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Cabaret veteran Crane is a rare bird

In a lovingly tended garden behind a beautiful Greenwich Village brownstone, a sprite and lively woman adds fresh seed to her aviary. She is both knowledgeable about — and proud of — all the species her garden attracts. There are finches and warblers; robins and doves; cardinals, jays and sparrows of all sorts. With a two-tiered running stream of water for sips and baths, the garden even attracts rare visitors like a grossbeak or a rufous-sided towhee. Pigeons and squirrels are discouraged. Comment

Italian legend gets her NYC due

In Italy, everybody knows Franca Valeri — whether as playwright, as actress, as comedienne, or all three. Comment

 Korean Diva

If opera is baseball for gay men, then great divas, like great pitchers, are absolutely indispensable for the survival of the sport. Last season at the Met, with the likes of Piotr Beczala, Joseph Calleja, and Juan Diego Flores, tenors seemed to rule the roost, but this season the sopranos have happily come back into their own. Comment

Faking It

Gay filmmaker André Téchiné’s absorbing new drama, “The Girl on the Train,” does not involve queer themes or characters, but this provocative film will intrigue and engage viewers who have felt themselves outside society’s mainstream. Comment

A Decade of Akerman

Chantal Akerman’s identity as a Jewish Belgian lesbian informs her films in varied ways, but her work shows remarkable resistance to being pinned down. At one point, she refused to allow her films to be shown in gay and lesbian festivals. Comment


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