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7 Things That Are Everything This Week


The last big weekend of summer brings us Southern Decadence, Burning Man, and more.

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Melissa Etheridge on Infinity Hall Live

Infinity Hall Live, the web video series showing concerts at Connecticut's Infinity Hall plus interviews with performers and behind-the-scenes footage, has just posted its Melissa Etheridge episode. It features Etheridge's first onstage performance of "Pulse," which she wrote in response to the mass shooting at the Orlando LGBT nightclub of that name, plus tried-and-true hits like "Come to My Window" and "I'm the Only One," and her seven-minute cover of "Rock Me Baby" from her upcoming Stax tribute album, Memphis Rock and Soul, out October 7. She also shares stories about her life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs. Watch the episode here.

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Cyndi Lauper's Damn Gala

Get your tickets now for Cyndi Lauper's Damn Gala, to be held October 9 at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles, benefiting the True Colors Fund, which Lauper established with the goal of ending homelessness among LGBT youth and creating a world where all people can be themselves. The event, with a "punk carnival" theme, will feature a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner with gourmet interpretations of classic fairground treats, performances by Lauper and other musical guests, and presentation of the Pretty Damn Awesome awards to those who are helping to make the world a better place for LGBT youth. Go to for tickets and more information.


Southern Decadence

New Orleans is a city that knows how to party, especially Labor Day weekend, when it hosts Southern Decadence, one of the biggest LGBT parties in the nation. There'll be dancing in the streets of the French Quarter all weekend, with music by top DJs, and the Bourbon Street Extravaganza, a free outdoor concert, Saturday afternoon featuring Zoe Badwi, Jeanie Tracy, Rowetta, Inaya Day, and the gay string quartet Well-Strung. And Sunday afternoon will bring a parade through the Quarter, with the theme "Decadence Takes the World." Find out more at the Southern Decadence website and laissez les bon temps rouler!

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Surprise, Bitch!

Fans of RuPaul's Drag Race will love a new web series that features one of its past contestants, Morgan McMichaels. In the show, Surprise Bitch!, McMichaels chats with longtime friend and "party icon" Mayhem Miller about titillating tales from their history performing drag together. It's both funny and fabulous. Created by comedian Jonny McGovern -- known in gay circles for his viral music video "Soccer Practice" -- Surprise Bitch! is but one of several web series helmed by McGovern that feature the comedic talents of drag performers. Don't miss his popular talk show Hey Queen! as well as Judge Lady Red, a Judge Judy spoof starring Lady Red Couture that recently featured Cupcake Canne and Sissy Spastik. Watch the premiere episode of Surprise Bitch! below.

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Mary + Jane

As its title would suggest, new MTV show Mary + Jane is about marijuana. Specifically, the series centers on "two best buds" named Mary and Jane who sell the substance. It's sort of like Weeds for millennials. In between puffs, the gal pals navigate life and love in Los Angeles. Will they score? Don't miss the premiere Monday at 10 p.m. Eastern on MTV.

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Labor of Love

Benefit New York's Housing Works, which provides services and advocacy aimed at ending the dual crises of AIDS and homelessness in the state, at the Labor of Love gala in the Hamptons this weekend. It will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the private gardens of an East Hampton home and will feature Dita Von Teese, DJ Lina, and the Points Guy. Online ticket sales have ended, but there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door; email for information.


Burning Man

Burning Man isn't an exclusively LGBT event, but it's certainly a diverse, LGBT-friendly one. It draws tens of thousands of people to Nevada's Black Rock Desert once a year to create Black Rock City, which Burning Man's website describes as "a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance." You can craft an art installation, a theme camp, a performance piece, or just about anything else you can imagine. "In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome," the site notes. Burning Man is going on now through Monday; find more info here.

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