TUNES:Rufus Wainwrights decision to recreate Judy Garlands legendary 1961 Carnegie Hall concert song by song was a controversial one. But after winning over critics and audiences alike, the gay chansonnier is releasing his two-disc, live companion album Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 4. With arrangements by Avenue QsStephen Oremus, the album features Wainwright backed by a 36-piece orchestra, covering Garland standards like The Man That Got Away, The Trolley Song, and, of course, Over the Rainbow.
SPECTACLE: On Dec. 9, The Box Emcee (and featured Out nightlife hero) Raven O, Cirque du Soleils Zumanity star Joey Arias, and reigning nocturnal diva Sherry Vine reunite to present The Bar dO Reunion Show, beginning at 10 p.m. If the past two years are any indication, the event will end up with standing room only, so it's best to book your seats early. The entrance fee for the event, which will be held at the Indochine Restaurant, will be $20. To reserve your spot for this night of glitz and glamor, call (212) 505-5111.
TUBE: This week on Americas Next Top Model,Tyra Banks gets all multicultural on our asses, as the models move into a Beijing home and transform traditional Chinese dresses to fit their own looks. Oh, and Tyra spearheads a warrior-themed photo shoot. Given her lack of subtlety, were expecting this episode to be delectably offensive and massively entertaining. Americas Next Top Model airs Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.
DVD: For as much flack as it got when it originally aired, the seventh season of Will & Grace is one of its most underrated. It was the year we had Jack (Sean Hayes) competing against Will Arnett for a spot among Janet Jacksons back-up dancers, Sex and the CitysKristin Davis telling Will (Eric McCormack ) his eyebrows resembled Nicole Kidmans, and Grace (Debra Messing) pretending to be an alcoholic to get free therapy and donuts. Nostalgic fans can savor all 24 episodes by picking up Will & Grace: Season Seven on DVD Dec. 4.
FLICK: Fantasy geeks, take notice: On Dec. 7, New Line Cinema releases the first installment in their latest big-screen franchise, The Golden Compass. Based on the bestselling fantasy novel by Philip Pullman, the film features another underdog faced with the impossible task of preventing an accessory from falling into the wrong hands. Nicole Kidman vamps it up as Mrs. Coulter (no relation to Anne) and dapper gay legend Ian McKellan provides the voice-over for this Narnia-esque Christian allegory about microscopic dust with the power to unite the universe.