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Queer Film Highlights of 2018

Film

Queer Film Highlights of 2018

2018 featured memorable films by LGBTQ filmmakers, for LGBTQ audiences, and about LGBTQ topics. This was a year where Hollywood achieved a few notable firsts: A major studio released its first teen comedy with a gay leading character, “Love, Simon.” The Chilean film, “A Fantastic Woman,” about a trans woman (Daniela Vega) grappling with the sudden death of her lover, won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the trans-themed film to be honored by the Academy. And “Crazy Rich Asians,” which featured an LGBTQ character in a supporting role, became the first Hollywood film in 25 years to have an all-Asian cast. Comment
My choices for the year’s 10 best films are. Comment
Music

The Year in Music

Music

The Year in Music

Looking back over 2018, here are my top 10 favorites among all albums released. Comment
Theater

Cher Bests Howard Beale and the Ape

Theater

Cher Bests Howard Beale and the Ape

By the time the monkey shows up, the show is pretty much over. That’s because the new musical “King Kong” has very little going for it other than the enormous puppet, which, when at its full height, nearly reaches the top of the proscenium of the Broadway Theatre. It’s an impressive bit of engineering, design, and rigging brought to life by a team of about 10 puppeteers. The animatronic face and the voice are run by a team of technicians at the back of the theater. But, like most attractions from Barnum to Disney, once seen and marveled at, there’s not really much more to it. Feast your eyes, and head to the exits. Comments (1)
Pete Shelley wasn’t the only LGBTQ musician involved in the 1970s punk scene, but he was the most talented and the one whose legacy has proved to be the most influential. Comment
Theater

Far From Heinous

Theater

Far From Heinous

When jukebox musicals falter, and they often do, critics are quick to blame the book. Unlike traditional book musicals, where score and story are conceived hand-in-glove, jukebox musicals attempt to shoehorn a narrative between beloved, preexisting songs. The fit inevitably feels off. Comment
Event

Anti-Gay Rabbis Nix Parties, Lesbian Comedian Soldiers On

A Jewish lesbian comedian in Brooklyn is still searching for a venue for her New Year’s Eve performance after local rabbis pressured the owners of two kosher restaurants into rejecting her because of her sexual orientation. Comments (8)
The LGBTQ community followed up its strong year of representation in film and TV with a number of Golden Globe nominations on Thursday night. Comment
Dance

Hard Return

Dance

Hard Return

This show keeps dancers on their toes! Comment

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