New York Film Festival Reviews: McDormand, Tilda, and McQueen

New York Film Festival Reviews: McDormand, Tilda, and McQueen

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | Nothing has stopped the 58th annual New York Film Festival (Sept. 17-Oct. 11) from going forward, and though this time I’ve been watching links rather than wear pants and bike up to Lincoln Center, it’s still rewarding. Among the highlights: LOVERS ROCK | The opening night attraction, Lovers Rock is part of […]

All-Star ‘Boys in the Band’ Arrives On Netflix! Oh, Mary!

All-Star ‘Boys in the Band’ Arrives On Netflix! Oh, Mary!

REVIEW BY MICHAEL MUSTO | Mart Crowley’s landmark 1968 play The Boys in the Band brought a group of gay friends together for a bitchy and fun NYC birthday party, which is rocked when an unexpected visitor arrives after having had some kind of flareup with his wife. That the visitor turns out to be […]

Writing the Apocalypse: The Sins I Sinned

Writing the Apocalypse: The Sins I Sinned

“Writing the Apocalypse” is a weekly series featuring the poems, essays, and recollections of Puma Perl, with subject matter influenced by her experiences as a NYC resident during the COVID-19 pandemic. Author’s Note: The following poem was written prior to the observance of Yom Kippur, 2018, and performed that year and the next with my […]

Writing the Apocalypse: Breathe

Writing the Apocalypse: Breathe

“Writing the Apocalypse” is a weekly series featuring the poems, essays, and recollections of Puma Perl, with subject matter influenced by her experiences as a NYC resident during the COVID-19 pandemic. Breathe| BY PUMA PERL beneath a purple sky yellow and orange sunbursts creep into the bedroom   half asleep, I take photos from the […]

Their Stages Dark, Chelsea Theatres Stay In Play, Online

Their Stages Dark, Chelsea Theatres Stay In Play, Online

BY TRAV S.D. | At this writing, it is nearly a full half-year since New York’s theaters were rapidly compelled to shut down by city and state mandates, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To say that the city’s theaters have never been dark for this long of a stretch is an understatement, and the […]

Writing the Apocalypse: Beautiful Summer

Writing the Apocalypse: Beautiful Summer

  “Writing the Apocalypse” is a weekly series featuring the poems, essays, and recollections of Puma Perl, with subject matter influenced by her experiences as a NYC resident during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beautiful Summer | BY PUMA PERL  These are my references. This is what beautiful means. Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt–Vonnegut You’re so […]

Drive Up, Tune In, and Give Props to Dance in All Its Forms

Drive Up, Tune In, and Give Props to Dance in All Its Forms

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | Things being how they are, the definition of “local” dance performance has dramatically changed. I’m writing in Chelsea, but you could be reading in Chattanooga! Whether performers are dancing their buns off in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley, Philly, or Paris, they’re still channeling their talents onto Zoom and related electronic hosts, […]

My CoviDiary: The September Entries

My CoviDiary: The September Entries

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below, find the latest diary entry, then other September content. Click here for the August entries.  Click here for the July entries.  Click here for the June entries. Click here for the May entries. Click here for the April entries. Click here for all March entries . My CoviDiary is reprinted, with the […]

The Death of Celebrity Gossip: Who Is to Blame?

The Death of Celebrity Gossip: Who Is to Blame?

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | As someone who gets regularly called upon to discuss celebrity gossip on TV, I can tell you that the demand for that sort of thing started waning around 2016. The reason? Trump’s rise to political prominence became much more salaciously fascinating to certain channels than anything involving movie stars. After all, […]

Writing the Apocalypse: In the Realm of No Senses, Hearts Break

Writing the Apocalypse: In the Realm of No Senses, Hearts Break

“Writing the Apocalypse” is a weekly series featuring the poems, essays, and recollections of Puma Perl, with subject matter influenced by her experiences as a NYC resident during the COVID-19 pandemic.   In the Realm of No Senses, Hearts Break | BY PUMA PERL (Dedicated to everyone who loved Walter Lure)   Darkness gripped the […]