After bringing down the house to sold out crowds across the globe, 3 Mo’ Divas have finally made it to television in their own PBS special, which premieres Mar 1 and will air for the first two weeks of March and June. The premiere will coincide with the Divas’ same-day DVD release. The show itself is nothing short of spectacular, with its range of 10 musical styles from Opera to Broadway, Disco to Rock ‘n’ Roll. The program spans 233 years of music, sung in three languages. The Divas are still on tour, so if you can’t wait for the PBS special, catch them on Feb 16 at the Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts. After that, they’ll hit New York again in June at the Apollo Theater. See 3modivas.com for details.
In another small-screen debut, the British hit series Sugar Rush makes its US premiere on Feb 6 on here! TV. Sugar Rush follows 15-year-old Kim, who falls in love with her best friend, Sugar, a free-spirited beauty and a personified vacation from Kim’s chaotic home-life. The series has won several honors in the UK, including the Children and Young People Award at the British Emmys.
Beginning Feb 6 at the Film Forum is Breadlines and Champagne, a month-long series of 50 Depression-era films, plus vintage shorts, cartoons and newsreels. Opening night admission is just 35 cents (the 1933 ticket price!). For the rest of the series, enjoy two films for one admission price. Also worth noting are the Bank Nights each Tuesday, where ticket-holders are entered to win prizes and receive $20 in funny-money, redeemable in a variety of ways including refreshments and tickets. The star-studded lineup includes Mae West in I’m No Angel and Bette Davis in Three on a Match.
Also at the Film Forum this month is Our City Dreams, a moving documentary about five female artists in the Big Apple. From subway-wall cutouts to painting and embroidery, each woman plies a different craft as an expression of sexual taboo, and each woman has a reason why New York is the city of her dreams. The film plays for two weeks only, beginning Feb 4.
Out at the Wedding is a charming romantic comedy about what happens when a web of white lies spins out of control. The story follows two sisters who learn a lot about themselves and each other when one of them must “prove” she’s gay. Out at the Wedding won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2007 Newfest New York LGBT Film Festival, and premiers on Logo on Feb 15. The DVD drops two days later.
Project Runway fans will recognize the first season’s winner Jay McCarroll in Eleven Minutes, a documentary which follows the quirky designer on his year-long journey to Fashion Week, through all the triumphs and setbacks and everything in between. Eleven Minutes opens on Feb 20, both in theaters and on here! TV.