Hot Sheet: A Summer Romance Heats Up August

By Jeremy Kinser

Originally published on Advocate.com August 10 2012 6:14 PM ET

10. THEATER: The End of Days

Adam David Thompson and Libby Winters star in a moving new play by Jeffrey James Keyes about a photographer reunited with his elusive muse. Opens Wednesday at the Soho Playhouse as part of the 16th New York International Fringe Festival. For more information go to EndOfDaysPlay.com.

9. DVD: Johnny Guitar

The offscreen friction between Oscar-winning screen greats Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge, who referred to her costar as a "rotten egg lady," was so intense that it helped give their scenes a vivid lesbian subtext on-screen in Nicholas Ray's unforgettable 1954 western, an analogy for the McCarthy witch hunt of the 1950s. Now available on Blu-ray.

8. PERFORMANCE: Erectile Dysfunction

The dragapella beauty shop quartet Kinsey Sicks hit the campaign trail, or concert tour, to perform their political-themed music, including new songs such as “Sell the Poor,” “Eliminate the Schools,” and their campaign anthem, “Vote for Me (I’m Not From Kenya).” Through August 25.  For more information go to KinseySicks.com.

7. DVD: August

In director Eldar Rapaport’s torrid romance, a male couple's otherwise solid relationship is tested when a former lover shows up with some unfinished business. An innocent rendezvous with the former flame ignites a spark, revealing the complexities of love and intimacy. Now available on DVD.

6. THEATER: Red

John Logan’s Tony Award-winning play about bad boy artist Mark Rothko comes to Los Angeles with Prick Up Your Ears’ Alfred Molina and Glee’s Jonathan Groff starring. Through September 9 at L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum. For more information go to CenterTheatreGroup.org.

5. TV: For & Against

Learn everything you need to know going into the 2012 election as host Jim Morrison offers an insightful look at the current political season. Premieres today on Here TV.

4. CONCERT: Liza at the Hollywood Bowl

Two entertainment icons converge for what promises to be a memorable evening. A week after thrilling throngs of adoring gay fans at Fire Island, Minnelli returns to L.A. to razzle-dazzle her West Coast admirers with tunes from her most recent album, Confessions, and, ring fingers crossed, her wacky cover of "Single Ladies." Saturday at 8 p.m. For more information go to HollywoodBowl.com.

3. MUSIC: On the Edge, Winston Gieseke

It’s old-school cabaret with a modern sensibility as the former Advocate editor releases his first album (available Tuesday) and lets his rich baritone soar over a number of familiar standards from artists ranging from Cole Porter to Lady Gaga, many of which get cheeky new arrangements. Check out his cover of Idina Menzel’s marriage equality anthem “Gorgeous” above. Purchase the album here.

2. TV: Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne

Celebrities such as Carrie Fisher, Ellen Barkin, host Jane Lynch, and even surprise guest Tom Arnold take aim at beloved comic and ally Roseanne Barr, who will certainly give back as good as she gets. Premieres Sunday on Comedy Central.

1. BOOK: For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home

Forty-five writers, including James Earl Hardy and B. Scott, contributed to this consistently riveting anthology (Magnus Books, $15.95) that’s filled with edgy, humorous, and inspirational tales. Edited by Keith Boykin and frequent Advocate contributor Clay Cane.