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No Satisfaction from Alito

Despite a glimmer during Judge Samuel Alito’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he might sympathize with LGBT plaintiffs, most of the nation’s gay rights groups remain opposed to his nomination for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Comment

Old Europe’s Culture Wars

“Casanova” is a subversive symbol in today’s censorious environment. Defending the promiscuity of a notorious libertine is widely viewed as desperate and wrongheaded. What possible meritorious arguments could be advanced about a roué who discarded his “conquests” without remorse? A scoundrel who lied his way into a woman’s heart with no intention of honoring the sweet promises whispered huskily before completing his carnal pleasures? Comment

News Briefs

Carrying banners saying, “We will no longer be silenced,” between fifty and a hundred thousand Italian women, gays, and their supporters marched in Milan to protest recent pronouncements by Pope Benedict XVI against same-sex marriage and the morning-after abortion pill. Last week, the former Joseph Ratzinger said it would be a “grave mistake” to recognize “other forms of unions” than man-woman marriage. Comment

Memoirs, Objectivity, and Accuracy

It is an odd cultural conundrum, indeed, in which homeless transgendered kids might make the best referees, which is most succinctly debated on television by husband and wife Gay and Nan Talese, and for which Elie Wiesel proves to be the punch line. Comment

Lesbian AIDS Advocate Named Interim Chief

Dr. Marjorie Hill, a veteran of AIDS service work, city and state government, and LGBT community leadership, has been named the interim executive director of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Comment

Power’s Promises and Limits

A little more than a week into her four-year term as speaker of the City Council, Christine Quinn, a lesbian Democrat from Chelsea, expounded on why she embarked on her path to the second most powerful post in New York, what she is most proud of having accomplished, and the distance her colleagues still have to travel before embracing full civil rights for gays and lesbians. Comment

Religious Diversity

“Listening for the Oboe” compiles Kleinbaum’s and the CBST congregation’s favorite sermons given by her between 1992 and 2003, in which she addresses issues as various as the impact of AIDS on the gay community in the early 1990s, the place of children in an LGBT synagogue, CBST’s solidarity with the African-American community on the subject of reparations, the challenges of negotiating the complicated space between democratic leadership and solid organizational structure, and the devastation of September 11, among other topics. Drashot are an integral aspect of CBST and are therefore regularly recorded, as Kleinbaum speaks only from notes. Comment

The Operation of Collage

Enter Pavel Zoubok Gallery and you enter a vision committed to the many manifestations of collage. A method begun in force early in the 20th century, it easily serves as prescient forebearer of our current digital surf. And while some might Comment

Two Divas Quite Grand

As a child, my image of an opera singer was forged by television viewings in Hawaii of two films, “Going My Way” and “The Chocolate Soldier,” both featuring glamorous, claret-voiced mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens. Stevens was a 1990 Kennedy Center honoree for bringing opera to the American public her entire career, and saving the Met 1961-62 season. The company had cancelled performances due to stalled labor negotiations, but a telegram from Stevens to President John F. Kennedy resulted in his ordering the secretary of labor to arbitrate, and the season was reinstated on schedule. Comment

1984: Once Was More than Enough

When we think deep thoughts about gay men—and when they don’t involve words like tool, massive, or buttboy—the analysis pretty much excludes American culture at large, except as the Big No—that is, the forces of judgment, exclusion, and repression. Whether the brouhaha du jour among our kind is barebacking or meth addiction, it often seems as though things are occurring in a homo vacuum of sorts, as if we did in fact live exclusively in self-defined ghettos, not as part of the larger United States. Our problems can often feel like tempests in really tasteful teapots. Comment

Strictly For Ornithologists

“Dancing Henry V,” David Gordon’s first foray into literary adaptation, was a wonderful, lyrical, and poignant re-imagining of the classic work, made timely with only minimal nudging. Performed to recorded texts, it was securely and successfully situated in the realm of dance, a gem, really, of narrative and impressionist articulations of the ideas and issues of Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” Comment

Solving a Midlife Sex Crisis

After his partner left him at the age of 45, Harris found himself an unwanted middle-aged man in a youth-obsessed gay world. Instead of “burrowing into my books, hibernating for the rest of my life, safe from the indignities of old age” like any sane, less adventurous individual—or perhaps one without a book contract to fulfill—Harris lights upon the idea that as a drag queen named “Denial” he might occasionally have better success enticing an attractive man into his bed. Comment

LAVA’s Earth Moving Experience

On opening night of LAVA’s “[w]HOLE: The [whole] History of Life on Earth,” I ended up with two bruised knees and a fat lip that could make Angelina Jolie weep with envy, and I can’t even win street cred by saying I got caught up in the troupe’s acrobatics. Yes, there was audience participation––a short, sweet, decidedly safe segment. No, I merely took a nasty spill while strolling down to The Flea Theater. It sure hurt to smile––a bit of a liability at any concert by Sarah East Johnson and her scruffily adorable colleagues. If it wouldn’t hurt you too much to smile, do hurry over (carefully) before this show closes. Comment

Swans Upon a Time

More turbulent than placid, Peter Martins’ “Swan Lake” returned to the New York State Theater on Friday, January 6, spiced with spiky formations and spunky divertissements. In the tragic story, Tom Gold as the Jester delivers the fun, delighting audience members as well as the noble characters on stage with his cheeky tours. Comment

7 Days in cinema

APRIL’S SHOWER Some audiences are likely to enjoy “April’s Shower,” an overenthusiastic, independent romantic comedy in which relationships gay, straight, and bisexual are ended, started, and rekindled. Trish Doolan’s film reinforces messages about being true to one’s self and never giving up on finding love and happiness that should resonate with the target audience. Quad Cinema. (Gary M. Kramer) Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

Josh Wood, Kenny Kenny, GBH, Larry Tee, Amanda LaPore, and Sofia Lamar take part in “The Peter Berlin Low Couture Show,” a fashion event showcasing Berlin’s individual creations. Distortion Disko at Duvet, 45 W. 21st, 212-989-2121. The runway show will feature a pack of beautiful men all wearing designs by Peter Berlin and Koos Van Den Akker. $15 at 11 p.m. Comment

Kidnapped: Torture in Iran

As the Islamic Republic of Iran’s lethal anti-gay pogrom—the government’s intense persecutions of its own citizens for homosexuality—continues, the victims of this oppression, despite great obstacles, continue to try to flee from the largest religious prison in the world to tell the story of the inhuman treatment they have suffered. Comment

Bring the War Home

Opening a year after its coronation at Sundance 2005, Eugene Jarecki’s magnificent documentary “Why We Fight” is poised to incite the national dialogue about our corrupt administration and its profit-driven endless war into a furor. Assembled with a jeweler’s precision and finesse, the film’s tightly reasoned, diamond-edged argument is designed to pierce the mystifications of Bush and his corporate media handmaidens. Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 5, Number 3 | January 19 - 25, 2006 Comment

Inmate Suicide; Still Questions

José Tavares, 17, arrested January 8 in the brutal strangulation murder of Shlomy Rejwan—a masseur who police sources told the dailies had previously been charged with prostitution—maintained all along that in fact he was a victim of sexual abuse in Rejwan’s Chelsea apartment. Tavares told police that a 47-year-old man he called Victor sexually abused him and then killed Rejwan. Comment

Even Donkeys Get a Day of Rest

The downtown avant-garde theater guru Richard Foreman has been churning out original pieces on an annual basis since he founded his own company, the Ontological-Hysteric, in 1968. Foreman’s style is unusual and brilliant, tackling both the circus of ideas that goes on in our heads and the ordinary chaos of existence in the everyday world. Comment

HIV Outreach at Sex Parties

AIDS groups, including some that are not traditionally associated with the gay community, are seeking to strengthen their presence in the sex clubs and private sex parties that are popular among New York City’s gay and bisexual men. Comment

High Definition Look at Mid-America

Even before it turns into a murder mystery, “Bubble” feels sinister and off-kilter. For its first half hour, it seems to be a gentle, observant account of working-class Midwestern life. For most directors, the plot, setting, and nonprofessional cast would call for a pseudo-documentary style, but the film aims for a much different look. Comment

Fed HIV Privacy Concerns

Some AIDS groups are objecting to a new HIV data reporting system implemented by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that they charge is burdensome and intrudes into the personal lives of clients. Comment

Successful Navy Sodomy Appeal

In a rare move, a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals has reversed a sodomy court martial conviction. Ruling on an appeal by John J. Humphreys, a Navy aviation machinist’s mate airman, the court found that the constitutional liberty interest, which the Supreme Court described in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling, precluded prosecuting Humphreys for his consensual anal sex with a female companion in a Navy barracks bedroom. Comment

Always Leave ’Em Wanting More

Volume 5, Number 2 | January 12-18, 2006 Comment

Super-Virus Warning Defended

Roughly a year after disclosing the case of a New York City gay man who was infected with multi-drug resistant HIV and rapidly progressed from being HIV-positive to an AIDS diagnosis, the researcher who reported that case to the city health department said that while he continues to believe that a single strain of HIV caused the man’s disease progression, there is much about the situation that remains unknown. Comment

Sharp Disagreement on HIV Liability

A sharply divided five-judge panel of the New York Appellate Division’s First Department in Manhattan voted 3-2 to follow the lead of Brooklyn’s Second Department and set a six-month limit on claims for emotional injury arising from exposure to HIV. Comment

NYS Marriage Coalition Takes Shape

The top players in the push for same-sex marriage in New York gathered for a town hall meeting on January 4 at the LGBT Community Center in an effort to form a new broad-based coalition to advance the issue. Comment

There’s Something About Mary

“The Breakthrough” Comment

New Tenor in Town

Nicolas Joël’s production of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” perhaps more than any other in the Met’s repertory, exemplifies what many term “museum opera” and I think of as the “Classic Comics” approach—big, expensive-looking yet unimaginative settings, in this case by Ezio Frigerio, which hem the drama in by requiring long set changes and essentially dwarfing the cast members. It is worth reca Comment

Victorian Time Travel

McDermott & McGough Comment

The Wizard of Id

An interview with the “outlaw of fiction,” James Purdy “Neither the radio nor the police mentioned one dead man very often. That is to say, Brian McFee. They did report of course that […] Comment

The Phantom Phenomenon

On Monday, January 9, “Phantom of the Opera” eclipsed “Cats” as Broadway’s longest running show with performance number 7,486 at the Majestic Theater. The show, which has taken in more than $3.2 billion in global box office, took in almost $39 million on Broadway in 2005—clearly a force to be reckoned with—and has been breaking attendance and box office records in recent weeks. Comment

Attractive Actors in Contrived Circumstances

April’s ShoweR Comment

Another Gay Iranian Torture Victim Tells His Horrifying Story

As the Islamic Republic of Iran’s lethal anti-gay pogrom—the government’s intense persecutions of its own citizens for homosexuality—continues, the victims of this oppression, despite great obstacles, continue to try to flee from the largest religious prison in the world to tell the story of the inhuman treatment they have suffered. Comment

Always Leave ’Em Wanting More

That Man: Peter Berlin Comment

2006: The Year In Horrorscopes

The world scoffed in 1988 when it discovered that Nancy and Ronald Reagan consulted an astrologer. But the world was wrong; Ronnie and Mommie needed all the help they could get. Their only mistake was in relying on the tacky, low-class Zodiac of the masses. I have therefore upgraded Western astrology, in keeping with the exalted needs of the hedonistically rich and irresponsibly powerful. A few examples ring in the New Year. Comment

Domestic Partnership Win in D.C.

Last week, during a meeting most notable from the mainstream media’s perspective for the passage of a bar and restaurant smoking ban, the 13-member Washington, D.C. City Council unanimously okayed one of the nation’s most comprehensive and far-reaching domestic-partnership ordinances. Comment

Gains for Jersey Partners

The push for LGBT family equality in New Jersey advanced on two fronts during the past week—with a lopsided vote in both houses of the State Legislature in favor of expanding the rights available under the state’s domestic partnership registry, first enacted in 2004, and with the announcement that the State Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on February 15 in a same-sex marriage lawsuit first filed by Lambda Legal in 2002. Comment

Letters to the Editor

January 11, 2006 Comment

Jack Abramoff and the Anti-Gay Agenda

A critical aspect of the corruption and bribery mega-scandal swirling around conservative lobbyist Jack Abramoff and shaking Capitol Hill—which hasn’t gotten much mass media attention—is how so much dough from slush funds that he controlled went to leading homophobes from the religious right. Comment

In the noh

Wings Theatre has one of its best productions in “Through a Naked Lens,” the true romance between silent star Ramon Novarro (JoHary Ramos) and his press agent, Herbert Howe (Stephen Smith). George Barthel’s script is both historically and emotionally accurate, excellently researched, with a real love of the era, and the direction by Richard Bacon and L.J. Kleeman moves things along with amazing scope. Comment

News Briefs

“Brokeback Mountain” has become a Hollywood success story and also a source of controversy. Comment


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