First Pride Night in New York Major League Sports History
This Saturday, Citi Field in Queens will host the first Pride Night in Gotham sports history, during a game between the Mets and the San Diego Padres. More than 5,000 LGBT fans are expected -- wear your prideful attire! -- and a pre-game event happens at 6:50 p.m., when proceeds from the game will be presented to antibullying programs in New York public schools. Gay baseball legend Billy Bean is expected to attend, and a post-game concert is planned. Click here for more info.
New York Fringe Festival
The largest multi-arts festival in North America kicks off Friday in New York, with the 20th annual Fringe Festival. Over 20 stages throughout the city will host experimental and genre-busting theater. Keep an eye out for queer shows like Sean Chandler's At the Flash -- the tale of an enduring gay bar. Find the full Fringe schedule here.
The Get Down
Netflix's highly anticipated new show from Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis depicts a thrilling time in New York City history: the financially bankrupt but culturally vibrant late 1970s and early '80s. The Get Down takes place amid the rise of disco, hip-hop, and the SoHo art scene. We're not sure how many LGBT characters populate the show, but it'd be a disservice to not acknowledge NYC's queer influences of the time. We do know the production was beset by problems, but that hasn't dulled our excitement about this innovative series. Episodes streaming now on Netflix.
Florence Foster Jenkins
The famously talented Meryl Streep portrays a woman famous for her lack of talent in the biopic Florence Foster Jenkins. Jenkins was a real-life patron of the arts who wanted her own time in the spotlight as an operatic singer. Her performances were notoriously horrendous, but her riches brought her access to stages as prestigious as Carnegie Hall, where she appeared in 1944. Hugh Grant costars as St. Clair Bayfield, Jenkins's lover and manager, while Simon Helberg (pictured with Streep) is getting raves for his turn as Cosme McMoon, the gay pianist who served as Jenkins's accompanist. The film opens today; check out a trailer below.
Northalsted Market Days
Food, drink, music, and plenty of bare skin are the attractions at Chicago's Northalsted Market Days, the annual street fair in the heart of Boystown -- and don't worry, plenty of ladies will be in attendance too. Festivities take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on North Halsted Street between Belmont and Addison. Performers scheduled to appear include Deborah Cox, Alex Newell, Kaycee Ortiz, and Erika Jayne. Find more info here.
Amy Schumer's The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo
We've been seeing a lot of Amy Schumer, the no-holds-barred comedian whose Comedy Centeral show Inside Amy Schumer and film Trainwreck skyrocketed her to fame last year. But for those who want to see more, a new memoir, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, offers just the ticket. In the book, Schumer details her young adulthood and offers tales of sex, friends, and family in a series of essays, which showcase her humor as well as her heart. See what Schumer is made of in bookstores Tuesday or pre-order at Amazon.com.
True Life: We Are Orlando
The MTV docu-series True Life will air an episode next week that follows four survivors of the June shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The show, which details the lives of people from oft-unseen parts of society, will follow these souls as they try to recover from the mental and physical wounds from the biggest mass shooting in American history. Don't miss it Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern.
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