned a collection of vignettes that capture a pivotal moment in the lives of nine women. Although the sketches seem at first unrelated, as the film progresses it becomes clear how each of these woman’s stories and lives are linked in some way. Comment

News Briefs

Two men, who were engaged in an intimate act in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, were robbed and shot early in the morning on October 6, according to the New York City Police Department. Comment

Musical Heaven (and Hell)

On Monday, September 26, I was officially in Musical Comedy Heaven, with a double feature of Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Big Time,” followed that evening by The Actors’ Fund benefit performance of “On the Twentieth Century.” Comment

Monumental Disparities

There is little in Sam Durant’s current exhibition at Paula Cooper Gallery that I would normally find interesting. It is overtly political to the point of being didactic. There is nothing especially inviting about the fabrication methods employed in preparing the work, confirming that the apparent conceptually driven proposal is just as easily grasped from reading the press release. Comment

Miers May Chart Bush’s Retreat to Center

The Democrats have to be pleased by recent events; they have clearly been skillful in exploiting cleavages in the Republican Party. The week and a half since the announcement of Harriet Miers’ appointment to the Supreme Court has been a difficult time for President George W. Bush and for Republican members of Congress. Comment

Memories of a Sanctuary

A September 1999 evening at the “Big Cup,” a swinging coffee-and-dessert hangout in the heart of New York’s Chelsea. Comment

LGBT Leaders Unite For Ferrer

An outpouring of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elected officials and political clubs rallied in support of Democratic mayoral nominee Fernando Ferrer on the steps of City Hall on October 6. The group included former partisans for several of the Democratic candidates in the September 13 primary. Comment

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Just Not That Into You

These are, sadly, increasingly self-involved times. How often do you see a person on the street with a head buried in a Blackberry or meandering the sidewalks oblivious and lost in a cell phone conversation? Technology has given us the power to connect with people 24/7, and yet instead of reaching out, technology allows people to isolate themselves in their own separate, self-centered worlds. It is both ironic and alarming. Comment

Implausible, but Pulpy Whodunit

It is a shame that “Where the Truth Lies” is getting so much unwarranted attention for the queer three-way sex scene that caused censors grief. A shame because the scene in question is a critical plot point, and viewers who wait in anticipation for the famous moment will find some of the film’s pleasures spoiled in the process. What is more, another same-sex love scene is far more titillating and revealing about the characters. Comment

Farrahkan Invites Queer Participation

Minister Louis Farrakhan has agreed to have a gay or lesbian speaker at this Saturday’s Million More March in Washington, but just who will speak had not been decided as of the deadline for this week’s Gay City News. Comment

East Village Artist Battles Stigma

Penny Arcade is accustomed to being noticed. The 55-year-old performance artist has been a poster child for the East Village avant-garde art scene since Andy Warhol roamed the city. In recent years, she’s become a vocal proponent for artists struggling to remain residents of the increasingly gentrified neighborhood. So when she was diagnosed with the hepatitis C virus two-and-a-half years ago, it was only natural that she would slip into the role of unofficial spokeswoman for sufferers of a disease that often strikes people living on the margins. Comment

Design Meets Commitment

Lehmkuhl, who rose to the rank of captain after attending the Air Force Academy, where he had an affair with another cadet, all the while concealing his identity as a gay man, prides himself on defying stereotypes. He will write about his experiences as a gay officer in the Air Force in his upcoming book “Here’s What We’ll Say” to be published in the fall of 2006. Comment

Confirmed Dead and Wounded

The following members of the United States Armed Forces died during the past week in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since the inception of hostilities, 1,954 members have died, 1,810 of them since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 14,902 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

By Herself, But Hardly Alone

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Brian Ellner Endorses Bloomberg

Brian Ellner, a gay Democrat whose unsuccessful primary run for Manhattan borough president centered on a high profile television ad in which he mocked George W. Bush—whose head was mounted on a naked torso—with the phrase, “the emperor has no clothes,” has gone to work for Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the president’s top surrogate in New York City. Comment

Barbra, Barry Come Together Again

A mere two weeks after the release of “Guilty Pleasures,” the new album by Barbra Streisand, on which Barry Gibb also sings, it has rocketed into the Billboard Top 10 to become the 28th album to reach such heights in this star’s long and illustrious career. The reunion between Streisand and Gibb marks the 25th anniversary since their “Guilty” became a five-time platinum hit. Comment

Ballet Austin Turns Heads

With his background in theater-dance, modern, and classical ballet, Austin Ballet artistic director Stephen Mills could have gone in any direction. With his diverse training, he developed a distinctive style and vocabulary that runs through each of the very different dances performed at the Joyce on Wednesday, October 5. Comment

A TENDER UNCOVERING

Prior to the October 1 main stage performance, DTW’s new studio series debuted with works choreographed by gorgeous dancer Eric Bradley, curated by Jeanine Durning. Comment

A Pop-Eyed Wonder

Autumn in New York glitters with Broadway legends this year, what with Chita Rivera coming to Broadway in “The Dancer’s Life,” and Elaine Stritch selling out her debut cabaret engagement at the Carlyle. As if they weren’t enough, the ageless, supremely imitable Carol Channing is appearing in “The First Eighty Years are the Hardest.” Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

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7 Days in dance

Volume 75, Number 41 | October 13 - 19, 2005 Comment

Police Allow Provocateur to Disrupt Ferrer Rally

As Fernando Ferrer’s prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered supporters joined the candidate on the steps of City Hall to endorse him on October 6, police from City Hall’s security detail stood by passively as an anti-Ferrer protestor was allowed to stand right next to Ferrer with a sign condemning him. Pleas from several elected officials to separate the protester from them went unanswered. Comment

East Village Artist Battles Stigma

BY RONDA KAYSEN | Arcade was diagnosed the blood-borne disease that attacks the liver in the spring of 2003. Less than a year later, her 57-year-old brother-in-law, Guy Gouin, died of HCV. While Gouin lay dying, Arcade scoured literature about the disease they shared as part of a quest to conquer her own illness. Comments (1)

Countdown to November 8

As the annual fall dinner of the Empire State Pride Agenda got underway last Thursday evening at the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown, guests were warmly welcomed and then enthusiastically cajoled to “thank the mayor.” Obliging polite applause spread across the packed ballroom, peppered with a few boos as the assembly waited for emcees Mario Cantone and Gina Gershon to take the stage and introduce the night’s speakers. Comment

Working In Coalition with Activists on the Scene

Doug Ireland’s response to my opinion piece on human rights violations in Iran published in the September 29-October 5 issue of Gay City News was full of misstatements and erroneous assumptions about the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and our efforts to advance the rights of people targeted for abuse, imprisonment, or murder because of their sexuality or gender identity in Iran and elsewhere. Doug Ireland never called me to ask about what we are doing about the public executions in Iran. If he had, his reporting would have been more accurate. Comment

Who the Heck is Harriet Miers?

In the spring of 1989, Harriet Miers, who is now the White House counsel and this week was nominated to the Supreme Court by President George W. Bush, was running for an at-large seat on the Dallas City Council. Comment

Tears of Joy in Connecticut

Tears were Barbara LeCornec’s eyes as she watched her friends, a gay couple together for more than seven years, become one of the first to enter into a civil union in the state of Connecticut last Saturday morning. Comment

September Songs

Manhattan’s opera season begins with Rossini’s “Viaggio,” Massenet’s “Manon” City Opera may have revived “Il Viaggio a Reims” (September 22) after […] Comment

Scalia to Lead NYC’s Columbus Day Parade

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, famous for his hostility to the rights of gay people, is the grand marshal of New York City’s Columbus Day Parade on Monday, October 11 and a coalition of LGBT groups will protest against him along the route on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street at noon. Comment

SAGE Heads to White House Aging Conference

In an unusual effort at outreach to and inclusion of the gay community, the Bush administration has selected Terry Kaelber, executive director of Services Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders, or SAGE, to be one of the panelists at the fifth White House Council on Aging Conference. Kaelber was one of about a dozen panelists selected to participate in this influential conference that will make policy recommendations intended to guide national aging policy for the next 10 to 15 years. The conference will convene in December. Comment

Ruben Diaz Agnostic on Mayor’s Race

The Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr., a state senator from the Bronx and a longtime opponent of gay rights, is refusing to endorse either candidate for mayor this year, bringing a sigh of relief to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered supporters of both candidates. Comment

Precedent Hurts Suffolk Co-Parent

Forced to follow a 1991 precedent never overturned, a Suffolk County Family Court judge was “constrained” to dismiss a lawsuit by a woman seeking visitation rights with the child she raised from birth until age five. Comment

Oregon Protects Live Sex Shows

In yet another case of state constitutions providing more room for liberty than the U.S. Constitution, the Oregon Supreme Court reaffirmed its broad view of state protection for sexually-oriented expression in a pair of decisions issued on September 29. Comment

No Laughing Matters

Few crimes diminish the human spirit more than to be robbed of one’s voice. And yet, it happens to millions of people every day in the myriad social structures that thrive on combinations of righteousness, denial, and fear. With insensitivity, willful blindness, and cynicism, governments, religions, and societies can silence individuals, particularly those who are disadvantaged and unable to fight. What happens to the tales these voices have to tell? Comment

News Briefs

LGBT Rally for Ferrer Thursday Comment

Meeting the Met, Again

A terrific-looking Sean Connery was in the house amid all the gowns and tuxedoed penguins, and, after an okay first act from “The Marriage of Figaro,” Bryn Terfel and Angela Gheorghiu really kicked the Metropolitan Opera opening night gala on September 19 into high gear with the second act of “Tosca.” Not since the famous 1965 Covent Garden tape of Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi have I heard this particular Puccini served up with so much passion and glamour. Comment

Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang

Eduardo Machado has done it this time In “Kissing Fidel,” his 44th play—depending how you count—set in Miami in 1994, everybody has had sexual relations with everybody else, male, female, or otherwise, brothers with brothers, cousins with cousins, aunts with whomever, and everybody hates Fidel Castro with a passion. Comment

Huge Gain for City Domestic Partners

All employers in New York City covered under the Human Rights Law are required to provide employees with domestic partners equal treatment in compensation, terms, conditions, and privileges of employment under a new law passed by the City Council and signed by Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg on October 3. Comment

Gay Murders Linked in Court

Giving a boost to the government’s case, James N. Citta, a New Jersey Superior Court judge, allowed the Ocean County prosecutor to present evidence on two out-of-state murders at the trial of Richard W. Rogers, a gay man who is charged with the murders of Thomas R. Mulcahy, 57, and Anthony E. Marrero, 44. Comment

Gay Iranians Press for World Protests

In response to the unfolding anti-gay pogrom in Iran, sweepingly implemented by the recently elected government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, gay Iranians are continuing to call for worldwide protests. Comment

Frozen at Heart

Proving once again that you can’t make a cult film on purpose, “Never Been Thawed” is a mock documentary about the bizarre—and one assumes fake—subculture of frozen food entrée enthusiasts. The satirical comedy, starring newcomer Sean Anders, who also co-wrote and co-directed, is—pardon the pun—half-baked. The ideas are good on paper, but on screen, they fall flat. Although this film, lovingly made on the cheap for approximately $25,000, shows considerable promise, it never quite delivers the laughs. It is like an extended late night TV sketch show, with jokes that while initially amusing, soon become repetitious. Comment

Everything Avant-Garde Is New Again

New York City screens are ablaze this autumn with an exceptionally strong lineup of experimental cinema. Besides the “Views From the Avant-Garde” at the New York Film Festival, fall’s bounty includes retrospectives on Robert Beavers and Morgan Fisher at the Whitney Museum, tributes to queer icons Chantal Akerman and the late Derek Jarman at Anthology Film Archives, and the Walking Picture Palace series, also at Anthology, which anyone with more than a mild interest in film cannot miss. Comment

ESPA Pressed for Ferrer Nod

A coalition of queer political groups has called on the Empire State Pride Agenda to “immediately endorse and offered unqualified support to Fernando Ferrer” to be the next mayor of New York City. Comment

Delicate Balance, Then & Now

“People want to enjoy themselves, not get a civics lesson.” Comment

Confirmed Dead and Wounded

September 22-October 5, 2005 Comment

Cockettes’ Memoir Disappoints

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Calm Brutality

A quiet storm brewed on the canvases of Michelle Mackey’s recent exhibition “Spaces In Between” at Paul Sharpe Gallery in Chelsea. Comment

Brenda Way’s High Mark

ODC was the first modern dance company in the United States to build its own residential facility in 1976, and in September the San Francisco organization expanded its mission and operations by opening ODC Dance Commons, a 23,000-square-foot dance and performing arts facility in the Mission District. Founded by Brenda Way in 1971, the Oberlin Dance Collective, as it was originally known, is a major force in the dance world—not just the Bay Area—and not least for the exuberant 10-member company, which kicks off its anniversary tour in New York City this October. Comment

Bebe Miller Brings It Home

It’s been four years since the venerated Bebe Miller, once known as a New York choreographer, pulled up her roots and headed for academia. Instead of what she referred to as “studio life,” she now creates work in residencies with her company between June and January, when she is not teaching at Ohio State University. Comment

A Poetic Voice Lives On

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7 Days and 7 Nights

THU.OCT.6 Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS, strives to increase public awareness of AIDS through the visual arts. The Frank Moore Archive Project documents the work of artists with HIV/AIDS to ensure that […] Comment

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