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Calendar, Night&Day Mensches On Parade

Mensches On Parade

Esther Paik Goodhart calls her mother "the Asian Tammy Faye Bakker." Scott Blakeman created "Stand Up for Peace: The Two Comedian Solution to Middle East Peace" with Palestinian-American comedian Dean Obeidallah, which the pair perform back home in NYC. And…
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News, Sucka Free City What a Drag

What a Drag

If there were one sure way of knowing where a celebrity stands in the gay community, it's when, upon their passing, a shrine in their honor pops up spontaneously on the corner of 18th and Castro (also known as Hibernia…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, June 30, 2004 Karen Carpenter ensured her lasting fame by becoming the first anorexia nervosa poster child, but none of the hundreds of articles and books written on her untimely demise captures the mixed-up horror of her life quite…
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News, Night Crawler The Tammy Faye Show

The Tammy Faye Show

An arrangement of white flowers sits on the table between Tammy Faye Bakker Messner and John Waters. It is no simple array or floral embellishment; it is an aromatic monolith, one that, in sheer girth and height, dwarfs both the…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

For centuries, the history of the Roms (or Gypsies) has been written only in their music, because of their nearly pathological distrust of the written word -- or rather a distrust of those who read it. In 1993, director Tony…
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Culture, Stuff Born Again?

Born Again?

"Please hold for Tammy Faye." The few seconds between those words and those that follow, uttered by the woman who once haunted pay-to-pray TV like a mascara-ed harlequin, are interminable. Until a month ago, the notion of talking to Tammy…
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Film, Tears of a Clown

Tears of a Clown

In a perfect world, any documentary about televangelists narrated by RuPaul and a couple of sock puppets would be hailed as the unquestionable conceptual masterpiece of the year. Alas, those stodgy Academy voters just don't understand cross-dressers, religious broadcasting, or…
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Pride, We're Here, We're Queer

We're Here, We're Queer

Film festivals are often as much about community as they are about cinema, particularly in the case of niche events like the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Of course, "niche" hardly seems an appropriate description for the…
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