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Three Cheers for Pride Parades!

Three Cheers for Pride Parades!

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Everyone loves a parade — but marching in a parade is much more fun than watching one. I perform with a team of LGBT cheerleaders called Cheer New York, and every year the squad marches in New York’s Pride parades. Cheer New York doesn’t cheer for a sports team; we cheer […]

Skills in the Vaudeville Tradition: Drag is Alive, Kicking, Yodeling, Fire-Eating

Skills in the Vaudeville Tradition: Drag is Alive, Kicking, Yodeling, Fire-Eating

BY TRAV S.D. | During Pride Month, drag performers often rightfully get an extra amount of play, attention, and celebration. So we thought it would be fun to take a look at several drag artists from show business history who didn’t just sing, dance, lip sync or tell jokes, but who possessed at least one […]

Just Do Art: The Free Admission Edition

Just Do Art: The Free Admission Edition

THE ARC SIZZLIN’ SUMMER RECORD + CD SALE | Whether it pops, rocks, swings, or just plain sizzles — one stop at this jam-packed brick and mortar music sale will secure many, many selections destined for heavy rotation on your summer playlist. So before the sun sets on June 24, make a covenant to visit ARC […]

The Madness of King Donald

The Madness of King Donald

BY MAX BURBANK | My, but it’s been a busy week! So much has happened! As Trump himself eloquently put it, “This is going to lead to more and more and more.” It’s difficult to pick a place to start and end up at the point I want to make. Bear with me. I’m gonna skip […]

Dressed for Laughs: Drag in the Days of Yore

Dressed for Laughs: Drag in the Days of Yore

BY TRAV S.D. | It’s Pride Month! We take the opportunity to recall that “LGBT” often comes with a “Q” appended to it. Queerness being by definition a wild card, we take the liberty of exploring a related, if tangential, phenomenon: drag performance in classic comedy. Back in the day, nearly every comedian, major and […]

If You Love Wedding Music, Why Don’t You Marry It?

If You Love Wedding Music, Why Don’t You Marry It?

BY JIM MELLOAN | Fifty years and a couple of months ago, Sly & the Family Stone’s “Dance to the Music” peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. And so, in March and April, I was playing that one on my “50 Years Ago This Week” radio show. I had dinner with my […]

Open Studios Event Expands, Adapting to a Changing Chelsea

Open Studios Event Expands, Adapting to a Changing Chelsea

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Scotto Mycklebust is always coming up with new ways to roll with the punches and raise the profile of those who share his creative calling — and his zip code. In 2010, when a hot new destination known as the High Line was about to change the face (and the foot traffic) […]

Divine Design: Edward Pierce, on Bringing ‘Angels’ to America

Divine Design: Edward Pierce, on Bringing ‘Angels’ to America

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Intense, exhilarating, somber, hellish, heartbreaking, ultimately uplifting — and laugh-out-loud funny throughout its two-part, nearly eight-hour running time — the acclaimed London production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-winning 1993 play “Angels in America” has arrived in its titular country with the dynamic ensemble largely intact (including Andrew Garfield as AIDS patient and […]

Chelsea Music Festival Beckons You to Hear, Taste, See ‘Bach 333’

Chelsea Music Festival Beckons You to Hear, Taste, See ‘Bach 333’

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | German composer Johann Sebastian Bach was not afraid to take on one of the most controversial beverages of the 1700s: coffee. Indeed, the master addressed the stimulant in one of his secular works known as the “Coffee Cantata,” in which a father beseeches his daughter to forsake the caffeinated drink. […]

With Humor and Passion, Yee’s ‘Leap’ Raises the Bar and Makes Strides

With Humor and Passion, Yee’s ‘Leap’ Raises the Bar and Makes Strides

BY MARK NIMAR | On stage, in film, and on television, an Asian character is more likely to be practicing medicine or working with technology than scoring a three-pointer or dribbling a basketball down a court. This narrow mainstream portrayal, however, is not what Chinese American playwright Lauren Yee experienced during her formative years in […]

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