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Our top 10 entertainment and events highlights this week include the songs of Empire, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Miss Coco Peru, gay legend Lance Loud, and more.

Hs20150306-10_010. FILM: My Own Man
It's been a busy week for Netflix. In addition to its original series House of Cards and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the streaming service is debuting an original documentary: My Own Man. Produced by Edward Norton, the film follows the journey of its director, David Sampliner (Dirty Work), as he sets out to teach himself how to be "masculine" on the eve of his son's birth (see: Russell Tovey). As he hunts, embarks on a "warrior weekend," and tries to change his voice to fit a manlier vocal pattern, Sampliner discovers surprising aspects of the ever-changing role of a man and a father in 21st-century America, which bring up revelations from his relationship with his own father. My Own Man premieres today on Netflix. Watch the trailer below. -- Daniel Reynolds


Hs20150306-09_09. TV: Vice
HBO's Emmy-Award winning newsmagazine series Vice begins its third season tonight. This season will include on-the-ground reporting from Tennessee to Antarctica, and the first episode will feature host Shane Smith reporting on how ice caps melting will result in rising sea levels that will change our world's geography. No stranger to controversy, Vice also looks in on a conference of skeptics who deny that climate change is happening. -- Yezmin Villarreal

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Hs20150306-08_08. MUSIC: Homage,Jimmy Somerville
Former Bronski Beat singer and disco legend Jimmy Somerville returns with Homage, a new album of rump-shakers, out Tuesday. That unforgettable falsetto voice is still as powerful as ever, while the songs are just as dance-floor ready as they've always been. Check out the video for "Some Wonderful" below, which features the Scottish artist sporting a pretty adorable ginger beard. -- Neal Broverman


Hs20150306-07_07. BOOK: Kitty Genovese
In Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime That Changed America, Kevin Cook tells the story of a true crime that captured America's attention. A nominee for the 2015 Edgar Award in Best Fact Crime, this book counters the accepted wisdom that Kitty's neighbors could have intervened but refused to do so as the 27-year-old was being stabbed to death just outside her apartment in Queens, N.Y., one night in 1964. He also chronicles the lives of Kitty and her partner, Mary Ann Zielonko, in a closeted era. Available on Amazon.com. -- Yezmin Villarreal


Hs20150306-06_06. THEATER: Switzerland
In Joanna Murray-Smith's new play, the lesbian novelist Patricia Highsmith -- author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley -- is holed up in her home in Switzerland, suffering from not only writer's block but cancer. A mysterious young man from her publisher's office shows up, wanting to know when her next Ripley novel will come through. They engage in a "battle of wills" that is "tense and humorous by turns," with a twist that "calls into question all your assumptions to that point," The Sydney Morning Herald reported when the play had its world premiere in Australia last fall. Now it makes its U.S. debut at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, which commissioned Murray-Smith's work. Laura Linney stars as Highsmith, with Seth Numrich as the enigmatic visitor. It opens tonight and runs through April 19 at the Geffen's Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater; get your tickets here. -- Trudy Ring


Hs20150306-05_05. MUSIC: Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
The Fox juggernaut Empire just keeps getting more popular. Besides the insanely sudsy storylines and the forever-quotable matriarch known as Cookie, the music is one of the main draws. Appropriately enough, a soundtrack album from the first season drops Tuesday. The collection features 18 songs, many featuring actor Jussie Smollett, who plays the gay character Jamal. Also look for contributions from Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Ora, Juicy J, Estelle, and even Courtney Love. -- Neal Broverman


Hs20150306-04_04. EVENT: Conversations With Coco, with special guest Alison Janney
We first fell in love with Allison Janney when she was presidential press secretary C.J. Cregg on The West Wing, and we've since thrilled to her performances in American Beauty, Juno, The Hours, Masters of Sex, and more. Now she'll be discussing her illustrious career in an onstage interview with Miss Coco Peru as the latest installment in the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Conversations With Coco series, known for witty and revealing exchanges. One night only, Saturday at 8 p.m., in the Renberg Theatre at the center's Village at Ed Gould Plaza. Tickets here; VIP ticket-holders get a post-show reception with Janney and Miss Coco. - Trudy Ring


Hs20150306-03_03. TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
What do you get when you take the wit of 30 Rock executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and mix it with the acting chops of Bridesmaids' Ellie Kemper? You get Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix's new comedy series about a woman who is adjusting to normal life as New Yorker after having been rescued from a weird, underground, apocalypse-fearing cult. The results are absolutely hilarious. -- Raffy Ermac


Hs20150306-02_02. BOOK: Lance Out Loud
Written by Lance Loud's mother, Pat, Lance Out Loud is a touching and sentimental look back at the former Advocate columnist and American Family cast member's life as one of the first openly gay men ever to appear on television. Featuring exclusive pictures, notes, and souvenirs collected from his life, Lance Out Loud is a page-turner everyone needs on their bookshelf. -- Raffy Ermac


Hs20150306-01_01. FILM: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Some of the best living British actors (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup) have rejoined forces for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a sequel to the surprise 2012 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The film picks up where its predecessor left off, after a tribe of British pensioners made a slightly run-down but charming Indian hotel their place of long-term residence. There's love, intrigue, a planned building expansion, an approaching wedding of the hotelier (Dev Patel) as well as a charming new American guest played by Richard Gere. Who could ask for anything more? It opens in theaters this weekend. Watch the trailer below. -- Daniel Reynolds

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