Hot Sheet: Steel a Glance

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com November 14 2013 10:04 PM ET


10. THEATER: The Bronx Queen

Written and performed by Joe Gulla, this popular off-Broadway production chronicles a gay man's maturation in, you guessed it, the Bronx, during the heady days of the '80s. Two more performances of The Bronx Queen happen on November 22 and 24 at New York's Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St. Gulla will also appear this weekend in the off-Broadway production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th St. — Neal Broverman


9. DVD: Bridegroom

Losing a partner is horrific, but being excluded from the funeral and denied legal connection is heartbreaking, as shown in Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's Bridegroom. Written and directed by Bloodworth-Thomason (Designing Women) and coproduced with Shane Bitney Crone, the film shows Crone's life following the accidental death of his partner of six years, Tom Bridegroom, as Crone struggles with his lack of legal rights to say goodbye to the man he loved. The moving documentary will be released on DVD for the first time Tuesday from Virgil Films Entertainment — Nicholas Cimarusti


8. DANCE: L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Mark Morris Dance Group

This dance piece, set to the George Frideric Handel ode that was inspired by John Milton’s poetry, is widely considered gay choreographer Mark Morris’s masterwork. A limited engagement at New York City’s Lincoln Center celebrates the dance’s 25th anniversary and caps off Lincoln Center’s annual White Light Festival. The production promises gorgeous music, both instrumental and vocal, in addition to Morris’s sublime choreography, which often features same-sex couplings as well as opposite-sex ones. Three performances only, from next Thursday through the following Saturday, November 23; pre-performance discussion with Morris on Friday the 22nd. Reserve tickets at WhiteLightFestival.org. — Trudy Ring


7. FILM: The 26th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival

Known for debuting works by such noted filmmakers as Jennie Livingston and Gus Van Sant, the  New York Queer Experimental Film Festival continues its tradition of promoting works important to LGBT audiences by showing more than 225 films, artworks, and performances throughout the week, including movies like Feed Your Head, Valencia, and Big Joy. The installations and art events are free of charge, a courtesy that is extended to the box office for moviegoers under the age of 21. The 26th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival runs through Sunday at MIX Factory, 521 Third Ave,, in Brooklyn, as well as offsite locations. For a full schedule of events, visit the festival’s website. — Daniel Reynolds


6. COMICS: The Fifth Beatle

The amazing and much-anticipated graphic novel The Fifth Beatle (Dark Horse) is a must-read for anyone who wants to know about the the Beatles' gay manager, Brian Epstein. Gay during a time when it was still a felony in the U.K., Epstein was a brilliant visionary who discovered John, Paul, Ringo, and George, turned them into stars, and got them a record deal when no one else would sign them. Ironically, he pushed the Beatles to international stardom all the while struggling with his own outsider status as a gay man from Liverpool (then a working-class port town) who was also Jewish (at a time when anti-Semitism was rampant). Epstein died at 32, after the Beatles put out Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Written by multiple Tony Award–winning producer and longtime marriage equality supporter Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day’s American Idiot, The Addams Family, Mel Brooks’ The Producers) and hand-painted by fanboy favorite Andrew C. Robinson (Superman), The Fifth Beatle is ultimately an uplifting and inspirational story of Epstein’s legacy and what it means to move beyond crushing personal obstacles and insurmountable odds. The folks behind the book are also partnering with Freedom to Marry, another reason to check it out. — Diane Anderson-Minshall


5. DANCE: Sleeping Beauty, Matthew Bourne

The renowned (and out) writer-director-choreographer Matthew Bourne can always be counted on to deliver something out of the ordinary, and that’s the case with his Sleeping Beauty, in which he reimagines the classic story and ballet as a gothic romance, with fairies and vampires, breathtaking scenery, and Tchaikovsky’s music presented in surround sound. Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty has already captivated audiences in several cities; it’s onstage now at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., through Sunday, then comes to Los Angeles’s Ahmanson Theatre for a two-week engagement beginning next Thursday and continuing through December 1. Click here for D.C. tickets and here for L.A. — Trudy Ring


4. EVENT: Las Vegas Hosts Nevada's First Trans Pride
Sin City is ready to roll out the red carpet for the trans community next week, kicking off the state's first Trans Pride Week Wednesday. Organized by the Center, Gender Justice Nevada, GetEQUAL Nevada, Northwest Community Church, and Mary Magdalene Friends UCC, the five-day event will feature activities designed to bring awareness and pride to the local trans community. The inaugural celebration kicks off with a Trans Pride March Wednesday, stepping off from the Center at 7 p.m. and wrapping up at City Hall. Thursday's events include an installation at the Center in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance as well as a community conversation called TransGiving. On Sunday the 24th, closing events include a worship service at 2 p.m. at the Center, followed by an evening of celebration and a Trans Pride Week Mixer at Club Metro, with an $8 beer bust and $10 liquor bust. Find the full schedule of events here. — Sunnivie Brydum

3. Blu-ray: Man of Steel

It doesn’t take X-ray vision to see why many LGBT people are drawn to the colorful world of comic book superheroes. From characters who struggle with secret identities to mutants who are despised by society because they are born different, the genre is practically overflowing with queer metaphors. Man of Steel highlights several of these found in Superman’s mythology, making the film an excellent gay allegory for a modern audience. The film, now available on Blu-ray and DVD, also offers a superpowered serving of eye candy for gay and lesbian fans in the form of hunky Henry Cavill as the Last Son of Krypton, Antje Traue as the deadly Faora-Ul, and Amy Adams as the no-nonsense Lois Lane. — Jase Peeples

Read the reasons Superman's latest reboot has super LGBT appeal in “Man of Steel: A Gay Allegory for Our Time.”


2. FILM: Geography Club

Geography Club, the feature film based on the first novel in Brent Hartinger's best-selling, critically acclaimed Russel Middlebrook Series, follows the adventures of a group of teenage outsiders who find solace in forming an after-school club where they can be themselves. With characters such as 16-year-old Russel, who is going on dates with girls while nurturing a secret relationship with star quarterback Kevin, and the sexually confused Ike, Geography Club is a smart, fast, and funny account of contemporary teenagers as they discover their sexual identities, dreams, and values. Starring Cameron Deane Stewart (Pitch Perfect), Justin Deeley (Drop Dead Diva, 90210), and Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray), Geography Club opens today in select theaters and is available on Video on Demand as well. – Jase Peeples

Read The Advocate’s interview with Alex Newell (Ike) here.


1. BEAUTY: Glamazon by RuPaul

Drag legend RuPaul has teamed up with Colorevolution, a Los Angeles–based line of mineral makeup and high-quality body products, to launch Glamazon, a unisex beauty collection including a fragrance and an ultra-rich pigment cosmetic line. Available now for pre-order on Colorevolution.com, Glamazon goes on sale Thursday at Ricky’s NYC and other fine fragrance and makeup stores throughout the U.S. Doesn't everyone want to smell like a drag queen? — Neal Broverman