Too much going on this week and too little time.
“Carrie” the musical makes its West Coast premiere. I can’t wait!! The movie is the first video (yes video) I ever rented. With bullying being such a hot topic, this show actually unwittingly becomes topical. We all can relate to being the outcast. Okay, maybe we all can’t move things with our mind and terrorize classmates while singing songs, but wouldn’t it be fun to try.
It flopped as a Broadway musical even though the songs were written by the men behind “Fame.” Guess with “Carrie” people aren’t going to remember their names but I will: Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore. It did develop a cult following and was revived off-Broadway. But alas, it closed before I could go see it. But now, she’s back! “Carrie” the musical has its first regional appearance thanks to the Ray of Light Theatre Company.
It is likely one of the most anticipated shows to come to San Francisco. You can’t escape the billboards and bus wraps. I also hear lots of special groups are going. Events and Adventures has a prom-like event next week and the bears are going Oct. 17.
Why aren’t you going to the “Carrie” prom? Prices start at $25 and can be had at www.rayoflighttheatre.com.
Alternative programming includes Charles Johnson’s original play “An Indian Summer,” written specifically for one of my favorite local divas - AJ Davenport. Don’t know why we all don’t know AJ as she’s a talent whether it be for her comedic timing or dramatic chops. She also challenges someone else in the Bay for being the woman known for wearing the wonderful hats!
“An Indian Summer” only plays eight performances over the next three weekends. At the 40 seat Exit Studio, there’s really no time to decide if you’re going. You must but tickets now as it doesn’t take long to sell out a small theatre –especially when it’s an original play with such a relevant topic. It opens tonight and plays Thursday-Saturday. Get tickets and info at www.wehavemet.org.
Movie-wise, the Mill Valley Film Festival has some titles that should appeal to the GLBT audience.
“Matt Shepherd is a Friend of Mine” is a documentary that revisits the brutal murder of Matthew Shepherd. This World Premiere is a more in-depth study of the case and seems to offer more insight and information on the hate crime. It screens Oct. 4 and Oct. 6.
“Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton” was one of my favorite documentaries of the Frameline Film Festival, offering a glimpse into the mind of a true bohemian. The movie explores the San Francisco equivalent of the West Coast tables of the Algonquin, as Broughton rubs elbows with the likes of Arimstead Maupin, Anna Halprin and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. It screens Oct. 8 and Oct. 9.
For both festival movies, go to www.mvff.com.
If you want to feel like you’re at a festival but want to stay at home, “Turtle Hill, Brooklyn” was a popular movie at several gay film festivals. Think “Boys in the Band” and then add some women and update it. It’s about a group of friends who meet for a birthday and someone comes out of the closet. And you know in Brooklyn, it may not just be an ease step…not really because of the “outing” but everyone wants to know why you didn’t tell me first. Sounds like a party to remember. Get on iTunes, Apple TV or learn more at www.turtlehillbrooklyn.com.