Broad Sheet: Shakira and Rhianna Canoodle, Mary Lambert is Hot, and Dracula’s Ladies Smooch
Broad Sheet for January 10, 2014
Here are the fabulous, female-centric entertainment highlights you don't want to miss this weekend.
5. MUSIC: "Can't Remember to Forget You" by Shakira, featuring Rihanna
Shakira's latest single, a duet with Rihanna, comes out on Monday, and the buzz is very good. A video has already been shot and the album's artwork features a gorgeous image of the two singers cuddling. "Can't Remember" is the first single off Shakira's latest album, coming out later this month. The Colombian beauty is also back on The Voice starting this spring (Hallelujah!). — Neal Broverman
4. DVD: Carrie
Lesbian director Kimberly Peirce's remake of the classic story of a teenage misfit and her revenge, based on Stephen King's novel, is out on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday. Chloë Grace Moretz plays the title role, with Julianne Moore as her religious-fanatic mother, in a tale that will resonate with LGBT viewers. Order it from Amazon.com, and watch a trailer below. — Diane Anderson-Minshall
3. THEATER: The Children’s Hour
Lillian Hellman’s 1934 play The Children’s Hour, about the effects of the rumored lesbian relationship between teachers at a girls’ boarding school, was groundbreaking for its subject matter, but has been criticized as less than progressive in its approach. But Derek Bertelsen, who is directing a new production for Chicago’s Pride Films and Plays, makes a case for its continued relevance: “In an era when a simple phrase on social media can have immediate and sometimes tragic consequences, the danger of a rumor has never been more present. Pride Films and Plays is a champion of new LGBT scripts and screenplays, but as a company we have to know where we come from to move forward. The Children’s Hour, to me, is the original ‘gay play.’” The show opened last night at Collaboraction's Pentagon Theater and runs through February 9. Tickets and information here. — Trudy Ring
2. EVENT: HEAVY AND LIGHT featuring Mary Lambert at House of Blues L.A.
The nonprofit organization To Write Love On Her Arms aims to provide support and solidarity for those struggling with self-harm, addiction, thoughts of suicide, and depression. It's a heavy topic that the group hopes to shed light upon, letting people young and old know that it's OK to ask for help. In an inspirational evening that has become the group's flagship event, HEAVY AND LIGHT is a unique evening of songs, conversation, and hope, featuring acoustic performances from Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, The Summer Set, Tristan Prettyman, and Grammy-nominated artist Mary Lambert. Although she's best known for providing the haunting chorus of Macklemore's marriage equality anthem "Same Love," Lambert's forthcoming debut album reveals the out artist has some serious spoken-word skills, which she's likely to put on display alongside award-winning slam poet Anis Mojgani at Saturday's HEAVY AND LIGHT performance, at the Los Angeles House of Blues Sunset Strip, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are available here for the Los Angeles event, and here for the complementary East Coast show, to be held at Orlando's House of Blues on Saturday, January 19. — Sunnivie Brydum
1 TV: Dracula
NBC's stylish vampire series has had gay characters from the beginning, but now the sapphic smooches are kicking in and we couldn't be happier. Will Mina return Lucy's love? Will manipulative Lady Jayne's intervention break some hearts? Tune in Fridays at 10 p.m. Eastern to find out. — Trudy Ring