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A TENNESSEE WILLIAMS MOMENT FOR THE PERFORMANCE ART ICON PENNY ARCADE

Ever since I saw her landmark stage show “Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!” when I moved to New York more than 20 years ago, I’ve loved the no-holds-barred honesty of the performance artist Penny Arcade, who has had a foothold in … Continue reading

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WHY ARE SO FEW GAY GUYS TAKING THE PILL THAT CAN PREVENT HIV?

This feature I wrote (for the October 2013 issue of OUT magazine) has gotten thousands of views, tweets and comments. It’s about the HIV med Truvada, which, taken daily by HIV-negative people, can prevent HIV infection. So then why are so … Continue reading

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AN NYC FRANGLOPHONE TRIBUTE TO PIAF…STARRING BETH DITTO!

For my money, Gossip diva Beth Ditto was the star of last night’s French-import tribute to Edith Piaf at the Beacon Theater, which I covered for my After Hours performance blog for the NYTimes’ T magazine. She rocked out to “L’homme … Continue reading

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SAYING GOODBYE TO THE ICONIC NYC GAY BAR SPLASH In August 2013, Splash Bar–which ushered in a whole new era of high-end, snazzy gay bars when it opened way back in 1991–put its famous go-go gods under the shower nozzles … Continue reading

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MARATHON FILIBUSTERS, VIA A SCARY CLOWN Rachel Mason is a New York artist who uses sculpture, performance and other media to get inside the heads of political leaders. Recently, she was intrigued by the performative aspects of marathon filibusters delivered … Continue reading

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JINKX MONSOON’S RETRO VAUDEVILLE CHARM Jinkx Monsoon, the 25-year-old Season Five winner of Logo’s cult hit “Ru Paul’s Drag Race,” delighted us on the show with her deep knowledge of old-school references like Edie Beale from “Grey Gardens.” With her … Continue reading

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JOHN KELLY’S INTIMATE NEW STAGE ACT Cabaret and performance art, strange acts that take place in dark clubs and intimate rooms late at night, are a passion of mine. For my first post for AFTER HOURS, my new blog on … Continue reading

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JOSE PARLA’S HIP-HOP CALLIGRAPHICS The Cuban-American Brooklyn-based artist José Parlá makes stunning massive murals of his signature calligraphic swoops on vibrant color planes. We hung out recently at the Barclays Center in his ‘hood, for a New York Times Styles … Continue reading

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THE VIBRANT STRANGENESS OF FIONA APPLE Reportedly sick with the flu, Fiona Apple seemed as though she’d never come down from her room at the Soho Grand for our March 2012 W magazine chat to mark her new album, The Idler Wheel… But she … Continue reading

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CATHLEEN NAUNDORF’S BEWITCHING COUTURE POLAROIDS Spring 2012 when I was living in Paris, I spent an afternoon with German photographer Cathleen Naundorf in her sprawling top-floor apartment overlooking the treetops of my favorite Paris park, Butte Chaumont. The occasion was … Continue reading

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