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7 Things That Are Everything This Week

7 Things That Are Everything This Week

James Baldwin, The Fosters, and a seriously sexy French film are all worth your precious time.


The Fosters

Fans of lesbian couple Stef and Lena and their diverse family have been anxiously awaiting the second half of season 4, as the first half ended with son Jesus knocked out in a fight and daughter Callie trapped in a car with a suspected murderer. Meanwhile daughter Mariana has been abusing her meds and son Brandon has been rejected by the Juilliard School because of SAT cheating. Tune in Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 Central on Freeform to see how these crises come out, and if you're behind on the series, you can binge-watch the first half of the season now at Freeform, The show, by the way, does more than simply represent a nontraditional family in a time when the nation seems to be going backward. Later in the season, executive producer Bradley Bredeweg told TV Guide, "Stef makes a big and beautiful speech about the love between her and Lena -- and the great love they feel for their family. ... In a tearful speech to Lena, Stef promises that no one, no law, no political movement will ever tear their love for each other or their family apart."


I Am Not Your Negro

This Oscar-nominated documentary uses James Baldwin's final, unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, to explore race in America and the legacies of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Raoul Peck directed the film, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, and featuring extensive archive footage of the civil rights and black power activism as it connects past and present struggles. It opens nationwide February 3, but there's a free screening Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater, followed by a Q&A with Peck. Get more info on the screening here, and visit the film's official website to find where to see it around the nation. Watch the trailer below.

03-parisParis 05:59: Theo & Hugo

Theo & Hugo has gained a kind of infamy in cinephile circles for its opening sequence, which is an artful 20-minute gay orgy in a bathhouse. Naturally, it won the audience award at the Teddy Awards in Berlin -- but not for just sex. Directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, the French film, which shows the course of 93 minutes of real time, is a riveting account of two serodiscordant strangers who are brought together by sex and then go on a journey together due to a scare of possible HIV transmission. The following visits to a hospital, an apartment, and a kebab shop engender thought-provoking conversations on gay life, sex, and relationships in the milieu of northeastern Paris. See it in select theaters this weekend, and watch the trailer below.

04-sag-awardsScreen Actors Guild Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards is perhaps the world's most glamorous assemblage of a labor union. The annual event honors the stars and ensemble casts who helped create the year's best pictures, among them Fences,Hidden Figures,Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight. And since its voters are the members of SAG-AFTRA, the ceremony is considered a key bellwether of Oscar winners. This year's ceremony is of particular importance to LGBT viewers. In addition to numerous nominations for Moonlight -- a must-see film that centers on a black gay life -- Lily Tomlin will be receiving a lifetime achievement award. Don't miss it Sunday on TNT or TBS at 8 p.m. Eastern.


New York's Leslie-Lohman Museum is curating the relevant and poignant performance/installation piece Triangles by Ann P. Meredith on the evening of Holocaust Remembrance Day, this Friday. Through film, live performances, and many other mediums, the Arkansas-born artist pulls back the veil on the thousands of queers forced to wear triangles in concentration camps in one of the darkest times in world history. More info here.

06-banksBanks, "Trainwreck"

If you're not familiar with Banks, "Trainwreck" is a great introductory course. The new video is a gorgeous Lynchian feast, and the song is just as intriguing. "Trainwreck" comes off The Altar, Banks's sophomore release that follows her acclaimed 2014 debut, Goddess. This California-born artist is currently preparing to bring her dark R&B sounds to the Coachella music festival in April.

07-bearsf"Beartoonist of San Francisco: Sketching an Emerging Subculture"

San Francisco's queer history museum in the Castro has an exciting event on Saturday evening -- a talk with bear cartoonist Fran Frisch, who has sketched this vibrant community since the 1980s. Frisch will join museum curator Jeremy Prince in a wide-ranging discussion on bear life and how it became a cultural force in the Reagan years. More info here.

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