The Gay Agenda


By Joseph Hassan

Monday, January 19: Acclaimed gay novelist David Leavitt reads a selection of his works at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y this evening. While many of his titles tackle gay themes, Leavitt's first and arguably most famous novel, The Lost Language of Cranes, examines not only the complexity of the 'traditional' coming-out process, but the additional emotional toll that unfolds as the protagonist's father begins to grapple with his own sexual identity. Leavitt is joined by British historical novelist Barry Unsworth, whose works have been shortlisted for The Booker Prize on numerous occasions. Tonight's reading is at 8:00 PM EST, with tickets available directly through the 92nd Street Y.

Tuesday, January 20: At long last, all of Mariah Carey's chart-topping ballads are available on one CD, aptly titled Mariah Carey: The Ballads. The other major event you may have heard about is the Inauguration of the 44th President of The United States of America, Barack Obama. In addition to picking up some classic Mariah, here are two other ways to celebrate through song: First, Mercury Prize'winning troupe Antony & The Johnsons (whose 2005 album I Am a Bird Now snagged the number 10 spot on Out's recent list of The 100 Greatest, Gayest Albums of All Time) release their latest album The Crying Light today (see the video for 'Another World'), a gorgeous collection of songs inspired by life, death, and nature. Meanwhile, Olivia Newton-John is just one of the celebs from Down Under who will perform with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at New York City's Carnegie Hall in Australia Plays Broadway at 8:00 PM EST. Get details and tickets here.

Wednesday, January 21: The survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 are back. The fifth season of Lost (which boasts an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series) premieres tonight at 8:00 PM EST on ABC. We're all still trying to figure out exactly what the hell is going on. Are the survivors in purgatory? Part of a really messed-up (extraterrestrial?) social experiment? Theories have been tossed up, shot down, and reincarnated with a vengeance. Or maybe you're just trying to catch a cheap-thrill glimpse of scantily clad Jack (Matthew Fox) or Sawyer (Josh Holloway). We won't judge, but do prepare yourself for the long haul: Tonight's extravaganza is three hours long, kicking off with a one-hour recap, followed by two full episodes. Here's the official trailer.)