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THEATER REVIEW: “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!”

The malls are telling us Christmas is coming. It must be time for Old Max to tell the beloved story of that grumpy old spoilsport Grinch again.

Sure enough. “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” is playing through Dec. 27 on the Old Globe’s Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage. James Vásquez directs this extravaganza, as he has every year since 2003.

Why more than 100,000 people have asked TLC to dump the Duggars

With the winds of national press attention at its back, a petition urging TLC to cancel “19 Kids and Counting” has racked up more than 100,000 signatures. The reason, as stated by the petition’s creator: Recent anti-gay statements made by members of the Duggars, the family that stars on the popular TLC show.

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THEATER REVIEW: "Enron" at Moxie

It’s difficult to get your mind around the schemes that took Enron from just another oil and gas company to a $110 billion corporation created and sustained by accounting fraud – and that precipitated the biggest bankruptcy in American history, sending three of its executives to prison.

Playwright Lucy Prebble’s “Enron” brings this economic disaster to the stage in its local premiere at Moxie Theatre through Dec. 7. Jennifer Eve Thorn directs.

GLAAD's third annual trans images on TV report finds some improvement

In the latest installment of its annual Trans Images on TV report released today, GLAAD finds some improvement over the previous year's results when it comes to transgender representation on scripted television. This year, GLAAD reviewed 13 new scripted episodes with trans characters that have aired since November 2013. In a slight improvement, 46% (6) of the 13 episodes tracked were considered defamatory. This is a drop of 8% from the previous two reports. Another 39% (5) fell in the range of problematic to acceptable.

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The violence of bigotry and the tenderness of nascent love are intertwined in Diana Son’s moving 1998 drama “Stop Kiss,” in a stunning production through Nov. 30 at Pasadena Playhouse.

Seema Sueko, newly named associate artistic director at the Playhouse (and founder of San Diego’s Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company), makes an assured Playhouse directing debut in this affecting drama of two women discovering love and compassion in the face of brutality.

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"Bad Ass Gays" debuts tonight on Logo TV

Taking a hard punch in the ring, careening 180 mph around a race track or leading a combat mission, it's a brave new world for gay men openly pursuing their professional passions, defying stereotypes, discrimination and setting the stage for a new generation.

Premiering tonight on Logo TV, "Bad Ass Gays" is a documentary that tells the personal stories of gay men in "manly" professions, going on the job with them, revealing their motives, passions, joys, challenges and struggles to succeed.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Absurd Person Singular”

Addiction, suicide and the precarious nature of social class and status: what better subtexts for a Christmas party? You’ll see three, in fact, alternately hosted and attended over a two-year period, in Alan Ayckbourn’s “Absurd Person Singular,” playing through Dec. 7 at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Brian Salmon directs.

GLAAD's What To Watch This Week

Grab the remote, set your DVR or queue up your streaming service of choice! GLAAD is bringing you the highlights in LGBT on TV this week. Check back every Monday for up-to-date coverage in LGBT-inclusive programming on TV.

On Tuesday, PBS' Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. will feature out writer David Sedaris as one of three celebrities tracing their ancestry. As part of his journey, Sedaris finds that his great-grand-aunt was actually taken into captivity by the Ottoman military. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Tuesday, 8pm on PBS.

San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines to present holiday concert

SAN DIEGO, California -- The award-winning San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will present its annual holiday concert called “The Holiday Cafe” on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Torrey Pines Christian Church in La Jolla.

“The Holiday Cafe” offers something for everyone,” said Kim Vaughn, co-director of San Diego Chorus. “Our holiday program will include not only provide an amazing variety of holiday standards and lesser-known melodies but this lively performance will also display the talents of the gifted young performers of the Carlsbad Community Theatre’s Showcase Company.”

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THEATER REVIEW: “Wicked” at the Civic

What can I say that hasn’t been said about the juggernaut that is “Wicked?”

This musical, based on Gregory Maguire’s twisted version of the beloved Frank Baum “Wizard of Oz” stories, has and continues to break records everywhere it plays. The good news: it’s back in San Diego through Dec. 7 at San Diego Civic Theatre.

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