By Jeremy Kinser
Originally published on Advocate.com July 20 2012 6:30 PM ET
10. DVD: Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow
First-tier dancers and choreographers such as Merce Cunningham and Mark Morris reminisce about Jacob’s Pillow, the influential dance festival founded by Ted Shawn and his legendary Men Dancers troupe in 1933 and which still takes place in Massachusetts each summer. Bill T. Jones narrates this invigorating documentary that's now available on DVD.
9. DVD: The Three Stooges
Sean Hayes again proves he’s a master of physical comedy in the Farrelly brothers’ take on the slapstick trio, which costars Jane Lynch and Jennifer Hudson as nuns(!). Now available on DVD.
8. BLU-RAY: Singin’ In the Rain: 60th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition
What a glorious feeling indeed as the most cheerful musical ever gets a lavish re-release complete with an outtake musical number, commentary by director Stanley Donen, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, and Baz Luhrmann, as well as a new documentary that celebrates the magic of Gene Kelly and the film’s continued appeal. Purchase it here.
7. MUSIC: “Settle Down,” No Doubt
Even Lady Gaga is said to be obsessed with this amazing dancehall banger, the first single from Push and Shove (out September 25), Gwen and company’s first album in more than a decade. Available now on iTunes.
6. THEATER: The Paris Letter
Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-nominated Jon Robin Baitz’s searing play chronicles a Wall Street power broker who gets caught up in a financial scheme that threatens to expose his extramarital gay affairs. At L.A.’s Lonny Chapman Theatre through September 2. For more information go to TheGroupRep.com.
5. MUSIC: Dance Again…The Hits, Jennifer Lopez
J.Lo still wants you “On the Floor.” With this compilation that includes “If You Had My Love,” “Jenny From the Block,” and “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” it’s impossible to resist her command. Available Tuesday.
4. THEATER: Chico’s Angels
These three south-of-the-border hotties celebrate nine years of spoofing the kitschy ’70s detective drama with their latest caper, in which the Angels go undercover to solve the murder of a high school hooker. At L.A.’s Casita Del Campo Restaurant Thursday through August 12. For more information go to ChicosAngels.com.
3. MUSIC: Undercover
“Your Lovin’ Touch,” that irresistible song you’ve been listening to while cruising, er, shopping at Abercrombie & Fitch is by none other than amazing queer band Undercover. The debut album from New York scenesters Greg Scarnici and Joe Thompson is loaded with other old-school ’90s dance grooves. Preview it here. For more on the band, go here.
2. TV: Absolutely Fabulous
Expect Eddy and Pats to run riot around London’s Olympic Park (will they light their fags with the Olympic flame?) when the third of the three new 20th anniversary specials of the classic comedy premieres on Logo Wednesday.
1. BOOK: Love Is the Cure, Elton John
For the first time the iconic entertainer tells his own story (Little Brown and Co., $27.99), revealing exclusive details about his relationships with Elizabeth Taylor, Freddie Mercury, Ryan White, and Princess Diana and offering a portrait of his life during the era of AIDS and what’s necessary to bring an end to the epidemic. Book sales will benefit the Elton Johns AIDS Foundation.