10. THEATER: 34th Marathon of One-Act Plays
The latest installment of this perennial festival offers 16 new plays, including works by big names such as John Patrick Shanley and Murray Schisgal as well as not-yet-famous playwrights ready to be discovered. One that’s said to be of particular LGBT interest is Curmudgeons in Love by Joshua Conkel. The fest opened this week and continues through June 30 at New York City’s Ensemble Studio Theatre. For information on individual plays and their performance dates, click here.
9. BOOK: Straight People: A Spotter's Guide to the Fascinating World of Heterosexuals
Jeffery Self, the author of 50 Shades of Gay, offers another humorous parody — this time not of a best-selling novel, but along the lines of a bird-watching guide. Straight People: A Spotter's Guide to the Fascinating World of Heterosexuals gently pokes fun at the "Heterosexual Male and Female" and promises readers a hilarious dialogue. The fond examination includes questions and answers about "serious" topics such as the heterosexual habitat, feeding habits, culture, and migration patterns. In addition to being an author, Self is an actor who has appeared on Desperate Housewives, 90210, and Hot in Cleveland, and as Liz Lemon’s gay cousin on 30 Rock, so he knows comedy well. This tongue-in-cheek guide examines "the varied species and subspecies of the sexual majority" with a generous helping of wit that's bound to amuse. Among the highlights: "Ten Ways to Tell if He’s Gay or European," suggesting you look at who he follows on Twitter. “Keira Knightley? European. Kyra Sedgwick? Gay.” (Running Press, $13)