Days of Summer
By Bill Chenevert
Friday, June 27: Our love for James McAvoy (above) only gets more obvious with each new project. You may know him only as Keira Knightley's man in Atonement, but tonight you can see him wet and shirtless with Angelina Jolie in Wanted. The story (as if we need one) is about a secret fraternity of assassins who recruit McAvoy's character and save him from his miserable cubicle existence and the ongoing torment from his fat, pestering boss. Looks like he's been working out too -- catch the trailer here. Also, it's time to get tested. No time like today, National HIV Testing Day. Find a testing center near you here.
Saturday, June 28: Attention, literary queers who like to get tied up: Your day in the sun has arrived. Richard Labonte has been reading, editing, and compiling quality queer erotica for years, and today you can live out your leather and domination fantasies with his new book Best Gay Bondage Erotica (solo in your PJs or with your devoted sidekick). Pick up a copy here. And if you're in Dallas and still long for Mrs. Garrett, catch the Uptown Players present The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode, complete with boys playing '80s school girls, at the Rose Room. Reminisce with the opening credits to The Facts of Life here, then watch a local GayTV bit about the show here.
Sunday, June 29: New York City Pride is in full effect, and Sunday is brimming with gay festivities: Start at 12pm with the Pride Parade, beginning at Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street and ending at Christopher and Greenwich Streets. Later, wander over to Pridefest, a street fair on Hudson Street from 11am-7pm, then work up a sweat at the Dance on the Pier on the Hudson River. Get the specifics here. And fear not, Tennessee residents, you have your own special gay weekend at Dollywood on Saturday or at Dolly's Splash Country on Sunday. Before you flock to the gay icon's theme parks to celebrate Pride down South, get the details here.