BY Jeremy Kinser
April 01 2012 10:10 AM ET
7. DVD: The B-52s: With the Wild Crowd
America's quintessential party band — and let's acknowledge that three of its four members fit under the LGBT umbrella — commemorates the anniversary of its first live show, on Valentine's Day, 1977, with this concert filmed for PBS (and now on DVD) in the group's hometown, Athens, Ga. Fred Schneider's playful vocals, Keith Strickland's matchless guitar, and, most of all, the soaring harmonies of Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson on hits such as "Mesopotamia," "Private Idaho," and "Roam" still thrill after all these years.
6. FILM: The Beat Hotel
Exhausted and outraged following the landmark obscenity trials surrounding his poem Howl, Allen Ginsberg fled to Paris in 1957 with lover Peter Orlovsky and close friend Gregory Corso to take refuge at a cheap hotel in the city's Latin Quarter. Alan Govenar's documentary vividly combines vintage footage, photograph, interviews, and stylized dramatic re-creations to recall a fascinating period in Beat history. Opens in select theaters today.
5.TV: Happy Endings
Of course, TV's most reliably witty sitcom will end its second season with a big gay bang and a same-sex wedding when Stephen Guarino's Derrick ties the knot. At the reception Adam Pally's Max unites Mandonna, his Material Girl tribute band, to perform a unique cover of "Like a Prayer." The season 2 finale airs on ABC Wednesday.
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