By Edgar Casillas
HEARTTHROB: Hearing the name Jay Brannan may conjure visions of one of the most precisely choreorgraphed gay threesomes ever caught on film, but the Shortbus star (above) is also a singer-songwriter who's played to sold-out audiences nationwide. Catch him and his mercilessly fine mug trilling folk-tastic ditties on February 16 at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. Who knows, maybe if enough of us heckle him, he'll buckle under the pressure and get naked for the encores. Buy tickets here.
EROS: Need a little fore-foreplay to get your date going? Stop by the Valentine's Day poetry reading from The Best American Erotic Poems , edited by David Lehman, and featuring an enviable ensemble of poets including Mark Strand, Billy Collins, Deborah Landau, Honor Moore, Molly Peacock and Out's very own power intern Noah Michelson. These tastefully naughty tales of mind-numbing fellatio begin at 7pm at New York University's Hemmerdinger Hall in the Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East.
SPECTACLE: Running through March 9, 2008, SNAP! is a collection of portraits set in Hollywood of iconic gender-bending performers, louche night creatures, and 'sublebrities' of the Los Angeles and New York City underground. Photographer Peter Palladino explores visions of urban drag queens and porn stars, which he contrasts successfully between black and white portraits and colorful digital images. Hit up the exhibit at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCaddaen Place, in Los Angeles.