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If you are a member of the LGBTQ community, chances are you've heard of the unimaginable persecution of gay men in Russia in recent years. Most shockingly, several years ago, neo-Nazi groups began attracting men with promises of sex via hookup apps, only to brutalize them on video to destroy their lives and teach them the lesson that homosexuality is a diabolical western plague.
In Frank J. Avella's revelatory play Lured, playing now through November 25 at Theater for the New City (155 First Ave., NYC), this grotesque violation of humanity is dramatized in an ingenius way that contextualizes the trend while never flinching from portraying the depravity.
NY1: James Rackover was found guilty this week of stabbing to death Joey Comunale, a man he and a friend met clubbing in 2016.
I've never gotten around to attending Cathy Cervenka's annual Madonnathon — but its 15th-anniversary year seemed a good enough excuse to finally go!
My co-author Anthony Coombs and I also promised to provide one of the first copies of our new book MLVC60 to one of the costume-contest winners of the Halloween bash, so we had even more reason to go.
I wish I'd taken even more pictures, but I was busy talking with people and missed some of the performances. The ones I saw were outstanding!
Esther was sensational in a sizzling set that incorporated so many phases of Madonna's career it left people (wait for it) breathless, and she had the good sense to include hunky dancers. She was top-notch, and I've seen many Madonna-themed acts.
I was also wowed by a rap/thrash take on “Bitch I'm Madonna” and vocal pyrotechnics on renditions of “Live to Tell” and “Don't Cry for Me, Argentina” that raised the roof of the Highline Ballroom.
Then there was a perfectly whimsical “Vogue” done in the style of Madonna'a 1990 MTV performance, except sung live, and hostess Cathy wowed with her own live set, backed up by two zaftig dancers who opened their hearts while opening minds on what the “perfect” body size is.
There were quite a few others, and the appreciative crowd was never disappointed. I'll have to make this a tradition!
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UPDATE: Rosanna Scotto's son, Louis Ruggiero, has now testified:
TV anchor Rosanna Scotto’s son testified Monday that his ex-pal confessed to slicing the throat of a Connecticut man after a drug-fueled house party — then gobbled down pancakes like nothing ever happened, the New York Post reports.
“I slit his throat and I stabbed him and we wrapped the body up in a comforter and threw it out the window so the cameras wouldn’t see,” Louis Ruggiero, 24, recalled James Rackover saying.
Ruggiero, the son of the popular Fox 5 “Good Day NY” host, said Rackover made the heinous admission inside an Equinox gym locker room a day after the murder. The shocking testimony elicited gasps from the gallery.
ORIGINAL STORY: I've been following the case of brutally murdered club-goer Joseph Comunale from 2016 with great interest, in part because the details of the case are so out-there, and in part because the accused killer — James Rackover — is so obviously the kept boy of famous jeweler Jeffrey Rackover.
That gay element (the elder Rackover adopted the younger man, a hottie with a criminal record, and referred to him as his son even though it's quite clear this was a sugar-daddy sitch) is complicated by the odd murder itself, in which James Rackover seemingly killed a sexy young guy he and friends picked up at a bar along with some sexy young women, allegedly over something as stupid as cigarettes. The murder happened after the girls left the boys alone.