10. THEATER: Garbo Actor-playwright Joe Gulla (pictured) nearly titled his comedy-drama Eat. Pray. Unrequited Love but opted instead for the name of a candlelit bar in Rome, named for the great Swedish star, in which a gay American abroad finds life-changing adventure in the Eternal City. Performed for two nights beginning January 20 at New York's Roy Arias Theaters at the Times Square International Festival. For tickets visit TheTheaterBuff.com.
9. DVD: KickOff, The Love Patient, Romeos, Over the Edge It's a red-letter week for sexy LGBT comedies: In KickOff, farce meets footie as an all-gay soccer team competes against the nastiest team in East London; The Love Patient mixes medicine and rom-com as the hunky boyfriend plays sick to get his ex back; delivering a twist on trans stories, Romeos follows a 19-year-old pre-op FTM who falls for an openly gay man; the pitch-black comedy Over the Edge offers a modern take on a Joe Orton-like plot.
8. TV: Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best Expect sex, drugs, and a bar mitzvah in the second season opener as Joan and her comedian -pal Lynne embark on a journey to find medical marijuana (legal in California, mind you) in order to help them relax, much to the dismay of daughter Melissa. Later this season gay comic Tony Tripoli joins the reality series as head writer on Rivers's hit show Fashion Police, Melissa's friend Conrad converts to Judaism, and Joan celebrates her 78th birthday by getting a tattoo. Season 2 premieres on WE January 24.
7. THEATER: Next Fall It's a tale of atheist boy meets Christian boy in this stunning, wholly satisfying first play by out actor Geoffrey Nauffts. Luke (Gossip Girl alum Patrick Heusinger) is younger and hotter than his charmingly neurotic boyfriend Adam (Patrick Breen), but it's their polar-opposite beliefs that cause their biggest problems: Not out to his God-fearing parents, Luke still prays after man sex in hopes of salvation. After an accident lands Luke in the hospital, the faith-clashing confrontation among his loved ones in the waiting room will leave you breathless. Running through January 22 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater in Los Angeles.
6. DVD: Rebecca Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers sets the house on fire in Hitchcock's first American film, based on Daphne Du Maurier's gothic novel. The story is rife with crypto-lesbianism, and the Blu-Ray edition promises to show you in sharp detail the fondling of nightgowns and the submissive twitch of Joan Fontaine's eyebrows. George Sanders and Gladys Cooper add to the campfest. Oh, and an overwrought Laurence Olivier is in it too.
5. PERFORMANCE: Swanlights Billed as "a meditation on light, nature, and femininity," Swanlights includes songs from the four albums of transgender-led cult band Antony and the Johnsons set to symphonic arrangements by a 60-piece orchestra. The one-night-only show will be performed at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall January 26.
4. FILM: Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston If Warhol was the King of Downtown, Halston was the Upper East Side's Queen. Though he was unimaginably wealthy and successful as a fashion and product designer, his money and fame did not save him from his excesses of sex and drugs, and a death from AIDS. Friends with Liza, Betty Ford, Liz Taylor, and anyone who really mattered at Studio 54, he invented a style that spanned over the grubby hippie looks of the '60s and into the power and prestige of the '80s. Whitney Smith's film premieres in New York this weekend and opens in Los Angeles in February.
3. BOOK: Gay Men Don't Get Fat With a title destined to start a riot in Bearsville, style oracle Simon Doonan's book gives you (hopefully) an ironic take on the current gay moment with his rarefied brand of snark. Posited as an eating guide, the work delineates between straight food and gay food. Warning: You may be hungry an hour after you eat this book.
2. TV: Chelsea Lately Ross Mathews, with his outsize personality, has proved such a viewer favorite during his occasional guest-hosting stints and roundtable visits that Handler has entrusted him with five consecutive nights as host of her popular panel show. Watch Mathews sound off on a variety of topics and trade barbs with Chuy beginning January 23.
1. FILM: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life Acclaimed documentarian Dori Bernstein focuses her lens on the still-sprightly 90-year-old musical theater great who's as cherished by fans for her flamboyant personality as for originating iconic roles in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly! The director uses Hirschfeld-inspired animation and interviews with an array of Channing's pals such as Lily Tomlin, Chita Rivera, and even Barbara Walters to offer insight into the star's colorful life. Most telling though is an emotional anecdote from backup dancer Randy Slovacek, who shares the gallant words Channing had for Don Ives, another backup dancer determined to perform despite the difficulty brought on by his AIDS-related illness. Larger Than Life ultimately serves as a valentine to Channing's late-in-life love affair with childhood sweetheart Harry Kullijian (who passed away earlier this month) after a 70-year separation.
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