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Church of the Safe to Say It

Church of the Safe to Say It

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | It wasn’t that kind of Inaugural Ball. Nobody looked past trans theater artist Maybe Burke’s talent; there was nary a word about who designed the clothes. Eyes didn’t dart when Natalie Douglas declared, “I’m a woman, so bleeding is political” before nailing a song about meeting Jesus in a Christopher Street […]

Things to Celebrate from 2016

Things to Celebrate from 2016

BY DAVID NOH | And so, 2016 ends with both a bang (of the most unsettling proportion with the incoming POTUS’ myriad threats) and a whimper (all of us, in reaction), yet the Agnes Moorehead Awards for the 10 Best Live Performances – the Aggies, if you will – still need to be bestowed upon the […]

The Mink Who Stole Christmas Back

The Mink Who Stole Christmas Back

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | When the world seems cold and cruel, devoid of the kind of seasonal spirit that motivates you to throw back the covers and forge ahead instead of curling up and calling in sick, there’s one surefire way to give gloom the heave-ho, ho, ho: Knock back a cocktail, wrap yourself in Mink, […]

Eclectic Piano Man, Ebullient Tony-Winner

Eclectic Piano Man, Ebullient Tony-Winner

BY DAVID NOH | Classical pianist Simon Ghraichy returns to Carnegie Hall on October 14 with a concert entitled “My Hispanic Heritage.” The gay, toweringly tall, lean, multi-ethnic musician with a tumbleweed of hair made quite a visual impression when I interviewed him, but it was nothing compared to the impact when he sat down at […]

Justin Sayre: A Thousand Judys & A Million Laughs

Justin Sayre: A Thousand Judys & A Million Laughs

BY DAVID NOH | With one of our community’s most beloved events, “Night of a Thousand Judys,” coming up on June 6 at Merkin Concert Hall, I snatched the chance to speak with its flamboyantly witty and fun impresario, Justin Sayre. Already a near New York legend for “The Meeting*,” his regular convening of all things […]

She Don’t Need To Show Off  

She Don’t Need To Show Off  

  BY MICHAEL SHIREY | “The winner of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ America’s next drag superstar is —” Wait a minute, I’ma get there. And don’t go acting like you don’t already know who won. I first saw Bob the Drag Queen (not to be mistaken with Bob the Builder) a few years ago, when a friend […]

Drag Queens With Cosplay in Their Closets  

Drag Queens With Cosplay in Their Closets  

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Drag culture and geek culture are seemingly worlds apart — but with comic conventions selling out to capacity and RuPaul an anchor presence on Logo, both now can claim a place in the realm of mainstream awareness, if not outright acceptance. The two specialized interests intersect on June 4 at Miss Nerd […]

Bordonada Assoluta

Bordonada Assoluta

BY DAVID NOH | A protean, largely unknown talent just hit town. I am talking about Carla Bordonada, who, before a packed, cheering May 8 house, won the Rising Star vocal competition at Hell’s Kitchen’s Rise Bar. Following eight weeks of preliminaries and facing two other finalists, she triumphed, after bringing down the house with three […]

That’s No Lady

That’s No Lady

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Are you one of those queens troubled with the creeping (creepy?) heteronormativity of our community? Do you lay awake at night debating whether you are bisexual or simply bi-curious? Are you angered at how mainstream drag culture has become (I mean, #pursefirst from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is trending on social media right […]

A Pope to Believe In

A Pope to Believe In

BY DAVID NOH | There will probably never be another Golden Age of Cabaret as there was in the 1970s, when nearly every block in Manhattan seemed to have at least one boîte where supernovas, almost-stars with cult followings, and unknowns alike could get up on stage and attempt to bring an audience to its knees […]

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