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BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Twenty-four times for “The Confession of Lily Dare” — the latest from actor, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director, and drag legend Charles Busch — sure seems like a scant amount. And yet, in this age of on-demand streaming platforms and everlasting social media posts, the fleeting nature of what goes on at […]

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BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | I strut through Union Square in my $750 cocktail dress, and take a sip from my $10 coffee, careful not to smudge my professionally applied lipstick. A gentleman hands me a free cupcake as I walk by. Other people give me food, cosmetics, and beverages because… I’m special! Am I a […]

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BY TRAV S.D. | If the chef’s truism that good soup depends on good ingredients holds firm, then “City Girls and Desperadoes” has the right fixings. The new play by Pamela Enz co-stars award-winning stage and screen actor/director Austin Pendleton; world-renowned choreographer and neo-burlesque pioneer Julie Atlas Muz; and Obie award-winning Meg MacCary, co-founder and former […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER | No fooling: You have until April 1 to see “Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence” at La MaMa — and you should. Written by Japanese playwright/director Takeshi Kawamura and American playwright/director John Jesurun over a three-year period via corresponding chapters (10-minute sections in response to the most recent contribution), this “tag, you’re […]

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BY MAX BURBANK | To those of you who read my column on the regular (thanks, all six of you, sincerely), it may come as something of a shock that in addition to being an incisive writer of scathing satire, I am also Sunday school teacher. Admittedly, it’s an odd fit, as my writing demonstrates […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER | That chatty, witty, ascot-wearing flamer perched on a stool at your friendly neighborhood gay bar has seen and done it all, since his arrival via the first generation of video camera confessors — and if he came onto the scene a few decades too early for YouTube personality status, hindsight has […]

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BY PUMA PERL | The storefront at 340 E. Sixth St., a tenement built in 1900, remained vacant for almost 10 years after the world music shop Tribal Soundz shut its doors. But this is not your ordinary gentrification story. There is no evil landlord, and the space was not converted to a café featuring […]

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BY MICHAEL LYDON Spring, spring, we’ve made it to another spring! Sure, call my wife and me sunny optimists, but frankly dear, we don’t give a damn. Each year we defiantly declare Dec. 21 to be the first day of spring. Why? Because that’s when the sun reverses its course and starts on its welcome […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Whether it’s a blended scotch or bourbon, former superhero turned private eye Jessica Jones is never far from a bottle. So where does the protagonist procure the hard stuff? From Sonny’s Grocery, of course, a longtime Hell’s Kitchen bodega that was turned into a liquor store for the second season […]

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BY WINNIE McCROY | As the emerging Hudson Yards neighborhood continues to carve out its footprint on the West Side, its arts and entertainment centerpiece, The Shed, moves closer to completion. On March 6, Alex Poots, Artistic Director and CEO of The Shed, presided over a press event announcing their 2019 inaugural season, followed by […]

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