FESTIVAL: The Off Sunset Festival
Iconic queer rock groups such as Pansy Division and Imperial Teen (pictured above), plus Black Sabbitch, an all-female Black Sabbath tribute band (!) are among the headliners at the inaugural Off Sunset Festival hosted by The Eagle, L.A.’s premiere leather/fetish bar. July 7 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Get tickets here.
DVD: White Frog
Glee‘s Harry Shum Jr., Twilight‘s Booboo Stewart and Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Posey offer engaging performances in this ultimately uplifting tale about an Asperger’s syndrome-afflicted teen whose life is further challenged when his popular brother is killed and secrets are revealed. Acclaimed director Quentin Lee’s recent festival and theatrical hit is now on DVD.
The world’s leading LGBT film festival kicks off with a certain-to-be stellar opening night presentation of C.O.G., the first screen adaptation of a David Sedaris story, which stars out actor Jonathan Groff (pictured, above), in Los Angeles July 11. The evening also honors Kimberly Peirce, out director of Boys Don’t Cry and the upcoming remake of Carrie, with the fest’s annual Achievement Award.
MUSIC: “#Beautiful,” Mariah Carey and Miguel
If you didn’t already think Mimi’s latest is one of the sexiest songs of the summer, this dance remix by Sidney Samsom should change your mind.
Eytan Fox’s long-awaited and incredibly moving follow-up to Yossi & Jagger finds Dr. Yossi Gutmann discovering romance with a young Israeli soldier a decade after the death of his lover. Now available on DVD.
Two of Europe’s most vibrant and colorful cities, Madrid and Cologne, host Pride festivals this weekend. Expect hundreds of dazzling floats, dozens of performers and endless eye candy at Madrid’s parade on July 6, while nearly one million people are expected to attent Cologne’s parade on July 7.