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Author Archive | Martha E. Stone

When Haring Met Andy

ANDY WARHOL and Keith Haring met in person in 1983, near the end of the senior artist’s career but still in the flowering of Haring’s all-too-brief life (he died in 1990). What seems to have excited Warhol most about the younger artist was his plan to open a retail outlet for the sale of his work.

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2002: A Year of Historic Passages

A number of prominent gay and lesbian writers, artists, and activists passed away in 2002, among them …

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Get to Know Chavela: A Mexican Singer Who Owned the Room

  CHAVELA VARGAS (1919-2012) was a Mexican singer who was and remains iconic in Mexico. Chavela is a beautifully made documentary that has been playing the film-fest circuit and is set to open in wide release. Born Isabel Vargas in Costa Rica, reviled from early childhood as not being like all the other little girls, […]

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Warhol/Capote Premieres—But Not in New York

    “Truman is magic” says an awestruck Andy Warhol a couple of times in the course of Warhol/Capote, a ninety-minute play having its world premiere in Cambridge Mass. this fall. Stephen Spinella (Warhol) and Dan Butler (Capote) have captured each man’s unique vocal styles and body language, and their personae come across the stage […]

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Short Reviews

Over the course of three summers, Mark Seliger photographed seventy transgender women and men, representing a range of ages, races, and gender expression. On Christopher Street is his celebration of their lives.

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Short Reviews

Reviews of One Of These Things First: A Memoir, and the movies, Bayou Maharajah: The Life and Music of New Orleans Piano Legend James Booker; Jonathan; and Akron.

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Short Reviews

Reviews of the movies: The Pearl of Africa and , and the book: A Garden Fed By Lightning.

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Honoring Those Who Left Us in 2016

IN KEEPING with our annual custom, we remember here the lives of some notable GLBT activists, artists, and writers who passed away this past year. Please note that all deaths occurred in 2016 unless otherwise indicated.

In addition to those listed by name, we also mourn the loss of the 49 people who were massacred at Pulse, a gay club in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.

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Years of Transition

THIS 2016 DOCUMENTARY recounts four years—from late adolescence to young adulthood—in the life of Bennett (né Rachael) Wallace. Real Boy is an enthralling, intimate, and poignant film, and it is a pleasure to watch. Director Shaleece Haas, who tirelessly followed Bennett on his literal and figurative journey, slept on floors, hung out at music clubs, and accompanied him on road trips, capturing 200 hours of footage.

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Reassessing a 19th-century Novelist

IF WRITER Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-1894) is remembered today, it is usually for her close friendship and literary rivalry with Henry James. Both writers had made a pact early in their friendship to burn their correspondence, and much of their relationship remains wreathed in mystery.

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