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Queer Brazil on Film

Queer Brazil on Film

BY GARY M. KRAMER | A program of six shorts and five features depicting LGBTQ life in Brazil — all of them New York City premieres — will screen in the Bartos Screening Room at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, July 28-29. A full rundown of the weekend’s program, co-presented with Cinema Tropical and […]

Blood Will Out

Blood Will Out

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “Good Manners” is a strange and wondrous fable. A Brazilian fantasy and stinging social commentary, it features motherhood, lesbian passions, and werewolf instincts, plus a few musical numbers thrown in for good measure. The film is the brainchild of co-writers/ directors Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, the latter whose boyfriend John […]

A Proper Portrait of Alexander McQueen

A Proper Portrait of Alexander McQueen

BY DAVID NOH | The 1990s and early aughts were a golden age of fashion, largely for the presence of two genius designers, John Galliano and (Lee) Alexander McQueen, who would have been great in any age. Galliano’s brilliance lay in his glorification of romance — and sex — filtered through the prism of couture’s history […]

Nico, Nuanced This Time

Nico, Nuanced This Time

BY STEVE ERICKSON | A 1995 documentary about German-born singer Nico, whose real name was Christa Päffgen, is titled “Nico Icon.” Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli’s narrative film “Nico, 1988” pulls her off that pedestal and turns her back into a human being. Nico’s 15-year period of heroin addiction and status as a beautiful woman who acted in […]

Walking Away From It All

Walking Away From It All

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Director Lauren Greenfield’s film “Generation Wealth” is the third version of her dystopian take on contemporary American culture sharing that name, following a collection of photos printed in a monograph and shown in New York at the International Center of Photography last year. But the medium of film allows us to hear […]

Midsummer Madness

Midsummer Madness

BY ELI JACOBSON | When Will Crutchfield moved his “Bel Canto at Caramoor” program to SUNY Purchase as the “Teatro Nuovo” festival, Caramoor Festival artistic vice president Kathy Schuman turned to On Site Opera for a replacement operatic presentation. Caramoor scheduled a revival of On Site Opera’s 2017 production of Mozart’s “The Secret Gardener” performed for […]

Don’t Walk Away, Renée

Don’t Walk Away, Renée

BY DAVID NOH | I want confess something right up front: I love this woman. It started back in 1970, when I went to a near-deserted  Royal moviehouse in Waikiki to see “Made for Each Other” (1971), one of the greatest romantic misfit comedies ever made written by and starring the unknown-to-me husband and wife team […]

Don’t Walk Away, Renée

Don’t Walk Away, Renée

BY DAVID NOH |    IN THE NOH: She’s splitting Beverly Hills — for New York, new show, new life     RENÉE TAYLOR | My Life on a Diet” | Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 W. 46th St. | Through Aug. 19: Thu.-Sat. at 7 p.m.; Wed., Sat. at 2 p.m.; Sun. at 3 p.m. | $65 at mylifeonadietplay.com or 212-239-6200 […]

Songs, Socialists, and Saints

Songs, Socialists, and Saints

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” is a notoriously difficult musical. With a clumsy book and a very mixed score, were it not for Barbra Streisand in the 1970 movie (also a dud), it might be completely forgotten. The original 1965 production did run 280 performances, though the 2011 revival […]

Interrogating Jimmy

Interrogating Jimmy

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Jewelle Gomez is coming back to New York City. The award-winning writer and activist arrives next week for the New York premiere of her new play, “Waiting for Giovanni,” written with Harry Waters, Jr. “Waiting for Giovanni,” inspired by James Baldwin writing the novel “Giovanni’s Room,” directed by Mark Finley, and presented […]

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