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Poetic Painter

Poetic Painter

BY DAVID NOH | nce upon a time, on the magical island of Manhattan, there lived three princesses named Stettheimer. Born to a wealthy, elite German Jewish family, their father, a banker, deserted them in childhood, but their mother, Rosetta, had enough money of her own to enable her daughters to create their own special kingdom, […]

Celebrating Editta Sherman, Jeanne Moreau

Celebrating Editta Sherman, Jeanne Moreau

BY DAVID NOH | At the New-York Historical Society right now, you can meet the best unknown portrait photographer of the last century, Editta Sherman. Although she died four years ago, her presence is very much alive here in the huge, vintage 8×10 camera with which she plied her trade (the same one the great […]

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 […]

Back to the Joys of Deep Disco

Back to the Joys of Deep Disco

BY DAVID NOH | One of the great pleasures of this life we know as gay — indeed, a veritable coming out rite of passage for many — is dancing in a club to some truly fabulous music. I was lucky to come of age in the immediate post-Stonewall era, when disco was being born, shaking […]

Fearless and Funny

Fearless and Funny

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out gay comedian Eddie Sarfaty thinks everything is funny: family, relationships, politics, annoying people, really annoying people, pets, his own neuroses, other people’s neuroses, self-doubt. The list goes on and on. “If there is anything so horrible that you can’t make fun of it, I don’t ever want to know what […]

The Women He Loves

The Women He Loves

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Seth Sikes has a powerful, elegant voice, which he uses to sing standards made famous by Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, and Barbra Streisand, among a bevy of beloved divas. Sikes doesn’t try to perform like the divas who are his heroes; his show, instead, is his own personal tribute to them. […]

Katrina Lenk’s One-Two Punch

Katrina Lenk’s One-Two Punch

BY DAVID NOH | A triple threat and then some, Katrina Lenk is an actor I’d never of heard before seeing her illuminate David Yazbek’s stunning “The Band’s Visit” at the Atlantic Theatre Company earlier this year. Then, later in the season, this exquisite apparition — no other word, really — came out on stage in […]

Sex and Death: Read All About It!

Sex and Death: Read All About It!

BY TRAV S.D. |For someone who can’t be pigeonholed — humorist? playwright? poet? clown? comedian? performance artist? horror writer? LGBTQ icon? — the phenomenon of nature known to the public as Dandy Darkly is totally distinctive. Living fully up to his pseudonym, Darkly is a Southern Gothic steampunk grotesque given to flamboyant recitations and flights […]

Orville Mendoza Is Magnificent

Orville Mendoza Is Magnificent

BY DAVID NOH |  Forget all the hype about that certain former bathhouse diva turned megastar now returning in a warhorse vehicle to tumultuous ovations and lotsa ka-ching, the best show opening this spring is another revival — of Stephen Sondheim’s “Pacific Overtures,” presented by CSC and brilliantly directed by John Doyle. The slightly insane […]

Spoofing “Hamilton,” Saluting Comden

Spoofing “Hamilton,” Saluting Comden

BY DAVID NOH | The multi-talented Christine Pedi is a genuine New York treasure, delighting us for years now with her hilarious impressions of all our favorite Broadway divas — boobalicious, crusty-voiced Bernadette, pear-toned if a tad wobbly Julie Andrews, a Sherman tank of a Stritch and, of course, an endlessly manic Liza. A new chapter […]