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10. MUSIC: Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar
The 10th studio album from our favorite DILF arrived this week. A Quien Quiera Escuchar ("For Those Who Want to Listen") is a Spanish-language release, but its first single, "Adios," comes in four versions, including English, English-French, English-Turkish, and Spanish, of course. Similarly, the video features four Rickys, and not one looks bad. — Neal Broverman

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9. BOOK: Straight Walk: A Supermodel’s Journey to Finding Her Truth
There's nothing like a beautiful woman with an incredibly fascinating history. Model Patricia Velasquez was raised in a poor Venezuelan community with a hardworking mother and five brothers and sisters. But an opportunity to enter the Miss Venezuela pageant came along, changing her life forever. Velasquez's journey from struggling youngster to glamazon maintains an underlying loneliness and fear of living her truth as a queer woman. Eventually she finds her way, and she leads the reader on her truly fascinating path. — Michelle Garcia

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8. THEATER: Precious Little
Brodie is a 40-something single lesbian, a successful academic in the field of linguistics, and pregnant with her first child — and she learns the child has a genetic abnormality and may never be able to speak to her. She meets an array of quirky characters as she ponders whether she’ll be able to love a child who can’t communicate verbally. Playwright Madeleine George describes Precious Little as “a play about the limits but also the luxuries of language, about what we cherish about our uniquely human capacity for language as well as what it costs us to communicate in this way.” A new production of the play, which has been performed all over the nation, opens tonight at the Defunkt Theatre in Portland, Ore., where it runs through March 21. Order tickets here.Trudy Ring

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7. FILM: Kingsman: The Secret Service
The James Bond of a new generation arrives today in the fine form of Taron Egerton as Gary “Eggsy” Unwin in director Mathew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. In addition to the hunky star playing the rookie spy, the film’s cast includes a rich roster of fan favorites including Mark Hamill, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and the fierce Sofia Boutella. Over-the-top villains, amazing martial arts sequences, and the swagger to match make this film a fun excursion for any fan of the genre. Watch the trailer below.  Jase Peeples

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6. EVENT: Equality Illinois Gala, “Love Is Love Is Love”
Valentine’s Day in Chicago brings the Equality Illinois Gala, the Midwest’s largest annual LGBT gala and fundraiser, benefiting the statewide political action group. This year’s theme, in honor of the holiday, is “Love Is Love Is Love,” and the group will show a lot of love to Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, an Illinois native who’s receiving an Equality Illinois Freedom Award. “As an out performer for over 33 years who has made it her life’s work to change people’s perception of butch, queer and LGBT, it is an honor for me to receive such recognition from my home state,” says DeLaria. Also receiving a Freedom Award is the Chicago House TransLife Center, which provides social services specifically designed for transgender people. The evening will also feature cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, and dancing at the elegant Hilton Chicago Hotel. It all starts at 6 p.m. Saturday; get tickets through the Equality Illinois website.Trudy Ring

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5. EVENT: A Special Valentine’s Day With Steve Grand
In New York City you can spend Valentine’s Day with “All-American Boy” Steve Grand, the out singer-songwriter who shot to fame in 2013 when his video for the song of that name went viral. It’s now the title track of his first album, to be released in March, for which he cites influences including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Lady Gaga. You can get a sample when he performs Saturday night at downtown venue SubCulture. The show’s at 8 p.m.; get tickets here or at the door. — Trudy Ring

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4. MUSIC: Deborah Cox, “Kinda Miss You”
After singing the vocals for Lifetime's controversial biopic Whitney, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Deborah Cox released her latest single, "Kinda Miss You." The thumping dance track is just as catchy as her smash hit "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here." The new song is part of Cox's forthcoming album, Work of Art, coming out this summer.  — Neal Broverman

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3. BOOK: She of the Mountains
Bisexual, genderqueer author Vivek Shraya's intimate novel She of the Mountains weaves together a contemporary love story with Hindu mythology, incorporating strikingly bold illustrations from Raymond Biesinger. This is a book for readers who want to be taken on an artistic ride. — Michelle Garcia

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2. FILM: Fifty Shades of Grey
Since 2011, millions of women and gay men have been secretly thumbing through the pages of Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James’s book on love in the time of sadomasochism, which will go down in history as the most profitable piece of Twilight fan-fiction ever made. But this weekend, the bondage aficionados will stream out of the closet in thirsty hordes, filling movie theaters and scaring children watching SpongeBob next door with sounds of passionate screams, leather on skin, and the stream of filthy gold coins filling Hollywood coffers. Yes, you will hate yourself for it, but you will see Fifty Shades of Grey. And when Jamie Dornan removes his suit and leads Melanie Griffith’s daughter into his dungeon, you will remove your necktie, wrap it around your eyes, and whisper, “Yes, this is exactly what I deserve.” Watch the trailer below. — Daniel Reynolds


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1. TV: SNL 40th Anniversary Special
Has it really been 40 years since Saturday Night Live first beamed into our late-night television with comic skits that occasionally filled us with laughter, but more often than not reminded us that Yes, we are at home again on a Saturday night? Yes, it has been 40 years. And NBC has not forgotten. The network peacock has peacocked its rainbow feathers, raised its fearsome head, and screamed a siren song into the night, summoning the ghosts of SNL past and present for an anniversary special that will consume more than three hours of your life. Yes, the strange and grand assortment of celebrities who have graced this stage — among them Steve Martin, Miley Cyrus, Kristen Wiig, Chevy Chase, Jim Carrey, and Robert DeNiro — will dare not ignore the call of the peacock. And come Sunday  at 8 p.m. Eastern, you will look at them, and you will laugh. — Daniel Reynolds
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