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Hot Sheet: Week of
April 6

Hot Sheet: Week of
April 6


Dolly Parton is heading to Broadway, Hannah Montana is heading to theaters, and shoulder pads are back in fashion as season four of Dynasty hits DVD.

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Fun in Girls' Shorts 2: These short films were the toast of the festivals, and now they're available for home viewing. This second compilation of lesbian narrative short subjects from Frameline consists of seven charming award winners, including Operated by Invisible Hands, Crafty, eddie , and Just Me? (April 7)

Pre-Code Hollywood Collection: This collection of racy 1930s Hollywood movies -- made before the Hays Code censored all the seminudity and sexual innuendo from the silver screen for the next three decades -- includes the legendarily bisexual Tallulah Bankhead as a compulsive gambler in The Cheat , off-screen lovers Cary Grant and Randolph Scott as men in love with the same woman in Hot Saturday , and a backstage look at a saucy stage revue in the classic Murder at the Vanities . Peruse Turner Classic Movies' database of classics while waiting for your order to arrive. (April 7)

Dynasty: Season Four, Vol. 1 : Put on some huge shoulder pads and pick up the biggest lighter you can find -- Joan Collins is back, and she's ready to kick Linda Evans's ass into the nearest lily pond as season 4 of this immortal 1980s nighttime soap rampages its way to DVD. (April 7)

Yes Man: A lifetime of Jim Carrey saying yes to everything? That could cause some serious trouble. And when paired with kook Zooey Deschanel, its often downright riotous. We like Jim when he branches out (like in the forthcoming I Love You, Phillip Morris ) but there's something about reliably zany Jim that works too. (April 7)

Watch the opening scene of the first show of the season:

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Hannah Montana: the Movie: Several 6-year-old girls we personally know are very excited about this movie, so you don't have to be -- unless you're the designated grown-up charged with driving them to the multiplex. In that case, enjoy. It has something to do with Miley Cyrus trying to pretend she's not famous. We think. Prep for opening night by downloading a Hannah Montana iron-on transfer for your T-shirt. (April 10)

Observe & Report: They're calling this one Travis Bickle: Mall Cop , which sounds funny enough. But for you bears, the real draw is that it's maybe your last chance to see Seth Rogen before he lost the weight. From here on out it's all Green Hornet muscle-building and carb avoidance. Watch Seth talk about his comedic process, sex, and creating the oh-so-famous character McLovin. (April 10)

Dragonball: Evolution: Anime nerds, start your complaint engines. They've gone and live-actioned another Japanese import, and it's probably going to be lacking in some crucial way unless the kicking-in-the-face parts are truly as awesome as they need to be. There's always a sliver of hope. While you wait for Dragonball to hit screens, read about the elusive realm of lesbian manga . (April 10)

Waiting for Godot on Broadway: Samuel Beckett's existential drama, one of the great plays of the 20th century, never shows up in the canon of gay literature. But it is, after all, about two male couples. Vladimir and Estragon are two homeless philosophizing tramps inextricably wedded to one another, and they encounter a kinky couple, Pozzo and his slave Lucky, whom he leads around by a rope. Director Anthony Page, who in recent years has staged stellar and provocative productions of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , has compiled an intriguing cast, with Nathan Lane playing Gogo opposite Bill Irwin's Didi, and John Goodman playing John Glover's master. (Previews begin April 3; through June)

The Singing Forest at the Public Theater (New York City): Renowned gay playwright ( Reckless ), screenwriter ( Longtime Companion ), and filmmaker ( The Dying Gaul ) Craig Lucas already had one play produced this season, A Prayer for My Enemy at Playwrights Horizons. Now he's mounting a magnum opus called The Singing Forest , another collaboration with director Bartlett Sher, with whom he co-created the Adam Guettel musical The Light in the Piazza . The new play, which stars Olympia Dukakis, ambitiously crosscuts between the story of a contemporary family, Freud's inner circle in Vienna, and World War II Paris. (April 7 to May 17)

9 to 5: The Musical on Broadway: The late gay director Colin Higgins's 1980 feminist comedy starred Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton as office workers battling a sexist boss. Now it has become Dolly Parton's first Broadway show. Well, it's her music, anyway. With a cast headed by the fabulous Alison Janney, direction by Joe Mantello ( Wicked ), and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler ( In the Heights ). (Previews begin April 7; opens officially April 30)

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Definition of Forever by Balloons: "Don't say the safe word, 'cause I can't stop and I won't stop," warn the boys of Balloons on their debut EP. With a no-holds-barred approach to their cleverly titillating lyrics, the trailblazing "homo-goth" band bares all in songs about sex, confusion, and relationships. Definition of Forever is a short but sweet album that promises great things for Balloons, demonstrating a wide variety of styles, from dance-ready pop to a hard-hitting ballad that feels more empowering than wistful. (April 14)

You Can Have What You Want by Papercuts: San Francisco native Jason Quever's third album under the moniker Papercuts is an example of perfect pop rock -- minus all the airbrushing and guyliner of a major label release. Taking inspiration from Gainsbourg, Can, and early-'90s indie, What You Want is chock-full of happily nostalgic influences (it was even recorded on something called "tape" -- remember that?), but stays fresh through the power of Quever's fascinating falsetto and lulling lyrics. (April 13)

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