|In our last issue, Q-Notes gave you the rundown on some great holiday gifts for you, your special someone, family and friends. In this edition we continue with our LGBT media gift guide featuring new DVDs, CDs and books. This sizzling selection of media will help you give the perfect gifts this holiday season.
DVD Movies & Series
With the brand-new “Boys Life 6” hitting the shelves, now is the perfect time to catch up on the entire hot and steamy “Boys Life” series. The “Boys Life Complete Collection” has all five installments of this popular offering of gay short films.
This two-disc package features all 33 songs from Elton John’s 2007 Madison Square Garden concert, where he celebrated his 60th birthday. Includes classics like “Your Song,” “Crocodile Rock” and “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting),” as well as rare live cuts. This DVD set is the perfect gift for any Elton lover — gay or straight.
The latest installment of Showtime’s hit series brings you all the love, laughter, drama, gossip and sensuality a woman could want from TV. Follow the adventures of Bette (Jennifer Beals), Shane (Kate Moennig) Kit (Pam Grier) and the entire gang on this recently released DVD set.
With John Travolta (in drag!), Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow and Zac Efron, this Broadway hit musical turned film classic is a Who’s Who of Hollywood talent. The sing-along edition of the DVD and the special two-disc collector’s edition soundtrack makes a perfect gift for any “Hairspray” lover.
The charming and funny story of two men looking to settle down, “Long-Term Relationship” has been described as a film that will go down as a “must-see” for queer movie lovers. When Glenn gets tired of the one-night stands and partying, he answers an ad placed by Adam, who is looking for an LTR. The couple is perfect for one another, except for those funny and frustrating mix-ups that always seem to plague couples who really are meant to be together.
‘Naked Boys Singing’
This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves musical theater, talented singing and naked men. (And heaven knows we do!) The DVD is a recording of the the hit Off-Broadway musical, so all the tuneful, naked goodness, including the songs “Gratuitous Nudity,” “Perky Little Porn Star” and “The Naked Maid,” can be enjoyed again and again. (Release date: Dec. 4)
“Starrbooty” is an over-the-top comedy starring the original supermodel of the world, RuPaul. The film follows the adventures of supermodel agency operative Starrbooty (RuPaul) when she goes undercover as a street hooker to find her neice, who has been kidnapped by her archrival, Annaka Manners (“Dirty Sexy Money” star Candis Cayne).
In her first studio album in three years, Melissa Etheridge assembles a powerful collection of confessional and engaging songs that are at once personal and universal. “The album is my story and my journey. I hope that it will ring universally,” Etheridge says of “The Awakening,” her ninth album.
In a return to her musical roots from when she was a member of Rufus, Chaka Khan continues her unforgettable career with “Funk This,” a brilliant collaboration with the super hit-making team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “Funk This” gives the eight-time Grammy winner the opportunity to do what she does best. Like Khan says, “The album’s called ‘Funk This’ because it’s funky!”
The man responsible for some of the hottest dance remixes on the scene returns to give us more on “I Love Montreal.” From past remixes like Madonna’s “Jump” and Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack,” to newer remixes like Britney Spears’ “Gimme More” and Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music,” Rauhofer’s thumping beats are a sure-fire way to raise the energy at any holiday gathering.
One of the most powerful and passionate voices in all of music is back. Recording with an array of superstar country and pop singers, including Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson and Don Henley, Reba delivers 11 standout tracks on “Reba Duets.” Other guests featured alongside the country and TV comedy star include LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, Trisha Yearwood, Carole King, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill and Faith Hill.
In our Nov. 3 issue we featured an interview with Annie Lennox that coincided with the release of her new album. We love the lady and her music so much, we couldn’t help but to talk about her some more. “Songs” is highlighted by the HIV/AIDS awareness track “Sing,” which features vocal contributions from 23 pop divas including Madonna, Celine Dion, kd lang, Pink and Melissa Etheridge. All profits from download sales of “Sing” benefit South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign.
Celine Dion debuts “Taking Chances,” her first full-length studio recording since 2003. The superdiva says the album is the most personal and revealing collection of songs in her career. “I think this album represents a positive evolution in my career. As time goes by, and we have more experiences in life, it’s easier to get in touch with our innermost feelings.”
Ex-Marine Rich Merriett (“Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star”) has crafted a compelling story of love, loss, duty, betrayal and hope in this debut novel. “Code of Conduct” is a provocative look at gay life and love in the United States military, the lengths to which people go to hide and the dangers that lurk around every corner for those men and women who serve and protect their nation.
Presented as an erotic novel but reading more like one perfectly suited for high school students, “Every Frat Boy Wants It” is a perfectly drama-filled tale of love and lust, school and pleasure. Readers will happily follow protagonist Jeff Morgan into his new fraternity at California State University-Polk where they are bound to fall as deeply in love with the beautiful Blair Blanchard, the privileged son of Hollwood stars, as Jeff does.
The self-proclaimed “Prince of Gay Literature,” Reginald Hall, brings an interesting and unique twist to the classic story of falling in love with a “bad boy.” “Thug” explores the story of a college student who helps his lover pull off a bank robbery. When the lover dies trying to escape the scene, the student must learn to deal with his past and look toward the future.
‘The Transcended Christian: Spiritual Lessons for the Twenty-First Century’
A former Catholic priest, Daniel Helminiak addresses issues of sexuality, culture and the church in an insightful and powerful way. With the use of classic biblical stories and parables, Helminiak discusses his theories and presents a compassionate Christ and a church inclusive of all people.