By Jeremy Kinser
Originally published on Advocate.com May 04 2012 4:00 PM ET
10. FILM: The Perfect Family
A restrained performance by Kathleen Turner highlights this broad dramedy about a devoutly religious woman whose quest to become Catholic of the Year is challenged by, among other things, her pregnant lesbian daughter. In a wink at his role in The Thorn Birds, Richard Chamberlain costars as a monsignor. Turner and director Anne Renton discuss the film here. Now playing in select theaters.
9. EVENT: Drink and Drag Bowling
Forget what you’ve heard. It’s definitely OK to drink and drag. Two dozen drag queens will serve food and booze while talented entertainers like Lady Bunny, Sharon Needles, and Willam Belli help launch Las Vegas’s first drag queen bowling alley. Opening night Saturday. For more information go to DrinkAndDrag.com.
8. DVD: Kawa/This Is What Love in Action Looks Like
In Kawa, an acclaimed psychological drama from Down Under, a New Zealand businessman is forced to reveal his lifelong secret that he is gay. The documentary This Is What Love in Action Looks Like chronicles the protests that followed a teenage boy in Tennessee being sent to a reform camp for being gay. Both are available on DVD Tuesday.
7. EVENT: Palm Springs Gay Rodeo
Beers, steers, and...you know the rest. The Palm Springs Hot Rodeo will be held at the Equestrian Center in Banning, Calif., Saturday and Sunday. For more information go here.
6. DVD: The Big C: Complete Second Season
How do you make Showtime's hit comedy featuring Laura Linney's typically brilliant turn as a sarcastic, undefeatable cancer patient and out actor John Benjamin Hickey as her homeless brother even better? Add recurring characters played by Cynthia Nixon (as Linney's longtime friend) and Hugh Dancy (as a gay fellow patient). Available on DVD Tuesday.
5. BOOK: Season of the Witch
Best-selling novelist (and Salon CEO) David Talbot takes readers on an exhilarating ride through the tumultuous cultural and political history of San Francisco (Free Press, $28). Talbot weaves a magnificent narrative that incorporates key players such as Janis Joplin, the Cockettes, and Harvey Milk.
4. THEATRE: Follies
The Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s 1971 masterpiece now sparkles in Los Angeles like fine champagne. As old frenemies stuck in a soapy love quadrangle, peerless divas Victoria Clark and Jan Maxwell headline this reunion for aging chorines, but the show’s secret weapon is Elaine Paige, who entertains maybe-gay cater waiters with her impassioned “I'm Still Here.” Through June 9. For more information go here.
3. MUSIC: Mike Munich, “Referee”
"Do as you are told," Mike Munich sings that he's taking control. The photogenic entertainer was just named one of The Advocate’s 40 Under 40, and releases his second dance track. Watch a teaser for his upcoming video here. Purchase "Referee" on iTunes.
2. TV: Judas Kiss/She’s Living for This
In the television premiere of Judas Kiss, Dante’s Cove star Charlie David plays a failed filmmaker who has a steamy one-night stand with a student and learns he can change his own future by adjusting the student's path. For more information go here. The first season of Sherry Vine’s wacky send-up of '70s variety shows, She’s Living For This, concludes with special guest star, the always entertaining Candis Cayne. Watch a preview here. Both are available for viewing on here! TV.
1. MOVIE: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Bill Nighy may steal scenes in this comedy about a group of Brits of a certain age who make a passage to India. However, it’s Tom Wilkinson who breaks hearts as he seeks out the male lover of his youth. Now playing in select theaters. Watch the cast discuss the film here.