Alex Newell (Glee, Geography Club) has quickly risen in the ranks of dance music royalty as a featured artist on tracks like Blonde’s “All Cried Out,” the Knocks’ “Collect My Love,” and Clean Bandit’s “Stronger.” Now the young diva is set to claim the crown with the first adrenaline-fueled track from his upcoming EP, Power (to be released February 19), titled “This Ain’t Over.” Press play, turn it up, and say hello to the first instant club classic of 2016.
Meg Wolfe, New Faithful Disco
If you're in Los Angeles tonight or tomorrow, don't miss New Faithful Disco, an exciting dance performance from choreographer and performer Meg Wolfe. Joining Wolfe are taisha paggett and Marbles Jumbo Radio in what Wolfe calls a "queer-love power trio." We can get with that, especially after seeing the show's groove-alicious trailer (below). At the REDCAT venue in downtown Los Angeles.
Allen Ginsberg was one of the most celebrated and infamous poets of the 20th century. Known internationally for generation-defining works like "Howl" and "A Supermarket in California," the gay Beat Generation writer is being revisited in Wait Till I'm Dead. This new collection features works by Ginsberg, a total of 103 poems, that have never been published before. In fact, it is the first major collection of his work released since his death nearly two decades ago. Find it in bookstores and online Tuesday.
Celebrating Five Years of the GLBT History Museum
San Francisco's GLBT History Museum, in the heart of the Castro, celebrates its five-year anniversary Friday night with drinks, dancing, tours, a drag-king performance from Momma's Boyz, and local celebrity hosts Juanita More! and Alex U. The event only costs $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers, with proceeds going to the museum, one of the very few that celebrates our struggles and achievements. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
The ever-outspoken and gay-beloved Chelsea Handler takes on four topics in this group of documentaries: Chelsea Does Marriage, Chelsea Does Racism, Chelsea Does Silicon Valley, and Chelsea Does Drugs, all directed by Eddie Schmidt and executive-produced by Handler, Schmidt, and Morgan Neville. Handler promises that the docs will be both provocative and humorous, with her having some uncomfortable conversations and learning along the way. You can watch Chelsea Does on Netflix; get a preview below.
Grease is the word! This musical homage to the ’50s has been captivating audiences in stage and big-screen versions since the ’70s, and now it comes to the small screen in a live performance starring Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny, and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, with support from Carly Rae Jepsen, Mario Lopez, Boyz II Men, and more. Get hopelessly devoted at 7 p.m. Sunday on Fox (6 p.m. Central). Check out the trailer below.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
Ryan Murphy has tackled glee clubs, witch covens, and the AIDS crisis in New York. However, his latest project, American Crime Story, may be his most dramatic yet. Murphy, longtime collaborator Brad Falchuk, and cocreators Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, are the executive producers of a new FX show about the trial of O.J. Simpson. With an all-star cast led by Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, John Travolta as attorney Robert Shapiro, and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, this true-crime story re-creates the events and media sensation that unfolded after the 1994 murder of the once-celebrated football player's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. Revisit the so-called trial of the century beginning Tuesday on FX.