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Hash Blues

“Police, Adjective” is an unusual film, centered on concerns shoved aside by most cinema — boredom and linguistics. It also crossbreeds art cinema — with its slow pacing, long takes, and long shots — with the policier. Comment
Crime

Twelve Men Face Execution for Sodomy in Iran

Ten young Iranian men, including eight teenagers, are currently awaiting execution for sodomy, and two more are being re-tried on the same capital charge. And, in an exclusive interview with Gay City News, an Iranian student gay rights activist confirmed for the first time the existence of queer organizing on multiple university campuses throughout Iran. Comment
Theater

A Blanche Named Blanchett

A close-knit group of friends gathers to carp about their failed relationships and derailed dreams. One has settled for a lackluster career, another has settled for a lackluster romantic partner. One has a drinking problem, another commits adultery. And yep, one is gay. Biting wit, in the form of impossibly clever dialogue, is the salve that helps soothe the pain. Self-delusion and self-deprecation abound. Comment
Legal

30 GOP Enemies, But 8 Democrats, Too

Appearing before a crowd of roughly 1,000 the day after the New York State Senate defeated a gay marriage bill in a 38-24 vote, Governor David A. Paterson urged the community to continue battling for equal marriage rights. “On the day when the first same-sex couples should be getting married here in the state of New York... we fight on,” Paterson said at a December 3 rally organized by Marriage Equality New York and held at the northern end of Union Square in Manhattan. “Keep fighting, keep the pressure on.” Comment
Theater

Friends With Benefits

A close-knit group of friends gathers to carp about their failed relationships and derailed dreams. One has settled for a lackluster career, another has settled for a lackluster romantic partner. One has a drinking problem, another commits adultery. And yep, one is gay. Biting wit, in the form of impossibly clever dialogue, is the salve that helps soothe the pain. Self-delusion and self-deprecation abound. Comment
Theater

A Blanche Named Blanchett

I feel like a grinch telling you how wonderful Cate Blanchett (as Blanche du Bois) and Sydney Theater Company are under Liv Ullman’s inspired direction when the run of the show at BAM’s Harvey Theater is sold out. If you don’t have tickets and are exceedingly blessed, maybe someone will make an early holiday present of them to you. Comment
News

30 GOP Enemies, But 8 Democrats, Too

Appearing before a crowd of roughly 1,000 the day after the New York State Senate defeated a gay marriage bill in a 38-24 vote, Governor David A. Paterson urged the community to continue battling for equal marriage rights. “On the day when the first same-sex couples should be getting married here in the state of New York... we fight on,” Paterson said at a December 3 rally organized by Marriage Equality New York and held at the northern end of Union Square in Manhattan. “Keep fighting, keep the pressure on.” Comments (1)
News

A Staggering, Bitter Defeat

Since May, Senator Thomas K. Duane, a Chelsea Democrat and the chamber’s only out gay member, said he had the votes to pass the marriage equality bill he sponsors. The Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA), the state’s LGBT lobby, similarly voiced confidence that a bipartisan majority in the 62-member house would vote yes. In October, Governor David A. Paterson, who introduced the legislation that has now passed the heavily Democratic Assembly three times, referring to the Senate’s Democratic conference leader, said, “Senator [John] Sampson I’ve heard on occasion say that he thinks the bill can pass.” Comment
Music

Just About to Come True

It has long been an article of faith among musical theater devotees that a Broadway revival of “Dreamgirls” was inevitable and would come in the fullness of time. When the movie came out in 2006, hopes surged particularly high. Well, it may not be on Broadway yet, but a new production of “Dreamgirls” is about to set off on a national tour, and it’s kicking off, aptly enough, at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Comment
Around Town

Best Bets for Yuletide Activities

Christmas in New York is always cause for celebration — unless you’re Jewish; or Muslim; or agnostic; or atheist; or don’t particularly care for festive wreaths and trees. But who among us doesn’t like to receive presents — and get December 25 off of work — and set aside one time of the year when we can spread glad tidings of comfort and joy in a manner befitting H1N1? Comment
Theater

Greatest production of the greatest American play

It’s was just before dawn on May 7, 1901 — when Doc Gibbs wiped his feet on the (invisible) doormat before entering his (invisible) house — that my nose started prickling. Comment
Art

Ominous, somber, kitschy and forlorn

Three fleeting art exhibits well worth your while Comment
Art

Goldner’s ideas conceived in Mali, born on Warren Street

For 35 years, Tribeca artist Janet Goldner (www.janetgoldner.com) has been finding inspiration at opposite ends of the Earth. Intrigued by the tension she’s experienced between her two homes on different continents, Goldner exists as an insider and an outsider. Comment
New York State

Seminary’s prayers answered as hotel opens to public

Guests looking for a religious experience in their hotel stay can now reserve a room at the General Theological Seminary, as the city recently approved the spiritual center’s controversial bid to operate a commercial inn on the Chelsea property. Comment
Politics

Politicians deliver: Post offices won’t be closed

A united front by local politicians and residents has stopped the US Postal Service from making good on its threat to possibly shutter a handful of local post offices. Comment
Health

Social network campaign confronts virus with viral video

Declaring that “the conversation about HIV/AIDS must be revived,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn used the occasion of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 to launch a new social networking campaign called “I Talk Because…,” in which New Yorkers are encouraged to post brief video messages online explaining why talking about the epidemic is important in their lives. Comment
New York State

Board shuts door on Donnell Library landmarking

Fans of Midtown’s Donnell Library, still feeling the loss of one of the most popular branches of the New York Public Library more than a year after it closed, are continuing to explore possible ways to preserve to the W. 53rd St. location despite the site’s sale to a hotel developer. Comment
New York State

High Line arrest takes art argument to another level

Following his arrest on the High Line for selling art without a permit on Nov. 21, street-artist activist Robert Lederman is now working on his latest creation — a lawsuit for millions in damages that he plans to file against the Friends of the High Line and the city. Comment
Legal

Cries of betrayal as gay marriage measure falls flat

Since May, State Sen. Thomas Duane, a Chelsea Democrat and the chamber’s only openly gay member, has said he had the votes to pass the gay marriage bill he sponsors. The Empire State Pride Agenda, the state’s LGBT lobby, has similarly voiced confidence that a bipartisan majority in the 62-member house would vote yes. At ESPA’s October dinner in Manhattan, Governor David Paterson, who introduced the legislation—which has now passed the heavily Democratic Assembly three times—said of the Senate’s Democratic conference leader, “Senator [John] Sampson I’ve heard on occasion say that he thinks the bill can pass.” Comment
Politics

War protesters hit street after Obama speech

For the 238th consecutive week, members of Chelsea Neighbors United to End the War gathered at the corner of 24th St. and Eighth Ave. on Tues., Dec. 1, to protest ongoing military activity in the Middle East. Comment
Politics

War protesters hit street after Obama speech

For the 238th consecutive week, members of Chelsea Neighbors United to End the War gathered at the corner of 24th St. and Eighth Ave. on Tues., Dec. 1, to protest ongoing military activity in the Middle East. Comment

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