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A Brutal World Largely Unchallenged

Scottish director Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” goes out of its way to (1) show the audience how grimdark it is and (2) suggest that Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), its hitman protagonist is an unreliable narrator (Joe is undoubtedly not his real name) whose brain nonetheless dictates the film’s POV. The soundtrack mixes abrasive avant-garde Comments (2)
Breaking News

Progressive Hell’s Kitchen Club Sticks with Cuomo

Right in Cynthia Nixon’s backyard, just weeks after the actor and activist announced her Democratic primary challenge to Andrew Cuomo, the Hell’s Kitchen Democrats — a progressive newcomer on the local political club scene — voted Thursday night to endorse the two-term governor for reelection. Comments (2)
Breaking News

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

Chanting “no more overdoses,” 75 angry New Yorkers packed the steps of City Hall on April 5 and then a smaller group staged a sit-in at the gates leading to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, forcing police to eject them. The demonstrators were making an emotional plea to the mayor that he rele Comment

A Noise Rap Scream of Alienation

“Vanowen,” the opening track on noise rap duo Moodie Black’s latest album, “Lucas Acid,” features feedback, blasts of electronic shrieks, and live bass guitar. It does not include anything resembling mainstream hip-hop production. The group, consisting of trans female vocalist/ producer Kdeath and guitarist Sean Lindahl, embrac Comments (1)

A Heartbreaking Comedy of Hope

If you have seen “Angels in America” in any of its previous incarnations — the original 1993 Broadway production, the fine 2003 HBO film, many regional productions, or the 2010 Signa Comments (4)

Lesbians Locked in a “Qualifying” Round

Even among the 40 percent of New York State voters who say they know who Cynthia Nixon is, much of that recognition comes from her long-running role as Miranda Hobbes in the “Sex and the City” TV and film franchise. Theater aficionados will be familiar with her substantial body of work on stage, which has earned her two Tony Awards. She’s even won a Grammy for the album issued in tandem Comments (1)
Breaking News EXCLUSIVE

Dead Youth’s Brother Allegedly Targeted Witnesses

At 3 p.m. on September 27, hours after a morning fight in a Bronx classroom that left Matthew McCree dead and the bullied gay teen Abel Cedeno, wh Comment

On Central Park West, Saying No to Guns

They couldn’t get to the epic march in Washington on March 24, but 175,000 New Yorkers rallied here in solidarity against gun violence in the March for Our Lives. Comments (4)
Guest Perspective

Canadian Newsprint Is Not The Enemy — Tariffs Are

Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Dykes to the Front: In Brazil, Ukraine, US

Lesbians have always been part of every social change movement, and in 2018 we are finally out of the shadows. For better and for worse. People hate women so much. Add a touch of dykeness and our bodies/ our lives are red flags to the patriarchal bull that likes to leave us gored and bleeding in the sand. Comments (3)

The Lessons of Loneliness

Abdellah Taïa, the gay Moroccan writer who lives in Paris, will be in Brooklyn on April 10 to do a reading at the main branch of the Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. Comments (14)
Media Circus

Guess What? Rump Lied Again

Rump’s nonexistent relationship to the truth is no longer news and hasn’t been for a very long time. But I’m still compelled to point out proof of it simply because it’s what journalists do. During his lie-filled campaign for the presidency, Rump stated, among other things, that the LGBTQ community would find him to be our best friend, our buddy, our pal. Since his presidency began, however, he has done nothing but put forth bigoted policies and nominate bigoted people to implement them. Comment

TAG’s Exhibit Honors Artists Fighting AIDS

Westbeth’s expansive gallery exhibited Limited Art Editions — 40 pieces in 14 editions, created from 1999-2017 — presented by the Treatment Action Group (TAG). Media ranged from photography to mixed media to printing. TAG owns the limite Comment
Nathan Riley

Cynthia Nixon’s Impressive Launch

Cynthia Nixon successfully opened her campaign denouncing Governor Andrew Cuomo as a man who cares more “about headlines and power” than about people. Comments (4)

A Life Worth Living

Hidden histories, heroes and martyrs, oppressed people who said something, fought back, made a difference: those are the characters Barbara Kahn brings to life in her historical dramas, which are a staple of each season at Theater for the New City. Comments (1)

Andrew Haigh’s Emotional Acuity

Is there some special insight LGBTQ folks posses? In my most copasetic moments, I’ve thought this to be true. After all, being disenfranchised by the status quo offers one the possibility of a keener perspective on its workings than that enjoyed by those who aren’t obliged to question it in order to survive. Think of what Oscar Wilde, Noël Coward, and Gertrude Stein Comments (1)

Queering the Whodunit

Sleek and smart, “Gemini,” written and directed by Aaron Katz, is a delicious slow-burn mystery. Comment

A Sterling Debut Novel

“Say My Name” is an extraordinary first novel by Allegra Huston, which spins the tale of Eve, a garden designer, trapped in a dead marriage but revivified by a passionate affair with the much younger Micajah, the son of an old flame. A luminous sensitivity, sage emotionalism, and a true descriptive gift are what really set this book apart, indeed, making Huston something of a mod Comment

Sideshow Distractions

This month, the Metropolitan Opera unveiled a new production by Phelim McDermott of Mozart’s unsettling sex comedy “Così fan tutte,” a co-production with the English National Opera. McDermott resets this intimate chamber piece from a Neapolitan villa to the Coney Island of the 1950s, fe Comment

SAGE Celebrates She

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | For the second year in a row, SAGE, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, celebrated Women’s History Month with “She,” an evening of drinks, appetizers, and the beats to get feet moving, held on March 22 at the Mezzanine at 55 Broadway downtown. Comment

These Shows are No Vacation

Playwright Lindsey Ferrentino is passionate about promoting the inclusion of the intellectually disabled in broader society and has chosen the theater as her platform for advocacy. Unfortunately, her “Amy and the Orphans” is tepid and largely unfocuse Comment
Susie Day

Herman Bell Gains Parole, as Cuomo, de Blasio Lose Ethics

Dear Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo, Comments (1)
Breaking News

Trump’s Latest Trans Ban Aims to Sidetrack Lawsuits

In a move intended to evade existing preliminary injunctions while reaffirming in its essential elements President Donald Trump’s Twitter announcement from last July categorically prohibiting military service by tran Comment

Young Blood and a Wide Net

The multi-national co-production credits for films in this year’s “New Directors/ New Films” series say a lot about its reach: Sri Lanka/ United Kingdom/ USA, Iran/ Canada/ Qatar, Dominican Republic/ Brazil/ Argentina. In the five years since long-time Film Society of Lincoln Center programmer Richard Peña quit that organization, the New York Fil Comment


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