Hot Sheet: Spiders and Mobsters and Pop Stars (Oh My!)

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10. EVENT: Trevor Nextgen Prom 2014
Halleloo! Shangela has recently been announced as one of the performers of Trevor Nextgen Prom 2014, an upcoming fundraiser for the Trevor Project and its lifesaving work for LGBT youth. The RuPaul’s Drag Race comedian will join singer Eli Lieb as well as YouTube stars Jessica and Hunter, who will host the prom-themed event set to occur on the rooftop of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 31. For more details about under-the-stars soiree, visit TheTrevorProject.org/Prom2014. – Daniel Reynolds

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9.  FILM: Bad Johnson
In his review in Variety, Andrew Barker said Bad Johnson is what “It's a Wonderful Life [would] look like if Clarence the angel were replaced by the human personification of George Bailey's sentient penis.” It’s a fairly accurate comparison of this surprisingly touching comedy about a man who seems incapable of maintaining a relationship and whose member takes on a life of its own, teaching both parties lessons about life and love. Written by Jeff Tetreault, a bespectacled writer who moonlights as a go-go boy at various West Hollywood gay clubs, Bad Johnson is sure to attract some attention from gay audiences and beyond. Bad Johnson opens today in select theaters. Watch the trailer below. – Daniel Reynolds



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8.  MUSIC: "Teardrops,"Matt Palmer
This out artist samples Taylor Swift for his heartfelt new R&B single, "Teardrops." The video features Palmer lusting after an attractive artist who happens to be his neighbor. "Teardrops" is off Palmer's seven-song, crowd-sourced EP, Stranger Than Fiction. – Neal Broverman



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7. THEATER: Gay Play Weekend 
A murder mystery in which everyone’s dressed as Joan Crawford and a musical drama about the tragic 1973 UpStairs Lounge fire in New Orleans are among the offerings in Chicago-based Pride Films and Plays’ festival, which presents readings of the five finalists in its 2014 Gay Play and Musical Contest. The others: a tale of Michelangelo’s affair with a Roman nobleman, a look at gay dating today, and a drama about abuse and healing. Performances are scheduled May 9-11 at the Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre, with a short discussion after each, and the winner will be announced at the close of the May 11 show. Find more information here. – Trudy Ring


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6. BOOK: Everybody’s Got Something, Robin Roberts
“Everybody’s got something.” That’s was Roberts’s mother would often say to her, to remind her that everyone has struggles – and it resonated with Roberts through her own struggles with breast cancer, a rare blood disorder, and, eventually, her mother’s death, all of which she recounts in this memoir, written with Veronica Chambers. The Good Morning America anchor, now in good health, also details the love and care she’s received from her partner, Amber Laign. Everybody’s Got Something is available now; buy at your local bookstore or order here. – Trudy Ring

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