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  • Some highlights from the 25th Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Some highlights from the 25th Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
    The necessity for — and the rich possiblities of — a gay and lesbian film festival might easily be grasped by viewing Vito, the documentary by Jeffrey Schwarz about Vito Russo, author of The Celluloid Closet, the acclaimed study of homosexuality in classic Hollywood films. Vito, showing June 7, 7:30 p.m., is a fascinating and moving film depicting Russo's life, including his activism for gay rights in the '70s, for AIDS research in the '80s, and even, c. 1981, for less conspicuous consumerism and more caring and brotherhood in the gay community. The segment of the film depicting Russo's extensive work on movies shows many clips from films pre-Hollywood Code and during the Code (early '30s to mid-'60s). It's enlightening to see pre-Code films depicting gay characters without stigma, though with certain stereotypes, only to find that, during the Code, all references to such matters are veiled or symbolic, often with an overlay of Freudianism or, worse, a sensationalist sense of menace and monstrosity. A collection of films such as those gathered in the 25th Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival would probably have made Russo, a very articulate and clear-eyed commentator, weep with joy.
  • Ray Bradbury dies at 91; author lifted fantasy to literary heights

    Ray Bradbury, the writer whose expansive flights of fantasy and vividly rendered space-scapes have provided the world with one of the most enduring speculative blueprints for the future, has died. He was 91. Bradbury died Tuesday night in Los Angeles,...

    Science fiction pioneer Ray Bradbury, 91, has died

    Science fiction pioneer Ray Bradbury, 91, has died
    Ray Bradbury, an iconic science fiction author who helped bring the genre into the mainstream, has died, his family confirms. He was 91. Bradbury was the recipient of many awards, including a National Medal of Arts, a special citation from the Pulitzer...

    Saturday's TV Highlights: 'Smooch' on Hallmark

     
    Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 6 - 12 in PDF format TV listings for the week of Feb. 6 - 12 in PDF format (alternate link) Weekly TV Listings can also be found at:...

    'Cabaret' and 'The Baker's Wife' set for Reprise Theatre Company's 2011-12 season

     
    Reprise Theatre Company will present two very different tales of European life during its 2011-12 season at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. "Cabaret," which explores the decadent world of '30s Berlin, will run Sept. 13-25. The show, which has music by John...