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Hot Under The Collar

Hot Under The Collar

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | It is particularly fitting that Lance Ringel’s new play, “In Love with the Arrow Collar Man,” employs a teacher’s lecture as a framing device. That’s because this modest piece shines a light on a little-known chapter in queer New York history, the nearly 50-year love affair between the pioneering illustrator J.C. (Joe) […]

A Classical Gas

A Classical Gas

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The all-male drag ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has been performing its singular mix of high art and high camp for 40 years. Bobbi Jo Hart’s celebratory documentary “Rebels on Pointe” showcases the Trocks, which bills itself as the world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company, by capturing the […]

My Life Differently

My Life Differently

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Prolific South Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s “On the Beach At Night Alone” reflects on the failed relationship of a woman named Younghee (Kim Minhee) with a well-known filmmaker. It says something about Hong’s degree of self-critique and distance from standard male fantasies that he wrote a script that reflects the life he […]

R.E.M.’s Pinnacle, A Quarter Century On

R.E.M.’s Pinnacle, A Quarter Century On

BY STEVE ERICKSON | At the time “Automatic For the People” came out in 1992, I had abandoned my earlier fandom of R.E.M. — who helped popularize college radio in the ‘80s and pave the way for the commercial success of grunge and indie rock in the ‘90s — because hits like “Stand” and “Shiny […]

In This “Laramie Project,” Matthew Shepard Speaks

In This “Laramie Project,” Matthew Shepard Speaks

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It was 19 autumns ago when the nation was shaken by news of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay Laramie, Wyoming, college student who was held captive by two local men, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, who beat him savagely and hung his body on a ranch fence, leaving him […]

Shamir Settles Happily into a New Genre

Shamir Settles Happily into a New Genre

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Genderqueer artist Shamir has made one of the more radical transformations in recent music. He followed up his 2015 debut album, “Ratchet,” which was steeped in ‘80s house music and dance club-oriented beats, with “Hope,” a collection of rock songs self-released as a free download to the website SoundCloud that seemingly consisted […]

The Opportunity to Understand Yourself

The Opportunity to Understand Yourself

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out gay cinematographer Matt Lynn usually works behind the camera. He lensed the fabulous web series “The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo” as well as various queer-themed short films and series. But his latest effort, Jorge Ameer’s “Oasis,” puts him in front of and behind the camera. Lynn stars […]

Clipped Wings

Clipped Wings

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Given that “M. Butterfly” is an operatic-scale tragedy of a romantic, if deluded, passion so intense that it destroys a man’s life, it’s surprising and deeply disappointing that Julie Taymor’s revival is so dull and dreary. Choosing to turn the play into a naturalistic, psychological drama, Taymor misreads the play and makes […]

No Exit

No Exit

BY ELI JACOBSON | One of the more adventurous offerings of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017 – 2018 opera season is the US premiere of Thomas Adès’ “The Exterminating Angel.” The Adès opera, based on Luis Buñuel’s enigmatic 1962 surrealist film “El Ángel Exterminador,” arrived in New York after premiering last summer at the Salzburg Festival with […]

Vivian Reed’s Boldly Wide Range

Vivian Reed’s Boldly Wide Range

BY DAVID NOH | In show business, there are no divas held in higher regard than Lena Horne. So, if anyone even entertains the notion of doing a project on her, like, say, Leslie Uggams or Vanessa Williams, they’d better be able to fill her Ferragamos. Such a one is definitely that total bombshell of a […]