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Two Fifth Avenue Honors Edie Windsor

Two Fifth Avenue Honors Edie Windsor

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a ceremony with great warmth despite chilly temperatures, the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center installed a memorial plaque at Two Fifth Avenue to honor the late Edie Windsor, a longtime resident of the building whose 2013 victory at the US Supreme Court vanquished the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Windsor’s […]

Heroic Measures

Heroic Measures

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If you’re going to go to the trouble of mounting a sprawling, expensive production of a classic warhorse musical like “My Fair Lady,” you had better have something to say if you don’t want it to end up with a museum piece. Fortunately, director Bartlett Sher does, and the resulting production at […]

A Heaven of Invention

A Heaven of Invention

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Joseph Papp’s mission in 1957 was to bring Shakespeare to everyone, and 60 years later that spirit lives on in the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit that brings professional productions to locations around the city. Papp believed that culture — and especially theater — belongs to everyone, and the Mobile Unit has toured […]

Hear Them Roar

Hear Them Roar

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | “Unexpected Joy,” the latest original musical incubated by the esteemed York Theatre Company, has the distinction of having one foot planted in the past and one firmly in the present. It’s a delicate balancing act; despite sometimes being on shaky ground, this earnest, well-intentioned tuner lives up to its title. Indeed, […]

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | A multi-year push in New York City to offer drug users a safe place for consuming their drugs seems destined for success after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for “overdose prevention centers.” Public health advocates voiced enthusiasm as the news spread on May 3 that the administration had reached out […]

Janelle Monáe Fleshes Herself Out

Janelle Monáe Fleshes Herself Out

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Janelle Monáe’s first two major-label albums, 2010’s “The ArchAndroid” and 2013’s “The Electric Lady,” were part of a larger Afro-futurist conceptual project, along with their associated videos, in which she played an android named Cindi Mayweather. Without becoming a huge star, she has attracted an audience of outcasts much like David Bowie […]

As de Blasio Dawdles on Safer Consumption Spaces, Health Advocates Block Broadway Traffic

As de Blasio Dawdles on Safer Consumption Spaces, Health Advocates Block Broadway Traffic

BY NATHAN RILEY | Outraged that Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to sit on a city health department study into the efficacy of establishing safe places for drug users to pursue their high — facilities that are in place all over Europe with proven track records of reducing fatal overdoses — protestors sat down in […]

#MeToo’s Hurdles in China

#MeToo’s Hurdles in China

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Let’s retire the phrase “this is the movie we need now” from reviews and headlines. It just feeds into the shallow topicality dominating so much film criticism right now. That said, Chinese director Vivian Qu’s “Angels Wear White,” while made in Asia before the #MeToo movement began, intersects with it in intriguing […]

At Impact Awards, Diversity, Enduring Commitment Celebrated

At Impact Awards, Diversity, Enduring Commitment Celebrated

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | At Gay City News’ third annual Impact Awards, 28 individuals plus the four comedians of Funny Gay Males were honored for their achievements and contributions to New York’s LGBTQ community. The April 26 dinner and awards ceremony at the Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope drew a crowd of about 300 […]

Statewide Agenda Advances on Two Fronts

Statewide Agenda Advances on Two Fronts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When the 25-year-old Empire State Pride Agenda, in late 2015, abruptly announced it was closing up shop — with only a vague pledge, that it never fulfilled, to keep its political action committee functioning — activists, advocates, and service providers in the LGBTQ community across New York were at a stunned loss […]