By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com November 18 2011 5:34 PM ET
10. MUSIC: Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2
’Tis the season for Glee’s second holiday collection, on which Amber Riley nails Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas,” Naya Rivera coos “Santa Baby,” and Heather Morris takes on “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses. Other highlights include “Let It Snow,” a duet by Darren Criss and Chris Colfer, and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” a duet between out diva Alex Newell and fellow Glee Project contestant Lindsay Pearce.
9. THEATER: Who’s Your Daddy? and David Dean Bottrell Makes Love
See these two Los Angeles solo shows by out writer-performers: Single dad Johnny O'Callaghan opens up about his adoption of a Ugandan orphan in Who's Your Daddy? which runs through December 18 at the Little Victory Theatre; David Dean Bottrell returns with a funny, insider-y account of his Hollywood high jinks through December 15 at the Rogue Machine Theatre. For tickets visit TheVictoryTheatreCenter.org and RogueMachineTheatre.com.
8. BLU-RAY/DVD: West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition
Available as a two-disc collector’s edition Blu-ray and as a limited edition four-disc boxed set with Blu-ray, newly restored DVD, tribute CD, and collectible memorabilia, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’s Oscar-winning 1961 musical — based on the 1957 Broadway hit — now includes special featurettes that analyze and illuminate the film’s dance sequences and enduring legacy, plus song-specific commentary by out lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
7. DVD: Longhorns, Bite Marks, Harvest, and Hollywood Sex Wars
Give thanks for the hot guys in these new releases: David Lewis’s Longhorns is a sweet and sexy ’80s-set comedy about Texan buddies with benefits; a gay couple hitches with a closeted trucker in Bite Marks, Mark Bessenger’s silly vampire comedy; farmhands find love in the tender German drama Harvest; and in Hollywood Sex Wars, gay actor and Dirty Sanchez singer Mario Diaz plays brilliantly against type as the ultimate ladies’ man.
6. DVD: Beginners
Based on the real-life experiences of filmmaker Mike Mills, this endearingly smart and artsy serio-comedy stars Ewan McGregor as the depressed 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 — an Oscar front-runner — plays the deliriously happy father, who spends his final years with a new gay social circle and a young boyfriend played by ER’s Goran Visnjic.
5. THEATER: Wild Animals You Should Know
Opening November 20 off-Broadway at New York’s Lucille Lortel Theatre, Thomas Higgins’s new play stars Jay Armstrong Johnson and Gideon Glick as teenage boy scouts whose innocent sexual exploration ultimately involves a gay scoutmaster. At a November 22 talk-back, Higgins and ousted gay assistant scoutmaster James Dale will discuss the landmark 2000 Boy Scouts of America v. Dale case. For more info visit MCCTheater.org.
4. DVD: Nothing This Real, Justin Utley
Out alt-country rocker Justin Utley, a hunky Utah native and ex-Mormon, has just released his impressive sophomore full-length album, his first since 2005’s Runaway. Highlights include boot-tappin’ lead single “The Great Escape” and the live track “Stand for Something,” a call for social action and LGBT equality that won OUTStanding Country/Folk Song at the 2010 OUTMusic Awards. For more info visit JustinUtley.com.
3. TV: Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys
Premiering November 18, Sundance Channel’s reality series relocates to Nashville for its second season of showcasing the special relationship between gay men and straight women. We like gay dad Peter, who’s keeping Kristin company while her husband’s deployed in Afghanistan, plus sassy single author Tenisha and her dramatic codependent friendship with ex-Mormon Jared (pictured). For more info visit SundanceChannel.com.
2. TV: A Very Gaga Thanksgiving
Interviewed by Katie Couric at Sacred Heart, the singer's Manhattan alma mater, Lady Gaga gives her little monsters an intimate look at her private life November 24 in a 90-minute Thanksgiving special she directed for ABC. Gaga also performs eight songs for close friends and family — including “White Christmas” and “The Lady Is a Tramp,” her duet with Tony Bennett — and gay chef Art Smith helps her make a deep-fried turkey.
1. CONCERT: Cheyenne Jackson’s Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era
Conducted by out music director Steven Reineke, Cheyenne Jackson — gay Broadway heartthrob and recurring 30 Rock and Glee star — joins the magical New York Pops orchestra November 18 at Carnegie Hall. Jackson’s suave and swingin’ tribute to the ’50s and ’60s includes the premiere of a “Mad Men Suite” arranged by Mad Men composer David Cabonara. Don’t miss the vintage attire contest! For tickets visit CarnegieHall.org.