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An English Martyr

“BASED ON A TRUE STORY” are probably the most ominous words in film, but that’s what flashes across the screen at the opening of The Imitation Game, the new biopic about the British mathematician Alan Turing.

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What a Picture Is Worth

n 1988, Haring was diagnosed with HIV, which only seemed to escalate his artistic output.

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Traces of an Artist Who Died Young

  Ghost Image by Hervé Guibert Translated by Robert Bononno Chicago.  160 pages, $18.     The Mausoleum of Lovers: Journals 1976-1991 by Hervé Guibert Translated by Nathanaël Nightboat Books. 574 pages, $19.95   THESE TWO BOOKS provide excellent examples of Hervé Guibert’s talent and style. A French writer and photographer who died from AIDS […]

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Faces of South Africa in the Berkshires

  Zanele Muholi Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass. February 1 to April 27, 2014.   “I  WANT to be counted in South African history. I have to write that part of history,” observes Zanele Muholi, a 42-year-old photographer who lives and works in Johannesburg. And so, she explains, “I embarked on a journey […]

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Who Made Those Fabulous Duds?

  A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk Exhibition: The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) Curated by Fred Dennis and Valerie Steele   A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk Edited by Valerie Steele Yale.  248 pages, $50.   FRED DENNIS, senior curator of costumes at the […]

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When Musical Theater Could Rock the Boat

GROWING UP in a leftist family in the 1950s, my cultural education included lectures given by my mother on the connection between politics and the arts. She would tell me of her experiences as a young socialist during the 1930s attending politi- cal theater in New York City. Her favorite socially conscious composer was Marc Blitzstein. Howard Pollack, professor of music at the University of Houston, has written a comprehensive biography that opens a window onto the creative genius of Blitzstein while offering a thorough study of his innovative music.

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The Last Alternative Miss Ireland Is Crowned

ON SUNDAY, MARCH 18, Panti, one of Ireland’s best-loved drag queens, took the stage at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin to offer a prayer to Dolly Parton and a welcome to the final performance of Alternative Miss Ireland or AMI, Ireland’s long-running queer beauty pageant-or what Panti likes to call Gay Christmas. After eighteen performances over 25 years, a coming of age and a “silver jubilee,” the last AMI ended on a transformative and powerful note. …

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Scenes from a Boardinghouse

FEBRUARY HOUSE is a wonderful new musical, movingly acted and beautifully sung. Closely based on Sherrill Tippins’ book of the same title, it was first presented at Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater last summer …

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Some of the Sights

  The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts Edited by Claude J. Summers Cleis Press. 373 pages, $29.95 (paper)   THE 200 ENTRIES in The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts cover individuals, artistic movements, time periods, countries, and topics in which art history is revisited to illustrate (both literally and figuratively) the range of […]

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A Country Star Cracks Another Bastion

UNLESS YOU SPENT the spring and summer in a monastery, you will have heard the news that country singer Chely Wright broke new ground in that historically conservative world by coming out as a lesbian.

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