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La Dulcet Musto

La Dulcet Musto

BY TRAV S. D. | There may have been more powerful columnists in the history of American journalism than Michael Musto, but none was ever more adored, for he radiates a personality and humor as great as — and often greater than — the celebrities he covers. For nearly 30 years (1984-2013), his Village Voice column […]

Ludlam Celebrated By Those He Loved

Ludlam Celebrated By Those He Loved

BY DAVID NOH | The late, great Charles Ludlam wrote dozens of plays, but they are rarely revived right here in the very city in which he pioneered the alternative theater scene. To remedy that, La MaMa is reviving his “Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide,” commemorating both the playwright’s founding of his […]

Histrionics Halliday Style

Histrionics Halliday Style

BY DAVID NOH | Everything just happens to me. I never have had to go after anything,” Andy Halliday told me. The actor turned playwright is brimming over with excitement these days over the opening of his latest opus, “Up the Rabbit Hole,” which just opened at Theater for the New City (see David Kennerley’s review). […]

Thousands Find Fabulousness at Javits

Thousands Find Fabulousness at Javits

BY BOB KRASNER | Approaching the large gray behemoth that is the Javits Center this past weekend, one would have no idea that inside there would be a scene of overwhelming fabulousness. Over two days, 35,000 people traveled there to be part of the celebration that is RuPaul’s DragCon. The show was laid out like […]

LGBT For BdB Reconvenes at the Cutting Room

LGBT For BdB Reconvenes at the Cutting Room

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In August 2013, as Bill de Blasio was just starting what turned into a meteoric rise from the back of the pack to a smashing victory in that year’s Democratic mayoral primary, an energized crowd of LGBTQ supporters turned out for a fundraiser at the Cutting Room on East 32nd Street headlined […]

Rick Shur, aka Rick X of “The Closet Case Show,” Dead at 62  

Rick Shur, aka Rick X of “The Closet Case Show,” Dead at 62  

BY ADAM ROSENBERG | Rick Shur, better known by his voice-only video persona Rick X, creator and host of cable TV’s “The Closet Case Show” and one of the AIDS activism era’s most incisive chroniclers, has died at the age of 62. Launched in 1984 on Manhattan Cable Television, “The Closet Case Show” quickly expanded from […]

Sweet 16

Sweet 16

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | The 16th annual GLAM Awards warmed up an otherwise bitter cold winter evening on January 13. Bianca Del Rio and Michael Musto hosted the raunchy nigh at BPM, presented by Cherry Jubilee, that celebrated the best in New York City nightlife. The evening’s event, which kicked off with an elaborate “Wizard […]

Painting Disco with a Political Brush

Painting Disco with a Political Brush

BY GARY M. KRAMER | There is more to disco music than meets the eye posits an energetic new documentary from Jamie Kastner, “The Secret Disco Revolution.” The director argues that the music was a form of protest — not unlike what folk songs were during the Civil Rights era or the Woodstock Festival was at […]

Jodie Foster’s Confounding ‘Coming Out’ Speech

Jodie Foster’s Confounding ‘Coming Out’ Speech

BY ANDY HUMM | For someone so concerned about her privacy, Jodie Foster picked a hell of time to take her biggest step so far in coming out publicly — her rambling acceptance speech at the Golden Globes as she received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award on January 13. She first teased the […]