"Where Are They Now?: ACT UP AIDS Activists 25 Years Later," by Tim Murphy
Saturday night at the West Village's 49 Grove, the venerable AIDS activist group ACT UP NY, which pulled off spectacularly bold demonstrations in the late eighties and early nineties to force the government to speed up development of lifesaving HIV medications, held a reunion of sorts for its first wave of surviving members. (The group still exists, but in this age of effective HIV meds, its membership has been a modest few dozen folks for several years.) Organizers billed the party as a "don't-call-it-a-reunion reunion." Says one of them, Andrew Miler, "The idea of a reunion seemed a bit too varsity club for us. We were never known for our sentimentality."