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Iraqi Gay Activists Abducted

Five underground gay activists were abducted in a police raid on a secret gay planning meeting in Baghdad's Al Shaab district on November 9, in a body blow to Iraqi LGBT, the London-based group with supporters throughout Iraq of which the five victims were all members. Comment

What They Gave, What We Lost

When Perry Brass, Leonard Ebreo, and Mark Rabinowitz founded the Gay Men’s Health Project Clinic in 1971, they had “no background in medicine, no background in public health,” Brass recalled. Comment

Tumultuous And Psychological

Jenny Holzer chooses her words carefully in a double-header on West 25th Street. “Night Feed” at Yvon Lambert and “Archive” at Cheim and Read both use scale for impact, while intentional selection and omission provide surprise and mystery in her world of words. Comment

Trans Rights Win in Canada, Europe

Tribunals in Europe and Canada have recently issued significant transsexual rights decisions that treat the issue of gender transition with complete seriousness and empathy. Comment

The 2006 Outmusic Awards

The Sixth annual Outmusic Awards (outmusic.com), the most significant celebration of LGBT musicians on the planet, take place in New York City June 8 -11. Celebrating excellence in queer recording, songwriting, and cultural activism, the three days of live performances culminate in a star-studded awards ceremony at The Knitting Factory on Sunday, June 11 at 2:30 p.m. Comment

SAGE CELEBRATES KAELBER’S NINE YEARS AT HELM

The staff and supporters of SAGE—now known officially as Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders—gathered at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan on May 24 to bid a fond farewell to Terry Kaelber, the group’s executive director, after nine years of service, relatively long in the LGBT social service field. During his tenure, the staff and budget for the organization quadrupled. Comment

Religious Push For Gay Nups

If the judges of the Court of Appeals had heard the testimony of Wilhelmina Perry, 71, at an interfaith gathering for marriage equality on the eve of oral arguments in four same-sex marriage cases in the state’s highest court, it is hard to believe they would not have had their hearts melted. Yet, another speaker at the event said that wasn’t the point. Comment

Queer Literati

Queer writers, book lovers, would-be authors, and everyone in between will find some thing to their bookish liking at Pink Ink 2006. This year the LGBT literary conference and book fair, presented by the Publishing Triangle—the third since 2003—has expanded beyond the one-day format of previous years. Along with the workshops and the book fair are panel discussions, readings, and a walking tour of Times Square with author Samuel Delany—June 10 at 11 a.m., pre-registration required. Comment

Queer Black Cinema

Benefit Screening/ Comment

Protesters Focus on U.N. Gathering

AIDS activists are making sure this week’s gathering of United Nations diplomats to set global AIDS goals will not be purely peaceful. On Wednesday morning, one group was arrested while paying an unwanted visit to the office of U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton. Later in the day, a boisterous crowd of activists from around the world rallied outside the United Nations to demand more attention and money for treating AIDS and preventing transmission of HIV. Comment

Police, Fascists Crush Moscow Pride

A courageous attempt by Moscow gays to hold a Gay Pride demonstration despite its ban by Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov was broken up on Saturday, May 27 by police as well as by violent attacks from extreme-right religious and fascist thugs. Comment

Les Noces Rose

Two new dances Zvidance presented at Dance Theater Workshop May 24-28 are about the here and now, in choreographer Zvi Gotheiner’s personal voice and one of wider communities. His “Les Noces” (“The Wedding”) is redrawn for our century from Bronislava Nijinska’s eponymous 1923 classic. Comment

Legal Experts Spar on Marriage

A stellar panel of legal experts at Cardozo Law School gathered with law students to watch the historic arguments before the Court of Appeals via the Internet on Wednesday and like most were frustrated by the overburdened Web site’s failure to deliver anything but an intermittent feed. Comment

LARRY MASS LOOKS BACK ON 25 YEARS OF AIDS REPORTING, ACTIVISM

May 18, 1981. That was the day of the first report about the emerging pattern of serious illness among gay men that later came to be known as AIDS. People writing about the epidemic are finally noting that first report, which I published in the New York Native, and starting to ask questions about it. In its recent feature on “The First Quarter Century of AIDS” in Newsweek, the magazine’s West Coast editor David Jefferson cites my Native reporting as the first story published, but only in the context of illustrating that “even the gay press got it wrong...” Comment

Karen Burstein Backs Sean Maloney

In an endorsement aimed at enhancing his appeal both among Democratic Party officials and LGBT voters, Sean Patrick Maloney, an out gay Manhattanite seeking his party’s nomination for state attorney general, announced Wednesday the support of Karen Burstein, an out lesbian who was the Democratic standard bearer for the same office in 1994. Comment

Inscrutable Judges Hold the Balance

Six members of the New York Court of Appeals heard argument May 31 in four same-sex marriage cases, but only four of them said enough to give rise to any kind of speculation about how they would vote in the case. Comment

Identity, Class, And Bite Me, David Horowitz

All my life, I have wanted to be a cutting-edge, Queer Studies academic. And now that I have written my first opus deconstructing a Western literary classic, I am! All I have to do is send this in to The London Review of Books, and wait to be mercilessly attacked by right-wing critics like David Horowitz, who will call me a “PC Thug” and/or “Terrorist,” thus ensuring me years of fame and several financially rewarding speaking tours. Comment

Hundreds of Queer Films

NewFest 2006, the 18th New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival, boasts 230 entries from 29 countries—45 features, 40 documentaries, 145 shorts, 36 New York premieres, 10 U.S. premieres, and 25 world premieres. Opening night film will be the New York premiere of Paul Dinello’s “Strangers With Candy,” starring Amy Sedaris and Stephen Colbert. Comment

Grieving, Healing In Live Art

Eiko & Koma have collaborated with many artists, but for the most part they are known as a self-contained unit, genre-wise and in performance. But in “Cambodian Stories” at Asia Society, they shared the sand-covered stage with a group of nine young painting students who danced to arrest time, and in contrast, turned the act of mural painting into a race against time. It was genuinely stirring to see Eiko & Koma—ageless in appearance, both in their 50s—tenderly guiding their young cohorts from the Reyum Painting Collective in Phnom Penh. Comment

Funny, Elegant, And Frightening

George Condo (b. 1957) has been making provocative paintings since the ‘80s. He has always played around with and manipulated the European traditions of painting. This has taken the form of Post Modernist visual cant, funny jokes about Picasso, and drawings that ape as well as pay homage to the modernist tradition. He has also influenced younger artists, many without his finesse. Comment

Flashback to ‘Flashdance’

Decades from now, it’s more than likely that high schools everywhere will be doing their own, though somewhat verbally sanitized, version of “The Wedding Singer.” Contrary to what you might think, this is intended as a high compliment. In the ways that “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Grease” are now seen as more or less accurate representations of young people in the 1950s and early 1960s, whatever the reality, “The Wedding Singer” is likely to become the cultural touchstone for how people were in the 1980s. Comment

Disease Rumors Largely Unfounded

Last week there were rumors that an exotic new disease had hit the gay community in New York. Here are the facts. From the New York City Department of Health, Dr. Steve Phillips explained that the rumors are for the most part unfounded. Each year, approximately 12 to 24 cases of infection with a protozoa-life organism, pneumocystis carini, are reported in the New York City area. The organism is not exotic, in fact, it’s ubiquitous. But most of us have a natural or easily acquired immunity. In general, the disease is seen only in severely debilitated patients whose ability to fight infections has been severely compromised (such individuals are called “compromised hosts”). By far, the majority of cases have been elderly patients with advanced cancer. Comment

Coming Out In America

Gay filmmaker Stewart Main’s adaptation of Graeme Aitken’s novel “50 Ways of Saying Fabulous” is a fantastic and tender coming-of-age film. Comment

California Gay Cop Wins Reinstatement

A California appeals court upheld a lower court finding that an openly gay policeman in Visalia could not be fired for failing to report about the sexual activities of a 16-year-old gay youth known to him. The state’s 5th District Court of Appeal affirmed a ruling by Tulare County Superior Court Judge Paul A. Vortmann that Visalia’s police chief, Jerry Barker, had abused his discretion in firing Bryan Pinto and that he should be reinstated. However, the court found that Pinto was still subject to discipline for having briefly lied during a related criminal investigation. Comment

Before We Knew AIDS

With a New York Native report, Larry Mass first broached a crisis in the making Lawrence D. Mass, M.D., is a co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and was the first writer to report on AIDS in the […] Comment

ARTHUR LEONARD HONORED BY NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL

At the May 22 commencement ceremony for New York Law School at Lincoln Center, Arthur S. Leonard, legal correspondent for Gay City News and a professor at the school since 1982, was awarded the Faculty Writing Prize in recognition of his new textbook, “Sexuality Law, “ co-authored with Patricia Cain of the University of Iowa College of Law (Carolina Academic Press). Comment
International

Germany Looks to Its History

Thirty-six years separate the death of the modern German homosexual rights movement and the birth of modern gay liberation movement in America in 1969 on the streets of the West Village. Comment

What Would Jesus Doubt?

Trying to access the impact of institutions on individuals, Eric Heist’s installation “Interfaith Center” tackles the heady subject of religion. In a mock Church-like setting, small pews, stained glass windows, and a pulpit with wigged mannequin hiding beneath provide the setting for the investigation. The crude construction paper windows and simple materials both trigger and remove some of the solemnity and reverence of a religious setting. A video in the adjacent room squeals with religious zeal and completes the atmosphere. Comment

West Point Is No End Point

With the arrest of 15 of its members, along with six allies, for trespassing at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point up the Hudson River on Wednesday, 33 young people completed a bus journey begun March 10 in Lynchburg, Virginia that took them as far west as California and back east to confront and engage in conversations at other military-related institutions and at Christian colleges as well. Comment

U.S. Ordered to Reveal Extent of Gay Spying

Federal Judge Rosemary A. Collyer of the D.C. District ordered three government agencies to turn over by the middle of May all documents they have regarding covert surveillance of domestic LGBT groups. Comment

Urban Sprawl

When the Tribeca Film Festival began in 2002, neighborhood boosterism ranked as high on its agenda as cinephilia. That was understandable—in the wake of 9/11, the festival was created with the intent of helping downtown businesses and increasing foot traffic in Tribeca. However, these goals—and the festival’s connections to Robert de Niro—often seemed to overshadow the films themselves. Comment

The Rites Of Spring

Ask a dance fan which choreographers come to mind when Igor Stravinsky’s name is mentioned, and odds are they’ll cite George Balanchine. But Yvonne Rainer of the Judson Church movement, who roundly rejected many tenets of ballet in her 1965 “No Manifesto?” Not likely—unless they caught Dance Theater Workshop’s “Sourcing Stravinsky,” which featured Rainer’s brilliant riff on “Agon.” Comment

Thar She Blows

The latest offering from the avant-garde theatrical troupe, Radiohole, is called “Fluke (The Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep) or Dick Dick Dick.” Comment

Stasis Is Death

It’s rare that a dance inspired or driven by theory can actually penetrate the insular bubble of philosophic language and enact physical meaning in a waking state. You wouldn’t necessarily need to be familiar, either, with the writing of “Christian anarchist” Paul Virilio to enjoy or derive interest from Allison Farrow’s “tiny open sky,” presented April 20 and 21 at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) in Park Slope—a small, homey space with no wings or backstage. A dance theater duet with Farrow as a kind of contemporary Stepford Wife gone awry and Arturo Vidich as her clone/counterpart, they create, repeat, and automate—and speak of war. Comment

Stairway To Heaven

In some ways it’s not surprising that “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu” is the first Romanian feature film to see U.S. theatrical release in over a decade. The medium took hold fitfully in Romania, not gaining real traction until the postwar era, and never experienced anything like the catalytic effulgences of the Czechoslovak New Wave or the Yugoslav Black Wave. Comment

Stabbing Murder in Prospect Park

The body of a 61-year-old Brooklyn man, who had been stabbed to death in the chest, was found late in the afternoon on Saturday, April 22, amidst heavy rains in the Vale of Cashmere section of Prospect Park. Comment

Perverse Nostalgia

Now closed and awaiting commercial transformation into another charmless chain coffee house or sandwich shop, for the next few weeks the former Prince’s Deli will be a sprawling, site-specific installation created by Christian Holstad—produced by Daniel Reich Gallery. The 34-year-old artist is known for extravagance, a tendency to utilize every inch of gallery space, and a critique of counterculture and its transformation from social and sexual rebellion into lock-step commercialism. Comment

New Briefs

Nassau County Defeats Domestic Partner Registry Comment

Nadler Says Control of Congress Key

Ask Congressman Jerrold Nadler a question that assumes the Democrats will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives this fall and he begins his answer with, “Your mouth to God’s ears.” Comment

Minnesota Mountings

I felt lucky to catch the Guthrie Theater’s “Hamlet,” partly because it was at least generally successful, and partly to see this distinguished troupe—in many ways one of the prime movers and exemplars of American regional theater in the last half century—in its last show in its historic home. The new complex, an architecturally spectacular three-theater complex by Jean Nouvel astride the Mississippi River rapids, should prove a major tourist attraction for years to come. Tyrone Guthrie opened the company—and this particular theater—in 1963 with this play, starring George Grizzard and Jessica Tandy as Gertrude. Comment

Letters to the Editor

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Order and Law

Probably no newspaper in the nation has done more reporting on the insidious foothold that crystal meth has gained in the gay male community than Gay City News, thanks in large measure to the dogged work of Duncan Osborne, who recently published a critically acclaimed book on the topic, “Suicide Tuesday: Gay Men and the Crystal Meth Scare.” Comment

Legal Briefs

Union Questions Confidentiality Obligations Under ADA Comment

Iran Hacks Web Sites to Bury Pogrom

Web sites of gay Iranian organizations and of groups that support and advocate for gay Iranians were sabotaged and driven off-line last week by hackers for the Tehran regime. They remain off-line as Gay City News goes to press. Comment

In Praise of Leadership

The National Lesbian and Gay Task Force held its largest New York fundraising dinner since 1992 at the Grand Central Hyatt in Manhattan on Thursday April XX, 2006. Comment

GAY TANGO HITS NEW YORK CITY

Every style of dancing can be found in New York, including tango, one of the world’s most sensual dances. Until recently though, if you wanted to dance tango the gay way, you’d have to head to Buenos Aires where milongas, or tango dance halls, like Besos Brujos and La Marshall, have catered to gays and lesbians for the past few years as the city became a hot gay travel destination. Comment

Gay and Lesbian Travel of Cordoba

Luciana Gay’s and José Abud’s travel company can arrange your stay and tours while you’re there. They also run a gay-friendly Spanish language school. Comment

Formerly Fabulous Malcontent

In an issue of Artforum, Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon pinpointed the delicate psychological calculus between rock performer and audience member. Comment

Eyelashes And All

Billy Sullivan, who has been showing his work since the ‘70s, has a show of new paintings at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery. He also has a three-projector slide show and several paintings in the current Whitney Biennial, “Day for Night.” He is proof of the saying that art is something one becomes better at the longer one does it. Comment

Dwan Prince’s Attacker Gets 25 Years

Saying that a crime that is “motivated by hate is particularly disturbing,” a Brooklyn judge sentenced Steven Pomie to a maximum of 25 years in prison for the 2005 assault on Dwan Prince, a 28-year-old gay men who was left permanently disabled by the attack. Comment

Dramatic Indulgences

Is there any phrase more freighted than “a classic of the international stage?” Doubtful. Oscar Wilde’s iconic comedy, “The Importance of Being Earnest” is exactly that. Predictable in every way and entertaining enough, director Peter Hall and his company The Theater Royal Bath have given Wilde’s play the kind of “Earnest” production that would be right at home in any repertory theater and that would make the ideal field trip for a high school class. Comment

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Upheld

A federal judge in Boston ruled on April 24 that the Supreme Court’s 2003 sodomy law decision, Lawrence v. Texas, does not affect the legal analysis of the Defense Department’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy. Following the lead of several federal decisions from the 1990s, District Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr., granted the government’s motion to dismiss a case brought by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) on behalf of a dozen lesbian or gay former military members discharged under the policy. Comment

Desert, Cactuses, and GOP Gays

“Arizona is so conservative, even the gays are Republicans,” my old college roommate Scott said in a phone conversation a few days I visited him and his wife there. I hadn’t been to the state since we’d been in school together, way back in the 1980s when the chatter about Arizona centered on racist Governor Evan Mecham forbidding a holiday for Martin Luther King. Comment

Can Drugs Prevent HIV?

A forum held at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center explored the current studies and future potential of using anti-HIV drugs to keep HIV-negative people from becoming infected with the virus that causes AIDS. Comment

Bushies Once Again Bury Science for Politics

The Bush administration is now held in such contempt that skeptical news stories greeted the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement that “no scientific studies” justify using marijuana for medicine. Comment

Avoiding Addiction’s Clichés

In the mid ‘90s, Olivier Assayas seemed to be on the verge of becoming a great director. Like Léos Carax, who started working slightly earlier, he had a particular affinity for youth, especially romanticism and rebellion’s potent interaction. However, his two best films—“Cold Water” and “Irma Vep”—were made on the cusp of middle age. Their very style—full of graceful handheld camera and sharp use of a rock soundtrack—reeked of energy and vitality. Comment

Argentina’s Young Gay Oasis

Have you been looking for a place to vacation where there are more beautiful men and women between the age of 18 and 23 than you could ever count in one day? What you need is a college town my friend, and we’re not talking a cold snowy one like Boston. We’re talking Cordoba, Argentina, that country’s second largest city where 20 percent of the population is made up of students. Comment

Anti-Gay T-Shirt Ban Upheld

In an important ruling preliminarily vindicating a school district’s attempt to combat student homophobia, a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, ruled that high schooler Tyler Harper did not have a right to a preliminary injunction ordering the Poway Unified School District to allow him to wear his anti-gay T-shirt to class. Comment

7 Days of readings

Recently Noted. Comment

7 Days in cinema

Recently Noted: 4 (CHETYRE) An instant sensation upon its premiere at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s debut feature bagged a Tiger Award in Rotterdam last year and floored ’em […] Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

25 Years Of HIV Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 5, Number 17 | April 27 - May 3, 2006 Comment

Vanguardista Amid Proles

From 1958 to 1961, Joan Colom surreptitiously photographed the lively social sphere of Barcelona’s red light district, known as the Raval. Colom exhibited this series to great acclaim at a gallery in Barcelona as well as throughout Spain. Then in 1964, he made the fateful decision to publish it in book form, collaborating with novelist Camilo Jose Cela. Comment

This Easter’s Renewal of Faith

The presence of 100 LGBT families at the White House on Monday for the annual Easter Egg Roll was significant for its uneventfulness and gained more visibility for a group of Americans increasingly besieged in state capitals nationwide than in anyone’s memory. While President and Mrs. George W. Bush made sure that they were not on hand by the time that lesbian and gay families were allowed in with their kids, the press focus on the event which began in 1878 was on the people in rainbow leis that the Bushes were avoiding. Comment

PRING HAS SPRUNG

Empire State Pride Agenda's youth focused fundraiser attracted hundreds of people to celebrate the endorsement of New York's first openly gay Attorney General candidate, Sean Patrick Maloney, an investigative attorney who spent three years in the White House working as a top aide to President Bill Clinton. Comment

Social Inconsistencies

Sislej Xhafa doesn’t like to give interviews. He’s not interested in focusing his work on the coveted formula of inspiration and meaning that so many art enthusiasts thrive on. Like many artists, Xhafa would rather listen to the careful explanations of thoughtful gallery-goers and allow his audience to reach their own conclusions. In his first New York City solo exhibition, “when Mac goes black,” Xhafa presents visual depictions that center on the lessons of irony. Using the nuances of culture, he attempts to allow the personal revelations that take place when contemplation occurs surface rather than empty obsessions with the intention of the artist. Comment

Ratting Out Teen Sex Barred

Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline overstepped constitutional bounds and exceeded statutory authorization when he issued an opinion in 2003 stating that health care providers, school officials, and emergency service providers have a duty under state law to report to the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services the name of any person under 16 who has been sexually active, according to an April 18 ruling by U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten. Comment

New Briefs

Benedict XVI used his first Good Friday sermon to tell Catholic faithful, “Surely God is deeply pained by the attack on the family. Today we seem to be witnessing a kind of anti-Genesis, a counter-plan, a diabolical pride aimed at eliminating the family.” He took aim at “attempts to make [marriage] juridically equivalent to radically different forms of unions which in reality harm it and contribute to its destabilization.” Comment

New Optimism on Doing Things Right

If the trend looks bad—wait. If the trend changes in your favor, then you just might have what it takes to be a winner. And that seems to be the way events are going for the Democrats. Comment

Meth Trade Gets Rough

Joining the ranks of gay men who have been prosecuted for meth dealing in New York City, straight dealers who may carry weapons and have criminal records have become more visible in New York City’s meth trade. Comment

Order and Law

Probably no newspaper in the nation has done more reporting on the insidious foothold that crystal meth has gained in the gay male community than Gay City News, thanks in large measure to the dogged work of Duncan Osborne, who recently published a critically acclaimed book on the topic, “Suicide Tuesday: Gay Men and the Crystal Meth Scare.” Comment

Legacy Of Phony Naturalism

“Don Pasquale” is not the easiest opera to bring off dramatically under the best of circumstances. But that hardly excuses the ineptitude of Otto Schenk’s staging of the Donizetti comedy at the Metropolitan Opera, seen April 3. Comment

Last Exit Before Brooklyn

BY GUS SOLOMONS JR. Comment

Kinky City

It was Fetish Wear Week in New York, with the openings of the films “The Notorious Bettie Page” and “Kinky Boots,” and Elton John’s Closet Sale, benefiting his AIDS charity, featuring leather, heels, chains, and rubber at bargain prices. Comment

Higher Ed Culture War Stymied

The Hastings College of the Law, a unit of the University of California, did not violate any federal constitutional provisions when it refused to grant official recognition to a chapter of the Christian Legal Society (CLS), ruled U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White on April 17. Comment

Grim Visage

The confusing mob scene at The Kitchen’s house doors foreshadowed what Maria Hassabi had in store. As we entered we already tasted the harried city she would mirror in “Still Smoking.” Comment

Gay Iranian Deportations On Hold

The Dutch government last Wednesday backed down on its plan to deport gay asylum-seekers from Iran after a debate in Parliament showed overwhelming opposition to the proposal. Comment

Finding The Road

When teenage impulsiveness intersects with the discovery that sex gives you power, the results can be a disaster. In the case of Heidi, a 16-year-old from Canberra, the Australian capital, this combination proves explosive enough to make her run off to Lake Jindabyne, a ski resort area, after coming on to her mother’s live-in boyfriend in the first ten minutes of “Somersault.” As she refers to the incident later, her mother “looked at me like she didn’t know me anymore”—so devastating is the extent of her new power. Comment

ESPA Endorses Maloney’s AG Bid

The Empire State Pride Agenda has entered the fray in this year’s Democratic primary campaign for state attorney general with an unusually early endorsement, throwing its support to Sean Patrick Maloney, a 39-year-old investigative attorney who served for three years as a top White House aide to President Bill Clinton. Comment

David Mixner Calls Gotham Home

Called “the most powerful gay man in America” by Newsweek magazine following his successful efforts to marshal gay money and resources for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, Mixner helped start the nation’s first gay political action committee, the Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles, and was a co-founder of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the Washington-based national organization that identifies and supports highly-qualified LGBT candidates for public office. He has been a leading advisor on several other presidential bids, including those of Richard Gephardt, Gary Hart, and George McGovern. Comment

Cuckoo Pastiche

Taylor’s Mac’s aquatic lollapalooza “Red Tide Blooming” features mermaids, a hermaphrodite, angels, sea cows, blowfish, and a glowworm. And those are just the sea creatures. There is also a hag with gigantic breasts that speak, a handsome weatherman, shirtless with a tie and in short pants—who declares the apocalypse—and various other flora and fauna. The piece is set in Coney Island and there is a mermaid parade like ones the island is famous for. Comment

Critically, Craftily, Clamorously

Welcome to this year’s installment of the Crisis of Criticism, that cyclical scourge often concurring with upheavals of industry and capital. With theatrical exhibitors buckling under digital-conversion demands and audiences dissolving into wireless vapors, small wonder film critics are again being shown to the scapegoat paddock, and even eminent bards like the Baltimore Sun’s Michael Sragow are chided by colleagues at their own venues for scorning populist favorites. Comment

Conflicting Values

I couldn’t believe it. I never thought it could happen but, for a fleeting moment, I felt like one of those detestable politicians who have always made me cringe when they refer to the “manipulative poor.” In previous articles, I have spoken of my pseudo sister-in-law, Lisa. She is the person who promised my husband Gary as a Christmas present not to vote for Rick Santorum in his Pennsylvania senatorial reelection bid later this year. Lisa had earlier been the inspiration for a seven-page letter I wrote unsuccessfully trying to persuade a vote against for Bush in the ‘04 presidential election. Comment

Big Adoption Advance in Indiana

A divided three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals of Indiana ruled on April 13 that the state’s adoption law could be interpreted to allow unmarried couples, including same-sex partners, to jointly adopt a child. The ruling approved the adoption of a baby girl, identified in court papers as M.A.H., by a lesbian couple, named as R.K.H. and K.A.B., resolving a dispute between the courts in Morgan and Marion Counties. Comment

… And He’s Sticking To It

In an age where writers are publicly flogged for stretching the truth, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has a faultless strategy—distend it beyond recognition and call it fictional comedy. Comment

All Tomorrow’s Parties

Dark poetry, dark secrets, and dark cafés This theater season has been filled with a lot of reactive leftist political theater, which has all begun to take on the taint of preaching to the choir. […] Comment

7 Days in cinema

Recently Noted: 4 (CHETYRE) An instant sensation upon its premiere at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s debut feature bagged a Tiger Award in Rotterdam last year and floored ’em […] Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 5, Number 16 | April 20 - 26, 2006 Comment

Advocates Convene Marriage Forum

A town hall meeting that was intended to update the lesbian and gay community on the pursuit of marriage equality drew roughly 50 people to the LGBT Community Center. Comment
News

Critically, Craftily, Clamorously

The Monday before this article was due, I logged onto my ISP to check e-mail, and found a headline toasting the latest triumph of Hollywood know-how. Increasingly, it gushed, studios are dumping teensploitation fare into theaters without press previews, thereby dodging irksome elitist critics incapable of savoring unalloyed tripe, and whose verdicts are extraneous to the desperately sought youth market anyway. Comment
International

Gay Iranian Deportations On Hold

The Dutch government last Wednesday backed down on its plan 3to deport gay asylum-seekers from Iran after a debate in Parliament showed overwhelming opposition to the proposal.<BR> Comments (1)

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