Our Arts Writers Garner First Place & Honorable Mention Awards, in NYPA’s Better Newspaper Contest

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Congratulations to the team of reporters and critics whose work in 2022 was recognized by the New York Press Association (NYPA) Better Newspaper Contest. During a March 31 awards ceremony held as part of NYPA’s 2023 Spring Conference, Chelsea Community News won First Place in the category of Coverage of the Arts. For the entry, five arts writers (Michael Musto, Puma Perl, Eileen Stukane, Scott Stiffler, Elizabeth Zimmer) focused on offerings at Chelsea-based theaters, museums, and dance venues. Chelsea Community News was also recognized in the same category with an Honorable Mention award. Known around the office as “Fourth Place,” it’s worth noting that Better Newspaper Contest judges are only required to give First, Second, and Third Place awards. Honorable Mention is optional, if a judge feels there is work worthy of recognition alongside the top three. So congrats in that respect to Marty Barrett, Charli Battersby, Michael Musto, Scott Stiffler, and Trav S.D.

Regarding the First Place award, the jude said of Eileen Stukane’s look at the Edward Hopper exhibition at the Whitney, “Hopper’s New York: a grand reflection of the artist’s town.” Michael Musto’s review of Melissa Etheridge on Broadway was said to be “really a biographical narrative. The musician’s personality and professional commitment become potent resources for readers to absorb. Good writing make this performance a living tribute.” Of Puma Perl’s look at Linda Troeller’s photo retrospective at the Museum of Sex, “Erotic portraiture really deserves a place within this arts community… Well written, with commentary.”

Of the Honorable Mention award, the judge noted, “These stories engage readers. They personify the value of conversation. The writers create a sense of participation with narrative style.”

Well, see for yourself if you agree. Here, then, are links to all of the winning entries.


Edward Hopper, Early Sunday Morning, 1930. Oil on canvas, 35 3/16 × 60 1/4 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.426. © 2019 Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

Eileen Stukane took in the Whitney’s Edward Hopper exhibition.

Edward Hopper’s New York, the Whitney Reminds Us, Remains to be Seen


Photo of Melissa Etheridge by Jenny Anderson

Michael Musto reviewed Melissa Etheridge on Broadway.

Stories & Songs of ‘My Window’ Put Melissa Etheridge in Potent Open Book Mode


The judge’s comments, on our First Place win. | Screenshot by CCNews
Promo poster by the Museum of Sex, photo by Lothar Troeller.

Puma Perl profiled photographer Linda Troeller during her retrospective at the Musem of Sex.

A Journey to Joy Through Decades of Troeller’s Erotic Portraiture


The Trocks bend “Swan Lake”to their flirty, flighty, fighty will. | Photo by Zoran Jelenic

Elizabeth Zimmer reviewed the all-male Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

Triumphant Trocks Flirt, Fall, and Run Rampant at the Joyce


From “macbitches” L to R: Lexi, played by Natasja Narrendorp, Piper, played by Laura Clare Browne and Rachel played by Caroline Orlando. | Photo by Wesley Volcy

Scott Stiffler wrote about Chain Theatre’s expansion during uncertain times.

Chain Theatre’s Gutsy Pandemic-Era Expansion Soars, While Word Premiere Sticks the Landing


Honorable Mention, Division 1, Coverage of the Arts

Promo poster image courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Trav S.D. has high praise for a documentary about the Chelsea Hotel.

These Walls Can Talk: Chelsea Hotel Doc Tells a Tale Worthy of its Topic


Eddie Izzard in “Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations” at The Greenwich House Theater. | Photo by Carol Rosegg

Scott Stiffler reviews a solo show from Eddie Izzard.

Recently Extended Izzart Bros. Show Demands We Manage Our Own ‘Epectations’


The polite way to greet Svengoolie is menacing him with a rubber chicken.

Charli Battersby looks at a comic con, post-pandemic. And no, Svengoolie was not harmed by the rubber chicken.

New York Comic Con Reveals its Next Mutation


The juddge’s comments, on our Honorable Mention win. | Screenshot by CCNews
Ever-mindful of the need for balance, our West Coast correspondent took a brief break from all things drag queens to enjoy a moment of contemplation in the Golden Girls pop-up at RuPaul’s DragCon LA.

Marty Barrett visits RuPaul’s DragCon LA and finds time for a “Golden Girls” pop-up photo op.

Here Comes the Reign Again: RuPaul’s DragCon Returns Throngs of Queens to the LA Throne


Nightlife was under attack, but Jackie 60 carried on, as Debbie Harry, Sweetie, Chi Chi Valenti and the other glitterati glammed up the Jackie awards. Photo by Catherine McGann.

Michael Musto takes you back to the Golden Age of NYC nightflife, as captured by its photographers.

Say Cheese! All About the ‘80s/‘90s Nightlife Photographers That Made Us Smile



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