By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com March 04 2011 7:00 PM ET
10. THEATER: Little Miss Sunshine
A stage adaptation of the 2006 film about a dysfunctional family’s road trip to a pre-teen beauty pageant, this world premiere opens March 4 at California’s La Jolla Playhouse with music and lyrics by out composer William Finn of Falsettos and Spelling Bee fame. Sondheim collaborator James Lapine is librettist and director, and out performer Malcolm Gets stars as Frank, the gay, suicidal Proust scholar played by Steve Carell in the movie.
9. FILM: Fusion: Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival
Now in its eighth year, this Outfest offshoot celebrates diversity in LGBT films March 4 and 5 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater. The program includes Hooters! The Making of Older, Wiser, Lesbian Cinema, a conversation with Pariah filmmaker Dee Rees, and a sing-along screening of The Wiz. Rikki Beadle-Blair receives the Fusion Achievement Award prior to a screening of his latest film, Fit, a U.K. mash-up of Skins and Glee.
8: All About Aubrey
When former Danity Kane diva Aubrey O’Day’s glossy reality series debuts March 7 on Oxygen, we’ll meet her gay cronies like choreographer Gil Duldulao, hairstylist Cesar Ramirez, and “gay husband” Jasen Kaplan — not to mention Mary Ann, her purple-dyed male dog. Though O’Day still insisted in a recent Advocate interview that she dislikes labels on her sexuality, we’ll also see the singer kissing girls and hitting lesbian clubs.
7. MUSIC: Aerials, Ariel Aparicio
Available March 8, Aparicio’s latest genre-defying record toys with alt, punk, glam, dance tracks dependent on crunchy guitars instead of club beats, and a Latin flavor courtesy of his Cuban heritage. A fixture on Logo's NewNowNext and Click List, the Brooklyn-based musician explores themes inspired by his experiences as a married gay father and restaurateur. Standout “Sorry” touches on his acceptance of his sexuality.
6. DVD: A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square
Respect and attention must be paid to the seven discriminated gay and lesbian senior citizens trying to score a spot a in Triangle Square — the nation’s first affordable housing community specifically for LGBT elders — in this moving documentary by director Carolyn Coal and producer Cynthia Childs. An Audience Award winner at Outfest, the poignant 2008 film is finally available for purchase March 8 at APlaceToLiveMovie.com.
5. MUSIC: Dan Holguin, Dan Holguin
Drawing inspiration from ’90s acts like Smashing Pumpkins, Fiona Apple, and Elliott Smith, out alt-rocker Holguin, a denizen of the queer live music scene in Los Angeles, has just released his self-titled debut EP, a trio of tracks — “Extract the Facts,” “Now I Only,” and “So Damn Beautiful” — that lay smoothly soaring emo vocals over driving guitar riffs and rainy-day piano. “Does it feel good?” he wails on “Facts.” Yes, it does.
4. The Celebrity Apprentice
Survivor winner and IRS loser Richard Hatch is our only gay hope when Donald Trump’s starry reality competition returns March 6 on NBC, but competitor La Toya Jackson competes to raise money and awareness for AIDS Project Los Angeles — one of many worthy charities that makes the heated feud between Star Jones and Atlanta Housewife NeNe Leakes seem silly. Other gay-favorites include Lisa Rinna and Dionne Warwick.
3. MUSIC: Collapse Into Now, R.E.M.
Led by queer icon and 2010 Out 100 honoree Michael Stipe, the veteran alt-rockers reteam with Irish producer Jacknife Lee — producer of the band’s last effort, Accelerate — on their 15th studio album. Out March 8, it’s being touted as more personal, less political, and one of their most sonically expansive records ever, with special guest vocals from Patti Smith, Peaches, Eddie Vedder, and gay Hidden Cameras front man Joel Gibb.
2. THEATER: Arts and Crafts
For two shows on March 7, Sandra Bernhard and Mx. Justin Vivian Bond join forces and fans for the premiere of their new musical romp at Joe’s Pub in New York. Bernhard and Bond play country cousins on very different life paths: One gave up a rock-chick career for born-again Midwestern motherhood, and the other went from small-town queen to urban art world sophisticate. Cole Escola of Logo’s Jeffery & Cole Casserole costars.
1. DVD: Vampire Boys
If True Blood’s vamps are a gay metaphor, out filmmaker Charlie Vaughn takes it one bite further with a college-set vampire fantasia that may glamour you with its low-budget charm. Jason Lockhart stars as Jasin, an undead stud on the prowl for an eternal companion, a potential afterlife-partner played by out newbie Christian Ferrer. Too bad Jasin’s vamp pal — The Lair’s Dylan Vox — thinks “the one” should be a busty blond.