By Jeremy Kinser
Originally published on Advocate.com May 24 2012 11:44 PM ET
10. MOVIE: Mansome
John Waters, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, and coproducers Will Arnett and Jason Bateman wax on about male body hair, grooming, and metrosexuality in Morgan Spurlock's enlightening documentary. Now playing in select theaters.
9. DVD: The Woman in Black
Daniel Radcliffe, one of our most dedicated allies and favorite Trevor Project spokesmen, delivers an understated performance and his trademark otherworldly magnetism helps elevate this atmospheric, gothic ghost story. Now available on DVD.
8. THEATRE: BitchSlap!
Catty barbs fly fast and furious as the notorious rivalry between screen greats Joan Crawford and Bette Davis is examined through the eyes of gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in this ribald comedy. Performed through June 17 at L.A.’s Macha Theatre. For more information go here.
7. TV: Scandalicious
An irreverent four-part countdown series launches with "20 Shocking Celebrity Rants" in which talking heads like Alec Mapa, Jeffery Self, and Debra Wilson offer comic sass on Charlie Sheen's outrageous blatherings and Christian Bale's mind blowing meltdown. Premieres on Logo May 25.
6. PERFORMANCE: Sandrology
Sandra Bernhard blends her signature satirical wit with fiercely energetic musical numbers while accompanied by a live rock band. May 30-June 10. For more information go to Redcat.org.
5.DVD: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life
Lily Tomlin, Chita Rivera, and Barbara Walters are among those who lend insight into the colorful life of theater legend-gay icon Carol Channing in Dori Bernstein’s acclaimed documentary, which is now available on DVD.
4. FESTIVAL: The 23rd Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
Noah’s Arc creator Patrik-Ian Polk will be honored and his latest film The Skinny is featured as the centerpiece of Hawaii's premier LGBT film festival. Other highlights include the comedy Cloud Burst, with memorable performances from Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, and the gentle coming-of-age tale North Sea Texas (pictured). Honolulu’s Doris Duke Theatre May 31-June 3. For more information go to HGLCF.org.
3. DVD: Worried About the Boy
This early years of Boy George (well played by Douglas Booth) — including his fractured relationship with his father and the rocky romance with Culture Club’s bi drummer Jon Moss — are chronicled in this BBC biopic from 2010, which is now available on DVD.
2. PERFORMANCE: Me So Thorny
Prickly drag superstar Jackie Beat focuses her razor-sharp wit on Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, frequent target Madonna, and others in an aptly titled new show filled with song parodies that might erase memories of the originals. Through Sunday at New York’s Laurie Beechman Theater. For more information go here.
1. MUSIC: Magic Hour, Scissor Sisters
The contagious euphoria of the dance quintet is evident again with the band’s fourth album, on which Jake and company collaborate with Calvin Harris and Pharrell Williams. Besides the hands-in-the-air exuberance of the first single, “Only the Horses,” highlights include “Shady Love,” featuring guest vocals by bi rapper-singer Azealia Banks, and “Let’s Have a Kiki,” which is not only the best song title of the year but provides a workout for the amazing Ana Matronic. Watch a promo for the album here.