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Wigstock is Best When Served with a Sense of Self

Wigstock is Best When Served with a Sense of Self

BY BOB KRASNER | I remember seeing a flier on an East Village lamppost years ago, advertising something called Wigstock. This will be interesting, I thought. Talk about understatement — it was fascinating. I made it a point to go every year that I could (I was at almost every one), shooting god knows how much film and […]

Hairline Fracas: Wigstock Weaves New Lace Front Legacy

Hairline Fracas: Wigstock Weaves New Lace Front Legacy

PHOTO ESSAY BY BOB KRASNER | Highlights from Wigstock 2.HO held at Pier 17 on Sept. 1.

Drag, Trans, Next Gen Artists Share the Stage at Wigstock 2.HO

Drag, Trans, Next Gen Artists Share the Stage at Wigstock 2.HO

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | There’s nothing worse than middle-aged New Yorkers complaining about how the city has changed since the “good old days” — but it’s wonderful when cranky old coots get up and actually do something to recreate the lost wonders of the city. That’s exactly what drag queen Lady Bunny and Neil Patrick […]

Geeking Out on Inclusion

Geeking Out on Inclusion

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Last weekend, subway riders in New York might have noticed costumed nerds were flooding the city. International Cosplay Day took place in Central Park, Liberty City Anime Con at the New York Marriott Marquis, and, at the Sheraton Times Square, there was Flame Con. Billed as “The World’s Largest Queer Comic Con,” […]

The Sex and Gender Revels Are Unending

The Sex and Gender Revels Are Unending

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If Ron Chernow’s weighty biography “Hamilton” seemed an unlikely source for a smash hit musical, how much more unexpected is it that Philip Sidney’s 1590 five-book epic, “The Arcadia,” should be the source material for the deliciously hilarious “Head Over Heels?” Sidney’s tale is ponderous, to say the least, and getting through […]

The Age of Discovery

The Age of Discovery

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Justin Torres’ messy, heartbreaking novel “We the Animals” has been adapted for the screen by director Jeremiah Zagar, who co-wrote the script with gay playwright Dan Kitrosser. The result is a messy, heartbreaking, and compelling film full of hard-edged realism and moments of magical realism. The story concerns three brothers, Jonah […]

Black Voices Coming Together

Black Voices Coming Together

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Dev Hynes wears many hats. He’s worked as a musician, producer, and/ or songwriter for artists like A$AP Rocky, Carly Rae Jepsen, Solange, Florence and the Machine, FKA twigs, Kylie Minogue, and Blondie. As a solo artist, he’s used two different “band” names: Lightspeed Champion and Blood Orange. He’s a black gay […]

They’re Not Asking

They’re Not Asking

BY STEVE ERICKSON | iTunes genre tags are rarely very creative. I can’t count the number of rock albums I’ve downloaded that are described as “Alternative,” a term no one has seriously used since about 1992. In protest of the way African-American singers automatically get classified as R&B, Frank Ocean labeled his mixtape “Nostalgia/ Ultra” as […]

Hold the Testosterone

Hold the Testosterone

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | “Straight White Men,” the latest offering from Second Stage Theater, was not created by straight white men. The playwright is Young Jean Lee, in her Broadway debut, and Anna D. Shapiro (“August: Osage County”) is at the helm. Which is a clue that this quirky comic drama is not just about […]

Shakespeare & Co. Coming Home to UWS

Shakespeare & Co. Coming Home to UWS

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Dane Neller, CEO of Shakespeare & Co., calls it the trifecta: buy, commune, and create. When the bookseller returns to the Upper West Side late this fall, Neller said, the new store will be a place to buy books, of course, include a café where people can commune, and feature an […]

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