FLICK: Surfboards and men never looked better than in Shelter, the new film from Jonah Markowitz. When family commitments keep Zach (Trevor Wright) away from art school, he finds companionship in Shaun (Brad Rowe), his best friends older brother. We won't spoil the movie, but let's just say the two build a bond that is more than platonic. The film opens in select theaters March 21. To see its rather inviting trailer, click here.
SPECTACLE: After spending three years as an escort to a man named Art, Mike Jones discovered that his client was none other than Reverend Ted Haggard, founder and pastor of New Life Church of Colorado Springs. Watching him on television speaking out against gay rights and same-sex unions prompted Jones to expose his client, leading to Haggards resignation days later. Telling his side of the story, Mike Jones premiers his one-man show, Naked Before God: Exposing the Hypocrisy of Ted Haggard, Thursday, March 16 in Denver, Colorado. See it at the Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo Street.
TUNES: Infusing Pinks Get the Party Started with her token melodramatic vocals, a healthy dose of soul, and whole lot of attitude, Shirley Bassey takes the modern pop classic to epic heights. Her new album, sharing its title with the lead single, includes a new remix of her hit, The Living Tree. Also hitting the shops this week is London dance duo Groove Armadas retrospective double CD, 10 Year Story, which includes the infectious Song For Mutya featuring ex-Sugababes member Mutya Buena on vocals.
THEATER: Taking us back to 1995, a time of internet infancy and massive cell phones, playwright Craig Lucas sets up a modern tragedy in The Dying Gaul. The show, presented by the Fine Arts Players and debuting at the Elephant Theatre, is a journey through loss and a look at how ambition, social role-playing, sexual desire, and repression combine to shape and distort the individual. It runs from March 20 through April 19 at the 6322 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. Fans should also check out Lucas's newly released The Dying Gaul and other Screenplays, a book complete with commentary from Out 100 honoree Mary-Louise Parker.