By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com February 04 2011 6:00 PM ET
10. DVD: Lucky Lady
Because we can’t get enough of Liza Minnelli — did you read our recent cover story? — let us recommend this 1975 screwball comedy, which is now available on DVD for the first time. Directed by Stanley Donen of Singin’ in the Rain and Funny Face fame, the film stars Minnelli in a Golden Globe-nominated performance with Gene Hackman and Burt Reynolds as a booze-running, bed- and bath-sharing ménage à trois in the Prohibition era.
9. CABARET: The Other Steve and Edie
For three nights starting February 4, New York’s Laurie Beechman Theatre welcomes Nurse Jackie stars Edie Falco and Stephen Wallem in their new cabaret act, a salute of sorts to the swingin’ stylings of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé. This marks Falco’s cabaret debut, but the gay Wallem — Nurse Jackie’s gay nurse Thor — was a fixture of Chicago’s cabaret scene with autobiographical solo shows like Off the Wallem.
8. TV: Who Do You Think You Are?
Executive-produced by out All Over the Guy writer-star Dan Bucatinsky — partner of filmmaker Don Roos — with longtime pal and producing partner Lisa Kudrow, the second season of NBC’s celebrity genealogy documentary series starts February 4 on NBC. We can’t wait to bark up the old family trees of Vanessa Williams, Kim Cattrall, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, and the show’s first gay volunteer, Rosie O’Donnell.
7. THEATER: Broadway Backwards 6
Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and billed as “the only Broadway event custom-made for the gay and lesbian community, our friends, and family,” the annual one-night affair returns February 7 at the Longacre Theatre with Broadway’s brightest stars — including out performers Clay Aiken, Alan Cumming, Colman Domingo, and Denis O’Hare — singing show tunes originally intended for the opposite gender.
6. DVD: Life as We Know It
Available February 8, this successful rom-com about an unlikely pair forced to raise the baby of deceased friends — out director Greg Berlanti’s first feature since 2000’s The Broken Hearts Club — has more going for it than Josh Duhamel in white boxer-briefs. It also has Rob Huebel and Bill Brochtrup as a friendly gay neighbor couple who enjoy ogling Duhamel in his white boxer-briefs as they lend support to the unexpected parents.
5. CONCERT: Kristian Hoffman
A Klaus Nomi and Rufus Wainwright collaborator who made up punk group the Mumps with An American Family’s Lance Loud, out artist Kristian Hoffman promotes his latest baroque-pop CD, Fop, with a February 4 concert at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles. The evening will also feature performances from Hoffman’s friends like Ann Magnuson, True Blood’s Todd Lowe, and America’s Got Talent’s Prince Poppycock.
4. DVD: Let Me Die Quietly and Role/Play
Two new gay indies piqued our interest this week. Out novelist Charles Casillo wrote and stars in his feature debut, the neo-noir Let Me Die Quietly, which follows a gay alcoholic who becomes haunted by psychic visions of murder victims. Role/Play stars sexy real-life couple Steve Callahan and Matthew Montgomery as a recently outed daytime soap actor and a scandalously divorced gay marriage activist who hook up at a Palm Springs resort.
3. TV: Glamour Belles
Premiering February 9 on Lifetime, this hilarious new workplace docuseries goes behind the seams with the colorfully besequined employees and customers of Joann’s Gowns, a nationally renowned small-town pageant dress shop in Union City, Tenn. When princesses and overbearing parents come in to pick out the greatest gown to win their pageant crown, expect lots of sassy witticisms from Jared, the flamboyant store manager.
2. THEATER: The Children’s Hour
If you’re in London, don’t miss this starry revival of Lillian Hellman’s lesbian-themed 1934 drama, which opens February 9 at the West End’s Comedy Theatre. Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Pirates of the Caribbean waif Keira Knightley play Martha and Karen, respectively, New England schoolmistresses whose lives are shattered by a student’s accusations about the nature of their relationship. Ellen Burstyn and Carol Kane costar.
1. TV: Glee Super Bowl Special
How has it been two months since the last new episode of Glee? Even if you don’t know who’s playing, you know what follows the big game February 6 on Fox. Aside from a zombie “Thriller” tribute and dreamy Darren Criss doing “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle” episode focuses on the rivalry between McKinley High’s jocks and gleeks, so expect more internal struggle from Max Adler’s closeted bully Karofsky.