10. TV: Superheroes
Produced by out filmmaker Theodore James and premiering August 8 as part of HBO’s summer documentary series, Michael Barnett’s film celebrates kooky vigilantes who don homemade costumes while protecting their communities from criminals and evildoers. Gay hero Zimmer of the New York Initiative uses his tech-savviness to help stop hate and homophobia in his Brooklyn hood. For more info visit SuperheroesTheMovie.com.
9. THEATER: Hairspray
Jerry Mitchell directs and choreographs this starry Los Angeles production of Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s musical adaptation of John Waters’s 1988 civil rights comedy. Mitchell, Hairspray’s original choreographer, reunites Broadway duo Marissa Jaret Winokur and Harvey Fierstein (pictured) August 5 through August 7 at the Hollywood Bowl with a cast that includes Nick Jonas and John Stamos. For tickets visit HollywoodBowl.com.
8. ART: Fire Island Pines Art Show
Among the 30 artists participating in the 13th annual Fire Island Pines Art Show, which will be well hung August 6 at Whyte Hall, emerging gay artist and philanthropist Lars Klingstedt will display his popular series of contemporary Warholian celebrity portraits. His newest works, Liz Was Cleopatra and Violet Liz, honor late actress and AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor. For more info visit LarsFineArt.com and FIPAP.org.
7. EVENT: San Francisco Drag King Contest
The 16th annual San Francisco Drag King Contest, the nation’s longest-running drag king competition, judges butch hopefuls based on criteria such as studliness and facial hair. Fudgie Frottage (pictured) and Sister Roma emcee the royal occasion — a benefit for Pets Are Wonderful Support — August 5 at DNA Lounge with special appearances by the Indra, D.R.E.D., and other local faves. For more info visit SFDragKingContest.com.
6. TV: Out. The Glenn Burke Story
Nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, this Comcast SportsNet documentary explores the ’70s peak and tragic decline of Glenn Burke, Major League Baseball’s first openly gay player, who died of AIDS complications in 1995. Making its national broadcast premiere August 9 on Versus, the doc features interviews with Burke’s former Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A’s teammates, who believe that his sexuality caused his career’s derailment.
5. FILM: Magic Trip
In 1964, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest author Ken Kesey embarked on a legendary, LSD-fueled road trip with the “Merry Pranksters,” a psychedelic posse that included bisexual Beat icon Neal Cassady as the bus driver. That journey was captured on 16-millimeter film that stayed mostly unseen until filmmakers Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood shaped 100 hours of footage into a cool documentary, which opens August 5 in limited release.
4. ART: The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History
Transforming spaces into temporary installations that celebrate LGBT history, this grassroots organization’s latest endeavor, Pop-Up Soho, opens August 6 and runs through August 25 at Manhattan’s Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, where more than 30 artists and activists have come together to create an exhibit that represents a dozen centuries and creative media. For a list of featured talent, visit QueerMuseum.com.
3. TV: Behind the Music: Adam Lambert
In the August 7 episode of VH1’s Behind the Music series, Grammy-nominated glam-rocker Adam Lambert opens up about his gay awakening in sixth grade, the contractual American Idol closet, his “coming-out” interview with Rolling Stone, and much more. The dramatic exposé features never-before-seen home videos and candid interviews with family, friends, and music industry folks such as Barry Weiss and Idol winner Kris Allen.
2. FILM: The Help
Emma Stone stars as a young writer exposing the injustices suffered by black housemaids in 1960s Mississippi in this adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel by gay screenwriter-director Tate Taylor (pictured, with Stone). “I didn’t live through the ’60s,” said Stone in an interview with The Advocate, “so one of the ways I was able to really understand that struggle was by looking at what’s happening in America now with the gay community.”
1. FILM: Gun Hill Road
In writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s terrifically tense and touching feature debut, which opens August 5 in limited release, stunning trans actress Harmony Santana stars as Michael, a shy Bronx teen just beginning to live as Vanessa — something that confuses, angers, and disgusts her papi, a macho ex-con played by Esai Morales. Also look for out Camp star Robin de Jesús as her sassy gay sidekick. For more info visit GunHillRoad.com.