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Telling Tales

Telling Tales

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Few human qualities pack the potency of being able to invent, tell, and believe stories. Along with the opposable thumb, it’s one of the things that distinguish us from the lower beasts. Our religions are based on stories. Our identities are the result of the narratives we tell about — and […]

Sexual Frankness, Strong Documentaries & Queer Twists

Sexual Frankness, Strong Documentaries & Queer Twists

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The year in queer film got off to a great start in January with the release of arguably the best of 2014, Alain Guiraudie’s erotic, explicit, and irresistible thriller “Stranger by the Lake.” The film did not shrink from full frontal nudity, a trait strikingly shared by a number of […]

The Complicated Business of Intimacy

The Complicated Business of Intimacy

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Love Is Strange,” a thoughtful, wistful film from director and co-writer Ira Sachs, concerns a couple — George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow) — who have been together 39 years. The men marry in the opening moments, but spend most of the rest of the film apart. When the […]

Nellie’s Billy

Nellie’s Billy

BY DAVID NOH | One of the great enigmas in the music world, William Lee “Billy” Tipton (1914 – 1989) was an American jazz musician and bandleader, who, it was discovered after his death, was born a woman. Named Dorothy Louise Tipton at birth in Oklahoma, he took his father’s name, “Billy,” when he started his […]

Nature Studies

Nature Studies

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE  | Nature is so strong a theme in both the poetry and plot of “King Lear” that at first it’s surprising to walk into Central Park’s Delacorte Theater and see the bucolic surroundings virtually obscured by John Lee Beatty’s dominating, monochromatic wall. Mostly known for lavish interiors and finely wrought details, here […]

The Politics of Dancing

The Politics of Dancing

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | “Homosexuality shocks less, but continues to be interesting; it is still at that stage of excitation where it provides what might be called feats of discourse.” So wrote Roland Barthes — a Big Ol’ Gay Homosexual himself — in a 1978 essay, published as an introduction to “Tricks,” novelist Renaud Camus’ […]

So Many Movies, So Few Tickets

So Many Movies, So Few Tickets

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | With the annual Tribeca Film Festival running through April 27, it’s worth remembering that you’re better off arriving at a screening just in time and with a ticket, rather than terribly early but with nothing more than cash in hand and good intentions. Advance purchase will get you a seat. As for your […]