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Hot Sheet: Make the Yuletide Gay

Hot Sheet: Make the Yuletide Gay


Our top 10 entertainment and events highlights this week include Sam Smith, Michael Buble, Miss Piggy, the Dark Knight Diva -- Batgirl, the magic of Ian McKellen, and a Big Gay Love.

Hs141212-10_010. MUSIC: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,"Sam Smith
Given his six Grammy nominations and a frequently sold-out tour schedule, it's probably unnecessary to proclaim that 2014 is the "year of Sam Smith," but the gay crooner is a musical gift that keeps on giving with his intimate cover of the Judy Garland classic, filmed in one continuous tracking shot in a dimly lit recording studio. Smith's version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is less than three minutes long, but it is sure to fill you with some much needed holiday cheer. -- Scott Ragan

Hs141212-09_09. FILM: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
A longtime favorite of queer audience on the stage, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks has been given cinematic life by its original stage director, Arthur Allan Seidelman. Gena Rowlands, the veteran Oscar-nominated actress, shines as Lily Harrison, a widow who hires a dance instructor (Cheyenne Jackson) to help her cha-cha through her golden years. Although the pair initially clashes over issues like, well, the dancer's presumed sexual orientation, they eventually develop a friendship in a delicate dance between divas from different decades. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is opening in theaters worldwide today. Check out an exclusive clip from the film below. -- Daniel Reynolds

Hs141212-08_08. THEATER: The Gospel According to Matt: Confessions of a Teenage Dirtbag
With the 10-year anniversary of critically acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Bert V. Royal's Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead comes the debut of its one-act sequel, The Gospel According to Matt: Confessions of a Teenage Dirtbag. It tells the story of the unforgettable character of Matt, who is now in juvenile detention for his part in a gay high school student's suicide. The play explores Matt's psyche and feelings about the event, and the audience gets to witness his journey of remorse or perhaps the lack thereof -- who knows? Go see it to find out. There will be performances at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles, with a different star-studded cast, including some players to be announced, in each. There will be a gala dessert reception with the playwright and cast after Saturday's late show. Proceeds benefit the It Gets Better Project. -- Priscilla Wilson

Hs141212-07_07. EVENT: GMCLA Holiday Spectacular 2014 - A Glee-ful Celebration
If you want to get plenty of Christmas cheer, Hanukkah happiness, or fun for whatever you celebrate, there's no better event for it than this concert by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. The chorus will perform songs from the TV show Glee and from men's glee clubs around the world. It happens this weekend at the lovely Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, with two performances Saturday and one Sunday. Order your tickets here, and to get you in the mood, watch the chorus perform "Deck the Halls" below. -- Trudy Ring

Hs141212-06_06. DVD: Big Gay Love
Director Ringo Le's tale of camp and heartwarming romance, Big Gay Love, is now available on DVD. The official Outfest selection tells the story of Bob (played by Gayby writer-director-star Jonathan Lisecki) who finds, despite his success, he has become the chubby gay man that everyone adores but no one desires. However, when romance does come knocking on Bob's door in the form of a sweet, muscular chef named Andy (played by Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Nicholas Brendon), Bob, due to his years of insecurity, wonders if the relationship could be true love. Big Gay Love is a love letter to everyone who's ever wanted to be accepted for who they are, regardless of their appearance. Check out the big gay trailer below. -- Jase Peeples

Hs141212-05_05. EVENT: GLAAD Tidings
Los Angeles may not get a white Christmas (it's 57 degrees and rainy), but we still know how to celebrate the holidays. GLAAD Tidings puts on an annual festivus for the rest of us to ring in the New Year. It happens Sunday at 6:30 p.m.; Visit GLAADTidings2014 for more information. -- Michelle Garcia

Hs141212-04_04. COMICS: Batgirl #37
A fun new era for the Dark Knight Diva continues in Batgirl #37. When the Batgirl of Burnside begins making appearances in her new town decked out in sequins, posing for photo ops, and embarking on dangerous joyrides, it becomes clear a doppelganger is trying to take over Barbara Gordon's superhero identity. Written by Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher with art by Babs Tarr. Available now from DC Comics. -- Jase Peeples

Hs141212-03_03. MUSIC: Sucker,Charli XCX
Twenty-two-year-old Charlotte Aitchison (a.k.a. Charli XCX) is currently on the last leg of her U.S. tour with shows in New York, Boston, and Tampa to support her sophomore album, Sucker, which Rolling Stone rated as the sixth best album of 2014. The 13-track pop- and punk-influenced release includes this summer's hit "Boom Clap" and the latest single "Breaking Up." Out magazine recently asked Charli XCX how she ultimately arrived at the new record's sound, which she describes as "luxury lo-fi". She answered simply, "I make the music I want to make -- always have and always will."Sucker is available in the U.S. Monday. - Scott Ragan

Hs141212-02_02. FILM: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The trilogy concludes with Bilbo Baggins and his allies fighting an array of combatants to keep Smaug from destroying Middle-Earth. The cast of thousands includes Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, and of course Sir Ian McKellen. This installment opens Wednesday, but if you can't wait that long or need to catch up on the first two, you can attend a marathon of all three Hobbit films at theaters around the nation Monday or Tuesday. Find one near you here and watch the trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies below. -- Trudy Ring

New_0_01. TV: Michael Buble's Christmas in New York
What could be better than a Christmas in New York being serenaded by Michael Buble? How about a Christmas in New York with Miss Piggy, Barbra Streisand, and Ariana Grande? Yes, NBC may finally usurp ABC's distinction as having aired the gayest Yuletide special ever (see: last year's Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular featuring RuPaul.) In addition to holiday classics and accompaniment from America's most legendary divas, Buble will cover Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and sing requests submitted via social media by fans at home. And since it's at the Radio City Music Hall, the Rockettes are sure to have the final kick. Michael Buble's Christmas in New York airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern. -- Daniel Reynolds

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