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THEATER REVIEW: “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”

Here’s a rule of life: Bucking the system will always get you in trouble. And here’s the corollary: The system will always exact revenge.

Case in point: the patients of Nurse Ratched (Carla Nell), a psychiatric nurse with a need for order. She maintain this through manipulation, humiliation and threats to her patients. The main threat is the “shock shop,” where patients labeled intractable are lobotomized – all in the name of “helping” them.

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I once had a boyfriend who described himself as “a public utility,” his function in life to make others feel better. People, especially women, loved being around him.

Fifty-something Scottie (Robert May) is a bit like that. Scottie has spent a lifetime ignoring the momentous in favor of the frivolous and fun. He uses his fireplace as a book rack. And has a rubber chicken hanging by its feet as a clue to the level of his jokes.

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THEATER REVIEW: “The Lion in Winter”

The characters are great soap opera fodder: Henry II of England, named king by birth, has lasted in the job by wile and brute force. (“There is no other way to be a king, alive and 50 all at once,” he notes.)

Now in his waning years (they waned a lot earlier in the Middle Ages), Henry (Jason Heil) considers his life and his legacy. He has Eleanor (Dagmar Krause Fields), a wife ten years his senior (who came with property Henry wanted, the Aquitaine region of France, but aside from that Henry has little interest in her).

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THEATER REVIEW: “Gunmetal Blues: The Musical”

Take a laconic gumshoe in a trench coat, put him in a dingy bar with a piano player, bring in a dazzling blonde (or two or three) and a murder victim and watch what happens.

It’s a formula that’s worked for eons of detective novels and films noirs, and now it works again in another format. The San Diego premiere of “Gunmetal Blues: The Musical” has been extended through Feb. 15 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, directed by Andrew Barnicle.

GLAAD announces 2015 Media Awards nominees

LOS ANGELES, California -- SDGLN media partner GLAAD has announced the nominees for its 2015 Media Awards, taking place Saturday, March 21 in Los Angeles, and Saturday, May 9 in New York City.

Awards will be given out in 39 categories, including Outstanding Film - Wide Release; Outstanding Drama Series; Outstanding Comic Book; and 10 Spanish language categories.

Well-known nominees include:

* "The Imitation Game," "Pride" and "Tammy" for Outstanding Film - Wide Release

* "Degrassi," "The Fosters" and "Game of Thrones" for Outstanding Drama Series

FilmOut San Diego presents David Lynch's "Blue Velvet"

SAN DIEGO, California -- FilmOut San Diego and Mance Creative will co-present writer/director David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" mystery thriller at 7 pm tonight, Jan. 21, at the Hillcrest Landmark Cinema.

The following movie description was provided by FilmOut San Diego:

"Blue Velvet" is a 1986 American mystery thriller written and directed by David Lynch. The movie exhibits elements of both film noir and surrealism. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern.

GLAAD's What To Watch This Week

Grab the remote, set your DVR or queue up your streaming service of choice! GLAAD is bringing you the highlights in LGBT on TV this week. Check back every Monday for up-to-date coverage in LGBT-inclusive programming on TV.

The second season of Black Sails kicks off on Starz with Eleanor facing a new threat, Max confronting Bonny, and Flint and Silver standing before the crew for judgement as Vane revels in his new power on the island. Black Sails: Saturday, 9pm on Starz.

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THEATER REVIEW: “‘night, Mother” at ion theatre

On a night like all the others, Mama (Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson) roots around in the kitchen cabinets for her drug of choice – candy, finding one last Twinkie Snowball. She calls to daughter Jessie (Yolanda Franklin) to put them on the list, along with Hershey bars and peanut brittle.

When Jessie enters, one of the first things she asks is, “Where’s daddy’s gun?” She claims to want it for “protection,” but soon admits that “I’m going to kill myself tonight.”

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Win tickets to Visionary Dance Theatre's 5th anniversary concert

SAN DIEGO, California -- Visionary Dance Theatre will present "Perseverance" to mark its fifth anniversary, and SDGLN readers can enter our contest to win free tickets.

The concert will be at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24, at the Performing Arts Center at Point Loma High School, 2335 Chatsworth Blvd., San Diego, California 92106. Tickets are priced $13 in advance or $18 at the door.

GLAAD's What To Watch This Week

Grab the remote, set your DVR or queue up your streaming service of choice! GLAAD is bringing you the highlights in LGBT on TV this week. Check back every Sunday for up-to-date coverage in LGBT-inclusive programming on TV.

Out musician Sam Smith will perform on PBS' Austin City Limits and play featured tracks from his Grammy-nominated album In the Lonely Hour.

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