Days of Summer Calendar
By Jason Lamphier
JUNE 18: That lovely sudser The L Word drew to a close months ago, but now you can fill your sapphic void with the premiere of Logo's Curl Girls. From the executive producers of Work Out and Top Design, this new reality series chronicles the lives of six lesbian surfers as they kick up the drama on- and offshore. Bonus: You get to enjoy the ocean without getting sand in your tuchis. Logo at 10:00 PM EST.
JUNE 19:: Attention: Deborah Cox has left the dancef loor. Don't fret, little club-thumpers, your beloved diva hasn't retired. Pick up her latest, Destination Moon (Decca), to hear Cox celebrate one of her longtime role models, Dinah Washington, as she delivers smooth, jazzy covers of the icon's songs. Less sass and more class never hurt anyone.
JUNE 20: As if JFK's illustrious life weren't intriguing enough, now we find out he had a queer mate? No joke. Pick up a copy of David Pitts's Jack and Lem (Carroll & Graf, $24.95), the untold story of the former prez's lifelong friendship with Lem Billings, a gay man. Billings never held an official seat at the Capitol, but the guy did get his own room in the White House. And that's all we're gonna say.
JUNE 21: If you haven't grown tired of photos featuring half-naked dudes (which we doubt you have), catch John Arsenault's current New York City exhibition, 'Filthy Gorgeous' (running through June 23). Yes, the gay artist showcases some beautiful, half-naked self-portraits, but this dude isn't afraid of dipping into his personal relationships and poking fun at himself (see "I Have a Pimple"). Art you can laugh at? Yes, please. For more info, go to ClampArt.com.
JUNE 22: Everyone loves a tattooed, guitar-wielding crooner (well, we do anyway). Sexy queer folker Eric Himan has been touring relentlessly the past couple of months to promote his album Everywhere All At Once, and he'll continue to sweep through the States this summer. Hear for yourself at his performance for Atlanta Pride. Note: Himan goes really well with a mint julep. Get the scoop at EricHiman.com.
JUNE 23: Queer East Coasters (or non'East Coasters plagued by wanderlust) would have to be in a coma to miss out on New York City Pride and the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island in Brooklyn. If a flashy, rainbow-covered spectacle ain't your cup of tea, rest assured you'll have plenty of opportunities to celebrate your gayness with a cocktail as the city hosts a plethora of booze-filled parties. Get the details at NYCPride.org and ConeyIsland.com.
JUNE 24: Flee to Frameline, San Francisco's mammoth film festival, to catch the romantic comedy Itty Bitty Titty Committee, the gala's final flick this year. Director Jamie Babbitt tells the story of Anna, a young lesbian who joins the Clits in Action (C(i)A), a guerilla girls-esque team on a mission to reveal the horrors of female plastic surgery. Throw in plenty of queer sex and The L Word's Daniela Sea, and you've got the perfect dyke date movie. Head to Frameline.org to get your tickets.