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Imaginary People Are Alive

Michael C. Hall lives nowadays where Tribeca touches on Chinatown, and had never heard of Noah Haidle until he opened a script by him on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. Comment

Impending Sense of Doom

Luc Tuymans is a Belgian painter with a broad fan base among other artists and the public as well. His show of new paintings at David Zwirner Gallery is called “Proper.” The work takes a less than subtle swipe at the U.S.’s world policies and general way of life. These are easy targets lately. Comment


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Fernando Ferrer For Mayor

The era of constant opinion polling has accelerated and exacerbated a natural human tendency—to join a bandwagon, to be able to say you have gone with the winner. Comment

Fresh From Seattle


Facing Suit, Splash Retorts

In a lawsuit filed October 19 in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, three plaintiffs, including two transgendered women, charge that on at least three occasions this year, Splash Bar New York, the West 17th Street gay establishment, denied or attempted to deny entry to women on Saturday evenings, which the club promotes as Men’s Night. Comment

7 Days of Readings

Recently Noted. Comment

Between Sculpture and Architecture

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art to take a look at a new show of sculpture and architecture by Santiago Calatrava, whose most news-generating work is the transportation hub being built at the old World Trade Center site, I met the Spanish architect and got to ask him my Claes Oldenburg question. Comment

Bush Anti-Bias Chief  Investigated

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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, 2,004 service members died, 1,860 of them since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 15,991 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Center’s Fetes Enterprising Lesbians

Volume 75, Number 43 | October 27 - November 2, 2005 Comment

News Briefs

Dwan Prince, Gay Bashing Survivor, Goes Home Comment

Not One, But Two Surprises

Newcomers to opera sometimes don’t get the appeal of a dramatic form with so few surprises. Audiences know how “Tosca” ends before the performance even begins. Earlier this month, though, two operas provided some measure of suspense. Comment

Sex and Spirituality

The last day of August in Manhattan offered that oddly Biblical sort of weather—intense storms deluging the city in the wake of an unbearable heat wave—appropriate to a conversation with two gay and lesbian writers who have explored religion and spirituality in the context of their own queer lives. Comment

Save the Last Dance

A robust outpouring of haute-culture gloss, the documentary “Ballets Russes” essays nothing short of a history of the 20th century as told by the assorted dance troupes that performed under the durable Ballets Russes brand. Warming up Film Forum through November 8 as the chill settles outside, the lively documentary is a seamlessly constructed interviews-plus-archive affair, engineered for posterity and good vibrations. Comment


There are two positive things to take away from “A Naked Girl on the Apian Way.” The first is that Jill Clayburgh continues to be the same charming and graceful presence who has always lit up a stage, no matter what she’s been given to do. The second is that Matthew Morrison is one of the most versatile and charismatic young actors working today. Comment

Sodomy Law Vestige Nixed

In a unanimous reversal, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on October 21 that the state’s Romeo & Juliet law, under which sexual acts between two teenagers are treated much more leniently than sex acts between an adult and a teen, must be extended to same-sex conduct. Comment

Suddenly A Suicide Bomber

The act of suicide turns a person’s life into a giant question mark. For suicide bombers, it’s doubly true. Rightly or wrongly, everything in their life is seen as a prelude to an act that is an unimaginable choice to middle-class Westerners. This makes the suicide bomber a difficult character to fictionalize. Portrayed too sympathetically, one risks making excuses for him. On the other hand, there’s little point in demonizing someone so desperate or angry that he’s willing to give up his life and take those of others to make a political statement. The act guarantees him the identity of inexplicable Other. Comment

Student Harassment Verdict Upheld


Ripped From the Headlines

Two artists who paint on material culled from newspapers and magazines have exhibitions in the Williamsburg gallery area. At Roebling Hall, Anne Deleporte commands the entire cavernous gallery. At Brooklyn Fire Proof, Sam Martineau has about a dozen framed works in the projects area adjacent to the gallery’s principal exhibition space. Comment

Rediscovered Geniuses

As much as we adore Sondheim, Porter, and Gershwin, it’s always great to hear new songs by uncelebrated writers, and such is the case with “B.J. Ward Sings Marshall Barer” at Feinstein’s at the Regency, October 31 and November 7. Lyricist Barer (1923-1998) should be more widely known today, and not only for his most famous work, “Once Upon a Mattress.” Singer Ward described him as “brilliant, bipolar, bisexual, and bi-coastal,” all of which is proved by his witty, tender, excruciatingly smart work. Comment

Passage to the Contemporary

There is little comfort in “Raise the Red Lantern” which depicts the harsh realities of Chinese feudal life. The1990 novella by Su Tong about a concubine in a feudal household inspired Zhang Yimou, who directed both the film and the lavish ballet performed by The National Ballet of China at the Brooklyn Academy of Music October 12 to 15. Comment

Our Neighbor To the North Stalling on Reform

Vancouver’s reputation as the Amsterdam of North America rests as much on good intention as actual practice. Comment

Peasants, Pitchforks, and Dracula

For most Americans, Romania is the land of Dracula, Nicolae Ceausescu, and Nadia Comaneçi—and not much else. Comment

Precious Jones as Creation Myth

When the controversial novel “Push,” by bisexual author and performance poet Sapphire, first appeared in bookstores in 1996, readers were plunged into the complex pages of a classic bildungsroman in which the not-so-classic protagonist, Claireece Precious Jones, conveyed her experiences coming of age in 1980s Harlem as an illiterate, obese, HIV-positive, pregnant teenage victim of rape and incest with graphic and often heartbreaking candor. Comment

Pussy Control

Potty mouths, bare breasts, naked splits, bodily fluids, and tales of incest, murder, and pedophilia filled the half-stage lily white trash world of Ann Liv Young’s “Michael” this past weekend. Like a reality porno film done in reverse—with the cum shot at the top of the action in full costume—this salacious and anti-ironic piece of… art was cathartic by virtue of putting it out there. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

Cheim & Read, in cooperation with Anthony d’Offay, is pleased to announce an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s photographs of the male nude from the years 1982 to 1987. In addition, Warhol’s 1964 film, “Blow Job” will be shown in the gallery’s side exhibition space. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, with an essay by Simon Goldhill. 547 W. 25th St. 212-242-7727 or Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Through Dec. 17. Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 4, Number 43 | October 27 - November 2, 2005 Comment

Attorney General Gives Ground on Marriage

Attorneys for same-sex couples seeking the right to marry in New York were “very optimistic” after three cases that lost at the trial level were argued in appeals before a five-judge panel of the Appellate Division’s Third Department in Albany on Monday. In a bombshell development, the state attorney general’s office for the first time specifically conceded that there was “no compelling state interest” in denying marriage licenses to gay or lesbian couples; instead, its lawyers offered a “rational basis” for upholding the current law. Comment

Anti-Semitism Gets Tabloid Treatment

If PBS is associated with a blandly earnest, stodgy brand of documentary exemplified by Ken Burns, HBO productions call up a different set of expectations. The channel that brought you “Taxicab Confessions,” “Real Sex,” and “Cathouse” favors documentaries with some sensational angle, whether sex or drugs, as in “Methadonia,” which recently played the New York Film Festival. They’ve lent a hand and platform to plenty of good films, such as Andrew Jarecki’s “Capturing the Friedmans,” but would they have produced two recent documentaries about artist Spencer Tunick if his work didn’t specialize in public nudity? 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, 1,977 members have died, 1,833 of them since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 15,220 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Dinner Meets Dance

Henning Rübsam’s Sensedance is one of New York’s sensational delights. On a rainy Yom Kippur eve, the Baruch Performing Arts Center was nearly full with a youngish crowd of aesthetes. The choreographer and company director Rübsam titled his dance concert “Dinner is West,” borrowed from Gertrude Stein. Comment

Ferreting Out Hidden Dangers

If French cinema remains the strongest in Europe, both commercially and aesthetically, part of the reason may be the number of female directors working there. “Innocence” is the latest in a string of memorable debut films by French women. Comment

Aesthetic Scavenger Hunt

On Bedford Avenue, south of Metropolitan, the friction of gentrification becomes visible. The shiny cafes, bars, and bookstores of Williamsburg give way to the bodegas, Laundromats, and grim Chinese take-out joints of the Southside. A motley array of signage announces the changing of the guard. Comment

Detailed, Sharp, Over the Top

Upon entering the Yinka Shonibare show at James Cohan Gallery, I couldn’t help but think of the “Dangerous Liaisons” costume collection show at the Met two summers ago. The gallery exhibition is made up of saucy vignettes of period tailoring now redone in “African cloth.” Comment

Abstract Delight in the Everyday

Less is more in the recent series of abstract paintings by Robert Bordo at Alexander and Bonin. The artist’s previous work used postcards, maps, and envelopes as points of departure. In this exhibition, the tentative ties to representation almost fall away. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

Transgender Latina Educational Workshops Comment

Windows on the World

The banner season for avant-garde cinema continues with “The Time We Killed” by Jennifer Todd Reeves, at Anthology Film Archives through October 27. By giving “The Time We Killed” its first theatrical run more than a year and a half after its prize-winning launch at the 2004 Berlinale, Anthology outclasses the distributors who wouldn’t step up to giving this relevant, uncompromising, bracingly beautiful film the nationwide audience it deserves. Comment

Gay Men’s Anal Cancer Risk


Gay Millions More Role Nixed

On Wednesday, October 12, the religious leaders responsible for staging this past weekend’s Million More March in Washington—led by Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan—said a gay man could speak at the event. On Saturday, that speaker was turned away. Comment

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

Why does Shane Black hate gay people so much? “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” which he wrote and directed, features a queer character called Gay Perry (Val Kilmer), who says sarcastically, that he keeps the moniker, because, “I just like the name.” Of course, if audiences are not sure about this tough guy’s sexuality, well, his cell phone ring gives him away—it’s a disco version of the song, “I Will Survive.” Comment

Ten Chimneys: A Must

“When I think theatrical elegance,” observed David Hyde Pierce at the 2005 Theatre Museum Awards, “naturally, I think Wisconsin.” In his distinctively droll way, Pierce said this only half jokingly, as he was giving an award for theater history preservation to Ten Chimneys Foundation, the home of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in Gennessee Depot, Wisconsin. Comment

The Million More March and the Truths of Community

After eight months of discussion, four productive conversations with Minister Louis Farrakhan, and a heated exchange with Rev. Willie Wilson, the Millions More Movement March took place on Saturday and I was not allowed to speak. Although I believe we have opened the door for historic and positive dialogue with Minister Farrakhan, Rev. Wilson does not appear to be ready for such dialogue. Comment

The Most Painful Proof

“Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death” presents a meticulous chronicle of the systematic use of fear, human rights abuses, and atrocities to force a nation of 20 million Africans into the service of King Léopold II. Unlike other colonizations, where land and natural resources were appropriated, the Congo was actually the personal property of King Léopold II from 1885 to 1908. European outrage at his widespread abuses led to him relinquishing the Congo to the nation of Belgium as a whole. Comment

Wrongful Death Gain Reversed

A New York appeals court in Brooklyn ruled on October 11 that a “wrongful death” lawsuit brought by a surviving civil union partner must be dismissed, because the partners were not “spouses” under New York law. Comment


Self-annihilation ran rampant in two new works at Dance Theater Workshop as Japanese choreographers Hiroaki Umeda and Yoko Higashino used dance and, occasionally, robots to explore the destruction of society. In both works, rhythmic movement was presented as emblematic of mechanical thought or ideals. Both pieces referenced Japan as their point of departure—while still managing to convey a feeling of being conspicuously part of the Chelsea dance scene. Comment

Shocked, Shocked

Aren’t scandals fun? The salacious details, the shocking revelations, the anticipation of getting the next installment in tomorrow’s paper or newscast? With scandal, truth takes a back seat, and we put down the paper or switch the channel having had a cheap fix and go about our lives waiting only to see what the next story will be. Comment

Lighting the End of the Tunnel

Twenty-five AIDS activists set off on a 22-day march from New York to Washington early last Saturday morning to kick off the Campaign to End AIDS with roughly 1,000 supporters who giddily accompanied them through the Lincoln Tunnel and on to Jersey City. Comment


October 14, 2005 Comment

News Briefs

African American AIDS journalist LeRoy Whitfield, an editor at POZ magazine and contributor to Vibe, died on October 9 after 15 years of living with AIDS. He refused to take anti-retroviral drugs because of their side effects and relied on good nutrition and exercise as well as stress reduction to keep HIV at bay. Whitfield, 36, was born in Chicago, attended the University of Chicago and DePaul University there, and worked at Positively Aware in his hometown before moving to New York in 2000. Comment

Pride Agenda Endorses Ferrer

The Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lobbying group, on October 14 endorsed Democrat Fernando Ferrer, the former Bronx borough president, in his race against incumbent Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment

Scandalous Charges Raised

Richard Goldstein, the longtime executive editor of the Village Voice who says he was fired in August 2004 by the newspaper—which insists instead he was laid off in a restructuring—last week filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging in stark detail that he had, from 1997 forward, been the victim of a sustained and growing workplace pattern of homophobic insults, sexual harassment, retaliation, denial of compensation and benefits, and finally age discrimination. Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 75, Number 42 | October 20 - 26, 2005 Comment


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