The Gay Agenda
By Joseph Hassan
Monday, November 17: We should start by pointing out that "An Evening with Kenneth Anger: Dangerous Cinema" is not for the faint of heart. Anger's 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 -- tonight's event is not to be missed. The screening will include four of the avant-garde filmmaker's shorts, including a near-silent look at a soccer team's 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 you're less interested in the intersection of occultism and film noir and more into the corner of Santa Monica and Fairfax, we've got something for you, too. It's easy to dish it up when we're dealing with DVD releases from our two favorite 90210 ladies (and we're 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 O'Shea). Happy, that is, until Ryan's 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 Chapman's legendary eponymous debut.