Sunday, April 24, 2016

Won’t Be a Ghost, by Tight Braid Group


After a two-year workshop period, the play Won’t Be a Ghost, by Tight Braid Group, premiered on Friday, April 15, 2016, at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn.

I was unable to attend the premiere, but did make it to following night’s performance. Word of mouth must have been great because the theater was sold out, and there was a great effort of accommodation made to seat all comers, locating cushions and extra chairs that could be placed on the floor in the front of the regular seats on the risers.

Won’t Be a Ghost has an intriguing script that weaves together the stories of Magnus Hirschfeld, the influential yet unheralded German sexologist and sexual minorities activist known as “the Einstein of sex”, and Chelsea (born Bradley) Manning, the US Army intelligence specialist and trans woman recently convicted of passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, who is now undergoing hormone replacement therapy in prison.

The play also features a Greek chorus consisting of multiple queer genders, and doubling nicely as the members of Dr. Hirschfeld’s household and intellectual circle. They help to transition and tie together the time-jumping story line, and get to perform a clever scene with arrows and a dancing, bloodied St. Sebastian.

I was glad I got to see this ambitious play. Although well aware of just how vital queer- and trans- gender issues remain to the continuing struggle for LBGT equality today, I knew little about the underlying story of either protagonist in Won’t Be a Ghost. After returning home I went running to the Google machine to learn all I could about both.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

NYTimes: Before the Stonewall Uprising, There Was the ‘Sip-In’

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/nyregion/before-the-stonewall-riots-there-was-the-sip-in.html

Before the Stonewall Uprising, There Was the ‘Sip-In’
By JIM  FARBER  April 20, 2016

On a bright, warm day 50 years ago this week, three young men went out to have a drink that they hoped would make history.

The men, members of the early gay rights group the Mattachine Society, aimed to challenge bars that refused service to gay people, a common practice at the time, though one unsupported by any specific law. Such refusals fell under a vague regulation that banned taverns from serving patrons deemed “disorderly.”

Full story on the New York Times and through the below link:

NYTimes: Sip-In

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Judy Garland's Apartment In The Dakota Is For Sale

and who wouldn't want it? It has a courtyard view, but is there a park view as well? Not a minor detail. Love those wall colors! And yes, I'd unseal at least some of those fireplaces.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

concentrated demographic


I find the juxtaposition of these two subway posters at 23rd St in Chelsea, one for the Gloria Estefan broadway show and the other for a exhibition of male physique magazines at the Museum of Sex, to be quite clever as I believe they are advertising to the same demographic.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

World AIDS Day



I didn’t know him well until that crazy night when we made newspaper miters for our heads and danced to the Allman Brothers’ “Ramblin Man” like two frenzied bishops on the coffee tables of the student lounge of Our Lady Of Angels Seminary in a small town an hour out of Albany. That is what you did in the seminary when you found a soul mate.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Rainer Werner Fassbinder Retrospective at Film Society of Lincoln Center

Fassbinder Retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center
November 7 – 26
One of the most prolific and influential European filmmakers of the second half of the 20th century, Rainer Werner Fassbinder completed nearly 40 feature-length films between 1969 and 1982 (the year he died at age 37) and left behind one of the most cohesive and provocative bodies of work in the history of cinema. In his many melodramas, gangster movies, literary adaptations, and even sci-fi films, he returned obsessively to themes of love, crime, labor, and social and emotional exploitation. He was similarly fixated on his beloved performers, many of whom—Hanna Schygulla, El Hedi ben Salem, Ulli Lommel, and countless others—comprised a repertory company whose fierce, complicated devotion to their visionary leader defies comparison. Part two of our retrospective—the largest in New York City in over a decade—which includes all of Fassbinder’s theatrical movies and many of his television films, along with several works connected with his eternally relevant artistry.

Click on the LINK above for schedule and more information.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Angels in America at BAM, October 23-25, 2014

Angels in America at BAM

October 23-25, 2014

By Tony Kushner
Toneelgroep Amsterdam
Directed by Ivo van Hove


There are no feathers here. Instead of beating wings, there's David Bowie's otherworldly wails. With little more than a stack of vinyl records, a few fluorescent lights, and a saline drip, Dutch visionary Ivo van Hove and Toneelgroep Amsterdam deliver a revelatory take on Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic. Encompassing both "Millennium Approaches" and "Perestroika," this marathon production strips Kushner's now-iconic characters - Prior Walter and his boyfriend Louis, Reaganite lawyer Roy Cohn, Mormon couple Joe and Harper Pit - to their essence, boldly reimagining "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes."


Set and light design by Jan Versweyveld
Costume design by Wojciech Dziedzic
Video design by Tal Yarden
Music by Wim Selles

In Dutch with English titles.

A very few seats still available at the top link.