Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (January 11, 2008)

TAKE THAT INDIGESTION AND … WRITE A SONG ABOUT IT?
Out guitarist Kaki King‘s upcoming fourth album, Dreaming of Revenge, is due to be released on March 4, but you can already get a taste of it by listening to her new song "2 O’Clock" at Stereogum.

In the accompanying Q&A, King is asked about the story behind the lyrics and explains:

The song is written about me, from the perspective of my ex-girlfriend. I went through a long difficult phase when I would stay up really late, eventually sleep and have vivid and terrifying dreams, and when I finally woke up in the afternoon I would be sick from all the acid that had built up in my stomach. It was an awful time. She would cook me breakfast most mornings and half the time I wouldn’t be able to eat a bite. It was a terrible time for me and must have been just as bad for her. Writing these lyrics was a way of acknowledging how f—ed up our situation was and for me to take the blame for it.

Wow. I’ve had some nights like that, but they typically involve staying up till all hours writing Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES
You may have noticed that AfterEllen.com’s home page looks a bit different this week. The changes have been made in order to make it easier for you to zero in on the type of content you’re most interested in — whether it’s articles and interviews, blog posts, or video blogs. Specifically, we wanted to separate the written blog posts from the video blogs, so those of you who aren’t into the vlogs can ignore them (or if you really love them, you can find them right away).

We’ve also improved the layout of our video blogs page and added a video blog schedule there so you can keep track of when new episodes of your favorite vlogs will be posted.

We’re still working on improving the overall design of the site, but you’ll always be able to find the featured articles at the top of the home page. Below them, you’ll find written blog posts on the left side, and our latest vlogs and other video offerings on the right. Older articles continue to be featured in the lower half of the home page.

For more details on the new homepage layout, read Sarah’s post about it in the forum. If you have specific suggestions, please post them there so that we can find them easily in the future.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Margaret Cho
will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Jan. 23 to announce the tour dates for her new stand-up show, Beautiful, which is her first in three years.

The Pan African Film & Art Festival just announced their selection of LGBT films for their 2008 festival, which will occur in Los Angeles Feb. 7-18. Among the films you can see there are the drama The World Unseen (look for a review of it here later this month), The Incredibly True Adventures of Team S.I.S.: Sistas of the Canyon (a documentary from out writer Jasmyne Cannick), Pariah and Truth Hall. Stay tuned for more details.

Logo and Curve have teamed up to present "The Ladies of Logo," a downloadable iTunes collection of videos, including the first episodes of Curl Girls, Exes & Ohs, Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World and The Big Gay Sketch Show, and the documentary Real Momentum: Out on the Job. Go here to get more info.

David Mamet’s new play, November, which is set just before a presidential election and stars Nathan Lane U.S. President Charles Smith and Laurie Metcalf as lesbian speech writer Clarice Bernstein, opens on Broadway Jan. 17. Go here for more info, and look for a review of it here later this month.

FX’s tabloid drama Dirt is scheduled to return March 7. Though the series had initially been given a 13-episode order, only seven had been written before the WGA strike, so only seven will air this season. There is no confirmation yet on whether or not Carly Pope will reprise her role as lesbian drug dealer Garbo, or if Jennifer Aniston will return to kiss Courteney Cox again.

Here! TV has greenlit a second season of Lesbian Sex and Sexuality, the documentary series from filmmaker Katherine Linton, tentatively scheduled to air this summer. Season 2 will explore lesbian sex workers, fashion, camp and the mother of all lesbian pool parties — The Dinah.

Last week, we told you that The Lo-Down would return on Jan. 15, but due to last-minute schedule changes, it will now be returning one day earlier, Jan. 14. Sarah Pecora and I have some crazy shenanigans in store for you, so come back on Monday and let us know what you think of our new direction.

Today’s episode of She Made Me Watch This! is devoted to reviewing the first two episodes of Cashmere Mafia, complete with clips of the lesbian storyline in the first two episodes, an analysis of the original pilot versus the one you saw, and tips from Lori on climbing the corporate ladder. Watch it here now!

Next Thursday: the first episode of Cathy DeBuono‘s new vlog What’s Your Problem? Err, how much time do you have, Cathy?

That’s it for this week! Check back next Friday for another edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.

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