By Jeremy Kinser
Originally published on Advocate.com September 14 2012 6:30 PM ET
10. DVD: Katy Perry: Part of Me
The candy-clad pop princess offers fans a peek at her unpredictable path to stardom in this joyful documentary that explores the career highs and personal lows she experienced during her recent California Dreams tour. Available on Blu-ray and DVD September 18.
9. PERFORMANCE: Valarie Pettiford in Concert
Expect compelling storytelling and some dazzling Fosse hands when the stunning, energetic Tony nominee celebrates the release of her new album, Velvet Sky, with a one-night-only fundraising concert for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. Sunday at L.A.’s Renberg Theatre. For more information, go to LAGayCenter.org.
8. PERFORMANCE: Love Connie
The entertainment career of loveable, albeit hirsute flashdancer Connie Slocum (John Cantwell) is threatened along with her beloved pussycat, Vickie, in this cheerfully non-stop, ‘80s pop, psycho-slasher, dance-a-thon. See it Saturday at the Cabaret at Crown & Anchor in Provincetown and Monday at The Slipper Room in New York City.
7. BOOK: Antontio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco
The career of the slavishly-adored photographer is celebrated by Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilhaa in an exquisitely illustrated volume (Rizzoli, $66), which features not only Lopez’s drawings, but also his paintings, letters, and never-before-seen photography.
CREDIT: Antonio Lopez Fashion, Art, Sex & Disco by Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha copyright the Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos
6. PERFORMANCE: Jackie Beat’s Greatest Tits
Everyone is fair game when the buxom drag superstar offers a double D-lightful evening of her very breast hits. Through Sunday at New York's Laurie Beechman Theatre. For more information, go here.
5. MUSIC: Blaqk Audio, Nelly Furtado, P!nk
Bright Black Heaven is the irresistible sophomore album from Blaqk Audio (pictured above), the electronic dance music outfit composed of Davey Havok and Jade Puget, previously from the multi-platinum rock juggernaut, AFI. P!nk's (pictured below) The Truth About Love is a typically cheeky, ass-kicking collection of surefire hits like Blow Me (One Last Kiss). The Spirit Indestructible marks superstar Nelly Furtado's first English-language album since her 2006 blockbuster Loose and features her catchy new single "Parking Lot."
3. BOOK: Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir
She's still so unusual as the the iconic musician and eternal straight ally proves by telling her own story, (Atria Books, $26) which is just as gutsy and memorable as any of her beloved pop songs.
2. THEATER: The Book of Mormon
Activist-actor Gavin Creel makes a terrific Elder Price, a Latter Day missionary in ravaged Uganda, in the tour of the relentlessly entertaining Tony Award-winning musical from South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q's Robert Lopez that sends up religion, Aristophanes, and every musical theater convention imaginable. Through November 25 at L.A.’s Pantages Theatre. For more information, go to BroadwayLA.org.
1. MUSIC: Elysium, Pet Shop Boys
The latest album from Brits Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe —their first recorded in the U.S. —is also their loveliest in years. Listen to a sampler of the album here.