The Gay Agenda


By Joseph Hassan

Wednesday, October 1: Elton John continues his love affair with musicals with his fourth outing, Billy Elliot: The Musical, based on the 2000 film about the working-class boy from County Durham, England, who just has to dance. A smash in London, this adaptation gives Billy's gay cross-dressing friend, Michael, his very own number about the joys of 'Expressing Yourself.' Head here for showtimes and tickets for the show. Previews start tonight at Manhattan's Imperial Theater.

Thursday, October 2: The showdown that everyone has been waiting for -- the Vice Presidential Debate -- is finally here. Hosted by Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and moderated by PBS's Gwen Ifill, V.P. candidates Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin will duke it out over the critical issues facing the nation. (Or at least we hope it will get all the way to air time; after last week's on/off tease, you never know. Check local listings, as they say.) Hopefully we'll get more information on how the proximity of Alaska to Russia equates to foreign policy experience. For a light take on that, check out Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's recreation of Governor Palin's gaffe-packed interview with Katie Couric. Meanwhile, the East Coast-West Coast Celebrity Soccer Match will take place on Manhattan's Lower East Side with the Hollywood United Football Club -- which includes Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace), Brandon Routh (Superman), Jimmy Jean-Louis (Heroes), Gilles Martini (Sex and the City), and Frank LeBoeuf (former French national team) -- facing off against Grassroot Soccer UNITED, which boasts Ethan Zohn (Survivor: Africa), Gold Medalist Heather O'Reilly, and former U.S. Men's National Team players Tony Meola and Alexi Lalas, among others. The event benefits Grassroot Soccer UNITED, a worldwide youth movement to end HIV/AIDS in Africa. Kick-off is at 12:00 PM EST at Lion's Gate Field in Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Friday, October 3: Pick up a copy of world-renowned rock 'n' roll photographer Bob Gruen's new photo book, featuring behind-the-scenes shots of the New York Dolls, the early '70s band that prefigured punk, new wave, and glam metal rock with their gender-bending style and shambling, sloppy, highly energetic musicianship. (They paved the way for bands like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols). New York Dolls: Photographs by Bob Gruen showcases Gruen's stunningly rich documented memories of the band. Gruen, who also for a time served as John Lennon's personal photographer, will sign copies of the volume tonight at 6:00 PM EST at the International Center of Photography.