The Gay Agenda
By Joseph Hassan
Friday, January 2: Mary Todd would roll over in her grave if she caught wind of Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party, currently running at The SF Playhouse in San Francisco. While the show is clearly tongue-in-cheek, it makes an interesting parallel between sexual and national identity at a time when the two are inextricably linked. The story begins when an elementary school teacher finds herself in a legal jam after her school's pageant outs the 16th President of the United States as a big homo. The ensuing trial is divided into three acts following the lives of the defense attorney (seeking to become the state's first black female governor), an ultra-conservative anti-gay congressman also up for the state's top spot, and the congressman's closeted gay son. The play is almost as farcical as the latest political scandal plaguing the state of Illinois and much cheaper than a senate seat (just $40). Tickets for tonight's 8:00 PM PST performance are available through the SF Playhouse.
Saturday, January 3: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (or 'the Trocks' as they are affectionately called) return to Manhattan's Joyce Theater for a limited and must-see engagement. The all-male dance troupe, who travel the globe performing brilliantly executed moves en pointe, deliver strokes of comedic genius on ballet standards like Giselle and Swan Lake (see this clip ). Just a few months ago they strutted their stuff for Prince Charles, and if they're fit for a prince, they're certainly fit for a few queens. Head to the Joyce Theater website to grab tickets before they are sold out. The curtain is up tonight at 8:00 PM EST.
Sunday, January 4: Let's face it, there wasn't enough shirtless Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace -- but those 14 seconds were still incredibly hot. The dashing Brit is just as stunning in his latest work, Defiance, though the flick is decidedly more serious. Set in Poland during World War II, Defiance casts Craig as one of four brothers who escape from Nazi imprisonment and start an uprising to rescue fellow Jews from the hands of their captors. Couple it with the more heavily promoted World War II movie Valkyrie, starring Tom Cruise, and you've got an intense but swoon-worthy cinematic experience. Catch the trailer for Defiance here.