The documentary film Whose Streets? chronicles the uprising in Ferguson, Mo., in reaction to the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in 2014. The filmmakers promise “a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.” The doc opens in select theaters today; find locations and showtimes at the official site. And here, see an interview with one of the activists featured in the film, Brittany Ferrell, who reminds the audience, “Queer black women can save your life.”
Joanne World Tour
Lady Gaga kicked off her world tour in support of her fifth studio album, Joanne, in Vancouver earlier this month to universal acclaim. Variety,reviewing her show in Los Angeles this week, praised Gaga for playing to every part of her already storied career in an energetic extravaganza. The set list contained hits from "Paparazzi" and "Just Dance" all the way up through "Perfect Illusion" and "A Million Reasons," according to Variety. Gaga, who started the year with a deeply political (although not everyone saw it that way) Super Bowl performance, hasn’t delved too far into politics on her tour to date, but Mother Monster personifies queerness, camp, and resistance in a show that also promises to be one of the most entertaining of one’s life. So, “paws up, little monsters!” Gaga’s taking it on the road and she’s here for all of us.
Dating in high school isn't easy — especially when you're autistic. Atypical, an important new Netflix series, shows this struggle from the point of view of Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old who, like the penguins he admires, decides it's time to find a significant other. This decision ripples through the lives of his family and friends. His mom (Jennifer Jason Leigh) worries he isn't ready. His dad (Michael Rapaport) hopes to use the opportunity for father-son bonding. His younger sister (Brigette Lundy-Paine) just wants to run away from it all with a track scholarship. And his best friend (out comedian Nik Dodani) has plenty of questionable but hilarious wisdom to dispense. (Did we mention Looking's Raul Castillo plays a hot bartender?) Ultimately, it's a scenario that many queer people are all too familiar with: the struggle to find love and normalcy in a society that thinks you're strange. Will Sam find love? Binge the series on Netflix this weekend to find out.
Circuit Festival 2017
Circuit Festival, billed as the "biggest international gay festival," is celebrating its tenth year. Join thousands in Barcelona, Spain, for the 16-day lineup of festivites, including parties, DJs, and events. The men aren't bad to look at, either. The capstone of the festival, Water Park Day, is not to be missed — it's an open-air party in an actual water park, where swimsuited revelers enjoy sun, music, water rides, and evening fireworks. Learn more at CircuitFestival.net, and enjoy a taste of the fun in the trailer below.
Neon Trees, "Feel Good"
Neon Trees — the Utah-based band fronted by out heartthrob Tyler Glenn — returns with a new song, "Feel Good," the first single off its forthcoming fourth album. "Feel Good" lives up to its name; it's a bubbly, upbeat pop rock tune that will take you up and away. The band will test out the new tune in a performance at the LOVELOUD festival August 26 in Orem, Utah. No word yet on when the new album will be out, though.
Emily Saliers, Murmuration Nation
Emily Saliers, one-half of iconic pop-Americana band Indigo Girls, releases her first solo album at 53 years young. Saliers's Murmuration Nation highlights the out singer's distinctive voice and strong phrasing, and includes no shortage of political commentary. "Fly" looks at how we got to a Trump presidency without getting too heavy or depressing. “Post-election, people began organizing en masse, without patriarchal hierarchy, to work together to shift away from negative forces and implement justice and mercy,” Saliers said in a press release. "It was so freeing to pursue the kind of music I truly wanted to make without regard to what I'd done before or who I'm expected to be." Murmuration Nation is out now.
The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats
Bill Morgan, biographer, bibliographer, and friend of the great gay Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg, has gathered 100 or so of Ginsberg’s lectures on the Beats in this volume. The result is “a compact and often spellbinding text, preserving intact the story of the literary movement Ginsberg led, promoted and never ceased to embody,” according to The New York Times Book Review. Order from Amazon or find at your local bookstore.