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Life In A Cabaret

Life In A Cabaret

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | They were the icons of an era — The Tropicana, El Morocco, and The Stork Club — clubs that defined New York’s nightlife in the 1940s through 1960s as the sine qua non of the glamorous life, dripping with stars and churning with gossip, all to the tune of fantastic entertainment. […]

This Lady Sings No Blues

This Lady Sings No Blues

BY DAVID NOH | Beginning her Café Carlyle residency this weekend is a favorite among most everybody — whether you’re a dyke and loved her in “Bound,” or gay and dug her jiggy, toxic Margo Channing turn in the immortal “Showgirls.” I write, of course, of Gina Gershon. She and I met up recently for lunch […]

The Illustrious Blacks Return to Joe’s Pub

The Illustrious Blacks Return to Joe’s Pub

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | The performance duo The Illustrious Blacks is poppin’! Although the married gay couple, who individually go by their stage names Manchildblack and Monstah Black, have each been in the downtown nightlife and Brooklyn performance scenes for a while, suddenly they are everywhere doing everything. After last year’s release of their debut EP […]

Homosexuality’s Historic Redesignation

Homosexuality’s Historic Redesignation

BY DAVID NOH | Ain Gordon’s play,  “217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous,” running next month at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, concerns the work of Dr. John Fryer (1937-2003) that culminated in the removal of homosexuality from the DSM (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) after his riveting testimony at the annual American Psychiatric […]

Power Dyke Joe Carstairs Comes Alive!

Power Dyke Joe Carstairs Comes Alive!

BY DAVID NOH | The first I ever heard of Joe Carstairs (1900-93) was in Charles Higham’s 1977 biography of Marlene Dietrich, in which he described this fabulous lesbian Standard Oil millionairess who was so besotted with the diva that she wanted to esconce her on a private island in the Bahamas. Phoebe Legere takes on […]

Into the Light

Into the Light

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | With a combination of New Age ideas, Southern Gothic storytelling, and supernova star power, Jomama Jones is blazing through Joe’s Pub with a new show, “Black Light.” Jones is the female alter ego of playwright and musician Daniel Alexander Jones, and the sensitive show weaves together a variety of stories and 12 exquisite […]

The Music of Mizrahi

The Music of Mizrahi

BY DAVID NOH | Now at the Carlyle for a two-week residency is fashion designer turned cabaret artiste Isaac Mizrahi. Always a fan of his designs — how well I remember his little boutique in Bergdorf’s, the first thing you’d see off the escalator, decorated with his genius stylized sketches, works of art in themselves — […]

Misfits and Matinee Idols

Misfits and Matinee Idols

BY DAVID NOH | Trudie Styler, actress, producer, philanthropist, and the wife of rock god Sting, adds another accomplishment to her cornucopia of achievements, with “Freak Show,” her engaging, funny, and uplifting debut directorial feature film. Based on the novel by former notorious club kid James St. James — who once partied hard with the likes […]

The 2017 Agnes Moorehead Awards

The 2017 Agnes Moorehead Awards

BY DAVID NOH | It’s time for the 2017 “Aggies,” named for a woman who I’m betting would have known how to respond to any sexual harassment over her long career. It was sheer talent — not youth, beauty, or sex appeal — that was her calling card, and, besides, the formidable characters she played might […]

Italy Comes to the Village; Nellie Does Molinsky

Italy Comes to the Village; Nellie Does Molinsky

BY DAVID NOH For the month of December, Film Forum is offering a selection of post-World War II movies shot in Italy, for its series “Roman Hollywood: American Movies go to Italy.” Those years were booming in terms of cinema, with American filmmakers attracted by the lure of tax breaks, cheaper production costs, Rome’s own […]

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