Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 2 / 12 January 2017

Fine Arts - Early New Year gallery roundup

It's officially winter, and baby, is it ever cold outside. But gallery-wise, the year is heating up what might otherwise be a dreary season. Throw on the parka and grab the umbrella, there are places to go and things to see. (read more)

Film - Nonconformist beats the odds

Early on in Mike Mills' absorbing feminist comedy-drama 20th Century Women, a small group of Santa Barbara, California residents are watching a distinctly gloomy presidential sermon from the James Earl Carter White House, just before American voters handed the one-time Georgia peanut farmer his walking papers. As was so often the case in the brief Carter era, the living room is fiercely divided. A young male quips, "He is so screwed. It's over for him!," while a strong-willed middle-aged woman opines, "Really, I thought it was beautiful." (read more)

Out There - Lavender & under suspicion

One of the best gay novels of recent times, made into an opera, was named in The New York Times' end-of-year list for "The Best Classical Music of 2016. (read more)

Out & About - Winterminal

Protest, puff, pronounce on or before Janury 20, and while you're at it, enjoy some subversive art, which may soon include anything. (read more)

Theatre - Return to 27 Rue de Fleurus

There was a there there after all. (read more)

Books - Comic book honors Pulse victims

This past week saw the publication of an eagerly awaited one-shot comic book that honors the lives... (read more)

Books - Heart-warming young adult tale

In its most basic description, it's a muscle. Nothing computerized, no easy-to-follow instructions or list of parts. Nope, it's a muscle... (read more)

DVD - For home & country

We seem to be in the middle of a Merchant Ivory revival. (read more)

DVD - Mean streets

Barely noticed at the time of its theatrical release in 2014, Boulevard, now out on DVD, is a gritty street drama that has a lot to recommend it. (read more)

Television - Debbie & Carrie's swan song

The world was stunned when mother/daughter movie stars Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher died unexpectedly in late December. (read more)

Music - Possessed by Tchaikovsky

It's hard not to hear a gay slur in the opinion – still out there – that if so many people like Tchaikovsky's music, it must not be very good. (read more)

Television - What the hell, Kim Burrell?

Happy New Year. If only 2017 weren't looking so much like the year we just had that really bad break-up with. (read more)

Music - No tunes like show tunes

Already racking up numerous awards and nominations, La La Land, Damien Chazelle's musical love letter to Los Angeles, looks like it's the one to beat come Oscar time. (read more)

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