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Shen Wei Takes on the Great Indoors

In his native China, Shen Wei was known for prodigious dancing, which combined strong Western modern technique with what he learned as a child from traditional Chinese Opera. A founding member of the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, China’s first such troupe, he came to America in 1995. Comment
News

Living wage tops CB4 topics

Members of Manhattan Community Board 4 (CB4) gathered on December 7 at Roosevelt Hospital for a full board meeting, and public hearings on issues including the NYC Living Wage Campaign and a parking garage project. Comment
News

Protesters are sour on Trader Joe’s tomatoes

About a dozen protesters dressed like giant tomatoes danced and rapped to the beat of Technotronic’s “Pump Up The Jam” in front of the East 14th Street Trader Joe’s on Saturday, December 3. The big reds are part of an ongoing campaign against the supermarket chain’s refusal to collaborate with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and sign their Fair Food agreement — which includes paying tomato pickers one cent more per pound and protecting them against labor rights violations. Comment
News

At Safe Streets luncheon, GVCCC honors NYPD  

Last week, the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce (villagechelsea.com) honored four members of the Sixth, Ninth, 10th and 13th Precincts — covering Chelsea, the Union Square/Flatiron district, Greenwich Village and the East Village. Comment
News

Taking Chinatown, Little Italy to new heights

City Councilmember Margaret Chin rose to new heights, literally, to promote the historic districts of Chinatown and Little Italy last Thursday, December 8. Comment
News

Expert panel judging designs for AIDS memorial

A blue-ribbon panel of architects, designers and AIDS activists is conducting a competition for an AIDS memorial in the planned triangle park across from the former St. Vincent’s Hospital campus in Greenwich Village. Comment
News

The Martyrdom of Lawrence Brose

The entire weight of the US Department of Homeland Security, set up to protect us from terrorists, is being used to crush an avant-garde queer filmmaker and visual artist who has created more than 30 experimental films since 1983 that deal largely with homosexuality, homophobia, AIDS, and related topics –– yet there has been hardly a word written about this case in the LGBT press and nary a squeak of protest from treasury-rich national gay institutions. Comment
Crime

Criminally Negligent Homicide Sought by Davawn Robinson’s Lawyer

Saying her client never intended to kill Edgard Mercado when he strangled him to death in 2009, a defense attorney for Davawn Robinson asked a Manhattan jury to convict the 24-year-old of criminally negligent homicide. Comments (1)
Nightlife

Occupy The Armory!

New Yorkers may have to wait a little while to see Elizabeth Streb’s Extreme Action daredevils scale and drop from the Brooklyn Bridge, but in the meantime, the Park Avenue Armory’s 55,000-square-foot, 70-foot-high Wade Thompson Drill Hall will provide ample room for the master’s explorations of gravity, velocity, trajectory, distance, size, connectivity, and impact in a spectacle aptly named “Kiss The Air!” Comment
Legal

Defendant Takes Stand in Edgard Mercado Killing

The accused killer of Edgard Mercado told a Manhattan jury that the 39-year-old gay man wanted to be strangled with a rope during sex and that the death was accidental. Comment
Breaking News

After Lengthy Forensic Testimony, DA Rests in Edgard Mercado Murder

Testifying for the prosecution in the murder trial of Davawn Robinson, a forensic pathologist from the city medical examiner’s office told a Manhattan jury that the injuries on Edgard Mercado’s body showed he had been in a fight. Comment
Film

I Enjoy Being a Boy

Out French filmmaker Céline Sciamma scored a hit in 2007 with her drama “Water Lilies” about female teenagers exploring their sexuality. Sciamma explores a different aspect of young female sexuality in her new film, “Tomboy,” a character study of a ten-year-old girl who spends a lot of time passing as a boy. Comment
Breaking News

Commemorating World AIDS Day

Commemorating World AIDS Day Comment
Theater

Not-So-Pleasantville

Are you one of those people who can sync their iPhones with their iPads, but can’t get in sync with true happiness? Do you wonder if, instead of controlling your technological devices, they’re starting to control you? Is the instant gratification from ordering a week’s worth of groceries –– or a sex hookup –– with just a few taps on a keyboard and having them magically appear at your door within minutes starting to feel, well, less than gratifying? Comment
Theater

Not-So-Pleasantville

Are you one of those people who can sync their iPhones with their iPads, but can’t get in sync with true happiness? Do you wonder if, instead of controlling your technological devices, they’re starting to control you? Is the instant gratification from ordering a week’s worth of groceries –– or a sex hookup –– with just a few taps on a keyboard and having them magically appear at your door within minutes starting to feel, well, less than gratifying? Comment
Legal

Transgender Job Bias Claim Stands

A unanimous federal appeals panel has affirmed a district court ruling that the Georgia General Assembly's Office of Legislative Counsel (OLC) violated the equal protection rights of Vandiver Elizabeth Glenn, a transgender woman, when she was discharged for transitioning from male to female while employed there. Comment
Crime

After Lengthy Forensic Testimony, DA Rests in Edgard Mercado Murder

Testifying for the prosecution in the murder trial of Davawn Robinson, a forensic pathologist from the city medical examiner’s office told a Manhattan jury that the injuries on Edgard Mercado’s body showed he had been in a fight. Comment
Crime

After Lengthy Forensic Testimony, DA Rests in Edgard Mercado Murder

Push continues against potential Davawn Robinson defense that death came from sex play accident Comment
Legal

Defendant Takes Stand in Edgard Mercado Killing

The accused killer of Edgard Mercado told a Manhattan jury that the 39-year-old gay man wanted to be strangled with a rope during sex and that the death was accidental. Comment
News

CFC appeals ruling in BRC shelter case

BY WINNIE McCROY - Chelsea business and property owners continue to fight a New York State Supreme Court judge’s decision to allow a 328-bed homeless shelter to operate in the neighborhood. On December 7, the Chelsea Flatiron Coalition (CFC) appealed the October 14 decision by Justice Joan A. Madden to allow the Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC) 12-story, 328-bed shelter to operate at 127 West 25th Street. Comments (1)
Theater

The Hurt Krapp

Maybe 30 years from now, people will look back at YouTube videos they posted in 2011 to recover some sense of who they were and who they are. When Samuel Beckett wrote “Krapp’s Last Tape” in 1958 — five years after he burst on the theater scene with “Waiting for Godot” — the technology du jour was the home tape recorder and his protagonist uses it to record birthday reflections annually. As this production from Dublin's Gate Theatre demonstrates, it is a risky business. Comment
News

Deportation Case v. Queens Lesbian Spouse Closed

Acting on a motion supported by the chief counsel of the Manhattan office of US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), an Immigration Judge has closed deportation proceedings against Monica Alcota, a 36-year-old Argentinean-born immigrant who lives in Queens and married her partner of three years, Cristina Ojeda, 25, in Connecticut last year. Ojeda is an American citizen. Comment
News

A Village Chocolate Tale

A Village Chocolate Tale Comment
New York State

Rudin plan scored at November 30 hearing

Key elements of a developer-initiated park design for a triangular parcel of land at the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site were sharply criticized at a public hearing conducted November 30 by the City Planning Commission. Comment
Features

A Dog Day Anniversary

Forty years ago this past Sunday, on December 4, 1971, John Stanley Wojtowicz married Ernest Aron in Greenwich Village, in what Wojtowicz described as a Roman Catholic ceremony. Comment
Perspectives

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

I’ll probably die of cancer of some girly part, like tits or crotch, with Loki, the trickster god looking on and snickering at the irony, because I preach so often that it’s usually the ticker or lungs that gets women just like for men. Comment
Perspectives

Shameful and Facetious Responses to False Arrests

A November 18 ruling from a unanimous three-judge panel of the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals continued a nearly three-year pattern in which elected officials, law enforcement authorities, and now the federal courts have responded both shamefully and facetiously to clear evidence that the New York City Police Department engaged in a witch hunt against gay men in adult video stores, arresting them on false charges of prostitution as pretext for bringing legal action against the establishments themselves. Comment
Guest Perspective

Confessions of a Pinkwasher 

The New York Times recently dedicated precious space to the follies of Israel’s public relations. Comment
Nightlife

Linda, Bunny & Liz

Linda Lavin, besides being one of the great theatrical presences of our time, has always sung. She makes that point abundantly clear with her new CD, “Possibilities” (Ghostlight/ Sh-k-boom), which she debuted at Birdland on December 5. It’s a swinging conglomeration of some of my favorite songs ever written, including Jobim’s “Quiet Nights” and Mancini’s “Two for the Road” –– which will certainly be my wedding theme if I ever… Comment
Theater

The Marriage-Go-Round

Marriage in Noel Coward’s plays is no fairytale. As a gay man, marriage for Coward in real life was unthinkable in 1930, and so he took the role left to him — that of a gimlet-eyed outsider who devoted himself to skewering the conventions and accepted artifice of the conventional marriage state, which when fueled by alcohol, selfishness, but also wit, create a mix too volatile not to combust. Comment
Theater

Occupy The Armory!

New Yorkers may have to wait a little while to see Elizabeth Streb’s Extreme Action daredevils scale and drop from the Brooklyn Bridge, but in the meantime, the Park Avenue Armory’s 55,000-square-foot, 70-foot-high Wade Thompson Drill Hall will provide ample room for the master’s explorations of gravity, velocity, trajectory, distance, size, connectivity, and impact in a spectacle aptly named “Kiss The Air!” Comment
Nightlife

Linda, Bunny & Liz

Linda Lavin, besides being one of the great theatrical presences of our time, has always sung. She makes that point abundantly clear with her new CD, “Possibilities” (Ghostlight/ Sh-k-boom), which she debuted at Birdland on December 5. It’s a swinging conglomeration of some of my favorite songs ever written, including Jobim’s “Quiet Nights” and Mancini’s “Two for the Road” –– which will certainly be my wedding theme if I ever… Comment
Theater

Protest Operas Occupy Lincoln Center

Opera is usually considered a cultural repository of older works that glorify the ideals and delve into the obsessions of past generations. Comment
Theater

The Marriage-Go-Round

Marriage in Noel Coward’s plays is no fairytale. As a gay man, marriage for Coward in real life was unthinkable in 1930, and so he took the role left to him — that of a gimlet-eyed outsider who devoted himself to skewering the conventions and accepted artifice of the conventional marriage state, which when fueled by alcohol, selfishness, but also wit, create a mix too volatile not to combust. Comment
Film

Who’s Afraid of Penelope Longstreet?

This may be a perverse thing to say, but “Carnage” is so entertaining that it weakens its central argument. It plays like Edward Albee’s classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” rewritten by the staff of “Frasier” into something a little less threatening. Comment
Film

Who’s Afraid of Penelope Longstreet?

This may be a perverse thing to say, but “Carnage” is so entertaining that it weakens its central argument. It plays like Edward Albee’s classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” rewritten by the staff of “Frasier” into something a little less threatening. Comment
Politics

How Do We Move the 97 Percent?

Major organizations serving the LGBT community, after suffering a precipitous decline in revenues from 2008 to 2009, stabilized the following year, in significant respects restoring fiscal soundness to their operations. Comment
Film

Who’s Afraid of Penelope Longstreet?

This may be a perverse thing to say, but “Carnage” is so entertaining that it weakens its central argument. It plays like Edward Albee’s classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” rewritten by the staff of “Frasier” into something a little less threatening. Comment
Film

Who’s Afraid of Penelope Longstreet?

This may be a perverse thing to say, but “Carnage” is so entertaining that it weakens its central argument. It plays like Edward Albee’s classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” rewritten by the staff of “Frasier” into something a little less threatening. Comment
Legal

AIDS Park Boosters Press Planning Commission

Key elements of a developer-initiated park design for a triangular parcel of land at the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site were sharply criticized at a public hearing conducted November 30 by the City Planning Commission. Comment
Nightlife

The Observer

I have never told an interviewee, “I’m grateful that you’re alive,” but that’s exactly what I did when I met writer Alan Hollinghurst at the Helmsley Hotel. His new novel, “The Stranger’s Child,” is his fifth, and I feel that I’ve grown up with him through all of them, every one of which has been marked by his pellucid gay sensibility, radiantly expressive prose, breathtaking turns of phrase and observations, and wonderfully pointed wit. Comment
Nightlife

Love! Valour! Confusion!

“Friends and Relations,” the comedic drama about a circle of gay friends that spins out of control, shares a tender kinship with Terrence McNally’s work. The unapologetic, warts-and-all portrayal of the elastic, often strained bonds among seven gay men recalls “Love! Valour! Compassion!” Attempting to chronicle New York’s 1970s sex and drug-fueled scene that gets quashed by the AIDS epidemic in the ‘80s, the play echoes the epic sweep of “Some Men.” Comment
Crime

DA Push Back On Mercado Killing 'Accident' Defense

As the friends and a family member of Edgard Mercado wept, prosecutors told a Manhattan jury that the evidence would prove that Davawn Robinson meant to kill the 39-year-old gay man when he strangled him in Mercado’s East Village apartment in 2009. Comment
Legal

Defense in Edgard Mercado Death May Claim Accident

The defense in the trial of Davawn Robinson, the accused killer of Edgard Mercado, may argue that Mercado’s 2009 death resulted from an accidental strangulation while the two men were having sex. Comment
News

Defense in Edgard Mercado Death May Claim Accident

The defense in the trial of Davawn Robinson, the accused killer of Edgard Mercado, may argue that Mercado’s 2009 death resulted from an accidental strangulation while the two men were having sex. Comment

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