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Winner of five Tony Awards, including the award for Best Musical in 2015, Fun Home has hit the road with an astounding cast playing out the memoir of lesbian cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel. Based on Bechdel's 2006 graphic novel of the same name, Fun Home traces her strained relationship with her closeted father who ended his life when she was in college and just coming out herself. Three actresses play Bechdel at various stages of her life of former Miss America (1998) and current Actor's Equity President Kate Shindle anchoring the show as the adult Alison. Tony winners Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori wrote the book and score (respectively) while Sam Gold, who won the Tony for directing the show on Broadway, is back at the helm for the touring production. A moving, poignant show about family and the importance of representation and coming out, Fun Home is not to be missed by anyone within a few hours drive of Los Angeles and the Ahmanson Theater.
Fun Home runs at the Ahmanson Tuesdays-Fridays through April 1.
Go to Center Theater Group for ticket information.
When We Rise
ABC is releasing its highly anticipated miniseries, When We Rise, next week. Created by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, the drama begins with the Stonewall riots, and from there spans decades of modern LGBT history. Each episode shows how activists from different intersectional movement helped contribute to modern-day equality. In an era when LGBT right are threatened, this production offers invaluable lesson of resistance, as seen from the eyes of pioneers Cleve Jones, Roma Guy, Ken Jones, and dozens of others. Watch the first episode Monday, 9 p.m. Eastern on ABC. After a one-day hiatus, the series resumes Wednesday and concludes Friday.
Paris Is Burning first raised the curtain on New York's ball scene in 1990. Kiki, a new film by Sara Jordeno and Twiggy Pucci Garcon, revisits the famous drag scene as well as the LGBT people of color who vogue there. Kiki celebrates its subjects, but it also takes care to train its lens on the struggles many still face both personally and systemically due to discrimination. Watch it this weekend in select theaters.
Jordan Peele's new film, Get Out, defies the horror genre and intertwines edge-of-your-seat suspense with a thought-provoking commentary on race in America. This film is filled with heart-racing moments, but manages to pull off what most can't; some laughter. Out now.
Independent Spirit Awards
For those who worship and recognize film as an art, the most authentic award show happens this Saturday. The 32nd Independent Spirit Awards, hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, will celebrate 2016's most artistic, groundbreaking, and, of course, independent films. Tune into IFC to see the best of storytelling and look for many Moonlight kudos.
89th annual Academy Awards
Hollywood's big night happens on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET. Host Jimmy Kimmel should bring an air of levity to the night, which is likely to be punctuated by several politicized speeches (bring 'em on!). Moonlight -- the story of a young black man's maturation -- is up for eight awards, including best picture and best director. I Am Not Your Negro -- a film based on an unpublished story by iconic gay writer James Baldwin -- is nominated for Best Documentary. Keep an eye out for performances from John Legend and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a likely blow-out for La La Land. More info here.
Telluride Gay Ski Week
Colorado's under-the-radar winter paradise gets the LGBT treatment this week as hundreds of queer bunnies descend on Telluride Gay Ski Week. Beginning Saturday and lasting until March 4, the celebrations includes parties, art shows, and charity events. Get the full schedule here.