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Drawing Fire

Drawing Fire

BY JULIANNE CUBA | Among the draws at this year’s queer comics festival Flame Con, happening at the Bro oklyn Bridge Marriott August 19 to 20, is a Bedford-Stuyvesant cartoonist who will showcase her fantastical comics about lesbian witches, lost dragons, and goofy adventurers. Carey Pietsch said that the adaptation of the popular Dungeons & Dragons […]

Eroticism and Shame in a Male Ritual

Eroticism and Shame in a Male Ritual

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out director/ co-writer John Trengove’s remarkable feature debut, “The Wound,” opens with Xolani (openly gay musician Nakhane Touré, in an astonishing performance) leaving his Johannesburg factory job to head out to the mountains in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. There, he will be a caregiver for Kwanda (Niza Jay Ncoyini), […]

An Assignment Secured, A Life Transformed

An Assignment Secured, A Life Transformed

BY GERALD BUSBY | In April 1976, when I was 41 years old, my life was in the tempestuous and exhilarating stages of becoming a composer. Still, I was anxiously riddled about what to do next. At the time, I was living with my boyfriend, Rafe Blasi, in a loft on Seventh Avenue and West […]

Play Dead

Play Dead

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | George Orwell’s “1984” has been read as a dark satire by at least three generations of high school students, and, like the best of this genre, it affords each reader the chance to find harrowing parallels to his or her own time. In today’s world of “alternative facts” and daily accusations of […]

Summer of Opera Sequels

Summer of Opera Sequels

BY ELI JACOBSON | The Bard Summerscape 2017 Festival presented Antonín Dvorák’s “Dimitrij,” the plot of which functions as an operatic sequel to Modest Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov.” Both operas are set during the early 17th century period of Russia’s “Time of Troubles” when the pretender False Dmitri usurped the czar’s crown from Feodor II, Gudonov’s heir. […]

Magic Michael

Magic Michael

BY DAVID NOH | I’ll start with a confession, and some of you may relate: I was hesitant to interview Michael Urie. He’s so very talented, smart, funny, and handsome that I thought — in a very special and gay insecure way — “He’s got to be a bitch.” What a pleasure, then, to report that […]

On the Road

On the Road

BY GARY M. KRAMER | French filmmaker Jérôme Reybaud’s dazzling feature debut, “4 Days in France,” has Pierre (Pascal Cervo) driving off in his white Alfa Romeo, letting chance and Grindr be his guide. He has left his lover, Paul (Arthur Igual), in the middle of the night without a word. Reybaud never explains what prompts […]

Where The Boys Are

Where The Boys Are

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Can’t get to Fire Island this summer? On August 11-13, the Metrograph is presenting a weekend of films set in that haven for gay men. One of the highlights is a screening of Andy Warhol’s “My Hustler” (Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m.; Aug. 12, 7:45 p.m.). The hour-long film from 1965 is […]

Long-Gone Director’s Work Timely Still

Long-Gone Director’s Work Timely Still

BY STEVE ERICKSON | One of the biggest regrets of my life as a cinephile is that I skipped the entirety of MoMA’s 1995 retrospective of British director Alan Clarke, simply because I had no idea who he was or that he was a major filmmaker. But I think I can be forgiven my ignorance. At […]

Dreams and Nightmares

Dreams and Nightmares

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Any discontent you feel about our nation’s current state of affairs will get at least a brief respite at the glorious summer treat currently on the stage in Central Park. The Public Theater’s heartfelt, hilarious production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the perfect prescription for ailing spirits in trying times. Directed […]

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