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10. MUSIC: Mount Moriah: Miracle Temple
North Carolina rockers Mount Moriah release their second album, Miracle Temple, on Tuesday. The trio's first album focused on lead singer and lyricist Heather McIntyre's coming out, and Miracle Temple continues that theme. See some of their work below:
9. BOOKS: The Accidental Feminist, How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our
Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice by M.G. Ward
There are many reasons to love the late Elizabeth Taylor, from her larger-than-life personality, to her mastery of acting, and her philanthropic work. But while we were filling movie theater seats to watch her grace the silver screen, she was taking on film roles that dealt with the role of women while also using her fame as a platform for progress in Hollywood, America, and the world. This book, now in paperback, explores the Taylor's powerful influence as a not-so-obvious feminist icon with unpublished letters, scripts, and interviews with those who knew her and studied her work.
8. MUSIC: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell: Old Yellow Moon
Longtime friends and collaborators since the '70s, songwriter/singer Rodney Crowell and Country queen Emmylou Harris finally took the time to record an album together. Old Yellow Moon is out Tuesday, featuring four original songs and eight interpretations of classic tunes. If you haven't heard Emmylou's crystalline voice, it's time.
7. DVD: Our Paradise
The new dark film from Gael Morel, Our Paradise tells the story of two Parisian prostitutes who fall in love, and try to climb their way out of the seedy world they live and work in. With theft, murder, and plenty of passionate sex, the couple realize that their Parisian paradise is really no paradise at all. An official selection at this past year's Outfest and QFest, the noir world of Our Paradise is a reprieve for those who don't enjoy that other glitzy Hollywood event happening this weekend. Available now on DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures.
6. VOD: Stud Life
It's fitting that Stud Life, a sort of updated She's Gotta Have It for the post-queer Millennial generation, is debuting on Feb. 19 on digital platforms. The 80-minute, unrated film has already had a life on social media (see @StudLifeMovie and @CampbellX on Twitter, for examples) and seems perfectly suited for younger viewers for whom YouTube is preferable to a big box movie theater. But, that doesn't mean you need to be 19 to love Stud Life, a look inside the LGBT scene in urban London where gender and sexuality are entwined with street life, and people are rethinking the rules of love, sex, and friendship. The feature debut from veteran British TV director Campbell X follows black, butch lesbian JJ (played pitch perfectly by T'nia Miller) and her white gay best friend Seb (played by Kyle Treslove). The friendship between the two (who work as wedding photogs by day) is tested when JJ falls for a gorgeous femme named Elle (played by The Purifiers star Robyn Kerr). It pushes them all to their limits and makes JJ evaluate what's more important -- love or friendship -- because, after all, philosophical questions like that are timeless. See the trailer below.
5. THEATER: Pageant: The Musical!
This is a beauty pageant like no other, as six women, all played by men, vie for the title of Miss Glamouresse 2013, with the winner selected by judges picked from the audience at each performance. So you will you choose Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Industrial Northeast, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Texas, or Miss Deep South? Opens Thursday at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco and runs through March 9.
4. BOOKS: Bleeder by Shelby Smoak
"I am Caucasian, five foot eleven, have sandy brown hair, blue eyes, and am a tender slip of bone. And I am at the hospital." That's how Bleeder begins. This memoir is about Smoak, a hemophiliac who, right at the beginning of his college career, learns that he was infected with HIV due to a blood transfusion in the 1990s in North Carolina. Smoak bravely documents his journey of rawness and uncertainty in a way that will have you thinking, feeling, and unexpectedly smiling.
3. ART: New Portraits and Landscapes by Catherine Opie
The esteemed lesbian photographer's work is always worth seeing, and in this exhibit at Regen Projects in Los Angeles, she presents new photos influenced by the traditions of painting, the history of photography, and her roots in documentary photography. The show opens Saturday, when there's a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., and continues through March 29.
2. DVD: How to Survive a Plague
When you're watching the Oscars this Sunday, pay special attention to the Best Documentary category, where David France's AIDS documentary How to Survive A Plaguewill square off against frontrunner Searching for Sugar Man, a Swedish-British film about two South Africans searching for their musical hero. But even if Plague doesn't walk away with the golden statue on Sunday, it has secured a place in the minds and hearts of LGBT and AIDS activists for its compelling narrative following the creation of ACT UP and the Treatment Action Group as these brave groups demanded the funding, visibility, and research to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Bring the Plague home when How to Survive a Plague hits DVD on Tuesday, February 26. Watch the trailer below.
1. TELEVISION: The Oscars
Break out the tux, pop that champagne, it is Oscar weekend! With many of the categories still up in the air, this year's ceremony looks to be a nailbiter. Will Argo overtake Lincoln? Is it Jennifer Lawrence or Jessica Chastain? First time host, Seth Macfarlane steers the ship this year, will it be a classic romp Billy Crystal-style or a crash and burn spectacle like the James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosting a few years back? Whatever happens there is always plenty to talk about the following morning, and if you're still not sold, check out our handy Ten Reasons to Watch list and join in on the festivities. Don't forget The Advocate (@TheAdvocateMag) Advocate Comedy (@gaysayer), and SheWired (@shewired) will all be live-tweeting the event, so follow to hear what we have to say about Hollywood's most elegant evening. The Oscars begin at 8:30 EST on ABC.