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Culture, The Exhibitionist Randy Barbato Says Robert Mapplethorpe is Not Black-and-White, but Gray

Randy Barbato Says Robert Mapplethorpe is Not Black-and-White, but Gray

Artist Andy Warhol mocked it, club king Michael Alig embraced it and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe perfected it — the fame game. After making movies about the first two, producer-directors Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey (Party Monster, The Eyes of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Gifts from the Gods" Art Exhibit Traces Our Olympics Obsession

"Gifts from the Gods" Art Exhibit Traces Our Olympics Obsession

During the last Summer Games, nearly 70 million Americans watched Shanghai's opening ceremony - it was an impressive if somewhat eerie phantasm (a gymnast ran on air, the weather was controlled by scientists, and a little girl was given…
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Calendar, Night&Day Paradox in Portraiture

Paradox in Portraiture

Geoff Chadsey examines gay life in his portraits, especially its enigmas and fears. Unlike the fiercely graphic homoerotic scenes photographed by, say, Robert Mapplethorpe or the exaggerated clone-like men drawn by Tom of Finland, Chadsey renders people you might know…
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Calendar, Night&Day Even Better Than the Movie

Even Better Than the Movie

She was punk before punk, feminist before the Third Wave, and a proud mestiza before the word Chicana had even been invented. She is genderfluid, Christlike, and forever double-impaled by a broken body and her love for a strange man.…
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Letters to the Editor

Wisdom of the Aged Comedy with a point: I was interested in your story about the Amber Frey lecture -- and most particularly about a woman named Ethel, who "smells like old people" ["My Evening With Amber Frey," Infiltrator, Aug.…
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Calendar, Performance Open Wide

Open Wide

ONGOING 8/25-9/11 Playwright/performer Brian Quirk's Mapplethorpe: The Opening is more inflammatory than a full-frontal sex scene on prime-time television. And it's funny, too, with its grittily sophisticated aura of a 1970s art gallery teeming with disaffected patrons (we get earfuls…
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More Books About Buildings and Sex

So you walk through the streets of San Francisco thinking about sex. Not just on Market Street, although everybody thinks about sex on Market Street because of the way the Ferry Building rises from the base of the axis like…
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