Monday, November 17: We should start by pointing out that "An Evening with Kenneth Anger: Dangerous Cinema" is not for the faint of heart. Angers aesthetic lies at the junction of pop culture, queer underground, occultism, and rock music. (In fact, Anger inspired the Rolling Stones hit "Sympathy for the Devil.") But for those with the stomachs -- and the balls -- tonights event is not to be missed. The screening will include four of the avant-garde filmmakers shorts, including a near-silent look at a soccer teams training session, all through a homoerotic lens, of course. The presentation begins at 8:30 PM PST and is part of the Jack H. Skirball Screening Series taking place at Los Angeles Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Center, where you can find additional information and tickets.
Tuesday, November 18: If youre less interested in the intersection of occultism and film noir and more into the corner of Santa Monica and Fairfax, weve got something for you, too. Its easy to dish it up when were dealing with DVD releases from our two favorite 90210 ladies (and were talking the 90210-riginal). First up is Kiss The Bride , which follows the wedding plans of happy hetero couple Alex (Tori Spelling) and Ryan (James OShea). Happy, that is, until Ryans high school friend and former fling Matt (Phillip Karner) comes into the picture. Next up, Shannen Doherty stars in Kiss Me Deadly, which features Jacob Keane (Robert Gant of Nip/Tuck and Queer as Folk) falling back into the shadowy world of international espionage when former partner Marta (Doherty) reappears after 17 years, her memory erased. Meanwhile, on the music front, Tracy Chapman delivers her latest, the aptly titled album Our Bright Future, which includes 11 new songs by the skillful songstress and hits two decades after Chapmans legendary eponymous debut.
Wednesday, November 19: How awesome would it be if you could head back in time to the rollicking dance parties of the Moulin Rouge? Well, you cant. But if youre in Los Angeles, weve got the next best thing. The critically acclaimed dance troupe Lucent-Dossier Experience performs their surrealistic Vaudeville Cirque every Wednesday night at The Edison. The act has performed from Portugal to Tokyo, appeared in Panic At the Discos music video I Write Sins, Not Tragedies (winner of MTVs 2006 Video of the Year), and has been described as "visionary, enthralling, sensual, and twisted." Rumor has it that celebrities (including the likes of Scarlett Johansson) have stopped by to check out the show. We cant promise a torrid love affair with Ewan McGregor, but we can ensure a good time. Visit The Edison for tickets.
Thursday, November 20: If you're passing through Montral between now and January, pull yourself away from Sainte Catherine Streets Gay Village for a few hours to check out the "Warhol Live" exhibit at the Montral Museum of Fine Arts. The show examines the all-encompassing and fundamental role of music and dance in the work and life of Andy Warhol (above, in drag) and highlights works from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, as well as public and private collections from Europe and North America. Youll even have access to a never-before-seen collection of more than fifty original album covers. Get more info at the museums website.
Friday, November 21: I didnt know she was Lebanese! For a fresh cinematic look into the complex world of gay love among Middle Eastern women (and across religious lines), catch I Can't Think Straight , out today in major markets. In the flick, Tala (Lisa Ray), a London-based Jordanian, is in the midst of preparing for an elaborate marriage to her Jordanian fianc when she falls for Leyla (Sheetal Sheth), a British Indian woman who dates her best friend. Thrown off kilter by fast-fueled (and verboten) emotions, Tala flees to Jordan to finalize the details of her nuptials. By the time she returns to London with a change of heart, it may be too late to ensnare Leyla, who has already relished in her new sense of identity. I Cant Think Straight opens today in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Toronto.
Saturday, November 22: Hello possums! Thats right, down-under drag queen delight Dame Edna is kicking off the first of her farewell tours. (According to our official diva-farewell-tour calculator, this means the Tony Awardwinning grande dame will be hamming it up to packed houses for at least another decade). Tonight marks the final night of previews of Dame Edna: Live and Intimate in Her First Last Tour at San Francisco's Post Street Theater, with opening night set for tomorrow. The comedienne will tackle topics ranging from gay marriage to the state of the nation -- and we can clearly use some comic relief on both fronts. Show times and tickets available through the theaters website or Ticketmaster.
Sunday, November 23: Art connoisseurs and novices alike come together for a good time (and a good cause) at the 7th Annual GLAAD Auction, taking place tonight at New York Citys Metropolitan Pavilion. Hosted by Alan Cumming and playwright Edward Albee, the auction celebrates emerging and established artists in and connected to the LGBT community. The night will include a silent auction of 100 pieces from up-and-comers and a live auction with works from Herb Ritts, Marc Chagall, and Pablo Picasso, among others. (Check out Matteo Trisolini's super-sexy Suicidal Getaway, a piece being auctioned off at the event, above.) GLAAD selected the top 100 rising artists from over 450 submissions in painting and drawing, photography, and mixed media, including steelwork, sculptures, and ceramics. Tickets and details available through The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation website.