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Not to be confused with the classic 1998 gay movie Edge of Seventeen, The Edge of Seventeen (STX/Universal), now available in a double-disc Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD version, is the directorial debut by writer/filmmaker Kelly Fremon Craig. t is a good example of a movie that, upon its initial 2016 theatrical was well-received by critics, so much so that one might be led to believe that it’s better than it is. Mostly it’s sloppy and meandering, beginning with the narration near the opening of the film that is abandoned shortly thereafter. As a…

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EVEN NOW – Comes to the Clare Rose Playhouse Out and About 

EVEN NOW – Comes to the Clare Rose Playhouse

On Saturday evening, January 21st, a packed house gathered at the Clare Rose Playhouse located on the St. Joseph’s College campus for the musical sensation “Even Now”. Musical Director Lydia Sabosto on keyboard, and her hand picked ensemble, Carol Cole on congas, Frank Hansen on upright and electric bass, JoAnn Palana-Stone on drums along with lead singer Richard Fisichello were all host to this fabulous tribute to the one and only Barry Manilow. “Even Now”, written and directed by Lydia Sabosto and Bob Maletta was performed before a sold-out theatre…

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More Suitcase Memories at jericho library Out and About 

More Suitcase Memories at jericho library

On Sunday afternoon, November 6, 2016 at 2:00pm, a white spot poured across a Steinway grand piano located center stage. Soon, the first few notes were heard, and Lydia Sabosto began to transcend the room. Sabosto, with her one of a kind smile greeted the audience and opened with the theme from the motion picture Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory that was easily identified as “Pure Imagination”. She took firm hold and like a whirlwind brought the audience through a kind of musical time warp. Beginning with the back to Broadway segment,…

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: The Gift of Movies Out and About 

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: The Gift of Movies

Who doesn’t love movies? The DVD and Blu-ray titles that follow cover a broad range of subjects and genres. There are dramas (including The Dresser), comedies (such as the Neighbors sequel), and several documentaries (Tab Hunter Confidential, for example). In other words, there’s something for almost everyone on your holiday gift list. There are probably even movies that you might enjoy watching or owning. Popcorn and Milk Duds sold separately. FOR THE POLITICALLY MINDED: The 2016 Presidential election may be a memory but politics aren’t. All The Way (HBO Home…

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Dancing in the dark Out and About 

Dancing in the dark

There are dark days ahead with the Trump/Pence team taking office. As they begin to erode our inalienable rights, let’s hope that dancing is not high on the list. We can all breathe a sigh of relief that neither Trump nor Pence is smart enough to decipher the name of electro-pop band STRFKR. Otherwise, Trump might add the band the list of those owing him an apology for imagined insults. With its Norman Rockwell homage cover art and perspective of finding our collective place in the universe, the band’s fifth…

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HIV Advocates Face Challenges New and Old After U.S. Elections A full repeal of Obamacare is unlikely, but the Ryan White Care Act will be even more important to people with HIV Out and About 

HIV Advocates Face Challenges New and Old After U.S. Elections A full repeal of Obamacare is unlikely, but the Ryan White Care Act will be even more important to people with HIV

It is not an overstatement to say that the nation Americans woke up to Nov. 9 is charted on a fundamentally different course than the day before. The differences in both temperament and in policy between the now President-elect Donald Trum and Hillary Clinton could hardly have been starker. For people living with or affected by HIV, the choice was between a woman who had been working to end the HIV epidemic for more than two decades as a First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, and a man whose…

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East Village Voice an interview with gay writer Tim Murphy Out and About 

East Village Voice an interview with gay writer Tim Murphy

Gay writer Tim Murphy’s epic third novel Christodora is the queer book of the summer, perhaps the year. Spanning 30 years, from the early 1980s to the early 2020s, Murphy takes readers back to the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York giving us a perspective from deep inside the trenches, while also shining a radiant light on the possibilities of the near future. Fully realized and authentic characters, including artist couple Milly and Jared, adopted son Mateo, Milly’s activist/scientist mother Ava, Milly’s writer friend Drew, Mateo’s mother…

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Why he Styx with it: an interview with Chuck Panozzo of Styx Out and About 

Why he Styx with it: an interview with Chuck Panozzo of Styx

          Gregg Shapiro: Next year, 2017, will be the 45th anniversary of the release of the first Styx album. What does it mean to you to still be performing and touring with American prog-rock legends Styx, the band you co-founded?  Chuck Panozzo: We played our first real show on New Year’s Eve in 1962 (as Tradewinds). I had been taking music lessons for seven years and had the confidence to perform in front of people. I could never have imagined a career this long in anything,…

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Little Girls Blue and Colorful Out and About 

Little Girls Blue and Colorful

Originally airing at Christmastime 2015 and now available on DVD, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors (Warner Brothers Home Entertainment) is a “family-oriented, faith-based” dramatization of Parton’s beloved song, one that she considers to be her favorite. In many ways, Coat of Many Colors is exactly what you might expect it to be considering its genesis and that it’s a prime-time network TV movie. Although safe and sanitized, sensitive queer viewers will no doubt feel a stirring while watching the early stages of what would go on to be a…

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HEROES & Villains Out and About 

HEROES & Villains

You might feel like your heart is going to pound its way through your chest, almost to the very last scene of writer/director Jeremy Saulnier’s riveting third full-length feature Green Room (A24/Broadgreen), but it’s only a movie. Because of that, the film takes its place at the head of the class of the new generation of horror/suspense flicks such as The Witch, It Follows and The Babadook. The Ain’t Rights, a young punk band from the Washington, DC (Arlington, actually, as one member points out) are scrambling to survive on…

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Solos and Sides Out and About Uncategorized 

Solos and Sides

Talk about staying power! Singer and songwriter Dion  (DiMucci), the original wanderer, has been at it steadily since the late 1950s, as the leader of doo-wop group Dion & The Belmonts and later as a prolificsolo artist. On New York Is My Home (Instant), Dion continues his ongoing exploration of the blues over the course of eight originals, as well as a Lightning Hopkins cover. The album’s best (and least bluesy) tune is the title cut, a duet with Paul Simon, that has the potential to become a hit. The city of Chicago (and its…

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Cumming around again: an interview with Alan Cumming Out and About 

Cumming around again: an interview with Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming is a gay renaissance man. He sings, he dances, he writes, he acts – there doesn’t seem to be anything he can’t do. Few people can also claim the size and scope of his audience – from youngsters who know his voice from animated features such as Strange Magic and The Smurfs to adults who are fans of his work on television (The Good Wife and Web Therapy), on stage (Cabaret) and on film (Any Day Now, X-Men 2 and Burlesque). Cumming’s latest musical endeavor, the live recording Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs…

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by Gregg Shapiro Depending on how you felt about David Ebershoff’s Lambda Literary Award-winning novel, you will either love or hate Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of the Oscar-nominated The Danish Girl (Focus/Universal). Screenwriter Lucinda Coxon trims quite a bit from Ebershoff’s dense book and even diverts from the original ending. That said, Hooper’s treatment of the tale, “loosely” based on a true story, is both sensitive and visually captivating. Married artists Einar (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda (Alicia Vikander) are each attempting to make a name for themselves within the artistic…

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