The Gay Agenda


By Joseph Hassan

Wednesday, January 7: The second season of the adrenaline-fueled drama Damages, starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne, premieres tonight on FX. Last season (for which Close snagged both an Emmy and a Golden Globe), the show introduced the story of freshman attorney Ellen Parsons (Byrne) as she joined the prestigious and cutthroat Manhattan law firm of Hewes and Associates. In her first assignment, Parsons was assigned to a billion-dollar civil suit against an Enron-esque company (and its CEO, played by Ted Danson). The plot thickened with the brutal murder of Parson's fianc' and the attempted offing of the recent graduate herself. Discovering that her boss, the notorious ball-busting litigant Patty Hewes (Close), was behind the attempt to snuff her out, Parsons teamed up with the Feds and their ongoing investigation into Hewes. Academy Award winners William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden join the cast this season, which promises to be even more thrilling (watch the trailer). Damages airs tonight at 10:00 PM EST/PST.

Thursday, January 8: Anyone familiar with Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, knows there's much more to the prolific and imaginative writer than children's stories. The retrospective exhibit 'There's a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak,' currently at Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum & Library, examines the gay author's skill at weaving complex childhood emotions with haunting personal memories, all through brilliant wordplay and gripping visuals. The interactive show features more than 300 original water colors, sketches, manuscripts, and books from the past 50 years. Visit the exhibit website for more information and tickets. And take a peek at this interview with the author himself.