The Gay Agenda
By Joseph Hassan
Tuesday, September 2: The much anticipated update of '90s pop-culture phenomenon Beverly Hills, 90210 premieres tonight at 8:00 p.m. on The CW. Melrose Place heartthrob Rob Estes stars as Harry Wilson, a father who transplants his family from Kansas to Beverly Hills. New hotties to watch for: Dustin Milligan (playing Ethan Ward), Ryan Eggold (Ryan Matthews), The Wire's Tristan Wilds (Dixon Wilson) and Michael Stegar (Navid Shirazi). And, this time, the actors look like they could actually pass for, well, high schoolers. Catch a preview at CWTV.com. Read more from Out on 90210 here.
Wednesday, September 3: We all know a girl's got to make a living. 9 To 5: The Musical premieres today in Los Angeles. Based upon the hit movie, and with a brand-new score by seven-time Grammy Award winner Dolly Parton, if you don't leave this show in high spirits -- and unable to get the smash-hit title song out of your head -- well, then there's just no hope for you this week. Allison Janney (of The West Wing fame) stars as Violet Newstead, in the role originally played by the incomparable and (now-)out lesbian Lily Tomlin. Wicked's Stephanie J. Block and Megan Hilty accompany Janney on their hilarious mission to give their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" of a boss the boot. For tickets and more information, check out 9to5themusical.com. (Janney talks to Out here.) On the Right Coast, New York City's Hot Comics -- the 'all-pro' showcase featuring some of the best comics in the city and the country -- goes gay for the evening. The 8:00 p.m. show is hosted by Dave Rubin and features Shawn Hollenbach (host of here! TV's Busted), drag queen extraordinaire Hedda Lettuce (who recently appeared on Project Runway), Anne Neczypor, Claudia Cogan, the flamboyantly funny Keith Price, and Mike Singer. Singer hosts the 10:30 p.m. show, which features Paul Case, Adam Lehman, Murray Hill, Leah Dubie, Jackie Monahan and Dave Rubin. Get more info at www.comixny.com.
Thursday, September 4: We all know that everything's bigger in Texas. That truism holds for The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF), the oldest and largest gay and lesbian film festival in the Southwest, and the largest GLBT cultural event in Austin. It's also hip, provocative and culturally diverse. In addition to Gus Van Sant's early film Mala Noche, this year's festival features the South Korean flick Like a Virgin, in which a Madonna-obsessed, chubby high-schooler works gritty, grimy jobs in order to save up for his sex change operation. The film festival runs September 2 through September 7. Get more details at aGLIFF's website.