The Hit List - What's Happening in Pop, Art and Culture

What's happening this week in art and culture is the lesbian classic The Killing of Sister George, Anything Goes, Tori Amos, Catie Curtis and more.
By: SheWired Editors
December 07 2012 9:40 PM

THEATER: Anything Goes 

For those on the West Coast who never made it back east for the Roundabout Theater's Tony-winning Broadway Revival of Cole Porter's classic Anything Goes, directed by Kathleen Marshall, the touring production of that revival starring the stunning Rachel York as the brassy bombshell Reno Sweeney is simply De-Lovely. Jam-packed with Porter hits you're sure to recognize including the title song, "You're the Top," "Friendship," "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "Blow, Gabriel Blow" and choreography that will make your toes tingle, this Anything Goes is a must-see for musical theater geeks and the unitiated alike. The show runs at Los Angeles Ahmanson Theater through Jan. 6. Ticketing info here.

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MUSIC: Tori Amos, Flavor (Peter Rauhofer Mixes) Remix Package
Tori Amos’s new four-track remix package, Flavor (Peter Rauhofer Mixes), on sale today via Deutsche Grammophon, takes the lead single from Amos’s current album, Gold Dust — the album where she reimagines her own songs in an orchestral setting in collaboration with the Metropole Orchestra — and has master remixer-DJ Peter Rauhofer ditch the concert hall in favor of the dance floor. Sure, it’s four new versions of one song, but the man best known for his remixes of Madonna, Cher, Britney Spears, and Pink is up to the task. And Amos has launched with it the Gold Dust Instagram, where fans can upload their photos and personal stories relating to any of the songs on Gold Dust. Entries from different U.S. cities will be chosen to make up a Gold Dust map. Fans chosen for the map will be in the running to win a signed copy of the album.

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THEATER: Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!

Alumni of the venerable comedy troupe created and star in this hilarious, irreverent parody, featuring homicidal Cratchits, hard-partying ghosts, and a cameo appearance by George Bailey. Interspersed throughout the show are send-ups of other holiday classics, such as A Charlie Brown Christmas, in which the “lost ending,” among other things, confirms something we always suspected about Peppermint Patty. A variety of guest stars will appear during the run; LGBT celebs expected to pop up include George Takei, Bruce Vilanch, Miss Coco Peru, Sheila Kuehl, and Susan Feniger. Just opened at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles–adjacent Culver City; runs through December 30. Click here for details. 

 

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MUSIC: A Catie Curtis Christmas

You know Catie Curtis is good when she's been invited to play at the White House. Curtis's stripped-down, low-key Christmas album may be exactly what you need to remind you of the simple pleasures the holiday season brings. We suggest listening to this while navigating the hellscape that is your local mall on that last-minute shopping run. Available on iTunes and CDBaby.com.

 

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THEATER: The Killing of Sister George

 

The iconic lesbian play, the basis for an equally iconic film, gets a new treatment at New Haven, Conn.’s Long Wharf Theatre with Kathleen Turner in the starring role of June Buckridge, a gin-swilling, cigar-smoking lesbian actress who plays the saintly Sister George on a British radio show. When the good sister is set to be written off the show, June refuses to go quietly. Long Wharf’s team says the late Frank Marcus’s play, considered shocking when it premiered in the 1960s, has been rewritten substantially “to emphasize character relationships,” but we still expect Turner, who also directs, to shock and awe the audience. Runs through December 23. Check out the Long Wharf site for details. 

 

THEATER: A John Waters Christmas

If your taste in holiday entertainment leans more toward the naughty than nice, you’ll be happy to know John Waters is coming to town! Several towns, at least. The filmmaker, raconteur, and connoisseur of all things filthy is touring with his 10th annual edition of A John Waters Christmas, a one-man show for those who have a love-hate relationship with the holiday. He has December dates scheduled in Atlanta, Minneapolis, Detroit, and other locations. Find a full list of shows and venues here; tickets for some locations are on Ticketmaster.

 

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FILM: Buffalo Girls

You thought watching two adult men box was brutal? Try watching two 8-year-old girls from rural Thailand. There are 30,000 child boxers in Thailand, but Buffalo Girls takes an unflinching look at the lives of two girls, Stam and Pet, who fiercely train and fight to literally put food on the table and to win the national title. Check BuffaloGirlsTheMovie.com for showtimes. See the trailer below:

THEATER: The Last Seder

Greg Mullavey of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman fame and Gaby Hoffmann, the little girl from Field of Dreams all grown up, are part of the ensemble in the off-Broadway premiere of Jennifer Maisel’s play about a dysfunctional family gathering for one last Passover seder with their dying father. Mullavey is the patriarch, with Hoffmann as one of his four daughters; Sarah Winkler plays another daughter, a pregnant lesbian with a penchant for psychoanalyzing everyone but herself. Theater Three, New York City, through January 13. Ticketing information here. 

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MUSIC: Saucy Monky, "Awkward"

You know that awful moment when you bump into an ex at a party and find out they're with a new piece of arm candy while you're going stag? That's the moment captured perfectly in the new music video for "Awkward," the latest single from Los Angeles–based indie rock outfit Saucy Monky. The newest track off the queer-friendly band's third EP, Trophy Girl, speaks to anyone who's glanced over at an ex's new squeeze with just a twinge of jealousy and judgment. Former girlfriends and current bandmates Cynthia Catania and Annamarie Cullen, know all about that moment, since they lived through it when their romantic relationship tanked, and almost took the band with it. But thanks to the support of fellow bandmates Steve Giles and Megan Jane, the dual leading ladies were able to reconcile the awakwardness and stay together for the tunes. You can get your very ownTrophy Girl now on iTunesAmazon, and iHeartRadio. Watch the video for "Awkward" below.

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