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The love that dare not yawp its name

Bi-curious, not judgmental.

Walt Whitman, that great American bard of free verse who sent legions of us struggling to define “yawp” in our AP English classes, was also a man of queer taste. By the outbreak of Civil War, he’d become something of a dandy about town—a well-known New York belletrist who fancied Romantic poetry, loved to skinny-dip with The Youth, and enjoyed mooning over bel canto rep in the bosomy company of contraltos.  Read more »

Py shy

Wednesday, not two weeks after an annual Drag Convention cracked a sequin-sized hole in the Javits Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music brought a queen of its very own to Fort Greene. “I ended my bulimic crisis,” an impish Olivier Py informed those who’d come to experience the first of his four-night recital in BAM’s Fishman Space. “I don’t mix pills and liquor anymore.”  Read more »

Triple header

I reckon marketing a sex-themed opera in Brooklyn should be like selling bacon-flavored froyo in Vermont. It’s a cakewalk for PR, a publicity boon—the safe-but-edgy fun we didn’t know we needed!  Read more »

One finger exercise

David Lang is, per The New Yorker, a “postminimalist enfant terrible.”

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Tell me about the rabbits

Our Own JJ confesses he just doted on Heartbreak Express, but “You Us We All was not my cup of twee.”

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Dongs of mirth and triumph sing!

Donkey dick and other Asian Fusion vaudeville acts arouse “The BAM Effect” at Handel’s Semele.

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Mortal purpose

The advance publicity about Zhang Huan’s production of Handel’s luscious Semele currently having its US premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music prominently featured a provocative claim.

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As nature intended

Meredith Monk and her Vocal Ensemble (five singers besides Monk, plus three instrumentalists) are giving a program called On Behalf of Nature through Sunday at BAM’s Harvey Theater.

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Outskirts

As One is an opera about a boy growing up to discover that he is a girl.

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Billy’s club

When Winston Churchill was First Sea Lord, the story goes, an indignant admiral accused him of violating British naval tradition, to which Churchill replied that the only traditions of the British Navy were rum, sodomy and the lash.

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