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Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

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Don't Act, Don't Tell

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | June 27, 2012 | Gay Voices
"If they smell gay on you, it's over!" This was stingingly declared by my friend, a prominent casting director. She referred to the flat rejection actors face at auditions when they "seem gay," whether the part is gay or straight, large or small, no matter how right they might otherwise be for it.
Walt Hawkins

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The Land of the Glee and the Home of the Depraved

Walt Hawkins | June 27, 2012 | Gay Voices
On Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly recently worked himself and Gretchen Carlson into an absolute tizzy over an episode of Glee that featured a transgender teen. O'Reilly expressed his concern that Glee is glamorizing "alternative lifestyles."
Cynthia Ellis

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Interview: Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Picture Paris

Cynthia Ellis | June 27, 2012 | Entertainment
Talking to Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus about their delightful new short film, Picture Paris, the conversation ranged from the intricacies of Parisian culture to the hilarious masturbation episode of Seinfeld.
E. Nina Rothe

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DFI Presents Groundbreaking: The Virgin, the Copts and Me at Tribeca

E. Nina Rothe | June 27, 2012 | Culture
Ultimately, The Virgin, the Copts and Me is about what it portrays but also what it conveys. Each audience member at that screening came away with a very personal feeling. Mine was a resolve to continue to believe in the magical power of cinema.
Catherine L. Tully

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Review: Joffrey's 'Spring Desire' Program

Catherine L. Tully | June 27, 2012 | Culture
Love, longing and sensuality are at the core of the Joffrey Ballet's "Spring Desire" program. Age of Innocence opens the evening with its tense, formal underpinnings -- expertly juxtaposed with moments of passion.
Mariela Murdocco

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Charly García: A Resurrected Charly Celebrates His Career

Mariela Murdocco | June 27, 2012 | Latino Voices
Gifted with perfect pitch - an innate ability that not even most musicians have - there is no doubt that Charly is one of the most influential 'rock en español' musicians and composers in Latino America.
Shawn Amos

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Watch: 60 Seconds of Social Media

Shawn Amos | June 27, 2012 | Technology
A lot has changed since the early days of Internet video. Today's professionally produced content is not only leaps and bounds from early amateur video, it's competing with broadcast television for viewers and ad dollars.
Sam Sommers

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Sex Objects in a World Turned Upside-Down

Sam Sommers | June 27, 2012 | Culture
Just how often do people objectify women? According to recent research, we're so used to treating women as sex objects that we can do it even when standing on our heads.
Annik La Farge

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9 Ways of Looking at the High Line (PHOTOS)

Annik La Farge | June 27, 2012 | New York
This "park in the sky" is Manhattan's grandest parapet, and from north to south, east to west, it puts the city and its long, colorful history on stage.
Stephen D. Winick

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'Open, Gates of Fairyland': Faerie Festivals of the Eastern United States

Stephen D. Winick | June 27, 2012 | Culture
If you live in the mid-Atlantic U.S., though, it's easier than ever to find sprites and sprigguns. The region is home to some of the largest and most popular faerie celebrations in the world, and faerie season is just about to begin.
Dan Persons

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Tribeca 2012 Diary: Any Day Now Director Travis Fine

Dan Persons | June 27, 2012 | Entertainment
Director Travis Fine (The Space Between) is making his return to Tribeca with this moving drama. We sat down in the bunker-like entryway to the press lounge to talk about the film.
Jon Chattman

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Triple Play with Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, BLUSH, and Mark Stewart

Jon Chattman | June 27, 2012 | Entertainment
This particular edition of "A-Sides" finds three completely different artists sharing their craft in a typical laid-back setting.
Chandresh Bhardwaj

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Is the World Ending in 2012?

Chandresh Bhardwaj | June 27, 2012 | Culture
When people ask me if world is going to end in 2012, the fear of dying is very visible in their eyes. Two issues are going on here: Fear and the panic about death. Let's touch both the issues one by one.
Ruth Eglash

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How Israel's Museums Are Harnessing Social Media to Share Their Wares

Ruth Eglash | June 27, 2012 | Arts
"If someone based in Oklahoma goes online to read about the museum and learns through our Timeline what we do, then you can be sure that the first place that person will visit if they come to Israel is the museum."
Alex Simon

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Shirley MacLaine Gets Her Mean On in Bernie

Alex Simon | June 27, 2012 | Entertainment
Shirley MacLaine sat down recently to discuss her latest cinematic outing, as well as a host of other subjects befitting one of Hollywood's great eclectic personalities. Here's what transpired.
Mike Ragogna

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Listen Up!: Conversations With Haley Reinhart, Early Morning Rebel's Nathan Blumenfeld-James, and JD McPherson & Jimmy Sutton

Mike Ragogna | June 27, 2012 | Entertainment
Gordy Grundy

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LA's Chinatown Art Scene Springs Fresh and Forward

Gordy Grundy | June 27, 2012 | Arts
This season, Culver City may wear the tiara of the international art world, but if you want romance, golden lanterns and a nibble on your earlobe, I'd rather be in Chinatown.
Amy Newmark

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What I Learned From Editing 'Chicken Soup For The Soul'

Amy Newmark | June 27, 2012 | Books
I have read tens of thousands of heartfelt, inspiring, personal stories from people all over the world. Sometimes people will reveal a deep dark secret to our readers before they will tell the people closest to them, so I often get to be their very first confidante.
Rym Tina Ghazal

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The Last Tango in Syria

Rym Tina Ghazal | June 27, 2012 | Culture
Too much has been said about death and Syria, and so I wanted to focus on life and Syria, and those who have seen it all and understand it best, like my grandmother.
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

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Dog Ears Music: Volume 225

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | June 27, 2012 | Entertainment
This week we review music by Of Monsters and Men, Timber Timbre, Kosheen, Harry Escott, Turin Brakes and more.
Leslie Sisman

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Popcorn Preview: Monsieur Lazhar

Leslie Sisman | June 27, 2012 | Moviefone
Monsieur Lazhar's theme -- new teacher stepping into a difficult situation -- certainly isn't uncommon, but nothing else about this film is what you'd expect.
Tanja M. Laden

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Sesame Street Art Exhibition Benefits City of Hope (PHOTOS)

Tanja M. Laden | June 27, 2012 | Los Angeles
Sesame Street is the inspiration behind a unique two-day art exhibition at L.A.'s Knonw Gallery. The show cleverly merges childhood nostalgia with contemporary urban design, and sales benefit a good cause.
Chris Harnick

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'30 Rock': 'Live From Studio 6H' Was Much Needed

Chris Harnick | June 27, 2012 | TV
After all the negative press and speculation, there they were, ready to entertain. The cast seemed so excited to be doing what they loved for an audience as enthusiastic as the performers were.
C. M. Rubin

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The Global Search for Education: In Search of Innovation

C. M. Rubin | June 27, 2012 | Education
"Through the process of disruptive innovation along came minicomputers, then personal computers, and now tablets and smartphones. That's the force of disruptive innovation, and it is closing the achievement gap on an international level."
Marshall Fine

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Movie Review: Safe

Marshall Fine | June 27, 2012 | Entertainment
Boaz Yakin's Safe is high-octane silliness, a movie whose individual parts are greater than their sum.
Jonathan Kim

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ReThink Review: Bernie -- Murder on Ice

Jonathan Kim | June 27, 2012 | Entertainment
Why would a small town in East Texas claim that one of its residents, an assumedly gay man, should be given a lenient sentence for shooting an old woman in the back? That's a question that's only partially answered by Richard Linklater's dark comedy, Bernie.
Theresa Esquerra

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Obsessed: Rosalind Franklin

Theresa Esquerra | June 27, 2012 | Culture
My interest in Rosalind Franklin was not in the biographical details, but the palpable sense of injustice surrounding her story -- the universal desire of being able to obtain credit and recognition for your work without being cheated out of it.
Liz Smith

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'One Man, Two Guvnors'--Great Show!

Liz Smith | June 27, 2012 | Celebrity
This work by Richard Bean is based on the old "Servant of Two Masters," a hoary comedy of greed and gut-busting humor right out of Commedia dell'Arte. But don't let that put you off; this is comedy for the ages and for everybody.
David Wild

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The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen: A Playlist From the Boss to Save Your Soul

David Wild | June 26, 2012 | Entertainment
There's always been a bit of a preacher about Bruce in concert, but his latest tour in support of his excellent Wrecking Ball album is truly a religious experience in a non-denominational yet very soulful way.