Days of Summer

8.24.2008

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Friday, August 29: Friday night means date night, and what better way to get to know your new beau than by learning whether he's a high-pitched cackler or not at a showing of Disaster Movie? The slapstick comedy hits theaters today, and no recent blockbuster movie or its stars -- including Indiana Jones, Iron Man, and the gang from High School Musical -- are safe from the merciless spoofing sure to unfold onscreen. Get prepped by playing the Disaster Movie'sponsored Escape from Rehab video game, featuring Amy Winehouse giving Batman the beat down with her crack pipe.

Saturday, August 30: If you're in Seattle -- or even if you're not, but you have a few hundred bucks you can burn on an impulse airfare purchase -- check out the 2008 Gay Softball World Series (GSWS). The annual tournament is the largest queer sporting event in the world, with 185 teams from 41 cities and nearly 3,000 players involved. The competition, which begins on August 22, finishes tonight with the championship game being played at Russell Road Park. If you're feeling a little self-conscious, remember that being -- or owning -- a jock should never be required to have a good time. And if sports will never be your cuppa, make the trek out to see Rufus Wainwright with special guest Jessye Norman in Last Song of Summer, a concert at the Watermill Center in Watermill, N.Y. Buy tix here.

Sunday, August 31: Though some critics may have panned it, a majority of the Out staffers thoroughly enjoyed the ABBA-inspired movie musical Mamma Mia! Popnography summed it up quite nicely, calling it a 'sweetly gay' romantic comedy with 'fierce divas denying they're too old to party and nubile eye candy doing kick lines in short shorts." As if that -- or eye candy in the form of Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper, above -- weren't reason enough to check it out, now you can actually dance, jive, and be part of the campy cinematic magic. Universal Pictures has just released a special sing-along edition of Mamma Mia! in select theaters nationwide that features the lyrics to all of the film's musical numbers on the screen. Yes, this means you can finally croon and bounce along with other rabid fans to sugary classics like 'Dancing Queen,' 'S.O.S.,' 'Take a Chance on Me,' and -- one of our personal faves -- 'Lay All Your Love on Me.' Get more info here.

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