By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com March 18 2011 12:00 PM ET
10. TV: The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway
Paul Reubens revives his lovably maniacal man-child alter ego from the ’80s series Pee-wee’s Playhouse in this taped performance of his Broadway crowd-pleaser, which airs March 19 on HBO. All of the campy characters and classic catchphrases are back, but today’s Pee-wee gets postcards from flirty prison pen pals, and the quip “Why don’t you marry it?” makes Magic Screen list the states in which two women can legally marry.
9. BOOK: Porn From Andy Warhol to X-Tube
Packed with fun facts and prurient photos, Kevin Clarke’s new hardcover coffee-table book chronicles a blow-by-blow history of gay porn from Andy Warhol’s underground ’60s erotica to megastudios like Falcon to pay-per-minute video sites. This eye-opening Bruno Gmünder Verlag release includes interviews with porn-world luminaries like Chi Chi LaRue and William Higgins, plus a chapter on the importance of porn as safe sex.
8. THEATER: The Broadway Beauty Pageant
This benefit for the Ali Forney Center, New York’s emergency housing resource for homeless LGBT youth, is in its fifth year of objectifying hot chorus boys. Held March 21 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, the event — conceived by Jeffery Self and directed by Ryan J. Davis — will be hosted by Tovah Feldshuh with celebrity judges Rachel Dratch, Carson Kressley, and Bruce Vilanch. The swimsuit portion is not to be missed.
7. FILM: Motherland
Inspired by her mother’s murder, filmmaker Doris Yeung’s hauntingly somber feature debut — a 2009 Outfest selection opening March 18 in New York — stars Françoise Yip as Raffi, a young Asian-American lesbian who returns home when her estranged mother is murdered. Raffi’s mother couldn’t accept her relationship with a woman, but Yeung makes Raffi’s sexuality mostly a side dish, focusing instead on disturbing family drama.
6. DVD: The People I’ve Slept With
Available March 22, Quentin Lee’s quirky sex comedy stars Karin Anna Cheung as Angela, a promiscuous young bisexual in search of the man responsible for her surprise pregnancy — a feat made more fun by her habit of taking photos of each conquest. My So-called Life’s Wilson Cruz is a hoot as Gabriel, Angela’s gay bestie and, thanks to one boozy night, possible baby-daddy. Rane Jameson is crush-worthy as Gabriel’s boyfriend.
5. MUSIC: Glam Nation Live, Adam Lambert; American Idol 10th Anniversary The Hits: Volume 1
Recorded at Clowes Hall in Indianapolis last August 31, Lambert’s concert CD/DVD, out March 22, features live performances of all your favorites from Lambert’s For Your Entertainment plus Idol highlight “Ring of Fire” and a cocky cover of T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy.” Along with Clay Aiken’s “Invisible,” Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me” adds gay glam to the 12 singles on Idol’s new commemorative compilation.
4. FILM: Cracks
In theaters March 18, this dark drama stars a mesmerizing Eva Green as Miss G, an unconventional diving instructor who develops a dangerous sexual obsession on a new student, an enigmatic Spanish girl played by María Valverde, at a British girls’ boarding school in 1934. Coproduced by Christine Vachon, this exquisite directorial debut from Jordan Scott — Ridley Scott’s daughter — simmers sumptuously with sinister suspense.
3. THEATER: Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Book of Mormon
Out stage vets Nick Adams and Tony Sheldon join Hair’s Will Swenson as the drag divas aboard Priscilla, which opens March 20 at Broadway’s Palace Theatre. In The Book of Mormon, a musical from South Park’s creators opening March 24 at Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, out Broadway Impact cofounder Rory O’Malley plays a closeted Mormon missionary who sings about squelching his gay urges in “Turn It Off.”
2. BOOK: It Gets Better
Dan Savage’s YouTube campaign against LGBT youth bullying and suicide just got even better. Edited by Savage with partner Terry Miller, this book collects more than 100 inspirational essays from ordinary folks and celebrities like Tim Gunn and President Obama. Proceeds from the book, out March 22, will benefit LGBT youth charities, and a donation to ItGetsBetterProject.com can put a copy in a school library of your choice.
1. TV: The Fabulous Beekman Boys
When this addictive GLAAD Award–nominated docu-series returns March 22 on Planet Green, viewers will see if bickering urbanite couple Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell can make enough money on their upstate New York farm to let Kilmer-Purcell quit his day job in Manhattan. The second-season debut — expect a lot more of the llama diva! — coincides with the paperback release of Kilmer-Purcell’s memoir, The Bucolic Plague.