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David Bowie lives, Homeland returns, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy is honored.

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07_finalDavid Bowie's new video, "No Plan"

Last year we said goodbye to David Bowie, the otherwordly, gender-bending musical genius. For anybody wanting to relive the magic of his distinctly queer universe, solace can be found in the music video for "No Plan." The song was ranked number 4 in Rolling Stone's 50 best songs of 2016, and finally it gets stunning visuals and an enthralling story to dance along to.

10 Celebrities Who've Taken a Stand Against NC's LGBT DiscriminationLos Angeles Art Show

The West Coast's largest art fair, the Los Angeles Art Show draws tens of thousands of attendees to the Los Angeles Convention Center for its display of modern and contemporary art. Dozens of world-class vendors, spread out over the 150,000-square-foot facility, offer art for viewing or purchasing. That's not to mention the various performances that explore themes of patriotism, immigration, violence, and class. The show runs through Sunday. Learn more at LAArtShow.com. Art above by Rafael Villares.

LemonyLemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Critics are raving about Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, a Netflix adaptation of the popular children's book series by Daniel Handler. Out actor Neil Patrick Harris portrays Count Olaf, a shady character who is the caretaker of three orphans. As these children search for answers about the death of their parents, Olaf schemes to steal their inheritance. The role was previously played by Jim Carrey in a 2004 film of the same name. The movie's director, Brad Silberling, will also direct the Netflix show. Watch the trailer below, and don't miss the full 13-episode series, which is available to stream this weekend.

03_finalDay of Service

We honor the legacy of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. Instead of hitting the mall, do him justice by taking part in Day of Service, and give back to your community. Click here to find volunteer opportunities; the world could use some uplift and altruism right about now.

04_finalWorld of Wonder Resistance Art Show

World of Wonder, the legendary production company behind RuPaul's Drag Race, is launching its "Surviving Trump: The Art of Resistance" show Wednesday in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Boulevard gallery will feature 50 pieces of political work from emerging and established artists, including Kenny Sharf and Drag Race winner Raja. Pieces will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the American Civil Liberties Union. There will even be one of those naked Donald Trump statues if you can stomach it. More info here.

05_finalHomeland

A new president is about to be inaugurated and is dealing with national security issues from a New York penthouse before moving into the White House. And she -- yes, she -- is "a competent, confident former junior senator from New York," as described by Entertainment Weekly. So no, this isn't reality; it's season 6 of Homeland, opening Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern on Showtime. The president is Elizabeth Keane, played by Elizabeth Marvel, late of House of Cards. The new season has her facing a crisis in the Middle East, but intelligence agents Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) and Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) don't think she's up to the job. Meanwhile, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is defending American Muslims accused of terrorism and taking care of former spy Quinn (Rupert Friend), who's recovering from being poisoned. It all promises a fascinating (temporary) escape from the crises confronting the real USA.

06_finalThe Trump Survival Guide

But don't spend too much time escaping the reality of a Donald Trump presidency; spend the majority fighting back. Gay author Gene Stone advises how in The Trump Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living Through What You Hoped Would Never Happen. The book, out now, outlines how to defend LGBT rights, women's rights, Obamacare, environmental protections, and other things we hold dear against the machinations of Trump and his minions. Stone lists organizations, websites, and other resources that can help in the fight. The author, who wrote The Bush Survival Bible during W.'s administration, recently told Salon that Trump was elected "because not enough of us did something." So do something now; you can start by buying the book online or at your local bookseller.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.