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Movie Costume Designers Get No Respect

Movie Costume Designers Get No Respect

  BY DAVID NOH | It’s Oscar time again and, with it, red carpet fashion fever, and an intense focus on who’s wearing what. Someone who has long been a serious champion of fashions we actually see on the screen is Deborah Nadoolman Landis. Married to director John Landis, she is a designer herself and author […]

Seasonal Enticements

Seasonal Enticements

BY DAVID NOH | Disarming young talent has recently been ruling at 54 Below. On November 25, I caught adorable two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesús’ “Crush to Crushed,” which unapologetically charted the search for gay love and what happens once you find it. A veritable firecracker of energy onstage, De Jesús offered enviable vocal chops […]

Gloria In Excelsis

Gloria In Excelsis

BY DAVID NOH | She is perhaps not so well known today, but in her time and for a matter of decades Gloria Swanson (1899-1983) had a real claim to being the “greatest movie star of them all.” Of course, she was actually called that when she played Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard,” the immortally defining […]

Gay Style: Dominant and Enduring

Gay Style: Dominant and Enduring

BY DAVID NOH | The fact that gays, lesbians, and bisexuals have long ranked as the greatest designers in fashion history is, of course, no surprise to anyone. What is surprising is how long it has taken any museum to give them their full, out, and proud due. This oversight has happily been gloriously addressed with […]

The Magic of Molokai

The Magic of Molokai

BY DAVID NOH | I missed Gay Pride in New York, but living right on Christopher Street with the hordes on my doorstep — rather than celebrating in Central Park, with space, freedom, and less coralling cops, as we used to in the good old days — gives me a worthy excuse, I feel. Instead, I […]

For African Dykes, Zanele Muholi

For African Dykes, Zanele Muholi

BY KELLY JEAN COGSWELL | I forget sometimes how important art is, what images can do. Last week I got blown away by an exhibit in Chelsea at the Yancey Richardson Gallery. The photographer was Zanele Muholi. Her subjects were African dykes like herself. They stare out from the prints in their best ball caps and […]

Mid-Winter Escape

Mid-Winter Escape

BY DAVID NOH | The holiday season of the particularly difficult year that was 2012 brought a true rite of passage for me with the death of my father, Edwin Cha Son Noh. He was quite a guy, having served at Pearl Harbor in 1941, owned and operated hotels in Waikiki, opened the first real […]

Haute Hepburn

Haute Hepburn

BY DAVID NOH | Along with so much else — that voice, that manner, that talent — Katharine Hepburn, the most enduring screen actress of the last century, was known for her tailored, mannish look. That no-nonsense, scrubbed American demeanor, her hair piled up a la concierge (as she called it), invariably attired in slacks (usually […]

A Retrospective of Joyful Spirituality

A Retrospective of Joyful Spirituality

BY JOHNATHAN MORPURGO | Among the mountains of art available for viewing in the city, Westbeth Gallery’s vibrant “Remembering Carmen Promutico” retrospective is a gem. In the midst of sister Jean Promutico’s own impressive retrospective at Westbeth, Carmen’s show is a visual feast of 40 years of drawing, painting, and assemblage nestled into a tight room. […]

Rachelle, Tituss, and Antonio

Rachelle, Tituss, and Antonio

BY DAVID NOH | Rachelle Rak, the ultimate Broadway gypsy in a plethora of shows, ironically emerged as the star of a movie in which she played a definite loser. “Every Little Step,” about the making of the 2006 revival of “A Chorus Line,” devastatingly showed Rak losing the perfect-for-her role of Sheila — though, […]

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