By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com June 03 2011 3:10 PM ET
10: EVENT: “This Guy's In Love With You,” Dave Koz
Show your support for marriage equality by joining a “love mob” June 5 at the Figueroa Plaza in Ventura, Calif., where out saxophonist Dave Koz will shoot the video for his next single, “This Guy's in Love With You.” “It’s a simple statement of love,” says Koz of the song. “Being bold enough to love whoever you wish, show some vulnerability, and truly celebrate moving beyond our fears.” For more info visit ImperativePictures.com.
9. DVD: Kaboom
“New queer cinema” pioneer Gregg Araki regresses in the best possible way with this trippy sci-fi comedy — winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s first Queer Palm — which is just out on DVD. Cinema Verité’s Thomas Dekker stars as Smith, a horny bisexual college freshman who crushes on his straight surfer roomie (The Amazing Spider-Man’s Chris Zylka) and uncovers an apocalyptic conspiracy with his acerbic lesbian best friend.
8. BOOK: It's Always Darkest Before Dawn, Jeremy Kost
This first monograph from party photographer Jeremy Kost, master of the Polaroid collage, captures New York’s underground club scene with vibrantly skewed portraits of drag queens, go-go boys, trans divas, and hard-partying personalities by cocktail-shaking spontaneity with meticulous composition, accentuating the careful performance aspect of nightlife culture. Curator Eric C. Shiner and club denizen Ladyfag provide keen prefaces.
7. TV: Dinah Girls
Kicking off here! TV’s gay pride celebration, this wet and wild docu-special, which debuts June 3 on here! TV and here! Online, goes behind the scenes at Club Skirts: The Dinah, the annual women’s weekend event in Palm Springs, Calif. Kayden Kross hosts the insider’s look at the pool parties, with appearances by Natasha Bedingfield, Chely Wright, Paula Poundstone, Laurel Holloman, Real Housewife Fernanda Rocha, and many more.
6. TV: Teen Wolf
Debuting June 5 on MTV after the MTV Movie Awards, this supernatural teen soap — a dark reboot of the 1985 comedy — from out series creator Jeff Davis features newcomer Keahu Kahuanui as gay hottie Danny, a star lacrosse player and the best friend of Jackson (former XY model Colton Haynes), the major rival of the show's werewolf hero (Tyler Posey). Danny will surface in the second episode and appear in six episodes total.
5. COMEDY: I Love Being Me, Don’t You? Sandra Bernhard
On June 7, Sandra Bernhard releases her latest comedy album, which records her performance at San Francisco’s Castro Theater last October. Listen for hilarious riffs on Fleet Week and Iman, plus sassy covers of Melanie’s “Beautiful People” and Lita Ford’s “Kiss Me Deadly.” The bisexual icon toasts the release with a new concert June 8 at New York’s Town Hall featuring special guests Rufus Wainwright, Liza Minnelli, and Justin Bond.
4. DVD: Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour and This Time
These new music documentaries rock! Kerthy Fix’s revealing concert doc Who Took the Bomp? flashes an all-access backstage pass for the 2004 world tour of electro-feminist queer-inclusive icons Le Tigre. Out filmmaker Victor Mignatti’s inspiring This Time, which follows various artists struggling to find success, features gay cabaret star Bobby Belfry, gay producer Peitor Angell, and lesbian minister Estelle Brown of the Sweet Inspirations.
3. BOOK: Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners
What could’ve easily become a novelty book has emerged as an exhaustively researched, essential resource thanks to advice columnist and etiquette expert Steven Petrow, who thoughtfully dispenses practical wisdom on uniquely gay situations like coming out, dealing with antigay discrimination and unsupportive family, same-sex wedding ceremonies, social media privacy, gay sex, and more, always making a point to facilitate a gay-straight alliance.
2. TV: The Real L Word
Representing the Los Angeles lesbian scene, the second season of this sexy Showtime reality series premieres June 5 with mostly new faces and returning favorite Whitney, who may or may not haul out the strap-on again with Sara, Romi, and ex-girlfriend Rachel. Will you relate to L.A. newbie Claire, who’s starting up an online lesbian magazine? Or with butch activist Sadjah, who was once nominated for prom queen?
1. FILM: Beginners
Based on the real-life experience of filmmaker Mike Mills, this endearingly smart and artsy — smartsy? — dramedy opens June 3 in limited release and stars Ewan McGregor as the son of a man who comes out of the closet at age 75 after his wife’s death. The Sound of Music’s Christopher Plummer plays the deliriously happy dad, who spends his final years with a new gay social circle and a young beau played by ER’s Goran Visnjic.