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Lezzie at Large: Revolting Lesbian Jo Macellaro

Lezzie at Large: Revolting Lesbian Jo Macellaro

BY KELLY COGSWELL | A young Special Ed teacher, Jo Macellaro, knew she had to do something when Donald Trump was elected and her students came to class in tears, afraid Trump would deport or even kill them. So she joined the mostly queer Rise and Resist, kicking off her trouble-making career with a direct action […]

Tennessee at the Morgan

Tennessee at the Morgan

BY DAVID NOH |  There it is in a glass case, Marlon Brando’s little black book, tiny and very worn from obvious usage, which he had and then lost during the run of his 1947 star-making “A Streetcar Named Desire,” with an accompanying caption stating that inside he wrote, “On bended knee I beg you to […]

A Panic Defense Abandoned

A Panic Defense Abandoned

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The chilling ID TV documentary “Love and Hate Crime: Double Lives” chronicles Josh Vallum, a 29-year-old man in Mississippi who murdered his girlfriend, Mercedes Williamson, in 2015 when, he said, he discovered she was transgender. The film features interviews with Vallum in prison recounting the crime. As director Ben Steele’s documentary […]

Lushly Produced to Its Own Detriment

Lushly Produced to Its Own Detriment

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The nebulous sub-genre of Americana often comes across as a version of country music for progressives who don’t want to deal with the celebrations of gun culture and sexist attitudes often found in mainstream country. Perhaps its listeners just don’t want to encounter any Republicans. Brandi Carlile’s new album “By The Way, […]

Bigotry and Bullshit

Bigotry and Bullshit

BY ED SIKOV | Speaking of bigotry and bullshit — we’re always speaking of bigotry and bullshit here at Media Circus — we can thank Erik Wemple and the Washington Post for catching Fox News in the act. The headline reads: “Fox News eliminates column by network executive blasting Olympic diversity as ‘Darker, Gayer, Different.’” I […]

New LGBTQ Center Opens in Queens

New LGBTQ Center Opens in Queens

BY BILL PARRY | The Queens LGBTQ community gathered on February 1 with elected officials to celebrate a new safe space in Long Island City that will offer health and educational services. The LGBT Network, a Long Island-based nonprofit organization now in its 25th year, cut the ribbon on its first full-service queer community center in […]

Drug Reformers Fault Cuomo’s Approach to Fentanyl

Drug Reformers Fault Cuomo’s Approach to Fentanyl

BY NATHAN RILEY | The End Overdose NY Campaign blasted Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to add fentanyl, a powerful opioid, to the list of controlled substances. “It will not save a single life,” warned Jeremy Saunders, co-director of VOCAL-NY, a leader in the coalition. “We won’t end the overdose crisis by filling up jail cells,” Daniel […]

Re-Toolng the Great American Songbook

Re-Toolng the Great American Songbook

BY DAVID NOH | New York can be such a small town, especially if you’re in the business of show. It had been a hectically busy week and I’d had to reschedule an interview with actress/ singer Lena Hall, who then coincidentally popped up that same day performing with John Cameron Mitchell at the opening night/ […]

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

BY NATHAN RILEY | Upper West Side State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal is emerging as a principal player among legislators aiming to unravel New York’s decades-old, counterproductive War on Drugs. From her influential post as chair of the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, she is lead sponsor on a bill offering care for drug users while they […]

A Void Inside a Void

A Void Inside a Void

BY STEVE ERICKSON | It’s very fitting that Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless” opens in the US in winter. An arctic chill runs through this film, which begins and ends with images of snow-covered tree branches over a pond. In between, it tells the story of a marriage dissolving as the couple’s child disappears. The cinematography […]