By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com May 31 2013 7:00 PM ET
10. EVENT: Downton Abbey-style Fund-raiser for Chicago House
If you're going through Downtown Abbey withdrawal, the do-gooders at Chicago House have a bit of a fix. You are welcome — encouraged, even — to dress in character for Downton Prairie Avenue, a Downton Abbey-themed five-course dinner to benefit Chicago House's new transgender housing project. 8 p.m., $150. Call (773) 387-2394 or email [email protected] for reservations.
9. THEATER: The Beast of Times
This new play by Adelina Anthony is said to be “like Portlandia meets the animals from the Far Side comic strip, but with sexy progressive queer-people-of-color politics.” It addresses the world’s diminishing environmental and ethnic diversity by portraying the conflicting views of two protagonists, one passionately political, the other satisfied with creature comforts. Starring Anthony, artist in residence at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center, along with Sri Lankan–American transgender performance artist D’Lo. Tonight through June 16 at the Gay and Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre.
8. BOOK: Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns
John Horne Burns was the author of one of the great World War II novels, but he's been long forgotten, relegated to the past by his tragic early demise. In Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns, David Margolick carves out a breathtaking picture of the brilliant prodigy, who grew up as a New England outsider and served in North Africa and Italy during World War II, his best-selling classic The Gallery. But for all the praise that first novel and subsequent works earned him, he couldn't deal with the unexpected fame and the alcoholism and depression that plagued him until his death.
Margolick draws readers into the discussion of how important Burns, the first writer to truly show homosexuals openly and sympathetically, was to the future of gay writing and activism. This book, centering on the author that Gore Vidal considered a rival and whose work Ernest Hemingway praised as "wonderfully written," is less a biography than a portrait, completing a picture of Burns to the fullest extent with each new word.
Previously published works by Margolick, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, include Strange Fruit, Beyond Glory, and Elizabeth and Hazel. Dreadful is published by Other Press.
7. EVENT: And the Winner Wasn’t III
To help you get ready for the Tony Awards, Chicago cabaret performers and theater artists present an evening of Tony-nominated songs that didn’t win. Held at the popular Sidetrack bar in the Windy City’s Boystown, the Tuesday night event is a benefit for Pride Films and Plays, which specializes in LGBT-themed works. Attendees will not only be entertained but have a chance to win fabulous door prizes!
6. EVENT: Boston Pride at Fenway
LGBT Red Sox fans can catch a game at Fenway Thursday, with the Sox meeting the Texas Rangers. in the city of die-hard sports fans as part of Boston Pride. But if you'd rather talk game than watch a game, Boston Pride’s Human Rights and Education Committee will host "Out In Sports: Moving Forward — A Panel Discussion on LGBT People in Sports," the night before the game at 6:15 p.m. at the Boston Public Library. For more information on the panel and tickets for the game, visit BostonPride.org/prideweek.
5. DVD: Mosquita y Mari
Writer-director Aurora Guerrero's tender coming-of-age tale is set in East Los Angeles, where viewers watch as love blooms between two Latina teens. The semiautobiographical narrative touches on the complexities of identity within immigrant families, and the often competing values of responsibility to one's family and following one's heart. Mosquita y Mari earned excellent reviews on the LGBT film festival circuit, including several awards for both the feature and its director. The DVD, which comes ut Tuesday from Wolfe Video, features a special behind-the-scenes featurette, as well as a short film from the director titled Viernes Girl (Friday Girl), about a young Salvadoran girl who gets creative in her attempts to interfere in her brother's romances. Watch the trailer below:
4. THEATER: Downtown Urban Theater Festival Encore Series
B-Boy Blues by James Earl Hardy, based on his acclaimed novel, and N/F by Keelay Gibson both explore issues of race and sexuality — B-Boy Blues through the romance of two young black men from different backgrounds, N/F through challenging the stereotypes too often found in the workplace. Both were big hits at New York’s Downtown Urban Theater Festival earlier this year, and with the Encore Series, Here gallery (no relation to The Advocate’s parent company) offers another chance to see them. B-Boy Blues runs Tuesday through Saturday, N/F Thursday through Saturday.
3. TELEVISION: Teen Wolf Season 3
MTV’s sexy supernatural series Teen Wolf kicks off its third season Monday at 10 p.m./9 Central. Since the earliest episode, the show has given LGBT fans plenty to howl about, but show creator Jeff Davis has revealed the new season will have even more queer visibility. Not only will the show’s most prominent gay teen, Danny, played by the hunky Keahu Kahuanui, be returning as a member of the main cast, but he’ll also become romantically involved with one of Beacon Hills’ new twin Alphas, played by Max and Charlie Carver. If you haven’t been running with the wolf pack yet, the recent release of Teen Wolf season 2 on DVD makes this the perfect time to catch up. Sink your teeth into the official season 3 trailer below:
2. MUSIC: Queens of the Stone Age, Like Clockwork
Darlings of the last decade, Queens of the Stone Age, return with Like Clockwork, an album The Guardian calls "a return to the smart but incisive grooves and melodies that made [their earlier] songs such enduring anthems." Look for guest appearances from Dave Grohl and Elton John and check out the very dark 15-minute video for the album's eponymous single below. Album out Tuesday.
1. EVENT: Gay Days at Disney World
Orlando Gay Days 2013 is currently on, with events until Monday. Much of the action is centered at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld (that’s a mouthful!), with events for bears, wet bears, lesbians, auto aficionados, and, of course, LGBT Disney junkies. There’s a circuit party at Typhoon Lagoon, a performance by dance/R&B diva Deborah Cox, and a party called Drip, which sounds like something Stefon thought up.