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6. THEATER: My First Lady
Two leading lights of LGBT theater, playwright David Koteles and director Jason Jacobs, collaborators on the GLAAD Award-nominated The Bald Diva, team up again for My First Lady, in which Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison (pictured above), and Thomas Jefferson’s daughters meet for a White House tea party that quickly escalates into a battle over race, class, and gender in early America. The play, which opens tonight, is part of the New York–based Metropolitan Playhouse’s Founders Festival, featuring eight new works inspired by the writings of the nation’s founding fathers and mothers and continuing through January 27.
5. MUSIC: Michael Van London: American Blood & Guts
This out musician, who fronted the Bombs and the Black Beverly Heels, released his new EP, American Blood & Guts, on Friday. Produced by Brad Cook, who's worked with the Foo Fighters and Ben Harper, the five-track set features songs used in Chris Colfer's screenwriting debut, Struck by Lightning. Watch a fan-made video of Van London's "Feel Love" below:
3. FILM: Let My People Go!
Have the hankering for a French-Jewish family farce this weekend? Well, look no further than Let My People Go! The film, which won Best Comedic Film at Philadelphia's QFest, stars Nicolas Maury as Reuben, a gay mailman who lives with his Norse god of a boyfriend in Finland. Due to a series of mishaps and heartbreak, he returns to his quirky family in Paris, where madness ensues. While this French film may not have Catherine Deneuve, it does star Pedro Almodóvar muse Carmen Maura as Reuben's ditzy mother. Let My People Go! is now playing in New York and Los Angeles.
2. THEATER: Manilow on Broadway
If you’re trying to get the feeling again, turn to the man who makes the whole world sing. Barry Manilow, ’70s hitmaker and Bette Midler’s onetime bathhouse accompanist, promises to make Broadway’s St. James Theatre the hottest spot north of Havana as he performs songs from his extensive catalog in a limited engagement, opening tonight and running through February 23.
1. TV: Project Runway Is Back on TV
The season 11 premiere of Project Runway on Thursday promises the usual mix of gay male designers — nobody so far has indicated who is gay, but a quick peek at the lineup holds a few clues — and at least one bisexual female designer, though we’re not sure she’ll be out on the show. For the first time, the designers will compete as teams of two. Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, and Nina Garcia, are all back but judge Michael Kors bowed out and was replaced by designer Zac Posen. Here’s hoping he can deliver the same kind of one-line bitchy quips Kors mastered (e.g. “She looks like Barefoot Appalachian Lil' Abner Barbie”). The show airs at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central on Lifetime.