David France has a lot of people rooting for him. Supporting his debut film, the powerful documentary How to Survive a Plague (set for a Sept. 21 release), a host of celebrities—like Alan Cumming, John Cameron Mitchell, Heather Matarazzo, Ingrid Sischy and Jay Manuel—came out to the Angelika Film Center downtown for the screening this Wednesday. The guests were tied by a common denominator: most of them are strong advocates for LGBT rights, one of the dominant themes of the documentary.
Mr. Mitchell had already watched the film before the screening, and seemed to be one of its biggest fans. “I predict an Oscar nomination,” said the writer/actor/director. “I was just so moved by it. It is so empowering too, it is not a depressing document of tragedy—it is about people who made the drugs happen and saved an estimated 6 million people.”
“You never want to piss off a drag queen!” said director Steve Saporito at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of his movie, Squeezebox! on Friday night.
The after-party for the film was a joyous excuse for drag queens and 90′s-club-scene nostalgistas to gather at the Blender Theatre and relive the nights of Don Hill’s Read More
Navy bombing exercise disputes notwithstanding, the Puerto Rican island of Vieques appears to be the next big Caribbean thing.
A W hotel is going up, and now, the gays are coming. A sure sign of upgrade.
John Cameron Mitchell, the man behind breakthrough success Hedwig and the Angry Inch (who has been somewhat famously Read More
Long before Billy Bob donned the big red suit, a legion of bad Santas have rampaged annually through the city. Drunk on holiday cheer (read: liquor), hundreds of Santas, Mrs. Clauses, elves and reindeer set out on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. until the eggnog ran out.
SantaCon-which began in New York in 1998-started Read More
Look, there’s always something to complain about: the ever-present underlying fear, the fact that we’ve never been hit on while riding the first car of the F train, the ridiculous rents, rumors of another MetroCard
hike, the unfairness of alternate-side parking, Lenny Kravitz … but seriously? Is there anything more satisfying than Read More
Hedwig gets hitched? Freedom to Marry , a nonprofit lobbying group for the right to gay marriage , gets not-so-straight couples to dance in the aisles at today’s WEDrock benefit. Actor John Cameron Mitchell, of Hedwig and the Angry Inch fame, will preside. “It’s just that when someone tells you that you Read More
During the Off-Broadway glam-rock musical hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch , the main
character Hedwig Schmidt may have had a rough life-as a German man who, as a
result of a botched sex-change operation, was left with a “one-inch mound of
flesh where my penis used to be” and whose former lover is now Read More