Hot Sheet: Really Scary Mommies

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com October 18 2013 12:53 PM ET

10. MUSIC: Donna Summer, Love to Love You Donna
In honor of Donna's 2013 induction into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame, Verve Music is releasing this remix album of her greatest hits. Contemporary artists like Hot Chip and Afrojack put their spin on classics like "I Feel Love" and "Sunset People." Highlight: original producer Giorgio Moroder's entirely reimagined version of "Love to Love You Baby." Out Tuesday. Check out the video below for "Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)," remixed by Chromeo & Oliver. — Neal Broverman

9. THEATER: Trial of Joseph McCarthy
Sen. Joseph McCarthy, known for hunting supposed Communists and others he sees as a threat, and two colleagues go on trial for criminal conspiracy and blackmail charges in the death of Sen. Lester Hunt, who killed himself in 1954 after his son was arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex from an undercover policeman. Think you’ve climbed into a time machine? Actually, this is alternative history presented as theater by the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., which has revived the name of that historical gay rights group and undertaken a mission of “archive activism,” telling the unknown stories of LGBT Americans. Hunt really did commit suicide after his son’s arrest, but McCarthy never paid for his complicity in the matter. The mock trial, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at All Souls Church Unitarian in the nation’s capital, will be introduced by former U.S. senator Alan Simpson and will feature several other political and media luminaries, including lawyer and activist Mindy Daniels, former Barney Frank aide Robert Raben, journalist Jamie Kirchick (whose work has appeared in The Advocate), and, as McCarthy, lobbyist Ed Senn. Admission is free; more info here. — Trudy Ring


8. EVENT: A Queer History of Fashion, Ongoing
From 18th-century French menswear to a Jean Paul Gaultier kilt-and-trouser ensemble, there's no denying that LGBT people have had an influence on the fashion industry. New York's Fashion Institute of Technology celebrates 300 years of the LGBTQ people who have created, inspired, and worn some of the most iconic looks in history. — Michelle Garcia

7. MUSIC: Simon Curtis, WWW  
Out independent music star Simon Curtis caught our attention after he offered his debut album, 8Bit Heart, as a free digital download in 2010. Since then, the singer-songwriter has gained an army of followers eager to consume more of his signature sound. His sophomore album, RA, followed a year later, showcasing more of the artist’s distinctive combination of driving beats, edgy lyrics, and heavy electronic style. Now Curtis is offering fans another serving with the album WWW, a collection of previously unreleased songs available as a free download on Muumuse.com. WWW contains several standout, high-energy tracks, including “Diamonds on the Dance Floor,” “Satellite,” and “Do I Have to Dance.” — Jase Peeples

6. THEATER: Sidewinders
Two friends are lost and disoriented on America’s Western frontier, in a journey that causes them to question their ideas about gender and who they really are. San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theater presents the world premiere of Basil Kreimendahl’s play, which won him this year’s Rella Lossy Playwright Award from the San Francisco Foundation. An “absurdist-Western romp through gender-queerness,” the show “owes as much to Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot as it does to SF Pride,” according to Cutting Ball’s website. M. Graham Smith directs; performances begin tonight and continue through November 17. And Cutting Ball is providing free student rush tickets to LGBT youth and their allies. Click here for more information. — Trudy Ring

4. TV: Queer Eye Reunion: 10 Years Later
It’s been a decade since the fab five — Ted Allen, Carson Kressley, Thom Filicia, Kyan Douglas, and Jai Rodriguez — changed television and pop culture perspectives on gay men by essentially giving straight guys makeovers on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Now the guys are back together for this reunion to celebrate their impact, the completely changed political landscape (10 years ago what they did was revolutionary; now it’s kind of quaint), and their own changed positions in pop culture. Allen hosts Chopped and is a food expert on numerous shows; Kressley  has hosted two shows of his own and was a fan favorite on Dancing with the Stars; Filicia owns a renowned design firm; Douglas has been a fixture on Rachael Ray; and Rodriguez starred on last year’s Malibu Country. It’s a must-see. — Diane Anderson-Minshall

5. FILM: Truth
Truth, a psychological thriller starring former porn star Sean Paul Lockhart (a.k.a. Brent Corrigan), screens Saturday at the film festival FilmOut San Diego. The plot follows Caleb (Lockhart) as he pursues a romance with Jeremy (Rob Moretti), whom he met online. As they begin to fall for each nother, it soon becomes clear that there is more to Caleb than meets the eye. A troubled past and a mentally ill mother are among the dark secrets he tries to conceal from his new lover, who finds himself tangled in Caleb’s web of lies. Steamy and suspenseful, Truth is a cautionary tale of romance in the digital age that also features a stellar performance from Emmy-winner Blanche Baker, of Sixteen Candles fame. Truth, screening at 8:15 p.m. at the Birch Park Theatre, is part of the festival’s “Love Gone Wrong” series, which includes films such as Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which will be shown earlier in the day. Watch the trailer for Truth below. — Daniel Reynolds

 

3. VIDEO: Hi Fashion, "Pupusa"
This crazy duo with queer sensibilities and a gay member have a new video for "Pupusa," a single off their EP, You Are Gorgeous. Just like the doughy Latin American dish, the video is a delicious treat. With bright colors, spastic dancing, and buckets of face paint, "Pupusa" continues Hi Fashion's tradition of ebullient and hilarious videos. — Neal Broverman

2. FILM: Carrie
Stephen King’s original manuscript for Carrie was rejected 30 times before he gave up and canned it. His wife, Tabitha, saw such potential in the story of a bullied and sheltered teen with telekinetic powers that she fished it out of the trash, and eventually, in 1974, it became King’s first published book. Many agreed that the novel clearly reflected the struggle between feminists and antifeminists in the 1970s as well as the contemporary male concern with women’s rising power, and though director Brian De Palma’s male gaze produced some unexpected slo-mo locker room scenes, his 1976 film version was still a pretty forward-thinking flick. Now lesbian filmmaker Kimberly Peirce (of Boys Don’t Cry and Stop-Loss fame) has remade the horror classic 40 years after women’s lib inspired King. Under Peirce’s lesbian lens, it’s still the girls that root Carrie, which comes out today, including Julianne Moore as Carrie’s Christian fundamentalist mother, Margaret, and Chloë Grace Moretz as the title character. “A teen playing a teen,” Peirce says, adding, “The central character is a woman, the central relationships are between women — between a mother and a daughter and between a girl and all these other girls.” And yes, there’s still a hell of a lot of blood. — Diane Anderson-Minshall

1. TELEVISION: Ari South on Project Runway All Stars
Andy South, a finalist and fan favorite on season 8 of Project Runway, is back for season 3 of Project Runway All Stars, with a new name, Ari South, and a newly revealed gender identity. South has already had success in the fashion industry, with designs picked up by Neiman Marcus right after season 8, and she shares the following on the Project Runway website: "In the windstorm that my life has become since the show, I have also decided to live my life as a woman, transitioning to my core-identified gender. I hid it while I was on season 8, but after garnering immediate success as a new business owner, I knew that I needed to be completely happy, and that meant making my transition. I have changed my legal name to Ariyaphon, a name given to me by my own mother; Ari for short. I realized that it would be a life lived in the public eye, and I like that I can change people's perception of what it means to be transgender." The new All Stars season starts Wednesday on Lifetime; more info here. — Trudy Ring