Todd Oldham on the ballot

Todd Oldham on the ballot
The Times’ Op Ed online pages ask Todd Oldham to do a ballot make-over.  There’s no big revelations here.  Clear design=easier voting. Bad design=George W. Bush.  What’s surprising is what a shaggy dog dear Todd has become. What’s with the beard and the aviator glasses? Still love your work, watch for it on eBay and wish you’d get back to making men’s wear, Todd. But is it hunting season...
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Where I go daily for fashion, fun and a tiny bit of girlfriendy bitchiness

Where I go daily for fashion, fun and a tiny bit of girlfriendy bitchiness
Tom and Lorenzo, formerly known as ProjectRungay.  It’s highly readable fashion commentary combined with a light gloss on pop culture – though I’ve never heard of about half of the celebs whose outfits they score.  Example: Matt Smith is one of their favorite subjects but I still don’t know who he is, besides a skinny British guy with great hair and lots of outfits. Anyway, I’m super proud of the...
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Review: Rufus Wainwright’s “Prima Donna” at New York City Opera

Review: Rufus Wainwright’s “Prima Donna” at New York City Opera
A death watch is the simplest way to describe the months leading up to New York City Opera’s curtailed and displaced 2012 winter season.  The company’s financial crisis caused it to abandon the David H. Koch Theater (formerly the New York State Theater), it’s long-time home at Lincoln Center, and to be at such loggerheads with the musicians union that the season itself was in jeopardy. But a new production of “La...
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Out’s American Classics

Out’s American Classics
Let me be honest. I “read” OUT Magazine for the pictures.  And the March issue is particularly sexy with more photos (in ads and editorial) of shirtless young men than usual.  This month’s cover boy is a gritty Ewan McGregor. But the issue actually has something worth spending a bit of time and thought on – a 22-page spread called “80 American Classics” celebrating “the spectrum of queer talent...
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Does Cameron Carpenter play the gayest of instruments?

Does Cameron Carpenter play the gayest of instruments?
It’s an old and kind of silly pastime among musicians of a certain stripe — to sit around and theorize about which instruments attract the most gay men. The topic came up a few years ago while talking with composer Ned Rorem, who had a typically confident deadpan answer: “All choir directors without exception are gay. No brass players, fewer tenors than you might think, 50 percent of baritones…” I...
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Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, style at the keyboard

“Very often I have invitations to go to dinner parties with heads of states or royalty or ambassadors or whoever and I’ll always say I have a companion with me and I’d like him to be invited,” says the French classical pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, 41. “And though I don’t say it, what that basically means is if he’s not invited I’ll not come.” In demand around the globe,...
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