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Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part Five

Perry Brass | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

Inside the newly renovated Gran Teatro Alicia Alonzo. I spent ten days in Havana, Cuba, from February 9, 2016 to February 19, 2016--roughly a month...

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part Four

Perry Brass | Posted 05.16.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

I spent ten days in Havana, Cuba, from February 9, 2016 to February 19, 2016--roughly a month before President Obama made his historic trip. It was my first trip to Cuba, and I kept a close journal of my time there.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part Three

Perry Brass | Posted 05.04.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

From the outside, the Riviera looks close to abandoned, but it is still functioning; I was also told that, inside, it is a perfectly preserved piece of mid-1950s exuberantly excessive Americana.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part Two

Perry Brass | Posted 04.15.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

I spent ten days in Havana, Cuba, from February 9, 2016 to February 19, 2016--roughly a month before President Obama's historic trip. It was my first stay to Cuba, and I kept a journal. I also wrote poetry there, and I will include some of it in journal entries.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: I Have Met Big Brother and His Name is Mark Zuckerberg

Perry Brass | Posted 04.11.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

Author Perry Brass in Cuba, Feb. 2016, at the Morro Fortress, during the Havana International Book Fair. My Facebook page is "no longer available." ...

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part One

Perry Brass | Posted 04.01.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

The author near the Capitol, in Havana, with some of Cuba's famous old American cars, most of which are used in one way or another as taxis. I spent ...

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Islam and the Fear of Compulsory Heterosexuality

Perry Brass | Posted 12.30.2015 | Books
Perry Brass

I have just finished reading an advance copy of a remarkable debut novel called Guapa, by Saleem Haddad.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Dada Woof Papa Hot

Perry Brass | Posted 12.08.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

I recently went to see the Lincoln Center Theater production of Peter Parnell's comedic drama Dada Woof Papa Hot at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. I can say the play is wonderful, at moments superb--and it has literally the cast and production not just to die for, but to run down to Lincoln Center and see.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: MADboots -- Seeing Dancers Rehearse Is Always Strange

Perry Brass | Posted 10.26.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

Seeing dancers rehearse is strange. First because the thing that makes dance what it is -- pure magic -- is shown pretty naked. This is very hard work. The dancers show it.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: John Singer Sargent, Portraits of Artists and Friends, at the Met

Perry Brass | Posted 09.16.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

The Metropolitan Museum has been hosting one of the great Sargent shows this fall; it will close on October 4, and believe me if you haven't run over to see it, do.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire -- To Fall in Love in Birmingham, Alabama

Perry Brass | Posted 08.13.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

At the Met show, I didn't want to leave it. It opened up my brain like an act of exploration, where it remained there, someplace in my eyes. I have rarely had this experience with a work of art. It made so much other stuff look like bullshit.

"I Was Very, Very Happy That Stonewall Had Happened."

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Perry couldn't seem to escape the abuse from being gay, whether it was from bullies or the cops. But one night in June, Perry was at the bar, Julius', when he heard that there was a raid down the street at Stonewall and "the girls" were fighting back.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: It Shoulda Been You

Perry Brass | Posted 07.07.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

It Shoulda Been You, the musical now playing for a limited time at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on W. 47th Street, is about one of the most anxiety-producing collisions in human life.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman and Nancy Davis

Perry Brass | Posted 05.25.2015 | Books
Perry Brass

Jane Wyman was Ronald Reagan's first wife. They met when they were both working their way up the Hollywood star ladder -- Wyman was actually ahead of Reagan -- and they came out of the same background: hardscrabble Depression; very much hand-to-mouth.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Yevgeniy Fiks and 'The Lenin Museum' at CUNY's James Gallery

Perry Brass | Posted 03.07.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

A kind of Russian mystery one would expect out of Gorky Park is unfolding at the James Gallery in a show of paintings and installations by Russian-born painter and conceptual artist Yevgeniy Fiks entitled "The Lenin Museum."

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Eric Rhein: AIDS and The Hummingbird's Warrior

Perry Brass | Posted 02.16.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

One of the most beautiful art experiences I know of in the New York area is completely free, in a gorgeous, amazingly comfortable setting, and will be on display until January 31, 2015. It is of the captivating, sometimes lighter than air, other times heavy as mortality, art of Eric Rhein.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: The "Classical Nude" Looks Back at You

Perry Brass | Posted 01.03.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

A piece of art that either openly celebrates same-sex desire or points to it; or reveals within its space some aspect of an outsider sexual experience that has been withheld.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Life Is A Show, Old Chum!

Perry Brass | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

I went to see Alan Cumming in Cabaret at the Roundabout Theater Company's venture at Studio 54 last night. Cumming was spectacular--as ever.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Charles James at His Splendid Met Museum Show: Sick!

Perry Brass | Posted 08.25.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

One word immediately came to my mind looking at the head-turning displays of haute couture by the legendary Charles James at the Metropolitan Museum on a recent gorgeous summer Sunday in June.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Three Timely Awakenings at the Outsider Art Fair

Perry Brass | Posted 07.12.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

I had three very timely awakenings at this year's Outsider Art Fair, sponsored by the Museum of American Folk Art, in Chelsea, for five days ending on May 11. They were stunning, shaking me all over, and ultimately beautiful.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Heat "Stroke" at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Perry Brass | Posted 06.25.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

There are three ways to look at the work in the new show at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art: "Stroke, from Under the Mattress to the Museum Walls," a show of gay erotic art, mostly drawings, during the "Golden Age of Gay Erotica.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Pink Triangles: Vices and Verses From a Gay Lit Crowd

Perry Brass | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Perry Brass

First a little quiz: A) What do Rock Hudson, Alfred Lunt, Lorenz Hart, Rudolph Nureyev, Dana Andrews, Montgomery Clift, Leonard Bernstein, Zachary Sc...

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: High Art and Low Sex All the Way Through Evening

Perry Brass | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

It's a beautiful, moving film about a very tender subject: artists who die young but leave us an extremely important part of themselves. How do you preserve this? How do you keep this beautiful "self" alive when it's a piece of art?

Two Weeks With The Flu

Perry Brass | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Perry Brass

Until this month I had never been even a bit sick at any point in the 21st century. But weeks after my latest flu inoculation, on Friday, Jan. 4, my throat started feeling scratchy. Uh-oh!

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Jean Valjean at Christmas

Perry Brass | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Perry Brass

To me, as a gay Jew at this difficult Christmas, thinking about Jean Valjean (and his creator Victor Hugo), even remembering crying my eyes out over him, are all very good. Because goodness is definitely its own reward, and we need to remember that.