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New York Democrats Pledged Voters Narrowly Overturn
to Deliver Marriage Equality P. 4 Marriage Equality Court Win P. 6

Gay City


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2/ Politics 6 - 12 NOV 2008

Tensions Amidst Victory 7 DAYS

New president-elect cites “steep climb” as local ugliness mars evening
he race between John
McCain and Barack
Obama wasn’t the only
contest happening on Novem-
Art We Can
ber 4. In the rear of Gym Believe In
Sportsbar, the Stonewall Riots Politics and art? As impossible a
faced the Gym Griffins in a mix as oil and water? Hardly. Has there
game of pool. ever been a more powerful anti-war
With televisions blasting the message than Picasso’s “Guernica”?
election results and the crowd 2008 has proven that Americans want
cheering as CNN called one to engage in politics again. To cel-
state after another for Obama, ebrate the excitement now bubbling
the match grew increasingly as the coming election approaches, Art
impossible to play as patrons Gotham chose the timely theme “Elec-
pressed nearer to the pool tion 2008” for its biannual “Square
table and ignored pleas from Foot Show.” Artists were provided with
the Griffins and the Riots to 12” x 12” canvases and asked to think
give them some room. politically as they created works for the
“I was pretty upset,” said show. Nothing like a tough assignment
Rose Ng, captain of the Riots. for producing amazing results. 192
“I don’t think we should be Sixth Ave., btwn. Spring & Prince
playing on election night... It’s Sts. 1-6 p.m. through Nov. 9. For more
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Both teams belong to the
New York Gay Pool League, THEATER
which has raised and donated Passion Unspoken
$250,000 to local AIDS and The New Group presents the US
gay groups since it started premier of Kevin Elyot’s “Mouth to
25 years ago. The current 11 Mouth,” a play that opens with Frank,
teams in the league, which are a gay writer living with AIDS, attend-
sponsored by local bars, meet ing a party thrown by his friend Laura
on weeknights to play matches to celebrate the return of her teenage
of best-of-15 games. son from abroad. The story is a haunt-
During a game, players get ing, twisting tale of undeclared passion
one minute to make a shot and the fine line between intimacy and
while another player acting betrayal. Mark Brokaw directs. Acorn
as the ref prowls around the Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St. Mon.,
table, holding a cell phone to Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Tue., 7 p.m.; Sat.,

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“It is both a hindrance and COMEDY
a great way to relax,” said Homo Comicus
Chris Bess, co-captain of the Michael Brill hosts an evening of
Griffins. queer and queer-friendly comics includ-
As the evening continued, As the LGBT crowd cheered Barack Obama’s victory at Room Service, out lesbian City Council Speaker Christine Quinn appeared to celebrate, ing actress Jackie Hoffman, fresh from
the crowd at the Eighth Ave- but was interrupted by activist Ira Manhoff (seen here being hustled away by security), who objected to her efforts on extending the city’s her turn in Broadway’s “Xanadu,” the
nue bar, those who gathered term limits law. Quinn urged security to allow Manhoff to stay. big gay pimpin’ Jonny McGovern, Jim
in other places, and even New David, Becky Donohue, Leah Dubie,
Yorkers who later were trav- sonant moments that should ing in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisex- House and everything else, I and Dave Rubin. Gotham Comedy
eling home by subway after have reminded celebrants that ual and Transgender Com- would do that.” Club, 208 W. 23rd St., 7:30 p.m. The
watching Obama crush McCa- the heady expectations of vic- munity Center on West 13th It was a powerful moment cover charge is $15, with a two-drink
in, were cheering and chant- tory would have to give way to Street stood and cheered when for an audience that lost many minimum. For reservations, call 212-
ing “Obama.” The celebratory politics and what is possible. Obama included “gay” in the friends to AIDS during the ’80s 367-9000.
mood was understandable. The president-elect nod- long list of Americans who had and had yet to see the anti-HIV ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
President George W. Bush ded to that in his post-vote supported his candidacy. drugs that have since saved
has dragged the nation into speech that was broadcast Another successful Demo- many gay men. POLITICS
two endless wars, wrecked from Chicago. cratic contender for presi- We now know that new Now What?
the American economy, “The road ahead will be dent, William Clinton, often HIV infections among gay The Queer Justice League, a group
trashed the liberties in the US long, our climb will be steep,” hit the right notes when talk- and bisexual men increased of LGBT progressives dedicated to
Constitution that protect tax- Obama said. “We may not get ing to the gay community. At a throughout Clinton’s two change through coalition with other
payers, and run up stagger- there in one year or even one 1992 Los Angeles fundraiser, terms and over the past eight social activist organizations, holds a
ing federal deficits. Bush has term, but America, I have Clinton told 400 gay men and years with Bush in the White forum tonight looking at the election
been no friend to the queer never been more hopeful than lesbians “If I could wave my House. results and contemplating next steps.
community. I am tonight that we will get arm for those of you who are Clinton also approved the LGBT Community Center, 208 W.
While Obama supporters, there. I promise you, we as a HIV-positive and make it go military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t 13th St., 8 p.m.
including many in the gay people will get there.” away tomorrow, I would do it, Tell policy that has cost near- CAREERS
community, partied, the eve- Earlier in the speech, the so help me God I would. If I
ning also had its share of dis- crowd of roughly 300 watch- gave up my race for the White 䉴 CHALLENGES, continued on p.15 䉴 NOV 6, continued on p.8

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4/ Politics 6 - 12 NOV 2008

Democrats Grab State Senate

New majority offers first realistic shot at gay marriage, transgender rights laws
BY PAUL SCHINDLER trict that runs from Howard Queens’ District 11, where
Beach to Maspeth, Demo- incumbent Frank Padavan,

n a stunning realignment cratic City Councilman first elected in 1972, holds a
of the political status quo Joseph Addabbo swept to a lead of just over 700 votes over
in Albany, Democrats have surprisingly easy victory over James Gennaro, a member
gained control of the State 20-year GOP incumbent Ser- of the City Council. Padavan
Senate for the first time in 43 phin Maltese, a sponsor of a is also a DOMA sponsor and
years. state Defense of Marriage Act voted against the 2002 gay
With all but one of the 62 (DOMA), a proposal that has rights law in Albany. A recount
Senate races decided, Demo- gone nowhere in Albany. Add- is expected in the race.
crats now control at least abbo had a 15-percent edge Gennaro was not wide-
32 seats in the Legislature’s in that race. ly seen as posing a real
upper chamber, while Repub- A pro-LGBT vote in his challenge to Padavan and
licans will have at least 29. years on the Council, Addabbo received little support from
Democrats already control the said he supports the Gender the Democratic Senate Cam-


State Assembly and the gover- Expression Non-Discrimina- paign Committee, in stark
norship. tion Act (GENDA), which would contrast to Addabbo and
With a working Democratic provide transgender civil rights Foley, each of whom received
majority in the Senate, sev- ESPA’s Alan Van Capelle and Joe Tarver celebrate the Obama victory and State Senate gains protections, and the Dignity hundreds of thousands
eral initiatives benefiting the at a Democratic Party bash at the Sheraton on Election Night. for All Students Act (DASA), of dollars. ESPA endorsed
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and the anti-bullying measure, but Gennaro, but made no
transgender community — a der rights, and school bullying was no longer willing to take has not taken a position on the financial contribution, while
marriage equality bill, a trans- legislation would win reelec- up significant pieces of LGBT marriage equality bill. Endors- donating $8,000 each to
gender rights measure, and tion, and that happened, and rights legislation. Between ing Addabbo, ESPA stated, “he Addabbo and Foley, close to
a public school anti-bullying that we would help deliver two 2000 and 2002, the Republi- is not opposed to marriage for the maximum allowed under
law that includes protections State Senate district seats.” cans finally allowed passage same-sex couples and is com- campaign finance law.
based on sexual orientation mitted to working with the Democratic non-incum-
and gender identity — each Pride Agenda and the LGBT bents in competitive races who
already passed by the Assem- “Look, we’re going to have community to continue learn- were also supported by ESPA
bly and supported by Gov- ing about this issue.” endorsements, and in some
ernor David Paterson, but to have conversations with a lot In Suffolk County, Dem- cases financial contributions,
stalled in the Senate by GOP
resistance, will now likely be
of people. No bill passes ocrat Brian X. Foley, the
Brookhaven town supervisor
but fell short included Kristen
McElroy in Nassau County,
considered. without both parties.” and a former county legislator, Joseph Mesi in Erie and Gene-
“My reaction is that we beat 36-year GOP incumbent see Counties east of Buffalo,
promised two things as we Caesar Trunzo, another DOMA and Richard Dollinger and
headed into this election,” A year ago, ESPA, which of hate crimes and sexual ori- sponsor. There, the spread was David Nachbar, both in the
said Alan Van Capelle, execu- on occasion in the past has entation non-discrimination more than 17 percent. ESPA Rochester area.
tive director of the Empire drawn fire for its bipartisan laws. endorsed Foley, who, like Add- Two Democrats, neither
State Pride Agenda (ESPA), approach to lobbying and The Democratic pick-ups abbo, has a gay-friendly record, of whom supports marriage
New York’s LGBT rights lobby. endorsements from gay advo- came in Senate District 3 in but has committed to no more equality, staved off tough chal-
“That every member of the cates working within the Dem- Suffolk County and District 15 on marriage than keeping an lenges — William Stachowski
Assembly who supported ocratic Party, concluded that in Queens. open mind.
marriage equality, transgen- the GOP Senate leadership In a western Queens dis- The undecided race is in 䉴 SENATE, continued on p.15


Voters in at least five State Senate districts, Pride Agenda, the state’s gay rights lobby. The Pride Michael Ranzenhofer in an open contest. and the 571 number was consistently busy.
each of which had competitive contests on Election Agenda did endorse McElroy’s bid, and noted that Gay City News endorsed Addabbo and Mesi, Gay City News informed the New York State
Day, received hoax robo-calls purporting to be from Hannon, who opposes gay marriage and even voted but not Konst, and among the three only Mesi is Attorney General’s Office of the hoax.
Gay City News, stating the newspaper’s support for against the 2002 gay rights bill that passed the Leg- a public supporter of marriage equality. Addabbo Gay City News also learned that photocopies of
the Democratic candidates in those contests. islature by a wide margin, did not return the group’s won his race by 15 points, but Mesi lost by seven some of its reporting and endorsements in State Sen-
Evidence of the calls first surfaced on November candidate questionnaire. points and Konst, 11. ate races were used in campaign literature dropped
2, when a voter in the Sixth Senate District, in west- Hannon held off a strong challenge from McEl- Mesi’s campaign confirmed it had heard reports in some of the same districts. The literature bore the
ern Nassau County on Long Island, sent the news- roy by only two percent. of the calls, but Ranzenhofer’s campaign did not imprint of Focus on the Family, a Colorado-based anti-
paper an email reporting he had received a record- A Long Island reporter phoned Gay City News on return a call seeking comment. gay organization. The group promised to get back to
ed message in which a woman, identifying herself November 3 and played an identical message claim- The Democratic Senate Campaign Commit- Gay City News to confirm that it was responsible for
as a Gay City News staffer, said the newspaper ing that the newspaper supported Democratic chal- tee was also aware of the network of hoaxes, the literature and whether it knew anything about the
supported Democrat Kristen McElroy because “she lenger Brian X. Foley in his race against Republican and believed they were designed to draw out vot- robo-calls, but had not by press deadline.
will vote for gay marriage, and advance the lesbian, incumbent Caesar Trunzo in Suffolk County’s District ers opposed to marriage equality and LGBT rights Alan Van Capelle, executive director of the
gay, bisexual, and transgender agenda in Albany.” 3. Gay City News had endorsed Foley, but the Demo- generally. The New York State Senate Republican Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s LGBT lobby
A spokesman for McElroy’s campaign confirmed crat, who won the seat by 17 percent on Election Campaign Committee did not return a call seek- which was involved in most of these races, said
that they had received the same information from Day, has not yet taken a position on gay marriage, ing comment, and Nancy Drewsberry, a spokes- that the hoaxes had “no effect whatsoever on the
district voters. The campaign of McElroy’s opponent, contrary to the information in the robo-call. woman for the New York State Conservative Party, outcome of the election.”
Republican Kemp Hannon, the long-standing incum- The same calls were also made in the District 15 which supports some Republican candidates and is Characterizing the robo-calls as “the politics of
bent, told Gay City News they did not authorize the race in Queens that pitted Democrat Joseph Addabbo strongly opposed to gay rights measures, said her cynicism and desperation… out of the Bush-Rove
calls and did not know where they were coming from. against GOP incumbent Serphin Maltese; in the Dis- group knew nothing about the calls. playbook,” Van Capelle said they were the work
Gay City News did not make an endorsement trict 59 race east of Lake Erie where Democrat Kathy The robo-calls were placed from phone numbers of “a party with absolutely no ideas on how to
in the Sixth District race, but McElroy is a marriage Konst challenged incumbent Dale Volker, a Republi- in the 201 and 571 area codes, both of them out- solve the problems” facing the New York economy
equality supporter, according to her campaign and can; and in District 61, east of Buffalo, where Demo- of-state, according to voters who received them. A and the state’s families. “New Yorkers are smart
to the voter guide published by the Empire State crat Joseph Mesi squared off against Republican message left at the 201 number was not returned enough” to know better, he said. — Paul Schindler

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6/ Politics 6 - 12 NOV 2008

Voters Turn Back California Marriage

Even as gay opponents of referendum refuse to concede, attention turns to courts
BY PAUL SCHINDLER Wolfson said, probably resulted from
the greater resources that the No on 8

n a crushing blow to hope campaign was able to devote to using
unleashed by the California State Latino faces in their ads and “connect-
Supreme Court less than six ing their stories to marriage.”
months ago, voters in that state have Even as those fighting Prop 8 refuse
apparently approved Proposition 8, a to concede and at least some other
ballot initiative to overturn the high advocates stand back from any post-
court’s marriage equality ruling with mortem, three lawsuits were filed
a constitutional amendment limiting Wednesday challenging the validity
marriage to unions of one man and of the referendum. Lambda Legal, the
one woman. National Center for Lesbian Rights
With the California Secretary of (NCLR), and the American Civil Liber-
State’s office reporting returns from ties Union (ACLU) filed a petition with
99.7 percent of all precincts, Prop 8 has the State Supreme Court, which had
a lead of 52.5-47.5 percent, or about held in May that same-sex couples
half a million votes. However, early on have a constitutional right to marry,
Wednesday, leaders of the No on Prop 8 arguing that the type of change made
campaign issued a statement that they to “the underlying principles” of the
were waiting until all absentee ballots, Protesters gathered Wednesday evening in Sacramento and other leading California cities to protest the apparent State Constitution was too great to be
which they said could number as many passage of Proposition 8. enacted by a simple majority of vot-
as four million, were counted before ers. The groups are relying on a dis-
commenting on the results. and radio ads up to keep pace with an nationwide advocacy group Freedom tinction between an ordinary “amend-
Even if four million ballots have aggressive campaign by opponents to to Marry, said it is premature to begin ment” and a “revision” to basic con-
not yet been counted, supporters of define marriage equality in the minds an analysis of the strategies employed stitutional underpinnings, and argue
gay marriage would need a margin of of voters as a threat to religious free- in the No on 8 campaign, but noted that, at minimum, the sort of change
more than 56 percent among those dom and as something about which that different sorts of messages and Prop 8 involves must first be consid-
votes to overcome a half million-vote public schools would be required to arguments are appropriate in mak- ered by the State Legislature.
deficit. indoctrinate young children. There ing the case for marriage equality, “If the voters approved an initiative
And there is strong evidence that were persistent online debates among depending on whether they are part of that took the right to free speech away
four million significantly overstates activists nationwide about the mes- a heated, short-horizon political cam- from women, but not from men, every-
the number of ballots still not tal- saging of the No on 8 campaign paign or of a longer-term, affirmative one would agree that such a measure
lied. According to the official count of — particularly regarding whether public education effort. conflicts with the basic ideals of equal-
all “vote-by-mail” ballots, kept by the straight allies or LGBT couples and “What we want to do is stop having ity enshrined in our Constitution,” said
state’s Association of Clerks and Elec- their children should be the primary to make that choice,” he said, empha- Jenny Pizer, a Lambda Legal staff attor-
tion Officials, a total of 4.29 million public face on TV ads. sizing that the gay community needs ney, in a written release. “Proposition 8
such absentee ballots were returned As the campaign entered its final to develop its competencies in build- suffers from the same flaw: it removes
to the state’s 58 counties. But, month, Patrick Guerriero, the former ing public support both over time and a protected constitutional right — here,
according to officials in Los Ange- leader of the Log Cabin Republicans, in a crunch. the right to marry – not from all Cali-
les County, of the 643,000 absentee was abruptly brought in on loan from Just as Wolfson cautioned against fornians, but just from one group of us.
ballots returned there, only 200,000 his current post at the Gill Founda- jumping to quick conclusions about That’s too big a change in the principles
remain to be counted. Only 46,000 of tion, to head up an effort widely seen what the No on 8 campaign may have of our Constitution to be made just by
the 129,000 absentee ballots in San as in need of a steady hand. Even as done right or wrong, he also urged a bare majority of voters.”
Francisco have not yet been counted. fundraising accelerated, a diversifying patience in analyzing the quality and The legal groups noted that, in 1990,
Of 232,000 such ballots in Alame- array of ads won greater praise, and meaning of exit poll results out of Cal- the California Supreme Court struck
da County, only 120,000 have not high profile figures such as Senator ifornia. One widely discussed result down a referendum passed by voters
yet been counted. And in San Diego Diane Feinstein appeared in spots on Wednesday was the finding that that would have barred the State Con-
County, only 220,000 out of 403,000 opposing the proposition, critics while whites opposed the anti-gay ref- stitution from being construed to give
absentee ballots remain uncounted. remained. erendum by a 53-47 margin and Lati- criminal defendants any more rights
The fewer the absentee ballots still In an email circulated the day after nos narrowly supported it 51-49, Afri- than they have under the US Con-
to be counted, the higher the percent- the vote, Ethan Geto, a longtime gay can-Americans voted yes by a 70-30 stitution. That was overturned as an
age that must be no’s for marriage activist in New York whose first expe- margin. improper attempt to strip the court of
equality advocates to be able to off- rience in such campaigns came in Wolfson noted that polling data from its independent role as interpreter of
set the margin they are behind at this 1977 when he worked to defeat the other state marriage referendum ques- the State Constitution.
point in the count. Anita Bryant-inspired anti-gay initia- tions do not point to the same sorts of The advocacy groups brought a simi-
Most major news outlets are report- tive in Dade County, Florida, wrote, “I margins among black voters, a point lar challenge to Prop 8 prior to the elec-
ing that the anti-gay initiative has was appalled by the inferior quality of also made this week by the Califor- tion, but the court dismissed the case,
passed. the No on 8 TV ads.” nia State Chapter of the NAACP. Wolf- without prejudice, unwilling to consid-
The battle in California — which Pointing to a study of voter psychol- son pointed out, for example, that the er the question unless circumstances
cost the two sides combined an esti- ogy and electoral behavior commis- exit data in California may never yield made that necessary.
mated $73.7 million — was the most sioned by Gill in 2004 and 2005, Geto details on what portion of the African- Similar suits were also filed Wednes-
expensive in the history of the LGBT noted that campaigns are most suc- American tally sampled represented day by Santa Clara County and the
rights movement, and was among the cessful when they highlight the real- first-time voters, who may have been cities of San Francisco and Los Ange-
most exorbitant political contests in life dilemmas faced by gay and lesbian buoyed by the prospect of Barack les and by LA attorney Gloria Allred on
2008. Though the pro-gay side raised people rather than abstract discrimi- Obama’s candidacy but otherwise less behalf of a married lesbian couple who
slightly more money than those seek- nation arguments made by “political engaged in political issues than their were part of the victorious lawsuit in
ing to turn back marriage equality, stars”; when they focus on gay and more frequent-voting peers. May.
the community scrambled in recent lesbian adults rather than introduc- Ethnic voting patterns do not lend Lambda, the NCLR, and the ACLU
weeks to keep pace with a right-wing ing viewers more broadly to gay and themselves, he said, to analysis sepa- also issued a statement Wednesday
money machine fueled in good mea- lesbian families and their children; rate from an appreciation for context. that the estimated 18,000 same-sex
sure by organized Mormon donors, and when they feature lesbians, who According to exit polls, Latino voters marriages performed in California
who are reported to have given more are perceived as less threatening than in Florida supported the gay marriage since May should continue to be hon-
than $20 million. gay men. ban there by about a 20-percent higher ored. That view is shared by Califor-
The pro-gay side struggled to get TV Evan Wolfson, who heads up the level than in California. That disparity, nia’s attorney general, Jerry Brown.


Marriage Bans mentary maneuver, later judged found 38 percent of the elec- Mayor Michael’s Bloomberg’s was also diligent in taking out p.m. at the Center. Admission is
Win in Florida, out of order, but left in effect, torate in favor of Act 1 and 55 election night “a bust” in terms election eve full-page ads in the free, but they’d like you to RSVP
Arizona revived the referendum, which percent opposed, with seven of the losses of candidates he state’s major newspapers, mostly on their website at
Just as the voter referendum was approved for consideration percent undecided. endorsed. with Mormon money. Woodworth started with the
effort to eliminate marriage by voters. At that time, Joe LaFountaine Bloomberg got away with Center in 1983 as a consultant on
equality in California appears to of Arkansas Families First, which never endorsing a candidate their negotiations with the City of
have won narrow passage, vot- fought the measure, wrote in an for president, despite the stark New York to buy the building at
ers in Florida approved a draco- email, “While still too close to call differences between Obama 208 West 13th Street and was
nian constitutional amendment (or for comfort), we are encour- and McCain. He personally elected secretary of the corpora-
defining marriage as the “legal aged by these numbers.” campaigned for Chris Shays, a tion the following year and every
union of only one man and one The genesis of this year’s moderate Republican from Con- year since. His main occupations
woman” and barring all “other referendum was a 2006 State necticut, who lost and left New have been managing the facil-
legal unions treated as marriage Supreme Court ruling that threw England without a member of ity and making space happen for
or the substantial equivalent out a previous law banning gay the GOP in the House. those who need it — with grace,
thereof.” That language would people from serving as foster The mayor, who got the calm, and good will, no less.
preclude civil unions and could parents after a seven-year fight Council to back his bill to let
sharply limit the rights avail- waged by the American Civil him and themselves run for third
able even under a more modest Liberties Union. The new stat- terms in contravention of two
domestic partnership scheme. ute was structured to dodge referenda on the issue, gave EDGAR GARZON
Activists in Florida fighting JARED POLIS any argument that the bar was hundreds of thousands of dol-
the battle against the amend- narrowly targeted at gay and lars to the Republicans in the Citizenship for
ment had pinned their hopes on LGBT lesbian couples. State Senate. Those Senate Slain Gay Man’s
the fact that such amendments Candidates Republicans blocked most LGBT Parents
there require 60-percent voter Win Around Transgender rights legislation for decades Leonor and Armando Gar-
approval, as opposed to a sim- the Nation, Rights Vote in and continue to refuse to vote zon, who came to Queens from
ple majority. In the end, howev- Including New Seattle on transgender rights, an anti- Bogota in 2001 to be at the bed-
er, the measure won the support Member of Voters in Seattle’s King Coun- bullying bill, and marriage side of their son Edgar in the
of 62.1 percent of voters. Congress ty amended their charter to add equality (which was passed days before he died from a gay-
Florida has long had a statute Jared Polis of Colorado will disability, sexual orientation, and by the Democratic-run State bashing in Jackson Heights, have
defining marriage as the union join Barney Frank and Tammy gender identity and expression to Assembly). passed their citizenship exam and SACHA BARON COHEN
of one man and one woman, Baldwin in the out gay and les- their human rights law by a mar- Bloomberg did a robo-call become naturalized citizens. They
and in 1997, in response to the bian caucus of the US Congress. gin of 73 to 27 percent. for the virulently anti-gay Ser- worked for seven years to see Bruno Strikes
federal Defense of Marriage The 33-year-old online entrepre- Transgender activist Marsha phin Maltese, a Republican- to it that the perpetrators of the Again
Act, passed a state DOMA. And neur millionaire won handily. Botzer wrote in a release, “In a Conservative who lost his bid murder of their son were brought Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Bruno”
not content to simply layer a Kate Brown, an out bisexual state that leads the nation on for re-election in Queens over- to justice and, on October 17, character, who is an Austrian
constitutional bar on top of two in Oregon, was elected as the transgender equality, King County whelmingly to City Councilman John McGhee was sentenced to gay fashion designer, crashed a
statutes, the geniuses behind first LGBT secretary of state in sets the bar!” Joseph Addabbo. 22 years for that crime. rally for those supporting Propo-
the effort this year added a the country. He also backed Simcha The couple thanked Congress- sition 8 in Los Angeles, joining
specific provision blocking the The Victory Fund, which works Bitter Log Cabin Felder, an anti-gay City Coun- man Joseph Crowley and gay their picket line. When the press
state’s judiciary from overturn- to elect out LGBT candidates, said The Log Cabin Republicans cil member from Brooklyn, in activist Danny Dromm for their recognized him and tried to inter-
ing the amendment. in a release that 70 percent of its endorsed John McCain for presi- his unsuccessful bid to unseat help “in seeing us through this view him, his film crew inter-
In Arizona, voters by a mar- 111 endorsed candidates won. dent. The Cleveland chapter of incumbent State Senator Kevin most difficult time in our lives.” vened and got him out of there.
gin of 56-43 percent approved a Others highlighted were the gay GOP group issued a bit- Parker. They said in a statement, “There We’ll see how this figures into
constitutional amendment bar- Jason Bartlett, a Connecticut terly sarcastic statement, quoting Bloomberg had a long wait is no doubt that the reward of cit- his next film.
ring same-sex marriage equal- state legislator, who came out in something that David Brinkley, at his Upper East Side polling izenship has helped somewhat to St. Patsy
ity. The vote comes just two his current term. He is the second the late TV newsman, allegedly place, the Observer reported. alleviate our difficulties and we
years after the state became out gay African-American state said: “We all look forward with He said he couldn’t cut the line are proud now to be Americans.”
the first in the nation to vote legislator in the nation. great pleasure to four more years of 270 people because the press
down a referendum aiming to Louisiana elected its first of wonderful, inspiring speeches, was watching. Besides, the Grisly Murder
limit the rights of gay and les- two out LGBT officials, Thomas full of wit, poetry, music, love, mayor said, he had a Spanish in Florida
bian couples. Robichaux and Seth Bloom, both and affection — plus more god- lesson afterward. “So what’s Carole Anne Burger, who
The 2006 measure was gay men who won spots on the damned nonsense.” the big rush?” he deadpanned. shared a house in Boynton Beach
widely viewed as losing, though Orleans Parish School Board in The statement added that the with her ex-lover Jessica Kal-
only narrowly, because it was October. group “looks forward to working 18,000 Gay ish, stabbed her 222 times with
too broad in scope, blocking John Perez is the first out gay against the upcoming socialist Couples a screwdriver, killing her, on
not only gay marriage but also person of color elected to the agenda of the Democratic Party, Married in October 23, police said, and then
recognition of a wide array of California Assembly. and working against the LGBT California killed herself with a gunshot as
domestic partnership arrange- Dallas County, Texas’ out Democrats’ efforts to re-elect An estimated 18,000 same- authorities closed in on her.
ments between unmarried lesbian sheriff, Lupe Valdez, was local ‘gay friendly’ Democrats.” sex couples were married in Burger, 57, who was covering
couples, straight and gay. re-elected. California by Election Day, the the election for the Huffington PATSY CLINE
Senior citizens who entered into Kevin Beckner, a gay man, Williams Institute of UCLA’s Post, had broken up with Kalish,
domestic partnerships in lieu of unseated an anti-gay incumbent School of Law said in a release. a 56-year-old software execu- We always loved Patsy
marrying again after the death on the Hillsborough County Com- Since there is no sex designation tive, a year ago, but they had yet Cline, the great country star who
of a spouse — out of estate mission in Florida. on the marriage certificates, the to divide the house they bought tragically died in a plane crash in
planning concerns — provided And Oakland, California got estimate represents the increase together in 2000. 1963. It turns out she was a friend
a solid base of opposition to its first out lesbian City Council in marriages over the same June Helen Gale, a close friend of the gay community long before
the 2006 amendment. Senior member in Rebecca Kaplan. 17-November 4 period last year. of Burger’s, told the Palm Beach Stonewall, at least according to
couples, in fact, were the key Many lesbian and gay cou- Post, “My gut tells me it’s impos- a viewer of my “Gay USA” show
face of the ads run to defeat Orphaned ples from California and around sible and that something else and Cline fan who related an
that referendum. Kids Lose In the nation rushed to get married is going on. This is just beyond encounter with Patsy’s second
Legislative approval of Arkansas in advance of the vote on Propo- belief.” husband, Charlie Dick.
this year’s ballot question had Despite polls showing that sition 8, which if passed would “He told us that back in
bogged down, first in the State it would be roundly defeated, eliminate their right to do so. Woodworth’s the ’60s, a lot of record labels
House of Representatives and voters in Arkansas approved MICHAEL BLOOMBERG Silver wouldn’t send record singles
later in the Senate, and as the a radical new statute bar- Surrender Anniversary at to gay bars,” she wrote, “so he
lawmakers’ session wound ring unmarried couples, gay or Bloomberg’s Dorothy! Center remembers Patsy would person-
down, Democrats thought they straight, from adopting or serv- Efforts to Prop Friends of Dorothy were hor- Robert Woodworth will be ally drive to gay bars around Ten-
had defeated the effort to get a ing as foster parents. The most Up Anti-Gay rified to see a skywriter over Los honored for his 25 years of ser- nessee and other Southern states
vote this November. On the last recent public opinion poll on the Candidates Met Angeles urging people to “Vote vice to New York’s LGBT Commu- and go directly into gay bars and
day that the Senate met, how- question, from the University with Defeat Yes on Prop 8” on the eve of the nity Center with a reception on
ever, an underhanded parlia- of Arkansas at Little Rock, had The Daily News called election. The anti-gay campaign Thursday, November 13 from 6-8 䉴 BRIEFS, continued on p.8
8/ Police 6 - 12 NOV 2008

Courts Training Prostitutes? 7 DAYS

Gay man entrapped into trumped-up, false conviction stupefied by sentence
BY DUNCAN OSBORNE said the officer said, “Oh, I Pinter took his first class on year. The title is “How to Be 䉴
NOV 6, from p.2
want to pay you $50 to suck October 31. A Safer Sex Worker,” Orlando
Friends In High
eing arrested for pros- your dick.” “It was all about safety, said.
titution on October 10 Pinter said nothing and con- security,” he said. “When you “This whole set-up with the Places
in a Lower East Side tinued exiting the store with are giving a blow job, don’t court is for people who are Lisa Linksy, partner in the law
porn shop made Robert Pinter the man. He was arrested out- kneel down in the well of the engaging in sex work,” Orlan- firm of McDermott Will & Emery,
angry. The 52-year-old is not side and charged with prosti- car because somebody could do said. “That particular lec- and Jennifer Brown, founder of Jen-
a prostitute. He is a licensed tution. On the advice of a Legal hit you over the head or stran- ture was designed and created nifer Brown Consulting, a leader-
massage therapist with no Aid Society attorney, he plead- gle you.” for people who think of them- ship, communications, and diversity
criminal record, an office in ed guilty to disorderly conduct Pinter also complained to selves as sex workers and the consulting firm for businesses and
the Flatiron District, and an on October 11. administrators at the Midtown feedback has been very, very non-profits in financial services,
established client list. “[The attorney] said, ‘Did Community Court, where the tremendous.” media, manufacturing, technol-
His sentence was to attend you leave the store with him?’ health class is conducted, Defense attorneys who prac- ogy, and retail, lead a Center Voices
a series of five health classes, and I said ‘Yes,’” Pinter told when he was identified in their tice in the court say most of the workshop designed to give lesbian,
the first on October 31. It was Gay City News. “He said ‘They database as a gay male prosti- defendants who pass through bisexual, transgendered, and queer
titled “How To Be A Better Sex could construe that to be pros- tute. He said a second man in there are prostitutes. Russell women the opportunity to improve
Worker,” Pinter said. titution.’” his class made the same com- Novack, a senior staff attorney their skills and to make effective and
Having punished him for a Court records in a closing plaint. with Legal Aid handles thou- strategic networking connections.
crime he did not commit, the action brought against Blue “It’s about us being listed,” sands of prostitution cases LGBT Community Center, 208 W.
state’s criminal justice system Door by the city in June sug- Pinter said. “He was also told each year. They are “usually 13th St., 6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m.
now proposes to make him gest that this method has at his court appearance that repeat offenders,” he said. program. Tickets are $15 at gaycen-
better at the very profession been used in other arrests of there would no mention of “For the most part, it’s
that he was arrested for and gay men. Police also made two prostitution in his record... It’s pretty much a fixed popula- ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
one that he has no intention of prostitution arrests of gay men just troubling that that’s how tion,” Novack said. Orlando
practicing. in Chelsea’s Blue Store, one in we are entered.” said the classes are aimed at
“I could not believe it,” he
said. “Every step of the way,
this is bizarre.”
Pinter was busted after
an undercover police officer
2004 and one in 2005, prior to
temporarily closing that porn
Both stores were fined and
required to install video cam-
David Bookstaver, a spokes-
man for the state court system,
said it was unlikely that any-
one would see those records.
“I don’t how anybody can
“I think that people who are
legitimate sex workers — the
point is to try and teach them
options so they don’t have
Don’t Bite Down
approached him in Blue Door eras that monitor the inside get access to that,” Bookstaver to continue to engage in sex Men of All Colors Together/New
Video on First Avenue. The offi- of the store. Blue Store has to said. work,” Orlando said. “I think York (MACT/NY) hosts its third Hard
cer was charming and aggres- save the images from the cam- Sam Orlando, health coor- that everyone involved in this Candy Lounge, a comfortable space
sive in proposing what Pinter eras for two weeks and Blue dinator at the Lower East would rather see someone for gay men of all races and ethnicities
thought was a consensual sex Door for six weeks. The imag- Side Harm Reduction Center, spend time in the alternative to meet, mingle, and converse freely.
act between two adults. es must be made available to has taught the health classes rather than seeing someone Expanding the choices gay men have
As they left the store, Pinter police on demand. at the court for roughly one spend time in jail.” for socializing, Hard Candy Lounge
provides an unpretentious atmosphere,
cool music, snacks, and beverages, cre-
䉴 BRIEFS, from p.7 has now riled up gay folks Johnston ating a welcoming environment. LGBT
Down Under too by calling Brings “Art’s Community Center, 208 W. 13th St.,
hand them her latest single. cricket “a fag game” during a Heart” Back 8 p.m. Admission is $5. You must be
“I just think that this is a press conference in Austra- Out gay Canadian actor 21. For more information on MACT/NY,
great story to know that one of lia where he is doing a stage Anthony Johnston is bringing visit
America’s favorite country/pop show. In making the remark, he his hit one-man “Art’s Heart” ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
artists would stick her neck out mimed swinging a cricket bat back to New York for four per-
for us back then, and that little effeminately. formances at the Stage Left MUSIC
things such as those are not The Gay and Lesbian Alli- Studio, 438 West 37th Street, Queer Jazz
mentioned but are a big step for ance Against Defamation is 5A. Tickets are $18 and can be Rome Neal, artistic director of the
equality.” on Lewis’ case again, along ordered at or by Nuyorican Poet Café, presents “A Trib-
with the Australian Coali- calling 212-868-4444. Perfor- ute to LGBT Jazz Artists.” Billy Stray-
tion for Equality. Last year mances are at 8 p.m. on Novem- horn, Bessie Smith, “Ma” Rainey, Billy
he apologized for his “poor BETTE DAVIS ber 12, 14, 19, and 21. SIR IAN MCKELLEN Tipton, Billy Holiday, and Sun Ra are
choice of words” and claimed “Art’s Heart” is a “comedy among the greats honored by some of
to “hold no prejudices in this 230 West 49th Street. Tick- about loneliness” and touches Transsexual today’s hottest young singers — Kym
regard.” In this case, “his ets start at $100 and go up to on “skunks, sex, and suicide.” Gene IDed Hampton, Ricky DeMarco, Nhojj, and
spokeswoman in Australia, $1,500. Johnston starred in criti- Researchers in Austra- Mel Greenwich — and pianist Don-
Julie Cavanagh, said he did Annette Benning will brave cally acclaimed productions of lia found a “significant link ald Smith. Bronx Academy of Arts
not intend to comment,” the the Margo Channing role “Equus,” Edward Albee’s “The between a gene involved in & Dance, BAAD, 841 Barretto St.,
New York Times reported. with Brian Bedford as Addi- Goat,” and “Shopping and Fuck- testosterone action and male- btwn. Garrison & Lafayette Aves.,
son DeWitt, Cynthia Nixon as ing.” to-female transsexualism,” Hunts Point (#6 train to Hunts Point
Star-Studded Karen Richards, John Slattery the BBC reported. The team Ave.), 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at Bronx-
“All About as Margo’s playwright Lloyd Waiting for from Prince Henry’s Institute or $20 at
JERRY LEWIS Eve” Reading Richards, Angela Lansbury Gay-Dot of Medical Research ana- the door.
Nothing could improve as Birdie, Peter Gallagher as We recently reported that lyzed DNA samples from 112 ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
Jerry Lewis on “All About Eve,” the 1950 Margo’s lover Bill Samson, and out gay actor Nathan Lane male-to-female transsexual
Strikes Again classic starring Bette Davis, Joel Grey as Max Fabian. Zoe is bringing Samuel Beckett’s volunteers and found “they Opera
Hey, Dean! Jerry’s at it and while a remake should be Caldwell serves as the chief “Waiting for Godot” to Broad- were more likely to have a Triangulation
again. banned, there’s probably no prompter. Eve Harrington has way in the spring with Bill Irwin. longer version of the andro- Lee Hoiby’s dark verismo-like drama
Jerry Lewis, who disgraced harm in a one-off reading by yet to be announced. (Hiding in Now out gay Sir Ian McKellen is gen receptor gene,” a differ- “The Scarf,” about witchcraft and infi-
himself last year by calling a a wonderful cast all for a good the alleyway outside the the- taking the same role of Estragon ence that “may cause weaker delity, and William Walton’s comedic
cameraman on his Muscular cause — the Actor’s Fund — ater, perhaps.) to the Theatre Royal Haymarket testosterone signals.” They melodrama “The Bear” are both one-
Dystrophy Telethon “an illiter- on Monday, November 10 at For ticket information, call in London with Patrick Stewart also stressed that other genes
ate fag” and later apologized, the Eugene O’Neill Theater, 212-221-7300, ext. 133. as Vladimir, starting April 30. likely play a role. 䉴 NOV 7, continued on p.13
6 - 12 NOV 2008 Legal/9
Jumping the Gun in Connecticut
Gay fathers with surrogacy contract get early recognition of Massachusetts marriage
BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD In September 2007, Ben- mother’s name is automati- a genetic tie. tus. Abery-Wetstone accept-
nett Cunningham and cally placed on the birth cer- After a child is born, the ed the plaintiffs’ declaration

ust four days after the Michael Spann, the Texas tificate, but in gestational sur- Health Department argues that their sperm created the
Connecticut Supreme couple, and Jamie and James rogacy cases a “replacement” that unrelated adults should embryos and, following the
Court’s October 10 Tardiff, a Connecticut het- certificate is soon issued list- have to go through an adop- Griffiths ruling, found that
announcement that the erosexual married couple, ing the legal parents, and tion process in order to no genetic testing was needed
state’s constitution required entered into a gestational this becomes the permanent become the legal parent of to match the biological father
allowing same-sex couples to agreement. The two gay men birth record. Anticipating the a child, so that their fitness and the child, since the two
marry, a Superior Court judge each donated sperm to cre- birth of their children, the to be a parent can be deter- men intended to raise the
ruled that a Texas gay male ate a fertilized embryo with men filed an action with the mined. children together as spouses.
couple who married in British an egg from an anonymous Superior Court on September After summarizing the Abery-Wetstone wrote that
Columbia and Massachusetts donor. 22, seeking an order to the recent conflicting decisions, the state’s laws concerning
should be recognized as mar- On May 14, the two embry- Connecticut Department of Judge Abery-Wetstone found artificial insemination “in
ried in Connecticut. os were implanted in Jamie Health that they both be list- Griffiths v. Taylor more conjunction with the plain-
The case involved the men’s Tardiff, who became pregnant ed as parents on the “replace- persuasive; there, a judge tiffs’ legally recognized mar-
effort to place their names on and carried them to term. ment” birth certificates. ordered that a gay male cou- riage... lend additional sup-
the birth certificates of chil- Two babies were delivered on The Connecticut Health ple be treated as legal parents port to placing the names of
dren they conceived through October 10, coincidentally the Department raised various for the replacement birth cer- the plaintiffs on each of the
gestational surrogacy in Con- date when the marriage ruling objections, pointing out that tificate. replacement certificates.”
necticut. was announced, but several in the absence of genetic test- But her ruling was bol- In this very unusual sit-
After conflicting rulings this weeks before it officially went ing there is no absolute proof stered by the recently- uation, the Connecticut
summer on the question in into effect on October 28. that either man is the biologi- announced Kerrigan marriage Supreme Court’s decision
similar cases by several Con- Each of the men is a bio- cal father of either of the chil- equality decision. actually served as a prec-
necticut trial judges, Judge logical father of one of the dren, and arguing that only a Connecticut law provides edent before its “official” date
Holly Abery-Wetstone deter- babies, but the couple plans biological or adoptive parent that the sperm donor in a of October 28, and before it
mined that the men should no genetic testing to figure should be listed on a birth gestational surrogacy case will actually go into effect on
be treated the same as any out which, since they plan to certificate. The Department will be named the legal father November 12.
married heterosexual couple raise both children together also has a standing objection on a replacement birth certifi-
who made a gestational sur-
rogacy agreement with a Con-
as “equal” parents.
Under Connecticut law,
to recognizing a legal parental
relationship in advance of a
cate without having the sur-
rogate’s husband first having
necticut woman. when a child is born the birth child’s birth in the absence of to terminate his parental sta-
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Two Contradictory Emotions

A t the end, even after The Califor - ton years and now possible in Washing-
ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER & CO-FOUNDER watching him wage nia battle was assume we ton. “We can’t get the 1,049
TROY MASTERS his campaign day in hard fought, so jump right rights and benefits of mar -
646.452.2502 and day out for more than we know better back on where riage now?” he said. “Give 20 months, it was stun- than from some we got off me your top five. You can’t
EDITOR IN-CHIEF & CO-FOUNDER ning Tuesday evening to see other experi- invites bitter pay the taxes you owe on
PAUL SCHINDLER Barack Obama take to the ences just how memories of your domestic partnership
podium in Chicago’s Grant indecent wer e our disappoint- benefits? I think we can do
Park to claim victory — not the lies our opponents told. ments under his adminis- that.”
Duncan Osborne only for himself, but for a That our marriages would tration — especially with the As for the amendment
nation not sure that it was deny them of religious free- Defense of Marriage Act and defeats this week, Evan Wolf-
Christopher Byrne (Theater), Susie Day, yet prepared or able to break dom. That our unions would the Don’t Ask, Don’t T ell son, who heads up Freedom
Doug Ireland (International), such a profound barrier. become mandatory curricu- military policy. to Marry, said, “The most
Brian McCormick (Dance) For weeks, there was the lum for the youngest of pub- In fact, our civil rights important message, as pain-
Dean P. Wrzeszcz steady accretion of Obama lic school children. Thirty movement is a “progressive ful as it is, is this is not the
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS pins on the lapels and knap- last word, even in Califor -
Betsy Andrews, Seth J. Bookey,
Anthony M.Brown, Kelly Jean Cogswell,
sacks of New Yorkers of all nia.” The issue of fairness
Dean Daderko, Tate Dougherty, Andres Duque, stripes. That wave mov- made solid progress in near-
Michael Ehrhardt, Steve Erickson, Nick Feitel,
Jim Fouratt, Joe Fyfe, Deborah Garwood,
ingly crested in the tears I “We can’t get the 1,049 rights ly every demographic relative
saw at the Democratic vic- to the first vote on this issue
Erasmo Guerra, Emily Harney, Andrey Henkin,
Frank Holiday, Andy Humm, James Jorden, tory party at Midtown’s
and benefits of marriage now? there in 2000, and, he said,
Brendan Keane, David Kennerley, Gary M. Kramer,
Arthur S. Leonard, Rachael Liberman,
Sheraton Hotel, the crowds Give me your top five.” “thousands and thousands”
Michael T. Luongo, Lawrence D. Mass, that jammed Times Square, of straight allies put their
Winnie McCroy, Eileen McDermott, and the shouts of joy bounc- hearts into our cause this
Gregory Montreuil, Ioannis Mookas, Carrie Moyer,
Stephen Mueller, Christopher Murray,
ing around Flatbush Avenue year.
David Noh, Wayne Northcross, Lori Ortiz, at 1 a.m. all the way from the years after Anita Bryant disease” to borrow (okay, With the State Senate flip
Pauline Park, Sheila Pepe, John Reed, Manhattan Bridge to Pros- launched her anti-gay jihad perversely) the phrase for in New York, marriage equal-
Nathan Riley, Andrew Robinson, Gerard Robinson,
Chris Schmidt, Sarah D. Schulman, pect Park. with the blood libel “Save describing alcoholism’s ity grows closer here, and
Jason Victor Serinus, Linda Shapiro, The change that beamed Our Children,” this hatred is advance even during the New Jersey is a good bet at a
David Shengold, Gus Solomons Jr., David Spiher, out from Chicago to the still flung at us with alarm- years when one has resisted legislative win as well. Given
Drew B. Straub, Stefen Styrsky, Jerry Tallmer,
Stefanos Tsigrimanis, Kathleen Warnock, world was, as ever, elegant ing impunity. picking up the bottle. We a once-in-20-years chance
Benjamin Weinthal, Lee Ann Westover, and inspirational, but, as So, just as Rachel Mad- are not getting back on the to call a constitutional con-
James Withers, Kai Wright, Susan Yung
we have grown increas- dow does every night on her escalator where we got off vention just weeks after the
Mark Hasselberger, Jamie Paakkonen
ingly convinced, it was also MSNBC show, I am looking in January 2001 because marriage ruling in Connecti-
remarkably self-possessed, for others to talk me down. we are not the same, our cut, voters there passed it up
intelligent, and substantive. In a press release Tuesday friends and allies are not the by a 60-40 vote.
646.452.2496 America has already changed night, the Human Rights same, and the world is not And the same year that profoundly; it’s hard not to Campaign noted that the the same. Colorado’s Wayne Allard,
ADVERTISING MANAGERS believe that it will be for the pendulum has swung back, Rea Carey, the new execu- the Senate sponsor of the
MICHAEL RYAN greater good. and that “our years in the tive director of the National attempted federal mar -
646.452.2504 Still, a friend of mine wilderness are over,” even if Gay and Lesbian Task Force, riage amendment, retired, called Wednesday and said, it is not yet clear precisely put it well when I spoke to his House sidekick, Marilyn
COLIN GREGORY “For queers, it was like at what locale we have exit- her one day before the elec- Musgrave, also of Colorado,
646.452.2468 McCain won yesterday.” He ed the Bush. In a telephone t i o n . “ We w i l l b e m o v i n g was turned out by the voters.
was referring to our losses in interview on Wednesday, into a territory we’ve never What all this adds up to is
646.452.2485 marriage amendment fights Joe Solmonese, HRC’s presi- been,” she said. There are, of our responsibility to simul- in Florida, Arizona, and most dent, said our community course, longstanding legisla- taneously hold within our -
JENNIFER HOLLAND devastatingly — because we will no longer be talking to tive goals we are still at — selves emotions that may be
646.452.2499 thought we had won there allies only on Capitol Hill, though “we are not starting at war with each other. To
just six months ago — Cali- we will also have friends in at zero.” But there are “other dwell on yesterday’s rever -
LORET GAMBOA fornia. And to add insult to the administration and at conversations, big conver - sals as a way to avoid work-
646-452-2483 those injuries, there was the White House. sations about all sorts of ing on the challenges and
the wholly gratuitous slap It’s true — to some degree, issues that affect our com- opportunities that tomorrow
from Arkansas, where just to we’ve been there before. Bill munity” — taxes, the econo- presents could be to give
646-452-2477 ensure that gay people don’t Clinton placed impressive my, health care. up just before the miracles get their hands on orphaned numbers of openly LGBT Progress is slow on the begin.
NATIONAL DISPLAY ADVERTISING children, all unmarried cou- officials in his administra- marriage equality front, but, “This is our era,” Wolfson
Rivendell Media ples were barred from adopt- tion, some at his side. But Solmonese argued, mean- told me, “and we should not
212.242.6863 ing or being foster parents. to look back to the Clin- ingful incr ementalism is sit this out.”
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believable to me. Rob is said where’s the civic harm? Is gay man “collateral damage.”
Fax: 646.452.2501; To the Editor: to be 52 and the policeman- the law against prostitution Entrapment of gay men
Regar ding “Entrapped: decoy, 29 — another reason being selectively enforced? Is by police was rampant when
NYPD Hunts Gay Men in for profound skepticism about the purpose here to counter- I moved to New York City in
City Porn Shops” (by Dun- the police story. act prostitution or, rather, to 1959, a period described by the
can Osborne, Oct. 30-Nov.5), But what’s so bad about harass the store in question?
I was briefly a massage client prostitution, anyway? If no Is homophobia involved (are 䉴 LETTERS, continued on p.14
6 - 12 NOV 2008 Perspective/11

Symbols of Hope and Auspicious Substance


arack Obama turns be a uniter not a divider, his white, Latino, Asian, and and always will be the United has every reason to think it
symbols into sub- opening lines simultaneously Native American — gay and States.” will be partners as the US
stance. reject conservative ideology straight. In the Obama administra- faces the enor mous tasks
The dreams of “our found- without antagonizing conser- Everybody understands tion gays are one of the build- ahead. The “challenges that
ers” are “alive in our time,” he vatives — a window into to the why African-Americans are ing blocks who “put their tomorrow will bring are the
declared in his first speech as new president’s superior politi- proud, but I have never in my hands on the arc of history greatest of our lifetime — two
president-elect. “Founders” is cal skills. life heard a national politi- and bend it once more toward wars, a planet in peril, the
a political word; it replaces the These remarks were made cal leader say, so unequivo- the hope of a better day.” worst financial crisis in a cen-
patriarchal image of founding on the most important day in cally and at such a moment His inclusive sentiments tury.”
fathers with the notion that the new president’s career — of high visibility, that gays are were unexpected and gratify- Obama called the work of
human beings — men and the day he was elected. The equal members of the Ameri- ing. His words of hope reas- uniting the nation a “cause.”
women create change. words will be repeated and can people. As a child, I heard sured that the defeats of mar- He promised relief to those
“Alive in our time,” says a lot repeated on television, radio, that gays— then labeled by riage equality in California, anxious over the cost of health
in few words; Obama insists and the Internet all over the US the name of a psychiatric Arizona, and Florida would not care and to restore prosper-
the Constitution and the Unit- — indeed all over the world. As disorder, “homosexuals” — be permanent setbacks. If mar- ity and promote the cause of
ed States are a work in prog- he stated, the election shows were allied with Communists riage equality is not accepted peace.
ress. The new administration “the power of our democracy.” trying to destroy the United by a majority of Americans, A president’s work is never
will not waste its time divin- And the nation’s new leader States. Today, many children it is very close to that accep- done. Obama’s first night as
ing the original intentions of thanked the people — young go to church and learn that tance. We have come a long president-elect gave the nation
the revolutionary generation. and old, rich and poor, dis- gays are sinners, but the new way. reasons for optimism. It was
While reiterating that he will abled and not disabled, black, president said simply “we are And the LGBT community an auspicious start.


Waiting for Change


would like to be on the something. Even if it’s just a verted a few red states into riage was between a man and proved, also promises equal-
right side of history for sign of change, a symbol, a blue. Who gives a shit about woman, but hey, he could be ity under the law to everyone,
once. I would like to say I promise. the increase in gay-bashings, “misguided.” even queers. Even on the sub-
saw Obama’s landslide victory But how can we celebrate as homeless kids, youth sui- What change is that for ject of marriage.
— and the cheering crowds, queers when Obama raises his cides? Who cares if they raise queers? Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe
and heard his speech, declar- hands in victory and declares rates of HIV in communities, Even straight Americans when Barack Obama coasts
ing, “Change has come to the world changed, when he especially black communities, in search of change will have into the Oval Office on the
America” where anything is has changed things so little where churches fight AIDS by to take to the sidewalks and flood of an overwhelming vic-
possible — I would like to say streets where they waited in tory, and sits down at that
I saw all that, my heart melt- line to vote because politicians storied desk, he will slowly
ed, and I was swept away by a How can we hold Obama themselves are always the gain the solidity and weight of
sudden burst of optimism and same. For two years, Demo- 305,600,000 American souls,
joy. accountable for promises he didn’t crats have had a majority in many of them queer, and he
But in truth, my heart
didn’t melt. I didn’t rejoice.
make, in meetings he was too the US Congress and they’ve
done nothing with it, claiming
will be transformed into more
than a symbol of change, but a
I was relieved that the end of cautious, too homophobic to hold? it was impossible without a fil- force for it. And he will remem-
the Bush administration was ibuster-proof majority. I think ber and know that he is truly
official, but as a dyke, as a they just didn’t want to take a president of all Americans.
woman, what I felt was some- for us? When he has made so “converting” queers? Should responsibility for anything, I’m not holding my breath. If
thing more like grief, wonder- few gestures to include lesbi- we pop open the champagne with their eyes on the 2008 all our donated millions to the
ing just whom the change was an, gay, and transgender con- for that? Should we celebrate election. Democrats couldn’t buy us a
for, and who was going to pay cerns, and actually moved his votes bought with queer What excuse will they come chicken dinner with Barack
for it. Democratic Party backwards blood? up with now? What risks will the candidate, we’re not going
I don’t mean to minimize in the last two years? As he lauded the dreams of they take unless we push to feast with Barack the presi-
what Obama’s done, what Where’s the change in his our founders and the power them? Who or what will they dent. I suspect he and his
Americans have done, stand- promises to give enormous of democracy, voters across hide behind? The economy? Democrats will continue to
ing in line for hours to vote, amounts of our tax dollars, the nation were negating the The endless War on Terror keep us at arms’ length, and
turning out in record num- like Bush, to the same faith- rights of gay Americans. In that can justify anything? that our only hope for progress
bers, many for the first time. based programs that fire queer California, they passed Propo- Queers ar e even worse will be to extract ourselves
And by sweeping away every employees and run programs sition 8, stripping away our off. How can we hold Obama from the national Democratic
Republican in sight from the that shun us, humiliate us, or right to marriage. All Obama accountable for promises he machinery that ground us up
White House all the way down try to convert us? has had to say on the matter didn’t make, in meetings he for red state votes.
to the House of Representa- Like Bush, Obama cam- was that it wasn’t at all the was too cautious, too politi- Frankly my hope is the fail-
tives, voters literally changed paigned extensively with anti- same as the miscegenation cal, too homophobic to hold? ing economy. Maybe he’ll skip
the face of power, above all by gay preachers condemning laws prohibiting the marriage All we can do is assert that the faith-based payoff if the
electing the first black presi- us as a sinners and degener- of blacks and whites, and the “American dream,” that country’s broke. Maybe pigs
dent. God yes, that means ates. No doubt their hate con- his religion taught him mar- the democracy his election will fly.

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7 DAYS Eleven Years For Women

7 NIGHTS “L Word” stars help raise $130k for LGBT Community Center

act operas based on Chekhov texts. capacity crowd filled
The two operas, fully staged and sung the ballroom of Pier 60
in English, open Chelsea Opera’s fourth on Saturday, Novem-
season. St. Peter’s Church, 246 W. ber 1, for Women’s Event 11,
20th St. Nov. 7-8, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 9, the annual fundraiser sup-
3:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$35 at thea- porting the LGBT Community or 866-811-4111 or $25- Center’s women’s programs.
$45 at the door. For more information, This year’s honorees included
visit Stephanie Gibbons, execu-
✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ tive vice president of market-
ing and on-air promotions for
FILM FX Networks; Lisa Sherman,
Every Minute, Four executive vice president and
Ideas general manager of Logo; and
Through Nov. 13, the IFC Center Ilene Chaiken, creator and
presents the most extensive US retro- executive producer of “The L
spective ever mounted of the films of Word.” Special guests includ-
Arnaud Desplechin, one of the most ed cast members Jennifer
exciting of France s contemporary Beals, Pam Grier, Daniela Sea,
filmmakers. “Kings and Queens” and Rose Rollins.
(2004), about two former lovers, Nora The event raised $130,000
and Ismaël, whose lives are dis- for the Center’s women’s pro-

rupted by unexpected crises, starring grams.
Mathieu Almaric, Emmanuelle Devos, All funds from the Women’s “L Word” director Ilene Chaiken, Showtime’s Gwen Marcus, star Pam Grier, and the Center’s Richard Burns at Women’s Event 11 at Chelsea
and Catherine Deneuve, screens Event went to support Center Piers on November 1.
Nov. 7, 3, 6 & p.m.; Nov. 9, 5 & 8 programs, including the Les-
p.m.; Nov. 13, 1 & 9:30 p.m. “My Sex bian Cancer Initiative, Cen- year’s Outspoken Commu- ing the portrayals of our true they put everyone else in.”
Life or How I Got into an Argument” ter Kids, Causes in Common, nity Leader Award to Chaiken. selves. We’ve given away our “It’s incredibly important
(1996), about a longtime graduate Lesbian Cinema Arts, the Overcome by emotion, Beals gifts to the dominant hetero- that the community does as
student, starring Mathieu Almaric, Youth Enrichment Services, teared up when speaking of sexual culture — and we will much as it can to help all of
Emmanuelle Devos, Jeanne Balibar, and Center CARE. the upcoming election and the keep on doing it for them. But our community-based orga-
and Chiara Mastroianni, screens Nov. “The Center does so many gay community’s struggle for we won’t do it anymore with- nizations fundraise, because
8, 1:30, 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Nov. 9, 1:30 great things, anything we can marriage equality. out seeing our own selves these are going to be tough
p.m. “La Sentinelle” (1992), about a do to shine a spotlight on it is “In the course of the last wholly, gloriously, complexly, times,” said City Council
medical student traveling to Paris who great,” said Sherman, whose seven years we have seen glamorously, and provokingly Speaker Christine Quinn, a
discovers a shrunken human head Logo headquarters are based changes that when we first represented.” guest speaker at the event.
stashed in his suitcase and begins in New York. “Women are often “That said, women’s pro-
an investigation, starring Emmanuel underrepresented and under- grams… don’t get nearly the
Salinger, Marianne Denicourt, Bruno served, so an event like this “We’ve given away our gifts to philanthropic grants or level
Todeschini, and Emmanuelle Devos, when you can bring together of giving that mainstream pro-
screens Nov. 10, 1, 4 & 9:45 p.m.; 600 people to celebrate women the dominant heterosexual grams get. So to have a fund
Nov. 13, 4 p.m. “Playing in the Com-
pany of Men” (2003), Desplechin s
is fantastic!”
“I think that we’ve been
culture — and we will keep on of money for women’s issues
that’s not restricted is a bless-
meta-adaptation of Edward Bond s part of a cultural change, doing it for them.” ing to a place like the Center.
play about boardroom arms dealing and one of the reasons ‘The And it’s because of events like
that shifts back and forth between L Word’ has been so success- this that there will be that
the unfolding drama and rehearsals ful is because it was time for began making ‘The L Word’ Fellow honoree Gibbons stream of money.”
for the production we are watching, that change, and we rode the seemed almost unimaginable,” was instrumental in launching The event featured both a
starring Sami Bouajila and Jean-Paul wave,” said Chaiken. “But said Beals. “I envision a time both “The L Word” and “Queer silent and a live auction. The
Roussillon, screens Nov. 11, 1, 3, 7 & these are the organizations in the not-too-distant future as Folk,” and now works with single item offered for live bid-
10 p.m. “Esther Khan” (2000), about that are doing the work that when my daughter asks, ‘You the FX Network to positively ding was a walk-on role in
a young Jewish woman in 19th-cen- keeps our community afloat. mean there used to be a time present rounded portrayals a Showtime promo for “The
tury London dreams of becoming an It’s been a privilege to do a TV when gay people couldn’t of LGBT characters in shows L Word.” Two bidders paid
actress, starring Summer Phoenix and show that can actually galva- get married? God, that’s so such as “nip/tuck” and “The $20,000 each to appear in ads
Ian Holm, screens Nov. 12, 1, 4, 7 & nize the community and help crazy!’” Riches.” Her work helped lead shot later that evening.
10 p.m. 323 Sixth Ave. at W. Third to raise the money so that we Saying that she believed a to GLAAD’s naming FX one of “The Center is celebrating
St. Tickets are $12. can pursue our progressive “seismic change” was on the television’s most gay-friendly its 25th anniversary this year,
✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ agenda, which has long been horizon, Beals urged the com- networks. and since its very beginning
underfunded.” munity to share their personal “I’m proud to be a part of has sought to serve everyone
BOOKS When Gay City News asked narratives, to tell the stories of the network,” said Gibbons, in the LGBT community,”
Youth Burdens what viewers could expect LGBT lives in the way “The L one of two recipients that eve- said Center executive director
Mitchell Gold, cofounder of the in the final season of “The L Word” had, saying, “If history ning of the Corporate Leader- Richard Burns. “Events like
furniture brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Word,” cast member Beals is written by the victors, then ship Award. “Every show rep- [this] specifically enable us to
Williams, is the editor of “Crisis: replied, “They can expect a we have made ourselves victo- resents our story… I see that continue to provide things like
40 Stories Revealing the Personal, lot of turmoil. By the end of rious by writing our own his- they see [the GLBT communi- our lesbian cancer services
Social, and Religious Pain and Trau- the season, there’s going to tory.” ty] as part of the larger whole. and our young lesbians pro-
ma of Growing up Gay in America.” be a lot of mail for Ilene Chai- Accepting her award, Chai- We’re unique as individuals, gram, and help ensure that
Gold discusses the pain, suffering, ken!” ken noted, “LGBT people his- but the commonality between programs like these continue
and isolation millions of gay teens Looking stunning in a torically have written, direct- us as human beings is larger to exist.”
still face today. Appearing with Gold red evening gown, “Flash- ed, and produced many of the than anything that separates For more information or
dance” star Beals later took world’s greatest movies and us, and the network puts us to support The Center, visit
䉴 NOV 7, continued on p.14 to the podium to present this television shows while hid- in their stories the same way

䉴 LETTERS, from p.10

gay historians George Chaunc-

government moves into a hold-
ing pattern for months until
the new administration takes
October 29, 2008
the anti-gay amendments on
ballots in at least two states,
Florida and California, and have
ey and Martin Duberman as
the most virulently anti-gay in
the city’s history. Entrapment
itself is perverted and should
office and new commissioners
are appointed. This is not the
time for less responsiveness in
city government.
Dear Editor,
Thank you for the recent
articles by Doug Ireland about
historically resisted allowing HIV
education to be taught through
the churches. Why? Because
it’s a gay disease. 䉴
NOV 7, from p.13
have no place in a decent soci- Speaker Quinn has led the the plight of Iraqi and Iranian Now Obama’s spokesman,
ety. Its purpose is to help indi- Council through the negotia- LGBTs (“Key Gay Leader Slain Dave Noble, makes promises are pop singer Ari Gold, Kevin Jen-
vidual police officers make a tion of devastating cuts to the in Iraq,” Oct. 2-8, and “Iranian about nothing. nings, founder of the Gay, Lesbian
quota (and, sometimes, a few city budget. The Council will Queer RR Launched,” Oct. Glenn McGahee and Straight Education Network,
extra bucks from bribe money); be facing many more terrible 16-22). I hope you will con- Hollywood, Florida and former New Jersey Governor
politicians, to make the case to choices. I would rather have a tinue to run follow-up articles Jim McGreevey. Barnes & Noble
the public that they are against speaker who understands and so I, and hopefully other mem- Bookstore, Broadway at 82nd St.,
sin (usually with the next elec- cares about the agencies and bers of our community, can A COMFORT LEVEL 7 p.m. Free. All events are subject
tion in mind); and police offi- not-for-profits that are being stay informed on this issue to change, so call 212-721-5282 to
cials, to satisfy pressure from cut than someone who does and find ways to help save October 30, 2008 confirm.
politicians and some members not. I am grateful that Speaker LGBT lives. ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
of the public. It serves no legiti- Quinn is willing to step up to Regarding “Being Obama’s To the Editor:
mate social purpose. the plate in these hard times, Main Gay” by Paul Schin- Knowing Steven Goldstein PERFORMANCE
If Mayor Michael Bloomberg when it would be so much eas- dler (Oct. 23-29), Dave Noble as I have for a few years, I have No Olive, Please
allows a policy of entrapment ier and pleasant to walk away. acknowledges the cynicism seen him evolve and reach Basil Twist’s innovative puppetry
to continue, he is not an ally of Sheri Clemons that LGBT voters have about a certain comfort level with unites with drag diva Joey Arias’ leg-
the LGBT community. Period. Staten Island the political process. The cyni- Barack on Israel and LGBT endary voice to transport audiences
These instances of entrapment cism is very well founded. issues (“A Gay Jew’s Journey to unpredictable worlds, channeling
again bring into question the President Bill Clinton threw to Obama,” Oct. 30-Nov. 5). ecstatic desires, lavish nightmares,
mayor’s commitment to the October 27, 2008 the LGBT community under I am confident that Barack is and bizarre premonitions. “Arias With
US Constitution. One should the bus. And I, for one, believe the right choice — not only a Twist” is a feast for the senses, cen-
have the right to be in the Blue To the Editor: that Obama will do the same. on Israel, but LGBT issues as tering on rare songs and reinventions
Door Video store and not be There are many valid argu- His past association with well. Time will tell. of popular favorites. HERE Arts Cen-
harassed by the government. ments to maintain the cur - homophobes is well docu- Leslie Farber ter, 145 Sixth Ave. at Dominick St.,
(During the 1960s, one could rent two-term limit on any one mented. But the specter of an Montclair, New Jersey one block below Spring St. Wed.-
be arrested simply for being office (“Council Term Limits Obama cabinet position for Sun., 9 .m. through Dec. 31. Tickets
present in a gay bar.) Grab Wrong on Every Count,” Colin Powell does not bode well are $35-$100 at or 212-352-
Why isn’t City Council by Michael Colosi, Oct. 23-29). for our “hope.” MIDEAST 3101. More information at http://
Speaker Christine Quinn pro- I also agree that the man- However, there were two CONTRADICTIONS
testing loudly about this police ner in which term limits were candidates for the Democratic ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
entrapment? achieved — ballot initiative presidential nomination, Den- October 23, 2008
Why isn’t the Legal Aid Soci- bought by billionaire mayoral nis Kucinich and Mike Gravel,
ety bringing a class action law-
suit against the city for this
entrapment policy instead of
advising individuals to plead
guilty when they are innocent?
wanna-be Ron Lauder and now
repealed by billionaire Michael
Bloomberg — is terribly cynical.
However, I am surprised
anyone who calls themselves a
that were in favor of marriage
equality. And the Green/Rain-
bow Party candidate, Cynthia
McKinney, was in favor of mar-
riage equality.
To the Editor:
Fascinating article! (“Israel’s
History, at Home,” by Steve
Erickson, Oct. 23-29). Is there
a confrontation in the film
Not Quite Ready
Robert Lease “progressive” would favor term My question to the LGBT between Claire and the Dajan- The LGBT Community Center
Manhattan limits to prevent city employees community is: If you won’t is? Maybe that would be too SmokeFree Project hosts a three-hour
from becoming vested into the vote for the candidates that Jerry Springer for what seems workshop, “Not Quite Ready to Quit.”
pension they already pay into. are brave enough to stand in like a highly restrained — or The event focuses on understanding
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To the Editor: prised a “Democrat” would Lenox, Massachusetts ing required. For more information,
I am a member of our LGBT want to cut city costs by elimi- WHY IS THIS AN visit or call 212-
community who supports nating pension payouts. In my ISSUE? 620-7310 and ask for the SmokeFree
City Council Speaker Chris- union, employees are vested October 26, 2008 Project.
tine Quinn on the term limits after five years, not ten. Also October 30, 2008 ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
change. during the first nine years of To the Editor:
Throughout my professional employment, part of the money Wasn’t it Joe Biden who To the Editor: THEATER
life I have worked in city gov- the city pays each Council declared that yes, marriage This to me is a non-issue Cultural
ernment and in not-for profits. member and staffer is going is only between one man and (“Equality on the Horizon,” by Competence
I was permanently disabled into a pension fund. So should one woman. There’s absolutely Cathy Marino-Thomas and Jo- “Idiosyncrasy” is a one-man
in the 9-11-01 attack on the only the few Council members nothing progressive in Obama’s Ann Shain, Progress Report, play written and performed by Indio
city, and now rely on disabil- who get elected to mayor, pub- appeal to our community. He Oct. 30-Nov. 5). If you don’t Melendez that deftly mixes rhyme,
ity payments and government lic advocate, comptroller, or is even supported by the main agree with marriage equality, verse, song, and movement to look
programs for my housing and other higher office receive the players who forced Clinton to don’t marry someone of the at the struggles of a Latino man
other needs. pension that all Council mem- adopt the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell same sex! As a school teacher, coming to terms with core facets
I know firsthand that effica- bers paid into? policy instead of his proposed I don’t ever recall reading/cit- of his cultural and sexual identity
cious government means the I hope all progressives in plan to allow gays to serve ing the words, “with liberty and his relationships as a husband,
difference between being able City Hall and in New York City actively and openly join the mil- and justice for ALL” and seeing father, friend, and lover. Veronica
to access housing, health care, politics fight for health care and itary. That would be Obama’s the word “except.” Separate Caicedo directs. The performance
food, and other essentials, or pension benefits for all employ- military adviser and supporter, but equal does not, has not, will be followed by a Yoruba/Afro-
not. ees. I would certainly hope that Sam Nunn of Georgia, one of and should not work. We can Cuban drumming jam led by mas-
A large percentage of New we first show our commitment the most homophobic Demo- not “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” ter percussionist Angel Rodriguez.
York City’s funds originate by being good employers our- crats I’ve ever come across. through our neighborhoods Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance,
from federal grant money. Hav- selves towards everyone who Add to the mix, Colin Powell and point to who is allowed BAAD, 841 Barretto St., btwn.
ing municipal elected leaders works for New York City. and we’ll be set back years. marriage or not. As a Christian Garrison & Lafayette Aves.,
known for their effective fiscal Why try and keep Walmart It was Obama who began his and American, I am for equal- Hunts Point (#6 train to Hunts
management of the city’s bud- out of New York City when we campaign with The Gospel Tour ity, love, and acceptance to all Point Ave.), 8 p.m. Tickets are $15
gets will be essential to retain- argue to treat New York City with ex-gays, and followed with human life. God bless. at BronxAcademyofArtsandDance.
ing our fair share of federal dol- employees with the same low his Faith Tour, featuring his Stephanie Kansas org or $20 at the door.
lars, as competition for those standards as Walmart? proposal to expand Bush’s faith- Detroit ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
dollars become more acute. Jon Winkleman based initiative. His church-
When mayors change, city Sunnyside going supporters will help pass 䉴 LETTERS, continued on p.15 䉴 NOV 8, continued on p.19

䉴 CHALLENGES, from p.2 A flare up at Room Service, a club ing the city term limits laws to allow And the crowd was also pressing
on East 21st Street, that had more to local elected officials to serve three further around the table making play
ly 12,000 gay men and lesbians their do with a local issue nevertheless illus- four-year terms instead of two terms. almost impossible. When Ng asked
jobs. He signed the federal Defense of trated how conflict is ever-present in Earlier, back at Gym, a conflict of one group to back off, one white gay
Marriage Act (DOMA) that required the politics. another sort marred an evening that man suggested she go back to her own
federal government to ignore same sex Moments after the cable networks had some pundits marveling at Ameri- country, Ng’s teammates reported.
marriages and allowed states to do the said Obama had won the race, City ca’s first African-American president. That resulted in a loud argument and
same. Council Speaker Christine Quinn, an It was after 9:00 and the Riots had Gym staff quickly tossed the man and
Since Clinton signed DOMA in 1996, out lesbian who represents Chelsea, won their first game to the Griffins six. his two friends out of the bar.
roughly 45 states have passed laws began to address the crowd. Ira Man- “None of my team is paying atten- The two teams agreed to suspend
or amended their constitutions to bar hoff, a longtime gay and AIDS activist, tion to the game,” said Ng as she ges- play for the evening and resume on
same sex marriage. On the night that stormed the stage yelling, “whore of tured towards the television screens another night when they would not
Obama was elected president, voters in Babylon” and “democracy.” that hung near the pool table. CNN have to wrestle with a mob that is in
three states — California, Arizona and Manhoff is among those New York- called Ohio for Obama which led to the mood to party.
Florida — added such bans to their ers who objected to Quinn’s assisting loud and sustained cheering in the Shaking his head, Bess said, “There’s
state constitutions. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in chang- bar. been more drama tonight.”

䉴 SENATE, from p.4 “the first day of our session,” and to O n E l e c t i o n N i g h t , b o t h Va n ty to win marriage in New York State.”
put it at “the top of the list” when dis- Capelle and Senator Thomas K. Both Van Capelle and Duane also
in Buffalo and Darrel Aubertine in a cussing agenda items with the gov- Duane, an out gay Chelsea Demo- dismissed talk that a small number
Lake Ontario district centered in Water- ernor. In the current Senate, there crat who is the lead sponsor of the of conservative Democrats, including
town. are 21 members who have signaled marriage equality bill, noted that no Diaz, might be looking at the possi-
In Nassau County, marriage equality support for marriage equality, all of gay rights legislation has passed in bility of switching their party affilia-
supporter Craig Johnson, a Democrat them Democrats, but there are also Albany without bipartisan support. tion to keep the Republicans in con-
sent to Albany in a special election in six Democrats who have stated their “Now that we are in the major - trol of the Senate. Asked if he worried
early 2007, won a comfortable victory, opposition, including Ruben Diaz, Sr. ity, some Republicans will follow our about that possibility, Van Capelle
and in Lower Manhattan/ Brownstone of the Bronx, who is a harsh foe of the lead,” Duane said. said, “Not at all.”
Brooklyn’s District 25, Daniel Squad- LGBT community. Asked whether the Pride Agenda But, the day after the election, the
ron, a pro-marriage equality Democrat Unless Gennaro wins the 11th might find a chilly reception among Buffalo News reported that a “Gang of
who knocked off incumbent Democrat District seat in a recount, no net gain Senate Republicans after the group’s Four” Democrats — including Diaz,
Martin Connor in the September pri- in public marriage equality support- push for a Democratic flip of the Espada, Brooklyn’s Carl Kruger, and
mary, racked up more than 85 percent ers comes from this election, and one chamber, Van Capelle said, “Look, Senator -elect Hiram Monserrate of
of the vote against John Chromczak, current supporter — Efrain Gonza- we’re going to have to have conver- Queens — were skipping a meeting
an out gay Republican. lez, Jr., of the Bronx — was defeated sations with a lot of people. No bill of Senate Democrats Smith called
Malcolm Smith, the Queens Dem- in the September primary by Pedro passes without both parties.” in Albany that day and instead cau-
ocrat who will be the new majority Espada, Jr., whose views on marriage Van Capelle called the apparent cusing among themselves, making
leader, appeared at ESPA’s annual equality are not known. It is clear, passage of an anti-gay marriage con- no commitments on which party to
Manhattan Fall Dinner last October then, that Smith, in steering the bill stitutional amendment in California support for the majority leadership.
and enthusiastically pledged to “for- to passage in the Senate, would have “sad,” but predicted, “It will have vir- Of the four, only Monserrate is a mar-
ward” the marriage equality bill on to rely on some GOP votes. tually no political impact on our abili- riage equality supporter.

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Queer Screenings
in Jersey
Chillfest, the monthly queer film
series, returns to Jersey City for its
fourth season today with the pre-
mier of “Pageant,” a documentary
that takes you behind the scenes as
52 ordinary gentlemen go to extraor-
dinary lengths in hopes of being
crowned the 34th Miss Gay America.
The film, by Ron Davis (“The Busi-
ness Traveler”) and Stewart Halpern
(“When Boys Fly”), is a suspenseful
story of bare-knuckled — but not
bare-breasted — competition and
stunning musical numbers and tal-
ent routines. A Q&A with Davis fol-
lows. LITM, 140 Newark Ave., a
half block from the Grove Street

PATH, Downtown Jersey City, 2:30
p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door. Drink
specials available. Chillfest contin-
ues on the second Saturday of the
moth through June 2009. For more
information, visit
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drawn from alumni of the Gay and
Lesbian Youth of New York that met
from 1969 through the end of the
’80s, hosts its second annual reunion
and membership meeting, after its
smashing success of last fall. LGBT

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Now That Tina
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Comedian/matchmaker Marilyn
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Bruce’s Beefcake
An icon of gay art and one of the
most famous names in physique pho- JUBILANT CROWDS
tography, Bruce Bellas is remembered
today as a pioneer of beefcake. Begin- CELEBRATE OBAMA’S WIN
ning in the 1940s and continuing until As Election Day gave way to news that Illinois Democratic Sen-
his death in 1974, Bellas photographed ator Barack Obama had won the presidency, crowds gathered in
some of the most important figures in numerous outdoor spots across New York City — Harlem and
the world of physical culture — body- Rockefeller Center among them — to celebrate the end of eight
builders. His images are featured in years of George W. Bush at the helm.
this exhibition, Bruce of Los Angeles In Union Square, thousands came together to cheer, lend their
Inside/ Outside by Bruce Bellas,” and personal thumbs up, and for some number of minutes gather

under a massive American flag. In Times Square, the flag shrunk

䉴 NOV 8, continued on p.22 to a snug fit for one.
20/ Dance 6 - 12 NOV 2008

Whistling Winds, Winter Light

Inbal Pinto Dance Company envisions life inside a snow globe
“Shaker” A young woman skips play-
The Joyce Theater

t’s been five years since fully, pulling herself up by her
Inbal Pinto and Avshalom 175 Eighth Ave. at 19th St. own hair and then swinging
Pollak’s striking “Oyster” Nov. 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m.; over to sweep the snow with it.
Nov. 13-15 at 8 p.m.;
was performed at the Joyce A giant man holds two women
Nov. 16 at 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Theater, but audiences still $19; $35; $49; or
up, also by the hair, driving
remember the haunting and Or 212-242-0800 them as if they were horses
alluring vision they brought to — until they turn the reins on
the stage from the short story him.
by Tim Burton. Now, choreog- man in a striped suit cranks At the end, one dancer

rapher Pinto and director Pol- a wind machine, a dancer dressed in black remains, in
lak return with their new work slowly turns beside him as if stark solitary contrast to the
“Shaker,” an equally rich and she were a music box. Other surrounding whiteness.
dark imagining. dancers emerge from a throb- Inbal Pinto Dance’s imaginary water-filled glass orb hides and reveals new wonders with While there is no story,
A poetic and timely dream bing black mound and from each shake, each new drift of falling and blowing snow. and no overarching message
of life inside a snow globe, the the little cabins, which seem to this whimsical work of art,
immersive intimate world of to move on their own. An eclectic mix of music by each new drift of falling and there are certainly arresting
“Shaker” is fantastic and sur- As the inhabitants magi- Chopin, Purcell, and Gavin blowing snow. scenes and ideas that bear on
real, beautiful but also eerie — cally appear and disappear Bryars combined with Swed- Gymnasts in bodysuits leap the global politics of the spe-
equal parts terror and humor, — clad in either black or ish folk music, Japanese and dive through the space, ciously named “war on ter -
just like the humans who vibrantly colored bodysuits songs from the ’50s, and providing the illusion of move- ror.” That it’s not overt and
inhabit it. — their movement scatters Arvo Pärt’s “Für Alina” is the ment in a liquid environment. seems to organically stem
In gray winter light on the Styrofoam pellet snow, soundtrack for the ever-shift- A statuesque woman cork- from the subconscious realm
a landscape covered with propelling it into enchanting ing abstract scenery of this screws a long stretch fabric of dreams — and all that they
snow, three human-scale whirls of pure white around imaginary water-filled glass in the wind. A couple bickers suggest about our waking life
gray doghouses stand in a their feet and over the sur - orb, which hides and reveals over tea, having a terrible time — makes it that much more
row in the distance. As a rounding area. new wonders with each shake, physically agreeing on the powerful and disturbing.

The Art of Persistence

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker honors Steve Reich; Bangarra explores ancient modernity
BY GUS SOLOMONS JR to the fingertips, as the preci-
sion of occasional unisons

n elegantly structured attested. Motifs kept repeating
“Steve Reich Evening” in different orientations and
once again brought groupings; the density of danc-
Belgian dance-maker Anne ers in space and the kinetic
Teresa De Keersmaeker and texture modulated constantly.
her 13-dancer company, In “Four Organs” — the male
Rosas, back to the Next Wave counterpart to “Eight Lines”
Festival at BAM’s Howard Gil- — five musicians on four elec-
man Opera House (October tronic keyboards and sets of
22-25.) The program was a maracas formed an upstage
tribute to Reich, whose music centerpiece. Five men in black

has often inspired her. Along- and white street clothes began
side two of the composer’s in silence, moving in silhou-
musical works — “Pendulum ette, sparely but vigorously.
Music” and “Marimba Phase” – One man repeated a single
were two US premiere dances, motif — knee lift, torso twist—
two De Keersmaeker classics persistently, like a base line.
from 1982 and 1997, and a The men swapped fragments
curious miniature by György The men of choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s company, Rosas, perform in the US premiere of her “Four Organs” at BAM. — backward somersaults,
Ligeti. windmilling arms, running
The program began with ning. same musical idea, with two dramatic lighting for the show. skips, spiraling torsos. Not
“Pendulum Music” — a medi- Next, lit in silhouette, grand pianos straddling the “Music for Pieces of Wood” until four minutes before the
tation in which a pair of hang- “Marimba Phase” illustrated dance space and two women accompanied the premiere of end of the 20-minute piece did
ing microphones swung back Reich’s obsession with instru- dancing. They swung their “Eight Lines” for women, six in the dancers touch. When they
and forth over an amplifier ments moving in and out of right arms, propelling them white and two in black outfits. did, their motifs began to inter-
that produced feedback tones unison. One musician slightly into incessant half turns to A more or less steady flow of lock and redirect each other’s
with each pass. The hypnotic sped his tempo, changing the the left. The simple move- brisk, improvisational-looking trajectories. The five became a
swinging, slightly out of phase, quantity of discrete notes we ment gradually evolved, add- motion carried the women into single interactive organism.
resulted in ever -changing could hear. The rhythm moved ing arms wrapping around and around a glowing circle of As an interlude — covering
rhythms, and gravity deter- from sixes to fours to twos over the body, a sharp stop, an ara- light. De Keersmaeker’s move- a costume and set change —
mined the length of the piece the ten-minute duration of the besque, audible breathing. The ment owes its breathy fluency 100 metronomes on the apron
— about ten minutes — when piece. And an almost imper- partners remained equidistant to the style of postmodern of the stage were set ticking,
the two sounds turned into ceptible nod cued the musi- throughout, lighted from the dance icon Trisha Brown. and we experienced the decay
a steady, bi-tonal hum as the cians to end, miraculously, front in a way that threw three The deceptively casual of sound as they gradually ran
mikes came to rest. This medi- together. shadows on the wall behind phrases are in fact highly
tation set the tone for the eve- “Piano Phase” repeated this them. Remon Fromont did the designed and rehearsed down 䉴 PERSISTENCE, continued on p.29

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22/ Film 6 - 12 NOV 2008

Undead But Not Unoriginal 7 DAYS

Bruce LaBruce comedy horror flick has tender gay love at core
NOV 8, from p.19
Directed by Bruce LaBruce
Strand Releasing powerHouse book of the same name,
Opens Nov. 7 with text by Vince Aletti. The pow-
IFC Center erhouse Arena, 37 Main St. near
Front St. in DUMBO, weekdays, 10
BY GARY M. KRAMER a.m.-7 p.m.; weekends, 11 a.m.-6
p.m. through Nov. 16. For more infor-

anadian bad boy mation, visit or
Bruce LaBruce’s lat- call 718-666-3049.
est, “Otto; or, Up with ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
Dead People,” is a gory, post-
apocalyptic, gay zombie porn Lusty Power
comedy horror film. The plot, Mark Beard presents an installation
which unfolds in flashbacks of homoerotic power, “Gracious Dicta-
and a film-within-a-film struc- tor: The Seduction of Power.” Clam-
ture, has director Medea Yarn part, 521-531 W. 25th St., ground
(Katharina Klewinghaus) fl. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through
shooting a movie about the Nov. 22. For more information, visit
undead star, sexy Fritz (Mar- or call 230-0020.
cel Schlutt), and her new dis- ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
covery, Otto (Jey Crisfar), a
gay zombie with an identity From Troy to San
crisis. Juan
On the phone from his “Cultural Expressions in Art” by
home in Canada, LaBruce dis- Magdalena Castaneda and Ron Csuha’s
cussed the origins of his film “Greek Images: Digital Images.” Cas-
and his title character. taneda, a bi-cultural Puerto Rican-born
“A lot of young people I talk lesbian, paints portraits that explore,
to on the Internet, or run into reveal, and honor the human spirit, one
while traveling, are dead inside person at a time. The group of paint-
— really alienated from a lot ings on exhibit evolved out of her past
of the things going on now,” expressionistic use of oil color to the

he said. “From the corrupt classical painting methods of “under
political situation, to the cor- painting” and the realistic rendering of
porate control of media, and the subject. The 24 images in Csuha’s
show are created from photographs of
䉴 UNDEAD, continued on p.23 Jey Crisfar, as Otto, the gay zombie, and director Bruce LaBruce. statues, mostly of ancient Greek heroes
in museums in the US and Europe.
The tenet of the show is that a great

Stick-Figure Melodrama work of art has two important quali-

ties — one that makes it interesting or
beautiful from a distance, so that it will
grab your attention immediately as you
Adaptation of apartheid-era South Africa lesbian romance falls flat notice and approach it; and another that
makes it equally interesting or beautiful
BY GARY M. KRAMER THE WORLD UNSEEN when viewed close up. LGBT Com-
Directed by Shamim Sarif munity Center, 208 W. 13th St. The

he World Unseen,” Regent Releasing Castaneda show runs through Nov.
directed by Shamim Opens Nov. 7 28; the Csuha exhibition through
Sarif — who adapt- Quad Cinema Nov. 14.
ed her own novel — is a well- ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
meaning but seriously flawed
lesbian drama. This period half-black –– by the apartheid-
piece about Amina (Sheetal
Sheth), an unconventional café
owner who develops a pas-
sionate bond with a married
woman, Miriam (Lisa Ray), in
era society. She is beautiful
and a bit butch. In fact, two
characters point out that she
favors trousers, in case view-
ers were not paying attention.
The Even Couple
1952 Cape Town, sounds good Amina defies her heritage, Gilbert and George met in 1967
on paper, but comes across resisting marriage, and, when while students in London and began
like a bad potboiler on screen. pressed about having chil- to create art together, developing a
A female-empower ment dren, goes against conven- uniquely recognizable style both in
drama, the film tackles signif- tion, saying she would prefer their pictures and in their presentations
icant issues of gender, racial, girls over boys. Most impor- of themselves as living sculptures. Over
and sexual discrimination tantly, she subverts the law, 40 years, they developed a new format
among immigrants. But Sarif hiding a woman sought by that created large-scale pictures, visu-
brought a heavy hand to both the authorities for flaunting ally and emotionally powerful, through

the writing and the directing, the Prohibition of Mixed Mar- a unique creative process. The Brook-
overemphasizing every point. riages Act. lyn Museum is the final venue in an
Indian-born Amina runs a Amina agrees to help plant international tour that marks the first
café she daringly co-owns with a garden so she can spend retrospective of the artists’ work in
Jacob (David Dennis), who’s Sheetal Sheth (l.) and Lisa Ray are a would-be lesbian couple in 1950s, apartheid-era South
considered “colored” — he’s 䉴 MELODRAMA, continued on p.29 Africa. 䉴 NOV 9, continued on p.24


His hope is that “Otto” is a zombie
the return of nuclear threats, everyone film that will lure straight, homopho-
seems to agree that the world is pretty bic porn geeks into seeing it, only to
unstable. I don’t think the film is very be scandalized by the tender gay love
farfetched on a fear level in terms of story at its heart.
its tone and critique of the world as it LaBruce continued on the subject
exists at the moment.” of the horror genre: “I love horror
LaBruce explained that his gay zom- films, but I find torture porn repel-
bie character was informed by some of lant. It’s unappealing and misogy-
what he’s observed of gay sexuality. nist and homophobic. Most horror is
“If you have ever cruised a public often based on homosexual panic or
park or toilet, it can be very ‘Night of sexual fear. I am trying to go against
the Living Dead’ — people in a trance that, making horror atmospheric,
[having] anonymous, shadowy sex melancholy, psychological, and
and [many] interchangeable body thoughtful.”
parts,” he said. “That’s not a bad “Otto’s” blood and gore — which
“These are the memories we can’t escape.
thing. It can be exciting, weird, and consist of the gay zombie munch-
fun.” ing on dead people as well as dead beautiful, they are
They are
The storyline of “Otto” offers social- animals — ar e mor e disgusting
political commentary. LaBruce than scary, and greatly exaggerated. deranged, and Lock overheats
addresses AIDS while providing a LaBruce believes the sex and vio-
them until they possess the
parable about xenophobia and social lence on TV are more shocking. He
conformity. Through flashbacks, we dares anyone to turn on a “CSI” show ability to haunt.”
learn that Otto is sick; his abandon- depicting gruesome autopsies and not —THE TIMES (UK)
ment by his boyfriend leaves him fear- be disturbed. He justifies the violence
ful. From LaBruce’s perspective, that in his films as deliberately over-the-
emotion is analogous to the shame top — and artfully made. AMJAD
and hostility gay people experience Similarly, the sex in LaBruce’s
when they are met with social disap- films is more aesthetic than erotic. NOV 12* AT 7PM

Photo: Edouard Lock

proval. He prides himself on making his sex NOV 13—15 AT 7:30
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information and images we get on way, and meant to be a political state-
TV, where CNN and the like foist four ment by the female filmmaker in the
different news items at viewers on a film,” he explained. “It’s not presented
single screen. in an exploitative way.”
“I think audiences are conditioned The same can be said about the
now to being overstimulated,” LaBruce “orgy of the dead” that Medea directs.
explained about his eye-popping style. As for getting his actors to par -
LaBruce pays tribute to avant-garde ticipate in such explicit sex scenes,
filmmaker Maya Deren with the Medea LaBruce has no expectations. Jey
Yarn character; the two names are Crisfar originally said he would do a
anagrams. His treatment of Medea is sex scene, but when shooting com-
indicative of how he uses art to ana- menced, he changed his mind.
lyze the modern world and provide a “It was fine with me,” the filmmaker
critique of society. Otto serves as an recalled. “I would never [ask] an actor
identification point for gay viewers in who hasn’t done porn before to do
reminding them of the difficulties of that. If I know I’m doing a sex scene,
their teen years. I use professionals who have done it
While the filmmaker subverts char- before, but I’m also open to amateurs
acter expectations — a zombie who is trying it if that’s what they want to
gay and a lesbian feminist intellectu- do.”
al who has an aggressive edge — and LaBruce wants viewers to decide if
also plays with genres to stimulate his they want to see his films or not.
audience. “You can’t expect people to love
“I think people are used to see- all your work, especially if you take
ing things in categories,” LaBruce chances and do work that goes
explained. “They expect something against the grain,” he said without
from a horror film. If they don’t get irony.
it, they are disappointed. So I like to It should not be surprising, then,
disappoint people. I try to imagine that “Otto” could prove an acquired
[my films] as something different and taste. Fans of LaBruce’s highly styl-
make them political, funny, or highly ized films will probably enjoy this
stylized. I am a contrarian. I like to mélange of gore and porn. Others,
mix people up and play with expecta- however, may judge it dead on arrival.

24/ Opera 6 - 12 NOV 2008

Modern Visions 7 DAYS

The Met’s new “Doctor Atomic”; beautiful singing in Philly’s “Fidelio”
NOV 9, from p.22

ohn Adams and Peter more than 20 years. The exhibition was
Sellars’ intriguing “Doc- organized by the Tate Modern, London,
tor Atomic” premiered with the collaboration of the artists,
in San Francisco in 2005, with who consider this to be the definitive
later performances in Chicago. presentation of their art. 200 Eastern
Dissatisfied with Sellars’ stag- Parkway at Washington Ave. near
ing, Peter Gelb opted for a new Grand Army Plaza. Wed.-Fri., 11
one by first-time opera direc- a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (until
tor Penny Woolcock. It scored 11 p.m. first Sat.); Sun. 11 a.m.-6
at least a succes d’estime at p.m. Exhibition runs through Jan.


the Met, thanks especially to 11. Admission is $8; $4 for students &
the remarkable generosity seniors.
of a donor underwriting $30 ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
orchestra seats for thousands
of patrons, including many COMEDY
students. Three Men & a
The evening’s dramatic Dirty Little Lady
weaknesses (October 25) main- Gerald Finley’s Robert Oppenheimer, magnificently sung and acted, proved inspiring. The ever-inappropriate Brad Loekle,
ly resulted from the uneven in his weekly “Electro Shock Therapy
quality and nature of Sellars’ exactly as in the recent “Orfeo” recent history. Japanese art- Pérez lent enchanting presence Comedy Hour,” presents homo-hilarity
“assembled” libretto, in equal and “Peter Grimes”; one fears ist Jun Kaneko’s unforgetta- and gorgeously focused sound with Keith Price (Sirius OUT Q in the
parts moving and preten- that this device, which limits ble designs for both sets and — if fuzzy German — to Mar- Morning), Scott Ryan (Broadway
tious. It is distancing, despite the playing space and slants costumes were spectacular, zelline. Stephen Morscheck, a Comedy Club); Dave Rubin (Here! TV);
Adams’ beautiful scoring of stage action towards the orato- with brilliant color — not a light-timbre but musical bass- and Allison Castillo (Sweet Paprika).
their nocturnal scene, to have rio-like, has become the visual commonly deployed element baritone, valiantly jumped in Therapy, 348 W. 52nd St., 10 p.m. No
the Oppenheimers converse signature of the Gelb regime. in this prison-set work — and as perhaps history’s only boy- cover; $6 cosmos all night.
mainly in quoted poetry; fur- The scientists — the ”ele- fascinating, largely abstract ish Rocco. ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
thermore, both Kitty Oppen- ments” of the Manhattan Proj- and geometrical shapes used

heimer and the other female ect — each had a cubicle. as superbly projected and hiladelphia heard some
character, the Native American
Pasqualita, sing a great deal
of vocalise, as if Womankind
in the piece’s world were some
kind of inchoate, inarticulate
The set later opened and
rotated to produce different
spaces, but confinement in the
boxes exacerbated some of the
distortion inherent in Adams’
constructed set elements.
The finale’s “ Mamma Mia”
style women’s chorus cos-
tumes could be rethought;
ditto the upside-down, even-
more beautiful singing
October 17 when the
Orchestra gave Berlioz’ idio-
syncratic dramatic symphony
“Romeo et Juliette” under
Don’t Focus the
Sensitivity. having written this massive, tually bleeding head project- Charles Dutoit’s baton — not Mind on Stress
The reductive treatment generally impressive score ed during Pizarro’s aria (the an immaculate or particularly Center CARE hosts its weekly drop-
of the Native American char- with the presumption of micro- only other figurative elements incisive reading when it came in yoga workshop for people of all gen-
acters is as shamelessly rac- phone-enhanced singing. in the set were two eyes, apt to orchestral ensemble or pac- ders, Tue., 6-7:30 p.m. through Dec.
ist as chez Belasco and Puc- Gerald Finley’s Oppenheim- in a work so concerned with ing. Two participants proved 16, at LGBT Community Center, 208
cini’s Wowkle and Joe, despite er, magnificently sung and specularity). The brightly lit outstanding — David Hayes’ W. 13th St. Weekly attendance and
the creative intentions being acted, proved inspiring. Very dungeon scene obviated cred- eloquent Philadelphia Singers registration not required. $5 suggested
steeped — drowned? — in strong holdovers from 2005 ible mistaken identities; that, Chorale, who had the lion’s donation. For more information, visit
political correctness. Pasqual- include Eric Owens’ bluster- and a slackening in Rob- share of vocalism, and the
ita’s repetitive phrases about ing general, the excellent light ert Driver’s generally sound elegant, plaintive-toned mezzo ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
nature, motherhood, and ritual tenor Thomas Glenn as an direction, reduced the needed Ruxandra Donose, whose
denied any kind of real subjec- idealistic young scientist, and tension. supple “Couplets” reflected Building
tivity; worse, as the bomb blast Richard Paul Fink bringing Driver left in yards of dia- perfect French style. Why New Community Health
approaches she is surrounded his Alberich-like cynicism and logue, with generally positive York presenters favor the ano- Center Care’s Gender Identity Proj-
by mute, feathered-attired capacious voice to the complex results; rarely, for instance, dyne Angelika Kirschschlager ect (GIP) hosts its monthly drop-in advo-
warriors deployed entirely as figure of Edward Teller. has one seen Leonore’s mis- and the merely correct Anke cacy group working to create a commu-
symbols. Sasha Cooke, a fine young givings over flirting with Mar- Vondung over the more inter- nity-based trans-access to healthcare
Both in the libretto and the recitalist, disappointed as Kitty zelline so fully explored. Cor- pretively interesting and vocal- movement. The Transgender Health
production, some elements just — too many problems with rado Rovaris led with aplomb ly superior Donose is anyone’s Initiative of New York (THINY) is for
seem like padding; but, in the intonation and hard-edged and dispatch. In her initial guess. transgendered, gender non-conforming
second act, Adams sustains ascending intervals. Meredith Leonore, Christine Goerke’s As for Elina Garanca: sorry, people and allies. Along with GIP, the
the tension by means of rhythm Arwady’s earthy contralto ever-larger, ringing dramatic but massive promotion alone event is hosted by the Transgender
and canny orchestration. sounded splendid in Pasquali- soprano could still honor soft does not make stars. Genuine Legal Defense and Education Fund, and
Julian Crouch’s set proved a ta’s largely melismatic writing. dynamics and execute pre- audience excitement makes the New York Association for Gender
mixed success. A heavy scrim The instrumental playing cise vocal filigree. Her wonted stars. (Donose stars as Rossi- Rights Advocacy. LGBT Community
depicting the Table of Elements was not spotless in this fourth honest dramatic commit- ni’s Isabella at OCP opposite Center, 208 W. 13th St.. Nov. 11,
as of 1945 obscured the initial performance, but debutant ment, insightful phrasing, and Kevin Glavin and Lawrence Dec. 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
images of a white multi-topped Alan Gilbert— newly appointed often thrilling vocalism earned Brownlee — persuasive cast- ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
tent figuring as the Sangre de chef of the New York Philhar- deserved cheers. ing — November 14-23.) The
Cristo Mountains — and, final- monic — makes a welcome, Most cast members made other Berlioz soloists, Gregory HUMAN RIGHTS
ly, as the mushroom cloud — capable addition to the con- pleasing company debuts. Kunde and David Wilson- Struggle for the
and a kind of a Calder mobile ducting roster. Anthony Dean Griffey’s strong Johnson, showed experienced Sacred & the
of exploded material that hung lyric tenor and formidable art- artistry and voices healthiest Sovereign

above the proceedings, as, later, pera Company of istry brought musical and spir- at their top ends. This year marks the 30th anniversa-
did the bomb itself. Philadelphia began itual conviction to Florestan. ry of American recognition of the rights
The scrim lifted to disclose its season October 10 Greer Grimsley (Pizarro) fur- David Shengold (shengold@ of Native peoples to practice traditional
a three-tiered structure across with “Fidelio,” the most visu- nished suitable machismo and writes about opera
the stage for the chorus — ally striking production in its exciting tonal snarl, and Ailyn for many venues. 䉴 NOV 11, continued on p.26
6 - 12 NOV 2008 Theater/25
Been There, Done That
“Boys’ Life” grown old; “Capture Now” is fresh, poignant
BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE BOYS’ LIFE tion is that the boys have to
Second Stage return from Neverland some-
307 W. 43rd St.

he medieval mystery time, or face the consequenc-
plays were designed Tue. at 7 p.m.; Wed.-Sat. at 8 p.m.; es. The characters he pres-
Wed., Sat. at 2 p.m.; Sun. at 3 p.m.
to educate an almost ents, unfortunately, are never
$70; 212-246-4422
totally illiterate populace developed fully enough for us
about the key stories of the to believe him. They are types
Bible from the 10th to the The Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street doing typical things.
15th centuries, more or less. 45 Bleecker St. As a director, Grief knows
It’s not a good sign that I was Tue.-Fri. at 8 p.m.; how to get solid performanc-
thinking about them through- Sat. at 3 & 8 p.m.; es from his actors, and Clint
out the bland and largely Sun. 3 & 7 p.m. Ramos’ costumes are an eerie
pointless revival of Howard $56.50; 212-239-6200 flashback to the period, but

Korder’s “Boys’ Life.” that’s not enough to sustain
The mystery plays were an entire evening.
performed on pageant wag- aptly, the lack thereof. During the Reformation,
ons, mobile stages that were In 1988, the play seemed the pageant wagons and mys-
dragged through the towns on fresh and engaging, and there Rhys Corio, Jason Biggs, and Peter Scanavino party hearty in “Boys’ Life,” but we’ve seen it tery plays were banned. With
festival days. Michael Greif’s was something appealing before and seen it better. an economy shattered, the
production of Howard Korder’s about the “Puer Aeternus,” kind of reckless masculine
1988 play is performed on the “boy eternal” as an emerg- ogy and inherent darkness in short scenes, we watch the behavior “Boys’ Life” repre-
a series of wagons dragged ing type in our culture. Yet in these characters. Seen today, boys Phil (Jason Biggs), Don sents may become increasing-
around the stage to create the succeeding years, plays, “Boys’ Life” seems by compar- (Peter Scanavino), and Jack ly irrelevant as a new sobriety
the various settings. So I kept movies, pop psychology, and ison to gloss over the internal (Rhys Corio) tangle with vari- and maturity are demanded.
wondering whether Greif want- Dr. Phil have all kind of ruined lives of these boy-men, mak- ous women in various situ- Or not. Economic reforma-
ed us to think that the play is the party and showed us that ing this more an anthropolog- ations. The women are ulti- tion may be difficult for many
about entering into the mys- beneath the veneer is a shat- ical examination rather than mately stereotypes and foils to embrace — the boys may
tery of the young, single man tered soul. Boo hoo. a complete play. (Hmmm… for the men drawn to and just keep partying ’til they all
who refuses to grow up — to Moreover, playwrights like maybe those wagons are zoo repelled by them. It all ends fall off the cliff.
help us understand his inner Neil LaBute have delved much cages? Who knows?) at the sidelines of Don’s mar-
workings and spirit, or, more more deeply into the psychol- Structured as a series of riage, and Korder’s implica- 䉴 BEEN THERE, continued on p.29
26/ Books 6 - 12 NOV 2008

Rimbaud: Teen Top 7 DAYS

Edmund White tackles the queer heart of legendary French poet
BY MICHAEL EHRHARDT and married, was the passive 䉴
NOV 11, from p.24
“Foolish Virgin’. For while I

he title of Edmund referred to this book as ‘Rim- spirituality, forced underground after
White’s erudite new baud: Teen Top.’ To be sure, centuries of persecution. At the same
biography, “Rimbaud: Rimbaud enjoyed shocking time, Native American governments
The Double Life of a Rebel,” his older straight male friends began to exercise a formal role in the
about the legendary 19th cen- by claiming otherwise.” decision-making processes governing
tury French poet who trans- White notes that the pair of Indian families and children after the
formed modern literature, is a poets made no secret of their devastation of stolen children, board-
sly reference to the visionary “vice,” and even collaborated ing schools, and adoption. A panel of
bad boy’s sexuality during his on an erotic sonnet celebrat- Native American leaders — including
scandalous relationship with ing the delights of the asshole, Sharon Day, executive director of Indig-


the established (and married) which he translates: enous Peoples Task Force, an urban
poet Paul Verlaine, ten years services organization; Tonya Gonnella
his senior, and his adventur- “Dark and puckered like a Frichner, president of the American
ous and tragic career in the violet carnation Indian Law Alliance; and Debra White
arid wiles of North Africa, after It breathes, humbly lurking Plume, executive director of Owe Aku,
finally turning his back on lit- under the moss, Bring Back the Way, a cultural and
erature at age 21. Still moist from an amorous educational organization of traditional
In only 185 pages, White In just 185 pages, Edmund White synthesizes what’s vital in past tomes about Rimbaud. inclination which Lakota people fighting for sovereignty
does a brilliant job of synthe- follows the gentle dip — examine the struggle and impact of
sizing all the vital information in the evening to work on my love,” articulate the ineffable, Of the white buttocks down these two government acts in affecting
found in previous, heavier novel. I wrote one novel, then and seek a new golden age of to the edge of its scarlet the human rights of the Native peoples.
tomes — including his own a second.” reason through poetry — “the hem…” Harlan Pruden, of NE2SS, an organiza-
translations of excerpts of But White never sent off his alchemy of the word” — by tion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgen-

many poems — and even finds manuscripts: “Maybe I was systematically transforming n time, the intentionally dered, and two-spirit American Indians
space to contribute his queer afraid that my book would himself into a seer through boorish and arrogant Rim- in the New York metro area, moderates.
viewpoints on his famously be accepted, that it would be the rational “disordering of all baud, incapable as he was LGBT Community Center, 208 W.
elusive subject; which makes published, that I would have the senses.” of being politically correct, was 13th St., rm. 301, 6-8 p.m. Admission
him unique among Rimbaud to live out my fantasies — Same sex artistic relation- ostracized by the reigning artis- is free, but donations are welcomed.
scholars and the notion of answered ships are hardly news today — tic community, the Parnas- For more information, visit
With White, the poetical is prayers I found even more Jean Cocteau, with Raymond sians, and soon forced Verlaine ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
personal. In his first autobio- alarming than a continuation Radiguet and Jean Marais; to leave the sterile security of
graphical novel, “A Boy’s Own of my dependence and frus- Gertrude Stein and Alice B. his bourgeois married home Gallery
Story” (1982), he detailed his tration. After all, in Rimbaud’s Toklas; Benjamin Britten and life to pursue the open road as Fleshing Out
confusion over his “forbid- nineteenth century Catholic Peter Pears; Sam Wagstaff absinthe-guzzling fellow vaga- Street Life
den” post-pubescent queer- village, a homosexual might and Robert Mapplethorpe; bonds. Verlaine was the classic Catherine Opie’s body of photo-
ness, and how he aspired to a have been a sinner or a crimi- Merce Cunningham and John mean drunk, who could write graphic work, created since the early
life of spiritual and romantic nal, but in the Freudian 1950s Cage — gays of White’s gen- elegant impressionistic verse 1990s, spans such diverse genres as
freedom: “ I believed without a in America, he was sick and in eration were hard-pressed to when dry and turn homicidal studio portraiture, landscape photog-
doubt in a better world, which urgent need of treatment. A find accepted models of them. under the influence. He was raphy, and urban street photography to
was adulthood, or New York or sinner might insist he wanted He cites the famous example soon convinced that his young explore notions of communal, sexual,
Paris or love.” to be a Prodigal Son, a crimi- of Diaghilev and Nijinsky: “To paramour held the key to the and cultural identity. From her early
Like many adolescent read- nal or might want to be irre- read (as a teenager) that the ineffable. As things turned portraits of queer subcultures to her
ers of Rimbaud before him, deemable, but no one could two men ‘were one in private out, the co-dependant lovers expansive urban landscapes, Opie has
White found his story intoxi- fight for the right to be sick.” life,’ thrilled me, just as I was — Rimbaud, the Dionysian offered profound insights into the con-
cating stuff; in his brief intro- Of course, the story of the half-convinced by Diaghilev’s pagan-provocateur, and Ver- ditions in which communities form and
duction, he recalls discovering 17-year -old prodigy-poet argument that heterosexu- laine, the passive-aggressive, the terms by which they are defined.
the poetry at 16 at a board- from the boondocks of the ality was an animal neces- guilt-ridden lapsed-Catholic Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth
ing school for boys, where he Ardennes, who, with the avid sity for breeding, ‘but that love — became the notorious Joe Ave. at E. 89th St., Sat.-Wed., 10
would sneak from his dor - assistance of Verlaine, his between the same sex, even if Orton and Kenneth Halliway of a.m.-5:45 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7:45
mitory bed to the toilets and plug-ugly lover, became the the persons involved are quite their day. p.m. Through Jan. 7. Admission is
secretly read “The Drunken enfant terrible of Parisian ordinary, because of the very The climax to their toxic $18; $15 for students & seniors; pay
Boat,” a long poem of adoles- bohemia in 1871, and, even- similarity of their natures relationship occurred in Brus- what you wish Fri. after 5:45 p.m. The
cent yearning and wanderlust, tually, the darling of the Sur- and the absence of a presup- sels, when Verlaine, in a jeal- LGBT Community Center presents a
and “float off into daydreams realists, has been rehashed in posed difference, is creative ous rage, shot and wounded survey of Opie’s exhibit and career in
of exotic climes.” studies all through the last to and artistic.’ Oddly enough, Rimbaud after he threatened its Second Tuesday series, Nov. 11, 6
“As an unhappy gay adoles- the present century. Christo- this strange and questionable to leave; when he was arrested p.m. 208 W. 13th St. Tickets are $10 at
cent, stifled by boredom and pher Hampton’s play, “Total homage to homosexuality had for attempted murder, inves-
sexual frustration and para- Eclipse,” was made into a 1995 been written by Nijinsky’s wife, tigators uncovered a piece of ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
lyzed by self-hatred, I longed film, with the pre-“Titanic” Romola (not so odd, perhaps, “incriminating” doggerel by
to run away to New York and Leonardo DiCaprio starring as since Romola, as I only recent- Verlaine addressed to Rim- DANCE
make my mark as a writer; Rimbaud. (River Phoenix was ly learned, was a lesbian). baud, which, in White’s trans- From Outer Space
I identified completely with originally attached to the proj- “The only problem with lation, reads: & Heard on the
Rimbaud’s desires to be free, ect, but the part of Rimbaud the case of Rimbaud,” White Street
to be published, to be sexual, went to DiCaprio after Phoe- continues, “was that the boy, What hard angel stuffs me After its premiere at the Wexner
to go to Paris,” White writes. nix’s death.) Rimbaud, dominated the older full Center for Performing Arts in Colum-
“All I lacked was his courage. It is well-documented how poet, Verlaine.” Between the shoulders, bus, Ohio, Bebe Miller Company brings
And genius. I crammed all my the sexually repressed, self- Referring to Rimbaud’s while “Necessary Beauty” — a performance
homework into the afternoon, loathing, unprepossessing iconic autobiographical poem, I fly off to Paradise... that converges dance, theater, and the
when most of the other boys Verlaine became infatuated “A Season in Hell,” White O you, the Jealous one, who latest in digital technology in a series
were playing sports. That way with the fresh-faced maverick, adds: “Rimbaud was the top, waves to me, of short dances contained by space
I was free during the two- whose high-flown aesthetic the ‘Infernal Bridegroom’,
hour compulsory study hall objective was to “re-invent and Verlaine, ten years older 䉴 RIMBAUD, continued on p.27 䉴 NOV 11, continued on p.29

䉴 RIMBAUD, from p.26 Despite the pseudoscience and could Rimbaud’s total renunciation of
“disgusting prurience” involved in poetry be seen as a metaphor for the
Here I am, here is all of me! the affair, White adds, “As a result of seer putting out his
Still unworthy I crawl toward you — it, curiously enough, we know more own eyes to wander in the wilder-
Mount my loins and trample me! about the intimate condition of [Ver- ness? The visionary poet of “A Sea-
laine’s] penis and anus than we do son in Hell” would spend the rest of
Next, Verlaine was subjected to a about the intimate anatomy of any his life in godforsaken regions, until
dehumanizing medical examination, other major poet of the past.” 1891, when a long-ignored cancerous
the doctors reported on his “small The next startling metamorphosis of tumor on his leg forced him to return
penis and its particularly small, taper- Rimbaud, then 24, involved his total to France for an amputation, where he
ing head,” and after a bogus rectal renunciation of art (which he would was tended by his devoted sister, Isa-
exam, concluded that “P. Verlaine ever-after refer to as “hogwash”) and belle, until, in a morphine haze, the
bears on his person traces of habitual his wild pursuit, beginning in 1878, Flying Frenchman finally gave up the
pederasty, both active and passive”; he of commerce and filthy lucre in truly ghost.
was summarily imprisoned, accused of infernal regions of North Africa; he In his cogent conclusion, White
sodomy, and served a two-year prison began as a foreman of a stone quarry examines Rimbaud’s long-lasting
sentence — shades of the future Oscar and gradually became a coffee trader influence — “far more rigorous than
Wilde trial to come! and gun-runner. the posthumous reputation of Ver -
White astutely parses the “official” There’s an almost Oedipal quality laine, for instance” — and the para-
medical reports: “Ironically, Verlaine to Rimbaud’s ambivalent relationship dox of the fame he himself renounced:
had requested just such an examina- with the older Verlaine. Indeed, he “Perhaps obscure poets (and Rimbaud
tion in the past to prove he was not admires Verlaine the Poet; yet, hav- invented obscurity) become more
homosexual. Perhaps he thought the ing grown up constantly abandoned renowned than transparent ones since
whole examination was bogus and by his own scoundrel father, Rimbaud only the obscure need interpretation
could not be made to prove anything. must have subconsciously resented ed off to one side, — that is their lasting appeal both to
Or maybe his ‘practices’ with Rimbaud Verlaine for callously abandoning his things seen… For a father can be scholarly exegetes and adolescent
did not involve anal intercourse. Here infant son, George. White observes disturbing! — and the things mystics.”
the Belgian doctors seemed to find that “Arthur seems to have harbored dreamed up! The claims for a piece of Rimbaud
what they were looking for. They knew erotic memories (or fantasies) of his His knee, nudging me sometimes; seem endless; as White explains:
that Verlaine was recently divorced father. When he was seventeen and his trousers “Everyone has weighed in on Rim-
and that Mathilde had accused her living in Paris, he wrote a series of Whose fly my finger wanted to baud. Marcel Proust wrote that he was
husband and Rimbaud of immoral parodies of other poets, including the explore — oh no! ‘almost superhuman’. Bob Dylan in a
relations. popular bourgeois rhymester, Francois In order to touch one of my dad’s bits song lyric said, ‘Relationships have all
“The small penis perhaps suggested Coupee, whom he despised: — big, black been bad, mine have been like Ver-
a low level of virility, its tapering form And hard — laine’s and Rimbaud’s … Patti Smith
supposedly spoke of constant insertion I daydreamed about my father some- He whose hairy hand rocked me in wrote a song called ‘Easter’ about Rim-
in a tight young anus—and the slight times; the cradle…” baud’s first communion. Jim Morrison
dilation of his own anus was thought In the evening, a card game and off- claimed Rimbaud as his ‘master’….”
to prove his submission to Rimbaud’s color jokes, After the squalid scandal and trial
attentions, though all of recent date.” The man from next door, and I seat- — and fucking his paternal stand-in — 䉴 RIMBAUD, continued on p.30

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down. This little conceptual

of a jigsaw puzzle. The gid-
diness of the dancers’ ath-
letic abandon made an apt
yarryun, an amply propor -
tioned, imposing man whose
onstage presence acts as a
as “Manta Ray,” an insect-like
creature crossed with a vogue
dancer, Page’s ancient inspi-

NOV 11, from p.26
sketch is Ligeti’s “Poéme sym-
phonique pour cent métro-
Part 1 of “Drumming”
counterpoint to the Zen-like
astringency of Reich’s musi-
cal minimalism.
Except for “Music for Pieces
kind of cultural anchor.
Luscious 3-D woven back-
drops by Peter England and
costumes by Gabriela Tyleso-
rations are blunted by some
less-than-inspired modern
dance movement.
“Act 2 – Brolga” traces
(1997) brought the program of Wood,” all the music was va and Jennifer Irwin in tex- the journey of a young girl
and time that find expression in the to an exhilarating close. Its expertly performed live by the tural, natural-hued fabrics (lovely, willowy Deborah
mysteries of physics and the passing aerobic pace was impelled by six men of the Belgian percus- enhanced the impression Brown) who ventures into
epiphanies of overheard conversations, the accumulating percussion sion ensemble Ictus. that the dances sprung from the territory of brolga birds
to New York. Albert Mathias provides sound, as drummers entered the earth. And Nick Schliep- in the Brolga Plains of Dhal-

live music, and Miller collaborated with singly and joined in playing at eanwhile, around er and Joseph Mercurio’s inbuy. She meets a flock of
video artist Maya Ciarrocchi, animator the back of the stage. A solo the corner from beautifully sculptural light- birds — the males with red
Vita Berezina-Blackburn, dramaturg woman, dancing in a strip of the Opera House ing added to the mystery. combs keep her aloft as she
Talvin Wilks, composer Albert Mathias, light on a partially unfurled at the BAM Harvey, Austra- Music by David Page and crawls and walks upon their
writer Ain Gordon, and lighting design- roll of light gray dance floor- lia’s Bangarra Dance The- Steve Francis featured vocal nearly naked bodies, and
er Michael Mazzola. Dance Theater ing, was joined by a man, mir- atre was performing Stephen chants and assorted native the females scurry around
Workshop, Bessie Schönberg roring her, out of the light in Page’s “Awakenings” (Octo- and western instruments. in sheer dresses. The girl
Theater, 219 W. 19th St. Nov. 11-15, front of her. ber 21-25.) The dances of “Act I – Boomerang” is a does a sensuous duet with
7:30 p.m. On Nov. 12, there will be a Gradually, the other 11 this aboriginal company are rather prosaic depiction of the alpha brolga before being
post-performance talk with David emerged from the shadows at based on ancient rituals and traditional rituals of hunting, transformed into a bird her-
Thomson. On Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., the sides and filled the stage legends. But the dancing, fishing, and initiation into self. But with its movement
there will be a pre-show coffee with flocking patterns of run- created by Page, is thorough- manhood. Despite the remark- rooted in pre-postmodern-
and conversation with Ain Gordon ning, skipping, and twisting ly modern. His collaborator ably fluid dancing of Sidney ism, “Awakenings” seems
and Talvin Wilks. On Nov. 14, there motion. Phrases combined is guest artist and cultural Saltner, as a spirit in search of less culturally ancient than
will be a Friday Night Toast after and recombined like pieces advisor Djakapurra Mun- rebirth, and Patrick Thaiday just old-fashioned.
the performance. Tickets are $26;
$15 for members, students & seniors
at or 212- 䉴 MELODRAMA, from p.22 However, the rest of “The think whole sections of film often Sarif cuts to a beautiful
924-0077. Wo r l d U n s e e n ” i s p o o r l y are missing. vista, but that hardly com-
✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ more time with Miriam, whom realized. Sarif certainly has The issue of racism is por- pensates.
she flirted with at her café. important messages to share trayed without subtlety. A The performances are also
The two women are instantly about the role of women in subplot involving Jacob’s subpar. Sheetal Sheth glides

Forward Thinking
smitten with each other, but
Miriam, who just gave birth
to her third child, is still com-
ing to terms with her same-
sex desires.
society in general and during
the ’50s in apartheid South
Africa in particular. But the
film often presents its drama
in an unintentionally funny
attraction to Madeleine
(Grethe Fox), the local post-
mistress, is meant to show
how discrimination is mani-
fested in society. Yet an epi-
through the film — her long
dark hair flowing — with an
air of self-righteousness. Lisa
Ray is all tentative and flut-
tery as the prim and proper
Grammy-winning sextet eighth “The World Unseen” is best manner. A flashback involv- sode in which Madeleine Miriam. These actresses may
blackbird will be joined by students when the two women are ing a child being “stolen” is stands up to a cop who bullies be lovely, but they cannot
from the Oberlin Contemporary Music together. Amina tries to coax so badly handled — the child Jacob is didactic, but lacks overcome the deficiencies in
Ensemble to form a conductor-less Miriam into a romance, offer- is obviously a prop and not feeling. The point is made, the script that reduce their
supergroup for the world premieres of ing her driving lessons and real — it is hard not to guf- but the impact is blunted. characters to archetypes.
commissioned compositions by two pressing the point that there faw. The same can be said for The supporting cast fares
legendary American mavericks (par- is more to life than being a When husband Omar — much of the film. Viewers will even worse, with Parvin
don the word), Frederic Rzewski and housewife and a mother. But who is adamant about keep- have a hard time caring about Dabas trying too hard in his
Steve Reich. The program, inspired by her efforts to take care of her ing Miriam in her “place” at characters who are all sym- one-note role and Natalie
Albrecht Dürer’s haunting 16th-century new friend meet with resis- home, tending to their chil- bols — of liberation (Amina), Becker purring her every line
engraving “Knight, Death and the tance. dren and their retail business repression (Miriam), patriar- in case viewers didn’t think
Devil”, is headlined by Rzewski’s bizarre Still, as the women spend — slaps her and upsets tables chy (Omar), and on and on she was sexy enough. David
fantasia on songs associated with war. more time alone, their because she suggests cooking — because nothing and no Dennis and Grethe Fox nobly
And Steve Reich’s funky, rhythmic tour- romance blossoms. When- part-time at Amina’s café, the one in “The World Unseen” is inhabit their rudimentary
de-force, “Double Sextet,” will receive ever the two women start to scene provokes laughter rath- three-dimensional. characters, but they are not
its first all-live performance. The kiss, they are interrupted er than shock. This low-budget drama given much to do.
Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St. Nov. 13-14, — a portent that their love is Omar has an affair with is lacking in visual style as Perhaps Sarif was too close
8 p.m. Tickets are $15; $12 for students forbidden. The film remains Miriam’s sister-in-law, Farah well. The sets look cheap and to her material to breathe life
at or 212-255-5793, ext. extremely chaste, but the (Natalie Becker), but their unconvincing, and the actors’ into it on film. As it stands,
11. relationship between the two tryst is shot and edited so shadows are often promi- “The World Unseen” is best
✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ actresses simmers on screen. clumsily that audiences may nent on the walls. Every so left that way.

Dreams Dammed 䉴 BEEN THERE, from p.25 characters Jonas creates are he has chosen for Ace seems
Butoh-influenced choreographer appealing, so one is willing a bit forced at times. Direc-

Erin Dudley presents an evening of sur- nce my initial resis- to go along for the 90-minute tor Larry Moss has helped
real dance with artist Mark McNamara tance was overcome ride. to keep the story rolling and
and musician Mark Deutsch. Dancers by the highly tal- As a performer, Jonas is the transitions sharp and, at
dangle from the ceiling and steady New ented actor/playwright Josh bursting with energy, and he times, moving.
York City’s hectic pace to a slow latex Jonas, I have to admit that I has a strong ability to make It’s wasn’t the death of Ace,
crawl. The evening explores beauty, was affected by his new play, the characters distinct. His finally, that got me. Instead, it
love, and restraint within our limiting “Capture Now.” It is the story inherent charm and essential was the growth of Elijah and
definitions of eroticism and the pre- of Elijah, a young man on innocence under a manufac- the understated understand-
sumed banality of domesticity. Danc- Long Island who is coping tured cool is compelling. So, ing that his Hispanic girl-
ers Masanori Asahara, Kelly Buwalda, with both a tortured adoles- too, is the use of music as the friend provided that engaged
John Mario-Sevilla, and Omagbitse cence, including his sexual initial bond between Elijah me. The knowledge that Eli-
Omagbemi perform to mesmerizing awakening, and the death and Ace and the believable jah is not going to end up like
live music by Mark Deutsch on his self of his younger brother, Ace, tension of a young man trying one of the soulless wastrels
made bazantar. Gene Frankel The- from cancer. to separate from his family of “Boys’ Life” was incredibly

ater, 24 Bond St., btwn. Lafayette The story and the play has while at the same time devel- moving, believable, and heart-
St. & Bowery. Nov. 13-14, 8 p.m.; bathos aplenty on an Oprah- oping his own individuality. felt. Jonas really came into
Nov. 16, 4 p.m. Tickets are $18-20 at esque scale, and the conceit It’s not easy for a solo per- his own in those moments.
smarttix. that the dying brother has former to convey a child with- Fortunately, there is a stra- Actor/playwright Josh Jonas avoids one-
Yoda-like wisdom to impart is out being cloying, and Jonas tegically placed box of tissues man show pitfalls in his moving “Capture
䉴 7 DAYS, continued on p.30 hackneyed, but ultimately the succeeds, even if the voice as one leaves the theater. Now.”

䉴 RIMBAUD, from p.27

White’s “Rimbaud: The Dou-

was to achieve the sublime.
He seriously believed that
poetry had these remarkable
an influence on him. These
studies had a big influence on
Rimbaud’s poetic language.
EW: Yes. And with Rim-
baud, his sexuality seems to
be part of his philosophy of
ble Life of a Rebel,” alongside
his previous work about Jean
Genet and Marcel Proust, adds
another biography to a trilogy
powers. And when it failed
him, or didn’t work out that
way, he abandoned the whole
project with a lot of anger, and
He also consumed books on
science and the latest technol-
ogy, which encouraged him in
his visions of a utopian future.
experimenting with all kinds
of experiences and sensations.
In his “La Lettre du Voyant,” he
states that the first objective 䉴
7 DAYS, from p.29
of queer geniuses, written by a declared it “hogwash.” His In London, he was constantly of a seer is to know every part
true master of his craft. career as a poet was a very going to the library to keep up of himself. And you can only

dmund White recently
shared his thoughts,
speculations and con-
victions about Rimbaud — the
brief, flaming career.

ME: It’s fascinating to think

that in America Walt Whitman
was singing “the body electric”
with the latest developments.

ME: Verlaine had never met

Rimbaud before he came to
Paris, right?
know this through the sens-
es. And, after all, he did have
respect for Verlaine as a poet.

ME: Do you think Rim-

Queer on the
enigma, genius, lover, and leg- and celebrating the “beauti- EW: Right. Verlaine didn’t baud’s renunciation of poetry Streets
end — with Gay City News. ful and sane affection of man even know Rimbaud was at so young an age is part and “Hip-Hop: Out, Loud & Proud II” is an
for man,” and died a year after young and cute. It’s one thing parcel of his legend. evening that brings together hip-hop and
MICHAEL EHRHARDT: Rimbaud in 1892. Rimbaud to invite someone if you know EW: Yes. In the aftermath of spoken word artists of various sexual
Rimbaud believed he could was a voracious reader, with a they’re a hot 16-year-old on all these romantic notions of orientations, ethnicities, and races from
become a seer, through the mind for processing like a Cui- the make as a writer — but the artist, he turned his back New Jersey and around the country to
re-invention of language, or sinart. Do you know if he ever he was actually impressed on literature, and money took explore human sexuality in hip, poignant,
the “alchemy of the word” and read Emerson or Whitman? by the poetry. But Rimbaud the place of Art. He wanted and often humorous ways. Pandora
the systematic “re-ordering EW: There’s no evidence of arrived with a secret weapon money, to be rich, but he Scooter, a New Jersey-based self-identi-
of the senses.” In his famous that. But probably not since, in his baggage — which was wasn’t a very good business- fied “queermamasapien,” hosts a line-up
poem “Vowels,” he claimed he while Rimbaud was very pro- “Le Bateau Ivre,” “The Drunk- man. It’s like what Jean Genet that includes God-des & She, from Madi-
could detect colors in words; ficient in languages, his grasp en Boat” — and he read it to a said; that the only thing he son, Wisconsin; Shorty Roc, from Brook-
he claims to have invented of English wasn’t all that good. group of poets, and they were could do was be a genius, and lyn; the series first transgendered artist,
the colors of vowels. The And Whitman hadn’t been just bowled over, because no when he wasn’t being that, he kay ulanday barrett, from Chicago; Poetic
condition of synesthesia is widely translated during his one had ever written anything was just a bad thief. It’s like Assasin from New Brunswick; and Bry’Nt
reportedly more common lifetime, so he couldn’t have like it. people who have no talent — from Brooklyn. New Jersey Performing
among artists, novelists, and been an influence. Mind you, they were com- they only have genius. Arts Center, Chase Room, 1 Center St.
poets. Was there any truth to petitive artists, not ready to In Rimbaud’s case, I think at Park Pl., Newark, 8 p.m. Tickets are
his claims? ME: There are also some concede their preeminence to he really reverted to his moth- $16 at or 888-466-5722.
EDMUND WHITE: A person striking resemblances between a 16-year -old raw peasant. er’s values. She was some- ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
who is capable of synesthesia the ideas of Nietzsche and But they could all see what thing of a hard-bitten peas-
might sees colors in the sounds Rimbaud. Do you think he ever a genius he was. Remember, ant woman, who believed in Coming Together
of vowels or in listening to read the German philosopher? that Verlaine’s own poetry had distrusting everyone, and was Fast
music. While that’s a fascinat- EW: Later he did try to taken off after he met Rim- paranoid about everything and “The 60x60 Project” is a multimedia
ing part of his work, I think he learn German. But, in a pro- baud. I mean, I love Verlaine’s tried to accumulate a small extravaganza pairing 60 composers with
was influenced in this respect vincial village like Charleville, poetry as much as I do Rim- fortune and bury it under the 60 choreographers for a one-hour surf-
by Baudelaire, who was the books were scarce and too baud’s, and I think he was a bed. And later, Rimbaud kind ing of today’s music and dance scenes,
great apostle of the idea of expensive for a student. When great genius. But it is true that of subscribed to that notion. each piece lasts 60 seconds. “The 60x60
synesthesia. Baudelaire’s I was doing my research on he responded to the challenge He wrote an enormous num- Project” embraces today’s new aesthetic
other famous dictum was to Genet, who was brought up in that the younger poet repre- ber of letters to his mother and of “channel surfing” while asking: How
“be drunk, always.” And Rim- a similar village, I discovered sented. sister from Africa, always com- short can a composition be to get its mes-
baud and Verlaine were always that there were only about Yet, Rimbaud’s behavior was plaining about his luck and sage across? Eclectic by nature, “60x60”
imbibing absinthe, which was 40 books available there. so reprehensible at times that about how awful it was to live offers a diversity of dance and music
believed to produce a state of Remember, this was the era he couldn’t help put the others there. But he was convinced styles, ranging from ballet and tango to
hyper-creativity. They smoked before public libraries. Rim- off. For instance, people would it was worth it, and he would postmodern movements and from neo-
hashish as well. baud knew the ancient Greek give him their maid’s room to eventually amass a fortune. romantic chamber music to jazz, hip hop,
poets, and was proficient in live in, and then he’d piss on and techno. Choreographers include Mary
ME: Do you believe Rim- Latin. He borrowed all the lat- everything. Or he’d stand in ME: After his rupture with Cochran, Guta Hedwig, Pascal Rekoert/
baud was really convinced he est poetry books and journals the window nude and jerk-off, Verlaine, Rimbaud lived in Flexicurve, and Dixie FunLee Shulman.
could transform life through from his professor, Georges or break their heirlooms. He London with Germaine Nove- Composers include Laurie Spiegel and
poetry? Izambard. wasn’t a very nice guest. au. Were they lovers as well as Maggi Payne. World Financial Center
EW: He did believe in the colleagues? Winter Garden, 12:30 & 7 p.m. Free.
disordering of the senses, ME: Balzac, who was a fol- ME: Did you find any evi- EW: Germaine Noveau was ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯
of creating a kind of liberat- lower of the mystic Sweden- dence of Rimbaud’s homosex- a would-be writer; was small,

ing chaos. It might come as borg, and already published his uality before he met Verlaine? dark and good-looking —
a terrible cost to you, not to “Seraphita” in Rimbaud’s era, EW: Well, he did write a lot according to photos of him. He
mention for your friends, but wrote about an androgynous, of poems in which he day- and Rimbaud were probably
that’s all right, because out angelic creature of a higher dreamed about girls. But in the lovers for a short time. But DANCE
of this great disorder comes intelligence, which seems 19th century, of course, society Nouveau became an eccentric Live From Buenos
this great poetry. After all, reminiscent of his poems, like didn’t have the group elements and ended up begging outside Aires
whereas prose is realistic “Genie” or “Antique.” Could together, the way we do today. of churches. Argentine company Tango Fire returns
and chatty — poetry has an that have been one source for Verlaine, like Oscar Wilde, was to New York with a program showcasing
exalted side to it, where you his poems? married and a father, and even ME: Did you ever find any ten torrid dancers accompanied by the
transform the everyday into EW: Possibly. In Charleville, wrote a lovely poem about how hard evidence that Rimbaud fiery musicians of Quatrotango. The com-
the fantastic. For instance, he borrowed books from an much he loved and physi- and his servant boy, Djami, pany offers a journey through the history
Rimbaud writes about seeing obese, older gay man, Charles cally desired his wife. That he, were lovers? of tango, from its origins in the red light
a mosque instead of a factory. Bretagne, whom he’d met at a like Wilde, was attracted to a EW: No. But he did leave district of Buenos Aires to the glamour
Rimbaud took the idea of local café and befriended him, beautiful boy was embraced him something in his will. of the Roaring 20s and its evolution to
being a mage or seer quite and whose opinion he respect- as part of the Greek ideal; in Rimbaud also had a native the world of contemporary ballroom.
seriously. He even read books ed. These were books about which the older man loves mistress in Abyssinia. She was The performance also features singer
on alchemy and magic. There’s alchemy, mysticism, and the the young ephebe and guides black with European features. Javier “Cardenal” Dominguez, a regular
a famous letter that he wrote occult, which were very popu- and nurtures his intellect. For performer in many of the most impor-
called the “Lettre du Voyant,” lar at the time. instance, all of Wilde’s affairs ME: What can your readers tant tango houses in Buenos Aires, and
which he wrote to two differ- Swedenborg’s philoso- — apart from Lord Alfred look forward to in the future? showcases the music of Astor Piazzolla
ent people and stated that the phy was widespread and had Douglas — were with younger, EW: I’m working on a new and others. Brooklyn Center for the
poet must be a kind of seer. I already influenced writers pretty men. novel, and a history of New Performing Arts, Brooklyn College,
mean, Rimbaud’s literary era such as Blake and Baudelaire. York City in the 1970s. 2900 Campus Road (#2 or #5 train to
was really at the height of the Baudelaire’s famous poem ME: So, Verlaine and Rim- Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn College), 8
Romantic period with a capital “Correspondences” and longer baud were both switch-hit- Michael Ehrhardt can be con- p.m. Tickets are $30-$75 at BrooklynCen-
R, and the notion of the artist prose poems must have had ters? tacted at terOnline.org䉴or 718-951-4500.
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