Walk Before You March: A Report from AWNY 2023

Walk Before You March: A Report from AWNY 2023

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Pride Weekend crowds flocking to LGBTQ+ events in large, largely maskless numbers are as good an indicator as any that the cancellations and eerie calm of COVID is, at present, largely behind us. And tomorrow’s NYC Pride March and Queer Liberation March—expected to have robust participant and spectator attendance—may be the […]

On the Stage and In the Street, PRIDE Month Has Many Tales to Tell

On the Stage and In the Street, PRIDE Month Has Many Tales to Tell

Activities Roundup Compiled by Scott Stiffler Featured Events in This Order: NYC Pride March / Pride Pop-Up on W. 22nd St. / Reclaim Pride Coalition’s 2023 Queer Liberation March / Ballroom in Focus Exhibit at Chelsea Market / The Golden Girlz Live! / Lady Bunny’s Don’t Bring the Kids and Leola’s Lady Land Lounge / District Defined: […]

Happy Pride! Here’s Why Drag is Important!

Happy Pride! Here’s Why Drag is Important!

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | I hope you’re having a wonderful Pride month. Just make sure to tip your drag queens! Drag has been ridiculously under attack by haters and as a result, I always crack that today’s drag stars will end up with an Emmy in one hand and handcuffs on the other. For years […]

Lauper Doc ‘Let the Canary Sing’ Mostly Soars

Lauper Doc ‘Let the Canary Sing’ Mostly Soars

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW OF ‘LET THE CANARY SING’ BY PUMA PERL | Full disclosure: I love Cyndi Lauper. I’ve never met her, but she feels like a family member. Her first album, She’s So Unusual, helped my four-year-old daughter recover from a strange virus that seemed to have no cure. For weeks, she rocked […]

Come Again: Sherry Vine Shoots Six Times, Scoring Big with Season 2 of ‘Variety Show’

Come Again: Sherry Vine Shoots Six Times, Scoring Big with Season 2 of ‘Variety Show’

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | There’s something satisfying about the fact that while self-aggrandizing lawmakers in Tennessee and other states were spending 2022/2023 trying to limit, license, discourage, and otherwise disavow drag, Sherry Vine and friends were creating six episodes of variety television that plays such pomposity for laughs, while putting the pursuit of cock where […]

Alex Newell Wants To Play Effie—And Other Drama Desk Winner Revelations!

Alex Newell Wants To Play Effie—And Other Drama Desk Winner Revelations!

TEXT & PHOTOS BY MICHAEL MUSTO | The Drama Desk Awards honor Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off, always putting together a talent-studded event that’s like an award winning production in itself. This time, they wisely opted for gender-nonspecific acting categories, picking two winners per category. The winners were announced on May 31 and this Tuesday, there […]

June’s Pride Month Has Tales to Tell, On Stage and Screen

June’s Pride Month Has Tales to Tell, On Stage and Screen

ROUNDUP BY SCOTT STIFFLER (additional content to post here throughout June) The Village: A Disco Daydream | Take it from somebody who saw her on stage with the long-running sketch ensembles Unitard and the Nellie Olesons: The comedic creations of writer/performer Nora Burns demand your attention. Alternately sexy, sardonic, silly, sad, sublime, and a million […]