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Our Divergent list of top 10 entertainment and events highlights this week includes Theo James, Boy George, Kylie, and Elton.


10. MUSIC: Boy George, This is What I Do

The iconic DJ and out former front man of new wave sensation Culture Club, Boy George releases his first full-length studio album in 18 years Tuesday with This Is What I Do, and it's sure to be every bit as fabulous and complex as the man behind the music. George says the album was heavily influenced by classic 1970s rock, and was written from a happy place. "This time, no ex-lovers to get revenge on," says George. Still, the tender, somber video for "King of Everything" (below) shows that George still squares off with enough demons to produce moving music that strikes a chord. Pre-order the deluxe, two-disc album on iTunes now or in stores Tuesday. -- Sunnivie Brydum


9. THEATER: Doctor Anonymous
Psychiatrist-playwright Guy Fredrick Glass's new play delves into the bad old days when homosexuality was considered a mental illness. It's set in Philadelphia in 1972, and portrays a psychiatrist coming to terms with being gay, while a straight doctor is trying to turn him heterosexual. Meanwhile, the gay doc falls in love with an activist, against the backdrop of the city's mayoral race, with police chief Frank Rizzo, known for his raids on gay bars, seeking Philly's top political office. The play is inspired by the bold action of John E. Fryer, who, wearing a mask and using a voice-distorting microphone, stood up at the American Psychiatric Association's 1972 convention and declared himself gay, helping push the association to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. Doctor Anonymous has its world premiere at Los Angeles's Zephyr Theatre, with performances beginning Thursday and continuing through May 4. Tickets and more info here. -- Trudy Ring


8. MUSIC: Elton John, The Million Dollar Piano
The rock legend's 'acclaimed 2011 show, The Million Dollar Piano, is returning to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this month -- and Wednesday, fans all over the country can be part of the audience. The 66-year-old musician and the eponymous 3,200-pound Yamaha piano, which dazzles concertgoers with its 68 LED screens that respond visually to John's music, can be viewed live in movie theaters nationwide that night. Tickets and screening locations are available at Daniel Reynolds


7. FILM: Divergent
Based on the series of worldwide best-selling young adult novels by Veronica Roth, Divergent is the first intallment of a planned sci-fi trilogy that is sure to resonate with an LGBT audience. The film stars Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) as Tris, who is a "divergent," or someone who is considered different and dangerous to society. In order to escape destruction at the hands of a militant leader played by Kate Winslet, Tris teams up with Four, portrayed by Theo James, who was recently interviewed by The Advocate and discussed the possibility of the film as a bisexual allegory. Divergent opens in wide release today. Watch the trailer below. -- Daniel Reynolds


6. DVD: Geography Club
Geography Club, the feature film based on the first novel in Brent Hartinger's best-selling, critically acclaimed Russel Middlebrook series, comes home on DVD this week. The film follows the adventures of a group of teenage outsiders who find solace in forming an after-school club where they can be themselves. With characters such as 16-year-old Russel, who is going on dates with girls while nurturing a secret relationship with star quarterback Kevin, and the sexually confused Ike, Geography Club is a smart, fast, and funny account of contemporary teenagers as they discover their sexual identities, dreams, and values. Starring Cameron Deane Stewart (Pitch Perfect), Justin Deeley (Drop Dead Diva, 90210), and Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray). -- Jase Peeples

Read The Advocate's interview with Alex Newell (Ike) here.


5. THEATER: Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show
Structured as a comedy routine, this is actually a provocative exploration of gender, sexuality, history, mythology, and high school, all from the perspective of an Indian intersex person, or hijra. Fawzia Mirza stars in Aditi Brennan Kapil's play, having its Chicago premiere in a co-production by About Face Theater and Silk Road Rising, directed by About Face artistic director Andrew Volkoff. Opens Thursday at the Chicago Temple and runs through April 27; order tickets here. -- Trudy Ring


4. THEATER: Of Mice and Men
After his breakout performance in Bridesmaids, Irish actor Chris O'Dowd hopes to engage more gay fans this spring with his Broadway debut as oafish simpleton Lennie in Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck's 1937 play about Depression-era migrant workers -- even if they're mostly there to see James Franco. In previews now; for more information go here. -- Brandon Voss


3. MUSIC: Kylie Minogue, "Sexercise"

Kylie Minogue's second single from her new album, Kiss Me Once, dropped this week, and the track's title tells you pretty much everything you need to know: "Sexercise." And that's exactly what you'll want to do while listening to this surefire summer club staple. And because Ms. Minogue knows her audience, she has released two versions of the sultry track: the official one featuring close-up shots of Minogue and her fellow flexible ladies thrusting and busting as they demonstrate the benefits of exercise -- and a second version where Minogue auditions a series of buff boys for role, challenging them to go deeper and work harder for a spot in Kylie's ... video. -- Sunnivie Brydum

Watch the official video below:

And the less official but beefier version here:


2. TV: From Here on Out

From Here on Out zeroes in on aging gay writer Jimmy Randall (Terry Ray), who sells his show Guy Dubai: International Gay Spy to Here TV's 18-year-old president (Austin Robert Miller). Told he must hire an openly gay leading man, Jimmy casts the gorgeous Sam Decker (T.J. Hoban) -- even though Sam's secretly straight. The sitcom is now available on Here TV's YouTube Premium channel and is set to debut everywhere March 28. But until then be sure to check out the eye candy spectacular that is the video remix of the show's theme song below -- Jase Peeples


1. FILM: Muppets Most Wanted
The Muppets return to the big screen in their latest caper: Muppets Most Wanted. During a European tour of their show, Kermit the Frog is mistaken for an international crook named Constantine, who is nearly identical in appearance to America's favorite amphibian. Stealing Kermit's identity, Constantine takes control of the Muppets and brings along his dastardly sidekick, played by Ricky Gervais, in a nefarious scheme. Expect many laughs and celebrity appearances from the latest installment of the foam-filled franchise, including a performance by Tina Fey as Kermit's prison guard and Ty Burrell as an Interpol agent. Disney's Muppets Most Wanted opens in wide release today. Watch the trailer below. -- Daniel Reynolds

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