The Gay Agenda
By Joseph Hassan
Saturday, November 22: 'Hello possums!' That's 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 Award'winning 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 theater's 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 City's 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.