10. DVD: Torchwood: Miracle Day
From creator Russell T. Davies, who is also responsible for Queer as Folk, comes the fourth season of the hit British sci-fi series on DVD. Out actor John Barrowman again headlines as bisexual Captain Jack Harkness in 10 episodes of the cult fave originally broadcast on Starz.
9. FILM: Musical Chairs
The latest from Desperately Seeking Susan director Susan Seidelman is a romantic comedy set in the world of wheelchair ballroom dancing. Expect a standout performance from gorgeous actress-transgender activist Laverne Cox. Now playing in select theaters.
8. THEATER: Are You There God? It’s Me, Karen Carpenter
Perhaps the only thing better than a stage adaptation of Judy Blume's coming-of-age classic Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is adding songs by the Carpenters. An incredibly talented cast including Drew Droege mines the material for all the comedy they can in this musical parody conceived, written, and directed by Dane Whitlock. Through Saturday at Attic Theatre in Culver City, Calif.
7. MUSIC: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Nicki Minaj
Hip-hop's most colorful personality returns with an incredibly schizophrenic album (which, despite the title, is not a sequel to her debut disc) that allows her to show every facet of her talent, featuring radio-friendly pop songs, dance tracks, and the mad rap skills that first brought her to the attention of music fans. Minaj also delivers more of her trademark playful and very explicit rhymes on tracks such as "Come on a Cone."
6. DVD/VOD: Albert Nobbs/The Iron Lady
Glenn Close’s passion project Albert Nobbs (available Tuesday on video on demand and pay-per-view, out on DVD a month later) offered the distinguished actress one of her most indelible roles, as a woman living as a male hotel butler to survive desperate circumstances in 19th-century Ireland. Meryl Streep is remarkable (even by her standards) as controversial British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in out director Phyllida Lloyd's intimate bio The Iron Lady (on DVD Tuesday).
5. EVENT: The White Party
The venerable Palm Springs event, filled with pool parties and pulsating dance floors, goes 3D this weekend. Producer Jeffrey Sanker says to expect “bigger and bolder LED and visual displays and immense stage and platform structures designed to stretch the limits of your imagination, the only lenses needed are your shades.” Plus there's a concert by Mary J. Blige! For information go to JeffreySanker.com.
4. BOOK: Livwise: Easy Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Life
Ever wonder why Olivia Newton-John, at 62, still looks so fit, healthy, and luminous? Nutrition is at least partly responsible. The iconic superstar and self-proclaimed breast cancer "thriver" has compiled recipes and mouthwatering photos of some of her favorite dishes from Gaia, her Australian heath retreat for her first cookbook (Lyons Press, $27.50). Royalties from the book will benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Order it here.
3. DVD: A Streetcar Named Desire
"I don't want realism," Blanche DuBois famously proclaims in A Streetcar Named Desire. "I want magic." Both qualities are vividly on display in Elia Kazan's landmark 1951 film adaptation (now available on Blu-ray) of Tennessee Williams’s most enduring play. You’ll search in vain to find two more brilliant performances than those of Vivien Leigh as fragile, doomed Blanche and Marlon Brando as brutish Stanley Kowalski.
2. THEATRE: Evita
What's new, Buenos Aires? With his trademark megawatt charisma and swagger, Ricky Martin makes a triumphant return to Broadway as Che, voice of the people and tormenter of Argentine first lady Eva Peron (Olivier Award–winner Elena Roger, who actually hails from Argentina), in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's beloved musical Evita. Open-ended run at New York's Marquis Theatre. For tickets and more information go to EvitaOnBroadway.com.
1. MUSIC: The Smiths' Remastered Catalog
Fans who have sung along with Morrissey's earnest plea “For once in my life, let me get what I want" on the Smiths' masterpiece The Queen Is Dead for decades are finally getting some satisfaction. All eight albums, including the ironically titled The World Won’t Listen (making its U.S. CD debut), have been remastered by the band's guitarist, Johnny Marr, and sound more pristine than ever. A quarter century after the group's final studio album, Strangeways Here We Come, Morrissey's melancholy lyrics and Marr's jangly guitar licks continue to provide the soundtrack for many gay people around the globe.