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Art Isn’t Easy

Art Isn’t Easy

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Terrence McNally’s spellbinding new play “Fire and Air,” now at CSC, is ostensibly about the impresario Sergei Diaghilev, the fate of his Ballets Russes, and his artistic and sexual relationship with dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. As a chronicle of early 20th century art and a study of a complicated genius, it’s fascinating on […]

Less Than the Sum of Its Parts

Less Than the Sum of Its Parts

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out gay writer and director François Ozon’s new film “Double Lover” plays with his favorite twinned themes of secret lives and shifting identities. Adapted from the Joyce Carol Oates novel “Lives of the Twins” (which the author wrote under a pseudonym), the film has Chloé (Marine Vacth) seeking help from Paul […]

Both Sides in Abel Cedeno Case Claim Vindication in New Video Evidence

Both Sides in Abel Cedeno Case Claim Vindication in New Video Evidence

BY ANDY HUMM | A brief cell-phone video released two weeks ago captures (above) a harrowing September 27, 2017 assault on gay student Abel Cedeno in his Bronx high school class by Matthew McCree, joined by his friend Ariane Laboy, as Cedeno defends himself with a knife, fatally wounding McCree and slashing Laboy. But a second […]

Off-Putting Topic, Terrific Show

Off-Putting Topic, Terrific Show

BY ANDY HUMM | We’ve embraced shows about killing people and turning them into meat pies (“Sweeney Todd”), domestic violence (“Carousel”), and suicide (“Dear Evan Hansen”). But when you hear that there is a new play with music about an enclave of people on the sex offense registry, the tendency might be revulsion or demurral. If […]

Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk

Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing to increase spending by roughly $2 billion in the city fiscal year that begins on July 1, cuts in federal and state support for the city may force the mayor to curtail those plans. “This budget proceeds against a backdrop of tremendous uncertainty,” the […]

Joy Is Essential to the Work of Resistance

Joy Is Essential to the Work of Resistance

BY RABBI SHARON KLEINBAUM | “Don’t postpone joy,” Edie Windsor was well known to say. In a time in which despicable racism spews from the mouth of the occupant of the White House and motivates policies of the government of the United States, it is easy to despair and feel crushed by the ugliness of it […]

Prospect Park Rape Victim Allies Reject NYPD “Apology”

Prospect Park Rape Victim Allies Reject NYPD “Apology”

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While the NYPD has quietly apologized to a woman who was raped in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in 1994 but accused at that time of being a hoaxer and a liar by Daily News columnist Mike McAlary, the woman’s attorney and some LGBTQ activists who believed then and now that the police abetted […]

The Trouble With Andrew Sullivan

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Andrew Sullivan, who more than a quarter century ago stormed the American intellectual and media ramparts as the British enfant terrible, a self-styled contrarian gay Tory who became editor of The New Republic at 28, is at it again. Writing in New York Magazine last week, Sullivan lamented the “radicalization” of the […]

Corey Johnson Makes It Official

Corey Johnson Makes It Official

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Every seat in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater, capacity 700, was filled by the time City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s formal inauguration opened on January 28. Musical performances by students from PS 111 and PS 51 created a hopeful mood with “This Land Is Your […]

My Heart Health Story

My Heart Health Story

BY JENNIFER GOODSTEIN | February 2 is National Go Red Day, dedicated to raising awareness about the issue of women and heart disease. As the number one killer of women, heart disease is too often viewed as “an old man’s disease,” causing women to ignore symptoms and fail to seek treatment. Heart disease became a […]