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Broad Sheet: Hot Disco Dykes, Laura Jane Grace, Rosie, and an ‘80s Remake

Broad Sheet: Hot Disco Dykes, Laura Jane Grace, Rosie, and a ‘80s Remake

Broad Sheet: Hot Disco Dykes, Laura Jane Grace, Rosie, and a ‘80s Remake

From a Lifetime remake of 1979's Flowers in the Attic, to the sounds of American Hustle and punk band Against Me!, these are the female-centric entertainment highlights you can't miss this week.

5. TV: Flowers in the Attic

If, like me, you grew up reading Flowers in the Attic, V.C. Andrews's 1979 novel — the first in the five-book series about the Dollanganger family — then you aren’t alone. The book sold more than 40 million copies, spawned a 1987 film, and now, this new Lifetime remake. Even if you were a fan of the other versions, Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic — starring Heather Graham as the mother and Ellen Burstyn as the evil grandmother — still entertains. It’s not as dark as the ‘87 psychological thriller (nobody can top Louise Flectcher as grandma, nor Victoria Tennant’s coquette-to-creep conversion, and the the star turn of a young Kristy Swanson), but it retains all the juicy bits — incest, arsenic, murder — to make it a popcorn evening. As an added bonus, the story is told from the perspective of a pretty talented young actress: Kiernan Shipka (best known as Sally Draper from Mad Men). Watch it Saturday, January 18 at 8p.m. ET/PT. And catch the trailer below. — Diane Anderson-Minshall

4. TV: Rosie O'Donnell Visits The Fosters
Rosie O'Donnell, real-life lesbian mom, guest-stars on the series about everyone's favorite fictional lesbian moms, The Fosters. O'Donnell plays Rita Henricks, a social worker at the group home where Stef and Lena's foster daughter, Callie, has ended up after running away from home. Her character is introduced Monday, in the first of several appearances O'Donnell will make on the popular ABC Family show this season. Watch at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific; also, from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, ABC will air a catch-up marathon of The Fosters. —Trudy Ring

3. THEATER: The Odd Couple (Female Version)
Neat-freak Felix and slob Oscar are two of the most enduring characters in theater history (and film and TV too), but their female counterparts, Florence and Olive, are just as hilarious. Playwright Neil Simon adapted his 1965 comedy about mismatched divorced roommates in 1985 to recast the protagonists as women, and the lady-centric version has become as beloved as the original. Its latest production comes courtesy of Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica, Calif., opening Saturday and running through February 9. Tickets and info at — Trudy Ring

2. MUSIC: American Hustle, Soundtrack
David O. Russell's Academy Award-nominated take on the Abscam scandal of the 1970s has lots of eye-popping performances, wigs, costumes, and music. The soundtrack brilliantly captures the Me Decade, with classics from Elton John ("Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"), Wings ("Live and Let Die"), and Donna Summer ("I Feel Love"). Play it at your Oscar party and make everyone dress up like Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. Buy it here.— Neal Broverman

1. MUSIC: Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
After coming out as transgender in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, Laura Jane Grace returns to her rightful, hard-rocking place at the front of Against Me!, leading the band to its strongest, most cohesive release to date. Unapologetically titled Transgender Dysphoria Blues, this latest effort reveals a reinvigorated band that's produced 10 tracks of brutally honest, politically relevant songs that no longer just hint at the transgender experience. For many trans people, the lyrics will hit close to home. For everyone else, the record serves as a brief glimpse into the oft-tortured mind of someone living with gender dysphoria. The album opens with the line, "Your tells are so obvious / Shoulders too broad for a girl," and only gets more forthright from there. Transgender Dysphoria Blues drops on January 21, though you can preview the album here, and pre-order it here.— Sunnivie Brydum and Parker Marie Molloy

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