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An Impressive Symphonic Band of Our Own

An Impressive Symphonic Band of Our Own

BY DAVID NOH | It’s hard to believe, but the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps turns 35 this year and the LGBAC Symphonic Band performs its holiday concert, “Make the Yuletide Gay!”, on December 12 at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St., 8 p.m.; lgbac.org). I grabbed the chance to talk to its new […]

Susan Slept Here

Susan Slept Here

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | I love being alive.” These are the first words we hear in Nancy D. Kates’ documentary “Regarding Susan Sontag.” And as the film goes on to show in considerable detail, that’s one of the most characteristic things about the documentary’s subject — her passion for life. Before succumbing to cancer at 71, […]

Was Lawrence Gay in Arabia?

Was Lawrence Gay in Arabia?

BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL | Among the innumerable highly regarded T.E. Lawrence biographies, Anthony Sattin’s new work, “The Young T.E. Lawrence,” is noteworthy in deftly capturing the pre-World War I intellectual and emotional development of one of the 20th century’s great sexual enigmas. Since Lawrence’s 1935 death in a motorcycle accident, there has been no shortage of […]

The Scottish Pixie Survivor

The Scottish Pixie Survivor

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | Just try to stop him! Most days this fall, that whirling dervish with the devilish twinkle in his eye, Alan Cumming, is filming new episodes of CBS’s popular drama “The Good Wife,” then scooting up to Broadway where he continues his naughty and nice Tony-winning star turn as the Emcee in […]

Return of the Native 

Return of the Native 

BY DAVID NOH | I am in back in my homeland, Hawaii, for my annual sojourn and, as usual, reveling in the sun, sea, and succulents of all kinds to be found here. As a celebrity who shall remain nameless with whom I have a kind of “Same Time Next Year” relationship here said, “The ideal […]

An Upper West Side Liberal Living Legend

An Upper West Side Liberal Living Legend

BY DAVID NOH | Living for years on the Upper West Side where she was born is a woman who is something of a living legend. Lee Grant’s life has encompassed so incredibly many facets, spanning her own New York Jewish roots, a debut with the Metropolitan Opera at the age of four, and a […]

Friend to the End… For Now

Friend to the End… For Now

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | In an heroic act of self-sacrifice, Archibald “Chick” Andrews, better known as Archie, has died foiling an assassination attempt on his gay friend Kevin Keller. In last week’s issue of “Life with Archie,” the title character of the popular comic series took a bullet intended for Keller, and his sudden death, […]

The Elephant Is Still in the Room    

The Elephant Is Still in the Room    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Midway through “Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality,” authors Ted Olson and David Boies tackle an issue ignored by the two other histories of the federal lawsuit that struck down Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative that put an end to same-sex marriage there. In 2009, the two […]

Living for Real 

Living for Real 

BY RYAN HOWE | As she swept into Café Pick Me Up in the East Village, Janet Mock’s floor length gray maxi dress swayed as she maneuvered through the maze of tables and chairs. It was one of the first hot days of summer, and the writer, advocate, and New York Times bestselling author was trying […]

Our Empowerment, Ourselves

Our Empowerment, Ourselves

BY RYAN HOWE | When she was 12 years old, Laura Erickson-Schroth picked up her mom’s copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” She flipped through the pages, entranced by what she was reading. The 1973 book, which took a radical posture toward women’s bodies, sexuality, and rights, was filled with the stories of women from all backgrounds […]

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