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7 Things That Are Everything This Week

7 Things That Are Everything This Week


Our entertainment and events highlights this week include the fury of Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy's heat, the dapper Don Draper, and the beginning of Pride.

7-things-633x375-may15_0Geek out, go, read, watch, wherq, and party with the seven things that are everything this week.

13-wherq_0Pitchperfect2x633_0Pitch Perfect 2
The Bellas are back, pitches! Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and the rest of the all-girl college a cappella group reunite for Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit Pitch Perfect. After an embarrassing performance at Lincoln Center ruins the reputation of the Barden Bellas, they must prove themselves once again by entering an international singing competition. Will they win? Maybe. Will they sing the "Cups" song? Definitely. Watch the trailer below.

12-party_0Lbpx633_0Long Beach Pride
Los Angeles-area LGBT life isn't all in West Hollywood or Silver Lake. This weekend's Long Beach Pride kicks off the season with one of the premier LGBT celebrations in the nation. The star-studded event will feature mainstage concerts by Salt N Pepa Saturday night and Patti LaBelle Sunday; additional Sunday performers include Siya on the Urban Soul stage and Fey at Fiesta Caliente. Add Sunday's parade, the Family Fun Zone, a Teen Pride party Friday night, and what more could you want?

05-read_0Bookofjoanx633_0The Book of Joan
It's said that Joan Rivers's love for her daughter, Melissa, knew no bounds -- or boundaries. "Melissa, I acknowledge that you have boundaries," Joan once said. "I just choose to not respect them." Melissa dishes on her loving but hardly conventional relationship with her late mom in The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation. Find out more about the book here, and if you're in Los Angeles Wednesday, you can get it signed by Melissa at Barnes & Noble at the Grove.

Queen Latifah stars as legendary bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO film Bessie. Directed by out filmmaker Dee Rees (Pariah), the production charts Smith's rise to fame through the 1920s and '30s as one of the greatest talents of her time. It also stars Oscar winner Mo'Nique as her mentor (and rumored lover) Ma Rainey. Ooh-la-la! Don't miss it on HBO, Saturday at 8 p.m.

10-geekout_0Fury-roadx633_0Mad Max: Fury Road
Legendary director George Miller's return to the world of the Road Warrior roars into theaters this weekend, and it's got critics and fans alike raving. But we'd expect nothing less from the mastermind behind the 1979 entry to this film franchise, Mad Max, as well as its two sequels. Tom Hardy brings the heat as the hunky hero, Max Rockatansky, and Charlize Theron delivers one of the fiercest female charters to hit the science fiction genre since Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in Alien.

04-go_0Deafwestx633_0Spring Awakening
The Tony Award-winning rock musical about youth coming of age in the repressive society of 19th-century Germany reawakens this spring at the Deaf West Theatre. Due to the acclaim it received last year for its brilliant melange of song and sign language, the production has returned to Los Angeles, along with a cast of 27 deaf and hearing actors who, as the Los Angeles Times notes, "lends symbolic punch to the plight of these voiceless youths." It still delivers with "goosebumps and teardrops" in this production, which runs May 21 to June 7 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

01-watch_0_0Mad-men-series-finalex633_0Mad Men Series Finale
Has it really been eight years since Don Draper first entered our lives, martini, cigarette, and mistress in hand? Yes, girl, it has. And just like mod fashions and print media, all good things must come to an end. Tune in Sunday to AMC for a final farewell to the golden age of advertising. Bye, Don! Cya, Betty! So long, Peggy, Pete, Joan, Roger, Ken, and all the other drunks and philanderers who populated the firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Thanks for all the mad-mories.


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