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The Mayor Versus Mohammed

Mirroring earlier clashes between fundamentalist Islam and more tolerant European societies, Berlin’s largest opera house, die Deutsche Oper cancelled four performances of a modernized version of Mozart’s “Idomeneo,” which included images of the severed head of the prophet Mohammed, because of an “incalculable security risk” for the theatre. Comment

Dramatic History Lessons

The streets of Greenwich Village, long a place for acting out, are full of theatre on an average night. Now through the prodigious efforts of the Peculiar Works Project, you can see the ghosts of off-off-Broadway past come alive in a two-hour tour of 14 sites and even more seminal works performed by 50 actors in “Off Stage: The West Village Fragments.” Comment

Dragon Meets His Wrath

Tony-nominated theater veteran André De Shields takes on King Lear The dynamic actor André De Shields likes a challenge and over the course of his career as an actor and musical theatre […] Comment

Flotilla DeBarge Held in Assault

Noted drag performer Flotilla DeBarge was arrested on September 25 after allegedly assaulting two people with a high-heeled shoe at Apt, a West Village club. Comment

Letters to the Editor

September 17, 2006 Comment

Liberty and Justice For All

Where do we go from here? Many in our community are asking this question. At the recent Marriage Forum sponsored by the Empire State Pride Agenda, activists and other interested New Yorkers vented about where we went wrong and what was needed to get the message of Marriage For All across in an effective and inspiring way. Comment

Discontent Over Ryan White Funding

Some New York AIDS groups and public health officials may oppose the renewal of a federal bill that has funded AIDS services for the past 15 years because they say that new language in the bill could significantly cut dollars coming to the state. Comment

Janice Caswell’s Mental Maps

Three-dimensional glimpses of memory in physical space Basic human function rests on the brain’s ability to recall physical and mental action. A lucky minority of humans is born with a so-called […] 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, 2,703 service members have died, 2,559 of them since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far 20,468 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

A Warning to Co-Parents

Same-sex co-parents who do not protect their relationships with their children through adoption may be out of luck in New York if they want to maintain contact with those children over the objections of their former partners. Comment

Ailey Spin-off

Jazz artist Ornette Coleman recently observed that today’s music is more about style than idea. I thought of this distinction between “style” (defined, fixed, commodified even) and “idea” (remaining open to influence, change, and growth) as I watched LUNA, an evening of dance by Max Luna III. This program, part of the 14th season of The Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America, was presented at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University. Comment

Black God, White Devil

If earnestness were all it took to make a good play, “A Love Like Damien’s” would be a masterpiece. Its good intentions stick out all over the place but it’s a thinly constructed gruel indeed. Comment

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Volume 5, Number 39 | Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2006 Comment

Caution on HIV Recs from CDC

AIDS groups had a range of reactions to new guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that support ending the requirement for written consent for HIV testing and the prevention counseling associated with such formal consent regulations, establishing “opt-out” programs that test everybody except those who refuse it, and accepting consent to medical care as “sufficient to encompass consent” for HIV testing. Comment

LIRR Clerk’s Claim Advances

A gay discrimination claim by Lorenzo Pugliese, a ticket clerk for the Long Island Railroad, will be allowed to go to trial, according to a ruling by U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the federal district court in Brooklyn. Garaufis rejected dismissal motions by the railroad and one of its managers in a September 19 decision. Comment

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Volume 5, Number 39 | Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2006 Comment

Trouble in Paradise

If you’re thinking of evading the coming winter with a trip to the sun-drenched, white sands of Martinique or Guadeloupe—two destinations whose nude beaches attract unsuspecting gay tourists—think again. The opening last week of a murder trial in Martinique underscores a rising climate of homophobia in the French Antilles, the Caribbean islands that are overseas departments of France. Comment

Wisdom of Dreams

Thirty years ago Su Friedrich moved to New York, and for nearly as long, she has been patiently creating a body of subversively autobiographical, formally daring films. Usually filed under lesbian, feminist, or experimental cinema, her work surpasses category. MoMA’s mid-career retrospective, like a cherry on their two-scoop queer series this summer, is a welcome chance to catch up with Friedrich’s recent video works and marvel again at her classics. Comment

World Cinema Snapshots

As always, this year’s New York Film Festival promises a snapshot of world cinema at present. With only 25 new films included in the main program, its selection is akin to the Cannes competition, although the NYFF doesn’t give out any awards. Implicitly, the festival promises that every film will be a major work worthy of serious attention, although it’s rarely lived up to that notion. The 2006 selection is notable for including a wider variety than usual of Asian films, ranging from anime (Satoshi Kon’s “Paprika”) to South Korean monster movies (Bong Joon-ho’s excellent “The Host”) to austere art films (Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Syndromes and a Century”). Comment

Despite Troubles, Pirro Soldiers On

Dressed in a white pants suit, wearing a sash that read “Pirro for Attorney General,” and walking in three-inch heels, Jeanine Pirro was clearly enjoying herself as she marched in her first gay pride march this past June. Comment

The Mayor Versus Mohammed

Mirroring earlier clashes between fundamentalist Islam and more tolerant European societies, Berlin’s largest opera house, die Deutsche Oper cancelled four performances of a modernized version of Mozart’s “Idomeneo,” which included images of the severed head of the prophet Mohammed, because of an “incalculable security risk” for the theatre. Comment

The Fast Fall of Mark Foley

A congressman’s fast fall out of the closet Comment

The Gay Governor Has No Clothes

Jim McGreevey wasted his life living a lie. Now he wants us to waste our time reading more of them. Comment

Teen Buggery Okay in Hong Kong

In a unanimous ruling issued on September 20, the Court of Appeal for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region held in Leung v. Secretary for Justice that the criminal statute that outlaws anal sex when committed by a man with another man under the age of 21, even if both are under 21, is unconstitutional. Comment

News Briefs

Rochester Unanimous for Marriage Equality In a remarkable show of leadership, the nine-member City Council of upstate Rochester, composed of both at-large and district members, has voted to endorse marriage […] Comment

A Desire For Imperfection

In a world saturated with mass media where it takes a team of well-paid designers to tweak and polish the next must-have thing to consume, the ethos of the personal and hand made offers an especially attractive aesthetic alternative. Jockum Nordstrom’s latest exhibition of quirky drawings and collages filled with eccentric imagery begins to satiate that desire for the imperfect; to celebrate a little less polish and little more humanity. Comment

Present Perfect

Seeing “Back to the Present” at Dance Theater Workshop felt like one of those rare opportunities to experience a seminal work in the era of its conception. Even though New York is three years behind the premiere of this extraordinary piece—originally presented over four hours in a former Berlin department store—its embodiment of global cultural currents still seems timely. Comment

Rejecting Signature Style

Off the beaten track can be worth the effort. Nyehaus, housed in the National Arts Club Building, brings you to the picturesque neighborhood of Gramercy Park. After making one’s way through the considerable labyrinth of the old world Club filled with pastels and paintings, the elevator leaves visitors at a shockingly white minimal space on the eighth floor. Comment

Safe Haven For Cinephilia

Report from the Toronto International Film Festival Reading articles about the Toronto International Film Festival, it’s common to come across sweeping generalizations about its films’ tone […] Comment

Making Love, Breaking Up

“Broken Sky” is an epic queer romance, a highly stylized masterpiece, and one of the sexiest films of the year. Directed by Julián Hernández, who helmed the luminous “1,000 Clouds of Peace” a few years back, this drama of longing and loss concerns two university students, Gerardo (Miguel Ângel Hoppe) and Jonás (Fernando Arroyo), whose relationship ends when Jonás falls in love with another boy. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

Center Orientation & Out and Faithful Comment

7 Days in cinema

RECENTLY NOTED. Comment

Letters to the Editor

September 13, 2006 Comment

Intricately Plotted Dances

Jeremy Nelson’s diverting puzzles and dynamic motion Comment

McGreevey’s Bid for Redemption

On Tuesday evening, after weeks of tantalizing leaks about what he says is his tell-all memoir, hours after the nation watched him on “Oprah,” his first salvo in a nationwide book-selling blitz, James E. McGreevey went home—to Woodbridge, the town he served as mayor prior to taking office in Trenton in January 2002. Comment

New Ballet Choreography

Ballet owes a big bouquet of roses to Works in Process (WIP) for regularly focusing on the process of creating ballet. Its recent show, at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, featured works by three young choreographers—Brian Reeder, Edwaard Liang, and Tom Gold. They have all danced with New York City Ballet, another organization fostering the development of new choreographers, albeit it with much broader exposure. The WIP shows are performed in more intimate theaters, often in a lecture/demonstration format, but New Ballet Choreographers was more along the lines of a traditional performance. Live music accompanied the dance, a treat alike for fledgling artists and seasoned audience members. Comment

In Lawrence’s Wake

In 2003, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its landmark sodomy ruling in the Lawrence v. Texas case. With the death last week of Tyron Garner, one of the two plaintiffs in the case, the decision once again popped into the news, though little has been written in the mainstream press in the intervening years about the broader implications of the ruling. Comment

Men And Boys

BBY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE Comment

Volume 5, Number 38

Volume 5, Number 38 | September 21-27, 2006 Comment

Barbie at the Barricades

I was branded and factory-stamped into this world in 1959, a miniature Golem for American girlhood. I was a plastic anorexic girl-on-the-go, long legs, diamond-pointy breasts, and blonde, blonde, blonde—designed to protect you kiddies from Communism. Go to my Web site. I’ve been a model, an astronaut, a doctor, lawyer, politician, nurse, princess, rock star, teacher, and veterinarian. I have a condominium, a beach bus, and I hate you. Hello, America: this is Barbie. Comment

Alaska Ducks Equality Mandate

The American Civil Liberties Union and the State of Alaska, led by Republican Governor Frank Murkowski, have come to blows over the implementation of last year’s state Supreme Court decision requiring the state to provide equal benefits for same-sex partners of state employees. Comment

Center Forum Weighs Marriage Strategies

Now that the New York Court of Appeals has ruled that only the state Legislature can open marriage to same-sex couples, roughly 100 activists gathered at the LGBT Community Center on Wednesday evening for a forum to exchange ideas on how to make that happen. Alan Van Capelle, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, which convened the forum, released a scorecard on state legislators showing very modest signs of solid support, but a lot of undecideds. He acknowledged that this campaign “is not a slam dunk,” but invited all activists to put their resources and methods for getting it done into a “toolbox.” Comment

Drift And Mastery

Kelly Reichardt’s “Old Joy,” now at the Film Forum, imagines the evanescent reunion of two white male friends across a weekend camping trip. Hewn from the all-American archetype of “lighting out for the territory,” Reichardt and writer Jonathan Raymond stage a masculine flight from adult obligation as a melancholy slacker odyssey, a final, futile romp in the wild before the chains of paternity snap shut. Comment

HEVESI PLEDGES ‘VIGOROUS’ DEFENSE OF POLICY ON CANADIAN MARRIAGE

Alan Hevesi, the Democratic state comptroller, late last week vowed a “vigorous defense” against a lawsuit filed in Westchester County challenging his office’s policy of recognizing same-sex marriages from Canada and other jurisdictions for purposes of eligibility under the state employee retirement funds. Comment

Our Fatties

These days, I’m weighing in 235 pounds. Ouch. Comment

Through Glass Darkly

This month presents a rare opportunity to see the rarefied work of Rob Wynne. His last solo show in New York was in 2000, and since then his shows have been mostly in European venues. Wynne is likely to make almost anything. He has worked in glass, ceramic, painting of sorts, books, fabric… feather, ribbon. Though a veteran of the New York art scene and of the legendary Holly Solomon Gallery, Wynne’s work is perhaps too independently intelligent and strange even for a scene where anything goes. Comment

Sweet, Sweet Fantasy

How can a film as witty and imaginative as “The Science of Sleep” be so unsatisfying? It’s filled with laugh-out-loud moments and quotable dialogue, while Gondry’s low-tech evocation of its protagonist’s dreamworld is spectacular. In the end, all this adds up to something less than the sum of its parts. It’s visually amazing but emotionally tone-deaf. Far more than in his documentary “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party,” which is largely devoted to music, Gondry’s roots as a music video director are visible here. “The Science of Sleep” is filled with concepts that would be dazzling—if they only lasted for three minutes. Comment

TWO FINAL (?) PARRIES IN BITTER MOSS-SCHWARTZ RIVALRY

The ballots were counted and the victor determined a week ago, but that hasn’t prevented a round of strongly worded e-mail messages from popping up courtesy of Larry Moss and Arthur Schwartz, the two contenders for a Democratic State Committee seat representing Lower Manhattan in the September 12 primary election. Comment

TYRON GARNER, CO-PLAINTIFF IN LANDMARK SODOMY CASE, DEAD AT 39

Garner and John Lawrence were arrested in the bedroom of Lawrence’s Houston apartment on September 17, 1998 when Harris County sheriff’s deputies witnessed the two men engaged in anal sex. Authorities maintained that they entered the home while following up on a telephone tip from another dweller in the apartment building, later proved wrong, that an armed intruder was on the premises. Comment

Workplace Advances Accelerate

Results from the fifth annual formal survey of corporation workplace and marketplace behavior regarding LGBT Americans conducted by the Human Rights Campaign show that the number of employers performing well in six major categories has experienced a ten-fold increase since 2002. Comment

Sisters Of The Caves

“Aktun Spukil” (deer neck) is Mexican-born Ofelia Loret de Mola’s new evening-length dance which had a run at Soho Joyce September 14-16. The title is also the name of a complex of caves in Yucatán, Mexico where the Maya hid to escape slavery. “For them, to be free was to hide,” de Mola’s aunt Teresa Loret de Mola told me after the show. In the small, dark spaces the fugitives moved around the cave’s constricting obstructions, as if through a bottleneck, in their struggle to be free. Comment

$2 Million HIV Verdict Reversed

The Appellate Court of Illinois has reversed a $2 million jury verdict in an HIV-liability case, in which a woman won a trial judgment against the parents of her now-deceased fiancé who had assured her while their son was alive of his good health even as she harbored suspicions that he had infected her with HIV. Comment

Red Herring Divides Ghana

Gays and lesbians in Ghana, where homosexuality is a crime, have been the target of a month-long campaign of homophobia in the media that continues—an attack abetted by homophobic declarations by the Ghanaian government. The climate of hate and fear is so great that the leader of Ghana’s only LGBT group has been forced to flee the country in fear of his life, after receiving a constant stream of threats of violence and death. Comment

Retrospective Bodies

Gooey impermanence and gay sex in the basement “Into Me/Out of Me” does what so few large exhibitions do. Presenting more than 130 artists and spanning 40 years, curator Klaus Biesenbach clarifies […] Comment

Semele, Superstar

In a season dominated news of sweeping changes across the plaza at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center’s junior company, the New York City Opera, opened its season with a solid, if unsurprising, production of Handel’s “Semele.” Comment

News Briefs

Gay Man Murdered in Washington Heights Comment

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