5 Things to Gush About: May 27-June 2

It's a bit of a slow week due to the holiday and changeover of TV seasons, but here's enough to keep anyone busy.
David Tennant and Michael Sheen in Good Omens

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”: The Season 11 Finale is airing on Thursday, May 30th on VH1. I’ve seen every season and the show is always fun, with this year being particularly interesting for featuring the first Muslim drag queen, Mercedes. She went viral due to her unintentionally funny performance shown below; unfortunately, she didn’t last long in the competition. Her story was heartbreaking, explaining how she wants to show everyone that she’s not a terrorist but just a drag queen.

And did you see the reunion special this week where of all people, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, praised Nina West for her kindness, consciousness, compassion, and courage? AOC loves Drag Race! That’s swank.

“Good Omens”: Coming May 31st on Amazon Prime. I haven’t read the novel by Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett but the trailer explains that it’s about an angel (Michael Sheen) and a demon (David Tennant) who team up to prevent Armageddon. It looks rather humorous plus they’ve stacked the cast well, with Jon Hamm, Jack Whitehall, Miranda Richardson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nick Offerman, Frances McDormand among many others.

Twilight Sad: We’re seeing this Scottish indie post-punk band on Thursday. Like Iceland, Scotland produces a lot of great music despite being a small country with population equivalent to Brooklyn and Queens combined.

Toto “All In”: Okay, this will make me forever uncool, but screw it: I like Toto. You kids may know the song “Africa” covered by Weezer while others may remember them as light-rock jokes. However, get past the undeserved nasty comments and just listen to the music; you’ll find a lot to like. I particularly love their second album, “Hydra”, while their Grammy-winning “IV” featuring their aforementioned “Africa” along with “Roseanna” has some great toe-tappers. A remastered box set is just out. Still guys, why the godawful name Toto?

“Rocketman”: I’ve seen it! But I’ll hold my thoughts until after Friday. See it, live it, buy the soundtrack (Target has an exclusive edition with two bonus tracks). Extraordinarily, Elton himself wrote an article in The Guardian about the experience of watching the film and crying uncontrollably.

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