10. EVENTS: Connect 2013: The Palm Springs Photo Festival, April 28-May 3
Photo lovers and professionals are scheduled to flock to the desert next weekend for days of networking and learning. In town, the Woodman/Shimko Gallery, Palm Springs, Calif.'s new gallery right on Palm Canyon Drive, will play host to an exhibition starting Friday, April 26, at 5 p.m., featuring eight Hollywood photographers' work of rarely seen work. For more information visit Facebook.com/WoodmanShimkoGallery
9. MUSIC: Fantasia: Side Effects of You
Fantasia Barrino remains one of the memorable American Idol winners thanks to her scratchy baby voice and likeable demeanor (we'll leave that weird Instagram message in the past). The former star of Broadway's The Color Purple releases her fourth album, Side Effects of You, on Tuesday. The sexy second single, "Without You," features Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott.
8. EVENTS: Philadelphia Black Pride, Sunday and April 25-28
Going to be in Philly this week? Head down to the city's Black Gay Pride festivities. Sunday kicks off a week of events with the Mr. & Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride Pageant. The 14th annual weeklong event is in tandem with the historic Penn Relays (of which, coincidentally, Bill Cosby is a big fan). For more information, check out PhillyBlackPride.org.
7. Theater: Comrades Mine
Chicago’s City Lit Theater presents the true story of Emma Edmonds, who disguised herself as a man to serve as a Union soldier in the Civil War. It’s a world premiere production, written by Maureen Gallagher and directed by Anna C. Bahow. Now through May 19.
6. ART: “A Marriage 1: (Suburbia)”
Artists Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin explore their marriage and their ambivalence toward their new standing as a “normal American couple” through a mix of video, sculpture, drawing, sound, and performance art. The exhibit opens Tuesday at New York City art space Here (no relation to The Advocate’s parent company) and runs through May 4, with installations viewable during gallery hours and performances nightly. There will be a cocktail reception Wednesday night, along with a post-performance panel discussion, and another post-performance discussion is set for May 1.
5. EVENTS: SF MOMA Art Auction
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s biennial fund-raiser offers the chance to own works by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close, and many others, all to benefit the museum, which is undertaking a major expansion. The event, set for Wednesday evening, will also feature gourmet food, champagne and cocktails, and live music, and for the first time prospective buyers will be able to bid via mobile devices, making this a thoroughly modern auction.
4. FILM: TCM Film Festival
Hollywood returns to its historic glory with the fourth annual filmfest presented by cable channel Turner Classic Movies. The festival takes over multiple Hollywood venues to showcase films dating from the 1920s through the 1980s, most of them with a star, director, or film expert present for discussion. Among this year’s most anticipated screenings: the premiere of the 45th anniversary restoration of Funny Girl, Barbra Streisand’s first film, for the opening-night gala, and a showing of the Joan Crawford classic Mildred Pierce, with a personal appearance by Ann Blyth, featured in the movie as Veda, the most ungrateful daughter of all time. There will also be extended onstage discussions with Tippi Hedren and Eva Marie Saint, trivia contests, panels with film historians, and more. Thursday, April 25, through Sunday, April 28.
3. TV: What Would Ryan Lochte Do?
The Olympic swimmer’s new reality show may prove to be as vapid as anything Paris Hilton has done, but we can guarantee he’ll be hotter and a lot more likable than she ever was. Plus, did we mention how hot he is? And how often we’ll be able to marvel at his hotness? The show premieres Sunday on E!
2. MUSIC: Paula Cole: Raven
Raven, the fifth album by Grammy-winning folk artist, Lilith Fair alumna, and cowboy fan Paula Cole, is out Tuesday. Cole used crowd-sourcing to fund the album, admitting she was initially embarrassed to turn to her fans for assistance. “I guess because I was being proud,” Cole told the Washington Examiner. “I thought that maybe there was something wrong with asking.”
1. TV: Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life
Get unprecedented access to the "Crazy Beautiful Life" of chart-topping bisexual pop star Ke$ha in MTV's newest docu-series. Shot over the course of two years by Ke$ha's filmmaker brother, Lagan Sebert, the show provides unparalleled access to the singer's meteoric rise to fame, her professional and personal life, and her coming-of-age as a musician, a woman, and a star. Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life premieres Tuesday at 11 p.m. on MTV. Watch the trailer below: