Best of TV and film in NYC

If you need some glamour in your life, or subtle androgyny alone does the trick, take a trip up to Symphony Space to ogle ’30s silver screen icons Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo in Dietrich & Garbo: Screen Goddesses, now through Aug 19. Both of these actresses famously engaged in affairs with other women at a time when a roll in the hay with another chick was practically considered a crime. Their films are worth checking out if only to admire the oh-so-decadent costumes (and perfectly sculpted cheekbones!). Be sure to stop in for the Dietrich/Garbo double feature of slick spy flicks Dishonored and Mata Hari, where both actresses play the role of famous WWI secret agent Mata Hari.

On Aug 9, Logo will televise the HRC’s historic presentation of The Visible Vote ’08: A Presidential Forum, a political forum on Lesbian, Gay , Bisexual and Transgender issues including the leading 2008 Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Journalist Margaret Carlson, on special assignment for Logo, will moderate; Pulitzer Prize-winning, out journalist Jonathan Capehart, HRC President Joe Solmonese and musician Melissa Etheridge will serve on the Forum panel. Other participants in the forum include former Sen. John Edwards and Gov. Bill Richardson.

Watch a free flick in New York City’s most stunning film venue every Thursday in August at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Movies With a View 2007 features pre-movie mood music from some of New York City’s best DJs. RICE provides delicious dinners on site, and Transportation Alternatives offers free bike valet parking. MWAV will also screen short films from independent filmmakers. Highlights include All About Eve and West Side Story.

Our Stories Productions (OSP), Queer Black Cinema (QBC) and QBC TV present: just|BE—The 1st Annual 72-Hour Black LGBTQ Erotica Film Competition. In this nationwide contest, filmmaking teams composed of one filmmaker, one poet and a crew have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit and produce a short film inspired by black gay erotic literature or poetry. Beginning Aug 17 and ending Aug 20, just|BE is the first film competition of its kind. Visit to find out how to register.

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