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Hot Sheet: Dirty Pop

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Our top 10 entertainment and events highlights this week include Kelly Clarkson, Sam Smith's video wedding, Kylie Minogue's newest sound, and the Grammys.

Hs150206-03_010. MUSIC: "Right Here, Right Now," Giorgio Moroder, featuring Kylie Minogue
"Disco godfather" Giorgio Moroder found a perfect collaborator in Australian pop star Kylie Minogue; the two have released an infectious single, "Right Here, Right Now," that's the first track off Moroder's upcoming album. The video has Kylie posing for her life in a cavalcade of dresses that would fit right in at Studio 54. -- Neal Broverman

Hs150206-10_09. FILM: Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine
Matthew Shepard became famous because of how he died, beaten savagely and tied to a fence because he was gay. But this new film tells how he lived -- what he was like as a son, a brother, and a friend. The documentary by Michele Josue, a friend who went to school with Shepard, presents him as an intelligent, charming, ambitious, and complex young man who wanted to make a difference in the world. It features interviews with Matthew's parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, as well as his teachers, schoolmates, and friends from around the globe. It opens today in New York City, Houston, and Portland, Ore.; next week in Los Angeles and Chicago; and in other cities afterward. Find a schedule of screenings here, read an interview with Josue here, and watch the trailer below. -- Trudy Ring

Hs150206-08_08. EVENT: The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala
It will be a starry night to benefit a good cause when the Desert AIDS Project presents its 21st annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards at a gala event Saturday night in Palm Springs, Calif. The evening will feature a gourmet dinner, silent auction, and top-notch entertainment, with emcee Mario Cantone, musician-composer Scott Alan, actress Shoshana Bean, and the So You Think You Can Dance All-Stars. This year's award recipients are Dr. Michael Gottlieb, who identified the condition now known as AIDS and helped establish amfAR; Helene Galen, a noted philanthropist; and Dave Morgan, producer of fundraising events for the Desert AIDS Project and other charities. Plus there will be a tribute to the late Joan Rivers, a longtime benefactor of the group, presented by Bob Mackie. It all happens at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the silent auction and a cocktail reception starting at 5:30 p.m., the dinner, entertainment, and awards program beginning at 7 p.m., and an after-party at 9 p.m. Tickets here. -- Trudy Ring

Hs150206-07_07. MUSIC: "Lay Me Down," Sam Smith
It's Sam Smith's world; we're just living in it. Happily, that's a good world, thanks to Smith's beautiful voice and soulful songs. Now we have a video from Smith that makes us want to cheer (instead of weep). In "Lay Me Down," the singer croons in a somber church that suddenly changes into the joyful site of his same-sex wedding. It may all be a fantasy, but it's a gorgeous one. The video "shows my dreams that one day gay men and women and transgendered men and women all over the world, like all our straight families and friends, will be able to get married under any roof, in any city, in any town, in any village, in any county," Smith said on Instagram. -- Neal Broverman

Hs150206-06_06. THEATER: Frigid New York Festival
When it's winter in the Big Apple, the Frigid New York Festival is the hottest ticket in town. The annual festival, dedicated to the most innovative new theatrical works, is reliably LGBT-inclusive. Some of this year's highlights: 300 to 1, in which a schoolboy reenacts the homoerotic film 300 to the ghosts of World War I poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon; A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade, a romp through the inclusive St. Pat's for All Parade; Bi, Hung, Fit ... and Married, a man's journey of sexual self-discovery; and Cootie Catcher, with a man reflecting on his sexual encounters in the age of HIV. The fest, presented by Horse Trade Theater Group, runs February 18 through March 8 at the Kraine Theater and Under St. Marks Theater. Get all the details and order tickets here. -- Trudy Ring

Hs150206-05_05. EVENT: One Night With Cheyenne Jackson
Who wouldn't want to spend Valentine's Day with Cheyenne Jackson? The hunky singer-actor headlines a February 14 benefit for the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, located in the heavily gay community of Wilton Manors, Fla. Jackson will share songs and stories, accompanied on piano by Sirius XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky, at the Parker Playhouse in nearby Fort Lauderdale. There will be an open bar and silent auction beginning at 6 p.m., with the performance following at 8 p.m. And VIP ticket-buyers get a post-show champagne reception and photo ops with Jackson. Find all the info at the museum's website, where you can also learn about its nifty exhibits, such as "Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall," a historical retrospective of sexy illustrations by artists who worked for gay male magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s; it opens today. -- Trudy Ring

Hs150206-04_04. TV: TheWalking Dead
The Walking Dead, America's most popular zombie drama, returns this weekend after a nail-biting winter hiatus. Beth, the occasional songstress and golden-haired farmer's daughter, has died after repeatedly trying to escape her position as a working nurse, and no one knows where to turn. Disturbing questions have arisen. Why must good people die, when Carl gets to live? Aren't we all just like Beth, or Herschel, or any other guest star who struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more? Why can't Daryl be gay? The injustice is clear. But life, like The Walking Dead, shuffles on, driven by the promise of a fresh season of surprise zombie herds, head stabbings, and shelters that seem safe but are really full of murderers,cannibals, or female cops in command. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. The Walking Dead returns to AMC Sunday at 9 p.m. Watch the teaser below. -- Daniel Reynolds

Hs150206-09_03. MUSIC: "Heartbeat Song," Kelly Clarkson
The original American Idol is back with an uplifting new music video that highlights the many different ways #LoveIsLove. "Heartbeat Song," the first single from Clarkson's upcoming album Piece by Piece (out March 3), dropped today and features a variety of couples in its video, including mixed-race couples and a male same-sex couple, as the songstress croons, "This is my heartbeat song and I'm gonna play it / turned it up but I know you can take it up all night long." Watch the heartwarming "Heartbeat Song" below and soak up the first track of February you won't be able to get out of your head. -- Jase Peeples

Hs150206-02_02. FILM: Jupiter Ascending
Actress Mila Kunis is known to many people as the partner (and rumored wife) of her That '70s Show costar Ashton Kutcher. She is also known to many young people for her portrayal of an evil witch in Oz: The Great and Powerful, a poor reimagining of the classic novel and film The Wizard of Oz. But that was hardly her fault. This weekend, she reenters the realm of fantasy as Jupiter Jones (not to be confused with January!) in Jupiter Ascending, a space opera directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix). Jones is a Dorothy character of sorts who is led over the rainbow by an interplanetary warrior (Channing Tatum). He reveals to Jones that she is the unknowing heir to an alien dynasty. Jones was a janitor beforehand, so her sudden ascendance into intergalactic royalty comes as quite a surprise, particularly when the messenger is such a beautiful male specimen. This ascendance would come as less of a shock to the real-life Mila Kunis, since the contrast of social class would not be as striking, and she is already partnered with a beautiful male specimen. Regardless, Jones and Tatum's character must battle scheming pretenders to the throne like actors Eddie Redmayne and the (wonderfully named) Tuppence Middleton, while also saving Earth from the threat of a lethal harvest. And perhaps, when all is ascended and done, Jones too will discover that there is no place like home. Jupiter Ascending is out in theaters this weekend. Watch a featurette on the film below. -- Daniel Reynolds

Hs150206-01_01. TV: The Grammys
The 57th annual Grammy Awards will be another one for the LGBT history books with several out musicians and LGBT allies scheduled to make appearances as presenters, performers, or nominees, including Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Katy Perry. Check out the many reasons why we think the 2015 Grammys will be one of the gayest yet here, and tune in to CBS Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern to watch music's biggest night unfold. -- Jase Peeples

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