December 15, 2009 |
Say the words "gay cowboy" and chances are the conversation will turn to "Brokeback Mountain," the 2005 film starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, and based on the Annie Proulx short story. The Oscar-winning drama, which is set in the 1960s to '80s, highlighted a long-submerged facet of frontier culture. But as a new series at the Autry National Center shows, the presence of homosexuals and transgender individuals in the American West is much older than the movie might lead you to think.
August 16, 2008
RE "That Revolutionary Zeal," Aug. 11: David Ng's critique of "Les Miserables" at the Hollywood Bowl ("strenuous belting and big, hammy acting. . . . all the subtlety of a bayonet to the stomach") had more to do with his unfortunate seating arrangements than anything else. Too bad he couldn't have joined the bench-seated proletarians; the performance we heard in Section G was pure magic. Indeed, speaking as a 25-year veteran of summer sojourns to the Bowl, Sunday's "Les Miz" was one of their best.