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Tribeca’s Rich Offering of Queer Cinema

Tribeca’s Rich Offering of Queer Cinema

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Unspooling at half a dozen Lower Manhattan venues April 18-29, the Tribeca Film Festival (tribecafilm.com) features several LGBTQ films and filmmakers. While not every queer-focused title was available for preview, a handful of features, documentaries, shorts, and special programs were. One of the highlights of this year’s fest is the […]

Score One for the Quad: Cinema Celebrates First Anniversary of Its Rebirth

Score One for the Quad: Cinema Celebrates First Anniversary of Its Rebirth

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | One-year-olds aren’t usually this sophisticated — but the manner in which the Quad Cinema has chosen to celebrate the first anniversary of its rebirth is a self-aware exercise in symbolism and synergy that speaks to the bread and butter business of looking back, while wholeheartedly embracing the unknown. On April 14, […]

Pedigree Activities During the Dog Days of Spring

Pedigree Activities During the Dog Days of Spring

BY MICHAEL LYDON late night East Village. Rain glistens off shattered street glass like fallen stars. —from “Dancing on Razor Blades” by Phillip Giambri When the author of the above walked into Veselka (144 Second Ave.), his grin widened and warmed, and so did mine. Phillip Giambri is the kind of guy you can’t help liking! […]

‘Lily’ is the Latest by Eternally Ephemeral Charles Busch

‘Lily’ is the Latest by Eternally Ephemeral Charles Busch

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Twenty-four times for “The Confession of Lily Dare” — the latest from actor, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director, and drag legend Charles Busch — sure seems like a scant amount. And yet, in this age of on-demand streaming platforms and everlasting social media posts, the fleeting nature of what goes on at […]

A Birthday Fit for a Princess — At a Pauper’s Price

A Birthday Fit for a Princess — At a Pauper’s Price

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | I strut through Union Square in my $750 cocktail dress, and take a sip from my $10 coffee, careful not to smudge my professionally applied lipstick. A gentleman hands me a free cupcake as I walk by. Other people give me food, cosmetics, and beverages because… I’m special! Am I a […]

‘Distant Observer’ Merits Close Inspection

‘Distant Observer’ Merits Close Inspection

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | No fooling: You have until April 1 to see “Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence” at La MaMa — and you should. Written by Japanese playwright/director Takeshi Kawamura and American playwright/director John Jesurun over a three-year period via corresponding chapters (10-minute sections in response to the most recent contribution), this “tag, you’re […]

A Refreshingly Racy Roller Coaster Ride Through Fraught Terrain

A Refreshingly Racy Roller Coaster Ride Through Fraught Terrain

BY TRAV S.D. | If the chef’s truism that good soup depends on good ingredients holds firm, then “City Girls and Desperadoes” has the right fixings. The new play by Pamela Enz co-stars award-winning stage and screen actor/director Austin Pendleton; world-renowned choreographer and neo-burlesque pioneer Julie Atlas Muz; and Obie award-winning Meg MacCary, co-founder and former […]

Cole’s ‘Buddy’ Comedy Burns Forever Bright

Cole’s ‘Buddy’ Comedy Burns Forever Bright

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | That chatty, witty, ascot-wearing flamer perched on a stool at your friendly neighborhood gay bar has seen and done it all, since his arrival via the first generation of video camera confessors — and if he came onto the scene a few decades too early for YouTube personality status, hindsight has […]

Hunting for Easter Eggs in the Tale of Trump’s Relentless Rebirth

Hunting for Easter Eggs in the Tale of Trump’s Relentless Rebirth

BY MAX BURBANK | To those of you who read my column on the regular (thanks, all six of you, sincerely), it may come as something of a shock that in addition to being an incisive writer of scathing satire, I am also Sunday school teacher. Admittedly, it’s an odd fit, as my writing demonstrates […]

Signs of Spring and Other Sure Things

Signs of Spring and Other Sure Things

BY MICHAEL LYDON Spring, spring, we’ve made it to another spring! Sure, call my wife and me sunny optimists, but frankly dear, we don’t give a damn. Each year we defiantly declare Dec. 21 to be the first day of spring. Why? Because that’s when the sun reverses its course and starts on its welcome […]