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Hot Sheet: Straight, Cuban, and in Love

Hot Sheet: Straight, Cuban, and in Love


Our top 10 entertainment and events highlights this week include the stupendousness of Comic-Con, the adorableness of Jason Mraz, and the booziness of Sex and the City Live!

Hs17071419_010. FILM: Outfest: Closing Weekend
Don't miss the closing weekend of Outfest, the premier LGBT film festival of Los Angeles. Tonight brings the screening of Tiger Orange at the Ford Theatre, featuring porn star-turned-actor Johnny Hazzard as a gay man estranged from his brother, as well as the debut of The Dog, a true-crime documentary on John Wojtowicz, whose robbery to fund his partner's gender reassignment surgery inspired the film Dog Day Afternoon. Saturday's lineup at the Directors Guild of America also boasts some of the strongest programming of the festival, including the powerful documentary Back on Board: Greg Louganis, the drama Last Weekend starring Patricia Clarkson, the lesbian prostitute comedy The Foxy Merkins, and the chilling suspense film Tom at the Farm. On Sunday, be sure to check out the Outfest Awards Brunch, where the festival winners will be announced, as well as It Got Better panel featuring George Takei, Jason Collins, Dan Bucatinsky, lawyer Melissa Goodman, and moderator Michelle Garcia, The Advocate's managing editor. And finally, the Closing Night Gala at the Ford Theatre features a screening of Space Station 76, the farcical sci-fi film starring Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, and Liv Tyler, followed by one last soiree. For a full schedule, visit -- Daniel Reynolds

Hs17071418_09. MUSIC: Unrepentant Geraldines Tour, Tori Amos
After traversing Europe and Africa with her Unrepentant Geraldines Tour, iconoclast Amos brings the show to North America this week, with performances all over the West Coast before making her way east (the tour wraps August 24 in Miami). Amos loves to switch up her set list, so you never know what you're gonna get -- will you hear "1,000 Oceans," "A Sorta Fairytale," "Glory of the '80s," Trouble's Lament"? Tori is also wild about covers; she recently played Madonna's "Frozen" in Amsterdam. Watch below. --Neal Broverman

Hs17071417_08. DVD: The Last Match
Set in Havana, The Last Match is a romantic drama that focuses on the comely Rey and Yosvani, friends and teammates on an amateur soccer team whose relationship kicks into romance with an unexpected tryst after a nightclub encounter. Although he has a wife and child, Rey has engaged in sexual relationships with men for quite some time, prostituting himself, at the encouragement of his mother, in order to pay the bills. Yosvani has a fiancee of his own, with whom he lives along with her father, who makes a living off black market dealings. But the pair seem far more interested in each other than their female partners, and the film, directed by Antonio Hens, trains its lens on this tension between Latin machismo and the closeted culture it engenders amid a story of sex, sweat, scandal, and soccer. Released by TLA, The Last Match is now available on DVD. Watch the trailer below. -- Daniel Reynolds

Hs17071416_07. DANCE: DancerPalooza
Fans of all styles of dance can both watch and participate during this event in Long Beach, Calif., which opens Tuesday and continues through July 27. Performances include Shaping Sound, with out So You Think You Can Dance star Travis Wall and several of his colleagues offering a sneak peek at the 2015 Shaping Sound world tour; A Man's World, about a lonely guy looking for love, the first full-length work by 2013 Studio of the Year JCSOD; and several others. Plus you can take classes on a wide range of dance styles, for both children and adults, and browse a vendor expo where there will also be free performances and meet-and-greets with star dancers and choreographers. It all happens at the Long Beach Convention Center; find more information here and check out a video preview below. -- Trudy Ring

Hs17071415_06. MUSIC: "Zeppelin," Eli Lieb
Eli Lieb hits the perfect balance of rock and pop in his new video, "Zeppelin," where he spends the evening driving around L.A. listening to Led Zeppelin with a handsome, bearded love interest. Are they on a first date? Maybe they're friends wanting more? However you want to interpret the lyrics and video, "Zeppelin" is a standout single for those who haven't forgotten that special summer romance. -- Scott Ragan

Hs170714-14_05. THEATER: Sex and the City Live!
Top drag performers Heklina, D'Arcy Drollinger, Lady Bear, and Alaska (of RuPaul's Drag Race season 5) give us their interpretation of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte in two brand-new episodes, running Thursdays through Sundays, beginning next week and closing August 10, at San Francisco's Victoria Theatre. Get your tickets here and watch a trailer below. -- Trudy Ring

4. TV: A Good Man
Bryan Wilmoth and his seven younger siblings were raised in a strict, religious home. In this StoryCorps animated zhort, he talks to his brother Mike about reconnecting years after their dad kicked Bryan out for being gay. If there's one thing that's reliable about a good StoryCorps piece, it's that you might want to grab some tissues. You know, just in case your allergies suddenly flare up. The PBS premiere is Monday, and it goes onliune Wednesday. -- Michelle Garcia

3. MUSIC: Yes!Jason Mraz
Longtime LGBT supporter and undeniably charming Jason Mraz has been giving fans a taste of his new album, Yes! with "Mraz Mondays" by revealing a new song every week since mid-May. Now the wait is over with a 14-track set that's arguably his best album to date, filled with Mraz's signature warmth, honesty, and positivity. Mraz recently told The Advocate in an exclusive interview, "Anytime someone uses one of my songs for anything -- a ceremony or a sacred moment -- that to me is a high honor." -- Scott Ragan

2. EVENT: San Diego Pride
San Diego might not be the biggest city in California, but it knows how to throw a party. There's truly something for everyone, from a 5K run to a wedding expo to the main event. Music abounds at this festival too. There are Lady Gaga and Britney Spears tribute performances, in addition to tons of DJs, the Women's Drum Circle, and the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus and Women's Chorus. And you can rock out to the Clicks, Ruby Rose, Alex Newell, and tons of acts that will have you dancing all weekend long. The added attraction of a really fun Pride in a really fun city like San Diego is the men and women in uniform marching along. Visit the official website here. -- Michelle Garcia

1. EVENT: Comic-Con International
Comic-Con International, the largest convention dedicated to comic books, entertainment, gaming, and all the popular arts will take place at the San Diego Convention Center Wednesday through Sunday. With cosplayers, out creators, and LGBT-themed parties, there's plenty queer to be found here at this annual pop-culture extravaganza. Prism Comics -- the nonprofit organization supporting LGBT comics, creators, and readers -- will once again be present, at Booth 2144 in Hall C. See a list of the LGBT geek must-hit panels and parties here. -- Jase Peeples

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