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Third Time is Charm in Maine Comment

Notes from the Ever After

Fairy tale history repeats itself in Donald Byrd’s complex layered collage. The subject is Marius Petipa’s “Sleeping Beauty,” considered the Bible of ballet. Byrd calls his sideways consideration “The Sleeping Beauty Notebooks.” The white, ballet-trained dancers of the Seattle-based Spectrum Dance Theater—where several years ago Byrd accepted an appointment as artistic director––perform the multicolored and inclusive interpretation wonderfully. Comment


Rosie Mendez, an out lesbian who formerly served as chief of staff to Lower East Side City Councilwoman Margarita Lopez, as expected easily won her race to succeed her former boss for the District Two seat. Mendez, a Democrat with significant experience as a housing advocate, defeated her leading opponent, Republican John Carlino, by a margin of roughly 78 to 19 percent, affording to unofficial returns compiled by the Associated Press. Mendez had won a convincing Democratic Primary race on September 13 against a large field of contenders. Comment


October 21, 2005 Comment

Kiss Me Kate… Please

Rebecca Patterson’s Queen’s Company turns out an all-female “Taming of the Shrew” Director Rebecca Patterson was acutely aware of the problems in staging William Shakespeare’s […] Comment

Good Type Casting

The only out actor on Here! TV’s “Dante’s Cove,” sexy Charlie David, is very pleased to be part of the first gay and lesbian channel’s supernatural series. Comment

It’s All Warhol To Me

November is auction time—and when all the galleries pull out their big guns. What could be bigger than Warhol? Comment

On the Edge of Chaos

John Jurayj is showing a body of handsome new work at Audiello. Known for lush abstractions in tempera, Jurayj has seemingly yanked his aesthetic through the sieve of a particularly harsh childhood memory––the Lebanese Civil War. Comment

Opportunity from Disaster

A bloc of extreme-right Republicans in the House of Representatives is currently trying to turn the misery of the recent hurricane disasters into their day in the sun. The Republican Study Committee, a legislative service organization chaired by Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican, is shopping a proposal in the House entitled “Operation Offset” that urges sweeping cuts to federal social, educational, and cultural programs, in order, they claim, to pay for disaster recovery. Comment

Southern Belle, Brooklyn Whore

Gay writer, producer, and actor Scott Coffey’s film “Ellie Parker” originated as a short back in 2001. The 16-minute film starred Naomi Watts as an anxious, insecure actress shuttling back and forth from one audition to another. Ellie starts out as a Southern belle, and then transforms—applying makeup, and changing clothes while driving her Honda—into a Brooklyn whore. Watts is fantastic in this entire sequence, and she proves herself to be a very resourceful actress here. Comment

Very Personal Greatest Hits

“It’s about a searching and a longing,” she said. “I’m not home yet but I’m going to be there.” Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 4, Number 45 | November 10 - 16, 2005 Comment

Soliciting Sodomy Charges Upheld

Ruling on two appeals of criminal sentences argued on the same day, the Court of Appeals of Virginia has affirmed criminal convictions of two men arrested for soliciting plainclothes police officers to have sex in department store men’s rooms. Comment

Shakespeare, Schulman, etc.

All-male “Winter’s Tale,” “Manic” fiasco, breathless “Beowulf” With its all-male casting, semi-modern dress, and setting that suggests the play is an Oedipal […] Comment

Oregon Judge Rejects Marriage Amendment Claim

An attempt by Basic Rights Oregon, a gay rights organization formed to support the battle to win same-sex marriage in that state, to challenge the constitutional amendment adopted by voters a year ago as Measure 36 met its first obstacle on November 4, when Marion County Circuit Judge Joseph C. Guimond released a letter to the attorneys for the parties, announcing that he would grant summary judgment in the state’s favor. Comment

Powers of Observation

Many of us came to the work of British novelist Alan Hollinghurst for the sex in his first novel, “The Swimming-Pool Library” in 1988, but we have stayed—as we do in all good relationships—because we found someone who understands us. It is hard to get through a page of his “The Line of Beauty,” just out in paperback, without being rewarded by an insight into human behavior—particularly of the gay men who sprang from his imagination into a story set in the London when Thatcher and AIDS devastated us. Comment

Ghosts in the Machine

From the late ‘80s through the mid-‘90s, Miramax did a terrific job exposing American audiences to European filmmakers, including Peter Greenaway, Pedro Almodovar, and Krzysztof Kieslowski. This interest died around the time Kieslowski retired and “Pulp Fiction” became a huge hit. Comment

Victim of Violence Speaks Out

“I remember seeing them heading toward me as I walked alone on the street. I didn’t really have much of a choice. I would either run screaming in the opposite direction or walk directly into them. I called my manager on the cell phone. I suppose I thought if they saw me talking to someone, they would leave me alone. It was pretty clear I wasn’t looking for trouble.” Comment

Fernando Ferrer Steps Out of Mayoral Politics

It was a political déjà vu last night at the campaign headquarters of Fernando Ferrer, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue, except this time the near-certainty was about losing—not winning, as had been the case on primary night September 13. Hoping for nothing short of a miracle, Brooklyn Congressman Anthony Weiner, who in September was the only obstacle in the way of a Ferrer victory, told the Gay City News, shortly before the election results came in Tuesday evening, that he was “holding out a shred of optimism for this race.” Comment

AIDS Campaign Hits Washington on Two Fronts

Before 8 a.m. in Washington, D.C. this Monday, dozens of people carrying signs that read “Abstinence only is phony,” entered the lobby of the conservative Family Research Council building, nestled innocuously across the street from the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Main Library. A smaller contingent, some draped with giant condoms, broke from the main group, chained themselves together around the FRC’s statue celebrating “traditional marriage,” and sat on the floor. Comment

Already Looking to Next November

No matter how well the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito fares, right-wing activists hurt the Republican Party by blocking the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court without even allowing her a hearing. Her abrupt retreat gave a rightist stamp of approval on the emerging Democratic argument that President George W. Bush has peopled his administration with unqualified cronies. With the right and the left in agreement, voters will conclude that the White House values loyalty over ability. Comment

7 Days of Readings

FEET TO THE FIRE Focusing on the four years since 9/11, Kristina Borjesson talks to ABC’s Ted Koppel, Hearst Newspaper’s Helen Thomas, Paul Krugman of the New York Times, Barton Gellman and Walter Pincus of the Washington Post, Associated Press President/CEO Tom Curley, Harpers publisher John MacArthur, Peter Arnett, and many other and presents a unique and utterly fascinating record of self-examination by some of America’s top working journalists. This collection of masterful interviews unveils a journalistic environment that rivals any long-running soap opera on television, ranging from deadly war zones to high-rise corporate offices. Borjesson appears at Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., Nov. 11, 7 p.m. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

Dance in A Jazz Idiom Comment

7 Days in cinema

GAY SEX IN THE 70S Joseph Lovett’s film covers the sexually explosive 12-year period (1969-1981) between Stonewall and the onset of AIDS. Straightforward, funny, and titillating at the same time, this collection of memoirs are conveyed with humor and perspective. For those who have come of age in the era of safe sex and gay marriage, the film may present a startling revelation of what everyday life was like. Quad Cinema. Comment

Amy Herman, AIDS Warrior, Celebrated

Veterans of AIDS wars in the state had a sorrowful but uplifting reunion in Hell’s Kitchen on October 26 to remember Amy Herman, former executive director of the New York AIDS Coalition, whose quiet determination and savvy secured the funding that got services for those living with HIV into a vast array of communities and the policies that made prevention and treatment work. Comment

A Hard Fought Tenancy Case

New York City Civil Court Judge Marcia J. Sikowitz ruled on October 14 that Bobby Miles was the surviving family member of Richard Cason, and thus entitled to assume the rent stabilized lease on the apartment the couple shared since the 1980s. Comment

Experimental, Yet Conventional

I thought it would be hard coming to Michael Cunningham’s “Specimen Days” this late. Author of the deservedly praised and popular “The Hours,” for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Cunningham published his latest novel in June but it has not attracted the volume of criticism I expected. The book is a departure from his usual character-driven studies, but also an experiment, and a challenge to what is considered “literary fiction.” Perhaps the critical reticence results from uncertainty as to how to greet this new Cunningham work. Comment


Manhattan’s fall opera season is enriched yearly by the regularly impressive concerts given by Duane Printz’s Teatro Grattacielo. Printz has devoted herself to giving idiomatically authentic hearings to lesser-known works of the Italian verismo school, the realistic movement ushered in by Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria rusticana” in 1890. There’s a whole world of romantic, melodic pieces out there beyond “Bohème” and “Butterfly,” some of them quite popular in the early decades of the 20th century. Comment

Do They Enjoy Being Girls?

The hardest working man in show biz may not be James Brown, but Scott Siegel, who writes about it regularly for Theatermania, and also just produced the First Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival at Town Hall, October 21-23. His double concert bill of Euan Morton (“Taboo”) and Eden Espinosa (“Brooklyn”) was smashing, and his “Broadway Originals!” featured a host of endearing stars recreating their original numbers from fondly recalled shows. Comment

Even the Euphoria Choreographed

Standing before thousands of supporters in a midtown hotel ballroom and with dozens of prominent Democratic, Republican, and independent backers arrayed behind him, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg ended his successful, multi-million dollar re-election campaign on an extravagant high note. Comment

Christopher St. Late Night Flap

A West Village community board meeting showcased the tensions between residents in that neighborhood and the queer youth of color who for many years have gathered in the Hudson River Park at the end of Christopher Street. Comment

Big Co-Parent Win in Washington

The Washington State Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling announced on November 3, will allow a lesbian co-parent to present evidence to qualify as a “de facto parent” and seek the rights of a legal parent. Upholding a ruling by the state’s court of appeals, the Supreme Court found that if a same-sex co-parent could satisfy a list of factors approved by courts in several other states, including New Jersey and Wisconsin, she should be treated as the equivalent of a legal parent on custody and visitation questions. Comment

Back and At Her Best

The album continues many of Braxton’s early ‘90s sounds as well as exploring soft and subdued hip-hop sounds; it even gets jazzy at times. Braxton uses her smooth, sensuous voice to fill out the sound of her songs in a way few singers have the vocal control to manage. She has maintained the ardor of her first hits in the early ‘90s when Babyface plucked her from Bowie State University in Maryland. If her voice were compared to an instrument, it would be the synergistic quality of a jam session between a blues organ and a very upbeat, full-bodied cello. Comment

Laughing at One’s Own Denial

Arthur Cohen brilliantly vamps the crying need for acceptance in one’s later years Arthur Cohen embarrasses himself with flair. His exhibition “Just wanna be cool” includes four monumental […] Comment

Patrick Murphy For City Council

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered voters face a happy choice in the District 4 election to replace outgoing City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz. Comment


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Lappin Has Strong Gay Support on East Side

The hotly contest City Council race in District 5 on Manhattan’s East Side pits Democrat Jessica Lappin, former chief of staff to Speaker Gifford Miller, the current councilmember there, against Republican Joel Zinberg, a cancer surgeon. Comment

Ensemble Goes New Age

“Sound in Spirit,” the latest CD from the pitch-perfect male vocal ensemble Chanticleer glows with a pantheistic reverence for the transcendent. It’s the same warm glow we have come to expect from a group that consistently sells out its annual Christmas concerts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art way in advance. Comment

Forcing Solutions

The Museum of Modern Art has seized a great opportunity to show off with a retrospective by one of our greatest living painting masters, Elizabeth Murray. Born in Chicago in 1940, Murray lived in northern California before coming to New York to begin her slow and rock-solid rise to the top. Reacting to the boy’s club of minimalism, she embraced her own life for subject matter, the history of painters for clues to push against, her intuition to fuel invention, and a love of painting to turn art on its side, upside down, and inside out. Comment

Golden Boy Comes Clean

A very private man, Hunter has penned his autobiography, “Tab Hunter: Confidential.” He met me for an interview joined by his co-producer and longtime lover, Allan Glaser, with whom he made “Lust in the Dust” with Divine in 1985. At 74, Hunter looks 20 years younger, at least, still boyish in mien and manner, and a more unaffected soul you’ll never meet. A strong sense of self and deep spirituality helped him withstand the experience of being outed by the tabloid press in the ‘50s, not to mention studio pressures and scurrilous lawsuits. Comment

Indecent Proposal

From Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard” to David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive,” the annals of American cinema are filled with movies about how rotten Hollywood is. Although “The Dying Gaul” is set in the film industry, it’s not really a part of this tradition. It takes place in this milieu only so executive Jeffrey (Campbell Scott) can offer struggling screenwriter Robert (Peter Sarsgaard) a Faustian bargain. The actual filmmaking process is never depicted. Comment


The October 15 Carnegie concert performance of “Daphne” showed an international artist in top form giving sharp stylistic point, linguistic clarity, and rich, apt tone to Richard Strauss’ difficult vocal writing. The problem was the artist was the always-excellent bass-baritone Eike Wilm Schulte, in the role of the First Shepherd, who sings for about four minutes. The other three Shepherds (Joerg Schneider, Gregory Reinhart, and Charles Temke) were also cast from strength, as were the two ditzy maid-attendants, Susanne Bernhard and the highly promising young soprano Julia Kleiter. Comment

Sand Trap

Adapted from the 1991 Persian Gulf War memoir by former Marine Lance Corporal Anthony Swofford, “Jarhead” is a prestige package that opens just as U.S. military casualties in Gulf War II breach the 2,000 mark, a timely reminder of those who’ll never be home again for the holidays. Comment

Sweetly Elevating the Spirit

American Ballet Theater’s program at City Center Saturday, October 22 could not have been more varied. It began with “Kaleidoscope,” choreographed by the young Peter Quanz to the music of the late-romantic Camille Sant-Saëns—a world premiere. The dance reminds us that ballet, at its best, sweetly elevates the spirit. Comment

Eastern Hours

New York sees more than its share of new film festivals, but few are as heartening as the CinemaEast Film Festival, a new annual showcase of Middle Eastern cinemas, at the Quad through November 10. Coinciding with Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan fasting, CinemaEast also provides the ideal antidote to the Gulf War boosterism of “Jarhead.” Comment

Progressives Take Aim at Alito

Fifty-five year old Alito, a graduate of Princeton and Yale Law School, was placed on the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Philadelphia, by Bush’s father in 1990. On that court, Alito gained a reputation as a thoughtful but conservative judge. Some pundits have called him “Scalito,” suggesting that his jurisprudence echoes the sharply conservative posture of Justice Anthony Scalia, the Court’s fiercest opponent of gay rights and choice. Before going on the federal bench, Alito’s previous experience included time as a deputy attorney general under President Ronald Reagan and as U.S. prosecutor in New Jersey. Comment

Pioneering Women

There was glamour and to spare at the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s tribute to Marian Anderson (1897-1993) on October 19. Only the pioneering Anderson could have rallied forth such divas as stentorian Leontyne Price, imposing Grace Bumbry, still-gorgeous Shirley Verrett, Denyce Graves looking like the Beyonce of opera, and the adorable, humorous Martina Arroyo, who hosted the evening; only Jessye Norman and Kathy Battle were unaccounted for. Comment

News Briefs

Texas and Maine Vote on LGBT Rights Comment

New Sprouts in ChelseaCedar Lake Ballet debut offers cause for great expectations

Volume 4, Number 44 | November 3 - 9, 2005 Comment

Lost Souls

Alan Ayckbourn’s new comedy typically reflects a deep, and often gimlet-eyed understanding of human nature. The classic comedy of manners—from the 18th century on—has traditionally shaken up and then restored social order, but Ayckbourn turns the form on its head, using it to expose hypocrisy no amount of veneering can hide. Ayckbourn does not write to reassure that everything will turn out just fine. Instead, he marvels at the insanity, isolation, and heartbreak caused by the effort to survive. Comment

A Gay Child Lost in New York

Alelia Newsome had been talking in a calm voice about her child, Edmond Tillman, missing since early August. She did not grow angry when she spoke of the police department that she believes never really searched for her 14-year-old son. Comment

7 Days of Readings

TOM ATWOOD: KINGS IN THEIR CASTLES The author appears on Barnes & Noble’s “Meet the Writer” series to discuss his new photography book. This collective portrait of the gay urban community offers a personal view of leading artists, writers, filmmakers, composers, musicians, and designers at home—including Edward Albee, Todd Oldham, John Waters, Ross Bleckner, Junior Vasquez, Michael Cunningham, Simon Doonan, Ned Rorem, James Dale, David Del Tredici, Tommy Tune, Edmund White, and John Bartlett. 675 Ave. of the Americas at 22nd St. 212-727-1227. Nov. 8 7 p.m. Atwood will also be hosting a book launch party after the B&N event at a nearby bar called GYM, 167 Eighth Ave. btwn. 18th & 19th Sts. from 8:30-10 p.m. Comment

A Charm Offensive Worthy of Rove

Borrowing a page from the 2004 presidential campaign of George W. Bush, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has embarked on a charm offensive that presents him as comfortable with and supportive of the gay community even as he continues to oppose a February pro-gay state court marriage ruling and other key political goals sought by the community. Comment

7 Days in cinema

GAY SEX IN THE 70S Joseph Lovett’s film covers the sexually explosive 12-year period (1969-1981) between Stonewall and the onset of AIDS. Straightforward, funny, and titillating at the same time, this collection of memoirs are conveyed with humor and perspective. For those who have come of age in the era of safe sex and gay marriage, the film may present a startling revelation of what everyday life was like. Quad Cinema. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

On a day which is every day Comment

2001 Campaign Finances Haunt Lopez

According to Andrea Lynn, deputy press secretary for the Campaign Finance Board, at a recent CFB hearing, a list of alleged financial misdeeds involving the Lopez campaign was read aloud as a lawyer representing the councilwoman listened. Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 4, Number 44 | November 3 - 9, 2005 Comment

A Doll’s House

Rockers may die but rock never does. This is the message of “New York Doll,” a new documentary about the seminal ‘70s rock/punk band The New York Dolls and bass guitarist Killer Kane. Arthur, as Killer Kane is known now, is a much-changed figure from his time in the ‘70s. The New York Dolls were notorious for dressing in drag and singing poppy, fast-beat rock. Many images are shown throughout the film of Killer Kane’s old persona, which usually involved lipstick and a lot of blond hair. By contrast, in 2004, the year in which the documentary is set, Arthur was, well, a Mormon. Comment

Alaska Benefits Parity Win

The Alaska Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling on October 28 finding that public employees with same-sex partners are entitled to the same employee benefits as those with legal spouses. The decision was based on the Alaska Constitution’s version of the Equal Protection Clause, which that court has previously held to be broader and more protective of individual rights than the corresponding federal provision. Comment

A Spirited Row About Gay Advocacy

For at least the past four years, the City Council has been an unwavering champion for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. 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, 2,027 service members have died, 1,883 of them since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 15,447 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

A Slim Record On Gay Rights

The nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court by President George W. Bush this past Monday drew immediate fire from advocates for women’s reproductive rights, but it has been more difficult to find clear evidence of his views on gay rights and AIDS issues. Comment

Appeals Court Raps Jason West

Upholding a ruling by the Supreme Court in Ulster County, the appellate judges charged West with acting as if he were a judge or a legislator rather than a village mayor. Comment

A Morning-After-Halloween Eureka

Have you ever felt that something was “wrong” with you? That something about you was so hideous, so unspeakably repulsive, so dark and unknowable that people could never, ever accept you? Something ... “monstrous”? Of course you have. Comment

Anti-Gay Victory in Poland

Elections in Poland, completed with the presidential run-off on October 23, have resulted in a new homophobic government committed to using state power to prevent gays from “infecting” others with homosexuality, as the country’s new prime minister puts it. Comment

Defrocked For Her Love

Eleven months after a Methodist Church court voted 7-6 to withdraw her ministerial credentials, Reverend Irene Elizabeth “Beth” Stroud, the 35-year old associate pastor of Philadelphia’s First United Methodist Church of Germantown, has lost her final appeal. Comment


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