Days of Summer


By Bill Chenevert

Monday, June 23: Thirty years ago Harvey Milk, a neighborhood queer activist turned San Francisco supervisor, was assassinated after defeating a conservative initiative to declare gay teachers fireable if they were "advocating, imposing, encouraging, or promoting" homosexuality in schools. Tonight the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences celebrates The Times of Harvey Milk, Rob Epstein's 1984 Oscar-winning documentary about the first openly gay politician's brave crusade, with a screening at the Director's Guild of America in New York City. Epstein will be in attendance for Q&As.

Tuesday, June 24: Today two fabulous ladies deliver long-awaited aural gems. Fifteen years ago Liz Phair unveiled her genius debut, Exile in Guyville, reportedly a song-by-song response to the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street. Phair recorded much of it on tapes, but we can finally behold Guyville on vinyl, on CD and, for the first time ever, in digital format with the 15th Anniversary reissue (Check out the timeless "Never Said" here.) In addition, Kathy Griffin, our favorite honorary gay (above), offers her promised comedy CD, For Your Consideration. You can expect plenty of dish on her mother, biting Oprah barbs, and the scoop on the new man in her life, Apple mogul Steve Wozniak. Watch a clip of her Bravo special, Straight to Hell, here.