Reviews – May 2009

mujeres_latinasMujeres Latinas – Heroína Latina
ML Música

El grupo musical Mujeres Latinas de la ciudad de Nueva York lanza su primer discodedicado a todas las mujeres uniformadas. La inspiración para este disco ocurre después de que Adela Dalto (cantante principal y directora del grupo), leyera un artículo escrito por Susan Dominus que relata la historia de un grupo de soldadas que fueron víctimas de una bomba suicida en Irak.

lakishaLaKisha Jones – So Glad I’m Me
Elite Music, LLC

“So Glad I’m Me” resonates from start to finish, propelled by Jones’ expressive, full-bodied vocals. It’s the same arresting voice that electrified “American Idol” viewers with the “Dreamgirls” showstopper “And I Am Telling You” and later commanded the Broadway stage in Oprah Winfrey’s Tony Award-winning musical “The Color Purple.”

europeanEuropean Playground
Putumayo Kids

Europe is home to almost 50 countries, each with its own unique culture, history, traditions, food and music. European Playground features a lively and engaging selection of family-friendly music from contemporary artists from these very diverse regions. The multilingual songs are easy to sing and dance along to, no matter what language you speak. Available on May 19.

micaelaMicaela Haley – Syren
Micaela exposes the erotic undercurrent of the opera world by infusing her music with influences that include DePeche Mode, Tori Amos, David Sylvian, Imogen Heap and Nine Inch Nails. From heavy breathing to lucid meditations to dark industrial beats of pulsing choruses, Syren offers dynamic, engaging music that transcends reality and captivates listeners by taking them on a trailblazing ride.

yanniYanni – Voces
Sony Music

Finalmente Yanni, el virtuoso músico griego, lanza al mercado sus mágicas melodías reinterpretadas por un grupo de selectos artistas latinoamericanos unidos en un solo disco. En este ambicioso proyecto, reunió a destacados vocalistas latinos como Lucero, José José, Cristian Castro, Olga Tañón, José Feliciano, Willy Chirino y al joven talento Nathan Pacheco, descubierto por el pianista.

what_doesntWhat Doesn’t Kill You
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Stars Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke as friends who grew up like brothers on the gritty streets of South Boston. They do whatever it takes to survive, living by the code of their dog-eat-dog neighborhood. Petty crimes and misdemeanors grow into more offenses and eventually, they fall under sway of organized crime boss Pat Kelly. Now on DVD.

MGM Home Entertainmen
Set in Nazi Germany, Valkyrie chronicles the daring and ingenious “July 20 plot” to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known. Tom Cruise stars as the loyal German nationalist Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, the mastermind behind the plot to kill Hitler and overthrow his fascist regime. On DVD May 19th.


Image Entertainment

Williams delivers a riveting and heart-felt performance as a young wife and mother who suffers a devastating loss in the attack…which occurs while she’s meeting her secret lover. Wracked with guilt and trying to piece her shattered life back together, she becomes embroiled in the police investigation of the attack. On DVD May 5.


the_readerThe Reader
Genius Products

Hannah has a passionate summer affair with a young neighbor named Michael, but then disappears. She resurfaces years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a World War II concentration camp guard. Michael alone realizes that he has information that can set her free, and must decide whether or not to save her. Now on DVD.

firstoutintFirstOUT International

A highly praised and much anticipated collection of award-winning, gay-themed short films from around the world. The titles of the short films are: Le Baiser, Mirror Mirror, Sístole/Diástole, The Postcard, and El Primo. Currently available online at 10percent.com or Amazon.com as well as local community retailers around the world.



The international sensation, is making its triumphant return to Long Beach at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre Friday, May 22 at 8 p.m. & Saturday, May 23 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets, ranging from $27.50 to $47.50, are on sale now at the Long Beach Terrace Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.


dirtydancingDirty Dancing
Los Angeles, get ready to have “The time of your life”. West Coast premiere at the Pantages Theatre for a limited engagement. 7 weeks only. May 10 – June 28. Tickets for this engagement are now on sale to the general public online at www.BroadwayLA.org or by phone at (213) 365-3500. Tickets are also available in person at the Pantages Theatre Box Office.


aint-misbehavinAin’t Misbehavin
The Fats Waller Musical Show, opens Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m. at the Ahmanson Theatre. Performances of the Center Theatre Group production continue through May 31. The exclusive engagement celebrates the 30th anniversary of the irresistible, toe-tapping, finger-snapping Tony Award-winning revue. Tickets available by calling (213) 628-2772 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org

tom-of-finlandTom of Finland XXL

In 1998, TASCHEN introduced the world to the masterful art of Touko Laaksonen with The Art of Pleasure. Prior to that, Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, enjoyed an intense cult following in the international gay community but was largely unknown to the broader audience. The Art of Pleasure gave Tom well-deserved recognition and increased his following exponentially; Tom of Finland XXL will fix him forever in the realm of fine art. Available at www.taschen.com

blue_boyBlue Boy
Kensington Publishing Corp.

Blue Boy is the story of Kiran Sharma, a twelve-year-old Indian American boy living in suburban Cincinnati who finds himself with the usual obligations befitting an only son. He spends his days in secret putting on his mother’s make-up, playing with dolls and practicing ballet. For more information visit www.kensingtonbooks.com


the_vast_fieldsThe Vast Fields Of Ordinary
Dial Books for Young Readers

It’s Dade’s last summer before college and it isn’t going exactly as he planned. He hates his job at the Food World, he has a “boyfriend” who won’t publicly acknowledge his existence, and parents on the verge of breaking up. Then Dade meets the mysterious Alex Kincaid, a dreamy-eyed misfit with all the wrong friends. For more information visit www.penguin.com