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Hot Sheet: Getting Iggy With It

Hot Sheet: Getting Iggy With It


Our top 10 entertainment and events highlights this week include Kelis, Semi-Precious Weapons, clones, and real damn bears.


10. MUSIC: Food, Kelis
Musical chameleon Kelis is back for the follow-up to her blistering 2010 electronica album, Flesh Tone. This time, the Cordon Bleu-trained chef has her mind on, of course, food (the name of the album), but also delicious funk and soul. As different from "Fourth of July," "Milkshake," and "Caught Out There" as you can imagine, Food is an upbeat delight and more proof that Kelis is one of the most underrated risk-takers in the business. Watch the video for "Jerk Ribs" below, where horns blow as the beauty parades in a cavalcade of gorgeous outfits. The album's out Tuesday. -- Neal Broverman


9. THEATER: Left Out Festival
Stage Left Studio in New York City offers its annual festival of LGBT-themed works, running now through April 28. Shows include No River Between Us, about a binational lesbian couple trying to stay together in the U.S.; NSA, the story of a young man who disrupts a gay couple's life; A Kiss in the Dream House, about Vietnamese lovers in crisis because of one partner's gender transition; Death in Venice in First Person, a theatrical presentation of Thomas Mann's classic novel; T-Party, a multimedia work on transgender life; and more. Proceeds benefit Bailey House, which provides housing and support to people living with HIV and AIDs. Go here for tickets and more info. -- Trudy Ring


8. MUSIC: Aviation, Semi-Precious Weapons
Another long hiatus is over, with glam-pop rockers Semi-Precious Weapons returning with their first album in four years. Aviation is produced by Tricky Stewart (Beyonce, Rihanna, and Frank Ocean) and led by the single "Aviation High" (watch the drag-tastic , possibly NSFW video below). The band members, graduates of the Berklee College of Music, are led by Justin Tranter, an out singer and philanthropist, who created Musicians With a Mission, which aids LGBT education. The album is released Tuesday. -- Neal Broverman


7. FILM: Proxy
It's bring on the creepy this week, with writer-director Zack Parker's Proxy released in theaters and on demand today. Esther (played by Alexia Rasmussen, best known for her role in Listen to Your Heart) is nine months pregnant when she's viciously attacked by a hooded assailant after leaving her ultrasound appointment. The seemingly solitary woman finds a friend in Melanie, another woman in her lost child support group. But as the friendship develops into disorienting territory -- what's real, what's not is always in question -- we meet Esther's ex-girlfriend (played full tilt and semi-camp by Kristina Klebe, who is super hot), Melanie's husband (a nice performance from mumblecore auteur Joe Swanberg), and a fun, twisty, campy film that skewers notions of motherhood, sexuality, identity, and mental health. -- Diane Anderson-Minshall


6. THEATER: Liberating Legacies
The Bay Area's Queer Rebels troupe presents an afternoon of performance art, music, poetry, and more by established and emerging LGBT people of color. More than a dozen artists will participate, including bluesman Earl Thomas, experimental musician Jeepneys, spoken-word performer Joshua Merchant, and video artist Laura Hyunjhee Kim. It all happens from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the San Francisco Public Library's Koret Auditorium, and it's free. Find more information on the Queer Rebels Facebook page. -- Trudy Ring


5. FILM: Bears
If you're interested in furry friends (and not the ones at the Eagle!), be sure to check out Bears, the latest film from Disneynature. Narrated by John C. Reilly, this kid-friendly film follows a mother brown bear and her cubs as they fight for survival against rivals and a wolf pack in the Alaskan wilderness. Bears, which arrives in theaters this weekend just before Earth Day, is a beautifully shot reminder of the truly universal values of love and family, which become all the more important in times of hardship. And there's a bonus to seeing it opening weekend: Disneynature will donate a portion of the box office take to national parks. A bear-y good cause indeed. Watch the trailer below. -- Daniel Reynolds


4. DVD: Trap for Cinderella
In this brilliantly fun mystery thriller, 20-year-old photographer Micky (played with wonderfully unexpected nuance by Tuppence Middleton) wakes up in a Swiss clinic, suffering from amnesia and full-body burns that required hours of surgery and presumably weeks of hospitalization. The London party gal has survived a house fire while on vacation in France, and though she remembers nothing, she's whisked away by Julia, her wealthy aunt's assistant (who is now her guardian), back to her childhood home to recover. Soon she learns that her best friend, a woman who may or may not have been her lover, was killed in the fire. As she begins piecing together the clues to what happened, we see flashbacks to their adult relationship (TheIron Lady's Alexandra Roach plays Do, the other woman, as a long-suffering but still wide-eyed and trusting lesbian), their childhood liaisons, and more. But the more Micky learns, the more danger she's in, making this a pretty thrilling, occasionally jaw-dropping, sort of retro noir mystery, which makes sense once you realize it's based on a classic 1969 novel by Sebastien Japrisot. One big bonus is Kerry Fox as Julia; her role is imbued with queer metaphor, and the actress -- who seduced Sophie Ward in the film A Village Affair -- likes to brag now that Ward, in real life, has married another woman, that "it was me who turned her into a lesbian. I'm a bad girl." -- Diane Anderson-Minshall

3. EVENT: WonderCon
WonderCon, the younger (and smaller) sister convention of the almighty Comic-Con International kicks off today at the Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., and runs through Sunday. Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization supporting LGBT comics, creators, and readers, will be present at booth space 609 in the exhibit hall throughout the weekend, and several LGBT panels are scheduled to be held throughout the event, including:

Queer Horror
Friday, 7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Room 203

Wild Queer Women of the Web
Saturday, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Room 210A

We're Here, We're Queer, Now What? New Direction in LGBTQ Comics
Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Room 210A

For more details and a full schedule of events, visit the WonderCon official website. -- Jase Peeples

2. TV: Orphan Black Season 2 Premiere
The new season of Orphan Black, the award-winning BBC sci-fi mystery series about the ethics of cloning, premieres this weekend. In case you're in the "dark," Orphan Black focuses on the character of Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany), who assumes the identity of one of a series of clones who were previously unknown to one another, as they were all born from different women through in vitro fertilization. The series features a gay character, Felix, played by Jordan Gavaris, as well as at least one clone who may be queer. Is she or isn't she? Tune in for the premiere of season 2 this Saturday at 9 p.m. Eastern to find out. -- Daniel Reynolds

1. MUSIC: The New Classic, Iggy Azalea
This Australian rapper just performed at the Dinah Shore festival in Palm Springs, Calif., blasting her rhymes to grateful lesbians in bikinis. She's now releasing her debut album, The New Classic, next week. Her style is trashy and her songs catchy. Her videos are as hilarious as her persona, paying homage to beloved '90s films like Showgirls and Clueless.-- Neal Broverman

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