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10. DVD: Conceiving Family

The obstacles faced by Amy Bohigian and her partner, Jane, when they adopt biracial twins include having to confront disapproving Christian fundamentalist foster parents. This award-winning documentary is available now on DVD.

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9. FILM: Going Down in La-La Land

Young, handsome, and woefully naive, Adam (Matthew Ludwinski, pictured) dreams of making it big in Hollywood but soon begins to lose himself in a seamy underworld of gay porn and prostitution. Director Casper Andreas's adaptation of the Andy Zeffer novel is now playing in select L.A. theaters.

8. EXHIBIT: "Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de Place Blanche"

Among the most powerful images from the great Swedish photographer is this documentation of transgender "ladies of the night" in Paris in the 1960s. On display at New York's International Center of Photography through September 2.

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7. TV: The Gavin Newsom Show

The lieutenant governor of California, beloved for initiating same-sex marriage in the Golden State, is now the host of a weekly, hour-long program in which he will interview celebs and opine on notable issues. Newsom's first guest is athlete-activist Lance Armstrong. Premieres on Current TV tonight.

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6. MUSIC: The Music of Smash 

The soundtrack for the somewhat polarizing NBC series about the efforts to stage a musical about Marilyn Monroe features original songs as well as knockout renditions of "Beautiful" by Katharine McPhee and "Haven't Met You Yet" by Nick Jonas. Now available on iTunes.


5. FILM: Hysteria

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy (pictured with Rupert Everett) star in out director Tanya Wexler's involving Victorian-era comedy about the first electromechanical vibrator. Now playing in select theaters.

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4. FILM: Johnny Guitar

The offscreen friction between Oscar-winning screen greats Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge, who referred to her costar as a "rotten egg lady," was so intense that it helped give their scenes a vivid lesbian subtext on-screen in Nicholas Ray's unforgettable 1954 western, an analogy for the McCarthy witchhunt of the 1950s. See it on the big screen in L.A. Wednesday as part of Outfest's Downtown 30 series.

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3. TV: Mrs. Eastwood and Company

In this entertaining reality-based series, Dina Eastwood, wife of Hollywood icon Clint, tries to help Overtone, a South African music group, find fame. In this week's particularly powerful episode, watch as one of the band members, Eduard (pictured), reveals to Dina and his fellow musicians that he's gay. Airs Sundays on E!


2. FILM: Virginia

Dustin Lance Black (pictured, above) makes his feature directing debut with this semiautobiographic, dreamlike, often very challenging comedy-drama about a teenage boy growing up in the South with an unhinged mother (a terrific Jennifer Connelly) who's having an affair with a Mormon sheriff (Ed Harris, pictured with Connelly below). Toby Jones makes a strong impression as a repressed gay man. Now playing in select theaters.


1. ALBUM: A Joyful Noise

With their aptly titled new album vocal powerhouse Beth Ditto and her band have released a soulful, electro-tinged, dance floor-ready treat that might even be described as ABBA-esque. Now available on iTunes.