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Friend to the End… For Now

Friend to the End… For Now

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | In an heroic act of self-sacrifice, Archibald “Chick” Andrews, better known as Archie, has died foiling an assassination attempt on his gay friend Kevin Keller. In last week’s issue of “Life with Archie,” the title character of the popular comic series took a bullet intended for Keller, and his sudden death, […]

Toastmistress to Ladies Who Lunch Everywhere Has Left the Building

Toastmistress to Ladies Who Lunch Everywhere Has Left the Building

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Elaine Stritch, the legendary Broadway actress who won a 2002 Tony for her one-woman show but may be best known to  young audiences as Alec Baldwin’s mother on NBC’s “30 Rock,” died on July 17. Having long contended with diabetes and more recently stomach cancer, the 89-year-old Stritch gave up her […]

HOT! at 23

HOT! at 23

BY DAVID NOH | Ellie Covan’s annual HOT! Festival of live queer performance is celebrating its unbelievable 23rd year at Dixon Place, so I trekked down to her wonderful Lower East Side space to get the full dish, which she provided in her inimitably random yet wholly delightful way (161A Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & […]

Gay Men Coming Together

Gay Men Coming Together

BY GARY M. KRAMER | NewFest, the New York LGBT Film Festival, runs this weekend and through Tuesday, and three of its more provocative films zero in on gay men’s sexuality and the sex they have. “I Always Said Yes” (July 28, 9 p.m.) is Jim Tushinski’s affectionate portrait of gay erotic art filmmaker Wakefield […]

Summer Camp, Summer Love, Summer Doldrums

Summer Camp, Summer Love, Summer Doldrums

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Summer camp takes on a whole new meaning with the silly and utterly winning revival of “Pageant,” now at the Davenport Theatre. First seen nearly a quarter of a century ago, this send-up of beauty pageants has men playing the girls as they compete for the sought-after title of Miss Glamouresse, […]

Big Gifts in Big Packages

Big Gifts in Big Packages

BY ELI JACOBSON | Larger framed singers with equally grand voices win vocal competitions but often find the doors of the world’s opera houses closed to them. Thinner, photogenic singers with less unique imposing voices are preferred by visually oriented opera directors and publicity minded impresarios. A press firestorm erupted in May over British opera […]

Shake It Up Baby, Now

Shake It Up Baby, Now

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Have you seen the latest rollicking jukebox bio-musical that showcases hits from the 1960s written by a plucky Jewish songwriter, based in New York’s legendary Brill Building, who helped performers become superstars while being forced to stand in the shadows? No, I’m not talking about “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” This one’s […]

Fantastical World Shines in Style, Then Dims

Fantastical World Shines in Style, Then Dims

BY STEVE ERICKSON | French director Michel Gondry, best known for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and his music videos, has an aesthetic one could call un-naturalism. He’s made two documentaries, one of which turned a feature-length conversation with Noam Chomsky into animation. Gondry’s latest film, “Mood Indigo,” is adapted from a novel by […]

Fierce Farce

Fierce Farce

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When an edgy, offbeat play transfers to Off Broadway, it’s easy to imagine the work has sprung from some fringy stage in the bowels of downtown Manhattan — or perhaps Bushwick. But “Drop Dead Perfect,” a madcap romp that manages to both skewer and honor noir melodramas from the 1950s, was incubated […]

Communication and Connection 

Communication and Connection 

BY GARY M. KRAMER | NewFest, the city’s LGBT film festival, runs July 24-29 and showcases New York premieres of many worthwhile LGBT films. In this issue and the next, Gay City News highlights some of the standouts from the schedule of screenings. On July 24 at 7:30 p.m., out filmmaker Karim Aïnouz will receive the […]

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