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Cabaret veteran Crane is a rare bird

In a lovingly tended garden behind a beautiful Greenwich Village brownstone, a sprite and lively woman adds fresh seed to her aviary. She is both knowledgeable about — and proud of — all the species her garden attracts. There are finches and warblers; robins and doves; cardinals, jays and sparrows of all sorts. With a two-tiered running stream of water for sips and baths, the garden even attracts rare visitors like a grossbeak or a rufous-sided towhee. Pigeons and squirrels are discouraged. Comment
Theater

Italian legend gets her NYC due

In Italy, everybody knows Franca Valeri — whether as playwright, as actress, as comedienne, or all three. Comment
News

Women Honored By, At Stonewall

In a spirited awards ceremony that drew a crowd of well more than 100 to the bar where the modern LGBT civil rights struggle is generally acknowledged to have begun, the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York held its fourth annual Women’s Awards, honoring five leaders and organizations serving or allied with the community. Comment
News

From Angry Protest to Solemn Commemoration

As a rainy World AIDS Day opened at the Brooklyn Public Library in Grand Army Plaza, several dozen demonstrators affiliated with Housing Works, some of them in bagel costumes, others holding up bagel protest signs, turned out to protest a bagel breakfast Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted for AIDS service organization leaders inside. Comment
Health

AIDS Rent Cap Clears Hurdle

Proposed legislation that would cap rents paid by thousands of clients of the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) to 30 percent of their income — which advocates have been pressing for since former Governor George Pataki was still in office — moved one step closer to passage on January 12 when the State Assembly approved it in an 82-54 vote. Comment
Arts IN THE NOH

 Korean Diva

If opera is baseball for gay men, then great divas, like great pitchers, are absolutely indispensable for the survival of the sport. Last season at the Met, with the likes of Piotr Beczala, Joseph Calleja, and Juan Diego Flores, tenors seemed to rule the roost, but this season the sopranos have happily come back into their own. Comment
Politics

AIDS Rent Cap Clears Hurdle

Proposed legislation that would cap rents paid by thousands of clients of the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) to 30 percent of their income — which advocates have been pressing for since former Governor George Pataki was still in office — moved one step closer to passage on January 12 when the State Assembly approved it in an 82-54 vote. Comment
Theater

Broadway Playdaddy

Victor Garber might just well be the most accomplished actor you’ve never heard of. To be sure, theater geeks have been following him for nearly four decades, first as Jesus in a 1972 production of “Godspell,” then later in the Broadway premieres of “Deathtrap,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Noises Off,” “Art,” and the 1994 revival of “Damn Yankees,” just to name a few. More recently, he won raves for the Encores! production of “Follies.” Comment
Arts

Faking It

Gay filmmaker André Téchiné’s absorbing new drama, “The Girl on the Train,” does not involve queer themes or characters, but this provocative film will intrigue and engage viewers who have felt themselves outside society’s mainstream. Comment
Politics

Jimmy Van Bramer Takes the Oath in Astoria

Amid considerable pomp and circumstance at the sparkling new Tony Bennett Auditorium at Astoria’s Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, longtime gay activist Jimmy Van Bramer was sworn in as the District 26 City Council member. Comment
Arts

A Decade of Akerman

Chantal Akerman’s identity as a Jewish Belgian lesbian informs her films in varied ways, but her work shows remarkable resistance to being pinned down. At one point, she refused to allow her films to be shown in gay and lesbian festivals. Comment
Politics

John Liu’s Choice of Simcha Felder Raises Alarms

Barely a month after the LGBT community turned out en masse to protest the eight no votes from among the city’s 26 state senators that resulted in the marriage equality bill failing on December 2, some gay political leaders expressed alarm that newly sworn-in City Comptroller John Liu has appointed as one of his four deputies a Brooklyn City Council member who cited “religious reasons” in withholding his vote from Christine Quinn when she ran for speaker in 2006. Comment
Music

Puccini’s Sopranos

Popular operas by popular composers are the lifeblood of opera companies. But in this vocally challenged era, they are often the hardest to cast. Puccini is currently the most popular composer of Italian opera, having edged out Verdi some time ago. Verdi voices have always been hard to find, but are Puccini voices becoming extinct, too? Comment
Film

The Third Mom

“Off and Running” is lesbian filmmaker Nicole Opper’s remarkable documentary about Avery Kline-Cloud, the adopted African-American teenage daughter of two mothers who also have two adopted sons, one Hispanic, the other Asian. As she starts to think about college, Avery ponders whether to try to contact her birth mother. It’s a decision that sets a painful chain of events in motion. Comment
News

John Liu’s Choice of Simcha Felder Raises Alarms

Barely a month after the LGBT community turned out en masse to protest the eight no votes from among the city’s 26 state senators that resulted in the marriage equality bill failing on December 2, some gay political leaders expressed alarm that newly sworn-in City Comptroller John Liu has appointed as one of his four deputies a Brooklyn City Council member who cited “religious reasons” in withholding his vote from Christine Quinn when she ran for speaker in 2006. Comment
Politics

Jimmy Van Bramer Takes the Oath in Astoria

Amid considerable pomp and circumstance at the sparkling new Tony Bennett Auditorium at Astoria’s Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, longtime gay activist Jimmy Van Bramer was sworn in as the District 26 City Council member. Comment
Politics

The Beat of a Different Dromm

Daniel Dromm did not start the LGBT movement in Queens, but his insurgent election as a New York City Council member was the culmination of a long history of struggle in the borough for LGBT rights that was on proud display January 10 at the Queens Theater in Flushing Meadow Park as he was sworn in before a packed house as diverse as the Jackson Heights-based 25th District he now represents. Comment
National

A Show of Solidarity in Puerto Rico

Two months after Jorge Steven López Mercado, a 19-year-old gay activist and college student, was brutally murdered in Puerto Rico, seven Latina and lesbian and gay elected officials from the mainland — including five members of the New York City Council — traveled there to meet with the victim’s family and members of the island’s LGBT community to offer their support. Comment
Crime

Indictments in College Point Attack

Two Queens men were indicted on multiple assault and robbery charges, many of them as hate crimes, in the brutal and allegedly anti-gay 2009 assault on Jack Price, a gay man. Comments (1)
International

Queer Leaders Slam Germany’s Gay Foreign Minister

(Berlin) A prominent gay member of Germany’s parliament, Volker Beck, and the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD) have launched an escalating assault on the policies of the country’s first openly gay foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, accusing him of ignoring the persecution of the LGBT community in the Muslim world. Last week, in the wake of Westerwelle’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Beck and the LSVD, in exclusive interviews with Gay City News, voiced sharp criticisms of his silence. Comment
News

AIDS Rent Cap Clears Hurdle

Proposed legislation that would cap rents paid by thousands of clients of the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) to 30 percent of their income — which advocates have been pressing for since former Governor George Pataki was still in office — moved one step closer to passage on January 12 when the State Assembly approved it in an 82-54 vote. Comment
Theater

Extra, Extra

With the news often seeming like a parody of itself, the reaction is more an impulse to cry than to laugh. Fortunately, now there’s “NEWSical, the Musical,” a charming, ripped-from-the-headlines review that skewers the foibles of political figures, the news media, and the culture at large. Comment
Theater

Plaintive Pride

One of the most beloved Irish traditions is storytelling through song, and “Silver Stars,” part of the Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival, fiercely embraces this custom. Yet the piece exposes a lesser-known Celtic trait as well — denial. When confronted with something painfully unpleasant, simply pretend it doesn’t exist and maybe it will go away. Comment
Theater

The Sky is Falling

The interaction of social classes was endlessly fascinating to Bernard Shaw. As the world changed in the beginning of the 20th century, people who would never normally mix found themselves in alliances of one sort or another, and the rules that had guided the Empire for ages began to evaporate. Comment

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