Since the untimely death of writer E. Lynn Harris, there has been a void in the gay African-American literary community. Chicago-based Eddie S. Pierce's debut novel "Love: Something Infinite" (rainbowroompublishing.com) could change all that. The story follows writer Seron, who returns to his Chicago birthplace from his home in Las Vegas to attend his dying ex-lover Calvin. The novel provides insight into the unique struggles of African-American gay men, and one man in particular.
Milwaukee's Florentine Opera wants to capitalize on love, specifically the kind associated with St. Valentine's Day. With the production "Isn't it Romantic?," Florentine director William Florescu hopes to seize the Feb. 14 holiday by its chocolates with the first of what he hopes becomes an annual musical ode to romance.
The production is billed as a celebration of love songs "from Vienna to Broadway." It's designed as a light Valentine confection that shines the spotlight on the company's studio artists in the intimate confines of Marcus Center for the Performing Arts' Vogel Hall on Feb. 10-12.
Remember the fate of the pet rabbit in the movie "Fatal Attraction"? Unfortunately, that scenario is not far-fetched. Pets often become tools of manipulation or revenge in unhealthy relationships.
Subtitled "The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar," James Rasin's compassionate documentary gives the late transgender actress, who was immortalized in song by Lou Reed, the recognition that she rightly deserved.
Curling up with a good book is a delight anytime — even more so on a cozy February night.
• Eleanor Brown's marvelous novel, "The Weird Sisters" (Berkley, 2011/2012), about the three Andreas sisters, their ill mother and Shakespeare-quoting professor father, was one of 2011's more auspicious debuts. It's now available in a paperback edition.
In "The Living End" (St. Martin's Press, 2012), gay writer Robert Leleux's second memoir, he brings the reader up close to the experience of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease – and the toll it takes on family and friends. Leleux writes about his grandmother Joann's illness with loving care and respect. He keeps a level head throughout the book and even succeeds in infusing the tale with much-needed doses of humor.
Still killing us softly more than 40 years since the release of her first album, Roberta Flack, who says she was sure that she "was going to be the first short black girl from North Carolina to be applauded for her knowledge and ability to play Scriabin," has turned her attention to the Beatles. On "Let It Be" (429), the diva who ruled the charts in the 1970s and '80s leaves her distinct mark on a dozen Beatles classics, renewing and refreshing them in ways that only she could.
Leading Texas veterinarians are mobilizing to enlist pets in the testing of experimental cancer therapies, a potential benefit to not just dogs and cats – but also people.
Among new releases in DVD this month are films that explore the teen scene.