The Gay Agenda
By Joseph Hassan
Wednesday, December 17: Written, produced, and narrated by Madonna, the documentary film I Am Because We Are draws new attention to the millions of children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa (UNAIDS estimates that 20 million children in sub-Saharan Africa will have lost at least one parent to AIDS by 2010). The work highlights the efforts of the megastar's charitable organization Raising Malawi, which has worked to improve the living conditions of AIDS orphans and others in the southeast African nation. Check local listings to catch the documentary, which originally aired on World AIDS Day (December 1) and is being rebroadcast this evening on the Sundance Channel.
Thursday, December 18: If you're in the mood for some fairies of the sugar-plum variety this holiday season, check out The Nutcracker: Rated R, a trippy, tricked-out version of the classic ballet that uncovers drugs, sex, and family secrets. (After all, nothing says 'Yuletide cheer' like a good sex scandal.) In this version a modern-day Upper West Side princess is transported back in time to the 1980s New York City club scene. Catch a peak of her bohemian adventures at the cast's MySpace page and go to the Theater for the New City for tickets to the show, which starts at 8:00 PM EST.