The Gay Agenda: 10 Things We're Eyeing In February
By Stacy Lambe
1. Robin Wright on House of Cards
"You don't want to make an enemy out of me," Robin Wright's character sneers in the new trailer for the House of Cards. The line alone was enough to scare us straight. But if there's one frenemy we want in our back pocket, it's her version of Lady MacBeth who returns to Netflix on Feb. 14.
2. The Return of Vikings
Vikings may have felt like History's answer to HBO's Game of Thrones but the show delivered plenty of intrigue of its own. Season 2 (premiering Feb. 27) promises to up the ante as loyalties shift, friends become foes and relationships become tested. Man, do we love a good Norse drama.
3. Bear Hunting in Sochi
While there's still much to debate about the politics surrounding the Games, the competition kicks off on Feb. 7. Unlike the Summer Games, the athletes come in much different shapes and sizes. From bob sledding (hello Canada) to skiing, there are plenty of beards, bears and brawn to feast upon. Rawr!
4. Kit Harington's Abs in Pompeii
Natural disaster flick + period piece x Game of Thrones = This volcano thriller about the death of the Italian city hitting theaters on Feb. 21. While it all sounds dreary there's at least one thing to cheer about: Harington's abs. Where have those things been hiding during the past three seasons of GOT?
5. Bear Serenades by Erasure's Andy Bell
We may be enjoying an Erasure resurgence thanks to the band's holiday album, but we never expected to find Andy Bell headlining the International Bear Convergence in Palm Springs on Feb. 17. Hey, we're not complaining.
6. Lunching with Elaine Stritch
Director Chiemi Karasawa reveals the fascinating and hilarious world of Elaine Stritch in a new documentary (Shoot Me) about the actress' life on and off stage. Brutally honest and always uncompromising, Stritch reminds us what we want to be like when we're 88 years old.
7. Saying Goodbye to Barbary Lane
After 40 years, Armistad Maupin is saying goodbye to Anna, Mary Ann, Mouse and all the other characters that populate Barbary Lane. With all the snow keeping us in this month, we'll gladly curl up with a copy of The Days of Anna Madrigal (Harper, Jan. 21) and stay warm by the fire.
8. Rocky on Broadway
Sylvester Stallone's now-classic boxing film is finally making its way to Broadway with previews starting Feb. 11. This tale adapted for the stage will blend the adrenaline of an underdog's courage with the romance of two lonely outsiders. It's Broadway for bros and dames.
9. Social Climbing with Vicky and Lysander
The only way is up when it comes to living in Manhattan and Vicky and Lysander are determined to make their way to the top. These two are back for another season of twisted and hilarious antics that made the first season a hit on Logo. New episodes premiere this month on the show's YouTube channel.
10. Playing Bette
In the world of drag, there's a divide between the young queens (the Beys and RiRis) and the old (Bettes and Chers). In The Tribute Artist, a new play by Charles Busch, Jimmy gets fired from a Vegas drag revue because his Bette Davis impression isn't as fresh as the younger girls and later assumes the identity of his dead landlady. It's Some Like It Hot meets Weekend at Bernie's all in drag and we can't wait to check it out between now and March 16.