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Vivian Reed’s Boldly Wide Range

Vivian Reed’s Boldly Wide Range

BY DAVID NOH | In show business, there are no divas held in higher regard than Lena Horne. So, if anyone even entertains the notion of doing a project on her, like, say, Leslie Uggams or Vanessa Williams, they’d better be able to fill her Ferragamos. Such a one is definitely that total bombshell of a […]

Just Do Art: The ‘EPIC’ Edition

Just Do Art: The ‘EPIC’ Edition

“YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN” | The run of their show is only four days, but this one’s going to be EPIC — as in, another ambitious project from the EPIC Players Inclusion Company. Back in July, when we last heard from the neuro-inclusive troupe (comprised of artists and technicians both with and without developmental […]

Once Ex-Gay, Now Activist for Christian Inclusivity

Once Ex-Gay, Now Activist for Christian Inclusivity

BY NATHAN DiCAMILLO | If you tell Alex Haiken that he can’t be gay and Christian, you had better have done your homework. “Because I’ve done mine,” he said. “And I say, ‘Come, let’s talk.’” Haiken likes to talk. He was on the gay student union in college and spoke to classes about what it meant […]

Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Marathoner

Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Marathoner

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Their challenge is the same — but for Gene Byrne, 63, of Hell’s Kitchen and Andrew Leibowitz, 27, of Chelsea, the path they’ve traveled on the road to this weekend’s TCS New York City Marathon is as distinct as the neighborhoods they call home. “I look at myself as a clarion call for […]

In Tragedy’s Wake, Halloween Parade Carries On

In Tragedy’s Wake, Halloween Parade Carries On

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On a beautifully crisp autumn day, the whimsical and faux-spooky spirit of Halloween was smashed by a horrifying terror attack on a Lower Manhattan bike bath that left eight people dead and at least 11 injured. In a city capable of almost unimaginable resilience, New York straightened its shoulders and […]

Why Tenants Should Vote No on a Constitutional Convention

Why Tenants Should Vote No on a Constitutional Convention

BY MICHAEL MCKEE | Every 20 years, the New York State Constitution mandates a statewide vote on whether to convene a convention to consider amending it. On Nov. 7, New Yorkers will vote yes or no. This measure, on the back of the ballot, is more important than anything on the front. Tenants Political Action […]

In Las Vegas’ Wake, Gun Violence Activists Mass in Manhattan

In Las Vegas’ Wake, Gun Violence Activists Mass in Manhattan

BY DONNA ACETO AND ANDY HUMM | Gays Against Guns was formed in June 2016 in the wake of what was then the most lethal mass shooting in modern American history — the murder that month of 49 people and wounding of another 58 in an Orlando gay nightclub holding its weekly Latinx night. On October […]

Edie Windsor’s Life Celebrated in Poignant Temple Emanu-El Memorial

Edie Windsor’s Life Celebrated in Poignant Temple Emanu-El Memorial

BY ANDY HUMM | Outside the Upper East Side’s Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Ave., Edie Windsor’s comrades from the grassroots marriage equality movement lined up more than an hour and a half early to make sure they would get a seat inside for her Sept. 15 memorial service. These were the people from Marriage Equality New […]

Thousands Find Fabulousness at Javits

Thousands Find Fabulousness at Javits

BY BOB KRASNER | Approaching the large gray behemoth that is the Javits Center the weekend of Sept. 9 and 10, one would have no idea that inside there would be a scene of overwhelming fabulousness. Over two days, 35,000 people traveled there to be part of the celebration that is RuPaul’s DragCon. The show […]

Dance Dance Evolution? Cabaret Law Could Waltz Into History

Dance Dance Evolution? Cabaret Law Could Waltz Into History

BY LAUREN GILL | Mayor Bill de Blasio supports the repeal of an archaic law that bans dancing in establishments that do not have a special, hard-to-get license as long as those clubs and bars enact certain basic security measures, a rep announced at a Thurs., Sept. 14 City Hall hearing on the statute. “The […]

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