By Jeremy Kinser
Originally published on Advocate.com June 01 2012 2:50 PM ET
10. FESTIVAL: Marilyn Monroe Film Festival
The 86th birthday (June 1) of Hollywood’s most immortal icon is celebrated in her hometown with a retrospective of the screen siren’s classic films, including Bus Stop, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Misfits. Through Thursday at the world-famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, which turns 85. For more information go to ChineseTheatres.com.
9. NIGHTCLUB: 54 Below
A glittering new venue located just below legendary Studio 54 will play host to a lineup of Broadway’s most exciting performers, including Patti LuPone, Justin Vivian Bond, Lea DeLaria, and Jackie Hoffman, who opens Sunday. For more information go to 54Below.com.
8. VOD: Loose Cannons
A man returns to his home to come out to his conservative family, but his plans are ruined by his gay brother in this bright, sometimes affecting Italian comedy. The film is the first release in Focus Features' 10 Years of Pride, a collection that also includes Brokeback Mountain, Far From Heaven, The Kids Are All Right, Milk, My Summer of Love, and Pariah, all of which will be available On Demand throughout the month of June.
7. MUSIC: Anxiety, Ladyhawke; The Absence, Melody Gardot; Our Version of Events, Emile Sandé
Anxiety, the entrancing sophomore album, from electro-rocker Ladyhawke, includes the single “Black, White, and Blue.” Gentle bossa nova beats complement Gardot’s sultry vocals on the chanteuse’s third album, The Absence. On Sandé’s debut, Our Version of Events, her spectacular pipes and the raw emotion of her lyrics mark her arrival as an important new vocalist.
6. PERFORMANCE: Baby Daddy
Out entertainer Alec Mapa returns in an encore presentation of the hilarious chronicle of the adventures he encountered when he and his husband adopted a 5-year old boy. At L.A.’s Renberg Theatre through Saturday. For more information go to LAGayCenter.org.
5. MUSIC: Machine & Magic, That Rogue Romeo
Entertainer Kevin Stea, probably best-known as one of Madonna’s unforgettable backup dancers on her landmark Blond Ambition tour, releases a 13 collection of up-tempo songs as That Rogue Romeo, an alter ego Stea describes as “a dark tortured lover with a big heart.” Listen to the album here.
3. THEATER: Jukebox Jackie
Hairspray’s Scott Wittman conceived and directs this telling of the tumultuous story of pioneering drag superstar Jackie Curtis, immortalized in Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” personified at different stages in life by a cast of four (including the equally magnificent Mx. Justin Vivian Bond). Through June 10 at New York’s Ellen Stewart Theatre. For more information go to LaMama.org.
3. TV: Oprah’s Next Chapter
Neil Patrick Harris and fiancé David Burtka host Oprah Winfrey in their gracious home for a candid chat about coming out, their decision to have children, and the pressures of representing as a gay family. Premieres Sunday on OWN.
2. DVD: Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston
The great American fashion designer’s colorful life and fascinating career — including how a deal with JC Penney led to his downfall — is chronicled by director Whitney Sudler-Smith using archival footage and insightful new interviews with Liza Minnelli, Anjelica Huston, and André Leon Talley. Now on DVD.
1. TV: Drop Dead Diva
Catch up on the award-winning third season of Josh Berman's ripped-from-the-headlines legal dramedy (now on DVD), which costars queer comic Margaret Cho as secretary to a skinny model trapped in the plump body of an attorney (Brooke Elliot). Season 4 of the Lifetime hit premieres Sunday with guest star Kim Kardashian.