9. FILM: Doctors of The Dark Side
10. ART: "Clocked Out"
The Gay Community Center of Richmond, Va., spotlights the work that local artists Shawn Saharko, Henry Winfiele (pictured above), Kris Woodson, Darren Schledt, and Chris Page create when they're off the clock from their day jobs at Diversity Thrift, a secondhand store that generates funds for the Richmond Gay Community Foundation. There's an opening reception from 7 to 9 tonight at the community center's gallery, and the exhibit's on view through June 10.
Filmmaker Martha Davis's harrowing documentary Doctors of the Dark Side
exposes the little-known participation of American doctors and psychiatrists who supervised detainee torture in U.S.-controlled military prisons after September 11, 2001. Narrated by military, legal, and medical experts, and featuring archival footage and discomfiting reenactments, the documentary raises tough questions about the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques on prisoners deemed enemy combatants, often without trial. While the film focuses on the headline-grabbing torture scandals at U.S.-run overseas prisons like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, it also raises questions about the extent to which medical professionals are complicit in approving torture in military prisons on U.S. soil, as in the case of queer Army private Bradley Manning
, the alleged WikiLeaks source, who a judge recently ruled was subjected to cruel, inhuman, and degrading torture while he was kept in solitary confinement in a windowless 6-by-8-foot cell for nine months. Watch the trailer for the film, now available through Shelter Island
8. THEATER: At the Flash
Having its West Coast premiere after an acclaimed initial run last year in Chicago, Sean Chandler and David Leeper's play explores LGBT life through five characters of various genders and races, all played by the same actor, in one gay bar over the past five decades. Celebration Theatre, West Hollywood, beginning Wednesday and continuing through May 26.7. THEATER: A Conversation With Christina Crawford: Live and Onstage in Surviving Mommie Dearest
If you're looking for the gayest way to observe Mother's Day, take in this multimedia production in which Christina Crawford discusses the tribulations of having movie idol Joan Crawford as a mom. Christina's 1978 memoir, Mommie Dearest,
portrayed her upbringing as a nightmare of abuse, and it was made into a gay-beloved film in 1981, starring Faye Dunaway as Joan. The show features clips from Christina's documentary Surviving Mommie Dearest,
footage from Joan's Hollywood films and home movies, a Q&A session, and a book signing. There may be some shockers even for audiences who've read Mommie Dearest
or seen the movie; Michael Musto of The Village Voice
reports that in a preview performance this week, Christina strongly implied that Joan killed Pepsi executive Alfred Steele, who was the film star's last husband. Now through Sunday at the Snapple Theater Center in New York City.6. MUSIC: Demi Lovato: Demi
Modern-day diva Demi Lovato, who rebounded from drug addiction and self-harm to the top the pop charts and land a judging spot on The X Factor,
is back with Demi,
her latest album, out Tuesday. This is good old-fashioned pop, and Lovato, with her lack of pretension and blunt honesty, is inherently likable, just like the album's hit single, "Heart Attack."
5. ART: "Robb Stone: Gazing"
Stone, working in bleach on colored silk, creates paintings based on images from news and social media -- including photos on gay hookup sites -- that appeal to his interest in the intersection of classical imagery and contemporary masculinity. Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago
is presenting Stone's first solo show; Stone will be in the house for an opening reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., and he'll return to give a talk on the closing night, June 29.4. EVENT: The Queens of Queens
Comics Michelle Buteau, Chris Doucette, Sheba Mason, Tarik Daniels, and Jami Smith (pictured above), The Advocate
's own comedy correspondent, will perform at the Queens, N.Y., club Laughing Devil's monthly LGBT comedy night Sunday at 8 p.m., with host Adam Sank. $15, LaughingDevil.com
.3. EVENT: Ross Mathews's Man Up! Tour
Famous intern and TV personality Ross Mathews is hitting the road to promote his book, Man Up!
This week the lovable funnyman will head to Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle to share some of his stories and sign books. For more information and more tour dates, visit ReadManUp.Blogspot.com
.2. MUSIC: Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City
New York indie outfit Vampire Weekend returns with its third album, Modern Vampires of the City,
on Tuesday. The group, which features out songwriter, keyboardist, and guitar player Rostam Batmanglij, is maturing and dropping the collegiate references that populated its two earlier albums. Rolling Stone
gave Modern Vampires
a rave review and described it as profound and "self-assured." Plus: The video for first single "Ya Hey" is filled with phallic symbolism.
1. FILM: The Great Gatsby
Director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge
) has adapted F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby
for a new generation of moviegoers. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, the film dances its way into theaters today and promises to offer plenty of appeal for LGBT viewers. Not only have queer theorists long argued that Carraway's feelings for Gatsby go far beyond the platonic, but the art direction and eye-popping (in 3D no less!) visuals crank this film's fabulous factor to 10.
See the trailer below.