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Park Your Thoughts in Tompkins Square

Park Your Thoughts in Tompkins Square

BY SEAN EGAN | Make your way through Tompkins Square Park and you’ll see something new near the Hare Krishna tree — a small, unassuming wooden booth sitting amongst a light layer of straw. Inside this booth is a single, teal-colored typewriter, loaded with a long spool of paper and attached to an iPad (which […]

Sweet Summer Music

THE WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL What our city lacks in a crystal clear view of every star in the sky, it more than makes up for in the sensory stimulation offered by the Washington Square Music Festival. The free, eclectic, daylight-to-dusk-to-dark outdoor series — which has already given us two Lutz Rath-conducted Festival Chamber Orchestra […]

Johnny Rivers and Me

Johnny Rivers and Me

BY JIM MELLOAN | Johnny Rivers’ career was in high gear 50 years ago. On the July 3, 1965 Billboard Hot 100, his “Seventh Son” hit No. 7 — which was, fittingly, its peak (and where it remained for three weeks). He had hit it big the previous year with his versions of Chuck Berry’s “Memphis” […]

Attacked in a ‘Safe Haven,’ Lesbians of Color Fight Back

Attacked in a ‘Safe Haven,’ Lesbians of Color Fight Back

BY WINNIE McCROY | For LGBT youth who come from across the boroughs and New Jersey to hang out in the West Village, this historically gay neighborhood is a place where they are able to be out and proud. For some, it is the only place where they can truly be themselves — but in […]

Exhibit Examines Wartime’s Lethal Homophobia

Exhibit Examines Wartime’s Lethal Homophobia

BY KELSY CHAUVIN | Coinciding with LGBT Pride Month, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City has a new exhibit about the plight of gays during the Holocaust. “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945,” which opened on May 29, examines the history of gay men and lesbians during Adolph Hitler’s regime as well as […]

Queering Comics, Cosplay and Gaming

Queering Comics, Cosplay and Gaming

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | In decades past, geek media like comic books and video games would avoid direct mention of LGBT themes. This was because geek media was often seen as childish, while LGBT representation was viewed as inherently sexual and unsuitable for kids. In recent years, a new generation of gay and transgender creators […]

A Pride of LGBT Theater Fests

A Pride of LGBT Theater Fests

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Known the world over for their sophistication, it comes as no shock to New York City audiences that our vibrant Broadway community has its share of those who identify as something other than strictly heterosexual. This may seem like a recent trend — but scholars believe it can be traced all […]

Have You Heard the One About the Depressed Comedians?

Have You Heard the One About the Depressed Comedians?

BY ERIC LEVITZ | When Robin Williams killed himself last August, the news was met with an unsettling combination of shock and recognition. Legions of admirers struggled to comprehend how the comedian, who brought joyous life to Mrs. Doubtfire and Aladdin’s Genie, could harbor such despair. Yet, the contradiction itself was a cliché: Williams fit […]

Just Do Art: June 18, 2015

Just Do Art: June 18, 2015

SALTY BRINE’S “DARK SIDE OF THE RAINBOW” The man with a moon on his head is a demented dude with wiggy notes of Kabuki glam — when otherworldly oddity Salty Brine deploys an anthropologist’s curiosity and a performance artist’s flair to officiate this shotgun wedding between Pink Floyd and “The Wizard of Oz.” Anybody else’s […]

River To River Launches a Wave of Dance

River To River Launches a Wave of Dance

BY ALICIA GREEN | The annual River To River Festival brings music, visual arts, new media projects, learning and socializing to Lower Manhattan. This year’s sprawling 11-day event, which begins on June 18, offers an ambitious roster of dance performances. Highlights include: COURT/GARDEN Inspired by the imperial ballets of Louis XIV’s French Court, the spectatorship […]

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