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Of Reliquaries and Retrospects

Of Reliquaries and Retrospects

The mournful qualities of fall—all those dying leaves whose color mimics that of dried blood—complement the inaugural season at New York LiveArts, the still-young merger between Dance Theater Workshop and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Dance Company.  With evergreen works by Jones and John Kelly being remounted, how intriguing that so far the theater unfolding in the...
Suffering indignities in order to simply be

Suffering indignities in order to simply be

Here’s an interesting bit from Chapter 11 of The Gay and Lesbian Almanac: …in 1962, the president of the District of Columbia’s Mattachine Society, Dr. Franklin Kameny, appeared on local television for 90 seconds to talk about his organization.  Such appearance was so rare and daring that the interview was preceded by a five-minute apology...
Another Page

Another Page

Live from New York: this morning as a family of starlings chirped me into cognizance, I thought, the past is present again.  Funny—it remembered the first day of my Woodstock residency almost a month ago, less evocative of home than a clue to the sheer volume and diversity of bird stock in that neck of...
Double Minority

Double Minority

Following Rick Welts, CNN Anchor Don Lemon comes out as a gay man.  See this Towleroad link and the NYT coverage where he discusses the intricacies of being black and gay, frank talk we don’t hear as often as we should.  Bravo, Mr. Lemon…
Playing for our team...publicly

Playing for our team…publicly

Let the walls come down dept: Phoenix Suns president and CEO Rick Welts came out as a gay man this week.  See the NYT article here…congrats, Rick…
Twilight world from a distance, and up close

Twilight world from a distance, and up close

Alvin Baltrop took the long view.  I relish his head-spinning panoramas of places that no longer exist; Baltrop’s camera captured the looming gilders inside abandoned hangars and the wide expanses of wooden piers along the Hudson in the West Village, ones that hadn’t seen a ship’s arrival in many a moon. But look closely, and...
At the Whitney and Artists Space, Art by Boys Who Like Boys

At the Whitney and Artists Space, Art by Boys Who Like Boys

Glenn Ligon, Malcolm X     Like Stonewall, the art revolution of the 1980s was a coming out as explosive as the times required.  Many of the artists who broke out were gay: Mapplethorpe, David Wojnarowicz, Peter Hujur, Catherine Opie and Keith Haring marched into our consciousness with forceful works that expressed an era’s glittery...
Don't Ask, Don't Tell 1993-2010

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 1993-2010

Gone the way of Jim Crow, and every other heinous bit of marginalizing legislation.  RIP, you bastard.
No Place for Politics in Art

No Place for Politics in Art

Not to mention religion. Below is an excerpt from the New York Times Arts Beat Blog, a response to the Smithsonian’s recent excision of the late David Wojnarowicz’s (pictured above) work from their current exhibition, after harassment from the head of the Catholic League and a few bullying Republican Congressmen.  Bravo to Wachs and his...

Feel the Rapture

Funny, forthright, bittersweet: none doesn’t quite describe Everyday Rapture, the lovely, not-quite one woman show starring Sherie Rene Scott at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater (what whores, the Roundabout, bartering naming rights for such a clunky moniker). Rapture is more than that quintessential show biz tale of a girl who makes it to New York...

Make the silence deafening

It’s the Day of Silence–Help spread awareness of anti-gay bullying.

An Understanding of Our Nature

  “I wanted to sound an alarm.  But nothing had happened.” Alfieri, A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller. In the current revival of A View from the Bridge, the alarms ring throughout.  The play’s big Greek epiphany centers on a matter of trust: Eddie Carbone, the dockworker, commits a betrayal so huge that...
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