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Playlistmania

31 July 2014 10:04 PM, PDT

Tim Sommer, rock raconteur extraordinaire, recently wrote a playlist for Tim Broun's blog Stupefaction. (#1 choice shown above.) Mr. Sommer has lately been writing a daily column in The Brooklyn Bugle (motto: "On the Web because paper is expensive") that immediately became the one thing that I read every day, just so I can enjoy his combination of cultural erudition and lunatic whimsy. In one of his Bugle columns he wrote about making the list. And in that article he posited other approaches/lists that I found myself wishing he had made as well. But he's undoubtedly got better things to do with his time. I apparently do not, however (okay, I do, I just have poor impulse control), and made my own lists based on his criteria.

And here they are. I could have gone thirty deep on each of these lists just as he did on Stupefaction (well, maybe »

- SteveHoltje

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New Fest 2014 (Part 2): Best Men, Wet Men, and a Tranny Chanteuse

31 July 2014 10:07 AM, PDT

Within the past week, two former gay students of mine texted to relate their agony at not having boyfriends and the inability to see any in their futures. All the potential Romeos they meet are just interested in one-night stands or are on the down-low. No love on balconies. 

“You both have just encountered the Walking, Raging, Testosterone-Filled Humanoids -- or Men. Run!!!!” I thought. 

Of course, when I was their age, during the Sexual Revolution, copulation always seemed to come first and possible relationships occasionally built upon those chance encounters. Nowadays, the young Lgbt crowd has the option of gay groups and courses on campus, the Gay Community Center, and, of course, NewFest at Lincoln Center, which annually brims over with documentaries and narratives showcasing the ins and outs of same-sex intimacies. What safer way is there to learn about life and meet a mate while purchasing popcorn? “Take that, »

- Brandon Judell

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Step Right Up!

30 July 2014 6:38 AM, PDT

Dandy Darkly’s Pussy Panic: More Tales of Sex and Death

Written and Performed by Dandy Darkly

Directed by Ian Bjorklund

Hot! Festival 2014: The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture

Dixon Place, NYC

July 11, 2014

Describing this deeply hypnotic, often horrifying, sometimes sentimental -- and in the end -- wildly entertaining performance piece is indeed a toughie. This task brings to mind what an academic might have been faced with if assigned to write a critique of T.S. Eliot, himself, doing a live recitation of The Wasteland. What could a scholar have written as a review of such a reading? Perhaps she/he might say “I was totally engaged and mesmerized by the presentation,” or “the listeners sat transfixed in pin-drop silence while Mr. Eliot discharged his words.” Later, our academic’s copiously annotated and footnoted analysis will appear in a university press journal, leaving those who see it only as »

- Jay Reisberg

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Get Me A Guy!

28 July 2014 1:19 PM, PDT

Get Me a Guy Directed by John Clancy Written by Israela Margalit Horse Trade Theater Group, in association with Moonlight Theatre Productions Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place, NYC July 26 - August 4, 2014

A random, pheromone-induced hook-up at a gas station. A date arranged through a website cataloguing personal dislikes. An elderly couple debating whether cigarettes and sex can be fairly equated. Get Me a Guy , the new comic play by writer and concert pianist Israela Margalit, ranges through 80 minutes of vignettes exploring the nuances and neuroses of romantic relationships, not conceptually unlike the recent, longer, and more rapid-fire Love and Information. The discrete moments here form a loose progression from the parties and bars of youth, through jealous or baby-starved spouses and reunions of old lovers, to connections lost and (re)made in old age. The cast of seven actors, three women and four men led by Wei Yi Lin, »

- Leah Richards

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Seventies Supergroup's Stadium Tour Revisited

27 July 2014 6:14 PM, PDT

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Csny 1974 (Rhino)

In my youth, which was their prime, I thought Csny was the greatest band in the world. Now I hear more to nitpick than I used to, but still, I knew I'd only be satisfied by the three-cd-plus-dvd edition of this release, which also includes a 188-page booklet (there's also a one-cd distillation available). It draws from nine concerts on their epochal 1974 stadium tour (plus a tenth, a December benefit appearance) to construct an ideal show of 40 songs, 21 with the full electric band on the first and third CDs and 19 acoustic (caveat: electric bass on a few) performances on the second CD.

Of course, these guys had already released a double live album, 4 Way Street, from their 1970 tour, but only eight songs here are included there as well. I'm not counting "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," because only a few seconds of the end were on 4 Way Street. »

- SteveHoltje

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