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Divas and Dirty Girls

VOLUME 4, ISSUE 4 | 3 - 9 Feb 2005 Comment

Dance Card

Montreal-based choreographer Édouard Lock and his sensational company La La La Human Steps present the New York premiere of “Amelia” a “turbulent yet serene” dance in which one couple after another whirls onstage, touching, grasping, lifting in intense and electrifying ways. Set to Velvet Underground songs, performed live and abstracted by New York composer David Lang, co-founder of Bang on a Can. With costumes by Vandal. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. at Flatbush Ave. Tickets are $20, $40 and $60 at 718-636-4100. Feb. 3—5 at 7:30 p.m. Comment

Feds Ramps Up G.I. Recruiter Fight

Raising the ante in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment, a law that denies federal financial assistance to educational institutions that fail to provide “equal access” to military recruiters, the justice department has obtained a stay of a November ruling from the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, which found the law unconstitutional. Comment

Feting Black Theater Pioneers

“Catch the Spirit of Black Theater,” a salute to Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre on its 35th anniversary, with a special “ roast and toast” to the Negro Ensemble Company’s Douglas Turner Ward, will be held on Sunday, February 13 at 3 p.m. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. Tickets range from $75 to $300 (a price which includes the dinner afterward) and can be ordered at Ticketmaster, 212-307-4100. Comment

Guatemalan Gay Man’s Asylum Bid Denied

A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, based in Boston, has rejected a petition by a gay man from Guatemala for asylum in the United States. Comment

Gay Man in India Beheaded

In a grisly incident in India, an 18-year-old man beheaded a male co-worker following a sexual exchange in which the victim was apparently lured away from the premises of his workplace to the outskirts of Halol, a town in the rural northwestern state of Gujurat. Comment

Crystal Fuels Violence in Homes

A small number of New York City gay and AIDS groups are reporting increases in violence associated with crystal meth use among gay and bisexual men. Comment


On Thursday, January 27, New Yorkers turned out to enjoy an evening of entertainment provided by some of the gay community’s most revered performers, including Cyndi Lauper, Sandra Bernhard and Nancy Sinatra, and also raise money for the survivors of the Southeast Asian tsunami that claimed the lives of over 280,000 people. Comment

Audacious at the Algonquin

“When The New York Times likes something, they really like it,” observed J.D. Biersdorfer, the Gray Lady’s ace computer reporter, who writes the indispensable Q&A column in the Circuits section. Biersdorfer, whose new book “iPod & iTunes: the Missing Manual,” answering all of your music needs, was referring to Stephen Holden’s laudatory review of Jessica Molaskey in the Algonquin’s Oak Room. Comment

A Room of Our Own

Feeling a little left out by most of the straight celebrations of Valentine’s Day? Comment

Canadaian Same-Sex Marriage No Sure Thing

The Canadian Parliament received the government’s bill to open marriage to gay and lesbian couples across the country on Tuesday amidst intense pressure from conservative religious groups to defeat it and a survey that found it is short of the committed votes it needs. Comment

Candidate for Democratic Chairman Appears in NY

Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont and an unsuccessful candidate for last year’s Democratic presidential nomination, delivered a message to supporters in Manhattan on Sunday that blended his trademark emphasis on mobilizing political energy from the grassroots up with a new attention to the moral dimensions of policy issues aimed at creating an approach for his party to win back power lost to Republicans on November 2. Comment

Confirmed Dead or Wounded

Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2005 Comment

Carthage Flames Tomorrow

<< Elizabeth Batton, a queen doomed from the word go, as Dido with Richard Byrne, who made a pale impression as Aeneas, left. Elizabeth Batton as Dido with Karen Frankenstein, the most engaging performer in the New York Chamber Opera production, as Belinda. Comment

Jamaica Rights Advocates Tour U.S.

As part of a three-week tour of the U.S. that will also include Washington D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, OUTfront, Amnesty International’s LGBT rights initiative, organized a panel discussion in New York featuring the co-chairs of J-FLAG, Jamaica’s only organization dedicated to fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights Comment

Lambda Wins First Round on NY Marriage

In a lengthy, scholarly opinion released on February 4, New York State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan ruled in favor of five same-sex couples represented by Lambda Legal who had sued the New York city clerk, Victor Robles, to compel him to issue them marriage licenses. Comment

Some Last Laughs on 42nd Street

Forty-second Street may have lost its seamy side, but it is still a place where hopes and dreams collide with harsh reality and disappointment. Comment

Sculpting Woods of Steel

Sculptor Nancy Rubins returns to New York, showing her now-trademark airplane parts set aloft on armatures, filling the two large rooms at Paul Kasmin. Her prior work was factually titled, detailing her choice of materials—”Trailers and Hot Water Heaters,” “Mattresses and Cakes”—presenting huge accumulations tied up to each other by wire. Comment

The Problem With Sweden

Tolstoy once informed us that happy families are all alike, and unhappy ones are each unhappy in their own way. Comment

The Speed of Sound

The rest of the show falls into the category of souvenir––slickly realized photograms of records––the vinyl kind––in contemporary colors and manipulated to a fare-thee-well. Comment

Tomorrow’s Choreographers

An idol of sorts, Miguel Gutierrez curated an evening of some of the freshest upcoming choreographers of today, all under the tender age of 23. The three themes of the night—not surprisingly—were sexuality, technology and minimalism. Comment

They Went There

Satire, as everyone knows, is tricky business. When it scores, there are few things more wickedly funny, and when it doesn’t, well, it’s as flat as can be. Comment

Same-Sex Marriage Arrives In New York City

Joined by four of the five same-sex couples they are representing, as well as children of several of the couples, Lambda Legal held a triumphant press conference Friday afternoon, February 4 to announce that a Manhattan State Supreme Court judge had ruled that the New York Domestic Relations Law (DRL) unconstitutionally barred gay and lesbian couples from marrying and that the city clerk in New York must begin issuing marriage licenses to such applicants. Comment

Rules of the Road

The annual New York Film Critics Circle survey at the renamed Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria dependably yields a showering of cinematic treats, but there’s a gem nestled in this year’s edition that would be all too easy to miss. Comment

News Briefs

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association this week joined the chorus of LGBT groups condemning the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) for refusing to broadcast an episode of a children’s show, “Postcards from Buster,” featuring a cartoon figure who interacts with two Vermont lesbian mothers. Comment

New STD Tied to Dutch Outbreak Found in NYC Gay Men

The city health department is warning New Yorkers that two cases of a rare form of chlamydia called lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) have been diagnosed in residents here. Comment

Now It Can Be Told

Who could have known that a “misspent” youth could land one in a museum? Comment


On Thursday, January 27, New Yorkers turned out to enjoy an evening of entertainment provided by some of the gay community’s most revered performers, including Cyndi Lauper, Sandra Bernhard and Nancy Sinatra, and also raise money for the survivors of the Southeast Asian tsunami that claimed the lives of over 280,000 people. Comment

Adoption Threatened in Virginia

Emboldened by the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision not to hear an appeal of the 11th Circuit Court ruling that upheld Florida’s law preventing gay people from adopting in that state, Virginia state Delegate Richard H. Black, a Republican, has introduced H.B. 2921, a bill that would do the same for Virginia. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Verbatim Verboten Comment

Life After Spice

<< Emma Bunton grows up in her new CD release “Free Me,” that mixes Latin-inspired tunes with homages to the ’60s and songs that could work in soundtracks. Comment

God and Monsters

The tyranny of righteousness in Belfast and the Bronx Comment

Gays Denied Married Tax Status

Attorney Gen. Eliot Spitzer won’t intervene in state finance department decision Comment

Fooled by a Dildo?

Louisiana appeals court affirms child visitation rights for transsexual dad Comment

Illinois Lesbian Foster Mom Prevails

State Supreme Court voids efforts by parents found responsible for abuse from changing custody Comment

Learning to Speak Music

George Perle, renowned composer, will have his work feted at Lincoln Center Comment

Troubling Signs of a Stiffer Backlash

When voters in 13 states during the past six moths adopted constitutional bans on same-sex marriage, it was clear that the conservative response to the late 2003 ruling in favor of gay marriage by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court was in full swing. Comment

Letters to the Editor

January 31, 2005 Comment

Fire on the Dance Floor

Lovely ladies release new CDs that will have you moving Comment

Federal Obscenity Statute Challenged

Pittsburgh federal judge finds that Lawrence sodomy ruling undermines anti-porn laws Comment

Confirmed Dead and Wounded

January 20-26, 2005 In Iraq Comment

Pataki Medicaid Cuts Faulted

AIDS groups, gay community health providers take aim at governor’s state budget proposal Comment

The Trouble with Shirley

I spent part of the recent Martin Luther King Day holiday at Club Spirit on West 27th Street in Manhattan, not dancing my cares away, but standing with 50 other people in 20-degree weather. We were protesting yet another appearance of Shirley Q. Liquor, a character created by Charles Knipp, a white man from Mississippi who portrays an overweight, black mother of 19 children on welfare, in blackface. The appearance was promoted as part of a King Day celebration hosted by DJ Junior Vazquez. Knipp initially appeared in New York in 2002 to protests. Comment

Divas and Dirty Girls

Jellinek’s favorite, Jai’s benefit and one raunchy broad Comment

Evergreen Dream

RoseAnne Spradlin packs elfin magic into Dance Theater Workshop’s three walls Comment

Dozens of Belfast Survivors

An unflinching look at building faith, from a woman who really believes it Comment

The Magic of Light at Night

Katherine Bradford uses humor, wonder in examining the spectrum, natural and man-made Comment

Longing and Loyalty

Out of a Himalayan kingdom, myths of travel and tradition Comment

The Magic of Light at Night

VOLUME 4, ISSUE 4 |Jan 27 — February 2, 2005 Comment

Second DOMA Challenge Fails

VOLUME 4, ISSUE 4 |Jan 27 — February 2, 2005 Comment

Shakespeare As We Like Him

Sir Peter Hall directs “As You Like It” at BAM with a distinctively homoerotic edge Comment

The Children’s Hours

Hirokazu Kore-eda aims a studied look at offspring home alone Comment

The Hangover Awaiting Dorian Gray

“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.” Comment

GOP senators reintroduce marriage amendment despite Bush’s wavering

At a press conference on Monday, Republican Senate leaders announced their top ten legislative priorities—designated S.1 through S.10—for the next two years. Among them were privatized Social Security accounts, overhauling the tax code and extending Pres. George W. Bush’s tax cuts. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

Tsunami Benefit Comment

Sense and Sentimentality

Sutton Foster breathes fresh life into a classic 137-year-old tale Comment

Second DOMA Challenge Fails

Florida federal court points to precedents in case of lesbians married in Massachusetts Comment

Preventing HIV After Exposure

CDC issues guidelines for rapid treatment to avoid sero-conversion Comment

News Briefs

Margaret Spellings, who took over as Pres. George W. Bush’s secretary of education on Monday, attacked PBS Tuesday for a children’s cartoon called “Postcards from Buster,” a bunny rabbit touring Vermont who encounters two lesbian couples in an episode called “Sugartime!” Comment

Council Efforts on AIDS Housing

The issue of AIDS housing in New York will get a boost on February 2 as powerful advocates of affordable housing demand that the City Council help homeless people living with HIV and AIDS. Comment

Reaching Crytal Meth Injectors

VOLUME 4, ISSUE 4 |Jan 27 — February 2, 2005 Comment

Roger Rees Takes on Operetta

New role for British-born New York actor, director with Collegiate Chorale Comment

Recovered Innocence

Williamsburg cinema hosts Sunday program of vintage queer experimental film Comment

Reassessing the Rout of ‘04

HRC, state groups assert state legislative races bode well for gay rights progress Comment


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