By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com March 11 2011 8:05 PM ET
10. FILM: Elektra Luxx
A sequel to Women in Trouble, Sebastian Gutiérrez’s fluffy indie comedy stars Carla Gugino as Elektra Luxx, a retired porn star on the road to reinvention. Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki — TV’s new Wonder Woman — plays Holly Rocket, a dimwitted porn pal with a serious crush on an escort played by Entourage’s Emmanuelle Chriqui. Look for a sensual lap dance dream sequence and a label-shunning confession.
9. TV: Beverly Hills Fabulous
Premiering March 14 on VH1, this hot-messy new reality series revolves around the staff and patrons of the Elgin Charles Salon, an upscale African-American beauty salon in Beverly Hills. While flamboyant owner Elgin Charles — a self-proclaimed “Emperor of Hair” — tries to globalize his hair empire with the help of ex-wife Jackée Harry, make an appointment with gay stylist Sean Cameron, a comically arrogant bleached-blond bitch.
8. THEATER: La Cage aux Folles
After Douglas Hodge and Kelsey Grammer flew the coop, Harvey Fierstein and Jeffrey Tambor took on this Tony-winning revival at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. Because complications from recent hip surgery forced Tambor to bow out after only a dozen performances, Christopher Sieber graciously steps into the role of Georges starting March 11 — and two gay men playing the show’s gay couple makes now the best of times.
7. MUSIC: Lights, Ellie Goulding and Oh Land, Oh Land
To help wean your iPod off Adele’s 21, check out these new American debuts from two other buzzworthy imports. Oh Land, a Danish performer currently touring with OMD, delivers bright-eyed electro-pop like first single “Sun of a Gun” and summer anthem-ready “We Turn It Up.” Brit Ellie Goulding is a bit more serious, with ethereal electro-folk jams like “Starry-Eyed” and a sweetly stirring cover of Elton John’s “Your Song.”
6. DVD: Every Day
First-time filmmaker Richard Levine mines his experiences as a Nip/Tuck writer and father of a gay son in this slow-boiling drama. Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt star as a disgruntled TV writer and his stressed wife, but this uneven indie is a must-see for Ezra Miller’s honest portrayal of their newly out son, who challenges his dad by wanting to attend a gay prom. Eddie Izzard also steals scenes as a Ryan Murphy-ish gay producer.
5. MUSIC: “Kiss Kiss,” B. Scott
A self-described “multimedia maven” best known for his flamboyant YouTube rants and outrageous pop culture blog LoveBScott.com, B. Scott has just rewarded loyal fans — his “love muffins” — with the release of his debut single, a sassy ’90s throwback worthy of a runway stomp. “I don’t care who’s right or wrong,” sings the gender-nonconformist gay enchantress on the Midi Mafia–produced dance track. “I just want you all night long.”
4. FILM: Tales of the Waria
“A waria is a man,” explains one subject in this touching documentary on Indonesia’s transgender community. “But he has a woman’s soul.” Filmmaker Kathy Huang follows four warias — an HIV-positive ex-prostitute, a stage diva, a proud waria leader, and an ex-waria with a wife and kids — searching for intimacy in the Muslim world. This fascinating exposé premieres March 13 at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival.
3. DVD: A Marine Story
In Ned Farr’s engaging “don’t ask, don’t tell” drama, which earned top honors at Outfest, Dreya Weber stars as Alex, a decorated Marine officer discharged during the Iraq war for being a lesbian. Upon returning to her conservative hometown, our harassed heroine is recruited to help a rebellious teen — out actress Paris Pickard — prepare for boot camp. Luckily, the Karate Kid training allows free time for Alex to pick up girls in gay bars.
2. BOOKS: Untied, Meredith Baxter, and Sing You Home, Jodi Picoult
It’s a lovely month for Lifetime-y lesbian literature. In Untied, a memoir worthy of Oprah’s obsession, the abused woman behind the Family Ties matriarch writes frankly about coming to terms with her sexuality and loving her partner, Nancy Locke. Sing You Home, the first book club selection for the Trevor Project’s TrevorSpace, explores a lesbian couple’s struggle to start a family — a gay rights theme inspired by the author’s gay son.
1. FILM: Making the Boys
Out March 11, Crayton Robey’s captivating documentary celebrates the legacy of The Boys in the Band, Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking yet polarizing 1968 play and 1970 film that Cheyenne Jackson describes as “a bunch of queens getting drunk.” Half the fun is the insightful commentary — Christian Siriano never heard of it — and amazing archival footage like home movies of a 1965 party at Roddy McDowall’s beach house.