Arts & Culture

Palm Springs ShortFest to include appearance by director Gus Van Sant

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Now in its 18th year, the Palm Springs International ShortFest is set to take over the desert town once again from June 19 – 25. Festival Director Darryl Macdonald said the festival gives a good overview of international film, and announced Gus Van Sant as this year’s official Spirit of Short Film Award winner.

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THEATER REVIEW: Check out “Too Old For The Chorus ... But Not Too Old To Be A Star!”

“Every seven seconds, another baby boomer’s turning 50,” they sing – and every one of them will receive the dreaded welcome letter from AARP, henceforth to be known as “officially old.”

The shock of that unwelcome acknowledgement – and the worse horrors to follow – are celebrated (if that’s quite the word) in the musical revue “Too Old For The Chorus ... But Not Too Old To Be A Star!” The show, with book, music and lyrics by Marie Cain, Mark Winkler and Shelly Markham, plays through June 24 at Welk San Diego Resort in Escondido.

VIDEO: GLAAD's What To Watch on Monday

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Tonight on an all new "Push Girls" Tiphany must make a decision about her relationship; plus new episodes of "Teen Wolf," "Lost Girl" and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."

8 pm: The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family (1 hr) NEW

"Wicked" lottery to sell limited tickets for $25

SAN DIEGO -- A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for "Wicked," which is returning to the San Diego Civic Theatre with performances from June 20 to July 15.

Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who visit the Civic Theatre box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; 30 minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only.

VIDEO: GLAAD's What To Watch This Weekend

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This weekend catch the season finales of "Nurse Jackie" and "The Borgias;" all new episodes of "True Blood," "Say Yes to the Dress" and "Fashion Police;" plus a showing of "Dr. T and the Women."

Friday, June 15

9 pm: Say Yes to the Dress TLC (30 mins) SEASON PREMIERE

Last chance to see NT Live's "Frankenstein" on screen in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- SDGLN Theater Critic Jean Lowerison writes that NT Live's "Frankenstein" is "one of the best things I've EVER seen in theater."

Fans of the theater can catch an encore screening of this National Theatre production at 2 pm Saturday, June 16, at the Reading Gaslamp 15 downtown. Tickets cost $20 to see this "monster hit" directed by Danny Doyle.

VIDEO: GLAAD's What To Watch on Thursday

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Tonight catch the AIDS crisis documentary "We Were Here" on PBS and check out Chely Wright's coming out documentary "Wish Me Away" with Diversity on Demand.

10:00pm: We Were Here, some PBS stations nationwide (1 hr) NEW

A reflective look at the arrival and impact of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco and how the city's residents dealth with the unprecedented crisis. Watch the trailer below.

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"Harmony, Kansas" opens June 14 at Diversionary Theatre

SAN DIEGO -- Diversionary Theatre opens its 2012/2013 season with the production of a brand new musical "Harmony, Kansas." Preview nights begin Thursday, June 14, with the official opening night on Saturday, June 23.

With a lively, soulful score, "Harmony, Kansas" tells the story of Heath, a gay farmer making his way in a rural community where homogeneity rules. When his city-born partner, Julian, talks him into joining a spirited group of gay guys who meet once a week to sing, Heath discovers a love for making music and a kinship he didn't expect.

GLAAD's What To Watch on Wednesday

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Tonight catch a showing of "Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey," plus new episodes of "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles," "White Heat" and "Around The World in 80 Plates."

7 pm: Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey on Showtime 2 (1.5 hrs) REPEAT

VIDEO: Openly gay singer Nhojj featured in innovative music video

NEW YORK – Nhojj, the award-winning singer who grew up in Guyana, has just released a new music video called “MUSIC and the word.”

The video is directed by Emmy-nominated Michael Burlingame, and “combines words and music to ignite a powerful affirmation,” said Ron San Marchi, representing the singer. “It's a moving reminder that we are all created in the image of God. Enjoy and share.”