Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, August 12, 2011 Page: 31 of 56
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But Glee is more important that Bieber or the
Jonases for one reason: Its message: of inclusive-
ness, tolerance and understanding. The TV
show portrays the most sensitive discussion of
gay life, especially among teens, that has been
seen just about anywhere, and the movie is no
different: In addition to the live concert per-
formances, the film tells three stories of true
Gleeks, one being Trenton, a teen outed in
eighth grade who sees the Kurt character as a
role model. (The other profiles are equally
sweet and profound, including a dwarf who be-
comes her school's most popular deb and a girl
with Asberger's who overcomes her shyness by
bonding with others over Glee.)
The movie has almost as many cutaways to
the audience as shots of the performers. That's
because, more so than most TV shows, Glee re-
flects its audience as much as it directs them.
You occasionally forget the concert film isn't a
sing-along and are tempted to join in (and
maybe do, during the closing credits) because it
has a infectious energy.
Glee"s appeal, for me, has often been difficult
to pin down. It takes an ironic approach to its
rangy topics — American culture, high school
popularity, current music, teen politics — but
goes so far with its irony that it doubles back on
itself. That pushes it into the realm of actual en-
tertainment — it's meta-irony.
As filmmaking, it's more than serviceable,
with the 3D effect magnifying the crotches of
sexy back-up dancers and charming even non-
fans with its love for an Asian toddler who
mimics, eerily well, the choreography of "rival"
glee club the Warblers... before throwing a 3D
Slushee in your face (a common punishment at
the Glee high school). Nothing like making
your audience feel like part of the outsider
The Help hit theaters on Wednesday, and it
will likely still be eclipsed at the box office by
Glee, but don't let it slip by: It is the best film of
the summer. Some may dismiss is as overly
sentimental hokum, but it is really an expertly
crafted comedic tearjerker along the lines ot
Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes and The
Blind Side with bits of Midnight in the Garden of
Good and Evil thrown it. But it is more touching
than all of those put together, and for me the
top Oscar frontrunner of the year to date. ■
It's not as if Palm Springs didn't already have more than its share of gay guesthouses — though we can
hardly blame them — then comes word the city has just added another. Pura Vida becomes the SoCal
city's 24th resort. An eight-suite boutique in the Warm Sands neighborhood, the facility (a rarity in Palm
Springs, it is not clothing-optional) comes with amenities from breakfast to poolside cocktail hour. Go to Vis-
itPalmSprings.com for more information.
On the other side of America, Key West's famous (notorious?) Island House is celebrating its phenome-
nal longevity — 35 years — with the "35 and Fabulous" sweepstakes. Now through Sept. 5, you can regis-
ter on Island House's Facebook page to win a special anniversary rate of $13 (what they charged the first
night of operation back in the bicentennial year of 1976) for one night next June 12.
Taos is rolling out the red carpet — should be a rainbow carpet — for its second annual Taos Pride Fes-
tival. The town on New Mexico's Enchanted Circle, famous as a winter ski resort, welcomes its gay guests
Aug. 19-21 for a weekend-long celebration. Among the attractions are queermedian Vickie Shaw, a free
"Pride in the Park" family-friendly festival followed Saturday night with The Gayest Drag Show Ever. For
more information, visit TaosPride.com.
For those who want to go further to enjoy a vacation, the Villas Veritas — gay director Franco Zeffirelli's
former estate on the Amalfi Coast, which once hosted celebs like Liz and Dick, Maria Callas and Laurence
Olivier — has undergone an extensive renovation. For more, visit lnVillas.com.
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