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Our top 10 entertainment and events highlights this week include the Fire Island party Ascension, Sinead 'Bossy' O'Connor, Wonder Woman, and George Takei.

Hs150814-1010. FILM: Golf Alpha Yankee
Golf Alpha Yankee is one of the first documentaries to shine a spotlight on the perils of being LGBT in Iran. Directed by Rick Flynn, the film focuses primarily on two young men who were arrested and tortured for being gay. Golf Alpha Yankee, which spells "gay" in military call letters, weaves interviews with the men, who are now refugees in Turkey awaiting asylum, with scripted reenactments of the horrors that befell them in the Middle Eastern nation, where those who dare to love someone of the same sex can still face the death penalty. Filmed over the course of two years, the project still needs to raise additional funds through its Kickstarter campaign, which ends this weekend. Contribute here, and watch the trailer below. -- Daniel Reynolds

Hs150814-099. ART: "Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings, 1913-1915"
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts the first U.S. exhibition focused on gay American artist Hartley's time in Berlin, when he was inspired by the city's vibrant gay community and fell in love with a German military officer, Carl von Freyburg, who was killed early in World War I. Some of Hartley's images memorialize his lost love, while other works are more abstract. The show opened early this month and continues through November 30; there are docent-led tours Friday and Sunday afternoons. LACMA is also offering two related exhibitions: "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky," through September 14, and "Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s," opening September 21. Plan your visit at -- Trudy Ring
Hs150814-088. MUSIC: "Break Free, "Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd
Ariana Grande's music video for her track "Break Free" is a sexy, geektastic delight that blends sci-fi and anime visuals from across space and time. Nods to the Jane Fonda classic Barbarella, Gravity, Star Trek, and Star Wars can all be found here as well as an LOL-inducing Mazinger Z-inspired moment where Grande shoots missiles from her breasts. Also, keep an eye out for the blink-and-you'll-miss-it alien same-sex smooch at the 3:25 mark. -- Jase Peeples

Hs150814-077. EVENT: 19th Annual San Francisco Drag King Contest
This year's edition of the world's biggest and studliest drag king competition will have a science fiction theme, plus guest appearances by Jane Wiedlin of Go-Go's fame and Mo B. Dick, star of the John Waters film Pecker. Fudgie Frottage will emcee along with Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. It all happens at 9 p.m. Saturday at the SOMArts Cultural Center, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Pets Are Wonderful Support, which helps care for the pets of low-income people with AIDS or other serious illnesses. Get your tickets here. -- Trudy Ring

Hs150814-066. COMICS: Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman returns to the comic where she made her first appearance in 1940, Sensation Comics, with DC Entertainment's reboot of the classic golden age title. Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman is an anthology series presenting stand-alone, out-of-continuity stories of the Amazing Amazon from every era, told by some of the most talented creators working in the industry today. The first issue of this wondrous series, written by Gail Simone with art by Ethan Van Sciver, sees Wonder Woman taking a trip to Gotham City to take on the villains of Batman's milieu when she learns the Dark Knight is out of commission and unable to stop his gallery of rogues from attacking the city. Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman number 1 is available now in the DC Comics Digital Store. Print editions of the debut issue are scheduled to arrive at your local comic book shop Wednesday. -- Jase Peeples

Hs150814-055. EVENT: Ascension, Fire Island
Dancing, dancing, and more dancing on the shores of Fire Island all weekend long? Sounds like three days that you'll either remember forever or completely forget (for, you know, fun reasons). It all happens this weekend; find out more at -- Michelle Garcia

Hs150814-044. MUSIC: Little Black Dress Tour, Sara Bareilles
By encouraging people to stand up for who they are with her song "Brave" -- which she wrote after she was inspired by a close friend who was struggling with coming out of the closet -- and featuring a same-sex couple's engagement in her music video "I Choose You," Sara Bareilles has become an outstanding example of an LGBT ally. The U.S. leg of her current Little Black Dress tour has just wrapped, but fans Down Under and in Asia will soon be able to catch the talented singer onstage. She will arrive next month in Adelaide, Australia, for the first of her international tour dates, then make stops in New Zealand, Japan, and Singapore. For tickets and dates visit the Little Black Dress tour website. - Jase Peeples

Hs150814-033. WEB: Roomies
This new hilarious Web series Roomies is reminding us a little bit of Broad City: kinda gay, very wacky, and bringing you into a really twisted and intimate world. Stu (Edward Kiniry-Ostro) and Syd (Sal Neslusan) are a "we" who endure everything together: hallucinatory juice cleanses, PMS, and awkward third-wheel friends who need certain prescriptions filled. -- Michelle Garcia

Hs150814-022. MUSIC: I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss, Sinead O'Connor
The Irish chanteuse, who made as much of a name for herself in the '80s and '90s with her shaved head, combat boots, and rabble-rousing as she did with her soaring, haunting vocals, is out with the new single "Take Me to Church," and it's pure, powerful Sinead in a way that you'd expect her to musically evolve. It's on O'Connor's 10th studio album, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss, which is available now. -- Tracy Gilchrist

Hs150814-011. TV: Oprah: Where Are They Now? With George Takei
Oprah sits down with out LGBT activist and Star Trek icon George Taki for a frank discussion on the secret he hid for 68 years, the time he spent in a Japanese internment camp as a child during World War II, and his feelings about Star Trek costar William Shatner in Sunday's edition of Oprah: Where Are They Now? In the episode, which airs at 9 p.m./8 Central on OWN, Oprah also speaks with Jermaine Jackson about his brother Michael's legacy and with Ali Landry about her two-week marriage to Mario Lopez. -- Jase Peeples

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