10. MUSIC: Dawn Oberg: Rye
San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Dawn Oberg describes herself as “a 46-year-old, high-maintenance hussy.” Oberg’s R&B-influenced jazz has received accolades from Chicago to Nashville, but she’s attached to the City by the Bay, which she sings about in her song “Civic High”: “You're the place where it’s OK/To be transgender bi or gay.” Oberg’s latest album, Rye, is out Tuesday (ChicagoPride.com calls it one of the best albums of the year) and she has two upcoming shows in Los Angeles.
9. BOOKS: Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
Aaron Hartzler was the oldest of five children in a God-fearing home in Kansas City, Missouri. Rapture Practice is his entertaining memoir of teenage rebellion, reconciling with religion, and learning to love. At Amazon.
8. DVD: Sexy Evil Genius
Queer girls and gay geeks have crushed on Katee Sackhoff since she played Starbuck on Battlestar Gallactica. Since we have until June to catch the butchy babe on TV (as Vic, a deputy on A&E’s Longmire), it’s the perfect time to catch her latest films on Blu-ray or DVD. In Sexy Evil Genius, a group of men and one woman are curiously gathered by their shared ex-girlfriend, a madly unpredictable, wildly fascinating, possibly psychotic woman named Nikki (played by Sackhoff). As the exes—among them are Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Michelle Trachtenberg, Family Guy’s Seth Green, and Zero Dark Thirty’s Harold Perrineau — discuss Nikki and ponder why they’ve been gathered, Nikki shows up with her new squeeze and the real dramedy begins. It’s dark, funny, and sexy. (And if that’s not enough Sackhoff, she also stars in The Haunting of Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, which will be out on Blu-ray/DVD Tuesday April 16, and is a worthy thriller throwback).
7. ART: “Paul Thek and His Circle in the 1950s”
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art exhibits the groundbreaking early work of Paul Thek, a gay painter, sculptor, and installation artist who became famous in the 1960s for his “meat pieces,” slabs of realistic-looking flesh encased in plastic. The earlier efforts showcased at Leslie-Lohman, however, are both sensitive and frankly sexual. The show also includes the work of friends and lovers who influenced and were influenced by Thek. There’s an opening reception tonight at the New York City museum, and the exhibit continues through July 7.
6. EVENTS: Power of Pleasure at L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center
Lost that loving feeling? Lesbians over 50 can get it back again at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's “The Power of Pleasure” event with prominent love and sex therapist Dr. Ava Cadell of the Bravo show, L.A. Shrinks, Larry Flynt's daughter and sex toy expert Theresa Flynt, and health professor Dr. Karen Herold of California State University, Los Angeles. April 13 at 2 p.m. The Village at Ed Gould Plaza Davidson/Valentini Theatre.
5. TV: MTV Movie Awards
The 2013 MTV Movie Awards promise to be an irreverent celebration of the films, stars, and music that draw us to the theater year after year. And with the hilarious Rebel Wilson set to host the awards show live on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, we'll definitely be tuning in. In case Wilson alone weren't enough reason to watch (and she totally is), we're also waiting with bated breath for the first live reunion of the Pitch Perfect cast, slated to perform an epic musical mash-up. And then there's the first-ever three-way "Celebrity Catfish," where Joe Manganiello, Mark Whalberg, and Anna Kendrick are all vying for Rebel Wilson's love. Get an early taste of the catfish below:
4. THEATER: Re-Designing Women
The Golden Girls and Sex and the City have gotten the drag parody treatment, and now another beloved female ensemble sitcom, Designing Women, gets its turn. In Jamie Morris’s script, directed by Andi Allen, Suzanne tries to save the financially strapped Sugarbaker and Associates design firm by allowing Bravo to film its daily activities for a reality TV series. Now playing at the Rose Room at S4 nightclub in Dallas, with performances weekends through May 19.
3. MUSIC: Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Mosquito
The big media story on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is that the group recently ordered concertgoers to not hold up their phones and record a recent show in New York, seeing that it blocks views of other attendees. We applaud them for trying to put a dent in this annoying 21st-century practice, but many will still ignore the edict when the New York-based trio performs Friday night (and the follow week) at the Coachella music festival near Palm Springs, Calif. The group has a new album, Mosquito, out tomorrow, and if it’s half as good as their previous efforts, it will still be amazing — lead singer/style icon Karen O describes Mosquito as the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “soul record.” The video for the soulful lead single, “Sacrilege,” even has a peek of lesbian action.
2. TV: Spartacus
Featuring an army of scantily clad, gorgeous gladiators, Spartacus easily caught the attention of LGBT fans from the first episode to the series finale tonight. We're not delving into spoilers by noting that the episode's title, "Victory," might be just the tiniest bit ironic. Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) and his band of rebels — including gay warriors Agron (Dan Feuerriegel) and Nasir (Pana Hema Taylor — know they face all-but-certain death as they square off against the massive legions of Roman soldiers. But that won't keep us from watching the nearly bare bloodbath, which airs tonight on Starz at 9 p.m.
1. EVENTS: Coachella, Weekend One, April 12-14, Indio, Calif.
Pack your Toms and fire up the ol' Instagram — it's another year of Coachella. Hipsters and music lovers are heading to the desert this year for Tegan & Sara, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grinderman, Purity Ring, the Postal Service, Phoenix, the XX, Sigur Rós, Janelle Monae, La Roux, Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wu-Tang Clan, and dozens of other bands. Advocate editors Neal Broverman and Michelle Garcia will be on the scene to keep you posted on Facebook and Twitter all weekend long. More info here.