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Our top 10 entertainment and events highlights this week include Ben Whishaw in Lilting, new Kylie Minogue, and old Peter Berlin.

Hs140926-010_010. MUSIC: Four New Kylie Minogue Tracks
Reigning pop princess Kylie Minogue has shared four new songs to coincide with the kickoff of the European leg of her Kiss Me Once Tour. The new tracks were created in collaboration with Mexican producer Fernando Garibay, who's worked with Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. Listen to "Glow," "Wait," "Break This Heartbreak," and "Chasing Ghosts" below. -- Scott Ragan

Hs140926-009_09. EVENT: First Comes LoveBook Launch
Earlier this month, a gay couple was brutally attacked on the streets of Philadelphia. But instead of ignoring this heinous crime, the people of Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania are rallying to bring LGBT rights to the forefront, advocatiing for inclusive hate-crimes laws. And same-sex love will be celebrated as Philadelphia photographer Barbara Proud hosts the launch of her book First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships, which features multiple notable LGBT people showing the power of their love. Proud is on a mission to propel the marriage equality movement simply by introducing real long-term LGBTQ couples and their love stories to the world. The book launch event is tonight at the University of the Arts in Philly, and an exhibition of Proud's photos runs there through Tuesday. She also has events lined up in Provincetown, Mass.; Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Del.; and Washington, D.C., in the coming months. Find more info at -- Michelle Garcia

Hs140926-008_08. Blu-ray: Sordid Lives
Writer-director Del Shores's beloved black comedy Sordid Lives arrives on Blu-ray for the first time Tuesday. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast, including Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke, Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, and Leslie Jordan as the Tammy Wynette-obsessed institutionalized gay uncle, Brother Boy, this cult classic tells the tale of a West Hollywood actor who returns to his small Texas hometown for his grandmother's funeral and confronts three generations of his dysfunctional family. The all-new bonus materials include a fresh interview with Shores reminiscing about the making of the film, along with cast members Bridges, Bedelia, Jordan, Kirk Geiger, Sarah Hunley, Ann Walker, Newell Alexander, Rosemary Alexander, and Beth Grant. -- Jase Peeples

Hs140926-007_07. ART: "Peter Berlin: A Solo Exhibition of Photographs"
Long before digital cameras and smartphones, porn star Peter Berlin created thousands of self-portraits via film. The process took hours rather than the seconds needed to take a selfie now, but Berlin, serving as his own photographer, model, and fashion designer, rose to the challenge and redefined self-portraiture. An exhibit of Berlin's work, curated by Eric Smith and Mark Garrett, opens Wednesday at Magnet in San Francisco and runs through October 31. There'll be an opening reception from 8 to 10 p.m. October 3, and Berlin himself, who stays largely out of the public eye these days, will give a talk about his work from 7 to 9 p.m. October 18. It's all free. -- Trudy Ring

Hs140926-006_06. EVENT: V to Shining V
If your idea of fun is hanging out with your funniest, smartest lady friends like Sarah Silverman or Sally Kohn, sipping some booze, and talking feminism, then V to Shining V is for you. Sponsor Lady Parts Justice is calling on women to organize activism-oriented get-togethers in every state Saturday. Some of the issues on the docket, depending on which state you're from: forced sterilization of female prisoners (California), rapists' right to child visitation (Texas), astronomic rates of HIV infection for women of color (New York), and the grievous lack of clinics for reproductive health (all over the place). Find out how to host a party or simply join the conversation at -- Michelle Garcia

Hs140926-005_05. FILM: Lilting
Death has a strange way of bringing the living together, and such is the case in Lilting, a quiet yet powerful film about the relationship between a young British gay man (Ben Whishaw, Skyfall) and the Chinese-Cambodian mother (Cheng Pei-pei, Crouching Tiger) of his late partner. Directed by Hong Khaou, who was born in Cambodia but now lives in London, Lilting forces its two central characters to bridge cultural, generational, and even language barriers as they communicate through an interpreter to share their grief and love of the departed, who was unable to come out to his mother in life. Lilting opens in limited New York theaters this weekend and in Los Angeles October 3. Watch the trailer below. -- Daniel Reynolds

Hs140926-004_04. TV: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Last season this sleeper hit won us over not only with lead Andy Samberg's talented but goofy detective Jake Peralta but also with veteran actor Andre Braugher's stoic, no-nonsense Capt. Ray Holt. Did we mention that the formidable Holt happens to be an out, married officer, who started the department's first gay and lesbian officers' alliance, and refuses to suffer homophobic fools? Report for duty with Brooklyn Nine-Nine when the snarky, relatable, Golden Globe-winning cop comedy returns to Fox at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. -- Sunnivie Brydum

Hs140926-003_03. MUSIC: "The Violet Flame,"Erasure
Gen Xers and lovers of '80s new wave rejoice: Erasure, the chart-topping two-man megaband started by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell nearly 30 years ago, has released The Violet Flame, its 16th studio album, offering a blend of empowerment, optimism, sexuality, and euphoric, synth-fueled melodies. Check out our exclusive interview with Andy Bell, watch the video for lead single "Elevation" below, and download the new album on iTunes. -- Diane Anderson-Minshall

Hs140926-002_02. TV: Transparent
All the episodes of Amazon's new original series starring Jeffrey Tambor as a newly out transgender woman with self-absorbed grown children are available beginning today. Binge-watch what promises to be a complex family drama that will advance the conversation on trans issues, developed by popular demand after Amazon posted its pilot. -- Trudy Ring

Hs140926-001_01. FILM: Pride
The winner of the Queer Palm at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Pride recounts the true and heartwarming story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who rallied together to raise money for struggling families affected by the U.K. miners strike' in 1984. The alliance between the LGBT community and the National Union of Mineworkers was unlikely but ultimately triumphant, and the film, which stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and Dominic West, has received rave reviews and standing ovations since its initial theatrical release in the U.K. Watch a preview below for Pride, which will play in select theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco this weekend. -- Daniel Reynolds

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