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• Slay Bells Ring: The best Christmas show since Charlie Brown's was the Jackie Factory's A Very Jack the Ripper Christmas at the Slipper Room—an all-diva revue set in Ripper-torn England, replete with all the fear, denial, exploitation, and mayhem of today's New York. From Jessica Rabbit's saucy "Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow Wow" to the Butoh Rockettes' glacial, androgynous opium-den dance to the music-hall cavortings of Hattie and Lavinia, and beyond, it sleighed me.

• Ex-Rated Entertainment: Three flamboyant male directors got hitched to women, while former ambis Hunter Tylo and Anne Heche also found members of the opposite sex. Don't worry—we'll convert 'em back.

• The Year in Queer Cinema: A Beautiful Mind sliced out the bisexuality, Iris played it down, Piñero diminished the gay stuff and cut out the AIDS, and a Shipping News character turned lesbo after being raped by her brother. And you wonder why everyone stayed home and watched Queer as Folk.

Shame, shame, shame: Mariah and Tom cozy up to their well-deserved Felix Awards.
Illustration by Brian Young
Shame, shame, shame: Mariah and Tom cozy up to their well-deserved Felix Awards.

• My Top Three New Drag Names: Nan Tuckit, Robin Banks, Helena Handbasket

• Did They Catch bin Laden?: No, but they nabbed Winona Ryder.

• Taliban Theme Song: (to the tune of "Candy Man") "Who can take the women/put them out of view/Really treat you bad if you're a gay or you're a Jew?/The Taliban. The Taliban can . . . "

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