By Jeremy Kinser
Originally published on Advocate.com March 16 2012 5:10 PM ET
10. TV: Shahs of Sunset
With his outrageous wit and peculiar
charm, Reza Farahan has emerged as the breakout star of the
controversial reality-based series. The real estate broker not only bursts stereotypes of Middle Easterners, he also raises awareness of gay Persians. Watch him Sunday nights on Bravo.
9. FESTIVAL: L.A. Fetish Pride
Break out you hankies! All things kinky are celebrated during this 10-day fetish festival, beginning tonight. Saturday's Oink party offers leather aficionados a chance to strut their favorite gear and unleash their inner pig in an abandoned brick warehouse in downtown Los Angeles Men 21 and over only. For more information on Oink, go to OinkMobile.com. For more on the festival, go to LAFetishPride.com.
8. FILM: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in 3D
You'll swoon for swans and the
graceful homoerotic overtones of Bourne’s all-male restaging of the
ballet that has riveted theatergoers since it premiered in 1995. Now
everyone can revel in the digital 3D spectacle and Tchaikovsky's
immortal music in state-of-the-art surround sound. In theaters
one night only, Tuesday. To locate a screening near you, go here.
7. EVENT: Alan Cumming at XL
The versatile Tony Award–winning actor, currently getting raves on the acclaimed TV drama The Good Wife,
will entertain New Yorkers with an intimate evening of thrilling music
and witty anecdotes. The one-night-only event will benefit the
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights
Commission. New York’s XL Cabaret Saturday. For more information, go to XLNightclub.com.
6. WEB SERIES: Royal Sabotage
This racy — and exceptionally amusing — new online comedy series from Kingsley Benham and JJ Wienkers focuses on the "fun-employed" ne’er-do-well Royal Stevenson (Benham), who, when he's not hopping from brunch to bar to bed, is just trying to find his place in the world like the rest of us. To watch, go to RoyalSabotage.com.
5. BOOK: Sal Mineo, Michael Gregg Michaud
Before you see James Franco’s upcoming cinematic take on the last day of the murdered gay star of Rebel Without a Cause, read this definitive and comprehensive biography. Michaud spent a decade researching the life of the late actor, and his chronicle (recently published in paperback by Three Rivers Press, $16) is one of the most impossible-to-put-down showbiz reads in years.
4. DVD: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo/My Week With Marilyn/Young Adult
Three of last year’s most highly regarded performances are now available on DVD/Blu-ray. Rooney Mara exceeds expectations as bisexual computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's gripping adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Michelle Williams avoids caricature with a delicately modulated performance as screen icon Marilyn Monroe, who comes unhinged while making a film in England with acting great Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn. Charlize Theron plays a havoc-wreaking author who forms an unlikely alliance with a hate-crime victim in the criminally underappreciated black comedy Young Adult.
3. MUSIC: Get Out, Gavin Creel
Following his acclaimed marriage equality anthem "Noise," entertainer-activist Creel, cofounder of Broadway Impact, releases his third album, which he describes as "epic, loud and full of jams that'll blast us into the summer.” Creel fans will also celebrate with two concerts, both Monday at Joe’s Pub in New York City. For more on the performer, go to GavinCreel.com.
2. EVENT: The 6th Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant
Mamma Mia!'s Andrew Chappelle, Porgy and Bess's Wilkie Ferguson, Godspell's Corey Mach, Mary Poppins's Jesse Swimm, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert's Anthony Wayne will face off in talent, interview, and swimsuit competitions. Celebrity judges include Michael Musto, Jackie Hoffman, and Tonya Pinkins, and proceeds will benefit New York's Ali Forney Center, which provides a safe shelter for LGBT youth. March 19. For more information, visit BroadwayBeautyPageant.com.
1. EVENT: Perez Hilton's One Night in Austin
The blogger-author-activist is also a renowned music aficionado and returns to SXSW for the fifth time with his signature fund-raising event. Timbaland, Dev, the Ting Tings, Cher Lloyd, and Dragonette are among the artists confirmed to perform. Hilton is selling tickets to the musical showcase for the first time and guarantees that 100% of proceeds will go to VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, which helps restore music education in American schools. Austin Music Hall, Saturday. For tickets and more information, go here.