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Civil Union Ceremony Victory in Jersey's Ocean Grove

The New Jersey Division of Civil Rights has handed a preliminary victory to a lesbian couple denied access to the Boardwalk Pavilion in Ocean Grove, which is owned by a religious group, the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, but a second lesbian couple was denied the same ruling because by the time they applied to use the space the association had stopped renting it out for private ceremonies. Comment
Susie Day

Croakin' On Hudson

Last December, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and other state officials announced that the Indian Point nuclear power plant, 35 miles north of New York City, should be shut down. Comment
News

Race Alive in Split Verdict

It was a startlingly candid exchange between two journalists working for the same broadcasting behemoth, but it neatly framed the ludicrous bed that the mainstream media made for itself in the five frenzied days between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Comment
Nathan Riley

Morning in Blue America

The Democrats keep getting better and better. Comment
News

Old Friends, New Beginnings

On a Saturday in late autumn, almost a hundred of us gathered to celebrate the first annual reunion of the membership of Gay & Lesbian Youth of New York (GLNY). Comment
International

Beware the Huckabasher

Anyone who thinks that Mike Huckabee, the most dangerous presidential candidate for the LGBT community, is out of the running because of his third-place showing in New Hampshire this week is sadly mistaken. Comment
News

City Will Move to Shutter Bathhouses

Even as the city health department maintains it has not decided whether it will regulate the city's sex clubs and bathhouses, continue its current policy of aggressively inspecting these businesses, or try to close them all down, a senior department staffer said the agency's goal is to shut them down. Comment
Theater

The Devil and the Details

Conor McPherson's new play "The Seafarer" is in the rich British tradition of holiday ghost stories, mostly known in our time through endless repetitions of Dickens' best-known spook-fest, "A Christmas Carol." The little frissons of fear are, ironically, intended to make one feel snug around the hearth, and it's not spoiling the fun to reveal that McPherson's tale centers on a friendly card game where the highest stake is the soul of one of the players. Comment
Guest Perspective

Crystal Balls

Beginning in January 1975, New York Times columnist Bill Safire offered his readers a multiple-choice test to elicit their political predictions for the year ahead. With nods to Safire and my psychic friend Dionne Warwick, I present my own prognostication quiz to Gay City News readers, but with a progressive, LGBT twist. Comment
Theater

Thirty Years Without Callas

Had she survived her self-created tragedies, Maria Callas would have turned 84 this month. Instead, the controversial soprano, many of whose operatic recordings remain unsurpassed, died in 1977 of "natural causes" -- translation: from a broken heart and overuse of sleeping pills and other drugs. Comment
Theater

New Norma, New Roméo

As with Broadway productions, sometimes operatic revivals are seemingly cursed with unshakable bad luck. Such was the case with Bellini's masterpiece "Norma" this season. James Jorden reported on the initial run, featuring Hasmik Papian, in the November 29 issue. The title role was taken over November 26 as scheduled by Maria Guleghina, fresh - if that is the word - from her spectacularly uneven run in the new "Macbeth," where the Russian soprano's huge format vocalism made for some visceral excitement, as well as much cringing. Comment
Music

Artists Lost to the Ages

As 2007 fades into memory, a vital exercise is to memorialize those figures lost in the past 12 months. What follows is ten jazz legends lost in 2007 - a small part of a larger list, all deserving of their own commemoration, and a woefully inadequate list of their accomplishments. Comment
New York State

Flesh Is the Great Equalizer

While Bikram and "hot yoga" trends involve performing ancient meditative poses in rooms heated above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, Aaron Star is confident his yoga studio's classes will prove to be even hotter. But it's not the temperature in the room, which peaks at a balmy but comfortable 80 degrees, that's drawing participants to his studio. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell PERSPECTIVE

Iraq, What's That?

I'm a victim of serial amnesia. I'd almost managed to forget all those roadside bombs, the blank grinning faces of GIs hovering over naked Iraqis in Abu Ghraib until I got stuck on a plane and the only interesting thing to watch on video was "In the Valley of Elah" with Tommy Lee Jones. Comment
Art

Glitter and Be Equal

Artist Alex Da Corte's current body of photographs and sculptural installation examines evidence of power dynamics in human relationships. His work deals with appearances and intimacy - the potency of what lies beneath appearances. His interest is in the soul rather than the surface of the work, the person, or the subject. Comment
Music

Lost in a Blind Spot

Directors such as Hong Sang-soo, Jia Zhang Ke, and Tsai Ming-liang can sell out 1,000-seat theaters at the New York Film Festival, but upon theatrical release, their films are lucky to last two weeks. The aesthetic of "festival cinema" - slow pacing, an austere tone, an avoidance of psychological explanations and conventional narrative - has yet to click with more general audiences, even in New York arthouses. Comment
Music

Stephen Greco's Reinvention

Stephen Greco has some big dancing shoes to fill. He works in the office where Marion Dienstag sat for a time, after she led Dance Theater Workshop into the new millennium with a brand new building and a fully loaded theater. Before her, David R. White, the kingmaker, reigned over these lands for a quarter century. Comment
Books

A Marvelous Party, and Then Some

Just as the infernal machinery of the Yuletide season was ramping up its materialistic drone, the classy house of Knopf came out with a large collection of Noel Coward's letters and selected diary entries which are as welcome as a hot rum toddy in days of bleak weather and forced cheer. Comment
Books

A Marvelous Party, and Then Some

Just as the infernal machinery of the Yuletide season was ramping up its materialistic drone, the classy house of Knopf came out with a large collection of Noel Coward's letters and selected diary entries which are as welcome as a hot rum toddy in days of bleak weather and forced cheer. Comment
News

An Iowa Caucus Blog

By: HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN Comment
News

An Iowa Caucus Blog

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT lobby, was at Thursday night's Iowa caucuses and blogged their reports. Comment
News

New Asylum Chance for Gay Egyptian

A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Philadelphia, ruled on December 20 that a gay Egyptian man should receive a further hearing from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), which earlier rejected his bid to stay in the US. Comment
News

The Rudy We Knew

According to David Yepsen, a columnist with the Des Moines Register, Rudy Giuliani holds a "moderate" stance on gay rights. Liberal columnist Bill Press called the former New York City mayor "pro-gay rights." Comment
Theater

Family Affair, Tawdry at Best

By: DAVID KENNERLEY Comment
News

Another NY Civil Union Recognition Loss

Dealing a second appellate defeat to John Langan in his quest for compensation for the loss of his partner, a five-member panel of New York's Appellate Division, 3rd Department, based in Albany, ruled on December 27 that Langan, a surviving partner of a Vermont civil union, is not a "spouse" within the meaning of the state's Workers' Compensation Law. Comment
Theater

No Business Like...

By: CHRISTOPHER BYRNE Comment
Theater

Family Affair, Tawdry at Best

By: DAVID KENNERLEY Comment
Theater

In The Noh: Wise Endora, Rosie, Madonna

In no particular order, the "Aggie Awards" are here presented for the best live performances of 2007. The awards are named for the divine Agnes Moorehead (1900-74), best known today for her campy "Endora" character on "Bewitched" and rumored lesbianism. But what should most be remembered - apart from her numerous distinguished stage performances - is that in "The Magnificent Ambersons," Moorehead gave one of cinema's greatest, realest performances, for which she won the New York Film Critics' 1942 Award. Comment
Guest Perspective

When Wall Street Is Atlantis  

PERSPECTIVE: When Wall Street Is Atlantis Comment
Theater

No Business Like...

In the idiosyncratic but appealing musical "The Glorious Ones," Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music) tell the backstage story of a 16th century troupe of Italian street players who are responsible for the establishment of Comedia dell'arte and the transformation of the theater. Under the direction of Flamino Scala, a flamboyant actor/manager, who it could be argued was the first to put his faith in typecasting, the improvisational troupe go from the streets to the court, back to the streets and are left pondering their future and relevancy as the culture - and the theater - changes around them. Comment
Theater

Family Affair, Tawdry at Best

"So, the message of this play is that women are whores and that's the way men like them?", asked my companion, looking drained and dumbfounded as we exited the Cort Theatre where a stunning revival of "The Homecoming" is now playing. Comment
Guest Perspective

I Am Resolved

I'm resolved. I really am. But lately it has been difficult to regain that sense of hope I had after the 2006 midterm elections. Comment
Legal

Oregon Partner Law Blocked

By: ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge whose 2003 appointment raised the hackles of the gay community in Oregon because of his role in the infamous 1986 Georgia sodomy case has issued an order blocking Oregon's Domestic Partnership Act from going into effect this week. Comment
Guest Perspective

No Blue Skies for Bi-National Couples

By: SEBASTIAN CORDOBA | As 2008 unfolds, those gay and lesbian Americans who are in relationships with men and women from beyond our borders are probably wondering what these 12 months will bring for them, especially during an election year. As was the case during the year that just ended, the news will continue to be grim. Comment
Guest Perspective

The Distance We've Traveled

No matter who wins the coming week's Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, the 2008 presidential campaign - at least on the Democratic side - has been a remarkable political milestone for the LGBT community. To be sure, the presidential candidates have been far from perfect. The top three Democrats have danced around marriage equality more clumsily than Britney Spears moved at the 2007 MTV Music Awards. Comment
Art

Man Tames Beast

By: CHRISTINE CALLAHAN Comments (1)
Art

After the Soirée

By: GREGORY MONTREUIL Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

When Wall Street Is Atlantis

For weeks Paris has been in a cold snap, and I go around the apartment with wool socks and 12 sweaters that disguise my shape so much that the other day when I looked in the bathroom mirror after a shower I thought I was seeing some wispy, startled stranger. Comment
Theater

Timpani, the Hunter's Call

By: LORI ORTIZ | You may know the charismatic Isaac Mizrahi, but you may not know his sexy storytelling voice. He read "Peter & The Wolf" to a crowd of mesmerized children and adults at the Guggenheim's Peter B. Lewis Theater on December 17. Audience members were privy to an intimate encounter with the world-famous, out gay clothing designer. Comment
Legal

Gay Dad Visitation Constraints Nixed

Finding that a family court judge had improperly let his disapproval of a father's homosexual "lifestyle" influence his decision to impose a travel restriction when the father has visitation with his children, the South Carolina Court of Appeals struck it down. Comment
Books

Ex-Lovers and Other Strangers

By: DOUG IRELAND Comment
Legal

Oregon Partner Law Blocked

A federal district judge whose 2003 appointment raised the hackles of the gay community in Oregon because of his role in the infamous 1986 Georgia sodomy case has issued an order blocking Oregon's Domestic Partnership Act from going into effect this week. Comment
Legal

Another NY Civil Union Recognition Loss

By: ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Dealing a second appellate defeat to John Langan in his quest for compensation for the loss of his partner, a five-member panel of New York's Appellate Division, 3rd Department, based in Albany, ruled on December 27 that Langan, a surviving partner of a Vermont civil union, is not a "spouse" within the meaning of the state's Workers' Compensation Law. Comment
Art

After the Soirée

Approaching the new installation at David Zwirner, "Black Pussy" appears as the final work by Jason Rhoades, who died in 2006 at 41. The vestige of a series of soirées planned and executed by Rhoades, the mammoth installation is built around an empty stage. Never one to shy away from hot buttons issues, Rhoades carried out the "Black Pussy Soirée Cabaret Macramé" evenings with carefully composed guest lists and planted attendees. The guests were required to wear white and included art world luminaries as well as celebrities and local people. Comment
Art

Man Tames Beast

Man tames beast. Somewhere, out there, in a barren land. Who are they? Why do they have hyenas and monkeys on leashes? Are the animals being domesticated as pets or are they weapons or perhaps just curiosities? None of these questions are answered, only raised, in this striking exhibition, "The Hyena and Other Men." Comment
Legal

The Rudy We Knew

By: DUNCAN OSBORNE | According to David Yepsen, a columnist with the Des Moines Register, Rudy Giuliani holds a "moderate" stance on gay rights. Liberal columnist Bill Press called the former New York City mayor "pro-gay rights." Comment
Legal

New Asylum Chance for Gay Egyptian

By: ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Philadelphia, ruled on December 20 that a gay Egyptian man should receive a further hearing from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), which earlier rejected his bid to stay in the US. Comment
Art

Man Tames Beast

Man tames beast. Somewhere, out there, in a barren land. Who are they? Why do they have hyenas and monkeys on leashes? Are the animals being domesticated as pets or are they weapons or perhaps just curiosities? None of these questions are answered, only raised, in this striking exhibition, "The Hyena and Other Men." Comment
Politics

The Rudy We Knew

By: DUNCAN OSBORNE | According to David Yepsen, a columnist with the Des Moines Register, Rudy Giuliani holds a "moderate" stance on gay rights. Liberal columnist Bill Press called the former New York City mayor "pro-gay rights." Comment
Film

The Preminger Touch

There is the man. A child of privilege, born in Vienna in either 1905 or '06, according to varying accounts, to a father retained as counsel by the Habsburg monarchs. The young artist turned by the muses from law school to apprenticeship with Max Reinhardt, then to film with "Die Grosse Liebe" (1931) and soon enough onstage in New York and on B detail at Fox in Hollywood, swinging freely between film and theater for years. Comment
Film

Keeping the Arthouse Open

In 2007, cinephilia meant spending a lot of time in mourning, thanks to the deaths of Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Ousmane Sembene, and Edward Yang. Obituary proclamations of Bergman's irrelevance were answered at length in the blogosphere, but even if the director's reputation has fallen since the '60s, he lived a long life and made a vast oeuvre. Yang died in his 50s and only got to direct seven films. His fate seems emblematic of the current state of art cinema. Comment
Film

Film Fest Honors Gays

This year the 36-year-old, internationally touring, New York City-based Dance on Camera Festival has spread its wings and swept into the boroughs. Expanded content brought opportunities for community-based programming. Comment
Film

Where There's Oil...

In the finest Hollywood tradition of coaxing movie magic from literary banality, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has taken Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel "Oil!", which studio heads and agents hadn't exactly been pining to produce, and made from it a work of sensory astonishment and rich moral ambiguities. Comment
Arts

The Preminger Touch

There is the man. A child of privilege, born in Vienna in either 1905 or '06, according to varying accounts, to a father retained as counsel by the Habsburg monarchs. The young artist turned by the muses from law school to apprenticeship with Max Reinhardt, then to film with "Die Grosse Liebe" (1931) and soon enough onstage in New York and on B detail at Fox in Hollywood, swinging freely between film and theater for years. Comment
Film

Keeping the Arthouse Open

In 2007, cinephilia meant spending a lot of time in mourning, thanks to the deaths of Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Ousmane Sembene, and Edward Yang. Obituary proclamations of Bergman's irrelevance were answered at length in the blogosphere, but even if the director's reputation has fallen since the '60s, he lived a long life and made a vast oeuvre. Yang died in his 50s and only got to direct seven films. His fate seems emblematic of the current state of art cinema. Comment
Music

Timpani, the Hunter's Call

You may know the charismatic Isaac Mizrahi, but you may not know his sexy storytelling voice. He read "Peter & The Wolf" to a crowd of mesmerized children and adults at the Guggenheim's Peter B. Lewis Theater on December 17. Audience members were privy to an intimate encounter with the world-famous, out gay clothing designer. Comment
Books

Ex-Lovers and Other Strangers

By: DOUG IRELAND Comment
News

Stakes Emerging From Iowa, New Hampshire

With the one-two punch of the Iowa caucuses and the Hampshire primary upon us, it is very tempting to declare this week for one or another of the presidential candidates, to inject into the political conversation an LGBT media endorsement out of New York. Comment

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