The ‘Butterfly’ effect

Posted on 17 Mar 2017 at 8:10am

How do you reconcile a cliché-filled, anti-progressive plot with one of the most famous operas  of all time? Despite its enduring popularity in the contemporary canon, Madame Butterfly has never been one of my favorite operas. In fact, I tend to dislike it with a fair degree of brio. Giacomo Puccini composed some lovely music […]

50 shares of Gray

Posted on 17 Mar 2017 at 6:15am

‘Dallas’ star Linda Gray — Sue Ellen herself — recalls the unlikely hit soap opera, and how the city shapes her life and career Linda Gray still vividly recalls how the TV show Dallas started its life. And it’s probably not what you think. But Gray calls the story “absolutely delicious.” The show’s creator, David […]

Cassie Nova • 03-17-17

Posted on 17 Mar 2017 at 6:00am

Hi-diddly-ho, neighborinos! Adulting sometimes can really suck. Remember the good old days when you could watch cartoons and think of nothing but the stupid coyote trying to catch that damn roadrunner? I still watch cartoons but think of other stuff I should be doing, or else my mind wanders to worst-case scenarios. I will watch […]

Best Bets • 03-17-17

Posted on 16 Mar 2017 at 11:10pm

Thursday 03.23 — Saturday 03.25 ‘Robot Planet Rising,’ sequel to last year’s ‘Intergalactic Nemesis,’ recasts the graphic novel Comic book movies are big-budget productions … usually. But what if a (fake) graphic novel about spies and space traveling monsters were presented not as a film, but as a radio show with live sound effects, live […]

Being green

Posted on 10 Mar 2017 at 7:25am

Runner-up Oscar nominees might be better than the winners The war is over, and the Nazis lost. You’d probably assume German soldiers fighting in other European countries put down their arms and marched back home. Only that’s not what happened for many young Germans in Denmark. That small northern Ally Power was riddled with land […]

Books: Scores

Posted on 10 Mar 2017 at 7:20am

Scores: How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted Out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia informants in FBI History by Michael D. Blutrich (BenBella Books 2017) $26.95; 328 pp. How does it happen that a gay man would own a mainstream […]

Side bi side

Posted on 10 Mar 2017 at 6:30am

Proudly bisexual singer Vanessa Carlton is just as worried about gay rights as you are When we begin our interview, I ask Vanessa Carlton — as you do — “How are you?” At first, she replies with a perfunctory “good,” but then she backpedals: “Actually, I’m not great,” she confides. Carlton is — like any […]

Be our gayest

Posted on 10 Mar 2017 at 6:15am

Disney baits the bigots with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ When Bill Condon, the (gay) director of the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, announced that Le Fou, the comic relief character played by (straight) actor Josh Gad would enjoy the first “exclusively gay moment” in a Disney film, the right wing alternative news underbelly […]

Welcome to Amsterdam

Posted on 10 Mar 2017 at 6:00am

Rarely revived, Theatre 3’s ‘Passing Strange’ tracks the journey of an artist You never know when the Holy Spirit will enter you — or, when it does, what shape it will take. For Stew — the officially-unnamed narrator of the funky-thoughtful musical Passing Strange, making its regional premiere at Theatre 3 — it happened at […]