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Monday, April 10, 2006


This Week in Modern Fabulousity: April 10, 2006

This week in NYC and across the universe:

SALE: Elton John AIDS Foundation - Elton's Closet
Over 10,000 items of clothing from Sir Elton's personal collection -- including pieces by Versace, Richard James, Dior by Hedi Slimane, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Comme des Garçons, Prada, and Gucci -- will be sold for five days at Rockefeller Center. Now's your chance to dress like the big flamboyant poofter you are.

DANCE: Symphony Space - Les Ballets Grandiva
And speaking of flamboyant poofters, the all-male drag ballerina company Les Ballets Grandiva makes a single appearance -- its only New York City performance this year! --with well-executed parodies of classic and contemporary dance works. Flawless and phenomenal.

THEATRE: Manhattan Theatre Club - Based on a Totally True Story
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's completely charming docu-comedy follows a gay comic-book writer whose first play attracts interest from Hollywood. Can his novelist boyfriend, lothario father, and his favorite superhero stand the pressures of the movie industry? Brilliant performances by Carson Elrod and Kristine Nielson make a most sublime night out in Manhattan.

TELEVISION: BBC America - Madonna Live!
Premiering in the U.S. for the first time, this appearance on Parkinson from last November has our favorite icon discussing her career, life, and singing "Hung Up" and "Get Together" live. A damn sight cheaper than those concert tickets will be this summer.

FILM: The Notorious Bettie Page
Director Mary Harron (American Psycho) takes on the legendary 1950's pin-up, played by the almost-forgotten Gretchen Mol (Rounders). Smut before it was sleazy? Yes, more please!

ART: Marlborough Gallery - Richard Estes: Recent Paintings
Now 74, the renowned photo-realist painter returns to Marlborough with a selection of works exploring New York City and Alaska. The artistic heir to the traditions of Vermeer and Trompe l'oeil, his last such showing at the Gallery featured Market at Broadway and 75th (pictured).

CONCERTS: Birdland - Billy Stritch Sings Mel Torme
Can Liza's right hand man do justice to the Velvet Fog? Who cares, when you're listening to "I've Got the World on a String," "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance" and my personal Torme favorite, "One Moment in May"? Great music.
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