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Walk On

Posted on February 17, 2014 by in Features, Movies & TV, The Arts

A Walk to Remember A new documentary by Joseph Kibler & Mark Bashian takes a fresh, candid look at living with HIV/AIDS and disabilities by Alina Oswald Walk on,/With hope in your heart/And you’ll never walk alone,” the song says. Walk on with Joseph Kibler and you’ll never think of walking in the same way, [...]

Looking

Posted on February 10, 2014 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

Looking Created by Michael Lannan; executive produced by Sarah Condon & Andrew Haigh HBO Reviewed by Chael Needle Any book or movie or television show that involves more than one gay male character needs to figure out how HIV/AIDS is to be represented. Not because gay male characters automatically should equate with representation of the [...]

Ordinary People

Posted on January 23, 2014 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

Ordinary People Is It Time to Stop Honoring “AIDS Movies” with Awards? by Chael Needle For their consideration, I am respectfully asking that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences ignore Dallas Buyers Club this season [Editor's note: This essay was written before Dallas garnered its Oscar noms]. Yes—ignore. Sure, Oscar nominations alone would [...]

Ari Gold

Posted on December 26, 2013 by in Columns, Music, Dance & Theater, Ruby's Rap, The Arts

Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer Ari Gold I like Ari Gold’s derrière! He must like it too. This r&b pop singer flashes his naked bod everywhere: on the streets of Manhattan, on CD covers, magazines, music videos, and even at events like Night of a Thousand Gowns, a benefit for New York’s GMHC. After my [...]

Levi Kreis

Posted on December 12, 2013 by in Features, Music, Dance & Theater, The Arts

Playing to Strengths Through Music and Advocacy, Singer & Actor Levi Kreis Helps Create a Love Revolution by Chael Needle It is a bit of a puzzle why Rodin made his figurative sculpture, The Thinker, so muscular. Sitting there, hunched over with his hand half-covering his mouth, the Thinker is so deeply engrossed in contemplation [...]

The Battle of amfAR

Posted on November 28, 2013 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

The Battle of amfAR Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman HBO Films Reviewed by Sally Hessney HBO premieres The Battle of amfAR, a documentary that celebrates the heroism and humanitarianism of two powerhouse AIDS activists—research scientist Mathilde Krim and screen legend Elizabeth Taylor. Directed by award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid [...]

Dallas Buyers Club

Posted on November 8, 2013 by in Features, Movies & TV, The Arts

In the Fog of War A New Film, Dallas Buyers Club, Revisits One Man’s Small Battle for Treatment Access in the First Decade of the Pandemic by Mark Rebernik A plague was engulfing the nation. As the Cold War was ending and the spectre of fiery mass annihilation waned, a new threat emerged that picked [...]

Love Revolution

Posted on October 9, 2013 by in Music, Dance & Theater, The Arts

Empowerment is on extended play. “Love Revolution (feat. QBoy)”—the sweet, soulful uptempo second single from Levi Kreis’s latest album, Imagine Paradise—has gotten remixed, with stunning contributions from Willie Ray Lewis, who produced the original radio edit with Drew Kapner, Day. Beat, Bluetrax, No.Ma.D, Golishevsky, and DeepSoundEffect. A Tony Award-winning actor and singer/songwriter, Kreis combines an [...]

Call Me Kuchu

Posted on August 7, 2013 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

Sometimes the line between fact and fiction becomes blurred, allowing doubt and disbelief to taint the actual truth. Yet, the truth eventually comes out, even if sometimes it takes a tragedy to set it free. And often art, in any form, provides a vehicle for the truth to travel around the world. World-premiering at the [...]

Ndebele Funeral

Posted on August 6, 2013 by in Music, Dance & Theater, The Arts

Ndebele Funeral, a play by Zoey Martinson, will bring its story of aspiration and loss in modern South Africa to the seventeenth annual New York International Fringe Festival this month. Produced by Smoke and Mirrors Collaborative, and directed by Awoye Timpo, the play is set in a Soweto shantytown and follows three characters: Daweti (Zoey [...]