November 02 2012 2:09 PM EDTUpdated October 01 2015 3:02 AM EDT
10. FILM: North Sea Texas This striking Belgian film tells the story of Pim, an introverted child hiding his burgeoning homosexuality while living with his single, ex-beauty queen mother. When a handsome stranger rents a room in his mother’s house, Pim sees the perfect opportunity to escape his familial monotony and move in with Gino, the boy next door who Pim has been crushing on. But the road to growing up is never straight, as Pim and Gino discover in this delicate coming-of-age, coming-out tale. North Sea Texas opens today in Los Angeles. (Watch the trailer)
9. MUSIC: Everything Is Expensive, Esthero We’re big fans of Esthero and her affirming, feminist pop. She’s finally back after a seven-year absence with this aptly titled album. Want to know how expensive everything is? Esthero is going the independent route and auctioning off her personal time to fans. For $150,000, the singer will tattoo your initials on her ass.
8. ART: Rudolf Nureyev, Merce Cunningham Two prominent museums have recently opened exhibits on gay luminaries of dance. San Francisco’s de Young Museum is the only U.S. venue for “Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance,” organized in collaboration with the Centre National du Costume de Scène in France. The show features more than 80 costumes and 50 photographs from Nureyev’s collection and runs through February 17. In Minneapolis, the Walker Art Center has mounted “Dance Works III: Merce Cunningham/Rei Kawakubo,” focusing on the costumes that Comme des Garçons founder Kawakubo created for Cunningham’s 1997 dance piece Scenario. On view through March 24, it’s the third exhibit the Walker has created from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Collection, which it acquired in 2011, the single largest acquisition of visual art in the museum’s history.
Above: Duchamp as Rose Sélavy, Rauchenberg, Cunningham, Cage, and Johns
7. ART: “Dancing Around the Bride” The Philadelphia Museum of Art explores Marcel Duchamp’s interactions and collaborations with two culturally significant gay couples: visual artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, and composer John Cage and dancer-choreographer Merce Cunningham. The show, which opened this week and runs through January 21, includes more than 40 Duchamp works, more than 60 by Johns and Rauschenberg, live and recorded performances of Cage’s music, and live performances of dances created by Cunningham as well as dance videos and stage sets. The exhibition “tells the story of five extraordinary artists and what happened when their lives and work intersected,” says curator Carlos Basualdo. “Their mutual interactions redefined the language of contemporary art in the 1950s and ’60s.”
6. EVENT: Codebreaker, A Night With Alan Turing Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science, was a gifted Brit who broke the Germans' Enigma code, helping the Allies defeat the Nazis during World War II. Despite his accomplishments, however, Turing was persecuted for being gay, and he took his own life in 1954. Now former Log Cabin Republicans president and filmmaker Patrick Sammon and his crew have produced a docudrama chronicling Turing's life. Theaters in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will screen the film Thursday, with proceeds benefiting a handful of LGBT organizations. Go here for more information.
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5. ART: “The Drag Illusion” Washington, D.C.’s Touchstone Gallery presents Michael Lang’s photo essay on how drag artists transform themselves, showing their backstage preparations in black-and-white and their performances in glorious color. There’s an opening reception tonight, and the exhibit continues through November 25.
4. DVD: Sunset Boulevard The classic film noir Sunset Boulevard is finally making its debut on Blu-ray Tuesday. Paramount Home Media Distribution brings home the iconic Billy Wilder movie, which was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and features landmark performances by William Holden and Gloria Swanson. The Blu-ray includes a never-before-released deleted scene, exclusive commentary, and historical reviews, and captures in beautiful high-definition all the drama and evocative cinematography that made Sunset Boulevard a cinematic masterpiece. Refresh your memory with these clips: (Clip One), (Clip Two)
3. BOOK: Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy, Judith Watt Alexander McQueen had an unparalleled eye that saw fashion in terms of being controversial, rule-breaking, and delightfully absurd. Watt's thorough and visually pleasing study of McQueen shows the magnitude of this genius's work from his early years to his recognition as a fashion revolutionary before his untimely death at age 40 in 2010.
2. MUSIC: The Abbey Road Sessions, Kylie Minogue For this album, the lovable Aussie pop queen rerecorded her biggest hits, with a full orchestra, at the famed studio. Look for new renditions of seriously sexy songs like “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and “Slow” as well as the new single “Flower.”
1. DVD: Kiss Me The critically acclaimed Swedish lesbian-themed drama Kiss Me debuts on DVD Tuesday from Wolfe Video. The sensual, romantic drama chronicles the unexpected love between 30-something upper-class Mia (Ruth Vega Hernandez) — who is engaged to a man named Tim (Joakim Nätterqvist) — and free spirit Frida (Liv Mjönes). The women’s attraction to each other is chronicled in sumptuous love scenes and portrayed brilliantly by the talented cast. Watch the English-subtitled trailer below: